21:36 3 jawans injured in ceasefire violation by Pak in Uri:
Pakistani troops on Sunday violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control in Uri sector of Kashmir by opening fire at Indian posts, resulting in injuries to three soldiers, officials said.
The Pakistani troops opened fire at Indian positions at Baaz Post in Uri in Baramulla district at around 4 pm, Indian Army sources said.
The sources said three soldiers suffered bullet injuries in the firing and were admitted to the 92 Base Hospital of the Army in Srinagar.
Earlier in the day, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire thrice in Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir. -- PTI
20:32 Struggling Yuvraj dropped from squad for ODIs vs Lanka:
Virat Kohli will lead India for the ODI series against Sri Lanka starting on August 20.
R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested.
Struggling batsman Yuvraj Singh has also been dropped from the team.
Pacer Shardul Thakur comes back in the squad.
19:17 Over 9.3 crore PANs linked with Aadhaar:
More than 9.3 crore Permanent Account Numbers have been linked with Aadhaar, a senior Income Tax Department officer said.
Of the total PAN-Aadhaar seeding, which is nearly 30 percent of the total about 30 crore PAN holders, about three crore linkages were done in June and July.
"By August 5, which was the last date for filing Income Tax Returns, over 9.3 crore PAN-Aadhaar linkages have been registered by the I-T department," he said.
According to the officer, the tally is expected to growas the Central Board of Direct Taxes, the policy-making body of the department, has already extended the last date for linking the two unique numbers till August 31.
The government had made the PAN-Aadhaar linking mandatory for filing ITR and obtaining a new PAN from July 1. -- PTI
18:11 Gorakhpur tragedy: 'Saviour' Dr Kafeel Khan removed from his post: JUST IN
: Dr Kafeel Khan has been removed as the Nodal Officer for the Department of Pediatrics of Baba Raghav Das Medical College, Gorakhpur.
Dr Bhupendra Sharma has been appointed as new Nodal Officer for the Department of Pediatrics, whereas Dr P K Singh, principal of Rajkiya Medical College, Ambedkar Nagar, has been given additional charge of BRD Medical College.
Dr Khan has been hailed as a saviour of many children at the hospital in various media reports.
in DNA said Dr Khan 'the head of the encephalitis ward and a paediatrician, managed to save many lives and the parents in the hospital had said that had it not been for Khans work, the number of deaths in the past 48 hours would be more than 36.'
The report says that Dr Khan not only 'borrowed' oxygen cylinders from his friends' nursing homes to save the lives of children but also gave 'his ATM card to withdraw Rs 10,000 to a staff' when he came to know that a local supplier was ready to provide oxygen cylinders.
There has been no reason cited for the removal of Dr Khan.
The decision came soon after the visit of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. -- ANI, AgenciesIMAGE: Children at the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur on Saturday. Photograph: PTI Photo
17:48 Gorakhpur tragedy: Research centre in child diseases to be set up:
The Union government has approved the setting up of a regional medical centre at a cost of Rs 85 crore in Gorakhpur for in-depth research into children's diseases, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said today.
The announcement comes in the backdrop of the deaths of at least 30 children in 48 hours in a government hospital in Gorakhpur.
Nadda, who was addressing a press conference along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, said that before coming to Gorakhpur he had given his nod to the proposal for a regional medical research centre.
During the last parliamentary session, I had assured Adityanath ji
that a full-fledged institute will soon be set up, he said.
"Before coming here, I have approved the establishment of a regional medical research centre in Gorakhpur, at a cost of Rs 85 crore. This institute will conduct research into the infections of children and their possible reasons," Nadda said.
Earlier at the conference, Adityanath made a made a strong pitch for establishing a full-fledged virus research centre in Gorakhpur.
"The geography of east UP is such that we cannot win the war against vector-borne diseases until we have a full-fledged viral research centre. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given AIIMS, we have started it. But, there should be a full-fledged viral research centre in Gorakhpur," Adityanath had said.
Nadda said that Adityanath used to raise the issue of Japanese Encephalitis during every session of the parliament.
This was the first time that the issue was not raised as Adityanath was not there, the Union minister said.
