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Restrictions imposed in parts of Srinagar after separatists’ call for protests

Authorities today imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar to maintain law and order in view of protests called by separatists.Restrictions have been imposed in seven police station areas of Srinagar, a police official said.He said restrictions under Section 144 CrPc have been imposed in Safakadal, Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari and M R Gunj police station areas of the city, while partial curbs were in force in Maisuma and Kralkhud areas.The curbs have been imposed as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order, the official said.Separatists yesterday called for peaceful protests after Friday prayers today against the killing of civilians in Shopian and Kupwara districts of Kashmir.Also readTwo terrorists killed in encounter, one woman dies in cross-fireA woman was killed in south Kashmir’s Shopian on Tuesday during an encounter in which two militants were also killed.Another woman was killed in cross-fire in Handwara area of Kupwara in north Kashmir during an encounter on December 11.The separatists, under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), have appealed people to observe protest after Friday congregational prayers.Meanwhile, authorities have placed Mirwaiz under house arrest, while Geelani continues to remain under house detention for some time now.”Put back under #House Arrest, was released yesterday evening only !! Mirwaiz said on Twitter.

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J&K | Mehbooba Mufti govt puts Hurriyat chief under house detention to clamp down separatist march

Authorities have placed moderate Hurriyat Conference chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house detention and imposed restrictions in the sensitive old Srinagar city to prevent separatist-sponsored protests against the recent civilian killings on Friday.Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of separatists had called for Kashmir-wide protests after Friday congregational prayers against the “killing of civilians, indiscriminate use of pellets and vandalizing properties”.JRL is an amalgam of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani, Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, who spearheaded the last year’s unrest in Kashmir valley that left 100 people dead and thousands others injured and blinded.“The growing aggression against unarmed and peaceful people in state has touched the alarming line and turned this beautiful place into a battle field. Authorities are desperate to cover their gruesome and inhuman acts and shielding criminals under the garb of Mistaken identity”, said a JRL spokesman.’Expressing deep anguish over the continuous silence of international community, the JRL spokesman said though several resolutions were accepted in UNO to resolve this long pending issue, no steps have been initiated to end the hostilities in sub-continent.“International community should take concrete political steps to resolve the longstanding Kashmir dispute”, he said.Sensing trouble and apprehending law and order situation, the authorities were quick to take preventive measures to prevent the situation from flaring up.Moderate Hurriyat chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is also the chief cleric of Jamia Masjid, was placed under the house detention at his Nigeen residence on Thursday evening. “Put back under house arrest, was released yesterday evening only”, Mirwaiz tweeted with a picture showing police vehicles outside his residence.Authorities have also decided to impose restrictions in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of seven police stations in Srinagar city.Official sources said complete restrictions shall be imposed in the areas falling under Rainawari, Nowhatta, Khanyar, MR Gunj and Safa Kadal police station. However there will be partial restrictions in the areas falling Maisuma and Kralkud police stations of Srinagar district.

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Emphasised need for religious tolerance during closed door talks with PM Modi: Barack Obama

India needs to cherish and nurture its Muslim population that is integrated and considers itself Indian, former US president Barack Obama said here today.It is an idea that needs to be reinforced, the former president said at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit. Obama said he had emphasised the need for religious tolerance and the right to practice one’s own faith during closed door talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his last trip to India in 2015. The 44th US president, who held office between 2009 and 2017, had made similar comments during a public interaction on the last day of his visit, which had come against the backdrop of controversy over religious conversions.”There’s a counter narrative taking place, at all times, but it’s particularly pronounced now… in Europe, US and sometimes in India where those old tribal impulses reassert themselves under leaders who try to push back and under leaders who try to exploit them,” Obama said. Responding to an India-specific question, Obama referred to India’s “enormous Muslim population”, which is successful, integrated and thinks of itself as Indian.That is unfortunately not always the case in some other countries, Obama added.Also read’I like PM Modi,’ Barack Obama praises his good friend, says nothing impossible if India, US work togetherReferring to India, he said, “And that is something that needs to be cherished and nurtured, cultivated. It’s important to continue reinforcing it.” Answering a question on terrorism emanating from Pakistan, Obama said, “We had no evidence that Pakistan was aware of Osama bin Laden’s presence there but that is something obviously we looked at.”
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Linking Aadhaar and Jan Dhan accounts have evolved an irreversible system: PM Modi

