Metrovaartha http://www.metrovaartha.com/ en-us Sun, 14 Aug 2022 00:00:00 +0530 No separate line for devotees for Nalambalam Darshanam under KSRTC pilgrim tour package: Kerala HC https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/71576/no-separate-line-for-devotees-for-nalambalam-darshanam-under-ksrtc-pilgrim-tour-package--kerala-hc https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/71576/no-separate-line-for-devotees-for-nalambalam-darshanam-under-ksrtc-pilgrim-tour-package--kerala-hc Sun, 14 Aug 2022 11:13:45 +0530 ]]>A separate queue for devotees who avail the pilgrim tourism package of KSRTC for 'Nalambala Darshanam' is "arbitrary and illegal" and cannot be permitted to continue, the Kerala High Court has said. Kochi | A separate queue for devotees who avail the pilgrim tourism package of KSRTC for 'Nalambala Darshanam' is "arbitrary and illegal" and cannot be permitted to continue, the Kerala High Court has said.

Instead, a separate queue has to be provided for senior citizens, differently-abled, mentally challenged and other categories of persons who need special attention and care, a bench of Justices Anil K Narendran and P G Ajithkumar said.

The directions by the bench came on a plea claiming that allowing devotees who are going for 'Nalambala Darshanam' to the temples of Thriprayar Sree Ramaswami, Sree Koodalmanikyam, Thirumoozhikkulam Sree Lakshmana and Payammal Sree Shathrughnan by availing the tour package offered by the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) without following the queue was arbitrary and discriminatory.

The 'darshanam' commenced on July 17 and will get over on August 16.

The petitioner had witnessed the special privileges given to those who had availed the tour package, when he and his family went for the darshanam on July 31 and had to remain in queue from 6 AM to noon to avail the darshan.

They could reach back home in Kottayam, after having darshan in all the four temples, only by around 2 AM on August 1, the plea has said.

The petitioner claimed that according to boards put up outside the four temples, there is a separate line for those availing the KSRTC pilgrim tour package.

The KSRTC, in its defence, told the court that according to the meeting of a Co-ordination Committee convened on June 4 in Koodalmanikyam Devaswom Hall, Irinjalakuda to coordinate the activities in connection with Nalambala Darshanam it was instructed to make necessary arrangements for providing services under the tour package.

The minutes of the meeting do not show that a decision was taken for providing a special queue to those devotees who avail the package of KSRTC for 'Nalambala Darshanam', the public transportation body told the bench.

The court, however, said that the brochure issued from the Mavelikkara depot of KSRTC states that the devotees who opt for Nalambala Darshanam through the pilgrim tourism package of KSRTC can have darshan and vazhipadu without following the queue system.

Taking into consideration the materials on record, the minutes of the meeting of the Co-ordination Committee on June 4 and the submissions from both sides, the bench said, "... we find that provision of separate queue for the devotees who avail pilgrim tourism package of KSRTC for Nalambala Darshanam, which is per se arbitrary and illegal, cannot be permitted to continue." "All the devotees have to follow the queue system in the aforesaid temples for Nalambala Darshanam. However, a separate queue has to be provided for senior citizens, differently-abled and mentally challenged persons and such other special categories of persons, who require special attention and care," the high court further said and listed the matter for further hearing on August 17.

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Afghanistan welcomes India's steps to upgrade diplomatic representation in Kabul https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/71575/afghanistan-welcomes-india-s-steps-to-upgrade-diplomatic-representation-in-kabul https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/71575/afghanistan-welcomes-india-s-steps-to-upgrade-diplomatic-representation-in-kabul Sun, 14 Aug 2022 11:05:15 +0530 ]]>The foreign ministry of the Taliban dispensation in Afghanistan has welcomed India's diplomatic presence in Kabul and promised to ensure security to the Indian mission in the Afghan capital. New Delhi | The foreign ministry of the Taliban dispensation in Afghanistan has welcomed India's diplomatic presence in Kabul and promised to ensure security to the Indian mission in the Afghan capital.

In a statement on Saturday, it said India's diplomatic presence in Afghanistan would result in the completion of "unfinished projects" that India had initiated and the commencement of new ones.

The statement said Afghanistan "welcomes India's step to upgrade its diplomatic representation in Kabul." In June, India re-established its diplomatic presence in Kabul by deploying a "technical team" in its embassy in the Afghan capital.

