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1. Jammu and Kashmir government has accorded consent to the extension of powers and jurisdiction of the members of Delhi Special Police Establishment in the whole of the state to investigate and inquire into the cases related to issuance of arms licenses.

2. National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah today said the PDP's decision to abstain from voting in the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman election proved that it continued to be in a tactical alliance with the BJP even after the national party pulled out of Jammu and Kashmir's ruling coalition in June.

3. The Army has recovered a large quantity of arms and explosive material including four firearms and 14 grenades during a search operation in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir today.

4. The Srinagar airport was "technically" cleared for night operations after first night landing and taking off of a commercial aircraft was undertaken here this evening.

5. Governor N N Vohra today asked the Planning, Development and Monitoring Department to urgently prepare a comprehensive state-wide list of development projects pending for want of financial resources.

6. The All India Kashmiri Samaj (AIKS) today appealed to the Election Commission of India (ECI) to direct the authorities concerned to include Kashmiri Pandits in voters list for the forthcoming Panchayat and Urban Local Bodies polls in Jammu and Kashmir.

7. The Jammu and Kashmir government has accorded sanction for engaging a private company for installation of electricity meters and billing to consumers in the state.

8. Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (JKSHRC) has taken suo-motto cognizance of the killing of a person inside the residence of former chief minister and Member of Parliament Farooq Abdullah last week and directed the police to submit report by next month.

9. Jammu and Kashmir Police's Crime Branch has asked Kathua police to file FIRs based on the complaints of two witnesses in the rape and murder case of an eight-year-old who have alleged they are being threatened by the family members and friends of the accused.

10. Kashmiri terrorist Irfan Hussain Wani was sent to the Joint Interrogation Centre (JIC) and grilled by security agencies, including the Delhi Police, in connection with a terror plot of Al-Qaida linked Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGUH) to disturb the Independence Day celebrations in Delhi.

11. Heavy rains and landslides claimed 22 lives in Kerala on Thursday forcing authorities to open shutters of 22 dams, including the Idukki reservoir, Asia's biggest arch dam, after 26 years.

12. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi should check facts when his is "free from winking" and disrupting parliament, said Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah on Thursday, hitting backing at his political rival for criticising the government's Dalit policies.


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Gaurav Sharma