Domicile rule for J&K defined by GoI

The definition expands to include those who have “studied for a period of seven years and appeared in class 10th/12th examination in an educational institution located in the UT of J&K.” A person residing in Jammu and Kashmir for at least fifteen years will now be eligible to be a domicile of the union territory, according to the new rule issued by the Centre Tuesday. In the latest gazette notification, Section 3A of the J&K Reorganisation (Adaptation of State Laws) Order 2020, under the J&K civil services (decentralization and recruitment)…

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#Covid19: Coronavirus cases rise to 169 across India, first positive case reported from Kashmir

The number of novel coronavirus cases in India rose to 169, reports PTI. The pandemic, described as an “unprecedented threat” by the WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom, has now affected over 2,00,000 people around the world and caused 8,000 deaths globally. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on Thursday at 8 PM during which he will talk about issues relating to COVID-19 and the efforts to combat it, the prime minister’s office announced on Wednesday. The border between the US and Canada has been temporarily closed by “mutual consent”…

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#Convid19: WHO declares coronavirus a pandemic, All Schools, Colleges, Universities Shut till March 31

The coronavirus outbreak was Wednesday declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), whose chief expressed his “deep concern” over “alarming levels of inaction” in combating the virus spread. WHO chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the number of cases outside China had increased 13-fold over the past two weeks. However, he clarified that the labeling of it as a pandemic, or disease spreading in multiple countries around the world simultaneously, did not mean the WHO was changing its advice about what countries should do and he called on…

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Kashmir in hysteria, Panic grips Valley, locals throng ATM’s, Petrol Pumps

A series of alarming official orders that talked of an upcoming crisis situation, additional troop deployment and an advisory to tourists and yatris to immediately leave the Kashmir valley has left the residents in panic and guessing. The orders, which got leaked over the past week, have slowly built a pressure cooker situation in the Valley and left the people here apprehensive about a possible unrest. The panic deepened on Friday afternoon when the state government issued a security advisory asking tourists and Amarnath pilgrims to leave the Valley “as…

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Rush of additional troops, RPF on standby, Seeking details of mosques, Triggers rumours of plans to revoke Article 35A

An order directing the zonal superintendents of police to provide the list of mosques in the city and its management committees was passed on Sunday night. This adds to the speculation about some major decision in the offing regarding Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, news agency PTI reported. The order issued by the Srinagar senior superintendent of police to the zonal SPs reads, “Please provide details of mosques and their managements falling without your respective jurisdictions as per enclosed proforma to this office immediately for onward submission to higher authorities.”…

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Kill those who rob your state: Satya Pal Malik to Rebels

Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday raised eyebrows when he asked militants, whom he said were just 250 in number now, to kill those who have robbed the wealth of Kashmir rather than police guards. “…These boys with gun are killing their own people for no reason. They kill PSOs (personal security officers), SPOs (special police officers). Why are you killing them? Kill those who robbed your country; those who robbed the whole wealth of Kashmir. Have you ever killed anyone of those?” Malik said while speaking…

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Religious affair turned into ‘Military Exercise’: Curbs on highway for Hindu pilgrimage anger local residents

The ban on civilian traffic on the crucial highway in Kashmir during daytime and train services in the wake of the ongoing Amarnath yatra has triggered chaos and anger across the Kashmir valley. Two back-to-back orders were issued on Monday and Tuesday to ban the civilian traffic between Kashmir and Jammu divisions for five hours daily and to suspend rail service between Qazigund in Kashmir and Banihal station in the Jammu division, respectively. The unprecedented orders were taken in the wake of the ongoing pilgrimage and will continue for the…

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Yatra 2019: Train Services, Civilian traffic movement on highway to remain suspended from 10:00 to 15:00

Northern Railways has decided to suspend train services between Qazigund and Banihal from 10 am to 3 pm, starting July 3 till completion of ongoing Amarnath Yatra. “Train operations will remain suspended between Qazigund-Banihal railway section from 10 am to 3 pm till completion of Amarnath Yatra,” reads a communication issued by the Railway authorities. Authorities have banned civilian traffic movement to allow free and secure movement of vehicles carrying Amarnath pilgrims on the Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only all weather road connecting the Kashmir valley with Jammu. However, the decision…

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Amit Shah to visit Kashmir today, focus remains on development and security

On his first trip to Kashmir as Union home minister on Wednesday, Amit Shah will discuss the consolidation of recent military and non-military gains in the Valley. He is also expected to ask governor Satyapal Malik about the developments that led him to conclude that leaders of the separatist Hurriyat Conference were ready for a meaningful dialogue with the Centre, according to people familiar with the matter. Shah and home secretary Rajiv Gauba will fly to Srinagar on Wednesday afternoon and return a day later. A senior government official told…

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Talk Or No-Talk, Talk of the town

Doors open for talks if Hurriyat believes in Constitution: BJP Hurriyat (G) tight-lipped on talks with GoI Encouraging that Hurriyat ready for talks: Governor Kashmir can be resolved through dialogue, not militarily: Hurriyat (M) Talks must be held with Hurriyat: Farooq Abdullah JK BJP opposes talks with Hurriyat Mehbooba welcomes Hurriyat’s readiness to talk Doors open for talks if Hurriyat believes in Constitution: BJPBJP national vice-president and in-charge J&K Avinash Rai Khanna today said they would talk to the Hurriyat leaders only if they believed in the country’s Constitution. “I…

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