Sunday, October 11, 2020

34 IS terrorists surrender to security forces in Afghan province of Kunar

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Kabul [Afghanistan], October 11 (ANI/Sputnik): Thirty-four terrorists from the Islamic State terror group have surrendered to the Afghan security forces in the country's northeastern province of Kunar, local officials said on Sunday.

"Thirty-four ISIS members and six other insurgents have surrendered to Afghan security forces in Kunar province," the officials said.

According to Kunar Governor Mohammad Iqbal Saeed, the terrorists laid down their weapons and expressed regrets for their past deeds.

Among those who surrendered there were four key commanders of the IS group, including Noor Zaman, who was involved in anti-government activities in Chapa Dara, Watapur and Mano Gai districts of Kunar. (ANI/Sputnik)

8 Indian beaches awarded 'Blue Flag', Javadekar says proud moment for country

Eight beaches of India, spread across five states and two union territories, have been awarded the "Blue Flag" by an international jury. (Photo: Prakash Javadekar Twitter)

New Delhi [India], October 11 (ANI): Eight beaches of India, spread across five states and two union territories, have been awarded the "Blue Flag" by an international jury.

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that it is a proud moment for India.

"Proud moment for India; all 8 beaches 
recommended by government gets coveted International #Blueflag Certification," Javadekar tweeted.

He informed beaches of Shivrajpur (Dwarka-Gujarat), Ghoghla (Diu), Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka), Kappad (Kerala), Rushikonda (Andhra Pradesh), Golden Beach (Odisha) and Radhanagar (Andaman & Nicobar Islands) have bagged awards.

The minister said that this is an outstanding feat as no Blue Flag nation has ever been awarded for 8 beaches in a single attempt.

According to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India has also been awarded the 3rd Prize by the International Jury under the "International Best Practices" for pollution control in coastal regions.

"It is an outstanding feat considering that no 'BLUE FLAG' nation has ever been awarded for 8 beaches in a single attempt," Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Shri Prakash Javadekar said in a tweet message adding "this is also a global recognition of India's conservation and sustainable development efforts".

"India is also the first country in "Asia-Pacific" region which has achieved this feat in just about 2 years' time," Javadekar said.

"Japan, South Korea and UAE are the only other Asian nations who have been conferred with a couple of Blue Flag beaches, however, in a time frame of about 5 to 6 years! India is now in the league of 50 "BLUE FLAG" countries and we take pride in this honour to our Nation, planning to taking this journey forward to 100 such beaches in the country in the next five years," read the release by the Union Environment Ministry. (ANI)

2 people dead, 5 injured after building collapses in Hyderabad

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Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], October 11 (ANI): Two people died while five others were injured after an old building collapsed in Hussaini Alam area of Hyderabad on Sunday.

"The collapsed building is an old building. During the collapse, there were seven people in the building. Two women have lost their lives and the rest have been rescued and shifted to the hospital," B Anjaiah, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Charminar police station told ANI.

Anjaiah said that a case has been registered in the incident. (ANI)

India to demand complete 'disengagement and de-escalation' by China in talks tomorrow

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New Delhi (India), October 11 (ANI): In the seventh round of Corps Commander-level talks to be held between India and China on Monday, India will continue to demand complete disengagement and de-escalation by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) from the Eastern Ladakh sector.

"India is expected to demand discussion on all the friction points between the two sides from the Sub-sector North to the central sector and complete disengagement and de-escalation by the Chinese Army from there," government sources said here.

The Chinese side has been demanding that such a mechanism should be discussed first for the new friction points along the Northern and Southern bank of the Pangong lake but India wants discussion on the entire area, they said.

Indian forces had taken an aggressive stand and occupied several strategic heights on the southern and northern Pangong lake area preempting Chinese attempts to take them over.

After the meeting of the China Study Group two days ago, the Indian side is likely to be strict on its demand for completed escalation and disengagement from the area where they have been in a stand-off position for last over five months now.

The talks on Monday will be held at the Chushul/Moldo talking hit in Eastern Ladakh where almost 50,000 troops from both sides are in standoff position since April-May this year.

India has a clear stand that the gambit of talks must include disengagement and de-escalation from the entire Eastern Ladakh region for addressing the situation.

The seventh round of talks would be the last one be attended by present corps commander of Fire and Fury Corps Lt Gen Harinder Singh as his successor Lt Gen PGK Menon has already reached Leh to take over the charge.

The transgressions in Eastern Ladakh took place in April-May timeframe while Singh had taken over the Corps in October last year.

The political and military leadership including External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane and Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria have been involved in tackling the issue of Chinese transgressions.

