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Archive News of July 18, 2024

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits off Japanese island

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck off eastern Hachijojima Island of Japan on Thursday, local weather agency said.

The temblor occurred at 8:07 pm local time, measuring 3 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Ogasawara village, said the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

The epicenter, reported news agency, was located at a depth of 100 km at a latitude of 33.6 degrees north and a longitude of 140.3 degrees east.

Tremors were felt in central Tokyo, with no Tsunami threat from the quake.

Road accident kills five in Afghanistan

Five travellers were killed and 13 others sustained injuries as a Land Cruiser jeep turned turtle in north Afghanistan's Badakhshan province on Wednesday, a statement from the provincial police office said.

The statement released Wednesday night said the deadly accident took place outside the provincial capital Faizabad city.

Four of the injured commuters were in critical condition, the statement said, without providing more details, news agency reported.

Similarly, a deadly road crash left 17 passengers dead and 34 others injured in the northern Baghlan province on Tuesday.

Over 5,000 kg of controlled chemicals seized in Myanmar

Myanmar authorities have seized 5,250 kg of sodium cyanide in Kachin state of northern Myanmar, according to the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC) on Thursday.

Acting on a tip-off, the country's anti-narcotics police searched a 12-wheeled vehicle in Mohnyin township of Kachin state on July 14, and confiscated the controlled substances, the CCDAC said, news agency reported.

The seized controlled chemicals are worth approximately 68.25 million kyats (about $32,500), it said.

The CCDAC informed that a total of seven suspects, including four onboard the vehicle and three others in Myitkyina township, were arrested for the case.

Infosys posts 7 per cent increase in q1 net profit at Rs 6,386 crore

Infosys on Thursday reported 7.1 per cent increase in net profit at Rs 6,368 crore for the April-June quarter of the current financial year compared to the same period of 2023-24.

India's second-largest IT company registered a 3.6 per cent increase in revenue from operations to Rs 39,315 crore during the first quarter, the company said in a regulatory filing.

The IT major has also raised its revenue growth guidance by 3 to 4 per cent for 2024-25.

Infosys retained the guidance for its EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) margin or the operating margin at 20-22 per cent for the current financial year.

'Stree 3' already in works, reveals 'Stree' maker

Dinesh Vijan, the producer of the upcoming film 'Stree 2' has said that the work on 'Stree 3' has already started.

Dinesh attended the trailer launch of 'Stree 2' along with the starcast including Shraddha Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Abhishek Banerjee and Pankaj Tripathi on Thursday.

"'Stree 2' is the mothership of the supernatural universe of Maddock Films, and will answer many questions from this universe. The trailer just shows 10 per cent of what's there in 'Stree 2',” Dinesh said while interacting with the media.

'Stree' is set to return with its 2nd instalment after a wait of six years. Add the pandemic to the mix and it justifies the delay. However, the audience won't have to wait for a long time for the 3rd part.

Indian realty sector saw 22 deals worth $1.8 billion in April-June: Report

The Indian realty sector saw 22 deals at $1.8 billion in the April-June quarter (Q2) in FY25, an uptick in both volume and value signalling a substantial inflow of investment into the sector, a report showed on Thursday.

The quarter was characterised by the dominance of commercial development, residential development activity, private equity influence and technological integration.

Commercial development dominated the overall deal activity, accounting for 37 per cent of the volumes and an impressive 75 per cent of the values, according to the report by Grant Thornton Bharat.

“The first half of 2024 has already reached close to the total deal value of 2023 and has seen a marked increase in private equity investments and high-value transactions, reflecting renewed investor confidence and robust economic recovery,” said Shabala Shinde, Partner and Real Estate Leader.

F1: Kevin Magnussen to leave Haas at the end of 2024 season

Kevin Magnussen will leave Haas after the conclusion of his current contract at the end of the 2024 Formula 1 World Championship, the US-based team announced on Thursday.

After spending multiple seasons at Haas (2017–2020 and 2022–2024), Magnussen is presently in his seventh season with the club. This season, he has scored five points compared to teammate Nico Hulkenberg's 22.

