13:21 One jawan killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in J-K’s Rajouri : An army jawan was killed on Monday, after Pakistan violated ceasefire along the line of Control in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district. The firing which began at about 5:30 am stopped at about 7:15 am. Indian Army retaliated effectively. Earlier, on 6:30 pm on Sunday, Pakistan violated ceasefire in Rajouri evoking an effective reply from the Indian Army. This comes after Pakistan on Wednesday violated ceasefire in Poonch sector of the state.
13:13 Goa’s new CM to be named by 2 pm today: Goa BJP president Vinay Tendulkar said there would be clarity on who would be the state’s new chief minister by 2 pm today. Tendulkar said this after meeting Union minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari at a hotel near Panaji over the issue. Hectic political activities are on in the coastal state to select the new chief minister after the death of chief minister Manohar Parrikar Sunday.
“The decision on chief ministerial candidate is yet to be taken. But the picture will be clear by 2 pm,” Tendulkar said, adding that the new chief minister would be sworn in after 3 pm Monday.
Tendulkar met Gadkari along with Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant, who is a contender for the top post.
Earlier in the day, Gadkari met ally Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) MLAs led by Sudin Dhavalikar and BJP legislator Vishwajit Rane. Dhavalikar and Rane are also aspirants for the chief minister’s post, BJP sources said. Sawant and Rane are front- runners, they added.
Meetings held on Sunday night by the BJP and its alliance partners the Goa Forward Party, the MGP and independents – remained inconclusive. Gadkari again held talks Monday morning with leaders of the BJP and MGP to finalise Parrikar’s successor. PTI RPS GK
13:09 PM to reach Goa shortly: Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Goa on Monday morning to pay tribute to chief minister Manohar Parrikar who died of pancreatic cancer on Sunday. Modi left for Goa soon after the Union Cabinet meeting, which was convened to condole the demise of Parrikar.
The Goa chief minister’s body has been kept at the BJP office in Panaji for the party leaders and workers to pay their last respects. From there, his body would be taken to Kala Academy, around three km away, to allow the public pay their tribute to him. — PTI
12:45 Priyanka begins 3-day UP visit, offers prayers at temple: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra kicked off her party’s campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh on Monday by offering prayers at the Lette Hanuman temple near Sangam. During her three-day visit, Priyanka will cover a distance of 100-km by boat in Ganga from Allahabad to Varanasi — the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hopping from one temple to another.
Her Ganga cruise is being seen by political observers as an effort to navigate her party out of a nearly three-decade long wilderness in the state.
The Congress general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh offered prayers on the banks of Sangam — a confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati.
In a tweet, Priyanka recalled her memories associated with Swaraj Bhawan, where her grandmother and former prime minister Indira Gandhi was born.
“Sitting in the courtyard of Swaraj Bhawan, I can see the room where my grandmother (Indira Gandhi) was born. While putting me to sleep at night, she used to tell stories of Joan of Arc. Her words reverberate even today. She used to say — become fearless and everything will be alright,” the Congress leader said in a tweet in Hindi.
Soon after her arrival on Sunday, Priyanka said political stagnation in Uttar Pradesh had left the state’s youth, women, farmers and labourers distressed and it was her responsibility to change the politics here. As part of her campaign tour, Priyanka will also visit Bhadohi and Mirzapur districts. Polling will be held in seven phases in Uttar Pradesh from April 11 to May 19. Results will be announced on May 23. PTI
12:16 IIT-Bombay to hold condolence meet for alumnus Parrikar: The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) will hold a condolence meet on Monday evening to pay tributes to their alumnus, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who died after a long illness. The meeting will be held at 5 pm at the institute’s P C Saxena auditorium, an IIT-B spokesperson said.
Parrikar, 63, who had also been the defence minister, died on Sunday evening at his private residence in Goa after battling a pancreatic ailment since over a year.
In 2017, he addressed the 55th convocation of the Mumbai-based institute where he told the graduates to take up jobs in social and development sectors.
An alumnus of the famed institute, he also asked students to join politics and the Army, said a former IIT-B student who was present at the convocation ceremony.
“Why can’t IIT graduates, who have had the best engineering education in the country, take up academics and run some of these colleges, and transform their quality?” Parrikar had then said. The institute in its condolence message said Parrikar’s demise came as a shock to them. — PTI
12:04 Union Cabinet condoles demise of Parrikar, terms him ‘CM of commoners’: The Union Cabinet Monday condoled the demise of Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, saying he will be remembered for his simplicity and as an exceptional administrator. After observing two-minute silence, the Cabinet also passed a resolution which said, in his death the country has lost an able administrator who was affectionately called the “chief minister of commoners.”
