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A file photo of National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah, and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti after an all-party meeting in Srinagar. | Photo: ANI

J&K parties’ DDC polls dilemma — boycott & get marginalised or contest & accept Article 370 move

The Centre and the UT administration are preparing to hold the maiden DDC polls in J&K. Regional parties will have to decide their stand amid a dilemma over Article 370.
National Conference President Farooq Abdullah leaves the Enforcement Directorate office in Srinagar, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 | PTI Photo

ED questions Farooq Abdullah for 5 hours in JKCA money laundering case

Abdullah was visiting the ED office for the second time in 3 days. According to ED officials, he was asked about the procedures & decisions taken when he was the JKCA president.
File image of National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah | Photo: ANI

ED summons to Farooq Abdullah part of BJP’s coercive measures, says National Conference

NC spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said Abdullah being treated like this is proof that BJP is completely comfortable with being seen as a bully by the nation.
A file photo of Apni Party leader Altaf Bukhari at the party's launch in March 2020. | Photo: ANI

J&K parties hoodwinking people, they can’t bring back Article 370, ex-PDP leader Bukhari says

In an interview to ThePrint, Apni Party chief Altaf Bukhari says J&K parties knew about Article 370 decision beforehand. He says Gupkar Declaration is local parties' means to grab power.

Will tirelessly fight to restore Article 370, says J&K parties, Congress & CPM joint statement

In a statement, NC, PDP, Congress, CPI(M), among others, said they’re ‘wholly bound’ by the Gupkar Declaration, which was issued last August before Modi govt’s Article 370 move.
Manoj Sinha takes oath as Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Friday | Photo: ANI

Pick political advisers, talk to NC & PDP, speed up pending work — BJP wishlist for J&K L-G

J&K BJP leaders have sought time from new L-G Manoj Sinha so that they can meet him and apprise him of all these issues.
J&K High Court Chief Justice Gita Mittal and new Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha at the swearing-in ceremony at the Raj Bhavan in Srinagar Friday | Photo: PTI

NC & PDP boycott Manoj Sinha swearing-in, MP says J&K needs change of policy, not face

Anantnag MP Justice Masoodi said ceremony was ‘insignificant’, while his Baramulla counterpart Akbar Lone said NC didn’t accept decisions of 5 August 2019.
A market stands closed in Srinagar in view of the curfew imposed ahead of the anniversary of the scrapping of Article 370 on 5 August | Photo: ANI

Kargil Congress, NC declare 5 August ‘darkest day’, demand reintegration & statehood for J&K

The Congress & NC took part in an ‘all-party meeting’, to which they said BJP was invited but didn’t attend. They didn’t demand restoration of Article 370.
Restrictions, night curfews imposed in several parts of J-K

Parties misleading people of J&K, govt says on criticism of move to notify ‘strategic areas’

Regional parties, including NC & PDP, have called administration's move to notify areas for construction of armed forces facilities an attempt to turn J&K into a 'military establishment'.
File image of National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah | Photo: ANI

Farooq, Omar Abdullah move HC for release of 16 NC leaders detained since 5 August

The writ petitions filed under Article 226 notes that the leaders have been held in 'brazen violation' of the constitutional guarantee of right to liberty.

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Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.

Karnataka High Court stops Franklin Templeton debt funds closure without investor consent

Franklin Templeton shut six of its fixed-income and credit-risk funds run in India in April, locking in Rs 308 billion of investor monies following a liquidity crisis.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.