Noting that Aadhaar is helping in bringing about an “irreversible change” in the interest of the people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the Unique Identification Number will work as a “big weapon” in the fight against benami property too.Aadhaar has a played a “big role” in ensuring that ration at proper rates, scholarships, pension and government subsidies reached the poor, he said. The prime minister made the remarks at the inaugural session of the ‘Hindustan Times Leadership Summit – 2017’ here. “Linking Aadhaar with mobile and Jan Dhan accounts have evolved such a system which was not even thought of till some years ago — a system which is irreversible,” Modi said.”Earlier, pension money was distributed in crores of fake accounts. All that has been addressed with the help of Aadhaar in the last three years,” he said. Modi said Aadhaar will now be used against benami property. “It is going to be a big weapon (in the fight against benami property),” he said. Referring to demonetization, he said note ban had brought about a “behavioural change” in the country. Corrupt people, for the first time after Independence, were scared of making illicit money, he said.Also readFake message alert! LIC cautions policyholders against linking Aadhaar via text message”The day the country will have a technical and digital address for all monetary transactions, organised corruption will be checked to a great extent,” he said. Black money coming into the banking system had also brought along with it massive data, a “treasure trove” that would enable the government take action against wrong-doers, he said, adding that ill-gotten wealth earlier funding a parallel economy was now a part of the formal economy.Recently, Union Housing Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had reportedly said that property transactions would be linked to Aadhaar to eliminate black money from the real estate sector nd help in addressing the issue of benami property.
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Collective consciousness for new way ahead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The word ‘Samvaad’ can be roughly translated as a ‘Conversation’. Typically, a conversation requires two or more parties – unless one is referring to a soliloquy or an intense reflection within oneself. I am keeping my fingers crossed as I plan to embark on one such inner journey.But, for now, if we wish to facilitate the cross-pollination of ideas, wisdom and worldviews that run the risk of being lost, we need to create spaces for such a healthy exchange, among dialogue, discussion and dissent. Spaces that put people at ease to express their perceptions and experiences, and concerns. Such spaces would facilitate intense listening, caring and sharing. Just as infrastructure development entails brick and mortar, nation-building requires the building blocks of dialogue, discussion and dissent leading to collective resolutions, breakthroughs and progress. This is important in a diverse country like ours. This collective consciousness can also help remove prejudices, build new bridges and instil hope and optimism.Last week, I got to taste the flavour of one such grand conversation or Samvaad, which was focused on tribal people across the globe. This saw the coming together of over 1,500 tribal men and women of about 100 tribal groups from 22 states of India and some from Australia, Canada, Zimbabwe, Laos and Kenya. Organised by Tata Steel in Jamshedpur, Samvaad has been a regular annual event, held from November 15, the birthday of the tribal hero, revered as Bhagwan Birsa Munda.‘Aspiration of Tribal Youth and Leadership for Future’ has been this year’s theme. Showcasing a variety of tribal handicrafts, medicine, cuisines, sports, art and culture, Samvaad has come to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for exchange across dimensions of tribal life and culture. Workshops on topics ranging from social entrepreneurship, malnutrition, environment, introspective theatre and livelihoods were also held with many practical insights on how to address these challenges in tribal communities and spawn new success stories.In keeping with the spirit of Samvaad, top musicians like Pt Nayan Ghosh, (Sitar), Pt Pushparaj Koshti (Surbahar), Pt Nityanand Haldipur (Flute) and Pt Ulhas Bapat (Santoor) ferried the participants in their inner journey and Samvaad, too, through meditative and contemplative music.While every aspect of this event had something refreshing, I particularly loved the simple yet powerful personal narrative of the legend, Tulasi Munda, affectionately called Tulasi Aappa from Keonjhar, Odisha. As she pranced up and down the stage, with her cloth bag slung across, the 70-year-old Padma awardee was as fiery as she was authentic, confident and compassionate. Inspired deeply by Vinoba, even though she was herself uneducated, she decided to educate tribal children with whatever she knew and learnt. She has educated thousands of underprivileged since 1964. ‘Give, give and give’ was her message. Whatever is given with good intention will empower the giver to give even more, she said with great faith. Following the message of Tulasi Aappa’s life, if each one of us made an inventory of what we can give, we ourselves would be amazed. We can increase the spirit and quotient of giving by liberally offering knowledge, skills, education, insights, information, art, craft or resources to those who need these. There is, perhaps, no one who cannot offer anything.Can we create spaces all around us for such conversations or ‘Samvaads’ to happen? Can we embark on this journey of giving to make a better world and spread the Joy of Giving and Living?

Have no expectations from J&K interlocutor: Dr Farooq Abdullah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day before Centre’s new interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma kicks off his ‘Mission Kashmir’, premier opposition party National Conference threw a spanner saying they have no expectations from the process and renewed their demand for autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir.For the first time since he was appointed interlocutor, Sharma is arriving in Srinagar on Monday on a six-day visit. During his visit, he is scheduled to meet cross-sections of society, though Joint Resistance Leadership of separatists have ruled out any talks with Sharma, calling the process an “exercise in futility”.”I have very little expectations from this new interlocutor. Like it has been done before, he will come and meet people. In 2010, then UPA government appointed interlocutors who visited the state and had detailed discussions with every section here,” said Dr Farooq Abdullah, National Conference (NC) President.Elaborating, Abdullah said the process took more than two months, after which a report was compiled. “What happened to that report? Did the government discuss that report in any forum, including Parliament? No. Instead it has been thrown into a dustbin somewhere in North Block. It was followed by a delegation comprising parliamentarians who visited Kashmir. What happened to that delegation and their recommendations? Nothing happened. So I expect nothing to happen now as well”, he said.National Conference president noted that since the Modi-led government assumed power, their Kashmir policy has been swinging like a pendulum. “The appointment of the new interlocutor itself is mired in controversies. Home Minister Rajnath Singh describes him as an interlocutor, whereas the very next day another minister in the PMO designates him as a mere spokesperson. So essentially when the mandate given to Dineshwar Sharma is not clearly specified, then what is the fun in having deliberations with him?” he askedRejecting the dialogue offer, a spokesman of a hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference said no section of Hurriyat or group will meet Sharma.

Separatists warn of unrest if Art 35 A tinkered with

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Separatists are bracing up for a major showdown against the Mehbooba Mufti-led Jammu and Kashmir government over the State Subject Law under Article 35 A of the Indian Constitution.Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), an amalgam of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani, Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, who spearheaded last year’s unrest, has asked people to remain ready for another round of agitation if the State Subject Law is tinkered with.The threat comes at a time when the Supreme Court is set to resume hearings on Article 35 A. Under the article, Indian citizens other than the state subjects of Jammu and Kashmir, cannot acquire immovable property or gain voting rights in the state. Charu Wali Khanna, a resident of Jammu and Kashmir settled outside the state challenged the legality of the article in the Supreme Court on grounds that the law disenfranchises and takes away her succession rights.”People should be ready to launch a mass agitation if the Supreme Court verdict goes against the interests and aspiration of the people of the state. People should be ready to protest against any amendment or change in the State Subject laws,” said the three leaders of the JRL in a joint statement.JRL said the conspiracy has been hatched to change the demography of the Muslim majority state and if the law is revoked or amended, people from other states will purchase land in J&K and a Palestine-like situation will arise.

Gujarati biography of Lal Bahadur Shastri released

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A biography of Lal Bahadur Shastri , the second Prime Minister of the country, penned by his son Anil Shastri and co-authored by Pavan Choudhary was released on Saturday.The author said, “I decided to compile a book about my father after I received many requests to write about him. He was a simple man — honest and brave,” said Shastri .”This book has three aspects of his life – political, social and religious. And of course there is mention about the father and son relationship,” added Shstri.The book is originally written in English, titled Lal Bahadur Shastri: Lessons in Leadership, which was released by Dalai Lama. The same book was then translated in to Hindi which was released by Anna Hazare and on Saturday, Gujarati translation of this book was released by Ela Bhall, titled Lal Bahadur Shastri: Netritvana Sutra.

