Srinagar: Kashmir’s uncertain, restive situation has pushed public transport off the roads, leaving many people with no option but to flag down the odd private vehicle passing through the desolate highways of the Valley.A few people, some in twos and threes and some alone, can be seen walking or standing by the side hoping to get a ride into the nearest town or village — to meet their children, parents or maybe just get back home. On Monday, the Centre announced the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status in the Rajya Sabha and also its proposal to bifurcate the state into the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Valley has been under a virtual communications blackout since the night before with few workable phones, mobile or landline, and virtually no internet connections. Prohibitory orders are in place with authorities saying there is no curfew. And the desperation of people, who said they are trapped and staying indoors is not always possible, is rising by the hour. Among those seen frantically trying to get a car to stop at Narbal Road on the outskirts of Srinagar was Nighat Nasir. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”I have to reach Baramulla (about 60 km away) and be there with my children,” she said. The couple started walking from their Srinagar home till they reached Narbal Road, a distance of 17 km. Their efforts paid off and they finally managed to hop on to an ambulance that promised to take them halfway to Pattan in north Kashmir. Mohammed Ramzan, now admitted in a hospital in Bemina on the outskirts of Srinagar, didn’t stop to wait for a lift. The resident of Srinagar’s Lal Bazar locality got a distress call from his daughter on Sunday night in Budgam in central Kashmir and left his home early after daybreak on Monday morning. Budgam is about 35 km from Srinagar. With no buses or taxis, he walked for 12 km before collapsing in sheer exhaustion. “Ramzan collapsed and was picked by a security vehicle and brought to the hospital,” said Dr Shafkat Bhat at the Bemina hospital. The stories are many. Mohammed Shahim said he took a lift from three different people to cover the 65 km distance from Khrew in south Kashmir to Srinagar. “Is there a curfew? Why can’t we go to any place? We are not creating any disturbance then why are we being troubled,” he asked a paramilitary trooper guarding a road leading to Batmaloo in the city. “I managed to reach from Khrew after taking a lift from three different people. I covered 65 kilometres and now they are not allowing me to go inside my locality,” Shahim, who works in private factory, said. He was allowed in after a senior officer intervened. “These are difficult times, kindly bear with us,” the officer told Shahim and requested people not to take pictures from their mobiles. Riyaz Rather, who stays in downtown Srinagar but runs a medical shop in the Civil Lines area, said covering the 10 km distance is an everyday challenge. “Someone or the other gives a lift and this is how we cover the distance these days. The government is telling us that there is no curfew but police did not allow me to take out my vehicle,” Rather said He has been commuting all these days from his home on foot. “Once I cross downtown, someone or else gives me a lift and that’s how I reach,” he said. PTI
We caught up with the French pop performer in Indio, where she touched on her first Coachella experience, how living abroad has informed her artistry, and much moreAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Apr 19, 2019 – 11:22 am GRAMMY-nominated French artist Jain makes upbeat yet socially conscious inspired pop music. Using sounds and inspiration from her global upbringing, Jain (born Jeanne Louise Galice) left her hometown of Toulouse, France, with her family when she was nine. From then until she was 18, she lived in Dubai, the Congo and Abu Dhabi before returning to France to attend art school in Paris, where she lives now.Jain made her Coachella debut at Gobi stage last Saturday, her first U.S. show of the year, and will be returning this weekend for round two. Not only that, but Jain just dropped her first new music since her 2018 album Souldier, a single called “Gloria,” which she has been playing on tour in Europe.We caught up with Jain on the ground in Indio, where she touched on her first Coachella experience, how living abroad has informed her artistry, and much more.You had your Coachella debut yesterday; how did you feel to share your music at this festival, on this platform?Well, it was amazing and this show was really cool. We have a lot of fun with the crowd, so I couldn’t have been going any better. I was feeling really lucky to be there today in this festival because it’s one of the biggest festivals in the world. And in France, it’s well known also. Because always there are French artists that are playing over there. So we were really, really happy.The international contingent of artists on the lineup this year is really strong; what does it feel like to you to be a part of it?It was amazing because for me to be able to play as a French artist. I’m from a little town from the south tip of France, to be able to play in Coachella and meet other artists from all over the world and to connect with people that I love from my hometown is something