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NEW DELHI: Undeterred by the reverses he has suffered in his bid to raise the Jammu and Kashmir issue in the United Nations, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran called on the international body to step in to resolve the dispute between the two nuclear armed countries.

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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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GAUHATI: A general strike was observed in Assam Monday in protest against the move to create a Bodo union territorial council consequent to the signing of a peace accord between Bodo rebel outfits, Assam and the union governments.

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JEHANABAD: The police on Sunday night carried out a raid at the ancestral house of anti-CAA activist and JNU research scholar Sharjeel Imam after he was slapped with a sedition case in the national capital for alleged inflammatory speeches he gave at Shaheen Bagh and the Jamia Milia Islamia.

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KOCHI: Transgenders in Kerala celebrated the Republic Day on Sunday witnessing the marriage of the state’s first transgender writer Heidi Saddia.

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CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu’s opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has sought to open another front in the battle against the hydrocarbon extraction project, which has given rise to a massive outcry in state, particularly in the Cauvery delta districts, by calling on his party workers and farmers to step up the protests.

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KOCHI: Transgenders in Kerala celebrated the Republic Day on Sunday witnessing the marriage of the state’s first transgender writer Heidi Saddia.

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KOCHI: Kerala’s ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) organized a 620-km human chain on Sunday evening against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC).

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 MALAPPURAM: The Kerala Police have registered a case against Shobha Karandlaje, a BJP MP from Karnataka for her tweet with potential to cause enmity between different groups of people on the grounds of religion, race etc.

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BANGALORE: One person who allegedly planted the IED (Improvised Explosive Device) at Mangalore airport on Monday has surrendered before the police on Wednesday.

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CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu’s opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has sought to open another front in the battle against the hydrocarbon extraction project, which has given rise to a massive outcry in state, particularly in the Cauvery delta districts, by calling on his party workers and farmers to step up the protests.

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CHENNAI: Madras High Court on Friday dismissed a case filed against Tamil superstar Rajnikanth over his remark on Thandai Periyar (EV Ramaswamy), reports ANI.

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AMARAVATI: Andhra Pradesh cabinet on Monday cleared a proposal to abolish the Legislative Council, according to a report in the Times of India.

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VISAKHAPATANAM: The Crime Investigation Department (CID) of Andhra Pradesh Police on Thursday registered cases against two former Telugu Desam Party (TDP) ministers and over 797 others, for allegedly indulging in illegal land transactions in five Mandals of Amaravati capital region during 2014 and 2015, reports ANI.

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HYDERABAD: Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad, who was arrested while on his way to take part in an anti-CAA rally organised by the students of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in the Telangana capital on Sunday evening, said he was being sent back to Delhi.

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HYDERABAD: Ruling Telangana Rashtra Saimiti is sweeping the elections to the urban local bodies in Telangana by winning over 80 of the 120 municipalities and eight of the nine municipal corporations as per results available at 5 pm on Saturday, January 25.

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