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Yashwant Sinha initiates talks with separatist leaders in Srinagar

Updated: Oct 25, 2016 15:41 IST

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Oct. 25 (ANI): Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Yashwant Sinha, who led a " high-level delegation" to meet hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and chairman of the moderate section of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, today said they are "not a delegation" and are in Kashmir for the sake of mankind to reduce pain and sadness of the people of the Valley.

Sinha told the media, "We want to make this clear that we are no delegation. We a few people are people of goodwill and are here for the sake of mankind and our aim is to reduce pain and sadness of the people in Kashmir. By doing this, we will feel ourselves to be luckiest ones," Singh said.

"We are also planning to meet other separatist leaders as well. We are doing it at a point when the time is appropriate," he added.

It has been more than 100 days of continuous violence in the Valley that started with the killing of Burhan Wani, a militant commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, by Indian security forces on July 8.

More than 90 people have been killed and over 12,000 sustained pellet and tear smoke shell injuries across Kashmir; besides, financial losses to the Kashmir economy have already crossed over Rs 10, 000 crore (according to Kashmir Economic Alliance) and shutdown of all educational institutions has put the future of thousands of students in jeopardy. (ANI)

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 27 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Centre to fill up two vacant posts in the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) by April 30.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 27 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Tuesday allowed the Election Commission of India's (ECI) plea opposing the parole release of don-turned politician Mukhtar Ansari.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 27 (ANI): Asserting that his woes have gone unheard, Border Security Force (BSF) soldier Tej Bahadur Yadav, in another video questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's desire to oust corruption from the nation.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 27 (ANI): Branding Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju as a "goofy minister" for dubbing the recent clashes between the All India Students' Association (AISA) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at Ramjas College as an act of anti-nationalism, the Congress on Monday said that the former should refrain from making statements on issues which he cannot understand.

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UP: Polling for fifth phase begins

Updated: Feb 27, 2017 11:11 IST

Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh),[India] Feb 27 (ANI): The fifth phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections for 51 seats spread across 12 districts began today

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 27 (ANI): The voter turnout for the fifth phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls has been recorded at 10.77 percent till 9 a.m. on Monday.

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Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 27 (ANI): Asserting that construction of Ram temple is more important than bringing development and providing education, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vinay Katiyar on Monday said that no progress is of any use until a temple for the Hindu deity is built in Ayodhya.

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New Delhi [India] Feb. 27 (ANI): Cornering the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the remarks made by Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in connection with the recent tussle between Left-affiliated AISA and the RSS-backed ABVP, the Communist Party of India (CPI) on Monday said that the saffron outfit is trying to intimidate people who are against its policies.

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb. 27 (ANI): Harbour line services were halted on the Central Railways line after three wagons and brake van of a goods train derailed between Ravli and Kurla here, on down harbour line early on Monday Morning.

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Stage set for fifth phase of UP Polls

Updated: Feb 27, 2017 07:09 IST

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TN CM Palanisami to meet PM Modi today

Updated: Feb 27, 2017 06:28 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 27 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palanisami will on Monday meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national capital.

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Sahebganj (Jharkhand) [India], Feb. 27 (ANI): A major train accident was averted in Jharkhand's Sahebganj (eastern railway), as 44 peddles were found open near Balbanna village.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 27 (ANI): The Delhi High Court will on Monday pronounce its order on the nursery admission notification of the Delhi Government.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 27 (ANI): A Delhi court will on Monday hear Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh's disproportionate assets case.

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