RSS demand for minority panel puts BJP in fix

The BJP is in a quandary after the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) favoured minority status for Hindus living in Jammu and Kashmir. The coalition government, in which the BJP is an equal partner, had opposed the creation of a minority commission in J&K which is the only Muslim majority state in the country. “It is a welcome step. Ultimately, the RSS leadership has come forward to restore constitutional and fundamental rights to the minority community in J&K,” said Ankur Sharma, a Jammu-based advocate who has filed a writ petition in…

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Faith Conquers Fear: Amarnath Yatris number from Jammu goes up

Faith has conquered fear in the aftermath of the terror attack on an Amarnath yatra bus in Anantnag on July 10 evening that left seven pilgrims dead and 19 others injured as the number of yatris leaving the Jammu base camp for south Kashmir has witnessed an upward trend since then. According to police officials, a total of 3,398 pilgrims left the Jammu base camp for the Amarnath cave shrine of Lord Shiva located in south Kashmir in the 16th batch amid tight security. The batch comprising 2,535 males, 758…

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Traders suffer losses due to ongoing National Investigation Agency Probe

With the National Investigation Agency (NIA) probing the link between the cross-LoC trade and hawala money, Wagah border traders claim to have suffered losses due to this trade. Traders of Punjab, involved in trade from the Wagah border, had lodged a complaint with the NIA, claiming hawala money was being pumped through the cross-LoC trade. “It was on the complaint of Punjab traders that NIA raided the cross-LoC trade centre at Poonch in December 2016 and also a trader in Jammu on June 4 and seized records from 2008 till…

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Mohan Bhagwat discusses situation with local leaders

On a weeklong state visit, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat today discussed the functioning of the PDP-BJP government in J&K with the local leadership. Although formal discussions about “achievements” of this regime would be discussed in the national executive meeting of the RSS beginning July 18, Bhagwat received feedback from the local leadership, which is in favour of this “unique” alliance. Besides Bhagwat, other top leaders of the RSS, including Sarakaryavah (general secretary), Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi, Dattatreya Hosabale, Suresh Soni and Dr Krishna Gopal, sahasarakaryavahs (joint general secretaries),…

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Mohan Bhagwat RSS chief today arriving in Jammu

Amid allegations of Kashmir centric groups that the Sangh Parivar is setting its foot in the Valley, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), ideological fountain head of the Parivar, has first time chosen Jammu as venue for its annual national executive committee meeting. Although the three-day high-profile meet is going to start from July 18, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is arriving in Jammu tomorrow morning to attend the core group meeting of the Sangh Parivar to finalise the agenda for “Prant Parcharak” meeting. “The core group, comprising nearly 20 top leaders…

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Despite rains, water crisis hits Jammu

The supply of dirty water in the old Jammu area after the first monsoon showers has negated the PHE Department’s claim of providing safe and pure drinking water. The rain that lashed the Jammu region yesterday brought relief for people from the sweltering heat but also brought problems with many taps in the city going dry and many others supplying muddy water. The Sitli filtration plant at Nagrota and Boria and Dhounthli water lifting stations, which supply water to nearly 75 per cent of the households of the Jammu city,…

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Jammu Shuts against attack on Amarnath pilgrims, Anger spills onto roads

Anger spilled onto roads as Jammu observed spontaneous shutdown against the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims with protesters blocking highways at different places from Lakhanpur to Udhampur. The city observed a complete bandh on the call by the Jammu Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP), Congress, Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI), Jammu chapter, and transporters, which was supported by the Bar Association, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Team Jammu, All J&K Panchayat Conference (AJKPC), Bajrang Dal and other social and political organisations. Representatives of different organisations took out rallies in the city.…

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Alert sounded after 6 men hijack vehicle in Udhampur

Close on the heels of the attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag, a high alert was sounded in the Jammu region after six youths allegedly hijacked a vehicle on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway late on Tuesday night. Official sources said the hijacking had sent the security agencies in a tizzy and efforts were being made to trace the vehicle. Sources in the police department said some unidentified persons had hijacked the vehicle in Udhampur, following which a red alert had been sounded in the Jammu region. “I was given a…

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Fearing backlash, Jammu’s Muslims rush to Valley

The fear of backlash gripped Muslims living in Jammu after yesterday’s barbaric terror attack on Amarnath yatris in the Botengo area of Anantnag district in which seven pilgrims were killed. They feared a backlash from fringe elements in the winter capital and surroundings, forcing them to think of returning to their homes. Since the news of the terror attack broke out, condemnation from all parts of the state started to pour in. However, locals received phone calls from their friends and relatives to know about the current situation in the…

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Attack on Amarnath pilgrims evokes widespread condemnation

The killing of seven Amarnath pilgrims by militants yesterday in Kashmir evoked widespread condemnation in Jammu with various social organizations, civil society and political parties demanding stern and decisive action to end militancy. JPPF urged the centre to act strongly against the anti-national elements and take decisive action to end militancy. JPPF also held a protest demonstration. JPPF President, Pavittar Singh Bharjwaj said it is high time that the anti-national elements including separatists are charged with the murder of the innocent yatries. The members demanded compensation for the deceased. A…

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