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Pakistan rejects Afghan allegations against border fencing

ISLAMABAD, Aug 13 (APP): Pakistan on Thursday rejected the Afghan media report and statement by their foreign ministry alleging that the Pakistan military was conducting “illegal” fencing of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

In a statement, the Foreign Office Spokesperson made clear that the fencing along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border was being done to address Pakistan’s serious security concerns and was fully in accordance with the established norms of international law, without encroaching into Afghan territory.

India: Leader of Adityanath's Hindu Yuva Vahini, offerd reward of Rs 11,000 for ‘catching’ Tablighi, dies of Corona

Delhi; 13 Aug 2020 (UMMN): Ajay Srivastav aka Ajju Hindustani, a Leader of UP CM Yogi Adityanath's Hindu Yuva Vahini, who offered a cash reward of Rs 11,000 for ‘catching’ Tablighi Jamaat members, has died of COVID-19.

His mother and a sister too have died of Covid-19.

India: Jajmau residents experience rains & power cut together

KANPUR: Thursday remains a rainy day for the residents of Jajmau. The rain commences since the morning and continues to long hours in the day. The air has now turned out to be comfortably cooler. There is a marked difference between the previous day and today. The minimum temperature has lowered to a considerable degree. The hourly temperature at 5 pm was recorded at 28° Celsius.

As usually, the rains brought power cut in the morning that persisted till afternoon. Luckily the power supply was restored after 2 pm. 

India: Plea in SC seeks inquiry into mismanagement of COVID-19 pandemic

New Delhi, Aug 12 (PTI) The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on Friday a plea which has sought a direction to the Centre to appoint a commission, headed by a retired apex court judge, for inquiry into the alleged mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The petition has alleged that the Centre failed to undertake timely and effective measures for containing transmission of the virus and an independent inquiry by a commission, appointed under the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1952, was essential to inquire into the "lapses".

India: HAL s Light Combat Helicopters deployed for operations at Leh

Bengaluru, Aug12 (PTI) The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited said on Wednesday two Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) produced by it have been deployed for operations at high altitude (Leh sector) at short notice to support IAF missions, "in the light of the prevailing situation on the border."

"It is the lightest attack helicopter in the world designed and developed by HAL to meet the specific and unique requirements of Indian Armed Forces reflecting the crucial role ofHAL in 'Atma Nirbhar Bharat', "HAL's CMD, R Madhavan, said.

USA: Black women, Democrats celebrate Harris' nomination as VP

Washington, Aug 12 (PTI) Black women across the US have lauded Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's historic announcement of picking Indian-origin Senator Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate.

Harris, the 55-year-old US Senator from California whose father is from Jamaica and mother an Indian, is the first Black woman to run on a major political party's presidential ticket.

Harris' name has been discussed as a top contender for vice president since before she even declared her own candidacy to run for the democratic nomination in January last year.

India: Congress MLAs return to Jaipur from Jaisalmer

Jaipur, Aug 12 (PTI) Rajasthan Congress MLAs who were staying in Jaisalmer for the past few days arrived in Jaipur on Wednesday.

The legislators reached the city by air and are being taken to Hotel Fairmont in Kukas on the Jaipur-Delhi highway.

"We are going to Hotel Fairmont, and the next strategy will be decided by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot," Transport Minister Pratap Singh said.

India: Former Minister A Elumalai succumbs to COVID-19

Puducherry August 12 (PTI) Former Local Administration Minister of Puducherry A Elumalai succumbed to COVID-19 in centrally administered JIPMER on Wednesday.

Elumalai (53) had tested positive for the infection and was admitted to JIPMER on Tuesday, Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar told PTI.

Elumalai is survived by wife and three sons.

He was Local Administration Minister in the Congress Ministry headed by the then Chief Minister N Rangasamy in 2001.

India: Death toll in Kerala landslip goes up to 55

Idukki, Aug 12 (PTI) The death toll in the landslide at Pettimudi near Munnar in the high-range Idukki district has gone up to 55 with three more bodies being recovered from the debris on Wednesday, officials said.

Operations led by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are continuing in the area even on the sixth day today to trace 15 more missing people.

"Till now, we have recovered 55 bodies.Earlier we rescued 12 people.Now 15 people are missing.

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