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first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi Court Sets Aside Order Directing Release Of 12 Oxygen Concentrators For Use Of Police Officers, Judicial Officers And Their Families Nupur Thapliyal8 May 2021 11:02 PMShare This – xDelhi Court Sets Aside Earlier Order Directing Release Of 12 Oxygen Concentrators For Use Of Police Officers, Judicial Officers And Their FamiliesAllowing the revision petition, a Delhi Sessions Court on Saturday set aside the earlier order passed by the Metropolitan Magistrate directing release of 12 oxygen concentrators for the use of police officers, judicial officers and their families . Principal District and Sessions Judge, Narottam Kaushal set aside the earlier order dated 5th may passed by Metropolitan Magistrate Anuj Bahal on an application filed by Delhi Police seeking the release of seized property “for the use by police personnel as well as public as and when required”. Aggrieved by the aforesaid order, the revision petition was filed. 12 oxygen concentrators were seized from two accused persons namely Vinay Agarwal and Akash Vashisht and the same were deposited in the Dwarka Malkhana police station. During the course of proceeding, it was argued by the Additional Public Prosecutor for the State that the order is in violation of sec. 6E of the Essential Commodities Act which provides for the Collector to be the competent authority to to order possession, delivery, disposal, release or distribution of the case property. Furthermore, it was submitted that in terms of the Delhi High Court direction, seizure of medicines and oxygen cylinders must be informed to the Concerned District Commissioner and the District Commissioner who should then proceed to pass orders for release of the same without any delay. In view of the same, it was argued by the APP that the said oxygen concentrators should be released to such facilities “where they could be used round the clock for those, who needed it the most.” The Court was also apprised by the APP that although oxygen concentrators were not notified to be an essential commodity, the Government of India’s notification dated 29th June 2020 seeks to monitor the maximum retail price of Medical Devices, including Oxygen Concentrators. Observing that the notification does not declare Oxygen Concentrators to be Essential Commodity, the Court ordered thus: “The seized articles having not been notified to be essential commodity, reference to the provisions of Essential Commodities Act or the procedure prescribed therein for release of the case property, is misplaced. The trial court has, thus, not erred in exercise of the jurisdiction, so invoked by the IO. Order passed by Ld. MM on this score can not be said to be illegal.” The Court also noted that the IO ought to have immediately informed the District Magistrate and placed the seized machines at the disposal of District Magistrate for suitable utilization during the period of investigation or trial. Observing that the Metropolitan Magistrate was “greatly influenced by the fact that two Judicial Officers had lost their lives in battle with Covid 19”, the Court observed thus: “One of them being his own brother colleague with who he shared the corridors. As I pen down this order, judicial fraternity has lost one more officer, who also succumbed to be Covid-19 virus . Ld. MM in his zeal to provide life saving machines to front line workers i.e. the Delhi Police and to his judicial fraternity was so dazzled that he forgot that a judge on account of the office he occupies has to act & behave like a self-less, dispassionate saint. He has to rise above the interests of self and his ilk. Benevolent and well-intended, his act may be; the same can-not breach the Constitutional provisions of equality. On the touchstone of these morals & principles of law, Ld. MM seems to have faltered. Impugned order dtd. 5.5.2021, thus, is not sustainable and is set aside.” With the aforesaid observations, the Court set aside the MM’s order and allowed the revision petition. Click Here To Download OrderTagsdelhi court oxygen concentrators Release Of 12 oxygen concentrators Police Officers Judicial Officers Principal District and Sessions Judge Narottam Kaushal Next Storylast_img read more

first_imgGreggs, the BB75 leading bakery chain, has launched its take on a local bakery a new third-style retail format for the company.The unit, called Greggs The Bakery, has opened just doors down from the company’s very first shop in Gosforth, Newcastle, which opened in 1951, and features a different product mix from the standard Greggs stores and Greggs Moment coffee shops.In an exclusive interview last year with Greggs’ chief executive Ken McMeikan, British Baker revealed that the retailer was looking at a third shop format.The new store has 75 new products on offer, including chocolate and orange scones, cheesecake and giant cupcakes and has a more ’artisan’-styling for the shop, including blackboards, wicker and improved displays.Speaking at the opening, McMeikan said: “We are excited to launch our latest concept shop that showcases Greggs’ bakery credentials, and gives customers a traditional bakery shopping experience. Fittingly, we have chosen a location close to the site of first-ever Greggs shop, and we hope our customers love it.”The shop will also sell a new ’made to order’ sandwich and pizza range, as well as savouries, sandwiches and hot drinks from the existing Greggs range.Greggs said the concept bakery shop was developed after customer research highlighted a desire for a different style of bakery shop which gives customers “a more traditional bakers’ shop experience”.Meanwhile, the circa 1,600-strong high street bakery and café operator, has opened its first Moment coffee shop in the south of England, in Stevenage. The group opened the third Moment site in the Hertfordshire town’s Queensway scheme.And the company is also utilising the power of social media to look into the possibility of introducing a loyalty scheme. The group has issued an appeal for information on its Facebook page, which has in the region of 477,000 followers. At the moment it is thought Greggs is looking at a card-based system similar to those used in Tesco, Costa and Caffè Nero.last_img read more

