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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday reaffirmed Pakistan’s abiding commitment to the Kashmir cause and called upon the international community, including United Nations, human rights organisations and global media, to hold India accountable for its crimes against the Kashmiri people.

In his message on the eve of Youm-e-Istehsal, a day to express solidarity with the oppressed Kashmiri people on completion of two years of the military siege of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), the premier said, “We will continue to extend all possible assistance to Kashmiris till the realisation of their inalienable right to self-determination and a just resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UNSC [United Nations Security Council] resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.”

“Tomorrow [Thursday] marks two years since India’s illegal and unilateral actions of August 5, 2019 in the IIOJK.”

These actions, he said, were followed by unprecedented military siege and restrictions on fundamental rights and freedoms of the Kashmiri people to perpetuate Indian occupation in the occupied territory. “Yet, India has failed to break the will of Kashmiri people,” he added.

Imran pointed out that the Kashmiris faced unabated extra-judicial killings, custodial tortures and deaths, arbitrary detentions, burning and looting of houses, and other worst forms of human rights abuses.

“India’s illegal and unilateral actions of August 5, 2019 and subsequent measures particularly pertaining to domicile rules and the land ownership laws are aimed at changing the demographic structure of IIOJK and converting the Kashmiris into a minority in their own land,” he added.

The prime minister further said that those measures were in blatant violation of international law, including the UN Charter, the UNSC resolutions, and the 4th Geneva Convention. “Pakistan, the Kashmiris, and the international community forcefully rejected these steps,” he added.

Imran said the criticism on India’s illegal actions in the IIOJK by a number of international organisations, including UN, OHCHR and European Parliament, international media, various human rights experts and human rights organisations is well documented.

He said Pakistan has the utmost respect for the people of IIOJK for their unparalleled courage, sacrifices and persistence in facing Indian tyranny as they resolutely struggled for their legitimate right to self-determination.

“All the unilateral and illegal actions taken by India in the IIOJK from the outset, the measures initiated on and after August 5, 2019, and any additional unilateral changes that India may introduce in the future are violations of international laws, including the UNSC resolutions and the 4th Geneva Convention, and ipso facto null and void,” the prime minister maintained.



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Emboldened by the withdrawal of the US forces from Afghanistan, the Taliban* has intensified its fight to gain control of key cities and border areas.

For the second time in a week, Taliban insurgents have targeted the India-built Salma Dam in Afghanistan’s Herat province. The most recent attack on Tuesday night was foiled by local security forces.  

Afghanistan’s government said the insurgent group suffered heavy casualties as its fighters were met with resistance.  

Four days ago, the first attempt by the Taliban to sabotage the country’s largest dam was also thwarted by Afghan forces.

Herat has witnessed heavy fighting in the past week with the insurgents capturing and executing Army Commander Colonel Abdul Hamid Hamidi and five of his security guards on 30 July.

​Salma Dam, a 42 MW hydroelectric and irrigation project on the Hari River, was renamed the Afghan-India Friendship Dam. Funded and built by India on the request of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2016, it cost $290 million. 

As violence has escalated in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of US and NATO troops, footage has emerged showing Tuesday’s attack on the residence of the country’s Defence Minister Bismillah Mohammad. 

Video shows the property in ruins after it was bombed by the Taliban. The government confirmed that the minister and his family are safe and were not at home when it was bombed.

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Imran Khan sacks retired Army General heading CPEC authority https://militarymen.in/imran-khan-sacks-retired-army-general-heading-cpec-authority/ https://militarymen.in/imran-khan-sacks-retired-army-general-heading-cpec-authority/#respond Wed, 04 Aug 2021 17:32:57 +0000 https://militarymen.in/imran-khan-sacks-retired-army-general-heading-cpec-authority/ The Imran Khan government has sacked a retired army general who was heading the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) administration and appointed a management professional [...]

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The Imran Khan government has sacked a retired army general who was heading the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) administration and appointed a management professional in his place who will now oversee what is described by Beijing as the jewel crown of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Lt Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa, a former army spokesperson, was on Tuesday replaced by Khalid Mansoor as the authority to lead the affairs of the CPEC, ET has learnt.

Beijing had expressed concerns over the slow pace of execution of the CPEC and decision to remove Bajwa came days after the Pakistan foreign minister visited China for consultations.

Khan had appointed Bajwa as chairman of the CPEC authority in November 2019 amid opposition’s criticism of the formation of the authority.

Mansoor has more than 32 years of experience in energy and petrochemical sectors in leading roles for mega-size project development, execution, management and operations. Mansoor had been appointed as special assistant to the Prime Minister on CPEC affairs with immediate effect. The appointment will be in an honorary capacity.

Mansoor’s vast corporate experience, with extensive work with Chinese companies and his direct involvement in leading some of the biggest CPEC projects make him an ideal person to lead the next phase of the CPEC, according to Pakistan federal planning minister Asad Umar.

Earlier this week, Umar called for expediting work on the ongoing CPEC projects.

