Asian Games 2018 Live Updates: India Qualify For 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Final

India Qualify For 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Final

Live updates of Asian Games 2018, Day 1 straight from Jakarta, Indonesia

08:32 IST: Women’s basketball event update

Chinese Taipei had take an early 3-2 lead. But India comes from behind to equalise 3-3. 

08:31 IST: Wushu Update

Anjul Namdeo finishes fifth in Men’s Changquan. China’s Sun Peiyuan clinches the gold medal.

08:29 IST: Qualification Round 1 for women’s Trap

Seema Tomar has moved to the top spot

08:27 IST: Air Rifle Mixed Team Qualification Update

Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar score total of 835.3 in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event. They qualify for the final event

08:22 IST: Next Up

India face Chinese Taipei in the Women’s Basketball event

08:20 IST: Rowing Update

Dattu Baban Bhokanal has finished second in Heat 1. He enters the repechage round

08:16 IST: Air Rifle Mixed Team Update

Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar score 208.6, 208.7, 206.7

08:12 IST: First win for the Indian Contingent at Asian Games! What a start. 

Indian women’s kabaddi team outclass Japan 43-12 in their opening Group A tie. 

08:11 IST: Swimming Update

Saurabh Sangvekar clocks 1:54:87 in 200m Freestyle Heat. He finishes second but fails to qualify. 

08:08 IST: India vs Japan (Women’s) Kabaddi Live

India lead 38-10. Time-out has been called the Japanese team are taking some tip from their coach.

08:05 IST: Meanwhile, Manavjit Sandhu has got a perfect start in shooting. He has shot 25 out of 25 in the opening round.

08:01 IST: Shooting 

Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar have shot a total of 208.6 in the first series of 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event.

07:56 IST: Kabaddi Live

Indian women team are dominating with 25-8 lead. 

07:55 IST: Shooting, Qualification Round 1 for women’s Trap.

Seema Tomar is at the second place with an average of 0.96. 24 out of 25 targets.

Shreyasi Singh has scored 22 and sits on 8th place

07:30 IST: Hello and welcome to the live commentary from the Day 1 of the Asian Games 2018. 

Anish Bhanwala, 15, became India’s youngest Commonwealth Games gold medallist when he won the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol, snatching the honour from 16-year-old Manu Bhaker who had won the women’s 10m air rifle finals on the Gold Coast barely a week before. A third teenager, rifle shooter Elavenil Valarivan, will be another strong contender after landing two junior World Cup gold medals setting a new world record in the process.

The wrestling mat could prove equally high-yielding and Bajrang Punia’s sizzling form makes the 2014 silver medallist India’s best bet for a gold in Jakarta. The freestyle wrestler won the 65kg gold at the Commonwealth Games and was not required to attend trials for the Asiad.

In the women’s section, Gold Coast champion Vinesh Phogat (50kg) will be a strong contender for the gold medal. New training methods introduced by Argentine-born Swedish coach Santiago Nieva have been credited for the Indian success in recent boxing tournaments.

Vikas Krishan, who won the lightweight gold at Guangzhou in 2010 but took silver when he moved to middleweight four years later, is seeking his third successive Asiad medal.

India have won all nine kabaddi gold since its inclusion in 1990 and the trend is unlikely to change, while anything less than gold will be a disappointment for the men’s hockey team who were runners-up in the Champions Trophy. Commonwealth Games javelin champion Neeraj Chopra also gave himself a major morale boost on the Gold Coast in a rare athletics success for the country and the 20-year-old will be the flag-bearer in Jakarta.



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Kerala rains floods news

Kerala floods: Red alert withdrawn from all districts, death toll touches 357

Kerala rains floods news

At least 33 people were killed in Kerala floods in the past 24 hours. (Photo: Indian Navy)


  • Red alert removed from entire state for first time since August 9
  • Moderate rain predicted over next 24 hours
  • Railways will provide free transportation of relief material

In its latest weather bulletin, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has withdrawn red alert from all 14 districts of Kerala. It has predicted moderate rains in isolated areas of Kerala over the next 24 hours. This is the first time since August 9 when red alert has been withdrawn from the entire state.

Floods and landslides triggered by incessant rain have wreaked a havoc in the coastal state. At least 357 people have died in rain-related tragedies. Relief and rescue operations are on at war-footing.

In the last 24 hours, at least 33 people lost their lives in Kerala floods.


