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I-League: Real Kashmir makes Chinmaya kids day

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Coimbatore, Dec 19: Football enthusiasts here were enthralled on Wednesday by their chance encounter with Real Kashmir Football Club (RKFC) in a local higher secondary school.

The team is on an I-League tour to Tamil Nadu, where it will face unbeaten Chennai City FC on Saturday.

The RKFC, after a hard practice session in the morning, toured the city before going for its second practice session.

 

Scores of the football fans, predominantly school children, from the nearby Chinmaya Vidyalaya Matric Higher Secondary School rushed towards the ground after noticing RKFC players practicing in their official jersey.

While the school hours were already over, many heading towards their home returned to the school premises in their favourite team jersey.

“Coimbatore city devotedly loves to play and watch football. We couldn’t stop ourselves after spotting players including some foreigners. We want to learn some technicalities from them,” said Bala, a student of ninth class leading a group of students.

Head Coach RKFC, David Robertson, held a detailed session with his players for nearly an hour.

The team interacted with the locals and children who were wearing colourful uniforms.

Many players including Aaron Katebe, Gnohere Krizo, and Bazie Armand interacted with the children and shared some lighter moments with them.

A group of the children were taught some basic of the game by the experienced players.

“We are highly thankful to the team for visiting the school. It will encourage our children to develop an interest in sports and follow their lifestyle like an idol,” a teacher who was lining up students said.

Many school children came up with their notebooks to get autographs and click selfies with the footballers.

The teaching staff later thanked the team particularly state’s ace footballer, Dharamraj Ravanan, for sharing his experience with them.


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Upcoming snow spell: Avalanche warning issued for Kashmir, Ladakh districts

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Srinagar, Jan 19: Kashmir areas experienced fresh snowfall on Saturday, with the weather office forecasting more in store for the next three days.
“A western disturbance (WD) is presently active over the state under whose influence moderate to heavy snowfall is likely to occur in the valley till January 23 after which the intensity of the WD will start decreasing,” a Met Department official said here.
District administrations have set up helplines to help prevent any untoward incident due to the heavy snowfall.
Meanwhile Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan Saturday issued fresh avalanche warning for nine avalanche prone districts of Kashmir division.
The warning has been issued for the avalanche-prone areas of district Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh.
As per the hand out, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has directed the Deputy Commissioners of all these districts to advise the people living in avalanche prone areas not to venture out to avoid the loss of lives.
The Div Com also directed the concerned DC’s to take all the precautionary measures and to keep the SDRF, Police and Para-medical staff with ambulances in readiness to avert any untoward incident.
While the nightlong cloud cover increased minimum temperatures throughout the valley on Saturday, the maximum temperatures are expected to drop further, the weather official said.
Srinagar recorded minus 2.0 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam minus 4.4 and Gulmarg minus 7.0 as the minimum temperatures.
Leh town had minus 9.2 degrees Celsius and Kargil minus 18.9 as the night’s lowest temperature.
Jammu city recorded 8.3 degrees Celsius, Katra 9.1, Batote 3.9, Bannihal 2.3 and Bhaderwah 1.3 as the minimum temperatures.

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UN clearly did its job: Guterres on Kashmir human rights report

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United Nations: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday hoped that India and Pakistan will engage in a “meaningful dialogue” to resolve their issues.
The UN chief also said he has been offering his “good offices in relation to the dialogue between the two countries that, until now, had no conditions of success.”
Guterres was speaking to reporters at the UN headquarters in New York.
“I hope that the importance of both India and Pakistan is such in international affairs, I hope that the two countries will be able to engage in a meaningful dialogue,” he said.
The UN chief was responding to a question on his repeated urging of dialogue between the two South Asian neighbours.
In relation to the human rights situation, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has produced recently a very detailed report. So, the UN has clearly done its job in that regard, Guterres said to a question by a Pakistan journalist on the situation in Kashmir.

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Day after grenade attack, forces conduct search op in Lal Chowk

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Srinagar: A joint search operation was launched by the forces and police in the commercial Hub Lal Chowk area of Srinagar on Saturday.
The search came a day after the grenade attack took place in the locality, which left a vehicle and windowpanes of some shops damaged.
Witnesses said that a large contingent of police and paramilitary troopers were deployed near the Clock Tower here while the frisking was also intensified.
They said that drones too were used during the operation.
However, a top police official said that it was a routine exercise ahead of upcoming Republic Day.

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