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Siachen survivor Hanumanthappa Koppad passes away
Hanumanthappa Koppad had served in difficult and challenging areas for 10 out of 13 years of his total service 
 
Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, the sole survivor in the Siachen mishap passed away at 11.45am on Thursday. He was battling for life after being buried under ice for six days in the Siachen glacier even as the entire nation was praying for his recovery.
 
Koppad was found from under 35 feet of ice at an avalanche-hit army post in the Siachen glacier in Jammu and Kashmir -- six days after he and nine other soldiers were buried. The bodies of the other nine have been found.
 
More than a day after the soldier was admitted, the Army Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi had said in Wednesday evening that his condition had worsened "despite aggressive therapy and supportive care".
 
"He continues to remain extremely critical with evidence of oxygen deprivation to the brain on CT scan. There is evidence of pneumonia in both lungs. His multi-organ dysfunction state continues unabated. His condition has deteriorated despite aggressive therapy and supportive care," a medical bulletin issued on Wednesday had said.
 
Koppad was on ventilator in the ICU at the hospital, where he was admitted on Tuesday. 
 
Doctors treating the soldier, whose survival was being seen as a miracle, included top critical care specialists, head of the department of medicine, senior nephrologists and neurologists from the army hospital as well as the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
 
Koppad and the other soldiers were hit by the avalanche at an altitude of around 20,500 feet.
 
He was found miraculously alive just when the rescuers were beginning to lose hope. The soldier was found conscious but drowsy and disoriented. He was also severely dehydrated and in shock.
 
He had pneumonia and was suffering from liver and kidney dysfunction. But there was no cold exposure related frost bite or bone injuries.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi went to the hospital after he was brought to Delhi on Tuesday. So did Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
 
On Wednesday, Congress president Sonia Gandhi wrote to Koppad's mother Basavva and wished him speedy recovery and a long life.
 
Koppad had served in difficult and challenging areas for 10 out of 13 years of his total service.
 
His postings include Mahore in Jammu and Kashmir from 2003 to 2006, where he was actively involved in counter-insurgency operations.
 
He again volunteered to serve with the 54 Rashtriya Rifles (Madras) in Jammu and Kashmir from 2008 to 2010, and later in the northeast from 2010 to 2012 where he took part in operations against the NDFB and ULFA.
 
He was serving in the high-altitude areas of Siachen glacier from August 2015.

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Headley admits to getting terror funds from LeT, ISI
Mumbai : The Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist-turned-approver David Coleman Headley here on Thursday revealed he received terror funds, which included counterfeit currency, from both the LeT and Pakistan's ISI which was used for carrying out terror-related activity in India.
 
Continuing his deposition via video-conferencing from a US jail before Special TADA Court Judge G.A. Sanap, Headley said that the funds came through both Major Iqbal of Pakistan's Inter Service Intelligence and his main contact in LeT Sajid Mir, besides his LeT associate, medico Tahawwur Rana, currently undergoing a 14-year jail in the US.
 
Rana had given an amount of around Rs.67,605 in October 2006, followed by $500 the next month (November 2006), another Rs.17,636 that month-end, and in December 2006, $1,000.
 
Besides, Headley said he had received $25,000 before he left for India, another Pakistani Rs.40,000 from Sajid Mir and Indian Rs.2000 from Major Iqbal that year, in January 2008, LeT's Major Pasha gave Rs.80,000 while Major Iqbal gave another Rs.1,500.
 
During questioning by Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, he said on one or two occasions, Major Iqbal had also given him counterfeit currency notes.
 
Headley said Rana had visited Mumbai before the 26/11 terror attacks and was advised to leave for his own safety before they were actually executed.
 
Earlier, Headley told the Mumbai Special TADA Court that the Reserve Bank of India had rejected his application seeking clearance to open a business account in June 2007.
 
Making this revelation, Headley said he had received funds for terror from both LeT and Pakistan's ISI which was used for gathering intelligence and other works in India, including starting a business.
 
With this funding, Headley said, he opened an office in south Mumbai's Tardeo area on September 14, 2006 and the following month, on October 12, 2006, he even applied to Reserve Bank of India for permission to open a business account.
 
Interestingly, his visa consultant in Chicago, Raymond Sanders - who had earlier assisted him in procuring an Indian visa with false information - also helped him in the RBI formality, but the country's apex bank rejected the application on June 1, 2007.
 
In January 2007, hoping to launch a business in India, Headley had hired an office in Tardeo A/C Market for Rs.13,500 per month and named his landlord as Vora and Maroo Bharucha who was his secretary at the office.
 
The opening of office and application to open a business bank account were in consonance with the earlier plans by his handlers who wanted him to start a business in India.
 
Thursday's deposition was in continuation of the evidence which he recorded since Monday, with a day's interruption on Wednesday owing to a technical glitch in the videolink.
 
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Prabhu launches 3 IT enabled applications for railways
New Delhi : IT-enabled handheld terminals for travelling ticket examiners (TTEs), a paperless unreserved ticketing mobile application and a facility for E-booking of disposable linen on trains were launched by Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday.
 
"Indian Railways is heading towards Digital India to bring transparency in Indian Railways and thus these IT enabled applications have been launched," said Prabhu at the ceremony at Rail Bhavan.
 
He said the handheld terminals launched in Northern Railways will enable TTEs to update an entire train's passenger list and highlight vacant berths which can be sent back to HHT application servers, the Passenger Reservation System (PRS) terminals and indianrail.gov website to be viewed.
 
He later launched unreserved ticketing mobile application 'UTSONMOBILE' in South Central Railway which was developed with the help of Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS).
 
The application was earlier launched in select sectors of South, Western, Northern, Eastern and Central Railways.
 
The New Delhi and Hazarat Nizamuddin Railway Stations here featured in the extension of the recently launched takeaway e-Bedroll pilot project.
 
Type one of the takeaway bedroll scheme offers a bedroll kit packed in a non-woven fabric bag consisting of one pillow and two cotton bedsheets at Rs.140 while the other costing Rs.110 offers a single blanket in a non-woven bag. Both types are inclusive of all taxes.
 
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