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1. In a bid to curb violence against women, Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra today approved two ordinances, one of which advocates the death penalty for those convicted of raping a girl below 12 years of age.

2. Security agencies were keeping their fingers crossed over a fresh unilateral ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir announced by the Centre during Ramzan beginning today, as a similar exercise nearly two decades ago witnessed the killings of 129 people including 43 security personnel.

3. Newly-appointed Jammu and Kashmir BJP chief Ravinder Raina today asked Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin to shun gun culture and return home in the state to join the mainstream and contest elections.

4. The Centre has amended a rule to provide a longer tenure to the chief secretary of Jammu and Kashmir, a move that may allow a further extension to incumbent B B Vyas .

5. Jammu and Kashmir police chief S P Vaid today said the families of local militants should take advantage of the Centre's announcement that no operations would be launched during Ramzan and ask their sons to leave the path of violence.

6. A BSF jawan was among two persons injured when Pakistan Rangers opened fire and lobbed mortars at over 15 Border Out Posts and some civilian areas along the International Border in Samba and Kathua districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

7. JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik was detained today by the police ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Jammu and Kashmir on May 19.

8. A ropeway to the cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi in Trikuta hills of Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district will undergo trial runs for nearly 20 days from May 25 under a team of experts.

9. Separatists today termed a "cruel joke" the Centre's announcement that security forces will not launch any operations in Jammu and Kashmir during Ramzan but reserved the right to retaliate if attacked.

10. The Independent legislator from Langate constituency in Jammu and Kashmir, Sheikh Abdul Rasheed, said today that activists of his outfit would show black flags to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the valley on May 19.

11. Online radicalisation was an area of concern and there was a need for collaborated efforts by all segments of society to contain its spread and violent outburst, chief of Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) A P Maheshwari said. Jammu Links News

12. The Jammu and Kashmir unit of the BJP greeted people of the state on the first day of Ramzan, saying terrorism and violence should come to an end with the holy month.

13. The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) staged a protest today against the central government's decision that security forces would not launch any operations in the state during the holy month of Ramzan.

14. The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed three witnesses in Kathua gang rape case and murder to be accompanied by their family members while recording their statement before the Jammu and Kashmir police whenever they are called.

15. BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa took oath as the 23rd chief minister of Karnataka at the Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru on Thursday morning, hours after the Supreme Court rejected a petition seeking a stay on the ceremony.

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