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Jacter Singh at Lydia de Vega’s wake (above) and the couple in younger days (left).
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AUG 19, 2022
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WOMAN IN PAIN
THE MAGIC AND
The Railway Protection
Force’s (RPF) dog squad
performing stunts during
the 75th anniversary of
celebrations in Chennai
on Aug 15.
from the RPF also held
a ceremonial parade at
the railway ground in
in Tamil Nadu.
displayed their skills.
Cities across the
country on Monday held
parades and events
elephants and dancers.
Buildings lit up in the
saffron, white and green
of India’s national flag,
and a government
campaign urged families
to fly the flag at home.
Missing soldier’s body found
after 38 years
The body of an Indian soldier who
went missing in the Himalayas 38
years ago has been found.
Chandrashekhar Harbola and 19
colleagues were caught in an avalanche
during a patrol in the Siachen glacier
on the India-Pakistan border in 1984.
Fifteen bodies were recovered later
but five remained missing.
The army unit that spotted
Harbola’s body also found another one
but it was yet to be identified, Press
Trust of India reported.
Harbola’s family, who live in
Haldwani district in Uttarakhand, said
the discovery gave them closure.
Four employees dismissed in
Kashmir for anti-national activities
Four government employees in
Kashmir were sacked on Saturday for
their involvement in activities
“prejudicial to the interests of the
security of the state”.
One of those dismissed is the son of
the leader of a militant group. The
others were two professors at Kashmir
University and a woman working on
Seven security personnel killed
after bus falls in Kashmir gorge
A bus carrying personnel from the
Indo Tibetan Border Police rolled off a
mountainous road and fell into a gorge
in Kashmir on Tuesday, killing at least
A police officer told Reuters that 35
men survived the crash but some were
badly injured. They were flown to an
army hospital in Srinagar and are
Indian smuggler arrested at
Bangkok airport with fox, pythons
An Indian man was arrested at
Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport on
Tuesday night while attempting to
smuggle out a menagerie of live
Abilash Annaduri, 21, was found
with 17 live creatures of six species,
Thailand’s Department of National
Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation
The haul included a white desert
fox, a raccoon, two iguanas, a pair of
white pythons, three monitor lizards
and eight marmoset monkeys.
All the animals were found in
plastic baskets, hidden underneath
snacks and packed in luggage, as he
passed through X-ray machines at the
airport en route to Chennai.
Female teacher burnt alive dies in
A female teacher, who was burnt alive
on Aug 10 at a village near Jaipur,
succumbed to her injuries at the SMS
Hospital on Tuesday night.
IANS reported that Ms Anita Regar,
32, was going to the Veena Memorial
School at Raisar village, about 80km
from Jaipur, with her six-year-old son
when some people set her on fire after
pouring petrol on her.
She had reportedly lent Rs2.5 lakh
($4,352) to the accused.
When she demanded the money
back, they started abusing her and
even beat her up.
India backtracks on support for
India’s home ministry said on
Wednesday that Rohingya refugees in
New Delhi would be held at a
detention centre and then deported,
contradicting Central Minister for
Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep
Singh Puri’s statement hours earlier
promising them flats and security.
The Indian government has
previously tried to repatriate members
of the Rohingya, who are a minority
community in Buddhist-majority
Haryana CM says 2,400-bed
hospital largest in region
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal
Khattar on Wednesday said that a
2,400-bed state-of-the-art healthcare
institution, which will be inaugurated
by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in
Faridabad on Aug 24, will be the
largest in the region.
“This hospital will prove to be a
milestone in the country’s best health
services in the times to come,” said the
chief minister, who met Hindu spiritual
leader Mata Amritanandamay and
expressed gratitude for setting up the
facility on behalf of the people of the
Man stabbed to death by wife’s
lover a day after wedding
A day after getting married on Aug 15,
Mr Kamlesh Chavda was stabbed to
death by his wife’s paramour, police in
Rajkot, Gujarat, said on Wednesday.
The police have registered a murder
case against the attacker Yashwant
Makwana, who is on the run.
Jaishankar’s narration of US
restaurant incident goes viral
A video of India’s External Affairs
Minister S. Jaishankar sharing an
incident at a restaurant in the United
States has gone viral.
In it, he talks about his visit to the
US last year, when travel was just
reopening amid Covid restrictions. He
says he went to a restaurant with his
son, who lives in the US.
“They wanted to see our Covid
vaccine certificate,” said the foreign
“I showed them my phone and my
son, from his wallet, produced a paper,
which was folded, and said it was his
Mr Jaishankar continued: “I looked
at the folded paper and said to myself,
‘So this is where they are.’”
India uses the platform Co-Win to
store vaccination records on mobile.
Cricketer Kohli opens up about
mental health struggle
Indian cricket superstar Virat Kohli,
who took his team to unprecedented
heights, says he has struggled with his
mental health throughout his career.
The 33-year-old ex-captain old The
Indian Express: “I personally have
experienced times when even in a
room full of people who support and
love me, I felt alone, and I am sure
that this is a feeling that a lot of people
can relate to.
“It is definitely a serious issue and
as much as we try to be strong at all
times, it can tear you apart.”
Kohli said it was important for
athletes to rest and recover from the
pressures of sport and reconnect with
their “core self”.
Eight YouTube channels, one
Facebook account blocked
The Indian government has got
YouTube to block access to eight
channels – seven Indian and one run
from Pakistan – over “fake, anti-India
content”, taking the number to 102
since December last year.
