|People throng banks, ATMs after lifting of curfew|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 29: After lifting of curfew today after 51 days, people thronged the local banks in huge numbers.
People could be seen queuing outside local ATMs also.
Owing to complete shutdown, curfew and restrictions since July 9 the banks across Kashmir valley have remained closed while majority of the ATMS were defunct giving people a tough time.
Moreover, due to strict curbs put in place by authorities, the locals could not access bank branches or ATMs.
With no bank branches and ATMs functional all these days the residents have been pushed to huge inconvenience.
The branch managers of several J&K bank branches revealed that since morning banks witnessed a huge rush of people.
“It has been very difficult for the bank employees to report to banks because of strict restrictions. T...|
|Thrashing of Court employee: HC asks CRPF Commandant to appear in person|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 29: The High Court has ordered personal appearance of a commandant of 117 battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) with regard to the beating of a court employee Mohammad Ramzan on August 19.
As the matter came up for hearing today, a division bench headed by Chief Justice N. Paul Vasanthakumar ordered commandant of CRPF’s 117 battalion to appear before it with regard to the beating of Ramzan who was on way to the office. He was stopped by police and CRPF personnel near Natipora Shrine, less than 3-kilometers from high court complex, and beat him up.
The court issued the orders of personal appearance to the commandant of CRPF who had to furnish an inquiry report to IG CRPF but has reportedly failed do so.
On August 21, Police and paramilitary forces had allegedly ...|
|Police arresting youth allegedly involved in stone pelting|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 29: Police and security forces are presently arresting youth allegedly involved in stone pelting incidents in Kashmir valley.
Reports said that police has detained more than 500 youths across Kashmir valley allegedly involved in stone pelting incidents.
In central Kashmir Srinagar and Budgam districts police has apprehended youths in nocturnal raids and lodged them in police nearby stations allegedly involved in stone pelting incidents.
Reports from other districts also said that large number of youths has been arrested by police in nocturnal raids involved in stone pelting incidents.
Most of the youths have been arrested during the nocturnal raids as the police did not arrest them during day time considering the ongoing protests and stone pelting incidents in most ...|
|NIA summons Geelani’s son for questioning|
|Agencies trying to malign leader’s family: Hurriyat (G)|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 29: NIA has summoned Dr Naeem Geelani, elder son of Hurriyat Conference (G), for questioning to its sub-office at Shivpora.
NIA officials have told media that the case pertains to a PE registered by the NIA to probe flow of funds into various bank accounts from overseas which in turn is allegedly being used for anti-national activities in the Valley.
Hurriyat (G) has strongly criticized the NIA move and termed the questioning of its leaders as an act of “terrifying and maligning” the family of its leader.
In a statement, its spokesman said, “After miserably failing to curb and contain the current mass uprising by all the military might, government is frustrated to the extent that they frame and arrest the pro-freedom leaders and activists on the pre-planned psychological ...|
|Rajnath to lead all party team to Kashmir on Sept 4|
|NEW DELHI, Aug 29: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will lead an all party delegation to Kashmir on September 4.
The delegation is expected to interact with a cross section of people as part of efforts to bring peace in the Valley which has been witnessing unrest. The delegation will visit Jammu and Kashmir on September 4 and the Home Minister will lead it, a Home Ministry spokesperson said.
Singh yesterday met BJP president Amit Shah, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Minister of State in the PMO Dr Jitendra Singh and discussed with them the modalities for the visit of all party delegation.
The meeting discussed possible individuals and groups with whom the delegation may interact. The government sounded out different political parties to convey the names of their representatives w...|
|Air space violation by Pak in R S Pura|
|JAMMU, Aug 29: Panic struck International Border (IB) in Jammu district today as a small flying object flew close to the International Border (IB) in Arnia and RS Pura sectors.
The flying object, probably a small plane, which was flying at a low height, was spotted and reported by the Border Security Force (BSF), guarding the International Border, official sources said, adding that a silver coloured two seater plane was witnessed flying over Border out Post (BoP) Vikram in Arnia sector at 1.05 PM. It’s height was estimated to be 350 meters and it was reportedly flying half a kilometer inside the IB on Indian side, sources claimed, adding that it was later seen at BoP Sangral in RS Pura at 1.10 PM and went towards Pakistan’s Putbal BoP.