first_img17 Jul 2020 Lamb’s lockdown lessons spark Tillman Trophy success Tags: Matty Lamb, Tillman Trophy Matty Lamb has admitted lockdown sharpened his appetite for golf – and allowed him to cut loose this week and claim a career highlight.The England men’s squad player saw off the challenge from international team-mate Ben Schmidt on Thursday to win the 2020 Tillman Trophy at Foxhills Golf Club in Surrey.The Northumberland golfer’s four round total of 12 under par was enough to earn him a two-stroke victory in an event which carried not only prestige, but vital World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) points.Lamb followed on from the 2019 success of England colleague Joe Harvey and joins a Tillman Trophy roll of honour which also includes four-time major champion Ernie Els.Rounds of 69, 69,71 and 67 showed that there was little wrong with Lamb’s ability to score when it mattered most.Yet the 22-year-old believes there is more to come from him now that his love for the game has been stoked again.Lamb (pictured above after his win) said: “To be honest I didn’t play that well, but obviously I scored well.“It was a bit scrappy from tee to green, but the putter was hot all week and I holed out really, really well.“It just felt so good to be back out playing competitive golf again.“It’s strange being stuck at home for months when your life has evolved around golf.“In an odd way the lockdown maybe helped me. I began to appreciate golf again and when we were allowed to come back to the course I enjoyed it a lot more.“For me, the break may have come at a good time.“I was able to work on technical things by hitting into a net in my garden and was also able to talk about things with my coach Andy Paisley.“I was able to practise things I wouldn’t have done had I been out playing all the time and it’s obviously paid off.“Maybe being on the couch for three months is the answer!”Lamb knew he was coming under pressure from Yorkshireman Schmidt (pictured below) down the stretch on Thursday, but was able to fend off his international colleague.A birdie at the 72nd hole sealed the win and followed up from his success last season in the Hampshire Hog and Home Internationals with England.Lamb – a member at Hexham Golf Club – added: “Ben has been winning everything so it was good to get over the line.“I hadn’t played the course before this week and maybe coming into it blind helped me a little.“I found the course fairly simple if you could keep the ball on the fairway off the tee and I avoided having any bad holes.“Now I just want to kick on and make the most of what’s left of the season.“I have a 2020 Pro Tour event at Rockcliffe Hall on Monday and the following week it’s the English Men’s Amateur Championship.“I had always planned on staying focused on my amateur career until after the 2021 Walker Cup so my long-term plans haven’t changed with this year’s disruption.“It’s a case of building on this week.”last_img read more

first_img“We have made many early season mistakes but learn everyday,” Mace added.The lone games have come against Mead Panthers of Spokane.LVR,0-5 to start the season played a doubleheader against the Spokane powerhouse in mid-March.The Bombers travel to Priest River, Idaho for its next game Tuesday (April 9).To help offset the expensive costs of travelling the Bombers joined forces with Scotia Bank employeesto raise more than $3900 during a car wash fundraiser March 24 at the Nelson Car Wash on Nelson Avenue.Following the Nelson tournament, the Bombers have two road trips to Grand Forks and Lethbridge, Alta., to conclude the spring high school season. The boys of summer have began quest for the Major League Baseball title and so have the L.V. Rogers Bombers on the High School Baseball circuit.The Bombers have been playing teams south of the 49th parallel to prepare for the annual LVR Invitational April 19-20 at Queen Elizabeth Park in Fairview.”So far the only days the team has been outside on a field is when we have played in Spokane,” said Bomber head coach Ron Mace.last_img read more

first_imgA total of 31 both primary and post primary schools in Donegal will benefit under the 2015 Schools Summer Works Scheme.Dinny McGinley, T.D. has been informed of the move by Jan O’Sullivan, T.D. Minister for Education & Skills.Deputy McGinley said “This is an important investment in our young people and will enable important works such as windows, repairs and replacement doors and external works and structural improvements to be carried out to the named schools. “The Scheme will also provide an important capital injection to the construction sector in the county and boost job creation in that area.”The schools across Donegal to benefit are:       31 DONEGAL SCHOOLS TO GET UPGRADES WITH SUMMER WORKS SCHEME was last modified: April 2nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThere was a saying on the mean sandlots of suburbia when I was a kid. “Heads I win, tails you lose.”You’d hear it invariably when the coin was flipped to determine who would receive the opening kickoff in a neighborhood game of football.I bring it up because Eric Reid, erstwhile 49er, current Carolina Panther and staunch advocate of social justice put himself in a no-win situation Sunday when he got into a hissing match with Philadelphia’s Malcolm Jenkins during, of all things, the pregame …last_img read more

