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Around 60% KP migrant electorate cast votes
Over 70% voter turnout in Phase-I J&K polls: Narula
Sonawari records highest 80 pc voting; Ganderbal records lowest turnout with 52.97%
JAMMU, Nov 25: Defying the separatists’ boycott call, terror threats and chilly weather conditions, over 70 percent electorate across 15 constituencies, spread in 7 districts of the state, Tuesday cast their vote in an ‘absolutely peaceful and incident free’ first phase of the assembly elections. Belying all apprehensions of low voter turnout on account of separatists’ boycott calls and post-floods scenario in the Valley, the voter turnout was...
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Long queues, enthusiasm in Phase-I polls
Most voters say they want a change
GANDERBAL, BANDIPORA, SONAWARI, Nov 25: Barring a few incidents of violence, brisk polling was witnessed in the assembly constituencies today. There was hardly any impact of poll boycott call given by separatist parties in any of the constituencies. Long queues of voters were seen outside the polling booths throughout the day. However, those who voted said that they are voting to get their local problems solved and that the polling has nothing...
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3 injured as NC, Cong workers clash in Drass
JAMMU, Nov 25: Three political activists were injured one of them seriously during a clash between National Conference (NC) and Congress activists at Polling Station at Drass in Kargil during polling, today. Official reports said that three political activists were injured one of them seriously during a clash between National Conference (NC) and Congress activists at Bahmbat Polling Station at Drass in Kargil during polling, today. The injured...
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JA placed under suspension for mandhandling
REASI, Nov 25: Deputy Commissioner (DC) Reasi today placed under suspension a Junior Assistant posted in tehsil Office Mahore for allegedly manhandling a Headmaster while they were standing in a queue to exercise his franchise before proceeding to their election duties, at Mini Secretariat Reasi. DC Reasi also ordered a probe into the whole episode with a direction to submit the report within couple of days. Official reports said that Shakeel ...
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High poll percentage in Phase-I elections a surprise for many
SRINAGAR, Nov 25: Amid the election boycott call and intense cold, the first phase of assembly elections in Kashmir had an element of surprise because of high poll percentage in almost all the five assembly constituencies. The polling today was held over two and a half months after the devastating flood had hit Kashmir particularly Srinagar city. National Conference (NC) had demanded postponement of polls and had “feared election boycott.” Howe...
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Strike in Bandipora, clashes at Maisuma
SRINAGAR, Nov 25: A strike was today observed in Bandipora town and a few areas in north Kashmir which went to polls. Police fired smoke shells and resorted to lathi-charge during clashes at Maisuma here. Reports said that shops and other business establishments remained closed at Bandipora and a few areas. However, in rest of the places life was normal. The call for the strike was given by various separatist groups. At Maisuma, local police a...
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Voter turnout reflects overwhelming desire for change: Mehbooba
‘PDP first choice for voters across J&K’
SRINAGAR, Nov 25: Expressing satisfaction over the peaceful culmination of the first phase of voting with encouraging turnout, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti has said the trends emerging from today’s polling show an overwhelming desire for change with PDP clearly emerging as the foremost choice for the voters across Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. “People are participating in this election to write a new script in the State...
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NC will emerge as single largest party again: Omar
SRINAGAR, Nov 25: Chief minister Omar Abdullah today claimed that National Conference will again emerge as single largest party in assembly elections. However, only few days back he was claiming that his party will form the next government on its own. Addressing public meetings at Kupwara, Langate and Kulgam today, he described as totally wrong the poll assessments that like last Lok Sabha polls, NC will have to face humiliating defeats in ...
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HC censures govt for tardy rehabilitation of flood victims
Asks for submission of detailed list of victims to GoI by Dec 1
SRINAGAR, Nov 25: Censuring the state government for being ‘lax’ in rehabilitation of September flood victims, the High Court today asked the state government to submit before the Government of India (GoI) a detailed list of flood victims who have suffered partial, severe and full damages to their houses by or before December 1. A division bench of the High Court comprising of Justice M H Attar and Justice A M Magrey has also asked revenues sec...
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Valley continues to reel under cold, snowfall expected on 27
SRINAGAR, Nov 25: Kashmir valley continues to reel under cold wave as temperatures witnessed a further decrease at several places across the state. According to the state meteorological department minimum temperature at Srinagar witnessed a slight increase. However, the temperatures recorded at various other places were below freezing point. For the past one week, temperatures across the valley witnessed a sharp decline resulting in the increas...
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PDP has proved how to bring transparency in governance: Mufti
JAMMU, Nov 25: Reiterating his resolve to institutionalize transparency and accountability in the governance, patron of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said that in its tenure of just three years PDP had proved how to deliver a good, effective and corruption free governance to the people. He said that PDP had shown the way for strengthening democratic and constitutional institutions in the State by initiating var...
