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February 21, 2019 / 02:10 PM IST

Pulwama LIVE: MHA allows entitlement of air travel to all CAPF personnel

Live updates of the Pulwama terror attack aftermath

At least 40 CRPF jawans were killed and dozens injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Awantipora, Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir. This is the worst attack on India's armed forces since the Uri airbase attack in 2016.

Banned terrorist organisation, allegedly backed by Pakistan, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) has claimed responsibility.

Media reports suggest JeM spokesperson

Muhammad Hassan, in a text message to Kashmiri News agency GNS, has claimed that a local fidayeen terrorist Aadil Ahmed executed the attack.

Zulfiqar Hassan, IG CRPF (Operations), told mediapersons that the J&K police has taken up the investigation. "The injured have been shifted to hospital. Post-blast analysis is being done on the spot," he added.

National politicians including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, BJP chief Amit Shah have condemned the incident.

Regional leaders and former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah have also expressed their condolences to the kin of the martyrs.
  • February 21, 2019 / 02:09 PM IST

    MHA allows entitlement of air travel for all CAPFs personnel

    The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has approved the entitlement of air travel to all the personnel of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces on the Delhi-Srinagar, Srinagar-Delhi, Jammu-Srinagar and Srinagar-Jammu sectors.

    The MHA has said that the decision will immediately benefit approximately 7.80 lakh personnel of the CAPFs in the ranks of Constable, Head Constable and ASI who were otherwise not eligible earlier. This includes journey on duty and journey on leave, i.e. while going on leave from Jammu and Kashmir to home and return.

    “This facility is in addition to the existing air courier services for CAPFs that have been steadily extended in all sectors by the MHA to help the jawans cut down on travel time during their journey to and fro from home on leave,” MHA has added in a tweet.

  • February 21, 2019 / 12:46 PM IST

    Perpetrators of terror acts must be brought swiftly to justice: UN chief

    UN chief Antonio Guterres has said it is essential that there must be accountability under international law and the perpetrators of terrorist acts be brought swiftly to justice, as he reiterated his strong condemnation of the Pulwama terror strike by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

    The UN Secretary-General also "urgently" appealed to the governments of both India and Pakistan to exercise "maximum restraint" to ensure the situation does not further deteriorate. (PTI)

  • February 21, 2019 / 11:51 AM IST

    PM Modi is on two days trip (to South Korea) even when the country is going through this tragedy. This shows their priority: Congress’ Randeep Surjewala has said in a press conference.

  • February 21, 2019 / 11:32 AM IST
  • February 21, 2019 / 11:00 AM IST

    The Supreme Court of India (SC) may hear tomorrow (February 22) a plea seeking the apex court's direction to protect Kashmiri students being attacked in the aftermath of Pulwama terror attack, News18 has reported.

  • February 21, 2019 / 08:38 AM IST
  • February 21, 2019 / 08:14 AM IST

    Kashmiri shawl trader assaulted in Nadia, one arrested

    A Kashmiri shawl trader was beaten up by a mob in Nadia, West Bengal and one person has been arrested in this connection, police said yesterday.

    Javed Khan, a resident of Jammu and Kashmir, was beaten up at the Taherpur bazar area at around 7 pm on Monday (February 18).

    Since Khan was reluctant to lodge a police complaint, a suo motu case was started which led to the arrest, Superintendent of Police (Nadia) Rupesh Kumar said. (PTI)

  • February 20, 2019 / 02:53 PM IST

    Congress President Rahul Gandhi and AICC General Secretaries Priyanka Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia have visited family of a martyr in Shamli, Uttar Pradesh.

  • February 20, 2019 / 02:43 PM IST

    UN chief asks India, Pakistan to exercise 'maximum restraint' and take steps to defuse tensions

    UN chief Antonio Guterres has called on India and Pakistan to exercise "maximum restraint" and take "immediate steps” to de-escalate tensions following the Pulwama terror attack, reiterating that his good offices are available if asked by both sides. (PTI)

  • February 20, 2019 / 08:43 AM IST

    Sharad Pawar slams PM Modi for skipping all-party meet on Pulwama

    NCP president Sharad Pawar yesterday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for skipping the all-party meeting called by the NDA government in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.

    There was no representative of the BJP either as Rajnath Singh was present in his capacity as Union home minister, Pawar said.

    Instead of attending the meeting over such a serious issue, Modi chose to address rallies elsewhere, the former Union minister said.

    "An all-party meeting was called on Saturday...In fact we were told that PM Modi would chair the meeting. Presuming that Modi would attend the meeting, we all went to Delhi as it (the terror attack in South Kashmir) was an attack on the nation," Pawar told reporters. (PTI)

  • February 19, 2019 / 09:23 PM IST
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