first_img14 December 2014The Springbok Sevens defeated New Zealand 26-17 in a pulsating final in the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens, a week after they claimed the Dubai Sevens title.The hosts trailed Fiji by two points coming into their home event, but now lead the standings with 59 points, with Fiji (51), New Zealand (47) and Australia (46) completing the top four places that would esnure automatic entry into the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.More than 63 000 people attended the event in Port Elizabeth and they were left in raptures after the Blitzboks again came from behind to claim the title they won a year ago. The team, who had also trailed Australia in the semifinals (10-0), conceded an early try in the final, as Sherwin Stowers dotted down for New Zealand.Tries by Philip Snyman and Cecil Afrika gave the home side the lead, but Afrika was yellow-carded shortly after and New Zealand used that advantage to claim a second try before the end of the half.Try scorerLeading tournament try-scorer Seabelo Senatla scored early in the second half to push the lead out to nine points, but again New Zealand came back within two minutes with a try by Joe Webber, his second of the final.The deal was sealed for the home side though when Kwagga Smith scored, with Afrika’s conversion providing the necessary buffer for any late All Blacks Sevens counterpunch.Coach Neil Powell was pleased with his side’s ability to stay calm under pressure and to play to their strengths.“We had to dig deep. We had three very worthy opponents today and each asked very different questions. We had to come from behind in each match today, but this team has shown they have the determination and belief to succeed.“We used sport psychologist Dr. Jannie Botha this week and it helped the guys to stay focused in a week full of the pressure that comes with hosting the tournament. A late second half surge by the Springbok Sevens team helped them to a hard-fought 19-10 win over Australia in the semifinals earlier on Sunday.Three second half tries gave the home side a win that looked unlikely after Australia scored twice in a minute and the Blitsboks had Afrika sin-binned as well. Australia’s 10-0 lead was first cut by a try from Branco du Preez, before Kyle Brown and Werner Kok ran in from a distance to clinch the win.In their quarterfinal match against England, they had to overcome an early try by England’s Alex Grey to score a 31-7 win.A brace by Kwagga Smith, another long-range effort by Seabelo Senatla and a well- worked try by Werner Kok secured the passage into the next phase.Earlier the USA won the Plate Final by beating Fiji 21-14, Portugal won the Shield by beating Samoa 19-14 and Canada outlasted Kenya 24-7 for the Bowl.In the bronze final, Australia beat Argentina 34-19.The standings after three rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series are:South Africa 59Fiji 51New Zealand 47Australia 46Argentina 40England 37Samoa 29Scotland 27USA 26Wales 25Source: SA Rugby Unionlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In early September, the combines belonging to Niese Farms began rolling through Crawford and Wyandot County soybean fields. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins followed the dust and caught up with Casey Niese for the first fall harvest Cab Cam of 2015.last_img

first_img* Because of the limitations in PHPP discovered in the field, PHIUS partnered in 2011 with Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics and Owens Corning to collaborate on a new passive design tool that would appropriately predict energy performance for passive buildings in all climates. We now use WUFI Passive, capable of static (similar to PHPP) as well as a more detailed dynamic simulation to assess whole building energy performance, comfort conditions, hygrothermal performances of envelope assemblies, and hygric interaction of the enclosure and the living space. But between consulting on some projects and certifying and reviewing many others, we learned that the concept of a single Holy Grail standard for North America’s varied climates is just too good to be true.In practice, designers have arguably been forced into non-optimal decisions and designs in pursuit of the European 15 kWh/m²•year metric. For example, in the colder climates they tended to seriously overinsulate — with diminishing returns in the outer layers — and tended to overglaze (with expensive high-performance windows, no less). The projects relied heavily on solar gain to make the energy balance work.With some exceptions (e.g., the Pacific Northwest), the North American continent has design temperatures that are much more challenging than central Europe. It gets significantly colder during the winter, even while the number of heating degree days (HDDs) on an annual basis can look very similar to those in Europe. Madison, Wisconsin, is a perfect example: It has a colder design temperature than Oslo, Norway, while