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SINGAPORE, WEEKEND OF FRIDAY,
Refugee tribals to return
MORE than 32,850 Mizoram tribals,
who have been staying in refugee
camps in Tripura for the past 21 years,
will be repatriated to their home state
This follows an agreement signed by
the Central government, the Mizoram
and Tripura governments and the
Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s
Forum, the apex body of the refugees.
The Reang tribals, comprising 5,413
families, have been living in six camps
in north Tripura’s Kanchanpur and
Panisagar sub-divisions, adjoining
Mizoram, since October 1997 after
they fled their homes in western
Mizoram following ethnic trouble.
Arunachal told to compensate 88
THE National Human Rights
Commission has asked the Arunachal
Pradesh government to pay Rs 5,000
each as compensation to the 88
girl-students of a state school who were
ordered to strip by three teachers in
November last year.
The commission’s directions came
after the state government confirmed
that the incident took place at the
Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya in
The teachers forced the 88 students
to remove their clothes in front of the
entire school as punishment when
none among them confessed to having
written vulgar words against the head
teacher and another student.
Relatives demand CBI probe into
New Delhi deaths
DELHI Police’s crime branch have sent
notices to eight people to join the
probe into the death by hanging of
11 family members in their north Delhi
house on June 30.
“As per the call details record of one
of the deceased, Lalit Bhatia, we have
tracked and identified these eight
persons who were in regular touch
with him on the phone. We have sent
them notices to join the probe” a
senior police officer said.
Earlier, relatives of the 11 family
members denounced the police and
the media for allegedly labelling the
deceased as religious fanatics and
demanded a Central Bureau of
The post-mortem report confirmed
that the family members died by
hanging and the police reportedly
believe they may have died during the
course of a “religious ritual that went
But the relatives insist “someone
Mumbai crippled by bridge crash,
MUMBAI was crippled for the second
time in less than a month after a
section of a foot overbridge crashed
over the Western Railway tracks at
Andheri following heavy rains which
left many areas of the city flooded,
playing havoc with road and rail traffic.
But a much bigger potential disaster
was averted when Mr Chandrashekhar
Sawant, the alert motorman of the
Churchgate-Dahanu train, saw the
bridge collapsing and applied
emergency brakes barely 50m metres
The heroic deed earned Mr Sawant
accolades from Railway Minister
Piyush Goyal and a reward of
Rs 500,000 ($9,925).
Coming nine months after the
Elphinstone Road foot overbridge
crash and stampede that left 23 people
dead, Tuesday’s incident instilled fear
among the commuters, especially since
at least three jam-packed local trains
had passed seconds before the bridge
Election Commission to provide
Braille photo-ID cards
THE Election Commission (EC) will
provide Braille photo ID cards to
visually-challenged voters across the
country, the Chief Election
Commissioner O.P. Rawat has said.
The photo-voter slips would also be
made in accessible formats for them.
He also announced that the EC has
decided to establish auxiliary polling
stations for persons with
disabilities during elections.
Lalu’s daughter-in-law to
RASHTRIYA Janata Dal chief
Lalu Prasad’s daughter-in-law
Aishwarya Rai, wife of his elder
son Tej Pratap Yadav, is all set to
enter politics in Bihar.
“Aishwarya is educated and belongs
to a political family. Her father
Chandrika Rai is a former Minister and
senior RJD leader whereas her
grandfather Daroga Rai was the Chief
Minister in the 70s. She is most suitable
for politics,” RJD spokesman Shakti
There is speculation that Aishwarya
will be fielded in the Saran seat for
next year’s Lok Sabha elections.
It has been two decades since Lalu’s
school dropout-wife Rabri Devi joined
politics, followed by her two brothers
Sadhu Yadav and Subhash Yadav.
Lalu’s eldest daughter Misa Bharti and
his sons Tej Pratap and Tejashwi also
joined politics in 2014 -2015.
Lalu is currently out on bail for
medical treatment after his conviction
in fodder scam cases.
