Reacting to orders from the Chief Minister’s office, the District Magistrate of Saharanpur inspected the under-construction library in the sprawling Darul Uloom campus in Deoband on Saturday.Vikas Tyagi, zonal coordinator of the Bajrang Dal, had made a complaint to the CM’s office that a helipad was being built on top of the huge structure.District Magistrate Alok Kumar had asked the administration to submit a report. Unsatisfied, he made a detailed inspection of the site with SSP Dinesh Kumar and PWD engineers. After the inspection, Mr Kumar told the media that there was no trace of a helipad on the rooftop but the university administration did not ask for permission for addition to the existing structures and building of new structures from the authorities concerned. “Action will be taken in this regard as per law,” he said. Responding to the action, Maulana Arshad Madani, national president of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, said: “This is for the first time that the local administration has undertaken an inspection after a complaint, which seemed to be motivated, was lodged. We will abide by the rules and take necessary permissions in future.”
Rattled by a dope scandal, Indian athletics finally got something to cheer about when long- jumper Mayookha Johny led the Indian charge with a gold medal on the opening day of the 19th Asian Athletics Championships in Kobe, Japan, on Thursday.Long Jumper Mayookha JohnyDiscus thrower Vikas Gowda added a silver while Asian Games gold medallist Preeja Sreedharan bagged a bronze in the women’s 10,000m race.Mayookha leapt 6.56m in her second jump to open India’s gold medal account on a rain- hit opening day at the Kobe Universiade Stadium to emulate her idol Anju Bobby George, who had won the Asian Championships gold in 2005.China’s Lu Minjia took home the silver by jumping 6.52m while the bronze went to Saeko Okayama of Japan, who had an effort of 6.51m.The women’s long jump event was delayed after the stadium was lashed by rain, which affected the performance of the athletes.Mayookha’s training mate and Commonwealth Games silver medallist MA Prajusha finished sixth with an effort of 6.27m.Mayookha’s effort, though, was below her season’s best of 6.63m, which she recorded in the national inter-state meet in Bangalore last month, and her personal best of 6.64m, which she came up with at the Asian All Star Meet in New Delhi last year.She also failed to go past the 2012 London Olympics and next month’s World Championships ‘B’ qualifying standard of 6.65m.Earlier, in the morning session, national record holder Gowda’s performance was also affected by weather conditions as he finished second with an effort of 61.58m, behind Iran’s Asian record holder Ehsan Hadadi, who also had a below- par 62.27m. The bronze medal went to Wu Jian of China ( 56.61m).This was the Iranian’s fourth consecutive Asian title, though he was well below his season’s best of 65.89m and Asian record of 69.32m.advertisementGowda, who has a season’s best of 64.91 and three marks over 64 metres, has already crossed the Olympics and World Championships ‘ B’ qualifying standard of 63m, while he is yet to touch the ‘A’ standard of 65m.It was a bit of a disappointment, though, for the Indian camp as Preeja had to settle for a bronze in 10,000m.Preeja, who has been struggling to reach peak form, clocked 33:16.55 sec, well below her Asian Games gold medalwinning timing of 31:50:28.Compatriot Kavita Raut, who had won silver in the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, was a poor sixth with a below- par 35:24.35, much below her personal best of 31:51.44.SE Habitegbrel of Bahrain won the gold in 32:47.80 while compatriot and 2007 champion Kareema Jasim Saleh took silver in 32:50.90 With inputs from PTI.