Amit Shah, LK Advani reach Jammu to attend Mufti's oath ceremony

Amit Shah, LK Advani reach Jammu to attend Mufti's oath ceremony

Jammu, Mar 1 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah and senior leader Lal Krishna Advani have reached Jammu to attend the oath taking ceremony of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed here on Sunday.

Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar will also be present on the occasion.

Mufti, who will be heading a PDP-BJP coalition government in the state, will take oath at the General Zorawar Auditorium of Jammu University.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders of both the PDP and BJP, besides other dignitaries, would be present at the venue.

The Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, N. N. Vohra, will administer the oath of office and secrecy.

BJP leader Nirmal Singh is expected to be named as the deputy chief minister of the state.

J-K polls: Omar wins from Beerwah

omar abdullahSrinagar, Dec 23 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday won from the Beerwah assembly constituency but faced a defeat at the hands of People's Democratic Party's Ashraf Mir in Sonawar.

It was earlier reported that he has lost from Beerwah as well following which the Chief Minister tweeted and asked the media to get its facts right.

"Dear @IndiaToday please don't be so quick to write my political obituary. Request you check Beerwah result again. Thank you," tweeted Omar.

Earlier today, Omar congratulated PDP's Ashraf Mir.

Congress worked for J-K's development without any bias: Sonia

sonia gandhiAnantnag (Jammu and Kashmir), Dec 10 : Saluting the people of Jammu and Kashmir for taking part in the ongoing assembly polls with enthusiasm, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said it was her party that had worked for the development of the state without any bias.

"It is easy to showcase dreams, but the Congress party actually worked for the development of everyone without any kind of bias and keeping the ground realities in mind," Sonia said at an election rally here.

Taking on the ruling Omar Abdullah-led National Conference state government, Sonia said the relief work during the 2005 earthquake had been much faster.

Army Chief pays tribute to Uri attack martyrs in Srinagar

Dalbir Singh SuhagSrinagar, Dec 6 : Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag visited Srinagar on Saturday and paid his tributes to the soldiers martyred in the terrorist strike in Uri.

Following the attacks, General Suhag, had yesterday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to brief him on the terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, General Suhag briefed Prime Minister Modi about the ongoing situation and the army's preparedness for similar challenges ahead.

Condemning the attacks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the acts of terror were a 'desperate attempt' to derail the atmosphere of hope and goodwill in the state.

Free J-K from family politics, says PM Modi

Free J-K from family politics, says PM ModiPoonch (J-K), Nov 28 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged the people of Jammu and Kashmir to make the state free of family politics.

"This family politics is a disease, you must make Jammu and Kashmir free of this family politics," said Prime Minister Modi while addressing a rally in Poonch district ahead of the second phase of assembly elections in the state.

He also said that funds allotted to the state from the Centre have not reached the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Omar wants India-Pak issues to be resolved

omar abdullahSrinagar, Nov 26 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Wednesday that he wanted issues between India and Pakistan to be resolved at the earliest.

"We have always been in favour of talks. Now, whether talks (between Modi and Sharif) will happen or not, that can only be decided by the Prime Ministers of both nations," said Abdullah.

"If asked, people of Jammu and Kashmir have always wanted the talks to take place, and also, want an end to the cross border terrorism and ceasefire," he added.

'Nobody forms govt. by sweeping a road': Omar Abdullah

Omar AbdullahSrinagar, Nov 20 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday hit back at PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti over her remark that he wielded a broom to please Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying nobody forms a government on the back of sweeping a road.

Attempting to silence all critics, Omar said he was not nominated by Prime Minister Modi, but by actor Salman Khan for the 'Swacch Bharat Abhiyan'.

Rising fuel prices have come down during NDA regime, claims Rajnath

Rising fuel prices have come down during NDA regime, claims RajnathBhaderwah (Jammu and Kashmir), Nov 19 : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said fuel prices kept rising under the previous UPA regime, whereas under the incumbent BJP-led NDA, they have fallen consistently.

Singh asked, "Isn't it true that there has hardly been any month which did not witness a hike in fuel prices during the previous government's rule? Isn't it true that for the first time, petrol and diesel prices are coming down every month after the new government came to power?"

He was addressing a rally here in the run-up of state assembly elections to be held from November 25 in five phases.

UK Kashmir March: Agitate in India not 'cosy capitals', says Omar Abdullah

Omar-AbdullahSrinagar, Oct 21 : Commenting on the 'Million March' that is to take place next week in London, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said that he does not have an issue with it but the marchers should protest in India rather than by sitting in cosy capitals.

"I have no problem propounding an ideology, but rather than sitting in cosy capitals like London they should come here and do it," said Abdullah.

Thousands of people are expected to participate in the 'Million March' a calling for independence of Jammu and Kashmir that is scheduled to take place in London on October 26 to protest against supposed 'human rights violations in Indian Kashmir'.

Mirwaiz questions political opportunism over Kashmiri separatist leaders meeting Pak envoy

Mirwaiz-Umar-FarooqSrinagar, Aug 18 : The chairman of the moderate faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, today felt that the hue and cry being raised by political parties over leaders like him meeting Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit is a clear case of political opportunism. He instead sought an end to the politcisation of the Kashmir issue.

