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KPS Gill the Supercop who led Operation Black Thunder II is no more

India May 26(IM): With the passing away of KPS Gill, it is difficult to avoid using the cliche, ‘An era has ended’.KPS Gill never did fade away from Punjab after retirement as the state’s Director General of Police (DGP). The man, who’s name is synonymous with winning the fight against militancy in the state and who earned the sobriquet of ‘Supercop’, continued to earn his share of bouquets and brickbats well after shedding his police uniform.An IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre of the 1958 batch, Gill was no stranger to controversy in his parent cadre as well. He faced a court case after a protester died after he was administered a few kicks by Gill, then the DGP of Assam. However, it was in Punjab, during his two tenures as the state DGP, 1988-90 and 1991-95, that Gill etched his name firmly as among those leading from the front in the fight against Khalistani militancy in the state.The May 1988 Operation Black Thunder II in Amritsar was where Gill earned his first flush of fame in Punjab when he flushed out militants from the Golden Temple in Amritsar by avoiding repeat of Operation Blue Star and the use of brute force. Determined not to repeat the mistakes of June 1984, Gill laid a siege to the Golden Temple, positioned snipers on surrounding rooftops and literally starved out the militants by cutting away their electricity supply and refusing them even a drop of water from the Temple’s ‘sarovar’. The snipers would pick their targets as they came to have a drink of water and soon the morale of the militants sapped and they surrendered.While KPS Gill is credited with giving a firm direction to the fight against militants, one of his his biggest achievements in those dark days was to give a spine to the crumbling morale of the Punjab Police personnel. The militants had begun targetting the families of police personnel and killing them in specific attacks, thus reducing the will to fight among the cops. Not only did he take resolute action in imposing retribution for the attack of cops’ families, but he also ensured that he was seen to be present at all high profile encounters taking place in the state and thus boosting the morale of the policemen under his command.Gill’s methods of breaking the back of militancy, however, were not without criticism. He had long been accused of having turned a blind eye to the wanton killings which took place in the name of fighting the militants, the staged encounters, the mysterious disappearances and the formation of squads of Police ‘Cats’ or informers who identified potential targets. Gill was never held personally accountable for the lapses on part of the officers under his command even though many police officials of that period later faced trials for their acts.Critics of Gill have also maintained that had it not been for the active deployment of the Indian Army in Operation Rakshak in Punjab, KPS Gill would never would have been able to achieve his aims. Gill, himself, however, always credited the Army with having played an important role and went on record on several occasions highlighting the close cooperation that he received from the Army and the liaison which was done between the Army’s Corps Headquarters in Jalandhar and the Punjab Police Headquarters in Chandigarh.

26/05/2017 6:16:00 PM

Government bans sale of cows for slaughter at cattle markets restricts trade

Army kills 2 BAT attackers in Uri as it foils ambush by Pak troops on LoC


Business


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Historic Day For Indian Markets

India May 26(IM): The Indian benchmark indices closed at record highs on Friday after hitting fresh tops during intraday trading. The Sensex rose over 300 points to hit record high of 31,074 and Nifty advanced over 90 points to 9,604.90. Earlier-than-expected arrival of monsoon, positive corporate earnings and upbeat global markets boosted sentiment on Dalal Street. Overnight, in the US markets S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit record closing highs on Thursday. Analysts say the Indian markets have resumed their uptrend after a brief phase of consolidation wherein the mid-cap index plunged over 8 per cent and the small-cap index tanked over 7 per cent.

26/05/2017 6:11:00 PM

Rs 10000 invested in this currency in 2010 would have got you Rs 66 crore today


Sci&Tech



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NASA Says So Much Water Pulsed Through a Melting Glacier It Warped Earths Crust

United States May 26(IM): NASA scientists detected a pulse of melting ice and water travelling through a major glacier in Greenland that was so big that it warped the solid Earth - a surge equivalent in mass to 18,000 Empire State Buildings.The wave - which occurred during the 2012 record melt year - traveled nearly 15 miles through the Rink Glacier in western Greenland over four months before reaching the sea, the researchers said."It's a gigantic mass," said Eric Larour, one of the study's authors and a researcher at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "It is able to bend the bedrock around it."Such a "wave" has never before been detected in a Greenland or Antarctic glacier. The total amount of mass carried in the wave - in the form of either water, ice, or some combination of both - was 1.67 billion tons per month, or 6.68 billion tons overall over four months, the study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, found.The study was led by the lab's Surendra Adhikari and was also co-authored by Erik Ivins."These solitary waves, they're fairly well known in rivers," said Ivins, also a researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "Rivers can have inundations upstream where a lot of water is collected, and the water gets bunched up as it's going downstream, and doesn't ever really flatten out, it just remains as this wave and continues down a river."However, the scientists don't know what the wave actually looked like or precisely what caused it - much of it was occurring below the surface of the glacier. They also don't know precisely what it was made of. "We are losing a combination of water and ice, we don't know what fraction," said Adhikari.

