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Lawmakers from India's hill states resolve to fight effects of climate change

Lawmakers from India's hill states resolve to fight effects of climate changeAizawl, Sep 22 (IANS) Lawmakers, both MPs and MLAs, representing India's 10 mountain states, have noted with concern the "rapidly changing weather patterns" as a result of climate change and the "havoc it has unleashed" in the Himalayas, the north-east and other parts of India and the world and have resolved to work collectively to face its manifold challenges for the "greater good of our people", including farmers, lay people and local societies. About 35 such lawmakers gathered on Friday in the Mizoram capital to come out with a unique "Aizawl Declaration 2017" that resolved to "rethink and re-engineer" State Action Plans on Climate Change and "engage more fully in our constituencies" to see how it was affecting the lives and livelihood of local people, including those who depend on their livelihood on the land and forests.


India gets crucial backing in fighting terrorism through global pact

India gets crucial backing in fighting terrorism through global pactUnited Nations, Sep 22 (IANS) India received the backing of three international groups, IBSA, BRICS and SAARC on Thursday to push for the adoption of the international treaty against terrorism that has been languishing for more than two decades. The ministerial meetings of the organisations in their statements called for the early adoption of the Comprehensive Compact on International Terrorism that was proposed by India in 1996 to ban support for terrorist organisations and punish cross-border terrorism.


Gold transactions should be more transparent: Government

Gold transactions should be more transparent: GovernmentNew Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) The government is keen to make the gold market transactions more transparent, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, joint secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry said here on Friday. "The government's objective is to make the gold industry transparent throughout the value chain. Despite various effort of the government to diversify Indians' interest from gold into other financial products, people still heavily invest in gold.


'Newton' is India's official entry for Oscars

'Newton' is India's official entry for OscarsMumbai, Sep 22 (IANS) "Newton", a Hindi film set against the backdrop of elections in the world's largest democracy, was on Friday announced as India's official entry for the the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. "Newton", directed by Amit V. Masurkar and starring the stellar Rajkummar Rao, was chosen from among 26 titles from different languages by a 14-member jury appointed by the Film Federation of India. Titles like 'Dangal' and 'Mukti Bhavan' were part of the list," Supran Sen, secretary general of FFI, told IANS.


Shakti Mohan urges youth to shape their world

Shakti Mohan urges youth to shape their worldNew Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) A fantastic dancer and also the judge of the ongoing season of dance reality show "Dance Plus", Shakti Mohan has urged the youth to be the master of their own fate through an intiative named #IShapeMyWorld. Last Spring on International Women's Day, jeanswear brand Levi's® journeyed the length and breadth of India to capture the stories of a few such remarkable women and celebrated their achievements in the campaign called #IShapeMyWorld.


Russian ballet director optimistic on Indians appreciating 'Swan Lake'

Russian ballet director optimistic on Indians appreciating 'Swan Lake'New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) Anatoily Azatisky, director of the Russian ballet "Swan Lake", says he is optimistic that the Indian audiences, which has rarely gets a chance to see such ballets , will like the classical art form. "Swan Lake" will be presented at the Siri Fort Auditorium here from Friday till Sunday. Azatisky told IANS here: "India has an ancient and rich tradition of dance and music, we are optimistic that the Indians will appreciate such classical art forms.


'Newton' addresses ideological differences on democracy: Director Masurkar

'Newton' addresses ideological differences on democracy: Director MasurkarMumbai, Sep 22 (IANS) "Newton" director Amit V. Masurkar, whose movie has been selected as India's official entry to the Oscars, says he always wanted to explore a story in a political space which is otherwise lesser known to urban India. "Newton", which deals with the ideological battle between the government and Maoists, has been selected by a 14-member jury constituted by the Film Federation of India and will represent the country at the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category in 2018. The story of the film revolves around a young government employee Newton Kumar -- essayed by the critically acclaimed Rajkummar Rao -- who is sent out to execute an election in a Maoist-prone area in Chhattisgarh.


Boosting private investment, banks' growth major concerns: Jaitley

Boosting private investment, banks' growth major concerns: JaitleyMumbai, Sep 22 (IANS) Looking at ways to boost economy amid a slowdown, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said that encouraging private investment and improving capacity of banking system to support growth are the two major challenges for which best solutions have to be found. "There are two major challenges - encouraging private sector investment and improving capacity of banking system to support growth. India has adequately demonstrated its ability to reform, grow at a reasonable pace when world was going slow.


