India top medal tally in Track Asia Cup

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 12 (PTI) India topped the medal tally with seven gold, nine silver and five bronze medals in the Track Asia Cup at the IGI Sports Complex here today.Indian Cycling team today finished their campaign by winning four medals, including two silver and two bronze on final day of the tournament.China finished second with four gold and two silver medals while Indonesia secured third place with four Gold, one silver and two bronze medals.In the morning session, India juniors Mayur Pawar and J K Ashwin secured silver and bronze respectively in Sprint event.Mayur clocked 11.045s with a speed of 65.188km/hr, while Ashwin finished in 11.098s with 64.877km/hr speed.Indonesias Terry Yudha won gold with 10.850s, his speed was 66.359km/hr. The bronze medal of Women Elite Sprint event was won by P Nayana Rajesh with 11.940s. Chinas Chaorui Song and Yufang Guo bagged the gold & silver respectively.Ranjit Singh added a silver to Indias tally after clinching the medal in Men Keirin event. Malaysias Muhammad Fadhil won the gold, while his teammate Muhammad Khairil Nizam Rasol bagged the bronze.In Men Omnium event, Ashton Lambe of USA added a silver to the gold medal that he won yesterday in the 4Km Individual Pursuit event.Kazakhstans Assylkhan Turar secured the gold with 163 points, while Chinas Liang Guo earned 135 points to clinch the bronze.Biggest upset for India was when Deborah finished fifth in her favourite event Keirin, even though she secured a berth for the World Cup.advertisementIn Keirin, out of 5 rounds, in last 2.5 rounds cyclists have to defeat through their speed.China cyclists Shanju Bao and Chaorui Song claimed gold and silver respectively, while P Nayana Rajesh, who is representing Indias second team SAINCA claimed bronze. PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more

Tata Motors’ JLR plans two-week shutdown of UK plant

first_imgLondon, Oct 8 (PTI) Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) on Monday revealed plans for a two-week shutdown of its West Midlands plant at the end of October to cope with weakening global demand for its luxury vehicles.JLR, however, stressed that it would not mean any job losses at the plant in Solihull, with workers continued to be paid during the shutdown period.”As part of the company’s continued strategy for profitable growth, Jaguar Land Rover is focused on achieving operational efficiencies and will align supply to reflect fluctuating demand globally as required,” a JLR statement said.”The decision to introduce a two-week shutdown period later this month at Solihull is one example of actions we are taking to achieve this. Customer orders in the system will not be impacted and employees affected will be paid for the duration of the shutdown,” it said.The Solihull plant, where the Tata Group company produces its Range Rover and Jaguar models, will close from October 22. It follows a move to a three-day week for around 2,000 workers at the firm’s Castle Bromwich plant and an announcement in April to lay off 1,000 workers across its West Midlands’ units.Describing news of the two-week shutdown as “deeply troubling”, Unite the UK’s biggest union for car workers blamed the government’s incompetence over its policies around diesel vehicles and Brexit negotiations for the continued stress on the country’s car industry.”Over the past decade Jaguar Land Rover workers have worked tirelessly to turn the carmaker’s fortunes around. Ministers now risk turning them and their colleagues in the supply chain from hero to zero,” said Unite national officer Des Quinn.advertisement”The government must secure their future by getting a Brexit deal that secures frictionless tariff free trade with Europe. At the same time ministers must repair the damage done over diesel by supporting a just transition’ to electric and alternative power vehicles as part of an industrial strategy,” he said.The news of the shutdown came as JLR released its September sales figures, which marked a 12.3 per cent year on year drop. Sales in China declined by 46.2 per cent, which the UK’s biggest car-maker blamed on ongoing market uncertainty resulting from import duty changes and continued trade tensions.”As a business we are continuing to experience challenging conditions in some of our key markets. Customer demand in China in particular has struggled to recover following changes in import tariffs in July and intensifying competition on price, while ongoing global negotiations on potential trade agreements have dampened purchase considerations,” said Felix Brautigam, JLR Chief Commercial Officer.The company said it expected lower tariffs on UK imports to be beneficial over the course of the year, with Brautigam highlighting positive customer response to new Jaguar products.”The all-electric I-PACE and the sporty E-PACE compact SUV in particular, which have only recently joined our line-up in China, are driving demand globally,” he said.For Land Rover models, the company highlighted strong customer demand for the new Range Rover Velar and Range Rover and Range Rover Sport Plug-in Hybrid variants. PTI AK SCYSCYlast_img read more