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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Young Journalist Association (JKYJA) in a Saturday held an important meeting at its office, during which the participants termed the continuous internet blockade as an attack on very basic right to live. JKYJA stated that E Curfew amounts an attack on bread and butter of many. JKYJA President, Ajaz Ahmad War stated – “The continuous blockade of internet is not only hitting the journalist community but every sphere of life. Now blocking of Social networking sites like Facebook and Whataspp will prove disastrous as online world is source of earning for many spheres of life in present age of technology. If the decision is not revoked JKYJA in collaboration with likeminded organizations will hit the streets soon.”
 
Rameez Makhdoomi, Spokesperson JKYJA Stated-“Curbing internet day in day out since past few years is having adverse impact on the economic prospects of youth of Kashmir. Despite lofty talks of freedom of speech, democracy on ground opposite of all this is witnessed in form of censorship. The blockade of social media and internet will choke already scuttled space in Kashmir and things would head towards worse.”
 
On the occasion, Bilal Furqani, senior journalist and Vice president JKYJA stated – “Government should not in name of curbing the internet mediums like social media, mobile internet let the genuine organizations suffer and a saner path should be carved out in this regard.” Bilal Bashir Bhat, Treasurer JKYJA stated – “The online media is the main source of news nowdays and to add to it all the important business sectors are dependent on internet for their survival and growth so curbing the internet will have serious repercussions.” JKYJA stated that it will come with complete course of action in coming days so as to raise voice against the serious issue of internet ban.

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JAMMU: National Conference Provincial President Mr Devender Singh Rana on Saturday expressed concern over attempts being made by the ruling PDP and BJP to bring people of the Jammu and Kashmir regions in an eyeball to eyeball situation by systematically polarizing the situation. “The diverse narrative of the two coalition partners has hugely made the already volatile situation complex and complicated”, Mr Rana said and suspected a deep rooted conspiracy in pushing the state to disaster and devastation.

Mr Rana was speaking at a function held to welcome several political activists of Kathua into National Conference. He said the divisive narrative of the BJP cannot be brushed aside or wrapped under the carpet in view of its dangerous connotations, which may be part of the sinister larger agenda of trifurcating the state. He said the recent intriguing developments; especially the irresponsible statements by those in the government should not be seen in isolation. “These seem to be part of a larger conspiracy”, he said.

 Referring to the recent statement of Union Home Minister Mr Rajnath Singh, claiming with confidence, to bring transformation in Jammu and Kashmir within a year without spelling the contours, Mr Rana said instead of witnessing any improvement, the Valley is burning and Jammu is simmering.  He wondered as to what was the version of transformation that the Union Home Minister is envisaging for the state and what was the road map.

Mr Rana said the situation in Kashmir is quite grave and a cause of concern for all. “Those trying to justify every measure by pretending to be nationalists are doing disservice to the country”, he said and lambasted the self-styled protagonists of nationalism. He cautioned them against dangerous misadventure, saying they were playing with fire, which may not only consume the state but also engulf the entire nation.

Dwelling upon the fast deteriorating situation across the state, the Provincial President asked all right thinking people to put their heads together read the writing on the wall and close their ranks for meeting the big challenge posed by the insensitive and anti-people coalition. “Youngsters have to play a big role in this regard”, he added.

National Conference District President Urban Mr Dharamvir Singh Jamwal and senior National Conference Leader Som Nath Khajuria also welcomed the new entrants in the party fold.  Mr Bharati Sharma, Provincial Joint Secretary National Conference introduced the new entrants and exuded confidence that with their joining the party will get further reinvigorated to meet the challenge posed by PDP-BJP dispensation.

Prominent among those who joined the National Conference included Rajeev Kumar, Daleep Kumar, Deepak Chandan, Vivek Sharma, Deepak Bharti, Kartik Jamwal, Bhupinder Kumar, Neeraj Jamwal, Punit Sharma, Sanjeev Kumar, Roshan Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Surinder Kumar, Jyotish Khajuria and others. 

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KISHTWAR: Shooting stones claimed the lives of mother daughter duo in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday morning. A police official said that Anju Mahajan and her 15-year-old daughter Purvi Mahajan died on the spot, while the husband of the deceased woman, identified as Bupinder Mahajan sustained injuries along with a seven-year-old boy after shooting stones hit their car near Kulgadi in Drabshalla area of Kishtwar district. The official added that the family was on its way from Kishtwar to Jammu when when it came under heavy stones near Kulgadi on Kishtwar-Thathri stretch of the road. 

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