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Centre sets the ball rolling for J&K polls

The earliest possible date for Assembly polls in the new Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is around March next year, officials in the Home Ministry indicated, as the Election Commission (EC) held its first meeting on Tuesday for the delimitation exercise, necessitated under the new Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act.

Chandrayaan-2 leaves Earth’s orbit, moving towards moon

India’s lunar lander- orbiter craft ‘Chandrayaan-2’ was put in the path of moon, some 3.84 lakh km away, in the wee hours of Wednesday, ISRO said. Its orbit was raised for the sixth and last time on the earth side from ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru at 2.21 a.m.

Pakistan seeks emergency meeting of UN Security Council over Kashmir

Pakistan has formally called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC) to discuss India’s move to revoke the special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Tuesday.

J&K curbs to stay till Thursday

There will be no easing of the prevailing curfew-like restrictions and communications blockade in Kashmir, at least till the Independence Day functions — planned to be held in all districts of the Valley — are concluded, as the administration is buoyed by the calm maintained by people during Id and Friday prayers.

Sushma always took up challenges: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led leaders across party lines and members of his own Council of Ministers on Tuesday in paying homage to former Union Minister Sushma Swaraj who passed away last week.

Fee for SC/ST students restored to ₹50: CBSE

The Central Board for Secondary Examination (CBSE) said on Tuesday that it has decided to restore the practice of charging only ₹50 from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students of Delhi government schools.

Trump threatens to pull US from WTO ‘if we have to’

President Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday to pull the United States out of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) if conditions are not improved. “We will leave if we have to,” Mr. Trump told a cheering audience of workers at a Shell chemical plant in Pennsylvania. “We know that they have been screwing us for years and it’s not going to happen again,” he said.

Sensex sees 2nd record plunge of year

Global weakness on account of the crash in Argentina’s peso, political unrest in Hong Kong and the long-drawn U.S.-China trade war led to the Indian benchmarks losing heavy ground on Tuesday, even as strong gains in Reliance Industries (RIL) helped the indices limit the day’s losses.

Rahul Gandhi seeks early flood warning system in Wayanad, writes to Modi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his assistance to protect the life and livelihood of the people of Wayanad, his Lok Sabha constituency that has been affected by floods and landslides.

Procedure of picking support staff questioned

Should the National selectors be tasked with the responsibility of picking the support staff for the Indian senior team? Some former Board members disagree with the current arrangement of leaving the job of selecting the head coach to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) and asking the national selectors to identify the support staff.

Epstein death: prison warden reassigned, two corrections officers sent on leave

The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday announced a staff shakeup at the federal jail where financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in an apparent suicide while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, temporarily reassigning the warden and placing two corrections officers on administrative leave.

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