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Major News and Events of 26 January 2017

What Happened on 26 January 2017

Kashmir: 10 soldiers killed after avalanche hits army post

The death toll has increased to 10 in the calamity when an avalanche hit an army post and a patrol along the Indo-Pak border in Kashmir, the army said Thursday. Many soldiers are reportedly missing.

Earlier army had confirmed the death of six soldiers, however as the rescuers recovered bodies, the death toll climbed. The avalanches buried an army camp along with a patrol approaching a post on the Line of Control (LoC) in the remote Gurez area on Wednesday.

Details of the other missing soldiers were being ascertained. Avalanches along the LoC claim lives of many Indian and Pakistani soldiers along the LoC almost every winter.

With Kashmir observing one of the most severe winters in recent decades, heavy snow fall and temperatures dropping to minus seven degrees Celsius has become a usual affair across the territory.

Four members of a single family lost their lives on Wednesday in the same area when their house was hit by an avalanche. A lone survivor was rescued. Meteorologists have predicted more heavy snow across the territory over the next two more days.

Authorities had already issued warnings to residents in mountainous areas advising them not to venture out. 

India celebrated its 68th Republic Day, Google creates doodle

India celebrated its 68th Republic Day on Thursday amidst a display of military strength and cultural mix With Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan being the Chief Guest of the ceremony, a marching contingent from the United Arab Emirates was exclusive to this celebration.

Boulevard with myraid colours and music, the Rajpath in Delhi witnessed debut of the elite “Black Cat” commandos of the National Security Guards (NSG). Also, displaying the military strength, the made-in-India aircraft Tejas made its debut at the parade.

Tableaux from 17 States and Union Territories were the attraction of the ceremony along with cultural performances by schoolchildren. 

Commemorating the occasion, Google has dedicated a doodle to India on Thursday. The doodle portrays a stadium with people lined up according to the tri-colours of the Indian flag.

Republic Day marks the occasion day when the nation acquired a written Constitution and became an independent republic. The Constitution of India was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on November 26, 1949 but came into effect only on January 26, 1950.

Also, it was on this day in 1930 when the Indian National Congress declared Purna Swaraj or Indian independence from the British regime. 


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