Noted Marathi Literature Anand Yadav Passes Away
- Noted Marathi author and Sahitya akademi awardee Dr. Anand Yadav died in Pune 28 November 2016. He was 80. According to sources close to his family, Yadav breathed his last at his residence.The last rights will be performed at 12.30 p.m. at Vaikunth crematorium on Monday, informs family members. He is survived by wife Smita, daughters Swati and Kirti, son Ashutosh and host of relatives to mourn the loss. His autobiography "Zombi" had won Sahitya Akadmi award in 1991.
- Yadav had thoroughly studied the rural literature and also revealed his life struggle through four autobiography editions of Zombi, Nangarni, Gharbhinti and Kachvel. At the same time, he produced the literature like Gotavala, Bhay, Sparshkamale, Bhumikanya, Maylekara, Ekalkonda, Malyachi Mati etc. During his illustrious career, Yadav had faced a major controversy over his book "Santsurya Tukaram", wrote on Sant Tukaram, a saint poet from 17th century. He was elected president of the 82nd Akhil Bharatiya Sahitya Sammelan, the prestigious literary meet, held in March 2009.
- However, he had to resign following the controversy surrounding some remarks in the novel. In the following year, a Marathi movie "Natrang" based on Yadav"s novel with the same name, was released bringing him back into the limelight. Yadav had penned around 40 books which comprise collection of essays, poems, criticism among others. "Dr. Anand Yadav"s demise is a big loss. He was a great writer who had beautifully created some best books about rural social life. He captured the transition and transformation in the agricultural society in his literature & created a perfect picture before the readers. His life was full of struggle and he succeeded in effectively representing the woes and sorrows of rural folk. Marathi literature and readers will always miss him for unique empathy for village people and their lifestyle."
Sindhu, Verma Fall At Final Hurdle
- India's hopes of winning twin titles in the Hong Kong Open Super Series were dashed 28 November 2016 when Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu and national champion Sameer Verma lost their respective final clashes in contrasting fashion here. Sindhu, aiming for her second successive Super Series title, lost 15-21 17-21 to Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying in a 41-minute women's singles clash. Verma, on the other hand, went down 14-21 21-10 11-21 to local favourite Ng Ka Long Angus in a contest which lasted 50 minutes. It was a sweet revenge for Tzu Ying, who had lost to Sindhu most recently in the Rio Olympic Games. She now leads 5-3 in the head-to-head record against the Indian. World No. 3 and fourth seed Tzu Ying was in command of the match from the first game itself and produced a near-perfect all-round performance to be ahead 18-11. She maintained the lead and grabbed the opening game without much of a trouble. The Indian, on the other hand, was found wanting in her net-play against a swift-moving rival.
- The second game was fought on a more even keel with Sindhu stepping it up slightly but once again she struggled to match the pace and range of Tzu Ying's stroke-play. Tzu Ying's ability to retrieve almost everything that Sindhu threw at her stood out. The Taipei girl's deft use of her wrist to control her shots was also admirable. However, Sindhu did not let Tzu Ying to simply run away and went neck-and-neck till 10-10. The Indian took the lead at 11-10 when Tzu Ying mis-hit a smash which landed outside. But Tzu Ying drew level and took the lead soon after the lemon break. The Indian's much-admired never-say-die spirit kept her afloat for a couple of more points but her inability to break free proved to be the difference.
- In the men's singles summit clash, Verma continued to show that he had the heart for a fight but that was just not enough against Angus even though the Indian led 2-0 in their head-to-head record. Up against the local favourite, Verma was slow off the tracks and lost the first game in just 15 minutes. However, he roared back in the next game with some fine strokes from the baseline. Angus was distinctly sluggish in this game and conceded a 10-19 lead. Verma did not take his foot off the pedal and drew level to take the match into the third game. However, the pendulum swung the other way in the decider and it was Angus" turn to raise his game.
- With a partisan crowd firmly behind him, Angus opened a 7-3 lead. (PTI) It wasn't my day: Sindhu Hong Kong: India's top-ranked women's shuttler P.V. Sindhu was pleased with her performance at the Hong Kong Open despite losing in the final and insisted it was just not her day. "It was a good game overall. It was her day. I played well but she played well at the net, she didn't make any mistakes. There were good rallies. I'm happy with my performance. It's okay, I'll go back and train hard. A bit upset, but overall it went well. I congratulate her for the win," Sindhu said after the match. "I've played her many times. She's a tricky player, has good strokes and deception. I was prepared for everything. But then one has to win and one has to lose. I was confident because of that."
Vikas To Get 'Best Boxer' Award
- In a historic first for Indian boxing, former Asian Games gold-medallist Vikas Krishan will be presented the "Best Boxer" award by the International Boxing Association for his performance this year, during the world body's 70th anniversary celebrations on December 20. "In recognition of your achievements throughout the year, AIBA would like to use the occasion to present you with the 2016 AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Best Boxer award," AIBA President wrote in a letter sent to the two-time Olympian. The 24-year-old Vikas is currently in New Jersey, USA. He he has been training there for more than a fortnight to prepare for the season ahead.
