In the backdrop of Pulwama attack, resolution on Kashmir situation likely in upcoming RSS meet

The highest decision-making body of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological parent of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), will discuss the increase in number of terror attacks, locals joining terror outfits, and the situation in the Kashmir valley at its upcoming meeting in Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior, according to functionaries familiar with the matter. The meeting of the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS), scheduled from March 8 to 10, will come weeks before the 2019 general elections. It also comes in the backdrop of the recent attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama,…

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Omar Questions Modi’s ‘Silence’ on Kashmiri being targeted in various parts of the country

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Thursday asked why Prime Minister Narendra Modi was silent on Kashmiri students being targeted in various parts of the country. Addressing the media, the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister also said talks with Pakistan cannot be held in the backdrop of attacks such as the one in Pulwama last week. “Our PM has talked about a ‘muh tod jawab’ but such a reply is not possible in the current situation,” Abdullah said a week after 40 CRPF soldiers were killed in a terror…

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Chidambaram points out the ‘Depressing Irony’, We want Kashmir without Kashmiris

Some people want Kashmir to be part of India but don’t want Kashmiris to be part of Indians, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said on Thursday and asserted that the “irony of the situation is depressing”. The former home and finance minister also took a dig at Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy’s statement that he favoured a call for the boycott of Kashmiri products and visiting the state as tourists. “The irony of the situation is depressing. We want Kashmir to be part of India, but we do not want Kashmiris…

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Thanksgiving​ messages, offers for Sikh community​ pouring from across Kashmir Valley

Kashmiri students and traders, who reached safely home today, had many a story to narrate on the help extended by members of the Sikh community in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack, providing them not only food and shelter in Punjab, but also protection. To express gratitude, hundreds took to the Internet. A cartoon depicting a Sikh extending his arm to a drowning Kashmiri was an instant hit. Cartoonist Suhail Naqashbandi tweeted: “Sardar means a leader and they lead by example. Hats off for being everywhere to help.” A picture…

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Pleas against Articles 35A, 370 won’t be heard today

There will be no hearing of pleas against Article 35 A and Article 370 in the Supreme Court Thursday, a source said on Wednesday.The pleas did not figure in the final list issued by the apex court registry on Wednesday evening. The case was listed in the advance regular cause-list at serial no 12 from February 19 to 21.“The case does not figure in the final list of February 21 which was issued this evening by the SC registry,” the source told Kashmir Post. Article 35A empowers the J&K legislature…

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Security cover for 18 Separatists, 155 Politicians withdrawn

Among the leaders whose security was downgraded or withdrawn were Sayed Ali Shah Geelani, Yaseen Malik, Abdul Gani Shah, and Mohd Musadiq Bhat. The administration said that after the move, about 1,000 police personnel and 100 vehicles are freed up to be redeployed. The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday downgraded or withdrew the security cover provided to 18 separatist leaders from the Hurriyat, including SAS Geelani, days after a similar move followed a suicide bombing in Pulwama that killed 40 troopers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). The…

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Curfew relaxed across Jammu, but Section 144 in place

The district administration eased restrictions in Jammu on Wednesday after five days but Section 144 of the CrPC, which prohibits the gathering of four or more persons at one place remained in place. A curfew was clamped in Jammu following violence after the Pulwama attackon February 14. The district administration eased the restrictions on Wednesday after reviewing the situation in the city. The authorities, however, snapped mobile internet services an hour after restoring it, sensing increased activity on the social media. Shopkeepers opened their shops and some banks and ATMs…

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Kashmir trade not dependent on Jammu: Kashmir Inc

The business in Kashmir valley is not completely dependent on imports from Jammu as just 30 percent of goods are being imported currently from there, Kashmir-based traders said.The remaining 70 percent goods are imported to the Valley from other states.Although, Jammu is the nearest city that the Valley can trade with, Kashmir is not completely dependent on imports from Jammu and has an option to do business with nearest states like Punjab. Chairman Kashmir Economic Alliances (KEA) Muhammad Yasin Khan said that just 30 percent goods worth Rs 48,000 crore…

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