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Restoration of J&K’s statehood important for re-building trust: Farooq Abdullah tells PM

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National Conference (NC) president and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to work towards building trust in Jammu and Kashmir by ensuring that its full statehood is restored.

Talking to reporters immediately after the crucial all-party meeting chaired by the Prime Minister concluded, Abdullah said his National Conference would continue to challenge through legal and constitutional means the abrogation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution.

“There is a loss of trust which needs to be restored immediately and for that, to begin with, the Centre should work for the restoration of complete statehood to Jammu and Kashmir,” Abdullah, who is a Lok Sabha member, said.

“I conveyed to the Prime Minister that statehood means reverting even the IAS and IPS cadres of Jammu and Kashmir. The state has to be in totality,” he said after the meeting that lasted for over three hours.

The NC chief, who was accompanied by his son and former chief minister Omar Abdullah, said it was vital for the Centre to restore the identity of Jammu and Kashmir at the earliest so that other democratic exercises could be carried forward.

During the all-party meeting, PM Modi said that his government is fully committed to the “democratic process” in the region, and holding the assembly elections is a priority.

Sources said that during a three-and-a-half-hour long meeting with 14 leaders from Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister patiently heard out suggestions and inputs from all participants.

“The PM said that we are fully committed to the democratic process in J&K. He stressed that holding assembly elections just like the successful conduct of DDC (District Development Council) elections is a priority,” sources said.

This was the first meeting between the Centre with the political leaders of the region after the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019 and the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories.

PM Modi expressed happiness that all participants shared their frank and honest views. “It was an open discussion which revolved around building a better future for Kashmir. The main focus of the meeting was to strengthen the democratic process,” sources said.

According to sources, discussions were focused on holding assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir soon after the delimitation process is completed, to which most participants expressed their willingness. The Prime Minister, sources added, emphasized the need to strengthen democracy at the grassroots and work together with the people of Jammu and Kashmir to ensure their upliftment.

Leaders of Gupkar Alliance including National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and People`s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti also attended the crucial meeting. PM Modi expressed happiness on the commitment to the Constitution and democracy espoused by all participants.

He said that even one death in Jammu and Kashmir is painful and it is “our collective duty to protect our younger generation.” Stressing on the need to provide opportunities to the youth of the Union Territory, the Prime Minister said that the younger generation of the region will give back lots to the country.

The developmental work with the implementation of many pro-people initiatives, carried out over the last two years in Jammu and Kashmir, was discussed in detail in the meeting held at the Prime Minister`s residence. PM Modi expressed satisfaction with the acceleration of development in the Union Territory and said that `it is creating new hope and aspirations among the people`.

“When people experience corruption-free governance, it inspires trust among the people and people also extend their co-operation to the administration and this is visible in Jammu and Kashmir today,” the Prime Minister said, according to sources.

The Prime Minister said that there would be political differences, but everyone should work in the national interest for the benefit of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He underlined that an atmosphere of safety and security needs to be ensured for all sections of society in the region. PM Modi said that he wants to remove `Dilli ki Duri as well as Dil Ki Duri`.

Among the leaders who participated in the meeting were Congress` Ghulam Nabi Azad, Tara Chand and GA Mir; National Conference`s Dr. Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah; PDP`s Mehbooba Mufti, J&K Apni Party`s Altaf Bukhari; BJP`s Ravinder Raina, Nirmal Singh, and Kavinder Gupta; CPI(M)`s M Y Tarigami; National Panthers Party`s Prof Bheem Singh; and Peoples Conference`s Sajad Gani Lone.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha and Home Secretary also attended the meeting.

 

 

 

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Rescue operation resumes in cloudburst-hit Kishtwar after suspension due to rain

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The rescue operation to locate 20 people missing after a cloudburst in a village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar resumed Friday after remaining suspended for hours together owing to inclement weather, officials said.

Seven persons were found dead and 17 others were rescued in an injured condition after the remote Honzar village in Dacchan tehsil was hit by flash floods triggered by the cloudburst in the early hours of Wednesday, damaging 21 houses, 21 cow sheds, a ration depot, a bridge and a mosque.

The rescue operation was interrupted by heavy rains late Thursday night and resumed around noon after slight improvement in the weather conditions, the officials said.

 

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CBSE declares Class 12 board exam results

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Friday declared results for class 12 board examinations.
Students can now check their results at cbseresults.nic.in and cbse.gov.in.

The CBSE in a tweet today advised the students to keep their roll number handy for quick reference.

It also said that students can use the Roll Number Finder facility on
http://cbseit.in/cbse/2021/rfinder/landing.aspx for easier access to their results.

“Students, keep your Roll Number handy for quick reference. Use the Roll Number Finder facility on http://cbseit.in/cbse/2021/rfinder/landing.aspx. Results can also be downloaded from DigiLocker,” said CBSE in a tweet.

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Security forces launch search operation in Samba

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Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir launched a massive search operation in Samba district.

The search operation was launched after suspected drone activities were reported in three different areas of the district, last night.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Samba Rajesh Sharma said, “Drone activities were suspected at three different areas of Samba district, last night.”

The Border Security Force (BSF) also issued a statement that said, “Some unidentified lights were seen in the sky near the international border in the Samba sector. Few rounds were fired on it and the lights disappeared.”

Earlier on July 16, a drone that was operating around the Jammu Air Base was picked up by the radars of the anti-drone system deployed by the National Security Guard (NSG) there.

The NSG had deployed an anti-drone system in the city after a drone attack took place on the Jammu air base last month.

The Air Force has also taken measures to prevent any such attack in Jammu and other important airbases across the country. It has also taken strict measures to address threats from small drones.

After the Jammu attack, the number of drone sightings has gone up drastically and there have been several instances where the Army and Border Security Forces (BSF) troops at the border have fired at them.

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