India

  • NC moves SC against Centre's decision on Art 370
    New Delhi, August 10 (IANS) The National Conference has moved the Supreme Court challenging the revoking of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in the Constitution and reorganization of the state into two Union Territories, Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. Parliament on August 6 passed a resolution supporting the presidential order scrapping the provisions of the Article 370, thus making it redundant. The National Conference, a regional party of the erstwhile state, has been a
  • Kashmir clampdown pushes some in Pakistan to discuss rejoining militants
    Indian security forces personnel patrol a deserted street during restrictions after the government scrapped special status for Kashmir, in Srinagar August 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Ismail   MUZAFFARABAD/CHAKOTHI, Pakistan, August 10 (Reuters) - Three decades ago, Ali Mohamad says he made a trip into Indian-controlled Kashmir to join a small armed militant group. Now he works in a shop on the Pakistani side of the region, but he hasn't given up thoughts of returning to the conf
  • As LoC tension mounts, over a dozen terror camps reactivated in PoK
    PTI File Photo   New Delhi, August 10 (IANS) As tension between India and Pakistan escalates over scrapping of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Islamabad has hastily reactivated nearly a dozen terror camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and close to the International Border along Jammu and Kashmir. During the past week, hectic movement of terrorists has been seen around these camps which were almost shut in the wake of May 2019 deadline set up by Financial Action
  • Jaitley in AIIMS ICU; PM, Shah visit hospital
    New Delhi, August 9 (IANS) Former Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was on Friday admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after he complained of uneasiness and weakness and was undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU), a hospital official said. "... He is currently undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit under the supervision of a multidisciplinary team of doctors. At present, he is haemodynamically stable," Aarti Vij, Chairman of AIIMS
  • Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh to come into existence on October 31 after President Ram Nath Kovind’s nod
    President Ram Nath Kovind(PTI file photo)   New Delhi, August 9 (PTI): President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday gave assent to a legislation for bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, and two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh -- will come into existence on October 31.   The Parliament had earlier this week given its nod to the legislation for bifurcating the state, a bold and far-reaching decision that seeks to redraw the map and future of a region at the c
  • Floods kill at least 22 in Kerala, displace thousands
    Members of a rescue team row a boat towards a submerged temple to look for a man believed to be stranded inside the temple during heavy rains on the outskirts of Kochi in Kerala, August 8, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram V Thiruvananthapuram, August 9 (IANS) With incessant rain in Kerala, the death toll has reached 28 and over 64,000 people have shifted into 738 relief camps across the rain-battered state, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Friday. So far, 20 deaths caused by the fl
  • Pak nervous about India's steps in J-K: MEA
    New Delhi, August 9 (PTI):  India on Friday said Pakistan is nervous over India's steps in Jammu and Kashmir and asserted that Islamabad thinks it will not be able to mislead people if there is development in that region.   Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said steps have been taken keeping in mind the best interests of Jammu and Kashmir.   He asserted Pakistan's efforts to link peace deal with Kashmir issue have not worked.  
  • Kamal Nath waives off tribals' debt on World Tribal Day
    Chhindwara (Madhya Pradesh), August 9 (IANS) On World Tribal Day on Friday, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath announced debts taken by tribals from private moneylenders would be waived off. Apart from this, he promised to give tribals a debit card through which they can get up to Rs 10,000. "Debt till August 15 taken by those living in tribal blocks will be waived off. This will be applicable to those families living in Scheduled Tribal areas. There will also be efforts to
  • Anybody trying to disrupt Kashmir peace will be eliminated: Army
    New Delhi, August 9 (IANS) With Pakistan upping the ante over Kashmir and its army and leadership making war-mongering statements, the Indian Army has warned that anybody trying to disrupt peace in Kashmir would be eliminated. Chinar Corps Commander Lieutenant General K.J.S. Dhillon, in a television interview said that "Pakistan and its Army has always been involved in disrupting peace in the Valley and I believe that they would continuously do it." "Recently such statements have
  • Pakistan's decision to stop Samjhauta unfortunate: India
    New Delhi, August 9 (IANS) India on Friday described as "unfortunate" Pakistan's decision to permanently suspend the cross-border Samjhauta Express and stressed that it had never asked for its stoppage. "We never asked for stoppage. We regret the decision to stop the rail link. It is unfortunate," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, addressing a media briefing, said. "This is part of the same narrative by Pakistan that bilateral relations have reached an alar