The core security team led by the NSA has been actively involved in preemptive and thwarting Chinese bids to occupy strategic heights in the southern and northern Pangong lake area. (ANI)

16 persons dead, 55 injured in car accident in southern Burundi

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Makamba (Burundi), October 11 (ANI/Xinhua): At least 16 persons died and 55 others wounded in a car accident on Saturday evening in Makamba province of southern Burundi, a local official said on Sunday.

The accident happened at 7:45 p.m. local time when a truck transporting passengers from a wedding ceremony at Canda village broke a wooden bridge and fell down to a river, administrator of Mabanda David Ndikuriyo told Xinhua on phone.

The bridge could not support the weight of the truck loaded with passengers. Thirteen people died on the spot and a child was found drowned later, said Ndikuriyo, adding that another two victims died in hospital.

The injured were sent to three hospitals, he said.

The truck driver ran away after the accident, according to him. (ANI/Xinhua)

Belarusian police use water cannons, stun grenades to disperse protesters in Minsk

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Minsk [Belarus], October 11 (ANI/Sputnik): Belarusian police used water cannons and stun grenades against participants of an unauthorized rally in Minsk, Natalia Hanusevich, a spokeswoman for the police department of the Minsk City Executive Committee, told Sputnik on Sunday.

The country's opposition is holding an unsanctioned "March of Pride" in the Belarusian capital.

"A lot of people have gathered in the center of Minsk, the event is unauthorized. Water cannons and stun grenades were used against the protesters," Hanusevich said.

She noted that the police had repeatedly asked residents to refrain from participating in the unsanctioned rally. According to Hanusevich, over 20 protesters have already been detained.

In the meantime, security measures in the city have been stepped up, according to a Sputnik correspondent. Several special equipment units were deployed near the Central House of Officers located on the other side of Independence Avenue.

Armoured personnel carriers, water cannons and vehicles with barbed wire in their trailers are parked at the Sapiorau Street in the immediate vicinity of the Independence Palace, which serves as the presidential residence.

Earlier in the day, the A1 Belarus telecom provider said that the bandwidth of mobile internet in Minsk had been reduced.

"In compliance with the order of the authorized state bodies on October 11, the bandwidth of the mobile Internet was reduced in Minsk. Fulfillment of this requirement leads to a deterioration in the quality of the data transfer service or temporary unavailability of the service," the operator said on Twitter.

Nationwide protests in Belarus are ongoing since the August 9 presidential election in which President Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected for a sixth term. The opposition did not accept the election result and has insisted its candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya won. (ANI/Sputnik)

'Pakistan would be doomed if it gets blacklisted': Pak 'influencer' cries for help on Twitter

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Karachi [Pakistan], October 11 (ANI): As Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is all set to decide the fate of Pakistan grey list status later this month, a Pakistani "influencer" is beseeching the general public to tweet hashtags so that their country, despite harbouring terrorists, can escape blacklisting by the Paris-based body.

Waqar Zaka, who according to his Twitter handle is an influencer and a resident of Karachi, has posted several tweets and videos in last one week, appealing to people and Pakistani celebrities to post tweets under hashtag #FATFWhiteListPakistan.

At the time of filing the report, he had over 3.25 lakh followers on Twitter including several Pakistani political leaders and Chinese diplomat Lijian Zhao.

In one of the videos that he posted on Saturday, Zaka said that Pakistan would be doomed if it gets blacklisted.

In several videos, he has also tried to instigate people in the name of India saying if they will not tweet, their enemy will win.

"People living outside Pakistan should try to tweet as much as possible to we try to make these worldwide trend, #FATFWhitelistPakistan and #FATFBLACKLISTINDIA," he tweeted.

Pakistan is in the grey list since June 2018 and the government was given a final warning in February to complete the remaining action points by June 2020.

The FATF extended the June deadline to September due to the spread of coronavirus that disrupted the FATF plenary meetings.

The country is facing the difficult task of clearing its name from the FATF grey list. As things stand, Islamabad is finding it difficult to shield terror perpetrators and implement the FATF action plan at the same time.

In recent weeks, Pakistan has been trying to paint a picture that it has started the reforms including the passing of bills in order to prevent blacklisting by the FATF.

In late July, Pakistan Financial Monitoring Unit Director-General Lubna Farooq told the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance that the country is yet to comply with 13 conditions out of the 27-point Action Plan of the FATF including curbing terror financing, enforcement of the laws against the proscribed organisations and improving the legal systems. (ANI)

Gunmen kill 12 villagers in north Nigeria

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Kaduna [Nigeria], October 11 (ANI/Xinhua): A group of unidentified gunmen have attacked two villages in the Giwa area of Kaduna state in northern Nigeria, killing 12 people and injuring scores others, a police source told Xinhua on Sunday.

