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Centre explains J&K curbs to Parliamentary Standing Committee

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday elaborated to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Kashmir about the reasons behind imposing restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir, including the communication clampdown there, and the facts leading to the bifurcation of the region into two Union Territories.
File photo of Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla
File photo of Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday elaborated to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Kashmir about the reasons behind imposing restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir, including the communication clampdown there, and the facts leading to bifurcation of the region into two Union Territories (UTs).
 
Following the abrogation of Article 370 in early August, the erstwhile state has been bifurcated into two UTs -- Jammu and Kashmir with legislature, and Ladakh without one.
 
Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla informed the committee that the Centre took these measures to keep the situation contained in anticipation of violence in view of statements made by various leaders of the state.
 
Troublemakers have been rounded up and arrested till date, the Secretary said, adding that as many as 288 persons have been booked under the Public Safety Act, including former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah.
 
The ministry said that no loss in human life by violence has been reported in Jammu and Kashmir and no pellets have been fired in the last one month, barring the first ten days.
 
The Home Secretary cited the instance of the 2016 killing of militant Burhan Wani when Jammu and Kashmir was put under restrictions and a communication blockade was imposed, adding "many lives were lost as social media was used to spread misinformation that time".
 
The Home Secretary informed the committee about the precautionary steps taken by the security forces to maintain peace in the Valley.
 
Noting that the terrorists have been targeting vulnerable sections to instil a sense of fear in the region, Bhalla said that no "major terror incident was reported in Jammu and Kashmir".
 
The committee was informed that five apple traders were shot dead by the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of its special status to destabilise the revenue of the region which despatches around 20,000 tonnes of apples every year.
 
A total of 16,000 tonnes of apples have already been transported from August 5 till date, Bhalla said, adding that landlines are functioning in the region.
 
According to sources, around 25 lakh post-paid mobile telephone connections are functioning in the Valley.
 
"There are no restrictions anywhere in the Valley," said the source quoting Bhalla.
 
Train services have resumed, public transport is operational, hospitals are functioning and the airport has been operating normally throughout, Bhalla told the committee.
 
Life in Jammu and Kashmir is returning to normal, while examinations have been conducted in 670 examination centres peacefully, he added.
 
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Girish Chandra Murmu named Lt. Governor of Jammu and Kashmir

Girish Chandra Murmu, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1985 batch (Gujarat cadre), has been appointed as the Lt. Governor of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
Girish Chandra Murmu
Girish Chandra Murmu
Girish Chandra Murmu, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1985 batch (Gujarat cadre), has been appointed as the Lt. Governor of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
 
Murmu, 59, is currently the Expenditure Secretary in the Ministry of Finance at the Centre.
 
A press communique from Rashtrapati Bhavan also said Satya Pal Malik, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, has been transferred and appointed as Governor of Goa.
 
Murmu, who has an MA in Political Science from Utkal University and an MBA from the University of Birmingham, had earlier served as Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Gujarat when Narendra Modi, now the Prime Minister, held that position.
 
Parliament had in early August this year passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019 and approved the resolution to abrogate the Constitution's Article 370. The Bill, which was passed by Rajya Sabha on August 5, was approved by the Lok Sabha on the following day.
 
The Jammu and Reorganisation Act bifurcated the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature, and Ladakh without a legislature.
 
Murmu will, thus, be the first Governor of the new UT of Jammu and Kashmir.
 
Former Defence Secretary Radha Krishna Mathur, 65, a retired IAS officer of the 1977 batch (Tripura cadre), will be the first Lt. Governor of the new UT of Ladakh. Mathur had served earlier as the Secretary, Defence Production and as Secretary,  Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. After his tenure as Defence Secretary, he had also served as Chief Information Commissioner (CIC).
 
The communique also said P S Sreedharan Pillai had been appointed as the Governor of Mizoram.
 
The appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices, the communique added.
 
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40 killed in terror attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama district of J&K

At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed and an equal number suffered injuries when terrorists attacked a convoy of vehicles carrying security forces with a car bomb at Awantipora in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.
 
40 CRPF men killed in blast in J&K
At least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed and an equal number suffered injuries when terrorists attacked a convoy of vehicles carrying security forces with a car bomb at Awantipora in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.
 
According to initial reports, it appeared to be a suicide attack in which a Mahindra Scorpio sports utility vehicle (SUV) with about 350 kg of explosives rammed into the convoy of about 78 vehicles transporting about 2500 CRPF personnel from Jammu to Srinagar.
 
About 13 of the injured CRPF men were said to be in a critical condition and were rushed to the Army hospital in Srinagar, official sources said.
 
Officials said the exact number of those killed and injured as well as other details of the incident would take some time to ascertain. However, a senior official told a news agency that at least 40 CRPF men had died.
 
Reports reaching here said terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed had claimed responsibility for the attack. 
 
Official sources said terrorists triggered the explosion around 3.30 pm when the convoy, which had left Jammu in the early hours of today, was passing through the Goripora area on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, about 30 km short of Srinagar.
 
Television pictures from the scene showed that one of the buses, which bore the brunt of the explosion, was completely destroyed in the massive explosion.
 
According to preliminary information, the explosives-laden car was driven by a local youth. But officials said they were trying to verify this and other details, including the manner in which the attack was carried out. Senior officials of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the CRPF had reached the scene and were carrying out investigations into all these aspects.
 
"Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable. I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave martyrs. May the injured recover quickly," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
"Spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh Ji and other top officials regarding the situation in the wake of the attack in Pulwama," he added.
 
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Rajnath Singh said the "dastardly attack" was extremely painful and disturbing.
 
"I bow to each and every CRPF jawan who has sacrificed his life in service to the nation. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured.
 
Mr. Rajnath Singh spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, the Director General of CRPF and the Home Secretary about the attack. They have apprised him of the situation.
 
The Home Minister has cancelled a scheduled visit to Bihar tomorrow. The Ministry of Home Affairs is closely monitoring the situation, official sources said.
 
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval is understood to have briefed the Prime Minister about the incident.
 
Mr. Rajnath Singh and Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, who cut short an official visit to Bhutan, will fly to Srinagar tomorrow, the sources said.
 
A team from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) team with forensic experts is being sent to Srinagar to assist the Jammu and Kashmir Police in evaluation of the scene of the crime.
 
The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) is likely to meet here tomorrow morning to discuss the situation.
 
"I’m deeply disturbed by the cowardly attack on a #CRPF convoy in J&K in which many of our brave CRPF men have been martyred and a large number wounded, some critically. My condolences to the families of our martyrs. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured," Congress President Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter.
 
Today's terror strike is said to be the one of the worst on security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir and much worse than the September 18, 2016 incident in which 18 soldiers were killed when a group of four heavily armed terrorists attacked an army administrative base at Uri in Baramulla district near the Line of Control.
 
Ten days later, the Indian Army responded with "surgical strikes" at launch pads across the LoC to prevent Pakistani terrorists positioned there from crossing over into the country and striking at targets in Jammu & Kashmir and other places. While details were not given out, the Army said it had inflicted "significant number of casualties" on the terrorists and those who were trying to support them.
 
For the CRPF, it was the biggest loss of men after the April 6, 2010 attack in which 75 personnel were killed in an ambush on their vehicle by left-wing extremists in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.
 
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Hundreds attend slain journalist Shujaat Bukhari's funeral

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of English daily "Rising Kashmir" Shujaat Bukhari in his ancestral hometown of Kheeri in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.
Shujaat Bukhari
Shujaat Bukhari
Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of English daily "Rising Kashmir" Shujaat Bukhari in his ancestral hometown of Kheeri in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.
 
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, state Public Works Minister Naeem Akhtar, senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz, local journalists and other members from all sections of society attended the funeral.
 
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was also present in Kheeri.
 
Three motorcycle-borne militants killed Bukhari and two of his security guards as he was getting into his car in Srinagar's Press Enclave area at around 7.15 p.m. on Wednesday to reach home in time for Iftar.
 
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Senior Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

Senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of English daily "Rising Kashmir" Shujaat Bhukhari was on Thursday shot dead by militants outside his office in Srinagar, police said.
Shujaat Bukhari
Shujaat Bukhari
Senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of English daily "Rising Kashmir" Shujaat Bhukhari was on Thursday shot dead by militants outside his office here, police said.
 
State police chief S.P.Vaid said that it was around 7.15 p.m., the Iftar time, that Bukhari came out of his office in Press Enclave and was getting  into his car when he was attacked by militants.
 
"Three motorcycle-borne militants came and fired at Bukhari and his guards. Bukhari and one guard were killed and another security guard critically injured," he said.
 
The killing drew wide condemnation from politicians across India and media organisations.
 
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said: "Shocked & deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Shujaat Bukhari. The scourge of terror has reared its ugly head on the eve of Eid. I strongly condemn this act of mindless violence & pray for his soul to rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family." 
 
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, in a tweet, recited the Muslim prayer on hearing about a Muslim's death, and said: "Shocked beyond words. May Shujaat find place in Jannat & May his loved ones find strength at this difficult time."
 
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed it an "act of cowardice".
 
"The killing of @RisingKashmir editor, Shujaat Bukhari is an act of cowardice. It is an attempt to silence the saner voices of Kashmir. He was a courageous and fearless journalist. Extremely shocked & pained at his death. My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family," he said on his Twitter handle.
 
The Congress said it was anguished, with party President Rahul Gandhi terming Bukhari "a brave heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace".
 
"He was a brave heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace in Jammu and Kashmir. My condolences to his family. He will be missed," Gandhi said in a tweet.
 
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said: "Anguished beyond words. Security situation in J&K has hit its nadir. Demand the Centre to take swift action to nab the killers. They can silence us but not our thoughts." 
 
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday expressed shock.
 
"Saddened and shocked at the brutal killing of respected editor and senior journalist @bukharishujaat. With a few hours to go for Eid this is terrible," Banerjee tweeted.
 
Several journalist bodies condemned the killing and demanded swift action against the forces responsible for his killing. 
 
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Condemning what it called a "dastardly attack", the Editors Guild of India said that Bukhari was "a voice of moderation and a courageous, big-hearted editor who mentored a large cadre of young journalists from Kashmir". 
 
"The guild calls upon the government of Jammu and Kashmir to take urgent steps to bring to book the culprits and ensure safety and security for the media in the state," it said in a statement. 
 
It added that an attack on a journalist challenges the very foundations of a free press and vibrant democracy and more so in a state like Jammu and Kashmir that is going through militancy, and called upon the state and Central government to enhance security for all journalists in the state. 
 
"Recent weeks have also seen threats of violence against many journalists in different parts of the country," it added. 
 
