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Wedding bells finally ring in newly-electrified Rajasthan village

first_imgWedding bells rang for 19-year-old Urmila in the nondescript Rajghat village of Rajasthan’s Dholpur district earlier this month, on the day the villagers cast their votes for Lok Sabha election, shortly after electricity reached the village. The small village with a population of 350 had been living in darkness since Independence.The village, which shares its name with Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial Rajghat in Delhi, falls in the Chambal river basin region on the Rajashan-Madhya Pradesh border, which is a forest area. Because of the technical glitch of its location within the Municipal Council’s jurisdiction, the rural settlement was deprived of the benefits of schemes designed for panchayats.Electricity has arrived in Rajghat through a transformer installed by the State government after sustained efforts of a medical student and his friends, who have launched a campaign for improving the living conditions of villagers for the last four years with the help of donors and crowdfunding. The group also undertook a social media drive with hashtag #SaveRajghat.Urmila’s wedding took place after sunset on May 6 and a feast was given to the villagers and the baraat (marriage party), belonging to Agra district, for the first time in the midst of lights all around them. The poor villagers rejoiced at the ceremony, as the power discom officials promised to lay the lines to connect all the 39 households in the village with electricity supply.Crusader’s effortsSituated on the banks of Chambal river, barely five km away from Dholpur town, the small and dusty Rajghat village has no roads, water pipelines or basic medical facilities. The lone government primary school has only a few students. Ashwani Parashar, an MBBS student in Sawai Man Singh Government Medical College in Jaipur and a native of Dholpur, took up the task in 2015 along with his fellow students to provide basic amenities to the villagers.During the last four years, a kuchcha access road and community toilets were constructed, solar lamps supplied and reverse osmosis water filters installed with the help of donors. The power connection is the latest achievement of the group of students, who have also distributed utility items and clothes among the poor in the village.The villagers living in the vicinity of the river still have no access to clean drinking water. Urmila’s father Deendayal Nishad told The Hindu on Monday that the villagers bring polluted water directly from Chambal, where animal carcasses can be seen floating, and clean it with the help of filters. Though girls from Rajghat are married off to other places, the boys face difficulty in getting married, as no parents are willing to marry their daughters in the village because of its pathetic state. In May last year, when Pawan Kumar, 23, got married in Rajghat, the villagers were witnessing such a wedding after a gap of 22 years.last_img read more

FA Cup: Holders Arsenal stunned by Nottingham Forest, Harry Kane propels Tottenham Hotspur to win

first_imgDefending champions Arsenal were knocked out by second-tier Nottingham Forest 4-2 in a stunning fashion in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday.For the first time, Arsenal lost an FA Cup third round game since 1996 and for the very first time in the Arsene Wenger reign.Nottingham took the lead in the match through Eric Lichaj before Per Mertesacker equalised for the Gunners.However, Lichaj scored once more to send Nottingham into half time with a 2-1 lead over the Cup holders.ALSO WATCHIn the 64th minute, Nottingham were awarded a controversial penalty. Ben Brereton, one of the seven players aged 23 or under in Nottingham, stepped up to take the penalty and scored to make it 3-1.Danny Welbeck then stepped up for Arsenal to pull one back in the 78th minute.However, Nottingham were awarded another penalty, which Kieran Dowell converted to seal the match.HARRY KANE SCORES TWICE AS TOTTENHAM BEAT AFC WIMBLEDON Harry Kane took his goal tally for the season in all competitions to 27 with a quickfire double in Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-0 victory over third-tier AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup third round at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.Premier League Tottenham were labouring to break down the visitors before Kane effectively sealed the tie with goals in the 64th and 66th minutes. Jan Vertonghen added his side’s third.Wimbledon had proved stubborn opposition until a Moussa Sissoko cross found Kane who slid in to prod the ball home.Kane made it 2-0 when he turned in an attempted shot by team mate Kyle Walker-Peters from close range.advertisementVertonghen fired home a spectacular third goal from distance eight minutes later for his first Tottenham goal for four years.AFC Wimbledon, founded in 2002 to replace the existing club that became Milton Keynes Dons and who have worked their way back up through the various leagues, came close to scoring in the first half when Jimmy Abdou’s shot hit the bar.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

