EVENING NEWS

1. Over 64 per cent of electorate voted Saturday in the first phase of Panchayat elections in Kashmir while an impressive turnout of 79.5 per cent was recorded in Jammu region.

2. The Jammu and Kashmir government is planning to soon infuse capital into the state's ailing cooperative banks in a bid to revive them.

3. A day after killing a civilian in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on charges of being an Army informer, terrorists on Saturday abducted and killed a 19-year-old in Shopian.

4. National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah on Saturday described the killing of a youth by suspected militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district as deeply disturbing, saying there can be no justification for such an act.

5. The grievance cell of the Jammu and Kashmir administration has resolved over 30,500 out of 31,469 complaints registered by it.

6. The Jammu and Kashmir Police has deputed its 14 member team to Tamil Nadu Commando school to get training for disposal of IEDs.

7. Normal life was affected in Kashmir Valley Saturday due to a strike called by separatists in protest against the conduct of the first phase of panchayat polls in the state.

8. With the death toll rising to 40 and more than 80,000 people stranded at relief camps facing a paucity of food and drinking water and other amenities, the magnitude of the havoc caused by cyclone ‘Gaja' in Tamil Nadu has left the state authorities reeling.

9. A legislation seeking to prohibit the Trump administration from revoking the work authorisation of spouses of H1-B visa holders, which include Indians, has been introduced in the US Congress by two lawmakers who said that eliminating this benefit would force many foreign workers to use their talents to compete against American businesses.

10. Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday defended demonetisation, saying it was a "highly ethical" move and not a political one.

11. The trial run for Mahamaya to Peer Kho section of the Jammu ropeway project will begin from December 15, said Shamim Ahmad Wani, the managing director of Cable Car Corporation.

12. In a scathing attack on West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh governments for withdrawing consent to CBI for investigating corruption cases in their states, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley said there was no sovereignty of any state in the matter of corruption.

 

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