Chairing the second meeting of the Pak-China relations steering committee in Islamabad, the minister reviewed the ongoing projects under CPEC and discussed the issues faced by the investors.

Discussing the delays in the CPEC energy projects owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the committee directed the power division to formulate a policy to deal extensions issues of the power projects.

Umar also directed the Ministry of Communication to expedite work on the Thakot-Raikot and Zhob-Quetta road projects. The meeting was also informed about delays in the signing of an industrial framework agreement. The delay in the provision of utilities to Gwadar Port and Free Zone also came under discussion, Pak English daily the Dawn reported.

The local population in Pakistan has been contesting Chinese-led investment-oriented development strategies. Concerns about debt traps, lack of transparency, aggressive diplomacy, and friction due to excessive use of Chinese labour have often resulted in discord at the local level.



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Emboldened by the withdrawal of the US forces from Afghanistan, the Taliban* has intensified its fight to gain control of key cities and border areas.

For the second time in a week, Taliban insurgents have targeted the India-built Salma Dam in Afghanistan’s Herat province. The most recent attack on Tuesday night was foiled by local security forces.  

Afghanistan’s government said the insurgent group suffered heavy casualties as its fighters were met with resistance.  

Four days ago, the first attempt by the Taliban to sabotage the country’s largest dam was also thwarted by Afghan forces.

Herat has witnessed heavy fighting in the past week with the insurgents capturing and executing Army Commander Colonel Abdul Hamid Hamidi and five of his security guards on 30 July.

​Salma Dam, a 42 MW hydroelectric and irrigation project on the Hari River, was renamed the Afghan-India Friendship Dam. Funded and built by India on the request of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2016, it cost $290 million. 

As violence has escalated in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of US and NATO troops, footage has emerged showing Tuesday’s attack on the residence of the country’s Defence Minister Bismillah Mohammad. 

Video shows the property in ruins after it was bombed by the Taliban. The government confirmed that the minister and his family are safe and were not at home when it was bombed.

*The Taliban is a terrorist group banned in Russia and many other countries.





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India’s first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC), Vikrant begun its sea trials on August 04. The aircraft carrier sails for her maiden sea trials today, in the 50th year of her predecessor’s key role in the victory in the 1971 war. It is the largest and most complex warship ever to be designed and built in the country. The aircraft carrier Vikrant is expected to be commissioned into service next year.



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Why India Struggles to Win Olympic Gold Medals https://militarymen.in/why-india-struggles-to-win-olympic-gold-medals/ https://militarymen.in/why-india-struggles-to-win-olympic-gold-medals/#respond Wed, 04 Aug 2021 14:16:56 +0000 https://militarymen.in/why-india-struggles-to-win-olympic-gold-medals/ TOKYO — On Wednesday, in a sumo wrestling hall where women are not normally allowed to enter the ring, Lovlina Borgohain punched for all the [...]

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TOKYO — On Wednesday, in a sumo wrestling hall where women are not normally allowed to enter the ring, Lovlina Borgohain punched for all the girls out there. She jabbed for her far-flung home state of Assam, known for its fine tea but also for an armed insurgency.

But above all, she fought in the Olympic women’s welterweight boxing semifinal for India, the world’s second most populous country, which, even by the most charitable of calculations, is wanting in the Olympics. Aside from a string of men’s hockey wins generations ago, India has won only one other gold in its Olympic history, in shooting in 2008.

“I was 100 percent sure that I would come home with the gold,” said Borgohain, who spent eight years away from home to train, her father once picking tea to make a living.

Her opponent in Tokyo, Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey, may have been a head shorter, but her footwork was light and her hits potent. Borgohain was overwhelmed, her lanky frame absorbing blow after blow, her hopes of serving as a gold medal role model for millions of Indian girls dashed.

“What message can I give them?” she said. “I just lost my match.”

Borgohain is still assured a bronze, the third medal for India at these Games, after a silver in women’s weight lifting and a bronze in women’s badminton.

But every four years — in this case five — the same questions are posed in India. Why is the country so bad at the Olympics? And does it even matter?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, keen to raise India’s global profile, has decided that it does. After India’s substandard performance at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro — one silver and one bronze — the government began funneling money to a sports bureaucracy that was underfunded for decades and stained by corruption. Private ventures stepped in, training elite athletes whose upward trajectory they might be able to harness. And state money has started to trickle to grass-roots sports, too.

“Now the government is trying hard to change the sports system,” said Vijay Sharma, a weight lifting coach who has worked with Tokyo silver medalist Mirabai Chanu for seven years. “But they have to do a lot. It’s a long journey they have to run.”

Abhinav Bindra, India’s only Olympic gold medalist in an individual competition, said that the sports environment today is different from when he won the 10-meter air rifle competition in Beijing. When he competed in the shooting nationals as a youth, there were 200 entrants, he said. These days, the competition draws 20,000, plus another 20,000 who didn’t make the cut. Eight members of the Indian shooting team in Tokyo, he noted, have been world No. 1s or 2s in their categories.