The 2018 season was the best for Magnussen with Haas as he secured a career-high ninth in the standings when he scored points in 11 of the 21 races. In that season, Haas attained their best-ever fifth in the constructors’ championship.

However, the team said they look forward to work with him in some capacity.

Maharashtra Police-Maoists encounter among biggest in seven years

The encounter of Gadchiroli Police with Maoists in the thick jungles of the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border in which 12 ultras were killed ranks among the biggest of its kind in seven years in the state, officials said here on Thursday.

Prior to this, it was on April 22-23, 2018 when the combined security forces had carried out a bloodbath in the Gadchiroli jungles by killing more than 40 Reds.

They included four commanders and several other dreaded rebels carrying bounties of varying amounts on their heads, in the twin encounters executed by the Anti-Naxal Operation (ANO) and CRPF commandos.

The April 2018 gun battle with Maoists, who suffered massive fatalities and losses, remains the biggest in the records of the state anti-insurgency operations in the affected districts of eastern Maharashtra.

LIC shares surge nearly 80 per cent in one year

India's largest insurance company, LIC's shares railed 78 per cent over the last one year, following strong operational performance or positive sentiment for PSU shares among the investors.

LIC (Life Insurance Corporation of India) share price was Rs 1,101 at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, which was Rs 620 on July 18, 2023.

The company's revenue in the financial year 2023-24 has been Rs 8.46 lakh crore, which was Rs 7.84 lakh crore in the financial year 2022-23. During this period, the company's profit increased from Rs 35,997 crore to Rs 40,885 crore.

Talking about other insurance sector stocks, HDFC Life Insurance has given negative returns of about two per cent. In the last one year, the share price of HDFC Group's life insurance company has declined from Rs 656 to Rs 645.

Gunfight erupts between security forces & terrorists in J&K’s Kupwara

An encounter started on Thursday between the security forces and the terrorists in the Keran area of J&K’s Kupwara district.

Officials said that the encounter started after 6 Rashtriya Rifles and J&K Police received information about the presence of terrorists in the area.

It is being ascertained whether this is a fresh infiltration attempt or that the terrorists were already existing in the area.

On July 14, three heavily armed terrorists were killed along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district when the Army foiled an infiltration bid by the terrorists.

Novel medication more effective for patients with relapsed blood cancer

The hematopoietic cell transplant team at Osaka Metropolitan University Graduate School of Medicine has developed a novel technique based on a new drug combination that has shown considerable anti-cancer activity with low toxicity for relapsed/refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients.

Furthermore, the precise immunological study demonstrated how a novel medicine increased anti-cancer activity via altering immune cells.

Relapsed/refractory acute myeloid leukemia, also known as blood cancer, has an extremely poor prognosis due to resistance to anticancer medicines and the patient's organ function. Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation is a method of anti-tumour immunotherapy that can have an anti-cancer impact but is associated with substantial toxicity.

Emergency control zones set up as second Sydney farm reports bird flu

Avian influenza, also known as bird flu, has spread to a second farm in Sydney's northwest, with emergency control zones established to curb the transmission of the highly contagious disease.

In a statement released on Thursday, a local council said that emergency control zones have been placed around the Hawkesbury region, as bird flue is primarily spread via the movement of infected domestic and wild birds, news agency reported.

"Two zones have been established in the immediate vicinity of the detections. A Restricted Emergency Zone (REZ) has been set up in the immediate two-kilometer perimeter surrounding the affected properties and a Control Emergency Zone has been established in the surrounding area beyond the REZ," said the Hawkesbury City Council.

Argentina sack sports undersecretary for demanding Messi’s apology in racist chants row

Argentina have sacked Undersecretary for Sports, Julio Garro on Thursday after he demanded an apology from national football team captain Lionel Messi for alleged racist chanting during his team's Copa America victory celebrations.

After Argentina's Copa America title win, a video of their celebrations in a team bus shared by Enzo Fernandez on Instagram went viral, with players heard making fun of the French players' African origin.

However, Fernandez later apologised on social media, saying he had gotten "caught up in the euphoria of our celebrations."

"The song included highly offensive language and there is absolutely no excuse for these words," he added.

