Monday, October 22, 2018In Valley, every tenth ULB winner is a Kashmiri Pandit

SRINAGAR: The recently concluded Urban Local Bodies (ULB) polls witnessed participation of many Kashmiri Pandit candidates with majority of them registering thumping victory from various municipal committees across the Valley.

In 598 wards in the Valley, out of which 177 wards didn’t find a single candidate, Kashmiri Pandits who largely contested election on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ti


Sunday, October 21, 2018BJP eyeing 50 plus seats in assembly polls to form govt in J&K

Jammu, Oct 21: Buoyed by the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) election results in Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP said Sunday it is hopeful to win over 50 assembly seats in the next elections and form a government on its own in the state.

The BJP swept the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) elections and made some advances in Kashmir, by winning 100 wards in the Valley, in the four-phased ULB elections in t


Sunday, October 21, 2018SF on alert to foil any infiltration bid from PoK: IG BSF

Srinagar, Oct 21: Security forces guarding the borders are on high alert to foil any infiltration attempt from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), where a large number of trained militants are waiting at launch pads to sneak into this side before the upper reaches are closed due to snowfall.

Our troops are ready to meet any challenge from militants who are attempting to infiltrate into this side,


Sunday, October 21, 2018Former NC spokesman Junaid PC mayoral candidate, announce Sajjad Lone

Srinagar, Oct 21: Former spokesman of National Conference (NC) Junaid Azeem Mattuu who resigned from the party and successfully contested Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) as an independent candidate from three wards has been nominated by Peoples Conference (PC) as candidate for Mayor’s post.

Taking to micro blogging site Twitter, former minister in PDP-BJP coalition Sajjad Gani Lone said “


Sunday, October 21, 2018Independents grab 363 wards, at 312 BJP emerges largest urban local force, Congress takes third spot with 267 seats

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: Independent candidates (363) emerged as the single largest group in the four-phased Urban Local Bodies elections in the state, winning 185 wards in Jammu division and almost similar 178 in Kashmir, while the BJP (312) swept the Jammu division by winning 212 wards, and making some advances in Kashmir winning 100 wards, helping itself to emerge as the single largest party in the pol


Sunday, October 21, 2018PM thanks J&K, Shah says BJP earned people's trust

NEW DELHI: As BJP performed well in the Jammu and Kashmir local body elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said his party will work hard to fulfil the aspirations of the people.

"I thank the people of Jammu and Kashmir for their support to the @BJP4JnK in the urban local body elections," he tweeted.

He assured the people of the state that BJP will work hard to fulfil the aspira


Sunday, October 21, 2018Sajjad Lone nominates Mattu

SRINAGAR: Junaid Mattu, the rebel National Conference leader who resigned from the party to participate in the urban local body polls in Kashmir, was Saturday nominated as the mayoral candidate of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) by Sajjad Lone-led People's Conference (PC).

Mattu contested the municipal polls as an independent on four wards out of which he won in three.


Sunday, October 21, 2018Independents likely to rule Srinagar


SRINAGAR: Independent candidates have emerged as strong horses in the urban local bodies (ULB) in Kashmir by winning many important wards across the Valley, besides grabbing the maximum seats in all important Srinagar Municipal Committee (SMC).

The performance by the Independent candidates, who will now play a crucial role in deciding who will stake claim to the powerful positi


Sunday, October 21, 2018BJP wins Jammu Municipal Corporation; Independents, Congress do better in Valley

Jammu/Srinagar, Oct 21: As a hassle-free counting of votes in the Jammu and Kashmir civic elections ended on Saturday, the BJP emerged winner in the Jammu Municipal Corporation, while majority of seats in Srinagar Municipal Corporation went to Independent candidates.

Thanks to the presence of security forces in large numbers around the counting centres, the counting process ended peacefully in


Saturday, October 20, 2018BJP sweeps urban local body polls in 4 districts of S Kashmir

Srinagar, Oct 20: The BJP won the urban local body elections in four districts of militancy-infested south Kashmir Saturday, winning 53 of the 132 wards, where polls were held over four phases earlier this month, election officials said.

The unprecedented victory for the saffron party has given it control of at least four of the 20 civic bodies in the four districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwam


Saturday, October 20, 2018Municipal polls: BJP makes inroads into Srinagar

Srinagar, Oct 20: Bharatiya Janata Party opened its account in Srinagar Municipal Corporation.

Its nominee won from an uptown ward after securing just eight votes.

''I thank people who did not vote and also those who voted for me,'' Bashir Ahmad Mir of BJP said after he was declared winner from 74 ward of SMC Bagh-e-Mehtab.

