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Dilution of Article 370 was arbitrary, says Nyla Ali Khan

Emotional integration of Kashmir into India is unlikely without addressing the aspirations of the Kashmiri people, said Nyla Ali Khan, granddaughter of Sheikh Abdullah, emphasising that revocation of the special status of the State has pushed Kashmiri politicians of every hue into the background.“The revocation of Article 370, bifurcation of …

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EC kicks off delimitation process

As the Election Commission held internal discussions on the delimitation of constituencies ahead of elections to the new Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, former Chief Election Commissioner and ex-officio member of the Delimitation Commission N. Gopalaswami said the increase in the number of seats was “an issue which is …

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Enact security regime for NRC data, says SC

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) authorities to enact a security regime akin to the Aadhaar data protection before making the information on exclusions and inclusions in the NRC list available to the Centre, Government of Assam and the Registrar General of India.The order …

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‘Normalcy in J&K not possible overnight’

The Supreme Court on Tuesday said restoration of normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir cannot be accomplished overnight.The government, it said, needed “reasonable time” to guide the Valley back to peace without loss of lives. “Who will be blamed if something happens,” the court retorted, when asked by petitioner-activist Tehseen Poonawalla …

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Centre sets the ball rolling for J&K polls

The earliest possible date for the Assembly election in the new Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is around March next year, officials in the Home Ministry indicated, as the Election Commission (EC) held its first meeting on Tuesday for the delimitation exercise, necessitated under the new Jammu and Kashmir …

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China vows to counter U.S. missile plans

China threatened countermeasures on Tuesday if the United States deploys intermediate-range, ground-based missiles in Asia and warned U.S. allies of repercussions if they allow such weapons on their territory. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday he was in favour of placing ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in the region soon, …

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Taliban asks voters to stay away

Electoral rallies and gatherings could become potential targets, warn insurgents The Taliban warned Afghans on Tuesday to keep away from election rallies and ordered its fighters to “stand against” the planned September vote. The militants and other insurgent groups conducted frequent attacks during previous elections, and this year’s campaign season …

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