Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 Jan 2019 12:17:12










THE busting of a nine-member terrorist group from Maharashtra’s Thane and Aurangabad district with links to the Islamic State (IS), the dreaded Islamic extremist outfit, is indicative of the looming danger the country faces. Earlier also the the Anti-terrorist squad (ATS) of Delhi had arrested some terrorists owing allegiance to the Syria based IS. The unearthing of these terror groups at this time is significant. The country will be celebrating its Republic Day on January 26 and also lakhs of people would be gathering at the ongoing Mahakumbha Mela in Prayagaraj in Uttar Pradesh. It is these mass gatherings that the extremist groups have always got interested in to cause maximum and mass scale mayhem. Because such events provide much publicity attention to the perpetrators of crime and announce their presence with a big bang. Reports of the IS extremist exploring India as the possible destination for causing disturbances appear in the media from time to time. Hence it would be a tough time for the intelligence agencies to mount vigil against the evil force.



IS THE season for change of guard well and truly on in the tennis world? First Andy Murray, then Roger Federer and now Serena Williams. While Murray fell to an injury, Federer and Williams seemed to have been done in by the exuberance of youth at the Australian Open. Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas shocked Federer and now Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic has accounted for seven-time champion Williams. While top players are used to such aberrations in their long and distinguished careers, this time the manner of comebacks from the youngsters make it a special case. Both Tsitsipas and Pliskova were aware of the quality they were facing across the net. And yet, they were up to the challenge and ready to overcome reputations. This is indeed a good news for tennis where precocious youngsters were making waves but not a lasting impression. Arrival of youth is also a harbinger of gritty fights ahead as veterans like Federer and Williams thrive on challenges and would never give in easily. Tennis is ready to serve! Come-back factor will come into play.