Top news of the day: 4,000 reportedly arrested in Kashmir since August 5, Arun Jaitley continues to be on life support, and more

An Army soldier travels in a convoy in Srinagar on August 18, 2019.

An Army soldier travels in a convoy in Srinagar on August 18, 2019.   | Photo Credit: AFP

The major news headlines of the day, and more.

About 4,000 people arrested in Kashmir since August 5: Govt sources tell AFP

Jammu and Kashmir government spokesman Rohit Kansal said previously there was “no centralised figure” for the total number of people detained. But AFP spoke to numerous government officials in Srinagar, including police and security personnel, who confirmed the sweeping arrests. A police official who asked to remain anonymous told AFP “around 6,000 people were medically examined at a couple of places in Srinagar after they were detained”. He added: “They are first sent to the central jail in Srinagar and later flown out of here in military aircraft.”

Restrictions reimposed in parts of Srinagar after incidents of violence

In many other parts of the Valley, restrictions continued for the 14th day.

No major change in Arun Jaitley’s health status as of now: Health Ministry official

On Sunday several leaders including Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani and Ram Vilas Paswan, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the All India Institute of Medical Sciences to enquire about the health condition of the senior BJP leader.

Talks, if any, with Pakistan would focus only on PoK, says Rajnath Singh

“Pakistan's Prime Minister a few days ago said in PoK that India is planning an air strike even bigger than the Balakot air strike . This means that Pakistan's Prime Minister has accepted the fact India conducted an air strike in Balakot and that large number of terrorists were killed in it,” the Defence Minister said.

Independent Bihar MLA Anant Singh goes missing from his Patna house

On August 17, he was charged under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) after an AK-47 rifle, 22 cartridges and two bombs were recovered from his ancestral home.

Chinese telecom firms a security risk for India: Swadeshi Jagran Manch

“India must recognise the full extent of the national and economic security threat posed by foreign and especially Chinese equipment in India's ICT (information and communication technology) networks,” said Ashwani Mahajan, who heads SJM, the economic wing of the RSS.

Zomato calls for truce with restaurant owners, says willing to rectify mistakes

As many as 1,200 restaurants in several major cities have reportedly delisted themselves from the dine-in programmes of online platforms over “unsustainable” deep discounting offered by the aggregator, saying table reservation services were hurting their business models.

Expedite claim settlements in flood affected areas, Finance Ministry asks insurers

Widespread damage to life and property has been reported from different parts of the country as monsoon rains played havoc in several States.

Arm bands bring caste wars to schools in Tamil Nadu

The wearing of caste bands on the wrist is, unfortunately, just only of many forms of discrimination, contends Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi general secretary D. Ravikumar. There have been instances of Dalit students being made to sit on the back benches; barred from wearing footwear in schools; even prevented from using common toilets. In some cases, even Dalit teachers have been harassed into not taking classes on B.R. Ambedkar, and when they defied such instructions, they have been attacked, point out activists.

Islamic State claims Afghan wedding suicide blast that killed 63

The August 17 night attack came as the Taliban and the United States try to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government.

Hong Kong protesters throng streets under heavy rain

At least 100,000 anti-government protesters joined a mass rally in Hong Kong, filling major thoroughfares in heavy rain in the 11th week of what have been often violent demonstrations in the Asian financial hub.

Gibraltar rejects U.S. pressure to hold Iranian oil tanker

The vessel has been detained for over a month in Gibraltar for allegedly attempting to breach European Union sanctions on Syria.

Second Ashes Test: England extends lead at Lord’s

Australia, 1-0 up in the series, confirmed that batsman Steve Smith will play no further part in the game due to concussion symptoms.

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