Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan dies at 80


Srinagar, Aug 18: Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary general, has died at the age of 80, his family announced on Saturday. “It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a ...

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Sidhu hopes Imran Khan’s ascension to PM’s post will be good for Pak, India peace process


Islamabad, Aug 18: Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu today hoped that his friend Imran Khan’s ascension to the prime minister’s post will be good for Pakistan-India peace process. Wearing a blue suit and a pink turban, Sidhu was among the special guests present at Khan’s oath taking ceremony at the Aiwan-e-Sadr (the President House) in Islamabad today. Pakistan Army chief General ...

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China lodges protest over Pentagon report on planned strikes


Beijing, Aug 18: China’s Defence Ministry said it has lodged a formal protest with Washington over a Pentagon report that claimed the Chinese military was training to carry out strikes against the US. The Pentagon report, published on Friday, said China was developing long-range bombers and “likely” training its pilots for strikes against the US and its allies, reports Efe news. ...

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Two injured after armies of India, Pakistan trade fire along LoC in north Kashmir’s Kupwara


Srinagar, Aug 18: Two civilians were injured after the armies of India and Pakistan traded fire along the Line of Control (LoC) last night in Karnah area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. An official said that two civilians sustained minor injuries after the two armies exchanged fire along the LoC late last night. The injured, identified as Jahangir Ahmad and Zameer ...

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Dialogue only way to bring peace in Kashmir: Former RAW Chief


Srinagar, Aug 18: Former Chief of RAW and Special Director IB, A S Dulat on Friday said that “dialogue is only way to bring peace in Jammu and Kashmir.” According to a report published by Times of India, peace can be achieved only through talks, A S Dulat said. The report quotes him saying “Kashmir is a political problem and it ...

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Kerala floods toll reaches 180, rescue operations continue


Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 18: The death toll due to the floods across Kerala increased to 180 on Saturday with rescue operations continuing at several locations in the rain-ravaged state, authorities said. The toll rose with 10 deaths reported on Saturday from Ernakulam, Thrissur and Chengannur districts. The worst affected places include Aluva, Chalakudy, Chengannur, Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta. The rains that began on ...

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Policeman hit by stone during clashes in south Kashmir’s Pulwama


Srinagar, Aug 18: A policeman was injured during clashes in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday morning. A police official said that a policeman was hit by a stone in his head during clashes in Bona Murran area of the district. He said clashes erupted after youth pelted a police party with stones in the village. In retaliation, he said, police ...

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PM announces Rs 500 crore assistance to flood-hit Kerala


Kochi, Aug 18: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced Rs 500 crore financial assistance for flood-ravaged Kerala where hundreds of people have died, lakhs have been rendered homeless and property worth millions of rupees has been destroyed in one of the worst floods and torrential rain in recent history. The Prime Minister, who flew from Delhi on Friday night, made ...

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Dearth of doctors hits patient care at SDH Tral


Srinagar, Aug 18: In violation to the Indian Public Health Standard norms, the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) and the BUMS doctors are handling the outpatient department (OPD) at sub-district hospital Tral. According to sources, two RBSK/BUMS doctors are handling the OPD of the hospital, where over 400 patients visit on an average every day. Sources said while the BUMS doctors ...

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Yasin Malik leads JRL protest in Srinagar, warns against tinkering with Article 35-A


Srinagar, Aug 17: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik on Friday led a protest in Srinagar against the petitions challenging validity of Article 35-A. Soon after the culmination of Friday prayers, scores of activists of affiliated with the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) led by Malik held a protest at Madina Chowk Maisuma in the commercial hub Lal Chowk. ...

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