Punjab News

Punjab finally waking up to decibel danger

April 23, 2018 09:16 PM

CHANDIGARH: Noisy wedding celebrations, high-pitched religious fervour and other ear-splitting nocturnal festivities have become a nightmare for peace-loving citizens of Punjab. Finally, the state's lawmakers and authorities seem to be waking up to the pervasive civic nuisance.

A recent study by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) to measure the noise level due to loudspeakers used in religious places in villages across the state has confirmed that the noise pollution was at more than the permissible limits.

The study, conducted for the first time in the agrarian state, found that the decibel level in Punjab's rural areas was higher during night time (10 p.m. to 6 a.m.).

"Noise monitoring was carried out at boundary walls at 50 metres, 100 metres and 200 metres distance from religious places. It was found that the noise level at the boundary wall was 60-88dB (decibel) at 50 metres, 53-87dB at 100 metres and 50-72dB at 200 metres, which was well above the permissible limit of 45dB," PPCB Chairman Kahan Singh Pannu said.

The study pointed out that higher values of noise pollution in villages could have an adverse effect on human health. This could lead to fatigue of hearing or auditory organs, deafness, annoyance, hypertension, change of the rate of heart beat, vertigo effects and cardiovascular effects.

Pannu said the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikh religion, had recently issued a directive asking all gurdwaras to keep the volume of speakers within permissible limits.

In most villages in Punjab, there is at least one gurdwara (Sikh shrine or temple). Some villages have two or even more.

The PPCB Chairman has appealed to the management committees of gurdwaras, temples and mosques to keep the noise pollution under control.

Punjab's lawmakers too are now all ears over the growing noise menace.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh told the state assembly last month that the government will soon convene an all-party meeting to deliberate on ways to check the menace.

Expressing concern over the implications of noise pollution, Amarinder Singh admitted that norms on noise levels were being blatantly flouted, especially in the case of DJs (disc jockeys) at social functions, resulting in inconvenience and disturbance to people, particularly students preparing for examinations.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator Aman Arora, who raised the noise pollution issue in the assembly last month, said the problem needed immediate attention and warranted serious discussion.

Amarinder Singh told the House: "My government will get inputs from the members of various political parties for evolving a consensus on finding a permanent solution to the problem."

Though provisions under the Noise Pollution Regulation and Control Rules, 2000, issued by the Government of India, and the Punjab Instruments Control of Noises Act, 1956, clearly provide directions on permissible limits and timings for use of loudspeakers, these are flouted with impunity and authorities, especially the police, in the districts, are not implementing the rules strictly.

The Supreme Court has also imposed a ban on playing of loud music and use of loudspeakers from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

"We get guests from abroad and other places across the country. At night, there is too much noise from nearby marriage palaces. No one follows the 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. ban directive. Loud music is played till 2 a.m.

"The loudspeakers from nearby religious places wake up people around 4 a.m. There is no check on anyone," a leading entrepreneur who runs a farmstay in rural Punjab told IANS.

The problem is more acute in rural areas compared to cities and towns as there is better regulation in the latter.

Till the time local authorities in the districts enforce the ban on loudspeakers effectively during night hours, people in Punjab's hinterland will continue to suffer noisy nights.

Chandigarh News

Punjab CM warns Damdami Taksal over alleged threats to dhadrianwale

May 24, 2018 05:01 PM

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has issued a stern warning to the Damdami Taksal over their alleged threats to Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale, cautioning them against any attempt to take the law in their hands.

The Chief Minister has also ordered the police to enhance the security of the Sikh pracharak, and to thoroughly examine the incitory video in which the purported death threat is reported to have been issued to him.

The video, which went viral on May 20, 2018, reportedly shows Damdami Taksal’s spokesperson Charanjit Singh Jassowal issuing a death threat (“notification” to kill) to Dhadiranwale. The Chief Minister has taken suo motu cognizance of reports regarding Jassowal’s instigatory video, according to an official spokesperson.

Taking grave note of reports on the issue, the Chief Minister asked the Damdami Taksal not to step out of their religious boundaries, and warned that he would treat any such intimidatory acts as a threat to the state’s peace and harmony and those found guilty would face stern action.

