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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

2 years 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

2 years 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

2 years 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.

Facebook withdraws Free Basics from India
New Delhi : Facebook had cut off its Free Basics service for India three days after the country's telecom watchdog said no to discriminatory pricing of data content.
 
"Free Basics is no longer available to people in India," a Facebook spokesperson said in an e-mail statement to IANS. No further comment was offered.
 
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), in its February 8 order had disallowed service providers from offering or charging discriminatory tariffs for data services purely on the basis of content.
 
Free Basics, for which Facebook had tied up with Reliance Communications, is an app that promises free access to the Internet for a host of basic services on topics like news, health, travel, sports, jobs and communication.
 
As the watchdog was examining the issue of Net neutrality, Reliance Communications had kept the free basic service offering on hold.
 
"As directed by the TRAI, the commercial launch of Freebasics has been kept in abeyance till they consider all details and convey a specific approval," a Reliance Communications spokesperson had said in a statement December.
 
Reacting to the TRAI order, Facebook said it was "disappointed with the outcome" but will continue its "efforts to eliminate barriers and give the unconnected an easier path to the Internet".
 
Later, however, the developments after the watchdog order took a curious turn.
 
On Thursday, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg had to disown a controversial statement from his colleague that Free Basics was like colonialism, alluding that the same was good for Indians.
 
"Anti-colonialism has been economically catastrophic for the Indian people for decades. Why stop now?" Facebook board member Marc Andreessen had tweeted that was later wihdrawn with an apology. 
 
"I want to respond to Marc Andreessen's comments about India yesterday. I found the comments deeply upsetting, and they do not represent the way Facebook or I think at all," Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post.
 
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