Tag Archives: J&K

Prof. Amitabh Mattoo predicts downfall of NC in 2014 assembly polls

Professor Amitabh Mattoo

35 seats to PDP, 17 to BJP and NC each, 11 to Congress   Former Vice Chancellor of Jammu University Prof Amitabh Mattoo, currently associated with The University of Melbourne has predicted that Peoples Democratic Party stand to gain maximum seats in the forthcoming Assembly polls in the state.   Sharing his assessment  on his facebook profile with his followers Prof Mattoo has claimed that PDP would win close to 35 Assembly seats while BJP is expected to come second by winning 17 Assembly seats in the 2014 Assembly polls.   Commenting on the fate of National Conference in the coming polls Prof Mattoo has stuck his neck out by claiming that the ruling party in the state is expected to …

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Omar bats for the return of Salal and Dulhasti power projects to J&K from NHPC

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today strongly advocated for the return of Salal and Dulhasti power projects to the state from NHPC. “The Rangarajan Committee has recommended certain hydroelectric power projects be returned to the state free of cost. We reiterate this demand and request that requisite compensation to NHPC for such projects be paid by the Central government,” he said addressing the joint meeting of 14th Finance Commission and state government officers here. The Chief Minister made a strong case for raising free power quota from existing 12 per cent to 30 per cent in all Centre sector Hydroelectric Projects (HEPs) in the state. Omar also sought compensation to the state for Indus Water Treaty that restricts …

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National Conference ready to dump Congress in 2014 assembly polls?

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Yet to decide on forming pre-poll alliance Ahead of the forthcoming Assembly polls in J&K National Conference has almost made up its mind to dump the congress party by going it alone in the polls. An indication to this effect was by given by the top brass of the party during the day long workers convention here at Sher-e-Kashmir bhawan where senior functionaries of the party were gathered to give their feedback to the party leaders ahead of the 2014 polls. Interestingly JKPCC Chief Prof Saif Ud Din Soz  had claimed on Friday that the congress party had learnt many lessons and not going to repeat mistakes. Taking a dig at the congress party both Omar Abdullah and Dr Farooq …

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Jitendra Singh’s remark on Art 370 can divide J&K: PDP

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Opposition PDP chief and Anantnag MP Mehbooba Mufti today condemned the statement of Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh, saying it has the potential to divide J&K on communal lines and trigger another partition. “Though the minister has retracted it, we still condemn the statement because there were apprehensions that the BJP Government, especially with (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi, will be divisive. But the PM had made a very good start by inviting SAARC leaders to the swearing-in ceremony. “He tried to connect with the neighbours in spite of many problems and conflicts, so we appreciated that. Whereas the PM was on one hand trying to connect with the neighbours and was having talks with (Pakistan …

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Govt open to debate on Article 370:MoS, PMO Jitendra Singh

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The Narendra Modi government is open to debate on Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, Minister of State in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office Jitendra Singh said today while making it clear that efforts would be made through this exercise to “convince” the “unconvinced”. Repeating the stand of Modi during his rally in December last year, Singh, a first time Parliament Member and a surprise choice as Minister of State in the PMO, said, “his (Modi’s) intention and that of the government is that we have a debate so that we can convince the unconvinced about the disadvantages of Article 370. “If we do not have debate and discussion how would you be able to tell those who have been …

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Strengthening BJP in J&K is need of hour: Vibodh Gupta

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Rajouri deserves Municipal Council status, MLA’s partial behavior responsible for pathetic condition of town   Highlighting the lack of basic civic amenities and other facilities in the Rajouri city and outskirts, which are proving to be hurdle in the overall development of Rajouri city, Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) State Vice President Advocate Vibodh Gupta today criticized the Coalition Government for its failure to judiciously utilize the funds allotted by Central Government for the betterment of the State. Addressing a meeting of the members from Muslim community, Vibodh lambasted the ex-MoS and local MLA Shabir Ahmed Khan for his partial attitude towards the Rajouri city.  “It is due to the ‘pick and choose’ policy adopted by the Shabir Khan that the …

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Governor conducts aerial survey of Amarnath Yatra routes


Governor N N Vohra, Chairman, alongwith Rakesh Kumar Gupta, CEO, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, conducted an aerial survey of the Shri Amarnathji Yatra area along the Chandanwari, Sheshnag, Panjtarni on the Pahalgam axis and Sangam and Baltal on the Baltal axis, to gain first hand impression about the existing snow accumulation levels. It was observed that the entire Yatra area from Chandanwari onwards on the Pahalgam axis and from  Domel onwards from the Baltal axis has very heavy snow accumulation. As almost all the prefabricated and permanent structures are still buried under snow upto roof level it is assessed that the entire area is still 8-10 feet of snow. The restoration of tracks from Chandanwari onwards is being taken up …

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Once upon a time Omar had defended innovative recruitment policy now ready to scrap it

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“I also started on stipend. ……I did not earn a full salary. My starting salary was 3000”   After tasting humiliating defeat in the recent Lok Sabha polls it took Omar Abdullah barely few hours to announce to his followers on the twitter that based on the feedback he has received on his email count he is going to propose scrapping of the new Recruitment policy.   I’m bringing a proposal to the J&K Cabinet on Wednesday & I’m proposing scrapping the “New Recruitment Policy” with immediate effect 1/3 — Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) May 19, 2014 In contrast when Omar govt had notified the same policy it was not welcomed at all by the educated youth across the state and …

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31550 voters exercised NOTA in J&K

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On Friday when Lok Sabha results were declared and  winning candidates were celebrating their victories official sources revealed a sizeable number of 31550 voters across Jammu and Kashmir had exercised the option of NOTA (None of the Above) during the polls. The highest number of 10,478 voters across Udhampur-Doda Lok Sabha seat pressed NOTA button instead of supporting a particular candidate. Voters in Anantnag which saw close contest between PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti and NC’s Mehboob Beg came second as 5936 voters opted for NOTA. In Baramulla where PDP’s Muzaffar Hussain Baig defeated sitting MP of the National Conference 4568 voters had exercised NOTA option. Approximately five thousand voters exercised the NOTA option in Srinagar from where Dr Farooq Abdullah contested …

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Staring defeat in the face Red faced Azad left counting Centre

Jitendra Singh- Jugal Kishore-Mehbooba Mufti-Kashmir-Jammu-J&K Winners India Elections 2014

JUGAL KISHORE SCRIPTS HISTORY BY WINNING OVER SIX LAKH VOTES Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was left red faced after a Jammu based doctor, elder brother of  NC provincial president Devender Singh Rana, Dr Jitendra Singh handed over crushing defeat to him thus putting a question mark over his future in the state politics. Riding high on the pro-Modi wave in Jammu region and anti incumbency against the NC-Cong alliance govt over enthusiastic electorate across Jammu and Kashmir defeated all six alliance candidates. While the PDP won all three seats in Kashmir valley defeating three candidates of National Conference, BJP swept the polls in Jammu and Ladakh bagging rest of the three seats in the state. In Jammu-Poonch, BJP’s …

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