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Kashmir India’s crown, centre should help in development: Sayeed

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Thursday said Kashmir is India’s crown and the central government should help in make it prosperous.

“Kashmir is India’s crown and there is no other way to look after it than paying attention towards it and helping its overall progress and development,” Sayeed said here.

He was speaking at the flagging-off ceremony of four new trains by Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu.

Sayeed said it was his desire to see Kashmir gets connected with national railway network.

“Railway is an important mode of integration and it is my dream to see rail from here going directly to Delhi. It will not only facilitate travel but help in bridging emotional gaps as well,” the chief minister said.

Sayeed also said the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, which is the only surface link of landlocked valley with outside, gets blocked usually due to bad weather and rail will provide alternate mode of connecting the state with rest of the country.

“There will be hassles, but you will have to do it and a structured dialogue with state’s and centre’s representatives can sort out any hiccups in connecting the rail network here with national capital,” he said referring to Prabhu.

“If we succeed in connecting Kashmir with Delhi through railways, it will be a turning point in the history of the country and the state.”

He said the railway people have worked in the state in “most hard and difficult times”. “I know that and I appreciate that.”

The chief minister said railway can become an important medium in boosting economy of the state. “Our Fruit industry and handicrafts can reach to outside state easily. We can have local ethnic products which can find their way in national and even global market.”

“We can have Rajasthan style ‘Palace on Wheels’ here, after all Kashmir is a paradise and proper rail network can attract more and more tourists in the state and generate more employment opportunities in tourism and railways,” he said.

Sayeed also asked the central government to provide jobs to those left-out people whose land has come under railway track in the state.

(IANS)

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Manoj Bajpayee is an amazing actor and a team player on set: Sidharth Malhotra

Sidharth Malhotra on Thursday treated his fans to a question and answer session over Twitter.

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November 7, 2017: Actor Sidharth Malhotra, who will be seen sharing screen space with Manoj Bajpayee in “Aiyaary”, says the National Award winning actor is amazing and a team player.

Sidharth Malhotra on Thursday treated his fans to a question and answer session over Twitter.

A user asked the “Student Of The Year” actor about his experience working with Manoj in “Aiyaary”.

Sidharth replied: “He’s an amazing actor and a team player on set.”

“Aiyaary”, set in Delhi, London and Kashmir, revolves around two strong-minded Army officers having completely different views, yet right in their own ways. It is a real-life story based on the relationship between a mentor and a protege.

Presented by Plan C and Jayantilal Gada (Pen), the project is produced by Shital Bhatia, Dhaval Jayantilal Gada, Motion Picture Capital.

When asked about the development of the film, Sidharth replied: “Awesome. Excited to show it in a few months.”

Sidharth, 32, also described his “Brothers” co-star Akshay Kumar as his “brother from another mother.”(IANS)

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‘Black Day’ Protests : Restrictions Imposed in Srinagar to keep security in check

Separatists leaders have asked people to observe October 27 as a “black day” in Kashmir.

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police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in full riot gear were seen disallowing pedestrian and vehicular movement in parts of Kashmir. (Representative image) VOA

Srinagar, October 27, 2017 : Authorities imposed restrictions in various areas on Friday to prevent separatist-called protests to mark the Accession Day of Jammu and Kashmir to India.

Joint resistance leadership (JRL) of separatist leaders — Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik — have asked people to observe October 27 as a “black day” in Kashmir.

It was on this day in 1947 that the Indian Army landed in Srinagar Airport following the accession of the state.

“Restrictions under section 144 of CrPC will remain in force in Nowhatta, M.R.Gunj, Safa Kadal, Rainawari, Khanyar, Kralkhud and Maisuma,” a police officer said.

Heavy contingents of the state police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in full riot gear were seen disallowing pedestrian and vehicular movement in these areas.

Railway services in the valley have also been suspended on Friday as a precautionary measure. (IANS)

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PM Modi Appoints New Envoy to Kashmir

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Kashmiri protesters run for cover as police use tear smoke to disperse protesters during a clash in Srinagar,Jammu and Kashmir. VOA

New Delhi, October 24: The center has appointed a new envoy to Kashmir in the hope of promoting peace in the troubled region.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh says former Intelligence Bureau director Dineshwar Sharma has been designated to open talks with Kashmir’s various factions – the first such appointment by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“As a representative of the government of India, … Sharma will initiate a sustained interaction and dialogue to understand legitimate aspirations of the people of Kashmir,” Singh said in New Delhi.

Kashmir has been the center of a deadly tug-of-war between India and neighboring Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947. The Muslim-majority Himalayan territory is divided between the nuclear-armed rivals, but both claim Kashmir in full.

Kashmir rebels have battled Indian forces for decades, demanding either independence or a merger with Pakistan. The rebels have staged a series of attacks on Indian security bases in recent months, including an attack in southern Kashmir in August that left eight security officials dead.(VOA)