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Uri attack death toll rises to 19 as Odia BSF jawan Pitabas Majhi succumbs to injuries: Reports

Odia BSF jawan Pitabas Majhi succumbed to his injuries late on 24 September after being wounded in the 18 September attack in Uri.

Majhi, who hails from Danajhola village in Nuapada district had joined the BSF in 2008, The Indian Express reported. The last rites for the slain soldier will be performed in his home town after it is flown to the Bhubaneswar airport from Raipur, OrissaDiary reported.

The 30-year-old soldier was wounded in the terror strike on an army base in Uri, which claimed the lives of 18 jawans. While 17 soldiers died on Sunday, the army confirmed that one more critically injured soldier succumbed to his injuries on Thursday.

Mann Ki Baat: Uri attack, Pakistan ties, Kashmir, Paralymics win & highlights of PM Modi's address

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on 25 September, in the 24th edition of his popular radio programme, Mann Ki Baat.

PM Modi paid tribute to the 18 martyred soldiers who were killed in Uri on 18 September. PM Modi lauded the efforts of the people of Kashmir, saying that they had begun to identify the anti-national elements. PM Modi also dedicated a part of his mann ki baat to the athletes of Paralympics who have remained ignored despite historic performances.

Sushma Swaraj arrives in New York for UN General Assembly address

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in New York on 25 September ahead of her address at the 71st session of the UN General Assembly.

All eyes and ears are set on Swaraj's speech tomorrow which is expected to give a stinging response to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's "tirade" on Kashmir.

"Leading India's delegation to the 71st UNGA. EAM @SushmaSwaraj arrives in New York," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in a tweet.

India's strong Right of Reply to Sharif's speech called Pakistan home to the "Ivy League of Terrorism" and a "terrorist state" that commits "war crimes" by using terrorism as an instrument of state policy.

FAST: China switches on world's largest space telescope

A radio telescope the size of 30 football fields - the world's largest yet - was commissioned in China on 25 September.

The Five Hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescopes (FAST) mission in Pingtang County, aimed at observing deep space, was stated to be most visible project of China's plans to transform into high-tech nation focussing on research in advanced science and technology moving away from cheap manufacturing.

Work on the 1.2 billion-yuan (US$ 180 million) project started in 2011, 17 years after it was proposed.

According to China's Xinhua news agency, the mega telescope was made operational around noon, and it will explore space and search for sings of intelligent life.

Gujarat: Pregnant Dalit woman beaten up for allegedly refusing to dispose cow carcass

A Dalit family, including a pregnant woman, was allegedly beaten up at Karja village in Gujarat's Banaskantha district after the members refused to dispose a cow carcass.

Six people have been arrested, police said. According to the First Information Report or FIR lodged by the pregnant woman's husband Nileshbhai Dhunabhai Ranwasia, a group of around 10 people from Darbar community attacked his family including his wife Sangitaben last night after the family refused to dispose the carcass.

"They abused me and thrashed me before entering my house and beat my pregnant wife Sangita on the abdomen and all over her body with sticks," Ranavasia alleged in his complaint.

Police immediately rushed to the village and within hours the six accused were arrested, Banaskantha Superintendent of Police Neeraj Badgujar said.