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President, PM Modi remember soldiers killed in 1971 Indo-Pak war

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On the occasion of Vijay Diwas, President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday remembered soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces who lost their lives during the 1971 India-Pakistan War.

“On Vijay Diwas, we remember with gratitude our Armed Forces who defended our nation and upheld universal values of human liberty in 1971. In particular, we pay tributes to those who lost their lives in that valiant effort,” the President tweeted.

Paying homage, the Prime Minister said in a tweet: “We remember the indomitable spirit of the brave soldiers who fought in 1971. Their unwavering courage and patriotism ensured our country is safe. Their service will always inspire every Indian.”
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Also on the occasion, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman along with service chiefs laid a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti in remembrance.

Amar Jawan Jyoti is a memorial constructed after the war to commemorate the fallen soldiers.

In a tweet, Sitharaman said: “Interacted with veterans, purva sainik who had come to pay respects at the Amar Jawan Jyoti on the occasion of Vijay Diwas. Welcomed them to the Defence Minister of India office for an interaction.”
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Every December 16, Vijay Diwas marks the military victory of India over Pakistan in the 1971 war — the war for the Independence of Bangladesh from Pakistan.

The end of the war resulted in unilateral and unconditional surrender of Pakistani Army.

“December 16, 1971, one of the shortest wars (13 days), one of the biggest surrenders. We pay tribute to the valour of Indian Military and Mukti Jodhas, who made this historic military victory possible,” Defence Spokesperson tweeted.

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Woman, three children die in fire in UP village

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Banda, Dec 26 : Three children and their mother were burnt to death in a fire which spread from a bonfire in Dubey Purva Mau village in Banda district of Uttar Pradesh.

Additional Superintendent of Police, Mahendra Pratap Chauhan, said, “Kallu, a resident of Dubey Purva village in Marka police station area in Banda district is a daily wager from Jaipur, Rajasthan. He lived there along with his wife and three children. The sparks emanating from the bonfire lit due to the cold gutted the entire house. Possible other reasons behind the fire are also being probed.”

According to the locals, the villagers raised an alarm when they saw the flames engulfing Kallu’s house. By the time they were able to break open the door, the entire house had turned into rubble. There was only burnt debris and smoke everywhere. On receiving information, the police arrived and the fire brigade too reached the site.

Villagers said the mother and her three children were burnt to death in the fire in the kuccha house which began from a bonfire. The police and the fire brigade personnel put out the fire and removed the bodies from the rubble.

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate said prima facie the cause of the fire appears to be the sparks from the bonfire. But only an investigation can confirm the actual reason.

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