Kashmir on edge as fresh plea seeks Article 35A abrogation, JRL reiterates shutdown on Aug 30, 31

Valley witnesses spontaneous shutdown, clashes Over 2 dozen injured, 7 of them hit by pellets above chest Mass agitation will start the moment SC announces any verdict against state subject law Over two dozen protesters were injured in clashes with the government forces, triggering a spontaneous shutdown in parts of Kashmir after rumours spread in the Valley that the Supreme Court has abrogated Article 35-A during today’s hearing. Early morning, clashes erupted at Lal Chowk in Anantnag, Pulwama and Shopian districts of south Kashmir and parts of Srinagar after the…

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Modi’s Kashmir remarks well-scripted drama: Syed Ali Geelani

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Kashmir remarks in his Independence Day speech—that the issue can’t be resolved with bullets or abuses—are “nothing but a well-scripted and stage-managed drama”, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani said. Modi said in his speech said that “only a warm and affectionate embrace, not bullets and abuses” will resolve Kashmir. He also referred to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s formula of jamhooriyat (democracy), insaniyat (humanity) and Kashmiriyat (Kashmiri syncretism) as his government’s guiding principle for Kashmir. “Personally Vajpayee may be a saintly figure for…

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Ahead of Independency day security beefed up across Kashmir Valley

Amid a massive build-up of forces ahead for smooth conduct of August 15 functions in the Valley, Director General of Police, Shesh Paul Vaid on Monday said forces would ensure militant threat-free functions on the day. “Tight security arrangements are in place and we will ensure that people observe the August 15 without any fear or threat,” Vaid told reporters on sidelines of a full dress rehearsal function at Sher-e-Kashmir cricket stadium, here. In SK cricket stadium, Governor N NVohra would unfurl the tricolour. The stadium has been virtually fortified…

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132 Cr drainage project for Srinagar remains incomplete since last 10 years

The rainwater that flooded the streets on Tuesday morning when a heavy downpour brought chaos and disorder to the summer capital made one thing emphatically clear: that the city sorely lacks a drainage system. And what will surely make matters worse for the residents of the city is the news that the state government has put the Rs 132 crore drainage project begun a decade back on the back burner. It was in 2008, the state government awarded the contract for developing drainage system to central public sector undertaking, National…

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Rains bring cheer to a stuffy Kashmir causing water logging, traffic snarls

A heavy downpour on Tuesday morning brought a much-needed relief from the stuffy weather that had made life difficult for the people of Kashmir in the last four to five days across the Kashmir valley. Although the heavy rain did lead to flooding in the streets and roads in many parts of the city and the rest of Kashmir everyone though welcomed the coolness in the air brought on by the rains. Director MeT department Sonam Lotus took to Facebook and said: “There is significant decrease in rainfall now and…

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Strike paralyses Kashmir, Chenab valley, Resistance Camp caged, Yatra suspended

For the second consecutive day on Monday, normal life in Kashmir and parts of Chenab Valley was disputed by the strike called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) against challenging validity of Article 35-A in the Supreme Court. People in Srinagar and other parts of Valley observed civil curfew to protest any “tinkering” with the Article 35-A, which grants special rights and privileges to residents of Jammu and Kashmir. The shops, business establishments, government offices, fuel stations and educational institutions remained closed in Srinagar and other district headquarters of Kashmir and…

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Fiddling with Article 35A will open Pandora’s Box, 27 Kashmir based trade organisations continue protest across Srinagar

As the hearing on the pleas challenging the constitutional validity of Article 35-A draws near, legal experts opine that any tampering would affect the accession of the state with union of India. Noted lawyer, Zaffar Shah said the rights and privileges available to a resident under Article 35-A would not only leave him at par with other Indians but then he/she will have to compete for jobs in the state with them. He said the Article 35-A deals with the permanent resident, acquisition of property, jobs and scholarships for the…

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No presence of ISIS in Kashmir Valley, only cases of waving of flags: Hansraj Gangaram

No militant of the ISJK, an outfit influenced by ISIS ideology, is active in Jammu and Kashmir and the extent of ISIS presence in the state was till recently limited to waving flags of the global group and Pakistan, Union minister Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said today. Appropriate action under law has been taken against those who were involved in cases of waving ISIS and Pakistani flags in Jammu and Kashmir, the minister said. There were eight such cases in 2015, 31 cases in 2016 and five cases in 2017. “Till…

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JRL cranks up pressure over Article 35A warns of mass agitation

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) Sunday threatened to launch mass agitation and called for two-day shutdown against any tinkering with Article 35A, which grants special privileges to residents of Jammu and Kashmir. Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Mohammd Yasin Malik held a crucial meeting at Geelani’s Hyderpora residence today and deliberated upon serious challenges posed to Article 35-A, which grants special right to property to J&K residents. On August 6, petitions challenging validity of Article 35-A would be…

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Steady rise in local militancy since 2014

Local youths joining terror groups in the Kashmir Valley this year stood at 110 till July 15, with the worst militancy-hit district of Shopian in south Kashmir accounting for the maximum of 28 recruits, officials said. The number of locals recruited was 126 last year and officials said they expected the figure to be higher this year. Reports of missing people have come down after Governor’s rule was imposed in the state last month, they said, but added that some youths continued to join militant ranks. Security agency officials said…

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