PM Modi Praises Amit Shah's Rajya Sabha Speech In Rajya Sabha: Highlights

Jammu and Kashmir Latest News Updates: The moves come at a time when Jammu and Kashmir plunged into uncertainty after a massive security build-up and government advisory asking pilgrims and tourists to leave Kashmir immediately.

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PM Modi Praises Amit Shah's Rajya Sabha Speech In Rajya Sabha: Highlights

J&K Latest News Today: Amit Shah made the big announcement on Article 370 today in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi: 

The centre has scrapped Article 370, which grants special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Amit Shah told the parliament today. A bill to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories was also passed by the Rajya Sabha today, after a speech given in the house by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

The moves come at a time when Jammu and Kashmir plunged into uncertainty after a massive security build-up and government advisory asking pilgrims and tourists to leave Kashmir immediately.

The state remains on edge as restrictions have been imposed in several parts, with mobile internet and landline phone connections blocked in many places. Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Sajad Lone - the three most prominent politicians from Jammu and Kashmir - were placed under house arrest last night.

The government has also banned large gatherings and public meetings as a precautionary measure. Schools and colleges in Jammu, Kishtwar, Resai, Doda and Udhampur districts were also ordered to remain close on Monday, the officials said.

Here are the highlights on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir over Article 370:


Aug 05, 2019
21:10 (IST)
Article 370: "At Right Time": Amit Shah Hints At Possible Rollback On J&K Statehood
Union home minister Amit Shah, who announced the government's plans to end Jammu and Kashmir's statehood this morning, held out some hope in the evening that it might be restored one day, after it becomes the country's most developed area. The government is pushing through a bill to "reorganize" Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories - Ladakh without any legislature and Jammu and Kashmir with one.
Aug 05, 2019
20:45 (IST)
Article 370: Situation in Kashmir Valley is "under control", strict restrictions in place: Authorities

The situation in Kashmir Valley was "under control" and no untoward incident was reported on Monday as authorities imposed strict restrictions in view of the centre's decision to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution, which accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir, officials said, according to PTI.

In Jammu, the law and order situation was peaceful, the officials said.

Schools and colleges in Jammu and Kashmir remained closed on the orders of the authorities, they said.

"The situation is under control. There are massive restrictions in place in Srinagar district...there was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere," Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Choudhary was quoted as saying by PTI.

Authorities imposed curfew in Kishtwar and Rajouri districts and in the Banihal area of Ramban district, while restrictions were imposed in many districts of Jammu division and Srinagar, the officials said.

The government imposed restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC in Srinagar district with effect from Monday midnight as a precautionary measure, they said.
Aug 05, 2019
20:43 (IST)
Article 370: India briefs US, Britain, France, China Russia, says report

India on Monday briefed the envoys of five permanent members of the UN Security Council and several other nations about its decision to scrap Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcate the state, reported news agency PTI.

In the briefings, it was conveyed that the decisions were internal to India and they are aimed at providing good governance, promoting social justice and ensuring economic development in Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said, according to PTI.

It was learnt that Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale briefed the envoys of the US, Britain, France, China and Russia, the five permanent members of the UNSC.

Other senior officials apprised envoys of a number of other countries about the government''s decision on Jammu and Kashmir.

In the light of interest expressed by members of the diplomatic community, senior MEA officials briefed the envoys of several countries, the sources said.
Aug 05, 2019
20:30 (IST)
Article 370: "Better late than never": Former diplomat, former air force chief on Article 370

Former envoy to Pakistan G Parthasarathy and former Air Force chief Arup Raha have welcomed the Centre''s decision to abrogate Article 370 calling it a timely and appropriate decision.

Mr Parthasarathy was quoted as saying over phone by news agency PTI, "It''s better late than never. It's a timely and appropriate decision".

On Opposition's allegation that the Centre's decision would have catastrophic consequences, the former diplomat said there are several union territories that are functioning very well.

"I really don't know how this decision would create unrest. There are several union territories which are functioning well under the central government," he said.

Arup Raha, too welcomed the move and maintained that a long standing status quo has been changed.

