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Policy tweak to ensure normalcy in Kashmir: Jaitley

New Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS) Any policy tweak on Kashmir is to ensure normalcy in the state, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday in response to a query about the Centre advocating withdrawal of cases against first-time stone-pelters in the Valley. The government's policy is (aimed) to normalise the situation in Kashmir and bring peace there. The government works on the basis of w...

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Government taking steps to restore peace in Kashmir: Jaitley

New Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS) With the security forces having an upper hand in the Kashmir Valley, the government is taking all steps to ensure a return of normalcy to the state, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday. There was a situation (in the valley) when civil disobedience was at its peak. There were thousands of stone-pelters. Terrorists were picking their targets as they lik...

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India needs micro-data centres to connect the next billion: HP Inc

New Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS) To connect the next billion, India must establish micro-data centres -- which can even run on a laptop from any location with a cell tower -- and shun gigantic data centres that can cost a bomb in terms of building physical infrastructure, a global HP Inc executive has emphasised. Data centres, to a large extent, have not succeeded as 60 percent of the world is y...

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Sub-zero temperatures in Kashmir, Leh coldest

Srinagar, Nov 22 (IANS) Night temperatures throughout the valley dropped below freezing point on Wednesday as Srinagar witnessed its coldest night of the season at minus two degrees Celsius. Partially cloudy sky has been forecast in Jammu and Kashmir till Thursday. Leh town was the coldest in the state today as the minimum temperature was minus 11.4 degrees Celsius. Kargil town r...

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Assam's Barak valley can be hub for international trade: Kovind

Guwahati, Nov 20 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday said that the geographical location of the Barak Valley here gives it the potential to become a hub for inter-state and international trade. Several connectivity-related initiatives have been taken to achieve this potential, said Kovind at the closing ceremony of the Namami Barak river festival. The northeastern part of ...

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LeT top leadership in Kashmir Valley wiped out

Srinagar, Nov 19 (IANS) The Army said on Sunday that the top leadership of the Pakistan-backed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the Kashmir Valley has been wiped out with the killing of six militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district. Lt General J.S. Sandhu, who heads the Srinagar-headquartered 15 Corps, told reporters: With the elimination of six of its terrorist commanders yesterday (S...

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Leh freezes, Gulmarg coldest in Kashmir Valley

Srinagar, Nov 19 (IANS) Night temperatures in Ladakh dropped to below freezing point at minus 7.9 degrees Celsius while Gulmarg was the coldest place in the Kashmir Valley with a minus 4.6 degrees Celsius, a Met department official said on Sunday. The minimum temperatures on Sunday in Kargil, Srinagar and Pahalgam were minus 5.8, 2.9 and minus 0.5 degrees Celsius, respectively, the offic...

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Libyan Army carries out combing operations on IS sites

Tripoli, Nov 19 (IANS) Libyan Army units carried out extensive sweeps in the region known as the oil crescent in north Libya to monitor movements of IS members, said an official. Patrols of army units are securing desert areas of the oil crescent region, in search of IS fighters, Xinhua news agency quoted an army officer as saying on Saturday. These patrols will continue for seve...

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Assam CM Sonowal inaugurates Namami Barak festival

Guwahati/Silchar, Nov 18 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday inaugurated the Namami Barak festival at Silchar, Karimganj and Hailakandi in the state's Barak Valley region. He also announced construction of three new bridges over Barak river and a helipad in the region to boost connectivity. Reiterating the government's commitment towards development, Sonowa...

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Don't panic, H1N1 is curable: SKIMS chief to Kashmiris

Srinagar, Nov 18 (IANS) The super specialty tertiary care of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) here is fully equipped to treat H1N1 flu patients and people should not panic about this as it is a fully curable infection. SKIMS Director A.G Ahangar said the hospital has treated 24 positive cases of H1N1 so far, out of which 12 have been discharged, five are under treatme...

