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After Kerala, Punjab Assembly passes resolution against CAA

Punjab has become second state after Kerala to move a resolution against the CAA in assembly

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Punjab Assembly today passed a resolution against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) by voice vote on the last day of the two-day special session.

With this Punjab has become the second state after Kerala to move a resolution against the CAA in the state assembly.

The resolution, which was introduced by Local bodies and Parliamentary affairs minister Brahm Mohindra, called for doing away with CAA as it was “against humanistic values and against secular values”.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supported the resolution, while the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) opposed it.

AAP MLA Aman Arora said that the law was enacted to divert attention from “bigger issues”.

What is happening in this country? We need to learn from history. In the 1930s, the same happened in Europe. First, they were against communists, then they were against Jews. This is religious cleansing. Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh

SAD MLA Sharanjit Dhillon said that they demand that Muslims should not be left out under CAA.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said that the issue of CAA had shaken the entire country. He said that the youth understand that what the government is doing is unconstitutional.

“What is happening in this country? We need to learn from history. In the 1930s, the same happened in Europe. First, they were against communists, then they were against Jews. This is religious cleansing,” said Singh. The CM asked where poor people would get their documentation from.

Singh said that there was an attempt to “change the secular fabric of this country.”

“We have failed to learn from Hitler and Germany of 1930s,” he said.

Singh also launched a scathing attack on SAD for opposing the resolution, saying the “Akalis have forgotten the teachings of even Guru Nanak while supporting CAA”.

He said he would gift Hitler’s memoir ‘Mein Kampf’ to all the Akalis so that they would know how fascist ideology is being implemented.

Speaking during the debate, Finance Minister Manpreet Badal said that people of Punjab “don’t accept injustice”. The CAA will create divisions among people of Punjab, he said.

“Punjab has a long tradition of rejecting any discrimination based on communal ideas,” he added.

Badal questioned why the people of Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Muslims had been kept out under this act.

“The CAA has been passed to isolate only one community,” he added.

Supporting the resolution, Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said this is first act which has made religion basis of citizenship.

“This act is reflection of arrival of Fascism and Nazism,” he added.

During the debate, a heated argument ensued between Bikram Majithia and Channi.

Channi asked SAD to make their position on the Akal Takht Jathedar’s demand of ‘banning’ RSS clear.

“Badal family has sold an entire party and it’s ideology just for one ministry,” said Channi.

“Instead of revoking CAA, we demand that Muslims should not be left out under CAA”- SAD MLA Sharanjit Dhillon

“Today Muslims are being beaten-up, tomorrow the Sikhs will be beaten up, then the turn of Dalits come. Where will Akali Dal stand, it must clarify its position,” he said. Channi demanded the banning of RSS”.Punjab Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi

Iran plane crash: Khamenei defends country’s armed forces

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has defended the country’s armed forces after it admitted shooting down a passenger plane by mistake.

He described the crash as a bitter tragedy and also claimed that Iran’s enemies used the crash and the military’s admission to weaken the Revolutionary Guard. He said the Revolutionary Guard maintained the security of the country.

Widespread protests and criticism from abroad have put growing pressure on Iran over its handling of the incident.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that Ukraine wants Iran to issue a formal document admitting its guilt.

The Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 was travelling to Kyiv from Tehran on 8 January when it crashed shortly after take-off. All 176 passengers on board, including nationals from Iran, Canada, Sweden and the UK, were killed.

Khelo India: Shivangi gets double for Assam, Arunachal gets maiden gold

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Shivangi Sarma (Assam) and Khushi Dinesh (Karnataka) claimed a double gold each while Maharashtra’s Kareena Shankta accounted for a Best Indian Performance on the opening day of Khelo India Youth Game swimming competition at the Zakir Hussain Swimming Pool here on Friday.

On a day on which a 13-year-old weightlifter helped Arunachal Pradesh notch up their maiden gold, Maharashtra held on to a five-gold lead over Haryana. With 41 gold and 43 silver in a total of 149 medals, Maharashtra remained ahead but with many gold coming from shooting and wrestling on Friday, Haryana were fast catching up with 36 gold in a total of 111 medals.

The 13-year-old Golom Tinku won Arunachal Pradesh’s first gold medal in the Games. At the Bhogeswari Phukanani Indoor Stadium, it looked as if he would have a tough ask when he conceded a 6kg advantage to Tamil Nadu’s Madhavan Thirumurugan at the halfway stage in the boys under-17 competition.