"I feel every part of the country should have equal rights. Nobody should have special rights. And I don't think abrogation of Article 370 should raise so much of hue and cry," the former Air Chief Marshal was quoted as saying by PTI.
Aug 05, 2019
20:20 (IST)
Article 370: "Nothing will happen... It won't be allowed to turn into another Kosovo," says Amit Shah on Rajya Sabha

"Nothing will happen... It won't be allowed to turn into another Kosovo," Amit Shah said, addressing concerns raised by various opposition leaders. "It was heaven on earth and will remain so."
Aug 05, 2019
20:18 (IST)
READ HERE: Article 370: Centre's Jammu And Kashmir Move Wins Support From Unlikely Quarters In Rajya Sabha
On the abolition of Article 370 -- from which Jammu and Kashmir derived special status --- and the reorganization of the state into two Union Territories, the government today won support from unlikely quarters, which ensured smooth sailing of its decisions in the Rajya Sabha, where it is short of a majority.
Aug 05, 2019
20:18 (IST)
Read Here: Article 370: Kamal Haasan Shreds Kashmir Move, Says Extremely Regressive, Autocratic
Measures to end the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir and split the state into two union territories were "a clear assault on democracy", actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan said, as the government pushed the moves through parliament on Monday.
Aug 05, 2019
20:15 (IST)
READ HERE: Article 370 Didn't Allow Democracy In J&K: Amit Shah's Speech
Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, had to go as it was the root of terrorism in the state and was the biggest hurdle to normalcy, Home Minister Amit Shah said today, replying to a debate on the government's move to reorganize the state and bifurcate it into two union territories.
Aug 05, 2019
20:14 (IST)
Article 370: READ HERE: Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah Arrested After Article 370 Scrapped
Jammu and Kashmir's former chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, who were placed under house arrest late last evening, have been formally arrested, sources said. Mehbooba Mufti has been taken from her home in Srinagar to a nearby government guest house.
Aug 05, 2019
20:13 (IST)
READ HERE: "It's Suicide": Congress Loses Chief Whip Over Article 370 Stand
On a day it fronted protests in parliament against a massive government move to scrap special status for Jammu and Kashmir by removing Article 370 of the constitution, the Congress lost a key voice, Bhubaneswar Kalita, who, as Chief Whip, was supposed to keep the flock in line.
Aug 05, 2019
20:10 (IST)
Army on high alert along Line of Control: news agency PTI

The Army has been put on high alert along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir to effectively repulse any possible Pakistani misadventure in the wake of the government scrapping Article 370 and deciding to split the state into two union territories, official sources said on Monday, reported news agency PTI.

They said top Army commanders in J&K are closely monitoring the overall security situation in the state to thwart any civil disturbances following the Centre''s decision to end special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Aug 05, 2019
20:02 (IST)
Article 370: PM Modi tweets praising Home Minister Amit Shah's speech in Rajya Sabha

"Home Minister Amit Shah Ji's speech in the Rajya Sabha was extensive and insightful. It accurately highlighted the monumental injustices of the past and coherently presented our vision for the sisters and brothers of J&K. Do hear," tweeted Amit Shah.
Aug 05, 2019
19:54 (IST)
BREAKING: Mehbooba Mufti Arrested, Taken To Guest House After Article 370 Scrapped
Jammu and Kashmir's former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who was placed under house arrest late last evening, has been formally arrested, sources said. She has been taken from her home in Srinagar to a nearby government guest house.
Aug 05, 2019
19:54 (IST)
READ HERE: Article 370 Didn't Allow Democracy In J&K: Amit Shah's Speech
Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, had to go as it was the root of terrorism in the state, Home Minister Amit Shah said today, replying to a debate on the government's move to reorganize the state and bifurcate it into two union territories.
Aug 05, 2019
19:29 (IST)
"Will be good if it brings peace in Jammu and Kashmir": Former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Article 370

Former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy Monday said he would be pleased if the abolition of Article 370 of the Constitution brought peace to Jammu and Kashmir.

"It will be good if the abolition of Article 370 and 35A brings peace in Jammu and Kashmir," HD Kumaraswamy was quoted as saying.

He also underscored the need for precautions to ensure peace in the state without giving room for any disturbances.
Aug 05, 2019
19:09 (IST)
Rajya Sabha approves bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir with 125 votes in favour as compared to 61 against it: news agency PTI

Rajya Sabha approves bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir with 125 votes in favour as compared to 61 against it, reported news agency PTI
Aug 05, 2019
19:04 (IST)
READ HERE: Bill To Bifurcate Jammu And Kashmir Into 2 Union Territories Passed By Rajya Sabha
The bill to reorganise Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories sailed through Rajya Sabha today, with several opposition parties walking out, bringing down the majority mark, and others siding with the government, which does not enjoy majority in the upper house.
Aug 05, 2019
18:59 (IST)
BREAKING: Bill To Bifurcate Jammu And Kashmir Into 2 Union Territories Passed By Rajya Sabha

