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Panchayat Polls: In phase-VI, 1716 candidates in fray for 590 Sarpanch Halqas

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Srinagar, Nov 18: For the Phase-VI of Panchayat Polls, 1716 candidates are in the fray for 590 Sarpanch Halqas and 6689 candidates for 4546 Panch wards across the State after scrutiny of nominations. Voting and counting for Phase-VI of Panchayat Polls-2018 is scheduled be held on 1 December 2018.
According to the Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, Shaleen Kabra, for Phase-VI, 19 candidates are in the fray for 15 Sarpanch Halqas and 81 candidates for 107 Panch wards in district Bandipora; 19 candidates for 24 Sarpanch Halqas and 21 for 188 Panch Halqas in district Baramulla; 52 candidates for 24 Sarpanch Halqas and 144 for 18 Panch wards in district Ganderbal; 10 candidates for 9 Sarpanch Halqas and 22 for 79 Panch wards in district Srinagar; 25 candidates for 25 Sarpanch Halqas and 110 for 181 Panch wards in district Budgam; 6 candidates for 29 Sarpanch Halqas and 8 for 229 Panch wards in district Pulwama; 5 candidates for 11 Sarpanch Halqas and 17 for 91 Panch wards in district Shopian; 32 candidates for 38 Sarpanch Halqas and 72 for 302 Panch wards in district Kulgam; 65 candidates for 52 Sarpanch Halqas and 180 for 382 Panch wards in district Anantnag; 195 candidates for 47 Sarpanch Halqas and 683 for 329 Panch wards in district Doda; 70 candidates for 18 Sarpanch Halqas and 263 for 136 Panch wards in district Ramban; 228 candidates for 47 Sarpanch Halqas and 809 for 367 Panch wards in district Udhampur; 76 candidates for 21 Sarpanch Halqas and 383 for 181 Panch wards in district Reasi; 263 candidates for 54 Sarpanch Halqas and 954 for 420 Panch wards in district Kathua; 149 candidates for 36 Sarpanch Halqas and 672 for 284 Panch wards in district Samba; 208 candidates for 50 Sarpanch Halqas and 990 for 406 Panch wards in district Jammu; 195 candidates for 58 Sarpanch Halqas and 797 for 416 Panch wards in district Rajouri and 99 candidates for 32 Sarpanch Halqas and 483 for 268 Panch wards in district Poonch.
According to the CEO, for Phase-II, 1038 candidates are in the fray for 468 Sarpanch Halqas and 4165 candidates for 3610 Panch wards for which voting and counting is scheduled be held on 20 November 2018.
For Phase-III, 1371 candidates are in the fray for 553 Sarpanch Halqas and 5426 candidates for 4279 Panch wards across the State for which voting and counting is scheduled be held on 24 November 2018.
For Phase-IV of Panchayat Polls, 1382 candidates are in the fray for 531 Sarpanch Halqas and 5201 candidates for 4140 Panch wards across the State. Voting and counting for Phase-IV of Panchayat Polls-2018 is scheduled be held on 27 November 2018.
For the Phase-V of Panchayat Polls, 1209 candidates are in the fray for 541 Sarpanch Halqas and 4723 candidates for 4297 Panch wards across the State. Voting and counting for Phase-V of Panchayat Polls-2018 is scheduled be held on 29 November 2018.


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Pulwama man killed in cross firing had no militant links: Police tells SHRC

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Srinagar, Dec 12: A report submitted by the senior superintendent of police before the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) in connection with the killing of a civilian of Pulwama said that he was not having any militant connection or involved in any criminal activity.

The SSP Pulwama’s report has come in response to the petition filed by the chairman International Forum for Justice and Human Rights (IFJHR) Muhammad Ahsan Untoo in case number SHRC/175/Pul/2018.

The police report reads that during the course of investigations, the investigating officer seized the AK 47 magazine, 08 cartridges and 3 cartridges of INSAS. “During investigations at some distance from the scene of occurrence a vehicle bearing registration number JKO1G 9688 in which injured person namely Bilal Ahmed Ganai of Narwa Pulwama was found and four cartridges of AK 47 also seized from the vehicle. The injured was taken to district hospital Pulwama, where he was declared brought dead,” the police report reads. It states that slain driver Bilal was not involved in any militant activity nor was he having any criminal activity/case against him in police station Pulwama.

