Arun Sharma


Cross LoC trade suspended following Pakistan shelling in Poonch
Tue, Mar 14, 2017

Significantly, cross LoC travel between Poonch-Rawalakote was suspended on Monday following heavy firing and mortar shelling..

Ceasefire violation: Trade centre damaged in Pak shelling, cross-LoC business on hold
Tue, Mar 14, 2017

Trouble had started in Chakkan Da Bagh area on Thursday when Pakistani troops in an unprovoked firing on Indian side killed an Indian soldier Deepak Jaganath in Gulpur area.

Surge in applications from Valley to register as migrants, BJP asks why
Mon, Mar 06, 2017

The surge follows a decision by the PDP-BJP government in October 2016 to reconstitute a screening committee for registration of migrants.

Jammu & Kashmir: Protest to stop officer’s exit ends after a week
Sat, Mar 04, 2017

The impasse ended on Friday when the magistrate’s predecessor, Abdul Qayoom Mir, intervened and persuaded the protesters to allow Mohammad Afzal Mirza to take charge.

Poonch village struggles as rare disorder, disability come in way of Aadhaar cards
Sat, Feb 25, 2017

A team set up by the state government has failed to offer a solution, while their appeals to the Centre for help over Aadhaar cards have so far seen no response.

Jammu: Hoardings ask Rohingya, Bangladeshi Muslims to leave
Mon, Feb 13, 2017

The National Conference and Congress too do not appear in favour of their staying in the state.

Govt shouldn’t sack on its own: BJP takes on ally PDP after J&K counsel in SC dismissed
Sun, Feb 12, 2017

The BJP has complained that the party was kept in the dark over the decision to dismiss Sunil Fernandes.

J&K: In a first, state govt employee amongst two arrested for not standing during national anthem
Sat, Feb 11, 2017

Police said Javed is a consultant with the J&K Institute of Management, Public Administration and Rural Development in Jammu, and Mudassar is an employee of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank in Srinagar.

Major booked for rape, blackmail of colleague who committed suicide
Fri, Feb 03, 2017

However, no arrest has been made so far, police said.

Jammu and Kashmir assembly adjourned following clashes in the house
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Opposition National Conference members clashed with Forest Minister Chaudhary Lal Singh and threw papers and chairs forcing Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta to adjourn the House.

Will expunge Mehbooba Mufti’s remarks if she has used anti-national words: J&K Speaker
Wed, Feb 01, 2017

The CM had on Monday accused those calling for withdrawal of Article 370 and Article 35-A of “hurting the very soul and secular character of Kashmir”.

J-K: Uproarious scenes mar Assembly proceedings over Mehbooba Mufti’s ‘anti-national’ remark   
Tue, Jan 31, 2017

Amidst pandemonium, Speaker adjourned the House for 15 minutes. However, when the House later reassembled, the opposition members were again on their feet.

Those against Article 370 are like those who want one religion in Valley: Mehbooba Mufti
Tue, Jan 31, 2017

Mehbooba sought support even from opposition benches in the House to safeguard the state’s special position and also in taking back Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley.

BJP MLA says J&K minister’s reply ‘rubbish’, walks out
Tue, Jan 24, 2017

Taking the cue from the MLA’s exit, Opposition legislators from the Congress and National Conference, including former CM Omar Abdullah, tried to corner the government on the issue of Jammu’s development as a tourist spot.

Jammu: Medical report says boy held under Public Safety Act not minor
Tue, Jan 24, 2017

The boy, from Srinagar, was arrested on charges of stone-pelting.

‘J&K minister has encroached upon forest land’
Sun, Jan 22, 2017

He said that the revenue department has furnished a report to the HC that the entire land under Bee Enn Institute’s occupation is state land.

Engineer Rashid marshalled out of J-K Legislative Assembly
Sat, Jan 21, 2017

As Engineer Rasheed continued to create noisy scenes, Law Minister Abdul Ahad Haq stood up accusing him of taking the House to ransom.

J&K govt rules out note ban impact on Valley unrest
Fri, Jan 20, 2017

A week after demonetisation was announced, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said there had been no stone pelting since the announcement.

