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Indian forces respond to ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir

Official said the Indian army retaliated by firing at the Pakistani posts in the Neelam sector. “There is a possibility that Pakistani bunkers suffered damages,” an official statement said.
Pakistan violated ceasefire on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara.(Agency Photo/File/Representative)
Pakistan violated ceasefire on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara.(Agency Photo/File/Representative)
Updated on Feb 21, 2020 05:10 PM IST
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Fear of violence during Trump’s visit may have pushed back J-K panchayat polls

The sudden deferment was announced late on Tuesday night through a notification issued by the chief electoral officer (CEO), Shailendra Kumar. “Credible inputs from the law enforcement agencies” were cited as the reason for the postponement of the polls that had been announced on February 13.
The deferment also came after the CEO had issued notifications for the first two phases, scheduled to commence from March 5.(AP)
The deferment also came after the CEO had issued notifications for the first two phases, scheduled to commence from March 5.(AP)
Updated on Feb 21, 2020 04:51 PM IST
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Second batch of ministers to visit J-K in April

The second such outreach since January after Parliament’s Budget session ends in April is being planned as the Centre and the Jammu & Kashmir administration are finalising a new domicile policy for the region to protect employment for locals and restrict the sale of land to outsiders.
Centre plans to send 40 ministers to Jammu & Kashmir in April for another outreach following the nullification of the Constitution’s Article 370(ANI Photo)
Centre plans to send 40 ministers to Jammu & Kashmir in April for another outreach following the nullification of the Constitution’s Article 370(ANI Photo)
Updated on Feb 21, 2020 03:03 AM IST
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Pakistan hopeful Donald Trump will pursue offer of Kashmir mediation

In January, Trump repeated his offer to “help” resolve the Kashmir issue during his meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. India maintains that there is no scope for any third-party mediation.
Pakistan on Thursday expressed hope that US President Donald Trump during his visit to India next week(Bloomberg)
Pakistan on Thursday expressed hope that US President Donald Trump during his visit to India next week(Bloomberg)
Updated on Feb 21, 2020 04:51 PM IST
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Islamabad | ByPress Trust of India

Plea to identify Hindus as minorities rejected

Upadhyay’s main contention was that although the expression ‘minority’ has been used in Articles 29 and 30 of the Constitution, it had not been defined anywhere.
The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to entertain a plea praying for the court’s directions to identify minorities based on their population at state level.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to entertain a plea praying for the court’s directions to identify minorities based on their population at state level.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 21, 2020 01:47 AM IST
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Theatre Commands may not happen in 3 years: Army chief General Naravane

Gen Naravane, who took over as the 28th Army Chief on December 31, said Indian Army is “well geared to tackle any eventuality” amid “unsuccessful infiltration bids” by terrorists from Pakistan.
Chief of Army Staff, General Manoj Mukund Naravane, on Thursday said theatre commands may not be operationalised by 2022
Chief of Army Staff, General Manoj Mukund Naravane, on Thursday said theatre commands may not be operationalised by 2022
Updated on Feb 21, 2020 10:45 AM IST
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Kashmir man arrested for fake FB post, ban on social media flouted by miscreants say cops

Kawa’s arrest comes amid rising concerns that trouble makers were going around the ban imposed on use of social media sites to fan trouble in the region.
Jammu and Kashmir police said the ban on social media use was being flouted by miscreants looking to fan trouble.(HT Photo)
Jammu and Kashmir police said the ban on social media use was being flouted by miscreants looking to fan trouble.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 20, 2020 08:01 PM IST
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Pakistan’s FATF listing helped reduce cross-border terror, hints Gen Naravane

A sub-group of the global terror financing watchdog FATF on Tuesday had recommended continuation of Pakistan in the ‘Grey List’ for its failure to check terror funding in and around its territory.
Chief of Army Staff General Naravane reiterated that incidents of terror in Jammu and Kashmir had decreased and the Indian Army was continuing its pressure on various terror groups that it had identified.(ANI PHOTO.)
Chief of Army Staff General Naravane reiterated that incidents of terror in Jammu and Kashmir had decreased and the Indian Army was continuing its pressure on various terror groups that it had identified.(ANI PHOTO.)
Updated on Feb 20, 2020 06:07 PM IST
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Article 371 will not be touched, Amit Shah assures Arunachal Pradesh

Union home minister Amit Shah on Thursday said at a public meeting that he wants to assure the entire northeast that Article 371 will not be touched, allaying fears of tribal states.
Amit Shah on Thursday attended a public meeting at Indira Gandhi Park in state capital Itanagar(Photo: BJP4India/ Twitter)
Amit Shah on Thursday attended a public meeting at Indira Gandhi Park in state capital Itanagar(Photo: BJP4India/ Twitter)
Updated on Feb 20, 2020 09:21 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Guwahati | ByUtpal Parashar

