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singhu: Singhu border incident conspiracy of the government, alleges Rakesh Tikait | India News – Times of India

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GHAZIPUR: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Sunday said that the Singhu border incident was a “religious matter” and alleged that “the government was behind the act of spoiling the atmosphere near the border.”
He stated that the government should not link the Singhu Border incident with the farmers’ protest.
Speaking to ANI, Tikait alleged that the Singhu border incident was a conspiracy of the governments and said that the government can deteriorate the situation at the border at any time.
“Nihangs said it’s a religious matter and the Government should not link it to farmers’ protest. We’re talking to them and telling them that they are not needed here as of now. Government can deteriorate the situation,” said Tikait.
He further questioned the intelligence of the Central government and alleged that the government already knew about the incident since it was behind the execution of the incident.
“Delhi Police guards the barricades where the incident happened. The intelligence lives there at the border, did they not know about the incident? This shows that the incident was known to all and it was executed by the government,” said the spokesperson.
Earlier on Saturday, two Nihangs were detained by Haryana Police in connection with the Singhu Border incident where a mutilated body was found hanging at the site of farmers’ protest.
An accused in the Singhu border incident was sent to seven days of police custody by the court on Saturday.
The accused has been identified by the police as Sarvajeet Singh who was earlier detained from Kundli in Sonipat on Friday evening.
The second accused in the Singhu Border incident was arrested by Amritsar Rural Police on Saturday outside a Gurudwara in Rakh Devidass Pura, Amarkot village, Punjab.
The accused has been identified as Narayan Singh.





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Decision on MS Dhoni’s retention will be taken only after knowing rules: CSK | Cricket News – Times of India

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CHENNAI: A call on whether to retain Mahendra Singh Doni for the next season of the IPL will be taken only after knowing the rules of the system, a top Chennai Super Kings official said on Sunday.
The retention rules have not been laid down as yet and two more teams are set to be added in the 2022 edition.
“The rules of retention are not clear yet…We are not sure about the number of retentions that will be allowed. And a call on that will be made once the rules are known,” the official told PTI when asked about the possibility of using a retention card to retain the talismanic Dhoni.
The iconic CSK skipper is the toast of the cricketing world after guiding the franchise to a fourth IPL title on Friday in Dubai.
Earlier, Dhoni had said that he would like to create a roadmap for the next 10 years for CSK.
The skipper had said that he hadn’t decided how he would fit into the retention scheme of things.
“Again I’ve said it before, it depends on the BCCI. With two new teams coming in, we have to decide what is good for CSK,” he had said after his team defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 27 runs in the IPL final.
“It’s not about me being there in the top-three or four. It’s about making a strong core to ensure the franchise doesn’t suffer. The core group, we have to have a hard look to see who can contribute for the next 10 years,” he had said.
The CSK official also said any celebrations by the team would wait till the captain returns after finishing his role as a mentor with the Indian T20 World Cup team in the UAE.
“The victory celebrations will have to wait for the return of Dhoni after he is done with the role as mentor of the Indian team for the T20 World Cup,” he said. Meanwhile, CSK’s star batter Ruturaj Gaikwad returned to Pune to a warm welcome on Sunday. The stylish right-hander had scored 635 runs to win the Orange cup for the highest run-getter in the just-concluded IPL.
A few of the CSK’s city-based players are expected to reach Chennai on Monday.





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taliban: Non-recognition of govt in Afghanistan is benefitting ISIS-K: Taliban – Times of India

