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MS Dhoni may enter politics after retiring from cricket, hints Paswan

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New Delhi, Jul 13 : Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has brought numerous laurels for the country, may enter politics after retiring from cricket, a senior BJP leader has said.

Speaking to news agency IANS on Friday, former Union minister and BJP leader Sanjay Paswan has said that MS Dhoni might begin his new innings in politics as part of ‘Team Narendra Modi’.

Paswan said that Dhoni can join the saffron party and there has been a discussion on the issue for long.

 

“On this issue, there has been a discussion for long, although this decision will be taken only after his retirement,” he added.

On his equation with the world-renowned wicket-keeper batsman, Paswan said that he has known him for long and remains hopeful that he will join the saffron party after retiring from cricket.

“Dhoni is my friend, he is a player of world fame and there have been discussions on bringing him into the party fold,” the BJP leader said.

The remarks from the senior BJP leader comes at a time when Dhoni is in the centre of a public debate on Skipper Virat Kohli’s decision to send him to bat at no. 7 during the ICC men’s World Cup semi-final clash against New Zealand, which India lost.

After India crashed out of the ICC World Cup tournament, speculations are rife about MS Dhoni’s likely retirement from cricket, with many suggesting the iconic cricketer to continue playing for the country.

Several acclaimed international cricketers, including former Australia captain Steve Waugh and former Pakistani pacer Shoiab Akhtar, have backed Dhoni’s approach in the semi-final match against New Zealand.

They even went on say that ”without Dhoni, there would not be a chance to win a game.”

“I think it is pretty unfair. MS Dhoni has won so many games to India and he has played in the same way over the long period of time. He can get you in a situation that can give you a chance to win the game and without him, there would not be a chance to win a game,” Waugh said.

It may also be recalled that Dhoni was one of the celebrities whom BJP chief Amit Shah visited during his “Sampark for Samarthan” campaign ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The elections in Dhoni’s home state Jharkhand are scheduled to take place later this year. It is believed that MSD may even be the chief ministerial face of the BJP in the coming Jharkhand polls.


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Will take 2-3 days for scheduling flights over Pak air space: AI official

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Air India on Tuesday indicated that it will take two to three days for scheduling flights over Pakistan which has lifted all curbs on flying over its air space. “We are looking into the matter. It will take two to three days for scheduling to use Pakistani airspace,” an Air India official said.

For the first time since February’s Balakot strike, Pakistan fully operationalised its airspace for civilian traffic, bringing a huge relief for the airlines which had to take long and costly detours to avoid the Pakisrtani air space. “With immediate effect, Pakistan airspace is open for all type of civilian traffic on published ATS routes,” read a notice to airmen (NOTAM) issued by the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority.

In a tweet, the Ministry of Civil Aviation in New Delhi termed the move a “great news” and a “big relief to air passengers”. Pakistan had earlier claimed that it would not open its airspace for commercial flights until India removed its fighter jets from forwarding Indian airbases.

 

Pakistan had fully shut its airspace on the eastern border with India after the Indian Air Force had carried out airstrikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)camp in Balakot on February 26.

In mid-April, Pakistan opened one of its 11 air routes for west-bound flights from India — airlines like Air India and Turkish Airlines have started using it. In March, the neighbouring country partially opened its airspace but did not allow Indian flights to fly over its airspace.

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Unidentified male body retrieved in Jehlum

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Srinagar, July 16: Police on Tuesday recovered an identified male body on river Jehlum near Shadipora area of Sumbal in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

Reports reaching said that some locals spotted the body floating near Shadipora and informed the concerned police station immediately.

A police team reached the spot and retrieved the body. Confirming it a police officer said that the body has been taken to a nearby hospital for medico-legal formalities.

 

The officer said that the identity of the deceased is being ascertained.

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963 militants,413 soldiers killed in J&K since 2014: Home Ministry

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A total of 963 militants have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir by security forces since 2014 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was first voted to power.

During the various encounters and anti-combing operations in the state during the period, a total of 413 security personnel were also killed.

The data was furnished by the Ministry of Home Affairs in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. The Home Ministry also said that pursuant to Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government’s zero-tolerance policy against militancy, the forces were taking proactive measures to neutralize militants.

 

According to the Home Ministry, each of the Central Armed Police Forces has a designated welfare officer at each headquarter. Apart from it, there are welfare officers at the unit level to facilitate the families of security personnel, who were killed in the line of duty.

On Monday, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik had informed the Rajya Sabha that Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a total of 318 militants attacks in 2018, which is 187 more than the number of attacks in 2017.

In a written reply to Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Goel, the government had further said that as many as 265 militants were killed in various counter-militants, counter infiltration and militant Initiated Incidents operations undertaken by the defence and security personnel. In the same year, a total of 43 Army men were killed during anti-militant operations.

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