1. In the aftermath of the recent killing of seven civilians during an anti-militancy operation, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik Tuesday reviewed the security situation in the state and called for adherence of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to avoid civilian casualties.

2. PDP leader Naeem Akhtar Tuesday condemned the "hateful language and threats" issued to the Muslim community during the 'Dharam Sabha' organized by VHP and RSS at Jammu and accused the BJP of trying to reap electoral gains by such events.

3. The Home Ministry has approved new tourist and trekking routes in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir to promote adventure tourism and enhance economic activities.

4. BJP Tuesday criticised People's Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference (NC) for levelling "base less allegations" against governor administration in Jammu and Kashmir.

5. National Conference president Farooq Abdullah Tuesday hit out at the Governor's administration in Jammu and Kashmir for ending disbursement of subsidised sugar to the state's BPL consumers, saying it will adversely affect the poor.

6. Kargil in Ladakh region was the coldest place in Jammu and Kashmir Monday as minimum temperature dipped to minus 15.8 degree Celsius.

7. Set to be the biggest in northern India, the "Jambu" Zoo project is back on track after being grounded due to a financial crunch and is likely to open doors to the public in June 2019.

8. The Jammu and Kashmir administration has decided to resolve the service-related grievances of its employees through a new committee which will hold its first hearing on Wednesday.

9. Member of Rajya Sabha and senior Peoples Democratic Party leader Fayaz Ahmad Mir on Tuesday staged a protest against the Pulwama killings inside Parliament in Delhi.

10. Pakistan's Senate or upper house on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution condemning the violence in Kashmir's Pulwama district on Saturday that resulted in the death of seven civilians.

11. Barring south Kashmir areas, normal life resumed in rest of the valley on Tuesday after three days of shutdown following a shutdown call by Separatist leaders against the civilian and terrorist killings in Pulwama district.

12. The Delhi High Court Tuesday sought response of the Centre and the prison authorities on a plea by Kashmiri separatist Aasiya Andrabi, arrested in a case of allegedly waging war against the country with support from Pakistan, challenging her solitary confinement.

13. Australia produced an all round performance to beat India by 146 runs in the second Test of the four-match series at Optus stadium in Perth on Tuesday. With the comprehensive win, the hosts levelled the Test series 1-1 with two more matches to be played in Melbourne and Sydney.

14. State Administration on Tuesday announced winter vacations in all degree colleges in Kashmir division from December 24 till February 11, 2019 in view of chilly weather conditions. Meanwhile, Degree colleges of Jammu division shall observe winter vacations from January 7, 2019 to January 16, 2019, except colleges falling in winter zone of Jammu division.

15. Hamid Nehal Ansari is a free man and has been repatriated to India from Pakistan today. Ansari, who spent six years at the Peshawar Central Jail after he was arrested on November 14, 2012 and sentenced to three years in jail in December 2015, was brought to the Attari-Wagah border where he crossed over to the Indian side around 5.30 pm today.

16. The State administration will train over 250 strategic level officers to improve their understanding about governmental processes and service qualities.

17. Jammu and Kasmir's Kathua district has earned the distinction of getting the state's first electoral literacy club.

18. Back in Delhi after a whirlwind tour of three states to witness three Congress chief ministers take over, party chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday renewed his attack on the BJP-led national coalition over the plight of farmers and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of worrying only about wealthy businessmen.


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Gaurav Sharma