India had withdrawn its officials from the embassy after the Taliban seized power last August following concerns over their security.

"Besides ensuring security, we will pay close attention to the immunity of the diplomats and cooperate well in endeavours," it said.

"The Afghan government hopes that upgrading diplomatic representation and dispatching diplomats would strengthen Afghan-India relations leading to the completion of unfinished projects by India and the commencement of new vital projects," the Afghan foreign ministry said.

Last month, Taliban supreme leader Hebatullah Akhundzada said no one would be allowed to use Afghan soil to launch attacks on other countries.

India has not recognised the new regime in Afghanistan and has been pitching for the formation of a truly inclusive government in Kabul, besides insisting that Afghan soil must not be used for any terrorist activities against any country.

In the last few months, India supplied several consignments of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

India has been pitching for providing unimpeded humanitarian aid to Afghanistan to address the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the country.

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Uneasy peace in Indo-Pacific: US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/71574/uneasy-peace-in-indo-pacific--us-congressman-raja-krishnamoorthi https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/71574/uneasy-peace-in-indo-pacific--us-congressman-raja-krishnamoorthi Sun, 14 Aug 2022 11:00:49 +0530 ]]>There is an "uneasy peace" in the Indo-Pacific due to recent Chinese actions, an influential US Congressman said on Saturday, observing that India and the United States working together with countries such as Japan, South Korea, Australia and other Indo-Pacific nations is indispensable for maintaining stability in the region. Washington | There is an "uneasy peace" in the Indo-Pacific due to recent Chinese actions, an influential US Congressman said on Saturday, observing that India and the United States working together with countries such as Japan, South Korea, Australia and other Indo-Pacific nations is indispensable for maintaining stability in the region.

Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, who has just returned from a historic trip to the region as part of a US Congressional delegation led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in an interview with PTI said one of the interesting topics of conversation during their travels was the rise of India and the importance of India playing a greater role.

Led by Pelosi, the Congressional delegation travelled to Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan, where much to the anger of China, thousands of Taiwanese turned out in the middle of the night to welcome their American guests.

In the Indo-Pacific region, especially through initiatives such as QUAD in providing stability and security, where India can exert influence, "I think that partnership with India is extremely important for maintaining an international rules-based order going forward," Krishnamoorthi said.

"I think there is an uneasy peace (in the region). In all the countries we visited, whether it was Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Korea or Taiwan, there is a real concern about aggression from the People's Republic of China (PRC). And a significant challenge to the international rules-based order, which otherwise has and should govern how countries behave toward each other, how they should resolve their differences, which all of them agree should be resolved peacefully," he added.

"And so, when the PRC throws itself militarily at its neighbours, whether it is in the South China Sea, or Taiwan, or even against India on the western border of China, then the neighbours, so to speak, get very concerned. And they asked for an increase.... They definitely want an increased security presence from the United States, among others," Krishnamoorthi said.

Describing the challenge from China as "very serious", the Congressman said the Chinese Communist Party has, unfortunately, botched its response to COVID-19, causing tremendous economic uncertainty and a slowdown in China's economy.

"So there are tremendous domestic pressures on the leadership of the PRC, including Xi Jinping, who is seeking a third term at the upcoming party congress, the Chinese Communist Party Congress, in November. At the same time, the PRC is undergoing other challenges, including a huge demographic shift in the population where upwards of 70 million (seven crore) people are going to leave the working-age population," he said.

"And tens of millions of more people will be added to the retirement population. So their working-age population is diminishing, even at the same time that there are all these economic challenges. I think that a lot of the neighbours are concerned that the Chinese Communist Party is going to try to deflect attention from their internal challenges by rallying to nationalist causes such as Taiwan and a forcible reunification with Taiwan," Krishnamoorthi observed.

"The partnership between the United States and India and other countries is not intended for ganging up on the People's Republic of China. Indeed, my hope is that someday, all the nations of the region can collaborate on confronting challenges of mutual interests such as fighting global climate change, for instance," he said.

