BJP will sweep elections: Ravinder Raina

Ravinder Raina, state BJP unit president, on Monday said the party would sweep the municipal polls in the state and would back candidates in the panchayat polls that are being held on the non-party basis. “We know that the NC and the PDP will field proxy candidates despite having announced boycott of these polls. We will expose their hypocrisy,” said Raina while talking to Kashmir Post. For the panchayat elections, Raina said since the contest was on a non-party basis, the BJP would remain a watchdog of the proceedings. He…

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Kashmir, Banihal Shuts against civilian killings

Paying heed to the Joint Resistance Leadership’s call for a complete shutdown against militant and civilian killings in southern Kulgam district on Saturday, life came to a grinding halt on Monday as businesses, offices and schools remained closed across the Valley and in some parts of Jammu. On Saturday, a civilian Rouf Ahmed sustained bullet injuries during clashes at the gunfight site in Kulgam, and later succumbed to his injuries. Five militants were also killed in the encounter. Following the killings, the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq…

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Cancel license of Schools for exorbitant fee hike: Baseer Khan to DSEK

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan Monday directed Director Directorate of School Education (DSEK) to cancel recognition of all those private schools in the valley including Leh and Kargil districts which have exorbitantly hiked fee in their institutions. Khan made these directions while reviewing the status of fee structure in various schools in the valley including Ladakh division. He cautioned all the heads of the private institutions not to hike the fee on their own and comply with the instructions and orders from the department of education in letter and…

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A Journey to Gurez Valley

In 1895, the British author Sir Walter Lawrence called the Gurez Valley “one of the most beautiful scenes in all of Kashmir,” where the tourmaline waters of the Kishenganga River are framed by “mountain scarps of indescribable grandeur.” In the book he wrote after traveling throughout the princely state, Lawrence predicted that Gurez would soon become one of Kashmir’s most popular Himalayan tourist destinations. For reasons he never could have foreseen, 120 years later, Gurez is still waiting. Following the Partition of India in 1947, Pakistan and India fought over…

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Rajnath appeals parties to participate in ULB, Panchayat polls, NC, PDP reject appeal

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Monday appealed political parties to participate in the forthcoming panchayat and urban local body polls in Jammu and Kashmir, in the wake of the NC and the PDP announcing a boycott of the elections. Singh’s appeal came after the two major regional parties — the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party — announced that they would not take part in the elections as the Centre has not cleared its stand on Article 35A of the Constitution. “I would like to appeal that all the…

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New Pakistan govt sells 70 luxury cars including Mercedes, BMW

The cash-strapped Pakistan government on Monday sold 70 cars “above their market price” as it started the process of auctioning of 102 luxury vehicles of the PM House under Prime Minister Imran Khan’s austerity drive, a media report said. Apart from luxury cars, the government, facing huge debts and liabilities, plans to auction eight buffaloes kept by deposed and jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif at the PM House for his “gastronomic requirements”, a senior aide to Khan said last week. It will also sell the four surplus helicopters lying…

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IIT-Mumbai team to inspect Nandani tunnels

A team of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Mumbai will soon visit Jammu to inspect the leakage in the Nandani tunnels on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. Soon after a report was published in Kashmir Post about the leakage developed in all four tunnels at Nandani, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) inspected the tunnels and directed the contractor to repair it immediately. The contractor started the repair work, but the NHAI team observed that the tunnel was leaking at new points too. “Our technical team after inspecting the tunnels…

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Rahul Gandhi says will abolish Gabbar Singh Tax, would bring one GST slab, if voted to power

Congress president Rahul Gandhi? on Saturday said if his party comes to power, it would impose one slab of Goods and Services Tax instead of five and abolish the 28 per cent GST slab During an interaction with students at Maharani’s?College here, Afreen, a student, asked the congress chief why there was free health care in Singapore though they have one GST slab of seven per cent, which India lacks despite having 28 per cent GST Replying to her, Gandhi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be better positioned to…

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Sensex plunges more than 500 points, Rupee falls below 72 mark, crash wipes out over Rs 1 lakh crore of investor wealth

After rallying for two sessions, the BSE benchmark Sensex tumbled over 505 points on Monday to slip below the 38,000-level as worries about global trade war and prevailing rupee crisis dampened investors mood despite the government announcing steps to stem a steep fall in the Indian currency. The broader Nifty too nosedived over 137 points to end below the 11,400-mark. Subdued Asian and European markets due to escalating trade war between the US and China mainly led to a caution on domestic bourses, brokers said. The government Friday announced an…

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J&K all set to have its own Indian Premier League Team

Cricket is all set to return to paradise! Thanks to Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik, the terror-plagued state is pitching to have its own team in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Malik is in touch with IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla to persuade him to have a team for Jammu and Kashmir besides hosting some IPL matches in the restive state. “I am working with IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla on the idea of having an IPL team for J&K. Very soon IPL matches will be played in J&K,” said…

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