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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh with Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti | PTI

Rajnath’s Day 1 in Kashmir: Outreach ‘may not be sufficient’ but ‘definitely positive and sincere’

Expert says home minister’s remarks a welcome course correction to NDA strategy in Valley; political parties welcome peace overtures. New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s efforts to reach out to the youth of the Valley “may not be sufficient” but are “definitely a positive and sincere” approach to deal with the alienation and anger on the streets of Kashmir, experts and political parties in the state have said. On a two-day visit to the state, Singh Thursday announced an amnesty to minors involved in stone-pelting and emphasised on the need to prevent the youth from getting “misguided.” He also recalled Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech when the Prime Minister said Kashmir’s problems can only be solved by embracing the people of Kashmir, not with bullets or abuse. “If you look at the language that the Centre has been using, it’s somewhat different from the last three years. It may not be sufficient...
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File photo of Home Minister Rajnath Singh | PTI

Rajnath Singh says there is extreme love in the heart of PM Modi for Jammu and Kashmir

Singh appeals to the youth in the state not to tread the path of destruction, adding that the govt has initiated several schemes for their welfare.
Young boys playing cricket on the streets of Srinagar | Commons

Throw a ball, not stones: Govt seeks to win back angry Kashmiri youth through sport

A report accessed by ThePrint shows how the government was successful in reaching 1.6 lakh youth in 2017. The target this year is 2 lakh.
Jammu and Kashmir

Centre accepts Mehbooba’s demand, announces ceasefire for the month of Ramzan

Days before the start of the holy month, home minister Rajnath Singh conveys the decision in a series of tweets. CM Mehbooba welcomes it.
CRPF women constables perform drills

More women in armed forces: Modi govt to make ‘service voter’ rules gender neutral

Government accepts EC recommendation to extend voting rights to husbands and children of women in forces, posted out of home.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh flags off the 'Jal Mitti Rath Yatra' at India Gate

To ensure India’s security, the Home Minister has flagged off a rath yatra for a Mahayagya

The Home Minister flagged off the 'rath yatra' which its organisers insist is to seek divine intervention for the welfare of the nation, and has nothing to do with Hindutva. 
A file photo of Home Minister Rajnath Singh | PTI

In a first, Rajnath Singh to connect with Valley youths at Kashmir University event

Move seen as part of peace process initiated by the Centre; home ministry has advised J&K govt to formulate rehab policy for youths who shunned militancy.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaks with Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Exclusive: Four years after coming to power, Modi govt set to give green light to Lokpal

Group of ministers led by Rajnath Singh clears proposal to appoint central anti-corruption ombudsman, now just PMO approval required.
A woman and children crouched on the floor of the GD Goenka World School bus

Padmaavat protestors attack school bus: Centre lets off Haryana again, doesn’t seek report

Home minister Rajnath Singh insists law & order is a ‘state subject’. But Centre has let off Haryana for worse while pulling up other states for less.

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File image of PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping | Wikimedia Commons

China’s on India’s side in Pangong, Hot Springs. ‘Difference in perception’ line suits it

China has, over the years, specialised in salami slicing. In Sept 2017, then Army chief Bipin Rawat had cautioned that China was silently taking over territory.

Harsh Vardhan questions Delhi govt: Is Arvind Kejriwal failing in handling Covid-19 crisis?

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday raised concerns about rising Covid cases and low testing levels in Delhi.

Defence

File image of soldiers of the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army | Photo: ANI

India, China army commanders to meet tomorrow. These are the issues 14 Corps chief will raise

14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh is scheduled to meet China’s Southern Xinjiang Military District chief at Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting point Saturday.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.