A slim tribal boy from Puvarti village in Sukma district of South Chhattisgarh joined the People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) of the CPI Maoist as a lower rung cadre in the late 90s when the banned outfit was not considered “the biggest internal security threat”.He quickly rose to the rank of Area Commander and senior Maoist leaders began entrusting him with big responsibilities, and he delivered beyond expectations. With setbacks in other parts of the country, the Maoists eyed Bastar region of Chhattisgarh as their core area and dominated this area of the size of Kerala until recently.However, in recent years, the security forces have managed to weaken the Maoists’s control in many parts of Bastar except Abujhmad area and southern part of Sukma district. It is in South Sukma that the security forces have suffered the maximum casualties, but the area still remains a Maoist bastion. The youngest everThe person standing like a wall to the security forces is that slim tribal boy, Hidma. He’s now 36 and the youngest chief of a Maoist battalion. Hidma is also one of the youngest to become a member of the Danda Karanya Special Zonal Committee of the CPI (Maoist). Hidma has reportedly been promoted to the CPI (Maoist) central committee and become the youngest central committee member. Security agencies and the Maoists are still to confirm it officially, but some reliable sources have told The Hindu that Hidma was made a Central Committee member a month ago during a “meeting” in Abujhmadh. Hidma has become the first person from Bastar to be inducted in the CPI (Maoist) Central Committee and the second tribal. An officer involved in anti-Maoist operations in Bastar said that Hidma’s reported induction in the top Maoist body could act as a morale booster for the rebels who have suffered heavy losses almost everywhere in the country except Abujhmad and South Sukma.The officer said, “Hidma is junior to many leaders who were expecting induction in the central committee like Venkatesh and Ganesh Uike. It will be interesting to see how they take his out of turn promotion. The Maoists’ maximum domination is in tribal areas like Bastar or tribal areas in Jharkhand. They want to create dominant zones on State tri-junctions and needed a tribal face. The tribal faceHe added, “The way Milind Teltumbde has been used as a Dalit face by the Maoists, Hidma is being projected as the tribal face. With increasing pressure of security forces in Bastar, the Maoist battalion needed encouragement and Hidma’s battalion has been exceptionally successful in combat against the security forces. It has less than 10% casualty ratio in every combat compared to the security forces and its morale is extremely high. To maintain a large formation like battalion is a tough job and Hidma has successfully managed that.”Master strategist Hidma could hardly complete his primary education when he joined the Maoists, but now he is an avid reader and even reads English books. His close associates say within two three years, their leader will be fluent in English. A cool headed and soft spoken Hidma had answered each and every question from this reporter during a meeting in South Sukma forest in February 2015. Known to be a master strategist, he sits with a notebook whenever he meets anyone and takes notes. He also asks for newspaper clipping of local and national newspapers every week.Head of Battalion No.1As the head of the Maoists’s Battalion No.1, Hidma planned and executed many attacks and inflicted heavy damages on the security forces in Sukma including the recent killing of 37 CRPF men in two back to back attacks within a month.Sources said that it was the Burkapal attack on the CRPF, in which 25 CRPF men were gunned down by Hidma’s men, which gave the final push to his elevation to the central committee.Apart from his combat expertise, the tribal background of Himda could be a headache for the security forces, as it is likely to be used to by the Maoists to counter the State’s propaganda of “tribals not being given senior posts and only used as foot soldiers in the Maoist organisation”.
Twelve persons, including five children, were killed and four went missing after heavy rain in the wake of cyclone Titli triggered a landslip in Gangabada panchayat of Gajapati district of Odisha, reports reaching here on Friday said.The 12 bodies have been recovered from the spot by locals. The deceased were members of five families. The 16 persons from Baraghar village, around 50 km from district headquarters town, Paralakhemundi, had taken shelter in a cave atop a nearby hill. As communication lines were down in the district due to the cyclone and the road to the village blocked by fallen trees, news about this incident did not come out till Friday evening. Even the administration had no news about it, till a local news channel reached the spot. The Gajapati Superintendent of Police (SP) has since left for the spot.
