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  • Amarnath Yatra resumes from Jammu, over 6,000 pilgrims on way to Kashmir

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    Jammu, Jul 9 (PTI) The Amarnath Yatra resumed from Jammu today after a day-long suspension allegedly due to appprehensions of law and order problems on the second death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani.

    The resumption of the yatra came as a major relief to thousands of pilgrims who were left stranded here for the past several days due to various reasons, primarily the inclement weather in the area around the 3,880-metre high holy cave shrine of Amarnath. 

    A fresh batch of 6,162 pilgrims, including 1,360 women and 222 Sadhus today left the winter capital for the twin base camps of Baltal and Pahalgam in Kashmir, officials said.

    They said that the pilgrims left in two convoys from Bhagwati Nagar base camp under tight security arrangements early today and are expected to reach their destinations in the Valley later in the day.

    The traffic also resumed on Jammu-Srinagar national highway - the all-weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country. The highway was closed for traffic yesterday as a precautionary measure in view of apprehensions of law and order problems in the Valley. 

    While 3,163 pilgrims, including 516 women and 197 Sadhus opted for the traditional 36-km Pahalgam track in Anantnag district, 2,999 others, including 844 women and 25 Sadhus are performing the yatra through shorter 12-km Baltal track in Ganderbal district, the officials said.

    They said a total of 234 heavy and light motor vehicles left the base camp for the Valley after authorities gave a green signal for resumption of the pilgrimage from here.

    This was the ninth batch from Bhagwati Nagar base camp and so far a total of 33,588 pilgrims had left for the Valley from Jammu, the officials said.

    The 60-day yatra was suspended from here for the fifth time yesterday since its commencement on June 28, owing to a strike call given by separatist groups to mark the second death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Wani.

    Earlier, the yatra was suspended on four occasions to avoid overcrowding and to ensure safety of the pilgrims in view of heavy rains which triggered landslides and shooting of stones on the pilgrimage route.

    Till last evening, a total of 94,412 pilgrims had paid their obeisance at the holy cave, housing the naturally formed ice-shivlingam since the beginning of the annual yatra, the officials said, adding the number is expected to cross the one lakh mark today itself as the yatra is "progressing well" on both the routes.
  • Amit Shah arrives in TN, to pep up BJP workers

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    Chennai, Jul 9 (PTI) BJP President Amit Shah arrived in the Tamil Nadu capital today for a one-day visit during which he is set to energise grassroots level functionaries ahead of next year's Lok Sabha polls and meet a cross-section of leaders, party insiders said.

    Shah, who was met with a rousing welcome by party cadres, will hold an interactive session with members of the Sakthi and Maha Sakthi Kendra, which comprise the grassroots support of the party.

    While a Sakthi Kendra in-charge is vested with the responsibility of overseeing the party work of five booth level functionaries, a Maha Sakthi Kendra office-bearer is the overseer for five Sakthi Kendra functionaries.

    Hoardings, festoons and banners welcomed Shah along the route from the airport on till the venue of the meeting on East Coast Road in the suburbs.

    Describing the about 15,000 kendra level party workers as the pivot of the BJP at the crucial grassroots level, party sources told PTI that the key group of workers needed to be heard and energised.

    "The kendra workers have the task of ensuring enrolment of more and more members. Also, they have been asked to have a personal touch with the people. This is crucial work for any party," said a senior functionary working with kendra volunteers.

    Though there are functionaries at several other levels, including the party apparatus at the district, town and union level, the role of kendra workers is significant, he added.

    Shah will also meet with an administrative committee of the party set up for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu.

    The BJP chief will interact with those in charge of the party in each of the 39 Parliamentary seats in Tamil Nadu and the lone seat in neighbouring Puducherry.

    The party has appointed two office-bearers (one designated as in-charge and another an organiser) for each of the Parliamentary seats.

    Besides, Shah will meet office-bearers from the Union territories of Puducherry and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

    The BJP president is also set to meet office-bearers from Sangh Parivar outfits, including the Hindu Munnani which was credited with doing complementary fieldwork during the polls in Tamil Nadu, said a party leader.

    BJP Tamil Nadu unit president Tamilisai Soundararajan termed the visit of the party's national chief a "big morale booster" for workers.

    The saffron party in Tamil Nadu has been trying hard to make a dent in the largely bipolar Dravidian politics dominated by the ruling AIADMK and the principal opposition DMK.

