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IPS officer to take up post at Indian Army HQ to deal with human rights issues

Approved under a plan called 'Reorganisation of the Army headquarters', the move is part of a major restructuring of the armed forces.
Mehbooba Mufti visiting a family which lost a member to militancy in the valley | @MehboobaMufti/Twitter

Dumped by BJP, ‘desperate’ Mehbooba returns to ‘soft separatism’ to find way back to power

Mehbooba Mufti had all but given up on PDP’s “healing touch” policy for 3 years as J&K chief minister when she toed a nationalist line with BJP. 
Ceasefire violations on LoC

On AFSPA, action must now shift from Supreme Court to Parliament

Apprehensions of the Indian Army are genuine, but this is a battle that cannot be won in the civil courts.
Supreme Court

SC dismisses pleas of Army men challenging FIRs against actions taken under AFSPA

The Supreme Court dismissed arguments by the Centre, which supported the pleas, and said the government needed to sort out these issues.
Indian Army | representational image | Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Don’t celebrate Army’s Dangari court martial, it gives a false sense of closure

It would be a shame if there was tacit understanding between Army and the accused to abuse the justice system.
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Centre extends AFSPA for 6 months in 3 districts of Arunchal Pradesh

Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts and eight police stations bordering Assam were declared 'disturbed' under AFSPA New Delhi: The Centre has extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in three districts of Arunachal Pradesh and its eight police station areas bordering Assam by another six months, in view of continuing activities of banned insurgent groups of the Northeast. According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of Arunachal Pradesh and eight police stations bordering Assam were declared "disturbed" areas under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), 1958. "Now, therefore, Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts in Arunachal Pradesh and the areas falling within the jurisdiction of the following eight police stations in the districts of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering the State of Assam, are declared as 'disturbed area' under Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 up to March 31, 2019 w.e.f. October...
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The Indian soldier feels let down by Army brass, Supreme Court and politicians

The AFSPA, which was meant to provide protection to soldiers, is now insufficient.
Assam

Assam government extends AFSPA application for 6 months

Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 provides special rights to security forces in carrying out various operations in disturbed areas.
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Army officers are asked about AFSPA in tests, they know its gravity

AFSPA doesn’t provide legal cover to troops indulging in rape, loot or any such headline-making activity.
Supreme Court gets three more judges | Manisha Mondal, ThePrint

Over 300 soldiers question CBI’s FIR against Army officer, SC to hear case on 4 Sept

The officer, Major Balhara, is accused of killing 12-year-old Azad Khan in Manipur in 2009. Soldiers say dilution of AFSPA will hit morale.

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Is EC over-regulating elections with strict code of conduct or is it doomed in digital era?

The Election Commission has barred the political parties from releasing their election manifestos in the 48 hours prior to voting.

Defence

China sends fighters for Pakistan Day parade, days after thwarting Masood Azhar terror tag

China had last week placed a technical hold on a proposal moved by France, the US, and the UK at the UN Security Council for sanctions against Masood Azhar.
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China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?