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Jammu and Kashmir leaders Sajjad Lone and Waheed Parra released from preventive detention, placed under house arrest, say reports
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Jammu and Kashmir leaders Sajjad Lone and Waheed Parra released from preventive detention, placed under house arrest, say reports

These leaders were part of preventive detention of mainstream politicians, activists and trade leaders carried out after 5 August last year when the Centre withdrew the special status of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into union territories — Ladakh, and Jammu and Kashmir.

Supreme Court begins hearing petitions challenging Centre's 5 August decision to abrogate of Article 370
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Supreme Court begins hearing petitions challenging Centre's 5 August decision to abrogate of Article 370

The court, which had earlier put an embargo on filing of any fresh writ petition challenging the abrogation of Article 370, had said it would hear only these two pleas as they have raised some important issues.

Centre justifies abrogation of Article 370 in SC; says militants, separatists were taking advantage of 'temporary provision'
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Centre justifies abrogation of Article 370 in SC; says militants, separatists were taking advantage of 'temporary provision'

A five-judge bench of Justice NV Ramana, Justice SK Kaul, Justice R Subhash Reddy, Justice BR Gavai and Justice Surya Kant is scheduled to take up for hearing a batch of petitions challenging abrogation of provisions of Article 370 and Article 35A on 14 November

People's Conference leader Sajjad Lone moves SC against Article 370 abrogation, says extension of President's Rule in J&K 'unconstitutional'
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People's Conference leader Sajjad Lone moves SC against Article 370 abrogation, says extension of President's Rule in J&K 'unconstitutional'

On 5 August, 2019, the Centre abrogated Articles 370 and 35A in Jammu and Kashmir, which gave special status to the state, and also proposed the bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh

Barring stray incidents of stone-pelting, situation 'comfortable' in all three regions of Jammu and Kashmir, say officials
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Barring stray incidents of stone-pelting, situation 'comfortable' in all three regions of Jammu and Kashmir, say officials

Barring stray incidents of stone-pelting, the situation was "comfortable" in all the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Wednesday.

Amid communication shutdown and other restrictions, security agencies arrest over 100 in Kashmir Valley
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Amid communication shutdown and other restrictions, security agencies arrest over 100 in Kashmir Valley

Amid communication shutdown, other restrictions, security agencies have arrested over 100 people, including political leaders, activists in Kashmir valley. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah and Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference leaders Sajjad Lone and Imran Ansari were arrested.

Centre scraps Article 370, proposes bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two UTs; Mehbooba Mufti says govt's intentions are 'sinister'
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Centre scraps Article 370, proposes bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two UTs; Mehbooba Mufti says govt's intentions are 'sinister'

The announcement of revoking Article 370, capping days of uncertainty in Jammu and Kashmir, led to an uproar, in the Rajya Sabha and outside it too.

Cabinet approves extension of President's Rule in Jammu and Kashmir for six months, beginning 3 July
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Cabinet approves extension of President's Rule in Jammu and Kashmir for six months, beginning 3 July

The Union Cabinet Wednesday approved extension of President's rule in Jammu and Kashmir for six more months beginning 3 July, Union minister Prakash Javedkar said

Once a non-figure in Kashmir politics, Sajad Lone now most sought-after leader, makes rivals PDP, NC quiver
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Once a non-figure in Kashmir politics, Sajad Lone now most sought-after leader, makes rivals PDP, NC quiver

A few years ago, no one would have taken Sajad Lone seriously, but today, his machinations in Jammu and Kashmir have brought back memories of when New Delhi engineered defections in the National Conference, the only regional party at the time, to divide the Kashmir vote.

Basharat Bukhari joins National Conference, signals winds of change blowing in Kashmir Valley ahead of polls
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Basharat Bukhari joins National Conference, signals winds of change blowing in Kashmir Valley ahead of polls

Basharat Bukhari is a former PDP MLA from north Kashmir's Sangrama, who held the important portfolios of law and revenue in the BJP-PDP coalition government

The rise of Sajad Lone: Former secessionist has emerged as potential change-maker for Jammu and Kashmir
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The rise of Sajad Lone: Former secessionist has emerged as potential change-maker for Jammu and Kashmir

Sajjad Lone’s “total transformation”, as he tells it, took place when he was a 24-year-old in one of the overcrowded prisons in Srinagar.

Haseeb Drabu resigns from PDP: Ex-J&K minister says he wanted to quit before removal from state cabinet
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Haseeb Drabu resigns from PDP: Ex-J&K minister says he wanted to quit before removal from state cabinet

PDP on Thursday received a major setback after the resignation of former finance minister and senior PDP leader Haseeb Drabu from the party.

Sajad Lone says J&K governor should be more careful with remarks, accuses Omar, Mehbooba of 'ganging up' on him
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Sajad Lone says J&K governor should be more careful with remarks, accuses Omar, Mehbooba of 'ganging up' on him

People’s Conference chairman Sajad Lone belongs to new generation of political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir.

Facing 'threat of transfer', J&K governor Satya Pal Malik takes his case to public, banks on Jat roots to keep BJP onside
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Facing 'threat of transfer', J&K governor Satya Pal Malik takes his case to public, banks on Jat roots to keep BJP onside

Since last Wednesday evening, Satya Pal Malik has been all over the media: print, TV and digital, speaking at length to try to justify why he dissolved the Assembly.

J&K governor Satya Pal Malik caught on camera claiming Sajad Lone would have been CM if he'd listened to Centre
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J&K governor Satya Pal Malik caught on camera claiming Sajad Lone would have been CM if he'd listened to Centre

Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satya Pal Malik has purportedly said he would have made People's Conference chairman Sajad Lone the chief minister of the state had he listened to instructions from the Centre. 

BJP keeps changing goalposts and confusing people, says Omar Abdullah; claims party has pushed J&K back several years
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BJP keeps changing goalposts and confusing people, says Omar Abdullah; claims party has pushed J&K back several years

Omar Abdullah feels that the BJP is yet to answer many questions, including "why it entered an alliance with the PDP and why it withdrew all of a sudden?"

Satya Pal Malik may have dissolved J&K Assembly guided by parties' claims of intimidation, recent gains on security front
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Satya Pal Malik may have dissolved J&K Assembly guided by parties' claims of intimidation, recent gains on security front

Satya Pal Malik said that for the past 15 days, he had been receiving intelligence that some MLAs were being intimidated, and some were being offered huge sums of money.

Jammu and Kashmir Assembly dissolved: BJP faces massive task to reclaim lost ground, credibility in state
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Jammu and Kashmir Assembly dissolved: BJP faces massive task to reclaim lost ground, credibility in state

The governor's decision to dissolve the state Assembly reflects the enduring political uncertainty in Jammu and Kashmir

Congress, NC, PDP leaders discussed forming J&K govt 'over past few days'; no Omar or Mehbooba as CM was precondition
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Congress, NC, PDP leaders discussed forming J&K govt 'over past few days'; no Omar or Mehbooba as CM was precondition

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has called for a meeting on Friday to discuss the "modalities for government formation" in Jammu and Kashmir.

Jammu and Kashmir civic election: Valley sees low voter turnout, but polling process remains largely peaceful
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Jammu and Kashmir civic election: Valley sees low voter turnout, but polling process remains largely peaceful

A senior police official said that the “well-calibrated phasing” of the civic elections helped reduce the incidence of violence in Jammu and Kashmir.