Petra Kvitova last played at the Qatar Open in February where she lost in the final to Belarus’s Aryna Sabalenka.

Kvitova will headline an all-Czech tournament in Prague starting Tuesday

Kvitova will headline an all-Czech tournament in Prague starting Tuesday (Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • An all-Czech tournament in Prague is starting Tuesday without spectators
  • We will play some nice tennis: Petra Kvitova
  • World number three Karolina Pliskova will not play after returning from injury

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is happy to finally play tennis again for fans around the world – even if they can only watch on television.

The world number 12 will headline an all-Czech tournament in Prague starting Tuesday without spectators, handshakes or the usual towel service.

The return to action is one of the first after pro tennis tours were suspended in early March as countries went into lockdown to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

Some exhibition events without fans have been held in countries like Germany and the United States while more are planned elsewhere in the coming weeks.

Kvitova last played at the Qatar Open in February where she lost in the final to Belarus’s Aryna Sabalenka. She said finding rhythm and playing without support would be the hardest part returning.

“That it will be without people is something I still can’t imagine at all,” she told a news conference on Monday.

“We will play some nice tennis… I think we are mainly here to bring tennis back not only to the Czech Republic, but to the world, too.”

The Czech Republic has gradually reversed lockdown measures. It has reported less than 100 new cases of the virus a day for much of May while two-thirds of the nearly 9,000 people infected have recovered.

The tournament, with eight players in both the men’s and women’s draw, will resemble regular tennis as much as possible.

Ball boys and ball girls remain and players’ benches are in their usual spots. But players won’t shake hands at the net and tap rackets instead, and will take care of their own towels.

Barbora Strycova, Barbora Krejcikova, Katerina Siniakova and Lucie Hradecka – who have all been part of Fed Cup teams that have won six championships in the past decade – will compete.

World number three Karolina Pliskova will not play after returning from injury and last year’s French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova will also be absent.

On the men’s side, 65th ranked Jiri Vesely will be favourite.

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A video of a motorist managing a narrow escape from a landslide is going viral on social media with the claim that the landslide struck the Guwahati-Shillong Road on May 22.

The landslide occurred on the Sukanagara highway, precisely, across the Cianjur Regency, in Indonesia, on April 9.

A video of a motorist managing a narrow escape from a landslide is going viral on social media with the claim that the landslide struck the Guwahati-Shillong Road on May 22.

India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found that the video is from Sukanagara in Indonesia where a landslide struck on April 9 this year.

The archived version of the post can be seen here (http://archive.today/zlUM1). This video is quite viral on Facebook and Twitter.

AFWA probe

Reverse-searching one of the frames of the viral video, we found a longer version of the clip on YouTube. It was uploaded on April 9, 2020, with a caption in Indonesian that roughly translates to, “Landslide in Sukanagara-Cianjur South on April 9, 2020.”

Taking a clue from this, we ran a search on the Internet using keywords and found many reports in local news websites and YouTube channels.

According to these reports, the landslide occurred on the Sukanagara highway, precisely, across the Cianjur Regency, in Indonesia, on April 9.

We also found a tweet by Meghalaya Police confirming that the video is from Indonesia and not a national highway in Meghalaya. The tweet reads: “A video clip of a Landslide which is being circulated on social media is from settlements of Chiangjur & Sukanagara in Indonesia, NOT from National Highway of Meghalaya. We request citizens not to share or circulate the video clip with false content or caption.”

Therefore, it is clear that the video of the landslide is from Indonesia and not the Guwahati-Shillong Road as claimed in the viral post.

ClaimVideo of landslide on Guwahati-Shillong Road that almost trapped a motorist. The landslide struck on May 22.ConclusionThe video is from Sukanagara in Indonesia where a landslide struck on April 9 this year.

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  • 2 Crows: Mostly lies
  • 3 Crows: Absolutely false
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A report by Disaster Management Director Abu Tayeng said that landslides triggered by incessant rains in the past few days have disrupted surface communication in several districts.

No human casualties were reported in the rain. (Image for representation: PTI)

Landslides triggered by incessant rain in the past few days has disrupted road communication in several districts of the state, officials said on Monday.

The incessant rain has also inundated several low lying areas in many districts of the state, they said.

While two houses including one in Thembang village under Dirang circle in West Siang district and another at Boleng in Siang district were completely damaged, the Passa Valley Primary school in Pakke Kesang district was also inundated by water, an official report said here on Monday.

The report by Disaster Management Director Abu Tayeng said that landslides triggered by incessant rains in the past few days have disrupted surface communication in several districts.

While the road between Bhalukpong in West Kameng district to Seppa in East Kameng district is blocked due to landslides in several stretches of the road.

A state transport bus, six light motor vehicles and an ambulance with 35 people were stranded near Kaspi due to landslide, the report said, adding massive road blockades were also reported on Boleng-Pangin road in Siang district.

However, the administration has pressed men and materials to clear the blockades.

In the state capital, massive landslides occurred at Tadar Tang Marg at Niti Vihar damaging pipelines resulting in water scarcity in the area since Sunday.

However, no human casualties were reported in the rain, they said.

The worst affected district in the state is Lower Subansiri where a large stretch of paddy cum fish cultivation was damaged.

Lakhs of fingerlings released by the fishery department were washed away in all the villages located near Kyle River in Lower Subansiri district besides washing out irrigation channels and bunds of a few farmers, the report said.

The state government has set up five relief camps four at Kra Daadi and one in West Kameng district and kept NDRF and SDRF teams ready for any eventualities, the report added.

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