He added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed concern over the deaths, and was constantly monitoring the situation.
"The government of India is extending all possible support to the state government. The Centre has taken initiatives for UP as well as for Gorakhpur, whether it is the establishment of an AIIMS or an ICMR centre," he said. -- PTIIMAGE: Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh and Medical Education minister Ashutosh Tandan visits BRD Medical College.
Photograph: PTI Photo
17:25 Several Bihar districts flooded, NDRF teams rushed to spot:
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today spoke to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and discussed with him the flood situation in the state where nearly 320 National Disaster Response Force personnel have been rushed.
During the telephonic conversation, Kumar briefed Singh about the latest situation in the state.
'The Centre is rushing additional NDRF teams to Bihar to help the ongoing rescue and relief operations in the flood affected region of the state,' Singh said in a tweet.
A home ministry official said that as many as seven teams of National Disaster Response Force, comprising 45 personnel in each, have already reached the affected areas in Bihar.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar informed that due to heavy rain in Nepal and rise in water level in Tapti and Mahananda rivers, north eastern Bihar is flooded.
"Have been taking stock of situation. I have requested for deployment of Army.
NDRF and SDRF teams are at work. Have spoken to the PM, Union home minister and defence minister," Kumar said.
Later, the NDRF said that 10 teams have been deployed in Bihar's flood affected districts Supaul, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Betiah, Motihari, Kishanganj, Purnia and Dedarganj.
'To expand the rescue operation, four more NDRF teams are being airlifted from Bhuwneshwar, Odisha to Purnia,' it said.
'17 flood rescue teams of NDRF have been deployed in flood affected districts of Assam, one team in Tripura and 12 teams in West Bengal,' the NDRF said.
Meanwhile, five trains cancelled in view of heavy rainfall and flood at Kishanganj station (in Katihar division) and the surrounding areas. -- ANI
16:00 Sharad Yadav's 'real JD-U' claims support of 14 state units:
Senior Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav is set to present his faction as the 'real' party claiming that many of its state units are with him while the support for party president Nitish Kumar is confined to Bihar.
The Yadav-led faction, which includes two Rajya Sabha MPs and some national office-bearers, has armed itself with letters of support from 14 state unit presidents, Arun Shrivastava, a close aide of Yadav said.
Kumar recently removed Yadav from the post of party's general secretary.
To counter Kumar's assertion that the JD-U is recognised only in Bihar-- a point made to debunk claims of support from other state units by the Yadav faction-- Shrivastava claimed the party always had a national footprint.
He said it was Yadav who headed the party before Kumar had merged his Samata Party with it.
"We will not leave the party. Nitish Kumar himself says that the party does not exist outside Bihar. Then he should form a new party for Bihar. He should not try to capture the JD-U which always had a national presence," he told PTI.
The 'Janata Parivar', a reference to various parties with socialist ethos, has a history of mergers and splits.
Yadav enjoys little support from the party's lawmakers, who are overwhelmingly from Bihar, but believes that he can make a fight of his claim over the party and cause a split.
Two Rajya Sabha members, Ali Anwar Ansari and M P Veerendra Kumar, are seen to be with Yadav in his fight against Kumar.
The JD-U has removed Yadav as the leader of its parliamentary party in the Rajya Sabha.
It has also made light of his claims of having the real JD-U with him, saying that it is Rashtriya Janata Dal workers and supporters who have greeted him during his tour in Bihar while its workers have kept away.
During his visit to the national capita on Friday, Kumar had virtually shut the door on any reconciliation with Yadav, saying he is free to take any decision as the alliance with the BJP had the entire party's nod.
"He (Yadav) is free to take his decision. As far as the party is concerned, it has already taken its decision. The decision was not mine alone and it was taken with the consent of the party. If he keeps a different opinion, then he is free to do so," Nitish had told reporters. -- PTI Photograph: PTI Photo
14:57 If anyone's negligence has caused this, he won't be spared: Yogi on child deaths:
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Health Minister J P Nadda took stock of the situation at BRD hospital in Gorakhpur.
