Three killed, Scores injured in Samba road accident

Three people, including a student, died while scores were injured died when a mini bus they were travelling in rolled down on the road in district Samba Thursday morning. “A mini bus on way from border village to Samba town this morning met with an accident due to break failure and rolled down on the road,” police here said. The injured have been shifted to hospital for treatment.

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NIA conducts searches at 12 locations in J&K: Terror Funding Case

The National Investigation Agency teams are carrying out raids at 12 places in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla, Handwara and Srinagar in connection with its terror funding and civil unrest probe involving Hurriyat leaders. Sources say that fresh raids have been carried out on those people who have financial links with the pro-Pakistani Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani. The names of these persons have been disclosed by seven separatists, who were arrested by the agency last month for allegedly organising the funds and civil unrest in the valley. NIA…

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Scuffle between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh as two incursion bids by PLA foiled

A major scuffle, which included stone-pelting, took place between Indian and Chinese soldiers along the Line of Actual Control at eastern Ladakh in the western sector on Tuesday even as the tense troop stand-off in Doklam area+ in the eastern sector remains locked in a stalemate. Sources said the confrontation between the rival soldiers took place on the north bank of the Pangong Tso (Tso means lake) in eastern Ladakh, two-thirds of which is controlled by China as it extends from Tibet to India, early on Tuesday morning. “There was…

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Mujtaba Yousuf, Anantnag pacer among probables for U-16 team

A 16-year-old fast bowler, Mujtaba Yousuf, from Bijbehara town has been called to attend a month-long camp at the prestigious National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore. The camp, which is a training ground of probables for the India Under-16 team, will be attended by 21 other budding cricketers from across the country from August 21 onwards. Mujtaba is the second cricketer to have come into limelight after Parvez Rasool became the first state cricketer to don the ‘blue jersey’. Rasool also hails from Bijbehara town of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.…

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Most remained seated when national anthem was played on Independence Day function

The main Independence Day function at the Bakshi stadium here saw most of the people in the general stands remain seated when the national anthem was played soon after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti unfurled the Tricolour. However, people sitting in the VIP enclosure, including high court judges, MLAs, MLCs, bureaucrats and office-bearers of political parties, stood up to pay their respect to the national anthem. Mufti was then given a guard of honour. Around 3,000 people were present in the stadium, which has a capacity of over…

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Mehbooba Mufti hopes plea against Article 35A will be dismissed by Supreme Court

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday expressed confidence in the Supreme Court, saying that a plea challenging Article 35A of the Constitution will be dismissed by the apex court. Addressing the people at Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar, Mehbooba Mufti said, “I have full confidence that our Supreme Court will again dismiss this plea challenging Article 35A of the Constitution in the same way as the apex court had done in these 70 years.” Mufti further hailed National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah for his advice on Artice…

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Scrapping of Article 35A to hit Jammu most: Omar Abdullah

Maintaining that removal of Article 35A will hurt the interests of Jammu people the most, National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah today hit out at BJP leaders for launching a misinformation campaign without knowing its consequences. He said if the BJP was able to win the fight in a court through its proxies, before reaching Kashmir, businessmen and people from outside would settle in Jammu and Ladakh. “Going by the present situation in the Kashmir valley, where locals are moving out and sending their children to different parts of…

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Will take call on Article 370, 35A once in majority: Nirmal Singh

Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh on Tuesday said that Bharatiya Janata Party will take a call on issues like Article 370 and Article 35 A when it forms the government on its own in Jammu-Kashmir. “The BJP stand on Article 370 and Article 35 A is very clear and we still stick to our stand,” Singh told reporters after the Independence Day parade in Jammu. “If people of Jammu-Kashmir give us 44 plus seats in the Legislative Assembly, we will take a call on them (Article 370 and Article…

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Mehbooba, Omar, Mirwaiz welcome Modi’s Kashmir outreach

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s outreach to Kashmir in his Independence Day address on Tuesday in which he said bullets or abuses will not help resolve the problems of Kashmir has been welcomed by moderate separatist leader, J&K Chief Minister and opposition National Conference. Moderate separatist leader and cleric, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq welcomed PM Modi’s statement. “Welcome Modi also believes ‘Goli and Gaali’ will not help resolve Kashmir. If Insaniyat (humanity) and Insaaf (justice) replace them, resolution can become a reality,” Mirwaiz tweeted. In his I-Day address, PM Modi said, “Na…

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Seventy years on, digging a deeper hole in Kashmir

The move by a BJP/RSS front organization to repeal the validity of Article 35-A will lead to adverse consequences are likely to further devastate an already suffering region. Its long-term negative consequences are likely to outlive us all. The clouds always appear ominous when it comes to Kashmir. But as India marks the 70th year of independence, the clouds look menacing. A little known non-governmental organization, Jammu and Kashmir Study Centre (JKSC), considered a front of the RSS and the BJP has challenged the validity of Article 35-A of the…

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