Recruitment announcements & Punishment videos: Hizb changes its public messaging in Kashmir

On July 8, a WhatsApp message went viral in Kashmir. It seemed to console the unsuccessful “applicants” in a recruitment drive. But this was no ordinary job. “We have got thousands of applications and requests from Islam and Freedom loving youth of J&K, but we have chosen a selected group of brothers and have kept the rest of brothers in waiting,” the message read. The message was believed to have been sent out by the Hizbul Mujahideen, Kashmir’s largest indigenous militant group. It spoke of “extensive recruitment of mujahideen all…

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Poland couple remarries in Srinagar: “Love Everything About Kashmir”

Inspired by the rich culture of Kashmir Valley, a couple from Poland, hosted their wedding reception at banks of river Jhelum in Srinagar. The ceremony, that took place on Saturday, was held according to Kashmiri customs. The couple, Bata and Wlodek, chose to dress up in traditional attire for the occasion. “We were inspired by the culture and the cuisine of the Valley,” said Bata, the bride. She also added that she has been visiting Kashmir for the past three years and loves the culture of the place. The couple…

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Violence dipped accoss Kashmir Valley: Home Ministry

Terror violence has come down in Jammu and Kashmir substantially ever since the state has been placed under Governor’s rule but incidents of stone pelting have increased marginally, official data has shown. According to the data compiled by the Home Ministry, there has been a decrease in attacks carried out by terrorists between June 16 to July 15 in comparison to the month of Ramadan when the suspension of operations was in force. While the suspension of operations was announced for a month with the beginning of Ramadan on May…

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To anchor Kashmir solution, Geelani must rise to the part

Of late a number of experts have been suggesting new solutions to Kashmir. Most of them are sitting outside J&K. They think that their telescopic view offers them a clearer picture of the conflict than the people living with the day-to-day brutalities of violence. The distance, they argue, enables them to disseminate a dispassionate and balanced view of the trouble. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this view, but the problem is that they live on borrowed strategies and formulas that have no connection whatsoever with the reality in J&K.…

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Govt spent 1484 crore on flights, maintenance for PM Modi’s foreign trips since 2014

Narendra Modi visited a total of 84 countries in 42 foreign trips since taking over as Prime Minister in May 2014. Beginning from June 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited 84 countries, and the expenditure incurred on chartered flights, maintenance of aircraft and hotline facilities amounts to RS. 1,484, according to government. The details of Modi’s foreign travel expenditure under the three heads were shared in the Rajya Sabha by minister of state for external affairs VK Singh. According to the data, a total of Rs 1088.42 crore was…

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Basant Rath, Kashmir’s real-life ‘Singam’ in trouble

Some call him Singam, some call him Dabang, senior IPS officer Basant Rath has been caught on the wrong side of the law. Rath, inspector general of police, traffic, was caught on camera, slapping a young man in Srinagar, sparking anger across Kashmir. The 44-second video shows Rath, in civvies, arguing with a youth at Partap Park in Srinagar’s nerve-center of Lal Chowk and then slapping him repeatedly. Later, another version of the same video with 1.50 minute duration surfaced on social media, in which the youth is appreciating his…

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Fear of poaching gives sleepless nights to Kashmir’s Politicians

Beware of predators and poachers, take care of your flock. This is the classic warning for shepherds while they graze their flock in the Himalayan meadows. In Kashmir’s political meadow of expedient opportunities, the same warning is now visiting mainstream politicians. After the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) withdrew from the ruling alliance in Jammu and Kashmir, the politics of make and break is back with a vengeance. Dissident MLAs of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), including the influential Shia leader and former minister Imran Ansari and his uncle, Abid Ansari,…

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Govt cancels Wular dredging contract to Indo-Sino company

Nearly a year after a ministerial panel cleared an Indo-Sino company to dredge the Wular Lake, the Governor’s administration has cancelled the contract that had run into controversy over some financial issues. A source said one of the reasons that led to cancellation of the contract to a joint venture between Kolkata-based Reach Dredging Limited and China-based Hubei Hongyan Engineering Company Limited was the lack of a clear source of funding to undertake the Rs 389-crore project This issue, according to the source, had become raised many an eyebrow after…

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Lal Singh to float apolitical pro-Dogra outfit tomorrow

Choudhary Lal Singh, former minister and BJP leader, is all set to float a pro-Jammu apolitical outfit on Sunday to intensify his fight to “restore the dignity and honour” of the Dogra community of the state. Since April 13, when he was forced by the party high command to resign from the council of ministers for supporting the demand for a CBI probe into the Kathua rape-murder case, Lal Singh has been addressing rallies across the Jammu region, raking up Dogra sentiments to emerge as a pro-Jammu leader before the…

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Over dismissal of accused cop in Kathua rape and murder High Court issues notice to state

Asks Chief Secy, DGP to file response in two weeks The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday issued a notice to the state government seeking its reply within two weeks over a petition filed by a policeman, one of the eight accused in the Kathua rape and murder case, challenging his dismissal from service, a defence lawyer said. High Court Judge Justice M K Hanjura issued the notice to the Chief Secretary and the DGP after hearing the argument over the petition filed by Constable Tilak Raj. Besides Raj,…

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