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

2. 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.

3. An Army porter was martyred Friday when Pakistani troops continued ceasefire violations for the fourth consecutive day along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting the Indian Army to retaliate.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. The Jammu and Kashmir BJP Friday termed former IAS officer Shah Faesal's remarks at his press conference earlier in the day a "bundle of lies" and motivated.

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. Five hundred and sixty seven bunkers are nearing completion while work has been allotted for 731 bunkers along the International Border and LoC in three districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

9. The grievance cell of the Jammu and Kashmir administration has resolved over 40,000 complaints registered by it.

10. K Vijay Kumar, advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Friday emphasized the role of information technology in easing government functioning and reinforcing transparency in services delivery.

11. A court here has closed a sedition case against the Amnesty India, pertaining to a petition filed by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) against the human rights body on August 15, 2016.

12. India has written to Pakistan proposing a visit by its experts to inspect two hydroelectricity projects on the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir from January 27 to February 1, which is mandatory under the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT)between the two countries.

13. Security personnel Friday arrested three persons and recovered fake currency with a face value of more than Rs 15,000 in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district.

14. Terrorists Friday evening attacked a CRPF bunker in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir by hurling a grenade, but there were no reports of loss of life.

15. US President Donald Trump on Friday said major changes are coming to the H-1B visa programme, which has become a popular gateway for Indians to the US, that will offer a potential path to citizenship to those holding it.

16. 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.

17. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan should back up his talk about wanting better ties with India by acting against terror groups based in his country whose leaders have been hobnobbing with ministers, India said on Friday.

18. Alok Verma quit on Friday without spending even a day at work as director general of fire services, civil defence and home guards, using his resignation letter addressed to C Chandramouli, secretary in the ministry of personnel, to complain bitterly that he had been denied "natural justice" by a high-level panel that removed him from the helm of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) one day ago based on a report by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) .


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Gaurav Sharma