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A smashed refrigerator and damaged items at a shop in Nasrullah Pora village in Budgam, Jammu and Kashmir, Thursday | Photo: Azaan Javaid | ThePrint

Budgam villagers scared to return after J&K police ‘attack’ their homes and shops

Villagers in Budgam's Nasrullah Pora had gathered at a mosque last Friday, and the police arrived to disperse them. By that night, their property had been destroyed.
IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Bhadauri

IAF chief admits Mi17 crash was a ‘big mistake’, two officers face court martial

An Mi-17 aircraft in Kashmir's Budgam was shot down in friendly fire on the morning of 27 February when Indian and Pakistani air forces were engaged in a dogfight in Balakot.

Food, business, schools: Kashmiris have devised coping mechanisms for everything

Since the abrogation of Article 370, Kashmiris have been borrowing from lessons learnt in 2010 and 2014, and perfected during 2016 unrest.
Parts of Mi-17 V5 helicopter which crashed near Budgam

IAF probe confirms 27 February Budgam chopper crash was caused by friendly fire

Court of Inquiry finds crash was result of system failure. Two officers — chief operations officer and senior air traffic control officer — found at fault.
Fire fighters douse flames at the site where an MI-17 chopper of the IAF crashed in Budgam

Two IAF officers likely to face court martial for 27 February J&K chopper crash

The IAF chopper was shot down in Budgam in ‘friendly fire’, killing six personnel. The Court of Inquiry report could be submitted by early July.
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Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

IAF admitting friendly fire in chopper crash is professional, but criminal charge avoidable

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Fire fighters douse flames at the site where an MI-17 chopper of the IAF crashed in Budgam

Kashmir villagers say didn’t steal crashed IAF chopper black box, uniformed men took it

Residents of Gariend Kalan, where the IAF Mi-17 V-5 crashed, say men in uniform took away parts of the chopper from the crash site and its vicinity.

This Kashmir district used to defy calls for poll boycott, but now it couldn’t care less

Despite bad roads & chronic power shortage, the mood in Budgam is marked by political indifference after 8 young men were killed in 2017 during bypoll voting.
Army jawan keeps vigil in Poonch

Army jawan reported missing from Kashmir’s Budgam, police suspect terror group abducted him

The soldier, who was home on vacation, was taken away from the house, his family told police.

On Camera

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath waters Parijaat sapling ahead of the inception of Bhoomi Pujan for the construction of Ram Temple. | PTI

After Ayodhya, Kashi and Mathura will be easier. It’s PoK that poses big challenge for BJP

Ayodhya is the beginning of a new Hindu renaissance movement. India must channelise this energy to foster unity and work for economic resurgence.
File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

These are the 18 sectors that have been identified as ‘strategic’ for India by Modi govt

According to the plan, in strategic sectors, there will be a maximum of four public sector units and a minimum of one unit operating. The govt plans to exit the rest. 

Defence

Indian Army personnel | Representational image | ANI

This is the 3-stage system Army movies go through in India to prevent an Ekta Kapoor ‘XXX’

MoD wrote to Censor Board last month emphasising that web series based on military subjects also require a no-objection certification, just like movies & TV serials do.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.