They later addressed a press conference. Adityanath said:
- Nobody can be more sensitive towards those children than me
- Let reports of probe committee come. Assure you, if anyone's negligence caused death of a person, in any part of UP, he won't be spared.
- When Ghulam Nabi Azad was Union health minister, he came here and said that we cant do anything in the matter because it's a state matter.
- Those whose sensitivity has died are now trying to add salt to the wound by raising the sensitive issue unnecessarily.
- The prime minister is concerned over the situation. -- ANIPhotograph: ANI
14:01 Fresh firing erupts in Shopian; operation still on:
Fresh firing erupted today at the encounter site in Shopian district of south Kashmir, where three terrorists were killed this morning, police said.
Two armymen had lost their life in the gunfight yesterday, while three others were injured.
"Fresh firing has erupted at the encounter site at Zainapora in Shopian," a police official said.
He said as the forces were conducting search at the encounter site after killing three terrorists, fresh firing started from the debris.
The operation is still on, the official said.
The encounter began yesterday.
"Three terrorists have been killed in the encounter at Zainapora in Shopian," Director General of Police (DGP), S P Vaid told PTI earlier.
Vaid said the identity and group affiliation of the gunned down terrorists is being ascertained. -- PTIPhotograph: Umar Ganie/Rediff.com
13:54 India should be prepared for war with China: Ramdev:
Amid the escalating strain in the relationship between India and China, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Sunday reiterated that India needs to be prepared on all fronts for a possible war with China, if they don't reciprocate on peaceful terms.
Addressing the World Peace and Harmony Conclave, Ramdev said, "If China was open to the idea of peace, then the Dalai Lama wouldn't have been here."
He said that China has retaliated with a war threat every time India approached on peaceful terms, and asked Indians to answer them on the same front.
"We should be ready with any kind of answer they seek. If they don't understand peace, we should answer them with war," he said.
He also said that China is an epitome of 'promoting war and hatred' in the world, further reiterating his appeal to boycott Chinese goods.
"All the Indians who feel for their country should boycott Chinese goods immediately."
Earlier, Ramdev had asked all the people in the country to ban Chinese products which would reduce their market in the country.
"Indians should strictly ban the purchase of Chinese products. This will reduce their market in our country and they would be compelled to step back," he said.
Ramdev further asserted that Chinese companies have captured Indian market with their electronic goods, automobiles, toys and several others. -- ANI
13:31 Pakistan violates ceasefire again:
Violating the ceasefire again, Pakistani troops on Sunday fired from small arms along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district.
This is third ceasefire violations along the LoC in Poonch district in the past over 24 hours.
"There was a brief ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Mankote sector of Poonch district early this morning", a police officer said today.
There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing.
Yesterday, Junior Commissioned Officer Naib Sudebar Jagram Singh Tomar and a woman identified as Raqia Bi were killed as Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire twice along the Line of Control and shelled forward posts and villages in Poonch sector.
On August 8, Sepoy Pawan Singh Sugra, 21, lost his life in unprovoked Pakistani firing.
Till August 1 this year, there have been 285 instances of ceasefire violation by Pakistani forces. In 2016, the number was significantly less at 228. -- PTI
13:11 Gorakhpur deaths: Yogi, Nadda visit BRD hospital:
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Health Minister J P Nadda visit BRD Hospital in Gorakhpur where children are dying allegedly due to lack of oxygen supply.
Gorakhpur is Adityanath's Lok Sabha constituency.
At a press conference on Saturday, Adityanath had said that 'those found guilty won't be spared'.
He also emphasised on the fact that Japanese encephalitis remains a challenge for his government and assured that a solution has been found to address the menace.
Meanwhile, criticising the chief minister, Congress leader Raj Babbar siad, "What will you investigate? You already gave verdict that the deaths were not due to lack of oxygen." -- ANIIMAGE: UP CM Yogi Adityanath and Union Health Minister J P Nadda visit BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur on Sunday. Photograph: ANI
12:33 UP govt spends crores on ads, not paying bills: Tharoor on Gorakhpur deaths:
Branding the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy as an 'unforgivable act', Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Sunday accused the Uttar Pradesh government of sheer negligence, demanding a strict action against the accused.
