World lauds US-Cuba bilateral move to restore ties

JPNN| London | Dec 18, 2014|World community today hailed as a "historical turning point" the surprise move by the US to end more than 50 years of hostility towards Communist Cuba and restore diplomatic relations. Leading the global praise, Pope Francis sent "warm congratulations" to US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro for overcoming "the difficulties which have marked their recent history". The announcement of the deal and the release of prisoners from both countries followed more than a year of secret talks in Canada and at the Vatican, directly involving the Pope, the first Latin

Modi: India stands firmly with Pakistan in fight against terrorism

altJPNN|New Delhi | Srinagar | Dec 17, 2014| Schools across the country observed a two-minute silence today in a show of solidarity with Pakistan following an appeal from Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the dastardly terror attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar. Special prayers were also held in some schools with children sporting black bands, many of them carrying placards in memory of the children who lost their lives. Candles were also lit as children reflected on the tragedy in silence. "Save the Globe from cruelty, the world is one," read one placard carried by students of a school in Kanpur. As many as 132 children were among the 141 people who were massacred yesterday when seven heavily armed Taliban

Pak Taliban attack on Peshawar school leaves over 141 dead

JPNN| Peshawar | Dec 16, 2014|As many as 141 people, nearly all of them school children, were massacred today when heavily armed Taliban suicide bombers stormed a Pakistan army-run school here, firing indiscriminately, leaving another 130 injured. Dressed in para-military Frontier Corps uniforms, the seven Arabic-speaking terrorists entered the Army Public School on Warsak Road around 10 AM (local time) from the rear side and went from classroom to classroom shooting innocent children indiscriminately

Omar: BJP will draw blank from Kashmir

Cong created hurdles in public welfare measures|Jehlum Post News| Basholi| Dec 15, 2014|Stating that altpeople of the Valley have refused to buy the false promises of BJP and rejected its double speak, Working President National Conference and J&K Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Monday said that feeling the plus of poll trend in Kashmir, BJP leader Arun Jaitley has conceded that his party is not going to form the Government in the State. “When this is the ground reality the people of Jammu have to exhibits wisdom to support local party National Conference and its candidates so that it forms the Government and carries forward its agenda of inclusive and holistic development

J&K Election: Phase 4 turnout 49%

JPNN| Srinagar | Dec 14, 2014|49% polling has been recorded in the 4th phase of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections, the Election Commission said. Ignoring the boycott call given by separatists and braving cold weather, many turned up to exercise their franchise. Barring minor clashes between supporters of rival parties at a dozen places, polling in all the 18 constituencies spread over three districts of Kashmir, including summer capital Srinagar, and one district in Jammu region was by and large peaceful. An estimated 37.46 per cent

PM Modi J&K people have shown faith in Indian democracy

altJPNN| Kathua | Dec 13, 2014|Terming the ongoing Assembly election as "historic", Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said people of Jammu and Kashmir have shown their faith in Indian democracy by participating in large numbers in the polls which the world is closely watching. "People of Jammu and Kashmir have shown full faith in the Indian democracy and given a strong message to the world. This has scripted history in independent India. "This election has become very important for integrity and sovereignty of India. They (people of Jammu and Kashmir) have introduced Indian democracy to the world through the massive polling

Omar: BJP’s real mission 'Dangerous, Divisive'

Aims amending unique constitutional status, ‘State Subject law’|Jehlum Post News| Srinagar| Dec 12, 2014| Asserting altthat BJP’s Mission 44+ is nothing than a hidden agenda of weakening the socio-political status of Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister and National Conference Working President Omar Abdullah Friday said that BJP has a plan to change the demography of the state. Omar while continuing the election campaign inside the various areas of Srinagar city during the wee hours, cautioned people that BJP under the garb of Mission 44+ is actually aiming to weaken or remove the state subject law which provides a special status to the citizens of the Jammu and Kashmir.

PM Modi holds talks with Putin to boost cooperation

JPNN| New Delhi | Dec 11, 2014 | Russian President Vladimir Putin today held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to further boost cooperation between the two strategic partners in crucial sectors like defence, energy and trade at a time when Russian economy was facing Western sanctions. Putin, who arrived here last night, is likely to push for enhancing supply of military hardware to India as well as expansion of bilateral economic engagement in a range of areas. It is the first annual summit meeting between Putin and Modi. The two leaders had met on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Brazil in July and during the G-20 summit in Australia last month. "Times have

Kailash Satyarthi, Malala Yousafzai receive Nobel peace prize

JPNN| Zafri Mudasser Nofil | Oslo | Dec 10, 2014|Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai - an Indo-Pak, Hindu-Muslim 'champions of peace' - today received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 for their pioneering work on promoting child rights in the troubled sub-continent, as they made an impassioned plea to globalise compassion. "Satyarthi and Yousafzai are precisely the people whom Alfred Nobel in his will calls 'champions of peace'," Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Thorbjorn Jagland said in his speech before awarding them the prestigious prize here. "A young girl

