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.
Barely two months before the start of the Women’s World Cup, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the appointment of Tushar Arothe as head coach of the Indian women’s team as former captain Purnima Rau got removed from the job.Rau was sacked without any direct communication from the BCCI even though the Indian team performed quite well when she was in charge. India registered its first bilateral series win under Rau in January last year and beat Pakistan to clinch the Asia Cup in Bangkok. India had to play the qualifiers to enter the main draw of the World Cup and they managed to win that as well beating South Africa in the final in ColomboIt was natural that her sacking drew a lot of flak from experts and the media as appointing a new coach just two months before a tournament as big as the World Cup could have proved disastrous for a young team under Mithali Raj. Arothe was also appointed for a short term with his contract expiring at the end of this month.But Arothe had no trouble taking over from Rau and two months later look at where the team has reached – the final of the Women’s World Cup. Arothe now is bound to get an extension no matter what the result of the summit clash will be.The players have prospered under him in this tournament with Mithali scoring 392 runs in eight matches so far with one hundred. She is the second highest run-getter needs just 13 runs to surpass Australia’s Ellyse Perry. Harmanpreet, thanks to her unbeaten 171 against Australia in the semis, has amassed 308 runs while Poonam Raut is next with 295 runs.advertisementAmong the bowlers, Deepti Sharma is the highest Indian wicket-taker with 12 wickets in eight games and she is third on the overall list follwed by Poonam Yadav and Ekta Bisht with 9 scalps each.Arothe had coached the Indian women’s team before between 2008-2012 and also had a stint as the fielding coach. He knows the senior players like Mithali and Jhulan Goswami having worked with them.Before the start of the World Cup Arothe had stressed on the importance of fielding and fitness which was an area of concern for this Indian team.”We don’t lack in batting and bowling, but fielding and fitness is an area that we lag in comparison with some of the other big sides. That will be the prime focus at the camp in Mumbai,” Arothe told ESPNcricinfo prior to the team’s departure for England.Although fielding is still not India’s strong point, they have improved a lot in this area and have been outstanding on a few occasions during the World Cup.Arothe had also said before that his prior experience of coaching the team would help him a great deal and familiarity won’t be an issue.”The call came from the BCCI asking if I’d be keen. An opportunity to coach the national team is something I didn’t want to miss.”I’ve had prior experience of coaching the women’s team, so familiarity, at least with the seniors, won’t be an issue.”Arothe is highly experienced when it comes to coaching and was involved with the Baroda women’s team for two years from 2008-2010. He also coached Chhattisgarh, Baroda Under-16s and Baroda men’s team in 2016-17 but had to step down after his son Rishi got selected.
Kolkata: New Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar took oath at a function at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday morning.Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court T B Nair Radhakrishnan conducted the oath-taking ceremony. Dhankhar becomes the 28th Governor of Bengal and succeeds Keshari Nath Tripathi. He arrived in Kolkata on Monday. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the council of ministers, Speaker Biman Bandyopadhyay and Abdul Mannan, the Leader of Opposition were present at the Central Hall of the Raj Bhavan where the oath-taking ceremony took place. Banerjee greeted the new Governor with a bouquet of 365 red roses and an Uttariya. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaState Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim and Finance minister Amit Mitra along with other dignitaries were also present. The new Governor, who is also a noted Supreme Court advocate, met the Vice-Chancellors of Calcutta University, Jadavpur University, Presidency University and Visva-Bharati University on this occasion. Dhankar was earlier the president of the Rajasthan Bar Council and a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He was an MP from 1989–1991. He joined BJP in 2003. The Centre decided to make him the Governor of Bengal at a meeting that took place in the house of the Prime Minister on July 19. Shortly after his name as the Governor was announced, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greeted him through her Twitter post.
Morley Builders, one of the preeminent leaders in the construction industry, will receive the Builder of the Year Award for their commitment to building holistic communities that incorporate innovative, high-quality residential and affordable housing developments and commercial projects. Habitat For Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) will honor Sugar Ray Leonard, Luc Robitaille, and Morley Builders at its 2017 Los Angeles Builders Ball to be held on Thursday, September 28 at the historic Beverly Hilton.This annual event celebrates outstanding individuals and companies that share Habitat LA’s commitment to revitalizing and transforming the landscape of Los Angeles. In addition to recognizing Habitat LA’s counterparts in the building, real estate and other related industries, this event also raises funds and awareness for the nonprofit’s Building a Greater Los Angeles campaign to help empower low-income families by building strength and stability through homeownership.The 2017 Los Angeles Builders Ball is made possible by the generous support of sponsors including: City National Bank, Edison International, EY, Hollywood Sierra Kitchens, La Cienega Design Quarter, Los Angeles Magazine, the Lelia Fund, Proskauer, Southern California Gas Company, Zurich and many more.The evening’s honorees will be recognized for their continued dedication to improving Los Angeles. The 2017 honorees are:“Sugar” Ray Leonard, who will receive the Dream Builder Award in recognition of his commitment to helping those in need both as an individual and through the vast efforts of the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation. Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings President, who will receive the Foundation Builder Award in recognition of his significant contribution and leadership in creating intentional change in the Los Angeles community with the Kings Care and Echoes of Hope foundations.Featured at the Los Angeles Builders Ball will be a VIP reception, followed by dinner, a live fund-a-need and special musical performance by Grammy nominated and platinum-selling R&B group, En Vogue.Past honorees include: Magic Johnson, Bernards, Quincy Jones, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver, Mauricio Umansky, Delta Air Lines, Bank of America and Trammell Crow Company.Habitat LA has built, renovated or repaired nearly 800 homes locally, helping to transform the lives of more than 4,000 Angelenos. By 2020, Habitat LA has a goal to invest $100 million into revitalizing neighborhoods and increasing access to affordable homeownership and home repair opportunities. This investment will benefit the local economy by building strong and stable homes in partnership with families, individuals, volunteers, municipalities and donors, which will bring strength and stability to local communities throughout greater Los Angeles.2017 Los Angeles Builders Ball Committee: Co-Chair, Raul Salinas, AlvaradoSmith Co-Chair, Maria Salinas, ProAmerica Bank Michele Blay, Sedgwick LLP Connie Calderon, AlvaradoSmith Linda Evans, Xerox Corporation Terri Haack, Terranea Resort Lisa Collins-Nash, Waste Management Brad Cox, Trammell Crow Company Lalo Diaz Travers, Cresa Michael Flad, City of South Gate Carl Jordan, U.S. Bank John Manganiello, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Michelle Meghrouni, Southern California Gas Company Jesse Nunez, Los Angeles Dodgers Araceli Villegas, Ringstar SportsFind out more here.