Soon after the flying craft was witnessed at the IB...|
|Burhan’s father proposes multilateral dialogue on Kashmir|
|‘Not part of any political process, say so in individual capacity’|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 28: Muzaffar Wani the father of slain Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani while clarifying his non involvement in direct or indirect political process under Track II diplomacy claims to have advised Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, an influential Hindu spiritual guru, to impress upon the central government to initiate a multilateral dialogue with Pakistan, Hurriyat Conference and the representatives of Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh regions of the Jammu & Kashmir state.
He also said that one of his sons was killed in custody and another one, being a militant, was destined to die in an encounter one day or the other, reports a local news agency, KNS.
He also claimed to have made it clear to Ravi Ravi Shankar that national media is not portraying the real picture of Kashmir before th...|
|Hurriyat (G) reacts to PDP’s plea on peace|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 28: Hurriyat Conference (G) has sharply reacted to PDP’s appeal to Syed Ali Geelani to treat Mehbooba Mufti as his daughter and help her to restore peace.
In a statement a spokesman of Hurriyat (G) said, “We have three pronged relations with Mehbooba i.e. human, national and religious, but she has utterly failed to uphold any of these. Humanity teaches us to respect and honour the human beings irrespective of their caste, creed or culture, but she by her armed forces and uncontrolled police has turned this heavenly land into the hell. Here every house is mourning the demise of their loved ones, thereby tarnishing the very fabric of this honourable and pious relation.”
Regarding the national and religious relations, Hurriyat (G) said that it demands from her at least to be ...|
|Shah’s health deteriorating in Rajbagh police station: DFP|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 28: The Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) general secretary Moulana Abdullah Tari today expressed concern over the continuous imprisonment of party’s incarcerated chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah who is languishing in Rajbagh police station from last 50 days.
In a statement, Tari said prior to arrest, Shah has been under police detention or house arrest since last two years and during that period he was not even allowed to offer Friday prayers.
“Shah Sahib’s health has been deteriorated a lot and the phone and internet connections of his house and office have also been disconnected since last month. His family particularly two young daughters are very much concerned due to the communication gag. Given the situation, the state government should bear in mind that by resorting to chea...|
|Shafi Qureshi passes away |
|SRINAGAR, Aug 28: Veteran Congress leader, former union minister and former governor Mohammad Shafi Qureshi passed away in New Delhi today.
Governor N N Vohra, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and other mainstream leaders have condoled his death and paid rich tributes to him.
Qureshi was born on November 24, 1929. His father contractor Late Haji Mohammad Amin Abbasi was the first transporter of union council Birote, near Kohala Bridge District Abbottabad, Pakistan before 1947.
Qureshi served in various capacities in his long and very active political career. He was the Union Deputy Minister of Commerce from 28-1-66 to 14-2-1969, Union Deputy Minister for Steel & Heavy Engineering from 15-2-69 to 2-5-1971, Union Deputy Minister for Railways from 10-10-1974 to March 1977, Minister of Touri...|
|Talks with whosoever ready to reject violence: CM|
|NEW DELHI, Aug 28 (Agencies): Whosoever is ready to reject violence and help in restoring peace should be engaged in a dialogue to address the Kashmir problem, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said today while not being averse to involving the separatists if they are looking for a peaceful resolution.
At the same time, she said a "conducive atmosphere" needs to be created for a dialogue to take place and the "bunch of people" provoking youth to "gherao and attack" security camps should stop abetting violence.
Mehbooba, who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here yesterday to discuss the future course of action, also emphasised that the format of dialogue should be better than in the past when the central governments had nominated interlocutors and set up working groups.
She told a nation...|
|Omar lauds Modi|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 28: Former chief minister Omar Abdullah today lauded prime minister Narendra Modi for taking up the Kashmir situation in his radio address, saying it was "good to see" him continue from where he left after meeting the opposition parties from the state.
"Good to see @narendramodi ji continuing where he left off after meeting opposition parties in Delhi last Monday," the NC leader said on Twitter after the Prime Minister's radio address.
Reacting to Modi's observation on youth being pushed towards stone-pelting, Omar said it was due to "our collective mistakes".
"Unfortunately sir a lot of these youngsters have been pushed there by our collective mistakes and mishandling of J&K," situation, the National Conference working president said.