According to puranas, Goddess Durga was Defence Minister: Venkaiah Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the second day of the festive Navratri season — when Goddess Durga is worshipped across the country as a symbol of power — Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today recalled an age when the deity was the defence minister.”From Puranas we find that the education minister was Goddess Saraswati, defence minister was Durga Devi and finance minister was Laxmi Devi,” he told would-be business leaders here, drawing a round of applause from the gathering.In a paean to the strength of Indian women, he said they were given the highest importance in “our philosophies … our culture”.The country’s major rivers — Ganga, Yamuna, Kaveri, Narmada, Mahanadi, Tapti — were all named after women, he said at the 15th edition of the Indian School of Business Leadership Summit 2017 here.”We also call our country Bharat Mata or Mother India,” the vice president said, as he stressed the need to empower women and give them equal opportunities. PTI SUN VSD BDS

Shobana Kamineni, Dr. Mukund Rajan urge participants of HMUN India 2017 to take action on global issues – Copy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>New Delhi India, August 16 (ANI-NewsVoir): The seventh edition of the Harvard Model United Nations India hosted by the Harvard IRC and Worldview Education kicked off with its opening ceremony on the August 12, 2017. With over 1500 delegates attending this year, the biggest conference yet, the delegates have debated on prominent issues such as funding ?Sustainable growth in Africa”, ?Mental health awareness and treatment? and many other issues as well with solutions in the form of a resolution at the closing committee sessions on August 15. As a part of HMUN India, co-hosted by the Harvard International Relations Council and Worldview Education, special sessions and talks were conducted as part of the ?Leadership Forum? with senior industry experts in attendance. The Leadership Forum acts as a platform for the industry to engage with Gen-Z, or Gen-S (A Generation of Solvers), as Sampreeth Reddy, the Managing Director of Worldview called them. As a part of this in this year?s edition of the conference, the keynote speaker was Shobana Kamineni, the first woman President of CII, and Dr. Mukund Rajan, Chief Ethics officer Tata Sons chaired the India @75 panel which also had Savita Mahajan as a panelist. During their addresses to the audience, they urged the young crowd to not only think of solutions for global and national issues but also to take these solutions seriously and put them into practice. As a part of the opening ceremony, the Worldview Education and The Harvard International Relations Council announced the HMUN India fund, the proceeds from which will go to develop a government school in Shahpur village in Telangana. On the second day of the conference at the Leadership forum, Asim Parekh from Coca-cola India, spoke to the delegates about the ?Fruit Circular Economy? and encouraged students to take up agriculture sciences as a career, emphasising on how large corporations need to take up sustainability in their practices and how that would create a positive effect on these environment and surroundings. On day three of the conference, the penultimate day, Jason Lewis delivered a talk at the leadership forum in the evening. Lewis is the only man to circumnavigate the earth using nothing but human power. (ANI-NewsVoir) Ends SN NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

75th anniversary of Quit India movement: PM Modi asks people to work to create ‘new India’ by 2022

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked the people to take a pledge to free the country of problems like communalism, casteism and corruption and create a ‘new India’ by 2022.He saluted all those who participated in the historic movement in 1942 under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi and asked people to take inspiration from that.In a series of tweets, Modi noted that the entire nation had come together under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi with the aim of attaining freedom.”On the 75th anniversary of the historic Quit India movement, we salute all the great women & men who took part in the movement,” he wrote.”In 1942, the need of the hour was to free India from colonialism. Today, 75 years later the issues are different,” the prime minister added.”Let us pledge to free India from poverty, dirt, corruption, terrorism, casteism, communalism & create a ‘New India’ of our dreams by 2022,” he said.Giving the slogan of ‘sankalp se siddhi’ (pledge to achieve), he urged the people to work shoulder to shoulder “to create the India that our freedom fighters would be proud of”.

Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Pro-chancellor, Chitkara University receives Environment Leadership Award 2017 from Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, Himachal…

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>New Delhi India, August 7 (ANI-BusinessWire India): Chitkara University on Monday announced that its Pro-Chancellor, Dr. Madhu Chitkara was awarded the prestigious Himachal Pradesh Environment Leadership Award 2017 for excelling in the promotion of environmental conservation and sustainable development through inspiring and exemplary initiatives, vision, and transformative action. Chitkara University was awarded for its effort of recycling waste paper into sheets, folders, envelopes and carry bags and water by dual plumbing. The government introduced ?Himachal Pradesh Environment Leadership Awards? to be conferred annually to recognise the outstanding contribution by institutions or individuals in the promotion of environmental protection and conservation and sustainable development through inspiring and exemplary initiatives, vision, transformative action on their own. The individuals, NGOs, institutions from various categories are shortlisted for the award through a competitive process. The event was organised by the State Department of Environment, Science and Technology. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh while presiding over Himachal Pradesh Environment Leadership Award-2017 said, ?There is much to do when it comes to rebuilding and protecting what?s left of natural resources and the biodiversity of our ecosystems. Environmental conservation is an umbrella term that defines anything we do to protect our planet and conserve its natural resources so that every living thing can have an improved quality of life. We all should become soldiers for prevention of environment and voluntarily come forward to protect it as it was a part of our body.? ?Chitkara University is committed to environmental conservation since inception, and our eco-friendly campus among green hills of Himachal Pradesh speaks for itself. We are happy that the state government recognizes our initiative of setting up the recycling waste paper unit in Himachal Pradesh campus. Chitkara University uses the recycled paper for folders, envelopes, and carry bags. It is a proud moment for us to receive the Environment Leadership Award from the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh,? said Dr. Madhu Chitkara. Chitkara University campus has a tag of eco-friendly campus. Other than the paper recycling initiative, Chitkara University has many other initiatives for environment conservation. Sewage treatment plant installed in campus is fully functional, and the recycled water is used for watering lawns, cleaning campus, vegetable gardening so on. Noise-free generators, natural rain water drain facility, parking, flora and fauna, socio economic, solid waste treatment, nursery, solar system initiatives contribute to eco-friendly campus. (ANI-BusinessWire India) Ends SN NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Five separatist leaders held ahead of Wani death anniv

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of Hizbul Mujahideen poster-boy Burhan Wani’s first death anniversary on July 8, Jammu and Kashmir police have launched a crackdown against the separatists and taken five of their leaders into custody.Those taken into custody include Mohammad Altaf Shah Fantoosh, the son-in-law of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Ayaz Akbar, spokesman of Hurriyat Conference led by Hurriyat hawk and Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, district president of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat. Others arrested include Zaffar Akbar, leader of the Salvation Movement.Fantoosh, Akbar and Kalwal were first detained in police station Raj Bagh but later they were shifted to police station Kothi Bagh which is designated as sub-jail. Fantosh and others were supposed to appear before the NIA for further questioning in connection with the hawala funding case.Police said they have been detained the leaders for maintaining peace in a run-up to Burhan Wani’s anniversary. “We have taken five of them into preventive custody,” said Munir Ahmad Khan, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir zone.POLITICAL VENDETTAJoint Resistance Leadership, an amalgam of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani, termed the fresh arrests a part of political vendetta.
“Delhi is crushing every voice of dissent,” said a JRL spokesman.

