Partition wouldn’t have happened if Jinnah had become PM: Dalai Lama

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Wednesday said Jawaharlal Nehru had a “self-centred attitude” to become India’s first prime minister even though Mahatma Gandhi was in favour of Muhammad Ali Jinnah taking the top post at that time. He also claimed India’s partition would not have happened if Mahatma Gandhi’s wish of Jinnah becoming the prime minister had materialised. The 83-year-old monk was addressing an event at the Goa Institute of Management in Goa’s Sankhalim town, located about 40 km from Panaji. Responding to a student’s question on taking right…

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Police may revolt in J&K if Supreme Court scraps Article 35A: Intelligence Agencies

Intelligence agencies have warned that there could be a “revolt” in the police ranks and massive unrest in Jammu and Kashmir if the Supreme Court passes an “adverse” order on Article 35A of the Constitution Monday, a news channel reported quoting sources. The top court will hear a petition challenging the constitutional validity of the presidential order of 1954, which defines “permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir”, and bars non-locals from buying and owning land in the state. The Jammu and Kashmir police are on the forefront in the fight…

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In 25 police districts of J&K, only five officers from Kashmir at helm

The presence of police officers from Kashmir at key district-level positions in the state, especially in the Valley, is witnessing decline with every fresh transfer order. The transfers effected by the state Home department on Monday have triggered fears among the local officers that they would be dumped to insignificant positions in coming days. “Are not we competent enough to handle crucial assignments? How can officers with four to five years of experience handle crucial and sensitive districts in Kashmir? It is sheer injustice with us,” a group of police…

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Rains bring cheer to a stuffy Kashmir causing water logging, traffic snarls

A heavy downpour on Tuesday morning brought a much-needed relief from the stuffy weather that had made life difficult for the people of Kashmir in the last four to five days across the Kashmir valley. Although the heavy rain did lead to flooding in the streets and roads in many parts of the city and the rest of Kashmir everyone though welcomed the coolness in the air brought on by the rains. Director MeT department Sonam Lotus took to Facebook and said: “There is significant decrease in rainfall now and…

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Hidden Agenda – Another favor from PDP to BJP, Abstains from voting for Rajya Sabha VC

In a move to favour the old ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Tuesday decided to abstain from voting in the election for the post of Vice Chairman in Rajya Sabha. PDP chief spokesperson, Rafi Ahmad Mir said PDP has decided to abstain from voting for the election of the post of Rajya Sabha Vice Chairman. He said party president Mehbooba Mufti directed PDP’s Rajya Sabha members to abstain after holding consultations with senior party leaders. “A whip has been issued by the party in this…

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