PREACHING VIOLENCE

The Urdu daily Uqab writes editorially that it is a matter of concern that more educated young people are joining militancy, and they are not from poor families. It is neither ‘glamour’ of the gun nor unemployment that is the reason for this tendency.

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NEW BAN ON 4 CROSS-LOC TRADE ITEMS

Jammu and Kashmir Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JKJCCI) on 27th February, 2018 demanded that authorities regulating the cross-LoC trade should immediately revoke the recent ban order on four commonly bartered commodities between traders of two sides, reports Greater Kashmir.

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DIALOGUE ON KASHMIR IS THE ANSWER

The Express Tribune writes that Ms. Mehbooba Mufti’s assertion that the only way forward is dialogue, and not war, is a cry in wilderness. It asserts that Pakistan position has been generally conciliatory, but Indian response has been dismissive. According to the daily since the present PML-N government is preoccupied with forth coming election, it is unlikely that there is going to be any significant foreign policy moves or developments, before new government is installed. Nevertheless, the editorial describes Ms. Mehbooba’s comments as voice of reason.

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POLLUTION OF WATER BODIES

 “Major water bodies in Kashmir including Wular and Dal have been polluted due to the flow of garbage and untreated sewerage into them, writes Rising Kashmir editorially. Those who live around these lakes have spoiled their beauty and are responsible for increased pollution of the lake. But more than the people, it is the government which has to take the onus for the deteriorating condition of the two major lakes and other streams in the rural areas. The government agencies including the Municipal Committees have failed to prevent the people from turning the water bodies into dumping sites. However, more condemnable is the approach by some departments which have contributed to the pollution of the lakes by raising structures illegally in prohibited areas. 

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ATTACKS IN INDIA WOULD CONTINUE

US intelligence chief  Mr. Dan Coats has warned that Pakistan supported terrorist groups would continue to carry out attacks inside India, reports Press Trust of India (PTI) from Washington.  He made these remarks days after a group of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist struck Sunjuwan Military camp in Jammu, killing seven people including six  soldiers. He said that Pakistan will continue to threaten US interests by deploying new nuclear weapon capabilities, maintaining its ties with militants, restricting counter terrorism cooperation and drawing closer to China. This statement was made in his testimony before senate select Committee on Intelligence. Militant groups with safe haven in Pakistan, will conduct attacks in India and Afghanistan, including US interests. Pakistan’s perceptions of its eroding position relative to India  reinforced by endemic economic weakness, and domestic security issues would exacerbate long held fears of Islam and dire Islamists pursuit of actions that run counter to US goals for the region.

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REVIVING PILGRIMAGE TO SHARDA TEMPLE IN PAK

Kashmiri Culture

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Kashmir, in the local folklore was called Sharapeetha – seat of learning. The most revered Sharda Temple fell on the other side of line of control in Pakistan administered Kashmir depriving Kashmiri Pandit Community from visiting the temple. Recently the Save Sharda Committee (SSC) Kashmir has urged New Delhi to start a dialogue with government of Pakistan for restarting pilgrimage to Sharda temple in Pakistan administered Kashmir, reports daily Greater Kashmir.

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JAMMU AND KASHMIR AMONG MOST CORRUPT STATES

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MUKEET AKMALI

People in Jammu and Kashmir are among the worst sufferers of corruption in accessing public services, a think-tank has revealed in its survey, writes Mukeet Akmali. According to him, the Centre for Media Studies (CMS) in its annual corruption study – CMS India Corruption Study 2017- has placed Jammu and Kashmir along with Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh as most corrupt among 20 surveyed states.

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OFFICERS DITHER PROVIDING INFORMATION SOUGHT UNDER RTI ACT

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Shafaq Shah

 Officials tasked with providing information sought by the people under the Right of Information Act are not forthcoming in providing the same, suggests data compiled by the State Information Commission (SIC), writes Shafag Shah. According to him from 1 January to 27 December 2017, as many as 107 RTI applicants have either been provided incomplete information or denied information altogether by the information officers concerned, the SIC data said. Of these107 cases, 71 cases have been disposed of by the SIC.

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