The Press Club of India also "strongly condemned" the killing in the holy month of Ramadan and said that "forces inimical to restoring peace in Kashmir Valley had silenced a voice of reason, logic and peace".
 
"Press Club of India deeply mourns the loss of Shujaat Bukhari's life and extends its condolences to the bereaved family in this hour of crisis," it said in a statement.
 
It added that the "terror attack" showed that lives of journalists were not safe.
 
"Press Club of India has time and again underlined the threat to the lives of journalists working under difficult and challenging circumstances and demanded protection for them," it said.
 
The Indian Women's Press Corps, Press Association and Federation of Press Club of India also expressed "deep shock and outrage at the brazen murder" of Bukhari. 
 
They said that Bukhari was a respected journalist known for his wide range of analytical writings on Kashmir and that he continued to write actively despite the death threats issued to him. 
 
"His murder can only be viewed as yet another attempt to muzzle the media and the freedom of the press in the valley," a joint statement said. 
 
Bukhari started his career as a young reporter with Kashmir Times and moved to The Hindu in the 1990s. Later, he established his own English daily Rising Kashmir.
 
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Senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

Senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of English daily "Rising Kashmir" Shujaat Bhukhari was on Thursday shot dead by militants outside his office in Srinagar, police said.
Shujaat Bukhari
Shujaat Bukhari
Senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of English daily "Rising Kashmir" Shujaat Bhukhari was on Thursday shot dead by militants outside his office here, police said.
 
State police chief S. P. Vaid said that it was around 7.15 p.m., the Iftar time, that Bukhari came out of his office in Press Enclave and was boarding his car when he was attacked by militants.
 
"Three motorcycle-borne militants came and fired at Bukhari and his guards. Bukhari and one guard were killed and another security guard critically injured," he said.
 
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed shock at the killing.
 
"Shocked & deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Shujaat Bukhari. The scourge of terror has reared its ugly head on the eve of Eid. I strongly condemn this act of mindless violence & pray for his soul to rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family," she said in a tweet.
 
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also expressed shock at the gruesome murder of this senior Kashmiri journalist. Reciting the Muslim prayer on hearing about a Muslim's death, he said: "Shocked beyond words. May Shujaat find place in Jannat & May his loved ones find strength at this difficult time."
 
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also expressed shock at the incident.
 
"The killing of @RisingKashmir editor, Shujaat Bukhari is an act of cowardice. It is an attempt to silence the saner voices of Kashmir. He was a courageous and fearless journalist. Extremely shocked & pained at his death. My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family," he said on his Twitter handle.
 
The murder also sent shock waves in the media fraternity.
 
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16 trapped in landslide in J&K as authorities issue flood alert in state

At least 16 persons were believed trapped after a landslide buried several houses in the Chadoora area of Budgam district of Jammu & Kashmir on Monday even as the authorities issued a flood alert after incessant rains in the state since Saturday.
 
Water level in Jhelum rises in Kashmir, rescue efforts underway
At least 16 persons were believed trapped after a landslide buried several houses in the Chadoora area of Budgam district of Jammu & Kashmir today even as the authorities issued a flood alert after incessant rains in the state since Saturday.
 
The police and the army, along with the people of the area, have launched a major effort to rescue those feared trapped under the tons of mud in Laiden village of Chadoora area, official sources said.
 
The continuous rains of the past few days have raised fears of a repeat of the devastating floods that hit the state in September last year -- the worst in six decades.
 
But officials said the rain gods had relented a bit today and they were hopeful of an improvement in the situation.
 
However, the Jhelum was flowing close to the danger level in many areas and the authorities have alerted those living on its banks to be vigilant and be prepared to move to safer areas if necessary.
 
Schools have been closed for the next two days as a precautionary measure, they said.
 
In New Delhi, the Ministry of Home Affairs said it was in touch with the state government and closely monitoring the situation of increasing water levels in the Jhelum. No breach of embankment has been reported, it said.
 
'However, as a precautionary measure, to assist the state government authorities, two teams of NDRF have been deputed and another four teams kept stand-by. 
 
"The state government has been asked to indicate the assistance required by them," an official press release added.
 
Officials said they had learnt from last year's disaster and are taking several precautionary steps to prevent a repeat of that kind of tragedy. Boats, sandbags and other facilities are being made available in all the vulnerable areas.
 
In particular, a close watch is being kept on the embankments of the river, which had suffered breaches at many places last year and which were not plugged fully yet.
 
"There is no reason for panic, but we have asked the people to be alert," the officials said.
 
Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed went around some parts of Srinagar to take stock of the situation.
 
Meanwhile, with the meteorological department forecasting more rains over the next few days, the civil administration has reached out to the Arm for rescue and relief efforts in Srinagar and Pulwama districts.
 
The Army is keeping a close watch on the situation and 20 columns with rescue boats and other equipment have been kept on alert.
 
An official spokesperson said the Army was assisting the civil administration in flood control measures in Baramulla since yesterday and a relief operation is under progress in South Kashmir to rescue people trapped in collapsed houses. 
 
Army engineers are also undertaking strengthening of identified weak spots on the bunds of Jhelum river near Sonwar in Srinagar. 
 
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh discussed the situation in the state with Mr Sayeed and assured him of full Central assistance to tackle any eventuality.
 
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A meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) was held here today under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary, Ajit Seth to take stock of the situation and to review the arrangements made or required to be made to deal with it.
 
