Radhe Maa with SHO Sanjay Sharma at Vivek Vihar police station in east Delhi. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement In a major embarrassment to the Delhi police, visuals showing controversial self-styled godwoman Radhe Maa sitting on a Station House Officer’s chair at a police station and swaying with policemen at a Ram Lila function in different parts of Shahdara district have surfaced on social media.Both the instances allegedly happened in a span of a few hours on the intervening nights of September 28 and 29.Two suspendedSo far two police officers, including the Station House Officer who allegedly offered his designated seat to Radhe Maa to sit, have been suspended while four others have been sent to district lines even as top police officers themselves conceded that this kind of conduct was “unacceptable” and “unprofessional”. The police station concerned is Vivek Vihar where she went first around 12.30 a.m. and the image that has surfaced shows the in-charge Sanjay Sharma and two other policemen standing next to the chair occupied by the godwoman.Not just this, it is also seen that Mr. Sharma has his hands folded and is also wearing a red-coloured chunni, which her disciples are known to wear.In his defence, the officer said that she wanted to use the toilet of the police station as she had come to attend a Ram Lila function but could not explain the gesture of folding hands.
Britain’s Johanna Konta will become the first British woman to reach the top 10 of the WTA rankings for 32 years on Monday after reaching the China Open final on Saturday.Konta beat American world number nine Madison Keys 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-4 and will face Poland’s third seed Agnieszka Radwanska in Sunday’s final.Irrespective of the result Konta is guaranteed a top-10 spot when the new rankings are released – the first British woman to rise so high since Jo Durie in 1984. “I know I’ve achieved something good whenever I’m mentioned in the same sentence as her,” Konta told reporters. (Johanna Konta collapses on court but reaches US Open third round)The 25-year-old’s rise has been meteoric.Seventeen months ago she was ranked 146th in the world and not on anyone’s radar as a potential top-10 player.She moved to train with coach Esteban Carril in northern Spain and her form surged. (China Open: Andy Murray sets up quarterfinal vs British teammate Kyle Edmund)A run to the fourth round of the US Open meant she ended last year inside the top 50 and her progress has continued apace, reaching the Australian Open semi-finals and earning her first WTA title at Stanford.Consistency has been the key and her win over Keys was her seventh over a top-10 player this year.Her progress has impressed compatriot Andy Murray, who is in the men’s singles final. (Radwanska beats Wozniacki to reach China Open quarters)”She’s obviously made huge improvements from the beginning of last year,” he said. “Because everything is still new to her, she’s going to be learning at quite a fast pace, too.advertisement”It’s exciting to see how far she’s going to be able to go.”Konta is on course to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore so Sunday’s showdown with Radwanska would be the perfect test of her credentials.Radwanska, the 2011 China champion, secured a 7-6(3), 6-3 victory over Elina Svitolina, who upset world number one Angelique Kerber earlier in the tournament. (Grigor Dimitrov upsets Rafael Nadal to join Andy Murray in China Open semis)The Pole, poised to qualify for the season-ender for a sixth year in a row, was 3-5 down in the opener before recovering.”I was just very glad I could come back in that first set. I think it was very important. I just played a great tiebreaker, so that helped me a lot for sure in that match,” she said.
Italian free-to-air digital satellite service TivùSat saw 55,000 new activations in July, taking the total number of active smartcards to almost 1.577 million.Take-up of the service was particularly strong in Sicily, Lombardy, Lazio and Calabria. TivùSat offers 55 digital TV and 40 radio services.