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‘Amarnath terror attack condemnation proves Kashmiriyat is alive’




Srinagar, July 13 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said the overwhelming condemnation of the Amarnath terror attack by Kashmiris has proved that the eclectic culture and tradition known as ‘Kashmiriyat’ is alive.

Mehbooba Mufti was speaking to the media after paying homage to the martyrs of 1931, who laid down their lives fighting the autocratic rule in the state.

She said despite the atmosphere of fear and terror created by militancy, Kashmiris cutting across political and ideological divide have overwhelmingly condemned the terror attack.

Militants sprayed bullets on an unescorted private bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims in the Khanabal area of Anantnag district on the Jammu-Srinagar highway killing seven pilgrims and injuring 19 others on Monday.

Early on Thursday, the Chief Minister arrived at the Martyrs graveyard in Khanyar area of the old city here. She was accompanied by senior Ministers of the ruling PDP.

A guard of honour was presented by a contingent of the state police at the martyrs grave and floral tributes were paid.

Former Chief Minister and National Conference working President Omar Abdullah and chief of state Congress G.A. Mir also arrived later to offer tributes to the martyrs.

On July 13, 1931, 21 people were killed in a firing by the forces outside the Srinagar Central Jail, where an in-camera trial of Abdul Qadeer, a freedom fighter, was being held.

The crowd had stormed the central jail against the detention of Qadeer when the firing incident took place.

Extraordinary security arrangements were made around the Martyrs graveyard as the Khanyar area of the old city is adjacent to Nowhatta where tension was witnessed on Wednesday because of the killing of a Hizbul militant, Sajad Ahmad Gilkar.

Gilkar, belonging to Pandan area of Nowhatta, was killed along with two other Hizbul militants in Redbug village of Badgam district on Wednesday.

Police has said Gilkar was responsible for the lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police Muhammad Ayub Pandit on June 23 outside the Jamia Masjid just days ahead of Eid.

Police said after masterminding the police officer’s lynching, Gilkar had joined the ranks of the Hizbul outfit.



J&K should become bridge of friendship between India, Pakistan: CM



Mehbooba Mufti
Jammu Kashmir CM, Mehbooba Mufti (Photo-ANI)

Srinagar, Jan 21: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said her state should become a bridge of friendship and not a battlefield between India and Pakistan and appealed to the leadership of the two countries to do so.

At present, the Line of Control and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir have been witnessing a bloodbath, she said in her speech to police recruits at the passing out parade at the Sheeri Police Training School in Baramulla district.

“As the country moves on the path of development, the opposite is happening in our state,” she rued.

The Chief Minister lauded the police for bravely facing the toughest of professional challenges while making the ultimate sacrifice for the country.

“Handling law and order, you have to face your own brothers to restore peace and at the same time act with patience and restraint,” she told the policemen.


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Rajasthan govt asks Karni Sena to jointly move Supreme Court



Padmavati Padmavat

Jaipur, Jan 21: The Rajasthan government on Sunday said it has invited the Rajput Karni Sena and Rajput associations to be a party in its review petition in the Supreme Court against its order allowing the release of film “Padmaavat”.

Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria told news agency IANS, that the invitation was given to “strengthen the case” against the Hindi movie which critics say distorts Rajput history.

Lokendra Singh Kalvi, the founder of Rajput Karni Sena, told IANS that he was excited over the new development.

He quoted Kataria as saying that “we should all cooperate with each other in court to strengthen our case”. But the protests against the movie will continue, Kalvi said.

Continuing its protest against the screening of controversial film Padmaavat, Shri Rajput Rashtriya Karni Sena had threatened that it will not allow Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Prasoon Joshi to participate in 2018 edition of Jaipur Literature Festival. Registering its disagreement with Joshi, Rashtriya Karni Sena chief Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi on Friday threatened to disrupt session at JLF if Prasoon Joshi attends.


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President approves disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs, AAP to approach High Court



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Arvind Kejriwal (Chief Minister Of Delhi) (File Photo)

New Delhi, Jan 21: President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in Delhi on charges of holding Office of Profit, an official spokesman said on Sunday.

Meanwhile, on President’s approval Delhi Minister Gopal Rai, said, “We had hoped to go to the President asking him to give us a chance to present ourselves. Now we received this news. AAP will knock the doors of HC and even SC if the need be .”

Congress after President’s assent to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs said: “AAP has been helped by BJP & EC by delaying the decision for over 3 weeks.” Delhi Congress President Ajay said, If decision would have come before 22nd Dec, these 20 MLAs would’ve been disqualified & couldn’t have voted for RS elections.”

BJP MP from Delhi Meenakshi Lekhi commenting on the issue said, “The fact that their RS nomination happened means EC was working at its own pace & there was no pressure that Arvind Kejriwal seems to have alleged.These are constitutional bodies whose mandate is to obey the law.”

However, one of the 20 AAP MLAs disqualified over accusations of Office of Profit, Alka Lamba told ANI that this is very unfortunate that the President took the decision in such haste, without giving us chance to speak. “It’s an act of Centre using constitutional institutions. We’ve trust on judiciary. Doors of HC & SC is open for us,” she added.

Election Commission on 19th January sent its recommendation to the President for his assent to disqualify 20 Aam Aadmi party MLAs for holding ‘office of profit’. According to news agency ANI, the Election Commission said,” Recommendation on AAP MLAs is sub judice, will not comment on what recommendation has been given to the President.”


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