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1. The Centre is planning to provide an insurance cover to encourage greater participation in the local bodies’ polls amid growing militant threats in Jammu and Kashmir.

2. Northern Army Commander Lt General Ranbir Singh has asked the troops deployed along the Line of Control (LoC) to maintain tight vigil and thwart infiltration of militants from the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

3. The Supreme Court on Friday stayed a Jammu and Kashmir High Court direction to the cinema hall and multiplex owners of the State not to prohibit moviegoers from carrying own food and water inside the theatres.

4. Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Froday asserted that no court had the jurisdiction to change the residency law of Jammu and Kashmir due to the UN Security Council resolutions.

5. Governor N N Vohra has directed the Public Works Department (PWD) to complete the road connectivity projects in the state by October this year.

6. Dams and rivers overflowed, parts of highways collapsed, and homes were swept away in severe flooding in more than half of Kerala on Friday in the third day of heavy downpour that has claimed the lives of 30 people and left nearly 54,000 homeless.

7. Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, expected to be sworn in as Pakistan’s new premier next week, on Friday called for the resumption of dialogue with India on all outstanding issues, including Kashmir.

8. Yoga guru Ramdev on Friday termed the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam an important step in controlling the number of illegal immigrants in India, warning that if they are allowed to stay on, they would make 10 more Kashmir-like problems for the country.

9. Ahead of a pro-Khakistan rally scheduled to be held in London on August 12, the British High Commission in New Delhi said on Friday that people in Britain have the right to protest provided they stay within the limits of the law.

10. The High Court has issued notice to Government on linking the Aadhaar Cards of Government employees with their Biometric attendance in violation of Supreme Court orders and High Court.

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