Army Chief pays tribute to Uri attack martyrs in Srinagar

Dalbir Singh SuhagSrinagar, Dec 6 : Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag visited Srinagar on Saturday and paid his tributes to the soldiers martyred in the terrorist strike in Uri.

Following the attacks, General Suhag, had yesterday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to brief him on the terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, General Suhag briefed Prime Minister Modi about the ongoing situation and the army's preparedness for similar challenges ahead.

Condemning the attacks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the acts of terror were a 'desperate attempt' to derail the atmosphere of hope and goodwill in the state.

'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'.

PM Modi to spend Diwali in Srinagar

Narendra ModiNew Delhi, Oct 21 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that this year, he will spend Diwali with the people who were affected by the floods in Srinagar.

"Will be in Srinagar on Diwali, 23rd October and will spend the day with our sisters and brothers affected by the unfortunate floods," the Prime Minister tweeted.

Incessant rains, coupled with a swollen Jhelum river caused severe floods in Srinagar, leaving the city with an estimated 280 people dead and crores in damages. (ANI)

UK Kashmir March: Agitate in India not 'cosy capitals', says Omar Abdullah

Omar-AbdullahSrinagar, Oct 21 : Commenting on the 'Million March' that is to take place next week in London, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said that he does not have an issue with it but the marchers should protest in India rather than by sitting in cosy capitals.

"I have no problem propounding an ideology, but rather than sitting in cosy capitals like London they should come here and do it," said Abdullah.

Thousands of people are expected to participate in the 'Million March' a calling for independence of Jammu and Kashmir that is scheduled to take place in London on October 26 to protest against supposed 'human rights violations in Indian Kashmir'.

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.

Will take up issue of ceasefire violations with PM Modi: Omar Abdullah

Omar-AbdullahSrinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said he would take up the issue of ceasefire violations from across the Line of Control (LoC) with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the latter's visit to the state later this month.

"We have taken up the matter (ceasefire violations) with the Centre. Prime Minister is paying a visit to Kargil and Leh this month and if I get a chance, I will discuss the issue with him," Omar told reporters here.

The Chief Minister said it was the endeavour of the state government to make sure such violations do not have much impact on the people living near the LoC.

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.

PM meets Omar Abdullah in Srinagar

Narendra-ModiSrinagar, July 4 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday, after inaugurating a train service from Katra to Udhampur.

Earlier today, Modi flagged off a new train to Katra and congratulated the people of Jammu and Kashmir for helping the project see the light of day, and said the new facility will not only be beneficial to Kashmiris, but also to all who want to visit the state.

Assuring people that there will be no shortage or obstacles in the development of Jammu, Modi said: "The train is not just to commute, it gives birth to development."

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.

Violations along LOC need to stop: Arun Jaitley

Arun-JaitleySrinagar, June 15 : Arun Jaitley on Sunday said that for Indo-Pak relations to normalise, violations along Line of Control (LoC) need to stop.

He said, "That itself is going to be a confidence-building measure before any country can proceed further."

Answering a question about the the United States of America's withdrawal from Afghanistan and Al-Qaeda reportedly setting its eyes on Kashmir, Jaitley said, "With our level of preparedness, even though I am confident and optimistic, there is an element of caution because of these kind of threats."

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 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.

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).

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.

Party workers will be consulted for future mandates: Rahul

Rahul-GandhiSrinagar, Nov 7 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Thursday said party workers will be taken on board when selecting candidates for the forthcoming elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing party leaders and workers at the Congress headquarters in Srinagar, Rahul Gandhi said, "From workers you become MLAs (legislators) and ministers, but you do not become workers from MLAs and ministers."

"Workers will be consulted and taken on board while deciding tickets for the elections in the state," he said.

Keran operation is not like Kargil, says Abdullah

Omar-AbdullahSrinagar, Oct 9 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said here Wednesday the recently concluded 14-day operation by the Indian Army to remove intruders from the Keran sector on the Line of Control (LoC) in the state was never termed as Kargil-2.

Infiltrators from the Pakistan side had entered into the Kargil area of Jammu and Kashmir in May 1999, and had occupied Indian Army posts. The incident later escalated into an armed conflict and the Indian Army lost many soldiers in regaining the Indian Army posts.

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