Jammu and Kashmir

Guv tells legislators to spread awareness about local polls

Guv tells legislators to spread awareness about local polls

Governor NN Vohra has called upon the legislators to spread awareness about the importance of the forthcoming elections to municipalities and panchayats. He said the polls would promote the establishment of grass-roots level democracy.The Governor made the comments during an interaction with MLAs and MPs at Kulgam in south Kashmir …

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Extreme right-wing groups gun for BJP

Extreme right-wing groups gun for BJP

Announcements of right-wing groups to make J&K the “core issue” are giving sleepless nights to the state BJP. Leaders of these organisations have stepped up attack on the saffron party for “humiliating and insulting” people of Jammu while sharing power with the PDP for over three years.The BJP leadership is …

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269 pilgrims leave for Amarnath Yatra

269 pilgrims leave for Amarnath Yatra

A small batch of 269 Amarnath pilgrims on Friday left Jammu for the cave shrine in the Kashmir Valley, police said.”The Yatris left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas here for the Valley today morning in an escorted convoy of 15 vehicles,” police sources said.This batch includes pilgrims going both to …

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New ultras more educated, but less trained

New ultras more educated, but less trained

The character of insurgency in Kashmir is rapidly changing with the induction of local youth who are less trained and poorly equipped than their predecessors but come with more good educational backgrounds.The new militants are locally trained and poorly equipped and none of them has undergone the rigorous guerrilla training …

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Valley shuts for second day over Article 35A

Valley shuts for second day over Article 35A

People in Kashmir heaved a sigh of temporary relief after the Supreme Court deferred the hearing on Article 35A even as the Valley continued to observe shutdown in support of the provision which provides special privileges to the state.The normal life remained paralysed in the Valley for the second consecutive …

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Separatist shutdown affects life across Kashmir Valley

Separatist shutdown affects life across Kashmir Valley

Life across the Kashmir Valley remained adversely affected for the second consecutive day due to a separatist-called protest shutdown on Monday.Separatist conglomerate, Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), has called for the protest shutdown to voice support for Article 35A.The article has been challenged in the Supreme Court. A petition seeking abrogation …

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J&K surrender policy to win over local militants

J&K surrender policy to win over local militants

Worried over the growing number of local youths taking to militancy, the Jammu and Kashmir Government has drafted a policy for rehabilitating those willing to shun arms and return to the mainstream. Almost 100 youths have joined the militant ranks this year so far.   Militants placed on the list of …

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J&K government seeks adjournment of Article 35-A hearing in SC

J&K government seeks adjournment of Article 35-A hearing in SC

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday approached the Supreme Court seeking adjournment of the August 6 hearing on petitions challenging the validity of Article 35-A of the Constitution, citing upcoming local body elections in the state. In a letter to the Registrar of the Supreme Court, standing counsel for …

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Fiddling with J&K status to be catastrophic: Mehbooba

Fiddling with J&K status to be catastrophic: Mehbooba

Former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on Friday warned that any fiddling with J&K’s special status would have catastrophic ramifications for the entire country.Her statement has come at a time when there has been a controversy over the controversial Article 35A across the state in …

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