Man making forced entry into Farooq Abdullah’s house in Jammu, shot dead

A man was gunned down by security personnel on Saturday after he forcibly entered Jammu and Kashmir former chief minister Farooq Abdullah’s house in Jammu, police said. “The intruder breached the main gate and went inside. He had a scuffle with the duty officers there. Duty officer was also injured. After that he entered the residence. Subsequently, he was shot dead,” SSP Jammu Vivek Gupta said. Prima facie it didn’t appear to be a terror attack, Gupta added. Farooq Abdullah’s son, also a former CM of the state, Omar Abdullah…

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Narendra Modi government killing independent media allege Kejriwal

Days after two eminent journalists of a TV channel quit their jobs, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday alleged the Modi government was behind their resignation and that the Centre was killing independent media in the country. In a tweet, Kejriwal said: “Free media is life-line of democracy. But Modi government is hell-bent to kill independent media. The resignation of two eminent TV journalists from ABP News in two days is another proof. Media should rise now, otherwise it will be too late.” Within two days, ABP’s editorial head…

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Mehbooba Mufti’s plan to quit coalition was leaked: Sham Lal

Sham Lal Sharma, senior Congress leader from Jammu, said recently that before the BJP pulled the plug on the PDP-BJP government, Mehbooba was planning to leave the coalition, but it was leaked from her office and it gave the BJP time to take the step first. He said while reacting to the reports of the BJP-PDP coming together to form the government again. “There are no chances of the BJP again aligning with the PDP to form the government in the state. The BJP has realised that they have failed…

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UN rights chief stands by report on HR abuses in Kashmir

The United Nations human rights chief has defended the world body’s June 14 human rights report on Kashmir that accused Indian troops of having used excessive force to kill and wound civilians since 2016 and called for an international investigation. “I will still stand by it,” United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein said at a farewell news conference at the UN headquarters in New York on Thursday, referring to the report which India not only rejected as flawed but its media also unleashed personal attacks on…

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Citing local bodies polls, J&K Govt seeking adjournment of Article 35A hearing

The state government on Friday said it would request the Supreme Court on Monday to adjourn the hearing on Article 35A, citing preparations for upcoming panchayat and urban local bodies (ULBs) elections as the reason. Government’s standing counsel in the apex court Shoeb Alam submitted before the court’s registry that he will be seeking adjournment of the case on Monday, when the case comes for hearing. “The undersigned will be seeking an adjournment on account of the ongoing preparations for the upcoming panchayat/municipal elections in the state of J&K. The…

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Kashmir braces for shutdown ahead of SC hearing on Article 35A, Protests held in Kashmir, Poonch, Rajouri, Kishtwar

Kashmir is bracing for street protests and a two-day strike amid fears that Article 35A, which bars outsiders from owning property or getting jobs in the restive state, will be repealed when the Supreme Court hears a petition on Monday. Trade groups, civil society and other social organisations have come together with separatists and political parties amid fears that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is planning to revoke the provision in an attempt to change the state’s demography. Separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik under…

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Jammu Bar split over Article 35A, Majority calls for retention, Right-wing backed groups on opposition

Jammu Bar Association Friday witnessed vertical divide where both groups held separate discussions in Jammu and Kashmir High Court at Janipur in support and opposition of Article 35-A. Division among the lawyers has exposed some elements which are bent on creating an impression that entire Jammu Division is against the State Subject laws when over 300 senior lawyers attended the meeting led by senior lawyers came up publically in support of the laws. Under the leadership of its president, senior Advocate BS Salathia, Jammu Bar Association held a general house…

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