amazing. And it shows the real power of music is to be united with something that everybody loves. And that’s why music is so international. And I think it’s great that a big festival like Coachella makes this actually. It helps a lot of artists.Yeah. I agree. Were you able to check out any other artists at the festival? Was there anyone you were really excited about?Yeah, I saw a lot of shows actually. I saw Anderson .Paak; for me it was one of the best shows that I’ve ever seen. And I saw Childish Gambino. I saw the Boyfriends. They are Australian, I think.You spent time growing up around the world. How do you think living in these different place inspired your art and music?It really gave me this need to express myself. Because when you are a teenager and you have to be new in a new high school and make new friends and make friends again, sometimes you get this feeling of loneliness. And for me it was why I was writing music, it was because I felt lonely and I wanted to make kind of therapy with it. So I don’t know if I would have done music if I haven’t traveled. So the traveling and discovering new countries meant everything for me and my songwriting.Do you feel like that caused you to grow up more quickly? To have a more mature themes or ideas with your music?Yeah, I’m definitely sure about this. My music would be very, very different if I haven’t traveled. And it’s true that when you’re young, you’re fast and there’s no concern with people, actually. When you’re doing music and you’re young, you can be in a band with different people with different stories also. And that’s why I really loved it.You released your sophomore album, Souldier, last year. What did you wish to communicate with that album?For me, Souldier is the part two of [debut album] Zanaka, the rest of my experience in the Middle East. The two albums work together. For me, Zanaka was more about when I was 16, 18 years old, and Souldier is the rest. I really wanted to put music that I was listening to and I was listening to—Arabic kind of music, hip-hop, some Rumba from the Congo. And I really wanted to make people travel by listening to my music. I always write about something that moves me. And something, it can be something bad or something sad like the killing in the nightclub of Orlando. I always try to put some optimism in it. I try to heal myself.Your music video for “Makeba” was nominated for a GRAMMY at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. Can you explain the story behind that specific song and video?When I worked with [French directors] Greg & Lio, for me it was really important to shoot it in South Africa because [the song’s subject, musician Miriam Makeba] was from South Africa. And we were about to shoot this video in Soweto, which is outside of Johannesburg. It’s where she grew up, actually. I really wanted for people to know her and to be able to share her legacy of music. That’s so cool. Is that something that’s important for you, to share stories of other female artists or other people that might not have a platform like you have?For me, it’s really important because I was listening to Makeba since I was three years old. She’s really part of my music intention. And when I grew up, I realized that actually a lot of my friends didn’t know her. When I like an artist, especially a female artist, I really try to support. I think it’s really important these days.Mon Laferte Talks First Coachella Performance, ‘Norma’ & MoreRead more Twitter Facebook News Email Jain On How Coachella Helps International Artists jain-how-coachella-helps-international-artists-honoring-miriam-makebas-legacy-more Jain On How Coachella Helps International Artists, Honoring Miriam Makeba’s Legacy & More
Share your voice 2020 Olympics Tokyo 2020 shows off Olympic medals made from old phones Karate at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: Everything you need to know Your guide to basketball at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics Everything you should know about skateboarding at the 2020 Summer Olympics How do athletes qualify to surf at the 2020 Olympics?Firstly, athletes must comply with the current Olympic Charter, the document that sets forth rules and guidelines for Olympic athletes and the Olympic Games. It’s a hefty 103-page file that includes rules such as the “citizenship requirement rule” (Rule 41) that states athletes must be a “national” of the country they represent in competition. And, of course, Rule 43, which details the World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions.A total of 40 surfers (20 men and 20 women) will qualify for surfing at the 2020 Olympics. A maximum of four surfers (2 men and 2 women) can compete from each country’s National Olympic Committee — the governing body in each country that regulates athlete participation in the Olympics. Athletes will qualify for the Olympics if they meet performance qualification criteria at one of the following events: 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT): 10 men and eight women2019 ISA World Surfing Games: Four men and four women2020 ISA World Surfing Games: Four men and six womenContinental representation: With the exception of North and South America, the highest-placed eligible athlete from each continent at