Pro Kabaddi 2019 HIGHLIGHTS, Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Dabang Delhi in Bengaluru: Delhi Beat Jaipur 46-44
After a strong start to the season, Jaipur Pink Panthers have fallen in the standings and are winless in their last three matches. Raiding has been an area of concern for them in their past few games and they will want skipper Deepak Hooda to rediscover his early-season form to solve some of the issues in attack.Nitin Rawal, Deepak Narwal and Ajinkya Pawar, have also proven their capabilities in the past and will be hoping to make more of a contribution to the team than they have had recently. Jaipur Pink Panthers have looked steadier in defence and been consistent in that department of their game.Despite, a forgettable outing last time around, Sandeep Dhull and Amit Hooda have led their defence well. Wednesday’s test against Dabang Delhi’s raiders though will be a stern test and one that they have already succumbed to once this season.The last time these two teams met, @DabangDelhiKC cleaned up the @JaipurPanthers with the Naveen Express starring!What’ll happen tonight in #RivalryWeek? Watch #JAIvDEL, LIVE at 7 PM on Star Sports & Hotstar!#VIVOProKabaddi #IsseToughKuchNahi pic.twitter.com/wODCURN29z— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) September 4, 2019 Runaway league leaders Dabang Delhi K.C will be well-rested and high on confidence heading into the clash against Jaipur Pink Panthers. Their talisman and star raider, Naveen has taken the league by storm and he will be eager to soar to new heights when he returns to the mat.He could extend his incredible record run of consecutive Super 10s (9), which he broke in their last game. Chandran Ranjit and Meraj Sheykh will be expected to support him in attack and ensure that the opposition’s defence deals with different challenges.As far as Dabang Delhi’s defence goes, they will be delighted with Ravinder Pahal’s form, which has kept getting better as the season has progressed. Skipper Joginder Narwal’s experience has also been crucial, while the likes of Vishal Mane and Saeid Ghaffari have proven themselves whenever they have had the opportunity of being on court.
Nick Kyrgios said a stomach bug and a shoulder problem had forced him to retire after losing the first set in his Shanghai Masters first-round match against American Steve Johnson on Tuesday.The mercurial Australian, who lost to Rafa Nadal in the China Open final on Sunday, took a 4-2 lead in the tiebreak before Johnson fired a series of winners to take the set 7-6(5).Kyrgios then ran up to his opponent, shook his hand and walked off court to boos from the crowd, leaving Johnson and chair umpire Fergus Murphy confused.Local media reported that Kyrgios received two code violations during the set and was docked a point in the tiebreak.Reports also said he told officials he would quit if he lost the set, but Kyrgios took to Twitter to apologise to his fans.”I’ve been battling a stomach bug for the past 24 hours and I tried to be ready but I was really struggling on the court today which I think was pretty evident from the first point,” Kyrgios said.”My shoulder started to hurt in the practice which didn’t help either and once I lost the first set I was just not strong enough to continue because I’ve not eaten much in the past 24 hours,” he added.”I’m hoping to be okay for the doubles and will make a decision tomorrow morning, hopefully off of a good night’s sleep which I didn’t get last night.”I’m gutted to be honest to be honest as I was keen to keep the good momentum that I built in Beijing going and finish the year strong. I’ll do what I can to make sure I do.”advertisementKyrgios was fined $16,500 by the ATP last year for deliberately throwing a game away during his second-round defeat by Mischa Zverev in Shanghai.Argentine Juan Martin del Potro overpowered Russian teenager Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-4 in the second round.American Sam Querrey powered past Yuichi Sugita 6-3, 6-2 and Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov beat Viktor Troicki 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-0 in first-round matches.
