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India crosses LoC, carries out surgical strikes

The Indian army conducted surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) against terrorist camps operating inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), inflicting heavy damage on terror training camps .

Through the operation, conducted before dawn on Thursday, India has established its right to retaliate.

That this government was willing to go the extra mile was evident in June last year when the country’s special forces crossed the international border into Myanmar to target a splinter Naga terrorist outfit. Read more

Narendra Modi regains his stride in style

The surgical strikes by the Indian Army on terrorist camps located inside PoK will reinforce the stature of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and boost his already impressive approval ratings.

Two years into his term, even some of his supporters had begun to voice concerns about Modi’s ability, not his intent, to work the levers of government to deliver on electoral promises. Read more

Surgical strikes spark high alert in states bordering Pakistan

People in nearly 1,000 Punjab villages lying close to the Pakistan border were being moved from their homes on Thursday following orders from the Centre, which put the four border states of Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Gujarat on high alert.

A senior Gujarat state government official said security has been beefed in and around Jamnagar, which houses the refineries of Reliance Industries Ltd and Essar Group. Read here

Bangladesh backs India’s surgical strikes across LoC

India has “all legal and globally accepted right" to respond to any attack on its sovereignty and territory, Bangladesh said on Thursday after the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes against terror bases across the LoC but called for “restraint" from all sides. Read more

Aadhaar completes six years of journey

The journey of Aadhaar started six years ago on this day from a small village Tembhli in Maharashtra where the first Aadhaar card was issued.

On 29 September 2010, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) issued the first Aadhaar card to Rajana Sonawne, a resident of Tembhli village. Read here

Do sleeper cells still pose a potent threat?

The government should be on guard to prevent Pakistan from retaliating against India’s surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC), even though the network of Pakistan-backed terrorist sleeper cells in India may not be potent enough to cause serious alarm, experts say. Read more

Centre drags its feet on national environment regulator

Six years after it was directed by the Supreme Court, the Central government is yet to set up a national environment regulator to ensure independent oversight of green clearances.

Interestingly, both the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) have dragged their feet, despite repeated reminders from the apex court. Read more

Jayalalithaa ‘responded well’ to treatment, says Apollo Hospital

Apollo Hospital, in a bid to dispel rumours on Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa’s health, issued a statement late on Thursday, stating that she has “responded well to treatment". Read more

Cauvery row: No breakthrough at meet convened by Centre

A meeting convened by the Centre to help resolve the impasse between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over the sharing of Cauvery water remained inconclusive, placing the onus back on the Supreme Court. Read more