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Uri attack could create 'war-like' situation: Mehbooba

Srinagar : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Sunday that the killing of 17 soldiers by terrorists was aimed at creating a war-like situation between India and Pakistan.

"The attack was aimed at triggering fresh violence in Kashmir and creating a war-like situation in the region," Mufti said in a statement on her Facebook page.

She said those responsible for sponsoring and aiding violence must understand the futility of their exercise as it would yield nothing but misery for the people.

Bakrid and the fight over choice of food

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As if we don't have enough reasons to fight.

India won't be cowed down by such attacks: Pranab

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday condemned the terror attack on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir and said India will never be cowed down by such attacks.

"India will not be cowed down by such attacks. We will thwart the evil designs of terrorists and their backers," the President tweeted.

The President strongly condemned the "outrageous terrorist attack" at Uri which left 17 soldiers dead and many others injured.

Hamid Ansari meets Iranian President

New Delhi : Vice President Hamid Ansari held a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Venezuela.

"Time for an important partner. VP Ansari meets President Rouhani of Iran on sidelines of NAM Summit," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted along with a picture of the two leaders meeting on Friday.

This is yet another sign of New Delhi's increased engagements with Iran in recent times.

Would be happy if Nitish becomes PM, says Lalu's son Tejaswi

Patna : Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav on Sunday endorsed his father and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad's support to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as the prime ministerial candidate of the opposition in the 2019 general election.

"(Congress Vice-President) Rahul Gandhi is prime ministerial material but it will give me more happiness if Nitish Kumar becomes the next Prime Minister," the cricketer turned politician told the media here.

Tejaswi said he was "certain that Narendra Modi will not become the Prime Minister again after the 2019 general election".

Fall of Mehbooba government can douse Kashmir fire: Karra

By Sarwar Kashani

New Delhi : The fall of the PDP-BJP government led by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti can bring calm on the streets of the Kashmir Valley, says Tariq Karra, a prominent Kashmiri politician who resigned in anger from Parliament and from the regional party of which he was one of the founders.

In an exclusive interview with IANS, Karra said the PDP-led government's policies in Jammu and Kashmir have wiped out the middle ground that existed between separatism and pro-India ideology, rendering all mainstream politicians irrelevant in the restive state.

Rajnath Singh reviews Uri attack at high-level meeting

New Delhi : Hours after cancelling his scheduled visit to the US and Russia, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at a high-level meeting here on Sunday afternoon reviewed the terror attack on an army camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir which killed 17 soldiers.

The meeting was attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehershi and senior civil and security officials.

Attack on army camp cowardly act: Sonia

New Delhi : Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday described as "cowardly" the terrorist attack on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir which left 17 soldiers dead.

Gandhi deplored "the affront on our national conscience" and hoped that "the forces behind (the attackers) will be severely dealt with and brought to book".

Heavily-armed militants attacked the camp at Uri early in the morning, killing 17 soldiers and wounding several others. Security forces shot dead all four attackers.


Eight years after Batla House Encounter, no hope for justice in sight

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Riyadh to establish company to upgrade capacity of holy sites

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia has agreed to form a company to develop and increase the capacity of the holy sites in Makkah and Medina, local Al Eqtisadiya news website reported on Saturday.

The proposed company, which will be owned by the government, was approved days after the kingdom announced the success of the Haj season that brought together more than 1.8 pilgrims.

The company will be in charge of enhancing the efficiency of utilities and services such as electricity, water, air-conditioning and cleanness. It will work to separate the routes of pedestrians and vehicles.