its HDDs are almost 2,000 lower than Oslo’s. PHPP problems in hot, humid climatesThese issues also manifested in the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP). Because PHPP is a massive Excel spreadsheet, users can “look under the hood,” which makes it a nice teaching and learning tool. But while well validated for heating-dominated climates, the tool proved inaccurate when we consulted on the LeBois House in Lafayette, Louisiana.The project was intended to be a proof-of-concept project in the Lafayette climate, and to demonstrate that designers could confidently use PHPP in hot and humid climates. The project plan included monitoring for two years after it was inhabited. During that period it became clear that in PHPP, cooling demand and sensible peak algorithms were off by a large margin. Moreover, we learned that latent loads really need to be accounted for in the standard (they were not at the time).The project was performing significantly better on the sensible cooling demand side than PHPP had predicted, by about 30%*, but worse on the peak — a situation that makes system sizing difficult. On the other hand, RESNET’s energy modeling tool REMRate predicted the actual performance almost spot on.Overall, the project was a huge success. We proved that hot climate passive principles do apply, resulting in superior comfort and significant energy savings. An overreliance on solar gainAlthough design temperatures are colder, there is generally very good solar potential in North America. Therefore designers in the U.S. and Canada tried to compensate by becoming essentially “solar Passivhauses” to get closer to the target, which in return caused overheating and comfort issues. (The passive solar movement learned those lessons in the 1970s. Ironically, those lessons were the ones that led to the development of the original passive house concept that deemphasized solar and reemphasized insulation.)Let’s face it: the annual heating demand of 15 kWh/m²•year was a result of meeting 10 W/m2 peak load in a specific climate, the European climate, with less extreme design temperatures — which as a bonus also allowed “supply air heating only” — the flagship core definition of a Passivhaus as established by the Passivhaus Institut (PHI).The specific relationship of annual demand and peak load in the European climate has led to the characteristic definition of the standard. Yet, the relationship of annual heating demand and peak load is not a strong one, and is very different on the North American continent. This is likely the reason why the pioneers in the 1970s and 1980s had identified generally similar peak loads as energy targets but paid little attention to limit their peaks to “supply air only,” because they could not get there, and comfort was still assured with slightly higher peak loads and greater annual demands. By August of 2011, eight years had passed since we completed the Smith House, the first home in the United States to be built to the European Passivhaus standard. Those eight years were heady and full: We founded the national non-profit Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS). We created a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) training curriculum and delivered trainings to hundreds of professionals from coast to coast.Those pioneering professionals began building their own projects from coast to coast, and from north to south, in all U.S. climate zones save for Florida. Because PHIUS had a good deal of practical experience building its own projects, because it provided training and certification (at the time under the auspices of the German Passivhaus Institut), PHIUS was quite naturally closely involved with nearly all of these projects.And that’s when we — PHIUS and CPHCs and builders across the United States — began collectively to learn the limitations of the European Passivhaus metric in varied climate zones outside of Central Europe. Some buildings were overinsulated and overglazedTo be sure, the concept of a single, relatively easily understood, internationally applicable energy metric for heating and cooling was (and is) enormously attractive. And in Central Europe the metrics have been well verified and tested. RELATED ARTICLES Redefining PassivhausAn Inside Look at the New PHIUS StandardNew Passive House Rules Take EffectA New Passivhaus Standard for North AmericaPossible Relaxation of Passivhaus Standard Stirs Debate A Petition Strives to Defend a Certain Definition of ‘Passive House’ A Proposed Passivhaus Amendment for New EnglandPHIUS PHloggingBuilding Science Corp. and PHIUS to CollaborateA Passivhaus Conference in GermanyA Post-Passivhaus Paradigm for Energy-Efficient Design Joseph Lstiburek Surprises Passive House Conference Attendees Developing new passive house standards for North AmericaIn 2011, the PHIUS Technical Committee, a volunteer body based on modified consensus and comprised of international building science experts and North American passive house practitioners, embarked on the plan to identify a methodology to generate new passive standards for all climate zones. The tech committee has identified four foundational principles that the standard should follow:1. Being biased towards conservation by constraining the envelope design through definition of annual heating and cooling demands and peak loads per climate that must be met using passive measures first. The climate-specific annual demand thresholds should pay back the investment and peak load thresholds should assure comfort.2. Meeting a total primary