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Like farmers, people of J-K may have to make ?sacrifices? to get back their rights: Farooq Abdullah

Like farmers, people of J-K may have to make ?sacrifices? to get back their rights: Farooq Abdullah

J&K
Srinagar, December 5 National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday said the people of Jammu and Kashmir may have to make "sacrifices", as farmers protesting the new farm laws did, to restore its statehood and special status. Addressing a convention of the NC's youth wing on the occasion of the 116th birth anniversary of party founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah at his mausoleum at Naseembagh here, Abdullah, however, said his party does not support violence. After almost a year of protests by farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on November 19 announced the decision to repeal the farm laws passed last year to ease rules around the sale, pricing and storage of crops. Parliament passed a Bill to repeal the farm laws on the first day of the ongoing Winter Session on November 29...
17 more test +ve for Omicron variant

17 more test +ve for Omicron variant

India
Tribune News Service New Delhi, December 5 As many as 17 new Omicron cases were reported today with nine persons from Rajasthan, seven from Maharashtra and one from Delhi testing positive for the new Covid-19 variant, taking the tally to 21 in the country. Edit: Boost immunity With this, four states and the national capital have now reported cases of the potentially more contagious variant. The maximum cases were reported from Jaipur where nine persons, including four of a family, tested positive. Health Secretary Vaibhav Galriya said some patients had travel history of South Africa. Covid toll revised India on Sunday saw a single-day rise of 2,796 Covid deaths, toll now stands at 4,73,326. This was attributed to reconciliation of data by Bihar amp; Kerala. Maharashtra health ...
Foray in Russian  Far East on table, Putin arrives today

Foray in Russian Far East on table, Putin arrives today

India
Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service New Delhi, December 5 Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host Russian President Vladimir Putin at his residence on Monday for one-to-one talks that would mark the two countries breaking out of the straitjacket of arms and petroleum relationship. Two-plus-two This is the second overseas visit by Putin since Covid outbreak; the first was for a summit with the US President First-ever India-Russia two-plus-two also to be held on Monday Both sides to promote ties over Russian Far East, Gaganyaan launch The Russian President, on his second visit abroad after the Covid outbreak, and Modi will discuss Indian forays into Russian Far East for which New Delhi has already put up a $1-billion line of credit, the first by India for a developed country....
‘Thank you, Haryana’, say Punjab farmers as they prepare to leave Tikri

‘Thank you, Haryana’, say Punjab farmers as they prepare to leave Tikri

India
Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service Jhajjar, December 5 Punjab farmers at Tikri are on a special job these days to further strengthen the bonhomie with Haryana residents. Punjab visit invite Barahi villagers ensured uninterrupted supply of milk, vegetables, fruit and other eatables. We have invited them to Punjab to reinforce this bond of brotherhood. Lakhwinder Singh, BKU (Sidhupur) leader They are visiting nearby villages to honour those who provided them succour in the shape of eatables and free accommodation over the past one year. They are also inviting them to visit Punjab. A committee of Punjab farm unions is also felicitating people from Haryana and Punjab to express their gratitude for their support. On Sunday, BKU (Sidhupur) leaders reached Barahi village (near Tikri)...
Oppn alliance sans Congress  not possible: Baghel

Oppn alliance sans Congress not possible: Baghel

India
New Delhi, December 5 With disunity growing in the Opposition camp, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday said there was nothing wrong with TMC chief Mamata Banerjee aspiring to become the main Opposition leader, but she "must clarify whether she will achieve that goal by fighting the ruling BJP or by fighting fellow Opposition parties". He said no Opposition alliance was possible at the national level without the Congress, which has to be the main pillar of the bloc taking on the BJP. Baghel, Congress in charge for UP elections, also attacked poll strategist Prashant Kishor for suggesting that no individual had a divine right to the Congress presidency. "He is acting like another Kangana Ranaut by offering unsolicited advice and speaking without ideological basis. Does he have any i...
Youth saves drowning woman, felicitated

Youth saves drowning woman, felicitated

J&K
Jammu: A Jamp;K youth was on Sunday felicitated by the Army for saving a woman from drowning in Ramban district, a defence spokesman said. Mehraj Ahmed of Karol village, who is in his 20s, risked his own life by jumping into the Chenab river to save the woman on December 2, the spokesman said. He said the man exhibited exemplary courage and swimming skills. PTI Senior CPM leader Kesar passes away Jammu: Senior CPM leader Sham Prasad Kesar died at a hospital here on Sunday, his family said. He was 75. "My father suffered high blood pressure on Tuesday and was shifted to a hospital, where he breathed his last," Kesar's elder son said. Kesar, who served as the CPM state committee member and regional secretary Jammu, is survived by his wife and two sons. PTI
Two Lashkar militants held in Shopian

Two Lashkar militants held in Shopian

J&K
Srinagar, December 5 Security forces arrested two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants and recovered arms and ammunition in Shopian district of Jamp;K on Sunday. Acting on specific input regarding the presence of LeT terrorist Shahid Ahmad Gaine, a resident of Doomwani Keegam, and his close associate in Doomwani village near Rambi Ara, security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the area, a police spokesman said. He said as the security forces approached the suspected spot, the duo tried to flee. However, they were apprehended by the search party, the spokesman added. He identified the other arrested as Kifayat Ayoub Alie, a resident of Pinjoora Shopian. Incriminating material, arms and ammunition, including a Chinese pistol, a pistol magazine, two Chinese hand grenades and ei...
May have to emulate farmers to restore Article 370: Farooq Abdullah

May have to emulate farmers to restore Article 370: Farooq Abdullah

J&K
Srinagar, December 5 National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday said the people of Jammu and Kashmir might have to make "sacrifices", as farmers protesting the new farm laws did, to restore its statehood and special status. Addressing a convention of the NC's youth wing on the 116th birth anniversary of party founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah at his mausoleum at Naseembagh here, Farooq, however, said his party did not support violence. "The farmers protested for 11 months. More than 700 farmers died. The Centre had to revoke the three farm bills when farmers made sacrifices. We may also have to make sacrifices like that to get back our rights. We have promised to get back (Articles) 370, 35-A and statehood and we are ready to make any sacrifice," Farooq said. The NC, howeve...
Illegal drug trade

Illegal drug trade

Opinion
INDIA'S pharmaceutical industry is among the largest providers of generic drugs globally, but that distinction is marred by the worrisome reality of the clandestine manufacturing and trafficking of synthetic drugs. The unravelling of the illegal drug trade in Himachal Pradesh's pharma hub Baddi-Barotiwala points to not only the magnitude of the criminal activity, but also what the authorities are up against. A firm that was raided first obtained Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) formulations for legal sale and then diverted these for a nefarious use as sedatives and hypnotics. Investigations reveal transactions to several states of drugs worth more than Rs 100 crore within a span of two years. In 2019, India ranked among the 10 countries reporting the biggest opioid seizur...
Boost immunity

Boost immunity

Opinion
THE rapid developments around the Omicron variant as it pans out globally call for an urgent activation of the booster dose. There is a spike in the spread and number of people infected with this latest highly mutated strain. The WHO has declared it a variant of concern (VoC) and as one posing a very high risk. South Africa, that was the first to flag it, has reported a rise in the number of children under five catching the virus. People falling prey to the variant include those inoculated with two vaccine shots. The breakthrough cases could be indicative of waning immunity as also the ability of Omicron to better escape the immune response of the system and transmit faster. In this light, most medical experts have advised the administration of the protective booster shot to all in a bid t...