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Seven Indian Soldiers killed in Nagrota Camp Attack

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — At least seven Indian soldiers were killed after militants stormed an army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir with grenades and gunfire, the military said Tuesday.

The militants took 16 hostages, officials said, all of whom were rescued after a fierce gun battle, the North Command added.

Three of the militants were killed in the attack, which was located in Jammu’s Nagrota area. The attacks were disguised in police uniforms when they entered the camp. In September, militants attacked a base in Uri, killing 19 soldiers, which led to a spike in cross-border tensions between India and Pakistan.

India, in response to the Uri attack, which they blamed Pakistan for, carried out a series of “surgical strikes” across the border. The army said, at the time, it had destroyed “terrorist launching pads,” which they said were used by militants with support from Pakistan, which vehemently denied the allegations.

Tuesday’s attackers first made their way to an officers’ mess complex, killing one officer and three soldiers who tried to repel them. They proceeded to take 12 soldiers, two women and two children, hostage. The morning strike came a month after a similar attack in Baramulla, where one border guard was killed and another wounded.

Separately, also on Tuesday, Indian border forces killed three suspected militants trying to cross the border from Pakistan, officials said.

Tensions between India and Pakistan, both nations with nuclear capabilities, have skyrocketed since the aforementioned Uri attack.

Last week, officials in Pakistan said at least nine people were killed and 11 others injured after an incident of cross-border shelling struck a passenger bus in the disputed region. India had earlier promised to avenge the deaths of three soldiers, one whose body they said had been mutilated.

India accuses Pakistan of arming and training insurgents fighting for Kashmir’s independence from India or its merger with Pakistan, a claim Pakistan denies.

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Images show China building a development on Indian border

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CHINA-BHUTAN border (Diya TV) — New satellite images appear to show China built a development in the Himalayas along the border with India and Bhutan that was the site of a standoff in 2017.

Satellite images last month from US-based Maxar Technologies show there’s been construction all year long, including new military storage bunkers.

Chinese officials say the buildup was within the scope of their sovereignty. China and Bhutan, who do not have diplomatic relations, both lay claim to that Doklam region.

Vice President-Elect Joe Biden officially introduced his nominee for Secretary of State Tony Blinken, a veteran of the Obama Administration. Blinken during an Indian Independence Day event held by the Biden-Harris campaign said strengthening ties with India is a high-priority of the new administration. We’ll profile his career and what US-India ties will look like with him at the helm.

Watch what Blinken had to say during that campaign event here: https://youtu.be/8VjMkEZLiP0?t=960

A stone statue of Hindu goddess Maa Annapoorna stolen more than a century ago and found in Canada will be returned to India. The statue is believed to be originally from Varanasi.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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U.S., India, Japan & Australia complete Malabar exercise

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MALABAR ISLANDS, India (Diya TV) — Maritime forces from the U.S., India, Japan and Australia completed Phase II of the exercises dubbed Malabar in the Arabian Sea. The U.S. State Department thanked India in a tweet for hosting the effort by “The Quad” that promotes a free and open Indo-Pacific against a growing Chinese presence in the region.

The state of Michigan officially certified its election, formally granting President-Elect Biden its 16 electoral votes. And while President Trump continues to litigate in the hopes of overturning the outcome of the election, to date, he’s lost more than 30 cases. And now the General Services Administration informed the President-Elect he will be able to get the funding and documents needed  to start the formal transition in government.

Indian American Mala Adiga was appointed by President-Elect Joe Biden to be the Policy Director for his wife Jill, who will be the First Lady. Adiga is an alum of the Obama administration, as well as the Biden Foundation.

Pakistani American Dr. Umair Shah was appointed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to be Washington State’s Secretary of Health. Shah currently serves as executive director and local health authority for Harris County Public Health in Texas. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Modi thanks troops for thwarting terror plot

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JAMMU and KASHMIR, India (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Modi thanked security forces for unraveling a terrorist plot by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad. Four men suspected of plotting a new attack on the anniversary of the 26/11 attacks were killed during a gunfight with Indian armed forces at a checkpoint in Jammu. Their truck was loaded with a cache of weapons and explosives. Modi is now reviewing the security apparatus along the international border and the Line of Control with Pakistan amid this infiltration.

Terrorism was a major theme of the annual BRICS summit featuring Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa was hosted by Russia virtually. Prime Minister Modi said terrorism is the biggest challenge world is facing today, adding “countries that support the terrorists are held accountable.” Russian President Vladmir Putin said India and China may start producing Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19.

Donald Trump Jr., President Trump’s eldest son, tested positive for coronavirus. His father and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle and many others in the Trump inner circle have had the virus over the last few months. A spokesman said Trump Jr. learned his diagnosis earlier this week, but has no symptoms and is quarantining in his cabin.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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