Making it clear that he would not tolerate the misuse of religion to spread terror or score personal brownie points, the Chief Minister warned the Damdami Taksal that if they did not put an immediate stop to such activities, he would take it as an act of hostility and would respond to it accordingly.

The Chief Minister said he was completely in favour of granting full freedom to religious organisations to propagate and uphold their religious tenets, but would not allow them to indulge in any act that has the potential to disturb the peace and amity of the state. Inflammatory speeches and hate crimes had no place in Punjab, which had suffered enough at the hands of terrorism, said the Chief Minister, adding that he had already ordered the police to intensify their crack down on religious hate mongers.

Ordering a detailed investigation into the matter, the Chief Minister asked the police to identify and scrutinise the video in which the Damdami Taksal spokesperson was alleged to have made open threats to Dhadrianwale. The Chief Minister also directed the police to take suitable action, under the law, against the perpetrators of the video threats against Dhadrianwale, who had escaped an attempt on his life around two years back.

World News

Israel plans to build 2,500 houses in West Bank settlements

May 24, 2018 04:27 PM

JERUSALEM: Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Thursday that he would request approval from a planning committee for the construction of 2,500 new housing units in settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank.

"The 2,500 new units we'll approve in the planning committee next week are for immediate construction in 2018," Lieberman said, adding he would also seek the committee's approval for a further 1,400 settlement units for later construction.

Lieberman pointed out that 1,400 houses were to be immediately built across Judea and Samaria, the Biblical names for the West Bank, in an attempt to expand the Israeli settlements there, Efe news reported.

Most of the international community considers Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory to be illegal, since international law prohibits an occupying power from transferring its population to territory under occupation.

In addition, the UN, the EU and many other countries consider the settlements to be one of the main obstacles to reaching a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine.

National News

Rahul challenges Modi to cut fuel prices

May 24, 2018 03:57 PM

NEW DELHI: Taking a cue from the fitness challenge gone viral on Twitter, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring down petrol and diesel prices or face country-wide agitation.

"Dear PM, Glad to see you accept the @imVkohli fitness challenge. Here's one from me: Reduce fuel prices or the Congress will do a nationwide agitation and force you to do so.

"I look forward to your response," Gandhi tweeted with the hashtag #FuelChallenge, a fitness campaign where people post their exercise regime on social media and challenge others to do the same.

Petrol prices in Mumbai breached the Rs 85 a litre mark on Thursday and was sold at Rs 85.29 per litre. The price of the fuel is already at an all-time high in Mumbai along with Delhi and Chennai and is now creating new benchmarks daily.

Diesel prices too have reached unprecedented levels and set new records across the country. In Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai, it was sold at Rs 68.53, Rs 71.08, Rs 72.96 and Rs 72.35 per litre respectively.

National News

Nipah virus kills one more in Kerala, public meetings banned

May 24, 2018 03:48 PM

KOZHIKODE (KERALA): With the death of one more patient who tested positive for Nipah virus (NiP) on Thursday morning, the disease has claimed 12 lives in Kerala, officials said.

The death of Moosa was confirmed at a private hospital where he was being treated. Early this month, two of his sons and a relative also passed away. They were the first cases of NiP that were reported last week.

Meanwhile, though the incidence of patients coming for treatment with symptoms of NiP is on the decline, Kozhikode Collector U.V. Jose has banned till May 31 all public meetings and even training courses including tuitions to avoid assembly of people.

The health department said on Thursday that a total of 160 samples were sent for testing to Pune. Of the 22 results that had come, 14 had tested positive.

Meanwhile the authorities have come out with a protocol to be carried out when the last rites of victims of NiP are carried out.

While cremation is favoured as the best method to stop the further spread of infection, in case families opt for burial, the body will have to be covered in a polythene bag and then put into a very deep pit.

The Kozhikode Medical College has 136 patients while nearby Malappuram district has 24 who are under observation.

A large number of medical professionals and health experts deputed by the Centre, the state government and the private sector are working in Kozhikode and Malappuram by meeting those who are under observation besides carrying out awareness programmes, an official said.