“It could be the start of a new era in Indian sport,” Bindra said.

So far, though, Tokyo has been the same field of disappointment for India. Ravi Dahiya, competing in men’s freestyle wrestling, is guaranteed at least silver after winning a semifinal bout on Wednesday, and a male javelin thrower is still in contention, too. The women’s hockey team advanced to the semifinals for the first time but after a loss on Wednesday must now battle for bronze, just like their male counterparts. The archers missed their mark. A discus thrower came in sixth. And the much vaunted shooters failed to follow in Bindra’s footsteps. None got close to a medal.

Not everyone in India is convinced that the country needs to measure its national self-worth in Olympic medals. India, they say, is already a sporting powerhouse, just not in pursuits that are in the Olympics.

Cricket, by far the most popular pastime in India, boasts a lucrative domestic league, and the country soars in the sport’s top international echelons. Sports promoters have also unveiled a professional league for kabaddi, an ancient South Asian form of group tag in which players must occasionally chant the word “kabaddi” over and over. (The vocalization is aimed at ensuring that players are exhaling while on the offensive.)

The fact that Indian sports viewership is focused elsewhere for all but a few weeks every four years hasn’t diminished the frustrations of Tokyo. The rush of funding ahead of the Games raised expectations of gold. Indian sports officials showed off the 127-member Olympic delegation, which was the country’s largest, youngest and most decorated to date.

For Indian Olympians, though, the weight of a nation’s expectations has been crushing, particularly after competition was stilled for months because of the coronavirus pandemic. A 19-year-old Indian shooter, who had been pegged for a possible medal in the air pistol, admitted that the burden to win distracted her in a sport where concentration is paramount.

In archery, Atanu Das had written the word “calm” on his hand as he competed in the 1/8 elimination round over the weekend. He lost. The day before, his wife and fellow archer, Deepika Kumari, did not advance past the quarterfinals, despite being the world No. 1.

“Maybe we took this Olympics too seriously, the Indian contingent,” Das said. “We forgot to enjoy our shooting or our skill.”

India’s archers used to train in obscurity. The new Olympic push has brought them sudden fame, along with months of free training at an army sports camp. The attention was overwhelming, athletes said.

“When we win the World Cup, no one knows. When we win the world championship, no one knows. When we get world No. 1, nobody knows,” Das said. “But Indians are in the Olympics, then everyone knows everything.”

“This is the pressure, inside your head all the time,” he added.

Bindra, the Beijing 2008 gold medalist, said that his success was rooted not in state support but in family wealth. His father built a world-class shooting range in their home in the northern city of Chandigarh. Then he topped it up with a swimming pool and a gym so that his son could build his muscle. At the time, the only comparable shooting range was in New Delhi.

Viren Rasquinha, a former captain of the Indian hockey team, is now the chief executive of Olympic Gold Quest, a nonprofit group founded by former top-flight athletes to promote the next generation of talent.

While Rasquinha said that the national sports authority has shed some of its lumbering, graft-ridden reputation, creating an ecosystem of coaches, training facilities, infrastructure and equipment takes time.

In recent years, the country’s most powerful crop of Olympians has come from a narrow neck of land in northeastern India, where ethnic minorities live in the shadow of the Himalayas. These states, Manipur and Assam, are home to insurgent movements fighting for autonomy from the Indian state. Because of their ethnicity, people there often face discrimination.

“Rural youth have the passion and fire in the belly, which is missing among the students in the cities,” said Rasquinha, whose group has funded some of these athletes.

Mary Kom, a light-flyweight boxer from Manipur who captured bronze at the 2012 Games in London, said she has long faced prejudice from Hindu nationalists who say that as a Christian, she is somehow not truly Indian. There are also racist whispers, some not so quiet, that people from the Himalayan foothills are more martial than others in India and that’s why they make good boxers.

Kom has six world championships to her name. She was the first Indian woman to earn an Olympic medal in boxing. After London, she gave birth to another baby. She and her husband now have four children, who she said “are always wanting different food that I cook for them.” So she cooks. She also won a seat in Parliament. A biopic starring Priyanka Chopra Jonas was made about her.

“Manipuri people, we have a fighting spirit, especially women,” said Kom, who grew up rationing meals to save money for a pair of sneakers.

Kom galvanized a generation of Manipuri athletes, including Chanu, the weight lifter, who won silver in the 49-kilogram class in Tokyo.

“From now, India will do well in the Olympics,” Chanu said. “Young people will see me, and they will be inspired, just like I was with Mary Kom.”

Last week in Tokyo, Kom, who at 38 years old qualified for Tokyo after not making it to Rio, was eliminated in a split-decision fight. Despite her first-round loss and official age limits for Olympic boxers, she said she was aiming for the Paris Games in 2024.

“Manipuri women have extra energy,” she said. “Don’t say we are finished yet.”