    The party is hoping to make inroads with the political scene in Tamil Nadu witnessing a churn after the death of AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa in 2016 and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi becoming politically inactive in view of his age.

    As part of its efforts to become electorally significant in Tamil Nadu, the BJP had also tried to woo top Tamil actor Rajinikanth into its fold.

    The actor, however, did not respond to the overtures is expected to launch his own political party.

    Another leading matinee star, Kamal Haasan, has launched his political outfit Makkal Needhi Maiam.

    The political innings of Haasan and the expected political entry of Rajinikanth are significant as they come following a perception of a political vacuum in view of Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa fading away from the scene.

    Against this background, the BJP is hopeful of expanding its footprint beyond its traditional stronghold in several pockets of Kanyakumari district.
  • 61 wanted criminals arrested in Amethi

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    Amethi (UP), Jul 9 (PTI) As many as 61 wanted criminals were arrested by the Amethi district police in a special drive, a senior police officer said today.

    The drive was carried out last night and the criminals having arrest warrants against them were arrested from different parts of the district, the police officer said.

    Amethi police station recorded the maximum number of arrests (11) during the drive, the police officer said.

    There are 14 police stations in the district.
  • Gangster Munna Bajrangi shot dead inside UP jail

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    Baghpat (UP), July 9 (PTI) Dreaded gangster Prem Prakash Singh alias Munna Bajrangi was shot dead allegedly by another inmate inside the district jail here today, the police said.

    Terming the incident as serious, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered a probe. 

    Four jail officials have been suspended in connection with the incident.

    Bajrangi was brought here from Jhansi Jail yesterday and was to be produced in a local court today in a case of demanding extortion money from BJP MLA Lokesh Dixit.

    Bajrangi, who was also named in the killing of former BJP legislator Krishnanad Rai, was shot dead allegedly by another inmate, police said.

    At a press conference recently, the gangster's wife had alleged that conspiracies were being hatched to kill her husband.

    Principal Secretary, Home, Arvind Kumar said Jailor, Udai Pratap Singh, Deputy Jailor Shivaji Yadav, Head warden Arjinder Singh and warden Madhav Kumar have been suspended in connection with the incident.

    A probe by a judicial magistrate will be undertaken as per procedure, he said and added that an FIR has been lodged in the matter.
  • Man held for facilitating Assam MLA to rape wife

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    Hailakandi (Assam), July 9 (PTI) A man has been arrested after his wife complained to the police that he had helped an Assam MLA in raping her twice in May, the police said today.

    The man was arrested from Azara area in Guwahati on July 7 and was produced in the Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court in Hailakandi, which remanded him to five days in police custody.

    The woman had complained to the police on July 6 that the AIUDF MLA, Nijam Uddin Choudhury, had raped her at Hailakandi circuit house on May 19 and later at her house on May 23, the police said, adding she claimed that on both the occasions, her husband had facilitated the MLA.

    In her complaint, the woman has accused the MLA of trying to take her to Guwahati, but had to give up the plan after she threatened to commit suicide.

    The woman alleged that she was not allowed to go out of the house by her husband and could not lodge a police earlier as was forcibly confined to the house.

    The Algapur MLA, however, dismissed the allegation, saying, "It is totally baseless and a conspiracy against me." 

    He said the woman had met him along with her husband to settle their family problem and he had no connection with her.

    AIUDF president Badruddin Ajmal said the law will take its own course after police investigations reveal the truth.
  • Deadpool 2: Uncut' to screen at Comic-Con

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    Los Angeles, Jul 9 (PTI) San Diego Comic-Con has announced that there will be a special screening of an extended version of the recently released Ryan Reynolds-starrer "Deadpool 2".

    The schedule for July 21 of the Comic-Con lists two "Deadpool" events - a panel discussion on the film and a showcase of "Deadpool 2: Uncut", Collider reported.

    The studio promised some "surprises" in the screening which will more than likely include deleted and extended scenes.

    Director David Leitch had confirmed earlier this year that the extended cut of the film, written by Reynolds, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, was in the works.

    "There's an extended cut. And I think that they may want to spin that out as a special thing, but right now I'm sort of... 

    "We're taking our time, and it's going back to the 'director cut,' and then sort of collaborating with Ryan, Rhett and Paul, and making sure we're all getting all the jokes we want - to have it be fun and our sort of fun collaboration," Leitch said.