3 Hizbul terrorists killed in Pulwama encounter

A joint party of security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation after receiving information about the presence of militants in the Sherabad area of Tral in Awantipora when the terrorists opened fire, triggering the shootout that left the three men dead, officials said.
The DGP said that Wani was a ‘dangerous terrorist’ who had taken command of the Hizb after the killing of Hamad Khan last month.(HT Photo)
The DGP said that Wani was a ‘dangerous terrorist’ who had taken command of the Hizb after the killing of Hamad Khan last month.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 20, 2020 12:52 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Srinagar | ByAshiq Hussain

British MP accuses India of ignoring alleged rights abuses in Valley

At a joint press conference with Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Islamabad, Abrahams welcomed Pakistan’s stance of having a third UN report issued on human rights violations along both sides of the Line of Control (LoC), adding that it showed the openness of the approach taken by Islamabad.
Updated on Feb 20, 2020 12:49 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Islamabad | ByIMTIAZ AHMAD

Parties welcome decision to delay J&K by-elections

Chief electoral officer Shailendra Kumar on Tuesday said the polls had been postponed by three weeks due to security concerns, almost a week after he announced the schedule for the elections.
Army personnel patrol near Lal Chowk, Srinagar.(ANI File)
Army personnel patrol near Lal Chowk, Srinagar.(ANI File)
Updated on Feb 20, 2020 12:46 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Srinagar | ByMir Ehsan

US lawmaker Ami Bera expresses concern over CAA, Kashmir

Bera described the protests against the CAA as “democracy in action”. The tools of democracy in India “remain vibrant” and the country has an independent judiciary “which seems to be ruling on the constitutionality of some of these issues”, he said.
Influential Indian-American lawmaker Ami Bera said it is important for India to retain its standing as a secular democracy that sets it apart from other countries in the region.(Ami Bera/Twitter)
Influential Indian-American lawmaker Ami Bera said it is important for India to retain its standing as a secular democracy that sets it apart from other countries in the region.(Ami Bera/Twitter)
Updated on Feb 20, 2020 01:22 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRezaul H Laskar

Important for India to retain stand as a secular democracy: Indian-American lawmaker

Referring to the Indian government’s revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status last year and the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), congressman Ami Bera said democratic institutions around the world are being tested even as there was “push back on some of this”.
Influential Indian-American lawmaker Ami Bera said it is important for India to retain its standing as a secular democracy that sets it apart from other countries in the region(Ami Bera/Twitter)
Influential Indian-American lawmaker Ami Bera said it is important for India to retain its standing as a secular democracy that sets it apart from other countries in the region(Ami Bera/Twitter)
Updated on Feb 19, 2020 11:35 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRezaul H Laskar

Security forces kill three terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Tral

The encounter in Tral in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district lasted two hours.
The three terrorists were killed in an overnight encounter in Tral.(HT File Photo)
The three terrorists were killed in an overnight encounter in Tral.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 19, 2020 10:07 AM IST
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MBBS interns protest for hike in monthly stipend

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Published on Feb 18, 2020 11:06 PM IST
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British MP Debbie Abrahams’ visa revoked for her anti-India activities: Govt sources

Abrahams was among a group of MPs who issued formal letters following the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 in August last year.
British parliamentarian Debbie Abrahams.(Twitter/@Debbie_abrahams)
British parliamentarian Debbie Abrahams.(Twitter/@Debbie_abrahams)
Updated on Feb 18, 2020 03:28 PM IST
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Change course, avoid same speeches: Shiv Sena advises PM Modi

The Shiv Sena said that the BJP’s defeat in Delhi Assembly polls has shown that PM Modi needs to “change his direction”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a function in Varanasi on Sunday.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a function in Varanasi on Sunday.(ANI)
Updated on Feb 18, 2020 01:20 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | BySwapnil Rawal

‘Help Kashmiris achieve right of self-determination’: Pak PM Imran Khan urges UN

During his meeting with the UN Secretary-General, Prime Minister Khan highlighted the “dire human rights and humanitarian situation” in Jammu and Kashmir following India’s August 5 decision to end the special status of the region.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the UN to fulfil its commitments with the people of Kashmir .(Reuters image)
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the UN to fulfil its commitments with the people of Kashmir .(Reuters image)
Updated on Feb 18, 2020 08:07 AM IST
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Islamabad | ByPress Trust of India

Election commissioner Sushil Chandra named in Jammu and Kashmir delimitation panel

The proposed Delimitation Commission will redraw assembly constituencies in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The commission is likely to be set up by the home ministry.
The Chief election commission nominated Sushil Chandra upon the request of legislative department of the law ministry to take forward the exercise of setting up the commission.(ANI File Photo)
The Chief election commission nominated Sushil Chandra upon the request of legislative department of the law ministry to take forward the exercise of setting up the commission.(ANI File Photo)
Published on Feb 18, 2020 04:13 AM IST
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India lodges protest with Turkey over president Erdogan’s Kashmir remark

