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Pankaj Advani beats Mike Russel to win billiards world title for the 7th time

With a final century break of 119, Pankaj beat Englishman Mike Russell, the 11-time champion, to clinch his fourth world title in the timed format

Leeds: Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani proved his class once again as he notched up his seventh World Billiards Championship title after comprehensively beating defending champion and seasoned Englishman Mike Russell in the final, reports PTI.
The celebrated cueist stamped his dominance with a 1,895-1,216 win over the local favourite.
Fresh from his resounding 881-281 victory over compatriot Dhruv Sitwala in the semi-finals, Pankaj raced into a lead with a century break of 147 and a double century break of 298 within the first hour of the five-hour long encounter.
Experienced Mike then scored a break of 397 to equalise but Pankaj fought back strongly with breaks of 131 and 92 to take the lead in the first half of the match.
Pankaj started the second half with another century break of 128 and followed this with breaks of 94 and 108 to cement his lead over Mike.
With a final century break of 119, Pankaj beat the 11-time champion to clinch his fourth world title in the timed format. It was a case of history repeating itself for Pankaj who had beaten Mike 2030-1253 in the finals of the World Professional Billiards Championship in 2009 at the same venue.
Dedicating the title to his mother, an elated Pankaj said, "I am so pleased to have won my seventh world title. I took a gamble while choosing to play the World Championships here in Leeds and not the International Championship on the Professional Snooker tour and I am glad that paid off in my favour.
"I took a tough decision earlier this year to play both Billiards and Snooker at the highest level, and I am glad that I have been able to maintain top form in both the forms." 
"This victory like every other shall be treasured yet has its own special meaning given the unique challenges I have faced this year. This win is a testament that if you follow your heart, nothing's impossible," Pankaj added.
Pankaj has been in stupendous form through the tournament, remaining unbeaten in the earlier rounds to proceed to the knock outs as the top seed in both Points and Timed formats.
Pankaj bounced back from his loss to Peter Gilchrist in the quarterfinals of the points format and showed great composure in his quarterfinal encounter against Rupesh Shah in the timed format which he won with a 940-point margin in 180 minutes to storm into the semi-finals where he beat fellow Indian Dhruv Sitwala.
This is the eighth overall world title for Pankaj and his seventh in billiards.
His first world title in billiards came in 2005 when he created history by becoming the first cueist ever to win the Timed and Points format of the IBSF World Billiards Championship in the same year, a feat he repeated in 2008.
He also won the IBSF World Billiards Championship (Timed Format) in 2007 and won World Professional Billiards title 2009.
The only active player to compete at the highest level in both, Billiards and Snooker, Pankaj made the tough choice of picking the World Billiards Championship over International Snooker Championships due to a clash in the dates of the two tournaments.


Al-Qaeda's all-female 'Burkha Brigade' to hit Western targets

The women are thought to have been recruited from the war-torn Russian republic of Chechnya by an al-Qaeda-linked group, with bases in Pakistan and Afghanistan

London: Al-Qaeda has formed an all-female 'Burkha Brigade' whose cadres are being trained to infiltrate and hit military bases and official buildings in the Western nations as they are less likely to attract suspicion than men, reports PTI.
A film posted by fanatics online shows the all-female unit of al-Qaeda using a fearsome array of weapons, including machine-guns, grenade rocket launchers and sniper rifles during their training session at an unknown place.
The women are thought to have been recruited from the war-torn Russian republic of Chechnya by an al-Qaeda-linked group, with bases in Pakistan and Afghanistan, British tabloid The Sun reported.
The films carry the symbol of 'Islam Awazi' or 'Voice of Islam, an al-Qaeda linked terror group based in Russia's Caucus region.
The report has raised concerns among authorities and experts who say the global terror network has formed such units as women are less likely to attract suspicion than men and can easily infiltrate the security barriers.
In recent months, cases of female suicide attackers’ successfully hitting targets have emerged in different countries. Such bombers generally hide the explosives beneath their abaya -- a woman's black cloak worn from head to toe.
The report raises concern as several women terrorists have been arrested in the West that includes America's Colleen LaRose alias Jihad Jane and Germany's Filiz Gelowicz.
In September, a female suicide bomber in Afghanistan rammed an explosive-laden car into a mini-bus carrying foreign aviation workers to the airport in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least 12 people including eight South Africans.
In August, a 30-year-old Russian actress who converted to Islam killed Dagestan's top Muslim spiritual leader Sheikh Said Afandi and six others in a suicide attack.
In war-torn Iraq, several cases have been reported in the past in which female suicide bombers have targetted security officials, killing scores of people.


Auto production may end FY13 with 6% growth, says CMIE

According to the economic think tank, driven by a likely 32.7% growth in the multi-utility vehicle segment, passenger cars and vans, the segment is expected to record a slightly faster 6.2% growth in FY13

Mumbai: Automobile production in the country, which took a hit due to the high borrowing costs and rising fuel prices coupled with weak consumer sentiment in the April-August period, is likely to bounce back in the second half and may end FY13 with about 6% growth, the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) has said, reports PTI.
The recovery in the production is expected to come on the back of festival season and a host of new launches by auto companies, CMIE said in its latest report.
"We expect automobile production to grow by 5.8% in the current fiscal. Yet, this will be considerably lower than 13.8% recorded in the previous fiscal." 
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI)'s continued hawkish stance on key policy rates and rising oil prices along with deceleration in consumer demand impacted the auto production in the five months of the fiscal as it grew by a muted 4.1%, the report said.
According to CMIE, the two-and three-wheeler industry, which accounts for almost three-fourths of total production, is expected to grow by a mere 5.9% during the fiscal, impacting the overall industry's growth.
"However, driven by a likely 32.7% growth in the multi-utility vehicle segment, passengers cars and vans, the segment is expected to record a slightly faster 6.2% growth," the city-based economic think tank said.
Passenger car and van production dropped by 2.4% in the April-August period, the report said, adding however the festival season, new launches and resumption in production at the Maruti's Manesar plant will help passenger car and van output to grow by 2.6% this fiscal.
The industry saw launch of a new Alto from Maruti, the Rexton and Quanto from M&M, Indigo Manza Club Class, Safari Storme from the Tatas, the new Figo from Ford, and the automatic version of the Honda Brio in last couple of weeks.
A likely pick-up in manufacturing activity and higher agricultural and export-import cargo in the second half is expected to generate a higher demand for transportation.
This, subsequently, will help limit the fall in medium and heavy commercial vehicles production to 6.4% from 4.2% in the April-August period, the report said.
However, light commercial vehicle production is likely to rise by a healthy 8.9%, it added.



sarla desai

4 years ago

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