Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi on October 27 said that Mehbooba Mufti and Farooq Abdullah have no right to stay in India. He said, "One of them says that with the help of China, we'll restore Article 370, at a time when China is trying to attack us. What message are you going to give to the international community?"
Members of the People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration held a meeting in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar on October 24. The meeting was held at PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti's residence, and attended by her former rivals Farooq and Omar Abdullah. The six political parties part of the alliance are National Conference, People's Democratic Party, People's Conference, Awami National Conference, People's Movement, and Communist Party of India-Marxist. Farooq Abdullah will be the alliance's president, while Mufti will be the vice-president. The alliance will release a 'white paper' within a month to expose 'lies' about Jammu and Kashmir's situation before the abrogation of its special status. Watch the full video for more.
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Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and JandK National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said that his fight is for restoration of Article 370 and his resolve will never change even if he is to be hanged. "We have a long way to go, a long political battle that will continue whether Farooq Abdullah is alive or dead, on the stage or not on the stage. Our fight is for restoration of Article 370 and our resolve will never change even if I've to be hanged."
Indian Army has reiterated that it will welcome those local militants in Kashmir who choose to shun the path of violence. General Officer Commanding (GOC) 15 Corps Lieutenant General BS Raju on October 26 appealed to the misguided youth to shun militancy, which he said was not a "one-way route", adding that Army will welcome those wanting to return to mainstream. Lieutenant General Raju made the appeal while talking to reporters on the sidelines of Yusmarg festival in Budgam district of central Kashmir. "I appeal to youth who are ready to shun militancy to return to their homes as the environment is favourable for them for starting a peaceful and dignified life," Lieutenant General Raju told reporters at Yusmarg Mela organised by Army and was attended by some 3500 people of all age groups. Numerous events were organised at the mela which included sports and cultural programs catering to the interest of youth who said they enjoyed participating in the mela hosted by the Army.
Chinar Corps celebrated the 74th Infantry Day at Badamibagh Cantonment in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar on October 27. Several Army officials paid tribute to slain soldiers. Infantry Day is observed as a remembrance of the first military event of independent India, when the Indian Army repelled the first attack on the Indian soil on October 27, 1947, in the Kashmir Valley. While speaking to ANI, Lt. General BS Raju, GOC Chinar Corps said, "I congratulate infantry jawans deployed in tough terrains and hinterlands, they can reach where no one can reach. Situation has improved (in Kashmir), youth should use it. Young ones should focus on studies, others should work and not choose wrong path. It's my appeal- If you've picked up arms and shot a video, doesn't mean you are a terrorist, you can come back."
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Army Chief General MM Naravane took the integrity pledge to mark the beginning of the Vigilance Awareness Week. Both of them reiterated that they would lead by example exhibiting integrity in personal behaviour and always act in the public interest. They also swore to perform tasks in an honest and transparent manner, which are the qualities synonymous with the morals and tradition of the Indian Armed Forces. The Central Vigilance Commission in its efforts to ensure a policy of 'Zero Tolerance towards Corruption', has decided that Vigilance Awareness Week will be observed from October 27 to November 2. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Shopian police exhumed and handed over the bodies of three boys to their families who were killed in an encounter in Shopian district on July 18. Police handed over the bodies on October 04, after the DNA samples matched. Police Official said, "The bodies have been exhumed and have been brought back to district Rajouri. Bodies have been handed over to the family members." One of the relative of the boys said, "We don't know what happened to them, either police or government would know. We only know that they were missing from past few days. Today we received their dead bodies, we are thankful to the government and police." Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane on this case had said, "Amshipora case investigations will be conducted with utmost fairness and will be taken to their logical conclusion. Indian Army is committed to the professional conduct of operations."
The Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has asked to misled youngsters, who have joined path of terrorism in Kashmir to become a part of the mainstream. He said that the government will provide employment to them. "The people of Jammu and Kashmir want to grow and progress. We are making efforts to generate employment and educational opportunities for our youngsters. They should become a part of the mainstream," said Governor Manoj Sinha, while taking to media. Manoj Sinha also inaugurated several development projects in Shirmal area of Shopian District under 'Back to Village 3' program. The program has been started to mark Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary. The governor also laid foundation stone of 100-bedded girls' hostel costing Rs 306.34 lakhs.
A video surfaced in which a terrorist was seen surrendering before security forces on October 26 in JandK's Awantipora. The terrorist is a resident of Gulshanpura, Pulwama. He was absconding since September 25, this year. One AK rifle was also recovered from his possession.
National Conference (NC) leader Farooq Abdullah arrived at Enforcement Directorate (ED) office in Srinagar on October 19. ED will question Farooq regarding his alleged involvement in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association scam. More details are awaited.
An all-party meeting was held at National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah's residence in Srinagar on October 15. Following the meeting, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said, "We have named this alliance as People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration. Our battle is a constitutional battle, we want the government of India to return to the people of the State the rights they held before 5th Aug 2019."
Rajouri's Pir Panjal Range received season's first snowfall on October 27. However, the picturesque Mughal Road has once again been hit due to the weather. The route was blocked as snow clearing process is underway. This caused inconvenience to the commuters.
In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, jobless labourers living in far-flung hilly areas are getting an opportunity to earn for living. Labourers in J-K's Rajouri started working in different sectors under MGNREGA. MGNREGA continues to attract rural labourers pushed into distress due to COVID crisis. To mitigate the spread of COVID, labourers on site maintain social distance and take precautionary measures.
Community classes began in schools of Rajouri's Nowshera and Sunderbani sectors. Ceasefire violations by Pakistan are frequent in these border villages. Administration has built concrete bunkers in schools to ensure safety of children. Villagers feel safer after the construction of these bunkers.
Indian National Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi intensified his attack on the Central government over the persisting tension with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. The Opposition leader was visiting his Lok Sabha constituency Wayanad in Kerala. He asked gathered reporters whether they had heard Prime Minister Narendra Modi mention China in his statements over the past couple of months. Gandhi said that forces of the neighbouring nation had occupied 1,200 sq km of Indian territory. Watch the full video for more.
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Facing flak for his "item" jibe about Madhya Pradesh minister Imarti Devi, state Congress chief Kamal Nath has expressed regret and claimed that he did not say anything disrespectful. While Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said earlier in the day that he did not appreciate the kind of language Nath used, Nath maintained that he would not apologise. Nath claimed the word "item' is used in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies, but the BJP tried to "mislead" by making it an issue to divert people's attention as it is sensing defeat in the November 3 bypolls in Madhya Pradesh.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that for far too long governments have been focused on increasing productivity and have ignored farmers’ profitability. PM Modi’s remarks come as farmer groups have been protesting against the Modi government’s recently enacted farm laws. PM Modi said that they are committed to increasing the income of farmers and added that opportunities are now being created for the transition of farmers into entrepreneurs. Referring to high milk, sugar, and wheat production in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana and Punjab, PM Modi said such models of local enterprise will take the country forward. PM Modi was speaking after releasing the autobiography of former Union Minister Balasaheb Vikhe Patil and renaming the Pravara Rural Education Society via video conference. Dr Balasaheb Vikhe Patil served as a Member of Lok Sabha for multiple terms. His autobiography is titled 'Deh Vechwa Karani' which means 'dedicating one's life for a noble cause’. PM Modi said that Dr Balasaheb Vikhe Patil had dedicated his entire life to the benefit of society through his path-breaking work in various fields, including agriculture and cooperatives. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said that he was not against the operations being carried out by security forces in the valley but against the loss of innocent lives..
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