Amit Shah, LK Advani reach Jammu to attend Mufti's oath ceremony

Amit Shah, LK Advani reach Jammu to attend Mufti's oath ceremony

Jammu, Mar 1 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah and senior leader Lal Krishna Advani have reached Jammu to attend the oath taking ceremony of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed here on Sunday.

Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar will also be present on the occasion.

Mufti, who will be heading a PDP-BJP coalition government in the state, will take oath at the General Zorawar Auditorium of Jammu University.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders of both the PDP and BJP, besides other dignitaries, would be present at the venue.

The Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, N. N. Vohra, will administer the oath of office and secrecy.

BJP leader Nirmal Singh is expected to be named as the deputy chief minister of the state.

J-K polls: Omar wins from Beerwah

omar abdullahSrinagar, Dec 23 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday won from the Beerwah assembly constituency but faced a defeat at the hands of People's Democratic Party's Ashraf Mir in Sonawar.

It was earlier reported that he has lost from Beerwah as well following which the Chief Minister tweeted and asked the media to get its facts right.

"Dear @IndiaToday please don't be so quick to write my political obituary. Request you check Beerwah result again. Thank you," tweeted Omar.

Earlier today, Omar congratulated PDP's Ashraf Mir.

Congress worked for J-K's development without any bias: Sonia

sonia gandhiAnantnag (Jammu and Kashmir), Dec 10 : Saluting the people of Jammu and Kashmir for taking part in the ongoing assembly polls with enthusiasm, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said it was her party that had worked for the development of the state without any bias.

"It is easy to showcase dreams, but the Congress party actually worked for the development of everyone without any kind of bias and keeping the ground realities in mind," Sonia said at an election rally here.

Taking on the ruling Omar Abdullah-led National Conference state government, Sonia said the relief work during the 2005 earthquake had been much faster.

Free J-K from family politics, says PM Modi

Free J-K from family politics, says PM ModiPoonch (J-K), Nov 28 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged the people of Jammu and Kashmir to make the state free of family politics.

"This family politics is a disease, you must make Jammu and Kashmir free of this family politics," said Prime Minister Modi while addressing a rally in Poonch district ahead of the second phase of assembly elections in the state.

He also said that funds allotted to the state from the Centre have not reached the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Omar wants India-Pak issues to be resolved

omar abdullahSrinagar, Nov 26 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Wednesday that he wanted issues between India and Pakistan to be resolved at the earliest.

"We have always been in favour of talks. Now, whether talks (between Modi and Sharif) will happen or not, that can only be decided by the Prime Ministers of both nations," said Abdullah.

"If asked, people of Jammu and Kashmir have always wanted the talks to take place, and also, want an end to the cross border terrorism and ceasefire," he added.

'Nobody forms govt. by sweeping a road': Omar Abdullah

Omar AbdullahSrinagar, Nov 20 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday hit back at PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti over her remark that he wielded a broom to please Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying nobody forms a government on the back of sweeping a road.

Attempting to silence all critics, Omar said he was not nominated by Prime Minister Modi, but by actor Salman Khan for the 'Swacch Bharat Abhiyan'.

Rising fuel prices have come down during NDA regime, claims Rajnath

Rising fuel prices have come down during NDA regime, claims RajnathBhaderwah (Jammu and Kashmir), Nov 19 : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said fuel prices kept rising under the previous UPA regime, whereas under the incumbent BJP-led NDA, they have fallen consistently.

Singh asked, "Isn't it true that there has hardly been any month which did not witness a hike in fuel prices during the previous government's rule? Isn't it true that for the first time, petrol and diesel prices are coming down every month after the new government came to power?"

He was addressing a rally here in the run-up of state assembly elections to be held from November 25 in five phases.

BSNL not to charge for telecom services in Valley for September

BSNLSrinagar: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) on Friday joined other service providers in announcing relief to customers in the Valley during the period when the state was hit by floods.

The company said it would not charge its customers in Jammu and Kashmir for the telecommunication services for the month of September for not being able to provide the services fully during the period.

The announcement came following state Governor NN Vohra's suggestion in this regard to RN Sudhakar, chief general manager, BSNL, Jammu and Kashmir Circle, who called on the Governor at Raj Bhavan yesterday.