"But in the meantime, we cannot have one country move militarily against another or try to use coercion or force to get its way," said Krishnamoorthi, who is also a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Pelosi, he told PTI, was welcomed as a hero in all the capitals that they visited. "She is known as a champion of human rights and democracy. For instance, when we landed in Taiwan, there were thousands of people who greeted us at the airport and lined the streets in the capitol even at midnight. The tallest skyscraper in the country had the words 'Thank you, Speaker Pelosi' in lights," he said.

"That is how she was greeted and that is how we were greeted," he added.

"On a personal note, I should also mention that when we visited Singapore, there are many Indian-origin people who are at the upper echelons of Singapore's government. And it was very nice to meet them, fellow Indian-origin people, and discuss our heritage, our common values and our backstories. It was heartening to see the Indian-origin community really flourishing in Singapore and other parts of the region," Krishnamoorthi said.

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Salman Rushdie off ventilator, talking: President of Chautauqua Institution https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/71573/salman-rushdie-off-ventilator--talking--president-of-chautauqua-institution https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/71573/salman-rushdie-off-ventilator--talking--president-of-chautauqua-institution Sun, 14 Aug 2022 10:46:11 +0530 ]]>Salman Rushdie is off the ventilator and is talking, the president of Chautauqua Institution, where the Mumbai-born author was stabbed at an event onstage, said. New York | Salman Rushdie is off the ventilator and is talking, the president of Chautauqua Institution, where the Mumbai-born author was stabbed at an event onstage, said.

"@SalmanRushdie off ventilator and talking! Continued prayers from all @chq," Chautauqua Institution president Michael Hill said in a tweet on Saturday night.

Rushdie, 75, was on a ventilator after he was stabbed by 24-year-old Hadi Matar onstage at a event on Friday at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York State. Rushdie was in surgery several hours after the attack and his agent Andrew Wylie told The New York Times (NYT) that the author was on a ventilator and could not speak.

"The news is not good. Salman will likely lose one eye, the nerves in his arm were severed, and his liver was stabbed and damaged," Wylie had said in a statement to NYT.

Matar was charged with attempted murder and assault in the stabbing of Rushdie and he pleaded not guilty. He made his appearance in court, wearing a black-and-white striped jumpsuit and handcuffed.

The New York State Police said Matar, of Fairview, New Jersey, was arrested by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation on Friday for attempted murder second degree (B Felony) and assault second degree. He was processed at State Police, Jamestown and transported to the Chautauqua County Jail. He was arraigned in centralised arraignment on Saturday and "remanded without bail" to the Chautauqua County Jail.

The attack on Rushdie drew shock and condemnation from world leaders and literary stalwarts.

US President Joe Biden said in a statement on Saturday that he and First Lady Jill Biden were "shocked and saddened" to learn of the "vicious" attack on the author.

"Salman Rushdie -- with his insight into humanity, with his unmatched sense for story, with his refusal to be intimidated or silenced -- stands for essential, universal ideals. Truth. Courage. Resilience. The ability to share ideas without fear. These are the building blocks of any free and open society. And today, we reaffirm our commitment to those deeply American values in solidarity with Rushdie and all those who stand for freedom of expression," Biden said.

"We, together with all Americans and people around the world, are praying for his health and recovery. I am grateful to the first responders and the brave individuals who jumped into action to render aid to Rushdie and subdue the attacker," he added.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he is "appalled" to learn about the attack on Rushdie. "The Secretary-General was appalled to learn of the attack on renowned novelist Salman Rushdie," a statement issued on Friday by his spokesperson said.

"In no case is violence a response to words spoken or written by others in their exercise of the freedoms of opinion and expression," Guterres said, conveying his wishes for Rushdie's early recovery.

A report in The New York Times said according to prosecutors, Rushdie was stabbed roughly 10 times in the premeditated attack.

"In court, prosecutors said that the attack on the author was premeditated and targeted," the report said, adding that Matar travelled by bus to the "intellectual retreat in western New York and purchased a pass that allowed him to attend" the talk "Rushdie was to give on Friday morning".