Bill To Bifurcate Jammu And Kashmir Into 2 Union Territories Passed By Rajya Sabha
Aug 05, 2019
18:58 (IST)
Over 41,000 people wouldn't have lost their lives in Kashmir valley if Article 370 wasn't there: Amit Shah

Over 41,000 people wouldn't have lost their lives in Kashmir valley if Article 370 wasn't there, Amit Shah was quoted as saying by PTI
Aug 05, 2019
18:57 (IST)
Article 370 is root cause of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir: Amit Shah

Article 370 is root cause of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir: Home Minister Amit Shah was quoted as saying by PTI
Aug 05, 2019
18:55 (IST)
Three family rule did not allow democracy to percolate in J&K: Amit Shah

Three family rule did not allow democracy to percolate in J&K: Amit Shah was quoted as saying by PTI
Aug 05, 2019
18:51 (IST)
BREAKING: Jammu and Kashmir Bifurcation Bill passed in Rajya Sabha

BREAKING: Jammu and Kashmir Bifurcation Bill passed in Rajya Sabha
Aug 05, 2019
18:51 (IST)
Cement costs Rs 100 per bag more in Kashmir; land price in state did not rise: Amit Shah

Cement costs Rs 100 per bag more in Kashmir; land price in state did not rise, Amit Shah was quoted as saying by PTI
Aug 05, 2019
18:50 (IST)
Poverty in J&K due to Article 370 and 35A: Amit Shah

Poverty in J&K due to Article 370 and 35A, Amit Shah was quoted as saying by PTI
Aug 05, 2019
18:49 (IST)
Tourism did not develop in J&K because of restrictions on land purchase due to Article 370 and 35A: Amit Shah

Tourism did not develop in J&K because of restrictions on land purchase due to Article 370 and 35A, Amit Shah was quoted as saying by PTI
Aug 05, 2019
18:48 (IST)
No industry can be set up in J&K because of Article 370, 35A; no benefit will accrue to valley due to Article 370, 35A: Amit Shah

No industry can be set up in J&K because of Article 370, 35A; no benefit will accrue to valley due to Article 370, 35A, Amit Shah was quoted as saying by PTI
Aug 05, 2019
18:47 (IST)
Healthcare crippling in Jammu and Kashmir as no private hospital could be set up due to Article 370, 35A: Amit Shah

Healthcare crippling in Jammu and Kashmir as no private hospital could be set up due to Article 370, 35A, Amit Shah was quoted as saying by news agency PTI
Aug 05, 2019
18:47 (IST)
Full state status will be restored to Jammu and Kashmir at appropriate time; when normalcy returns:Amit Shah

Full state status will be restored to Jammu and Kashmir at appropriate time; when normalcy returns:Amit Shah
Aug 05, 2019
18:38 (IST)
Rajya Sabha Now Voting On Jammu And Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 
Aug 05, 2019
18:29 (IST)
Article 370 Biggest Hurdle To Normalcy In Kashmir, Says Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah said in the parliament today that Article 370 is the biggest hurdle to normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir. He added that Jammu and Kashmir remain a Union Territory till the normalcy doesn't return to the state and will be made into a full state. 


Aug 05, 2019
18:22 (IST)
Will Transform Kashmir,  Says Amit Shah

Kashmir is the crown  jewel of India. We will completely transform the state in five years, Amit Shah said. 
Aug 05, 2019
18:14 (IST)
Government Wants To Reach Out To Children In Kashmir: Amit Shah

We want to hug the children of Kashmir, give them education and employment through industry and tourism. For this, the obtacle of Article 370 has to be removed.
Aug 05, 2019
18:07 (IST)
Terrorism Has Grown In Kashmir, Will Need To Reach Its Roots: Amit Shah

Terrorism grew, developed at the border and is trickling down in Kashmir. We will have to go to the root.

You (previous government) say our policy is not correct, but what has your strategy done where so many have died?
Aug 05, 2019
17:44 (IST)
Amit Shah Speaks In Parliament On Article 370: 

Article 370 made sure democracy could never be established in Kashmir. There is poverty and corruption in the Jammu and Kashmir because of Article 370

Article 370 is anti-women, anti tribal and anti dalit It is the root of terrorism

Article  370 created monopoly. Families got monopoly. There is no freedom to do business in the state

The whole world knows Jammu and Kashmir is heaven but tourism hasn't developed as much as it should have. No businessmen can buy land to build hotels there.  Big companies want to go tO Jammu and Kashmir. This will increase employment opportunities. 




