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Army dog Zoom dies after getting shot in J&K encounter

Notably, Zoom, the army assault dog, was deployed to search and snatch weapons from militant during an anti-terrorist operation.

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An army assault dog, Zoom, who was injured two days back during an anti-terrorist operation succumbed to his injuries on Thursday after undergoing a surgery in Jammu and Kashmir.

The canine had sustained two shots in an encounter with the terrorists in Kokernag, Anantnag. Injuries failed to deter Zoom  from his task and he helped neutralise 2 terrorists. He sustained a fracture in his front leg and was injured on the face. Zoom was in a combat team and was posted to Aantnag district in Kashmir, where he suffered injuries.

He underwent a surgery on Wednesday at Army’s Vet Hospital Srinagar and responded well till 11:45 am but suddenly he began gasping for breath and died.

The Army officials say, Zoom was receiving care at Srinagar’s 54 Advance Field Veterinary Hospital. Following surgery, he was doing well, but at around 11:45 a.m., he suddenly started having trouble breathing and passed out.

Chinar Corps produced a film to honour the dog’s unmatched bravery and valour in spotting and eliminating the terrorists.

After obtaining specific information regarding the presence of terrorists in the area, the security forces launched a search and cordon operation in the Tangpawa neighbourhood of south Kashmir late on Sunday.

Notably, Zoom, the army assault dog, was deployed to search and snatch weapons from militant during an anti-terrorist operation. A soldier and Zoom both sustained injuries in the encounter.

After identifying and confirming the terrorists’ hide-out, Zoom was sent inside the house to snatch weapons and to bring them out.

Zoom made a stealthy approach to the terrorists before pouncing upon them. The terrorists who were hidden opened fire on Zoom, gravely injuring him. The forces’ precise shooting effectively neutralised the terrorists after Zoom succeeded in destabilising them, said the Army.

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IMD predicts more rainfall as mercury dips across Delhi-NCR

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The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast more rainfall in Delhi-NCR over the next 12 hours even as mercury dipped to five degrees below season’s normal as cold winds and rain lashed the national capital and its adjoining regions over the past 24 hours.

Maximum temperature dipped to 17.2 degrees Celsius on Sunday while a minimum of 6.4 degrees Celsius was recorded, at least three degrees below season’s normal due to rain fall and cold winds.

The IMD has predicted light-moderate spells of rainfall in the next 12 hours across Delhi-NCR

In a tweet IndiaMetSky revealed that moisture is hitting the mountain tops of Aravali and is instantly being lifted up. This chain expands from South Rajasthan-Delhi, it said, adding that this chain is being boosted by moisture incursion from both seas, convergence and interesting topology.

The Met has predicted light to moderate rain accompanied by thunderstorms across the national capital, some areas likely to be affected are listed below.

Delhi: Narela, Bawana, Alipur, Kanjhawala, Budha Jayanti Park, Jafarpur, Nazafgarh, Delhi Cantt, India Gate, Akshardham, Palam, Safdarjung, Lodi Road, Nehru Stadium, IGI Airport, Vasant Vihar, R K Puram, Defence Colony, Lajpat Nagar, Vasant Kunj, Hauzkhas, Malviyanagar, Kalkaji, Mahrauli, Tughlakabad, Chhattarpur, IGNOU, Ayanagar, and Deramandi.

NCR: Loni Dehat, Hindon AF Station, Bahadurgarh, Indirapuram, Noida, Gurugram, and Manesar.

Haryana: Jind, Gohana, Hansi, Rohtak, Charkhi Dadri, Mattanhail, Jhajjar, Loharu, Farukhnagar, Kosali, Mahendargarh, Narnaul.

Around 3.3 mm of rain was recorded in Delhi on Sunday afternoon. This was the season’s first rainfall in Delhi which usually records around 17mm of rain in winter.

The IMD in a statement said that a western disturbance is likely to cause “light/moderate rainfall/snowfall at most places with isolated heavy falls over western Himalayan region during the next two days; light/moderate rainfall at some/many places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan during the same period. Isolated very light rainfall/drizzle would also occur over Delhi on Sunday and Monday morning”.