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India’s results on Day 12 so far:

  • Boxing, Women’s Welter: Lovlina Borgohain claims bronze medal; faces defeat in semifinal to Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli.
  • Men’s Javelin Throw (Qualification): Neeraj Chopra qualifies for final with 86.65m throw (automatic qualification)
  • Men’s Javelin Throw (Qualification): Shivpal Singh fails to qualify for final.
  • Wrestling, Men’s Freestyle 57kg: Ravi Dahiya enters final
  • Wrestling, Women’s Freestyle 57kg: Anshu Malik loses 2-8 to Belarus’ Iryna Kurachkina; will await the possibility of repechage
  • Wrestling, Men’s Freestyle 86kg: Deepak Punia loses in the semifinal, to play for bronze
  • Golf: Aditi Ashok tied at 2nd rank, 4 under par (-4) with 67 points after Round 1
  • Hockey: Women team loses 1-2 to Argentina in Olympic semifinals, to compete for bronze medal now.

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5:09 PM (Hockey): A bunch of 18 fearless and determined Indian women did the unthinkable when they stunned three-time champions Australia and entered the semifinals for the first time. And it’s not yet over! India women still have a chance to make history by winning the bronze. 

5:05 PM (Hockey): It’s all over! A valiant Indian women side has suffered a 1-2 defeat in the semi-finals. What a spirited performance at the Tokyo showpiece from Rani Rampal’s army.

4:59 PM (Hockey): India pressing hard now but only a minute to go!

4:54 PM (Hockey): The Argentinian goalkeeper denies India from scoring the equalizer. Full marks to Argentina’s defence too! They crowded the circle and saved the crucial penalty corner. Eight minutes to go and India are fighting hard to equalize. 

4:52 PM (Hockey): Penalty corner for India! Less than 10 minutes to go and India are in dire need of the equaliser!

4:44 PM (Hockey): End of the third quarter and India women are trailing by 1 goal. The fourth and final quarter will be a crucial one for Rani Rampal and Co.

4:32 PM (Hockey): 2-1! The Argentinian captain strikes again! Argentina take the lead as Maria Noel converts the penalty corner. Argentina have continuously attacked since the last quarter and they’ve finally taken a lead against the Indians.

4:30 PM (Hockey): Argentina win a penalty corner! India under pressure.

4:20 PM (Hockey): Argentina have penetrated the circle 11 times so far while the Indian women have managed to do it on six occasions. You can expect world no. 2 Argentina to come out with all guns blazing in the second half.

4:14 PM (Hockey): 1-1 at the end of second quarter! Argentina has been putting tremendous pressure on Indian women but the scoreline still remains 1-1. 

4:05 PM (Hockey): The scoreline still remains 1-1 with just over three minutes to go for the end of second quarter. Everybody falling back now to deny Argentina from scoring the second.

4:04 PM (Hockey): Salima Tete wins a penalty corner for India but a good save by the Argentinan goalkeeper.

3:57 PM (Hockey): 1-1! Argentina score the equalizer in the second quarter. India dominated the first quarter but the opposition has been ruling it in the second. Barrionuevo Maria Noel makes it 1-1.

3:48 PM (Hockey): End of the first quarter and India are 1-0 up against Argentina! India won just one penalty corner in the quarter and Gurjit Kaur rose to the occasion with a goal. Three more quarters to go!

3:33 PM (Hockey): 1-0! The Indian women’s hockey team is now 1-0 up against Argentina! Gurjit Kaur converts the penalty corner to give India an early lead.

3:26 PM (Wrestling): It’s all over for Punia as he loses in semis. USA’s Taylor comprehensively takes the bout 10-0 by technical superiority. He’ll now aim to clinch the bronze medal tomorrow.

3:25 PM (Wrestling): Taylor has taken a 9-0 lead in the first period! Brilliant performance by Taylor.

3:22 PM: (Wrestling): Punia (86kg) is making his way into the ring. He takes on David Taylor (USA) in the semifinal bout.

3:14 PM: What a day it’s been for the Indian contingent. Neeraj has qualified for the javelin throw finals, Lovlina has signed off with a bronze, and Ravi has assured India of a medal! The women’s hockey team and Deepak Punia will be in action in a few minutes.

3:10 PM (Wrestling): Dahiya will contest in the final on Thursday and he’ll be the first wrestler to enter the final after Sushil Kumar. Sushil was in the gold medal bout in the 2012 London Games where he had settled for a silver.

3:00 PM (Wrestling): Dahiya’s medal will be India’s fourth medal at the Tokyo Olympics so far! All eyes are on Deepak Punia (86kg) now in his semifinals bout.

2:55 PM (Wrestling): What a turnaround by Dahiya! Ravi Kumar Dahiya wins against Nurislam Sanayev and assures India of another medal at the Tokyo showpiece. Dahiya registers a come-from-behind win to defeat Sanayev by victory by fall (VFA)

2:53 PM (Wrestling): Nurislam Sanayev has stormed to take a 9-2 lead. He’s suddenly changed the course of this match!