'Newton' is India's official entry for the Oscars: Rajkummar Rao

'Newton' is India's official entry for the Oscars: Rajkummar RaoMumbai, Sep 22 (IANS) National-Award winning Rajkummar Rao's latest release "Newton" is India's official entry for Academy Awards in 2018. "Very happy to share this news that 'Newton' is India's official entry to the Oscars this year. Filmmaker Hansal Mehta, who is a good friend of Rajkummar and has collaborated with him for films like "Shahid" and "Aligarh", took to Twitter to express his happiness and said that "Newton" is the best choice.


We weren't good enough, batting collapses need to stop: Smith

We weren't good enough, batting collapses need to stop: SmithKolkata, Sep 22 (IANS) Angry at the way Australian batsmen collapsed yet again at the Eden Gardens in the second One-day International (ODI) against India, skipper Steve Smith said these things "need to stop" and are "not good enough". Chasing a modest 253 to win, Australia were reduced to 8-148 in reply after pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-9) as well as spinners Kuldeep Yadav (3-54, including a hat-trick) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2-34) cut through their batting with relative ease on Thursday. This was Australia's 10th straight defeat in completed away ODIs.


India slams Pakistan, calls it 'terroristan'

India slams Pakistan, calls it 'terroristan'United Nations, Sep 22 (IANS) In a sharp escalation of its attack, India slammed Pakistan at the UN for its support to terrorism, calling it "terroristan". "In its short history, Pakistan has become a geography synonymous with terror," Eenam Gambhir, First Secretary in India's Permanent Mission to the UN, said on Thursday exercising India's right of reply after Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Abbasi's virulent attack that "the struggle" of the people in Kashmir was being "brutally suppressed by India".


Monica Dogra finds recreating songs a 'wonderful exercise'

Monica Dogra finds recreating songs a 'wonderful exercise'New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) Singer-actress Monica Dogra says she is not "mad" at the trend of recreating songs, and finds it a wonderful exercise. Monica, a popular face of the indie music scene in India, has come up with her first commercial Hindi cross-over track - a remake of "Naraye mastana", originally sung by Abida Parveen. Asked about her take on the trend of recreating songs, Monica told IANS in an email interview: "I think it's a wonderful exercise.


At UNGA, Pakistan PM Abbasi warns of 'dangerous escalation' on subcontinent

At UNGA, Pakistan PM Abbasi warns of 'dangerous escalation' on subcontinentUnited Nations, Sep 22 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi warned on Thursday of the possibility of a "dangerous escalation" on the subcontinent and clamoured for intervention by the global organisation, while delivering what is likely the most virulent attack on India at the UN General Assembly in recent times. Accusing New Delhi of frequently violating the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, he said that "if India does venture across the LoC, or acts upon its doctrine of 'limited' war against Pakistan, it will evoke a strong and matching response". "The international community must act decisively to prevent the situation from a dangerous escalation," he said.


Indian audience growing intellectually, says award-winning filmmaker

Indian audience growing intellectually, says award-winning filmmakerNew Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) Shikha Janet Alagh, who has received international acclaim at film festivals in the UK, the US, Europe, South Africa, Bangladesh and Pakistan, feels the Indian film industry is now producing more meaningful cinema and says it is because the audience is growing intellectually and demanding more relevant content. "The Indian film industry is revolutionising and coming out with more meaningful cinema. My forte as a young, woman filmmaker makes my scripts very adaptable in this scenario," Alagh told IANS over email.


Sports Minister Rathore wishes luck to India U-17 FIFA World Cup squad

Sports Minister Rathore wishes luck to India U-17 FIFA World Cup squadNew Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Friday wished the Indian football team luck ahead of the FIFA U-17 World Cup scheduled to start from October 6.


'Riverdale' star KJ Apa into car crash

'Riverdale' star KJ Apa into car crashVancouver, Sep 22 (IANS) "Riverdale" actor KJ Apa was involved in a late-night car crash after 16-hour work day, prompting the cast and crew of the show to demand better safety protection during production. Earlier this week, K.J. Apa, 20, who plays Archie in the Warner Bros-produced Archie Comics adaptation, apparently fell asleep while driving back home after midnight. According to sources, the crash has ignited a firestorm of protest on the "Riverdale" set.


