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India progress incomplete without development of North East: PM

Campaigning in full swing; PM to address rally at Imphal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that country’s progress is incomplete without the development of North East. Hence, this region should be central to our focus.

He said, development and unity of Manipur is the main aim of his party. He promised, there will be no blockade in the state under BJP rule. Addressing an election rally in State’s Imphal West district today, he said, Manipur government is not interested in implementing central schemes. He said, Congress has not done anything for the State during last 15 years.

Mr Modi called upon electorate to give BJP a chance to serve them. He said, his doors are open for all. Pointing towards over 2.5 times more power shortage in Manipur in comparison with the national average, he promised, whatever was not done in last 15 years will be done in 15 months.

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Harika enters semi final of World Women Chess Championship

Dronavalli HarikaIndian Grandmaster Dronavalli Harika came out strongly in the rapid tiebreaker to enter the semi-finals of the World Women Chess Championship today. Harika was back to her best in the rapid games as she won the first game displaying some fantastic technique and then drew the second game to set up a semi-final clash against Tan Zhongyi of China.

Harika’s was the only match that stretched to the tiebreak stage after she squandered a full point lead against the Georgian. It may be recalled that Harika had won the first match against Bangladeshi Shamima Akter Liza in tiebreak, then defeated Dinara Saduakassova of Kazakhstan in tiebreak before getting past Sopiko Guramishvili of Georgia also in the tiebreak.

Harika now has to tackle ninth seed Tan Zhongyi of China before she can become the first Indian ever to make it to the finals of a knockout women’s World Championsh.

PHOTO from Dronavalli Harika twitter

India win bronze in ISSF World Cup

 

Hosts India have opened their account with a Bronze medal in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup. On Day One of competitions at the Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi today, Pooja Ghatkar overcame technical issues to clinch the women’s 10 metre air rifle bronze. The former Asian champion shot 228.8 in the final to finish third.

For the 27-year-old Ghatkar, it is her maiden World Cup medal, after two final appearances in the past.

China’s Mengyao Shi won the gold medal with 252.1 while setting a new world record in the event. Her Chinese compatriot Dong Lijie bagged the silver with a score of 248.9.

In Men’s 10 metre air rifle final, Deepak Kumar finished fifth with a score of 185.4. Another Indian, Ravi Kumar, was placed eighth with 122.0. The event was won by China’s Wong Buhan with a World Record score of 249.5. Peter Sidi of Hungary took the Silver, while Atsushi Shimada bagged the Bronze.

In the women’s trap event, Rajeshwari Kumari, Seema Tomar and Manisha Kheer failed to clear the qualification hurdle.

Penny Smith of Australia won the gold medal in women’s trap with a world record score of 40, Italy’s Jessica Rossi bagged silver, while Mopsi Veromaa of Finland had to be content with the bronze.

At the end of day one, China led the medal standings with two gold and one silver, while India was fifth overall. The other gold of the day went to Australia.

IndvsAus 1st Test: Australia beat India by 333 runs

India have lost the first cricket Test match against Australia played at Pune by 333 runs. Requiring 441 runs, the Indian batsmen could muster only 107 runs before being bowled out within 34 overs. Seven of the Indian batsmen could score only in single digits.

For the guests, Steve O’Keefe again claimed six wickets, adding to his first innings kitty of six for 35, while Nathan Lyon scalped remaining four.
Earlier, Australia were all-out for 285 in their second innings at lunch against India.

The Australian skipper Smith scored 109 off 202 balls with 11 boundaries, an innings that will certainly be considered as one of the best by an overseas batsman on a devilish Indian track which had sharp turn and bounce. It was his fifth consecutive century against India in as many Tests.
Australia lead the 4-match series 1-nil.
Final scores : Australia – 260 and 285.
India – 105 and 107.

Syria bombing: Death toll rises to 73

At least 73 people, mostly rebels, were killed yesterday when the Islamic State group carried out a suicide car bombing in Syria’s al-Bab near the Turkish borders.

Activists said the IS bombing targeted a security compound of the Turkey-backed rebels in the town of Susian northwest of al-Bab, which was the largest IS-held city near the Turkish borders.

The bombing came as retaliation against the Ankara-backed militants, who succeeded, along with the Turkish forces, to dislodge IS from al-Bab on Thursday. The withdrawal of the IS from al-Bab came after 100 days of battles against the Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels fighting in an operation called the Euphrates Shield.

