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Terror foremost challenge for Asean countries: Parrikar

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New Delhi : Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, called terrorism the “foremost challenge” facing the member nations of the Asean regional group on October 6, adding that there is a need to delegitimise it as an instrument of state policy.

Parrikar said, “Terrorism remains foremost challenge to our (Asean) region. We need to oppose terrorism resolutely everywhere, delegitimise it as an instrument of state policy, and cooperate unreservedly to locate and destroy terrorist networks.”

Speaking at the 20th Asean Regional Forum Heads of Defence Universities meet in New Delhi, Parrikar called for a change in the region’s security framework.

“The security frameworks in our (Asean) region still does not give enough attention to terrorism. This must change,” he said.

The comments came amid continued tension along the India-Pakistan border, following the attack at an Indian Army camp at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir, killing 19 soldiers.

Tensions escalated after a surgical strike was conducted by the Indian Army in the intervening night between September 28 and 29 on several terror launch pads across the Line of Control in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Another army camp-30 Rashtriya Rifles-was attacked today by three heavily armed militants in Kashmir’s Kupwara district. In a prolonged gun battle between the security forces and terrorists, the three attakers were killed by the army.

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Nashik hospital horror: 22 patients die due to oxygen leak

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Nashik , 21 April : In a horrific incident, at least 22 patients died on ventilators in a Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) hospital after a sudden drop in pressure due to leakage in the oxygen supplies, officials said.

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Man held for making hoax bomb call for Taj Mahal

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Agra, 4 March : The Agra police have arrested the man who made a hoax call on Thursday morning claiming that there was a bomb in the Taj Mahal.

The man identified as Vimal Kumar Singh, is a resident of Nakhi in Uttar Pradesh’s Firozabad. Inspector General (IG) Satish Ganesh said that Singh was being interrogated.

“It seems he is of unsound mind and is being treated for the disorder. We are also trying to locate his location at the time when he made the call,” the IG said. He said that further investigations were underway.

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SKM announces 5-hr blockade at KMP expressway on 100th day of protest

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New Delhi, 3 March: The Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) expressway will be blocked for five hours on March 6 as the farmers’ protest against the three Central farm laws complete 100 days, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) announced on Tuesday after a meeting held on the 96th day of the protest to prepare future strategy.

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