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7 militants killed in Afghan airstrike

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7 militants killed in Afghan airstrike

Posted on 30 May 2017 by GGS News

Kabul : Seven militants, including a Taliban commander, were on Tuesday killed in an airstrike targeting a Taliban hideout in Kunduz province of Afghanistan.

“Acting upon intelligence reports, the security forces struck a Taliban hideout in Mullah Qali area of Dasht-e-Archi district in the morning. Notorious commander Mullah Ismael was also among the dead,” Xinhua news agency quoted district governor Nasrudin Nazari as saying.

Ismael was commanding Taliban fighters in Dasht-e-Archi and neighbouring Chardara, he said.
His death could deal a major blow to the armed insurgents in Kunduz and the neighbouring Baghlan and Takhar provinces.

The group has not commented yet.

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North Korea accuses US of provocation by sending B-1B bombers to Seoul

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North Korea accuses US of provocation by sending B-1B bombers to Seoul

Posted on 30 May 2017 by GGS News

North Korea said Thursday the United States “unilaterally” deployed the B-1B bomber to the peninsula. Seoul did not comment on the allegation. File Photo by Jonathan Steffen/U.S. Air Force/UPI

Pyongyang : North Korea on Tuesday accused the US of making a grave military provocation by sending a formation of B-1B nuclear strategic bombers to the Korean peninsula for a second time in weeks.

The formation flew over South Korea “once again to stage a nuclear bomb dropping drill” on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

“The formation of B-1B took off from Guam at the dawn of the day and flew over the 80 km of the east of Kangrung on the East Sea of Korea near the Military Demarcation Line,” the report said.”It frantically staged a joint drill making a precision strike against North Korea’s major targets together with pursuit and assault planes on the nuclear aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, which is conducting a joint naval drill with the puppet navy on the East Sea of Korea,” it said.

This was the second time for B-1B bombers to stage a nuclear bomb dropping drill in South Korea within several weeks, according to North Korean officials.

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Car bomb in central Baghdad kills 13, claimed by Islamic State: Security sources

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Car bomb in central Baghdad kills 13, claimed by Islamic State: Security sources

Posted on 30 May 2017 by GGS News

Car bomb in central Baghdad kills 13, claimed by Islamic State: Security sources. Image By RT

Baghdad : The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a car bomb that killed at least 13 people and wounded about 30 in the early hours of Tuesday in a commercial street in central Baghdad, according to security sources.

The bombing targeted the Karrada district, which was hit by a massive truck bomb in July 2016 that killed at least 324 people, the deadliest attack in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion of the country in 2003.

The 2016 blast was also claimed by Islamic State.Both bombings happened during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, during which people stay up late and many eat out to prepare for the fast the next day.
Islamic State`s Amaq news agency claimed Tuesday`s attack in Karrada, a mainly Shi`ite Muslim district.

The hardline Sunni group has been retreating in Iraq since the end of 2015 in the face of U.S.-backed government forces and Iranian-backed Shi`ite paramilitary groups.

It is now besieged in an enclave in the northern city of Mosul, which it has used as its de facto capital in Iraq. Islamic State declared a “caliphate” over parts of Syria and Iraq in 2014.

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Two Pakistani troopers killed in Army’s counteroffensive on LoC​

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Two Pakistani troopers killed in Army’s counteroffensive on LoC​

Posted on 30 May 2017 by GGS News

Srinagar : The Indian Army on Monday evening killed two Pakistani troopers in a counteroffensive strike on the LoC in Kashmir`s Uri sector to foil a Border Action Team (BAT) attack from the Pakistani side.

Defence sources said in Srinagar on Tuesday: “Special forces of the army targetted the Pakistani troopers along the Uri LoC (Line of Control) yesterday.”

“Inflicting casualties on the Pakistani troopers, a convoy of three vehicles was attacked by our troopers in which two Pakistani troopers were killed and four injured,” the source said.
“The weekly run of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service was cancelled on Monday as our troopers were carrying out a major counter offensive strike to pre-empt any BAT attack from the Pakistani side,” it added.

