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By-poll Vote Count Begins in Kashmir
The vote count of by-poll has started on Saturday morning for Anantnag assembly constituency in South Kashmir. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is one among the eight candidates contesting for the poll. The results should come out before mid-day. As per reports, Peoples Democratic Party is moving ahead. However, the final result will decide the fate of these candidates.2016-06-25 11:22:17 AM
Mehbooba Mufti Leads in the Anantnag By-Poll
The fourth round of counting has ended and Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti is leading by 6000 votes. Peoples Democratic Party has received 8549 votes, whereas the result of the other parties are like, Congress 2752, NC 954 and AIP 260 votes.2016-06-25 11:30:00 AM
J&K: Voter Turnout 34% in Anantnag Bypolls
South Kashmir's Anantnag assembly constituency recorded a turnout of 33.8 per cent in the bypoll held on 22 June. The turnout was 6 per cent less than that of last election. While voters were seen thronging polling booths in rural pockets, the turnout was very low in urban areas. The bypoll is critical for chief minister Mehbooba Mufti as she has to get elected to the assembly within six months of taking office. The seat fell vacant after the death of former CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.2016-06-23 11:25:44 AM
Voting Underway for Anantnag Bypolls in J&K
Voting began on a slow note for bye-elections to Anantnag constituency of Jammu & Kashmir legislative assembly today. It is hinted that people are exhausted after doing their early morning prayers and fast as it is the month of Ramadan. According to authorities, voter turnout is likely to increase as the day progresses.2016-06-22 10:37:38 AM
Anantnag Polls Popularity Test for J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti
Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti is going to face her first popularity test since taking office in the upcoming Anantnag constituency bypolls. This election will also be significant for Mehbooba's political career as she is seeking a seat in the state assembly from Anantnag. The bypoll results will also show whether voters agree with her decision to ally with the BJP for the second time. Both the PDP and main opposition National Conference are campaigning intensively for the bypoll which is going to be held on 22 June.2016-06-21 11:53:12 AM
New J&K Govt Likely Next Week
The wait for government formation in the state of Jammu & Kashmir looks set to finally get over with the PDP-BJP alliance staking claim to form government. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti and senior leader of BJP Nirmal Singh met J&K governor N.N. Vohra on Saturday to jointly stake claim to form government in the state. The coalition government is most likely to be sworn in by early next week.2016-03-28 12:29:54 PM
Mehbooba Mufti to become first woman CM of Jammu & Kashmir
After a wait of almost two-and-a-half months, the Jammu & Kashmir will finally get its chief minister. With Mehbooba Mufti being elected as the PDP legislature party leader, it's just a matter of time before she is anointed as the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir. Mehbooba, who has been putting pressure on the BJP to announce confidence building measures, finally agreed to form the government with the party after a half-an-hour meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.2016-03-25 10:55:31 AM
Mehbooba Mufti Meets Narendra Modi to Discuss Govt Formation in J&K
Three days after the BJP took a strong stand against the PDP for imposing new conditions for government formation in Jammu & Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday. The meeting is being seen as critical for the future of PDP-BJP alliance and government formation in J&K which has been under Governor's rule since 7 January. Talks between the PDP and the BJP reached a deadlock after the demise of sitting chief minister Mufti Mohammad Saeed on January 7.2016-03-23 10:47:53 AM
Mehbooba Likely to Form Govt in J&K With BJP Support
In a public address in Kashmir's Kupwara district, People's Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti confirmed that her party is set to continue its alliance with the BJP. Stating that her father's decision to form government with the BJP was well-thought, Mehbooba said that it remains her decision too. Mehbooba's tone seemed reconciliatory and gave hints of pressures within the party to form government without further delay. The PDP chief, however, restated the need to implement the steps agreed on in the 'Agenda of the Alliance'.2016-03-08 11:14:11 AM
Mehbooba Mufti Likely To Form Govt With BJP in J&K
PDP matriarch Mehbooba Mufti gave hints that her party was ready to form government with the BJP in J&K. Mehbooba recalled that her father, late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, believed in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ability to 'do something' for improvement of ties between India and Pakistan. She added that she had faith in her father's decision to ally with the BJP. Commenting that the Modi government has the mandate to do more than its precursors, Mehbooba said that talks with the BJP are on and the PDP will form government when it feels that Mufti’s dreams can be fulfilled.2016-02-22 11:44:15 AM
Omar Mounts Pressure On Mehbooba Over JNU Incident
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah launched an attack on the People's Democratic Party today for negotiating with the BJP to form government in J&K. Abdullah pointed out that this is the same BJP which cracked down on JNU students for protesting against the hanging of Afzal Guru. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh went on to say that the protests were backed by Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Sayeed. Both the NC and PDP had expressed objection to the hanging of Afzal Guru.2016-02-15 11:46:25 AM
J&K Government Formation: Mehbooba Mufti Hints at Snapping Ties with the BJP
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti gave a hint on Friday of snapping ties with coalition partner BJP if the confidence-building measures (CBMs) are not announced by the Centre to end the political logjam in Jammu & Kashmir. While holding a meeting with the party workers in Jammu, Mehbooba called for a “positive atmosphere” that needs to be created before the new government can be formed.2016-02-06 12:35:33 PM
Mehbooba Mufti Meets Jammu-Based Party Leaders; No Clarity on Coalition
Maintaining suspense over government formation in the state, PDP Leader Mehbooba Mufti met Jammu-based party leaders at the Jammu region's party headquarters at Gandhi Nagar. What transpired in the two-and-a-half hour meeting was not revealed by Mufti. However, PDPD member and spokesman Firdos Tak said that BJP will have to respond to issues raised by Mufti before any steps could be taken for the formation of coalition government.2016-02-04 12:12:46 PM
Specific CBMs Must for Govt Formation With BJP : Mehbooba Mufti
Breaking her silence on government formation in J&K, People's Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti said that her party will renew its alliance with the BJP if the latter adopts confidence building measures specific to the state. These were the PDP chief's first public comments on government formation in J&K, after her father, J&K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's demise. Mehbooba has, however, not mentioned what CBMs her party is seeking from the BJP-led central government. The PDP president said that her party has no differences with the BJP but that the Indian government should start CBMs because of the complex situation in the state.2016-02-03 11:24:36 AM
J&K Governor to Hold Talks With PDP, BJP
As government formation gets more and more delayed in J&K, state governor N.N. Vohra has asked alliance partners PDP and BJP to meet him separately today. The governor is expected to ask them to clarify their respective stands on government formation in the state. The People's Democratic Party president, Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed, has indicated that she is in no hurry to renew the party's alliance with BJP. Party sources in Srinagar claimed that a government could be formed right away, provided the BJP implements the agenda of alliance sincerely. Mehbooba has reportedly told her party that the PDP wants assurance from the BJP that it will fulfill the late chief minister, Mufti Mohammad’s vision of peaceful and equitable development in the state. It is understood that Mehbooba is wary of losing popularity in J&K by allying with the BJP. On the other hand, the BJP is unwilling to bend before the PDP. It expects that the PDP chief will not take the drastic step of walking out of the alliance.2016-02-02 11:33:55 AM
Mehbooba Mufti says PDP-BJP Alliance in Kashmir Unpopular; Calls for Reassessment
Terming the alliance with the BJP as "unpopular" PDP leader and Chief Minister hopeful Mehbooba Mufti said that there is enough scope for reassessing the alliance in Jammu & Kashmir. Addressing her party’s leaders on Sunday, Mufti added that her father's decision to ally with the BJP was an "unpopular" move. She alleged that the BJP had sabotaged the coalition and suggested reassessment of the coalition if the government is to be formed.2016-02-01 05:13:01 PM
Mehbooba Mufti Unlikely to Stake Claim in J&K Govt
As many as 23 days after Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away, daughter Mehbooba Mufti seems unwilling to take her father's place anytime soon. Currently serving as the president of the ruling PDP party, Mehbooba has reportedly gone into deep introspection following her father's death. It is understood that the PDP chief is unwilling to continue the party's alliance with the BJP unless the latter walks the extra mile. Never personally in favour of the PDP-BJP alliance, Mehbooba has taken due note of the challenges regularly faced by her father Mufti Mohammad on account of the BJP when he was heading the difficult alliance. In view of no concrete assurances from the BJP on the alliance agenda and Mehbooba's apprehensions about their relationship, it may be sometime before a new chief minister takes oath in the state.2016-01-30 12:18:45 PM
Mehbooba Mufti Keeps Everyone Guessing on Next J&K CM
There is no doubt that Mehboba Mufti is the choice to replace her father, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, as the chief minister of J&K. However, the PDP matriarch has refused to take oath even a fortnight after her father’s death, thus pushing the state under President's rule. Sources reveal that Mehbooba wants to iron out some creases before taking over the mantle of the valley's chief minister. Mehbooba must first quell the rising unrest within the PDP because of its alliance with the BJP. Indeed, Mehbooba herself had never been in favour of the PDP's alliance with the BJP, a party which is considered as anti-Muslim in Kashmir valley. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comment late last year that he didn't need anybody's advice on Pakistan has not gone down very well with the PDP. The PDP deemed it as a direct snub to the party and its patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed who always urged on bringing Pakistan to the talking table. It seems that the PDP is expecting demonstrable confidence building acts from the BJP to continue with the alliance.2016-01-22 03:57:20 PM
PDP Keeps Government Formation on Hold; Mehbooba Mufti to Take Final Call
After the PDP held its first formal meeting since the death of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on 7 January, the party sources indicated they are willing to continue their alliance with the BJP However, the party has given Mehbooba Mufti the authority to decide what has to be done in the future. While talking to the reports, senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar refused to set a time-frame for government formation.2016-01-18 10:31:52 AM
PDP Leader Says Party Setting New Terms for Alliance with BJP
Naeem Akhtar, a PDP leader, told media that a new agenda has been drafted by the party and the new terms have to be accepted by the BJP if they want to continue alliance in Jammu & Kashmir. He also asked the BJP to take concrete action on governance agenda that was agreed upon in 2015. Akhtar also added that party was reviewing the progress of "the common vision” of PM Modi and Mufti Mohammad Sayeed regarding J&K.2016-01-14 03:59:09 PM
Mehbooba Mufti to Take Oath as J&K CM After 13 January
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti will take oath as the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister after the end of the seven-day mourning for her late father ends on Wednesday. According to the PDP spokesman Mehboob Beg, neither it nor its alliance partner – BJP – had set any preconditions for forming a new government in the state. He also said that the terms of alliance that was worked out during Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's tenure will continue to govern the coalition in the next government.2016-01-13 10:35:04 AM
Mehbooba Mufti not Decided on Coalition; Government Formation in J&K to Take Time
Mehbooba Mufti, expected to take over as Jammu & Kashmir's first woman chief minister, is not yet decided on government formation. According to sources, Mufti is hurt over the way the People's Democratic Party (PDP), was treated during the negotiations for Central package and its delayed release. Although the coalition is likely to continue, Mufti is reportedly keen to reset2016-01-12 11:01:02 AM
Sonia Gandhi, Nitin Gadkari meet Mehbooba Mufti in Kashmir
Even days after the death of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the PDP is yet to make any announcement on the formation of government in Jammu & Kashmir. On Sunday, a Congress team led by Sonia Gandhi, and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari separately met Mehbooba Mufti at her residence in Srinagar. Meanwhile, Governor N N Vohra has sought clarity from Mehbooba and state BJP president Sat Paul Sharma on their respective positions on formation of the new government.2016-01-11 10:40:42 AM
Mehbooba Mufti gets PDP's Support, set to be the First Woman CM of Jammu & Kashmir
After the passing away of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Thursday, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) unanimously elected Mehbooba Mufti as their leader and have written to Governor NN Vohra in this regard. A delegation from the PDP met the governor in Srinagar and handed over a letter affirming the legislators' backing for the 56-year-old Mufti. The PDP President is set to be the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. However, the date and of her swearing-in ceremony hasn't been specified yet.2016-01-08 10:27:00 AM
Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed expected to take oath as J&K CM today
Mehbooba Mufti is set to take oath as the first female chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir today. Mehbooba is the daughter of the last chief minister of the state, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who passed away yesterday. On swearing in, Mehbooba will also emerge as the first Muslim female chief minister of India. People's Democratic Party(PDP) has already expressed its desire to the state governor to let Mehbooba succeed her father to the post. The BJP, which is an alliance partner of the PDP in the state, will meet to decide on Mehbooba's candidature. Mehbooba is the president of PDP. She has worked for the party actively since its inception. She will resign as MP in the Lok Sabha where she represents South Kashmir.2016-01-08 01:57:10 PM
Jammu & Kashmir CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Passes Away; Daughter Mehbooba Mufti likely to replace him
Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, passed away today at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. He was 79. The veteran political leader was detected with sepsis along with decreased blood count and pneumonia. He had remained in the intensive care unit of AIIMS since 24 December. The chief minister breathed his last at 7.30am. His daughter, PDP MP Mehbooba Mufti is likely be sworn in as chief minister soon.2016-01-07 10:20:57 AM
Modi arrives in Jammu
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Friday on a day-long visit to this winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir. The special plane carrying the prime minister landed at the technical area of Jammu airport around 11 a.m. Governor N.N.Vohra, Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and senior cabinet ministers received Modi at the airport. Source: IANS2015-07-17 12:17:34 PM
Kashmiri separatists criticise India-Pakistan joint statement
Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif agreed to cooperate to eliminate terrorism, separatist leaders here on Friday criticised them for ignoring the Kashmir issue. Mainstream politicians in the Kashmir Valley, however, welcomed the Modi-Sharif initiative to carry forward the peace dialogue between the two neighbours. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed welcomed the initiative saying: "We warmly welcome the latest initiative taken by the prime minister of the country and his Pakistani counterpart to revive the peace process between the two neighbouring countries."
Source: IANS2015-07-11 09:53:08 AM
Time to reflect on Article 370: union minister
Union minister Hansraj Ahir on Monday said it was time to reflect on the continuance of the constitution's article 370 which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Speaking at an event to mark the 115th birth anniversary of Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee, he said it was time to "free Kashmir" and "make it a part of India without any limitations". "It was because of Mookerjee's sacrifice that Kashmir is an integral part of India. But time now has come for us to reflect on how long article 370 will continue to be in force," said Ahir, the minister of state for chemicals and fertilisers. "It's high time to decide how long our constitution and other laws will continue to be not applicable in Kashmir.
Source: IANS2015-07-07 09:38:23 AM
Rajnath Singh in Kashmir on two-day visit
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived here on Wednesday on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir. Immediately after his arrival in Sri Nagar, he reviewed the overall security situation in the state including the security arrangements made for this year's Amarnath Yatra beginning on Thursday. Senior officials of the state government, central paramilitary forces and those of the state and central intelligence agencies attended the meeting. Singh stressed on better synergy and coordination among various agencies to ensure foolproof security for the Yatra.
Source: IANS2015-07-02 10:19:22 AM
Vohra, Rajnath visit Amarnath cave shrine
Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday paid obeisance at the Amarnath cave shrine in Kashmir's Anantnag district. The annual Amarnath Yatra started on Thursday as over 8,000 pilgrims left from two base camps in Kashmir for the Himalayan cave shrine. An official spokesman said that Vohra and Rajnath Singh on Thursday attended the traditional Pratham Puja heralding the beginning of the Amarnath Yatra. Vohra is also the chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) that manages the annual Hindu yatra.
Source: IANS2015-07-02 05:33:27 PM
AFSPA will continue in Jammu and Kashmir: Rajnath
The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which gives sweeping powers to security forces, will continue in Jammu and Kashmir till it is needed, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday. Talking to reporters Srinagar, the minister said that AFSPA in the state would be revoked only when the situation was conducive. "I pray to God that AFSPA is not needed anywhere in the country," Singh said, adding that all the stakeholders would have to cooperate in order to revoke the act. Asked if there were plans to talk to Kashmiri separatist groups, he said there was no such proposal.
Source: IANS2015-07-02 05:38:37 PM
Jammu and Kashmir government sacks 63 'tainted' civil servants
In a closely guarded move, the Jammu and Kashmir government overnight served sealed cover letters to 63 officials conveying their forced retirement from civil services. Special messengers delivered sealed cover letters containing orders of forced retirement to the government officials at their places of posting/residences across the state late on Tuesday evening. Official sources said that the list of "highly tainted" government officials had been given to Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed by a committee headed by Chief Secretary Muhammad Iqbal Khanday. "The process to cleanse the administration was started the day the new government took over on March 1.
Source: IANS2015-07-01 10:33:06 AM
Rajnath Singh to review security of Amarnath Yatra
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will arrive in Srinagar on Wednesday on a two-day visit to review the security arrangements for Amarnath Yatra and offer prayers at the Himalayan cave shrine on July 2. The home minister will review the security arrangements for this year's Amarnath Yatra along with Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and senior officials of state and central security forces on Wednesday, official sources here told media persons. "He will also be part of the first batch of devotees to visit the Holy Amarnath Shrine on July 2," a senior state government official said. This year's 59-day long pilgrimage to the Himalayan cave shrine in South Kashmir's Anantnag district will begin on July 2 and conclude on August 29.
Source: IANS2015-06-30 11:02:25 AM
Mufti implementing RSS agenda in Kashmir: Ex-CM Omar
The National Conference on Saturday accused Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed of implementing the agenda of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in the state. "When I was ruling the state, it had two centres - Srinagar and Jammu. But now the state government has only one centre that is Nagpur," former chief minister Omar Abdullah said referring to the RSS headquarters. "Today all the strings are pulled from there (Nagpur)." Abdullah led a large anti-government rally from Municipal Park, which is adjacent to the headquarters of ruling Peoples Democratic Party, to the business hub of Regal chowk in Srinagar.
Source: IANS2015-06-13 05:37:13 PM
Formed government in Kashmir to win over youth: BJP
The BJP on Thursday said that it formed a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir to win the hearts and minds of the youth and to bridge the gap between the Jammu region and the Valley. At a workshop of Bharatiya Janata Party's state functionaries in Srinagar, he inaugurated the party's 'Maha Sampark Abiayan' mass contact programme. "This is the first time our party is in power here. It is the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to create an atmosphere for communion of hearts by development of all," Chander Prakash Ganga, BJP leader and industries ministers, said.
Source: IANS2015-06-11 02:26:26 PM
Open for dialogue with anyone, within constitutional framework: Rajnath
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said that the government was open to a dialogue with anyone on different contentious issues, provided the talks were within the framework of the Constitution. "We are (open) for a dialogue with everybody. There is an elected PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir and everybody is welcome to start a dialogue with it. "If need arises, we will join the dialogue; but the same has to be within the framework of the country's Constitution," he said while addressing media persons in the state's winter capital. Rajnath Singh asserted that India believed in good relations with her neighbours, adding that these nations must also reciprocate the gesture.
Source: IANS2015-05-27 05:33:56 PM
Won't tolerate raising of pro-Pakistan slogans: Rajnath
Affirming the BJP's stand on abrogating Article 370 of the constitution, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday asserted the government will not tolerate anyone raising pro-Pakistan slogans. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which heads the ruling National Democratic Alliance government, has steadfastly demanded over the years that Article 370 which guarantees a special status to Jammu and Kashmir be repealed. "There are no two ways about our stand on Article 370," Singh told mediapersons in Kolkata. "But a new government has come to power in Jammu and Kashmir and the BJP, for the first time, has got the opportunity to be part of the state government. So let development take place first," he said. "But whatever we want to do we will do it taking in confidence the common masses," the home minister added.
Source: IANS2015-05-26 05:32:50 PM
Parrikar visits forward positions on LoC
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday visited forward positions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district. Defence spokesman Col. S.D. Goswami of the army's Udhampur-based Northern Command said: "On the second day of his official visit to the state the Raksha Mantri (defence minister) Manohar Parrikar visited the forward areas in the Rajouri Sector. "The minister was accompanied by the Army chief General Dalbir Singh and Lieutenant General D.S. Hooda, the Northern Army Commander. "During his visit to the forward posts, the minister was briefed by Lieutenant General K.H. Singh, Corps Commander of the White Knight Corps on the overall security situation and other important issues pertaining to strategy for the coming months.
Source: IANS2015-05-23 05:21:34 PM
Major administrative reshuffle in Kashmir
The Jammu and Kashmir government Monday ordered a major administrative reshuffle in state administration, transferring several senior IAS (Indian Administrative Service) and KAS (Kashmir Administrative Service) officers. The decision was taken by the cabinet which met in Srinagar under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Raj Kumar Goyal, returning from central deputation, has been posted as principal secretary, home, while Dheeraj Gupta, also returning from the centre, has been posted as commissioner, relief and rehabilitation. He shall also be CEO, Project Monitoring Unit of the World Bank Project. Asgar Hassan Samoon, commissioner, agriculture production, has been transferred and posted as divisional commissioner, Kashmir, replacing Gazzanfar Hussain, who will take over as secretary of the general administration department.
Source: IANS2015-05-19 10:07:07 AM
Things take time to improve: Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said on Tuesday that people must have patience to allow the government to rise to their expectations. "It will take time to put the system back on track," Sayeed told a media conference in Srinagar on Tuesday as he attended the office on the opening of the civil secretariat in Srinagar after six months of winter. He appealed to the people to have patience and allow the Peoples Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janata Party (PDP-BJP) coalition government to fulfill the promises made to them. "The coalition government has just completed two months. Some people talk as if we have been in power for years. Things cannot happen overnight, it takes time," the chief minister said.
Source: IANS2015-05-05 01:43:52 PM
NC slams Kashmir government's recruitment policy
The main opposition National Conference (NC) in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday slammed the PDP-BJP coalition government over its new recruitment policy, terming it a "harsh mistake" by the alliance. "This recruitment policy has been rejected by all political groups in Kashmir. Even the governor rejected this policy as it was going to become an ordinance," NC general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar said during a protest in Srinagar against the employment policy. The state government in April this year had announced a new 'contractual job policy' in which there would be recruitment under a 'fast-track' process, and new recruits would be paid only half of their salaries for seven years.
Source: IANS2015-05-02 05:36:16 PM
Help make Kashmir prime tourist destination, Sayeed urges stakeholders
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Sunday asked local traders and tourism players to help make Kashmir a prime tourist destination. In a bid to promote business and tourism-related activities, Sayeed held detailed deliberations with all stakeholders to strategise a plan for maximising the gains in the coming tourist season, asking them to become partners in improving development indices so that a sound edifice is laid for a better and smarter state.
Source: IANS2015-04-27 09:35:07 AM
Yasin Malik, Agnivesh held; police accept lapses in Narbal firing
Police on Saturday arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik and Swami Agnivesh in Srinagar. A police statement here has accepted that standard operating procedure (SOP) was violated by those security personnel who fired at a mob in Narbal village in which a teenager was killed during clashes. Malik and Agnivesh earlier sat on a symbolic hunger strike in Maisuma locality of Srinagar city along with activists of JKLF against the government's proposed decision to set up composite townships for migrant Pandits in the Kashmir Valley. Source: IANS2015-04-18 04:51:28 PM
Shiv Sena demands 'ghar wapsi' of Kashmiri Pandits
The Shiv Sena has demanded proper and honourable rehabilitation of the displaced Kashmiri Pandits of Jammu and Kashmir who were forced to flee their home-state over 25 years ago. "Jammu and Kashmir now has a stable government of the BJP and the PDP, and a strong administration led by Narendra Modi at the centre. Since Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's government has been formed with the BJP support, he must take a decision on 'ghar wapsi' of displaced Kashmiri Pandits," it urged in an edit in Saamana on Tuesday. The Shiv Sena said that the decisions by Sayeed to release extremists and speak about their rehabilitation have raised doubts about what exactly he proposes to do to ensure the return of Kashmiri Pandits to their homeland.
Source: IANS2015-04-14 01:43:51 PM
Kashmir council's chairman, deputy chairman elected unanimously
Haji Anayat Ali and Jehangir Hussain Mir were on Sunday unanimously elected as chairman and deputy chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir legislative council. Announcing the result, a statement by the returning officer for the election in the upper house said that the motion for election of the chairman and deputy chairman was moved by Education Minister Naeem Akhtar, who is also the leader of the house, and seconded by Ramesh Arora. Felicitating the newly-elected chairman and deputy chairman, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said that the PDP-BJP coalition government created history by electing the deputy chairman from an opposition party which was never witnessed earlier.
Source:2015-04-13 09:59:45 AM
Kashmir governor nominates eight legislative council members
Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra on Thursday nominated eight members to the legislative council, the upper house of the state's bicameral legislature, following recommendations by the state government. Zaffar Iqbal Manhas, Ashok Khajuria, Vikramaditya Singh, Romesh Arora, Saifuddin Bhat, Ajatshatru Singh, Mohammad Khurshid Alam and Surinder Mohan Ambardar were nominated as new members, said a notification issued by the state law, justice and parliamentary affairs department in Jammu.
Source: IANS2015-04-10 09:49:29 AM
No separate townships for migrant Pandits, says Sayeed
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Thursday denied that there was any proposal to set up separate clusters for migrant Pandits in the Kashmir Valley. Responding to the hue and cry raised in the state legislative assembly by opposition Congress and the regional National Conference (NC) legislators over the government's proposal to set up composite townships for migrant Pandits in the valley, Sayeed said: "We have no proposal to set up separate satellite townships for migrant Pandits."
Source: IANS2015-04-09 01:54:14 PM
Kashmiri Pandits will be rehabilitated: Rajnath
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley will be undertaken as promised by the central government. "I don't want to go in the details. The decision taken by the central government regarding rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits has not changed," Rajnath Singh told reporters on Thursday. "We are concerned about the security of all Kashmiri Pandits, and all people in the Valley," said the home minister.
Source: IANS2015-04-09 02:00:22 PM
'Rehabilitate Kashmiri Pandits with safety, dignity'
Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday said that Kashmiri Pandits should be rehabilitated in the Valley with "safety and dignity". "The most hurtful bit is that people are saying no one (Kashmiri Pandits) wants to go back. No one wants to live as a refugee," said Jitendra Singh, minister of state in prime minister's office. He belongs to Jammu and Kashmir. He spoke as a controversy erupted against a proposal to resettle Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley in separate townships. "What has to be kept in mind is that Kashmiri Pandits should be rehabilitated with safety and dignity," said the minister.
Source: IANS2015-04-09 02:02:24 PM
Yasin Malik opposes townships for Kashmiri Pandits
Separatist Muhammad Yasin Malik on Wednesday opposed building composite townships for migrant Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir, calling these as "townships of hatred". "We won't allow these townships of hatred and will oppose it tooth and nail," the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief said at a press conference in Srinagar. However, he said that migrant Kashmiri Pandits have every right to return to their ancestral land. "Pandits form an integral part and parcel of our nation. Every pro-freedom leader has appealed them to return home. Senior Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani has also appealed them to return to their homes," he added.
Source: IANS2015-04-08 04:49:35 PM
Kashmir CM briefed on border situation
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed was on Monday briefed by the western army commander on the security situation along the international border in Jammu region. Lt. Gen. K.J. Singh called on the chief minister at his residence in Jammu on Monday, an official statement issued by the government said. Lt. Gen Singh briefed Sayeed about the overall security situation in the areas under his responsibility, particularly along the international border in Jammu region.