The Indian Railways has announced that it will not charge any freight on transportation of relief material to flood-hit Kerala. On Saturday, the Railways transported more than 15 lakh litre drinking water and one lakh water bottles to assist in relief operations.

The Indian Railways has announced that it will provide free transportation of relief material to Kerala sent by different state governments, NGOs and private organisations. (Photo: Twitter/PiyushGoyal)

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Lawyer Of Indian Man Who Groped Woman Mid-Air Cites Tamil Film In Court

It was a late-night flight from Las Vegas, and the woman rested her head on the window as the plane neared Detroit.

She was startled awake by the man in the middle seat next to her. His hand was down her unbuttoned pants, and her shirt was undone.

The 22-year old woman fled to the back of the plane to alert flight attendants.

But first she had to get past two obstacles: Prabhu Ramamoorthy, the man in the middle seat, and his wife in the aisle seat – an arm’s length away from a chill-inducing Jan. 3 incident later described in court.

A federal jury convicted Ramamoorthy, 35, of sexual abuse on the Spirit Airlines flight. Ramamoorthy, an Indian national in the United States on a work visa, faces up to life in prison. He will be deported after serving his sentence, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said in a statement.

“Everyone has the right to be secure and safe when they travel on airplanes. We will not tolerate the behavior of anyone who takes advantage of victims who are in a vulnerable position, and we are glad the jury agreed,” Schneider said. “We appreciate the victim in this case for her courage to speak out.”

Jurors deliberated three and a half hours before returning their decision, he said.

Ramamoorthy initially told investigators he had taken a pill and fallen into a deep sleep. He said he hadn’t done anything besides learning from his wife that the woman, who was not named in the complaint, was sleeping on his knees.

He and his wife later acknowledged the pill was plain Tylenol, according to prosecutors, and gave conflicting reports of what happened. His wife told investigators that she asked to switch seats because of the woman falling asleep, but the attendants told authorities no one else had asked to switch seats other than the victim. The wife was not named.

Ramamoorthy told an FBI agent he “might have” unhooked the woman’s bra, and then unzipped her pants, the complaint said. He tried to put his fingers inside the woman, but he told the investigator he was unsuccessful.

But the prosecution presented evidence Ramamoorthy penetrated the woman with his fingers, Schneider said.

Ramamoorthy could not be reached for comment. His attorney James Amberg and Spirit Airlines did not return a request for comment.

In the trial, Amberg said his client’s understanding of the legal process was based on Indian law. Ramamoorthy believed anything he told police was inadmissible in court, according to a motion Amberg filed to suppress his statements.

He also believed he would be tortured unless he gave incriminating statements, the motion said. Amberg cited “Visaranai,” a 2015 Indian film about corrupt police using violence to coerce guilty pleas, as evidence of Ramamoorthy’s belief he faced a similar threat in the United States.

It is not clear if Ramamoorthy will appeal the conviction.

The FBI, which investigates crimes on aircraft, has said sexual assault in the air has increased in recent years. There were 63 reports of sexual assault on flights last year, the agency said, up from 38 in 2014.

David Rodski, an FBI special agent assigned to investigate crimes out of Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport, said many incidents either go unreported or victims take time to alert authorities, The Post’s Lynh Bui reported in June.

“Hit that call button . . . notify the flight crew immediately,” Rodski said.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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Magnitude 8.2 earthquake strikes in the Pacific

Magnitude 8.2 earthquake strikes in the Pacific

The quake was 347.7 miles (560 km) below the Earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface. (Photo: Getty)


  • Quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga
  • No damages reported
  • The quake was 560 km below the Earth

A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it was not expected to cause any damage, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The US Tsunami Warning Center also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.

The quake was 347.7 miles (560 km) below the Earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface.

“I would not expect any damage. People will feel it but it’s so deep that I would not expect any damage,” USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley said by telephone.

The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 8.0 and then upgraded to 8.2, a magnitude that could cause tremendous damage had it not been so deep.

The epicenter was located 167 miles (270 km) east of Levuka in Fiji and 275 miles (443 km) west of Neiafu in Tonga.

The area is located on the earthquake-prone Ring of Fire.

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8.2-magnitude quake strikes in South Pacific

8.2-magnitude quake strikes in South Pacific

The earthquake struck just after midday Sunday and was almost 560 kilometers deep, the USGS said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said based on the data available, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was not expected, and there was no threat to Hawaii.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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Mom to see son for first time in 68 years

Select few South Korean families head North to reunite with relatives

The last time she saw him, Sang Chol was four years old, and together with her husband and their daughter, they were headed south, fleeing the fighting during the early days of the Korean War.

