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Robinson, Bashir replace Wood, Ahmed in England’s XI for Ranchi Test
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Robinson, Bashir replace Wood, Ahmed in England’s XI for Ranchi Test

Ranchi, Feb 22:  England have brought in fast-bowler Ollie Robinson and off-spinner Shoaib Bashir into their playing eleven for the fourth Test against India, starting here at the JSCA International Stadium on Friday. The duo replace tearaway pacer Mark Wood and leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed respectively in the starting eleven at Ranchi, which shapes to be a crucial Test for England. The visitors’ are 2-1 behind in the ongoing five-match series following the heavy 434-run defeat at Rajkot. The Ben Stokes-led side must win at Ranchi to force the last Test match at Dharamshala into a series decider. Robinson’s last Test match for England was the third Ashes game at Headingley last year, where he bowled just 11.2 overs in the first innings before a back spasm forced him on the sideline...
H&H Deptt organises exhibition at Kulgam
Business

H&H Deptt organises exhibition at Kulgam

Kulgam, Feb 22: A one-day awareness cum exhibition camp was Thursday conducted by the Department of Handicrafts and Handloom Kulgam at D H Pora. The event was inaugurated by the Sub-divisional Magistrate (SDM) Noorabad, Bashir Ul Hassan. AD-Handicrafts & Handloom, LDM Kulgam, Representatives from BDO Office D H Pora and NRLM D H Pora were also present. More than 200 artisans and local people thronged the event, in which different Cooperative Societies showcased their products. Speaking on the occasion, SDM Noorabad deliberated upon participants and Cooperative Societies to avail different schemes of the department and become self-dependent. He also highlighted and appreciated the role of artisans in the local economy. Source
Reddit Reveals Its Finances, in Major Step Toward Going Public
Technology

Reddit Reveals Its Finances, in Major Step Toward Going Public

Reddit, the community-focused message board site, took a significant step on Thursday toward going public, paving the way for it to be the first major social media company to debut on the stock market in years and a test for private companies after a drought in initial public offerings.In an offering prospectus, Reddit revealed its financial performance in preparation for selling shares to investors. The San Francisco-based company reported that its revenue rose more than 20 percent as its losses narrowed last year, and that it had 73 million daily users. The prospectus kicks off a process to the stock market, with the 19-year-old company set to meet potential investors to whet their appetites for buying its shares. Reddit could go public on the New York Stock Exchange in a matter of week...
Jammu gears up for Mahashivratri celebrations
Jammu, State

Jammu gears up for Mahashivratri celebrations

Jammu, Feb 22: In anticipation of the Mahashivratri festival scheduled for March 8 this year, Additional District Development Commissioner, Sher Singh, presided over a comprehensive meeting to assess the preparations for the upcoming celebrations. Attended by various sectoral officers and representatives from religious bodies, including the J&K Dharmarth Trust and prominent temples, the meeting covered crucial aspects of the festival’s arrangements. Discussions focused on the festive procession, Shobha Yatra, slated to traverse the city’s heart a day before the festival. Coordination with police and Jammu Municipal Corporation officials was emphasised to ensure a smooth and secure event. The festivities in major temples like Ranbireshwar Temple, Peer Kho Temple and Har Ki...
Santosh Trophy to be streamed live globally on FIFA+ for free
Sports

Santosh Trophy to be streamed live globally on FIFA+ for free

New Delhi, Feb 22:  For the first time in history, the National Football Championship for Santosh Trophy will be streamed live globally for free on FIFA+, the All India Football Federation said. The final round of the 77th National Football Championship for Santosh Trophy is being held at the Golden Jubilee Stadium in Yupia, Arunachal Pradesh from February 21 to March 9, 2024. All 37 matches in the final round, including group stage, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will be streamed live on FIFA+ for free. FIFA+ is FIFA’s direct-to-consumer video platform that’s available across the web, mobile web, mobile app, connected TV applications and FAST channels. FIFA+ will also have full match replays available on demand. Source
Greece sees India playing a key role in world peace, security
International

