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  • Saina, who won a bronze in the Glasgow World Championship, defeated Marin 22-20 21-18 in a hard-fought battle. She will play either Thailand's Nitchaon Jindapol or Russia's Evgeniya Kosetskaya in the next round. Other Indians Kidambi Srikanth and H S Prannoy made positive starts to the tournament but B Sai Praneeth crashed out in the opening round of men's singles. World number eight Srikanth overcame a spirited challenge from compatriot qualifier Subhankar Dey, who played for Greve team at the Danish league this year, 21-17 21-15 to set up a clash with Korean Jeon Hyeok Jin, the 2016 Australian Open runners-up. On the adjacent court, Praneeth lost 10-21 15-21 to Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus in a lop-sided contest. Earlier, world number 15 Prannoy recovered from a 6-11 deficit in the second game to oust Denmark's Emil Holst 21-18 21-19 in a hard-fought match. It was his third win over the Danish shuttler. The Indian is likely to play former World No. 1 Malaysian Lee Chong Wei on Thursday. Young doubles specialist Satwiksairaj Rankireddy also suffered twin defeats in mixed and men's doubles competition to end his campaign here. Satwik and his mixed doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa, who had reached the semifinals last week at Dutch Open, lost 19-21 17-21 to the local combo of Niclas Nohr and Sara Thygesen. In men's doubles, Satwik and Chirag Shetty, who had reached the quarterfinals at Korea Open, failed to get across Korean pair of Chung Eui Seok and Kim Dukyoung, losing 21-14 18-21 17-21 in the opening round. Experienced men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy lost 13-21 18-21 to Denmark's Mads Conrad- Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding. Another mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy, who had reached the semifinals at Japan Open, also crashed out on Tuesday in the opening round after losing 17-21 15-21 to the Irish duo of Sam Magee and Chloe Magee.
  • This is her first visit to the strategically important command after assuming charge as the defence minister. She will celebrate Diwali with soldiers at the command on Thursday, besides reviewing its operational preparedness with top officials. Sitharaman was received at INS Utkrosh by Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Admiral (Retd.) D K Joshi and Commander-in-Chief of the Command Vice Admiral Bimal Verma. On arrival, she was accorded a joint services guard of honour, officials said. Later, she was given a comprehensive brief on the security environment and thrust areas of the command at its headquarters, they said.
  • The interactions happened on various days in the month of October 2017. The last of these interactions was on October 17, 2017. Each interaction lasted around two hours. Subjects such as Governance, Corruption, Public Enterprises, Government e-Marketplace, Health, Education, Skill Development, Agriculture, Transportation, National Integration, Water Resources, Swachh Bharat, Culture, Communication, and Tourism came up for discussion during the interactions. PM Modi exhorted the officers to work with full dedication towards creation of New India by 2022. PM said that silos are a big bottleneck in the functioning of the Union Government. He urged the officers to adopt innovative ways to break silos, which will result in the speeding up of various processes of governance. In the same vein, PM said officers at the level of Director and Deputy Secretary must create teams, to achieve better results. MoS, PMO Dr Jitendra Singh, and senior officers from PMO and Cabinet Secretariat were present during the interactions.