Source: IANS2015-04-07 10:32:06 AM
Rajnath Singh asks Sayeed for land for Kashmiri Pandits
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday asked Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to provide land for composite townships for Kashmiri Pandits in the state, an official release said. Sayeed, who had called on the home minister in New Delhi, assured him that the state government will acquire and provide land at the earliest for composite townships in the Kashmir Valley, it said.
Source: IANS2015-04-07 05:59:41 PM
Scrapping 90:10 funding pattern for special states not fair: Sayeed
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed said on Friday that dispensing with the 90:10 funding pattern for centrally-sponsored Schemes (CSSs) for special category states will have serious implications for his state which has seen a difficult period since 1947. Speaking at the NITI Aayog meet in New Delhi, he said that states like his and in the northeast, which have huge locational disadvantages coupled with challenging security scenario, will be severely handicapped if the 90:10 funding pattern is done away with.
Source: IANS2015-03-28 10:13:36 AM
Ruckus in Kashmir assembly, NC legislator injured
Pandemonium marred the proceedings of Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly on Friday as opposition National Conference (NC) members gathered near the speaker's podium amid slogan shouting and noise. As the house convened on Friday morning, NC members started shouting slogans against the Mufti Muhmmad Sayeed government as they displayed copies of a local newspaper report carried on Friday saying the central government had denied financial support to the state for wresting the ownership of NHPC-run hydro-power projects. The NC legislators refused to follow directions from the speaker to allow normal proceedings of the house as former chief minister Omar Abdullah led the protests inside the house.
Source: IANS2015-03-27 05:57:13 PM
Pandemonium mars J&K assembly proceedings
Pandemonium marred the proceedings of Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly on Wednesday over a National Conference legislator allegedly calling the speaker a "Hindu fundamentalist". As the day's proceedings started, many ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators stormed to the speaker's podium protesting against Javaid Rana's remark. The BJP legislators alleged that Rana had called Speaker Kavinder Gupta "a Hindu fundamentalist". There were counter protests in the assembly by National Conference legislators following which the speaker them to calm down. During question hour, independent legislator Engineer Rashid advanced to the speaker's podium to press his demand for the return of the mortal remains of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, who was hanged in February 2013.
Source: IANS2015-03-25 01:49:35 PM
Not conducive time to withdraw AFSPA: Rajnath
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday that this was not the right time for the withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir. The remark came following two latest incidents of fidayeen (suicide squads) attacking a police station and an army establishment in the Jammu sector close to the border with Pakistan. "AFSPA ko samapta karne ke abhi halaat nahin hai (The situation is not conducive to ending AFSPA)," Rajnath Singh said while addressing media in Attari on Sunday evening. The home minister questioned Pakistan on why it was turning green fields red by supporting terrorism. He said that it was high time for Pakistan to introspect its actions in supporting terrorism.
Source: IANS2015-03-23 10:40:42 AM
Peace on border with Pakistan will be ensured: Mufti
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed said on Monday that firing from across the border was a great challenge and he would leave no stone unturned to ensure peace at the border with Pakistan. Speaking in the state legislative council on Monday, Sayeed said that there was no violation of ceasefire from across the borders in Jammu region from 2002 to 2010. "We have to solve the problem and ensure peace for the border residents. "Our border farmer is a big sufferer because his crops get damaged and lives are in danger because of firing from across the border.
Source: IANS2015-03-23 01:46:27 PM
Mufti condemns Kashmir attack as 'anti-Islamic'
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed described as "anti-Islamic" the terror attack on Friday on a police station that left six people dead. "We will not be deterred by such attacks," Sayeed told the media, speaking about the first such attack after he took charge of the state on March 1. "This is anti-Islamic and has nothing to do with Islam," he added. Sayeed blamed "non-state actors" for the killings. Two militants stormed a police station in Kathua district early on Friday and shot dead a policeman, a civilian and two paramilitary personnel before security forces gunned them down.
Source: IANS2015-03-20 05:59:57 PM
Uphill task for Kashmir's first professionally-qualified finance minister
The PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir faces its first major financial challenge as it braces up to present the annual budget in the assembly session starting on Wednesday and though economist Haseeb Drabu is the state's first professionally qualified finance minister, his task is far from easy, say experts. "The total revenue of the state including central devolution by way of share in taxes etc would be in the vicinity of around Rs.18,000 crore for the fiscal 2015-2016, and Jammu and Kashmir is likely to have an annual budget of Rs.50,000 crore in 2015-2016," Shakeel Qalandar, a local industrialist and member of civil society, said. "On the other hand, our salary and pension bill for government employees would shoot up to Rs. 20,000 crore, the expenditure on electricity would be around Rs.5,000 crore out of which our revenue in this sector would be around Rs.2,000 crore leaving a cash loss of Rs.3,000 crore which needs to be addressed," he added.
Source: IANS2015-03-18 09:55:42 AM
BJP legislator elected Jammu and Kashmir assembly speaker
Kavinder Gupta, a Bharatiya Janata Party legislator, was on Wednesday elected as the speaker of the state legislative assembly. After the budget session of the assembly started in Jammu on Wednesday, senior PDP leader and Education Minister Naeem Akhtar proposed the name of Kavinder Gupta for the post. Gupta is an MLA from Gandhi Nagar constituency of Jammu district. Deputy Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Nirmal Singh seconded the proposal after which Gupta was unanimously elected. Gupta replaces the Protem Speaker Muhammad Shafi of the regional National Conference. He defeated senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla in the state polls in December last year. After a fractured verdict in the assembly election, a PDP-BJP combine government assumed office in the state and members were sworn in on March 1 after protracted talks between the two parties.
Source: IANS2015-03-18 12:18:14 PM
Jammu and Kashmir assembly condemns Swamy's remarks on mosques
The Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly on Wednesday unanimously condemned BJP leader Subramanian Swamy's remarks when he reportedly said that mosques are not religious places, but just buildings. As the day's proceedings started, Congress legislator G.M. Saroori demanded unanimous condemnation of the statement. The house then unanimously condemned the remark, asserting that irresponsible statements concerning religious faith should not be made by anybody. An independent MLA, Engineer Rashid raised the issue of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's mortal remains. He said that if Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), a Sikh body, can erect a memorial in the name of Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale and call General Vaidya "a murderer" because he commanded Operation Blue Star against the Sikh separatist leader, why can't Kashmiris get the remains of parliament attack convict.
Source: IANS2015-03-18 01:52:53 PM
Jammu and Kashmir MLAs to be sworn in on Tuesday
Legislators of the Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly will be sworn in by the protem speaker on Tuesday. Muhammad Ramzan, secretary of the legislative assembly told reporters: "All the 88 members of the state legislative assembly will be sworn in today (on Tuesday) by Protem Speaker Muhammad Shafi." He said that the six-year term of the assembly begins on Tuesday. The assembly has 87 elected members and two nominated members to give representation to women in the assembly. Shafi was sworn in by the governor earlier. The ceremony will be held at the state legislature complex in Jammu. The state has a bicameral legislature comprising the legislative assembly and the legislative council. The results for the assembly elections were announced on December 23, 2014 and the 12th state assembly was constituted on January 1. The elected members could not be sworn in because the state was put under the governor's rule on January 8 as no single political party or group of parties had come forward to stake claim to power.
Source: IANS2015-03-17 10:25:37 AM
Jammu and Kashmir legislators take oath
Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and all other legislators of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly were sworn in Tuesday. Among those who took oath were members of the council of ministers and former chief minister Omar Abdullah. Two legislators, Lal Singh and Pawan Gupta, took oath in Dogri. The legislator from Noushera, Ravinder Raina, insisted on taking oath in the name of Mata Vaishnoo Devi instead of god. The chair finally allowed it after some discussion. Omar Abdullah was thronged by journalists as he came out of the complex but he refused to speak to them. Muhammad Ramzan, secretary of the assembly, told reporters: "The six-year term of the assembly begins today (on Tuesday)." He said that the salaries, allowances, perks and constituency development fund of Rs.1.5 crore annually would be available to the lawmakers from Tuesday. The assembly has 87 elected members and two nominated members to give representation to women.
Source: IANS2015-03-17 03:20:35 PM
Major administrative overhaul in Jammu and Kashmir
In a major sweep, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Sunday ordered the transfer of nearly 55 senior officials of the civil and police departments almost a fortnight after the PDP-BJP combine assumed power. However, the Mufti Muhammad Sayeed government retained B.B. Vyas, the principal secretary to former chief minister Omar Abdullah. Similarly, Chief Secretary Muhammad Iqbal Khandey and Director General of Police (DGP) K. Rajendra Kumar were also retained. A cabinet meeting in Jammu chaired by the chief minister ordered the transfer of top Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) officers, including officers of the rank of principal secretaries and commissioners. This is the first major overhaul after the Peoples Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance took charge on March 1.
Source: IANS2015-03-16 10:09:57 AM
Constitutional expert ridicules controversy over J&K flag
A constitutional and legal expert on Saturday ridiculed the controversy triggered by the withdrawal of a circular, issued by the Jammu and Kashmir government, pertaining to the respect and honour to be accorded to the J&K flag. Zafar Shah, a leading advocate of J&K who pleads constitutional/legal matters in the high court and the Supreme Court, said: "The entire controversy surrounding the state flag is ill-conceived and triggered perhaps by lack of knowledge." "All constitutional authorities and offices in Jammu and Kashmir including the chief minister, members of the council of ministers, chief justice and judges of the state high court take oath of office under the J&K constitution." "These offices/authorities are constitution bound to give honour and respect to the state flag as is enshrined in the constitution of the state." "No executive/administrative order issued or withdrawn by the state government can modify or affect the status of the state flag as it is guaranteed by the J&K constitution," he said.
Source: IANS2015-03-14 12:56:44 PM
Jammu and Kashmir CM chairs top security meeting
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Thursday chaired his first meeting of the Unified Headquarters, the state's top security grid, in Jammu. The meeting was attended by state chief secretary, state police chief, army commander of northern command, corps commanders, intelligence heads of state and central intelligence agencies and senior officials of the paramilitary forces. Sayeed took over as the chief minister of the state on March 1. The Unified Headquarters is the top security grid in the state that functions under the chief minister to create synergy and coordination among various security agencies while carrying out anti-militancy operations in the state. Sayeed said at the meeting that there should be no laxity in carrying out anti-militancy operations, but these must take place with zero tolerance against human rights violations.
Source: IANS2015-03-13 10:03:40 AM
No separatist will be released without consultation: Sayeed to Rajnath
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Tuesday assured Home Minister Rajnath Singh that no separatist would be released in future without taking the BJP into confidence. Sources in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said that Sayeed spoke to Rajnath Singh on the phone and assured him that no separatist leader would be released from custody by the state government without taking the PDP's alliance partner, the Bharatiya Janata Party, into confidence. "This was done by Mufti sahib to clear the confusion created by some people over Masrat Alam's release," a PDP source told reporters in Jammu. "The chief minister assured the union home minister that no separatist would be released on its own by the state government, except when it becomes necessary because of a court order."
Source: IANS2015-03-11 10:20:15 AM
J&K sending detailed report on Alam's release
The Jammu and Kashmir government is sending a detailed report to the union home ministry on Wednesday on the controversial release of separatist leader Masrat Alam. State government sources said in winter capital Jammu that the ministry had expressed dissatisfaction over the earlier report sent to it by the state home department on Alam's release. "A comprehensive report has now been prepared dealing with all the aspects of Masrat Alam's release. It is being sent to the MHA today (on Wednesday)," top government sources said. They said that the ministry has sought clarifications on specific issues like the court directions which led to Alam's release, list of cases pending against him and their present status and also the reasons that prevented the state government from keeping the separatist in detention.
Source: IANS2015-03-11 12:43:17 PM
Congress again raises issue of Masrat Alam's release
The Congress party on Wednesday again raised in the Lok Sabha the issue of release of Jammu and Kashmir separatist leader Masrat Alam, arguing that the decision was taken before the formation of the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state. Raising the issue during zero hour, Congress member Jyotiraditya Scindia said that two letters have surfaced that point to the fact that the detention order had lapsed one month ago and the decision to not renew the detention was taken before the coalition government was sworn in. "There was a letter from the district magistrate that says that he (Masrat Alam) should be released. At that time, there was Governor's rule in the state. That means that the central government was responsible for the administration there," Scindia said. "If the government wanted, they could have issued another detention order. This proves that the release was done with the knowledge of the central government," Scindia added, seeking a clarification on the issue.
Source: IANS2015-03-11 03:15:49 PM
Modi wishes Omar Abdullah on birthday
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday wished former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on his birthday. “Dear Omar Abdullah wishing you a very Happy Birthday. May you be blessed with a long life filled with good health,” Modi tweeted.
Source: IANS2015-03-10 11:46:18 AM
Separatist's release again raised in Rajya Sabha
The issue of separatists being freed in Jammu and Kashmir was again raised in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, as members quoted reports saying 800 more were to be released. "There are reports that 800 more separatists are being freed. A government being supported by the BJP is releasing separatists. Do they want to disturb peace in Kashmir again," Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal asked, raising the issue in the upper house. Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien, however, said the issue had already been discussed "threadbare" and if the members want they could give notice for another debate. Opposition members however kept raising the issue, creating ruckus in the house. Source: IANS2015-03-10 02:37:33 PM
Protests continue in Jammu over Masrat Alam's release
Protests by BJP, a ruling coalition partner in Jammu and Kashmir, and the opposition Congress continued in Jammu on Sunday against the release of separatist leader Masrat Alam by Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed's government. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers staged a protest in Jammu and in the border district of Poonch against Alam's release. Protesting BJP workers demanded immediate re-arrest of the released separatist, impressing on its central leadership of the party that such a move by the state government would erode the BJP's base and credibility among people. Opposition Congress party workers, led by its state president G.A. Mir, staged another protest against the government's decision in Jammu.
Source: IANS2015-03-09 10:44:48 AM
Sayeed's comments tantamount to treason: Shiv Sena
The recent comments by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on Pakistan and hanged terrorist Afzal Guru are tantamount to "treason" and "contempt of Supreme Court", the Shiv Sena said Mumbai on Saturday. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) earlier this month allied with the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir. "Right after the swearing-in ceremony at which Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present, Sayeed credited Pakistan and Pakistani-supported terrorists for allowing the peaceful elections in Jammu and Kashmir," it said. A day later, Sayeed and his PDP also demanded handing over of the remnants of hanged terrorist Afzal Guru - who was guilty of the attack on Indian parliament - to the state.
Source: IANS2015-03-07 05:54:28 PM
Mufti Sayeed allots portfolios to council of ministers
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Tuesday assigned portfolios to his council of ministers, ending the suspense over sharing of portfolios between the ruling alliance partners PDP and BJP. Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh (BJP) has been assigned the important portfolio of power development, housing and urban development. Abdul Rehman Veeri (PDP) got horticulture, Hajj and Auqaf while Haseeb Drabu (PDP) got finance, labour and employment. Chander Prakash (BJP) got industries and commerce. Javaid Mustafa Mir (PDP) got revenue while Lal Singh (BJP) got health, medical education, ARI and training. Abdul Haq Khan (PDP) got rural development, Bali Bhagat (BJP) got social welfare, forest, ecology and environment.
Source: IANS2015-03-04 11:15:48 AM
Miffed Sajad Lone refuses to join Mufti's cabinet
Upset over the portfolio allocated to him, Sajad Gani Lone of the Peoples Conference (PC) on Wednesday refused to join the council of ministers in the PDP-BJP government headed by Mufti Muhammad Sayeed. Lone was miffed over allocation of the animal husbandry department portfolio to him by Sayeed on Tuesday. He did not attend his office in winter capital Jammu on Wednesday and instead chose to fly back to the Valley. "Yes, he has refused to join the council of ministers. He has also surrendered all entitlements including security, official vehicle and other perks given to him as a cabinet minister," said a Peoples Conference source. The source said that Sajad is flying back to Srinagar on Wednesday. On whether he had resigned from the council of ministers, the source said: "No, he has not resigned so far, but a decision on whether he should resign from the council of ministers or not would be taken after he meets party rank and file in the Valley."
Source: IANS2015-03-04 01:48:35 PM
Two each from PDP, BJP and NC win Kashmir council polls
Two candidates each from the regional National Conference, the PDP and the BJP on Monday won the legislative council elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Voting was held in Jammu on Monday. According to a statement issued by the returning officer for the election, Sajad Ahmed Kitchloo and Qaiser Jameshed Lone from the National Conference, Surinder Choudhary and Javed Ahmed Mirchal from the Peoples Democratic Party, and S. Charanjit Singh Khalsa and Vibodh Gupta from the Bharatiya Janata Party were elected. The 87-member legislative assembly forms the electoral college for the legislative council, the 36-member upper house of Jammu and Kashmir's bicameral legislature.
Source: IANS2015-03-03 09:58:29 AM
No change in BJP stand on article 370: Venkaiah Naidu
There is no change in the BJP's stand on repealing article 370 of the constitution which guarantees special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Sunday. He replied in the negative when asked if the BJP had compromised on the issue to form a coalition government with the People's Democratic Party (PDP). "We stand where we were and we will be." The minister said that repealing article 370 required a two-third majority in parliament as the constitution would have to be amended. "Why will they accept our stand and why will we accept their stand?" he said, when asked whether the Peoples Democratic Party had agreed to the Bharatiya Janata Party's stand on the issue. Naidu said that the PDP-BJP coalition in Jammu and Kashmir would move forward on issues where there was consensus.
Source: IANS2015-03-02 10:01:08 AM
Omar hits out at Sayeed's comments on Hurriyat
National Conference chief Omar Abdullah on Sunday hit out at Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's remarks that the separatist Hurriyat Conference and militant outfits had facilitated conducive atmosphere for assembly polls in the state. ""Pakistan, Huriyaat & Militants ALLOWED peaceful conduct of elections" says Mufti Syed. I guess we should be grateful for their generosity," tweeted Abdullah. The former chief minister also posed questions to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which became part of the government in Jammu and Kashmir for the first time in a colaition with Sayeed's Peoples Democratic Party. "Dear @BJP4India please explain roll of security forces & polling staff considering your CM just said "Pakistan allowed elections in J&K"," Abdullah added. Within hours of taking oath as chief minister on Sunday, Sayeed said: "There is Hurriyat, there are militants. If they had done something, it would not have been such an election, there would not have been such participation."
Source: IANS2015-03-02 11:25:12 AM
J&K legislative council polls today
The legislative council of the state of Jammu & Kashmir is going for polls today. The polling for the elections began at 9 a.m. and will go on till 4 p.m. on Monday. The results will be announced today itself by 7 p.m. Three of the candidates from PDP and two that of BJP were elected unopposed on Saturday. After having formed the government in the state and collectively winning most number of seats in the state assembly, the PDP and the BJp are hoping to sweep the legislative council polls as well.
Source: News Reports2015-03-02 12:47:29 PM
Furore in Rajya Sabha over Mufti's comments
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's controversial comments giving credit to Pakistan for the peaceful assembly election in the state created a furore in Rajya Sabha on Monday, with the opposition terming it anti-national. "The chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir was sworn in yesterday in the presence of prime minister (Narendra Modi), L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and BJP president Amit Shah... A press conference was held soon after in which the chief minister made a statement which was most controversial and hurt the nation," Congress leader Shantaram Naik said, raising the issue in the house. "He said that elections were peaceful because of the forces 'us paar' (on the other side). He indicated Pakistan. Then (he said) because of millitants and because of Hurriyat... He gave credit to these three for peaceful elections in Jammu and Kashmir," Naik said.
Source: IANS2015-03-02 01:55:39 PM
Maken appointed Delhi Congress chief
The Congress on Monday appointed former union minister Ajay Maken as chief of the party in Delhi. Congress president Sonia Gandhi also made five appointments to the party's various state units. Former state minister Ghulam Ahmed Mir has been appointed party chief in Jammu and Kashmir and former union minister Bharatsinh Solanki has been made head of the party in Gujarat. Uttam Reddy, a former minister in united Andhra Pradesh, will head the party in Telangana. Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, a legislator, has been appointed working president of the state unit. Former Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam has been made chief of the Mumbai regional Congress committee.
Source: IANS2015-03-02 04:53:26 PM
Mehbooba Mufti defends Sayeed's remarks on Pakistan
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that she stood by the remarks made by her father and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed who gave credit to separatist leaders, militants and Pakistan for the smooth conduct of the assembly election. Reacting to the criticism against her father's remarks made on Sunday during a media conference in winter capital Jammu immediately after taking over as the chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti told reporters: "I stand by the remarks made by Mufti Sahib. He is not a person who makes a remark and later denies having made it." "If the separatists have not gone from door to door telling people to boycott those elections, we should acknowledge that." Sayeed had ruffled many a feather especially among his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruling ally by telling his first media conference that had Pakistan, Hurriyat and the militants tried to disrupt elections in the state last year, there would not have been good participation.
Source: IANS2015-03-02 04:56:05 PM
Are Muftis trying to break off BJP alliance: Omar
Is Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and his daughter Mehbooba Mufti trying to force the BJP to break their alliance, wondered former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday. "Has Mufti decided that the Modi-Mufti accord was a mistake? Are the father-daughter duo trying to force BJP to break off the alliance?," tweeted Omar after Sayeed credited peaceful polls in the state to Pakistan, separatist Hurriyat leaders and militants. Sayeed had spoken soon after being sworn in chief minister on Sunday. Mufti will head the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state and will be the chief minister for a full six-year term.
Source: IANS2015-03-02 04:58:30 PM
Mufti Muhammad Sayeed to take oath as J&K Chief Minister today
PDP's Mufti Muhammad Sayeed will be swearing in as Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, today, in a ceremony at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium at 11am, in Jammu. It will be a historic ceremony as PDP and BJP will be forming the govt. in alliance. With this govt. formation, 49 day governor rule in J&K will come to an end. 12 PDP and 11 BJP MLAs are expected to take oath along with teh Chief Miniser. The ceremony will be administered by the Governor NN Vohra. The function will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi among others. Mediasources2015-03-01 08:53:04 AM
Sajad Lone to be sworn in as minister
Sajad Gani Lone, former separatist leader and chief of the Peoples Conference, has reached here and will be sworn in as a minister in the PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir Sunday, a source said. "He received a call from the senior BJP leadership at the centre to reach to Jammu," a source close to Lone told IANS on phone from Srinagar. The move came after he had flown from here to Srinagar after a last minute hitch over his inclusion in the council of ministers headed by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. But a top BJP source told IANS here that he was asked to rush back to Jammu late Saturday and that he will be inducted into the cabinet as a Bharatiya Janata Party nominee. Source:IANS2015-03-01 10:35:33 AM
PDP's CM and BJP's Deputy CM in J and K sworn in
PDP's Mufti Sayeed sworn in as Jammu and Kashmir chief minister while BJP's Nirmal Singh sworn in as deputy CM of Jammu and Kashmir.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was sworn in as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday in a ceremony in J and K attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP national president Amit Shah and senior leaders L. K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi as well as Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar were among those present at the occasion. Mufti will head the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state and will be the chief minister for full six-year term. This is the second time he will be heading a coalition government. In 2002, he led a PDP-Congress alliance and was chief minister for three years. Source: IANS2015-03-01 11:19:32 AM
Mufti Sayeed is Jammu and Kashmir's chief minister
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was sworn in as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Sunday in a ceremony here attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP national president Amit Shah and senior leaders L. K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi as well as Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar were among those present at the occasion. Mufti will head the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state and will be the chief minister for full six-year term. This is the second time he will be heading a coalition government. In 2002, he led a PDP-Congress alliance and was chief minister for three years. Source: IANS2015-03-01 11:34:59 AM
J and K Ministers and Ministers of State
Sukhnandan Kumar, Veer Singh, Lal Singh,. Sajjad Gani Lone, Ch. Zulfiqar Ali, Altaf Bukhari, Mohammed Ashraf Mir, Abdul Gali Kohli take oath as the minister of J&K. Bali Bhagat, Abdul Haq Khan, Javed Mir, ChandraPrakash, Abdul Rehman, Gulam Nabi Lone, Haseeb Drabu, Imran Raza, Naeem Akhtar, Aabdul Majeed , Sunil Kumar Sharma, Priya Sethi, Pawan Kumar Gupta take oath as the minister for the state. Source: IANS2015-03-01 11:37:54 AM
Sayeed is CM again, BJP shares power in Kashmir
PDP leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday took oath as chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, heading a coalition government that brought the BJP to power for the first time in India's only Muslim-majority state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and party leaders L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi witnessed the ceremony, more than two months after elections produced a hung verdict giving the PDP and the BJP 28 and 25 seats respectively. Son of a religious preacher from the Kashmir Valley, Sayeed will head the government of his Peoples Democratic Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party, and will be the chief minister for the entire six years. Senior BJP leader Nirmal Singh was sworn in as the deputy chief minister. Former separatist leader Sajad Gani Lone, whose Peoples Conference has come out in support of the BJP, also took oath, and then hugged both Modi and Sayeed, triggering applause at the Jammu University auditorium. Source: IANS2015-03-01 02:47:44 PM
Omar congratulates Sayeed, takes a dig at BJP
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Sunday wished new Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed "all the very best" and used the occasion to take a dig at Sayeed's ally BJP. "Congratulations to Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Sahib on assuming the office of chief minister. I wish you all the very best for your term," tweeted Abdullah, a former chief minister. "Congratulations to the newly sworn in ministers. All good wishes for the discharge of your duties," he added. He further tweeted: "BJP ministers swearing allegiance to the same constitution of Jammu and Kashmir that Shyama Prasad Mukherjee died trying to get rid of." This, he said, was an "irony". Sayeed was sworn in as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Sunday for a second time in a ceremony here attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will head a Peoples Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition government and will be chief minister for six years. Source: IANS2015-03-01 02:54:34 PM
BJP-PDP alliance a historic opportunity: PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the BJP-PDP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir was a "historic opportunity" to take the troubled state to "new heights of progress". "The PDP-BJP government is a historic opportunity to fulfil the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and take the state to new heights of progress," Modi said in a tweet. The Bharatiya Janata Party and the People's Democratic Party formed a government in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, more than two months after elections produced a hung verdict. "Witnessed the oath taking ceremony of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Congratulations and best wishes to him and his team," Modi said in another tweet.2015-03-01 02:56:49 PM
J&K gets new government, Mufti Sayeed CM again
Veteran PDP leader and party's chief patron Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on Sunday took oath as the new chief minister of the Jammu & Kashmir. State governor NN Vohra administered the oath of office and secrecy on Sayeed and other ministers. BJP's NIrmal Singh was sworn in as Sayeed's deputy in the state. This is the first time that the BJP shared the reigns in the state. Senior BJP leaders like LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, BJP's national president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were all present at the oath taking ceremony of the PDP-BJP allaince government. The National Conference boycotted the swearing in. The state had witnessed a 49 day long governor rule before the government formation finally took place. The alliance now has a total of 53 seats combined in the 87 member state assembly.