But with his rival recording a no lift with three failures, the 13-year-old completed a 116kg lift in clean and jerk to total 209kg and be in the lead. Assam’s Prabal Pratim Gogoi preferred to go for silver by lifting 117kg for a total of 207kg rather than risk finishing with bronze by chasing gold. Arunachal Pradesh’s Sankar Lapung took bronze with 203kg in a pulsating competition.

Haryana’s pistol shooting teenager girls, Vibhuti Bhutia (under-21) and Asian Youth silver medallist Shikha Narwal (under-17) stamped their superiority with gold medals in the 10m Air Pistol events. Maharashtra’s Harshada Nithave was the only non-Haryana pistol shooter to take a home a medal today.

At the Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education in Sonapur, Haryana made their intentions clear by winning six of the 11 gold medals on Friday. Maharashtra’s girls in the 46kg, 57kg and 61kg freestyle divisions, Kalyani Pandurang Gadekar, Bhagyashri Hanumant Fand and Sonali Kondiba Mandalik, ensured that State’s gold hunt would bear fruit on the wrestling mat.

Shivangi Sarma, who represented Delhi in the last Khelo India Youth Games in Pune, gave the home crowd much to cheer by first winning the 200m freestyle race by a 15-second margin. Returning to the pool to face the same rivals, her victory in the 800m freestyle event was a foregone conclusion.

Khushi Dinesh, returning to competition after a short break, won the girls under-17 freestyle events on Friday, clocking 2:10.29 in the 200m and 9:26.19 in the 800m events. On a day when Karnataka swimmers bagged five gold medals, she was the toast of the contingent as the State rose to seventh on the medals table and moved to hailing distance of toppling Gujarat and Kerala.

Kareena Shankta clocked 1:14.66 in the girls under-17 100m Breaststroke race in which she led a Maharashtra sweep of the medals. Her time bettered the previous Best Indian Performance of 1:14.87 by Saloni Dalal (Karnataka) in 2018. Kareena Shankta’s gold was one of three that Maharashtra claimed at the swimming pool.

The results (all finals):

Shooting

Boys under-21 50m Rifle 3 position: 1. Niraj Kumar (Punjab) 452.3 points; 2. Sartaj Singh Tiwana (Punjab) 451.3; 3. Nitish Kumar (Haryana) 435.7.

Girls under-21 10m Air Pistol: 1. Vibhutia Bhatia (Haryana) 238.3 points; 2. Yogita (Haryana) 236.3 3. Harshada Nithave (Maharashtra) 214.1.

Girls under-17 10m Air Pistol: 1. Shikha Narwal (Haryana) 236.9 points; 2. Rhythm Sangwan (Haryana) 231.4; 3. Kanishka Dagar (Haryana) 212.0.

Swimming

Boys under-21

200m Freestyle: 1. Aaron Fernandes (Maharashtra) 1:56.61; 2. CJ Sanjay (Karnataka) 1:56.95; 3. Anurag Singh (Delhi) 1:58.37.

50m Butterfly: 1. Mihir Ambre (Maharashtra) 25.00 seconds; 2. D Adithya (Tamil Nadu) 26.03; 3. Priyank Rana (Delhi) 26.46.

100m Breaststroke: 1. S Dhanush (Tamil Nadu) 1:03.71; 2. M Lohith (Andhra Pradesh) 1:05.31; 3. Varun Patel (Madhya Pradesh) 1:08.51.

Girls under-21

200m Freestyle: 1. Shivangi Sarma (Assam) 2:07.91; 2. Bhavika Dugar (Tamil Nadu) 2:22.97; 3. Jasmine Gurung (Haryana) 2:24.30.

800m Freestyle: 1. Shivangi Sarma (Assam) 9:31.22; 2. Bhavika Dugar (Tamil Nadu) 10:13.78; 3. Jasmine Gurung (Haryana) 10:36.19.

50m Butterfly: 1. Sunaina Manjunath (Karnataka) 30.78 seconds; 2. Suman Patil (Goa) 31.07; 3. Anubhuti Baruah (Assam) 31.11.

100m Breaststroke: 1. Kalyani Saxena (Gujarat) 1:20.25; 2. Aaliyah Singh (Uttar Pradesh) 1:22.18; 3. Rajeshree Buragohain (Assam) 1:30.76.

Boys under-17

200m Freestyle: 1. R Sambhav (Karnataka) 1:56.66; 2. Aneesh S Gowda (Karanataka) 1:57.46; 3. Veer Khatkar (Maharashtra) 1:58.61.

50m Butterfly: 1. Aryan Varnekar (Delhi) 25.70 seconds; 2. Harsh Saroha (Haryana) 25.88; 3. Bikram Changmai (Delhi) 25.92.

