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SC refuses to pass order on Kashmir clampdown

PTI New Delhi The Supreme Court Tuesday refused to interfere with the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government imposing restrictions, including shutdown of communication services, after the abrogation of Article 370 and said “reasonable time” should be given to authorities to ensure normalcy as the “situation is very sensitive”. The apex court said it will have to wait for …

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Chandrayaan-2’s journey to moon, to start Wednesday

PTI Bengaluru India’s Chandrayaan-2 satellite is set to move towards the moon after leaving the earth’s orbit, with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) planning to carry out a crucial manoeuvre early on Wednesday. The Bengaluru-headquartered space agency has said it will carry out the  manoeuvre called Trans Lunar Insertion (TLI) between 03:00 and 04:00 hrs (IST). The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft …

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Trinamool stages protest over notice to Durga Puja committees

IANS Kolkata West Bengal’s revered Durga Puja is caught up in a political tug-of-war as the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress on Tuesday held a sit-in here, protesting against Income Tax Department’s notice issued to Durga Puja committees, claiming the move was influenced by the BJP. The members of Banga Janani Samiti, a newly formed women wing of Trinamool, gathered at …

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Different Cong voices on J-K reflects ‘directionless politics’, says Javadekar

PTI New Delhi The Congress is speaking in different voices on the special status of Jammu and Kashmir because of its “directionless politics”, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday while stressing that the situation in Valley will be normal very soon. The minister also accused Congress leader P Chidambaram of communalising the issue and said people of Jammu and …

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‘Not easy to get support of UNSC, Muslim world on Kashmir’

PTI Islamabad Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has asked his countrymen not to live in a “fool’s paradise” as he highlighted that it will not be easy for Islamabad to get the support of the UN Security Council as well as from the Muslim world against India’s decision to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.  Addressing the media in …

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Normal life affected in parts of Punjab in shutdown over Ravidas temple demolition

PTI Jalandhar/Chandigarh Normal life was affected as parts of Punjab observed a complete shutdown on Tuesday in a strike called by Dalit groups to protest against the demolition of a Guru Ravidas temple in Delhi’s Tughlakabad area. Protesters blocked roads at a few places, including the Jalandhar-Delhi national highway, causing huge traffic jams, officials said. Protest marches were taken out …

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Croc on rooftop in flood-hit Karnataka

IANS Belagavi A 10-feet long crocodile perched on the rooftop of a house in flood-hit Karnataka’s Raibag town has send the social media into a tizzy. The reptile swept away by the swirling waters of the Krishna river in spate had landed on top of the asbestos roof of a fully submerged house about 90km north of Belagavi city, an …

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Fire on Coast Guard vessel, one missing, 28 rescued

IANS Visakhapatnam One crew member of Coast Guard was missing while 28 were rescued after a major fire broke out on an offshore support vessel off Visakhapatnam coast on Monday. According to a spokesperson of Eastern Naval Command, crew of offshore support vessel Coastal Jaguar had to abandon their vessel and jump into water to save themselves from fire which …

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9 killed in landslides in Uttarakhand, J&K

PTI New Delhi Heavy showers lashed Uttarakhand and Jammu leaving nine people dead in landslides, while rescue and relief operations continued in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat on Monday with the death toll climbing to 173 in the four flood-hit states. Rains subsided in many parts of the flood-hit states where over 12 lakh people have been affected and the …

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No exchange of sweets along Indo-Pak border on Eid

PTI New Delhi The customary exchange of sweets between the BSF and Pakistan Rangers along the International Border did not take place on the occasion of Eid on Monday as the neighbouring country refused to send its personnel, officials said. There has been fresh strain in ties between India and Pakistan after the government scrapped special status to Jammu and …

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