the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games (someone who didn’t yet qualify) gains one spot. For the Americas, continental representation comes from the highest-placed eligible athlete (who hasn’t already qualified through other events) at the 2019 Pan American Games. Host nation slot: The Olympic Games guarantees one male and one female place for the host nation, in this case Japan. If athletes from Japan qualify regularly (through one of the events above), the host nation slots will be reallocated to the highest-ranked eligible surfers from the 2020 World Surfing Games.See the full qualification criteria for more details.There are many types of surfboards, but the primary categories include shortboard and longboard. Olympic surfers will use shortboards, which are known for their pointed noses and excellent maneuverability. Sergei Bobylev/Getty Images When and where is surfing happening?The 2020 Olympic Games surfing program will take place at Tsurigasaki Beach in Chiba, Japan from July 24 to August 9, 2020.Check out the full Olympic schedule of events here.What will the events be like? Surfing consists primarily of two disciplines: shortboard and longboard. At the 2020 Olympics, all athletes will surf shortboard. A shortboard refers to any board that’s shorter than seven feet in length. They usually have a pointed nose and are lightweight. They’re designed to be quick and accurate, and are more suited to fast and powerful waves than are longboards. In heats of 20 to 30 minutes, Olympic judges will analyze four athletes at a time, with the top two scores advancing to the next round. Because surfing conditions are so variable, the IOC has allowed for the surfing competition to take place over 16 days in the case that weather presents safety concerns or unfair circumstances.How will the athletes be judged?Judges will rate athletes on the type and difficulty of maneuvers performed. One example of an advanced surfing move is the aerial, where a surfer finds a ramp within a wave and launches off of the lip, gains air and lands back on the face of the wave. For even more jaw drops, a surfer would spin in a complete circle while in the air and still manage to land gracefully — a surfing move known as the 360.The judges will also account for speed, power and flow. Like other Olympic events, judges will score surfers from 1 to 10 with two decimals, for example, 7.91. Only one surfer may ride a wave at any given time, and athletes may lose points for failing to use common surfer etiquette, which rules that the surfer closest to the peak of a wave has right of way for that wave. Fitness Sport and Outdoors Post a comment Tags 0 The 2020 Summer Olympics Surfing will make its Olympic debut at the 2020 Games in Japan. Athletes will surf at Tsurigasaki Beach in Chiba, Japan. Brian Bielmann / AFP/Getty Images 100 years ago, Duke Kahanamoku dreamt of surfing in the Olympic Games. He was a five-time Olympic medalist for swimming, but in between Olympic competitions and after his retirement, Kahanamoku, a Native Hawaiian and the “father of modern surfing,” traveled internationally to popularize the sport of surfing. Back in the early 1900s, it was known only to Hawaii, which had yet to become a US state. Kahanamoku would be proud to know that in 2016, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) unanimously decided to include surfing in the Olympic Games for the first time. Surfing will debut at the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Keep reading for everything you need to know about the new Olympic sport.
Tata Motors TAMO C-Cube (representational image)Tata MotorsLeading Indian automaker Tata Motors and global leader Volkswagen may join hands for sharing vehicle architecture and technology. Emerging reports indicate the Indo-German marquees are finalising on a partnership.Also read: Tata Motors’ TAMO unveils C-Cube concept at Microsoft Future DecodedWhether the partnership will be a joint venture or a technology tie-up are being worked out, reports ET Auto, citing five people privy to the matter. An official announcement on the development is expected at the Geneva Motor Show in March where Tata Motors will unveil its first product under newly formed TAMO brand.Both companies are reportedly looking for sharing a modular platform for India as well as for global markets. Tata Motors is working on an advanced modular platform (AMP). It is a scalable platform which means it can underpin a whole range of body styles including hatchbacks, crossovers, sedans, MPVs and SUVs. The platform can also be tweaked according to product dimensions. Volkswagen may share its technical knowhow for models based on the AMP architecture.In addition, the tie-up may also look into the feasibility of Tata Motors using Volkswagen’s MQB A0 platform. The A0 platform is ideal for small cars. Tata Motors has plans to launch small cars.This is not the first time Tata and Volkswagen have been linked. In July 2016, it was reported that VW is planning to restart its small car project in association with Tata Motors. Tata made headlines in 2010 after launching the Nano, the world’s cheapest car for Rs 1.05 lakh. Tata Motors has proved they can make cars in tight budget. Further, the proximity between Tata Motors and Volkswagen plant in Pune also points to a potential deal.