His unknown opponent got just one vote which he himself had cast


Saturday, October 20, 2018ULB polls: Cong wins all 13 wards in Leh, BJP fails to open account

Leh, Oct 20: The Congress has made a clean sweep by winning all the 13 wards in Leh Municipal Committee (LMC) while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) failed to make inroads into the committee.

Officials told TNN that all the 13 Congress candidates, contesting ULB polls for LMC, were declared winners.

They said that the BJP failed to open its account in the LMC.

Unprecedented security ar


Saturday, October 20, 2018RSS chief sets BJP's electoral agenda

New Delhi, Oct 20: There was never any doubt about the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) anti-minority electoral gambits but the agenda has now been unambigiously and forcefully articulated by the party's friend, philosopher and guide, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Delivering the organisation's customary message on the occasion of Dussehra/Vijay Dashami, its chief, Mohan Bhagwat, has lef


Saturday, October 20, 2018Counting underway for J&K civic polls

Jammu/Srinagar, Oct 20: Counting was underway on Saturday for the recently concluded Jammu and Kashmir municipal polls, with preliminary results showing that the BJP was heading for a major victory in Jammu while mixed results were seen in the Kashmir Valley.

By 11 a.m., the Bharatiya Janata Party secured 23 out of the 33 wards with the Congress winning eight seats and the Independents two.


Saturday, October 20, 2018ULB polls: Congress gets majority in Anantnag, winning 20 wards, BJP bags 3

Anantnag, Oct 20: Congress made a clean sweep in 25-member Municipal Committee (MC) Anantnag by winning absolute majority.

Officials said that Congress won 20 wards followed by BJP with 3 wards.

Two Independent candidates bagged the remaining two wards.

Two of the BJP candidates are local while the third is presently residing in Jammu.


Saturday, October 20, 2018ULB elections: BJP opens account in SMC

Srinagar, Oct 20: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) opened its account in Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) when its candidate secured eight out of nine votes polled in a ward during the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) elections.

The counting of votes started on Saturday and a BJP candidate, who was not identified, won by seven votes from Bagh-e-Mehtab ward in the uptown.

Out of the nine votes,


Saturday, October 20, 2018ULB elections: Counting of votes begins in Kashmir

Srinagar, Oct 20: The counting of votes for for the four-phased Urban Local Bodies (ULB) polls began on Saturday morning in Srinagar Municipal Committee (SMC) and other Municipal Committees (MCs) in Kashmir valley.

The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), J&K, Shaleen Kabra said that the counting of votes for the Municipal Polls-2018 started across Jammu and Kashmir and the results will be also decl


Saturday, October 20, 2018Municipal Polls-2018 Counting of Votes today

SRINAGAR: The stage is set for the final leg of urban local body elections in State as the counting of votes for the 52 out of 79 civic bodies, polling for which was held in four phases earlier this month, will be done on Saturday.

The rest 27 civic bodies- all of them in the Kashmir Valley, didn’t go to voting either because there was no candidate or only one candidate had filed nominations f


Friday, October 19, 2018Urban Local Bodies polls: Counting in Jammu region to begin on Saturday

Jammu, Oct 19 : The much awaited results of Urban Local Bodies elections will be declared on Saturday as counting will begin at 0900 hrs here at Government Polytechnic College.

The fate of BJP, Congress and other local parties will be decided with declaration of results of civic polls held almost after a gap of 13 years in the state.

District Election Officer, Ramesh Kumar also took stock o


Friday, October 19, 2018Ahead of ULB counting, parties stake claim for Srinagar Mayor

SRINAGAR: Even as the results of recently concluded Urban Local Bodies (ULB) polls is state will come out on Saturday, almost all the political parties who had contested the elections are confident of their candidate becoming the next Mayor of Srinagar as are they of forming the municipal government.

The bugle for the next mayor for Srinagar was blown by none other than Governor Satya Pal Mal


Thursday, October 18, 2018Azad's remarks at AMU event an "abuse" for Hindus: BJP

New Delhi, Oct 18: The BJP on Thursday accused the Congress of "demeaning and demoralising" Hindus and termed as an "abuse" a reported remark by the opposition party's leader Ghulam Nabi Azad that the number of Hindu candidates inviting him for campaigning has reduced drastically.

Azad reportedly made the comments at an event of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in Lucknow on Wednesday, appa


Thursday, October 18, 2018In Kashmir Valley, seven out of every 10 wards saw no polling!

Of total 598 wards, 181 didn’t get any candidate, 231 won uncontested

SRINAGAR: The just-concluded urban local body polls in Kashmir recorded a poor voter turnout but it will perhaps be remembered for nearly 70 per cent of wards not witnessing any polling as there was no candidate at all or some of them winning unopposed.

