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A file photo of Dal Lake in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Kashmir panchayat elections for 12,565 vacant seats get Modi govt approval

Out of Kashmir’s 20,093 panch and sarpanch seats, a massive 12,565 are vacant. Panchayat elections will now be held in Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh.
File image of NC chief Farooq Abdullah and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti

NC, PDP hold meetings at Srinagar offices, their first since Article 370 was scrapped

Spokespersons of the two major political parties of Jammu and Kashmir say this isn’t ‘resumption of political activity’, demand the release of their leaders.
File photo of People's Conference leader Sajad Lone (C) | jkpc.in/Facebook

Angry Kashmiri politicians confront cops after security personnel ‘body search’ Sajad Lone

The verbal spat occurred at the MLA hostel in Srinagar, where the Valley’s political detainees were being moved after complaints of inadequate heating at the earlier ‘sub-jail’ at SKICC.
Jammu and Kashmir BDC elections

J&K block polls saw ‘historic’ turnout, but people in Valley are not convinced

The polls have been held at a time when leaders of NC and PDP are under house arrest, leaving an open field for the BJP.
A file photo of National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah and his son and former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah. | Photo: ANI

Abdullahs don’t want to be released before others, signal consensus among parties

Not seeking legal remedy for detention is part of a larger strategy by Valley’s politicians to raise a joint front against Modi government's Article 370 move.
J&K BDC polls

J&K block polls will create a parallel political class as NC & PDP are unlikely to contest

With 310 blocks set to elect chairmen on 24 October, J&K block polls have become the latest flashpoint between state administration and political parties.
National Conference President Farooq Abdullah, his wife Molly Abdullah, party leaders Mohammad Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masoodi wave towards media persons at their residence in Gupkar, Srinagar. | PTI

After meeting Farooq & Omar Abdullah, NC leaders say party will boycott J&K block polls

Party members meet incarcerated National Conference leaders in Srinagar, and say the situation isn’t conducive for the political process to resume.
A National Conference (NC) delegation meets former Jammu and Kashmir CM Farooq Abdullah at his residence in Srinagar on Sunday. | ANI

Trying to bring back Article 370, says NC as it meets Farooq Abdullah in Srinagar

Farooq Abdullah, who was booked under the PSA last month, flashed the victory sign to media as he met some NC leaders.
File photo | Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with BJP president Amit Shah in New Delhi. | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

The idea of Kashmiriyat is dead. So is India’s secular consensus

Idea of Kashmiriyat rested on asserting Kashmir’s uniqueness, and emerged out of Kashmiri nationalism’s close relationship to Indian nationalism in early 20th century.

On Camera

People in the US carry placards calling for pro-immigration policies | Photo: Pixel

These are the 3 key things needed to immigrate to the US

Evidence shows US system is very good at selecting talented go-getters from abroad. Immigrants from poor countries won’t make the US poorer.

Mumbai to stay open 24×7: More cities should follow or fix creaking infrastructure first?

Maharashtra Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray said the cabinet proposal allowing shops, malls and eateries in Mumbai to stay open 24x7 will boost the city’s nightlife.

Defence

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Assam Rifles says IPS officer who alleged molestation by jawan had illegally entered Myanmar

Assam Rifles statement calls allegations of molestation against jawan on security duty ‘fallacious & misguided’, says the woman IPS officer was misusing her power.

Under Modi-Shah, BJP is back to being the Bharatiya ‘Baniya’ Party

BJP under Modi-Shah is returning to its protectionist, anti-MNC, technophobic old notions, underlining that strong governments can also be more risk-averse.