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Highlights, India vs China, football friendly: Blue Tigers manage to hold hosts to an fighting draw

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Highlights, India vs China, football friendly: Blue Tigers manage to hold hosts to an fighting draw

Preview: Billion-plus populations but laggards in a truly global sport – India and China will go head to head in a football friendly for the first time in 21 years on Saturday with the home team a firm favourite despite poor recent form.

The Indian team is playing an international match for the first time in China though their senior sides have faced each other 17 times in the past. China have played in India seven times, all of them in the invitational tournament Nehru Cup.

India has not won a single match out of the 17 while China has come out trumps 12 on occasions.

Five matches have ended in draws. The senior teams of India and China last played in the 1997 Nehru Cup in Kochi which the ‘Red Dragons’ won 2-1.

Saturday’s match at Suzhou, around 100 km from Shanghai, has attracted a lot of interest among the football fans and the media in the backdrop of the competition between the two countries in several spheres as well as the fact that they are playing a football match for the first time after 1997.

Neighbours India and China account for one-third of the world’s population and they are the fastest growing and competing economies in the world but they have remained “sleeping giants” with nothing much to show at the world stage.

This is more true for India as the country has not featured in a single FIFA World Cup while China has done so once – in 2002 when they exited from the group stages after losing all their three matches.

Despite being a lesser force on the global stage, China, nonetheless, is one of the established football countries in Asia. The ‘Red Dragons’ have been consistently among the top-10 in Asia and in the top-100 in the world.

The country is now 76th in FIFA rankings and seventh in Asia.

China has played 11 times in the Asian Cup, the continent’s top-flight competition and has finished runners-up twice and third as many times.

India, on the other hand, has played only thrice in the Asian Cup (1964 runners-up; 1984 and 2011) and recently broke into the top 100 in the FIFA rankings after a long time. The country is now 97th in FIFA rankings and 15th in Asia.

It is a bold move on India’s part to play against China as they have not played in the recent past against a top side in the continent except in the Asian Cup or the World Cup qualifiers and it is also fraught with consequences.

The match, being played by both sides in the FIFA international friendly window as part of preparations for the AFC Asian Cup in January next month, will test India’s ‘real’ progress and its stake as a country hoping to be among the Asian elite.

“We are fully aware that China are a big side in the region. They will be a very difficult side. They want to play possession football, attacking football,” said coach Stephen Constantine

“We will go all out for a win. But if we lose, we will try to find out the positive aspects.”

Sunil Chhetri wondered just what took so long for the two countries to play each other.

“We should not afford them much space. At the same time, whenever we find a little room of opportunity, we have to construct the moves and counter them,” said Chhetri.

China are the favourites to win tomorrow’s match but the home side would know that it cannot be complacent as it has been struggling of late after a 0-1 loss to an inexperienced Qatar last month and then a 0-0 stalemate with Bahrain.

The home team’s 2006 World Cup winning Italian coach Marcello Lippi cannot afford to anything other than a win on Saturday with less than three months left for the Asian Cup, which will be his last tournament with the Chinese national side.

With inputs from PTI

Ira Trivedi on her #MeToo story naming Chetan Bhagat, Suhel Seth: Was my duty, moral responsibility

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Ira Trivedi. Image via Twitter/@rajrishi

An Outlook column by the writer Ira Trivedi is the latest missive lobbed by the #MeToo movement that currently has social media timelines in India in its grips.

In the column, Trivedi details her own experiences with sexual harassment in the literary world — more specifically from two prominent figures who have also been named in other #MeToo accounts: Chetan Bhagat and Suhel Seth.

Trivedi begins by explaining why she’s felt compelled to speak out about these experiences, and these men.

Ira Trivedi. Image via Twitter/@rajrishi

‘I have been debating against men (and women) who believe that the #MeToo movement is just about defaming men; who believe that women use it to catapult themselves into the limelight; who just want to live out their personal vendettas. I have tried my best to make the point that the #MeToo movement isn’t about sending men to jail or naming-and-shaming or piling on the allegations. It is about shattering the assumptions that underpin the perceived — and severely skewed — power dynamic between men and women in India. It is about understanding the basic fact that there are bounds around each woman’s personal space that cannot be invaded without permission, that are not – and cannot — be defined by men. It is about creating better and safer working and living conditions for women. Ultimately it is a way for women to tell their stories and by doing so, to educate others. Every woman’s story is important and a lens into how pervasive the issue is,’ Trivedi writes.