Sidharth shares throwback pic with 'football legend' David Beckham, 'cheering partner' Kiara

Actor Sidharth Malhotra shared a throwback picture on Thursday featuring his wife Kiara Advani and football legend David Beckham from last year’s ODI Cricket World Cup Semi-Finals.

Sidharth posted the selfie-style image on Instagram where he, dressed in white, held the camera with Kiara and Beckham smiling into the lens.

In his caption, Sidharth wrote: "#ThrowbackThursday to the most unforgettable 2023 ODI Cricket World Cup Semi-Finals. In Mumbai, where India claimed a thrilling win! Had an amazing time cheering alongside football legend David Beckham and my cheer partner, Kiara Advani."

Earlier this month, Sidharth and Kiara attended the quarterfinals at Wimbledon 2024 in London, describing the experience as surreal and special.

The actor also shared a series of stylish pictures featuring the couple.

Elon Musk bats for CO2 tax to tackle climate change crisis

Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, has advocated for a carbon dioxide tax to confront the ongoing climate change crisis.

Musk said in a post on social media platform X on Wednesday that a CO2 tax, if properly levied, would provide much leverage in solving the problems of the fast-rising CO2 levels.

He added, "If we do need something to tax, it should be something potentially harmful, instead of something potentially beneficial, as is done for vegetables and fruits, instead of tobacco and liquor."

Monsoon becomes active again in Haryana, heavy rain expected from today

Monsoon has become active again in Haryana. However, its effect will last only for two days. Today there may be rain in the northern areas of Haryana. Light rain has been predicted in some other areas. There may be heavy rain in Yamunanagar and surrounding areas. Apart from this, rain can also be seen in Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal.

The meeting of the directors of the Housing Board has not been held since the year

The board of directors formed to take decisions on issues related to Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has not met for the last one year, due to which thousands of issues related to CHB's 70 thousand houses are hanging in the middle. This mainly includes the decision to make necessary changes in CHB houses on the Delhi pattern, while people are continuously demanding regularization of changes in flats. Seeing the demand of the people, the non-official members of the board have written to the officials of the board and demanded to call a meeting of the board of directors. According to the information received, about 70 thousand flats have been allotted by the board in the city. Out of this, about 60 thousand flats have been changed as per the need of the people, although the CHB had approved the need based changes in the year 2010 but later revised and canceled that policy several times.

Over 4 kg drugs seized in Singapore

Singapore's Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) arrested a 25-year-old foreign suspect and seized 4.15 kg of "Ice" in a recent operation, according to a statement published on Thursday.

Following an intelligence exchange with the Hong Kong Police Force, CNB officers arrested the suspect on Tuesday and found the drugs concealed within the base structure of two ornamental lion figurines, news agency reported.

The seized "Ice" is estimated to be worth about 500,000 Singapore dollars ( $373,000), said the statement.

Investigations are underway.

Playing in IPL helped me improve my game and gain confidence, says Shivam Dube

India all-rounder Shivam Dube credited the Indian Premier League for improving his skills and gaining confidence as he made inroads in the Men in Blue side after the successful 2024 season.

Dube finished as the second-highest run-scorer for Chennai Super Kings in the season with 396 runs including three half-centuries at a blistering strike rate of 162.29. His strong show in the cash-rich tournament earned him a coveted spot in India's highly competitive 15-member T20 World Cup squad.

The all-rounder kept his place in India's playing 11 throughout the tournament and delivered in crunch situations for the side including the crucial knock of 27 runs in the final against South Africa. He built a vital 57-run partnership with Virat Kohli (76) to take the side to 176/6 in 20 overs as India defeated Proteas by six runs to add a second T20 World Cup title to their cabinet. He amassed 133 runs in eight innings while batting in the lower middle order.

Four injured in two separate accidents in New Zealand

Four Chinese tourists were injured due to bus crashes on State Highway in South Island, New Zealand in Thursday morning's foggy weather, said the Chinese Consulate General in Christchurch.

The official Radio NZ reported that four people were taken to nearby hospitals due to the crashes, news agency reported.

The accidents occurred on State Highway 8 in South Island of New Zealand at around 8.38 a.m. on Thursday. There were two buses involved in the single-vehicle incidents. The two crashes happened separately 100 meters apart from each other, said the report.

