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Israel and Syria exchange most extensive missile strikes

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Earlier Tel Aviv claimed of killing 15 including 8 Iranians

In another major development in the Middle East on Thursday morning, Israel and Syria have exchanged barrage of missiles, considered to be the most extensive strikes in decades. Israel claimed attacking dozens of Iranian targets in Syria in response to 20 rockets fired at Israeli military outposts.

Earlier, Israel had claimed of carrying out an attack on a military base south of Damascus, which was used by Iranian forces. London based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it killed at least 15 people, including eight Iranians. Killing of two civilians was confirmed by Syrian news agency.

The Israeli claim of hitting Iranian targets in Syria came one day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Tehran of preparing to attack Israel saying “For the past months, Iran has been transferring weapons to its forces in Syria”.

While addressing live on television on Tuesday night, after Trump announced of withdrawing from Iran nuclear deal, Netanyahu said, We will react with force” to any attack. He also said “The army is prepared, the army is strong, and whoever will try us will feel well the strength of our army”.

According to Israel’s leading daily Haaretz, the Israeli military has accused Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Al Quds force and its commander Maj Gen Qassem Soleimani, of launching the attack at the “Israeli Golan Heights”. This is the first time Israel has directly accused Iran of firing toward Israeli territory, the daily said.

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Israel has claimed of intercepting four of the rockets by its Iron Dome air defense system and the rest of the rockets exploded on Syrian territory. Tel Aviv has also said there were no casualties in the attack.

Israel has also claimed that the targets included weapons storage, logistics sites and intelligence centers used by elite Iranian forces in Syria. It has also claimed of destroying several Syrian air-defense systems after coming under heavy fire. It said none of its warplanes was hit.

Israel and Syria exchange most extensive missile strikes

Haaretz further said that a source in the Israeli security establishment said this attack was the largest carried out by Israel since it signed a disengagement agreement with Syria in May 1974.

Contradicting the Israeli claims, Syrian air defenses have claimed of repelling an Israeli missile aggression on Syrian territories, shooting down scores of missiles. It has claimed of intercepting rockets fired from Israeli aircraft after Tel Aviv targeted Syrian army positions in the “occupied Golan Heights”.

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Syrian official news agency SANA, reported the Israeli aggressions targeted air defense battalions and radars in Syria with missiles fired by “enemy warplanes” from within the occupied territories. Earlier it claimed of intercepting barrage of Israeli missiles after some 20 projectiles were launched from Syrian soil at Israeli positions in the Golan Heights in response to an earlier Israeli shelling on Quneitra province.

SANA reports that the Syrian air defenses were “confronting a new wave of Israeli aggression rockets and downing them one after the other”. However, referring to a military source, it added that Israeli rocket fire had hit a Syrian radar site and an ammunition warehouse.

Earlier Syrian media said that Israeli troops had shelled the city of Ba’ath in the southern province of Quneitra. No casualties have been reported from any of the incidents.

Read More: UN Head calls for de-escalation in Syria-Israel theatre

A Syrian correspondent from Quneitra reports on Thursday that Syrian air defenses shot down Israeli missiles over Ba’ath city.

Earlier on Tuesday, when Trump announced US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal, Israeli missiles targeted Syrian army positions in the Kishweh area south of Damascus. On the same day Israel had reportedly instructed local authorities to “unlock and ready (bomb) shelters” for the settlers.

SANA reports that aggression took place less than 24s after the Syrian air defenses shot down two Israeli missiles over Kishweh area in Damascus countryside.

Israeli media claim of  “Israel’s Golan Heights” is factually wrong. In fact Israel seized the Syrian Golan Heights during 1967 six day war and has continued to occupy two-thirds of the strategically important territory ever since, in a move which has never recognized by international community.

Israel has been frequently using the occupied Golan Heights to carry out military operations against Syrian territories.

Read More: Israeli F-16 shot down by Syrians, Tel Aviv hit Iranian drone

Tehran based Press TV and Iran’s official news agency IRNA have so far neither confirmed nor denied Israel targeting Iranian military installations in Syria. Instead, Iranian media has reported the exchange of missile attacks between Israeli and Syrian forces.

SANA report says that the command of the Lebanese Army said that four Israeli warplanes violated its airspace at the same time as the aggression took place.

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DGCA fines Go First Rs 10 lakh for leaving behind 55 passengers at Bengaluru airport

The incident took place on January 9 at 5:45 am when the passengers were about to board Go First flight G8-116 from Bengaluru to New Delhi.