According to data compiled by the election department of Jammu and Kashmir, out of 598 wards spanning across 40 municipal bodies in 10 distric


Thursday, October 18, 2018Ready for panchayat polls: DGP

JAMMU: Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbag Singh Wednesday said his force was ready for the nine-phased panchayat elections scheduled to begin from November 17 in the state.

"Police is ready for panchayat elections and all arrangements will be made to ensure smooth and peaceful polling," Singh said during a visit to the twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch in this region


Wednesday, October 17, 201869% of 598 wards in Kashmir Valley did not witness polling

Srinagar, Oct 17: The just-concluded urban local body polls in Kashmir recorded a poor voter turnout but it will perhaps be remembered for nearly 70 per cent of wards not witnessing any polling as there was no candidate at all or some of them winning unopposed.

According to data compiled by the election department of Jammu and Kashmir, out of 598 wards spanning across 40 municipal bodies in 10


Wednesday, October 17, 2018Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra joins Congress

New Delhi, Oct 17: Rajasthan BJP MLA Manvendra Singh, the son of BJP veteran and former Union Minister Jaswant Singh, on Wednesday joined the Congress.

A MLA from Sheo in Barmer, Manvendra Singh had announced in September that he was quitting the BJP. He was formally inducted into the Congress in the presence of party President Rahul Gandhi and Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot.



Wednesday, October 17, 2018MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS Final phase today, 156 candidates in poll fray for 37 Wards in Srinagar, Ganderbal

SRINAGAR: With many candidates elected unopposed and a number segments not receiving a single nomination, there will be voting in only 37 of the 132 wards which were scheduled to go for polls on Tuesday in the fourth and final phase of urban local bodies elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

In the final phase, a total electorate of 250794 will seal the fate of 156 candidates in the fray for 2 Urban


Tuesday, October 16, 2018Divisive forces caused harm to unity in J&K: NC

Jammu, Oct 16: Senior National Conference (NC) leader Bimla Luthra Tuesday castigated 'divisive forces' for indulging in rhetoric, saying they have caused colossal harm to the unity, amity and harmony of Jammu and Kashmir.

"These forces have failed in delivering and keeping up the promises when in power, and when out of it, they are exploiting public sentiment to push the state into a politica


Tuesday, October 16, 2018Terrorists devising new strategies to strike: Rajnath

Gurugram, Oct 16: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that terrorists have been devising new strategies to strike and warned that increased use of the social media by anti-national forces was a new threat.

However, he expressed the confidence that the country's security forces were capable of dealing with any threat.

After the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, no major terror incid


Tuesday, October 16, 20182 Congress MLAs resign from Goa Assembly

Panaji, Oct 16: Two Congress MLAs from Goa who left for Delhi late on Monday, met BJP chief Amit Shah on Tuesday and soon after resigned from the state assembly, an official said.

Earlier in the day, Congress leader A. Chellakumar had accused the BJP of poaching the two legislators -- Subhash Shirodkar, a former minister and Dayanand Sopte -- who had set out for the national capital to meet


Tuesday, October 16, 2018NSUI president resigns after being accused of sexual harassment

The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) president Fairoz Khan has stepped down from his post following charges of sexual harassment, sources in the Congress said Tuesday.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi accepted his resignation, the sources told news agency PTI.

Khan, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir, submitted his resignation on Monday.

An internal panel was set up to probe allegat


Tuesday, October 16, 2018Mehbooba’s crocodile tears for dead Kashmiri militants worked in the past, won’t work again: Omar

Srinagar, Oct 16: Upping the ante at Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti over her comment that scholar-turned militant Mannan Wani was a ‘victim of relentless violence’ in Kashmir, National Conference (NC) Vice President Omar Abdullah said that her fake sympathy and crocodile tears for dead Kashmiri militants worked for a few years, they won’t work again.

“How short Ms Muf


Tuesday, October 16, 2018AMU Sedition Row |Mehbooba demands withdrawal of charges, says Wani was 'victim of relentless violence'

SRINAGAR: Describing slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Manan Bashir Wani as a "victim of relentless violence in Kashmir", former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti Monday demanded withdrawal of cases against three Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students from the Valley who were booked after they allegedly tried to hold a prayer meeting for Wani on Friday.

The comments came hours after Kashmiri stu


Tuesday, October 16, 2018Not every Kashmiri student is an extremist: Punjab CM

JAMMU: While fearing that Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI could be operating through some Kashmiri students, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Monday asserted that not every student from the Vallley, studying in the neighbouring state, was a separatist.

Singh’s comments came in the backdrop of recent arrest of four Kashmiri students in a raid at a college hostel in Jalandhar. A joint te