    Also featuring Josh Brolin, TJ Miller, Morena Baccarin, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapacic and Leslie Uggams, the film released on May 18.
  • I didn't know the man: Robin Wright on allegations against Kevin Spacey

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    Los Angeles, Jul 9 (PTI) Actor Robin Wright has weighed upon the sexual assault allegations against her "House of Cards" co-star Kevin Spacey.

    In an interview with Savannah Guthrie on NBC's "Today", Wright was asked if there was any red flag regarding Spacey's alleged behaviour on the show's sets.

    "Kevin and I knew each other between action and cut, and in between setups where we would giggle. 

    "I didn't really... I didn't know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is," Wright replied.

    Last October, actor Anthony Rapp had accused Spacey of sexual assault in an interview and had alleged that the incident happened at a party in 1986, during which the "American Beauty" star made sexual advances towards his then 14-year-old self.

    In response to Rapp's accusations, Spacey issued a statement claiming he did not recall the incident, but apologised for what he said would have been "deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour." The actor also came out in his apology letter.

    The allegations led to Spacey's firing from the Netflix show. His character, Frank Underwood, was written out of the series while Wright's Claire Underwood was made the central figure in the eight-episode sixth and final season, which is expected to air later this year.

    Actor Patricia Clarkson, who portrays the role of Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade, Jane Davis, in the popular series, recently revealed that Wright fought to save the series from getting axed.

    Clarkson said Wright worked closely with showrunners, Frank Pugliese and Melissa James Gibson, to keep the series afloat after Spacey was fired by the streaming giant.
  • 'Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma' actor dies of cardiac arrest

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    Mumbai, Jul 9 (PTI) Actor Kavi Kumar Azaad, known for playing the character of Dr Hansraaj Hathi on popular sitcom "Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma", passed away today after suffering a cardiac arrest.

    Azaad breathed his last this morning at Miraroad Wockhardt Hospital, the show's producer Asit Kumarr Modi, said in a statement.

    "He was an amazing actor and a very positive person. He truly loved the show and always came for the shoots, even if he was not feeling well. 

    "He called today morning that he is not well and will not be able to come for shoot. And later we got the news that he passed away. We are all too numb to say anything," Modi said.

    Azaad replaced actor Nirmal Soni as Dr Hathi, who played the role for a year since the show's inception, in 2009.
  • I'm not a pristine pop performer: Charli XCX

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    London, July 9 (PTI) Charli XCX has revealed that she does not consider herself a pop performer, and instead identifies more with "club" and "rave" music.

    The music sensation, real name Charlotte Aitchison, is currently on tour with Taylor Swift. 

    "The Taylor shows have been really great, but it's a different beast I'm not a pristine pop performer. I'm born to play in club environments, rave environments," she said in an interview with The Observer.

    "That's where my music really goes down best," she continued, adding that she still managed to perform with country-pop singer Swift because of her crowd connect. 

    "I'm a really good performer so I can kind of get any crowd going. I play, like, the hits," she said.

    The 25-year-old singer admitted that she is a workaholic, saying that "you turn every aspect of your life, people and places and fun, into work Which is me. Like, every single thing is work for me." 

    The "Fancy" hitmaker acknowledged in the interview that she preferred music that allowed her to be creative and have artistic freedom, including not being told what to do, not wearing the thing that is going to look the most appealing in the music video, not smiling all the time in every f*cking photo".
  • Once you have the costume on, you become the character: Jennifer Lawrence

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    New York, Jul 8 (PTI) Jennifer Lawrence says does not identify as a method actor and said she becomes the character as soon as she puts on her costume.

    The 27-year-old actor, who was last seen playing a Russian ballerina-turned-operative in "Red Sparrow", said the film's director, Francis Lawrence asked her to talk to her friends in an accent to stay in character - a suggestion she refused. 

    "For two weeks before the movie, Francis would say, 'You should talk in the accent at home. Stay in the accent and talk to your friends in the accent.' I said, 'Francis, I don't have those kinds of friends. They would never call me again'," Lawrence told Star magazine.

    She added she spent several months getting the accent right and it was tough as it was the first time she was playing a foreigner.

