The Pakistan Army on Thursday targeted forward posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district with mortars and small arms, official said. The Indian Army is effectively retaliating. “Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by small arms fire and shelling with mortars in Sunderbani Sector since 0915 hours”, the Defence PRO said. The Pakistan Army also targeted forward posts in Mendhar sector of Poonch district on Wednesday night, officials said. Officials said the Pakistan Army is continuously firing 120 mm and 81 mm mortars when last reports came in. The shelling and firing has triggered panic among border dwellers. Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir had said on Thursday last that a befitting reply will be given to ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops.
A 45-year-old man attempted self-immolation at Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s “Jan Ashirwad Rath Yatra” in Sonipat on Monday, allegedly perturbed over the unemployment of his two sons. He sustained more than 50% burns and has been referred to PGIMS, Rohtak.Five more persons sustained burns in the incident. Chief Medical Officer, Sonipat, Ashwani Kumar, said all the five injured were out of danger, but one of them, Chandram, has also been referred to PGIMS, Rohtak, for better treatment.Rajesh, the victim, told mediapersons that he had met Mr. Khattar at Haryana Bhawan in 2016 seeking jobs for his two sons. He said the Chief Minister asked him to come to him after the vacancies for Group D jobs were advertised and assured help. But both his sons failed to make it in the recent appointments to Group D jobs. Rajesh, a worker at a factory in Rai, said he was worried about his sons’ future and set himself afire in protest.An eye-witness told The Hindu that Rajesh doused himself with an inflammable liquid soon after Mr. Khattar ended his speech at Rathdhana village around noon. He set himself afire and ran amok hugging people in the crowd, causing injuries to them as well. He was overpowered and taken to Civil Hospital in an ambulance along with the other injured.Mr. Khattar had kicked off his State-wide tour, ‘Jan Ashirwad Rath Yatra’, in Panchkula earlier this month ahead of the Assembly elections due in October. He will reach all the 90 Assembly segments of the State till September 8.‘75,000 govt. jobs’Haryana Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain claimed that 75,000 government jobs were given during the BJP rule and the appointments were made in a transparent manner.Sonipat SP Pratiksha Godara said a case was registered against Rajesh on charges of attempt to suicide and causing hurt. She said the preliminary investigation suggested that the man was “mentally unstable”.Suicide prevention helpline: Sanjivini, Society for Mental Health, Telephone: 011-4076 9002, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. -7.30 p.m.
PV Sindhu has regained her world No.2 ranking in the latest badminton rankings released on Thursday.The Olympic and world championship silver medallist jumped one place to stay behind Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying, who continues to dominate the rankings.Sindhu had achieved the world No.2 ranking for a week for the first time in April last year but she slipped soon before regaining the position for almost two months from September to November. She slipped to world No.3 after that and held that spot for most part of 2018.Saina Nehwal, who had reached the final of the Denmark Open last week, was rewarded for her stupendous show as she too climbed one place to reach the number nine 9 slot.In the men’s singles, Kidambi Srikanth remained static at world No. 6, while Sameer Verma jumped five spots to be in 18th position. H S Prannoy, who skipped the events in Denmark and France, slipped two places to be 17th.B Sai Praneeth is at the 26th place, while Sourabh Verma jumped two places to reach the 48th spot.Men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty slipped one place to be 25th while women’s doubles pairing of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy improved three spots to be 24th.In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki were static at the 21st place.(With inputs from PTI)
MONTREAL – Elated French fans burst out of bars and into the streets of Montreal on Sunday, as a celebration of their soccer team’s World Cup victory turned into an joyful dance party.Police moved quickly to close off several blocks of St-Laurent Boulevard to cars as hundreds of fans, many draped in French flags and sporting red, white and blue face paint, danced in the streets to celebrate France’s 4-2 victory over Croatia.An overturned garbage can was turned into an impromptu drum and a white Volkswagen Golf — doors open and radio blaring — became a boom box, as fans spilled out of bar L’Barouf in the Plateau-Mont Royal neighbourhood, which was draped with a two-storey-tall French flag for the occasion.One fan fired red, white and blue smoke into the air, which quickly engulfed the ecstatic, sweaty crowd.“We did it!” exclaimed Samuel Florant, in between dances and impromptu renditions of the French anthem, “La Marseillaise.”“We were kind of scared because Croatia had a great World Cup, but we did it!” he said.“We are very proud, we love the French, the French team, the French country, the French people — everything is great,” said another fan, Chris Boilah.Boilah, who’s from the south of France, cited Kylian Mbappe’s goal in the 65th minute that put France up 4-1 as the moment when he knew his team would win.“When we have four, it’s complete, it’s the winning time,” he said.Soccer fans across Canada packed into bars, parks and living rooms to watch the thrilling, six-goal final.In Croatian Parish Park in Mississauga, Ont., pride overshadowed disappointment at the result as fans waved massive Croatian flags, while fire crackers let out streams of red, white and blue smoke as soon as the match ended.Despite their team’s defeat, fans said they were feeling fantastic after their country’s first-ever World Cup Final appearance.“I’ve never seen this many Croatians here in my life…. We made the final, nobody expected it for such a small county,” said Peter Ganza, who is Croatian-Canadian. “I’m just glad we’re here.”“We are so happy because this is such a close community. This is such a great win, even though we didn’t win at the end,” said Ganza’s mother Ana, a Croatian poet and teacher.In the Toronto area, about 10,000 people list Croatian as their first language, according to Statistics Canada. Half of that population live in Mississauga.While the crowd in the park began the match with exuberant cheers, the red-and-white clad fans became progressively less talkative as the match went on.But once it was all over, fans seemed ready to call it a victory.“(I’m) super proud of the boys, I couldn’t ask for anything better,” said 19-year-old Dario Jezerinac, who said he and his friends planned to party all day and all night in the park.“Everyone doubted us, but we came to the finals and played our hearts out.”In Montreal, home to nearly 57,000 French nationals, the crowd began the match with a roar, and the decibel level only seemed to rise as the game progressed.Near the end, a fan crowd-surfed above the audience that packed L’Barouf, which exploded with cheers and screams as the final score was announced.Crammed on the terrace outside the bar, fans waved flags, honked horns and cheered on their team with calls of “Allez Les Bleus” as police tried to keep the elated crowd from spilling onto the street.The bar was so packed throughout the game that Montrealer Henri Gigandet had to settle for the occasional glimpse of the TV while following the cheers, jeers and groans of the crowd. Still, he said it was worth it.“It’s the ambience, the vivre de joie and everything,” he said.Though he’s not a French citizen, Gigandet said the event meant something to him as a francophone, as he stood on a corner waving a red, white and blue flag meant to symbolize the unity of French speakers across Canada.“It’s our roots,” he said.—with files from Olivia Bowden in Mississauga.