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Modi govt redefines J&K domicile rule, extends it to those who have lived in UT for 15 yrs

New rules say those who have studied in J&K for 7 years and appeared in either Class 10 or Class 12 exam will also be eligible for J&K domicile certificates.
J&K situation

J&K residents not impressed with Modi speech, say opening up Kashmir will hurt state

Few in J&K have bought into PM Modi's Thursday speech promising all-round development, early and transparent elections and an end to terrorism.
Karan Singh

After Scindia, Congress leader Karan Singh says govt’s Kashmir move has some positives

Karan Singh, the son of former J&K ruler Maharaja Hari Singh, said he didn't agree with a blanket condemnation of the government scrapping Article 370, which gave the state special status.
Senior Congress leaders

Congress embarrasses itself yet again, split wide open on Modi govt’s move on Article 370

Deepender Hooda & Milind Deora of poll-bound Haryana & Maharashtra, among others, openly support govt move to repeal Article 370 and bifurcate J&K.

Will scrapping Article 370 and splitting the state resolve Kashmir problem or worsen it?

Home Minister Amit Shah Monday announced the end of ‘special status’ to Jammu and Kashmir.He told the Rajya Sabha Article 370 has been scrapped.
Amit Shah in Parliament | PTI

No debate, no discussion, no dissent, and the Constitution is changed

The Modi government’s unilateral and arbitrary decision to change the constitutional status of Jammu & Kashmir is anything but democratic.
PM Modi with Army and BSF Jawans in Kashmir in 2017 | @narendramodi/Twitter

Modi’s Mission Kashmir was to make scrapping of Article 35A a necessity. That moment is now

If Modi govt fails to scrap Article 35A now, it will be loss of face for Delhi and a de facto surrender of Kashmir to transnational terror groups.
A security personnel stands guard at Lal Chowk during a two-day strike call given by separatist leaders to protest against the legal challenge to Article 35-A and Article 370 of the Constitution, which grant special privileges to Jammu and Kashmir, in Srinagar, on 13 February, 2019 | Photo: S Irfan | PTI

Panic in Kashmir helps Modi deflect attention from sinking economy, even if fear is real

Why do we not want to believe that it is genuinely a terror alert?

Legally, BJP govt can revoke Article 35A but Ambedkar would have asked if this was prudent

BJP government must show a willingness to discard the tunnel vision of its project to make Kashmir fully Akhand with Bharat.

On Camera

Modi govt must consider auctioning loss-making Coal India mines too: Naveen Jindal

India must become ‘Atma Nirbhar’ in coal production. If govt auctions CIL’s loss-making mines, pvt sector can ensure the national exchequer adequately gains.
The logo of Reliance Jio, the mobile network of Reliance Industries Ltd., is displayed at a store in Mumbai, India. | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Google is in advanced talks to invest $4 billion in Jio Platforms

Google would join Facebook & slew of PE firms piling into Mukesh Ambani’s venture, which has already attracted nearly $16 billion of investments since April.

Defence

A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

India-China corps commanders talks today to focus on Pangong, to be toughest round yet

India and China have serious differences at Pangong and Depsang Plains, even though they have moved ahead with disengagement at other points of conflict along LAC.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.