The meeting was attended by the Secretaries and other senior officers of the relevant departments of the Government of India. The Chief Secretary of Jammu & Kashmir and other officers of the State Government participated through video conferencing. 
 
The Chief Secretary gave an account of the ground situation indicating that the Jhelum is flowing above the danger mark at certain places and as a result, flood alert has been issued by the State Government.
 
He said the State Government was geared up to deal with the situation and all steps had been taken to safeguard life and property from the flood waters. They have adequate sand bags and river bank reinforcement material. As a precautionary measure adequate quantities of rice, potable water and medical supplies are being stocked at various locations. There is no shortage of various types of fuel as there is a minimum stock level of all varieties of fuel for 10 days. 
 
The National Highway 1-A between Jammu and Srinagar, which is blocked due to landslides, is likely to be cleared for vehicular traffic later today.
 
Mr Seth reviewed the preparatory arrangements made to handle the flood situation and issued necessary directions to all departments of the Government of India to provide all possible assistance to tide over the crisis. 
 
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Centre not consulted, informed: Modi tells Lok Sabha on Masarat Alam's release

Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the Lok Sabha on Monday that the Centre was not consulted or informed by the Jammu & Kashmir government on its decision to release separatist Masarat Alam and made it clear that he shared the anger of the house on the issue.
 
Modi says Centre not consulted on Masarat Alam release
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today told the Lok Sabha that the Centre was not consulted or informed by the Jammu & Kashmir government on its decision to release separatist Masarat Alam and made it clear that he shared the anger of the house on the issue.
 
"There is outrage in the house and outside and I would like to add my voice to that," he said after the Congress and other Opposition parties raised the issue, demanding a statement from the Prime Minister clarifying the Government's position on Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed's decision.
 
Mr Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a partner of Mr Sayeed's People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the J&K government.
 
"This country, on the issue of separatism, terrorism, does not think in partisan terms and will not do even now," he said, noting that the house had expressed its outrage in one voice today.
 
"I wish to assure the house, the people of the country that whatever steps, decisions have been taken in Jammu & Kashmir, were not taken in consultation with Government of India  and they were done without informing the Government of India," he said.
 
He urged members not to politicise the issue, though he acknowledged that they had the right to criticise the BJP as a partner in the J&K government.
 
"But let us not speak in different voices on issues related to national security, let us not give that message to the world or to Jammu and Kashmir or to the rest of the country.
 
"That is why I would like to assure the house and the entire country that this government will not accept any such steps. We do not approve of any compromise with the unity and integrity of the country," he said.
 
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"Decisions can be taken only within the limits of the Constitution, now and in the future also," he said.
 
Mr Modi said it was wrong to suggest that he was staying silent on the issue because he had spoken about such issues only a few days ago in the house.
 
"We are those people, who for these principles, had sacrificed the life of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. Therefore, kindly do not give us lessons in patriotism," he told the Opposition.
 
Mr Modi said the Centre had sought some clarifications from the state government on the decision and would provide more information to the house as and when they are received.
 
"This is not the anger of any one party, but of the entire country...not of those benches or these benches, it is of the entire house," he said.
 
"And in one voice, we want to convey to separatist forces, their supporters and those who misuse the law, our outrage. This house is committed to the unity and integrity of the country and the government will take all the steps needed in this regard," he added.
 
The Congress was not fully satisfied with Mr Modi's statement, suggesting that, if he felt so strongly about it, the BJP should withdraw its support to the PDP.
 
Earlier, Mr Rajnath Singh said the Home Ministry had sought a report from the J&K government on the release of Alam and some clarifications.
 
He said that, after receiving the clarifications, the Centre would take appropriate steps in the matter.
 
Alam, 44, had been arrested by the previous Omar Abdullah-led government in J&K in 2010 for his alleged role in fanning trouble during street protests, in which more than a hundred people had died. He was released on Saturday from the Baramullah jail, within days after Mr Sayeed assumed office.
 
The PDP has justified the release, saying it was part of its efforts for reconciliation and that the government could not engage with separatists and bring them into the mainstream when they were in prison.
 
Mr Sayeed had caused the BJP some embarrassment within hours of being sworn in on March 1 when, addressing mediapersons, he thanked "people from across the border", which was taken as a reference to Pakistan and militants -- for allowing the smooth conduct of the recent Assembly elections in the state.
 
The Congress and other parties had raised a similar ruckus on the issue in the Rajya Sabha, too.
 
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Football: Real Kashmir hold East Bengal in Hero I-League encounter

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In what was the Hero I-League 2019-20’s first match played at the Kalyani Municipal Stadium, Real Kashmir were able to hold East Bengal to a pulsating tie which ended 1-1. Although the Kolkata club enjoyed 64% possession over the course of the match, Real Kashmir held their nerves to leave the ground with one point.
 
After Gnohere Krizo put the Kashmir-based side in the driver’s seat in the 33rd minute, Marcos Eusebio Jimenez De La Espada Martin heeled in the equaliser on 75 minutes to provide the Red & Gold supporters with some much-needed respite.
 
From the get-go, East Bengal was looking fluent and were passing swiftly going forward with intent. East Bengal  got the first free-kick of the match on eight minutes but a poor delivery by Juan Mera Gonzales was easily cleared by the defence line.
 
The Spanish combination was proving too difficult to deal with by the Real Kashmir backline, within the blink of an eye Gonzales accelerated and was almost through when he was fouled by Ritwik Kumar Das. The foul resulted in the first yellow card of the match in the 14th minute.
 