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KABUL: The Taliban have said that not recognizing the new government in Afghanistan is benefiting Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K). However, the outfit dismissed concerns that the terrorist group was a threat to Afghanistan.
This comes after ISIS-K claimed responsibility for Friday’s Shia mosque explosion in Kandahar in which 47 people were killed and 70 others suffered injuries. The attack follows several other recent attacks against religious institutions in Afghanistan, including last week’s attack against the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque in Kunduz.
While talking to Anadolu Agency, Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said the official recognition of his government and international aid held great importance to the recovery of the country’s economy.
The Taliban minister also said the freezing of Afghan foreign reserves by the US violated international law and human rights, Ariana News reported. “The real question is, why was this money blocked? What did the citizens of Afghanistan do?” he asked.
“On the other hand, the US and other countries say that humanitarian aid should be given to Afghanistan and human rights should be respected. But, they leave the Afghan people with a population of about 40 million without basic necessities.”
He further added that not “recognizing the new government in Afghanistan benefits Daesh (ISIS-K).”
After Friday’s blast, the Taliban had vowed to deploy more forces to protect Shi’ite mosques. Abdul Ghafar Muhammadi, the commander of police in Kandahar province has said that his forces will be working alongside the local volunteers to ensure the security of the mosques.
Meanwhile, ISIS in a statement, said that Shi’ite Muslims are perilous and they will be targeted by them everywhere. Al-Naba, the group’s weekly has published the warning, saying that the Shia Muslims will be targeted in their homes and centres. The statement has especially threatened Shia Muslims living in Afghanistan.
From Baghdad to Khorasan, Shi’ite Muslims will be targeted everywhere, ISIS said.
According to Khaama Press, ISIS Khorasan now remains the biggest threat to the peace in Afghanistan after the Taliban took control of the country.





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farooq: Modi govt needs no advice from Farooq over talks with Pak: Ex Dy CM Kavinder | India News – Times of India

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JAMMU: Senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Kavinder Gupta on Sunday slammed Dr Farooq Abdullah for advocating dialogue with Pakistan and said that BJP government led by PM Narendra Modi knows well how to deal with rogue nation Pakistan and needs no advice from Farooq or anybody else.
In a statement issued here today, the BJP leader stated the government should find out the ulterior motives behind NC Patron’s love for Pakistan because otherwise there is no point in starting talks with a country which is pushing in terrorists and arms and ammunition towards this side to dent the interests of the country.
“NC leader seems to be more interested in satiating the aspirations of Pakistani leadership than thinking about the pain and agony of those who are victims of rogue nation’s state policy of abetting terrorism in India,” he said.
Former deputy chief minister of erstwhile J&K State Gupta said that the BJP Government led by PM Narendra Modi knows well how to deal with rogue nation Pakistan and needs no advice from Farooq or anybody else.
Kavinder also urged the government to find out the secret of Dr Farooq’s affinity towards the rogue nation as no other entity in the country is showing such a kinship which the NC leader has been showing since the government under PM Narendra Modi has decided to end talks with the country’s western neighbour.
Meanwhile, Kavinder expressed extreme sorrow and grief over the martyrdom of nine soldiers in the ongoing encounter in Poonch District’s Mendhar.
He said that the nation will never forget the supreme sacrifice of the soldiers who laid their life for the well being of the countrymen.
Gupta also urged the government to take a harder stance in the whole gamut and teach Pakistan and its stooges a lesson of life so that no one from that side could dare to enter the borders of the country.





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Ranbir Kapoor shoots a big-budget party song for Luv Ranjan’s untitled film – Times of India

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On Saturday, Ranbir Kapoor wrapped up the shoot for a house party song to be featured in Luv Ranjan’s yet untitled film. The song was shot on a set in Madh Island and was choreographed by Ranbir’s favourite dance director Bosco Martis, who is also a close friend of the actor.

The highlight of the shoot was the fact that this was probably the first time, after lockdown restrictions were eased, that a song with 500 background dancers was attempted by a film crew.

This film also marks the first time that Luv Ranjan and Ranbir Kapoor are collaborating. It’s also the first time that Shraddha Kapoor has been paired with Ranbir. Reportedly, Shraddha had replaced Deepika Padukone in this project. Film producer Boney Kapoor is playing a rare on-screen role in the film, where he’s going to feature as Ranbir Kapoor’s father. The cast will also feature Dimple Kapadia in a prominent role.

Ranbir has four films in the offing. Ayan Mukherji’s ‘Brahmastra’ which is yet to complete its shooting schedule. Then there is ‘Shamshera’, which has been in the making for quite sometime, too and will probably release in March 2022. There’s ‘Animal’ with director Sandeep Reddy Vanga, which is also slated to release next year. Finally, there’s Luv Ranjan’s film which is under production.



