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    Commissioner General of Examinations B.Sanath Pujitha has sent a circular informing school heads that the practical tests of the G.C.E.(A.L.) Examination 2019 will commence tomorrow (September 24th). Dancing (local), Dancing (Indian), Eastern Music, Western Music, Drama and Performances in English, Tamil and Sinhala will be held from September 24 to October 6.Home Science practical tests will be held from October 19 to October 26 and Engineering Technology practical tests will be held from September 28 to October 9.

     

    US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanged warm words of friendship in Texas at a rare mass rally for a foreign leader.Around 50,000 people gathered for what Mr Trump called a "profoundly historic event" on Sunday in Houston.The "Howdy, Modi!" event was billed as one of the largest ever receptions of a foreign leader in the US.Mr Modi, however, may face a frostier reception at the UN General Assembly.He is likely to face criticism over tensions in Indian-administered Kashmir, which he stripped of its special status last month, promising to restore the region to its "past glory".The region has been in lockdown for more than a month with thousands of activists, politicians and business leaders detained.Trade talks and the UN General Assembly are on the Indian prime minister's agenda during his week-long visit to the United States.Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who has been the most vocal international leader to oppose India's Kashmir move, is also in the US for the UN conference. Like Mr Modi, he will have a one-on-one meeting with Mr Trump on the sidelines of the summit.
    Why Trump appearance signals importance of IndiaA 90-minute show, featuring 400 performers, warmed up the crowd before Mr Modi and Mr Trump shared the stage."I'm so thrilled to be here in Texas with one of America's greatest, most devoted and most loyal friends, Prime Minister Modi of India," Mr Trump told the crowd.In his speech, Mr Modi said India has a "true friend" in the White House, describing Mr Trump as "warm, friendly, accessible, energetic and full of wit"."From CEO to commander-in-chief, from boardrooms to the Oval Office, from studios to the global stage… he has left a lasting impact everywhere," Mr Modi said.
    Personal-touch diplomacy played to perfection This was exactly the kind of crowd size and energy President Trump loves at his rallies.Only here the chants were for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mr Trump was the superstar invited to the party. But the crowd did not disappoint him either and greeted him with chants of "USA!", most heard at Trump rallies.The personal-touch diplomacy with Mr Modi's trademark bear hugs was played to perfection.This rally has been called a win-win for both the leaders. For President Trump, it was a chance to court Indian-Americans for the 2020 presidential election race where Texas could emerge as a battleground state. For Mr Modi, a PR triumph and picture with the president of the United States may help him shrug off the criticism over his recent strong-arm polices at home.Houston's NRG Stadium, where the event was hosted, was the first stop for Mr Modi, whose Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a landslide victory in this year's Indian elections.
    Greeted by a standing ovation, Mr Trump used his speech to heap praise on Mr Modi, who he said was doing a "truly exceptional job for India" and its people.Mr Trump also paid tribute to the Indian-American community, telling them "we are truly proud to have you as Americans".The US has a population of about 4 million Indians who are seen as an increasingly important vote bank in the country.Apart from Mr Trump, organisers also invited Democrats to the event - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer was among those who spoke.The 2010 US census shows that Texas is home to the fourth-largest Indian-American population in the country after California, New York and New Jersey.Analysis of voting patterns shows the community tends overwhelmingly to support the Democrat party.
    The event, dubbed "Howdy, Modi!", was attended by an estimated 50,000 people
    No stranger to nationalist rhetoric himself, Mr Trump compared security at the US-Mexico border to the tensions between India and Pakistan in the tinderbox Kashmir region."Both India and US also understand that to keep our communities safe, we must protect our borders," Trump said.Donald Trump described Narendra Modi as one of America's most "loyal friends"In India, the rally was closely watched, with most mainstream media outlets running live news updates of what was transpiring on stage.The event had been making headlines for days before as well.On Twitter, many people shared instant analysis and opinions of what was taking place on the stage with the sentiment being overwhelmingly positive. Many praised Mr Modi for what they saw as his statesmanship and diplomatic acumen with a lot of praise coming in for the US president as well.No one. I repeat NO ONE understands people of India better than @narendramodi. He is pressing ALL the right buttons, linguistic diversity, confidence in ourselves, Vikas, strong borders, aspirations of young India, the world.. and the crowd is eating out of his hands. #HowdyMody
    In 2016 election, Trump had got 12% of Indian-American vote. Trump came to #HowdyModi not for his love for Modi or India but to campaign for 2020 election! Trump wants Indian-American’s vote but doesn’t want them in ‘great again’ America! http://toi.in/NpnTub/a24jg via @timesofindiaThese Indians are the reason Trump couldn't ignore 'Howdy Modi' - Times of IndiaIndia News: US draws the maximum international migrants, including Indians, one of the reasons why Donald Trump attended the 'Howdy Modi' mega rally in Houston on

