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India of 2017 different from India of 1962, Says Arun Jaitley

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New Delhi, June 30 :  Union Minister Arun Jaitley said India of 2017 is far different from the India of 1962 , a day after China asked New Delhi to learn from its 1962 military fiasco.

“If they are trying to remind us, the situation in 1962 was different, the India of today is different,” Jaitley said at India Today’s Midnight Conclave in response to the reported remark by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) spokesperson.

China warned India on Thursday that it will escalate the current border row if Indian troops did not withdraw from “Chinese territory” and told New Delhi not to “clamour for war”.

Jaitley said that Bhutan government had made it clear that China was trying to claim Bhutanese land and said this was “absolutely wrong”.

“After the statement of the government of Bhutan, I think the situation is absolutely clear. It is Bhutan’s land, close to the Indian border, and Bhutan and India have an arrangement to provide security.

“Bhutan itself clarified … China is trying to alter the present status-quo. After this, I think the issue is absolutely clear. To say we will come there and grab the land of some other country is what China is doing and it is absolutely wrong,” the minister said.

Jaitley’s comment came amid a stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Dokala area close to the Siliguri corridor that connects the rest of India to its north-east.

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5-year-old girl raped by two minors in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar, April 26: A five-year-old girl was raped by two minor boys in Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur district, police said on Thursday.

The boys have been detained following the incident that took place on Wednesday.

According to the FIR filed by the mother, the accused aged 11 and 14 raped her daughter on the premises of their school.

The victim studying in Class 1 was lured by the accused on the pretext of offering her soft drinks, according to the FIR.

“We have conducted the medical examination of the accused and the victim. Necessary action will be taken after receiving the medical examination report,” said Sujogya Mishra, Jagatsinghpur Sub-Divisional Police Officer.

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JeM commander killed in Tral gunfight: J&K DGP

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Jammu Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Shesh Paul Vaid
Jammu Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Shesh Paul Vaid. (File Photo: IANS)

Jammu, April 26 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday said that one of the four militants killed in Tuesday’s gunfight in the Tral forest area was a Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) operational commander.

State Director General of Police (DGP), S.P. Vaid said: “Operational commander of JeM Mufti Yasir was among those killed in the joint operation in upper reaches of Tral.”

Four JeM militants, one soldier and a state police constable were killed in the over eight-hour long gunfight.

The DGP has also uploaded a picture on Twitter of the slain militant showing him alongside Masood Azhar, the founder of JeM.

The picture had been taken in Pakistan few years ago by the media there.

Azhar was released from Kotbalwal jail in Jammu district in 1999 and taken to Kandahar in Afghanistan where he was swapped with the 158 passengers of Indian Airlines flight IC 814 taken hostage.

Two other militant commanders, Sheikh Omar and Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar were also swapped in addition to Azhar for the release of hostages.

The flight was hijacked from Kathmandu and after a stopover at Amritsar it was taken to Kandahar.

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Uttar Pradesh: 13 school children killed in vehicle-train collision in Kushinagar

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Lucknow, April 26: In an unfortunate incident, thirteen school children were killed and several injured on Thursday after the vehicle they were travelling collided with a train in Uttar Pradesh’s  Kushinagar district. 

The accident occurred at around 7 a.m., at the Dudhai railway crossing.

According to the reports, a total of 18 students from Divine Public School were travelling in the vehicle.

After visiting the accident spot Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath stated “13 students have died, 4 students & van driver are critically injured. they are admitted at BRD Medical College. Inquiry will be conducted to nab those responsible. I spoke to Railway Minister also about ways to man the unmanned railway crossings”.

“Prima facie appears to be mistake of van driver, he had earphones on and there are questions over his age too. There are rules in place, inquiry will be conducted as to why they were not followed. Strict action will be taken” he added.

The Uttar Pradesh government declared ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakhs.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said in a tweet “I have asked senior officials to conduct an inquiry into the incident. Railways will provide an ex-gratia amount of Rs 2 lakh each to families of the deceased.”

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