100m Breaststroke: 1. Swadesh Mondol (West Bengal) 1:06.33; 2. Rohit Benediction (Tamil Nadu) 1:08.56; 3. Bhargav Phukan (Delhi) 1:08.90.

Girls under-17

200m Freestyle: 1. Khushi Dinesh (Karnataka) 2:10.29; 2. Kiara Bangera (Maharashtra) 2:12.16; 3. Bhavya Sachdeva (Delhi) 2:12.66.

800m Freestyle: 1. Khushi Dinesh (Karnataka) 9:26.19; 2. Bhavya Sachdeva (Delhi) 9:30.06; 3. Kiara Bangera (Maharashtra) 9:36.02.

50m Butterfly: 1. Nina Venkatesh (Karnataka) 28.58 seconds; 2. Kenisha Gupta (Maharashtra) 28.96; 3. Nilabhjaa Ghosh (West Bengal) 30.01.

100m Breaststroke: 1. Kareena Shankta (Maharashtra) 1:14.66; 2. Apeksha Fernandes (Maharashtra) 1:15.47; 3. Zara Jabbar (Maharashtra) 1:19.02.

Weightlifting

Boys under-21

55kg class: 1. Sanket Mahadev Sargar (Maharashtra) 239kg (Snatch 107kg, Clean & Jerk 132kg); 2. Muna Nayak (Odisha) 235 (102, 133 ); 3. Prashant Suresh Koli (Maharashtra) 231 (104, 127).

Girls under-21

49kg class: 1. Veerjeet Kaur (Chandigarh) 143kg (64, 79); 2. Gitashree Sonowal (Assam) 142 (60, 82); 3. Konjengbam Nomita Devi (Manipur) 141 (61, 80).

Boys under-17

55kg class: 1. Golom Tinku (Arunachal Pradesh) 209kg (93, 116); 2. Prabal Pratim Gogoi (Assam) 207 (90, 117); 3. Sankar Lapung (Arunachal Pradesh) 203 (90, 113).

Girls under-17

49kg class: 1. Usha (Rajasthan) 145 (63, 82); 2. Sapna Kumari (Rajasthan) 140 (60, 80); 3. V Rithika (Tamil Nadu) 135 (60, 75).

Wrestling

Freestyle

Girls under-17

46kg class: Kalyani Pandurang Gadekar (Maharashtra) beat Neha Kiran Chougale (Maharashtra); Bronze medals: Chhaya Patel (Madhya Pradesh) and Hemlata (Uttarakhand).

49kg class: 1. Priyanshi Prajapat (Madhya Pradesh) beat Shalini Sehrawat (Delhi); Bronze medals: Anushka (Maharashtra) and Priya (Haryana).

53kg: Deepti (Haryana) beat Varsha Pandey (Madhya Pradesh); Bronze medals: Smita Sambhaji Patil (Maharashtra) and Aarti Saroha (Delhi).

57kg class: Sonali Kondiba Mandalik (Maharashtra) beat Nikita (Delhi); Bronze medals: Khushi Yadav (Gujarat) and Muskan (Haryana).

61kg class: Bhagyashri Hanumant Fand (Maharashtra) beat Sittu (Haryana); Bronze medals: Khushi Kundu (Haryana) and Priyanka Yadav (Madhya Pradesh).

65kg class: Manju (Haryana) beat Elizabeth Rohlupuii (Mizoram); Bronze medals: Priyanka (Delhi) and Monika (Rajasthan).

69kg class: Sunena (Haryana) beat Ramandeep (Maharashtra). Bronze medals: Mansi Thakran (Delhi) and Harshita (Haryana).

Greco-Roman

Boys under-21

67kg class: 1. Anuj Dahiya (Delhi); 2. Gaurav (Uttar Pradesh); 3. Kundan Yadav (Maharashtra).

72kg class: 1. Rahul (Haryana); 2. Deepak Thakran (Delhi); 3. Mangesh Dilip Koli (Haryana).

77kg: 1. Ajay (Haryana); 2. Viraj Vikas Ranawade (Maharashtra); 3. Varun (Delhi).

87kg class: 1. Sunny Kumar Dahiya (Delhi); 2. Bhupender (Rajasthan); 3. Virender (Haryana).

97kg class: 1. Nitesh Kumar (Haryana); 2. Sahil Dahiya (Delhi); 3. Atul Anil Mane (Maharashtra).

Boys under-17

55kg class: 1. Omkar Eknath Patil (Maharashtra); 2. Lalit (Haryana); 3. Pratik Patil (Maharashtra).