Speaking to ANI in Thiruvanthapuram, Tharoor said, "Frankly, this is a terrible situation which shocked the country. The vulnerable members of our society are suffering because of the negligence and the bills not paid by the UP government."
Tharoor further asserted that the situation in Gorakhpur's BRD hospitals states that after years of independence where our country's priorities lie.
"This (UP government) is presenting crores on advertising and not paying the bill. This is not forgivable," he said.
The Congress also noted that it is easy to frame the authorities of the college but pointed out that what is the Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh being spared.
"This should be pinned," he added. -- ANI
12:17 Modi may turn populist, shun major reforms till polls: Report:
The Modi government is unlikely to undertake any major reform in the remainder of its term but may channel its energy to publicise achievements and emerge more people-friendly with lower taxes, says a report.
'Rather than look to conquer new ground in the run-up to the 2019 hustings, we expect Prime Minister Narendra Modi to focus on cementing the success of his reforms and infrastructure projects already started. More focus will be on administrative initiatives and not new legislative reforms on the macroeconomic front,' Barclays India chief economist Siddhartha Sanyal said in a weekend note.
'Notwithstanding his aggressive reforms since 2014, we believe Modi will be selective in picking his battles and deploying his political capital ahead of the 2019 polls. A likely absence of near-term benefits will likely remain a constraining factor against launching new reforms in the run-up to the polls.
'Closer to the polls, Modi might consider deploying hispolitical capital more to boost BJP's (Bharatiya Janata Party
) 'nationalist' credentials rather than its 'reformist' image,' argues Sanyal.
If at all he does indeed accelerate reforms over the next18 months, those will purely be based on the success or failure of such initiatives over the medium term, he notes.
At best, he may attempt to complete the aborted reforms like land and labour laws amendment, but will not push it hard, given the limited immediate benefits likely from them.
"Therefore, ahead of the 2019 hustings, we expect Modi's policy initiatives to evolve around three 'C's -- combating corruption; completing existing policy priorities (resolving NPAs, fine-tuning GST, completing infra projects etc; andcommunication to highlight how his various initiatives arehelping the common man, especially in rural areas,' Saynal says.
A communication blitzkrieg may focus on the benefits of the government policies for the common man (low inflation,anti-corruption efforts, direct benefit transfer, stronger infrastructure like electricity, roads, irrigation etc).
Having achieved some success on the anti-graft drive (over Rs 4,313 crore black money have been unearthed since May 2014), Modi may play up this again, says the report.
'Strong anti-corruption rhetoric is likely to stay at the core of Modi's policy framework, especially given the rich political dividend the BJP has enjoyed from the banknotes ban. There is a possibility of stricter political funding rules, a crackdown on benami
properties and progress towards greater disclosure of overseas assets of citizens,' Sanyal says.
'Modi will keep the rhetoric against corruption, including stricter norms of funding political parties, high-pitched ahead of the polls,' says the report.
On the macro front, he is unlikely to attempt any newambitious legislative reforms until H1 of 2019 and is likelyto focus on improving the delivery of government services andease of business, he says. -- PTI
11:48 Shopian: 3 terrorists killed in encounter so far:
Shopian encounter update:
Three terrorists have been killed in the overnight encounter, police said.
The operation is still on.
Two soldiers -- Sepoy Ilayaraja P and Sepoy Gowai Sumedh Waman -- lost their lives in the encounter. -- PTI, ANIIMAGE: Deferred visuals of the encounter. Photograph: ANI
11:06 Go to the country where you feel safe: RSS leader to Ansari:
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader Indresh Kumar on Saturday said there were no takers for former vice president Hamid Ansari's recent 'insecurity among Muslims remark' even within the community.
He called the former vice president 'unfortunate' as no one came out in support of his remarks.
"Hamid Ansari is such an unfortunate (durbhagyashali
) person that no one in the country came forward in his support. Muslims in large numbers also opposed his comments," said Kumar in Nagpur.
Attacking the former vice president, he said all the while during his ten-year tenure as vice president he (Ansari) was secular and after demitting the post he has become hardliner (kattarpanti
The RSS leader also exhorted all those sharing a similar mindset to tell the name of the country where Muslims are secure.
