B&E suspects remanded to prison

first_imgDeon Brown and Trevon Alleyne appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus on Monday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a charge of larceny.It is alleged that between April 26 and 27, 2019 at Lot 104 Regent Road, Bourda, Georgetown, Brown and Alleyne broke and entered the business place of Vivekananda Ramoutar and stole a quantity of items worth $1.2 million.Both men pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to them.The prosecution’s case contended that on April 27, Police ranks, acting on information received, went to the location, where it was discovered that the business had been broken into. Upon investigating, the ranks found the two men on the premises with the articles. They were subsequently arrested.Brown, a 38-year-old mason, of Lot 207 Charlotte Street, Georgetown, told the court he resided next door to the business, in a house with eight other persons. He added that he woke up and four cops were standing over him, asking him for the items he stole, but he said he denied knowledge of the incident. He told the court that the ranks went into the upper flat and brought down a battery and nipper. The man said he was arrested along with the other occupants of the home, but the others were later released, while he remained in custody.Twenty-year-old Alleyne told the court he saw a battery outside and he took it.The Police Prosecutor objected to bail based on the fact that both men were arrested at the scene with the items in their possession.They were remanded to prison, and the case was scheduled to continue on May 2, 2019.last_img read more

Authorities brace for student rallies

first_imgParticipating in the walk-outs could exclude students from end-of-the-year events in the Whittier Union High School District, officials said. Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson said the district is doing “everything appropriate and necessary to ensure that students are in class, prepared to learn in a safe, supervised environment.” Students who are not in class will be cited for truancy and taken back to their home schools, officials said. Consequences for truancy include detention and Saturday school, as well as “suspension of privileges and revocation of a student’s opportunity to participate in school-sponsored activities and events,” Thorstenson said. That could mean no prom for high-school juniors and seniors, since schools now require certain attendance and grade-point average requirements for those events. Montebello Unified School District officials said they sent letters to principals for distribution to parents that warned of the possible walk-outs. The apparent lack of interest by local students in this year’s marches was contrasted by the massive success of last year’s protests, which drew more than half a million people, including 72,000 Los Angeles students. Wire reports contributed to this story. fred.ortega@sgvn.com tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sheriff’s Sgt. Craig Harman of the Norwalk station said on the recent Cesar Chavez Day, authorities went so far as to set up a command post but “nothing materialized on that. “We don’t anticipate any specific problems, as far as our intelligence has indicated, at this point,” Harman added. Whittier police Officer Diana Salazar said students who aren’t in class will be cited for daytime curfew laws and will be required to make a juvenile court appearance with a parent, as well as pay a $165 fine. Schools also have a financial stake in keeping the students in the classroom. State Superintendent Jack O’Connell sent letters to all school districts warning that schools excusing students for the protests would lose attendance funding, which translates to about $30 per day, per student. “I encourage all California students to honor the struggles of immigrant parents by working hard in school on May 1st and every day of the school year,” said O’Connell in a statement. WHITTIER – Local school districts and police are gearing up for possible student walkouts today, as activists organize two rallies in downtown Los Angeles to commemorate last year’s massive pro-immigrant marches. Organizers expect today’s rallies – to be held at the L.A. Civic Center and at MacArthur Park – will draw more than 100,000 people. But Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa predicted only about 20,000 will attend the events, which will nonetheless lead to the closure of more than a dozen downtown streets and the rerouting of 60 bus lines. Whittier-area school and police officials said they have not received any indications of an exodus of students from the area. But all say there are emergency operations procedures in place to cover any possible unrest. “At the two main school districts we cover, we’ve not heard that students are going to walk out at all,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Eric Barron of the Pico Rivera station. last_img read more

LEAP YEAR BABY NESSA CELEBRATES HER ‘3RD BIRTHDAY’ WITH 6TH CLASS FRIENDS!

