A 46-year-old Malad resident survived on sheer faith aboard a stranded local train for 18 hours before being reunited with his family early on Wednesday morning. A Jain by faith, he only had tea on Tuesday morning as he is observing the holy period of paryushan, and went for nearly 24 hours without having anything till he reached home.Amarkant Jain (46), an IT consultant, left his residence on 7.45 a.m. on Tuesday, having had his last proper meal at 6 p.m. on Monday, when the rain was still moderate in its intensity and trains were running smoothly, to deliver a lecture at the V.N. Bedekar college in Thane. He caught a train back home around 12.50 p.m., which reached Kurla before getting stuck in the waterlogged tracks.“The water was knee deep at the time and our train was caught between a boundary wall and another train. As the day passed, the water rose up to waist level and walking through it, especially in the dark was not an option. I kept speaking to my wife Mayura whenever I could, as I also had to preserve my cell phone’s battery, while waiting for help to arrive and also ensuring no one panicked in our compartment,” Mr. Jain told The Hindu.Back home, Mrs. Jain had to ensure her two children and mother-in-law did not panic as well as keep up a steady stream of tweets to draw the attention of the authorities to her husband’s plight.“Deputy Commissioner of Police Samadhan Pawar with the Railway Police, and a woman officer with the control room kept talking to me throughout the night till the water receded and the police could reach the train, which was the sixth in a line of stranded trains,” Mrs. Jain said.Mr. Jain reached home at 7.45 a.m. on Wednesday, 24 hours after he left for work on Tuesday. The Jains said their faith in the system was renewed after the incident.
Condemning the unfurling of the Islamic State (IS) flag at the historic Jamia Masjid here on Friday by a youngster, the Kashmiri separatist leaders said “such anti-Islamic acts would not be tolerated at any cost”.“Some masked elements have violated all Islamic teaching, values, sanctity of the mosque and attempted to desecrate the pulpit of Jamia Masjid,” said a joint statement of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.A video that went viral on the social media in Kashmir on Saturday showed a masked youth scaling the pulpit inside the mosque and unfurling an IS flag. Others are seen raising slogans.‘Bid to dent movement’The pulpit is traditionally used by the Mirwaiz, the head priest of the Valley, for Friday sermons. “In the past too, some elements at the behest of certain agencies and handlers have indulged in rowdyism and hooliganism inside and outside the Jamia Masjid. The motive is to weaken the ongoing people’s movement for the right to self-determination,” said the separatist leaders.Terming the bid “unfortunate”, the separatists claimed it was a well-planned design to damage this religious centre. “Also, it is aimed at changing the course of the ongoing movement and create an atmosphere of confusion and anarchy,” they added.The separatists asked the youth in the Valley “to be cautious of this propaganda of vested elements and understand the motive behind such acts”.A spokesman of the Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid, which is a caretaker body of the 14th century mosque, said the incident took place in Jamia Masjid on Friday late in the afternoon after the devotees had left. “A group of masked boys entered the mosque and rushed to the pulpit when one among them stood atop the pulpit with his shoes on, screaming slogans and creating ruckus,” said the spokesman.In the meantime, his associates videotaped it and the video has been put on the social media. “It has sent shock waves and deep resentment among people,” said the spokesman.He said the Auqaf would not allow anyone to violate the sanctity of the mosque and the pulpit at any cost. “Jamia Masjid is the spiritual religious and political centre of the people of Kashmir and representative of our collective cultural heritage and any attempt to harm it will be dealt with firmly,” the spokesman added. In the past few years, Islamic State and Al-Qaeda affiliated group Ansar Ghazwatul Hind, have succeeded in recruiting a few youth in Kashmir. However, the police said the ranks of both the organisation have shrunk to single digits. Six militants of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind were killed recently in Pulwama’s Awantipora, including the deputy of Zakir Musa, who heads the group.
Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “Usually they say the amount of time you have been away takes you the same amount to come back to your previous level and I hope that is not the case for Djokovic because that would mean the end of the year.”Becker said legends Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer had shown it was possible to succeed after long injury absences.Federer and Nadal dominated the Slams in 2017 while the Swiss star defended his Australian Open in January, claiming a 20th major. “It would be a lot to expect him (Djokovic) coming back and winning his first tournament at a Grand Slam,” said Becker.“Rafa and Federer have set examples of coming back but they are not normal. Usually it takes time.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments FILE: Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic smiles as he delivers a press conference in Belgrade on July 26, 2017. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ANDREJ ISAKOVICFormer world number one Novak Djokovic’s toughest hurdle when he returns to the ATP Tour after a long injury absence will be a mental one, believes former coach Boris Becker.The 30-year-old Serbian’s return to competitive action is yet to be confirmed although he published photos of himself on the practice courts earlier this week for the first time since he underwent a minor “medical intervention” following a fourth round exit at the Australian Open.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving The 12-time Grand Slam winner struggled through his defeat by Chung Hyeon of South Korea, troubled still by a persistent elbow injury, that had seen him off the circuit since Wimbledon last year, and a hip problem.Becker, who coached Djokovic to six Grand Slam titles from 2014-16, told journalists earlier this week at the Laureus Awards in Monte Carlo that Djokovic would have to accept that renewed success might not come immediately.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Mentally is going to be the biggest challenge,” said Becker at the event staged by Laureus, a global movement that aims to use the power of sport to tackle social challenges. “How much you accept to do the dirty work like Monday morning practice, the first and second round of tournaments you are expected to win and it is hot and windy conditions. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus ‘A very physical game’Becker, who won six Grand Slams including his first Wimbledon aged just 17, denied Djokovic’s situation would be better if he had undergone surgery earlier. “Tennis players don’t have only one injury,” said the 50-year-old German. “You play a Grand Slam over two weeks it is more than an elbow that hurts.“You take the decision to have surgery when it is a serious problem.“If you were to go into the locker room on a Monday morning you would be amazed how many players have elbow, ankle and foot injuries.”Becker added: “I hate to tell you tennis is a very physical game. Period. I can’t admire them (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Andy Murray who has undergone hip surgery) enough. To play 75-80 matches a year — most sports aren’t like that.”Becker, who named Austria’s Dominic Thiem and hot-headed Australian Nick Kyrgios as potential successors to the likes of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic when they finally retire, said injuries were nothing new. “It is the nature of the beast of a professional tennis player,” he said.“You have it in the 1980s and 90s but the difference now is it is becoming more public.” Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wilder awaits Ortiz in title bout with eyes on Joshua Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES
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Serenaded on the road by chants of “MVP!” in the closing seconds, Irving scored Boston’s last 12 points to finish with 38, and the undermanned Celtics extended their winning streak to seven games with a 130-125 victory over the Wizards on Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“We’ve seen Kyrie do that on multiple occasions,” said Marcus Smart, a guard who spent some time at center and had 18 points and five rebounds. “But to see it again in person — every day we see that is something that is jaw-dropping for us.”Marcus Morris added 27 points and nine rebounds for Boston, which played without Al Horford, Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown, its No. 4-6 leading scorers. Wizards: At Brooklyn on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Raptors rout Warriors without Kawhi Leonard to complete sweep View comments “The hallmark of this group has been whoever’s available plays and is counted on to do what they’re supposed to,” Stevens said. “Not everybody had their best night, but everybody did their jobs and kept adding value when they checked in. They played whatever role they were asked to and gave us a chance to win.”Wall returned after missing a game with an aching left heel to pour in 34 points with 13 assists, and stayed on the court in overtime after getting his right foot stepped on during a drive to the basket. But his seven points in OT weren’t