Mirwaiz questions political opportunism over Kashmiri separatist leaders meeting Pak envoy

Mirwaiz-Umar-FarooqSrinagar, Aug 18 : The chairman of the moderate faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, today felt that the hue and cry being raised by political parties over leaders like him meeting Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit is a clear case of political opportunism. He instead sought an end to the politcisation of the Kashmir issue.

Ceasefire violations have nothing to do with elections Aug. 15: Omar Abdullah

Omar-AbdullahSrinagar, Aug 11 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said that ceasefire violations have nothing to do with elections or August 15.

" Ceasefire violations keep on happening but it has nothing to do with elections or August 15. The leaders of both the countries need to solve this issue together," said Abdullah.

"The focus should rather be on the people in Kashmir as such violations create a lot of difficulties for the people living near the border," he added.

Omar Abdullah angry over AFSPA not being reviewed

Omar-AbdullahSrinagar, July 24 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said that for some people the appropriate time to revoke Armed Forces Special Powers Act from Jammu and Kashmir will never come even if there total peace in the state.

"It is ongoing discussion with the Central Government. Earlier it was the UPA Government and now it is the NDA Government. For some people the appropriate time to revoke AFSPA will never come. They are so fond of such laws that even if there is total peace here and no incidents of violence are reported, then also they will come up with some reasons so as to continue such laws," said Omar.

Modi pitches for self-reliance in defence production, says strong army necessary for peace

Narendra ModiSrinagar: Making a strong pitch for self- reliance in defence production, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said this is needed to make the country completely secure from any threat and said he also has accorded highest priority to the modernisation of defence forces as strong security was necessary for an atmosphere of peace, amity and harmony in the country.

In his brief speech at the 'Sanik Samelan' here, the Prime Minister spoke about encouraging defence production in the country and said it was important for securing the borders of the country, official sources said here.

Good weather ensures bumper cherry production in Valley

Good weather ensures bumper cherry production in Valley Srinagar, July 3 - Cherry farmers in Kashmir valley are expecting a bumper production of cherries this year thanks to the timely rains and abundant snowfall during the winters.

Yaseen Ahmad a cherry grower, said, "The crop is a lot better than last year's. It will be exported to UP and Mumbai."

Another cherry farmer, Farooq Ahmad, also said that because of favorable climate the crop is good this year unlike last year.

Looking forward to work with Modi govt on KPs return: Omar Abdullah

Omar-AbdullahSrinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said he was looking forward to work with the new government at the Centre on return of displaced Kashmiri Pandit community to the Valley. "I look forward to working with the new government as they unveil their plans for the honourable return of the displaced Pandit community," Omar wrote on his Twitter account.

Omar, who could not visit the Kheer Bhawani Temple due to official engagements, extended greetings to the Kashmiri Pandit community on the Kheer Bhawani Festival being celebrated today.

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.

Modi plays fast and loose with truth: Omar Abdullah

Omar-AbdullahSrinagar, March 26 : BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has been playing fast and loose with the truth, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said Wednesday.

Reacting to Narendra Modi's speech at Hira Nagar in Kathua district of Jammu region where Modi launched BJP's poll campaign in the state, Omar tweeted: "NaMo certainly plays fast and loose with the truth. He quotes me and can't even get that right. Modi Sahib please quote me but do it right."

Omar also said he has not watched Modi's rally on the television.

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.

PM to inaugurate 101st Indian Science Congress at Jammu University today

Manmohan SinghJammu, Feb 3 : Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the 101st Indian Science Congress at Jammu University here today.

The five-day event will see deliberations and presentation of papers by the scientific fraternity from across the globe.

Delegates from 66 countries are expected to participate in it along with numerous scientific institutions from across the country.

People equipped with laws to fight graft: Omar Abdullah

Omar-AbdullahSrinagar, Dec 17 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Tuesday said his government has equipped people of the state with laws and powers to fight corruption in public life.

Addressing a public meeting at south Kashmir's Tral town in Pulwama district, 35 km from here, he said: "We empowered people legally to scan government functionaries from the chief minister to the lowest-ranking official by re-constituting the accountability commission (AC), constituting the state commission under the RTI Act and the vigilance commission (VC).

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".

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