"I have one request to him (Ansari) and people like him who feel that Muslims are insecure, they should tell the name of the country where Muslims are secure and they should go and live in that country where they feel secure," Kumar said. -- PTI
10:47 Gorakhpur tragedy: Yogi Adityanath to visit hospital :
Under fire over the deaths of 63 children at a hospital in Gorakhpur over the last five days, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to visit Baba Raghav Das Medical College's hospital today.
Union Union Health Minister J P Nadda will also accompany the UP CM.
Earlier, Yogi on Saturday said that it would be a "heinous act" if the deaths were caused by a disruption in the supply of oxygen.
The UP government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the deaths and the chief of the hospital has been suspended.
The deaths have sparked a political firestorm as opposition parties sought to pin the blame on the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government.
On his visit earlier this week, Adityanath had inaugurated a 10-bed Intensive Care Unit and a six-bed Critical Care Unit facility at the hospital, which gets a large number of encephalitis patients. Thousands have died of encephalitis in Gorakhpur since the first case was discovered in the 1970s.
10:45 2 cops injured during search operation in Kashmir:
Two cops were injured today when terrorists fired on a search party of security forces in north Kashmir's Bandipora district, police said.
A cordon and search operation was launched by the forces at Wahab Parray Mohalla in Hajin area of the district after receiving specific intelligence input about the presence of militants there, a police official said.
He said as the forces were conducting the search operation, the militants fired upon them, resulting in injuries to two police personnel.
The injured cops have been taken to a hospital for treatment, the official said, adding the cordon and search operation is going on in the area.
09:35 The Gorakhpur mystery :
Each year as monsoon-bearing clouds arrive over eastern Uttar Pradesh, so does a pestilence.
Hundreds, mostly children, fall ill with fever, convulsions, and disorientation. So familiar are people with these symptoms that at the first signs they rush their children to Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital, Gorakhpur.
Few other hospitals in the eastern Uttar Pradesh region either have the doctors or the equipment to handle this affliction. And so, the journey of children from nearly 15 districts around Gorakhpur ends at the biggest hospital in these parts.
For the hospital, it is an annual, inevitable, slow descent into chaos.
By September, around 50 patients arrive every day, and the medical colleges infrastructure stretches to breaking point. There arent enough beds: unconscious children, sometimes two or three, lie on a single bed. There arent enough doctors, so diploma students in child health from around Gorakhpur are drafted in. There arent enough mechanical ventilators, even though patients with severe encephalitis often need them.
09:32 India fully equipped to face any challenge: MoS PMO on Doklam standoff:
Union minister Jitendra Singh has played down the heightened rhetoric by Beijing over the Doklam standoff, stating that India was fully equipped to face any challenge.
He said the government was confident about the steps it was taking in this regard.
"We are well equipped to face any challenge whether externally or internally," Singh told reporters in Jammu.
The MoS PMO was responding to a question about the recent 'threat' by China through its official media asking India to withdraw troops from the Sikkim sector.
"I think for us the more important thing is to see what we are doing. I am not here to respond to what somebody is tweeting from the opposition parties. We are confident about what we are doing," he said.
China had recently said that it had conveyed its firm stand to India that it must take "concrete actions" by immediately pulling back troops from Doklam in the Sikkim
section with "no strings attached" to resolve the current standoff.
The BJP leader also said that the government was giving "befitting reply" with regard to ceasefire violations on the Indo-Pakistan border, and was dealing with terrorism in Kashmir with a "stern hand".
On appearance of terrorist Zakir Musa's posters in Kashmir asking youths and students to keep away from Independence day functions, Singh said such posters have come up in the past too.
"The government will take a call on this. The more these (terrorist) leaders come up with such things, the more they expose themselves. The youths cannot be threatened by the diktats of these militants," he said.
09:19 Indian Army team crashes out of global tank race in Russia:
An Indian Army team has crashed out of international 'Tank Biathlon' held in Russia after its main battle tank T-90 developed technical snag.
India was among 19 countries, including China, which participated in the high profile event.
