BJP seeks abrogation of Articles 370, 35-A, Dineshwar Sharma on mission

After snapping ties with the Peoples Democratic Party, the BJP has again started raking up the issue of the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35-A of the Constitution. During a meeting on Wednesday with Centre’s special representative on J&K Dineshwar Sharma, a delegation of the BJP led by district president Prem Nath Dogra strongly advocated abrogation of Articles 370 and 35-A, which impart special status to the state. Dineshwar arrived in Kathua this morning and met over a dozen delegations from a cross-section of society, including members of political parties…

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UN Human Rights Chief Hits Back on Claims of Bias on Kashmir Report

Over a month after UN human rights commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein released a report which was greeted by claims of personal “prejudice” from New Delhi, his office has denied any collusion with Pakistani activists. It also said that the Kashmir report had been sourced from Indian official reports. On June 14, UN’s high commissioner for human rights released a report which mainly focused on the “human rights situation” in India’s Jammu and Kashmir from July 2016 to April 2018 based on “allegations of widespread and serious human rights violations…

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Government orders major reshuffle in administration

Owais is DC Shopian, Hashmat Special Secy to Governor, Zubair Chairman JKSSB Anayatullah is FC Revenue, Razdan CEO ERA, Jeelani Director Tourism, Sarwar Director R&D Kashmir The government Monday ordered massive reshuffle in the civil administration by ordering transfers and postings of senior officers. According to an order by General Administration Department (GAD), Asgar Hassan Samoon, Principal Secretary to the Government, Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department, would also hold the charge of the post of Administrative Secretary, Transport department, in addition to his own duties, relieving Saugat Biswas, Transport Commissioner,…

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Do not have numbers to form govt says BJP, Denies support to rebel PDP leaders

Priority to establish peace in state, says party’s in charge for Jammu & Kashmir In charge of the BJP in Jammu and Kashmir Avinash Rai Khanna has said that since the party did not have the numbers to form the government, it was not in any kind of hurry. Though he did not deny looking for a suitable arrangement, he said the party’s priority was to establish peace in the state before any decision on the government formation could be taken. “It is also wrong that the BJP is in…

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PDP rebels go all out against Mehbooba, says they are against Mehbooba not party

For the first time, the rebel group of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) jointly came out in public on Friday to counter the statement of party president and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who earlier in the day cautioned New Delhi that engineering a split in her party would prove dangerous. The rebel legislators said they were not acting at the behest of New Delhi to split the PDP or form a government with the BJP. “It is a serious allegation. We are elected people and if you brand us like…

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UN Secretary-General backs Zeid’s call for Kashmir human rights investigation

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has backed Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s call for an international investigation into human rights situation in Kashmir saying that it represents the “voice of the UN”. He also defended at a news conference on Thursday his own report on children in armed conflict that referred to situations in Jammu and Kashmir, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. He denied India’s assertions that his report overstepped his mandate and that Zeid’s had no mandate and said that they were both covered by the “the general mandate…

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Salaudhins, Yasin Maliks will be born again if Delhi resorts to horse trading: Mehbooba removes rebel MLC

Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti Friday said if New Delhi resorts to horse trading of lawmakers in Jammu Kashmir then new Salaudhins and Yasin Maliks will be born again. “There can’t be any horse trading without New Delhi’s intervention. But this will have disastrous results,” Mehbooba said while talking to reporters after laying wreaths on the occasion of Martyrs Day at Martyrs graveyard in downtown Srinagar. Meanwhile, Shunning the kid-glove approach, Mehbooba Mufti has taken action against one of the Peoples Democratic Party rebels, removing him from the post…

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IAS topper Shah Faisal gets govt notice for tweet on rape, calls it ‘Love letter from Boss’

IAS officer from Kashmir Shah Faisal had tweeted “Patriarchy+Population+Illiteracy+Alcohol+Porn+Technology+Anarchy = Rapistan!,” in April over a story titled “Porn addict rapes 46 year old mom. An Indian Administrative Services officer from Kashmir who topped the coveted civil services exam in 2010 said on Friday that the government has issued him a show-cause notice over an April tweet commenting on a story of a man raping his mother. “Love letter from my boss for my sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia,” Shah Faesal wrote while sharing on Facebook and Twitter an official…

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Dissolve Assembly to end horse trading: Omar to Vohra

‘No improvement in Kashmir situation under Governor’s rule’ Former chief minister Omar Abdullah Monday demanded dissolution of Legislative Assembly to put an end to rumor mongering over government formation and horse trading of legislators. “National Conference is demanding dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly. The rumors mongering of horse trading of legislators or breaking of political parties for alleged formation of alternate government will be solved with the dissolution of assembly,” he said addressing media persons at party headquarters here. “We are not demanding immediate polls. We understand that to…

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Govt formation possible? BJP leaders hold meet with Sajad Lone

Days after pulling out of the government with its coalition partner Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the rightwing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national General Secretary Ram Madhav Wednesday held a two-hour long meeting with senior BJP leaders and People Conference (PC) Chairman Sajjad Gani Lone here in a local hotel. Madhav was accompanied by BJP State President Ravinder Raina and some former ministers of the party including former deputy chief minister Kavinder Gupta. According to sources privy to the meeting, Sajad is believed to play a “crucial role in the future…

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