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Mehbooba on Mission DelhiPEACE MESSAGE IF EVER THERE COULD BE ONE: A girl looks out of the window of her house at a protest march in Srinagar on Friday, with a telling advertisement punchline painted on wall. PTI

Mehbooba on Mission Delhi

To meet PM today as unrest enters 50th day; all-party delegation on agenda27 Aug 2016 | 1:43 AM

SRINAGAR/JAMMU:A day after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh concluded his two-day Kashmir visit to find ways for an end to the unrest, which enters its 50th day tomorrow, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti flew to New Delhi today where she is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Tribune News Service

Srinagar/jammu, August 26

A day after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh concluded his two-day Kashmir visit to find ways for an end to the unrest, which enters its 50th day tomorrow, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti flew to New Delhi today where she is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The meeting with the PM, sources said, may take place on Saturday.  

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The Centre has also asked Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh to reach Delhi to seek the state BJP unit’s opinion on the prevailing situation in the state before initiating some confidence-building measures.

Although the local BJP unit has not been taken on board by the high command on important policy matters on Kashmir, the Deputy CM has reportedly been called to brief him about steps to be initiated at the state government’s end to restore normalcy in the Valley. Curfew was extended in towns of South Kashmir today with yet another protester killed  in Pulwama during clashes after Friday prayers.

A senior government functionary said Mehbooba Mufti  would hold discussions in the national capital about the proposed visit of an all-party delegation to Kashmir.

Rajnath Singh, while concluding his two-day visit to Kashmir on Thursday, had said that he had conveyed to the Chief Minister that preparations should be made for the visit of an all-party delegation to address the present crisis.

The all-party parliamentary delegation is likely to visit the state in the first week of September and meet a cross section of people.  

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CHANDIGARH: Amid hectic lobbying and much chest-thumping, the political affairs committee (PAC) of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today removed Sucha Singh Chhotepur as the Punjab unit convener, pending an inquiry by a two- member committee. If found innocent, Chhotepur could be back on the post, a party spokesperson said.

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LUCKNOW: The Allahabad High Court on Friday stayed the arrest of six members of the family of Mohammad Akhlaq, who was lynched in his native village Bisahda in Dadri town of the Gautam Budh Nagar district in September last year over beef consumption rumours.

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MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court today ruled that women had the right to enter the inner sanctum of the Haji Ali shrine off Mumbai.

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