The police officer who declined to be named said the attacks happened between Friday and Saturday night in Kidandan and Kadai, the two villages located in the northern part of Kaduna.

Eyewitnesses told Xinhua the gunmen came in large numbers, wielding sophisticated weapons, attacking Kidandan on Friday where they killed three villagers and injured four others.

The police officer added that the gunmen on Saturday night invaded Kidai village where they killed nine persons and injured four who are now in critical condition.

The police are yet to confirm the incident, but Nuhu Lawal Umar, a district head in the area, confirmed the attacks to Xinhua.

No group has claimed responsibility for the latest attacks.

Meanwhile, the district head appealed to the state government to deploy additional security personnel to safeguard the lives and property of the villagers. (ANI/Xinhua)

18 people killed, 44 injured in bus-train collision in Thailand: Police

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Chachoengsao [Thailand], October 11 (ANI): At least 18 people were killed and 44 injured in a collision between a freight train and a bus at a crossing near Khlong Kwaeng Klan railway station in Chachoengsao province on Sunday, police said.

The driver of the bus is among the dead, NHK World reported.

The collision happened around 8.05 am when the bus was on its way from Samut Prakan province, south of Bangkok, to Wat Bang Pla Nak temple for the traditional Tod Kathin ceremony to mark the end of the Buddhist Lent.

All injured were taken to Ban Pho, Phutthasothorn, and Kasemrat hospitals in Muang district.

"Provincial Governor Maitree Tritilanond earlier told reporters that so far about 29 people were injured, but the number was revised upwards to 44, all but 13 of them discharged from hospital by early afternoon," Bangkok Post wrote.

According to witnesses, the railway crossing in a thinly populated area of the eastern province had no barrier. The noise of the train alarm was heard only moments before the clash. Police believe the bus driver failed to notice the oncoming train, NHK World said.

Bangkok Post reported that after the collision, the bus overturned on one side, its top ripped off. The rescue workers said a crane was needed to lift it, according to Bangkok Post.

According to a 2018 report of the World Health Organization, the country has the second-highest traffic fatality rate in the world. (ANI)

Complete Thali at Rs 1, Nangloi's Shyam Rasoi a latest buzz among Delhiites

With complete Thali at Re 1, Nangloi's Shyam Rasoi a latest buzz among Delhiites. (Photo: ANI)

New Delhi [India], October 11 (ANI): Can you imagine someone offering you a complete thali for just Rs 1? Well, visit Nangloi's Shyam Rasoi in Bhooto Wali Gali between 11 am to 1 pm and see it for yourself.

Not only the poor but people from every walks of life queue up outside Nangloi's Shyam Rasoi between 11 am to 1 pm to eat their lunch for just Rs 1.

51 years old Parvin Kumar Goyal who is running Shyam Rasoi for the last two months told ANI, "Daily we feed 1,000 to 1,100 people here and also provide parcel in nearby areas such as Inderlok, Sai Mandir, via three e-rickshaws. Altogether around 2,000 Delhiites eat here from Shyam ki Rasoi."

In addition, Goyal said, "We get donations from people. Yesterday an old lady came and offered us ration, another day somebody gave us wheat, and thus we are running it for the last two months. People do help us via digital payment mode also. We have the capacity to run for seven more days. Also, I request all to help us with ration and continue this service."

Parvin Kumar has six helpers whom he pays Rs 300-400 depending on the sale but otherwise, locals and college students do come to help him.

Earlier cost per thali was Rs 10 but for the last two months, it was reduced to Rs 1 one to attract more people.

The area has been provided to Goyal by Ranjeet Singh, a businessman. Singh said, "Since NGT has closed down the factory, it was lying vacant. When he came to me, I gave him this space."

"We do not take cash from anybody. It's open for donation and even through digital payment mode but we won't take cash. Many people from this area come here to eat regularly and we are happy" added Singh.

The platter offers rice, roti soya pulao, paneer, soybean, and halwa, and the menu changes every day.

Narenderlal Sharma (retd) who is eating at Shyam Rasoi for the last four days said, "I eat here for just one rupee. The taste is really good and so far we had no health issues. Children also eat here and everything is just fine."

On floor sitting arrangement is also available for people inside the factory to eat properly. Other than lunch, morning tea is also served here for Rs 1. (ANI)

Prime Minister Modi to release Rs 100 commemorative coin in honour of Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia

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New Delhi [India], October 11 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to release a commemorative coin of Rs 100 in honour of Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia at a virtual ceremony on Monday.