    Modi visit to US: Trump appearance signals importance of India
    By Brajesh Upadhyay
    Five years ago, when Narendra Modi first stepped on US soil as India's prime minister to chants of his name and "Hail Mother India", many called it audacious.The rock star reception at New York's Madison Square Garden resembled a victory lap for a leader who had been denied entry into the US for almost a decade.This Sunday, the Indian leader will address a far bigger crowd of supporters at an event in Houston, Texas, and standing next to him will be the president of the United States - a visual that many believe will help Mr Modi shrug off some of the international criticism over his controversial move on Kashmir.The event, aptly titled "Howdy, Modi!", is expected to attract a crowd of more than 50,000, the largest gathering of Modi supporters outside India, at the NRG Stadium.he first-of-its-kind joint appearance is being hailed as a PR triumph for Mr Modi, but it also testifies to the growing importance of US-India relations."I think this was in some ways inevitable and reflects the strength of the Indian-American community," says Nisha Biswal, former Assistant Secretary of State in the Obama administration.She says it's a good thing that the president has decided to go to Texas."This relationship now transcends individuals and it transcends politics," added Ms Biswal, who now heads the US-India Business Council.The organisers, Texas India Forum, have tried to emphasise the bipartisan nature of the event by inviting prominent Democrats including the House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, several other Congressmen, US elected officials, and governors.The choice of Houston as the spot for this rally is not surprising either.India is Houston's fourth-largest trading partner and its growing energy demand is expected to further boost the sale of American oil and gas. For India, it's also an opportunity to bring down the trade deficit with the United States - a major issue for Mr Trump.
    Modi speech as he celebrates Independence Day There are also strong indications to suggest that the two countries may announce some progress toward ironing out the strong trade differences witnessed in the last year-and-a-half."If this happens, there will be talks about winning and the President would want to take credit for that," says Tanvi Madan, India Project director at Washington's Brookings Institute.For President Trump, who himself is a big fan of spectacles and huge crowds, the mega event also provides an opportunity to court Indian-Americans for next year's Presidential election.Talking to reporters, the President said: "He's got a big crowd coming and I guess the crowd just got a lot bigger because they just announced - he asked, would I go, and I will go".With a population of more than 3.2 million, Indian-Americans comprise 1% of the US population and are also among the wealthiest communities in the US.
    New York gives star treatment to Indian PM Modi
    By Nick Bryant
    This arena has hosted Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen and Mohammed Ali. Bill Clinton came here in 1992 to be crowned the Democratic presidential nominee.But the superstar welcome was reserved for Modi, a one-time pariah, who up until recently could not even have walked through US immigration at John F Kennedy International Airport let alone step on stage at such a sacred venue.The colour and exuberance of the world's largest democracy was fused with the stage management of a US political convention.From the red, white and blue balloons primed to drop on to the stage at the finale to the Obama-style portrait that became the logo of the rally, everything was intricately choreographed to present the new face of India's controversial leader.Downplay the Bollywood, had been the message to the organisers, the Indian-American Community Foundation, from the prime ministerial office in Delhi.But even Bollywood with the sound turned down is an assault on the senses. There were dancers, singers and even a speed-painter who knocked off a portrait of the bearded and bespectacled leader with the haste of a graffiti artist trying to avoid the NYPD.