The authorities in Kozhikode on Thursday decided to take action against two staff members at the state-owned crematorium here for not cooperating with the conduct of the last rites.

Transmission of NiV takes place through direct contact with infected bats, pigs or other NiV-infected persons.

National News

SC seeks solution to redress complaints of law course aspirants

May 24, 2018 03:40 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) to come up with a solution to redress the complaints of candidates who appeared in the Common Law Admission Test 2018 (CLAT) and directed High Courts not to proceed with similar cases pending before them.

A bench of Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Navin Sinha said there has to be a mechanism or redressal forum to look into the 251 complaints filed by the candidates.

"If such a dispute arises, is there a mechanism wherein these cases can be looked into and addressed so that candidates can be satisfied?" the court asked Kochi-based NUALS and directed it to come up with a wholesome solution by Friday.

"There should be some forum where the factual aspects can be looked into. Case-to-case questions will have to be looked into. They (NUALS) can appoint some authority to look into the case-to-case aspects and that will ease a lot of problems," the court added.

The court was hearing pleas filed by six CLAT candidates who sought direction to quash the CLAT 2018 conducted by NUALS on May 13 with the assistance of private firm Sify Technologies Ltd and to hold it afresh.

The petitioners had prayed for a stay on the publication of final result-cum-merit list till the disposal of their petitions.

They had moved the apex court on Wednesday and pleaded that examinees faced many technical problems during the online test, besides poor infrastructure at examination centres and lack of proper guidance from the staff.

The petitioners submitted that candidates across states faced serious problems at almost 200 online examination centres and said that the prerequisites of proper electronic and online infrastructure were not made available in the conduct of the exam.

The manner in which the examination was held had jeopardised the future of thousands of students who took the examination, they pleaded.

"For instance, at an examination centre at Hisar in Haryana, some students were seen attempting the examination till 7 p.m. whereas the exam was expected to conclude by 5 p.m. In essence, it is submitted that the petitioners and thousands of other similarly placed students were compelled to take the examination under grossly unfair conditions, seriously jeopardizing their result," the petitioner submitted.

National News

Tamil Nadu taking steps to close Sterlite factory: CM

May 24, 2018 03:30 PM

CHENNAI:: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami said on Thursday that his government was taking all steps to close the Sterlite factory at Thoothukudi after 13 people were killed in protests against it.

Palaniswami told the media that the AIADMK government was taking the legal route to ensure that the Sterlite Copper Smelter plant was shut down.

He said people in the region had been protesting peacefully for long against the company, alleging that it was causing health hazards and depleting the water table, but this time the opposition and "anti-social elements" had turned the movement violent.

"It is because of this instigation that so many people have died. And we are really saddened by the deaths," he said.

He added that in April Sterlite approached the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board to continue running the factory but the permission was denied.

But the management got a favourable order from the National Green Tribunal. The Tamil Nadu government had moved the Supreme Court against the NGT ruling.

World News

China, Pakistan extend currency swap deal

May 24, 2018 03:22 PM

BEIJING: The People's Bank of China, the country's central bank, on Thursday extended a currency swap agreement with the State Bank of Pakistan.

According to a statement from the Chinese bank, the swap was sized at 20 billion yuan ($3.1 billion), Xinhua news agency reported.

The two parties say that the extension will facilitate bilateral trade and investment to help economic development in China and Pakistan. Valid for three years, the agreement can be extended upon mutual consent.

A currency swap deal allows two institutions to exchange payments in one currency for equivalent amount to facilitate bilateral trade settlements and provide liquidity support to financial markets.

National News

India, Netherlands discuss cooperation across various sectors

May 24, 2018 03:15 PM

NEW DELHI: India and The Netherlands on Thursday explored cooperation across multiple sectors at a CEOs Round Table attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte.

"Explored strengthening cooperation in sectors like agriculture & food processing, horticulture, water management, logistics, life sciences & health, among other areas," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

"Netherlands is the fourth largest investor in India in diverse sectors," Kumar said in an earlier tweet.

The CEOs Round Table was preceded by a bilateral meeting between Modi and Rutte at Hyderabad House here.

Rutte arrived here on Thursday morning on a two-day visit to India that will also see him going to Bengaluru.

