Mehbooba meets Modi, discusses development projects

Mehbooba meets Modi, discusses development projects

New Delhi: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed with him several issues related to Jammu and Kashmir. She requested the prime minister to expedite flood-protection work and dredging in river Jhelum as envisioned in the Prime Minister’s Development Plan. She also asked for speeding of work on the […]

Peace and Conflict do not go together

Peace and Conflict do not go together

Mehbooba Mufti, speaking at a function, stated that, “Peace is must for development. There is peaceful atmosphere in Jammu and it is progressing. We would once enjoy that atmosphere in Kashmir”. She added that, “we, in Kashmir, have now to decide on how to shape our future” At another event, Mehbooba stated that, “.the agenda […]

Bukhari replaces Naeem as edu min

Bukhari replaces Naeem as edu min

Srinagar: Altaf Bukhari replaced Naeem Akhtar as Minister of Education and Haseeb Drabu was divested of the culture ministry by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in her first expansion and reshuffle of her cabinet on Friday. Naeem Akhtar was made Minister of Public Works, which includes the department of Roads and Buildings (R&B). Abdul Rehman Veeri […]

Army chief’s statement described as ‘aggressive’, ‘direct threat’

Army chief’s statement described as ‘aggressive’, ‘direct threat’

Srinagar: Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat’s warning to people “who help militants” is at odds with the “restraint” and “reconciliation” that is part of the 16-page ‘Agenda for Alliance’ document  of the PDP-BJP government. Though government spokesperson Naeem Akhtar did not respond to repeated calls and text, some PDP leaders and ministers told Kashmir […]

NC complains to Governor about “arbitrary” Panchayat delimitation

NC complains to Governor about “arbitrary” Panchayat delimitation

JAMMU: Opposition National Conference has expressed concern over what it called arbitrary delimitation of panchayats and reiterated its demand for constitution of an empowered delimitation commission headed by a retired high court judge. An NC delegation, led by its general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar, called on Governor N N Vohra Thursday and cast aspersions on […]

Govt yet to set up election commission, state may lose Rs 4,000-crore

Govt yet to set up election commission, state may lose Rs 4,000-crore

Srinagar: Elections are long overdue for Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies (ULB) but the government is showing no interest in setting up a state election commission, whose mandate it is to conduct the polls. Though elections for panchayats have been announced for March, sources say it is unlikely they will be held at that time. […]

Speaker’s expunge-CM’s-remarks order illegal: Experts

Speaker’s expunge-CM’s-remarks order illegal: Experts

SRINAGAR: Speaker assembly Kavinder Gupta overstepped his brief by adjourning the legislature sine die after his order to expunge chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s statement on Article 370 created pandemonium in the house, legal experts say. Former advocate general Ishaq Qadri told Kashmir Reader the speaker adjourned the house because “he had no answers to the […]

Govt to process draft bill that gives police AFSPA-like powers

Govt to process draft bill that gives police AFSPA-like powers

Srinagar: The government has decided to process “for approval of the competent authority” a draft bill that proposes to arm the police with powers similar to those enjoyed by the armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir. The 74-page Jammu and Kashmir Police Draft Bill-2013 had been posted on the Web site of the home department […]

Article 370: Thou shall not Speak Sine Die!

Article 370: Thou shall not Speak Sine Die!

In the tragicomic fallout and reaction to Mehbooba Mufti’s remarks in the Legislative Assembly wherein she had said that, ‘those opposing Article 370 were anti-national’, the Assembly morphed into a niggling and nit picking arena. The Speaker of the Assembly sought to expunge Mehbooba’s remarks and in the outrage that ensued, the Assembly was adjourned […]

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