Meeting with Modi not political, says Nitish

A day after skipping a luncheon hosted by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had lunch with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.The JD(U) chief, however, dismissed suggestions of any political significance of his choice. Kumar decided against attending the Friday’s Opposition meet but chose to attend the lunch hosted by Modi in honour of the visiting Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind K Jugnauth.The chief minister’s choice evoked interest as there was increased speculation that Kumar was moving farther from the Opposition.

Centre wants states to tweak cops' responsibilities

Inability to investigate around 30% of the FIRs registered in a year and the declining number of charge sheets have prompted the Centre to ask states to tweak the responsibilities of the police.The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked states to establish dedicated “investigation cells in all districts” and “entrust all new cases” to this unit. It also wants a separate roadmap to separate law and order duty from investigation in a time-bound manner, a communique sent by the MHA to states stated.The suggestion is part of the actionable points on separation of law and order duty from

Top Hizb leader, 7 ultras killed in encounters

Top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat and seven militants were killed in separate encounters across Kashmir on Saturday.Sabzar was a close associate  of slain Hizb commander Burhan Wani, and was named his successor.Sabzar and his associate, Faizan, were killed in an encounter in Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday morning.

Sabzar, successor to Wani's legacy in Kashmir

Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, who was killed in an encounter with the security forces in the Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, was a close associate of the slain Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, and was named the commander of the outfit after Wani’s death on July 8.A native of Rathsuna in south Kashmir, Sabzar was said to be a close friend of Wani, the poster boy of modern-day militancy in Kashmir.Sabzar, who had snatched a rifle from a policeman before joining the militant ranks, was trained in the forests of Tral.

Six militants killed along LoC

At least six militants were killed as the army foiled a major infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Uri sector of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Saturday.A source said troops noticed the movement of a heavily armed group of militants along the LoC, who were trying to infiltrate on Friday night. “When  the troops challenged the infiltrators, they opened fire and in the retaliatory action, six of them were neutralised,” the source said.According to the army, the forces laid an ambush around 7.30 pm on Friday after receiving specific inputs about the movement of i