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J&K: Tassaduq Mufti joins sister Mehbooba’s cabinet, gets tourism portfolio

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today allotted the key tourism portfolio to her younger brother Tassaduq Mufti who along with another PDP legislator Javaid Mustafa Mir was inducted into the state cabinet.According to an order issued by the chief minister, Tassaduq Mufti was allotted the tourism ministry, a portfolio earlier with Mehbooba Mufti.Mir was given the portfolios of disaster management, relief and rehabilitation, and reconstruction and floriculture, the order said.In addition, the state’s Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs minister Abdul Rehman Veeri was given additional portfolio of Hajj and Auqaf, while Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Social Welfare, Health and Medical Education Asiea Naqash was given the additional charge of power development, industries and commerce.Minister of State for Forest, Environment, Animal Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Cooperatives, Mir Zahoor Ahmad was given additional charge of public health engineering, irrigation and flood control.Also readMufti Tassaduq to be PDP candidate for Anantnag LS seatOn December 22, Minister of State Haj and Aquaf (Independent Charge), Power Development Department, Public Health Engineering, Irrigation and Flood Control and Industries and commerce Syed Farooq Andrabi resigned as a prelude to the inclusion of Tassaduq Mufti into the cabinet.

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Two Kashmiri brothers assaulted in Bengaluru; Mehbooba Mufti demands action

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday demanded strict action against those who allegedly assaulted a Kashmiri student and his brother in Bengaluru last week for not speaking in Kannada, a Dravidian language spoken mainly in the state of Karnataka.According to media reports, a 24-year-old hotel management student from Kashmir and his elder brother were reportedly beaten up and their vehicle damaged by a group of men near a bus stop in north Bengaluru’s Sanjay Nagar locality.The incident happened on the night of December 11, but came to light only yesterday, police said today.”Very disturbed by the news of 2 brothers from Kashmir being assaulted in Bengaluru. I would urge the authorities to take strict action against the accused,” Mufti posted on Twitter today.Two persons — Mahesh and Harish — have been arrested based on the CCTV footage installed near the bus stop. Both are now out on bail, said Chetan Singh Rathore, deputy commissioner of police (Bengaluru North).Mahesh is a fashion designer while Harish a driver, the police said.A friend of the victims, requesting anonymity, said the student, studying in a college here, and his brother were returning home in the early hours of December 11, when one of them stopped the car to answer a phone call.Around that time, two motorcycle-borne youths reached there and asked them something in Kannada.The student told them that he did not know Kannada, following which the youth insisted that they speak in Kannada. “When he and his brother objected, the youth called a few more people and started hitting them with stones. They even damaged their car,” said the friend.The two suffered injuries and were treated at a nearby hospital.

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Jammu and Kashmir: Cases against 5,000 stone pelters to be withdrawn

A committee set up by the Jammu and Kashmir government has recommended the withdrawal of cases against 5,000 youths, accused of pelting stones on security forces, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said the government of Jammu and Kashmir has constituted a committee under the chairmanship of the state director general of police to review the cases registered against the youths and examine the legal aspects of withdrawal or closure of such cases which are not heinous in nature.”The committee has recommended 850 cases involving 4,961 (one-time offenders) persons/youths subject to certain terms and condition to the state government,” he said, replying to a written question.The move came after Home Minister Rajnath Singh requested Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to do the needful to withdraw cases against those who were accused of pelting stones for the first time.

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PDP’s alliance with BJP now a durable one, says J&K Finance Minister Drabu

Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Haseeb Ahmed Drabu claimed that the alliance between the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which no one thought would last a week, has now turned into a durable one.Speaking at the “India Ideas Conclave 2017” in Goa, Drabu said, “It is true that it is a very fragile and contentious alliance. As Mufti saab (former JK CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed) used to say, it is the North Pole and South Pole coming together. But with some degree of maturity displayed by either side, it is really working towards the developmental of Jammu and Kashmir.”Speaking about the alliance, Drabu said that right on day one itself the alliance had issues.”But Mufti saab was a confident leader all his life. When he started in the 1960s, the Congress and any party from the rest of country was looked down upon. He (Mufti) ensured through consistent hard work that the Congress becomes an acceptable part of life,” the minister said.Drabu said that when the PDP was contemplating to form an alliance with the BJP, people were asking the party (PDP) why it was not working with the Congress.The minister said that the alliance with the BJP was a “bold decision” taken by Mufti.”We had contested elections on an anti-BJP plank and yet we decided to have alliance with them (BJP). I happened to work very closely with him at that particular time,” he said.”All of us told him that it is suicidal and that we won’t be able to step out of the house, we will get lynched,” Drabu recalled telling the former chief minister.”He (Mufti) stuck to it. He said the people of India have voted for the BJP. He said that he was not engaging with the party (BJP), he was engaging with the people of India,” Drabu recounted.Drabu added that Mufti Mohammad Sayeed brought back the whole concept of civil society into the decision and went ahead and formed the government with the BJP.Drabu called the alliance a “huge experiment” and said it actually displays certain leadership quality to set in motion a process to create a framework to resolve the most contagious issues in the state.

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Omar Abdullah greets Mehbooba Mufti on sixth term as PDP prez

Leaving their political bitterness behind, former Chief Minister and National Conference Working President Omar Abdullah went into an overdrive to greet Mehbooba Mufti for being elected People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president for the sixth time, evoking a quick and positive response from the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister.”Congratulations to Mehbooba Mufti on being re-elected as President of PDP. We may not agree on much these days but I wish you well”, Omar tweeted.Hours later Mehbooba too took to Twitter to return the favour. “Thanks for the wishes, Omar. Debate is the essence of democracy so we can agree to disagree on certain issues”, she said.For two bitter political rivals, the camaraderie was like a breeze as both Mehbooba and Omar have been slugging it out almost daily. From accusations to counter accusations, the two leaders have been at loggerheads on varied issues. Be it the state subject law under Article 35A or dealing with the unrest, the two leaders have been fighting it out openly.Political slugfest notwithstanding, Mehbooba Mufti has even silenced critics and detractors within her party by winning the election for president unopposed.Mehbooba has been facing criticism from within the party, particularly about dealing with the 2016 unrest. In fact senior leader Tariq Karra quit the party post as well as the MP from Srinagar constituency last year over differences with Mehbooba over with unrest. The party ultimately lost the bye-polls for the seat to National Conference President Farooq Abdullah in April.A hesitant politician initially, she plunged into the electoral fray in 1996 from her home constituency Bijbhera on the insistence of her father late Mufti Mohommad Sayeed, who was then the tallest Congress leader in J&K.It was sheer luck for Mehbooba to plunge into politics as her father wanted his son Mufti Tasaduq Hussain to contest the polls. Since he was underage, Mufti picked Mehbooba from Bijbhera seat while his wife Gulshan was nominated from Pahalgam constituency.A law graduate Mehbooba holds the record of not losing any election from the traditional pocket borough of south Kashmir either in the Assembly or the parliament. She however lost the parliamentary election once from Srinagar when she contested against Omar Abdullah in 1999.Last year Mehbooba became the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir after the demise of her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
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Stone pelting: J&K CM orders review of cases against youth for 2015-2017

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today directed a panel to review cases against youth facing charges of in stone-pelting in the2015-2017 period, and furnish recommendations in ten days.Mufti had yesterday announced the beginning of the process of withdrawal of cases against youths accused of first-time involvement. The decision was taken considering the suggestion of the Centre’s special representative Dineshwar Sharma, an official spokesperson said. “In a decision of immense significance, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today ordered the review of cases against the youth for the period 2015-2017 (till date) by an already constituted committee and furnishing of its recommendations within 10 days,” the spokesman said.The panel tasked with reviewing cases against youth for the 2008-2014 period has been asked to review the cases for 2015-2017 cases as well, according to a government order. Soon after assuming the office of chief minister in April, 2016, Mufti had set in motion a process to review cases against youth from 2008 to 2014 which, however, was disrupted due to the continued violence and unrest in the later part of the year. The chief minister described today’s decision as a ray of hope for “these young boys and their families”. She hoped the decision would help in creating a positive and conciliatory atmosphere in the state.Mufti yesterday announced withdrawal of cases against youths accused of being involved in stone-pelting for the first time. She said this confidence building measure reaffirmed the Centre’s commitment to creating an atmosphere for sustained dialogue. “It gives me immense satisfaction to restart the process of withdrawing FIRs against first-time offenders involved in stone pelting. My government had initiated the process in May last year but it was stalled due to the unrest,” she posted on Twitter last night.It is encouraging that the interlocutor has started on a positive note, she said adding that Sharma’s recommendations were being taken seriously by both the central and state governments. Taking the suggestion of Sharma forward, over 4,500 cases against youths involved in stone pelting for the first time will be dropped in a bid to win hearts, officials had said earlier. Sharma, who visited the Valley earlier this month, was flooded with requests from various individuals and groups for withdrawal of cases against first-timers booked by the police for stone pelting.Over 11,500 cases were registered against stone pelters since July last year when unrest broke out in Kashmir following the gunning down of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani in an encounter, officials had said.Out of these, over 4,500 cases were registered against youths indulging in stone pelting for the first time, they said.

Mehbooba Mufti kicks off process of withdrawing cases against stone-pelters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mehbooba Mufti government has formally kicked off the process of withdrawing cases against stone-pelters in Kashmir. “It gives me immense satisfaction to restart the process of withdrawing FIRs against first time offenders of stone pelting. My government had initiated the process in May 2016 but it was unfortunately stalled due to the unrest later that year”, tweeted Mehbooba.Chief minister said this confidence building measure reaffirms the Central government’s commitment towards changing the narrative in J&K and creating a reconciliatory atmosphere for sustained dialogue.”It is encouraging that the interlocutor has started on a positive note. His recommendations are being taken seriously by both the Central & State government”, she said. Mehbooba said it is a ray of hope for these young boys and their families. “This initiative will provide them an opportunity to rebuild their lives”, she added

J&K chief minister faces azadi protests at burnt shrine site

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pro-azadi slogans greeted Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday when she visited the 14 century revered Shrine of Hazrat Mir Syed Ali Hamdani to take stock of the situation after the iconic structure was partially damaged in a fire incident.Pyramidal spire and roof of the shrine, considered a masterpiece of wooden architecture were damaged when fire broke out during the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday. Fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the was brought under control.Originally built in the year 1395 by then Kashmir ruler Sultan Sikander in memory of Hazrat Mir Syed Ali Hamdani, lovingly called Ameer-e-Kabir and Shah Hamdan, the shrine was ravaged by fire on different occasions and was last reconstructed in 1732. The two storied structure is rich in woodwork and has a sloping pyramidal roof.Soon after hearing the news of blaze news, Mehbooba air dashed to Srinagar early morning and straight away drove to the shrine to take stock of the situation. However hundreds of people shouted pro freedom slogans and pro Islam slogans when she was inspecting the shrine.”Chief Minister went around the various areas of the shrine complex to assess the quantum of damage. She sought a detailed appraisal from the local administration regarding the fire incident,” said an official spokesman.Interacting with the members of the management committee and devotees, Mehbooba Mufti said the shrine of Hazrat Amir-e- Kabir symbolises the pluralistic ethos of Kashmir society from which every citizen of the state draws spiritual solace.Chief Minister expressed her deep appreciation for the local youth who came forward and prevented the fire from spreading. “On the occasion, people of the area demanded installation of CCTVs in the shrine complex, availability of fire tenders in the locality, scientific protection to the wood structures at the shrine and expediting shrine expansion plan”, said the spokesman.Emotional scenes were witnessed when people came to know about the blaze in the shrine. Braving cold thousands of devotees rushed to the shrine to find out the damages. Women wailed and cried after seeing the damage to the shrine.Later Chief Minister directed conduct of the safety audit of all shrines in the Kashmir Valley to pevent the fire incidents. Mehbooba directed installation of fire hydrants, smoke alarms, CCTVs and other precautions to prevent fire occurrence at any shrine in the State.Chief Minister, who is also the chairperson of the Wakf Board, directed immediate start of restoration work at the Khanqah i Mou’la shrine and complete it within the shortest period. She asked the INTACH to come up with the drawings within two days so that restoration work is started. She said money would be no constraint in the completion of restoration works at the shrine, which she described as civilizational soul for the people of the State.Mehbooba Mufti expressed her deep appreciation for the local youth who came forward and prevented the fire from spreading while directing the local administration to prepare list of such volunteers so that they would be suitably rewarded.ANCIENT TREASUREOriginally built in the year 1395 by then Kashmir ruler Sultan Sikander in memory of Hazrat Mir Syed Ali Hamdani, lovingly called Ameer-e-Kabir. The two storied structure is rich in woodwork and has a sloping pyramidal roof.

