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I-League: Bazou scores again for snow leopards

Firdous Hassan

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Srinagar, Dec 5: Hopes rekindled in the valley’s football fans, as Real Kashmir Football Club on Wednesday bounced back in the I-League with their third win. They defeated former champions Aizawal FC 1:0.

Like in their previous game against Indian Arrows, Snow leopards overpowered their opponents on the ground before the fans numbering in thousands.

With this win, Real Kashmir FC (RKFC), the first football club from the valley to attain to play prestigious I- League, jumped to fourth position in the league with 10 points.

 

Ever since the game started, the enthusiasm of the crowd ceased to slow down.

Ecstatic football freaks all over the stadium jumped in jubilation when Real Kashmir FC’s Nagen Tamang got a chance to hit the football into the goal post.

For the match, Head Coach David Robertson made a bold decision to choose new recruit Abed Kofi Tetteh in place of Aaron Katebe to add more firepower in the attacking department.

Similarly, Aizawal FC Head Coach, Gift Raikhan, replaced Joe Zoherliana in deep defense with Nigerian Kareem Nurain, who made a comeback after an injury lay-off.

The hosts began the game on an attacking note when Nagen Tamang floated a delightful cross from the flanks towards the far post for Surchandra Singh, but the latter could only find the side-netting from close range.

Aizawl had an equal chance in the 25th minute when midfielder Albert Zohmingmawia’s cross from the right was blocked by Real Kashmir FC Goalkeeper Bilal Khan.

Real Kashmir FC did not have to wait long for their eventual winner when Bazie Armand rose the tallest inside the six-yard box to get his head to a corner floated in by midfielder Surchandra Singh.

Aizwala FC goalkeeper Gurpreet Chahal failed to punch away and Paul Ramfangzauva could not time his jump to prevent Armand from heading the ball.

Aizawl started to show more urgency after falling behind but was not able to produce the final ball, which could trouble the hosts.

An equal show was displayed by host’s Mason Robertson and captain Loveday Okechukwu as who kept Aizwal FC’s Leonce Dodoz and Ansumana Kromah at bay for the entire opening 45 minutes.

For the home side, Krizo got some of the chances in the second half particularly two free-headers, one off a cross from Kofi and another in the 82nd minute off a free-kick, which he missed to their marks.

Aizwal FC in the second half got a few chances especially in 86th minute of the game when the net was empty.

Additional five minutes were given in which both the teams unsuccessfully attempted to score goals.

For several minutes after the match, the winning team stayed in the ground to thank the spectators for their support.

Soon after the match was called off, ecstatic football fans cheered up for the winning team amid noise of fire crackers and pom-pom.

A standing ovation was given to the Man of the Match, Bazie Armand, by the spectators.

“We knew that Real Kashmir FC will win the match. They have performed well in the previous matches as well but results were good now,” said Muhammad Amin a football fan who had come from Baramulla to watch the game.

David Robertson said the performances throughout the league so far has depicted the strength of the team.

“We missed something in the earlier stages. Now Kofi’s entry has yielded results today. We played better and equally defended in the second half. I think we deserved the win,” he said.

Robertson said the support of the home crowd equally boosted his players to perform better.

Aizawal FC Head Coach, Gift Raikhan, said his team couldn’t convert some of the open chances into goals.

“Result was not good today though we played good football. There were some open chances for us, but Real Kashmir FC played fantastically well. They played long goals which benefitted them,” he said.


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Govt all set to revamp loss making PSUs in JK

Mudassir Kuloo

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Srinagar, Oct 16: Jammu and Kashmir government is all set to revamp the functioning of loss making public sector undertakings (PSUs) in a bid to make them profit earning corporations.

Most of the public sector undertakings (corporations) in Jammu and Kashmir are running in losses and have become a major burden on the state exchequer. 

Centre has now told Jammu Kashmir government to take measures for making the PSUs into profit making corporations.

 

“Under a new proposal, all the public sector undertakings will work under the Industrial Development Corporation which will be headed by Chief Managing Director, who shall be an IAS level officer. Each corporation will be headed by Executive Director,” said a Managing Director of one of the corporations.

According to him, Centre has also told the Jammu and Kashmir government to provide details of employees, assets, and liabilities of corporations.

“Once the details are finalised, the government may merge few of the corporations and take measures for making them profit earning corporations,” he added.

As per an official document, the Centre has also told the J&K government to provide details about board of directors in corporations.

“The government will appoint new board of directors in several corporations like it did recently in JK Bank. There will be further changes in corporations in coming weeks,” a source said.

The government has already directed the corporations not to make any recruitment or initiate works without the concurrence of the Finance Department. 

“No new posts shall be created by the PSUs, autonomous bodies, without the prior concurrence of Finance department. No recruitment shall be made by public sector undertakings, without following a transparent and due process including advertisements inviting applications from eligible candidates irrespective of class of the posts,” an order reads, issued earlier.