    "... So I spent four months before the movie figuring out what kind of dialect she would have. Once you get there and you have the costume on, you become the character and it's easier," the actor added.
  • Morgan laments batting collapse, says England were 20-30 runs short

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    Bristol, Jul 9 (PTI) England captain Eoin Morgan said his side was 20-30 runs short in the lost third T20 International against India and blamed the death-overs' batting collapse for the score, which wasn't enough despite being steep.

    Rohit Sharma scored his third T20I hundred as India chased down 199 with seven wickets in hand to pocket the three-match series 2-1.

    "We were probably 20-30 runs short. 225 or 235 would have been more of a difficult chase (on that ground). India never really got away from us, but we struggled to take wickets (during the chase)," said Morgan.

    "They kept up with the rate, and then it was a position in the 16th or 17th over they could take the game away from us which is disappointing. (But) Jason (Roy) and Jos (Buttler) were brilliant up front and almost gave us a licence to allow ourselves to think about 220," he added.

    England lost four wickets for 46 runs in the middle overs that restricted their momentum, and in the death overs they lost another five wickets in the space of 14 balls. 

    For India, while Rohit did the job with the bat, all-rounder Hardik Pandya picked up four wickets for 38 runs and was instrumental in pulling things back for India.

    "Pandya kept it simple (on a tough ground). He hit good lengths and we didn't hit it. The execution of our shots didn't really match up. On a good wicket, and a small ground, we should be better than that. India were probably on top of their game today, and we weren't. 

    "We were just short. Those 20 or 30 runs we missed out on in the back-end of our innings cost us," said the skipper.

    "This series has been pretty competitive, probably barring the first game, which they (India) dominated. It doesn't necessarily expose us in one area, but it allows us to grow as a team. I don't think we have to play a completely perfect game every time. We proved that at Cardiff." 

    England were not able to get breakthroughs throughout the Indian innings, with a crucial 89-run third-wicket partnership between Rohit and Virat Kohli setting the tone for the victory.

    Morgan said there were key things to learn from the game which the hosts would take into the three-match ODI series strating July 12.

    "I was just chopping and changing trying to find a wicket, trying to be as unpredictable as we could but it didn't work. India stuck to banging in a hard length until they went to yorkers towards the end. That's what we tried to replicate, because on this ground, taking wickets is a priority," he said. 

    "But I am pretty confident, going forward, we won't be hung over on this series loss. It doesn't mean we are going to go and have a divine right to win a game of cricket. We have to remember all the hard work we put in to beat good teams, and India are one of those. 

    The ODI series begins in Nottingham.
  • Shuttler Jayaram finishes runners-up at White Nights

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    Gatchina (Russia), Jul 9 (PTI) On a comeback trail after recovering from injury, Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram finished runners-up at the White Nights International Challenge after losing in the finals against top seed Pablo Abian of Spain here.

    The 30-year-old Indian, who entered the semifinals at the US Open World Tour 300 event last month, had an impressive run at the tournament before losing 21-11 16-21 17-21 to Pablo in a 55-minute summit clash here.

    "It feels good to be winning matches again. Quite happy with the way I'm playing now. Especially considering being off for so long and until even a couple of months ago I had a lot of doubts about my hamstring. So I feel quite positive with the last couple of results - the US open semis and this one," Jayaram told PTI.

    "A lot of positives to take from both the tournaments. It gives me motivation to continue to work harder and hopefully I can improve on this in the coming tournaments." 

    Jayaram, who had achieved a career-best ranking of world no 13 in April last year, aggravated a hamstring injury at the Senior Nationals. An old knee injury also flared up and he was out of action for over six months. It affected his ranking as it nosedived 96.

    The Mumbai shuttler made a comeback in April and reached the US Open semifinals last month. He is now itching to comeback to the big league and would play at the Super 100 and 300 events to rack up his ranking.

    "I will be playing the Russian GP next. I will be focusing on Super 100, 300 and maybe Challenger events in the coming months. I need to get my ranking up before I can get back into the big league of Super Series," said Jayaram.

    Meanwhile, men's doubles pair of Tarun Kona and Saurabh Sharma lost 21-18 13-21 17-21 to German combo of Bjarne Geiss and Jan Colin V lker in the semi-finals.
  • Rohit's knock was special, says Pandya

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    Bristol, Jul 9 (PTI) Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya credited Rohit Sharma for the team's comprehensive win in the series-clinching third and final T20 International against England, saying it was a special innings from the elegant batsman after two ordinary outings.

