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India clarifies position on ‘talks offer’
Modi calls for constructive engagement: Pak
Need continued, uninterrupted talks: Qureshi
ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI, Aug 20 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for constructive engagement with Pakistan in a letter to its newly-elected leader and Pakistan also saw talks with its old rival as “only way forward”, Pakistan’s foreign minister said on Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written to his new Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan that India desires “constructive engagement” with Islamabad but Pakistan quickly clarifi...
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7 killed, 11 hurt as landslide hits 2 vehicles in Kishtwar
Guv grieved over loss of lives
KT NEWS SERVICE
KISHTWAR, Aug 20: Three members of a family were, among seven people, killed while eleven others were injured when a landslide hit two vehicles on the way to Kishtwar from Thathri on Monday. Police said a minibus and a car plying from Thathri to Kishtwar were caught under the landside at Kuligarh around 11 AM. Most of the boulders debris from a hillock fell on the minibus plying on the road. While mini-bus was badly crushed the car too suffered...
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Article 35A issue; Protest dharna by traders
MAJID NABI
SRINAGAR, Aug 20: As part of their protest programme, traders today sat on a peaceful dharna here against alleged plans to change demographic character of the state by challenging Article 35A in Supreme Court of India. Holding placards, “We will not allow tinkering with Article 35A” and “Interference with Article 35A not acceptable”, dozens of traders under the banner of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) amid sloganeering held...
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SSA teachers stage protest, seek release of salaries
FARZANA SYED
SRINAGAR, Aug 20: Continuing with their demands Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers today staged a sit in protest at directorate of school education Kashmir (DSEK) here on Monday. Under the banner of JK Rehber Taleem Teachers Forum (JKRTTF) scores of teachers participated in the protest and demanded implementation of 7th pay commission in addition to release of their salaries. The protesting teachers said they were to intensify their protest...
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Honorarium of Anganwari workers, helpers raised
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Aug 20: On the initiative of Governor N N Vohra, the state’s social welfare department, in a significant decision today, announced the hike in the honorarium of anganwari workers and anganwari helpers. According to secretary social welfare, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone, the honorarium of the anganwari workers has been raised to Rs 4100 from the existing Rs 3600 and for anganwari helpers to Rs 2200 from the existing Rs 1800. He said the hike ...
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Madni files defamation suit against Congress MLA
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Aug 20: Taking strong note of the allegations of Congress leader and sitting MLA Mohammad Amin Bhat regarding property, senior PDP leader and former Deputy Speaker Sartaj Madni has filed a defamation case against him Speaking to media, Madni said MLA Devsar Mohammad Amin Bhat had accused him of acquiring property worth crores illegally and had also alleged that “I (Madni) have some assets in Dubai”. He said the allegations were far fr...
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On Eid Aanganwardi workers seek 6 months' wages
Poor workers rue 'callous attitude' of govt
ESS AHMAD
SRINAGAR, Aug 20: On last Eid, the state government had assured the release of all the pending salaries of Aanganwardi workers in a month. However, nearly two and half months later, these workers continue to remain unpaid from last six months. Scores of Aanganwardi workers working in different ICDS projects who spoke to Kashmir Times complained that they have not been paid their wages even on the occasion of Eid. "Out of eight months, the aut...
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Vajpayee was king of everyone's heart: Farooq
Former PM took everyone along: Azad
NEW DELHI, Aug 20(Agencies): Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference (NC) president on Monday heaped praises on former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee saying that he was the “king of everyone's heart.” Speaking at the all-party prayer meet, organised to pay tribute to Bharat Ratna Vajpayee, Farooq Abdullah said, "Atal Behari Vajpayee was not the Wazire-e-Azam (head of state) now but was the king of everyone's heart. ...
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J&K Bank staff steps in to help Kerala, donate Rs 11 Cr
Chairman, CEO donate 2 months’ salary
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Aug 20: J&K Bank’s staff has decided to contribute Rs 11 crore to the flood-affected victims of Kerala. Chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmed shall be contributing his two month salary where as the staff has decided to help the flood-affected people of Kerala by donating their six days salary during this time of severe crisis. The executive presidents contributed one month salary and other members of the top management team of the bank also ...
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Not all people alienated in Kashmir: Gen Dua
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Aug 20: Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (CIDS) Lt Gen Satish Dua today said large number of youth thronging at army recruitment rallies indicate that all people are not alienated in Kashmir. He was speaking during a passing out parade of Jammu and Kashmir light infantry regiment in Budgam today. “You have been witnessing as how thousands of youth throng at the venues of army recruitment rallies in Kashmir. If everybody is alienate...
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Youth’s killing at Farooq’s residence
HC notices to Secy MHA, DGP, others
Victim’s Father seeks SIT, registration of FIR
JAMMU, Aug 20 (JNF): In a significant order, Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta of J&K High Court (Jammu wing) Monday issued notices to the Secretary Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, Principal Secretary (Home) J&K Government, Director General of Police J&K, Inspector General of Police Jammu Zone, Senior Superintendent of Police, Jammu and Station House Officer, Police Station Trikuta Nagar, Jammu in a petition seeking a Special Investigati...
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SC to hear plea against AFSPA dilution on Sep 4
KT NEWS SERVICE
NEW DELHI, Aug 20: The Supreme Court will hear on September 4 a plea by a group of serving Army officers against the dilution of AFSPA that gives immunity to military personnel from prosecution for their actions in disturbed and insurgency-hit areas. A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit will hear the matter. The bench is already hearing a plea by kin of victims of alleged fake shootouts or extra-judicial executions in ...
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Vajpayee shifted narrative from ‘Kashmir to terrorism’: Modi
Farooq, Mehbooba attend prayer meeting
P L Uniyal
NEW DELHI, Aug 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said it was his predecessor Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who had shifted the narrative on Kashmir. The man who wanted dialogue with Pakistan and started the historic Lahore bus service was also the one to get the international community to focus on terrorism that cost lives, instead of geography, he said. At a prayer meeting for the departed leader, Prime Minister Modi said, “On the internationa...
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Sedition case filed against Sidhu for hugging Gen Bajwa
PATNA, Aug 20 (Agencies): Congress leader and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu was slapped with a sedition case on Monday by a lawyer in Bihar for insulting the Indian army after he hugged Pakistan army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa at the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan as Pakistan’s prime minister. Sudhir Kumar Ojha, known for indicting celebrities, alleged in his petition filed with Muzaffarpur’s Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Hari Prasad th...
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BSF, Rangers pledge peace along IB
JAMMU, Aug 20: The Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers Monday held a commander-level flag meeting on the International Border (IB) in Jammu, an official of the paramilitary force said. “BSF and Pakistan Rangers today held a sector commander-level meeting near the Octroi Border Out Post on the Pakistan side,” a senior BSF officer said. The meeting went off in a conducive atmosphere with prime focus on solving of petty matters and t...
> Tarigami asks India, Pak to initiate fresh dialogue on Kashmir
> Hope Imran to continue supporting Kashmiris’ cause: Mirwaiz
> Arms, ammunition found near LoC in Rajouri
> Security heightened in Jammu ahead of I-Day
> Batch of 346 pilgrims leaves Jammu
 
