Implement GST by July 1 or we’ll pull out: BJP threatens ally PDP

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said it won’t hesitate to pull out from the coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir if the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is not rolled out in the state till July 1. “We (BJP) have already conveyed to our alliance partner PDP that if the GST is not rolled out in Jammu and Kashmir till July 1, we won’t hesitant to take an extreme step in the national interest,” said deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh, addressing a seminar ‘Jammu & Kashmir: present scenario…

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Pistol borne man lynched to death after he shot and injured three persons, later identified DSP Ayoub Pandit

A man was lynched to death by an angry crowd after he shot and injured three persons outside the Jamia Masjid in downtown area of Srinagar – summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. PTI news agency reported that the man was lynched after he was caught clicking pictures of people while coming out of a mosque in downtown Srinagar. They became suspicious of this person and tried to ascertain his identity. “In the panic, he fired at them from his pistol resulting in injury to three civilians,” said the report.…

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UN Chief engages to resume India-Pakistan talks on Kashmir

Guterres was asked about the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control and the ceasefire violations since he assumed office as the UN chief in January. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres suggested today that he is engaged in bringing about a dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue through his meetings with the prime ministers of the two countries. “Why do you think I met three times the prime minister of Pakistan (Nawaz Sharif) and two times the prime minister of India (Narendra Modi).…

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PDP’s ally BJP wants GST law implemented in ‘Original Form’

The controversy over the implementation of new Goods and Services Tax (GST) thickened further on Tuesday when the state BJP clearly said the law should be enforced in its pan-Indian form “without any delay.” “Our stand is clear on the issue. The BJP brought the law at the Centre and the party can’t have a different view as far as J&K is concerned,” said BJP state general secretary Ashok Koul. “The state should at the earliest pass the central GST law for its implementation in the same form,” Koul said.…

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All not well within coalition, BJP ministers skip ‘Iftar’ hosted by Mehbooba Mufti

All does not seem well within the PDP-BJP coalition government as most of the BJP ministers and its state party president skipped the ‘iftar’ party hosted by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in Jammu on Sunday evening. Only Legislative Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta attended the party. It was unlike last year when an army of BJP leaders, including ministers and party functionaries, had attended the iftar party hosted by Mehbooba Mufti on the lawns of her residence here. This time, the BJP leaders gave the iftar a miss and all party…

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2 Protesters shot by security men at the encounter site in Arwini

Top LeT commander, aide ‘killed’ in Kulgam encounter A top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander is among two militants believed to be killed in an ongoing encounter in the Arwini area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, 42 km south of Srinagar. Two civilians have also been shot dead, allegedly by security forces, during clashes that erupted around the site of the encounter. Though the firing has stopped at the encounter site, the bodies of militants are yet to be retrieved and the operation is still not over, officially. According to reports, security…

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Youth killed after security forces open fire on stone-pelting mob in Srinagar

In yet another incident, which could flare protests in Jammu and Kashmir, a man was killed after security forces opened fire on a stone-pelting mob, in Srinagar’s Rangreth Thursday evening. The incident happened when a group of youth pelted the security forces’ vehicles with stones at Rangreth. The security personnel opened fire to chase away the protesters in which one person was injured. The deceased, Nazir Ahmad, was rushed to SKIMS (Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences) hospital at Soura in a critical condition where he succumbed on the intervening night…

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Over a dozen hurt in five terror attacks across South Kashmir

Over a dozen security men were injured in five separate terror attacks across Kashmir Valley on Tuesday evening. The terrorists also snatched four service rifles from cops on guard at the ancestral house of a former high court judge in Anantnag in south Kashmir. At least nine CRPF men were injured when Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists hurled a grenade at their camp at Lariyar village of Tral in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, the police said. “They lobbed a grenade on 180 Battalion CRPF camp at Lariyar on Tuesday . Nine…

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Militants lob grenade at CRPF camp in Tral, two jawans injured

The security forces have cordoned off the area after the attack and a hunt was on to nab them. Two jawans were injured on Monday night when terrorists lobbed grenade on a CRPF camp in in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, prompting the security forces to cordon off the area. The incident took place in Tral in Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The security forces have cordoned off the area after the attack and a hunt was on to nab them. Earlier in the day, the security forces recovered a huge quantity…

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Kashmir Shuts against Shopian teen’s killing

15 injured in clashes Prayers disallowed in Jamia Masjid Malik detained; Geelani, Mirwaiz under house arrest At least 15 persons were injured in fresh clashes across Kashmir on Friday, even as the Valley observed a complete shutdown against the recent raids on pro-freedom activists and businessmen by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) and the killing of 19-year-old Adil Farooq by government forces at Ganapora, Shopian earlier this week. The call for shutdown and peaceful protests was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and…

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