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5th Oinam Charly Memorial Men’s Open Day & Night 5-A Side Football Tournament concludes

IT News
Imphal, July 29,

7 Star Langthabal lift the championship title of the 5th Oinam Charly Memorial Men’s Open Day & Night 5-A Side Football Tournament, 2019 organised by the EC club at Singjamei Oinam Thingel Lairembi Lampak. The tournament was sponsored by the Social worker Oinam Romen.
In the final match played yesterday both the 7 Star Langthabal and the FC Lamlai could not score any goal on each side. So the 7 Star Langthabal score more goal in the tie break . Altogether 47 team took part in the tournament  which begins from May 18, 2019.
G-Five Heirok took the third place title and Surma FC (B) Wangjing in the fourth place.

Mary Kom, Gaurav Bidhuri stave off tough challenge to reach finals of Indonesia President’s Cup

IT News
New Delhi, July 28,

Six-time World Championships gold medallist Mary Kom (51kg) and former World Championships bronze medallist Gaurav Bidhuri (56kg) had to stave off tough challenges in the semi-finals as a total of nine boxers made it to the finals at the 23rd President’s Cup in Labuan Bajo in Indonesia on Saturday.  
Fresh from winning the gold at the India Open two months ago, Indian boxing queen Mary Kom participated in this prestigious tournament with the aim of testing herself and getting some much-needed bouts under the belt ahead of the World Championships in October. Mary was made to sweat it out by Vietnam’s Anh vo Thi Kim with the Indian eventually registering a 3-2 win. Mary will be continuing her gold quest against Australia’s Franks April on Sunday.
India’s other star pugilist Gaurav Bidhuri also laboured to a tough 3-2 win over Philippines’ Ogayre Junmilardo while 2017 Ulaanbaatar Cup gold medallist Ankush Dahiya too notched up a victory by an identical scoreline over Korea’s Giheon You in 64kg. 2017 Simon Prestige Memorial tournament bronze medallist Neeraj Swami showed his resolve to eke out a gritty 3-2 win over Indonesia’s Langu Kornelis K.
Among the men, only Ananta Pralhad Chopade (52kg) had a breezy win as he outpunched Sri Lanka’s Dharmasena Piyal 5-0 to progress into the final.
India Open gold medallist Jamuna Boro (54kg) will take on Italy’s veteran boxer, Giulia Lamagna after a commanding 5-0 win over Kase Serlin Alin Liliwati of Indonesia.
Earlier, World Championships bronze medallist Simranjit Kaur (60kg) and GeeBee Boxing silver medallist Dinesh Dagar (69kg) had already confirmed their places in the final of this event.  Asian Boxing Championships silver medallist Simranjit was flawless in her first bout of this prestigious tournament and outpunched Italy’s Francesca Martusciello 5-0 in a commanding performance to enter the final against Indonesia’s Asian Games bronze medallist Hasanah Huswatun.
Dagar, a silver medallist at the 2018 India Open, had a convincing 5-0 victory over Indonesian Naumeo Defri for a meeting with Samada Saputra in the title clash.
In 48kg, Monika ended the challenge of Indonesia’s Niis Anggelina 5-0 to book her place in the final against Endang of Indonesia.