Aug 05, 2019
17:33 (IST)
Article 370: Punjab bans any kind of celebrations or protests: news agency PTI

After the Centre on Monday revoked Article 370 which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the government in neighbouring Punjab prohibited any kind of celebrations or protests that could vitiate the atmosphere.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh directed the Punjab Police to be prepared to thwart any attempts by Pakistan to create disturbance in the state.

A meeting was held to review the law and order situation in the state in the wake of the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Pakistan may not take this lightly and could resort to some act against India," the chief minister said, asking the state police to be ready for any eventuality.

He has ordered increased security for the 8,000-odd Kashmiri students in Punjab, and directed superintendents of police and deputy commissioners to meet them and talk to them personally.

The chief minister has ordered scaling up of security in Punjab's districts that border Kashmir.

He reiterated his earlier directions to the police and the district administration to ensure smooth and safe movement of those leaving Kashmir via Punjab.

The border areas of the state have been on high alert for the past two days, since tourists and Amarnath yatris were asked to leave the Kashmir Valley, citing security concerns.

The chief minister has, meanwhile, appealed to all, within and outside Jammu and Kashmir, to remain calm and not do anything to disturb the peace and harmony of the nation in these difficult circumstances.

Among those who attended the meeting were Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, DG Punjab Police Dinkar Gupta, Home Secretary Satish Chandra and DGP (Intelligence) V K Bhawra.
Aug 05, 2019
17:09 (IST)
BJP leader SM Krishna terms Article 370 revocation as "momentous decision"

Former External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Monday termed as a "momentous decision" the Central government revoking Article 370 and said it ends a huge ambiguity about Kashmir.

"This step ensures the completion of the integration of India started by Sardar Patel," the BJP leader was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
Aug 05, 2019
17:06 (IST)
"Something the country has been waiting for 70 years": Nirmala Sitharaman on Article 370

"It is something the country has been waiting for the last 70 years. Even our manifesto mentioned the need to abrogate #Article370, so it is not something we brought out suddenly like a rabbit from a magic hat," Nirmala Sitharaman was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Aug 05, 2019
16:37 (IST)
Read Here: "What About China, Pak": Ghulam Nabi Azad Cites Strategic Issues On J&K
The BJP has no sense of history and geography and "destroyed" Jammu and Kashmir for more votes, Congress's Ghulam Nabi Azad said today amid the tumult over the government's move to end special status for the state.
Aug 05, 2019
16:37 (IST)
Read Here: Ram Madhav Tweets PM's Old Photo, Says "Promise Fulfilled" On Article 370
Shortly after Home Minister Amit Shah announced the scrapping of the contentious Article 370 in parliament today, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav made a dramatic statement on Twitter, posting an old photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an Article 370 event with the message: "Promise fulfilled".
Aug 05, 2019
16:16 (IST)
"What happens to Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir now," asks Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav has demanded to know what would happen to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) after the removal of Article 370, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Talking to reporters, Akhilesh Yadav said the Narendra Modi government should have taken all parties into confidence before taking any such decision.

"A country runs on consensus and all parties should have been consulted and taken into confidence. Putting leaders under house arrest or exerting pressure on people is not correct, but BJP knows how to bring institutions under its thumb. The question is what will happen to PoK now," Akhilesh Yadav was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.
Aug 05, 2019
16:11 (IST)
DMK attacks revocation of Article 370, calls it "murder of democracy"

The DMK on Monday strongly condemned the centre's move to revoke Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, saying it was a "murder of democracy", reported news agency PTI.

DMK president MK Stalin said the measures should be held back till a democratically-elected government assumed office in the state.

Speaking to reporters at the party headquarters, Mr Stalin said the Centre had gone ahead with its proposal without getting the concurrence of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and called it a "murder of democracy."

The DMK leader strongly condemned the bifurcation bid as an "anti-democratic" step.

"This move is seen as an attempt to divert (the) people''s attention from basic issues and is a cause for concern and shocking," Mr Stalin was quoted as saying by PTI.

"When a voice for more powers to States strongly echoed across the country, dividing an existing state into union territories showed that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government was raring to go against the path of democracy," he said.
Aug 05, 2019
15:52 (IST)
People had been dreaming of this day, says Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray

Congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah on the decision to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Monday called it a historic day and said that people had been dreaming of this day for long, reported news agency ANI.

Uddhav Thackeray welcomed the central government's decision by distributing sweets in his party office.

"Today we are fully independent and the few chains that were remaining have been broken. To dissenters, keep your politics aside and think of the sovereignty of our country," Mr Thackeray was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

On being asked if he was consulted, he said we had some inkling but some things shouldn't be told openly.

