|Internet, social media gag is attack on fundamental rights: Monga|
|Govt fails on all fronts, need to initiate dialogue process|
|JAMMU, Apr 20: Senior leader Congress Ghulam Nabi Monga while reacting on the reported internet and social media gag in the valley said that it is an attack on the fundamental rights.
He said that even the supreme court of India has said that social media or internet is fundamental right. “It will only worsen the situation. Government has failed on all fronts”.
Monga said that BJP-PDP speaks in different voices adding that move like closing colleges and issuing anti people statements only further alienate the people besides worsen the situation.
He said that BJP-PDP should change their policy adding that they should also initiate the dialogue process with all stake holders. “The solution of the problem only lies with the dialogue”, he said.
Monga while replying a question told that...|
|Are they running Govt or dictatorship? : Hakeem Yaseen|
|‘Either govt should initiate peace process or give up’|
|JAMMU, Apr 20: Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen, member of Legislative assembly from Khansahab constituency while reacting on the present situation in Kashmir said that either government should initiate peace process or give up.
He told that they BJP-PDP should decide if they are running a government or a dictatorship. “The recent viral videos of beating of youth were seen by everybody, even by the government, but no action was taken”.
He said since 2014 the education of Kashmiri children is affected adding that the use of force against the students will only alienate them further. Yaseen said there is no difference between government and Hurriyat as they are closing educational institution while Hurriyat issues strike calls. He said this nature of governance only damages the education of Kas...|
|Situation in J&K "alarming": Bhalla|
|Administrative machinery utterly paralyzed|
|JAMMU, Apr 20: Former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla today said that the situation in Jammu & Kashmir was "alarming" and attacked the central and state governments, saying the repeated incidents of attacks was a result of "weak and flawed" policies to deal with cross-border terror aided and abetted by Pakistan.
He also slammed coalition Govt for poor deliverance with utter failure on its part to address and redress the genuine urges and aspirations of the people of the state and to redeem its promises.
Bhalla while addressing block level meeting near green belt park area Thursday said the government had been high on rhetoric and low on delivery with all its tall claims, airy slogans and loud pronouncements having fallen flat.“Despite BJP claimed liberal central fund...|
|Abolition of ‘Lal Batis’ a very good measure: Soz|
|‘Decision was long overdue’|
|JAMMU, Apr 20: Former union minister and senior Congress leader, Prof Saifuddin Soz Thursday welcomed the Government of India’s (GoI) decision to abolish to the use of red beacons on top of the vehicles used by government officials and dignitaries.
Soz in a statement issued said, “I welcome the GoI’s decision to abolish Lal Bati for VIP vehicles. This decision was long overdue.”
“Personally speaking, I belonged to the category of Parliamentarians who saw dignity in their simplicity. At this moment, we must not lose sight of the fact that Arvind Kajriwal and S Amrinder Singh, CMs of Delhi and Punjab, respectively, had already rejected this awkward culture of Lal-Bati,” he said.
“I regret to say that some Parliamentarians wanted to throw weight around and that was only their vanity. I mu...|
|NC protests anti Kashmiri remarks of BJP minister, demands his resignation|
|JAMMU, Apr 20: National Conference Thursday condemned the controversial and communally loaded statement of JK government Cabinet Minister Chandra Prakash Ganga where he had brazenly advocated for use of bullets against protesters in Kashmir.
While calling the comments unfortunate and uncalled for, National Conference and Youth national Conference workers took out a protest march from party head quarters and also burnt the effigy of BJP minister outside TRC Srinagar. The protest rally was led by District president Srinagar Peer Afaq and Youth National Conference Provincial President Salman Ali Sagar.
Chanting slogans against Ganga and the coalition government, hundreds of protestors started marching towards Srinagar commercial hub Lal Chowk. However a heavy contingent of police intercept...|
|BJP minister should change poisonous mindset: PDP|
|JAMMU, Apr 20: Fresh controversy has erupted between PDP and BJP after a remark by BJP minister against youth in Kashmir, with PDP condemning his statement saying that such “mindset” needs to be changed.
Industries and Commerce minister Chandra Prakash Ganga, who is BJP’s MLA from Vijaypur in Jammu region, has said on Wednesday said the youth throwing stones in Kashmir should be dealt with bullets.
“They are traitors. Bullet is only remedy for them. And if not bullets, they should be handed over such a punishment like the youth who are beaten with sticks by forces. Take my word that next time they (the youth) won’t throw stones,” Ganga was see saying in a video clip that has gone viral on social networking sites.
However, the PDP said that the minister (Chandra Prakash Ganga) should ch...|
|Army discusses terrorism in J&K with Royal Oman Defence forces|
|UDHAMPUR, Apr 19: The Indian army personnel and Royal Oman Defence Forces today discussed matters of mutual interest, including externally sponsored terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.
A delegation from Sultanate of Oman visited Northern Command today.
The delegation was led by Mohammed Bin Nasser AI Rasby, Secretary General of Defence and comprised of eight other senior officials from the Royal Oman Defence Forces.
