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Sunday, 11 October 2015

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Firefight in Handwara
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, October 10
A firefight between militants and security forces is underway in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. The Army said the gunfight began around 5 pm when soldiers were carrying out searches in the dense forests of Waderbala, Handwara, 100 km from here.

“There is no report of any casualty so far,” a defence official said. He said the Army intercepted a group of militants in the area this morning and there was brief exchange of fire in the area. The militants escaped after initial contact.

The soldiers continued searches in the area. Contact was again established with militants around 5 pm and exchange of fire was going on.

Sources said a group of militants which had infiltrated recently was holed up in the forest.
Ready for war with US: N Korea
Marks 70th anniversary of ruling party with military show
Pyongyang, October 10
Isolated North Korea marked the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers’ Party on Saturday with a massive military parade overseen by leader Kim Jong Un, who said his country was ready to fight any war waged by the United States.

Thousands of troops stood at attention under a blue autumn sky in Pyongyang’s main Kim Il Sung Square, named after Kim Jong Un’s grandfather and the founder of the nation, as Kim, appearing relaxed and confident, made his speech, leaning heavily on the lectern.

The young leader was accompanied by senior Chinese Communist Party official Liu Yunshan, with whom he was seen speaking throughout the event and occasionally shared laughs, and flanked by senior North Korean party and military officials.

“The party’s revolutionary armament means we are ready to fight any kind of war waged by the US imperialists,” Kim said in a speech strikingly more forceful than previous public comments, praising the feats of past leaders and the ruling party.

He made no direct mention of the country’s nuclear programme, likely a conciliatory diplomatic gesture towards China, which hosted the now-defunct “six-party talks”, also involving the United States, on giving economic incentives to Pyongyang in return for scrapping its atomic ambitions.

Kim’s speech was followed by troops marching in formation, first by a corps of soldiers dressed in the style of the revolutionary force that fought Japan during World War Two, and then a procession of military might rolling past the square.

A battery of the North’s intercontinental ballistic missiles was the highlight of the weapons display, although they are not known to have been successfully tested. Impoverished North Korea and rich democratic South Korea remain technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a treaty. — Reuters

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