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Governor's rule not to affect anti-terror operations: Army chief

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) The political change in Jammu and Kashmir will not affect anti-terror operations which will continue as before the Ramadan ceasefire, Army chief General Bipin Rawat said here on Wednesday. We do not think there will be any change. We don't have any political interference. There has never been a stop on how Army has to carry out its operations. We have very stric...

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Difficult, but decision taken in larger interest: Ram Madhav

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav on Wednesday said the decision of pulling out of ruling coalition with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir was a difficult thing to digest for him but it was taken in the larger interest of people of the state and India. I was one of the persons involved in bringing this alliance together. I worked for 40 days with (PDP leader) Haseeb D...

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Present-age guides to yog and its health benefits

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) Is yoga just about being twisted into different positions like a pretzel or sitting cross-legged on a mat with closed eyes? One might think of it as a class where you learn to twist your body but multiple gurus from Paramahansa Yogananda to Baba Ramdev, the yoga tycoon of the contemporary age, who have had a contribution in publicising Yoga in India and the worl...

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Governor's rule not to affect anti-terror operations: Army chief

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) The imposition of governors rule in Jammu and Kashmir will not affect anti-terror operations, Army chief General Bipin Rawat said on Wednesday and noted that there was no political interference. We only stopped our operations during Ramzan. But we saw what happened. The terrorists continued with their actions, General Rawat said on the sidelines of an event here...

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Kashmiri Pandits reach J&K for annual festival

Srinagar, June 20 (IANS) Scores of migrant Kashmiri Pandits arrived at Mata Kheer Bhawani Shrine in Jammu and Kashmir's Ganderbal district on Wednesday to attend an annual festival, officials said. Despite speculation that a lesser number of Kashmiri Pandits would come to attend the Kheer Bhawani Mela in Tullamulla town this year, they kept their tryst with Mata Ragnya. Scenes of...

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Sitharaman visits rifleman Aurangzeb's family in J&K

Jammu, June 20 (IANS) Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday visited the family of rifleman Aurangzeb who was abducted and killed by militants in Jammu and Kashmir on June 15. Sitharaman arrived here earlier in the day and flew to the Mendhar area of Rajouri district where she met the bereaved family. I have come to spend some time with the family of the martyr and the ...

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J&K unlikely to see normalcy: Owaisi

Hyderabad, June 19 (IANS) The BJP's decision to pull out of the PDP-led Jammu and Kashmir government and the expected imposition of Governor's rule won't bring normalcy in the state, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said on Tuesday. There will not be normalcy after Governor's rule is imposed... There will be further repression. The BJP's actual agenda is to scrap Article 370. No Kashmiri wil...

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BJP sacrifices Kashmir for 'Mission 2019'

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Political compulsions seem to be a reason for the BJP and PDP parting ways in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday after their over three year old alliance left both parties apparently wary of their political base shrinking in view of feedback that things had not worked out as desired and could continue the same way till the Lok Sabha polls. The parties had formed the c...

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Kashmir in political crisis as BJP-PDP government falls

Srinagar/New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir was pushed into a major political crisis on Tuesday after the BJP suddenly pulled out of the ruling combine with the PDP, bringing down Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's 27-month-old government amid surging violence in the state. The decision, which surprised the Mufti-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and came days after the central go...

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Six more die in Assam floods, over 5.5 lakh still marooned

Guwahati, June 19 (IANS) With six more deaths reported from Cachar and Karimganj districts on Tuesday, the death toll in the first wave of floods in Assam has reached 17 as 5,64,074 people continued to be affected by the deluge in five districts on Tuesday. While the flood situation has improved in Golaghat and East and West Karbi Anglong districts on Tuesday, Nagaon Hojai, Cachar, Karim...

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Congress rules out coalition with PDP

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) The Congress on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of an alliance with the Peoples Democratic Alliance (PDP), making Governor's rule look imminent in Jammu and Kashmir after the BJP pulled out of the PDP-led coalition government. Senior Congress leader and former state Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said the question of an alliance with the PDP does not arise.

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Muscular policy won't work in Kashmir, says Mehbooba

Srinagar, June 19 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti asserted on Tuesday that a muscular policy won't work in the state and also ruled out any other alliance to form a government after the BJP quit the PDP-led alliance. Addressing the media after submitting her resignation to Governor N.N. Vohra and after chairing a meeting of her party colleagues, Mehbooba Mufti outl...

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BJP exit may lead to greater instability in J&K: CPI-M

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) The BJP-PDP was an opportunistic alliance but the BJP pulling out of the coalition government at this point may push Jammu and Kashmir into greater uncertainty, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) said on Tuesday. It also stressed that the BJP could not wash its hands of the deterioration in the situation and of deepening the alienation of the people.

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J&K unlikely to see normalcy: Owaisi

Hyderabad, June 19 (IANS) The BJP's decision to pull out of the PDP-led Jammu and Kashmir government and the expected imposition of Governor's rule won't bring normalcy in the state, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said on Tuesday. There will not be normalcy after Governor's rule is imposed... There will be further repression. The BJP's ... actual agenda is to scrap Article 370. No Kashmiri...

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BJP quits J&K government, ends alliance with PDP

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) More than three years after they formed an uneasy coalition, the BJP on Tuesday pulled out of the PDP-led Jammu and Kashmir government, citing growing terror activities and radicalization in the valley making its continuance untenable. Announcing the party's sudden decision at a hurriedly-called press conference, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary Ra...

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Separatists call strike against Bukhari killing

Srinagar, June 19 (IANS) The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a grouping of senior separatist leaders, on Tuesday called for a protest shutdown on Thursday against the murder of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari and civilian killings in the Kashmir Valley. Senior separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik called for a Valley-wide shutdown. ...

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Journalist organisations seek accountability over Shujaat Bukhari's killing

New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) Journalist organisations held a remembrance-cum-solidarity meeting here on Monday in memory of Shujaat Bukhari, Editor-in-Chief of Rising Kashmir and said his killing demands accountability at various levels. In a joint statement, 11 media organisations demanded that the government of Jammu and Kashmir bring the perpetrators of the dastardly crime to book at the...

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Army chief visits Kashmir to review security situation

New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) A day after the Central government decided not to extend the Ramadan ceasefire in the Kashmir Valley, Indian Army chief, General Bipin Rawat on Monday visited Jammu and Kashmir to review the security situation, an official statement said. Rawat, accompanied by the newly-appointed Northern Army chief, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, visited forward areas in the state and wa...

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Assam flood toll is 11, over 5 lakh affected

Guwahati, June 18 (IANS) The flood fury continued in Assam on Monday with two more deaths reported from Barak Valley, taking the flood-related death toll to 11, even as over five lakh people were affected in six districts. Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials said two persons died due to floods in Cachar and Hailakandi areas while 548,986 persons from 719 villages ...

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Army chief visits Aurangzeb's bereaved family

Jammu, June 18 (IANS) Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Monday visited the family of rifleman Aurangzeb who was abducted and killed by militants in Jammu and Kashmir on June 15. Gen Rawat went to the village of the slain soldier in Mendhar area of Poonch district. He spent 45 minutes with the bereaved family, consoling them and lauding the exemplary courage and bravery of ...

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