The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India on Wednesday (September 8) announced the Team India squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE. The announcement was made by BCCI secretary Jay Shah and selection committee chairman Chetan Sharma.
Along with the original squad, the selectors also picked travelling reserves who will go to the UAE alongside the 15-member squad as per COVID-19 protocols.
Here’s the Team India squad for ICC T20 World Cup 2021:
Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd Shami.
Notably, India have been placed in Group 2 of the T20 World Cup alongside Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, and two qualifiers.
The Virat Kohli-led team will start their campaign in a blockbuster clash with Pakistan on October 24. India will play all but one of their four matches at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. They will take on Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
India’s T20 World Cup Schedule: Oct 24: vs Pakistan (Dubai), Oct 31: vs New Zealand (Dubai); Nov 3: vs Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi); Nov 5: vs Qualifier – B1 (Dubai) ; Nov 8: vs Qualifier – A2 (Dubai).
Centre to make Rs 60,000 crore investment in J&K in next 2-3 years: Union MoS Rajeev Chandrashekhar
The Jammu and Kashmir government Saturday said the Centre has “formulated a plan to spend Rs 60,000 crores in the union territory alone in next 2 to 3 years” through which the UT “will see new circle of development prosperity”.
A government handout said the amount “will be utilized to create employment generating avenues, inspire youth to establish micro income generating units and boost local economy”.
These remarks were made by Union Minister of State for Skill Development Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrashekhar while addressing a gathering of ITI and polytechnic students in a convention cum seminar organized in his honor at ITI Complex Wadipora Budgam.
“I have observed and personally witnessed that the local youth of Kashmir are full of talent and skill. They need to be inspired, show interest in getting highly skilled training, be energetic as there are enormous opportunities of employment generation available,” the Minister said.
Chandrashekhar claimed, “about 8 lakh new jobs were created since 1st April 2020 to 30th April 2021 in IT and manufacturing sectors”.
” It is our mission, goal and solemn promise to strengthen the entrepreneurship diversification as it has a great economic prospects to absorb youth in various fields, ” he added.
The Minister appealed aspiring youth to “be committed, positive in approach and remain enthusiastic to realize and fulfill every dream”.
Principal Secretary Skill Development Department Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, DC Budgam Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza, Director Skill Development Department, SSP Budgam, Principal ITI Budgam and other District Officers were present on the occasion.
The Minister said “ministers visiting UT of J&K have an objective to check the situation relating to developmental and other aspects on ground”.
“This is PM’s initiative and revolutionary first of its kind mission particularly for UT of J&K,” the Minister added.
Chandrasekhar further asserted, “We came here with professional objective and ambition to deliver, our visits shall emerge result oriented.”
The minister lauded concerned J&K authorities for the “enormous work done in skill development” even as he said more boost and push was needed in the sector.
“Budgam has potential and talent which they have showcased through incredible skills,” he added.
The Minister inspected automobile training centre of ITI Budgam besides the stalls installed by the skilled youth demonstrating and displaying manufacturing skills, talent and professionalism in respective art and trades.
Later, the Minister presided a meeting of officers convened at Conference Hall Budgam where a detailed review of each sector was under taken scheme wise. The DC Budgam through a detailed power point presentation presented developmental and welfare scenario of the District.
The Minister while going through the details appreciated the District Administration and its officials in achieving the given targets, despite facing inconveniences due to COVID 19 crisis and other circumstances. He impressed up on the District Administration to continue its engagements with same spirit, conviction and dedication.
He appreciated the “extreme professionalism shown by District Administration officials in implementation of centrally and state sponsored schemes under the able leadership of DC Budgam”.
District Budgam shall be pilot district for introduction of new skill development courses, the Minister announced.
He claimed the courses “will take district to next level of achievement”.
During the meeting various deputations from across the district including political representatives, PRI’s, school students, common citizens apprised the Minister about their issues and grievances verbally as well as by submitting memorandums.
As per the government handout, the minister patiently listened to all individuals /deputations and assured them of early redressal of all genuine issues. On the occasion the Minister also launched mobile application Aurzov (Healthcare mobile app.), Meri Awaaz (water bodies conservation), Covid Care service Budgam and e-Services Portal.
