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Govt amends Panchayat law to set up District Development Councils in J&K, elections soon

Officials said the Central government's move to establish these councils is aimed at enhancing grassroots-level democracy across J&K.
Newly appointed L-G of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha. | ThePrint

J&K parties find new L-G Manoj Sinha ‘too saffron’ as he is set to assume charge

Officials in J&K administration insist Manoj Sinha’s appointment is an attempt to revive political activity in the UT, but the Valley’s mainstream parties are not buying it.
Dal Lake

Modi govt promised J&K 50,000 jobs after Article 370 move, only 4,300 posts filled so far

J&K administration maintains it has been regularly making recruitments, and that it also launched ‘accelerated recruitment drives’ but the pandemic posed hindrance.
Security forces cordon off the road leading to the office of the PDP in Srinagar | By special arrangement

Kashmir wakes up to deserted streets, closed shops on first anniversary of Article 370 move

J&K administration had Tuesday said curfew was being lifted but Section 144 and Covid-19 restrictions will be put in place.
Doordarshan Bhawan | Commons

Govt marks 5 Aug with special shows on AIR, DD but there’s no mention of Articles 370, 35A

AIR and DD have been told to avoid mentioning the scrapping of Articles 370, 35A, political statements on it and the anniversary celebrations in the programmes.
J&K BJP chief Ravinder Raina with PM Narendra Modi

Book on sacrifices, flag-hoisting in all J&K panchayats — BJP’s plans to mark 5 August

The BJP is planning a host of events to mark the first anniversary of Jammu and Kashmir losing its special status. 
File photo of Srinagar | ANI

Modi govt redefines J&K domicile rule, extends it to those who have lived in UT for 15 yrs

New rules say those who have studied in J&K for 7 years and appeared in either Class 10 or Class 12 exam will also be eligible for J&K domicile certificates.
J&K situation

J&K residents not impressed with Modi speech, say opening up Kashmir will hurt state

Few in J&K have bought into PM Modi's Thursday speech promising all-round development, early and transparent elections and an end to terrorism.
Karan Singh

After Scindia, Congress leader Karan Singh says govt’s Kashmir move has some positives

Karan Singh, the son of former J&K ruler Maharaja Hari Singh, said he didn't agree with a blanket condemnation of the government scrapping Article 370, which gave the state special status.

On Camera

Erdogan’s assault on Macron is the height of cynicism

There was a time when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t see the West as Turkey’s enemy and even wanted to join the European Union.

Turkey waging new war of economic liberation, says Erdogan after country’s currency falls

Erogan's speech follows the Turkish lira weakening to a record low of 8.3849 per dollar on Friday.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

Here is why US changed Rajnath Singh’s statement on ‘reckless aggression’ by China

Both the US State and Defense departments have added footnotes to the transcripts they released on Rajnath Singh’s remarks at 2+2. The State Department has also updated the text.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

5 reasons for the crisis in global Islam

If tens of crores of Muslims across the world feel they are victims of mass Islamophobia, their holy prophet shown deliberate disrespect, it is a sense of crisis and siege.