Osaka blazes into Pan Pacific quarters

first_imgTokyo: Japanese tennis superstar Naomi Osaka beat qualifier Viktoriya Tomova of Bulgaria in straight sets on Wednesday to reach the Pan Pacific Open quarter-finals. Making her first appearance at the tournament following a first-round bye, top seed Osaka outclassed Tomova, ranked 181st in the world, 7-5, 6-3 in Osaka, western Japan. “I was a little nervous at the beginning,” admitted Osaka, seeking to clinch her first victory at the home event after being runner-up in 2016 and 2018. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhOsaka, who crashed out of this month’s US Open in the last 16, started slowly, losing the first three games in the first set, but later found her rhythm with solid serves and crisp volleying to secure the first set. Tomova’s quick court coverage caused Osaka difficulty throughout the match but in the end the two-time Grand Slam champion had too much power for her lowly opponent, serving a succession of rapid aces. The 21-year-old, who was born in the city, said the cheers of her hometown fans helped her put in a solid performance. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterShe will take on either Russia’s Varvara Flink or Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan in the quarter finals. Last week, Osaka announced she was splitting with her coach, her second break-up this year as she battles for form and slips from the number-one position in the world rankings to number four. Osaka had already caught the tennis world by surprise when she announced she was parting ways with coach Sascha Bajin, who had overseen her stunning rise to win two Grand Slams — the US Open in 2018 and the Australian Open title in January. Her main challengers in the Japan event will be fellow top-10 players Kiki Bertens from the Netherlands and US sensation Sloane Stephens. Former world number one Angelique Kerber of Germany downed unseeded Nicole Gibbs of the US 6-2, 6-4 following her first-round bye.last_img read more

Onion prices to calm down in next few days Tomar

first_imgNew Delhi: Onion prices, which are ruling as high as Rs 70-80 per kg in some parts of the country, will calm down in the next few days with supply being boosted through agencies like Nafed, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Tuesday. Onion prices have gradually increased in the last one month due to supply disruption from flood-hit onion-growing states like Maharashtra. Last week’s rainfall has further affected the supply, due to which onion prices have surged up to Rs 70-80 per kg in the national capital and other parts of the country, as per trade sources. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh “Onion situation will improve in the next few days. Cooperative Nafed is releasing stock from the central buffer at a lower price. We have enough stock of onions,” Tomar told reporters after the launch of two mobile apps for farmers. The government is aware of the onion situation and taking measures to balance in the interest of both farmers and consumers, he said. “At times, consumers have to pay high price for farm items; and at times, farmers get less price for their produce. Our role is to balance this. We are aware of it and are taking several measures,” Tomar added. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Right now, stored onions are sold in most parts of the country, as fresh Kharif (summer) crop will hit the market from November onwards, traders said. Traders further said that there is enough supply of stored onion of the previous year’s crop in the country, but its transportation has been affected because of heavy rains. The centre has taken several measures to arrest the prices of onion in Delhi and other parts of the country. It is offloading onion from its buffer stock through agencies like Nafed and National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation of India (NCCF) which are selling at around Rs 22/kg and state-run Mother Dairy at Rs 23.90 per kg in the national capital. The state governments have been asked to boost supply in their states lifting central buffer stock. Some states like Delhi, Tripura and Andhra Pradesh have shown interest so far. The centre has a buffer stock of 56,000 tonnes of onion, of which 16,000 tonnes has been offloaded so far. In Delhi, 200 tonnes a day is being offloaded. Besides, the centre has discouraged export of onion by increasing the minimum export price and withdrawing incentives. It is also cracking down on black marketers. Besides rains, prices are under pressure on likely fall in Kharif production of this year owing to the less planted area under onion on account of excess rains, the sources added.last_img read more

Sensitive messages should be sent through secure media cops told

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police has told their officers to use secure fax for the transmission of important messages. Sources claimed that the move came after law enforcement agency found that the messages sent through Police Network (POLNET) can be intercepted easily. Sources told Millennium Post that a circular was issued by the office of Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations and Communication) in August.”It has been observed that classified messages are sent through POLNET to other States in plain languages. The POLNET is unsecure media and it is not having encryption provision presently,” sources said quoting circular contents. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarSources further revealed that the messages sent through POLNET in plain languages can be intercepted easily and may lead to the security threat. “Delhi Police is already providing encryption facility in proposed up-gradation of POLNET through the Directorate of Coordination, Police Wireless (DCPW) so as to prevent any possible interception of classified messages by any agency,” sources said while quoting the circular contents. Adding further, sources said,” In view of above all the classified messages should be delivered either through secure fax or through DCPW headquarters or from MHA for onward transmission to concerned officer/state as locations are having Cipher facility.” Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaCity Police told officers that this may be given personnel attention on top priority. POLNET a satellite-based network has been actively involved in facilitating communication among various State Police/Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs). In July, LG Anil Baijal had reviewed the “Implementation Status & Plans for use of Technology by Delhi Police”. Delhi Police informed LG that Mobile Control Room (MCR) project has been commissioned which will act as standby Command & Control at the place of function and incident.last_img read more