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The mercy petition of Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Arif alias Ashfaq convicted in the nearly 24-year-old Red Fort attack case has been rejected by President Droupadi Murmu, officials said on Wednesday.

This is the second mercy plea rejected by the President after assuming office on July 25, 2022. The Supreme Court dismissed Arif’s review petition on November 3, 2022, affirming the death penalty awarded to him in the case.

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Tejpal Singh wanted to join the Army but little did his family know that this would become a reality only in a foreign land. And he would never return home.

“My husband went to Thailand in December last year to find a job. After staying there for a few days, he and his friends went to Russia on January 12 where he was recruited in the army,” Singh’s wife Parminder Kaur told PTI on Wednesday at the family’s house in the Palam Vihar area here.

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A terrorist holed up in a border village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district was killed by security forces on Wednesday in a more than 15-hour operation during which his partner was also shot dead and a CRPF jawan lost his life, officials said.

According to them, two senior officers escaped unhurt even as their vehicles were hit by bullets during the operation that began on Tuesday night after two terrorists were spotted in Saida Sukhal village. In Doda district, five troopers of Rashtriya Rifles and a special police officer (SPO) were injured when terrorists attacked a joint checkpost in the upper reaches of Chattergalla on the Bhaderwah-Pathankot road late on Tuesday night. Traffic on the highway has been suspended as an operation is underway to track down the terrorists.

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SOURCE: PTI

 Terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir will not end unless talks are held with Pakistan, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said here on Wednesday.

Abdullah’s remarks came after three terrorist attacks took place in the Jammu in as many days. On Sunday, terrorists attacked a bus carrying pilgrims, causing it to veer off the road and fall into a deep gorge in Reasi, killing nine and injuring 41. Two days later, terrorists attacked a joint checkpost in Doda, injuring six security personnel.

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SOURCE: PTI

The Congress on Wednesday said the BJP’s chest-thumping and “hollow” claims of return of peace and normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir have been thoroughly exposed by the three terror attacks in the region in the past three days.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the country is demanding answers as to why those plotting against the country are not being caught under the BJP rule.

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SOURCE: IANS

Indian Navy’s indigenous stealth frigate INS Shivalik arrived at Japan’s Yokosuka to participate in the bilateral Japan–India Maritime Exercise 2024 (JIMEX 24), where both forces will showcase their war-fighting skills at sea, a Defence Ministry statement said on Tuesday.

The ship was accorded a warm welcome by Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces’ (JMSDF) Yokosuka Commander, Vice Admiral Ito Hiroshi, and Indian Ambassador to Japan Sibi George.

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SOURCE: PTI

Three over ground workers of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) have been arrested in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district in connection with the recovery of two improvised explosive devices, police said on Tuesday.

The explosive devices, weighing about six kgs, were recovered on Sunday and were destroyed a day later, a police official said. During further investigation following the killing of LeT commander Reyaz Dar and his associate Rayees Dar on June 3, police recovered the explosives from the over ground workers (OGW) network of the slain terrorists, the official said.

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SOURCE: PTI

From extending the reach of the Election Commission into remote corners of the country to airlifting EVMs, the IAF played a vital role in the recently-held general elections, with its aircraft flying more than 1,000 hours in over 1,750 sorties.

The Indian Air Force on Wednesday shared details about the helping hand it lent to the electoral machinery in the conduct of the Lok Sabha polls.

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SOURCE: BLOOMBERG

Canada and India have increased their security exchanges in recent months over the assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, including visits to India by senior Canadian officials to share a robust set of evidence on the case, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

But diplomatic relations between the two countries remain in a deep freeze ahead of the Group of Seven leaders summit in Italy this week, where both Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in attendance.

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SOURCE: PTI

A Tejas fighter jet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) made an emergency landing at the Surat International Airport in south Gujarat on Tuesday morning due to low fuel, a senior official said. The pilot of the indigenous aircraft contacted the Air Traffic Control (ATC) and requested for an emergency landing due to low fuel, said airport director SC Bhalse.

“The pilot of a Tejas fighter jet contacted us in the morning because of a fuel shortage in the aircraft. Since the Surat airport was the nearest one, the pilot contacted us for an emergency landing. The aircraft landed safely at 10:18 am,” said Mr Bhalse.

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SOURCE: PIB

The Government has appointed Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi, PVSM, AVSM, presently serving as Vice Chief of the Army Staff, as the next Chief of the Army Staff with effect from the afternoon of June 30, 2024. The present Chief of the Army Staff Gen Manoj C Pande, PVSM, AVSM, VSM demits office on June 30, 2024.

Born on July 01, 1964, Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi was commissioned into the Infantry (Jammu & Kashmir Rifles) of the Indian Army on December 15, 1984. During his long and distinguished service spanning nearly 40 years, he has served in a variety of Command, Staff, Instructional and Foreign appointments. The Command appointments of Lt Gen Dwivedi include Command of Regiment (18 Jammu & Kashmir Rifles), Brigade (26 Sector Assam Rifles), Inspector General, Assam Rifles (East) and 9 Corps.

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SOURCE: ANI

Ranjit Singh, the manager of the bus company whose vehicle was attacked in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi on Sunday, recounted the horror and said that the driver “sacrificed” himself for the passengers.

As many as nine people were killed and 42 others were injured when a bus filled with pilgrims from the Shiv Khori shrine was ambushed by terrorists on Sunday in the Reasi district. The driver lost control of the bus amid gunfire and the vehicle fell into a gorge.

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SOURCE: IANS

Survivors of the June 9 terrorist attack on pilgrims in J&K’s Reasi district have said that the attackers kept on firing at the fallen bus for almost 20 minutes. They said that after the driver was hit in the firing, the bus plunged into a deep gorge in the Poni area of the district and the terrorists kept shooting indiscriminately.

Five of the deceased had gunshot wounds. And, out of the 41 injured, 10 suffered gunshot injuries. Bhawani Shankar of Tughlakabad extension in Delhi had gone to pay obeisance at the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine on his marriage anniversary. He was accompanied by his wife, Radha Devi and two children, 5-year-old Deksha and 2-year-old Raghav.

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SOURCE: PTI

A suspected Pakistani terrorist was killed by security forces after the ultras attacked a village near the International Border (IB) in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday evening and injured a civilian, police said.

In a separate incident, a gunfight has begun between terrorists and security forces in the higher reaches of Doda district but there was no immediate report of any casualty, Additional Director General of Police, Jammu zone, Anand Jain, who reached Kathua to supervise the anti-terrorist operation, told reporters.

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SOURCE: PTI

The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday released a sketch of a terrorist involved in the attack on a passenger bus in Reasi district and announced a ? 20 lakh reward for information about him.

On Sunday, terrorists opened fire at the 53-seater bus carrying pilgrims when it was en route from the Shiv Khori temple to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Katra near Teryath village in the Poni area. The bus, which was ferrying pilgrims from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi, plunged into a deep gorge following the gunfire, killing nine people and injuring 41 others.

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