26/05/2017 6:18:00 PM

Iris scanner not that easy to hack says Samsung


Sports


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ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Cant Keep Virat Kohli Down For Long Says Michael Hussey

India May 26(IM): Former Australian batsman Mike Hussey said on Friday that though Virat Kohli was not in his elements in the Indian Premier League (IPL) it will be a mistake for the other teams to write him off in the ICC Champions Trophy. Hussey said Kohli was a class player and writing him off will mean that teams would have to eat a humble pie. "He is a class player and anyone who wants to write him off in this tournament will probably have to eat humble pie," Hussey told PTI. "You can't keep a gun player down for long and I am sure he will be very determined to play well in England and show the world his class again."

26/05/2017 6:20:00 PM

Hardik Pandya credits Rahul Dravid for his success ahead of ICC Champions Trophy



World


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Trump scolds fellow NATO leaders and asks them to Spend more for military

United States May 26(IM): Surrounded by stone-faced allies, President Donald Trump rebuked fellow NATO members on Thursday for failing to meet the military alliance's financial benchmarks, asserting that leaves it weaker and shortchanges "the people and taxpayers of the United States."

26/05/2017 6:14:00 PM

Election campaign resumes after Manchester attack

China tightened border controls with North Korea says top US diplomat


Entertainment


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Sachin A Billion Dreams review

India May 26(IM): Access is a beautiful thing. But it comes with its set of pros and cons. British filmmaker James Erskine gets a seat on Sachin's private jet which takes the cricketer's boy gang to Goa, a chance to accompany Sachin the coach training his son Arjun in Yorkshire and use footage from the legend's personal home videos. But the film, rather unsurprisingly, is more a paean to India's most beloved sportsman than a comprehensive examination of him. The controversies - the rivalry with Azharuddin, his fallout with friend Vinod Kambli, the failed captaincy, the match fixing scandal - barely get addressed. Instead the film is overloaded with nostalgia and Did-You-Know trivia that keeps viewers sated, and a few scenes which will appease Tendulkar's many sponsors too. Ultimately one walks out knowing little new about the little master.Erskine starts off with a docudrama approach, presenting Sachin the notorious prankster who grew up in a middle class home with his parents and siblings. Sachin the origins story appeals the most as Erskine focuses on Sachin's humble background which makes his extraordinary achievement and simplicity even more impressive. We see recreated footage of a child slogging in the nets of Shivaji Park in Dadar for hours; sent away to his relatives' place so that he saves on travel time and a supportive brother in Ajit Tendulkar, a figure so instrumental in the making of Sachin that one wishes there was more about their bond. Added are voices of a few family members recalling one anecdote, the most noteworthy being Sachin's sister, Savita, getting him a bat from Kashmir, and the pivotal role of the demanding coach Ramakant Achrekar. If Erskine compromises on sibling love, it's perhaps because he intends to acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice of his wife Anjali Tendulkar. In an aww-worthy moment, we get a quick retelling of their Jab We Met and how in a major reshuffle of tradition it was Anjali who went to Sachin's house to ask the hand of her boyfriend of four years. The moment that lingers most is not on field but off it when Anjali speaks of how one of them had to give up on their professional dreams and it was she, a practising doctor, who volunteered. It is through Anjali's measured voice viewers will understand the emotional toll - of the losses, the extensive scrutiny and the expectations of a billion people - on Sachin and his family.

26/05/2017 6:08:00 PM

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan celebrates mothers birthday with daughter Aaradhya

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Rajinikanths Kaala Karikaalan


Health


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Free your thyroid gland from pills

India May 26(IM): According to WHO, depression is one of the major reasons for suicides globally. The story in India is no different. Even as hyperthyroidism, grows exponentially, with more than 200 million people suffering from the disease worldwide, what’s shocking is, more than 50 percent of individuals, who have the disease, remain undiagnosed.

26/05/2017 6:17:00 PM