SC Refers Petitions on Kashmir Issue to Its Constitution Bench
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SC Refers Petitions 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 would hear the matters from Tuesday.

The Block Development Council elections will be held on 24 October in 310 blocks out of 316 blocks across Jammu and Kashmir, said Shailendra Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer, Srinagar on Sunday, 29 September.

The elections will be be conducted from 9 am till 1 pm and the counting will start at 3 pm on the same day.

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  • The UNHRC has urged India to end the lockdown in Kashmir and restore basic communication
  • The government has set up a three-member committee to look into assets and liabilities in J&K

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Restrictions Lifted from Most Areas of Kashmir

Restrictions were lifted from most areas of Kashmir, except some parts of Srinagar, on Monday even as the stalemate in the Valley following abrogation of Article 370 entered its 36th day with schools closed and public transport off the roads, news agency PTI reported, quoting officials.

The restrictions have been lifted from most areas of the valley, but continue in parts of Srinagar – in the interior areas and in the jurisdiction of Maisuma police station of the city, the officials reportedly said.

They said barricades were removed from the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining areas a day after they were sealed off by placing concertina wires at all entry points.

UN Rights Chief Asks India, Pak to Protect Rights of Kashmiris

UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Monday, 9 September, asked India and Pakistan to ensure that the human rights of the people living in the Valley are respected and protected.

Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said her office continues to receive reports on the human rights situation on both sides of the Line of Control, PTI reported.

"I am deeply concerned about the impact of recent actions by the Government of India on the human rights of Kashmiris, including restrictions on internet communications and peaceful assembly, and the detention of local political leaders and activists," she reportedly said in her opening statement at the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council.

Bachelet said it was important that the people of Kashmir are consulted and engaged in any decision-making processes that have an impact on their future.

Govt Sets up 3-Member Panel to Look into Assets, Liabilities of J&K

The Centre has constituted a three-member committee to look into distribution of assets and liabilities of Jammu and Kashmir between two successor Union territories, which will come into existence on 31 October, PTI reported, citing an official notification.

While former defence secretary Sanjay Mitra will be the chairman of the committee, retired IAS officer Arun Goyal and retired Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) officer Giriraj Prasad Gupta will be its members.

"...in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 84 and Section 85 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, the central government hereby constitutes the advisory committee," the home ministry notification said.

All Measures in Kashmir Aimed at Safeguarding Lives: Advisor to J&K Governor

Asserting that the administration has successfully dealt with the law and order situation in Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 provisions, advisor to J&K governor Farooq Khan on Monday said that not a single bullet has been fired by security forces for over a month and slammed Pakistan for spreading lies.

He stressed that all measures in Kashmir were aimed at safeguarding the lives of people and normalcy was slowly returning to the Valley, PTI reported.

"We have been successful in that (safeguarding lives). More than a month has now passed, but not even a single bullet has been fired by security forces and police to deal with the law and order situation. It is a big thing. It is the reality," he reportedly said, adding that they "will not be cowed down" by the Pakistani propaganda.

UN Rights Chief's Concern on Kashmir Consistent with Stance of World Body, Says Pakistan

Pakistan on Monday said the UN human rights chief's concerns over the situation in Kashmir are consistent with the stance of the world body.

Foreign Office spokesman in a statement said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, made "important remarks about the deteriorating situation in Jammu and Kashmir" during the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The Foreign Office said "The UN High Commissioner's concerns and calls are consistent with the position taken by the UN system vis-a-vis the human rights situation in Kashmir including the continuing restrictions and crackdown on fundamental rights and freedoms of the Kashmiri people," PTI reported.

J&K Police Arrest Eight LeT Terrorists

The J&K Police on Monday, 9 September, arrested eight terrorists allegedly linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in Kashmir’s Sopore. Investigation under progress, reported ANI.

Restrictions Reimposed in Parts of Kashmir to Foil Muharram Processions

Curfew-like restrictions were reimposed on Tuesday in several parts of Kashmir, including the city, to foil any plans on taking out Muharram processions in the Valley as authorities apprehended that large congregations might lead to violence.

Commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining areas were completely sealed off by placing concertina wires at all entry points where large number of security force personnel were deployed, officials said.

Restrictions have been in several parts of Kashmir as a precautionary measure for maintaining law and order in the Valley, they said.

The officials did not cite any reasons for reimposing restrictions but it is believed that the step was taken to prevent Muharram processions in the city and elsewhere in the Valley. The processions stand banned in Kashmir since 1990 when armed insurgency began.

‘Willing to Help India and Pakistan If They Want’: Donald Trump

The relationship between India and Pakistan is “less heated” now than what was two weeks ago, United States President Donald Trump said on Monday, 9 September, reiterating his offer to help the two South-Asian neighbours only if both of them want.

The comments by Trump were his first and comes two weeks since his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G7 summit in France on 26 August.

“India and Pakistan are having a conflict over Kashmir as you know. I think (it) is a little bit less heated right now than (what) was two weeks ago,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday.

Tensions between the two neighbours escalated after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status by scrapping provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution.

“I get along with both countries very well,” Trump said while responding to a question on his assessment of the situation between India and Pakistan.

“I am willing to help them if they want. They know that. That (offer) is out there,” he added.

12 Lakh Metric Tonne Apples to be Procured from J&K Farmers

The Department of Information and Public Relations of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, on Tuesday, 10 September said that 12 metric tonnes of apples will be procured through special market intervention price scheme from the farmers in Jammu and Kashmir.

The apples will be procured from growers and aggregators at fruit mandis in Sopore, Parimpora, Shopian and Batengo.

“The Special Market intervention Price Scheme for procurement of Apple in Jammu and Kashmir; 12 Lakh Metric Tonnes of apple to be procured,” the department of Information and Public Relations said.