Official sources said the Indian team could not advance to the next level following breakdown of its two T-90 tanks.
The Tank Biathlon commenced at Alabino Ranges on July 29.
A total of 19 countries have participated in the event and the top 12 of them were to be selected for stage II relay race.
The competition is an international event conducted as part of the International Army Games held every year since 2013 at Alabino Ranges in Russia.
International Army Games involve 28 events which are organised in Russia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and China.
The Indian Army team has been participating in the competition for the past three years.
Sources said it was for the first time that the Indian team was participating with its own T-90 tanks at the competition.
The competition simulates actual battle field conditions involving driving at high speed and entails switching from one mode of operation to another at a fast pace.
Image: Indian Army
09:04 Will replace Pak's flawed system with new law: Nawaz Sharif:
Pakistan's sacked premier Nawaz Sharif said on Saturday that he will strive hard to replace the country's old and "flawed" system with a new law which will put an end to the unceremonious ouster of the prime ministers.
Sharif told his supporters at the last leg of his four-day homecoming from Islamabad in Lahore that his party's government was going to initiate efforts to bring new
Constitution and fully support the suggestions put forward by the chairman of Senate.
"We will have to bring a new system, a new constitution and a new law replacing the old flawed system which has been affected by virus," he said while talking about flaws in the existing system of Pakistan.
"Now we need a new law in which no one can oust a prime minister in this manner and for that purpose I will come out on roads and bring about a revolution," he asserted.
Sharif also demanded accountability from military dictators and judges who he said have been sending prime ministers packing home in the last 70 years.
He also criticised the five judges who disqualified him in the Panama Papers case.
"Are you qualified to disqualify me? Every single child of this country has not accepted your decision," Sharif said.
He also took on the military establishment and warned that Pakistan may a face 1971 like situation if the prime ministers continued to be sent home unceremoniously.
"God forbid if Pakistan sees 1971 like situation again. But now time has come that humiliation of elected prime ministers should be stopped. I am no more afraid. I do not fear for my life. I need your support to ensure respect of the people's vote and civilian supremacy," he said.
Sharif said he should be given a medal for overcoming terrorism, electricity and gas shortages and unemployment.
On July 28, a five-member Supreme Court bench disqualified 67-year-old Sharif for dishonesty and ruled that corruption cases be filed against him and his children,
forcing the embattled leader out of office.
09:01 Gorakhpur tragedy: Meet Dr Kafeel Khan, the hero who saved the lives of countless children:
In the midst of the Gorakhpur tragedy, a paediatrician at Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College has been hailed a hero saving as many children as possible.
Dr Kafeel Khan, the head of the encephalitis ward and a paediatrician, managed to save many lives and the parents in the hospital had said that had it not been for Khans work, the number of deaths in the past 48 hours would be more than 36.
Read the full story HERE
08:42 Gorakhpur deaths: Medical college principal resigns:
Principal of the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur Dr Rajeev Mishra, who was suspended following the death of 30 infants within a span of 48 hours since August 10, has resigned from the post.
Confirming the resignation of Mishra from the post of the BRD medical college principal, UP Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh said, "Yes, he has resigned. But no good, because we have already suspended him and initiated enquiry of his misdoings."
In his letter to the Director General of Medical Education and Training, the principal said that he tendered his resignation from the post taking the moral responsibility
for the recent death of 30 children admitted in the hospital's paediatric ward.
Earlier, Singh and UP Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon had said that Mishra was suspended for his "irresponsible act" of allegedly delaying payment to the supplier of oxygen cylinders.
They also said that a probe, led by the state chief secretary, had been ordered.
08:08 2 army men killed, 3 injured in Shopian encounter:
Two army men were killed and three others, including a captain, injured in an encounter with terrorists in Shopian district of south Kashmir, the police said.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation on Saturday following information about presence of terrorists in Avneera village of Zainapora area of the district, a police official said.
He said as the security forces were conducting searches, the terrorists opened firing on them which was retaliated by the law enforcement personnel, triggering a gunfight.
Five soldiers were injured in the gun battle, he said, adding that they were evacuated to the 92 Base Hospital of the army for treatment, where two among them succumbed to their injuries.