According to an official release, the special coin, minted by the Ministry of Finance, is being released in celebration of her birth centenary.

"The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will release a commemorative coin of Rs 100 in honour of Smt Vijaya Raje Scindia on 12th October 2020 through a virtual ceremony. Smt Vijaya Raje Scindia is popularly known as the Rajmata of Gwalior," Ministry of Culture said in a release.

The coin is being released to celebrate the birth centenary of Vijaya Raje Scindia.

"Family members of Smt. Scindia along with other dignitaries will also join the ceremony from different locations all over the country through a virtual platform," the release further stated. (ANI)

Taiwan President thanks 'friends in India' for National Day wishes

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Taipei [Taiwan], October 11 (ANI): Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Sunday thanked 'friends in India' for their wishes on Taiwan National Day, and said that Taipei and New Delhi together can take pride in safeguarding shared values like freedom and human rights.

Taking to Twitter, Tsai Ing-wen said: "Thank you to all of our dear friends in India

for your well wishes on #TaiwanNationalDay. Together, we can take pride in safeguarding our shared values like freedom & human rights, & defending our democratic way of life. #namaste."

Taiwan on Saturday celebrated the country's 109th Double Tenth National Day.

Speaking on the occasion of National Day, the Taiwan president pointed out that democracy and peace in Indo-Pacific are currently facing serious challenges and added that Taiwan will "continue to show resilience" against the "growing internal and external changes seen in decades".

The Taiwan leader also appealed to her Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to deescalate military tensions and live up to his promise to "never seek hegemony".

For decades, the Chinese government has claimed authority over Taiwan. Though Taiwan is not recognised by the UN, its government maintains a relationship with the US and does not accept the Chinese authority.

China regards Taipei as a "breakaway province" and has said that it wouldn't mind using force to claim it. At the same time, Beijing has also accused Washington and Taipei of promoting independence. (ANI)

Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of violating ceasefire by attacking its second-largest city of Ganja

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Baku [Azerbaijan], October 11 (Xinhua/ANI): Azerbaijan Sunday accused Armenia of violating a ceasefire by attacking its second-largest city of Ganja which resulted in heavy civilian casualties.

Shells from the Armenian side fell on residential buildings in Ganja city in northwestern Azerbaijan, which killed five civilians and wounded 17 others, reported Azerbaijan's state-run news agency AZERTAC, citing the country's emergency authority.

Azerbaijan's defence ministry also confirmed the attack on its official website.

However, the Armenian Defence Ministry's spokesperson Shushan Stepanyan denied the report, telling local media that it was false information.

Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on a ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh region starting Saturday noon, following lengthy negotiations in Moscow on Friday night.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at loggerheads over the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh since 1988. Peace talks have been held since 1994 when a ceasefire was reached, but there still have been sporadic minor clashes.

A new round of armed conflict broke out on Sept. 27 along the contact line of the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The clashes have reportedly caused heavy casualties and property losses. (Xinhua/ANI)

Kangana Ranaut shares update on 'Thalaivi', her look in film

Actor Kangana Ranaut shared a picture of herself as late J. Jayalalitha. (Image Courtesy: Instagram)

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], October 11 (ANI): Sharing a few pictures of her look as political stalwart J. Jayalalitha, actor Kangana Ranaut on Sunday said her team has "completed one more schedule of Thalaivi- the revolutionary leader."

The 'Queen' actor said that coronavirus has changed many things but 'nothing has changed between action and before cut'.

"With the blessings of Jaya Ma we completed one more schedule of Thalaivi- the revolutionary leader. After corona, many things are different but between action and before cut nothing changes. Thank you team @vishinduri @ShaaileshRSingh #ALVijay," tweeted the actor.

Kangana recently resumed work after a seven-month-long hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic and revealed to her fans that she is travelling to South India for the shoot of 'Thalaivi.'

'Thalaivi' has been written by 'Baahubali' and 'Manikarnika' writer K V Vijayendra Prasad and 'The Dirty Picture' and 'Once Upon a Time in Mumbai' writer Rajat Arora.

The movie was scheduled to hit the theatres on June 26, 2020, but could not as cinema halls were kept closed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. (ANI)

J-K LG inaugurates multi-sports indoor complex in Srinagar

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha inaugurated a multi-sports indoor complex in Srinagar on Saturday (Photo/ANI)

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], October 11 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha inaugurated a multi-sports indoor complex, Hockey and Rugby field in Srinagar on Sunday in a bid to boost sports infrastructure in Kashmir Valley.

