Soldier, civilian killed in Pakistan ceasefire violation
Jammu, August 12 (IANS): A woman and an army JCO were killed on Saturday in unprovoked breach of the LoC ceasefire by Pakistani soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, officials said. Ruqia Bibi was killed in Pakistan firing on the LoC in Bakakot area of Mendhar sector in Poonch in the morning, police said. Defence Ministry spokesman, Lt Col Manish Mehta said Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked, indiscriminate ceasefire violation in Mendhar sector at 5.30 a.m. “After Indian positions retaliated effectively, firing exchanges stopped in Mendhar sector at 6.45 a.m. In the exchange of fire, Naib Subedar Jagram Singh Tomar was grievously injured and succumbed to his injuries. Tomar, 42 years, belonged to village Tarsana in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena district and is survived by his wife and a son and daughter. “The martyred junior commissioned officer (JCO) was a brave and sincere soldier. The nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” said Mehta. Another soldier is reported to have been injured in Pakistan army’s indiscriminate firing in the same sector.
Agra NGO introduces chip to grow plants better
Agra, August 12 (IANS): An NGO planted saplings here on Saturday and introduced a Radio Frequency Identification chip to them which will ascertain the survival rate of the plants and their growth so they can be better cared for. The innovative technique is being used for the first time in the Dayalbagh campus of Agra and will help ascertain the produce of every tree. It will also ensure that the entire planting is done easily in a short period of time. The NGO, SPHEEHA (Society for Preservation of Healthy Environment and Ecology and Heritage of Agra), said the campaign will also be a learning aid for students and researchers who can obtain pre-fed information about these plants using a hand held radio-frequency identification reader. Since 2006, the NGO has been planting hundreds of saplings during the monsoon season in the city. The produce will be used for manufacturing Ayurvedic products, the NGO said.
Illegal arms manufacturer held in Delhi
New Delhi, August 12 (IANS): A member of an inter-state illegal gun manufacturing gang has been arrested with 20 semi-automatic pistols here, Delhi Police said on Saturday. Deputy Commissioner of Police Madhur Verma said that the gang operates from Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh and supplied guns in and around Delhi. It has been running for the past two years. Ugara Singh, 39, was arrested in east Delhi around 9 p.m. on Friday, said Verma. “The gang used to manufacture parts of guns in different lathes in Dhar and later assembled the guns in jungles,” the DCP said. To evade arrest, the gang travelled via a “golden triangle” of Indore-Jaipur-Delhi, police said. The officer said that the gang used code words so even if someone overheared them talking over phone, they would be safe. Verma said raids are being carried out in the city to arrest those who bought guns from the gang.
2 brothers die while cleaning sewer
New Delhi, August 12 (PTI): Two brothers died and their father was admitted to hospital in a critical condition after they inhaled toxic gases while cleaning a sewer at a shopping mall in Anand Vihar today, the police said. A firefighter, involved in the rescue operation, also inhaled the toxic fumes and was admitted to the hospital, they added. As they did not come out of it for a long time, the police and fire department were informed. One of the firemen, Mahipal, who had entered the sewer, also inhaled the toxic fumes and collapsed, the police said. All the four were rushed to the Hedgewar Hospital, where Jahangir was declared “brought dead” and Izaz died subsequently, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Nupur Prasad said.
UN Special Envoy on TB ends five-day visit to India
New Delhi, August 12 (PTI): The United Nations Special Envoy on Tuberculosis (TB) Dr Eric Goosby’s five day visit to India, which was aimed at understanding the challenges of the national TB programme and discussing plans to eliminate the disease, ended today. He also engaged with the Indian leadership to lend his support to further accelerate the momentum towards ending TB in the country. “The Health Ministry has developed a national strategic plan that is progressive and grounded in science. The challenge now is to translate this plan into action. India certainly has the talent and political will to make this happen,” Goosby said after meeting Union Health Minister J P Nadda during his visit. WHO Representative to India Dr Henk Bekedam said, “There is strong political commitment at the highest level, including the prime minister and the health minister, which has re- invigorated the TB programme.” “The government has taken steps to prioritise TB care and management, especially with the adoption of the National Strategic Plan for Tuberculosis Elimination 2017-2025,” he added.
Senior official held for bribery
Mumbai, August 12 (PTI): A senior official of District Employment Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Guidance Centre was arrested by the ACB while allegedly accepting a bribe amount of Rs 15,000 from an employee, an official said. Charudatta Tambe, assistant director of the centre, had allegedly demanded an amount of Rs 2 lakh from the complainant, who works as a peon in department, to grant official favours, said officials. He was arrested by ACB while allegedly accepting Rs 15,000 as first instalment of the bribe, he said. The complainant was on leave for treatment after his accident in 2013 and had recently contacted Tambe for rejoining service, the official said.
UP STF arrests murder accused who evaded police for 6 yrs
Noida, August 12 (PTI): A man has been arrested by the UP Police for his alleged involvement in a six-year-old murder case, officials said today. Sunil, who was carrying a reward of Rs 12,000 on his head, was nabbed by the police’s Special Task Force (STF) late last night, UP STF Superintendent of Police R N Mishra said. In 2011, he had allegedly killed Nawab in Bulandshahr along with his accomplice Rishi who was arrested, police said. Sunil, who was putting pressure on the deceased’s family to withdraw the case against him, had been evading his arrest for six years, they said. A country-made pistol used by him in the murder has also been recovered. Meanwhile, police in Dadri have arrested Pushpinder and Ravinder, and recovered 33 cartons of smuggled liquor and three kilogrammes of narcotic substance.