There will be no easing of the prevailing curfew-like restrictions and communications blockade in Kashmir, at least till the Independence Day functions — planned to be held in all districts of the Valley — are concluded, as the administration is buoyed by the calm maintained by people during Id and Friday prayers.“The restrictions are being eased out in a phased manner in the Valley,” said J&K government spokesperson Rohit Kansal. “Normal situation in the Jammu division has been restored,” he added.Mr. Kansal, however, remained non-committal about any time frame for restoring communications including the Internet in the Valley. Residents in the valley have largely been cut off from the rest of the country and the world since August 5. He also asserted that no untoward incident had been reported anywhere in Kashmir in the past 24 hours.Also Read Newspapers pause publication Police officials said authorities did not want to leave anything to chance ahead of Independence Day. All venues were in the process of undergoing “security sanitisation”, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.Mr. Kansal said full dress rehearsals for the I-Day functions were held in every district of the Valley on Tuesday. “The necessary arrangements have been put in place for grand and befitting functions,” he added.Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan unfurled the Tricolour and took the salute at the march-past in Srinagar’s main venue Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium.Once the hotspot for separatists to organise street protests, Lal Chowk’s Ghanta Ghar was also being spruced up for the I-Day celebrations.In a separate move, Mr. Kansal said the J&K government would host a first-ever global summit, attracting investors from many countries, between October 12-16. “The summit will see investors travelling to Srinagar, Jammu and Ladakh,” he added.This is a major bid by the authorities to establish confidence among the local population on the development front.The Centre has affirmed that J&K offers major potential in tourism and information technology sectors and is keen to help the province to tap it.
Beijing Olympics bronze medal winning wrestler Sushil Kumar will lead the Indian contingent at the opening ceremony of the London Games on July 27.The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) named Sushil as the flag-bearer for the contingent on Sunday, even as a number of names were doing the rounds.Amongst the others who were in contention were India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, Beijing Games bronze medallist Vijender Kumar and Leander Paes, who won a tennis singles bronze at the Atlanta Games.”It’s a matter of great pride for me that such an honour has been bestowed upon me. I feel privileged to lead the Indian contingent at the Olympics which is considered as the biggest sporting event in the world,”Sushil told Mail Today on Sunday, minutes after arriving from the US where he was training with the wrestling team.Sushil, who rose to prominence after winning the bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics, said that being the flag-bearer will only motivate him to do better in London.”I am aware that the whole country would be expecting a medal from me and I have been training very hard so that I don’t disappoint fans.”There are a lot of other athletes in the Indian contingent and having been chosen as the flag-bearer will only motivate me to perform better at the London Games,”said the 66kg category wrestler.Sushil has a long list of achievements to his credit. Along with the bronze in Beijing, the gold medal at the 2010 World Championships in Moscow is the highlight of his career so far.advertisementThe 29-year-old Sushil also won a gold at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and is a four-time Commonwealth champion.At the Olympics, the wrestling events begin on August 5.The five-member Indian wrestling team is scheduled to leave for Belarus on Thursday night where they will train for two weeks before they fly out to London in the first week of August.However, Sushil will make a two-day visit to London for the opening ceremony. He will fly out from Belarus on July 26 and join his wrestling team after a couple of days.”It’s a matter of just two days and with the kind of training that we have had, I don’t expect it to affect my preparation. Being the flag- bearer will only motivate me,”he added.Acting IOA president Vijay Kumar Malhotra said that Bindra’s father had officially informed them that he will not be able to lead the Indian contingent, while Paes has already had the honour at the Sydney Olympics.”Abhinav has his event the day after the opening ceremony and the same is the case with Vijender who also has his bout on July 28,”said Malhotra.rahul.rawat@ mailtoday.in
Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LATEST STORIES Thaddeus Young had a season-high 26 points and 10 rebounds against his former team, Bogdanovic added 18 points, and the Pacers overcame Embiid’s 40-point night to beat the 76ers 113-101 on Friday in a matchup of Eastern Conference contenders.“This was a team win,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefEmbiid also had 21 rebounds, becoming the first Sixers player with at least 30 points and 20 rebounds in a game since Charles Barkley on Dec. 7, 1990. Embiid is the first player in the NBA this season with a 40-point, 20-rebound game.“It wasn’t enough,” Embiid said. “Next time I’ve gotta get 50 and 25, I guess. It doesn’t matter what I had. At the end of the day, we didn’t come up with the win.” Facing the league’s second-best defense, the Sixers jumped out to a 12-2 lead and scored 34 points in the first quarter. After the Pacers went on a 12-0 run to tie it at 38, Embiid exploded for 14 points in the final five minutes of the second quarter, including an acrobatic reverse layup while getting fouled, to put Philadelphia ahead 59-49 at the half.“M-V-P” chants rang out during the surge for Embiid, who had 28 points and 14 rebounds in the first half. The 7-foot-2 center has posted at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in consecutive first halves, becoming the only player in the NBA with multiple 20-10 first halves this season.The Pacers adjusted with more double-teams to slow him down a bit after the break.