2:50 PM (Wrestling): Ravi, the reigning Asian champ, is leading 2-1 at the end of the first period!

2:42 PM (Wrestling): Ravi Kumar Dahiya is in the ring for his semifinal bout against the Kazakhstan wrestler.

2:39 PM (Golf): Aditi Ashok is tied at 2nd rank, 4 under par (-4) with 67 points after the end of Round 1.

2:26 PM (Hockey): After Ravi and Deepak’s bouts, the focus will shift towards the India women’s hockey team! The Rani Rampal-led side is up against Argentina in the women’s hockey semi-final at 3:30 PM IST. A win will assure India of a historic silver.

2:20 PM (Wrestling): Ravi Dahiya (57kg) is all set to take on Nurislam Sanayev (Kazakhstan) for a place in the final. The semi-final will start at 2:45 PM IST. Deepak Punia (86kg) will also face David Taylor (USA) in the semi-final at 3:00 PM IST. 

12.30 PM: (Golf) Aditi Ashok is currently tied 2nd after finishing her first round at 4-under through 18 holes. Her total score is 67. A long way to go, but a very strong start from the Indian golfer!

Diksha Dagar, however, is struggling with three-over par with one hole left.

11.28 AM: (Boxing) And with this bronze, India have also bettered their overall medal tally from Rio Olympics! India won two medals (one silver, one bronze) in 2016.

Medalists for India at Tokyo 2020 so far:

  • Mirabai Chanu (Weightlifting) – Silver
  • PV Sindhu (Badminton) – Bronze
  • Lovlina Borgohain (Boxing) – Bronze

11.23 AM: (Boxing) And so, India’s challenge in boxing ends with a bronze medal for Lovlina Borgohain. Not the most satisfactory of performances from the other Indian boxers but Borgohain could be incredibly proud — a bronze on Olympic debut is a phenomenal achievement!

11.20 AM: (Boxing) Indian medalists in Boxing at Olympics (All have won Bronze medals):

  • Vijender Kumar – Beijing 2008
  • Mary Kom – London 2012
  • LOVLINA BORGOHAIN – Tokyo 2020

11.17 AM: (Boxing) And that’s it. Surmeneli wins the bout by unanimous decision, and India’s Lovlina Borgohain has become the third Indian to win a medal in Boxing at Olympics!

11.12 AM: (Boxing) Another unanimous decision in favour of Surmeneli. A tinge of desperation in how Lovlina punched throughout the second round, and she also earned a point deduction towards the end. A third Olympic bronze in Boxing for India is very likely now.

11.08 AM: (Boxing) End of first round! Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli wins by unanimous decision (5-0). A very aggressive start from the Turkish World Champion as she rained punches on Lovlina throughout the first minute of the game. The Indian aimed at recovery but couldn’t find the accuracy needed to make a turnaround.

11.03 AM: (Boxing) Lovlina Borgohain now enters the boxing ring for the semifinal bout against reigning world champion, Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli.

10.57 AM: (Golf) Meanwhile, Aditi Ashok is putting out a stunning shift in the first round of women’s golf. She is currently tied 2nd with the score of four under-par.

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Women’s Golf – 1st round (in progress)

10.53 AM: (Boxing) Reminder that Borgohain has already assured a bronze medal. Even if she loses the bout against Surmeneli, the Indian will stand on the podium at the Olympics. Her bout is scheduled to start at 11 AM.

10.40 AM: (Boxing) The odds are tilted towards Surmeneli in the bout against Borgohain — however, if the Indian boxer manages to defeat Surmeneli, she will become the first Indian to play in a boxing final in Olympic history.

Vijender Kumar and Mary Kom have both won bronze medals for India in boxing so far.

10.25 AM: (Boxing) In about 35 minutes from now, India’s Lovlina Borgohain will aim a shot at history when she faces the reigning world champion, Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli for a place in the final of the women’s welterweight category.

9.54 AM: (Wrestling) Anshu Malik, meanwhile, remains in fray for repechage as her victor Iryna Kurachkina has reached the semifinals of women’s 57kg category.

9:50 AM (Wrestling): Deepak Punia faces David Taylor (USA) while Ravi Kumar Dahiya takes on Nurislam Sanayev (Kazakhstan) in the semis of their respective weight categories. 

9:40 AM (Wrestling): Deepak Punia also books semi-final berth. He defeats China’s Lin Zushen in a thrilling bout. In the closing minute, Punia gained a three-point lead to win 6-3. Both Punia and Dahiya have been excellent so far.

9:37 AM (Wrestling): It’s all over! Ravi Kumar Dahiya has won the bout 14-4 by technical superiority to make the semifinals. Punia, in the QF bout, had also nailed a 13-2 win against Colombia’s Tigreros Urbano.

9:36 AM (Wrestling): Punia is also leading 3-1 against China’s Lin Zushen. Both the Indian wrestlers on the verge of making SFs.