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GES to create congenial ecosystem for startups: Amitabh Kant

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Saturday said the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which is being co-hosted by the United States and India for the first time, is expected to develop a congenial ecosystem for the growth of startups in the country. The expectation from this Summit is to create an ecosystem for startups and support them. It is a step in that dir...

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Night temperatures improve in Jammu region, Ladakh coldest

Jammu, Nov 18 (IANS) Night temperatures improved in the Jammu region while temperatures in Ladakh dropped to below freezing point, a Met department official said on Saturday. The night's lowest temperature in Leh and Kargil towns was minus 6.4 and minus 6.0 degree Celsius respectively. At minus 6.4 degrees Celsius, Leh town was the coldest in Jammu and Kashmir for the third conse...

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Kashmiri footballer quits militancy, Army calls him 'brave'

Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir), Nov 17 (IANS) Majid Khan, a young footballer whose decision to join the LeT stunned Kashmirs, has given up militancy, the Army announced on Friday, with the 20-year-old making a brief appearance at a press conference here. Amid conflicting reports whether Majid Khan had surrendered or was caught, Major General B.S. Raju said: The brave young man, Majid Khan, ...

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We facilitated Majid's return: Army

Srinagar, Nov 17 (IANS) The Army said on Friday that Majid Khan, a footballer who joined the militants over a week ago, has decided to return home and that the military merely facilitated his decision. Addressing the media in Pulwama district, Major General B.S. Raju said: The brave young man, Majid Khan, decided on his own to shun violence and return back to lead a normal life pursuing ...

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Footballer who became a militant has surrendered: Army

Srinagar, Nov 17 (IANS) A young Kashmiri footballer who joined the militants over a week ago has surrendered, Army sources said on Friday. But the Jammu and Kashmir Police insisted that Majid Khan had neither surrendered nor had he been caught yet. The Army sources said Majid Khan, 20, surrendered after walking into a Rashtriya Rifles camp at Kulgam on Thursday evening. He came with his ...

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'World's oldest' Buddha statue unearthed in Pakistan

Islamabad, Nov 16 (IANS) A centuries-old sleeping Buddha statue has been unearthed during excavations near Bhamala Stupa in Haripur district of Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Directorate of Archaeology And Museums Director Abdul Samad told Dawn News: The 48-feet-long 'sleeping Buddha' statue dates back to the third century, which makes it the world's oldest 'sleeping B...

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Amnesty condemns J&K's refusal to compensate victim

Srinagar, Nov 16 (IANS) Amnesty International India on Thursday condemned the Jammu and Kashmir government for refusing to pay compensation to a youth who was strapped to an Army vehicle and paraded in the Kashmir Valley. Amnesty International said: The Jammu and Kashmir government's refusal to pay compensation to a man who was strapped to a jeep and paraded by Army is a callous attempt ...

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Leh, coldest in J&K at minus 5.9

Srinagar, Nov 16 (IANS) Leh town in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir was the coldest on Thursday where the night temperature dropped to minus 5.9 degrees Celsius, a Met official said. While the minimum in neighbouring Kargil was minus 5.2 degrees. In Srinagar city the minimum temperature was 1.1 while it was 0.7 in Pahalgam and minus 4.5 in Gulmarg. Jammu city recorded a minimu...

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Shabir Shah, Wani to face trial in money laundering case

New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) Paving the way for trial, a court here on Wednesday framed charges against Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah and alleged hawala dealer Muhammad Aslam Wani in a money laundering case. After the accused pleaded not guilty, Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma listed the matter for January 3 for recording of statements of witnesses. The Enforcement...

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Police detain Mirwaiz Umer, Yasin Malik

Srinagar, Nov 15 (IANS) Police on Wednesday foiled a joint march by separatist leaders Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik by taking them into preventing custody here. They were detained just as they started a march towards the city centre Lal Chowk from the nearby Abi Guzar office of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF). The two leaders addressed a joint press ...

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