Archana, Amalraj demolish RP-SG Mavericks    

By a Correspondent
New Delhi, July 28,

 India’s star player Manika Batra suffered a twin blow on Day 3 of Ultimate Table Tennis, featuring in two crushing defeats and handing Goa Challengers a massive 11-4 victory over RP-SG Mavericks Kolkata here on Saturday.
Manika first capitulated 0-3 in the opening Women’s Singles encounter to compatriot Archana Kamath, giving the 19-year-old her biggest victory in her blossoming career.
Manika then lost 1-2 in the Mixed Doubles too, pairing up with World No.55 Benedikt Duda, to see her team RP-SG Mavericks Kolkata slide to a huge loss.
The rechristened Goan team rode on Archana’s early coup to demolish a seemingly strong RP-SG in each of the first four clashes, with Spain’s Alvaro Robles and Amalraj Anthony/Cheng I-Ching scoring 2-1 wins in the Men’s Singles and Mixed Doubles.
India’s Amalraj followed up his good show with another upset, beating Germany’s Benedikt in the Second Men’s Singles.
Earlier, Archana started the victory march for the Challengers as she picked up a stunning victory over Indian TT’s golden girl Manika in the opening Women’s Singles match of the tie.
Archana, India’s only women paddler to have qualified for the semifinals of the Youth Olympics, got off to a fiery start racing to a 5-2 lead. Manika launched a strong comeback and leveled the score 7-7 with an exotic forehand smash. But Archana was in no mood to squander her chance and she raced to the game point with a powerful forehand return. Manika managed to save one game point but Archana eventually won the game 11-9.
The Challengers’ player was on a roll in the second game, cruising to a 7-4 lead. Manika did try to cut down the lead but Archana was all over her and pocketed the game 11-7 in a rather easy manner. Having already lost the match, RP-SG would have wanted their star player to salvage at least a point but Archana looked like a player possessed and sealed the game 11-3 to clinch all three points on offer.
RP-SG’s                strategy to field Sanil Shetty against Alvaro Robles did not pay off as the Spaniard came from behind to deliver two points for his team. The opening game of the match lived up to the expectations with both the players involved in exquisite stroke-making and exciting long rallies.
Sanil won the opening game 11-10 and logged in the first point of the evening for the last year’s runners-up. But the World No.56 Spaniard came out a different player in the second game and was all over his opponent. Sanil had no answers for the towering Challengers’ player and went down 4-11. The script did not change much in the final game as Alvaro cantered to a comfortable 11-5 victory to seal the match.
With a healthy lead of 5-1 after two matches, Challengers’ skipper Amalraj Anthony paired up with the highest ranked player of the league this season Cheng I-Ching in the Mixed Doubles encounter against the team of Manika Batra and debutant Benedikt Duda.
RP-SG won the opening game 11-8 and it looked like things could turn around for them. But the Goan pair got their act together to win the next two games 11-4 and 11-9 to swell the lead to 7-2 in their team’s favour.
With just a point away from sealing the tie, Amalraj made no mistake and despite starting on the backfoot in his Men’s Singles clash against Duda, won the opening game 11-7 to all but wrap up the contest. Duda won the next game 11-10 but the Indian came back strong to win the final game 11-4.
World No.8, Cheng then stepped up to the table in the last rubber of the tie against World No. 25 Matilda Ekholm and completed the rout as she picked up a rather comfortable 2-1 victory.   
Goa Challengers bt RP-SG Mavericks Kolkata 11-4
1)Women’s Singles – Archana Kamath bt Manika Batra 3-0 (11-9, 11-7,11-3)
2)Men’s Singles - Alvaro Robles bt Sanil Shetty 2-1 (10-11,11-4,11-5)
3)Mixed Doubles – Amalraj Anthony/Cheng I-Ching bt Benedikt Duda/Manika Batra 2-1 (8-11,11-4,11-9)
4)Men’s Singles – Amalraj Anthony vs Benedikt Duda – 2-1(11-7,10-11,11-4)
5)Women’s Singles - Cheng I-Cheng vs Matilda Ekholm – 2-1 (11-8,9-11,11-5)

Nilamani English School to represent National Subroto Mukherjee Football Tournament

IT News

Imphal, July 28,

Nilamani English School, Imphal West beat Poiroukhongjil High School, Imphal East by 4-3 goals to emerged winner of the U-17 Girls in the State Subroto Mukherjee Football Tournament 2019 played at Khuman Lampak Main Stadium.

By virtue of the win, Nilamani English School will represent Manipur in the U-17 Girls category in National Subroto Mukherjee Football Tournament at New Delhi.

As for the Boys categories, Springfield School, Thoubal in U-17 and Unique Academy, Imphal East in U-15 Boys will represent Manipur in the National meet.

In the final match, Poiroukhongjil School looked positive with Ng.Pinku getting the opening goal for her team. However Nilamani English School came back strongly with Lynda Kom fetching the equaliser in the 24 minute and later Shilky consolidates in the 30 minute to make it 2-1 goals.

