Cyclists dodge monkeys, wild dogs on way to gold



NEW DELHI // Australian cyclists Allan Davis and Rochelle Gilmore dodged wild dogs and monkeys on the stifling, empty streets of Delhi to win the Commonwealth Games men's and women's road races yesterday. The pair showed astonishing stamina to sprint to victory on the flat, winding course, which resembled a ghost town after a huge armed security presence kept the public but not the wildlife away.

"Apart from the wild monkeys and dogs, there was nothing too challenging," Gilmore, covered in dirt after completing the 112-km race, told reporters. "We were told there would be no wild animals but there were. "We weren't expecting so much dirt and dust. We could taste the dirt in our mouths but we didn't think about that." The men's 168-km race started at 1pm, the hottest part of the day, resulting in 78 of the 130 riders failing to finish as temperatures soared over 30°C.

"It wasn't an easy race," the softly spoken Davis said, perched against his bike before the medal ceremony. Davis outlasted Mark Cavendish, the favourite, of the Isle of Man, who was isolated in the final stages by a lack of teammates and could not stay with the Australian. "I was so proud to wear the [Isle of Man] jersey," said Cavendish, a frequent winner of stages on the Tour de France. "My teammates were great. I asked them to give 100 per cent and they did."

However, there was little crowd support for the riders as they cycled the scenic route past parliament and the presidential palace with only police, officials, volunteers and media on hand at the start-finish line to witness the race. There had been no official bar on spectators, but access was all but cut off by armed police, who blocked off roads, diverted traffic and closed down underground stations to maintain security.

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The Hindu festival is at once a celebration of the autumn harvest and the triumph of good over evil, as outlined in the Ramayana.

According to the Sanskrit epic, penned by the sage Valmiki, Diwali marks the time that the exiled king Rama – a mortal with superhuman powers – returned home to the city of Ayodhya with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman, after vanquishing the 10-headed demon Ravana and conquering his kingdom of Lanka. The people of Ayodhya are believed to have lit thousands of earthen lamps to illuminate the city and to guide the royal family home.

In its current iteration, Diwali is celebrated with a puja to welcome the goodness of prosperity Lakshmi (an incarnation of Sita) into the home, which is decorated with diyas (oil lamps) or fairy lights and rangoli designs with coloured powder. Fireworks light up the sky in some parts of the word, and sweetmeats are made (or bought) by most households. It is customary to get new clothes stitched, and visit friends and family to exchange gifts and greetings.  

 

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The Federal Tax Authority will track shisha imports with electronic markers to protect customers and ensure levies have been paid.

Khalid Ali Al Bustani, director of the tax authority, on Sunday said the move is to "prevent tax evasion and support the authority’s tax collection efforts".

The scheme’s first phase, which came into effect on 1st January, 2019, covers all types of imported and domestically produced and distributed cigarettes. As of May 1, importing any type of cigarettes without the digital marks will be prohibited.

He said the latest phase will see imported and locally produced shisha tobacco tracked by the final quarter of this year.

"The FTA also maintains ongoing communication with concerned companies, to help them adapt their systems to meet our requirements and coordinate between all parties involved," he said.

As with cigarettes, shisha was hit with a 100 per cent tax in October 2017, though manufacturers and cafes absorbed some of the costs to prevent prices doubling.


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