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Dec 14, 1745 days ago

Bhopal’s ‘Bitiya Club’ instills pride in the parents of the girl child

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Bhopal: Bhopal’s Bitiya Club is an initiative that went on to become the inspiration for the Madhya Pradesh government’s hugely successful ‘Beti Bachaao Aandolan’.

The Bitiya Club, a club for couples with only daughters, was created to instill pride in parents and reject the false sense of pity that parents of a girl child had to often go through. Eventually, members of this club became agents of social change working for the equality of the sexes and protection of the girl child. Through weekend meetings and events, members gathered to save the girl child.

Bitiya Club member Shilpi Agnani says, “Basically the idea was to create an awareness against female foeticide because there a skewed sex ratio. We want to create an awareness and basically we want to restore the dignity of the girl child. We have seen so many cases of violence against girls now a days.”

Dec 12, 1747 days ago

HC asks MP government to reply on hockey body’s petition

HC asks MP government to reply on hockey body’s petition

JABALPUR: Madhya Pradesh high court on Wednesday directed the state government to reply on the petition filed by Bhopal Hockey Association demanding to refrain the Directorate of Sports from unilaterally hosting

Dec 12, 1747 days ago

Captain Alastair Cook could create history in Nagpur

Captain Alastair Cook could create history in Nagpur

Nagpur: Alastair Cook is in line to become the first England batsman to top the ICC Test Player Rankings since 2003, when his side takes on India in the fourth and last

Dec 5, 1754 days ago

Sports Authority of India mourns death of hockey player

Sports Authority of India mourns death of hockey player

BHOPAL: Ajay Prabhakar’s death is an irreparable loss to hockey, International hockey coach, YS Chauhan said after the junior hockey player lost his life in a road accident near Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre on Sunday evening. Hockey goalkeeper Udit who was also injured in the accident has been admitted to a hospital.

Hailing from Lucknow, both Ajay and Udit – aged 19 – have been training under coach Chauhan at SAI training centre for past one year. “Ajay was a promising player. I was hoping for his selection in the national team. I am in deep shock,” the coach said. He added that Ajay was among the rare talented hockey forwards. “His speed and control over the ball during the match was different from other players. He was one of my favourite players,” Chauhan added.

Dec 5, 1754 days ago

Haryana end 42-year wait as Delhi crumble

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LAHLI: Some drama was promised when Haryana had finished Day Three 250 runs ahead in their Ranji Trophy Group B match against Delhi. And drama did unfold on the final day, bringing with it great joy for the hosts. Set a target of 293 from a possible 70 overs, Delhi folded up for 209 with three overs to go to let Haryana register their first win over the visitors in 42 years.

One will have to, though, spare a thought for veteran Mithun Manhas (72) who fought for 234 minutes but could not save Delhi from a bitter loss.

However, the glaring bit about the day’s play was Haryana taking a rather defensive approach in spite of being in a position to dominate right from the beginning of day’s play. The hosts took 92 minutes to add 42 runs to their overnight score of 167/5, losing four wickets. Sumit Narwal’s 5/35 was a forgotten figure by the time match ended.

It was a bit baffling why Haryana captain Amit Mishra delayed the declaration, leaving his team with fewer overs to bowl on a square-turning, last day pitch. But he did get into the act with in-form pacer Mohit Sharma to derail Delhi’s chase that was well and truly on at tea. The skipper picked up four wickets from his 17 overs costing 50 runs, including the dangerous pair of Rajat Bhatia (33) and Manhas.

The advantage swivelled around from Haryana to Delhi and then to the hosts again in the last session of the day. Captain Shikhar Dhawan made his intentions clear right from the time he walked onto the centre an hour before lunch. Despite losing fellow opener Unmukt Chand to the second ball of the innings, Shikhar was at his attacking best as Delhi went into lunch at 50/1 from 11 overs.

However, the task of seeing the team to safety once again came to Delhi’s goto men, Bhatia and Manhas, once Mohit Sharma (42) and Shikhar Dhawan were dismissed after lunch. Dhawan (32 off 35 balls) was mindlessly run out on the second delivery of the second session . And when Vaibhav Rawal lost his stumps to Mohit, it allowed Mishraotherwise reluctant to bowl to left-handers— to slip in more overs to make up for the slow over rate in the process.

Just when Delhi thought they had brought the chase back on track, needing another 120 runs from 154 balls, Mishra removed Bhatia—ending the 68-run partnership for the 5th wicketand Punit Bisht in a space of two deliveries . Haryana started sniffing the kill and when Sumit Narwal nicked a wide delivery from Mohit, the hosts had their tail up. The moment came for Haryana when No. 11 Vikas Mishra padded up to Jayant Yadav and the umpire nodded in the affirmative.

Dec 5, 2120 days ago

Nowitzki says he won’t be signing to play overseas

Nowitzki says he won’t be signing to play overseas

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