Your Daily Wrap: Bank manager shot dead in Kashmir, Punjab govt to restore security of VVIPs, and other stories

A bank manager from Rajasthan was shot dead by suspected militants in Kashmir’s Kulgam today. The incident comes days after a woman teacher was killed outside a school in the district. The Valley has seen a sudden jump in the attacks on non-local employees posted in the region. Hours after the bank employee’s killing, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with NSA Ajit Doval, R&AW chief Samant Goel, Intelligence Bureau head Arvind Kumar, and other top officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs to review the security situation in the Union Territory.

In Punjab, the Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann-led Aam Aadmi Party government informed the High Court that the security cover for 424 VVIPs, which was withdrawn temporarily, will be restored from June 7. The decision comes days after singer Sidhu Moosewala’s death. Moosewala was shot dead a day after his security cover was curtailed.

Playback singer KK was cremated in the presence of his family and members of the film fraternity today, at Mumbai’s Versova Hindu Cemetery. The 53-year-old died Tuesday night after taking ill during a concert in Kolkata. As the country mourns the death of its beloved playback singer, it lost another musician today — Santoor maestro Pandit Bhajan Sopori. Hailed as the “Saint of the Santoor” and the “King of Strings”, Pandit Bhajan Sopori was honoured with several prestigious awards including the Padma Shri and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.

A Virginia jury has ruled that actor Amber Heard defamed ex-husband Johnny Depp in a widely watched six-week trial that featured explicit and graphic evidence and testimony detailing the former Hollywood couple’s soured relationship. The jury also ruled in favor of Heard in some aspects of her counter-suit against Depp. The jury awarded Depp $15 million in damages from Heard. The panel awarded Heard $2 million in damages. Take a look at each count jurors considered.

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