Having been called on to discuss #MeToo on various platforms, Trivedi said she felt a sense of responsibility to articulate her own experiences, and that unless she did so — without fear — she didn’t “deserve the sort of platform that (she) gets to speak and write on women’s issues”.

What follows is an account of how she met Chetan Bhagat nearly a decade ago at the Jaipur Literature Festival during a panel discussion they were both a part of; over the years to follow, she writes of a series of passes Bhagat allegedly made. Trivedi writes that she shrugged off the behaviour as just “Chetan being Chetan”, but “harmless as it was, it still made (her) deeply uncomfortable”.

Of Suhel Seth, Trivedi writes that his inappropriate behaviour grew in frequency along with his stature. Lewd comments, being over-familiar physically — these are a few of the behaviours Trivedi describes.

Trivedi’s column also addresses why she continued to interact with Bhagat and Seth especially since their behaviour made her so uncomfortable:

“The truth is that both these men were and remain powerful, important and influential, particularly in the world that I inhabit,” she writes. She says she continued to associate with them socially “fearful of burning that bridge, scared of saying something that would turn them against me, afraid that if I were to speak up, no one would care to listen. As a writer, who began her career at the age of 19, I thought that this was the cabal that I was a part of and occasionally bearing their discomfiting behaviour was the price that I had to pay for their acquaintance.”

“Over the past few days, I have thought deeply about why men like Chetan Bhagat or Suhel Seth behave in the inappropriate way that they do,” Trivedi adds. “Is it to gain validation? Or is it simply because they feel that they can just get away with it all?”

In a short interview with ramazan-2012, Trivedi spoke about #MeToo and coming out with her own story.

Was this column difficult to write? To articulate your own #MeToo story?

It was. This is a deeply personal story and it took a lot of courage and support from friends to come out with it.

A lot of the #MeToo stories that have emerged have been from the fields of journalism and entertainment; not as many from the literary world. Why do you think that is? One assumes harassment occurs as much in this sphere as well.

It does. But the world of literature, publishing and journalism are intertwined. This happens in every world, and as the #MeToo movement gains strength, we will hear more and more stories.

Have fellow writers confided in you about encountering troubling behaviour/harassment from other writers or publishers? Or have you witnessed behaviour that troubled you because of its inappropriateness?

No. I can’t say that I have heard any specific complaints other than with the people who I called out.

What are some of the power structures or ways of functioning specific to the literary world that make harassment or inappropriate behaviour difficult to call out, and also to avoid?

It the same power structure as any other world. If anything I think the literary world is a little better.

What could the repercussions be, for instance, of calling out someone for being a harasser?

I think now, fewer than earlier. It’s the same as any other industry. Women will be thought of as troublemakers and maybe jobs etc will become unavailable to them.

One feels a greater sense of shock when a well-regarded writer is accused of impropriety. Maybe there is a sense that writers are more evolved as individuals, or more sensitive or empathetic.

It’s about the ego. As the ego gets bigger one gets blinded and forgets what is dharma versus adharma.

What can writers, publishers, agents, even readers do to ensure that harassment of any sort is not encouraged?

The first step is to be brazen and come out with your story. The #MeToo campaign has provided a good platform for that. Through this platform, women are getting a chance to tell their stories and get a platform they deserve.

What has the feedback to your Outlook column been like so far?

It’s been so overwhelming. I was afraid and nervous before I posted this article, but I knew I had to share my story. I would have felt like a coward if I had not.

Has it been cathartic in any way to articulate these experiences?

I don’t think it’s about that at the moment. It was my duty and moral responsibility, and I did it.

Did you happen to read Mr Bhagat’s Facebook posts in response to being called out for his inappropriate messages to women?

I know the gist of it. I’m sure there are so many more women out there who haven’t come out yet.

What do people get right about the #MeToo movement and what do they get wrong?

People don’t understand the #MeToo movement. It is not about putting men behind bars, and it is different than sexual harassment — there are laws for that, and people can use them. #MeToo has a different purpose, I have spoken about it in my piece.

What do you think this second wave of #MeToo stories has made possible in India? What do you think is the way forward from here? What can we do better? How can we be better?

