SC defers hearing on Article 35A

SC defers hearing on Article 35A

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday deferred hearing on petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Article 35A, which grants special rights and privileges to permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir. The Government of India told the apex court that the matter is very sensitive and as the GoI’s interlocutor (Dineshwar Sharma) is making efforts […]

Issue directions to ensure Kashmiris not harassed: CM to GoI

Issue directions to ensure Kashmiris not harassed: CM to GoI

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday asked the Government of India (GoI) to issue directions to the “concerned agencies” to ensure that its residents do not face any harassment. The chief minister spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh and brought to his notice cases of alleged harassment of people from the […]

Dineshwar Sharma, others meet Governor

Dineshwar Sharma, others meet Governor

JAMMU: Government of India’s Special Representative for Dialogue in J&K, Dineshwar Sharma, called on Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan on Fruday. Governor and Sharma held extended discussions regarding the crucial importance of maintaining peace and normalcy in the State alongside the effective functioning of the administrative apparatus. A statement also said that that […]

Article 370 not a temporary provision, says SC

Article 370 not a temporary provision, says SC

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that Article 370 of the Constitution which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir is not a temporary provision. The apex court said that in its earlier verdict of 2017 in the SARFESI case, it has been already held that Article 370 was “not a temporary provision”. […]

Holding talks with Pak is GoI’s prerogative: Jitendra

Holding talks with Pak is GoI’s prerogative: Jitendra

Jammu: Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office Dr Jitendra Singh on Sunday said that the decision to hold or not to hold talks with Pakistan is purely the Government of India’s prerogative. “Only the Government of India is in a position to take a call on this. I am not qualified to answer whether […]

Swamy calls Mehbooba ‘beloved’ of Pak

Swamy calls Mehbooba ‘beloved’ of Pak

SRINAGAR: Taking a strong exception to chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s remark over initiating a peace dialogue with Pakistan, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Sunday dubbed her of being a ‘beloved of Pakistan’. “I don’t understand why we have not withdrawn the Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan, it is because of people […]

‘Little outcome achieved’ under much-touted PMDP in JK

‘Little outcome achieved’ under much-touted PMDP in JK

Only 22 percent funds released so far, poor outcome in a year NEW DELHI: Only 22% of the Prime Minister’s Rs 80,000 crore development package for Jammu and Kashmir has been released to the state government so far, a parliamentary committee has said in a scathing report underlining the “little outcome achieved” under it. The […]

Partial Shutdown greets Sharma in Tral

Partial Shutdown greets Sharma in Tral

Cricket enthusiasts come with bats to demand sport infrastructure, Sikhs ask for minority status Anantnag: Amid a partial shutdown observed in Tral against his visit, the Modi government’s special representative to Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, met on Thursday 6 delegations in the town that included members of the minority Sikh community, workers of the BJP, advocates, […]

PDP tells Drabu to take back ‘Kashmir not political’ statement

PDP tells Drabu to take back ‘Kashmir not political’ statement

Srinagar: In a swift disavowal of finance minister Haseeb Drabu’s statement that Kashmir was not a political but social issue, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday asked him to immediately take back his words. In a public statement, PDP Vice President Mohammad Sartaj Madni asked Drabu to retract from the statement immediately. However, the […]

With some relish, NC rips into Drabu & his ‘Team A of BJP’

With some relish, NC rips into Drabu & his ‘Team A of BJP’

Srinagar: Grabbing the opportunity offered by Haseeb Drabu’s description of Kashmir as a “society with social issues” instead of a political dispute, the opposition National Conference on Sunday asked if the ruling PDP was acting as “team A” of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. Addressing a press conference at NC’s party headquarters Nawa-e-Subah, senior […]