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Valley encounters gunfights

Six ultras killed in two days; Havildar Dada succumbs after brave charge28 May 2016 | 2:10 AM

SRINAGAR:Havildar Hangpang Dada, a native of Tirap in Arunachal Pradesh, on Friday succumbed to his injuries sustained in an encounter in Nowgam sector yesterday, but not before etching his name in the Army’s annals of bravery.

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Valley encounters gunfightsHavildar Hangpang Dada

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, May 27

Havildar Hangpang Dada, a native of Tirap in Arunachal Pradesh, on Friday succumbed to his injuries sustained in an encounter in Nowgam sector yesterday, but not before etching his name in the Army’s annals of bravery.

The 36-year-old led his team in killing three militants in a gunfight close to the Line of Control after the Army foiled an infiltration bid at Tutmar Gali in the Nowgam sector, 120 km north-west of Srinagar, before sustaining fatal injuries.

Havildar Dada served in the Army for 19 years and is survived by his wife and two children. Enrolled in the Assam Regiment in 1997, he was posted with 35 Rashtriya Rifles. 

“He showed courage and bravery. Before succumbing to injuries, he eliminated foreign terrorists,” Maj Gen JS Nain, General Officer Commanding of the Baramulla-based 19 Infantry Division, said, adding that the 20-hour operation had been called off with the killing of another militant today.

“The operation was conducted in tough conditions at an altitude of 11,000-12,000 feet. It was raining and snowing,” he said. “We recovered a large quantity of arms, ammunition, radio sets, winter clothing, food items and mountaineering equipment,” he added.

The gunfight erupted on Thursday morning when Armymen observed the movement of a group of militants. The identity of the slain ultras and the group they were affiliated to was yet to be ascertained. Over 40 militants have managed to infiltrate into Kashmir this year so far, higher than the figure of 35 for last year.

Army officials said Dada was seriously injured as the militants were perched higher up on the mountains.

In a separate gunfight, two militants of the Hizbul Mujahideen were killed in north Kashmir’s Kunzer area in Baramulla district today. The gunfight erupted at Kanchipora in Tangmarg, 35 km from Srinagar,.

“They were given an offer to surrender, which they refused. They fired at the joint search parties and an encounter ensued in which three militants died,” said a police officer.

30 yrs after Bofors, gun contract ‘finalised’

28 May 2016 | 2:03 AM

NEW DELHI:Thirty years after the controversial Bofors artillery gun deal, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is on the verge of ordering an artillery gun for which a contract is in final stages.

Farm freebies dangerous: Minister

Farm freebies dangerous: Minister

28 May 2016 | 2:03 AM

LUDHIANA:Opposing freebies to the agricultural sector, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today said waiving power bills and farmers’ loans for votes was a dangerous trend.

Pension for transgenders in Himachal

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28 May 2016 | 2:03 AM

SHIMLA:The number of transgenders in Himachal as reflected in the last census is merely 2,051 but the Virbhadra Singh Cabinet today took a big leap by placing this unrecognised category in its social security pension scheme, meant for the most vulnerable sections of society.

2 Indian-Americans win US Spelling Bee contest

2 Indian-Americans win US Spelling Bee contest

28 May 2016 | 2:03 AM

NATIONAL HARBOR:Scripting history, two Indian-American students, Nihar Janga, a fifth-grader from Austin, Texas, and Jairam Hathwar, a seventh-grader from Painted Post, New York, were named co-champions of the US Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday after battling 25 rounds head to head.

FB to build 6,600-km state-of-art subsea cable across Atlantic

FB to build 6,600-km state-of-art subsea cable across Atlantic

28 May 2016 | 2:03 AM

SAN FRANCISCO:Microsoft and Facebook have joined hands to build a new, state-of-the-art subsea cable across the Atlantic Ocean that will help meet the growing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for cloud and online services for Microsoft, Facebook and their customers.

In Shillong, Modi pledges to tap NE’s ‘huge’ potential

In Shillong, Modi pledges to tap NE’s ‘huge’ potential

28 May 2016 | 2:03 AM

GUWAHATI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi today pledged to expedite efforts to make the resourceful and scenic ethnic mosaic of the Northeast a most sought-after tourist destination, country’s organic food basket and hub of resplendent ethnic apparels manufactured by the weavers of the NE states.

…But states state concern over ‘poor’ rail, road network

…But states state concern over ‘poor’ rail, road network

28 May 2016 | 2:03 AM

GUWAHATI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi was today confronted with demands in unison from the bordering Northeastern states for urgent steps from the BJP-led NDA government in the Centre to bring about major improvement in road, rail, internet connectivity and power supply scenario in the region in tune with the Centre’s Act East Policy.

