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Siliguri (West Bengal), Nov. 22 (ANI): A fire broke out in a special train, which was carrying police officers deployed on election duty in Jammu and Kashmir, near Siliguri in West Bengal on Saturday.
No question of BJP forming government in J-K: Rashid Alvi Nov 22, 5:43 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 22 (ANI): Congress leader Rashid Alvi on Saturday ruled out the possibility of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) forming the next government in Jammu and Kashmir.
US watching Kashmir election process, no major complaints Nov 22, 5:05 pm
Washington, Nov. 22 (ANI): American officials are keenly watching the political drama unfolding in Jammu and Kashmir, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party is running to claim the coveted prize of winning India's only Muslim-majority state. They are aware that if the BJP successfully completes its most ambitious and audacious project or comes close to the prize, the signal that it is the new national party would be unmistakable. US diplomats have learnt a quick lesson after the national elections where their analysis was a little behind the curve. But Kashmir also arouses worry in Washington -- it is seen as a "flash point" between India and Pakistan, an ever-simmering flame that can spark a confrontation. Pakistani visitors never fail to whip up exactly those sentiments among Americans with exaggerated accounts of alleged Indian army excesses and the desire among Kashmiris for "azadi." It so happens that Gen. Raheel Sharif, Pakistan's army chief, is currently on a six-day visit to the US, meeting officials at the Pentagon and the State Department. He has blamed India for the current spate of LOC firings, saying that his attention is being forcibly diverted from fighting terrorists on his eastern border. But blaming India for Pakistan's self-inflicted wounds doesn't sell as well in Washington as it used to. The constant misinformation campaign on Kashmir - best exemplified by the unmasking of ISI-fronted Kashmiri American Council and ISI-funded Ghulam Nabi Fai in 2011 - has taken a heavy toll on the credibility of Pakistani claims. US officials can see that the BJP is looming large on Kashmir this time with an effective strategy of making inroads over the past two years. But they are worried about BJP's stated desire to "debate," if not abolish Article 370, which gives the state a special status. Even though BJP leaders are trying hard to keep the 370 issue away from headlines this campaign season, the pot has been stirred. The first phase of voting for the 87-member State Assembly begins Nov. 25 and political dynamics are fluid to pin down. Only two things are sure: that the BJP won't join the Congress in a coalition and that the two main regional rivals, the National Conference and the PDP won't join each other. All other combinations are possible, especially with smaller parties, many of which were created recently, playing an important. They will be crucial in BJP's attempt to get the magic number of 44 since no matter how hard it tries; its appeal among Muslims in the valley is low. US analysts say that parties like the Kashmir Development Front, which has several former bureaucrats and academics, may be appealing to voters. KDF was created by Farooq Renzu Shah, who left the Congress Party saying he was disillusioned. Renzu, a bureaucrat who helped rebuild damaged shrines and big bridges when he was in government, is popular among the people. US officials say they see no major problems in the execution of the elections and the theme of development in Kashmir is just what the doctor ordered. They don't see the streets erupting if the BJP forms the government. The meeting between Modi and former separatist leader, Sajjad Lone, was seen as an especially interesting development. Vijay Sazawal, a Kashmir expert who is consulted widely by Washington opinion makers, said the mood in the valley and elsewhere has noticeably changed, mostly in favor of the BJP. He cited two factors - the apology by the Indian army for the shooting of a teenager and a young man on Nov. 3 and the sentencing by a military court of five soldiers, including two officers, to life imprisonment for the staged killing of three Kashmiri civilians in the Machil sector in 2010. The rare developments have been welcomed by Kashmiris whose wounds are deep and feelings raw. "It has helped greatly and the apology came after direct orders of the PMO not to fudge the issue. The people are happy that the army has been punished. People tell me that none of Modi's posters has been torn or defaced in the valley," says Sazawal, who regularly talks to people on the ground. He marveled at the strategic insights of BJP managers - Amit Shah and Ram Madhav - in making the right moves and saying the right things. He cited BJP's state unit vice-president, Ramesh Arora's declaration that Sufi Islam would prosper under BJP. This is clever messaging to those Muslims who are tired of terrorism and want the peaceful version of their religion to return home. The US government, struggling to contain the extreme strains of Islam as exemplified by ISIS, can hardly quarrel with promotion of Sufi Islam. Pakistan, the other player in the "dispute" doesn't raise confidence levels when it comes to dealing with or "managing" Wahabism, which it and Saudis have injected into India.
PM Modi appeals for end to dynastic politics in J-K Nov 22, 3:20 pm
Kishtwar (Jammu and Kashmir), Nov. 22 (ANI): Taking on both the ruling National Conference and the opposition People's Democratic Party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday appealed to voters of Jammu and Kashmir to end dynastic politics in the state.
PM Modi promises to bring film industry back to Kashmir Valley Nov 22, 3:20 pm
Kishtwar, Nov. 22 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday promised to bring the film industry back to the Kashmir Valley, which he said would help in solving the problem of unemployment in the state.