first_imgNessa celebrating her birthday with classmates at Kilmacrennan National SchoolLeap Year baby Nessa Irwin enjoyed only her third birthday on Monday –  with 6th class pupils and teacher Ms Ferry at Kilmacrennan NS.Nessa is of course actually 12 – but like all those born on February 29 in a leap year only gets to celebrate her actually birthday once every four years.  LEAP YEAR BABY NESSA CELEBRATES HER ‘3RD BIRTHDAY’ WITH 6TH CLASS FRIENDS! was last modified: March 2nd, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:KILMACRENNAN NSLeap Year birthdayNessalast_img read more

Tottenham unveil new kit and reveal when fans will see players wear it

first_img 2 #BuiltToRiseOur new 2018/19 @NikeUK kit is on sale now – https://t.co/BDGZn2uX06#COYS pic.twitter.com/aexW3Y0Se4— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 19, 2018On the away kit, the club say: “The design is intended to depict how the players’ values continue to glow and resonate when we travel, while the polarised blue shorts and socks pay homage to the heritage of the secondary blue used in many past kits, now executed in a bolder shade that sets the tone for a bright future.” REVEALED Davinson Sanchez in the new Spurs home kit Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Dele Alli in the new Tottenham away kit Tottenham Hotspur have released their new 2018/19 home and away kits.Spurs spent last season playing home games at Wembley, while White Hart Lane was redeveloped and players will wear their new shirts for the first time against Liverpool on 15 September, which is their first scheduled game in the new ground. smart causal no dice punished Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa ALTERED gameday center_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes possible standings Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card SPURS NEWS gameday cracker 2 As with any new kit these days, the people behind it claim it incorporates some sort of history into it and a statement on tottenhamhotspur.com said the following: “The new kit skilfully balances our modern identity with our rich history. To this end, an inner pride message features on the inside of the collar of the new Spurs home shirt, displaying the postcode and coordinates of the centre circle at our former home, White Hart Lane.”And here’s the official video unveiling, which appears to blend Eastenders with Tron. It lasts for one minute and 40 seconds, though images of the actual kit appear on screen for just a few seconds. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in Januarylast_img read more

