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Tracing Shahzar Rizvi’s rise from an obscure Meerut village to being the top-ranked shooter in the world

Tracing Shahzar Rizvi’s rise from an obscure Meerut village to being the top-ranked shooter in the world


Shahzar Rizvi is startled by the number of missed calls on his mobile as he groggily gets up from the bed. Having just returned from South Korea, he’s catching up on his sleep. Another call and this time he picks it up only to be told that he has just become the new World No 1 in 10m air pistol.

A gold medal in his maiden World Cup appearance helped the shooting fraternity to take notice of him and then the silver medal in a tougher field, a couple of months later, ensured he will be one of the top Indian shooters to watch out for as the race for the Olympics slots hots up. “I am still not happy with the scores I am getting in competitions. I am scoring in the region of 585-588 in practice but I am not able to replicate them in the tournaments,’’ points out Shahzar who has scored 579 and 582 in his last two World Cup qualification rounds.

The newly-crowned World No 1 will now be travelling to Germany for a short training stint which will be followed by yet another World Cup in Munich. A visit to Germany will allow him and his coach Ronak Pandit to not only fine-tune his technique, but also work on his equipment. To ensure that the team is not overburdened with competitions and there is sufficient time for training, the Indian shooting team is giving the World Cup in Fort Benning in USA a miss.

“I am still not happy with the scores I am getting in competitions. I am scoring in the region of 585-588 in practice but I am not able to replicate them in the tournaments,’’ points out Shahzar who has scored 579 and 582 in his last two World Cup qualification rounds.


Shahzar Rizvi is now the World No 1 in the 10m air pistol category

With a crammed international calendar and a busy training regimen, Shahzar hardly gets time to spend time with his parents and his wife who are based in Mawana Khurd, a small village in Meerut. “The only gift for myself for attaining the World No 1 ranking is a visit to my village for a day and having biriyani at home,’’ reveals Shahzar.

It was in his village that Shahzar developed his fascination to hit the bulls-eye trying his hand at air guns and slings. “The village also helped me to become an international shooter because of the constant rebuke from many of the elders and some relatives. They taunted me for wasting my father’s money by pursuing a rich man’s sport. And there were some of my friends who dismissed my childhood dreams of becoming a national champion as mere fantasy. I was angry but I did not show it. I took a pledge to prove everyone wrong,’’ reminisces Shahzar.

“I had initially wanted to take up double trap because I had two cousins — Rayyan and Sahul who were pursuing the sport. But because it was a costlier affair, I decided to opt for pistol shooting. My father sent me at Amar Pratap Singh’s academy in Meerut. And within few months, I had attained scores to qualify for the nationals,’’ says Shahzar.

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Narendra Modi launches five-day election campaign in Karnataka,

Santemaranahalli/Udupi (Karnataka): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday assailed the Congress government in Karnataka for initiating the culture of “ease of doing murder”, as he launched the second leg of his campaign blitz in the state for the Assembly elections.

He also accused the successive Congress governments at the Centre of allowing a handful of people to “loot” banks while denying loans to poor.

The prime minister unleashed an all out attack on Congress president Rahul Gandhi and dared him “to speak in any language” for 15 minutes about the achievements of Karnataka’s Siddaramaiah government without referring to a piece of paper.

“I dare the Congress president to speak in Hindi, English or the mother tongue of his mother to deliver a speech in Karnataka for 15 minutes, without reading out from a piece of paper, on the achievements of the party government…people of Karnataka will draw their own conclusion,” he told an election rally at Santemaranahalli in Chamaraja district.

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Neemrana Dialogue: India-Pakistan revive Track II diplomacy talks after three years,

The Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has agreed to revive the Track II diplomacy process with Pakistan despite its apparent aversion to conventional talks with the neighbouring country. The original Track II initiative, called the Neemrana Dialogue, received a fresh start when a high-powered delegation of former Indian diplomats, military veterans and academics travelled to Pakistan on 28 April to discuss ways to improve the India-Pakistan relationship. The initiative this time was taken by Pakistan that wanted this dialogue to happen in Islamabad since the dialogues so far had been happening in third countries. 

