J&K

Naqvi is in Srinagar as part of a massive outreach by the central government, over two months after Jammu and Kashmir formally became a Union Territory on October 31 last year. The erstwhile state was stripped of its special status under Article 370 of the Constitution on August 5.

The firing of small arms and intense shelling with mortars started from the Pakistani side at about 20:15 hours. Indian Army was retaliating strongly to Pak's unprovoked firing, til latest reports came in.

Azad said: "Why are EU leaders being allowed to visit Jammu and Kashmir when even the opposition leaders are not being allowed to go there? This is an insult to the Parliament of India."

The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan directed all Deputy Commissioners (DCs) to ensure hassle free arrangements for the upcoming Board of School Education, BOSE, examinations.

Security personnel takes position during encounter in Anantnag district on Wednesday.

On the first day, the close ties shared between the two leaders shone through, as Modi took Xi on a guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Arjuna's Penance, Krishna's Butter Ball, Pancha Rathas and the Shore Temple. A veshti-wearing Modi received Xi on Friday afternoon in the historic coastal city, which is famed for its temples and architecture dating back to the Pallava Dynasty.

The Spokesperson also rejected all "motivated" stories in the international press, outlining how there is no shortage of medicines in Jammu and Kashmir.

The number of government schools in Jammu and Kashmir running smart classes had been slowly but steadily growing. The government and individual teachers are making efforts to digitalise the teaching process.

The Afghan government also questioned Pakistan's action to deploy tens of thousands of military troops on its western frontier. "There is no threat from Afghanistan to Pakistan. The Afghan government sees no credible reason for Pakistan to maintain tens of thousands of military troops on its western frontier," the statement read.