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J&K state flag removed from civil secretariat

Srinagar: The flag of Jammu and Kashmir which used to fly along with the tricolour was removed from the civil secretariat here on Sunday, three weeks after the Centre revoked Article 370 provisions which granted special status to the state, officials said. Under Article 370, Jammu and Kashmir was permitted to have its own flag, which was red in colour …

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Central team to visit Kashmir this week

New Delhi: A minority affairs ministry team will visit the Kashmir valley for two days from Tuesday to identify the areas to implement centrally-sponsored development projects after provisions of Article 370 were abrogated, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said. He also asserted that those opposing the government’s withdrawal of J&K’s special status, acting as per their “political prejudice”, will …

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Local trucker killed in J&K stone pelting

Srinagar: In a freak stone-pelting incident, protesters on Sunday evening hurled stones at a civilian truck in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, killing the driver, the police said. Mohammad Khalil Dar, who belonged to the same Zradipora Uranhall locality, was returning home when protesters mistook his truck for a security force vehicle and hurled stones at it. The driver, who was …

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Arun Jaitley cremated with state honours

New Delhi: Former finance minister Arun Jaitley was cremated at Nigambodh Ghat here with full state honours on Sunday as scores of his admirers, BJP workers and top leaders from across the political spectrum paid their last respects. The skies opened up as Jaitley’s son Rohan lit the pyre amid chanting of vedic mantras. Hundreds of mourners, who converged at …

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Rajbhar-led outfit to decide on ties with SP on Aug 27

Ballia: The Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), a former ally of the BJP, will decide on the tie-up with the Samajwadi Party (SP) for the upcoming bypolls in the state on August 27.   SBSP national general secretary Arvind Rajbhar here on Sunday said, “On August 27, party office-bearers and workers will hold a meeting in Lucknow, in which a decision …

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Jaitley had personal bond with J&K: MoS Jitendra Singh

New Delhi: Former finance minister Arun Jaitely had a personal bond with Jammu and Kashmir as his wife belongs to the state and his wedding procession in 1982, which included many top leaders of the BJP,  was received by several Congress leaders from the bride’s side, Union Minister Jitendra Singh wrote in an emotional tribute to his senior party colleague. …

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Jaitley had love for high-end brands; paid for hotel stays

New Delhi: Long before he settled for a subdued and ‘political-friendly’ kurta-pyjama with a jacket — cottons in summer and pure pashmina during winters — the BJP’s one of the most urbane, suave face Arun Jaitley would wear nothing less than a “Bespoke shirt from London or John Lobb handcrafted shoes”. Described with an endless list of adjectives in his …

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Sardar Sarovar Dam water level rises

Indore: A village in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar district has begun submerging as the level of the backwater of neighbouring Gujarat’s Sardar Sarovar Dam started rising over the past fortnight due to heavy rains. On Sunday, the backwater level rose to 133 metres, 6.5 metres above the danger mark, leaving thousands of trees, large chunk of agricultural land and human settlements …

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PM calls for mass movement against plastic waste from Oct 2

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged people to observe the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi this year as a day to make India plastic-free and exhorted municipalities, NGOs and the corporate sector to come up with ways for safe disposal of accumulated plastic waste before Diwali. The call for a mass movement came days after Modi’s …

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Former Union minister and BJP stalwart Arun Jaitley no more

PTI New Delhi Arun Jaitley, who as finance minister ushered in India’s biggest tax reforms and was the chief trouble-shooter of the BJP and the Modi government, died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here on Saturday after battling multiple health issues for the last several months.  He was 66. In a brief statement, the hospital said …

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