“Shri Parrikar will be remembered for his simplicity and his abilities as an exceptional administrator. His contribution to the building of modern Goa and to the modernization of India’s Armed Forces as well as improvement to the lives of ex-Servicemen will never be forgotten,” the resolution read.
Whenever a senior leader of any political party, or a minister passes away, the Union Cabinet meets to condole the demise. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, a former defence minister who had been battling pancreatic cancer for over a year, died at his private residence near Panaji on Sunday. He was 63. Officially, he was described to be suffering from a pancreatic ailment. — PTI
11:47 Thousands pay tribute, tearful farewell for Parrikar : Thousands of people thronged the streets of the state capital Monday to catch a final glimpse of Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who died of a pancreatic ailment, as his mortal remains was brought to the BJP office here for party workers to pay their last respect. His remains would be taken to Kala Academy, around three km from the BJP office, later on Monday, to allow the public pay their tribute to him.
A pall of gloom descended on the BJP office and hundreds of Parrikar supporters turned emotional when his mortal remains, wrapped in the tricolour, was brought there. The truck carrying the 63-year-old chief minister’s body travelled 5 km from his private residence in Dona Paula to Panaji, as people tried to catch sight of the popular leader, who rose from the small coastal state to become the country’s defence minister.
The area around the BJP office in the heart of the capital city was packed with people who arrived there to pay tributes to Parrikar before his final journey. Parrikar, a four-time chief minister, died at his private residence Sunday evening after battling a pancreatic ailment since February last year. The IIT graduate represented Panaji Assembly seat in the state for over two decades.
Parrikar’s final journey will begin after 4 pm. His last rites will be performed at 5 pm at the Miramar beach, next to the memorial of Goa’s first chief minister Dayanand Bandodkar, who was also cremated there, a state BJP spokesperson said. — PTI
11:14 You will be missed, Mr Parrikar : In Goa, as senior leaders of the BJP, including PM Modi converge, there is little to suggest that the state’s chief minister has passed away. Uninterrupted traffic, shops open, people going about their everyday lives peaceably. There is police bandobast on Goa’s roads in anticipation of VIP movement and the tricolour is at half mast on the Panaji, but other than that there are no disruptions — unusual in a country where violence is the norm when a leader passes away.
Truly a remarkable tribute to an unusual politician, a leader without the affected airs of office.
Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar you will be missed.
Image: The obituary ad in the Panaji edition of the Times of India today.
11:01 Gadkari arrives in Panaji for BJP legislature meet: Union minister Nitin Gadkari arrived in Goa in the early hours of Monday by a midnight flight to decide on the leadership issue in the state following the demise of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. Parrikar (63) died on Sunday evening at his residence near here after battling pancreatic cancer for over a year.
Gadkari, who had successfully managed to cobble together a coalition in the state under the leadership of Parrikar in 2017, will be holding discussions with the BJP Goa legislature wing during the night.
The senior leader is also scheduled to meet alliance partners, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, Goa Forward Party and Independents, who had given support to the Parrikar-led government. “The new chief minister will be sworn in by tomorrow morning,” a senior BJP functionary said.
PM Modi and Nirmala Sitharaman are expected to fly in shortly. — PTI
10:43 Mortal remains of Manohar Parrikar brought to BJP office: Visuals from the BJP office in Panaji. The mortal remains of Goa CM Manohar Parrikar have been brought to the office for people to pay their last respects. The cremation of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who passed away at the age of 63 after a battle with cancer will take place with full state honour this evening.
The funeral procession will be taken from Kala Academy, Panjim, at four in the evening and last rites will be performed at five in the evening at Miramar, an official statement said.Parrikar’s mortal remains will be kept at the BJP head office, Panjim, between 9:30 am to 10:30 am and would be moved to Kala Academy for the public to pay their last respects. The public can pay homage to Parrikar from 11 am to 4 pm.
The state of Goa will also be observing seven-day mourning to grieve the loss of late chief minister.
The Centre has already announced National Mourning on March 18.President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other political leaders expressed their condolences at his demise and called him “an epitome of integrity and an “unparalleled and exceptional administrator.”
10:15 No consensus yet on next Goa CM: BJP MLA: The BJP-led alliance in Goa did not reach a consensus over the next chief minister on Monday, a move necessitated by the demise of Manohar Parrikar.
Parrikar (63) died on Sunday evening at his residence near here after battling pancreatic cancer for over a year. Union minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari, who arrived here in the early hours of the day, could not secure a consensus between the saffron party and its alliance partners in the state, party MLA Michael Lobo said.
