Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said India and Pakistan are important South Asian countries but the "situation in Kashmir has attracted the attention of the international community."
India has maintained that the Kashmir issue is a bilateral matter with Pakistan, and that there is no scope for a third party mediation.
The Chinese comments aimed at getting involved in Indo- Pak tensions come at a time the armies of India and China are locked in a standoff in Doklam area in the Sikkim section.
Expressing concern over the tension between India and Pakistan, Geng said "the conflict occurred near the Line of Control of Kashmir. This will not only harm the peace and stability of the two countries but also the peace and tranquillity of the region."
"We hope the relevant sides can do more things that are conducive for peace and stability in the region and avoiding escalating the tensions and China is willing to play constructive role in improving relations between India and Pakistan," he told reporters.
The comments also come two days after a Chinese analyst wrote in the state-run Global Times that a "third country's" Army could enter Kashmir at Pakistan's request, using the "logic" the Indian Army used to stop the Chinese military from constructing the road in Doklam area.
Geng's comments were in reply to a question on the tension between India and Pakistan, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation expressing concern over the situation in Kashmir, and whether China can play role to defuse the hostility between the two countries.
According to Pakistan Foreign Ministry, the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, who met in Abidjan, Republic of Cote d'Ivoire, passed a resolution on Kashmir. Indian security forces have been carrying out combing operations in parts of Kashmir to clear the areas of militants supported by Pakistan who launch attacks against them.
On Monday evening, militants targeted a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims and killed seven of them, including six women, in Kashmir's Anantnag district. Lashkar-e-Taiba commander and Pakistani national Abu Ismail has emerged as the mastermind of the audacious attack.
Raj, 34, is often dubbed as the Sachin Tendulkar of women's cricket.
The right-handed batswoman has been a prolific run-scorer and averages a whopping 51.37. She is still the youngest to slam a ton on her debut and youngest ever ODI centurion.
"The Amarnath terror attack has been unequivocally condemned. It was an attack on our brotherhood. After many years everyone in Kashmir is on the same page on something. We all believe this is not what Kashmir stands for," Mehbooba told ANI.
Earlier in the day, Minister of State (MoS) in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh and Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir briefed the media about the security arrangements in Jammu and Kashmir post the Amarnath Yatra terror attack.
As many as seven people were killed and fifteen others injured after a group of terrorists opened fire on a bus carrying 17 pilgrims from Baltal to Mir Bazar around 8.20 p.m. on Monday night.
Meanwhile, three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were killed by security forces near Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir yesterday night.
Based on inputs of presence of some terrorists in a specific house, an operation was launched by troops of the Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operation Group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Radbug village of Budgam.The troops recovered one self-loading rifle along with three magazines and one pistol with one magazine.
Two terrorists have been identified as Javed, a resident of Churpur and Aabid, a resident of Badgam. The identity of the third one is yet to be ascertained.
The nine MLAs whose disqualifications are being sought are K Lakshminarayanan, RKR Anantaraman, R Siva, A Geetha, T Jayamoorthy, MNR Balan, E Thhepanjan, N Vijayaveny and N Dhanavelu.
They hold the positions of chairmanship of several Public sector undertakings of Puducherry, which are in contravention of the Office of Profit.
Segar went to meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence, followed by meetings with Chief Election Commissioner Anchal Kumar Jyoti and handed over copies of the pages containing the evidence.
Talking to ANI, Gandhi said he doesn't feel like talking about himself as the country suffers from a "mini crisis" of sorts.
"I want to say that I don't like to talk about myself. It is a time where there is mini crisis in India - crisis of terror, there is fear, there is an agrarian crisis in the country. So I really don't feel like talking about myself. I am grateful to the members of the 18 parties who have unanimously and without any differences of opinion asked me to be the candidate for the vice-president election. I feel honoured that they are thinking of me in this context," he said.
Emphasising on having faith in the institution of democracy, Gandhi said that terrorism and agragarian crisis are emerging as major problems for the country.
He further asserted that he see himself as a "citizen candidate," who does not belong to any political party.
"I see myself as a citizen candidate, I am an independent citizen and a very ordinary person. I am not a politician. I am a citizen candidate who is worried about the future of the country as a collective entity in this critical time, but who has faith in the institution of democracy, judiciary, and independent media," he added.
"And I would like to say to the Parliamentarians, who form the electoral college should choose the Vice-President in a view to make the Rajya Sabha a true instrument as it was in the times passed and it has been over the years - a true instrument for voicing the views and the feeling of the states of India which is called the council of the states and that is what I see the role of the Vice-President as the chairman of the Rajya Sabha to be," he added.
The Opposition earlier named Gandhi as its candidate for the post of next Vice-President of India.
The decision to name Gandhi was taken at a meeting of the joint Opposition held at New Delhi on Tuesday.
Image: Gopalkrishna Gandhi seen here with former West Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharya.
"The state lost nearly Rs 131 crore because of loss of property and other damage done by floods and related incidents like landslides," Principal Secretary (Relief and Disaster Management) MH Khan told PTI.
The flood crisis and landslides started with cyclone Mora that made landfall on May 29 and, under its influence, came heavy rains that lasted for almost 10 days, he said. This was later followed by torrential rains and storms lasting for 10 more days in mid-June and the situation worsened when incessant rains began on June 29.
These caused severe damage to property, agricultural land, road transportation sector and others, he said adding that a memorandum has been sent to the Centre asking for assistance.
All the districts of the state has been affected by the floods and Chief Minister N Biren Singh had termed it as a "state calamity". The administration set up 76 relief camps to help 30,000 off flood affected people, Khan said.
Image: A 2015 picture of a flood relief camp in Manipur.
Rediff.com's Umar Ganie reports that despite heavy rain, there were at least 10,000 people at the funeral of Aaqib Gul, a resident of Gooripora,. The funeral which which began at 7:30 am ended at around 10:30 am.
There was heavy police and paramilitary bandobast in the Haiderpora area near Srinagar airport where the funeral took place.
A senior police official said Aaqib used to be a shopkeeper, but joined the terrorist group Hizbul Mujahideen recently. A pistol and a rifle were recovered from him.
The funerals of Javaid Ahmad Shiekh and Sajid Ahmad Gilkar, the other two terrorists, both residents of the old city will be held later in the day as there is curfew in the area.
A senior police official said Sajid had 22 FIRs against him and had been arrested on Eid recently, but released shortly after. An ISIS flag was recovered from him.
At Aaqib's funeral, mourners shouted aazadi and pro-Pakistan slogans and waved Pakistani flags.
As a precautionary measure mobile internet services in Srinagar have been suspended.
Based on inputs of the presence of some terrorists in a specific house, an operation was launched by troops of Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operation Group of Jammu and Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force in Radbug village of Budgam.
The joint operation was launched at around 6:00 p.m. yesterday and at about 8.30 p.m. contact was established with terrorists.
The security forces also recovered arms and ammunition and war like stores.
This came a day after militants attacked a bus carrying Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district.
At lease seven people were killed and 19 sustained injuries in the attack.
Image: Thousands gathered at Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Aaqib Gul's funeral this morning. Pic: Umar Ganie
Speaking to ANI, Tejashwi said, "The FIR against me is political vendetta. It's a conspiracy by Amit Shah and PM Modi.
"From day one, they have tried to break our alliance. They are bringing up cases of 2004 against me. I was 13 to 14 years old that time. How could a kid do all this?
"2004 mein to humaare mooch bhi nahi aayi thi, 13-14 saal ka baccha kaise ye sab kar sakta hai?
"The alliance is strong and will not break. The BJP will get a fitting reply."
The RJD has been adamant that Tejashwi will not resign.
The CBI registered a corruption case against Lalu Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi, son Tejashwi Yadav; former Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Managing Director P.K. Goyal; and the wife of Lalu's confidante Prem Chand Gupta, Sujata on allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006
JD(U) leader Ajay Alok told ANI, "We are in a mahagathbandhan, but to maintain the coalition, the responsibility falls on everyone. Hence, he needs to come out clean on the FIR filed by the CBI. We cannot sit silently and the JDU will cannot comprise its principles. We will take our decision accordingly."
