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1. A PhD scholar turned terrorist commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, Manan Bashir Wani, along with his associate was killed in an encounter with security forces in Kupwara district.

2. 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.

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

5. The Indian Space Research Organisation will set up a centre at the Central University Jammu (CUJ) to expand its presence to the northernmost state of India.

6. 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.

7. Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha Thursday described the current situation in the country as "worse than the Emergency days

8. Twenty-six more cases of Dengue have been reported in the State, taking the total number of patients affected with the disease so far this year to 52.

9. A mega fish farm funded by National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) is coming up at Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir at a cost of Rs 4 crore.

10. Russia won't be pressured by the threat of US sanctions while finalising big-ticket military hardware deals with India, including contracts for four frigates and production of Kalashnikov assault rifles, said Russian ambassador Nikolay Kudashev on Thursday.

11. The National Green Tribunal has directed 23 states and Union territories, including the national capital Delhi and Chandigarh, to prepare action plans within two months to bring the air quality standard within the prescribed limit.

12. 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.

13. 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.


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Gaurav Sharma