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1. The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the only all weather road linking the Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country, was reopened for one-way traffic on Tuesday after remaining closed for a week due to heavy snowfall and incessant rains in the region.

2. The Jammu and Kashmir's governor's administration has formed a high level committee to determine the scope and size of division level offices, their staffing and location for the newly constituted division for Ladakh region.

3. In a major success, security forces shot dead Hizbul Mujahideen militant Hilal Ahmed Rather, who had helped dreaded LeT terrorist Naved Jhatt escape, during an encounter in South Kashmir Tuesday in which an Army jawan was also martyred.

4. Hundreds of college students in Jammu boycotted classes and held protests in parts of Jammu city on Tuesday, a day after a group of stranded Kashmir-bound passengers allegedly raised "objectionable" slogans.

5. Northern Army chief Lt General Ranbir Singh Tuesday reviewed the operational preparedness of the force in Ladakh sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

6. Separatists on Tuesday called for a two-day shutdown to protest the legal challenge to Article 370 and Article 35-A of the Constitution, which grant special status to Jammu and Kashmir and special rights and privileges to its "permanent residents", respectively.

7. The number of ceasefire violations or crossborder firings in Jammu and Kashmir more than doubled in 2018 compared to the previous year, while the casualties the BSF suffered in terms of death of its jawans in these incidents increased by three times, the government informed Parliament Tuesday.

8. Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone Tuesday said the erosion of Jammu and Kashmir's special status is responsible for the growing alienation and mistrust towards New Delhi.

9. Senior BJP leader Ram Madhav on Tuesday said the NDA government has given India a "sense of security" and there has been "no terror incident" in the country in the last five years.

10. India has signed a contract with a US firm for 72,400 assault rifles at a cost of around Rs 700 crore.

11. A MiG-27 aircraft airborne on a training mission from Jaisalmer crashed at the Pokharan firing range on Tuesday evening. The pilot of the crashed Mig 27 jet ejected safely.

12. As 17 people died in Tuesday's massive fire that engulfed hotel Arpit Palace in central Delhi's Karol Bagh.


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Gaurav Sharma