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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Infiltration bid foiled along LoC
The Army today said it has foiled an infiltration bid of militants along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Search operations are going on in the area. "An infiltration bid was foiled by the Army in Keran sector of north Kashmir's Kupwara district last night," a defence spokesman said here. The spokesman said during the searches this morning, soldiers recovered two AK rifles, four magazines, 60 rounds, one pistol and other war-like stores.

Sushma comes to aid of sick Pak national, gives him medical visa
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has come to the aid of a sick Pakistani national by giving him a medical visa for his liver transplant surgery in India. "Yes, we are granting visa for your father's liver transplant surgery in India," Swaraj tweeted yesterday in reply to a Pakistani resident Hamid Ali Ashraf, whose father Mohammed Ashraf is to be treated at the Max Hospital in Saket here. "Thank you so much mam thank you. I am greatful to you mam. It is really a great deed towards humanity," Ashraf said in reply to Swaraj's gesture. He had earlier put out a series of tweets since the start of this month, tagging Swaraj and urging her to grant him a medical visa.

Keen to have talks with insurgent groups in Manipur: N Biren
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has said his government is keen to have dialogue with various insurgent groups in the state with involvement of the Centre to find a political solution and bring peace. With over 30 different armed groups operating in the state, Singh told PTI that the idea would be to have talks under one umbrella and his party is willing to give up power if a long-lasting solution could be found. "We want dialogue with those who have taken up arms... A peaceful solution is very much needed," he said.

India's modernisation depends on modernisation of water management: President Kovind
Modernisation of India is dependent on modernisation of its water management, President Ram Nath Kovind said today as he pitched for "localised" water management approach to empower villages. Noting that water was fundamental to "economy, ecology and human equity", he said the issue was becoming more critical in view of climate change and related environmental concerns. "I would urge a water management approach that is localised.”

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