Days after returning from Kumbh Mela, BJP leader Thakur Puran Singh succumbs to COVID-19

BJP leader and former legislator Thakur Puran Singh died due to the Coronavirus infection in Jammu division’s Rajouri district on Thursday. Party sources said Mr. Singh, a resident of Kewal, Koteranka, Rajouri, had attended the Kumbh Mela in Uttarakhand recently. The Rajouri administration has passed strict orders on abiding by the COVID protocols while cremating the body. “The body shall directly be taken to the Cremation Ground, Kewal Tehsil, Koteranka. Only four persons (relatives) with the PPE kits and other required gadgets as per standard operating procedure shall be allowed…

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Red Fort Violence: Delhi Police arrest farmer leaders from Jammu

The Delhi Police today said its crime branch sleuths, in association with the J&K Poilce, tracked down and apprehended two more accused for their alleged involvement in the Red Fort violence during the farmers’ tractor parade on January 26. Delhi Police Additional PRO Anil Mittal said Jammu and Kashmir United Kisan Front chairman Mohinder Singh (45), a resident of Chatha area of Jammu, and Mandeep Singh (23) of Gole Gujral, Jammu, were alleged to have been “active participants and key conspirators” in the violence. Farmers blocked the Jammu-Pathankot highway here…

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The welfare of 537 seats is important for GOI, not 6 seats of J&K: Lal Singh

“Govt busy in looting our resources, starting with soil, now marking deodar trees to take them away”.” All Himalayan states have a special provision to regulate population to save glaciers from melting”. Former Member Parliament and Chairman Dogra Swabhimaan Sangathan and said that Government is concerned about 537 seats not 6 seats of J&K and is busy in looting resources of J&K.” There is no development, employment, education in J&K now. They are concerned about how to levy the tax, how to raise power tariff, loot minerals, marking of deodars…

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Ravinder Raina, Kavinder Gupta among top leaders ‘Unauthorisingly’ residing in govt housing in J&K

An affidavit filed by Jammu and Kashmir’s estates’ department in the high court reveals that a number of politicians are residing in government accommodation beyond the period of allotment. More than 10 former ministers and ex-legislators of the BJP are among the politicians who are “unauthorisedly” residing in ministerial bungalows and quarters in Jammu and Kashmir. This revelation assumes more significance as it comes closes on the heels of the BJP’s concerted campaign targeting the leaders of regional parties in Kashmir for “benefitting” from the Roshini land law. The details…

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Social outfit ‘Ikkjutt Jammu’ goes political, vows to fight for ‘Statehood for Jammu’

After months of speculations in public domain, social organisation ‘Ikkjutt Jammu’ today took the political plunge with announcement of creation of political party with the same name, a statement today said. The party also vowed to contest the next elections on the plank of statehood for Jammu, according to a formal announcement by president of the newbie advocate Ankur Sharma and newly formed executive committee of the Ikkjutt Jammu. Various documents to be submitted to the Election Commission of India were displayed in front of the media by general secretary…

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‘Betrayed’: In Jammu, Growing regret over support for Scrapping of Article 370

With the new land laws, and the fear of backlash when it comes to organising protests, many among those who celebrated the felling of Article 370 are reconsidering their stance. Muhammad Raafi On August 5, 2019, Rahul Sharma, a resident of Kathua, was ecstatic. He and his friends distributed sweets to celebrate the scrapping of Articles 370 and 35A of the constitution that granted a special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. As most parts of the Jammu division erupted in celebration, Sharma, who then called himself…

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Amid Sena, Bajrang Dal protests, Mehbooba Mufti arrives in Jammu for PAGD meeting

Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti arrived in Jammu on Thursday to attend a meeting of the Peoples’ Democratic Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), which was formed last month to fight for the restoration of Jammu & Kashmir’s special status. A spokesman for Mufti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said the meeting will be held on Saturday at another former chief minister Farooq Abdullah’s residence. Former minister Sajad Lone and Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader MY Tarigami will be among others who will attend the meeting. The meeting is being held…

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Bid to hoist tricolor at PDP’s Jammu office foiled

Several ABVP activists were briefly detained on Sunday after they staged a protest outside the PDP office here against the recent remarks of its president Mehbooba Mufti and allegedly threw paint at a billboard with her picture on it, officials said. Over six ABVP activists, carrying National flags, appeared outside the heavily guarded Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) office at Gandhi Nagar and broke the police cordon to throw green paint on Mufti’s picture on the billboard near the entrance of the office, they said. Controversial statementThe former J&K CM on…

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RSS, which tried to separate Jammu from Kashmir, is observing J&K’s Accession today

On October 26, 1947 Jammu and Kashmir acceded to the Union of India. But the Sangh Parivar played no role in it, in fact opposed the accession and tried very hard to separate Jammu from Kashmir Arun Sharma BJP’s predecessor, the Jan Sangh, its political mentor the RSS and the organization supported by these two, the Jammu based Praja Parishad had no role to play in the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to the Union of India, which happened on 26 October 1947. But they have started appropriating the legacy…

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“IkkJutt Jammu” planning to launch strike, wants “Separate statehood for the Jammu Region”

While in the Kashmir valley rivals are joining hands to take on the BJP-led Centre, the Jammu region also appears to be witnessing new political activity in the post-abrogation scenario. “Soon-to-be-launched political outfit ‘IkkJutt Jammu’, which has been demanding a “separate statehood for the Jammu region”, is planning to launch an agitation to press for its demand. IkkJutt chairman Ankur Sharma, who also condemns the ongoing delimitation on ‘fraud 2011 Census’, blames the ongoing “anti-national activities like Gupkar declaration, etc, on UT and Central Government not taking necessary follow-up steps…

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