The number of people abandoning their homes in border villages of Jammu and Kashmir crossed 10,000 on Tuesday amid heightened tension following Pakistan shelling on the international border that killed a trooper Monday.
Uprooted from their homes that have faced continuous mortar shelling and rattle of machine guns several times since Independence, dwellers living along the International Border want the government to resolve and end the conflict "once and for all", to ensure permanent and everlasting peace.
Villagers living downstream of Myntdu river along the India-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya`s Jaintia Hills district have welcomed the National Green Tribunal order banning coal mining in the entire state.
Amid persistent protests against the toll hike on the National Highway leading to international airport, Chief Minister Siddaramaih today said there will be concession on toll for villagers within the proximity of the highway.
Mamata Banerjee said two years form now no Gram Panchayat would be there in the state without banking service and welcomed all nationalised banks to come forward and open branches in the villages to boost rural economy.
A second Sri Lankan protester died from wounds suffered when troops fired on villagers demonstrating against contaminated water supplies, police said on Saturday, as tensions remained high in the area.