60kg class: Saurabh (Uttar Pradesh) beat Deepak (Haryana); Bronze medals: Prateek (Delhi) and Praduman Yadav (Haryana).

65kg class: Ankit Gulia (Haryana) beat Bholu Yadav (Uttar Pradesh); Bronze medals: Rakesh (Delhi) and Ravi Deswal (Haryana).

71kg class: Sahil Dalal (Haryana) beat Umesh (Delhi); Bronze medals: Mohit (Haryana) and Mohit (Delhi).

80kg class: Vijender (Delhi) beat Mohit (Uttar Pradesh); Bronze medals: Ankit (Haryana) and Mohit (Delhi).

92kg class: Kapil (Delhi) beat Ankit (Haryana); Bronze medals: Arshdeep (Punjab) and Umang (Uttarakhand).

Chinese President Xi Jinping on visit to Myanmar

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is on a two day visit to Myanmar He arrived in capital Naypyitaw today. It is President Xi’s first visit to Myanmar also the first visit by a Chinese president to Myanmar in 19 years.

During the visit of President Xi Jinping China speedy implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is on top of the agenda as Myanmar occupies an important strategic location for China at the junction of South and South East Asia. Myanmar formally joined the BRI in September 2018 after signing a 15-point memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China.

In an article published on Thursday in the state owned Newspaper of Myanmar President Xi said Myanmar and China need to deepen “result-oriented Belt and Road cooperation” and move from “the conceptual stage to concrete planning and implementation” of Beijing’s infrastructure projects across Myanmar. He called the relationship between the two countries as Pauk-phaw, which means siblings from the same mother in Burmese.

The 1700 km long China Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), as part of the BRI, will connect Kunming, the capital of China’s Yunnan Province, to Myanmar’s Mandalay and Yangon which are its major economic hubs, and to the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Under the CMEC, Myanmar has agreed to implement nine projects including the Kyaukphyu SEZ which will provide a direct access to China to the Indian ocean.

During the visit, the two countries are expected to sign a dozen agreements including the Kyaukphyu SEZ, $1.3 bn deep-sea port at Kyaukphyu in central Rakhine state, border cooperation zones, trade, road upgrade projects among others.

Xi is scheduled to meet President Win Myint, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, and Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing in the capital Naypyidaw during his visit.

According to Myanmar’s government investment agency, China is the country’s second-largest foreign investor and its largest trading partner.

The visit assumes significance as China is trying hard to push its BRI initiative and revitalise its ties with Myanmar after a few setbacks like scaling down a Chinese-led deep-water port project in Kyaukpyu and the stalled hydel power dam at Myitsone and the copper mining project.

Myanmar seeks to gain from Chinese support as it battles international isolation on the issue of violence against Rohingyas in Rakhine province and a generous financial package from China.

‘Pariksha Pe Charcha-2020’ to be held on Jan 20

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Students, teachers and parents across India are eagerly awaiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interaction programme ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha-2020’.

The event will be held at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi on coming Monday. Over two thousand students, parents and teachers will be participating from all over the country.

Class 10 student from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya of Longleng District in Nagaland, Lengngoi Phom, has been selected to participate in this year’s Programme.

She is the only student to represent Nagaland. Miss Phom told AIR News that she is very excited to meet the Prime Minister and feels proud to represent the state.

She said if she gets the chance to ask a question to the Prime Minister, she would like to know how she can deal with her friends who distract her from her studies.

Teacher incharge of Pariskha Pe Charcha, Savad N Kani an English Teacher in JNV, Longleng, said they are glad not only for the particular student but for the entire Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya schools.

Kashmir is India’s internal matter:Russia

Staff Reporter / New Delhi

Russian Ambassador to India, Nikolay Kudashev said that Kashmir is India’s internal matter, belonging to its constitutional space.

Talking to media in New Delhi while speaking on Russia’s position on the closed-door meeting on Kashmir, called by China, in United Nations Security Council-UNSC he said as far as the discussions within UNSC is concerned, Moscow has never been in favour of bringing this issue into the United Nations agenda.

On Kashmir being raised at UNSC Russian Ambassador said our position is that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. He said it should be resolved bilaterally in line with Shimla agreement and Lahore declaration.

K’taka wins five Gold in Swimming in Khelo India


Karnataka won 5 gold in the swimming today followed by Maharashtra with 3 gold.

Assam girl Shivangi Sarma clinched 2 gold in swimming. In wrestling, Haryana clinched 7 Gold medal so far. Haryana’s Rahul, Ajay, Manju won gold in their categories in wrestling.

Maharashtra is leading the medals tally with a total of 147 medals including 40 gold. Haryana is in the second position with a total 107 medals that include 35 gold.

