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Two more players have withdrawn from the ongoing 2022 India Open badminton tournament ahead of their semifinal clash, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed on Saturday. Second-seeded Russian mixed doubles player Rodion Alimov tested positive for the virus and has withdrawn from the event. His mixed doubles partner Alina Davletova has also withdrawn after being identified as a close contact.
Though, world's badminton governing body didn't disclose the identity of players, Alimov himself confirmed the development via his Instagram account. "Positive test COVID-19 I am very sorry that you will not see tomorrow in the semi-final," he wrote on Instagram late Friday night along with the picture featuring him and his partner. As a result, their opponents qualified for the mixed doubles final after getting a walkover.
"Badminton World Federation (BWF) can confirm that one player from the current draw has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been withdrawn from the YONEX-SUNRISE India Open 2022," the BWF said in a statement. "The player returned a positive result to a mandatory RT-PCR test conducted on Friday. His doubles partner has been identified as a close contact and has also been withdrawn from the tournament. Their opponents will be given a walkover to the final," it added.
The entire England badminton contingent has also withdrawn after players tested positive. Muktasim Azlan / Unsplash
On January 12, as many as seven Indian shuttlers, including reigning world championship silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth, were withdrawn from the event due to the same reason. Apart from Srikanth, the other players withdrawn were, Ashwini Ponnappa, Ritika Rahul Thkar, Treesa Jolly, Mithun Manjunath, Simran Aman Singh and Khushi Gupta.
Notably, India's B Sai Praneeth, doubles specialists Manu Attri and Dhruv Rawat had also tested positive for the virus ahead of their departure for the national capital and had pulled out before the start of the tournament. The entire England badminton contingent had also withdrawn ahead of the Super 500 event after the country's doubles specialist Sean Vendy and coach Nathan Robertson tested positive for the virus.
Reigning world championship silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth was also withdrawn from the event due to the same reason.Wikipedia
The 2022 edition of India Open, organized by the Badminton Association of India (BAI), is being held behind closed doors at the Indira Gandhi Stadium's KD Jadhav Indoor Hall. The testing protocols have been implemented in accordance with BWF and BAI guidelines and players are being tested everyday at the hotel and outside the stadium in order to ensure their health and safety. The competition will continue with the semifinal clashes on Saturday. (IANS/SP)
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A cryptocurrency CEO has become one of the richest people on Earth, CNN reported.
Changpeng "CZ" Zhao, who runs the crypto exchange Binance, has joined the ranks of the world's top billionaires, with an estimated net worth of at least $96.5 billion, according to new calculations from the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Zhao's projected fortune now is just below that of Oracle founder Larry Ellison and surpasses that of Mukesh Ambani, the Indian tycoon whose fortune has also soared over the last two years.
The ascent of the Chinese-Canadian entrepreneur is emblematic of the rapid creation of wealth in the fast-moving world of digital currencies.
Last year, other crypto founders also enjoyed huge gains as the value of virtual coins rallied, with ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin and Coinbase founder Brian Armstrong both becoming billionaires.
Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO of FTX, another cryptocurrency exchange that has been backed by Binance, pointed Tuesday to an "unprecedented amount of wealth creation that has occurred in the industry over the last few years", CNN reported.
A Binance spokesperson told CNN Business that "CZ intends to give away most of his wealth, even 99 per cent of his wealth, just like other entrepreneurs and founders."
Zhao launched Binance in 2017, gradually building it into one of the world's largest crypto exchanges, the report said.
Keywords: CEO, Binance, CNN, Business, Zhao, Cryptocurrency, News, World)
Kannada litterateur, activist Chandrashekar Patil (83) passed away on Monday in a private hospital here after suffering from age-related ailments. His family sources said that final rites would be carried out in Bengaluru.
Chandrashekar Patil, popularly known as Champa, was a well-known poet, playwright and was considered as one of the foremost voices of the 'Bandaya' movement (Progressive, rebel literary movement).
Champa was the editor of the influential literary journal 'Sankramana'. He was known for leading many social and literary movements such as historical Gokak agitation, Bandaya movement and anti-Emergency movement, agitation for the implementation of Mandal report, farmer's movement and others.
After retiring as professor of English from Karnatak University in Dharwad, Patil served as the President of Kannada Sahitya Parishat and as the Chairman of the Kannada Development Authority. Patil had returned his Pampa Award, the highest literary honour of the government of Karnataka protesting the assassination of scholar Professor M.M. Kalburgi.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has expressed condolences for the death of Patil. Patil hailed from Hattimattur village in Haveri district and went on to become popular as 'Champa'. "He is a revolutionary litterateur. His contribution to Kannada literature is immense. He fought for the supremacy of the language of the land all through," Bommai said.
Opposition leader Siddaramaiah has also shared his condolence message and said his death is a loss to Kannada literature world.
Patil is survived by wife and two children.
Keywords: Kannada Litterateur, Activist, Chandrashekar Patil, Author, Literature, World, Death)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually inaugurate 11 new government medical colleges across Tamil Nadu and the new campus of Central Institute of Classical Tamil in Chennai, on January 12.
The new medical colleges are being established at an estimated cost of about Rs 4,000 crore, out of which around Rs 2,145 crore has been provided by the Centre and rest by the Tamil Nadu government.
The districts in which the new Medical Colleges are being established are Virudhunagar, Namakkal, The Nilgiris, Tiruppur, Thiruvallur, Nagapattinam, Dindigul, Kallakurichi, Ariyalur, Ramanathapuram and Krishnagiri.
"Establishment of these medical colleges is in line with the Prime Minister's constant endeavour to promote affordable medical education and improve health infrastructure in all parts of the country," the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in a statement said.
The new medical colleges, with cumulative capacity of 1,450 seats, are being established under the Centrally Sponsored scheme of 'Establishing of New Medical Colleges attached with existing district/referral hospital'.
Establishment of these medical colleges is in line with the Prime Minister's constant endeavour to promote affordable medical education and improve health infrastructure in all parts of the country," said PMO.Photo by Pixabay
Under the scheme, medical colleges are established in districts, which do not have either a government or private medical college.
"The establishment of a new campus of Central Institute of Classical Tamil (CICT) in Chennai is in line with the Prime Minister's vision to protect and preserve Indian heritage and promote classical languages," the PMO said.
The new campus is fully funded by the Union Government and is built at a cost of Rs 24 crore. CICT, which was operating from a rented building so far, will now operate from a new three storey campus. The new campus is equipped with a spacious library, an e-library, seminar halls and a multimedia hall.
An autonomous organisation under the Union Ministry of Education, CICT is contributing to the promotion of classical Tamil by doing research activities so as to establish the ancientness and uniqueness of Tamil language.
The institute library has a rich collection of over 45,000 ancient Tamil Books. To promote classical Tamil and support its students, the Institute indulges in academic activities like holding seminars and training programmes, granting fellowship etc. It also aims to translate and publish 'Thirukkural' in various Indian as well as 100 foreign languages.
"The new campus will provide an efficient working environment for the institute in its pursuit of promoting classical Tamil across the world," the PMO added.
(Keywords: India, Tamil Nadu, Medical Colleges, Colleges, Campus, Inauguration, Tamils, World, Narendra Modi)