Euro 2020 roundup: Kanté injured in warm-up as France sink Iceland Share on Messenger Read more Czech Republic 2-1 England: player ratings from the Euro 2020 qualifier features Czech Republic inflict first qualifier defeat on England in 10 years And all this after England had started well at the Sinobo Stadium, a low-rise oval with a wood-panelled flying roof above its grey concrete tiers. The opening goal came from the first real flex of England’s forward muscles. Harry Kane dropped deep and eased a lovely pass in to Raheem Sterling’s path. He ran straight for goal, checked inside and allowed Lukas Masopust to take his standing leg. Kane buried the penalty kick.At which point, England just deflated. The equaliser saw the defence opened up twice in quick succession, as brittle as it had been in the second half against Kosovo. Here Jakub Brabec poked the ball in after a scramble that saw England’s defence respond with all the well-drilled resilience of a platoon of drunken sailors.The challenge will be to learn from this performance. Southgate did the right thing here, looking for something more from his midfield, risking defeat in search of a more convincing kind of victory. The lesson, which is never a bad one, is that England are not yet what they want to be. Suddenly Bulgaria in Sofia on Monday looks like a test where once it had seemed likely to be a lap of honour. Share on Twitter There was even something agreeably corrective and astringent about the identity of the player who scored the winning goal against England’s team of Premier League princes. With six minutes to go and the score 1-1 Zdenek Ondrasek, on as a sub, found himself alone in front of goal.Ondrasek is 30 years old. He plays for FC Dallas. This was his first call-up, but he is clearly a popular figure in the Czech team. At the pre-match training session his teammates had cheered as he mis-controlled a high ball, then lined to slap him on his bald head, the claps echoing round the empty stands. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Gareth Southgate Twitter Read more There was an air of raggedness to the white shirts in those moments, the sense of a malfunctioning machine, circuit boards flickering, parts starting to jangle. It came from England’s selection here; but more from the way that selection played out.Mason Mount came into England’s midfield to offer a hint of craft. In the event he played so high up the pitch, creating an overloaded four-man front line, that Henderson and Declan Rice were left undermanned against a trio of neat, skilful opponents.This was more than just a change of texture. It was a full-on, unrehearsed change of shape in a live qualifying game, a relax of tension in the centre that left England scrabbling for a hold. Henderson moved constantly to cover spaces, but somehow always opening another behind him. It was not really his fault. Henderson thrives in a coherent system. This was not that.Mount looked lost at times. He touched the ball eight times in the opening half hour. Time and again Alex Kral popped up in space behind him, a galloping shaggy-haired figure who ran the game for periods in the first half. Instead England were terrible – and terrible in a gruellingly old school kind of way. This was not just a 2-1 defeat. Tactically undercooked, limp and muddled at the back, at times it felt like a visitation from the ghost behind the door. There they were stalking the pitch: the horrors of Nice, São Paulo and Kyiv, white shapes flickering at the edge of things, eyes hollow, teeth chattering.No doubt this had been coming. There had been tremors. But then all international teams operate in a vacuum, borne aloft on warm winds of hope and hype. To his credit Gareth Southgate has never really talked his own team up. “We know there is a lot of work still to be done,” England’s manager said in defeat, as he has also in victory. This will be the challenge now: to find and act on the lessons from a muddled Group A defeat to a Czech team that thoroughly deserved its 2-1 victory.Did England take the Czech Republic lightly? It will be tempting to conclude that this was the case given the shift not just in personnel, but in shape and outlook, the feeling of a team that began this game as though it was already 4-0 up and cruising to the finish. Facebook Share on LinkedIn Topics Read more Czech Republic So much for the sunlit uplands. Friday night in Prague: this was supposed to be a romp past the post for Gareth Southgate’s England 2.0, a breasting of the tape en route to the clear blue skies of next summer’s European championship. In the build-up the key questions had been about how exactly England would go about brushing past the Czech Republic; how they might finesse the moment. Reuse this content Pinterest Share via Email Euro 2020 qualifying But Ondrasek did for England here. The finish was neat. The celebration was brilliantly bellicose. More to the point, it was always coming. England will still make it to next summer’s Euros. But on a chilly October night they showed how they might fall short when they get there.It came down to control. England teams do not have control. This has been their history. The most encouraging note in this Southgate team has been to buck the trend. But not so here. Pockets of space had been opening up throughout the game. There were warnings. Five minutes before the break something horrible had happened to England’s midfield and defence. Patrik Schick took the ball in his own half, veered right and simply ran away from the white shirts, hoovering up the vast, slightly shocking green spaces down an unguarded right flank as Jordan Henderson and Kieran Trippier puffed and paddled in his wake. Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Czech Republic’s Patrik Schick congratulates Zdenek Ondrasek after the final whistle. Photograph: David W Černý/Reuters Share on WhatsApp England
$210 at Best Buy Now playing: Watch this: LG’s 5G-rocking V50 ThinQ and G8: Editors react Sarah Tew/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It $520 at HP CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Review • LG G8 ThinQ review: LG’s flagship can’t beat the Galaxy S10E Apple iPhone XS Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET $829 LG G8 is a Galaxy S10 alternative, available April 11 Rylo What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. LG G8 ThinQ Angela Lang/CNET LG’s 2019 flagship, the G8 ThinQ, is almost ready for your pocket. It launched at MWC this year, but now we know that you’ll be able to preorder it in the US starting March 29. The company’s offering a limited-time promotion for $150 off the retail price of $820 (for qualified buyers), and it will start dropping into hands on April 11.Initial sales will be through LG’s usual suspects: AT&T, Best Buy, B&H, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon, and Xfinity Mobile. The G8’s headline feature is its vein-reading hand-sign-in security with a limited set of touchless gesture controls using the front-facing camera. While we weren’t impressed by the execution of these features — they felt distinctly first-gen — and it had to compete with more buzzworthy foldable phones like the Samsung’s Galaxy Fold announced at the same time, we did see promise in the technology. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Best Buy 7:44 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read the Rylo camera preview HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Share your voice 1 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) LG,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $60 at Best Buy Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $835 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. 