Nuclear war may break out any moment: North Korea

North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador warned on Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.” Kim In Ryong told the UN General Assembly’s disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat” from the United States since the 1970s — and said the country has the right to possess nuclear weapons in self-defense. He pointed to large-scale military exercises every year…

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Forces ask local ultras to surrender, ready to accept even during encounters

Security forces in Kashmir on Monday made a renewed offer of surrender to local militants even as three local militants were arrested in the past few days. “We again appeal to local militants to surrender and live a normal life,” Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Muneer Khan said at a press conference in Srinagar. He said they would fully support the local militants who surrendered before the security forces, even during gunfights. “Even if they surrender during encounters with the security forces, we are ready to accept such surrenders,” Khan…

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Bank details of Indians on sale online for Rs 500

The debit and credit card details of Indians, including the particulars of the bank account a card is linked to, the CVV number, and phone numbers and email IDs, are up for sale on the dark web for just Rs 500, the Madhya Pradesh police cyber cell has said. Cops in Indore discovered the sale after busting an international gang, led by a Pakistan national and operated from Lahore, involved in it. A detective had posed as a customer and bought debit card details of an Indore-based woman in exchange…

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Clashes in Rambagh Srinagar after fresh braid chopping incident

Clashes erupted in Rambagh area of Srinagar after a woman’s braid was chopped off by unknown persons on Tuesday. An eyewitness said that youth took to streets and blocked the road, hampering the movement of traffic. Police swung into action and lobbed several teargas shells to chase away the protesters, triggering clashes. Yesterday, massive clashes erupted in Maisuma area of the city after a woman’s braid was cut. There have been over 100 incidents of braid chopping in the Valley during last one month, but not a single culprit has…

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Valley’s tourism sector pins hope on winter

Kashmir’s tourism industry, which faced a tepid response from holidaymakers during the summer, is now pinning hope on the winter for revival of the sector. The state government was working to make Gulmarg in north Kashmir act as the “main attraction” for tourists during the winter months, a senior official said. The events being planned at Gulmarg include ski and snowboarding championships, ice-staking camps and a snow festival, said Director, Tourism, Kashmir, Mahmood Ahmad Shah. “We are also focusing on autumn but we have no other option other than promoting…

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New deadline for Jehangir Chowk flyover is June ’18

After missing several deadlines, the J&K Government has set a new deadline for the Rambagh-Jehangir Chowk flyover. The project, which has been hanging fire since 2013, would now be completed in June 2018. The statement to this effect was made by Advocate General before a division bench during the hearing of a public interest litigation dealing with streamlining transport in the summer capital. The work on the 2.4-km Rambagh-Jehangir Chowk flyover was started in 2013. It is expected that the journey on the Rambagh-Jehangir corridor, which serves as an important…

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Kashmiri Civil Society members meet Jammu counterparts to build consensus over defending JK’s Special Status

A group of lawyers, civil society members and religious scholars from Kashmir are holding meetings with their counterparts in Jammu to persuade them to make efforts to safeguard the special status of the state. According to a statement issued here, a spokesman said that the members of Jammu and Kashmir Civil Society Coordination Committee (JKCSCC) from Kashmir including Adv GN Saheen, Muzaffar Shah, Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam, Adv Mir Javed, Jogmohan Singh Raina and Adv Yasmeen are on visit to Jammu and have met people including Gulchain Singh Charak, members of displaced…

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Festive mood missing across Jammu markets post Demonetization, GST

With days left for Diwali celebration, markets in Jammu, which were always full with customers, are reeling under impact of GST and demonetization as customers stay away and traders rue the decisions taken in haste. “The main markets in Jammu are not as busy this year as previous years,” said Mohan Sharma, a resident of Gandhinagar. About sweets, which come under restaurant category of GST, the sellers or buyers are not happy with the slab rates, which are set at 5 per cent, 12 per cent, 18 per cent and…

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No let up in Braid Chopping, Resistance Camp concerned about increasing incidents

Police rules out lie-detection test of victims Hurriyat (G) concerned over braid chopping incidents Clashes erupted across Kashmir as there was no let up in the braid chopping incidents in the wake of failure of police to make any breakthrough in nabbing the culprits. Clashes between youth and forces were witnessed in Srinagar while protests by lawyers, students and women continued in Baramulla and Sopore. In Maisuma area of Srinagar, clashes were witnessed between youth and forces after a braid chopper struck in the area and cut hair of a…

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Braid Chopping goes untraced, latest incident reported from Maisuma

Massive clashes erupted in Maisuma area of Srinagar on Monday after a woman’s braid was allegedly chopped off by unknown persons. As the news of alleged hair-chopping spread, youth took to streets and enforced a shutdown in Maisuma and the adjacent Lal Chowk area. Forces deployed in the area lobbed teargas shells at the protesters who pelted them with stones. Traffic movement was severely affected on both the MA road and the Residency Road. Most of the motorists diverted towards Residency road due to clashes, triggering a traffic jam. Clashes…

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