"We are in a mahagathbandhan, but to maintain the coalition, the responsibility falls on everyone. Hence, he needs to come out clean on the FIR filed by the CBI. We cannot sit silently and the JDU will cannot comprise its principles. We will take our decision accordingly," JD(U) leader Ajay Alok told ANI.
The 'mahagathbandhan' of the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the JD(U) is going through rough waters after the CBI filed corruption charges against Tejashwi Yadav in hotel tender case. There has been an increasing demand over his resignation.
In lieu of this, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had called the national and state lawmakers of his party for a meeting in Patna on Tuesday.
After the meeting, sources said that the party decided to give more time to Tejashwi Yadav.
The RJD supremo, however, refuted the allegations against him and called it a political conspiracy hatched by the BJP.
Proactive operations have been launched, mainly in south Kashmir, to track down Ismail as investigations including communication intercepts have pointed to his involvement in the attack on Amarnath pilgrims, a senior police official said.
Seven Amarnath pilgrims, including six women, were killed and 19 injured when terrorists attacked a bus in Kashmir's Anantnag district on Monday evening.
The official said the attack in Anantnag appears to be a reprisal for killing of several Lashkar militants including Bashir Lashkari in an encounter with security forces earlier this month.
"The terrorists are frustrated at the back-to-back losses suffered by them during counter-insurgency operations over the past month or so and have now resorted to attacking civilians and tourists," he said.
According to the official, Ismail has been active in Kashmir for several years and had moved base to south Kashmir more than a year ago.
The Anantnag attack on Amarnath pilgrims came the same day when police announced arrest of a module of LeT including a Hindu terrorist hailing from Muzaffaranagar area of Uttar Pradesh. Lashkar has not only distanced itself from the attack on Amarnath pilgrims but also condemned the attack.
LeT spokesman Abdullah Ghaznavi, while condemning the attack on pilgrims, has said, "It is against Islamic teachings". "The attack on the pilgrims is highly reprehensible act. Islam does not allow violence against any faith," he said.
Image: Family members of an Amarnath pilgrim, killed in the Anantnag terror attack, mourn his death during his funeral in Dahanu, Maharashtra, on Tuesday. PTI Photo
Describing the incident, the principal of Meerut Public School told ANI, "Two class-VIII girls didn't attend classes; their relatives came to school and beat up the girls who complained about them. A case has been registered against them."
The Superintendent of Police, Meerut said that the students were terrified after the incident.
"We are examining CCTV footage. Parents of other students have also raised concerns," he added.
Qureshi's daughter was accompanied by two women and 10 armed men.
The hospital in the north of the country where Liu, 61, was admitted said in a statement that he had been suffering from a stomach infection, peritonitis, organ dysfunction and septic shock, a critical condition that can lead to death, IANS, quoting Efe news, reported.
The dissident was receiving treatment for infection and support for organ function, and doctors were making all efforts to save his life, the hospital said.
The update on Liu's health came amid criticism from the international community, after American and German doctors were allowed to visit him over the weekend. They contradicted the Chinese version, saying the Nobel laureate could be taken abroad for treatment.
The German Embassy in Beijing complained on Monday that authorities recorded the meeting between the doctors and Liu without the consent of the German side and later leaked some carefully selected parts of it to the Chinese media.
Official newspaper Global Times used one of these videos to argue in an editorial piece that "foreign forces were using the Liu case to meet political ends and that China would not yield to international pressure".
Friends and supporters of the Nobel Peace laureate continued to urge Beijing to allow Liu and his wife Liu Xia to seek medical aid in another country.
Attorney General K K Venugopal and senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for petitioners who have challenged government's move to make Aadhaar mandatory for various public welfare schemes, jointly mentioned the matter before the bench and requested that there should be an early hearing by the Constitution Bench in the matter.
-- We are here on behalf of PM to express our solidarity.
-- Even after the attack, Amarnath Yatris are unfazed and enthusiastic. Pilgrims are not scared. Yatra will continue.