Trump vows to upgrade US military to eradicate Islamic State

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trump-winUS President Donald Trump has said that Washington along with its allies will eradicate the evil of Islamic State terror group from the face of the earth as he vowed to substantially upgrade the country’s military.

Trump said, as part of his pledge to restore safety for the American people, he has directed the defence community to develop a plan to totally obliterate the IS. The US President was addressing his cheering supporters at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington last night.

Trump said, his administration is requesting the Congress a massive budget for the military and asserted that this will be one of the greatest military build-ups in American history. Referring to the series of terrorist strikes in various parts of the world, particularly in Europe, Trump said such a situation cannot be allowed inside the United States.

Trump vows to build wall along US-Mexico border

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US President Donald Trump has vowed to start building a wall on the Mexican border soon, way ahead of schedule. Addressing the Conservative Political Action Congress in Maryland, he vowed to always put American citizens first and build a great border wall.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the government plans to start awarding preliminary contracts by April for construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.The agency said it will accept concept papers for the wall’s design beginning next week and will choose the best ones by March 20. The agency will then ask vendors for construction cost estimates and, after reviewing their bids, begin granting contracts by mid-April.

Wide condemnation over killing of Indian techie in US

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US embassy in New Delhi strongly condemned the shooting incident in Kansas resulting in the death of an Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla. In a statement, US Chargé de Affaires MaryKay Carlson said, the US is a nation of immigrants and welcomes people from across the world to visit, work, study, and live. She said, US authorities will investigate thoroughly and prosecute the case.

The authorities said, and witnesses told reporters that the gunman shouted “go back to your country” before opening fire.

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Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, and his friend Alok Madasani, both employees at tech company Garmin, were having a drink at a bar on Thursday when a man allegedly shouted racist slurs at the pair and started shooting. Adam Purinton, 51, was charged with murder. Kuchibhotla, who was an aviation systems engineer, died in the hospital. Madasani and Ian Grillot, a third man who had stepped in to defend the pair, were injured.

Maintaining that the authorities have reached out to Indian consular officials to offer full support as they assist the victims, she said, the alleged shooter is in custody and is expected to be prosecuted for the crime. The embassy also extended condolences to the family and friends of the victim and wished a full and speedy recovery to those who were injured.

An Indian engineer was killed and two others were injured after an American navy veteran opened fire on them in a crowded bar in Kansas City in a racially motivated hate crime.

“He did not deserve a death like this,” Sunayana Dumala said Sunayana Dumala, wife of the Indian techie who was killed in the Kansas bar shooting incident

Srinivas Kuchibhotla wife said she had her doubts about staying on in America. Addressing a press conference organised by GPS-maker Garmin where Srinivas worked, Sunayana Dumala said while she was assured by her husband that “good things happen in America”, she wondered in the wake of the tragic accident whether she actually belonged to that country.

She said that reports of bias in the US made minorities afraid and that she was impelled to question “do we belong here”. Dumala said that shooting incidents in America had even earlier made her rethink where they should continue living in that country.

Since Donald Trump’s election, Indians have also been alarmed by his remarks about tightening the H1-B visa programme for skilled foreign workers.

The Hindu American Foundation condemned the killing, saying: “The murder of Kuchibhotla is the first reported bias-motivated fatality in the United States after the bitter presidential election.”

The US embassy in Delhi also condemned the shooting. “The United States is a nation of immigrants and welcomes people from across the world to visit, work, study and live,” the US chargé d’affaires, MaryKay Carlson, said in a statement.

“US authorities will investigate thoroughly and prosecute the case, though we recognise that justice is small consolation to families in grief.”

Sushma Swaraj

 I am shocked at the shooting incident in Kansas in which Srinivas Kuchibhotla has been killed. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved family.

Sitaram Yechury condemns
Heartfelt condolences to the family of Srinivas Kuchibhotla for their irreparable loss. The hate-crime where two Indians in the US were told to “get out of my country” is utterly deplorable and very sad. We hope the other Indian injured in the attack, Alok Reddy Madasani gets well soon.
It again brings to light the hurt that irresponsible and jingoistic politics causes. Such politics thrives on going after Minorities and smaller groups based on identity, skin colour or faith.
We have seen earlier in the case of Akhlaq in Dadri and with the two hangings of cattle traders in Latehar and more, on how this whipping up of passion can cause mobs and individuals to kill. There are no winners here. We urge our government to put the strongest pressure on the authorities in the United States to act upon this at the earliest, to ensure this is never repeated.