"I believe this was important for the country. Government is equipped to deal with people creating trouble," he added.

Uddhav's son Aaditya Thackeray also welcomed the center's decision and congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in a tweet.

"This is a moment of pride. Big congratulations to PMO India, Narendra Modi Ji, Home Minister Amit Shah Ji, the Parliament and the citizens of India. This is exactly why we supported the NDA in Lok Sabha 2019 led by Modi Ji. The decision for India and the State of J&K," Aaditya Thackeray tweeted on Monday.

"I pray that now with the reorganization of Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh, the citizens there will benefit with peace, progress, and prosperity, which was being held back from them for years due to its isolation from the rest of the country," he said in another tweet.

In a third tweet, Aaditya Thackeray posted a photo, where the Shiv Sena followers were seen celebrating the decision outside the party office.
Aug 05, 2019
15:48 (IST)
"Kashmir is the crown of India," tweets Vijay Rupani in Hindi

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Monday welcomed the central government''s move to abolish Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, saying it was a "historic and brave" decision.

Terming Kashmir as the "crown" of India, Rupani said the government's decision was a befitting tribute to Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee.

"I congratulate PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for taking this historic and brave decision to scrap Article 370 on Jammu and Kashmir," Rupani tweeted.

"Kashmir is the crown of India. Today is a historic day and it would be remembered as an important chapter in the golden history of India. I firmly believe that this decision is a befitting tribute to Syama Prasad Mookerjee," he said in another tweet.
Aug 05, 2019
15:46 (IST)
"Murder of democracy," say Left parties on revocation of Article 370

The Left parties on Monday lashed out at the government for revoking Article 370, saying that it was the "murder of democracy" and would serve only to further "alienate" the people of the region, reported news agency PTI.

The government on Monday abolished Article 370 that gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir and moved a separate bill to bifurcate the state into two separate union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

"What the government has done is regressive and will further alienate the people of Jammu and Kashmir. This is the murder of democracy," CPI general secretary D Raja was quoted as saying by PTI.

The CPI(M) termed the move an "attack" on the Constitution and said the Left parties will hold a protest against the move on Monday.

"This is an attack on the Indian Constitution by scrapping Article 370 and dismantling the state of Jammu and Kashmir. They will be led by the central leadership of these parties," the party said in a statement, according to PTI.

"The people of Kashmir had acceded to India in the face of invaders from Pakistan and a solemn commitment had been made to them by the Indian State to provide them with special status and autonomy which was embodied in Article 370 ," the CPI(M) said in a statement.
Aug 05, 2019
15:43 (IST)
"Totally Unconstituional": Amarinder Singh on Article 370

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh described on Monday the Centre's move of revoking Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir as "totally unconstitutional" and said such a decision should not have been "pushed through" in an arbitrary manner.

He flayed the manner in which the Centre "imposed" the decision, saying the democratic fabric of the nation has been "ripped apart" with this "unprecedented violation of the Constitutional norms".

"It is a dark day for the Indian democracy," Amarinder said, adding that the Constitution of India has been rewritten without following any legal provisions. This will set a bad precedent as it would mean that the Centre could reorganise any state in the country by simply imposing President''s rule," the chief minister said in a statement, reported news agency PTI.
Aug 05, 2019
15:32 (IST)
Chandrababu Naidu tweets saying his Telugu Desam Party supports repeal of Article 370

"Telugu Desam Party supports the Union Govt as it seeks to repeal Article 370. I pray for the peace and prosperity of the people of J&K," tweeted Chandrababu Naidu.

Aug 05, 2019
15:05 (IST)
Shiv Sena Celebrates Article 370 Scrapping, Party Workers Distribute Sweets
Aug 05, 2019
15:04 (IST)
Ghulam Nabi Azad's "Tukde Tukde Gang" Jibe At Centre
The BJP has no sense of history and geography and "destroyed" Jammu and Kashmir for more votes, Congress's Ghulam Nabi Azad said today amid the tumult over the government's move to end special status for the state. Read here
Aug 05, 2019
14:07 (IST)
"You're Creating Another Palestine": CPI(M) leader to Centre
CPI(M) leader TK Rangarajan said "it's black day". "Indian constitution has been raped by BJP govt. You didn't consult people of J&K-Ladakh. You dissolved Assembly,you don't want to hold any election. You've taken another 35,000 Army people there. You're creating another Palestine," he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Aug 05, 2019
14:01 (IST)
DMK's MK Stalin Says Centre's Decision On Article 370 "Ought To Be Suspended"
On revocation of Article 370, DMK's MK Stalin said: "Centre's decision ought to be suspended till an elected government is in place. AIADMK supporting this move is condemnable. AIADMK should be renamed as all India BJP."