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I’m actually pretty optimistic about Australia’s chances: Michael Hussey | Cricket News – Times of India

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DUBAI: His country may not have won a T2O international series since February 2020 but former Australia batter Michael Hussey remains optimistic about the team’s prospects in the shortest format’s World Cup.
The tournament started in Oman on Sunday with the first round matches. Prior to the showpiece, Australia suffered five series defeats to England, India, New Zealand, West Indies and Bangladesh.
“I’m actually pretty optimistic about Australia’s chances. I think we’ve got a really good team, a dangerous team. If they can get their confidence up, adapt well to the conditions, then I think it’s a pretty darn good team. Hopefully, they can get on a roll,” Hussey told foxsports.com.au.
The tournament will be held in the UAE and Oman with the final scheduled in Dubai on November 14.
Hussey was all praise for all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who showed great form for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the recently-concluded IPL in the UAE.
Maxwell amassed 513 runs, including six half-centuries, in 15 matches at an average of 42.75 and a strike rate of 144.10.
“He’s been great to watch. He’s been on fire. He’s been confident and the good thing is it’s in those conditions in the UAE (he has performed). So hopefully he can carry his IPL form into the World cup because he’s going to be a critical member of the team.
“It’s a tough role to play there in the middle order in T20 cricket so if you’ve got someone who’s in top form and on top of their game then we’ve seen he can be a match-winner on his own,” Hussey said.
Australia will begin their campaign in the Super 12 against South Africa on October 23 in Abu Dhabi.





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Lakhimpur incident: SKM to hold ‘Rail Roko’ on Oct 18 to demand dismissal, arrest of Union minister | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Sunday said ‘Rail Roko‘ protests will be held across the country on October 18 to demand the dismissal and arrest Union minister Ajay Mishra in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.
In a statement, the umbrella body of farmer unions spearheading the farmers‘ agitation against the Centre’s three agri laws, said “protests will only be intensified until justice is secured” in the Lakhimpur Kheri case.
The SKM said that during the ‘rail roko’ protest, all train traffic will be stopped for six hours from 10 am till 4 pm on Monday.
“To press for its demand for MoS Home Ajay Mishra’s dismissal and arrest, so that justice can be secured in the Lakhimpur Kheri massacre, Samyukt Kisan Morcha has announced a nation-wide Rail Roko program tomorrow.
“SKM put out a call to its constituents to stop rail traffic for six hours on October 18, between 10 am and 4 pm. The SKM asks for this action to be taken up peacefully, without any destruction and damage of any kind to any railway property,” it said.
Four of the eight people who died in the violence on October 3 were farmers, allegedly knocked down by a vehicle carrying BJP workers. Angry farmers then allegedly lynched some people in the vehicles.
The other dead included two BJP workers and their driver.
Farmers have claimed that Ashish Mishra was in one of the vehicles, an allegation denied by him and Ajay Mishra who say they can produce evidence to prove he was at an event at that time.
Ashish Mishra was arrested in the case on October 9.
The SKM also claimed that at effigy-burning events across Uttar Pradesh, several farmer leaders were put under house arrested while some were detained.
SKM condemns this and asks the UP government not to suppress the right to protest of ordinary citizens, it added.





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The way KKR fight and play is incredible, says Nitish Rana | Cricket News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batter Nitish Rana on Sunday said that the way his side manages to play and fight on the field is incredible to watch.
“Not the result we wanted, but that’s sports. It’s been an amazing journey of 4 years. I’m glad that I haven’t missed a single opportunity, and stood tall whenever…The way we fight, the way we play is incredible…Ami KKR,” tweeted Rana.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated KKR in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 final in Dubai on Friday to lift their fourth IPL title. KKR had won two games in the IPL 2021 during the first half but the side came back with strong performances in the UAE leg to qualify for the playoffs.
Meanwhile, KKR head coach Brendon McCullum had said opening batter Venkatesh Iyer was a “big catalyst” in the side’s redemption in the second half of the IPL.
“Venkatesh Iyer has been quite an incredible story. Looking back, he was actually going to play the next game when we were in India. In a funny way, the break came there at a good time too,” said McCullum during the post-match press conference.
“He will be challenged to change his methods at times too. He might not necessarily be the most consistent because of his flamboyancy. I hope he remains the Venkatesh Iyer that we have seen so far. He’s got an enormous future in this game, and he’s a very intelligent man. He was a big catalyst for our turnaround this season,” McCullum added.





