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One arrested for murder of minor boy
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SRINAGAR, Sep 20: Police has arrested one person in connection with the murder of a minor in Ganderbal district. Police claimed that the murder was committed in a fit of revenge. Giving details at a press conference SSP Ganderbal Mohammad Khalil Poswal police said a 12-year old boy Faisal Hussain Misger of Buserbugh Alasteng was found murdered under mysterious circumstances in fields near his home on Tuesday. He added during investigations by a special investigating team, the case was solved and the accused arrested. The team rounded up a suspect namely Abrar Majeed a resident of Buserbugh who was later interrogated and he confessed that he murdered the minor boy in a fit of revenge. Abrar, according to the police, is known for wrongdoings and is a drug addict. SSP said that the acc...
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NC working towards mutual trust: Omar
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SRINAGAR, Sep 20: National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah today reiterated “the party’s resolve and commitment towards ensuring unity among all the three regions of the state.” “NC is the only party which envisioned and worked towards ensuring a permanent bond of mutual trust between people in the three regions of the state. We have practically demonstrated greater political will by facilitating Ladakh region into an era of prosperity, connectivity and progress,” Omar said while interacting with party workers at Kargil. He is on a seven day tour to areas in Leh and Kargil. He thanked people of Kargil for reposing faith in National Conference and helping the party emerge as the single largest party in recently LAHDC elections. “Our success in these elections is very encouraging...
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Cong backed out from people’s promise: Muzafar
‘Sides with BJP, RSS for vote bank politics’
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SRINAGAR, Sep 20: Awami National Conference (ANC) senior vice president and member civil society coordination committee, Muzzafar Shah, today said Congress has stabbed the people of Jammu and Kashmir by announcing its participation in Municipal and Panchayat elections. In a statement he alleged that Congress also “shamelessly sided with BJP/RSS policy of linking Panchayat and local body elections with petitions on article 35A and 370 being heard in Supreme Court. Shah said the Congress has trampled upon the resilience, honourand special rights of the people of J&K by aligning with BJP, RSS combine valuing the life of an ordinary citizen at an astonishing Rs 10 lakh. “You cannot buy even one kidney in the open market for that price, leave alone a human being. Congress has deceived the ...
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Mediclaim insurance scheme for employees, pensioners, journalists
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SRINAGAR, Sep 20: The governor’s administration today formally rolled out the group mediclaim health insurance scheme for employees, pensioners and accredited journalists in the state. Giving details of the scheme, principal secretary finance Navin K Choudhary said the scheme is mandatory for government employees including employees of PSUs, autonomous bodies and universities while it will be optional for pensioners, AIS officers, adhoc, contractual, DRWs, work charged/ contingent paid workers and accredited journalists. The scheme, he said, shall come into effect from October 1, for a period of one year and extendable annually for three years based on satisfactory performance of the insurer. Navin said the policy has been tied up with M/S Reliance General Insurance Company Ltd on annu...
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Municipal Polls-2018
CEO issues notification for phase-2
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SRINAGAR, Sep 20: The chief electoral officer, Shaleen Kabra today issued notification for the conduct of 2nd Phase of municipal polls-2018. The notification has been issued for Srinagar municipal corporation (ward No. 18 to 37), Municipal Committee Langate (ward 1 to 13 wards), Municipal Committee Sumbal (1 to 13 wards), Municipal Committee Kunzar (1 to 07 wards), Municipal Committee Watergam (1 to 13 wards), Municipal Committee Charar-i-Sharief (1 to 13 wards), Municipal Committee Beerwah (1 to 13 wards), Municipal Committee Magam (1 to 13 wards), Municipal Committee Yaripora (1 to 06 wards), Municipal Committee Frisal (1 to 13 wards), Municipal Council Anantnag (1 to 25 wards), Municipal Committee Bijbehara (1 to 17 wards) in Kashmir Division. In Jammu Division the elections will be ...
