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LIVE! Tral encounter ends, 2 terrorists gunned down

10:40  Tral encounter ends, 2 terrorists gunned down :  Two militants were killed in an encounter which started on Saturday evening with the security forces in south Kashmirs Tral area.

Reports suggest that the militants were hiding in a residential area at Nazneenpora village.

A J&K police constable, identified as Manzoor Ahmed, lost his life in the encounter, which is now over.

On Saturday evening, a cordon and search operation was launched in the area.

The operation was slowed down after protesters hurled stones at the forces. 

10:30  Schwarzenegger’s exit from Apprentice due to his ‘pathetic’ ratings: Trump:  United States President Donald Trump fired back at Arnold Schwarzenegger, who claims to have quit “The Celebrity Apprentice”, saying the actor was sacked from the show because of his “pathetic” ratings.

“Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show,” Trump tweeted.

Schwarzenegger quickly wrote, “You should think about hiring a new joke writer and a fact checker.”

Trump has been blaming Schwarzenegger for “The Apprentice” declining ratings.

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09:46  It’s official.

Karan Johar issued a statement on becoming dad to twins Yash and Roohi via surrogacy.

Here’s the statement.

09:26  Malaysia expels North Korea ambassador over Kim murder:  Malaysia has expelled North Korea’s ambassador on Saturday, giving him 48 hours to leave the country as a diplomatic row deepened over the assassination of the half-brother of Pyongyang’s leader.
    
Kim Jong-Nam, 45, was poisoned on February 13 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport with VX, a nerve agent so deadly that it is classed as a weapon of mass destruction.
   
The dramatic killing has sharply soured relations between Malaysia and North Korea, which has not acknowledged the dead man’s identity, vehemently protested the murder investigation and accused Kuala Lumpur of being in cahoots with its enemies.
   
Arch-rival South Korea has blamed the North for the murder, citing what they say was a standing order from leader Kim Jong-Un to kill his exiled half-brother who may have been seen as a potential rival.
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09:18  Karan Johar becomes father to twins via surrogacy:  Bollywood director and producer Karan Johar is reported to have officially become a father, after he became the single parent of twins — a boy and a girl, via surrogacy last month.

The twins were reportedly born via a surrogate in February 2017 in Mumbai’s Masrani Hospital.

According to Times of India, civic officials confirmed that the births were registered with its public health department on Friday.

The report suggests that he has named the girl Roohi, and the boy, Yash.

Johar is yet to make a statement regarding the same.

Karan had also spoken up about adopting a child or having a surrogate one, in his recently released autobiography, The Unsuitable Boy.

09:03  Kashmir: Cop killed in Tral encounter:  A policeman was killed in an encounter that started on Saturday night between militants and security forces in south Kashmir’s Tral.

The encounter began after a joint team of police and army started a cordon and search operation in Hafoo area of Tral in Pulwama district based on inputs about the presence of militants in the area.

An official at the police control room in Awantipora said the slain Jammu and Kashmir policeman, Manzoor Ahmed Naik was a native of Salamabad area of Uri.

Officials sources said special forces of army were deployed to carry out a combing operation in the area.
   
Curfew has been clamped in this area, 10 km from Srinagar, as protesters had gathered near the encounter site, they said.
   
Half of the house was brought down by the security forces but militants were still firing on them.

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08:23  Sikh man shot at in US, attacker allegedly shouted ‘go back to your country’:   A 39-year-old Sikh man in the United States has been injured when an unidentified person shot him outside his home and allegedly shouted “go back to your own country.”

The Sikh man was working on his vehicle outside his home in the city of Kent in Washington on Friday when he was approached by a stranger, who walked up to the driveway, the Seattle Times reported.

Kent police said an argument broke out between the two men, with the victim saying the suspect made statements to the effect of “go back to your own country.” The unidentified man then shot him in the arm.

The incident is the latest in a series of troubling cases where members of the Indian community have been targeted in apparent hate crimes.

On Thursday, Indian-origin convenience store owner Harnish Patel, 43, of Lancaster in South Carolina was found dead of gun shot wounds in his yard.

It also comes close on the heels of the tragic shooting in Kansas last month of 32-year old Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was killed when 51-year old US Navy veteran Adam Purinton opened fire at him and his friend Alok Madasani before yelling “get out of my country.”

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Source: Rediff