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Mehbooba’s proximity with separatists exposed: BJP


New Delhi, July 13: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has exposed her proximity with separatists by warning that if her Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was split it would create more militants in the state. Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Mufti with her statement was “trying to give oxygen” to militants. “Knowing or unknowingly she ...

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Storm brews after Tharoor’s BJP making India ‘Hindu Pakistan’ remarks


New Delhi, July 13: A major controversy brewed on Thursday over Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s remarks that a Hindu Pakistan would be created if the BJP returns to power with the Congress asking him to be restrained after the saffron party attacked him. The Thiruvananthapuram MP, however, refused to retract, saying the BJP-RSS idea of a Hindu Rashtra remained the mirror ...

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Empower women to fight social evils: Modi


New Delhi, July 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday emphasised on empowering women to make them “bulwarks” against social evils. Modi said financial independence makes a woman assertive and empowered. “Financially empowered women are a bulwark against social evils,” he said. “The most important thing is to let women know their potential and talent, and letting them avail opportunities,” the ...

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Centre leaves it to the wisdom of SC to decide validity of Section 377


New Delhi, July 11: The Centre today told the Supreme Court that it would leave it to the wisdom of its judges to decide on the constitutional validity of Section 377 on the issue of criminalising unnatural intercourse between two consenting adults. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which is hearing a batch of petitions challenging its ...

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Yatra 2018: Batch of 4,956 pilgrims leave Jammu for Cave in Kashmir


Srinagar, July 11: A batch of 4,956 pilgrims left Jammu on Wednesday to perform the Amarnath Yatra, officials said. “The yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas for the Kashmir Valley in two escorted convoys of 161 vehicles as 2,677 headed for Pahalgam and 2,279 for Baltal base camps,” they added. So far, 1,17,785 pilgrims have performed yatra at the Cave Shrine. ...

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Yatra 2018: Postpone pilgrimage to next year, says Sri Sri Ravi Shankar


Srinagar, July 11: The spiritual leader and founder of Art of Living Foundation Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Tuesday advised people planning for Amarnath Yatra to “reconsider their travel plans” in wake of inclement weather this year. Sri Sri who is also the present board member of Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) said: “In the wake of recent tragedies, pilgrims are advised ...

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Centre asks JK govt to act against Kashmir IAS topper Shah Faesal for tweet on rape-culture


Srinagar, July 11: Government of India has asked the Jammu and Kashmir to initiate departmental action against IAS topper Shah Faesal for what it said violating the All India Services (conduct rules) through a tweet. In an order, the general administration department of Jammu and Kashmir government said Faesal, who is currently on study leave outside India, has “allegedly failed to ...

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Peace can be brought to JK through honest,efficient administration: Rajnath


Srinagar, July 5: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that peace and stability could be brought to the state through an honest, effective and efficient administration. Taking to social networking site Twitter Rajnath Singh in a series of tweets wrote: “Reviewed the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and discussed the way forward at a meeting with the Governor and ...

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