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Rajnath says Geelani betrayed ‘Kashmiriyat’ as Mission Kashmir fails

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Srinagar : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singhon Monday hit out at Kashmiri separatist leaders who refused to talk to some MPs from an all-party team, saying their conduct defied the spirit of “Kashmiriyat”.

The Home Minister, however, made it clear that MPs Sharad Yadav, Sitaram Yechury, D. Raja, Jay Prakash Narayan and Assaduddin Owaisi went to meet the separatist leaders in their individual capacity and not as part of the all-party delegation that was on a two-day trip to Jammu and Kashmir.
“Some members of the delegation went to meet Hurriyat leaders. We had neither said ‘no’ nor ‘yes’ to their meetings. You know what happened. They had gone there in their individual capacity,” he told reporters here before flying to Jammu.

He was referring to the attempt by the national opposition leaders from the delegation to hold talks with top Kashmiri separatists on Sunday.

While other separatist leaders did meet them briefly but refused to hold talks, hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani shut his door on the MPs even as they kept waiting outside his upscale Hyderpora residence for about 10 minutes.

This, Rajnath Singhsaid, “was certainly neither ‘Kashmiriyat’ nor ‘insaniyat’ (humane).

“If you do not want to talk is a different thing. But what they did proves they have no faith in democracy.”

The all-party delegation arrived here on Sunday, nearly two months after a bloody unrest erupted in the aftermath of the July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

At least 74 persons have been killed and over 12,000 injured in the weeks of the turmoil, the deadliest Kashmir has seen in six years.

As the delegation left for Jammu, the Kashmir Valley continued to be tense amid curfew in some parts, shutdown and recurring anti-government and pro-freedom protests.

Rajnath Singhsaid the government had left its options open for talks with anyone within the ambit of “Kashmiriyat, jamhooriyat and insaniyat”. But he made it clear that there were no two ways about the fact “that Jammu And Kashmirwas, is and will remain an integral part of India”.

Visibly disappointed, the minister hinted that any chance of talks with the separatists in the near future was impossible.

He also dismissed any possibility of an India-Pakistan dialogue over Kashmir, rejecting a key demand of separatist leaders.

“Everybody in Kashmir wants peace and normalcy to return. I am hopeful that the situation in Jammu And Kashmirwill improve,” he said after meeting some “300 people including students, teachers, traders” during the delegation’s nearly 30-hour stay in the valley.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s government and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also retained hopes for peace and a dialogue process to engage all stakeholders, including separatist leaders.

“Dialogue and engagement is a continuous process. It can’t be expected to happen (by rubbing) a magic lamp,” senior PDP leader and Education Minister Naeem Akhtar told reporters.

Yechury, who faced a snub from Geelani on Sunday, said he had not given up on the mission to bring peace in Kashmir.

“Please understand it was not a snub. We understand the ground reality and realize that there is a need for state and central governments to take the political dialogue forward with all stakeholders, including separatists, for peace in Kashmir.

“The killings in Kashmir have pained me. We want the government to resolve this issue. There will be no solution without a political dialogue. You have to start a political dialogue, an unconditional political with all,” Yechury told the media here.

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Farming is soul of Punjab, attack on soul won’t be tolerated: Sidhu

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Chandigarh, 18 Sep: Marking his presence in politics with almost over an year of ‘silence’, former Punjab Minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday slammed the BJP-led Central government for bringing the farm bills.

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Lok Sabha passes Agriculture Bills, Harsimrat Kaur resigns from Cabinet

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New Delhi, 17 Sep : The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed two contentious agriculture Bills, despite the opposition as well as BJP ally Shiromani Akali Dal terming it an “anti-farmer” move and some staging a walkout, and widespread protests by farmers in various states over the issue.

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Delhi Metro ready to resume services after 169 days

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New Delhi, 7 Sep : Delhi Metro is ready to resume its services, which were suspended since 22nd March 2020 due to Corona pandemic, from tomorrow i.e, 7th September 2020 onwards from Yellow Line (Samyapur Badli to HUDA City Centre) in a staggered manner. Over a period of next five days i.e, by 12th September, rest of the Lines will also be made operational with all safety measures in place to check the spread of Covid-19 in the Metro premises which requires everyone to follow a new normal of social distancing, face mask and hand sanitisation.

“On this Monday and Tuesday, only the Yellow line (49 KM with 37 stations consisting of 20 underground and 17 elevated stations) will remain operational for a period of four hours each in the morning (7 AM to 11 AM) and evening (4 PM to 8 PM). Trains will be available with a headway varying from 2’44’’ to 5’28” (at different stretches) with 57 trains performing around 462 trips. The same will be further extended in a graded manner from 9th to 12th September along with other Lines”, said Mr. Anuj Dayal, the Executive Director of Corporate Communications at DMRC.

“The resumption of services with a new normal to prevent the spread of Covid-19 desires public to understand and co-operate with DMRC/CISF personnel on few aspects for a comfortable and safe commuting experience”, a statement released by DMRC said.

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