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Here’s everything you need to know about a Surgical Strike!

Surgical Strike
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In what can be said as a retaliation of the Uri attacks, the Indian Army on Thursday carried out a Surgical Strike against terrorists across the Line of Control (LOC) thereby sending a strong message to Pakistan. Surgical strikes have been used in the past by many nations and India too has used this military tactic before.

If you’re confused about what exactly a surgical strike is, read on these seven points which Nation Next lists down for you to clear your confusion!

One: Surgical strike is a preventive military attack on a specific target.

Two: The aim is to neutralise the enemy with minimum collateral damage.

Three: Surgical strike is a strategy to conduct swift and targeted attack on the enemy without starting a full-blown war.

Four: The element of surprise plays an important role in a surgical attack. Former air chief Fali Homi Major in an interaction with NDTV described a surgical strike as a calculated manoeuvre to ensure you deliver maximum damage which gives a big surprise to your adversary.

Five: Retired Lt General Shankar Prasad while describing a surgical strike told NDTV, A surgical strike is an intricate operation that needs a lot of guts to carry out. The ground is very tough as the targets are movable targets. Surgical strike means carrying out an attack and coming back without any damage to yourself. In a surgical strike, every single soldier is briefed on the sketch. Everyone in the team has a specific responsibility.

Six: Surgical strikes can be carried out via air raids, airdropping teams, through a ground operation or through precision bombing.

Air Raids: This kind of a surgical strike involves dropping missiles or carrying out air strikes. Such strikes require a lot of air power.

Example: The US and the NATO allies have used this tactic time and time again with the most popular example being in the First and Second Persian Gulf War in 1991 and 2003.

Air dropping: This kind of a surgical strike involves airdropping of special teams.

Example: Indian Army used this tactic against the Naga militants in Myanmar in August 2016 wherein a team of elite commandos killed 38 rebels in 40 minutes! Another example is of the US forces wherein they killed Osama Bin Laden under Operation Geronimo.

Ground Operation: This tactic involves a strike by sending special troops.

Example: The recently carried out surgical strike by the Indian Army on September 29, 2016 across the Line of Control (LOC).

Precision Bombing: This tactic involves bombing of enemy targets through an aircraft. Precision bombing is different from carpet bombing where the magnitude of destruction is much higher.

Example: Precision bombing was used by Israel against terrorists operating from Palestinian territories.

Seven: Intelligence inputs plays a big role in planning out a surgical strike and the success of the strike depends upon the intelligence inputs. The Indian Express, reported, Before Thursdays surgical strikes, the Indian Army received intelligence inputs from various sources such as services intelligence departments, Intelligence Bureau and Research and Analysis Wing at the planning stage of the operation.

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Thane Municipal Corporation adds 25 beds as COVID cases rise




Radhika Dhawad | Thane

Thane Municipal Corporation added 25 additional beds separately in the wake of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases.

Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) added 25 additional beds in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital Kalwa apart from arranging a special ward  dedicated to COVID-19 patients. The total number of active patients in the city stood at 252 while five succumbed to the virus.  Meanwhile, TMC Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said a ‘death audit’ of patients who died of COVID would be conducted. The TMC has ensured it has additional stock of oxygen concentrators, testing kits, medicines, to name a few. Bangar told HT, “Due to the increasing number of Covid patients, it is necessary for everyone to be alert.”

He added, The number of Covid tests should be increased to stay one step ahead of the disease. As a result, the number of patients is likely to increase due to increased testing. However, as per the ‘test, isolate, treat’ protocol for Covid, it becomes necessary to isolate and treat more and more patients. The testing centres will not remain closed even for a single day. At the same time, more arrangements for testing will be made immediately in public places, markets, railway stations, malls.” 

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours

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After Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, his namesake who contested from Wayanad disqualified




Radhika Dhawad | Wayanad
An independent candidate named Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses.

Rahul Gandhi

An independent candidate for Lok Sabha elections named Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses. Gandhi, who’s name figures as ‘Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma’ in an Election Commission list of persons, had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an Independent and had received 2196 votes from the Wayanad seat in Kerala – a constituency from where ex-Congress MP Rahul Rajiv Gandhi had won with over seven lakh votes.

However, since it is mandatory for all contestants to submit their account of election expenses among other mandatory requirements under EC rules and the Representation of the People Act.

Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma stood disqualified to contest polls from September 13, 2021 till September 13, 2024. According to Section 10A, the Election Commission can disqualify a contestant for a period of three years from the date of the order if he/she has failed to lodge an account of election expenses within the time and in the manner required by law and has no good reason or justification for the failure.

Also read: ‘CBI under UPA govt. pressurised me to frame Modi,’ recalls Amit Shah

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Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city.

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city, out of which 15 belonged to urban area while and 6 were from the rural areas, and one from outside Nagpur district. 

At present, there are 72 active patients in the city. Three new cases of the new XBB.1.16 variant of COVID-19 were detected that took the total tally to five in the district.  

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: CELESTIAL! Unique alignment of Moon and 5 planets

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