Farooq Abdullah

Farooq Abdullah faces tough challenge in Srinagar

Farooq-AbdullahSrinagar, April 29 : Retaining Srinagar is a tough call for the 78-year old National Conference patron and thrice Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah. He has never lost an election so far, but winning the elections this time is not a foregone conclusion for him.

Abdullah is seeking re-election from this Lok Sabha seat that is spread over three districts of Srinagar, Ganderbal and Badgam with 1.23 million voters. The Abdullahs, who belong to Srinagar district, have held sway over the people in Kashmir for over 50 years. Srinagar has been a strong bastion of the NC and the Abdullahs.

Farooq Abdullah files nomination from Srinagar

Farooq-AbdullahSrinagar, April 7 : National Conference (NC) patron and union minister Farooq Abdullah Monday filed his nomination papers for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat.

Farooq Abdullah was accompanied by his son, NC president and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, and other senior party leaders.

State Congress president, Saif-ud-Din Soz also accompanied the union minister to the office of the returning officer in the Tankipora area of summer capital Srinagar.

The ruling NC-Congress alliance is jointly fighting the election in the state.

Modi will destroy India's secular fabric: Farooq

Farooq-AbdullahNew Delhi, March 26 : National Conference chairperson Farooq Abdullah has said his party will never consider joining the BJP-led NDA in case Narendra Modi becomes the prime minister.

In an interview to CNN/IBN, Abdullah said BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was supported by the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), which has a communal agenda.

"My thinking is that people like Modi are supported by the RSS which is basically a communal organisation and will destroy the secular fabric of the country," he said.

The National Conference "will never join hands with such people", he added.

Never called Kashmiri's 'thieves', claims Farooq Abdullah

Farooq AbdullahJammu, March 3  : Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah on Monday said that he never called the people of Jammu and Kashmir as 'thieves', and added that he was misquoted by the media.

"I had never said that Kashmiris are thieves. It (stealing of power) happens all over the country. I have been saying for such a long time, even when I was the Chief Minister of the state," Abdullah said.

India willing to buy power from Nepal: Farooq Abdullah

Farooq-AbdullahKathmandu, Dec 21 : India is willing to invest in Nepal's potential hydropower sector and purchase electricity generated in the Himalayan country, Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah has said.

The Indian government recently included energy in the list of tradable commodities and Kathmandu and New Delhi should work together to harness hydropower, Abdullah said Friday while inaugurating the "India Investrade 2013" exhibition-cum-business meeting here.

He must apologise: Omar Abdullah on father

Omar-AbdullahJammu, Dec 6 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said Friday that he hoped his father would immediately apologise for his comments on women, which the son said were most likely made in a lighter vein.

Reacting to the barrage of criticism levelled against union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Resources Farooq Abdullah over an alleged sexist comment against women, Omar Abdullah said on his micro blogging twitter site Friday: "I am sure the attempt wasn't to trivialise important issue of women's security, so I hope dad apologises for the misplaced attempt at humour".

Farooq Abdullah to seek re-election from Srinagar

Farooq-AbdullahSrinagar, Dec 5 : Union minister and National Conference (NC) patron Farooq Abdullah Thursday announced he would seek re-election to the Lok Sabha from Srinagar parliamentary constituency next year.

Addressing a party rally to observe the birth anniversary of National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah at his mausoleum in Hazratbal here, Farooq Abdullah said he would stand from the Srinagar constituency as the party candidate during the forthcoming general elections in 2014.

Dr. Farooq Abdullah Inaugurates Suzlon’s New Wind Turbine

Dr. Farooq Abdullah Inaugurates Suzlon’s New Wind TurbineIndia’s Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, inaugurated a new wind turbine developed by the Asia’s third- largest maker of wind turbines, Suzlon Energy Ltd. Dr. Abdullah had applauded the makers for their efforts and said renewable energy contributes enough for nation’s development.

In addition, he notified that at present, India is the fifth wind power market in the world and is a leader in exporting wind turbines to developed as well as emerging markets.

Wind energy companies should explore global opportunities-says Minister

Wind energy companies should explore global opportunities-says MinisterUnion Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah has said that the wind energy companies of the country should also be given a chance to improve their stand in the global arena.

Cabinet likely to decide new price of ethanol this month

Farooq AbdullahKharagpur (West Bengal), Jan 5 : The union cabinet is likely to fix the new price of ethanol, required for blending with petrol to cut down on emissions, later this month.

"The proposal for paying Rs. 26-27 per litre of ethanol will be discussed in the next cabinet meeting (later this month)," New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah told delegates at a function at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) here in a video conference.