Consumption of natural gas rises by 7 pc in June as more Indians switch to green fuel

The consumption of natural gas in India went up 7.1 per cent in June to 5,594 million metric standard cubic metres (MMSCM), this year compared to the same month last year, as more households across the country are using the fuel for cooking; the demand is also rising in the urban transport segment, according to data compiled by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

While there was an increase of 2.9 per cent in domestic gas production to 2,993 MMSCM during the month, which helped to meet the rising demand, imports went up by as much as 11.3 per cent during the month.

The gas companies have been expanding their network to meet the rising demand for the green fuel.

Two new judges sworn-in, Supreme Court at full strength

Chief Justice of India (CJI) D.Y. Chandrachud on Thursday administered the oath of office to two new judges of the Supreme Court.

Justices N. Kotiswar Singh and R. Mahadevan took oath as Supreme Court judges taking the apex court to its full working strength of 34 judges.

Last week, the SC Collegium, headed by CJI Chandrachud, recommended the elevation of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh High Court's Chief Justice N. Kotiswar Singh and Madras High Court’s Acting Chief Justice R. Mahadevan to the top court.

Acting swiftly on the Collegium’s recommendations, the Centre on Tuesday cleared the appointment of Justices N. Kotiswar Singh and R. Mahadevan to the apex court.

Karnataka landslide: Three bodies recovered, 15 more feared trapped

Three bodies were recovered in the landslide-affected area in Shirur in Karnataka’s Uttara Kannada district where at least 15 more people were feared trapped under the debris, said officials on Thursday.

With this, the total number of bodies recovered so far has risen to seven. The authorities continued the rescue operations on the third day.

The deceased have been identified as five-year-old Avantika, 45-year-old Murugan, and 55-year-old Chinna. Avantika was the daughter of Laxman Naik, the tea shop owner, whose entire family was wiped out in the tragedy.

Sanofi Healthcare to invest Rs 3,600 crore in Hyderabad GCC by 2030

French drug major Sanofi Healthcare India has announced plans to make an investment of about Rs 3,600 crore (400 million euros) in its Global Capacity Centre (GCC) in Hyderabad over the next six years.

About 900 crore (100 million euros) will be invested by 2025.

The company also plans to create 1,600 more jobs by 2026.

EU to invest record 7 billion euros into sustainable transport infrastructure

The European Commission announced that it will earmark over 7 billion euros (about $7.66 billion) for 134 transport projects across the European Union (EU), to facilitate the delivery of the bloc's climate objectives and improve its transport networks.

The projects will receive funding through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the EU's fund for strategic investment in infrastructure development. The grants are the largest under the current CEF transport programme, according to a press release from the European Commission.

"The selected projects will help transform Europe's transport network, making cleaner transport modes more efficient and attractive for passengers and freight while enhancing safety across the trans-European transport(network) (TEN-T)," said Climate Action Commissioner Wopke Hoekstra.

US should tackle 'internal crisis' of drug abuse: Mexico

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that the United States should deal with its "internal crisis" of drug abuse, calling it the biggest US problem.

At his daily press conference on Wednesday, Lopez Obrador underscored the fact that tens of thousands of young people die from drug overdose each year in the United States, but decision-makers prefer to scapegoat migrants, news agency reported.

"They have a serious problem. It is the United States' main problem, that of drug consumption, with the unfortunate death of 100,000 young people each year," Lopez Obrador told reporters at the National Palace.

"Let them look for an answer to that; let them not look further south," he added.

VIPER moon rover cancelled over budget concerns: NASA

After spending $450 million on the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) moon rover programme, NASA on Thursday announced cancelling the mission over budget concerns.

The robotic mission, slated to launch in 2025, aboard an Astrobotic Griffin lander as part of NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services initiative (CLPS). The mission had planned to land near the Moon's coveted south pole and to spend 100 days in search of ice deposits on the lunar surface.

"We were very confident in the VIPER team. This really gets down to cost and a very constrained budget environment in the US," said Joel Kearns, Deputy Associate Administrator for exploration at NASA headquarters in Washington, at a teleconference.

