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Modi govt should look for New ideas to bring peace to Kashmir: Pakistani daily



As the Bharatiya Janata Party is in power both at the centre and  in Jammu and Kashmir, a Pakistani newspaper said that new ideas are now needed to help bring peace to Jammu and Kashmir and Modi government should act wisely.

The Dawn also said in an editorial that the current “chaos” in the Kashmir Valley would end only when Indian security forces stopped using live ammunition to disperse angry protesters.

“Now new ideas are needed that can help bring peace to this troubled region,” it said.

As the Bharatiya Janata Party is in power both nationally and in Jammu and Kashmir, “surely the party has a good idea of the Kashmiris’ suffering and can advise New Delhi accordingly”.
Instead, the BJP is focusing on plans such as diluting or removing Article 370 of the Indian constitution which recognizes Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.

“Such a move would only fuel further disaffection in the region,” the editorial warned.

More than 30 people, mostly youths, have been killed in firing by security forces since mass protests erupted following last week’s killing of a top militant commander, Burhan Wani.

Saying “a wiser approach is needed”, the Dawn suggested discussing Kashmir in the India-Pakistan dialogue “with the Kashmiris themselves taking an active part in the conversation.

A peaceful solution acceptable to Pakistan, India and the people of Kashmir should be the goal.”


Protests over Putin’s plans to hike retirement age



Russia protest over pension age

Moscow, Sep 22 (IANS) Members and supporters of Russia’s Communist Party took to the streets of the capital on Saturday to protest unpopular pension reforms planned by President Vladimir Putin.

Putin took measures to soften his proposed hike in retirement age in August by limiting the increase for women to 60 — up from 55 — instead of the initial suggestion of 63, Efe news reported.

But the change of plan has so far failed to quell protests against it. He stood by plans to raise men’s retirement age from 60 to 65.

Protesters held signs emblazoned with slogans such as “Putin Lies”. Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov also spoke at the rally.

The changes have been given a preliminary green-light by the State Duma, Russia’s lower parliament, but have provoked widespread outrage. An opinion poll showed that about 90 per cent of Russians were against increasing the retirement age.

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Ready to boost anti-terror cooperation with Iran: Putin



Vladimir Putin

Moscow, Sep 23 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, over a deadly terrorist attack and reaffirmed readiness to intensify counter-terror cooperation, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

“We are outraged by this bloody crime. Hopefully, everyone involved will be held liable,” Putin said in his telegram to Rouhani, which was published by the Kremlin, Xinhua news agency.

At least 24 people were killed in a terror attack in a military parade in the southern Iranian Ahvaz city on Saturday, official IRNA news agency reported.

This incident is another proof of the need for “uncompromising war on any manifestations of terrorism,” Putin said.

“I would like to confirm our readiness to further enhance cooperation with our Iranian partners in the fight against this evil,” he said.

The President offered condolences to the relatives and friends of those killed in the attack and wished a speedy recovery to those injured, according to the Kremlin.

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Watch Prince Harry stealing samosa at Meghan Markle’s event



New Delhi, Sep 22: Prince Harry was caught on camera sneaking samosas from her wife’s Meghan Markle’s cookbook event. 

The Duke of Sussex had hosted an event at Kensington Palace to mark the launch her book “Together: Our Community Cookbook” on
Thursday and in the quirkiest way her husband was seen stealing Indian Snack ‘Samosas’.

The British television network, ITV shared a video on the @itvnews Twitter account on September 20.

In the video, Harry can be seen trying to hide the samosa as he caught red-handed. Later, he smiled and casually walked away checking his surroundings.

Meghan’s book features recipes from a group of women whose community was affected by the Grenfell Tower fire that claimed more than 70 lives.

As the video went viral, Twitterati’s just can’t stop laughing at the Royal Prince’s cheeky act.


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