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Article 370 was a mistake, Kashmir is integral to India: Harish Salve

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London, Oct 3 : Article 370 was a mistake and it was amended by withdrawing the special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir said senior advocate Harish Salve expressing support to the Narendra Modi government’s decision to revoke the provisions of the article and making it a dead letter in the Constitution.

Speaking to mediapersons, Harish Salve described Pakistan’s campaign at the UNGA and other international platform against the Indian government decision, a sign of running completely bankrupt, and emphasized that Kashmir is an integral part of India and its Constitution.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had made several attempts to internationalise Kashmir, and even spooked the world leaders on the probability of a nuclear war having ramifications beyond its borders.

Khan said tensions with India has reached a new high after it revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. In retaliation, Pakistan has downgraded diplomatic ties with India by expelling its Ambassador.

Salve had endorsed the August 5 decision of the government on Jammu and Kashmir, and described it as an internal matter.

Salve had also reportedly said that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is Indian territory, and the Pakistanis are squatting there. Therefore, it is PoK, which is a disputed territory, and not Kashmir.

He also emphasized that the Constitution of Kashmir describes it as an integral part of India, not just the Indian Constitution. Therefore, he reiterated that status of Kashmir was never under doubt, except in minds of Pakistanis.

“I think it was a mistake to allow it and a bigger mistake to allow it to fester. Some time you have to cut the Gordian Knot and the government has done it. The only way it could have been done is by one shot,” said Salve speaking with mediapersons at the Indian High Commission in London following a landmark judgment by Royal Courts of Justice.

The judgement was in the favour of the Indian government in connection with funds associated with the Nizam of Hyderabad dating back to Partition in 1947.

He retierated that India has done the right thing. Speaking on petitions filed challenging the Indian government decision on Jammu and Kashmir, Salve said that the Supreme Court of India will hear and decide on the matter.

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Dubey killing: Congress demands time-bound inquiry by SC judge

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New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) The Congress on Friday demanded a time-bound inquiry by a sitting Supreme Court Judge into the encounter killing of gangster Vikas Dubey near Kanpur earlier in the day “to expose those who gave protection to the criminal”.

“To expose the people behind Vikas Dubey will be the only justice to eight martyred policemen. It is a litmus test for Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath,” Congress Chief Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told a press conference and raised a number of questions over the alleged encounter.

Surjewala claimed that the state was witnessing an unholy nexus between police and criminals. “When Dubey had surrendered (in Ujjain on Thursday), why would he try to run away? Who stopped the media vehicles just a few km from the spot of the encounter?” the Congress leader questioned.

The party alleged that Dubey was “just a pawn in the organised crime syndicate in Uttar Pradesh and the Chief Minister should tell the public who the head of this syndicate was.

The Congress leader further asked how the criminal reached Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh without any hindrance, and what all secrets he knew which could reveal the nexus of criminals and politicians.

“Why was Dubey”s name was missing from the list of top 25 criminals in UP?”

The Congress leader said that even though a chartered plane was sent to Madhya Pradesh, he was brought back by road by police and how could he end up in a TUV when he was last seen seated in a Tata Safari SUV.

Surjewala further asked how could the gangster be hit in the chest if he was trying to flee. “Also, there were no skid marks on the road at the spot where the vehicle overturned. All these circumstances raise questions,” he added.

–IANS

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ICSE X, ISC XII results declared

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The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) on Friday declared the most-awaited results for ICSE Class X and ISC Class XII.

The results are now available on the website cisce.org. It can also be checked via SMS, for which the students need to send their seven digit roll numbers to 09248082883.

The pass percentage for Class X is 99.33 per cent, while for Class XII, it is 96.84 per cent, the council said.

–IANS

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Tamil Nadu Minister tests positive for Covid-19

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Chennai, July 10 (IANS) Tamil Nadu”s Minister for Co-operation Sellur K. Raju on Friday tested positive for coronavirus and has been admitted to a private hospital for treatment.

DMK President M. K.Stalin said he had spoken to Raju over the phone and wished him a speedy recovery.

Raju is the third Tamil Nadu Minister to be infected by coronavirus.

He is also the 11th lawmaker in the state and seventh from the ruling AIADMK party to test positive for the coronavirus infection.

Earlier, six lawmakers, including Electricity Minister P. Thangamani and Higher Education Minister K. P. Anbalagan tested positive for the virus.

The other lawmakers affected by Covid-19 are K. Palani (Sriperumbudur), Amman K. Arjunan (Coimbatore South), N. Sathan Prabhakar (Paramakudi) and Kumaraguru (Ulundurpet).

Former Minister and Senior AIADMK leader B. Valarmathi also tested positive for the coronavirus infection on Monday and has been admitted to a private hospital here for treatment.

Four lawmakers of the DMK too have tested positive in the state. They are K. S.Masthan (Gingee), R. T.Arasu (Cheyyur), Vasantham K. Karthikeyan (Rishivandhiyam), and J. Anbazhagan (Tiruvallikeni-Chepauk).

Anbazhagan succumbed to the infection last month.

–IANS

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