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Govt Interlocutor In Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma Says Need Of The Hour To Break From Narrative Of Violence

New Delhi: Dineshwar Sharma, the government interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir, said that the need of the hour was a break from the “narrative of violence” and called for measures that will help “change the public sentiment” at a time when the Valley was tense over apprehensions that Article 35A of the Constitution might be scrapped.

“The focus should be on youth engagement and public sentiments. For peace, it is important not to raise contentious issues,” Sharma, a former Intelligence Bureau director, said.

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Government To Extend More Assistance To Kerala Once Full Estimate Is Made

New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the government would extend more aid to Kerala for rehabilitation purposes in the flood affected areas once the full estimate of the damage was done.

Addressing the ‘India for Kerala’ conclave in Thiruvananthapuram, organised by the Times Network in association with the Times Foundation, via video message, he said the Centre’s focus for the state was two-pronged.

“While carrying out relief activities, we are also focusing on the emergence of a new Kerala,” he said.

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Government To Extend More Assistance To Kerala Once Full Estimate Is Made

New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the government would extend more aid to Kerala for rehabilitation purposes in the flood affected areas once the full estimate of the damage was done.

Addressing the ‘India for Kerala’ conclave in Thiruvananthapuram, organised by the Times Network in association with the Times Foundation, via video message, he said the Centre’s focus for the state was two-pronged.

“While carrying out relief activities, we are also focusing on the emergence of a new Kerala,” he said.

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India Supports Mauritius Claim Over Chagos Islands At International Court of Justice

New Delhi: India has said that the process of its decolonisation remains incomplete as long as the atolls continue to be under UK’s control while supporting Mauritius claim over disputed Chagos islands. This is home to Diego Garcia — the key military base of the UK and the US in the Indian Ocean.

Presenting the country’s stand in the oral proceedings on the matter before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) here, India’s Ambassador to the Netherlands Venu Rajamony said the analysis of historical facts and consideration of the legal aspects confirm that sovereignty of the Chagos archipelago has been and continues to be with Mauritius.

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SC Agrees To Hear A Plea Seeking A Stay On Rafale Fighter Jet Deal Next Week

New Delhi: A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud agreed to hear a plea seeking a stay on the Rafale fighter jet deal but it would be heard next week. The court consideredc advocate ML Sharma’s mention for his plea for urgent hearing.

Sharma, in his plea, sought an FIR and prosecution of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former defence minister and current Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, businessman Anil Ambani and French armament firm Dassault with recovery of the amount.