    Indian dancers entertained the audience in Madison Square GardenThey were supposed to be warm-up acts, not that the capacity audience needed rousing. A spill-over crowd of some 800 supporters watched on big screens at Times Square.To chants of "Modi, Modi" the Indian prime minister made his entrance dressed in a saffron-coloured jacket, with his hands clasped together in the traditional "Namaste" greeting. But such was the melee, with a phalanx of security guards providing a protective cordon, that the scene was reminiscent of a prize fighter shuffling slowly towards the ring.This was a rebranding exercise, both national and personal. He wanted to show that he was not an ogre, the Hindu nationalist hardliner who was banned from entering the US in 2005 by the Bush administration for his alleged complicity in sectarian violence in his home state of Gujarat.He also wanted to portray himself as the leader of a nation that would soon rival America.Speaking from a lectern on a revolving circular stage that allowed everyone to see him front on, Modi spoke with confidence and swagger about how this would not only be the Asian century but also the Indian century.'I have a dream'Joking that he understood visa problems, he promised to make it easier for members of the Indian diaspora to return home, a sure-fire crowd-pleaser. They should "join hands to serve our mother India".Telling the audience "I have a dream", he evoked the civil rights leader the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi.On a lighter note, there was a neat one-liner about how a country once known for its snake charmers had become a hi-tech haven known for its proficiency with a mouse.But the biggest applause came when he described his extraordinary rise from a humble tea-seller to the leader of a sixth of humanity, the sort of up-by-your-bootstraps personal narrative that always goes down well in America.Missing from the event, of course, was the controversial backstory that led to him being barred from America for almost a decade. But a crowd of protesters gathered outside Madison Square Garden, tried to remind everyone of the awfulness that unfolded in Gujarat in 2002, and his alleged part in the bloodshed.
    Modi supporters were also out in New York's Times Square"Modi, the fascist," read one of the placards. "Stop spreading hate in the name of Hinudism," screamed another. "Modi, Modi, you can't hide, you committed genocide," was the chant.Modi, oblivious to the protest outside, claimed that no Indian prime minister has ever received such a warm welcome on American soil.And perhaps he is right, judging by what looked like an honour guard of US lawmakers that joined him on stage for the singing of the US and Indian national anthems. Big Washington hitters like the New York Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the chairman of the foreign relations committee, were there not just to greet him but endorse him.With the cheers and music still ringing in his ears, Mr Modi moves on to Washington, where he'll receive a red-carpet welcome at the White House.The Obama administration is also prepared to forgive what happened in Gujarat, if not quite forget.
    Narendra Modi: Hindu foot soldier to India's prime minister
    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader has swept to a second general election landslide. The scale of his victory stunned opponents, who'd hoped Indians wanted a change of government.Mr Modi was propelled to power after his party's first spectacular win, in May 2014.Since then, a lot has changed - not least the way he has promoted his brand of muscular Hindu nationalism and the manner in which he has been received as India's leader on the international stage.For years he was persona non grata in the US, UK and other countries because of deadly anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat state that took place on his watch as chief minister. Mr Modi has always denied allegations he could have done more to stop the bloodshed.
    Modi: The man who wants 900m votesWith his track record of economic success in Gujarat, Mr Modi fought in 2014 with the slogan "sabka sath, sabka vikas" (together with all, development for all).This time round, the BJP made nationalism and national security its main election planks, and in many ways the result was a referendum on this strategy, and more widely on his leadership.Mr Modi's first term as PM was a mixed bag of hits and misses amid concerns over rising Hindu nationalism, a slowing economy and violence against India's Muslim minority.Landmark schemes his government launched include cheap cooking gas for the poor, a nationwide Goods and Services Tax, a health insurance scheme for the poor and a new bankruptcy and insolvency law.His decision to promote and fund the construction of toilets in villages across the country to end open defecation was largely praised - although persuading people to use them remains a work in progress.Mr Modi also promised to carry out economic reforms and boost job creation before he came to power. But he has not been able to fully deliver on these promises.
