Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 15, 2019UPDATED: April 15, 2019 10:51 IST Prajnesh Gunneswaran (@ATP_Tour Photo)Continuing his good run, India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran achieved a career-high ranking of 80 in the latest ATP rankings released Monday.The 29-year-old from Chennai, who broke into the top 100 in February this year, improved two places to become the sixth highest in terms of singles ranking in the history of Indian tennis.Prajnesh had reached the third round of Indian Wells 2019 in his maiden appearance at an ATP Masters event. It was also his first apperance in the third round of an ATP 1000 Tournament.He had also entered the main draw of Miami Open to rise to 81 last month.Another Indian Ramkumar Ramanathan dropped 16 spots to slip out of the top 150. He is now at the 157th position.Also Read | Country needs to do lot more for women empowerment in sports, says Sania MirzaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Prajnesh GunneswaranFollow ATP rankings Next Tennis: Prajnesh Gunneswaran rises to career-high ranking of 80Prajnesh Gunneswaran has been in good form in 2019 having reached the main rounds of Masters 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami. advertisement
Kolkata: Eastern Railway signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Eastern Coal Fields and RITES Ltd for setting up toilets with all the modern facilities at 100 railway stations in the state.The toilets will come up at various stations under the jurisdiction of Eastern Railway. The deal was signed at the Fairlie Place on Tuesday between the senior officials of the Eastern Railways and their counterparts in the Eastern Coal Fields and RITES. One of the main purposes of the initiative is to provide an easier access to toilets at the station and adjoining areas. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaApart from the passengers travelling in trains, the other people who put up stalls at various railway stations and adjacent areas can also use the toilets. The Eastern Coal Fields Ltd will provide financial support as a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) while the RITES will play its part as an implementing agency. The Eastern Railways will provide land and other logistic support. Initially the passengers and others need not to pay any charge for using the toilets. After six months the Eastern Railway will take over the maintenance works of the toilets. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSuch projects have already taken up in various parts of the country as a part of the Swachh Bharat campaign. Eastern Railway has been trying to involve every stakeholder of railways in the cleanliness drive. The setting up toilets in and around the stations will check the tendency of open defecation by some people. The total cost of the project will be around Rs 26 crore. Other than the modern facilities, all the toilets will have a sanitary napkin vending machine and a condom vending machine. People will be able to get napkins and condoms at these toilets but they have to pay the charge. These toilets will have different chambers for males, females and for those who are physically-challenged. “This is a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission initiated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Eastern Railways have given a great stress on the cleanliness of stations and adjoining areas. “These toilets will have all the modern facilities apart from a napkin and condom vending machine,” additional general manager, Eastern Railway, SS Gehlot said.
UN staff reporting on the visit took the opportunity to go out with the team ahead of the arrival of Secretary-General António Guterres. The UN chief will be in Mali to mark the 70th anniversary of UN peacekeeping, alongside the dedicated men and women who serve in the Organization’s most deadly operation, known as MINUSMA, a French acronym that stands for the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali.“Patrols are conducted to reassure the population, to help them overcome the feeling of insecurity. At the beginning of the crisis, people did not dare to go out because they were scared of armed groups and of attacks”, explains Masserigne Faye, Coordinator for the police component that’s integral to the mission.Overall, the capital appeared calm and peaceful on Sunday night, with drivers happy to allow the joint patrol to look inside their vehicles as part of routine inspections.“It’s very good, it allows us to work freely”, said one taxi driver, Mamoutou Kané, after opening the trunk of his cab.“We think it’s reassuring for the population. We want it to last”, said another bystander, Boubacar Traoré, sitting outside a small grocery store in the Medina Coura neighborhood.But it’s not the capital in the south of Mali causing the greatest security concerns at present, but rather the northern and central areas of the land-locked north-west African nation, that stretches deep into the Sahara Desert.The first UN peacekeepers were deployed in Mali in 2013 following a violent insurrection by separatist rebels attempting to take control of the north of the country and a subsequent military-led coup. MINUSMA is here to help maintain a fragile peace agreement in support of the national authorities and provide protection for civilians caught up in conflict. But with many peacekeepers now being targeted by armed groups fighting Malian Government forces, the mission faces huge dangers. The UN Secretary-General will show his solidarity with them on Tuesday, but he will also be expressing his solidarity with Muslims fasting for Ramadan. He himself will be observing the fast during his visit.“Each peacekeeper in Mali, in performing their service, is facing sacrifice on a daily basis”, said the Special Representative for the Secretary-General, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, who is also head of MINUSMA, in an interview with UN News on Monday.In March, during a key Security Council debate on improving UN peacekeeping operations, Mr. Guterres told Member States that “UN peacekeepers are often under-equipped, under-prepared and unready” adding that “our peacekeepers are vulnerable, and they are targeted for attack”.He said three areas needed a fresh focus: more realistic expectations about what missions can achieve; making them stronger and safer; and mobilizing greater political support with well-structured, well-equipped, and better-trained forces.To enhance the effectiveness and security of peacekeeping operations, the UN is conducting comprehensive reform of the whole peace and security pillar, including improving security for peacekeepers in the field and the “Action for Peacekeeping” initiative, with Mali a top priority.fullscreen MINUSMA has already taken measures on the ground to reduce casualties: “By increasing training, by increasing patrols, by taking precautions to inspect roads before trucks drive through them, by taking advantage of the arrival of combat convoy contingents, we have really made significant progress towards diminishing casualties”, said Mr. Annadif.His Chief of Staff, Lizbeth Cullity, said that a recent attack on mission forces in May showed the impact of steps already taken to improve the preparation and safety of peacekeepers: “It was due to that kind of preparation, the rehearsal, the drills of going through that, just before the attack, that we believe that we were able to save lives”, she told UN News.During his two-day visit, the UN chief is meeting troops and other MINUSMA personnel. He will also meet Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and other government officials in Bamako.On Wednesday, Mr. Guterres is set to leave the capital and travel to the regions, where he will meet with local authorities and UN staff, as well as women, youth and religious representatives.