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Indian Army plans to engage with youth in Kashmir through music fests, sports programmes

The Army's main aim is to ensure that terror recruitment in the Kashmir Valley does not go up. Another focus is to allow those who have picked up arms to surrender and join mainstream.
Representational image for Indian Army personnel in Kashmir | Photo: ANI

J&K sees 45% jump in militants killed in 2020, rise follows clampdown lull in 2019

According to MHA data, 2020 also brought a fall of 80% in the number of stone-pelting incidents — 93 as compared to 477 in 2019. This is being seen as a fallout of Covid.
A file photo of relatives of the alleged militants killed in the Srinagar encounter grieve during a protest. | Photo: Azaan Javaid | ThePrint

Family of youth killed in Srinagar encounter holds rally after cops say militancy link proved

The families of three youths killed in an encounter last month reject the police allegation of militancy link. They have demanded the bodies of the slain youths.
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.
A soldier operating in an apple orchard in Shopian district of south Kashmir | Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

Shopian ‘encounter’ shows why Army officers need ethics training for troops in conflict zones

The Army has admitted fault in the recent killing of three Kashmiri youth in Amshipora in a fake encounter and is working towards ensuring justice.
Former J&K CM and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti | Photo: ANI

‘People have been terrorised into silence. But you can’t buy peace through threats’ — Mehbooba

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti says political unity among J&K parties is key to opposing Modi govt’s decision to scrap Article 370.
A file photo of a CRPF trooper in Jammu and Kashmir. | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Communication blackout, offensive along Kashmir LoC — why Jammu is seeing militancy spike

According to police data, J&K arrested 25 individuals accused of serving as OGWs to various militant outfits, in 2020 — over double the figure each year between 2015 and 2019.
File photo of a Jammu and Kashmir police meeting

Jammu police file chargesheet against 11 members of LeT terror module

Police said the terror module was being operated on the directions of a Pakistan-based LeT handler and the members hailed from Doda, Baramulla and Kupwara districts.
Members of the Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and others during a press conference after their meeting, at Bathindi in Jammu, on 7 November 2020 | PTI

3-month-old Gupkar Alliance on shaky ground as NC-CPM meeting with L-G widens rift

Leaders of PAGD insist the alliance is going strong even as resentment brews over the violation of seat-sharing agreement during DDC polls & the absence of a road map for Article 370 restoration.
File photo of Waheed Parra | PDP Youth President Waheed Parra takes (centre) part in the PDP youth meeting, in Srinagar on 16 September 2020 | ANI photo

PDP youth wing president Waheed Para arrested again over case on alleged terror nexus

Para was produced before a court in Jammu which remanded him to police custody till 18 January, J&K police officials said, adding he would be brought to Srinagar for questioning.

On Camera

Why Bill Gates is keen on private jets

A popular refrain is that once people fly private, they aren’t eager to go back to the headaches of commercial flights, but Gates' interest has little to do with his own travel plans.
File photo of a Bharat Petroleum Corporation gas station in Mumbai

Modi govt still hopes global giants will join race to buy Bharat Petroleum

The planned sale of the Narendra Modi government’s 53% stake in Bharat Petroleum will be India’s first big-ticket transaction in over a decade.


Smart Anti Airfield Weapon test fired from a Hawk-i aircraft in Odisha on 21 January

HAL successfully test fires smart anti-airfield weapon from Hawk-i aircraft

The indigenous stand-off weapon, developed by DRDO, is the first smart weapon fired from an Indian Hawk-Mk132.

Neither ‘udta’ nor ‘padhta’ Punjab. Question is how India’s no. 1 state in 2003 fell to 13

Punjab, once India’s richest state, has slipped and fallen behind. MSP and subsidies should continue, but it needs to rediscover its entrepreneurial impulse.