The flaming fields of Punjab

first_img In its order, the tribunal fixed a penalty for burning paddy residue. The fine for small land owners with less than two acres indulging in crop burning is ₹2,500. For medium landowners holding land over two acres but less than five acres, it is ₹5,000. And those with over five acres have to cough up ₹15,000 for every instance of crop burning. The NGT also ordered the State governments to take punitive action against persistent offenders. It also directed the four States and Delhi to make arrangements to provide machinery free of cost to farmers with less than two acres, ₹5,000 to farmers with medium-sized land holdings, and ₹15,000 to those with large land holdings for residue management.Jagdish says he hasn’t received the amount to which he is entitled. “What then are my options?” he says. “To engage labour or machinery will cost me somewhere between ₹4,000 and 5,000 an acre, which I can’t afford.” The NGT order has only added to his woes, he says — the burden of an agricultural loan he had borrowed from banks and commission agents is already weighing him down. “Farming has become a loss-making venture,” he laments.Such sentiments among farmers are commonplace. According to State government data, there are around 18.5 lakh farming families in Punjab. Around 65% of them are small and marginal farmers. Of the 5.03 million hectares of area constituting Punjab, around 4.23 million hectares are under cultivation. As the State mainly follows a rice-wheat cropping pattern, it contributes 60% to the wheat bowl and 40% to the rice bowl of the central pool. Around 75% of its population depends directly on agriculture.Harpreet Singh, 30, is from Dharamgarh village in Mohali district. He says he is ready to face the legal consequences of defiance. “Time and cost are both crucial,” he says. “I have to prepare my land to sow wheat in the next few days. If I engage machine or labour, both of which are difficult to find, for clearing the paddy straw, it will be a time-consuming effort. It will delay my sowing of wheat and I will have less yield. Besides, it’s expensive.”Harpreet has three acres in his joint family farm. “Farmers of my village have decided to collectively burn the residue. I’ll go with them,” he says.Paddy is grown on an average area of around 30 lakh hectares in Punjab. After wheat, it is the biggest crop in the State. It is sown as monsoon arrives and its harvest starts from October first week. This is when trouble begins. After harvest, around 19.7 million tonnes of paddy straw is left on the fields and has to be disposed of to make way for wheat. Of this, 70-75% of paddy straw is burnt in open fields to clear the land for sowing wheat or other crops — it is the quickest and cheapest way of getting rid of the residue.Besides disregard for the ban, with the support of several farmers’ unions, farmers have also cautioned the State government against taking stringent action against them. Several unions have made it clear that if police cases are registered against them, the government will have to face the consequences in the form of large-scale agitations.“We don’t want confrontation, but if we are pushed, we will not sit quiet. Instead of asking us not to burn the residue, the State government should first fulfil its duty. As directed by the NGT, it should provide us machines and equipment,” says Avtar Singh Korjiwala of the Bhartiya Kisan Union Ekta (Dhakonda). A farmer burns paddy residue on the outskirts of Patiala. | Photo Credit: Akhilesh Kumar  The government’s responseTo show that it intends to follow the diktat of the NGT, the Punjab government has chosen Kalar Majri village in Nabha area of Patiala district as a model project for implementing the tribunal’s directions and to sensitise farmers about the management of crop residue. It spares no efforts in advertising the village. The government claims that it has provided the required number of machines to farmers in Kalar Majri, and that equipment is already operational across 67 acres. Also, steps are being taken in six other villages of Patiala district to facilitate residue management.The State government has also gone on the defensive, stating that the issue of paddy residue burning has been flagged off with the Centre with a demand for compensation to the tune of ₹100 per quintal for management of paddy straw. It has also proposed that such compensation should be given only to those farmers who efficiently manage paddy straw without burning it. Punjab has sought ₹2,000 crore assistance from the Union Agriculture Ministry for this purpose.“We have taken several measures including providing the Happy Seeder,” says Jasbir Singh Bains, director of the Punjab Agriculture Department. “This is a machine developed by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) to plant wheat directly into harvested paddy fields without any other major operation, and to promote the use of straw baler and straw management machines for residue management. With machines like Happy Seeder, the straw is partly cut, chopped, and left as mulch. Mulch helps in reducing irrigation requirement and blocks the emergence of weeds. The crop planted with Happy Seeder is less prone to lodging. This is more profitable than conventional cultivation.” He adds: “However, urgent intervention of the Central government is needed. Unless financial assistance is provided by the Centre for boosting farm mechanisation, it is difficult for us to completely stop stubble burning.”Bains says farmers in Punjab, especially small and marginal farmers, are already facing severe economic distress. To ask them to remove crop residue mechanically or through environment-friendly measures will only add to their misery. “We have been providing machinery on subsidy, but even that puts an additional burden of around ₹3,000 per acre on farmers for paddy straw management,” he says.Pollution and penaltiesThere are many ways to tackle the problem, but a ban is not one of them, says Satnam Singh, president of the Bharatiya Kisan Manch, a consortium of 13 farmers’ unions. “The State government needs to focus on crop diversification. Instead of paddy [common rice], basmati varieties of rice should be encouraged. Basmati is manually harvested, so the problem of crop residue can be largely curtailed. Also, farming of sugarcane and vegetables needs to be promoted. Setting up more biomass-based energy plants is an option,” he says.At his native village in Beru in Patiala, Satnam Singh points to the thick smoke billowing into the sky at a distance. “Our fellow farmer is burning residue in the field. It’s not as though we are happy inhaling this smoke but we don’t have an option. Before this smoke reaches Delhi, it affects our health. We are with the government to find a solution, but a ban is not the answer,” he says.The story is the same everywhere. In Mirapur village, Jarnail Singh, who is preparing his 25-acre field for the next crop, is annoyed with the Amarinder Singh government. “During the recent Assembly polls, all parties, including the Congress which was voted to power, promised to resolve our problems but now the government is itself aggravating them,” he grumbles. He says he will burn the residue in the next few days unless at least ₹5,000 per acre is given to him to dispose of the residue crop.While