9:32 AM (Wrestling): Dahiya is off to an impressive start. He leads 6-0 at the end of the first period! The world championships bronze medallist is making this a one-sided affair.

9:30 AM (Wrestling): Ravi Dahiya’s bout begins!

9:25 AM (Wrestling): Dahiya is the reigning Asian champion and he will look to dictate the Bulgarian and enter the semi-final.

9:17 AM (Wrestling): Ravi Kumar Dahiya in action next! He faces Bulgaria’s Georgi Valentinov Vangelo in the quarter-final.

9:07 AM (Wrestling): It’s all over! Deepak Punia has booked his place in the quarters! He wins 12-1 by technical superiority. Agiomor never looked in the contest after the first period as Punia advances further with a comprehensive win. Deepak Punia and Ravi Kumar Dahiya have made QFs while Anshu Malik has lost her bout. The 19-year-old Anshu still has a chance in repechage if her opponent Kurachkina reaches the final.

9:05 AM (Wrestling): Punia is now showcasing his superiority. It’s 7-1 now! It’s turning into a one-sided contest. Punia so far is in complete control of the bout. 

9:04 AM (Wrestling): Punia finishes the first period 4-1. A dominant start by Punia as we head to the second period comprising three minutes. 

9:02 AM (Wrestling): An excellent start for Punia! He takes the first two points but the Nigerian fights back and takes one point to make it 2-1.

9:00 AM (Wrestling): Punia in the ring. Nothing to choose between the two wrestlers!

08:59 AM (Wrestling): Dahiya will next face Bulgaria’s Georgi Valentinov Vangelo in the quarter-final.

08:53 AM (Wrestling): In the men’s freestyle 86kg, Deepak Punia takes on Nigeria’s Ekerekeme Agiomor. The Indian wrestler will be up against the African championship bronze medallist.

08.40 AM: (Wrestling) Anshu Malik loses. She made a good start in the second period but eventually conceded two technical points to concede a 2-8 defeat. However, Malik still has a chance in repechage if Kurachkina reaches the final.

08.34 AM: (Wrestling) Kurachkina dominates Anshu Malik throughout the whole first period of the bout, securing three points on technical superiority and one courtesy Malik’s passivity. She leads 4-0.

08.32 AM: (Wrestling) Anshu Malik will now begin her campaign in Freestyle 57kg category against Belarus’ Iryna Kurachkina.

08.24 AM: (Wrestling) And that’s it! A fairly easy bout for Ravi Dahiya as he wins on technical superiority! 13-2 against Oscar Tigeros. A series of two pointers in the second period against the Colombian opponent and Ravi cruises to quarters.

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Ravi Dahiya wins RO16 bout.

08.20 AM: (Wrestling) The Indian wrestler leads 3-2 at the end of first period. Both, Dahiya and Tigeros scored two technical points each before Dahiya eventually took a lead after edging the opponent out.

08.17 AM: (Wrestling) Ravi Dahiya’s bout begins.

08.10 AM: (Wrestling) Ravi Dahiya will now be in action in the round-of-16 of men’s 57kg category against Colombia’s Oscar Tigeros.

08.05 AM: (Men’s Javelin Throw) Final list of athletes who have qualified for the final. A few surprises as London Olympics 2012 Gold Medalist Keshorn Walcott and Anderson Peters, the 2019 World Champion in Doha are out of final. Neeraj with a good chance for podium finish.

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Javelin Throw qualification – final standings.

07.55 AM: (Wrestling) India’s Ravi Dahiya will soon be in action against Colombia’s Oscar Tigeros.

07.48 AM: (Men’s Javelin Throw) Disappointing performance from Shivpal. His third attempt is 74.81, and he is officially out of contention for a spot in the final.

07.42 AM: (Men’s Javelin Throw) Shivpal has slipped to 11th position after failing to improve on his first attempt. The Indian might as well have to better his season best if he wants to stay alive in contention for a final spot.

07.34 AM: (Men’s Javelin Throw) Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem, meanwhile, secures automatic qualification with a 85.16m throw. He joins Germany’s Julian Weber in the group who also breached the 83.50m mark to advance to final.

07.32 AM: (Men’s Javelin Throw) A poorer attempt from Shivpal this time. He throws 74.80m.

07.27 AM: (Men’s Javelin Throw) Shivpal is 9th after the first attempts. The combined top-12 from Group A and B will advance to the final of the event. The Indian needs to improve massively on his first performance to stand a chance.

He has two attempts remaining.

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Standings after first attempts.

07.24 AM: (Men’s Javelin Throw) Germany’s Julian Weber is the only one to have secured an automatic qualification so far in the Group B, with 84.41m long throw.

07.10 AM: (Men’s Javelin Throw) Shivpal throws 76.40m in his first attempt.

07.04 AM: (Men’s Javelin Throw) The proceedings begin in qualification group B.

06.52 AM: (Men’s Javelin Throw) Watch Neeraj’s brilliant first attempt which secured an automatic qualification to the final:

06.48 AM: (Men’s Javelin Throw) Shivpal is now warming up at the Olympic Stadium. The Indian will have to improve on his season best (81.63m) if he has to earn an automatic qualification (83.50 or more) for the final.

