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NEW DELHI: Yet another attempt by Pakistan to raise Jammu and Kashmir in the United Nations has flopped.

Pakistan made the fresh bid at a closed session of the UN Security Council on Wednesday with the help of China, its “all-weather ally”. However, most members of the world body rejected the move saying the closed session was not a place to discuss the issue, according to a report in NDTV.

India slammed the move, asking Islamabad to focus on addressing issues like sheltering terrorists to improve relations with New Delhi.

"Pakistan's practice of using false pretences to distract from addressing the malaise that afflicts it, has run its course today," India's Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin was quoted by NDTV as saying.

"We are happy that neither alarmist scenario painted by the representatives of Pakistan nor any of the baseless allegations made repeatedly by representatives of Pakistan in the UN fora were found to be credible today," Akbaruddin said.

The latest move by China was the third such attempt since August when the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the constitution was scrapped by the government and the state was bifurcated into two union territories.

Last month, France, the US, the UK and Russia foiled an attempt by China to discuss Kashmir at a closed-door meeting of the Security Council.

French diplomatic sources told NDTV that the position of France has not changed and is very clear -- that the Kashmir issue must be settled bilaterally. "As we have stated on several occasions and will continue to reiterate to our partners on the United Nations Security Council," a source said.

Meanwhile, the government has begun a massive confidence building exercise in the Union Territory, said a Times of India report. Starting from January 18, as many as 36 Union ministers will go to 52 places in J&K. Ministers will reach out to people across the UT up to panchayat level and share with them how the Centre has planned to expedite the development process in the region, which was being affected due to some provisions of Article 370.

This will be the first high level “mass” outreach after provisions of Article 370 were scrapped on August 5, 2019. The ministers are expected to speak on development initiatives that the Centre plans to undertake in the newly-bifurcated UTs of J&K and Ladakh.

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TEHRAN: Iran's judiciary said Tuesday it had arrested "some people" over the crash of a Ukrainian plane mistakenly shot down by Iran's military."

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NEW DELHI:  The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over the investigation into the alleged involvement of Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Deputy Superintendent Davinder Singh with the terror groups.

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NEW DELHI: The mother of the December 2012 Delhi gang-rape and murder victim Asha Devi has pooh poohed senior lawyer Indira Jaising’s advice to forgive the four men, who committed the brutal crime against her daughter.

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Hyderabad: The Jubilee Hills police on Friday arrested the director of a city based agro management company along with the firm’s manager and an event manager for organising a rave party at a pub and bringing women from various places to perform obscene dances in front of their staff.

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KOCHI: Kerala’s IT hub of Kochi, employing over 40,000 employees, is gripped by an acute water crisis.

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KOCHI: Kerala’s IT hub of Kochi, employing over 40,000 employees, is gripped by an acute water crisis.

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TRIVANDRUM: The standoff between Kerala’s Left Democratic Front government and Governor Arif Mohammed Khan over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act has taken a turn for the worse with the latter deciding to seek a report from Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for bypassing him in filing a suit in the Supreme Court challenging the law.

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MANGALORE: Right-wing Hindu outfits Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal have upset the women devotees by raking up the demand for a dress-code in the famous Kukke Subrahmanya temple in Dakshina Kannada district.

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BANGALORE: Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has come up with a unique idea to stop people from urinating in public. Large mirrors have been installed at various spots where public urination is usually reported.

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CHENNA: The simmering feud between the Dravida Munnetra Kazhakam (DMK) and Congress in Tamil Nadu has taken a turn for the worse with DMK treasurer Durai Murugan saying that his party won’t care about the alliance.

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UDUPI: The Tamil Nadu Police have arrested the two main suspects in the murder of a special sub-inspector of police at Kalliyakkavilai on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border earlier this month.

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VIJAYAWADA:  In a major political development, the fledgling Jana Sena Party (JSP) led by actor-turned politician Pawan Kalayan has forged an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party, said a News Minute report.

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NEW DELHI: With the two days left for the release of schedule for the upcoming local body polls in Andhra Pradesh, the Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the proceedings on petitions challenging the legal validity of increasing the reservations beyond the stipulated 50 per cent, said a report in hansindia.com.

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HYDERABAD: The zero FIR system introduced by the Telangana government following the rape and murder of a veterinary doctor in November last year has failed to gain traction in the state.

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VIJAYAWADA: The protest against the YSR Congress government’s proposal to shift the political capital from Amaravati to Visakhapatnam has spiralled with one Mohammed Jani attempting suicide on Saturday.

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