Valley powerless: BJP-PDP MLAs join Oppn over ‘govt inaction’
Thu, Jan 19, 2017

BJP lawmaker Neelam Langeh even staged a walkout, saying that a boy’s body could not be driven to his home in Ramban due to closure of the Jammu-Srinagar highway.

Mehbooba Mufti assures relief to kin of protesters killed during protests
Tue, Jan 17, 2017

“Yeh paanch lakh rupey kisi ki jaan wapas nahin layengey’’ (These Rs 5 lakh will not bring back anyone’s life) many cases, we have to rehabilitate people,” J&K CM said.

Days after constable’s videos: At LoC base, BSF men say ‘at least someone spoke up’
Mon, Jan 16, 2017

A BSF spokesperson says he had been removed from the area to ensure that he does not “accuse his commanding officer, or other superior officer, of putting pressure on him.

J&K budget with focus on micro-budgetary reforms presented
Thu, Jan 12, 2017

Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Haseeb A Drabu on Wednesday presented Rs 80,000 crore budget for 2017-18 with focus on micro-budgetary reforms.

J-K: ‘Sacrilege’ sparks violence in Kathua, four arrested
Wed, Jan 11, 2017

The violence triggered protests in the Assembly, with the opposition Congress and National Conference staging a walkout.

In first cross-LoC strike of 2017, terrorists kill 3, escape under mist cover
Tue, Jan 10, 2017

Intelligence officials in New Delhi said the failure to locate the terrorists could also mean they had gone back the way they came, across the LoC.

Akhnoor: Terrorists kill three workers in attack on GREF camp near LoC
Mon, Jan 09, 2017

According to security sources, the terrorists doused the workers with fuel obtained from a GREF office nearby before setting them ablaze.

Haroon and his valley of grief
Sun, Jan 08, 2017

World is a place far removed for this nomadic family. Demonetisation made it unreachable for a 9-yr-old

Kashmiri lawmaker Engineer Abdul Rashid seeks plebiscite
Wed, Jan 04, 2017

Rashid referred to vacant assembly seats for Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and asked the BJP what its solution was.

Amid slogans, J&K Governor cuts short speech, leaves
Tue, Jan 03, 2017

As the disruptions continued, the Governor cut short his address within 15 minutes and left the venue without even waiting for the National Anthem to conclude

J&K: State education dept launches SMIS, technology to automate end-to-end school management system
Sat, Dec 31, 2016

SMIS, the largest e-governance and e-learning initiative of the state government, is an integrated technology framework that automates the entire end-to-end school management system, said Education Minister Naeem Akhtar.

HC orders probe into J&K minister’s trust land
Fri, Dec 30, 2016

The court said that the conflicting reports seem to have been filed to create confusion.

Refugee vs refugee, new flashpoint in J vs K
Thu, Dec 29, 2016

How politics around West Pakistan refugees and Rohingya Muslims is deepening existing faultlines in state

Refugee vs refugee turns into Kashmir vs Jammu: Identity certificates spark protests and violence
Tue, Dec 27, 2016

In Jammu, BJP leaders said they would raise the issue of the “increasing number” of Rohingya Muslim refugees in the state in the coming Budget Session of the Assembly.

Nagrota attack probe: NIA seizes records of cross-LoC trade
Mon, Dec 19, 2016

The NIA team, consisting of four to five members, has also seized nearly half a dozen computers installed at the office of the Custodian, LoC Trade.

J&K junior ministers get more powers 
Mon, Dec 19, 2016

Mufti has ordered that all matters requiring ministerial approval be routed through junior ministers concerned. This includes proposals regarding transfers, postings of gazetted officers and development projects.

Going nowhere: Why many police officers in J&K feel hard done by
Mon, Dec 19, 2016

Arun Sharma explains the way the KPS is structured, and how militancy and government policy created a situation of stagnation.

J&K Govt names Burhan brother in compensation list, ally BJP protests
Wed, Dec 14, 2016

The J&K government regularly compensates civilians killed by militants or during anti-militancy operations but does not usually make public the identities of those involved.