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Odisha health minister shot at by ASI, condition critical; airlifted to Bhubaneshwar

Since Naba Das had police security the shooting has called into severe doubt the effectiveness of security measures

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Odisha health minister shot at by ASI, condition critical; airlifted to Bhubaneshwar

Odisha’s Health Minister Nab Kishore Das was fatally attacked at around 1 pm on Sunday. He was shot at by an ASI on duty. The minister was on his way to attend a programme at Brajrajnagar in Jharsuguda district. As soon as Das got down sitting on the front seat of the car, the ASI shot him twice in the chest. Blood-soaked Das fell near the car.

His supporters present at the spot caught him and called an ambulance and rushed him to the hospital. After some time he was airlifted to Apollo Hospital in Bhubaneswar, where his condition remains critical. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also reached the hospital to meet Das. The crime branch has started investigating the matter.

On the other hand, the police have taken ASI Gopaldas, who fired at the minister, into custody. He is being interrogated, but so far the accused has not given the reason for the attack.

In a serious incident on Sunday near Gandhi chhak near Brajarajnagar in the Jharsuguda district, Odisha Health Minister Naba Das was criticially injured after being shot at by a miscreant. When the incident happened, Naba Das was en route to a programme.

According to reports, Naba Das was shot by unknown gunmen after getting out of his car. Uncertainty persists regarding the firing’s precise cause.

Naba Das was rushed to the hospital right after after the event. Following the firing incident, BJD activists conducted a dharna, which raised tensions at the scene.

Given that the minister was allegedly shot at close range, it is believed that the shooting was pre-planned.

Since Naba Das, who was supposed to attend a large-scale event, also had police escort, the occurrence has called into severe doubt the effectiveness of security measures.

After learning the news over the phone, we are extremely surprised. It’s too soon to identify who is responsible or why it occurred. We ask for God to hasten his healing. Police will conduct a thorough inquiry, and we condemn the incident, said senior BJD leader Prasanna Acharya.

However, Brajrajnagar SDOP Gupteswar Bhoi said that it is unclear what prompted the ASI to fire at the Minister. The concerned official has been arrested and is currently being questioned.

The SDPO denied knowing who gave the ASI the order to shoot at the minister when questioned about it. Naba Das, the senior BJD leader and minister of health for Odisha, was shot at earlier and hurt close to Gandhi Chhak in Brajarajnagar.

When the firing incident was reported, the Minister was en route to a programme. Since Naba Das, who was supposed to attend a large-scale event, also had police escort, the occurrence has called into severe doubt the effectiveness of security measures.

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Papiya Dutta is BJP candidate from Agartala for Tripura elections

Tripura, which was seen as a bastion of the Left parties, saw the BJP in office for the first time in 2018

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Papiya Dutta is BJP candidate from Agartala for Tripura elections

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced the name of Papiya Dutta as its candidate for the Agartala assembly seat for the ensuing Tripura elections.

BJP’s Central Election Committee made the announcement on Sunday. This came a day after Congress announced the name of its candidate for Agartala. Congress named Sudip Roy Barman as its candidate for Agartala.

Both parties the BJP and the Congress have announced their candidates for the Tripura assembly polls on Saturday with the state set for a multi-cornered contest in the February 16 election for 60 seats in the state assembly.

Congress announced 17 candidates, while the Bharatiya Janata Party published two lists with 48 and six candidates, respectively. Additionally, the agreement between the BJP and IPFT was confirmed. Five seats are up for election by IPFT.

Union Minister Pratima Bhoumik, a candidate for the BJP, is from Dhanpur. The party has not offered tickets to six of its incumbent MLAs for the 2019 elections.

The MLAs that were refused tickets include Vimmi Majumdar, Subhash Chandra Das, Arun Chandra Bhowmik, Virendra Kishore Dev Burman, Parimal Debbarma, and Viplav Kumar.

The state assembly elections are coming up, and the incumbent chief minister Dr. Manik Saha will run from the Town Bordowali district.

Tripura, which was seen as a bastion of the Left parties, saw the BJP in office for the first time in 2018.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, and party chief JP Nadda were among those present at the Bharatiya Janata Party Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting on January 27.

The nomination period ends on January 30. The voting will take place on March 2.

Nine states, as well as possibly the Union Territory of J&K, will have assembly elections in 2023. Given that there will be Lok Sabha elections in 2024, these elections are more significant.

The tone and atmosphere of the major conflict will be established by these state polls. For instance, if the BJP loses in several states, it will inspire the opposition and make it clearer whose leaders have the most negotiating leverage to be prime ministerial contenders.

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