Govt planning to gift another HEP to GOI, JKSECC oppose joint venture on Ratle hydropower project

Jammu & Kashmir Socio-Economic Coordination Committee (JKSECC) Wednesday alleged that government is planning to give away another hydroelectric power project to some unknown central Public Sector Undertaking (PSU), clandestinely. Addressing a presser here, member of the JKSECC Hameeda Nayeem said they want to inform the public about the sinister design of present government who are thinking to gift another hydroelectric power project to some central sponsored agency. Hameeda said, “Conditions for the contract have not been revealed to the public yet and demand from the government to put a halt…

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BJP will sweep elections: Ravinder Raina

Ravinder Raina, state BJP unit president, on Monday said the party would sweep the municipal polls in the state and would back candidates in the panchayat polls that are being held on the non-party basis. “We know that the NC and the PDP will field proxy candidates despite having announced boycott of these polls. We will expose their hypocrisy,” said Raina while talking to Kashmir Post. For the panchayat elections, Raina said since the contest was on a non-party basis, the BJP would remain a watchdog of the proceedings. He…

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17 Killed scores injured as mini-bus plunged into Chenab River in Kishtwar

Atleast 17 passengers were killed and 16 others wounded, some of them critically, when a mini-bus plunged into Chenab River in Kishtwar district on Friday . Police said driver of mini-bus bearing registration number JK17-0663 lost control of the vehicle near Drabadan-Thakraie road at Tahgatan area and it fell into 250 feet deep gorge into Chenab river. After the mishap, locals, police, civil and army men rushed to the spot to rescue the people and shift them to hospital. The rescue teams retrieved bodies of 16 passengers and shifted 17…

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NC, Congress want ‘Autonomy’ for their families: Jitendra Singh

Union minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday alleged that the opposition parties in Jammu and Kashmir are looking for excuses to not participate in the upcoming panchayat and urban local body (ULB) elections in the state. He was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of a seed processing plant here. One  “Opposition parties are looking for excuses to escape from the proposed local body elections in the state,” Singh said. Singh said these parties, particularly the NC and the Congress, want “autonomy” for their families but not for the panchayats.…

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Jammu region sharply divided over Article 35A

Amid too much of uproar and an atmosphere filled with apprehensions about Article 35-A, Jammu region is sharply divided right from Kishtwar, Doda and Bhaderwah at one end to Rajouri and Poonch at the other end with people holding divergent views about retention and scrapping of the Article which grants special rights to the people of the state. Pertinently, several petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court challenging constitutional validity of Article 35-A. The matter is in the Supreme Court and its decision will be binding on all, but…

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High alert sounded across Jammu after militants fire on forces

Three heavily armed militants on Wednesday managed to escape to a forest area of Jhajjar Kotli on the Jammu-Srinagar highway after the police intercepted a Kashmir-bound truck. While militants were fleeing the area, they fired upon a gardener of the sericulture department, Ganesh Dass, who received a bullet injury on his right arm. The gardener, wearing a khaki uniform, was on his way to office. Sources said that with the interception of the armed militants, a possible terror attack was averted by security forces. The Northern Command headquarters in Udhampur…

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Doda’s Ghat village under security scanner

After Haroon Abbas Wani, a youth from Ghat village of Doda, joined militant ranks earlier this month, his village has come under the scanner of security agencies. The Army is seeking details of local youth studying and working outside the village. Twice a day soldiers patrol the streets of the village, thus bringing back fear psychosis of 1990s when militancy had hit the area like the Kashmir valley. “I was approached by the Army a few days ago and asked to provide details of youth who are studying outside the…

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RSS leaders, Ram Madhav to revisit Kashmir Policy

Amid reports that the BJP-led NDA government is going to revisit its policy on J&K, a crucial meeting of all offshoots of the Sangh Parivar will be held here on Wednesday. While top RSS leader Manmohan Vaidya has already reached the city for the important “Samanvay baithak” (coordination meeting), the Sangh Parivar has also invited BJP’s pointman Ram Madhav for the event to seek his opinion about the state. Wishing anonymity, a top RSS leader said representatives of all offshoots of the Sangh Parivar would give their suggestions in the…

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Congress activists take out rallies against rise in fuel prices, Bandh receives mixed response

Congress workers on Monday staged protests in Jammu to mark the Bharat Bandh. The bandh, however, saw a mixed response. All educational institutions, offices and business establishments in Jammu functioned normally and vehicles plied on the roads. The party had called for a country-wide bandh to protest the rise in the fuel prices. The Congress workers in Jammu protested against the Centre and highlighted the Rs 11-lakh crore fuel loot. They demanded immediate reduction in Central excise duty and excessive VAT in the states and bringing petrol and diesel under…

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Farooq trying to outsmart PDP by appearing to side with resistance: BJP Spokesperson Anil Gupta

The Jammu and Kashmir BJP said Sunday that National Conference president Farooq Abdullah tried to “outsmart” the PDP by appearing to side with separatists with his threat to boycott assembly and parliamentary polls. It claimed Abdullah was trying “all tricks” to fill the political void created by the PDP in the Valley after it had formed a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir. The coalition collapsed in June, resulting in imposition of Governor’s rule in the state. The comments from BJP state spokesperson Anil Gupta came in response to Abdullah’s…

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