Hate Crime

The suspect fled and was arrested five hours later at a restaurant in Missouri. He reportedly told an employee there he needed a place to hide because he had killed two Middle Eastern men, the Star reported.

Adam Purinton, 51, was charged on Thursday with one count of premeditated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted premeditated first-degree murder, District Attorney Stephen Howe told reporters.

At Kuchibhotla’s family home near the Indian tech hub of Hyderabad, relatives backed government calls to ensure the safety of Indians living in the United States.

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Hate Crime: Indian engineer killed, 2 injured in firing in US

US Embassy condemns killing

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US embassy in New Delhi strongly condemned the shooting incident in Kansas resulting in the death of an Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla. In a statement, US Chargé de Affaires MaryKay Carlson said, the US is a nation of immigrants and welcomes people from across the world to visit, work, study, and live. She said, US authorities will investigate thoroughly and prosecute the case.

The authorities said, and witnesses told reporters that the gunman shouted “go back to your country” before opening fire.

Srinivas Kuchibhotla 1

Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, and his friend Alok Madasani, both employees at tech company Garmin, were having a drink at a bar on Thursday when a man allegedly shouted racist slurs at the pair and started shooting. Adam Purinton, 51, was charged with murder. Kuchibhotla, who was an aviation systems engineer, died in the hospital. Madasani and Ian Grillot, a third man who had stepped in to defend the pair, were injured.

Maintaining that the authorities have reached out to Indian consular officials to offer full support as they assist the victims, she said, the alleged shooter is in custody and is expected to be prosecuted for the crime. The embassy also extended condolences to the family and friends of the victim and wished a full and speedy recovery to those who were injured.

An Indian engineer was killed and two others were injured after an American navy veteran opened fire on them in a crowded bar in Kansas City in a racially motivated hate crime.

Srinivas Kuchibhotla wife said she had her doubts about staying on in America. Addressing a press conference organised by GPS-maker Garmin where Srinivas worked, Sunayana Dumala said while she was assured by her husband that “good things happen in America”, she wondered in the wake of the tragic accident whether she actually belonged to that country.

She said that reports of bias in the US made minorities afraid and that she was impelled to question “do we belong here”. Dumala said that shooting incidents in America had even earlier made her rethink where they should continue living in that country.

Since Donald Trump’s election, Indians have also been alarmed by his remarks about tightening the H1-B visa programme for skilled foreign workers.

The Hindu American Foundation condemned the killing, saying: “The murder of Kuchibhotla is the first reported bias-motivated fatality in the United States after the bitter presidential election.”

The US embassy in Delhi also condemned the shooting. “The United States is a nation of immigrants and welcomes people from across the world to visit, work, study and live,” the US chargé d’affaires, MaryKay Carlson, said in a statement.

“US authorities will investigate thoroughly and prosecute the case, though we recognise that justice is small consolation to families in grief.”

Hate Crime

The suspect fled and was arrested five hours later at a restaurant in Missouri. He reportedly told an employee there he needed a place to hide because he had killed two Middle Eastern men, the Star reported.

Adam Purinton, 51, was charged on Thursday with one count of premeditated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted premeditated first-degree murder, District Attorney Stephen Howe told reporters.

At Kuchibhotla’s family home near the Indian tech hub of Hyderabad, relatives backed government calls to ensure the safety of Indians living in the United States.

Sushma Swaraj

 I am shocked at the shooting incident in Kansas in which Srinivas Kuchibhotla has been killed. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved family.

BIHAR: BSSC Chairman, 4 relatives sent to jail in Paper Leak case

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bssc arrestChairman of Bihar Staff Selection Commission BSSC, Sudhir Kumar and four of his relatives have been sent to jail in connection with question paper leak of clerical examination in the state. They were produced before a local court of Patna which sent them for 14 day judicial custody last night.

Special Investigation Team (SIT) arrested Sudhir Kumar yesterday in connection with question paper leak of clerical examination.

SIT Chief and Patna SSP Manu Maharaj said that one of the relatives of Sudhir Kumar admitted that he got question paper from the father of the chairman before examination. The SSP said, five relatives of the Chairman were appearing in the examination.

The Secretary of Bihar Staff Selection Commission Parmeshwar Ram has already been arrested in question paper leak case. The SIT team has also arrested owner of the printing press from Ahmedabad where question papers were printed. 29 people have so far been arrested in the paper leak case.