India demolishes PM Abbasi's 'human rights' argument at UN, says Pakistan is now 'terroristan'

India demolishes PM Abbasi's 'human rights' argument at UN, says Pakistan is now 'terroristan'In a strong reply to Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's emphasis that Islamabad was not prepared to be anyone's scapegoat, India's First Secretary to the United Nations Eenam Gambhir said that Pakistan has now become 'terroristan'. Gambhir said that the quest for a 'land of pure' has actually produced the land of pure terror. Further slamming Pakistan PM's statement, Eenam echoed that the world doesn't need lessons on democracy and human rights from a failed state. She also said that Pakistan must understand that the state of Jammu and Kashmir is and will always remain an integral part of India. However much it scales up the cross border terrorism, it will never succeed in undermining India's territorial integrity.


Sushma Swaraj attends BRICS, SAARC Ministerial meetings

Sushma Swaraj attends BRICS, SAARC Ministerial meetingsAlong the sidelines of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj attended a series of meetings including the BRICS Ministerial meeting, SAARC Ministerial Meeting and IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa) Foreign Ministers Meeting. Swaraj also met her counterparts from various countries including South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana Mashabane and Kyrgyzstan Foreign Minister Erlan Abdyldayev.


Sensex, Nifty trading down by nearly 1%

Sensex, Nifty trading down by nearly 1%30-share BSE index Sensex was down 282.47 points at 32,087.57. 50-share NSE index Nifty was down 103.8 points at 10,018.10. Major losers were Bajaj Auto, Tata Steel, Coal India, ICICI Bank and SBI.


Pakistan PM rakes up Kashmir issue, seeks UN intervention

Pakistan PM rakes up Kashmir issue, seeks UN interventionSpewing venom against India, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in his maiden speech at United Nations has accused India for of indulging in terror activities against his country.


Australia pacer Cummins to skip T20I series against India

Australia pacer Cummins to skip T20I series against IndiaMelbourne, Sep 22 (IANS) Australian pacer Pat Cummins will skip the upcoming three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series against India and return home to prepare for the Ashes later this year, Cricket Australia confirmed on Friday. "Key fast bowler Pat Cummins will skip the T20 leg of Australia's Qantas Tour of India in order to rest ahead of the Magellan Ashes this summer," Cricket Australia said in a statement. Cricket Australia also clarified the 24-year-old is not injured and will look to freshen up ahead of the Sheffield Shield season scheduled from October 26 to March 26 2018.


India slams Pakistan, calls it 'Terroristan'

India slams Pakistan, calls it 'Terroristan'United Nations, Sep 22 (IANS) Exercising its right of reply in the general debate at the UN General Assembly Session here, India slammed Pakistan for its support to terrorism, labelling it as "Terroristan". "In its short history, Pakistan has become a geography synonymous with terror," Eenam Gambhir, First Secretary in India's Permanent Mission to the UN, said on Thursday in response to Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Abbasi's statement that "the struggle" of the people in Kashmir was being "brutally suppressed by India". Gambhir, who stole the show last year when she verbally pummeled former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and delivered the memorable line: "The land of Taxila, one of the greatest learning centres of ancient times, is now host to the Ivy League of terrorism," packed equally powerful punches against Abbasi this year.


Malaika Arora to judge 'India's Next Top Model Season 3'

Malaika Arora to judge 'India's Next Top Model Season 3'Mumbai, Sep 22 (IANS) Actress Malaika Arora has been roped to judge the third season of the modelling reality show "India's Next Top Model" on MTV.


Cloudy Friday morning in Delhi

Cloudy Friday morning in DelhiNew Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) It was a cloudy Friday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 26.5 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average, the weather office said. "Generally partly cloudy sky with possibility of light to moderate rain or thunder showers," an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official told IANS. The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 78 per cent. The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 30 degrees Celsius.


'Big Little Lies' may return for season two

'Big Little Lies' may return for season twoLos Angeles, Sep 22 (IANS) Australian producer Bruna Papandrea has hinted that the hit TV show "Big Little Lies" might come back with a second season.


