With an aim to provide robust cricket coaching and nurture young talent, former cricketer Suresh Raina inaugurated MS Dhoni's cricket academy in Ahmedabad on February 15. The academy will comprise state-of-the-art coaching techniques to teach and develop budding cricketers in the city. Academy will expand its footprint in other states soon.
Former and current India cricketers have voiced their opinion on the ongoing farmers' stir. Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and others tweeted on farmers' protest. Sachin Tendulkar said 'external forces can be spectators but not participants’. Virat Kohli called for staying united during the hours of disagreements. Ajinkya Rahane wants everyone to stay united & then work towards resolving internal issues. Rohit Sharma is confident that a solution will soon be found in the matter. Ravi Shastri called it 'internal matter' and believed it can be 'resolved through dialogue’. Anil Kumble said India is capable of taking its internal issues to amicable solutions. Suresh Raina said that everything can be resolved through amicable and unbiased dialogue. Reactions from the Indian cricket fraternity came after pop star Rihanna backed farm protest. Meanwhile, MEA said the government has passed the farm laws 'after a full debate and discussion’. MEA added that the government has also 'initiated a series of talks' to address the farmers' issues. MEA also condemned celebs, who have drawn attention to farmers' protest on social media. Farmers have been protesting on different Delhi borders since November 26 last year.
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It seems like India is in full swing in boosting relations with Nepal with recent rollout of vaccines as grant assistance and now going ahead in improving educational infrastructure of the Himalayan Nation. Keeping that in mind, a Memorandum of Understanding has lately been signed to reconstruct 6 Secondary schools in Nepal. The Indian Embassy and CLPIU (Education) of NRA was also signed for construction of six secondary schools at a total cost of NR 518 million. Out of these six secondary schools, a ceremony for reconstruction of Shree KantiBhairab Secondary School at Kageshwari Municipality was held on Thursday. C. Khampa, Deputy Chief of Embassy of India, Kathmandu attended the event with Mr Sushil Gywali, CEO of National Reconstruction Authority of Government of Nepal. The event was attended by Mayor of Kageshwari Municipality, Secretary NRA and representatives of Shree KantiBhairab School Management Committee. Shree KantiBhairab Secondary School is being reconstructed at a cost of NR 266 million and will be built as per earthquake-resilient reconstruction norms of Government of Nepal. The new three floor building will have 30 class rooms, library and lab/practical rooms, separate sanitation facilities for boys and girls and also furniture. The Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee, a premier institute in India in the field earthquake-resilient reconstruction, will provide technical hand-holding for construction of these schools. Government of India has committed a total grant of US dollar 250 million for reconstruction projects in the education, health, cultural heritage and housing sectors. For the education sector, India has committed a grant of US dollar 50 million.
To provide better education facilities to the youth of Kashmir, Indian Army's Chinar Corps has entered into a MoU with Indrani Balan Foundation. Through this MoU, Army will get financial sustainability of Army Goodwill Schools and Parivar School Society. The event was presided over by Lieutenant General BS Raju, Chinar Corps Commander along with Punit Balan and Jahanvi Dhariwal of Indrani Balan Foundation. Indrani Balan Foundation, a welfare foundation is active in variety of philanthropic work across country. Chinar Corps currently runs over 25 Goodwill Schools in Kashmir, which educates more than 10,000 students every year. Total approx 1 lakh students have passed out from these esteemed institutions.
In a message of solidarity with the Afghan people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said "no external power" can stop the development of Afghanistan or its friendship with India and that both the neighbours want to see their region free from the "grave" threat of terrorism and extremism. He also expressed concern over increasing incidents of violence in Afghanistan including cowardly targeting of innocent citizens, journalists and activists, and noted that India supports a comprehensive ceasefire to end the hostilities. Modi was speaking at a virtual meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani which was organised to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the construction of the Lalandar dam by India in Afghanistan that would help in meeting the drinking water requirement of Kabul city. "I want to assure every Afghan brother and sister, from Badakhshan to Nimroz and Herat to Kandahar that India stands with you. At every step of your journey of patience, courage, and determination, India will be with you," Modi said. Watch the full video for more details.
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Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha hit out at the National Conference party over the Union Territory's delimitation exercise. The panel tasked with redrawing the erstwhile state's constituencies held its first meeting on February 18. While Jammu MPs attended the meet, NC MPs from Kashmir skipped, calling the J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019 unconstitutional. Sinha said that those who want Assembly elections in the UT at the earliest, must aid the delimitation exercise. Watch the full video for more.
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LG of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha interacted with foreign envoys in Srinagar on February 18 where he said, "Delimitation process is on. The Prime Minister and the Home Minister have assured the country that after delimitation process is completed, the assembly elections will be held. After Delimitation Commission finishes its work, I assure, elections will be conducted in a fair and free manner." The envoys from 24 nations are part of the delegation visiting the Union Territory.