“I did feel like he fatigued,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “And I give some of that credit to Indiana because of how physical they were in the second half.”TIP-INSPacers: Cory Joseph had 14 points off the bench. … The Pacers avenged a November loss to the Sixers in a game in which Oladipo scored a season-high 36 points.76ers: Brown said before the game that Butler will likely return soon, perhaps for the team’s next game Sunday. … Mike Muscala (upper respiratory infection) was back after missing Wednesday’s game but shot just 1 for 8 from the field.ALL ABOUT RESILIENCEWhen asked the defining trait of Indiana’s six-game winning streak, Young pointed to the team’s resilience.“We continue to fight, continue to be there one another,” said Young, a 12-year NBA veteran who spent the first seven years of his career in Philadelphia. “I think the unity in this locker room is like no other.” LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ View comments JJ Redick added 22 points and Ben Simmons had 18 for the Sixers (19-11), who dropped their second straight at home after starting the season 14-1 in their own building. Both losses came without four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler, who’s been out with a strained groin.Victor Oladipo played in his second consecutive game after missing 11 in a row with a knee injury and had 14 points and nine assists for Indiana (19-10), including a few clutch jumpers in the fourth quarter.Domantas Sabonis had 14 points and 16 rebounds off the bench, and the Pacers won their sixth straight to pass the Sixers in the standings.“It was good to see him make those plays down the stretch,” McMillan said of Oladipo. “That was one thing we really missed when he was out — he’s kind of the closer for us.”Fueled by consecutive 3-pointers from Bogdanovic, the Pacers erased a 10-point halftime deficit to take an 80-77 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Bogdanovic’s 3 with 3:46 left stretched Indiana’s lead to 102-92.ADVERTISEMENT Indiana Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis (11) and Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (21) leap for a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, in Philadelphia. Indiana won 113-101. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Bojan Bogdanovic excitedly slammed the ball to the floor as the final second ticked off and a stunned crowd headed for the exits.For the entire night, 76ers center Joel Embiid electrified Philadelphia fans with one of the best individual performances of the season. In the end, it was the Indiana Pacers who made the most emphatic statement.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Kyrie Irving scores 24 points, Celtics beat Hawks Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NOT LOOKING AHEADAlthough the Sixers and Pacers are two of the top teams in the East, both downplayed the significance of the result in terms of being a potential playoff showcase.“We ain’t worried about putting anyone on notice,” McMillan said.“We’re not on red alert,” Embiid said.UP NEXTPacers: Host New York on Sunday.76ers: At Cleveland on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
This is a limited period offer. Xiaomi on Thursday launched the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India for a starting price of Rs 13,999, which is similar to the current price of the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Today, it is for the first time that the Naya Note will be up for grabs. The Redmi Note 6 Pro sale will kick off at 12PM (noon) today on Flipkart and Mi.com. The offline buyers can get the phone from Mi Home.In India, the base model of the Redmi Note 6 Pro with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage has been priced at Rs 13,999, while the top-end model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage will sell for Rs 15,999. The storage of both the phones is expandable by a microSD card up to 256GB. During today’s sale, all the four colour models of the Redmi Note 6 Pro including red, blue, black, and rose gold will be available.As a part of the launch offer, Xiaomi has announced a special price for the Redmi Note 6 Pro, which will be limited only to today’s sale. On account of Black Friday sale, the Redmi Note 6 Pro will be available for Rs 12,999. This price is for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model. The price of the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage model of the phone will sell for Rs 14,999. This Rs 1,000 drop from the MRP offer is available only for today. So, if you’re interested to buy the Redmi Note 6 Pro, today is the best time to get it.advertisementXiaomi just doesn’t stop here. On top of the Rs 1,000 discount, Xiaomi has also partnered with HDFC Bank to offer an additional Rs 500 off which brings down the price of the 4GB RAM model of phone to Rs 12,499. While the 6GB RAM model of the phone can be purchased for Rs 14,499.Before you go ahead to buy the Redmi Note 6 Pro, here’s a quick look at what the phone offers:–The Redmi Note 6 Pro is the first Xiaomi to come with four camera setup. Two of the cameras sit on the back panel, next to the fingerprint sensor, while the other two sensors are equipped inside the notch on the front.–This is also the first Note phone to come with a notched display. The notch equips the two selfie cameras, sensors and earpiece.–On the rear panel, the phone includes a dual camera system. It comes with a primary sensor of 12-megapixel with Dual Pixel autofocus and f/1.9 aperture and a secondary sensor of 5-megapixel for depth sensing.–On the front, the Redmi Note 6 Pro includes a primary sensor of 20-megapixel and a secondary camera with a 2-megapixel sensor for portrait selfies.–The Redmi Note 6 Pro is also the first phone from Xiaomi to come with Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 10 out-of-the-box.–The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with a bigger display compared to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. It sports a 6.26-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 19:9.–On the hardware front, the Redmi Note 6 Pro is also powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor paired with Adreno 509 GPU.ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro: Key specs, India price, and everything you should know–The phone comes in two configurations — one with 4GB RAM/64GB storage and second one with 6GB RAM/64GB storage.–It comes in four colour options — red, blue, black, and rose gold, and all the colours will be available during today’s sale.