MEA Rejects Reference on J&K in China-Pakistan Joint Statement

In response to a query on reference to Jammu & Kashmir in the Joint Statement issued after Chinese Foreign Minister's recent visit to Pakistan, the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that India rejects the reference to J&K in the Joint Statement issued by China and Pakistan after the recent visit of Chinese Foreign Minister. The MEA said that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.

The joint statement had said that India and Pakistan should deal with the situation through dialogue.

Pak FM Qureshi Raises Kashmir Issue at UNHRC

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday, 10 September, raised India’s step of abrogating Article 370 in the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir, at the United Nations Human Rights Commission.

Qureshi requested the Human Rights Council to urge India to immediately “stop usage of pellet guns, end the bloodshed, reverse the curfew, reverse the clampdown and communication blackout, restore fundamental freedom and liberties, release political prisoners, stop targeting human rights defenders and fulfill obligations under the United Nations Security Council resolution and various human rights instruments as required by international law.”

He mentioned Kashmir as “Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir” in Geneva while talking to the reporters. “India trying to give impression that life has returned to normalcy. Why don't they allow International organisations, the NGOs, civil society organisations to go into the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir and see for themselves what the reality is,” he said.

India to Respond to Pak at UN Over Kashmir

India is set to respond to Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi's comments on the Kashmir issue at a United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) session on Tuesday, 10 September.

Vijay Thakur Singh, Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs will respond to Qureshi's comments.

Pages of a leaked Pakistan dossier on Jammu and Kashmir to be allegedly presented at UNHRC, contain statements made by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and NC leader Omar Abdullah about J&K.

India Responds to Pak at UN Over Kashmir

India responded to Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi's comments on the Kashmir issue at the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) on Tuesday, 10 September.

Vijay Thakur Singh, Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs addressed the issue at UN.

Singh said “my government is taking affirmative action by adopting progressive policies to promote socio-economic equality and justice.”

Thesedecisions were taken by our Parliament after a full debate that was televised and enjoyed widespread support. We wish to reiterate that this sovereign decision, like other legislations passed by Parliament, is entirely internal to India. No country can accept interference in its internal affairs, certainly not India.

“There will be an end to gender discrimination, including on property rights and local bodies representation. There will be better protection of juvenile rights and laws against domestic violence. The rights to education, information and work will now be applicable,” Singh said.

'Pakistan's Gory Record Speaks for Itself,' Says India at UN Over Kashmir

Vimarsh Aryan, First Secretary MEA at UNHRC stated Article 370 was a temporary provision of the Indian Constitution and its recent modification is within India’s sovereign right and entirely an internal matter.

He further added “We're not surprised at Pakistan's hysterical statements with false narratives aimed to politicise and polarise this forum. Pakistan realises that our decision cuts away ground from under its feet by creating obstacles in its continuing sponsorship of cross-border terrorism.”

“Some Pakistani leaders have even gone as far as calling for jihad to encourage violence in Jammu & Kashmir and third countries, in order to create a picture of genocide which even they know is far from reality.”

“Pakistan’s gory record speaks for itself,” he said.

MDMK Chief Vaiko Files Habeas Corpus for Farooq Abdullah

MDMK Chief and Rajya Sabha MP, Vaiko, on Wednesday 11 September, filed a habeas corpus petition in the Supreme Court for former Jammu and Kashmir CM Farooq Abdullah. Vaiko says Abdullah was supposed to come for an event but couldn't be contacted.

Restrictions Lifted from Most Parts of Kashmir

Restrictions were lifted from most parts of Kashmir on Wednesday, 11 September, and some areas in Srinagar city witnessed an increased presence of private transport leading to traffic jams. However, public transport was off the roads, PTI reported, quoting the officials.

“All exchanges have been activated and all the landlines stand restored in Jammu & Kashmir. Post paid mobiles have been restored in Kupwara district. Further, mobile numbers of officials belonging to essential services and other offices have also been restored,” an MHA release said.

UN Chief Wants India, Pak to Resolve Kashmir Issue Through Dialogue: Spokesperson

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who has been in contact with the leadership in India and Pakistan, remains concerned about any potential escalation by the two countries over Kashmir and appeals to both sides to deal with the issue through dialogue, PTI reported on Wednesday, quoting Guterres's spokesperson.

UN Chief's Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric was responding to a question on whether Guterres plans to mediate between India and Pakistan on Kashmir during the UN General Assembly session later this month, which would be attended by both PM Modi and Pakistan PM Imran Khan.

'Patel Was Right, Nehru Wrong on Kashmir', Says Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, on Wednesday, said India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was wrong and then Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel right in handling the Jammu and Kashmir issue after Independence.

Referring to the current NDA government's decision to abrogate Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Prasad reportedly said PM Modi showed immense courage and corrected the "historic blunder".

"I want to say that in J&K, Sardar Patel was right and Jawaharlal Nehru was wrong. It (Article 370) was a historical blunder committed (that time) and (by scrapping the special status) Narendra Modi as our PM, showing immense courage, corrected that historical wrong," PTI quoted Prasad as saying.

'Third Party Reconciliation Only Option', Says Pak Foreign Minister on Kashmir Issue

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Wednesday, 11 September, that bilateral talks between India and Pakistan are not possible. “Third party reconciliation is the only option between the two countries,” Qureshi said, according to ANI.

Shah Faesal Withdraws Plea Challenging Detention from Delhi HC

Bureaucrat-turned-politician Shah Faesal on Thursday, 12 September, withdrew his habeas corpus plea challenging his detention before the Delhi High Court.

A bench of Justices Manmohan and Sangeeta Dhingra Sehgal allowed Faesal to withdraw his plea after his wife filed an affidavit in this regard.