As competition hots up, Poiuroukhongjil player Kimnungsang rattles up Nilamani defence striking two quick goals in 47 and 50 minute to shown theirs strength to post 3-2 goals.

Open Letter to the Chief Minister of Manipur

In this esteemed newspaper, I on behalf of the student communities I would like to draw the attention of the Chief Minister of Manipur to please kindly look into the Post-Matric Scholarship for the academic session 2018-2019 for the tribal students pursuing studies outside the state on priority basis albeit unstable financial position of state’s exchequer as the scholarship is yet to be reimbursed to the respective students. It is unfortunate that it has become a trend for reimbursement of Pre-Matric and Post-Matric scholarships untimely for the past two academic years. The tribal students depend on the Scholarship for payment of fees, and other expenses of essential materials related to their academic activities. To mentioned one factual context that is, the tribal students of Manipur pursuing Bachelors, Masters, M.Phil, and Ph.D. in the Tata Institute of Social Sciences across all the campuses of the institute are yet to submit their Post-Matric Scholarship to the Institute for the academic year 2018-19, as this scholarship is meant for payment of fees.  Hence, the students’ certificates of Bachelors, Masters, and M.Phil are withheld by the institute’s authority, unless the scholarship is submitted their certificates will be withheld leading to detrimental of their career though how motivated they are to scale the pinnacle. Moreover, the withheld of certificates by the concerned authority is letting them handicapped to pursue their career in which they are interested or intrigued upon and also it may even let the students undergo psychological trauma.
Studying outside the state doesn’t mean all the tribal students are from the sound economic family background. There are also students belonging to low economic background who solely depend upon the scholarships and fellowships provided by the government of India. And moreover, there are students with their outstanding performances got merit scholarships and fellowships for their higher studies to sustain their educational expenses and also supporting their siblings too.
Therefore, I would like to make a humble suggestion to the state government and the concerned authority pertaining to any scholarships of the students, it must be a top priority and primary onus. Lackadaisical gestures of the state government on scholarship matters will implicate the students’ career and the ramifications will only be a burden of the parents. Thus, your esteem office is requested to kindly look into this matter and takes the necessary action as soon as possible for a positive outcome. Thanking you.

Yours sincerely,
Gofort Koko
Ph.D. scholar,
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Resident of Berukhudam Village,
Chandel District, Manipur.

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Nikhat Zareen leads 5 Indians into finals of Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament; Deepak, Hussamuddin, Ashish Kumar, Brijesh in summit clash Manju Rani, Ashish, Bhagyabati settle for bronze

By a Correspondent
New Delhi, July 27,  

Former world junior champion Nikhat Zareen (51kg) led five Indian boxers into the finals as the semi-final action concluded at the Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament 2019 in Bangkok on Friday. Along with Nikhat, the others aiming for the gold on Saturday will be Asian Championships silver medallist Deepak (49kg), GeeBee Boxing silver medallist Mohammed Hussamuddin (56kg), Asian Championships silver medallist Ashish Kumar (75kg), and India Open silver medallist Brijesh Yadav (81kg).
The journey of Manju Rani (48kg), Ashish (69kg) and Bhagyabati Kachari (75kg), however, came to an end in the semi-finals as they had to settle for the bronze.
Having begun the year with a gold medal at the Strandja Cup, the Asian Championships bronze medallist Nikhat Zareen looked in no mood to stop as she booked her place in the final with a 4-1 win over Thailand’s Jutamas Jitpong. In the final, she will face China’s Asian Games gold medallist Chang Yuan in what would be a tough bout.
Deepak blazed past Bhutan’s Tashi Wangdi 5-0 to set up a showdown with Uzbekistan’s Mirzakhmedov Nodirjon.
In the bantamweight category, Hussamuddin passed a stern test to register a narrow 3-2 win over Thailand’s Ammarit Yaodam for a meeting with the reigning India Open champion Chatchai Decha Butdee.
Ashish Kumar will hunt for the gold after a 4-0 victory over Uzbek Fanat Kakhramonov. Korea’s Kim Jinjae will be his opponent in the final showdown.
In 81kg, Brijesh landed a flurry of punches to knock out Saranon Klompan of Thailand before being declared the winner by RSC in Round 2. Up next for him is Thailand’s Anawat Thongkratok.
Strandja Cup silver medallist Manju Rani failed to breach the barrier of Thailand’s former World Championships bronze medallist Chuthamat Raksat who inflicted a 4-1 defeat on the Indian.
While Ashish succumbed to a 1-4 defeat to Thailand’s former Asian Games champion Wuttichai Masuk, Bhagyabati Kachari was outplayed 5-0 by China’s Rio Olympic bronze medallist Li Qian.

