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Universities, colleges, schools to re-open in J&K on Monday

Srinagar, April 24 (IANS) The authorities on Monday ordered opening of universities, colleges and higher secondary schools in Jammu and Kashmir after a week's closure. An official statement issued in summer capital Srinagar by the provincial administration said all universities, colleges and higher secondary (Class 12 level) schools will open for academic activities in the Valley today (...

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A comic book to boost forces' morale in Kashmir

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) The 2001 attack on the Srinagar airport is the subject of the 10th illustrated comic book brought out by the CRPF, aimed at boosting the morale of the paramilitary forces in Jammu and Kashmir. The multi-coloured comic book is one of 12 in the series titled Shaurya Gaathas (Valour Stories) involving Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, a force that has...

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Two militants killed in Kashmir gunfight

Srinagar, April 22 (IANS) Two militants holed-up in a house in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam district were killed in a gunfight with security forces on Saturday, police said. Police said security forces surrounded Hayatpora village in Chadoora tehsil of Budgam following specific information about presence of militants there. Two militants hiding inside a house in the village were k...

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Pradhan discusses land identification for oil depots with J&K CM

Srinagar, April 22 (IANS) Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday discussed with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti the issue of identification of land to set up oil depots and LPG bottling plants in Jammu and Kashmir. These liquefied petroleum gas bottling plants and oil depots are proposed to be set up at Anantnag, Rajouri and Kargil in the state. Pradhan advised a c...

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Growing clamour for Governor's rule in J&K: Chidambaram

New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram said on Saturday there is a growing clamour for Governor's rule in Jammu and Kashmir. Glad more people have realised PDP-BJP (Peoples Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janata party) government is a disaster, Chidambaram said in his tweet. The honourable course for... CM of J&K (Mehbooba Mufti) is to snap the coalition ...

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Mehbooba to meet Modi as threat of Governor's rule looms

Jammu/Srinagar, April 22 (IANS) As the war of attrition between allies BJP and PDP over the handling of the situation in Kashmir heats up, is the troubled state heading for another spell of Governor's rule? Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is expected to discuss the current crisis when she meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 23 -- against the backdrop of the April 19 meeting of the ...

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Government disapproves bid to shut petrol pumps on Sundays

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The Centre on Friday disapproved the decision of some petroleum dealers' associations to keep fuel outlets shut on Sundays from May 14. The Petroleum Ministry does not approve or endorse the move by a section of petrol pump dealers to close down fuel stations on Sundays, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told the Parliamentary Consultative Committee at a me...

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BJP meets Kashmir Governor over situation

Jammu, April 21 (IANS) BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav on Friday called on Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra and discussed the situation in the Valley, official sources said. This followed a meeting of BJP-PDP leaders on the subject amid differences between the two allies on how to tackle widespread street protests in the troubled valley. Madhav, the BJP point man on Jammu a...

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Government denounces bid to shut petrol pumps on Sundays

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The Centre on Friday denounced the decision of a petroleum dealers' association to keep fuel outlets shut on Sundays starting May 14. The Petroleum Ministry does not approve or endorse the move by a section of petrol pump dealers to close down fuel stations on Sundays, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told the Parliamentary Consultative Committee at a meet...

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BJP, PDP leaders discuss Kashmir unrest

Jammu, April 21 (IANS) The leaders of Jammu and Kashmir's ruling PDP-BJP coalition on Friday discussed the prevailing situation in the valley which has been on the boil since the Srinagar Lok Sabha by-poll earlier this month. The meeting was held at the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) headquarters in Jammu. BJP's National General Secretary Ram Madhav and senior leaders of Peoples ...

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Army orders court of inquiry into youth used as human shield

Srinagar, April 20 (IANS) The Army on Thursday ordered an internal inquiry into an incident in which a Kashmiri youth was tied to the front of an army jeep to avoid stone pelting attacks in Budgam district. Army sources told IANS the Army has ordered a court of inquiry into the incident. The final report of the court of inquiry will be submitted within two months, the sources sai...

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PDP flays BJP Minister's remarks on stone-pelters

Srinagar, April 20 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir's ruling PDP on Thursday dubbed as sickening Industries Minister Chandra Prakash Ganga's comments criticizing protesters in the Kashmir Valley. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Minister, while reacting to stone pelting by youths, reportedly said: Laaton kay bhoot batoan se nahin maante. (Those who deserve kicks cannot be convinced by words).

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CPI-M flays 'brutal repression' in Kashmir

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) The lack of a political response and reliance on repression has virtually sundered any relationship between the people of Kashmir and the Indian State, the CPI-M has said. The brutal repression unleashed in the (Kashmir) Valley must be condemned unreservedly, said an editorial in the Communist Party of India-Marxist journal People's Democracy. The Modi ...

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Mamata uses social media to bond with regional leaders

Kolkata, April 20 (IANS) In an apparent attempt to strengthen ties with prominent political leaders, especially those ranged against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has started following many of them on Twitter, often exchanging pictures and pleasantries. Recently, Banerjee re-tweeted a pictorial post of ex-Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhiles...

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Congress sets up policy-planning group on J&K; Rahul to visit Kashmir

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The Congress, which has been critical of both the Centre and the PDP-BJP coalition government over their handling of the Jammu and Kashmir situation, set up a policy-planning group led by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the state on Wednesday. The group includes senior leaders Karan Singh, P. Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni, Ghulam Ahmed Mir...

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Congress sets up policy-planning group on J&K

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The Congress, which has been critical of both the Centre and the PDP-BJP coalition government over their handling of the Jammu and Kashmir situation, set up a policy-planning group led by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the state on Wednesday. The group includes senior leaders Karan Singh, P. Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni, Ghulam Ahmed Mir...

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Congress sets up policy group for J&K

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) Criticising both the Centre and the PDP-BJP coalition government for their handling of the Jammu and Kashmir situation, the Congress on Wednesday set up a policy-planning group led by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the state. The group includes senior leaders Karan Singh, P. Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni, Ghulam Ahmed Mir, Rigzin Zora, Ta...

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VM 'Use of human shield wrong, but don't overlook Kashmir Valley circumstances'

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) With the Indian Army facing flak for using a man as a shield against stone pelters in Jammu and Kashmir, a former chief has said the action was a violation of its code on human rights -- but added that the exceptional circumstances in Kashmir valley should also be kept in mind. Former army chief General V.P. Malik said one should keep in mind the exceptional ci...

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Gunmen loot bank in Kashmir's Shopian

Srinagar, April 19 (IANS) Unidentified gunmen on Wednesday looted a bank in south Kashmir's Shopian district. Four unidentified gunmen looted cash from J&K Bank's Harmain village branch in Shopian, a police official said. An alert has been sounded in the area to trace the robbers, he added. There were no details of how much cash was looted. --IANS sq...

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Injured youth succumbs in Kashmir

Srinagar, April 19 (IANS) A youth injured on April 9 during clashes with security forces succumbed in a Srinagar hospital on Wednesday. Muzaffar Ahmad, 25, a resident of south Kashmir's Kulgam district was injured in firing by security forces in north Kashmir Ganderbal district on April 9. Eight civilian protesters had died on April 9 in clashes with security forces when voting w...

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