In his 'Mann ki Baat' radio add...|
|`Ready to give my eyes to Insha’|
|JAMMU, Aug 28: The Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Sunday went emotional, while talking about Insha Malik, the girl who lost her vision due to pellets and is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Delhi, and said she even asked the doctors to take her eyes if they could restore Insha's sight.
She was addressing the gathering after formally launching the Ujala scheme in Jammu and Kashmir with the distribution of LED bulbs among consumers at a function organized at the Convention Centre here.
The Chief Minister earlier this morning had visited Insha Malik in Safdarjung hospital in the union capital.
“Insha wanted to become a doctor, is there anything which would bring back her sight, I say it from my heart ... I told the doctors that I have seen a lot of life and if I have to give one of my...|
|Mirwaiz shifted to Chesmashahi sub jail|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 27: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been shifted from Nigeen police station to Chesmashi sub-jail.
He was arrested yesterday from his Nigeen residence as he tried to march towards Eidgah, venue for separatist march. Mirwaiz was lodged at Nigeen police station and shifted to Chesmashahi sub-jail late last evening.
Hurriyat (M) and Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chairman Hurriyat (G) has strongly condemned the arrest....|
|Peaceful bandh observed by Muslim community in Rajouri|
|RAJOURI, Aug 27: Taking a serious notice of large scale violation of human rights and killings of innocent Kashmiri youths in valley, a complete bandh was observed by Muslim community in district Rajouri.
The band call given by Muslim religious leaders and fully supported by businessmen of entire district went peacefully except some protests at Majakote and Koteranka.
As per reports, all the business establishments and transport remain off the roads for the whole day while none of the shops of Muslim community were found opened in Rajouri city, Gujjar Mandi, Panja Chowk, Salani, Kheora area of Rajouri city and traffic was also off the road.
Meanwhile, similar peaceful bandh was also observed in Budhal, Kotranka, Thannamandi, Darhal and Manjakote tehsils of district Rajouri against Ka...|
|Hospitals receiving survivors with pellet injuries|
|Fresh cases of victims pouring every day|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 27: With no letup in violence and protests hospitals in valley continue to receive fresh cases of pellet injuries every single day.
According to the officials at SMHS hospital during past couple of weeks dozens of injured persons with grievous injuries on eyes and other body parts, were admitted at the hospital.
The hospital officials reveled that near about 600 victims of pellet injuries in eyes have received treatment at the hospital during the prevailing turmoil in valley.
According to the medicos working in different hospitals across South Kashmir, per day more than 6 persons inflicted pellet injuries are received in different district hospitals.
The doctors at SMHS hospital here in Srinagar revealed that during past couple of weeks hospital has received more nearly ...|
|Beg hails Mehbooba’s statement|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 27: Senior PDP leader and former Parliamentarian, Dr. Mehboob Beg has hailed chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s statement where-in she has appealed to the protestors to give her a chance.
“It is only fair that she is given a chance, it is not that she is asking for the moon. We must give her a chance to address our grievances as we have done with leaders in the past,” said Dr Beg.
He further appealed to Syed Ali Shah Geelani to cooperate in this regard and give Mehbooba Mufti the opportunity that she deserves. “Geelani Sahab must think of Mehbooba Mufti as his daughter, who also happens to be the first Kashmiri Muslim woman to lead our state. She is not the conventional politician that we deal with most of the times, in-case she does not bring about a change, she will be ...|
|Cop shot dead in Pulwama|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 27: Suspected militants shot dead a policeman in Quil area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police officials said.
Unknown armed men emerged in Quil village and pumped five bullets into the body of police constable when he was about to board his personal Alto car outside his residence. The militant shortly after the incident managed to flee from the spot while the security forces cordoned off the area, however didn’t meet with no success in nabbing the assailants.
Doctors at Sub-District Hospital told local agencies that slain constable was brought dead in the hospital. “There were three bullets in his head and two in chest,” they said.
The slain cop was identified as Khurshid Ahmad Ganai son of Abdul Aziz. The cop was posted at District Police Lines Pulwama.
|Jaitley’s absence in SAARC conference won’t matter: Pak|
|ISLAMABAD, Aug 27(Agencies): Playing down India's move to isolate Pakistan in the region amidst escalating tensions between the two over the ongoing unrest in the Kashmir valley, Islamabad said New Delhi's decision not to send its finance minister, Arun Jaitley, for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) finance ministers' conference hardly matters.
