JANUARY 19, 2024
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is poised to inaugurate the Khelo India Youth Games 2024 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai, signaling the commencement of a two-week-long sports extravaganza spanning from January 19 to 31. Featuring over 5,500 athletes participating in 26 sports, the event boasts stringent security measures for the Prime Minister’s presence, including a five-tier security cover in Chennai, a no-fly zone for drones, and the deployment of 22,000 personnel. The opening ceremony will not only mark the commencement of the games but also witness the launch of Broadcasting sector projects with a total worth of ₹250 crore. Notably, athletes will engage in diverse disciplines, including Silambam, a traditional Tamil Nadu sport, introduced as a demonstration for the first time.
In a significant development for the prosecution, a retired officer of the Indian Air Force (IAF), who was a crucial eyewitness in the 1990 killing of four IAF personnel, identified JKLF chief Yasin Malik as the main shooter before a special TADA court in Jammu. Squadron leader Ravi Khanna was among the victims, and the attack, which occurred on January 25, 1990, in Rawalpora on the outskirts of Srinagar, left 40 injured. The retired officer, who sustained four bullet injuries during the incident, pointed directly to Yasin Malik in court. This identification is expected to play a pivotal role in the ongoing trials, with the next hearing scheduled for February 15 and 16. Yasin Malik faces two trials related to the case.