Blast kills army jawan, injures another in J&K
JAMMU: An Army Jawan killed and another was injured in
an IED blast in Balnoi area of Mendhar in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday
Identifying the deceased jawan as Sepoy Akshaya
Godbole and the injured as Sepoy Shubam Khadatkar, a Defence Ministry spokesman
Lt Colonel Manish Mehta here said that duo was part of a “foot patrol” in the
area. Both the jawans were rushed to the hospital, but Godbole died on the way.
The IED was suspected to have been planted by
militants. The army troops have launched an operation to sanitize the area, he
Pakistani troops and militants have stepped up
activity along the Line of Control. A girl has died and nearly a dozen others
were injured in incidents of unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops and Rangers
along the LoC and the international border during the past four days.
On Friday, Pakistani Rangers targeted forward Indian
positions along the international border in Arnia sector. The BSF retaliated to
the unprovoked firing by Pakistan which continued throughout night injuring
some civilians in the area.
Earlier during the day, Pakistani troops had resorted
to mortar shelling on civilian areas at Saujjian in Poonch district, killing a
17-year-old girl and injuring four others. A few houses at Gigriyan village were
Sources said that Pakistani troops have restarted
unprovoked firing on Indian side after a lull of nearly a month along the LoC
to provide cover fire to militants desperately trying to sneak into the state
from Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Since Monday, two groups of militants were
reportedly seen moving on PoK side near the LoC looking for an opportunity to
cross over to the Indian side.
The militants were desperate to sneak into the state
in view of the coming winter season when mountainous passes will get closed due
to snowfall. However, there has been almost negligible infiltration from across
the border due to intensified vigil being maintained by army troops so far.
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mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Seeking a mandate to rid Haryana of Congress, Modi
accused the ruling party in the state over alleged land scams and being “anti-farmer.
Which poor has got a plot, has anyone got...but then where have thousands of
acres of land disappeared, who has taken this. Does Haryana want to settle
account,” he said.
Modi took no names but the attack comes against the
backdrop of controversies surrounding the land deals of the Congress President's
son-in-law Robert Vadra for which the Hooda government is believed to have
Addressing rallies in Beed and Aurangabad in
Maharashtra, Modi attacked the erstwhile Congress-NCP combine in the state over
corruption, accusing it of “destroying a whole generation”.
"It was a union where as the clock ticked, the
hand polished off everything. Now nothing has been left. Every young person in
Maharashtra is under a huge burden of debt because of corruption," he
said, while referring to the election symbols of NCP and Congress which ended
their 15-year-old alliance just before the elections.
"Nobody benefited from the Congress-NCP
government. Farmers, dalits, youth, adivasis, women, villages, towns... none
benefited.....a whole generation was destroyed," Modi said at Beed, the
parliamentary constituency of former Union Minister Gopinath Munde, who died in
a car crash earlier this year.
The Prime Minister also spoke about his Summit-level
meetings with world leaders including US President Barack Obama. He said both
China and Japan would set up state-of-the -art industrial parks in states including
Maharashtra. Japan, he said, will cooperate in construction of high-speed
railway between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.