The defence sources said commandos of Indian Army took a position at a vantage point on the LoC overlooking the Chakothi-Muzaffarabad road in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.

The sources said the counteroffensive operation strike was carried out by the Indian Army as it had actionable information that the militants assisted by Pakistani Army were planning a BAT attack on the Indian troopers in Uri sector.

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After making IPS officer cry; UP BJP MLA ‘snubs’ mother of two

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After making IPS officer cry; UP BJP MLA ‘snubs’ mother of two

Posted on 30 May 2017 by GGS News

The incident, in Kareemnagar area, was caught on camera and the viral video earned Aggarwal much flak on social media. Image By Yahoo

Sant Kabir Nagar : Justifying his bizzare statement drawing parallels between having babies and possessing a house, BJP MLA from Gorakhpur Radha Mohan Das Agarwal on Tuesday said not all things should be taken seriously, as some matters are meant to be in jest.

While he was in Sant Kabir Nagar district to address a public rally at Maghar town, marking the third anniversary of the BJP, a woman approached the MLA requesting him for accommodation, to which Agarwal asked her how many children she had.

When the woman said two, he asked if the children were born together. The woman replied in the negative.

The minister then said if the children were not born together, how could she expect all the demands to be met in one go.

While issuing justification, Agarwal later said, “If I have five children, they will take birth one after the other and not all at once. Some things are to be taken lightly. One cannot have a relieved life, if he starts taking everything seriously.”
The same MLA recently brought tears to an IPS officer by allegedly misbehaving with her.

However, the MLA refused to apologise to the woman officer and instead, accused her of exercising high-handedness with the protesters. ANI

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Woman welfare minister inaugurates ‘beer bar’; Yogi seeks report

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Woman welfare minister inaugurates ‘beer bar’; Yogi seeks report

Posted on 30 May 2017 by GGS News

Lucknow  : Taking cognizance of Uttar Pradesh Minister Swati Singh inaugurating a beer bar in Lucknow, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked the former to clarify her stand over the matter.

On May 20, Singh had inaugurated a bar named ‘Be the Beer’ in Gomti Nagar area.Lucknow Range Inspector General Jai Narain Singh has also sought an explanation from IPS officer couple, Rae Bareli’s Superintendent of Police Gaurav Singh and Unnao Neha Pandey, for being part of the event.

The couple reportedly, left their duty mid-way to join the inauguration event.

In the pictures, Singh can be seen cutting a ribbon of the bar and holding a menu card with the bar’s name imprinted on it.

Singh is Minister of State of women welfare, family welfare, maternity and child welfare in the Uttar Pradesh government.

The inauguration by a woman minister has become an issue for the government, as women groups in the state have been demanding a ban on the sale and consumption of liquor.

Is this promised ‘Ram Raj’, Cong asks BJP

The Congress on Tuesday questioned the intentions of the Yogi government after Uttar Pradesh Minister Swati Singh’s photo of inaugurating a beer bar in Lucknow went viral.

“The real face of the BJP has been exposed. This is not the Ram Raj that the BJP promised during elections. Had it been serious, the Chief Minister would have taken strict action on this. It clearly shows that this government cannot reel in their ministers let alone the criminal elements,” said Congress leader Dwijendra Tripathi.

ANI |

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20 people held, six liquor bottles seized in Bihar

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20 people held, six liquor bottles seized in Bihar

Posted on 30 May 2017 by GGS News

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Nawada : As many as 20 people, including two girls, were arrested on Tuesday after they were found in inebriated condition and six liquor bottles seized from them at an integrated check post at Rajauli in Bihar’s Nawada district, an official said.

During routine checking of vehicles at the integrated check post, the police intercepted a luxury vehicle and found 20 people, including two girls, intoxicated with liquor, the Excise Inspector Vinod Khalifa said.

During search, six bottles of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) were seized from the vehicle, he said.
Khalifa refused to share name of those arrested under the stringent excise act for consumption of liquor and possession of alcohol bottles, but said that all of them hailed from Nawada, Nalanda and Patna districts, besides Delhi.