This is his second visit to India since June 2015, but the first after being re-elected as Prime Minister in 2017.

The Dutch leader's visit comes within a year of Modi's visit to The Netherlands last June.

According to figures released by the External Affairs Ministry, India and The Netherlands have a bilateral trade of $7.621 billion (April 2017-Feb 2018).

The Netherlands is also home to a 235,000-strong Indian diaspora, the largest in mainland Europe.

Rutte's visit is expected to boost the economic and political cooperation between India and The Netherlands.

National News

Ban on smartphones during guard duty in Kashmir

May 24, 2018 03:04 PM

SRINAGAR: A blanket ban was announced on Thursday on the use of smartphones by police guards during duty hours in Jammu and Kashmir following a rising number of incidents of weapon snatching by militants.

In a detailed order, A.K. Choudhary, the Additional Director General of Armed Police, said: "It has been observed that recent weapon snatching incidents have occurred (as) sentries on duty remain engaged with their smartphones for most of the time, thereby compromising with their legitimate duty.

"This tendency has considerably increased and resulted in weapon snatching/killing of policemen in the state, particularly in the Valley.

"All guard personnel shall ensure compliance of the standing drill in letter and spirit."

Besides imposing the ban on use of smartphones, the order also said that the weapon must be chained to the guard's body as per the standard instructions contained in the drill for such duties.

National News

Rajnath condoles Thoothukudi deaths, MHA seeks report on violence

May 24, 2018 02:57 PM

NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said his Ministry had taken congnisance of killing of 12 protesters in police firing in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu and sought a report from the state on the incident and the prevailing situation.

The Minister condoled the loss of lives of people protesting against a copper smelting plant in Thoothukudi and appealed to the people there to maintain peace.

"I am deeply pained at the loss of precious lives during the agitation at Thoothukudi. The MHA has taken cognisance and sought a report from the state on the prevailing situation. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. I also pray for the speedy recovery of the injured. I appeal to the people there to remain calm and maintain peace and tranquility in the region," Rajnath Singh said.

A Ministry statement said it was in touch with the Tamil Nadu government on violence in Thoothukudi and a detailed report had been sought on the sequence of events and circumstances leading to the loss of lives on Tuesday.

"Tamil Nadu has been requested to furnish a detailed report on the Sterilite Copper smelting plant and asked to provide details of the action taken to restore peace and normalcy."

The Thoothukudi protests turned violent when police fired at thousands of protesters demanding closure of the Vedanta Group-run Sterlite Industries for polluting the area and leading to severe health problems for area residents, besides depleting groundwater table.

National News

Opposition calls for Tamil Nadu 'bandh' over police killings

May 24, 2018 02:51 PM

CHENNAI: Opposition parties on Thursday called for a 'Tamil Nadu bandh' on Friday and sought the resignation of the "BJP's puppet government" in the state over the death of 13 people in police firing in protests against the Sterlite company in Thoothukudi.

DMK leader Kanimozhi accused the Modi government of remote-controlling the Tamil Nadu government and alleged that the Sterlite factory was able to thrive because of the support it received from the central and state governments.

It is important to know who ordered the police firing that killed 13 protesters in Thoothukudi town, the MP said.

The police action followed mass protests against the factory that locals say was depleting the water table in the region and also causing health hazards.

Thoothukudi's new Collector Sandeep Nanduri said that since the government had ordered an inquiry committee to probe the various incidents, it would be improper for him to comment on the issue.

But he said that power supply to the company was snapped at 5 a.m on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the authorities have cut Internet connectivity in the districts of Tuticorin, Madurai and Kanyakumari in a bid to prevent rumour mongering and spread of visuals and videos of police action on the social media.

In Chennai, the DMK again demanded the resignation of Chief Minister K. Palaniswami, blaming him for the bloodbath.

Merely transferring officials was not enough and the guilty ones who ordered the police firing must be punished, said MDMK leader Vaiko, who was taken into custody in Chennai along with DMK leader M.K. Stalin and others.

National News

Petrol price over Rs 85 in Mumbai, crosses Rs 80 in Kolkata

May 24, 2018 02:37 PM

NEW DELHI: Petrol price in Mumbai breached the Rs 85 a litre mark on Thursday and sold at Rs 85.29 per litre.

