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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Naveed Iqbal


Without a political govt, people in J&K use ‘L-G Mulaqat’ window to raise issues, get solution
Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Without a political government, and even with the District Development Councils now in place, residents are turning to the administration’s grievance portal for everyday concerns as well as policy issues.

J&K: Two policemen shot dead in Srinagar; three held for attack at restaurant
Sat, Feb 20, 2021

In two other incidents in the Valley, a Special Police Officer was killed and a Constable injured in Budgam of Central Kashmir, while three militants were killed in an encounter in Shopian, South Kashmir.

Envoys begin 2-day visit to J&K to assess situation
Thu, Feb 18, 2021

Parts of Srinagar observed a shutdown on account of the visit, with major markets remaining shut.

Upsets later, DDC tally: BJP 6 in Jammu, Gupkar 5 in Kashmir
Sun, Feb 14, 2021

The coalition of J&K’s mainstream parties that contested the elections together — the National Conference, PDP, JK People’s Movement and CPM (with the People's Conference having exited the group) — has not got a single council in Jammu so far, with polls to three DDCs put off Saturday due to lack of quorum.

DDC polls: People’s Conference wins in Kupwara, BJP in Doda, Udhampur
Tue, Feb 09, 2021

In the Jammu division, the BJP took control of the DDCs in Udhampur and Doda on Monday.

J&K DDC polls: With Independents on its side, Apni Party bags Srinagar, Shopian
Sun, Feb 07, 2021

Launched six months after the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir was split in August 2019, Apni Party contested the DDC elections against the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) constituents.

4G restored: Relief in J-K as traders, hoteliers and teachers welcome govt’s move
Sat, Feb 06, 2021

Burza said the move will instill a sense of confidence and security among tourists, which will pave the industry's way to recovery.

18 months after split, downgrade, 4G mobile Internet back in J&K
Sat, Feb 06, 2021

The decision comes as the government faces increasing criticism at home and internationally for imposing curbs on the Internet, widely seen as a core human right.

J&K: Drop in law & order incidents but uptick in militant recruitment
Mon, Jan 25, 2021

According to police data for the last three years, the number of law and order incidents in J&K plunged 75 per cent to 143 in 2020 compared with 584 in 2019.

House panel to visit Kashmir
Wed, Jan 20, 2021

The 31-member committee, headed by Rajya Sabha MP from Andhra Pradesh T G Venkatesh, will undertake a “study visit” of Srinagar and Gulmarg from January 21 to 23.

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.

Rajouri killings: Captain arranged car, weapons planted, say police
Tue, Dec 29, 2020

The document, filed before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Shopian, on December 26, raises questions on how a single officer planned and executed the encounter without the knowledge of seniors.

J&K: Apni Party scuttles PAGD chance to claim DDC in Shopian
Sat, Dec 26, 2020

By taking NC and PDP candidates, Apni Party has scuttled PAGD’s chances of taking control of the Shopian DDC. If the remaining three more Independent candidates also join the Apni Party, Bukhari would be able to stake claim to the Shopian DDC.

Arrested PDP youth leader wins: ‘Now that he has won, we are living in the hope of his release’
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

The PDP’s youth wing leader was arrested by the NIA on November 25, five days after he filed nomination papers, in connection with a terror case against suspended J&K police officer Devinder Singh.

DDC: ‘Free of political baggage’, Independents score big in polls
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

Of 2,178 candidates in 280 territorial constituencies divided equally between Kashmir and Jammu, over a thousand candidates were Independent.

Jammu & Kashmir DDC polls: Gupkar Alliance fields 220 candidates, BJP 183 and Apni Party 134
Tue, Dec 22, 2020

The eight-phase elections for the 280 territorial constituencies in 20 districts (10 each in Kashmir and Jammu) was also the first electoral exercise carried out in Jammu and Kashmir since the constitutional changes revoking the former state’s special status took shape.

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.

J&K DDC polls: BJP ends campaign on Mehbooba turf
Fri, Dec 18, 2020

At Dara Shikoh park in Bijbehara, the party’s national spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain unfurled the tricolour and said, “Mehbooba Mufti used to say that there will be no one left to unfurl the flag, this is our response to her.”

J&K DDC polls: Survivor of shootout says his new lease of life is to work for people
Wed, Dec 16, 2020

Contesting on a J&K Apni Party ticket from Anantnag, Anees is the only candidate to have come under attack in the on-going elections to the District Development Councils (DDCs) in Jammu and Kashmir, the first electoral exercise after the scrapping of its special status.

J&K DDC polls: In fray today, two candidates seeking to put PSA, jail behind
Sun, Dec 13, 2020

Among the 13 in the fray are Shabir Ahmad Lone and Zahoor Ahmad Mir, both of whom were jailed under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) amidst the crackdown on political leadership following the scrapping of J&K's special status last year.

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.

DDC polls: Boycott hits South Kashmir turnout in Phase 4
Tue, Dec 08, 2020

North and central Kashmir districts recorded a decent turnout and, with the Jammu region seeing 69.31 per cent voting, the overall turnout in the Union Territory was 50.08 per cent.

PDP youth leader in jail, his family hits campaign trail in Pulwama
Mon, Dec 07, 2020

Waheed-ur-Rehman Para was arrested on November 25, five days after he filed his nomination, in connection with a terror case against suspended J&K police officer Devinder Singh.

J&K DDC polls: 50% turnout in third phase; candidate shot
Sat, Dec 05, 2020

In the first incident of violence during the ongoing polls, a Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) candidate was injured when militants shot at him while he was canvassing in Sagam constituency in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

Five ex-ministers in J&K district polls: ‘Can’t wait indefinitely’
Thu, Dec 03, 2020

The first of the eight-phase DDC polls on November 28 drew an unexpectedly high turnout of 51.7 per cent across J&K, including 40.6 per cent in the Valley.