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1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will contest the Lok Sabha election from Varanasi, the seat he represents in Parliament, BJP president Amit Shah will fight from Gandhinagar in place of veteran leader L K Advani as the party Thursday announced its first list of 184 candidates for the general election.

2. Senior Samajwadi Party leader Ramgopal Yadav Thursday alleged that the Pulwama terror attack was a "conspiracy" to garner votes, drawing sharp criticism from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

3. A photograph of a blank State Subject Certificate (SSC) signed by officials in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramban district has gone viral on social media, prompting authorities to order a probe into the matter.

4. Union Minister Jitendra Singh will file his nomination papers Friday from Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur constituency.

5. An Army jawan was martyred as Pakistani troops shelled forward areas and Indian posts with artillery and mortar bombs heavily along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district.

6. Two policemen, including an officer, were injured in a grenade attack by terrorists in Sopore township of Baramulla district.

7. Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, wanted in India on fraud and money laundering charges amounting to USD 2 billion, spent Holi behind bars in one of England's most overcrowded jails on Thursday.

8. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Thursday said fake campaigns of ‘compulsive contrarians' on three issues - the Hindu terror theory, the Godhra incident and Nirav Modi case - were busted in a single day.

9. The harried pilots of Jet Airways, which is on the brink of shuttering operations, have now approached SpiceJet seeking employment.

10. Holi-the festival of colours was celebrated with full religious fervour and gaiety all over Jammu region today with people remaining busy in sprinkling colours on each other and making merry.


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Gaurav Sharma