KATHMANDU: A large number of foreign nationals including Dutch, Israelis and at least around 1,000 Canadians are still stranded in parts of Nepal, a week after the earthquake battered the Himalayan nation. A favourite among international tourists, Kathmandu Valley with its seven-piece World Heritage ensemble, bore the maximum brunt of the 7.9-magnitude quake which reduced the iconic landscape to rubble on April 25. According to private carrier Spicejet, taking part in evacuating people from Nepal, around 1,000 Canadians, who had gone for trekking, are stuck in Nepal. "About 1,000 Canadians got stranded since they went for trekking outside Kathmandu. They are now trying to collect themselves at the Kathmnadu airport by contacting either the Canadian embassy or through the Minister of External Affairs directly. So, besides Indians, we are also getting requests to evacuate these foreign nationals," Promoter, Spicejet, Ajay Singh told PTI. The airline said that it has been operating … [Read more...] about Nepal earthquake: Scores of foreigners stranded
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We will try to write our own script, says India coach HarendraDetermined to keep a clean slate against Canada, coach Harendra Singh said, on Friday, India will look to write their own script and progress in the men's hockey World Cup without depending on other results. With one win and a draw, India are currently placed on top of Pool C ahead of Belgium on account of better goal (+4) average than the Olympic silver medallist. While India will play Canada in their last pool engagement Saturday, Belgium will be up against South Africa. The top team from each of the four pools will qualify directly for the quarterfinals while the second and third-placed sides will play the cross-overs for a spot in the last eight."We interpret a picture as we see it. Our target is to top the pool irrespective of the result of Belgium versus South Africa game. Our fate is in our own hands," Harendra said on the eve of the game. "We are still on the second floor, they (Canada) are in the basement (in terms … [Read more...] about Can Team India repeat historic feat in Hockey World Cup?
India look to test attacking prowess against lowly Poland in Azlan Shah Cup IMAGE: Mandeep Singh, right, celebrates after scoring. Photograph: Hockey India/Twitter Their final berth already sealed, favourites India will look to test their attacking prowess and aim for a big win when they take on lower-ranked Poland in their final league match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament, in Ipoh, Malaysia, on Friday. With three wins and a draw, India currently lead the six-team league table with 10 points and a goal difference of eight. Just like five-time champions India, Korea too have secured their place in Saturday's summit clash with 10 points, but have an inferior goal difference -- five -- than the Indians. The last round league matches, thus, have become inconsequential for all the teams, but both India and Korea would look to keep their winning momentum intact. Against Poland, ranked 21st in the world, it should be an easy match for world number 5 India. The … [Read more...] about Azlan Hockey: Final berth assured, India look to test attacking prowess
Mumbai: Suzlon Energy has told its lenders that Canadian investor Brookfield is keen to acquire majority stake in it, which would help the cash-strapped renewable energy company settle its loans if the lenders were to give a waiver, people involved with the development said. Suzlon has offered a one-time settlement proposal to its lenders that entails potential stake sale to Brookfield that would infuse additional equity in the company, and a considerable amount of waiver of the debts by lenders including foreign currency convertible bondholders, which could eventually help the loss-making company to scale up its operations and meet the remaining financial obligations. “The lenders have been involved in the resolution plan,” a person involved with the development said. “Suzlon had interest from a few entities, which lenders knew, but it has decided to go ahead with Brookfield while submitting the one-time settlement offer.” Suzlon hopes to complete due … [Read more...] about Suzlon offers to sell majority stake to Brookfield for settling loans
Shreyasi Singh shot as if in a dream, especially in the climax, to clinch the women’s trap gold with a four-point margin over qualification topper Rajeshwari Kumari in the 63rd National shotgun championship at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, here on Monday.The Commonwealth Games gold medallist in double trap, the 28-year-old Shreyasi was quite in command as she shot 42 out of 50 in the single-barrel final, getting better in the second half with 22 out of 25.This was one aspect that had seen Shreyasi lose many finals in the past and she credited coach Daniele Di Spignio of Italy, the former World Champion, for the change of fortunes.“Whether it is single or double barrel, I felt strong in this championship. All credit to the coach’’, said Shreyasi, who had qualified with a modest score of 112, as compared to the National record 118 by Rajeshwari.“It was a tough final and shooters were even losing on the basis of their back number. I myself didn’t have a … [Read more...] about Shreyasi Singh bags the gold in national shotgun championship