In-flight etiquettes to keep your journey peaceful

In-flight etiquettes to keep your journey peacefulNew Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) Avoid carrying your luggage or handbag on the sides or storing your bags in a vertical position instead of horizontal for a smooth flight, suggest experts. Rishabh Beria, co-founder at AirWhizz ( a comprehensive global airport assistant mobile application) and Rajeev Kale, President and country head, leisure travel and MICE, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd, listed few inputs: * Avoid carrying your luggage or handbag on the sides or over your head. * As airlines cram more air passengers to obtain maximum mileage from every flight, we tend to cram our belongings into the limited bin space available for baggage storage.


Batters making poor decisions under pressure: Smith

Batters making poor decisions under pressure: SmithKolkata, Sep 22 (IANS) A dejected Australian skipper Steven Smith blamed his batsmen for making poor decisions in crunch situations after the visitors went down to India by 50 runs in the second ODI at the Eden Gardens on Thursday. "Batters again made poor decisions under pressure. Praising Marcus Stoinis, who remained unbeaten on 62 at the end, Smith said: "He just needed someone to back him." The Aussie skipper said they were happy at getting out India for 252.


Bhuvi set up victory with his opening spell: Kohli

Bhuvi set up victory with his opening spell: KohliKolkata, Sep 22 (IANS) Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday gave credit to pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar for setting up India's victory against Australia in the Eden Gardens ODI with his superb opening spell that read 6-2-9-2. After posting 252, India bundled out Australia for 202 to take a 2-0 lead in the five-game ODI series. The 27-year old Kumar first got rid of Hliton Cartwright (1), beating his inside edge with the ball crashing onto his stumps and then sent David Warner (1) back into the hut with one that swung away.


Always try to motivate myself, but it looks nice only when it comes off: Kohli

Always try to motivate myself, but it looks nice only when it comes off: KohliKolkata, Sep 21 (IANS) Indian captain Virat Kohli says he always tries to create a motivation for himself whenever he is playing, irrespective of the opposition, but it looks "nice" only when it comes off. "I always try to create a kind of motivation for myself, whoever I am playing against, because it is very important to respect every opposition, and prepare the same wat. "Sometimes things don't come off for you, but I try to stay in the same zone more or less every time when I come on to play," Kohli said on Thursday after his majestic 92 helped India defeat Australia by 50 runs in the second ODI at Eden Gardens to open up a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.


India calls for 'complete elimination' of poverty

India calls for 'complete elimination' of povertyNew York, Sep 21 (IANS) India on Thursday urged the international community to work for complete elimination of poverty as part of the UN's 2030-deadlined Sustained Developments Goals. "Complete elimination of poverty is the foremost objective of the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals," External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said as the chair of the IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa) Foreign Ministers' Meeting here on the sidelines of the 72nd UN General Assembly Session.


Kuldeep thanks Dhoni for pepping him up before the hat-trick ball

Kuldeep thanks Dhoni for pepping him up before the hat-trick ballKolkata, Sep 21 (IANS) A proud hat-trick man Kuldeep Yadav on Thursday said Indian team's senior pro Mahendra Singh Dhoni's comments egged him on before he delivered the crucial delivery to Pat Cummins to achieve his memorable feat against Australia in the ODI game at the Eden Gardens here. Recalling the moments when he was about to let go the all important delivery, Kuldeep said he asked wicketkeeper Dhoni how he should Abowl. In three successive deliveries, Kuldeep (3/54) took the wickets of Mathew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins in the 33rd over to emulate the feats of compatriots Chetan Sharma (1987) and Kapil Dev (1991).


Had plans for Warner, Cartwright from the outset: Bhuvi

Had plans for Warner, Cartwright from the outset: BhuviKolkata, Sep 21 (IANS) India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar said he had plans chalked out for openers David Warner and Hilton Cartwright, the two wickets he got first up as India beat Australia by 50 runs in the second ODI here at the Eden Gardens on Thursday. "Specially for Warner, generally I bowl outswingers to him in Tests also so I knew there is a good chance I can get him out.


Kuldeep has a long way to go, is an asset for India: Ganguly

Kuldeep has a long way to go, is an asset for India: GangulyKolkata, Sep 21 (IANS) Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who became only the third Indian in white-ball cricket to grab a hattrick here against Australia in the second ODI, has a long way to go and is an asset for Team India, former skipper Sourav Ganguly said here on Thursday. Kuldeep returned figures of 3/54, taking three consecutive wickets of Mathew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins in the 33rd over to become the second bowler in limited overs cricket to script a hat-trick at this venue and only the third Indian to record the rare feat in 50 overs cricket.


