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Indian Kalarippayattu Federation recognised as RSF

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By Kanika Rangray

New Delhi: The Indian Kalarippayattu Federation (IKF) was recognised as a Regional Sports Federation by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports today. This move comes as a means of promoting and giving due acknowledgement and importance to sports having regional spread.

The recognition places a huge responsibility on the shoulders of the IKF for the promotion and development of Kalarippayattu sport in India.

Kalarippayattu

Kalaraippayattu is a martial art style originated in Kerala during 3rd century BC to the 2nd century AD. It is considered to be one of the oldest fighting system in existence. Originally it was practiced in northern and central parts of Kerala and the Tulunada region of Karnataka. Now it is practiced in Kerala and adjoining parts of Tamil Nadu.

The rejuvenation of public interest in Kalarippayattu began in the 1920s in Thalassery, a commercial town on the Malabar District in Kerala, in a bid to recoup traditional arts throughout south India. It continued through the 1970s with a surge in the general worldwide interest in various martial arts.

In popular culture, Kalarippayattu martial art form was picturised in various movies. This gave the art form a new lease of life as it took off from a tiny region of India to the international cinema, watched by a big population across nations. Some of the movies that included the ancient art form include – Indian (1996), Asoka (2001), Ondanondu Kaladalli (Kannada), The Myth (2005), Commando (2013), and The Last Legion (2007).

Here is a video about Kalaripayuttu from Kerala Toursim:

 

 

 

 

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‘Janaraksha Yatra Kerala’ Witnesses escalating BJP-Left Confrontation

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Amit Shah, President of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Amit Shah, President of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Wikimedia

Hurling anti-left maneuver during Janaraksha Yatra Kerala, Indian BJP National President Amit Shah launched serious allegation against the ruling CPM government for triggering political violence and imputed to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan the culpability for the mass killings of party workers in the state.

The BJP Chief traced back the origin of violence-centric politics in ”God’s Own Country” to the inception of the Communist regime. “Left always paralyses the state it rules. West Bengal and Tripura witnessed similar political vehemence under the CPM government”, elucidated the President.

Criticizing the Human Rights Activists of the nation, Amit Shah pointed out that they are very selective when it comes to what they support. “You turn your eyes away when our workers die. Why is there no march in Delhi? Violence has no color. More than 120 workers of the BJP have succumbed due to political violence so far. What was their fault? They were working for the betterment of Kerala”, complained the BJP Chief.

Acclaiming BJP’s ideology enthusiastically, Shah called upon the people to join as workers. Addressing the gathering at ‘Janaraksha Yatra Kerala’, the President added that family members of the deceased have stood by the BJP and he wouldn’t let the martyrdom of the workers go waste.

Amit Shah inaugurated the ‘Janaraksha Yatra Kerala’ at Payyannur to protest against alleged killings of party workers. The “padayatra” was led by the party’s State President Kummanam Rajashekhharan.

The National President of BJP attributed the diminishing power of the CPM to their increasing reliance on political violence. Apart from CPM, the once dominating Congress is also losing momentum thereby giving BJP the opportunity to flourish with their ideology. “More the mud of violence, more the lotus will bloom” added Shah.

The BJP Chief assured his party workers and volunteers that BJP would fight the war with CPM until emerging victorious. Shah declared, “We must all unite against the rule of the Left Government.”

Shortly after the launching of the yatra, three BJP workers adorning the National Highway 66 were ambushed by anonymous men on Monday. During his address, Shah alleged that the assailants were CPM cadres who have also destroyed BJP flags in the area.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is ready to augment the saffron stand with his visit to Kerala on Wednesday. As per the report of Times Now, Adityanath will basically be in the Muslim-dominated district of Mallapuram.

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Kerala Catholic Priest Tom Uzhunnallil Abducted by ISIS Rescued from Yemen: Sushma Swaraj

The priest's release was achieved through the intervention of the Oman government

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Kerala Catholic priest Tom Uzhunnallil
Kerala Catholic priest Tom Uzhunnallil. Sushma Swaraj Twitter handle

Thiruvananthapuram | New Delhi, Sep 13, 2017: Kerala Catholic priest Tom Uzhunnallil, abducted by terrorists in Aden in March last year, has been rescued from captivity from an undisclosed location in Yemen.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted about the release of the Catholic priest, who was abducted in March last year.

“I am happy to inform that Father Tom Uzhunnalil has been rescued,” she said.

The priest’s release was achieved through the intervention of the Oman government.

According to reports reaching Kerala, after his release the priest was flown from Yemen to Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman.

He has left Oman on a chartered flight — either for New Delhi or for the Vatican, reports said.

The media in Oman confirmed the news of the release of the priest and posted a picture of him — standing in a room with the picture of the Oman king in the background.

He will be flown to Kerala later in the day.

Expressing happiness at the news, the priest’s brother Mathew Uzhunnallil said their prayers have been finally answered.

A spokesperson of the church Fr C. Jimmy told the media that the news has been received with a great sense of happiness.

In March 2016, militants barged into a care home for the elderly set up by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Yemen’s Aden and shot dead many people, including four nuns of the charity organisation, among whom one was from India.

After the shooting, the militants took away the Catholic priest. Since then, other than a few videos released from time to time, there has been no news of his whereabouts.

Uzhunnalil’s ancestral home in Ramapuram in Kottayam district is presently shut as two of his brothers live abroad, while another lives in Gujarat. (IANS)

 

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‘Women, Be Your Own Heroes’; Taapsee Pannu, Akshay Kumar Urge Girls to Hit Back, Promote Self Defense

The young actress believes self defense is more than just learning martial arts

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Taapsee Pannu
Having played strong characters in films like 'Pink' and 'Naam Shabana', Taapse believes women should be like that in real life too. Wikimedia

Mumbai, September 9, 2017 : Actress Taapsee Pannu, who is collaborating with Ficci Ladies Organisation (FLO) for a self-defense training event, says women should know how to be their heroes.

“I have always tried to push the importance of self defense in girls. It is more than just learning martial arts, it’s about instilling this confidence amongst girls that they are capable of taking care of themselves. They need to be their own heroes,” Taapsee said in a statement.

The actress has played strong characters in “Naam Shabana” and “Pink”, has been promoting self defense training for girls.

Actor Akshay Kumar has joined hands with Yuva Sena Chief Aditya Thackeray, collaborating with FLO to launch a martial arts event to give self defense training to women in suburban Mumbai.

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Taapsee will be joining hands with them to contribute to this initiative as a special guest at the event on Saturday here.

She herself practices martial arts as a fitness routine. She will be seen interacting with the audience and also present at the self defence demonstrations. (IANS)