Kashmiri student goes missing in Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University

Varsity alerts police after reports suggested he may have joined militancy Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSB) authorities Tuesday lodged a written complaint with police and civil administration following reports about one of its B.Tech students joining militancy ranks. As per the university’s official statement, one of the B.Tech (IT) students from 2014-18 batch namely Mohammed Eisa Fazili, son of Noor-Un-Naeem Faizili of Ahmed Nagar, Soura, Srinagar who was residing in the hostel left the premises of the hostel on August 17 without any information to the management. “The concerned…

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Kashmir NCC woman cadet trolled on Facebook over azadi, stone pelting comments

“I want to tell the youth that the real azadi (freedom) is here. If you want azadi, it is here,” she said in the post and asked young Kashmiris to stay away from stone pelting and raising pro azadi slogans. An NCC woman cadet from South Kashmir was trolled by Facebook users for her strong message to the youth of Jammu and Kashmir, urging them to shun stone pelting and azadi campaigns and to enjoy “real freedom” in India. The video of her sound bite, taken by a little known…

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116 PoK residents stranded in Jammu sent back via Uri

The J&K Government sent 116 stranded residents of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) back home as the cross-Line of Control (LoC) bus service operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad resumed today. The LoC bus service also known as Karvan-e-Aman (peace bus) resumed after remaining suspended since August 14. As per the schedule, the weekly bus left Srinagar today for the Kaman post, the last Indian military post on this side of the LoC in the border town of Uri in Baramulla district. The bus carried 50 passengers, including 42 PoK residents and eight…

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Kashmir will witness bloodbath if Article 35A scrapped: KEA

Appeals civil society, transporters, trade bodies to observe black day on the day of hearing of case in SC The trade body, Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), Monday warned that Kashmir would witness a worst bloodbath if anybody tried to fiddle with Article 35-A, which grants special privileges to residents of Jammu and Kashmir. The traders affiliated with KEA staged a protest demonstration against BJP and RSS-backed NGO, “We the citizens”, which has filed petition against Article 35-A in the Supreme Court. The protesting traders, chanting slogans like, “Save Article 370…

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Zakir Musa back in action, vows to take jihad to the last corner of India

Nearly 10 days after reports that al-Qaeda’s recently announced Kashmir unit chief Zakir Musa was trapped by security forces in Pulwama’s Tral area, the Burhan Wani successor is back in action. In a detailed statement, surfaced on Saturday, Musa-led Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, a unit of al-Qaeda, has openly threatened Indian authorities, vowing to “take jihad to the last corner” of the country and by listing its targets. Al-Hurr, the propaganda arm of the newly formed terror group, posted the three-page statement on social media, which was accessed and put forth by…

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Supreme Court agrees to examine plea of Pathribal fake encounter Victim’s Kin

Issues notices to GoI, Army and CBI; lists case for final disposal after 6 weeks The Supreme Court Friday said it would examine a plea filed by the family members of five civilians killed in a fake encounter in Pathribal area of south Kashmir in 2000, seeking CBI trial against the army personnel purportedly involved. The matter reached the apex court after the Jammu and Kashmir High Court had dismissed the plea of family members last year. “Issue notice. Let the matter be listed for final disposal after six weeks,”…

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Book challenging Kashmir’s fictional Hindu histories released

Ahmad’s book debunks works of Kalhana, Jonaraja and Srivara ‘It’s about the oppressive ruling class and the oppressed ones’ ‘Kashmir: Exposing the Myth Behind the Narrative’, a book by author, poet and former bureaucrat, Khalid Bashir Ahmad that challenges Rajatarangini and Kashmir’s fictional and mythological Hindu histories by historians like Kalhana, Jonaraja and Srivara and lays bare how they had blacked out militant Hinduism that wiped out Buddhism form Kashmir from their histories was released here Thursday. The 387-page book published by Sage was released at a function organised by…

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Civil Society warns against tampering with Article 35A

To protest against the onslaught on Article 35-A that provides special privileges for people in J&K, Kashmiri civil society members held a sit-in protest at Pratap Park on Thursday. Holding placards that read “India, learn to keep promises” and “assault on Article 35-A is an attack on our existence”, civil society members said they will resist the efforts aimed at tampering of special status of Jammu and Kashmir “tooth and nail”. While addressing the media at the sit-in, chairperson Kashmir Center for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) Hameedah Nayeem said…

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Declaring employee deadwood must withstand judicial scrutiny: High Court

The High Court on Thursday ruled that a government action declaring an employee as deadwood should be “fair enough to withstand the test of judicial scrutiny.” Upholding a single bench judgment directing the government to reinstate an officer Shamim Ahmad Laharwal, a division bench of justices Muhammad Yaqoob Mir and MK Hanjura observed that the concerned authorities entrusted with the job of weeding out the deadwood have to be more serious and cautious. In 2015, the Jammu and Kashmir government had ordered premature retirement of Laharwal for being “deadwood”. The…

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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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