Farooq Abdullah ‘Congratulates’ NIA, asks it to probe if India also funded Hurriyat leaders

While “congratulating” the National Investigation Agency (NIA) over its probe into the funding of Hurriyat leaders, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday asked the agency to investigate whether or not they received Indian funding as well. Farooq Abdullah told ANI: “I congratulate NIA for its probe on funding of Hurriyat leaders. From where the money has came and how it is been utilised we will get to know that soon. One fact should also be investigated if Indian Government funded Hurriyat or not.” Seven separatist leaders,…

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GST, Article 35A and Special status: A complex story unfolds in J&K

When the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was extended to Jammu & Kashmir a week after it was implemented in the rest of the country, it was widely seen as marking the end of the state’s fiscal autonomy, and a step towards the abrogation of its special status. While the opposition National Conference (NC) described the extension of the law, through an executive Order by the President under Article 370, as an “impingement into J&K’s special status and violation of Article 370”, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which is in…

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Home remedies for acne treatment

There are several home remedies for acne treatments which are very effective with no side effect. However, Dermatologists may recommend topical ointment and/or oral medicine to treat acne. Usually, people tend to press these pimples to make them vanish, yet regularly this makes the condition exacerbate bringing about scarring. Before describing natural home remedies for acne we should know what acne is and why it comes. Acne is the most common problem in teenagers, but anybody can be a sufferer from acne, even babies too. It generally leaves after youth.…

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BJP Leader meets Modi, seeks peace initiative to end cross border shelling

The Jammu and Kashmir BJP has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi start peace initiative to end Border shelling, : which has made life of border residents miserable”. A press release claimed that Eshfaq-ur-rehman Poswal, BJP Leader on Monday discussed prevailing Security Situation in J&K with Prime Minister in Parliament. Poswal also discussed escalation in cross border tension between the two countries with the Prime Minister. “The situation in J&K has improved but Pakistan backed Militants are making all attempts to disrupt peace and security in the region” he told PM.…

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Srinagar swelters as mercury goes beyond 30°C

With mercury constantly remaining above 30°C, Srinagar is reeling under sweltering heat. The mercury in the city has been above 30°C for the past one week and is likely to remain same for the next at least five days. The day temperature over the past week has been slightly higher than the average temperature for this time of the year, the peak of summer season. In the past two days, the city registered a high of 30.2°C yesterday and 32.2°C on Saturday. The abysmal precipitation in the city during recent…

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Industry chamber reiterates demand for GST rollback

Members say the GST has grave implications for handicraft business The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) today convened a meeting of its members connected with the handicraft industry. KCCI secretary general Faiz Ahmad Bakshi said the meeting was held to assess the “impact and anguish caused to the stakeholders by implementing the goods and services tax (GST) in the state.” “The meeting was attended by a large number of members, artisans, weavers, manufacturers and dealers of handicrafts. All participants in one voice expressed anguish over the implementation of…

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Despite opposition, Batamaloo bus stand to be shifted to Parimpora

The government has ordered the shifting of the bus stand in Batamaloo to Parimpora with immediate effect despite opposition from transporters and traders. In its order issued by the Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar, he has stated that it has become important to shift the bus stand in order to decongest the city. “All affiliated buses to the western bus service operating in Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora , Budgam and the buses from central Kashmir have been shifted to Parimpora,” the order issued by the Deputy Commissioner reads. Transporters and various trade…

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First batch of pilgrims for Haj departs today

The first batch of Haj pilgrims is all set to leave for Saudi Arabia from the Srinagar International Airport here tomorrow. An official of the Haj House, Bemina, said a total of 8,106 pilgrims from the J&K were scheduled to perform Haj this year. He said 35,212 applications had been received for performing the annual pilgrimage. The official said two flights carrying 420 pilgrims each would fly directly to Saudi Arabia every day starting tomorrow till August 3. The scheduled timing for the departure of the two flights will be…

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Joint resistance leadership call for Kashmir ‘Bandh’ over arrests

Separatists in Kashmir have called for a bandh on Tuesday to protest against the arrest of seven persons, including the son-in-law of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with its terror funding probe. “The joint resistance leadership of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik have given a call for complete strike and Kashmir bandh tomorrow to protest and condemn the revengeful arbitrary and illegal arrests of Hurriyat leaders,” the separatists said in a statement today. The NIA had today arrested…

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Apex court dismisses PIL on killing of 700 Pandits in 1990

Refuses to order reinvestigation into massacre, citing inordinate delay Citing inordinate delay, the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking reinvestigation into the massacre of over 700 Kashmiri Pandits during 1989-90 when militancy was at its peak in the state, leading to their mass exodus from the Valley. Petitioner ‘Roots in Kashmir’ – an NGO – which wanted prosecution of those responsible for the killings, including separatist leader Yasin Malik, said 215 FIRs were registered in connection with the murder of over 700 Kashmiri Pandits but hardly anything happened…

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