Faesal's wife told the high court that she recently met him in custody and has received instructions to withdraw the plea.

'Efforts Made to Remove Restrictions As Soon As Possible': J&K Principal Secretary

Jammu and Kashmir Principal Secretary Rohit Kansal, while addressing media on Thursday said, total of 187 law and order incidents have happened since 5 August out of which 165 were reported from Srinagar. However, the incidents have been on a decline since 16 August, he said.

According to Kansal, the attempt is to remove restrictions as soon as possible.

He further added “today governor launched the first ever support price based procurement system for apples in J&K, we've taken note of concerns raised by farmers regarding rates offered to them, as well as transportation issues, this scheme addresses all these concerns.”

Kansal called preventive detention a decision taken by law and order authority after taking everything in account.

“If someone is taken into preventive custody, it is after due application of minds by the authority and is in ambit of law,” he said.

'Briefed UN High Commissioner About Pak's Support to Terrorism': MEA Secy

A high-level Indian delegation led by MEA Secretary Vijay Thakur Singh met Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, on Thursday, and briefed her about the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

“We briefed the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights about the Pakistan’s support to terrorism and their continued efforts to destroy the situation in J&K through terrorism. (The situation in J&K is) fast returning to normal and I think she appreciated that. We would continue to engage with her.”
MEA Secretary Vijay Thakur Singh

International Community Believes India, Not Us: Pak Minister on Kashmir

Speaking about the Kashmir issue on Wednesday, Pakistan Interior Minister Ijaz Ahmed Shah said that the international community does not believe them, but believes India.

"People do not believe us... in the international community. We say they (India) impose curfew and are not giving medicines to people of Jammu and Kashmir. People do not believe us but they believe them. The ruling elite has destroyed the country. The ruling elite of this country destroyed the name. People thought we are not a serious nation," he was quoted by ANI as saying from a talk show on a Pakistani news channel.

'Restrictions Lifted From All Areas, Landlines Fully Functional': J&K Govt

The Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, 13 September, said that restrictions have been lifted from all areas and the traffic movement has increased manifold, according to ANI.

"Landlines are fully functional, mobile phones considerably working in Kupwara and Handwara," it added.

Sajjad Lone, Party File Petition in SC Against Article 370 Abrogation

People’s Conference leader Sajjad Lone and his party, on Friday 13 September, have filed a petition in the Supreme Court against abrogation of Article 370.

MPs Allowed to Meet Farooq, Omar Abdullah, Can't Talk to Press

While the top leadership in Kashmir are under house arrest for over a month now ever since the abrogation of Article 370, some churnings have begun in the Valley, albeit secretly.

According to sources, National Conference (NC) MPs Justice Hasnain Masoodi and Akbar Lone have met party President Farooq Abdullah on Thursday, and would meet NC Vice President Omar Abdullah on Friday, 13 September.

Pak PM Imran Khan to Meet President Trump Twice During US Visit

Prime Minister Imran Khan will have two meetings with President Donald Trump later this month during his visit to the US where the Pakistani premier will also attend his first UNGA session, according to a media report.

Khan will arrive in New York on 21 September to attend the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. He will address the UNGA on 27 September. It would be his first UNGA session since he assumed office in August 2018.

He is also scheduled to hold talks with world leaders and apprise them about the tense situation in Kashmir after India revoked the region's special status on 5 August.

It’s for India, Pak to Find Lasting Solution to Kashmir: Boris Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said stressing that it is for India and Pakistan to find a lasting solution to the Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

Reiterating the UK government's stand on Kashmir, Johnson described both India and Pakistan as "important partners to the UK" in a letter dated 6 September in response to a letter written last month by Conservative Party MP Bob Blackman, who supported India's decision to revoke Article 370 and withdraw the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Both India and Pakistan are important partners to the UK. Our respective bilateral relationships continue to flourish. This is demonstrated by cooperation with both countries on a range of issues, as well as the vibrancy of our people-to-people links bolstered by large and active Indian and Pakistani diaspora here in the UK.” 
Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister

US Lawmakers Urge for De-Escalation of Kashmir Tensions

A group of American lawmakers have expressed concern over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and urged the US envoys in India and Pakistan to facilitate de-escalation of tension between the two countries as it presents "tremendous danger" to global peace and a clear national security risk for the US.

In a letter to the US Ambassadors to India and Pakistan – Kenneth Juster and Paul W Jones respectively – on Friday, seven Congressmen said there is risk that the relationship between India and Pakistan will continue to devolve as a result of the fresh tension between the two countries following revocation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status.

Restrictions on Hazratbal Lifted, Normal Life Remains Affected in the Valley

Normal life remained affected across Kashmir Valley for the 41st consecutive day on Saturday, 14 September with most shops and schools remaining shut and public transport off the roads, officials told news agency PTI.

Restrictions, which were imposed in the Hazratbal area of the city on Friday, were lifted, the officials said, adding most areas of the valley were restrictions-free. They added that security forces remained deployed at sensitive places across the valley.

IJU Seeks to Intervene in Anuradha Bhasin Case, Moves SC

The Indian Journalists Union (IJU) has sought to intervene in the petition filed in the Supreme Court by Kashmir Times Executive Editor Anuradha Bhasin seeking removal of restrictions imposed on working of the media after scrapping Jammu and Kashmir's special status.

IJU Secretary General Sabina Inderjit filed an intervention application in the apex court on Wednesday to put forth the views of working journalists saying they are the "worst suffers of the information lockdown in J&K, particularly the Kashmir valley", PTO reported.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will hear the case on Monday.

The IJU contended that the "lockdown extinguished constitutionally guaranteed right of freedoms of expression and speech of journalists".

"International Community Unwilling to Believe Pakistan": Rajnath Singh

Union Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday, 14 September, said minorities in India “were safe, are safe and will remain safe”.

