Fugitive Vijay Mallya’s Kashmir connection

Some 25 kms from Srinagar, a quiet and serene village on Srinagar-Bandipora Road, at first glance, looks unassuming. The village is nestled among beautiful fruit orchards. It is quiet. It was once home to one of Kashmir’s most cherished fruits – indigenous Kashmir melons. Close by flows the River Jhelum, in its broadest width in the valley. It looks majestic here. It is a place that Britishers and Indian travellers would stop by on their Jhelum boat journeys to north Kashmir. In the 1990s, the area was part of the…

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Tinkering with Article 35A won’t be tolerated: Joint Resistance Group

Separatist leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik on Tuesday said any attempt to change the demography of the state by “tinkering” with Article 35A was “intolerable” and warned that Kashmiris would “spill their blood” to safeguard the identity and character of the state. Mirwaiz, who heads a faction of separatist amalgam Hurriyat Conference, said “no court, whether in India or in Pakistan, has any jurisdiction to take decisions that can in any way affect the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir”. The Article 35A has been in the eye…

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Washington Post India head awaits permission to cover Kashmir since June 22

Washington Post’s India bureau chief Annie Gowen has been denied permission to report on Kashmir, she tweeted on Tuesday. The Government of India recently asked foreign correspondents to seek permission in writing for travelling anywhere in Jammu and Kashmir, a move reminiscent of the early 1990s when the Indian government made it impossible for foreign journalists to report from the valley. Gowen said she had applied for permission on June 22 and called the delay “unacceptable”. “I am in Kashmir for a day to attend a friend’s wedding. I am…

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41 Security men, 32 Civilians killed in violence in Kashmir this year

As many as 41 security men, including 20 policemen, and 32 civilians were killed in militancy-related and stone-pelting incidents in Kashmir this year, officials said today. Giving details, the officials said 39 security personnel, including 17 Army personnel, 20 policemen and two CRPF personnel, were killed and 96 others injured in militancy-related incidents in first six months of this year. Of these, 28 Army personnel, 31 CRPF personnel and 37 policemen were injured in militancy-related incidents, they said. In stone-pelting incidents, two CRPF personnel were killed and 811 others injured…

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Today century’s longest Lunar eclipse, but cloudy skies may play spoilsport for sky gazers

Today’s lunar eclipse is tipped to be the longest in the century and planetariums across the country have made elaborate arrangements for enthusiasts, but rains and cloudy skies could dampen the excitement. The eclipse will also coincide with the closest approach of Mars to Earth. The Nehru Planetarium in the national capital is organising a ‘Moon Carnival’. N Ratnashree, the director of the Nehru Planetarium, said besides arranging five telescopes, the centre has also organised lectures pertaining to the eclipse. Amateur astronomers have also volunteered to guide people tomorrow about…

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NC wooing young faces, Zaffar, Shehla, Faesal likely to join party

To revive the party ahead of elections, National Conference (NC) is wooing young faces and three prominent figures from the Valley are likely to join the party fold. The three youngsters are Zaffar Mir (Lasjan), the grandson of former Congress leader and former minister Ghulam Muhamad Mir Lasjan; student leader Shehla Rashid Shora and 2011 Indian Administrative Service (IAS) topper Shah Faesal. Talking to Kashmir Post, a senior NC leader said the modalities were being worked out for these three young faces to join the party. “Shah Faesal is in…

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Cops look for way out as militant funerals turn into recruitment hubs

Amid fresh worries that large funerals of militants are turning out to be fertile grounds to “lure and motivate” local youth to take up arms, the J&K Police is devising a mechanism to prevent such occurrences. Security and intelligence officials in Kashmir have been deliberating upon large militant funerals since 2017, but have not been able to do much on the issue. In many funerals, militants also turn up and give ‘gun salute’ to their slain companions. With these funerals becoming the new recruitment hubs, the police authorities have sought…

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NC, Cong, PDP, BJP and 3 Guv-rule spells couldn’t build a 2.5 km flyover

The governments of all four major political parties of the State – National Conference (NC) and Congress, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – and the three spells of Governor’s rule have together failed to build a 2.5 km Ram Bagh-Jehangir Chowk flyover. Despite the added emphasis of the subsequent State governments as well as New Delhi on development and good governance, even after five years of its inauguration, more than 60 percent of the work on the flyover is pending. The project started in…

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Muzzaffar Baig may be given bigger role in party overhaul

Peoples Democratic Party party’s founding member and Member of Parliament Muzzaffar Baig is likely to be given more responsibility as the party is all set for a major revamp after its foundation day on July 28. All six officer-bearers of the party had resigned on Monday to facilitate the reorganisation. Sources said that after the fall of the coalition government, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti during her interactions with lawmakers, MPs and district and zonal presidents had got a fair feedback on the brewing rebellion within the party and the need…

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Eight girls went missing in two months from across Kashmir Valley

In a disturbing trend, at least eight girls have gone missing in Kashmir in past two months. On May 14, two girls went missing from two locations in Kashmir. They were identified by the police as 18 years old Reenaz Jan from Kheribal Mattan while the other was identified as Rubina Akhter (19), daughter of Chaand Bajad resident of Rajouri, who at present lives at Wangund Teilbal Srinagar. The police issued missing report of the duo to the media after their families recorded a statement with their respective police stations.…

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