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Kashmir starts responding to Kerala floods


Srinagar,Aug 19: Gripped in the fear of the tinkering with the Article 35(A) of the Constitution of India, gradually Kashmir has started responding to the Kerala floods. In state’s 11 districts, the floods have wrecked havoc and killed more than 357 people, so far. The response started with the former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah using Twitter to take attention of the ...

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Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage


Mecca, Aug 19: More than 2 million Muslims have begun the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. From first light today, throngs of the faithful have circled the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca, one of the holiest sites in Islam. The Kaaba represents the metaphorical house of God and the oneness of God. Observant Muslims around the world face toward the Kaaba ...

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Sidhu under Opposition fire for Pakistan visit, BJP calls it ‘shameful’


Chandigarh, Aug 19: The opposition in Punjab today targeted Navjot Singh Sidhu for attending the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan as Pakistan’s Prime Minister, with the BJP describing his visit to Islamabad as “shameful”. It also asked the cricketer-turned-politician whether it was necessary to visit Pakistan at a time when India was mourning the demise of former prime minister Atal Bihari ...

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Kerala flood death toll 357, 11 districts still on alert


Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 19: The death toll due to rains and floods in Kerala has gone up to 357 this monsoon season, as 22 more deaths were reported on Saturday and red alert continued in 11 districts following prediction of more rains. The death toll due to torrential rains since August 9 — the third spell during this year’s monsoon in the ...

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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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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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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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