  • Time for Pakistan to accept reality of Kashmir: India
    Raveesh Kumar, spokesman for the Indian Foreign Ministry (File photo: Reuters)   New Delhi, August 9 (IANS) India on Friday said it is time for Pakistan to accept the reality of change in status of Jammu and Kashmir and stop interfering in what is entirely an internal matter of India, even as it urged Islamabad to review its unilateral decision to snap ties. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, addressing a media briefing, said: "It is time for Pakista
  • Yechury, Raja prevented from entering Srinagar
    Srinagar, August 9 (IANS) A day after senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad was prevented from entering Srinagar, Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D. Raja were similarly on Friday stopped at the airport when they landed here to meet ailing CPI-M colleague M.Y. Tarigami and other leaders in the Kashmir Valley. "Yechury has being detained at Srinagar airport and not allowed to move anywhere. This despite the fact that he had informed the administration about his visit to meet Tariga
  • Modi visiting 'trusted friend' Bhutan next week
    New Delhi, August 9 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a two-day state visit to "trusted friend and neighbour" Bhutan from August 17, in a visit that highlights the high priority New Delhi attaches to its relations with Thimphu. The visit is at the invitation of Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering. Modi's visit to Bhutan, very early in his second term, is in line with the Indian government continued emphasis on its 'Neighbourhood First Policy'. Modi had made Bhutan
  • Ayodhya dispute: SC rejects plea objecting to daily hearings
    New Delhi, August 9 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a plea by a Muslim party objecting to daily hearings in Ayodhya's Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case. A Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, reiterated that the day-to-day hearings will go on, and told the Muslim party that it may be allowed a break when required or when its turn comes up for arguing the case. Soon after the hearing in the case started on Friday morning, senior advoca
  • Modi outlines vision for prosperous J&K, Ladakh
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks with the media on the opening day of the parliament session in New Delhi, June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files   New Delhi, August 8 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday outlined his vision for a new, developed and prosperous Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh even as he hit out at "a handful" of people and separatists for attempting to play into Pakistan's hands to spoil the situation in the wake of the revocation of Article 370
  • Keeping J&K under Central rule well-thought move: Modi
    New Delhi, August 8 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that keeping Jammu and Kashmir under central administration for "a brief period" was a "well- thought move". Modi's announcement came two days after the Parliament approved repealing of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution giving special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcating the region in two Union Territories -- Jammu with an Assembly and Ladakh without one. "The decision to keep Jammu and Kashmir
  • Kashmir communications blackout angers some in the Indian media
    Newspapers, with headlines about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to revoke special status for the disputed Kashmir region, are displayed for sale at a pavement in Ahmedabad, August 6, 2019. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files   NEW DELHI, August 8 (Reuters) - Indian authorities imposed a communications blackout on Kashmir for a fourth straight day on Thursday, stopping India's normally vibrant media from being able to report what is happening in the disputed region after the gov
  • Ex-President Pranab Mukherjee awarded Bharat Ratna
    President Ram Nath Kovind confers Bharat Ratna upon former president Pranab Mukherjee during a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi, Thursday, Aug 8, 2019. (PTI)   New Delhi, Aug 8 (IANS) Former President Pranab Mukherjeee on Thursday received the Bharat Ratna -- the highest civilian award in the country -- which was also conferred to late social activist Nanaji Deshmukh and late singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika. Deshmukh and Hazarika's family members received the
  • Deaths due to air pollution highest in Rajasthan: Experts
    Jaipur, August 8 (IANS) Rajasthan tops the list when it comes to deaths due to air pollution, according to Virendra Singh, Director, Asthma Bhawan. Qoting the 2018 Lancet Planet Health report, Singh said at the launch of 'Doctors for Clean Air-Rajasthan Chapter' in Jaipur, the death rate in the state due to air pollution was 112.5 per one lakh population. It was the highest in India, he added. Uttar Pradesh followed Rajasthan with 111.1 death per lakh due to pollution. Express
  • Malala says she's worried about Kashmiri kids, women
    New Delhi, August 8 (PTI): Nobel Peace Prize winner and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai on Thursday appealed for the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue, saying "we can all live in peace" and there is not need to "hurt each other".   Malala's statement comes after the Indian government on Monday revoked Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.