Dogra Group staged a protest against new Domicile Law

Rejecting the domicile certificates, a Dogra group, United Democratic Alliance (UDA) on Wednesday staged a protest here to demand its rollback. The head of the group, Rajiv Mahajan said more than 1.30 crore people of Jammu and Kashmir holding Permanent Resident Certificate (PRCs) do not need the domicile certificates. “The government of India should withdraw the domicile certificates,” he said. Mahajan asked the government to create employment avenues for unemployed educated youth of Jammu and Kashmir. He said the bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into two…

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Basant Rath a senior IPS officer of J&K cadre suspended for ‘Gross misconduct and misbehavior’

Senior IPS officer of J&K cadre Basant Rath was on Wednesday suspended by the Union Home Ministry for “gross misconduct and misbehaviour”. Rath, a 2000 batch IPS officer, has been attached to Police Headquarters in Jammu and has been asked not to leave the headquarters without permission from the Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police. The order issued by the Home Ministry stated that disciplinary proceedings against Rath were “contemplated in connection with repeated instances of gross misconduct and misbehaviour, which have been brought to the notice of the…

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Kashmiri Pandits objects new Domicile Rules

A day after Kashmiri Pandit leader and spokesman of Lok Janshakti Party Sanjay Saraf raised objections over the issuance of domicile certificates, a body of displaced Pandits on Sunday demanded stopping the process of issuing these certificates. They said the government should first bring back Pandits that were displaced after the eruption of militancy three decades ago. “We demand stopping of the issuance of domicile certificates until Kashmiri Pandits are rehabilitated in the Valley. It seems that the Government of India is busy in pleasing non-residents and other refugees at…

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Kashmiri Pandit Organizations condemn the killing of Ajay Pandita in Anantnag

By- Tahaa Yaseen Kashmiri Pandit organisations have widely condemned the killing of sarpanch Ajay Pandita Bharti by terrorists in Anantnag on Monday, adding that they were worried about the security of minorities in the Valley. Bharti had returned to his village, Luk Bhawan-Larkipora, in the volatile Anantnag district of South Kashmir and fought panchayat elections. “The brutal murder is shocking as terrorists have again targeted a member of a minority. We condemn the targeted killing of the sarpanch who demonstrated courage to serve the people of his area and had…

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BJP hoped to win Kashmir by abrogating article 370 but lost Jammu in the process

More than five months after Parliament voted to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir to “fully integrate” the erstwhile state with India, even the people in Jammu are voicing their open displeasure. There is little to show that the purpose of diluting Article 370 has been achieved or is anywhere near being achieved. The BJP-supporting, Hindu majority population of Jammu has always resented the Kashmiri dominance in matters of development, jobs, and politics. But now, it has started questioning, albeit in hushed voices, the rationale behind the Modi…

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Lawyers from Jammu advocating for the strengthening of Article 370, 35A

Lawyers in Jammu on Tuesday pitched for strengthening Articles 370 and 35-A at a time when campaign against J&K’s special status by rightwing organisations has gained momentum. A meeting was organised here by prominent lawyers affiliated with the Jammu Bar Association. The speakers appealed for protection of special status terming it a link between India and Jammu & Kashmir. The meeting was organised under the chairmanship of former Senior Additional Advocate General Subash Chander Gupta where prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir was discussed. Gupta appealed the masses to remain…

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Govt failed to tackle the flood threat posed by Chenab and Tawi, protection works only on paper

The state government has failed to tackle the flood threat posed by the mighty Chenab and Tawi and much-touted flood protection projects exist on paper only. The non-serious approach of planners has emerged as the biggest threat to water bodies, which are facing devastating effect of human intervention and climate change in the past three decades. Although the State Administrative Council recently approved Rs 5,400 crore for flood protection works in the Jhelum in Kashmir, there is no clarity about the projects to streamline and channelise Chenab, Tawi and other…

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Kathua Victim’s father moves Punjab HC, seeks death penalty for convicts

Just over a month after a Pathankot court convicted six of the seven accused in the Kathua rape-murder case, the victim’s father on Wednesday moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging the solitary acquittal and seeking death penalty for the convicts after describing it as “rarest of the rare case”. In the appeal filed through counsel Rajvinder Singh Bains and Utsav Bains, the victim’s father submitted that the trial court sentenced Sanjhi Ram, Deepak Khajuria and Parvesh Kumar to life imprisonment for “cold-blooded, planned brutal murder, without any provocation…

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35 Dead, 16 Injured after bus crashed in Kishtwar

At least 35 people died and 16 others were injured when an overcrowded bus skidded off a hilly road and fell into a deep gorge in Kishtwar district on Monday morning, officials said. The minibus, which was on its way from Keshwan to Kishtwar, skidded off the Keshwan-Thakrai road and rolled down into the deep gorge around 7.30 am, officials said. Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar A S Rana, said that the 28-seater bus was carrying 52 passengers when the accident occurred, adding that a probe would be ordered. Thirty-five people died…

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Vande Bharat Express, new train to cut short Delhi-Katra travel time by 4 hours

Offering bonanza to Vaishno Devi pilgrims, the Indian Railways has decided to run a high-tech semi-high-speed Vande Bharat Express between Delhi and Katra with an aim to reduce the travel time by about four hours. Senior officials at Rail Bhawan said the decision to run the second Vande Bharat Express was taken recently by the Railway Board and the trial runs were expected soon. “Since there are plans that the express train will run at 130 kmph between New Delhi and Ludhiana, we have planned to launch the trial runs…

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