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US President Biden condemns attack on Rushdie, hails him for refusing to be intimidated https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/71572/us-president-biden-condemns-attack-on-rushdie--hails-him-for-refusing-to-be-intimidated https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/71572/us-president-biden-condemns-attack-on-rushdie--hails-him-for-refusing-to-be-intimidated Sun, 14 Aug 2022 10:38:20 +0530 ]]>US President Joe Biden has expressed shock and sadness over the vicious attack on Salman Rushdie and praised the Mumbai-born author for refusing to be "intimidated or silenced" and standing for essential and universal ideals of truth, courage and resilience. Washington | US President Joe Biden has expressed shock and sadness over the vicious attack on Salman Rushdie and praised the Mumbai-born author for refusing to be "intimidated or silenced" and standing for essential and universal ideals of truth, courage and resilience.

Rushdie, who faced Islamist death threats for years after writing "The Satanic Verses", was stabbed by a 24-year-old New Jersey resident identified as Hadi Matar, a US national of Lebanese origin, on stage on Friday while he was being introduced at a literary event of the Chautauqua Institution in Western New York.

"Jill (the first lady) and I were shocked and saddened to learn of the vicious attack on Salman Rushdie yesterday in New York. We, together with all Americans and people around the world, are praying for his health and recovery," Biden said in a statement.

The US President said he was grateful to the first responders and the brave individuals who jumped into action to render aid to Rushdie and subdue the attacker.

"Salman Rushdie -- with his insight into humanity, with his unmatched sense for story, with his refusal to be intimidated or silenced -- stands for essential, universal ideals. Truth. Courage. Resilience. The ability to share ideas without fear," Biden said.

"These are the building blocks of any free and open society. And today, we reaffirm our commitment to those deeply American values in solidarity with Rushdie and all those who stand for freedom of expression," the US President said.

Rushdie, 75, was to speak about how important it was for the US to give asylum to exiled writers when he was stabbed.

A helicopter crew flew Rushdie to a hospital in nearby Erie, Pennsylvania. He remained hospitalised on Sunday.

New York officials have charged Matar with attempted murder as well as assault on a man who was sharing the stage with Rushdie and suffered a relatively small facial wound during the stabbing. Matar has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.

Matar apparently sympathised with Shia extremism and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Earlier, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan described the attack on Rushdie as reprehensible.

"This act of violence is appalling. All of us in the Biden-Harris Administration are praying for his speedy recovery," Sullivan said.

"We are thankful to good citizens and first responders for helping Mr Rushdie so quickly after the attack and to law enforcement for its swift and effective work, which is ongoing," he added.

The attack on Rushdie sent shockwaves across the literary world, which condemned the incident as an attack on freedom of expression.

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Senior citizen trying to hoist tricolour falls off house roof, dies in hospital https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/71571/senior-citizen-trying-to-hoist-tricolour-falls-off-house-roof--dies-in-hospital https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/71571/senior-citizen-trying-to-hoist-tricolour-falls-off-house-roof--dies-in-hospital Sat, 13 Aug 2022 23:54:48 +0530 ]]>A 65-year-old man from Jawhar in Palghar district of Maharashtra fell from the roof of his house while trying to hoist the tricolour on Saturday and died during treatment. He fell from the roof of his house at 8 AM while trying to hoist the national flag under the special three-day campaign. Palghar | A 65-year-old man from Jawhar in Palghar district of Maharashtra fell from the roof of his house while trying to hoist the tricolour on Saturday and died during treatment, police said.
Police said Laxman Shinde, a resident of Rajewadi in Jawhar, fell from the roof of his house at 8 AM while trying to hoist the national flag under the special three-day campaign, the police said.
He sustained serious injuries after the fall and was rushed to a hospital in Jawhar. He was later shifted to a hospital at Nashik where he succumbed to his injuries, the police said.
A case of accidental death was registered. 

