Hong Kong protestors defy Beijing hold huge rally

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Hong Kong: About 100, 000 Hong Kong democracy activists staged a huge protest rally here on Sunday defying warnings from Beijing.

The demonstrations continuing over the last ten weeks have brought normal life to standstill in Hong Kong. A hardline minority among the protesters has been indulging in violence and was also engaged in street battle with the riot police.

With President Xi Jinping facing his first major crisis, mainland China has adopted a tough posture. Armoured carriers and trucks, bringing military troops have already reached Hong Kong from the border in Shenzhen and the sity is in state of seige while the protesters mood remains unrelenting.

Pakistan and China gang up on Kashmir

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This brilliant cartoon, floating freely on social media, says it all.

With due acknowledgement to the creator and publisher, and respecting their copyright, we are reproducing it.

Indian Women’s Hockey team starts Olympic Test Event campaign with a 2-1 win over Japan

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Tokyo: India opened their campaign at the women’s hockey Olympic Test Event with a resilient 2-1 victory over hosts Japan here at the Oi Hockey Stadium.

It was India who took an early lead through their Penalty Corner specialist, Gurjit Kaur, in the 9th minute, but the hosts equalized in the 16th minute as Aki Mitsuhashi scored a field goal.

However, it was Gurjit Kaur who stepped up again in the 35th minute to convert yet another Penalty Corner which turned out to be the decisive goal in the match.

The Indians started the match well with an aggressive intent, and had a few opportunities in the opening ten minutes. It was in the 9th minute that the World No. 10 team found themselves on the front-foot, and ended up winning a Penalty Corner. The resulting drag-flick from Gurjit Kaur was struck beautifully, and beat the Japanese Goalkeeper Megumi Kageyama to give India an early lead. Both the teams playing with 16 players in accordance with Olympic Games guidelines, made swift and timely substitutions throughout the match, and it was in the 16th minute that Japan’s substitution worked for them as Aki Mitsuhashi finished off a great team goal to equalize the scores. The 29-year-old Japanese combined well with her teammates, and scored to make it a good watch for the spectators.

With majority of the attacks coming from the Indian team, the Japanese sat back and looked to attack on the counter. The teams have played each other frequently in the past couple of years, which showed on the field as they understood each other’s tactics well, and it meant that the teams went into the half-time break level at 1-1.

The third quarter saw India dominate in the initial few minutes, and winning themselves another Penalty Corner in the 35th minute. A moment of magic from Gurjit Kaur saw India regain their one-goal advantage as the 23-year-old smashed the ball into the back of the net. The hosts tried to look for another equalizer in the remaining minutes, but could not convert their opportunities into goals. The World No. 14 team could not get the equalizing goal, while India defended resiliently in the closing stages to see out the victory.

With points on the board, the Indian Women’s Hockey Team will now face World No. 2 Australia on Sunday.


Impressive Indian Men’s Hockey Team beat Malaysia 6-0 to start Olympic Test Event

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Tokyo: India opened their campaign in the Men’s Hockey Olympic Test Event, with a facile win as they trounced Malaysia 6-0 at the Oi Hockey Stadium here on Saturday.

Forwards Mandeep Singh (33′, 46′) and Gursahibjit Singh (18′, 56′) scored a brace each for the Indian Men’s Hockey team, while Gurinder Singh (8′) and SV Sunil (60′) also registered their names on the score-sheet.

India had the upper hand in the first quarter as the experienced SV Sunil, Mandeep Singh and Gursahibjit Singh, all created chances inside the first 10 minutes. Mandeep Singh looked in good rhythm as he took two shots at Malaysian Goalkeeper Kumar Subramiam’s goal, and forced a save on both occasions.

It was in the 8th minute that India earned themselves their first Penalty Corner of the match, which was converted by Gurinder Singh to give his team the lead.

The following minutes saw India dominate their fellow Asian opponents, and win as many as four Penalty Corners through some great attacking play. First it was debutant Ashis Kumar Topno, and then Nilam Sanjeep Xess and Vivek Kumar Prasad also won PCs for India. However, good work by the first rushers, and a couple of good saves by Kumar meant that India could only manage one goal in the opening quarter.

The start of the second quarter saw India continue from where they left off, and score in the 18th minute through Forward Gursahibjit Singh, who was found inside the striking circle by Gurjant Singh to make it 2-0 in India’s favour. World No. 12 Malaysia also forced Indian Goalkeeper Suraj Karkera to make a couple of fine saves in the new few minutes, but could not pull a goal back before the half-time break. The Indians continued to attack the Malaysians at the start of the third quarter, and it was Vice-Captain Mandeep Singh who registered his name on the score-sheet in the 33rd minute, after Jaskaran Singh set him up well through some creative play. However, on the other end of the pitch, Malaysia were awarded a Penalty Corner just two minutes later, but could only force it wide of the post. India had some more opportunities towards the end of the third quarter as Captain Harmanpreet Singh and SV Sunil saw their shots going wide of the post.

The last quarter saw India put more pressure on their opponents and score three more goals to make it a very convincing victory. It was in the 46th minute, that Mandeep Singh scored his second goal of the match as India attacked Malaysia on the counter. A Malaysian Penalty Corner was well-defended by the World No. 5 team, and converted into an attack which was finished off by Singh to make it 4-0. With majority of the attacks coming from the Indian team, the fifth and sixth goals were also around the horizon and finally came in the 56th and 60th minutes as Gursahibjit Singh and SV Sunil scored respectively. For Gursahibjit’s second goal, it was Harmanpreet Singh who intercepted a Malaysian pass, and provided an assist to the Forward to make it 5-0, while SV Sunil, who was making a comeback into the side, rounded off with a wonderful finish with just seconds remaining on the clock.

The Indian Men’s Hockey Team will now face World No. 8 New Zealand on Sunday,