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Imphal: A soldier was killed when suspected militants ambushed a convoy of the Assam Rifles along the Indo-Myanmar border in Manipur’s Ukhrul district on Monday.

Assam Rifles officials said that the attack took place at Phukai Kuki village area under Kamjong subdivision in Ukhrul district, located close to the border. The militants first ambushed the convoy with improvised explosive devices (IED) and then fired at the convoy indiscriminately, seriously injuring an junior commissioned officer, who died on the spot.

“We suspect the hands of Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) behind the attack,” the officials said.

PLA is the armed wing of armed wing of Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF), one of the major militant outfits operating in Manipur.

Although the security forces retaliated immediately, there was no report of any injury on the side of the militants. The gun fighting continued for more than one hour, the officials said.

The incident took place about two weeks after the state government on October 12 imposed prohibitory orders along a three-km radius of the Indian-Myanmar border in Ukhrul, Churachandpur and Chandel districts to stop cross border movement of terrorists as well as smuggling of contraband items and firearms.

The prohibitory orders restricts anyone from travel in the area between 6 p.m. till 4 a.m. without prior approval from the Assam Rifles manning the border areas.




The Indian ships will spend more than two months in the region, the navy said in a statement.

NEW DELHI - India Navy sending four ships for exercises and port visits with the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, its navy said Wednesday, as China's maritime power grows in the area.

The Indian ships will spend more than two months in the region, the navy said in a statement.

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The UK government on Thursday announced that it will move India from the red to the amber list on Sunday, in the country's latest update to the 'Red-Amber-Green' traffic light ratings for arrivals into England amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

This means the visit visas for the UK from India are open, in addition to other long-term visas that have remained open. But travellers from India arriving in England can complete a 10-day quarantine at home or in the place they are staying (not mandatorily quarantine in a managed hotel).

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Pakistan has failed miserably to protect Hindus, their interests.

A Hindu temple in Pakistan's Punjab province was reportedly vandalized by hundreds of people after a nine-year-old Hindu boy, who allegedly urinated at a local seminary, received bail, a media report said on Thursday.

According to the Dawn news report, the incident took place on Wednesday in Bhong town, about 60 km from Rahim Yar Khan city.

Besides the vandalization, the mob also blocked the Sukkur-Multan Motorway (M-5), the report added.

Citing sources, Dawn news said that a case was registered against the minor on July 24 based on a complaint filed by a cleric, Hafiz Muhammad Ibrahim, of the Darul Uloom Arabia Taleemul Quran.

The sources said that "some Hindu elders did tender an apology to the seminary administration saying the accused was a minor and mentally challenged".

But, when a lower court granted him bail a few days ago, some people incited the public in the town on Wednesday and got all shops there closed in protest, the report quoted the sources as further saying.

A video clip showing people wielding clubs and rods storming the temple and smashing its glass doors, windows, lights, and damaging the ceiling fans went viral on social media.

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