But overall the team

But overall the team coached by Roelant Oltmans looked consistent and is primed to make the last eight under the new format.India who are clubbed with Argentina Canada Germany Ireland and the Netherlands will be the lone face of Asia in the draw Anirban Lahiri Getty Images Golf is back in Olympics after 112 years and India have the Anirban Lahiri SSP Chawrasia in men and 18-year-old Aditi Ashok in women in a field depleted by the pullout of top four — Jason Day Dustin Johnson Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy citing Zika virus threat "Lahiri sounds good but Olympic medallist Lahiri sounds way better" the world number 62 has said When the Olympics conclude with athletics India will only make their presence felt with its biggest ever squad in a discipline where medal is a far-fetched dream There have been some heroics of Milkha Singh PT Usha and Anju Bobby George in the last five decades but athletes have only always added to the numbers on most occasions This year will not be any different and it remains to be seen who among them qualifies for the semifinals or finals The focus will be on discus thrower Vikas Gowda who is making a third appearance Also Kerala jumper Renjith Maheswary who touched 1730m his best in six years recently will be closely watched alongwith the trio of steeplechasers Lalita Babar Sudha Singh and marathoner OP Jaisha Spotlight will also be on the gritty Dutee Chand who is back on track after winning a landmark gender case against the IAAF and has become the first Indian sprinter to qualify for the Olympics in 36 years This year will mark the debut of rugby sevens in which teams are made up of seven players instead of the usual 15 while each half is reduced to seven minutes from the usual 40 India will also be competing in judo rowing swimming table tennis and weightlifting making in the ultimate show on the earth featuring 207 countries 28 sports in 41 disciplines In London 2012 India had doubled Beijing’s tally of three and it remains to be seen whether they can sustain the same growth rate despite the obstacles Imagine this: You have a home Your neighbour on the left snatches your room by force Then the neighbour on the right a chum of the neighbour on the left paints the walls of the illegally occupied room And to celebrate his wonderful feat the neighbour on the right decks up his own home with flowers and festoons and throws a gala Then with a mischievous smile the neighbour on the right invites you to join the fun File image of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Reuters Would you attend China is doing something as audacious as this by inviting India to the Belt and Road Forum (Barf) summit in Beijing on 14-15 May With two days to go for the event India hasn’t confirmed it will attend—despite China’s insistence that it should—India is unlikely to attend unless it chooses to send an official representative at the last minute as a token The Indian opposition to the summit is understandable Last year China had the temerity to kick off a series of projects in Pakistan as well as Pakistan-occupied Kashmir as part of the US $ 57 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (Cpec) This corridor is part of China’s One Belt One Road (Obor) initiative a pet global infrastructure dream of president Xi Jinping that takes in its sweep Asia Africa and Europe China has called the Barf summit to discuss raise a toast to Obor Pardon me for the flurry of bewildering names and acronyms Blame the Chinese penchant for arcane terms designed to inspire awe except that the unsavoury meaning of the word barf perhaps did not occur to Beijing’s Mandarin-English translators China is miffed that India an important country in the region should be sulking about attending a summit called to talk about something as grandiose as Obor Leaders of 29 countries including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and officials many other nations are travelling to Beijing to discuss Obor and China hopes that more than 50 agreements will be signed on transportation energy and communications projects Along with India Japan is staying away from Barf while the US is likely to send a delegation after initial hesitation China has unleashed a major media blitzkrieg to promote the summit What’s Obor Obor can be confusing It’s neither an organisation nor a single project It seeks to “connect” Asia with Europe and even Africa on the way with a network of roads ports railways and other infrastructure projects It’s a concept that Xi Jinping came up with in late 2013 a year after he took over and he first called it “a silk road economic belt” He spoke of the revival of the Silk Road the ancient network of routes that traders in Asia and Europe had taken some two thousand years ago Obor’s new connectivity includes both land and sea routes: ‘Belt’ is maritime while the ‘road’ is overland A Reuters report quotes Chinese officials as saying that between 2014 and 2016 its businesses signed projects worth $ 3049 billion in belt and road countries The Economistsays by financing around US $150 billion of infrastructure spending a year in countries to China’s south and west Xi hopes to create “new markets for Chinese firms and new spheres of influence for his government” China insists that Obor is the only way to speed up