Source: News Reports2015-03-01 04:08:25 PM
Mufti Sayeed: Hurriyat, Pakistan allowed conducive atmosphere for elections
A couple of hours after being sworn-in as J&K's 12th chief minister, veteran PDP leader Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on Sunday said that Hurriyat and Pakistan allowed peaceful and conducive atmosphere for the elections. In the very first press conference after taking office, Sayeed said, "Pakistan, Hurriyat and militants allowed conducive atmosphere for assembly elections in Jammu & Kashmir." Sayeed was of the view that there was an immediate recquirement for peace in the valley, he said, "we want to make the alliance a turninf point in history to win the hearts and minds of all the people of the state." He also emphasised the need to invite the participation of the Hurriyat as well, "I say take the Hurriyat and the Separatists on board, they too have a view point."
Source: News reports2015-03-01 04:33:31 PM
Health gets Rs.33,152 crore allocation
The government on Saturday announced a budget allocation of Rs. 33,152 crore for the health Sector. "I have allocated Rs.33,152 crore to the health sector. I urge states to utilise their enhanced resources effectively in these areas," Jaitley said while presenting the union budget in the Lok Sabha. As an initiative to boost the public health sector in the country, the government has also decided to set up six new AIIMS-like institutes in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Assam and Bihar.
Source: IANS2015-02-28 03:11:41 PM
Mufti meets Modi, finalises cabinet
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Friday to finalise the cabinet of a PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir and said that both the parties were happy to serve the state. "We should respect the mandate. I met the prime minister today (on Friday) and this is an opportunity for both of us to work together," Mufti told reporters after the meeting. "I and the prime minister had discussions on various issues regarding the state. However, all of them will be made public on the day of the swearing in-ceremony. There have been issues in Jammu and Kashmir and we have to build up a good government in the state," he said. The meeting was held at the 7 Race Course, the official residence of the prime minister. He also the prime minister emphasised on peace in Jammu and Kashmir.
Source: IANS2015-02-27 11:27:22 AM
J&K government to be sworn in on 1 March
A 12 member government will be sworn-in on 1 March in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Veteran PDP leader and its patron chief Mufit Mohhamed Sayeed will be sworn in as the chief minister of the state, while BJP's Nirmal Singh will be appointed as the deputy CM. Six members from each party will take oath on Sunday, 1 March in the Jammu university stadium. The state is under Governor's Rule at the moment. In the elections held in December last year, the PDP won 28 seats and the BJP bagged 25 of the 87 seats of the assembly.
Source: News Reports2015-02-24 01:07:48 PM
Mufti Sayeed to be sworn in Jammu and Kashmir CM March 1
Peoples Democratic Party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed will be sworn in as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir on March 1, a top source said in Jammu on Tuesday. "Yes, decks have been cleared for Mufti Sahib to be sworn in as the chief minister of the state March 1," a source said. "If all goes on schedule, the PDP-BJP coalition government headed by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as chief minister for the full six year term will take over on March 1," the source said. Top sources in the PDP told media that the swearing in ceremony will be held at the Zorawar Singh memorial auditorium of Jammu University. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti will meet BJP national president Amit Shah in New Delhi on Tuesday to give a formal shape to the common minimum programme (CMP) agreed upon between the PDP and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Source: IANS2015-02-24 02:44:35 PM
PDP, BJP reach agreement, Mufti to be J&K CM
PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed will be the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister after his party reached an agreement for forming a government with the BJP, top party sources said on Saturday. Sources close to PDP patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, who returned to winter capital Jammu on Friday after spending a week in Mumbai, said an agreement had been reached on all contentious issues between the PDP and the BJP. "Yes, main agreement has been reached on the draft of the CMP (common minimum programme) on contentious issues like article 370, armed forces special powers act (AFSPA) and the plight of West Pakistan refugees.
Source: IANS2015-02-21 12:42:19 PM
PDP, BJP reach agreement, Mufti to be J&K CM
PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed will be the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister after his party reached an agreement for forming a government with the BJP, top party sources said Saturday. Sources close to PDP patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, who returned to winter capital Jammu on Friday after spending a week in Mumbai, said that an agreement had been reached on all contentious issues between the PDP and the BJP. "Yes, main agreement has been reached on the draft of the CMP (common minimum programme) on contentious issues like article 370, armed forces special powers act (AFSPA) and the plight of West Pakistan refugees. "It has been agreed that without any written reference to it, both the parties would respect the wishes of the people of the state in consonance with the constitution of the country with regard to article 370," a top party source said.
Source: IANS2015-02-21 05:20:16 PM
BJP, PDP candidates elected unopposed in Jammu and Kashmir
Five candidates of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) combine were elected unopposed in the Jammu and Kashmir legislative council election. The results were announced by poll official Muhammad Ramzan late on Wednesday. The elected candidates are BJP's Chering Dorjay and Sofi Yusuf, while the three PDP candidates who won are Firdous Tak, Yasir Reshi and Inayat Ali. The two parties contested the election jointly. Voting for six seats in which 10 candidates of the PDP, the BJP and the National Conference are in the fray will take place on March 2. The Congress has decided to support National Conference candidates and has hence not fielded any candidate. The 87-member state legislative assembly forms the electoral college for the legislative council which is the upper house of Jammu and Kashmir's bicameral legislature. The PDP has 28, the BJP 25, the National Conference 15, the Congress 12 and the others have seven candidates in the state legislative assembly.
Source: IANS2015-02-19 12:03:35 PM
No official word on Pakistan visa denial: PDP leader
PDP spokesman Naeem Akhtar, who was to visit Pakistan on Feb 25, on Thursday clarified that he did not know the status of his visa application after a media report said that he had been denied one. The spokesman of the regional Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir said that he has not received any official communication on the subject. "I want to clarify that it was an invitation extended by the Jinnah Institute through the Centre for Development and Resolution (CDR) headed by Sushoba Bharve. It was planned we should go to Pakistan on Feb 25," Akhtar said in Jammu. However, a media report claimed that Akhtar had been a denied a visa. "I have also read in the newspaper about this visa denial, but I have not received anything officially. The visa issue was being hand led by the organizers," he said.
Source: IANS2015-02-19 02:44:47 PM
Polling for 11 Kashmir legislative council seats March 2
Polling for 11 seats of the Jammu and Kashmir legislative council will be held on March 2, it was announced in Jammu on Thursday. The notification of election was issued by returning officer, M. Ramzan on Thursday. As per the notifications, nomination papers can be obtained at the offices of returning officer (secretary or deputy secretary, legislative assembly) between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Feb 12 to 18. The nomination papers can subsequently be submitted between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on any day upto Feb 18. Scrutiny will be held on Feb 19 and the last date of withdrawal is Feb 21. "In the event of election being contested, the poll will take place on March 2 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.," said the notification.
Source: IANS2015-02-13 10:36:16 AM
PDP, BJP to form government in J&K
The two biggest parties in the Jammu & Kashmir state, People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), have finally agreed to form a coalition government in the state. The two parties have come to an agreement on various points. As per the agreement, the chief minister will be chosen from the PDP ranks, while the deputy CM's post will go to BJP. The state went to polls in December last year in which the PDP had won 28 seats, while the BJP came out as the second largest party with 25 of the 87 seats of the state assembly. With none getting the majority, the two parties had failed to reach an agreement within the given period of time and before the incumbent chief minister Omar Abdullah resigned. The state is under governor's rule at the moment.
Source: News Reports2015-02-12 05:30:41 PM
Voting for Rajya Sabha seats begins in J&K
Voting for four Rajya Sabha seats in Jammu and Kashmir began on Saturday. Eighty-seven members of the legislative assembly form the electoral college. Seven candidates - two each from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the National Conference and one from the Congress - are in the fray. Voting started at 9 a.m. at the state legislature complex in Jammu and it will end at 4 p.m. The results will be announced in the evening. The PDP and the BJP are fighting these elections jointly, each fielding two candidates for the four seats. The National Conference has announced support to Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Congress' Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, who is seeking re-election as his present term ends in February.
Source: IANS2015-02-07 12:22:16 PM
Senior PDP leader takes up Pakistan refugee issue
In an overnight communication, senior PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig ruffled many feathers within the party over the issue of granting permanent residentship rights to Pakistan refugees in Jammu and Kashmir. In a five-page letter released to the media, Baig said that the settlement of Pakistan refugees is a humanitarian issue and not a political issue as it is being made out to be. Baig, who was the deputy chief minister during the PDP-Congress alliance in 2005 and represents the north Kashmir Baramulla constituency in the Lok Sabha, said that the Pakistan refugees came to the Jammu region after the India-Pakistan conflicts of 1947, 1965 and 1971. He said that they are already voting in the country's Lok Sabha election as citizens of India and the issues of granting them voting rights in the state assembly election as well as providing them with permanent residentship rights in Jammu and Kashmir need to be considered as human issues.2015-02-02 11:04:42 AM
BJP names two candidates for Rajya Sabha polls in Kashmir
The BJP on Tuesday named two candidates - Shamsher Singh and Chander Mohan Sharma - for the Rajya Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir. The names were approved by Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah Shah, a BJP release issued in New Delhi said.
Source: IANS2015-01-28 09:52:08 AM
NC, Congress won't fight each other in RS polls
The National Conference will back Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad in the Feb 7 Rajya Sabha elections for four seats in Jammu and Kashmir. This was decided after an hour long meeting between National Conference leader Omar Abdullah and Congress president Sonia Gandhi late on Tuesday in New Delhi. The National Conference will field former ministers - Sajad Ahmad Kichloo and Nasir Aslam Wani - for two other seats. The NC-Congress combine would field candidates for only three out of the four seats to ensure Azad's victory in these elections, sources said. The Bharatiya Janata Party has also announced to field two candidates - Chander Mohan Sharma and Shamsher Singh - for two seats, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has fielded Nazir Ahmad Laway and Fayaz Ahmad Mir for the other two seats.
Source: IANS2015-01-28 10:19:03 AM
PDP names two candidates for Rajya Sabha polls
The PDP on Friday named two candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir scheduled to be held on Feb 7. Nazir Ahmed Laway and Fayaz Ahmed are the two candidates, Peoples Democratic Party chief spokesman Naeem Akhtar said in Jammu on Friday. Both the candidates had lost last year's assembly elections. Laway was defeated by Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami of the Communist Party of India-Marxist from Kulgam assembly seat and Fayaz Ahmed was defeated from Kupwara seat by Bashir Ahmad of the People's Conference. Both the candidates were nominated unanimously by the PDP's political affairs committee because of their "good performance" in the assembly elections although they did not win, he said. The four seats were held by Ghulam Nabi Azad and Saifuddin Soz of the Congress and Ghulam Nabi Ratanpuri and Muhammad Shafi Uri of the National Conference.
Source: IANS2015-01-24 10:53:28 AM
NC sends letter of support for PDP to Kashmir governor
The National Conference on Tuesday formally handed over a letter to Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra stating its support to the PDP for forming the government in the state. A statement issued by the National Conference said that party leader Devender Rana called on the governor at Raj Bhavan in J&K to hand over the communication that reiterated the party's support to the Peoples Democratic Party for forming the government. Reacting to the development, PDP chief spokesman Naeem Akhtar said that the party would deliberate on the offer in an appropriate forum. PDP leader and Lok Sabha member Mehbooba Mufti, however, said during a programme on Radio Kashmir in Srinagar that the vote of the people was against the National Conference-Congress rule in the state.
Source: IANS2015-01-14 10:40:43 AM
Omar Abdullah ready for an alliance with PDP
Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah has said in a fresh statement that his party is ready to form an alliance with PDP for government formation in the state. Source : News Reports2015-01-13 06:12:11 PM
Modi lauds Kashmiris for their faith in democracy
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday congratulated the people of Jammu and Kashmir for reposing faith in democracy by turning out in large numbers during las month's assembly elections. Modi said that the state, which at one point of time did not record even two percent votes, saw a 65-70 percent turnout. He said that this was despite every move by separatist forces to malign India internationally. Hinting at the earlier rule of the Hooda and the Chautala families, Modi complimented the people of Haryana for voting the Bharatiya Janata Party to power and freeing the state from dynastic politics.
Source: IANS2015-01-10 03:40:01 PM
Governor's rule in J&K
Governor's Rule has been imposed in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. After the electorate of the state had delivered a fractured mandate in the recent assembly polls, it was being speculated that the two bigest parties- PDP and BJP would form a coalition government in the state. But no unanimous decision could be reached at before the incumbent chief minister Omar Abdullah resigned and stepped down as the head of the government. The President was left with no option but to enforce Governor's Rule in the state.
Source: News Reports2015-01-09 03:27:17 PM
Omar Abdullah decides to quit as the 'caretaker CM'
Omar Abdullah has decided to quit as the 'Caretaker' Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir. Abdullah said that the state needed a full-time leadder. He met the state governor N.N. Vohra in Delhi last evening in connection with his decicion. Omar Abdullah was asked by the state governor on December 24 to continue as the Chief Minister till the state has a new CM after the former had resigned from his post following his party's loss in the recent assembly polls. The PDP won 28 seats, the BJP got 25 and the NC could manage only 15 seats in the elections.
Source: News Reports2015-01-08 05:28:02 PM
Rajnath approves concessions for Pakistani refugees in Kashmir
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday approved "certain concessions" for post-1947 refugees from Pakistan settled in Jammu and Kashmir. The home minister has written to various authorities requesting them to waive certain requirements, like having a proper identity certificate, so that they can get employment and their children could go to schools, an official release said. "He has written to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar that concessions, like waiving off the condition of producing identity certificate, may be permitted in their recruitment to the armed forces," it said.
Source: IANS2015-01-07 12:09:16 PM
No structured dialogue over Kashmir government: BJP
The BJP said on Wednesday that "no formal and structured dialogue" had begun between any two political parties over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir. "Lot of kite flying over (government) formation in Jammu and Kashmir. Better note that no formal and structured dialogue has begun between any two parties," BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said. The Bharatiya Janata Party won 25 seats in elections to become the second largest group in the 87-member hung assembly. The Peoples Democratic Party won 28 seats. Any government will need the support of 44 members in the assembly.2015-01-07 05:41:03 PM
Some progress in talks with PDP, no breakthrough yet: BJP
The BJP on Monday said that there has been some movement in the talks with the PDP for government formation in Jammu and Kashmir following a fractured verdict but no breakthrough has been reached between the two parties so far. Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Ram Madhav told media persons in New Delhi that there has been "some progress" in talks but "no breakthrough" yet. "The talks will continue," he said. Madhav, along with BJP's leaders from the state met party president Amit Shah on Monday and discussed political developments in the state. He said that the BJP leaders suggested that talks with the People's Democratic Party, the single largest party in the state, should be taken forward.
Source: IANS2015-01-06 09:58:34 AM
Omar flays BJP, PDP amid hint of new government
Outgoing Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday took potshots at the PDP and the BJP amid signs that they were close to an agreement to form a coalition government. Reacting to reports that the two parties were close to start structured negotiations on sewing up an alliance, Abdullah wondered how far they would go with the sole intention of taking power in the state. Abdullah said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had attacked him in the past for seeking revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) but was now reportedly discussing this issue with the PDP.
Source: IANS2015-01-05 04:20:59 PM
Amit Shah, Kashmir leaders discuss government formation
BJP president Amit Shah on Monday met party leaders from Jammu and Kashmir and discussed the nitty gritty of government formation in the state. "Inputs from the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party were taken in the meeting," party general secretary Ram Madhav told reporters. He said that the BJP leaders suggested that talks with the Peoples Democratic Party, the single largest party in the state, should be taken forward. The BJP, with 25 seats all from the Jammu region, captured the second place in the assembly elections, while the PDP emerged as the largest party with 28 seats, all from the Kashmir Valley. Other two players - the National Conference (15 seats) and the Congress (12 seats) were in third and fourth positions, respectively.
Source: IANS2015-01-05 04:50:08 PM
Heavy firing exchange between India, Pakistan in Kashmir
Indian and Pakistani border guards exchanged heavy fire on Friday evening on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba district, police said. "Pakistan Rangers started unprovoked firing at four BSF (Border Security Force) outposts on the international border in Ramgarh sector of Samba district around 9.30 p.m. after which BSF retaliated effectively at all these places," a senior police official Jammu said. "Heavy firing exchanges were going on between the two sides when last reports came in," he added. On Wednesday, a BSF trooper was killed and another injured in Pakistan firing in the same area. Two Pakistan troopers were also killed in retaliatory firing by the BSF.
Source: IANS2015-01-03 10:05:48 AM
We want good ties with Pakistan: Rajnath
India wanted good relations with Pakistan, which should not resort to ceasefire violations, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday. "Pakistan is our neighbour and we want good relations with all our neighbours," Rajnath Singh said, responding to a media query on the repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan. "But the Pakistan government should also take initiative so that ceasefire violations do not take place," he added. The home minister's comments come in the wake of Pakistani shelling along the international boundary in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba and Kathua districts that left at least six people injured. Rajnath Singh said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi shook hands with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif during his oath-taking ceremony in May last year and conveyed that "we not only want to shake hands, but also want deeper ties".
Source: IANS2015-01-03 01:59:18 PM
BJP seeks more time for Kashmir government formation
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday sought more time to complete negotiations on government formation in Jammu and Kashmir. Senior leader Avinash Rai Khanna told reporters that his party needed more time to carry forward negotiations with other political parties. "We want a stable, strong government in Jammu and Kashmir. For that we need some more time." Khanna was commenting on the status of BJP's talks with other parties, including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to put together an alliance for a government in the country's only Muslim-majority state. PDP chief spokesman Naeem Akhtar said: "We are where we were on Dec 23 (the day election results were declared)." Raj Bhavan sources said that Governor N.N. Vohra desired that a government should be formed on time.
Source: IANS2015-01-02 04:52:53 PM
Amid confusion, governor calls PDP, BJP for talks
Amid persistent uncertainty following a fractured verdict, Governor N.N. Vohra on Friday invited both the PDP and the BJP for talks over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir. Raj Bhavan sources said that Vohra had written separate letters to the Peoples Democratic Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party which have won 28 and 25 seats respectively in the 87-member assembly. The governor wanted leaders of the two parties to explore possibilities of forming a government in the country's only Muslim-majority state, the sources said. The sources added that Vohra had invited the BJP also because of its claims that it had the support of six of the seven independents elected to the legislature.
Source: IANS2014-12-27 11:38:16 AM
Kashmir must have BJP-led government: Ram Madhav
Jammu and Kashmir must have a BJP-led government, party general secretary Ram Madhav said on Thursday, adding he was in Srinagar to explore the various options. Ram Madhav, who arrived in the afternoon, told reporters: "The BJP has the mandate to lead the government in Jammu and Kashmir. I am here to explore the options." He added that he was meeting representatives from different parties but did not provide details. "We are open to discussions, and meetings can be had with the prime minister also in this regard," he added, two days after the BJP emerged as the second largest group in a hung 87-member Jammu and Kashmir assembly. The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has 28 seats, the National Conference 15, the Congress 12 and the Bharatiya Janata Party 25 seats.
Source: IANS2014-12-26 09:50:54 AM
BJP wants to rule Kashmir - with Hindu chief minister
The BJP declared on Thursday that it was determined to govern Jammu and Kashmir amid speculation that the National Conference would ally with it if the BJP didn't insist on a Hindu chief minister for the country's only Muslim-majority state. BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Ram Madhav made known the party's intentions separately in Jammu and Srinagar, with the latter saying he was in the state to explore various options on government formation after elections led to a hung 87-member assembly. The BJP and the National Conference, the second and third largest groups in the house with 25 and 15 members, denied they were in secret talks. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which won 28 seats, was reportedly looking at both the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress as possible allies.
Source: IANS2014-12-26 10:07:15 AM
BJP, PDP discuss Jammu and Kashmir government formation
Talks between the BJP and the PDP for government formation in Jammu and Kashmir is expected to continue on Friday, party sources said. BJP top sources said that two rounds of talks were held on Thursday between BJP general secretary Ram Madhav and senior PDP leader and parliamentarian Muzaffar Hussain Baig in Srinagar. "The talks remained inconclusive and will continue," BJP sources said. PDP sources said that the party is discussing a common minimum programme with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "There has to be a clear common minimum programme before we join hands with future allies," PDP sources said.
Source: IANS2014-12-26 12:11:00 PM
Form secular government in Kashmir: CPI-M
The CPI-M on Friday called for a "secular government" in Jammu and Kashmir after assembly elections threw up a hung house. "The formation of the government in Jammu and Kashmir has become complicated because of the nature of the result and a hung assembly," the Communist Party of India-Marxist said. "The BJP, which benefited from the polarization in Jammu region, is trying to impose its political design in the formation of the government," it said. "This should be resisted in the interests of the unity of the state and safeguarding its special status. "It is imperative that a secular government is formed in Jammu and Kashmir and the secular forces should rise to the occasion keeping in mind the larger interests of the unity and integrity of our country."
Source: IANS2014-12-26 04:43:42 PM
BJP has momentum but may need to change strategy: Analysts
The BJP's good showing in the Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls is likely to maintain its political momentum but it would need some changes and course corrections as it seeks to deepen and expand its base nationally, political analysts say. According to analysts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to set the political agenda but Bharatiya Janata Party's good performance in successive assembly polls is also attributable to the lack of a coherent and united opposition. Sources : IANS2014-12-24 10:45:44 AM
Disappointed with Jharkhand, fine with Kashmir: Congress
The Congress on Tuesday said it is disappointed with its showing in Jharkhand but the results in Jammu and Kashmir are better than predicted by opinion polls. Party spokesperson Ajoy Kumar also said they were "open" to supporting the Peoples Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir. "The results in Jammu and Kashmir are better than what the opinion polls said. But we are disappointed with Jharkhand," he said. "It is time to go to the grass root level and rebuild our support base in Jharkhand," he said. He admitted Congress failed in forming an alliance of the non-Bharatiya Janata Party parties. "We failed in bringing the non-BJP parties together," he said. Asked about a possible tie up with PDP which emerged as the largest party in Jammu and Kashmir, Kumar said: "If PDP asks for support, we are open to it."2014-12-24 10:50:37 AM
Omar Abdullah quits
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday submitted his resignation to Governor N.N. Vohra, an official statement said. He met the governor at Raj Bhavan in Jammu and put in his papers. The governor told him to continue in office till alternate arrangements are made.
Source: IANS2014-12-24 04:19:58 PM
Counting begins in J&K, Jharkhand
Counting of votes for the assembly elections in the states of Jammu & Kashmir and Jharkhand began on Tuesday at 8.00 am. A total of 87 assembly constituencies are in fray in J&K, where according to various opinion and exit polls the PDP is going to get the most number of seats but not the majority mark of 44 or more and BJP is going to settle with 22-25 seats. While in Jharkhand, the BJP is going to win with a bang and manage clear majority with 47-49 seats out of the 81 available.
Source: News Reports2014-12-23 08:13:02 AM
PDP ahead in Kashmir, BJP gives chase
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was on Tuesday ahead in Jammu and Kashmir followed closely by the BJP as officials counted votes polled in the five-phase assembly elections. Candidates of the PDP led by Mufti Mohammed Saeed surged ahead in 30 of the 73 seats where early trends were available, officials said. The state assembly has 87 seats. A total of 48.29 lakh votes are to be counted. The BJP was ahead in 23 seats. The Congress led in six seats and the ruling National Conference in 13. One seat appeared to be going the way of a smaller party. Most exit polls have predicted a hung assembly in Jammu and Kashmir, the country's only Muslim-majority state. Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh said: "This will be a turning point for BJP and for Jammu and Kashmir politics." PDP leader and former chief minister Saeed was on the winning track in Anantnag. Source: IANS2014-12-23 08:59:09 AM
PDP, BJP in close fight in Kashmir
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was set to make history in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday as counting of votes polled in assembly elections put it close behind the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In what is being seen as a stunning show, BJP candidates had surged ahead in 21 of the 74 constituencies where counting trends were available. The PDP was ahead of others in 31 places. The ruling National Conference fared badly, its candidates taking the lead in just 15 of the 87 constituencies. Its estranged ally, the Congress, was set for a rout. It was ahead in only six seats. Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh said: "This will be a turning point for BJP and for Jammu and Kashmir politics."
Source: IANS2014-12-23 09:50:44 AM
Omar trails in one seat
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday trailed in one of two assembly seats he contested but was ahead in the other, officials said. Abdullah trailed in Sonawar constituency and led in Beerwah. Both places are in the Kashmir Valley.
Source: IANS2014-12-23 10:09:36 AM
Fight on in J&K
Fromer Separatist Sajjad gani Lone is leading from Handwara assembly constituency, while PDP's Ghulam Gani Lone is ahead of the others in Charar-i-Sharif. In Dooru assembly segment, Congress's Ghulam Ahmad Mir is leading against PDP's Syed Farooq Ahmad Andrabi. BJP's Kuldeep Raj Dubey is leading in Gool Arnas and PDP's Mohd. Abbas Wani is ahead in Gulmarg.
Source: News Reports2014-12-23 10:53:29 AM
Who is it going to be in J&K?
It is becoming more and more unpredictable as to who is going to get the most number of seats in Jammu & Kashmir. As the trends till 10.40 am suggest, PDP and BJP are neck to neck with both leading in 23 seats each. While the JKNC and INC come closer to the two front runners maintaining their lead in 17 seats apiece.
Source: News Reports2014-12-23 11:09:04 AM
NC officially wins first seat in J&K
The Khanyar assembly seat has gone to the Jammu & Kashmir National Conference (JKNC). JKNC leader and the state Law Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar has won the seat of Khanyar.
Source: News Reports2014-12-23 11:17:27 AM
People's Conference leads in Handwara, Kupwara
Former Separatist leader Sajjad Gani Lone's People's Conference is leading in Kupwara and Handwara. Lone is himself contesting from Handwara assembly constituency.
Source: News Reports2014-12-23 11:38:09 AM
Mufti Mohd. Sayeed bags Anantnag
People's Democratic Party's (PDP) chief patron Mufit Mohd. Sayeed has bagged the Anantnag assembly seat with over eleven thousand votes, PDP has accounted for the Baramulla seat as well. PDP's Javid Hassan Baig has emerged winner from Baramulla, while the Karnah seat in Kupwara district has also gone to PDP's Raja Manzoor Ahmad.
Source: News Reports2014-12-23 11:51:46 AM
Heena Bhat of BJP loses to PDP candidate in Amira Kadal
BJP bore a blow on the results day in the state of Jammu & Kashmir on Tuesday as the party candidate Heena Bhat lost in the Amira Kadal seat to PDP candidate Altaf Bukhari.
Source: News Reports2014-12-23 11:58:33 AM
Sajjad Gani Lone clinches Handwara seat
Former Separatist leader and the People's Conference Chief Sajjad Gani Lone has emerged triumphant form Handwara assembly constituency.
Source: IANS2014-12-23 12:10:33 PM
Setback for Omar Abdullah
The incumbent chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir Omar Abdullah and his JKNC have suffered a huge setback in the assembly elections. Considered a strong contender from the Sonawar assembly constituency, Omar Abdullah has lost the seat to PDP's Mohd. Ashraf Mir. Omar congratulated the winner from Sonawar, he said "Congratulations to Ashraf Mir for his win in Sonawar. I wish him and the people all good luck for the nex 6 years. He is now my local MLA.""Congratulations to Ashraf Mir for his victory in Sonwar. I wish him & the people all good luck for the next 6 years. He's now my local MLA." Omar Abdullah after losing - See more at: http://www.elections.in/#sthash.Ojuepfnq.dpuf
Source: News Reports2014-12-23 12:18:50 PM
Congress's big three lose by big margin
Three big Congress ministers Tara Chand, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister of the state of J&K, Raman Bhalla and Shyam Lal Sharma ended up on losing side by big margins in the state assembly elections. While an independent candidate Engineer Rashid won the Langate seat and BJP's Kishan Lal came out winner from Chhamb assembly contituency.