Alabama Wins Epic Title Game

first_imgGLENDALE, AZ — Welcome to the epic national championship club Alabama and Clemson.Your game is a unanimous choice to join the short list of some of the most dramatic, exciting, fantastic finishes to a college football season.With one big play after another — by both teams — Alabama beat Clemson 45-40 on Monday night in the College Football Playoff title game.An instant classic. And no doubt, this one will last for a long time.The game was a thrill-a-minute. Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry ran for three touchdowns, including a 50-yarder to open the scoring. A daring on side kick with the score tied 24-all led to an Alabama points explosion, with quarterback Jake Coker throwing for two long touchdowns to tight end O.J Howard. Oh, and Kenyan Drake returned a kickoff 95 yards for another score.Clemson didn’t flinch. Dual-threat quarterback Deshaun Watson threw four touchdown and had 478 total yards — 403 passing. He was virtually a one-man show in keeping the Tigers ahead for a while.In the end, it was too much Alabama, and the Tide won their fourth national crown in the past seven years. When the game ended, the entire crowd of 75,765 — the majority of them Clemson fans — stood and cheered. Not only for their team, but for the fabulous game they had just witnessed.Here’s a few other epic games that belong in the club:NOTRE DAME 10, MICHIGAN STATE 10 (1966)A tie is an epic? When it comes to this one, it tops the list. Ara Parseghian’s Notre Dame team came into the game unbeaten and ranked No. 1. Duffy Daugherty’s Michigan State team also was unbeaten and ranked No. 2. The game, sometimes referred to as the “Game of the Century,” ended in controversy as Notre Dame, playing at Spartan Stadium, elected not to try for a score on the final series. The not-so-Fighting Irish ended up No. 1 in the final AP poll. The game featured Terry Hanratty getting knocked out of the game after a sack by Michigan State’s Bubba Smith. The Irish had the ball with 1:01 left after rallying to tie the score, and needed about 40 yards to get into Joe Azzaro’s field goal range. Parseghian chose to run out the clock. Alabama finished the same season 11-0-0.MIAMI 31, NEBRASKA 30 (1984 ORANGE BOWL)Miami, which considered shutting down its program due to lack of interest several years earlier, pulled off one of the greatest upsets to win its first national title. Led by gawky yet efficient quarterback Bernie Kosar, Miami built an early lead and the hometown crowd rocked the Orange Bowl. The potent Cornhuskers needed a trick play — a “fumblerooski” TD by lineman Dean Steinkuhler — to stay in the game. They pulled within a point with less than a minute left, but instead of kicking the extra point that would have assured a championship, coach Tom Osborne decided to go for the win with a 2-point try. Turner Gill’s pass was swatted away by Ken Calhoun, and Miami benefited when higher ranked teams lost in earlier bowl games and rose from fifth to No. 1 in the final AP poll.OHIO STATE 31, MIAMI 24, 2 OT (2003 FIESTA BOWL)Miami was poised for another perfect season. They were a unanimous No. 1 choice riding a 34-game winning streak. Ohio State also was unbeaten, ranked No. 2, but appeared to be no match for the speedy ‘Canes. Led by freshman running back Maurice Clarett, though, Ohio State outplayed Miami for much of the game. But it was a still debated pass interference call in overtime that gave the Buckeyes another chance, and they won 31-24 in double OT. With his team down 24-17 and facing fourth down in OT, Craig Krenzel’s pass into the end zone was called incomplete by one official, but another ruled interference against Miami. Ohio State then tied it, and won it in the second OT for its first national crown in 34 years.TEXAS 41, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 38 (2006 ROSE BOWL)This game was like Alabama-Clemson for excitement, but had an even wilder finish. It was a No. 1 vs. No. 2 game, and USC was loaded — with two Heisman winners in running back Reggie Bush and quarterback Matt Leinart. Like Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Texas QB Vince Young piled up over 400 total yards, but his Longhorns came out a winner when he scored on fourth down in the closing seconds.FLORIDA STATE 34, AUBURN 31 (2014 ROSE BOWL)The Seminoles stormed to a 21-3 lead behind Heisman winner Jameis Winston, but Auburn caught up and the lead went back and forth with the Tigers going ahead 31-27 with 1:19 left. But Winston led them to victory — and the national title — with a short TD pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds to go.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Tourism Minister Says Prospects are Bright for Summer Arrivals

