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Morning brief: Reasons for J&K's Rajouri being a terror hotspot; Trudeau says ‘working with India, US’ on Pannun rep

Nov 24, 2023 09:04 AM IST

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Rajouri and Poonch, border districts in Jammu, have witnessed a surge in Pakistan-sponsored terrorism over the past 25 months, marked by nine major attacks resulting in the deaths of eight terrorists, 29 security personnel, and nine civilians since October 2021. Security experts attribute the escalation to the challenging topography, proximity to the Line of Control, and the availability of traditional infiltration routes, exacerbated by dense jungles and natural caves. The hilly terrain of these districts amplifies the difficulty for security forces, making them a hotspot for terrorist activities, distinct from the Kashmir division of the Union Territory. Dig deeper

Rajouri: Security personnel stand guard during an encounter with terrorists, at Baji Maal area of Rajouri district, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023.(PTI)
Rajouri: Security personnel stand guard during an encounter with terrorists, at Baji Maal area of Rajouri district, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023.(PTI)

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau indirectly addressed the reported threat to the life of US-Canadian dual citizen and Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) general counsel, Gurpatwant Pannun, during the virtual G20 summit hosted by Indian PM Narendra Modi. While Trudeau's office didn't explicitly mention the threat, it stated that he emphasized the significance of coordinated G20 leadership in upholding the "rule of law and international law." Notably, the readout did not specifically acknowledge Modi as the host of the virtual summit. The situation raises questions about the complex dynamics between Canada, India, and concerns related to the secessionist group SFJ. Dig deeper

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Sports Goings

Following India's heartbreak in the World Cup, the excitement persisted in the T20 format as the first T20I against Australia unfolded in Visakhapatnam. Despite Australia setting a formidable score of 208/3, courtesy of Josh Inglis' spectacular 110 off 50 balls, India's captain Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan mounted a thrilling comeback with brilliant half-century knocks. However, their dismissals brought the Aussies back into contention, and a tight penultimate over from Nathan Ellis, conceding only 6 runs, intensified the excitement. The match concluded in a gripping finish, showcasing the unpredictable nature of T20 cricket. Dig deeper

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India News

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Global Matters

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Entertainment Focus

Actor Ranbir Kapoor has likened his upcoming film "Animal" to an "adult-rated Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham." He stated that he has portrayed the "most complex character" of his career in the movie. During the trailer launch event, Kapoor described "Animal" as a narrative about a man willing to go to great lengths to protect his family, drawing parallels to the 2001 family drama "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham." The comparison suggests that "Animal" explores mature themes with a focus on familial bonds. The actor's remarks have sparked interest in the film's storyline and his challenging role. Dig deeper

Lifestyle and Health

Sara Ali Khan graced the 54th International Film Festival of India, unveiling a preview of her upcoming film "Ae Watan Mere Watan" in a stunning yellow handcrafted saree. Known for her elegant style, Sara effortlessly transitions between chikankari kurtas, casual denim, and glamorous outfits. The actress, celebrated for her classy fashion choices, has the ability to elevate any ensemble, be it a jumpsuit or a traditional saree. Her recent appearance at the film festival showcased her in a six-yard masterpiece, capturing attention and leaving a lasting impression on fashion enthusiasts. Sara's style continues to be a source of inspiration for those looking to make a statement with grace and glamour. Dig deeper

That’s all we have at this hour in our Morning briefing. Catch you in the afternoon.

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