Militant attack on Sunjuwan Army camp to 71 die in Russia plane crash: Top stories of the day
Five soldiers and a civilian were killed in two days of fighting between the Indian Army and militants who attacked a military base in Jammu. Actor Kamal Haasan said he won’t ally with Rajinikanth because the superstar’s politics has a ‘hue of saffron’. These stories made news on Sunday.india Updated: Feb 12, 2018 08:11 IST
Five soldiers and a civilian were killed in two days of fighting between the Indian Army and militants who attacked a military base in Jammu. Actor Kamal Haasan said he won’t ally with Rajinikanth because the superstar’s politics has a ‘hue of saffron’. These stories made news on Sunday. Here is more about them.
5 soldiers and civilian killed in militant attack on Jammu Army camp
Five soldiers and a civilian were killed in two days of fighting between the Indian Army and militants who invaded a residential area of the Sunjwan military camp on the outskirts of Jammu. Three militants were killed in the attack which began Saturday when security forces were on high alert for the fifth death anniversary of Afzal Guru, the Kashmiri terrorist hanged to death for his role in the 2001 Parliament attack.
71 killed as Russian airliner crashes near Moscow
A Russian airliner that had just taken off from the country’s second-busiest airportcrashed on Sunday, killing all 71 people aboard and scattering jagged chunks of wreckage across a snowy field outside Moscow. The Saratov Airlines flight disappeared from radar just minutes after departure for the city of Orsk, some 1,500 kilometers to the southeast.
We will make your dreams a reality: PM tells Indian diaspora in Dubai
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said ties between India and the United Arab Emirates ties go beyond trade and both countries will work together to fulfil the dreams of the Indian diaspora in the Gulf country. “The dreams you have here and in India, I assure you, we will make them reality before the set timeframe,” he said in Dubai. He thanked the Gulf countries--home to nearly 3.3 million strong Indian diaspora--for providing them “a home away from home”.
No alliance with Rajinikanth if he goes saffron: Kamal Haasan
Actor Kamal Haasan said he won’t ally with Rajinikanth because his politics has a “hue of saffron , alluding that the Tamil movie superstar is inclined towards the Bharatiya Janata Party. “My politics will definitely not be saffron,” said Hassan, referring to Hindu identity politics. Rajinikanth and Haasan announced recently they are joining politics to fight corruption and provide Tamil Nadu with a transparent and responsive government after the death of chief minister J Jayalalithaa destabilised the state.
Israel will not allow ‘entrenchment’ of Iran’s military in Syria: Netanyahu
Israel said it will not allow Iran to establish a military presence in Syria, after it launched air raids on what it said were Iranian targets in its Arab neighbour.
“Israel wants peace but we will continue to defend ourselves with determination against any attack on us and against any attempt by Iran to entrench itself militarily in Syria or anywhere else,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Pakistani human rights activist Asma Jahangir dies
Pakistani human rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir passed away at 66 in Lahore. Jahangir was a co-founder of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and served at its secretary general and then as chairperson. She was also the co-chair of South Asians for Human Rights. She was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Arbitrary or Summary Executions and later as the UN Rapporteur of Freedom of Religion or Belief. She was put under house arrest twice for opposing military rule in the country.
Muslim group expels cleric for suggesting that Babri masjid be shifted
Moulana Sayyed Salman Hussaini Nadvi, the cleric who had suggested that the Babri Masjid be shifted from its disputed site in Ayodhya to another place, was expelled by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board. The AIMPLB, which is meeting in Hyderabad, said Nadvi was expelled because he diverged from the organisation’s “unanimous stand” that the mosque “cannot be gifted, sold or shifted”.
BJP releases vision document for Tripura
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley released the Bharatiya Janata Party’s ‘vision document’ for Tripura, which votes for 60 assembly seats on February 18. Himanta Biswa Sarma, senior Assam minister and the BJP leader handling Tripura elections, said implementing recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission for Tripura government employees is a key promise in the document.
RBI still processing returned notes 15 months after demonetisation
The RBI has said that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, returned to banks when the government demonetised them in November 2016, are still being “processed for their arithmetical accuracy and genuineness”. This is being done in an “expedited manner”, the central bank said.
Nearly 400 vacancies for judges in high courts
Vacancies for judges in India’s 24 high courts breached the 400-mark on February 1, according to statistics provided by the law ministry but were brought down on Saturday, with the appointment of five judges to the Karnataka high court. The latest data released by the ministry’s department of justice showed that 403 of the total 1,079 posts of judges were vacant on February 1, up from 397 a month ago.