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Yasin appeals for poll boycott
MAJID NABI
SRINAGAR, Sep 20: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik today appealed people to stay indoors on the day of polling. “I swear upon Allah, your vote to Indian constitution will amount to oath of allegiance to Yazid. I appeal people to stay indoors on the day of polling. There should be complete election boycott and booths should look deserted,” said Malik addressing mourners on the 9th day of Muharram-ul-Harram at Basant Bagh area. JKLF Chairman stressed upon unity among all Muslim sects including Shia and Sunni to defeat communal forces hell-bent on dividing the community on one pretext or the other. He said people of Kashmir without falling prey to the “nefarious designs” have been firmly following the mission of grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH),...
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India lodges protest; high alert on IB, LoC in Jammu
‘Pak troops slit throat, mutilate BSF jawan’s body’
NEW DELHI, Sep 19(Agencies): Pakistani troops slit the throat of a BSF jawan after fatally shooting him along the International Border (IB) near Jammu Tuesday morning, officials said on Wednesday. The brutal and “unprecedented” incident that took place in the Ramgarh sector Tuesday prompted the security forces to issue a “high alert” across the IB and Line of Control (LoC) even as the Border Security Force lodged a strong complaint with its counterparts — the Pakistan Rangers. Indian army’s Director General of Military Operations Lt Gen Anil Chauhan also spoke to his Pakistani counterpart and lodged a stern protest against the ceasefire violation along the International Border. As per sources in the army establishment, “A functional-level talk was held on Tuesday where Indian DGMO rai...
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2 BSF jawans among 3 killed in accident on NH
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BANIHAL, Sep 19: Two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were among three killed Wednesday when a truck carrying the jawans plunged into a gorge along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway near Ramban, police said. The private truck, hired by the BSF, was part of a convoy carrying personnel to Kashmir reportedly for deployment in connection with the upcoming municipal and panchayat polls, a police officer said. The accident occurred around 2.10 PM when the driver lost control over the vehicle which rolled down into an over 150-feet-deep gorge, he said. Civilian volunteers along with police and BSF personnel immediately launched a rescue operation, the officer said. After hectic efforts, the bodies of two BSF personnel, Ajit Singh and Atma Singh of 89th battalion, were retrieved from th...
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SAARC meet at UNGA
‘India, Pak in touch for Swaraj-Qureshi meet’
P L Uniyal
NEW DELHI, Sep 19: India and Pakistan are in discussion through their respective missions and ministries for a possible meeting between the two foreign ministers. Official sources on both sides told reporters that a formal proposal is on the table for Sushma Swaraj and Shah Mehmood Qureshi to meet on the sidelines of the SAARC (South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation) Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in New York. The SAARC meeting, an annual event on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session, is slated for September 27. “Both sides are in touch. It is a work in progress. Though nothing has been scheduled yet,” a senior official privy to discussion told repoters The possibility of a separate bilateral engagement a day prior to the SAARC meeting between Sw...
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DAY-NRLM
Centre approves Rs 143-Cr special package for J&K
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NEW DELHI, Sep 19: The central government Wednesday approved a special package of Rs.143.604 Cr for Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) on Wednesday for implementation of ‘Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihood Mission’ (DAY-NRLM) without linking it with poverty ratio for financial year 2018-19. The central government announced the decision taken at the meeting of the union cabinet that Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired today here. Besides, the cabinet approved extension of timeline for implementation of the special package under DeendayalAntyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) for Jammu & Kashmir for another year during 2018-19. The cabinet also approved allocation of funds to the state under DAY-NRLM on a need basis for implementation of the special pack...
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Guroo appointed as advisor to Farooq
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SRINAGAR, Sep 19: National Conference appointed NC leader and constituency in charge Srinagar parliamentary constituency, Mushtaq Guroo as political advisor to president J&K National Conference, Dr Farooq Abdullah. Prior to this appointment, Mushtaq has also served as the vice provincial president J&K National Conference besides being provincial president Youth National Conference and corporator of Srinagar Municipal Corporation....
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Ordinance on ‘Triple talaq’
Modi govt using issue as a political football: Cong
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NEW DELHI, Sep 19: The Congress today accused the Modi government of treating the issue of instant triple talaq or instant divorce "more as a political football than a matter of justice to Muslim women". Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the government has not acceded to the Congress request for making a provision of attaching the property of those not providing compensation to the affected women and children after giving them divorce. He said instant triple talaq was “an illegal, unconstitutional and inhuman practice” that was quashed by the Supreme Court. After the Supreme Court quashed the practice, it has become a law. “For us, triple talaq has always been a human issue related to women rights and extending justice to them,” he said, adding that this was the reason...
