RK Mathur Becomes First L-G of UT Ladakh, Prez Rule Revoked in J&K
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RK Mathur Becomes First L-G of UT Ladakh, Prez Rule Revoked in J&K

Radha Krishna Mathur was sworn-in as the first Lt Governor of Union Territory of Ladakh on Thursday, 31 October, which came into existence after the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir.

The President's rule imposed in undivided Jammu and Kashmir was revoked following the bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories.

The two UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh come into existence on Thursday after the central government, on 5 August, decided to abrogate the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.

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  • 23 members of European Parliament, who flew to J&K for a two-day official visit, termed the dilution of Article 370 an internal issue of India
  • The Congress called the visit of the EU MPs a historic political blunder and blamed the government of “internationalising the issue”
  • Five migrant laboureres from Murshidabad were shot dead by terrorists the day the EU MPs visited the valley
  • On 26 October, a grenade attack on a CRPF team injured six personnel in Srinagar

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“Block Development Council elections will be conducted on 24 October from 9 am till 1 pm, across J&K. Counting of votes will start at 3 pm on the same day,” Kumar said.

SC Refers Batch of Pleas on Kashmir Issue to Its Constitution Bench

The Supreme Court on Monday, 30 September, referred a batch of petitions challenging abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir to its Constitution bench which will hear the matters from Tuesday, according to PTI.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi referred the pleas, which also raised issues of alleged restrictions imposed on movement of journalists in Kashmir as well as petitions claiming illegal detention of minors in the Valley, to its five-judge bench.

A five-judge Constitution bench headed by justice NV Ramana will hear the matters related to the Kashmir issue.

SC Refuses to Entertain Vaiko's Plea on Farooq Abdullah's Detention Order

The Supreme Court on Monday, 30 September, refused to further entertain Rajya Sabha MP Vaiko's plea seeking production of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah before it, according to PTI.

The bench also comprising justices SA Bobde and SA Nazeer, said the petitioner can challenge the detention order against Abdullah under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act before the appropriate authority.

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'I’m Living Proof of Restrictions in Kashmir': Ghulam Azad’s Jibe at Amit Shah

Taking a jibe at Home Minister Amit Shah, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Monday, 30 September, that he is “live evidence” of restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir.

Hitting out at the government for abrogating Article 370 provisions, that gave special status to the state, he said all sections of society in Jammu and Kashmir have been affected by the laws passed by the Indian government as business has come down to "zero".

Azad alleged that he was not allowed to visit many places during his six-day tour and all those who visited him were videographed.

His visit became possible after the Supreme Court on 16 September allowed him to tour the state.

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