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The big news: Two militants killed in Srinagar encounter, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: A blast at the Cochin Shipyard killed 5 people, and a report by ADR said Chandrababu Naidu is the richest chief minister in India.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Two militants killed on second day of encounter near Karan Nagar CRPF camp in Srinagar: The security forces had launched their final assault on the terrorists, who were holed up in an abandoned building near the camp. 
  2. Five dead, 11 injured after blast at Cochin Shipyard: The explosion took place on board ONGC’s drill ship Sagar Bhushan, which was docked at the yard for repairs. 
  3. Andhra Pradesh’s Chandrababu Naidu the richest CM, Tripura’s Manik Sarkar the poorest, finds ADR report: As many as 11 out of 31 chief ministers have criminal cases against them.  
  4. Security forces recover another soldier’s body during Sunjuwan attack clearance operations: The toll in Saturday’s attack has now risen to six jawans, one civilian and three militants.  
  5. Rescue workers find 200 body parts strewn across Russian plane crash site: So far, 400 pieces of the plane and both flight recorders have been recovered.
  6. Centre may change law to allow victims of child sexual abuse to report crime years later: Maneka Gandhi says Centre may change laws to allow confiscating property of NRI men who desert wives.
  7. Jharkhand government will set up a committee to define ‘hunger deaths’: The decision was made after the state recorded a series of deaths over the past few months that activists claim were caused by starvation.  
  8. Supreme Court judge AM Khanwilkar recuses himself from hearing in Bofors case: The judge did not give any reason for opting out 
  9. Tonga’s Parliament building destroyed as country is hit by worst storm in 60 years: Around 5,000 people are staying at evacuation centres since Monday night.
  10. Half the mountain springs in Indian Himalayan region are drying up, warns NITI Aayog: The organisation has asked all stakeholders to comment by February 19 on its draft report in order to decide what can be done to save the water bodies.  
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