Ceasefire violations have nothing to do with elections Aug. 15: Omar Abdullah

Omar-AbdullahSrinagar, Aug 11 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said that ceasefire violations have nothing to do with elections or August 15.

" Ceasefire violations keep on happening but it has nothing to do with elections or August 15. The leaders of both the countries need to solve this issue together," said Abdullah.

"The focus should rather be on the people in Kashmir as such violations create a lot of difficulties for the people living near the border," he added.

Will take up issue of ceasefire violations with PM Modi: Omar Abdullah

Omar-AbdullahSrinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said he would take up the issue of ceasefire violations from across the Line of Control (LoC) with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the latter's visit to the state later this month.

"We have taken up the matter (ceasefire violations) with the Centre. Prime Minister is paying a visit to Kargil and Leh this month and if I get a chance, I will discuss the issue with him," Omar told reporters here.

The Chief Minister said it was the endeavour of the state government to make sure such violations do not have much impact on the people living near the LoC.

Omar Abdullah angry over AFSPA not being reviewed

Omar-AbdullahSrinagar, July 24 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said that for some people the appropriate time to revoke Armed Forces Special Powers Act from Jammu and Kashmir will never come even if there total peace in the state.

"It is ongoing discussion with the Central Government. Earlier it was the UPA Government and now it is the NDA Government. For some people the appropriate time to revoke AFSPA will never come. They are so fond of such laws that even if there is total peace here and no incidents of violence are reported, then also they will come up with some reasons so as to continue such laws," said Omar.

PM should talk to Pak authorities to stop ceasefire violations: Omar Abdullah

Omar-AbdullahJammu, July 20 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said here on Sunday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should talk to Pakistani authorities to stop ceasefire violations across the border.

Omar said today, "We are not worried about China now because they don't harm us anymore. But it has increased from Pakistan's side and is a matter of great concern as they are hampering life. I want the Indian PM to talk to Pakistan authorities that it's not right.

PM meets Omar Abdullah in Srinagar

Narendra-ModiSrinagar, July 4 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday, after inaugurating a train service from Katra to Udhampur.

Earlier today, Modi flagged off a new train to Katra and congratulated the people of Jammu and Kashmir for helping the project see the light of day, and said the new facility will not only be beneficial to Kashmiris, but also to all who want to visit the state.

Assuring people that there will be no shortage or obstacles in the development of Jammu, Modi said: "The train is not just to commute, it gives birth to development."

Good weather ensures bumper cherry production in Valley

Good weather ensures bumper cherry production in Valley Srinagar, July 3 - Cherry farmers in Kashmir valley are expecting a bumper production of cherries this year thanks to the timely rains and abundant snowfall during the winters.

Yaseen Ahmad a cherry grower, said, "The crop is a lot better than last year's. It will be exported to UP and Mumbai."

Another cherry farmer, Farooq Ahmad, also said that because of favorable climate the crop is good this year unlike last year.

Violations along LOC need to stop: Arun Jaitley

Arun-JaitleySrinagar, June 15 : Arun Jaitley on Sunday said that for Indo-Pak relations to normalise, violations along Line of Control (LoC) need to stop.

He said, "That itself is going to be a confidence-building measure before any country can proceed further."

Answering a question about the the United States of America's withdrawal from Afghanistan and Al-Qaeda reportedly setting its eyes on Kashmir, Jaitley said, "With our level of preparedness, even though I am confident and optimistic, there is an element of caution because of these kind of threats."

Looking forward to work with Modi govt on KPs return: Omar Abdullah

Omar-AbdullahSrinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said he was looking forward to work with the new government at the Centre on return of displaced Kashmiri Pandit community to the Valley. "I look forward to working with the new government as they unveil their plans for the honourable return of the displaced Pandit community," Omar wrote on his Twitter account.

Omar, who could not visit the Kheer Bhawani Temple due to official engagements, extended greetings to the Kashmiri Pandit community on the Kheer Bhawani Festival being celebrated today.

Farooq Abdullah faces tough challenge in Srinagar

Farooq-AbdullahSrinagar, April 29 : Retaining Srinagar is a tough call for the 78-year old National Conference patron and thrice Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah. He has never lost an election so far, but winning the elections this time is not a foregone conclusion for him.

Abdullah is seeking re-election from this Lok Sabha seat that is spread over three districts of Srinagar, Ganderbal and Badgam with 1.23 million voters. The Abdullahs, who belong to Srinagar district, have held sway over the people in Kashmir for over 50 years. Srinagar has been a strong bastion of the NC and the Abdullahs.

Farooq Abdullah files nomination from Srinagar

Farooq-AbdullahSrinagar, April 7 : National Conference (NC) patron and union minister Farooq Abdullah Monday filed his nomination papers for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat.

Farooq Abdullah was accompanied by his son, NC president and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, and other senior party leaders.

State Congress president, Saif-ud-Din Soz also accompanied the union minister to the office of the returning officer in the Tankipora area of summer capital Srinagar.

The ruling NC-Congress alliance is jointly fighting the election in the state.

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