Tata Power Renewable Energy, NHPC to drive solar initiative for govt buildings pan-India

Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited (TPREL) on Thursday joined NHPC Renewable Energy Limited (NHPC-REL) to spearhead the installation of rooftop solar projects on government buildings across the country.

This initiative, under the ambitious PM Surya Ghar Yojna Scheme, aims for 100 per cent solarisation of government-owned buildings by December 2025.

"By leveraging our combined strengths, we are confident in achieving our goal of 100 per cent solarisation by 2025, setting a benchmark for renewable energy projects in the country,” said Deepesh Nanda, CEO and MD of TPREL, a subsidiary of the Tata Power Company Limited.

Palestine rejects proposal to reopen Rafah crossing without Israeli withdrawal

Palestine has rejected an Israeli-US proposal to temporarily reopen the Rafah border crossing, calling instead for an Israeli withdrawal and the establishment of Palestinian sovereignty, said an official source.

A meeting was held last week involving representatives from Palestine, the United States, and Israel to explore the possibility of operating the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, according to the source who requested anonymity, news agency reported.

The Israeli side proposed that six Palestinian employees participate in managing the crossing without uniforms or police, and without raising the Palestinian flag, said the source in a statement.

The source explained that the proposal was rejected because it aimed to open the crossing temporarily without Palestinian sovereignty, which contradicts the Palestinian position and international agreements.

UN condemns killing of 468 civilians by militias in South Sudan

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) expressed concern about widespread attacks against civilians, driven primarily by sub-national armed violence involving community-based militia groups in the country.

The UN mission said that between January and March 2024, it documented 240 incidents of violence affecting 913 civilians across the country. Out of these, 468 civilians were killed, 328 were injured, 70 were abducted, and 47 were subjected to conflict-related sexual violence. This represents a 24 per cent increase in the number of violent incidents compared to the same period last year, news agency reported.

"Inter- and intra-communal violence by community-based militias or civil defence groups remains the primary source of subnational violence, accounting for 87 per cent of the victims documented across South Sudan," UNMISS said in a report in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.

77 pc Indian startups now invest in AI, small cities brimming with tech skill pool

More than 77 per cent of Indian startups now invest in advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), internet of things (IoT) and blockchain, a report showed on Thursday.

The trend underscores the rapid technological adoption and innovation across the Indian startup ecosystem, now ranked third globally, following the US and China, according to the report by SAP India, in collaboration with Dun & Bradstreet.

Another significant finding is the emergence of tier 2 and 3 cities as innovation hubs, where 40 per cent of tech startups originate, leveraging local talent and cost advantages.

Cities like Chandigarh, Jaipur, Madurai, Indore, Kochi, Warangal, Hubli, Raipur, Visakhapatnam and Guwahati, among others, host 15 per cent of the country's tech skill pool.

Sonam Kapoor: I did buy a lot, but borrowing clothes was more practical

Actress and fashionista Sonam Kapoor shared that while she bought a lot of clothes when she was younger, borrowing them from designers proved to be more practical, something which was common internationally but not in India.

Talking about her love for fashion and clothes, Sonam said: “I just wanted to wear what I liked from the designers I knew. It was just me being myself, influenced by the education I got from my mom and my passion for fashion.”

The 39-year-old actress, who is the daughter of veteran star Anil Kapoor, revealed she considered designers as “stars.”

“I considered fashion designers, both international and Indian, as stars because I grew up admiring them through my mom. This wasn't about projecting an image; it was about my genuine love for fashion,” she said.

16 killed in department store fire in China

At least 16 people were killed in a department store fire in Zigong City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, according to the local fire and rescue headquarters.

China's Ministry of Emergency Management and National Fire and Rescue Administration said that a working team has been dispatched to southwest China's Sichuan Province following a fire at a department store, news agency reported.

The fire broke out around 6 p.m. on Wednesday at a 14-story building in Zigong City.

Immediately after receiving the information about the incident, the two government departments provided local authorities with guidance on the investigation and rescue work.