SC refuses to stay NEET ordinance, says it could cause confusion

SC refuses to stay NEET ordinance, says it could cause confusion

27 May 2016 | 5:50 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay the central government’s ordinance exempting states from conducting the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for undergraduate medical and dental courses this year citing possible confusion from such a move.


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At Didi’s swearing-in, Lalu, Abdullah talk secular front

At Didi’s swearing-in, Lalu, Abdullah talk secular front

28 May 2016 | 1:35 AM

KOLKATA: Maintaining it was imperative to remove the Narendra Modi government to save India from being divided, RJD chief Lalu Prasad today called upon all secular parties to unite against the BJP and the RSS.

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Rudy lauds Kirron’s Smart efforts

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28 May 2016 | 1:26 AM

CHANDIGARH:With BJP leaders fighting it out for claiming credit for the inclusion of Chandigarh’s name in the list of cities to be developed as smart cities, Union Minister of State for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy today gave the credit for it to city MP Kirron Kher.

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Parents, travel agents sent 20 children abroad illegally

28 May 2016 | 1:06 AM

JALANDHAR: The desire for sending their children abroad has exposed how parents connived with notorious travel agents to send their children to the US, UK and Canada.

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Sampla meets CM, expresses concern over law and order

28 May 2016 | 1:06 AM

CHANDIGARH: In the backof their difference of opinion on the law and order situation in the state, Punjab BJP president Vijay Sampla met CM Parkash Singh Badal today.

Police, SAD against raising gurdwara: Congress MLA

28 May 2016 | 1:06 AM

MUKTSAR: Congress MLA from Muktsar Karan Kaur Brar, accompanied by a large number of residents of neighbouring Goneana village, today held a press conference.

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Malik, four others booked for sedition

Malik, four others booked for sedition

28 May 2016 | 12:42 AM

JIND: The police booked Yashpal Malik, national president, Akhil Bharatiya Jat Aaraskhan Sangharsh Samiti (ABJASS), and four others on the charge of sedition here yesterday.

Nod to ordinance for regularising illegal structures

Nod to ordinance for regularising illegal structures

28 May 2016 | 1:16 AM

SHIMLA: The Cabinet today gave approval for promulgation of an ordinance for one-time regularisation of over 30,000 unauthorised constructions in the state on “as is where it is” basis by amending the Town and Country Planning Act, 1977.

Legislators spar during debate on Governor’s address

28 May 2016 | 1:06 AM

SRINAGAR: Legislators of the ruling and Opposition parties entered into a war of words as a discussion on the motion of thanks to the Governor’s address began in both Houses of the legislature on the third day of the Budget session here today.

NGT bans tree felling for road projects

NGT bans tree felling for road projects

28 May 2016 | 1:29 AM

NEW DELHI: A plea alleging “nexus” between “timber mafia and officials” who were behind the recent fire incidents in Uttarakhand prompted the National Green Tribunal today to restrain the state government from chopping of trees for construction of roads in the state.

Obama mourns dead in Hiroshima

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28 May 2016 | 1:23 AM

HIROSHIMA:Barack Obama on Friday became the first incumbent US president to visit Hiroshima, site of the world's first atomic bombing, in a gesture Tokyo and Washington hope will showcase their alliance and reinvigorate efforts to rid the world of nuclear arms.

Bad loans take a toll on SBI, Q4 profit dips 66%

Bad loans take a toll on SBI, Q4 profit dips 66%

28 May 2016 | 1:19 AM

KOLKATA: The country’s biggest lender, State Bank of India, today posted a massive 66% fall in its net profit in the March quarter, weighed down by higher provisions for bad loans, which jumped to a staggering Rs 1 lakh crore.

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It’s Bangalore vs Hyderabad

28 May 2016 | 2:24 AM

NEW DELHI:The second qualifier was all about two Australians — Sunrisers Hyderabad's skipper David Warner and Gujarat Lions' middle-order batsman Aaron Finch.

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Narsingh better bet than Sushil, WFI tells HC

28 May 2016 | 1:53 AM

NEW DELHI:Wrestler Narsingh Pancham Yadav is a better bet than Sushil Kumar in the 74kg category at the Rio Olympics, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) told the Delhi High Court today.

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Ministry goes big to kick up U-17 World Cup fever

28 May 2016 | 1:54 AM

NEW DELHI:Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shown interest in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup that India is hosting next year, the Sports Ministry is working tirelessly towards making the tournament a resounding success.

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