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RKFC’s maiden game in 2019 is against Mohun Bagan

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Kolkata, Dec 29: Topping the I-League table with a draw against East Bengal on Friday, Real Kashmir Football Club is now readying for the clash with Mohun Bagan FC, scheduled on January 6, the first game of the new year for the Kashmir club.

One of the oldest and most revered football clubs of India, Mohun Bagan earlier beat RKFC by 1:0 at TRC ground in Srinagar on November 20.

The Kolkata giants have nearly won more than 90 per cent matches played at their home turf.

 

RKFC, as such, is wary of the challenge Mohun Bagan throws at it but the club is determined to perform better in the game.
Real Kashmir is having a dream debut in the League so far.

It has attained 18 points in 10 matches – five wins, three draws and only two losses against Neroca FC and Mohun Bagan.

Playing at Salt Lake Stadium was a first time experience for many of the RKFC players, who are new to the prestigious I-League.

RKFC Head Coach, David Robertson said that his players will require additional training to tackle Mohun Bagan in the upcoming game.“The club is quite fresh and holding back East Bengal FC meant a lot. Now, we have to prepare for the upcoming match, which is equally important for us,” he said.

“It takes time for our players to read the ground as was seen in the game against Gokulam Kerala FC, where we restricted the team with a draw,” he said.

On Saturday, coach Robertson began his rigorous practice sessions to prepare his team for the Mohun Bagan encounter.

He held multiple practice sessions mostly warm-ups and drills for more than an hour.
Later, the players performed all sorts of practice moves in a session featuring Gnohere Krizo, Bazie Armand and other local players.

A friendly match was played in which the squad was divided into two teams featuring midfielder Surchandra Singh, Krizo, forward player Ifham Tariq, midfielder Farhan Ganaie, and midfielder Khalid Qayoom.
Coach Robertson said the team will have to undergo multiple practice sessions at different grounds in the run up to the game day.
“We hope to gain three points in upcoming game to make us more stable in the league,” he said.


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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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