While Gadkari was not available for comments, BJP MLA Lobo said Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) MLA Sudin Dhavalikar wanted to be the chief minister due to which the discussions came to a halt.
“Sudin Dhavalikar wants himself to be the CM, while the BJP wants that the leader of the alliance should be from their camp. We could not reach to any decision,” Lobo told reporters outside a hotel after a night-long meeting.
He said a solution to the crisis is expected to be found later in the day. Lobo said BJP MLAs have suggested the names of Vishwajit Rane and Pramod Sawant for the post.
Earlier, Goa Forward Party (GFP) chief Vijai Sardesai, emerging from the meeting, had said that the parties were yet to reach a conclusion. The meeting was inconclusive and “the BJP has informed them that they will get back later during the day,” Sardesai had said.
He said the parties expressed apprehensions on how to proceed in the absence of Parrikar. “We are expecting them to respond to our apprehensions soon,” he added.
The GFP leader, however, said the party had not yet shut its doors on the BJP. Sardesai was accompanied by his MLAs, Jayesh Salgaonkar and Vinod Palyekar, and Independents Rohan Khaunte, Govind Gawade and Prasad Gaonkar.
Meanwhile, speaking to reporters, Dhavalikar said that Gadkari held one-on-one meetings with the MLAs and asked them certain questions. “I can’t disclose about the questions as they are confidential. We are expecting Gadkari to announce name of the CM candidate in the next one hour. The MGP will take proper resolution supporting the government after that,” he said.
The MGP MLA added that Gadkari had heard each of the MLAs individually and would soon announce a new leader. — PTI
09:59 That’s the truck that will be party of the funeral cortege of Manohar Parrikar to Miramar beach.
09:37 Parrikar to be accorded state funeral with full military honours:
Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who died after a long illness, would be accorded state funeral with full military honours on Monday, according to the home ministry.
Parrikar, 63, who had also been the defence minister, died on Sunday at his private residence in Dona Paula near the state capital after battling a pancreatic ailment since February last year.
MHA Joint Secretary S K Shahi, in an order issued on Sunday, said the Ministry of Defence is requested to make arrangements for state funeral with full military honours.
“It has been decided by the government that state funeral will be accorded to the departed dignitary,” Shahi has said in the circular.
The final rites of Parrikar will be performed at 5 pm on Monday at the Miramar beach in Panaji, next to the memorial of Goa’s first chief minister Dayanand Bandodkar, who was also cremated there, a state BJP spokesperson said.
After Parrikar’s demise on Sunday evening, the body was kept at his residence for the night.
“His mortal remains would be brought to the BJP office in the morning where they will be kept for an hour before being taking to the Kala Academy to allow people to pay their last respects before his final journey,” the spokesperson said.
The central government has announced national mourning on Monday, officials earlier said. The national flag will fly at half-mast across the country. — PTI
09:30 Jet Airways grounds its operations in Abu Dhabi Airport:
Jet Airways has grounded its operations at Abu Dhabi Airport from Monday for an indefinite period, citing operational reasons.
Abu Dhabi is one of the two international hubs of Jet Airways. Dutch capital Amsterdam is the European gateway for the airline for its operations to Europe and beyond.
“Jet Airways has cancelled all their flights from Abu Dhabi with immediate effect from March 18 due to operational reasons,” Etihad Airport services said in a notification to its passengers Sunday.
Etihad Airport Services is the ground handling arm of Jet Airways investment partner Etihad Airways. Abu Dhabi airport also serves as the main hub of the UAEs national carrier.
“Further to the short notice of flight cancellation, (Abu Dhabi) hub may face minor disruption),” the company said in the statement.
Responding to PTI queries on the cancellation of its operations from Abu Dhabi, the airline in a statement said, ” Jet Airways has pro actively taken certain adjustments to its flight schedule keeping in mind the likely yet interim non-availability of some aircraft in its fleet in the foreseeable future.”
Jet Airways has also informed the regulator directorate general of civil aviation and the passengers about these changes, it added.
Jet Airways has been looking at various ways to raise funds amid acute liquidity crunch that has forced it to ground aircraft, cancel flights in large numbers, shutdown stations and delay salary payments to its pilots and engineers along with other senior staff. — PTI
09:29 Bengaluru FC crowned ISL champions for first time:
Bengaluru FC clinched their maiden Indian Super League title as Rahul Bheke found a championship-winning header in the dying minutes of the final against FC Goa, in Mumbai on Sunday.
The two teams were locked 0-0 after 90 minutes. Even the first extra time saw no goals but Bengaluru got better of a 10-men Goan team 1-0, four minutes from the end of the second extra half.
