Arming VDCs admission of GoI’s failure in J&K: Omar Abdullah

Arming VDCs admission of GoI's failure in J&K: Omar Abdullah

Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said the arming of village defence committees (VDCs) with weapons to defend villagers from militants negated New Delhi’s claim of normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir. Omar also said people would not beg the Centre to hold elections in J&K. “Arming the VDCs means the Centre has accepted its failure. On August 5, 2019, the nation was told that with the abrogation of Article 370, the influence of gun culture will start to subside. However, as is clear, that is not the case with…

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Congress must clear stand on Article 370 ‘Bharat Todo Yatra’ enters J&K : Devender Singh Rana

Congress must clear stand on Article 370 ‘Bharat Todo Yatra’ enters J&K : Devender Singh Rana

Unholy alliance of the dynasts is a sign of frustration who want to regain their lost power by hook and crook.. Castigating the Congress for “messing up” the situation in Jammu and Kashmir during its rule for decades, Senior BJP leader Devender Singh Rana today asked Rahul Gandhi to clarify his stand over the repeal of Article 370 before entering into the Union Territory for his yatra. Rana, in a statement, termed it ‘Bharat Todo Yatra’ instead of ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ “This is all the more important as the Congress bandwagon…

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17 State leaders from Azad’s party return to Congress before Bharat Jodo Yatra in J&K

17 State leaders from Azad’s party return to Congress before Bharat Jodo Yatra in J&K

Days before the Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra enters Jammu and Kashmir, at least 17 state leaders, including former deputy chief minister Tara Chand and former state unit chief Peerzada Mohammed Sayeed, left Ghulam Nabi Azad’s Democratic Azad Party (DAP) and returned to the Congress. The exit of these leaders is seen as a major blow for the DAP’s prospects in J&K. The padayatra will end on January 30 in J&K. The re-entry of the 17 senior leaders is set to strengthen the Congress organisation and also send the message…

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BJP’s ‘Politics of Deceit’ has even dragged down home ministry: Mehbooba Mufti

BJP’s ‘Politics of Deceit’ has even dragged down home ministry: Mehbooba Mufti

Former J&K chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday blamed the BJP for passing “brazen lies” as the truth. Reacting to a ministry report on Jammu and Kashmir, she tweeted, “Shocked that BJP’s politics of deceit has dragged down even the home ministry. Not only does this report reek of lies but it also discredits a crucial portfolio once headed by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel,” Mehbooba said in a series of tweets. On the part of the report where it said democracy in Jammu and Kashmir earlier meant only…

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Despite slight rise in temp intense cold conditions continue across Kashmir, At -10°C Gulmarg sees season’s coldest night

Despite slight rise in temp intense cold conditions continue across Kashmir, At -10°C Gulmarg sees season’s coldest night

Intense cold conditions continued in Kashmir Valley despite slight rise in mercury on Tuesday. A meteorological department official here told that Srinagar recorded a low of minus 4.4°C against last night’s minus 5.4°C. Today’s minimum temperature was 2.3°C below normal for the summer capital, the official said. Srinagar has so far seen the coldest temperature this season on December 25 when mercury plummeted to minus 5.8°C. Qazigund recorded a low of minus 5.8°C against minus 5.8°C on the previous night. The temperature was 2.1°C below normal for the gateway town…

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Do Kashmiri lives matter asks Mehbooba Mufti

Do Kashmiri lives matter asks Mehbooba Mufti

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday expressed concern over alleged incidents of violence against Kashmiri Muslims since the abrogation of Article 370. “A few weeks ago, a college in Akhnoor was raided by Bajrang Dal goons because they found out that Muslims students were offering prayers on the campus. They threatened the students but not before snatching away their mats and prayer caps,” the party alleged in its monthly newsletter ‘Speak-Up’. What was happening in the rest of the country is finally happening in Kashmir and Muslims are being treated…

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Advocate Haq Khan general secretary PDP quits party

Advocate Haq Khan general secretary PDP quits party

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) received another jolt on Saturday after senior leader and former minister Advocate Haq Khan resigned from the party. “I announce in no uncertain terms that in view of the current political situation, I have suspended my political activities definitively and completely. From today onwards, I have no association with my previous political party, i.e PDP, and that my statement should be considered as my resignation,” Khan said, in a statement. Khan, who was the general secretary PDP and a member of the state executive committee, added…

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Restoration of Article 370: Kashmiri activists begin hunger strike at Jantar Mantar

Restoration of Article 370: Kashmiri activists begin hunger strike at Jantar Mantar

Kashmiri social and human rights activists on Thursday held a protest and began a hunger strike at Jantar Mantar demanding the revocation of 370, PSA and UAPA in Jammu and Kashmir. The protesting activists requested the Supreme Court of India to hear them and return back 5th August, 2019 status to the people of JK. “Release all political prisoners who are incarcerated under draconian laws like PSA and UAPA should be shifted to Kashmir time bound and fair trail should be given to the all prisoners of JK,” the activists…

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Inclusion of Non-local Voter: Farooq Abdullah led All Party Meeting underway in Srinagar; Will go on hunger strike if there is demographic intervention says Sajad Lone

Inclusion of Non-local Voter: Farooq Abdullah led All Party Meeting Underway In Srinagar; will go on hunger strike if there is demographic intervention says Sajad Lone

All-party meeting led by Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference President Farooq Abdullah over the issue of inclusion of outside voters in J&K electoral rolls is underway at Srinagar. Sources said that Dr. Farooq Abdullah is chairing the meeting which has just started at his Gupkar residence at srinagar. The senior political leaders of Jammu and Kashmir representing their respective parties are participating in this meeting, they said. Earlier this week, the J&K Election Commission said that even outsiders residing in J&K can get their names registered…

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Back-door Voters: J&K parties say ploy to alter region’s demography, Farooq Abdullah seeks all-party meet

Back-door Voters: J&K parties say ploy to alter region's demography, Farooq Abdullah seeks all-party meet

Chief electoral officer Hirdesh Kumar Singh told reporters on Wednesday that the ongoing special summary revision of electoral rolls is likely to add around 2.5 million voters The development comes after Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti earlier in the day requested Abdullah for the meeting to discuss the next course of action following the J&K administration’s announcement The proposed addition of 2.5 million names to the electoral rolls in Jammu and Kashmir stirred a political hornet’s nest on Thursday, with local parties saying it was a ploy to alter…

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