Intercepted messages signal grim times for Kashmir: Intel Agencies

Intercepted messages signal grim times for Kashmir: Intel Agencies

With no let-up in the targeted killings of Kashmiri Pandits and non-local labourers that began in the Valley 18 months ago, intercepted messages by militant outfits on social media and chat applications are sending ominous signals. Hours after the little-known outfit Kashmir Tigers claimed responsibility for the killing of a Kashmiri Pandit employee at his office in Budgam, a web portal, apparently run by the militants and monitored by the security agencies, had a post which said that the fresh targets would be “migrant Pandits who are getting government jobs…

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4 Dead, 22 Injured after bus catches fire near Katra

4 Dead, 22 Injured after bus catches fire near Katra

Four persons were charred to death and 24 others suffered burn injuries when a passenger bus, carrying Vaishnodevi pilgrims, mysteriously caught fire on Katra-Jammu road on Friday. Eyewitnesses said that the passenger bus, bearing registration number JK14-8131, was full of Vaishnodevi pilgrims and was on its way to Jammu from Katra, when the mishap occurred. The bus, according to the witnesses, was outside the town of Katra when it mysteriously caught fire. In panic, the passengers jumped out of the burning bus, they said, and added that the police and…

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The Supreme Court raps counsel for saying Kashmir became part of India after scrapping of Article 370

The Supreme Court raps counsel for saying Kashmir became part of India after scrapping of Article 370

The Supreme Court on Friday cautioned a counsel who in the course of his arguments said Kashmir became a part of the country after abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution in August 2019 to be careful about his language. “No. It has remained a part of the country for long time. These are certain special provisions. Careful in what language you use,” Justice S K Kaul, presiding a two-judge bench, told Ravi Shankar Jandhyala, while hearing a plea that challenged the delimitation exercise, which recommended increasing the…

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Drive continue to weed out employees with terror links, KU Professor among three employees terminated for Terror Links

Drive continue to weed out employees with terror links, KU Professor among three employees terminated for Terror Links

Jammu and Kashmir administration on Friday invoked Article 311 of the Constitution of India yet again to dismiss its three more employees, including a professor of Kashmir University, Police Constables and a teacher from service for their alleged “militancy links and secessionist activities”. Official sources said that Altaf Hussain Pandit, chemistry Professor of Kashmir University is among three government employees, who have been sacked by the JK administration for “actively supporting militancy”. The two others are Mohd Maqbool Hajam, a teacher in the school education department and Ghulam Rasool, a…

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Over 350 Kashmiri Pandit employees resign post killing of Rahul Bhat

Over 350 Kashmiri Pandit employees resign post killing of Rahul Bhat

The killing of the 35-year-old Rahul Bhat has attracted strong condemnation from political parties and employees’ association Mass resignation by more than 350 Kashmiri Pandit Prime Minister Package Employees in Kashmir has been sent to Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha today. Two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists had entered a crowded government office and shot dead a Kashmiri Pandit employee in Budgam district in central Kashmir on Thursday, in a targeted killing that drew strong condemnation from political parties and employees’ association. Later, Kashmir Tigers claimed responsibility for the killing. Rahul Bhat (35), who…

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Rahul Bhatt, Kashmiri Pandit shot dead by unknown gunmen in Budgam

Rahul Bhatt, Kashmiri Pandit shot dead by unknown gunmen in Budgam

A government employee belonging to the Kashmiri Pandit community was shot dead by suspected militants at his office in the Chadoora area of Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, officials said here. The gunmen entered the Tehsil office in Chadoora town and shot at Rahul Bhat, a clerk, the officials said. They said Bhat, who was residing in a migrant colony at Sheikhpura in Budgam district, was shifted to a hospital here but succumbed to his injuries. Police have launched a hunt to track down the assailants. PTI

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Power woes of J&K; The story that we don’t want to hear

Power woes of J&K; The story that we don’t want to hear

By: Arun Joshi Unending power woes in Jammu and Kashmir is not the same story which is told and retold in the rest of the country. It is a manifestation of policy failure and unlimited incompetence in comprehending the problems and laying a vision for future. In simple words, the power crisis that the people in the Union Territory experienced in March-April was not unprecedented, its feel was. There hangs a trail of questions – why a water rich territory like J&K is suffering from such crisis. Why it lacked…

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We still believe Supreme Court can restore Article 370: Mehbooba Mufti

We still believe Supreme Court can restore Article 370: Mehbooba Mufti

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti Monday said that even as it took Supreme Court over three years to listen to the petition but she still believes that it can restore Article 370. She said that the Jahangir Puri demolition drive in New Delhi was carried even after the Supreme Court passed order against it. “Several apprehensions have developed but we have faith in the judiciary,” PDP President said. “Supreme Court should act against those officials who did not obey the orders and were involved in contempt of court,”…

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After jointly rejected the delimitation report, Opposition plans to make public aware of the ‘flaws’

After jointly rejected the delimitation report, Opposition plans to make public aware of the ‘flaws’

Many Opposition parties of J&K, including the Congress, the National Conference and the PDP, jointly rejected the delimitation report today. The report was made public recently. In a Jammu meeting, they said the report was against the basic norms, especially geographical realities. It violated norms of uniform population, connectivity and public convenience besides highly biased and politically motivated, they said while planning to launch a campaign to oppose it in public and educate the masses. The Congress, in an official statement, said the commission had ignored the ground realities and…

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