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Mirwaiz returns to Srinagar after NIA questioning

SRINAGAR Senior separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq arrived here on Thursday after being questioned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in New Delhi for three days. Mirwaiz Umar had left for Delhi on Monday after receiving summons from the NIA for appearing before the agency in connection with a terror funding case being investigated by the NIA. He arrived home on …

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J&K records 57.31 % voter turnout in first phase: CEO

JAMMU Incident free voting marked first phase of polling in Jammu and Baramulla Parliamentary constituencies of J&K with a total voter turnout of 57.31 percent. Addressing media persons here at a Press Conference, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) J&K Shailendra Kumar said that Jammu Parliamentary Constituency, spread over four districts of …

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Voters’ enthusiasm marks first phase of polling in Jammu and Kashmir

JAMMU The morning today couldn’t have been more enthusing and provoking to vote. The early morning breeze coupled with a relaxing dip in the day temperature set the tone for celebrating the festival of democracy today. In the first phase of General Elections, two Parliamentary Constituencies of Baramulla and Jammu, …

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RSS leader killing: Several OGWs detained for interrogation in J&K

JAMMU Jammu and Kashmir Police has detained several over-ground workers (OGWs) for interrogation in connection with the killing of an RSS leader and his PSO in Kishtwar district, a senior officer said Thursday. Chanderkant Sharma (52), a senior RSS functionary and his security guard were killed on Tuesday when a militant opened fire at a health centre in Kishtwar town, prompting …

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BJP seeks Mehbooba’s arrest for instigating people to defy highway ban

JAMMU The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday demanded the arrest of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on charges of instigating people to break the law. Speaking to reporters here, BJP spokesman Sunil Sethi said: “A FIR should have been registered against Mehbooba Mufti for her statement instigating public to defy vehicular ban on (Srinagar-Jammu) highway on Wednesdays …

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Jammu turnout 72%, Baramulla 35; student killed in firing

JAMMU/SRINAGAR Polling for two Lok Sabha seats in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday reflected the state’s regional divide, with the Jammu parliamentary constituency witnessing an over 72 per cent turnout, while Baramulla in the Kashmir Valley only saw 35 per cent voting. Though the Election Commission said that the poll process ended peacefully, stray incidents of violence were reported and a class …

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BSF accused of coercing voters in Poonch, Congress button not working on some EVMs: PDP and NC

JAMMU The National Conference and the PDP on Thursday alleged that uniformed personnel coerced people to vote for the BJP and EVMs malfunctioned in some places with the Congress button not working during the first phase of polling in Jammu’s Poonch area. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti tweeted a video showing voters raising anti-BJP slogans after they …

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Soldiers deployed at Siachen, along LoC cast votes as service voters

SRINAGAR Braving severe weather conditions and undeterred by ceasefire violations, soldiers deployed at the Siachen Glacier and along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir Thursday cast their votes as service voters, a defence spokesperson said here. “The Indian Army troops deployed at the Siachen Glacier and along the LoC in J-K fulfilled their duty of being responsible citizens by participating in …

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