Sutirtha stars for U Mumba in UTT

By Samikshan Dutta Choudhury
New Delhi, July 27,

 India’s former women’s national champion Sutirtha Mukherjee pulled off a massive upset over Germany’s Petrissa Solja, helping debutants U Mumba TT down formidable Chennai Lions 9-6 in the Ultimate Table Tennis here on Friday.
India’s top star Sharath Kamal drew his Lions back into the contest by recovering 5 points from U Mumba, 2 in the Mixed Doubles along with the valiant Petrissa and another 2 in the second Men’s Singles contest to make it 6-6 going into the final fixture of the evening.
But Hong Kong’s experienced Doo Hoi Kem was too powerful for India’s Madhurika Patkar, sweeping the last three points of the tie to give U Mumba a massive win.
Sutirtha Mukherjee set the ball rolling for U Mumba, cruising to an unexpected 5-1 lead in the opening game. She made the most of that stunning start to take the game 11-7. She then showed amazing composure, fighting back from 5-10 to win her own golden point.
Sutirtha, however, couldn’t continue the momentum, losing the decider 5-11. But she had garnered two crucial points for U Mumba.
Kazakhastan’s Kirill Gerassimenko was quick to seize the opportunity, toppling Portugal’s Tiago Apolonia (former World No. 13) 2-1 in the Men’s Singles. It was a gripping contest, with the young Kirill showing great defensive skills while also unleashing deceptive shots from close to the table.
Kirill stayed ahead for most of the opening game although Tiago caught up with him twice, at 5-5 and 10-10. But Kirill was cool enough to conjure a backhand winner to pour another point into the team’s kitty.
The next game too was close but Kirill managed to streak ahead from 7-7 to pick up a second point for himself and his team. He lost the third game tamely though, setting the stage for Sharath.
Sharath and Petrissa Solja combined much better to ease past Manav Thakkar and Doo Hoi Kem 2-1. They dominated the contest, with Sharath playing his usual attacking game. But true to day, the third game went to the losers.
Sharath began strongly against Manav, winning the first 11-7. Manav however, clawed back to take the next game 11-5. The decider proved to be a thriller, with the duo battling for every point, before the senior Indian’s experience bailed him out.
U Mumba TT bt Chennai Lions 9-6
 1) Women’s Singles - Suthirtha Mukherjee  bt  Petrissa Solja 2-1 (11-7, 11-10, 5-11)
2) Men’s Singles - Kirill Gerassimenko bt Tiago Apolonia 2-1 (11-10, 11-9, 5-11)
3) Mixed Doubles - Manav Thakkar/Doo Hoi Kem lost to Sharath Kamal/Petrissa Solja  1-2 (8-11, 8-11, 11-7)
4) Men’s Singles - Manav Thakkar lost to Sharath Kamal 1-2 (7-11, 11-5, 10-11)
5) Women’s Singles - Doo Hoi Kem bt Madhurika Patkar 3-0 (11-10, 11-7, 11-5)

Plastics should be banned

Respected Sir,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I beg to state that the careless use of plastics are damaging the environment.

These days many people chew, smoke tobacco products, pan masala, eat chips and kurkures and throw the plastic packets in the road. These packets polluted the streets and drain at rivers. As a result the waste water from the drain comes in the road. Many peoples take polythene bags and use them carelessly. They tie the vegetable peels and other things in the polythene bags and throw it in the roads or beside the roads. As a result, animals like cows are coming and trying to eat those vegetable peels, they aren’t able to open the bags and thus, eat the vegetable peels along with plastics which leads to death of animals. These happened just a few days ago in my locality.

