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Russia Supreme Court bans Jehovah’s Witnesses

Russia’s Supreme Court has ruled to recognize Jehovah’s Witnesses as an extremist organization and liquidate it.

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MOSCOW, April 20. /TASS/Russia’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Jehovah’s Witnesses was an “extremist” organisation and must hand over all its property to the state, Russian news agencies reported.

Interfax news agency quoted Sergei Cherepanov, a Jehovah’s Witnesses representative, as saying that the group will appeal the decision in the European Court of Human Rights.

“We will do everything possible,” he said.

Russian authorities have put several of the group’s publications on a list of banned extremist literature and prosecutors have long cast it as an organisation that destroys families, fosters hatred and threatens lives.

The group, a United States-based nonsectarian Christian denomination known for its door-to-door preaching and rejection of military service and blood transfusions, says this description is false.

The religious organisation has expanded around the world and has about eight million active followers. It has faced court proceedings in several countries, mostly over its pacifism and rejection of blood transfusions, but has Russia has been most outspoken in portraying it as an extremist cult.

Its Russian branch, based near St Petersburg, has regularly rejected this allegation. It has said a ban would directly affect around 400 of its groups and have an impact on all of its 2,277 religious groups in Russia, where it says it has 175,000 followers.

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J&K: 1 terrorist killed, 2 Army men injured in an encounter in Kupwara

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New Delhi, July 16: One terrorist has been killed and two 2 Army personnel were injured during an encounter in Safawali Gal in Kupwara along the Line of Control on Monday. One AK-47 rifle has been recovered from the terrorist. 

The encounter is currently underway.

Alert troops of the Army noticed suspicious movement in Safawali Gali and challenged the infiltrators.

“When challenged, the terrorists fired, triggering a gunfight. One terrorist has been killed in this operation which is still going on,” news agency IANS quoted the sources as saying.

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Key Indian equity indices trade flat in morning session

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Mumbai, July 16: The key Indian equity indices was trading flat-to-negative on Monday soon after opening.

The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), was trading 15.79 points or 0.04 per cent lower soon after opening.

The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading 23.30 points or 0.21 per cent lower at 10,995.70 points.

The Sensex of the BSE, which opened at 36,658.71 points, was trading at 36,525.84 points (at 9.30 a.m.), lower 15.79 points or 0.04 per cent from the previous day’s close at 36,541.63 points.

The Sensex touched a high of 36,658.71 points and a low of 36,496.65 points in the trade so far.

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Over 4,000 pilgrims leave Jammu for Amarnath Yatra

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Jammu, July 16: Over 1,87,300 pilgrims have so far performed this year’s Amarnath Yatra as another batch of 4,195 pilgrims left Jammu for the Valley on Monday.

“A total of 4,195 Yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in two batches of 2,455 and 1,740 for the Valley in escorted convoys. Of these, 2,455 Yatris are headed for Baltal while 1,740 are going to Pahalgam base camp,” police said.

The 60-day long Yatra will end on August 26 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.

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