Aug 05, 2019
13:56 (IST)
Unconstitutional Move: Yogendra Yadav On Article 370 Resolution
Aug 05, 2019
13:43 (IST)
Entire State Thankful To PM Modi: J&K BJP Chief
The Jammu and Kashmir unit of the BJP on Monday welcomed the government's "historic" decision on Article 370 of the constitution, which grants special status to the state, saying the people were thankful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for "mitigating their pain".

J&K BJP president Ravinder Raina said the residents of Jammu and Kashmir irrespective of their caste, creed and religion are with the prime minister. "It is a historic moment for Jammu and Kashmir... the entire population of the state is thankful to him (Modi) for mitigating their pain," Mr Raina was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. 

"Modi was the first to reach out to Kashmiris when they were facing the brunt of devastating floods in 2014. He visited them and made every effort to ensure their safety," he added.
Aug 05, 2019
13:34 (IST)
Wrong To Say Article 370 Brought J&K With India: Amit Shah In Parliament
Home Minister Amit Shah said today it is "wrong to say that Article 370 bought Jammu And Kashmir with India". 

"Opposition leaders are saying that Article 370 brought Jammu and Kashmir to India. But the fact is that the Maharaja Hari Singh signed on October 27, 1947 (the Instrument of Accession) while Article 370 came into existence in 1949," he said. 

"So this is wrong to say that Article 370 brought Jammu and Kashmir with India," the Minister told the Rajya Sabha in response to Congress leader and former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad who condemned the government decision to axe Article 370.
Aug 05, 2019
13:10 (IST)
JDU, BJP's Ally, Says It Will Not Support Resolution On Article 370
"Our chief Nitish Kumar is carrying forward the tradition of JP Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia and George Fernandes. So our party is not supporting the Bill moved in the Rajya Sabha today. We have different thinking. We want that Article 370 should not be revoked," KC Tyagi of the JDU was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Aug 05, 2019
13:08 (IST)
"We Hope This Will Bring Peace": Arvind Kejriwal Supports Resolution On Article 370
Aug 05, 2019
13:07 (IST)
BJD Supports Centre's Resolution On Article 370
The BJD too has supported centre's resolution on Article 370. BJD MP Prasanna Acharya in Rajya Sabha said, "In real sense today, Jammu & Kashmir has become a part of India. My party supports this resolution. We are a regional party but for us nation is first."

Aug 05, 2019
13:05 (IST)
AIADMK Supports Centre's Move On Article 370
AIADMK supported the centre's move in Rajya Sabha. Invoking Jayalalithaa, A. Navaneethakrishnan, AIADMK MP in Rajya Sabha said, "Amma is well known for upholding sovereignty and integrity".  

"So AIADMK party supports the two resolutions, Reorganisation Bill & the Reservation Bill," he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI
Aug 05, 2019
12:52 (IST)
High Alert In Delhi Metro
High alert has been issued in Delhi Metro network in wake of Independence Day and recent developments on Kashmir, news agency PTI reported quoting  officials

Aug 05, 2019
12:50 (IST)
8,000 Paramilitary Troops Airlifted To Jammu And Kashmir Today
At least 8,000 paramilitary troops have been airlifted to Jammu and Kashmir from different parts of the country today after the centre announced it would scrap Article 370 from the state. Readhere.
Aug 05, 2019
12:41 (IST)
Betrayal Of Trust: Omar Abdullah's Statement On Centre's Proposal To Remove Article 370
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah in a statement today said that the centre's  "unilateral and shocking decisions today are a total betrayal of the trust that the people of Jammu & Kashmir". "This is an aggression against people of the State as had been warned by an all-parties meeting in Srinagar yesterday,"he said, attacking the government. 

Here is Omar Abdullah's full statement on Centre's move to scrap Article 370: 

"Government of India (GOI)'s unilateral and shocking decisions today are a total betrayal of the trust that the people of Jammu & Kashmir had reposed in India when the State acceded to it in 1947. The decisions will have far-reaching and dangerous consequences . This is an aggression against people of the State as had been warned by an all-parties meeting in Srinagar yesterday.

GOI has resorted to deceit and stealth in recent weeks to lay the ground for these disastrous decisions. Our darkest apprehensions have unfortunately come true after the GOI and it's representatives in J & K lied to us that nothing major was planned.The announcement was announced after the entire State , particularly the Kashmir Valley, was turned into a garrison. Those of us who gave democratic voice to the people of Jammu & Kashmir, are incarcerated as lakhs of armed security personnel have been put on the ground.

