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4th Test IND vs AUS: Team India 248/6, trail by 52 runs

Indian batsmen frittered away the initial advantage before reaching 248 for 6 against a disciplined Australia to leave the 4th and final cricket Test evenly poised in Dharamsala today.

India are still 52 runs short of Australia’s first innings total of 300 as atleast three batsmen, Lokesh Rahul,Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane failed to convert their starts into big knocks. India were comfortably placed at 108 for one before

Rahul’s dismissal and could have pushed for lead but are struggling to level the scores. It could have been worse had Wriddhiman Saha’s catch when he was on 10, would have been taken by Matt Renshaw at first slip.

India wins 73 medals in 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games including 37 golds

India’s special athletes gave an impressive performance and won 73 medals in the recently concluded 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Austria.

This year’s edition witnessed 2,600 athletes from over 105 countries competing with each other and the Special Olympics Bharat team won 37 golds, 10 silver and 26 bronze medals.

This year’s Olympics included even disciplines including Alpine Skiing, Snow Boarding, Snow Shoeing, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Floor Hockey, Floor Ball (and Unified floor Ball), at the mega event.

India dominated in three team events – Floor Hockey (male), Unified Floorball and Traditional Floorball bagging 30 medals in total which was the highest tally in a single day. Along with this, the special women team also won 16 bronze medals.

An important gold medal came in The Unified Floorball (Male) event where India defeated Nigeria while the Floor Hockey team crushed Lithuania 7-2. India took its tally to 73 medals by winning 8-0 against Austria.

India also won 10 medals in Alpine skiing including 3 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals. The snowboarding team also came out all guns blazing bagging 8 medals that included 4 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.

5 more medals came in Snow Shoeing and 4 medals were won in Speed and figure skating. In the process, Himachal’s Megha became the first Indian to win a gold medal in the games which were held in Graz, Schladming and Ramsau in Austria.

Mann Ki Baat: PM asks countrymen to be part of transformation

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called upon citizens to be the part of the transformation of the country so that the dream of New India could be fulfilled. Sharing his thoughts in the 30th edition of Mann Ki Baat in All India Radio today, Mr Modi said, the desire of 125 crore countrymen for change will lay foundation for a new India.

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He said, New India is neither a government programme, nor is it the manifesto of a political party, nor is it a project. He said, New India is the clarion call of 125 crore countrymen and it is the essence of the emotions of the Indians wanting to come together and create a magnificent India.

Mr Modi said, there are lakhs of people, who besides their own personal responsibilities are working selflessly for the exploited, victimised, deprived and for the poor and the oppressed. He said, the belief that service to humanity is service to God, is innate to Indians.

The Prime Minister said, if every citizen resolves that he will discharge his duties honestly, it will contribute to the realisation of the dream New India. Mr Modi urged people to be part of the journey from Swaraj to Suraaj by making their lives disciplined, and filled with resolve.

Remembering Mahatma Gandhi’s Champaran Satyagrah which is completing 100 years next month, Mr Modi said, in India’s struggle for freedom, Gandhian thought and Gandhian practice became manifest for the first time in Champaran. He said, it was a turning point in the entire journey of India’s freedom struggle.

Mr Modi said, the immense power of the common man in the freedom struggle, manifests again in the journey from Swaraj to Suraaj for the benefit and happiness of all.

Expressing happiness over large number of people participating in the digital payment, Prime minister said the poorest of the poor also making an attempt to learn to do business without cash. He said there has been a surge in various modes of digital payment after demonetisation and over one and half crore people have downloaded BHIM app.

Urging the people to become a brave soldier in the fight against black money and corruption, Prime minister asked 125 crore countrymen to undertake 2500 crore digital transactions during this year .

Welcoming the increased participation of working class women, Mr Modi said central government has taken a very important decision of giving maternity leave of 26 weeks, instead of the earlier 12 weeks for their pregnancy and delivery. He highlighted the basic aim is to ensure proper care of the newborn, the future citizen of India from the time of birth. Prime minister said this landmark decision will benefit 18 lakh women working in the formal sector Prime minister said 7th April is World Health Day and this year the focus is on Depression.

