Modi Govt says won’t allow anti-national activities

Days after Pakistani flags were displayed in Kashmir by some separatists, the government today asserted in Lok Sabha that it will not allow anti-national activities even as it expressed readiness to have dialogue with those who eschew violence. Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, while replying to questions, said all anti-national activities are firmly dealt with and stringent action taken. “The government is committed to ensure that no anti-national activities take place which destabilises the situation in Jammu & Kashmir with consequences across the country,” he said in a written reply. His assertion came about fortnight after Pakistani flag was displayed by some separatists in Kashmir. Referring to that incident, Chaudhary said FIR was registered at Budgam …

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Will support talks if it resolve Kashmir issue as per people’s wishes: Geelani

Hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani said on Friday said his amalgam would only support a dialogue process aimed at resolving Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of the state. “Hurriyat will only extend support to such a dialogue which is aimed at addressing Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes of its people and will honour their sacrifices,” Geelani said in a statement here. Geelani’s statement comes a day after moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq expressed readiness to enter into a dialogue with the Centre, provided it shows seriousness to resolve Kashmir issue by revisiting the policy of former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee. “In principle, Hurriyat Conference is not …

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J&K govt suspends 22 officials for absence from duty, including 6 doctors

Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday placed 22 officials, including six doctors, under suspension for being absent from duties during surprise inspections in Anantnag and Budgam districts of the Valley. While 12 government officials of various departments were suspended in Anantnag district of south Kashmir, 10 others, including six doctors, were placed under suspension in central Kashmir’s Budgam district following surprise inspections by District Development Commissioners concerned, an official spokesman said. He said District Development Commissioner Budgam inspected many administrative units, including hospitals and educational institutions. While inspecting Sub District Hospital Chrar-i-Sharief, 10 officials including six doctors were found absent from duty and placed under suspension, the spokesman said.     Deputy Commissioner Anantnag conducted surprise visits at Tehsil office, …

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Kashmiri militants set to be freed after Mufti Sayeed’s order

Jammu & Kashmir Police will comply with the directions of chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who has sought release of all separatists militants and separatists who do not face any criminal charge. “Yes, all the directions issued by the government (on release of political prisoners from jails in the state) will be complied with. Let us be assured about it,” director general of police (DGP), J&K, K Rajendra Kumar told reporters here on Saturday. He was asked whether the process of release of political prisoners has begun at the level of the police. “Any direction coming from the government would be looked into and would be worked out,” the DGP said. In a meeting with the police chief here on …

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Jammu & Kashmir government to purchase additional power for Kashmir

The Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to purchase additional power from the central government to meet the electricity demands in the Kashmir Valley. “Jammu and Kashmir government will purchase an additional 60 megawatt power and supply it to the Valley for improving the power supply situation there,” an official spokesman said. He said the decision was taken in a meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, to review the current power situation in the Valley. “During the meeting, the chief minister instructed that efforts should be made to reduce power curtailment and cuts in all parts of the Valley, especially during the current winter months,” he said. The meeting was also attended by Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal …

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BJP will form next Govt in Jammu & Kashmir: Amit Shah

Claiming that the BJP will form the next government in Jammu and Kashmir, party president Amit Shah today alleged that funds being sent from the Centre are not reaching to the people of the state. Without naming any party, Mr Shah said people of the state have given chance to all parties to run the governments in the state since Independence who failed to do “Vikas” as there are no hospitals, doctors, proper electricity and water supply. “Now give BJP a chance for overall development of the state which has lacked in all fields when other states of the country have marched ahead”, he told party workers in Rajbagh area of the city, which witnessed devastation during the September floods. …

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Jammu and Kashmir records 58 per cent turnout in 3rd Phase of Assembly polls

Defying boycotts and terror threats, voters in Jammu & Kashmir today came out in large numbers to exercise their democratic right in third phase polling of the five-leg Assembly elections. Braving chill and defying threat perception, the voters in the border state, accounted 58 per cent polling in 16 assembly constituencies spread over Baramulla, Pulwama and Badgam districts. Barring few minor incidents of stone pelting and a minor blast near a polling booth hours before the start of polling, the voting remained by and large peaceful.   A total of 13,69,102 voters, including 6,51,245 women, sealed the fate of 138 candidates, including Chief Minister Omar Abdullah from Beerwah. Omar Abdullah also tweeted: “My personal thanks to the voters of Beerwah …

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Omar terms BJP and PDP as two sides of the same coin

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today termed BJP and PDP as two sides of the same coin while alleging that both the parties are inherently opposed to Article 370, which gives special status to the State. “PDP and BJP are two sides of the same coin and both parties are inherently opposed to Article 370. While (PDP patron) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed eroded Article 370 from 1953 to 1975, (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi wants to abrogate it and both these leaders have similar intentions,” Omar said addressing a public meeting in Beerwah constituency of north Kashmir’s Budgam district. “I am amazed that Mufti Sahab can openly talk about Article 370 when it was none other than him who played a very important …

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NC candidate stokes controversy, calls boycott of polls ‘democratic’

National Conference candidate from Baramulla assembly constituency Ghulam Hassan Rahi has stoked a controversy by saying the calls for boycott of elections in the State is part of a “democratic” process. “This is a democracy. Those calling for boycott also have their role,” he said when asked to comment about the posters of various militant outfits appearing in some parts of Baramulla district calling for election boycott. However, he indicated that pasting of posters could also be a handiwork of political parties in his constituency to scare away the voters who were supporting the ruling National Conference. “I cannot blame the Mujahideen (militants),” Rahi said. Asked if it was a ploy of political parties to issue such posters, he said, …

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NC MLC Sheikh Ghulam Rasool stumps Omar on Poll eve, likely to join PDP

Openly raising banner of revolt against the functioning of the working president of National Conference another senior leader and party MLC Sheikh Ghulam Rasool Wednesday quit from the primary membership of the party ahead of the first round of polling. Retired as former Chief secretary Sheikh was often credited for ensuing thumping victory of Omar in 2008 Assembly polls after witnessing poll debacle in 2002 from Ganderbal at the hands of PDP candidate. Rasools’ decision to dump the National Conference on the eve of the polls is likely to bolster claims of the opposition party and would provide them with the ammunition to target  the top brass of the party with lethal barbs during the electioneering. In his resignation letter …

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