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Jawan guns down two colleagues

Jammu (PTI): An army havaldar opened fire on his colleagues with his service weapon, killing two and injuring one, following an altercation while playing cards at their unit in the Mendhar area of Jammu’s Poonch district.

Official sources said four army personnel of 132 field regiment were playing cards on Friday evening. Following a dispute, havaldar Subhash Pandey whipped out his weapon and opened fire, killing havaldar B.. Bral and naik B.E. Dongra on the spot and injuring naik Rattan Singh.

Army authorities took Pandey into custody and admitted the injured to hospital, the sources added.

India, Nepal ink rail link pact

Kathmandu (PTI): India and Nepal have signed an agreement to set up the first rail link between the two countries.

An agreement to operate the multi-million dollar inland container depot (ICD) in Birgunj, bordering India, was signed here on Friday.

The agreement, inked by the Indian ambassador to Nepal, Shyam Sharan, and the Nepalese commerce secretary, Dinesh Chandra Pyakurel, will enable cargo trains to ply between the two countries, to and from Birgunj, sources in the Nepal commerce ministry said.

According to Indian embassy sources, Delhi has constructed a 5.4-km railway line from Raxaul to Birgunj at a cost of Rs 170 million. The World Bank, Pyakurel said, provided a soft loan of $13 million for the construction of the container depot whose operation will annually save Nepal an estimated $16 million in transport costs.

“Nepal’s international trade as well as bilateral trade with India is expected to increase manifold after the ICD comes into operation,” Pyakurel said. “This will reduce the transport cost of raw materials imported by Nepal from a third country by 30-40 per cent, which will ultimately help increase Nepal’s export trade.”

Boy rescued from kidnapper

New Delhi (PTI): A five-year-old boy was on Friday rescued from the clutches of a relative who had abducted him and demanded ransom.

Twenty-six-year-old Shahid allegedly lured Taufiq Alam, 5, last week, police said. The child’s father, Mohammad Alam, was asked to hand over Rs 5 lakh to two persons on a motorcycle in Brij Ghat, Uttar Pradesh.

A trap was laid and one man was arrested.

Man kills son

Ajmer (PTI): A 35-year-old man in an intoxicated state allegedly killed his son and severely wounded his daughter. Police said Mohan Singh Koli attacked his three-year-old son and four-year-old daughter with a dagger on Friday night while they were sleeping in the house. Singh’s brother rushed them to hospital where the boy was declared dead.

10 killed in mishap

Raipur (PTI): At least 10 people were killed and four injured, two of them seriously, when their vehicle overturned and fell into a rivulet in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh on Saturday. Police said the dead included five women and two children. The vehicle toppled from a narrow bridge and fell into the Jugani rivulet near Tharasgaon, about 250 km from here, they said.

Smugglers jailed

New Delhi (PTI): A special CBI court in Jaipur has sentenced three persons to jail for a year for illegal possession of antiques and attempting to smuggle them out. Ram Ratan Singhal, M.B. Abu Baquer and A.K. Tribhuvan were found guilty under the Antiquities and Art Treasure Act and the Indian Penal Code.

Patriots’ plea

Jodhpur (PTI): Rajasthan High Court has issued notices to the state government and the Urban Improvement Trust on a petition filed by six freedom fighters who alleged that they had been allotted disputed and undeveloped residential plots by the government agency.

Temple theft

Muzaffarnagar (PTI): Ornaments and cash worth thousands of rupees were stolen from a Hanuman temple on Friday night at Shamli, about 38 km from here.

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Actors Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Saif Ali Khan and Priyanka Chopra will perform at a cultural event in Singapore on November 30. The show is part of the Singapore tourism board’s campaign, Destination Singapore, to woo tourists from Asia.


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