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PDP delegation calls on Guv over article 35A
SRINAGAR, Aug 16: A delegation of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today called on Governor N N Vohra here and emphasised the need to defend Article 35A, which guarantees special status to the state, before the Supreme Court. The delegation led by senior leader Abdul Rehman Veeri included Ghulam Nabi Lone, Ashraf Mir, Mehbooba Beg and Nizamuddin Bhat, a party spokesman said. "The delegation conveyed to the Governor their concern over the offensi...
> Army pays tribute to slain soldier
> We can’t disgrace and forget our sacrifices: Er. Rasheed
> Voters registered for Assembly segments entitled to vote for Municipal areas also: CEO
> Labour & Employment Deptt rationalises inspections
> Law Deptt calls for regular monitoring of cases pending in courts
 
 
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Flood disaster in Kerala
Deaths of more than 300 persons and loss to property due to unprecedented floods triggered by continued heavy rains in Kerala in the past few weeks is both unfortunate and tragic. Apart from this, more than three lakh people have been rendered homeless and have been forced to take shelter in the relief camps and still many others are waiting for rescue and relief operations in 11 districts of the state. It is also unfortunate that the rescue and...
> Vajpayee was an out and out RSS man, only with a mask - By Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal
> Weakening Re worrisome
> Election year speech
> Attack on Umar Khalid is symptom of encouraging violence and intolerance through consistent campaigns to vilify dissenters
> Deaths in sewage pit
 
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Politics & lynching
By A.G. Noorani
AT long last, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed, in measured words, his disapproval of lynchings, which have spread since he took office. He never deigned to condemn them or their perpetrators, who are his supporters. Consider, in contrast, Ivanka Trump's condemnation of "white supremacy, racism and neo-Nazism", unlike her father, who drew scorn after the bloodshed in Charlottesville last year for refusing to condemn the white supremacist r...
> Pray for Kerala..! - By Robert Clements
> NRC and the Rationale of 'Final Solution' - By Ram Kumar Thakur
> Shelter homes or hell holes? - By Vasudha Rao
> Corbyn, Palestinians and Brexit - By Gwynne Dyer
> India Shining..! - By Robert Clements
 
