Senior IAS officer Ajay Singh, of 1983 batch, has been appointed Chief Secretary of Chhattisgarh on Thursday, replacing Vivek Dhand.Mr. Dhand, of 1981 batch, was Chief Secretary for four years, and was to retire in March. He was named the chairman of the state’s Real Estate Regulatory Authority, but opted for voluntary retirement.
Ayonika Paul and Apurvi Chandela pose with their respective medals at the awards ceremony Indian shooter Rahi Sarnobat won the gold and Anisa Sayyed took silver in the women’s 25m pistol event of the Commonwealth Games at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre on Saturday.Playing the gold medal match against her compatriot, Rahi scored eight points to Sayyed’s two. Australia’s Lalita Yauhleuskaya took the bronze.Apurvi Chandela gave a stunning exhibition of skill and concentration to clinch a gold medal while Ayonika Paul and Prakash Nanjappa claimed a silver.21-year-old Chandela was the star performer by taking the honour in the women’s 10 m air rifle event with a score of 206.7 to provide the second gold medal from the shooting arena after Abhinav Bindra’s swansong gold medal effort on Friday.Ayonika Paul, 21, also turned the spotlight on herself by bagging the silver medal in the same event while Nanjappa had to be content with a silver, narrowly missing out on the yellow metal due to a lapse of concentration.With three more medals, India took their overall medals tally to 13 with four gold, six silver and three bronze medals and were placed fifth on the medals table.England are at top with 35 medals, including 13 golds.Australia also have 35 medals but placed second as they have 12 golds. Hosts Scotland are third with 17 medals out which seven are yellow metal. Canada also have seven gold but their total is 13 medals.Nanjappa paid the price for a horrendous shot midway into the final round as he lost concentration and shot a disappointing 7.7 to hand the lead to eventual winner Daniel Repacholi of Australia.advertisementDespite the setback in the sixth shot of the elimination stage, the 38-year-old Banglorean tried his best to catch up with the Australian but failed to do so in the end and had to settle with a silver at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre at Dundee near here.Repacholi won the gold with a total of 199.5 while Prakash scored 198.2. England’s 60-year-old Michel Gault got the bronze.Nanjappa, who topped the qualification round, was ruffled by that mistake and he was taking deep breaths in between the shots. A team member later said Prakash felt time constraint and that was why the grip over his pistol was not proper when he shot 7.7.Before the last round, Repacholi had taken a lead of 1.4 points but he could only come up with a 9.3 in the penultimate shot and Prakash could have narrowed down the gap. The Indian could not do that as he also shot a 9.3 at a crucial juncture.Nanjappa was the first to fire the last shot and he came up with a 10.5, putting pressure on his Australian opponent.But Repacholi fired a 10.4 to run away with the gold.The other Indian in the fray, Om Prakash had failed to qualify for the final round.In men’s skeet event, India’s Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Baba Bedi failed to advance to the semifinals after finishing seventh and 19th in the qualification round. The top eight shooters qualify for the semifinals.Four Indian judokas kept themselves in the reckoning for a bronze medal in the higher weight categories on the third and concluding day of the martial art event.In the men’s event, Sahil Pathania (upto 100 kg) and Parveen Kumar (+100 kg) will be vying for bronze medal via repechage bouts while Jina Devi Chongtham (upto 78 kg) and Rajwinder Kaur (+78 kg) also reached the medal round.India’s leading squash players Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal secured hard fought victories to reach the singles quarterfinals.Fourth seed Ghosal had a narrow escape against Australian Steven Finitsis as he recovered from 6-7 down in the fifth and deciding game to pull off a 11-2, 11-5, 4-11, 6-11, 11-8 victory at the Scotstoun Sports Campus.With this victory, Ghosal became the first Indian to reach the singles quarterfinals since the sport was introduced in the Games programme in 1998. He next plays 12th seed Campbell Grayson of New Zealand .Soon after Ghosal’s win, sixth seed Pallikal matched her compatriot’s feat by getting past 15th seed Delia Arnold of Malaysia 11-6, 12-10, 11-5 in a match lasting 40 minutes.The Commonwealth Games debutant faces England’s fourth seed Alison Waters in the quarterfinals.The Indian women’s table tennis team blanked New Zealand, a side full of Chinese-origin players, to march into the semifinals at the Scotstoun Sports Campus.Shamini Kumaresan starred in India’s 3-0 win over New Zealand. They face Singapore, whom they lost to at Delhi Games to settle for silver, in the semi-finals later on Saturday.advertisementThe ploy to play Shamini in the first singles against 52-year-old Chun Li worked. The Indian played a solid match to beat 2002 singles Commonwealth Games champion and five-time Olympian 5-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5.Delhi girl Manika Batra, who plays with a pimpled rubber, outsmarted Chunl Li’s sister Karen 11-13, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 to give India a 2-0 cushion.In the doubles rubber, being played in the team competition for the first time at Games, Shamini and Madhurika Patkar outplayed Karen and Yang Sun 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 for India’s well deserved victory.
MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Santos laughed the incident off and attributed to just being “part of the game.”“Nothing personal. Ano lang talaga, kasi gustung-gusto naming manalo talaga.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Filipino marathoner Rafael Poliquit passes away at 30 Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Arwind Santos taunts Anthony Semerad during the TNT-San Miguel quarterfinals game on Wednesday. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Arwind Santos has made a name for himself as one of the PBA’s best defenders.The San Miguel Beer forward has also mastered the art of getting under the rival team’s skin and inside the opposing players’ heads along the way.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue He was in his element on Wednesday night in a knockout Game 3 against TNT.Arwind doing Arwind things. Stuff which bare results that won’t be found on the stat sheets, but rather on his opponents’ irritated faces.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe more the KaTropa gave in to his antics, the more Santos became more effective.Santos also had the last laugh with the Beermen rolling to a 96-86 win on its way back to the Philippine Cup semifinals. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “Ako, kahit hindi ako masyado naka focus sa opensa, talagang hindi nila ako iniiwanan din eh, ginawa ko yung part ko sa depensa tapos pambu-bully,” Santos said grinning after finishing with seven points and eight rebounds. “Gusto nila ng asaran hanggang sa dulo. Muntik na maging wrestling yung laban. Okay lang, sige ganun yan, kung yan ang gusto nila, walang problema.”Santos spared no one that even the usually mild-mannered Jayson Castro reached his tipping point.“Kanina nga si Jayson, inapproach niya ko, sabi niya, ‘Arwind, wag nang ganun, kasi bakit pa kailangan gawin yun, lamang naman kayo,’ ganyan. Kapag napikon yung mga kasama mo, di ko problema yun. Kasalanan nila yun. Sila napikon eh. Part ng game yun eh. Yun lang,” he said.Santos also got into Kelly Williams’ nerve while the two were fighting for position on a rebound midway through the third quarter.Williams and Santos got tangled up and the TNT big man slammed him on the floor out of frustration.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting