J-K: Sapphire Exploration Team Reaches Kishtwar, Discusses Action Plan with District Administration



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An expert team deployed for Sapphire exploration in the Paddar area of Kishtwar District discussed the action plan with the district administration on Friday, an official statement said.

During the meeting, the team informed the action plan for the Sapphire investigation in the designated area. The team also shared insights regarding the duration of their stay, which is expected to span 90 days, subject to weather conditions.

"Acknowledging the importance of the exploration project, the Deputy Commissioner assured the team of all possible administrative support and issued necessary directives to the concerned departments," the statement mentioned.

The meeting was attended by the Director, of Geology and Mining, J-K, O P Bhagat; Joint Director, Geology and Mining, Jammu, Harbans Lal; District Mineral Officer, Dr Brijesh Manhas; Sub Divisional Magistrate Paddar, Dr Rishi Kumar; Senior Geologist from the Geological Survey of India, Jammu, Neeraj Kumar, besides the MECL was represented by General Manager (Geology) P R Nair and Director Technical Pankaj Pandey.

The meeting concluded with a shared commitment to advancing the Sapphire exploration efforts in Kishtwar, with the aim of harnessing the region's potential and contributing to its economic growth, the statement said. (ANI)

After withdrawal of the army, 60 dead bodies were recovered in two cities of Gaza



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After withdrawal of the army, 60 dead bodies were recovered in two cities of Gaza

After withdrawal of the army, 60 dead bodies were recovered in two cities of Gaza

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At least 60 bodies have been found in initial searches in two towns in the Gaza Strip after the Israeli army withdrew.

The Hamas-run Gaza Civil Defense Agency reported this on Friday (July 12).

Meanwhile, Hamas has called for international accountability for the killings in Gaza's Tal al-Hawa area. Qatar-based media Al-Jazeera reports.

Hamas said in a statement, "After the withdrawal of the occupying Israeli army from Tal al-Hawa in the south-western Gaza city, intense remote bombing continued for several days. Besides, the Israeli troops are infiltrating and carrying out small attacks. This is an attempt at genocide and ethnic cleansing.'' In the statement, Hamas called on the United Nations and the international community to take immediate steps to end the war.

Mahmoud Basal, spokesman for Hamas' civil defense, said the bodies were found in Tal al-Hawa and al-Sina districts. Israeli troops withdrew after days of fighting with Hamas fighters.

"At least 60 bodies have been counted," Basal said. Gaza Civil Defense teams rushed to rescue survivors. Most of the victims were women and children. There are still many bodies under the rubble. Israeli forces are stationed nearby and rescue operations are regularly disrupted.'

On the other hand, Amnesty International has called for a ceasefire in Gaza and the release of prisoners. The agency said in a statement, "All sides should agree to a ceasefire to reduce civilian casualties, prevent loss of life and ensure the safety of all civilians."

The organization called on Hamas and other armed groups to immediately release the civilians held hostage in Gaza. As prisoners' families protest in Israel

"Hostage-taking is a war crime," said Erica Guevara-Rosas, Amnesty International's senior director of research, policy and campaigns. Those still alive spent more than nine months as hostages away from their loved ones. There can be no justification for inflicting such emotional pain on them and their families.”

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Tulip Siddique becomes the UK minister



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Tulip Siddique, the daughter of Sheikh Rehana, the younger sister of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the granddaughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who won a large number of votes in the recently concluded general elections in the United Kingdom, has been appointed as the Minister of Cities of the United Kingdom.

Tulip, elected as a Labor MP for a fourth consecutive term, will oversee the financial services sector. Prior to this she was working as a shadow minister as a Labor Party MP.

Bloomberg reported this information in a report on Tuesday (July 9). It also said that the government has not made any official announcement regarding Tulip's appointment.

Tulip, 41, has worked in the City of London's financial district since 2021.

She will do more to make Britain's labor market more competitive and remove barriers, Tulip told the Financial Times in May this year.

Tulip will replace Bim Afolami as the Cities Minister. Beam is a former HSBC banker. He served under the previous Conservative government.

Tulip received a total of 23 thousand 432 votes in this election. Her closest rival Don Williams of the Conservatives got 8,462 votes. Compared to the 2019 elections, the number of votes of Tulips this year has increased by 10.7 percent.

Tulip first won the Hampstead-Kilburn seat in 2015. It was then that she entered the House of Commons for the first time. Then she won from the same seat in the 2017 and 2019 elections. That year, her name also appeared in the list of 1,000 most influential politicians in the United Kingdom.

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Narendra Modi in Moscow, the issues that can be discussed



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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Moscow on a two-day visit. This is his first foreign visit after assuming power for the third term.

Al Jazeera reported this information on Monday (July 8).

According to reports, Narendra Modi will attend a dinner with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, the first day of the two-day visit. The two leaders will meet at the Russian President's office on Tuesday.

The 22nd bilateral summit between the two countries will be held in Modi's visit to Moscow this year, according to the report of the Russian media RT. This summit is being held between the two countries since 2000.

In a statement about his visit to Moscow, Modi said, 'I want to review all aspects of bilateral relations with my friend President Vladimir Putin. At the same time, I want to discuss various regional and international issues. We want to play a supportive role in establishing a peaceful and stable region.

Along with New Delhi, Moscow is also giving great importance to Modi's visit to Russia.

Modi last visited Russia in 2019. And Putin last visited New Delhi in 2021. The last meeting between them took place on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan in September 2022.

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Hamas withdrew from the main demand



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Hamas eventually agreed to a revised version of the US-proposed deal. The group has dropped key demands in ongoing negotiations for a ceasefire agreement. This gave new hope for a cease-fire agreement in Gaza.

Gaza was controlled by the Palestinian armed group Hamas before the war began with an attack on Israel on October 7. However, they are said to have given preliminary approval to dropping the main demands of the ceasefire agreement.

Hamas and an Egyptian official reported the information on Saturday (July 6). In addition, Hamas is waiting for Israel's response to this proposal. Two Hamas officials reported this information on Sunday (July 7).

A senior US official said Hamas had responded to the proposal, which could end the deal. The first phase of the ceasefire may start from November. And through this, 9 months of devastating war is going to end.

There may be further discussion on this. But all parties cautioned that a deal is still far from certain.

Meanwhile, an Israeli airstrike on a school in the Gaza Strip killed at least 16 people and injured many others. Palestinian officials said this.

Israel carried out such an attack in the midst of negotiations on a ceasefire. The building housed hundreds of thousands of displaced people in a refugee camp in central Gaza, the Hamas-controlled health ministry said.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said they attacked some infrastructure in the Al Zawni school area, from where the terrorists were operating. On the other hand, another 10 people were reported dead in a separate attack on a house in the refugee camp. According to the BBC, as many as 7,000 people took shelter in the building.

On the other hand, 9 months of Israel-Hamas war completed on Sunday. Gaza's health ministry says more than 38,000 Palestinians have been killed so far in counter-attacks launched in response to Hamas attacks in southern Israel.

1,200 Palestinians were killed in Hamas attacks that day. At this time, armed fighters took about 250 hostages to Gaza. 

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