East Bengal was attacking from both the flanks but none of the crosses were finding the target man as the away side kept on clearing the ball from the 18-yard box.
 
Against the run of play, Real Kashmir caught Quess East Bengal defence napping and it was none other than Gnohere Krizo who scored the goal on 33 minutes with a stupendous strike from outside the box.
 
East Bengal was in no mood to bog down and soon after, they came very near to equalizing from a corner but it was cleared off the goal line by the away team. In the dying moments of the first half,  East Bengal got a clear chance when Marcos Espada had an open goal to shoot at but the strike went straight into the hands of Real Kashmir goalkeeper Tempa Lachenpa.
 
Real Kashmir held onto their slender lead at the end of the first 45 minutes.
 
The second half started with great intensity with East Bengal launching attack after attack. In the 59th minute, the Red & Golds stitched another opportunity from a set-piece but young defender Mehtab Singh failed to find the back of the net.
 
In the 67th minute, Alejandro Menendez Garcia made his first tactical change introducing Abhijit Sarkar at the expense of defender Kamalpreet Singh. Finally, the Red & Golds scored the elusive equaliser in the 75th minute when Espada poked a low cross by Juan Mera from the left flank.
 
East Bengal got a corner ten minutes to the end of the regulation time but a resilient Real Kashmir defence line cleared the header by Juan Mera without much fuss. Juan Mera Gonzalez was awarded the Hero of the Match award for his enterprising display in his first Hero I-League outing.
 
East Bengal will now travel to Ludhiana to face off with former champions Punjab on December 7.
 
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Two army soldiers missing in Kashmir avalanche

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Three army jawans were rescued and two were missing after an avalanche hit an army patrol in Kashmir's Tangdhar sector on Tuesday night, sources said.
 
Rescue teams have been rushed to the spot and the army has started an operation to locate the missing jawans.
 
A second avalanche that hit an army position at Gurez in north Kashmir caused no damage. All the army jawans, who were caught in that avalanche, have been accounted for, sources said.
 
This year early snowfall in Kashmir has caused a major dip in the temperature and triggered avalanches in the upper reaches of the valley.
 
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Table Tennis: PSPB teams are potential threat to reigning champs

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The 81st UTT Junior and Youth Nationals getting underway from tomorrow at the newly-constructed M. A. Stadium guarantees an interesting as well as intense fight among teams for superiority to get to the top of the medal podium in all the four sections.
 
Unlike in the last edition, where the Junior Boys and Junior Girls of Delhi and Maharashtra were runaway winners, this year they will have to really wage a bigger and smarter battle with teams from states like Tamil Nadu and Mizoram (in Boys category) and Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka (in Girls section), thanks to the exploits of their paddlers throughout the season.
 
Last year, Haryana and Maharashtra emerged champions in Youth Boys and Youth Girls, respectively, but the emergence of Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB), the winners at the recently-concluded Institutional Championships at Ajmer, could pose real threats to the title-holders.
 
As many as 31 states in Junior Boys and 28 in Junior Girls, 30 in Youth Boys and 29 in Youth Girls are participating and this means the number of players that have congregated for the seven-day championships totals over 540, making it one of the biggest in recent times.  
 
All teams in the four sections will be divided into eight groups of three and four each with the top eight leading squads expected to go through to the next stage, barring a hiccup or two. However, the actual clash among the aspirants and also-rans would be to take the second spot in each of the groups as two teams qualify for the second stage, to be played on a knockout basis.
 
The team events will be for the first four days with the finals slated for December 5. A section of individuals’ qualifications, though, begins on the fourth day itself, it will reach a crescendo in the last two days, making the proposition worthwhile as Rs. 5.67 lakh in prize money is to be won, with winners in Youth Boys and Youth Girls taking home Rs. 66,000 and Rs. 57,200, respectively. The incentive for Junior Boys winner (Rs 55,000) and Junior Girls (Rs. 48,400) would equally act as a trigger for top-ranked players to go all out.
 
As per current national ranking, Anusha Kutumbale from Madhya Pradesh and Yashaswini Ghorpade from Karnataka are the top-most Junior Girls. But it won’t be a cakewalk for both as there are several other contenders from other states, especially Maharashtra, Telangana and Delhi.
 
Similarly, Vishwa Deenadayalan of Tamil Nadu, who won three of the five zonal titles this season, starts as the favourite to claim the Junior Boys crown. But he cannot be complacent as paddlers like Payas Jain from Delhi, Jeho from Mizoram and a few others from Maharashtra and Gujarat would be vying with one another to pull him down.
 
If Haryana’s Jeet Chandra had been in an excellent form this season in Youth Boys, so can be the case with Prapti Sen from West Bengal. They will be put to some real test during the individual events.
 
The championships are organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Table Tennis Association with the supporting hand lent by the UT’s Sports Council.
 
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Sarpanch, another killed in grenade attack in Kashmir

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A sarpanch and another person were killed in a grenade attack in a village in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district on Tuesday, police said.
 
The grenade attack in Hakura occurred as 'Back to the village' programme was underway, with government officials also present on the occasion, and was followed by firing. A police team has reached the spot.
 
The incident came hours after two civilians were injured in a mysterious blast at Hazratbal.
 
Following the revocation of Article 370 on August 5, the Kashmir Valley has witnessed a spurt in grenade attacks, in which three people, including a non-Kashmiri vendor, have died.
 
