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Navy And Coast Guard Put On High Alert Against Terror Attacks Through Sea

New Delhi: Indian Navy and Coast Guard have been put on high alert against attacks on ports, cargo ships and oil tankers by Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). They have been building its sea strike capabilities since June this year. India Navy and Coast Guard defend the country’s 7,517 kilometer long coastline,

Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), another Pakistan-based Islamist terror group targeting India, has also started a rigorous training programme that involves swimming and deep diving techniques, according to these officials.

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Rahul Gandhi Visits Dholpur To Better His Party’s Prospect In Eastern Rajasthan

New Delhi: Just to better his party’s prospect in eastern Rajasthan, Rahul Gandhi’s travels into the remote corners of Dholpur this week has been a break from the tradition that even his arch rival Bharatiya Janata Party’s senior leaders have maintained for years.

Rahul’s mother and United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi did visit Dholpur city in 2003, but it wouldn’t be until April 2017, when the bypolls to the assembly constituency came around, that senior leaders from both camps (chief minister Vasundhara Raje for the BJP and Sachin Pilot for the Congress) would set bases for weeks in Dholpur.

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Save Ganga Activist G D Agarwal Dies In Rishikesh On 112th Day Of A Hunger Strike

New Delhi: A former Indian Institute of Technoloy (IIT) professor, environmental activist and rationalist G D Agarwal popularly known as Swami Gyanswarup Sanand died in a Rishikesh hospital on the 112th day of a hunger strike demanding a law to save the Ganga, scrapping of hydropower projects on the river, and free flow of its waters.

Agarwal, who was 86, was taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Rishikesh, by the administration of neighbouring Haridwar in Uttarakhand, a day after he stopped drinking even water. He had been accepting water with honey during the duration of his hunger strike, which he started on June 22.

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Government Plans To Appoint Military Advisor In National Security Council Secretariat

New Delhi: The government is planning to fill the post of military advisor in the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) as well following the re-designation of RN Ravi as the deputy national security advisor.

“Former director general of Defence Intelligence Agency, Lt. General VG Khandare, is the front runner for the job of military advisor,” said an official on the condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

Lt. General Prakash Menon was the last military advisor in the NSCS between 2011 and 2014. After his stint as military advisor, he remained an officer on special duty in the NSCS for two years between 2015 and 2017.

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Cyclone Titli Kills Eight People Andhra As It Makes Landfall Near Palasa In Srikakulam

New Delhi: Cyclone Titli claimed eight lives in Andhra Pradesh as it made landfall near Palasa in Srikakulam district, southwest of Odisha’s Gopalpur while no death was reported from Odisha. The cyclone with a wind speed of 150 km per hour uprooted trees, power installations, disrupted rail and traffic in two states.

The fishermen were swept away at sea and another two people died in Andhra Pradesh’s Sarigujjula mandal of Srikakulam district as Cyclone Titli hit the coast, said an official release from the state chief minister’s office.

About 150 fishermen from Vizianagaram district ventured into deep sea for fishing 10 days ago and six of them were swept away by the current when their boats were anchored at the coast in Ganjam of Odisha following a cyclone warning, it is said.