Yuvraj Singh, former Team India all-rounder, is currently leading the Toronto Nationals in the ongoing Canada Global T20 League. The celebrated all-rounder is already in his good form and is playing some of the best innings in 20-over cricket tournament in Canada.But on Sunday, Yuvraj could not keep his spell and went out of the field without scoring single run for his team.This incident took place when Toronto was batting against Montreal Tigers at Brampton and they’ve lost Heinrich Klaasen (20) on the second ball of the eighth over. After Klaasen’s dismissal, left-handed batsman Yuvraj came out to bat. He played Fawad Ahmed’s first ball and no run was scored. Yuvraj Singh played a sweep shot on the next ball, but then he felt that he had a backache. Yuvi could not bear the pain and decided to return to the dugout.However, Yuvraj’s team performed brilliantly and beat the Montreal Tigers by four wickets with 15 balls to spare. The Montreal Tigers scored 136 runs losing 9 wickets in 20 overs. In response, Toronto Nationals achieved the target by losing 6 wickets in just 17.3 overs.Chirag Suri who scored 52 runs in 37 balls with the help of seven fours and a six, led Toronto to victory. This is Toronto Nationals’ second win in five matches, but the road to their semi-finals remains tough.On Saturday, Yuvraj Singh sent the crowd at CAA Centre in Ontario in a tizzy by showing glimpses of his vintage self. The Toronto Royals captain smashed 51 from just 22 balls but his valiant effort went in vain as his team lost their penultimate group-stage match to Brampton Wolves.advertisementYuvraj who is not only confined to his good batting skills but also known for his fielding, showed off his juggling act to take a catch in the air and send Lendl Simmons back to the hut.Here is the video of Yuvraj’s catch:Stunning catch by @YUVSTRONG12 to dismiss @54simmo.#GT2019 #BWvsTN @TorontoNational @BramptonWolves pic.twitter.com/ih1VzjxMQ5GT20 Canada (@GT20Canada) August 4, 2019Also see:
4:05 A Samsung beta test website is providing our first look at the Galaxy Home Mini. Samsung Samsung appears to have a Galaxy Home Mini after all. While we saw the product make its way through the FCC months ago, Samsung has been quiet about its smart speaker plans in recent months. Now it appears that at least one of its devices is starting to be rolled out to consumers, with the company starting up a beta in South Korea to let interested users in its home country try out the new smart speaker. The beta test, first spotted by SamMobile, also gives us our first real look at the Home Mini, which looks a lot like the larger Galaxy Home that Samsung announced last year but still hasn’t shipped. Samsung’s SmartThings will be present on the Galaxy Home Mini. Samsung We don’t know much else about the presumed Bixby-powered smart speaker, though from the beta page it’s clear that the Home Mini will work with Samsung’s SmartThings platform for controlling smart devices in your home, with infrared for controlling your TV. Interested applicants in South Korea can apply until Sunday to try to take part in the program. It remains to be seen when Samsung might release its two smart speakers and how much they’ll cost. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The battle for the best smart display: Google Home Hub… Samsung Galaxy Home Samsung’s first Bixby speaker, the Galaxy Home, revealed Preview • A Galaxy far, far away? Samsung’s Bixby speaker is still a no-show 0 Now playing: Watch this: Smart Speakers & Displays Mobile 12 Photos Share your voice Post a comment Tags News • Samsung Galaxy Home reportedly delayed to later this year Mini Samsung
Shares of ICICI Bank, State Bank of India (SBI), Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Axis Bank rose sharply on Monday on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in response to Essar Oil announcing 98 percent stake sale to Russian Rosneft-led consortium for $12.9 billion. The deal will enable the Essar Group to repay loans to these lenders.ICICI Bank was the top gainer, rising almost 7 percent to Rs 258.50 on the BSE in early trade, while SBI and Axis Bank shares were up 1.59 percent and 1.87 percent respectively, to trade at Rs 255.90 and Rs 530.40 apiece. Read: Essar Oil sells 98% stake to Rosneft, Trafigura, United Capital Partners for $12.9 billionThe multi-billion deal announced last Saturday during the BRICS 2016 summit, is an opportunity to trim debt both at the Group level and at the operating level for the company, according to Prashant Ruia, Chairman, Essar Oil.The company will be repaying $5 billion debt of Essar Oil and an equal amount at the Group level, Ruia said. The Essar Group has interests in steel, ports and logistics. It will retain a small stake in the oil company. A few days ago, Axis Bank sold Essar Steel debt worth Rs 1,000 crore to Edelweiss Asset Restruction Company at a discount of about 45 percent, according to the Financial Express. “Most PSU banks have declared Essar Steel as an NPA (non-performing asset) in the last few quarters and hence such a large deleveraging would be positive for Essar Group lenders, in our opinion. In our coverage universe, ICICI Bank, SBI and Axis Bank are the largest lenders to Essar Group,” Nomura said in a note.Russia’s Rosneft and two other firms, commodity trading firm Trafigura and private investment group United Capital Partners, will be paying about $3.5 billion each to acquire the stake in Essar Oil, comprising a refinery and port owned by Essar Oil worth around $10 billion and $2.9 billion, respectively.Essar Oil owns India’s second largest single-site refinery at Vadinar, Gujarat, with a capacity of 20 MMTPA, or 405,000 barrels per day.The company has about 2,500 Essar-branded oil retail outlets across India, in addition to the 2,600 that are in various stages of commissioning.It also has onshore and offshore oil & gas blocks with about 1.7 billion barrels of oil equivalent in reserves and resources.The BSE Sensex was trading at 27,739, up 66 points, at around 11.20 am.