first_imgTourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says the prospects are bright for stopover visitor arrivals to Jamaica for the 2013 summer tourist season.This, he says, is based on market research conducted as well as airlift and forward bookings information available.“We have already had growth in stopover arrivals in May of 2.3 per cent and June of 3.2 per cent. Figures for May, the first month of the summer, are showing a rebound in the Canadian market of 8.6 per cent over last year, and in May we returned to growth out of the United Kingdom for the first time in a long while of over 11 per cent,” he added.Importantly, Dr. McNeill said “our airlift is up, especially out of Canada and we have concluded arrangements for additional seats out of the United Kingdom and Europe.”The Minister was making his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House on July 2, under the theme: ‘A Sector for the People: Making Tourism for Us All’.Outlining the airlift arrangements, Dr. McNeill said these include Air Canada’s new leisure carrier, Rouge, which made its inaugural flight to Jamaica on July 1, touching down at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.“This marked a truly historic occasion, as this was the first flight by the carrier anywhere in the world. They could have gone to any destination, but they chose Jamaica. This speaks volumes of the strong relationship between Jamaica and our Canadian tourism partners,” the Minister noted.Meanwhile, Dr. McNeill said they have given the assurance of an increase in the number of airlift seats between Toronto, Canada and Montego Bay. This, he pointed out, will see the number increasing from 65,000 to 100,000 seats, with the first 35,000 of the additions materializing during the 2013 winter tourist season.“Rouge has advised that they are now looking at adding Vancouver and Calgary into Montego Bay for the winter in 2014 and 2015. We are confident that the addition of this innovative new vacation airline will bolster our efforts to boost arrivals out of Canada, which is now our second biggest source market,” he said.Dr. McNeill said Jamaica has been able to successfully diversify the source markets, and pointed out that while we still maintain a “clear-eyed focus” on the traditional markets of the United States, Canada, and Western Europe, “we have successfully reached into Latin America and the Eastern European markets.”“In fact, the growth out of Latin America has been very encouraging. This is due, in large part, to our partnership with Copa Airlines. Copa has an extensive network in this region and Panama serves as its hub. Last year…we were getting four flights per week from Latin America through Copa, and this has now been doubled to eight flights per week as of December last year,” he noted.“We have also agreed on a range of marketing initiatives to cover several Latin American countries and going forward, we intend to increase these initiatives in what we see as a market with great potential,” he told the House.Dr. McNeill said Jamaica has also started to make “real headway” in the Eastern European markets, and singled out Russia, which he said yielded some 5,550 visitors to the island between January and the first week of June.The Minister said the inauguration of direct service between Russia’s capital, Moscow, and Jamaica during the 2012/13 winter season by Russian airline, Transearo, marked a “tremendous achievement” for the country.“Of note, we also had flights out of the Czech Republic, and starting this November, we will begin two flights out of Stockholm, Sweden. These are potentially rich source markets for Jamaica and making such an impactful entry will significantly contribute to our goal of diversification towards sustainable growth in the sector,” Dr. McNeill said.Contact: Douglas McIntoshlast_img read more