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Lance Naik Hanumanthappa: Daring soldier to the core
New Delhi : Daring, highly motivated and one who was always ready to stare death in the face, not flinching a bit. That was Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, the doughty soldier who survived for six days under tonnes of snow at the Siachen Glacier, but finally lost the battle for life on Thursday at an army hospital in Delhi.
 
Aged just 33 and extremely physically fit, Koppad volunteered more than once for postings in inhospitable and difficult areas, serving in these areas for 10 years out of his 13-year-long army career.
 
At a personal level, Koppad was an ever-smiling person who shared cordial relations with his army colleagues and subordinates. 
 
A resident of Betadur village in Dharwad district of Karnataka, Koppad enlisted in the Madras Regiment's 19th Battalion on October 25, 2002. 
 
He was deployed in Mahore in Jammu and Kashmir from 2003 to 2006, where he was actively involved in counter-insurgency operations. 
 
He again volunteered to serve the 54 Rashtriya Rifles (MADRAS) in Jammu and Kashmir from 2008 to 2010, where he displayed indomitable courage and gallantry in fighting terrorists.
 
The lance naik also volunteered to serve in the northeast from 2010 to 2012, where he actively participated in successful operations against the National Democratic Front of Bodoland and United Liberation Front of Assam.
 
Koppad was posted on the Siachen Glacier from August 2015. He was deployed on one of the highest posts where temperatures can plummet well below minus 40 degrees Celsius and winds of up to 100 km per hour batter the frozen landscape and army men deployed there.
 
He along with his team members were deployed at the army's Sonam Post - the highest permanently manned post in the world - when an avalanche engulfed their camp on February 3.
 
The 10 soldiers buried alive were maintaining the world's highest helipad in the area, which brought supplies for soldiers on the Siachen Glacier.
 
While nine soldiers, including one Junior Commissioned Officer, died, Koppad was the only one who cheated death, at least for a few days more than his colleagues.
 
The nine soldiers who died in the avalanche are Subedar Nagesha TT of village Tejur, Hassan district, Karnataka; Havaldar Elum Alai M. of village Dukkam Parai, Vellore district, Tamil Nadu; Lance Havildar S. Kumar of village Kumanan Thozhu, Teni district, Tamil Nadu; Lance Naik Sudheesh B. of village Monroethuruth, Kollam district, Kerala; Sepoy Mahesha P.N. of village HD Kote, Mysore district, Karnataka; Sepoy Ganesan G. of village Chokkathevan Patti, Madurai district, Tamil Nadu; Sepoy Rama Moorthy N. of village Gudisa tana Palli, Krishna Giri district, Tamil Nadu; Sepoy Mustaq Ahmed S. of village Parnapalle, Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh; and Sepoy (Nursing Assistant) Suryawanshi S.V. of village Maskarwadi, Satara district, Maharashtra.

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shadi katyal

1 year ago

One feels sad to hear such news but unfortunately our time of deaprures is fixed. In his case he survived and gave us hope.
May Gopd rest his soul in peace and give courage to the family to bear such a loss.
We all salute such Jawan of mother India

S.S.A.Zaidi

1 year ago

I Salute this brave heart.May his soul rest in peace.
I hope his family will be taken care of in a manner that befits a martyr

Ishrat Jahan was an LeT member, claims Headley
Mumbai : Pakistani-American terrorist-turned approver David Coleman Headley said on Thursday that Ishrat Jahan was a member of the women wing of terror outfit Laskhar-e-Taiba.
 
"Jahan was a LeT member," Headley said while deposing before special TADA Judge A. Sanap.
 
Headley claimed that the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi informed him about a botched up operation in India of shooting at the police at a check post in Gujarat.
 
A LeT woman operative was involved, said Headley who he identified as Ishrat Jahan out of the three names given by Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.
 
Muzammil Bhatt was the head of the group before Sajid Mir, Headley said, replying to questions by Nikam.
 
On June 15 2004, collegian Ishrat Jahan, and her three friends, Javed Sheikh, Zeeshan Johar and Amjad Ali Rana were shot dead on a road near Kotarpur on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.
 
The police team was led by then Gujarat DIG D.G. Vanjara, who was later jailed for his alleged involvement in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh shooting.
 
The police claimed that Ishrat Jahan and her associates were LeT operatives plotting to assassinate then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.
 
Subsequently investigations revealed in 2009 that the shooting was staged.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Gupta

1 year ago

Now where are the SICKularists who spent hours of prime time news displaying the mother and family of "the girl next door" beating their chests after the "cold blooded murder" of their "dearest sweet daughter" at the hands of the "communal" gujarat police! This is not the first time that a terrorist has claimed that this girl was part of their group. Alas, such police officers were jailed for years because they killed a terrorist. How on earth will we get a police force which wants to do anything good for the country. No wonder they have become a corrupt useless bunch of people.

See the best tweets first with Twitter's new timeline feature
New York : Micro-blogging website Twitter has introduced a new timeline feature that allows users to never miss important tweets from people they follow by giving an option to see the best tweets first.
 
"You follow hundreds of people on Twitter, maybe thousands, and when you open Twitter, it can feel like you've missed some of their most important Tweets. Today, we're excited to share a new timeline feature that helps you catch up on the best Tweets from people you follow," a Twitter blog said.
 
To make it work, the user needs to flip on the feature in settings. This will enable the users to see the tweets they are most likely to care about at the top of the timeline when they open Twitter after a while.
 
The rest of the tweets will be displayed right underneath.
 
"We have already seen that people who use this new feature tend to Retweet and Tweet more, creating more live commentary and conversations, which is great for everyone. To check it out now, just go into the timeline section of your settings and choose "show me the best Tweets first", the blog further read.
 
The company also sought feedback from the users.
 
"We will be listening to your feedback and making it even better over time. Then we will be turning on the feature for you in the coming weeks so look out for a notification in your timeline," the blog read.
 
"We think this is a great way to get even more out of Twitter and we're excited for you to experience it. Let us know what you think, the blog added.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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