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Hanamanthappa was 'highly-motivated', served in 'challenging' areas
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Army man Hanamanthappa Koppad, who survived for six days buried under tonnes of snow in the Siachen Glacier, is a highly-motivated soldier and has served in difficult and challenging areas for most of his 13 years in the army. Describing him as a "highly-motivated and physically fit" 33-year-old soldier, a senior officer said Koppad -- who was enrolled in 19th Battalion of Madras Regiment on October 25, 2002 -- had displayed remarkable initiative. "He has served for 10 years in difficult and ... Rediff.com, 18 minutes ago
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Siachen bravehearts: Over 150 soldiers and two canines

Dogged determination of over 150 soldiers helped by two canines, Dot and Misha, besides earth penetrating radars and special ice cutting equipment helped rescue Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, who was buried under tonnes of ice at 19,500 feet on the Siachen Glacier. On February 3, an 800X400ft ice wall broke off and covered an army post in northern glacier in Siachen, the world's highest battlefield. The debris, including massive ice boulders, some the size of a small room, spread over ...
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Decision day in New Hampshire

New Hampshire voters will make their choice for president in the first-in-the-nation primary contest that public opinion polls suggest could deliver victory to a pair of outsider candidates, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders.Voting booths opened across most of the Granite state at 8 a.m. ET, though a trickle of voters made it to the polls in the traditional curtain raiser of Dixville Notch not far from the Canadian border just after midnight. In that snow-bound hamlet, Ohio ...
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Amid cybersecurity warnings, Obama unveils 'action plan'

President Barack Obama has unveiled a cybersecurity "national action plan" as his intelligence chief warned of growing risks from newtechnologies that open more doors to hackers. Obama asked for USD 19 billion for cybersecurity efforts in his budget request, a 35 per cent increase from current levels, with USD 3 billion earmarked to help modernise the patchwork of computer systems used in government agencies. "More and more, keeping America safe is not just about more tanks or more ...
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Top intelligence official: ISIS to attempt US attacks this year

Top US intelligence officials said Tuesday that ISIS was likely to attempt direct attacks on the US in the coming year and that the group was infiltrating refugees escaping from Iraq and Syria to move across borders.ISIS "will probably attempt to conduct additional attacks in Europe, and attempt to direct attacks on the US homeland in 2016," Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday.Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, ...
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Indo-Pak ties 'tense': US intelligence chief

Noting that the Indo-Pak ties "remain tense", the US intelligence chief today said India's engagement with Pakistan hinges on Islamabad's willingness to act against those responsible for the Pathankot terror attack."Relations between Pakistan and India remain tense despite the resumption of a bilateral dialogue in December," James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, told the Senate Armed Services Committee during a Congressional hearing.Following the attack on Pathankot Air Force base ...
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France, Germany press Brussels on terror funding crackdown

France and Germany pressed the European Union today to speed up plans designed to crack down on the funding of terrorist groups.Paris -- left reeling by two major terror attacks last year and Berlin want the plans implemented by June, according to a source at talks between the two governments in the French capital. "We have to accelerate the process," said French Finance Minister Michel Sapin at a press conference with his German counterpart Wolfgang Schaeuble. The call came a week after ...
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Obama proposes USD 860 mn in aid for Pak

The Obama administration today proposed USD 860 million in aid for Pakistan, including USD 265 million for military hardware, which it said would help the country fight terrorists, secure nuclear weapons andimprove ties with India. While there was no mention of Pakistan in President Barack Obama's budgetary proposals, Secretary of State John Kerry in his proposals said the budget includes USD 859.8 million towards sustaining ties with Pakistan and making progress to "disrupt, dismantle and ...
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FBI confirms Clinton email investigation

The FBI has formally confirmed it is investigating Hillary Clinton's private emails, giving fuel to a controversy that the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination has been unable to put behind her. In a letter dated February 2 that was made public on yesterday, FBI General Counsel James Baker said the FBI's investigation into Clinton's use of a private e-mail server while she was secretary of state is "ongoing." Clinton has repeatedly denied doing anything wrong. Although ...
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Modi government anti-students, anti-poor, claims Rahul

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday slammed the Narendra Modi government, accusing it of being against farmers, labourers, students and the poor. He also described the Left Front's ideology as "obsolete". Addressing Congress workers at the conclusion of the "Jana Raksha Yatra", which turned out to be a launch pad of the party's election campaign in Kerala, he took swipe at Modi on several occasions during his 30-minute speech at nearby Shangumugham beach. "You will never see prime ...
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