New Delhi, August 9: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation last night on the situation in Jammu & Kashmir and further explained the people his decision to revoke Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which granted the frontier state special status. The PM also assured the people of J&K that would not face any major inconvenience on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which will be celebrated on August 12. Stay tuned here for the live breaking news and updates from India and across the world.
Meanwhile, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday urged India and Pakistan to exercise "maximum restraint" and refrain from taking steps that could affect the status of Jammu and Kashmir, as he highlighted the Simla Agreement which rejects any third-party mediation on the issue.
The Secretary-General's remarks came after India on Monday revoked Article 370 to withdraw the special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories - Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Pakistan termed the Indian action as "unilateral and illegal", and said it will take the matter to the UN Security Council.
"The Secretary-General has been following the situation in Jammu and Kashmir with concern and makes an appeal for maximum restraint," Mr Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.
In other major national news, the flood situation continues to intensify in southern India, with parts of Kerala facing deluge. The Kochi airport has been closed for operations till 3pm on Sunday.