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Left wins all central panel posts in JNUSU polls
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NEW DELHI, Sep 16: The Left Unity on Sunday won all central panel posts in the Jawaharlal Nehru University Student's Union (JNUSU). The Left Unity is an alliance of the Students' Federation of India, All India Students Federation, All India Students Association and the Democratic Students Federation. N Sai Balaji, the Left presidential candidate, registered a stellar victory with 2,161 votes, while Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad's (ABVP) Lalit Pandey garnered 982 votes. The Left Unity's Sarika Chaudhary was elected as the Vice President after winning 2,692 votes, while ABVP's Geeta Sri had to settle for second place with 1,012 votes. Aejaz Ahmad Rather of the Left Unity won the General Secretary's post with 2,423 votes, defeating ABVP's Ganesh Gujar who received 1,123 votes. Th...
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Deepika to attend human rights session at Geneva
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SRINAGAR, Sep 16: The International Human Rights Association of American Minorities (IHRAAM)-an ECOSOC affiliated organization has invited Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat to attend the 39th session of the human rights council at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland from September 10 to 28. Advocate Deepika Sing Rajawat, hailing from middle class Kashmiri Pandit family of Karihama, Kupwara, Kashmir (now settled in Jammu) is scheduled to attend, research and participate in the 39th session of the human rights council on September 19. It is imperative to mention herein that Deepika has been torchbearer in recent brutal rape and murder case of eight year old girl of village Rasana district Kathua. Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat has been conferred with Women of the Year Award by ...
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Kakrayal probe handed over to NIA: DGP
`To instill sense of security for polls biggest challenge’
JAMMU, Sep 16 (Agencies): Asserting that a big nexus is functional in the state, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh on Sunday said that the Kakrayal attack in which three Jaish terrorists were killed, has been handed over to the National Investigating Agency (NIA). “There is a big nexus of terrorists operating, which came to fore during investigation of Kakrayal attack case and the case has also been handed over to the NIA,” Singh said here. “Once the probe moves into advanced stage, many revelations will be made. As the case is with NIA, I cannot disclose much but a nexus of terrorists is operational in the state, which will soon be exposed,” said Singh. Meanwhile, on upcoming Urban Local Bodies and Panchayat polls in the state, the DGP said, “To instill ...
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HM arriving on Jammu visit today
Rajnath to inaugurate smart fencing pilot project on IB
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU/NEW DELHI, Sep 16: India’s first ‘smart fence’ pilot project, which entails deploying laser-activated fences and technology-enabled barriers to plug vulnerable gaps along frontiers, will be launched by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in two 5-km each patches along the Indo-Pak border on Monday. During his day long visit, the Union Home Minister will also hold high-level review of situation along the International Border (IB), will visit Command Control Centres and Border Out Posts (BOPs). Singh will also travel to a forward area in Jammu to inaugurate the ambitious project as part of a day-long tour. His first engagement will be security review meeting at Paloura Headquarters of the BSF at 11 AM wherein BSF top brass will brief him about the situation prevailing along the International...
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No ‘grudge’ against Army officers, who approached SC: Nirmala
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NEW DELHI, Sep 16: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said she has no "grudge" against a group of Army officers, who have approached the Supreme Court to present their views on cases relating to the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). The defence minister said the officers have chosen to go to the court as there is a "certain sense of worry" in their minds, which she can understand. Some 700 Army officers and soldiers have approached the Supreme Court, requesting it to protect the action of soldiers under AFSPA, and voicing concerns over a reported move to dilute some provisions of the law that protects the security forces from prosecution without the centre's approval. "Grievance redressal is a right. I will never want to say if you have a grievance, you should not voice it....
