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1. Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik's remarks favouring a particular individual for the post of mayor of Srinagar were being presented in a distorted manner as the local bodies elections in the state are being conducted in a fair and transparent way.

2. Former PDP MLC Vikramaditya Singh, the son of ex-Union minister Karan Singh, joined the Congress on Thursday in presence of senior party leaders.

3. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said Thursday that PhD scholar-turned militant preferring death in an encounter over life should make political parties realise the gravity of the situation and facilitate dialogue with all stakeholders to end the bloodshed in Jammu and Kashmir.

4. An Army jawan was injured when Pakistani troops violated ceasefire and resorted to firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district.

5. Four persons were arrested for allegedly involving in unlawful activities, including drug peddling, in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district.

6. A Jammu and Kashmir Police constable has been awarded the 'Shaurya Chakra' posthumously for showing exemplary courage while fighting militants in the restive state.

7. The Indian Army has launched a skill development programme for the youths of mountainous district of Kishtwar to help them become self-employed and and economically independent.

8. The BJP's Jammu and Kashmir unit on Thursday expelled three more workers for "anti-party" activities.

9. At least eight people were killed and lakhs were left without power on Thursday as Cyclone Titli hit Andhra Pradesh and Odisha destroying huts, uprooting trees, snapping electric and telephone poles.

10. The BSE Sensex slumped over 750 points to end at a six-month low and the Nifty ended below the 10,300 mark Thursday as global indices witnessed across-the-board losses after investor sentiment was hit by heavy sell-off in world markets.

11. The cancellation of the Indo-Pak foreign ministers' meeting in New York by India on "flimsy pretexts" was "disappointing", Pakistan said Thursday, asserting that it wants peaceful and good-neighbourly relations with New Delhi on the basis of sovereign equality, mutual respect and mutual benefit.

12. The Congress on Thursday accused the Centre and the erstwhile BJP-PDP government in Jammu and Kashmir of "spoiling" the atmosphere in the state and held them responsible for the current situation there, where people are "afraid" to cast their vote.

13. Over 30 per cent of posts of Chief Information Commissioners and Information Commissioners are lying vacant across the country, according to a study released Thursday by the NGO Transparency International India.


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Gaurav Sharma