Centre to soon announce new cooperative policy: Amit Shah
Union Cooperation Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said the Centre will soon come out with a new cooperative policy and work in tandem with states to strengthen the cooperative movement.
Shah, who is also the Union Home Minister, also announced that the number of primary agriculture cooperatives (PACs) wil be increased to 3 lakh in the next five years. At present, there are about 65,000 PACs.
He was speaking at the first Sehkarita Sammelan or National Cooperative Conference here. The Ministry of Cooperation was formed in July this year.
Addressing the gathering comprising over 2,100 representatives of different cooperatives and nearly 6 crore online participants, Shah said some people wonder why the Centre created this new ministry as the cooperatives are a state subject.
Shah said there could be a legal response to it, but he does not want to “get into this argument”.
The Centre, he stressed, will cooperate with states and “there will be no friction”.
“We will work with all states to take forward the cooperative movement,” he said, and added the Ministry of Cooperation has been formed to strengthen and modernise the sector.
On the proposed new cooperative policy, Shah said a policy was brought in 2002 by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and now the Modi government will start working on a new policy.
Stressing that the cooperative movement was more relevant today than ever, Shah said cooperatives can contribute a lot in the development of the country.
According to him, the cooperatives will play a crucial part in making India a USD 5 trillion economy.
Referring to the problems being faced by cooperatives on taxation front and other issues, Shah said he was aware of the concerns and assured that there would be no injustice towards them.
Post Scrapping Article 370, J&K on Peace-path; Militancy on Decline: MHA
Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Friday said that with the revocation of Article 370 and 35 A, J&K is on the path of peace while militancy was declining and Hurriyat base was diminishing.
In a 38-page booklet released by the MHA titled “the dream of one nation, one law, one symbol fulfilled,” the Ministry states that with freedom from Article 370 and 35-A, Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee’s resolve of ‘One Nation, One Law and One Head of the nation’ became a reality after 70 years of Independence.
“Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh are moving on the path of progress, in step with the rest of the country. Kashmir is keeping pace with the country. The Narendra Modi Government erased the people’s pain by removing Article 370 from Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, which had been lagging in the race of development for decades. Now it has been brought at par with other states by bringing it into the mainstream,” the booklet reads. “For almost two years now, this region has embarked on a new journey of development. 170 Central laws, which were not applicable earlier, have now been made applicable in this region. At present, all the Central laws are applied in the UT of Jammu & Kashmir.”
“Out of the 334 State laws, 164 laws have been repealed, and 167 laws have been adopted, according to the Indian Constitution. For the people living in areas adjoining the international border, a provision of 3% reservation in jobs and educational institutions has been affected,” the MHA said.
It said that the domicile law had been applied in J&K. “According to the new definition of domicile, the persons residing in Jammu & Kashmir for 15 or more years will be treated as domiciles. Displaced refugees from Western Pakistan too, have human and civil rights now,” the MHA said, adding that “the way has been paved for the resettlement of Kashmiri Pandits ousted from the Kashmir valley in 1990.”
It said that the protection of rights of the women marrying outside Jammu & Kashmir and their children had been ensured. The MHA booklet told that Jammu and Kashmir are gaining freedom from militancy and moving on development.
“After the removal of article 370, the support base of separatists is diminishing. In 2018 fifty-eight, in 2019, seventy and the year 2020, six leaders of Hurriyat were taken into custody. The security provided to the Hurriyat leaders at government expense has been withdrawn. Eighty-two bank accounts of separatists were frozen,” the MHA disclosed. “The incidents of militancy have significantly declined, and there is a newfound atmosphere of peace and security in the valley.”
About Tourism post revocation of Article 370, the MHA said that tourism would shine again in Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh as the places are being identified for development as tourist destinations. “A total of 137 peaks of Himalayas have been opened for foreign tourists out of which 15 mountain peaks are in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh,” it said. The MHA booklet further noted that the Government is bringing the valley into the mainstream through Employment & Skill Development. “Biggest recruitment campaign of 10,000 vacancies have been identified in the first phase of the biggest ever recruitment campaign, out of which, the Services Selection Board has advertised 8575 vacancies. As a part of the second phase of the recruitment campaign, 12379 posts have been identified,” the MHA said.
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