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Omar blames Mehbooba for NIA summons to Mirwaiz

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Srinagar, Apr 6: National Conference (NC) Vice President and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday blamed Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti for “NIA trap” against Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
Omar also reiterated demand for revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) the way it was revoked in Arunachal Pradesh.
Talking to reporters after addressing an election rally at Kupwara, Omar said that NIA filed an FIR against Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in 2017 when Mehbooba Mufti was Chief Minister and so she (Mehbooba) “alone is responsible” for the notices NIA is sending to Mirwaiz.
Saying that Article 370 has been worst hit by implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST), Omar dared Mehbooba Mufti to prove that National Conference “has even once extended such a law to the state which has damaged Article 370 anytime in any way.”
Omar said that PDP and Sajad Lone led Peoples Conference “facilitated the entry” of BJP in J&K.
“PDP and PC pushed the state towards destruction by providing a platform to RSS-BJP in the state. Today if Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley are explicitly talking against the special constitutional position of our state, who should we hold responsible for it? Who provided them with space in our state? Who got them here in our State? It is PDP and PC who are answerable to people for opening flood gates of the state to BJP-RSS,” he said.
“Had these parties not allied with them, the people of the state would not have been facing innumerable torments since 2014,” he said.
Cautioning the people about the theatrics and false propaganda unleashed by PDP-PC combine, Omar said, “Both Mehbooba Mufti and Sajad Gani Lone blindfolded their eyes when they were running the government with BJP.”
“During the tumultuous year of 2016, why didn’t the duo raised such qualms for Kashmiris? Why are they doing it now? When Art-370, Art 35- A were being subjected to unrelenting attacks why didn’t Sajad impress upon his elder brother PM Modi to refrain from targeting the special status of the state? Why didn’t he ask his elder brother to stop the oppression of Kashmiris in 2016? When our children, old and young were being blinded, why didn’t he use his relationship with Modi to bring respite to the people of Kashmir?” Omar said.


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After Noori, Kashmir scientists planning to clone Hangul

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Srinagar, Apr 25: After successfully cloning Pashmina goat in 2012, the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry at SKUAST-K is now contemplating to make clone of Kashmir Stag (Hangul).

Realising that the Hangul was gradually getting extinct from the valley, the scientists at Department of Biotechnology SKUAST-K Shuhama came up with this idea.

“This project is in infancy as we require permission from Wild Life department, local government and Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA),” said Dr Riyaz Ahmad Shah, a veterinarian in the animal biotechnology center of SKUAST.

 

Shah said the execution of the project would require heavy funding and creation of the advanced infrastructure in the research centre.

“First of all a Deer park in needed where there these animals must have been already reared. Then advanced infrastructure is need as we currently have some basic machinery here. So overall this project can be only executed when the government is serious in accomplishing it,” he said.

He said the cloning could be achieved by using the body cells of some other inter-species including a goat or a sheep.

While the initial work including the framing of paper has been done, Shah said the tracing and catching this rare animal was becoming equally challenging for the concerned department.

“They usually die on being caught by the people. Still it could be managed but they are not being currently traced in abundance in the forests here,” he said.

 Shah believed that cloning of the deer can be an equally effective process like breeding procedure done to improve their population.

Official data reveals that population of Hangul has reduced to from 5,000 to 182 in last 118 years.

Department of Wildlife’s data shows the population of Kashmiri Hangul in 1900 was 5,000, spread over 65 miles from north to east of the Jhelum and lower Chenab valley.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is also all set to declare it a ‘critically endangered’ species to protect this beautiful animal from disappearing from earth.

In 2012, scientists at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) successfully cloned the first Pashmina goat. The healthy female goat was born using a foster mother and it took two years for standardisation of the technique.

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Assembly polls in JK: EC to convene meeting today

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New Delhi, Apr 25: Election Commission of India (ECI) officials will meet on Friday to discuss assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

Officials of the Jammu and Kashmir government are also expected to attend the meeting to assess whether the state assembly elections can be conducted in June this year.

While announcing the seven-phase Lok Sabha election schedule on March 10, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora had said that elections for the Jammu and Kashmir assembly would not be conducted along with the Lok Sabha elections. In June 2018, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had withdrawn support to the PDP, led by Mehbooba Mufti in the 87-member state assembly.

 

Since the fallout of the coalition government, the state has been under President’s rule.

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IT Dept searches premises of kin of ex-minister

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Srinagar, Apr 25: The Income Tax Department Thursday carried out searches at two premises of a kin of Imran Reza Ansari, a former minister in the PDP-BJP coalition, for alleged tax evasion, officials said here.

They said the income tax officials, assisted by the Jammu and Kashmir police and the CRPF, carried out the searches at a business complex in the upmarket Karan Nagar where locations of North Point Complex were searched by the tax personnel.

Later, a team was sent to search another premises of the family at Alamgiri Bazar in the downtown Srinagar.

 

The income tax officials maintained that Thursday’s raids were carried out on a business family and were in no way connected to Ansari, a politician who switched over to People’s Conference led by Sajad Lone.

Ansari’s sister is married to the family whose premises have been raided.

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