- Govt and state govt are serious about the incidents that are happening.
-- We met Governor NN Vohra and CM Mehbooba Mufti of J&K.
-- The CM has handled the situation well, all injured have been sent to their respective homes.
-- Govt helping victims financially.
-- Satisfied with police efforts.
-- Security forces have made huge contribution.
-- We are working to improve security.
-- Emotions of the whole nation attached with Jammu and Kashmir.
- Congratulate the people of J&K for the kind of resilience they have shown in the last 25 years.
- PM is personally monitoring the Jammu and Kashmir situation.
Reports say that the Bihar CM has assured Rahul of JD-U's support to Gandhi and told the Congress leader that Gandhi was his first preference as Presidential candidate.
Gopalkrishna Gandhi also spoke to Nitish Kumar.
This comes as a relief to the Opposition as Nitish's JD-U announced support for NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind and not the Opposition candidate Meira Kumar.
Reports say that the JD-U was miffed with the Congress, its alliance partner in Bihar, after senior party leader leader Ghulam Nabi Azad attacked Nitish Kumar for breaking ranks with the Opposition and supporting Kovind for the July 17 presidential poll.
"While the whole country is united at this dark hour, there are some discordant voices like Rahul Gandhi's. Right now, we need to go after the enemy, not place blame and politicise the matter. This is something that people who are not mature don't understand," BJP leader RK Singh told ANI.
"Whatever corrective action is necessary, it will be taken in due course of time," he added.
In a series of tweets condemning the attack on the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims, Rahul had called upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take responsibility for the same, adding that the attack was the result of a 'grave and unacceptable security lapse'.
The incident occurred at 8.20 p.m. on Monday when the bus, carrying 17 pilgrims from Baltal to Mir Bazar, became victim to the terrorist attack. As many as seven people were killed and 15 others injured.
M Das, Assistant Conservator, Kaziranga National Park said many animals were dead, with some killed by speeding vehicles on the National Highway 37, which passes through the Park.
Forest guards have started patrolling the area in boats for fear that poachers would seize the opportunity and cull the stranded animals.
Till now, the flood has inundated more than 20 districts of the state. The death toll in the current floods rose to 32 after seven more people were killed on Monday. The Brahmaputra continued to flow above the red mark throughout the state for the fourth consecutive day. -- Agencies
Based on inputs of the presence of some terrorists in a specific house, an operation was launched by troops of Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operation Group of Jammu and Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force in Radbug village of Budgam. -- ANI
"Nitish-ji is Nautankibaaz (drama king). He is playing politics very smartly. He has given time to RJD just to keep himself safe. Everything is clear after the CBI raid and FIR. Nitish is playing a gimmick and the people of Bihar know this game. He should not do this drama," BJP leader Gopla Narayan Singh told ANI.
Echoing the same, BJP leader Ashwani Chaubey said Nitish is trying to give clean chit to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family.
"This is laughable. They are doing drama and nothing else. The people are trying to give clean chit to Lalu Prasad and his family. Lalu has defamed Bihar and politics. There is no place for such corrupt politicians. Nitish should oust such corrupt leaders. They are trying to deceive the people by doing this drama," he told ANI.
Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) yesterday gave four days to RJD to decide on the resignation of Tejaswi Yadav, who has been facing allegations of corruption in connection with a land-for-hotels case.The JD (U), however, did not ask for the resignation of Tejaswi and asked him to "come out with facts in public against the accusations" within four days.
Chairing a crucial meeting of JD(U) legislators, ex- legislators, office bearers and district chiefs, Nitish Kumar was quoted as saying that his party knows how to follow "gatbandhan dharma" (coalition dharma) and also making "political sacrifices"."Party knows how to follow gatbandhan dharma...JD(U) has a record of facing political challenges by making political sacrifices," JD(U) spokesman Neeraj Kumar told reporters while briefing about the meeting.
The RJD, however, ruled out the resignation of Tejaswi and said his work as Deputy Chief Minister was being appreciated by the people.
