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Srinagar, Nov 24: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Saturday rejected the “jibes” of new PC entrant Imran Raza Ansari as an attempt to “conceal his filial tendency of fluctuating loyalties to axe his own grind.”

In a press statement, NC Chief Spokesman Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi said that JKNC was not in power for fifty years.

“Ansari needs to pore over the history books. His assertions stand unsubstantiated. Sheikh Sahib served jail for more than two decades and came to power for a brief stint only,” he said.

 

Ansari on Friday had alleged that NC founder Sheikh Abdullah had “looted the people of the State during their 50 years of rule.”

“Sher-e-Kashmir gave voice to voiceless and championed the cause of poor wretched peasantry and working class. It was Sher-e-Kashmir who gave land to tillers, abolished forced labour, and introduced universal adult franchise, single line administration. He was instrumental in changing the education and health sectors of our state. The contribution of Sheikh Sahib towards state’s development is immense,” Ruhullah, as per the statement, said.

“Philosophers, writers, poets, politicians like Alama Iqbal, MD Taseer, Hafeez Jallandhari, khan Abdul Gaffar Khan, General Ayoub well-regarded Sheikh Sb for his contribution to the state. Throughout his life, he championed the cause of people,” he added.

As per Ruhullah, Ansari was a “power hungry politician and the dissolution of assembly didn’t allow him see his dreams materialize.”

“The Sidhrascandal, income tax issues, PNB default cases and other land grab issues are reflective of his family’s moral disposition,” the statement alleged of Ansari.

The NC spokesperson said that Ansaris have been “changing loyalties intermittently.”

“They have been making brief stopovers in various parties. At one point of time, they sided with Janata Party, then Congress, National Conference, PDP and now PC,” he said.

Ruhullahadded that “these sequacious RSS-henchmen are referring to a fig leaf of ‘change’ to conceal their deceitful politics and fondness for RSS.”

“Their true disposition is known to people. The people of state will give them befitting answer in the forthcoming elections. The poster boys and proxies of RSS shall be rebuffed by the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

Ruhullah said that Ansari has been trying to get entry into National Conference but owing to his fluctuating loyalties, the party decided against it.

“Ansari’s uncouth assertions are reflective of his opportunistic politics. His assertions reveal his frustration,” he said.

“People are aware of these RSS poster boys and how they managed to expunge an honest officer known for his honesty and work ethics.Let me remind people the change these RSS poster boys are referring to is a façade to quench their respective thirst for power even at the cost of Kashmir’s special status,” he said.

 

 


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Azad on Jharkhand lynching: Keep new India with you, give us old India

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New Delhi, Jun 24: Coming down heavily on the government over recent incidents of lynching and crime in Jharkhand, leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday said the state has become a factory of lynching and violence, “requesting” Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “give us our Old India where there was love, culture.”

“Dalits and Muslims are killed there every week. The PM, we are with you in the fight of ‘Sabka saath sabka vikas’, but it should be there for people to see it. We can’t see it anywhere,” Azad said in Rajya Sabha.

“I request you to keep the New India to yourself and give us our Old India where there was love, culture. Hindus used to feel the pain when Muslims and Dalits used to get hurt. When something used to get into the eyes of Hindus, Muslims and Dalits used to shed tears for them,” he added.

 

“In Old India, there was no hatred, anger or lynching. New India is one where humans are enemies of each other. You won’t be scared of animals in a jungle, but you’ll be scared of humans in a colony. Give us India where Hindus, Muslims,Sikhs and Christians live for each other,” he said.

In yet another lynching incident, a Muslim man was beaten up mercilessly for over 18 hours on the suspicion of theft in Jharkhand’s Kharsawan district on Saturday. The 24-year-old victim, identified as Tabrez Ansari, was attacked by a mob on June 18 and was later handed over to the police. He had been in the judicial custody since June 18 and was taken to a hospital on June 22 after his condition deteriorated. On the same day, Ansari succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

Several videos of the incident emerged on social media show a man hitting Tabrez brutally with a wooden stick while forcing him to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”. The videos of the Jharkhand mob lynching case have gone viral on social networking sites ever since the incident came to the light.

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GoI approves amendments to give more teeth to NIA

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New Delhi, Jun 24: The Union Cabinet is learnt to have approved a proposal to amend two laws to give more teeth to the NIA in probing ‘terror’ cases in India and abroad, sources said Monday.

Separate bills will be introduced in Parliament in the coming days to amend the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, they said.

The amendments will also allow the NIA probe cybercrimes and cases of human trafficking, sources aware of the proposal said.

 

Amendment to Schedule 4 of the UAPA will allow the NIA to designate an individual suspected to have ‘terror links as a terrorist’. As of now, only organisations are designated as ‘terrorist organisations’.

The NIA was set up in 2009 in the wake of the Mumbai attack that had claimed 166 lives.

Since 2017, the Union Home Ministry has been considering the two laws to give more power to the NIA to meet fresh challenges, the sources pointed out.

Another proposal to introduce a bill to extend the facility of proxy voting to overseas Indians could not be taken up Monday.

A similar bill had lapsed following the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha last month.

“The agenda of the Law Ministry stands postponed,” a functionary said.

As of now, overseas Indians are free to cast their votes in constituencies they are registered.

The Bill seeks to give them the option of proxy voting, which is as of now available to service personnel only.

Another proposal to amend the Representation of the People Act related to the spouses of service voters could not be taken up on Monday.

As of now, an armyman’s wife is entitled to be enrolled as a service voter, but a woman army officer’s husband is not, according to the provisions in the electoral law.

The bill proposes to replace the term ‘wife’ with ‘spouse’, thus making the provision gender-neutral. Members of the armed forces, central armed police forces, personnel of state police forces posted outside their state and employees of the Centre posted outside India are eligible to be enrolled as service voters.

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Youths click selfies, walk alongside Leopard in Kishtwar

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Srinagar, Jun 24: Pointing towards the increasing man-animal conflict is J&K, a video that went viral on Monday shows a few youth carelessly walking right alongside a leopard on a tarred road while clicking photos and videos in some mountainous region.

The incident reportedly took place in Chingam area of Kishtwar district. The video shows at least three youth audaciously ambling near the leopard that, surprisingly, isn’t aggressive.

The incident comes to the fore      days after days after two leopards were spotted in residential areas of Budgam and Srinagar.

 

Deputy conservator of forests, wild life division, Kashmir, Rouf Zargar had told The Kashmir Monitor that one female leopard and an adult cub were spotted at Ompora, Budgam.

“They were spotted in the adjacent villages of Budgam and Airport. We are doing our best to trace them. Till the time we catch those, people should refrain from moving out during nights and in the wee hours,” he said.

There has been a spike in man-animal conflict in the last few years with several incidents of attacks by bears and leopards taking place in multiple areas of the valley.

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