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One held for cheating people using toll-free number resembling bank's https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/71570/one-held-for-cheating-people-using-toll-free-number-resembling-bank-s https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/71570/one-held-for-cheating-people-using-toll-free-number-resembling-bank-s Sat, 13 Aug 2022 23:49:33 +0530 ]]>A man was arrested and four others were detained for allegedly duping people using a toll-free number similar to that issued by an international bank for their customers. Those detained for questioning comprised a man and three women, working with the arrested accused. New Delhi | A man was arrested and four others were detained for allegedly duping people using a toll-free number similar to that issued by an international bank for their customers, police said on Saturday.
Those detained for questioning comprised a man and three women, working with the arrested accused, according to police.
The accused have been identified as Atul Sharma (28), a resident of Haryana, and Pradeep Kumar (36), resident of Delhi, they said.
According to police, one Subash Chandra Jha lodged a complaint alleging that an amount of Rs 1,94,480 was deducted from his credit card in an unauthorised way.
During investigation, technical analysis of call details and money transaction found that the suspects kept on changing their location in Delhi/NCR. Later, Sharma was nabbed on Tuesday, Deputy Commissioner of Police (north) Sagar Singh Kalsi said.
The accused took police to a flat in Moti Nagar which was used for calling potential targets. Three women were made to join the investigation through notice under section 41-A CrPC. Another co-accused Pradeep was also apprehended, police said.
Sharma disclosed that he and his partner Shiv created a fake website of an international bank. The link to the fake website was sent to the victims for uploading their old credit card details on website. Along with the website link, a hidden malicious APK file was also sent to the victim's mobile phone, they said.
The APK file would automatically get downloaded in victim's phone after clicking on link of website. The victim's existing credit card details which he filled on website and OTP received in text message would be visible to the accused on admin panel of the website, police said.
The accused purchased fake similar toll-free number of the bank from an online application. The calls were made to victims for issuance of new credit cards. A total of 19 mobile phones, two laptops 78 SIM cards, one car were recovered from their possession, police added.

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Dalit boy beaten up by teacher for touching drinking water pot in Rajasthan school, diesĀ  https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/71569/dalit-boy-beaten-up-by-teacher-for-touching-drinking-water-pot-in-rajasthan-school--dies- https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/71569/dalit-boy-beaten-up-by-teacher-for-touching-drinking-water-pot-in-rajasthan-school--dies- Sat, 13 Aug 2022 22:51:42 +0530 ]]>A nine-year-old Dalit boy died on Saturday allegedly after he was beaten up by a teacher for touching a drinking water pot in a private school in Jalore district of Rajasthan. Police arrested the teacher and charged him with murder and under sections of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Jodhpur | A nine-year-old Dalit boy died on Saturday allegedly after he was beaten up by a teacher for touching a drinking water pot in a private school in Jalore district of Rajasthan, police said.
Police have arrested the teacher, Chail Singh, 40, and charged him with murder and under sections of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
Indra Meghwal, a student of the private school in Surana village, was beaten up on July 20 and succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Ahmedabad on Saturday.
The state education department has initiated an inquiry into the matter and Rajasthan SC Commission chairman Khiladi Lal Bairwa ordered that it be taken up under the case officer's scheme for fast investigation.
Superintendent of Police of Jalore Harsh Vardhan Agarwalla said the boy was beaten up badly and added that the reason cited for it -- touching a drinking water pot -- was yet to be investigated.
"We have filed a case against the teacher, Chail Singh, under section 302 of the IPC and the SC/ST Act and have arrested him," the police officer said.
The boy's father said he suffered injuries in his face and ear and almost became unconscious. The boy was taken to the district hospital, from where he was referred to a hospital in Udaipur.
"He remained admitted at the hospital in Udaipur for about a week, but seeing no improvement, we took him to Ahmedabad. But his condition did not improve even there and he finally succumbed on Saturday," the boy's father Devaram Meghwal said.
The state education department has asked two officials to probe the matter and submit a report to the block education officer. 