There has been decline in incidents of extremism, credit should go to followers of Islam: Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said Pakistan was continuing with its antics and making efforts to break India, but in spite of that, the situation in Jammu and Kashmir had improved significantly.He also said there was a decline in the incidents of extremism and that the credit for this should go to the followers of Islam in the country. Speaking at an event organised by a newspaper here today, Singh said, “Pakistan is continuing with its antics and making efforts to break us, but the co-ordination among our Army, paramilitary forces, the Jammu and Kashmir Police and intelligence agencies has been excellent.” He said there were 86,000 terror-related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir in 1995, adding that over the last one year, the number of such incidents had come down to 300 in that state.Stating that there had been a significant improvement in the situation in the restive region, Singh pointed out that the Centre had already appointed a special representative (former Intelligence Bureau chief Dineshwar Sharma) for a dialogue with all the stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir, including the Hurriyat leaders. “The special representative will talk to all the stakeholders and recommend to the Government of India as to what should be done to resolve the problems,” he added. Replying to a question pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir, the home minister said, “When we are in the government, there is a direct conversation with the public. We are working in the direction of resolving problems.”On the issue of rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley, he said, “Everyone wants them to be rehabilitated. There were talks with former (Jammu and Kashmir) chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and he had given his consent (to it). Later, the matter got stalled owing to disturbances there.” Singh added that the issue of rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits was discussed with current Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti as well and that the latter had promised effective steps in this regard. “We want to resolve the Kashmir issue by taking the people of Kashmir into confidence,” he said.On a question on the Rohingya Muslims issue, the BJP leader blamed the erstwhile Congress-led UPA government for the current situation involving the refugees. He reiterated the Centre’s commitment to alleviating poverty and unemployment and said employment would be given to one crore youth of the country through its skill development programme. “It is possible that the immediate effects may not be visible. But, tough decisions lead to long-term benefits. We want sabka saath, sabka vikas,” Singh said, referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for the country.On extremism, the home minister said, “There has been a decline in the incidents of extremism. The credit for this should go to the followers of Islam in India.” Claiming that terrorism and Naxalism would gradually lose steam and would be eliminated by 2022, he said, “Advanced weapons are being given and advanced training is being imparted to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and other paramilitary forces. “In the Naxalism-hit areas, we have made an effort to reach out to the public and establish a dialogue with them. We are integrating the people with the process of development.”Singh also said the number of battalions of the central paramilitary forces was being increased. “We are laying an emphasis on the use of technology and in this regard, help from other countries is being sought,” he added. On a question over the smog in Delhi-NCR, Singh said, “We want a pollution-free Delhi. Whatever steps are being taken by the Delhi government in this regard, we will support those initiatives.” The home minister also said the world had started realising that India was no longer a weak nation and that it belonged to the club of powerful countries in the world.”At the international level, India’s importance has grown. The world realises that India, at this point of time, has emerged as the biggest economy in the world. India today is no longer a weak country, but in the club of the powerful nations of the world,” he said. Replying to a question, the BJP leader said, “At places, there are more praises and less criticism now. Whatever we had envisaged to achieve, we have achieved it.”On another question pertaining to the performance of the BJP-led government at the Centre over the last three years, Singh said he would not like to evaluate his own performance, but added that overall, the clout and credibility of the country had increased.

Will try to meet separatist leaders to resolve Kashmir issue, says Dineshwar Sharma

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre’s special representative for Jammu and Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, on Thursday said he would try to meet separatist leaders as part of government’s efforts to resolve the issues facing the state through a sustained dialogue.He is on a five-day visit to the state and will spend two days in Jammu where he will hold talks with Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and various delegations.”I will try my best,” Sharma told reporters when asked if he would go an extra mile to meet the Hurriyat Conference leaders.The Joint Resistance Forum, a conglomerate of three separatist organisations–the hardline and moderate factions of the Hurriyat Conference and the JKLF–had announced that they would not meet with him and dubbed his appointment a “time-buying tactic” of the Centre.On his engagements so far, Sharma said his meetings had gone well.”I met a lot of people. I wish that peace returns to Kashmir very soon and a political solution also comes as quickly as possible,” he added.​

Mehbooba Mufti needs to go back to school and learn the law: Subramanian Swamy hits out at J&K CM’s Article 370 statement

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Sunday lashed out at Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti over her demand for Article 370 to the people of the state, stating that the latter needs to go back to school and learn some law.Swamy’s statement comes a day after Mehbooba Mufti said that Article 370 of the Constitution, which guarantees special status to the state, is the nation’s commitment to the people of J-K and should be honoured.Speaking to ANI, Swamy said, “I urge that Article 370 is totally made irrelevant. It is responsible for more than 5,000 Kashmiri pandits getting driven out of the state and not being allowed to return . So why does Mehbooba Mufti want 370? Is it for the protection of Muslims and not Hindus. Mufti needs to go back to school and learn law.””As far as Jammu and Kashmir Constituent Assembly is concerned, the Centre has finished their work and given a Kashmir constitution in which the first line is- ‘Kashmir is an integral part of India’. Where is Article 370 in this? There is no mention of 370 in the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution. Also in the Indian Constitution it is only mentioned as a temporary provision so where is the guarantee of the people,” he said.Mehbooba Mufti also said that dialogue is the only way forward to resolve the Kashmir issue and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has a huge mandate, can create history by changing the narrative on Jammu and Kashmir.The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief on Saturday had taken to to Twitter to say ‘Article 370 is the nation’s commitment to the people of J-K and therefore should be honoured.”

Kashmir: Interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma meets CM Mehbooba Mufti

Updated: Oct 26, 2017, 09:36 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Two days after his appointment, Centre’s interlocutor on Jammu and Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma today held a meeting with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, officials said.The meeting was held at Kashmir House on Prithviraj Road here, they said.Sharma, the former chief of Intelligence Bureau, was on Monday appointed special representative for a “sustained dialogue” with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir, in a fresh move aimed at bringing peace to the troubled state.

Jolt to PDP, senior leader Vikramaditya Singh sends resignation letter to Mehbooba Mufti

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a jolt to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, senior leader Vikramaditya Singh on Sunday announced his resignation from the party, saying it wasn’t possible for him to continue with the PDP which “disregarded the demands and aspirations of Jammu region”.Singh, the grandson of the last Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh, had joined the PDP in presence of the late party president Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on August 2015. He was a member of the state legislative council.”I have sent my resignation to party president Mehbooba Mufti with a request to accept it immediately. I feel that it is neither morally nor ethically right for me to continue as a member of the PDP,” Singh told reporters here.Singh, son of senior Congress leader Karan Singh, claimed, “I have publicly expressed my concerns for our state in general and Jammu in particular over the last several months but the party has rejected the issues.” According to him, the issues included illegal settlement of Rohingyas and demand for a public holiday on the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh.”It is no longer possible for me to be part of a party that continues to disregard the demands and aspirations of Jammu region,” he said in his resignation letter.

Deoband bans Muslim women from sharing selfies on Facebook, Whatsapp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Freedom of Muslim women in the country was curtailed further by the Darul Uloom Deoband when it imposed a ban on Muslim women uploading their photos, including selfies, on social media platforms.Darul Iftaa, the fatwa factory of Darul Uloom Deoband, issued a fatwa in this regard saying that Muslim women uploading and posting their pictures on Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter was ‘unislamic’.The fatwa was issued when a Muslim man sought to know if his wife can post and upload her pictures on social media. In response to the question, Darul Iftaa opined that Islam does not allow Muslim women to show their faces in public.“Islam does not allow Muslim women to be photographed. Uploading and posting their picture on Facebook, Whatsapp etc is against the tenets of Islam and Sharia. They are not allowed to show their faces to other males,” said Mufti Tarikh Qashmi.Mufti Qashmi further said that the trend among Muslim girls and women to put up their photos on social media is increasing in the country and should be stopped immediately as it violates Islamic laws.He asked community members to ensure that girls strictly wear a hijaab and women wear a burqa and they should not be allowed to put up their pictures on social media.The Darul Iftaa had issued another fatwa a few days ago to ban Muslim women from plucking, trimming, shaping eyebrows and cutting hair. The fatwa had also directed Muslim women to stay away from beauty parlours as Islam does not permit them to wear lip-stick and make-up attracting other male members.

25,000 followers later Mehbooba Mufti breaks her silence: Omar Abdullah welcomes CM Sahiba to Twitter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Monday welcomed Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for her first tweet, three years after joining the microblogging site.She on Sunday took to Twitter to share a short promotional film of the state’s tourism department.On Monday, Omar tweeted, “25,000 followers later @MehboobaMufti finally broke her silence on twitter with a tourism promotion video. Welcome to Twitter CM Sahiba.” The five-minute film titled ‘Warmest Place on Earth’, which aims to counter the negative perception about the Valley, has drawn over 1.6 million views in less than 48 hours after its release.The opposition leader, had hit out at the chief minister on Sunday for terming the situation in Kashmir peaceful.”There is something disconcerting about the CM claiming this just days after her minister survived an attack that killed 3 people!,” Omar had tweeted.He was reacting to a news report which quoted Mehbooba saying that the situation in Kashmir was peaceful and it was the media which was creating negative perception about the Valley.

After Triple Talaq judgment, UP madrassas to teach ‘correct Islamic process of giving talaq’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A week after the landmark Supreme Court judgment banning instant talaq, a prominent Sunni sect has decided to teach young Muslims about correct Islamic process of giving divorce.In a step that can be seen as a major reform, the Barelvi sect of Islam has decided to include Triple Talaq (talaq-e-sunnat) in its curriculum.It should be noted that the top court had banned the instant talaq or talaq-e-biddat.Mufti Kafeel Hashmi, head of Darul Ifta Manjare-e-Islam of Bareilly’s Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat said the Holy Quran and Hadis have laid down certain processes for pronouncing triple talaq but, unfortunately, in the absence of proper knowledge it was being grossly misused in the form of instant talaq or talaq-e-biddat.“To remove these doubts prevailing in the minds of Muslim students, Bareilvi sect has decided to include talaq in the curriculum of madrassas run by it all over the country,” the Mufti said.Mufti Hashmi is of the view that if students are taught at madrassa level about the mandatory provisions laid down in Islam about talaq then no controversy would ever surface as Muslims will strictly follow the guidelines given in Islam.The religious head of the Barelvi sect said he was drafting the new curriculum on Triple Talaq as per mandatory provisions given in the Holy Quran and Hadis.The Mufti said Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat will soon issue a circular to all madrassas run by the sect.The highest body of the Barelvi sect in the country will also release a helpline number for those who wants to seek advice on the correct process of talaq.All madrassas will also be directed to discuss the issue with parents during parent-teacher meetings and educate them about the talaq-e-biddat, the correct Islamic process of giving talaq in cases where it was difficult for husband to live further with wife due to continued strained marital relations.On Supreme Court verdict, Mufti said that there was no need for any court to interfere in “our religious laws” but since Triple Talaq was not being followed correctly by few Muslims, the Supreme Court had to intervene and put a ban on it.“We have to keep our house in order first to thwart any attempt from any corner to interfere in our religious matters,” he pointed.

Jammu airport’s upgraded passenger terminal building inaugurated to enhance connectivity

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With a view to improve services for visitors in Jammu and Kashmir, an upgraded passenger terminal building of Jammu Airport was inaugurated by Union Minister for Civil Aviation P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday. ?We believe in augmenting infrastructure of our airports to enhance connectivity. With the upgraded Jammu Airport, we would be better prepared to give improved services to air travelers visiting this city of temples,? said Raju on the occasion. Appreciating the upgraded terminal building of Jammu Airport, Mehbooba Mufti, said, ?We have been witnessing promising growth in number of air travelers to and from Jammu. The upgraded terminal of Jammu Airport is in line to enhance capacity and will contribute to the economic growth of Jammu ? the gateway to the State.? MoS, PMO Dr. Jitendra Singh, MoS Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, Members of Parliament and senior officials were also present on the occasion. Jammu Airport belongs to the Indian Air Force, and Airports Authority of India maintains a Civil Enclave for civil aircraft operations. During the year 2016-17, passenger traffic movement at Jammu airport reached 1.16 million and the passenger growth rate has touched 29 percent in the first quarter of 2017-18. To cope with the increasing passenger growth and demand, the existing terminal building of Jammu Airport has been expanded and upgraded. The area of the terminal building has been expanded from 6700 sq. mtrs. to 14,500 sq. mtrs., with an upgraded peak hour handling capacity of 720 passengers at a time, from the earlier 360 peak hour passengers. The upgraded passenger terminal building of Jammu Airport is a glass and steel structure and is equipped with passenger facilities and amenities like CUTE-complied check-in counters, Common Use Self-Service (CUSS) kiosk for Check-in, central air-conditioning, two arrival conveyer belts, escalators and glass elevators, Flight Information Display System, PA system with comfortable seating capacity. The terminal building is also equipped with Fire Fighting and Fire Alarm System, CCTV and Baggage Scanners etc. There is a provision for installation of three Passenger Boarding Bridges with Advanced Visual Docking Guidance System (AVDGS) for the Terminal which would increase operational efficiency besides convenience to passengers. In addition to the above, the upgraded passenger terminal Building is equipped with Green features like double insulated roofing system, rainwater harvesting, 200 KLD sewage treatment plant (soil-based technology), reuse of treated water for horticulture and air conditioning purposes, use of fly ash bricks, low heat gain glazing, low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints, LED lighting, energy efficient chillers, VFDs (Variable Frequency Drive) for high Capacity Motors.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mehbooba, Raju inaugurate modernised Jammu airport terminal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju inaugurated the Rs 80 crore state-of-the-art terminal building at Jammu Airport today. Union ministers of state Jitendra Singh and Jayant Sinha, J&K Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh and Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta were also present at the event. “Today, a new beginning has been made by upgrading the terminal building with modern facilities. We will find alternative land to build a better airport”, Mehbooba said while addressing a gathering here. She said that the new terminal will go a long way in fulfilling her father and former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s dream of developing Jammu as an independent tourist destination. “Jammu has many tourist places and it has the potential to emerge as an independent tourist destination and the state government is working towards it,” the chief minister said. She also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “the development journey” and said that “the country is moving like an elephant on the path of progress”. Union minister Raju hailed those who worked overtime to complete the project. “India’s aviation industry is the fastest growing industry in the world and we hope it will become the biggest in the world”, he said. The Jammu Airport is set to offer a world-class experience to passengers with an expanded and modernised terminal. The departure hall at the ground floor is now completed and open to passenger traffic from tomorrow”, said D K Gautam, Airports Authority of India (AAI) director. Three aerobridges are expected to be delivered at the airport by September this year and an equal number will be commissioned by mid-November, Gautam said. A canopy to protect the passengers from extreme weather conditions from the ticket counters to the exit gate is almost complete. It will enhance the convenience of travellers in the airport, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

At J-K I-day function, most remain seated when national anthem

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The main Independence Day function at the Bakshi stadium here saw most of the people in the general stands remain seated when the national anthem was played soon after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti unfurled the tricolour. However, people sitting in the VIP enclosure, including high court judges, MLAs, MLCs, bureaucrats and office bearers of political parties, stood up to pay their respect to the national anthem. Mufti was then given a guard of honour. Around 3,000 people were present in the stadium, which has a capacity of over 18,000. The empty stands at the stadium came as a shock to the Uttar Pradesh Police contingent which was taking part in the celebrations for the first time in Kashmir. UP Police contingent leader Deputy Superintendent of Police Sheodan Singh said it was a disappointing sight to see such a small gathering at the main venue of Independence Day celebrations. “In our state, Independence Day is celebrated like a festival,” Singh told reporters.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Any change to 35A will have negative impact: Omar Abdullah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seemingly unimpressed by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s efforts to ‘Save Article 35 A’, the main Opposition party National Conference (NC) took the battle for defending state subject law to BJP’s bastion of Jammu cautioning people against its abrogation saying it will have a disastrous effects on all the regions of the restive state.”If assurance given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is true, why has a counter affidavit not been presented before the Supreme Court by the Centre to defend Article 35 A. Instead of defending this Article, the Attorney General pitched for a larger debate on it,” said Omar Abdullah, NC working president and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister.Omar was addressing a day-long convention of district and block presidents of Jammu division. The convention is a part of a series of workshops and meetings initiated by NC to mobilise public opinion in defence of the state subject law.Omar noted that if Article 35A is repealed, they will traverse back to the unfortunate era of indignity, deprivation and oppression. Cautioning people about the consequences, Omar said Jammu will be the worst hit. “Not only will jobs squeeze for local youth but our business sector, too, shall suffer tremors with influx of traders from outside the State,” he added.”Maharaja had brought these laws into effect to save the interests of those locals holding land and finding representation in the state administration as there were apprehensions of non-state subjects usurping the locals. Laws enacted 90 years ago have withstood the test of time in preserving the identity of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh besides preserving their legitimate rights”, he said.Former chief minister questioned the seriousness of the PDP-BJP government on this sensitive issue. “State’s counter affidavit has been condensed to just eleven pages.The affidavit for some odd reasons is reported to be without any substance or any depth and worryingly the state government putting up a weak case, perhaps intentionally so”, he saidUrging people to unite in fighting this conspiracy and foil the attempts to trample the constitutional guarantees, Omar said all this is being done under an elaborate conspiracy to rob J&K of its Special Status and rights.”BJP has been hell-bent to trample the special status of Jammu and Kashmir for a long. But once they came to power, BJP realized that their designs cannot be achieved politically and therefore a short cut of proxy judicial activism through various affiliated NGOs has been initiated by clandestinely challenging the Article 35A through a ‘Mukhota (mask)”, he said.Meanwhile, artists and film-makers took to streets in Srinagar against any move to tweak or scrap the state subject law. Holding placards in support of Article 35 A, top filmmakers, performing artists and musicians asked the government to preserve the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Under Article 35 A, Indian citizens other than the state subjects of Jammu and Kashmir, cannot acquire immovable property or have the voting rights in the restive state. Charu Wali Khanna, a resident of Jammu and Kashmir settled outside the state has challenged the legality of the Article 35 A in the Supreme Court on the grounds that the law disenfranchises and takes away her succession rights.

J-K’s constitutional position provides basis for trust between

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today called for protecting and strengthening the constitutional position enjoyed by Jammu and Kashmir, saying it provided a sound basis for trust and tolerance between the people of the state and rest of the country. In her message to the people of the state on the eve of Independence Day, she said the position was a result of reciprocity of sentiments of the people of the state and rest of the country following the accession of 1947. “When the situation in the entire sub-continent was very bad, people of the state, by acceding to the union, chose a democratic system based on shared ideals of democracy, tolerance and mutual trust. “The constitutional status enjoyed by J-K in the Union is unparallelled and protecting and strengthening it is our collective responsibility,” Mufti said. The chief minister said the extensive legislative powers of the state Assembly, which were comparable to none in the country, were exemplified recently during the GST Act formulation. “The House debated the issues and the Presidential Order on the subject also ratified the legislative competence and authority of our assembly,” she said in her address. The chief minister said it was her firm belief that dialogue always gives the best solution to any problem. “The Agenda of Alliance (common minimum programme between PDP and BJP) of the present government has also declared that dialogue with all stakeholders in the state is the way forward. “Democracy is the battle of ideas and ideas can’t be jailed. A better idea only can defeat another idea,” she said. Terming Indo-Pak friendship in the best interests of the state, Mufti said it was the people who bore the brunt of bitterness in relations between the two countries. “Due to the recent tension along the Line of Control, hundreds of people living close to the borders had to migrate. Many of them lost their lives, schools in these areas were closed and many of them were rendered homeless,” she said. She, however, said despite having lost a lot to the violence and uncertainty of the past three decades, people had held high the values and principles the state was known for. She said the way in which people of the state stood up against the killing of Amarnath yatris was a case example. Describing youth as hope for the future, Mufti said in her interactions she had seen the dreams of a better future. “A future where there is development, respect, guarantee for identity and definitely peace also. We owe it to them,” she said, appealing for working unitedly to realise the dreams of the future generation. She said the execution of Rs 80,000 crore Prime Minister’s Development Package had started taking place in the state. Mufti said the state government had formulated an ambitious plan under which not only the state would be connected to rest of the country through improved road networks but all regions of the state would also be connected to each other. “Recently Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) inaugurated Chennai-Nashri tunnel on Srinagar-Jammu national highway. With the completion of another tunnel at Qazigund, the distance on the highway would greatly decrease, ensuring state’s improved connectivity with rest of the country,” she said. The chief minister said peace and people’s support were the two crucial components without which the developmental objective could not be achieved. She credited the youth for their contribution in maintaining peace, saying with further improvement the developmental process in the state would take a bigger push, tourism would pick up leading to more jobs, thus realising the dreams of the youth.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Unemployment major challenge, but govt taking steps to address

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today termed unemployment in the state as a major challenge, but said her government is taking steps to overcome the problem. “Unemployment is a major challenge. (But) the government is taking many steps to tide over the challenge. The private sector is being encouraged to invest in the state and entrepreneurship is being promoted among the youth to generate more job avenues. This is in addition to development of sectors like tourism, handicrafts and horticulture which also have a high employability rate,” she said. Mehbooba was addressing a public gathering after distributing engagement orders under the Rehbar-e-Janglat (ReJ) scheme among the 534 forestry graduates. The chief minister asked them to use their professional qualification and expertise to undertake innovative means to ensure that depletion of green cover in the state is arrested. Mehbooba praised the Forest Department for planting a sizeable chunk of fruit trees in the forest areas to avoid wild animals from moving out in search of food, thus minimising the chances of man-animal conflict. The chief minister, on the occasion, also launched the online consent management and monitoring system of the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB). This would enable issuance of online permission certificates in favour of intending unit holders, she said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mehbooba Mufti meets Narendra Modi over special status

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday and said he has assured her that there will be “no fiddling” with the state’s special status.She, however, failed to get any response to her demand that the Centre should help in her legal battle in maintaining the status quo, sources said.The Supreme Court is hearing a plea by an RSS-backed NGO that has challenged special constitutional provisions made for J&K. Now, the state Assembly may pass a resolution to protect the status quo, DNA has learnt.Article 370 of the Constitution recognises special status to the state, while Article 35A empowers the J&K government to frame laws to bar all Indians — except original inhabitants — from purchasing immovable property in the state, getting government jobs and availing of state-sponsored scholarship schemes there.The Central government has so far avoided taking a stand in the apex court on Article 35A that has been challenged by the NGO.This comes at a time when the J&K alliance has become strained as the CM is fighting growing calls from her own ally BJP to repeal the law.Emerging from a 15-minute meeting with the PM, she said that the basis of the alliance with the BJP is that there should be no change in the status quo on the special provisions. “No one can go against it. The response of the Prime Minister is positive. He gave 100 per cent assurance that the Agenda of Alliance will be maintained,” she told reporters.Mehbooba earlier this week drove to the residence of her arch political rival and National Conference (NC) leader Farooq Abdullah to seek his support. It is believed that a session of the state Assembly may be called to adopt a resolution jointly approved by the PDP and the NC to safeguard the special status and prevent any court order from diluting the constitutional provisions. Several legal luminaries are being consulted to prepare a draft of the resolution, sources said.Mehbooba is annoyed at a neutral stand taken by the Central government in the Supreme Court. On July 17, Attorney General KK Venugopal told a bench that the Centre did not wish to file its affidavit on the subject, saying the matter is “very sensitive”, requiring a “larger debate.”The court has referred the case to a larger bench of three judges. Officials in the Union Home Ministry also told DNA that their law officers would only be presenting legal aspects related to Article 35A and would refrain from joining the case.Mehbooba said any attempt to repeal the provisions will worsen Kashmir’s situation. “People of Jammu and Kashmir feel that their identity will be in danger. A message should go that there is no such thing,” Mufti said, adding that the state had been facing difficult circumstances.Repealing Article 370 has been one of the core demands of the BJP and its ideological mentor, the RSS. J&K BJP spokesperson Virendra Gupta said on Thursday that time had come to bid a farewell to Article 370 and Article 35A as they created a “separatist psyche”.It was after Mufti said at a recent event in Delhi that if Article 35A was tinkered with, there will be no one in Kashmir to uphold the national flag.

EC yet to decide on Anantnag Lok Sabha by-poll date

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Election Commission (EC) was yet to take a call on when the Anantnag Lok Sabha by-poll would be held as the security scenario in the Jammu and Kashmir district there was not considered conducive, an official said. The seat has been lying vacant since July 4, 2016 after PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti resigned as a Lok Sabha member as she took over as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir. The EC had, on May 1, cancelled the Anantnag Lok Sabha by-poll, which was slated for May 25, citing a poor law-and- order situation and lack of adequate central forces. The poll panel had earlier planned to conduct the by-poll on April 12, but had subsequently postponed it to May 25, citing similar problems in the Kashmir Valley. The official said no decision had been taken so far on holding the by-poll as the situation was not yet conducive for it. The Jammu and Kashmir government had then informed the EC that the by-poll needed to be postponed since the security agencies wanted to resume the counter-militancy operations. The government had also said these operations would be necessary in the coming months to restore public order and enable elections to be conducted in a free-and-fair atmosphere after October. “The apprehension expressed by the Chief Electoral Officer that there may be reluctance on the part of the polling personnel to go to the polling locations, in view of the fear in their minds with regard to their safety and security is also a matter of concern,” the May 1 EC order had said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mehbooba Mufti meets Guv, discusses Art 35A, other issues

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today called on Governor N N Vohra here and discussed legal challenges to Article 35A of the Constitution and several other issues, an official said. She met the Governor at the Raj Bhavan and briefed him about her party s views and the discussions she had had with leaders of various political parties regarding the challenge to Article 35A, an official spokesman said. Article 35A gives special status to the state and has been challenged in the Supreme Court. It empowers the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to define the state’s “permanent residents” and their special rights and privileges. The spokesperson said Mehbooba and Vohra also discussed other issues including the ongoing anti-militancy operations, maintenance of law and order, establishing capacity and outreach for effective implementation of the GST, the pace of tourist arrivals in the Valley, implementation of important development schemes and projects and functioning of the universities. The governor also discussed with Mehbooba the rapidly declining visual aspect of the Dal Lake and timely elections to panchayats and urban local bodies, the spokesman said. He said the governor, who is also the chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, thanked the chief minister for the state administration s support in the “successful” conduct of this year s yatra.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Article 35 (A) unites bitter political foes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday visited her arch rival and National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah to discuss the state subject law under Article 35 (A).Mehbooba’s “unscheduled” meeting with Farooq comes a day after the NC President warned of a revolt of a much greater magnitude than the Amarnath land row, in case Article 35 (A) is abrogated in Jammu and Kashmir.Charu Wali Khan, a resident of Jammu and Kashmir settled outside the state has challenged the legality of the Article 35 (A) in the Supreme Court on the grounds that the law disenfranchises and takes away her succession rights.”The special status enjoyed by the State under the Constitution needs to be protected and preserved. No outsider can buy land in J&K, isn’t it our strength? Don’t we have to protect it? We have to protect it,” said Mehbooba.

SC issues notice to Centre on plea challenging J-K’s Article 370

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Centre on a plea challenging the special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370. As per the plea, Article 370 which gives special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir has lapsed. The plea also urged to declare the separate constitution of Jammu and Kashmir as illegal. Following this, the top court issued notice to the Centre, seeking response on the same. Earlier, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti while backing the people of her state vehemently denied the idea of revoking the state’s special status granted as per Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, and said the flag and the special status were a crucial element of preserving the Valley’s culture and heritage. Ends RK/mp NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mehbooba orders quick completion of conservation works in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today directed preservation and conservation of heritage spots and ancient monuments in Jammu city and adjoining areas. Mufti passed the directive during her meeting with the members of a deputation of Jammu Heritage Society, an official spokesman said. “The chief minister directed the Tourism department to pace up conservation works at the Mubarak Mandi heritage complex,” he said. “She also directed proper landscaping of the green areas in the complex and taking steps for preparing a souvenir on the said monument,” the spokesman said. During the meeting, Mufti said the conservation works should be completed at the earliest so that a portion of the heritage complex could be thrown open for visitors and tourists. The chief minister also directed pacing up of work on the Jammu cable car project and installation of musical fountain at the Bagh-e-Bahu.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress demands Mehbooba Mufti’s resignation for ‘insulting’ tricolour

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today demanded Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s resignation over her flag remarks, saying no has the right to insult the tricolour.The party said she has hurt the sentiments of the people and asked the BJP to explain what kind of freedom is being advocated by their coalition partner (PDP) in the Jammu and Kashmir government and the chief minister.”Congress has taken strong exception to the utterances of Chief Minister. No one has right to insult the national flag as great sacrifices and nation’s honour is attached with it,” state Congress unit’s chief spokesperson Ravinder Sharma said here.”Mehbooba has no right to quote the example of national flag in any form and hurt the nationalist sentiments by insulting it, what so ever may be her reasoning or context,” he said.At an event in New Delhi on Friday, Mehbooba had said, “Who is doing it? Why are they doing it? (challenging the Article 35-A). Let me tell you that my party and other parties who carry the national flag there (in Jammu and Kashmir) despite all risks…. I have no doubt in saying that there will be no one to hold it (national flag) (if it is tinkered).”Sharma also hit out at the BJP and accused it of “surrendering their agenda (of alliance)” to remain in power in the state.”We seek answers from the BJP over the statement and utterances of Mehbooba Mufti. She is even questioning the utility of NIA investigations as well propagating her illogical and highly objectionable agenda,” he said.”What kind of freedom of idea is being advocated by their coalition partner (PDP) and the chief minister. She (Mehbooba) has lost right to continue in office,” he added.Notably, the BJP yesterday expressed shock and surprise over Mufti’s remarks and asserted that Article 35-A of the Constitution which grants special status to the state is “not a sacred cow that cannot be touched”.The state unit of the BJP said that while the party stands by the Agenda of Alliance with the PDP and won t seek alteration of existing constitutional position, “it is equally true that Article 35-A has done more harm to the State than any other provision of law”.Union minister Jitendra Singh yesterday said the tricolour is “sacrosanct” and termed the chief minister’s remarks as “shocking and ridiculous”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mehbooba Mufti faces flak for ‘cross-border trade’ remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti?s appeal to the Centre to not block trade routes with Pakistan has not gone down well with many, as experts have pointed out that Separatists are the only beneficiaries from such a trade. Defence Expert, P.K. Sehgal, while speaking to ANI criticized the use of cross-border trade in the valley and said that only the separatists are the beneficiaries from such a trade. ?Money is created for separatists and it?s used for anti-India motives. It?s used for narco-terrorism, ammunition etc,? he said, adding that vote bank politics continue to get the better of Mufti and that she is pursuing with the cross-border trade because her constituency is mainly occupied by separatists. He also said that in order for the cross-border trade to continue, a number of checks and balances need to be kept in place so that nothing works in favor of the separatists. Speaking on the same, senior journalist Rahul Jalali pointed to the civil unrest in the valley ever since Mehbooba Mufti took office. He also criticized her for not commenting on any of the issues in the valley before the arrest of the separatist leaders. He spoke of a Coordination committee which was present during her father, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed?s regime and said that she should have revived the committee and held talks within her ambit. Speaking on her cross-border trade comment, he said, ?She speaks beyond her jurisdiction. These are international matters with another country and she could have taken this up in the agenda of alliance through the coordination committee.? The flurry of criticism comes after Mufti on Saturday appealed to the Centre to revive the Lahore Declaration for restoring peace in the Valley, and not block trade routes with Pakistan. The Lahore Declaration is a bilateral agreement and governance treaty between India and Pakistan which was signed in 1999 before the Kargil war. Her statement came a day after she had warned the Central Government against diluting Article 370, which grants special status to the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fatwa against Muslim JD (U) leader for saying ‘Jai Shri Ram’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After a fatwa was issued against Janata Dal (United) (JDU) leader Firoz Ahmad for saying ?Jai Shri Ram? by the Mufti of Imarat Shariah in Patna, the Muslim leader on Sunday affirmed that he stands firm on his words, as he believes in humanity and serving people of Bihar. ?If saying ?Jai Shri Ram? is important for the country, then I would not stop myself from saying it. I was not just elected to serve the Muslim community. My duty is to serve the public of Bihar, irrespective of their cast, creed and religion?, Ahmad told ANI. Ahmad asserted that his religion cannot be questioned based on the phrase ?Jai Shri Ram?. ?Islam teaches you to love all. My faith is not so weak that just by saying ?Jai Shri Ram?, I will turn into a Hindu. Allah knows my purpose of saying ?Jai Shri Ram?. We all worship the same God?, he said. The JD (U) leader further said that he?s not afraid of the fatwa and his work would prove his identity. ?My work would prove my identity. I am not scared about the Fatwa at all. I don?t have anything to lose. I am would only be afraid, if I am unable to fulfill my responsibilities towards the public of Bihar?, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak fishes in J&K’s troubled water, but not creator of valley’s unrest Omar Abdullah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Stating that Pakistan fishes in the troubled waters of Jammu and Kashmir, former chief minister of the state Omar Abdullah, on Saturday, denied them to be the creators of violent unrest in the Kashmir Valley. ?I know it is popular to blame Pakistan for everything that is happening in Jammu and Kashmir, but it is not true. While we know that Pakistan fishes in troubled waters, we also know that they are not the creators of the sort of agitations that we have seen in 2008, 2010 and 2016. So, there us a fair amount of blame to be shared across the board,? he said, while speaking at an event, organised by the Bureau of Research, on Industry and Economic Fundamentals titled ‘Understanding Kashmir,’ here. Further speaking about state and the Center?s involvement in the state?s unrest, he said, ?How can we absolve ourselves of the responsibility? It?s not just mainstream political players in Jammu and Kashmir that are responsible for what is happening. The Union of India is also responsible, whether it was the UPA Government or the NDA Government.” Adding, ?Who you want to blame, how much for, depends on which side of the line are you. The Centre would like to blame the states more. We sitting in the states hold the Centre responsible to higher degree. It depends which side you are sitting on.? During his speech, Abdullah also lashed out at present Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti and said that it is not within the latter’s power to decide if India and Pakistan are going to engage with each other. “It is not within the scope of the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister to decide if India and Pakistan are going to engage or not. But when one fights polls on that, they are settling themselves for defeat,” he said. Abdullah said, as a regional political player, he understands the limitations and said that the problem is in the “desire to attract votes,” adding that the political parties sell promises beyond their ability to deliver. Earlier, Mufti said, “I appeal the Centre to revive the Lahore Declaration so that we can live peacefully in Jammu and Kashmir.” She also asserted that trade routes with Pakistan shouldn’t be blocked, instead there should be crackdown on drugs and Cannabis which are smuggled from there. The Chief Minister’s statement came a day after she had warned the Central Government against diluting Article 370, which grants special status to the state. “Any changes in the Article 370 will not be acceptable. I won’t hesitate in saying that nobody will even hold the Tricolour in Kashmir if the article is scrapped,” she said at an event on Friday. The Lahore Declaration is a bilateral agreement and governance treaty between India and Pakistan, which was signed in 1999 before the Kargil war.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

End of 5-year old battle brings joy on faces of nearly 200 KP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The end of a five-year-long legal battle between a group of Kashmiri Pandit job aspirants and the state government has brought joy on the faces of nearly 200 such youths after the latter approved their appointments. The KP job seekers hailed the decision as a “victory for justice” and patted Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for it. “We are very thankful to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for keeping her word and approving our appointment in accordance with the High Court ruling of 2015,” president of the unemployed petitioners forum (UPF) Rahul Kachroo told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Tricolour is sacrosanct’: Centre condemns Mehbooba Mufti’s remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh on Saturday criticized Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s remark on the Indian flag calling it ridiculous and categorically stated that the flag will fly high in the Valley as much as it does in any other state.Speaking to ANI, Singh said, “This is the most shocking and ridiculous statement which Mufti has made. Tricolour is sacrosanct to us. It will fly high in Jammu and Kashmir as much as it does in any other state of the Indian Union. Being in power does not make one misuse it!?.On Friday, Mehbooba warned that any change in Article 35(A) of the Constitution, which gives a special state provision to Jammu and Kashmir and is being debated in the Supreme Court would not be in favour of the people living in the Valley and would invite repercussions.Article 35(A) of the Constitution empowers the state legislature to define permanent residents and accord special rights and privileges to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”Any tempering with Article 35(A) won’t be acceptable. I won’t hesitate in saying that nobody will even carry the corpse of the National Flag in Kashmir, if it happens. Let me make it very clear,” she said.

Revive Lahore Declaration, don’t block trade routes with Pak Mufti to Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday appealed to the Centre to revive the Lahore Declaration for restoring peace in the Valley. ?I appeal Centre to revive Lahore Declaration so that we can live peacefully in Jammu and Kashmir,? Mufti said. She further asserted that trade routes with Pakistan shouldn’t be blocked, instead there should be crackdown on drugs and Cannabis which are smuggled from there. The Chief Minister?s statement comes a day after she had warned the Central Government against diluting Article 370, which grants special status to the state. “Any changes in the Article 370 will not be acceptable. I won’t hesitate in saying that nobody will even hold the Tricolour in Kashmir if the article is scrapped,” she said at an event yesterday. The Lahore Declaration is a bilateral agreement and governance treaty between India and Pakistan which was signed in 1999 after the Kargil war. The treaty, signed by then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his Pakistan counterpart Pervez Musharraf . A mutual understanding for development of atomic arsenals and to avoid accidental and unauthorized operational use of nuclear weapons was developed in the treaty. Meanwhile, the Centre has condemned Mufti?s recent statement on the Indian flag where she said that if Kashmir?s special status is tampered with, no one will shoulder Indian flag in Valley. ?This is the most shocking and ridiculous statement which Mufti has made. Tricolour is sacrosanct to us. It will fly high in Jammu and Kashmir as much as it does in any other state of the Indian Union. Being in power does not make one misuse it!? Minister of State in the Prime Minister?s office (MoS PMO) told ANI.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

First batch of Haj pilgrims from J-K leave for Saudi Arabia

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The first batch of pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir today left for Saudi Arabia to perform the Haj pilgrimage. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Haj and Auqaf Minister Farooq Andrabi were at the Srinagar Airport to see off the first batch of pilgrims on a direct flight from here to the holy city of Madina, an official said here. The batch comprised 420 pilgrims. He said the second flight carrying an equal number of pilgrims is scheduled to take off later in the day. More than 8100 pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir have been selected this year to perform the pilgrimage which will culminate with Eid-ul-Azha in the first week of September.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Incorrect reportage ‘alienating’ people of Kashmir: Mufti

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said the press needs to ensure correct and contextual portrayal of happenings in Jammu and Kashmir, even as she alleged that a section of the national media was “alienating” the people of the state by indulging in debates and reportage which are “far from reality”. The CM stated this while interacting with a visiting Press Council of India (PCI) team which met her here. “A section of the country’s media has been indulging in debates, discussions and reportage about the state and its people, most of which is far from reality. This section needs to be reminded that by resorting to this diatribe about the state, they are not doing any service to the country but further alienating the people of the state,” Mufti said. Headed by S N Sinha, the three-member PCI team is on a week-long tour of the state. The chief minister said told the visiting delegation that need of the hour is to focus on commonalities, reconciliation and healing the wounds where the media has a very critical role to play. “Positive reporting about the state and its people by the media outlets will not only create a soothing impact on the minds of people here, it will also help the people of rest of the country in understanding Jammu and Kashmir and its people better,” she said. The chief minister invited the PCI to hold part of its golden jubilee celebrations in the state. She asked the delegation to help in clearing misconceptions about the state in a section of the media and consequently people in the country. The chief minister told the PCI delegation that the media fraternity in the state has performed in very difficult and extreme situations in the past and its professional competence can be matched with the best in the country. Later, the delegation also called on former chief minister and opposition National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah at his residence here. Omar told the delegation that a free and fair press is the bedrock of a healthy democracy and all should endeavour to ensure the ethos of objectivity, press freedom and neutrality are upheld and maintained at all costs. The NC working president said it was imperative to ensure that the reportage from Kashmir, especially that by the electronic media, is factual and free from any hyperboles, biases and prejudice. “The wrong portrayal of evolving situations in Kashmir has a disastrous effect on our tourism industry and also takes us further away from the goal of peace. The goals of objectivity and neutrality should be non-negotiable and we should all ensure we don’t add to the alienation – especially among the youth,” Omar said. The PCI team, which arrived here on July 16, has held extensive deliberations with media owners, editors and working journalists over the past four days to know about the issues confronting the media in Kashmir. The team will be visiting Jammu and Ladakh separately before finalising their report on the media scenario in Jammu and Kashmir.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cloudburst: CM asks administration to speed up rescue work

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today expressed grief over the death of six persons in the cloudburst in Doda district and asked the administration to speed up rescue and relief works. She also asked the district administration to provide adequate treatment facilities to the injured and make arrangements of shelter, food and other facilities for the people affected by the cloudburst and consequent flash floods, an official spokesman said. The chief minister has asked the Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Shyam Choudhary to rush to Doda and oversee relief and rescue operations, the spokesman added. Six persons were killed and 11 injured after flash floods triggered by a cloudburst wreaked havoc in Thathri town of Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir today, inundating vast areas along the Batote-Kishtwar National Highway and washing away half a dozen houses.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mehbooba meets J-K Governor Vohra to discuss internal security in valley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday met Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today to discuss law and order and internal security in the valley. Mufti and Governor Vohra had wide ranging discussions, which particularly focused on the maintenance of law and order, internal security, pace of tourist arrivals in the valley. They also discussed progress of the Amarnath Yatra, timely implementation of important schemes and projects, functioning of the universities, need for critical watch on the emergence of new educational institutions and the steps required to be taken to protect the interests of school, college and university students. The meeting comes days after terrorist attack a bus carrying Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir Anantnag district. As many as seven people were killed and fifteen others injured in the terror attack carried out by terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JK CM expresses grief over death of pilgrims in bus accident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today expressed grief over the death of 16 Amarnath pilgrims in an accident on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. She asked officials to ensure the best possible treatment for the injured and ordered immediate airlifting of those seriously hurt. Around 27 people were injured, 19 of them critically in the accident today. Mehbooba also directed officials to speedily release the ex-gratia amount for of the next of kin of the deceased. She directed the Jammu Divisional administration to make arrangements for sending the bodies of the deceased pilgrims to their homes, the spokesman said. Opposition National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah and working president Omar Abdullah also expressed grief and shock over the tragic accident.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mehbooba Mufti raises China & China raises Ladakh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti blamed external forces, including China, for creating trouble in the state, China raised its pitch on the Sikkim issue, saying there was no room for negotiations. In fact, the neighbour added a new dimension to the matter by calling Ladakh a disputed area.”India should not regard earlier standoffs in 2013 and 2014 in Ladakh, a disputed area between China, Pakistan, and India, as similar to the current (Sikkim) one. Diplomatic efforts led the troop’s frictions there to a well-arranged end. But this time, it is a totally different case,” the official Chinese Xinhua news agency was reported as saying.Beijing then offered to mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue but New Delhi rejected the offer, reiterating that it was a bilateral issue.For the last one month, Indian and Chinese troops have been in a face off in Dokalam, a disputed territory between China and Bhutan, falling on the Indo-Bhutan-China tri-junction on the Sikkim border.Mufti had met with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday, to discuss the issue of safety of Amarnath pilgrims.On Friday, during an all-party meeting, the government had briefed the Opposition on the military standoff with China and the Amarnath attack.”Kashmir is not a law and order problem. It is happening because of external forces. The ongoing fight is a handiwork of external forces and now, unfortunately, China is also trying to meddle into it,” Mufti said after the meeting.Sources said Singh stressed on the need to normalise the situation in the state quickly and also expressed happiness that everybody in Kashmir was one in condemning the attack on the pilgrims.During the half-an-hour meeting, the CM informed the Home Minister about the steps taken in Kashmir to maintain peace.Meanwhile, on Saturday, the security forces gunned down three terrorists, taking this year’s toll to 107. Also, so far, more than 1.86 lakh pilgrims have visited the shrine and the number is expected to cross the last year’s mark of 2.21 lakh.Over 21,000 paramilitary personnel, double the last year’s number, were deployed for the yatra this year, in wake of the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen member Burhan Wani. This was in addition to the state police force and five Army battalions. Sources said the additional deployment is likely to continue.Besides, Mufti said the state government had requested the Centre to ensure that Article 370 was not diluted. “I am happy that the President, in his order, reiterated that the special status granted to the state would not be diluted.”

Consensus on GST implementation my govt’s biggest achievement:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said it was a “major achievement” for her government to attain a near unanimity of all sections on the implementation of GST regime in the state. Addressing a meeting of district and zonal presidents of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) here, she said, “The apprehensions of certain quarters on GST were allayed and the special position of the state was reaffirmed and reassured in a presidential order, as the party has been standing for”. However, the Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee (JKCC), has called for a rollback of the presidential order, terming it an “eyewash”, saying the government has totally surrendered its tax powers with regard to GST to the parliament. JKCC is an amalgam of various trade bodies and civil society organisations opposing the implementation of the new tax regime in the state. Mehbooba said the PDP was formed to strengthen democratic ethos in the state by providing an alternative narrative, thereby giving voice to sentiments of people. The chief minister said every human heart felt bruised on hearing the inhuman act of violence against Amarnath pilgrims earlier this week. “But it was reassuring to note that people of the state in one voice, irrespective of differences in ideologies, stood up to condemn the act and declared it against the Kashmiri ethos and culture. This not only failed the designs of the perpetrators of the crime, but also gave a befitting reply to them,” she said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Centre should take stringent measure to ensure safety of Amarnath pilgrims: Farooq Abdullah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday urged the Centre to take stringent measures to ensure the security of all Amarnath Yatra pilgrims. Abdullah also appealed to the people of the nation to come together in solidarity and show the terrorists that they are not afraid. ?This is the most tragic event. We have faced many tragic events but this is the biggest blow to our secular character and I think basically I would like to say to people of our nation that we have to fight these terrorists who want to damage the very fabric of our secular character,? Farooq told ANI. ?They want to destroy India?s oneness. And therefore I appeal to all even in these tragic circumstances to form more numbers for this yatra and otherwise to this state to show solidarity with people who are fighting against these forces. And I also appeal to the government to take for most stringent measures for security of these people,? he added. Earlier in the day, Congress leader and spokesman Randeep Surjewala told ANI, “Indian National Congress (INC) demands that not only should the government ensure full treatment of all the injured Amarnath Yatris, but also ensure the safety of all yatris undertaking the holy yatra.” Surjewala questioned the government over not providing adequate protection and not taking preventive measures. “The most important thing that has come out is that the bus was plying at a time when curfew was on. Why was no security cover given to the bus? Should all these security lapses not be examined?” he asked. Surjewala said that it is time for the government to wake up and act beyond words. “Are we again going to brush aside such an important issue in the garb of meetings and inquires, or are we going to take decisive action to punish the guilty and to cleanse all terrorists who have dared to attack this most holy of the yatras in the country,” he said. Meanwhile, a high-level meeting is underway at Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s residence. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has also called for a cabinet meeting over the same. Mufti and Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra paid tributes to the pilgrims who lost their lives in the attack. Yesterday, terrorists attacked a bus in Anantnag district, killing seven pilgrims and injuring 15 others. Reportedly, the bus was neither a part of a convoy nor registered with the shrine board.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Head of every Kashmiri hangs in shame over Amarnath attack: Mehbooba Mufti

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has said the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag is a “blot on all Muslims and Kashmiris”.While visiting the injured in a hospital in Anantnag, she said the head of every Kashmiri hangs in shame over the incident.”Pilgrims come to Kashmir every year for the yatra despite all difficulties. And seven people died today. I have no words to condemn it. I hope the security forces and the Jammu and Kashmir police arrest the perpetrators forthwith and take stern action against them,” the chief minister told reporters.”This incident is a blot on all Kashmiris and Muslims. We will not keep quite till we bring the culprits to book,” Mehbooba said.She said efforts will be made to ensure that quick action is taken against the culprits and justice is done.The chief minister said seven people, including six women, were killed in the dastardly attack.Those killed and injured in the attack were on a bus carrying pilgrims from Valsad district of Gujarat.The bus came under terrorists’ fire near Khanabal in Anantnag district.

7 dead, several injured as terrorists attack Amarnath yatris in Anantnag; Intel alert ignored

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terrorists mounted a dastardly attack and fired indiscriminately on a Jammu-bound Amarnath Yatra bus, killing seven unsuspecting pilgrims, including six women, and wounding 19 others, all from Gujarat, at Batangoo in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district at 8:20 pm on Monday.The attack, which came hours after the Jammu and Kashmir police busted an LeT module, followed two previous strikes in the span of one hour in the same district. The police said the bus was coming from Baltal after a ‘darshan’ and was not part of the Yatra convoy which is escorted by security forces.Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was pained beyond words by the dastardly attack on peaceful Yatris. “The attack deserves strongest condemnation from everyone. India will never get bogged down by such cowardly attacks and evil designs of hate,” he said.Terrorists managed to kill pilgrims despite a recent intelligence warning that such attacks might be carried out. About 40,000 troops had been deployed for the 40-day pilgrimage. This is the first major terror attack on the Yatra in 17 years. In, 2000, LeT terrorists had killed 30 people in Pahalgam.Two of the deceased were identified as Hansaben Patel and Vijay Patel. According to sources, three buses, all from Gujarat, with 110 passengers, were returning after a ‘darshan’ and were delayed beyond the allowed time for the pilgrimage, which is 7 pm. The three buses had left from Gujarat’s Valsad on July 1. All three vehicles were not part of the security convoy.Tension has gripped Jammu and Kashmir and security forces have been put on high alert. Internet services have been snapped in the Valley to prevent rumour mongering.Some organisations have given a bandh call for Tuesday in the communally sensitive Jammu region. Shiv Sena, Jammu and Kashmir Panthers Party and some social and trade bodies have supported the call. National Conference and Congress in J&K also extended support to the bandh call.The VHP and Bajrang Dal said they would hold nationwide protests on Tuesday. The PM spoke to J&K’s Governor NN Vohra, CM Mehbooba Mufti and assured all possible assistance. Congress President Sonia Gandhi sought strong action against the terrorists.Home Minister Rajnath Singh also called up Mufti and Vohra to seek details on the attack, and asked officials to ensure foolproof security for the Yatra in future. About 1.2 lakh pilgrims have registered themselves for this year’s Yatra.Jitender Singh, Minister of State in the PMO, called the attack an assault on the composite culture of Kashmir and on India’s traditionally resilient civilisation. “Are apologists listening?… Indian security agencies will react soon,” he said.The attack evoked strong reactions from the Valley. “This is an assault on our values and traditions which we hold dear. We will leave no stone unturned to root out the perpetrators of this heinous crime,” Mufti said.Former J&K CM Omar Abdullah tweeted: “Very sad news. The attack cannot be condemned strongly enough. My sympathies to the families & prayers for the injured.”Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani, moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik also strongly condemned the attack.”This incident goes against the very grain of Kashmiri ethos. The annual Amarnath Yarta has been going on peacefully for centuries and is part of our yearly rhythm and will remain so. Our heart goes out to the families of the bereaved and we express our heartfelt condolences to them”, said a joint statement issued by the separatists.The Yatra base camps are in Pahalgam and Baltal in Anantnag and Ganderbal districts. The shrine is at 3,888 metres, 46km from Pahalgam and 14km from Baltal.Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said the bodies would be brought to the state by the Air Force. He added that all programmes, including the visits of party chief Amit Shah and NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, by the BJP in the state have been cancelled.

Head of every Kashmiri hangs in shame over attack: Mehbooba

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag is a “blot on all Muslims and Kashmiris”. While visiting the injured in a hospital in Anantnag, she said the head of every Kashmiri hangs in shame over today’s incident. “Pilgrims come to Kashmir every year for the yatra despite all the difficulties. And seven people died today. I have no words to condemn it. I hope the security forces and the Jammu and Kashmir police arrest the perpetrators forthwith and take stern action against them,” the chief minister said. “This incident is a blot on all Kashmiris and Muslims. We will not keep quite till we bring the culprits to book,” Mehbooba said. She said efforts will be aimed at ensuring that quick action is taken against the culprits and justice is done. The chief minister said seven people, including six women, were killed in the dastardly attack that took place around 8:20 pm. Those killed and injured in the attack were on a bus carrying pilgrims from Valsad district of Gujarat. The bus came under terrorists’ fire near Khanabal in Anantnag district around 8.20 pm, over one hour after the patrolling by the security forces on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway wound up.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Day of GST implementation in J-K will be remembered Mehbooba

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Ahead of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the state, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said that the day would be “written in golden words.” ?After implementation of the GST, all eyes were set on Jammu and Kashmir Assembly. Our nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee maintained our dignity, we maintained theirs. What we are witnessing today is a day which will be written in golden words,? Mufti said, while speaking at the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly. She added that the only person, who can bring peace and harmony in the Valley, is Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Jammu and Kashmir, the only State to miss the GST rollout on July 1, will join the new tax regime from tonight as the State Assembly passed a bill in this regard today. The Jammu and Kashmir (GST) Bill 2017, moved by Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, was adopted by a voice vote in the absence of Opposition parties which accused the PDP-BJP government of undermining the special status of the State. The bill was moved in the Assembly after a Presidential Order which gave an assurance on preservation of the special status of the State guaranteed by Article 370 of the Constitution. Drabu said the GST regime will roll out in the State at midnight tonight, making Jammu and Kashmir the last State to join the new tax regime. Two days ago, the Assembly had passed a resolution seeking a Presidential Order in view of the special status of the State. The GST was rolled out in the country on July 1 marked by a midnight programme in the Parliament that was attended by President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan as well as union ministers and several chief ministers. The Congress and some other opposition parties had boycotted that event.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Prabhu’s ‘Eid gift’ to the Valley- Vistadome train

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aiming to provide a delightful travelling experience to the picturesque Kashmir valley here, the Railways today announced a Vistadome train which would also serve the famous Kashmiri ‘Wazwan’ to the tourists. “Tourists need to enjoy the beauty of the Valley,” Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said here. He also stated that the Kashmiri cuisine would make it to the catering list of the railways. “The chief minister (Mehbooba Mufti) and I have talked about how to increase tourism by virtue of railways. So, we will soon start a Vistadome train because I do not think there is any other place in the whole world like Kashmir,” he said. “When people come to see the beauty of Kashmir, how will they see it sitting inside a train? So, we will launch it here. We have placed an order with our coach factories for the Vistadome train,” he said. The union minister was speaking at a function, after remotely laying foundation stones of five new halt railway stations on Baramulla-Qazigund rail section, at SKICC here. The new halt points are at Sangdan, Monghall, Ratnipora, Naidgam and Razwan. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stressed that Kashmir is very important for the government. So, this is a small gift from the railways to provide “succour” to the people of Kashmir, he said. The CM pointed out that five stations were needed. “I had nothing else to give on Eid, so I thought let’s make a start by these stations. Though late, I wish you Eid Mubarak and with these stations, more people will be connected. It is the start of a new life and start of a new era of development here,” he added. Prabhu said the railways would start serving Kashmiri food as well as the handicrafts from the valley in the trains soon. “The food here tastes so well and I think we cannot find it anywhere else. To let the people have the taste of the Kashmiri food, we will start serving Kashmiri food via e- catering through IRCTC,” he said. Similarly, the Kashmiri handicrafts, which are famous world over, will be e-marketed through IRCTC so that people here get employment, he said. He said railways would help in the development and prosperity of the state. “The biggest worry of our countrymen, Modi-led government and the state government is how to provide jobs to the people here, how to make people prosper and flourish the tourism sector in the state. “For all this, connectivity is a must. I remember the former chief minister (Mufti Mohammad Sayeed) asked me to connect Kashmir with Delhi. “I told him that we will not only connect Kashmir with Delhi, but also with our hearts,” Prabhu said. On the occasion, Chief Minister Mehbooba requested Prabhu to provide a halt station at Naina Batpora area in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, the demand made by the locals present at the function. The union minister assured the people that the halt station would be provided. Prabhu earlier paid obeisance at the Amarnath Cave shrine and prayed for the peace in the state. “I paid obeisance at the Amarnath Cave shrine (this morning) and prayed for the peace of the people and for the strength to the central as well as the state government to work for the betterment of the people so that Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh becomes the best developed region in the country,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq might lose Z-security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pressure is mounting on Mehbooba Mufti-led government to give free hand to Jammu and Kashmir police and withdraw security of moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq following the lynching of deputy superintendent of police Mohammed Ayub Pandith outside Jamia Masjid.”Jammu and Kashmir Police is one of the best police force in the country. They are very brave. They are showing restraint while dealing with the people. The day they will lose their patience it will become very difficult. They are showing maximum restraint because they are dealing with their own people. But how long will it continue?” said Mufti.The Chief Minister further said that few days ago, the SHO and five other policemen were killed and now the deputy superintendent of police, the ones who were present there to protect the people were lynched.”He had gone to perform his duty. It is shameful act. God forbid if their patience wears out, those days will return when people will be running away after seeing a gypsy moving on the road. I want to say to the people that we still have time to mend our way,” she said.Mufti’s remarks came against the backdrop of mounting anger and growing clamour in the police department for giving free hand to the force to deal with the militants, stone pelters and anti national elements in Kashmir.”We are asked to exercise restraint in a situation where on one side there is a militant and on the other there is stone pelter. Our political bosses are always concerned about the situation, caring little about our safety,” said a police officer.Meanwhile PDP’s alliance partner BJP also condemned that the lynching of the DSP Mohammed Ayub Pandith and said that it is heart rending as he was killed by the same people who he was trying to protect,.”Henchmen of some people derive sadistic pleasure by lynching and killing others just to appease their bosses sitting across the Line of Control (LoC). The government should reconsider the decision of providing Z-security to Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, whom the slain DSP was guarding”, said Khalid Jehangir, BJP spokesman.”His death is a tragedy and the manner of his death a travesty. May the people who lynched DSP Pandith burn in hell for their sins”, tweeted Omar Abdullah, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister..National Conference spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu went a step further and demanded withdrawing the security of Mirwaiz. “I say this strictly in my personal capacity and J&K police should immediately withdraw the Z security cover for Mirwaiz”, he said.Prominent Shia leader and Jammu and Kashmir Sports Minister Imran Reza Ansari wondered how Mirwaiz could preach on the pulpit when a human is lynched.”How can one preach on the pulpit while a fellow human is lynched to death in the compound of the same mosque. I wonder what was being preached”, he said.Meanwhile, police is not ruling out questioning Mirwaiz in the lynching case of DSP Mohammed Ayub Pandith.Suffering continuesUnder fire for failing to control the situation, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday called for the institutionalized dialogue process to get out of the difficulties and bloodshed.”People of Jammu and Kashmir have been the worst sufferers of hostility between the two countries and despite four wars contentious issues could not be resolved. Majority of people in the Sub continent want peace and resolution of issues between India and Pakistan and any step in this direction would be a contribution towards this silent majority”, Mehbooba said.Pitching for state specific Confidence Building Measures to restore the faith of people, she said time has come to open historic routes across LoC to boost cross border travel and trade. “We should move ahead and take benefit of even the opportunities emerging in our neighbourhood also”, she said while suggesting partnership with the upcoming CPEC to exploit the State of its strategic position vis a vis South and Central Asia. Asserting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the will and determination, Mehbooba said the present government at the Centre has a decisive mandate to take any bold decision. “Stitching the Alliance (with BJP) was a difficult decision but it was done to get the State out of its present difficulties and problems. It’s an experiment of different nature. Failure on this count would have far reaching consequences at the national level”, she said. Mehbooba regretted that the dialogue and reconciliation in the State lost its momentum after 2005 after late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed demitted office of the Chief Minister. “The present crisis is the result of the same adding the spirit of wide ranging public outreach as adopted by the then Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee needs to be restored and carried forward”, she said.

Separatist -on-cop-lynching @ 6/23/2017 1:15:53 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday condemned the brutal lynching of Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mohammed Ayub Pandith by a mob, stating that such brutality to snatch the humanity and values cannot be allowed. His statement comes amid reports that Farooq was inside the Jamia Masjid when the DSP was doing surveillance. Farooq took to his Twitter handle to express condolence on the same. ?Deeply disturbed & condemn the brutal act at Nowhatta. Mob violence & public lynching is outside the parameters of our values & religion….,? he tweeted. ?….We cannot allow state brutality to snatch our humanity & values,? he added. Meanwhile, National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah also took to his Twitter handle saying the manner of the cop?s death of is a travesty and the people involved in this incident will ?burn in hell for their sins?. ?He was a Dy SP in the Security Wing of J&K Police & I understand he was there on security duty for access control at Jamia Masjid,? Abdullah tweeted. ?His death is a tragedy & the manner of his death a travesty. May the people who lynched DySP Pandith burn in hell for their sins,? he added. Meanwhile, branding the lynching of Pandith as a ?shameful? act, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti warned the people of the state to not test the patience of the security forces, who use restrain in dealing with locals. ?Nothing can be more shameful than to kill someone who works for the welfare of the people. The Jammu and Kashmir Police are showing maximum restrain as they are dealing with their own people, but for how long? Someday when they will lose their patience, then it would become very difficult for the people,? Mufti said after attending the wreath laying ceremony of Pandith here. Mufti further stressed that the Police were deployed to protect the lives of the locals, but if they continued behaving like this, then it?s possible that the past may return in which security forces use maximum force on people. Last night, Pandith was lynched to death by a violent mob in downtown Srinagar. The deceased DSP was on surveillance and was allegedly clicking picture of people emerging from the Jamia Masjid mosque, when a mob attacked him. After the situation became out of control, the cop in his own defence open fire through his service pistol on the mob, in which three people got injured. The angry mob then proceeded to attack him more severely and ended up taking his life. Police have recovered the body of deceased and are investigating the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mufti-on-Jammu-kashmir-cop-lynching @ 6/23/2017 1:15:51 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Branding the lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mohammed Ayub Pandith as a ?shameful? act, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday warned the people of the state to not test the patience of the security forces, who use restrain in dealing with locals. ?Nothing can be more shameful than to kill someone who works for the welfare of the people. The Jammu and Kashmir Police are showing maximum restrain as they are dealing with their own people, but for how long? Someday when they will lose their patience, then it would become very difficult for the people,? Mufti said after attending the wreath laying ceremony of Pandith here. Mufti further stressed that the Police were deployed to protect the lives of the locals, but if they continued behaving like this, then it?s possible that the past may return in which security forces use maximum force on people. Last night, Pandith was lynched to death by a violent mob in downtown Srinagar. The deceased DSP was allegedly on surveillance and was clicking picture of people emerging from the Jamia Masjid mosque, when a mob attacked him. After the situation became out of control, the cop in his own defence open fire through his service pistol on the mob, in which three people got injured. The angry mob then proceeded to attack him more severely and ended up taking his life. Police have recovered the body of deceased and are investigating the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K cop’s killing | Those who lynched DySP Pandith will burn in hell for sins: Omar Abdullah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah on Friday condemned the killing of the police officer, calling the manner of his death a travesty.A deputy superintendent of police was stripped naked and stoned to death by an irate mob after he allegedly opened fire at a group of people, who caught him clicking pictures near a mosque in downtown area in the early hours on Friday.The police officer identified as Mohammed Ayub Pandith was on duty when the mob attacked him, a police spokesman said.”His death is a tragedy & the manner of his death a travesty. May the people who lynched DySP Pandith burn in hell for their sins,” Omar Abdullah said in a tweet.The wreath laying ceremony of Pandith was held in Srinagar.”This is an extremely shameful incident,” said Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti who was present to pay her last tributes to the slain officer.Meanhwile, DGP SP Vaid termed the killing as sad and unfortunate.”The official was killed by the mob while he was performing his duties. It’s a very sad and unfortunate incident,” the DGP said.Muslims across Kashmir are observing Shab-e-Qadr (the night of power) with night-long prayers and supplications being made inside the mosques and shrines of the valley.

J&K CM Mufti meets family of slain cop Feroz Ahmad Dar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today visited the family of slain police officer Feroz Ahmad Dar at Sangam and conveyed her sympathies to the bereaved family. The chief minister spent time with the parents, wife and the two kids of the slain officer and shared their grief. Mufti directed the concerned officers to complete the procedures regarding a compassionate appointment in favour of the next of kin of the slain cop in the shortest possible time. The chief minister assured the family that she would look into the demand for restructuring a housing loan which the deceased had taken for construction of his house. PDP Vice President, Mohammad Sartaj Madni, Vice Chairman Khadi and Village Industries Board, Peerzada Mansoor Hussain, senior officers of civil administration and police accompanied Mufti. Dar and five other policemen were killed on June 16 in an ambush in Achabal in Anantnag district by suspected LeT militants who tried to disfigure their faces before walking away with their weapons.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shiv Sena attacks BJP over Kashmir and West Bengal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A day after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah met in Mumbai, the former launched a fresh attack on the latter over grim situation prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal, in an editorial in party mouthpiece ?Saamana?. In the editorial the Shiv Sena said that while the BJP may win in case of snap polls in Maharashtra and also get its presidential nominee elected, but wondered whether it would be able to save the valley. ?Amit Shah and his party?s eyes are on mid-term polls in Maharashtra. But instead of mid-term poll results, we are worried about what will happen in Kashmir and in violence-hit Darjeeling,? the Sena said in Saamna. It said the biggest question today was till when we should keep counting the number of martyred security personnel. ?Amit Shah says Maharashtra Government will last its five-year term. But will our Kashmir remain on India?s map?? it questioned. The Sena said that Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was openly supporting ?youth attacking? soldiers and was blaming jawans for the present situation in Kashmir. ?When the Sena talks about farmers and takes a nationalist stand over issues, attempts are made to teach us a lesson. But not a word is spoken against Mehbooba Mufti by the BJP. On the contrary they are supporting it,? it said. ?Maharashtra shouldn?t be a priority. The situation has gone out of hand in Kashmir and Darjeeling where innocents are being killed. One may have political differences with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee but nobody should try to take political advantage of the situation there,? it added. ?Whatever has to happen in Maharashtra mid-term polls will happen. Amit Shah says they will form the government. You will get their president elected. You will win all elections. But will you be able to save Kashmir?? it asked. The Sena further said that it appears that organisations like Islamic State, Lashkar e Taiba, Al-Qaeda and ISI have already wrested control over the critical border state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K may miss GST deadline

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goods and Service Tax (GST) may not be rolled out in Jammu and Kashmir on July 1 after the Legislative Assembly was adjourned sine die on the first day of special session without debating the new tax regime.”An all-party panel has been constituted to take suggestions, viewpoint and inputs from all stakeholders so that interests of the consumers can be protected. The Government will not push for GST implementation in J&K till the time there is complete consensus on the issue,” said Naeem Akhtar, J&K Minister for Public Works.”Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had called an all-party meeting ahead of the special session of legislature to take the viewpoint of the people’s representatives and seek their suggestions,” he said. The Minister said after apprehensions from traders’ community, consumers as well as political parties, the government decided to further deliberate on the issue. “Inputs are welcome from all stakeholders… so as to make it a people-friendly tax reform,” he said.Stating that GST is a good tax reform, Akhtar said the government wants to introduce it with safeguards so as to benefit the state’s economy and traders. “With proper safeguards, GST will not endanger the special status of Jammu & Kashmir guaranteed under Article 370 of the Constitution,” he said.The decision to re-look at the tax regime comes after traders and the Opposition vowed not to support the extension of the GST regime to Jammu and Kashmir in its present form. Traders also observed a shutdown as a protest on Saturday.

J-K regularises over 650 ‘Rehbar-E-Taleem’ teachers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The government of Jammu and Kashmir has regularised over 650 teachers, working under the ?Rehbare-E-Taleem? scheme after a long gap of six years. The teachers got the regularisation orders from Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti through their representatives at the Sheri Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC), Srinagar. According to a teacher, with the help of this developmental move, teachers will show better performance in schools and will be financially empowered. The ‘Rehbar-E-Taleem’ scheme was introduced by the state government aimed to employ the educated youth on a contractual basis and it was decided theses contractual teachers will be regularised, after the completion of five years. The scheme was initiated in order to reduce the unemployment in the state. The minimum criteria for selection was that the candidate must be Cl. XII pass, above 18 years of age and should belong to the village itself.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tourist facilities worth Rs 100 cr to come up in Jammu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today laid the foundation stone for various tourist facilities at a cost of Rs 100 crore at Ranjit Sagar Lake in Basohli in Jammu region. She said Rs 100 crore would be spent on developing various facilities in the catchment areas of the Dam. The maiden project aims at developing high-end logistic and recreational facilities for tourists at the scenic spot. Describing Ranjit Sagar Dam as the local Disneyland, Mufti said the place has beautiful and astonishing lagoons which need to be optimally promoted for different adventure and water sports. She said the place has the potential to match any other foreign destination in the world and the government is working on a comprehensive plan to bring this spot into the tourist limelight. She said the dam is one of the most beautiful in the world and the beautiful lagoons can be a major attraction for the nature and adventure lovers. The chief minister said the state government has given a boost to tourist activities in Jammu region and developmental projects to the tune of Rs 350 crores are underway in Jammu division to improve tourism facilities and focused attention is being laid on the developing other areas as well.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Only five MPs clock 100 per cent attendance in LS; Sonia’s

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Only five of the 545 members clocked cent per cent attendance in three years of the current Lok Sabha during which Congress President Sonia Gandhi attended more sittings than her son Rahul. Bhairon Prasad Mishra, the MP from Banda, Uttar Pradesh, participated in 1,468 debates and discussions, the highest in the Lok Sabha and has 100 per cent attendance record. Twenty-two lawmakers from the lower house attended only half of the sittings or less. Records of the prime minister and some ministers are not available as it is not mandatory for them to sign the attendance register. The Leader of the Opposition is also exempted from this. The Congress president, who was unwell for some time, recorded 59 per cent attendance as against 54 per cent recorded by Rahul. In the last three years, Sonia Gandhi participated in five debates while the Rahul took part in 11 debates, including one on inflation. According to the attendance data maintained by PRS Legislative, a non-profit research body that tracks functioning of Parliament, nearly 25 per cent MPs, 133 of the 545, have attended more than 90 per cent of the sittings while the national average for lawmakers is 80 per cent. Congress veterans like Veerappa Moily and Mallikarjun Kharge, who is also the Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, recorded 91 and 92 per cent attendance respectively, while the party’s young guns like Jyotiraditya Scindia and Rajeev Satav attended 80 and 81 per cent of the Lok Sabha sittings. The other four MPs who have cent per cent attendance are BJD MP from Jagatsinghpur Kulmani Samal and BJP MPs Gopal Shetty (North Mumbai-Maharashtra), Kirit Solanki (Ahmedabad West) and Ramesh Chander Kaushik (Sonipat-Haryana). Veteran parliamentarian and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav clocked 79 per cent attendance. His daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav is among those who attended less than 50 per cent of the Lok Sabha sittings. Dimple, who is the wife of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, had only 35 per cent attendance. Former Union ministers Anbumani Ramdoss (PMPK) and Shibu Soren (JMM) have clocked only 45 per cent and 31 per cent attendance respectively. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who represented Amritsar until December 2016, attended only six per cent of the proceedings while his Jammu and Kashmir counterpart Mehooba Mufti attended only 35 per cent of the House proceedings. Mufti quit in January 2016 to take charge as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir after the death of her father Mufti Mohammed Sayeed. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi, who took reins of the state in March this year, continues to remain a member of the Lok Sabha. The five-time MP from Gorakhpur attended 72 per cent of the Lok Sabha proceedings. Gyan Singh, a BJP MP from Madhya Pradesh, and Deepak Adhikari, actor-turned-politician from West Bengal, have recorded eight and nine per cent, the lowest among all. Interestingly, attendance of actors turned politicians continue to remain low. Apart from Adhikari, Mathura MP Hema Malini attended only 35 per cent of the Lok Sabha sittings. The actress had met with an accident in 2015. BJP MP and former union minister Vinod Khanna, who succumbed to cancer in April, attended 50 per cent of Lok Sabha sittings. The MP from Gurdaspur attended the House in the first half of the Budget Session that ended in February. Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher had an attendance of 86 per cent. Fellow actor and Ahmedabad East MP Paresh Rawal, who was recently in the eye of controversy for his tweets on author Arundhati Roy, attended 68 per cent of the Lok Sabha sittings. Bhojpuri actor-singer and Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari has recorded 77 per cent attendance while comedian turned politician and AAP s Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann attended only 52 per cent of the sittings. Shotgun Shatrughan Sinha attended 70 per cent of the sittings, but the voluble MP from Patna Sahib in Bihar did not participate in any debate nor did he ask any question. TMC MP and actress Moon Moon Sen mirrored Sinha’s record.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Changing horses midway won’t help, says Farooq; bats for Guv

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Conference president Farooq Abdullah today said imposition of governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir is “unavoidable and imperative” to restore normalcy and peace in the Valley. The former chief minister also seemed to have suggested that replacing the chief minister by some BJP leader, as reported by some media “would not help” the PDP-BJP alliance . “Imposition of governor’s rule and placing the legislative assembly under suspended animation is unavoidable and imperative to restore normalcy and peace in Kashmir… The PDP-BJP alliance is bereft of a political agenda and has been forged with the singular purpose of attaining power. “The alleged ‘Agenda of the Alliance’ (the common minimum programme between the alliance partners) has been torn to shreds and debunked by the BJP. As far as the PDP is concerned, they gave the ‘Agenda of the Alliance’ a discreet burial when (former chief minister) Mufti (Mohammad Sayeed) passed away (last year)”, Abdullah said in a statement here. The Member of Parliament from Srinagar constituency said the imposition of governor’s rule is not an ideal solution but it is the only plausible option in the present circumstances where the State is being “pushed back to the uncertainty and turmoil” of the early 1990s. “This is for the first time in almost three decades that an election had to be cancelled and we are down from a 26 per cent turnout to a 7 per cent turnout — thanks to this government’s policies and failure. The imposition of governor’s rule would calm tempers and also make the administration to be perceived as politically neutral — allowing basic governance to be restored,” he said. Abdullah said the state bureaucracy is in a state of “disarray and dismay” owing to “mishandling and unprecedented impropriety” by the PDP-BJP government. “Juniors are being promoted over seniors and key departments are being run in an ad-hoc and chaotic manner. The result is a complete failure on the governance front in addition to a failure on the political front. There is no sign of development. The only sign of the government is these ribbon-cutting photo-opportunities of the Chief Minister inaugurating projects of the previous government in the state,” he said. On a media report that BJP was planning to replace Mehbooba Mufti with a Chief Minister from the party, Abdullah said such a step would not help restore peace in the Valley as the alliance in its entirety had failed and was unable to deliver and fulfil its political promises. “Changing horses midway won’t help. The government has become extremely unpopular and lost the faith and support of the people as is evident with every passing day and as seen a couple of days ago when female attendees at a government organised event at SKICC refused to be addressed by the CM and stormed out of the event raising slogans,” the former Union Minister said. Adbullah’s reference was to the Tuesday’s incident when Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was forced to leave a women’s self-help group (SHG) function in Srinagar after the crowd shouted slogans against her and even flung chairs in the air. Abdullah reiterated for the need of an “open-ended, unconditional and uninterrupted” dialogue with Pakistan and stakeholders in Kashmir, which he observed as “the only way forward to deal with the issue.” He said that the dialogues, if initiated soon, would be better for the state. “My apprehension is that the damage done would be far too much to handle and reverse by the time such a political initiative is taken. There should be no further delay,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Not in national interest: Ram Madhav on Omar tweets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after National Conference leader Omar Abdullah taunted Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti over disruption of a function in Srinagar, BJP leader Ram Madhav retaliated saying such politics would weaken the country’s national foundation.Abdullah had put out a series of tweets accusing Mufti of playing down raising of “azaadi slogans” at the function. She had said that chaos had broken out at a function after a woman fainted.Without naming Abdullah, who had put out a series of tweets, the BJP general secretary said “I don’t know what happened, but if this kind of politics is practiced it is tantamount to weakening the national foundation of this country.”He was apparently referring to the Opposition leader’s tweets, one of which said “I dread to imagine what lies @MehboobaMufti tells PM Modi in private when she can’t even be honest about things everyone can see videos of.”The NC alleged that women stormed out of the Mufti event and raised azaadi slogans and said they were coerced to attend the function.The BJP leader, however, defended the chief minister. “The challenge is to keep the national foundation intact. No effort should be made to weaken the national fabric of this nation; whether it is helping political gains or (by those who) genuinely believe that they should destroy this nation. This is not acceptable,” he said.

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