He said in Surat, “India's minorities were safe, are safe, and will remain safe; India does not divide people on basis of caste or religion”.

“Pakistan was unable to digest India's decision to abrogate Art 370, it went to UN and tried to mislead them,” he said.

He further added “International community unwilling to believe what Pakistan is saying”.

J&K Guv Calls Kashmiri Militants 'Pak-Purchased Boys', Warns Them of Dire Consequences

Dubbing Kashmiri militants as "Pak-purchased boys", Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik warned them of dire consequences if they do not stop threatening apple growers against selling their produce outside the Valley.

"Some Pakistan-purchased boys are roaming around (in the valley) and threatening to kill the orchardists to stop them from selling their fruit to outside markets," said Malik, addressing a gathering after laying foundation for state cancer institute here.

"I am telling them to mend their ways as I don't know whether the fruit dealers will die or not but there is a guarantee that you will soon get killed," said Malik in a stern warning to terrorists.

Communication Crackdown in Kashmir Enters 42nd Day

Normal life remained affected in Kashmir Valley for the 42nd consecutive day on Sunday following abrogation of Article 370 as most of shops remained shut and public transport was off the roads, even as the weekly flea market opened in Srinagar.

Security forces were deployed along the axis to keep an eye on miscreants who might try to force vendors to wind up the stalls, the officials said.

Most of the shops and other business establishments remained closed, while public transport was off the roads across the valley, they added.

Internet services remained suspended across all platforms, the officials said.

While landline across the valley were functional, voice calls on mobile devices were working only in Kupwara and Handwara police districts of north Kashmir.

BJP Women Wing Chief to Lead Awareness Campaign on Abrogation of Art 370 in J&K

The BJP's women wing chief, Vijaya Rahatkar will lead the party's 'Jan Jagran Abhiyaan' (public awareness campaign) on the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status and the abolition of instant triple talaq in the state, reported PTI.

Rahatkar, accompanied by party colleague Rashim Sood, arrived in Jammu on Sunday on a two-day visit.

'Scrapping of J&K's Special Status Was BJP's National Commitment': Nadda

BJP working president JP Nadda said that scrapping the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 was the “national commitment” of his party which was fulfilled by the Narendra Modi government.

Addressing a meeting of BJP activists in Thane, Nadda explained the process of nullifying Articles 370 and 35A which granted special rights to residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

“It was our national commitment and love towards the people of Jammu and Kashmir. We wanted to bring the people there into the mainstream,” said Nadda hailing the “will power” and “tactics” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, respectively, reported PTI.

SC to Hear Pleas Against Art 370 Revocation, Curbs in J&K

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on Monday pleas challenging abrogation of provisions of Article 370 – which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, validity of imposition of President's rule and the related restrictions imposed in the state.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S A Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer will be also hearing a bunch fresh petitions, including the one filed by former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad seeking permission to visit his family members and relatives.

Azad, who had tried to visit the state twice after the abrogation of Article 370 provisions in Jammu and Kashmir but was sent back from the airport by the authorities, has sought a nod from the top court to visit his family members.

Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference party led by Sajjad Lone has also challenged the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 and the validity of the state Re-organization Bill.

Child right activists Enakshi Ganguly and Professor Shanta Sinha have also filed a plea against the alleged illegal detention of children in Jammu and Kashmir since the revocation of special status.

SC Issues Notice to Centre Over Petition Over Farooq Abdullah's Detention

The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Centre on Tamil Nadu politician and MDMK chief Vaiko's habeas corpus petition for former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah, who is detained post the abrogation of Article 370.

Union home minister said Abdullah was not under any kind of detention, but we don’t know his whereabouts, said Vaiko’s counsel to SC.

The apex court has fixed it for hearing on 30 September.

Media Professionals Being Provided Facilities: AG Venugopal

Attorney General, KK Venugopal, appearing for Union of India, told the Supreme Court that landline and many other communication facilities are being provided to media professionals for their work.

Farooq Abdullah Detained Under PSA

Former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah has been detained under the Public Safety Act, reported NDTV.

File Affidavit Over On Efforts Made to Restore Normalcy: SC to Centre

SC orders Centre to file an affidavit and make every effort to restore the function of normal life keeping in mind the national security. This includes restoration of mobile and internet services.

“Not a single bullet has been fired and there are some localised restrictions in place,” the Centre told court told.

SC Asks Govt to File Affidavit Over Pleas, Next Hearing on 30 Sept

The Supreme Court on Monday, 16 September, directed the Centre and State to ensure that normal life is restored in Jammu and Kashmir keeping in mind national safety and security.

The Centre has also asked the Union Of India and J&K government to file an affidavit over petitions challenging the abrogation of Article 370. It has fixed the matter to 30 September.

CJI Seeks Report from J&K HC On Condition of Children

The Supreme Court said that it was “difficult to approach” Enakshi Ganguly And Shanta Sinha's petition on condition of children in Jammu and Kahmir.

“This is an extremely serious submission. We must verify this. We will not go into the aspect of children just yet.”

It ordered report form the Chief Justice of J&K HC.

SC Allows Ghulam Nabi Azad to Visit J&K

The Supreme Court allowed senior Congress leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Ghulam Nabi Azad to visit Srinagar, Baramullah and Anantnag.

“He will not make any speeches or hold any public rally as per his own submissions.”
Ranjan Gogoi on Ghulam Nabi Azad’s Visit

‘Will Visit J&K If Need Arises’: CJI Gogoi on Kashmir Situation

Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi said in Supreme Court that he may visit Jammu and Kashmir if “requirement arises.”

"If requirement arises, I may visit J&K," he said.