The scrapping of Articles 370 and 35A raise fundamental questions on the State's accession because that was done on the very terms enunciated in these Articles. The decisions are unilateral, illegal and unconstitutional and will be challenged as such by the National Conference .

A long and tough battle lies ahead. We are ready for that."
Aug 05, 2019
12:36 (IST)
The Upper House of the parliament witnessed massive uproar after Home Minister Amit Shah's announcement. Two PDP lawmakers -  Mir Fayaz and Nazir Ahmed Laway- have been suspended for tearing the constitution.
Aug 05, 2019
12:33 (IST)
Historical Wrong Has Been Undone: Arun Jaitley
In a series of tweets, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley praised  the centre's move to scrap Article 370 and said that "historical wrong has been undone today". 
Aug 05, 2019
12:28 (IST)
Bold And Historic Decision, Tweets Sushma Swaraj
Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj cheered the government's move to scrap Article 370, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir.   "Bold and historic decision," she tweeted soon after Amit Shah's announcement in Rajya Sabha. 



Aug 05, 2019
12:24 (IST)
"Historic Day For India," Tweets Aditya Thackeray
Aditya Thackeray, the son of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, tweeted: "Historic day for India. 370 scrapped and Jammu & Kashmir now truly a part of India. The path to a safer, progressive and an open J&K determined by citizens, and not anti national separatists has been paved (sic)". 
Aug 05, 2019
12:17 (IST)
PDP Lawmakers Protest Outside The Parliament
Aug 05, 2019
12:12 (IST)
Mayawati-led BSP supports the government on scrapping of Article 370 for Jammu And Kashmir. 

Aug 05, 2019
12:11 (IST)
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who earlier said "there is a "war-like" situation in Jammu and Kashmir, has attacked the BJP government over scrapping of Article 370.  "The BJP has murdered democracy and the constitution," he said.

Aug 05, 2019
12:09 (IST)
Jammu and Kashmir will be organised and will no longer be a state, Home Minister Amit Shah said today in parliament. Here's what the re-organisation means 
Aug 05, 2019
12:01 (IST)
Modi Sarkar Correcting A Historic Blunder: BJP's Rajyavardhan Rathore
Aug 05, 2019
11:56 (IST)
Two Lt Governors have been proposed.... one for Jammu and Kashmir and one for Ladakh: Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha
Aug 05, 2019
11:53 (IST)
"Glorious Day," Tweets BJP Leader Ram Madhav
Aug 05, 2019
11:47 (IST)
"It Will Have Catastrophic Consequences": Mehbooba Mufti On Scrapping Of Article 370
PDP leader Mehhbooba Mufti, who was placed on house arrest last night, said that scrapping of Article 370 will have "catastrophic consequences". "Today marks the darkest day in Indian democracy," she said as she reacted to Amit Shah's announcement on Article 370. 
Aug 05, 2019
11:38 (IST)
Jammu And Kashmir To Be Bifurcated
Ladakh to get status of Union Territory without Legislature. Existing state of Jammu and Kashmir a separate Union Territory. 
Aug 05, 2019
11:30 (IST)
Notification On Article 370 Signed By President
Aug 05, 2019
11:28 (IST)
Watch: Amit Shah Addresses Parliament Amid Uproar
Aug 05, 2019
11:24 (IST)
The state of Jammu and Kashmir is currently under a lockdown. 
Aug 05, 2019
11:21 (IST)
Centre scraps Article 370 which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir. 
Aug 05, 2019
11:19 (IST)
War Like Situation In J&K: Ghulam Nabi Azad
Aug 05, 2019
11:18 (IST)
Amit Shah speaks on Article 370 in Rajya Sabha amid chaos in the house. 
Aug 05, 2019
11:16 (IST)
All bill are on Kashmir: Amit Shah in Parliament
Aug 05, 2019
11:13 (IST)
Amid Opposition protests in Rajya Sabha on Kashmir, Home Minister Amit Shah says he is ready to reply to all questions raised.
Aug 05, 2019
11:06 (IST)
Rajnath Singh Reaches Parliament
Aug 05, 2019
11:04 (IST)
PM Modi Reaches Parliament
Aug 05, 2019
11:01 (IST)
DMK Voices Concern On J&K Turmoil
The DMK, which has 37 members in the Lok Sabha and five members in Rajya Sabha, has voiced concern on turmoil in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. "There is no reason for the central government to create an impression of big threat in Jammu and Kashimir. We will oppose the government. We will stand by the Congress," party spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member TKS Elangovan told IANS.
Aug 05, 2019
10:56 (IST)
A few minutes from now, Amit Shah will speak in parliament. He will address the parliament amid a massive a security build-up in Jammu and Kashmir. 
Aug 05, 2019
10:53 (IST)
Opposition Leaders Meet Ahead Of Amit Sha's Address
Ahead of Amit Shah's address in parliament, opposition leaders including Congress's Ghulam Nabi Azad and Trinamool Congress's Derek O'Brien met this morning. 
Aug 05, 2019
10:46 (IST)
Amit Shah Reaches Parliament
Aug 05, 2019
10:40 (IST)
Cannot Pretend This Is Another Monday Morning: Anand Mahindra On J&K Turmoil
Businessman Anand Mahindra reacted to the turmoil in J&K and tweeted: "Can only pray for the safety of everyone there". 
Aug 05, 2019
10:36 (IST)
Amit Shah Leaves After Cabinet Meet
Aug 05, 2019
10:30 (IST)
Leaders of Opposition parties meet to discuss security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, news agency PTI reports 
Aug 05, 2019
10:18 (IST)
The cabinet meeting at PM Modi's residence has concluded. The cabinet meeting started after a short meet of the Cabinet Committee on Security, which includes PM Modi, the Home Minister, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Read here
Aug 05, 2019
10:13 (IST)
 Home Minister Amit Shah will address parliament at 11 am today amid Jammu and Kashmir turmoil
Aug 05, 2019
10:04 (IST)
Aug 05, 2019
09:54 (IST)
Cabinet Meeting
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting the cabinet.
Aug 05, 2019
09:22 (IST)
Visuals of Home Minister leaving his home.

