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Dhaka crisis: 13 hostages rescued so far, five gunmen killedSecurity forces launched an offensive to end the hostage crisis. ANI

Dhaka crisis: 13 hostages rescued so far, five gunmen killed

02 Jul 2016 | 10:32 AM

DHAKA: Thirteen hostages have been rescued so far by the security forces which stormed on Saturday morning into the Dhaka restaurant to end an unprecedented hostage crisis, where it was believed that around 20 people were kept as hostage since Friday night.

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Dhaka, July 2

Thirteen hostages have been rescued so far by the security forces which stormed on Saturday morning into the Dhaka restaurant to end an unprecedented hostage crisis, where it was believed that around 20 people were kept as hostage since Friday night.

According to local media reports, Lt Col Tuhin Mohammad Masud said the rescued people included Japanese and Indian nationals.

The eyewitnesses present at the spot also told the media that five gunmen had been killed and one had been captured by the security forces.

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According to the Daily Star, heavy sound of explosion started to rock the area at 7.40 am.

It is reported that two policemen have been killed and more than 20 people have been injured so far by eight-nine gunmen, who attacked the Holey Artisan Restaurant, located in the Gulshan district of the Bangladesh capital. The cafe is described as being popular with expatriates, diplomats and middle-class families.

Earlier, it was also reported that Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Gowher Rizvi, an adviser to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, had earlier said that the security forces could launch an offensive to end the siege in case they failed to negotiate a way out of the crisis.

The assailants, who are believed to be carrying assault rifles and grenades, exchanged gun fire with police outside for several hours after the attack which began around 9 pm. ANI

Another Hindu priest stabbed, injured in Bangladesh

02 Jul 2016 | 9:38 AM

DHAKA: A 48-year-old Hindu priest has been stabbed and critically injured by unidentified assailants in Bangladesh, a day after a Hindu priest and a Buddhist leader were brutally hacked to death by machete-wielding ISIS militants.

Uniform civil code rant  back, opposition to it too

Uniform civil code rant back, opposition to it too

02 Jul 2016 | 2:40 AM

NEW DELHI:A uniform civil code having been BJP’s core issue for long, the Centre has asked the Law Commission to “examine” as to how separate “personal laws” for different communities can be done away with and to submit a report at the earliest.

Col Randhawa, hero of WW-II, dies at 95

Col Randhawa, hero of WW-II, dies at 95

02 Jul 2016 | 2:08 AM

JALANDHAR: Punjab’s World War-II hero and last Military Cross awardee Colonel Daljit Singh Randhawa (retd) died in Hoshiarpur today.

Finally, Tejas flies into IAF fleet

Finally, Tejas flies into IAF fleet

02 Jul 2016 | 2:08 AM

NEW DELHI:The country's first indigenously built Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), the Tejas, was today inducted into Indian Air Force (IAF), making it an important day in the history of India's defence manufacturing efforts.

26-week leave for would-be moms in private sector soon

02 Jul 2016 | 2:50 AM

NEW DELHI: All establishments, including in private sector, will have to provide 26-week maternity leave to their women employees under a new Bill, which the government plans to push in the upcoming monsoon session, Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said today.

Rent-a-womb may well become illegal

Rent-a-womb may well become illegal

02 Jul 2016 | 2:45 AM

NEW DELHI:The much-awaited Indian surrogacy law is nearly ready with the Group of Ministers tasked with drafting the Bill meeting here today to finalise its nuances.


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India closely monitoring Bangladesh hostage crisis

02 Jul 2016 | 10:31 AM

NEW DELHI: India is closely monitoring the Bangladesh hostage crisis even as officials here maintained that so far all Indian High Commission staffers in Dhaka were reportedly safe.

CITY FOCUS

Two murders rock city

Two murders rock city

02 Jul 2016 | 2:02 AM

CHANDIGARH:Two murders — that of a 30-year-old man by his neighbour and the other of a dhaba owner by his worker — were reported from the city last night.

