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Bengaluru Open: Yuki Bhambri advances but Ramkumar Ramanathan ousted from ATP Challenger event

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Last week’s winner Yuki Bhambri and young Sumit Nagal scored contrasting wins to progress to the quarterfinals of the Bengaluru Open but Ramkumar Ramanathan bowed out of the ATP Challenger event, on Wednesday.Third seed Bhambri pipped Spain’s Pedro Martinez 6-2 7-6 (0) while Nagal battled past Great Britain’s Brydan Klein 6-4 4-6 7-5 in a marathon quarterfinal clash.In another match, Prajnesh defeated Australian Marc Polmans 6-2 6-7 (1) 6-1.However, last week’s runner-up and fifth Ramkumar was ousted following a 7-6(3) 2-6 4-6 defeat at the hands of Briton Jay Clarke.Before taking on Polmans, Prajnesh had stunned British sixth seed Evan King 6-4, 6-4 in straight sets, avenging his loss to him at KPIT-MSLTA Challenger in Pune.Prajnesh, pairing with Ramkumar Ramanathan, had also made a winning start in men’s doubles event by defeating compatriots Suraj Prabodh and Nitin Kumar Sinha 6-2 6-2 on day one of the tournament.After winning the first set, Nagal lost his tempo and conceded the second set to the British, who powered his way through with aggressive tennis.Klein stretched the fight in the third and final set, but crucial points to suffer defeat.Meanwhile, Taipei’s Tsung Hua Yang trounced Croatian Borna Gojo 2-6 6-4, 6-2. Slovenian Kavcic defeated Mario Vilella Martinez of Spain 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.Ante Pavic caused the biggest ripple as he showed fourth seed Elias Ymer the door. The Croatian, who won 6-3, 6-7(2), 7-6(5), will clash with Clarke in the quarterfinal.In another upset, lucky loser Antoinne Escoffier of France sent home eighth seed Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Khazakistan 6-3 2-6 6-3.

Local body tax on film tickets echoes in TN assembly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The issue of local body tax on film tickets in addition to GST over which more than 1,000 cinema halls in Tamil Nadu are shut was today raised in the state assembly by the opposition with the government saying it was working on a solution. DMK Deputy Leader Durai Murugan said more than 1,000 cinema theatres remained shut across the state since yesterday opposing the 30 per cent local body tax. “They (cinema industry representatives) had met the Chief Minister (K Palaniswami) yesterday but still theatres are shut. Why?” he asked. Congress Legislature Party leader K R Ramasamy also raised the issue. Responding, Municipal Administration Minister S P Velumani assured that the government would give due consideration to problems of all sections of people. He recalled the meeting of industry representatives with Palaniswami yesterday and said the Chief Minister was trying to find a way out on this issue. “Talks are going on,” the Minister added. Going ahead with their strike announced on June 30 on the eve of GST rollout, the exhibitors have shut their halls since yesterday citing their ‘inability’ to pay both taxes. Besides the local tax, a GST of 18 per cent has been fixed for tickets priced below Rs 100 and 28 per cent for those above Rs 100. “We are against the Corporation (entertainment) Tax which is 30 per cent. This is in addition to the GST rates (of upto 28 per cent). We are not against the GST. We welcome it,” Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners and Distributors Association President Abhirami Ramanathan had said yesterday. Representatives of the association and others, including South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce, South Indian Artistes’ Association (SIAA) and Tamil Film Producers Council, had met the Chief Minister over the tax issue. They had also called on state Finance Minister D Jayakumar, who had assured them that the government was with them and the matter required a decision at policy level.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Right decision to shut Changi airport after fire: experts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The decision to shut down a terminal at Singapore s international airport, after a minor fire broke out, was the right thing for security and safety even though thousands of travellers were affected, experts said today. The fire was detected at 5.40 PM at the Changi Airport Terminal 2 s air conditioning equipment room and the smoke started entering the departure hall. Though the fire was quickly put out, its fallout stretched late into the night. “In this day and age of heightened security alerts, nothing is too small to neglect or downplay,” aviation analyst Shukor Yusof of Endau Analytics was quoted as saying by The Straits Times. “Fact is, these days, you can never be sure if a fire is just a fire, for example, or whether there is a terrorist element as well,” said Shukor. About 40 flights and thousands of travellers were affected by the fire, said the Changi Airport Group. In several cases, the delays stretched to three hours or beyond. “It is highly unusual for any incident to occur at Changi, so when something does happen, you would expect that they would take extra precautions to ensure everything is in order,” Shukor added. Ramanathan Mohandas, head of the diploma programme in aviation management at Republic Polytechnic here, said every fire that breaks out at any airport must be dealt with seriously. “Any sign of smoke even should never be taken lightly because if there is a fire, it could spread very quickly and impact critical systems and equipment,” Ramanathan said. “A full clean-up needs to be done and systems and processes checked to make sure everything is working properly before the terminal reopens,” he added. No point rushing to resume services and risk something else going wrong, which would be even more irritating for passengers, he said. Two airport staff were taken to hospital for observation and another four were treated at a clinic in Terminal 3. The Singapore Civil Defence Force gave all-clear for the terminal at about 10 PM, and the operations were resumed progressively. Indian-origin Senthil Shanmugam who was travelling to Tiruchirapalli for holidays, was one of those affected travellers at Terminal 2 as his TigerAir flight was delayed. Changi Airport handles 60 million passengers a year. Terminal 2 serves mainly Singapore Airlines regional flights as well as SilkAir and TigerAir, which flies to India as well.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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