Srinagar, Apr: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Sunday said that PM Modi and BJP President Amit Shah are the biggest enemies of people who believe in dividing the nation on basis of caste, creed and religion saying that people have made it a point not to fall prey to the divisive agenda of BJP.
Addressing a public meet in Mir Bahri Dal, party president said that BJP is trying to diverge the attention of people by propping up emotive issues. “These people want to change the very framework of the Constitution of India, which grants equal rights and opportunities to everyone. It is the constitution of India which grants rights to profess any faith. It is the same constitution that confers upon our state certain constitutional safe guards. It is the same constitution which grants our state a special status by means of Art 35 A and Art 370. These people have always shown abhorrence for our special status and special constitutional position,” he said adding, “The other day BJP came up with its manifesto which explicitly reflects the hatred BJP boasts for the identity of our state. They have forcefully vowed to do away with the provisions of Art 370, Art 35 A in that manifesto,” he said.
“Their sole agenda is to change the demography of our state, however let me tell them that they are playing with fire. To meet this purpose they have employed various henchmen in our state, such cronies can be seen holding ink pot and apple in their hands. The sole aim of BJP and its cronies is to make non-state subjects buy land and property in our state.”
Party president said that the ensuing parliament elections are significant since it will decide if India remains secular or not. “Our fight is with the divisive forces. We should utilize our power of vote to show such forces as are inimical to our special status their right place. They can go to any extent to grind their axe; they will use men, money and machinery to coerce the voters. However, the need of the hour demands us to remain united and vigilant of their machinations. This time we are voting for our identity and the integrity of our state. Any mistake by us will have serious repercussions for the coming generations of ours.”
He said that National Conference will not allow anybody to fiddle with states special status. “We have been and will continue to protect the identity, integrity and pluralistic character of our state. We would not allow anyone to abridge our rights.”
Journos protest against 100 days of internet blackout
Srinagar, Nov 12: Journalists in the Valley took out a protest march here against the continued suspension of internet services which completed 100 days on Tuesday since the abrogation of the Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5.
Scores of journalists working with different media organisations assembled at the Kashmir Press Club here and took out a protest march against the snapping of internet services in the Valley on the night of August 4, hours before the Centre revoked the state’s special status under Article 370 and abrogated it into two Union Territories.
The journalists demanded immediate restoration of the services to facilitate the media persons to discharge their professional duties.
“We took out the protest against the suspension of internet services for 100 days now. Internet is a basic took for journalists to discharge their professional duties and we demand its immediate restoration,” senior journalist Pervez Bukhari told reporters after the protest.
The Centre’s August 5 decision led to an unannounced shutdown in the valley even as authorities imposed severe restrictions, including on communication, which were later gradually eased out.
Postpaid mobile services on all networks were restored in the Valley on October 14, 72 days after they were snapped. However, pre-paid mobile phones and all internet services continue to remain suspended since August 5.
The government has set up a ‘Media Facilitation Centre’ at a conference hall of a local hotel here for journalists to discharge their professional duties. But the media persons complain that it has not enough computers and they have to wait for hours for their turn.
Accused arrested: Six-year-old raped, killed in Samba
Jammu, Nov 12: A six-year-old tribal girl, hailing from Madhya Pradesh, was allegedly raped and killed by youth from her own community in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, a police official said on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old accused, identified as Vishal alias “Chotu”, was arrested and booked in the case, the official said.
The incident took place at a slum inhabited by a group of labourers from Madhya Pradesh in the industrial area of Rakhamtali late on Monday.
The accused lured the girl, allegedly raped her and later strangulated her to death, the official said.
The minor’s body was recovered from inside a shanty and subsequently, the accused was arrested in the wee hours of Tuesday, he said, adding that the post-mortem of the body was conducted at the district hospital Tuesday morning.
‘Unreal Fans of Real Kashmir’: Adidas launches new home jersey
New Delhi, Nov 12: Global Sportswear giant Adidas and Jammu & Kashmir based football club Real Kashmir FC together unveiled the club’s 2019-2020 home jersey dedicating it to fans of the club.
The club, which played in the I-League for the very first-time last season, attracted massive crowds in both home and away games across the country, becoming one of the most loved clubs across India.
Adidas announced its partnership with Real Kashmir FC last season with an aim to bring about a positive change narrating an inspiring story of the ‘Snow Leopards’, as the club is popularly known.
The story has redefined the ‘Real’ Kashmir, with football at the catalyst for change. The result has been unexpected, the team scaled unprecedented heights finishing third in their first appearance in the I-League despite playing in extreme temperatures and having faced numerous challenges, semi-finalists in this year’s Durand Cup and now a serious title contender.
Unveiling the new season jersey, Adidas has dedicated this season to the “UNREAL FANS OF REAL KASHMIR” as the club gave rise to a new phenomenon in the Indian footballing history.
The 2018-19 I-League season saw a unique trend take place where fans of opponent clubs started cheering for Real Kashmir FC. It became the second favourite club of opponent fans on social media. Fans from across India joined in conversation to shut the cynics and lead the voice of positivity. And as the Real Kashmir FC team travelled across the country, often, the club received standing ovations at away games from opponent fans, who did not switch loyalties but rather supported both clubs – a trend not seen before in football fanfare.
Manish Sapra, Senior Marketing Director, Adidas India, “Our partnership with Real Kashmir is an essential part of the brand living its core belief that through sport, we have the power to change lives. With this launch of the new home jersey, we are celebrating this belief with fans who have shown their love and support for the club. This jersey is made for all those Unreal Fans who not only watch football but believe in the higher purpose of sport.”
The new season jersey has been carefully crafted, “Create. Believe. Inspire” written on the neck at the back, inspiring every individual to make a difference in their game, life and world. This season the yellow home jersey is accessible to the fans, available only in limited quantities across select Adidas stores and online on shop.adidas.com starting from 21st Nov 2019, is built with Adidas Climalite fabric and has the iconic Adidas 3-Stripes on the shoulder.
Present at the unveiling of the jersey, Sandeep Chattoo, Co-owner of Real Kashmir F.C, said – “Adidas and the snow leopards share a belief that sport has the power to change lives. Among other things, this power has inspired the youth, and put football at the center of conversations on Kashmir. It has garnered us a mammoth fan base that we could not have imagined. We are thrilled as, with this support, we are sure that we can go on to win the League”.
The club was founded in 2016 by a Kashmiri Pundit and a Muslim to channelize the energies of Kashmir’s youth through football, signed with Adidas last year and has seen great progress both on and off the pitch in a short span of time.