Local sports players were facing problems while playing games as there was no space here. However, the administration has taken an initiative to build an indoor sports complex in Srinagar following which players feel happy as they will be able to continue to practise during winters as well.

"This is a commendable step towards the development of sports infrastructure in the sports sector. The Government of India has taken many initiatives to boost the sports infrastructure here. There is no lack of talent here in the valley. Students and local players here should get training and mentoring and we will take more steps towards it," said LG Sinha while speaking to the reporters.

Hockey and Rugby players in the valley also face issues in the absence of a separate ground or field.

"Our Rugby field is being inaugurated today and students here are very excited as now they will be able to play without any hindrance. It is an important step towards the development of sports in the valley. This will be very beneficial for everyone and especially for girls as we do face problems while entering different grounds and fields," a local player told ANI.

Another sports player, Ishfaq told ANI, "Fields are being inaugurated here today and we feel very fortunate. Now that winters are arriving, students and local sports players will not face any issue as they will be able to play indoors. We are thankful to the Government. The youth here is very talented and passionate for sports so such projects should take place here."

The LG has also inaugurated a hockey and Rugby field for the players and students to provide them with better facilities and practice these games. Local players and coaches appreciated this step taken by the government.

"I am from Elite Volleyball Cub. An indoor sports complex is being inaugurated here today and we are really thankful to the government as we were unable to play during rainy days and winter season. It would be very beneficial for us," said Aasia, a student.

Mohammad Iqbal, Jammu and Kashmir sports council official told ANI that today's event will be historical as synthetic fields of Hockey and Rugby are being inaugurated here in order to promote sports in the valley. (ANI)

J-K Police organises 'Pedal for Peace' cycle race in Srinagar

Visuals from 'Pedal for Peace' cycle race in Srinagar. (Photo/ANI)

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], October 11 (ANI): Huge response was achieved by the 'Pedal for Peace' cycle race organized by Jammu and Kashmir police in Srinagar's Nehru Park on Sunday.

The race was flagged off by LG Advisor KK Sharma in presence of DG JK Police Dilbagh Singh and other high officials of Jammu and Kashmir police department who appreciated the participation of youth in the event. The race started at 7:30 am and concluded at 9 am.

"Jammu and Kashmir police are organizing such events for the benefit of youths and these events also show that peace is returning to the Kashmir valley. These activities promote the spirit of togetherness, good health and habits. We're sure youth will participate in such activities, no one wants violence," said Director-General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh.

"For the last six months, we were locked up in our homes. Such activities are very essential at this point for youngsters and I'm very happy to participate in an outdoor activity after so long," a participant told ANI.

Another participant Zulfikar Ali spoke about the importance of fitness during the lockdown. He said, "I am participating in 'Pedal for Peace' to raise awareness regarding sporting activities in our society. Fitness should be a part of our daily regime and such events promote this idea."

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha, who joined the event later, gave awards to winning players and also appreciated the efforts taken by JK police in engaging Kashmiri youths towards the development of the nation.

Taking to social media, Sinha tweeted, "I am committed to providing each and every citizen of Jammu & Kashmir with the best facilities. The overall welfare of Police/Civil personnel is also our priority. Necessary steps underway for the welfare of their family members also."

He further wrote, "I appreciated the Jammu and Kashmir police for holding youth-centric programs and adopting innovative measures for promoting the sports and cultural activities under the Civic Action Programme." (ANI)

BJP delegation meets West Bengal Governor over councillor's murder, demands CBI enquiry

The BJP delagation of Mukul Roy, Jayprakash Mahumdar and Sabyasachi Dutta meets West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar in Kolkata on Sunday. (Picture credits: West Bengal Governor Twitter)

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] October 11 (ANI): A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation of Mukul Roy, Jayprakash Majumdar and Sabyasachi Dutta, submitted a memorandum to West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday, demanding CBI probe into the murder of party councillor Manish Shukla.

Shukla was shot dead in front of Titagarh police station in North 24 Parganas district on October 4.

"BJP delegation led by National Vice President Mukul Roy @MukulR_Official demanded CBI investigation in the politically targeted killing of Manish Shukla," the West Bengal Governor later tweeted.

The BJP leaders alleged that the state's Criminal Investigation Department was trying to falsely implicate his opponents in the party itself, thus making it a case of factional feud.