It was a day of individual brilliance in the swimming pool as several young talents rose up to the occasions. Assam’s Shivangi Sarma clinched gold in 200 and 800-meter freestyle. Now her aim is to win medal in Asian games.

Karnataka’s Khusi Dinesh also got 2 gold in under 17 category. Another Karnataka swimmer Sambhavv grabbed the title in 200-meter boys freestyle and he is delighted to win a Gold in Khelo India.

Tamilnadu’s Dhanush won Gold in the 100-meter breaststroke. Rajasthan girl Usha, Arunachal’s Golom Tinku and Maharastra’s Sanket also excelled in weightlifting.

Bhim Army chief defies bail order, leads protest at Jama Masjid against CAA

AMN / New Delhi

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad today defied court order to join protesters at the Jama Masjid. He along with hundreds of his supporters was seen protesting against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, CAA.

Calling for repeal of the Citizenship Amendment Act, which he termed as a “black act”, he said nothing is bigger than keeping the country together.

Azad was released from Tihar Jail on bail on Thursday night and received a rousing welcome by his supporters.

Azad, with his trademark blue ‘safaa’, read out the Preamble to the Constitution.

At Jama Masjid in old Delhi, where anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protest was taking place, Azad also lauded women participating in the anti-CAA protests at Shaheen Bagh, Jamia Millia University and other parts of the country.

“This (anti CAA) movement is for the future of this country, for our identity and to uphold the Constitution. It is our responsibility to strengthen it,” he said.

Azad said it is the fundamental duty of citizens to protect the Constitution and also urged people to carry out peaceful protests against the CAA.

Conference held on NPR, Census 2021

AMN / NEW DELHI

A Conference of the Chief Secretaries and Administrator State and Union Territories on Census 2021 and updating of National Population Register, NPR was held in New Delhi today.

Inaugurating it, Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai laid emphasis on the need of conducting Census 2021 and the role of the States in doing the same.

He also said that the data collected in the Census helps us in framing policies for the welfare of the people of the country. Mr Rai also inaugurated the Official Mascot for Census 2021.

Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla remarked on the vastness of this exercise and involvement of the State functionaries.

At the outset, Dr. Vivek Joshi, Registrar General & Census Commissioner of India welcomed the Minister, Home Secretary, Chief Secretaries of the State and other State Nodal officers to the conference. He made a brief presentation on the Strategy for Census 2021.

After Dr. Joshi’s presentation before the gathering, presentations on the appointment of the Census functionaries, National Population Register (NPR), Printing and Logistics facilities, use of Mobile application in data collection and Central monitoring portal have been made by the respective in charge officials from the ORGI.

Hockey India appointed Janneke Schopman as Analytical Coach for Women’s Team

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The decorated hockey star who has 212 international caps for the Netherlands and also successfully led the side for two years before retirement has to her credit a Gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a Silver from the 2004 Athens Olympics. She was also part of the Netherlands squad that won the World Cup in 2006, and a Silver in the 2002 and 2010 World Cup.

The 42-year-old who was formerly associated with the United States National Women’s Hockey team as their Head Coach from 2016 to 2019. In her career as a Coach, she was associated with the USA U21 Women’s Team and also worked as Assistant Coach with the US National Women’s Hockey Team from 2014 to 2016 before being promoted to the role of the Head Coach. She was also the Head Coach for U-18 Den Bosch, a domestic club in the Netherlands.

Under her tutelage as Head Coach, the USA won the Hockey World League Round 3 in South Africa, finished third in the Pan Am Cup in 2017 and 2019. Won the Bronze medal in the FIH Champions Trophy 2016 and under her stint as Assistant Coach, the USA won the Champions Challenge in 2014 and finished 1st in Pan Am Games in 2015.

Incidentally, the Indian Women’s Hockey Team defeated USA at the FIH Olympic Qualifiers in November 2019 to win their second consecutive Olympic berth.

“I am looking forward to working with Janneke. We know each other for a long time and have the same thoughts about hockey and her experience as an Olympic Gold Medallist and World Cup winner will give the team a good boost in our preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” stated Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne.

Schopman will join the on-going Indian National Coaching Camp in SAI, Bengaluru on 18 January 2020 and accompany the team for their season opener in New Zealand where they will play the hosts and Great Britain.

“I am really excited to work with the Indian Women’s Hockey Team. I have followed their game for quite a while and I believe they are a very talented and determined group of players. I look forward to contributing to their zest to achieve desired results for India,” stated Janneke whose contract is till the end of 2020 Tokyo Olympics.