    Rohit struck his third T20I hundred as India chased down a 199-run target with seven wickets in hand here last night to pocket the three-match series 2-1.

    "Rohit played amazingly well. He was outstanding and played a fantastic hand. He won the game single-handedly for us. We expect that from him. I haven't seen anyone hit the ball as hard as Rohit," Pandya told reporters at the post-match press conference.

    "Not having two good games and then coming back to play such an innings, that is special. It shows the confidence players have in this team, in themselves. It all comes down to the support staff. They have been great," he added. 

    Rohit did not have the best of outings with the bat in the first two T20s against England, scoring 32 and 5. But he got back his mojo last night and smashed an unbeaten 100 off just 56 balls with the help of 11 boundaries and five sixes to steer India home. 

    Pandya too played a major role with both bat and ball last night. He first returned figures of 4 for 38 and then came ahead of MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina to hit 33 not out off just 14 balls to lend support to Rohit in India's pursuit of 198 for 9. 

    The 24-year-old medium pacer, however, had a nightmare start to his afternoon when he conceded 22 runs from his first over. 

    "To be honest, I see the T20 format as a funny game. You need to back yourself and bowl your best balls. I still remember after getting hit for 22, I was still normal. If you come and bowl the right lengths, and take wickets on this kind of pitch, eventually you will stop runs," Pandya said.

    "My focus was to make sure that I bowled different balls rather than just bowling yorkers because bowling length was the key. With the shortest boundaries on the straight, I kind of mixed things." 

    Pandya said every game teaches him a new cricketing lesson.

    "I am learning. I am always learning in the game. I've made sure that I keep on learning from my mistakes. With every game, something or the other I am learning, which is helping my game," he said.

    "When I was young, I have batted at number three. So for me any situation I go in, I play according to that. It doesn't matter if I hit 13-ball 30 or 25-ball 25, depending on the situation I play accordingly." 

    Pandya was full of praise for the back room staff, who according to him are responsible for the upward graph of the current Indian team. 

    "We have a fantastic staff and leaders who are giving us immense confidence to go and express ourselves. We are just enjoying our game rather than think about what's going to happen. We're just playing our best cricket and eventually when you do that, you end up doing well," he said.

    "The good thing about this generation of players is that we are backed to the hilt. We try and back each other and the support staff also gives us freedom to express ourselves.

    "In the end this is a sport, sometimes you will do well and sometimes you won't. I try to see it like that. There will be both good and bad days but I try to work hard and put in the effort." 

    Asked if this was his best performance for India in the shortest formats, Pandya said, "You can say so. We would have loved to restrict them for fewer runs. I gave 38 runs overall but in the first over I would have liked to give fewer runs. Maybe I can call it the best performance. 

    "It doesn't matter though. In the end if the team wins, even if I give 50 runs and don't take wickets, I am more than happy.
  • Dipa wins gold in Gymnastics World Cup

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    New Delhi, Jul 8 (PTI) Returning to action after a long lay-off of nearly two years due to injury, India's premier gymnast Dipa Karmakar clinched the gold medal in the vault event of FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey today.

    The 24-year-old from Tripura, who had finished fourth in vault event in the 2016 Rio Olympics, scored 14.150 to win gold today. She had topped the qualification also with a score of 13.400.

    This is Dipa's first medal in a World Challenge Cup. 

    Dipa, who is being accompanied by her coach Bisheshwar Nandi, has also qualified in balance beam finals by finishing third in the qualification with a score of 11.850.

    Dipa had suffered an Anetrior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury after Rio Olympics and had undergone surgery. She was initially confident of making a comeback at the Commonwealth Games but rehabilitation took more time than expected and she missed the Gold Coast event. 

    She has been included in the 10-member Indian gymnastics team for the upcoming Asian Games.
  • Fernando Hierro leaves job as Spain coach after WC

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    Madrid, Jul 8 (AFP) Fernando Hierro, who stood in as Spain coach when Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup, will not continue in the role, the Spanish football federation said Sunday.

    Under the former Real Madrid and Spain defender, who had little previous coaching experience, 2010 winners Spain lost on penalties to host nation Russia in the last 16.

    "After travelling many kilometres together, the Spanish Football Federation and Fernando Hierro have put an end to their relationship," the federation said.

    Hierro declined to return to his previous job as the federation's technical director and "will undertake new professional challenges", the federation wrote.

