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Spirited Sakshi ends India's medal hunt, rejuvenates faltering Olympic campaign
Rio de Janeiro: Star wrestler Sakshi Malik brought an end to India's long wait for a medal at the ongoing Rio Olympics, clinching bronze in the Women's Freestyle 58kg category even as the Indian challenge in other disciplines continue to falter.
 
The 23-year-old from Rohtak overturned a 0-5 deficit in a hectic second round to script an 8-5 victory over Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan in the bronze medal bout at the Carioca Arena 2 here on Wednesday.
 
It was a rousing display of fighting spirit and never-say-die attitude from the Indian.
 
Aisuluu was clearly the superior wrestler in the totally one-sided opening round, displaying impressive strength and technique to take five points and open up a formidable lead.
 
But Sakshi -- who has previously shown a knack of staging strong comebacks -- was a totally transformed grappler in the second round, taking eight consecutive points to send the sizable number of Indian fans in the stands into wild delirium.
 
Sakshi, who had also finished on the podium at the 2015 Asian Championships, created history by becoming the first Indian female wrestler to clinch an Olympic medal.
 
Kaori Icho of Japan won the gold medal in the category while Russia's Valeria Koblova -- who had defeated Sakshi in the quarter-finals -- took the silver.
 
Eight-time African champion Marwa Amri of Tunisia took home the other bronze medal in the category.
 
Icho also created history by becoming the first-ever wrestler to win four Olympic titles. She is also the first female in any sport to win gold at four Olympics in an individual event.
 
Earlier, Sakshi had crashed out of contention for the gold medal after a one-sided 2-9 loss to Valeria in the quarter-finals.
 
Sakshi, who trailed 0-1 after the first period, made a comeback in the initial minutes of the second period to go 2-1 up.
 
She, however, failed to maintain the lead as the Russian overpowered her with some incredible moves to take an unassailable 9-2 lead in the dying minutes.
 
But with Valeria later making it to the final, Sakshi qualified for the repechage round for a shot at the bronze medal.
 
She started her bid for the bronze in superb fashion by defeating Orkhon Purevdorj of Mongolia 12-3 in the Repechage Round 2 to move within striking distance of a medal.
 
Sakshi's medal capped another day of heartbreaks for India including an unfortunate injury to Vinesh in the women's 48kg Freestyle category that forced her out of the competition.
 
Vinesh had sustained what seemed to be a serious knee injury during her bout against Sun Yanan of China in the quarter-finals.
 
The Haryana grappler, one of India's best bets for a medal, had received a bye in the opening round. She then started her campaign on a rousing note with a dominant 11-0 thrashing of Alina Emilia of Romania in the pre-quarterfinals.
 
The 21-year-old was leading 1-0 against the Chinese grappler at the time of her injury. 
 
The match was immediately stopped to allow medical attention to Vinesh. After the Indian physio declared that Vinesh will not be able to continue, Sun, who was leading 2-1, was declared the winner by injury.
 
Vinesh, who got her injured knee wrapped and put in a brace, was taken away on a stretcher. She was then shifted to the Athletes Village where a clinic has all the facilities for medical test. However, she had to wait about an hour for the MRI, since the machines were busy with other athletes.
 
Later, doctors said Vinesh's injury was a "ligament tear" and no fracture was seen.
 
"She will recover from the injury in about two weeks, but for her to start wrestling will take about six weeks at least," the Chief Medical Officer of the Indian contingent in Rio, Pawandeep Singh Kohli told IANS.
 
The doctor said she sustained the injury when her opponent in the wrestling match caught her foot and turned it sharply, putting pressure on the knee. "It's an agonising pain when a ligament tears," he said. A brace has been put on her leg. She will be examined after two weeks and then advise given on future course of treatment.
 
The other events on Wednesday witnessed a by now familiar pattern of Indians producing brave efforts only to fizzle out in their respective disciplines.
 
The day started with Srikanth going down after a valiant fight to two-time defending champion Lin Dan of China in the quarter-finals of the men's singles event of the badminton competition.
 
Five-time world champion Dan edged out World No.11 Srikanth 21-6, 11-21, 21-18.
 
With this win, the 32-year-old Chinese legend took a 3-1 head-to-head lead against the 23-year-old Indian shuttler.
 
In the semi-finals, Dan will face his long-time rival and Malaysian veteran Lee Chong Wei, who crushed Chinese Taipei's Tou Tien Chen in a dominating 21-9, 21-15 victory.
 
Wednesday also witnessed Tintu Luka finishing sixth in her women's 800 metre heats despite clocking her season's best timing.
 
In track and field, Tintu was the lone Indian athlete in action on Wednesday. 
 
She started off well but her strategy backfired to finish with a timing of 2:00.58 minutes in Heat 3. Tintu finished overall 29th in the qualification round. 
 
