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HindustanTimes Sat,29 Nov 2014

India

Article 370 figures ahead of'self-rule' in PDP manifesto

While the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) manifesto on Friday promised to address the internal and external dimensions of larger political problem of Jammu and Kashmir, there was an extra focus on Article 370.

Salahuddin asks separatists to mull over polls as Geelani, Mirwaiz tone change

The higher voting percentage in the first phase of the assembly polls have forced separatists and militant groups in Kashmir to reposition and re-strategise themselves with the entry of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Muslim-majority valleys of Kashmir, Chenab and Pir Panchal.

In eye of a churn, fear lurks in Kashmiri Pandits' homes

Srinagar’s Habbakadal, home to some 16,000-odd Pandit voters, is one constituency where the BJP hopes to open its account — at least to make a psychological point that the party is not confined only to the Jammu region.

For last sixty years, BJP exploited people on Article 370: Azad

Seeking a decisive mandate from people of the state, leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said the people of Jammu and Kashmir were longing to witness a sustained and effective phase of development and progress, and it was Congress-led government that could fulfill this dream.

DRDO chief Avinash Chander to retire on Nov 30

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief Avinash Chander will retire on November 30 and continue to hold the same charge on contract for the next 18 months.

Vivek Srivastav appointed as chief of SPG

Gujarat cadre IPS Vivek Srivastav, currently posted in the central IB at Patna, Bihar, has been posted as chief of Special Protection Group (SPG), which provides proximate security to the Prime Minister, former Prime Ministers and their families.

Modi seeks clear mandate for J-K development

Sounding the poll bugle for the second phase of Assembly elections, PM Modi on Saturday sought a clear mandate for BJP in Jammu and Kashmir for the state's development and said that it was 'stuck at the same place' for past 30 years.

Calcutta HC okays Amit Shah’s rally today

Calcutta high court on Friday granted permission to BJP president Amit Shah to hold a rally in the city, thus ending a standoff between the party and the Mamata Banerjee government.

Pak violates ceasefire along IB before Modi's arrival

There was also a fresh gunbattle on Friday morning between security forces and terrorists in the Arnia sector in which a fourth militant, who was holed up in a bunker, was shot dead.

AMU warns Smriti Irani of 'massive unrest'

AMU V-C on Friday wrote to HRD minister Smriti Irani, warning of 'communal conflagration' if the BJP goes ahead with plans to mark the birth anniversary of freedom fighter Raja Mahendra Pratap in the varsity premises.

Islamic State recruit from Kalyan back home, arrested

Areeb Majeed who joined IS, returned to Mumbai on Friday morning. HT had first reported that Areeb, who was earlier thought to be killed in an air strike, was alive and had called his father seeking his help to return home.

'Govt believes Indians abducted by IS are alive'

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj Friday said the government has not given up hope on the Indians missing in Iraq, adding that the reports of them having been killed are not confirmed.

Modi returns home, says 'Thank You, Kathmandu'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday night returned here after a three-day visit to Nepal where he attended the SAARC summit and held bilateral talks with leaders of a host of neighboring countries.

DDA goes for image makeover with luxury houses in west Delhi

The DDA is going to build its first luxury housing project in the Capital that promises all high-end amenities that one sees in housing complexes of reputed private builders. While offering top-notch facilities, DDA promises to keep the price affordable.

HRD ministry defends dropping German as third language

The Centre on Thursday defended its stand in the Supreme Court to discontinue German as a third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas on the ground it violated the National Policy on Education and the National Curriculum framework.

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