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Restrictions will continue for a while in Kashmir

PTI Srinagar Barring “localised incidents” in the valley, the situation has been calm in Jammu and Kashmir with arrangements made to celebrate Independence Day in all districts, though restrictions will remain for some time in Kashmir, officials said here on Wednesday. The main Independence Day function will be held at S K Stadium here with Governor Satya Pal Malik hoisting …

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All 6 accused in Pehlu lynching case acquitted

PTI Jaipur An Alwar court on Wednesday acquitted all six accused in the lynching of Pehlu Khan two years ago by a mob that set upon him while he was transporting cows. Hours after the verdict, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the state government will appeal against the verdict delivered by the court of an additional district judge. Apart …

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Give development a chance in J&K: Modi

IANS New Delhi With Prime Minister Narendra Modi completing 75 days Wednesday in his second avatar as the nation’s helmsman, he speaks extensively to IANS on his priorities going forward and also touches upon various sensitive issues varying from Jammu & Kashmir, medical reforms and criticality of education to taking the knife to the tumor of corruption within the bureaucracy. …

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‘Deshbhakti’ curriculum to start in Delhi govt school from next year: Kejriwal

PTI New Delhi The Delhi government will introduce a ‘Deshbhakti’ curriculum in its schools from the next academic year to inculcate in students love for the country and make them aware of their responsibilities, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on the eve of Independence Day.  Speaking at the launch of the ‘Constitution at 70’ campaign on Wednesday, Kejriwal said the …

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No coercive action against Ratul Puri: Delhi HC

IANS New Delhi The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed that no coercive action be taken against Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s nephew Ratul Puri in a money laundering case related to the AgustaWestland deal. Justice Sunil Gaur, however, granted liberty to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to join the investigation if required. The court also sought a response from …

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Avoid partisanship, petty politicking: VP Naidu

PTI Chandigarh Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said on Wednesday the abrogation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was a step in the right direction and stressed on avoiding “partisanship and petty politicking” on issues of national importance. “We should evolve a consensus on larger national issues. We are not a new nation. We should avoid partisanship and …

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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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