Nothing with the State Government on modifying constitutional provisions: J&K Governor to Omar Abdullah

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Flood relief by Indian Army in J&K (representative photo)
Flood relief by Indian Army in J&K (representative photo)

Forces’ movement to counter heightened threat perception – Satya Pal Malik, Governor Jammu and Kashmir

Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar and former CM of Jammu and Kashmir, Dr. Farooq Abdullah and former Chief Minister of J&K Omar Abdullah called on PM Narendra Modi on 1 August 2019.

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik today met a delegation of political leaders led by Mr Omar Abdullah.

After his meeting with the Governor, Abdullah said that they have received the assurance that Article 370 and 35A are not being repealed. He demanded that the Central Government should make its stand clear on this issue in Parliament. “In the meanwhile, we are trying to protect 35A in Supreme Court, he told media-persons.

Omar Abdullah after meeting J&K Governor on Saturday 3 August 2019

Omar Abdullah and the delegation members apprised the Governor about the prevailing situation in the Kashmir valley after the Government Advisory asking Amarnath Yatris and tourists to return as soon as possible. They also mentioned about the panic buying by people of essential commodities.

Governor Malik informed the delegation that the security situation has developed in a manner which required immediate action. There were credible inputs that were available with the security agencies regarding the possibility of terrorist attacks on the Amarnath Yatra. There has been intensified shelling on the LOC by Pakistan which was responded to effectively by the Army. This was also underscored at the Press Conference on Friday (2 August 2019) afternoon by the Corps Commander of the Army and the DGP. Details of weapons and ammunition recovered were givenand it was pointed out that the seriousness of the threat required immediate action.

It is in this context that the government had issued an advisory asking Yatris and tourists to return as soon as possible. These are a vulnerable group of people who do not know the area and are extremely vulnerable to a terrorist attack. It is the responsibility of the state to provide security to all its citizens. Therefore, as a precautionary measure, Yatris and tourists have been asked to return. This is to ensure that no terrorist attack takes place on them.

Security to the citizens has to be provided by the State, even at some inconvenience Governor Malik pointed out adding that the state has no knowledge of any changes to constitutional provisions. Therefore, no panic should be created by unnecessarily linking this security matter with all kinds of other issues. A pure security measure is being mixed up with issues with which it has no connection. That is the cause of the panic. The Home Secretary and the Divisional Commissioner also clarified this on Friday.

The Governor has requested the political leaders to ask their supporters to maintain calm and not believe exaggerated and unfounded rumours being circulated.

The Governor had also met at short notice a delegation of political leaders, including former CM Mehbooba Mufti, Shah Faesal, Sajjad Lone and Imran Ansari on Friday.

Even this delegation had expressed concerns about the panic situation in the Kashmir valley created by the developments during the day including the advisory issued by the government asking Amarnath Yatris and tourists to return as soon as possible.

Governor Malik had informed the delegation about the serious and credible inputs pointing to the possibility of terrorist attacks on the Amarnath Yatra.

The Governor requested the political leaders to ask their supporters not to mix up matters, to maintain calm and not believe exaggerated rumours being circulated all around. The Governor himself had clarified matters on 35A on Thursday in Baramulla and a day that in Srinagar.

Govt abolishes District Development Boards in all districts

Earlier on Friday, the Jammu and Kashmir Government accorded sanction for the abolition of the District Development Boards in all the districts of the State.
Further, sanction has also been accorded for the constitution of Block Development Councils and District Planning and Development Boards respectively in the State, as per provisions of J&K Panchayati Raj Act 1989, as amended from time to time, reads the order issued by Finance Department here today.

No orders issued for closure of schools

On Friday, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, urged the people not to pay heed to rumours and rebutted reports regarding the closure of schools in Kashmir valley.

The Governor’s assurance is significant as it comes in the wake of “rumours” being fanned without any basis on social media regarding the trifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into Jammu State and formation of two Union territories -Kashmir and Laddakh.

Gill wins third Dakshin Dare title in style

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Gaurav Gill (L) and co-driver Musa Sherif (R)

Hubli: Team Mahindra Adventure’s ace driver Gaurav Gill returned to reclaim the Dakshin Dare title, winning the gruelling rally for the third time here.

Gill, conquered the special stages in the 4-day long route from Bangalore to Hubli in 04:51:49.001 hours. Overall, he covered a distance of close to 2,000 kms.

The JK Tyre-sponsored rallyist holds the unique distinction of winning the country’s most prestigious cross-country rallying every time that he has entered into it.

Gaurav, six-time INRC champion, proved his mettle once again as he came out on top in seven stages out of the nine special stages.

Accompanied by his trusted co-driver Musa Sherif, he won all the three stages on the opening day, clocking a time of 45:45.053 minutes. He fell back on the second day, losing both the stages to his teammate Philippos Mathai (with co-driver PVS Murthy).

Going into the third day, he was trailing by 00:47.261 seconds but that didn’t deter him. He roared back into the front by claiming the two stages of Day 3 to take a handy lead of 6:42.383 minutes.

