Jalpaiguri (WB), Jul 11 (PTI) Panchanan Barman, father of heptathlete Swapna Barman who won gold at the Asian Athletics Chamionships, is bedridden ever since she was a child.But adversity has not robbed him of his dream. He wants his daughter Swapna, the promising athlete from Jalpaiguri in north Bengal, to conquer the world. “We could never provide nutritious food as required by a sportswoman to our daughter. I wish she becomes a world champion,” Panchanan said in a choked voice. The sole breadwinner for the family, Panchanan was a rickshaw puller but a stroke several years ago made him bedridden.Swapna, now 20, saw her father confined to the bed ever since she was a child.”We never imagined our daughter will go this far,” Swapnas mother Basana said, with tears rolling down her cheeks.”She is good at studies and sports…. I hope she goes further ahead…. I hope she gets a job,” said Basana, who used to work in a tea estate but now does odd jobs to run the family. Basana used to cycle Swapna to a club for practice when she was younger.Swapna is the youngest of her two brothers and a sister.Her brother Atish said, he was overjoyed at Swapnas triumph at the Asian Athletics Championships and burst crackers to celebrate. Swapna had collapsed just after crossing the 800m race, the last of the seven events of heptathlon, during the championship on July 9 and she required medical attention.She finished fourth in that event but still clinched the gold as she had already taken a lead of enough points to emerge as the winner.advertisementTill her higher secondary examination in 2014, Swapna studied in Kaliaganj Uttameshwar High School.The schools games teacher Bishwajit Majumdar is overjoyed at her success.”Since 2006 I was her games teacher. The school is proud of her. I wish she wins an Olympic gold,” Majumdar said.Swapna now stays at the SAI camp in Kolkata. PTI COR NN MM AH LNS
zoom Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has unveiled its plans to establish two new wholly-owned companies under the reorganization of its shipbuilding business.The move, effective January 1, 2018, would see the company split its shipbuilding business into Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, which will primarily undertake construction of ships that require intensive outfitting, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Structure, set to mainly engage in the manufacture of large ships and marine structures.Mitsubishi Shipbuilding is to consolidate the current capabilities of MHI’s shipbuilding bases, including Shimonoseki, Nagasaki, and others, and function as a business company exclusively dedicated to shipbuilding.The new company will grow business in ships that require intensive outfitting, such as ferries and vessels used by governmental agencies. It will also make social contributions in areas impacting the environment, in an effort to achieve sustained development.Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Structure will carry on construction of large ships at the Koyagi Plant of MHI’s Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works. The new company will also expand business in units accommodating new fuels and manufacture of marine steel structures.MHI informed that it will work closely with the two new companies, supporting them in the development of their business operations.