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UN rejects Pak claim that Indian troops targeted UN vehicle near LoC

25 May 2017 | 9:58 AM

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations has dismissed the Pakistan Army's claim that its military observers came under attack from Indian troops near the Line of Control, saying there was "no evidence" of them being targeted.

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UN rejects Pak claim that Indian troops targeted UN vehicle near LoC

United Nations, May 25

The United Nations has dismissed the Pakistan Army's claim that its military observers came under attack from Indian troops near the Line of Control, saying there was "no evidence" of them being targeted.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres' spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said there was no evidence that an UNMOGIP (United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan) vehicle was targeted by the Indian Army along the LoC near the Khanjar sector.

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"I can say to you that this afternoon in Bhimber District, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, UNMOGIP military observers accompanied by the Pakistani Army escorts heard gunshots in their vicinity. There is no evidence that the UNMOGIP military observers were targeted by the gunfire. No UN military observer was injured," he told reporters on Wednesday.

In a statement, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistan Armed Forces, had said that a vehicle carrying two officers of the UN military observer group came under attack by Indian troops during a visit to the LoC.

The Pakistan Army had claimed the vehicle was carrying UNMOGIP officers Major Emmanual of the Philippines and Major Mirko of Croatia.

Asked about the increasing tension between the south Asian neighbours and whether the UN secretary-general will look into the situation, Dujarric reiterated, "we're obviously concerned at the situation in Kashmir, and it's an issue that the secretary-general is following closely."

According to the UN Security Council mandate of 1971, UNMOGIP observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the LoC and the Working Boundary between India and Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as reports developments that could lead to ceasefire violations.

India has maintained that UNMOGIP has outlived its utility and is irrelevant after the Simla Agreement and the consequent establishment of the Line of Control.

The observer group is headed by Major Gen Per Lodin of Sweden. It currently has 38 military observers and 73 civilian personnel. —PTI

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25 May 2017 | 9:31 AM

WASHINGTON: A US Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, US officials said on Wednesday, the first such challenge to Beijing in the strategic waterway since US President Donald Trump took office.

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25 May 2017 | 9:23 AM

TRIPOLI: Libya has arrested a brother and the father of the man suspected of carrying out the bombing in the British city of Manchester, said a relative and security sources.

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25 May 2017 | 10:20 AM

LOS ANGELES: A California judge has issued an arrest warrant for the founder of Bikram yoga, who's been ordered to hand over proceeds from his global fitness business to satisfy a US$ 6.8 million judgement won by a former legal adviser.

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25 May 2017 | 10:20 AM

SAN FRANCISCO:Infosys Ltd, the India-based computer services giant, on Wednesday touted its new strategy to hire and train 10,000 American workers over the next two years at the company's annual leadership meeting in San Francisco.

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25 May 2017 | 2:04 AM

NEW DELHI:The Central Board of Secondary Education today said it would share the date of release of Class XII results with the students the moment it is finalised.

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25 May 2017 | 2:05 AM

NEW DELHI: In a major move today, the Ministry of Health lowered by 7.5 percentile the cut-offs for admissions to the medical postgraduate stream through the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Exam (NEET) 2017-18.

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25 May 2017 | 2:04 AM

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan fighter jets flew near Siachen Glacier today, a media report said, but sources in the Indian Air Force asserted there was no violation of India’s air space.

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25 May 2017 | 2:04 AM

NEW DELHI:Overcast conditions in the northern part of Assam today prevented an extensive low-flying visual search for a Sukhoi 30MKI fighter jet that was reported missing at 11 am on Tuesday.

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CHANDIGARH:Disappointing thousands of employees, the Haryana Government today ruled out an across-the-board raise in the retirement age from 58 to 60.

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NEW DELHI:The Law Commission today recommended “electronic tagging” of people accused of grave crimes, saying it will help reduce pressure on overcrowded jails as well as keep a check on people looking to evade the law.

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25 May 2017 | 12:57 AM

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