Thankful for SC's Permission to Visit J&K: Azad

Congress's Ghulam N Azad said that he was thankful to Supreme Court for permitting me to travel to Jammu & Kashmir.

“I'll present my report before the Supreme Court. I am happy that no less than CJI has show his concern and he has held that he should visit J&K and see how things are moving,” said Azad.

Northern Army Commander Visits Forward Areas in Ladakh

Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh on Monday visited forward locations in eastern Ladakh where he also interacted with members of the 15th Finance Commission, a defence spokesperson said.

The 15th Finance Commission team, led by chairman NK Singh, is on a visit to field formations in the Northern Command, gain first-hand knowledge about challenges faced by the Army in discharging their duties under extreme terrain and altitude conditions, the spokesperson said.

CPI (M) Leader Tarigami at Liberty to Go Back to Srinagar: SC

The Supreme Court has said that CPI (M) leader Mohd Yousuf Tarigami, who is in Delhi at present, is at liberty to go back to Srinagar as and when he feels that his health allows him to undertake the journey.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi passed the order after Tarigami's counsel said that the CPI (M) leader is at Delhi's Jammu and Kashmir guest house and he has been discharged by the AIIMS hospital after a medical check up, reported PTI.

India, J&K People Happy With Scrapping of Special Status: Nadda

BJP working president JP Nadda claimed that the entire country were happy with the scrapping of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

He claimed that people of Jammu and Kashmir are happy with the decision too.

“India is happy. People of J&K are happy too as they have got an opportunity to join the mainstream,” he said, adding that the decision was in the interest of the newly carved union territory, reported PTI.

RTIs Can Be Filed Locally in J&K and Ladakh Even After 31 Oct: Jitendra Singh

Union minister Jitendra Singh rejected rumours that people in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh will have to travel to Delhi to file RTIs once the two union territories come into existence on 31 October and said they can still be filed locally, reported PTI.

Kashmir Is Open, Atmosphere of Absolute Peace: Amit Shah

Speaking about the situation in J&K, Home Minister Amit Shah said that from 5 August 2019 till 17 September, not even a single bullet has been fired in Kashmir.

“No life has been lost. Kashmir is open with an atmosphere of absolute peace,” Shah stated.

Farooq Abdullah's Detention yet Another Assault on Democracy: NC

Strongly condemning the detention of party president Farooq Abdullah under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA), the National Conference on Tuesday described the "repressive act" as "yet another assault on the democratic polity and ethos" of the world's largest democracy, reported PTI.

"What could be the lowest depth of the political bankruptcy of the present ruling dispensation than slapping of PSA on one of the tallest leaders of the country, a five time Chief Minister, a sitting Member Parliament and a former minister at the Centre,” said a statement issued from NC headquarters at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan in Jammu.

Terror Graph on Decline in J&K: DGP

Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbag Singh on Tuesday said elements across the border are consistently trying to foment trouble in the state but the security forces are efficient enough to tackle them, reported PTI.

Singh made the statement in Kishtwar district of Jammu region, where terrorists struck four times over the past 10 months, killing four persons including two senior leaders of the RSS and BJP, besides snatching three service rifles from policemen.

"With continuous efforts and sacrifices of police and security forces, the graph of terror activities is decreasing with each passing day," said Singh.

Govt Trying to Remove Farooq Abdullah to Create Political Vacuum in J&K: Rahul

“It’s obvious that the Government is trying to remove nationalist leaders like Farooq Abdullah Ji to create a political vacuum in Jammu & Kashmir that will be filled by terrorists,” tweeted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, adding, “Kashmir can then permanently be used as a political instrument to polarise the rest of India.

Man Assaulted by Four for Driving During Shutdown

Four armed men stopped the car of a resident of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara, Bashir Ahmed Khan, today and forced him to come out of it, reported ANI.

He was allegedly assaulted & asked why he was driving during a shutdown posters by 'Tanzeems'. They set his car ablaze. A police case has been registered.

PoK Part of India, Expect to Have Physical Jurisdiction Over It One Day: Jaishankar

“Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) is a part of India and New Delhi expects to have physical jurisdiction over it one day,” said External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, PTI reported.

“Our position has, is and will always be very clear on PoK, that it is part of India and we expect one day we will have physical jurisdiction over it,” he told reporters.

We Are Not Terrorists, Whatever Happening in Kashmir Isn't in Country's Interest: Tarigami

CPI(M) leader from Kashmir Mohd Yousuf Tarigami criticised the Centre for detaining former chief minister Farooq Abdullah under PSA and said that “people across the border are clapping” that the government has done what they could not.

Addressing a press conference with CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, the former member of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly said that whatever is happening in Kashmir is not in the interest of the country, PTI reported.

“Abdullah, myself and others are not terrorists. It is such a horrible time. I am very disturbed,” he said.

Modi Will Fulfil Dream of Integrating PoK With India: J&K Bjp Incharge

BJP's national vice president and Jammu and Kashmir incharge Avinash Rai Khanna said that the dream of integrating Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) with India will come true under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He also said that revoking Jammu and Kashmir's special status was on his party's agenda since the ‘Jana Sangh’ days, reported PTI.

Normal Life Continues to Remain Affected in Kashmir for 44th Day

The stalemate in Kashmir continued for the 44th consecutive day as normal life remained severely affected in the valley after the Centre abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution.

Markets and other business establishments remained closed while public transport was largely off the roads across the valley, officials said.

Not Allowed out of Srinagar Airport, Yashwant Sinha Returns

Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha reached the Srinagar airport but was not allowed to enter the city which is under communication clampdown and restrictions, and he had to return to Delhi by the last flight, PTI reported.

Sinha arrived at the Srinagar airport along with Air Marshal Kapil Kak (retd) and social activist Sushoba Bhave this afternoon.

