Need to rediscover traditional routes of Kashmir: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti

Says they’ll open avenues for greater economic ties, cultural exchanges Days after Beijing envoy Luo Zhaohui suggested alternative routes through Jammu and Kashmir to address India’s concerns regarding the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has favoured the need “to rediscover traditional routes of Kashmir”. “Reinforces the need to rediscover traditional trade routes of Kashmir. Will open avenues for greater economic ties and cultural exchanges,” Mehbooba wrote on Twitter while reacting to the China’s proposal for alternative routes for CPEC via J&K and Nepal. CPEC, flagship project of…

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Appointment of J&K interlocutor shows Centre’s intent to engage

Government sources said the appointment of Dineshwar Sharma as interlocutor comes at a time when local support for militancy is on the decline. The appointment of an interlocutor for Kashmir does not mean the government would be lax on dealing with issues firmly but it shows the intent of the Centre to engage with civil society groups in the state, senior government sources said on Tuesday. The sources said the government is anticipating heightened support for disruptive activities from across the border, and 66 “terrorists”, trying to infiltrate across the…

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Dineshwar Sharma’s second visit to J&K from Nov 24

Centre’s special representative Dineshwar Sharma will undertake his second visit to Jammu and Kashmir from Friday. During his nearly week-long stay in the state, he will meet youth and try to reach out to all sections whom he could not meet during his first visit early this month. Sharma would be landing in Jammu on November 24 where he would be meeting some of the groups. Sources said this time Sharma would be widening the ambit of his meetings with people of different walks of life, representing varying shades of…

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BJP seeks rotation of reserved Assembly seats

In the first meeting of the re-constituted Coalition Coordination Committee, BJP’s representatives emphasised rotating Assembly constituencies reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs) in Jammu province. Although many issues were discussed in the nearly two-hour meeting held today after a gap of over two years, the focus of BJP’s representatives was on the rotation of reserved constituencies, solving problems of West Pakistan refugees and enhancing quota for other backward classes. Sources said BJP’s representatives pointed out that Assembly constituencies were reserved after a delimitation exercise in 1996. After passing of 20 years,…

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Anti Terrorist Front India places Rs 21 lakh bounty on Farooq Abdullah’s tongue for remarks on PoK

The Anti Terrorist Front India announced a bounty of Rs 21 lakh prize for cutting former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah’s tongue, saying he has “insulted” the country with his pro- Pakistan remarks and was speaking “against” the RSS. Front national president Viresh Shandilya also demanded immediate investigation and arrest of the Srinagar MP. “Farooq has been speaking against the RSS and supporting Pakistan and insulted India in his recent remarks,” he said in a statement. “Farooq is a big traitor in India and the central government should…

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Center’s 792 MWs allocation won’t end power crisis

Have infrastructure for only 1300 MWs power: CE The Government of India’s (GoIs) decision to allocate 792 MWs of electricity can’t help overcome power crises as the existing infrastructure lacks capacity to transmit more than 1300 MWs electricity, officials said. The requirement of electricity was 1700 MWs. The power “curtailment schedule” will get worse, sources in Power Development Department (PDD) told Kashmir Post, and “additional allocation of power won’t benefit.’’ “It is like filling a five liter capacity bucket with 10 liters of water, “they said. Chief Engineer Systems and…

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ISIS first attack in India? Daesh claims responsibility for attack in Zakura

Amaq News Agency of Islamic State has claimed that they carried the attack in Zakura area of Srinagar on November 17. A police sub-inspector was killed and an SPO was injured in the attack. In the retaliatory action, one militant Mugees Ahmad Mir was also killed and another captured by the security forces. Amaq News Agency is considered as the media arm of the Islamic State. SITE Intel Group, which claims to be the provider of Jihadist/Far Right & Far Left/Cyber Security News, tweeted that Islamic State claims the responsibility…

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Season’s coldest night in Gulmarg, Kargil; Leh records minus 6.5

The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir along with Leh and Kargil towns in Ladakh region recorded the season’s coldest night owing to snow in several areas in the upper reaches of Jammu and Kashmir earlier this week. Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 5.6 degrees Celsius, a Meteorological Department official said here. The area experienced a drop of over five degrees in night temperature from the previous night’s zero degree Celsius, he said. Gulmarg was the coldest place in the Valley and the second coldest in Jammu and…

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Farooq Abdullah seeks autonomy for J&K, asks PM to engage with people

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday again pitched for autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir and asked Modi government to rollback all central laws extended to the state after 1953. Addressing a public meeting in Uri, Farooq Abdullah said the restoration of autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir was non-negotiable and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to engage with people of the state to bring back normalcy. “The time has come to reverse the extension of all central laws extended to J&K post-1953 through pliant regimes that were installed in Jammu…

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What has changed in Kashmir after you came to power, Shiv Sena asks BJP?

The Sena, which is a key constituent of the ruling NDA, questioned if the situation has changed in Jammu and Kashmir since the BJP came to power. Continuing with its criticism of the Narendra Modi government, the Shiv Sena on Thursday slammed the Centre for terrorist infiltration bids and ceasefire violations by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir. The Sena, which is a key constituent of the ruling NDA, questioned if the situation has changed in Jammu and Kashmir since the BJP came to power. In an editorial in the Sena…

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