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1. Jammu and Kashmir governor N N Vohra today called for heightened vigil on the Line of Control and International Border besides a "real-time" co-ordination between the armed forces and the civil administration.

2. A small batch of 269 Amarnath pilgrims left Jammu for the cave shrine in the Kashmir Valley.

3. Prime Minister Narendra Modi blamed previous governments for not taking the ethanol blending programme seriously and said now its production will triple to 450 crore litres in the next four years, leading to import savings of Rs 12,000 crore.

4. Home Minister Rajnath Singh today assured the MPs from the state in the Lok Sabha about providing all possible help to flood-hit Kerala.

5. The Supreme Court agreed to hear the CBI's appeal challenging the acquittal of dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the 2008 twin murder case of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.

6. UPA chairperson and former Congress president Sonia Gandhi launched a protest against the BJP-led NDA government today demanding answers from it over the alleged scam in Rafale fighter jet deal with France in Parliament complex.

7. The Supreme Court termed "grave" the incidents of vandalism of private and public properties by various groups during protests across the country and mentions it will not wait for the government to amend the law.

 

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