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Crowded and how! C-17 evacuates 640 Afghans over and above capacity

US defense officials reportedly said the passengers included women and children. All these people were taken from Kabul to Qatar on Sunday. Defense One said the flight was not intended to carry such a large load. But some panicked people entered it through the half-open ramp of the C-17.

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After the return of the Taliban in Afghanistan, pictures and videos of people fleeing for their lives are coming out on social media. In this episode, a surprising picture has emerged, in which hundreds of Afghan citizens can be seen sitting in a US military cargo plane. There is a huge crowd of people sitting in the plane, who are waiting to escape from Kabul to reach a safer place. Significantly, with the capture of Kabul on Sunday, the Taliban has control of almost the whole of Afghanistan.

American defense and security news site Defense One released a photo and said about 640 Afghan citizens were sitting clung in the US military plane C-17 Globemaster III. This is the highest number of people ever in C-17, a massive military cargo plane that has been operated by the U.S. and its allies for nearly three decades. US defense officials reportedly said the passengers included women and children. All these people were taken from Kabul to Qatar on Sunday. Defense One said the flight was not intended to carry such a large load. But some panicked people entered it through the half-open ramp of the C-17.

The plane was among one of those flights, which took off with hundreds of people. At the same time, other flights have taken off with an even higher number of Afghan citizens. On Monday, the restlessness of Afghan citizens fleeing the country was seen at Kabul airport. People were seen climbing on top of military planes.

Apart from this, videos from Kabul airport also surfaced, in which hundreds of people were seen running with military planes.

At the same time, a shocking video went viral on Monday in which desperate Afghans who had clung on to the underbelly of a C-17 Globemaster were seen falling down from the plane. It appeared that desperate Afghans were clinging on to either the undercarriage of the C-17 or the landing gear of the transport plane when they got flung out due to the huge G-force exerted during take-off, ANI reported.

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The Taliban have captured different border crossings of the country. In such a situation, the airport is the only way left, through which people can leave the war-torn country and go to a safe place. However, the US military closed the airport on Monday after a large number of Afghan citizens arrived. The airport was once again opened in the early hours of Tuesday, an American general said. He said the command of air traffic control is also in the hands of US security forces. There was also a shooting at Kabul airport on Monday, in which five people were killed.

In other India news, the Taliban was seen enjoying rides at an amusement park after taking over Kabul.

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Brand builder PKD Nambiar passes away after battling cancer

PKD Nambiar passed away due to a prolonged battle with cancer. 

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Brand builder PKD Nambiar passes away after battling cancer

PKD Nambiar, who wore many hats as a successful entrepreneur, marketing and political strategist, and TV personality, passed away recently due to a sudden cardiac arrest on February 23. Reports said the MD and CEO of Flags Communications Pvt Ltd and Chairman of Nambiar Group of Companies, was battling cancer for quite some time.

Nambiar’s death has left a deep void in the marketing and communications world. He made remarkable contributions as a brand builder of various companies and individuals and was a trailblazer, known as a “start-up turn around and growth specialist”.

Hailing from Kerala, Nambiar had started creating ripples when he was just 20 years after he started his career with Mitsui in Delhi. Four years later, he made a promising foray into entrepreneurship, with his remarkable vision and leadership skills.

Reports quoted his son Ayush Nambiar as saying: “After nearly two years of valiantly battling cancer, he remained vibrant in spirit and filled with light energy until his final breath.”  

Journalists, entrepreneurs and analysts mourned the death of Nambiar. Among them was Tehseen Poonawalla, an entrepreneur, columnist and television personality. While expressing his condolences on X, Poonawalla posted that he was shattered on hearing the news.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates, lays foundation stone for various infrastructure projects worth Rs 56000 crore in Telangana’s Adilabad

PM Modi said for many years, Telangana was a victim of ignorance. But in the last 10 years, the government spent a lot of money for the development of Telangana. He said the whole world is talking about India’s growth rate. The Prime Minister said India is the only country in the world which continues to grow at 8.4% in the last quarter.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates, lays foundation stone for various infrastructure projects worth Rs 56000 crore in Telangana’s Adilabad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of a number of development projects worth Rs 56000 crore in Telangana’s Adilabad. The projects are related to road and rail sector with major focus on power sector.

Speaking at the event, PM Modi said for many years, Telangana was a victim of ignorance. But in the last 10 years, the government spent a lot of money for the development of Telangana. He said the whole world is talking about India’s growth rate. The Prime Minister said India is the only country in the world which continues to grow at 8.4% in the last quarter. He said soon India will become the third largest economy in the world.

He said the contribution made by the people of Telangana was never given due respect even after many decades after India became independent. PM Modi said the BJP government at the Centre gave great importance to the development of Telangana and has honoured the tribal community in the state. He pointed out that nobody would have imagined that a tribal woman will become the president of the country.

He said nobody would have imagined that the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Birsa Munda would be celebrated as a national festival. PM Modi said the government of India has formed a separate ministry for the development of the tribals.

He also inaugurated NTPC’s 800 MW (Unit-2) of Telangana Super Thermal Power Project in Peddapalli. The project will supply 85% power to Telangana and will have the highest power generation efficiency of approximately 42% among all power sectors of NTPC in India.

The newly electrified Ambari-Adilabad Pimpalkhuti rail line was also inaugurated during the event. PM Modi also laid down the foundation stone for 2 major national highway projects connecting Telangana with Maharashtra and Telangana with Chattisgarh through NH-353B and NH -163.

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Delhi Police arrest 2 shooters from Goa in Nafe Singh Rathee’s murder case

Saurav and Ashish were arrested from Goa in a joint operation by the Haryana’s Police’s Special Task Force, the district police and the Delhi Police’s Special Cell. The police said the two shooters were arrested from a hotel where they had been staying and added that they will be brought to the national capital by afternoon.

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Delhi Police arrest 2 shooters from Goa in Nafe Singh Rathee’s murder case

A joint team of Jhajjar Police, Delhi Police Special Cell and Haryana STF have arrested 2 shooters Ashish and Saurav from Goa in connection with the murder of Indian National Lok Dal’s (INLD) Haryana unit chief Nafe Singh Rathee on Monday. Nafee Singh Rathee and party worker Jai Kishan were murdered after multiple rounds were fired on their vehicle in Bahadurgarh in the state’s Jhajjar district on February 25.

Saurav and Ashish were arrested from Goa in a joint operation by the Haryana’s Police’s Special Task Force, the district police and the Delhi Police’s Special Cell. The police said the two shooters were arrested from a hotel where they had been staying and added that they will be brought to the national capital by afternoon.

A senior Delhi Police officer said Atul, Nakul, Saurabh and Ashish were the four who opened fire on Rathee and Kishan’s vehicle on February 25. The Jhajjar Police said the investigation is undergoing to catch 2 more shooters. Earlier on Saturday, a senior Haryana Police officer said that 4 shooters allegedly involved in the murder of Nafe Singh Rathee had identified and efforts were on to catch them.

Jhajjar superintendent of Police Arpit Jain said the car used by the shooters was recovered from outside Rewari Railway Station. He said police teams in different states were conducting raids to catch them. Jain said the car had been rounded up and being asked how the vehicle reached the shooters. A forensic team lifted samples from the vehicles to carry out further investigation.

Nafe Singh Rathee who was the president of Indian National Lok Dal’s Haryana Unit had been shot dead by unidentified persons in Jhajjar’s Bahadurgarh on February 25. In the attack, INLD worker Jai Kishan who was travelling with Nafe Singh Rathee in the same vehicle also died.

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