The price of the fuel is already at an all-time high in Mumbai along with Delhi and Chennai and is now creating new benchmarks daily.

In Delhi and Chennai, petrol was sold for Rs 77.47 and Rs 80.42 per litre respectively, according to data on the website of Indian Oil Corp.

Kolkata on Thursday joined the club with petrol prices over Rs 80 per litre, at Rs 80.12, the highest in nearly four years.

The persistent rise in transport fuel prices in the country is largely attributed to the surge in crude oil prices and high excise duty. The price of Brent crude oil is currently over $79 per barrel.

There have been demands for government intervention to curb the price rise.

Diesel prices, which have already reached unprecedented levels, set new records across the country. In Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai, it was sold at Rs 68.53, Rs 71.08, Rs 72.96 and Rs 72.35 per litre respectively.

National News

Indo-Bangladesh border will be sealed by December: Sonowal

May 24, 2018 02:27 PM

GUWAHATI: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday announced that the India-Bangladesh border in the state will be completely sealed by December.

Sonowal made the remarks at a conference marking the completion of his two years in office.

"We promised to the people before the 2016 polls that the border will be sealed. I am happy to announce today that the international border between India and Bangladesh in Assam will be sealed completely by December this year," he said.

"While the riverine areas along the border will be sealed with non-physical barriers, the portion on land will be secured with smart fencing, which will stop infiltration and other illegal cross border activities."

Sonowal has visited the border area thrice since he came to office.

He also said that the BJP-led government in the state had zero tolerance against corruption.

"Regarding the cash for job scam in the Assam Public Service Commission, several serving officers including 19 state civil service officers, seven state police service officers, 11 allied service officers and four others have been arrested," said Sonowal.

"The CID has also registered seven corruption cases against government officials and arrested 15 serving government officials and public servants.

"Our fight against corruption has also led to a climate for investment in the state. Assam has received investment proposal worth Rs 79,000 crore during the last two years," he said.

The Chief Minister said efforts had been taken to check rhino poaching.

He said that while the number of poaching incidents has decreased over last two years, the number of arrested poachers has increased.

National News

Modi meets Dutch PM

May 24, 2018 02:01 PM

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday received his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte here ahead of bilateral talks.

Stating that the Netherlands is important partner in India's flagship initiatives, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweetted that Modi welcomed the Rutte at Hyderabad House ahead of the talks.

"Netherlands is the fourth largest investor in India in diverse sectors," Kumar said

Rutte arrived here on Thursday morning on a two-day visit to India that will also see him going to Bengaluru.

This is his second visit to India since June 2015, but the first after being re-elected as Prime Minister in 2017.

The Dutch leader's visit comes within a year of Modi's visit to The Netherlands last June.

According to figures released by the External Affairs Ministry, India and The Netherlands have a bilateral trade of $7.621 billion (April 2017-Feb 2018).

The Netherlands is also home to a 235,000-strong Indian Diaspora, the largest in mainland Europe.

Rutte's visit is expected to boost the economic and political cooperation between India and The Netherlands.

World News

US expels two Venezuelan diplomats in retaliatory move

May 24, 2018 01:03 PM

WASHINGTON: The US has expelled two Venezuelan diplomats, ordering them to leave the country within 48 hours, in a retaliatory move against Caracas's decision to remove two American diplomats, the media reported.

The Venezuelan Charge d'Affaires in Washington D.C., Carlos Ron Ramirez, and the deputy consul general of the Venezuelan consulate in Houston were declared personae non grata on Wednesday by the State Department, reports Efe news.

According to a department statement, the decision was made in response to Venezuela's decision to oust the US Charge d'Affaires in Caracas, Todd Robinson, and his second in command, head of political affairs Brian Naranjo.

Both Ramirez and Robinson were the most senior diplomats representing their respective diplomatic missions in Washington D.C. and Caracas as both countries have not exchanged ambassadors since 2010.

On Tuesday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced the expulsion of the two diplomats during an event in which he was proclaimed winner of the recent presidential elections in Venezuela, and accused Robinson of acting as a "conspirator" in his country.

