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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat Saturday said that for the complete assimilation and integration of Jammu and Kashmir with rest of India, changes should be brought into the Article 370 and Article 35A. He was addressing RSS and BJP workers at party headquarters at Nagpur. “There is a need for partisan, transparent and clean administration in the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said. “The determination with which terrorist infiltration and firing from across the border are being dealt with is appreciated. Provocative actions and the propaganda of separatists is been effectively

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Chandigarh, Sep 16: Dal Khalsa takes a dig at the Union government for describing the Rohingya Muslims “illegal” immigrants and threat to ‘national security” in the Supreme Court. Party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said by definition all refugees are ‘illegal’ until the respective state grants them ‘refugee status’ and allow them to stay. “Even Tibetans, Afghans and Lankans who came from their respective countries fearing persecution were illegal the day they crossed over. The government of the day gave them legal sanction some for political reasons and others on humanitarian grounds, he said. He asked the present dispensation to grant

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Young and brave journalist Sumegha Gulati has passed away earlier today in Mumbai, after bravely fighting years of battle with her illness. Gulati had been a staffer at The Indian Express and was now writing reportage for publications like The Caravan, The Quint, and Scroll.in among many others. She was in love with Kashmir more than any place on earth, where she spent a few months in 2009 while interning with a local daily. Having studied journalism from Delhi University and then Asian College of Journalism, Gulati had grown into one of the talented journalists and a person deeply concerned

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Death toll in soaring heatwave sweeping across India has crossed 1,400, CNN reported. With temperatures nearing 50C, nearly 12, 00 people have died in the worst-hit state of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Deaths have also been reported in Odisha, West Bengal, Gujarat and some other parts of the country. “The heat wave is likely to subside marginally on Thursday and Friday, when stray dust storms or thundershowers are expected. But maximum temperatures will not fall substantially,” B.P. Yadav, the director of the India Meteorological Department, told the Times of India. In New Delhi, forecasters believe the high temperatures will continue into next week.

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At least 800 people are reported to have died in due to intense heatwave sweeping India, with temperatures reaching 48C in some parts of the country. Most deaths have taken place in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, where authorities say more than 550 people have died in the last four to five days. Another 215 have died in the neighboring state of Telangana, AFP reported. “The majority of the victims are people who have been exposed to the sun directly, usually aged 50 and above and from the working classes,” said P Tulsi Rani, special commissioner of Andhra Pradesh’s

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Indian Minister of State for Parliamentary Affair, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday  caused a stir by declaring that those who cannot survive without eating beef, should go to Pakistan. The union minster in Narendra Modi’s government made the comments responding to a question by India Today Group consulting editor Rajdeep Sardesai  at ‘Manthan’ conclave organised by TV channel Aaj Tak. He said “If you can’t resist eating or sell beef, you should go to Pakistan or any other Arab country. There is no place for you in India.” All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, leader Asaduddin Owaisi who was also present at the panel

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Philippines has also come forward to help Rohingya and Bangladeshi boatpeople, who have been turned away by its Southeast Asian neighbours. “Let us not fall short of providing humanitarian relief and assistance that is asked of us, as we pride ourselves to be a compassionate and hospitable people,” Senator Paolo Aquino said in a statement. The statement came after Philippine Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said on Monday that the country has an obligation to admit and protect asylum seekers, even when the refugees do not have documents to prove their status. “If there are boat people who come to

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An explosion rocked near the Justice Ministry building, in the central part of the Afghan capital of Kabul on Tuesday, leaving six dead and many injured. The explosives packed in a Toyota Corolla car were detonated in the parking area of the Ministry of Justice’s offices in PD2 district. According to Afghan news channel Tolo, at least 5 people are believed to have been killed and 42 wounded in the blast. The number of casualties are expected to rise as many of those injured are reportedly in critical condition. The spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health, Ismail Kahossi, said

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A court in Afghanistan has sentenced 11 policemen to one year jail term for failing to stop the killing of 27-year-old Farkhunda, who was beaten to death by a mob after being falsely accused of burning the Koran. Judge Safiullah Mojadedi on Tuesday found the officers guilty of dereliction of duty for failing to prevent the killing of 27-year-old Farkhunda, who was beaten to death at a shrine in the Afghan capital on 19 March in a case that prompted outrage around the country, AP reported. The 11 policemen were found guilty of failing to do their duties, while, eight other

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At least 41 people have been killed and 24 injured in a gun attack on a bus carrying Shia Muslims in the Pakistani city of Karachi on Wednesday. According to reports, six unidentified assailants on motorbikes opened fire on a bus belonging to the Ismaili community in Karachi’s Safora Chowrangi area near Dow Medical College. Among the dead are 25 men and 16 women. There were around 60 passengers, including children on board. “60 people were on board the bus when six gunmen entered and executed 43 passengers,” a senior police official told reporters. He added that the armed men used

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