Industries have been set up encroaching the river banks. the picture taken from the banks of Balu river near the Sultana Kamal Bridge in Demra area. Photo: Prothom AloA list of 42,423 persons has been drawn up by the National River Protection Commission, naming those who have encroached upon rivers all around the country. The list includes tradesmen who have set up small shops as well as industrialists who have set up huge factories on the rivers. The encroachers include well-known persons and politicians. The commission has submitted the list to the parliamentary standing committee of the shipping affairs ministry.The encroachers have not only taken over rivers, but canals and wetlands all over the country. The local administration has drawn up lists of these encroachers upon directives from the river protection commission.The commission has said that the list will be scrutinized further to ensure no encroacher is left out. After that, a crash programme will be taken up to remove all illegal structures from the rivers within a year. The commission, however, has said it does not have adequate funds for the drive.The river protection commission is yet to receive the list of river encroachers in 12 districts including Dhaka, Dinajpur, Panchagarh, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Jamalpur, Bagerhat, Mymensingh and Netrakona. The administration of many districts has not given complete lists as yet. The commission has urged the concerned district administrations to submit the lists immediately.The lists indicate that local persons have set up shops and houses on most of the rivers. And in areas near around the capital city, alongside the local people, big industries have also encroached upon the rivers Sitalakkhya, Turag and Balu. In the port city Chattogram, the river Karnaphuli and the Chaktai canal are entangled in encroachments.On 1 July the Supreme Court passed a verdict declaring river encroachment to be a criminal offence. Rivers were declared to be living beings and the river protection commission was given legal guardianship of the rivers.Chairman of the river protection commission, Mujibur Rahman Howladar, told Prothom Alo, for the first time a list has been reared of river, canal and wetland encroachers. The deputy commissioners in the various districts basically carried out this task. This is a continual process and the lists will be scrutinized further to check if there are any more encroachers.He said a dive has already begun to remove the encroachments. A one-year crash programme will be taken up and implemented by the district administrations. He has called upon the government for adequate funds for the purpose.Sitalakkhya swamped by sand traders and dockyardsA look through the list shows that the banks of Sitalakkhya have been taken over by a number of dockyards. These include the Saudia, Shefa, Saud Khan, Abul Hossain and Ibrahim dockyards among others.Then again, sand traders are dumping sand into Sitalkhhya and filling it. The sand traders include HI Traders, Masum Enterprise, Salek Enterprise, Biplob Enterprise, Beauty Enterprise and Jashim Enterprise. Each of these traders has filled around 4800 sq ft of the river near Rupganj.State minister for shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury has told Prothom Alo, the shipping ministry has a task force to protect the rivers. It would look after the rivers in and around Dhaka, but now, upon directives from the prime minister, it would look into all major rivers or the country.He said that the district administration has been told to take action against the encroachers, but this would require adequate funds. However, eviction has already begun in some districts.Industries on Turag, BaluThe rivers Turag and Balu on the outskirts of the capital city have also been illegally encroached upon by large industries. Anontex, Zarina Textiles, Anwar Group and other industrial groups have filled parts of the rivers and set up their structures.Karnaphuli encroachmentsAt least 777 persons have encroached upon the River Karnaphuli. Most of this has been done in the name of Bastuhara Samity (association of the homeless), by the association’s president and members. They have erected structures along the river.And another 2112 persons have occupied parts of Karnaphuli and tributaries. They have set up industries, temples and so on.Commercially important to Chattogram, the Chaktai canal has also been illegally encroached upon by at least 51 persons.And 10 persons have illegally occupied the river Banshkhali in Cox’s Bazar, by setting up fish farms there. Another 48 persons have set up bamboo houses and plantations on 13 acres of the river area. Similarly the rivers Sangu, Loharia, Laukathi, Ichhamati and others all over the country are disappearing under the establishments being set up by these illegal occupiers.Speaking to Prothom Alo about river encroachment, chairman of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), Iftekharuzzaman, said that it is a positive move that for the first time a list of river encroachers has been drawn up. More importantly, the list has been handed over to the parliamentary standing committee. The government should evict the encroachers with no discrimination or bias and also take legal action against them.* This report appeared in the print edition of Prothom Alo and has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir