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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Bashaarat Masood


Mehbooba re-elected PDP chief: ‘If cops want to arrest me for what I’m doing, so be it’
Tue, Feb 23, 2021

Monday’s election for the PDP president was first since the party underwent a split and several top leaders, including some former state ministers, joined hands to form the Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party, which is backed by BJP-led Union government.

Matter pending in SC, stop delimitation, three Kashmir MPs tell panel
Thu, Feb 18, 2021

The Delimitation Commission had invited the three MPs for a meeting, as associate members of the Commission, on February 18.

Alert in valley: Security convoys off roads; bar on Abdullahs from leaving home
Mon, Feb 15, 2021

Sources in the police said the suspension of movement of security convoys was taken as a precautionary measure after inputs that militants might try to carry out a sensational attack Sunday.

Soldier killed, 3 injured in IED explosion in Kulgam
Thu, Jan 28, 2021

Four soldiers injured in the blast were rushed to a nearby hospital. They were then shifted to the Army’s 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar, where one of them died.

First crack in Gupkar alliance: Sajad Lone exits
Wed, Jan 20, 2021

Lone, who was the PAGD spokesperson, conveyed the decision in a letter to Farooq Abdullah, president of the alliance.

Nurse in Kerala, surgeon in Kashmir –– meet frontline workers who got first jabs of Covid vaccine
Sun, Jan 17, 2021

The Sunday Express meets some of the first recipients of the Covaxin and Covishield vaccines — from a health officer in a remote Arunachal district to a community worker in Naxal-hit Dantewada

Looking into facts of Srinagar gunfight that killed 3, says J&K L-G
Fri, Jan 08, 2021

The L-G's comments come days after the families of the three youths killed in Lawaypora in the early hours of December 30 alleged that the incident was a “staged gunfight” and that their children were innocent.

Roads closed, fuel rationed as snow shuts Kashmir Valley
Thu, Jan 07, 2021

The snow and the government’s seeming failure to anticipate challenges despite the meteorological department's warning of heavy to very heavy snow, have thrown life completely out of gear in the Valley and angered people

As families protest, J&K cops release video of ‘encounter’
Tue, Jan 05, 2021

On Monday, the J&K Police released two videos on Twitter, in which forces can be seen making announcements during the "encounter", asking the three youths to surrender.

New faces of Jammu and Kashmir’s new politics
Mon, Jan 04, 2021

The recent DDC polls has seen the redrawing of political lines and the emergence of a new leadership — from a law student in North Kashmir to a dentist in the South, a school teacher in Jammu to the wife of a seasoned politician in Kashmir. The Indian Express in Jammu tell some of their stories.

In Srinagar, jeweller killed weeks after domicile nod, militants warn of more attacks
Sat, Jan 02, 2021

Just a few weeks after he had obtained the certificate, Satpal Nischal was shot by suspected militants at his shop in Saraibala, and was dead by the time he was brought to the nearby Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital.

Three killed in J&K, police say militants, their families deny
Thu, Dec 31, 2020

As per the J&K Police, Zubair Ahmad of Shopian, and Ajaz Ahmad Ganai and Athar Mushtaq of Pulwama were “hardcore” militant associates, though it admitted their names were not in the list of terrorists.

Killing of Rajouri youths: Police chargesheet Captain, 2 civilians
Sun, Dec 27, 2020

Both the Army and the J&K Police had earlier claimed that the three youths were unidentified militants and had buried them discreetly in a graveyard in north Kashmir's Baramulla.

With Congress, Gupkar alliance has majority in 12 DDCs in J&K, but parties still wary
Thu, Dec 24, 2020

The Kashmir Division and Jammu Division comprise 10 DDCs each, and every DDC is divided into 14 territorial constituencies, elections for which were held over eight phases. For clear majority in a DDC, any party or alliance requires a minimum of eight seats.

J&K DDC polls: Big wins, narrow defeats
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

While the turnout in most south Kashmir constituencies, especially in Pulwama and Shopian, was low, the region witnessed some close contests.

PoK to J&K: Past the fences, she is still not ‘home’
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

Counting was stopped on similar grounds at Hajin constituency of Bandipore, where a candidate, Pakistani wife of a militant who returned under the rehabilitation programme, was contesting.

J&K votes split: Valley goes to Gupkar Alliance, Jammu to BJP
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

The poll results mean that the BJP has secured control of at least six District Development Councils (DDCs) in Jammu and none in Kashmir. The People’s Alliance has a majority in nine DDCs, all in the Valley. As there is no clear-cut majority in the five councils, the independent candidates are likely to play the role of king makers.

Jammu and Kashmir DDC Election Results 2020 Highlights: J&K administration trying to ‘collect’ Independent candidates for BJP, Omar alleges
Tue, Dec 29, 2020

Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) DDC Election Results 2020 Highlights: Seven political parties, including the NC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), contested the polls in an alliance, under the banner of PAGD. This was the first election in the Union Territory after the abrogation of Article 370 in August 5 last year.

Night before DDC counting, several leaders detained in J&K
Tue, Dec 22, 2020

A dozen people had been injured in clashes at different places in Mendhar during the eighth phase of DDC polls on Saturday.

Covid impact: Dal lake set to get its own water ambulance
Mon, Dec 21, 2020

Patloo credits his family, including his seven-year-old daughter Jannat who was praised by the Prime Minister for her efforts to clean Dal Lake two years ago, and friend Riyaz Ahmad for realising his dream.

51.5% voting in 6th phase of DDC elections in J&K
Mon, Dec 14, 2020

Despite a near total boycott in the south Kashmir districts of Shopian and Pulwama, moderate polling in other parts of the valley pushed up the voter turnout to 32.5 per cent in Kashmir.

Can’t hear bail plea, HC judge’s secy called to say don’t grant it: Srinagar judge
Fri, Dec 11, 2020

Principal Sessions Judge Malik did not respond to calls for comment. Judicial Registrar Masrat Shaheen told The Indian Express that she “can’t comment on it”.

In fifth phase of DDC polls, 34% turnout in Valley, 66% in Jammu
Fri, Dec 11, 2020

Election Commissioner K K Sharma told reporters said in Jammu that the fifth phase of elections for 37 seats – 17 in Kashmir division and 20 in Jammu division – was peaceful.

‘Need to stand up to bully…boycotting polls would have left field open for BJP’: Mehbooba Mufti
Thu, Dec 10, 2020

In an exclusive interview to The Indian Express, Mufti said that the formation of the People’s Alliance of Gupkar Declaration was the "beginning" of the fight for restoring J&K’s special status.

Meet Somia Sadaf, star entrepreneur and J&K poll candidate — from PoK
Wed, Dec 09, 2020

She hails from Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Sadaf crossed over 10 years ago with her husband Abdul Majeed Bhat and their three sons and daughter.