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1. DGP Dilbagh Singh Monday asked policemen to be prepared for the Lok Sabha elections as the responsibilities of all the forces have increased.

2. The National Conference Monday decided to contest all six Lok Sabha seats in the state, but has left a slim possibility of an alliance with the Congress "based on the national scenario".

3. For the second time this month Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq skipped a summon by the National Investigation Agency for questioning at its New Delhi headquarters on Monday in a terror funding case citing security reasons and insisted that he was willing to be quizzed in Srinagar.

4. National Conference president Farooq Abdullah will seek re-election from the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat while former Jammu and Kashmir speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone will be the party's candidate from the Baramulla constituency.

5. A petition was Monday filed in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court challenging the extension of 77th and 103rd amendments of the Indian Constitution to the state through a presidential order earlier this month.

6. An Army jawan was martyred and four others were injured when the Pakistan army violated ceasefire for a second day Monday, resorting to heavy mortar shelling and firing along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district.

7. Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) Monday announced two candidates for the Lok Sabha elections in Kashmir region.

8. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Pramod Sawant was sworn in as the chief minister of Goa past midnight on Monday in a move that capped frenzied political developments in the state following Manohar Parrikar's cremation.

9. A gunman killed three people and wounded nine others on a tram in the central Dutch city of Utrecht, sparking a manhunt that saw heavily armed officers with sniffer dogs zero in on an apartment building close to the shooting.

10. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra began a three-day poll campaign on a steamer on Monday, a journey that will culminate in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi after a 140km journey on the Ganga.

11. Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar was cremated with state honours in Panaji on Monday, with thousands bidding the affable politician a fond farewell.

12. The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, said on Monday it was possible that once he dies his incarnation could be found in India, where he has lived in exile for 60 years, and warned that any other successor named by China would not be respected.


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Gaurav Sharma