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1. The trial in the gruesome Kathua rape and murder case begins today against eight accused who allegedly held an eight-year-old girl in captivity in a small village temple in Kathua district.

2. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday accepted resignations of two BJP Ministers-Choudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga-and forwarded them to Governor NN Vohra for acceptance, reducing strength of the Council of Ministry to 22.

3. Thousands of people protested across the country on Sunday as outrage grew over the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu's Kathua and the sexual assault of a teenager in Unnao, a day after another case of the brutal rape and murder of a minor girl was reported in Surat.

4. Opposition National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday demanded a special session of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly to bring in a bill to award capital punishment to those who rape minors.

5. The family members of Sanji Ram, the alleged conspirator of the Kathua rape and murder case, have said that he should be hanged publicly but only if a CBI probe into the case finds him guilty.

6. Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Sunday said the political leadership of India and Pakistan should resolve the Kashmir issue through political measures to put an end to the bloodshed.

7. Under criticism from various quarters over its ongoing 12-day long agitation pressing for demands including handing over the Kathua rape and murder case to the CBI, the Jammu High Court Bar Association (JHCBA) has welcomed the Supreme Court intervention into the matter and said it has full faith in the apex court.

8. The Bar Council of India (BCI) has asked the Jammu and Kathua Bar associations to call off their strike and decided to send a five-member team headed by a former High Court Chief Justice to investigate the alleged incident of misconduct on part of the lawyers there in connection with the Kathua rape-murder case.

9. Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Sunday said the radicalised youth of the Valley would soon realise that the gun was not the solution to their problem as neither the Army nor the terrorists would achieve their goals through it.

10. The peaceful resolution of India-Pakistan disputes, including the core issue of Kashmir, can be found through comprehensive and meaningful dialogue, Pakistan's Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has said.


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Gaurav Sharma