energy maximum per person for all energy uses in a building. This is essentially the equivalent to a carbon limit, responding very directly to the amount of carbon savings that need to be achieved in the building sector to stabilize the climate.3. An airtightness requirement assuring building envelope durability, verified by climate and measured in air leakage per square foot of envelope area.4. Cost-effectiveness using national average costs for materials and energy.The sweet spot or characteristic energy use intensity (EUI) is then defined as the optimum design between demand and supply, or more specifically, between conservation and generation. In California, PV beats passive houseBut this project was another example of an overarching conclusion: the original German standard and tool were inadequate when applied in climates other than the cool, moderate, heating-dominated baseline climate. Results did not support the one-size-fits-all standard concept.In cold climates, unreasonably high investment costs led people to abandon the concept, and uptake in northern cold climates remains to this day insignificant. In warmer climates like coastal California, a European passive house is easily beaten by a house with a photovoltaic system, because the standard does not go far enough and does not harvest enough through conservation to make it a financial slam dunk.Standards are tools that help us to quantify, measure against and meet certain goals we have agreed upon. It’s only logical that they need to be updated and refined as economics, materials and other conditions change and as we learn more. It is an evolutionary process.Standards should evolve, informed by feedback loops, or they become a hindrance, not a help. We can’t blindly trust: we need to verify and validate to assure that our models remain applicable. Lower PV prices have changed the conversationIn a sustainable world we must look at zero energy as our goal. We are no longer only trying to justify the cost-effectiveness of a certain level of stand-alone conservation, we are trying to justify the optimal combination of both, conservation and generation, to reach zero energy.The energy supply would be expected to come from renewable sources; for buildings this would most likely come from photovoltaic (PV) systems. The cost for these systems has come down dramatically over the past few years. This changes the conversation significantly. Figuring that zero is our goal, the cost of PV has a significant impact on where the optimum lies. Now zero has indeed realistically become our new target; positive energy is next. That alone is reason to redo the calculations and refine the standards.In 2013 we pitched the idea of refining the standard depending on climate and cost to Building Science Corporation in Westford, Massachusetts. They liked the idea and submitted a research proposal with PHIUS as an industry partner under their DOE Building America contract to define passive standards by climate zone according to U.S. cost data. The calculations are being done using the energy modeling tool WUFI Passive (developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics, Owens Corning, and PHIUS) and the energy and cost optimizer BEopt (developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory). Solutions that weren’t cost-effectiveOverinsulation and overglazing both resulted in overspending beyond cost effectiveness, seriously challenging the claim that 15 kWh/m²•year is somewhat magically the cost optimum/sweet spot between demand and supply everywhere in the world. (See many earlier articles by Martin Holladay questioning the 16-inch-thick subslab insulation of early Passivhaus projects and the discussions that followed.)Conversely, in warmer and milder climates (a prime example being California), the target of 15 kWh/m²•year is actually too high, allowing projects to leave significant cost-effective energy savings on the table. In extreme hot and humid climates like Florida, we learned that energy targets for cooling were simply unattainable.It appeared that the European standard had simply mirrored the heating demand of 15 kWh/m²•year for cooling without verifying it in hot climates. In practice, insulation does not yield the dramatic return in energy savings in cooling-dominated climates as it does in heating climates; in fact too much insulation can increase the cooling load. European internal load assumptions don’t work for North AmericaIn reviewing base assumptions for the model, the tech committee also decided that the internal loads currently assumed in the European model are far from realistic. While the committee agreed that the defaults for internal loads should be stringent compared to the current national average use of miscellaneous electrical loads, they also acknowledged that the current European defaults are only one-seventh of the actual current internal load average in the United States. This leads to a significant mismatch of what is assumed and what happens in reality.Corrected higher initial internal loads in turn impact heating and cooling demand criteria on an annual basis, and have an impact on where those demand criteria need to be defined when setting standards.As of this writing, the standard adaptation test plan is almost complete and the parameters and the methodology for the study have been decided. As the project progresses, the dynamic modeling side of WUFI Passive will be used to verify hygrothermal wall assembly performance by climate and to assure that the comfort criteria by zone are maintained