Key accused behind attack on Bengal Police team on July 15 arrested

Saddam, the key accused behind the attack on a team of West Bengal Police at Kultali in South 24 Parganas district on July 15, was finally arrested early Thursday morning, officials of the state police have confirmed.

He had been absconding since the attack and was hiding at the warehouse of a pisciculture farm in the area. However, state police sources said that on receiving specific information, a team of cops raided that farm and finally arrested the accused from there.

The cops have also arrested the owner of the pisciculture farm, Mannan Khan, on charges of giving shelter to a person accused of multiple crimes. The arrested duo will be presented before a district court on Thursday and the public prosecutor will seek their police custody, confirmed a police official.

NEET paper leak case: CBI questions three MBBS students of Patna AIIMS

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has reportedly questioned three MBBS students from Patna AIIMS in connection with the NEET UG question paper leak case.

These students, from the 2021 batch, were asked to join the investigation on Wednesday, said sources here.

The CBI is examining their laptops and mobile phones to uncover potential links to the examination mafia.

This arrest of Rakesh Ranjan alias Rocky, who is suspected to be one of the masterminds behind the NEET UG paper leak case, is believed to have connections with several MBBS students in Patna and Ranchi. This has led to the CBI's focus on these three individuals.

One dead, six injured as car hits cafe's terrace in Paris

One person was killed and six others were injured after a car hit the terrace of a cafe in Paris, the French news channel BFMTV reported, citing police sources.

The accident occurred around 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday evening near the famous Pere Lachaise Cemetery in the 20th arrondissement, reports news agency.

The initial toll was one death and three serious injuries, but the number of casualties may rise.

The driver of the vehicle fled the scene, and police arrested a passenger, who tested positive for drugs and alcohol, BFMTV reported, citing police sources.

LG targets over $725 million in sales from smart factory solutions by 2030

LG Electronics said on Thursday it aims to achieve over 1 trillion won ($725.2 million) in sales from its smart factory solution business by 2030, leveraging its artificial intelligence technologies and manufacturing expertise.

This year, the South Korean home appliance giant entered the smart factory solution market, offering technologies and services to transform traditional manufacturing facilities into automated and digitised smart factories.

LG Electronics highlighted its extensive experience and data in the smart factory solution sector, accumulated through its production technology research lab, LG PRI. The lab has undertaken projects on production customisation and manufacturing operation development for LG affiliates, including LG Energy Solution and LG Display Co.

Sensex trades lower amid profit booking in smallcap and midcap stocks

Indian equity indices opened in the red on Thursday following profit-booking midcap and smallcap stocks.

At 9:46 a.m., Sensex was down 102 points or 0.13 per cent, at 80,608 and Nifty was at 24,588, down 17 points or 0.07 per cent.

Selling is being seen in the midcap and smallcap. Nifty midcap 100 index is down 482 points or 0.77 per cent, at 57,181.20 and Nifty smallcap 100 index is 168 points or 0.89 per cent, at 18,893.

Among the sectoral indices, Auto, metal, realty, media, and PSE are the major losers. FMCG and pvt bank are the major gainers.

Samsung acquires British knowledge graph tech startup for AI

Samsung said on Thursday it has acquired the British artificial intelligence (AI) and knowledge graph tech startup Oxford Semantic Technologies in a bid to strengthen its in-device AI capabilities.

The South Korean tech giant did not disclose financial terms of the deal, reports news agency.

Established in 2017 by Oxford University professors Ian Horrocks, Boris Motik and Bernardo Cuenca Grau, Oxford Semantic Technologies specialises in cutting-edge knowledge representation and semantic reasoning technology.

Knowledge graph technology, which stores information as an interconnected web of related ideas, processes data similarly to human memory and reasoning. This technology is crucial for developing sophisticated and personalised AI solutions by integrating and connecting personal data on habits and usage patterns.

Two soldiers injured in gunfight in J&K’s Doda

Two soldiers were injured on Thursday in a gunfight with the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district.

Officials said that two soldiers were injured after a gunfight broke out between the security forces and the terrorists in the early hours in the Kastigarh area of the district.

“Security forces noticed suspicious movement following which a CASO (Cordon & Search Operation) was started.

“When the security forces closed on the terrorists, they fired after which an encounter started.