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Army chief pays last respects to soldier killed in Kashmir

New Delhi : Indian Army chief General Dalbir Singh on Wednesday paid his last respects to a soldier killed in an ambush by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir.

The ambush by terrorists on a patrolling column of the Rashtriya Rifles led to a gun battle in Kulgam in Jammu and Kashmir, in which a soldier and a 'district commander' of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were killed.

The body of the soldier, Sepoy Dharma Ram, was brought to Delhi before being taken to his native village in Rajasthan.

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208 trains cancelled since May 21 due to Gujjar agitation

New Delhi : At least 208 trains have been cancelled and another 109 diverted on alternative routes on the Kota-Mathura track until Wednesday due to Gujjar community's agitation in Rajasthan.

Railways authorities said the track bears the major traffic between south and north zones of the Indian Railways.

Train cancellations and diversions have led to an unprecedented level of cancellations of reservations, revised reservation requests and enquiries, said the authorities.

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Security core group meet to combat Jammu and Kashmir violence

Jammu : A high-level security meet was held on Wednesday in Nagrota headquarters of the army's White Knight corps to work out a joint strategy to combat violence and address security issues in Jammu and Kashmir's 10 districts.

Defence spokesman Colonel Manish Mehta told IANS in Jammu: "Core Group Security meeting was held at Nagrota, the headquarters of White Knight Corps today (Wednesday) to take stock of the prevailing security situation South of Pir Panjal in Jammu region's 10 districts.

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India a natural partner: German defence minister

New Delhi : Calling India a "natural partner", visiting German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday said her country wanted a close dialogue with India to tackle trans-national terrorism, maritime security and cyber threats.

Giving a special address organised by think tank Observer Research Foundation, Leyen also said tackling cyber threats emerged majorly in her talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.

"I would say India and Germany are natural partners... Germany and India are facing similar challenges of trans national terrorism," Leyen said.

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HC seeks Delhi government, LG , civic bodies' response on fund allotment

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought response of the Delhi government, lt. governor and civic bodies on a PIL seeking direction for immediate release of adequate funds to the city's three municipal corporations to enable them to discharge their functions.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw sought response by June 29.

Earlier, the court had issued notice to the parties and sought their response but they did not file the reply. Now the court asked them to file response "without fail".

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Militant group's shutdown hits life in Meghalaya

Shillong : Normal life came to a standstill in Meghalaya on Wednesday following a 24-hour shutdown called by the outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) in protest over the delay in passage of the Village Administration Bill by the Congress-led government.

Priyanka questions Smriti on Amethi IIIT, minister hits back

Rae Bareli/Kolkata : Priyanka Vadra on Wednesday asked Smriti Irani why the IIIT in Amethi has not moved forward despite her being the human resource development minister. Irani questioned what the Gandhi family had done in its bastion for the past 60 years.

"They said Smriti Irani has done something for Amethi. Then as HRD minister, she should look into the IIIT. Why has it not moved forward," Priyanka Vadra asked while speaking to reporters in Rae Bareli.

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Court stays Haryana notification for SC staff

Chandigarh : In a setback to the Haryana government, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday stayed a notification for reserving 20 percent seats in departmental promotions for class III and IV Scheduled Caste (SC) employees.

Justice Amit Rawal, while hearing a petition of Dinesh Kumar Sharma and others for quashing the notification, passed the order.

The government issued the notification on May 15 for providing benefits to the SC employees from April 1, 2013.

The petitioners pleaded that their promotions avenues have been minimised due to the notification.

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Armies need to end bias against women, says German minister

New Delhi : Armies need to get rid of prejudice that women are less abled than men, as future wars will be dominated by brain power and not muscles, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday.

She was delivering a lecture organised here by Observer Research Foundation, an independent think tank based in India.

The German minister said that there are not many women in leading position in the German army, adding that subjective evaluation from men officers may be blamed for it.

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Upholding of death sentence not end of road for convicts, says SC

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Wednesday said the right to live does not extinguish with the top court upholding the death sentence of convicts in murder cases as it quashed the execution of death warrants of Shabnam and her paramour Salim for killing seven members of the woman's family.

"Right to live under Article 21 does not end with the confirmation of the death sentence by the Supreme Court," said the vacation bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, as it quashed the execution of death warrants issued by the sessions judge.

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