    Mr Modi is contesting from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh In fact, his controversial decision to ban 500 and 1,000-rupee notes - as part of a crackdown on corruption and illegal cash holdings - badly hurt the economy, particularly the informal sector that largely relies on cash transactions. Following his sudden announcement on 8 November 2016, the country was thrown into chaos. The following weeks saw a shortage of new notes and people struggled to deposit their old notes in the banks.And the BJP's Hindu nationalist drive has also drawn criticism for Mr Modi. During his tenure, many BJP-governed states banned the consumption and sale of beef. The cow is considered holy by Hindus.There was shock when a Muslim man was lynched in 2015 for allegedly storing beef in his fridge. Other Muslims have been attacked and beaten by cow-vigilante groups.A February 2019 report from Human Rights Watch found that between May 2015 and December 2018, at least 44 people - 36 of them Muslims - were killed across 12 Indian states. About 280 people were injured in more than 100 incidents across 20 states over the same period.Mr Modi remained silent whenever such incidents happened, which was perceived by many as tacit support for rising intolerance.His decision to buy 36 Rafale fighters jets aircraft for the Air Force has also been controversial. Opposition parties accuse him of corruption in the deal - a charge he has denied.
    Many Indians celebrated Mr Modi's decision to send Indian jets into PakistanBut these issues were largely absent from the BJP's campaign pitch. It's nationalism that has become the mainstay for the party's election strategy.It stems from Mr Modi's decision to send fighter jets inside Pakistani territory in response to a deadly militant attack in Indian-administered Kashmir, that brought the two nuclear-armed states to the brink of war.Mr Modi will have been aware there was no room for complacency. Voters handed the BJP humiliating defeats - in the Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh state elections - late last year. And he also faced a rebellion by some of the party's senior-most leaders who feel that the BJP has been "emasculated" under his leadership.Narendra Modi was born in 1950, the third of six children, to a family of grocers in what is present-day Gujarat.He went on to serve as chief minister of Gujarat from 2001 to 2014, and became regarded as a dynamic and efficient politician who helped make the western state an economic powerhouse.But he also is accused of doing little to stop the 2002 religious riots when more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed - allegations he has consistently denied. However, he has never expressed any remorse or apologised to Muslims.
    Mr Modi became an international pariah after the riots - the US denied him visas and the UK cut off all ties with him. But his victory in 2014 helped him get reintegrated into the global political mainstream.
    Modi and Trump held bilateral talks in WashingtonHe travelled far and wide, and addressed massive gatherings of non-resident Indians in the US and the UK. Analysts say it was his way of announcing his arrival on the global stage.His foreign policy, however, has also been a mixed bag. He has re-energised India's relations with strategically important Central Asian countriesBut relations with China remain strained despite several high-profile bilateral visits. And he hasn't been able to carry over the Obama-era warmth in Washington-Delhi relations to the Trump administration.
    Mr Modi's rise from chief minister of Gujarat to India's PM was dramatic and took many by surprise.A brilliant orator, the party's poster boy faced stiff internal differences when the BJP named him as its candidate for PM.For years, his critics said he could never be prime minister because of the riots.
    His personal life also came under scrutiny, with critics accusing him of deserting his wife, Jashodaben. It was only in the run-up to the 2014 elections that he publicly admitted for the first time that they were married.He was 17 when the arranged marriage took place but the couple barely lived together and have been estranged for years.Mr Modi has always avoided questions about his personal life amid suggestions he wished to appear celibate to his Hindu nationalist base.Analysts say one reason for his strength remains the support he enjoys among senior leaders in the right-wing Hindu Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).The RSS, founded in the 1920s with a clear objective to make India a Hindu nation, functions as an ideological fountainhead to a host of hardline Hindu groups - including the BJP with which it has close ties.Mr Modi has a formidable reputation as a party organiser, along with a reputation for secrecy, which comes from years of training as an RSS "pracharak", or propagandist, analysts say.He joined the Gujarat state unit of the BJP in the 1980s. His big break came when his predecessor as chief minister had to step down after an earthquake in January 2001 that killed nearly 20,000 people.

