Kashmir shuts on resistance call, Mirwaiz house arrest, March to Eidgah foiled

The authorities in Kashmir on Tuesday foiled the proposed march by the separatists to the Eidgah ground in Srinagar by imposing restrictions in old city areas and also keeping the “martyrs’ graveyard” out of bounds for the visitors. The authorities also put moderate Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest at his Nigeen residence here as the faction led by him had called for a shutdown and Eidgah march on Tuesday to commemorate the death anniversaries of two assassinated separatist leaders — Moulvi Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone.…

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National Highway blockade chokes Kashmir as traffic remained disrupted for fifth consecutive day

The traffic on the 270-km Jammu-Srinagar national highway remained disrupted for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday as only stranded vehicles were allowed to move on the road after the clearance of debris of landslides that have hit the highway since Wednesday. Though the traffic was scheduled to be restricted to defence vehicles only on Sunday, the authorities allowed stranded vehicles, mostly trucks carrying essential commodities, to move on the highway. More than 5,000 vehicles were stuck on the highway since Wednesday due to continuous landslides and shooting stones in…

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Article 370, 35A should be reviewed, scrapped: Rajnath Singh

Articles 370 and 35A have been harmful to people: Ravinder Raina Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Sunday said Articles 370 and Article 35-A should be seriously reviewed and scrapped. While Article 370 gives autonomous status to Jammu Kashmir, Article 35-A allows the Himalayan state’s legislature to define permanent residents of the State. Speaking at a voters’ awareness programme here, Singh attacked National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah for his recent remarks that there should be a separate prime minister for Jammu Kashmir. “When a person, who has occupied a constitutional…

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Anantnag records 13.63% voter turnout, Bijbehara lowest, Pahalgam highest, 40 booths with zero voting

The first of three-phase polling for Lok Sabha polls in Anantnag constituency was held on Tuesday amidst tight security measures and witnessed 13.63 voter turnout.The polling was held at 714 polling stations across the Anantnag district, which has six Assembly segments. Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) J&K, Shailendra Kumar said overall poll percentage in the district was recorded 13.63 with highest 20.37 per cent in Pahalgam segment.He said for smooth polling, ECI had setup 714 polling stations including 21 model polling stations, 12 all women model polling stations in the district.…

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Amid tight security, Polling begins for Anantnag LS seat

Amid unprecedented security, polling started on Tuesday for the first phase of the three-phased Anantnag Lok Sabha seat in Jammu and Kashmir, election officials said. Polling began at 7 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m. Heavy deployment of THE Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) and state police has been made to secure the polling stations and provide safety to the voters. Security forces are also deployed along roads and hillside areas overlooking the polling stations to prevent militants from disrupting the poll process. Mobile Internet facility and train services…

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70% in Udhampur, 14.8% in Srinagar voter turnout, Highest in Chrar-e-Sharif, lowest in Eidgah

In the second phase of the parliamentary elections today, Udhampur recorded 70 per cent voting, while Srinagar 14.8. The polling was, in general, peaceful barring a few places in the Srinagar constituency where incidents of stone-throwing were reported. Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Jammu and Kashmir, Shailendra Kumar, told a press conference here this evening that the poll percentage might be higher as reports from various areas were still coming in. He said Udhampur district had a high poll percentage of 69.8, while Srinagar district recorded the lowest poll percentage…

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Highway Ban, Thrashing of SDM shows ‘Jungle Raj’ prevails in Kashmir: Mehbooba Mufti

Reacting over highway ban and thrashing of Sub District Magistrate Dooru, former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday said that ‘jungle raj’ was prevailing in the Valley. As per Kashmir News Service (KNS) correspondent, talking to media persons on the sidelines of the function at south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, Mehbooba said, “The ban on highway, thrashing of SDM, beating of inmates, mutilation and burning of bodies due to chemicals during encounters depict that Jungle raj prevails in Kashmir.” She said that fear has gripped among…

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1st Phase recorded 57.31% voter turnout, 12 yr old boy killed in forces firing in Handwara

A total of 57.31 percent voter turnout was recorded across Jammu and Kashmir in the first phase of LokSabha elections on Thursday, chief electoral officer Shailendra Kumar said. “For the Jammu-Poonch seat, 72.16 percent voters exercised their democratic right to vote, while 34.61 percent voters cast their vote in the Baramulla seat,” Kumar said, addressing a press conference here. “Till last report came in and since we haven’t seen Form 17-C yet, the total voting percentage for Jammu constituency was 72.16 while it stood at 34.61 for Baramulla seat. After…

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National Highway goes out of​ bounds for locals

The ban on movement of civil vehicles on highway from Baramulla to Udhampur was enforced by troops on Sunday, causing chaos across the Valley. The police, CRPF and Army men had set up barricades and placed concertina wires in different areas on the highway to restrict movement of civilian vehicles. The force personnel were manning different areas on the NH 44, the only road link connecting Kashmir with rest of the world.The curbs threw life in valley out of gear as there was negligible movement of civil traffic on the…

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Article 370 pleas listed before SC today, Article 370, 35A, who said what

Abrogation of Articles 370, 35A way to resolve Kashmir problem: Amit Shah No power can revoke Article 370, 35-A: Mir Abrogating Art 370 will be saying goodbye to JK: Sajad Won’t allow fiddling with Articles 35A, 370: Omar Pleas challenging the constitutional validity of Article 370 which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir are listed before the Supreme Court on April 2. It has been learnt that the case “figures at item number 5 in the miscellaneous list of April 2” before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi,…

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