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India among 66 teams to compete at Chengdu 2022 World TT Championships



The World Team Table Tennis Championships will return to action later this month after a four-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) will reveal the 66 teams, including India, who will compete for titles.

This will be the only international sports competition in China this year after the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics, as the country postponed the 2022 Asian Games and gave up hosting rights to the men’s soccer Asian Cup scheduled for 2023. due to the increase in coronavirus cases.

With the organizers proposing special arrangements for the event, the ITTF released the team entry list for the Chengdu 2022 World Team Table Tennis Championships Finals, with Indian men’s and women’s teams in contention.

The tournament will take place between September 30 and October 9. The men’s competition will feature 35 teams, while 31 teams will compete in the women’s category.

Four years ago, when the event was last held, China took gold in the men’s and women’s events in Halmstad, Sweden in 2018. The 2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Busan, South Korea , was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. .

China has claimed the men’s title in the last nine tournaments and will enter as the top seed. In the women’s draw, China will be seeking its fifth consecutive title and will enter the Chengdu competition as the No. 1 team in the world.

ITTF President Petra Sorling expressed her gratitude to the Chinese Table Tennis Association (CTTA), the local organizing committee and the city of Chengdu for making the event possible, reports Xinhua.

“As the countdown to Chengdu will soon come to an end, everyone in the table tennis family should feel extremely proud,” said Sorling. “The World Championship final in Chengdu will be an unforgettable experience that will ultimately bring our family together, perhaps closer than ever.”

The draw for the first stage is scheduled for September 28. The teams will arrive in Chengdu on September 26 on special flights chartered by the ITTF.

Participants in the World Championship Finals will remain in a bubble, with the official hotels connected to the event venue via dedicated transportation.

“The ITTF, CTTA and the organizing committee are working on every detail to ensure a professional, safe, convenient and enjoyable environment for everyone. I would also like to thank the table tennis family for their support in the run up to this event. I believe that Chengdu can become the link that deepens our friendship and brings us closer,” said Liu Guoliang, Executive Vice President of the ITTF and Director and President of the World Table Tennis Council.

Playing at home this year, China will again be the favorites to win the Swaythling and Marcel Corbillon Cups.

China has claimed the men’s title the last nine times and will enter as the top seed. Germany, as World No. 2, will put in a strong performance after reaching four finals in the previous five editions of the event. Meanwhile, Sweden were the last team outside of China to climb to the top of the men’s podium and, having produced silver medalists at back-to-back Men’s World Singles Championships, will be looking for a return to their golden era.

In the women’s draw, China will seek its fifth consecutive title and enter Chengdu as the No. 1 team in the world.

One place behind them is Japan, who have won silver in the last three championships and will look to their legacy as the second most successful women’s team of all time for inspiration. While the traditional continental powerhouses will be in action, Pan-America will also be aiming for the podium with most of the teams from that region vying for titles in the modern staging of the event. Africa will also be well represented and in contention for medals with several Top 20 ranked teams heading to Chengdu, the ITTF said in a statement on Friday.

The teams will arrive in Chengdu on Monday 26th September on special flights chartered by the ITTF. Participants in the World Championship Finals will be able to enter and leave Chengdu without quarantine.

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Royal Bengal Tiger spotted in Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary in Bargarh



A Royal Bengal tiger was spotted at the Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary in Bargarh. The Divisional Forestry Officer (DFO) confirmed the same on Saturday from video footage that captured the tiger moving in the forest.

The tiger was reportedly spotted at the Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary located near Sambalpur’s Hirakud Dam. The tiger gender is male and it is an endangered species as its count is very low, reported Anshu Pragyan Das, DFO, Hirakud Wildlife Division.

The DFO expressed his joy that after several years a tiger was seen in the sanctuary. The team is even trying to track down whether or not the tiger has any female partners. Security around the sanctuary has been tightened to restrict the entry of unauthorized persons or poachers.

“It was seen while venturing near the safari area of ​​the sanctuary on December 1 and patrol staff captured video of the tiger as it crossed a road. This is the first time a tiger has entered the front door,” the DFO reported.

The DFO also ensured that special security measures are taken to ensure the protection of the tiger. As reported by the DFO, 12 teams have been hired to monitor the tiger.

“In addition to hiring a special team to monitor the tiger 24 hours a day, GIS technicians have been hired. A special patrol team is also engaged outside the sanctuary with metal detectors. We are emphasizing a special intelligence network to track and restrict unauthorized entry into the sanctuary. Immediate action will be taken against any illegal activity, the DFO said.

He further added: “We have yet to determine if the tiger was previously present at the wildlife sanctuary or if it came from Chhattisgarh. Last time, a royal Bengal tiger was seen in Debrigarh in 2018. We will track down the details soon if it ventured from any other landscape or was present here.”

In addition, security cameras have been installed at various locations in the sanctuary to track the feral cat.

In particular, the Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary spans Bargarh, near the Hirakud Dam, as well as the neighboring state. After 2018, not a single tiger was seen in the dense forest. The forestry department is on high alert as previous poachers remained quite active in the area.

Reported by Sanjay Jena (Sambalpur)

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Belgian girl weds Indian man as RK Narayan’s ‘Guide’ recreated in real life



The legendary storyteller, Padma Vibhushan RK Narayan, would have been very proud if he had been alive today, because one of his great books ‘Guide’ has apparently come to life in real life.

It turns out that a 30-year-old tour guide, Ananth Raju, has married his 27-year-old Belgian girlfriend, Camille, in Hampi, Karnataka. And his love story was straight out of Narayan’s award-winning novel. The two were married on Friday according to Hindu rituals at the city’s Virupaksha temple.

The two reportedly met in Hampi just before the covid pandemic hit India in 2020. When Camille visited Hampi with her family, Raju not only took her around the city and gave her history-related information, but also he also arranged for her to stay at a good hotel.

Although Camille returned to Belgium with her family after her tour ended, the two kept in touch via social media. Gradually the friendship grew and both expressed their desire for marriage to their families, which both families accepted.

Camille was unable to come to India due to Covid restrictions but once the restrictions were lifted Camille came to Hampi. And both of them got married according to Hindu rituals.

Narayan’s ‘Guide’, which was published in 1958, has a similar plot in which a tour guide falls in love with a married woman who happened to be the wife of an archaeologist. The story took numerous twists and turns until the ‘guide’ ended up as a religious preacher in a temple.

A movie was made based on the novel which was released in 1965. The hit movie had Dev Anand and Wahida Rahman in the lead roles.

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Anand Mahindra awe-stricken by this 6-seater cycle, netizens hail desi jugaad



Auto baron Anand Mahindra shared a video on Twitter praising a rural youth using an EV. He showered her with praise for her inventiveness, originality, and innovation.

The young man in the video drives his friends down the highway in unison in his custom-built six-seater electric two-wheeler.

According to Mahindra, necessity is the mother of invention and this concept could find global use as a tourist “bus” in busy European tourist destinations.

According to the man in the video, it runs on electricity and can travel up to 150 km on a single charge. This car costs between Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 12,000. Furthermore, the young man claimed that the car can be charged at just Rs 10.

Sharing the video, Mahindra wrote: “With only small design inputs (cylindrical sections for the @BosePratap chassis?), this device could find global application. As a tourist ‘bus’ in the busy European tourist centers? I am always impressed by innovations in rural transport, where necessity is the mother of invention”.

His video has received a good response with more than 826.6k views, more than 43k likes and more than 5k retweets.

Industrialist Anand Mahindra frequently tweets interesting videos on Twitter that draw the attention of netizens. He rarely misses an opportunity to praise remarkable creations, and his most recent post is no exception.

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