Shivpal’s personal best is 86.23m.

06.40 AM: (Men’s Javelin Throw) Shivpal Singh will soon be in action in the Group B of qualification event. 

6.25 AM: (Men’s Javelin Throw) Final Standings:

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Final Standings in Group A.

6.15 AM: (Men’s Javelin Throw) Germany’s Johannes Vetter finally breaches the automatic qualification mark in his third attempt. He throws 85.64m to finish second in the qualification group.

After all three attempts, Neeraj Chopra finishes at the top!

5.56 AM: (Men’s Javelin Throw) Brilliant from Neeraj. Just one throw and he’s done! Standings after first attempt. Neeraj at top!

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Neeraj Chopra qualifies with first throw.

5.53 AM: (Men’s Javelin Throw) NEERAJ CHOPRA SECURES AUTOMATIC QUALIFICATION WITH A 86.65m THROW! Well, that was easy.

5.53 AM: (Men’s Javelin Throw) Finland’s Etelatolo Lassi secures automatic qualification! He throws 84.5m long throw in first attempt.

5.48 AM: (Men’s Javelin Throw) Germany’s Johannes Vetter throws 82.04m long throw in first attempt. Currently 3rd.

5.45 AM: (Men’s Javelin Throw) 9 have thrown in their first attempt so far but none has secured an automatic qualification yet. Three have thrown at more than 80m. Alexandru Novac from Romania leads.

5.38 AM: (Men’s Javelin Throw) Neeraj Chopra is placed at 15th position in the qualification round.

5.34 AM: (Men’s Javelin Throw) The automatic qualification distance for the medal event is 83.50m.

5.30 AM: (Men’s Javelin Throw) Germany’s Johannes Vetter, who is also in the same qualification group as Chopra, is among the favorites for the gold medal. With a personal best of 97.26m and season best of 96.29m, Vetter is the only athlete to touch 90+ among the competitors in his group!

Neeraj Chopra’s personal and season best is 88.06m.

5.28 AM: (Men’s Javelin Throw) Neeraj Chopra among all the athletes participating in the qualification group A are warming up at the Olympic Stadium. We are minutes away from action on Day 12 at the Tokyo Olympics.

5.20 AM: One of India’s strongest medal hopes, Neeraj Chopra will begin his campaign today in the men’s javelin throw event. He is placed in the Group A of qualification, which starts in 15 minutes from now.

5:15 AM: Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of Day 12 of India’s action at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. After a quiet and disappointing Day 11, India will have a rather action-filled Wednesday where Rani Rampal-led women’s team will be in action against Argentina in the semis with the aim to grab their first-ever Olympic medal. Here’s all you can expect from the Indian contingent on Wednesday, August 4.

 





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The emerging threats in the cyber world and space require state-of-the-art technological responses, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Wednesday.

During his address at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, the President said, “Use of advanced technology by non-state actors also calls for an upgraded response.”

He further stated that issues like climate change may have an impact on security preparedness. “All such issues influence the security calculus of the nation. You have to comprehend their implications so that you are better prepared to deal with them,” he told the young student officers, including 30 from other countries who are also attending this course.

He said that significant changes are instituted in the higher defence organisation of the country and impetus is also being provided to indigenisation and self-sufficiency in the defence sector. “These initiatives have been taken with a view to make the Armed Forces’ future ready,” he stressed.

He told the young student officers that as they go up the ladder of growth, they will have to graduate from the level of single service competencies to multi-domain challenges.

“That requires greater understanding of joint and multi-domain operations,” he said.

He also praised the Indian Armed Forces stating they have earned the regard of the fellow citizens by untiring efforts and great sacrifices.

“They have rendered invaluable services to the nation during the times of war and peace. They have discharged their duties with dedication and courage while facing internal and external security challenges, and in times of natural calamities,” he said.

The President appreciated the outstanding grit and determination displayed by men and women of the Armed Forces in dealing with the situation on borders as well as the Covid-19 pandemic.

He also talked about his recent visit to Kashmir valley on the Kargil Vijay Diwas where he interacted with officers and soldiers. “I felt very happy to observe their high morale and dedication to duty. Most of you have been among the frontline warriors, dealing with these challenges,” he said.

Kovind said that India is passing through challenging times, which is full of changes and the concepts of National Security and Defence are also changing.

“Geo-strategic and geo-political compulsions and many other factors have made the security landscape more complex. Low intensity conflicts, counter terrorism and non-combat conflicts pose different challenges,” said the President, urging the officers that there is a need to have a thorough understanding of all aspects.

“In these changing times, we have to think of new ways to secure our national interests and ensure our national security. This would require a fresh approach,” he said.

