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Centre Halts Security Operations For Ramzan In J&K, Welcomed By Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah

Paying respect to the Ramzan month, the Union government of India decided not to hold any security operations in Jammu and Kashmir. The decision was welcomed by the state Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and opposition National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Wednesday. The Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti said: “The decision would go a long way in healing the wounds of people of the state who have been suffering the pain of violence and uncertainty for the past three decades or so. What best a time to go for this decision than the onset of holy month of Ramadhan which   promotes values of patience, self-restraint and tolerance.” It was a “historic decision” and Mufti said that she wanted to thank the Centre government and especially the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh. She also said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir were happy with this decision. Some of them had wanted this for long time. During this auspicious month for Muslims, the general environment will be breathable for them, she said. “This marks the beginning of listening of the story of pain of the state’s people by the country’s leadership,” she said. The gesture by the central government was aimed at providing some relief to the general population of the state who have been through enough “torment and tragedy”, Mufti said and...

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Yeddyurappa New CM Of Karnataka, Congress Move Supreme Court

  It can be said that at last the suspense of Karnataka elections will come to an end very soon. Or will it? Late on Wednesday night, the Karnataka governor invited BJP chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa to form the government. He will take oath at 9 am on Thursday as the next chief minister of the state. He now has 15 days to prove his majority. However, the Congress approached the chief justice of India late on Wednesday night seeking a stay on the swearing in or at least reducing the time given to Yeddyurappa to prove the majority on the floor of the assembly. Earlier, the Karnataka governor Valubhai Vala gave the chance to the BJP to form the government first. While the JD(S)-Congress combined had reached Raj Bhavan first and told the Governor that as a combination they had the majority magic number, the BJP was called in first to prove that it has a majority. Former Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi was consulted by the governor Vala about the situation. In the evening at Raj Bhavan, JD(S)-Cong meet the governor where he had reportedly assured them. Vala reportedly had told them that he would take a decision after consulting legal experts and would also keep in mind the instances of Goa and Manipur. Earlier in the day, the high drama from Tuesday continued. Accusations of horse...

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Karnataka Presents Hung Assembly, BJP Short Of Majority, Cong-JD(S) Get Together

Karnataka election results can beat any suspense thriller movie. And the suspense is expected to continue for a few more days. Karnataka presented a hung assembly on Tuesday after counting, with the BJP turning out to be the largest party but short of an absolute majority. The Congress party surprised everyone by lending unconditional support to the JD(S). The ball now squarely rests in the Governor’s court. Governor Vajubhai Vala can give chance to BJP as the single largest party to form the government. But there are also predictions that the Cong–JD(S) – which has a combined strength of more than the required majority, could be asked to prove the majority in the assembly ahead of the BJP. After the mandate was out, all of the three major parties rushed to meet Governor at Raj Bhavan. The result day was a roller coaster ride for BJP. In the early rounds of the counting the party were in close vicinity to touching the magic number. And just when the celebration was in full swing at BJP offices both in Bangalore and elsewhere in Karnataka, the tides suddenly turned on it. The party ended up with 104 seats – well below the magic figure of 112. “We had to be ready for any eventuality. So when there was a window, we chipped in,” Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said. “In the...

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Survey finds sexual assault in public place frightens 1 in 3 teenage girls in India

Sexual harassment in public places is a common occurrence in India. According to a recent national survey, one in three adolescent girls in India is afraid about being sexually harassed in public spaces. While one in five of the women interviewed in the survey expressed fears of physical assault, they were even sacred of being raped. The survey was conducted by the NGO ‘Save the Children’. The data was collected under the survey called ‘WINGS 2018: World of India’s Girls- a study on the perception of girls’ safety in public spaces’. More than two-thirds of adolescent girls from urban and rural areas who are surveyed said that in the case of any harassment in public places, they would like to share that incident with their mothers, the report has further discovered. In the survey, nearly two out of five teenage girls said that if their parents came to know about the harassment that they faced in public spaces, they would not allow them to go out again. The WINGS 2018 survey was carried out in a large number of public places. The number of adolescent girls and boys who were surveyed was more than 4,000 and were from across multiple locations in India. Additionally, the survey also interviewed about 800 parents of adolescent girls. They survey was conducted in six states and within 30 cities and 84 villages in...

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Controversy Continues on Nawaz Sharif’s Comments on 26/11 Mumbai Attacks

The controversy related to the comments of former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif om the Mumbai Attack continues unabated. On Monday Pakistani prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi   blamed   the Indian media for twisting the quote of Sharif. Before entering the court Nawaz Sharif again repeated his comments on Mumbai attack in front of the media. His attitude towards the comments was the same. The controversy started on Saturday during an interview with the daily Dawn where Sharif claimed that militant organisations are active in Pakistan. They are non-state actors, he said. He also added, “Should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial?” he asked. This comment of Sharif created a big controversy within Pakistan and drew sharp and pointed comments from India. The whole world, including the Pakistani media carried Sharif’s comments and quotes. Most of the media claimed that his comments were allegation made towards the Pakistani military. Following the developments, the National Security Council in Pakistan called the emergency meeting on Sunday to conduct a review of. Sharif’s remarks. The council later said in a statement that Sharif had presented the comments without much concrete facts and realities and that the opinion expressed by Sharif arose because of either misconceptions or grievances. The members condemned the fallacious allegations and unanimously refuted...

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