On World Ethnic Day on Sunday, India’s tennis star Sania Mirza — who off and on flaunts lehengas, saris and anarkalis in bright colours at events — has topped a list of Best Dressed Sportspersons. (Latest Sports stories)In a survey conducted by an online ethnic marketplace Craftsvilla.com to celebrate World Ethnic Day, Sania received 62.9 per cent votes as the Best Dressed Sports Celebrity in Ethnic Wear, read a statement.Craftsvilla.com conducted a series of surveys — online polls open to customers of Craftsvilla.com. The platform has a million hits a day on desktop, app and mobile, and the time period for the analysis was from May 20 to June 5.The results saw star shuttler Saina Nehwal, who often incorporates kurtis with denims, taking the second spot with 18.8 per cent votes.Monica Gupta, Co-Founder of Craftsvilla.com, believes sportspersons are the new style icons.”I feel great joy, when I see these iconic sportswomen in ethnic wear. They have graced magazine covers, ramps and of course, our medal tallies,” Gupta said.Squash player Dipika Pallikal came in third with about 9.3 per cent of the votes.Others who feature in the survey are shuttler Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa and shooter Heena Sidhu.
An attic fire damaged a house this morning in the Oakbrook neighborhood.The blaze was reported about 7:48 a.m. at the house at 3314 N.E. 101st Court, off Burton Road. The two people inside managed to escape safely and no one was injured, said Vancouver firefighter-spokesman Kevin Stromberg.The two had awoken to a strange, smoky smell and then saw their neighbor run across the street to their house, saying the house was on fire. Responding four minutes later, firefighters brought the fire under control 15 minutes later, Stromberg said.The fire caused $145,000 in damage; the home is unlivable, Stromberg said. The fire appeared to be unintentional and started from chimney smoke from a fire in the fireplace that had slipped into the attic and spread, fire officials said.