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1. Three suspected Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists, believed to be part of a suicide squad, infiltrated into Jammu and Kashmir Wednesday and fired at security personnel on the state's main highway before escaping into a forest near Jhajar Kotli.

2. Notwithstanding the boycott announced by the National Conference (NC) and the PDP, the Centre is likely to go ahead with the panchayat and urban local bodies elections in Jammu and Kashmir as it feels that grassroots democracy must get precedence over any other consideration.

3. The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday refuted media reports of the deferment of the panchayat and urban local body elections, saying there would no change in the poll schedule.

4. Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh Wednesday directed police officers to prepare contingency plans to tackle any eventuality in view of the upcoming panchayat and urban local bodies polls in the state.

5. The Jammu and Kashmir administration Wednesday announced the extension of group mediclaim health insurance scheme to accredited journalists of the state.

6. The Congress's Jammu and Kashmir unit Wednesday accused the Centre and the state government of creating "uncertainty" over the panchayat and local bodies polls, saying it will decide on participation once the "confusion" is cleared.

7. The European Union proposed steps on Wednesday to compel social media and websites to remove "terrorist" propaganda within an hour of receiving the order from authorities.

8. Apple on Wednesday launched three new iPhones - iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. Apple has also unveiled the price and availability details of its new iPhones.

9. Finance minister Arun Jaitley dismissed fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya's claim that he had met the minister before flying out of the country in March 2016 and offered to settle his unpaid loans.

10. Indian Air Force chief BS Dhanoa on Wednesday firmly backed the Rs 59,000 crore Rafale deal, saying the fighters would significantly enhance the IAF's capabilities at a time when India's two nuclear-armed adversaries (China and Pakistan) are swiftly modernising their air forces.

11. The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday announced an additional two per cent dearness allowance (DA) for its state government employees and pensioners.

 

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