Second phase of JU poll passes off peacefully

Elections for post of secretary deferred; results after High Court decision on Oct 9 The second phase of the first-ever Jammu University Students Union (JUSU) elections concluded peacefully amid tight security arrangements on the campus here today. The university authorities heaved a sigh of relief with the smooth conduct of elections as no untoward incident was reported. The elections were conducted for three posts — president, vice-president and joint secretary, while the elections for the post of secretary were postponed following the High Court directions in favour of a contesting…

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Unassuming youths bear the brunt as cops grope in dark for Braid chopping culprits

The soaring number of braid-chopping incidents, which are showing no signs of relenting, have claimed an unlikely victim in Kashmir: Lovebirds! As braids of more than 180 women have been chopped off in Jammu and Kashmir in over a month, the boys are falling prey to hysterical mobs who seek explanations about their presence in and around the homes of their girlfriends. Strangers roaming on the streets are seen with eyes of suspicion, and on many occasions, have been manhandled or assaulted if they weren’t able to explain their presence…

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GST gets simpler for small businesses and exporters

The GST Council tweaked rules on Friday to make life simpler for small businesses and exporters and also cut rates on 27 products , including man-made yarn, which was a key demand of the textiles sector, in a bid to mollify those complaining about the new tax regime. While the main focus was on reducing the compliance burden for a majority of taxpayers+ who contribute a minuscule part of the revenue, the move to reduce the rate on man-made fibre was meant to comfort businessmen in states such as Gujarat, where…

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Authorities sit on restoration of flood spill channels

Flood control authorities have done little to clear the flood spill channel of sediments and encroachments, which will go a long way in minimising flood threat to Srinagar. The little restoration work at a few places is not enough if a flood of the scale of 2014 hits the Valley, say experts. The channel starts from Padshahi bagh and flows into Wullar Lake in Bandipora district. It regulates Jhelum water level while it passes through Srinagar city. “This needs to be restored to its original area by removing deposited sediments…

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Tight security for Adnan Sami’s concert, Traffic advisory issued

Govt appoints 100 liaison officers Traffic advisory issued for Adnan’s concert Police have put in place tight security measures for the musical concert of Adnan Sami which is scheduled to be held at SKICC on Saturday. “There would be adequate security arrangements for the show. There would be area domination and deployment of forces for law and order,” said a police officer. Inspector General of police Kashmir, Munir Ahmad Khan, told Kashmir Post that all security arrangements are in place for the concert. “Adequate security measures have been put in…

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Kashmir’s ‘Mass Rape’ survivors fighting for justice

More than 26 years ago, Indian soldiers allegedly raped more than 30 women in the Kashmiri villages of Kunan and Poshpora. Those who survived the attack are still fighting for justice, as Aliya Nazki from BBC Urdu reports. It was 23 February 1991. The people of Kunan, a tiny village in Indian administered Kashmir’s Kupwara district, were retiring for the night after a cold winter day. Zooni and Zarina (not their real names) were also getting ready to go to bed when they heard a series of loud knocks on…

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#BraidChopping, Spreading panic claims life, Curbs imposed, Net suspended

The braid-chopping panic in Kashmir took an ugly turn on Friday when a 70-year-old man was mistaken as a braid chopper and hit by a brick which led to his death in Danter village of Anantnag district, the police said. A police official said that Abdus Salam Wani was attacked with a brick when he was heading towards his home after offering early morning (Fajr) prayers. Wani was shifted to district hospital Anantnag and later referred to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Srinagar where he succumbed to his injuries.…

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