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Family Members Of Slain Soldiers Chasing A Dream Of Joining Army In Insurgency-Hit Manipur

New Delhi: Family members of several slain soldiers are still tethered to the force and are chasing a dream of one day joining the Indian Army in the insurgency-hit Manipur, where nearly 950 security men have been killed in action over the last three decades.

Hatkhochin Haokip was widowed in 2009, when her husband Havildar Thanjalet Haokip of 11 Assam Rifles was killed in a fight with insurgents. His bravery was recognised the same year with India’s third-highest peacetime gallantry award, the Shaurya Chakra.

Almost a decade later, Hatkhochin says the purpose of her life is to send her two boys to the Khadakwasla-based National Defence Academy (NDA), where cadets are groomed to become officers.

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Ajay Chautala Says, Ongoing Tussle Within His Clan Akin To Epic Mahabharat War

New Delhi: Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) Ajay Chautala, the incarcerated leader who stepped out of the Tihar jail on a two-week parole, embarked on a statewide tour to hold consultations with the party workers to build public opinion in favour of his expelled sons Dushyant and Digvijay.

Ajay Chautala said that the ongoing tussle within his clan was akin to the epic Mahabharat war. The two brothers were expelled from the primary membership of the party by their grandfather and INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala on grounds of indiscipline, hooliganism and spreading disaffection within the party during the birthday celebrations of former deputy prime minister and their great-grandfather Devi Lal on October 7.

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Kumaraswamy Wants Congress To Lead Proposed Grand Alliance Against BJP In 2019

New Delhi: Karnataka Chief Minister H. D. Kumaraswamy said that the Congress should lead the proposed grand alliance against the Bharatiya Janata Party in the 2019 elections as it will be the leading party of the opposition and will win the largest number of seats. The Karnataka CM is Bolstered by the bypoll success of the JD-S-Congress coalition in the bypolls,

He also said that all regional parties must come together to support the Congress in the next general election. “Naturally, for the future election, Congress is the national party. They are going to get individually more number of seats. Because of that reason, they have to lead. Congress has to take the lead. For Congress, all regional parties must come together and support,” Kumaraswamy said.

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Congress Demands Apology From The PM On Second Anniversary Of Demonetisation

New Delhi: The Congress has postponed the date of protest against anniversary of demonetisation when it said that it would hold protests across the country on November 9 . This would be the second anniversary of demonetisation and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apologise to the nation for “ruining and wrecking the Indian economy”.

“Two years ago, the Prime Minister announced demonetisation and gave three reasons for it - to curb black money, weed out fake notes and proscribe terror funding. Two years later, none of those objectives has materialised,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said while speaking to reporters.

“In fact, there is more cash in circulation today than it was two years ago when Modi announced demonetisation,” Tewari said.

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Government Asks Integrated Defence Staff To Set-Up Cyber And Aerospace Agencies

New Delhi: The Union government has asked the Integrated Defence Staff, a tri-services body, to set-up cyber and aerospace agencies and a special forces division. An officer of the rank of major general will be the head each of the three new verticals. And, the new entities will be “staffed without adding on more manpower.

On October 16, it was reported that the Cabinet Committee on Security had cleared the formation of the three new entities.

All three will be tri-service agencies, which means they will draw from each service and serve under the command of the chairman, chief of staff committee, the second official confirmed.The cyber agency will work closely with the National Cyber Security Coordinator and the Computer Emergency Team and protect Indian networks and systems.