The police, source said, is working to identity those behind the grenade attacks.
 
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4 detained political leaders released in Kashmir

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The process of releasing detained mainstream politicians in Kashmir has begun.
 
Sources told IANS that former Jammu and Kashmir ministers Ashraf Mir and Hakeem Yasin were released from the MLA Hostel here on Monday. Two other political leaders -- Dilawar Mir and Ghulam Hassan Mir, who were under house arrest -- have also been freed, sources said.
 
As per the sources, around 50 detained mainstream politicians will be released over the next few days.
 
The detained political leaders, who were earlier kept in the Centaur Lake View Hotel on the banks of Dal Lake, were moved to the MLA Hostel here last week.
 
Former J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was recently shifted from a guest house in Chashme Shahi to a government accomodation on M.A. Road, while another former CM, Farooq Abdullah, continues to remain under detention at his own house since August 5, after Article 370 granting special status to J&K was abrogated by the Parliament.
 
Farooq Abdullah's son and former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah continues to be in detention at the Hari Niwas state guest house here.
 
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IED detected on Srinagar-Jammu highway, traffic halted briefly

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Traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway was halted on Thursday for a few hours after an improvised explosive device (IED) was detected in Kashmir's Anantnag district.
 
The security forces found the IED during the morning patrolling in the Wanpoh area of Anantnag, which was later diffused by the bomb disposal squad, thus averting a major tragedy.
 
The IED was suspected to have been planted by militants to trigger an explosion, sources said.
 
The national highway was open for one-way traffic with vehicles going from Srinagar to Jammu on Thursday.
 
Security in the valley has been tightened amid reports of militants trying to regroup.
 
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Govt has to prioritise when it comes to national security: Shah

Asserting that normalcy has returned to Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said that not a single civilian was killed in police firing in the valley since the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaking in the Rajya Sabha on November 20, 2019. (Photo: IANS/RSTV)
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Asserting that normalcy has returned to Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said that not a single civilian was killed in police firing in the valley since the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5.
 
Replying to Congress leader T. Subbarami Reddy's question in the Rajya Sabha over restoration of normalcy in the valley, Shah reiterated that normalcy has returned in the valley, schools, colleges, shops and markets are open and the law and order situation is extremely normal.
 
About internet connectivity in the valley, Shah said: "As far as the internet is concerned, its restoration will be carried out at an appropriate time on administration inputs. Currently, at 195 places e-connectivity zones have been created."
 
While Shah was providing a detailed report on the current scenario in the valley, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad countered his statements saying education is in a dismal state in the valley.
 
"Schools and colleges have been opened, but there is negligible attendance. There is no provision to ensure that students are able to commute from school to their homes safely," he said.
 
Commenting over Shah's arguments on snapping internet services, Azad said: "There has been threat from Pakistan for several years, there is nothing new about the situation. Then why such draconian measures? How will students continue their education without integral internet services?"
 
Replying to Azad's query, Shah stressed that the government has to prioritise issues in view of the country's security. "I agree that internet services are a necessity today but when it comes to the national security, the safety of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, and our fight against terror, we need to prioritise our necessities," he  said.
 
Nationalist Congress Party leader Majeed Menon asked the Home Minister to provide an estimate by when the situation in Kashmir will be restored to its normal state. The minister replied, "The situation is normal only. Schools and colleges are open, the apple industry is recovering well and normal life has resumed in every way possible in the Valley."
 
Shah said that no civilian has been killed in Kashmir in police firing since abrogation of Article 370 on August 5. "Not a single person has died in police firing since August 5 in Jammu and Kashmir. There has been a dip in the incidents of stone-pelting. All newspapers are in circulation, all TV channels are running and all banks are operational in Kashmir," said Shah.
 
"Curbs imposed under Section 144 stand withdrawn from all 195 police stations. Stone pelting incidents are down from 802 in last year to 544 this year so far," he said adding that the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India has procured apples from the farmers over there.
 
He asked the House members if anyone has any information about a single farmer in the valley facing a problem or crisis, the member can call him at any point of time. He assured the House that he would ensure that the distressed farmer's problem is resolved within 24 hours. He also said that all the hospitals are functioning normally and if anyone in the rural parts of the valley is in need of medical help, he will personally ensure that the person is attended to properly.
 
Shah said that a total of 7.66 lakh patients visited OPDs in Srinagar hospitals in September and 7.91 lakh in October. "This confirms no problem in medical facilities there. Mobile medicine vans have also started. The administration has taken care of health services," he said.
 
Minister of State G. Kishan Reddy said that 609 people are in jail in the Valley as of Wednesday. This number, he argued, was only 151 more than the number of people jailed at the same time last year -- 458.
 
"There has been incorrect propaganda going on that thousands of people are in custody. Only 151 more than last year are in jail. As of August 5, a total of 5,161 people including stone pelters, separatists, political leaders, were put under preventive custody," Reddy said.
 
He said that a review committee had been formed which would look after the release of detainees from time to time. "At present, 609 persons are under detention, of which approximately 218 are stone pelters," he said.
 
When asked whether the Union Home Ministry was considering allowing Farooq Abdullah, who is a member of the Lok Sabha from Srinagar, to attend the Winter Session, Reddy argued that Abdullah is detained in the national interest.
 
"In national interest at different times, different people have been arrested. During the Emergency, you arrested 33 MPs just to save one parliamentarian. People have been detained for national interest, to maintain law and order," said Reddy.
 