"The delegation alleged CID @MamataOfficial was misdirecting investigation to falsely implicate political opponents in (the) BJP," Governor Dhankhar further tweeted. (ANI)

Indian Air Force airbase in LEH fully equipped for taking every challenge in night

IAF's Chinook helicopter carrying out sorties in Leh near the LAC on Saturday. (Photo/ANI)

Leh (Ladakh) [India], October 11 (ANI): Indian Air Force (IAF) airbase is fully equipped to handle any kind of challenges if arise in the night. Sorties of IAF aircraft can be seen in the night where the roar of many IAF aircraft can be heard with a fighter jet. MIG-29, Apache, Chinook, MI-17, and light-weighted aircraft Dhruv has carried out night sorties at Leh airbase.

"We are ready to operate our aircraft in the night in any condition, our trained pilots are not only skilled they are highly professional to do sorties in the night in the region," IAF official who is handling the entire night sorties at Leh airbase told ANI.

Night operation in Leh is not an easy task compared to another terrain because operation from Leh airbase as it has multiple challenges like high altitude, lack of oxygen, the temperature is reported very low here and the most challenging part is to operate at night is fighting with the deadliest mountain. However, IAF pilots can fight with both challenges at the same time one is enemies and another is a tough situation.

The winter months will pose new challenges in terms of snowfall and low visibility and the IAF is geared up for the challenges. (ANI)

7 dead, over 30 injured as rocket destroys building in Azerbaijan's Ganja

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Baku [Azerbaijan], October 11 (ANI/Sputnik): An Armenian rocket has hit a residential building in Azerbaijan's western city of Ganja leading to the deaths of at least seven people and injuring 33 others, including children, the country's Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

In the early hours of Sunday, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said that Ganja was shelled from the territory of Armenia. The Armenian Defense Ministry has refuted Baku's claims.

"URGENT! New nightly missile attack by Armenia/n forces on residential area of Ganja, second largest city of Azerbaijan. 7 dead 33 wounded, including kids reported," the ministry tweeted and shared photographs from the accident site.

Earlier in the day, Azerbaijan's Prosecutor General's Office said that at least five people were killed and 28 others were injured in Ganja.

During their talks in Moscow on Friday, foreign ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia agreed to a ceasefire. Nonetheless, Baku and Yerevan have accused each other of violating the ceasefire over the weekend.

On the night from Saturday to Sunday, explosions were heard in Stepanakert, the capital of the unrecognized Republic of Artsakh (Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh). The city of Shusha, located about 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) from Stepanakert was also shelled, according to a Sputnik correspondent.

Late on Saturday, spokesperson of the president of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Vahram Poghosyan, said Shusha and the town of Martuni had been shelled by Azerbaijan despite the active ceasefire.

Poghosyan said that the shelling of Stepanakert amid the ceasefire that came into force at noon on Saturday was disrespectful of the Friday talks in Moscow. (ANI/Sputnik)

PoK activist urges for reopening of Skardu-Kargil Road between Gilgit-Baltistan, Ladakh

Amjab Ayub Mirza, political activist from Mirpur Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK)

Glasgow [Scotland], October 11 (ANI): A political activist hailing from Mirpur in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) has urged for reopening of Skardu-Kargil Road between Gilgit-Baltistan and Ladakh.

Taking to Twitter, Amjab Ayub Mirza, said, "Let us stop reading about history and become part of it. After Hunza dharna we must now focus on reopening of Skardu-Kargil Road between Gilgit-Baltistan and Ladakh."

Earlier this month, scores of protestors, who began the sit-in were joined by at least 3,000 Hunza residents demanding release of at least 14 political prisoners languishing in GB prisons since 2011, and inquiry report 2011 prepared by the Joint Investigating Team (JIT) convened by the government, which investigated the incident that led to the imprisonment of these political and human right activists, be made public.

In 2010 floods caused a massive landslide that blocked the path of River Hunza leading to the formation of an artificial lake at Attabad. This resulted in the submersion of at least 100 villages and hundreds of internally displaced people.

A campaign was initiated to help the displaced people of the Attabad Lake get compensation and land for resettlement. It led to a violent confrontation with the local administration resulting in the death of a father and a son during a protest rally upon which the police had opened fire. (ANI)

Another Hindu Temple vandalised in Pakistan's Sindh region

Shri Ram Mandir in Pakistan's Sindh region was vandalised on Saturday. (Photo credit: Facebook/Justice for Minorities in Pakistan)

London [UK], October 11 (ANI): Condemning the recent vandalism of Hindu Temple in Pakistan's Sindh region, London-based Pakistani human rights activist and spokeswoman for Justice for Minorities in Pakistan Anila Gulzar said that only 20 temples out of 428 are left.

"I strongly condemn the brutal act of vandalism committed against Shri Ram Mandir in Badin Sindh Pakistan on 10 October. Out of 428 only 20 mandirs are left in Sindh," Gulzar said in a Facebook post.