In the mass of hundreds of thousands of others trying to escape, Lee and her daughter lost sight of her husband and Sang Chol.

They continued south, becoming part of the flood of refugees who crossed what became the Demilitarized Zone. Only later did she discover that her husband and son remained on the other side of the divide, in North Korea.

They are among the tens of thousands of Koreans whose families were separated by the war.

Lee is now one of a small number of people fortunate enough to be chosen for government-run family reunions.

On Monday, the first reunion in three years will take place, at North Korea’s Mount Kumgang. The reunion is included in the historic accord that was signed by the leaders of the two Koreas in April. Around 57,000 people were eligible to take part. Of those, 0.16%, just 93 people, have been selected.

Those left out face the agonizing prospect of never seeing their family members again. More than 75,000 people have already died without ever reuniting with their loved ones.

“When I came to the South, I realized that I won’t see them again alive,” Lee, now 92, said of her husband and son. “I thought to myself that the war needs to be over for us to meet. I gave up seeing them again.”


Lee grew up in South Hamgyong province in what is now North Korea, where she got married and had two sons. The first died in infancy, but the second survived and she and her husband named him Sang Chol.

Lee was staying at her in-laws’ home in Kapsan county when the war broke out on June 25, 1950, after months of rising tensions between the US-occupied South and Soviet-backed North Korea.

Their house was in remote countryside and little news ever reached their doors, but refugees running away from the fighting told Lee and her in-laws what had happened. “They were coming from deep in the mountains,” she said. “They told us as they left that they were fleeing and that we should as well.”

The family packed food and supplies onto an ox cart and headed south.

“We didn’t get to go back to our house. We fled with just the clothes we wore for the trip. We kept walking and walking,” she said. “Then we walked again. I needed to breastfeed my baby. But there were so many people on the road and in the houses by the road so there was no place to do it.”

Seeking privacy, Lee crossed a small stream with her infant daughter, leaving her husband to look after the then four-year-old Sang Chol.

When she returned, the two had disappeared. Lee walked all day but couldn’t find them, becoming more and more distressed but determined to keep searching.

“I continued on. I thought he must have gone all the way,” she said. “I didn’t stop to sleep or eat and kept going.”

Eventually she came upon her brother-in-law, who told her they had been searching for her as well. Lee’s husband had gone back to try and find her, but they had missed each other on the road in the crush of refugees.

She never saw her husband or son again.

US soldiers pass fleeing refugees in the Nakdong River region, in what is now South Korea, during the Korean War.

Fleeing war

As Lee and her husband’s family continued south, she clung onto hope that he and Sang Chol would catch up with them.

The fighting did instead. One night, as they were sheltering in an abandoned house, she was awoken by the sound of bullets.

“We were in a bad spot,” she said. “We all lay down and stayed there.”

Unable to sleep, she lay in the dark and listened to the battle, her eyes tightly shut. Eventually an announcement came that the fighting had stopped and civilians could board a train headed south.

The train was packed with refugees. Lee and her relatives threw their luggage onto the snow-topped roofs of the carriages and climbed on board themselves. They rode the train overnight to a port, where they were told to get on a ferry headed for Geoje Island.

In the chaos, Lee was separated from her in-laws again, and arrived in Geoje alone.

“I carried my baby,” she said. “I found a wall and slept at the bottom of it hugging my baby.”

A week passed before they reunited with some of her husband’s family, who had also made it onto the ferry.

As new arrivals to Geoje, they were given a small amount of supplies as part of a South Korean government program to resettle refugees on the island, but were largely dependent on the limited generosity of the locals.

Lee spent many days longing for her husband and son, wondering what became of them and imagining the worst.

“After I woke up I would take my daughter out to the field and sit on a rock. That was my spot. And I would cry,” Lee said. “I cried for a year.”

As time wore on, Lee gave up on seeing her husband and son again. She remarried, to a man who had become separated from his wife and fled south with his daughters, who Lee raised as her own. Over time, she found she could remember little about Sang Chol, only that he was a good boy, who didn’t complain.

Civilians from Hungnam in North Korea board the landing ship USS Jefferson County as they flee their city during the Korean War on December 19, 1950.

Long wait

Sang Chol is now 72. After his father realized that they’d lost his mother on the chaotic road south, he took the boy back to their home village to find them. Few details are known about how Sang Chol’s life unfolded in the reclusive country.