Source: News Reports2014-12-23 12:58:05 PM
Omar Abdullah escapes embarrassment, wins in Beerwah
The ruling Chief Minister of the state of Jammu & Kashmir Omar Abdullah had to suffer a blow earlier when he lost the Sonawar seat to PDP's Mohd. Ashraf Mir. Finally he managed to salvage his pride by winning the Beerwah assembly seat by a margin of over a thousand votes.
Source: News Reports2014-12-23 01:54:02 PM
BJP finds foothold in J&K
The BJP is in close contest with PDP in J&K, the Basohli assembly seat has gone to BJP where Lal Singh has won. Likewise, Rajeev Sharma of BJP has bagged the Akhnoor seat defeating Congress's Shyam Lal Sharma by a margin of 9,380 votes. Sat Paul Sharma has won the Jammu West seat, he thrashed Congress's Surinder Singh Shingari by a gigantic margin of 50,629 votes. On the other hand PDP's Chowdhary Zulfiqar Ali has won the Darhal seat against NC's Choudhary Liaqat Ali by 5068 votes.
Source: News Reports2014-12-23 02:39:47 PM
BJP wins more in J&K
The Jammu East seat has gone to BJP as well where Rajesh Gupta beat Congress's Vikram Malhotra by a margin of 12,694 votes. Another BJP candidate Dina Nath also accounted for Chenani assembly seat by beating Congress's Krishan Chander by 20,332 votes.
Source: IANS2014-12-23 02:49:46 PM
Trends suggest a 'Hung Assembly' in J&K
The trends so far are hinting towards a 'Hung Assembly' in the state of Jammu & Kashmir as various opinion and exit polls had predicted. According to the latest stats the PDP is going to be the most successful party in the state accounting for 29 seats, the trends suggest that the BJP can win 25 seats being the second best party in the state. Congress and JKNC once came close to the two front runners, but eventually seem to be falling short with 16 and 11 seats respectively with 6 seats going to others.2014-12-23 02:58:25 PM
BJP president luads party's performance in J&K, Jharkhand
The BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday luaded the pary's performance in the states of Jammu & Kashmir and Jharkhand. Shah said at press conference in New Delhi that the people of J&K have approvred of their 'Development agenda', he said "people have liked BJP's development agenda and this verdict shows that voters are fed up of vote bank politics." Amit Shah also held the victory in Jharkhand in high reagards saying that the party has done well to beat the local favourite parties, "the results of Jharkhand show that many major parties leaders from JMM, Congress amd RJD have lost. We have done well in those seats," he said.
Source: News Reports2014-12-23 03:54:36 PM
PDP, BJP neck to neck in J&K, so far
The Election Commission of India has declared the results for 65 out of 87 seats of the Jammu & Kashmir state legislative assembly which is set to winess a fractured mandate. Out of the declared 65 seats the PDP has won 21 seats while BJP has grabbed one more than this number. Whereas the JKNC has managed to win 11 seats while the INC has not been able to win more than 7 as of now.
Source: IANS2014-12-23 04:17:49 PM
PDP, BJP close encounter continues
Its just a matter of a seat or two between the PDP and the BJP in Jammu & Kashmir even when the results are almost out. The Election Commission of India has declared the results for 80 out of 87 assembly seats out of which the PDP has won 25 seats and the BJP is just one behing PDP with 24. The JKNC and Congress could not compete with the two for long and have so far won 15 and 10 seats respectively.
Source: IANS2014-12-23 05:17:03 PM
Modi hails Kashmir, Jharkhand results
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hailed the election results in Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir, saying voters in the former had voted for stability. The "record (voter) turnout in Jammu and Kashmir showed people's faith in democracy," Modi said in a tweet. "I thank them from the bottom of my heart for placing their confidence in the BJP." Modi added: "People of Jharkhand have voted for stability, which is essential to realise the true potential of the state. I congratulate them. "My congratulations to the BJP (workers) of Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir," he said. "The results are the outcome of their hard work and selfless dedication."
Source: IANS2014-12-23 06:32:47 PM
Will form next Kashmir government on our own, says PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday said it was confident of forming the next government in Jammu and Kashmir on its own and would not align with the Bharatiya Janata Party. Reacting to some media reports that said that the PDP had said that it was open to forming an alliance with the BJP if it does not get the needed simple majority of 44 in the 87-member state assembly, the PDP's chief spokesman Naeem Akhtar said, "No, we did not say we will form an alliance with the BJP." "We said we will form the next government in the state on our own as we are confident of getting the required numbers. So there is no need for us to say we will form an alliance with the BJP or any other party."
Source: IANS2014-12-22 10:23:09 AM
Balloting begins in Kashmir
Balloting began on Saturday in 20 assembly constituencies in the fifth and final phase of elections in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. The constituencies are spread over Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts. Over 18 lakh voters are eligible to decide the political fate of 213 candidates. Prominent candidates include Sham Lal Sharma (Akhnoor), Raman Bhalla (Gandhinagar), Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand (Chhamb) and Manohar Lal Sharma (Billawar). A total of 2,366 polling stations have been set up. The constituencies going to polls are Bani, Basohli, Billawar, Kathua and Hiranagar in Kathua district, Nagrota, Gandhinagar, Jammu East, Jammu West, Bishnah, R.S. Pura, Suchetgarh, Akhnoor, Chhamb, Marh and Raipur Domana in Jammu district, and Rajouri, Darhal, Kalakote and Nowshera in Rajouri district. Polling started at 8 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m. Votes will be counted on Dec 23.
Source: IANS2014-12-20 08:30:10 AM
Kashmir polls: Voters queue up in Jammu
Despite the fog and the chill, enthusiastic voters queued up at polling stations on Saturday in Jammu in the fifth and final phase of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Ballotting began on a slow note early in the morning but as the day progressed, more and more men and women turned up at the polling booths. Polling is being held in 20 assembly constituencies that are spread over Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts. Three polling stations were set up at the Kendriya Vidyalaya in Gandhinagar constituency of Jammu district. In the first half an hour, around 50 votes had been cast in Jammu as voters came in large numbers to elect representatives for the 12th state assembly.
Source: IANS2014-12-20 11:35:26 AM
Vote in record numbers: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged voters to turn out in record numbers as balloting took place in the fifth and final phase of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand. "I urge all those voting in the fifth and final phase of Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand assembly polls to turn out in record numbers and vote," Modi tweeted. In this phase, voting will be for 20 constituencies of Jammu and Khashmir where over 18 lakh voters are eligible to decide the political fate of 213 candidates. A total of 2,366 polling stations have been set up. In Jharkhand, 3,690,069 voters in this phase will decide the political fate of 208 candidates including 16 females. Polling is taking place at 3,773 polling booths.
Source: IANS2014-12-20 11:38:16 AM
Militants gun down village headman in Kashmir
Militants on Saturday killed a village headman in north Kashmir's Baramulla district, police said. "Gulam Ahman Bhat, headman of Bomai village in Sopore district, was shot dead from close range by militants today morning. While being shifted to hospital, he succumbed to his bullet injuries," a senior police officer said in Srinagar. The officer said that police have registered an FIR on the incident and an investigation has been initiated to identify the culprit.
Source: IANS2014-12-20 12:34:39 PM
Voting ends in Kashmir, over 65 percent turnout
The fifth and final phase of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir ended peacefully on Saturday, with over 65 percent of the voters casting their ballot in 20 constituencies, officials said. "Polling ended peacefully in all the 20 constituencies of Jammu, Rajouri and Kathua districts at 4 p.m. today (on Saturday)," an Election Commission official said. Initial figures indicated that 65 percent voters turned up to exercise their franchise till the voting process ended. "However, these figures are subject to variation as final reports about poll percentages are still coming in. The day's poll process was peaceful," the official said. A total of 213 candidates were in fray. Eleven constituencies voted in Jammu, four in Rajouri and five in Kathua district. Counting for all the 87 assembly seats will be held on Dec 23.
Source: IANS2014-12-20 05:55:18 PM
Final phase polling tomorrow in J&K
The state of Jammu & Kashmir is all set to go for polling for one last time in the 2014 state assembly elections. The fifth and final phase will be underway on Saturday, 20 December. Twenty assembly constituencies in three districts of Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri will go for balloting in this phase where the fate of 225 candidates will be decided. A total of 18,28,904 voters are enlisted to cast their ballot on 2400 polling stations. Deputy Chief Minister of the state Tara Chand and three cabinet ministers are amongst those who will have their lucks locked into to ballots in the final round of elections.
Source: News Reports2014-12-19 03:37:16 PM
Militant killed in Kashmir gunfight
A militant was killed on Thursday in a gunfight between the security forces and separatist guerrillas in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district, police said. "One guerrilla was killed on Thursday in an encounter between the security forces and the guerrillas in Salkoot village of Kupwara district," a senior police officer said in Srinagar. "The Rashtriya Rifles personnel and state police surrounded Salkoot on Thursday morning following information about the presence of a group of guerrillas," he said. "When the security forces closed on the militants, they started firing which triggered an encounter," he said.
Source: IANS2014-12-18 02:01:22 PM
Sidhu's convey attacked in Jammu
Navjot Singh Sidhu let his wooden blade do the talking when the opposition bowlers used to bowl fiery bouncers at him during his playing days, but little did he imagine then that the people of Jammu would catch him off-gaurd years later. Sidhu was in Jammu on Thursday campaigning for BJP when the people hurled stones at his convoy. He is reported to be unhurt in the attack though. The final phase of the state assembly elections is scheduled to go underway Saturday, December 20 and results to be announced on Tuesday, 23 December.
Source: News Reports2014-12-18 04:07:41 PM
Guerrilla hideout busted in Kashmir
A guerrilla hideout was busted in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district on Tuesday and some arms and ammunition recovered, police said. "Security forces including police and 6 Rashtriya Rifles busted a hideout during a search operation in Waligam forests of Handwara tehsil in Kupwara district today," a police officer said in Srinagar. An AK-47 rifle, 1,450 AK rounds, 170 Pika rounds, 20 UBGL grenades, nine detonators, three IEDs, four RPG rods and two RPG boosters were recovered from the hideout, he said, adding a case has been registered and investigations are on.
Source: IANS2014-12-17 09:45:07 AM
Modi to address rallies in Jammu
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address two rallies in the Jammu region on Tuesday ahead of the final phase of elections in the state on Saturday. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sources said that Modi will address rallies in Kathua district and Jammu city. "Modi's first rally will be held at Mandi in Billawar constituency and the second at M.A. Stadium in Jammu City," a party source said. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is also scheduled to address two election rallies in the Jammu region on Tuesday. Twenty constituencies in Rajouri, Jammu and Kathua districts go to polls on Saturday in the fifth and final phase of state assembly elections. The vote count will be held on Dec 23.
Source: IANS2014-12-16 09:41:23 AM
Modi blames NC, PDP for corruption in Kashmir
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday blamed the Congress, National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir for corruption and misgovernance in the state. Addressing a huge election rally for the Bharatiya Janata Party in Billawar town of Kathua district, Modi said: "The biggest problem of Jammu and Kashmir is corruption, misgovernance and family rule." "These three parties have come to power at different periods of time and they have only taken care of their families," he said. "The time has come when you have to ensure that your own sons and daughters make progress and that cannot happen as long as you give power to political parties run by families," Modi said.
Source: IANS2014-12-16 04:43:53 PM
Jammu faced discrimination in the past, says Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that there was a feeling among the people of Jammu region that they have been discriminated against and have not been given their rightful share in development. "I have worked for my organisation for many years in Jammu and Kashmir. Whenever I would come to Jammu, I was told the region has been discriminated against and deprived of its rightful share in development," Modi said at a Bharatiya Janata Party election rally at the M.A. Stadium in Jammu. "Today, I have realised there is substance in this feeling. You must understand that your problems owe their roots to the Congress that has exploited the region for political gain only."
Source: IANS2014-12-16 05:21:55 PM
Kashmir fourth phase turnout dips to less than 50 percent
The fourth phase of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections on Sunday saw less than half of the over 14 lakh voters turning out as against the over 70 percent seen in the earlier rounds. Voting was mostly peaceful though stray incidents of violence were reported and a case was slapped against a BJP candidate for assaulting a poll agent. In the 18 constituencies with 14.66 lakh-strong electorate, seven saw less than one-third of the voters turning up. The constituencies were spread over four districts - Srinagar, Anantnag and Shopian in the Kashmir valley and Samba district in Jammu region. The highest turnout was seen in Vijaypur with 81.17 percent, while the lowest was in Habbakadal with 21.01, State chief electoral officer Umang Narula said.
Source: IANS2014-12-15 09:34:21 AM
Balloting begins in Kashmir
Balloting began on Sunday in 18 assembly constituencies in the fourth of the five-phase elections in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. The constituencies are spread over four districts - Srinagar, Anantnag and Shopian - in the Kashmir valley and Samba district in Jammu region. Over 14 lakh voters are eligible to decide the fate of political heavyweights like Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and former chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed. Abdullah of the National Congress is contesting from Sonwar in Srinagar and Peoples Democratic Party leader Sayeed from Anantnag. A total of 1,890 polling stations have been set up. Polling started at 8 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m. After the fifth round of polling on Dec 20, the votes will be counted on Dec 23.
Source: IANS2014-12-14 08:36:07 AM
Modi urges 'friends' to vote in large numbers
Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged "friends" across Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand voting on Sunday to vote in large numbers in the fourth phase of the ongoing assembly elections. "I urge all friends across J&K and Jharkhand voting today in the 4th phase of the Vidhan Sabha elections to vote in large numbers," he said in a tweet. Balloting began Sunday in 18 assembly constituencies in the fourth of the five-phase elections in Jammu and Kashmir and 15 of the 81 assembly constituencies in Jharkhand.
Source: IANS2014-12-14 10:23:58 AM
Omar Abdullah casts his ballot in Sonawar
Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir Omar Abdullah cast his vote today in Srinagar's Sonawar assembly constituency. After having cast his ballot, the JKNC candidate from the same constituency said that the people of Kashmir were smart enough to understand what 'good work' has been done in the past six years and are not going to be fooled by anyone. He said that he was sure that the people would take correct decision as to who to vote for as per their own discretion. A total of 18 assembly constituencies are going for polls today in the penultimate phase of the five phased elections.
Source: News Reports2014-12-14 11:29:51 AM
Voting picks up as day warms up in Kashmir
Polling picked up in Srinagar and elsewhere in the Kashmir Valley on Sunday as the day warmed up, with a weak winter sun struggling hard to break through the clouds. After a dull start, voters lined up at many polling stations in Srinagar city, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, as well as Anantnag and Shopian districts in south Kashmir. Long queues of voters were seen in Mehjoor Nagar, Bemina, Rawalpora, Baghat Barzalla, Zadibal, Khimmer and Chatterhama areas of Srinagar, where eight constituencies went to the polls on Sunday. Very few votes were, however, cast in the old city areas of Srinagar, the traditional stronghold of separatists. Men and women voters massed at all the six constituencies of Pahalgam, Shangus, Doru, Kokernag, Bijbehara and Anantnag in Anantnag district.
Source: IANS2014-12-14 11:57:56 AM
About a third of votes cast in Jharkhand polls
About a third of voters had cast their votes till 11.00 a.m. in the fourth phase of the Jharkhand state assembly elections, an Election Commission official said on Sunday. "Till 11.00 a.m., 30.06 percent voting has taken place. Till 11.00 a.m. the highest turnout was in Sindri with 40 percent, followed by Tundi with 39 percent," the official added. Earlier, balloting for 15 of the total 81 seats of the Jharkhand state assembly began on Sunday at 7 a.m. The polling is taking place at 5,482 booths, including 36 auxiliary polling booths. Among these, 716 polling booths have been declared very sensitive and 2,007 have been declared sensitive. The Election Commission has declared 183 polling stations as model polling stations. Web casting facility is available at 335 polling stations and approximately 27,410 polling personnel are deployed for poll duties during this phase.
Source: IANS2014-12-14 12:27:20 PM
About a fourth of votes cast in Jammu and Kashmir
Nearly 25 percent of voters on Sunday cast their votes till 12 p.m. in the fourth phase of the Jammu and Kashmir state assembly elections, an Election Commission official said. "Till 12 p.m., 24.58 percent voting has taken place. The highest turnout was in Pahalgam constituency with 37.23 percent and the lowest in Habba Kadal at 7.58 percent," the official said. Polling picked up in Srinagar and elsewhere in the Kashmir Valley as the day warmed up, with a weak winter sun struggling hard to break through the clouds. After a dull start, voters lined up at many polling stations in Srinagar city as well as in Anantnag and Shopian districts in south Kashmir.
Source: IANS2014-12-14 02:16:13 PM
BJP candidate gets involved in a brawl
BJP candidate Javed Ahmad Qadri got involved in a brawl with a voter on Sunday during the polling for the fourth phase of the J&K state assembly elections. Accordig to news reports, at Mochwad polling station of the Shopian assembly segment, Qadri alleged that the voter was not carrying a voter id card and was in line to cast his vote. Javed Qadri is the BJP candidate from the Shopian constituency. State chief minister Omar Abdullah has reacted to this through a tweet in which he said, "The BJP candidate in Srinagar who earlier threatened to pick up a gun over Art 370 now slaps a polling officer. Well done."
Source: News Reports2014-12-14 02:44:27 PM
Soldier injured in explosion in Kashmir
A soldier was injured on Sunday when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. Military sources said that the incident took place at Nangi Tekri area of Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district. "The area where the explosion occurred has been surrounded for a search operation. The injured soldier had been taken to a hospital," an officer said.
Source: IANS2014-12-14 03:13:35 PM
Modi to address BJP rallies in J&K
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be arriving on Saturday for a day-long BJP poll campaign visit to the Jammu region. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sources said Modi would address poll rallies in the Kathua and Rajouri districts of Jammu region. "The Prime Minister will first address a BJP election rally in Kathua district and in the afternoon, he will address another BJP poll rally in Rajouri district", BJP sources told reporters in Jammu. This will be Modi's fourth poll campaign visit to J&K and his ninth visit to Jammu and Kashmir since he took over as the Prime Minister. 20 assembly constituencies in the three districts of Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri go to poll in the fifth and final phase of the J&K assembly elections on Dec 20.
Source: IANS2014-12-13 10:28:40 AM
Village headman killed in Jammu and Kashmir
The body of a village headman kidnapped by gunmen from his house in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district was found on Saturday in a field, police said. Police said unidentified gunmen kidnapped Ghulam Muhammad Mir, 62, headman of Hygam village in Baramulla on Friday night. "The body of the slain headman has been recovered from a field Saturday morning away from the place where he was kidnapped. An FIR has been lodged," a senior police officer said in Srinagar. Separatist guerrillas have been targeting village headmen in Jammu and Kashmir ever since the panchayat polls were held in the state after 20 years in 2011. These killings are believed to instil fear among people so that they stay away from the democratic process.
Source: IANS2014-12-13 12:03:53 PM
World is watching Kashmir polls: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir were being closely watched by the entire world following the massive turnout by the people. Addressing a large Bharatiya Janata Party election rally in this border district town in the Jammu region, Modi said the people of the state have proved that the power of democracy was far greater than the AK-47 rifle. "The world is watching these elections because of the massive participation by the people," he said. Modi expressed happiness over what he called seeing a new hope and expectation on the faces of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Source: IANS2014-12-13 02:27:05 PM
Discard dynastic parties: Modi in Kashmir
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday once again hit out at the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), terming them "dynastic" parties. "Aren't children of other families talented to run the state of Jammu and Kashmir? Why should only father-and-son party (NC) and father-and-daughter party (PDP) be allowed to come to power," he asked while addressing a large Bharatiya Janata Party election rally in the border town of Kathua in the Jammu region. Modi asked the people to see the democratic functioning of the BJP "which made it possible for the son of a tea-stall owner to become the prime minister". "Your sons and daughters are second to none. Come forward and make it possible for your sons and daughters to run this country," he told the gathering.
Source: IANS2014-12-13 02:31:17 PM
Getting respect worldwide because of India's people: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the respect he has been getting worldwide was not because of him, but because of the people of India. "The world has started recognising the excellence of India not because of Modi, but because of the 1.25 billion strong people of the country. When people shake hands with me, they see 1.25 billion people standing behind me," Modi said at a Bharatiya Janata Party election rally in this border town in Jammu region. "It is because I have a decisive mandate to run the country. If we did not have a decisive mandate, the world would not have been looking up to us," he said. Modi asked the people of Jammu and Kashmir to give a decisive mandate to the BJP so that the next state government gets the respect and status that is true of only strong governments.
Source: IANS2014-12-13 02:56:27 PM
More threats expected but ready to counter them: Parrikar
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Saturday that intelligence agencies had warned of more terror attacks in India but also assured that "all arrangements had been made to counter them". Parrikar, who is in Goa on a two-day visit was speaking to reporters in Panaji. "We also have intelligence inputs that there might be more terrorist attacks planned by various groups in the next few days; we have made all arrangement to counter it," Parrikar said. He also said that care is being be taken to ensure that there is no violence during the assembly polls in Kashmir.
Source: IANS2014-12-13 03:33:04 PM
Previous governments responsible for Kashmir's backwardness: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that successive governments in Jammu and Kashmir were responsible for the backwardness of far-flung areas of the state. "Poonch and Rajouri districts should have been connected by a rail link with the rest of the country, but successive state governments ignored the far-flung backward areas of the state," Modi said at a Bharatiya Janata Party election rally attended by over 40,000 people, the maximum from the tribal Muslim Gujjar community from the two districts. "I promise to connect these areas with the rest of the country through a rail link so that fruits of development reach here quickly," he said.
Source: IANS2014-12-13 05:20:20 PM
Rahul to hold public meetings in Rajouri, Kathua
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will be holding two public meetings in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday ahead of the fifth and last phase of polls in the state, a party statement said on Saturday. Gandhi's first public meeting will take place in Rajouri district at 12 noon followed by the second meeting at 2.15 p.m. in Kathua. Twenty assembly constituencies in the Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts go to polls in the fifth and final phase of the state assembly elections on Dec 20. The results will be declared on Dec 23.
Source: IANS2014-12-13 10:14:51 PM
BJP will make Kashmir crown of India: Amit Shah
BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday hit out at the Omar Abdullah government in Jammu and Kashmir for its "slow" rehabilitation process after the September floods and alleged mismanagement of central relief funds, while promising his party would make the state the best in the country, if voted to power. "Government of India provided Rs.1,700 crore special assistance to the state government for the rehabilitation of flood victims. But I want to ask Omar Abdullah where the money went. Wherever I have been in Kashmir, people have complained about inadequate response of the state government," Shah said at an Bharatiya Janata Party poll rally in Srinagar. He said many states of the country have progressed but Kashmir has remained behind because of "family-run" parties.
Source: IANS2014-12-12 09:49:16 AM
Three policemen injured in Kashmir grenade blast
Three policemen were injured on Thursday evening in a grenade attack by militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag town, police said. "Three policemen were injured today evening when militants lobed a grenade at Sherbagh police post in Anantnag," a senior police officer said late last night. "The injured have been removed to hospital for treatment. Doctors have referred one of the injured policemen with critical injuries to Srinagar for specialised treatment," he added. Anantnag assembly constituency goes to polls in the fourth phase of the five-phase Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections Dec 14.
Source: IANS2014-12-12 10:02:18 AM
Defence Minister reviews security situation in J&K
Union defence minister Manohar Parrikar is on a visit to the state of Jammu & Kashmir to review security situation ahead of the fourth phase of the assembly elections. The minister's visit to the terror struck state has come a few days after a suicide bomb attack in Uri killed 8 army men. Parrikar paid homage to the war memorial at Badamibagh headquarters of the Army's 15 Corps. The defence minister faced a scathing attack by the opposition parties for not having paid any attention to the troubled state and visiting Goa for a private function instead a few days back. The polling for the fourth of the five phase elections is to take place on December 14.
Source: News Reports2014-12-11 12:53:35 PM
Woman attacked with acid in Srinagar
A young woman, who is a law student, was attacked with acid in Srinagar on Thursday, leaving her in a critical condition, police said. Police said the 21-year-old woman was attacked by unidentified assailants in Nowshehra locality of Srinagar city on Thursday afternoon. "The woman has been shifted to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura where doctors have described her condition as critical," a senior police officer said. Police said the victim is a student of a law college in the city. "A manhunt has been started to nab the culprits...," the officer said.
Source: IANS2014-12-11 02:09:49 PM
Opposition wants Parrikar to stop 'chilling' in Goa
After outrage on the social media, the opposition is protesting against Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's presence at a book release function in Goa, hours after a major terrorist strike in Jammu and Kashmir. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress have asked the former Goa chief minister to safeguard India's borders and not continue to interfere in state politics as a "Super CM". Congress leader Durgadas Kamat claims that if an Indian defence minister can spare two days a week "chilling" in Goa, there was something seriously amiss. "Defence minister is a full-time job. The country does not want a part-timer in that position. How can (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi, himself a workaholic, allow his defence minister to do such a shoddy, half-hearted job?" Kamat asks.
Source: IANS2014-12-10 12:27:33 PM
Sonia rues coalition compulsions in Kashmir
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday blamed "coalition compulsions" for the failure to implement all people friendly programmes in Jammu and Kashmir. Gandhi said: "I know we could not fulfill all the pro-people programmes like the food security bill and land compensation bill because of coalition compulsions during the last six years. "But we have remained in the forefront of helping the people of Kashmir in times of need," she said at an election rally in Shangus constituency in south Kashmir's Anantnag district. "The response of the Congress-led government in the state was prompt and effective during the 2005 earthquake. "During the recent floods, the Congress workers promptly came to the help of the people in villages and towns." Gandhi appealed to people to maintain the secular character of Kashmir and for that she urged them to vote for Congress candidates in assembly elections.
Source: IANS2014-12-10 03:59:42 PM
Polling begins in Jammu and Kashmir
Polling for 16 constituencies began in the third round of the five-phase assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir. The constituencies spread over Valley will elect their representatives to the legislative assembly in this phase. The 16 constituencies spread over three districts in the Kashmir valley: Budgam, Pulwama and Baramulla, are considered a PDP stronghold which won 9 of the 16 seats in the 2008 elections. Uri, which saw the maximum casualties in the recent attack, will also vote today.Chief Minister Omar Abdullah amongst 144 candidates in the fray.2014-12-09 08:31:27 AM
Voting begins low-key in Kashmir
Voters trickled out in twos and threes on Tuesday morning at almost all the polling stations to elect representatives for the five assembly seats as freezing cold gripped the central Kashmir district. At Gowharpora polling station in Chadura constituency, a small queue started building as the doors of the polling station were opened to the voters. Reports from the adjacent Pulwama district, where another four constituencies are voting today also suggested voting started slow because of the biting cold. In Pulwama town, no queues were seen outside polling stations in the morning. In Tral constituency of Pulwama district, no voters had turned out at polling stations in the morning. In Baramulla district, where seven constituencies go to poll today, voter queues were seen in Uri constituency in the morning but there were hardly any voters outside polling stations in Sopore town.