According to him, the government will increase the blending level of ethanol with petrol from 5 percent to 10 percent by next year to cut down emission levels.

Pakistan in terrible trouble: Farooq Abdullah

Pakistan in terrible trouble: Farooq AbdullahBangalore, Dec 22 - Pakistan was in "terrible trouble this time" due to unabated violence, terror attacks and suicide bombings, union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah said here Tuesday when three people were killed in a blast outside the Peshawar Press Club.

"I think Pakistan is in terrible trouble this time. It is not for an Indian to tell what its government should do to tackle terrorism," Abdullah told IANS on the margins of an energy event here.

Farooq Abdullah condemns killing of a 20-year-old girl in Kashmir

Farooq Abdullah condemns killing of a 20-year-old girl in KashmirNew Delhi, Dec 17 : New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah has condemned the killing of a twenty-year-old girl on Tuesday (December 15) night by suspected militants in the Shopian town of Kashmir.

A militant had shot down Sheeraza Akhter, the 20 year-old girl who belonged to the Kellar area of Shopian in front of her father on Tuesday (December 15).

Green energy plants to get government subsidy

Farooq AbdullahChandigarh, Dec 16 : New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah said Wednesday the government will give subsidies to entrepreneurs interested in setting up power plants using renewable resources.

"We are ready to give subsidies to people in order to motivate them to establish power plants using renewable resources. We invite proposals from potential entrepreneurs, who are interested in this field," Abdullah told reporters.

Government ready to run parliament on solar energy: Abdullah

Government ready to run parliament on solar energy: AbdullahNew Delhi, Dec 11 : The government is ready to run parliament on solar energy, Minister of New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah said in the Lok Sabha Friday.

"We are ready to electrify parliament with solar energy," the minister said when Speaker Meira Kumar asked the minister to consider solar energy for parliament.

The house acknowledged the speaker's request and minister's reply by thumping of desks.

Farooq Abdullah condemns linguistic chauvinism

Farooq Abdullah condemns linguistic chauvinismGuwahati, Nov 12 : Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah has condemned the existence of linguistic chauvinism in the country.

Addressing a two-day conference on energy resources here on Wednesday, Abdullah said the country should rise above linguistic prejudices.

Farooq asks Chidambaram to review Jammu and Kashmir pre-paid ban

Farooq asks Chidambaram to review Jammu and Kashmir pre-paid banJammu, Nov 5 - Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah told Home Minister P. Chidambaram to reconsider the continuation of the ban on pre-paid mobile services in Jammu and Kashmir when Chidambaram concluded his day-long visit to the state Wednesday night, officials said.

According to official sources, Farooq raised the issue during an informal chat with Chidambaram Wednesday evening.

Farooq said the ban on pre-paid services had created anger all across the state.

Farooq to go to PM about Services' no to cricket in Srinagar

Farooq to go to PM about Services' no to cricket in SrinagarSrinagar/New Delhi, Nov 3 : Reacting sharply to the Services' team refusing to play a cricket match in Srinagar, a furious union minister and Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) chief Farooq Abdullah Tuesday said he would take up the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"To hell with them for that... Services is saying Kashmir is not normal," Abdullah said about the match that was supposed to signal the return of first-class cricket to the valley after five years.    

Farooq hopes train in Kashmir will bring development

Farooq hopes train in Kashmir will bring developmentAnantnag (Jammu and Kashmir), Oct 28 - Former chief minister and Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah Wednesday hoped that the Kashmir Valley would soon be linked by train to the rest of India.

"I hope the train will soon connect the valley with the rest of the country. There are lots of places within and outside the railways has to link with the state. This will end many of our difficulties. I hope we will see the train from Kashmir reaching other parts of the country soon," Abdullah said.

China can make as much noise as it wants on Arunachal Pradesh: Farooq Abdullah

China can make as much noise as it wants on Arunachal Pradesh: Farooq AbdullahJammu, Oct. 14 : Reacting to China’s statement over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s tour of Arunachal Pardesh, Union Minister for New and Renewable resources, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, matained that China is in the habit of making noises, but Arunchal Pradesh will remain N integral part of India.

Middle path needed to resolve Kashmir crisis: Farooq Abdullah

Middle path needed to resolve Kashmir crisis: Farooq AbdullahSrinagar, Oct 13 : Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah asserted Tuesday that Kashmir would never become a part of Pakistan, but said New Delhi would have to work out a middle path to resolve the political dispute.




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