We have to be our own moral police. Newspapers, literature festivals, etc have to take a strong stand and ostracise these predators. They shouldn’t be allowed to be cultural icons/influencers.

NBA: Seven-time champion Robert Horry to visit New Delhi academy during season tip-off

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NBA: Seven-time champion Robert Horry to visit New Delhi academy during season tip-off

Mumbai: Seven-time NBA Champion Robert Horry will visit India this month to celebrate the 2018-19 NBA season tip-off with fans and interact with the country’s top prospects at The NBA Academy India in New Delhi.

Horry will first stop in New Delhi on 19 October, where he will train with the 24 full-time prospects at The NBA Academy India.

Horry will then make live television appearances on Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 3s NBA wraparound shows on 20 October and 21 October respectively to discuss the upcoming NBA season.

“I’m excited to return to India to work with some of the most promising talent the country has to offer and celebrate what will certainly be an electrifying NBA season,” said Horry.

“I understand the game has made huge strides since my last visit to India in 2012, and I can’t wait to see this for myself.”

Horry, a 6’7″ inches tall forward from the University of Alabama, was selected 11th overall by the Houston Rockets in the 1992 NBA Draft.

Horry was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 1993 and won two of his seven NBA Championships with the Houston Rockets in 1994 and 1995. He also won titles with the Los Angeles Lakers (2000-2002) and the San Antonio Spurs (2005, 2007).

Since 2006, more than 30 active and retired NBA and WNBA players have visited India with the NBA, including Sim Bhullar, Bruce Bowen, Muggsy Bogues, Chris Bosh, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Seth Curry, Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard, Brian Shaw, Robin Lopez, Jason Richardson, Kevin Durant, and Brook Lopez.

As Delhi's air quality turns very poor, emergency plan to combat pollution to kick in from Monday

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Representational image. AP

New Delhi: An emergency action plan will be implemented from Monday to combat air pollution that has begun to show a trend towards very poor category, the Central Pollution Control Board said. Under the emergency plan called Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), stringent actions are implemented based on the air quality of the city.

Representational image. AP

If the air quality lies in moderate to poor category- measures, like stopping garbage burning in landfills and other places, and enforcing all pollution control regulations in brick kilns and industries, would be implemented, an official said. If the air quality falls in the very poor category, additional measures of stopping use of diesel generator sets, enhancing parking fees 3-4 times and increasing frequency of metro and buses would be implemented, he added.

If the air quality falls in the severe category, additional measures would be implemented of increasing frequency of mechanised cleaning of roads, sprinkling of water on roads and identifying road stretches with high dust generation. If the air quality falls to severe plus emergency category, then measures like stopping entry of trucks into Delhi (except essential commodities), stopping construction activities and appointment of a task force to take a decision on any additional steps, including shutting of schools, are implemented. The measures depending upon the air quality will be implemented from Monday.

Currently, the air quality is in the poor category but authorities have predicted that it would reach the ‘very poor’ category in the next couple of days. In addition to GRAP, the CPCB has also deployed 41 teams across the Delhi NCR to monitor proper implementation of norms enforced to prevent pollution at the source.  Till 11 October, 96 inspections were conducted by the teams across Delhi NCR and the inspections would intensify in the coming days, a senior CPCB official said. The inspections were started by the two-member team on 15 September, he added.

Meanwhile, satellite images from the NASA showed rampant stubble burning activity in Punjab and Haryana. The NASA, on its official website, stated that burning of crop residue in Punjab and Haryana has increased significantly over the past 10 days in and near Amritsar, Ambala, Karnal, Sirsa and Hisar. Burning of paddy straw every year during October and November and wheat straw during April in Punjab and Haryana are the major contributors of air pollution in Delhi-NCR, as the smoke travels towards the national capital. In Delhi, it mixes with the fog and creates a toxic smoggy winter every year.

Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu shines as gritty India secure goalless draw against China in international friendly

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Indian football team in action against China in an international friendly. ISL

Suzhou: A gritty India thwarted a wave of Chinese onslaughts to play out a remarkable goalless draw in an international football friendly played for the first time after 21 years between the two countries on Saturday.

In a keenly-watched match played between the two most populous countries in the world but still laggards in the global game, China clearly dominated the proceedings with several chances coming their way but they failed to get a goal.

