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‘Modi wave’ in Valley triggers laughter storm on Twitter

NEW DELHI Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose a Sunday to tour the scenic Dal Lake in Srinagar. But much to the embarrassment of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a video of him waving at the empty lake gave many Twitteratis an occasion to poke fun at the Prime Minister and some to score a political point. Despite the tight security …

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Taliban kill 26 troops in pre-dawn strike on Afghan army base

KABUL The Taliban launched a pre-dawn attack on an army base in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing 26 members of the security forces, a provincial official said, the latest brazen assault by insurgents amid stepped-up efforts to resolve the country’s protracted war. The raid on the base in northern Kunduz …

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Mamata says Kolkata police commissioner not on dharna with her

KOLKATA West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday described as “blatant lie” the Union Home Ministry charge that Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar participated in her dharna, and said the officer never went up to the dais of her three-day sit-in. Banerjee slammed the Centre for asking West Bengal government to initiate proceedings against Kumar for indiscipline and violation of service rules, and …

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Kashmir industry seeks strict steps to cap airfare surge in winters on Srinagar route

SRINAGAR Commending Governor Satya Pal Malik for raising the issue of high air ticket prices on Srinagar route mainly during closure of roads, a Kashmir industry group has demanded more strict steps to curb exploitation of helpless travellers. Nasir Hamid Khan, the senior vice-president of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), said they had been raising this critical issue since long …

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JK admin constitutes five committees for implementation of PMAGY

JAMMU The Jammu and Kashmir administration Tuesday constituted five committees for implementing the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana (PMAGY), an official order said. PMAGY aims at developing villages with more than 50 per cent of its population belonging to the scheduled castes through convergence of central and state schemes. The sanction was accorded to the …

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257 militants, 91 forces men and 38 civilians killed in 614 militant incidents in J&K in 2018

NEW DELHI Jammu and Kashmir witnessed the maximum number of militant violence incidents in 2018 as compared to the four years before that, whereas such incidents in the country’s north east and Naxal-hit areas saw a marginal drop in the same comparative period, the government told the Parliament Tuesday. Minister of State …

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Amarinder takes step to ‘strengthen’ state’s ability to tackle militant threats

CHANDIGARH The Punjab government has decided to merge the 1st Commando Battalion with its Special Operations Group, saying it will strengthen the state’s ability to tackle terror threats. The merger would place an additional fund of Rs 16.54 crore at the disposal of the SOG for modernisation and upgrading its weapons, besides giving incentives …

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Real Kashmir eye victory in key home clash against Gokulam

SRINAGAR Debutants Real Kashmir FC will be aiming for nothing less than a victory in their bid to keep title hopes alive when they take on Gokulam in a 12th I-League encounter here Wednesday. Kashmir are on 29 points from 15 games, just one behind leaders Chennai City and a victory on Wednesday can catapult the debutants …

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