Fri, Apr 28, 2017 | updated 07:41 PM IST

Hope condition of Kashmir will improve soon: Nirmal Singh

Updated: Jul 23, 2016 14:51 IST      
Hope condition of Kashmir will improve soon: Nirmal Singh

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir): July 23 (ANI): Expressing optimism that the condition of Jammu and Kashmir would improve very soon, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Saturday said the violence in the valley has gone down, adding the situation is very much under control.

"Home Minister (Rajnath Singh) has come here and many delegations are meeting him. He will meet with the leaders of various political parties. I think his step will be towards maintaining peace and calm in the valley," Singh told ANI.

Lauding the Centre for its efforts, Singh said the way the ruling dispensation has appealed to everyone to support Jammu and Kashmir is a very good message.

"We hope the condition of Kashmir will improve very soon. The assembly was going on smoothly. There was an attempt to create an unfavourable atmosphere with some non-issues like Sainik colony and the Kashmir Pandit colony. There was pressure from Pakistan on the border. According to our information, they were asked to do something.So, the whole thing was sponsored," he added.

The Deputy Chief Minister further said the unrest was Pakistan sponsored and part of a larger conspiracy.

"There are such elements here whom they (Pakistan) instigated," he said.

Meanwhile, the curfew and restriction remained in force across Kashmir for the 15th consecutive day in view of the continuous shutdown call by the separatists.

The violence started on July 9, a day after Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani was killed in a gunfight with the security forces.

The civilian death toll since that day stands at around 46 with one policeman also killed.

The police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in strength to maintain law and order.

An all-party meeting convened by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was held in Srinagar earlier on Thursday to review the situation in the valley and to find a way to solve the violence. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], April 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday welcomed Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades at the joint press conference asserting that the India has contributed personnel to the UN Peace Keeping Force in Cyprus.

Full Story >>

Army Chief assures Bhutan of continued support

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 19:17 IST     

Thimpu (Bhutan) [India], Apr 28 (ANI): Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, who is on a goodwill visit to Bhutan from April 27 to 30 today said that the Indian Army would continue with its special relationship with the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) in terms of training assistance and support in capability building.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], April 28 (ANI): Pakistan's consistent denial of consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav suggests him already being executed, said former union home secretary and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader R.K. Singh on Friday.

Full Story >>

Kerala organises first ever transgender athletic meet

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 19:14 IST     

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], Apr 28 (ANI): Kerala on Friday organised the country's first transgender one-day athletic meet here in which 132 participants from 12 districts participated.

Full Story >>

Give jawans shoot at sight orders: Wife of Sukma martyr

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 19:06 IST     

Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) [India], Apr 28 (ANI): The wife of a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan, who lost his life in a Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district, on Friday demanded that paramilitary personnel be given shoot at sight orders to tackle left wing extremism.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 28 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday reached 7, Lok Kalyan Marg to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to brief the latter on implementation of development package for Jammu and Kashmir.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] Apr 28 (ANI): Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday said that the government following the footsteps of Uttar Pradesh has decided to cancel holidays on birth and death anniversaries of great icons.

Full Story >>

Gayatri Prajapati's bail stayed by Allahabad HC

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 18:18 IST     

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Apr 28 (ANI): The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Friday stayed the bail given to former Uttar Pradesh minister Gayatri Prajapati in a rape case by a local court.

Full Story >>

Goa: SpiceJet flight takes off without informing passengers

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 17:59 IST     

Panaji (Goa) [India] Apr 28 (ANI): A SpiceJet flight number SG172 on Friday took off without informing the passengers and left them stranded with their luggage at the Goa airport.

Full Story >>

Bank robbery foiled in Anantnag, one militant arrested

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 17:59 IST     

Anantnag (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Apr 28 (ANI): Alert security forces on Friday foiled a bid by two militants to loot a branch of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank (JK Bank) here. One militant was arrested, while the other managed to flee.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], April 28 (ANI): A six-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India J. S. Khehar on Friday dismissed the curative petition filed by the Government of Kerala in the Soumya rape and murder case.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], April 28 (ANI): A Delhi Court on Friday sent alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrashekhar to judicial custody till May 12 and Hawala operator Naresh Jain in connection with a bribery case to police remand till April 30.

Full Story >>

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Apr 28 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Power Minister Shrikant Sharma on Friday announced a 100-day scrutiny programme for infrastructural issues.

Full Story >>

Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India], Apr 28 (ANI): Special Director-General (anti-naxal operation) D.M. Awasthi on Friday chaired a high-level meeting on anti-naxal operation.

Full Story >>

Narada sting: Calcutta HC for probe against TMC leader

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 17:26 IST     

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Apr 28 (ANI): The Calcutta High Court directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to continue probe in the Narada case against Trinamool Congress' Aparupa Poddar.

Full Story >>

Chhattisgarh Assembly passes GST Bill

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 17:08 IST     

Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India], April 28 (ANI): The Chhattisgarh Assembly on Friday passed the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Bill.

Full Story >>

Pak wants to give clean chit to Saeed, Lakhvi : Nikam

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 16:50 IST     

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Apr 28 (ANI): Noted public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam on Friday said that Pakistan wants to give a clean chit to Lashkar-e-Taiba (leT) founder Hafiz Saeed and its commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi in 26/11 terror attack case by rejecting India's demand for reinvestigation.

Full Story >>

Lokpal Act: Congress accuses BJP of double standards

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 16:50 IST     

New Delhi [India], April 28 (ANI): The Congress Party on Friday accused the Central Government of double standards, while stating that it's almost three years since Prime Minister Narendra Modi resumed office and they have done nothing about the Lokpal Act.

Full Story >>

Centre rules out dialogue with separatists

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 16:35 IST     

New Delhi [India], April 28 (ANI): Reacting on the Supreme Court orders, wherein it asked the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA) to take to various stakeholders and consider their opinion in connection with the plea against the use of pellet guns in the state, the Centre on Friday categorically said that it would not talk to people who were separatist leaders and those who talk of 'Azaadi' and freedom.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Apr 28 (ANI): A Mumbai Court on Friday suspended the sentence given to actor and model Preeti Jain for four weeks to appeal in the High Court.

Full Story >>