With such a huge lead, it was near to impossible for anyone to catch Gaurav on the final day. The three-time APRC champion lived up to his reputation on the final day too, clocking around a minute less than his closest competitor to sign off in style.

“I am really excited to win the Dare once again. This is my third Dakshin Dare title and I am really very happy with this achievement. The stages were very challenging but I believe we had a very good car at our disposal and our tyres indeed helped us in maneuvering these treacherous stages. I would like to thank my tuners and mechanics for preparing such a fine car,” Gill said after his triumph.

Neeraj upsets 2016 World Champion to enter Finals in Russia

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Neeraj (Red, File Photo)

New Delhi: India Open Gold medallist Neeraj (57kg) shocked 2016 World Champion Alessia Mesiano to enter the final at the Magomed Salam Umakhanov Memorial International Boxing Tournament 2019 in Kaspiysk, Russia on Friday.

Strandja Memorial bronze medallist Neeraj and Alessia had the crowd on their feet with their exceptional display of attacking boxing. Both the boxers refused to back down but Neeraj landed a series of clear punches in the final round and edged past the Italian boxer 3-2 to secure her berth in the final.

India Open bronze medallist Gaurav played patiently in the beginning against his Russian opponent Maksim Chernyshev in a highly entertaining bout. In the last round, Gaurav increased the tempo of the game as he landed a flurry of punches to earn a 3-2 split verdict in his favour.

GeeBee Boxing silver medallist earlier in the year, Govind Sahani was up against Tajikistan’s Shermukhammad Rustamov in the quarter-final bout. Govind dominated the proceedings from the word go and showed great display of his attacking prowess. He carried on with the onslaught throughout the match and the referee had to stop the contest in the third round. The young pugilist’s attacking acumen was appreciated by all as he earned the first RSC win of the tournament.

However, Ashish Insha (52kg) couldn’t make it to the semis as he lost his bout against Russia’s Islamitdin Alisoltanov 4-1. The match was in the balance till the last round before Ashish conceded a few clear punches in the last one minute which led to his defeat.

2018 India Open Gold medallist Sanjeet had to forego his bout against Russian counterpart Daniel Lutai after suffering a cut on his forehead in the first round of the match.

In all, India are assured of 6 medals as 4 women and 2 men have reached the semi-finals. All the 6 Indian semi-finalists will be looking to earn the yellow metal when they enter the ring on Friday.

The 21st edition of this tournament is seeing a participation of 220 boxers hailing from 21 countries. This event will give the Indian boxers a good opportunity to hone their skills and test themselves as they approach the World Championships later in the year.

Pole position for Sivanesan Sethu, Anish Shetty, Ryhana Bee top qualifier among Girls

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Sivanesan Sethu took pole position in the Pro-Stock 301-400cc class on 2 August 2019

Chennai: Sivanesan Sethu pulled off a stunning flying lap to lead a 1-2 for TVS Racing in the Pro-Stock 301-400cc category qualifying session as the third round of the MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship got off to a storming start at the MMRT, here today.

Sivanesan, clocked a sizzling 01min, 54.325secs followed by team-mate and fellow-Chennai rider KY Ahamed (01:54.871), with Hyderabad’s Rahil Shetty of Sparks Racing (01:55.001) completing the front row for tomorrow’s race.

Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing, led by Bengaluru riders Anish Shetty (01:57.384), and Abhishek Vasudev (01:59.890), and Chennai’s Aravind Balakrishnan (02:00.969), qualified for the top three spots in that order in the Pro-Stock 201-300cc class.

Championship leader Ryhana Bee of Sparks Racing (02:11.216), team-mate Ann Jennifer (02:12.189) and Speed Demonz Racing’s Lani Zena Fernandez (02:14.007) were the top three qualifiers in the Girls category.

Lighting up the day’s proceedings was a bunch of teenagers, led by 15-year old Mohammed Mikail from Chennai, scorched the track in the Idemitsu Honda India Talent Cup riding the FIM Moto3-spec NSF 250R bikes. All the eight riders comfortably went under two minutes in the qualifying session, with Mikail grabbing pole position (01:48.949), ahead of two other Chennai riders, 14-year old Kavin Samaar Quintal (01:50.345) and 16-year old Varoon Sadasivam (01:51.198). Charan Thangavel, also from Chennai, who finished eighth and last, timed 01:56.828.

Meanwhile, Rajiv Sethu (Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing), who scored a double in the previous round, but is trailing team-mate Sarath Kumar by 13 points and championship leader Jagan Kumar (TVS Racing) by 26, set the early pace in the Pro-Stock 165cc class by topping the only free practice session, with a flying lap of 01:59.956.

Jagan, a seven times National champion, had a disappointing run with a 02:03.413 to come in ninth as against his team-mate KY Ahamed who was second quickest in 02:00.848, ahead of Yashas RL (Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing, 02:01.414). However, the riders are expected to clock better timings in the qualifying session tomorrow.