He told the young officers that as defence professionals they have to be a knowledge warrior. “You build upon the experiences of the past, align such learning to the current context and upgrade your knowledge to become ready for the future,” the President said.



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On 1 August, a nine-year-old girl told her mother that she was heading to a nearby crematorium in Delhi’s Cantonment area to fetch some drinking water. After around 30 minutes, a priest informed the girl’s humble, rag-picker parents that their daughter had died. The child was hurriedly cremated the same day.

Rahul Gandhi, a key leader of India’s main opposition party Congress, on Wednesday met the parents of a nine-year-old girl who was allegedly raped and murdered in Delhi last Sunday. 

Gandhi shared a video via his official Instagram handle showing the victim’s parents wailing. The 50-year-old parliamentarian and former chief of the Indian National Congress (INC), can be seen hugging the minor’s tearful father inside a car. The mother, sitting on the front seat of Gandhi’s car, can also be seen getting breathless and restless while remembering her deceased child. 

“India’s daughter deserves justice. To ensure timely justice is done, I am standing with this family,” Gandhi captioned his video. 

What Happened to the 9-year-old Over the Weekend?  

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (South West), Ingit Pratap Singh, the minor belonged to the Dalit community and resided in the Nangal area of Delhi. She had told her mother that she was going to get some water from a nearby crematorium. 

He said a 55-year-old priest, Radhey Shyam along with three crematorium employees, Salim, Laxmi Narayan, and Kuldeep have been arrested in the case. Their alleged involvement is being investigated.

The men told the girl’s parents that she had been electrocuted while filling water from the cooler. But soon, without taking the consent of her family members and informing police officials, the crematorium workers burnt the girl’s body, raising suspicions regarding their involvement. 

The four men asked the girl’s mother to not engage police in the matter. 

“Instead, they told her that the police would register a case and the body would be sent for autopsy, during which doctors would remove her vital organs and sell them,” DCP Singh told the media. 

A board of three doctors has been asked to conduct an autopsy on the charred remains of the body that was pulled off the pyre midway through the cremation. 

In addition, the investigating officers are considering polygraph tests on the arrested men, Indian media reported

The gruesome incident has stirred major uproar in Delhi. The #JusticeForDelhiCanttGirl hashtag is trending on Twitter in India. 

​Case Raised Among Top Politicians in Parliament

The gut-wrenching incident has been raised by several politicians including Derek O’Brien from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) during the ongoing Monsoon Session of the Parliament.

​Chandrashekhar Azad, leader of the Azad Samaj Party (ASP) also visited the victim’s family in Delhi. 

​In July, Delhi Police released data revealing that crimes against women in the capital witnessed a sharp rise during the first six months of 2021.

Between January and June this year, a total of 833 rape cases were registered in Delhi, marking a 43 percent surge compared with last year, according to the Delhi Police data. 





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In this Sept. 14, 2017, file photo, a banner erected by the Indian army stands near Pangong Tso lake near the India-China border in Ladakh area. The focus now is on disengaging troops from Hot Springs, Gogra and Depsang areas. (AP/Manish Swarup, File)

 In this Sept. 14, 2017, file photo, a banner erected by the Indian army stands near Pangong Tso lake near the India-China border in Ladakh area. The focus now is on disengaging troops from Hot Springs, Gogra and Depsang areas. (AP/Manish Swarup, File)

New Delhi: India and China could soon reach a final agreement on disengagement from another friction point — Gogra Post in Ladakh. At the 12th round of the corps commanders’ talks on Saturday, at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control, there was a detailed discussion on the disengagement of troops from Gogra Post.

“The Chinese commanders will speak to their leadership on the troops’ disengagement from Gogra Post and then respond to us. We are awaiting a final response from the Chinese which can come in a day or two,” said one source. If Chinese leadership agrees, the disengagement from Gogra Post will be announced, he said, adding that there is even a possibility that the announcement might be made in Parliament.

 

Gogra Post will be the third friction point after the Galwan Valley and Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh, where disengagement between the two armies will be reached. There will be a buffer zone in Gogra where the troops from both sides will not be allowed to patrol for some time.

After Gogra Post, both sides will discuss the disengagement from Hot Springs. India is hopeful of disengagement from Gogra Post and Hot Springs as both sides had undertaken a partial disengagement in these areas last year. However, the Chinese have hardened their position on the Depsang Plains and Demchok friction points.

 

In February, India and China had reached an agreement to disengage from the north and south banks of Pangong Tso to pre-standoff status.

Meanwhile, a new video of the deadly June 2020 Galwan clash between the Indian and PLA troops has emerged in the Chinese media. The highly doctored propaganda video is part of the interview of the families of the Chinese soldiers killed during the clash. The Chinese troops can be seen in the video throwing stones from a mountain on the Indian soldiers. The soldiers of both sides are also seen pushing each other on the rocky banks of the Galwan River. There is also footage of Chinese soldiers nearly drowning in the icy and fast-flowing Galwan river during the night and struggling to save each other from being swept away by its flow.

 



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