Article 35A is agenda of alliance with NDA, PM gave assurance on alliance: Mehbooba Mufti

For the “idea of India to accommodate the idea of Jammu & Kashmir”, Article 35A that grants special status to the State “should not” be removed, said the State’s chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday after a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reported ANI. She further said that the basis of her PDP’s alliance with the BJP is that the “status quo of 370 has to be maintained”. She added that PM Modi “gave 100% assurance on the agenda of alliance”. Article 370 also accords the State special status.…

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Kishtwar to observe shutdown, Transporters, Fruit growers extend support to Aug 12 strike call

Shutdown has been called in Kishtwar district tomorrow against attempts to abrogate Article 35-A which grants state’s legislature power to define the permanent residents. Imam Jamia Masjid Kishtwar Farooq Ahmed Kitchloo called for a complete shutdown on August 12 to protest against attempts to abrogate Article 35-A of the Constitution. “People of Kishtwar district are appealed to observe a shutdown on Saturday, August 12 against attempts to abrogate the state subject law (Article 35-A) which has been in vogue here for decades,” said Kitchloo. General Secretary Chenab Valley Traders Association…

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Union Minister flags of ‘Tiranga Yatra’, to hoist tricolour at Lalchowk

Union Urban Development Minister CP Singh Friday flagged off “Tiranga Samman Yatra” organised by “Jharkhand Federation of Working Journalists (JFWJ)” from Morhabadi in Ranchi to hoist the tricolour in Srinagar on August 15, media reports said. Government officials and journalists present on the occasion vowed to hoist the Tricolour on Indian Independence Day at Srinagar’s Lal Chowk in Kashmir, The Pioneer reported. According to the report, the Yatra will also be flagged off from Amar Jawan Jyoti (India Gate) in New Delhi on August 13 by Home Minister Rajnath Singh,…

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Six Dead, Nine injured in road accident in Puneja district Doda

Six passengers have be killed and nine injured as the tempo, in which they were travelling, plunged into a gorge in district Doda on Friday. With two more persons succumbed to their injuries, taking the death toll to six in a road accident in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. Earlier, four persons were killed when a taxi carrying fifteen persons, including the driver, skidded off the road and fell into a gorge near Puneja village of Tehsil Chiralla in Doda district. Eleven persons had sustained injuries in…

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Rajasthan university shuts hostel door on 250 J&K students

About 250 Kashmiri students of Jaipur’s Suresh Gyan Vihar University (SGVU) are pleading every Muslim house in the city for help after being shunted out of their hostel. The students are forced to suffer this ordeal because the university reportedly did not receive the scholarship amount extended to them by the central government, which says the university is “fake”. Since 2014, 420 students sought admission at SGVU under the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme. The students mostly come from militancy-torn areas of Baramulla, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, Sofian, Ramban, Poonch, Rajouri,…

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Venkaiah Naidu sworn in as 15th Vice President of India

Former Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu was today sworn in as the 15th vice president of India. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr. Naidu, 68, at a ceremony in the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior BJP leader L.K. Advani and other Cabinet Ministers were present on the occasion. Mr. Naidu was elected the 13th Vice-President of India on Saturday. Naidu polled a massive 516 of the total 760 votes, aided by cross-voting by Opposition MPs in the 15th vice-presidential…

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Businessman’s office, house raided in Srinagar by Enforcement Directorate

The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday raided the house and office of a leading businessman and carpet exporter in Kashmir in connection with exports proceeds involving over Rs 20 crore. A joint team of the Enforcement Directorate and Crime Branch of the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday raided businessman Sheikh Ashiq’s office Al-Khuddam at the Sangarmal complex inSrinagar and his house at the Ahmad Nagar locality of the city. Ashiq and his family are into carpet export business and also run a tour and travel agency under the name of…

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Geelani down but not out

Since last year, journalists – locals as well as from mainland India – have tried their luck to get an interview of Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani as the state has made it impossible for the journalists to meet him. Not everyone is lucky to get into the heavily monitored residence-cum-office of ailing senior Hurriyat leader. On the pleasant morning of August 10, 2017 (Thursday), I was one of the few lucky journalists who was able to sneak through the heavy contingent of state police and paramilitary personnel, after…

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