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Shah Mahmood Qureshi is Pakistan’s new Foreign Minister


Islamabad, Aug 19: Shah Mahmood Qureshi was appointed as Pakistan’s Foreign Minister on Saturday as Prime Minister Imran Khan approved a 20-member cabinet, Information Minister-designate Fawad Chaudhry said. The ministers will take oath on Monday morning, he said on his official Twitter account. Qureshi, who is a senior leader of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, served as Foreign Minister from March 2008 ...

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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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10 youth arrested in Sopore during night raids


Srinagar, Aug 19: Police on Saturday night arrested at least ten youth during nocturnal raids in Tujjar village of Sopore town, in Baramulla district. According to an official, police during the night raids arrested ten youth who were allegedly involved in stone pelting cases. SSP Sopore, Javid Iqbal told Kashmir life that at least 10 youth were arrested during nocturnal raids ...

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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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SSA teachers to get salaries of two months as govt releases funds


Srinagar, Aug 19: The central government has released funds to pay salaries of two months of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers ahead of Eid-ul-Azha. A high level committee was constituted by chief secretary to devise a comprehensive strategy to review the issues of all school teachers in the school education department including those funded under the centrally Sponsored Scheme SSA. ...

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Three militants killed on LoC in Tangdhar in north Kashmir: Police


Srinagar, Aug 19: Three militants were killed on Saturday after government forces foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, police said. A police official said that a gunfight broke out after the army challenged a group of militants at the LoC. He said the militants opened fire on the army, ...

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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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Former CM Mehbooba Mufti meets Governor


Srinagar, Aug 18: Ms. Mehbooba Mufti, President PDP and former Chief Minister met Governor N N Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today. Governor discussed with Ms. Mufti issues relating to the forthcoming elections to Municipalities and Panchayats and stressed that large scale participation in both these polls would go a long way in strengthening gross – root level democracy ...

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Clashes erupt in Tral township of south Kashmir


Srinagar, Aug 18: Intense clashes erupted between protesters and the government forces in Tral township of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday. Reports said that a group of youth pelted the forces with stones near court road soon after the culmination of Urs of Shah-e-Hamdan (RA). The forces responded by lobbing tear gas shells to disperse the youth. The clashes were ...

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First batch of Hajj pilgrims to arrive on Aug 28


Srinagar, Aug 18: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, on Saturday convened a meeting to review the arrangements being made for pilgrims of the state who are scheduled to return from Saudi Arabia beginning August 28 after performing the annual pilgrimage. The meeting was informed that five flights carrying Haj pilgrims from Jeddah will reach Srinagar Airport on August 28. From ...

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