Morning Digest | Nine military personnel awarded Shaurya Chakra; Haiti earthquake kills at least 227, and more

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Taliban capture key northern city, approach Afghan capital

The Taliban have captured a large, heavily defended city in northern Afghanistan in a major setback for the government, and the insurgents are approaching the capital less than three weeks before the US hopes to complete its troop withdrawal.

7.2 magnitude earthquake hits Haiti; at least 227 killed

At least 227 people were killed and hundreds were injured and missing after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday, and Prime Minister Ariel Henry said he was rushing aid to areas where towns were destroyed and hospitals overwhelmed with incoming patients.

People of India will reject ‘Partition Horrors Remembrance Day’, says Pakistan

The people of India will reject the “Partition Horrors Remembrance Day” proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi because it aims to divide Indians, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) of Pakistan on Saturday.

Parliament is temple of country’s democracy to debate and decide issues of people’s well-being, says Ram Nath Kovind

Parliament is the temple of democracy which provides the highest forum to discuss, debate and decide issues for the well being of the people, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Friday addressing the nation on the eve of the 75th Independence Day.

Nine military personnel awarded Shaurya Chakra

Nine military personnel were awarded the Shaurya Chakra, the third highest peacetime gallantry award, one of them posthumously, while Kargil hero Sub. Maj. (Honorary Lieutenant) Yogendra Singh Yadav — a Param Vir Chakra awardee — has been awarded the rank of Honorary Captain by the President on the eve of Independence Day.

Attackers target truck in Karachi, kill 9: police

Attackers targeted a truck in the Pakistani port city of Karachi on Saturday evening, killing at least nine people and wounding nine others, police said.

U.S. troops arrive in Afghan capital to assist evacuations

American troops have flown into Kabul to help evacuate embassy personnel and other civilians in the Afghan capital, a U.S. official said on Saturday, a day after Taliban insurgents seized the country’s second- and third-biggest cities.

Afghan President vows to ‘remobilise’ forces

Afghanistan’s beleaguered President vowed on Saturday to prevent further bloodshed, as Taliban fighters closed in on Kabul after routing his armed forces over the past 10 days.

Eng vs Ind second Test | Root defies India yet again with unbeaten 180

England captain Joe Root continued his dream run with an artistic 22nd hundred to ensure a morale boosting first innings lead as the second Test against India is poised for an interesting finish in the next couple of days.

Gujjar leader, Padma Bhushan awardee Mian Bashir Ahmed dies at age 98

Veteran Gujjar leader and Padma Bhushan awardee Mian Bashir Ahmed, a resident of Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir, passed away on Saturday night after a prolonged illness. He was 98.

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