Talks offer open to all stakeholders, even Hurriyat: Ram Madhav

Bharatiya Janata Party national general secretary Ram Madhav today said New Delhi had kept its doors open for a dialogue on the Kashmir issue without any pre-conditions. “We have maintained that our doors are open to all stakeholders in the state… they are welcome to come and have a dialogue… whoever wants to talk to the Central government, we are open to dialogue. We are open to talk to everybody who wants to come and have a dialogue with us…without any preconditions,” Madhav told reporters here. He made the comments…

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Amid Cabinet reshuffle buzz, Ram Madhav to visit valley today

May take up with Mehbooba Mufti sticky issues like Rohingya deportation, Hari Singh holiday Amid reports of a reshuffle in the Council of Ministers from the BJP quota, party national general secretary Ram Madhav is reaching Srinagar tomorrow for a two-day visit to the state. After holding daylong deliberations at Srinagar, he will reach Jammu on September 22 for an interaction with party workers and also with leaders of some offshoots of the Sangh Parivar to review the performance of the government. Ram Madhav’s visit is significant as he will…

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Jammu lawyers bat for continuation of Article 35A

Any tinkering with law will have adverse effect on Article 370: Ex-AAG People opposing Article 35-A can’t be well wishers of JK: Ex Jmu bar chief Article 35-A is soul of Article 370: Adv Kundal Jammu would be badly hit if Art 35-A repealed: Adv Qureshi In a major jolt to BJP and other groups opposing Article 35-A, the senior lawyers of Jammu have favoured continuation of the law, which grants special privileges to residents of Jammu and Kashmir, saying any tinkering with the law would have an adverse effect on Article…

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Modi ‘Opened space for militants, destroyed PDP’ in J&K: Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “massively opening up” space for militants in Jammu and Kashmir, leading to an “increase in violence.” Addressing students at the University of California in Berkeley, Gandhi said that the decision by Modi to have a political tie-up with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was a “strategic mistake.” “The PDP was the instrument that brought Kashmiri youngsters into the political process. And the day Narendra Modi made an alliance between the PDP and the BJP, it destroyed the…

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Will make J&K ‘Heaven On Earth’ says Rajnath; Talking development in times of suppression meaningless says Geelani

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday that no force can stop India from “again making J&K a heaven on earth”, even as he strongly lauded the “bravery” of the police and other security forces “in fighting militancy in Kashmir.” Addressing police and CRPF personnel in Anantnag on second day of his four-day visit to J&K, Rajnath said that “the nation is indebted to the supreme sacrifices of police and other security forces personnel and no amount of money can compensate these sacrifices.” “We will again make J&K a…

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Willing to meet all stakeholders in J&K: Rajnath Singh

On the eve of his visit to Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today claimed that he was going to the state with an “open mind” and was willing to meet all those who would come forward. He said the government intended to make attempts to resolve all pending issues in the state. It is learnt that during his four-day stay in the state, the Home Minister will visit Srinagar, Anantnag, Jammu and Rajouri and meet civil society members, leaders of political and social outfits, business leaders and others.…

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Rajnath Singh to arrive this weekend, may offer talks to Separatists

Home Minister to review security, hold meetings with Governor, CM The coming weekend will see a lot of political activity in the state. Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be in Srinagar and is likely to make a breakthrough in initiating a dialogue with various stakeholders while former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will land in Jammu. The ruling Peoples Democratic Party will also be holding a party convention in the summer capital. Rajnath will arrive on a two-day visit to Kashmir on September 9 and there is a possibility that he…

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Centre open to talks, but wants no preconditions: Home Secy

Says Pakistan sponsoring terrorism, ensuring infiltration into Kashmir Talks with separatists in Jammu and Kashmir are a possibility but these have to take place without any pre-conditions, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said today. Mehrishi, who is demitting office tomorrow, also refused to blame the Haryana Government for its alleged failure in handling the law and order situation after the conviction of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief, saying that it was not proper to judge any situation sitting in Delhi as law and order was a “live and dynamic situation”.…

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19 Hour Pulwama gunfight ends after consuming 4 CRPF Men, 4 Policemen and 3 Militants

The 19-hour-long gunfight that broke out after ‘fidayeen’ militants stormed the Pulwama police lines here ended at about 11.30 pm after government forces killed the third militant, officials said, even as a spontaneous shutdown was observed in most parts of the district on Sunday to mourn the militant killings. Four CRPF personnel, four policemen and three non-local militants of Jaish-e-Muhammad died in the gunfight while at least eight forces personnel were injured, according to officials. Two of the slain police personnel Rafiq Ahmad Hajam and Muhammad Yousuf Hajam, residents of…

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Supreme Court to hear pleas against Article 35A after Diwali

The Supreme Court today agreed to hear after Diwali pleas challenging Article 35A, relating to special rights and privileges of permanent residents of J&K. A bench headed by Justice J S Khehar accepted the plea of the J&K Government that the pleas challenging Article 35A be heard after Diwali. Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi and advocate Shoeb Alam mentioned the matter before a bench also comprising Justices Dipak Misra and DY Chandrachud that even the Centre had no objection if the pleas were taken up after Diwali. “All the pleas will…

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