At this, a huge uproar broke out in the House with the Opposition claiming that both the situations are different and one cannot compare them. When Shah decided to reply to the Opposition, Question Hour ended. The Chairman of the House Venkaiah Naidu directed Shah to lay the answer on the table of the House.
 
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Eight soldiers trapped after avalanche hits Siachen

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Eight soldiers of the Indian Army were trapped in the Siachen Glacier in Ladakh area after being hit by avalanche on Monday.
 
The incident occurred at around 3 p.m. The Army has launched a massive search and rescue operation to locate and bring back the trapped soldiers.
 
"The soldiers were part of a patrol. They have been trapped at a height of between 18,000 and 19,000 feet above sea level after they were hit by a snow avalanche. Operations have been launched and are underway to search and rescue them," a senior Army official told IANS.
 
The soldiers have been trapped at Northern Siachen Glacier, said sources.
 
The Siachen is the world's highest battlefield. On a visit to Ladakh last month, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had announced the reopening of the glacier to tourists.
 
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Amit Shah inaugurates 1st winter-grade diesel outlet in Ladakh

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah has launched the first winter-grade diesel outlet for the Ladakh region, which will help to address the problem faced by people due to loss of fluidity in diesel fuel during extreme winter conditions.
 
Inaugurating the outlet through video conferencing from here yesterday, Shah said the winter grade diesel produced by Panipat Refinery for the first time has a pour point of – 33 degree Celsius and does not lose its fluidity function even in the extreme winter weather of the region unlike the normal grade of diesel.
 
The winter-grade Diesel will not only smoothen the travel and transportation during the peak tourist season in extreme cold but will also help in giving a boost to tourism and supply needs of the people of the region and helping in the overall economic development, he said.
 
The Narendra Modi government was committed since 2014 to bring the region of Ladakh at par with the rest of the country, which was neglected for the last 70 years. The abrogation of Article 370 was a step in that direction, he said.
 
By bringing a change in the status of Ladakh and the enhanced budget, all-round development of the region has been ensured. The newly-introduced provisions of local taxation will also augment the financial resources, he added.
 
In this context, he referred to a series of developmental measures taken by the Union Government in the last five years. These included the Srinagar-Leh transmission line for electricity, 14 solar projects for Leh and Kargil, Ladakh University, two new degree colleges, five new tourist circuits and tracks for tourists and mountaineers, subsidised helicopter service and up-gradation of the District Hospital.
 
Shah said the people of Ladakh, Leh and Kargil now enjoy the same rights and will be an equal partner in the development of the country.
 
Besides a 9 MW Hydropower project, India’s largest solar project of 7500 MW with an outlay of Rs, 50,000 crore will be completed in four years. This will not only bring development in the Ladakh region but also create employment opportunities, he added.
 
Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, Member of Parliament from Ladakh Jamyang Tsering Namgyal and other senior officials of the Home Ministry and Petroleum Ministry were present on the occasion.
 
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Two terrorists killed in Kashmir encounter

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One more terrorist was killed in Kashmir's Bandipore on Monday, taking the number of slain terrorists in the encounter that started on Sunday to two. The identity of the slain ultras is being ascertained, police said.
 
According to the police, the encounter started late on Sunday afternoon, following a tip-off about the presence of three Lashkar militants in the area in Vijhara area of Bandipore, North Kashmir. It is a joint operation by the police and the Army.
 
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One militant killed in encounter in Bandipore, J&K

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One militant was killed in an ongoing encounter in Vijhara area of Bandipore, North Kashmir, the police said.
 
The encounter, which started late in the Sunday afternoon, is a joint operation by the police and the Army.
 
There was an input about the presence of a group of three Lashkar militants in the area which led to the encounter.
 
The identity of the slain militant is yet to be ascertained.
 
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Pakistan Army men cross LoC, fire at Indian post killing soldier

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Around five to six Pakistani Army personnel crossed the Line of Control (LoC) and entered Jammu and Kashmir amid heavy shelling and fired at an Indian Army post, killing a soldier on Thursday night. "It was a stand-off situation," said a source in the Army.
 
The incident took place at Nangi Tekri in Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district. From 7 p.m. on Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC in Krishna Ghati sector and continued till late night.
 
Sources said amid the firing, five to six Pakistan Army personnel entered into the Indian territory, came near an Indian Army post and starting firing indiscriminately in which an Army jawan was killed. The martyred personnel belonged to the Maratha Regiment.
 
Sources said the Pakistan Forces took benefit of the terrain and heavy shelling to sneak into the Indian territory and attacked the post.
 
"The situation was tense. Complete stand-off. However, the troops managed to retaliate befittingly," they said.
 
Sources added the Pakistan Army carried out the attack with the aim of destabilising peace and harmony in the Kashmir Valley.
 
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, till September this year, Pakistan Army had violated the ceasefire over 2,000 times in 2019 alone, killing 21 Indians.
 
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Amit Shah reviews situation in Jammu and Kashmir

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday reviewed the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and discussed future steps, six days after the bifurcated state became a Union Territory.
 
At a meeting that lasted about 30 minutes, Shah was apprised about administrative measures being adopted in Jammu and Kashmir so that the residents there can be benefited from the Centre's schemes which they could not avail earlier because of Article 370, which gave special status to the erstwhile state.
 
The meeting was attended by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary B. V. R. Subrahmanyam and Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh.
 
