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

2. Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Haseeb A Drabu has rolled out major welfare initiatives in his 4th Budget in the state assembly and said the reform measures adopted by the government have started paying off.

3. 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, terming it development-focused and people-oriented.

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

5. 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.

6. Security forces on Thursday recovered two weapons and over 400 rounds of ammunition hidden by militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district.

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

8. Reaching out to youth of Jammu and Kashmir, the Mehbooba Mufti government has announced educational loan facility from banks with interest subvention on repayments till completion of course.

9. The status of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir is "temporary", RSS leader Indresh Kumar said on Thursday as he stressed that the occupation of Indian land by China and Pakistan was unconstitutional.

10. After disrupting the telecom sector with its free offers and hyper-competitive tariffs, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd plans to create its own cyptocurrency, JioCoin.

11. In bluntly vulgar language, President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation.

 

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