Source: IANS2014-12-09 10:18:35 AM
Kashmir defies boycott call, casts ballot
Defying a separatist call to boycott the polls, voters in Kashmir formed queues at polling stations in the third round of the staggered assembly elections. Guerrillas lobbed a grenade in Gulmarg, but there were no casualties. The ballotting took place four days after a string of terror attacks that left 21 people, including eight soldiers, dead in Kashmir. Voters trickled out on Tuesday morning at almost all the polling stations to elect representatives for the 16 assembly segments as freezing cold gripped Kashmir. As the day progressed and the sun peeped out, more voters thronged the polling booths. Long queues of enthusiastic voters in Kramshore village of Khansahib constituency in Badgam district seemed determined on Tuesday to choose their representatives, completely ignoring the separatist calls to stay away from the poll process.
Source: IANS2014-12-09 11:16:29 AM
Turnout in large numbers, Modi urges voters
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged voters in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand to turnout in "record numbers" and cast their ballot in the ongoing assembly elections. "Urging all those voting today, in phase three of the assembly elections in J&K and Jharkhand, to turnout in record numbers and cast their vote," he said in a tweet. Balloting began on Tuesday in 16 assembly constituencies in the third round of the five-phase elections in Jammu and Kashmir, and 17 of the 81 assembly constituencies in Jharkhand.
Source: IANS2014-12-09 11:26:04 AM
Over 11 percent polling in Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir recorded an average voter turnout of 11.28 percent during the first couple of hours in the state assembly elections on Tuesday, authorities said. The Khansahib constituency recorded the highest voter turnout percentage of 19.64 while Sopore constituency was the lowest with 2.39 percent. Voting is taking place in 16 assembly constituencies in the third round of the five-phase elections to the state assembly.2014-12-09 11:50:04 AM
19 killed in 555 Kashmir truce violations
Fourteen civilians and five security personnel were killed in 555 ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces this year in Jammu and Kashmir, the government said on Tuesday. The largest number of 405 violations took place along the international border that is under the operational control of the Border Security Force (BSF), Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told parliament. Of these, 344 violations were reported from the Jammu sector and 61 from the Indreshwar-Nagar sector, the minister said in the Rajya Sabha. The 405 violations along the international border were a steep rise from the 148 ceasefire breaches in 2013 and just 11 and 21 in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Similar violations this year along the Line of Control (LoC) and the section of the international border controlled by the army stood at 150, the minister said.
Source: IANS2014-12-09 04:56:15 PM
Voting ends peacefully in Kashmir
Barring stray incidents, voting ended peacefully in all the 16 assembly constituencies that went to polls on Tuesday in Kashmir. A senior Election Commission official said in Srinagar that voting ended without any major incident of violence at all the 1,781 polling stations in the 16 constituencies of Baramulla, Badgam and Pulwama districts in the Kashmir Valley. As many as 138 candidates, including Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, senior ministers Abdul Rahim Rather, Ghulam Hassan Mir and Taj Mohiuddin, were in the fray on Tuesday. Tight security arrangements were made in the aftermath of Dec 5 terror attacks in the valley, in which 21 people were killed. Braving terror threats, separatists' poll boycott call and winter chill, voters came out in large numbers to exercise their franchise at almost all polling stations. Only in the traditional strongholds of the separatists like Sopore in Baramulla and Tral in Pulwama was the polling low. Balloting ended at 4 p.m.
Source: IANS2014-12-09 05:03:00 PM
Modi arrives in Jammu
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Jammu on Monday on a day-long visit to campaign for the BJP in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections. A special plane carrying the prime minister landed at the technical area of Jammu airport at 11.45 a.m. From the airport, Modi took an Mi-17 helicopter to reach the venue of the Bharatiya Janata Party rally in Samba district. Modi is scheduled to address a BJP election rally on the Jammu-Pathankote national highway at Raya Morh, about 25 km from Jammu city in the Vijaypur assembly constituency of Samba district. A heavy security blanket has been thrown around the Raya Marh rally of the prime minister. Senior BJP leaders Avinash Rai Khanna, parliament member Jugal Kishore and party candidates from Bishnah, Vijaypur and Samba were at the venue.
Source: IANS2014-12-08 12:38:32 PM
Get rid of family rule, corruption: Modi in Kashmir
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday exhorted voters to get rid of family rule and corruption and promised to bring development to Kashmir. "You have seen governments by the Congress, by father and son (National Conference) and by father and daughter (Peoples Democratic Party). Get rid of this family rule and corruption. Give us an opportunity to end corruption in Kashmir," Modi said at a BJP rally here. Wearing the 'Pheran', a traditional Kashmiri over garment, Modi said he has come to Kashmir to share the grief of the local people and wipe tears from their eyes. "I came here in July, in August, in September, in October, in November and now in December. I came in 2014 and will come in 2015 to fulfil the dream of 'Insaniyat, Joomhuriyat and Kashmiriyat' seen by (former prime minister) Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Source : IANS2014-12-08 05:21:41 PM
Sajad Lone denies sending supporters to Modi's rally
Sajjad Lone, People's Conference leader and a candidate in the state assembly elections, on Monday denied Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's charge that he had sent 80 vehicle with loads of people to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Srinagar. Omar Abdullah had tweeted on Monday: "So Sajjad Lone is sending about 80 vehicle loads of supporters from Kupwara to help his "elder brother" make up the numbers". Omar was alluding to Sajjad Lone's statement made when he met Modi last month and called him 'elder brother'. Talking to the media here, Sajjad said he was not afraid of anyone but denied having sent party supporters to attend the BJP rally. Source : IANS2014-12-08 05:24:24 PM
PM pays tribute to Kashmir terror attack martyrs
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid floral tributes to eight army soldiers killed in the Dec 5 terror strike on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir. Immediately after his arrival at the Srinagar International Airport, Modi flew in an army helicopter to the Chinar Corps headquarters in Badami Bagh cantonment area of the city. "The prime minister laid a wreath at the war memorial inside the Chinar Corps headquarters commending the supreme sacrifice of eight brave hearts of the army, who were martyred fighting terrorists at Mahura camp on Dec 5," said a senior army officer. Eight soldiers, including a lieutenant colonel, were killed when guerrillas stormed an army field regiment camp in Mahura near the Uri border town in Baramulla district. Three policemen were also killed in the attack. All the six guerrillas, who carried out the attack, were killed. Source : IANS2014-12-08 05:38:02 PM
Attack on democracy in Kashmir : Modi on terror strikes
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir was a "shameful act on the democratic process" in the state which is in the midst of assembly polls. "The terrorists did a shameful act by attacking the democratic process in Kashmir. Our brave security personnel gave a befitting reply to them," Modi said while addressing an election rally in Hazaribagh. Twenty-one people, including eight soldiers, were killed in a string of attacks across Kashmir on Friday."An army officer from Jharkhand was also killed. I pay my tributes to the security personnel killed in terrorist attack," said Modi. Lt. Col. Sanklap Shukla, a resident of Ranchi, was killed in the attack. He is survived by an eight-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son. Source : IANS2014-12-06 01:57:15 PM
Himachal assembly pays tributes to soldiers killed in Kashmir
The Himachal Pradesh assembly on Saturday paid tribute to soldiers and others killed in a string of brazen militant strikes in Jammu and Kashmir. Revenue Minister Kaul Singh, who moved a resolution in the absence of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, said the attacks were "desperate attempts". The house unanimously adopted the resolution. "We would request the central government to talk to Pakistan to stop ceasefire violations and stop sending militants across the border," he said. Leader of Opposition and BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal said the attacks were an attempt to stall the democratic process in Jammu and Kashmir. Source : IANS2014-12-06 03:27:43 PM
Pakistan frustrated over high Kashmir voter turnout : Naidu
Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said the terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir were a desperate attempt by Pakistan to disrupt peace as it is frustrated by a high voter turn out in the state. Addressing a news conference here, Naidu said that Pakistan is aiding, abetting, funding and training terrorists. "It is a known secret for the entire world. They have been doing it continuously. They now want to derail the election process because people in Jammu and Kashmir have defied the diktats of Pakistan supported organisations and separatist forces and overwhelmingly voted," the minister, who comes from Andhra Pradesh, said. The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader also said that the 72 percent voter turnout is a record in the present situation and that too in winter. Source : IANS2014-12-06 04:55:53 PM
Militants attack army camp in Kashmir
A fierce gunfight broke out between separatist guerrillas and the army on Friday after the militants attacked an army camp in a border town of Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district, police said. A senior police officer said guerrillas attacked an army camp at Mohra near Uri border town early on Friday. "Militants attacked a field ordinance camp of the army at Mohra (Uri) early today (Friday) morning," the officer said. "A group of two to three militants are believed to have entered the camp where intense firing is going on," the officer added. He said that the militants also fired at the guards of local police officers who rushed to the spot after hearing gun shots. Three soldiers, two policemen and three militants have been killed in the gun battle which is still on, police said. There are reports of a fire from the camp but fire tenders are unable to go inside because of the ongoing gun battle.
Source: IANS2014-12-05 09:46:26 AM
Militants attack police checkpost in Srinagar
Separatist guerrillas attacked a police checkpost in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday afternoon, triggering a gunfight that left one militant dead. Police said militants attacked a police checkpost in Soura area, about 10 km from city centre Lal Chowk in Sri Nagar, following which there was a gunfight between the militants and the security forces. One militant was killed while two others are hiding in a house here. Police said the gun battle is still on and the area has been cordoned off.
Source: IANS2014-12-05 02:20:52 PM
16 die as militants attack army camp in Kashmir
Seven soldiers, including a senior army officer, and three policemen were killed on Friday battling a group of heavily armed militants who mounted a brazen attack on an army camp in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, a state that is in the midst of assembly elections. All the six rebels were killed. A Lt. Colonel and a junior commissioned officer were among the soldiers killed in the audacious pre-dawn terror attack that took place at the army's Field Ordnance Camp located at Mohra near the border town of Uri. The attack comes in the midst of the five-phase elections in the state. The next phase of elections is on Dec 9. The polls began on Nov 25 and end on Dec 20, with the votes to be counted on Dec 23.
Source: IANS2014-12-05 03:09:34 PM
Five militants killed in Jammu and Kashmir gunfight
Five militants have been killed in an ongoing gunfight between a group of militants and the army in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district, authorities said on Wednesday morning. "Two more terrorists have been killed in Nowgam infiltration bid that has been foiled by alert troops of the army," a senior army officer said. "Yesterday, three terrorists had been killed. The total number of terrorists killed in this incident so far is five. Two of our soldiers have also been injured. Till last reports came in, the operation was on," he added. As people were voting in the state assembly elections in Kupwara on Tuesday, alert troops foiled an infiltration bid from across the Line of Control in Nowgam sector by a group of heavily armed militants.
Source: IANS2014-12-03 10:10:13 AM
Boundaries can't be rewritten: Jaitley to Pakistan
Addressing a gathering of local civil society and intellectuals in Sri Nagar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said that Pakistan should understand once and forever that boundaries between nations cannot be rewritten now. "Those few who believe resorting to violence can result in secession of any part of a country of over 1.25 billion people are badly mistaken," he added. The minister said that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and no power on earth can change this fundamental reality. "Yes, there are problems and we are ready to discuss and resolve them," he said. The minister also referred to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's statement in which he had said that a country's neighbour cannot be changed, but relations between nations can be improved. Jaitley hailed the people for turning up in large numbers to vote in the assembly polls.
Source: IANS2014-12-03 03:49:13 PM
Balloting begins in Kashmir
Polling began on Tuesday in the second of the five-phase assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. Eighteen constituencies will elect their representatives to the legislative assembly in this phase.2014-12-02 08:24:03 AM
Voters queue up in Jammu
Voters lined up at polling stations across the Jammu region in the second of the five-phase elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. However, intense morning fog and winter chill prevented them from coming out in large numbers in the Kashmir Valley. Balloting began in 18 assembly constituencies on Tuesday, officials said. Enthusiastic voters lined up in queues outside polling stations in Udhampur, Chenani, Ramnagar and Reasi constituencies, while the voter turnout was low in the morning in Gulabgarh, Gool Arnas, Mendhar and Poonch Havelli constituencies of the Jammu region. In the Valley, voters could not come out in large numbers in south Kashmir Devsar, Homeshallibugh, Noorabad and Kulgam constituencies because of the cold winter. In the north Kashmir Kupwara district also where polling has begun for five constituencies, the voter turnout was low in the morning. Over 1.5 million voters will get to decide the political fate of 175 candidates in the fray. Polling started at 8 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m. Source : IANS2014-12-02 09:41:00 AM
Polling picks up in Jammu and Kashmir constituency
People stood in long queues in the north Kashmir assembly constituency of Handwara on Tuesday to cast their franchise in the second phase of Jammu and Kashmir polls. Men and women lined up in all the five polling stations in Handwara town. Many of the voters said they were voting for change that would bring employment, better healthcare facilities, roads, and schools. In the neighbouring Langate constituency also, voters queued up in Kargama, Langate and other polling stations. "Nobody did anything for us in the past. We have decided to change the beneficiaries of our democratic rights. Let us see what happens," said Bashir Ahmad, 48, at Kargana polling station. In south Kashmir's Kulgam, Noorabad, Devsar and Homeshallibugh constituencies, men and women were present in large in numbers to cast their votes.
Source: IANS2014-12-02 12:02:32 PM
AFSPA free atmosphere possible?
The Bharatiya Janata Party, through the state party president Ramesh Arora, has promised that if the people of Jammu & Kashmir elect them as the biggest party in the valley and thus bring BJP to power, they will ensure that an Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) free atmosphere is created, in which the need for such a strict law woud not be felt. Holding the present chief minister Omar Abdullah responsible for aggravating the problem, Ramesh Arora said, "This government has failed to secure the atmosphere. Such a move will demoralise the armed forces besides hampering anti-militancy operations in the state." Arora further demanded a probe by the Election Commission into the millitant attack on National Conference sarpanch in Shopian on Monday. He also accused National Conference and the PDP of being behind the acts of insurgency in the valley just to gain political mileage.
Source: News Reports2014-12-02 02:11:10 PM
Kashmiris vote despite boycott call, cold weather
People braved a separatist boycott call and inclement weather to cast their ballots in the second phase of Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections on Tuesday. The army foiled an infiltration bid on the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district on Tuesday morning, on a day when voters of this border district were queueing up at polling booths. People were calm and waited patiently for their turn to vote. An average of 32.08 percent of the electorate cast its vote in the first four hours of polling across 18 constituencies of the 87-member assembly that went to the polls on Tuesday. The highest voter turnout of 44 percent was recorded in the Gool Arnas constituency, while the lowest of around 11 percent was witnessed in Homeshallibugh. The separatists gave a shutdown call as well as a call to boycott the polls. While businesses were closed at most places, voters defied the boycott call. The weather also improved as the day progressed and a cold morning gave way to a bright sunny day.
Source: IANS2014-12-02 03:32:05 PM
Polling ends peacefully in Kashmir
Balloting ended peacefully in all the 18 constituencies in five districts of Jammu and Kashmir that voted on Tuesday in the second phase of the five-phase state assembly elections. Poll officials said voting ended peacefully at all the 2,181 polling stations in Reasi, Poonch, Udhampur, Kulgam and Kupwara districts. No major untoward incident was reported from anywhere during the polling process. The Election Commission had appointed district level and micro observers in addition to webcasting and videography at many polling stations, officials said. Though polling officially ended at 4 p.m., balloting continued in some polling stations where voters had entered the demarcated areas but had not cast their votes. Chief Electoral Officer Umang Narula will later brief the media in Jammu about the poll percentage and other details. Source : IANS2014-12-02 05:10:47 PM
J & K repeats Phase-I, Jharkhand better than last time
People braved a separatist boycott call and inclement weather to cast their ballots in the second phase of Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections on Tuesday. Like in the Phase-I, the valley defied the odds and people came out to vote in large numbers, registering 71% of balloting. The assembly constituency of Reasi saw 80% of voter turnout, which was the highest number among all the constituencies going for polls in the second phase. Whereas the turnout was 76% for Udhampur, 75% for Poonch, 68% for Kupwara and 60% for Kulgan. On the other hand the electorate turnout in Jharkhand was relatively low as compared to J & K, where 64.68 percent of voters came out to exercise their right. While Jaganathpur witnessed the highest number of 76% voter turnout.
Source: News Reports2014-12-02 06:18:23 PM
Mirwaiz to build homes for Kashmir flood victims
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of the moderate Hurriyat group, launched his plan for rehabilitation of flood victims by laying the foundation of a new home for a Kashmiri Pandit here on Saturday. He laid the foundation of a home for Moti Lal in Mandir Bagh area of Srinagar city. Lal had lost his home in the September floods that ravaged the state, rendering thousands homeless. Lal's wife and daughter carried an earthen lamp as part of the Kashmiri Pandit ritual and they offered sweets to Mirwaiz. Mirwaiz's secretary Shahid-ul-Islam told IANS that Mirwaiz has started a pilot project of building 100 single-storey homes for those families who lost their homes in the floods. Source : IANS2014-11-29 02:53:55 PM
Gunfight in Jammu hours ahead of Modi's arrival
Heavy firing exchanges between the security forces and a militant started on Friday morning near the international border in Jammu and Kashmir, hours ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Jammu. A group of heavily-armed militants infiltrated into the Indian sideat Arnia in Jammu district Thursday. The security forces took them on and four militants were killed.A total of 10 people, including four civilians, were killed in this operation in the R.S. Pura area on Thursday.Sources said the lone surviving militant is presumed to be firing Friday from an abandoned army bunker in Pind Khote village of the R.S. Pura area.A senior police officer said the operation to nab the militant is on going and heavy firing is underway.Police also said another body was found during an search of the area. Modi is scheduled to arrive here around Friday noon to address election rallies before the second phase of assembly elections to be held on Dec 2. (IANS)2014-11-28 01:04:49 PM
Modi Arrives in Jammu
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday arrived in this Jammu and Kashmir winter capital for a day-long BJP poll campaign.A special plane carrying Modi landed at the technical area of Jammu airport around noon."He has taken off for Udhampur town in a helicopter where he is scheduled to address a BJP election rally. He is also addressing another rally in Poonch district later today," BJP sources said in Jammu.Both Udhampur and Poonch districts with three assembly constituencies each are going to polls on Dec 2 in the second phase of the five-phase state assembly elections.(IANS)2014-11-28 01:08:03 PM
Gunfight in Jammu hours ahead of Modi's arrival
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said that the development of Jammu and Kashmir has been stagnant since the last 30 years and leaders "indulge in corruption and emotional blackmail".Addressing a rally for the BJP here ahead of the second phase of polls in Jammu and Kashmir, Modi said there have been a dozen prime ministers in India but none has had the opportunity to visit Jammu and Kashmir as much as he has had."I decided to spend Diwali with the flood-affected people here. My decision was not for politics, nor was it for gathering votes...," he said.He added: "What has not happened in 30 years, if I do not do it in five years, then you can hold me accountable for it and even question me.""Development has been stuck in Jammu and Kashmir for 30 years. Leaders from ruling and opposition parties indulge in corruption and emotional blackmail.""We have to work towards the valley's development.. and I need your help in doing it," he said. (IANS)2014-11-28 04:07:25 PM
"J&K leaders indulging in graft, emotional blackmail" : Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said that the development of Jammu and Kashmir has been stagnant since the last 30 years and leaders here "indulge in corruption and emotional blackmail".Addressing a rally for the BJP here ahead of the second phase of polls in Jammu and Kashmir, Modi said there have been a dozen prime ministers in India but none has had the opportunity to visit Jammu and Kashmir as much as he has had."I decided to spend Diwali with the flood-affected people here. My decision was not for politics, nor was it for gathering votes...," he said.He added: "What has not happened in 30 years, if I do not do it in five years, then you can hold me accountable for it and even question me." "Development has been stuck in Jammu and Kashmir for 30 years. Leaders from ruling and opposition parties indulge in corruption and emotional blackmail.""We have to work towards the valley's development.. and I need your help in doing it," he said. (IANS)2014-11-28 04:37:00 PM
Modi to campaign in Jammu on Friday
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address election rallies in Jammu on Friday ahead of the second phase of J&K polls on 2nd Decmeber.BJP sources here said Modi will address poll rallies in Udhampur and Poonch districts of Jammu region.More than 40,000 people came to hear Modi in the mountainous Kishtwar town Nov 22 before the first phase of assembly elections Nov 25. Areas going to poll in phase 2 are Surankote, Mendhar and Poonch Haveli constituencies in Poonch district, Ramnagar, Chenani and Udhampur in Udhampur district and Gulabgarh, Reasi, and Gool Arnas in Reasi district .In the Kashmir Valley, the constituencies going to poll include Devsar, Noorabad, Homeshalibugh and Kulgam in Kulgam district and Handwara, Kupwara, Karnah, Lolab and Langate in Kupwara district.(IANS)2014-11-27 09:19:54 AM
Eight dead as Jammu gunfight ends
A fierce gun battle between the security forces and militants near the international border in Jammu and Kashmir ended Thursday afternoon, killing eight people, including three civilians and an army soldier, police said .Four guerrillas were also killed in the gunfight in Jammu district's Arnia area, police said. The exchange of fire ended around 3 p.m.Three civilians were killed by guerrillas after they infiltrated into the Indian side of the international border on Thursday morning, a police officer said."The group of militants comprising seven to eight fired at a civilian vehicle after they infiltrated into the Indian side in Arnia area of Jammu district. The driver and two occupants of the vehicle were killed in this incident after which the militants entered an abandoned army bunker in Pind Khote village," he said.Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the attack "can't be a coincidence" and that he condoled the death of the soldier. "The timing of the attack in Arnia can't be a coincidence. My condolences to the family of the army officer killed in Arnia," Abdullah wrote on his Twitter handle.Abdullah said all check posts along the national highway in Jammu and other sensitive locations have been placed on high alert.(IANS)2014-11-27 04:17:11 PM
Rajnath lauds high voter turnout in Kashmir, Jharkhand
Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday said the huge voter turnout in the Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand assembly elections was a "positive sign" and people had defied the threat of militants and Maoists.He said he was happy to learn of the huge turnout in the first phase of voting in the two states and "it is a positive sign for our democracy"."Defying threats from militants and Naxals (Maoists), the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand have rejected the ideology of terror and violence," he said.Voters in Jammu and Kashmir defied a boycott call by separatist groups and braved inclement weather to cast their ballot in large numbers as 15 assembly constituencies voted in the first of the five-phase state polls. More than 70 percent of the over one million voters cast their ballot.In Jharkhand, voters defied a poll boycott call by Maoists and cast their ballot in 13 assembly constituencies in six Maoist-affected districts. Around 62 percent of the three million voters exercised their franchise. (IANS)2014-11-26 10:41:14 AM
"High voter turnout success of democracy" : Omar
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and working president of the National Conference (NC) Omar Abdullah Wednesday said the high voter turnout in the state assembly polls is a success of democracy.He filed his nomination papers for the Sonawar assembly constituency in Srinagar district Wednesday. "High turnout in voting yesterday (Tuesday) is success of democracy, but we should wait for all election phases we should not give it hype sitting in studios. People on the ground know how tough it is," he told media persons after filing his papers.(IANS)2014-11-26 05:39:49 PM
Modi asks voters to turn up in large numbers
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday urged voters, especially the youth, to turn up in large numbers and cast their votes in the ongoing elections in Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir."As polls begin in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand, I urge my sisters and brothers in these states to go out and vote in large numbers," the prime minister said in a tweet.He added: "I particularly call upon my young friends in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand to come out in large numbers and cast their votes." (IANS)2014-11-25 09:25:27 AM
Intel report Warns of Attacks in J&K and Jharkhand
Security agencies in Jharkhand were on Monday put on alert after intelligence inputs suggested that Naxals were planning to attacks leaders of RJD and JVM.Intelligence agencies also intercepted conversations of leaders of Pakistan-based militant groups Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammad with local commanders in J&K asking them to ensure boycott of coming assembly elections.Alarmed by the inputs, the Home Ministry asked authorities in Jharkhand to ensure foolproof security of RJD and JVM leaders and elections rallies attended by them.2014-11-25 10:25:53 AM
Clash between Congress, PDP supporters in Doda
DODA: A clash erupted between two groups of supporters of PDP and coNGRESS when some Congress alleged that a PDP activist was distributing cash to voters to lure them to vote in favour of PDP candidate."They (Congress supporters) pelted stones on the house of a PDP supporter. We intervened and found that the allegations of cash distribution was not true," a senior police officer said (News reports)2014-11-25 10:30:12 AM
J&K : Explosion in Bandipora2014-11-25 12:41:32 PM
Kashmir polls: Third of voters cast their franchise
Nearly a third of the electorate cast their franchise till noon in the first phase of Jammu and Kashmir elections to the state assembly Tuesday.Polling is on for 15 assembly constituencies in the first phase.Enthusiastic voters lined up outside polling stations in the state. The highest voter turnout of 41.90 percent was recorded at Doda, while the lowest - 10.47 percent - was witnessed at Leh.Constituencies such as Gurez, Sonawari, Kangan, Kishtwar, Inderwal, Ramban and Bhaderwah had a voter turnout of about 35 percent.Voting was slow in the initial hours due to intense morning cold and freezing temperatures. However, the voting picked up as the day progressed, giving way to a weak winter sun.(IANS)2014-11-25 02:30:51 PM
Election Commission stops release of PDP poll manifesto
In an overnight decision, the Election Commission has restrained the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from releasing its election manifesto Today.In a communication addressed to the PDP, the state's chief electoral officer (CEO) said that since campaigning for the first phase of the state assembly elections ended Sunday evening, the PDP cannot release its poll manifesto on Monday.PDP had announced Sunday evening that it would release its election manifesto in summer capital Srinagar Today.Election Commission sources said that the manifesto can, however, be released on Nov 26 after polling for the first phase ends Tuesday evening.(IANS)2014-11-24 09:23:46 AM
J&K : Tough competition between NC and INC for Gurez Constituency
