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1. BSF jawan martyred in ceasefire violation by Pakistani army along International Border in Samba sector.

2. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today asked police officers to adopt a cautious and professional approach in dealing with the day-to-day situations in the state.

3. National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said today that the Centre was watching the situation in Jammu and Kashmir as a "mute spectator" and that the BJP was not ready to listen to reason on Kashmir.

4. Facing severe criticism, the Mehbooba Mufti government in Jammu and Kashmir today revoked its controversial notice, which sought details of Kashmiri Pandits visiting Kheer Bhawani temple for an annual fair, and also ordered an inquiry into the matter.

5. A high alert was sounded in the Jammu region after movement of suspected militants was detected along the International Border (I-B) in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district.

6. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has granted permission for operating night flights to and from the Srinagar airport, for which the necessary infrastructural upgradation is being done by the Airport Authority of India (AAI).

7. The Election Commission will start the counting of votes cast in the Karnataka Assembly elections on Tuesday, the results of which, according to exit polls, are unlikely to deliver a clear majority for the state's ruling Congress and challenger Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

8. The Delhi police on Monday charged Congress MP Shashi Tharoor with abetting the suicide of his wife Sunanda Pushkar more than four years after she was found dead in a hotel room in south Delhi.

9. Prime Minister Narendra Modi must be cautioned against using words that were "threatening, intimidating in content and a public warning" against the leaders of the Congress, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and several leaders of the main opposition party have said in a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind.

10. Prime Minister Narendra Modi effected changes in his Council of Ministers late on Monday, giving railway minister Piyush Goyal additional, temporary, charge of the finance ministry and divesting Smriti Irani of the portfolio of information and broadcasting (I&B). Minister of state Rajyavardhan Rathore was appointed the new I&B minister.

11. Senior BJP leader Lal Singh said on Monday there was a "conspiracy" to defame the people of Jammu over the gruesome rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, and reiterated the demand for a CBI probe into the case.

12. Three college friends of a key accused in the sensational Kathua gangrape and murder case of an eight-year-old girl on Monday moved the Supreme Court alleging torture by the Jammu and Kashmir Police and seeking protection from a central agency.

 

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Gaurav Sharma