- The two-time Asian Games medallist, a gold in 2010 and a bronze in 2014, Vikas competed in two APB bouts this year. He lost the first but went on to beat Kenya's Nickson Abaka in the second bout that was held in Delhi which was conducted by the Professional Boxing Organisation of India (PBOI). Abaka is currently placed 8th in the AIBA APB rankings. "It is a huge honour but I am not particularly happy because I have already missed what I really wanted this year and that is an Olympic medal," Vikas told PTI over phone from New Jersey. The Haryana-lad, who is also a former World Championships bronze medallist, had gone down in the quarterfinals of the Rio Olympics. "I am told I am the first Indian boxer to get such an award. That is a great thing but I cannot say that it makes me very happy because the Olympic disappointment is still there," the middleweight boxer said.
- Vikas said he decided to be in US for training to improve his defensive skills. "I have decided to set small goals for myself. So right now I am focussing on the World Championships next year. Tokyo Olympics is far off and by that time I intend to have a flawless game. I am training like a professional boxer so that I master the art of defence," he said. "I want to build a momentum which carries me through. In 2019 when the Olympic qualifiers start, I want to be the first Indian boxer to qualify so that I get enough time to plan. I qualified too late for Rio, just a couple of months before the Games. I don't want that to happen again," he said. "I don't want to leave it to the last moment," he added. During the same gala, the celebrated M C Mary Kom will be presented the "Legends Award" in recognition of her contribution to the sport.
'Public Won't Feel Safe About Nuclear Energy Any Time Soon'
- Despite some acknowledgement of the necessity of nuclear power to fulfil energy needs, people will continue in the short term to view nuclear technologies with apprehension, according to an official of the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation. "In the near future, people won't feel totally safe about nuclear energy. It is because of the emotional fear. After Chernobyl happened, people started forgetting, and then Fukushima happened so the fear came back," said Alexander Nikitin, who heads the Public Council Working Group for interaction with the public and environmental organisations on radioactive waste (RAW).
- He was participating in a discussion on constructive interaction with the public in decision-making when implementing nuclear projects at the 11th International Public Forum -- Dialogue on Nuclear Energy, Environment, Safety-2016. Nikitin pointed out even experts in the nuclear energy sector believe that though not actual threats, nuclear technologies are "potential threats". "Nuclear incidents are more dangerous than industrial accidents because of the inter-generational problem. It can take generations to get rid of things that can happen." Speaking of the Russian experience, Nikitin said the word "atom" elicits a reaction every time it is uttered. "Concepts like nuclear weapons, nuclear power plants, plutonium technologies and reprocessing are socially unacceptable to the broad public. On the other hand, we can easily talk about the medicine and science aspects with the public.
- "The areas of nuclear radiation, remediation, legacy and decommissioning need the understanding of the public. Public participation is needed in RAW disposal," he elaborated. Highlighting the Indian experience, Swapnesh Malhotra of the Department of Atomic Energy, conceded the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant was delayed by two years owing to protests from locals in the absence of a public outreach by the government. Adding to the fear psychosis is the trepidation over nuclear waste, particularly spent nuclear fuel, which is highly radioactive.IANS l He was participating in a discussion on constructive interaction with the public in decision-making when implementing nuclear projects at the 11th International Public Forum -- Dialogue on Nuclear Energy, Environment, Safety-2016.
Cilic, Dodig Push Croatia To Brink Of Davis Cup
- Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig beat Argentine pair Juan Martin del Potro and Leonardo Mayer 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 in Saturday's doubles to put Croatia 2-1 up in the Davis Cup final. Former US Open champion Cilic gave Croatia the upper hand in Zagreb by winning Friday's opening singles rubber against Federico Delbonis before Del Potro levelled for Argentina with a four-set win over Ivo Karlovic. Both Cilic and Del Potro were drafted in for Saturday's doubles with the former teaming up with Dodig to claim the first two sets in a tie-break before wrapping up victory after Mayer dropped serve at 3-2 down in the third.
- "The atmosphere was absolutely fantastic as our fans carried us throughout the contest," said Cilic. Dodig added: "This is a once in a lifetime experience and I have to thank the fans for creating a fantastic atmosphere. "We will be rooting for Marin to finish the job 29 November 2016." Olympic silver medallist Del Potro, who has bounced back after two injury-ravaged seasons, must beat sixth-ranked Cilic in Sunday's reverse singles to keep alive Argentine hopes of a first Davis Cup title.
- "Del Potro is an incredibly good player but I am confident I have enough left in the tank to finish the job," added Cilic. However, should Del Potro extend the tie 37-year-old Karlovic -- the oldest player to feature in a Davis Cup singles match since 43-year-old Australian Norman Brookes in 1920 -- and Delbonis would then face off in the deciding rubber. Croatia defeated Slovakia in 2005 for the country's only Davis Cup title, while Argentina -- beaten by Spain in both 2008 and 2011 -- have finished runners-up four times. (Agencies) Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig beat Martin del Potro and Leonardo Mayer 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 in the doubles to put Croatia 2-1 up in the Davis Cup final.