By George Kevin Jordan, Special to the AFROHe has been the voice of our city, interviewing more politicians and public figures than we can count, all with the goal of understanding the big issues of the day so D.C. residents can be informed citizens and make smart decisions about their lives. District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser proclaimed May 13 as Kojo Nmandi Day in honor of his work and legacy.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser proclaimed May 13 as the date to celebrate radio host Kojo Nnamdi’s work and legacy. (Photo Credit: Tyrone Turner/WAMU)“Kojo has been doing this for more than two decades and, in many ways, is the heartbeat of D.C. and embodies everything it means to be a Washingtonian,” Bowser said in a ceremony for the broadcaster. ‘Everybody in this building knows you go to Kojo when you have something to say.”“Kojo is tough but fair and definitely aided by that sweet carribean accent in asking the questions that drive at the truth and hold our public officials accountable,” Bowser added. “Kojo Nmamdi Day” is a precursor to a burst of events in celebration of Nnamdi’s 20 years hosting “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” every weekday at noon on WAMU.A native of Guyana, Nnamdi immigrated to the United States in 1968. He was deeply involved in the Civil Rights Movement. He hosted “Evening Exchange” a public affairs television program broadcast by WHUT-TV at Howard University from 1985 – 2011. Prior to that he worked as a news editor, and then news director for the local program “The Daily Drum from 1973 to 1985.Nnamdi told the AFRO that he still pushes to get real answers from each person he interviews.“The challenge for me is to try to get the individuals I’m interviewing, especially someone who’s a public figure who interviews quite frequently, to get that person to either A) say something they haven’t said before or B) take a deeper look at policies or statements,” Nnamdi said. “I try to get little nuggets that keep the listener interested.” Working as a radio host for years has its benefits and challenges according to Nnamdi.“Being on radio has advantages and disadvantages,” Nnamdi said. “A disadvantage is people can’t see you. But that has its advantages. Since people can’t see you they are forced to use their imagination and figure out what I look like, what our guests look like.”“It’s also intimate. The relationship to radio is so much more intimate.”Having interviewed countless people, Nnamdi said he doesn’t keep a dream list of possible interview subjects. But he does find himself discovering a passion for someone he didn’t think he would until they were in the booth with him.One example Nnamdi used was Harry Belafonte, actor, musician and activist.“I could never imagine myself interviewing Harry Belafonte, but followed his career for a long time,” Nnamdi said. “He’s fascinating.”As far as the next big scoop, Nnamdi is pretty clear where we need to turn the needle of focus. “The next big story of our time is the rise of White nationalists around the world,” Nnamdi said. “I think most of us have never lived through a period were we saw a marginalized population being pushed back against the way we are seeing it now.”He added that maybe our ancestors during reconstruction felt the push back that many are feeling and seeing now.Thankfully Nnamdi is here to guide us through the process every step of the way. “Kojo 20 Celebration,” is set for June 6. For more information please go to: https://thekojonnamdishow.org/2019/04/26/get-tickets-kojo-20-celebration-june-6th