Will tell Supreme Court about people’s plight in Jammu and Kashmir: Ghulam Nabi Azad

first_imgLeader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is back from a recent visit to Jammu and Kashmir, on Monday said he would submit a report to the Supreme Court to highlight the plight of the common citizens caused by the “government-made disaster”. He claimed that “thousands of daily wage earners don’t have enough to eat”.Mr. Azad, who had gone on a six-day tour of J&K after being permitted by the top court, said an “environment of fear” prevailed there and alleged the “local administration was being used to repress people”.He said officers of the J&K administration intimated all those people who wanted to meet him and videographed all those who visited him at government guesthouses.“The government tried to make sure that people are not able to meet me. People were made to believe that they will be picked up and and locked in prison. And all those who came to meet me in government guest houses were videographed,” Mr. Azad claimed.Mr. Azad said nearly 50% of the population was engaged in handicraft, tourism-related occupations like operating houseboats and taxis and growing and transporting fruits; but since August 5, when the Centre diluted Article 370, business has come down to “zero”.“Only the very courageous came and met me. They were anyway starving, so they decided that it is better to speak up. I am not sharing here what they told me as they be picked up but I will tell the Supreme Court in my report,” he told reporters.He demanded that daily wage earners and workers be given free food by the government until they can earn their livelihood.“They don’t have anything to eat now. Initially, they were given food by their neighbours but it is difficult to do so for weeks together,” he said.Rejecting that the Centre’s claims that most of the restrictions have been removed, the former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister said normal life is still crippled with students not attending schools and educational institutions and majority of the markets remaining shut.last_img read more

Galang, Laure eyed for national pool

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES The Philippines, Hong Kong and Kazakhstan are in the same group.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:24DILG, Napolcom should consider Senate report on admin raps vs Albayalde02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “We are planning to have three or four more because in the Asian Seniors we are allowed to have 18 names in the lineup with 14 to play,” said Cayco.Tipped to join the team are young spikers Ara Galang, EJ Laure, Cherry Rondina and veteran setter Chie Saet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCayco graced Friday’s presser announcing the Asian Seniors television coverage to be handled by ABS-CBN.National head coach Francis Vicente said he has a “very strong team that can hold its ground against Kazakhstan.” China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games What ‘missteps’? MOST READ Pacquiao vs Horn: Chance for a masterpiece Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. will add four more players to the national pool for the Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship slated Aug. 9 to 17 in Biñan, Laguna.LVPI acting president Pete Cayco said the four players will be named after the Japan training camp slated July 18 to Aug. 1.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Gambhir unlikely for Durban Test

Saina enters quarters of Indonesia Open, Jwala-Ashwini crash out

first_imgStar shuttler Saina Nehwal’s straight-game win in the pre-quarterfinals of the Indonesia Open Superseries was the lone bright spot as Rio-bound doubles pairs Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponappa and Manu Attri-B. Sumeeth Reddy crashed out on Thursday.World No.8 Saina registered a comprehensive 21-11, 21-10 win over local favourite Fitriani Fitriani to advance to the quarter-finals of the women’s singles at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium here.Saina, who had beaten Fitriani at the Badminton Asia Championships in April this year, moved to a 9-7 lead and then raced to 14-7 with six consecutive points to easily pocket the first game.In the second game, the Hyderabadi zoomed 10-3 ahead and went on to thrash the Indonesian without losing much sweat.Saina, the three-time champion, is likely to take on top seed Carolina Marin of Spain in the last eight.DOUBLES HOPEFULS DISAPPOINT However, India’s doubles shuttlers failed to make an impact as both the women’s and men’s pairs of Jwala-Ashwini and Manu-Sumeeth suffered contrasting defeats.The World No.14 duo of Jwala-Ashwini lost 9-21, 18-21 to Chinese combo of Huang Yaqiong and Tang Jinhua in the women’s doubles, while No.20 Manu-Sumeeth went down 18-21, 13-21 to sixth seeded South Koreans Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek Cheol.last_img read more

