J&K Congress Criticizes PM’s Silence on Statehood, Elections

J&K Congress Criticizes PM's Silence on Statehood, Elections

Reacting to Modi’s speech, Bhalla said in a statement that the youth were expecting a big employment package, given the promises held out by the Bharatiya Janata party in 2014 and 2019, but not speaking a word was anti-climax of his visit Former minister and J&K Pradesh Congress Committee working president Raman Bhalla on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi disappointed the people by not spelling out any roadmap for safeguarding the jobs and lands of the permanent residents, granting statehood, addressing the burgeoning unemployment problem, ending developmental inertia…

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Anantnag Gunfight : Colonel, Major, JKP DySP killed in encounter

Anantnag Gunfight : Colonel Major JKP DySP killed in encounter

Two Indian Army officers and a police officer were killed in an encounter with terrorists in Garol forests in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Wednesday. The officers who were injured and later succumbed to their injuries at army’s base hospital have been identified as Colonel Manpreet Singh, who was commanding 19 Rashtriya Rifles Battalion, Major Ashish Dhonchack of 19 RR and deputy superintendent of Police, Humayun Muzamil Bhat, who was recently posted in the area. This is the most fatal attack on the forces in the Valley this year…

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Truth at Risk: Mehbooba raises concerns over Journalism in Kashmir

Truth at Risk: Mehbooba raises concerns over Journalism in Kashmir

Mehbooba Mufti Expresses Concerns Over Truth in Jammu and Kashmir Following BBC Report on Journalism in the Region Truth has become a casualty and stating facts can invite punishment in Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said on Monday. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief was reacting to the Jammu and Kashmir Police warning of legal action against the BBC for a report titled “Any story could be your last: India’s crackdown on Kashmir Press” on the state of journalism in the Union…

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Arvind Kejriwal slams killing of Pandits, says Centre has no Kashmir plan in place, makes four demands amid spurt in targeted killings

Arvind Kejriwal slams killing of Pandits, says Centre has no Kashmir plan in place, makes four demands amid spurt in targeted killings

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday condemned the ‘targeted’ killing of Kashmiri Pandits in the Kashmir Valley and warned Pakistan to stop supporting terrorism in India even as the slammed the BJP-led central government for mishandling the issue. Addressing a ‘Jan Akrosh’ rally at Jantar Mantar, Kejriwal said Kashmiri Pandits are being forced to leave the Valley due to the targeted killings of the minority community, and added that this shows that the BJP cannot handle Kashmir and it only knows how to do dirty politics. “The era of…

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Targeted Killings: Hours after banker’s killing, two labourer shot upon, killing one & injuiring one in Budgam

Targeted Killings: Hours after banker's killing, Labourer shot Dead in Kulgam

Two non-locals, including a bank manager from Rajasthan, were shot dead by militants in two attacks in the Valley on Thursday, triggering a fresh wave of migration of Kashmiri Pandit employees from Kashmir. A pistol-wielding militant gunned down the manager, Vijay Kumar, in Kulgam, the ninth targeted killing since May 1. The ultra entered Ellaquai Dehati Bank in the Arreh area and fired at the manager, killing him on the spot. Kumar had joined the Kulgam branch only a week ago. He was earlier working with the Kokernag branch of…

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10th hike in 12 days; Surge in fuel prices continues

10th hike in 12 days; Surge in fuel prices continues

Petrol and diesel price today, April 2, 2022: According to news agency PTI, petrol and diesel prices have hiked by 80 paise a litre each, taking the total increase in their rates to ₹7.20 a litre. Fuel is set to be costlier in India with yet another surge on Saturday as petrol and diesel prices were hiked by 80 paise a litre. This is the tenth hike the country is witnessing in 12 days after there was no change in the prices for four months since November. The government has…

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Un-Known gunmen shot down three civilians within hours in Kashmir

Un-Known gunmen shot down three civilians within hours in Kashmir

Three civilians were killed in three separate militant attacks at three different places within hours in the Kashmir valley. Officials told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that three civilians were shot dead by militants in three separate militants attacks in Srinagar and Bandipora areas of the Kashmir valley. They said that two civilians including a Kashmiri pandit and a non-local vendor were shot dead in Srinagar within an hour today evening. The officials said that the militants fired upon the owner of famous medicate shop Bindroo medicate at his shop near…

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GoI tightens grip on government-critical state employees

GoI tightens grip on government-critical state employees

A series of dismissals of public servants in Kashmir has triggered fears that India is clamping down on state workers in the region. The dismissals were issued under the pretext of protecting “state security.” Muhammad Yusuf Ganaie, a schoolteacher in Indian-administered Kashmir, found out that he was fired from his job through a Facebook post last month. He was the sixth employee in the region to be sacked under the pretext of protecting the “security of the state,” and the series of dismissals has sparked fears of a widespread effort…

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Abu Dhabi’s LuLu confirms food processing investment in J&K

The LuLu Group is setting up food processing and logistics centre in Jammu and Kashmir, as part of a wider strategy to build a pan-India presence. “The state has got immense potential and we are one of the leading importers of food and non-food products from India,” said Yussuf Ali M.A., Chairman. “Setting up of a new food processing and logistics center will further boost export of Kashmiri products.” Incidentally, Lulu was the first retailer to import the fabled Kashmiri apples across its 190 plus hypermarkets in the GCC and…

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J&K’s Roshni Act is gone, leaving thousands fearing that they will become landless

In Jammu, the law has been used in communal rhetoric about ‘land jihad’. On October 31, the Jammu and Kashmir government declared the State Land (Vesting Ownership to the Occupants) Act, 2001, null and void. The law, which had proposed to transfer ownership of state land to its occupants for a fee determined by the government, was popularly known as the Roshni Act, as the proceeds from these transactions were to fund power projects in Jammu and Kashmir. Transactions under the Roshni Act had already been halted in 2018, as…

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