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Kashmir issue won’t resolve untill entire country supports us, says Mufti after meeting Rajnath

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New Delhi, July 15, 2017: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and discussed the law and order situation in Kashmir and security to Amarnath pilgrims.

During the meeting that lasted for about half-an-hour, the Chief Minister apprised the Home Minister of the steps taken to maintain peace in the Kashmir Valley and to ensure the security of Amarnath pilgrims.

Soon after the meeting with Home Minister, Mufti told media that “The war we are fighting in Kashmir isn’t that of law and order problems. We can’t win this war unless different political parties and the entire country supports us.”

She further added that President Pranab Mukherjee re-affirmed that utmost attention will be given to section 370. “When we passed GST bill in J&K Assembly, President Pranab Mukherjee reaffirmed that section 370 will be given utmost attention. Our emotions are attached to section 370,” Mufti said.

Seven pilgrims were killed by militants in Anantnag district while returning from the Amarnath cave shrine on Monday night.

Security agencies engaged in anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir have been told to implement security plans with full vigour, officials said.

So far, more than 1.86 lakh pilgrims have visited the high altitude Himalayan shrine. As many as 21,000 paramilitary personnel in addition to state police forces and two battalions of Army have been deployed for security of the pilgrimage routes.

Four districts of the state — Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Anantnag — have been on the boil since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2016. The unrest resumed after the April 9 by-poll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat.

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Hostel students from SC, ST, OBC families to get subsidised foodgrain

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New Delhi, April 23: Union Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday said hostel students belonging to SC, ST and OBC families will be entitled to 15 kg of foodgrain per month at subsidised rates.

Under the new PDS scheme, which will be rolled out at the earliest, over one crore students from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Classes will benefit.

“It is a historic step. Under the scheme, students from these communities, where their strength is two third of the total number of hostel students, will be given 15 kg food grain. If the rice is priced at Rs 30 per kg in open market, the students will get it for Rs 6,” Paswan told reporters here.

“We have asked the states to send us the list of beneficiaries as soon as possible. Also, the states will have to decide the type of foodgrain to be distributed. The Centre will bear all expenses on the subsidy.”

He said 13 lakh tonnes of foodgrain was allotted under the scheme.

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Sushma Swaraj meets Xi Jinping in Beijing

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Beijing, April 23: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

Earlier in a day, Swaraj on the 2nd day of her visit called on the Vice President of China Wang Qishan at Zhongnanhai.

Prior to this, EAM met her Uzbekistan counterpart Abdulaziz Kamilov and held bilateral talks on a wide range of issues including trade & investment, pharma, IT, tourism and culture, as well as on the regional situation.

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We don’t discriminate: Ola to VHP man who cancelled cab as driver was Muslim

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New Delhi, April 23: Taxi aggregator Ola Cabs on Sunday gave a thoughtful reply to a man, claiming to be associated with a right-wing outfit, who had cancelled his ride after finding the driver assigned to him was a Muslim.

Abhishek Mishra, a man who claims to be linked to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), had posted on Twitter that he cancelled his Ola booking on Friday after finding that the cab driver was a Muslim.

His Twitter account says Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Ideology First, Hindutva Thinker, Digital & Social Media Advisor (Views Personal), said, “Cancelled @Olacabs Booking because Driver was Muslim. I don’t want to give my money to Jihadi People.”

After cancelling the cab, Mishra took a screenshot of the cancellation and tweeted his Ola booking which named the cab driver.

Mishra’s Twitter post soon went viral and triggered a huge debate on Twitter with some siding with him and while others trolling him for inciting hatred and communal sentiments.

Interestingly, Mishra is followed on Twitter by bigwigs like Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Culture Mahesh Sharma and many others; reported Zee News.

With his tweet creating a lot of buzz on the micro-blogging site, Ola also chipped in and tweeted a thoughtful reply to Mishra.

The cab operator put out a statement, saying that the company is a secular platform and doesn’t discriminate between its customers and driver partners and urged everyone not to discriminate on religious lines.

Mishra’s Facebook profile says he is from Ayodhya and works as an IT professional in Lucknow.

He claims he is an active member of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal — both affiliates of the BJP’s ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh — and “holds responsibility” of the IT cell of the VHP.

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