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Mehbooba Mufti anguished over civilian killings, calls for border ceasefire

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Srinagar, May 23: Expressing grave concern over the latest spate of killings in cross-border shelling, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today called for immediate cessation of hostilities to safeguard the lives and properties of the hapless people caught in the deadly crossfire. “It is the life and property and sense of security of the people of J&K which are ...

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No agreement with Pakistan on resolving Indus Waters dispute: World Bank

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Washington, May 23: The World Bank has said it failed to arrive at an agreement with a visiting Pakistani delegation on a way forward to address Islamabad’s concerns regarding the Indus Waters Treaty with India. Over the past two days, a high-powered Pakistani delegation led by Attorney General, Ashtar Ausaf Ali, met with Kristalina Georgieva, World Bank Chief Executive Officer, and ...

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Cross-border firing: 40,000 border residents in Jammu, Kathua, Samba migrate amid warlike situation

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Srinagar, May 23: As the armies of both India and Pakistan continued to exchange gun fires, over 40,000 border villagers were forced to migrate from their homes as cross-border shelling continued in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts on Wednesday reports claimed. According to a report published by newsgatherer IANS, some of the migrants have taken shelter in makeshift camps set up ...

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Pak forces wore ‘thermal suits’ to avoid detection, kill BSF man on border

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New Delhi, May 22: Security agencies have flagged a new strategy of Pakistani personnel wearing ‘thermal camouflage suits’ to avoid detection by Indian night vision devices, a design adopted by them to kill a BSF man along the border in Jammu and Kashmir amid the recent spate of ceasefire violations. The “disturbing” first-time instance, officials told PTI quoting an electronic surveillance ...

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Air travellers to get full refund, compensation for flight delays and cancellations

New Delhi, May 22: Domestic air passengers will soon be able to avail of full refunds and additional compensation for flight delays/cancellations as the government on Tuesday put in the public domain a new ‘passenger charter’ for eliciting comments/suggestions before notifying them. The new air passenger charter seeks to amend current norms for charges incurred by travellers on cancellation and rescheduling ...

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‘Security forces free to respond if Pakistan opens fire’: Rajnath says

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Srinagar, May 22: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that security forces have a free hand to respond as they deem fit if the neighbouring country continued the offensive, said a report by newsgatherer IANS. Speaking at the Border Security Force’s (BSF) 16th investiture ceremony function here, “We have a neighbour that does not want to correct itself, IANS ...

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India, Pakistan armies’ trade fire along Jammu border

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Srinagar, May 22: The armies of India and Pakistan continued to trade fire along the international border in Jammu and Samba districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. Police said that 30 border post of the BSF and some two dozen villages were affected by the shelling. “People have been advised to remain indoors till the situation returns to normal,” a ...

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PM Modi congratulates Mehbooba Mufti on her birthday

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Srinagar, May 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on her birthday. Taking to micro blogging website Twitter, PM Modi said: “Best wishes to Jammu and Kashmir CM @MehboobaMufti on her birthday. I pray for her good health and long life.” Mufti is an alumnus of Kashmir University’s law department, and has done ...

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Dalit man beaten to death in Gujarat, 5 held

Rajkot, May 21: Police have arrested five people for allegedly thrashing to death a 35-year-old Dalit man suspecting him to be a thief in Gujarat’s Rajkot district, an official said today. A video of the incident — purportedly showing two people taking turns to beat the man, identified as Mukesh Vaniya, a ragpicker, with a stick while another person holding him ...

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