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1. The Jammu and Kashmir government today unveiled a Rs 80,313 crore budget with multiple sops for farmers and industry while announcing the implementation of 7th pay commission from April with 1 percent DA.

2. An MLA of Jammu and Kashmir's ruling PDP today stoked a controversy when he described militants shot dead in encounters with security forces as "martyrs" and also cautioned against glorifying their killings.

3. Attacking the Mehbooba Mufti led dispensation in Jammu and Kashmir, former chief minister Omar Abdullah said today that the state government had failed on all fronts and claimed that recent comments by Governor N N Vohra certified this failure.

4. Noisy scenes were witnessed in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly today as Opposition NC and Congress staged walkouts to protest what they claimed was the state government's failure to make several administrative units functional and over the strike at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science (SKIMS) in Srinagar.

5. Girls outshone boys in the Higher Secondary School Examinations conducted by the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (BOSE).

6. There was some respite for residents of Kashmir from intense cold as the minimum temperature rose by several degrees at most places in the valley and Ladakh region.

7. Tabling his fourth budget in a row, Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu on Thursday announced the implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations from April 15, Dearness Allowance for the state government employees and other benefits in the interest and welfare of the employees.

8. The Supreme Court set up a three-member special investigation team (SIT) headed by former Delhi High Court judge Justice SN Dhingra to supervise further probe into 186 anti-Sikh riot cases.

9. CPI(M) MLA from Kulgam, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami alleged that there was no suggestion of a framework to tackle the unemployment problem, in the Rs 80,313 crore budget unveiled by the Jammu and Kashmir government today.

10. Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh today said NHPC has paid Rs 51.94 crore to State Power Development Corporation as the value of 1 per cent free power since 2008.

11. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti welcomed the Rs 80,313 crore annual budget 2018-19 presented in both Houses of the state legislature today, terming it development-focused and people-oriented.

12. India can seize the opportunity to provide "alternative investment hub" for the American companies which are downgrading their operations in China, US ambassador Kenneth Juster said on Thursday.

13. National security advisors of India and Pakistan held bilateral talks last month that focused on cross-border terrorism, a foreign ministry spokesperson in New Delhi confirmed Thursday.


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