The qualification round was topped by Canada's Melissa Bishop followed by Marina Arzamasova of Belarus and Habitam Alemu of Ethiopia at the second and third spots respectively.
 
In the women's golf event, India's Aditi Ashok carded an impressive three-under 68 to finish tied seventh after the opening round.
 
The 18-year-old got off to a flying start after getting a birdie on the par-four second hole before getting two more birdies on the par-five 10th and par-three 14th holes to get a 68 in a flawless round.
 
The Bengaluru golfer shared the spot with Lexi Thomson of the United States, Britain's Charley Hull and the Spaniard Azahara Munoz.
 
Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand set the pace with a six-under 65 as she enjoyed a one-stroke lead at the top over the South Korean duo of Inbee Park and Seiyoung Kim.
 
It was an eventful round for Ariya, who got an eagle on the par-five fifth, alongside seven birdies against a double bogey on the par-three fourth and a bogey on the par-four 11th.
 
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Nifty, Sensex directionless – Wednesday closing report

We had mentioned in Tuesday’s closing report that Nifty, Sensex were in no man’s land. The major indices of the stock exchanges were range-bound on Wednesday and closed with small losses over Tuesday’s close. Investors were cautious and the trading volumes on NSE were also on the lower side. The trends of the major indices in the course of Wednesday’s trading are given in the table below:

India Vix closed at 14.78, up 4.21%. NSE turnover was at 94.16 crore.

Negative global cues, along with profit booking, subdued the Indian equity markets during the mid-afternoon trade session on Wednesday. Heavy selling pressure was witnessed in information technology (IT) and technology, media and entertainment (TECK) stocks. Auto and aviation stocks showed some strength and traded with firm sentiments, pointed out market analysts. Sugar stocks traded down on the lack of buying interest.
 
Reliance Brands, a part of the Mukesh Ambani-led industrial group, has entered into a master franchise pact with the premium Dutch youth fashion company, Scotch and Soda, to set up its stores in all major Indian cities by next year. "Reliance will also grow the brand through other channels of sale in India, such as ecommerce, travel commerce, and leading multi-brand department stores," the company said, adding the range will cover menswear, womenswear and children’s wear categories through all channels of sale. Scotch and Soda has over 160 stores of their own globally, and can be found in over 8,000 other outlets, including the best global department stores, as also on their Web store. The merchandise is designed at their church-turned-studio in the heart of Amsterdam. Reliance Industries shares closed at Rs1,014.00, down 1% on the BSE on Wednesday.
 
Cable maker CMI Ltd. said on Tuesday its revenues in the quarter ended June grew 69.9% to Rs77.01 crore from Rs45.32 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Profit after tax was Rs5.50 crore in April-June 2016 against Rs2.83 crore in the first quarter in the last fiscal, a growth of 93.8%, said a statement issued by the BSE-listed CMI Ltd. The profit after tax grew 3.36% on a quarter-on-quarter basis over Rs5.32 crore recorded in the quarter ended March 2016. The earning per share was Rs3.86 in the quarter ended June, up from Rs2.44 in the first quarter of 2015-16. The company announced in April the start of production at its new facility in Baddi in Himachal Pradesh, which is part of the recently-acquired General Cable Energy Private Ltd from General Cable Corporation. CMI shares closed at Rs182.90, up 4.04% on the BSE.
 
In view of the high prices of pulses both in the wholesale and retail markets in the country, the Centre on Tuesday decided to import about 20,000 tonnes of 'chana dal' and 80,000 tonnes of 'masoor' dal to strengthen its buffer stock. A decision to import these dals was taken at a meeting of an inter-ministerial committee, headed by Consumer Affairs Secretary Hem Pande, an official source said. "The government has decided to import further 20,000 tonnes of chana and 80,000 tonnes of masoor to strengthen buffer stock," a Food Ministry statement said after the committee meeting. The meeting discussed about an "alternate mechanism" for the release of pulses from the buffer stock at an appropriate time for effective market intervention if sufficient quantity is not lifted by the states, official sources said. This is likely to rein in inflation in the Indian economy and improve the underlying bullish trend in the Indian stock market.
 
Oil prices rallied for a fourth straight session on Tuesday, amid speculation that the talks of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries next month could result in a crude output freeze. This is likely to set the major indices in the Indian stock markets on a bullish trend.
 
The top gainers and top losers of the major indices are given in the table below:
 

The closing values of the major Asian indices are given in the table below:

 

 

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Know about arrest and detention, police interrogation and questioning
"The number of cases in courts are increasing because people are becoming aware about their right and not because law is being implemented or followed strictly. But at the same time, people are getting fed up with judiciary, increasing costs and police and enforcement agencies," says Senior Advocate Satish Maneshinde. He was speaking at the fifth session under the "Police & You" series. 
 