Chinese forwards’ goal drought continued while the Indians, especially the back-four of captain Sandesh Jhingan, Narayan Das, Pritam Kotal and Subhasish Bose, played their hearts out to held their nerves till the end.

The home side had at least three clear chances with two being denied by the woodwork while their star striker Gao Lin failed to find the target several times. Custodian Gurpreet Singh Sandhu stood like a rock in front of the Indian goal as he denied the home side at least on four occasions.

It was a remarkable achievement for India as they have drawn against a continental top side like China in their own den. India were playing on the Chinese soil for the first time and there were periods in the match, though few and far between, when the visitors threatened on the counters.

India had two very good chances on either side of the breather, one from Pritam Kotal and another from substitute Farukh Choudhary, and a couple of half chances.

The draw is also expected to take India higher in the FIFA rankings. They are now placed 97th while China are at 76th spot.

On the other hand, China, coached by 2006 World Cup winning Italian coach Marcello Lippi, continued their recent struggle as they failed to score in three matches on the trot.

China had lost to an inexperienced Qatar team 0-1 last month before playing out a 0-0 draw against Bahrain. They have not scored since beating Thailand 2-0 in June.

India head coach Stephen Constantine had predicted an attacking-minded Chinese team and that precisely turned out as the home side made a wave of attacks in the first session.

But the visitors did not give an inch to the Chinese attackers who has played more than 100 international matches, for most part while goalie Gurpreet made a few fine saves.

In the seventh minute itself, the Indian goal was under threat but Jhingan made a timely clearance for a corner following Yu Dabao’s shot.

The Indians grew in confidence as the match wore on and they even had a very good chance in the 13th minute when Sunil Chhetri passed the ball back to Pranoy Halder who went diagonal to Anirudh Thapa who, in turn, laid it for an onrushing Kotal.

But Kotal’s right footer from the right side of the box was parried away by Chinese goalie Yan Junling. That was the best chance India had in the first half.

Two minutes later, Gao had a free header from a corner but the ball went directly to Gurpreet’s hands.

India got a free kick in the 17th minute and Thapa’s delivery found an unmarked Chhetri making a first time shot but the ball sailed over.

Meanwhile, halfway through the first half, Gurpreet again pulled off a fine save as he blocked a low shot from Gao after a defensive mistake by the Indians.

As soon as the second half began, Gao rattled Gurpreet’s crossbar in the 48th minute but a few minutes later Udanta Singh was set up by Holicharan Narzary but the Manipuri shot over the crossbar in a hurry.

The 71st minute also saw the Indian crossbar being rattled by a Wu Lei volley and it was pure luck for India as Gurpreet was completely beaten that time.

Five minutes later, Gurpreet again pulled off another fine save to deny a Xiao Zhi header from a corner.

Towards the end of the regulation time, there was a scramble near the Indian goal-line but the visiting side, who desperately threw their bodies towards the close of the match, survived as the match ended in a stalemate.

Before Saturday, India and China had played 17 times with the last one being in 1997 in Kochi. China had won 12 times while the remaining five were drawn matches.

Four miscreants thrash Mumbai journalist Herman Gomes outside his home; police investigation underway

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Four miscreants thrash Mumbai journalist Herman Gomes outside his home; police investigation underway

Mumbai: A television journalist was injured when a group of unidentified people allegedly assaulted him near his house in south Mumbai early Sunday, police said.

Herman Gomes, working with a private TV channel, was returning home along with a friend in a taxi late Saturday night. When he got out of the cab around 1.30 am on Sunday, he saw four to six persons waiting near his house in Gamdevi area, Deputy Commissioner of Police (zone-II) Dnyaneshwar Chavan told PTI.

The journalist, in a Facebook post gave a detailed account of the incident.

The persons started abusing Gomes and later allegedly assaulted him, Chavan said. The journalist was injured in the assault and based on his complaint, the Gamdevi police later registered a case under IPC sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 324 (voluntary causing hurt by dangerous weapons) and other relevant provisions, he said.

The motive behind the attack was not yet known, he said, adding an investigation was underway into the case.

Journalists’ associations in the city condemned the attack and alleged that police did not file the victim’s complaint promptly. The Mumbai Press Club termed the attack on Gomes as a “dastardly act”.

An association of crime reporters in the city, in a statement, demanded immediate arrest of the assailants.

It urged Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to take action against the police officers who allegedly delayed registration of the FIR in the matter.

