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first_img– Very saddened: WTA boss -============================= Sharapova, 28, burst onto the international scene as she giggled and grunted her way to the Wimbledon crown in 2004. She won the US Open in 2006, the Australian Open in 2008 and the French Open in 2012 and 2014.Her ferocity on the court, business acumen and glamorous looks have all combined to make her a marketing juggernaut and the overseer of such successful ventures as her Sugarpova line of candy.She has 35 WTA singles titles, more than USD 36 million in career earnings and is currently ranked seventh in the world.”I am very saddened to hear this news about Maria,” WTA chief executive Steve Simon said in a statement.”Maria is a leader and I have always known her to be a woman of great integrity. Nevertheless, as Maria acknowledged, it is every players responsibility to know what they put in their body and to know if it is permissible.”Sharapova said she originally began taking Meldonium for a variety of symptoms, including a tendency to become ill often, an irregular EKG heart test and a family history of diabetes.Meldonium is used to treat heart trouble, including angina and heart failure.In adding it to the banned list, the World Anti-Doping Agency said there was evidence it has been used by athletes with the intention of enhancing performance.Several sports figures have tested positive for it this year, including Russian ice dancer Ekaterina Bobrova, whose positive test was revealed earlier yesterday. MORE AFP SSC SSClast_img read more

TN govt defends single-window system for engg admissions

first_imgChennai, Jul 20 (PTI)The Tamil Nadu government today told the Madras High Court that the single-window admission system to engineering colleges allows the socio-economically weaker students to access all courses of all colleges in the state and choose one of them by filing a single admission form.The state government made this submission defending the single-window admission system to engineering colleges in the state in its affidavit filed before the bnech of Justice K Ravichandra Baabu.The affidavit was filed in response to a plea seeking to scrap the single-window system for admissions for 2017-18.The affidavit filed by the Department of Higher Education secretary and Technical Education director said the single window counselling provides an opportunity to SEBC students to have access to various courses of all institutions all over the state by filing a single form for Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA).The states single-window admission system had been challenged by the Self-Financing Engineering Colleges Management Association of the Tirunelveli Anna University of Technology.The association had sought permission to the private colleges to fill up their seats in enginneering courses on their own.The petitioner, had later amended the prayer and sought permission to private institutions to admit students under government quota on the fees fixed by the Fee Fixation Committee for the academic year 2017-18.When the matter came up before Justice Baabu, he directed the additional advocate general to get instructions on the amended prayer and posted the matter for further hearing on July 26.The authorities, in their counter-affidavit, further said the system ensured that the reservation policies of state and Central government such as sports quota, ex-service men and others are also met.advertisementThat apart, the state government also provides the first generation graduates fee waiver to students admitted under this counselling irrespective of his socio-economic status, the affidavit said.The government further said the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission for academic year 2017-18 had already commenced on July 17 and scrapping it would create confusion among students.The system ensures transparency and non-exploitation and has been repeatedly endorsed by the Supreme Court, the affidavit said.It further said a total of 526 self-financing (387 non- minority and 99 minority) engineering colleges had consented to the government to share with the state 65 per cent of their seats in non-minority institutions and 50 per cent in minority institutions for TNEA 2017 and were also willing to participate in counselling conducted by Anna University for the academic year. The government also sought dismissal of the plea on the sole ground that it had been filed at the eleventh hour. PTI COR SS RAXlast_img read more