enough to keep pace with fellow All-Star Irving.The Wizards led 123-122 when Irving made a 3 with 38.6 seconds to go. After Wall tied it at 125, Irving hit another shot from beyond the arc that gave Boston the lead for good, because Beal (22 points; zero in OT) and Wall then each missed a 3.This sure was a close one: There were nine ties and 18 lead changes. Neither club was ahead by more than three points over the final 10 minutes of regulation. Up 113-110, Boston opted to foul Beal on purpose with 13 seconds left, but that backfired, because after he made the first free throw, he missed the second — but grabbed the rebound and put it in for the tie.Irving blew by Beal at the other end but missed a layup right before the buzzer, sending the game to an extra period.ADVERTISEMENT Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) shoots between Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (12), guard John Wall (2), and guard Austin Rivers, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in Washington. The Celtics won 130-125 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON — To Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens, Kyrie Irving’s pair of 3-pointers in the final 40 seconds of overtime — the first from in front of his team’s bench; the second from straightaway, 31 feet out — were “amazing.”To the man contesting both of those key shots, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, they were “incredible.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? And then Irving really took over.TIP-INSCeltics: Horford sat for the third consecutive game — he’s expected to miss at least a few more because of an injured left knee — and Brown and Hayward were out because of illness. … Outscored Washington 38-22 in the third quarter. … Daniel Theis fouled out after just 14 minutes. He had eight points and six rebounds. … Semi Ojeleye was 1 for 7 on 3-point attempts.Wizards: Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 20 of their 32 bench points. … Rebounding has been a problem all season and this was no different. Washington was beaten 50-41 on the boards and outscored 24-8 in second-chance points.WALL ON THE CALLSWall was not thrilled with the officiating, saying the Wizards kept getting whistled for “ticky-tack” fouls, but did not get the same sort of calls when they had the ball. “We get so many hand-check calls to put those guys on the free throw line. Let guys make plays,” he said. “I mean, then we drive to the basket, getting fouled, and we’re not getting it.” Washington actually took more foul shots, 29 to 25; the Wizards only made 21, while the Celtics were perfect at the line. “We play just as aggressive as anybody else,” Wall said. “So I don’t understand it. I don’t respect it.”SMART AT 5Smart said he hadn’t played the “5” position since high school. “That’s just what we needed tonight,” he said.UP NEXTCeltics: Host Atlanta on Friday. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, on Tuesday, June 4, officially broke ground for the establishment of a $24.8 million sorrel processing plant in Bethel Town, Westmoreland.Work on the 204-square metre modern facility, which will consist of production area, dry and cold storage, and sorting area, as well as office and bathroom conveniences, is already well underway, and is expected to be completed within three months.It will process sorrel to make jams, jellies and juices in addition to other value-added products, while significantly reducing the need for further imports for the Jamaican market.The processing facility, which will be operated by the Bethel Town Agricultural Co-operative Society, is being constructed by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) under its World Bank-funded Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI).Minister Clarke, in welcoming the project, said it symbolises Government’s intention to “seriously deal” with import substitution.“This is yet another expression that this Government intends, in a very, very serious way, to deal with import substitution and to grow the agricultural sector. Why is it we have to import sorrel concentrate into this country to make drink, when sorrel can be grown almost anywhere in Jamaica?” he queried.He informed that the Ministry is working with the Mexican Government to train persons in the use of machinery to make the harvesting of sorrel easier.He noted that farmers in Central Westmoreland are already preparing lands to plant sorrel “so you had better hurry with the construction”.General Manager at JSIF, Loy Malcolm, informed that project will “transform over 120 acres of sorrel into value-added products”.“We at JSIF are happy to be a part of this and wish you all every success in this project,” she noted.Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, and Member of Parliament for Eastern Westmoreland, Hon. Luther Buchanan, in his remarks, said the ground breaking exercise “means a brighter future for agricultural development in the parish of Westmoreland”.The agro-processing facility is expected to realise a 400 per cent increase in revenue for farmers, while generating employment opportunities for community members.Contact: Glenis A. Rose