Sources said Lt Governor G C Murmu was to attend the meeting but could not come because of an urgency.
 
It was the first detailed meeting held by the Home Minister on Jammu and Kashmir since it became a Union Territory (UT) on October 31.
 
On August 5,  the government moved the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019 in Parliament to bifurcate the state into two UTs -- Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature and Ladakh without one -- and also revoked Article 370 of the Constitution.
 
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Srinagar grenade attack: Civilian killed, over dozen injured

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One civilian was killed and over a dozen others injured on Monday when militants hurled a grenade at the busy Amira Kadal near city centre Lal Chowk here in the Kashmir Valley, police sources said.
 
Militants hurled the grenade at the market area a week after 15 civilians were injured in a similar terror attack in Sopore town of north Kashmir. The attack came on a day when normal life had started to get back to normal after a hiatus of nearly three months following the abrogation of Article 370 on August 6.
 
"The injured, most of them civilians, have been shifted to hospital for treatment as the area has been cordoned off for searches," police said. Footage on television showed a large security presence as the place was being sanitised.
 
Monday's militants attack came when markets were open and traffic was moving normally in the civil lines area of the Srinagar city.
 
After nearly three months, public transport was also visible in the Civil Lines and the Srinagar city outskirts.
 
Public transport in these areas had remained suspended for nearly 90 days.
 
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Govt releases maps of new UTs of J&K and Ladakh, with map of India

Political map of India released by the Survey General of India after the reorganisation of the State of Jammu and Kashmir into the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on October 31, 2019
Political map of India released by the Survey General of India after the reorganisation of the State of Jammu and Kashmir into the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on October 31, 2019
The Government has released the maps prepared by the Survey General of India depicting the new Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, as created on October 31, 2019, along with the map of India.
 
On the recommendation of Parliament, the President effectively dismantled Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and gave assent to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019.
 
The former state of Jammu & Kashmir has been reorganized as the new Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the new Union Territory of Ladakh on 31st October 2019.
 
The new Union Territory of Ladakh consists of the two districts of Kargil and Leh. The rest of the former State of Jammu and Kashmir is in the new Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
 
In 1947, the former State of Jammu and Kashmir had the following 14 districts - Kathua, Jammu, Udhampur, Reasi, Anantnag, Baramulla, Poonch, Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Leh and Ladakh, Gilgit, Gilgit Wazarat, Chilhas and Tribal Territory.
 
By 2019, the state government of former Jammu and Kashmir had reorganized the areas of these 14 districts into 28 districts. The names of the new districts are as follows - Kupwara, Bandipur, Ganderbal, Srinagar, Budgam, Pulwama, Shupian, Kulgam, Rajouri, Ramban, Doda, Kishtivar, Samba and Kargil.
 
Out of these, Kargil district was carved out from the area of ??Leh and Ladakh district. The Leh district of the new Union Territory of Ladakh has been defined in the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Removal of Difficulties) Second Order, 2019, issued by the President of India, to include the areas of the districts of Gilgit, Gilgit Wazarat, Chilhas and Tribal Territory of 1947, in addition to the remaining areas of Leh and Ladakh districts of 1947, after carving out the Kargil District.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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CBDT extends IT returns date in J&K, Ladakh till Nov 30

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The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on Thursday extended, till November 30, the date for filing of Income Tax Returns for the assessees in all categories in newly-created Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh in view of disruptions in internet services there.
 
In an order, the CBDT said that it "further extends due date of filing of Income tax returns/tax audit reports to 30th November, 2019 in respect of all categories of income tax assessees in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh who were/are required to file the income tax returns/tax audit reports..."
 
It said the extension is being given "on consideration of reports of disturbances in internet facility in certain areas of Jammu and Kashmir".
 
The reference to "disturbances" was apparently to the partial suspension of internet services which continues there.
 
"It is also clarified that ITRs filed by certain categories of income tax assessees who were required to file ITRs by 31.08.2019 but have filed ITRs after 31.08.2019 till the date of issuance of this order shall be deemed to have filed within the due date... ," the order said.
 
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Merger of J&K with India was unfinished dream of Sardar Patel: Shah

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The merger of Jammu and Kashmir with India was the unresolved question of Indian unification because of Articles 370 and 35A and it was  under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the task of merging the state with India was completed by the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A, Home Minister Amit Shah said here today.
 
He called this merger the unfinished dream of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first Deputy Prime Minister of India, and added that Article 370 was the gateway of terrorism in the country.
 
Speaking at the flagging-off ceremony of the Run for Unity at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here on the occasion of Sardar Patel's birth anniversary, Shah said the late leader, known as  the Iron Man of India, was the reason for a united India.
 
At the time of Independence, India was divided into several principalities by the British and the existence of a unified India was a challenge. It was only the tireless perseverance by Sardar Patel, in spite of challenges, which led to the unification of India, he added.
 
He said the Run for Unity is a way for the people of India to reaffirm their commitment to a united, strong India and a fitting tribute to Sardar Patel.
 
Shah also remembered former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary.
 
While Sardar Patel was not given his due for many years after independence, the Statue of Unity at Kevadia in Gujarat, at 182 m, is one of the tallest statues in the world and a fitting tribute to Patel, he said.
 
Shah said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, India has become one of the fastest-growing and largest economies of the world and is well poised to become a $5 trillion economy by 2024.
 
After his address, Shah administered the Pledge of Unity to all the participants and officials present at the venue.
 
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