National Conference (NC) is trying to stand its ground in the border town of Gurez in J&K, which is going to polls in the first phase along with 14 constituencies in the state Tomorrow (November 25). The main contest is between National Conference sitting MLA and Minister of State in Omar-led government Nazir Ahmad Khan Gurezi, who is seeking re-election for the third time, and Congress candidate Faqir Mohammad Khan. PDP has fielded Mohammad Ismail Lone, but the party has minimal presence in the area. (News Reports)2014-11-24 09:52:07 AM
J&K: Rahul Gandhi to campaign on November 25
After Congress President Sonia Gandhi who campaigned and addressed public rallies on November 21 in Bandipora and Ramban constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir for the first phase of Assembly elections schedule for Tomorrow . Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will now be campaigning for his party (INC) in the second phase of Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday ((25th November) . Rahul will be addressing rallies in Lolab constituency in Kashmir valley and at Poonch. (News Reports)2014-11-24 02:02:46 PM
Modi arrives in Jammu to campaign for BJP
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in this Jammu and Kashmir winter capital on Saturday morning to campaign for the BJP in the Kishtwar assembly constituency. After landing at Jammu airport, Modi took off in a helicopter for Kishtwar town, where around 30,000 people have turned out to attend a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) election rally. Kishtwar goes to polls on Nov 25 in the first phase of the five-phased assembly polls in the state. In its pro-active thrust to win the maximum number of seats in the Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP depends largely on the image of Modi, who is very popular among the people in the Hindu majority Jammu region. Source : IANS2014-11-22 12:25:01 PM
End dynastic rule : Modi in Jammu and Kashmir
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday exhorted the people in this Jammu and Kashmir town to unshackle themselves from the yoke of dynastic politics. Modi said that Jammu and Kashmir had been held hostage by two families for over 50 years - without naming either the Congress or the National Conference. "One family rules and robs the sate for five years and then after it becomes unpopular, it gives the power to rob the state to the other family. They have done a political match fixing between themselves. "I appeal to you to unshackle yourselves from the yoke of this dynastic rule," said Modi while addressing a well-attended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) poll rally here. He asked people to vote for the BJP in large numbers so that the next government in the state is formed by the BJP on its own strength. Source : IANS2014-11-22 02:08:17 PM
Will bring back Bollywood to Kashmir : Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday promised to bring back "Bollywood to Kashmir". "I have to bring back Bollywood to Kashmir," said Modi while addressing a BJP rally in this Jammu and Kashmir town. Tourism industry is the fastest growing industry in the world, he said: "I have to bring back tourism to the state and I have to make J&K the ultimate tourist destination in the world." A number of movies have been shot in Kashmir, including "Kashmir Ki Kali", "Mission Kashmir" and more recently "Haider". The five-phase assembly elections begin in the state from Nov 25. Source : IANS2014-11-22 02:15:51 PM
AFSPA necessary in Jammu and Kashmir : K. P. S. Gill
Former Punjab director general of police K.P.S. Gill, who is credited with ending the Punjab militancy of the 1980s, on Saturday said the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) was necessary in Jammu and Kashmir as some youths are getting influenced by the ISIS. Speaking at the World Hindu Congress here, Gill said: "In Jammu and Kashmir, there is a problem of terrorism and now some of the youngsters are getting influenced by the ISIS (Islamic State of Iran and Syria)." Source : IANS2014-11-22 05:05:09 PM
J&K : 90 candidates contesting for 9 seats in Phase 2
90 candidates, who are contesting for nine Assembly constituencies of the 2nd phase going to polls on December 2 in the Kashmir valley. These nine Assembly seats are expected to witness a tough competition between NC and PDP as the former will have to retain four seats it had won in the 2008 elections to be in the race to form the next government. Even though the BJP has fielded eight candidates in Kashmir in this phase, except for Kupwara, political experts believe that the BJP will not be able to crack any of these nine seats. ( News Reports)2014-11-21 10:30:30 AM
"BJP did not keep promises to Kashmir flood victims" : Sonia
"The BJP did not fulfil promises of relief and rehabilitation made to people of Kashmir after recent floods", Congress president Sonia Gandhi said on Friday while addressing a public meeting in north Kashmir's Bandipora . Gandhi said: "The Congress has a century-long relationship with Kashmir. This relationship brings me to Kashmir time and again."The Congress chief said the pace of relief and rehabilitation was very slow after the recent floods in the state because the Bharatiya Janata Party government at the Centre made promises that it did not fulfil."BJP leaders came and made promises, but what they did on ground is known to you."Gandhi said in contrast, "we promised regional councils for Jammu, Kashmir and the Chenab Valley, and made them". (IANS)2014-11-21 02:13:34 PM
Coalition with NC was bad experience for Congress: Azad
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said his party's coalition with the National Conference (NC) was a bad experience while lauding his party for giving powers to panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir.He attacked the coalition government in the state for being a bad experience for his party during the past six years.Addressing the media Azad said, "The Congress gave powers to panchayati raj in the state."We worked hard to formulate a policy for migrants in Jammu".Azad alleged that the BJP was doing religion-based politics in the state. He expressed hope the Congress party would get more seats in the state assembly elections being held November-December than it has at present in the 87-member house. (IANS)2014-11-20 09:47:56 AM
Amit Shah reviews BJP's preparation in J&K
BJP president Amit Shah is said to have reviewed the party's preparations for the upcoming Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir and exuded confidence of victory. "The public in J&K is with Narendra Modi's development plank and want to get rid of the dynastic parties rule which have only promoted dynasties and few cronies,"Amit Shah said . "The dynastic rule has also perpetuated corruption, nepotism and mal-administration. People want to have a public friendly and compassionate governance, which only BJP is capable of," he said. Shah expressed satisfaction over the briefing by various committees, but stressed on hard work to ensure "Mission 44+". (News Reports)2014-11-20 02:42:59 PM
Amit Shah's Rally in Ramban (Jammu and Kashmir) Top Quotes
1) "Mission 44 is not just a slogan, it will turn into a reality very soon" 2) " Jammu and Kashmir will also witness a major change in the same year, 2014" 3)" A Govt of clear majority has been formed in the nation after 30 years" 4) " Do you get 24-7 power supply? Why? These two families are responsible"2014-11-20 02:47:08 PM
J&K : Sonia Gandhi to campaign in Bandipora, Ramban
Ahead of the Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir , Congress President Sonia Gandhi will hold public rallies in the state to kick off the party's campaign for the first phase of elections. Mrs Gandhi will hold public rallies in favour of party candidates in Bandipora and Ramban districts of Jammu and Kashmir. "Congress President will campaign for the Party candidates in the state on November 21," stated J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President ( News Reports)2014-11-20 04:58:06 PM
"BJP trying to divide Muslim community for political gains" : Mufti
PDP chief Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has alleged that the BJP won three seats in Lok Sabha elections by promoting communal polarisation in the J&K, he goes on to say that BJP is now trying to create sectarian division within the Muslim community for its political gain. Mufti said with the support of the people, PDP will not allow the divisive elements to put into operation their dangerous agenda in the state. He stated "PDP sees the upcoming elections as an opportunity not only to reduce the trust deficit between Jammu and Kashmir and rest of the country but also to establish new bonding between the communities and regions within the state,"2014-11-19 10:19:43 AM
J&K : Jaish-e-Mohammad warns voters
Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), a Pakistan-based terror outfit, has warned BJP candidates and voters in Kashmir to stay away from the upcoming state assembly elections. JeM spokesman Mohammad Hassan Shah, in a statement said: "The people of Jammu and Kashmir should hold in high esteem the sacrifices and blood offered by the martyrs for the ongoing movement. We appeal people not to take any part in the election process and keep the sacrifices of the martyrs in mind". Pro Pakistan Kashmiri separatist Syed Ali Geelani made a statement on PM Modi, stating "During his tenure as CM in Gujrat, more than three thousand members from Muslim community were brutally killed, many were burnt to death and properties were looted and set on fire." (News Reports)2014-11-19 02:57:12 PM
Islam will prosper if we rule Kashmir: BJP
BJP has said it was confident Islam will prosper in Jammu and Kashmir if it got to rule the state.The Party also said that it won't press for the abrogation of article 370 of the constitution, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, if people of the state want it to stay.BJP state vice president Ramesh Arora, who is also in charge of the party's Kashmir affairs, said Kashmiris would feel more secure if the BJP was voted to power in the country's only Muslim-majority state."The state as such has no religion but we (BJP) respect all religions and pledge religious freedom to all as guaranteed in the Indian constitution.Trying to play down the controversy over article 370, Arora said the BJP favoured a debate and discussion on the issue."We will take people into confidence and assess its merits and demerits to the state and proceed accordingly." (IANS)2014-11-19 03:54:27 PM
BJP leader Rajnath Singh start campaigns in J&K
With J&K going to polls from next week , Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will campaign for BJP candidates in the state today during his two-day visit to Doda and Kishtwar districts of Chenab Valley. Singh will address public meetings in Bhaderwah (Doda) and Kishtwar district.Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address a public rally in Kishtwar district on November 22.Union Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh is campaigning in Chenab Valley to woo voters.( News reports)2014-11-19 03:57:39 PM
EC issues notification for 4th phase of assembly polls
Jammu and Kashmir : The Election Commission today issued notification for the fourth phase of the five-phased assembly elections in the state for 18 constituencies going to polls on 14th December. The fourth phase is the last phase for Kashmir valley where sixteen assembly segments spread over three districts of Srinagar, Anantnag and Shopian will go to polls. The Samba district of Jammu region will also vote in the fourth phase. (News Reports)2014-11-19 04:19:51 PM
SC declines plea to put Kashmir assembly poll on hold
The Supreme Court yesterday declined a plea by the Jammu and Kashmir Awami National Conference to put on hold the assembly election, as the party contended that a large number of people displaced in the recent devastating floods will not able to exercise their franchise. The bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice A.K. Sikri declined to accept counsel Rajiv Dhawan's plea that lakhs of people, even within Srinagar, were displaced and there was no school building where polling booths can be located for voting as is generally done."They are not ready for relief, but they say they are ready for election. They don't have manpower to carry out relief operations," Dhawan said, pointing to the gravity of the situation.Founded by former chief minister G.M. Shah, the Jammu and Kashmir Awami National Conference faulted the Election Commission's decision to hold elections in the state both on the count of wrong reading of its constitutional provisions and misunderstanding of the ground situation.(IANS)2014-11-18 09:08:01 AM
BJP uses newspapers to woo voters in J&K
To accomplish its 'Mission-44' in J&K the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to use local leading newspapers to woo voters. No Modi wave was visible during the Parliamentary elections in Kashmir as BJP candidates from Anantnag, Srinagar and Baramulla together got only 15,845 votes in Lok Sabha elections.The BJP, which has decided to put up maximum candidates in Kashmir to achieve the target of 44 plus in the state, is using English and Urdu dailies of the Valley to reach out to voters, as its candidates so far have not been able to draw large crowds as witnessed in the elections rallies of other regional political parties. (News Reports)2014-11-18 11:57:00 AM
Our community will vote for PDP in J&K: Sikh group
All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) said nobody will be allowed to divide the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir on communal lines and that everybody from the Sikh community will vote for PDP. Accusing the National Conference (NC) and Congress government of discriminatory against the Sikh community in the state, APSCC chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina said all the successive state and central governments have failed to do justice with the members of the community since 1947."A campaign has already been launched during Lok Sabha elections against the coalition NC and Congress, but it will be further intensified to ensure members of the community vote against them (NC-Congress) in Assembly elections too," Raina said. (News Reports)2014-11-18 12:25:49 PM
Over 67 % of candidates in phase 1 are school dropouts
About 67 per cent candidates who are contesting for the five Assembly segments in Jammu and Kashmir have had only school education or less. A report suggest that the affidavits filed by the candidates for these constituencies reveals that out of the 50 candidates, 16 have studied till standard eighth of formal schooling only while 11 of them have passed the tenth standard exams conducted by the State Board of School Education.The PDP candidate from Ganderbal Qazi Mohammad Afzal, who was a minister in the PDP-Congress coalition government from 2002 to 2008, has mentioned "NIL" in the Highest Educational Qualification . (News Reports)2014-11-18 12:41:30 PM
J&K : BJP announces 4th List of 16 candidates2014-11-16 08:42:44 AM
183 candidates in fray for second phase of Kashmir polls
A total of 183 candidates remain in the field in the second phase of assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir after nomination papers of 26 were rejected during scrutiny on Saturday.A statement issued by the state election office here said nomination papers of 93 candidates from various parties and independents were cleared for the eight constituencies in the Kashmir Valley which will go to polls in the second phase.In the eight constituencies in Jammu region, 90 nominations papers were cleared.Of the 209 nomination papers filed from both the Kashmir Valley and Jammu region, 26 were rejected by the returning officers of various constituencies.The last day for withdrawal of nomination papers is Nov 1. Polling for this phase is scheduled for Dec 2.(IANS)2014-11-16 08:46:04 AM
"Article 370, J&K's only link with India" : Omar Abdullah
After BJP's Amira Kadal candidate Hina Bhat declared that invalidating of the Article 370 would lead her to take up arms, politicial parties across the state of J&K said the law was valuable. J&K CM Omar Abdullah termed the article as Kashmir's only link with the rest of the country. Abdullah warned, "I am only cautioning those seeking to play with the provision of the constitution without understanding it fully and its importance for the Kashmiris. This Article of the constitution is an important link between Jammu-Kashmir and India." (News Reports)2014-11-16 11:32:46 AM
NC's Mehboob Beg withdraws from Kashmir election
Mehboob Beg, a senior National Conference leader and its candidate against former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, withdrew from the contest today.A former parliamentarian and candidate for south Kashmir's Anantnag assembly seat, Beg said he extended his unconditional support to Sayeed but asserted he would not join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)."If we have to stop the march of the RSS and the BJP in Jammu and Kashmir, we must strengthen the hands of (PDP patron) Mufti Muhammad Sayeed," Beg told reporters in Anantnag town.Beg's decision to withdraw from the assembly election is seen as a serious jolt to the ruling National Conference.Beg was the National Conference candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha election but lost by over 40,000 votes to PDP president Mehbooba Mufti from Anantnag. (IANS)2014-11-16 04:04:36 PM
J&K: Congress to start campaigns next week
Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi will start their campaign next week in the state of Jammu and Kashmir which goes to polls from November 25th."AICC President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi will visit J&K to campaign for party candidates in the third week of this month," MLC, Gulam Nabi Monga, said . They are expected to address rallies each in Chenab Valley of Jammu region and Kashmir valley. congress has prepared a list of 40 star campaigners, to strenghten the position of the congress in the state some disclosed names include: Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Ambika Soni, Ahmed Patel, Digvijay Singh, Virbhadra Singh, Anand Sharma, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot, Salman Khurshid and Shakeel Ahmad . (News Reports)2014-11-14 09:14:18 AM
J&K: NC and PDP workers clash
The National conference party and the Peoples Democratic Party workers clashed yesterday at the Kulgam district of south kashmir injuring at least 10 persons, including three police officials. The fight broke out while party candidates were filing nomination papers for the upcoming assembly election. “Hundreds of party workers clashed with each other on the premises of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in the afternoon. Some people received minor injuries, but we managed to bring the situation under control,” a senior police officer said. The police used tear gas to disperse the workers. (News reports)2014-11-14 09:23:20 AM
"Gaderbal Election Result out before polling": Mehbooba Mufti
"Ganderbal Election Result Out Even Before Polling": Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti said Ganderbal has once again created history by making current state CM Omar Abdullah leave the constituency even before a vote was cast.“Ganderbal has in fact announced the result of entire state by making Omar Abdullah, head of the outgoing government, to run away from here in pursuitof a safe seat”, she said, while addressing a rally in Ganderabal constituency. Mehbooba said in 2002 Ganderbal created history by voting against Omar Abdullah that not only changed the political discourse on the ground but a new wave of development was created by the PDP which provided the people relief.(News Reports)2014-11-14 12:16:54 PM
J&K : Royal family has one member each in BJP, Cong, PDP2014-11-13 09:20:13 AM
Ram Madhav in Valley: "Will accomplish Mission 44"
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Does Omar dumping Ganderbal give PDP an edge?
Abdullah family pocket borough Ganderbal dominated the electoral politics of the state for 39 long years till Omar Abdullah decided not to contest for this north Kashmir assembly seat. And this could mean -- advantage PDP.Having won the 2008 elections from here to become the chief minister of the state, Omar this year left this constituency, fielding a lesser known entrant into the regional National Conference (NC), Sheikh Ashfaq Jabbar.For the Abdullahs, Ganderbal had been a family stronghold in the past.Omar quitting the constituency has thrown political equations into a disarray in Ganderbal. NC's arch rival, the PDP has fielded Qazi Muhammad Afzal from here and Omar's exit has tilted the balance in his favour.Sitting NC legislator in the upper house of the state's bicameral legislature and former chief secretary who belongs to the Ganderbal constituency, Sheikh Ghulam Rasool has added to the NC's problems here.He recently joined the PDP after resigning from the NC. The main contest here would be between the NC and the PDP. Elections are known to throw up surprises, whether or not Ganderbal does that would be known Dec 23 when votes are counted here.(IANS)2014-11-13 01:48:20 PM
Modi to hold rallies in Jammu and Kashmir on 21st & 22nd November
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address public rallies in Jammu and Kashmir Nov 21 and 22."Modi will address public rallies in Ganderbal district and Srinagar district Nov 21. He will also address public rallies in Jammu region Nov 22," said top BJP sources.The BJP is fielding candidates in all the 87 assembly seats in Jammu and Kashmir and is fighting these elections without forging alliances with any political party in the state.The BJP recently revised its much hyped 44 plus plan for the state assembly polls to 50 plus, indicating the party's seriousness about winning as many seats as possible.Sajad Lone of the People's Conference recently met Modi in New Delhi. Sajad however said he is not working on any pre-poll alliance with the BJP.(IANS)2014-11-13 02:51:48 PM
BJP may end short of majority in Jharkhand, behind PDP in Kashmir: Opinion poll
The BJP may fall short of majority in the Jharkhand Assembly polls while the PDP would emerge as the single-largest party in Jammu and Kashmir, according to an opinion poll telecast.India TV-CVoter tracking poll said that BJP may get anything in the range of 29-35 seats out of a total of 81 in jharkhand. In J&K PDP is projected to emerge as the single largest party with a seat range of 27-33 seats in a house of 87 in the state. The opinion poll said that in Jammu and Kashmir, the Mehbooba Mufti-led People's Democratic Party is projected to get 27-33 seats, followed by BJP with 23-29, National Conference 10-16, Congress 6-12, and others 6-12 seats.The release said that PDP leader Mufti Mohammed Sayeed was the frontrunner for the post of chief minister with 53 percent favouring him in the valley, 20 percent in Jammu and 10 percent in Ladakh region.In Jharkhand, Chief Minister Hemant Soren was the frontrunner with 14 percent non-tribals and 30 percent tribals supporting him, followed by JVM chief Babulal Marandi who was favoured by 20 percent non-tribals and 22 percent tribals.(IANS)2014-11-12 08:59:58 AM
Seven nominations rejected for first phase of Jammu elections
7 nominations of the 63 candidates are left in the fray in the six assembly constituencies of Jammu region which are slated to go to polls in the first phase on November 25.Two nomination papers were rejected in Ramban, two in Doda, one in Bhaderwah, one in Kishtwar and one in Banihal assembly constituencies, an official of the election commission said. "Total of seven nominations were rejected till today for various reasons, leaving 63 candidates in fray for the first phase of assembly elections in the six assembly constituencies in Jammu division" the official said.(News Reports)2014-11-12 09:29:08 AM
ANC seeks postponement of polls in J&K
Jammu and Kashmir Awami National Conference (ANC) has moved to the Supreme Court seeking postponement of Assembly polls in the flood-ravaged state. As the counsel for ANC mentioned its plea, a bench of justices J Chelameswar and S A Bobde said it was concerned over relief and rehabilitation of the flood victims and this matter be also listed before that court. "What concerns this court the most is the rehabilitation issue and the bench headed by the Chief Justice has an overall view of the situation. So this matter be placed before the CJI itself," it said.(News Reports)2014-11-12 09:35:06 AM
"Voting for BJP will lead to Hindu CM": PDP legislator
Sparking of a communal controversy ahead of polling in J&K , a legislator of the PDP, Peer Mansoor has asked the people not to vote for the BJP as it will lead to the state having a Hindu chief minister . Mansoor made this statement at a rally in South Kashmir saying "People should not to vote for parties who plan to foist a Hindu chief minister in Jammu and Kashmir which would be a curse for the Kashmiris," he said. Soon after his statement , the BJP appealed to the Election Commission to take action against such communal speeches. (News Reports)2014-11-12 09:39:17 AM
Give NC a majority to build a prosperous Kashmir, says Omar
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday sought a majority for his National Conference in the assembly elections to bring prosperity to the state.Addressing a public rally at Chanderkote in Bannihal assembly constituency of Ramban district, he asked the people to beware of vested interests in politics who are out to grab power and subjugate the interests of people and the state for personal ends."A conspiracy is being hatched against the NC to scuttle its 'Naya Jammu and Kashmir Agenda' aimed at political stability, solidarity, peace, youth welfare and equitable development of all the regions and sub-regions of the state."You give me majority in the assembly, I promise a new and prosperous Jammu and Kashmir where economic development and empowerment of youth, women and work force will rule the roost," he said. (IANS)2014-11-11 09:15:01 AM
Lone does not rule out post-poll alliance with BJP
Ex-separatist and People's Conference leader Sajjad Lone met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and did not rule out a tie-up with BJP after the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir. He lavished praise on Modi, describing him "a great human being" and said it seemed to him as if he was talking to his elder brother.Lone said he had met Modi about demands concerning Jammu and Kashmir including that for relief in the wake of floods in the valley."I met Prime Minister Modi as a Kashmiri and discussed the relief work for people who suffered in the Kashmir flood. I had a list of demands that was discussed. There was nothing political,".The meeting with Modi comes after Lone had consultations with Bharatiya Janata Party leaders including Ram Madhav.Asked if his party will tie up with BJP after the elections, Lone said "it wil be seen after the elections".(IANS)2014-11-11 10:50:24 AM
J&K : BJP releases 3rd list of candidates
BJP has released its 3rd list of 5 candidates for upcoming elections in J&K
1) Abdul Rehman Lone: Kupwara 2) Abdul Rashid Zargar: Lolab 3) MM War: Langate 4) Ghulam Hassan Zargar: Kulgam 5) Dr Nirmal Singh: Billawar2014-11-11 02:04:34 PM
BJP a stumbling block for PDP in Jammu and Kashmir
the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which did well in the Lok Sabha elections, hopes for a favourable outcome in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections. But it is staring at a huge stumbling block -- the BJP.The PDP had won all the three Lok Sabha seats from the Valley as its candidates defeated the regional National Conference (NC) in the Anantnag, Srinagar and Baramulla constituencies.If one analyses the voting patterns in those elections since assembly constituencies form voting segments for the Lok Sabha seats and also given the premise that the voters may largely follow the same trend, then the PDP may get over 40 seats in the Valley alone.The big problem the PDP faces in coming to power in the state is the emergence of the BJP.The PDP sympathisers are battling against two odds -- the BJP must not get around 30 seats while the PDP must get anything between 35 to 40 seats in order to stake a firm claim to power after the elections.(IANS)2014-11-11 03:40:08 PM
Congress politician names daughter as 'liability' in nomination papers
Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, who is contesting the upcoming J&K elections has come under attack for mentioning his daughter as a liability in his nomination papers. However Bhat, who is contesting the polls on a Congress ticket from Ganderbal, has pleaded ignorance stating that he is illiterate and that his papers were filed by one of his aides.Bhat, switched to Congress from National Conference just ahead of polls. (News Reports)2014-11-11 05:42:37 PM
J&K: JSM merges with BJP
Jammu State Morcha, a 15-year-old political has merged with BJP ahead of the five-phased elections in the state. Former Congress mayor and prominent Jaat leader Manmohan Singh Choudhary along with his supporters has also joined BJP. "BJP received one more shot in the arm with merger of JSM under its president Varinder Gupta and joining of Congress' ex-mayor Manmohan Singh Choudhary along with his supporters besides over a dozen prominent citizens," BJP state president and MP Jugal Kishore Sharma said.(News Reports)2014-11-11 05:56:58 PM
Former J&K separatist leader Sajjad Lone likely to meet PM Modi
Former J&k Separatist leader and People's Conference chief Sajjad Gani Lone is likely to call upon PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi today. The meeting between the two leaders ahead of Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir slated to begin later this month.Lone had earlier also met Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Ram Madhav and Jagat Prakash Nadda.Lone had earlier stated "The question of an alliance will arise only after polls. It will depend on various permutations and combinations — for example what will be the number of seats we win and whether we matter,’’ he said. "I have no fixed mindset and for me, the distinction between BJP and Congress is immaterial because they have only a nuanced difference on Kashmir".(News reports)2014-11-10 03:46:06 PM
Party deserters 'opportunists', says Omar
Calling senior party leaders who have deserted his National Conference "dead wood accumulated by his father", Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said he was happy that they had left.Sitting legislator and former state chief secretary Sheikh Ghulam Rasool had Thursday deserted the party to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) headed by Omar's arch political rival, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.Reportedlysenior NC legislator and son of the former regent Karan Singh, Ajatshatru Singh was also in plans to join the Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday.Reacting To these Abdullah said:"Thank goodness some of this dead wood my father had accumulated is cl earing itself out. My only regret - two wasted MLC seats for 6 years."Never stops amazing me that opportunists like Sh Ghulam Rasool & Ajat only find fault with NC and its leadership when their terms are finishing."(IANS)2014-11-09 07:45:55 AM
J&K : Senior Congress leaders son to join BJP
Ajatshatru Singh, son of senior Congress leader Karan Singh ia all set to join the BJP today, a move whoch is said to strengthen BJP's foothold in the Jammu and Kashmir in upcoming Assembly polls. The BJP has also taken back its expelled senior leader Chaman Lal Gupta ahead of the polls .Confirming this, senior BJP leader Avinash Rai Khanna, who is in charge of the party's affairs in Jammu and Kashmir, said his party is expected to do well in the assembly polls and was strengthening its base in the state.(News Reports)2014-11-09 08:19:03 AM
J&K residents looking at BJP as an alternative: Avinash Rai Khanna
Alleging that Congress, NC and PDP have "shattered" people's faith, BJP said people of Jammu and Kashmir are looking at the party as an alternative because of "people-friendly" policies of Modi-led government. "The faith of people has been shattered by Congress, NC and PDP and they are looking for an alternative. Now, they have been displaying their faith in BJP as inspired by the Narendra Modi wave,"J &K incharge Avinash Rai Khanna. "The graph of BJP is going up and the other parties are feeling isolated" he said.( News Updates)2014-11-09 09:43:52 AM
J&K : MLA sees 1,565 per cent increase in net worth in the last term.
