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Central Ammunition Depot fire: PM Modi offers condolences, asks Manohar Parrikar to take stock

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called on Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to take stock of the deadly inferno at the Central Ammunition Depot in Wardha, Maharasthra, in which 15 Defence Security Corps (DSC) jawans and two officers were killed.”I pray that those who are injured recover quickly. Have asked RM @manoharparrikar to visit the spot & take stock of the situation. Pained by loss of lives caused by a fire at central ammunition depot in Pulgaon, Maharashtra. My thoughts are with the bereaved families,” the Prime Minister tweeted.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Echoing similar sentiments, Congress President Sonia Gandhi expressed shock and deep anguish at deaths of jawans and officers in the fire. “Extending her condolences to the family members of the deceased, Smt. Gandhi hoped that the injured were being taken care of and ample efforts were being undertaken to limit and control damage,” the party said in a statement.Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that the fire has been brought under control. “It is an unfortunate incident and we have suffered huge loss of lives and property. I have directed district officials to extend whatever help possible,” Fadnavis said.The incident took place in the wee hours of morning today as a fire broke out in the depot storing ammunition. 15 DSC jawans and two officers were killed and 17 jawans and two officers are injured, in which some are critical.The main site of the inferno, which is a shed which caught on fire, has been extinguished. However, secondary fire and explosions has not been ruled out and precautions are being taken to control the fire.

Indian author Anuradha Roy’s ‘Sleeping on Jupiter’ wins DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

Indian writer Anuradha Roy today won the prestigious US $50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for her novel Sleeping on Jupiter at the Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka. Roy was awarded the prize and a unique trophy by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at a glittering ceremony this evening.The six shortlisted authors in contention for this year’s prize were UK-based Indian-origin author Akhil Sharma for Family Life, KR Meera’s Hangwoman (Translated by J Devika), Mirza Waheed’s The Book of Gold Leaves, Neel Mukherjee’s The Lives of Others and Raj Kamal Jha’s She Will Build Him A City.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mark Tully, the chair of the judging panel described Roy’s novel as having described “the South Asia setting faithfully and evocatively.” “We chose Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy because of its elegance, flair and readability. It raises many issues succinctly and with commendable economy of words,” Tully said. “Among the issues raised are the power of memory and myth, religious hypocrisy, sexuality, abuse and other forms of violence. The novel contains powerful portraits of both major and minor characters. We believe this book will be a source of inspiration to other writers.” he added.While presenting the trophy to the winner Wickremesinghe, commented on the importance of South Asian literature and the crucial role it can play to improve the lives of the people living in the region.Now in its sixth edition, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature is an established international literary prize that awards the best work in South Asian fiction writing each year.This year prize had received 74 entries with participation from publishers across the South Asian region and from countries like the UK, US, Canada, Australia and South Africa amongst others.The past five winners of the prize include Jhumpa Lahiri (The Lowland), Cyrus Mistry (Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer) Jeet Thayil (Narcopolis), Shehan Karunatilaka (Chinaman) and HM Naqvi (Home Boy). Each of these winners has gone on to be published internationally.Roy is an award-winning novelist, journalist and editor. Her first novel, An Atlas of Impossible Longing has been translated into fifteen languages across the world.

Pathankot: Two terrorists still holed up, operations intensified

Three Defence Security Corps (DSC) personnel also succumbed to injuries during the intervening night of January 2 and 3. Garud commando Gurusewak Singh and two members of the DSC were killed in the gunbattle on Saturday at the air base, located barely 35 km from the Indo-Pak border.

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