Swift and unequivocal condemnation and distancing from yesterday's terror assault on Amarnath yatris at Khannabal is a sign Kashmiris might have heard the alarm. The flag they've raised to flay the attack is a standard of disapproval and a sense of shame. Read more here.
Seven Amarnath pilgrims, including six women, were killed and 19 injured when terrorists attacked a bus in Kashmir's Anantnag district last evening. While five of the deceased hailed from neighbouring Gujarat, two were from Maharashtra.
"They (the BJP) used to say that do not bring sports, culture etc. in political issues. Today, religion and politics came together in the form of the terror attack. Should we understand that none of those terrorists would have been alive today if they had cow meat in their bags and not weapons?
"The issue of 'gau rakshaks' is raging today. Why don't you send these vigilantes to fight terrorists?" Thackeray asked while addressing representatives of various Ganesh mandals for the upcoming festival in Mumbai.
Thackeray, whose party shares an uneasy relationship with the BJP, further said, "If the BJP government can talk to separatists in the Kashmir Valley to resolve their issues, they can certainly talk with those wishing to celebrate the Ganesh festival amidst fanfare."
This came two days after terror attack on pilgrims, killing seven of them in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, defence experts on Wednesday said the terror attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims took place due to intelligence failure and security lapse.
"There was intelligence failure and security lapse and terrorist had all the inputs on the movements of this vehicle. The sad thing is, after carrying out the attack, they successfully fled from that place," defence expert P K Sehgal told ANI.
He further said the perpetrator would be taken to task and dealt with in next couple of days.
Condemning the attack, defence expert Rahul Jalali said, "The attack was truly a blot on Kashmiri's face. However, there is ray of hope as locals have protested against the attack."
The Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet under the leadership of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti granted ex gratia of Rs 6 lakh to the next of kin killed in the attack.
Apart from this, Rs 2 lakh will be given to the grievously injured and Rs 1 lakh to the one who sustained minor injury.
Separately, Governor N N Vohra, Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board has announced relief of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of those killed in the incident, Rs 1.5 lakh with grievous injuries and Rs 75,000 minor injuries pilgrims. -- ANI
IMAGE: Security personnel frisk the yatris and the locals before they head towards the holy cave shrine following the attack on Amarnath pilgrims, at Nuwun base Camp in South Kashmir. Photograph: S Irfan/PTI Photo
"We consider it to have been a terrorist attack in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in which seven religious pilgrims were killed. That's of great concern to us," State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters at a news conference.
"These were civilians, they were killed as they were exercising their right to worship and that is, in large part, what makes this so reprehensible. That is a great concern to us and our thoughts and prayers go out to those people and to their families as well. Our prayers are with the victims and those who were affected," she said.
Meanwhile several US lawmakers condemned the terrorist attack.
"My thoughts and prayers to all of the Amarnath Yatra terror attack victims and their families. The attack is reprehensible and must be condemned," said Congressman Will Hurd.
"The terrorist attack on Amarnath Pilgrims is outrageous," said Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.
'Religion is a fundamental right and human right #AmarnathYatra #ReligiousFreedom,' she tweeted.
Congressman John Ratcliffe in his tweet, sent his prayers to the families of those killed in the 'horrific terrorist' attack.
Congressman Jim Costa said he is 'deeply saddened at the cowardly attack' on innocent Amarnath Yatra pilgrims.
"My thoughts and prayers are with you," he said.
'The terrorist attack on AmarnathYatra is reprehensible and must be condemned,' tweeted Congressman Ted Poe.
'Our hearts go out to the victims of the terrorist attack on #AmarnathYatra. We must stand united against these deplorable acts of terror,' said Congressman John Culberson.
Hindus and pilgrims of every religion should be able to visit their holy places without fear of attacks by terrorists, said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. -- PTI
Based on inputs of presence of some terrorists in a specific house, an operation was launched by troops of Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operation Group of Jammu and Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force in Radbug village of Budgam.
The joint operation was launched at around 6 pm yesterday and at about 8.30 pm contact was established with terrorists.
The security forces also recovered arms and ammunition and war like stores.
This came a day after terrorists attacked a bus carrying Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district. -- ANI
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