Both the Rangers and the Border Security Force will also Both the Rangers and the Border Security Force will also hold either volleyball or basketball matches on their respective soils as the two forces already have teams in these sporting disciplines. “The talks were very conducive and everything was like a cakewalk. The Pakistani side was very accommodative and reasonable and they heard BSF out. The firm decision to have peace at the border has been endorsed by the two sides very firmly with a special impetus that civilians on either sides should not be harmed,” a source in the Indian side said. The communication channels along the IB and at the level of ground commanders will also be enhanced, sources said, adding in case India spots an illegal movement along the border it will fire “warning shots” to alert the Rangers, illuminate the area by flare shots and subsequently take on the suspects or infiltrators. Both the forces have also decided to enhance measures to help and aid inadvertent crossers of the border. “There was a free flow of dialogue and India extracted what was desired. The other side has reciprocated positively and it is expected that the hostilities on this border will go down after the end of these talks,” the source said. Both the DGs will sign a joint record of discussions tomorrow at the border guarding forces headquarters here after which the Rangers will board a special BSF plane to Amritsar where they will witness the retreat ceremony from the Indian side at Attari in the evening. Post this, BSF commanders of the Punjab frontier will formally bid a farewell to the Rangers delegation led by their DG Maj Gen Umar Farooq Burki and then they will cross over to Wagah in Pakistan. PTI NES ZMNadvertisement
Tokyo: The Indian men’s hockey team won the Olympic Test event here on Wednesday, beating New Zealand 5-0 to avenge the loss it endured in their round robin clash.Captain Harmanpreet Singh (7th minute) set the ball rolling before Shamsher Singh (18th minute), Nilakanta Sharma (22nd minute), Gursahibjit Singh (26th minute) and Mandeep Singh (27th minute) scored for India at the Oi Hockey Stadium here. India had lost 1-2 to New Zealand earlier in round robin league-stage. “We played very well. We managed to score our opportunities at the start of the game,” Harmanpreet said after the triumph.”I think the final was always going to be tough, we lost to New Zealand earlier. But we had been having practice sessions after that and worked on our mistakes to win today,” he added. Here are the 🔝 moments from #TeamIndia’s impressive win over the Kiwis in the Olympic Test Event Finals. 😍📸For more images: https://t.co/FcAGbxEUjA#IndiaKaGame #ReadySteadyTokyo #Tokyo2020 #NZLvIND @WeAreTeamIndia pic.twitter.com/IayUvN071I— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 21, 2019Both teams began the match on a cautious note by turning over the ball in the mid-field. India won a penalty corner in the seventh minute, but couldn’t capitalise on the opportunity.However, skipper Harmanpreet didn’t miss out on a re-awarded penalty corner. He executed a perfect dragflick to put India in the lead.The Indian team continued to hold possession and put tremendous pressure on the New Zealand defense as they ended the first quarter at 1-0.Shamsher scored India’s second goal through a penalty corner in the 18th minute.New Zealand managed to make only two circle entries in the second quarter as the Indian team scored three more goals.Nilakanta found the back of the net in the 22nd minute before Gursahibjit and Mandeep scored in quick succession.Vivek Prasad intercepted the ball brilliantly to assist a goal for Gursahibjit and Mandeep converted a penalty corner just before the half-time whistle.After an action-packed first half, the intensity dropped from both sides. New Zealand tried to make a few inroads in the third quarter as they took a shot in the 37th minute which went wide of the post.Jarmanpreet Singh saved a penalty corner in the next minute as India and New Zealand played out a goalless quarter but the former held the lead at 5-0.In the last quarter, India ensured they stayed in the lead and didn’t allow New Zealand to break through their defense throughout the match.India’s attacking approach in the match paid off as they walked off the pitch as winners of the competition. harmanpreet singhIndiaIndia hockeyIndia vs new Zealand First Published: August 21, 2019, 12:14 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.