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Article 370 is permanent, can’t be abrogated, repealed or amended: J&K High Court

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Jammu and Kashmir High Court has ruled that Article 370, granting special status to the state, has assumed place of permanence in the Constitution and the feature is beyond amendment, repeal or abrogation. The Court also said that Article 35A gives “protection” to existing laws in force in the State. “Article 370 though titled as ‘Temporary Provision’ and included in Para XXI titled ‘Temporary, Transitional and Special Provisions’ has assumed place of permanence in the Constitution,” a division bench of justices Hasnain Masoodi and Janak Raj Kotwal ruled in a 60-page judgement. “It is beyond amendment, repeal or abrogation, in as much as Constituent Assembly of the State before its dissolution did not recommend its Amendment or repeal,” the bench …

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BJP MLA raises issue of compensation to the family of Chamel Singh in J&K Assembly

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MLA Jammu West Sat Sharma (CA) raised the question of Chamel Singh in the Zero Hour of todays Assembly Session. Sharma raised the issue regarding the compensation to the family of the deceased. It is pertinent to mention that Chamel Singh was killed in Kot Lakhpat jail in Pakistan by the Jail authorities same as the case of Sarabjeet Singh of Punjab where Punjab State paid Rs. 1 crore and Central Govt. paid Rs. 25 Lakhs to the family of Late Sarabjeet Singh but the then Omar Abdullah led Government failed to compensate the family of Chamel Singh despite of countless representations made by the family. The issue regarding this has been raised timely by Sat Sharma (CA). All MLAs …

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No proposal of tax exemption to chopper services going to Vaishno Devi: Jammu and Kashmir govt

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Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday said there is no proposal to exempt the helicopter service from Katra to Vaishno Devi shrine, from the service tax imposed on commercial chopper services in the state. “At the moment there is no proposal for exemption with the government,” Finance Minister Haseeb A Drabu said in a written reply to a question in the state Assembly. National Conference MLA from Nagrota Devender Rana had asked if the state government intended to exempt the helicopter services to the revered shrines in Reasi district of the state from the 12.5% service tax imposed on commercial helicopter services. Although the question could not be taken up during Question Hour, Rana raised the issue in the Zero …

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Jammu & Kashmir High Court issues notice to state govt on liquor ban petition

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Jammu and Kashmir High Court today sought the government’s view on banning liquor in the state as pleaded in a public interest litigation (PIL). Admitting the PIL filed by a religious organisation Karwan-e-Islami, a division bench headed by Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar asked the state government to file its response by October 6. The court also directed the government to spell out the steps taken by it for closure of liquor shops along the highways and near hospitals, educational institutes and religious places. Karwan-e-Islami on Wednesday last submitted the PIL seeking a ban on sale and consumption of liquor in the state like in some other states of the country. The organisation, through its chairman Sheikh Ghulam Rasool Hami, …

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Jammu court directs CB to investigate fake degrees of BJP MLA’s wife

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A local court today directed the Crime Branch, Jammu to investigate alleged fake degrees of wife of BJP MLA Gagan Bhagat, who claims to be a professional doctor and also running a private hospital. A complaint was lodged by one Neelam Kumari, Member of Board of Directors, J&K Women Credit Cooperative in which she had alleged that Dr Monika Sharma, wife of BJP MLA Gagan Bhagat from RS Pura Constituency, is holding fake degree of BAMS and also running a full-fledged private hospital in RS Pura, Court sources here said. Sources as per the complainant said, “The lady with the help of some other persons have got the forged degree and marks card of BAMS from Baba Sahib Bhim Rao …

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Army agrees to vacate some land near Jammu airport

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Army today agreed to vacate some land near the airport and the University in Jammu while several joint committees have been formed to address other issues regarding transfer of land held by Army to the civil administration at various places in the State. The Army was also requested to secure areas having landmines, in particular those which are adjacent to the farm or fields of the local inhabitants, along the International Border and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu region, an official spokesman. The decisions were taken at a Civil-Military Liaison (CML) meet chaired by Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and attended by Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, top Army commanders, Chief Secretary B R Sharma, Director General of …

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J&K: Beef Ban creates divide between PDP and BJP

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The issue of beef ban in Jammu & Kashmir has created a divide between the ruling coalition partners, with PDP saying the prohibition cannot be accepted while the BJP is pressing for strict implementation of the 150-year prohibitory rule. PDP said consumption of beef will continue to be allowed in the state notwithstanding the directive of the high court for implementing a ban even as BJP said the sentiments of Hindus should be respected in the larger national interest without any provocation. “No one can suppress religious freedom. If something is “halal” (allowed) in a religion, why should there be a ban on it? The Supreme Court, in its recent judgment, has also said that meat ban cannot be forced …

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Committed to resettling Kashmiri Pandits in Valley: BJP

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BJP leader Ram Madhav, who played a key role in forging his party’s alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, on Monday said that much more was needed to be done to resettle Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley but insisted that the coalition government was committed to it. In an interactive session on Facebook, the BJP general secretary called the alliance as well as the situation in the state “difficult”, but said there was greater understanding between the two parties now. Asked about BJP’s promise of bringing Pandits back in the Valley, Madhav said, “The PDP-BJP government is committed to fulfilling the promise of resettling Pandits in the Valley with safety and honour. There is some progress. I agree much …

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India is not expansionist, wants better ties with neighbours: Rajnath Singh

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Asserting that India does not have expansionist ambitions, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said it has always endeavoured to have better ties with neighbours particularly Pakistan and China and said that all issues including border disputes and terrorism can be resolved through talks. Singh, who started his three-day visit to forward areas along the borders with Pakistan and China, said India only wants to defend its borders and infiltration and transgressions from across the frontiers should stop. He said India was ready to take the lead to improve ties with neighbours but would not compromise on honour and dignity. “We want better relationships with China and Pakistan. Peace cannot prevail in Asia and the continent cannot prosper on the …

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Rajnath Singh hints no ITBP deployment with BSF in Jammu

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday indirectly denied reports about deployment of ITBP on the international border between India and Pakistan in Jammu region in addition to the BSF. “Indo-TIbetan Border Police (ITBP) is deployed on the LAC (line of actual control) between India and China in the Ladakh region. ITBP Himalaya ki goad ki raksha karti hai (ITBP guards the lap of the Himalayas for the country),” the minister said while inaugurating the headquarters of 47th Battalion of ITBP in Kagwal area of Samba district. “Since Kathua is the entry point to reach the lap of the Himalayas (Ladakh region) in the state, where the ITBP guards the LAC, it is necessary to station a battalion of this …

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