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Afternoon briefing: S Jaishankar on violent PoK protests; Why did GRP not take billboard down; and more

May 15, 2024 01:05 PM IST

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar reiterated India's stance that Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoK) is an integral part of India amid ongoing violent protests in the region due to high inflation. He highlighted the complexity of the situation in PoK, suggesting that residents might compare their conditions to those in Jammu and Kashmir, where progress is evident. Jaishankar emphasized the sense of occupation and discrimination in PoK. When asked about PoK merging with India, he clarified that it was always a part of India and discussed historical resolutions on the matter. His remarks come amidst violent protests in PoK, where demonstrators demand lower electricity prices. Dig Deeper

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar (PTI)
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar (PTI)

Less than a week before the tragic crash of a huge billboard in Ghatkopar that killed 14 people, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) wrote to the Government Railway Police (GRP), urging them to remove the billboard, which was on GRP land. However, the tragedy struck before permissions could be verified. The owner of the company that erected the billboard, Bhavesh Bhinde, is on the run. He had been booked previously for poisoning trees to improve visibility for his hoarding. The BMC had flagged many illegal billboards after the incident, highlighting the complex issue of regulating billboards on GRP land. Despite repeated directives from the Bombay High Court to remove illegal billboards, enforcement has been lacking. Dig Deeper

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That’s all we have at this hour in our afternoon briefing. Catch you in the evening.

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