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Pankaj Advani wins IBSF World Billiards title in Adelaide

India's most successful cueist Pankaj Advani today added another feather to his cap by winning the IBSF World Billiards Championship in Adelaide, Australia. He outplayed Singapore's Peter Gilchrist in the final to take his world title count to 14.

Bengaluru's 'Golden Boy' was in roaring form and appeared keen to not only defend his Time format world title but also avenge his loss of the Point format championship to Gilchrist, which happened under a week ago.

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Abhinav Bindra wins Gold in Asian Air Gun Championships

Beijing Olympics champion Abhinav Bindra clinched gold in the men's 10 metre Air Rifle event of the Asian Air Gun Championships in New Delhi today. Bindra, who won gold in 2008 Olympics in 10 metre Air Rifle event, shot 208.3 points to bag the top prize ahead of Kazakhstan's world number eight Yurkov Yuriy (206.6) and Korea's Yu Jaechul (185.3) on the first day of competition at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.Gagan Narang, who won a bronze in the same event in 2012 London Olympics, finished fourth with a score of 164.5 while another Indian, Chain Singh was two places below at seventh after notching up 122.7.

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Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis won Ghangzhou Open Women’s Doubles title

Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis on 26 September 2015 won the Guangzhou Open title of tennis. The top-seeded Indo-Swiss pair defeated the Chinese pair of Xu Shilin and You Xiaodi 6-3, 6-1 in the summit clash held at Guangzhou of China.

It was Sania's seventh title of the 2015 season and sixth with Hingis. She won one trophy with Bethanie-Mattek Sands in Sydney.Sania and Hinghis have now won six of 13 events they have played since March 2015 and the titles include Indian Wells, Miami, Charleston, Wimbledon, the US Open and Guangzhou.

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Dhoni will be brand ambassador of Jharkhand tourism: CM

Jharkhand Tourism will be promoted by brand ambassador and Indian cricket skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Chief Minister Raghubar Das."On October 2, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will initiate online the rejuvenation and preservation of terracotta temples of Maluti at a cost of Rs.13 crore," Das said, while addressing the 'Unexplored Jharkhand 2015' programme organised on the occasion of World Tourism Day.

According to him, the state could benefit from eco-tourism, religious tourism, cultural tourism, medical tourism, adventure and mining tourism.Das said that Apollo Hospital has been given land at a token price of Re.1 to boost medical tourism.

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Former Indian Cricket Captain Sourav Ganguly appointed President of Cricket Association of Bengal

Former Indian Cricket captain Sourav Ganguly was on 24 September 2015 appointed as the President of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). The announcement regarding this was made by the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the state secretariat building in Kolkata.

He succeeded Jagmohan Dalmiya and at the time of appointment Ganguly was serving CAB in the capacity of Joint-Secretary.The post had fallen vacant after the sudden demise of Dalmiya at the age of 75 on 20 September 2015. Besides, Dalmiya’s son Avishek Dalmiya was inducted as one of the two Joint-Secretaries, replacing Ganguly. Subir Ganguly will continue as the other Joint-Secretary while Biswarup Dey will continue as Treasurer.

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Government Chawngfiang Middle School won U-14 sub-junior Subroto Cup Football Tournament

Government Chawngfiang Middle School of Mizoram on 24 September 2015 won the sub-Junior (Under-14) title of the 56th Subroto Cup International Football Tournament. In the final held at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi, it defeated Esteqalal School of Afghanistan 3-2. With this win, Chawngfiang Middle School claimed the purse of 2.5 lakh rupees while Esteqalal School claimed 1.25 lakh rupees and a trophy.

Air Marshal BBP Sinha presented the trophy to the winners while Mizoram Chief Minister Lalthawala presented the cheque to them.Beside this, the Subroto Education Society also offered 25 promising players in the Under-14 section 15000 rupees each, a one-time scholarship. There were several awards and rewards in different categories for the best efforts by the sub-junior boys during the tournament.


• Best Player – Chhunga Hmar (Mizoram)
• Best Coach – Lalthawmmawia (Mizoram)
• Best Goalkeeper- Lallamkima
• Most promising player – Uday Shankar Bora (SAI)
• Fair Play Trophy – Namchi Sports Hostel, Sikkim

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Haggerty elected ITF president

David Haggerty, former president and chief executive of the US Tennis Association, was elected president of the International Tennis Federation on Friday, beating India's Anil Khanna for the post.Haggerty, 58, was elected to a four-year term on the second ballot at the ITF's annual general meeting in Santiago, garnering 200 votes to Khanna's 192. Switzerland's Rene Stammbach and Spain's Juan Margets were eliminated on the first ballot.

Haggerty is an experienced tennis administrator, having held a variety of roles within the USTA since 2001 and within the ITF since 2009.He is a former president of the Tennis Industry Association and a current board member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.Away from tennis administration, Haggerty had a 30-year career in the racquet industry, and is a former Chairman of Head USA, President of Penn Racquet Sports, and President of Dunlop Maxfli Slazenger Sports.

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Kerala to ink MoU on tourism with Russia

The tourism departments of Kerala and the Russian city of St. Petersburg will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at promoting tourism in the south Indian state, a statement said.This was finalised after a meeting attended by Kerala tourism secretary G. Kamala Vardhana Rao, Consulate General of India in St Petersburg Arun Kumar Sharma and Rimma Sachinova, deputy chairman of St Petersburg tourism."The trade partners at both ends are confident about business due to the flight connectivity via Dubai and introduction of e-tourist visa facility," Rao said in a statement.

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India falls to 155th place in UN’s broadband penetration ranking

Centre is pushing the Digital India campaign and talking about broadband for all but country’s Internet growth is lagging that of most other countries.The UN Broadband Commission released “The State of Broadband” report just ahead of the Sustainable Development Goals Summit at UN headquarters in New York on September 26.

India’s broadband penetration ranking has fallen to 155th from 113th rank
India ranked 131 out of 189 countries on fixed-broadband subscriptions dropped from the 125th rank.India ranked 80 among 133 developing countries on percentage of households with internet in with a 3% penetration as compared to the 75th rank and 13% penetration previously.

TOPPERS--In total, there are now 79 countries where over 50% of the population is online, up from 77 in 2014. Top 10 countries for household Internet penetration are all located in Asia or the Middle East.The Republic of Korea has the world’s highest household broadband penetration with 98.5% of homes connected.
Qatar ranked 2nd with 98%
Saudi Arabia ranked 3rd with 94%

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RJD leader Siddiqui elected as President of Bihar Cricket Association

Senior RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui has been elected as President of Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) after an election held as per directions of the Supreme Court.Siddiqui, who was the RJD Legislature Party leader in the outgoing Assembly, defeated Vinod Kumar, a former president of BCA, by a margin of 30 votes, a statement issued by retired Patna High Court Judge Dharampal Sinha, who supervised the elections on orders of the Apex Court.

Ravi Shankar Prasad was elected as General Secretary defeating Ajay Narayan Sharma.Ram Kumar was elected as the Treasurer defeating Bibhuti Narayan Sharma by 26 votes.The BCA elections were held in accordance with a direction of the Apex Court in August this year, which had appointed former Patna High Court judge Dharampal Sinha as electoral officer-cum-observer for the polls.

Five Vice Presidents who were elected are Sunil kumar Singh, Gopal Bohra, Anand Kumar, S Mumtazuddin and N K Jamuar

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