After 68 years, his mother Lee is about to find out.

Lee said she felt numb when she learned she had been selected to take part in Monday’s family reunion.

“I couldn’t process that at first. I couldn’t believe that I was going to see my son,” Lee said. “Will it be okay to hug my son who’s over 70 years old?”

For most of the families split by the Korean War, their relatives are little more than vague memories to which they are connected by history and blood. Nevertheless, the loss and pain of the separation persists, as does the desire for reunion.

Hahm Seong-chan will be among the 93 people who meet their relatives on Monday.

His brother was around six years old when they last saw each other. They grew up in vastly different countries, with Hahm even working in South Korea for the US military, which remains widely loathed in North Korea for the brutal bombing campaign carried out during the war.

“I often thought it would be so nice if I could see my brothers just once before I die,” he said. “When I got a phone call from the Red Cross that I made it to the first group of 500 out of over 50,000 applicants, I didn’t think I would make it to the final list.”

The 86-year-old told CNN he doesn’t expect to recognize his younger sibling, who he can remember little about beyond that he was quiet and nice, unlike another brother who always used to get into fights.

“Maybe we’ll be able to recognize each other because we share the same blood,” he added. “Even if he doesn’t remember me he must remember my name, ‘Hahm Seong-chan.’ I get so nervous thinking about that moment.”

Picture taken on January, 18, 1951 shows Korean refugees fleeing to the south, as they pass by frozen rice fields.

Ongoing trauma

For many other separated families, the phone call confirming a reunion is yet to come.

Jung Kea-hyun, now 85, has applied 21 times for a reunion with his brothers, whom he became separated from in the war.

“I’m pining to see them again. People see their family again and cry their eyes out,” he told CNN. “I cried a lot too.”

At 85, Jung Kea-hyun fears he will never see his brother, who lives in North Korea, before he dies.

While reports on reunions inevitably focus on the lucky few selected, Jung’s situation is the reality for the vast majority of those who have applied.

“You need to experience it to know it. You can speak to me and hear the story, but have you ever been separated from your family? Imagine not seeing them for 65, 70 years,” Jung said.

He struggled even to explain the hurt to his own wife, a native of Seoul who didn’t experience the war in the same way: “If she was from the North too, I could talk to her about it. But it was pointless because she wouldn’t know. She wouldn’t know how I feel.”

Every year, Koreans visit their hometowns to feast with relatives and pay respect to their ancestors as part of the Chuseok harvest festival. For Jung and many others, this happy occasion is an added heartbreak — he can’t visit the town of his birth, and his relatives on the other side of the DMZ may as well be a world away.

This year, as he has done for decades, Jung will get as close as he can, traveling to a shrine in Panmunjom, near the DMZ, where he will perform the traditional rituals.

“Being separated from your family is something unimaginable,” he said. “What I want is not a one-off meeting. I want to know who is still surviving. Just to know if they are still alive. Or even just for the letters to travel back and forth.”

Picture released on December 26, 1950 of the evacuation of UN Command forces, including thousands of soldiers, civilians, vehicles and tons of supplies to Pusan from Hungnam port, during the Korean War.

For many families on both sides of the border, time is running out.

More than 75,000 applicants have died since the Korean Red Cross and state broadcaster KBS first began working to reunite families in the 1980s.

A flurry of reunions took place in the 2000s, amid improved relations between Seoul and Pyongyang, but then a lull followed as tensions rose again.

The last round of family reunions was in 2015. Now old and frail, many families fear they’ll never be included on the list to meet their relatives, and even if they are they’ll be too weak to make the journey north.

“The numbers selected will be very small,” said Park Kyung-seo, president of the South Korean Red Cross, which organizes the reunions.

“I share fully with the disappointment of those who are not selected so I am trying with the North Korean partners to try and find other solutions, huge numbers are waiting.”

“Imagine 73 years without knowing whether their family members are still alive or passed away — no news at all,” Park said. “The agony and anger, that’s an unthinkable human tragedy.”

This is the reality of the ongoing division of the peninsula, a division that for all the political bluster and fear of North Korean missiles heading to the US, affects ordinary Koreans more than anyone else.

“Even after the war, division caused the horror of war to take root in our everyday lives,” South Korean President Moon Jae-in said last week as the country marked the 73rd anniversary of the end of Japanese colonialism.

“It took away the lives of countless young people, incurring enormous economic costs and loss of capabilities.”

