Ready to talk to Hurriyat, Pakistan, No confusion in our Kashmir policy: Rajnath Singh

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that India is ready to talk to the Hurriyat Conference if they are ready to talk, a media report said today. “If Hurriyat is ready to talk, we have no problem, we are ready to talk to anyone. Even if Pakistan comes for a dialogue, we are ready for it,” Singh told Aaj Tak TV channel during a programme held in New Delhi to mark four years of the Narendra Modi government. “There is no problem in any dialogue with Pakistan, it is our…

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Kashmir still a sore point amid success of 4 years of Modi govt

The government’s security challenges began three days before it took office. On May 23, 2014, the Indian consulate in Afghanistan’s Herat, bordering Iran, was attacked by four gunmen. One attacker jumped into the compound but was neutralised by the Indo Tibetan Border Police personnel. The other three entered nearby buildings and fired on the compound. After a 10-hour gun battle, they too were neutralised. Officials concluded the plan was to occupy the consulate and take staff hostage and make a spectacle coinciding with Modi’s oath-taking. India officially stopped short of…

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On PMO’s request Paytm provided personal data of Kashmiris to a political party

In a major expose mobile wallet company Paytm has allegedly provided personal data of Kashmiri users to a political party on the request from PMO during stone throwing incidents in Kashmir. The company’s bosses have also claimed that they are affiliated with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. The expose has been carried out through sting operation by investigative news website, Cobrapost. In the video purportedly shot by Cobrapost senior Vice President of the company Ajay Shekhar is saying that the PMO wanted personal data of Paytm’s users to find out if some…

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Reduce GST on Almond Kernels: CII

A delegation of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Friday apprised Minister for Finance, Labour and Employment Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari about various issues being faced by industries. Bukhari assured the delegation that the government would take steps to ensure a favourable environment for the growth of industries in the state. The delegation urged the government to reduce the goods and services tax (GST) on almond kernels from 12 per cent to 5 per cent. They said after the GST implementation, other similar categories and dried fruits, such as…

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Nipah mystery deepens as lab report rules out bats as prime cause of infection

The mystery over the source of the deadly Nipah (NiV) virus infection that has claimed 12 lives in north Kerala deepened after the blood and serum samples of 21 bats tested at the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal returned negative results for the virus. Kerala’s first NIV outbreak has killed 12 people and infected 20. Health officials will now examine the travel history of Mohamed Sabith, 26, who was the first to die in the Moosa family that lost four members to the virus. He returned…

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Amid Bloodbath and Destruction along IB, BJP celebrating four years of Modi Govt

Amid bloodbath and destruction along the International Border, the top brass of the state BJP on Friday celebrated four years of the NDA government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The high-profile celebrations were held at Akhnoor which also witnessed destruction in the recent shelling from across the border. The Pallanwalla sector, where eight-month-old Nitin lost his life due to Pakistani firing, is part of the Akhnoor area. The BJP celebrations evoked a strong reaction from people, especially in Akhnoor. “Instead of organising the function with a pomp and show,…

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Shelling hit villagers miffed over govt’s unfulfilled promises

The civilian casualties on the International Border have once against exposed the ‘inhuman’ approach being adopted by the successive Central and state governments towards the border residents. Their demands, which include allotment of land at safer places and community and individual bunkers among others, have remained only on paper despite assurances by political leaders. “Border residents had hoped that the BJP would solve their problems once and for all and that was the reason they had voted for the BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. But all…

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Chaos inside Jamia, scores injured in clashes outside, 30 hit by pellets

At least 50 people, including women worshipers were injured Friday inside and around the historic Jamia Masjid at Nowhatta as hundreds of protestors clashed with police and paramilitary forces that fired the indiscriminate pellet guns and tear smoke shells. The injured also include two senior police officers — SDPO and SHO – and one CRPF constable. The clashes happened soon after Friday congregational prayers, and turned more intense as pellets fired by the government forces landed inside the grand mosque leaving many dripping with blood and staining its floor. Some…

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Pak warns of dangerous situation over water issues with India

Pakistan warned on Friday that water issues with India can lead to a dangerous situation and that Islamabad wants a peaceful resolution of such problems as per the spirit of the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty (IWT). Foreign Office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal, during the weekly media briefing, said the World Bank has assured that the international agreement will not be breached. He said Islamabad has been effectively raising the issue of India’s Kishanganga project to resolve it through a dispute resolution mechanism provided by the pact. Lately, Pakistan sent a four-member…

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If found guilty, Major Gogoi will get exemplary punishment: Army Chief

Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat said on Friday Major Leetul Gogoi will be given “exemplary punishment” if he is found guilty after the Rashtriya Rifles officer was detained along with a woman and a local man on Wednesday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar. “If anyone in the Indian Army, at any rank, does any wrong and it comes to our notice then strictest action will be taken,” Gen Rawat was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. “If Major Gogoi has done something wrong then I can say that…

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