Government should take necessary steps to prevent this harm to environment. I hope that you will grant my request and add it to your editorial columns.

Thank you

Your’s faithfully

Dhanapati Yengkokpam

Class XII, Yaikhom Mani Girls College

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Salai Chess Academy Players Back With Trophies and Prizes 

IT News
Imphal, July 15,

The 3rd International FIDE Rating Chess Tournament, 2019, concluded yesterday
with the completion of total 10 rounds followed by a closing ceremony and prize distribution at Down Town University, Guwahati. Players sponsored by Salai Chess Academy have done good performance, in the open category, Yambem Dhanabir ranks 9 position with 7.5 points, Aribam Muhindro gets 28 position with 6.5 points. In between 1800-1600 rated category, Thongam Nabachandra got 4th position prize with 6 points, while in unrated category, Sougaijam Priyokumar has got best 2nd title with 6 points.
For Under 7 Boys, Lemba Sougaijam has got second position and for Under 9 Girls category, Nadia Sougaijam is placed 4th position with 4.5 and 3.5 points respectively. ln this Internaional FIDE Rating Chess Tournament, the two new players -Laishram Nelson and Sougaijam Priyokumar will be getting FIDE Rating 1200 plus by the month of August, 2019.

BFI announces squad for AIBA Men’s World Championships

By a correspondent
New Delhi, July 10,

Manish Kaushik beat four-time Asian Championships medallist Shiva Thapa to find a berth in the eight-member squad led by Asian Games champion Amit Panghal that will represent India at the AIBA Men’s World Championships to be held in Ekaterinburg, Russia from September 7-21.
While Panghal (52kg) was directly given a place in the squad for winning a gold at the Asian Championships which was the original criterion for selection, Kavinder Singh Bisht (57kg), Manish Kaushik (63kg), Duryodhan Singh Negi (69kg), Ashish Kumar (75kg), Brijesh Yadav (81kg), Sanjeet (91kg), and Satish Kumar (+91kg) joined him through trials held at NIS Patiala last weekend.
Only the top two boxers from each of the categories were eligible for the trials with their recent performances being the criteria for selecting the faceoff names.  Kaushik’s win by split decision over former World Championships bronze medallist Shiva Thapa in 63kg was undoubtedly the most notable result from the trials. Thapa had avenged his 2018 India Open loss to Kaushik at this year’s India Open in Guwahati to claim the gold but failed to repeat those heroics this time.
“This was a huge confidence-boosting win for me after losing to Shiva in the India Open final. I had been working hard on my stance and footwork since the loss and I am glad it paid off. I am looking forward to giving my best at the World Championships,” said the 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medallist.
In an absorbing clash in 57kg, Asian Championships silver medallist Kavinder Singh Bisht edged GeeBee Boxing silver medallist Mohammed Hussamuddin in a split verdict to claim his place. Kavinder had made a splash in his maiden appearance at the last World Championships in 2017 when he upset the two-time World Championships medallist Mohamed Flissi of Algeria to advance to the quarter-finals.
“I lost out on a golden opportunity to win a medal the last time. This time I would like to make amends and am targeting nothing less than a gold,” said Bisht, brimming with confidence.
In 75kg, Ashish Kumar faced no problem and thoroughly outpunched Prayag Chauhan to claim a unanimous victory. Duryodhan Singh Negi put up a commendable display in 69kg against Ashish Kulhari. Even though two judges did not rule in his favour, he still managed to grab a win on a split verdict going in his favour.
Brijesh Yadav re-asserted his supremacy in 81kg by beating Harsh Lakra while Sanjeet dominated CWG bronze medallist, Naman Tanwar in the 91kg category. Satish Kumar did not have to enter the ring for the +91kg bout with his opponent, Naveen suffering an injury and being in rehab.
The Indian men’s boxing contingent put up encouraging displays at the Asian Championships and the India Open this year and will be eager to improve upon their performance from the last World Championships where they won a bronze. This will be the perfect platform to gauge themselves against the world’s best before the 2020 Olympic qualifiers begin.

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