Aung San Suu Kyi likens issue to Kashmir, calls for need to sift terrorists from innocent people

Facing the problem of Rohingya Muslims, Myanmar’s state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday likened the issue to Kashmir and said that there is the trouble of sifting terrorists from innocent citizens. Suu Kyi told the media here that there was a need to differentiate between terrorists and innocent people and India was well versed with it, as it had been tackling the issue in Kashmir. “You in India will be very well versed in this. Because (there is) a large Muslim community in India and in places like…

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Dera HQ being searched, govt imposes curfew around Sirsa

The Haryana government has imposed a curfew today in areas surrounding the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa, which will be searched as per orders of the Punjab and Haryana high court. The curfew will remain in place as long as the search operations continue. Tight security arrangements are also in place to prevent the kind of violence that occurred on the day Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was convicted of rape. Meanwhile, a Dera Sacha Sauda spokeswoman “appealed to the followers to maintain peace” during the operations. “Dera has…

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Airport authorities return Hajj flight to Delhi

Hajj flights were not allowed to land because Mehbooba was busy somewhere else: Relatives of Hajjis Flights aren’t allowed to land at Srinagar airport after sunset: SP Airport The Srinagar Airport authorities Thursday returned an Air India A1-5102 flight carrying Hajj pilgrims to Valley from Jeddah while another flight wasn’t even allowed to take off from New Delhi Airport citing bad weather and non-availability of evening landing facilities. Sources told Kashmir Post that as the first Hajj flight A1-5102 carrying Haj pilgrims of Valley reached the Srinagar airport, authorities sent…

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Mirwaiz, Malik arrested ahead of their planned protest in Delhi

JKLF chief Yasin Malik was on Thursday arrested while Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was put under house arrest, a day ahead of the planned sit-in by the separatists outside the NIA headquarters in Delhi. Malik was taken into custody from here and shifted to Central Jail till September 11, officials said. They said the Mirwaiz was placed under house arrest to prevent the separatist leaders from going to Delhi tomorrow. Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani is under house arrest for the past several years now. Malik, Geelani and…

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PDP puts off its Srinagar rally ahead of Rajnath Singh’s visit

The ruling Peoples Democratic Party has put off its scheduled public rally in Srinagar on September 10 that was expected to be addressed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh who is visiting the state this weekend. “We were told late on Wednesday evening that the rally has been put on hold,” said a senior PDP minister. Amid the ongoing debate over protection of Article 35-A and the fresh “outreach” by Prime Minister NarendraModi to people of Kashmir during his I-Day speech in which he talked of embracing Kashmiris, the rally had…

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Jammu short on space to shelter abandoned cows

While ‘gau rakshaks’ have been turned into a weapon of ‘intimidation’, no efforts are being made to prevent abandoning of cattle on the roads by people, especially those which are unable to give milk and are old. Across Jammu city and on the highway connecting J&K with the rest of the country, hundreds of cattle, especially cows and oxen, can be found roaming, raising questions on the BJP’s ‘save cow’ slogan. During the past three years, no step has been taken to set up a new cattle pond to lower…

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This time no cut in board syllabus, exams likely to held in Oct or Nov

The Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) is likely to hold the annual exams of Classes X and XII in October-end or first week of November. However, this time there will be no relaxation in the syllabus unlike last year even as schools have been directed to complete the curriculum in time for the exams. Acting Chairperson of JKBOSE Veena Pandita said, “the exams are likely to be conducted in the last week of October or first week of November. We will talk to government and decide.” “I…

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Make Dal Lake’s surface visible: High Court to Authorities

Seeking a report indicating the progress in the removal of water lilies from the Dal Lake, the J&K High Court has directed the authorities concerned to continue the process of weeding so that the lake surface is clearly visible. Earlier on August 13, the High Court had given the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) three months to take out lilies from the lake. The court is hearing a public interest litigation on the conservation and preservation of the Dal Lake and the adjoining Nigeen Lake. The court during the…

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Dy CM Nirmal Singh inspects hydroelectric projects in Gurez, Tangdhar

Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh today visited Gurez and Tangdhar in Bandipora and Kupwara districts to take stock of the work on the hydroelectric projects. He also met several delegations of people there. While inspecting the 330-MW Kishenganga hydroelectric project being constructed by the NHPC at Gurez in Bandipora district, he called for speeding up of the work. He said the executing agencies should synergise their efforts and hold regular meetings with departments concerned so that it is completed within the stipulated time. Interacting with the delegation led by Deputy…

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Article 35A opponents to take on its proponents in Jammu

To hold seminars on Sept 11, 12 to educate people about Article After ‘mobilising’ the nation against the continuation of Article 35A of the Constitution, its opponents have decided to make Jammu a ‘launching pad’ for taking on the Kashmir-centric parties which are supporting the Article. The opponents of Article 35A have decided to hold back-to-back seminars on September 10 and 11 in Jammu to educate the people about the provision. As the National Conference and the Congress have started a campaign to raise the bogey of the influx of…

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