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PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija Mufti on Sunday advocated dialogue with Pakistan and Hurriyat Conference for the permanent resolution of Kashmir issue.

She also suggested opening of Jammu and Kashmir borders and implementation of self-rule to make the region an economic hub and a gateway between central Asia and India. “People of J&K are very much politically aware. The J&K problem needs to be resolved by taking all the stakeholders on board,” she said, advocating holding of talks with Pakistan and Hurriyat Conference.

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The Indian Army on Sunday expressed its profound grief on the death of Naik Suraj Pal in the line of duty. The exact cause of his death and other details were awaited. Some reports claimed that the paratrooper died due to non-opening of parachute during mountain strike exercise in Leh-Ladakh. However, there was no official confirmation on it.

Army sources said Naik Pal hailed from Nagariya Nandram village in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh.

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 In another highlight of the Indian Defence Forces, the Indian Army’s impressive engineering skills came to the fore on Sunday after a video depicted the troops constructing a bridge across the Indus river. The video was titled ‘Bridging Challenges – No Terrain nor Altitude Insurmoutable’ and was shared on Twitter by the South Western Command of the Indian Army.

The drill was carried out by the Sapta Shakti Engineers in Eastern Ladakh. The building of the bridge included carrying out mobility tasks and training.

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People of Jammu and Kashmir are against terrorism and helping police now to deal with it, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said on Sunday. “The situation in Jammu and Kashmir changed after revocation of Article 370 in 2019. Recently the way people of Jammu and Kashmir participated in ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ shows the change the UT is witnessing,” he told reporters here.

Sinha was here to attend a programme at Chowdhury Charan Singh University.

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A special security consultancy wing CISF has been roped in by the government to analyse and determine the safety and surveillance requirements for the Kashi Vishwanath Dham corridor and the temple complex in Varanasi, official sources said.

The Union home ministry recently directed the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to undertake the task after the Uttar Pradesh government sought the services of the “professional security and fire consultancy service” provided by the force which is primarily responsible for guarding major civil airports and vital installations of the country.

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Riyadh External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Sunday held “warm and productive” talks with his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan during which they discussed current global political as well as economic issues and agreed to work closely together in G-20 and multilateral organisations.

Jaishankar arrived here on Saturday on a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia to discuss ways to further strengthen relations between the two countries. It is his first visit to Saudi Arabia as External Affairs Minister. On Sunday, Jaishankar co-chaired with his Saudi counterpart the first ministerial meeting of the Committee on Political, Security, Social and Cultural Cooperation (PSSC), established under the framework of the India-Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership Council.

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India reportedly registered a strong protest with the US over a USD 450 million F-16 sustainment program to Pakistan, saying it questioned the timing and substance. India delivered a sharp rebuke to US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu.

The package for Pakistan was announced while India hosted the US delegation for a US-India 2+2 Intersessional Meeting. Lu led the US delegation in the meeting.

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IAF Su-30 MKI aircraft on their way back from Australia after completing the first phase of Exercise Pitch Black 2022 in Australia, received fuel from a Royal Australian Air Force MRTT aircraft, according to Indian Air Force.

“IAF Su-30 MKI aircraft on their way back from Australia after a successful ExPitchBlack22-receiving fuel from a Royal Australian Air Force MRTT aircraft. Ta for this one for the road. Hooroo mates!” IAF tweeted. Exercise Pitch Black was conducted from August 19 – September 8 this year.

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The Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has approved a proposal for the “upgrade” of an Indian Air Force base in Ladakh in a 508-hectare area in the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary near the Line of Actual Control.

Apart from this, the NBWL cleared nine more strategic projects in the Changthang and Karakoram wildlife sanctuaries as India looks to bolster defence infrastructure near the LAC. The IAF had first submitted the proposal to upgrade the air base to the State Board for Wildlife on December 12, 2020, months after border standoff with China. The state panel cleared it in a meeting on June 29, acknowledging its importance for national security.

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday said it has filed chargesheet at a Special Court in Jammu in the case of the targeted killing of Sarpanch Shabir Ahmad Mir of Adoora village, Kulgam by the terrorists of proscribed terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen (HM).

The chargesheet was filed against, Danish Ayaz Dar, Faisal Hameed Wagay, Nisar Rashid Bhat a.k.a. Nasir, Zubair Ahmad Sofi (eliminated) and two absconding terrorists Mushtaq Ahmad Itoo and Farooq Ahmad Bhat a.k.a. Farooq Nalli under sections 302 r/w 120 B & 121 A of IPC; sections 16, 18, 20, 38 & 39 UA (P) Act, 1967 and section 27 of Arms Act.

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Former senior Congress leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Sunday that he has not promised restoration of Article 370 in his new political agenda because he doesn’t believe in making false promises.

Addressing a public meeting in north Kashmir’s Baramulla town, Azad said, “To restore Article 370 would need around 350 votes in the Lok Sabha and 175 votes in the Rajya Sabha. “This is a number no political party has or is likely to ever get. The Congress has shrunken to less than 50 seats and if they speak of restoring Article 370, they are making false promises.”

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While the G7 countries are stepping in to impose a price limit on crude oil imports from Russia, Moscow is once again baiting India. Officials said that Moscow is telling our country that it will sell crude oil to India at a lower price than what it was offered earlier. Officials of the Ministry of External Affairs said that India is not currently supporting the G7 proposal. They said they will take a decision on this later. Officials say Russia is ready to offer more discounts than Iraq has offered in the past two months.

In the month of May too, Russia provided cheap crude oil to India. 16 dollars a barrel. Then the average price of Indian crude import basket was 110 dollars per barrel. It offered a discount of $14 per barrel in the month of June. Then the price of Indian crude basket was 116 dollars per barrel. But in the month of August it reduced only 6 dollars. But compared to European countries, India got less discount on Russian oil, market sources said.

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An accused wanted in the bomb blast case in Punjab’s Jalalabad last year was arrested from Bikaner district of Rajasthan, officials said on Sunday. Gurcharan Singh alia Channa was arrested during a joint operation carried out by the slueths belonging to the Punjab and Rajasthan police on Friday.

A bomb had exploded in Jalalabad town of Fazilka district in September last year, leaving one person dead. Police sources said Gurcharan had been working as a labourer in Bikaner for the last few months.

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The Indian Government approved the appointment of Indian Coast Guard’s Additional Director General Paramesh Sivamani as the new commander of the force’s Eastern seaboard headquarters, said the officials on Saturday.

The appointment will be based out of Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. He was earlier commanding the western region of the force in Mumbai and has been given the new command on promotion. Sivamani over the last three decades has served in various capacities in ashore and afloat appointments with distinction.

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As India observes one-day state mourning as a mark of respect to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8, the national flags at all government buildings including Red Fort and Rashtrapati Bhavan fly at half-mast on Sunday.

Queen Elizabeth II, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland breathed her last in Scotland. As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, the Government of India has decided that there will be one day of State Mourning on September 11th throughout India,” reads a statement from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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