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29 August, 2016 10:04 PM Pellet guns to be used in rarest of the rare cases

Facing strong protest from security forces, particularly the central reserve police force (CRPF) that is at the forefront in tackling public ire in the valley, the Centre has decided against banning the pellet guns in toto. However, instructions are being passed to the CRPF and others to use the pellet guns in rarest of the rare cases (in life threatening 168

29 August, 2016 7:21 PM Rajnath Singh to lead an all-party delegation to Jammu & Kashmir

NEW DELHI: Rajnath Singh will lead an all-party delegation to Jammu and Kashmir early next month to hold talks with different sections in the state. In a related development, the Centre has clarified that pellet guns used by security forces for crowd control will not be banned but used only in "rarest of rare cases". The delegation, whose composition 201

29 August, 2016 6:33 PM Curfew lifted in Kashmir as situation eases after 51 days

Rajnath Singh-led all-party team to visit Valley on September 4. With an all-party delegation headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh set to visit Kashmir Valley on September 4, lifting of curfew and security restrictions on Monday eased life for locals for the first time in 51 days. Police said the curbs were withdrawn in the wake of “improvement 236

29 August, 2016 3:33 PM Curfew lifted in Kashmir Valley, Rajnath Singh to head all-party team on Sept 4

Srinagar: After 51 long days, the Kashmir Valley on Monday saw curfew lifted from most places as police said the overall law and order situation generally remained calm. The development comes ahead of an all-party delegation, headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, arriving here on September 4 to speak to various stakeholders so that the present 180

29 August, 2016 3:33 PM Kashmir unrest: Centre approves use of chilli grenades, water slugs but pellet guns to stay

The Centre has approved a number of non-lethal mechanisms for mob control in the Kashmir Valley. Pellet guns will not be replaced, but additional checks are being brought in. Pellet guns are used to disperse 'a murderous mob' of stone pelters and rioters, top sources told India Today. "The panel set up on the instructions of Home Minister Rajnath Singh 170

29 August, 2016 1:22 PM Pellet guns will not be completely banned, to be used in rare cases

NEW DELHI: Pellet guns, which are being used by security forces for crowd control in Jammu & Kashmir, will not be completely banned but will be fired in "rarest of rare cases", a top government official said on Monday. Senior government functionaries have arrived at this conclusion after extensive consultations with security forces and examining the ground 153

29 August, 2016 11:03 AM Resolution to change name of West Bengal passed, BJP opposes

Kolkata, Aug 29 (PTI) The West Bengal Assembly today passed a resolution to change the name of the state from West Bengal to Bangla in Bengali, Bengal in English and Bangal in Hindi amidst strong opposition by BJP and reservation over the process by Congress and Left Front. BJP questioned the very justification of the name change while the Congress demanded 27

29 August, 2016 7:14 AM Pellet guns to stay in Kashmir as emergency measure, says government

Sources said that there is no plan by the government to stop the use of the guns for now. Days after Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he will look for alternatives to pellet guns to control the protesters in Kashmir, it has been learnt that there is no plan by the government to stop the use of the guns for now. A Home Ministry panel has recommended that while 154

29 August, 2016 5:41 AM Kashmir unrest: Rajnath to lead all-party delegation to Srinagar on September 4

All-party delegation led by Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Jammu & Kashmir on September 4. The Home Minister had reviewed the situation in the valley with top BJP and government functionaries on Sunday. NEW DELHI: All-party delegation led by Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Jammu & Kashmir on September 4. The Home Minister had reviewed 176

29 August, 2016 4:33 AM Curfew relaxed in parts of Kashmir, shutdown continues for 52nd day

Curfew was lifted from Anantnag town of South Kashmir and parts of Srinagar, while it remained in force in some parts of Srinagar under the jurisdictions of police station Maharajganj and Nowhatta in Srinagar. The security forces were deployed in sensitive areas of the Valley to prevent any protests as Hurriyat Conference gave call for lockdown of all government 199