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1. A Border Security Force (BSF) constable was injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the international border in Jammu's Samba sector on Thursday.

2. 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, after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti sought a ceasefire request a week ago.

3. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader BS Yeddyurappa appears set to take oath as Karnataka chief minister on Thursday morning after the Supreme Court, in a rare overnight hearing on a petition by the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular), refused to stop the ceremony.

4. The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Jammu and Kashmir Government to file a status report on Thursday in the sensational Kathua gang rape and murder case of an eight-year-old girl after the State alleged that the three college friends of an accused might have misled the probe.

5. The meteorological department has issued a weather warning of thunderstorm, squall and dust-storm at various places in the country today.

6. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday slammed the Jammu and Kashmir government for "open defiance" of its order on rehabilitation plan for horses and mules which have been barred from carrying pilgrims from Katra to the Vaishno Devi temple.

7. The High Court on Wednesday dismissed the plea challenging the appointment of S P Vaid as Director General of Police and held his appointment valid.

8. The BJP on Wednesday 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.

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

10. 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, a senior official said on Wednesday.

 

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