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Over 400 freshly-trained youths from Jammu and Kashmir were on Saturday recruited into the Army at a passing-out-parade here, the first such parade of the force after the erstwhile state became the Union territory.

 Four alleged drug peddlers were arrested with 2 kg of heroin in their possession, worth over Rs 5 crore in the international market, in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Saturday.

Incidents of pelting stones at security forces in Jammu and Kashmir have reduced by 40-45 per cent since the abrogation of provisions under Article 370, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Wednesday.

The Pakistan army on Monday fired mortar shells on forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Poonch districts, an official spokesman said.

Over 600 youths took part in an athletics and cycling event organised by the Army under "Operation Sadhbavana" in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, a defence spokesperson said.

Eleven mobile phones have been recovered from the possession of several mainstream leaders who are under detention at the MLA Hostel here, police said on Sunday.

 Former Jammu and Kashmir governor N N Vohra on Tuesday said the extent of academic loss in the union territory was huge and it brought bad reputation to the valley.

The movement of public transport in Srinagar improved significantly on Monday as life was inching towards normalcy in the valley after a prolonged shutdown against the Centre's decision to scrap Jammu and Kashmir's special status, officials said.