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Jammu:  Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Monday called for an united effort to maintaining communal harmony to thwart divisive forces.

Addressing mass communication post graduates here, he underscored the crucial role of media in promoting spirit of inclusiveness in diverse Indian society, especially at a time when fringe elements were out to destroy the time-tested fabric of religious harmony and unity.

“As long as we remain united, nobody will be able to weaken us,” Abdullah said adding that intolerance has no place in a country that has potential of taking the world along at the strength of its glorious ethos.

“Here I invoke your important role as budding journalists to expose those who incite passions for furthering their political agenda and help in strengthening the bonds of amity and brotherhood between various segments of society,” he said.

He maintained it is the duty of the central government to rein in the fringe jingoistic elements which are creating an atmosphere of frenzy by inciting passions.

“Loose cannons cannot be left free to generate animosity among the communities,” he asserted.

He expressed confidence that the prevailing spate of religious intolerance in parts of the country will evaporate, but sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in restoring confidence of the people in the system.

“The incidents like Dadri and Udhampur, in which a young boy lost his life, were demoralizing and disturbing,” he said, expressing shock over the death of Zahid Bhat, a helper who succumbed on Sunday to injuries sustained when his truck was firebombed in Udhampur, and said the killers are needed to be served harsh punishment.

On response of the Peoples Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir to various challenges confronting to the state, he said they have failed in providing good governance and in building an atmosphere wherein various segments of the society live in peace and harmony.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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Permission to Cover N-Site Closure is Denied by South Korea

North Korean authorities on Tuesday morning denied permission to South Korean journalists to attend the dismantling of their nuclear base scheduled to take place between May 23-25.

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North Korean authorities on Tuesday morning denied permission to South Korean journalists to attend the dismantling of their nuclear base scheduled to take place between May 23-25.

Pyongyang had originally invited the South Korean media along with those from Russia, the US, the UK, and China, but the South Korean journalists’ list was rejected on Tuesday, Efe news reported quoting Seoul’s Ministry of Unification.

Members of a news agency and a South Korean television network had travelled to Beijing to fly to North Korea from there on Tuesday to attend the dismantling ceremony.

The Ministry in a statement said it regretted Pyongyang’s decision but despite the setback, it will continue working towards cooperating with Pyongyang and improving US-North Korea ties.

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The announcement of the closure of the Punggye-ri base came during the inter-Korean summit, when Pyongyang pledged to work towards total denuclearisation, after claiming that it would stop its weapons tests.

Pyongyang, which announced that it wanted the closure to be made public with the presence of foreign journalists, has conducted six underground nuclear tests, including the last and most powerful in September 2017.

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The latest cancellation is a new setback after last week when Pyongyang abruptly suspended a high-level meeting with Seoul after accusing it of holding joint military exercises with the US.

Kim Jong-un’s regime also said that holding the summit with US President Donald Trump would be uncertain due to the pressure from the White House on the denuclearisation model that it wants to impose on North Korea. (IANS)

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