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VIDEO | Mehbooba Mufti during a rally in Kulgam today

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PDP president and former J&K CM, Mehbooba Mufti during an election rally on Saturday in Devsar Assembly segment of Kulgam, one of the four south Kashmir districts forming the Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency

 
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No restrictions on Jammu-Srinagar highway from May 27

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SRINAGAR, MAY 21, 2019: Following a review of the security situation in the state and of the requirement of security forces’ convoys, the Governor has decided to lift the remaining restrictions on civilian movement on the National Highway (NH-44) connecting Jammu to Srinagar with effect from Monday, 27.5.2019.

These restrictions had become necessary following the movement of security forces on an unprecedented scale after the Pulwama terror attack. The forces were required both for anti-militancy operations and for smooth conduct of general elections. In order to facilitate safe and secure movement of Security Forces’ Convoys, the Government had imposed a prohibition on civilian traffic on NH-44 from Baramulla to Udhampur twice a week, i.e. on Sunday & Wednesday, from 4.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m. Elaborate arrangements were, however, made by the local administration to facilitate movement of public during the period of restriction.

Earlier, the restriction on civilian movement between Srinagar and Baramulla on NH-44 was limited to Sunday only w.e.f. 22-04-2019 and later completely lifted w.e.f. from 2-5-2019. Restrictions on the Srinagar Udhampur stretch were limited to just one day w.e.f. 13.5.2019.

 

After a detailed review today with all security agencies, civil and police administration in connection with the preparations for the Shri Amarnathji Yatra, the Governor directed that there should be no restriction on civilian movement on NH 44 from Monday, 27.5.2019.

The Governor thanked the people of the state for cooperating with the measures which were necessitated in the larger interest of the state and for welfare of the people.

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Skeleton of man missing from nearly two years found in Handwara forests

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Srinagar, May 21 : Locals on Tuesday found skeleton of a man missing for nearly two years at forests of Hangnikote in Vilgam, Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

Reports reaching GNS said some locals while collecting the Morel Mushroom Spores (Guesh) in the forests spotted the human skeleton along with an identity card.

As per the card, the identity of the deceased is Mohammad Akram Mir (70) son of Abdul Aziz Mir of Sharkoot Vilgam, they said.

 

According to locals Akram was a retired employee of Sheep Husbandary Department and had gone missing on 22/07/2017.

The family had also lodged a missing report in police station Vilgam on next day after Akram did not return home.

Meanwhile, a police team and army’s 15 RR rushed to the spot soon after the news about the lying of male skeleton spread in the area.

Confirming the incident, Station House Officer (SHO) Vilgam Mohammad Suleman told GNS that they have received the information about lying of the skeleton in the forests and a police team was immediately despatched to the spot.

“We are on the way to Hangnikote forests to ascertain the details. It will take about an hour to reach to the site,” SHO said.

A local who was part of the group which spotted the male skeleton told GNS that it seems that the man might have been mauled to death by wild animals.

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BJP bats for grant of reserved seats to people displaced from PaK

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Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir BJP unit Tuesday batted strongly for grant of seats reserved in the state assembly to displaced people of Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Twenty-five seats are reserved for the people from that region.

State BJP chief spokesperson Sunil Sethi said after a long struggle of more than seven decades, “the time has come to do complete justice to the displaced persons of areas of J-K, which are under the illegal occupation of Pakistan, by providing legal and constitutional recognition to their rights.” The displaced people from Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) should be granted these reserved seats in the assembly to choose their representatives here, he said.

There are over 20 to 25 lakh displaced persons of PaK living in the Jammu region since their migration over 70 years ago, and it was in 1951 that a constituent assembly was set up to frame a constitution for the state. The nation is bound by a parliamentary resolution of taking back areas of the state that are illegally occupied by Pakistan and China, Sethi said.

 

It is the right of the displaced persons from all these areas and their future generations to have the option of settling in their “heritage areas after those are freed (from Pakistan and China)”, he said. The BJP leader said the continued illegal occupation of these areas by the “two hostile neighbouring countries is defeat of peaceful coexistence.”

“World bodies should focus on this issue to force the return of the occupied territories to India and India should adopt all ways and means to reclaim its territories,” he said. Sethi noted that till the territories are reclaimed and the process of settlement starts, the rights of persons who have been displaced from PaK should be recognised and honoured to give them due place in representative governance.

This can be done by providing for separate seats in Parliament and the state assembly as also in the state legislative council for them, he said. “This will empower the community which has been suffering silently for more than seven decades”, Sethi said.

He also demanded reservation and creation of special seats in technical, higher and specialised education institutions for the children from the community to provide avenues for growth.

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