Many sections of the people, including students and women, joined the campaign in Manipur demanding the protection of Manipur’s territory, against the backdrop of the understanding the Centre had reached with some Naga bodies, which held peace talks for the last 22 years. Students from most of the districts came out of their classes on Friday, squatted on busy roads and formed human chains, thereby hindering free flow of traffic.They raised slogans that Manipur territory cannot be compromised and diluted. Women activists and student leaders told The Hindu that Manipur is a State with 2,000 years of written history. M. Keinatombi, a woman activist said, “That Manipur had been an independent kingdom is established by the international treaties the State had signed with some foreign countries. Manipur had its Assembly and elected MLAs. King Budhachandra who was a titular head was summoned in Shillong, now capital of Meghalaya, in September 1949 and he signed the merger agreement under duress after keeping him under house arrest”. He had signed the merger agreement on September 21, 1949 though it was officially made public on October 15, 1949 to synchronise with that of Tripura, a princely State in the Northeast which was merged with independent India. However eminent scholars and other intellectuals in a public convention were of the unanimous view that the merger agreement with Manipur is “null and void” since the State Assembly never authorised the titular king to sign the agreement.”Women who take out torchlight procession every day say that they shall not rest till the details of the Naga agreement are put in public domain.After snapping ties on Thursday with the Manipur government, the Coordination Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI), formed by five civil society organisations quarter-backing the agitations, exhorted the people to launch various campaigns near the houses of the 60 MLAs and four MPs who are allegedly shirking their accountability to the people on this burning issue.Sunil Karam, coordinator of the COCOMI says, “Though the Chief Minister N. Biren had assured the leaders of the civil organisations to summon an emergency session of the Manipur Assembly it is now clear that there will be no session to take a resolution on the Naga agreement. On the other hand, Biren says he will be first to resign or to sacrifice his life if Manipur’s interest and territory are compromised. However some leaders point out that it will be immaterial if Biren resigns or takes the extreme step once the Naga agreement is inked.”Earlier another BJP Cabinet Minister. T. Shyamkumar said he will commit suicide if Manipur’s territory is compromised.However, women activists said that no purpose will be served by their “sacrifices” after the inordinate delay. Women vigilantes say that if there is nothing objectionable in the Naga agreement it should have been kept in the public domain. They further say that it is fearsome why the government is transporting security personnel in trucks, special aircrafts and helicopters to Manipur ahead of the public announcement of the details of the Naga agreement.Police said though they are outnumbered by students, women vigilantes and other activists in the day-and-night agitations, the additional forces from Tripura and other States have not been deployed in the trouble-prone areas yet.
Flamboyant left-hander Yuvraj Singh, who has recovered from cancer, made a surprise comeback on Wednesday to India’s 30-member preliminary squad for the Twenty20 World Cup beginning in Sri Lanka September 18.The Man of the Series of the ODI World Cup in India was diagnosed with a rare germ cell cancer and underwent chemotherapy treatment at the Cancer Research Institute in Boston.Since then Yuvraj has made giant strides towards regaining full fitness by training at Bangalore’s National Cricket Academy.”I think a guy who has won the World Cup for us deserves to come back,” chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth had stated.Out of favour off-spinner Harbhajan Singh too makes a comeback to the side. Another surprise pick was medium-pacer Lakshmipathy Balaji, who last played an international match in 2009 against Sri Lanka.Balaji, who has not played any T20 for the national squad, was rewarded for his consistent performance for the Kolkata Knight Riders in fifth edition of the Indian Premier League.Mandeep Singh, former captain of the India under-19 team too received a call-up for his good showing for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Naman Ojha and Ambati Rayudu too have been included owing to their good performance this season in the IPL. Regulars like Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli are all in the squad.Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, R. Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav, Ashok Dinda, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Rahul Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Robin Uthappa, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Mandeep Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, Naman Ojha, Dinesh Karthik, Praveen Kumar, Lakshmipathy Balajiadvertisement
Tata Motors-owned British luxury and sportscar marquee Jaguar will soon launch two high end cars in India, the XJ Ultimate luxury saloon and the F-Type sportscar. According to reports, both the cars will be brought to India through completely built unit(CBU) route as has been the case with most Jaguars. “While the Jaguar XJ Ultimate luxury saloon is a super luxurious car that will take on the long wheelbase versions of the Mercedes Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series saloons, the F-Type is a brand new sportscar,” said the report on indiancarsbikes.in.The report further adds that the Jaguar XJ luxury saloon retains the current engine line up: a 5 Liter V8 and a 3 Liter V6 supercharged petrol engines along with a V6 turbo diesel engine. All these engines will be mated to an eight speed automatic gearbox with a start-stop system as standard. The 2013 Jaguar F-Type sportscar, inspired by the C-X16 concept will be unveiled later this year. The F-Type sportscar is expected to feature a three liter V6 petrol engine in two guises, a naturally aspirated version and a supercharged version, said the report. The naturally aspirated engine is expected to deliver about 275 Bhp while the supercharged version of the engine could put out about 375 Bhp.The 2013 Jaguar F-Type sportscar is likley to be available in both coupe as well as convertible form.