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Monday, December 16, 2019

Bashaarat Masood


Internet down, NEET aspirants in Valley struggle to upload forms
Sun, Dec 08, 2019

While the government has set up Internet kiosks — one at each of the 10 district headquarters — to “facilitate” the applications, students say these kiosks are too few in number. Over 20,000 students from Kashmir appeared for the NEET exams last year and sources say the number is likely to increase this year.

NC: Denied govt nod for function to mark Sheikh Abdullah’s anniversary
Thu, Dec 05, 2019

The 114th birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister and Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir is on Thursday and it would be observed as an official holiday in the Union Territory, but the public event will not be allowed.

For Internet in Valley, give 6-point undertaking to police
Wed, Nov 27, 2019

Over the last two weeks, Internet service providers in the Valley have restored broadband Internet to over a 100 business companies.

Day after Amit Shah’s ‘normalcy’ remark, Valley shops down shutters
Fri, Nov 22, 2019

On Wednesday, Shah informed the Upper House that “total normalcy prevails in Kashmir, with government office and educational institutions functioning fully”.

Srinagar: ‘There is no link between early snowfall and what is in store for us this coming winter’
Sat, Nov 16, 2019

"Last year, we had snowfall in the plains on November 3. But the snow was concentrated in north and central Kashmir," said Mukhtar Ahmad.

Winter is coming
Sun, Nov 17, 2019

As Kashmir witnesses an unusually early winter, with snow flattening trees and power lines, The Indian Express on how the chill has added to the problems of a region now under 100 days of lockdown — from farmers counting their losses to the soldier who is still to get his kerosene stove.

J&K Internet shutdown cripples initiative that saved over 700
Sun, Nov 10, 2019

For the past three months, the initiative has come to a halt because the internet ban snapped their only line of communication — WhatsApp.

J&K yet to decide on allowing congregation at Hazratbal on Prophet’s birth anniversary
Sat, Nov 09, 2019

Given the situation in the region, the government is yet to decide on whether to allow such a large congregation or to impose restrictions — both situations have the potential to stir up tensions.

J&K: PDP expels sole MP for attending L-G swearing-in event
Sat, Nov 02, 2019

Nazir Ahmad Laway, a resident of south Kashmir’s Kulgam, was the only mainstream political leader, other than leaders of the BJP, who attended Thursday’s ceremony at the Raj Bhawan in Srinagar.

J&K becomes UT: Disquiet on streets, new L-Gs take oath at low-key events
Fri, Nov 01, 2019

The oath ceremony was a low-key affair with only top civil and security officials in attendance.

J&K becomes UT today amid attempts to create space for political alternative in Valley
Thu, Oct 31, 2019

It is early days, but the Centre hopes to restart conversations and slowly fill the political void created following the arrest of almost all notable politicians and prominent workers of mainstream parties in the Valley.

Low-key inaugural planned for UTs of J&K and Ladakh
Wed, Oct 30, 2019

Official sources said the Centre has asked the state administration to hold twin functions — administering the oath of office to the two Lieutenant Governors for Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir — separately, at Leh and Srinagar, respectively.

Another truck driver killed, grenade attack leaves 19 injured in Kashmir
Tue, Oct 29, 2019

Security officials said the suspected militants shot the trucker, identified as Narayan Dutta, near Kanelwan village on the Bijbehara-Pahalgam road.

EU MPs head to J&K today, angry Opposition tells Govt you didn’t allow us
Tue, Oct 29, 2019

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence Monday, and were briefed separately by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

Jammu and Kashmir BDC polls: Behind high turnout, security dragnet in Valley
Sat, Oct 26, 2019

In its first-ever BDC elections, J&K witnessed 98.3 per cent polling. But behind this turnout lies the story of vacant panchayats, elected panches confined to secured hotels far from their villages, a boycott by the major mainstream political parties barring BJP, and public indifference in the Valley.

BJP wins 81 of 280 blocks in J&K’s first BDC elections
Fri, Oct 25, 2019

The saffron party managed to get only about a third of the blocks in its stronghold of Jammu division, winning 52 of 148 blocks.

In first test after Article 370 move, J&K votes in block polls today
Thu, Oct 24, 2019

Of the 310 blocks, candidates in 27 blocks have been elected unopposed. So voting will be held only in 283 blocks, where over a thousand candidates are in the fray. According to the election department, 853 are independent candidates, while 218 are from the BJP.

Al Qaeda’s Kashmir affiliate wiped out, says J&K DGP Dilbag Singh
Thu, Oct 24, 2019

Lelhari and his associates Naveed Ahmed Tak and Junaid Rashid were killed in a gunfight in Rajpora village of Tral, in Awantipora, on Tuesday evening, the police said.

After Army strike, J&K Governor asks Pak to behave
Tue, Oct 22, 2019

“War is a bad thing. Pakistan should behave. If they don’t desist, what happened yesterday, it will happen more than that,” the Governor said.

Day after, J&K releases Farooq Abdullah’s sister, daughter among 13 women held during protest
Thu, Oct 17, 2019

The police did not register an FIR; they were arrested under Section 107 of CrPC for defying prohibitory orders under CrPC Section 144.