Nation news in brief
2 JeM militants killed in Kashmir
Srinagar, July 15 (IANS): Two suspected Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants were killed by security forces during an ongoing anti-terror operation in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday, while the remaining militants entered a cave in the densely forested area. Director General of Police S.P. Vaid told reporters that the bodies of the slain militants were visible while the remaining militants have taken refuge in the cave. Para Commandos and helicopters were also part of the operation. Security forces, including the counter-insurgency Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and Special Operations Group (SOG), had launched the operation earlier on Saturday.
Indian soldier killed in Pakistani shelling on LoC
Jammu, July 15 (IANS): An Indian Army soldier was killed on Saturday in heavy shelling and firing by Pakistan on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district. The soldier, identified as Lance Naik Mohammed Naseer, was killed in Karkundi area on the LoC, an official said. India on Saturday “strongly retaliated” to the Pakistani firing in Rajouri and Poonch districts. “The Pakistan ceasefire violation started at 1.30 p.m. in both these places. They are using small arms, automatics and mortars. Indian positions have effectively and strongly retaliated at both these places,” the sources said. “Shelling and firing exchanges were continuing at both places when last reports came,” the sources added.
PM delighted as Ujjwala Yojana reaches 2.5 cr beneficiaries
New Delhi, July 15 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed happiness as the beneficiaries of the Ujjwala LPG scheme crossed 2.5 crore mark. In May last year, the government had embarked on a drive to provide free cooking gas connections to 5 crore women from poor households in three years with a view to reduce the use of polluting fuels such as wood and dried cow dung.President Pranab Mukherjee today handed over cooking gas connection to a woman in Jangipur in West Bengal to mark the milestone. The prime minister also congratulated Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and and his entire team for “working round-the-clock for the success of Ujjwala Yojana.”
Ghaghra, Sharda flowing above danger mark in UP
Lucknow, July 15 (PTI): With monsoon remaining active in Uttar Pradesh, major rivers like Ghaghra and Sharda were flowing above the danger mark at some places in the state. With Nepal releasing water in Ghaghra, the danger of floods was looming over villages in four tensils of the Barabanki district, a report said. Nepal yesterday also released over 2 lakh cusec water in Ghaghra following which the danger of floods in the villages falling in four tehsils has increased, officials said. Several villages of Ramsanehi ghat and Sirauli Gauspur tehsils are inundated while the locals belonging to several others have taken shelter on the embankments, officials said adding that administration was extending relief material to them. Central Water Commission reports here said that Sharda was flowing above the red mark at Palia Kalan and very close to it at Shardanagar while Ghaghra has crossed the danger mark at Elgin Bridge in Barabanki and close to it in Ayodhya and Turtipar.
4 die while cleaning ‘tank’ in Delhi
New Delhi, July 15 (IANS): Four persons died in the national capital after inhaling poisonous gases as they entered a water harvesting tank to clean it on Saturday, police said. While police said it was a water harvesting tank, family members of the deceased said that the owner of the building had waste material pipes linked with the tank, but did not tell them about it, which led to their death. The police officer said that they were taken to different city hospitals where four of them were pronounced dead, while the fifth person survived. “They had connected waste pipes from kitchen and toilet to the tank, and the people who went to clean it had no idea about it,” he told IANS.