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Govt snubs China over Dalai Lama’s Arunachal visit

The government has said that no additional colour should be ascribed to Dalai Lama’s religious and spiritual activities in India

Hardnews Bureau Delhi

In the wake of the controversies generated by Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, the government today asserted that "no additional colour should be ascribed to his religious and spiritual activities."

Pak hand behind ‘stone pelting’ in J&K: Rajnath

New Delhi:  Home Minister Rajnath Singh today squarely blamed Pakistan for continuous efforts to destabilize Jammu and Kashmir and said even the "stone pelting" exercises resorted by youth in that state has Pakistani connection.

"My appeal to the youth of Jammu and Kashmir is that they should not be misguided by Pakistan and

elements in Pakistan," Singh said in the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour.

Responding to the issues of security situations in Jammu and Kashmir raised by Trinamool Congress

Pakistan Day: Separatist leaders detained and put under house arrest in Kashmir

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference chairmen Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq remained under house arrest while restrictions continued on about half-a-dozen other separatist leaders to prevent them from attending Pakistan Day in Delhi today.

Meanwhile, National Front, a constituent of hardline Hurriyat, chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan, who was yesterday arrested at Srinagar International Airport when he was leaving for New Delhi to attend the day in Pakistan Embassy, remained lodged in Raj Bagh police station.

Iraqi forces block IS counter-attack in western Mosul

MOSUL: US-backed Iraqi forces advancing in the Islamic State group's stronghold in western Mosul fought off a counter-attack by the militants during bad weather in the early hours today, officers said. Some militants were able to get near elite Iraqi units in the southwestern part of the city, hidden among people displaced by the fighting, a senior officer told Reuters. Iraqi forces captured the eastern side of Mosul in January after 100 days of fighting and launched their attack on the districts that lie west of the Tigris river on Feb 19.