According to media reports, the Hindu temple was vandalised in Kario Ghanwar area of Sindh's Badin province on Saturday.

The case is yet another example of deplorable conditions of minorities in the state of Pakistan.

Hindus constitute the largest minority community in Pakistan but there have been repeated reports of vandalism committed against Hindu temples.The Hindu community has expressed anger and outrage at this attack.

It is notable here that Sindh region has been constantly witnessing attacks on the minority Hindus over their faith.Hindu girls being raped or forcible conversion of Hindu girls.

In May, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) had condemned the razing of houses of people from the Hindu and Christian communities in Punjab province's Bahawalpur city.

"HRCP is gravely concerned at reports that houses belonging to the Hindu and Christian communities of Yazman in Bahawalpur have been demolished, allegedly by local authorities with political influence," said HRCP in a tweet.

A video of a similar incident had surfaced on the internet earlier this year in which a basti of a minority Hindu community in Bhawalpur can be seen being demolished. The demolition exercise was carried out under the watch of Tariq Bashir Cheema, the Housing Minister in the Imran Khan cabinet, and the country's Principal Information Officer Shahid Khokhar.

Pakistan is a well-known perpetrator of such human rights violations. On several occasions it has promised to safeguard the interest of minority communities in the nation. However, continuing attacks on minorities narrate a different story.

Islamabad has been discriminating against its religious minorities. This is manifested in various forms of targeted violence, mass murders, extrajudicial killings, abduction, rapes, forced conversion to Islam, etc., making Pakistani Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Ahmadiyyas, and Shias the most persecuted minorities in the region. (ANI)

Tata Crucible Corporate Quiz in an all new online format

Tata Crucible

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] October 11 (ANI/PRNewswire): Tata Crucible Corporate Quiz, India's largest and eagerly anticipated business quiz, is back in a new online format for its 17th edition. The registrations for this edition will be open from October 6th to 20th, 2020.

This knowledge initiative by the Tata Group is all set to roll out and invite participation from the best and the brightest minds from corporates across India.

As the world is adapting to the new normal, Tata Crucible has equally stood up to the challenge; and brought in the first ever virtual format to suit the demands of the time.

Throughout its 16 years of quizzing history, Tata Crucible has consistently delivered exciting and novel formats, keeping the game ever exciting and energising.

The quiz has always welcomed participation from both Tata and non-Tata corporates and this year, it will invite individual participation in place of a team, to enable easy participation in virtual form.

In this pan-India quizzing competition to be held online starting with a pan-India prelim, the country is divided into 12 clusters and after two levels of online prelims, top 12 finalists from each cluster will be invited for wild card finals out of which top 6 finalists will then compete in the 12 online cluster finals.

In each of the cluster finals, top scorer will be recognised as winner and the second top scorer will be announced as runner-up. The winners and runners-up at the cluster finals will receive prizes of Rs 35,000 /- and Rs 18,000/- respectively. The winner from each of the 12 cluster finals will compete in two semi-finals and finally six winners will qualify for the national final event scheduled to be held in December 2020.

The winner of the National Final will receive a grand prize of Rs 2.5 lakhs along with the coveted Tata Crucible Trophy. The prizes for this edition are being supported by Tata CLiQ.

"Tata Crucible Business Quiz has always been conducted as an on-ground experiential engagement, but given the need of the hour, we have decided to conduct the event in an online format this time with individual participation. This new online version of the quiz promises to be as energetic and intense as the ground events. Now that the quiz is being held completely online, this is an opportunity for individuals from even the remotest parts of India to participate in the quiz, which will further increase the level of competition. We are confident that this new format will be appreciated by all Tata Crucible followers and we look forward to an enthusiastic participation in the quiz this time as well," shared Atul Agrawal, Senior Vice President, Corporate Brand and Marketing, Tata Services.

Renowned quizmaster Giri Balasubramaniam, aka 'Pickbrain' will continue to be the Quizmaster for the online edition Tata Crucible Corporate Quiz.

Since its inception in 2004, the Tata Crucible has promoted the quest of knowledge and out of the box thinking through quizzing as a culture among brightest minds.

For participants, the prestigious Tata Crucible quiz goes beyond juggling facts and tackling trivia; it has now become a quest that celebrates their knowledge and sets them apart.

Register and be a part of India's largest business quizzing battle at Tata Crucible Corporate Quiz 2020.

To register and for rules and updates, please visit

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10 Afghanistan soldiers, 3 civilians killed in roadside blast in Afghanistan

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Kabul [Afghanistan], October 11 (ANI): At least 10 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and three civilians were killed in a roadside blast targeting army humvees in Sar-e-Pul province, TOLO news reported.

