Chikkarangappa helps India finish second after Rd 1

Bangalore: Local lad Chikkarangappa shot the
best round of the day, a six-under 66, to see India finish on
a creditable second spot after the first round of the team
event in the 31st HP Asia-Pacific Junior Golf Championship
here today.

Chikkarangappa-led India finished the day on a team total
of four-over 200 at the Eagleton Golf Resort here with Ashbeer
Saini carding a 73 and Manu Gandas registering the third best
score of the day, a nine-over 81.

Thailand are atop the table with a total of one-over,
three clear ahead of India, while Chinese Taipei was one
stroke further back at five-over 221.

In the girls team event, Chinese Taipei holds a slender
lead over Singapore with a total of one-under 143. Indian eves
are placed third, six shots behind the leaders.

Meanwhile, in the individual category, Chikkarangappa was
the story of the day as he opened up a two-stroke lead in the
seniormost category over Thailand`s Poom Saksansin.

Among the girls, Singapore`s Joe-Ee Kok is on the top
with a score of even-par 72, one shot clear of Chinese
Taipei`s Wei-Ling Hsu. The best-placed Indian in the category
is Shreya Ghei, tied fifth at two-over 74.

Starting from the 10th, Chikkarangappa made three
straight pars before his first birdie of the day came on the
par-5 13th hole.

The 16-year-old then went on to add three more birdies
before he made the turn. A simple two-putt birdie on the first
hole (his tenth for the day), put him at five-under.

Just when it looked like Chikkarangappa would drop a shot
on the fourth, he recovered and somehow managed to put his
ball on the green, fifteen feet from his sixth birdie of the
day. He then went on to convert that putt and stayed put at
the mark to return the best card.

"The greens are in excellent condition and I was also
putting well today. I didn`t hit many good shots off the tee,
and sprayed a few of my drives. But I made some good long
putts and that has helped me get this score," Chikkarangappa
said after the round.

"I have now matched the score of six-under a few times on
this course and I really wanted to do better than that."

Chinese Taipei`s Sung-I Yu holds the lead in Category B
(13-14) after a round of two-over 74. The leading Indian in
fray in this category is Shubhankar Sharma, tied for third
place at five-over 77.

Piyush Sangwan leads in Category C after carding
level-par 72, three in front of Thailand`s Pawat Kongkanjana.

Ten-year-old Thai sensation Puwit Anupansuebsai leads the
Category D (U-10) with a round of one-under 71. Karandeep
Kochar is placed second at ten-over 82.


New Delhi: Buoyed by the permission given
to the Reddy brothers to resume mining on the Andhra border,
Bellary Iron Ores today moved the Supreme Court for permission
to resume excavations in the Bellary reserve forests.

Bellary Iron Ores (BIOL), which has six leases and
some of them share boundary with the controversial Reddy
brothers-owned Oblapuram Mining Company mines, requested the
court to grant it permission to mine in the same area in
accordance with the recent Survey of India report.

However, a bench comprising chief justice SH Kapadia and
justices KS Radhakrishnan and Swatanter Kumar declined to give
any interim relief and directed it to list the matter before
the forest bench in July.

The bench also slammed BIOL for keeping quiet for more
than a six months after the controversy with OMC started. The
court enquired the firm whether it had approached the high
power committee appointed by it consisting persons from the
Survey of India to ascertain the facts.

"You (BIOL) were sitting on the fence and watching the
show for a considerable time and when the things are over you
have come before us," the court said rejecting the contentions
of the firm that now survey of the region was completed and it
should be allowed to work.

OMC and BIOL were jointly stopped by Andhra Pradesh from
mining in its Anantpur district last November. However, OMC
moved the apex court and got relief, while BIOL keep quiet.

Senior advocate Krishna Venugopal appearing for BIOL
submitted that the survey work was almost done and it should
be allowed to mine as per the survey report. "The survey is
done by the committee...boundary is almost worked. Now we
should be allowed to mine as per the lease and the report,"
said Venugopal.

On being enquired by the bench that whether it had
approached the Survey of India, he replied that the firm had
written to them.

However, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi appearing for OMC
opposed any kind of permission and said it was the same firm
that approached the supreme court appointed committee (CEC)
and complained against OMC. "Yes, we share common boundaries
in some of the mines in which we have dispute with the
government... but he kept quiet since November. SLP was filed
in the apex court in March," he said.

The apex court had on May 10 allowed OMC to resume mining
in the undisputed areas in the Anantapur district, 150 meters
away from the inter-state border of Karnataka and Andhra.

However, the court had said as and when the SoI would
carry the work for demarcation of boundary between the two
states, it can can ask the OMC to temporarily stop its
activity in the region.


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