Students develop low-cost
STUDENT researchers at the Amrita
Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Coimbatore,
in Tamil Nadu state, have developed a
low-cost self-driving wheelchair that
works on a Robotic Operating System
(ROS) and can be navigated using a
Named “Self-E”, the revolutionary
wheelchair uses ROS to create a map of
the surrounding space, along with
static and dynamic obstacles, using a
laser sensor and displays it through a
smartphone app. The user can then
touch any point on the generated map
and the wheelchair will drive to that
place automatically without user
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Ahmedabad gears up for 141st Rath Yatra
STUNT biker Kalpesh Modi rehearses a jump ahead of the annual Rath Yatra (chariot procession) of Lord
Jagannath in Ahmedabad. It is one of several acts that will be on show during the 141st Rath Yatra on July 14
which will be the first in the Gujarat city after it was granted World Heritage status by Unesco.
The civic authorities are planning to have around 30 tableaus designed on the heritage monuments of the city.
“We are going to illuminate all the heritage structures which are on the route of the yatra,” said Mayor Bijal
Patel, adding, “Across the streets, buildings will carry messages regarding heritage pride.”
NATIONAL Geographic explorer
Mike Libecki and his 14-year-old
daughter Lilliana are travellers who
have been to several remote corners
of the world. But it is not just the
high-ranging mountains or far-flung
seas that have a distinct pull for the
American duo: Most of their travels
are humanitarian and philanthropy
In their latest venture, they have
collaborated with Dell as part of its
Give Back Project and are working
in the remote village of Tawang in
At the Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s
Community, which is home to about
90 children, the duo, along with Dell
employees, have installed 20 new
laptops, new printers and Internet
access and are imparting computer
education to the children and teach-
ers. They have also installed new so-
lar power panels and solar genera-
tors for the computer centre and
other buildings in the community.
“We worked closely with the
community. All the kids are orphans
or they have come to live there be-
cause they have family issues. They
are all first-generation learners,
none of the families of these kids
have had an education,” Mr Libecki
“The goal of the orphanage is to
provide education to the kids. They
want the children to go to college;
without having computers and Inter-
net, they will lag behind and not be
able to do it. In the times that we live
in, we need to be technologically ad-
vanced and savvy to make
He said that all the equipment
was shipped from the United States
to Tawang and Dell employees were
on the ground to help in the installa-
When the young children saw Lil-
liana, who at the age of 14 has al-
ready been to 26 countries, all seven
continents and has climbed Mount
Kilimanjaro in Africa, their faces lit
up, according to Mr Libecki.
“They learnt to aspire,” he said.
“We have opportunities that
they don’t and making a little im-
pact on their lives really leaves us
with a great feeling of satisfaction.
We are giving them computers and
“We have access to these techno-
logical boons but we take it for
granted every day. We never think
what our lives would be had we been
unfortunate too. We just have these
at our disposal. So, why should
other human beings not have them
Mr Libecki said that just like the
word “technology” comes from the
word “tool”, they envisaged a simi-
lar approach towards this project.
Indo-Asian News Service
“We have opportunities
that they don’t and
making a little impact
on their lives really
leaves us with a great
feeling of satisfaction.
We are giving them
computers and Internet.”
– National Geographic explorer Mike Libecki
and his 14-year-old daughter Lilliana (right)
Uplifting children with tech support
July 6, 2018
HE Round of
up some surprises in
this year’s football
World Cup. It was
good to see all the
teams going at each other’s throats from
the word go at the knockout stage.
The previous practice had been for
the non-favourites to be cautious, not
throw too many players forward and
take the favourites to penalties.
Fans and the technical groups study-
ing World Cup performances would
have been thrilled with all the end-to-
end stuff that went on during the
Pre-tournament favourites Spain,
Germany, Argentina and Portugal were
the big names that were shown the
Germany’s poor performance will
be talked about for some time. They
came into the World Cup on the back of
a successful run in last year’s Confedera-
tions Cup which they won convincingly
using a crop of youngsters.