Saying there is a need to create psychologically conducive environment for the person suffering from depression, Mr Modi said depression is curable. He said yoga is a good means for mental wellbeing.

Extending greetings to people of Bangladesh on their Independence Day, Mr Modi assured that India is a strong partner, a good friend of Bangladesh and both nations will continue to work together to contribute towards peace, security and development of the entire region.

Paying tributes to Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, the Prime Minister said, no words can do justice to their sacrifice and they continue to inspire people. In his address, Mr Modi also touched upon the issues of cleanliness and wastage of food.

Mr Modi also greeted people for the new year which will be celebrated in different parts of the country on Tuesday.

2 terrorists killed in gunfight in South Kashmir

army-terror-attackTwo terrorists were killed in a brief gunfight in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district in today. Reports said that the encounter broke out when terrorists travelling in a vehicle were ambushed at Padgampora by the police and army check point in the district. In the retaliatory fire two gunmen were killed. Their identity and affiliation is being ascertained. Reports said that one terrorist was successful in fleeing the encounter spot.

The gunfight took place in the Pulwama district that is part of Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency going to polls on April 12.

Earlier, terrorists attacked the house of a sub-inspector yesterday night in Badgam district. They barged into the house of the policeman, ransacked the house and later set a car ablaze.

Rajnath Singh reviews security situation in Assam

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rajnathHome Minister Rajnath Singh today reviewed the security situation in Assam along with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and top officials of the central and state governments.

During the hour-long meeting in New Delhi, the Home Minister was briefed about the steps taken to check violence perpetrated by insurgents, ongoing process of preparing the National Register of Citizens (NRC), and security along the Indo-Bangladesh border, besides others.

Sources said, Mr Singh directed that action should be taken against those who continue to indulge in violence. The minister hoped that the work on NRC would be completed at the earliest without anomalies. Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, Assam Chief Secretary V K Pipersenia and senior officials of both central and state governments attended the meeting.

शहादत देने में उत्तराखंड नंबर वन

इंद्र वशिष्ठ /AMN
देश के लिए शहादत देने के मामले में उत्तराखंड नम्बर एक पर है। संसद में एक सवाल के जवाब में दिए गए सरकारी आंकड़े बताते हैं कि इस राज्य में शहीद सैनिकों की विधवाओं (युद्ध विधवाएं) की तादाद एक हजार से ज्यादा है। यूं तो सबसे ज्यादा शहीदों की विधवाएं उत्तर प्रदेश में हैं जिनकी तादाद 1500 से ज्यादा है लेकिन आबादी के औसत से देखा जाए तो उत्तराखंड बहुत आगे है।

सरकार ने लोकसभा में युद्ध में शहीद सैनिकों की विधवाओं का ब्योरा देश के सामने रखा। ये आंकड़े 31 दिसंबर 2016 तक के हैं, जो जिला सैनिक कल्याण कार्यालयों में दर्ज हैं। आंकड़े चौकाने वाले हैं क्योंकि उत्तराखंड जैसे अपेक्षाकृत छोटे राज्य में इनकी संख्या 1416 दर्ज है, जो देश में दूसरे नंबर पर है। पहले नंबर पर उत्तर प्रदेश है, जहां शहीदों की 1566 विधवाएं जिला कार्यालयों में रजिस्टर्ड हैं।

उत्तर प्रदेश की जनसंख्या 2014 के हिसाब से करीब 20 करोड़ है जबकि उत्तराखंड की महज एक करोड़। ऐसे में अगर देखा जाए तो देश के लिए जान देने वाले सबसे ज्यादा जवान उत्तराखंड से हैं। इसी तरह सरकारी रिकॉर्ड के हिसाब से हरियाणा में शहीदों की 1243 विधवाएं हैं जबकि यहां की जनसंख्या उत्तर प्रदेश से करीब 10 गुनी कम यानि ढाई करोड़ है।

पंजाब में विधवाओं की संख्या 1050, राजस्थान में 1267 है। बिहार में यह संख्या 354, हिमाचल प्रदेश में करीब 600, जम्मू-कश्मीर में 417 है। सबसे कम संख्या वाले राज्य हैं, अरुणाचल प्रदेश (1), गोवा (2), सिक्किम (2), त्रिपुरा (5)। पुडुचेरी और अंडमान निकोबार में शहीद जवान की एक भी विधवा नहीं है।

Govt has not learnt lessons from Pathankot attack: Parliamentary panel

TIA NEWS /New Delhi

army-terror-attackThe Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs has said that the central government has “not learnt any lesson from the Pathankot attack” and recommended that there remains an urgent need to further strengthen the Security network in the country.

