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Pakistan violates ceasefire at Poonch

A day ahead of Independence Day, Pakistan violated the ceasefire in the wee hours of 14 August. The Indian side retaliated with heavy firing. Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control in Shahpu Kandi area of the border Poonch district. India is currently on high alert ahead of the 15 August celebrations.

No injuries or casualties have been reported so far.

Pakistan dedicates Independence Day to Kashmir's freedom

Pakistan has reportedly dedicated its Independence Day (14 August) celebration to "Kashmir's freedom".

"Is saal ki Jashn-e-Azadi hum Kashmir ki Azadi ke naam karte hain," Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit said. However, he asserted that Pakistan has always made efforts to 'improve' its relationship with India.

No Railway budget from next year

The 92-year-old practice of presenting a separate Rail Budget is set to come to an end from the next fiscal, with the Finance Ministry accepting Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu's proposal to merge it with the General Budget.

According to railways, The Finance Ministry has now constituted a five-member committee comprising senior officials of the Ministry and the national transporter to work out the modalities for the merger. The committee has been asked to submit its report by August 31.

Sonia Gandhi discharged from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital

Congress president Sonia Gandhi who was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on 3 August with fever, dehydration and a shoulder injury was discharged from the hospital on 14 August.

"Sonia Gandhi's medical condition at the time of discharge from the hospital is stable. She has been advised rest and continuation of medicines. Gandhi is likely to visit the hospital for further evaluation of her condition in the coming week." said Dr DS Rana, chairman, Board of Management, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

Islamic preacher held in Kerala for alleged IS links, taught 11 of 21 missing youths

An Islamic preacher was taken into custody from Panur, Kerala for his alleged links with terror outfit Islamic State (IS).

Mohammed Hanif, who hails from Kambalakkad in Wynad was taken into custody from Panur on 13 August night, police said.

Hanif allegedly taught 11 of the 21 youth from Kerala, who are suspected to have joined the IS, police said.

NIA officers get training in Urdu, Arabic, Persian

The officers of National Investigating Agency (NIA) are learning Urdu, Arabic and Persian to counter the growing influence of terrorist organisations like Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in the eastern region.

The necessity to have the basic knowledge of Arabic, Urdu and Persian was first realised after the Khagragh Blast incident in West Bengal's Birbhum district in 2014. The NIA, which was handed over the responsibility to investigate the incident, faced problems when they stumbled upon large amount of literature in Persian, Urdu and Arabic language.

Heavy rain lashes Himachal Pradesh

Rain continued to lash some parts of Himachal Pradesh including capital town Shimla during past 24 hours, throwing life out of gear in far flung and interior areas of the state.

Incessant rain triggered landslide at Groah village in Kangra district. The landslide in the region has posed threat to some houses in the village.

The Met office has predicted more rains during the next few days. The state experienced about 257 percent excess rainfall during the past 48 hours which is continued in several parts.