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Will bring back Pandits with dignity: Mehbooba

29 May 2016 | 1:21 AM

SRINAGAR:Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today vowed to bring back Kashmiri Pandits “with dignity” to transit accommodation in the Valley.

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Will bring back Pandits with dignity: MehboobaMehbooba Mufti

Ehsan Fazili

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, May 28

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today vowed to bring back Kashmiri Pandits “with dignity” to transit accommodation in the Valley.

“I will (Insha Allah) bring them back with honour and dignity,” she told the Assembly. “Our roots are in insaniyat…. the Pandits will come back and settle at their respective places. We must move step by step,” she said, adding that Muslims and Sikhs who had migrated owing to militancy would also be brought back.

The Chief Minister, speaking during the motion of thanks on the Governor’s Address, said the Pandits’ return was among the various issues dwelt upon by the Working Group. “They can stay in the transit accommodation till the time they feel safe to move elsewhere,” Mehbooba said, explaining that 50 per cent of the transit accommodation would be for migrants from other faiths. 

Arguing that it was not possible to send them straightaway to their respective places, the CM said, “When we are not sending our (political) workers to their villages, how can they (Pandits) be sent to their homes?.” 

She pointed out that her political workers, along with PSOs, were staying in hotels as the situation in far-flung areas was not yet safe. “Separatists, mainstream party members, those with the NC and the Congress are all part of Kashmiriyat,” she said.  

Earlier, during Question Hour, Education Minister, Naeem Akhtar said the “ultimate objective is to get back the Pandits to the Valley. This is our party (PDP) stand.” He was replying to supplementary questions by Independent MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid on the financial assistance given to Kashmiri migrants in Jammu and at other places. 

“Pandits are a part of our culture and civilisation. The government has a plan for their return to the Valley,” Akhtar added.

5-hr govt script, starring Bollywood

5-hr govt script, starring Bollywood

29 May 2016 | 1:20 AM

NEW DELHI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a mega show, “Ek Nayi Subah”, organised by Doordarshan and telecast from five centres, today claimed that his government had brought a “generic change” in the lives of people.

EC revokes poll in 2 TN seats, says voters bribed

29 May 2016 | 1:20 AM

NEW DELHI:In a first, the Election Commission today recommended cancelling poll in two Tamil Nadu Assembly seats following evidence of use of money to influence voters, saying the atmosphere was “seriously vitiated” to hold the democratic exercise at this stage.

It’s a perfect 10 for 1,68,541 studentsCBSE Class X results

It’s a perfect 10 for 1,68,541 students

29 May 2016 | 2:23 AM

NEW DELHI:A whopping 1,68,541 students across the country — 85,316 boys and 83,225 girls — have scored a perfect 10 CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) score in the CBSE Class X exam results announced today.

Aide of poster boy  of militancy arrested

Aide of poster boy of militancy arrested

29 May 2016 | 1:22 AM

SRINAGAR:In a major blow to militancy in south Kashmir, Tariq Pandit, a close aide of 21-year-old commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen Burhan Wani, was arrested from Pulwama this morning.

US Sikhs to honour scribe who brought Pilibhit story to light

US Sikhs to honour scribe who brought Pilibhit story to light

29 May 2016 | 2:25 AM

YUBA CITY (CALIFORNIA): The Punjabi American Heritage Society of Yuba City and various Sikh temples in California, US, will honour Vishwa Mitra Tandon, a journalist whose investigative reporting brought to light the killing of 11 Sikhs in fake encounters by UP Police in Pilibhit district in 1991.

Punjab cop shot dead by ‘drug addicts’

29 May 2016 | 1:22 AM

GONIANA (BATHINDA):Thirty-year-old Punjab Police Constable Gurwinder Singh was reportedly shot dead in cold blood by addicts near Mehma Sarja village this afternoon over “sharing of booty”.

PC, Sibal, Jairam Cong’s RS nominees

PC, Sibal, Jairam Cong’s RS nominees

29 May 2016 | 1:41 AM

NEW DELHI: After days of hectic deliberations, the Congress today nominated former ministers Ambika Soni, P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal and Jairam Ramesh to the Rajya Sabha for the upcoming biennial elections.

