1. The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has seized 50 kilograms of heroin, worth Rs 250 crore in the international market, from a truck in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramban district.

2. The Jammu and Kashmir government has renamed commercial taxes department (CTD) as state taxes department (STD), and created 215 additional posts to strengthen the division.

3. Kewal Krishan Sharma, who served as chief secretary of Delhi and Goa, on Thursday assumed office as fourth advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik.

4. Three councillors in Lakhanpur Municipal Council and Nagari parole Municipal Council along with their followers joined the BJP Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district.

5. Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh Thursday reviewed prevailing security situation post the killing of a senior BJP leader and his brother.

6. A Sikh organisation on Thursday demanded a high-level probe into various packages announced by successive governments at the Centre for Kashmiri Pandits and alleged that other communities in Jammu and Kashmir have been ignored.

7. The Jammu and Kashmir crime branch has initiated the process of pressing perjury charges against a witness in the case of rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl after he had retracted from a "confessional statement" recorded in front of a magistrate.

8. Day curfew has been lifted in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district following improvement in situation, though night curfew will remain in force as a precautionary measure.

9. On the second anniversary of the invalidation of high-value currency notes, finance minister Arun Jaitley rose to the defence of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government on Thursday in the face of a barrage of criticism by Opposition leaders, including former prime minister Mahmohan Singh who said the scars on the economy were becoming more visible, and Congress president Rahul Gandhi who called it a "day of infamy.


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Gaurav Sharma