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New Delhi: The terror attack in Punjab on Monday that has claimed seven lives is expected to end “in an hour or two”, a home ministry official said on Monday.

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“The fight between the Punjab Police commandos and the terrorists is still on” at Dinanagar in Gurdaspur district, the official said here. “It is expected to get over in an hour or two.”

The official said the dead included two police officers, two Home Guards and three civilians.

He said two of the terrorists had also been killed in the Dinanagar police station complex.

The official said the terrorists, whose identity was not yet known, first tried to snatch a van from a man but later got hold of a small car and drove it to the police station complex early on Monday morning.

“When they entered the police station, only three or four policemen including the SHO were there.

“They first fired at the policeman guarding the station,” he said, adding that another policeman, on hearing the shots, came out and fired at the terrorists.

The dead included Superintendent of Police Baljit Singh.

The official denied speculation that there was a woman terrorist among the attackers.

“As of now only Punjab Police commandos are involved in the operation but the central government has rushed the NSG (National Security Guard) and the army to support them,” he said.

(IANS)

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Diverse Gathering To be Adressed This World Biofuel Day: PM Modi

The Prime Minister will address the gathering on how biofuels can help reduce import dependency on crude oil and their contribution to a cleaner environment, generate additional income for farmers, and generate employment in rural areas

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Modi will be the chief guest for the inaugural session of the programme on Friday which is being held at Vigyan Bhawan by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Wikimedia Commons
Modi will be the chief guest for the inaugural session of the programme on Friday which is being held at Vigyan Bhawan by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Wikimedia Commons

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a diverse gathering here consisting of farmers, scientists, entrepreneurs, students, government officials and legislators to mark the World Biofuel Day 2018, a government statement said on Thursday.

Modi will be the chief guest for the inaugural session of the programme on Friday which is being held at Vigyan Bhawan by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

The programme would witness participation of sugarcane farmers, scientists, entrepreneurs in biofuels, students of agriculture, science and engineering streams, members of parliament, ambassadors, officers of Central and State government and companies involved in the bio-energy sector, said the statement.

The Prime Minister will address the gathering on how biofuels can help reduce import dependency on crude oil and their contribution to a cleaner environment, generate additional income for farmers, and generate employment in rural areas, it added.

The World Biofuel Day, which is being observed by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for the last three years, is observed on August 10. IANS
The World Biofuel Day, which is being observed by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for the last three years, is observed on August 10. IANS

Biofuels have synergies with various government initiatives, including enhancing farmers’ incomes, and Swachh Bharat, said the statement, adding, as a result of the efforts of the Centre, ethanol blending in petrol had increased to 141 crore litres in financial year 2017-2018, as compared to 38 crore litres recorded in financial year 2013-2014.

“The Government also approved the National Policy on Biofuels in June 2018,” the statement said.

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The World Biofuel Day, which is being observed by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for the last three years, is observed on August 10 to create awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels. (IANS)

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