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Overall pass percentage in Kashmir this year was 75.44 (representational image)

How students in terror-hit south Kashmir beat unrest & shutdowns to top Class 10 results

Class 10 students in Kashmir's Pulwama & Shopian districts excelled with highest pass percentage, even though schools there were closed for more than 100 days.
Violence in Kashmir

Pulwama shows alienated youth who don’t fear death are the biggest challenge in J&K

The alienation of the post-1990 generation is a result of nearly three decades of violence in Jammu and Kashmir.
Congress leader Sajjan Kumar | PTI

Media revisits 1984, and Priyanka Gandhi in a new role?

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Separatists call 3-day strike in Kashmir over killing of 7 civilians

Seven civilians were killed when security forces opened fire on protesters near an encounter site in Pulwama district.
Security personnel in Kashmir (representational picture)

Soldier killed, 3 militants gunned down in encounter in J&K’s Pulwama

A search operation launched by the security forces in Pulwama's Sirnoo village turned into an encounter after militants opened fire on security personnel.
A policeman stands alert near a check point in Srinagar | Saqib Majeed/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Poster, videos warn of uprising in Kashmir against Hizbul Mujahideen for targeting police

The Urdu poster, whose source is not known, threatens an uprising against Hizbul Mujahideen militants if they do not stop targeting Kashmir police.
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Sikh girl in Kashmir stabbed for ‘refusal to convert to Islam’, alleges father

The issue is likely to acquire political colour with Akali leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa expected to visit Srinagar Friday to meet the victim.
Clashes in Shopian district of South Kashmir, in Srinagar | PTI

Kashmir’s witnessing a new chapter of darkness. Even shadows can’t be trusted

A carpet of mutual suspicion covers everybody in Kashmir these days. Nobody knows who is tipping off the army and bringing the boots to your door.
File image of the Indian army in Kashmir

Of the nearly 250 militants active in the Valley, 120 are believed to be in South Kashmir

At the funerals of militants, groups of mysterious masked men join the crowd to give ‘gun salutes’ to their comrades

How south Kashmir has turned into a hotbed of homegrown militants

Out of nearly 220 militants active across the Valley, 75-80 are from south Kashmir, says Swayam Prakash Pani, IGP of Kashmir range.

On Camera

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
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.