No holiday on Hari Singh’s birthday, J&K’s deputy CM heckled

Hari Singh was the last Dogra ruler, who signed instrument of accession with the Union of India on October 26, 1947. Jammu and Kashmir deputy chief minister, Nirmal Singh, was allegedly heckled by people from the Dogra community over PDP-BJP coalition government’s failure to declare September 23 as a state holiday on the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh. Hari Singh was the last Dogra ruler, who signed instrument of accession with the Union of India on October 26, 1947. Singh, who reached the Tawi Bridge to take part in…

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How did Rohingyas get voter cards: Chaman Lal Gupta

Welcoming the Centre’s move for tackling the Rohingya problem, former Union Minister Chaman Lal Gupta said there was a need for a probe to ascertain who brought these people to the border state and facilitated their stay in sensitive areas in and around Jammu city. In a statement issued here today, Gupta said it was a serious matter that these unauthorised immigrants had been provided ration cards, voter cards and even Aadhaar cards, besides electricity connections. He said most of these foreigners had come to Jammu during the reign of…

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Pakistan trains guns to scare basmati farmers along LOC

DGMOs establish hotline contact after 6 Pak nationals died in retaliatory fire In six weeks from now, the basmati crop in Jammu, Samba, Kathua and RS Pura in lower parts of the state will be ready for harvest. As per the past pattern, Pakistani forces are now keeping up with intermittent fire from across the Line of Control to scare away farmers as the crop nears maturity. Indian and Pakistani troops yet again exchanged fire yesterday and this morning. The Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of both sides intervened…

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Nirmal Singh’s letter to Mehbooba Mufti over holiday issue draws flak

Anger is brewing in the Jammu region following the PDP-BJP coalition government’s cold response to the demand for declaring a state holiday on September 23, which is the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh. Facing criticism for allegedly succumbing to separatists on the issue, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh wrote a letter to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti as a “damage-control” exercise. However, his letter, sent at the eleventh hour, proved to be “counter-productive” as the people lashed out at him for the delayed response. “The resolution was passed in the…

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BJP faces Jammu’s ire on Hari Singh holiday issue

Delay in declaring a state holiday on the birth anniversary of last Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh on September 23 is snowballing into a big controversy as the ruling BJP is facing ire of people of the Jammu region for “succumbing” to the PDP on the issue. Not only the mainstream political parties, such as the Congress, Panthers Party and NC, have supported the demand, social organisations also took BJP ministers to the task for bartering peoples’ aspirations for power. “The BJP ministers should keep in mind that it is…

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Pak violates ceasefire in R S Pura’s Arnia district

Pakistan on Thursday violated the ceasefire in Arnia Sector of R S Pura in Jammu district. This comes a day after a soldier was martyred as Pakistani troops opened fire at an Army patrol along the Line of Control in Keran sector of Jammu and Kashmir. The injured jawan was airlifted to a hospital in Srinagar where he succumbed to injuries. The firing which is going on for the past one week has affected the villagers living nearby.

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Pak shelling sparks migration along LOC

With Pakistan Rangers pounding Allah village and nearby areas, located along the International Border, for the past few days, border residents have sent women and children to either houses of their relatives or relief camps at Salehar and Deoli in the Bishnah area. Allah village is situated around 2 km from the International Border. One of the oldest villages in the area, it has a population of 1,500. Around 50 per cent of the residents daily move to safer places as the dusk falls due to the fear of shelling.…

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Jammu bandh evokes mixed response

The bandh called by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the premier body of traders and industrialists, evoked mixed response on Monday. Though most of the traders kept their shutters down, the call evoked little response elsewhere with commuter services, including matadors and auto rickshaws, plying as usual. However, traders had blocked the roads by burning tyres at different places. The Chamber leaders also led a procession in the city to highlight their demands. In support of the bandh, while Panthers Party held a demonstration at Dogra Chowk, Jammu West…

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Student groups clashed in Jammu varsity, five injured

At least five students were injured in a clash between two groups campaigning for the first-ever student elections at the Law School on the Jammu University campus today. According to the eye witnesses, Urvashi Raina, an ABVP candidate for the election to class representative, was pasting an election post on the wall that was objected by another student from the NSUI, which led to a heated argument. The NSUI student is the son of Congress leader Surinder Singh Shingari. Soon the verbal arguments took an ugly turn and a clash…

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Woman killed, 5 injured in Pak shelling on International Border

A woman was killed and five others were injured in Pakistani shelling across the International Border that erupted on Saturday night and continued till Sunday morning. Ratno Devi (65) of Alla village in the Arnia sector received multiple injuries when a mortar shell landed on her house around 3 am on Sunday while she was sleeping. She was taken to Government Medical College, Jammu, where she succumbed to her injuries. Her husband Chuni Lal and daughter-in-law Rajni Devi also received injuries in the incident. The border town of Arnia was…

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