    Spain were tipped among the favourites until Lopetegui caused chaos by announcing he would become Real Madrid's new coach after the World Cup.

    The federation, fearing a split between players from Barcelona and Real, sacked Lopetegui two days before Spain's opening game against Portugal.

    He described it as the saddest day of his life since the death of his mother.

    Andres Iniesta, the former Barcelona great who scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final, retired from the international team after the defeat to Russia.
  • 40 cities in 40 days: Navy man reaches Mangaluru from Ladakh

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    An Indian Navy officer has set out on a solo bicycle ride, from Ladakh to Kanyakumari. He aims to foster harmony between civilians and the defence personnel.

    Lieutenant Commander Manoj Gupta makes a pit stop at Mangaluru en route Kanyakumari from Kashmir 

    MANGALURU: An Indian Navy officer has set out on a solo bicycle ride, from Ladakh to Kanyakumari. He aims to foster harmony between civilians and the defence personnel.

    Lieutenant Commander Manoj Gupta (30) from Mumbai, landed in Mangaluru on Sunday, as part of his ‘40 cities in 40 days’ trip for a cause. While he is trying to crowdfund proceeds for ex-servicemen and their dependents due to limited government support, Manoj says the ride is more than that. He left scouts regiment and training centre in Ladakh on June 6 and will reach Kanyakumari on July 16.

    Best moment

    While attempting to motivate youth to join the forces, Manoj encountered tremendous motivation on the way. “When on my ride from Kurukshetra to Sonipat, cyclists from a village Samalka accompanied me to Delhi in large number,” he said. “I never expected such enthusiasm for cycling, especially because it was a village. But all were trained for physical fitness there by a 35-year-old physics teacher Satish,” he told The New Indian Express.

    The villagers also made an online payment towards his cause, he added. He recalls the freezing ranges of Khardungla, with a thick blanket of snow, the simmering summer in Delhi and the rains here in the coast, making a cocktail of clouds and sun throughout the ride. “I had to halt for three days at Leh, to get acclimatised, before I could head to Khardungla. Throughout I was on schedule, except at Chandigarh, where I was under the weather for two days. But I’ve made up for my delay before reaching Mangaluru, with a 170 km ride (instead of the usual 100 km a day) from Navalgund to Gokarna,” Manoj told Express.He is trying to popularise the December 7 ‘Armed Forces Flag Day’ through the ride which will culminate in Kanyakumari on July 16.

    Going solo
    Cycled 100 km per day on an average
    Had first puncture at 2,500 km
    Lodged at Kendriya Sainik Board
    Got free technical assistance by Montra
    Supported by the Naval forces who let him do the ride on duty
    Spent C1,000 a day on food

  • Buddhist Spiritual leader Dalai Lama celebrated his 83rd birthday in Leh

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    Leh(Ladakh), July 06, - Ladakh Buddhist Organisation in collaboration with Tibetan Settlement Ladakh organised a grand function to celebrate the 83rd birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama here at Jewaytsal today.