BSF jawan dies during field physical test in Udhampur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A BSF jawan today died during final field physical efficiency test at the Subsidiary Training Center (STC) in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir. “Today, at about 06:45 hours, constable Anil Kumar of 163 Battalion of BSF, who was undergoing Junior Leadership Course, died during field training test activity at the STC,” a senior BSF officer said. He said the Junior Leadership Course for promotion from the post of constable to that of head constable was going on at the STC for the last eight weeks and will end tomorrow. The final Field Physical Efficiency Test (FPET) of the said course started at 06:15 hours. The officer said, that before the start of 3.2-km run of FPET, the participating troops were asked of their well-being and there was no complain from any of them. He said that at 06:40 hours, when Kumar was just few meters short of the end point, he collapsed. He was put on oxygen by the doctors present there and evacuated to civil hospital in no time but was declared brought dead, he said. “The individual was medically fit and never complained during eight-week period of training,” the officer said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India, France ties will continue to strengthen: Prez to Macron

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India values its strategic partnership with France, President Pranab Mukherjee said today, stressing that the friendship between the two nations would continue to strengthen in the years to come. In a congratulatory message to France’s new President- elect, Emmanuel Macron, President Mukherjee said he was confident that the “long-standing friendship, mutual trust and understanding” between India and France would always thrive. India looked forward to further consolidating the “multifaceted strategic partnership” with the new government, he said. “In giving you a decisive mandate, the people of France have demonstrated their confidence in your leadership and vision,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Stone-pelters, terrorists cast shadow on today’s bypoll

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stone-pelting mobs, pro-azadi protesters and terrorists are weighing on the mind of security forces as first phase of the parliamentary by-elections takes place on Sunday.Massive security blanket has been thrown across central Kashmir to prevent any law and order issue in Srinagar parliamentary constituency. Tension has gripped central Kashmir as stone pelting and arson has been reported from different areas in the last 18 hours.A government school housing a polling booth at Yarigund village in Budgam district was set ablaze on Friday night, causing damage to the building. On Saturday, stone-pelters attacked an officials’ team deployed on poll duty in Beerwa. Security forces guarding the polling party had to fire in air to disperse the mob.More than 150 companies (each has strength up to 100 men) of security forces have been deployed in Srinagar parliamentary constituency. “All arrangements are in place. Polling parties are on way to respective places. We have deployed adequate security forces at each and every polling station. Over and above, we have large number of security forces for the area domination,” Shantmanu, chief electoral officer of Jammu and Kashmir told DNA.Srinagar parliamentary seat, which fell vacant after former PDP leader Tariq Hamid Karra quit in protest against the civilian killings of summer unrest of 2016, comprises of 15 assembly constituencies spanning over three districts of the central Kashmir.Three-time chief minister and National Conference (NC)-Congress alliance candidate Farooq Abdullah is pitted against the former Congress leader Nazir Ahmad Khan who is contesting on the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) ticket.All the 1,559 polling booths have declared sensitive and hypersensitive given the threat from miscreants, terrorists and the separatists. Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), an amalgam of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani, moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, who spearheaded last year’s unrest, has urged people to stay away from the elections.”Any participation in elections tantamount to treason with martyr’s blood and even an act of disgrace for sacrifices presented by our sisters. Any deception or participation in elections tantamount to adding salt to the wounds and dishonour for those who were blinded and maimed during last year’s people’s uprising”, said Ayaz Akbar, spokesman of the hard-line Hurriyat Conference.Past records, however, have shown that the election boycott calls have fallen on deaf ears with people coming out in large numbers to exercise their franchise.Last year, around 34 per cent people cast their vote in the by-elections for Anantnag assembly constituency despite the boycott calls. Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti won the seat convincingly. Despite boycott calls and militant threats, the turnout in the five-phase assembly polls in November-December 2014 broke the 27-year-old record with 65.9 per cent people exercising their franchise.This time too the authorities are hoping that people will defy separatists and vote in large numbers in both phase of by-polls on Sunday and Wednesday. “We are trying to create conducive atmosphere so that the person who wants to vote is able to exercise his or her franchise,” said Shantmanu.

Krishna takes dig at Rahul, says politics is serious business

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking an dig at Rahul Gandhi, Congress veteran S M Krishna, who has joined the BJP, today said the politics is a serious business and not a “hit-and-run job”. The 84-year-old former external affairs minister said there is a disconnect between the Congress leadership and the rank and file of the party. The comments by Krishna came a day after he joined the BJP. He also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s zero tolerance approach towards corruption. Amidst questions being raised over the leadership ability of the Congress vice president following the UP debacle, Krishna was asked about his views on Gandhi’s working style. “Politics was not a not a hit-and-run job nor is it a part-time job,” he told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rahul must be made Cong chief, Sonia can become ‘mentor’:Aiyar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has strongly pitched for making Rahul Gandhi the party president at a time when questions are being raised over his leadership abilities after the UP poll drubbing. He advocated a role of a mentor for party president Sonia Gandhi and asserted that the Congress has to move from being an inclusive party to setting up “an inclusive alliance”. Amid calls for radical changes by the Congres leaders following massive electoral defeats in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Aiyar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Khattar has cancelled most of his scheduled engagements

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>today to meet the Jat leaders. “Most of Chief Minister’s scheduled engagements have been cancelled. If the CM gets some time in the evening, he may visit the Agri Leadership Summit at Surajkund in Faridabad,” Khattar’s media advisor, Amit Arya said. Earlier this week, Khattar had formed a three-member panel and invited the community leaders for a fresh round of talks at Panipat. Last month, talks between the protesters and a five-member committee, which included the Chief Secretary, the Additional Chief Secretary, Home, the Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), remained inconclusive. Haryana is on alert in view of the Jat body’s plan to march to Delhi tomorrow and gherao Parliament. Paramilitary forces have been deployed in strength in various sensitive districts of the State as Jats have given a “Delhi kooch (march)” call for tomorrow. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 had been imposed as a precautionary measure, prohibiting sale of liquor, carrying of firearms and other weapons, assembly of five or more persons near railway tracks and plying of tractor-trolleys carrying five or more persons on state and national highways, an official spokesman said here. The spokesman said a limit of 10 litres has been imposed on refuelling of tractor-trolleys, and directions have been issued to petrol pump owners to record details such as driver s name, registration number of the vehicle and number of people travelling in the vehicle. A ban has also been imposed on sale of petrol and diesel in bottles or other containers. He said a ban has also been imposed on plying of tractor-trolleys carrying food items, cooking equipment and materials and any type of weapon including lathis and swords on state and national highways. He said that pitching of tents along state and national highways has also been prohibited and owners of dharamshalas, hotels and restaurants have been directed to maintain complete record of guests who stay at their premises. Besides seeking quota, the demands of the Jats include release of those jailed during last year’s agitation, withdrawal of cases slapped during the protest and government jobs for the kin of those killed and injured while taking part in the stir. The Jats have been sitting on a dharna in various parts of Haryana since January 29.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Separatists oppose Pak plan to annex Gilgit Baltistan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Separatists are up in arms against Islamabad for trying to merge Gilgit Baltistan (GB) with the mainland by making it a fifth province of Pakistan.Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), an amalgam of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani, moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, which spearheaded last year’s unrest, said any proposal to declare Gilgit Baltistan as the fifth state of Pakistan is unacceptable.“Kashmir, Ladakh, Jammu, Azad Kashmir (PoK) and Giglit Baltistan comprise a single entity. The political destiny of Jammu and Kashmir is yet to be decided. The proposal to declare Giglit-Baltistan as the fifth province of Pakistan will have a damaging impact on the disputed status of state,” said a JRL spokesman.Previously known as Northern Areas, the GB region had been part of the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. However, in 1970, GB was made a separate administrative entity, an arrangement which remained until 2009, when it was made a self governing territory of Pakistan with a separate Legislative Assembly and Chief Minister.“The Jammu and Kashmir issue is a long-standing issue in international forums and the world community has agreed to decide its political destiny through resolutions acknowledged by the UN. Unless and until the people of state are provided an opportunity to decide the future through referendum, no division, alteration and changes are acceptable. Both India and Pakistan have no authority or right to alter the geographical status of the state,” said the spokesman.Declaring Pakistan as the prime party in the Kashmir issue, the JRL said people in Jammu and Kashmir have always regarded and accepted the role of Pakistan in this dispute. “However, any step that may hamper the disputed status of Kashmir is unacceptable,” he said.The separatist trio expressed hope that Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will fulfill the commitment regarding the geographical entity of Jammu and Kashmir and will desist from this adventure of annexing GB as the fifth state of Pakistan.“Pakistan should show wisdom and desist from such steps that may hamper the political and geographical position of Jammu and Kashmir,” the JRL spokesman said.JOINT RESISTANCEPreviously known as Northern Areas, the Gilgit Baltistan region had been part of the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. However, in 1970, Gilgit Baltistan was made a separate administrative entity, an arrangement which remained until 2009, when it was made a self-governing territory of Pakistan with a separate Legislative Assembly and Chief Minister. Now, Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), an amalgam of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani, moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, which spearheaded last year’s unrest in J&K, has said any proposal to declare Giglit Baltistan as the fifth state of Pakistan is unacceptable.