the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has been imposing penalties on farmers who have been found defying the ban, the farmers hardly seem deterred. PPCB officials admit that there have been several cases where farmers have confronted government officials.Senior PPCB official G.S. Gill says that in the ongoing harvesting season, till October 18, penalty was imposed for stubble burning in 398 cases: “We are acting against erring farmers, cautioning them and imposing penalties wherever necessary. So far, we have collected a fine of ₹12,39,500.”Possible solutionsOne of the ways to resolve the problem of stubble burning would be by generating power through biomass energy plants. In Punjab, of the total paddy straw, nearly 4.3 million tonnes is consumed in biomass-based projects, paper, or cardboard mills and animal fodder, while a small portion is managed through other systems such as machinery and equipment. The rest of the 15.4 million tonnes of paddy straw is burnt on the fields. Punjab has a substantial availability of agro-waste, which is sufficient to produce about 1,000 MW of electricity, but the State government’s incentives for biomass-energy plants haven’t been enough.“We buy paddy straw [baled] from farmers to use it for generating power. We pay them ₹1,300 a tonne, but we can operate in a radius of not more than 45 km. Beyond that it is not economical for us to work,” says Ravinder Singh, plant manager at the Punjab Biomass Power Limited in Ghanour, Patiala. Singh says the government should promote the setting up of biomass power plants. They will not only solve the problem of stubble burning but also generate electricity for the State, he notes. At present, Punjab has seven biomass-based power plants with an installed capacity of 62.5 MW.To tackle the problem of paddy residue, the Ludhiana-based PAU is working on in situ decomposition of paddy (rice) straw, with microbial application and without mechanical effort. “An isolate Delfitia spp, if sprayed on rice straw, decomposes it in six weeks. Efforts are being made to reduce the decomposition period to about four weeks. This approach will hold to reduce the cost of retaining the straw in the field for its benefits to the soil,” says Dr. Jaskaran, Dean of the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology at PAU.Also Read  The politics of crop burningWhile every year the fields of Punjab make it to the headlines as contributors to pollution, it is no surprise that stubble burning has also taken a political colour in the State. Opposition parties are busy blaming the ruling party. The main opposition party in the State, the Aam Aadmi Party, has declared its support for the farmers while accusing the ruling government of failing to secure farmers’ interests. “The State government has failed to arrange for the equipment and machinery required for ploughing paddy straw into the fields. Until it makes alternative arrangements for consumption of paddy straw into the soil as per the directions of the NGT, the State government should refrain from taking action against farmers,” says Sukhpal Khaira, a senior AAP leader.The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) says the Congress government has “victimised” farmers in the name of management of crop residue. “Registration of cases against six farmers for burning paddy stubble in Sangrur district is proof that the Congress government was dealing with the situation with a heavy hand despite loud claims by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh that no cases would be registered against farmers in this regard,” says SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal.The Chief Minister has responded to the criticism by accusing the Opposition of misleading people.As the government attempts to enforce the ban in the face of defiance, farmers have turned to guards to ensure that their work goes on unhindered. They have formed groups in villages to confront government officials from taking any legal action against those burning paddy residue. “We will not let officials enter our villages,” says Korjiwala. “We have formed groups of 12-15 farmers and whenever any of us has to burn the residue, we all get together at that field to ensure that no government official can enter the farm.”A flicker of hopeHowever, there are also some farmers who have been arguing against the practice. Farmers associated with the Kheti Virasat Mission, an organisation promoting organic farming, believe that stubble burning is a temporary solution. Farmers need to understand that this practice will only damage their soil and farm in the long run and will result in loss of agriculture, they say. “I stopped burning paddy crop four years back. While clearing the residue from the farm does add to the cost, benefits derived by not burning the crop residue are far more in the long run,” says Sukhwinder Papi, a Sangrur-based farmer who adopted organic farming around four years ago in four acres of his 10-acre holding. Papi adds that burning crop residue in the field kills friendly pests and damages soil fertility. “I have been economically managing paddy residue and using it for composting, besides as dry fodder for cattle,” he says.But Papi’s is a lone voice. As helpless farmers team up against the ban and the State government searches for solutions, orange flames crackle on the fields and smoke reaches for the skies. The after-effects are being felt in faraway Delhi. Dew has not been a deterrent for Jagdish. The blazing sun has evaporated the dew. The task at hand over, he makes plans to sow wheat.center_img Barely 10 kilometres from Patiala, the home town of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Jagdish Singh is busy gauging the speed and direction of the wind in the tiny village of Ranbirpura to find the right time to set his paddy crop residue on fire. He looks worried. With autumn setting in, early morning dew poses a problem.“The weather has to be calm,” the 40-year-old paddy farmer says. “Else the fire could spread to my neighbour’s farm in no time and cause a lot of damage. I have to be careful.”Jagdish bends down and clutches a handful of paddy straw residue that is spread across his five-acre field. It has to be bone dry to catch fire, he explains. Looking up at the sky, he thinks he will finish his job before dusk. But before setting out to do the task, Jarnail has to be cautious for another reason: there are strict orders from the government to stop such activities. He squints into the distance to check if there is a government official lurking around.It is not as though Jagdish wants to be defiant. He is well aware of the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) order banning stubble burning, but unless the State government offers financial incentives to farmers, he says, he is “compelled to burn the harvested crop’s residue.”A ban that’s a baneIn 2015, the NGT was forced to stop the practice of stubble burning after thick smog enveloped the northern skies with the onset of autumn yet again, and acute respiratory problems were reported to be worsening in the national capital. The NGT banned the burning of paddy straw in four States — Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh — and Delhi.Also Read Clean air agenda for the cities Take action against farmers for crop residue burning: NGTlast_img read more