India announce 21-man squad for FIFA U-17 World Cup

India announce 21-man squad for FIFA U-17 World CupPanaji, Sep 21 (IANS) The Indian football team on Thursday announced 21-man squad for the FIFA U-17 World Cup scheduled to start here from October 6. India U-17 head coach Luis Norton de Matos said: "We believe that we are prepared for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.


Another 'godman' in trouble, young woman alleges rape

Another 'godman' in trouble, young woman alleges rapeJaipur, Sep 21 (IANS) Rajasthan's Kaushlendra Prapannacharya 'Falahari' Maharaj has run into trouble as a young woman allegedly raped by the self-styled godman reached Alwar and got her police statement recorded on Thursday, police said. The 21-year-old woman from Chhattisgarh claimed rape by the 70-year-old baba at his ashram in Alwar in Rajasthan on August 7. "We recorded her statement and took her to the ashram to identify the room where the crime occurred and the baba's disciple who dropped her at the Alwar railway station thereafter," Superintendent of Police Rahul Prakash told IANS.


Election Commission to hear AIADMK case on Oct 5

Election Commission to hear AIADMK case on Oct 5Chennai, Sep 21 (IANS) The Election Commission of India on Thursday told the factions of the DMK that it will hear their competing claims to the party's frozen 'two leaves' poll symbol on October 5. The Election Commission has informed the warring parties - E.Madhusudanan, V.K.Sasikala, O.Panneerselvam and T.T.V.Dinakaran - the date of next hearing citing the September 15 order of Madras High Court's Madurai Bench asking the poll panel to dispose of the case relating to the symbol before October 31. The poll body has told the warring parties to submit any fresh submissions latest by September 29.


BRICS must end terrorism's 'support systems in South Asia', says Sushma

BRICS must end terrorism's 'support systems in South Asia', says SushmaUnited Nations, Sep 21 (IANS) India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said that the five-member BRICS, which includes China, should work to end terrorism's "support systems in South Asia," making a pointed reference to Beijing's ally, Islamabad. At a ministerial-level meeting of BRICS here, she said without naming any country: "Terror groups draw sustenance from support systems in South Asia." "Terrorist funding, their weapons supply, training and political support must be systematically cut off," she said sitting around the same table as China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi.


India denounces terror support systems in South Asia

India denounces terror support systems in South AsiaNew York, Sep 21 (IANS) In an obvious reference to Pakistan, India on Thursday condemned support systems for terrorists in South Asia while expressing concern over North Korea's nuclear and weapons and ballistic missile programmes. Terror groups draw sustenance from support systems in South Asia," Sushma Swaraj said while speaking at the BRICS Ministerial Meeting on the margins of the UN General Assembly Session here.


Kuldeep gets hat-trick as India beat Australia in second ODI

Kuldeep gets hat-trick as India beat Australia in second ODIKolkata, Sep 21 (IANS) Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav bagged a hat-trick as India rode a dominant bowling performance to restrict Australia to 202 and win the second One Day International (ODI) by 50 runs at the Eden Gardens here on Thursday. In three successive deliveries, Kuldeep (3/54) took the wickets of Mathew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins in the 33rd over to become the second bowler in limited overs cricket to script a hat-trick at this venue and only the third Indian to record the rare feat in 50 overs cricket. The other Indians to get hat-tricks are Kapil Dev and Chetan Sharma, with Dev grabbing his treble at the Eden against Sri Lanka in 1991.


Cancer control major challenge for government: Anupriya Patel

Cancer control major challenge for government: Anupriya PatelNew Delhi, Sep 21 (IANS) The rising number of cases of cancer, especially among women, is a major challenge in the healthcare sector for the Indian government, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Anupriya Patel said here on Thursday in the presence of actress and cancer crusader Lisa Ray. The initiative is a step forward by Ficci Ladies Organisation (FLO) in partnership with Apollo Hospitals Group with focus to sensitize women about importance of screening for various types of women-specific cancers, including breast, cervix, ovary, gall bladder, lung, thyroid and mouth.


India vs Australia second ODI scoreboard

India vs Australia second ODI scoreboardKolkata, Sep 21 (IANS) Following is the scoreboard of the second One-Day International (ODI) between India and Australia played at the Eden Gardens here on Thursday.