NoState BJP chief Vijay Sampla (L) and state party affairs incharge Prabhat Jha in Jalandhar on Friday. Photo: Sarabjit Singh

BJP claims Oppn overplaying drug problem, Navjot differs

02 Jul 2016 | 2:01 AM

JALANDHAR: Punjab BJP affairs incharge Prabhat Jha said here today that the Opposition was overplaying the state’s drug problem for political gains, even as the party’s Chief Parliamentary Secretary Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu lashed out at the ruling alliance for taking the issue lightly.

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Sukhbir slams Centre for failing to curb drug inflow

02 Jul 2016 | 2:01 AM

JALANDHAR: Accusing the Centre of failing to curb the inflow of drugs through Punjab’s borders, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said today that the state police were doing a much better job.

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SGPC to preserve bullet marks on walls of Samundri Hall

02 Jul 2016 | 2:01 AM

AMRITSAR:The SGPC has decided to preserve the bullet marks on the walls of Teja Singh Samundri Hall sustained during Operation Bluestar, a move that observers say is aimed at countering the impression that the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has abandoned its Panthic agenda.

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Surjewala dares Khattar to move HC for judicial probe

Surjewala dares Khattar to move HC for judicial probe

02 Jul 2016 | 1:07 AM

CHANDIGARH: Raising an accusing finger at the Dhingra Commission probing alleged murky land deals in Gurgaon, AICC communications in charge Randeep Surjewala today dared the Khattar government to approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court for a judicial probe by a sitting HC Judge into alleged questionable land deals in Gurgaon.

Industries Dept cancels unused plots

02 Jul 2016 | 1:59 AM

SOLAN: The officials of the Industries Department (ID) today cancelled 27 industrial plots which were lying unused or had been diverted for alternative activities like godowns in the various industrial areas (IAs) of Baddi, Barotiwala, Jharmajri, Lodhimajra and Thana.

Ahead of yatra, Rajnath reviews state security

Ahead of yatra, Rajnath reviews state security

02 Jul 2016 | 1:09 AM

SRINAGAR:Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here today reviewed the overall security situation with top Army, security forces, police and intelligence officers ahead of the annual Amarnath yatra that commences via the Pahalgam and Baltal routes amid tight security arrangements across the Valley on Saturday.

12 die in U’khand cloudburst

12 die in U’khand cloudburst

02 Jul 2016 | 9:35 AM

PITHORAGARH/DEHRADUN:Eight persons were killed in landslides triggered by a cloudburst in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district and four in Chamoli this morning, even as roads and land stretches vanished and telecommunication services in the two districts got snapped.

Hindu priest, Buddhist hacked in B’desh

Hindu priest, Buddhist hacked in B’desh

02 Jul 2016 | 1:34 AM

DHAKA: A Hindu priest and a Buddhist leader were hacked to death by machete-wielding Islamic State (IS) militants while another Hindu man survived a bid on his life in Bangladesh, the latest in a series of vicious attacks on minorities in the Muslim-majority nation.

Large part of banks’ bad loans result of fraud: CAG

02 Jul 2016 | 1:10 AM

NEW DELHI:Not only is a large part of bad loans on the books of India’s commercial banks the result of fraud, but a substantial amount also does not appear to be recoverable, the country’s top official auditor said today.

NoPortugal’s defender Pepe, Fonte and Cristiano Ronaldo celebrate after winning the quarterfinal against Poland. AFP

Shooting stars

02 Jul 2016 | 2:53 AM

MARSEILLE: Portugal beat Poland 5-3 via a penalty shoot-out to reach the semi-finals of the European football championships after the two sides were deadlocked at 1-1 after the extra time here.

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Portugal deserved to win: Ronaldo

02 Jul 2016 | 2:53 AM

MARSEILLE: Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has said his side deserved to win the quarterfinals against Poland — the match won by the Portuguese via penalty shootout.

Germany attempt to throw off Italian shackles

02 Jul 2016 | 2:53 AM

BORDEAUX:Europe’s titans clash on Saturday when Germany and Italy meet in the quarterfinal with huge stakes for both countries.

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