     

    TOKYO, Sunday - Former champions England laboured to a bonus-point win against lowly Tonga in their opening Rugby World Cup match on Sunday, while fellow contenders Ireland threw down the gauntlet with an impressive victory against Scotland.Eddie Jones’ side were left to rue a series of handling errors under the roof at the Sapporo Stadium and they only secured the vital bonus point for four tries with three minutes left on the clock, running out 35-3 winners.

    Friday, 27 September - day one

    TV coverage: 13:45-19:30 - live coverage - BBC Two; 21:55-01:00 - Women's marathon - BBC Red Button; 13:45-20:00 - uninterrupted coverage - Connected TV and online

    One gold medal to be won: Women's marathon

    21:59 - women's marathon: Starting at 23:59 local time to avoid the worst of the Doha heat, the midnight marathon promises to be a compelling race. Kenya's Edna Kiplagat bids for a World Championship hat-trick after victories in 2011 and 2013 but will her former team-mate Rose Chelimo, who now represents Bahrain, defend her title?

    Leading Britons: Charlotte Purdue became the third-fastest British female marathon runner as she finished 10th in the London Marathon.

    Other highlights: Men's 100m heats, women's 800m heats, women's pole vault qualification, women's high jump qualification

    Saturday, 28 September - day two

    TV coverage: 14:15-16:30 - live coverage - BBC One; 16:30-20:30 - live coverage - BBC Two; 21:25-02:15 - 50K walk - BBC Red Button; 16:30-21:30 - uninterrupted coverage - Connected TV and online; 20:00-21:00 - BBC Radio 5 Live

    Number of golds: Six to be won in women's hammer, men's long jump, women's 10,000m, men's 100m, men's 50km walk, women's 50km walk

    17:25 - women's hammer final: Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk is not only Olympic champion but also the defending champion and world record holder with 82.98m.

    18:40 - men's long jump final: Reigning champion Luvo Manyonga has an incredible back story - a reformed crystal meth addict, the South African also won silver at Rio 2016, but could have his work cut out in Doha. Cuba's Juan Miguel Echevarria jumped 8.68m last summer. Could the Cuban take down Manyonga, and Mike Powell's 8.95m world record, in Doha?

    19:10 - women's 10,000m final: The Ethiopians might dominate this event with world and Olympic champion Almaz Ayana and Letesenbet Gidey, the fastest in the field this year, selected. Britons Eilish McColgan and Steph Twell will line up in the Doha heat.

    20:15 - men's 100m final: In the first global major outdoor championship since Usain Bolt's retirement, who will step out of the Jamaican's shadow? In truth, the succession happened two years ago in London when Justin Gatlin spoiled Bolt's farewell party to win 2017 World Championships gold. Gatlin, who has served two doping bans and is now 37, is very much still in the Doha medal conversation but the smart money is on his American team-mate Christian Coleman.

    21:30 - men's 50km race walk: Britons Cameron Corbishley and Dominic King go in this event where reigning champion Yohann Diniz of France will be favourite to retain his title.

    Other highlights: British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith begins her bid to win three medals as she competes in the women's 100m heats (14:30). Imani-Lara Lansiquot, Daryll Neita and Asha Philip will also hope to progress to the semi-finals.

    Sunday, 29 September - day three

    TV coverage: 17:30-22:00 - live coverage - BBC Two (19:00-22:00, BBC Two Wales); 21:30-22:00 - live coverage - BBC Four; 21:25-23:30 - Women's 20K walk - BBC Red Button; 17:30-22:00 - uninterrupted coverage - Connected TV and online; 21:00-22:00 - live coverage - BBC Radio 5 Live

    Number of golds: Five to be won in women's pole vault, men's triple jump, 4x400m mixed relay, women's 100m, women's 20km walk

    18:40 - women's pole vault final: Holly Bradshaw has been mentioned as a global medal contender ever since her breakthrough in 2012. However, because of a nightmare run of injuries, it took her until last summer in Berlin to win a first outdoor major medal - European Championship bronze. On her day Bradshaw could claim a medal but she'll need to be on top of her game as this is one of the most stacked fields in the schedule, with reigning world, Olympic and European champion Katerina Stefanidi the star name.

    19:45 - men's triple jump final: America's two-time Olympic and world champion Christian Taylor has long been expected to be the man to break Jonathan Edwards' world record of 18.29m. He came within eight centimetres of it at the Beijing World Championships in 2015. This year, however, has seen compatriot Will Claye move to third on the all-time list with a jump of 18.14m. Will Edwards' 1995 world record finally go?

    Stoke's Ben Williams, 27, has been hampered by knee problems during his career but looks in good nick having set a PB of 17.14m in August.

    20:35 - mixed 4x400m relay final: This event will make its global debut in Doha before its Olympic bow at Tokyo 2020. It was introduced at senior level at the 2017 World Relays and involves teams of two men and two women running a leg each in any order.

    21:20 - women's 100m: Can triple European champion Dina Asher-Smith claim a first individual global medal outdoors? Asher-Smith's first World Championships medal was a relay bronze in 2013 when she was still just 17. Six years later, Asher-Smith will need to live with Jamaica's Olympic champion Elaine Thompson and compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Two-time Olympic champion Fraser-Pryce took 2017 off to have her first child but has had an impressive return to form this summer - clocking 10.73 seconds, the same time with which she won World Championships gold in in Berlin back in 2009.

