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1. National Conference on Wednesday said the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly should be dissolved to end the "uncertainity and speculations" in the state.

2. Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat has sent out very clear message to the Army officers on combat operations, use of social media, purchase of weapons, weeding out corrupt practices, contracts management, dignity of men, transparency in services and judicial expenditure of Regimental funds.

3. Governor N N Vohra on Wednesday appointed D C Raina as the Advocate General of Jammu and Kashmir.

4. Jammu and Kashmir unit's BJP president Ravinder Raina and former deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh on Wednesday met state's party-in-charge Ram Madhav to discuss the situation following the imposition of the governor's rule.

5. Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra has advised the State Vigilance Organisation to launch a vigorous campaign for bringing the erring government officials to book, taking up the cases of higher level functionaries first.

6. An official of Jammu and Kashmir Power Development Department (PDD) was taken into custody by Crime Branch for allegedly siphoning off Rs 5.72 crore from a government account to 22 private bank accounts belonging to him and his relatives.

7. A 22-year-old protestor was killed in Army firing during clashes with stone-pelting protestors in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir.

8. Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal deep in extra time as Croatia beat England 2-1 in an utterly gripping World Cup semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday to set up a final date with France.

9. The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to pass an interim order on the issue of reservations in promotions for Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) employees in government jobs, and said a seven-judge bench will be set up to re-examine its 2006 verdict.

10. At least 16 people were killed in rain-related incidents in Uttarakhand and Manipur on Wednesday. Seven people were killed and two injured in a cloudburst that washed away parts of Dehradun, while nine people, including eight children, were killed in landslide caused by heavy rain in Manipur's Tamenglong district.

11. On the 14th day of ongoing Amarnath yatra, 15,696 pilgrims paid obeisance at holy cave of Swami Amarnath situated in deep Himalayas in South Kashmir district of Aantnag taking the total to 1,33,481 yatris who performed darshan of Ice Lingam since the two -month long yatra started on June 28.

 

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