Aug 05, 2019
09:08 (IST)
Amit Shah Meets PM Modi
Home Minister Amit Shah is meeting PM Modi ahead of the cabinet meeting and the Cabinet Committee on Security meeting.
Aug 05, 2019
08:49 (IST)
Cabinet Committee on Security Will Also Meet Today
One of the most important panels, the Cabinet Committee on Security, includes the Prime Minister, Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nirmala Sitharaman and S Jaishankar, will also meet today.
Aug 05, 2019
08:38 (IST)
Jammu and Kashmir BJP chief Ravinder Raina said, "The political leaders of the Kashmir Valley are creating la ots of problems. Prime Minister Narendra Modi sensitively dealt with the Kashmir issue and started several development projects in the valley."
Aug 05, 2019
08:29 (IST)
Law minister Ravishankar Prasad met Home Minister Amit Shah ahead of the cabinet meeting.
Aug 05, 2019
08:24 (IST)
High Security In Srinagar, Pics From This Morning
Aug 05, 2019
08:23 (IST)
Schools Are Open In Jammu And Kashmir's Ladakh Region
Schools are re-opening today in Ladakh region after the summer vacations. Classes will resume normally in colleges and other educational institutions too. Restrictions under Section 144 have not been imposed in the region.
Aug 05, 2019
08:09 (IST)
Jammu and Kashmir Situation
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik held a late-night meeting with top officials.
Aug 05, 2019
07:54 (IST)
"You Are Not Alone": Shashi Tharoor On Kashmir House Arrests
Many political leaders, including Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and Communist Party of India-Marxist chief Sitaram Yechury, came out in support of the Jammu and Kashmir leaders who have been placed under house arrest. "You are not alone Omar Abdullah. Every Indian democrat will stand with the decent mainstream leaders in Kashmir as you face up to whatever the government has in store for our country. Parliament is still in session and our voices will not be stilled," Mr Tharoor tweeted late last night.
Aug 05, 2019
07:48 (IST)
All Eyes On Cabinet Meet
The Union Cabinet is scheduled to meet at 9:30 am at the residence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi.
Aug 05, 2019
07:47 (IST)
P Chidambaram On House Arrest Of Jammu And Kashmir Leaders
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram has condemned the house arrest of Jammu and Kashmir politicians Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Sajad Lone. "The house arrest of J&K leaders is a signal that the government will defy all democratic norms and principles to achieve its objects. I condemn the house arrests," he tweeted.
Aug 05, 2019
07:35 (IST)
Jammu and Kashmir Update
With mobile internet and landlines cut, Key administrative officials and top security officials in Jammu and Kashmir have been given satellite phones to keep in touch with the centre about the law and order situation in the state.
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