Moneylife Foundation with Police Reforms Watch with support from Saraswat Bank have launched the 12-week program (every Wednesday) that aims to spread knowledge about protecting yourself, your rights, the Indian Penal Code (IPC), cybercrime and economic offences. This was the fifth such session.
 
 
 
Adv Maneshinde, one of the top lawyers practising in criminal matters, said, "Judiciary is the most neglected pillar of our democracy. That is why the infrastructure in courts, especially in power courts is very poor and pathetic. There are maximum number of cases pending in lower cases, which are functioning in inappropriate conditions. And we have to blame the system for pendency of cases. Improving infrastructure in judiciary is the way for modernising India."
 
The event was held in the well-appointed auditorium of Saraswat Bank headquarters, Eknath Thakur Bhavan. 
 
The fifth session of the 12-week series on "The Police & You: Arrest and Detention, Police Interrogation and Questioning" was conducted by Adv Maneshinde and Ramesh Mahale, who retired from Mumbai Police as Senior Inspector. 
 
Mr Mahale, who was the chief investigating officer in the 26/11 Mumbai Terror Attack case, explained the procedures involved in arrest, detention and interrogation. "One of the major issues faced by Police while investigating or filing a charge sheet before a court is lack of knowledge, especially new changes in law and decisions of the courts. Even the government and police department are reluctant to learn about new changes. For example, as per changes in section 46(4) in the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), Police cannot arrest a woman after sunset until sunrise. Under exceptional circumstances, a lady police officer, with written permission from the Metropolitan Magistrate can arrest the woman concerned," he said.
 

Similarly, as per changes in CrPC that took place from 1 November 2011, Police are not supposed to arrest a person for an offense punishable for jail term of seven years or less. But most of the time, these are not followed by Police, Mr Mahale said.
 
Mr Mahale, who has put in 30 years of unblemished service and secured 688 rewards and commendatory notes during his career, also expressed his concern about custodial deaths.  
 
According to the statistical data on custodial deaths, during 1999 to 2013, a total 1,418 deaths took place in police custody or disappearance of persons from custody across the country. Out of this, 333 deaths occurred in Maharashtra alone. The state also recorded the highest number of custodial deaths of 30 in 2015, out of which four took place in Mumbai, Mr Mahale said.
 
 
Section 176 (1) A of the CrPC provides for the police station to inform the nearest judicial magistrate about a death in custody. Under this provision, the magistrate is empowered to hold inquests by ordering a post mortem of the body within two days. Based on the same provision, the magistrate can direct an inquiry thereafter. However, the Maharashtra government issued a circular to police stations across the state informing about this provision only on 3 May 2016. 
 
Mr Mahale then informed the audience about various provisions and laws about arrest, detention and deaths in police custody. He also described the procedure for custodial inquiry and interrogation.
 
The retired police officer, who was awarded the President's Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 2011, shared his experiences during the 26/11 Mumbai Terror Attack case, inquiry of Ajmal Kasab and other cases he had handled as investigation officer.
 

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COMMENTS

Bapoo Malcolm

6 months ago

Continuing where I left off, thanks to the wrong 'click'. The man who really helped me at that time was Julio Rebeiro. I did not know the law then; I used to be arrested two, three times a week, around midnight every time, from the Parsi General Hospital where my father was dying. The cops are the pits. Thankfully, they are also low IQ guys. Educating them will not help. The public needs to be educated, from school, to effectively counter the high handed methods. But the politicians hope that the public is always blind-sided. Like how they talk of emphasis on "local language", while their own kids graduate with English. Remember that the two most hated groups in India, according to a study, are a) politicians and b) police. The one 'P' that bears the brunt is the most important 'P', the PUBLIC.

Bapoo Malcolm

6 months ago

Law should be taught at schools. At least the basics of Contract Law and those relating to police methods. They exist by intimidation. My aunt, about 82 years and rather deaf, was whisked away from home and moved from police station to police station for three hours; so that we could not locate her. She died in a state of perpetual shock and dread of the word "police", four months later. In spite of great care by her eminent doctor brother, who took her away to Indore, hoping to ease her fears.

Bapoo Malcolm

6 months ago

Law should be taught at schools. At least the basics of Contract Law and those relating to police methods. They exist by intimidation. My aunt, about 82 years and rather deaf, was whisked away from home and moved from police station to police station for three hours; so that we could not locate her. She died in a state of perpetual shock and dread of the word "police", four months later. In spite of great care by her eminent doctor brother, who took her away to Indore, hoping to ease her fears.

Abhijit Chaudhuri

6 months ago

Judicial process is that labyrinth which is not taught at any school or college unless one is a student of law. I salute Moneylife Foundation to spread such awareness amongst the citizens.

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