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Bill Would Give Virginia Nurse Practitioners More Autonomy

 A bill awaiting Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s signature would eliminate the requirement that nurse practitioners with a certain amount of clinical experience have a business contract with a physician who oversees them.

 Nurse Practitioner Kristin Andrs looks over some of her vitamins and supplements at her wellness center in Petersburg, Va., on Jan. 25, 2018. (AP/Steve Helber) The Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Most Virginia nurse practitioners could gain the autonomy to practice without a physician’s oversight if Gov. Ralph Northam signs a bill the General Assembly passed with near-unanimous support.

The measure would allow most types of nurse practitioners with five years of full-time clinical experience to earn approval to practice without maintaining a contract with a physician who oversees them. Northam, who must act by April 9, is evaluating the bill, according to his office.

Nurse practitioners have specialized training to write prescriptions, make diagnoses and perform other tasks that go beyond traditional nursing duties. Virginia is currently among 12 states, mainly in the South, with the most restrictive supervision requirements for nurse practitioners, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

“Nurse practitioners do not want to be MDs, but they do want to practice to their full scope of training. They have been providing competent, safe health care to patients for years, often in settings where the collaborating doctors are many miles away or even in another state,” the bill’s sponsor, Republican Del. Roxann Robinson, said during a subcommittee hearing.

Supporters of the bill say current collaborative practice agreements, the contracts nurse practitioners must have their whole careers, are an unnecessary and sometimes costly burden. Doing away with them could expand access to health care in areas of the state that sorely need it, they say.

While the bill passed with broad support, including from outside groups, the measure also sparked intense debate and drew opposition from doctors.

The Medical Society of Virginia, the state’s largest association of physicians, has raised concerns about patient safety and quality of care. The group has lobbied the governor for a significant amendment to the version of the bill that passed.

“Every pilot is trained to fly a plane. But do you really want someone who’s been trained to fly a two-person Cessna landing your 747? It’s about having the right person in the right role,” one medical student said while speaking against the bill in a subcommittee hearing.

But some nurse practitioners say doctors are more concerned about protecting their income – and their turf.

“They’re worried about a nurse practitioner opening a clinic next door,” said Paula Hill, a nurse practitioner and clinical director of the Health Wagon, which provides free health care in underserved areas of Appalachia.

Physicians in Virginia can’t currently supervise more than six nurse practitioners at a time, so finding an available doctor has been a challenge for some.

“I delayed starting my business for having trouble finding a collaborating doctor,” said Kristin Andrs, a nurse practitioner who runs her own practice in Petersburg.

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Thailand’s Kra Canal project is China’s masterplan to secure Beijing’s interests

Thailand’s Kra Canal project is China’s masterplan to secure Beijing’s interests, assert influence in ASEAN, Indian Ocean Region

China’s economic ambitions are once again giving rise to fears in India. The cause this time is the over 200-year-old plan to build the Thai Kra Canal cutting Thailand into two, which is seeing a resurgence in Thailand.

According to reports, a national committee has been proposed by the Thail Canal Association to examine the feasibility of the $30 billion project. Led by former Thai army chief General Pongthep Thesprateep, the proposal is said to have been backed by several former military figures influential in the country’s ruling junta.

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Salman Khan’s bail hearing in blackbuck poaching case reserved for Saturday

Salman Khan’s bail hearing in blackbuck poaching case reserved for Saturday: Actor to stay in Jodhpur jail; highlights

.Salman will have to spend another night in the Jodhpur Central Jail Salman is being held in Barrack Number 2, where he is sharing a cell with self-styled godman and rape accused Asaram Bapu, whose dinner he shared on Thursday night.