Shuttler PV Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik scripted a new chapter in Indian Olympic history with their unprecedented feats but the embattled Narsingh Yadav's dreams lay in tatters after being slapped with a four-year doping ban. ‘Doctor’ Santosh Pol, arrested for murdering at least six persons between 2003 and 2016, sent a hand-written note addressed to Superintendent of Police Sandip Patil. Here are the top 5 stories of the hour.
1. India's daughters at Rio 2016: How PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik scripted new chapter in Indian Olympic history
Shuttler PV Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik scripted a new chapter in Indian Olympic history with their unprecedented feats but the embattled Narsingh Yadav's dreams lay in tatters after being slapped with a four-year doping ban on a bitter-sweet day for the country at the Rio Games in Rio de Janeiro. Sindhu made a historic entry into the final of badminton women's singles event, hours after Sakshi had nailed the country's first medal following 11 blank days in this Brazilian city.
2. History-maker Usain Bolt said he deserves to be among sport's all-time greats after romping to a third straight Olympic 200m gold
With a third consecutive sweep of the 100m, 200m and relay sprints in sight today, the world's fastest man argued he should be in the pantheon of sporting heroes with Pele, Muhammad Ali and Michael Phelps. "I am trying to be one of the greatest. Be among Ali and Pele," he declared in the seconds after the win. "I'll wait to see what you guys write tomorrow," the sprint king added at a later press conference.
3. Narsingh Yadav devastated after four-year ban, says will do everything to prove innocence
His dream of representing the country in Rio Olympics shattered after a verdict of the CAS, a devastated Narsingh Yadav on Friday said that he will do everything to prove his innocence. In a stunning reversal of fortunes, wrestler Narsingh was ousted from the Olympics on Thursday and slapped with a four-year ban for flunking a dope test after the ad hoc division of Court of Arbitration for Sports overturned the clean chit given to him by the National Anti-Doping Agency.
4. Mumbai: Serial killer Dr Death under arrest
The police in Satara district of Maharashtra were in for a surprise on Friday when they received a congratulatory note on cracking a serial killing case—from the alleged killer himself. ‘Doctor’ Santosh Pol, arrested for murdering at least six persons between 2003 and 2016, sent a hand-written note addressed to Superintendent of Police Sandip Patil. Pol, whose academic qualification is dubious but worked as a doctor, hailed Patil for catching him and said, “If you ask me why I am doing all this, then the question should be asked to the corrupt officials from the (police) department and the dormant society between 2003 and 2016.”
5. Caught on video: Union Minister Mahesh Sharma’s security thrash housing society guard in Ghaziabad
In a shocking incident, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma’s security personnel were on Friday caught on camera while thrashing housing society guards in Ghaziabad. The CCTV footage surfaced after news agency ANI shared a video of the incident on social media. The visuals show the guards at first talking to someone sitting inside the car before being roughly pulled back by Sharma’s security officer.