EVENING NEWS

1. Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik Friday said the administration was ready for assembly elections in the state and a call in this direction should be taken by the Election Commission and New Delhi.

2. An Army Major and a soldier were martyred in an IED blast along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district Friday.

3. Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malilk said Friday the Kashmiri youth has not much to do in the evening as he asked authorities to build a playground in every village of the state.

4. Former IAS officer Shah Faesal, who quit the service recently, Friday shared his future plans, saying he would not join any mainstream political parties "as of now", or separatist Hurriyat Conference, but would be happy to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections.

5. A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and a soldier were injured in an IED blast along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district Friday.

6. An earthquake measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale struck Srinagar on Friday, officials said. No loss of life or property has been reported.

7. Most parts of Kashmir, including the plains, received fresh snowfall Friday which led to closure of the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only all-weather road-link connecting the valley with the rest of the country.

8. National Conference president Farooq Abdullah has said that lasting peace can be achieved in Kashmir only through dialogue and the Centre should hold talks with the Hurriyat leaders.

9. US president Donald Trump on Friday said major changes are coming to the H1-B visa programme of which Indian IT professional and Indian IT firms have been the single largest beneficiary.

10. India all-rounder Hardik Pandya and opener KL Rahul were on Friday sent separate suspension notes by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on behalf of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for their misconduct on the chat show Koffee With Karan.

11. Alok Verma, the first CBI director to be removed by a PM-led panel, refused to take up his next assignment and resigned from service on Friday.

12. Taking a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday told Indian workers here that he wants to listen to their problems instead of telling his "Mann Ki Baat".

13. Industrial output growth dropped to a 17-month low of 0.5 per cent in November on account of contraction in manufacturing sector, particularly consumer and capital goods.

 

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Gaurav Sharma