Turkey’s top leaders apparently ignored India’s repeated protests about non-interference in the Kashmir issue because they were intent on going ahead with efforts to project their country as a leader of Muslims around the world, said people familiar with developments.
Turkey’s latest provocation was Erdogan’s remarks on Kashmir at an address to a joint session of Pakistan’s Parliament where he said latest developments in the region highlighted the urgency of finding a solution.(Reuters File Photo)
Turkey’s latest provocation was Erdogan’s remarks on Kashmir at an address to a joint session of Pakistan’s Parliament where he said latest developments in the region highlighted the urgency of finding a solution.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Feb 18, 2020 04:06 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRezaul H Laskar

In Brussels, foreign minister S Jaishankar defends CAA, Kashmir move

Lawmakers in the European Parliament have drafted a resolution condemning the CAA as “discriminatory and dangerously divisive”.
Foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar with European Council President Charles Michel prior to a meeting at the Europa building in Brussels on Monday.(AP Photo)
Foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar with European Council President Charles Michel prior to a meeting at the Europa building in Brussels on Monday.(AP Photo)
Updated on Feb 18, 2020 03:41 AM IST
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HC lawyer gives card details to ‘client’, duped of Rs 75,000 in Panchkula

Accused said he would transfer fees for a civil case in bank account of complainant; had asked for OTPs received by victim
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Updated on Feb 18, 2020 01:05 AM IST
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Congress ready to take part in Jammu and Kashmir rural polls if party leaders are released

Senior Congress leader G A Mir accused the BJP of weakening the panchayat raj institutions during their tenure by making “retrograde” amendments to the Panchayat Act.
Bypolls to over 12,500 panchayats in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir will be held in eight phases from March 5 to March 20.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)
Bypolls to over 12,500 panchayats in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir will be held in eight phases from March 5 to March 20.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 18, 2020 12:19 AM IST
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Jammu | ByPress Trust of India

Terror attack in Kashmir can lead to India-Pak military confrontation: Report

The report, however, glossed over Islamabad’s use of terror as an instrument of state policy and the role played by Pakistan-based terror groups in targeting India.
Border Security Force (BSF) patrol near the international border at Hiranagar sector in Jammu.(PTI Photo)
Border Security Force (BSF) patrol near the international border at Hiranagar sector in Jammu.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Feb 18, 2020 06:08 AM IST
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Imran Khan warns of new refugee crisis in Pak due to India’s policies

Khan was referring to India’s Citizenship Amendment Act and the revocation of the special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during an international conference on the future of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan, organized by Pakistan and the UN Refugee Agency in Islamabad, Pakistan.(REUTERS)
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during an international conference on the future of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan, organized by Pakistan and the UN Refugee Agency in Islamabad, Pakistan.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 17, 2020 10:54 PM IST
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Islamabad | ByPress Trust of India, Imran Khan Warns Of New Refugee Crisis In Pak Due To India’s Policies

Pakistan to consider importing insecticides from India to fight locusts

Pakistan severed all diplomatic and trade ties with New Delhi in August after India revoked the special status of Kashmir, a disputed territory between the two rivals, who have fought two of their three wars over the Himalayan region.
Pakistan declared a national emergency over locust swarms early this month after the food ministry gave a briefing to parliament, warning that the country was facing the worst locust infestation in two decades.(REUTERS)
Pakistan declared a national emergency over locust swarms early this month after the food ministry gave a briefing to parliament, warning that the country was facing the worst locust infestation in two decades.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 17, 2020 08:08 PM IST
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British MP who heads parliamentary group on Kashmir denied entry, her e-visa was cancelled

Debbie Abrahams chairs a parliamentary group focused on Kashmir.
British MP Debbie Abrahams.(Twitter/Debbie_Abrahams)
British MP Debbie Abrahams.(Twitter/Debbie_Abrahams)
Updated on Feb 17, 2020 05:27 PM IST
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Theatre commands, including for J-K, to start rolling out by 2022: Gen Rawat

Gen Rawat also said that India is also looking at creating a distinct theatre command for Jammu and Kashmir and integrating the western and eastern naval commands to create a Peninsular Command.
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat(PTI)
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat(PTI)
Updated on Feb 18, 2020 12:14 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRahul Singh

India issues ‘strong demarche’ to Turkish ambassador Erdogan’s remarks on Kashmir

India had reacted sharply to the references of Jammu and Kashmir in the Turkey-Pakistan joint declaration, calling upon Ankara to not interfere in New Delhi’s internal affairs.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan shake hands after signing of several agreements, in Islamabad, Pakistan.(AP)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan shake hands after signing of several agreements, in Islamabad, Pakistan.(AP)
Updated on Feb 17, 2020 03:44 PM IST
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