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1. The BJP's Jammu and Kashmir unit staged a protest in Jammu on Wednesday against the alleged attack on party president Amit Shah's roadshow in Kolkata, terming the incident as "an onslaught on democracy".

2. Jammu and Kashmir High Court Wednesday took suo moto cognizance of the Bandipora rape case of a three-year-old girl and directed Inspector General of Police (Kashmir zone) to file a status report by Friday.

3. Thousands of stranded vehicles were cleared off the Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Wednesday despite rocks sliding intermittently from a hillock overlooking the strategic road.

4. Five teachers are among six government officials suspended for remaining absent from duty without approval in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district Wednesday.

5. The retirement age of CAPF personnel is set to be fixed at 60 years after the Supreme Court recently dismissed a special leave petition (SLP) filed by the government against the direction of the Delhi High Court to resolve an existing anomaly.

6. The Jammu and Kashmir Police will set up a web-based Inventory Management System (IMS) for procurement, warehousing, allotment and weapons and equipment management in the state.

7. Amid a raging debate over banning of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) in the country, including e-cigarettes and flavoured hookah, more than 3,000 users of these devices have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to legalise them.

8. The Election Commission has cut short campaigning for the last round of voting in West Bengal after the latest round of poll-related violence in the state. Campaigning in nine Bengal seats will end at 10 pm Thursday, the election commission announced on Wednesday evening.

9. BJP chief Amit Shah on Wednesday accused the Trinamool Congress of orchestrating violence during his roadshow in Kolkata, presenting photographs to prove his point as the TMC, BJP sparring intensified in the slog overs of the Lok Sabha elections.

10. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been the target of many swipes from the Congress president Rahul Gandhi who has accused him of misleading the public, shifting the goalpost and outright lying.

11. The BJP staged a silent protest at the Jantar Mantar on Wednesday to condemn the violence in Kolkata after the alleged attack on the party president Amit Shah's convoy.

12. The MiG-21 Bison Squadron, of which Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was part of when he took on the intruding aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in Jammu and Kashmir on February 27 this year, has taken on the sobriquet ‘Falcon Slayers' and ‘AMRAAM Dodgers' and have got special uniform patches made to commemorate the dogfight.


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Gaurav Sharma