Farooq Abdullah among Roshni ‘Beneficiaries’, Jammu house built on encroached land says JK admin list

Former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah have been named by the Jammu and Kashmir administration in a list which alleges that their residential house in Jammu is built over illegally-possessed land, a charge denied by the father-son duo. The administration of the Union Territory as directed by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court to make public land given under the controversial Roshni land scheme, since scrapped by a court, came out with the list of beneficiaries. On Tuesday, it came out with a list of those who had…

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India, Pakistan report deadly violence along LoC, Killing at-least ten civilians and five security personnel

At least 10 civilians and five security personnel have been killed in cross-border shelling between India and Pakistan, in one of this year’s deadliest days along the heavily militarised frontier separating the nuclear-armed rivals, officials said. Indian officials said six civilians, three soldiers and a border guard were killed on their side. The Pakistan military said four civilians and one soldier were killed on the Pakistani side. Twenty two others were wounded in the Neelum Valley region of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, a Pakistani civil administration official told. “Deaths and damage are…

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The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) rejects govt assertion on protection of farm land

The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) on Tuesday rejected the J&K Government’s assertion that the bulk of the agricultural land would not be transferred to people from outside the UT. The PAGD termed the earlier land laws of J&K the most progressive, pro-people and pro-farmer in the entire Indian subcontinent. “The PAGD rejects the statement of official spokesman on 26th October MHA order as bizarre attempt to distort facts, weave lies and mislead people,” the seven-party alliance said in a statement. It said the real object of the repeal…

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“Mistaken to think we have abandoned Kashmir, Wont raise National Flag till J&K’s own Flag Back is back”: Mehbooba Mufti

In a scathing attack on the centre, Mehbooba Mufti called the government “robbers” who had stolen constitutionally-guaranteed rights of the people of J&K PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti – in her first press conference since being released from 14 months of detention – said she would not raise the national flag until Jammu and Kashmir’s flag, constitution and status (as under Article 370) were restored. Ms Mufti also said “those who feel we have abandoned Kashmir are mistaken”.In a scathing attack on the centre – she called them “robbers” who had…

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New political alliance sets agenda for restoration of Article 370

Six of Kashmir’s biggest political parties came together on Thursday to form an alliance to peacefully seek the restoration of the erstwhile state’s special status and fight for the rights of the people in the restive region. Leaders of the National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peoples Conference (PC), Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M), Peoples Movement (PM) and Awami National Conference (ANC) met at the residence of former chief minister Farooq Abdullah for about two hours before announcing the coalition. Abdullah said that the leaders decided to name…

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Post 14 months detention Mehbooba Mufti walks free, says ‘Will continue struggle for restoration of Article 370, resolution of Kashmir Issue’

Says the Centre’s decision of August 5 was a ‘Daylight Robbery’ Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, who was released from detention after 14 months, has vowed to continue her struggle for the restoration of Article 370 and the resolution of the Kashmir issue. She said the Centre’s decision of August 5 was a “daylight robbery”. “We all have to pledge that we will take back what was snatched illegally, undemocratically and unconstitutionally on August 5 last year. We will also have to work for…

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UN Chief urged India and Pakistan to move in a positive direction for the settlement of Kashmir Issue

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged India and Pakistan to move in a positive direction to resolve differences with respect to the border issue along the Line of Control. At a time when border issues are the most pressing issues India is facing on both its fronts, with Pakistan as well as China, the United Nations on Wednesday called for a “positive” resolution to the matter. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged India and Pakistan to move in a positive direction to resolve differences with respect to the border issue along the…

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Lockdown dents Kashmir Economy by Rs 45000 Cr: KTA Report

Successive lockdowns during the past year have dented the Kashmir region’s economy by over Rs 45,000 crore as per the report released by a Valley-based traders’ body. Businesses first remained shut for months after the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5 last year and just when economic activities had started picking up early this year, the Covid-19 lockdown started. “Since August 5, 2019, the business community has suffered a total loss of Rs 45,000 crore. The total loss of Rs 21,320.64 crore took place as a result of the…

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Six regional parties vow to fight for restoration of Article 370; Restoration next to impossible says BJP

A year after the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, six regional parties, including the NC, PDP and Congress, today announced a joint fight for the restoration of Article 370. Party leaders, accused of evading a comment on the abrogation so far, said they had been unable to keep in touch owing to the curbs imposed by the Centre. In a statement, Farooq Abdullah (NC), Mehbooba Mufti (PDP), GA Mir (J&K Pradesh Congress Committee), MY Tarigami (CPM), Sajad Lone (J&K People’s Conference) and Muzaffar Shah (Awami National Conference), termed…

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12 Fresh deaths, 708 new cases of coronavirus reported from across J&K

12 more people lost lives to COVID19 in Kashmir today, including a 43-year old Srinagar man with no underlying diseases. COVID19 continued to cause deaths in young ‘otherwise healthy’ individuals. Another 43 year old man from Hawal Srinagar died at SKIMS Soura today. He had been admitted with COVID19 pneumonia, a doctor at the hospital said. However, the doctor said the patient had been admitted very late into the disease. “He was under treatment only for one day and had acute respiratory distress when he was brought to the hospital,”…

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