CIMB Classic: Shubhankar Sharma in contention for maiden PGA Tour title after taking a share of lead

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CIMB Classic: Shubhankar Sharma in contention for maiden PGA Tour title after taking a share of lead

Kuala Lumpur: Shubhankar Sharma could open the door to a whole new world if he shakes off co-leaders Gary Woodland (67) and Marc Leishman (67) to win his maiden PGA Tour title at the CIMB Classic. Shubhankar , 22, played near perfect golf as he shot 6-under 66 to join the other two at the end of Saturday.

He was literally pin-hunting, gunning for the flags and managing to hole birdies consistently. Clearly the presence of his coach, Jesse Grewal and the great memories of his win in Malaysia in February were producing the magic. And he was using the lessons learnt from WGC-Mexico, where was T9 after leading for three days. “I have been in this position before. The good thing is that I’ve been in this position before so I know what happens and what my mind goes through, so I’ll just try and relax myself as much as possible. And the way I’m playing, I’m pretty sure I’ll play well tomorrow as well,” he said

That’s confidence for sure.

This is the second time in his career, that Shubhankar will carry at least a share of lead into the final round and play in the lead group. Last time he was on top sole was by two shots after 54 holes at WGC-Mexico in March this year.

Both Woodland and Leishman, who shared the 36-hole lead, have three PGA Tour wins each, while Shubhankar is looking for his first and seeking to become only the second Indian after Arjun Atwal to taste victory on the world’s biggest Tour.

Gaganjeet Bhullar (71) had three birdies against two bogeys to be 6-under 210 and T-42, while Anirban Lahiri (68) finally had some putts falling with six birdies, but he dropped a shot each on seventh and 17th. Lahiri was 2-under and T-64th. Rahil Gangjee (73) was lying 77th at 5-over for three days.

Trailing Woodland and Leishman by one, Shubhankar poured seven birdies against one bogey to card 66. The bogey was his first 21 holes – the previous bogey came on second, which was his 11th hole in the second round. Shubhankar’s third round birdies came on second, third, fifth and seventh and then 10th, 13th and 17th. He missed a couple of short birdie putts, including a four-footer on 16th. “Yes, I am very happy. I got off to a flyer, front nine was great as I was 4-under through seven. On the back nine I made a lot of crucial par putts and missed a few coming in, but really happy with the way I played and hung in there.”

“Overall, I would say it was a great scoring round, but I feel I can still hit it better. Maybe yesterday was a better ball-striking round compared to today, but on this golf course you have to really get into that zone and I’ve been able to do that for the past three days and that’s why I’ve been scoring really well. But I still feel like there are a few changes I can make and come back strong tomorrow,” he added.

He also pointed out the par save on eighth was rather crucial, at which point he was 4-under through seven holes. “It (the par) was very important, it could have been a momentum changer. I hit a terrible shot and then had a bad lie and tried to hit a good shot but didn’t come off. Could have been a double bogey also, but that third chip was just perfect. I think that was the turning point for me. A bogey there would kind have pushed me back. It could have been a potential double as well because it was a tough chip as well.”

He added. “I’ll just chill out, I won’t really do much. I’ll just go in, hang out probably with Rahil, maybe with Anirban, talk a little and just do normal stuff that I’ve been doing every day.“

Woodland 4-under through first eight, had six birdies against one bogey on 14th. He had a long eagle putt on Par-5 18th to take sole lead, but only birdied it to join Shubhankar and Leishman, who settled for pars.

Leishman had an eagle and three birdies on his first five holes to be 5 under through five. But on the back nine, he bogeyed the 11th and 13th after getting a birdie on the 10th.

The three leaders were two shots ahead of South African Louis Oosthuizen (65) and the first-round leader Bronson Burgoon (67).

The day’s lowest card came from the 2009 Open winner, Stewart Cink, who brought home a 63 and is now T-7 alongside five others.

Two-time CIMB winner, Justin Thomas (69) was 12-under and seven shots off the lead on another high-scoring day, when only as many as 60 of the 78 players shot in the 60s.

It is also the second time at the CIMB Classic, that an Indian player has had at least a share of the lead after 54 holes – Anirban Lahiri was leader by four after three days at the CIMB Classic in 2015, when Justin Thomas came from behind and won the title.

