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1. BJP leader Ram Madhav said Tuesday his party will contest the panchayat and local bodies polls in Jammu and Kashmir and accused the NC and the PDP of "making excuses" to stop the democratic process in the state.

2. An advisor to Jammu and Kashmir governor Tuesday asked the agriculture department functionaries to introduce farming models that help increase farmers' income substantially.

3. Security forces unearthed a cave hideout used by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district and seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition from it on Tuesday.

4. A delegation of the Jammu and Kashmir Congress called on Governor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday and put forth the party's concerns relating to the upcoming panchayat and urban local bodies polls in the state.

5. BJP Mahila Morcha chief Vijaya Rahatkar said Tuesday her party supports women empowerment and it would try to give them "more than" the 33 per cent reservation currently allowed at the panchayat level in Jammu and Kashmir.

6. Army chief General Bipin Rawat and top army commanders on Tuesday discussed various aspects of a proposed restructuring of the 1.2-million strong force to sharpen its effectiveness and prepare it for future wars, said two officers familiar with the move.

7. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a substantial increase in the honorarium for Anganwadi and Asha (Accredited social health activists) workers from October in a move that is expected to help millions of women from relatively poor households

8. The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to interfere with the Jammu and Kashmir government's move to appoint an acting director general of police (DGP) without hearing attorney general KK Venugopal's views on the issue.

9. Three opposition parties in Telangana - the Congress, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) - on Tuesday announced the formation of "Maha Kootami" (grand alliance) with the sole objective of defeating the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in the ensuing assembly elections, although the exact contours of the alliance are still a work in progress.

10. The National Conference is all set to form local Government in Kargil minus Congress, PDP and BJP as it has secured support of four Independents and it formally submitted list of 14 Councilors in 26-member Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Kargil to the Deputy Commissioner and sought convening of the Council session to prove majority.


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