Modi Lauds Patel's Vision, Says J&K Decision Inspired by Him

Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the vision of Sardar Patel, adding that the BJP-led government's decision last month on Jammu and Kashmir was “an inspiration” from India's former home minister.

“The country has taken an important decision with the inspiration of Sardar Patel, to walk a new path to resolve a decades-old problem,” said Modi said at a public rally in Kevadiya, PTI reported.

European Parliament Calls For India, Pak to Resolve Kashmir Issue Bilaterally

The European Parliament has called on India and Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue on Kashmir and resolve the issue bilaterally to ensure a peaceful resolution. It has also warned against any escalation in Kashmir and asked that the interests of Kashmiris be protected along both sides of LoC.

BJP's BL Santosh Arrives in Jammu on Maiden Visit

Newly appointed BJP general secretary (organisation) BL Santosh arrived in Jammu on his maiden visit to the state after assuming the charge in July and reviewed the organisational affairs of the party's state unit.

Santosh held a meeting with senior party leaders at the BJP headquarters, in which organizational elections were discussed, sources said.

(Source: PTI)

Imran Khan Warns Pakistanis Not to Go to Kashmir to Fight 'Jihad'

Prime Minister Imran Khan warned Pakistanis to not go to Kashmir to fight ‘jihad’, saying it will hurt the cause of the Kashmiris.

“If anyone from Pakistan goes to India to fight jihad, he will be the first to do an injustice to Kashmiris, he will be the enemy of Kashmiris,” Khan told the media after inaugurating the Torkham Terminal at Pak-Afghan border, reported PTI.

India-Pak Dialogue 'Absolute Essential Element' for Resolving Kashmir Issue: UN Chief

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres asserted that “dialogue” between India and Pakistan is an “absolute essential element” for resolving the Kashmir issue.

“Our capacity is related to good offices and good offices can only be implemented when the parties accept it. On the other hand, it relates to advocacy. The advocacy was expressed and will be maintained,” Guterres told a press conference at the UN headquarters, reported PTI.

Imran Khan Discusses Kashmir Issue With Pak Army Chief Bajwa

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan discussed the Kashmir issue with Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, ahead of his visit to the US to attend the UN General Assembly.

Earlier in the day, Khan said he will “forcefully present the Kashmir issue like never before” at the UN General Assembly session next week, reported PTI.

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Pakistan PM Leaves for Saudi to Discuss Kashmir, Bilateral Issues

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday left on a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia to discuss bilateral and regional matters, including the Kashmir issue, with the Kingdom's leadership.

The Foreign Office said in a statement: Prime Minister Khan will "discuss with the Saudi leadership the various dimensions of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, arising from India's illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019”, PTI reported.

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Normal Life Remains Disrupted in Kashmir, Reports of Shopkeepers Being Threatened Emerge

Incidents of miscreants threatening shopkeepers and vandalising private vehicles have been reported from many places in Kashmir Valley where normal life remained disrupted for the 46th day on Thursday following abrogation of Article 370, officials told PTI.

They reportedly said that private cars have come under stone-pelting at many places as the miscreants want to enforce shutdown.

Authorities have taken note of these incidents and follow up action has been taken, the officials added.

Markets remained closed in the Valley and public transport off the roads, they said.

They said some of the shops remained open for few hours early in the morning and late in the evening, but remain shut during the day.

Internet services remained suspended across all platforms.

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'Will Create New Paradise in Kashmir': PM Modi

Blaming the Congress for the plight of Kashmiris for decades, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called for making efforts to create a "new paradise" in the Valley, news agency PTI reported.

Launching the BJP's poll campaign for the next month's Maharashtra Assembly elections, Modi also said that a lot of efforts are being made from across the border to foment violence in Jammu and Kashmir.

"We have to create a new paradise (in Kashmir)... hug each Kashmiri," he reportedly said.

PM Modi further said that the decision to revoke provisions under Article 370 was a decision for the unity of India. "This decision is going to be the medium of fulfilling the aspirations and dreams of the people of Jammu and Kashmir," he added.

BJP Plans to Organise 10 Meetings in J&K on Article 370

As part of its ongoing nationwide campaign on the abrogation of special status of Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP plans to hold 10 meetings of its senior leaders and Union ministers in the state, including a large gathering in Srinagar.

The 'Jan Jagran Abhiyan' (public awareness campaign) was launched by the BJP in favour of the abrogation of the erstwhile state's special status under Article 370 of the Constitution. Under it, the party has decided to organise 370 small indoor meetings and 35 big meetings across the country, including six in Jammu and Kashmir.

Besides the general public, these meetings will target opinion-makers and influential personalities from different walks of life.

Rajnath Singh, Other Union Ministers to Take Part in BJP's 'Jan-Jagran Abhiyan' Rally

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, other Union ministers and the top central leadership of the BJP will take part in the party's 'Jan-Jagran Abhiyaan' rally on the eve of Maharaja Hari Singh's 125th birthday on Sunday in Jammu.

During the rally, the speakers will highlight the contribution of the Maharaja to the erstwhile state and also focus on the "ill effects" of Articles 370 and 35A on the regional economy, culture and development, BJP state vice president and convenor 'Jan Jagran Abhiyan' (public awareness campaign) Thakur Narayan Singh said on Wednesday, PTI reported.

BJP national vice president Shyam Jaju, Union Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh and Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur are also expected to speak on the occasion, the BJP state vice president reportedly said.

Azad to Start J&K Visit Today

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad will arrive in Srinagar on Friday in his maiden visit following the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status and after three failed attempts in which he was turned back from the airport.

According to the initial program, Azad will arrive at the Srinagar airport in the afternoon and will meet “daily-wage labourers” in Srinagar, Anantnag and Baramulla during his four-day trip, officials said, reported PTI.

