Vande Bharat Express hit by stones; driver’s screen, some windows damaged

journey on Saturday, an official said. Northern Railways Chief Public Relations Officer said a shower of ballast came flying towards the train near Achalda in Uttar Pradesh when the Dibrugarh Rajdhani, crossing on the adjoining line, ran over cattle. “The stone chunks hit the driver’s windscreen and one each side outer glasses of windows of coach numbers C4, C6, C7, C8, C13 and two glass panes of C12, causing damage,” the CPRO said. The statement said the technical staff on board the train assessed the damages and after careful examination…

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Girl, 15, thrown off terrace for resisting rape bid in UP

A 15-year-old girl was allegedly thrown off the terrace of her house when she resisted a rape bid by a youth in Bijlipura area here on Saturday morning. The girl, a student of Class 10, was sleeping on the terrace when a youth from her neighbourhood tried to rape her, SP City Dinesh Tripathi said. When the girl raised an alarm, the accused pushed her off the terrace, she said. She suffered serious injuries and was admitted to the district hospital. A case has been registered and efforts were on…

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Deputy SP killed, 2 Armymen injured in Kulgam encounter, 3 Jaish militants shot dead

A deputy superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir police and three Jaish-e-Mohammed militants were killed in an encounter in Tarigam area of the state’s Kulgam district on Sunday. The 34 Rashtirya Rifles of the Army, the CRPF and the Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police had launched a cordon-and-search operation following information about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said. Militants opened firing on the security forces, who retaliated, triggering a gun-battle. DySP Aman Thakur and three Jaish militants were killed in the gunfight, police said. Two Army personnel…

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US plot aims to prevent displaced Syrians from returning home, warns Hezbollah official

A high-ranking member of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement has warned about a US plot to prevent the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland so that the displaced people could be used as a pressure “lever” against the Damascus government. “Tens of thousands have already returned to Syria, and are now living normal lives. Why do some people in Lebanon are standing against the return of displaced people?” Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem said on Saturday. He said there was a global scheme, spearheaded by Washington, which…

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Trump may extend China trade deadline, but final deal remains elusive

US President Donald Trump says the United States and China were moving closer toward a trade agreement and that he was inclined to extend his March 1 tariff deadline and meet soon with Chinese President Xi Jinping, but a final deal still remains elusive. US and Chinese negotiators had made progress in their trade talks and will extend this week’s round of negotiations by two days through Sunday, Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday. “I think that we both feel there’s a very good chance a deal…

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