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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) founder Amanullah Khan passed away at Rawalpindi in Pakistan on Tuesday morning. He was 82.
Amanullah Khan succumbed to a chronic lung disease after fighting with it for a year.
His son-in-law Sajjad Lone told news agency IANS: “He was seriously ill for the past three weeks. My wife Asma Khan and our children were with him. He died early today in Rawalpindi.”
The funeral prayers of the deceased will take place at Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi, on Wednesday, at 11:00 am.
NAVAL DETACHMENT SET UP AT LAKSHADWEEP
As part of measures to enhance surveillance of crucial shipping lanes, the Navy on Tuesday established a new naval detachment at Androth islands of Lakshadweep.
“Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands occupy a strategic location in the Arabian Sea. A number of shipping lanes pass close to these islands. Setting up of a Naval Detachment at Androth Island will enhance the Navy’s reach and surveillance, and contribute significantly to strengthen maritime security and stability,” Vice-Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, said after inaugurating the facility. Naval officials said the detachment would extend the naval presence at Androth Island, part of the Lakshadweep & Minicoy group of islands in the Arabian Sea, provide communication network connectivity with mainland, enable Sea Lanes of Communication monitoring and function as an observance and reporting post, besides radar surveillance.
As part of larger measures the naval detachment at Kavaratti was commissioned as a naval establishment, INS Dweeprakshak, in 2012.
A number of infrastructure facilities at naval units located on Kavaratti, Minicoy, Agatti and Androth islands are also being progressively upgraded, the officials added.
GOVT TO SELL 11.36% STAKE IN NHPC
Kick-starting the disinvestment process of the current fiscal, the government on Wednesday will sell 11.36 per cent stake in National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) at Rs.21.75. This is likely to fetch the ex-chequer more than Rs.2,700 crore. The issue price of Rs.21.75 is at a discount of 5.64 per cent to Tuesday’s closing price of Rs.23.05 on BSE.
“The NHPC OFS will happen tomorrow (Wednesday) at a floor price of Rs.21.75 a share,” a government official said. The government holds 85.96 per cent in NHPC and selling over 125 crore shares or 11.36 per cent would help it comply with minimum public shareholding norms.
As the newly-renamed Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) races to meet the budgeted disinvestment target of Rs.56,500 crore, NHPC would be the first PSU stake sale on the block. The government has already lined up over a dozen PSUs for stake sale in the current fiscal.
PUSH FOR DISEASE-RESISTANT ORGANIC FRUITS
Horticulture experts to discuss issue at a symposium from today
To promote organic cultivation of fruits, plant breeders are now focussing on developing disease-resistant fruit varieties which can be grown without using pesticides.
Even as efforts are on to develop various cultivation practices to reduce pest attack, scientists now feel that developing varieties which are resistant to major diseases will go a long way in promoting organic cultivation.
About 120 plant breeders and horticulturalists from across the country are deliberating on issues related to development of disease-resistant varieties of fruits, among other things, at a symposium on ‘Fruit breeding in tropics and sub-tropics: an Indian perspective’ being jointly organised by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), in association with various agencies, from April 27 to 29.
IIHR Director M.R. Dinesh told The Hindu that organic fruits were not just healthier, but would also fetch additional income to farmers, especially in the export market.
VIJENDER ACCEPTS AMIR’S CHALLENGE
Vijender Singh has accepted British pro Amir Khan’s challenge to fight in India, saying it will prove to be a big boost to the sport in the country.
Commenting on Amir’s challenge, Vijender said: “I accept the challenge of Amir Khan and I am sure this fight will be a big boost to boxing in our country.
“As we both fight in different weight categories so will have to see whether Amir (middleweight) gains or I (super middleweight) have to lose weight. I have started my professional boxing career last year only and have made only 4 appearances in the pro ring.
“It might take me just one more year when I will be ready to fight against Amir Khan. I am sure this fight will attract international limelight and attention. Currently I am focusing on my next fight scheduled for April 30 against Matiouze Royer at Copper Box Arena,” he added.