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Scholar-turned-militant among two killed in J&K encounter
Fri, Oct 12, 2018

The killing of Wani, a close aide of Hizbul Mujahideen’s operations chief Riyaz Naikoo, is a setback to Hizbul as the security establishment in the Valley feared he could attract more educated youngsters to the militancy with his writings.

J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik’s remarks on ‘next mayor’ faces flak from parties
Wed, Oct 10, 2018

On Monday, Malik had said that Srinagar will have a “foreign-educated” mayor, seen as alluding towards former NC leader Junaid Azim Mattu, who quit the party to contest the municipal polls from the city.

J&K local body polls: Waste, roads major issues as Srinagar gears up to vote
Mon, Oct 08, 2018

J&K has two Municipal Corporations, Srinagar and Jammu, six municipal councils and 70 municipal committees. The councils and committees have also been without elected heads since 2010.

SPOs in J&K: Poor pay and esteem, and now, fear
Sun, Oct 07, 2018

A spate of resignations by Special Police Officers, triggered by militants specifically targeting them for the first time, has left an uneasy calm in the Valley as civic polls begin tomorrow. The Indian Express on a force that is battling on multiple fronts — poor pay and esteem, and now, fear

J&K local body polls: In absence of Opposition, BJP set to win record seats in Valley
Thu, Oct 04, 2018

While the BJP has bagged 13 out of 17 municipal seats in Shopian — no candidate filed nomination for the other four seats — it is already leading in seven municipal bodies.

No names, no faces, no campaign: Secrecy drapes J&K local polls
Wed, Oct 03, 2018

Officials cite “security reasons” for the veil of secrecy over the conduct of the “faceless” poll process, especially in the troubled south of the Valley. They say disclosure of candidate details will make them vulnerable to threats, even endanger lives.

Questions in Jammu and Kashmir local polls
Wed, Oct 03, 2018

Amid boycott calls, state heads for municipal polls for the first time since 2005, panchayat polls since 2011.

Kashmir civic polls: No candidate or no contest in 60% of seats
Mon, Oct 01, 2018

J&K municipal polls: In four municipal bodies, no candidate has come forward in more than half the seats, while in at least 12 of the 24 municipal bodies, no voting would be needed.

J-K civic polls: In first two phases, 131 wards out of 187 left blank; candidates elected unopposed at places
Sun, Sep 30, 2018

The most volatile regions of the valley, especially Shopian and Pulwama district in south Kashmir, and Sopore and Hajin in north Kashmir are going to polls in third and fourth phases and the participation in these areas is expected to lower.

Adequate security measures to ensure free and fair polls: J&K govt
Wed, Sep 26, 2018

The four-phase election to urban local bodies will be held from October 8. Panchayat elections in the state will be held in nine phases, on a non-party basis, beginning November 17.

Under drones and floodlights in volatile Sopore, a football tournament shines
Tue, Sep 25, 2018

Sopore is among the most affluent towns and is known as the fruit bowl of the Valley, but it is also a separatist stronghold and was once a hotbed of militancy, which means security is always high.

J&K: On first day, only four nomination forms issued, none submitted
Wed, Sep 19, 2018

For most of the day, the officials at the District Election Offices were waiting for the candidates to receive and submit their nomination forms. But no one turned up except at Bandipore, where nomination forms were issued to four candidates.

J-K: Posing as reporters, militants kill soldier who was home to mourn son’s death
Tue, Sep 18, 2018

“He would seldom visit his home,” a neighbour said. “At least, I don’t remember him visiting his home in last two years.”

J&K: Five militants killed in south Kashmir, civilian shot during protests
Sun, Sep 16, 2018

Police have identified the killed militants as Gulzar Paddar, Zahid, Faisal, Zahoor and Masroor. Gulzar, police said, was a close associate of the slain Hizb commander Altaf Kachroo.

‘No one in J&K is prepared for polls’
Sun, Sep 16, 2018

Boycott calls, indifferent voters, militant threats. Local officials have their task cut out before panchayat polls.

Defer hearing on Article 35A till new govt takes over, demand J&K parties
Fri, Sep 14, 2018

Omar was addressing the media after an all-party meeting convened by his father and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah to deliberate on the “political and security” situation of Jammu and Kashmir.

Killings by ‘unidentified’ gunmen put Valley on edge
Wed, Sep 12, 2018

As police blame militants, and separatists allege the role of security agencies, the sudden spurt of killings in the Valley has triggered fear and panic.

After NC, PDP too decides to boycott local polls in Jammu and Kashmir, cites Article 35A row
Tue, Sep 11, 2018

The PDP passed a unanimous resolution that said that imposing elections in the state would “erode the credibility” of the electoral process in the state

Article 35A: Farooq Abdullah threatens to boycott assembly, Lok Sabha polls
Sun, Sep 09, 2018

The National Conference has already announced its decision to boycott the municipal and panchayat polls

Kashmir journalist was ‘in contact’ with Hizbul militant, cops tell court
Sun, Sep 09, 2018

The court has sent Asif Sultan to 15-day judicial remand. He has been shifted to Srinagar central jail.

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