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Friday fined Go First Rs 10 lakh for leaving behind 55 passengers at the Bengaluru airport earlier this month and violating the rules.

The incident took place on January 9 at 5:45 am when the passengers were about to board Go First flight G8-116 from Bengaluru to New Delhi. Reports said a total of airbuses were sent to pick up the passengers for the aircraft. While the first two buses went ahead, the other two were left behind.

Following the incident, the DGCA issued a show cause notice to the responsible manager of the airlines and directed them to take enforcement actions against Go First for the dereliction of their regulatory obligations.

Replying to the DGCA, the airline released a statement saying the airline had launched an inquiry into the matter assuring it is being investigated. The airlines also offered a free ticket for travel on any domestic route to all the affected passengers.

A senior DCGA official reacted to the reply and said the airline failed to provide adequate ground arrangement handling, flight dispatch and passenger and cargo handling, and preparation of load and trim sheet.

DGCA further enforced action and penalised Rs 10 lakh for violation of CAR Sections 3, Series C, Part II of the Air Transport Circular 02 of 2019, reports said.

Sharing her inconvenience through a tweet, an affected passenger called it her most horrifying experience with Go First airlines. She shared her ordeals on Twitter and called the incident the heights of negligence.

Watch the video of the incident here:

Earlier a similar incident took place wherein Singapore-bound Scoot Airlines left behind more than 30 passengers at the Amritsar Airport. The DGCA sought a report of the incident and also slammed the airlines.

In a reply to DGCA, the airlines informed that the passengers were updated about the rescheduling of the flight, however, their travel agents failed to convey them. The airlines also offered free tickets to all the affected passengers.

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Who is Suhani Shah? Everything you need to know about the internet sensation

Shah entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s youngest magician at the age of seven.

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If you are an avid social media user, you might have come across the name, Suhani Shah. The 32-year-old is hogging headlines for her ability to read people’s minds. Prime Time news channels couldn’t stop covering her and tagging her as a Jadu Pari or a magician.

Shah came into the limelight amid the Bageshwar Dham row. The mentalist ripped off the 26-year-old Dham Trust chief Dhirendra Shastri’s false claims about magic and divine power.

Who is Suhani Shah?

Shah is not just a mentalist but also a social media sensation. She has a verified Instagram account with 1.2 million followers and her bio reads ‘Mentalist.’

Apart from being the cover story of magazines like Be Attractive, L’utopia, Fashion Herald, and others, she has collaborated with several Bollywood stars like Kareen Kapoor Khan, Rajkummar Rao, Boman Irani, and others.

Shah entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s youngest magician at the age of seven. An illusionist, a clinical hypnotherapist, an author, a corporate trainer, and a mentalist, she has been honoured with several awards and the title Jadoo Pari by the All India Magic Association.

Shah also owns a YouTube channel where she keeps uploading videos on mentalism, magic, vlogs, and others. Other than her social media appearance, she also runs a web shoe That’s My Job wherein she invites guests. Public figures like Zakir Khan, Triggered Insaan, Munawar Faruqui, Tanmay Bhat, Samay Raina, Nischay Malhan, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, and several others have been a part of her web show.

Born in Rajasthan’s Udaipur, Shah discontinued school in Class 2 to pursue her passion for magic. As she started her career at the age of seven and toured across the world, she was home-schooled.

In 1997, she performed on the stage for the first time at Thakorbhai Desai Hall in Ahmedabad and up until now has done over 5,000 shows in and across India.

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Madhya Pradesh: Four men creep into coal mine to rob scrap iron, die of asphyxiation

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Four men, who crept into a coal mine to allegedly steal scrap iron from the place, died of asphyxiation inside in Shahdol district of Madhya Pradesh, reports said.

According to reports, the now-deceased men broke into a closed coal mine in Kalri under Dhanpuri police station to rob scrap iron by stripping junked machines, while one of their partners stood outside to stand guard.

However, the man standing guard became anxious when his gang members didn’t return for a long time and there was silence from inside. The man fled the spot and fearing the worst, returned back and informed his friends and family of the incident.

Reports said police got wind of the incident, and sent a rescue team inside the mine who managed to pull out the bodies of the four thieves.

Police said that four men were already when the rescue team found them inside the mine.

The deceased have been identified as Raj Mahto, Hazari Koul, Rahul Koul and Kapil Vishwakarma, police said, adding that they suspect the men died due leakage of methane gas inside the coal mine.

The mine had been shut since 2018 and the four men had reportedly dug a tunnel to get inside the coal mine.

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