The Delhi High Court today refused to pass an interim order on a plea for a stay on former JD(U) president Sharad Yadav’s disqualification as a Rajya Sabha member.Justice Vibhu Bakhru, however, allowed Mr. Yadav to draw allowances, perks and retain his bungalow as an MP, but restrained him from attending the Winter Session of Parliament. The session, which started on Friday, is scheduled to go on till January 5. The court also sought the response of the Rajya Sabha chairman besides member Ram Chandra Prasad Singh, who is leader of the JD(U) in the Upper House, on Mr. Yadav’s plea challenging December 4 order of the chairman disqualifying him as an MP. The court has fixed the main petition for hearing on March 1 next year. The order came on Mr. Yadav’s plea challenging his disqualification on several grounds, including that he was not given a hearing before the December 4 order was passed. Mr. Yadav had sought interim relief to attend the Parliament session.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday reviewed the security situation in Kashmir during a visit to the valley, and army officials briefed her on the operational preparedness and counter-infiltration grid. Ms. Sitharaman was accompanied by Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat on her visit, army officials said. The defence minister visited the forward areas in the frontier district of Kupwara. She was briefed by the commanders on ground on the operational preparedness and counter-infiltration grid, they said. During her interaction with the troops, the defence minister lauded their round the clock sharp vigil along the Line of Control and professionalism. She also asked them to remain alert for any eventuality to defeat nefarious designs of hostile forces, the officials said.
India’s teenage shooting sensation Manu Bhaker is looking forward to doing well at next month’s Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta. The 16-year-old Bhaker also said that she is focused and thinking about competing in the Asian Games and the World Championships.Bhaker is also least affected by the controversies surrounding her selection in three events for the Asian Games, scheduled to be held in Jakarta and Palembeng from August 18.”I want to do well in those events (Asian Games followed by World Championships) but, frankly speaking, I am mainly thinking about competing in the next competition and not about medals. Pressure is there, but it’s there everywhere,” Bhaker told PTI.After taking the shooting world by storm with a plethora of medals, including innumerable gold in top international events, the 16-year-old will next compete in 10m air pistol, 25m sports pistol and mixed air pistol at the Asian Games.Asian Games 2018: Heena Sidhu hoping to break gold medal jinxIn fact, her international gold medal count stands at an astonishing 10, a massive achievement for a teenager.Ignored for the Asiad mixed team air pistol event, the seasoned Heena Sidhu had hit out at the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) and, in a thinly-veiled reference to the Haryana girl, said the federation was bending rules to favour the favourites.One of the “favourites” is understood to be Bhaker, who remains unperturbed.”Main sirf khelne se matlab rakhti hoon, bas (I am only concerned about my shooting). I am fine if I am picked in three events, if they select me for one event I am fine and if I am not picked for one, then also I am ok,” Bhaker said.advertisementAsian Games: Indian gold medallists at Incheon 2014Bhaker’s inclusion reportedly pushed Sidhu to No.2 in the 10m air pistol event and No.3 in 25m sports pistol, from No.1 in the 10m air pistol and No.2 in 25m pistol.”I can’t think about selection. I don’t allow all these things to weigh me down,” she added.When she claimed the individual gold medal in her maiden senior World Cup appearance in Mexico earlier this year, Bhaker became the youngest Indian shooter to finish top of the podium in these events.Living up to the billing, she did something similar at the ensuing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.The expectations will understandably be high as she gears up to compete in the upcoming tournaments.”In recent times I have worked a lot on the technical aspect. Good preparations, I can say. Tried to improve my scores, but you can’t shoot well all the time.”Asked if she is better off technically right now compared to the days leading to the Commonwealth Games, Bhaker responded in the positive.Ominous signs for her opponents, though she is aware that technique alone won’t fetch her a medal in a sport that is so much about the mental aspect as well.”My body is recovering now after months of training and competition. I will be off to Bhopal for a junior camp on August 1, having just come back from a senior camp.”The Asiad will be followed by the ISSF World Championships, which will be the first quota event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The prestigious event is scheduled from August 31 in South Korea.Extending her golden run, Bhaker recently won her ninth international medal in one year, at the Meeting of the Shooting Hopes, a prestigious junior tournament in Pilsen, Czech Republic.(Interview by PTI)