    Thompson, who is equal fastest this season with Fraser-Pryce, will be looking to make it a world-Olympic double having triumphed in Rio. And defending champion Tori Bowie of the USA, who has yet to hit peak form this season, will once again be one to watch.

    Monday, 30 September - day four

    TV coverage: 13:45-21:00 - live coverage - BBC Two; 13:45-21:35 - uninterrupted coverage - Connected TV and online

    Number of golds: Six to be won in women's high jump, men's 5,000m, men's discus, women's 3,000m steeplechase, women's 800m, men's 400m hurdles

    18:30 - women's high jump: Defending champion Maria Lasitskene is going for a hat-trick of titles and her world leading jump of 2.06m this season - 4cm better than anyone else - suggests it is her crown to lose. The Russian's main challenge might come from Ukraine's Yuliya Levchenko, who took silver at London 2017 and has managed 2.02m in 2019. Loughborough student Morgan Lake managed 1.94m in retaining the British title this year and making the final might be the best the 22-year-old can hope for.

    19:20 - men's 5,000m: With Briton Mo Farah out of the picture over the longer track distances, there is the chance of an Ethiopian clean sweep in the 5,000m. Telahun Haile Bekele is the fastest this year having managed 12 minutes 52.98 seconds in Rome, an epic race in which he pipped team-mate Selemon Barega, a former world junior and youth champion. Defending champion Muktar Edris, who beat Farah to the title two years ago, is also in the team although he has only managed an 11th and 18th in his two Diamond League outings this year. Britons Andrew Butchart, Ben Connor and Marc Scott will hope to have progressed from the heats.

    19:50 - women's 3,000m steeplechase: Kenya's Beatrice Chepkoech has been the outstanding performer in this event this season. The 28-year-old, fourth in Rio and at London 2017, won all four of her Diamond League races and her time of eight minutes 55.58 in Palo Alto is the fastest of 2019 by eight seconds. USA's defending champion Emma Coburn is expected to challenge once again. Rosie Clarke, fourth in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Elizabeth Bird and Aimee Pratt will have hoped to have got this far.

    20:10 - women's 800m: South African Caster Semenya will not have the chance the defend her title after losing her challenge to the restriction of testosterone levels in female runners in track events from 400m to the mile. American Ajee Wilson, third two years ago in London, comes in as the favourite having secured four Diamond League wins this season. Lynsey Sharp, Alexandra Bell and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke feature for Briton, with Scot Sharp having an outside chance of a medal.

    20:40 - men's 400m hurdles: Will we see the 27-year-old world record of 46.78 seconds broken? Will Norway's biggest track star Karsten Warholm, the defending champion, be the one to break it? He ran a PB of 46.92 this season. But USA's Rai Benjamin ran him close in the same race in Zurich and home favourite Abderrahman Samba ran 46.98 in Paris last year. Chris McAlister is GB's sole representative.

    Tuesday, 1 October - day five

    BBC coverage: 13:45-21:00 - live coverage - BBC Two

    Number of golds: Four to be won in men's pole vault, women's javelin, men's 800m, men's 200m

    18:05 - men's pole vault: This might be a three-way fight between defending champion Sam Kendricks, Poland's Piotr Lisek and Armand Duplantis of Sweden who have all cleared six metres this season. French pole vaulting great Renaud Lavillenie, who won at London 2012 and holds the world indoor record at 6.16m, is among the contenders but has not cleared 6m since 2015.

    20:10 - men's 800m: This is another event where the world record - David Rudisha's phenomenal time of one minute 40.91 seconds set at London 2012 - could go. Botswana's Nijel Amos was only 18 at the time and produced a stunning run to take silver - he is the favourite as he looks to finally land a major global title. Watch out for American Donavan Brazier who has clocked a personal best of 1:42.70 this season in beating Amos in Zurich. And what of the British chances? Kyle Langford - fourth two years ago - has been embroiled in controversy this year, but remains in the squad. Elliot Giles and Jamie Webb, who is the quickest of the trio this season, make up the contingent.

    20:40 - men's 200m: Two track world records in one night? Noah Lyles, 22, has the ability and the flamboyance to fill the position left by Usain Bolt. His 19.50 seconds in Lausanne sent shockwaves around the athletics world and he will be the favourite for the title in Doha. Of Bolt, Lyles said: "The man ran incredible times... I'm going to break that, and then I'm going to get even bigger than him." Turkey's Ramil Guliyev cannot be discounted - he showed his competition pedigree two years ago to take the title and this season finished second to Lyles in 19.86 in Brussels. His other rival might be team-mate Coleman. Do not be surprised to see one of Zharnel Hughes, Adam Gemili and Miguel Francis in the final. Francis, 24, ran a time of 19.97 in London in July.

    Wednesday, 2 October - day six

    BBC coverage: 20:00-21:00 - live coverage - BBC One; 13:45-20:00 & 21:00-22:05 - live coverage - BBC Two; 13:45-22:30 - uninterrupted coverage - Connected TV and online

    Number of golds: Three to be won in men's hammer, women's 200m, men's 110m hurdles

    19:40 - men's hammer: Carlisle-born Nick Miller, 26, could be Great Britain's best bet for a medal from the men. Aside from the javelin, GB's men have rarely excelled in the throwing events, but then along came Miller. He threw 80.26m to seal the 2018 Commonwealth title and is seventh in this year's world standings. Poland's defending champion Pawel Fajdek and team-mate Wojciech Nowicki are likely to duel for gold.

    20:35 - women's 200m: It is Dina Asher-Smith time again. The 23-year-old has the fourth fastest time in the event this year and has beaten many of her rivals including Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Dutch reigning champion Dafne Schippers. The last time a British woman won a medal in this event was in the first edition in 1983 when Kathy Smallwood-Cook won bronze. Fraser-Pryce and fellow Jamaican, Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, could be the ones to beat here.

    20:55 - men's 100m hurdles: Arguably one of the most unpredictable finals because of the jeopardy. The two leading hurdlers in the world this year are a pair of 21-year-old Americans - Grant Holloway and Daniel Roberts. They were one-two at the American college championships in June, and that victory meant Holloway had become the first man to win three NCAA indoor and outdoor sprint hurdle titles in a row. In the British corner is world indoor 60m hurdles champion Andrew Pozzi. He has yet to make an impression at a major outdoor championships.

    Other highlights: Katarina Johnson-Thompson begins her bid for heptathlon gold.

    Thursday, 3 October - day seven

    BBC coverage: 13:45-22:30 - live coverage - BBC Two; 22:30-23:00 - live coverage - BBC Four; 13:45-23:30 - uninterrupted coverage - Connected TV and online; 20:30-22:30 - live coverage - BBC Radio 5 Live

    Number of golds: Four to be won in women's shot put, women's 400m, heptathlon and decathlon

    20:35 - women's shot put: Who can beat defending champion Lijiao Gong? The Chinese athlete threw a huge 20.31m in Zurich and in doing so became the only athlete to launch the 4kg metal ball more than 20m this year. Great Yarmouth's Sophie McKinna won the British title to earn her spot in Doha.

    21:50 - women's 400m: Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo would have gone for the 200m-400m double had the schedule allowed her to. Much to Dina Asher-Smith's relief she plumped for the 400m. The Bahamian set the fastest time of the year - 49.05 seconds - but Bahrain's Salwa Eid Naser has won five Diamond League races. Emily Diamond and Laviai Nielsen are Britain's entries.

    22:05 - heptathlon 800m: This is it for Katarina Johnson-Thompson. The 2018 Commonwealth gold medallist should be the main challenger to Olympic and world champion Nafissatou Thiam. It could be a battle royale between the pair in this final event.

    Friday, 4 October - day eight

    BBC coverage: 17:15-20:30 - live coverage - BBC Two (17:15-19:30, BBC Two Northern Ireland); 21:30-23:30 - Men's 20K walk - BBC Red Button; 17:15-21:00 - uninterrupted coverage - Connected TV and online

    Number of golds: Six to be won in men's high jump, women's discus, women's 400m hurdles, men's 3,000m steeplechase, men's 400m, men's 20km walk

    19:30 - women's 400m hurdles: Dalilah Muhammad could prove to be the star of these championships. The 29-year-old had the crowd in Des Moines on their feet in July when she ran 52.20 seconds to break the world record and win the American title. In doing so she became the first female 400m hurdler since Britain's Sally Gunnell to win the Olympic title and then break the world record. Her main rival is likely to be team-mate Sydney McLaughlin, who won the Diamond League final.

