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News of the day: US downs Chinese surveillance balloon, Ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf dies in Dubai and more

Here are the latest developments from India and abroad

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The US military has downed the suspected Chinese spy balloon over the Atlantic Ocean and launched a mission to recover all the equipment from its debris, drawing a strong reaction from China which on Sunday warned of repercussions over America's use of force against its civilian unmanned airship.

At the direction of President Joe Biden, the US military at 2.39 pm EST (Eastern Standard Time) on Friday shot down the Chinese surveillance balloon in the Atlantic Ocean, some six miles (9.65 kms) away from the US shores in South Carolina, with no damage to the life and properties of Americans, a senior defence official told reporters in Washington.


Pakistan's former military ruler General (retd.) Pervez Musharraf, the architect of the Kargil War in 1999, died on Sunday in Dubai after a prolonged illness.

Musharraf, 79, was suffering from amyloidosis, a rare disease caused by a build-up of an abnormal protein called amyloid in organs and tissues throughout the body, according to his family.

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At least five people, mostly policemen, were injured in an explosion in Quetta on Sunday in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province, in yet another instance of systematic attacks targeting security officials in the country orchestrated by the outlawed Pakistani Taliban. Top Pakistani cricketers, including captain Babar Azam and Shahid Afridi, among others, were taken to the safety of the dressing room.

The explosion took place at Quetta Police Lines Area, and the injured, who are mostly policemen, were shifted to the Civil Hospital in the city. Police officials said the site was cordoned off.

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Mumbai Police have registered an FIR against former Indian cricketer Vinod Kambli for allegedly assaulting and abusing his wife in an inebriated state at his home in suburban Bandra, an official said on Sunday. 

Two police personnel went to Kambli's flat on Sunday and served a notice to him, asking him to appear before them to record his statement, they said. Kambli's wife Andrea in her police complaint alleged that he threw the handle of a cooking pan at her due to which she suffered a head injury, he said.


Tipra Motha released its manifesto for the Tripura assembly elections, promising to fight for 'Greater Tipraland', besides a police force for the tribal council, 20,000 new jobs and a one-time package for militants who surrender.

Addressing a press conference on Saturday, Tipra Motha chief Pradyot Debbarma said non-tribals living in the tribal council area will not be forced out, and Rs 25,000 per month will be given to all 'samajpatis' of the indigenous tribes.


The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) met here on Sunday to discuss various issues including if a uniform civil code could be implemented in a country as diverse as India, its office-bearers said here.

The meeting, also attended by All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi, is being organised at the Islamic Seminary Nadwatul Ulama here.


Weeks after scripting history by becoming the first woman fighter pilot of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to take part in an aerial wargame abroad, Squadron Leader Avani Chaturvedi says flying combat aircraft is exciting and the sky is the limit for young people wanting to pursue a career in the force.

Chaturvedi, a Su-30MKI pilot, was part of the IAF contingent that participated in a 16-day mega air combat exercise with the Japan Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) at the Japanese airbase of Hyakuri from January 12 to 26.


All India Congress Committee general secretary K C Venugopal on Sunday claimed the three-day 85th plenary session of the party to be held in Raipur from February 24 will be a "game changer" for Indian politics.

Venugopal along with senior party leaders Pawan Bansal and Tariq Anwar reached Chhattisgarh's capital to take stock of preparations for the plenary session to be held at the Rajyotsava Sthal in Nava Raipur.


Around 20 lakh devotees took a dip in the waters of the holy Sangam here on Sunday on the occasion of "Maaghi Purnima", officials said. Sangam is the confluence of three rivers — the Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati.

"There was a crowd of people from 4 am itself. By noon, around 20 lakh people have taken a dip at Sangam. Many people had reached the venue on Saturday night itself," an official said.


Over 250 desktops and 200 motherboards, cables, 15,000 rivets and more than 9,000 screws -- no, this isn't a list of items at a junkyard but e-waste that has been given a second life as a 10-ft-tall statue by a Jaipur-based artist.

Installed at the entrance of the Mall Road branch of State Bank of India (SBI) in Kanpur, the statue, 'Matraka', shows a woman sitting with folded hands and crossed legs atop a 5-ft-high platform. The face of the statue is represented by the SBI logo.

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