Pulwama attack: Tamil Nadu grieves its bravehearts

first_imgPulwama attack: Tamil Nadu grieves its braveheartsThe martyred soldiers were the sole breadwinners of their familiesadvertisement Lokpria Vasudevan ChennaiFebruary 16, 2019UPDATED: February 16, 2019 15:57 IST Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Friday condoled the deaths of the jawans and announced a compensation of Rs 20 lakh and a government job to the kin of the martyrs.Two of the 40 Central Police Reserve Force (CRPF) personnel who were martyred in the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14 came from Tamil Nadu.Just an hour before the dastardly attack, Constable G Subramanium had spoken to his wife Krishnaveni to ask about his father who underwent a cataract operation in January.Hailing from the nondescript village of Seevalaperi in Tuticorin district, 28-year-old Subramaniam had joined the forces in 2014 after completing ITI. Part of the 82 battalion, Subramanium had been posted in Srinagar a year ago.It was only on February 10 that he had returned to duty after spending a month-long vacation with his family. During his stay at home, he had celebrated the festival of Thalai Pongal with his wife Krishnaveni. The couple had marriedonly in 2018.”He used to proudly say that he would be happy to die for the nation. That has come true. He died very young. We did not even live our life together,” a sobbing Krishnaveni said.Ganapathy, Subramanium’s father, could not hold back his tears as he remembered his doting son. “My son was the breadwinner of our family. His loss is irreplaceable. Even during his holidays, he worked on the farm to support us. He took me to the hospital for my cataract surgery. He used to call from Jammu and ask if I had taken my medicines. What will we do without him,” he said.As a soft-spoken youngster, Subramanium aspired to join the uniformed services from his childhood. A sports enthusiast, he would encourage the youngsters to be physically fit and had been instrumental in forming the Kabbadi club in the village. He actively took part in the sports events organised as part of the Pongal celebrations at his village.advertisementA pall of gloom descended in Karkudi village in Ariyalur from where CRPF jawan C Sivachandran hailed. 32-year-old Sivachandran worked as a teacher before joining the forces in 2010. He had returned to Jammu on February 9 after spending holidays with his family. Survived by his wife Gandhimathi and 2-year-old son, Sivachandran dreamt of raising his son to become an IPS officer.”I spoke to my husband three days back when he reached Delhi. I had asked him to be safe and he had asked me to not worry and take care of our son. He was very proud of serving the nation,” she said.Hailing from a family of farm laborers, Sivachandran too was the sole breadwinner. His demise came as a rude shock to the family who just the last year had lost their younger son.”My younger son died of electrocution last year and now my elder son is also dead. What are we going to do?” Chinnayan, father of the martyred jawan, said.Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palanisami on Friday condoled the deaths of the jawans and announced a compensation of Rs 20 lakh and a government job to the kin of the martyrs.Follow | Pulwama terror attack Live updates: Rajnath Singh calls all party meeting to discuss India’s moveAlso read | Pulwama terror attack: India salutes its bravehearts, proud families bid teary goodbyes Also read | Don’t know if I’ll return, take care of the kids: Slain CRPF jawan told wife before Pulwama attackAlso watch | PM Modi pays his final respects to slain CRPF jawansFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Pulwama attacklast_img read more

Goalkeeper error helps Brazil beat Peru to reach quarterfinals

first_imgSao Paulo: Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese committed a horrendous error as Brazil ensured top spot in their Copa America group on Saturday with a 5-0 victory in Sao Paulo. Goals from Casemiro, Roberto Firmino, Everton, Dani Alves and Willian ensured the Selecao would finish top of Group A and will play their quarter-final in Porto Alegre, potentially against out-of-sorts Argentina, their bitter rivals. “We knew we’d get there sooner or later because we worked very hard,” captain Alves told TV Globo. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev”It’s thanks to wins like this that we’re connected with the fans. When we’re all together, we feel the positive energy,” he added, alluding to the jeers that greeted the team in their first two group matches. With Peru already 1-0 down, it was Gallese’s dreadful error that led to Firmino’s goal and swept the mat from under Peru’s feet, with the game turning into a rout. Darwin Machis scored a brace as Venezuela beat Bolivia 3-1 in Belo Horizonte and leapfrogged Peru into second place, securing a quarter-final at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana stadium. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsPeru, who finish third on four points, must now wait nervously to see what happens in the other two groups on Sunday and Monday to find out if they will qualify for the knock-out rounds as one of the two best third-place finishers. Never before since the Copa America adopted a 12-team format in 1993 with eight sides going through to the quarter-finals, has a side mustering four points failed to progress. Hosts Brazil took an early lead in scrappy fashion when Philippe Coutinho’s corner was flicked on at the near post for Marquinhos to head goalwards from inside the six-yard box, with Gallese rooted to his line. The ball came back off the post, grazed Marquinhos’s shoulder and was then headed over the line by Casemiro on 12 minutes. If Gallese was partly at fault there for not commanding his area, he was totally to blame for Brazil’s second. The goalkeeper dallied over a clearance and when he tried to hoof the ball upfield, it cannoned off a jumping Firmino, looped over his head and again came back off the post. The ball bounced back to Firmino who waltzed around the stranded Gallese and slotted the ball into the empty net on 19 minutes. Peru had barely been in the game but captain Paolo Guerrero did curl a free-kick over the top. Yet the match was effectively over as a contest on 32 minutes when Everton cut in off the left flank and fired a snap effort into the bottom corner, with Gallese a touch slow to react and beaten at his near post. With almost two thirds of the match to go, Peru were relying on a favor from Bolivia to hold onto second place in the group. Brazil, who were boosted by a visit from the injured and absent Neymar on Friday, did not let up in the second half. Alves was next in on the scoring act after playing a pair of one-twos with Arthur and Firmino before firing across Gallese on 53 minutes. Willian sealed the rout in the last minute with a stunning strike from the corner of the 18-yard box. And there was still time for Gallese to give away and then save a Gabriel Jesus penalty in stoppage time.last_img read more