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1. Security forces have been asked not to launch operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan, said home minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday, heeding Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's request a week ago.

2. An encounter broke out between security forces and militants in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. This comes hours after a conditional ceasefire during the month of Ramzan was announced by the Centre.

3. The BSF has launched a massive operation along International Border (IB) to uncover a tunnel through which armed infiltrators are suspected to have sneaked inside the Kathua district.

4. BSF troops thwarted an infiltration bid today along the International Border (IB) in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, where a high alert has been sounded ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit.

5. The BJP today expressed hope that the Centre's decision to stop operations of security forces in Jammu and Kashmir during Ramzan will be reciprocated by all in the valley.

6. Jammu and Kashmir's chief of security wing of police Muneer Ahmad Khan today briefed Governor N N Vohra about the arrangements made for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the state later this week.

7. The Indian Meteorological Department on Wednesday forecast more thunderstorms and squalls for the north and northwest regions of the country till Friday, overturning its earlier prediction, as a dust storm and thundershowers hit Delhi and the National Capital Region in the morning.

8. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and opposition National Conference leader Omar Abdullah today welcomed the Centre's decision to not launch any security operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the Muslim fasting month of Ramzan.

9. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah today said MLAs who switch parties should be banned from contesting elections for one term in order to prevent horse-trading in the event of a hung house.

10. Indian engineers, IT professionals, doctors and teachers are among 6,080 skilled workers holding a UK job offer who were denied visas to the UK since December 2017, according to a data released on Wednesday, indicating that Indians are likely to be the hardest hit by the country's annual visa cap.


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