Kashmir can’t secede from India: General Bipin Rawat

People in Jammu and Kashmir are tired of militancy as they have realised that it cannot give them what they want, the army chief, general Bipin Rawat, said on Wednesday. In a Facebook Live session at the ongoing Raisina Dialogue organised by the observer research foundation (ORF), he also said that people of Kashmir have “come to know that it is not possible to secede from India.” “The people of Kashmir in general, I think, are getting tired of terrorism. They have seen it for too long and they have…

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Uproaring in assembly as Speaker blames Dy CM for security breach

Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta today left the state government red-faced after he alleged that Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh’s escort vehicles “breached his security protocol” but the police did not act on his complaint to “please” the Dy CM. Gupta’s remarks triggered a protest in the Assembly with opposition members cornering the government for “failing” to protect the privileges of the Speaker as well as the MLAs and staged a walkout from the House “to show their solidarity” with the Speaker. The matter was raised when the…

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Govt red-faced as BJP MLA says Omar govt ‘Better’

In a major embarrassment for the Mehbooba Mufti-led government, BJP legislator Choudhary Sukhnandan today claimed the previous government (headed by Omar Abdullah) was “better than the ruling dispensation” and “he was happy to be a member of the Opposition”. He also took a dig at Finance Minister Haseeb A Drabu for laying more thrust on the Kashmir valley while neglecting Jammu in various sectors. He also warned the government of simmering anger among the farmers whose land was “forcibly” being acquired for the Ring Road project and said, “He will…

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No respite from intense cold conditions in Kashmir; Kargil coldest at -19 degrees

There was no respite from intense cold conditions in the Kashmir division as Kargil town in the Ladakh region continued to be the coldest place in the state registering a low of minus 19 degrees Celsius. In the nearby Leh town, the mercury settled at a low of minus 13.8 degrees Celsius, down nearly three degrees from minus 10.9 degrees Celsius a day ago, an official of the Meteorological Department said. Kargil town in the Ladakh region was the coldest place in the state as the minimum temperature last night…

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Altaf Bukhari hits back at General Bipin Rawat, says don’t meddle in state’s education system

J&K Education Minister Altaf Bukhari said that the Army should concentrate on its own job and not meddle with the state’s education system. Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Altaf Bukhari on Saturday hit back at Army Chief General Bipin Rawat for hinting that students in the Kashmir Valley were being ”radicalised” in the schools. Attacking Rawat, Bukhari said the Army should concentrate on its own job and not meddle with the state’s education system. “The Army Chief is a respected officer. I do not think he is an educationist that…

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J&K govt asks its officials, employees to attend Republic Day functions

The PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir has directed its officials and employees to ensure their attendance in the Republic Day functions in the State. An official order directed all officers of the State Government and Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) to attend the official R-Day functions in the State on January 26 as part of their official duty. The main function would be held at Maulana Azad Stadium in Jammu, the winter capital of the State, where Governor N N Vohra would take salute of the march past. In…

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National Conference raises Article 370 to corner PDP in Assembly

The National Conference today raked up Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution in the Legislative Assembly to corner the ruling PDP for entering into an alliance with the BJP. Veteran NC leader Mohammad Shafi Uri, who is a former Finance Minister of the state, initiated the debate on the Budget. As Uri’s debate was more political, PDP minister Imran Raza Ansari intervened for taking up political issues during the Budget debate but he was snubbed by the former. “You are a first-timer in the House. Read rules and…

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Bipin Rawat suggests major revamp of education system for J&K

Gen Rawat seeks ‘some’ control over madrasas to check disinformation Social media and government schools in Jammu and Kashmir are spreading “disinformation” resulting in radicalisation of youth, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat claimed today while calling for “some control” over mosques and madrasas in the state. He said a “major revamp” of the education system was needed in the state to deal with the problem. General Rawat said the issue of exercising some control over mosques and madrasas to check the flow of disinformation was being looked into. Addressing a…

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Article 370 in J&K is temporary: RSS leader Indresh Kumar

Terrorist activities have reduced in Jammu and Kashmir due to the government’s policies and efforts to bring youths to the mainstream are yielding positive results, said RSS leader Indresh Kumar. The status of article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir is “temporary”, RSS leader Indresh Kumar said on Thursday as he stressed that the occupation of Indian land by China and Pakistan was unconstitutional. India was suffering from Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and secessionism and over 66,000 people had lost their lives since 1972 due to this, he said. According to a statement…

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Govt re-examining demand for a milder AFSPA in J&K and Northeast

The government is now re-examining the long-pending demand to make the iron-fisted Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which gives military personnel special rights and immunity in “disturbed areas” like Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast, “more humane” and less open to misuse. Sources say several rounds of high-level discussions have already been held between the defence and home ministries on the “need to remove or dilute at least some provisions” of the AFSPA in line with Supreme Court judgments on “extra-judicial killings” and recommendations of expert committees over the…

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