the world’s slowing economies But analysts see it as China’s economic tool aimed at spreading its influence across continents and stretching its military capabilities beyond its own borders and maritime boundaries Xiaims to establish a Eurasian trade identity and keeping the US out Obor has become so integral to his foreign policy that any Chinese raising as much as an eyebrow against it runs the risk of being tossed into the nearest jail Why India must shun Obor On 6 May Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told the media in Tokyo where he was on a visit: “. I have no hesitation in saying we have some serious reservations about it (Obor) because of sovereignty issues” These “issues” were too well-known to the world for Jaitley to elaborate The chief issue for India of course is Cpec the Pakistan arm of Obor India should not only boycott the Beijing show because of it but must continue to raise serious objections to Obor With a network of roads highways railways power and other infrastructure projects Cpec extends from Kashgar in China’s Xinxiang to the Gwadar port in Balochistan Pakistan gets improved infrastructure but for China it means killing many birds with one stone Cpec helps Chinese exports reach Europe and Africa faster And it also means multiple military spin-offs On land Cpec will provide China with more than enough excuses to have a large presence in sensitive areas not far from the Indian border And easy access to a port of Arabian Sea brings a bonanza of strategic benefits to the Chinese navy India not alone in opposing it While those in Kashmir who want to be part of Pakistan welcome it those who want an independent Kashmir detest it They find that Pakistan and China are conspiring to shatter their dream of independence Besides there is significant opposition to Cpec in Gilgit-Baltistan once part of the Princely State of Jammu and Kashmir Says Shabir Choudhry the Kashmir-born director of London-based Institute of Kashmir Affairs in an article:“There are reports that land is acquired illegally and without paying any compensation to the local people for the Cpec projects; and this is adding to the resentment of the suffering people Sad thing is if people complain or protest against this injustice they are accused of being anti-Pakistan and agents of India Some unfortunate people are facing sedition charges” And those fighting for the independence of Balochistan are upset that Cpec gives Pakistan a ruse to increase its armed presence even if it’s meant to protect the new projects Pakistani suspicions about Cpec The Cpec infrastructure projects are not coming cheap to Pakistan Most of the Chinese money pouring into Pakistan is coming as high-interest loans Says Pakistan’s leading daily Dawn in a recent editorial: “There is a fear lurking in the shadows of Cpec that a time will soon come when the Chinese will start dictating terms and priorities rather than negotiating them As an increasing number of Chinese enterprises acquire stakes in Pakistan’s economy and as the government takes out more and more loans from Chinese state-owned banks for balance of payments support the space to negotiate and protect our own interests diminishes” Such fears also exist in other small countries where Obor projects are either underway or are being proposed But leaders of many cash-starved small nations are signing up either to improve their infrastructure or to win over people with development PriceWaterhouseCoopers says: “There are many challenges for China and the other countries involved just some of which are rough terrain persistent regional conflicts thriving corruption and skepticism amongst various countries towards China and its intentions The sheer amount and variation of challenges will make the realisation of the belt and roads initiative a very complex endeavour” For India it’s a question of sovereignty and having hostile Chinese presence on all sides instead of just one Richardson Police Department in Texas confirmed that more arrests are possible in the still “dynamic” and “active” investigation into the disappearanceof a three-year-old Indian girl child Sherin Mathews in this affluent Texas suburb “We have a solid case” police confirmed after speaking to the father of the missing child The mother of the child is "not cooperating" in giving details about the child’s disappearance Officer Kevin Perlich of Richardson Police said The body of a child (not yet confirmed as Sherin Mathews) was found in a culvert Sunday not far from Mathews’ home in the same city The father Wesley Mathews “voluntarily” landed up at the police station and has since been locked up in Richardson City Jail in Texas His bond has been set at $1 million Richardson is home to the University of Texas at Dallas Sherin Mathews disappeared at an unearthly morning hour on 7 October 2017 after being “punished” for not drinking her milk Temperatures at this time of the morning have been in the range of 50-55F which is roughly 10-15 degrees Celsius? the family will see two representations in cousins Vinesh and (48kg) Babita Kumari (53kg) who will join Sakshi Malik (58kg) to make it three in the ring.autorickshaws and 30,000? and not yet become a real big city. download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 22.

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