Centre plans to reach out to Kashmiris : Hansraj Gangaram

The Centre is chalking out a programme to reach out to the Kashmiris, Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said on Friday. He told Kashmir Post that he would likely visit the Amarnath shrine next week, and the process of opening a dialogue could be started then. He did not identify the groups with whom the dialogue would be initiated. “It’s our wish to go to the Kashmiris and tell them of the development story. It’s our responsibility to talk to the people; we are looking for a…

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It’s official: Twin capitals (Jammu & Kashmir) to go ‘Smart’

The twin capitals of J&K — Srinagar and Jammu — are to be developed as Smart Cities after they won the competition by proposing to ensure coordination among various agencies for better delivery of services. The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Development Department today announced the names of 30 cities during the third round of the Smart City Challenge in which 45 cities contested for 40 slots. Out of the total 30 selected cities, Srinagar was placed at the 10th position while Jammu was ranked 21st. Officials said the…

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Do not test patience of police: Mehbooba Mufti

Denounces the lynching of police officer as a shameful act Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today termed as “shameful” the lynching of police officer Mohammed Ayub Pandith and warned that things would get difficult if the police lost their patience. “What can be more shameful than this (lynching of officer)? I want to say that the J&K Police are one of the best police forces in the country, they are brave but they are showing the maximum restraint (while dealing with the law and order situation) because they feel that they…

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ED books Hafiz Saeed, Hurriyat, Hizbul, Lashkar members for money laundering, to probe hawala links

The Enforcement Directorate on Friday registered a case against Hurriyat Lashkar-e-Toiba chief Hafiz Saeed and members of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s Hurriyat Conference, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and Dukhtaran-e-Millat under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The ED will investigate the flow of funds through Hawala and other illegal channels, both domestically and abroad, for funding separatists and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir, said ANI. As per News18, the ED has established money trail between Hafiz Saeed and Hurriyat On June 4, the National Investigative Agency raided 33 locations at Srinagar, Delhi and…

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Resistance camp mustn’t be involved in dialogue: Panun Kashmir

The Panun Kashmir today asserted that separatists and extremist elements in the Valley could not be stakeholders in talks as they were responsible for the present turmoil. Addressing a press conference, Panun Kashmir president Ashwani Chrungoo said any talks with separatist in Kashmir were tantamount to granting legitimacy to the so-called ‘azadi gang’, inciting violence against security personnel. He emphasised that no government at the Centre was mandated to discuss the issues related to sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country. The Panun Kashmir has said that Pandits, who have…

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National Highway shuts after landslides in Ramban, Udhampur

The Jammu-Srinagar national highway was closed to traffic after rain triggered landslides in the Udhampur and Ramban districts today. A heavy rain triggered landslides as well as mudslides on the highway at the Bali Nallah and Panthiyal areas today as a result of which hundreds were stranded, a police officer said. There was a landslide and mudslide on the highway in the Panthiyal area this morning which was cleared after a few hours of closure by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), he said. “Men and machines of the BRO are…

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State BJP asks Nirmal Singh to convince PDP on GST

Approaches party brass for resolving issue before July 1  The state BJP has entrusted Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh with the task of getting the GST issue resolved before July 1 following criticism from different quarters over the party’s failure to take a tough stand on extending the goods and services tax to the state. Nirmal Singh, who belongs to the BJP, has been asked by the party to convince the coalition partner PDP to ignore the threats of separatists and other Kashmir-centric parties over the new tax structure and…

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Smart City tag may finallycome twin capitals way

Srinagar, Jammu likely to get Central approval in third round  With the result the Smart City Challenge-II coming later this week, the J&K Government believes Jammu and Srinagar will make the cut in the competition. The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Development Department will announce the result of the third round of the challenge on June 23. “We have submitted a competitive proposal before the Central government for both Srinagar and Jammu. I believe both will qualify in the competition,” Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh told Kashmir Post. Saying…

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Mehbooba Mufti reviews widening of Srinagar-Jammu highway

The widening and upgrade work on a 170-km stretch of the Srinagar-Jammu national highway has been completed at a cost of Rs 5,011 crore, while work is in full swing on the remaining portion of the highway, including some tunnels and bypasses. This was disclosed in a review meeting held by the Chief Minister to monitor the progress of widening of the national highway. The meeting was informed that 67 per cent work on the 68-km Srinagar-Qazigund stretch had been completed while work was on to get the proposed Banihal…

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Celebrations over Pakistan’s win a referendum against India: Er Rasheed

Asking New Delhi “to learn lessons” from the celebrations held all across Kashmir after Pakistan’s victory over India in Champions Trophy, AIP chief and MLA Langate Er Rasheed Monday said the anti-India sentiment has got deep roots, cutting across political, or sectarian lines. In a statement issued today, Rasheed said: “It is strange that Indian TV channels are still trying to distort the facts and putting their own narratives and fabricated versions of the whole story. The way Kashmiris celebrated Pakistan’s victory over India in Champions Trophy, not only in…

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