J&K Students' Body Demands Restoration of Incoming Call Facility in Valley

An association of students from Jammu and Kashmir in Dehradun urged the Centre to restore incoming call facilities in the Valley so that Kashmiris studying outside the state could contact their parents.

“We request Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah to restore at least the incoming call facilities in the Valley. Kashmiri students across the country are unable to pay their school or college fees because of being out of touch with their parents and guardians,” Jammu and Kashmir Students Association spokesperson Nasir Khuehami said in a statement, reported PTI.

Centre's Advisory Committee Meets J&K Guv Malik in Srinagar

The Centre's three-member advisory committee, constituted to look into distribution of assets and liabilities of Jammu and Kashmir between two successor union territories, met Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday and discussed various issues with him.

The committee, comprising chairman Sanjay Mitra and members Arun Goyal and Giriraj Prasad, met Malik at the Raj Bhavan in Srinagar, an official spokesperson said, reported PTI.

J&K Investor Summit Postponed to 2020

The State Administrative Council (SAC) postponed the Jammu and Kashmir Investor Summit, which was earlier scheduled to take place from 12-14 October, to 2020, reported PTI.

India Will Soar Higher Even If Pak Stoops Low At UN: Akbaruddin

“India will soar high if Pakistan stoops low by raising the Kashmir issue at a high-level UN General Assembly session next week,” India's top envoy to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin asserted on Thursday, 19 September, warning that Islamabad may want to mainstream hate speech even after normalising terrorism in the past.

SC Notice to J&K Administration on Plea Challenging Detention of 5 Persons

The Supreme Court on Friday, 20 September, issued notice to Jammu and Kashmir administration on plea challenging detention of five persons in the erstwhile state, PTI reported.

The plea challenges provisions of law empowering authorities to detain persons in Jammu and Kashmir.

The bench asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was appearing for the Jammu and Kashmir administration, to file his response within two weeks.

Ghulam Nabi Azad to Visit Srinagar Today

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad will arrive in Srinagar on Friday in his maiden visit following the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status, and after three failed attempts in which he was turned back from the airport.

According to the initial program, Azad will arrive at the Srinagar airport in the afternoon and will meet "daily-wage labourers" in Srinagar, Anantnag and Baramulla during his four-day trip, reported PTI, quoting officials.

Ghulam Nabi Azad Visits Various Places in Srinagar, Talks to People to Asses Situation

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday visited Lal Ded Hospital in Srinagar and interacted with patients in a bid to assess the situation in Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370.

Azad, the leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, reached Srinagar on Friday on his maiden visit after the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status.

His three earlier bids to reach Srinagar had failed as he had been sent back from the airport.

On his second day of the four-day trip, Azad visited the hospital on Saturday afternoon and inquired about the welfare of patients, officials said.

They said the Congress leader also visited the Tourist Reception Centre here and interacted with the members of Kashmir Houseboat Owners' Association.

Over 500 Academics, Scientists Issue Statement Calling for End of Curfew

Over 500 academics and scientists released a statement on Saturday, expressing their deep concern about the crisis in J&K.

“We are writing to express our deep concern about the crisis in Kashmir that has now persisted for over a month, and which was precipitated by the government’s decision to de-operationalize Article 370 of the Constitution and to end Jammu and Kashmir’s full statehood,” the statement said.

“Since then, the government has restricted communications in Kashmir, detained opposition leaders and dissidents, and flooded the state with security personnel,” added the statement,

Army's Northern Commander Briefs Governor About Security Situation in J&K

The Army's northern commander Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh briefed Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik about the prevailing security situation and anti-terrorist operations in the state, a spokesman of the Raj Bhavan said.

Lieutenant General Singh met Malik at the Raj Bhavan and briefed him about the overall security situation in forward areas and hinterland and the anti-terrorist operations being conducted by the Army, the spokesman said, reported PTI.

Forces on High Alert Along LoC as 500 Militants Waiting to Sneak Into Kashmir to Create Unrest: Sources

Indian security forces have been given full freedom to effectively deal with any infiltration bid along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir following inputs that around 450-500 well-trained terrorists are waiting at terror launch pads to sneak into the Valley as part of Pakistan's design to trigger unrest, military sources said, reported PTI.

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Army Chief Rejects 'Clampdown' Claim in J&K

The chief of Army staff General Bipin Rawat rejected claims of a clampdown in Jammu and Kashmir and asserted that it was a facade put up by terrorists to project a false picture of “harsh measures” to the outside world, reported PTI.

“In reality, the violence and killings were down and the terrorists were being kept at bay,” he told reporters.

J&K Victim of Nehru's Wrong Policies: Gadkari

Union minister Nitin Gadkari called Jammu and Kashmir a victim of Jawaharlal Nehru's “wrong policies”, claiming that the BJP government has now rectified the mistakes made by the country's first prime minister.

He said that the recent abrogation of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir under articles 370 and 35A will spur development there, and urged the party workers to create awareness on this.

He claimed that Kashmir suffered due to Nehru's “appeasement policy” that stalled development, encouraged corruption and allowed Pakistan to export terrorism, reported PTI.

Women's Groups Raise Concerns Over 'Rights Violations' in Kashmir, Demand Restoration of Art 370

A team of women's rights activists raised concerns over alleged human rights violations in Kashmir after a visit to the Valley, and demanded that Article 370 be restored and the Army as well as paramilitary forces be withdrawn with immediate effect.

Presenting a “fact-finding report,” the five-member team also called for the immediate restoration of all communication lines, including internet and mobile networks, reported PTI.

Right Time to Bring Temple Bill in J&K, Rebuild Ancient Martand Sun Temple: APMCC

Welcoming the Centre's decision to conduct a survey of closed down temples in Jammu and Kashmir, a Kashmiri migrant pandit organisation advocated for a fresh temple bill for protection of the community's religious places in the Valley.