Sports Minister Vijay Goel calls for zero tolerance towards doping

first_imgA day after former India football captain Subroto Paul tested positive for a banned substance, Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Wednesday called for adopting a policy of “zero tolerance” towards doping.The minister has directed the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) and other sports bodies to sensitise the players at the grassroots level about the ill-effects of doping through regular seminars and information campaigns in schools and colleges.”Vijay Goel has taken serious note of the incidence of doping in the country and has directed National Anti Doping Agency (NADA), Indian Olympic Association, National Sports Federations and Sports Authority of India (SAI) to adopt a policy of ‘zero tolerance’ towards doping,” a statement from the ministry read.”The Minister has asked NADA to organise a seminar with all stakeholders on Thursday to discuss the issue threadbare and finalise an effective strategy to deal with the menace, including the possibility of making doping a criminal offence.”The 63-year-old minister also said that the government is mulling a mechanism to test food supplements for the athletes, besides adopting a scientific approach to it.”He has also directed the NADA to sensitise the players at grassroots level about the ill-effects of doping through regular seminars and information campaigns at schools and colleges.””Goel added that the government is contemplating to set up a mechanism to test food supplements, so that athletes can be sure that the food supplements they are using, are free of prohibited substances. He also emphasised on a scientific approach to diet and nutrition for athletes,” the statement added.advertisementSubrata failed a dope test conducted by the NADA in Mumbai when the Indian men’s football team was going to Cambodia for a friendly match in February.The goalkeeper will now go for the confirmatory ‘B’ sample test.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho suggests Juergen Klopp as much to blame for lacklustre draw

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho rejected the idea that his team went to Liverpool for a point and said Saturday’s 0-0 Premier League draw reflected Juergen Klopp’s tactics as much as his own.United, who moved to 20 points from eight games, showed little ambition to attack and did not manage a single shot on goal in the second half but Mourinho said he had been waiting for Klopp’s side to open up in search of a win.Asked if a point was his target in the game, Mourinho said: “No, we came for three but in the second half we felt (it was) difficult to do that with the match, the dynamic as it was.”I was waiting for Juergen to change and go more attacking but he kept the three strong midfielders at all times, where he was having control because I had only (Ander) Herrera and (Nemanja) Matic,” said the United manager.Mourinho noted the absence of midfield options from the United bench, caused by injuries to Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick, but also defended his approach by highlighting that he had brought on attacking players Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford in the second half.”When I brought on Lingard and Rashford I was waiting for him (Klopp) to give me more space to counter but he didn’t give me. So I know that probably you think we were defensive and they were offensive — well, you are at home and you don’t move anything. I don’t know? I was waiting for that and he didn’t. I think he did well, honestly.advertisement”The game was never broken, they pressed high, they recovered the ball, so I think they were very good by the defensive point of view.”The only chance I had to change the direction of the game was to bring on players for one-on-one, players with speed and maybe they are going to change (the game), but they didn’t,” added Mourinho.However, the Portuguese manager seemed unconcerned that such a highly anticipated game had ended in a dull stalemate, which left Liverpool seven points behind United.”It depends on what is for you an entertaining game. One thing is an entertaining game for fans, another thing is an entertaining game for people who read football in a different way. That’s different.”For me, the second half was a bit of chess, but my opponent didn’t open the door for me to win the game.”last_img read more

Katsikaris New Greek Hoop Coach

first_imgATHENS – Greece’s basketball team will be coached by Fotis Katsikaris at the World Championship that will take place this summer in Spain from Aug. 30-Sept. 14.The Greek coach is taking over from Italian Andrea Trinchieri, the Hellenic Basketball Federation announced, with the announcement being delayed for a few months due to the problems in the termination of the Italian’s contract.“It goes without saying that this constitutes an honor for me, as well as a challenge,” stated Katsikaris. He was briefly the coach of the Russian national team but quit before taking it to any tournaments. He played with AEK in Greece and been associated with the Boston Celtics scouting team.The 47-year-old has previously coached AEK, Dynamo St Petersburg, Valencia, Aris and Bilbao Basket.The first problem he has to deal with is the threat by Olympiakos not to allow its players to participate in the Greece camp alleging that they do not enjoy full insurance cover by the federation.Greece, ranked fifth in the world, is in Group B, which includes the world’s third-ranked team, Argentina, along with the Philippines (34); Senegal, (41); Croatia (16); and Puerto Rico, (17).Greece’s best showing was at the 2006 tourney, where it stunned an NBA All-Star U.S. team in the semi-finals behind near-perfect shooting before being crushed by Spain in the final.Despite its high world ranking, Greece in 2013 failed to make the quarter-finals of the European championship where it played very poorly.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic beats Medvedev to set up last-8 tie vs Nishikori

