Ram Madhav’s upcoming Jammu visit fuels ‘Alliance’ rumours

Amid rumours of the BJP trying to stitch an alliance with the rebel legislators of its erstwhile partner PDP, saffron party’s national general secretary Ram Madhav is reaching Jammu on a two-day tour on July 21. During his two-day stay, Madhav will interact with the party legislators besides holding organisational meetings in Jammu and Samba districts. Although the BJP leaders have termed Ram Madhav’s visit to Jammu as a routine trip for discussing organisational issues, his tour is significant amid reports of efforts being made by the party to stitch…

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Tragic Sunday: Rock crushes 7 to death under Siar Baba waterfall in Reasi

Seven people were crushed to death and 33 were wounded Sunday when a rock slipped off cliff and fell on them as they bathed under the famous Siar Baba waterfall in Reasi district. Two of the dead were women. All the injured were taken to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana hospital, Katra, where condition of three of them is stated to be serious. “Five people died on the spot and two others succumbed to their injuries at the hospital. Total 33 people sustained injuries,” District Development Commissioner Reasi, G PrasannaRamaswamy…

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Jammu divided over Martyr’s Day, Governor skips ceremony in Srinagar

NC pays tributes, BJP says ‘not martyrs’ for us There should not be holiday on this day: Congress There is a sharp divide among people and the political parties in some of the districts of Jammu region with regard to observing of July 13 as the Martyrs’ Day. While BJP said that those who lost their lives on July 13, 1931 “were not martyrs” and some organisations observed it as a black day, the National Conference in the Jammu region observed the day paying rich tributes to the people who…

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Create Union Territory in Kashmir to resolve our problems: Panun Kashmir

The Panun Kashmir, a frontal organisation of 3.50 lakh displaced Hindus of Kashmir, on Thursday called upon the Central government to treat displacement of Pandits as a political issue. Reiterating the demand for creation of Union Territory in North and East of the Jhelum in the Valley for their permanent rehabilitation, Pandit representatives said it was the only way to do justice to lakhs of people. Addressing a joint press conference, the Panun Kashmir and Kashmiri Samiti Delhi urged the Central government to realise that the existing policy on “genocide…

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Lal Singh holds torchlight march in support of handing over the Kathua Rape & Murder case to the CBI

The scion of the erstwhile royal Dogra family on Wednesday joined the campaign launched by former minister and Basholi MLA Choudhary Lal Singh in support of handing over the Kathua rape and murder case to the CBI. On Wednesday, Lal Singh took out a torchlight procession in posh localities of Gandhi Nagar and Trikuta Nagar in Jammu city to mobilise public support for his campaign. Ranvijay Singh, member of the erstwhile royal family and the son of BJP lawmaker Ajatshatru Singh and grandson of veteran Congress leader Karan Singh, accompanied…

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Displaced Kashmiri Pandits to counter UNHRC report on Kashmir

Two weeks after the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) released a controversial report on Kashmir, the displaced Kashmiri Hindus have decided to counter the document by formulating a comprehensive report on the excesses and massacres committed by Pakistan-supported terror groups in J&K since 1989-90. Activists and representative groups of 3.5 lakh Pandits have already rejected the first-ever document prepared under UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, for its allegedly biased and partisan view. The community has said that the UN had ignored the plight of…

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Amit Shah reviews party’s strategy, preparation ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls

BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday reviewed the party’s preparations and strategy for the Lok Sabha election due next year during his first visit to Jammu and Kashmir after the saffron party withdrew support from the PDP-led government. Shah, who reached the winter capital this morning for a day-long trip, will address a rally to mark “historic martyrdom anniversary” of Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee. The BJP chief was accorded a rousing reception with party’s youth wing taking out a bike rally from the airport to the state guest…

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BJP workers wary of mobilising support for Amit Shah’s rally

The Bharatiya Janata Party, now out of the government, is under pressure to mobilise cadre for party national president Amit Shah’s rally on June 23. Immediately after state president Ravinder Raina’s press conference on Wednesday, a meeting of the office-bearers was held and jobs assigned to all village, mandal, block and district presidents to mobilise cadre for making the rally a success. Sources said party workers, who are disgruntled with the BJP leaders’ conduct while in the government, were in no mood to follow the party diktat. Admitting the fact,…

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Four BSF personnel killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Samba sector

Two officers were among four Border Security Force (BSF) men were killed and three others were injured in firing by Pakistan Rangers along the international border in another ceasefire violation near the famous Chamliyal shrine in Ramgarh sub sector of Samba district late Tuesday night. “It was not a Border Action Team (BAT) attack but cross-border firing. They first fired two mortars that landed on our party followed by firing. It happened around 9.45 pm on Tuesday night. We have retaliated and other action is in the pipeline,” said BSF…

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Flood threat looms large as Polythene continues to clog drains across Jammu City

The decade-long ban on polythene carry bags in the state has not been effective. They continue to choke drains in Jammu city, creating a problem during rains. There have been no serious efforts to replace polythene as a packaging material. In fact, polythene carry bags are still being used under the garb of recycled or bio-degradable bags. Most of the solid waste dumped in drains comprises polythene. Not only residential colonies, but commercial establishments are also dumping polythene waste in public places and drains, leading to overflowing of sewage in…

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