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Pak must first respect democratic rights of its citizens in Kashmir: Govt.

Updated: Jul 19, 2016 12:55 IST

New Delhi, July 19 (ANI): Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday criticised Pakistan over its move to observe black day in wake of the recent violence in Kashmir Valley and asked as to how much freedom does Islamabad bestows on the people living in the part of Kashmir occupied by them.

"Before celebrating `black day`, Pakistan must answer the question that how much freedom do they give to the people living in Kashmir which they have occupied. Does Pakistan respect their democratic rights?" said Prasad.

"Every day we hear news that the people living in `Azad Kashmir` are not able to access their democratic rights and are forced to daily observe `black day`. Rest we are trying our best to maintain peace in Jammu and Kashmir and trying to do whatever we can for its betterment," he added.

Last week, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had announced that his country would observe a black day in light of the worst outbreak of violence on the Indian side of Kashmir.

Curfew and restrictions continue across Kashmir. Two civilians were killed in retaliatory firing last evening after locals clashed with armed forced in Qazigund area of South Kashmir.

With this, the death toll of civilians has reached around 40. (ANI)

J-K: Grenade hurled on police post in Pulwama

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 20:40 IST

Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir), [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): A grenade was hurled on police post by suspected militants on Friday at Kakapora area in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district.

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Changez Multani, an independent corporator, on Friday extended his support to Shiv Sena.

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New Delhi, [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): The Delhi Police on Friday filed a chargesheet against the four men accused of gang raping a U.S. tourist at the Patiala House Court in Delhi.

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Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Friday said becoming militants were sacrificing their lives for the freedom of the nation.

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Onboard Air India One, Feb. 24 (ANI): Vice President Hamid Ansari on Friday said that his nine years in office have been very productive and he has enjoyed them immensely.

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Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unveiled a 112-foot tall bust of Adiyogi Shiva at the Isha Foundation at the foothills of Velliangiri mountains here.

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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb.24: Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar on Saturday launched a new party named 'MGR Amma Deepa Peravai' on the eve of the late former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's 69th birth anniversary.

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Onboard Air India One, Feb. 24 (ANI): En-route from Kampala to Delhi, Vice President Hamid Ansari on Friday said that a significant trade imbalance exists between India and Uganda.

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5.2- magnitude earthquake jolts Manipur

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 18:52 IST

Imphal (Manipur) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): An earthquake of 5.2 magnitude jolted Manipur Friday evening.

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): The Shiv Sena on Friday thanked the people of Maharashtra for showing faith in the party during the recent held Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation BMC polls.

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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Late Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar on Friday said she would surely contest elections from the former's constituency, R.K. Nagar, in the next elections.

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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader and former Tamil Nadu chief minister O. Panneerselvam on Friday said he is the true AIADMK leader and added that the MLAs who voted in favour of Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami during the February floor test don't represent the party in the state assembly.

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New Delhi, [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is making a mark in Odisha because of its popular schemes.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.24: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Working President M.K Stalin met President Pranab Mukherjee today to seek a fresh trust vote in the Tamil Nadu Assembly through a secret ballot voting procedure.

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Srinagar [India], Feb.24, (ANI): Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat led tributes for bravehearts who had sacrificed their lives in a terror attack in Shopian in the recent weeks.

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Basti (Uttar Pradesh) [India] Feb. 24 (ANI): Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said the people of Uttar Pradesh need to elect a government that will give jobs and works for the benefit of farmers.

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Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Friday said there is no mystery behind former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa's death, adding that vested interests were making an issue out of it for political gain.

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Gonda (Uttar Pradesh) [India] Feb. 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday blamed conspirators sitting in Nepal for the November 2016 train derailment in Kanpur that claimed the lives of 149 people.

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Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Realtives of murdered Indian-origin engineer, Srinivas Kuchibhotla on Friday blamed President Donald Trump for the hate crime in Kansas.

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New Delhi, [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Former Indian envoy to the United States Naresh Chandra on Friday described the murder of Indian origin engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas as a hate crime.

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