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Salman Bashir, Pakistan's former foreign secretary and high commissioner to India | Photo: Twitter

Kashmir or trade, only political will can help India, Pakistan move forward: Ex-envoy to Delhi

Salman Bashir, also Pakistan’s former foreign secretary, says Islamabad never recognised Article 370, but Jammu and Kashmir should return to ‘normalcy’.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar (right) and his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu during their meeting at Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on 29 March | Twitter/@MevlutCavusoglu

Turkey, India look to revitalise ties after Kashmir low as US changes Afghan strategy

Tensions between Indian and Turkey had heightened after Modi govt scrapped Article 370 in J&K in August 2019.
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BJP got blinded by Article 370 success. Now it’s getting a reality check

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's ‘oversight’ on small savings interest rate is the latest example of the BJP govt bowing to popular sentiment.

Taken note of DDC polls, resumption of 4G internet services in J&K, says EU spokesperson

The EU spokesperson's comments came a day after top diplomats from the 27-member bloc returned from Jammu and Kashmir after a two-day visit.
Foreign envoys landed in Srinagar to assess situation in J&K on 17 February 2021 | Twitter/ANI

24 foreign envoys arrive in Srinagar to assess situation post revocation of Article 370

The delegation was taken to a govt college in Budgam where they were received by the admin & briefed about the strengthening of local bodies, including panchayat, officials said.

PDP demanding restoration of pre-August 2019 status for J&K, says Mehbooba Mufti

The PDP chief also called for resumption of dialogue for the resolution of the Kashmir issue and said that there was 'jungle raj' in the country.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaks in the Rajya Sabha during ongoing Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. | PTI

J&K will get statehood at appropriate time, says Amit Shah in Lok Sabha

The Home Minister said J&K's union territory status is temporary and that the region has been a top priority for the Modi government since it took power in 2014.
Restrictions, night curfews imposed in several parts of J-K

No civilian aware of move to scrap Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir, govt tells Rajya Sabha

Union minister Kishan Reddy said no civilian or journalist was privy to the event prior to the information being shared with Parliament on 5 August, 2019.
Kashmiri freelance journalists Zubair Sofi (L) and Adnan Bhat | Credit: Twitter/@Adnanmbhat and by special arrangement

Kashmir duo says Al Jazeera took credit for story making ‘merit list’, portal claims ‘oversight’

A report co-authored by freelancers Adnan Bhat and Zubair Sofi made the Human Rights Press Awards merit list in 2020. But they only found out now. 
File image of Peoples Conference leader Sajad Lone (R) with Mehbooba Mufti of the PDP and Farooq Abdullah of the NC, who remain a part of the PAGD | ANI

Sajad Lone’s Peoples Conference quits Gupkar Alliance, cites ‘breach of trust’ by partners

Lone’s party is first to break from Gupkar Alliance, which has been in the news amid murmurs of discontent among partners. The coalition will now be left with six members.

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Pandemic can’t be allowed to devastate nations because of sophisticated, one-sided WTO rules

For President Joe Biden to take a stand against pharmaceutical companies is no small matter. His presidential campaign was the near sole beneficiary of pharma largesse in 2020.
Health department officials at Majhgaon village in Chhattisgarh’s Bemetara district | By special arrangement

‘Worrying signs’: Covid hits rural India hard, it now has nearly half of all new cases

The total number of daily cases being reported across India is nearly 300 per cent higher as compared to last year, meaning they will exert pressure on rural health infrastructure.

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A file photo of a Covid ward set up at an Army hospital, in Prayagraj. | Photo: ANI

Armed forces plan to hire 400 retired military doctors to assist in fight against Covid

The forces are looking to hire, on a contractual basis for about a year, medical officers who retired in the last four to five years.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint Team

Modi govt is in denial & India is back to being a flailing state

Modi government didn’t strengthen the foundations of basic governance in the last 7 years. Now, the PM has retreated and ministers are failing, adding to the Covid disaster.