An Indian paramilitary trooper stands guard on a street during a lockdown in Srinagar on Wednesday. Agence France-Presse
Officials say a minibus has crashed into a gorge in Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing at least 31 people and injuring another 7. Civil administrator Angrez Singh Rana says the bus plunged off the
Amid uproar, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh declared on Wednesday that there is “no question of accepting anybody’s mediation on the Kashmir issue” but Congress members walked out demanding a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The new home minister at the Centre, Amit Shah, has moved swiftly to enforce the agenda of the Bharatiya Janata Party and its political mentor Rashtreeya Swayamsevak Sangh. Shah, who replaced Rajnath Singh at Home, has virtually become the power centre in Delhi though technically Singh remains the number two man. On Tuesday, Shah chaired a meeting attended by senior ministers like Nirmala Sitaraman and S. Jaishanker, sparking speculation that he has grabbed the number two spot.
The financial crunch worsened after Washington froze about $10 billion of the country's reserves and deteriorated further after the World Bank and International Monetary Fund halted Afghanistan's access to funding.
They blamed the attack on the CODECO militia, which has killed hundreds of civilians in Congo's Ituri province and forced thousands to flee their homes in the last few years.
The four children, who were all under the age of 12, were declared dead at the scene in the small town of Lancaster, near Los Angeles. The children's grandmother, who was in her 50s, also died in the shooting on Sunday evening.