Citing a security source, it was reported that at least 10 ANA soldiers and three civilians were killed and three others were wounded in the Saturday blast.

Further details are awaited. (ANI)

At least 5 dead, over dozen injured in Azerbaijan's Ganja city after rocket destroys residential building

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Baku [Azerbaijan], October 11 (ANI/Sputnik): A rocket has hit a residential building in Azerbaijan's western city of Ganja leading to the death of at least five people, the press service of Azerbaijan's Ministry of Emergency Situations said on Sunday.

In the early hours of Sunday, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said that Ganja was shelled from the territory of Armenia.

"As a result of the rocket fire, a residential building was fully destroyed. As of now, the bodies of five dead have been recovered from the rubble; there are 17 wounded. Rescuers are working on the spot," the Sunday statement from the press service of Azerbaijan's Ministry of Emergency Situations says.

Azerbaijan's Prosecutor General's Office said on Sunday that at least five people were killed and 28 others were injured in Ganja. (ANI/Sputnik)

Religious scholar and head of Pakistan's Jamia Farooqia seminary shot dead in Pakistan

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Islamabad [Pakistan], October 11 (ANI): Maulana Dr Adil Khan, a religious scholar and head of Pakistan's Jamia Farooqia seminary, was shot dead along with his driver in a suspected targeted attack in Karachi on Saturday, Dawn reported.

Citing police statement, it was reported that Khan's car had stopped near a shopping centre in Shah Faisal Colony to purchase sweets when armed pillion riders opened indiscriminate fire on the car and fled.

While both Khan and his driver died, his aide escaped the uneventful incident as he had gone to purchase sweets.

Dawn quoted Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah as saying that some miscreants wanted to "sabotage the peace in the city".

Counter-Terrorism Department Deputy Inspector General Omar Shahid Hamid said that the police were focusing on two possible motives behind the incident.

He said in addition to the sectarian aspect of the gun attack, they were ascertaining as to whether a third party wanted to create sectarian conflict.

Pointing to "certain incidents" that may trigger sectarianism in the city such as Adil, a prominent figure in the Deobandi school of thought was recently targeted. (ANI)

Canada's Prime Minister discusses coronavirus situation with Trump

Canada's Prime Minister discusses coronavirus situation with Trump. (Photo: ANI)

Toronto [Canada], October 11 (ANI/Sputnik): Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has held talks with US President Donald Trump wishing him a recovery from the coronavirus infection, the prime minister's office said in a statement.

"Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump. The Prime Minister wished both the President and First Lady well following their recent COVID-19 diagnosis. The Prime Minister also recalled the President's expressions of concern for Sophie Gregoire Trudeau's health after her COVID-19 diagnosis last March," the Saturday statement says.

According to the release, Trump and Trudeau discussed the ongoing efforts to manage the pandemic and keep citizens in both countries safe.

Trudeau also thanked Trump for the US support in seeking the release of two Canadian citizens (Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig), detained in China.

On Saturday, White House physician Sean Conley said in a statement that Trump was no longer a transmission risk to others and met the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) criteria for the safe discontinuation of isolation.

Earlier on Saturday, Trump delivered a speech at the White House in what became his first public appearance since he was hospitalized with COVID-19 at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center on October 2. Speaking from the White House balcony, Trump told his supporters that he was "feeling great" and touched upon many issues, including the economy and controversial mail-in ballot voting. (ANI/Sputnik)

Colombian court releases former president Alvaro Uribe from house arrest

Colombia former president Alvaro Uribe (Credit: Reuters Pictures)

Bogota [Colombia], October 11 (ANI): A Colombian court on Saturday ordered former president Alvaro Uribe to be released from house arrest.

Municipal Judge Clara Salcedo ruled that the new legal framework of Uribe's case did not require his detention during the investigation phase, as he had not yet been charged with any crime, reported DW News.

After his release, Uribe tweeted: "Gracias a Dios (Thank God)"

Uribe was under preventative detention under investigation for alleged witness tampering. He is the first former president of Colombia to be placed under house arrest.

According to DW News, the former president has been accused of human rights abuses during his presidency term, and is also alleged to have ties to paramilitaries.

The Colombian Supreme Court had ordered him to be placed under detention in August, which sparked outrage and protests in the country.

However, the Supreme Court handed his case to the chief prosecutor's office after Uribe resigned as a Senator in the legislature, ruling that he should be tried as an ordinary citizen.

Uribe has denied all accusations claiming that they are part of a ploy against him. (ANI)

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