A Facebook account has also been
blocked in this latest action, using
emergency powers under IT Rules
2021, the Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting said in a release on
The eight YouTube channels – with
nearly 860,000 subscribers and over
114 crore views – “spread hatred
among religious communities in
India... false claims”, said the ministry.
“They use fake and sensational thumb-
nails, images of news anchors and logos
of certain TV news channels.”
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India’s High Commissioner to Singapore Periasamy Kumaran
(right) hoisting the Indian flag; (above) a performance by
FIFA’s decision to suspend India’s foot-
ball association has cast a shadow over
the future of the sport and its players
in the country.
The ban, which was announced on
Monday, may prevent India from host-
ing the women’s Under-17 World Cup,
which was set to begin on Oct 11.
On Wednesday, India’s Supreme
Court asked the Central government
to take “proactive steps” to ensure
that the suspension is lifted and the
World Cup goes ahead according to
Football’s world governing body
said its council unanimously decided to
suspend the All India Football Federa-
tion (AIFF) “due to undue influence
from third parties, which constitutes a
serious violation of the FIFA statutes”.
Federations must be free from legal
and political interference, according to
The AIFF is in disarray and being
run by administrators after former
chief Praful Patel stayed in office
beyond his term without fresh elec-
tions, which courts ruled invalid.
Mr Patel had completed three terms
as the president of AIFF, which made
him ineligible to hold the post again as
per government regulations.
But he continued to stay on as
president even after his term ended in
December 2020 as AIFF did not hold
fresh elections. This led to the
Supreme Court disbanding the federa-
tion in May this year, and Mr Patel
stepping down. It was then that the
court appointed a three-member panel
to govern the sport.
Fresh elections are to be held on
Aug 28 and the poll process began last
week after India’s Supreme Court ap-
proved a timeline prepared by the
India is due to host the U-17
tournament from October 11 to 30 but
FIFA said on Monday that because of
the suspension it “cannot currently be
held in India as planned”.
FIFA said that it was “in constant
constructive contact with the Ministry
of Youth Affairs and Sports in India
and is hopeful that a positive outcome
to the case may still be achieved”.
Indian men’s and women’s national
teams also cannot play junior or senior
international games during the suspen-
Former men’s captain Bhaichung
Bhutia called the suspension “very
“At the same time, I think it’s a
great opportunity to get our system
right,” he told Sportstar. “And very
important that all the stakeholders –
the federations, state associations,
sport ministry – come together to get
the system right and everybody work
for the betterment of the sport.”
India captain Sunil Chhetri had
recently advised his players “not to
pay too much attention” to the FIFA
ban threat as the situation was out of
“The suspension will be lifted once
an order to set up a committee of
administrators to assume the powers of
the AIFF executive committee has
been repealed and the AIFF administra-
tion regains full control of the AIFF’s
daily affairs,” FIFA said.
More than 1,000 people attended the 9am flag-rais-
ing ceremony at the High Commission of India
(HCI) on Grange Road as India celebrated its 75th
year of Independence on Aug 15.
Children, adults and the elderly carried flags and
balloons and took group photos in front of a special
photo booth as children sang patriotic songs and
An Indian naval band, from the patrol ship Saryu
that was visiting Singapore, also performed. It was
the first time an Indian naval band performed in
The sailors from the ship raised the Indian flag
during a ceremony at the Changi Naval Base.
Contingents from all three services of the Indian
Armed Forces participated for the first time in the
flag-raising ceremony at the HCI.
The first in-person post-Covid celebration over-
whelmed the HCI.
“It was wonderful and inspiring to participate in
the 75th year Independence Day celebrations at the
Indian High Commission,” said Mr Venkat Padman-
abhan, chairman of SVP group of companies.
“The performances, events arranged and the
exuberance of the crowd across all ages made for a
humbling and gratifying experience.”
Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan
wished Indians a happy Independence Day.
He tweeted: “Wishing my good friend @DrSJais-
hankar (India’s foreign minister) and friends in India
great joy as they celebrate 75 years of Indepen-
dence. I am confident that bilateral relations will
continue to grow from strength to strength as
Singapore and India further enhance our coopera-
Independence Day celebrations were also held at
the Indian international schools in Singapore.
Students of Global Indian International School
commemorated 75 years of independence from
British rule. They sang the Indian national anthem
and principal Melissa Maria hoisted the Indian
national flag in the presence of teachers, staff and
The students then put on a traditional dance
show to the patriotic song Vande Mataram (Hail the
Motherland). Students also gave speeches in Hindi
and English to mark the occasion and about the fight
On Tuesday evening, during a reception aboard
INS Saryu, India’s High Commissioner to Singapore
Periasamy Kumaran lauded Singapore’s efforts to
strengthen India’s link with ASEAN.
“It will further India’s Act East policy as well as
the shared commitment to international law and
stability in the Indo-Pacific region,” he said.
“I am sure the ship’s crew had useful exchanges
during their short stay in Singapore with their
professional interactions with the Republic of Singa-
pore Navy. India has always believed in such
professional engagements to improve cooperation
and understanding between various parties and joint
missions in the complex maritime environment.”
During the reception, diplomats and guests partici-
pated in an energetic bhangra at the dockside. The
ship’s Jazz Band played popular numbers.
V.K. Santosh Kumar
Launch of ticket sales for the Under-17 Women’s World Cup in India.
FIFA ban may affect women’s U-17 World Cup
Independence Day celebrations in S’pore
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