Monday evening news brief, January 15

Monday evening brief Jan 15 2018
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The Army killed seven Pakistani soldiers and injured four in areas along the Line of Control. The Army’s action occurred in the forward areas along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district. The action comes after an Indian solider was killed+ in Pakistani firing along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Saturday.Separately, the Army today also killed six Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) terrorists. Read.
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A spectator aged 19 years was gored to death by a bull during a Jallikattu event in Tamil Nadu. More than 25 people were injured in the bull-taming event. The deceased has been identified as S Kalimuthu of Sanarpatti in Dindigul. Sources said Kalimuthu, had been attacked by a bull near “the collection point” (at the finishing point where the owners collect the bulls). He was among the spectators.
UIDAI will introduce facial authentication for Aadhaar for those facinf issues with other forms of biometric verification. The new feature is expected to be available in fusion mode – that is, with existing means of authentication+ – on registered devices by July 1 this year. Specifically, the new feature will be allowed only when combined with “one more authentication factor”, like fingerprint, iris or OTP.
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China today hit out at Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat for calling Doklam a disputed territory. China said that his “unconstructive” comments were not helpful for maintaining peace at the borders. The Chinese reaction came following comments by Gen Rawat two days ago that India needs to shift focus from its border with Pakistan to that of China and spoke of pressure being exerted by Beijing along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The government will split state-run carrier Air India into four separate companies ahead of sale. The debt-laden airline would be divided into core airline business, regional arm, ground handling and engineering operations, Bloomberg reported on Monday. The core airline business comprising Air India and Air India Express, the low-cost overseas arm, will be offered as one company, and the process will be completed by the end of 2018.
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