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BEAUTY OF DEVELOPMENT: GJ Lensman Aman captures a view of Sidhra Highway surrounded by concrete structures.

Jaitley in Kashmir, reviews security situation

Srinagar, May 17: Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and today reviewed at a high level meeting the security situation in Kashmir where militant attacks and incidents of stone- pelting are on the rise. Jaitley, who also holds the finance portfolio, arrived here this evening and soon after chaired the security review meeting which was also attended by newly-appointed Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra and Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat, Army officials said. The Defence Minister was briefed on the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir and steps being taken to restore normalcy in the Valley through close coordination amongst all the government agencies, the officials said. He was also apprised about various measures to strengthen the counter-infiltration grid along the Line of Control (LoC), where Pakistani forces have been indulging . 

College students clash with police in Srinagar

Srinagar, May 17: Stone-pelting students of a college in old Srinagar today clashed with the security forces after they were stopped from taking out a march to press for release of those arrested during earlier such protests. The students of Gandhi College boycotted their classes and came out on the main road at Babademb in downtown city around noon and tried to take out a march, officials said. They were chanting slogans in support of the demand for release of those arrested during such protests earlier, the officials said. When they were prevented from marching further, the students pelted stones at the police. Police fired dozens of teargas shells and used batons to chase the students, including girls. .

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Suggest measures to develop livestock industry, minimize imports: Mehbooba asks Vets, Scientists            

SRINAGAR, MAY 17: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today asked veterinarians and scientists of SKUAST to brainstorm on status of livestock management in the State and suggest measures by which dependence on import of mutton and chicken is reduced and Jammu & Kashmir can achieve self-sufficiency in the sector. Inaugurating a National Symposium on Livestock Management and Production at SKUAST-K here, the Chief Minister wondered that livestock management in the State could not be developed as an independent sector of economy over decades and has always been : .... .  ...................


Sham Choudhary for speeding up dredging works in Jhelum      

SRINAGAR, MAY 17: Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Sham Lal Choudhary today stressed upon the officers of I&FC Department for gearing up their men and machinery to further speed up dredging works in river Jhelum. The Minister said this during a day-long tour to Baramulla and Sopore to personally monitor ongoing dredging works in river Jhelum and functioning of PHE Department in these areas. The Minister visited site no-2 in Khadinyar area of Baramulla, where dredging works in Outfall Channel (OFC) of river Jhelum are being carried out by the Department. The Minister was informed that 2 long boom excavators have been engaged at the site for 2nd stage works. In order to speed up the process, the Minister asked concerned officers to submit a proposal for procurement of 2 new high-tech dredging....  . .  . .. ... . . .. . . . .. ..... . ......................

Zulfkar reviews functioning of LMD   
JAMMU, MAY 17: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA), Choudhary Zulfkar Ali today enjoined upon the officers of Legal Metrology Department (LMD) for ensuring strict enforcement of various laws and Acts of the Department aimed at protection of consumer rights. The Minister, while reviewing functioning of LMD, took a detailed district-wise review of physical and financial achievements recorded by the Department in Jammu province, during financial year 2016-17. The Minister was informed that the Department has conducted 21293 inspections and booked 3910 erring traders in Jammu division under prevailing laws and rules with realization of Rs 54 lakh as penalty. Besides, 163 awareness cum re-verification camps have been organized in various districts. On.. . ...  . . .  . .. . .. .  ......    , .......................

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Heated exchanges between Jaitley and Jethmalani in HC  

New Delhi, May 17: Heated exchanges were witnessed between Union Minister Arun Jaitley and senior advocate Ram Jethmalani in the Delhi High Court today during the former's cross-examination in a defamation case against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The recording of Jaitley's statement in a civil defamation suit of R10 crore filed by him against Kejriwal and other AAP functionaries could not continue as the Minister objected to the use of a word against him by the veteran lawyer representing the Chief Minister. The Finance Minister, who appeared before Joint Registrar Deepali Sharma, lost his cool and asked Jethmalani whether the word was used .. .  .    . .....................

SC suggests government bring law to address triple talaq issue

New Delhii, May 17: The Cupreme Court on Wednesday suggested that the Central government put in place a law addressing the question of marriage and divorce, including triple talaq, in the Muslim community instead of waiting for the court to decide the issue judicially. "We may or may not (decide the issue), but you do," the constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar told Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi as he urged the court to step in a situation where there is no legislation. Noting the government's insistence that the court should first rule against instant triple talaq and then it would bring a law, the bench asked why the government seemed to be shunning its responsibility. At this, Rohatgi said: "I will do what I have to do. The question is what you (court) will do." As he referred to the Vishakha guidelines that were framed by the top court to protect.


Indian Navy foils piracy attempt, rescues Liberian ship in the Gulf of Aden

 KOLKATA, May 17: The Indian Navy has thwarted a piracy attempt on the 17,025-tonne bulk-carrier MV Lord Mountbatten in the Gulf of Aden. The Navy's warship INS Sharda, deployed in Gulf of Aden for anti-piracy mission, swung into action after it received a distress call from MV Lord Mountbatten around 4:45 pm on Tuesday. After reaching out to the vessel, the Navy's 'Marcos' commandos with support from the helicopter on board the ship, carried out a 'board and search' operation on two dhows and five skiffs which had shown "malicious intent". Three skiffs fled the area at high speeds on sighting the Indian warship. "The ship received a distress call from MV Lord Mountbatten, in position 230 nm South-West in the Gulf of Aden. "The vessel had reported an incident of attempted piracy by two suspicious mother vessels

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Modi's Lanka visit was a grand success: Lanka minister

Beijing, May 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to Sri Lanka was a "grand success" and enabled both countries to finalise a number of projects, including the Trincomalee port project, a minister here said. Sri Lanka's Minister on Special Assignment Sarath Amanugama, who was part of the official delegation headed by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremeshinghe that took part in the 'One Belt One Road' initiative here, said talks were underway with India for its participation in free trade zones in Trincomalee, Hambantota free trade as well as the Colombo port...  .. ..

Putin 'ready to provide recording' of Lavrov-Trump exchange

Sochi, May 17: Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that Moscow could provide a recording of the exchange between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US President Donald Trump, who is accused of sharing classified intelligence. "If the US administration finds it possible, we are ready to provide a recording of the conversation between Lavrov and Trump to the US Congress and Senate," Putin said during a press conference. He mocked the idea that Trump went off-script to share secrets with the Russians, saying he could issue a "reprimand" to Lavrov since he hasn't passed on the information. "(Lavrov) didn't share these secrets with us -- neither with me nor with the representatives of the Russian security services. That is very bad of him," Putin said to sniggers from the audience as he. ..   :.

Japan restarts another reactor

Tokyo, May 17: A Japanese utility today switched on a nuclear reactor, the latest to come back in service despite deep public opposition in the aftermath of the Fukushima crisis. Japan shut down all of its dozens of reactors after a powerful earthquake in March 2011 spawned a huge tsunami that led to meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant, causing the world's worst such accident since Chernobyl in 1986. But only a handful of reactors have come back online due to public opposition and as legal cases work their way through the courts. Today, Kansai Electric Power (KEPCO) restarted the No 4 reactor at the Takahama nuclear plant after a court in March cleared the move. The latest restart at the plant in Fukui prefecture, some 350 kilometres west of Tokyo, came... .

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