Jammu divided over Martyr’s Day, Governor skips ceremony in Srinagar

NC pays tributes, BJP says ‘not martyrs’ for us There should not be holiday on this day: Congress There is a sharp divide among people and the political parties in some of the districts of Jammu region with regard to observing of July 13 as the Martyrs’ Day. While BJP said that those who lost their lives on July 13, 1931 “were not martyrs” and some organisations observed it as a black day, the National Conference in the Jammu region observed the day paying rich tributes to the people who…

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PDP rebels go all out against Mehbooba, says they are against Mehbooba not party

For the first time, the rebel group of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) jointly came out in public on Friday to counter the statement of party president and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who earlier in the day cautioned New Delhi that engineering a split in her party would prove dangerous. The rebel legislators said they were not acting at the behest of New Delhi to split the PDP or form a government with the BJP. “It is a serious allegation. We are elected people and if you brand us like…

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Lt. Gen Syed Ata Hasnain appointed Chancellor of Central University of Kashmir

Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (retd) has been appointed Chancellor of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) for a five-year term. The appointment was cleared by President Ram Nath Kovind. He will replace founding Chancellor Sri kumar Banerjee. “The President of India in his capacity as a Visitor of central university of Kashmir has been pleased to appoint Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain, former Military Secretary of the Army, as the Chancellor of CUKfor the tenure of five years as per statute 1 of the Central Universities Act of 2009,”…

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United Nations report on human rights violation in Kashmir baseless: Nirmala Sitharaman

The United Nations (UN) report on the human rights situation in Kashmir is baseless and without seeing the ground realities, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said here on Friday. On Thursday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had backed the report, and called for investigating the rights situation. “I don’t expect the UNSG to say anything different. But the fact is it was a report prepared sitting somewhere else. Assessment by UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is without basis on the ground and without seeing the situation on the ground,” Ms. Sitharaman told…

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UN Secretary-General backs Zeid’s call for Kashmir human rights investigation

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has backed Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s call for an international investigation into human rights situation in Kashmir saying that it represents the “voice of the UN”. He also defended at a news conference on Thursday his own report on children in armed conflict that referred to situations in Jammu and Kashmir, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. He denied India’s assertions that his report overstepped his mandate and that Zeid’s had no mandate and said that they were both covered by the “the general mandate…

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RSS-affiliate Rashtriya Muslim Manch sponsored Namaz on river bank called off after protest in Ayodhya

There were also rumours about Rashtriya Muslim Manch cancelling the event under pressure from the district administration. The Rashtriya Muslim Manch cancelled the grand namaz and Quran recitation session on the banks of Saryu river in Ayodhya scheduled for Thursday after some saints objected to it. “This programme was planned to bolster the unity between the two communities but since few people had reservations against it, the place has been changed,” said Muslim Rashtriya Manch leader Shabana Azmi. According to reports, some saints and a priest from Hanumangadhi Raju Das…

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July 13, a day of Ironies and Sacrifice

Barring the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Jammu-based National Panthers Party, the entire spectrum of political ideologies in Jammu and Kashmir, including separatists observe July 13 as Martyr’s Day. Though J&K Chief Ministers make it a point to attend the function, Governor N N Vohra will skip it. On this day in 1931, twenty two common Kashmiris were killed in firing by the forces of Dogra ruler Hari Singh outside the central jail in Srinagar. The day, observed as a government holiday in J&K, marked a turning point in the…

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UK, Ireland style open border best solution for Kashmir: Farooq Abdullah

‘India, Pak must realise Kashmir has no military solution’ Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah has proposed an Ireland-style solution of an open border between the UK-governed Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic’s adjacent territory as the best option to resolve the Kashmir issue. The National Conference (NC) president, who is here on a visit, said India and Pakistan must realise that there is no military solution to the problem. “Like Ireland, the only roadmap forward is two Kashmirs with an easy border and autonomy,” he said, during…

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Salaudhins, Yasin Maliks will be born again if Delhi resorts to horse trading: Mehbooba removes rebel MLC

Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti Friday said if New Delhi resorts to horse trading of lawmakers in Jammu Kashmir then new Salaudhins and Yasin Maliks will be born again. “There can’t be any horse trading without New Delhi’s intervention. But this will have disastrous results,” Mehbooba said while talking to reporters after laying wreaths on the occasion of Martyrs Day at Martyrs graveyard in downtown Srinagar. Meanwhile, Shunning the kid-glove approach, Mehbooba Mufti has taken action against one of the Peoples Democratic Party rebels, removing him from the post…

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Solar eclipse on July 13, longest lunar eclipse in century and date with Mars later this month

People are in for a triple celestial treat this month with a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse set to happen and Mars expected to come closest to Earth than it has in nearly two decades. July promises to be a treat for stargazers across the world with a line-up of a triple celestial delight – a partial solar eclipse on Friday (July 13), a lunar eclipse on the night of July 27 while Mars will come closest to earth in 15 years on July 31. A solar eclipse takes…

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