Although their performances in the
two friendlies (a 1-2 loss to Austria and
a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia) were poor,
the coaches must have felt that the
team’s preparations for Russia were go-
ing on well.
Their Group phase performance –
and results – revealed how wrong they
Germany lacked balance as every
time they lost possession in their oppo-
nents’ half, they were overwhelmed by
the opponents’ speed in their attacking
The lack of scoring was another woe
they did not address. The group togeth-
erness appeared to be missing, too.
Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan’s de-
cision to show support to the Turkish
president before the tournament
started also sent wrong signals and ap-
peared to drive a wedge in the team.
Spain, on the other hand, appeared
to self-destruct when they fired their
head coach just days before their first
Where Spain suffered was in the lack
of making tactical adjustments during
the games, particularly in the Round of
16 match against Russia.
Against a team that sat deep and
played for their lives by throwing their
bodies in the line of fire, Spain did not
take advantage of moments to exploit –
especially when Russia broke out of
their shell to attack.
At those moments, I felt that Spain
should have abandoned their tiki-taka
tactics and played quicker balls into the
channels for Diego Costa who, in many
instances, was waiting for the ball to be
played into the dangerous areas.
The slow build-ups consequently al-
lowed Russia to re-group and put up
their wall to thwart Spain’s attacks.
Argentina and Portugal’s over-de-
pendence on Lionel Messi and Cris-
tiano Ronaldo turned out to be their un-
The Asian football fraternity must
be saddened by Japan’s heroic but un-
fortunate exit at the hands of a resur-
After leading 2-0, with both goals
coming in the second half, Makoto
Hasebe and his men succumbed to a sec-
ond-half onslaught engineered by
Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku.
However, the Japanese have shown
that they have arrived on the world
stage to compete on equal terms with
the rest of the world.
The quarter-final match-ups will
keep fans licking their lips in anticipa-
tion of more classics.
Uruguay take on France in what
could be a mouth-watering tie which
will pit the attacking instincts of Luis
Suarez and Edinson Cavani (if he recov-
ers from a calf strain) against the French
backline and French frontmen Antoine
Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe taking
on a mean Uruguayan defence mar-
shalled by Diego Godin and the almost-
unbeatable Fernando Muslera in goal.
Without Cavani, Uruguay may find
it difficult to breach the French defence.
If Cavani is available, I will pick
Uruguay to go through.
I simply cannot wait for the Brazil-
Belgium tie to kick off.
This match may turn out to be a clas-
sic given the outstanding attacking tal-
ent on show.
Hopefully, all the negative publicity
generated by Neymar and his histrion-
ics will be overshadowed by the foot-
I expect Brazil to go through.
Russia have played beyond their
own people’s expectations, but this
could be the end of the road for them.
Their opponents Croatia have
grown in this tournament and, in my
opinion, could be potential finalists.
They may not have been spectacu-
lar, although Luka Modric’ stunner
against Argentina could be a contender
for goal of the tournament.
Modric’s and Ivan Rakitic’s control
of midfield has been key in their wins so
far. England’s ruggedness in weather-
ing the challenges provided by Colom-
bia – including winning the tie on penal-
ties – will give the players and staff the
confidence and self-belief that they can
go on to make the last four.
Having a prolific scorer in Harry
Kane and potency in dead-ball situa-
tions, may give England the edge
against a resilient and experienced Swe-
This has been a great World Cup
with some excellent attacking and de-
The introduction of Video Assistant
Referees and Goalline Technology –
while not without its controversies –
has helped in ensuring fair play in the
majority of the controversial incidents.
I am sure that the remaining matches
will keep us glued to our seats for what
could turn out to be a memorable
A former coach and technical director
of the Singapore national team, Sivaji
is currently a Fifa coaching instructor
and coach-mentor at Myanmar’s
Brazil a superior force
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