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                            Adelaide: India's most successful Pankaj Advani added another feather to his cap by winning the IBSF World Billiards Championship by outplaying Singapore’s peter Gilchrist  in the final to take his world title number 14 on Sunday.  Advani, who defeated the Singaporean by an amazing 1,168 points to win his 14th world title, showed his true class in the finals.

Advani also thanked his sports psychologist brother Shree as the two, before the finals, discussed strategies on how to defeat Gilchrist.

                          On lifting his 14th world crown in style, the Indian ace said, "I was determined to get even with Peter (Gilchrist) after losing the point format final to him. A productive chat with my sports psychologist brother Shree and a good night's sleep did the trick. We discussed my strategies and mental approach the night before the big final and it all panned out perfectly."The 30-year-old Advani started the match on the front foot by smashing a break of 

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127 in his opening shot and took the game beyond his opponent in the next two shots by scoring two triple century breaks(360 and 301). With a comfortable 700-point lead, The 2015 6-red snooker world champion continued to punish his 

 

 

opponent’s missed chances with breaks of 284, 119, 101 and106 in quick succession to extend his lead to 1100 points at the halfway mark of the 5-hour final.Advani  continued his fine aggressive scoring and put the last nail in the coffin with a fluent and flawless 430 points break .

                                The champion further added, "I've been on the move last couple of months competing in many tournaments back to back, in both snooker and billiards. The stint started with winning the world 6-red snooker championship and ended with this world title in billiards making it a very satisfying phase of the year for me."
                                  Advani is 14-time World Billiards and Snooker Champion. He is only player in the world to win world titles in all formats of both, Billiards and Snooker. He is the first cueist in the world to win the Grand double three times in 2005 and 2008 respectively. In recognition of his achievements in sports, Union Government has bestowed several awards upon him including Arjuna Award (2004), Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2006), Padma Shri (2009).

FAULTY  PLANNING  CAUSES   WATER  SHORTAGE                                                        - Manoj R

Kerala, which enjoys the status of being India's 100% literate state, is in trouble due to poor water conservation and faulty planning. According to Magsaysay Award winner, Rajendra Singh, a leading exponent on water literacy: "The state might have attained total literacy more than a decade ago. But it's still illiterate as far as conservation of bio-diversity is concerned."
    Kerala's leanings towards a centralised system of pipes to deliver safe drinking water to everyone continues to parch thousands all over the state. The cost of drinking water projects  has    increased    six   times  in  

decades, touching Rs 719.53 crore by the Ninth Five-Year Plan. All along, the issue of water conversation has been ignored. "Kerala, which is one of the wettest places in the country, is behind arid Rajasthan in per capita availability of drinking water," says Dr E J James, executive director of the Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM), Kozhikode.

   In Vypin, an island off mainland Kochi, it's hard to walk more than a few hundred feet without getting one's feet wet. But the groundwater is almost entirely saline and unfit for drinking. Being at the extreme end of the pipeline system, the people here have to queue up at public taps for much longer.

    Kerala has been experiencing law rainfall regularly since 1980. Vembanad lake, included in the Ramsar list of wetlands of international importance, has lost one-third of its approximately 250 sq km to encroachment. Bharathpuzha, the second largest river in Kerala, on which 23 lakh people in 103 gram panchayats depend, has been reduced to a thin stream.

    In 2003, the government declared seven out of 14 districts in the state drought-affected. According to expert opinion, government   policies     over   the     years     have

worsened the effects of the state's natural disadvantages. The fact that the steep slopes of theWestern Ghats carry rainwater to the sea within 48 hours of their precipitation on the hills has been repeatedly overlooked. Kerala has also mismanaged its natural resources and failed to check deforestation, sand mining and pollution in almost all its rivers. A Greenpeace study reveals that the 244-km-long Periyar, which serves the drinking water needs of 50 lakh people, and irrigates 57,800 hectares, is polluted by about 250 industries, the worst culprit being the Eloor Industrial Area, 30 km from north Kochi. "My river is dying and I am helpless. The state is indifferent. Only if the people come together in strength and conviction can we save it now," says V J Jose, a Greenpeace activist who has been designated 'river keeper' for Periyar.

 


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