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Gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir

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A gunfight started on Friday between the security forces and holed up militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district, officials said.

Police said following information about the presence of militants, security forces surrounded Babagund village in Langate area on late Thursday evening.

“The hiding militants opened fire at the security forces triggering an encounter which is on,” a police officer said.

Reports from the area said two to three militants could be hiding in the village.


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New firm to collect Hyderabad ORR

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The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has entrusted toll tax collection on Outer Ring Road (ORR) to a new agency on the condition that if more than 20 vehicles are stuck in any lane at any given point, the agency should clear traffic in the lane without collecting toll charges. This condition will be in force from April 1.

The new agency Eagle Infra India Limited will be commencing toll collection from midnight of March 1. It has quoted the highest amount of Rs 24.29 crore per month payable to the HMDA and the contract is valid for 18 months.

IRB Infrastructures Limited, whose term expired on February 28 midnight, was paying Rs.87.03 lakh per day to the HMDA.

Since the last few months, Hyderabad Growth Corridor Limited (HGCL), which monitors the functioning of ORR, has been facing issues, including legal aspects over toll collection at the 19 toll plazas. IRB Infrastructures was entrusted with the job last May on a temporary basis with daily remittance of toll payment.


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Telangana No 1 in passports delivery

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Telangana bagged the number one position in the country in speedy delivery of passports to applicants, according to Regional Passport Officer (RPO) E Vishnu Vardhan Reddy.

Interacting with the media here on Thursday on the occasion of the second successful year of Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSKs) in the State, he said 5.20 lakh passports were issued in 2018 by the RPO while only 2,000 applications were pending due to improper information furnished.

For the last five years, the Telangana Police has been in the top position in completing the verification of antecedents of applicants in four days. They were completing verification in four days in districts and the same in three days in the city. This has been enabling passport officials to process the application and deliver passport through the Postal Department within a few days of submission. Some 58,710 passports were delivered through POPSKs in districts in 2018 and only 200 applications were pending. The POPSKs were helping applicants in villages to get their passport in a hassle-free manner instead of coming to the city. This initiative was enabling applicants in districts to save time and money, Reddy said.

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