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Srinagar: Days after Bharatiya Janata Party’s Smriti Irani targeted the leaders of regional parties in Kashmir for “benefitting” from the Roshini land law, more than 10 former ministers and ex-legislators of the BJP have come in the list of politicians residing “unauthorisedly” in ministerial bungalows and quarters in the erstwhile state. The list was revealed by the JK’s estates’ department after it filed an affidavit in the high court of Jammu and Kashmir. Quoting an…

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Party Vice President Omar Abdullah on Thursday said that Dr Farooq Abdullah led PAGD is upbeat with the unprecedented support it is receiving from people across Jammu and Kashmir and that there is no question of doublespeak about supporting the best candidate because the best candidate for JK and to fight to restore what we have lost are the PAGD candidates. He made these comments while chairing a…

Srinagar: Taking a dig at the rival political parties of Jammu and Kashmir, BJP leader Jitendra Singh on Wednesday said that the Roshni scam had “illuminated the Gupkar bungalows but extinguished hope for the poor”. Quoting Singh, a report by news agency PTI, said that the Roshni scheme was launched in 2001 by the then government with an envisaged objective of raising an amount of Rs 25,000 crore for setting up power projects which were…

Srinagar: Challenging the high court verdict of scrapping the Roshni Act conferring proprietary rights to occupants of state land, Jammu and Kashmir’s former chief secretary Mohammed Shafi Pandit on Wednesday filed a special leave petition before the Supreme Court. On October 9, JK High Court declared the Roshni Act “illegal, unconstitutional and unsustainable” and ordered a CBI probe into the allotment of the land under this law. In a statement, Pandit, a 1969 batch IAS…

As the JK Admin is uprooting its “first line of defense” from Kashmir’s forests, the anxiety of enforced homelessness is gripping nomads as evictions have threatened their centuries-old way of life. Inside his dank dwelling, an old-fashioned mud-and-stone house, in district Anantnag’s Kokernag forest area, a sun-tanned nomad is awaiting his worst nightmare to come true. Haji Mumtaz Khatana, a 52-year-old Gujjar is becoming restless, as a torrent of eviction drives and growing cries over…