As long as BJP exists, Kashmir will be ours: Amit Shah

Kashmir is an integral part of India and it would continue to remain so as long as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) exists, party president Amit Shah said in Tasgaon rally on Wednesday. Shah’s remarks came at a poll rally, in response to National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah’s recent suggestion of having a separate prime minister for Kashmir. “No one can take away Kashmir from us. As long as the BJP exists, Kashmir will continue to be an integral part of India,” Shah told the rally in western Maharashtra.…

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CRPF orders high-level inquiry into patient’s death during Highway Ban

The CRPF has ordered a “high-level inquiry” into the death of a patient as his ambulance was stopped due to the latest restriction imposed on the movement of civilian traffic in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the Pulwama attack. The force issued a public statement saying it was “deeply anguished at the sad demise of Abdul Qayoom Banday of Doda”.It said the man was suffering from terminal illness and his ambulance was “asked to halt” near Lower Munda area on April 10 while on way to Doda from…

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Post Note Ban 50 lakh jobs lost, Youth worst hit

Nearly 50 lakh people in India lost their jobs between 2016-2018, a report said highlighting that the “beginning of the decline” coincided with demonetisation, although “no direct causal relationship could be established” between the trends. The report by Azim Premji University’s titled State of Working India was based on the CMIE-CPDX data that highlighted India’s unemployed were mostly the youth. “In general, women are much worse affected than men. They have higher unemployment rates, as well as lower labour force participation rates,” it added. The report revealed that unemployment, in…

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Magistrate stamps travel permit on commuter’s hand triggers criticism

As the authorities had imposed restrictions on the second day of the biweekly highway ban in the Valley, a magistrate in south Kashmir on Wednesday issued the travel permit by stamping his seal on the commuter’s hand. There was, however, no impact of the travel restrictions on civilians on the highway stretch in Srinagar district. No restrictions were in place on the 55-km stretch of the 270-km Baramulla-Srinagar-Udhampur highway in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, which is going to the polls in the first phase of the parliamentary elections on Thursday.…

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Highway Ban: Mehbooba Mufti should be arrest for ‘Instigating Kashmiris’ demands BJP

Lashing out at PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti for allegedly instigating people to defy a ban of vehicular movement on the national highway connecting Jammu with Srinagar, the BJP Wednesday demanded that she be arrested for trying to create law and order problem. “FIR should been registered against former CM Mehbooba Mufti for statements to instigate the public to defy vehicular ban on highway on Wednesdays and Sundays,” the chief spokesperson of J&K Bharatiya Janata Party, Sunil Sethi, told reporters here. “We demand the arrest of Mehbooba Mufti for instigating public…

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BJP Manifesto: For Kashmir, Not Kashmiris?

BJP’s reiteration to repeal Articles 370, 35A will have serious repercussions in J&K, further alienating Kashmiri youth. Nowhere in the country have people reposed their faith in institutions of democracy as much as the people of Jammu and Kashmir, even braving bullets to reiterate their belief in ballots. While the rest of the country continues to celebrate the day of election, for people in Kashmir it can mean a tryst with death. Yet, people come out and risk their lives to assert their right to vote. Imagine who it feels…

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Article 370 hindering the ​development of J&K, People now want Change: PM Narendra Modi

PM Modi said it was former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s policies which were being an obstacle for the development in the Valley. The people of Kashmir want a change, including Article 35A and Article 370 as they hinder development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. “The problem in Kashmir is largely due to the 50-odd political families there. They have been milking the issue. They don’t want any benefit to be given to the common Kashmiri people. They are using public sentiment for political gains. The income tax department has cracked…

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Security cover of 400 Politicians, Activists restored

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday restored the security cover of 400 politicians and political activists, which had been withdrawn last month. Top state government sources said Governor Satya Pal Malik’s administration took the decision aimed at providing protection to them. The restoration of the security cover, however, does not include separatist leaders. The development comes two days after the state’s political parties wrote to the Election Commission expressing serious concerns about the safety of their cadres. Last month, a Union Home Ministry statement said authorities in Jammu and…

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Farooq Abdullah questions reliability of EVMs

Barely few days ahead of commencement of general elections, National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Sunday raised questions over reliability of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM).“April 18 is the voting date (in Srinagar). Do check the machines (EVM) while casting voting and remain cautious. These machines have been manipulated. I said the same thing in Kolkata,” said Abdullah while addressing an election rally at Rajbagh here. Continuing with his doubts about the EVMs, Abdullah, who is contesting Srinagar Lok Sabha seat, said, “You vote for one party and the vote get…

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Kashmir situation being used for gaining political mileage​: Mehbooba Mufti

Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party BJP are using Kashmir situation for political ends after “miserably failing” to deliver on 2014 election promises. “Militants’ killings, raids on Hurriyat leaders, air strike inside Pakistan are being used by the BJP for political ends. They have failed to deliver on poll promises,” Mehbooba told a public rally at Uri. “I don’t mind being called a soft separatist if the BJP considers talking about resolution of Kashmir issue and safeguarding special status…

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