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BRO opens Zojila pass connecting Kashmir valley and Ladakh

The pass, situated at 11,650 feet, was opened after 110 days due to winter. BRO officials said the 'strategic' pass helps in the operational preparedness of the armed forces.
A fashion show in Srinagar. Organizers said the event will offer career opportunities to youth interested in Bollywood and modelling | Photo by special arrangement

Srinagar fashion show sparks protest, organiser says it gives showbiz platform to youth

The fashion show, with more than 30 male and female models, was held at Srinagar's Tagore Hall, and organisers said over 500 guests attended it.
File photo of Indian Army personnel during an encounter with terrorists in Shopian, on 15 March 2021 | Photo: Amin War | ANI

Two militants killed in encounter with security forces in J&K’s Shopian district

According to the police, one of the militants was newly recruited and security forces had made efforts to make him surrender.

Those trying to give unasked advice to India need not worry about us, says Venkaiah Naidu

Without naming any country, the vice president said some people from the neighbourhood always try to create problems and disturbances because they do not want India to progress.
File photo | Pakistan PM Imran Khan with Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa | Facebook/ImranKhanOfficial

Pakistan linking trade and Kashmir issue shows leaders still don’t understand geo-economics

For Pakistan, ideology has trumped the kind of pragmatism needed to move away from geopolitics to geo-economics in its external relations.

Why PM Modi and Gen Bajwa mean business with India-Pakistan peace talks. Nothing else matters

What can India and Pakistan give each other to save face? This jockeying for a framework of give-and-take is likely what’s going on today.
File photo of Indian Army personnel during an encounter with terrorists in Shopian, on 15 March 2021 | Photo: Amin War | ANI

Encounter breaks out between security forces, militants in J&K’s Shopian

The security forces had launched a cordon-and-search operation in a forest area, following information about the presence of militants there, officials said.
The famous Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Tirupathi temple board to build temple, spiritual centre in J&K, gets land lease for 40 years

J&K administration spokesperson says the nearly 25 hectares of land will have a pilgrim amenities complex, a 'vedapatasala', a meditation centre, an office and residential quarters.
Police personnel examine the scene after the residence of BJP leader Anwar Ahmad Khan was attacked by alleged militants at Near Nowgam, in Srinagar, Thursday, April 1, 2021. | PTI

4 LeT militants behind attack on BJP leader’s home in Srinagar, says police

Kashmir IGP Vijay Kumar said two of the four militants have been identified, and they are from Srinagar city.

Policeman killed in militant attack on residence of BJP leader Anwar Ahmad in Srinagar

BJP leader Anwar Ahmad, who is the party's district general secretary for Baramulla and in-charge for Kupwara district, is safe, a police official said.

On Camera

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during an election campaign rally at Joynagar in South 24 Parganas district on 1 April 2021 | PTI

Modi owns India’s unfolding Covid disaster

India's Covid tragedy was avoidable, and is largely the fault of a boastful, incompetent government. Yet, Modi may suffer few political consequences for his devastating missteps.

India’s ‘casino’ type midcap rally could take a break, large stocks found safer amid Covid

Investors say they are avoiding midcaps based on global economic cues, valuations. While Sensex flirts with technical correction, expensive smaller stocks could have more to lose.

Defence

File photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | PTI

Rajnath Singh assures support to Indonesian counterpart Subianto in tracing missing submarine

The Indian Navy has already sent a deep submergence rescue vessel to support the Indonesian Navy's effort to trace the submarine that went missing Wednesday around the Bali Strait.
Illustration by Soham Sen

There’s a need to hold up a mirror to Modi govt on Covid management, and this is the picture

Between premature victory mood that allowed Kumbh & elections, and lack of urgency on vaccines, Modi govt has walked into its biggest crisis. The way out needs realism, humility and one ‘Ram baan’ weapon.