Goa’s mid-fielder Ahmed Jahouh was shown a second yellow card and he had to walk out as the side was reduced to 10 men.
It looked Goa defenders would take the game into the penalties but Bheke looped a header on a corner kick from Dimas Delgado and it went past custodian Naveen Kumar, triggering celebrations in the Bengaluru camp.
Earlier, both the teams began with caution. Goa earned a corner early in the game but Edu Bedia’e header went wide at a nearly packed Mumbai Football Arena.
Bengaluru had a chance when mid-fielder Nishu Kumar sent Sunil Chhetri through with a lobbed pass. The skipper passed it to Miku, who cut past three players and shot, but Goa custodian Naveen collected it safely.
In the 24th minute, Bengaluru had another chance. Xisco played Chhetri down the flank and the captain sent a cross in the box to Miku but his header sailed above the bar.
Two minutes later, Miku had another close chance, but Goa’s defense did well to clear it.
Bengaluru strikers kept Goa’s defense and Naveen Kumar on their toes, but still both the sides were searching for their first goal after 35 minutes.
Goa received a setback when their skipper and mid-fielder Mandar Rao Dessai had to be stretchered out as he pulled his hamstring just before the conclusion of the first half.
Goa did have a few chances in the first half, but they failed to convert any.
After the change of ends, Goa upped the ante and their best chance came in the 58th minute when Brandon Fernandes swung a cross for Bedia, but the Spanish mid-fielder couldn’t get a touch on to it.
In the 67th minute, aggressive mid-fielder Jackichand Singh played the ball to Ahmed Jahouh outside the box, and the Moroccon tried to slot one in the top corner but ended up side footing to the keeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.
In the additional time of the second half, Bengaluru had another close chance. Nishu Kumar crossed the ball into the box and Miku zoomed past the defenders. He took a touch and shot but Mourtada Fall got into the way as Bengaluru earned a corner. After 90 minutes, the two sides were still locked 0-0.
In the first ‘extra’ time, Bengaluru survived a near scare when Luisma headed the ball back to Gurpreet but the experienced keeper collected safely. — PTI
09:00 KT Irfan becomes 1st Indian athlete to qualify for Tokyo Olympics:
National record holder KT Irfan on Sunday became the first Indian from athletics to qualify for the next year’s Olympics while finishing fourth in the 20km event of the Asian Race Walking Championships in Nomi, Japan.
The 29-year-old Irfan clocked 1 hour 20 minutes and 57 seconds to better the Tokyo Olympics qualification standard of 1 hour 21 minutes.
The Olympics qualification period for race walk events and marathon race has begun from January 1 this year and will run till May 31, 2020. The Olympics qualification period for all other athletics events will start from May 1 this year and will run till June 29, 2020.
No other Indian from athletics has so far qualified for Tokyo Olympics.
Irfan, who has a personal best as well as national record of 1:20:21 which he did during his 10th place finish in 2012 Olympics, also qualified for this year’s World Championships (September 27-October 6) in Doha, Qatar as he bettered the qualifying mark of 1:22:30.
The Kerala race walker had won the 20 km event in the National Open Race Walk Championships in Chennai last month with a timing of 1:26:18. — PTI
08:58 Union Cabinet to meet today to condole the demise of Parrikar:
The Union Cabinet will meet today to condole the demise of Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar.
The special cabinet meeting would be held at 10 am.
A two-minute would be observed in his memory and a resolution would also be passed hailing Parrikar’s contribution as a public figure, official sources said.
Whenever a senior leader of any political party, or a minister passes, the Union Cabinet meets to condole the demise. — PTI
08:30 Parrikar’s final journey today, funeral procession to begin at 4 pm:
The last rites of Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar will be performed at Miramar in Panaji today, a BJP spokesperson said.
Parrikar, 63, died at his private residence at Dona Paula near the state capital on Sunday evening after long illness.
A four-term chief minister and former defence minister, Parrikar had been battling a pancreatic ailment since February last year.The BJP stalwart’s health, which had been fluctuating for over a year, took a turn for the worse in the past two days.
Parrikar’s mortal remains will be kept at the Bharatiya Janata Party head office from 9:30 am to 10:30 am on Monday, before shifting them to the Kala Academy, the spokesperson said.
People will be allowed to pay their last respects to the chief minister at the academy between 11 am and 4 pm, he said.
Parrikar’s final journey will begin after 4 pm when his remains will be taken to Miramar area in a procession, the spokesperson said, adding that the final rites will be performed at 5 pm.
The central government has announced national mourning on Monday, officials said.
The national flag will fly at half-mast in Delhi, the Union territories and state capitals. — PTI