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Pakistan's finest years?
By Ashraf Jehangir Qazi
WE enter the administrative era of Prime Minister Imran Khan today. The depths of desperation and despair have given rise to immense expectations. Deep reservations are being set aside to focus on 'last chance' hopes for Pakistan. When all is said and done, will Imran Khan have been the friend of the people or the prisoner of his circumstances? Views range from cynicism, to hope, to faith that he will deliver. The cynics cite his alleged limita...
> Drowning among Israeli settlements, an ancient Christian village in Palestine struggles to survive - By Yumna Patel
> Rafale: Mid-Air Magic - By Badri Raina
> Presto - By Badri Raina
> Atal Bihari Vajpayee was above political fault lines - By Brij Bhardwaj
> Why the Calamity in Kerala is a 'National Disaster'? - By K M Seethi
 
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ID proof be must with every complaint
Dear Editor, It is quite usual that many complainants while filing complaints against government-employees and others paid from the public-exchequer, mark copies to dozens of authorities like President, Prime Minister, CAG, CVC, Chief Justice of India and many others even though the original complaint is to be dealt by some single agency. Many-a-times anonymous and fake complaints in name of others mainly involved in public-causes are also file...
> Recovery of rupees 5.84 lakhs from former UP CM not enough
> Death of an international icon Atal Bihari Vajpayee
> Welcome initiative by MPs for curbing population-explosion
> Vodafone insists for Aadhaar in violation of TRAI directions
> Central govt does well to scrutinise recommended names for judges
 
 
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Delhi Court allows Shashi Tharoor to travel abroad to meet Kofi Annan's family, seek UN aid for Kerala
New Delhi, Aug 20 (Agencies): The Delhi court on Monday granted permission to Congress MP Shashi Tharoor to travel abroad to visit the family of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who passed away recently. Tharoor, who has been facing trial on charges of abetment of suicide and committing cruelty in Sunanda Pushkar case, had sought permission from Patiala Court to allow him to visit the foreign land. The Congress MP from Thiruvananthapura...
> Not clothes or food, need skilled people to come and rebuild Kerala: UM
> SC serves notice to UP government, police in 2007 Yogi Adityanath's hate speech case
> Rain with thundershowers likely over parts of Uttar Pradesh: IMD
> No heavy rainfall in Kerala for next 5 days, predicts IMD
> Will bring bill to build Ram Temple when BJP has strength in LS, RS: UP Minister
 
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CPEC in trouble? Imran Khan's new government preps to raise pressure on China
PAKISTAN, Aug 20 (Agencies): China's 'all-weather' friend Pakistan seems set to be the latest country to promise to review the agreements of projects under Chinese President Xi Jinping's pet Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), of which the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a critical part. A senior member of Imran Khan's party, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI), has said the new government would judge which of the projects are not in Paki...
> Saudi Arabia warns of possible floods in Mecca
> Series of earthquakes rock Indonesia's Lombok island
> Indian American doctor found guilty of rape gets no jail time
> Magnitude 8.2 quake strikes in Pacific Ocean, close to Fiji
> Opposition protesters clash with police as ruling party wins majority in Zimbabwe, one dead
 
 
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Wrestling competition in Bhaderwah from August 18
JAMMU, Aug 17: Wrestlers from various parts of the country will participate in wrestling competition which will be held on August 18 to 19 August in Bhaderwah town, in the premises of Govt Hr Sec School boys Bhaderwah. “The Dangal is being organised by the Youth Action Committee in association with Indian Army and other organisations ,” President of the Committee , Naseer Mehboob Padder said.“This event is a regular feature in Bhaderwah for th...
> Geoff Boycott delays commentary resumption
> Jodhamal wins KCIS U-10 Soccer tourney
> Poonch TT team leaves Distt level competition
> JU’s sports calendar begins August 27
> Roll Ball trials on Aug 21
 
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Gulf firm sacks man for posting insensitive comments on Kerala flood victims
KERALA , Aug 20 (Agencies) : A Gulf firm has fired a man from Kerala after he made insensitive comments on a social media post on the plight of the flood-hit victims in the state. The company, Lulu Group International, dismissed Rahul Cheru Palayattu, who worked as a cashier at the company’s branch in Oman after he mocked the sanitation requirements of the flood victims in Kerala on Facebook, Dubai-based Khaleej Times reported. The termination ...
> UPA was 'reckless', gave up economic strength of Vajpayee years: Arun Jaitley
> Bihar: Under Secretary posted at Patna Secretariat shot at, dies
> Not just Air India and Jet, all airlines in the world suffering losses: Prabhu
> Rupee gave 'Supreme Leader' a no confidence: Rahul mocks Modi yet again
> Kejriwal, Sisodia among 13 AAP MLAs chargesheeted in CS assault case
 
 
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