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Rahul Gandhi launches fresh attack on government over Rafale deal; BJP hits back
Source:  The Financial Express
Saturday, 22 August 2020 16:33

In his Twitter post, the former Congress president also quoted Mahatma Gandhi's words: "Truth is one, paths are many".

J&K LG drops chopper, drives to districts to reach out to Kashmiris
Source:  The Siasat Daily
Saturday, 22 August 2020 16:32

J&K LG drops chopper, drives to districts to reach out to Kashmiris

By Ahmed Ali Fayyaz
New Delhi, Aug 22 : Jammu and Kashmir’s new Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha is breaking all the hackneyed bureaucratic taboos and security drills to start an extensive public outreach campaign that was absent in the terror-torn Kashmir valley since long.

In 10 days of his taking over at the Raj Bhawan in Srinagar, the people of Kashmir are witnessing the LG literally on the ground – driving through forlorn terrains, making inspections of the projects in progress, pulling up officials for the lapses and meeting with delegations.

It is for the first time that LG in the Union Territory has dumped his helicopter and decided to drive all the way to the countryside to familiarize himself with the people and the places usually seen by some as hostile to the government. His style of working has been baffling – sometimes unsettling – for his top aides, bureaucrats and officers.

The first surprise came within two days of Sinha’s entry. Regardless of security concerns, he made it a point to begin his outreach with a visit to Srinagar’s largest and the most crowded SMHS Hospital, which few of the top government functionaries had visited in the last over two years.

On February 6, 2018, dreaded Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) ‘commander’ Naveed Jhat had escaped from custody at the SMHS Hospital after gunning down both the Jammu and Kashmir Police constables escorting him from Srinagar Central Jail for a medical examination that appeared to be a ruse. SMHS is situated in a congested neighbourhood in downtown Srinagar.

Notwithstanding a medical emergency on account of the coronavirus pandemic in the last five months, top officers have rarely passed by the hospital after August 5, last year when J&K’s special constitutional status was withdrawn, the state bifurcated into the two UTs, former ministers and legislators jailed and the valley was put under a two-month lockdown. Sinha was seen incredulously interacting with patients and their attendants and reviewing the situation with the doctors.

Sinha’s first visit to the rural Kashmir on Tuesday was no less surprising. His cavalcade of bulletproof cars surged all the way from Raj Bhawan through the northern foreshore road of Dal Lake to pastoral Ganderal and Kangan.

Suddenly it screeched to a halt at Tenganbal between Srinagar and Ganderbal districts and not far away from the spot where two Border Security Force (BSF) men had been shot dead in a broad daylight terror strike in May this year.

Singh, along with Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam, inspected the Rs 20-crore road-widening project, from Pandach to Wayil, which has not progressed in the last six years.

At an official meeting in Ganderbal, Deputy Commissioner Shafqat Iqbal put up a PowerPoint presentation on the languishing projects and other government schemes but he had no convincing answers as to why the people had been suffering on account of the assured public services like Kisan Cards, linking of Aadhar and other services for the below poverty level population.

Sinha further drove all the way to Kangan, on Srinagar-Leh highway, where he conducted inspection of the under-construction Mother and Child Care Hospital for which National Health Mission has provided funds worth Rs 42.5 crore. He also met several public delegations. In all, he inaugurated 12 projects on which Rs 55 crore have been spent. He also laid the foundation stone of three new projects through virtual mode.

The LG then decided to visit the revered Mata Kheer Bhawani temple at Tulmulla to pay obeisance. Across faiths, the people in Kashmir believe that the colour of the Kheer Bhawani spring water determines peace or turbulence in a particular year.

Unlike on the given VVIP visit route, there was no security drill on the road to Tulmulla. According to some officials, Sinha insisted he wouldn’t go back without a darshan of Kheer Bhawani. “Thank God, it all went on smoothly,” said an officer.

On Wednesday, Sinha traveled to Baramulla district in northern Kashmir. Only 24 hours ago, eight people, including two soldiers, two paramilitary personnel, one Special Police Officer of the J&K Police and three Laskhar terrorists, had died in an encounter at Kreeri, not too far away from the highway. Northern Kashmir has witnessed five major terror attacks and three big encounters between the militants and security forces in the last five months.

Sinha met with 15 public delegations, including former MLAs Javid Hassan Baig and Shoib Lone, at Baramulla and five more at Boniyar, on the Baramulla-Uri-Muzaffarabad road. Officials, as well as the residents, looked happy that the LG accorded administrative approval and provided funds to an important jetty bridge on the river Jhelum.

“Just two RCC piers had been laid 22 years ago. This project had been languishing since 2003 as no administrative approval or funds had been provided by the successive governments. We are hugely relieved today,” Deputy Commissioner Ghulam Nabi Itoo said.

