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  • Crude prices fall sharply as Saudi Arabia assures normal production in a few weeks. Prices fall by 5.4% to $65.30 per barrel
  • Sensex tumbles 700 points over fears that rising crude prices will deal a body blow to the tottering Indian economy
  • As Rajeev Kumar fails to appear before the CBI despite several notices, the agency forms a special team to locate and apprehend him
  • S Jaishankar says Pakistan is not a normal neighbour and its behaviour is a "set of aberrations"
  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar says PoK in Indian territory and the country hopes to have physical jurisdiction over it one day
  • Barasat Sessions court near Kolkata rejects Rajeev Kumar anticipatory bail application citing lack of jurisdiction as the reason
  • PM Modi celebrates his birthday with Narmada aarti and later has lunch with his mother.
  • All 6 Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs merge with the Congress in Rajasthan
  • Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to meet PM Modi on Wednesday, state issues on the agenda
  • Pakistan to open Kartarpur corridor on Nov 9
  • Rajeev Kumar, ex-police commissioner of Kolkata and wanted for questioning in the Sarada scam does not appear before the CBI despite the state administration requesting him to do so
  • Supreme Court asks the Centre to restore normalcy in J&K but keeping national interest in mind
  • As Trump accepts the invitation to attend a programme in Houston with PM Modi, India rushes to settle trade issues with US
  • After drone attack on Aramco's Suadi Arabia facility, oil prices jump 19% in intra-day trading causing worries for India
  • Imran Khan raises nuclear war bogey again, says if Pakistan loses a conventional war, it might fight till the end with its nuclear arsenal
Sunni Wakf Board and Nirvani Akhara write to the Supreme Court for a negotiated settlement to the Ayodhya dispute
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Kashmir Needs Carrot And Stick Both

By A Special Correspondent

The government must move fast against those who killed three policemen in Jammu & Kashmir. The abductions and killings were conducted by terrorists to carry out their threat of killing those who did not resign from government service. It is obvious that they would target security forces first as that will spread fear among others. If the common man finds that terrorists can abduct and kill security personnel or their relatives at will, how will he feel secured? Three weeks earlier, terrorists had kidnapped relatives of policemen but had released them. Further, getting recruits for the J & K police will become a hard thing.

The new governor, Satyapal Malik, is having wide ranging consultations with all concerned to bring peace to the state. Pakistan’s agents know this. Hence, they will try everything in the book to negate his efforts. They know that if they target security forces, they will react fiercely. There will be search and seizure operations where some innocents will be caught in the crossfire. That will lead to further unrest and renewed disturbances. The government has to break this vicious circle somehow.

Confidence building measures are the need of the hour. The citizenry must be made to feel that the government and the security forces are there to help them. The terrorists and Pakistani agents have spread so much misinformation that the common man distrusts both the government and the security forces. The government must counter this. The citizenry must be made to realize that the special status of Kashmir gives them benefits which are not available to other Indians. Hence, they should help the government in neutralizing the Pakistani agents and bring development and peace to the state. This is no doubt a difficult task given years of mistrust, but it has to be done if Pakistan’s evil designs are to be foiled. The government must take the help of the Kashmiri civil society to achieve this.