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Leh town freezes at minus 18, Srinagar shivers at minus 5

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Srinagar, Jan 12: This summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir shivered at minus five degrees Celsius on Thursday while Leh in the Ladakh region frozen at minus 17.7 degrees overnight.

“Leh town recorded the coldest night of the season at minus 17.7 degrees Celsius and Kargil town with minus 15.6 degrees today (Thursday).

“Srinagar recorded minus 5 degrees Celsius today while Pahalgam and Gulmarg recorded minus 13 and minus 13.5 respectively as the night’s lowest temperatures,” an official of the weather office said.

Jammu city recorded 3.6 degrees, Katra 3, Batote minus 1, Bannihal minus 2.5 and Bhaderwah minus 5.6 as the minimum temperature.

The weather office has forecast dry weather during the next 24 hours till Friday morning with the likelihood of a further fall in night temperatures due to a partially cloudy sky.

All the water bodies in the Valley have frozen over and fisherman and boatmen are finding it difficult to negotiate their passage through the frozen lakes.

People across the Valley are struggling with frozen water pipes and lighting small fires to de-freeze them has now become a daily ritual.

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Eight Maoists killed in Telangana encounter

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Hyderabad, Dec: Eight maoists of a newly formed Left wing group were killed in an encounter in Telangana’s Bhadradri Kothagudem on Thursday, police said.

The incident took place in Tekulapalli forests of the district, adjoining Chhattisgarh, news agency IANS reported.

The slain extremists belonged to CPI-MLs’ Chandr Pullareddy Baata group, which was established in July this year by some Maoist earlier associated with CPI-ML Jana Shakti group.

The encounter triggered during a combing operation by police in the forests.

A police officer said the combing operations were launched following the information about the presence of extremists.

“The group was indulging in extortions from contractors and local businessmen”, Bhadradri Kothagudem’s Superintendent of Police Amber Kishore Jha, IANS quoted.

The extremists opened fire when asked to surrender. The police had to return fire, killing eight extremists. No policeman was injured in the incident”, he added.

The police seized five arms including an SLR and two 8 mm rifles.

This was the first major encounter between police and Maoists since formation of Telangana in 2014.

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One killed as roof of Tiruchendur temple collapses in Tamil Nadu

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The roof of Giri Prahara Mandapam of Tiruchendur Subramania Swamy temple came crashing down on Thursday. (PC- The New Indian Express)

Chennai, Dec 14: A woman was killed and two men were injured when a portion of the roof fell on Thursday around 9.45 am. at the Arulmigu Subramaniya Swamy temple in Thiruchendur in Tamil Nadu, police said.

The roof suddenly caved in, killing Peechiammal and injuring Kandaswamy and Senthil Arumugham. All were devotees. Thiruchendur is around 640 km from here in Tuticorin district.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami announced a solatium of Rs 500,000 to the woman’s family and Rs 100,000 each to the injured. It would be paid out of temple funds.

The 2000-year-old Thiruchendur temple, located in southern Tamil Nadu, is considered as one of the important pilgrimage places in the state and draws devotees throughout the year. It was patronaged by the Pandiya and Chera kings.

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Jammu & Kashmir: Gang of fraudsters busted in Srinagar

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Srinagar, Dec 14: A gang of fraudsters has been busted here, that cheated over 30 business establishments in the Kashmir Valley, police said on Thursday. 

Two persons, identified as Tahir Amin and Waheed Bhat, have been arrested. The duo, along with a woman, have been cheating people for the last six months, news agency IANS quoted, a police officer was saying.

The gang used social media applications and websites like OLX.com to cheat gullible customers. They used to buy electronic articles like cell phones, LED TVs and ovens against fake bank cheques, he added.

“Similarly, they used to purchase items such as electric wires, bath fittings, clothing from renowned showrooms in the valley using bank cheques to make the payments.

“On the complaint of a businessman, an FIR was lodged in Ram Munshibagh after which the arrests were made. More arrests are likely,” he stated.

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