Six ministerd of the National Conference-Congress government, seeking re-election in phase one of elections are 'crorepatis' with one member reportedly seeing increase of 1,565 per cent in his net worth in the last six years. NC candidate from Gurez constituency Nazir Ahmad Khan has declared assets worth Rs 2.12 crore. The three-time MLA has declared assets which include two-thirds share of a guest house owned by him and his wife in a posh Srinagar locality. In the 2008 assembly elections, Gurezi had declared assets worth Rs 12.73 lakh, including those owned by his spouse.(News Updates)2014-11-09 09:49:53 AM
"PDP chief Mufti supervised massacre of thousands of Kashmiri youth":Omar Abdullah
J&K Chief Minister,Omar Abdullah has accused Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed of supervising the massacre of thousands of youth in Kashmir when he was the home minister of India. Omar said, "It was none other than Sayeed who brought Armed Force Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and Governor Jagmohan to Jammu and Kashmir and it was his party that sabotaged all efforts on the revocation of the act."There is nothing that PDP leaders have left untouched when it comes to their insatiable hunger for money", he said.(News Reports)2014-11-09 10:04:26 AM
Erstwhile Kashmir royal Ajatshatru Singh joins BJP
Jammu and Kashmir's erstwhile royal family member and Congress leader Karan Singh's son Ajatshatru Singh on Sunday joined the BJP, a move that is expected to strengthen the party in the state. The younger son of Karan Singh and grandson of Maharaja Hari Singh, Ajatshatru joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of party president Amit Shah. He was earlier in the National Conference and a sitting member of the state legislative council from the Nagrota seat. Source : IANS2014-11-09 06:05:32 PM
J&K : Lone survivor in recent civilian killing by Army in state refutes Army version of story
In the killing of two civilians in J&K early this week. The lone surviver has refuted the Army version that there were three checkpoints and the car sped past two and rammed into the third one. In his statement he siad,“There weren’t three checkpoints. Only a few soldiers were standing on the street and they whistled for us to stop, but Faisal, who was driving the car, did not hear it. We had brushed a tipper a few minutes ago and Faisal was nervous because the tipper driver was calling out to him. We asked him to stop and he applied the brakes abruptly, trying to halt the car. And then it started raining bullets” said the survivor.(News Reports)2014-11-07 09:18:52 AM
Congress releases list of 69 candidates for J&K
The list of 69 Congress candidates for the J&K assembly elections has been released and did not contain any surprises.Congress legislator and minister Sham Lal Sharma had fuelled rumours about the likelihood of joining the BJP has been fielded from Akhnoor in Jammu district.The party has also repeated all its sitting legislators and ministers including Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand who will again contest from Chhamb and Raman Bhalla from Gandhi Nagar in Jammu district.Taj Mohiuddin and Peerzada Sayeed have been fielded again from Uri and Kokernag seats of the Valley respectively.Sitting legislator and minister G.A. Mir has been fielded from Doru in south Kashmir's Anantnag district.The party has fielded Raman Mattoo, a local Pandit for the Habba Kadal seat in Srinagar district. Prominent among those fighting elections for the first time is Salman Anees Soz, party national spokesperson and son of Jammu and Kashmir Congress president, Professor Saifuddin Soz.He has been fielded for north Kashmir Baramulla assembly seat.(IANS)2014-11-07 11:47:01 AM
EC Issues Notification for Second Phase of Polls in J&K
The Election Commission today issued notification for the 2nd phase of the five-phased Assembly elections in J&K for 18 constituencies going to polls on 2nd December."As recommended by ECI in pursuance of Sub-section (2) of Section 27 of the said Act, the Governor of the state of Jammu and Kashmir is hereby pleased to call upon the 18 Assembly constituencies in the state, to elect members to the Legislative Assembly in accordance with the provision of Act," state's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Umang Narula said in the notification.Nine assembly segments each are going to polls in the second phase in both Jammu and Kashmir regions of the state. Spread over districts of Kupwara, Kulgam, Reasi, Udhampur and Poonch.(News Reports)2014-11-07 02:49:52 PM
J&K : Army describes firing on vehicle as "mistaken identity"
The Army has described the firing on a maruti vehicle which led to killing of two civilians in J&K as a case of "mistaken identity"."There was some information about a white car with terrorists. Obviously, the identity was mistaken in this case. We take responsibility for the death," said Lt General DS Hooda, the Northern Army commander. The Army's Rashtriya Rifles unit posted there claimed that they acted on intelligence inputs about militant movement and fired when the vehicle didn't stop despite being signaled.The unit has now been replaced. The army has promised action and a fast inquiry into the incident. (News Reports)2014-11-07 03:48:20 PM
BSP to contest upcoming elections on its own
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati has stated that her party will go alone in the Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand. “BSP would contest the coming Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand alone like it did in Haryana and Maharashtra recently,” she told reporters in Lucknow.(News Reports)2014-11-06 01:52:50 PM
Restrictions in Srinagar as separatists call for shutdown
Restrictions were imposed in some areas of the Srinagar city Wednesday as separatists called for a protest shutdown against the killing of two youths in army firing in Badgam district, an official said."Restrictions have been imposed today (Wednesday) in Khanyar, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj, Rainawari, Safakadal and Nowgam areas to ensure nobody disturbs peace in the city," a senior police officer stated.Separatist leaders, including hardline Syed Ali Geelani, moderate Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, have called for a protest shutdown in the Valley Wednesday against the killing of Faisal Yusuf Bhat and Mehrajuddin Dar in army firing Monday in Chattergam village.While Geelani is in New Delhi, Malik who is in Anantnag district has been placed under preventive detention and Mirwaiz has been put under house arrest here.(IANS)2014-11-05 09:15:21 AM
Kashmir polls: Filing nominations for first phase ends Today
The last date for filing nomination papers for the first phase of polls in Jammu and Kashmir ends Today . Sources said many senior ministers and politicians will file their papers Wednesday.Polls will be held on 15 assembly seats Nov 25 in the first phase of the five-phased assembly elections. These are Banihal, Ramban, Inderwal, Kishtwar, Doda and Bhaderwah in the Jammu region, Leh, Nubra, Kargil and Zanskar in the Ladakh region and Kangan, Ganderbal, Sonawari, Bandipora and Gurez in the Valley.Sitting ministers and MLAs of the regional National Conference (NC) who are likely to file their nominations today are Mian Altaf Ahmad from Kangan, Muhammad Akbar Lone from Sonawari, Sajjad Kichloo from Kishtwar, Nazir Gurezi from Gurez and Firoze Ahmad from Zanskar.Senior Congress leaders Nawang Rigzin Jor is likely to file to fight from Leh, Abdul Majeed Wani from Doda and Viqar Rasool from Banihal.The BJP has till date announced 49 candidates for the polls. Among them are Sheikh Rashid for Ganderbal, Abdul Aziz for Kargil, Abdul Rehman Tekri for Bandipora and Slanzin Lakpa for Zanskar.A total of over 72 lakh voters will cast their franchise at 10,005 polling stations in the state this year. Out of these, 6,250 polling stations have been categorised as hypersensitive and sensitive.(IANS)2014-11-05 10:22:54 AM
BJP releases second list of candidates for J&K
The BJP has released its second list of four candidates for the first phase of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Among the four candidates, three are Muslims and one is Buddhist.They include Sheik Rashid (Ganderbal), Abdul Rehman Tekri (Bandipora), Abdul Aziz (Kargil) and Siazin Lakpa (Zanskar).The BJP has finalised candidates for 49 out of the total 87 assembly (First list contatined 45 candidate names) constituencies across the state. (News Reports)2014-11-05 01:16:24 PM
Srinagar: Tension in Nowgam After Death of Civilians in Army Firing
Clashes broke out today morning between locals and security personnel in J&K's Nowgam area near Srinagar over the death of two civilians in Army firing on Monday.Angry protesters resorted to stone-pelting, forcing police personnel to fire tear-gas shells to disperse the mobs. There is heavy security deployment in the area which is home to both victims . Curfew has been enforced in the adjoining areas including the Old City area of Srinagar.The two men were killed when theArmy opened fire on their Maruti car at Chattergam in Budgam district around 5 pm on Monday. Two more who were also inside the car were injured. According to the army there were Three motor vehicle check points were established along the route to nab militants. "The car in which these youth were travelling did not stop at two check points . They even broke through the third barrier at Chattargam, leading to the security forces opening firing on them,” . The Army has ordered a court of inquiry into the incident to ascertain the facts even as it regretted the loss of lives in the incident.(News Reports)2014-11-04 12:44:09 PM
Militants attack bunker in Jammu and Kashmir
Militants Tuesday attacked a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) bunker with grenades in Jammu and Kashmir's Sopore town."Militants fired two UBGL (Under Barrel Grenade Launcher) grenades at a CRPF bunker outside the State Bank of India building in Sopore," a senior police officer stated."One grenade exploded without causing any damage while the other did not explode and was later diffused," he said.Markets in Sopore were closed in the wake of explosion.(IANS)2014-11-04 01:36:39 PM
Mufti Sayeed seeks decisive mandate for PDP in Kashmir poll
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed Sunday asked voters to give a decisive mandate to his party to complete the unfinished agenda of sustainable peace and inclusive growth for Jammu and Kashmir.Launching his party's poll campaign from Nagrota assembly constituency of Jammu district, the former chief minister said these elections would mark a new beginning in Jammu and Kashmir as people have made up their mind to establish a new system in the state."It is the writing on the wall that change is imminent in Jammu and Kashmir and people of Jammu and Kashmir are looking towards PDP as only alternative to get rid of present corrupt, inept system," he said, claiming the people "are eagerly waiting for the opportunity to teach a lesson to those who are responsible for compounding their woes during the last six years".Sayeed said that the PDP has emerged as "strong and viable alternative" because there is a "feeling among people that only PDP has moral authority to govern the state because during its earlier tenure PDP had proved how to deliver good governance"."Despite getting a very short span of just three years in power between 2002 and 2005, PDP had set into motion a comprehensive process of economic empowerment and infrastructural development in the state which is to be taken to the logical conclusion," he said.(IANS)2014-11-03 09:41:21 AM
BJP trying to win over local politicians in J&K
To increase BJP's power across the state of J&K , BJP general secretary Ram Madhav is said to have had a series of meetings with Kashmir politicians, alongside some separatist politicians who are believed to be fed up with separatist politics. Ram Madhav has reportedly met Sajjad Lone, who heads a small party, People's Conference. "Over the last few days, Ram Madhav has had a series of meetings with leading public figures, intellectuals and politicians in connection with the assembly elections," a BJP member. BJP has a target of "Mission 44-plus" in Jammu & Kashmir for the upcoming assembly elections for which they are trying to bring together several smaller parties, several independent MLAs in the present assembly on their side. (News Reports)2014-11-02 07:52:26 AM
BJP sets up election campaign management committees for J&K elections
BJP's J&K unit has setup State Election Campaign and Management Committees to ensure smooth conduct of the upcoming 5 phased Assembly elections beginning on November 25. According to the BJP spokesperson, Dr Nirmal Singh will be the chairman of the state Election Campaign Committee and Sat Sharma as its Secretary.The Committee also includes Ashok Khajuria, Dr Jitendra Singh, Shamsher Singh Manhas, Thumpstan Chhewang, Mushtaq Noorabadi and Haleema Begum as Members. The state Management Committee includes Col Uttam Singh, Ramesh Arora, Vivodh Gupta, Chander Mohan Sharma, Kavinder Gupta, Bali Bhagat, Rajeev Jasrotia, Prof Hari Om, Farooq Khan, Ch Lal Singh as Members.(News Reports)2014-11-02 08:40:21 AM
Omar dumps Ganderbal, to contest from Sonawar and Beerwah
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah decided Friday to contest assembly elections from Sonawar and Beerwah constituencies, instead of seeking re-election from his family's traditional Ganderbal seat.The National Conference (NC) parliamentary meeting, chaired by Abdullah, Friday issued list of 22 candidates for the assembly elections - 15 from the Kashmir Valley and seven from the Jammu region.Abdullah will contest elections from Sonawar in Srinagar d istrict and also from the Beerwah constituency in Badgam district.After three generations and 39 years, the Abdullahs have chosen not to contest from Ganderbal. seat.Abdullah had won from Ganderbal in 2008, avenging his 2002 defeat at the hands of Qazi Muhammad Afzal of the Peoples Democratic Party.(IANS)2014-10-31 07:14:09 PM
Congress names 15 candidates for Kashmir assembly poll
The Congress has issued its first list of 15 candidates for the forthcoming assembly elections in J&K.The list fielded three sitting legislators and ministers in the state coalition government.Nawang Rigzin Jora for the Leh seat in Ladakh region, Abdul Majeed Wani for the Doda seat and Viqar Rasool for the Bannihal seat, both in the Jammu region.The party has also fielded sitting legislator G.M. Saroori for the Inderwal seat in the Kishtwar district of Jammu region.For the Ramban reserved seat, Ashok Kumar Dogra has been fielded while Mohd Sharief Niaz has been fielded for the Bhaderwah seat, both in the Jammu region.In the Valley, the party has fielded Faqir Mohammad Khan for Gurez, Usman Majeed for Bandipora, Imtiyiaz Parray for Sonawari, Aijaz Ahmad Sheikh for Kangan and Mohammad Yusuf Bhat for Ganderbal seat.For the Kargil seat, Ashgar Karbalai, the CEO of the Kargil autonomous hill development council, has been fielded.Ghulam Raza has been fielded for the Zanskar seat while Dildan Namgyal get the party mandate for the Nubra seat in the Ladakh region.The Congress is fighting the assembly elections without any electoral alliance with the National Conference (NC). (IANS)2014-10-30 09:23:30 AM
Yasin Malik arrested in Srinagar
Separatist leader Muhammad Yasin Malik, who has called for a boycott of the coming Jammu and Kashmir elections, was today taken into preventive custody here.This was done to maintain law and order in the city, a police officer said. 0ther JKLF leaders were also arrested.Separatist leaders, including hardliner Syed Ali Geelani and moderates like Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Malik, have called for a boycott of the November-December election.Earlier, Jammu and Kashmir police chief K. Rajendra Kumar told the media that security forces will not allow anyone to interfere with the peaceful conduct of assembly polls. (IANS)2014-10-30 01:53:06 PM
Yasin Malik's supporters protest his arrest in Srinagar2014-10-30 03:18:21 PM
Jammu and Kashmir: Most parties set to fight polls alone
Major political parties including BJP, ruling NC, PDP and JKNPP are said to contest elections independently in the five phased battle for 87 constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir Assembly beginning 25 November. These parties are confident of winning the marked seats of 44 ."We won't be entering into any pre-poll alliance with any political party as we are considering to field our candidates on all the 87 assembly constituencies in the state," BJP MP and party in charge for J&K Avinash Rai Khanna saidammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP), which was coalition partner of PDP and Congress in 2002-2007, is also said to be contesting its candidates on all seats. "We will contest election on our own. We will contest on all the seat in J&K," JKNPP president Balwant Mankotia said. (News Reports)2014-10-28 03:03:07 PM
Separatist shutdown affects life in Srinagar
Life across Srinagar was affected Monday due to a separatist shutdown and authorities imposed restrictions in five areas of the city (Nowhatta, Khanyar, M.R. Gunj, Zadibal and Safa Kadal). Separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, and Muhammad Yasin Malik have called for a shutdown Monday and the day will be marked with protests as it was on Oct 27, 1947, when the Indian troops landed in Jammu and Kashmir at the then Kashmir Maharaja's call.Separatist leaders Geelani, Malik, and Farooq have been placed under house arrest in Srinagar city, police said.No untoward incident has so far been reported from anywhere in Srinagar where contingents of police and Central Reserve Police Force personnel have been deployed to maintain law and order. (IANS)2014-10-27 02:15:30 PM
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Booed at 'Million March' in London
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party was booed when he tried to address a protest rally in London on Sunday.The protest, called the "Million March" and organised by a UK-based group to bring focus on the Kashmir issue, fizzled out as only a few hundred people gathered to wave placards and flags as they walked from Trafalgar Square to Downing Street. The 26-year-old stepped on to speak, the crowd began to to throw empty plastic bottles at him, refusing to let him speak.(News Reports)2014-10-27 03:23:24 PM
National Conference attacks Azad, Congress
The National Conference Monday launched a scathing attack on Congress leader and former chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, saying giving it (NC) a full six-year term to govern Jammu and Kashmir after the 2008 elections was no favour.Azad had blamed the decision to let the NC hold the chief minister's post for the entire six years despite an alliance with the Congress as the reason for the latter's debacle in the Lok Sabha polls.A statement by NC spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu here said: "Azad is in fact blaming his party leadership for a decision that the Congress high command as well as Azad were party to.". It said the Congress did not get the mandate for a rotational chief minister's post in 2008 when the NC emerged the single largest party with 28 legislators. The Congress had 17 members. (IANS)2014-10-27 09:08:38 PM
Pakistan Army again violates ceasefire
Pakistan Army again resorted to unprovoked overnight firing at Indian positions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu region using mortars and automatic weapons, an official said on Saturday.
"Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire at Balakote in Poonch district during the night," defence spokesman Colonel Manish Mehta. "Pakistan started unprovoked firing at 8.30 p.m. using small arms, mortars and automatics," he said. The Indian side retaliated appropriately and no casualty has been reported on our side so far. (IANS)2014-10-25 10:33:07 AM
Five-phased polls in Kashmir, Jharkhand; Results on Dec 23
Five-phased assembly elections would be held in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand, beginning on Nov 25 and ending on Dec 20. By-elections to three Delhi assembly constituencies would be held on Nov 25. Counting for all the seats would be held on Dec 23, the Election Commission announced on Saturday. The five-phases will be on Nov 25, Dec 2, Dec 9, Dec 14 and Dec 20. The three Delhi constituencies where by-elections will be held on Nov 25 are Krishna Nagar, Mehrauli and Tughlakabad. Counting for all the seats would be held on Dec 23, the poll panel announced. Elections will be held in 87 constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir and 81 of Jharkhand. Source:IANS2014-10-25 04:49:22 PM
Modi to have a busy Diwali visit to Srinagar
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Diwali visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday to express solidarity with the flood affected people of the state will be packed with meetings, government sources said.
The prime minister is expected to land at the airport here around 1 p.m. today. He will then go to the Raj Bhawan where he will meet members of flood-affected families, including women and children, from different parts of the Valley. "He will chair a meeting to review the relief and rehabilitation operations by the state and the central government agencies," a state government source said. "Modi is also likely to visit a relief camp in Srinagar," the source added. Sources here also said that Modi is likely to announce a relief and rehabilitation package for the flood affected people in the state. He is scheduled to fly back to New Delhi in the evening. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah welcomed the decision. The opposition Peoples Democratic Party too said the decision was welcome, but also said it would have been better had the prime minister visited the state during the Eid festival that followed the devastating floods of Sep 7. (IANS)2014-10-22 10:53:23 AM
'No move to change J&K governor'
Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra has not been asked to resign from his post, an informed source said on Friday, dismissing media reports that the central government has asked him to step down.
"No, Vohra has not been asked to put in his papers. There is no move to change the Jammu and Kashmir governor at this stage," the source told IANS. Vohra is presently running his second five-year term as the state governor. There have been media reports in New Delhi and here that Lieutenant General Atta Husnain (retd), who held many important assignments in the Valley, including as the GOC of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps, had been tipped to be the next state governor. The state is scheduled to go to polls in December this year.2014-10-17 02:18:19 PM
J&K assembly elections on schedule
Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir are not being deferred and most likely will be held on schedule, top sources said on Friday.
"In all likelihood the assembly elections will be held in December and not deferred to next year," the sources said ahead of the visit of the Chief Election Commissioner and two Commissioners here Saturday to take the final call on whether or not to hold elections. The new government in the state has to be in place before Jan 19, 2015 when the six-year term of the the present assembly ends. Assembly elections have to be held in time so that putting the state under the governor's rule is avoided. "Besides some constituencies in South Kashmir districts and Srinagar city, the recent floods have not directly affected any other area in the Valley so badly. The full Election Commission comprising the Chief commissioner, V. S. Sampath, and two commissioners, H.S.Brahma and Naseem Zaidi, will be here on a two-day visit. (IANS)2014-10-17 04:58:14 PM
Guns silent on Pakistan, India border
Guns on both sides of the India, Pakistan border remained silent overnight Monday, but thousands of displaced border residents were still camped in makeshift accommodations away from their homes.
"The night remained peaceful on both the LoC (Line of Control) and the international border. There was no ceasefire violation from Pakistan side during the night," said a senior police officer in winter capital Jammu. Pakistan Rangers had resorted to unprovoked firing on Border Security Force (BSF) positions and mortar shelling of civilian habitations in R.S. Pura sector Saturday night resulting in injuries to two civilians. Source: IANS2014-10-13 01:03:26 PM
J&K government seeks Rs 44,000 cr flood relief package from Centre
Jammu and Kashmir government has submitted a proposal to the central government, seeking a special financial package of 44,000 crore rupees for the rehabilitation of flood affected people.
The state cabinet, which met here Friday evening under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, approved the proposal to seek package from the Centre. It also decided to approach the union home ministry for releasing of funds to the tune of Rs 1,947.20 crore under National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) besides requesting the union government to declare tax holiday for the Jammu and Kashmir state for 10 years to facilitate its economic revival.2014-10-11 10:58:19 AM
Pakistan resumes unprovoked firing along LoC
After a day's lull, the Pakistani Army resumed unprovoked firing at Indian positions along the Line of Control (LoC) in Shahpur Kerni sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district today (Saturday) afternoon.
There was a lull in cross-border firing on Friday. Eight civilians have been killed in unprecedented peace time mortar shelling by Pakistan on the international border and the LoC in the Jammu region since Oct 6, while over 60 have been injured.2014-10-11 05:53:39 PM
Border firing shows Pakistan's frustration, says Omar
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said Pakistan's indiscriminate cross-border firing, which left five people dead on Monday, only shows the neighbouring country's frustration over its failure to rake up the Kashmir issue. The chief minister rushed here from Srinagar despite the Eid-ul-Adha festival to attend the cremation of five civilians killed in mortar shelling by Pakistan Rangers in Arnia sub-sector of R.S. Pura in Jammu district. Source: IANS2014-10-06 05:59:38 PM
Sonia Gandhi visits Jammu
Congress president Sonia Gandhi Tuesday visited the flood-affected areas in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district. Concluding her two-day visit to flood ravaged Jammu and Kashmir, Sonia Gandhi and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Tuesday visited Jammu region. Source: IANS2014-09-30 05:31:15 PM
Sonia, Rahul to visit Jammu and Kashmir
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi will arrive here Monday to visit flood affected areas of Jammu and Kashmir. "Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi will arrive in Srinagar Monday," Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters. Source: IANS2014-09-29 10:33:22 AM
Mars mission brings Modi to Bangalore
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is arriving here on Tuesday evening in course of his two-day visit to witness an Indian spacecraft entering the Martian orbit early Wednesday at the space agency's mission control centre in this tech hub. "As Modi is also in-charge of the space department, he has expressed keen interest to witness the historic event when the spacecraft enters the Martian orbit in its maiden attempt," a senior space official said to a news agency. Source : IANS2014-09-23 10:37:40 AM
Tourism ministry gives Rs.100 crore for Kashmir relief
Minister of state for Culture and Tourism Shripad Yesso Naik on Friday said the ministry has given Rs.100 crore as a special assistance for reconstruction of damaged infrastructure in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir. Source: IANS2014-09-19 04:56:34 PM
Modi reviews relief operations in flood-ravaged Kashmir
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday directed the authorities to provide food and water to the flood-affected people of Jammu and Kashmir where the toll has crossed 200. At a high-level emergency meeting on relief operations in the state, Modi was briefed on the status of operations, especially in Srinagar and the Kashmir Valley, said a statement from the Prime Minister Office (PMO). Source: IANS2014-09-11 10:20:42 AM
PMO staff to give day's salary for Kashmir flood relief
All staff members at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) will voluntarily contribute a day's salary for relief operations in flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir. "All officers and staff of the PMO are voluntarily contributing one day's salary to the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund as a gesture of solidarity with the flood-affected people of Jammu and Kashmir," a PMO statement said Thursday. Source: IANS2014-09-11 06:09:12 PM
Andhra Pradesh announces Rs.5 crore aid for Kashmir
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu Wednesday announced financial assistance of Rs.5 crore for the flood-hit people of Jammu and Kashmir. He said the state has sent 300 metric tonnes of ready-to-eat packaged food. According to a statement from the chief minister's office, 145 metric tonnes of food has already been air-lifted by air force personnel. Source: IANS2014-09-10 02:03:56 PM
Telephone links in Kashmir to be restored soon: Minister
The telephone links in the flood-affected areas of Jammu and Kashmir are expected to be restored in a day or two, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh said Wednesday. "I am in touch with the state administration and also maintaining a regular individual contact with the deputy commissioners of the affected districts. The breakdown of communication and telephone links are expected to be restored in a day or two," Singh said in a statement. Source: IANS2014-09-10 05:07:01 PM
Government geared up for relief work in Kashmir: Minister
The central government is geared up for relief work and supplies to the flood-ravaged parts of Jammu and Kashmir are ready to be sent, Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh said here Tuesday. "It is time that all of us focus our energies to help the people affected by the floods in Jammu and Kashmir," Singh told the media at the National Media Centre. Source: IANS2014-09-09 04:27:00 PM
PM announces Rs.1,000 crore aid for Jammu and Kashmir
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday announced a special assistance of Rs.1,000 crore for the flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir besides a Rs.2 lakh compensation from the Prime Minister's Relief Fund for the kin of the dead and Rs.50,000 for those seriously injured. Modi, who took an aerial view of the flood-affected Jammu and Srinagar regions, said the current crisis was a "national level disaster". Source: IANS2014-09-08 10:01:54 AM
Assembly elections in 4 states likely in two phases - October and December
The Election Commission is set to announce the schedule for the upcoming assembly elections this week, with polling in Haryana and Maharashtra to be clubbed together in October while elections in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand would be held in December, sources in the poll panel here said. Source: IANS2014-09-08 10:19:57 AM
Marhama 'land scam' rocks J&K assembly
The ruling National Conference (NC) and opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members Saturday engaged in a war of words in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly over the alleged Marhama land scam. Speaker Mubarak Gul tried to restore order and said the state Crime Branch had seized all revenue documents pertaining to the alleged scam and these have been placed before him for perusal so that these are not tampered with to mislead investigations. Source: IANS2014-08-30 02:32:30 PM
J&K assembly adjourned amid din
Pandemonium over the alleged involvement of Sartaj Madni, a seinor leader of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in land grabbing forced the speaker to adjourn the Jammu and Kashmir assembly Friday. Speaker Mubarak Gul adjourned the session amid allegations and counter-allegations between the ruling National Conference (NC) and the PDP over the alleged land grab in Anantnag district's Marhama area, involving over 500 acres of state land. Source: IANS2014-08-29 12:26:11 PM
J&K assembly adjourned amid din
Pandemonium over the alleged involvement of Sartaj Madni, a seinor leader of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in land grabbing forced the speaker to adjourn the Jammu and Kashmir assembly Friday. Speaker Mubarak Gul adjourned the session amid allegations and counter-allegations between the ruling National Conference (NC) and the PDP over the alleged land grab in Anantnag district's Marhama area, involving over 500 acres of state land. Source: IANS2014-08-29 05:25:30 PM
Ruckus in J&K assembly over amnesty to stone pelters
There was ruckus in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly Tuesday as the opposition PDP legislators disturbed the proceedings of the house, demanding discussion on cases registered against stone pelters in the Valley. Speaker Mubarak Gul failed to restore order as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders stood on their seats asking him to allow the adjournment motion over amnesty to stone pelters against whom cases have been registered in the Valley. Source: IANS2014-08-26 11:42:07 AM
Modi reaches Ladakh
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Tuesday on a day-long visit to the Ladakh reion of Jammu and Kashmir. Modi was received at the Leh airport by state Governor N.N. Vohra, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Ladakh parliamentarian Nawan Rigzin Jora, Chief of Indian Army Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag and senior civil, police and military officials.The prime minister is accompanied by Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal and national security advisor Ajit Doval. (Source: IANS)2014-08-12 10:57:29 AM
Separatist shutdown, restrictions mar life in Srinagar
A shutdown called by separatists against the announcement of a pilgrimage by the Kashmiri Pandits and the consequent official restrictions marred normal life today. Shops, public transport and other businesses remained closed here and in other major towns of the Kashmir Valley. However, government offices, banks and post offices functioned normally.