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The way KKR fight and play is incredible, says Nitish Rana | Cricket News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batter Nitish Rana on Sunday said that the way his side manages to play and fight on the field is incredible to watch.
“Not the result we wanted, but that’s sports. It’s been an amazing journey of 4 years. I’m glad that I haven’t missed a single opportunity, and stood tall whenever…The way we fight, the way we play is incredible…Ami KKR,” tweeted Rana.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated KKR in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 final in Dubai on Friday to lift their fourth IPL title. KKR had won two games in the IPL 2021 during the first half but the side came back with strong performances in the UAE leg to qualify for the playoffs.
Meanwhile, KKR head coach Brendon McCullum had said opening batter Venkatesh Iyer was a “big catalyst” in the side’s redemption in the second half of the IPL.
“Venkatesh Iyer has been quite an incredible story. Looking back, he was actually going to play the next game when we were in India. In a funny way, the break came there at a good time too,” said McCullum during the post-match press conference.
“He will be challenged to change his methods at times too. He might not necessarily be the most consistent because of his flamboyancy. I hope he remains the Venkatesh Iyer that we have seen so far. He’s got an enormous future in this game, and he’s a very intelligent man. He was a big catalyst for our turnaround this season,” McCullum added.





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jaishankar: Jaishankar lays wreath at cemetery for Indian soldiers in Israel – Times of India

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JERUSALEM: External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Sunday began his five-day visit to Israel by laying wreaths at a cemetery for Indian soldiers who laid down their lives in the region during the World War I in Talpiot, Jerusalem.
About 900 Indian soldiers are interred in cemeteries across Israel in Jerusalem, Ramle and Haifa.
Jaishankar, who arrived here earlier in the day on his first visit to the country as the External Affairs Minister, laid wreaths at the Talpiot Cemetery.
“I am deeply honoured to pay homage to the valiant sons of India who fought with bravery and courage in this land during WWI, bringing glory to themselves, their comrades and their motherland,” Jaishankar wrote in the visitors book.
“The valour and supreme sacrifice of these bravehearts will forever remain etched in the heart of our nation. Your heroism and selfless service in an inspiration and beacon of light that will forever guide us in the service of our country. I wish to thank you & Commonwealth War Graves Commission for maintaining these memorials for Indian soldiers in Israel,” he wrote.
The heroics of the Indian soldiers have prominently come to light here during the past two decades and the story of liberation of the northern coastal city of Haifa, in what most war historians consider “the last great cavalry campaign in history”, has become a household tale with its inclusion in the city’s local history textbooks.
The Indian Army commemorates September 23 every year as Haifa Day to pay its respects to the three brave Indian Cavalry Regiments – Mysore, Hyderabad and Jodhpur Lancers – that helped liberate Haifa following a dashing cavalry action by the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade.
Captain Aman Singh Bahadur and Dafadar Jor Singh were awarded the Indian Order of Merit (IOM) and Captain Anop Singh and Second Lieutenant Sagat Singh were awarded the Military Cross (MC) as recognition for their bravery in this battle.
Major Dalpat Singh, widely known as the Hero of Haifa, was awarded a military cross for his bravery.
Indian cavalry regiments armed with spears and swords had displayed the highest tradition of valour and cleared the enemy from the rocky slopes of Mount Carmel.
In a symbolic gesture of friendship with Israel, India renamed the iconic Teen Murti Chowk, a war memorial, during the visit of then Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Delhi in January 2018 to Teen Murti Haifa Chowk.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Haifa cemetery during his visit to Israel in July 2017 and unveiled a plaque commemorating Major Dalpat Singh for his critical role in the liberation of the city.
The 61st Cavalry, the name given to the unit created after the merger of cavalry units after independence, sent a contingent to Israel in 2018 to participate in the centenary celebrations.
The Israel Post had issued a commemorative stamp in 2018 in appreciation of Indian soldiers’ role in liberating the city.
During his visit, Jaishankar would call on President Isaac Herzog, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid during his standalone visit.
He will also be holding talks with leading academics from all over Israel, business community leaders and interacting with the Indian Jewish community.
Jaishankar will also be visiting places of historical significance to India, demonstrating its long-term presence in the region and constructive role played in shaping the history of the region.





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