The luxury vehicle too has been impounded, the Excise Inspector said.

PTI |

 

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30-yr-old IAS officer drowns in Delhi pool while saving woman colleague

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30-yr-old IAS officer drowns in Delhi pool while saving woman colleague

Posted on 30 May 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : A 30-year-old IAS officer drowned while rescuing a woman colleague from drowning in the swimming pool of the Foreign Service Institute in Ber Sarai here early on Tuesday morning.

The police were informed about the man drowning in the pool of the institute. He was rushed to Fortis Hospital where he was declared brought dead, the police said.

Ashish Dahiya was a resident of Sonepat and was attending a pool-side party with friends from the Indian Foreign and Revenue Services, they added.

During the party, they decided to go for a swim in the pool at the club. The police suspect they had consumed alcohol.

According to eyewitnesses, a woman officer accidentally fell into the pool and the officers, including Dahiya, jumped in to rescue her, the police said.

As the woman officer was safely pulled out, it was noticed that Ashish was missing. Later, he was found floating in the pool.

The family of the deceased has reached Delhi.

PTI |

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Jadhav providing ‘crucial intelligence’ on terror attacks, says Pakistan

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Jadhav providing ‘crucial intelligence’ on terror attacks, says Pakistan

Posted on 30 May 2017 by GGS News

Islamabad : Pakistan has claimed that Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a military court, was providing “crucial intelligence” about the recent terrorist attacks in the country.
“Jadhav continues to provide crucial intelligence with regard to recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan,” Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria told Dawn News in an interview.
However, Zakaria did not elaborate on the details of the intelligence being provided by Jadhav.The Hague-based International Court of Justice stayed Jadhav’s execution on May 18 but it had to decide the issue of jurisdiction in the case, Pakistani officials said.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf told Dawn News that Pakistan had enough evidence to prove that Jadhav is a “spy”. Ausaf said Pakistan had information on Jadhav that could not be disclosed due to security reasons. “The evidence would only be presented before the ICJ once it resumes the hearing,” he said.
Ausaf said the ICJ’s ‘procedural order’ of May 18 was neither Pakistan’s defeat nor India’s success and emphasised that when the case re-started, “Pakistan would be on solid ground to win”.
Responding to a question regarding the constitution of a new legal team, Ausaf said there were no plans to change the team. However, he said it would be “expanded”.
When asked why he did not represent Pakistan at the May 15 hearing at the ICJ, Ausaf claimed that he “knew prior to the judgment that the ICJ was going to announce the provisional order”.
Jadhav, 46, was last month sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “involvement in espionage and sabotage activities” against the country.
The ICJ on May 18 stayed the execution of Jadhav.
The ruling triggered criticism of the Pakistan Foreign Office for its “poor handling” and also for its choice of attorney Khawar Qureshi, who presented Pakistan’s case before the ICJ.

PTI |

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Sukhoi-30 fighter jet crash: Pilot’s blood stained shoe, other belongings found

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Sukhoi-30 fighter jet crash: Pilot’s blood stained shoe, other belongings found

Posted on 30 May 2017 by GGS News

Guwahati : Search and rescue teams on Tuesday found a blood stained shoe, half-burnt PAN card and a wallet of one of the two pilots of the IAF`s Sukhoi-30 fighter jet that crashed near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border last week, officials said.

The teams comprising Indian Army, Indian Air Force and civil administration personnel had recovered the jet`s blackbox on May 28 from the crash site, located in a dense forest.

“Search operations are continuing despite bad weather conditions. However, there is still no trace of the two pilots,” Indian Army sources said.
The wreckage of the fighter jet, which went missing on May 23, was found on May 26 through aerial recce, in a thick forest around 60 km from Tezpur city.The Su-30 had taken off from the Tezpur air base, around 10.30 am on a routine training mission but lost radar and radio contact with the controlling station around 11.10 am near Arunachal Pradesh`s Doulasang area, adjoining China.

Tezpur has one of the three IAF air bases in the country that host the Sukhois.

IANS |

 

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