The State Department said in the statement that "the accusations behind the Maduro regime's decision are unjustified".

It also pointed out that the diplomats expelled by Caracas "have carried out their official duties responsibly and consistent with diplomatic practice and applicable provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations".

"We reject any suggestion to the contrary," the statement added.

Earlier on Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had warned the Maduro administration on Wednesday that Washington would respond "proportionately" to Venezuela's expulsion of its diplomats.

World News

China 'disinvited' from major US military exercise

May 24, 2018 12:56 PM

WASHINGTON: The US has withdrawn an invitation to China to participate in what has been described as the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise, the Pentagon has announced.

A Pentagon spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday that "China's behaviour is inconsistent with the principles and purposes of the RIMPAC exercise", and it has "disinvited the PLA (People's Liberation Army) Navy from the 2018 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise", reports CNN.

Held every two years in Hawaii, the RIMPAC exercise involves more than 20 countries from across the world, including India, Australia, Japan and the UK.

The decision to withdraw China's invitation was made by Defence Secretary James Mattis in coordination with the White House, according to a defence official, after Beijing's recent deployment of missile systems and the first landing of a Chinese bomber on an island in the South China Sea.

The official told CNN that the US has its own imagery showing China's deployment of anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missiles and jammers on disputed islands.

Carl Schuster, Hawaii Pacific University professor and former director of operations at the US Pacific Command's Joint Intelligence Centre, told CNN the decision to withdraw the invitation showed "the days of appeasement are over".

"We are now willing to take strong action diplomatically... We're telling the Chinese that there will be diplomatic and potentially economic consequences for further aggression in the South China Sea," he said.

Last week, China said that it landed long-range bombers for the first time on an island in the South China Sea, the latest in a series of maneuvers putting Beijing at odds with its neighbours and Washington over its growing military presence around disputed islands.

Participating in the last RIMPAC in 2016 were 45 ships, 200 aircraft and more than 25,000 people from 26 nations.

National News

Two CRPF troopers injured in Sukma Maoist attack

May 24, 2018 12:48 PM

SUKMA (CHATTISGARH): Two CRPF troopers were injured when Maoist rebels triggered an IED (improvised explosive device) on Thursday in Chattisgarh's Sukma district.

According to Central Reserve Police Force officials, the blast that took place at 7.45 a.m., was targeted at the troops of 206 Cobra Battalion who were on a routine operation in the area.

The injured troopers were evacuated and taken to a hospital in Raipur.

"The attack occured between Pushwada and Tamilwada, in Plampalli area of Sukma district,

National News

Will post my fitness video soon: Modi

May 24, 2018 12:37 PM

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday accepted a fitness challenge by cricketer Virat Kohli saying that he will soon post a personal fitness video.

Earlier on Wednesday, Kohli, in a tweet, challenged Modi in a fitness campaign initiated by Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on social media.

"Challenge accepted, Virat! I will be sharing my own #FitnessChallenge video soon. @imVkohli #HumFitTohIndiaFit," Modi tweeted.

On Wednesday, Kohli, who posed for his fitness video in a gym, tweeted: "I have accepted the #FitnessChallenge by @ra_THORe (Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore) sir. Now I would like to challenge my wife @AnushkaSharma , our PM @narendramodi ji and @msdhoni Bhai for the same. #HumFitTohIndiaFit #ComeOutAndPlay."

Earlier, the Olympian shooter Rathore initiated an online fitness campaign and and posted his exercise regime on the social media.

He further challenged Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan, cricketer Virat Kohli and badminton player Saina Nehwal to post their respective fitness mantras on the social media.

J&K News

Civilian injured in Pakistan shelling on LoC

May 24, 2018 12:25 PM

JAMMU: A civilian was critically injured in overnight Pakistani shelling on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, police said on Thursday.

The incident took place on Wednesday night in Lam area. Muhammad Mishri received a bullet injury.

"He was shifted to a local hospital where doctors referred him to Jammu for specialised treatment," a police official said.

In the past one week, seven people, including a seven-month-old infant, have been killed and over 50 others injured in unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan on the LoC.

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