‘Bid to revive insurgency in Punjab’

first_imgAttempts are being made through “external linkages” to “revive insurgency” in Punjab, and if early action is not taken, it may be too late, Army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat said on Saturday.Speaking at a seminar on ‘Changing Contours of Internal Security in India: Trends and Responses,’ he said: “Punjab has been peaceful, but because of these external linkages, attempts are being made to revive insurgency.” “Let us not think that [the situation in] Punjab is over. We cannot close our eyes to what is happening in Punjab. And, if we do not take early action now, it will be too late,” he said.Punjab witnessed one of the worst phases of insurgencies in the 1980s during the pro-Khalistan movement, which was quelled by the government. At a panel discussion, former Uttar Pradesh DGP Prakash Singh highlighted the issue and said “attempts were being to revive insurgency” in Punjab. He referred to a pro-Khalistan rally organised recently in London for ‘Referendum 2020.’ Hundreds of people had turned out at Trafalgar Square in London on August 12 in support of a pro-Khalistan rally as well as to counter the event with an Independence Day celebrations. Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) had said its rally was intended to raise awareness for a non-binding referendum in 2020, calling for Punjab to be granted independence. The “We Stand With India” and “Love My India” events were organised by Indian diaspora groups as a reaction to the pro-Khalistan “London Declaration for a Referendum 2020”.“Internal security is one of the biggest problems in the country, but the question is why we have not been able to find a solution, because it has external linkages,” Gen. Rawat said.The event was organised by defence think-tank CLAWS (Centre for Land and Warfare Studies). Gen. Rawat is its patron.Asserting that insurgency could not be dealt with the military force alone, he advocated an approach in which all agencies, the government, the civil administration, the Army and the police worked in an “integrated manner.”“The resolution of Naga insurgency can be the forerunner to the Manipur insurgency. There are some linkages between the two. But if that resolution does not satisfy the Manipuris, the insurgency in that State will take a different turn,” Gen. Rawat said.As for Assam, attempts were again being made, through “external linkages,” to revive insurgency in the State, he said. And, also through external abetment, and acknowledged once even by the “northern neighbour”. So, there is no denying the fact that there are these factors, Gen. Rawat added.last_img read more

