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TMC Panchayat Samity member beaten to death

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first_imgKolkata: A Trinamool Congress Panchayat Samity member was allegedly beaten to death by miscreants in Hooghly’s Khanakul area on Saturday evening. 56-year-old Monoranjan Patra was surrounded by several miscreants and brutally assaulted with bamboo sticks and rods near his party office at Khanakul’s Harish Chowk area at around 8 pm on Saturday, that resulted in his death. He was rushed to Khanakul Rural Hospital where he was declared brought dead. The news led to tension in the area as he was known to be a very popular leader of his party. TMC has alleged BJP’s involvement in the incident. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaMeanwhile, three TMC workers were allegedly shot dead in Murshidabad district on Saturday. “Three persons were killed when a group of miscreants allegedly fired bullets and hurled bombs at them in Domkal’s Kuchiyamora village. The bodies have been sent for autopsy,” said an officer from Domkal police station. “We have heard that they were active TMC workers. Our senior officers are investigating whether there was any political motive behind the killings,” he said. Family members of two of the deceased accused BJP-backed miscreants of the murders. “These people are convicts in another murder case. They were after me as I am one of the witnesses. Yesterday, they came here and killed my uncle and nephew after they could not find me in the house,” said a relative of the deceased persons.last_img read more

Chinese military tests heavy aerial delivery with unmanned transport aircraft

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first_imgBeijing: The Chinese military has tested an unmanned transport plane that successfully delivered cargo at a designated area, making it a future prospect for airdropping cargo through parachutes in real battle conditions, official media here reported on Monday. Jointly held by the National Defence University of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, the aerial delivery exercise took place recently in Zhangye, Northwest China’s Gansu Province, China Central Television (CCTV) reported. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London The exercise featured an unmanned single-engine biplane, the designation of which was not revealed, as it carried a cargo of military supplies and successfully airdropped it into a target zone, according to the CCTV report. This is the first time China has conducted a parachuted aerial delivery of cargo weighing more than 500 kilograms on a flight distance of more than 500 kms with an unmanned transport aircraft, CCTV quoted Li Ruixing, the president of the PLA National Defence University’s joint logistics academy as saying. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador “We explored a new model of military cargo delivery in joint combat as well as in strategic and tactical logistics support,” Li said. Since transport planes usually do not need to make intense and complicated manoeuvres like fighter jets, even heavier cargo delivery missions could become unmanned if this technology becomes mature, a Chinese military expert told the Global Times. Airdrops often take place within the range of hostile anti-aircraft fire, so being unmanned lowers risk to life, the expert said. The exercise also means that the Chinese military now has the first large unmanned equipment in its logistics arsenal, the CCTV report said, noting that the mission was carried out on a plateau with a complicated terrain. “The exercise met our expected objective. It is very significant for our unmanned logistics chain in future warfare,” said Bi Guangyuan, executive director of the exercise, CCTV reported. Chinese military analysts predicted that more unmanned transport aircraft could join the army’s logistics arsenal for long-range and heavy delivery in the future, state-run Global Times reported. read more

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