    On this occasion, His Holiness Skyabgon Chetsang Rinpochey, Galdan Thizur Rinpoche, His Eminence Thiksay Rinpochey, and other precious Rinpoches and reincarnated Tulkus, monks, nuns, MP Thupstan Tsewang, MLC Tsering Dorjey Lakrook, MLA Leh Nawang Rigzin Jora, Officiating CEC LAHDC Leh Gyal P Wangyal, ECs, DC Avny Lavasa, SSP Sargun Shukla, Councillors, various departmental, political, religious and social heads were also present. Thousands of devotees including young and old, Ladakhi and Tibetan, national and international flocked the teaching ground of Jewaytsal to join the grand celebration.
    HH Dalai Lama thanked the entire people of Ladakh for showing so much of love and respect by celebrating his birthday with such gaiety and enthusiasm. HH in his address to the huge gathering of devotees from different parts of world, India and Ladakh said the 7 billion population of the world has the potential for loving kindness and compassionate mind and heart and as such each and every one must work together for peace and a secure world to live in. Scientifically every human have these natural qualities, and conscious stress should be given to keep it alive for well being of self and the world at large, said HH and therefore it is the responsibility of each and every person to work on generating compassionate mind and heart, added HH.
    HH mentioning about his global leader friends of different religion said they all have strong ideology for love, compassion, kindness and peace where Buddhism has much more to offer in the field of psychology and logic which can be practised by everyone irrespective of religious faith for global peace, love, and peaceful coexistence. Taking Ladakh as a good example of communal harmony, HH stressed for continuous work on this quality for the world to follow.
    His Holiness talking about the need of propogation of Nalanda tradition for global interest said that it has emphasis on psychological, metaphysics and physiological studies for generating compassionate and peaceful mind. As Nalanda tradition which is basesd on the core values of Buddha’s teaching with volumes of Kangyur and Stangyur, the responsibility lies on the people of entire Himlayan belt to study and practice them for a better future. HH also urged the younger generation towards studying bhoti script to get the real essence of the volumes of Kangyur and Stangyur.
    Talking about the recent conference in Delhi on Buddhist Culture and Identity of Himalayan region, Dalai Lama appreciated the resolutions to revive and preserve the Nalanda tradition and to convert the monasteries into learning centres adding that it would go a long way in infusing the values of Buddha’s teachings and sustainability of Buddhism.
    Earlier, the grand function began with lighting of lamp followed by Indian and Tibetan national anthem followed by the cake cutting ceremony.
    LBA President Tsewang Thinles in his welcome speech expressed this heartfelt gratitude to HH for showering his blessings by his presence to Ladakh and for the opportunity to celebrate his 83rd birthday in his presence.
    Talking about the importance of each day of His Holiness’s life for the entire sentient being Thinles said that life of Dalai Lama is itself a guarantee for world peace and is highly beneficial for not only Buddhist community but for the entire world. He then talked about the activities of LBA in imparting cultural, and traditional based initiatives to young students of the land and sought blessings and guidelines of the precious Rinpoches. Thinles then gave assurance to HH to follow all his preachings and advices.
    Officiating CEC, LAHDC Leh EC Health Gyal P Wangyal in his speech congratulated HH on his 83rd birthday and said HH is the source of wisdom and compassion and is a positive example of how to make the world a better place to live and thrive on. Giving the importance of Ladakh in terms of a trade centre in the past and a thriving tourist destination in recent years, with passing of time in view of limited resources, Ladakh is working hard with respect of conservation and spirit of self reliance, a strong sense of interdependence. We have strong desire to preserve our cultural values while embracing modern development further enriching our cultural heritage and social processes through imbibing democratic principles and universal human values of our constitution and human charter, said Wangyal. He then briefly talked about the contributions of the LAHDC in shaping and leading Ladakh towards sustainable development.
    On the occasion, representative from Mongolia Ven. Woeser Rinpoche, President CTA Dr. Lobsang Sangay, President Anjuman Imamia Ali Barcha, and Chairman Local Tibetan Assembly Leh Dondup Tsering also spoke.
    On the occasion, an outcome in recently held conference on preservation of Buddhist Culture and Identity of Himlayan region was presented to His Holiness Dalai Lama by His Eminence Lochen Tulku Roinpoche, and Maliong Gonbo Director Tawang Foundaiton, Arunachal Pradesh. Tsetan Wangchuk, Chief Representative Officer Sonamling Tibetan Settlement Ladakh gave the vote of thanks.
    On the occasion, HH presented a Thank you India souvenir to the LAHDC.
    HH was presented with a souvenir of Dharmachakra (the wheel of dharma) by Tibetan people in Leh and Changthang area.
    Various Ladakhi and Tibetan folk song and dance added colour to the occasion.
  • Congress Core Group on Kashmir visiting Leh on Monday

    By Morning Glory News →

    meeting over a score of delegations, to elicit suggestions in restoring peace in state

    Leh(Ladakh), July 7, Congress Core Group on Jammu and Kashmir comprising former Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, Dr Karan Singh, Ghulam Nabi Azad. P Chidambaram and Ambika Soni are likely to visit Leh on Monday.
    In this regard, District Congress Committee (DCC) on Friday held a meeting with various leaders including religious, social and political besides intellectuals and academicians and discussed important issues pertaining to the region.
    DCC president, Tsering Samphel, lawmakers from Leh and Nubra, Nawang Rigzin Jora and Delden Namgyal respectively besides Narboo Gailchen, a former lawmaker, representatives from Ladakh Buddhist Association (LBA), former executive councillors and others participated in the meeting.
    Over a score of delegations are expected to call on the visiting team and discuss all issues including grant of Union Territory (UT) status to the region. The team will also call forth suggestions and proposals in restoring peace in the state.
    Earlier, the team had visited Jammu and Kashmir provinces where dozens of delegations called on them.
  • PM Reaches Jaipur To Address Welfare Scheme Beneficiaries

    By Morning Glory News → Saturday, July 7, 2018

    Jaipur, 7 Jul :  Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here today to address the beneficiaries of various welfare schemes of the BJP governments at the Centre and in the state.

