Mehbooba: PM wants talks, but not amid stones, bullets

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday found Prime Minister Narendra Modi “amenable” to a dialogue with separatists in the state, but agreed that “it can’t happen amid stone-throwing and bullets”.“The prime minister has an intention of holding talks after the situation becomes normal,” Mehbooba told reporters, after a 20-minute meeting with Modi at his residence.The meeting comes amid growing unrest in the Valley and severe strains between her Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and alliance partner, the BJP.  Mehbooba, who is under pressure from her party to revie

Scores of students, policemen injured in fresh clashes

As higher educational institutions reopened after a week in Kashmir on Monday, fresh clashes erupted between students and police.Scores of students and policemen, including senior superintendent of police Imtiyaz Ismail, superintendent of police Sheikh Faisal and Sub-Divisional Police Officer Imran Farooq, were injured in the day-long clashes. The students of S P College and Women’s College on M A Road clashed with the police after these institutions re-opened on Monday after a five-day shutdown.Refusing to join classes, the students came out on busy M A Road and tried to block traffic.

25 CRPF men killed in Chhattisgarh naxal attack

At least 26 CRPF personnel were killed and six wounded in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district today, the deadliest attack by Naxalites targeting security forces this year.The Naxalites mounted the assault around 12:25 PM in Kalapathar area of south Bastar region, one of the worst-hit by Left-wing extremism in the country.The area is close to the Chintagufa-Burkapal-Bheji axis, the hotbed of Naxal violence which has seen a number of such attacks in the past resulting in high casualties."As per the latest report, we have lost 26 men.

'It was sudden firing'

Another CRPF personnel, who was injured in the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Monday, said the patrol came under sudden fire from the guerrillas.The CRPF trooper has been identified as Sourav Malik. CRPF officials said the ambush set up by the Maoists was as deadly as the one on March 11 in Bheji area of the same district, where 12 personnel lost their lives. An officer said the CRPF patrol, like in the Bheji incident, was sanitising the area where a road is being laid between Burkapal and Jagargunda, when the assault happened.

Govt invokes emergency clause to maintain supply of stents

The government has asked stent manufacturers to maintain uninterrupted supply of coronary stents by invoking emergency clause in public interest.The move comes in the wake of various multinationals, including Abbott Healthcare and India Medtronic, seeking permission to withdraw some of their products from India following price control.The Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) has invoked an emergency clause of the Drug Price Control Order, 2013, in public interest to ensure the companies complied with its direction.The government took action after receiving reports of shortage of stents in th