In September, Moon will travel to Pyongyang, where he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have pledged to continue to work “toward the declaration of an end to the Korean War and the signing of a peace treaty.”

The families separated by that war, on both sides of the border, will be watching closely.

CNN’s Jake Kwon contributed reporting.

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At Imran Khan Oath, Pakistan Army Chief Sends A Message Via Navjot Sidhu

Navjot Singh Sidhu was the only one of the three Indian cricketers invited by PTI chief Imran Khan.


Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Punjab minister who travelled to Pakistan to watch ‘friend’ Imran Khan take over as Pakistan Prime Minister, prophesised a positive change in Islamabad’s approach towards India. “He will be taking the positive direction… and positive anything is better than negative nothing,” Mr Sidhu told NDTV in an exclusive interview.

In his victory speech last month, Imran Khan had favoured improving ties with India and pledged to take two steps if India takes one.

For his oath ceremony on Saturday, Mr Khan had invited three of his contemporaries from his cricketing days, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Navjot Sidhu.

Mr Sidhu, who, like Imran Khan had joined politics, was the only one to have showed up. Mr Khan had him seated in the front row with Pakistan’s top leaders. Later, he gave him a warm, bear hug, thanking him for making the trip.

But another hug at the oath ceremony appeared to have offended some people back in India. This one was with the Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Mr Sidhu said the three defence services chiefs had to introduce themselves to the guests seated in the front row.

At one point, the Army Chief walked up to him. The conversation started with small talk.

“I am a General who wanted to be a cricketer,” Gen Bajwa told Mr Sidhu before the topic moved to more serious issues.

“He said, Navjot, We want peace,” Mr Sidhu told NDTV about the conversation.

This wasn’t the first time that the army chief had spoken of peace and dialogue with India.

But Delhi hasn’t been entirely convinced with these public pronouncements because it has picked up nothing to indicate that the Pakistan army had stopped supporting terror groups.

In his conversation with Mr Sidhu, the army chief sought to indicate that he meant it.

“On his own”, the army chief told Mr Sidhu that Islamabad would open the corridor to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur on the 500th birth anniversary in 2019 of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh religion. The shrine is built at a place believed to be Guru Nanak’s final resting place.

“It was a dream come true,” Mr Sidhu said.

The army chief went on. “We will even think of doing better things,” Mr Sidhu said, quoting the army officer.

The cricketer-politician said he prays that India takes that one step. “This is a change and any change will bring hope. Hope sees the invisible and conquers the impossible,” Mr Sidhu said.

Sikh groups in India have been pleading with the NDA government for some time to hold talks with Pakistan to open the corridor during next year’s celebrations. They contend that the two governments had agreed to a corridor to the shrine just two-three km from the India-Pakistan border in 1998 but never implemented the decision.

Mr Sidhu, who had initially joined the BJP and represented Amritsar in parliament before a falling out with BJP leaders led him to the Congress, said he would rather ignore the criticism in India over his visit.

“My thought process has always been very positive. I want to swim in the blue ocean that has space for everyone… But mostly, all I see is red ocean,” he said.

“Let us shun the red ocean,” he said.

Analysts believe that Imran Khan’s first priority would be to focus on the looming economic crisis and expect Pakistan to either seek a bailout from the International Monetary Fund or seek support from China.

On what could be expected from Prime Minister Imran Khan, Mr Sidhu said he wasn’t going to be someone who was going to compromise on anything. He listens to everyone but has the clarity of thought on what needs to be done.

“He will actually take the tough path… That tough path will be actually progressive,” Mr Sidhu told NDTV, underlining that Imran Khan wasn’t going to take short cuts and was ready to take decisions that would hold the country in good stead in the long run.

But as he attended the oath ceremony in Islamabad, the BJP in Delhi and elsewhere lashed out at him for taking up the invite to go to Pakistan. Haryana minister Anil Vij called it “an act of disloyalty” and sought action against the Congress leader. In Delhi, BJP spokesman Sambit Patra called it a shameful act.

Mr Sidhu, who had earlier quoted former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s conviction that India and Pakistan should improve relations to counter his detractors,on Saturday cited the Vedas to underline the importance of keeping communication channels open.

“According to the Vedas, when there is no communication, there is suspicion and then lack of trust happens,” he said, an oblique rebuttal to the BJP. He also recalled the ancient philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the whole world is one family) that is often cited by the ruling party at the centre and prime minister.

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