“India's (finance minister's) absence hardly matters," said Pakistan Finance Minister Ishaq Dar after the conclusion of eighth SAARC finance ministers' conference.
However, Dar hastily added that the individuals do not matter, but countries do, reported the agencies.
Out of the eight-member countries - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, four did not send their finance m...|
|SC allows JKNPP leader to assess situation in J&K |
|NEW DELHI, Aug 26 (Agencies): Supreme Court today allowed Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) leader Bhim Singh, who has sought imposition of Governor's rule in the troubled state, to visit Srinagar and assess the "ground reality" there.
"We are not stopping you from talking to local people or Hurriyat. It is a free country and anyone can to talk to anyone but we will not give you any license or authorization for your political angle," the Bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur said, adding that he should tell the court about the ground situation in schools, colleges and hospitals.
The court said the senior lawyer cannot just say that Governor's rule under section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir is the only panacea for everything and should file a reply to the Centr...|
|Govt extends last date for filing I-T returns in J&K|
|NEW DELHI, Aug 26 (Agencies): The last date for filing Income Tax returns for taxpayers in Jammu and Kashmir was again extended to September 30 by the government today, in the wake of the ongoing turmoil in the state.
"On consideration of reports of dislocation of general life in certain areas of state of Jammu and Kashmir, the CBDT, in exercise of powers conferred under section 119 of the I-T Act, hereby further extends the due date for filing return of Income from August 31, 2016 to September 30, 2016, in case of assessees in the state of Jammu and Kashmir who are required to file their return by the said due date...," an order issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in this regard said.
The CBDT is the policy making body for the Income Tax department.
The government had e...|
|Kashmiris unwilling to accept policies of BJP-PDP govt: Cong|
|NEW DELHI, Aug 26 (Agencies): Congress Party member and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, on Friday blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kashmir for failing to control the unrest in the valley.
He was responding to a poser regarding the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's second visit to the strife-torn valley triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahedeen commander Burhan Wani.
"I think the BJP-PDP government policies are to be blamed for failing to control the unrest, that is if the state and central government are still finding solution even the after the 50th day of curfew. It seems that people of Kashmir are unwilling to accept the policies of the government," he told the media here.
"BJP needs to introspect and quickly ...|
|Anti-national elements should be severely dealt with: Khan |
|JAMMU, Aug 26: Anti-national elements fomenting violence in Jammu and Kashmir should be severely dealt with, former IG of state Farooq Khan, who once spearheaded operations against militants in the state, today said.
Khan, who was recently appointed Administrator of Lakshadweep, expressed confidence in the government’s handling of the situation.
"The way the situation is being dealt, those who are handling it all are experts...it is being dealt properly," he told reporters here.
"We are ready to talk with the peace-loving people who believe in Insaniyat. But anti-national elements should be dealt with the way they should be," said Khan, who was the force behind setting up of the counter-insurgency force in the Valley.
On his priorities as the administrator of the strategically-importa...|
|Int'l flights from Chandigarh by mid-Sept |
|NEW DELHI, Aug 26 (Agencies): Chandigarh will get its first international flight in mid-September as it will be connected with Sharjah and Dubai.
The first international flight will be run by Air India to Sharjah on September 15 while Indigo will fly to Dubai on September 26.
Official sources said the Home Ministry will set up the immigration counter by September 1 to facilitate the international travellers flying out of Chandigarh and for all in-bounds passengers.
Chandigarh airport is expected to be the gateway for the travellers from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and part of Jammu and Kashmir.
With the operationalisation of international flights, the long-standing demand of the Punjabi diaspora would be fulfilled.
At present international travellers have limited choice of flig...|
|SC asks Centre to notify J&K State Bar Council draft rules|
|NEW DELHI, Aug 26 (Agencies): The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to notify the amended Jammu and Kashmir State Bar Council Draft Rules after the Bar Council of India (BCI) said it had approved it.
A bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur gave the direction to notify the rules in four weeks, after the counsel for BCI told the court that it has approved the amended Jammu and Kashmir State Bar Council draft rules.
Advocate A K Prasad appearing for BCI told a bench, which also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, that the draft rules will now be forwarded to the central government for publication in the gazette.
The bench posted the matter for further hearing on the issue after six weeks.
Senior advocate Bhim Sigh in his plea has said that state bar council shoul...|