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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 evening.

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 added.

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 also damaged.

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.

y�Y pn0� �BGB style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"; 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 helped him.

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.