first_imgNovak Djokovic stayed on course for a sevent Australian Open crown after his nervy win over Daniil Medvedev in the pre-quarterfinals at the Rod Laver Arena on Monday.Djokovic battled past Medvedev 6-4, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals where he will face Kei Nishikori, who survived a scare to beat Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 7-6.Nishikori was extremely wasteful in the early part of the match, which cost him a lot of energy eventually.”Since I guess my opponent is watching, I’m feeling fantastic….I’ve never been fresher in my life!”Always the gamesman, @DjokerNole #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/roB4W1UMPc#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019The night after Roger Federer was stunned by Greek tyro Stefanos Tsitsipas, there was another sniff of an upset at Rod Laver Arena as 22-year-old Medvedev rocked the Serb with a furious assault of power hitting.What a battle.@DjokerNole is made to work, but he’s always up for the fight. #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/nnDDG8DbGU#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019Even after a loss, @DaniilMedwed still has time to crack a joke with his victorious opponent @DjokerNole #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/MRBN5jVRU8#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019Yet the Russian wearied in the constant attrition, and top seed Djokovic cruised to victory, having passed easily his biggest test at the tournament.The world number one will continue his bid for a hat-trick of Grand Slam titles and a record seventh at Melbourne Park against eighth seed Kei Nishikori.(With inputs from Reuters)advertisementlast_img read more

Major reshuffle in Delhi Police

first_imgNew Delhi: There was a major reshuffle in Delhi Police on Tuesday with senior IPS officers getting new portfolios. The Order reads that 1988-batch IPS officer Muktesh Chander on transfer from Goa will now be posted as Special CP (Operations).Sunil Kumar Gautam (1989 batch IPS) presently posted as Special CP (operations) will now be Special CP (Training). 1990 batch IPS officer Sanjay Singh is the new Special CP (Law and Order) North. He was earlier posted as Special CP (Headquarters and Recruitment). Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticThe order further reads that the Lt Governor is pleased to order the transfer/posting of IPS officers of Delhi Police as mentioned against each with immediate effect. On Thursday, in a major reshuffle as many as 20 Arunachal Pradesh, Goa and Mizoram Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre IPS officers transferred to different states. In another order, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday issued transfer orders for 26 IAS officers. As per the transfer orders, six IAS officers have been moved to Delhi, whereas seven were transferred out of the Capital. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderEarlier In a major transfer of IPS officers, Sandeep Goel who was posted as Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) in Delhi Police was transferred as Director General (Prisons). According to the order, Ajay Kashyap (IPS 1985) who was posted as Director General (Prisons) was transferred as Director General (Home Guards). JK Sharma earlier posted as Director General (Home Guards) will be seeing Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) as Director-General.last_img read more

Good news for auto drivers

first_imgNEW DELHI: In a move that could benefit over 90,000 auto drivers, the Delhi government on Tuesday waived off the vehicle’s fitness test fee and significantly scaled down various charges including penalties. In June the ruling AAP had hiked auto fares by over 18 per cent. The decision to waive off the fitness test charge of Rs 600 and bring down the amounts of various charges and penalties was taken at a meeting of the Delhi cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe cabinet also approved a proposal of the transport department that reduces the registration or re-registration charges of autos from the prevailing Rs 1,000 to Rs 300, a government statement said. The GPS tracking charges presently being charged at the rate of Rs 100 per month along with GST, SIM charges have also been fully waived, it said, adding that the transport department will now bear these charges. “All fresh changes will come into effect from September 1. However, the fees covered by Delhi Motor Vehicle Rules, 1993, will come into effect from October 15 after due changes in it by the transport department,” a transport department official said. The late fee penalty on fitness test, which is presently Rs 1,000 along with Rs 50 per day, has now be decreased to Rs 300 and Rs 20 per day. The fee for duplicate registration certificate and ownership transfer will now be Rs 150, down from Rs 500 earlier. The penalty amount of Rs 500 per month has been brought down to Rs 100 per month.last_img read more