Greece sees India playing a key role in world peace, security

New Delhi, Feb 22:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Greek counterpart, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, inaugurated the Raisina Dialogue — India’s flagship conference on geopolitics and geoeconomics — on Wednesday evening The Greek Prime Minister said in his inaugural address that India’s rise on the international stage and its position as a growing force at the heart of the G20, he believed, made the country a key ally in the pursuit of peace, security, and efforts to fight climate change. Building on European Commission President Ursula Von de Leyer’s assertion that the EU ought to strengthen its partnership with India, Kyriakos Mitsotakis noted that a strong EU-India partnership should in fact be the cornerstone of Europe’s foreign policy. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar ...
IED dropped by drone recovered in Kathua
Jammu, State

IED dropped by drone recovered in Kathua

Jammu, Feb 22:  Border Security Force personnel Thursday recovered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), dropped by a drone along the International Border (IB) in Manihari village of Hiranagar in Kathua district. BSF personnel, after observing drone movement, engaged it by fire. Later during searches, an IED dropped by it was seized. “On February 22, 2024 at about 00:45 am, alert troops of BSF Jammu observed drone movement in the depth area of village Manihari, Police station Rajbagh, tehsil Marheen in Hiranagar area of Kathua. They engaged the drone by fire and subsequently the area was searched. During the search, the recovery of IED dropped by the drone was made,” said PRO BSF, in an official statement. He said that the troops were on high alert. Source...
From happy sunshine to gloomy sunset in Gulmarg
Kashmir, State

From happy sunshine to gloomy sunset in Gulmarg

Gulmarg, Feb 22:  The Gulmarg ski resort in north Kashmir witnessed a stark transformation from a day of joyous celebration to a gloomy sunset as a massive avalanche struck the Affarwat area, turning the vibrant slopes into a scene of tragedy. The day commenced with the magnificent charm of Gulmarg, as the activities of the 4th edition of the Khelo India Winter Games unfolded amidst a backdrop of happy sunshine. The participants donning in colourful attires showcased their skiing prowess in various events, creating an atmosphere of festivity. Athletes from different states, as well as representatives from ITBP and the Indian Army, were also rewarded for their exceptional performances with gold, silver, and bronze medals. The air resonated with the enthusiasm of athletes slid...
Night temperature drops across Kashmir
Kashmir, State

Night temperature drops across Kashmir

Srinagar, Feb 22:  The cold conditions returned to Kashmir as night temperatures plunged again as the ski resort of Gulmarg recorded a temperature of minus 10.4 degrees Celsius on Thursday. The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway remained closed for vehicular traffic due to landslides that occurred at several places, even after partial restoration efforts on Wednesday. Restoration work was going on at Kishtwari Pather on the highway, but it is expected to take some time, according to traffic officials. The Srinagar-Leh National Highway is also closed to vehicular traffic due to recent snowfall. Additionally, roads connecting Keran and Machil in Kupwara district, Anantnag, Sinthan, and Mughal roads are closed due to snowfall, creating difficulties for travellers. The weather is f...
Secy Cooperative Deptt reviews progress of ‘World’s Largest Grain Storage Project’
Business

Secy Cooperative Deptt reviews progress of ‘World’s Largest Grain Storage Project’

Jammu, Feb 22:  Secretary Cooperative Department, Babila Rakwal, today convened a meeting to review progress on land identification for establishment of grain stores under the Centre Government’s ambitious initiative “World Largest Grain Storage Project” in all districts of Jammu and Kashmir here at Civil Secretariat. The meeting was informed that a total of 56 land locations have been identified in sixteen districts, so far, including 3 in Jammu, 1 in Samba, 5 each in Kishtwar, Kathua, Shopian, Poonch Kulgam and Doda, 2 in Udhampur, 4 in Budgam, 3 in Pulwama, 1 each in Srinagar, Reasi, Ganderbal, Anantnag and Rajouri. Regarding the remaining locations to be identified for raising these grain stores, the Secretary exhorted upon the concerned officers to ensure that the same is...