Guv not inviting Kumaraswamy to form govt due to BJP pressure, Congress may move SC if denied chance to form govt

The Congress may move Supreme Court if the Karnataka governor does not invite HD Kumaraswamy of the Janata Dal (Secular) to form the new government in the state with the help of the grand old party, sources said on Wednesday. “In case, the governor doesn’t call us, we believe that it is a strong case to go to the Supreme Court,” one of the party’s senior legal brains said. Sources in the Congress added that its top legal brains such as Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Kapil Sibal and Vivek Tankha may…

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Policeman guarding Kashmir University attacked by miscreants, rifle snatched

Unidentified people allegedly snatched a rifle from a policeman guarding the Kashmir University in Srinagar on Wednesday. Police said the policeman was attacked while he was manning a guard post at the institution located near Rumi Gate. He was on deputation from the armed police. A spokesperson said security personnel were searching the area, and suspects were being identified. “The policeman is doing fine,” said Kashmir inspector general of police SP Pani. Earlier in the day, government forces and suspected militants exchanged fire in the forests of Tral in Awantipora…

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Congress, Janata Dal(S) cry ‘HorseTrading’, BJP says politics an art of possibility

The Congress and the JD(S), which plan to form a coalition government in Karnataka, alleged on Wednesday that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was trying to poach their lawmakers but separately claimed later that the attempts so far had failed. In the state where both camps said they were confident about forming a government, murmurs of poaching gained ground on an action-packed day, when JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy accused the BJP of doling out a bribe of Rs 100 crore and triggered a backlash. A day after both camps met the…

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Gazans bury dead after bloodiest day of Israel border protests

The death toll in the protests on Monday, in which Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian demonstrators, reached 60 overnight and one person was reported killed on Tuesday. The center of Gaza City was calm after the militant group Hamas, which rules the territory, called for a general strike. The number of protesters was a fraction of what it had been the day before as Hamas scaled down the demonstrations but held out the threat of military action. Palestinians rallied in Gaza on Tuesday for the funerals of scores of…

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Hindu Ekta Manch now raises jihad, demography bogey

The Hindu Ekta Manch (HEM), a rightwing Hindu organisation that sparked outrage for rallying in support of the accused in rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl, has started a donation campaign to fund “litigation cost in the Supreme Court and to counter demographic invasion in Jammu”. In a message widely shared on social media, the HEM said since it has decided to move the Supreme Court to appeal for a CBI inquiry—because it doesn’t trust the Crime Branch whose investigation led to arrests—the organisation has “constituted a team of…

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Forces to scale down CASO during Ramadan

The forces in Valley have ostensibly worked out a fresh strategy to deal with militants and ensure that no inconvenience is caused to the general public in anti-militancy operations during the holy month of Ramadan. Kashmir Post has learnt that in view of the holy month of Ramadan, the anti-militancy operations would remain limited to based on “specific intelligence information” while the routine Cordon and Search Operations (CASOs) would be scaled down. “The anti-militancy operations will be carried out based on intelligence operations. There will be no regular and general…

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Land Row: JCCI requested PM Modi to sack Assembly Speaker Nirmal Singh

Jammu’s premier trade body, the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sack Assembly Speaker Nirmal Singh for saying “army was harassing people”. “Chamber feels that a person holding the second highest constitutional post in the state of J&K and speaking against the credentials of Indian army by such irresponsible utterances is not in national interest,” reads the letter signed by JCCI president Rakesh Gupta and other officer bearers. The letter said the Chamber will always stand by the army in “any given…

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Denied ministerial berth, BJP MLA Sukhnandan Choudhary gives veiled warning to party brass

Annoyed at being denied ministerial berth, sulking BJP legislator from Marh Sukhnandan Choudhary on Sunday gave a veiled warning to the party leadership by asking his supporters to “take a decision about his future”. “What I am today is all due to your support, so I will accept whatever decision you take about my future,” Choudhary told his supporters during a rally, which was organised by locals at Marh. “Although the BJP had given me a mandate in the Assembly elections, it was all due to your votes that I…

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18 Killed, Scores injured as under-construction flyover collapses in Varanasi

At least 18 people were feared dead and many more trapped when a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi during the evening rush-hour on Tuesday, rescue workers said. The toll is expected to rise as a bus and at least six other vehicles were still buried under huge cement blocks that came crashing down near the Cantonment railway station. Five teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were leading the rescue effort in the holy city, which is also the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra…

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