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Police firing in air during Cong, BJP activsts’ clash
REASI, Nov 25: Police opened fire in air to disperse the political activists of Congress and Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), who clashed with each other over a tiff and also attacked the cops at Chilka in Arnas area of Reasi district, last night. The cops also detained three political activists of both the parties and registered case against 20 others out of which ten have been identified while others are unknown, Station House Officer (SHO) Police...
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Army Chief visits J&K
NEW DELHI, Nov 25 (Agencies): Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag today visited to Jammu and Kashmir to review the security situation there as the first phase of polling goes underway. Suhag began his tour of the state from Srinagar and went back to the national capital in the evening. Ensuring a violence-free election in Jammu and Kashmir is a major task for the Army at the moment and the force has been put on high alert. Some militant grou...
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Elections a military exercise: Geelani
SRINAGAR, Nov 25: Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) today said elections in the state have been a military exercise. In a statement, he said how the elections can be called as "free and fair" when the entire separatist leaders has been arrested." There is a state sponsored suppression to crush the aspirations of people," he alleged. Geelani also criticised police chief for his statement wherein he had asserted to crush an...
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Cartoon Corner
ECI takes exception to engagement of children in polls
JAMMU, Nov 20: The Election Commission of India has taken strong exception to the engagement of children in various election related activities and held the same as highly objectionable. According to circular issued by GAD here, it further held that no such insensitivity was shown by any political party anywhere in the country and that such violation of children’s right for any work connected with the election process like campaigning, carrying...
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HC issues notices to 38 schools
SRINAGAR, Nov 22: The High Court has issued notices to 38 schools to explain their stand with regard to charging fee from parents for September, when the state was hit by devastating floods. These schools have been asked to file their response within two weeks. The notice was issued by the High Court’s registrar after the amicus curie informed the court about his recommendations. On November 17, the court had asked state government and managem...
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BJP's centralised power mechanism
The BJP's ambitions of decimating regional voices in all parts of the country are fraught with serious dangers and its consequences would be far more outreaching than just further pushing the marginalised to the margins. For any healthy democracy, the existence of multiple ideas and multiple aspirations are a must. In a country with many diversities, federal and decentralised polity with power at the grassroots, is the best suited democratic mod...
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Promises made to Kashmir
By Kuldip Nayar
Two boys have been killed in Kashmir. The incident itself is bizarre. A white car is mistaken for a similar one, which used to scurry suspected militants back and forth. As many as 115 bullets are fired at the car at one go. The only surviving passenger, a boy, tells how the incessant fury did not stop even after the car hit a tree to come to a halt. The Indian Army has accepted its mistake. The agility with which it has done so indicates that ...
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After their nude protest, Manipuri mothers want another 'Women's agitation'
By Anjulika Thingnam
The harsh lights in the dressing room at the largest open-air auditorium in the northeastern state of Manipur are an unwanted necessity, especially in the middle of the day. But the ageing women who have made this room at the Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre (BOAT), both their office and home, need them to cook, read or meet people. Members of the All Manipur Reformation and Development Samaj, also known as Nupi Samaj, one of the leading Meira Pai...
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Democracy or dynasty rule
Dear Editor, Children are born to take care of the political life of their fathers, suits the current definition of democracy where dynastic rule becomes the norm. Without any hindrance one can say that democracy means that if father retires, moves to a higher state his son or daughter is the only valid person in the whole area or nation to be appointed as the head of that political party. Let's not point towards Pakistan, Bangladesh politics o...
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PM reaches out to opposition, hopeful of fruitful Winter Session
NEW DELHI, Nov 24 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today voiced hope that the opposition will cooperate in Parliament to make it a "fruitful and result-oriented" winter session, despite several parties making it clear they will resist reform measures. "People of the country have given us responsibility to run the government, but they have also given the responsibility to all those sitting in Parliament to run the country," Modi told rep...
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Speculations of Modi-Sharif meeting on sidelines of SAARC Summit
ISLAMABAD, Nov 24 (Agencies): There is a possibility of a meeting between Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi when they travel to Nepal this week to attend the SAARC Summit. Citing an official, the Express Tribune reported that the two premiers may interact on the sidelines of the Summit. "The two prime ministers will come face-to-face at the retreat ceremony in Kathmandu," the official said. As part ...
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JKCA not bothered about players
JAMMU, Nov 24: "There is a complete anarchy in J&K cricket," former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi summed up the entire mess of valley cricket in one sentence. Bedi's appointment as chief coach in 2011 was considered a high point in Jammu and Kashmir cricket, but things turned sour over the last Ranji season despite two outright wins and three draws in eight matches. The greatest left-arm spinner finally stepped down in the midst of second seas...
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