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China calls for India to reiterate its one-China policy https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/71568/china-calls-for-india-to-reiterate-its-one-china-policy https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/71568/china-calls-for-india-to-reiterate-its-one-china-policy Sat, 13 Aug 2022 22:18:04 +0530 ]]>China on Saturday called for India to reiterate its support for the 'One-China' policy in the backdrop of the crisis in the Taiwan Strait, a day after New Delhi suggested that there was no need for any "reiteration" on it. New Delhi | China on Saturday called for India to reiterate its support for the 'One-China' policy in the backdrop of the crisis in the Taiwan Strait, a day after New Delhi suggested that there was no need for any "reiteration" on it.
The comments by Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong came amid escalating tension between China and Taiwan following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the self-governing island last week.
On the eastern Ladakh border standoff, the envoy said both sides should maintain dialogue and work for a mutually acceptable solution even as he noted that Beijing will work hard to bring the bilateral ties back to the "right track".
"My understanding is that India's 'One China' policy has not changed...We hope that India can reiterate support for the 'One China principle," he told a group of journalists.
At a media briefing on Friday, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi avoided mentioning the 'One-China' policy, noting that India's position on "relevant" policies is well-known and consistent and they do not require reiteration.
"India's relevant policies are well-known and consistent. They do not require reiteration," he said.
Beijing has claimed that around 160 countries have reaffirmed their support to the "One China" policy following Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, an island that China considers its breakaway province.
Though India supported the 'One China' policy, it has not reiterated the same publicly or in bilateral documents for over a decade.
"We do hope that the Indian side will continue to stick to its independent foreign policy, understand and support China's just position and its efforts to maintain sovereignty and territorial integrity," Ambassador Sun said.
He said the 'One China' policy is the basis for China-India relations and it is also the foundation of China's ties with all other countries.
Sun said the US was attempting to violate China's sovereignty and territorial integrity To a question on China putting a technical hold on a move at the UN Security Council to designate Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) deputy chief Abdul Rauf Azhar as a global terrorist, Sun said it was done to study the proposal.
He said China needs more time to analyse the listing application and it has done so as per laid down provisions.
Asked about the return of Indian students to China to resume their studies, Sun said the first batch will be back in that country in "near future" as both sides are working on the matter.
To a question on China developing massive military infrastructure along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh and instances of its military jets flying close to the LAC in the region, Sun did not give a direct reply.
"For the overall bilateral relations, the significance of bilateral ties has to be understood by both sides, we will attach importance to China-India relations and work hard to bring it back to the right track," he said.
"We hope that this kind of effort could be reciprocated from the other side and we do believe that when we achieve such kind of a target, it will definitely benefit not only both of us but also the region and the world," he added.
The envoy said China is making all efforts to strengthen its communication with India and deepen understanding so as to avoid any kind of "misjudgement or misunderstanding".
"It is natural for our two big neighbours to have differences. The important thing is how to handle this. I think we have all those guidelines by our leaders and also the channels that we discuss frankly," Sun said.
"Differences should not be the whole picture of China-India relations, it should not define the bilateral relations," he said.
Sun said President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to President Droupadi Murmu after she took charge of the top office. 

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Sindhu pulls out of World Championships owing to stress fracture https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/71567/sindhu-pulls-out-of-world-championships-owing-to-stress-fracture https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/71567/sindhu-pulls-out-of-world-championships-owing-to-stress-fracture Sat, 13 Aug 2022 22:14:15 +0530 ]]>India's star shuttler P V Sindhu on Saturday pulled out of the upcoming BWF World Championships owing to a stress fracture on her left foot. In a statement which she shared on Twitter, the double Olympic medallist confirmed that she will be missing the 2022 World Championships. New Delhi | India's star shuttler P V Sindhu on Saturday pulled out of the upcoming BWF World Championships owing to a stress fracture on her left foot.
In a statement which she shared on Twitter, the double Olympic medallist confirmed that she will be missing the 2022 World Championships.
Sindhu has won the World Championships gold in 2019, along with two silver medals and two bronze.
"While I am on the high of winning a gold medal at the CWG for India. Unfortunately, I have to pull out of the world championships. I felt pain and there was an injury scare at the quarter-finals of the CWG, but with the help of my coach, physio and trainer, I decided to push as far as I could," Sindhu said in the statement.
"The pain was unbearable during and post the finals. Hence I rushed for an MRI as soon as I got back to Hyderabad. The doctors confirmed a stress fracture on my left foot and recommended rest for a few weeks. I should be back to training in a few weeks. Thank you all for your support and love," she added.
The World Championships will be held in Tokyo from August 21 till August 28.
Sindhu has won the gold medal in the women's singles event at the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games and revealed that she had been playing through pain at the multi-sport extravaganza.
Sindhu added a CWG singles gold to her wide array of medals with a convincing straight-game win over Canada's Michelle Li.
The world number seven from India outplayed her 13th ranked opponent 21-15 21-13 in front of a packed crowd at the NEC arena in Birmingham.
This was Sindhu's second gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, having earlier won the yellow metal in 2018 in the mixed team event. She also has one silver and one bronze in women's singles from 2018 and 2014 editions respectively.
The 27-year-old Sindhu also has two Olympic medals. She won silver in women's singles in 2016 and followed that up with a bronze medal in Tokyo last year.

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