Highway ban lifted, Security arrangements for Amarnath yatra reviewed by the governor

Following a review of the security situation in the State and of the requirement of the government forces’ convoys, the Governor Tuesday decided to lift the remaining restrictions on civilian movement on NH-44 connecting Srinagar to Jammu with effect from May 27, 2019. An official spokesman said these restrictions had become necessary following the movement of the government forces on an unprecedented scale after the Pulwama attack. He said the government forces were required both for anti-militancy operations and for smooth conduct of general elections. In order to facilitate safe…

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Due to recurring landslides, Jammu – Srinagar national highway continues to remain shut

Recurring landslides hitting Jammu-Srinagar National Highway at Digdol area here have put the district administration and Traffic police in quandary. The only all-weather road that connects Kashmir with rest of the country has not been “restored fully” for the vehicular movement since last Wednesday, when several landslides blocked the highway. And, owing to a fresh landslide that hit the highway on Tuesday morning at Digdol, around 3000 Srinagar-Jammu bound vehicles, including some 300 light motor vehicles, remained stranded on around 20 kilometers of road stretch in the Ramban district till…

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National Conference leader Devender Singh Rana bats for regional autonomy in Jammu and Kashmir

National Conference provincial president Devender Singh Rana Sunday said the regional autonomy to the three regions under the overall superintendence of the state government is the only way forward in Jammu and Kashmir. He said the move is necessary to assuage the political aspirations of the people and address to the political dimensions of the state. “Such a mechanism will provide a sense of political empowerment and end the apprehensions of discrimination among the people,” Rana said at a function in Samba district. He said regional autonomy together with well-structured…

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Kashmir Apathetic, Jammu Enthusiastic: J&K Election 2019 Review

Amidst calls for boycott, sporadic incidents of violence and massive security arrangements, the Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir concluded on May 6. While voters in Jammu and Ladakh thronged to the polling stations, Kashmir valley saw one of the worst turnouts in the recent decades.  The elections in Jammu and Kashmir had hogged the headlines when Election Commission felt that the environment was conducive to hold Parliamentary elections but not assembly polls, owing to the security situation in the Valley. While the regional political parties – Peoples Democratic Party…

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J&K facing higher threat from forces ‘Hell-bent on destroying Special Status’ than Pakistan: Omar Abdullah

National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah Saturday said Jammu and Kashmir does not face as much threat from Pakistan or the muzzle of the gun as from the forces who were “hell-bent on destroying the special status of the state”. Addressing a public meet in Kund valley area of Devsar in Kulgam district of Anantnag parliamentary constituency, in south Kashmir, Abdullah said keeping in view the challenges the state is facing, the people have to make a right choice in the ensuing elections while choosing their representative for the Lok…

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J&K staring at bankruptcy, Articles 370, 35A did maximum damage to Kashmir: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the problem in Jammu and Kashmir is that a handful of families in the state have made it a “tool of blackmail”. PM Modi said even before coming to power, we [BJP] knew the “right approach” on Kashmir. PM Narendra Modi said this during an exclusive interview in Varanasi on the day he filed his nomination papers. PM Modi said Articles 370 and 35A have done “maximum damage” to Kashmir.“We set up AIIMS and IIM in Kashmir but top professors are not ready…

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Assembly elections ‘Not Possible’ in June, EC may move date to November

Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir may not be held in June, a top government source on Friday. The source added that the Election Commission could move the date to November. The government has reportedly cited the Ramzan Yatra, tourism season and Bakarwal migration as reasons for further delay in elections. The state has been under President’s rule following the expiry of six months of Governor’s rule in December. The 87-member state assembly plunged into a political crisis after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) withdrew support to the PDP government…

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Rain, Storm uproots trees, snapped power supply in J&K

Overnight thunderstorm and rain in different parts of Jammu and Kashmir disrupted normal life while plunging a large areas in darkness as power lines were snapped. However, no injuries or loss of life was reported in Jammu, Reasi, Samba, Kathua, Kupwara, and Anantnag, which were worst-affected by high velocity winds. Parts of Rajouri and Udhampur were also affected by the storm. In Jammu district, power lines and electric poles were damaged as many trees were uprooted. It was only after Jammu Municipal Corporation staff and power development department (PDD) workers…

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Government reviewing its Jammu-Srinagar Highway Ban

Restrictions on the movement of civilian traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, imposed ahead of elections in light of the Pulwama terror attack that claimed the lives of at least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers, are being reconsidered, senior officials in the security establishment said on condition of anonymity. The restrictions had come into effect on April 7 and were to be in place until May 31 . A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a bus carrying CRPF troopers from Jammu to Srinagar on February 14 in…

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Special observers favours J&K polls in June

Three special observers, appointed by the Election Commission of India (ECI), have favoured holding J&K Assembly elections in June, it is learnt. In their report, submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs, they have recommended that polls be held immediately after Eid. The observers — former IAS officers Vinod Zutshi and Noor Muhammad and former IPS officer AS Gill — met representatives of several parties, including PDP, Congress, BJP and Sajjad Lone-led Peoples Conference, during their visit to J&K last month. “The special observers have favoured early Assembly elections, most…

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