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Vijay Kumar takes over as advisor to J&K Governor

Srinagar, June 22 (IANS) Former IPS officer K. Vijay Kumar on Friday assumed office as Advisor to J&K Governor, an official statement said. He was welcomed by Principal Secretary Home, R.K. Goyal and other senior officers at the Civil Secretariat here, it said. A 1975-batch IPS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, Vijay Kumar was till recently holding the post of Senior Security Advi...

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IS chief among 6 killed in J&K, terror group's presence confirmed

Srinagar, June 22 (IANS) Six people, including the IS chief in the Kashmir Valley and three of his associates, were killed and over 30 injured in separate incidents of violence in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, even as security officials for the first time confirmed presence of the Islamist terror group in the state. State Director General of Police (DGP) S.P. Vaid confirmed that four terr...

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UNHRC head has compromised its impartiality: Prasad

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein had compromised the dignity and impartiality of the UNHCR, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Friday. Prasad's observation came in response to a query about the recent United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) report on alleged human rights violation in Kashmir and Pakistani-administered K...

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Year-long 'Healthy Mizoram Campaign' ends

Aizawl, June 22 (IANS) The year-long Healthy Mizoram Campaign organised by the Assam Rifles to promote a natural, healthy and disease free lifestyle through exercise and naturopathy has ended. It saw the participation of over 10,000 people, an official said here on Friday. An impressive function together with physical exercises marked the concluding functions of the year long 'Healthy Mi...

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Eight security men injured in J&K grenade attack

Srinagar, June 22 (IANS) Eight security personnel were injured on Friday in a grenade attack by militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Tral town, police said. According to police, militants hurled the grenade and then fired at a joint party of the state police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Court Road area. Eight security force personnel were injured. The area has been cord...

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Terrorists, Maoists threatening human rights, have to be dealt with firmly: Jaitley

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said while jehadis and Maoists were threatening the rights of citizens, but human rights organisations taken over by the ultra-left never spoke of this. The Minister said that terrorists had to be dealt with firmly to protect human rights of ordinary citizens. To deal with a killer is also a law and order issue. It c...

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4 IS militants among 6 killed in J&K gunfight

Srinagar, June 22 (IANS) In the first gunfight with security forces after Jammu and Kashmir was put under Governor's rule, four militants belonging to the Islamic State terror group were killed on Friday in Anantnag district, Director General of Police (DGP) S.P. Vaid said. This is the first official confirmation of any IS militant being killed in Kashmir. In a significant develo...

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Sufi festival on J&K border cancelled

Jammu, June 22 (IANS) The annual Baba Chamliyal Mela in Ramgarh sector of the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba district has been cancelled due to security reasons for the first time since 1947, BSF officials said on Friday. How can the Urs be held when we are mourning the death of four of our bravehearts killed by Pakistan in Ramgarh sector, Border Security Force (BSF) o...

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4 IS militants among 6 killed in J&K gunfight

Srinagar, June 22 (IANS) In the first gunfight with security forces after Jammu and Kashmir was put under Governor's rule, four militants belonging to the Islamic State terror group were killed on Friday in Anantnag district, Director General of Police (DGP) S.P. Vaid said. This is the first official confirmation of any IS militant being killed in Kashmir. In a significant develo...

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3 IS militants killed in J&K gunfight: Police

Srinagar, June 22 (IANS) The three militants killed in a gunfight with the security forces in Anantnag district belonged to the Islamic State terror group, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) S.P. Vaid said on Friday. This is the first official confirmation of any IS militant being killed in Kashmir. The DGP said the militants were killed in the Khiram village encounter in...

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Cop, civilian among 4 killed in J&K gunfight

Srinagar, June 22 (IANS) Two militants, a civilian and a policeman were killed on Friday in an ongoing gunfight between security forces and militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district. Police sources said the civilian was identified as Muhammad Yusuf, the house owner where the militants were holed up. The gun battle is on in Khiram village of Srigufwara area. Hafeeza, the ...

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Civilian injured in J&K gunfight

Srinagar, June 22 (IANS) A woman was injured on Friday during a gunfire exchange between the security forces and militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district. Police said she sustained the gunshot injury in the Srigufwara village gun battle site. Authorities have suspended mobile Internet services in the district to check spread of any kind of rumours. Earlier, the ...

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Gunfight breaks out in J&K

Srinagar, June 22 (IANS) A gunfight started on Friday between the security forces and militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district, officials said. Police said security forces laid a cordon around Srigufwara village following specific information about the presence of militants there. As the security forces tightened the cordon around hiding militants, they fired, triggerin...

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Low-key Yoga Day celebration in Mizoram

Aizawl, June 21 (IANS) When seven northeastern states observed the 4th International Yoga Day in an impressive manner on Thursday, its celebration was very low key in Christian-dominated Mizoram. However, the Central government agencies including the two paramilitary forces -- Assam Rifles and Border Security Force -- observed the Yoga Day in the state. Mizoram's two powerful NGO...

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Yoga Day celebrated in Bengal; CM, ministers stay away

Kolkata, June 21 (IANS) Hundreds of people -- men and women, young and old, VIPS and commoners -- on Thursday observed the fourth International Yoga Day in West Bengal by practising yoga in rural and urban areas, even as the state's Trinamool Congress government largely stayed away from the event. Neither Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, nor any of her ministers, took part in the programm...

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BSF, Pakistan Rangers hold flag meeting on IB

Jammu, June 21 (IANS) A flag meeting was held on Thursday between officers of the Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers on the International Border (IB) in Jammu district. The BSF officials said the flag meeting was held on the request of Pakistan Rangers. Today at about 10.35 a.m., a Sector Commander-level flag meeting was held between the BSF and Pakistan Rangers at ...

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International Yoga Day celebrated with enthusiasm in Bengal

Kolkata, June 21 (IANS) Hundreds of people -- men and women, young and old, VIPS and commoners -- on Thursday observed the fourth International Yoga Day in West Bengal by practicing yoga across the state, both in rural and urban areas. In Kolkata, Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma took part in a yoga event near Shaheed Minar in the central part of the city along with fellow BJP...

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3 UP youth questioned in Kashmir stone pelting case

Lucknow, June 21 (IANS) Three youth have been detained and are being questioned in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh for their alleged complicity in stone-pelting in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar district, police said on Thursday. The police has constituted a team of the local intelligence unit (LIU) to probe their background and to question their families, an official said. Th...

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Tamil Nadu celebrates Yoga Day

Chennai, June 21 (IANS) The International Day of Yoga was celebrated in Tamil Nadu on Thursday with leaders, common people and students performing 'asanas' at several places including metro rail stations here. Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit did yoga exercises along with officials and students at Raj Bhavan here. Union Minister for Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation ...

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Uttarakhand expects more tourism after Yoga Day: Trivendra Rawat

Dehradun, June 21 (IANS) As Uttarakhand hosts the fourth International Yoga Day on Thursday, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat feels that the event may help attract more tourists to the state, creating more job and business opportunities. The reason Rawat thinks the yoga day will boost tourism is because of the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the mega event which he reason...

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