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Former chief minister of J&K and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah | PTI File Photo

Article 370 move neither brought development to J&K nor ended terrorism — Farooq Abdullah

Speaking at a webinar, former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah raised the issue of suspension of 4G mobile internet and said people are being denied the services even during a pandemic.
Omar Abdullah speaks to media after he was freed from detention in Srinagar on 24 March

Division of J&K was a ‘humiliation heaped on the state’, Omar Abdullah writes

Simply cannot and will not be a member of a House that has been disempowered the way J&K assembly has been, Omar Abdullah writes in The Indian Express.
Former chief minister of J&K and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah | PTI File Photo

Farooq Abdullah calls for restoration of statehood of Jammu and Kashmir

In his first media interview since 5 August 2019, the former CM of Jammu and Kashmir said he hoped the Supreme Court would strike down the repeal of Article 370.
File image of National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah | Photo: ANI

Farooq, Omar Abdullah move HC for release of 16 NC leaders detained since 5 August

The writ petitions filed under Article 226 notes that the leaders have been held in 'brazen violation' of the constitutional guarantee of right to liberty.
File image of National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah | Photo: ANI

Farooq Abdullah among three NC MPs now part of panel that will carry out J&K delimitation

The Lok Sabha Speaker has nominated all 5 J&K MPs, including 2 from BJP, to the Delimitation Commission. NC says it will issue a statement today.
File image of NC chief Farooq Abdullah and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti

Why Abdullahs, Mehbooba are silent on Article 370 and what it means for Kashmir politics

There's been no word on Article 370 from Farooq and Omar Abdullah, released from detention, or Mehbooba Mufti, who is otherwise vocal on Twitter. Analysts say they must make position clear.
Former chief minister of J&K and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah | PTI File Photo

In Farooq Abdullah’s silence, lies his acceptance of new realities of Kashmir’s politics

Farooq Abdullah, who was released last week, has chosen to remain silent on Article 370, indicating an acceptance of the new political realities in J&K.
National Conference president Farooq Abdullah | ThePrint

‘Work from home impossible with 2G net’ — Abdullah to PM as Kashmir faces COVID-19 lockdown

Abdullah cited the detection of Kashmir’s first COVID-19 case and said high-speed internet was a necessity because authorities had locked down ‘large parts of the Valley’.
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Farooq Abdullah meets Mehbooba Mufti’s family in Srinagar, party says it’s a courtesy visit

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija also described Farooq Abdullah’s visit to their house as a courtesy visit and said she appreciated the gesture.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti | File photo: PTI

Mehbooba won’t be free soon but more ‘Apni parties’ in 2nd phase of govt’s Kashmir policy

Release of NC leader Farooq Abdullah marked the beginning of the second phase, in which Modi govt wants to engage with politicians beyond the ‘old guard’.

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Why music’s last best hope lies in live-streaming

Live performances have been one of the few ways for musicians to make money after cheap streaming services undermined sales of most recorded music. And then Covid shut that down.
Representational image of a deserted market during the 2019 shutdown in Srinagar, Kashmir | Photo: PTI

Internet shutdowns, pandemic have cost Kashmir Rs 40,000 cr, 5 lakh jobs, says industry head

Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad said the 2G internet currently available in the region is not enough for many businesses.

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Representational image. A file photo of light Sprut-SDM1 tank in Moscow. | Photo: Commons

Russia offers India Sprut lightweight tanks amid stand-off with China

Russia's offer comes as China has deployed Type 15 light tanks while India has relied on the heavier battle tanks. Talks are on, but no immediate purchase is on the cards.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.