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Mehbooba’s fate, fragile security on trial as volatile Anantnag readies to vote in 3 phases

Anantnag is the first-ever constituency to have Lok Sabha elections in three phases, a result of the unstable security situation in south Kashmir.
LoC trade suspended with Pakistan

Cross-LoC trade ban could have ‘catastrophic results’, hurt nearly 50,000 families

Govt suspended trade across the LoC due to a number of reasons that affect national security, but traders say it’s a hasty decision that will starve thousands.

Forget turnout, just holding elections in Srinagar is a big deal: J&K chief poll officer

J&K CEO says that given the current scenario, even holding elections, that too peacefully, were a task. 
Security personnel stand guard at Lal Chowk in Srinaga

Terror recruitment & stone pelting in Kashmir has dropped this year, says govt

The number of youth recruited for terror from Kashmir in the first three months of this year is almost half that from the same period last year.
Mehbooba Mufti

Mehbooba claims Army using chemicals to ‘disfigure’ militant bodies, NC says clarify please

PDP leaders say Mehbooba Mufti made the remark after multiple meetings with 'public delegations' from north and south Kashmir.

Video of PDP workers waving toy guns at rally puts focus on Kashmir’s mainstream politics

There's a growing belief in J&K that mainstream parties are walking a tightrope — they're not quite glorifying militants but also not condemning them unequivocally.

Jammu-Srinagar highway restrictions temporarily relaxed for civilians with no convoys scheduled

Earlier this month on 7 April, civilian traffic had been restricted on the highway for twice a week until 31 May to enable smooth movement of security envoys.
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Mehbooba Mufti’s motorcade pelted with stones in J-K’s Anantanag, one injured

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti's motorcade was stoned while she was returning from Anantnag, the Lok Sabha constituency she is contesting.

Baramulla poll result will reveal just how much alliance with BJP cost Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP

PDP had won the Baramulla seat, which encompasses north Kashmir, for the first time in 2014. This time, Mehbooba Mufti’s party isn’t even sure of third place.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi at the National Women Livelihood Meet 2019, Uttar Pradesh | PTI

These are the ‘unfulfilled tasks’ for which Modi govt is asking for another 5 years

The running theme in BJP ads on TV and radio is that the party is seeking more time to “further” and “expand” its initiatives and schemes.

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Electoral bonds are a constitutional hazard but transparency alone isn’t the solution

Supreme Court’s role in setting a reform agenda for political funding has to be limited and not extend to managing how parties function.
CJI Gogoi

Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.

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Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
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Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.