Kerala Shiv Sena's activists protest Sabarimala verdict, threaten to commit mass suicide if 'any woman enters shrine'

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Image of devotees of Lord Ayappa protesting against Supreme Court

Trivandrum: With Sabarimala temple slated to open its door next week for a monthly ritual, Shiv Sena’s Kerala unit on Saturday warned that their women activists will commit suicide if any young woman tries to enter the shrine.

A member of the Shiv Sena Kerala unit, Peringammala Aji told ANI that their women squad will gather near the Pamba River on 17 and 18 October as part of their so-called suicide group.

Representational image. Twitter/@RPJaiswal8

“Our women activists will gather near the Pamba River on 17 and 18 October as part of a suicide group. When any young woman tries to enter Sabarimala, our activists will commit suicide,” Aji said.

On 1 October, the Shiv Sena had staged a statewide strike for 12 hours in Kerala after the Supreme Court directed lifting restrictions on the entry of women in the Sabarimala temple.

While pronouncing the order on 28 September, the former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra said that the ban on women from entering the temple violated the constitutional principles of the country. He further said that the rights of women should be no lesser than their male counterparts, and devotion cannot be subjected to gender discrimination.

While many, including the Kerala state government, welcomed the decision, a large number of devotees have organised protests, demanding to retain the age-old tradition.

The Sabarimala temple, located in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district, is dedicated to the Hindu deity Ayyappan. The temple management considers the deity to be eternal celibate which debarred women from entering the temple.

Shanghai Masters: Borna Coric stuns Roger Federer in straight sets to book final clash with Novak Djokovic

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Shanghai Masters: Borna Coric stuns Roger Federer in straight sets to book final clash with Novak Djokovic

Shanghai: Roger Federer was turfed out of the Shanghai Masters semi-finals on Saturday by 13th-seeded Borna Coric, the Croatian stunning the Swiss great 6-4, 6-4.

The 21-year-old Coric will face Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final after the Serb thrashed Alexander Zverev 6-2, 6-1, leapfrogging Federer to number two in the world rankings.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer has not been at his brilliant best all week, dropping sets in the two opening matches of his wobbly title defence.

The 37-year-old top seed was more like his old self on Friday, defeating eighth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).

But he made a slow start against Coric, ranked 19 in the world, getting broken in the first game in an error-strewn performance.

There was a subtle shake of the head when Federer similarly lost his serve at the start of the second set.

In contrast, Coric – who is into his first Masters 1000 final – was largely untroubled on his serve.

Federer won the Australian Open at the start of this year but has had a mediocre season by his sky-high standards.

He exited the US Open in the last 16 at the hands of unheralded Australian John Millman, ranked 55th, and only made the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

Coric, who has only two career titles to his name, has now beaten Federer twice – the previous time was in the final at Halle this year.

Gurugram shooting: Judge's wife shot at by security staff succumbs to injuries; son still critical

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Security guard who shot a judge in Gurugram tries to move the body while eyewitnesses watch. ANI

Gurugram: The wife of a judge, who was shot at in a crowded market area allegedly by his personal security guard, succumbed to her injuries, officials said on Sunday.

Additional Sessions Judge Krishan Kant’s wife Ritu (45) and son Dhruv (18) had gone to shop at the Arcadia Market on Saturday when Mahipal shot at them. They were rushed to hospital in a critical condition.

Security guard who shot a judge in Gurugram tries to move the body while eyewitnesses watch. ANI

Regional Medical Officer, Gurgaon Civil Hospital, Pawan Choudhary confirmed the death of Ritu and said the postmortem examination had been conducted. Her son continues to be critical, Choudhary said.

The police said the shooting occurred around 3.30 pm. A police official said Ritu had suffered a bullet injury in her chest, while Dhruv in his head.

After initial interrogation of the accused, police officers said he was a Haryana Police head constable and was serving as a personal security guard of the judge for the past two years.

He had been demanding leave to go home for the past few days, but this was not given. This might have led to him suffering from depression, the officers said. “The judge also used to scold him often,” one of the interrogating officers said.

On Saturday as well, the judge’s wife scolded him inside the car when they were going to the market, the officer said. “He had a grudge against the judge.”

In video footage of the incident recorded by a witness, Mahipal is seen with the gun in his hand. He was also seen trying to push Dhruv inside the car as he laid listless on the road.