Migration of Kashmiri Pandits was a blot on us : Mehbooba Mufti

The PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir is committed to the rehabilitation of migrant Kashmiri Pandits and is in the process of setting up transit accommodation for migrant Kashmiri Pandits. “We have already started building transit accommodations for Kashmiri Pandits. Now, we are trying to add more accommodation to those places,” J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said while discussing the strife prevalent in the state, during an event in Goa. Kashmiri Pandits migrated enmasse from Kashmir after militancy erupted in 1989 and many Kashmiri Pandit families are living in…

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With 211 Militants & 55 Civilians killings, 2017 Deadliest year since 2010

The year 2017 proved deadliest of all years since 2010 in terms of the killings due to various incidents of violence in the already strife- torn Jammu and Kashmir. As per the records, till December 10, this year, there were a total of 221 militants killed in various anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir. Furthermore, the records reveal that 55 civilians lost their lives during different incidents of violence witnessed since January to December this year. Also, the number of armed forces killed in various anti-militancy operations in the state…

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15 CRPF men involved in May 21, 1990 Hawal massacre: SHRC Findings

Censures CID for closing probe Two months after the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Police closed the case of Hawal massacre as “untraced”, the investigation by State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has revealed the involvement of 15 CRPF personnel in the 1990 killings. A report by the SHRC’s investigation wing has stated that 15 CRPF personnel were involved in the massacre in which 35 civilians were killed. The report by Police Investigation Wing (PIW) of SHRC came in a complaint filed by chairman of International Forum for Justice and Human…

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Is J&K heading for ‘Bhai-Behan Ki Sarkar’, NC Questions Mehbooba Govt

National Conference on Thursday raised question on reports of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s brother Tassaduq Mufti’s nominations for the Legislative Council. Earlier, the media reports suggested that government had initiated the process of nominating to the state legislative council. The NC state spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu asked the CM to clarify which of her non-performing, corrupt Cabinet colleagues she was willing to sacrifice to officially create space for a parallel Chief Minister in her Cabinet? In a statement issued from the party headquarters Nawa-e-Subha in Srinagar, Mattu…

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Teacher couple sacked on wedding day, school claims ‘Romance’ will affect students

A teacher couple working in a private school in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir were sacked on their wedding day with the school management claiming their “romance could adversely affect the students”. Tariq Bhat and Sumaya Bashir, residents of Tral town in Pulwama, were working in Boys’ and Girls’ wings, respectively, of Pampore Muslim Educational Institute for the past several years. They alleged their services were abruptly terminated by the school management on November 30, the day they entered the wedlock. While the principal of the school did not respond…

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Not jihad, but love: The Hindu-Muslim marriage that brought Kashmir to a halt in 1967

The arc of the controversy has startlingly contemporary resonances. On July 28, 1967, Parmeshwari Handoo, a sales representative at the government-run Apna Bazar in Srinagar, married her Muslim co-worker Ghulam Rasool Kanth. Eight days earlier, the Kashmiri Pandit woman had converted to Islam and taken a new name, Parveen Akhtar. The love marriage set off a storm in the state. Unlike in the recent Hadiya case, where the High Court annulled the marriage of a Hindu woman from Kerala who converted to Islam and later got married to a Muslim…

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60000 Daily Wagers, Casual Labourers to be regularized: J&K Govt

Jammu and Kashmir government will regularize 60,000 daily wagers and casual labourers, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Wednesday. “Our govt will be regularising 60,000 daily wagers & casual labourers working in various departments in J&K to provide sustainable livelihoods to those who need it the most,” tweeted Mufti. “Hard work & dedication must always be recognised & appreciated,” she said, in her tweet.

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Kashmiri Scholar Sajad Rather becomes AMU student’s union Vice-president

With the election results for the student body of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) declared, a Kashmiri scholar has been elected as the vice-president of the AMU Students’ Union. Sajad Subhan Rather has become the first Kashmiri to grab the coveted post of vice-president of the students’ body of the AMU, one of the largest residential universities in north India located in Aligarh, Utttar Pradesh. In fact, the AMU campus has one of the largest presence of a vibrant student community from the Kashmir valley and other parts of J&K.…

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French Journalist arrested while shooting documentary on pellet victims in Srinagar

Jammu and Kashmir police have arrested a French journalist while shooting documentary on pellet victims, and booked him under Passport Act. The former TV Channel TF 1 French journalist, Paul Comiti , police officials said, was arrested from Pratap Park Srinagar on Saturday while he was preparing a documentary on the pellet victims. Police said they have registered FIR vide number 87/2017 under section 14 (B) Passport Act and Comiti is presently lodged in Police Station Kothi Bagh. The act, police said, envisages seizure of passport or travel documents from…

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Geelani warns parents against sending children to army-run schools

Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, has warned parents not to send their children to Army-run schools. Expressing apprehension over the reports of “mischievous activities”carried out by educational institutions run by the forces, Geelani said that teachers are making children “indifferent towards their religion and specific culture.” Taking serious note of this, Geelani warned parents to avoid these institutions. “For petty material gains, we are losing our next generation,” said Geelani. He asked parents to “be watchful and careful about their future.” “ We should never send our youth to…

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