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Nine CRPF men were injured in the encounter that ensued in the operation that continued for over four hours at Khwaja Bazaar in Nowhatta-Khanyar area

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Srinagar, August 15:The main Independence Day function passed off peacefully here on Monday, August 15 although a militant attack in the old city area left 10 security personnel injured.

“Militants attacked a security forces troop in Khanyar area injuring 10 security personnel, including nine Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers and a local policeman,” a police officer told IANS.

The injured were transferred to a hospital, the official said. The doctors described the condition of two CRPF troopers as “critical”.

 

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Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti hoisted the national flag and was given a salute at a parade at the Bakshi stadium.

Mehbooba said peace was imperative for the equal development of all the three regions of the state.

“I ensured that civilians are not used as a human shield during anti-militancy operations. I am sad because certain elements are using our youths as a shield to fulfil their notorious desires.

“These elements are trying to achieve their objectives through violence,” the Chief Minister said.

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“Thousands have died in the state in the 1990s but what did we achieve?” Mehbooba asked. “During the past 40 days, we handed our youths to these vested interests who are using them as cannon fodder.”

She said that her government needed time for healing of the wounds left behind by the current violence which has left at least 57 people dead in the valley.

Mehbooba regretted that despite Islam’s message of hospitality, even basic hospitality was ignored during Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s recent visit to Pakistan.

The Chief Minister appealed India and Pakistan to come together and work for peace in both parts of the divided Kashmir.

“So much blood has flown in the Jehlum river and it has no capacity to bear further bloodshed,” she said.Mehbooba also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the entire parliament stood behind the people of Jammu and Kashmir to pull them out of the present crisis.

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Mehbooba also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the entire parliament stood behind the people of Jammu and Kashmir to pull them out of the present crisis. She regretted that whenever schools are opened by the government, people come out to force the closure of those institutions.

Mehbooba said the present disturbance had retarded the pace of development in the state.

Members of the state council of ministers, senior civil and military officials were present during the Independence Day celebration ceremony.

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Authorities have imposed curfew in the entire Srinagar and all other nine districts in the valley to prevent violence on the country’s 70th Independence Day celebration. (IANS)

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Vijay Rupani Takes Oath As Gujarat Chief Minister

Eight ministers, including Nitin Patel, took oath as the cabinet ministers while 16 took oath as ministers of state.

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Vijay Rupani is elected as the 16th CM of Gujarat
Vijay Rupani is elected as the 16th CM of Gujarat

BJP leader Vijay Rupani on Sunday took oath as the 16th Chief Minister of Gujarat along with Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and 23 other ministers.

Governor O.P. Kohli administered the oath of office and secrecy at the Mahatma Mandir at an event witnessed by BJP President Amit Shah, veteran L.K. Advani and outgoing Chief Minister Anandiben Patel.

Eight ministers, including Nitin Patel, took oath as the cabinet ministers while 16 took oath as ministers of state.

In a surprise move, nine ministers of the outgoing government, including Finance Minister Saurabh Patel and Social Justice Minister Ramanlal Vora, were dropped.

The total strength of new Council of Ministers has reached 25 while there were 24 ministers in the Ananidben government.

A total of eight ministers are from Patidar community, whose massive street protests posed the first major challenge to Anandiben who cited her age for stepping down as Chief Minister.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Rupani and Nitin Patel after they took an oath, saying it marked the start of a new inning: to continue the development journey” of Gujarat.

“Congrats to Vijay Rupani, Nitinbhai Patel, and others sworn in as they begin their innings to continue the development journey of Gujarat,” Modi tweeted.

He applauded Anandiben: “She has been working tirelessly for the people of Gujarat for many years.”

Chief Ministers Manohar Lal Khattar of Haryana and Devendra Fadnavis of Maharashtra also attended the event. IANS

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