Pakistani lawmakers elect Shahid Abbasi as PM to replace ousted Nawaz Sharif

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was on Tuesday elected Prime Minister by Pakistan’s National Assembly, becoming the interim leader of the country after Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court over the Panama Papers scandal. Abbasi got elected after getting 221 votes in the House of 342. Naveed Qamar of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) got 47 votes, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf got 33 while Jamaat-e-Islami’s Sahibzada Tariqullah managed just four votes. After announcing the results amid sloganeering, National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq asked Abbasi to take the seat of…

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Resistance Leadership calls shutdown in Kashmir tomorrow against civilian killings, Schools, colleges to remain closed

Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for a strike tomorrow to protest against the killing of a civilian in forces’ action on protesters in Pulwama district earlier today. A civilian, identified as Showkat Ahmad of Begumbagh Kakapora, was killed after forces opened fire on protesters marching towards the encounter site in Hakripora earlier today. JRL called the killings and use of force on protesters as “worst example of state terrorism”. They appealed to people to observe complete shutdown against what they called naked aggression, cruelty of government forces and massacre…

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Worried about being laid off? Try these IT jobs

Worried about being laid off? If you are in IT sector, these are the roles you need to move towards – cloud engineer, DevOps engineer, information security manager amongst others. A report by e-learning company Simplilearn shows what roles in IT are likely disappear and what roles are likely to see demand in the next 1-2 years, also the median salary or the salary point where mass hiring is expected to happen. IT job roles such as software test engineer (in manual testing), system engineer (in infrastructure management), customer service…

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Won’t pay tax, if GST not rolled back: Civil Society

The Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee (JKCC), a grouping of trade organisations and civil society groups, said on Monday that it will take to the route of civil disobedience if the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is not rolled back by the state government. “If the state has means to exercise its power, we, too, have means. We will not pay any tax to the government if it is not rolled back,” said Shakeel Qalander, a member of the JKCC during a seminar, ‘Surrender of Fiscal Autonomy and Compromise on…

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Abu Dujana (LeT chief), who carried a reward of Rs 15 lakh, killed in Pulwama encounter

As the encounter ended, heavy stone-pelting by locals on security forces began. Top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Abu Dujana was killed on Tuesday in an encounter with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir`s Pulwama district. A local militant identified as Arif Lalihaari was also killed in the gunfight that took place in Hakripora village. In a statement, the Army confirmed that wanted Lashkar-e-Toiba militant Abu Dujana was among two militants killed in the encounter in Pulwama. The operation has concluded. As the encounter ended, heavy stone-pelting by locals on security…

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BJP does away with bouquets, garlands at party functions

Books, khadi ‘patkas’ replace the practice The state BJP unit today decided to do away with the practice of presenting bouquets and garlands to dignitaries at party functions. Instead, the party has decided to adopt custom of giving a “khadi patka” or a book as mark of respect to the dignitary. Communicating the decision to all district presidents, office-bearers and working committee members, BJP state president Sat Sharma said the existing practice of presenting bouquets was not part of the party’s culture and needed to be done away with. Sharma…

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Massive clashes erupt near encounter site in Pulwama, Youth hit by bullet scores suffered pellet injuries

Massive clashes erupted as an encounter raged in Hakripora village of Pulwama in south Kashmir on Tuesday. Reports said that people from all the surrounding villages are marching towards Hakripora where a militant, reportedly identified as Arif Lelhari, has been killed in an ongoing gunfight. They said that forces used teargas shells to disperse the protesters who were pelting them with stones. The gunfight broke out earlier today after forces launched a cordon and search operation following inputs about the presence of militants in Hakripora. Meanhile, a youth was hit…

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Traders, Civil society demand GST rollback

Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee (JKCC), an amalgam of trade and civil society members formed recently to oppose Goods and Services Tax (GST), in its present form on Monday threatened to launch civil disobedience in case GST is not rolled back by the state government. “The state has means to exercise its powers. We too have means so we will not pay tax. We are not asking government to provide us any exemption or incentives which we used to get in the previous tax structure but restoration of financial autonomy.…

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Joint Resistance leadership warns of agitation in Kashmir against demography tampering

Joint Resistance leadership (JRL) on Monday warned of a peoples’ agitation in Kashmir if Government of India tries to change the demography of the state by repealing Article 35 (A) that bars outsiders from buying land here. In a statement, JRL said that this is a very serious issue with serious ramifications. “If any effort is made in this direction, JRL will have to ask people to launch a vigorous agitation against this major ploy to change the basic character of the state’s special status, the consequences of which will…

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Recession in Kashmir

Ejaz Ayoub Economic activity in Kashmir is facing a serious slump which is reflected in all forms of manufacturing, commerce and trade. Indicators like GSDP growth, unemployment rate and credit off take are touching new lows. Despite the fact that state has been going through a continuous low intensity war since last three decades, most of the businesses in Kashmir have mastered the tactics of surviving the tides of unrest. However, the ongoing slump faced by the businesses in Kashmir is taking a colossal form never witnessed before. The prevailing…

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