Sonawari, Nov. 22 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday avoided commenting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assertion that the state government was involved in corruption, saying massive support for his party was a proof of the fact that it has won the hearts of the people.
J-K residents expect PM Modi to address Indo-Pak relations issue Nov 22, 12:51 pm
Kishtwar, (Jammu and Kashmir), Nov. 22 (ANI): Residents of Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir state said Saturday that they expected Prime Minister Modi to address certain burning issues like the relationship with Pakistan and unemployment in the region.
Kashmir issue would've been resolved had Manmohan Singh visited Islamabad, says former Pak FM Nov 21, 8:46 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 21 (ANI): Pakistan's former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri on Friday said that New Delhi and Islamabad would have been able to resolve the Kashmir issue and achieve peace if former prime minister Manmohan Singh had visited the Asian neighbour in 2006.
BJP spreading communal poison in J-K: Ghulam Nabi Azad Nov 21, 8:11 pm
Ramban, Nov. 21 (ANI): Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was spreading communal poison for electoral gains in poll-bound Jammu and Kashmir.
Bandipora (Jammu and Kashmir), Nov 21 (ANI): Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday took on the BJP-led NDA government ahead of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections, stating that the Centre had made big promises to the people after last month's floods but failed to live up to it.
Recollections of a Communicator:Robin Raphel played patron's role during Pakistan's proxy war against India Nov 21, 2:28 pm
New Delhi, Nov.21 (ANI) Twenty years ago this month, I spent a fortnight in the United States as a delegate to the United Nations trying to convince as many diplomats and media persons as possible that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was near normal, and the state would participate in the national and assembly elections.
'Insecure' Sharif speaking language of Pak Army: Praful Bakshi Nov 20, 7:33 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 20 (ANI): Wing Commander (Retd.) Praful Bakshi on Thursday dubbed Nawaz Sharif's remark on the Kashmir issue as a 'weak stand of a helpless Prime Minister', adding that the latter is now speaking a language which his country's army wants to hear.
'Nobody forms govt. by sweeping a road': Omar Abdullah Nov 20, 6:06 pm
Srinagar, Nov. 20 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday hit back at PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti over her remark that he wielded a broom to please Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying nobody forms a government on the back of sweeping a road.
New Delhi, Nov. 20 (ANI): The Congress Party on Thursday once again urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to exercise caution in his foreign policy initiatives with regard to Pakistan, following Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's controversial remarks on Jammu and Kashmir.
'Mission 44' in J-K will soon be a reality, says Amit Shah Nov 20, 5:21 pm
Jammu, Nov. 20 (ANI): Asserting that Jammu and Kashmir will witness a major change this time, BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday said that his party's 'Mission 44' would soon become a reality in the poll-bound state.
Kashmiris grapple with cold weather conditions Nov 20, 5:04 pm
Srinagar, Nov. 20 (ANI): People of Jammu and Kashmir grappled with dense fog and harsh weather conditions as temperatures in the region dipped as low as minus one degree Centigrade on Thursday morning.
Karachi, Nov 20 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reportedly said that he will speak to Kashmiri leaders before entering talks with India.
Fire breaks out at Uri-II power project in Baramulla Nov 20, 2:20 pm
Baramulla (Jammu and Kashmir), Nov. 20 (ANI): A major fire broke out at Uri-II power project in Baramulla, North Kashmir on Thursday.
Can these elections be a game changer for the Kashmiris Nov 20, 9:32 am
Jammu, Nov.20 (ANI): The five-stage election in Jammu and Kashmir will commence next week and the entire process will last nearly a month.
Supporters of regional parties clash in poll-bound Kashmir Nov 20, 9:22 am
Srinagar, Nov.20 (ANI): Clashes broke out between the workers of the ruling regional National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Forum (PDF) in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam District on Wednesday, as candidates filed their nominations for the upcoming assembly elections.
Bhaderwah (Jammu and Kashmir), Nov. 19 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said fuel prices kept rising under the previous UPA regime, whereas under the incumbent BJP-led NDA, they have fallen consistently.
Only PDP can bring change in J-K, says Mufti Nov 18, 9:59 pm
Srinagar, Nov. 18 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said that the people of the state were vying for change, adding that the 2014 Lok Sabha election results showed that the people favour her party.
Massive employment drive for youth starts in Kashmir Nov 18, 2:18 pm
Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir), Nov. 18 (ANI): A three- day recruitment drive was launched on Tuesday, by a special initiative called Udaan or 'flight' under the public-private partnership, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) India wherein corporate firms held workshops to provide employment to youth as the region was recovering from the worst floods in a century.
New Delhi, Nov. 18 (ANI): Politicians and security expert said dialogue with Pakistan cannot happen if unprovoked firing across border continued as Pakistani Rangers yet again violated ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir.
Suspected militants kill PDP worker in Jammu and Kashmir Nov 18, 6:18 am
Pulwama (J-K), Nov. 18 (ANI): A political worker of People's Democratic Party (PDP) was killed after suspected militants fired at him in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.
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