    Modi arrived in a special aircraft that landed at the Sanganer airport. He was welcomed by Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh and Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

    Thereafter, the primer minister left for the SMS stadium in a helicopter of the Indian Air Force.

    He is scheduled to address the rally at the 'Amroodon Ka Baagh', which is close to the stadium.

    Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the event. Sensitive areas in the city are covered by CCTV cameras, and temporary control rooms will alert the field units if they spot any suspicious activity.

    The administration expects a gathering of about 2.5 lakh beneficiaries of 12 schemes run by the BJP governments at the Centre and in the state, where the party faces a crucial assembly election later this year.PTI
  • Food storage silo designed by Mysuru lab installed in Ladakh

    By Morning Glory News → Tuesday, July 3, 2018
    Mysuru: July 3, 2018 was a red letter day for the Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), Mysuru with the installation of the ‘Modular Storage System for Ration’ at Nubra Valley in Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir. The storage system is designed by two young life science experts at DFRL – Dev Kumar Yadav, 33, and 34-year-old Neera. The storage system has been designed to help the armed forces store food and rations for extended periods in sub-zero temperature. The model of the silo was showcased on the occasion of DFRL’s ‘Open Day’ in May, and two months later, it has taken its rightful place at 10,000ft above sea level. The team from DFRL that went to Ladakh to oversee the instllation of the silo returned to Mysuru on Wednesday night, and the members are soaking in the afterglow of their mission. The Indian Army has been effusive in its praise for the silos designed by the DFRL scientists, who are elated with the appreciation they have received for their innovation. The modular storage system was developed under the ‘Project Soldiers’ Assist’ initiative. That the silo is the first deliverable product designed by the ‘Young Scientists Cluster’ at DFRL has only served to add to their joy. The Indian Army has named the silo, ‘Prati Nava’, which translates to ‘Freshness Beyond’. Dev Kumarv Yadav said that he had learnt about the difficulties faced by soldiers in high altitudes, and had decided to design something that would make their lives easier. “Food storage was the biggest problem that soldiers of the Indian Army faced at high altitudes. Since many soldiers stationed at such elevated zones were dying largely because of dehydration, and not bullets, I decided to find a solution to the problem,” Yadav told TOI. Pointing out that fruits, vegetables and food grains froze during winter, he added, “The silo will ensure that the food does not freeze.” Highlighting the difficulties involved in transporting food to elevated corridors, Yadav said, “The terrain is very treacherous, and the food is mostly airlifted since roads are blocked during winter for four to five months. But the silo can be easily dismantled and reinstalled at another location depending on the movement of the Indian Army.” The most salient feature of the silo is its self-sufficiency – a consequence of the use of solar panels. “The silo is insulated, and within the structure, the temperature will be maintained at around two to eight degrees Celsius. Panels on the silo will display the oxygen level, temeparture and availability of rations,” Yadav added. Neera said that she was proud to have been a part of the project, and expressed her desire to make possible improvements to the silo, besides fixing any glitches. “We have plans to design a silo that can store rations in all climatic conditions. I am very satisfied with my contribution to the nation, and supporting the Indian Army in my own way,” she added. Both Yadav and Neera expressed their gratitude to DFRL director RK Sharma, and their mentor Anil Dutt Semwal, who helped the duo execute the project. Since the modular storage silo has been designed for storing food in peak winters, Yadav and Neera will start work on new silos that will target specific climatic conditions. “We will develop a silo to help locals and farmers in Ladakh store their produce, and we also want to develop systems to help the army store rations in jungles, deserts and zones where the temperature is very high,” Yadav said. Impressed with the silo designed by the Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) team, engineer and innovator Sonam Wangchuk said that he would visit Mysuru to study the system. Wangchuk met the DFRL team that was involved in the design of the silo in Ladakh, and urged them to design a new system capable of storing ration throughout the year, which can be used by the army and locals alike.