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CM slams separatists, mainstream camps for opposing Pandits’ returnChief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh in the Assembly. Tribune photo

CM slams separatists, mainstream camps for opposing Pandits’ return

Questions how their return and rehabilitation can change demography of region17 Jan 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today hit out at separatists and mainstream leaders for opposing the resettlement of displaced Kashmiri Pandits in the Kashmir Valley and questioned how their return would change the demography of the region.

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Arteev Sharma 

Tribune News Service 

Jammu, January 16

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today hit out at separatists and mainstream leaders for opposing the resettlement of displaced Kashmiri Pandits in the Kashmir Valley and questioned how their return would change the demography of the region.

She also asked the people (obliquely referring to the separatist camp) to understand the depth of Article 370 that grants special status to J&K, saying: “It (Article 370) is not only about special status of J&K but it is more about securing our culture and brotherhood”.

“Everyone — be it Pandits, Muslims or Gujjars — can reside and settle in Jammu. In Kashmir, they say the return of Kashmiri Pandits to their land will change the demography. They provided education to our children and they are the part of our culture. How could their return change the demography of Kashmir?” Mehbooba said while winding up the discussion on the Motion of Thanks to the Governor’s Address in the Legislative Council today. 

She questioned, “Where are we heading? Such things might happen in Afghanistan, Syria and Israel but this is not part of Kashmiriyat. Now, it appears that Jammu has become Kashmir as it has accommodated all sections of society. Jammu has espoused the culture and brotherhood of Kashmir. We are opposed in Kashmir when we talk about the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits. Leave aside others, even mainstream leaders raise their voice that it would change the demography of the region”.

“It is high time we understood the depth and real spirit of Article 370,” the Chief Minister said, adding that “Article 370 is not only about securing the special status of J&K but it is more about securing the culture and brotherhood. It (Art 370) is not any other entry in the rule book but it has to be understood in depth and with perspective”.

Snowfall closes Kashmir highway, eases cold wave

Snowfall closes Kashmir highway, eases cold wave

17 Jan 2017 | 12:56 AM

SRINAGAR: Snowfall across the Kashmir valley today, the second spell within a month, forced the closure of 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu highway and eased the cold wave of recent days.

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17 Jan 2017 | 12:56 AM

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17 Jan 2017 | 12:56 AM

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Resume Indo-Pak talks: Mehbooba

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17 Jan 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today advocated resumption of Indo-Pak dialogue process, saying better and friendly relations are in the best interest of Jammu and Kashmir.

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17 Jan 2017 | 12:56 AM

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17 Jan 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: The issue of ‘Dangal’ girl Zaira Wasim, a Kashmiri who posted an apology on social media, today figured in the Assembly with a BJP member saying “anti-national forces” had issued death threats to the 16-year-old actress and that adequate security should be given to her.

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17 Jan 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: This year’s annual pilgrimage to the holy Amarnath cave shrine of Lord Shiva, nestled in south Kashmir Himalayas, will commence on June 29.

Govt: No impact of note ban on violence in Valley

17 Jan 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: The Central Government’s claim of breaking the backbone of elements funding violence in the Kashmir valley after demonetisation has proved false as the PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir has admitted that there are no such reports available with them.

Govt ignores dissent, to give relief to unrest victims

17 Jan 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: A day after the state working committee of the BJP adopted a resolution opposing ex gratia relief to the victims of the 2016 unrest in Kashmir, the state government, of which the BJP is also a part, decided to go ahead with the decision of giving the relief to the victims.

Council Chairman quashes court order to register FIR against MLC

17 Jan 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: The Upper House proceedings today erupted to a commotion in the question hour when legislators raised objection against “court’s interference” to direct the police to register an FIR against a sitting MLC, Showkat Ganai, against his remarks on Burhan Wani, whom he termed as a “martyr”.

Empower panchayats for J&K’s stability, govt urged

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17 Jan 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: The All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC), an organisation working for the welfare of panchayts, today organised a one-day state level convention.

Agriculture dept reviews projects of silk industry

17 Jan 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: Financial Commissioner (FC), Agriculture Production Department (APD), Pramod Jain, today chaired a meeting of the State-Level Project Monitoring Committee of the Sericulture Development Department.

Docs perform complex heart surgery

17 Jan 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: Interventional cardiologists at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital in Jammu led by Ujjaval Chandra Mehrotra, interventional cardiologist and electrophysiologist, have performed a life-saving procedure on a 52-year-old patient suffering from end-stage heart failure.

ABVP criticises government over compensation to stone-throwers

17 Jan 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has condemned the decision of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to provide compensation to stone-throwers in the Kashmir valley.

Indian Youth Forum felicitates Affan

17 Jan 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: Affan Yesvi, a young social activist from Kashmir, was felicitated with India’s Top 100 Young Leader’s Award 2017 at a function in New Delhi.

Minister: Govt buying 136 ambulances

17 Jan 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: Minister for Health and Medical Education Bali Bhagat today said the government was in the process of procuring much-needed 136 ambulances.

Hurriyat hails doctorate for Syed Geelani

17 Jan 2017 | 12:56 AM

SRINAGAR: A faction of the Hurriyat Conference today welcomed the decision of Mirpur University to confer a doctorate upon Syed Ali Geelani.

Border tourism promotion priority matter: Akhter

17 Jan 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: Education Minister Naeem Akhter said today that the promotion of border tourism was a priority matter as it was connected to the normalisation of relations between India and Pakistan.

Father tosses infant to death in Ganderbal

17 Jan 2017 | 12:56 AM

SRINAGAR: In a shocking incident, an infant died after her father allegedly tossed her on the floor in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district today.

State faced power deficit of 582 MW in 2015-16

17 Jan 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir faced electricity deficit of 582 MW that is 21.8 per cent during 2015-16 leaving lakhs of people to deal with daily power cuts during scorching summer and frosty winter months.

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