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Rajnath on Mission Kashmir, againBSF personnel, deployed in Kashmir after 11 years, stand guard in Srinagar on Tuesday. Mohd Amin War

Rajnath on Mission Kashmir, again

24 Aug 2016 | 1:48 AM

NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will undertake a two-day visit to the Kashmir Valley beginning tomorrow. The visit comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed “deep concern and pain” over the situation in the troubled state.

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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, Aug 23

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will undertake a two-day visit to the Kashmir Valley beginning tomorrow. The visit comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed “deep concern and pain” over the situation in the troubled state.

Official sources said the Home Minister, who had promised the people in the Valley during his visit last month that he would come again, would meet "all who come forward for talks." An official said: "We are open to talks, but only within the framework of the Constitution, in consonance with insaniyat, jamhuriyat and Kashmiriyat.”

The Home Minister will also “review” the security situation in the Valley that has seen unrest ever since the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani in an encounter on July 8, resulting in the death of 65 persons, including two policemen, while thousands have been injured.

Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, leading a delegation, had met the Prime Minister yesterday, seeking a “permanent and lasting” solution to the problem.

Meanwhile, in an effort to reach out to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre is in the process of providing employment opportunities to 1.40 lakh youths in the state through various means, including skill development training and jobs in the police and paramilitary forces.

The sources said 1 lakh youths, mostly under-graduates, would be given training under a centrally sponsored scheme called 'Himayat' in the next five years. They would be provided short-term training for at least three months, in an array of skills. At the end of the training, the youths would be assured of a job.

Another programme 'Udaan', launched in 2013, aimedto provide skill development training to 40,000 youths, mostly graduates and postgraduates over a period of five years.

The Centre is also in the process of recruiting 5,000 youths in the five newly created India Reserve battalions in Jammu and Kashmir.

Jat stir: Haryana puts 11 officers on notice

Jat stir: Haryana puts 11 officers on notice

24 Aug 2016 | 1:48 AM

CHANDIGARH: Two months after the Prakash Singh committee report on the lawlessness that followed the Jat agitation in February this year, the Khattar-led BJP government in Haryana has issued notices to 11 officers, asking them to reply to the castigating remarks made against them in the report.

Actress in trouble over Pak praise

Actress in trouble over Pak praise

24 Aug 2016 | 1:48 AM

BENGALURU: Actress-turned-politician Ramya is facing a sedition charge filed against her by a lawyer in Karnataka for praising people in Pakistan, kicking up a controversy today with questions being raised over invoking a colonial-era law to curb free speech.

Shimla boy was tortured to death

Shimla boy was tortured to death

24 Aug 2016 | 1:49 AM

SHIMLA: The fate of four-year-old Yug who was brutally killed a week after being abducted in 2014 would have been different had the Shimla police not limited its search exercise to scouring orphanages in the first week of abduction.

New law envisages 'altruistic' surrogacy

24 Aug 2016 | 1:48 AM

NEW DELHI: Indian surrogacy law is set for change with the Union Cabinet likely to take up a draft legislation tomorrow for regulating the booming sector.

Young cricketer drowns,  parents allege murder

Young cricketer drowns, parents allege murder

24 Aug 2016 | 1:48 AM

PATIALA:The body of a 16-year-old budding cricketer, Abhishek, was recovered from the Bhakra canal today.

Gandhi launches front, but says won’t quit AAP

Gandhi launches front, but says won’t quit AAP

24 Aug 2016 | 1:48 AM

CHANDIGARH:Patiala MP and rebel AAP leader Dr Dharamvira Gandhi along with a few former leaders of the party today launched a new front for “alternative politics” even as the front’s name and members are yet to be finalised.


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24 Aug 2016 | 1:17 AM

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PGI crisis over, resident doctors call off strike

24 Aug 2016 | 2:02 AM

CHANDIGARH:Nearly 1,200 junior and senior resident doctors of the PGI called off their strike here late this evening after nearly 51 hours amid a lot of anger and resentment.

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Poll doles take toll on state’s fiscal health

24 Aug 2016 | 1:43 AM

CHANDIGARH: The social security liabilities have doubled this fiscal, thanks to the poll sops being offered by the SAD-BJP government to appease various sections of voters. But what is worrying Finance Department officials is the slow growth of revenue to fund these “poll-time welfare measures”.

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‘Will review rejected farmer suicide claims’

24 Aug 2016 | 1:42 AM

AMLOH: Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today claimed that the Opposition was projecting false figures of farmer suicide cases in Mansa.

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Capt: One ticket per family norm not for LS elections

24 Aug 2016 | 1:42 AM

CHANDIGARH: In a relief for MPs whose family members are keen to contest the Vidhan Sabha elections, PPCC chief Capt Amarinder Singh today clarified that the rule was restricted to the Assembly elections only.

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Committed to political resolution: Mehbooba

Committed to political resolution: Mehbooba

24 Aug 2016 | 12:45 AM

JAMMU:Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said the PDP has been able to inspire confidence among a majority of the people in all regions of the state, about its ability to solve multiple problems being faced by Jammu and Kashmir on political, economic, administrative and financial fronts.

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24 Aug 2016 | 12:45 AM

Manila: More than 1,900 people, or about 36 per day, have been killed in a violent campaign against drugs in the Philippines since President Rodrigo Duterte came to office seven weeks ago, the country’s national police chief said on Tuesday.

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24 Aug 2016 | 2:08 AM

NEW DELHI: The government today reiterated that the Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL) — (PAHAL) mechanism — made it possible to block 3.34 crore duplicate, fake and inactive domestic LPG connections and the estimated savings due to blocking of these connections was Rs 21,261 crore.

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Margins are small, we need to close them: Rasquinha

24 Aug 2016 | 2:13 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO:Viren Rasquinha, the former Indian hockey team captain, was part of the team that finished seventh at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

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24 Aug 2016 | 2:16 AM

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