The report also stated that on May 27, 2018, 50 RR unit had deployed a Naka at Kakapora and in the meantime a sumo vehicle registration number JKO1G9688 was coming in suspicious circumstances. “The vehicle was asked to stop for checking purpose but instead of giving any response to the signal, unknown militants on board started indiscriminate firing on the naka party with the intention to kill them and the naka party retaliated in self defence and during the firing one constable Vikram Singh of 50 RR sustained bullet injuries and was shifted to 92 base hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” the report reads.

The petitioner, however, said that the civilian Bilal was killed for his no fault and it stands proved now and urged the SHRC to ensure that the Bilal’s family is given proper compensation and a job to next of kin of slain. (KNS)

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Mirwaiz demands immediate ban on use of pellet guns

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Srinagar, Dec 12: Demanding immediate ban on use of pellet guns, All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said Kashmir is the only place in the world where lethal pellets are used against a populance with impunity as a means of repression and dealing with civilian protests.

In a statement issued here, Mirwaiz said, “It seems that GOI does not want to resolve the Kashmir dispute, but instead wants to exert forced control over the people and its territory by using its forces armed with special powers exempting them from any accountability and prosecution.”

He added that the consequence of this is that today our toddlers are also not safe in their mothers lap as was seen in the case of 18 month-old baby Hiba Jan who was showered with pellets at her home and today doctors are struggling to save her badly perforated eye.

Mirwaiz who visited the SMHS hospital to see toddler Hiba, was deeply pained to see her in such condition and expressed solidarity with her distraught parents praying for the little girl’s speedy recovery

Hiba- a victim of pellet horror underwent a second eye-surgery in just a five days.

Mirwaiz told her parents that entire Kashmiri nation was praying for the speedy recovery of their daughter.

It was an emotionally charged moment in the hospital when Mirwaiz said that such inhuman act of violence inflicted upon an infants will break the heart of any person having a heart and he was no exception.

Mirwaiz said that little Hiba who is “writhing in pain” stands an eye-opener for the entire international community.

Mirwaiz asked GOI to immediately stop the use of this tyrannical and most cruel use of pellet guns. Mirwaiz also urged the international community to take strong note of the use of pellets on Kashmiri people being used as a means of repression and take steps in ensuring the use of pellets is banned in Valley.

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Hope to get diplomatic, political support from Pakistan: Sehrai

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Srinagar, Dec 12: Reacting to Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan’s message on the Human Rights Day, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Chairman, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai on Wednesday said it is imperative for Pakistan to support the Kashmiri cause courageously and highlight the Kashmir dispute at every opportunity and in every forum.

In a statement issued to media, Sehrai said, “Pakistan being one of the main parties to Kashmir dispute has always played a frontal role at both regional and international levels in highlighting the suffering of the Kashmiris as well as presenting the Kashmir dispute in its historical context.”

“We expect and hopefull diplomatic, political and moral support from Pakistan in our struggle for human dignity, respect and inalienable right to self-determination,” he added.

Sehrai said, “People of Kashmir appreciate Pakistan’s concern, but to put an end to the ‘appalling grind of repression and human right abuse’ that Kashmiri’s are suffering Pakistan needs to do much more.”

He said in spite of all the ‘suppression’, the rulers have not been able to break the will and commitment of the people towards the movement. “The continued moral and diplomatic support extended by Pakistan in such difficult and trying circumstances has always strengthened the determination of the people to carry forward their just and legitimate peaceful political struggle,” he said.

Sehrai further said, “Pakistan being a party to internationally recognized dispute not is only bound by his political commitment but morally and religiously to support the Kashmiris in this hour of need. He said the goal of security and stability in South Asia depends upon the resolution of this dispute in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people.”

“There is no other path to peace and prosperity in this impoverished subcontinent unless the core issue of Kashmir was resolved as per its historical perspective and according to the wishes of Kashmir,” he said.

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