J&K Govt seeks to push through development agenda

The Jammu and Kashmir government is set to approach the government of India for “special consideration” of some major administrative and developmental matters, including construction of a tunnel on the Mughal Road as well as restoration of induction quota for local civil servants in central services, in its bid to “accelerate the governance agenda” in the restive state. A top source said the governor’s administration has finalised a “list of matters”— pending approval from the central government for the past many years—to be taken up at various top levels in…

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Nine phase panchayat elections from tomorrow, Little buzz across Valley, poll activity minimal

Against the backdrop of boycott call by separatists, terror threats and major logistical challenges in snowbound areas, J&K is set to go for the nine-phase panchayat poll from Saturday amid tight security arrangements. The panchayat elections are being held in J&K after a gap of seven years. The last elections were conducted in 2011 and the panchayats had completed their five-year term in 2016. “As many as 47 blocks — 26 in the Kashmir division and 21 in the Jammu division — mainly in snowbound parts of the state will…

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National Conference must explain its U-turn on Article 35A: Dr Jitendra Singh

Union Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh, on Thursday questioned the stand of National Conference with regard to participation in the Assembly elections. “National Conference (NC) owes an explanation to the people of Jammu & Kashmir for its U-turn on 35A. This party boycotted the recently held urban local body elections with the pledge that it will not participate in an election till the issue of 35A was settled, but now is demanding dissolution of State Assembly and is ready to contest the elections in a bid to seek ministerial berths, regardless…

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Governor rule to continue: Ram Madhav

Contrary to the claims of local leaders, Ram Madhav, national general secretary of the BJP, has said that the party is in favour of continuing Governor’s rule in J&K. He said it would continue till mid-December. Addressing a function to felicitate the newly elected municipal committee members and heads of the civic bodies at Kathua on Tuesday, Madhav said, “We are happy with the Governor’s rule and that is why the BJP has decided to continue with it for some time.” Under the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, there is…

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Clear stand on poll participation, Ram Madhav questions NC and PDP

Accusing the NC and the PDP of trying to scuttle the democratic process, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav has asked them to clear stand on whether they would participate in state assembly elections or boycott them, like they did during the local bodies polls. Asked about any proposal to dissolve the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, Madhav said the Governor’s rule will continue till the middle of December and what happens next will be discussed then. “We are happy with it and that is why BJP has decided to continue the…

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Kargil Highway, Mughal Road shut after fresh Snowfall

Kashmir’s higher reaches received fresh snowfall on Monday while light rains lashed the plains including the summer capital Srinagar, even as the Mughal Road continued to remain closed for the second consecutive day. The Srinagar-Jammu highway was however open for one-way traffic. An official source told Kashmir Post that light snowfall was reported in high-altitude areas in Jammu and Kashmir, including Pir-ki-Gali on the Mughal Road, which connects Kashmir with Poonch via southern Shopian district. Snowfall was also reported at Sadhna Pass in Kupwara, Gurez Valley in Bandipora, Keran, Minamarg…

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Defying terror threat and poll boycott over 20000 candidates joining electoral race

Defying terror threat and poll boycott call made by the separatists and some political groups, the state is heading for the restoration of grassroots democracy in an impressive way with over 20,000 candidates joining the electoral race in the first three phases of the nine-phased panchayat elections starting from November 17. According to the official statistics of the state election department, over 20,000 candidates have filed nominations for sarpanch halqas and panch constituencies in the first three phases. In all, 165 blocks of the total 316 in J&K are going…

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After Governor’s rule, JK likely to have President’s rule

Jammu and Kashmir is unlikely to have a popular government anytime soon as the Government of India (GoI) may recommend a spell of President’s rule at the expiry of Governor’s rule on December 19, official sources said. Under the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, there is no provision for extension of Governor’s rule. The state is under central rule since June 19 after the BJP withdrew support from the then Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government. The six-month term of Governor’s rule comes to an end on December 19. Therefore, for the…

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Dont allow Kashmiri youth to join militant ranks: Bipin Rawat

Army chief Bipin Rawat on Monday said while the government’s policy was that those triggering terrorism in Kashmir should be neutralised, the Army’s focus was to ensure that the Kashmiri youths do not join militancy. The Army chief said infiltration was going on from across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. “The government has a clear cut policy that it will not allow terrorists to create violence. Anybody who creates violence will be neutralised,” he told reporters here. Rawat, who was on a two-day visit to Pathankot, presided…

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Post Kashmir meet, Ram Madhav pushing for 3rd front

BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav, concluded his two-day visit to Kashmir and among others held a meeting with Peoples Conference (PC) chief Sajad Lone, pushing for a third front ahead of the upcoming Assembly polls in the State. Emerging as permanent partners, the PC and BJP leaders uploaded pictures on social media of their meetings with Srinagar Mayor Mattu, PC’s councillors and Lone. “I interacted with newly-elected councillors of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC). It’s a team of youngsters led by young Mayor Mattu from Sajjad Lone’s PC. He…

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