Health dept begins disease profile of Achan residents

Children suffer from various infections, worm infestation State Health Department Friday began the disease profile of people living around infamous Achan garbage dumping site on the City outskirts. According to officials, over 1000 people have been screened by a team of doctors from district Srinagar, under National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke (NPCDCS) and Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) unit of Srinagar. “The initial investigations have revealed that many children are suffering from diseases including intestinal and skin infections and worm infestation,” Chief…

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JKNPP kick starts ‘Wall Writing’ campaign for Separate Jammu State

Jammu Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) state president and former MLA Balwant Singh Mankotia today kick started the wall painting campaign at RS Pura to garner support for separate Jammu State. In a press note issued here, Mankotia sad that Panther Party will also launch the same campaign at district headquarter more so that demand of separate Jammu State gets momentum and large participation. Meanwhile, the ‘Haq-insaaf yatra’ started for separate Jammu state led by Balwant Singh Mankotia today reached R S Pura, the border town of Jammu district where…

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Won’t allow dilution of special status: Kashmir Inc

Fearing that implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime would “dilute” J&K’s special status, Kashmir’s business community on Friday cautioned that any attempt to harm Article 370 will have “serious repercussions for both New Delhi and the state government.” Addressing a press here, Muhammad Yaseen Khan, president, Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), said: “We are not against taxes but warn both the state and central governments that if they try to dilute state’s special status under the garb of implementing the GST regime, we will launch a massive…

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Modi must begin talks in Kashmir before it is too late

If you watched the captions that scream out at you from your TV screens every night, their flaming orange hues designed to add to the heat, you would think that complex truths of the turmoil in Kashmir can be squeezed into 140 characters – just perfect for the Twitter age. But, like Akira Kuroswa’s Rashomon (Four people give different accounts of a rape and a murder) taught us, there can be multiple truths. Here are eight truths about Kashmir, seemingly paradoxical; simultaneously truthful. Things in the Valley have not been…

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NIA registers preliminary inquiry into funding of Separatist leaders

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has registered a preliminary inquiry into funding of Hurriyat leaders like Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Naeem Khan. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has registered a preliminary inquiry into funding of Hurriyat leaders like Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Naeem Khan. According to ANI sources, a team of NIA sleuths led by senior members has reached Jammu and Kashmir for further inquiry regarding funding of Hurriyat. The NIA will probe whether separatist leaders like Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Naeem Khan and others were funded by…

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Zakir Musa floats new militant outfit, announces support to Al-Qaeda

Zakir Musa, who quit as Hizbul Mujahideen commander after the terror outfit strongly condemned his threat to Hurriyat leaders, on Friday announced to float a new militant outfit. Zakir Musa, who quit as Hizbul Mujahideen commander after the terror outfit strongly condemned his threat to Hurriyat leaders, on Friday announced to float a new militant outfit. In a new tape released today, Musa floated the new organisation and professed his support to terror group Al-Qaeda. Musa severed ties with the Hizbul Mujahideen last week, hours after the outfit denounced his…

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Protests, Clashes erupted at many places across Valley

Protests and clashes between people and forces were reported from different parts of Kashmir Valley on Friday. The Joint Hurriyat Camp had called for peaceful protests after Friday prayers against the slapping of PSA on Aasiya Andrabi, her aide Sofi Fahmeeda and to press for release of political detainees. Aasiya and Fahmeeda were booked under the public safety act (PSA) on Monday and have been shifted to Amphalla Jail in Jammu. Dukhtaran-e-Milat in a statement termed the slapping of PSA on the duo and shifting them to Jammu Jail, a…

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Clashes rock Anantnag, Sopore, Hajin, Budgam, Pulwama areas post Friday Prayers

Clashes between forces and civilian protesters erupted on Friday at several places including Pulwama, Budgam and Hajin. In Budgam, the central part of Kashmir, reports said that clashes erupted between forces and protesters in Batapora, Kanihama area of Budgam district. Witnesses said that 10 youth have been arrested from Batpora and 5 from Kanihama areas of the district during nocturnal raids. They said that hundreds of protesters assembled after Friday prayers and shouted anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.They were raising slogans against the nocturnal police raids and arrests. The protesters pelted stones on…

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Gang of women ‘Blackmailing’ commuters on Highway

A ‘gang’ of women is out to rob commuters by threatening to implicate them in false cases of molestation and sexual assault. The victims in these cases have not filed a formal complaint with the police fearing that it could badly affect their image in society. The women gang is active on the Jammu-Katra national highway, where one of them allegedly asks lift from car owners and at the time of leaving the car, she blackmails the commuters of filing molestation cases against them if they do not give money…

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Centre rules out dialogue with Separatists, dismisses reports of replacing Chief Minister

The central government on Thursday ruled out to hold any talks with separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir in near future, saying that its priority is to improve the situation in the Valley first. “Our priority is to improve the situation first,” Minister for Defence and Finance Arun Jaitley told reporters here when asked if the Centre had any plans to hold talks with separatist groups like Hurriyat Conference in view of the demand repeatedly made by the BJP’s alliance partner, the PDP. When asked whether there was a possibility…

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