Family accuse J&K Police of killing Irfan Dar in Custody, Question ‘Escape’ Story

Irfan Ahmad Dar was arrested for allegedly sheltering militants but then somehow escaped from custody only to be found dead a few hours later, the police say. The cause of death has not been disclosed but locals allege torture. Auqib Javeed At around 12 pm, on Tuesday, members of the Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Special Operation Group (SOG) raided the house of Irfan Ahmad Dar, a 23-year-old shopkeeper, at Sidiq Colony in the Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Irfan was arrested from the shop he owned, adjacent to…

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‘End of the road’ for Pro-India politicians in Kashmir

Many politicians have fallen silent and disappeared from public life after India stripped the region’s autonomy. by Rifat Fareed Sakina Itoo used to motivate Kashmiris to believe that India is better for their future. But the 48-year-old pro-India politician says New Delhi’s decision to strip the Muslim-majority region’s autonomy last August has made her lose face and vulnerable. “We don’t know how to go to people again. We have no answers ourselves, what will we tell them,” Itoo, a former minister in the regional government, told Al Jazeera. Prime Minister…

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As many as 30 Leaders, Bureaucrats from J&K under Chinese Surveillance: Report

China has hatched a major espionage conspiracy against India and the communist nation is spying on over 10,000 eminent Indians, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind. Many union ministers and leaders of the opposition are also being spied on by the neighbouring country, who has been locked in an aggressive melee and face-off with India at locations along the Sino-India border. Now, a fresh report from Indian Express claims that China has been spying on almost 30 prominent leaders, officers and bureaucrats from Kashmir Valley and…

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Civil Society Kashmir opposes Centre’s move to promote Devanagri Script

The Group of Concerned Citizens (GCC), a Kashmir-based civil society body of former bureaucrats, vice-chancellors and academicians, on Friday expressed its concern over the promotion of the Devanagri script instead of the Nastaliq style for the Kashmiri language, and the threat posed to Urdu due to the new Bill introduced in the Parliament. The members of the GCC, in a joint statement, pointed out that the Common Locale Data Repository (CLDR), a project of the Unicode consortium for preparation of required data, is using the Devanagari script instead of its…

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Nine years on and missing several deadlines, Qazigund-Banihal tunnel yet to complete

Even as its construction was started nine years ago, the new Qazigund-Banihal tunnel is yet to complete despite missing several deadlines. The project was envisaged to avoid frequent closure of Jawahar tunnel that leaves Kashmir Valley cut off from rest of the country. Initially set to be completed by June 2016, the work on the Rs 2100 crore ambitious project has seen hiccups since its inception in 2011 due both to financial constraints and the concessionaire’s lethargic approach. In 2011, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) commissioned construction of…

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Sheikh Abdullah’s fears came true on 5th August 2019, when BJP abrogated Article 370 and striped special status of J&K

Arun Sharma This Government has been quick to act on altering public perception about Sheikh Abdullah’s contribution to the union of Jammu and Kashmir with India. Accordingly, the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir vide Govt. order No. 251-JK(GAD) of 27.12.2019 excluded Sheikh Abdullah’s birthday (5th December) from the list of Public Holidays in the UT for the calendar year 2020. In a complete Orwellian nightmare, The Lion of Kashmir who was in the forefront of efforts to ensure that Kashmir went with India instead of with Pakistan in those…

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Drug Addiction has taken Epidemic form in J&K: Govt

As Jammu and Kashmir government has made the draft drug de-addiction policy public, the document has revealed that drug addiction is widespread, fast-rising and is quickly taking the form of an epidemic in the restive State. The studies conducted in recent years have shown an alarming shift in the pattern of substance use in terms of rise in the number of female users and decreasing age at first-use. The draft policy has laid down broad guidelines including classroom programmes delivered by teachers or peer leaders focusing on life and social…

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12.5 Lakh domicile certificates issued so far, Certificate required for jobs only: Admin

The Jammu and Kashmir Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal today said over 12.5 lakh domicile certificates had been issued so far in the Union Territory, out of which 99 per cent were issued to the permanent resident certificate (PRC) holders. “Domicile certificate is now the basic eligibility condition for appointment to any post in the UT…no additional documentation is required for the erstwhile PRC holders (for procuring certificates). Over 12.5 lakh domicile certificates have already been issued. Out of these, more than 99 per cent have been issued to the erstwhile…

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BJP’s multi-pronged policy to deal with Kashmir Politicians

Noor-ul-Qamrain The central leadership of the BJP is working at “different levels and with different plans” to deal with politicians in Kashmir and create an atmosphere for normal politics to restart in Kashmir. Even as the delimitation commission has started its work, the J&K Apni Party has demanded early elections and has been pressing only for statehood and not for the restoration of Article 370. Informed sources said that BJP general secretary Ram Madhav has come to get direct feedback not only from party cadres, but also from those politicians…

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New rules leave J&K Chief Minister powerless over Police, IPS Officers

The President of India will have the final say in case of differences between the LG of the Union Territory and the Council of Ministers. In the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, when it had special status, the chief minister was the most powerful person in the decision-making process. Now, the rules brought by the Centre for the government in the Union Territory of J&K make it unambiguously clear that the chief minister and her council of ministers would not have any say in matters related to the Indian…

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