Farooq Abdullah to lead Gupkar alliance; Mehbooba Mufti to be his deputy

Srinagar, October 24 Seven mainstream parties of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday gave a formal shape to their recently cobbled alliance for the restoration of Article 370, electing National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah as its chairman and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti as vice-chairperson, and asserted that theirs was “not an anti-national” grouping. Veteran CPM leader M Y Tarigami was elected as the convenor, while Lok Sabha member from South Kashmir Hasnain Masoodi would be the coordinator of the conglomerate known as Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD). Sajjad Gani Lone of…

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Mehbooba disrespecting Indian flag; Article 370 won’t be restored, says Prasad

New Delhi, October 24 The BJP on Saturday accused PDP president Mehbooba Mufti of “disrespecting” the Indian flag and asserted that the revocation of Article 370 was done constitutionally and that it will not be restored. Her comments that she will not hold the Tricolour till the Kashmiri flag is restored is “downright denunciation” of the National Flag’s sanctity, senior BJP leader and Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister had on Friday said that she was not interested in contesting elections or…

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Pak violates ceasefire in 3 sectors along LoC, IB in JK

Jammu, October 24 Pakistani troops violated ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked firing and mortar shelling in three sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Saturday. The Indian Army and the Border Security Force (BSF) retaliated effectively, they said. “At about 6.30 pm (on Saturday), Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and shelling mortars along the LoC in the Degwar sector in Poonch district,” said a Defence spokesperson. The spokesperson said the Indian Army retaliated…

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CBI court issues notice to Ram Rahim in Ranjit Singh murder case for conducting proceedings through video-conference

Bhartesh Singh Thakur Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 24 In the Ranjit Singh murder case, one of the oldest murder cases in Haryana, the CBI Special Court issued notices to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and other accused for conducting proceedings though video-conferencing (VC). The murder took place in 2002. No effective hearing could take place on the last 10 dates, since March 21, due to the Covid pandemic. At present, the case is in the final arguments stage. During a hearing on October 23, CBI counsel…

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Punjab BJP Kissan Morcha chief Tarlochan Singh resigns over farm Acts

Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 24 Punjab BJP Kisan Morcha president Tarlochan Singh Gill on Saturday resigned from the party over the Central farm Acts. “I had raised voice against the so-called farm reforms move in the party forum but I was ignored,” Gill told The Tribune. “I am resigning now as I hope the party will take back the Acts due to protests by farmers,” he said. Farmers in Punjab have been vocal in their protest against the farm legislations passed by the Parliament last month, and members of…

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‘Doesn’t know what he’s saying’: CM responds to Sukhbir’s allegation of collusion with Centre

Tribune News ServiceChandigarh, October 24 Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh called SAD Chief Sukhbir Singh Badal’s recent allegation of his government colluding with the Centre over farmer protests “ludicrous, strange and senseless”. A press note issued on Saturday from the chief minister’s office said he dismissed Badal’s suggestion that his government had colluded with the central government to end a farmers’ ‘Rail Roko’ blockade of the state’s railway tracks as the rival party’s desperate attempt to get out of the corner they had found themselves in over the farm Bills.…

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Lockdown for 240 deities too amid Kullu Dussehra festivities

Kullu (Himachal Pradesh), October 24 Coronavirus pandemic has affected not only mere mortals, but also the divine: Over 240 deities will face the lockdown restrictions this year — the first time in nearly 400 years — as the weeklong world-famous Kullu Dussehra festivities begin here on Sunday in the presence of just seven prominent deities. Also, restricted would be the movement of devotees during the chariot processions — a maximum of 200 persons who test negative for Covid-19 would be allowed to join in with adherence to strict health protocols,…

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BJP demands Mehbooba’s arrest for ‘seditious’ remarks

Jammu, October 24 The Jammu and Kashmir BJP has demanded PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti’s arrest for her “seditious” remarks, wherein she said she would only hold the tricolour when the flag of the erstwhile state is restored. The BJP said “no power on earth” can either hoist the state flag again or restore Article 370 of the Constitution, which granted a special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing reporters on Friday for the first time since her release from a 14-month detention following the abrogation of…

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In Bihar, PM Modi targets Punjab: MSP an excuse to shield brokers

Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 23 Lending heft to the Bihar election trail, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a scathing attack on the NDA’s main rivals, RJD and Congress, while also sending out a message as far as Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab. “These parties say they will bring it (Article 370) back if they come to power. And after saying this, they dare to ask for votes in Bihar. Is this not an insult to Bihar, which sends its sons and daughters to the border,” the PM…

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Not keen on contesting polls till ‘state flag’ is restored: Mufti

Srinagar, October 23 PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said her party and the recently-floated People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration would take a final decision on whether to contest elections or not in the UT. In her first media interaction in over 14 months after the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 in August last year and her subsequent detention, Mufti said personally she was not interested in contesting polls till the erstwhile state’s flag and constitution were restored. “As far as the PDP is concerned, now we are not…

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