Sushma has 'warm encounter' with Japanese PM

Sushma has 'warm encounter' with Japanese PMNew York, Sep 21 (IANS) Exactly a week after the ground-breaking ceremony of the Japan-aided Ahmedabad-Mumbai high speed rail project in India, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had a "warm encounter" with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe here on Thursday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Session. "A warm encounter to begin another hectic day! EAM @SushmaSwaraj with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, a dear friend of India," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted along with a picture of the two leaders smiling and shaking hands. Sushma Swaraj was not present when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Abe jointly launched the ambitious Rs 1 lakh crore bullet train project in Ahmedabad on September 14.


Treat Rohingyas as refugees, CPI-M tells Modi government

Treat Rohingyas as refugees, CPI-M tells Modi governmentNew Delhi, Sep 21 (IANS) The CPI-M has urged the Modi government to reverse its policy and treat Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar as refugees and said "they cannot be the victims of Islamophobia". "The decision of the Modi government to deport Rohingyas from Myanmar who have taken refuge in India is an unconscionable act," CPI-M journal People's Democracy said in an editorial.


Divisive politics ruining India's reputation abroad: Rahul Gandhi

Divisive politics ruining India's reputation abroad: Rahul GandhiCongress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took a strong hit at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, saying that "divisive politics" was ruining India's reputation of peace and harmony abroad.


Airports Authority of India inaugurates Indian Aviation Academy

Airports Authority of India inaugurates Indian Aviation AcademyThe Airports Authority of India inaugurated the Indian Aviation Academy in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. The event started off with a cultural event, which saw mesmerizing classic Indian dance performance. Present in the event was Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Ashok Gajapati Raju, who seemed to be impressed by the new campus and had high hopes and expectations from the Institute in helping in the nation-building process. The chairman of Airports Authority of India, Guruprasd Mohapatra, feels that the institute will help in providing more wings to the aviation sector in India as it will also add in strengthening the security sector as well. The newly inaugurated Institute aims to be a tool to provide seamless and world-class high-tech facilities to the new trainees, at the same time it will enhance the human resource in the aviation sector.


Punjab Rickshaw puller's son takes on mission of education

Punjab Rickshaw puller's son takes on mission of educationA 23-year-old youngster from Amritsar, Mithun Kumar has taken up a mission to educate underprivileged children and is busy with his day imparting education to the children in his school built in Nangli, district. Mithun, a graduate, and son of a rickshaw puller started the journey by arranging classes in an open plot in the village and since then has never looked back. Recognized for his efforts by the state as well as the District Administration, Mithun's organisation Methodologies for Rural Education and Learning has received funding from many NGOs. Mithun, said his school runs on donations, he has been working as a waiter in marriages and even stalls to earn money. He believes the NGOs and the NRIs are the driving force behind his dream, where India would uplift itself from illiteracy.


No ball decision creates confusion in second ODI

No ball decision creates confusion in second ODIKolkata, Sep 21 (IANS) A no ball decision created a flutter when India all-rounder Hardik Pandya was claimed to be out by the Australians in a dead ball situation which was eventually turned down by the on-field umpires in the second One Day International here. Pandya was on 19 when his mis-hit off a full toss went straight into Steve Smith's hands at cover. It had started drizzling by then and Pandya, without realising that it was a no ball, started walking back to the dressing room.


Colombia U-17 to play Minerva Punjab in practice match

Colombia U-17 to play Minerva Punjab in practice matchNew Delhi, Sep 21 (IANS) The Colombia Under-17 football team will play Minerva Punjab FC here in a practice match, the I-League club confirmed on Thursday. The South American nation, coached by Orlando Restrepo, on Thursday showed interest in playing against the Ludhiana based side. Colombia arrived here earlier in the day.


Canadian SC stays extraditions in Jassi case, Punjab Police awaits details

Canadian SC stays extraditions in Jassi case, Punjab Police awaits detailsChandigarh, Sep 21 (IANS) A day after the Supreme Court of Canada stayed the extradition of two prime accused in the Jassi Sidhu murder case, Punjab Police was on Thursday awaiting details from Canadian and Indian High Commission authorities, informed sources said. Canada's highest court on Wednesday gave the last-minute stay on the extradition of Canada-born Jassi's mother Malkiat Kaur and maternal uncle Surjit Singh Badesha, following which Canadian authorities asked a Punjab Police team to de-board the flight that was ready to take off for New Delhi from Toronto.


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