Venus Williams was in control, or so it seemed. She led in each set of her match Wednesday against Germany’s Angelique Kerber. But Williams did not close, and, instead, was closed out, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5).Williams was classy in defeat, giving credit to Kerber and not use fatigue from playing twice a day as an excuse.“I made a few errors and she hit a few winners, and things can go quickly in tennis,” Williams said. ” “She had a lot of answers. She’s having a great year, and I have to give her credit for playing well.”Three times in the first set Williams had a chance to take it. But she did not. Then, in the tiebreaker, she had a 5-1 lead and blew that, too.In the second set, Williams raced out to a 3-1 lead in the set. But again she floundered and Kerber rallied for the comeback and, ultimately, the victory.In the first set Williams failed to convert three set points, then blew a 5-1 lead in the tiebreaker. She was up 3-1 in the second set, but Kerber again charged back.Kerber, a semifinalist at Wimbledon last month and at the U.S. Open last year, is ranked a career-high No. 7. Knocking off Williams advances her to the quarterfinals against top-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.Wiliams suffers from an autoimmune disease that saps her energy. She has been playing through it, which was a challenge because she was playing singles and doubles with her sister, Serena, in the same day. The loss leaves her at three Olympic gold medals. She and Serena, who has not won a singles title in Olympic competition, continue their quest for doubles gold on Thursday.She marched on easily before her sister’s defeat, rocketing 12 in a 6-1, 6-0 domination of Vera Zvonareva of Russia in just 51 minutes.“I was just playing unbelievable,” Williams said. “I was nervous going into the match and I didn’t speak to anyone and I had a bad practice. I had no idea I would play like this.”
The play Krishna staged at Kamani Auditorium during Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s annual cultural performances leaves the audience spell bound and inspired.Lord Krishna, the one with many avatars, sometimes he is looked upon as the mischevious son of Yashoda, at times love of Radha, lord of Meera and usually as the lord of wisdom imparting knowledge to Arjun on the battlefields of Kurukshetra.His legend has enthralled humanity for over three thousand years and carries with it pearls of wisdom, that enjoy as much ancient, traditional relevance as a contemporary context and in that sense retain a timeless appeal for as long as humans and their emotions exist. All these avatars of Krishna came alive on stage on stage at the Kamani Auditorium during Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s 36 edition of annual cultural performances, Krishna. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The thoroughly researched production presents the adorable maakhan chor and beloved of Radha on one hand and on the other, the invincible omnipotent Krishna, who commands with wisdom, dignity and infallible strength the flow of events in history. This drama narration directed by Shobha Singh beautifully depicts the journey of Krishna from early childhood’s youthful antics, to the centre stage of human reverence.On one side, the part of the narration where Krishna is portrayed as the notorious son made the audience dwell on the image while later when he enunciates the wisdom of the revered Bhagwad Gita, delivering practical solutions rather than pursuing blind faith dictating right and wrong inspires the audience.All facets of Krishna’s persona are treated with creative sensitivity, lending a mesmeric dynamism to the production. The showcase of violence and eventual emergence of harmony, despite all odds emerges hope for eventual peace, despite apparent chaos in the present.
Kolkata: State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim, along with state Correctional Administration minister Ujjal Biswas, visited the premises of the correctional home in Baruipur to inspect the progress of work. The state government has plans to shift the Alipore Central Correctional Home to Baruipur.”We are in the last phase of work for the interior of the prison. It will have the capacity to house as many as 4,000 inmates. The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has to do some work pertaining to the infrastructure for the prison like roads, drinking water and sewerage. We are hopeful that the shift will be effective by this year,” said Biswas. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to sources in KMDA, some work inside the prison needs to be completed on the part of KMDA, for which truckloads of construction material is going inside the premises along the road leading to the prison. “We will have to spruce up this road network which can be done only when such heavy goods vehicles stop plying. As soon as the Correctional Administration (CA) department gives us the green signal regarding this, we will build the road infrastructure which will take less than two weeks,” a senior official of KMDA said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedKMDA has already completed the work for drinking water supply inside the prison. “We have informed the CA department that we are ready to do the trial for this purpose whenever they want,” the official added. For the drainage facilities, the height of the compound in the interior of the prison needs to be elevated for the water to drain out. “We have informed the CA department to take steps to do the needful,” the KMDA official said. The Correctional Administration department has plans to shift around 700 prisoners in the first phase and gradually move forward. The present accommodation capacity in Alipore Central Correctional Home is 1,900. But there are above 2,200 inmates at present. In the correctional home, there are many cells which are of immense historical importance and according to an official of the correctional home, those are now heritage sites. There are around 30 heritage cells. There is a single-storeyed building in which Jawaharlal Nehru was imprisoned by the British for three to four months in 1934. There is another two-storeyed heritage building with ten lockups in each floor, where freedom fighters including Chittaranjan Das, Jatindra Mohan Sengupta, Bidhan Chandra Roy and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose were imprisoned in the 1930s.