J&K Indian Army chopper crash: 1 pilot dead, another critical
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An Indian Army helicopter crashed in Kathua district’s Lakhanpur near J&K-Punjab border on Monday evening, India Today reported. As per available information, 2 pilots were onboard the chopper. Both pilots were rushed to a hospital. While 1 is said to be critical, another succumbed. The helicopter involved is HAL Dhruv and the reason behind the crash is believed to be a technical snag. The chopper, which was coming from Pathankot, was forced to make a crash-landing in an Army area in the Lakhanpur belt of the district, SSP Kathua Shailendra Mishra told news agency PTI. The 2 pilots were injured in the incident, he said, adding they were rushed to a military base hospital. "Tragic news coming in. We have one pilot fatal casualty," a defence spokesperson said.

At -4°C, Abu coldest in Raj; -13°C in Keylong

Mercury dipped in parts of Rajasthan where Mount Abu, the sole hill station in the desert state, recorded a low of -4°C. In the plains, Churu and Bhilwara were recorded as the coldest places with 3.4°C. Meanwhile, Keylong, Kalpa and Manali in Himachal continued to shiver at sub-zero temperatures on Monday, the IMD said. Keylong, the administrative centre of the tribal district of Lahaul and Spiti, continued to be the coldest place in the state at -13.1°C. Kalpa and Manali recorded a low of -3.3°C and -1°C respectively.

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