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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Create Union Territory in Kashmir to resolve our problems: Panun Kashmir

The Panun Kashmir, a frontal organisation of 3.50 lakh displaced Hindus of Kashmir, on Thursday called upon the Central government to treat displacement of Pandits as a political issue. Reiterating the demand for creation of Union Territory in North and East of the Jhelum in the Valley for their permanent rehabilitation, Pandit representatives said it was the only way to do justice to lakhs of people. Addressing a joint press conference, the Panun Kashmir and Kashmiri Samiti Delhi urged the Central government to realise that the existing policy on “genocide…

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Lal Singh holds torchlight march in support of handing over the Kathua Rape & Murder case to the CBI

The scion of the erstwhile royal Dogra family on Wednesday joined the campaign launched by former minister and Basholi MLA Choudhary Lal Singh in support of handing over the Kathua rape and murder case to the CBI. On Wednesday, Lal Singh took out a torchlight procession in posh localities of Gandhi Nagar and Trikuta Nagar in Jammu city to mobilise public support for his campaign. Ranvijay Singh, member of the erstwhile royal family and the son of BJP lawmaker Ajatshatru Singh and grandson of veteran Congress leader Karan Singh, accompanied…

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Displaced Kashmiri Pandits to counter UNHRC report on Kashmir

Two weeks after the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) released a controversial report on Kashmir, the displaced Kashmiri Hindus have decided to counter the document by formulating a comprehensive report on the excesses and massacres committed by Pakistan-supported terror groups in J&K since 1989-90. Activists and representative groups of 3.5 lakh Pandits have already rejected the first-ever document prepared under UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, for its allegedly biased and partisan view. The community has said that the UN had ignored the plight of…

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Amit Shah reviews party’s strategy, preparation ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls

BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday reviewed the party’s preparations and strategy for the Lok Sabha election due next year during his first visit to Jammu and Kashmir after the saffron party withdrew support from the PDP-led government. Shah, who reached the winter capital this morning for a day-long trip, will address a rally to mark “historic martyrdom anniversary” of Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee. The BJP chief was accorded a rousing reception with party’s youth wing taking out a bike rally from the airport to the state guest…

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BJP workers wary of mobilising support for Amit Shah’s rally

The Bharatiya Janata Party, now out of the government, is under pressure to mobilise cadre for party national president Amit Shah’s rally on June 23. Immediately after state president Ravinder Raina’s press conference on Wednesday, a meeting of the office-bearers was held and jobs assigned to all village, mandal, block and district presidents to mobilise cadre for making the rally a success. Sources said party workers, who are disgruntled with the BJP leaders’ conduct while in the government, were in no mood to follow the party diktat. Admitting the fact,…

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Four BSF personnel killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Samba sector

Two officers were among four Border Security Force (BSF) men were killed and three others were injured in firing by Pakistan Rangers along the international border in another ceasefire violation near the famous Chamliyal shrine in Ramgarh sub sector of Samba district late Tuesday night. “It was not a Border Action Team (BAT) attack but cross-border firing. They first fired two mortars that landed on our party followed by firing. It happened around 9.45 pm on Tuesday night. We have retaliated and other action is in the pipeline,” said BSF…

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Flood threat looms large as Polythene continues to clog drains across Jammu City

The decade-long ban on polythene carry bags in the state has not been effective. They continue to choke drains in Jammu city, creating a problem during rains. There have been no serious efforts to replace polythene as a packaging material. In fact, polythene carry bags are still being used under the garb of recycled or bio-degradable bags. Most of the solid waste dumped in drains comprises polythene. Not only residential colonies, but commercial establishments are also dumping polythene waste in public places and drains, leading to overflowing of sewage in…

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Power crisis hits water supply, Govt goes for rationing in Jammu region

With the power crisis hitting the working of lifting stations and filtration plants, the government has now opted for rationing of drinking water in the Jammu region. Official sources in the public health engineering (PHE) department revealed that the residential areas would be getting the supply for 45 minutes daily or on alternate days during the next one month, depending on the availability of water in reservoirs. Since mid-May, Jammu and Kashmir is facing acute power crisis due to poor infrastructure and failure of the state government to clear nearly…

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Rajnath Singh fails to placate border dwellers

Even as Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday announced a slew of incentives, border dwellers said these are not going to address their grievances. “Our main concern is security. We want to live a peaceful and dignified life, like other residents of the state,” said Rohit Sharma, a youth from Chakroi village. “We raised our main problems before the Union Home Minister and sought an immediate solution,” said Rohit. Rohit along with other border youth held an interaction with Rajnath at the village which is situated near the International…

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