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Govt failed to curb flow of black money in economy: PC
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NEW DELHI, Sep 16: Taking a dig at the BJP's claim that the government was looking at ways to control the hike in fuel prices, Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday said the ruling party might have found a way to get "free" crude oil. In a series of tweets, the former finance minister also attacked the Narendra Modi government for allegedly failing to curb the flow of black money in the economy. While the Union government has asserted that it will not cut fuel prices, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah has claimed that the "Centre will soon arrest fuel prices", said Chidambaram in a tweet. "BJP must have found a crude oil source that will supply crude oil free!" he quipped. Amit Shah had on Saturday blamed international developments for the rising petrol and diesel ...
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Mehbooba grieved over loss of lives in Kishtwar road accident
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SRINAGAR, Sep 14: PDP president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has expressed shock and grief over the loss of lives in a tragic road accident in Kishtwar. In her condolence message, the PDP president described the deaths in the accident as unfortunate and tragic. She also conveyed her sympathies to the families of those killed in the accident. The PDP president further expressed concern over the surge being witnessed in road accidents in the hilly areas of the state and asked the state government to review the status of the parameters pertaining to passenger safety, road and vehicle conditions in the state in general and in the hilly areas in particular. Extending heartfelt condolences to the families of those who died in the tragic accident, Mehbooba prayed for the eternal...
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Train service resumes in north Kashmir
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SRINAGAR, Sep 14: Train service resumed in north Kashmir today after a day-long suspension due to the security reasons. The train service was suspended yesterday soon after the encounter between the security forces and militants in Sopore began. An official said the service was suspended for the security reasons. “We have resumed train service and all trains will operate as per schedule in the Valley following fresh advisory from the authorities,” a senior railway official said. He said the service was suspended yesterday following directions from the administration for security reasons....
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UN report details alarming level of reprisals against HR defenders
Kashmir activists figure in report
UNITED NATIONS, Sep 14 (Agencies): A UN report has detailed alarming level of reprisal against human rights defenders in India. The cases of Kartik Murukutla, a member of the Jammu and Kashmir coalition of civil society and Khurram Parvez, chairperson of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances and programme coordinator of the central Jammu and Kashmir coalition of civil society (JKCCS), were also mentioned. The UN report documented allegations of reprisals and intimidation in 38 countries, some of which are members of the human rights council. India, China, Russia and Myanmar are among several countries named in a report by UN chief Antonio Guterres that details an "alarming" level of harsh reprisals and intimidation against those who cooperate with the United Nations o...
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Nirmala rules out engagement with Oppn on Rafale deal
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NEW DELHI, Sep 14: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has ruled out any engagement with the opposition on issues relating to the multi-billion dollar Rafale fighter jet deal, saying they do not deserve to be involved after throwing muck on a very sensitive issue concerning India's defence preparedness. Sitharaman said the government decided to go for procuring only two squadrons of Rafale jets as an emergency measure in the wake of China and Pakistan significantly ramping up their air power by inducting stealth fighters. "Is there any point of calling them and explaining? They are misleading the country with something which was not even agreed to during the UPA government. You are throwing an allegation saying there is a fraud. You did not care for operational preparedness of the air f...
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SC stays Delhi HC order on bail to Zahoor Watali
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NEW DELHI, Sep 14: The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the Delhi High Court order granting bail to Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Watali, who was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for his alleged role in a terror-funding case involving Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud considered the submissions of the NIA that the release of Watali would cause grave harm to the ongoing investigation in the terror-funding case. The NIA was represented by Attorney General KK Venugopal and Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh. The bench has now fixed the plea of NIA filed against the Delhi High Court verdict for hearing on September 26 and asked the accused businessman to file h...
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There are mechanisms to initiate Indo-China dialogue: Shyam Saran
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NEW DELHI Sep 14: Former foreign secretary Shyam Saran on Friday said that there were mechanisms in place to initiate a dialogue between the Indian and Chinese military on different levels to defuse tensions that arise due to border issues. His comments come in the wake of reports that China's People Liberation Army (PLA) had transgressed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) at least thrice last month in Uttarakhand. Speaking to Reporters Saran said, "There are mechanisms to initiate dialogue, one is border meetings between the Indian and Chinese troops deployed at the border. If the matter cannot be solved there, it can be taken up to a higher level as well, all the way up to the Defence Ministry." The former top diplomat added, "We share a long border with China; these incidents (bord...
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