The Morning Wrap: All 6 Terrorists Killed In Pathankot; 4 New Elements Added To Periodic Table

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Indian army soldiers conduct a search operation in a forest area outside the Pathankot air force base in Pathankot, India, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. Combing operations to secure the Indian air force base where a group of militants started an attack before dawn on Saturday were continuing late Sunday morning. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

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All six terrorists who attacked the Pathankot Air Force Station have been killed, and the armed forces were now sanitizing the base to make sure no more fidayeen were hidden inside.

The Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee on Monday recommended sweeping reforms for the controversy-ridden BCCI, suggesting a bar on ministers from occupying positions, putting a cap on the age and tenure of the office-bearers and legalising betting.

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10 people were killed and around 120 others were injured when a 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck the northeast India early Monday morning.

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Four new elements have been added to the periodic table, making science textbooks across the world out of date. The elements were verified and added by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) last week, making the scientific chart's seventh row officially complete.

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Inept handling has transformed what should have been a short counter-terrorist operation in Pathankot into an apparent debacle, writes Ajai Shukla in Business Standard: "Intent on directly controlling what he anticipated would be a walk in the park, and without anticipating that there might be more than one group of terrorists, Mr Doval led with his trump card — he ordered 150-160 National Security Guard (NSG) troopers to be flown down immediately from New Delhi. The army was placed on the side-lines."

India must talk to Pakistan — and ensure that cross-border terror is on top of the agenda, writes DC Pathak in The Indian Express: "The Modi government should not make the mistake that the previous regime committed in the wake of the 26/11 attack — that of accepting the glib suggestion that some “non-state actors” were behind all the mischief of cross-border terrorism, which had afflicted India all these years."

Article 370 must be scrapped to reverse the "worst act of intolerance in recent Indian history" — the exile of Kashmiri Pandits — writes Anupam Kher in The Times of India: "This ethnic cleansing has been wilfully kept under wraps by a cabal of politicians, bureaucrats and sections of a celebrity-chasing media."

Lodha Committee’s recommendation of legalising betting in cricket is welcome, writes Desh Gaurav Sekhri in The Economic Times: "Legalising betting is expected to reduce the prevalence of black money making its way into the economy, and promoting nefarious activities. It is also expected to bring significant revenue for the government with some estimates at Rs 10,000-12,000 crore annually, while at the same time helping monitor and regulate sports-related activities and discrepancies."

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