Leader of various parties have condemned the stalking of a woman in Chandigarh by the son of the president of the BJP State unit.Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “Condemn attempt to kidnap & outrage modesty of young lady in Chdgrh [Chandigarh]. BJP Govt mst [must] punish the guilty; not collude W/ [with] culprits & mindset they represent.”Congress leader Manish Tewari said that under political pressure, steps were being taken to safeguard the accused, while adding that irrespective of the fact that the legal process in the case was being stymied, strict action should be taken and an example needs to be set by bringing the guilty to justice. “The law was tightened in wake of the Nirbhaya incident. There is a need to apply it without fear or favour,” he said.CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury asked why Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah were “silent” over the incident. He tweeted that “someone” was helping the accused.
Barely hours after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar asked police officials to pull up their socks and not leave anything on bhagwan bharose (mercy of God), a police official late on Friday night was killed in an encounter with criminals in Khagaria district of the state.On a tip off Parsaha police inspector Ashish Kumar Singh led a team of policemen to arrest gangster Dinesh Muni in Salarpur riverine area of Khagaria district and engaged in encounter with them.The remote Salarpur riverine area is known to be a hiding place for notorious criminals in the state.Police had also got information that criminals of neighbouring Naugachhia district too had congregated at the place.The criminals started firing at policemen and a fierce encounter took place between them late on Friday night.A bullet hit Ashish Kumar Singh on his chest and he died on the spot. Another policeman too was injured in the encounter while a criminal too was shot and injured.Later, senior police officers including Meenu Kumari and Pramod Kumar Jha reached the spot with reinforcement. No criminal was arrested yet in the intensive combing operation launched by the policemen in the area.Known as a brave police officer, Ashish Kumar Singh, a 2009 batch Inspector, had survived a bullet injury after he was shot at during an encounter with local gangsters in the same area.Earlier in the day on Friday while inaugurating a new building for police headquarter, chief minister Nitish Kumar had asked police officials to pull up their socks and not to leave things bhagwan bharose (God’s mercy).“It is a fine structure which would help you to work efficiently…get your act together and spare some thoughts for keeping corruption and crime under control…do not leave things bhagwan bharose”, said Nitish Kumar.
Quite often at the Olympics, there are some events which do not get elaborate coverage.If you take the case of Indian rowing, nobody has been able to go to distant venue Eton Dorney, where the rowing competition is taking place.Even though there is short news of rower Swaran Singh having failed to make it to the semi-finals in mens singles sculls on Tuesday, not many will understand its significance.At 22 years of age, Swaran Singh started rowing only three years ago and has made Hyderabad his home. Its at the Hussain Sagar lake all the rowers put in hours as they slog it out for attaining speed and working on improving their timings.Under coach Ismail Baig, Swaran has been training hard and it went virtually unnoticed in Eton Dorley the other day that he set a national record of 6: 54.04 in the heat. He then slowed down to 7:00.49 in the repechage and could manage only 7:11.59 in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.Even as media reports said Swaran was “disappointed” the lanky sardar laughed it off. “I am not very disappointed because I have improved on my time and I hope to improve on my performance in the future.I have been only rowing for three years, so I am proud to be India’s top rower at the Olympics,” Swarn said after the race.In a sport where the demand on the body is intense, Swaran Singh’s timings have come down if you see his three races. But on Tuesday, the bigger story was how he was lying second after the first 500 metres in the 2,000 metre race.advertisementWhen he eventually finished fourth in his quarterfinal, it meant he had come close to the medal bracket.In any other sport, one would expect that the timings get better and better. But for that your body needs to have proper recovery and a support group which takes take care of the fatigue.In India, there is a clear divide between those in elite sport and those in events like rowing which comes into focus only once every four years at an Asian Games or the Olympics.Missing out on a semi-final slot would come into focus in any other sport, but not rowing. But thats something these athletes will have to live with.At the Guangzhou Asian Games, had it not been for the golden effort of Bajrang Lal Thakar, nobody would have known this sport again.Few would be aware that this year, Swaran defeated Bajrang at home and then went to the Asian championship and secured the qualification grade for the London Olympics.The sad part is when star Indian athletes get their personal coach, physio and masseur, rowers can’t even complain. They are away from the main action and are a neglected lot.The Indian sports ministry spends a lot of money these days on athletes and coaches. Maybe, someone needs to tell the babus in the ministry that they also make a proper plan to send masseurs etc as they count a lot in recovery.Just imagine, if Swaran had someone to work on his fatigue, he would have been much fresher and could have sustained the same pace he had in the first part of the race at Eton Dorney.Yet, the man remained modest. “I did very well in the first 1000 metres and now I must concentrate on improving my performance in the second 1000 metres of a race,” said Swaran.In London, if you take teams like shooting and boxing, the star athletes have their way. There is also a huge concern over wrestling as this is also a sport where recovery is so important.If a sport like hockey can today arrange for the support staff despite so many hassles, corporate India needs to look at sport like rowing as well. This is not a sport where you have to support too many athletes. One can well focus on a select group.Maybe for the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea?