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Lahore declaration way forward in India-Pakistan relations: Mehbooba

Srinagar, July 29 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Saturday trade with Pakistan should not be stopped and reviving the Lahore Declaration engineered by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the way forward for peace between the two countries. The Chief Minister said trade with Pakistan needs to be strengthened and not stopped to bridge distances bet...

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Hizbul's aim is political, unlike Al Qaeda: Omar Abdullah

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said the aim of the Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest militant group in the state, was political and not Islamist like the Al Qaeda. I think we need to understand that the largest militant organisation operating in the valley today is still the Hizbul Mujahideen. It is made up of predominantly Kashmi...

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SC agrees to hear plea of woman against J&K's discriminatory property laws

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a plea filed by a woman against the discriminatory laws in Jammu and Kashmir which prevent women, married to non-Kashmiris, from purchasing property in the state. A division bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar asked Additional Solicitor General P.S. Narasimha, appearing for the Central Goverment, to...

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'Modi is man of moment' but for Mehbooba 'India is Indira'

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership but said for her India is Indira. At a Kashmir event here, Mehbooba Mufti said she was saddened to see the the idea of India projected on television prime times that widens the gap between India and Kashmir. She said she has not known this India pr...

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Army chief visits Rajouri LoC

Jammu, July 28 (IANS) Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday visited forward posts along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, apart from reviewing operational preparedness and the overall security situation. Gen Rawat, accompanied by Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Devraj Anbu, visited the White Knight Corps to review operational preparedness and prevailing security situation in the Corps Zone...

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Mehbooba seeks dialogue with Pakistan, stakeholders in Kashmir

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) Invoking Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday advocated dialogue with Pakistan and all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir to bring the state out of the current mess. She said it was more about an emotional integration of Kashmiris with India for which the idea of 'azadi' in Kashmir needed to be replaced with a better ide...

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Army chief visits Rajouri LoC

Jammu, July 28 (IANS) Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday visited forward posts along the LoC in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, apart from reviewing the force's operational preparedness and the overall security situation. Gen Rawat, accompanied by Northern Army Commander Lt Gen D. Anbu , visited the White Knight Corps to review operational preparedness and prevailing securit...

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Al Qaeda presence in J&K not confirmed: Police

Srinagar, July 28 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday said the presence of Al Qaeda in the state was not confirmed although the matter is under investigation. For us, a militant is a militant, whatever outfit he belongs to. Whoever picks up a gun is a militant. We will investigate the militant, Director General of Police (DGP), S.P. Vaid told a press briefing here. ...

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Nobody will protect Tricolor in Kashmir if constitutional status changed: Mehbooba

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday warned against any tinkering with Article 35(A) of the constitution that is being debated in the Supreme Court and which empowers the state legislature to define permanent residents and accord special rights and privileges to them. Strongly defending the constitutional clause, Mehbooba said that any chang...

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Govt body, NGOs present maps with parts of J&K, Arunachal, Sikkim missing: RTI

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) A government organisation and two leading NGOs have submitted wrong maps of India to the Central Zoo Authority (CZA), according to an RTI reply. The CZA said that Udaipur Zoo (Rajasthan), Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Wildlife SOS had submitted wrong maps of India to it while giving details of some projects. One of the maps accessed by IANS shows some ...

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346 pilgrims leave for Amarnath

Jammu, July 28 (IANS) A small batch of 346 pilgrims left here on Friday to perform the ongoing Amarnath Yatra. Friday's number of pilgrims is the lowest ever since the 40-day long yatra to the Himalayan cave shrine began on June 29. Already over 2.50 lakh pilgrims have performed this year's yatra which will conclude on August 7, officials of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) sa...

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Army chief to visit J&K

Jammu, July 28 (IANS) Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat will arrive in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday to visit forward positions on the Line of Control (LoC), Defence Ministry officials said. General Rawat would also chair a security review meeting here. After chairing the security review meeting, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) is likely to visit some forward locations on the Lo...

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NIA to question Geelani's son, 29 other Kashmiris

New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) The NIA on Thursday issued summons to the elder son of Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and 29 others to question them on charges of receiving funds from Pakistan to sponsor terror activities and protests in the Kashmir Valley. Sources in the National Investigation Agency said the summons were issued to Nayeem Geelani, a doctor who was once based...

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Centre approves three more SSB bomb detection squads

New Delhi, July 27 (IANs) The government has given approval to the creation of three more Bomb Detection and Disposal Squads in the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), an official said on Thursday. The squads will be based in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar, Bihar's Gaya and Chhattisgarh's Bhilai, the SSB official said, adding that each will comprise eight personnel headed by a Sub-Inspector.

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NIA to question Geelani's son, 29 other Kashmiris

New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) The NIA on Thursday issued summons to the elder son of Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and 29 others to question them on charges of receiving funds from Pakistan to sponsor terror activities and protests in the Kashmir Valley. Sources in the National Investigation Agency said the summons were issued to Naseem Geelani, a doctor who was once based...

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NIA summons Geelani's son, 29 others in Kashmir

New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) The NIA on Thursday issued summons to the elder son of Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and 29 others on charges of funding terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir. National Investigation Agency sources said the summons had been issued to Naseem Geelani, who is a doctor, and others including those accused of pelting stones at security forces. <...

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It's for Pakistan to create atmosphere for talks: Sushma

New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said India is committed to address all outstanding issues with Pakistan, including Kashmir, but the onus is on that country to create an atmosphere conducive for bilateral talks. India is committed to address all outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir, bilaterally and through peaceful means in accordan...

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It is official: Al Qaeda announces Kashmir cell

New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) Global jihadi network Al Qaeda on Thursday officially announced the establishment of its unit in Jammu and Kashmir, naming former Hizbul Mujahideen militant Zakir Musa as its chief in the troubled state. The announcement was made by the Global Islamic Media Front, a media wing of Al Qaeda and its allied jihadist groups across the world. The Al Qaeda onli...

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Over 13,000 J&K students got PM's scholarship since 2011

New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) More than 13,000 Jammu and Kashmir students have benefitted from the Prime Minister's Special Scholarship since 2011, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday. A total of 2,240 were granted the scholarship during 2016-17 session. A total of 1,402 and 1,680 scholarships were granted during 2015-16 and 2014-15, respectively, Minister of State (HRD) Mahendra Nath ...

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How Hindu nationalist agenda is linked to Doklam stand-off

The depressing drumbeat of bad news from Jammu and Kashmir and Bhutan's Doklam plateau may or may not be a consequence of the policies or actions of Narendra Modi's government. Yet it should serve as a wake-up call for the governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which seems blithely oblivious to India's external and internal security vulnerabilities as it single-mindedly pursues its impl...

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