UK backed China’s move to issue statement over Kashmir at UNSC

China’s efforts to issue a statement following last week’s informal consultations on the Kashmir issue at the UN Security Council were backed by the UK, causing consternation in India and other countries, people familiar with developments said on Tuesday.Though an attempt by Pakistan and China to have an open and formal meeting of the Security Council was rebuffed by members of the body, the council agreed to hold “closed consultations” on the Kashmir issue on August 16. This was the first...

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Yamuna water level rises in Delhi, expected to touch 207m by afternoon

The water level in the Yamuna continued to rise on Tuesday and is expected to touch a maximum height of 207.08m by Wednesday afternoon, officials of the flood and irrigation department said.The water level in the river had last breached the 207m mark during the 2013 floods, when it touched 207.32m.By 3pm on Tuesday, the water level at the Old Iron Bridge had touched 206.17m. In 2018, the water level had shot up to 206.05m.Officials said that this time the water level is expected to touch 207.08m...

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In phone call with PM Modi, UK PM Boris Johnson regrets I-Day stir

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday held a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and regretted the incidents of violence outside the Indian High Commission in London on Independence Day last week.During the conversation, Modi raised the issue of violence against members of the Indian diaspora celebrating Independence Day outside the Indian mission, according to a statement issued by the PM’s Office.Modi drew Johnson’s attention to the challenges posed by vested...

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India, Pak spar over using ‘water as weapon’

Accusing India of waging “fifth-generation warfare”, Pakistan said on Monday New Delhi had failed to inform it about the release of water from a dam that could cause flooding across the border.India, however, rejected the claim saying that under the terms of a water treaty between the two nations it had informed Pakistan about the release of excess water late on Monday when it crossed the threshold.Islamabad said the unexpected release of water into the Sutlej river that flows from India to Pakistan...

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On dialogue with Pak, PM Modi conveys India’s clear stand to Donald Trump

Against the backdrop of the Pakistani leadership’s belligerent claims that India’s change of the status of Jammu and Kashmir could lead to war, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told US President Donald Trump on Monday that “extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence” wasn’t conducive to peace.Modi made the remarks during a 30-minute phone conversation with Trump, according to an Indian readout. The contact between the two leaders came amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan...

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Heavy rains kill 38 in north India; trigger landslides, floods, strand thousands

Rains in India’s northern states have taken at least 38 lives, triggering landslides that stranded hundreds of people in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh and left several areas in Punjab, Haryana and Jammu flooded.On Monday, Indian Air Force helicopters carried out dramatic rescue operations in Jammu and Karnal districts, even as the administration was on alert in parts of Haryana and Punjab.Although the rainfall subsided across the region on Monday, rivers in several parts of the region were in spate....

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Tough situation, good conversations: Donald Trump on talks with PM Modi, Imran Khan

US president Donald Trump has said he spoke with “two good friends” Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan’s Imran Khan and urged them to “work towards reducing tensions in Kashmir” hours after his phone calls to the two leaders.The telephone conversations between the leaders have come amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan after New Delhi’s decision on August 5 to revoke Kashmir’s special status and split the state into two Union territories.“Spoke to my two good...

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Chandrayaan 2 inches closer to moon, to enter lunar orbit today

India’s second spacecraft to the moon, Chandrayaan-2, will be inserted into the lunar orbit on Tuesday morning, the Indian space agency said.According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), by firing Chandrayaan-2 on-board motors, the space craft will be moved into the lunar orbit.After Chandrayaan-2’s insertion into the lunar orbit, ISRO will carry out four more orbit maneuvers (August 21, 28, 30 and September 1) to enter it into its final orbit passing over lunar poles at a distance...

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Pakistan violates ceasefire at LoC second day in a row

Pakistani troops violated ceasefire by targeting forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district for the second successive day on Sunday, a defence spokesman said.The mortar shelling and small arms firing from across the border in Kalal area of Nowshera sector started at around 6.45 pm, prompting strong and effective retaliation by the Indian army, the spokesman said.He said there was no immediate report of any casualty and the cross-border shelling was going on when...

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Primary schools in Jammu and Kashmir to reopen today, administration faces challenge

The government’s decision to open primary schools in some parts of Kashmir on Monday is likely to be a litmus test for the security establishment and local administration in the restive region that has remained under lockdown since it was stripped of special status roughly two weeks ago.On Friday, J&K chief secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam, had said that schools will be opened after weekend as the government did not want the study of children to suffer. The government has asked its employees to report...

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