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India, Pakistan border tension heats up after fresh firing

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Jammu : India on Tuesday alleged that Pakistan troops resorted to unprovoked heavy firing in at least three places on the de facto border in Jammu and Kashmir, stepping up the tension between the tense neighbours.

No injuries were reported from the Pakistan mortar shelling at Indian border posts in Jhangar, Kalsian and Makri areas of the Nowshera sector of Rajouri district along the Line of Control (LoC), a ceasefire line that divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan.
Many shells landed near civilian areas in Nowshera, a police officer said.

The officer said the Indian Army retaliated and fired at Pakistani posts. Any possible damage on the other side of the ceasefire line was not known immediately.

The Pakistan Army made similar allegations, saying Indian troops “resorted to unprovoked firing” at 4 a.m.

“Pakistani troops befittingly responded to the unprovoked Indian firing… in Bhimber sector,” an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said.

The heavy exchange of fire, which continued for several hours, was the latest in a series of violations of border truce signed in 2003.

Border tension between the two countries flared after 19 Indian soldiers were killed in the September 18 terror attack at an Indian military base in Uri town in Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

India said the four attackers, who sneaked into the Uri camp, infiltraed from Pakistan. Islamabad denied the allegation.

Days later, the Indian Army said it had avenged the Uri attack by conducting “surgical strikes” in Pakistan-administered Kashmir where seven terror launch pads were destroyed and an unknown number of militants and their sympathisers were killed on September 29.

Since then, militaries of the two countries have been regularly firing at each other daily across the LoC and the International Boundary.

On Monday, three civilians were injured in a similar exchange of fire in Poonch district.

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The company says that the iPhone 12 Mini is also the world’s thinnest and lightest 5G smartphone. Let us tell that this event was once again started by Team Cook, CEO of the company.

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PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti released from detention after 14 months

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Jammu, 13 Oct : Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti was on Tuesday released from detention. “PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is being released from detention,” said Jammu and Kashmir administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal.

A government order issued on Tuesday night said her detention was being revoked with immediate effect.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration in July had extended her detention by three months under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

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Indian economy to contract by 10.3% in 2020; may show 8.8% growth in 2021: IMF

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New Delhi, 13 Oct. : The Indian economy, severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic, is projected to contract by a massive 10.3 percent this year, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday.

However, India is likely to bounce back with an impressive 8.8 percent growth rate in 2021, thus regaining the position of the fastest growing emerging economy, surpassing China’s projected growth rate of 8.2 percent, the IMF said in its latest ‘World Economic Outlook’ report.

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America’s economy is projected to contract by 5.8 percent in 2020 and grow by 3.9 percent the next year, the IMF said.

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