J&K 58% turnout recorded in 3rd phase of Assembly Elections

altaltJPNN| New Delhi | Dec 09, 2014 | Voting began on a brisk note today in 16 constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir. Undeterred by the recent spurt in militant attacks, an estimated 58 per cent voters exercised their franchise today for 16 constituencies in the third round

PM Modi: Army owning up mistakes is the 'wonder of Modi Govt
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altJPNN| Srinagar | Dec 8, 2014 | Prime Minister Narendra Modi today invoked Atal Bihari Vajpayee's concepts of communal harmony, humanity and democracy to share the pain of Kashmiris and promised to take the state to new heights of development. "People of Kashmir have given me a lot of trust and love. I will repay this love and trust with interest in the form of development. I can die for this love and trust showered on me," he said in his first election meeting in the Valley that avoided any mention of controversial issues like abrogation of Article 370. In his 30 minutes speech, Modi used the opportunity to attack the "all pervasive" corruption under successive governments of "Congress, father-son and father-daughter"

PM Modi: States must have greater role in new plan body

altJPNN| New Delhi | Dec 7, 2014| Seeking to strengthen cooperative federalism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that states must have a greater role in the new body which will replace the existing Planning Commission. The process of policy planning also has to change from "top to bottom" and "bottom to top", he said, stressing that it was impossible for the nation to develop unless states develop. Modi said this in his remarks at the meeting with Chief Ministers, convened

US condemns terrorist attacks in Kashmir
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altJPNN| Lalit K Jha | Washington | Dec 06, 2014| The US has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Kashmir ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's poll rally, and said it remained firm on its "commitment" to work with India to defeat terrorism in all forms. "The United States strongly condemns today's (Friday's) terrorist attacks in Kashmir, which claimed the lives of innocent civilians, military, and police personnel," a senior State Department official said. Kashmir Valley was yesterday rocked by four terror attacks by militants from across the border who stormed an Army camp in Uri leaving 11 security personnel including a Lt Colonel

Kashmir valley rocked by 4 terror attacks, 21 killed

altJPNN| Srinagar | Dec 05, 2014 |Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's poll rally, Kashmir Valley was today rocked by four terror attacks by militants from across the border who stormed an Army camp in Uri leaving 11 security personnel including a Lt Colonel dead and killed two civilians in Tral. The attacks and gun battles with security forces which in all left 21 people dead also included a top commander of Pakistan-based terror outfit LeT and seven militants. Srinagar and Shopian were the other two places where the militants struck. They came just three days after a 72 per cent voter turnout was registered in the second phase of incident-free Assembly elections

Rahul Gandhi attacks Modi's style of functioning

altJPNN| Amethi | Dec 4, 2014 |Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi's style of functioning, saying that he wants complete power in his hands. "Prime Ministerji has a different thinking... That he has complete power in his hands... That the entire country is run by sitting in Delhi and all works are carried out and the entire development is supervised from Delhi," Gandhi, who attended a function to mark 10th anniversary of Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital in Munshiganj area here, said. "On the other hand, my thinking is that people should get benefits of Panchayti Raj, MNREGA, Right to Information and Right to Food and Education," said Gandhi who is on a two-day visit to his constituency. "This is the difference between the thinking of those in power

Kerry: US-led coalition has weakened Islamic State
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JPNN|Brussels| Reuters | Dec 3, 2014|The US-led coalition has inflicted serious damage on Islamic State, carrying out around alt1,000 air strikes so far in Iraq and Syria, but the fight against the militants could last years, US secretary of state John Kerry said on Wednesday. The United States and its allies began air strikes against Islamic State after the Sunni militants made large territorial advances last summer. The Iraqi army, Sunni tribal fighters and Kurdish forces have since recovered some ground against them. "Our commitment will be measured most likely in years but our efforts are already having a significant impact," Kerry said at the start of a first meeting of ministers from a coalition of more than 60 countries that Washington

Arun Jaitley: Centre following Vajpayee’s path in J&K

JPNN| Srinagar| Dec 3, 2014 |Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said the government led by Prime Minister Narendra altModi was following the path of “humanity” shown by Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Jammu and Kashmir, citing example of Budgam firing incident in which nine soldiers were indicted by the Army. “Since the Modi government came to power, it has been our policy that if injustice has been done, the matter will be investigated and (if found true), it will be set right,” the Union Finance Minister said during an interaction with civil society organised by the BJP. Mr. Jaitley said while some people, including the opponents of BJP, were raking up Mr. Vajpayee’s statement that issues of Jammu and Kashmir

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