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Guvadmn making ULB polls ‘corruptible’: NC

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Srinagar, Sep 29: In a startling revelation, National Conference (NC) on Saturday accused the Governor administration of Jammu and Kashmir of bribing Rs2 lakh to any person for contesting the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) polls.

Talking to Kashmir News Service, NC provincial president, NasirAslamWani said that Governor Satya Pal Malik led administration is offering bribe of Rs2 lakh to the candidates to contest in the Municipal polls in Jammu and Kashmir.

He said that the elections without the participation of mainstream parties are meaningless, saying that the government is conducting such elections against the mainstream.

 

Commenting over the wining of candidates in Kulgam uncontested, Wani said those who are emerged victorious are not even aware about anything from the areas where they have been declared as winning candidates.

“I believe that these elections being conducted without the participation of mainstream parties are temporary and the new government in the state will try to hold these polls again,” he said.

Meanwhile, the NC Provincial President lashed out at former Finance Minister and senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader, Syed Altaf Bukhari over his statement wherein he stated welcomed the suggestion of Jammu and Kashmir Civil Society Coordination Committee (JKCSCC) for alliance of National Conference and PDP for formation of a new government for fighting strongly Article 35-A and challenges to Article 370.

Stating that PDP is trying to hoodwink people by making such statements, Wani said that asked why PDP refused to forge an alliance with NC after it bagged maximum seats in the 2014 elections in Jammu and Kashmir. “We offered our support to PDP at that time but they refused and went against the aspirations of people by forging an alliance with BJP here,” he said.

He said that the party throughout their three years of tenure took every step against the aspirations of people. “Even PDP failed to take any step to protect Article 35-A. Neither they hire any lawyer nor they filed any affidavit over the protection of Article 35-A,” he said.

Wani added that “I believe PDP want to make its partner in their crimes, they did during their three years of tenure. There is no seriousness in the statement even their own MLA criticized Bukhari for making such statement.”


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Pakistan militant held, vehicle siezed in Pattan

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Srinagar, April 22: A Pakistani millitant and a driver were arrested by government forces at Chainabal area of Pattan in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Monday.

Official sources told GNS that a joint team of Army’s 29, SOG and CRPF stop a Mahindra car (DL 12 CA 4189). During searches the joint team apprehended two persons boarding the vehicle including the militant and the driver.

The vehicle has also been seized while as the Pakistani militant identified as Aqib alias Chota Dujana and driver namely Tafazul of Srinagar were taken to Police Station Pattan for further questioning.

 

A police officer also confirmed the incident to GNS but declined to commit further.

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Traders protest in Srinagar against suspension of cross-LoC trade

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Srinagar Apr 22: Traders affected by the suspension of cross-LoC trade by the Centre held a protest march in Srinagar on Monday.

Scores of traders engaged in cross-LoC trade on the Uri-Muzaffarabad route demanded revocation of the suspension order, and sought a fool-proof mechanism for smooth operations.

The traders claimed that suspension of the trade had cost them losses over crores of rupees as their goods were either in transit or lying in godowns.

 

President, LoC traders Association Tanveer Ahmad Wani claimed each trader had a huge liability in the form of loans from banks and pending stocks at home.

He demanded the resuming of the trade in order to avoid their losses ahead. “The wholesale dealers have started asking for payments as they realized that the trade has been closed indefinitely. We are in a very difficult situation as our entire tradable items, which mostly includes fruits have not arrived at trade facilitation center in Uri, which we could sell to earn livelihood,” he said.

Wani informed a delegation of the LoC traders met Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan Monday adding they are planning to visit MHA office in New Delhi in coming week with their grievances.

“We have no choice other than to commit suicide. It is not only concerning traders but transporters and labourers who have been associated with this trade for the last 10 years,” he said.

Another trader Tanveer Ahmad Mir, who runs business in the name of Kako importers and exporters, said the LoC trade suspension has involved his rupees four crores alone.

 “The transaction, which is based on barter system has not happened yet. I am worried about the pending payment for the month to my dealers. Presently stock of stocks of embroidery suits and other items are lying in my store,” he said.

Mir said the government should have intimidated them ahead of announcing this decision to avoid their losses.

“The work regarding installation of full body scanner is going on. Other facilities have also been set up to ensure transparency. The government should continue the trade besides installing advanced mechanism ahead,” he said.

Mohammad Haneef, a 28 years old postgraduate who has been working as a labourer for the last eight years at Trade Facilitation Centre is equally worried with the suspension of the trade.

He said many like him joined as labourers after finding no employment opportunities in the government sector despite an academic qualifications.

“This was the only means to earn bread for our families, which too has been snatched now. There are no good avenues of employment in Uri and we fear our families will have to starve ahead,” he said.

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Time to review Article 370, 35A in J&K: Rajnath Singh

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Jaipur Apr 22: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said India’s stand against militancy has been weakened on several occasions by the Congress party.

Addressing a press conference here, Singh said, “They (Congress) have given a new theory of Hindu militancy. There is no religion or caste of militancy. Their new theory weakened India’s stand against militancy.”

He said repealing the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) was another such case which undermined India’s stand.

 

“In 2004, India had an agreement with Pakistan in which its former army chief had assured that the country will not provide shelter and allow militancy to flourish on its soil, but Congress tried weakening India’s stand, saying Pakistan was also a victim of militancy,” he said.

The home minister said the opposition was doing politics over issues which should not be politicised.

Instead of praising the defence forces after the airstrike in Balakot of Pakistan, the opposition parties questioned it with queries on number of militants killed, he said.

“When such types of questions are asked, it weakens India’s stand against militancy,” he said.

Speaking on the Congress’ election manifesto promising to scrap the sedition law, Singh said the law should be further strengthened but it should not be misused.

Talking about Articles 370 and 35A for Jammu and Kashmir, he said it was a temporary arrangement and it was time to review it.

“How much the entitlement benefitted Jammu and Kashmir? When a few people are raising questions there should be two prime ministers in the country then what is the significance of Article 370 and 35A,” Singh asked.

He exuded confidence that the first two phases of Lok Sabha elections reflected a wave in favour of the BJP, and there was no doubt the party will get a clear majority and possibly the NDA will achieve 3/4th majority.

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