As per the directives, no procurement of goods and services shall be made by the public sector undertakings, autonomous bodies, societies aided by state government without following a transparent bidding process.

“Further, PSU, autonomous bodies, societies are instructed to undertake the changes as may be required in their bye-laws, regulations with the approval of competent authority,” the order adds.

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Separatism must be uprooted from JK: Modi

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Haryana, Oct 15:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asserted that his government will stop water flowing to Pakistan and divert it to Haryana as it rightfully belongs to the country and the farmers of the state.

“For 70 years, water that belonged to Haryana’s farmers and to us flowed to Pakistan…But this Modi will stop that water and bring it to your house. I have already started working on it. The water belongs to India and farmers of Haryana…That is why Modi is fighting this for you,” he said at an election rally here.

 Referring to J&K, the PM said that “separatism must be uprooted” from the state.

 

He made the statement while hitting out at the rival Congress party over Article 370, while addressing an election campaign here.

“They (Congress) are creating hullabaloo over Article 370 across the world. Politics continues, elections come and go, victory and loss happen. But national security remains the top priority. Till when terrorism and separatism will prevail in J&K? Till when brave soldiers will be martyred?” he said.

“Today, we are taking tough and big public interest decisions regarding humanity. The phase of separatism must end, the lives of young people should not be destroyed, mothers should not be bereaved of her son,” he added.

In August, the government revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and also divided the state into two union territories- J&K and Ladakh.

The Prime Minister continued: “We see a mother from Kashmir performing ‘namaaz’ 5 times a day & bowing her head before ‘Allah’, to call back her son from joining militancy. I want to ask Congress leaders, should not such mothers get their sons back?”

He said that irrespective of the Congress’ stand on Article 370, the government will take decisions in the national interest without a second thought.

Modi reiterated that the abrogation of Article 370 led to the integration of Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of the country, saying the region would now see fast-paced development and prosperity.

Modi said that the central government is making all arrangement so that people can celebrate Prakash Parv of Guru Govind Singh.

“I am happy that the Kartarpur Corridor project is about to be completed. We are fortunate that we have got the chance to fix the political & strategic failure that happened seven decades ago, to some extent,” he added.

Taking at dig previous Congress, the Prime Minister said that state governments before 2014, used to keep an eye on the vote of the farmers of Haryana and their land.

“This is the first time in the last 5 years that meaningful steps have been taken to protect the interests of the farmers of Haryana. The BJP government here has made ended scam related to the purchase of land. License for change of land use is now decided to be given through open auction,” he said.

Haryana, where 90 Assembly seats are at stake, will go to polls on October 21. The counting of votes will take place on October 24.

Lauding women for proving their mettle in various fields, Modi said that this year’s Diwali in Haryana should be dedicated to “our daughters and celebrate their achievements”.

“ We will have two types of Diwali this time. A ‘diya’ (earthen lamp) Diwali, and a ‘kamal’ (lotus) Diwali. We should dedicate this Diwali to our daughters and celebrate their achievements,” the Prime Minister said.

Urging the people to re-elect the BJP again in the ensuing Assembly elections, Modi said that the state is witnessing progress due to “double engine” of development.

“The double engine of Modi in Delhi and Manohar Lal Khattar in Haryana has resulted in unprecedented development of the state,” he added.

The Prime Minister is currently in Haryana and is addressing rallies as part of BJP’s electioneering ahead of the Assembly polls.

The state will head for elections on October 21 in a single phase. Counting of votes will take place on October 24.

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Reorganisation of J&K into UTs : Countdown begins, Amit Shah to attend function

Mudassir Kuloo

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Srinagar, Oct 15: Preparations are in full swing to celebrate the reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories on October 31.

Several union ministers including Amit Shah is likely to attend a function on October 31, when Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh will be officially declared union territories.

“Union Home Minister Amit Shah, his cabinet colleagues including Ravi Shankar Prasad and Jitendra Singh are also likely to attend the function, which will be held at Civil Secretariat Srinagar. Guard of honour will be presented to new Lieutenant Governor (LG),” said a source at the Civil Secretariat.

 

So far no decision has been taken whether Satya Pal Malik will be the LG of new Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Government has already directed the administrative secretaries to remain available at Srinagar on October 31. Earlier, government had removed Jammu and Kashmir’s flag that was flying next to the national flag on the Civil Secretariat.

Prior to August 5, Jammu and Kashmir had its own constitution by virtue of its special status. Every legislation except in the matters related to defence, external affairs, and communications began with an exception clause that the law will apply to the whole of India except Jammu and Kashmir.

Post abrogation of Article 370, 164 state laws have ceased to exist in J&K. Similarly 106 central laws will be implemented in Jammu and Kashmir when it officially becomes Union Territory from November 1.

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