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Ghulam Nabi Azad LS seat Affidavit

Azad acquired 2.5 acres of agricultural land in Vidarbha in 1994 but concealed this info in 2006, 08, 09 polls

Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Tuesday filed his nomination papers from Udhampur-Doda Lok Sabha seat and also declared his family’s movable and immovable assets worth 4.14 crores. In the long list of assets Azad declared that on July 5, 1994 he had acquired  2.5 acres of agricultural piece of  land in Washim district of Vidharbha in Maharashtra by sale deed under survey no 461. Significantly Azad who had contested 2006 by polls in Jammu and Kashmir and later Assembly polls in 2008, Rajya Sabha polls in 2009  had concealed this crucial piece of information. A quick review of previous affidavits submitted by Azad at the time of filing the nomination papers clearly revealed that Azad had deliberately hidden property …

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General Bus Stand-Jammu

Omar shoring up his own image, Will the Gamble pay off or cost Omar dearly?

Ahead of the 2014 hectic poll season Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has been sincerely trying to shore up his image in the eyes of the people of Jammu region. To help him make inroads and consolidate position of the party his close aides are also toiling hard. Some are regularly organising small public meetings to propagate his message to the people while others are working behind closed doors to gather support of leaders from other parties. Patting his own back at public gatherings Omar has been circulating details of pet developmental projects which were either started during his tenure or were commissioned by him for the welfare of the people of Jammu region. By doing this course correction at the …

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J&K: 16 vehicles provided to CM’s secretariat by SMG

A total number of 16 vehicles have been provided to the Chief Ministers secretariat by the State Motor Garages Department while  6 vehicles have been provided to Raj Bhawan, 2 to Deputy Chief Minister, 25 to different courts, at least 2 each to members of council of ministers and their staff. To ensure smooth movement of VVIPS and senior functionaries of the state govt the state motor garages department also purchased 167 new vehicles of all categories  between November 2008 to 2013-14. According to the Minister Incharge Transport department, the new fleet of cars,Tata Safaris,Mahindra Scorpio,Toyota Innova, Maruti SX4 and other models were allotted to the council of ministers, Raj Bhawan, commissioner secretaries to Government, Chairpersons of different boards, Chief …

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AAP-Jammu-Kashmir

Why no AAP wave catching up in J&K?

In 2005 Transparency International, a NGO had conducted a survey and rated J&K as second most corrupt state in the country. Nine years later as Aam Admi party is gearing up  for the national debut in the Lok Sabha polls, riding high on the popularity wave, there are very takers for the party here in J&k. Absence of AAP activists or lack of support has raised questions marks whether there is absence of leadership who do not want to fight against corruption in the state or common residents here are too busy to participate in the campaign against corruption. This was evident last week when an event organised by the AAP activists failed to create ripples and may have disheartened …

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Rahul Gandhi ad-Jammu

After Modi, now Rahul catching the eye balls here in the City of Temples

After BJP went on advertisement spree here in the city of temples to project their Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi now it is the turn of Congress party to launch a media blitzkrieg showcasing Rahul Gandhi as their future leader, eager to take the wind out of the sails of BJP nominee. The mushrooming bill boards and larger than life size hoardings of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi have already started dotting the vantage points across the city. Two prominent hoardings with slogans ‘Rajniti nahin Kajniti’, came up on the busy BC road crossing near Shakuntla theatre, while smaller hoardings with similar and few other slogans aimed at countering aggressive BJP campaign have also come up here in the city …

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Science Congress- Jammu University

City of Temples gearing up to host Science Congress, may Ignite Young minds and Scientific tempers in the state too

The ‘City of Temples’ is gearing up to host 101 All India Science Congress in the sprawling lawns of Jammu University campus beginning February 3. The mega event scheduled to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is expected to attract world famous Nobel laureates and scientists of international repute, academicians, large number of teachers and students. The theme of the science congress revolves around Innovations in Science and Technology for Inclusive Development. During the session an attempt shall be made to showcase the recent developments in the field of Science and Technology in the country and abroad. As per rough estimates more than 8000 delegates are expected to attend the science congress over a period of five days.  …

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The Indian Passport: More than a Document

As I walked to the park for my morning run today I crossed the Civic Centre parking area. They had a sign which said “Citizenship Parking”.  It meant that many who have applied for British Citizenship will be taking their Oath and pledging their allegiance to their new Country and her Queen. Hence the need for extra parking space today. I saw many Indians walking in, dressed in their best. And all I felt was deep sadness, a sense of loss and failure. I have always been Patriotic. I almost did not marry the love of my life because he was planning to move to the US. I was one of the biggest reasons why he chose to stay with an Indian Company at …

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Near Tikri- Four Laning of Jammu-Udhampur Highway

4 laning of Jammu-Udhampur Section, An Engineering Marvel nearing Completion

An engineering marvel in the form of four laning of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is nearing completion and if Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is to be believed by the end of this year the drive between Udhampur & Jammu is going to be amazing. And by 2017 Jammu Srinagar should take about 5 hrs. Satisfied with the progress of the ongoing works undertaken by the National Highway Authority of India Omar recently claimed “am very pleased with the pace & quality of work of AFCONS” Four laning of National Highway would not only enhance and upgrade the accessibility to the Kashmir valley from other parts of the Country but help in a big way to generate economic activities and jobs for …

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Jammu University

College Life – The best part of life

After 8a.m-12p.m schedule and disciplined life of a school, college comes as a relishing treat in the life of a student. As education is the best provision for life’s journey, college is the best institution to turn an immature fresh student into a mature balanced citizen. It is a Pandora’s box, filled with endless fun, humour, friends and also with responsibilities. Though college is a synonym for parties, trips and freedom, it is also a platform to show your excellence and confirm the chances of better jobs. In school there is a clear line between school life and home life but when you come to college and live in the campus, you are constantly among friends and trying new things. Thus …

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Article 370

The ‘immortality’ of Kashmir problem

Understanding the problem of Kashmir is no less than rocket-science today. Whatever steps India took right since the signing of Instrument of Accession to the signing of Indira-Sheikh Accord and even till date, “ambiguities” were always an inherent part of them. Some ambiguities were incorporated deliberately while others were the result of serious mistakes (read ‘blunders’). The epicenter of this whole turmoil that we see today is the sign-of-interrogation (?) on the validity of “accession”, whether it was conditional and revocable or unconditional and irrevocable. And here the opinion of Kashmiris and the rest of India differ. The ambiguities kept doors open for both the parties to come up with conflicting arguments and opinions. Despite winning all the wars in …

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