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HOME MINISTER SHOULD INAUGURATE A NEW ERA OF ENGAGEMENT IN KASHMIR: SHAH FAESAL

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: President J&K Peoples Movement Shah Faesal has said that on his maiden visit to Kashmir as Home Minister, Amit Shah should inaugurate a new age of engagement and reach out to people of the State.

In a statement issued today from Srinagar, Shah Faesal said that Central Government led by PM Narendra Modi has an extraordinary opportunity to take bold decisions on Kashmir and bring peace to Valley while taking all stakeholders on board.

He argued for initiation of dialogue process, resumption of Cross LoC trade, freeing of political prisoners who are in jails for minor offenses, among other political initiatives needed at this hour.

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OVER 700 MILITANTS KILLED IN J&K IN LAST THREE YEARS: GOVERNMENT

Raju Singh, Jammu: More than 700 militants have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir over the last three years, Union Home Ministry said on Tuesday.

A total of 113 militants were killed between January and June 16 this year, 257 were killed in 2018, 213 in 2017 and 150 in 2016, taking the total number of those killed during the period to 733, it said.

As many as 112 civilians also lost their lives during this period in the state.

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KASHMIRI DRIVER RETURNS LOST BAG WITH CASH AND GOLD TO TOURIST FAMILY

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: In an exemplary display of candour, a SUV driver from South Kashmir returned a bag containing cash, gold and other items to a tourist family who had forgotten it in his cab while visiting Aharbal tourist spot.

A tourist family from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh toured to Aharbal Waterfall in South Kashmir’s Shopian district in a cab belonging to one Tariq Ahmed Babloo of Naikoo Mohalla Bombast, Shopian, where they forgot their belongings including a bag and some other items including cash and gold worth Rs 10 lakhs.

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ANM NEWS SPECIAL: KASHMIR, THE PARADISE ON EARTH

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: A place like Kashmir is always an attraction for anyone who wants to relax, and enjoy. It is not just a few places that are being promoting as tourist spots, but the entire length and breadth of this valley that has something in it for the lovers of nature; and for those who know the real value of leisure and sport.

The weather of the valley, mountain peaks, water bodies, vast fields and orchids, archaeological sites, and cultural signposts all this cumulatively make a wonderful tourist package. But of late the phenomenon called globalization, and the stunning progress of the means of communication, have changed the who scheme of things. Now people move around like never before.

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DRUG PEDDLER ARRESTED IN SOPORE, CONTRABAND SUBSTANCE SEIZED

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: Jammu Kashmir Police in its recent action against drug dealings in Sopore has arrested a drug peddler and seized contraband substance from his possession.

Police party of Police post Fruit Mandi led by Incharge Police Post arrested a drug peddler during Naka checking at Fruit Mandi Crossing and seized contraband substance from his possession.

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KASHMIRI SCRIBE ARRESTED IN DECADE OLD CASE

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: A senior journalist was arrested by the police during a raid last night at his residence in Srinagar in a nearly three-decade old case.

Ghulam Jeelani Qadri, 62, Printer and Publisher of Urdu daily Aafaq, was detained around 11:30 pm last night when he had just reached his home after finishing the edition.

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AMIT SHAH TO BEGIN TWO DAY J&K VISIT FROM JUNE 26TH

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit Jammu and Kashmir for two days beginning June 26, the sources said.

Earlier, Shah was scheduled to visit the Valley for a day on June 30.

“The visit has been advanced due to the home minister”s busy schedule connected with the Union Budget. The Home Minister will chair a high level security meeting in Srinagar during his visit. He will also address BJP workers and Panchayat members separately during this visit.

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KASHMIRI PANDIT ALLEGED FORCES OF MANHANDLING IN KASHMIR

Yawar Shafi, Kashmir: An elderly Kashmiri Pandit was allegedly roughed up by government forces at Qazigund in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.  He also accused them of  manhandling him and blurting choicest abuses.
Armed forces ‘physically assault’ elderly Kashmiri Pandit, locals come to rescue, also get beaten up. The victim, Krishan Raina said that he was out to get medicines for his wife when the incident happened.
“They asked me to stop my vehicle and go back. I was already far away. Then they got furious and beat me”, Raina said. He says that the armed forces men attacked him with batons and also damaged his vehicle. Locals rushed to the spot and finally he was then rushed to the nearby hospital for treatment.
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YOUTH DIES POST BOAT CAPSIZING IN THE JHELUM RIVER IN BANDIPORA

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: A 21-year-old boy died after a boat overturned on the Jhelum River in the village of Banyari in the Hajin area of the Bandipora district in northern Kashmir.
Reports said that a young man identified as Lateef Ahmad Dar (21) son of Reyaz Ahmad Dar of Banyari Hajin drowned in the Jhelum River after a boat capsized in the Jhelum River.
An official said the incident occurred when the young man was crossing the Jhelum River from Banyari to Ajas in a boat along with his bike. He said that the body of the deceased has been given to the family for the last rites.

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ENCOURAGING THAT HURRIYAT LEADERS WERE READY FOR TALKS: J&K GOVERNOR

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday said that it was encouraging that Hurriyat leaders were “ready for talks.

“Hurriyat leaders who once shut doors to Ram Vilas Paswan when he approached them for dialogue are now ready for talks. This is an encouraging sign,” Governor said at a function at SKICC here.

He also hailed Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq for speaking on the drug menace. Malik said Hurriyat’s proactive role in addressing social issues must be welcomed.