    20:20 - men's 400m: World and Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk won't be lining up here because of injury, but expect a sub-44 second winning time. USA's Michael Norman is a strong contender having recorded 43.45 in his season opener, while his compatriot Fred Kerley managed 43.64 in beating Norman in the national trials. And remember London 2012 champion Kirani James? He is back in good form having run 44.47 in Andalucia earlier in the summer - the third fastest time of the year by a non-American. Britons Matthew Hudson-Smith and Rabah Yousif will be hopeful of places in the final.

    21:30 - men's 20km walk: Briton Tom Bosworth might feel he might have a point to prove having been disqualified while leading this event at London 2017. Colombia's reigning world champion Eider Arevalo and Japan's Toshikazu Yamanishi will be fancied for gold.

    Saturday, 5 October - day nine

    BBC coverage: 14:45-16:30 & 17:45-19:15 - live coverage - BBC One; 19:15-21:00 - live coverage - BBC Two; 16:30-17:45 - live coverage - BBC Red Button; 22:00-00:30 - Men's marathon - BBC Red Button; 14:45-17:45 & 18:00-21:30 - uninterrupted coverage - Connected TV and online

    Number of golds: Seven to be won in men's shot put, women's triple jump, women's 1500m, women's 5,000m, women's 4x100m relay, men 4x100m relay, men's marathon

    18:55 - women's 1500m: Will this be one of the races of the championships? European champion Laura Muir should be in with a shout of not only a medal but gold. Standing between her and the title could be Kenya's world and Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon and Dutch world number one Sifan Hassan. American Jenny Simpson, 33, won the title in 2011 and should not be underestimated.

    19:25 - women's 5,000m: The incredible Hassan could be lining up in this final too. She is the Diamond League champion in the 1500m and this distance. Kenya's Hellen Obiri - a silver medallist at Rio 2016 - might just be the favourite here. Britain might be represented by Eilish McColgan, Laura Weightman and Jessica Judd.

    20:05 - women's 4x100m relay: The women won silver last time out - with Dina Asher-Smith in the quartet, anything can happen.

    20:15 - men 4x100m relay: Having won a dramatic gold at London 2017, can Great Britain get the better of the United States and Jamaica again?

    21:59 - men's marathon: Briton Callum Hawkins came fourth two years ago and set a new personal best time of 2:08.14 at this year's London Marathon.

    Sunday, 6 October - day 10

    BBC coverage: 16:30-20:00 BBC One, 16:30-20:30 uninterrupted Connected TV and online

    Number of golds: Seven to be won in the men's 1500m, men's javelin, women's 100m hurdles, women's long jump, men's 10,000m and men's and women's 4x400m relay

    17:15 - women's long jump: American Brittney Reese has won four of the past five World Championships but faces competition from Germany's Malaika Mihambo and Nigeria's Ese Brume.

    17:40 - men's 1500m: Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen and older brother Filip are vying to become the first European world champion in this event since Steve Cram in 1983. Kenya are seeking a fifth successive world title and 2017 silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot has won 11 of his 12 Diamond League races over the past two seasons.

    17:55 - men's javelin: Could Germany's javelin domination be coming to an end? They have occupied three of the top four spots on the world list at the end of each of the past three seasons but the current world leader is Magnus Kirt from Estonia.

    18:00 - men's 10,000m: With no Mo Farah, it will be a fight between Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya for the medals.

    18:50 - women's 100m hurdles: With Sally Pearson out of the picture (the Australian reigning champion announced her retirement in August), this looks set to be a showdown between the world record holder, USA's Kendra Harrison, and 2019's world number one, Jamaica's Danielle Williams

    19:15 - women's 4 x 400m relay: Keep an eye out for American Allyson Felix, returning from the birth of her first child last November. She could win a record-extending 17th World Championships medal (and a 12th gold) while the GB quartet will hope to extend their impressive run in this event. Britain have won a medal in the past seven World Championships.

    19:30 - men's 4 x 400m relay: The British team have won a bronze medal at the past three World Championships and should threaten again.

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