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I-League: Real Kashmir to clash with Chennai today

Firdous Hassan





Coimbatore, Dec 21: Visitors Real Kashmir FC is all set to lock horns with unbeaten Chennai City FC on Saturday, with huge crowd expected to watch the match.

It will be the third away match for the guest team, which currently on fourth position with 14 points.

The team started its outside state leg with a draw against Malabarians, Gokulam Kerala FC, which the team management believes had lifted morale of its players.


Head Coach RKFC David Robertson said the atmosphere in his camp is positive for today’s match considering the performance against Gokulam last week.

“Conditions are good here and it entirely will be a new experience for my players. In all the games we created chances and we hope to convert them into goals in upcoming games,” he said.

Coach Robertson said the morale of his players was high in the backdrop of team’s performance in away matches.

“Away games have been good for us as we have lost two games in the state only. We had a decent start since the beginning and then defensive side has become strong with introduction of Kofi,” he said.

RKFC head coach said that playing against Chennai City FC will be a kind of challenge for his team.

“I watched their few of the games and they played very differently. Their players have a great movement. They push a ball towards front, which can be dangerous,” he said.

Claiming his squad was fit for the upcoming match, he looked at the contest as 50-50 game.

“Every game is 50-50 unless you don’t score a goal. We hope it is 60-40 tomorrow and we win it,” he quipped.

When asked head Coach Chennai City FC, Akbar Nawas about I- League debutants, he said the team was competitive enough to win the league.

“I don’t see Real Kashmir as a new team to join the league. They are capable to win the league. We as a team don’t look where we are on the table. Every match is a challenge for us,” he said.

“They have a very good and experienced coach and foreigners who are capable to turn the game their way,” he said.

Coach Nawas said his team won’t have any change for today’s match.

“The squad will be the same. We have picked raw players and incoming time you will see how these players will perform,” he said.

Meanwhile, the stadium is all set to host the match, with official having made all arrange possible for Saturday’s big match.

An official said that spectators in thousand already have expressed their desire to watch the match by availing tickets.

“A sea of people will be tomorrow in the stadium to watch the match. Its holiday tomorrow, which means the aura will be very loud,” he said.



Tribunal serves notice to Jamaat-e-Islami

Press Trust of India



Srinagar, Apr 19: The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal, constituted by the Centre, has issued a show cause notice to Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir (JeI), which was banned by the government in February, asking it why the organisation cannot be declared as an unlawful association.

“A notice is hereby given under sub-section (2) of Section 4 of the Act (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act) and you are hereby called upon to show cause, within 30 days from the date of service of this notice, as to why your Association, declared as unlawful, be not adjudicated to be so and why an order confirming such declaration be not made under Section 4(3) of the Act,” said the notice issued by Registrar, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal, Lorren Bamniyal, to the JeI.


The notice was issued on April 5.

The Tribunal asked the Jamaat to file objections or reply affidavits, if any, before the next date of hearing of the Tribunal at the office of the Registrar.

“In case the objections/reply and the documents are in regional language, true English translation thereof be also attached. You may appear through a duly authorised person before the Tribunal on 20 May, 2019 at 3 PM in Court Room number 26 for further proceedings,” the notice said.

The Centre had constituted the tribunal headed by a Delhi High Court judge to decide whether there is sufficient cause for declaring the JeI as an unlawful association.

The Ministry of Home Affairs on March 23 had issued a notification which states that Justice Mukta Gupta would head the tribunal set up under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

The government in its February 28 notification had banned the JeI, saying it was of the opinion that the Jamaat is “in close touch with militant outfits” and is supporting “extremism and militancy” in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere.

It said the outfit claims “secession of a part of the Indian territory from the Union” and supporting terrorist and separatist groups fighting for this purpose.

The action came following the February 14 attack in Pulwama that killed over 40 CRPF personnel.

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Two militants killed in Rafiabad gunfight:Reports




Srinagar, Apr 19: Multiple gunshots were heard in Malpora Watergam area of Rafiabad in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday evening.

Sources said that at around 8:55 pm, unknown persons fired a volley of bullets in paddy fields in Malpora Watergam village of Rafiabad.

Sources said that a joint team of Army’s 32RR and Jammu and Kashmir Police’s SOG cordoned off the area in Malpora Watergam after credible inputs about presence of militants.


They said that as the forces laid the siege, gunshots were heard from the area.

SP Sopore Javid Iqbal said that “we are verifying the incident.”

He said that a cordon has been launched in the area.

Unconfirmed reports at the time of filing this report said that two militants were killed during the gunfight that ensued soon after.

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Budgam: NC worker of 4 decades stays away from polls

Firdous Hassan



Srinagar, Apr 18: Outside a two-storey Government Girls Higher Secondary High School in Ichigam village of Budgam, a man donning a chequered pheran loudly quipped at every person entering the polling booth to cast his or her vote on Thursday.

He argued with them over the performance of their elected leaders in the past as agents of political parties tried hard to convince him to cast his vote or stay away from others who wanted to.

Ghulam Hassan, in his 60s, has been an avid supporter of National Conference (NC) at Ichigam for the last 40 years.   


Having worked hard over the years to lure voters for NC, Hassan, Thursday, was one among those who sidelined from the party and preferred not to vote.

He said the previous regimes failed to develop his area due to which he had decided to boycott and also not to “befool” people in this Lok Sabha election.

“It was the only option available with me. I have been supporting the party (NC) ever since I became eligible to caste vote. But it didn’t benefit me nor people of my area,” he said.

Hassan, who as per locals, would often engage himself in heated arguments with political rivals during elections, was dejected over the state of roads and growing unemployment in his village.

“I have two sons, who are sitting idle at home. Many students here have completed their higher studies and haven’t got a job. These politicians appear only during elections and forget their promises once they are elected,” he said.

Hassan said the idea of boycotting the election was way better than living with a hope of some relief from the politicians.

“Under these circumstances, it is better that you vote for a candidate who is trustworthy. But we are short of such candidates,” he said.

When agents attempted “tricking” him by saying his vote would secure Article 370 and 35-A, he replied, “Many among you have voted and let us see how your vote will benefit Kashmir,” he said.

Few metres away in another polling booth in Ichigam, Ghulam Muhammad Dar voiced similar concerns but said he voted after trusting the candidate for one last time.

“I have been casting my vote for the last 50 years and have seen how these politicians befool people. But this is going to be my last vote if the candidate didn’t work for the development and safeguarding special position of Kashmir,” he said.

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