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It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 35 Photos The Cheapskate AT&T Wireless Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Angela Lang/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Phones Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Turo Sarah Tew/CNET Comment $999 $155 at Google Express Read the AirPods review TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $6 at Tidal Chris Monroe/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $299 at Amazon See It Tags Comments Tags Mentioned Above LG G8 ThinQ (128GB, aurora black) 7 Sprint Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It See It Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Read Google Home Hub review Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See It See at Turo $999 News • Enter for your chance to win* an unlocked LG G8 ThinQ phone $999 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $599 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $59 at eBay $999 See at Amazon See it Share your voice Read DJI Osmo Action preview Boost Mobile Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. 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Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), the Indian subsidiary of Toyota, will showcase its much-hyped Etios Cross at the upcoming Auto Expo 2014 in New Delhi.The vehicle, which was unveiled in Brazil and Argentina in November, has been spotted testing on Indian roads for quite some time. The car – a restyled version of Toyota Etios Liva hatchback – will come powered by the same the 1.4 liter, 68 bhp diesel engine or the 1.5 liter, 89 bhp petrol engine. According to reports, the car is based on the Etios Liva though the exterior flaunts an overhauled look.The Etios Cross looks sportier than the Etios Liva and is expected to come with features like a new front bumper and diamond cut 10-spoke alloy wheels. When launched, the vehicle will take on the likes of Volkswagen Polo Cross and Fiat Punto Cross.Meanwhile, Toyota has launched two new variants of its premium hatchback Etios Liva, dubbed VD and VD SP. Previously Etios was available in four variants – JD, GD, GD Safety Package (SP) and TRD Sportivo.Toyota Etios Liva VD comes at a price of Rs. 6.72 lakh, while the VD SP variant is priced at Rs. 7.12 lakh. The engine specifications of both models remain the same as 1.4-litre motor which can churn a power of 67 bhp with peak torque of 170 Nm.The Auto Expo 2014 is speculated to see the unveiling of around 20 new cars. Auto majors like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Ford, Audi, Chevrolet, Nissan, BMW, Honda, Toyota, Jaguar Land Rover, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz are all said to be getting ready to dazzle at the event.
Texas Tribune PollDonald Trump remains highly popular with Texas Republicans nearly a year after his election as the 45th president, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.“Trump’s overall job approval numbers continue to look good with Republicans,” said Jim Henson, co-director of the poll and head of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin. “His base is still very secure.”His popularity with Texas Democrats, on the other hand, is remarkably low. While 79 percent of Republicans said they approve of the job the president is doing, 92 percent of Democrats disapprove. Among independent voters, 55 percent handed Trump good marks, while 35 gave him bad ones.The president got better marks from men (52 percent favorable) than from women (39 percent); and from white voters (55 percent) than from black (14 percent) or Hispanic voters (34 percent).The Texas Tribune thanks its sponsors. Become one. The president got his highest marks from voters on his handling of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath; overall, 56 percent said they approved of that performance, and even 20 percent of Democrats went along with that assessment.The Democrats remained harsh in their assessments of Trump’s handling of other issues, however, while Republicans remained strongly supportive of their party’s standard-bearer. An example: Asked about Trump’s handling of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, 23 percent of voters approved and 47 percent disapproved. Among Democrats, the assessment was 4 percent to 91 percent; among Republicans, it was 59 percent approval and 14 percent disapproval.Trump is doing just fine with the people who elected him and can’t catch a break from the other party’s voters.“There is nowhere in these numbers where he is underwater with Republican voters,” Henson said. “Even in some of the areas where he has been criticized in the media, like North Korea, he’s doing fine with Republicans.”The University of Texas/Texas Tribune internet survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted from October 6 to October 15 and has an overall margin of error of +/- 2.83 percentage points. Numbers in charts might not add up to 100 percent because of rounding. Share Overall, Trump remains popular with Republicans in a state that hasn’t shown a preference for a Democratic presidential candidate in four decades. “There’s no slippage here in intensity,” said Josh Blank, manager of polling research at the Texas Politics Project at UT-Austin. “There is some in the national numbers, but it’s not happening in Texas.”Nearly two-thirds of Texas voters said the country is more divided since Trump became president; Democrats were more likely than Republicans to share that sentiment and less likely to say that the country is about as divided as it was when he took office. Not a single subgroup in the poll said the country is more united than it was at the beginning of Trump’s tenure.The partisan splits in the Texas electorate were starkly evident in voter assessments of the president’s characteristics. More than a third of voters said Trump has the temperament to be president, but 56 percent said he does not. Crack open the numbers and the partisans crawl out: Only 5 percent of Democrats said Trump has the right temperament, compared to 62 percent of Republicans; 93 percent of Democrats said he doesn’t, while only 25 percent of Republicans agreed.“The trait ratings suggest that Texans have mixed views on Trump with respect to leadership, competence and knowledge, but negative views with respect to trustworthiness and temperament,” said Daron Shaw, co-director of the poll and a government professor at UT-Austin. “The fact that Democrats don’t see any positive traits in Trump is notable. Republicans didn’t like Obama, but few thought him unintelligent. Democrats didn’t like Bush, but many thought him a strong leader.”That 57-percentage-point partisan disagreement on temperament echoes through voter assessments of Trump’s honesty and trustworthiness (64 percentage points); competence (70 percentage points); empathy for voters (69 percentage points); strong leadership (75 percentage points); and knowledge (69 percentage points).In each of those cases, Democratic voters’ antipathy kept the president’s overall numbers below 50 percent. “It’s unified Democratic opposition in anything Trump,” Blank said. “And the Republicans are not as positive as the Democrats are negative.The Texas Tribune thanks its sponsors. Become one.