Source: IANS2014-08-02 10:58:09 AM
NC, Congress divorce in Kashmir after six years in power
The nearly six-year-old alliance between the Congress and the regional National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir came to an end with both parties announcing their going separate ways. While Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni and Saifuddin Soz told reporters in Jammu that their party would contest the upcoming state assembly elections without any pre-poll alliance, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was quick to say on micro-blogging website Twitter that he had told Congress chief Sonia Gandhi 10 days ago that his party would not align with the Congress for the polls.
Source : IANS2014-07-21 09:42:01 AM
End Kashmir row for peace: Pakistan envoy
The Kashmir dispute needs to be resolved to ensure "viable peace and stability in the region", Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit has said. Basit spoke about the "importance of resolving the Jammu and Kashmir dispute" at an Iftar gathering here, a statement from the Pakistan High Commission said. Basit said the meeting between Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan and Narendra Modi of India May 27 provided "a rare opportunity to get the bilateral dialogue process back on track and address all the bilateral disputes on the basis of mutual respect and mutual interest". Source : IANS2014-07-21 09:50:56 AM
Two-time MP Chowdhary Lal Singh resigns from Congress
Former Lok Sabha member from Udhampur and senior Congress leader Chowdhary Lal Singh resigned from the party. Singh announced his resignation at a Congress workers' meeting in Kathua town of Jammu. Singh - who hails from Kathua district - had won the 2003 and 2008 Lok Sabha elections as Congress candidate from Udhampur. The party this year fielded Ghulam Nabi Azad from the seat. Azad, however, lost the elections to Jitender Singh of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Source : IANS2014-07-21 11:46:00 AM
NC list doesn't say who leads party into polls
Will the National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir go into assembly elections without naming its leader? At least its first list of 32 candidates indicates so. The party's parliamentary board, empowered to select candidates for assembly elections, met here on Tuesday, perhaps for the first time without its patron and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah, in attendance. Jammu and Kashmir is likely to vote by the end of this year. The party said 19 of the 32 candidates will contest in the Kashmir Valley and 12 in Jammu region. There will be one candidate in Ladakh.2014-07-17 03:40:43 PM
Change ground situation for political solution in Kashmir: Mehbooba Mufti
The PDP will contest the forthcoming Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections on its own, says party chief Mehbooba Mufti, while stressing the need of an improved "ground situation", implementing suggestions for "self-rule" and understanding between the central and state governments for a political solution to the Kashmir issue. Mufti said the Narendra Modi government could start working on recommendations of working groups on Kashmir to make a difference to the situation on the ground in the state. Source : IANS2014-07-15 02:51:26 PM
Syed Salahuddin resents Sharif's softness towards Modi
A Kashmiri Mujahideen leader has asked Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to avoid showing a "unilateral tilt" towards his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, media reported on Monday. "Nawaz Sharif should show consideration for the feelings and sacrifices of Kashmiris. His unilateral tilt towards Modi and exchange of letters and saris is hurting Kashmiris and impairing their cause," Syed Salahuddin, chairman of the United Jihad Council (UJC), said at a gathering on Sunday. Source : IANS2014-07-14 12:53:36 PM
Budget proposals for Jammu and Kashmir evoke mixed reaction
Budget proposals 2014-15 for Jammu and Kashmir evoked a mixed reaction in the state on Thursday. The rehabilitation package for displaced Kashmiri Pandits was welcomed though the scheme for isolated "safe havens" faced opposition. "They must be rehabilitated primarily by ensuring their return to ancestral places and not by creating safe havens for them in the valley," said Noor Muhammad Wani, a retired senior bank official in Srinagar. Source: IANS2014-07-10 05:34:50 PM
BJP leader for scrapping Article 370
BJP national spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain called for the scrapping of article 370 of the constitution that grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Speaking at a programme marking the 113th birth anniversary of Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh - the precursor to the Bharatiya Janata Party, Hussain said while he had the right to buy land in Kolkata, he could not do that in Kashmir. "I'm a Muslim. But I don't have the right to build a house in Kashmir," he said.
Source : IANS2014-07-07 05:49:14 PM
Power project inaugurated by PM illegal, says Kashmir minister
A minister in Jammu and Kashmir's Omar Abdullah government said the hydropower project inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the state's Baramulla district was illegal. Talking to IANS, Health and Medical Education Minister Taj Mohiuddin said: "The hydropower project inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has no licence to operate and is, therefore, illegal."
Source: IANS2014-07-05 11:40:21 AM
Restrictions in Srinagar ahead of PM Modi visit
Restrictions were imposed in some areas of summer capital Srinagar and senior separatist leaders were placed under house arrest, a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives here on his maiden visit. "Restrictions have been imposed in five police station areas of Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj and Safa Kadal today (Friday) to maintain law and order in the city," a police official told IANS here. Source : IANS2014-07-04 09:27:41 AM
Modi to visit Kashmir Valley amid shutdown
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the Kashmir Valley amid a shutdown called by separatists and warnings by Muslim groups not to create a separate enclave for Kashmiri Pandits. Modi will chair a high-level security review meeting at the Badami Bagh headquarters of the army's 15th corps here. He is also to inaugurate a 240 MW hydro-power in the border town of Uri in Baramulla district. Source : IANS2014-07-04 09:50:49 AM
PM Modi arrives on day's visit to Jammu and Kashmir
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here Friday morning on a day's visit to Jammu and Kashmir. The prime minister's special aircraft landed in the technical area of Jammu airport. He was received by Governor N.N. Vohra, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, state Minister for Higher Education Muhammad Akbar Lone, state Chief Secretary Muhammad Iqbal Khandey, state police chief K. Rajendra Kumar and other senior officials. Source : IANS2014-07-04 10:59:15 AM
Vajpayee's Kashmir dream will be realized: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's dream of bringing peace in Jammu and Kashmir will be realized. Modi made the comments after flagging off the Katra-Udhampur train, which will link the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine near Katra with the rest of the country. Source : IANS2014-07-04 12:44:22 PM
Modi flags off Katra-Udhampur rail link
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Katra-Udhampur train service, calling it an "auspicious" moment for the country. "On the one side the auspicious Amarnath Yatra is on and on the other the auspicious month of Ramzan is on. And today ... the train service is starting," Modi said. The 25-km rail link between Katra and Udhampur will provide a direct link to the Vaishno Devi temple from the rest of the country.
Source : IANS2014-07-04 01:47:45 PM
Modi to visit Jammu and Kashmir amid row over Article 370
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Friday is seen as a tough political call as it comes in the wake of a raging row over a demand for revoking Article 370 of the constitution that gives special status to the state. On his maiden visit to the state after assuming office, the prime minister has a busy schedule encompassing development and security. But what remains understated is that Modi is perhaps the first prime minister of the country who is politically opposed by both the separatists and the National Conference (NC). Source : IANS2014-07-02 02:11:12 PM
Amarnath Yatra to start from Pahalgam route on Wednesday
The annual Amarnath Yatra, which began from the Baltal route in north Kashmir June 28, will also start from its traditional Pahalgam route Wednesday, the shrine board announced. "At a high level meeting, chaired by Governor N.N. Vohra at Raj Bhavan today , it was decided that the Pahalgam-Chandanwari route shall be opened for the Amarnathji Yatra on Wednesday, July 2," said a statement issued by the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB). Source : IANS2014-07-01 11:32:54 AM
NDA's biggest challenge dealing with Kashmir issue: Mufti
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and PDP leader Mufti Muhammad Sayeed said dealing with the sensitive issue related to his state was the biggest challenge faced by the Narendra Modi-led central government. "The PDP is ready to act as a facilitator to restore lasting peace in this subcontinent as the biggest challenge before the new government at New Delhi is to deal with the sensitive issue of Jammu and Kashmir," Sayeed said at a public rally in Poonch. Source : IANS2014-06-24 10:07:22 AM
Yasin Malik arrested, JKLF march halted
Police on Monday intercepted a pro-independence march by the JKLF here and arrested its chairman Yasin Malik and around a dozen supporters. Malik appeared in Maisuma locality of Srinagar city to march to the city centre Lal Chowk where he was to announce his party's "Quit Kashmir" agitation. Police arrested Malik and around a dozen of his supporters who were taken to the nearly Kothi Bagh police station. Malik had gone underground a few days back to avoid arrest. Source: IANS2014-06-23 03:10:57 PM
Restrictions in Srinagar to prevent separatist rally
Normal life was affected here on Friday due to restrictions in some parts of this Jammu and Kashmir summer capital and a spontaneous shutdown in other parts of the city amid separatist plans to hold a rally here. Restrictions were imposed in Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj and Safa Kadal areas here to prevent a rally called by the moderate Hurriyat group headed by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq to celebrate 50 years of creation of Awami Action Committee (AAC). Source : IANS2014-06-20 02:12:29 PM
Hamid Ansari to visit China June 26-30
Vice President Hamid Ansari will visit China June 26-30 for bilateral talks and to attend a special commemoration of 60 years of Panchsheel, it was announced on Friday. The external affairs ministry said Ansari had been invited by his Chinese counterpart Li Yuanchao. They will meet June 30. Ansari will call on President Xi Jinping and will meet the leadership of Shaanxi province. His will be the first high-level Indian visit to China after Narendra Modi became India's prime minister last month. Source : IANS2014-06-20 02:26:23 PM
Abdullah dismayed over Lok Sabha adjournment
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday said adjournment of the 16th Lok Sabha on the very first day of its session proved things would remain the same despite the change of guard at the centre. "The more things change the more they stay the same. 1st (first) working day of the 16th Lok Sabha and its adjourned for the day after protests," Omar wrote on his twitter handle. In the Lok Sabha elections, Omar Abdullah's National Conference drew a blank. Of the six Lok Sabha seats from the state, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won three seats each. Source: IANS2014-06-09 02:28:41 PM
Article 370 debate intended to change discourse: Yasin Malik
JKLF chief Yasin Malik, claiming that the design behind the article 370 debate raked up by a union minister was to change the Kashmir discourse from independence to centre-state relations, Saturday said his party would soon start a "Quit Kashmir" movement. "There is a design behind the Indian junior minister's statement that article 370 would be revoked. There is a storm of debate over this in India and also in Kashmir. Everywhere in Kashmir people are discussing the fate of article 370," said the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman. Malik contended that the Indian government or parliament does not have the legal power to revoke article 370. Source: IANS2014-06-01 03:10:38 PM
Modi meets several governors, ministers
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a stream of visitors Friday that included governors of four states and several cabinet ministers. "Today Honourable Governors of several states and Ministers called on Prime Minister @narendramodi at South Block," tweeted the prime minister's office. Among those who called on Modi were Telugu Desam Party chief N. Chandrababu Naidu, Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra, Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, his Haryana and Manipur counterparts, Jagannath Pahadia and V.K. Duggal, respectively. Source: IANS2014-05-31 10:20:48 AM
NC, Congress to push for reforms after Kashmir rout
After their washout in the Lok Sabha election, the ruling National Conference-Congress coalition in Jammu and Kashmir has decided to reach out to people and push for administrative reforms. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah "is meeting party cadre and people from the grassroots. We are trying to become a more people-friendly government. We are taking feedback from all sections of society to improve governance," Abdullah's political secretary Tanvir Sadiq told IANS. Source: IANS2014-05-30 04:44:33 PM
RSS hits out at Omar
Lashing out at Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) spokesperson Ram Madhav said that J&K “has been and will always be a part of India”. The statement was a reaction to Abdullah's veiled threat that his state would cease to be part of India if Article 370 is revoked. The controversy was stirred by the MoS in Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh with his remark that the government was open to a debate on Article 370, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.2014-05-28 11:32:55 AM
Congress scores zero in several states, mauled in many others
BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's prediction that Congress would not be able to open its account in several states came true with the party failing to secure a single Lok Sabha seat from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand as votes were counted. Congress leaders said that it was unprecedented for the party not to score seats across regions in a general election.
Source: IANS2014-05-17 09:34:33 AM
Farooq Abdullah trails in Srinagar
Farooq Abdullah trails in Srinagar; National Conference unlikely to win any seat in Jammu & Kashmir.2014-05-16 11:27:44 AM
Ghulam Nabi Azad loses in Udhampur
Union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad lost from the Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. The senior Congress leader lost to BJP's Jitender Singh, while Peoples Democratic Party's Arshad Malik came a distant third.
Source: IANS2014-05-16 03:54:10 PM
BJP wins Ladakh cliff-hanger by 37 votes
BJP candidate Thupstan Chhewang won the Ladakh Lok Sabha seat in Jammu and Kashmir by a slender margin of 37 votes. He defeated Tsering Samphel of the Congress, and two independents - Syed Mohd Kazim and Ghulam Raza.
Source: IANS2014-05-16 05:47:21 PM
New government must continue peace process with Pakistan: Omar
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said it is important that the new central government continues the peace process with Pakistan. Speaking at a discussion titled "Discussion between India and Pakistan on Jammu and Kashmir - A historical perspective" at the Kashmir University, Abdullah said the back channel dialogue between India and Pakistan should move forward as he believes Kashmir problem has a political genesis and needs a political resolution.
Source: IANS2014-05-14 10:06:08 AM
Balloting begins in Jammu and Kashmir
Balloting in Jammu and Kashmir for two Lok Sabha seats has begun, officials said. As many as 19 candidates are vying for the two parliamentary constituencies of Baramulla and Ladakh.
Source: IANS2014-05-07 07:53:19 AM
30,000 security men deployed for LS polls in Baramulla
More than 30,000 security men have been deployed to ensure free and peaceful voting in 1,616 polling stations in Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency of Jammu and Kashmir. Police and intelligence agencies have termed the May 7 voting for this Lok Sabha seat as their most serious challenge, given security logistics in the 15 assembly segments in Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipora districts.
Source: IANS2014-05-07 07:59:47 AM
Brisk voting in Ladakh, sluggish in Baramulla
There was low voter turnout in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla constituency while brisk balloting took place in Ladakh. Queues of voters, both men and women, could be seen even before the voting started at 7 a.m. at the Goma polling station in Kargil district of Ladakh's Lok Sabha seat. People also turned up early in the morning in Leh town, Nubra and Zanskar assembly segments of Ladakh.
Source: IANS2014-05-07 11:00:10 AM
16 percent polling till 11 am in Jammu and Kashmir2014-05-07 12:41:41 PM
Around 23.61 percent voting in Jammu and Kashmir till 1pm2014-05-07 02:15:18 PM
Around 32.13 percent voting in Jammu and Kashmir till 3 pm2014-05-07 05:23:40 PM
Ladakh, India's largest LS seat, votes on Wednesday
The cold desert region of Ladakh, the largest Lok Sabha constituency in India in terms of area, and Baramulla in north Kashmir will elect their parliamentary representatives in the penultimate round of polling on May 7. In Ladakh, the Congress-National Conference alliance has fielded Tsering Samphal, a Ladakhi Buddhist. He is the alliance's official candidate, but Congress rebel Ghulam Raza is also in the fray. In the past, Ladakh has witnessed polarisation on religious lines between Buddhists and Muslims. Source: IANS2014-05-06 04:13:55 PM
Voting starts in Srinagar
Balloting for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat in Jammu and Kashmir has started, officials said. As many as 14 candidates are in the fray, including Farooq Abdullah of the National Conference. Over 1.23 million voters are eligible to exercise their franchise at 1,546 polling booths. Around 50 companies of central armed forces and over 10,000 police personnel have been deployed.
Source: IANS2014-04-30 07:53:08 AM
Villagers defy boycott call as Srinagar votes
Villagers today defied a separatist boycott call, while voters in cities and towns mostly stayed away from polling stations as balloting began in Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency. Barely 15 votes were cast at two polling stations in Ganderbal district's Kangan town in the first one hour of polling. In contrast, 50 votes had been cast at the Wussan polling station during the first half an hour despite the fact that voters said separatists pasted posters in the village threatening them with dire consequences.
Source: IANS2014-04-30 10:32:52 AM
Brisk polling in Srinagar
The voting was sluggish in the city of Srinagar which recorded a voter turnout of only 5.14% in the first four hours.2014-04-30 12:39:16 PM
One killed, two injured in Srinagar firing
One person was killed and two were injured on Wednesday when security forces opened fire at stone-pelters who attacked a polling party in Srinagar, police said. The incident took place in the old city area of Nawa Kadal. As voting ended for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat at 5 p.m., a polling party returning with the voting machines was attacked with stones by a mob. Security forces opened fire in self defence, and one person identified as Wasim Ahmad, 25, was killed. Two other people, Nazir Ahmad and a woman named Halima, were injured in the incident, police said. Halima was hit by a pellet in her leg. Source: IANS2014-04-30 07:52:06 PM
Voting time in Srinagar reduced
Voting time in the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency which goes to polls tomorrow has been reduced by an hour, an election commission official said. Voting will now start at 7 a.m. and end at5 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. as was the schedule in Anantnag, Udhampur and Jammu where balloting has already taken place. Source: IANS2014-04-29 10:06:20 AM
Farooq Abdullah faces tough challenge in Srinagar
Retaining Srinagar is a tough call for the 78-year old National Conference patron and thrice Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah. He has never lost an election so far, but winning the elections this time is not a foregone conclusion for him. Abdullah is seeking re-election from this Lok Sabha seat that is spread over three districts of Srinagar, Ganderbal and Badgam with 1.23 million voters. The Abdullahs, who belong to Srinagar district, have held sway over the people in Kashmir for over 50 years. Srinagar has been a strong bastion of the NC and the Abdullahs. Source: IANS2014-04-29 04:05:43 PM
Kashmir will not remain part of a communal India: Farooq Abdullah
National Conference (NC) patron and Srinagar Lok Sabha candidate Farooq Abdullah said that Jammu and Kashmir would not remain a part of India if the country becomes communal, while asking those who vote for Narendra Modi to "drown themselves". Lashing out at Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate, Abdullah told a party election rally in old city's Khanyar area that: "Those who say that people opposing Modi should go to Pakistan must remember that if India becomes a communal country, Kashmir would not remain its part. Source: IANS2014-04-28 09:59:10 AM
Voting begins for 117 Lok Sabha seats
Voting is under way for 117 Lok Sabha seats across 11 states and one union territory in the sixth phase of the General Elections 2014.2014-04-24 07:48:49 AM
Balloting starts in Kashmir's Anantnag
Voting for the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency in Jammu and Kashmir has begun, officials said. This is the third round of polling in the state that sends six members to parliament.
Source: IANS2014-04-24 08:00:58 AM
Millions vote in seventh phase of Indian election
Barring the Kashmir Valley, millions voted across a dozen states in India to elect 117 MPs even as the BJP's prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi filed his nomination in Varanasi, turning the Hindu holy city into a sea of saffron. About 40 percent of the 180 million eligible to vote Thursday had exercised their franchise by 3 p.m. -- in the eight hours since balloting started -- in 201,735 polling centres in 11 states and Puducherry.
Source: IANS2014-04-24 06:45:14 PM
2 Sarpanches Killed in J&K Terror attacks
Two days ahead of the elections in Anantnag parliamentary constituency, suspected militants killed three people, including two Sarpanches in south Kashmir's Tral area. According to reports, the militants barged into the house of Ghulam Nabi Mir, a sarpanch associated with the ruling NC and shot him dead. Another family member of his was also killed. In another incident in the same area, a gunman shot dead Muhammad Anwer, another sarpanch in Tral, known for his association with Cong. 8 LeT and Hizbul militants are believed to be behind these attacks.2014-04-22 01:56:04 PM
Acts of terror to scare away voters: Omar Abdullah
J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today condemned the killing of three people in south Kashmir's Pulwama district asserting that the act of terrorism was meant to scare away voters. Omar said on his twitter site, "I unequivocally condemn the attacks in Pulwama that left three political workers dead. By all means call for a boycott of the polls." Source: IANS2014-04-22 05:46:10 PM
SC should order BJP leader Giriraj's arrest: Soz
Jammu and Kashmir Congress chief Saifuddin Soz on Sunday demanded suo motu notice by the Supreme Court of the "brazen violation" of the model code of conduct by BJP leader Giriraj Singh who said those opposing Narendra Modi should be sent to Pakistan. In a statement issued here, Soz said: "It is high time that the Supreme Court takes suo motu notice of the blatant and brazen violation of the election code of the conduct by BJP leader Giriraj Singh, who is contesting from Nawada Lok Sabha seat in Bihar." Source: IANS2014-04-21 11:00:39 AM
Omar to Geelani: Identify Modi's emissaries who called on you
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday told separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani to identity the emissaries he claimed approached him on behalf of BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Geelani had alleged earlier that two Kashmiri Pandits had called on him in Delhi, asking him to engage in a dialogue with Modi.2014-04-19 02:26:09 PM
Jammu & Kashmir starts to vote
People queued up at polling booths to cast their vote for the Udhampur constituency in Jammu and Kashmir. The fate of Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad who belongs to INC will be decided today.2014-04-17 07:20:09 AM
J&K records 8.42% votes in Udhampur by 9:00 AM
Jammu & Kashmir have registered around 8.42% polls by 9:00 AM, in the Udhampur constituency alone. The Congress party candidate, Ghulam Nabi Azad is contesting in the Lok Sabha elections from Udhampur.2014-04-17 11:27:40 AM
Udhampur records 50% polling
After a slow start, by afternoon voting in all the six districts of the Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency of J&K gained momentum, according to media sources. More voters are known to have lined up to exercise their votes at all the polling stations in the districts of Udhampur, Reasi, Kathua, Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban.2014-04-17 04:24:24 PM
Udhampur records 61% polling
Over 61% of the polling was recorded in Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency of Jammu & Kashmir. The highest 71% voter turnout was registered in Reasi district.2014-04-17 07:16:33 PM
Azad faces career's biggest challenge in Udhampur
Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad is facing his career's biggest challenge in the Udhampur constituency, which votes Thursday, as this is the first Lok Sabha election he is fighting from his home state. There are 13 candidates in this Lok Sabha constituency, spread over 17 assembly segments in six districts, although the main contest is going to be triangular here.
Source: IANS2014-04-15 02:07:43 PM
Won't tolerate Chinese incursion or Pakistani infiltration: Rajnath
BJP president Rajnath Singh said Tuesday that a BJP-led government won't tolerate incursion by Chinese troops and infiltration by terrorists from Pakistan. Addressing an election rally in Udhampur town, 65 km from here, he said the Bharatiya Janata Party wants good relations with Pakistan and China "but we will not tolerate incursion and infiltration".
Source: IANS2014-04-15 04:24:47 PM
Rahul attacks Modi, says he is backed by business groups
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Friday slammed BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi over his alleged links with Adani business group headquartered in Ahmedabad, saying Modi has cornered veteran BJP leaders and given more space to his big-business backers. Addressing an election rally in Doda in Jammu region, Gandhi said the Adani group was "given everything" whereas senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders L.K. Advani and Jaswant Singh were "thrown out".
Source: IANS2014-04-12 10:05:30 AM
68 percent turnout in Jammu Lok Sabha poll
The turnout in Jammu Lok Sabha seat Thursday was 68 percent, but the figure is likely to rise as final reports from far-flung areas of the constituency are still awaited, an election official said. "In the last poll, the turnout in this constituency was 49.71 percent. We have confirmed reports of 68 percent right now. This likely to go up there are some far flung areas from where reports we are still getting," chief electoral officer Umang Narula said at a media conference here.
Source: IANS2014-04-11 10:33:28 AM
Long queues as Jammu votes
Voting for the Jammu Lok Sabha seat started on a brisk note Thursday as enthusiastic voters queued up outside polling stations much before poll began at 7 a.m. Bright sunshine and a clear sky greeted voters when they came out, many of them wearing traditional dresses to exercise their franchise in Jammu Lok Sabha seat.
Source: IANS2014-04-10 09:48:05 AM
Confident of winning: Chandy
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Thursday said the Congress-led UDF is confident of winning in Kerala. "There is very heavy polling at all seats. The UDF (United Democratic Front) is quite confident about outcome of this election. We will win it with full support of people of Kerala," Chandy told reporters.
Source: IANS2014-04-10 11:56:13 AM
A third of Jammu casts its votes2014-04-10 12:15:23 PM
10 percent voting in early hours in Maharashtra
An average of 10 percent of the electorate cast their votes within the first two hours as polling started for the 10 Lok Sabha seats in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra Thursday morning, officials said. A few voters were also seen outside some polling stations in Akola constituency before the polling had even started. Long queues were seen in Ramtek and Nagpur constituencies, with enthusiastic youth and senior citizens awaiting their turn. Source: IANS2014-04-10 12:46:49 PM
Prove your identity, Ghulam Nabi Azad told
Union Health Minister and former state chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was told to prove his identity at a polling booth in the Jammu Lok Sabha constituency. Azad had gone to cast his vote at the DPS polling station at the Jogi Gate area, but was refused permission by the presiding officer who demanded his identity proof. Source: IANS2014-04-10 12:49:05 PM
Two-thirds of Jammu electorate vote by 3 p.m.
Two-thirds of the electorate had exercised their franchise by 3 p.m. Thursday for the Jammu Lok Sabha seat even as queues could be seen at most polling stations in the constituency. Source: IANS2014-04-10 07:20:55 PM
40,000 migrants among voters in Jammu
As many as 40,000 migrants from Pakistan are part of 1.7 million people who are eligible to cast their vote Thursday in the Jammu parliamentary constituency. These migrants, however, can't vote in the assembly polls. The 40,000 migrants are among nearly 100,000 refugees from Pakistan who could affect the electoral fortunes of the candidates in this constituency.
Source:IANS2014-04-08 02:08:32 PM
PDP opposed facilities for displacing Pandits, says Omar
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah accused opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of opposing facilities for displaced Kashmiri Pandits, saying it derived "sadistic pleasure" from people's problems. Addressing a public meeting here, Abdullah, the president of the National Conference, alleged the PDP is "deriving sadistic pleasure from festering wounds of people" and "is indulging in deceit and shedding crocodile tears to flourish its political enterprise".
Source: IANS2014-04-07 06:44:39 PM
Pakistani refugees in Jammu to vote for BJP
The 100,000-strong Pakistani refugees have announced their support to the BJP candidate in what is being seen as a crucial step days before the Lok Sabha polls in Jammu and Kashmir. Labha Ram Gandhi, leader of the Pakistani refugees' group, declared late Thursday their support to Jugal Kishore, the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate for the Jammu Lok Sabha seat.
Source:IANS2014-04-04 03:53:08 PM
'Modi carries communal stigma, lacks PM characteristics
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said BJP leader Narendra Modi carries a communal stigma and lacks a representative character needed to be India's prime minister. Addressing election rallies in the Poonch district of Jammu region Wednesday, Abdullah said: "The prime minister of India should reflect a representative character and possess equal concern for all sections of the society. Narendra Modi is devoid of this characteristic and carries with him the stigma of communal bias."
Source:IANS2014-04-03 01:53:02 PM
Only 55 polling stations normal in Srinagar constituency
Of a total of 1,546 polling stations being established in the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, just 55 have been categorized as normal, an official said Wednesday. The election notification for Srinagar Lok Sabha seat was issued by Returning Officer Farooq Ahmad Shah.
Source: IANS2014-04-02 06:25:32 PM
Terrorists attack army camp in Jammu & Kashmir
Ahead of the 16th Lok Sabha elections, three militants who were in the army uniform attacked civilians in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir. One person was killed and three were wounded. They also opened fire at an army camp near the International border with Pakistan in which one soldier was injured.2014-03-28 02:36:43 PM
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