CITY FOCUS

10/10 for 2,548 students in tricity

10/10 for 2,548 students in tricity

29 May 2016 | 2:17 AM

CHANDIGARH: With as many as 2,548 students scoring a perfect 10 in the Class X Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examinations, the tricity this year has registered a remarkable improvement in the overall performance of students as compared to last year.

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Govt eases norms for 46 vacant MDS seats

29 May 2016 | 1:02 AM

FARIDKOT: The state Medical Education Department has announced a relaxation in the eligibility condition for 46 vacant seats in the Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) in 12 private dental colleges in the state.

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Ours is most peaceful state, says Badal

29 May 2016 | 1:01 AM

LAMBI: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said that the state was the most peaceful and harmonious in the country. “Petty incidents can happen anytime in any part of the world,” he said on the sidelines of his sangat darshan programme in Lambi Assembly segment today.

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Amarinder to interact with ‘College Captains’ today

29 May 2016 | 1:01 AM

NEW DELHI: Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh will return to the campaign trail tomorrow with a major youth outreach planned by his poll strategist, Prashant Kishor.

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Central forces deployed in 7 districts

Central forces deployed in 7 districts

29 May 2016 | 1:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: In the wake of members of the Jat community threatening to launch a fresh agitation for reservation, security was today beefed up in Haryana as Central forces were deployed in seven sensitive districts across the state.

VC says no to restoration of student body elections

VC says no to restoration of student body elections

29 May 2016 | 1:04 AM

SHIMLA: Prof ADN Bajpai, Vice-Chancellor, Himachal Pradesh University (HPU), today categorically ruled out the restoration of direct elections to the Students Central Association (SCA) and roll back of RUSA and fee hike and said the agitation by some students organisations was politically motivated.

Sainik Colony not for non-state subjects, no land identified yet: Mehbooba

Sainik Colony not for non-state subjects, no land identified yet: Mehbooba

29 May 2016 | 1:02 AM

SRINAGAR: Asserting that no land had been identified as yet for Sainik Colony in Kashmir, Chief Minister Mehboba Mufti said here today that the issue was being exploited and made it clear that the colony was not meant for non-state subjects.

Cloudburst wreaks havoc in Ghansali

Cloudburst wreaks havoc in Ghansali

29 May 2016 | 1:05 AM

MUSSOORIE: A cloudburst wreaked havoc in Kothiyada, Seeta Kot and Veleshwar villages around the Bal Ganga region of Ghansali block in Tehri district today.

Trump supporters, protesters clash in San Diego; 35 arrested

Trump supporters, protesters clash in San Diego; 35 arrested

29 May 2016 | 1:06 AM

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump brought his message of walls and deportations to the doorstep of America's busiest border crossing on Friday as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee greeted supporters in San Diego, amid one of the largest counter-protests organised against him.

Bad loans take a toll on SBI, Q4 profit dips 66%

Bad loans take a toll on SBI, Q4 profit dips 66%

28 May 2016 | 1:19 AM

KOLKATA: The country’s biggest lender, State Bank of India, today posted a massive 66% fall in its net profit in the March quarter, weighed down by higher provisions for bad loans, which jumped to a staggering Rs 1 lakh crore.

NoSkipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers play a game of soccer during a training session ahead of their final against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Bengaluru on Friday. PTI

Bangalore take on Hyderabad

29 May 2016 | 2:08 AM

BENGALURU: Virat Kohli's inspirational leadership for Royal Challengers Bangalore will be up against the brute force of David Warner's Sunrisers Hyderabad in a high-intensity summit clash tomorrow. RCB, however, will have a slight advantage over Sunrisers as they have the experience of playing in an IPL final twice — 2009 and 2011, but on both the occasions, they had finished runners-up. Sunrisers' best finish was a playoff berth in their debut season in 2013.

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Lanka in dire straits

29 May 2016 | 2:06 AM

DURHAM: Chris Woakes compounded Sri Lanka's misery in the second Test following a hundred by Moeen Ali as England closed in on a series-clinching win at the Riverside today.

Sonowal gone, but still no supplements for athletes at NIS

29 May 2016 | 2:06 AM

PATIALA: Former sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal has apparently not kept the promise he made to the elite track and field athletes about two weeks back at NIS, Patiala.

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