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1. The country's first 'smart fence' pilot project, which entails deploying laser-activated fences and technology-enabled barriers to plug vulnerable gaps along borders, will be formally launched by Home Minister Rajnath Singh next week along the India-Pakistan border.

2. The National Conference (NC) on Thursday called an all-party meeting here to discuss the legal challenge to Article 35A and the political and security situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

3. Three terrorists of pro-Pakistan Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) were killed and 12 security personnel, including three officers, injured Thursday in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district, a day after they fired on a police party and escaped,

5. Former chief minister and National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah Thursday called on Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik here and discussed the prevailing situation in the state and his party's views on the upcoming local bodies and panchayat elections.

5. Union minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday alleged that the opposition parties in Jammu and Kashmir are looking for excuses to not participate in the upcoming panchayat and urban local body (ULB) elections in the state.

6. Mass evacuations from US towns north of Boston were underway on Thursday after dozens of fires and suspected gas explosions erupted, police said, leaving at least six injuries.

7. President Ram Nath Kovind has cleared the appointment of Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India. He will take over from CJI Dipak Misra on October 3 and continue in office till November 17, 2019.

8. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has advised chief ministers of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled states against involving their relatives in governance and ticket distribution. He has also asked them to consult him before travelling abroad.

9. The CBI said on Thursday that the change in a 2015 Lookout Circular (LoC) against liquor baron Vijay Mallya from "detain" to merely informing about his movements was an "error" in judgement because he was cooperating in the probe and there was no warrant against him.

10. The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered all states and Union territories to frame a rule whereby uninsured vehicles involved in fatal or non-fatal accidents would be auctioned and the sale proceeds, deposited with the Motor Accident Claim Tribunal (MACT) to compensate victims.


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