All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee (APMCC), which has worked in the past to reopen various such temples in the Valley, demanded a CBI probe into the alleged encroachment of temples and temple land at various places, reported PTI.

Anachronistic Article 370 Encouraged Terrorism: Jaishankar

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has described as “constitutionally proper” the revocation of Article 370 to withdraw the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and said the previous provision was “exploited” by Pakistan to conduct cross-border terrorism.

“The earlier provision created a cosy arrangement of local ownerships that served the state's political elite well. But it denied economic opportunities and social gains for the masses. The resulting separatist sentiments in some quarters were then exploited by neighbouring Pakistan to conduct cross-border terrorism,” he wrote in the UK's Financial Times.

Harivansh Narayan Singh Thwarts Pak's Attempt to Raise Kashmir Issue at Eurasian Conference

Indian parliamentary headed by Harivansh Narayan Singh, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha thwarted Pakistan's attempt to internationalise the Kashmir issue on the ongoing Eurasian Conference in Kazakhstan's capital city, Nur-Astana.

“Pakistan raised the issue of abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. I objected immediately and said that Pakistan is the epicentre of terrorism and also an exporter of terrorists. Pakistan has no moral right to raise the issue,” Singh told ANI over the phone.

People Living in Fear, No Democracy in J&K: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday, 25 September, said there is no democracy in Jammu and Kashmir and people are living in fear after the Centre scrapped the state's special status on 5 August.

Azad, who had on Tuesday arrived in Jammu on the second-leg of his tour, had said the situation in Kashmir is "very bad".

"There is disappointment in Kashmir and the despair is also prevalent among the people in Jammu province. Except 100 or 200 people of the ruling party (BJP), nobody is happy (over the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories)," the former chief minister told reporters before leaving for Delhi.

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Intensify Anti-Militancy Ops, Improve Life of People in JK: NSA Tells Officials

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval asked the Jammu & Kashmir administration to take steps to improve common people's lives and directed police and paramilitary forces to intensify anti-militancy operations, officials said.

Adding a note of caution while chairing a series of high-level meetings during his day-long visit, Doval also asked officials to ensure there is no collateral damage to civilians or their property, they said, as reported by PTI.

Modi Turned Nehru's 'Injustice' Into 'Justice': BJP on Art 370

The BJP targeted the country’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, over Article 370, saying he did “injustice” to Jammu & Kashmir by according special status to the state under the controversial provision of the Constitution, which has now been corrected by the Centre.

Party Spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has turned Nehru's “injustice” into “justice” by withdrawing the state’s special status under Article 370.

He said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who led the government's efforts to abrogate Article 370 which came into force seven decades ago, has fulfilled the dreams of Sardar Vallabh Patel, reported PTI.

500 Activists, Students, Writers, Journos Issue Statement for Kashmiri Women

A group of 500 individuals and organisations of feminists, women’s rights and democracy activists, lawyers, academics, students, writers, and journalists from across the world have issued a statement in solidarity with the women of Kashmir, Scroll.in reported.

They have urged the Indian government to retract their decision to restrict public movement and block communication networks in the state.

Fresh Restrictions in Parts of Kashmir in View of Congregational Prayers

Fresh restrictions were imposed in parts of Kashmir on Friday, 27 September to maintain law and order in view of congregational prayers, according to PTI.

Markets in the valley remained shut and public transport was off the roads for the 54th day, officials said.

The officials said the curbs were imposed in five police station areas of Nowhatta, Rainawari, Safakadal, Khanyar and Maharaj Gunj in downtown (interior areas) and in Hazratbal zone in Srinagar.

The restrictions were also imposed in Ganderbal, Anantnag, Awantipora, Sopore and Handwara towns of the valley, the officials added.

'Another Pak Drone Recovered Near Indo-Pak Border in Amritsar': Police

The Punjab Police on Friday recovered a Pakistani drone, a second such seizure within three days, at a border village in Attari, which was used to airdrop arms and ammunition in Punjab, police said, according to PTI.

Earlier, the police had recovered a half-burnt unmanned vehicle from Tarn Taran on Tuesday, which they had said was also used to drop weapons from Pakistan to fuel unrest in Punjab and adjoining states.

SC Sets up Constitution Bench to Hear Articles 370 & 35A Cases

The Supreme Court has set up a constitution bench to hear cases related to Articles 370 and 35A, reported News18 on Saturday, 28 September. A new five-judge bench will be headed by Justice NV Ramana, and the hearing will commence on 1 October.

J&K Facing Economic Slowdown Due to Various Kind of Restrictions: Congress

Claiming Jammu and Kashmir is passing through various kinds of restrictions leading to "worst kind" of economic slowdown, the Congress on Saturday urged the Centre and local administration to consider "genuine demands" of business community.

"The failure of the Centre and state government to respond to the genuine demands of people to extend date for ITR and to defer implementation of harsh Motor Vehicles Act, and extension of GST date, has dismayed the people when they are very much hard pressed on economic front," Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief spokesperson Rainvder Sharma said.

He said there seems no logic to reject the most genuine and justified demands in the wake of prevailing situation especially on the economic front and various kinds of restrictions making it difficult for the business community in particular and the common man in general to carry on their activities for survival.

"This kind of attitude of the centre government is quite unfortunate and disappointing for everyone," he said.

Block Development Council Elections to Be Held on 24 October Across J&K

Block Development Council elections will be held in 310 blocks out of 316 blocks across Jammu and Kashmir, said Shailendra Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer, Srinagar on Sunday, 29 September.

“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 would hear the matters from Tuesday.

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 from Tuesday.

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