The delegation visited Kashmir valley and interacted with army officials at Srinagar and were later briefed by Army officials at Headquarters Northern Command, Udhampur, defence spokesman said....|
|India, Pak trade fire in Poonch |
|POONCH, Apr 19: India and Pakistan troops Wednesday traded fire after the latter yet again violated the ceasefire by resorting to mortar shelling and firing on Indian posts in Degwar sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district.
This was the seventh ceasefire violation in the month of April.
“The Pakistan troops of 654/MH and 59 Baloch from their forward posts Neck and Tunda initiated indiscriminate firing using heavy, small arms, automatic weapons and mortar shelling at 1115 hours targeting Indian posts Indian posts Khokri 1, Newla 1 and Newla 2 in Degwar sector along the LoC in Poonch,” official sources said.
Indian troops of 1/1 Grenadiers deployed on these forward posts retaliated effectively. The exchange of fire continued till 1.30 PM, the sources added.
On Monday, ...|
|Students block NH in Banihal|
|Female student, among 4, injured in police cane-charge|
|DC orders closure of college, HSSs for 2 days|
|BANIHAL, Apr 18: Four students, including a female student, sustained injuries in police cane-charge after students Tuesday blocked Jammu-Srinagar National Highway for seven hours after `standoff with CRPF.’
Vehicular traffic on Jammu Srinagar National Highway remained suspended for seven hours and all shops and other business establishments remained closed after an incident in which some CRPF personnel allegedly thrashed some students when they were on their way to their college.
The civil society led by Imam Jamia Masjid, Banihal Nazir Ahmed and the president, Beopar Mandal Banihal Shamshudin Rahi gave a call for `Bandh’ in Banihal town for tomorrow.
In the meanwhile, the District Magistrate Ramban issued an order for closure of degree college, Banihal and the Higher Secondary School...|
|CM meets Guv|
|JAMMU, Apr 17: The Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today.
During their discussions the Chief Minister informed the Governor about law and order and election related issues. They also discussed the implementation of major development projects and the delays occurring on account of frequent closure of the Udhampur-Banihal sector of the National Highway, said a government spokesman....|
|Armed groups’ targeting of civilians in Kashmir HR abuse: AI-India|
|JAMMU, Apr 17: Reports from Jammu and Kashmir of civilians being targeted by suspected members of armed groups were condemnable, said Amnesty International India today.
“The killings, intimidation and harassment of ordinary people by suspected armed group members can never be justified, and should stop immediately,” said Aakar Patel, Executive Director at Amnesty International India.
“Civilians must not be targeted under any circumstances. People’s political or personal associations cannot become a reason for them to come under attack. State authorities should investigate these incidents and bring the perpetrators to justice swiftly,” he said.
“Undated videos uploaded on social media over the last week appear to show members of armed groups forcing two political workers to apologise fo...|
|Nirmal rejects NC demand for Guv rule|
|JAMMU, Apr 17: Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh today brushed aside a National Conference (NC) demand for imposition of Governor's rule in the state and asserted that the PDP-BJP government would combat the existing situation. Accusing Pakistan of disturbing the tranquility in the valley, Nirmal said that both the Centre and the state government were trying to deal with the situation and predicted that Islamabad would taste defeat.
“The state government as well as the central government will deal with the situation. We are doing our best to control the situation and we shall be able to do it,” he said. “Our efficient and brave security forces are doing their bit and I am sure we will able to combat the situation. All this disturbance is created by Pakistan, but th...|
|VOJ lodges case against municipal officials|
|JAMMU, Apr 17: Vigilance Organization Jammu (VOJ) claimed to have registered a case against Chief Enforcement Officer (CEO), Assistant Enforcement Officer (AEO), and Enforcement Inspector (EI) of Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) and a beneficiary for construction of huge commercial building in residential area in utter violations of Master Plan and Municipal Laws.
Official report said that VOJ registered a case against Rajesh Gupta (CEO), Madan Lal (AEO), Kuldeep Kumar (EI) of JMC and beneficiary Manju Gupta wife of Vinod Mahajan.
Reports said that verification was conducted by Vigilance Organization into the allegations that on Plot number 341, situated in Bakshi Nagar, a huge commercial building is being constructed in residential area in utter violations of Master Plan and Municipal...|
|Commuters complain of high pollution, poor visibility|
|UDHAMPUR, Apr 16 (Agencies): The state-of-the-art transverse ventilation system in the newly-opened 9.2 Km Chenani-Nashri tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar highway may not be working effectively as commuters are complaining of high pollution levels, eye irritation and suffocation inside what has been labelled as one of India’s infrastructural wonders.
Some of the commuters using the strategically-important tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir on a regular basis told agencies that they were also battling poor visibility caused by high pollution levels inside what is India’s first and the world’s sixth road tunnel that uses a hi-tech ventilation system to extract polluted air and maintain a constant flow of fresh air.
Balvinder Singh, a Delhi-based orthopaedic surgeon from Jammu, said he suffered brea...|