when annual heating or cooling demands are slightly increased or reduced.Preliminary results are looking very promising. PHIUS is already accepting projects under a pilot certification program.As the work has moved forward, questions have arisen as to how granular these new standards should be. The final format is still an open question. Originally, a zone-based standard model was envisioned, but it is also possible that the study will result in the development of an equation that accurately calculates the respective heating, cooling demand and peak loads by location.The new climate specific standards findings are scheduled to be presented for the first time during the Ninth Annual North American Passive House Conference in San Francisco, September 12-13, 2014. A one-hundred-year payback period is unrealisticThe effort is running calculations for all climates for a typical single-family home, with carefully chosen and defined design constraints and energy baseline features, first in BEopt. All baseline decisions were carefully conceived and evaluated by the PHIUS tech committee. In the process, it became clear that the European case for cost effectiveness of the 15 kWh/m²•year standard is based on a 100-year lifecycle period for a single-family end townhouse.The tech committee found this to be an unrealistic value for a North American economic feasibility assessment of conservation measures. One hundred years might be accurate in an ultimately sustainable energy economy, but we are not there yet. The measures need to be cost-effective in the old economy as we are transitioning to the new. Consequently, the tech committee opted to use 30 years instead of 100.The committee also settled on using a detached, average size single-family home — the predominant housing type in North America. The detached home is also arguably a worst-case scenario to use as a benchmark; any other building type, larger or attached, will perform better. Katrin Klingenberg is the co-founder and executive director of the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS). She has spoken and published on passive building topics nationally and internationally, holds a masters degree in architecture, and is a licensed architect in Germany.last_img read more

first_imgIndia Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit 2012.With an investment of hundreds of crores and years of hard work, the London Olympics were always going to be a watershed event for Indian sport.While some of the heralded names fell by the wayside, there were others who led the way as India reaped its largest medal haul at the grandest sporting stage of the world.At the end of the extravaganza, six athletes engraved their names in the annals of history and became inspirations for the millions of youth in the country.Sushil Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, MC Mary Kom, Gagan Narang and Saina Nehwal were already champions in their respective fields but their success at the London Games have made them household names with a large number of youngsters ready to follow in their footsteps.Five of these athletes will be in the Capital on Friday at the India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit 2012 to share the experiences of their incredible journeys, which saw their dreams turn into reality.Sushil comes from a humble background and excels in a sport that not many parents would like their children to take up. But the humble grappler from Baprola village in the Capital changed the perception after his bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics four years ago.Not one to rest on his laurels and spend the rest of his life reaping the benefits of his Beijing feat, Sushil kept working hard and went a step further in London to become the only Indian athlete to win two individual Olympic medals.advertisementYogeshwar, who grew up with Sushil and trained under the same coach, had a lot of experience but an Olympic medal always eluded him. Things changed dramatically for Yogeshwar in London where he fought three bouts in a mere 45 minutes to win a bronze for the country.Boxing was always thought to be a male-dominated sport until MC Mary Kom arrived on the scene. Her is one of the most inspiring stories as she has fought all the way to win medals at every level.It was for the first time that women’s boxing was introduced at the Olympics and that gave the five-time world champion an opportunity to add another feather in her cap.Mary comes from Manipur, which is mostly in the news for the wrong reasons. But her bronze medal will go a long way in changing the perception of the state and women’s boxing in general.The mother of twin boys had to increase her weight to be eligible to compete at the Olympics as her preferred category (48kg) wasn’t part of the London Games. Not only did she manage to qualify for the Olympics in a higher weight category (51kg), but also returned home with a bronze medal.Shooters were always India’s best bet for medals in London and Gagan Narang opened the country’s account in the 10m air rifle event. It was one medal that the ace shooter was craving for years, having been on the podium at every other stage.Before the Olympics, armyman Vijay Kumar had won medals at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and the Guangzhou Asiad. It was now time to shine on the biggest stage of them all.The Indian finished second in the 25m rapid fire pistol event to eventual gold medallist Leuris Pupo of Cuba but Vijay showed that “hard work always pays off”.last_img read more