At Baramulla, Sinha made an inspection of the Rs 139 crore Government Medical College. Later at Boniyar, he laid the foundation stone of the Rs 14 crore Degree College. In all, he inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of over a dozen projects in Baramulla district.

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England vs Pakistan 3rd Test Day 2 Live Cricket Score Updates: Rain halts play with Crawley nearing 200 - The Indian Express
Source:  Google News
Saturday, 22 August 2020 16:27

  1. England vs Pakistan 3rd Test Day 2 Live Cricket Score Updates: Rain halts play with Crawley nearing 200  The Indian Express
  2. Day 1 Highlights | Crawley Stars With Superb Maiden Hundred | England v Pakistan 3rd Test 2020  England & Wales Cricket Board
  3. England vs Pakistan Live score, 3rd Test, Day 2: Rain stops play in Southampton  Times of India
  4. Sourav Ganguly commits to India hosting England in February 2021 |  ESPNcricinfo
  5. Crawley Puts England on Top With Superb Maiden Hundred | England v Pakistan 3rd Test Day 1 2020  England & Wales Cricket Board
  6. View Full coverage on Google News

Bovine mastitis resulting in 70 per cent loss in milk production: IIT-Roorkee study
Source:  The Financial Express
Saturday, 22 August 2020 16:27

IIT-Roorkee's three-year research, funded by the Department of Science and Technology, got published in the Journal of Proteomics and won the Science Engineering Research Board (SERB) award.

Supreme Court extends deadline for special CBI court to deliver its judgement on Babri Masjid demolition case
Saturday, 22 August 2020 16:26

The post Supreme Court extends deadline for special CBI court to deliver its judgement on Babri Masjid demolition case appeared first on Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K.

Rift over proposed AIUDF alliance apparent in Cong camp
Source:  The Shillong Times
Saturday, 22 August 2020 16:26

GUWAHATI: Differences within the Congress camp in Assam have apparently surfaced with a section of senior party functionaries opposing the proposal for forging a “direct” alliance with the Badruddin Ajmal-led All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) and preferring a “grand alliance” with non-BJP parties instead to take on the ruling party in next year’s Assembly elections.

Party leaders, including some MLAs from Upper Assam, stayed away from a meeting held at former three-time chief minister Tarun Gogoi’s residence here on Saturday to discuss the proposed alliance of the grand old party with AIUDF.

Gogoi had hinted at a possible grand alliance comprising AIUDF and other non-BJP parties after the party’s core committee meeting here last Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters after attending the meeting here on Saturday, former Jorhat MLA and senior party leader, Rana Goswami said that a grand alliance with non-BJP parties, including Anchalik Gana Morcha led by newly elected Rajya Sabha MP, Ajit Kumar Bhuyan or with a party floated by the All Assam Students Union,   was welcome but not a direct, “single party� alliance with AIUDF.

“In fact, I had raised my objection at the core committee meeting of the party recently and categorically opposed a direct alliance with AIUDF. However, if the party is a part of the grand alliance, then we have to know the stand of the other alliance partners and make our stand known later,� Goswami said.

Goswami along with senior party functionaries, including leader of the Opposition, Debabrata Saikia, Pradyut Bordoloi, Bhupen Borah and Abdul Khaleque, had reportedly held a separate meeting immediately after the core committee meeting earlier this week. The five leaders decided to send a formal request to the party high command, seeking change of leadership.

“We want to dethrone BJP from power for which we have to forge an alliance with like-minded parties in the polls next year,� he said.

Asked about some Congress leaders and members comfortable with a direct alliance with AIUDF, Goswami said that the thinking could be different in Upper Assam, Lower Assam and Barak Valley.

“But as a former MLA from Upper Assam and a conscious citizen, I would not prefer a direct alliance… my conscience does not permit such a move,� he said.

Centre asks states to not restrict inter-state movement of people, goods
Source:  Business Standard
Saturday, 22 August 2020 16:25

The Centre has asked all states to ensure that there should be no restrictions on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods during the ongoing unlocking process.

Vigil up in UP after arrest of ISIS terrorist
Source:  Oneindia News
Saturday, 22 August 2020 16:25

New Delhi, Aug 22: An alleged ISIS operative with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) was arrested from central Delhi's Ridge Road area following a brief exchange of fire, a senior officer of the Delhi Police said on Saturday. The accused was arrested

SEBI employees' group protests Garg's appointment as executive director
Source:  Business Standard
Saturday, 22 August 2020 16:24

Appointment is a deviation from established practice followed in organisations like the Reserve Bank of India, says association

Weekly Covid tracker: August 14-20
Source:  BusinessLine
Saturday, 22 August 2020 16:24

The number of infections in India is fast approaching 3 million. While Maharashtra continues to have the most number of cases among States, Pune tops

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