IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/1:00Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:55?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close The Miami Open has been having its fair share of controversy and it was world number 1 Novak Djokovic who created the most recent storm by threatening to quit the tournament if the umpire did not listen to his wishes. The incident happened during the Serbian’s round of 32 encounter at the Hard Rock Stadium on March 25.Djokovic was playing against Argentine Federico Delbonis and had gone ahead in the third round match with an early break of serve but was pegged back in the ninth game when he lost his cool. After losing serve, Djokovic returned to his court-side seat and lashed out at the umpire in frustration. A heated exchange subsequently followed between the Serb and the umpire as Djokovic threatened to quit the match if the lights of the stadium were not switched on.This is how the heated conversation transpired between the player and the official who was perched on his seat.Umpire: “As soon as you told me I called it.”Djokovic: “Why wasn’t it switched on before.”Umpire: “It wasn’t my decision but I called it.”Djokovic: “Ok so what is it going to be?”Umpire: “It is just the time now to switch it on.”Djokovic: “It is not switching on. I am not going to play in this dark.”The umpire immediately instructed the floodlights to be switched on and in about a couple of minutes, the stadium as well as the situation lightened. Djokovic won the first set of the match but lost the second before clinching the deciding set to win the match and progressing to the round of 16. The Serb won the match 7-5, 4-6, 6-1. Djokovic threatened to quit if the lights were not switched on at the Hard Rock Stadium on March 25.Michael Reaves/Getty ImagesDuring the game, match commentator and tennis expert Mark Petchey had sympathy for world No 1 Djokovic and sided with him.”It is too dark down there now,” he said on Amazon Prime. “I am not sure it is a solvable problem as this tournament moves forward. From early in the day this court is in shade and it has the feel of an indoor tournament which is unfortunate. I am surprised they didn’t have the lights on a bit earlier to be honest. It has not got considerably darker to be fair.”This was the second incident of an umpire-player flare in the space of a week at the Miami Open after Nick Kyrgios hurled expletives at the umpire following his round of 32 doubles defeat on March 24. The Australian lost the match 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 10-8 along with his partner Taylor Fritz. Nick Kyrgios had a flare with an umpire in Miami.TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images”What the f**k is wrong with you?” Kyrgios yelled at the umpire after the match. “You’re a disgrace. You’re a f*****g disgrace.” Kyrgios then smashed his racquet on the hard court and damaged it. As one of the ball boys picked up the disfigured racquet, the 23-year-old continued his tirade amid a mixture of cheers and boos from the crowd. “You think that’s alright, yes or no? He’s a disgrace. Come down here and play 100 per cent when you deal with this,” Kyrgios said. “It’s rubbish.” Novak Djokovic Wins Mens 2018 Wimbledon Final
Kolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government is all set to bring Tarapith and Purulia on its helicopter connectivity map soon.Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport department minister, in the state Assembly on Wednesday said the state government is soon going to introduce helicopter service from Kolkata to Tarapith and Purulia.It may be mentioned that Tarapith is a temple town in Birbhum where thousands of devotees turn up every day and the state government has taken several steps to improve the infrastructure at Tarapith. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNecessary infrastructure has been put in place so that people do not face inconvenience while they visit the place to offer Puja to goddess Tara. Roads connecting the place have been strengthened and widened.Now, the initiative has been taken to introduce helicopter service so that people reach Tarapith in far less time.Similarly, Purulia has also become one of the major tourist spots with the development of necessary infrastructure.In the past seven years, the Mamata Banerjee government has taken several steps for the development of Purulia. Now, people visit the place almost round the year except a few months during summer. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe tourism sector will receive further impetus with the introduction of this helicopter service.A tender has been floated to engage the operator for the helicopter services from Kolkata to Purulia and Tarapith.Currently, the helicopter service is available from Kolkata to Sagar, Digha, Shantiniketan and Malda.The helicopters, which operate from Kolkata to these four places, are four-seater ones. But helicopters operating from Kolkata to Tarapith and Purulia will have more seating capacity. It is learnt that eight-seater helicopters will operate between these places. It may be mentioned that soon after coming to power Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had given stress on air-connectivity between all the districts. Initiatives were also taken to construct helipads in almost all districts.The Mamata Banerjee government has ensured flight services in Cooch Behar. The same in Bagdogra and Andal has also improved. The work to improve infrastructure of Malda and Balurghat airports is nearing completion. Moreover, many steps have also been taken to develop the Chharra Airstrip in Purulia.
Kolkata: Buoyed by the popularity of the public bicycle sharing scheme in New Town, the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) is planning to introduce such green cycles in Salt Lake Sector V. NKDA is already having talks with the traffic wing of Bidhannagar City Police for rolling out the cycles in the IT hub.”When the service was introduced last year, we had started with 300 bicycles. But at present, 2,300 cycles are on the road. So, we are thinking of making the scheme more popular,” a senior official of NKDA said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that this type of public bicycle sharing scheme is functional and popular in different parts of the globe, like Europe, China and South-East Asia. The green cycles are dockless, GPS enabled, fitted with tubeless tyres and required security features. They are available on a rental basis. NKDA has allowed parking of the bicycles upon payment of nominal fees. The scheme, which is the only one of its kind in the country, is a part of the Green City Mission, aimed at enhancing last mile connectivity and reducing air pollution. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to an NKDA official, it has been found that more and more people are using the service while reaching the nearest bus stop, in the evening from 5 to 9 pm. “In daytime while going to office they are mostly choosing transports like autos or totos, because they are in a hurry,” the official added. In an attempt to ensure safety, separate cycle tracks have been constructed and separate cycle lanes have been demarcated in many areas, particularly Action Area-I of New Town. Rides per day average around 2,000 to 2,200 in number. The number of pick up points is 80, while the rate is Rs 3 for 30 minutes. The cycles have app-based QR codes and solar-powered GPS enabled lock/unlock systems. The payment is linked through Paytm wallet and the two wheelers have airless solid tyres and are fitted with drum brakes for longevity, along with anti-slip chains. In April 2018, the cycle-sharing scheme bagged the best award announced by Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO), under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in the Urban Transport category.