Soldier killed, 4 others injured in Pakistan shelling along LoC. Is Pakistan doing wrong ?
An Army jawan was killed while four others were injured as Pakistani troops shelled mortars at forward posts along the LoC in Poonch district on Tuesday, officials said.
The cross-border shelling by Pakistan troops started in Krishna Ghati sector in the morning and continued for over two hours, resulting in injuries to five soldiers, including an officer, an Army officer said.
One of the injured soldiers later succumbed to injuries at the military hospital.
A police official said a lieutenant and two junior commissioned officers were among the injured and they were evacuated to command hospital in Udhampur district.
Earlier, defence spokesman Lt Col NN Joshi said Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from 0700 hours using small arms, automatics and mortars. “Indian Army has retaliated strongly, effectively and proportionately to the unprovoked ceasefire violation,” he said.
This is for the third straight day that Paksitani troops have violated the ceasefire and targeted forward posts and villages in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri.
However, the shelling failed to have any impact on cross-LoC trade which takes place for four days a week from Tuesday to Friday along the Chakan Da Bagh in Poonch district and Salamabad in Uri sector of Baramulla district.
Dozens of trucks from either side crossed the border from the trade facilitation centres, the officials said.
With the latest killing, the death toll in the Pakistani shelling along the LoC this year has gone up to 27.
The dead included 13 security personnel and five members of a family who lost their lives when a shell hit their house in Balakote sector of Poonch district on March 18. Pakistan troops have violated ceasefire along the LoC and IB over 650 times this year.
AIADMK begins hunger strike in Tamil Nadu over Cauvery issue. Were this issue became political ?
Chennai : Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK began their statewide hunger strike on Tuesday in protest against the Central government’s failure to set up a Cauvery Management Board (CMB) despite a Supreme Court order.
Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam participated in the strike here, while in districts, the protest was led by other ministers and party leaders.
The protest that began at 8 am will conclude at 5 pm.
The top court by its February 16 verdict had reduced the Tamil Nadu’s share of Cauvery water from 177.25 thousand million cubic feet (TMC), which was less than 192 TMC allocated by a tribunal in 2007.
On the other hand, Karnataka’s share of water was increased by 14.75 TMC.
The Centre has failed to set up the CMB within six weeks of the apex court’s February 16 order.
The deadline ended on March 29.
Tamil Nadu political leaders say the BJP is acting in favour of Karnataka, which is opposed to the CMB and where Assembly elections are due.
3 soldiers, 13 ultras killed in Valley; Is Militants are burning Kashmir ?
Srinagar : Three counter-insurgency operations left 13 militants, three soldiers and four civilians dead in south Kashmir on Sunday as the Valley witnessed one of its bloodiest days in recent years.
Over 100 civilians were injured in protests near the sites of gunfight and most of them were wounded by pellets fired by security forces to contain the protests.
Of the 13 slain militants, the Army said two were involved in the killing of Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, who was abducted in May last year when he was attending the wedding of a relative in Shopian.
The Army described “Sunday as a special day for the counter-terrorist operation in the Valley for all our security forces”.
“Most importantly, we have killed two of the terrorists involved in the killing of Lt Ummer Fayaz in May. We have avenged his death,” said GOC, 15 Corps, Lt Gen AK Bhat at a joint press conference at Awantipora in Pulwama district. He identified the two slain militants as Ishfaq Ahmad Malik and Riyaz Thokar.
Security officials said the first anti-militancy operation was launched at Peth Dialgam in Anantnag around 10.30 pm on Saturday.
J&K DGP Shesh Paul Vaid said one militant, Rouf Khanday, was killed and another captured alive in the Anantnag operation.
“The Anantnag SSP made a special effort that is unheard of in any other part of the world. He called the family members of the terrorist and engaged him in talks for about 30 minutes, asking him to give up arms and come out. Unfortunately, he did not heed to his family’s advice and instead opened fire. Police and the forces had no option but to retaliate and he was killed. Another was caught alive. I don’t think in any part of the world forces do operations in this manner,” said Vaid.
The other two operations were launched at midnight at Draggad and Kachdoora villages — around 20 km apart — in Shopian district.
At Draggad, a group of militants hiding in a cluster of houses was asked to surrender, but they refused. In the gunfight that followed, seven militants and the house owner were killed.
The slain militants were identified as Zubair Turray, Ishfaq Malik, Yawar Itoo, Nazim Dar, Adil Thoker, Ubaid Malla and Reyaz Thoker — all residents of the district. The civilian killed was identified as Ahmed Tokar. The gunfight broke out near the ancestral house of an IPS officer, posted outside the state.
The Army said the third operation at Kachdoora was difficult as nearly 13 civilians, including two children, had to be evacuated from the house where another group of militants was hiding.
“We lost three of our jawans in this gunfight,” an Army officer said. “Three militants were killed in the gunfight.” The slain soldiers have been identified as Sepoy Hetram of Dungargarh, Bikaner (Rajasthan); Gunner Nilesh Singh of Khadipur, Sultanpur (UP); and Gunner Arvinder Kumar of Sariana, Mukerian (Punjab).
Three civilians were killed at Kachdoora after clashes as people tried to march towards the gunfight site. Protests were witnessed even as separatist leaders called for a two-day shutdown. Mobile Internet services were suspended across the Valley.
With no doctors at Chhattisgarh health centre, woman delivers in auto; Is the health services are poor ?
Koriya (Chhattisgarh) : At a time when the Centre is coming up with new welfare schemes for mothers-to-be, things remain unchanged at the grassroots.
A woman gave birth in an autorickshaw in Chhattisgarh's Koriya due to non-availability of doctors.
She was taken to Koriya's community health centre, but no doctor was available to help her with the procedure.
Unable to find any help, the family members took it upon themselves to help her deliver the baby.
On a related note, every hour, at least five women die of complications related to pregnancy or childbirth in India, according to the World Health Organisation. Nearly 45,000 women die due to childbirth-related causes every year in India.
16-year-old girl sexually assaulted on Delhi-Saharanpur train; Is this Shameful ?
Muzaffarnagar : A 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by three youths on the New Delhi-Saharanpur passenger train, following which one of the assailants has been arrested, the police said on Monday.
The police have launched the manhunt to trace the two other youths on the run.
The incident took place on the running train near Kasimpur Kheri railway station under the jurisdiction of Baraut railway police station in Baghpat district on Saturday, said Station House officer of the Baraut railway police station of Government Railway Police, Kiran Raj.
The victim, a Class 9 student, was returning home to Shamli from Baraut along with her brother-in-law after finding out her examination results at her school, when the assailant intruded in the woman coach of the train and after finding the duo alone in the coach began harassing her, said the woman police officer Kiran Raj.
As the two objected to the unruly behaviour of the youth, they grew all the more violent and sexually assaulted the girl after assaulting and confining the girl’s male relative, she said.
After reaching her home, the girl told her family about the incident, following which the girl’s father reported the matter to the police, which registered a criminal case against the trio.
The police registered a case of sexual assault under Sections 7 and 8 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, and for wrongful confinement and physical assault of the victim duo under Sections 345 and 352 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
After lodging the First Information Report, the police managed to apprehend one of the youth Mohit, but two other Bhupender and Vinit have been able to evade their arrest till now, despite raids on their houses.