Poll boycott calls return to haunt parties in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Spectre of poll boycott has returned to haunt the political parties in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of the by-elections to two parliamentary constituencies.Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), an amalgam of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani, moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, who spearheaded the last year’s unrest, has decided to launch boycott campaign to persuade the people to stay away from elections next month.”Resistance leadership on Thursday urged people to boycott upcoming elections because it provides India an opportunity to mislead world community. Amid ten lakh force personnel, the election drama has lost relevance and credibility,” said the spokesman of JRL quoting the separatist trio.Srinagar and Anantnag parliamentary constituencies are going to polls on April 9 and 12 respectively. Spanning over four districts and comprising 16 Assembly constituencies, Anantnag parliamentary seat of sensitive south Kashmir fell vacant after Mehbooba Mufti became the chief minister.Srinagar parliamentary seat, which fell vacant after former PDP leader Tariq Hamid Karra quit in protest against the civilian killings of summer unrest of 2016, comprise of 15 assembly constituencies spanning over three districts of central Kashmir.Separatists’ bravado notwithstanding, past records have shown that the election boycott calls have boomeranged and exploded on their face in Kashmir.Last year, around 34 per cent people cast their vote in the by-elections to Anantnag assembly seat despite the boycott calls. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti won the seat convincingly then.Despite boycott calls and militant threats, the turnout in the five-phase assembly polls in November-December 2014 broke the 27-year-old record with 65.9 per cent people exercising their franchise.Meanwhile, journalists on Thursday staged a sit-in after police assaulted the photo journalists who were covering the joint news conference of the separatist leaders at Hyderpora here.

Aiyar said, "Rahul Gandhi has since outlined much the

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>same theme in his statement in Parliament. Let’s not waste any time crying over spilt milk.” At the AICC briefing, party general secretary C P Joshi said the entire political narrative changed after 2014 elections and posed new challenges to face which the party needed to align with other parties across the country to take on the BJP. He sought to defend Rahul Gandhi against criticism, saying he played a significant role in bringing together various parties in Bihar to BJP. “You have to assess the qualities and leadership of Rahul Gandhi. By the end of 2018 you will see structural changes in the party and some new young faces will come in the party. We assure you that under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi we will face the new narrative and we will deliver 2019. “We will do everything, look at state-specific challenges. We will see to it that we will in 2019 give a formidable challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi,” he said. He said Congress will have tie-ups in every state “wherever we can give a challenge to Narendra Modi. We will explore all possibilities”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Israel evinces interest in cooperating with Har in dairy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Israel has evinced keen interest in exploring possibilities for cooperation with Haryana in dairy farming and horticulture to establish extension centres in the state, an official release said. Israeli Ambassador Daniel Carmon along with a delegation called on Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister O P Dhankar here today and apprised him about the projects being implemented in India under the Indo-Israeli Agriculture Project, the release said here. The Centres of Excellence for Vegetables and Citrus Fruits have already been established in the state. He said that Israel was now keen to enter tripartite agreement with Haryana through its agency for extending cooperation in conducting training seminars and other works, it said. Dhankar suggested that a work force comprising experts from both countries should be constituted to explore possibilities for cooperation. He said a delegation would also be sent to Israel for the same purpose and invited the Ambassador to attend the Agri Leadership Summit to be organised at Surajkund from March 18 to 20.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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