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Digvijaya Singh quotes foreign agency report, questions airstrike success

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who has asked the Centre to provide evidence of casualties in airstrike carried out by India in Pakistan’s Balakot, on Wednesday cited a foreign agency report which has questioned success of the bombings.
With the headline ‘satellite images show madrasa buildings still standing at scene of Indian bombing’, Digvijaya Singh attached the Reuter’s report on .Basing its report on satellite images, Reuters has claimed that madrasa buildings continue to stand tall at scene of the bombing in Pakistan.”High-resolution satellite images reviewed by Reuters show that a religious school run by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in northeastern Pakistan appears to be still standing days after India claimed its warplanes had hit the Islamist group’s training camp on the site and killed a large number of militants,” the report says.
In the report, images produced by a San Francisco-based private satellite operator, are shown at least six buildings on the madrasa site on March 4, six days after the airstrike.According to Reuters, the image is virtually unchanged from an April 2018 satellite photo of the facility.”There are no discernible holes in the roofs of buildings, no signs of scorching, blown-out walls, displaced trees around the madrasa or other signs of an aerial attack,” the report adds.The foreign agency report says the satellite images have cast “further doubt” on statements made over the last eight days by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the raids had hit all the intended targets at the madrasa site near Jaba village and the town of Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Earlier, Digvijaya Singh had come down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked him to clear the “doubts” cast by the international media on the terrorists’ deaths in the airstrike carried out by India in Pakistan’s Balakot.”We are proud of the bravery of your forces and have complete faith on them.I have seen many of my friends and close relatives in the Army leaving their families and protecting us. We respect them,” Singh tweeted.”However, the IAF carried out an airstrike after the Pulwama accident, some foreign media have cast doubts, which is putting a question mark on the credibility of our Indian government,” Singh said on .Singh said the way PM Modi and his ministers were treating the airstrike was an “insult” to the forces who carried out the operation.A war of words over the Indian Air Force airstrikes in Balakot has broken out between Congress and the BJP as both the sides traded charges against each other. Both the sides have accused each other for politicising the IAF airstrike.

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Kerala State Awards 2019: Mohanlal, Fahadh Faasil and Manju Warrier are the top contenders for the prestigious awards

The Government of Kerala will announce the list of winners of State Awards in Malayalam cinema and movie buffs are eagerly looking forward to it.
Kerala State Awards 2019: Mohanlal, Fahadh Faasil and Manju Warrier are the top contenders for the pKerala State Awards 2019: Mohanlal, Fahadh Faasil and Manju Warrier are the top contenders for the prestigious awardsFilms like Koode, Njan Marykutty, Theevandi are in the list of nominations and are the top contenders too.By Gautham Pattikonda Fahadh Faasil, Mohanlal, Manju Warrier, Nazriya Nazim and many others are the front runners for the winners of Best Actor and Actress award. Films like Koode, Njan Marykutty, Theevandi are in the list of nominations and are the top contenders too.
The committee headed by Cultural Affairs Minister AK Balan will announce the list of awards today. The jury is being headed by director-screenwriter Kumar Shahani.The 49th Kerala State Film Awards will be the talk of the town soon since the list of contenders includes big names like Mohanlal, Manju Warrier and Fahadh Faasil.Mohanlal has already received nine state awards from the Kerala government and if he receives it this year too, he will turn out to be the only actor in Indian cinema to have received the state awards so many times.
Fahadh has already received twice – 2012 and 2014, in the Best Actor category for his performances.Manju Warrier has received the honour once in 1996 in the Best Actress category for her role in Ee Puzhayum Kadannu.
She is also a recipient of a National Award for her role in the 2000 release Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu.Watch this space for more updates.

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In U-turn, Tej Hazarika says privilege to receive Bharat Ratna on father’s behalf

“It is a tremendous honour, for me and my family to be invited by the GOI to accept the Bharat Ratna on behalf of my late father.
By Express News Service |Guwahati | Related News Tej Hazarika clarifies: Dreamlike privilege to receive Bharat Ratna for fatherThe best tributeAny controversy over Bhupen Hazarikas Bharat Ratna totally unnecessary: Brother “It is unfortunate that (some) people would completely misinterpret my public February 11 statement regarding the Bharat Ratna itself by sadly misrepresenting my view of it,” said Tej Renowned singer and Bharat Ratna awardee Bhupen Hazarika’s son Tej, who had earlier criticised the Centre over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, alleging his father’s name was used for pushing it, said on Friday that he has been invited by the central government to receive the award and it was a “dreamlike privilege” to receive it on behalf of his father.AdvertisingThe Bill, passed in the Lok Sabha last month, was not tabled in the Rajya Sabha and hence lapsed.
It will be my dreamlike privilege to receive it for my father and his fans and followers everywhere,” Tej said in a message to The Indian Express.He added, “As always, I will strive to follow in my father’s footsteps to work to bring light where there is darkness.”Earlier this month, Tej, protesting the “painfully unpopular” Bill, put the government on notice saying that it was “actually undermining” his father’s “documented position” and “would in reality be in direct opposition to what Bhupenda believed in his heart of hearts”.AdvertisingBut in his Friday statement, Tej wrote: “It is unfortunate that (some) people would completely misinterpret my public February 11 statement regarding the Bharat Ratna itself by sadly misrepresenting my view of it.”

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Last six months have been the most difficult of my career: Aaron Finch

Australian ODI skipper Aaron Finch on Thursday revealed that playing in all the three formats of the game was a “mental challenge.
Since making his Test debut against Pakistan, the right-handed batsman has just managed to fetch 428 runs in the 24 innings he has played in all formats of the game.
Advertising Probably the last six months have been the most difficult of my career in terms of chopping and changing formats, making my Test debut and playing a bit more Test cricket was probably a bit of a mental challenge more than anything, the 32-year-old told Sporting News.He further said, To play in Dubai and come straight back into an ODI and T20 series and Test matches and things like that, its probably been the longest sustained period that Ive played cricket for Australia.
In terms of that, it was quite mentally challenging and something that I probably didn’t give the guys who played all three formats of the game enough credit in. You see them come off a Test series into a one-day game and you think, gee, they’re a bit flat and you dont know why, theyre playing cricket for Australia.
Its not until youve been in that position yourself that every now and then, you need five minutes to yourself at times and to just get away.The 32-year-old got off to a good start to his Test career as he scored 62 and 49 in the first two innings against Pakistan.

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