It was an improvement on the 45% recorded in 2008.
The people of south Kashmir will also decide the fate of two Congress ministers Ghulam Ahmad Mir and Peerzada Mohammad Saeed.
Increased turnout in Tral, Sopore to prevent BJP win
Several of the seats voting are in separatist strongholds, prompting a boycott-wary Election Commission into clustering a number of booths.
Says attackers were looking for civilian targets
Yousuf had been accused of taking money from party leaders in exchange for posts.
Five sitting Jammu & Kashmir MLAs are seeking at least a fifth victory, including two who have had unbroken runs. Basharaat Masood reports
71% turnout in voting at 18 constituencies
At the rally, Mufti also took a dig at BJP saying his party would “act as a fortress to defend the distinct identity” of Jammu and Kashmir.
A meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made Lone the target of his opponents while the candidate himself is trying to use it to his advantage.
Nearly 3 months after the Srinagar floods, more than 15,000 cars are at workshops needing repairs, mechanics and spare parts.
Outlining the basics of self rule, PDP has promised closer ties across the Line of Control by making borders irrelevant.
The BJP has of late softened its stand on Article 370, which grants the state a special status.
Though the party is contesting from 32 seats in Kashmir, and has fielded four Pandit candidates, none of those are people who chose to stay back.
The turnout statewide was over 71 per cent.
Police identified the detained youth as Naushad Ahmad Ganai, a resident of Augam village in Kulgam.
Omar Abdullah is banking on the demilitarisation of Tosa Maidan and the creation of administrative units to impress the voters in Beerwah
On possible alliance with BJP, Omar said he was contesting the assembly elections to win a mandate on his own.
Mehboob Beg said the NC announced his candidature in the fifth list as if they were “in doubt” about it.
Hina is, however, banking on “vote for change”. Ironically she sells the BJP in the name of Babri Masjid.
The circular has drawn the attention of the personnel towards the J&K Government Employees (conduct) Rules, 1971.
The BJP candidate from Kangan, Nazir Raina, said the Article 370 was the link that bound Kashmir and India.
The separatists say that by denying them a level playing field, the government has conceded defeat.
Basim Ahmad Bhat, was in a car with his 4 friends when they were fired upon by armymen. He survived unhurt to tell this story.
Separatists condemned the killings and called for a shutdown on Wednesday as a mark of protest.
The agenda assumes significance following reports that some Indian Muslims may have joined ISIS to fight in Iraq and Syria.
The pictures, which went viral on social networking websites, evoked angry reactions from people across the state.
Instagram album: Man helping DIG put on shoes, armed guard as caddie.
The state government also provided its initial assessment of losses, pegging it at 100 thousand crore rupees.
After the floods, Omar and his administration was missing for more than 15 days.
Some shopkeepers opened their shops after 10 days. Others sifted through merchandise to gauge losses.
No help from authorities, civilians take up rescue work.
Shocked rescue workers hurriedly arrange for a funeral, burying the infant in a wet corner.
With no communication the roads leading to Srinagar disconnected, little help is coming from outside.
Even as the water level of the Jhelum crossed the danger mark, there was no warning from the government.
The Srinagar office of The Indian Express is housed in a shopping arcade which lies on the banks of the Jhelum.