Marcus Rashford determined to continue ‘amazing’ start at Manchester United

first_imgFledgling forward Marcus Rashford is keen to continue his “crazy” start to life in the Manchester United first team after impressing with two more goals in Sunday’s 3-2 win over title-chasing ArsenalThe 18-year-old’s double against the Gunners came after he notched twice on his first team debut in the 5-1 dismantling of Danish side Midtjylland in the Europa League on Thursday and the young forward was as blown away as anyone by his instant impact. (Rashford double helps Manchester United beat Arsenal) “It’s just crazy. This is my first game in the Premier League so obviously it’s been amazing, and to score two has been a bonus. So hopefully we can carry it on and go again the next game,” Rashford said.Rashford said his late inclusion on Thursday, after Anthony Martial was injured in the warm-up, had probably helped him.”It was a shock playing midweek … But that maybe benefited me because I wasn’t thinking about the game too much, so it’s been good,” the Manchester-born player said.The victory over Arsenal left United in fifth, three points behind Manchester City who have a game in hand on their rivals and occupy the final Champions League qualifying spot.Spanish midfielder Juan Mata heaped praise on his young team mate but also highlighted the impact of the other academy graduates, who have plugged the holes of United’s injury-ravaged first team squad of late.”Marcus is on fire. He scored two goals against Midtjylland and now again against Arsenal,” Mata told the club’s website (www.manutd.com).advertisement”… but the others who came into play in defence and midfield were also great. I think today is a day to be proud of the club and its academy – we’ve shown the level that we have,” he said.last_img read more

India must focus on few sports to win medals: Jaitley

first_imgNew Delhi, May 12 (PTI) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today stressed on the need to focus on few identified sports so that the country can win more medals at international events like Olympics.It is necessary to identify few sports and acquire competitive advantage from the point of view of winning more medals, he said.”We should play all kinds of sports but should concentrate more in identified 10-12 sports so that we can win medals in those sports,” he said at GAIL-Indian Speedstar event here.He also emphasised that India is slowly making its mark in international events.In the last London Olympics, India won 6 medals and the country is sending largest ever contingent this year for Rio Olympics, he said.Praising efforts of PSUs, he said, these companies are also socially responsible and have been promoting sports.Indias history suggests that PSUs have always encouraged sports and provided jobs to sportsperson of eminence. PTI DP MKJlast_img read more

Rio 2016: PV Sindhu’s parents back her to win Gold today

first_imgAs shuttler PV Sindhu gears up for her Gold medal match at the Rio Olympics, her parents back home in Hyderabad are praying for her continued success. (Rio Olympics – Full Coverage)  Sindhu on Thursday thumped Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in straight games to enter the final of the women’s singles event, assuring the country at least a Silver medal at the Games. World No. 10 Sindhu registered a 21-19, 21-10 triumph in the semi-finals over world No. 6 Okuhara to become the first Indian shuttler to enter an Olympic final. (Also read: PV Sindhu becomes India’s 15th individual Olympic medalist)  With this win, double World Championship Bronze medallist Sindhu improved her head-to-head record against reigning All England Open champion Okuhara to 2-3. In the final, she will face two-time reigning world champion Carolina Marin of Spain, who beat defending champion Li Xuerui of China 21-14, 21-16. Sindhu’s father PV Ramana, who is a former national volleyball player and an Arjuna Awardee, is optimistic that her daughter will bring home the Gold tomorrow. (WATCH: Sindhu ready for Marin challenge, says coach Gopichand) “If she plays like the way she did today, Sindhu will definitely win Gold,” Ramana said. “Both she and Gopichand are working very hard, if she plays like this then she will surely win tomorrow.” For Sindhu, who was on a giant-killing spree after dismissing two higher-ranked opponents – Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying and World No. 2 Wang Yihan of China in the pre-quarter-final and the quarter-final respectively – Thursday’s win was also an extension of her good form. Sindhu’s height and long reach gave her a lot of advantage against the pint-sized Okuhara, who also had her right thigh strapped. “When she was leading 15-10 in the second game then we thought that she will now win. First set was a bit tense, it was going head to head,” Sindhu’s father added.advertisement’SHE WILL WIN BY GOD’S GRACE’ Sindhu’s mother, P Vijaya, also a volleyball player, said she is proud of her daughter. “We have been going to the temple everyday and even tomorrow we will. She will win by god’s grace. We will be celebrating now, we are extremely happy and proud,” she said. Irrespective of the colour of the medal in the final, it will be India’s second medal at the Rio Games after wrestler Sakshi Malik bagged a bronze medal in the women’s 58kg category.last_img read more