Kerala floods trigger fuel, medicine shortage; more rain forecast

The Indian Air Force and Army relief and rescue teams on Friday started food packet distribution among marooned people in different places in Kerala as the situation triggered by the state’s worst floods in a century remained grave. Rescue teams are carrying out round-the-clock operation but many people in the state are still marooned. Continuous rain, landslides and floods have claimed more than 100 lives so far and have brought the public transport system to a virtual halt. With roads cut off, many areas are now facing fuel shortage and…

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Kargil to Kandahar, Atal steered India through major challenges

Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure as prime minister saw India face several security challenges such as the Kargil conflict, the Kandahar hijacking and the Parliament attack, but he steered the country through them, using diplomacy and military force in equal measure. After being sworn in as prime minister for a second time in 1998, Vajpayee travelled on a bus from Amritsar to Lahore for a visit the next year which was widely acclaimed as the start of a new era in Indo-Pakistan relations. However, despite the Lahore Declaration, the bonhomie between…

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8 in Sopore, 4 in Ponch illegal health clinics sealed

The health department on Thursday sealed eight clinics in Sopore after the later failed to furnish “requisite documents”. An official said a departmental team headed by chief medical officer Baramulla, Bashir Ahmad Chalkoo and block medical officer Sopore Dr Muhammad Sami raided several health facilities and sealed eight clinics in Sopore town on their failure to furnish requisite documents. The official said the sealed clinical establishments were unregistered and were being run by untrained persons. The health department team was accompanied by the police and the officials of drug controller…

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Gunfight rages in Hajin, Militants managed to escape, Clashes erupt during search operation; Internet suspended

Gunfight has broken out in Mir Mohalla area of Hajin area of Bandipora district between militants and government forces. As per reports, intense clashes are going on in the area between locals and the government forces. A local police official told this reporter that a militant is probably killed while the gunfight is on. Following the gunfight the internet services have been suspended in the area. Meanwhile, Four militants have reportedly escaped after a gunfight broke out in Mir Mohalla area of Hajin earlier today. Following clashes in the area the militants have escaped,…

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Muzaffar Hussain Baig to defend Article 35A in Supreme Court: PDP

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday held a detailed meet with her party ’s top leadership over the per cent political situation and measures needed to be taken to defend Article 35-A at country’s top court. PDP chief spokesman Rafi Ahmad Mir said party President and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti presided over the meeting of party leaders at her Srinagar residence today. He said the meeting discussed in detail the current political situation in the state and need to safeguard Article 35-A. “It was unanimously agreed…

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‘Non-locals roughed up’ while attempting to hoist tricolour at Lal Chowk, say police

A group of people, who tried hoisting the national flag at Srinagar’s Lal Chowk, were ‘rescued’ by the police on Tuesday after they were allegedly roughed up by locals. “A group of six to seven persons tried to hoist the flag at Lal Chowk. This created a ruckus in the area and the police team rescued three of them,” said Superintendent of Police (East) Dawood Ayoub. The incident occurred around 1 pm near Srinagar’s clock tower. The group, as per the police, consisted of non-locals. According to witnesses, the group…

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PDP leader claims J&K will have new govt by Sept end, BJP-PC to pick Sajjad Lone as CM

MLC Yasir Reshi, a disgruntled leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday said that by end September, Jammu and Kashmir will have a new government headed by People’s Conference chief Sajjad Gani Lone. At least “18 PDP legislators are in favor of forming a new government”, and an independent MLA will also support the new administration, he added. “I am confident that a new government headed by Sajjad Gani Lone will be in office by the end of September, and this government will be beyond the influence of…

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Modi’s Kashmir remarks well-scripted drama: Syed Ali Geelani

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Kashmir remarks in his Independence Day speech—that the issue can’t be resolved with bullets or abuses—are “nothing but a well-scripted and stage-managed drama”, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani said. Modi said in his speech said that “only a warm and affectionate embrace, not bullets and abuses” will resolve Kashmir. He also referred to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s formula of jamhooriyat (democracy), insaniyat (humanity) and Kashmiriyat (Kashmiri syncretism) as his government’s guiding principle for Kashmir. “Personally Vajpayee may be a saintly figure for…

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Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s condition critical, on life support: Delhi AIIMS

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Wednesday evening after the health of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, admitted at the hospital since June, worsened. “Former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been admitted for the last nine weeks at AIIMS. Unfortunately, his condition has worsened over the last 24 hours. His condition is critical and he is on life support,” AIIMS said in a statement at 10.08 pm. The former prime minister’s overall health had deteriorated after he suffered a stroke…

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Dialogue only way to pull JK out of prevailing situation: N N Vohra

Governor Narinder Nath Vohra Wednesday said the dialogue was the only way to pull State out of prevailing situation and announced holding of Urban Local Bodies (ULB) and panchayat polls. “J&K, like other States, has also been striving to achieve its developmental goals. Our state suffers disadvantages on account of long distances from the major markets, difficult geographical and climatic conditions and inadequate connectivity,” Vohra said while addressing August 15 function at SK cricket stadium, here today. He said in the past year, the Western neighbour attempted to infiltrate an…

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