The Committee headed by former Union Home Minister P Chidambaram which also comprises Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M), Derek O’ Brien (Trinamool), Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (Congress) and Prem Singh Chandumajra (Akali Dal) said that the government ought to “plug the serious gaps in security establishment and intelligence gathering or sharing that have come to the fore in the recent (terror) attacks”.

Despite several steps reportedly taken by the government to strengthen the security measures, it has comprehensively failed to prevent recurrence of such attacks that took place at Pampore, Uri, Baramula, Handwara and Nagrota.

The Committee observes that the Government has not learnt any lesson from the Pathankot attack,” it said.

The report presented in both Houses of Parliament, said that it “does not share” the perception of the Ministry of Home Affairs that overall internal security scenario remained under control during 2016.

NEWSPAPERS SCAN -MARCH 26

NEWSPAPERS SCAN -MARCH 26

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s first public address after being sworn-in gets widely reported in different newspapers. “Development for all, no appeasement: UP CM” reports the DNA. In the backdrop of the crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses in the state, the Indian Express quotes him as saying “Won’t touch abattoirs with license”. Meanwhile drawing attention to the non-availability of non-vegetarian food in capital Lucknow, the Times of India writes “No chicken, mutton in Lucknow after sellers go on strike”.

NewspapersThe framing of charges against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a defamation case filed against him by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley gets wide traction on the front pages of the press. The Daily News and Analysis, DNA reports “Kejriwal, 5 other AAP members to face trial”.

All the papers prominently notice Vice President Hamid Ansari’s convocational address at the Punjab University. The Tribune quotes the Vice President as saying “There is need to defend universities as free spaces”. The Hindustan Times writes “Universities should take legal course to defend freedom says VP Ansari”.

Most papers take note of the standoff between the government and the Chief Justice of India J S Khehar at the National Green Tribunal’s two day World Environment Conference. “Govt. says courts shouldn’t be an adversary on green issues” writes the Times of India. The Indian Express quotes the Chief Justice as saying “Let govt keep to eco norms, won’t step in”.

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad’s train journey from Delhi to Mumbai after his unbecoming behaviour with an Air India staffer is keenly tracked in the media. The Pioneer says “Gaikwad booked train ticket with ’99 year’ age”. The Asian Age reports “Sena MP takes train to Mumbai, alights at Vapi”.

In a special story captioned “More single women adopting children in India, shows data” the Hindustan Times states “75 of them adopted a child in 2015; the number increased to 93 in 2016”.

Oil prices edge up amid fall in Saudi exports to US

crude 2Global crude oil prices edged up, today, supported by a fall in Saudi exports to the United States. But overall markets remained under pressure on the back of a world market flooded with fuel.

Brent crude oil futures rose 13 cents, to 50.69 dollars a barrel. U.S. crude rose 18 cents, to 47.88 dollars a barrel. In the US, overseas oil suppliers like Saudi Arabia have to compete against rising shale drilling, which has pushed up U.S. oil production by more than 8 percent since mid-2016.

However, Saudi exports to other major consumer regions remain high. Brent has fallen by over 13 percent from its 2017 highs in early January as other producers have stepped up and filled the gap.

Kejriwal, 5 other AAP leaders to face trial in defamation case

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Arvind Kejriwal becomes the 1st Chief Minister to stand trial in a criminal defamation case. In a major setback, A Delhi court has ordered trial against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five leaders of Aam Admi Party in the defamation case filed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Jaitely had filed a suit in 2015 seeking 10 crore rupee damage from Kejriwal and others, claiming they made false and defamatory statements in the case involving Delhi District Cricket Association, DDCA.

The Court framed notice against Kejriwal and others after they pleaded not guilty and claimed trial. The trial will commence on May 20.