Today's Big Stories
190 Kashmir schools to reopen its doors today after a fortnight of lockdown
Jammu and Kashmir authorities made 10 more telephone exchanges operational in Kashmir Valley on Sunday, but once again snapped services of one of the 17 centres restored on Saturday. With these, around 28,000 fixed-line phones, out of around 50,000 in the Kashmir Valley, have been made functional. 190 schools are slated to resume in Srinagar today
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and MoS PMO Jitendra Singh have raised the integration of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) as the next point of focus.
Rajnath Singh, Arvind Kejriwal among top leaders to visit AIIMS as Arun Jaitley remains critical
Several Union ministers including Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani and Jitendra Singh, and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited AIIMS on Sunday to inquire about the health condition of former finance minister Arun Jaitley, who is on life support system. Jaitley, 66, was admitted to the hospital on August 9 after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has not issued any bulletin on Jaitley's health condition since August 10, and several prominent leaders have been visiting the hospital since to know about his wellbeing.
In Other News
Hooda rebels: Amid speculation of senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda quitting the party to form his own outfit, former Haryana chief minister on Sunday expressed his support towards the Narendra Modi-led government’s move on Kashmir.
Nephew troubles: The CBI has booked Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath's nephew Ratul Puri, the then former executive director of Moser Baer, and others in connection with a Rs 354 crore bank fraud case filed by Central Bank of India.
Water woes: Heavy rains lashed northern parts, leaving at least 28 people dead and 22 missing in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab on Sunday, while a flood alert was sounded in parts of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh as Yamuna and other rivers were in spate.
Ashes 2019: Australia held out for a draw after Jofra Archer and Jack Leach nearly bowled England to an improbable win in the second Ashes Test at Lord's on Sunday. Australia were 154-6 at the close, having been set a stiff target of 267 in 48 overs when England captain Joe Root declared after lunch on the back of Ben Stokes's unbeaten century.
Last-ditch attempt: Pakistan Army on Sunday said the authorities have taken up the issue of suspension of some Twitter and Facebook accounts posting about the Kashmir issue with the social media giants. Four Twitter handles were suspended for allegedly spreading anti-India propaganda on Jammu and Kashmir following a request by security agencies.
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