Five CRPF jawans and two local Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants were killed in a pre-dawn fidayeen (suicide) attack on the central force’s training-cum-induction centre in Pulwama’s Lethpora area on Sunday.One soldier was killed in a ceasefire violation on the Line of Control (LoC) in the Pir Panchal Valley.Indiscriminate fireThe militant squad of at least three was carrying under-barrel grenade launchers and a cache of ammunition, as they arrived at the gates of the 185 battalion headquarters in Lethpora around 2 a.m.“The militants opened indiscriminate fire and launched grenades in their attempt to enter the premises,” said CRPF spokesman Rajesh Yadav. Three CRPF jawans were injured in the first round of fire and grenade explosions of the militants. “All the three injured jawans later died at the Army hospital,” said a police official.Five more CRPF jawans were injured in the day-long gunfight. “Two more CRPF jawans succumbed to their injuries, sustained while flushing the militants out,” said the official. The militants managed to enter the Group Training Centre, housing multi-storey buildings for the residential quarters, commando training and induction units.Director General of Police (DGP), J&K, S.P. Vaid said there had been intelligence alerts about the attack. According to the police, two local JeM militants, identified as Mazoor Ahmad Baba from Drubgam and Fardeen Ahmad Khanday from Tral, were killed in the operations.“Security forces will remain on standby at the encounter site. We have called off the operation for the night but one more militant is suspected to be hiding,” said the police official.Referring to JeM militants recently killed in the Valley, including commander Noor Muhammad Tantray, the outfit’s spokesman said they will not be deterred but continue the attacks.Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah condemned the attack.Sepoy Jagsir Singh was killed when Pakistan violated the ceasefire in Rajouri in the Pir Panchal Valley on Sunday.A police official said Pakistan resorted to firing and shelling on the forward posts in Nowshehra sector, Rajouri district, according to reports reaching Srinagar.
Now all that is out of the way, here are the players that made the start of the second round a spectacle.1. Maddie Madayag (Ateneo de Manila University, middle blocker)Weeks on list: 2Last week: N/AMaddie Madayag. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMaddie Madayag was a defensive fortress for Ateneo when it went the distance against University of Santo Tomas.The Lady Eagle was an impenetrable wall tallying 11 blocks, the most in the Final Four era, en route to 23 points leading Ateneo to the 19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-22, 15-11 win over the Golden Tigresses.Madayag broke the record previously set by La Salle’s Celine Hernandez a decade ago when she put up nine denials against Adamson University in 2008.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants PBA D-League: Che’Lu, Marinerong Pilipino post third win Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 4. Kat Tolentino (Ateneo de Manila University, outside spikerWeeks on list: 4Last week: N/AKat Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKat Tolentino was relatively quiet for Ateneo the past week with Ponggay Gaston taking a more prominent role as the Lady Eagle’s outside hitter.The start of the second round, though, was a different field for Tolentino.Although she played as a secondary for Madayag, Tolentino still finished with 20 points in their game against the Golden Tigresses and that production pushed her to the third spot of the Best Scorers table with 127 total points.5. Mary Ann Mendrez (University of the East, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AMean Mendrez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUE recorded just its second win in the tournament at the start of the second round and the one most responsible for it all was Mary Ann Mendrez.The Lady Warriors’ quiet star wasn’t that silent on the stat sheets when she tallied 19 points to lead UE past NU, 25-16, 25-18, 24-26, 25-16.6. Eya Laure (University of Santo Tomas, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 4Last week: No. 4Eya Laure. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEya Laure may be a second fiddle to Rondina in the UST system but that status doesn’t make her any less of a player.Laure has consistently delivered for the Golden Tigresses in her hot pursuit of the Rookie of the Year plum and although it came off a loss her 21-point performance against the Lady Eagles was the third-best offensive output this week behind Rondina’s 35 and Madayag’s 23. LATEST STORIES 2. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 4Last week: No.2Cherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCherry Rondina has been nothing short of amazing for the Golden Tigresses this week but their loss to the Lady Eagles relegated her to the No. 2 spot instead.It’s long established that Rondina is one of the most potent offensive players of her generation especially when she bagged the Best Scorer award in Season 80 and she showed her abilities once more in UST’s lone game this week.Rondina put up 35 points in UST’s five-set loss to Ateneo and her offensive exploits tied Alyssa Valdez’ mark for the most in the UAAP in the Final Four era.And those 35 points further solidified Rondina’s hold of the top spot in the Best Scorers table when she totaled 157 points six weeks into the tournament.3. Lycha Ebon (Far Eastern University, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 2Last week: N/ALycha Ebon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAn unfortunate injury was the only thing that stopped Lycha Ebon when the Lady Tamaraws faced the Lady Falcons.Ebon was making her case for the Rookie of the Year plum when she punished Adamson with 19 points but a bad landing forced her to leave the game early after her right knee buckled after she scored her final point.The Lady Tamaraws then finished the job for Ebon taking the five-set win, 30-32, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 15-13.Here’s to hoping Ebon goes through a quick recovery. 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Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And this consistency allowed Laure to hold on to that No. 2 spot in the Best Scorers when she tallied a total of 138 points after Week 6.7. Jennifer Nierva (National University, libero)Weeks on list: 2Last week: No.3Jennifer Nierva. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJennifer Nierva’s plummet from the third spot to the No. 7 can be mainly attributed to NU’s loss to UE this week.Although the Lady Bulldogs lost to the Lady Warriors in their lone game this week, Nierva was still a shining star in the middle of that gloomy outcome.Nierva, already seen as one of the best liberos in the tournament, managed to outplay UE’s Kath Arado in their matchup.Arado, the reigning Best Receiver and Best Digger, tallied 32 excellent digs and 13 successful receptions but Nierva won that personal matchup with 30 excellent digs and 28 successful receptions.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
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To assist with the resuscitation of the banana industry, the Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, has negotiated a $100 million loan package from the People’s Cooperative (PC) Banks, which will be available to farmers at an interest rate of five per cent. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, during a statement in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (Nov. 6), said the PC Banks have also agreed to reduce the one-off fees on loans from three per cent to 1.5 per cent to assist the industry at this time. She said the Government recognises that some of the smaller banana farmers may not be able to access these loan funds and so the Ministry has negotiated with the European Union to allocate $13 million from the European Union Banana Support Programme (EUBSP) to assist small farmers with fertilizer and insecticide. Some 3,888 bags of fertilizer and 39 kilograms of insecticide will be distributed in the worst affected areas this week. She informed that banana farmers, who suffered losses above 50 per cent of production and who are subscribers to the Catastrophe Fund, will receive their pay-out shortly.