Opposition slams coalition govt’s ‘Failure’ on all fronts

It was a day of protests in the winter capital of the state with different political and social groups taking their fight to the streets against the alleged “discriminatory policies” being pursued by the ruling PDP-BJP government. All major city roads echoed with anti-government slogans while security personnel had a tough time preventing protesters from marching towards the civil secretariat, the seat of the government, which reopened in Jammu after a gap of six months. Opposition leaders courted arrest to highlight the alleged failure of the government, especially the BJP,…

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The forgotten Jammu Genocide- Was it planned?

Millions of people were brutally killed by communal mobs under the tutelage of erstwhile Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir in the winter capital in the months of October and November in 1947, but, one of the biggest genocide and ethnic cleansing in the contemporary times hardly finds a mentions in the pages of history. Each year, India— ‘the world’s largest democracy’— commemorates, April 1919, Jallianwalla Bagh massacre in which British army’s Brigadier General Reginald EH Dyer fired over crowd for nearly ten minutes and killed hundreds and left thousands injured,…

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Amid bandh call, civil secretariat to reopen in Jammu today

Amid a bandh call, the civil secretariat and other offices will reopen in the winter capital here on Monday to continue the pre-Independence ‘Durbar move’ tradition started by Dogra ruler Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 1872. Authorities have made elaborate arrangements to maintain law and order as the Durbar offices will reopen amid the strike call given by some organisations against the alleged failure of the PDP-BJP coalition government on all fronts. “Apart from normal arrangements, this time we have prepared a contingency plan to maintain law and order by deploying…

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Nov 6 Jammu bandh call gets support

Lambasting the PDP-BJP coalition regime for allegedly betraying people of Jammu in general and unemployed youth in particular, Team Jammu today called for a strike on November 6 to lodge a protest against “discriminatory policies” of the present dispensation. “Every section of society is bearing the brunt of the discriminatory policies being propagated by the coalition but the youth are the worst victims. Selection lists of the J&K Public Service Commission and other recruitment bodies are glaring example of discrimination against qualified and deserving youth of the Jammu region,” Zorawar…

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Traders on warpath over indecision on toll abolition

Four months after GST rollout, tax still being imposed at Lakhanpur As the ruling PDP-BJP government is adopting delaying tactics in extending the idea of ‘one nation, one tax’ to J&K, the continuation of imposition of toll on goods at Lakhanpur has set off a massive row, putting traders and others on the warpath in the region. Even after the lapse of almost four months since the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST) in the state on July 8, the coalition government has so far taken no decision…

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BJP leaders fail to connect with marathoners at Run for Unity

The state unit of the BJP once again stuck to its customary practice of “symbolism” and “photo session” during the Run for Unity organised to observe the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas in remembrance of the first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of independent India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The marathon was from Satwari Chowk to MA stadium — a distance of 5.9 km. The party state president, ministers, MLAs and MLCs assembled early morning at Satwari Chowk to flag off the runners. In its symbolic gesture, the party bigwigs flagged off…

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Trade & Travel via Poonch-Rawalakot remains suspended for 112th day

Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have sought a meeting with officials of Pakistan-administered Kashmir on Thursday to discuss resumption of cross-LoC travel and trade via the Poonch-Rawalakot road, an official said on Monday. The cross-Line of Control trade and travel remained suspended for the 112th consecutive day on Monday between Jammu’s Chakan Da Bagh and Rawalakot in Pakistan. “We have requested PaK officials—via the government—for a meeting on November 2 to decide on resuming the cross-LoC travel and trade via the Poonch-Rawalakot road,” custodian of the cross-LoC trade (Poonch), Muhammad…

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Removal of Article 370 only viable solution to Kashmir Issue: BJP

Amid a raging debate over autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP’s state unit today said removal of Article 370, which grants special status to the state, was the only viable solution to the decades-old problem. “Removal of Article 370 and bringing Jammu and Kashmir on par with other states is the only viable solution to the issue,” BJP state spokesperson Prof. Virender Gupta said in a statement here. “This would be a befitting reply to separatists and Pakistan who are supporting and nourishing terrorism in the state and will…

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Displaced Kashmiri Pandits feel sidelined

Even as the BJP-led government in New Delhi has appointed former Intelligence Bureau (IB) Director Dineshwar Sharma as the special representative for Jammu and Kashmir, displaced Kashmiri Pandits are feeling sidelined. Ever since the appointment of Sharma to “hold talks with stakeholders in Kashmir”, not even a single mention has been made of the 3.5 lakh Hindus who were forced to leave the Valley by terrorist groups in 1989-90. Majority of the community members have been living in camps in Jammu for the last 27 years. When it comes to…

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BJP celebrates “Accession Day” as 2nd Diwali in Jammu

State unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday celebrated ‘Accession Day’ of Jammu & Kashmir with pomp and show, simulating the night of Deepawali in the evening and with lighting of fireworks. In this connection main function was held at its party headquarters, which was led by BJP, National Vice President, Avinash Rai Khanna along with state president & MLA, Sat Sharma and other senior leaders. As per press statement, programme started with the bursting of crackers and lightening of 71 earthen lamps before the portraits of Bharat Mata…

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