CCG calls for peaceful Ramadan, urges Centre to initiate dialogue with all stakeholders

A Delhi-based group of eminent personalities led by senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha today called for cessation of violence during the month of Ramadan, scheduled to begin later this week, in Kashmir and urged the Centre to use the opportunity to begin dialogue with all stakeholders in the state. The Concerned Citizens Group (CCG), which visited the Valley several times during the unrest last year and held talks with separatists, also asked Pakistan to strictly observe the 2003 ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB)…

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Shutdown, Restrictions affects life in Kashmir

The authorities here today foiled the proposed Eidgah march of separatists to commemorate Moulvi Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Ghani Lone on their death anniversaries. Meanwhile, a shutdown called jointly by the separatists hit life across the Valley. In view of the separatists’ call to march to Eidgah, where the two leaders are buried, the authorities had imposed restrictions in the areas falling under the police stations of Khanyar, Nowhatta, MR Gunj, Rainawari and Safa Kadal in Srinagar. District Magistrate, Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Lone said the restrictions were imposed as a…

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Lashkar Asks Kashmiri Youth Not to Raise Daesh, Takfiri Flags

Militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba Saturday accused New Delhi of ‘deliberately’ trying to disturb the bond between Kashmiri masses and Hurriyat in order to sabotage the Kashmir’s freedom struggle. The outfit Chief Mehmood Shah in a statement to news agency CNS said that India is utilising ISIS (Daesh) and Al-Qaeda as its proxies to spread anarchy in the name of Takfeer (declaring Muslims as kafirs). “It must be understood that the Apostle of Allah SWT (Peace and Blessings be upon Him) forbids killing of believers and whoever is indulging in such inhumane…

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Kashmir a problem of three and a half districts: Amit Shah

BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday said the problem in Jammu and Kashmir was not widespread but centered around just “three and a half districts”, and the central government was formulating a “course of action” to resolve the situation. Shah also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had “made more efforts to improve relations with Pakistan than any other government.” Addressing an Aaj Tak Editors roundtable on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s completion of three years in office, Shah said the BJP government was making every effort to bring peace to…

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Sachin Tendulkar hails Amir Lone Valley’s special cricketer

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has sent a Team India jersey, a bat and other souvenirs for Kashmir’s special talent Amir Lone along with blessings for his extraordinary talent. One of the greatest batsmen ever, Sachin spared some time out of his busy schedule during the promotion of his upcoming biopic, “Sachin: A Billion Dreams”, and sent these gifts to Lone. He uploaded a picture on his official Facebook page and a video on his website “100MB” on May 13 in which he was seen signing a bat and a jersey…

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NDA Govt will find permanent solution to Kashmir issue: Rajnath

‘Kashmir is ours, Kashmiris are ours and Kashmiriyat is also ours’ Amidst the ongoing unrest in Kashmir valley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh Sunday said the NDA government would find a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue. Addressing a public reception in this western part of the tiny Himalayan state, Singh said Pakistan had been trying to destabilise India by fomenting trouble in Kashmir. “But I want to tell all of you that our government will find a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue,” he said, without elaborating. The home minister’s…

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No check on sale of non-permissible ripening agents

Be careful while consuming fresh fruits or lush vegetables next time as they may contain chemical agents used for artificial ripening as the health authorities do not have a proper monitoring system and manpower to inspect thousands of cartons of farm produce being imported in Jammu and Kashmir. A few days back, a team of the Drug and Food Control Organisation (DFCO) had raided Narwal Mandi, one of the biggest markets in the state and found traces of calcium carbide in the papaya consignment. Though it was destroyed on the…

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Talks and Terror can’t go Hand-in-Hand, No engagement with Hurriyat: Jitendra Singh

Singh also refused to accept the argument that Hurriyat is an ‘important’ stakeholder in resolving the Kashmir issue. As long as the Hurriyat Conference supports terror and separatism, the government would not hold any reconciliatory dialogue with them, Union minister Jitendra Singh said on Sunday. Singh also refused to accept the argument that Hurriyat is an ‘important’ stakeholder in resolving the Kashmir issue. “Our agenda of alliance in Jammu and Kashmir says that we will talk to stakeholders. But who are the stakeholders. “Are Kashmiri Pandits not a stakeholder? Are Sikhs…

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Man shot dead in Pulwama, Militants offer gun salute

Clashes in Anantnag for second day A 45-year-old man was found dead with multiple bullet wounds on his body on Friday in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. SP Pulwama, Muhammad Aslam, said body was found lying on the banks of RomshiNallah, on outskirts of Newa village in Pulwama district. The slain was identified as Muhammad Yousuf Lone son of Sanaullah Lone of Gadoora village of Pulwama. Sources, close to the family, told Kashmir Post that Lone left his house late Thursday evening after receiving a phone call and did not return…

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Tourism industry hit for second consecutive year

Kashmir’s tourism sector has been hit for the second year amid continued unrest in the Valley, with most tourists preferring Shimla. The Valley’s tourist destinations wear a deserted look. Just a handful visit the Dal lake, where shikaras mostly remain anchored. “This year, only 10 per cent of the expected tourists have come to Kashmir. This is our peak season and we are without any tourists,” says Shikara Owners’ Association president Wali Mohammad. “The last 10 months were horrific for us. And this time, there is absolutely no business.’’ There…

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