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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428000 kanal land under illegal possession of forces in J&K: Mehbooba Mufti

More than 21,400 hectare (428000 kanals) of land are under unauthorised occupation of army and other government forces in Jammu and Kashmir, the state legislative assembly was informed on Wednesday. In a written reply, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti informed the House that over 18,846 hectare (376920 kanal) are under unauthorised occupation of the forces in Kashmir division, including Ladakh. She added that over 2,555 hectare (51100 kanal) of land are under unauthorised occupation of the army in Jammu division. The chief minister maintained that this was in addition to thousands…

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Only India will help develop Kashmir: Mehbooba Mufti

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday urged the people of the state to respect India as a nation and not to distance itself from the rest of the nation. While addressing the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, Mehbooba said that the state’s development will be hindered if it did not show faith in the Indian constitution. While addressing the state assembly here, Mufti asked, “If we don’t believe in the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, if we don’t believe in the country’s constitution, then what do we believe…

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J&K govt has initiated power sector reforms worth Rs 4000 cr: Deputy CM

Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Wednesday said the central government has launched various schemes to strengthen the power infrastructure in the state worth over Rs 4,000 crore. Replying to a question raised by legislator Surinder Kumar Choudhary in Legislative Council, Singh informed the House that the Centre has sanctioned Rs 1,885.02 crore under various centrally sponsored schemes for carrying out power reforms and strengthening sub transmission and distribution network in Kashmir and Ladakh during the last three years. Similarly, an amount of Rs 2,211.01 crore has…

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J&K among most corrupt states: Survey

People in Jammu and Kashmir are among the worst sufferers of corruption in accessing public services, a think-tank has revealed in its survey. The Centre for Media Studies (CMS) in its annual corruption study – CMS India Corruption Study 2017- has placed Jammu and Kashmir along with Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh as most corrupt among 20 surveyed states. The study reveals that “Karnataka (77%) followed by Andhra Pradesh (74%), Tamil Nadu (68%), Maharashtra (57%), J&K (44%) and Punjab (42%) emerged as more corrupt states among 20 surveyed states as…

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Dineshwar Sharma acting as ‘Super Chief Minister’: Omar Abdullah

Questioning the actions of the Centre’s special representative on Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, former chief minister Omar Abdullah today claimed he was acting as a “super chief minister”. Speaking in the Assembly, the opposition National Conference leader demanded that the government give a clarification on Sharma’s mandate. “What is the mission of the special representative? If he works like a super chief minister, as we hear, by meeting delegations to look into the problems with regard to power, water, non-availability of doctors at hospital, unemployment issues. (But) It is your job,”…

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