Pranati Nayak wins bronze at Asian Artistic Gymnastic Championship

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian gymnast Pranati Nayak Friday clinched a bronze medal in vault event at the Senior Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The 23-year-old from West Bengal, who had qualified for vault finals with a sixth place, came up with a score of 13.384 to claim the bronze medal. She had scored 13.400 and 13.367 in the first and second vault respectively. China’s Yu Linmin (14.350) and Japan’s Ayaka Sakaguchi (13.584) won the gold and silver medal at the event. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev “I have been training her since she was 16 years and so it is a big thing for me and the country. I feel blessed that Pranati has been able to win the medal,” Pranati’s coach Minara Begum said. Riyaz Bhati, vice-President of Gymnastic Federation of India (GFI), also congratulated Pranati for the feat. “I am extremely happy for Pranati Nayak as she secured a medal at the Asian Championships. She deserved an International medal for long and today is the day where she joins the club of International medallist from India and its a great day for Indian Gymnastic,” he said.last_img read more

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Minister Says He Will Intervene in Case of Moroccan Journalist Banned

Rabat – Justice Minister Mustapha Ramid has allegedly promised to intervene in the case of Moroccan historian and journalist Maati Monjib, who is on hunger strike to protest a travel ban.Mustapha Ramid reportedly told the Solidarity Committee for Maati Monjib during a meeting on Wednesday that he has no authority over the case, which concerns the Interior Ministry.Meanwhile, he promised to amicably intervene in solving the journalist’s situation, reported daily Al-Ayam news website. This promise comes at a time after which Maati Monjib, who runs an institute for investigative journalism and was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, collapsed last Tuesday night while on hunger strike.The Moroccan historian and journalist, who has been on hunger strike since October 6, was hospitalized in Rabat’s Ibn Sina Hospital after his blood pressure dropped sharply.Monjib was notified of the travel ban in late August when he landed in Casablanca on his return from France, over an ongoing investigation into “financial irregularities.”On September 14, 2015, the journalist was interrogated and accused of “tarnishing Morocco’s image abroad, using foreign funds to promote a foreign agenda and destabilizing citizens’ allegiance to their institutions.” His associates have also been questioned.Two days later, he began a hunger strike for the first time, in protest of being barred from leaving Morocco for a conference in Barcelona.On October 6, he went on hunger strike for the second time, condemning the restrictions against his freedom of movement and his academic freedom. read more

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