Kolkata: The Indian Institutes of Managements (IIMs) will release the notification for the Common Admission Test 2018 (CAT) on Sunday. The registration for CAT 2018 will start from August 8 until September 19.According to Prof Sumanta Basu, convener, CAT 2018, the examination will be conducted on November 25, 2018 (Sunday) in two sessions. The test centres will be spread across 147 cities.Candidates will be given the option to select four test cities in order of preference. Cities and centres will be assigned to the candidates only after the last date of CAT 2018 registration. Hence, candidates need not rush to block slots and cities in the initial days of registration. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe authorities will try their best to assign candidates to their first preferred city. In case it is not possible, they will be assigned a city following their given order of preference and in the rare case, if a candidate is not allotted any of the preferred cities, he/she will be allotted an alternate city. However, candidates will not be able to select the session because it will be assigned randomly.Candidates must pay the registration fee online, through credit cards, debit cards and net banking. After submitting their applications, candidates will be permitted to download their examination admit card from October 24 onwards, till the date of test. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe CAT website contains a section on ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ (FAQ) that addresses some of the commonly asked queries regarding the examination. Candidates may also contact the CAT help desk through email or phone. Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they are not allowed to switch from one section to another while answering questions in a particular section. Candidates are advised to work on the tutorials available on the CAT website well in advance.
Kolkata: The state Agriculture department has ensured sufficient stock of seeds for alternate farming in January and February, at wheat blast affected areas in Nadia and Murshidabad.Asish Banerjee, the state Agriculture minister, held a high level meeting at Hanskhali block in Nadia on Monday, in which senior district officials, representatives of Zilla Parishad and MLAs were present. He also visited a farm at the same block. The initiative to keep the stock of seeds for cultivation in January and February has been taken so that farmers get the same on time and can utilise it properly for maximum yield. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe step to stock the seeds for farming in January and February was taken while carrying out the task of distributing the seeds among farmers for cultivation in the current season. The state government has taken steps to distribute seeds free of cost for alternate farming among farmers, on whose agricultural land wheat cultivation cannot be carried out for the time being due to wheat blast. It was in 2017 when wheat blast disease had hit around 1,000 hectares of agricultural land in Nadia and Murshidabad districts. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe state Agriculture department had taken immediate steps. The cultivation of wheat in the area was also stopped for the next two years and in such a situation, the Mamata Banerjee government had decided to initiate distribution of seeds of mustard and pulses for alternate farming, to support the farmers in the area. The steps had helped to check the disease from spreading and officials of the state Agriculture department have been in regular touch with farmers in the area, to extend necessary help to them. Banerjee said: “Distribution of seeds for the current season has been completed on time and sufficient stock of seeds for cultivation of alternate crops in January and February has also been ensured.” It may be recalled that the Agriculture minister and top brass of the state Agriculture department had repeatedly visited the wheat blast affected areas in Nadia and Murshidabad. Moreover, necessary steps were taken to ensure that farmers do not face any problem when they cannot cultivate wheat. Steps were also taken to set up pulse processing mills in the region, so that farmers do not have to take their yield too far for processing. The state government has also ensured completion of distribution of compensation among farmers who had incurred loss due to hailstorms. Following direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, distribution of the compensation has been completed within October 15. In Nadia, around 10 blocks were affected due to hailstorms and 62,000 farmers have received the compensation. A compensation of Rs 22.05 crore has been distributed among farmers in the district.