IPL is fine but let’s not forget India’s 233-medal haul at Special Olympics

first_imgIPL is fine but let’s not forget India’s 233-medal haul at Special OlympicsSpecial Olympics 2019: India, who are participating in the World Games for the 9th time, have won total of 233 medals in Abu Dhabi in an excellent show.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk Abu DhabiMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 20, 2019 14:17 IST Special Olympics 2019: India have won 233 medals so far at the event in Abu Dhabi. (Special Olympics Bharat Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia have won 233 medals at Special Olympics so farIndia won 49 medals at the roller skating event19-year old Jitendra Pawal won a gold medal in the 200m raceThe fever of Indian Premier League (IPL) is at its prime with the tournament set to begin on March 23. However, there’s Special Olympics going on in the United Arab Emirates and where Indian athletes have been performing exceedingly well. One look at the event says it out loud that India are excelling over there.When the IPL is around the corner or is going on, the entire sporting attention of India shifts to the glitzy tournament. In fact, on the same day as the IPL, Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in hockey is also beginning but there’s not much focus on that.While IPL continues to be the centre of sports news currently, India’s success at the Special Olympics must not be sidelined.So far, India have won a total of 233 medals in the ongoing Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. Till March 19, the Indian contingent had won 60 gold, 83 silver and 90 bronze medals.The medals are won across Athletics, Aquatics, Cycling, Judo, Powerlifting, Table Tennis, Roller skating, Badminton, Basketball Traditional, Handball Traditional and Football 7 Side Female.The 15th Special Olympics World Summer Games is being held in Abu Dhabi from March 14-21, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE’s Armed Forces.With more than 7,500 athletes from over 192 nations competing, Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 has become the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world and has set the benchmark for the most unified Games in the 50-year history of the Special Olympics movement.advertisementThis is India’s 9th participation at the Special Olympics and India is participating in 14 out of 24 Olympic-type sports featuring the World Games.49 MEDALS IN ROLLER SKATINGIndian athletes performed beyond expectations in the roller skating event winning a total of 49 medals at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) on Tuesday.So far, the highest number of gold medals have come for India in roller skating. In the sport, India won 13 gold, 20 silver, and 16 bronze medals.JITENDER PAWAL BEATS POVERTY TO GOLD Special Olympics World Games Photo19-year old Jitendra Pawal won a gold medal in the 200m race in his division at the Dubai Police Stadium on Sunday despite having struggled with poverty and daily necessities.After winning the gold, in an interview with the Special Olympics correspondents, Jitender’s coach Harish said, “Despite his struggles, Jitendra never gave up his hope of participating in the World Games and eventually ended up winning the gold.”Harish was full of praise for the athletes from all over the world who have shown incredible skill and dedication at the World Games.”If God has taken away some abilities from these people, he has also blessed people of determination with many unique and special abilities as well as talents.”Society should try to identify the unique and special abilities of the determined ones and polish them so that they can play an important role in society.”One should not overlook or back away from people of determination, instead everyone should encourage these people so they can be a very important part of the society and be able to contribute towards the betterment of the country,” said Harish.Also Read | Exchanging missiles for medals at Special Olympics: Syrian athletes stand out in times of warFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Special Olympics 2019Follow Special Olympics World GamesFollow Special Olympics Bharatlast_img read more

Some Parliamentarians involved in failed financial institution

The Deputy Minister said that the Central Bank has been forced to take over Entrust even as the Government looks to pay depositors of the Golden Key credit card company. “We will be able to discuss in Parliament all about Entrust in the near future. Unfortunately we have heard that some members of this House are also involved with this company. Some of them have ownership in the company,” he told Parliament. Some Parliamentarians are involved in a failed financial institution, Deputy Minister of State Enterprise Development Eran Wickramaratne alleged in Parliament today.He said that the Central Bank has taken over the management of Entrust, which has suffered losses to the value of over Rs. 12 billion. He said that some depositors have even attempted suicide as they had lost all their savings in the Golden Key credit card case. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Greenhouse gas concentration reached record high in 2011 says UN report

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2011, according to a new United Nations report released today, ahead of the start next week of the latest round of global climate changes talks. The UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which produced the 2011 Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, said that between 1990 and 2011, there was a 30 per cent increase in radiative forcing – the warming effect on the Earth’s climate – because of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other heat-trapping long-lived gases. Since the start of the industrial era in 1750, about 375 billion tonnes of carbon have been released into the atmosphere as CO2, primarily from fossil fuel combustion, the agency stated in a news release. About half of this carbon dioxide remains in the atmosphere, while the rest is absorbed by the oceans and terrestrial biosphere. “These billions of tonnes of additional carbon dioxide in our atmosphere will remain there for centuries, causing our planet to warm further and impacting on all aspects of life on Earth,” said WMO’s Secretary-General, Michel Jarraud. “Future emissions will only compound the situation.” The Bulletin reports on atmospheric concentrations – and not emissions – of greenhouse gases. Emissions represent what goes into the atmosphere. Concentrations are what remain in the atmosphere after the complex system of interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere and the oceans. Mr. Jarraud noted that, until now, carbon sinks have absorbed nearly half of the carbon dioxide humans emitted in the atmosphere, but this will not necessarily continue in the future. Carbon sinks are any process, activity or mechanism that removes a greenhouse gas from the atmosphere. Forests, soils and oceans are natural sinks for CO2. “We have already seen that the oceans are becoming more acidic as a result of the carbon dioxide uptake, with potential repercussions for the underwater food chain and coral reefs,” said Mr. Jarraud. The role of carbon sinks is “pivotal” in the overall carbon equation, according to WMO. If the extra CO2 emitted is stored in reservoirs such as the deep oceans, it could be trapped for hundreds or even thousands of years, whereas new forests retain carbon for a much shorter time span. The agency noted that carbon dioxide is the single most important greenhouse gas emitted by human activities, and is responsible for 85 per cent of the increase in radiative forcing over the past decade. It is also the most important long-lived greenhouse gas, with the others being methane and nitrous oxide. Greenhouse gases will feature prominently on the agenda of the UN Climate Change Conference that begins in the Qatari capital of Doha on Monday, and which brings together the 195 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol has been ratified by 192 of the UNFCCC Parties. Under the Protocol, 37 States, consisting of highly industrialized countries and countries undergoing the process of transition to a market economy, have legally binding emission limitation and reduction commitments. The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system. read more