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Kashmir Violence: Curfew lifted from 4 Kashmir districts

The state government has already ordered the opening of schools in these four districts

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  • The districts were Ganderbal, Badgam, Bandipora and Baramulla, police confirmed
  • There was some civilian activity in parts of Srinagar on Saturday, July 23, as pedestrian and private transport movement was seen in the City’s uptown areas
  • Before leaving for Delhi, the Union Home Minister will chair a high-level security meeting to discuss the prevailing law and order situation, officials said

On Sunday, July 24, authorities lifted the ongoing curfew from four districts of the Kashmir Valley as the law and order situation showed marginal improvement.

The districts were Ganderbal, Badgam, Bandipora and Baramulla, police confirmed. The state government has already ordered the opening of schools in these four districts.

Officials said curfew and restrictions would, however, continue in parts of Srinagar city.

There was some civilian activity in parts of Srinagar on Saturday, July 23, as pedestrian and private transport movement was seen in the City’s uptown areas.

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh currently on a two-day visit to the Valley met many delegations on Saturday at the Nehru Guest House in Srinagar.

Official sources said these delegations included members of the civil society, clerics, Sikh, Pandit community members and traders.

Violence in Kashmir started after killing of Burhan Wani. Image Source: defence.pk
Violence in Kashmir started after killing of Burhan Wani. Image Source: defence.pk

Important local trade and industry bodies including the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) and Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) decided not to meet the Union Home Minister despite an invitation from him.

Reports said Rajnath Singh told the delegations that the ongoing unrest was triggered by “forces from across the border”.

“While deciding to evolve a mechanism to engage the people of Kashmir in a dialogue process to work out solutions for the problems faced by them, the Union Home Minister does not favour an engagement with the separatists who take their directions from across the border,” official sources said.

Rajnath Singh had a detailed discussion with state Governor N.N.Vohra.

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He is slated to meet Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti later on Sunday.

Before leaving for Delhi, the Union Home Minister will chair a high-level security meeting to discuss the prevailing law and order situation, officials said.

Political party delegations scheduled to meet Rajnath Singh on Sunday include one from the National Conference (NC).

However, the Congress party has decided not to call on the minister.

G.A.Mir, president of state Congress unit stated that there was no point meeting Rajnath Singh saying, “There has not been a single people friendly measure from the state government since the Chief Minister chaired an all-party meeting which was attended by us (Congress).”

In the meantime, four patients suffering from serious eye injuries due to pellet gun shots were airlifted on Saturday for specialised treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.

Train services between north Kashmir’s Baramulla town and Bannihal town in the Jammu region, however, remained suspended for the 16th day on Sunday. (IANS)

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Kejriwal’s Door to Door Donation Drive is a Farce: Munish Raizada

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors' list on its website and then only seek new donations.

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Dr. Munish Raizada along with his Chanda Bandh Satyagraha team outside the office of AAP MLA Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar). File photo

Chicago: The Aam Aadmi Party Convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has launched a door to door campaign seeking donations for the AAP.  According to former overseas co-coordinator of Aam Aadmi Party, Dr. Munish Raizada, this is nothing more than a misleading campaign!

Raizada says that Kejriwal has no moral right to seek donations from common man as he has dismantled financial transparency in AAP by removing donors list from its website. Displaying donors’ list showing real time donations and making the income and expenditure accounts available online were the basis and the promise of the AAP, emphasised Raizada.

Now, after hiding donors’ list and its balance sheets from the public, the AAP cannot claim to be practising alternative politics.

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Lack of financial transparency in the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP prompted a group of NRIs, who once worked to mobilise funds and support for the party, to turn against it. (File photo)

It may be noted that AAP removed the list of donors from its website in June 2016. Moreover, since then AAP has been surrounded with controversies related to donations. AAP had also received Rs 30.67 crore Income Tax notice, last year in November, implying that all is not well with AAP’s accounts, says Raizada.

He further questions Kejriwal, that if AAP has nothing to hide about its accounts and if AAP is honest with its account keeping then why is Kejriwal hiding the donations?

Even the donation policy that was earlier the pride of every AAP volunteer has been done away with. The donation policy on AAP website used to state: “Every single rupee donated to the party will be published on the website immediately along with the details of the donor. Every expense done by the party will also be published on the website.”

But rather than putting the donors’ list in public domain, the party’s corrupt leadership started blaming BJP and I.T. Department for harassing its donors.

 

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Chanda Bandh Satygrah demands restoration of  lost values in AAP ( File Photo)

 

Opaque political funding is the fountain head of corruption. Further, Raizada says that if the party cannot be transparent in its political funding, then talking about fighting corruption and graft is a mere rhetoric. He said that the appeals by Chanda Bandh Satyagraha have fallen on deaf ears as far as the party’s

leadership is concerned. 

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors’ list on its website and then only seek new donations. Chanda Bandh Satyagraha was started by AAP’s volunteers in 2016, with an appeal to the public not to donate to AAP unless it makes its donation lists open and transparent.