After the season’s hottest day, rain brings down the mercury across J&K

After the season’s hottest day, rain brings down the mercury across J&K

On Sunday, the maximum temperatures in the summer capital, Srinagar, and winter capital, Jammu, were 35°C and 36°C, respectively – the highest so far; Kashmir’s Anantnag and Kulgam districts and Kathua in Jammu received heavy rainfall A day after witnessing the hottest day of the year so far, monsoon showers lashed parts of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. With the mercury hovering over 30°C for the last few days, the downpour brought much-needed respite from the heat. On Sunday, the maximum temperatures in the summer capital, Srinagar, and the winter…

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Kashmir has been pushed to Economic & Democratic disconnect with the rest of India: National Conference

Kashmir has been pushed to Economic & Democratic disconnect with the rest of India - National Conference

The National Conference (NC) on Monday claimed that Kashmir has been pushed to an economic and democratic disconnect with the rest of the country and that the ‘discomfiture’ has equally been felt by the Kashmiri Pandit community. NC general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar made these comments while welcoming Ashok Kumar Bharti, the vice-chairman of the Shopian Municipal Committee, into the party fold. Bharti, who was affiliated with the BJP, joined the NC along with scores of his supporters. Among others who joined the NC are Shushma Bali, Chander Kumar Bali,…

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Will wait for ‘Liberal’ Govt to restore special status: Sajad Gani Lone

Will wait for 'Liberal' Govt to restore special status - Sajad Gani Lone

People’s Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone said he does not expect the BJP-led government in the Centre to restore Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.“I wouldn’t expect them to give it back. But that doesn’t stop us from going to the courts, which we have, or waiting for a liberal government at a future date to give it back,” the People’s Conference tweeted Mr. Lone’s remarks on its official handle today. The Centre on August 5, 2019, had abrogated Article 370, which gave special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu…

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Great Kashmir firewall will prevent militant sympathisers from getting govt jobs: LG Sinha

Great Kashmir firewall will prevent militant sympathisers from getting govt jobs - LG Sinha

The Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha asserted on Wednesday that all employees of anti-national credentials would be purged out of the State institutions and systems and there would be no more place in the government for the incumbents posing a threat to the unity and sovereignty of the country. Addressing a function after the inauguration of Ayurvedic College at Akhnoor in Jammu, followed by an interview with CNN News 18 network, Sinha said that recruitment of the people of doubtful integrity and undesirable credentials had been “a deliberate…

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J&K admin tells officials to weed out ‘Ineffective’ staff over 48

J&K admin tells officials to weed out ‘Ineffective’ staff over 48

Chief Secretary issues orders for performance review of government servants Days after 11 employees were terminated for their alleged “anti-national activities”, the J&K administration on Friday asked the top officials to identify “ineffective” employees above the age of 48 years in the Union Territory (UT). “All the Administrative Secretaries are impressed upon to initiate the exercise of reviewing the performance of each government servant who has completed 48 years of age or has 22 years of service, for identifying those who are ineffective in work and are not fit to…

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The J&K Reorganisation Act 2019, and why it has become a bone of contention in the delimitation process

The J&K Reorganisation Act 2019, and why it has become a bone of contention in the delimitation process

The delimitation commission comprises Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra, former Supreme Court Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai, and the J&K Election Commissioner. The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, has become a point of discussion in the delimitation process amid the Narendra Modi’s government’s attempt to restart the political process in Jammu and Kashmir and take the Valley towards normalcy. J&K-based political parties have been urging the government to restore the pre-August 2019 status. Notably, the bill which was passed on August 5, 2019, had bifurcated the state of Jammu and…

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What the Constitution says about the dismissal of govt employees in Kashmir

What the Constitution says about the dismissal of govt employees in Kashmir

The charges against the sacked staffers range from propagating and promoting the secessionist ideology of Jamat-e-Islami, Dukhtaran-e-Millat, and their sponsors in Pakistan, to informing militants about the movement of security forces. Lt Governor Manoj Sinha has dismissed 11 Jammu and Kashmir government employees for alleged terror links under provisions of Article 311(2)(c) of the Constitution. The employees include two sons of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin. Constitutional provisionArticle 311 of the Constitution deals with ‘Dismissal, removal or reduction in rank of persons employed in civil capacities under the Union or…

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The only motive behind the Article 370 move seems to loot J&K: Mehbooba Mufti

The Only motive behind the Article 370 move seems to loot J&K - Mehbooba Mufti

The former chief minister also said there is no policy to restore UT’s economy with rising unemployment and inflation. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti hit out at the Central government on Monday over the economy of the Union territory and the recent dismissal of government employees. She said abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution that granted special status to the erstwhile state seemed to have been carried out to rob Jammu & Kashmir of its resources. “It seems the only…

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Rains bring relief from scorching heat in J&K, Cloudburst triggers flash flood in Ganderbal

Rains bring relief from scorching heat in J&K, Cloudburst triggers flash flood in Ganderbal

After reeling from days of scorching heat, moderate to heavy rains last night brought some relief to the people of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. News agency GNS quoted Director Meteorological Department, Sonam Lotus, saying that rains occurred on expected lines and more were in store for both Kashmir and Jammu regions. “As expected very heavy shower occurred at many places of plains of Jammu whereas moderate shower (has been) reported at many places of Kashmir and hilly area of Jammu,” he said, adding, “Today, the weather will remain overcast…

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Dismissal of govt staffers ‘Criminal’: Mehbooba Mufti

Dismissal of govt staffers ‘Criminal’ - Mehbooba Mufti

Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday questioned the dismissal of 11 government staffers from service on charges of support to terror outfits. Mufti termed the development as “criminal” and “a punishment to the people of Kashmir”. She said the government continued to disempower locals. “The Government of India continues disempowering people of Jammu and Kashmir in the garb of pseudo nationalism by trampling upon the Constitution that ought to be upheld. The abrupt dismissal of 11 government employees on flimsy grounds is criminal. All policy…

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