“Congress took India to 21st century, but PM is taking us back to the medieval times”: Rahul Gandhi

“Like many Indians across the country, I’m an idealist”, said Rahul Gandhi on Saturday after taking over as Congress president from his mother Sonia Gandhi, who held the post for 19 years. During his first speech as the Congress president, Rahul reflected on the prevailing political atmosphere in the country and launched an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Congress took India to 21st century, but the PM, today, is taking us back to the medieval times,” he said without naming PM Modi. The Congress president took a swipe at…

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Gujarat election results will prove exit polls wrong on BJP win: Congress

Ahead of the Gujarat election results on Monday, most exit polls show that the BJP will secure more than 100 seats out of total 182 in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state. The Congress on Friday rebuffed the exit polls that showed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sweeping the Gujarat polls, saying the election results will prove the predictions wrong. Speaking to ANI, Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil said: “There have been many incidents where exit polls have been proven wrong. These exit polls will be proved wrong on the date…

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Migration of Kashmiri Pandits was a blot on us : Mehbooba Mufti

The PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir is committed to the rehabilitation of migrant Kashmiri Pandits and is in the process of setting up transit accommodation for migrant Kashmiri Pandits. “We have already started building transit accommodations for Kashmiri Pandits. Now, we are trying to add more accommodation to those places,” J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said while discussing the strife prevalent in the state, during an event in Goa. Kashmiri Pandits migrated enmasse from Kashmir after militancy erupted in 1989 and many Kashmiri Pandit families are living in…

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With 211 Militants & 55 Civilians killings, 2017 Deadliest year since 2010

The year 2017 proved deadliest of all years since 2010 in terms of the killings due to various incidents of violence in the already strife- torn Jammu and Kashmir. As per the records, till December 10, this year, there were a total of 221 militants killed in various anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir. Furthermore, the records reveal that 55 civilians lost their lives during different incidents of violence witnessed since January to December this year. Also, the number of armed forces killed in various anti-militancy operations in the state…

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Cold tightens grip across Kashmir Valley; Gulmarg coldest at -10°C

Kashmir continued to be under the grip of cold wave as the minimum temperatures remained below the freezing point. Traffic on the national highway was allowed from Srinagar to Jammu only. The Met department said the minimum temperatures throughout the Kashmir valley and the Ladakh region remained below the freezing point, with Gulmarg and Kargil witnessing the lowest minimum temperatures. The department has forecast dry weather in the Valley till December 19, with the exception of light rain or snow at isolated places. “At minus 10 degree Celsius, Gulmarg was…

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Kashmir open badminton championship concludes

The 27th Kashmir Open badminton championship concluded at Sheri-Kashmir Indoor Stadium here on Friday. In the event organized by J&K Badminton Association around 320 boys and girls hailing from different parts of Valley participated in various categories from Under-10 age group to above 45 years. CTO Jio Digital Anis Ahmad Bhat was the chief guest on the occasion Rajinder Bumla, Bilqueis Mir, Nuzhat Ara were among other guests present. In senior men singles final Farhaan beat Amir while as in women’s single final, Hadiya beat Dua Abid. In senior men…

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15 CRPF men involved in May 21, 1990 Hawal massacre: SHRC Findings

Censures CID for closing probe Two months after the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Police closed the case of Hawal massacre as “untraced”, the investigation by State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has revealed the involvement of 15 CRPF personnel in the 1990 killings. A report by the SHRC’s investigation wing has stated that 15 CRPF personnel were involved in the massacre in which 35 civilians were killed. The report by Police Investigation Wing (PIW) of SHRC came in a complaint filed by chairman of International Forum for Justice and Human…

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Fog engulfs Jammu city, disrupts Rail, Air traffic

Foggy weather conditions affected the rail and air traffic in Jammu today. Nearly 10 trains were running behind schedule, while all Jammu-bound flights in the morning were delayed due to poor visibility on the Jammu airport runway, subjecting passengers to hardships. Official sources said all major trains were running behind the schedule by two to five hours due to poor visibility. “Hemkunt Express was running an hour late, while Shalimar Express was late by two hours. Amarnath Express and Tata Muri were running late by more than five hours. Malwa…

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Winter capital to get Buddhist temple, Art centre

Work on project to restart as funds start pouring in Far away from the idyllic mountains of Ladakh which reverberate with Buddhist chants, Nirvana-seekers can now hear the sacred hymns in the city of temples as Jammu will soon get its first Buddhist temple-cum-cultural centre, adding another landmark to the city where thousands of students from the coldest region of the state come for studies. Although work on the cultural centre at Channi Rama was started in 2006-07, so far, only a two-storey building has been completed for which land…

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Neglected Lolab valley receives 30 minute electricity every 24 hours

Almost all villages of Lolab valley in district Kupwara are reeling under darkness for last two months, the resident say that government has turned a blind eye towards their problems. Residents of Lolab, known as Wadi-e-Lolab, said the health services are in a shambles and they have to ferry patients to Kupwara and Srinagar for treatment. Lolab is a combination of three valleys – Potnai, Brunai and Kalaroos – and its headquarters is situated at Sogam. “Come winter and the PDD starts showing their true colour. At a time when…

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