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Kashmir minister has a Kerala connection

Thiruvananthapuram : The choice of Haseeb Drabu as a minister in Jammu and Kashmir Sunday has made many happy in Kerala, where he did his MPhil.

Drabu was a student at the Centre for Development Studies here in 1983, after which he joined a Phd programme at the institute in 1986.

His friend Pyarelal Raghavan, now a journalist in New Delhi, told IANS that they still keep in touch via Twitter.

Raghavan and Drabu were classmates at the CDS for around six years. They regrouped a few years later in Delhi when they worked for a media company.


BJP-PDP alliance a historic opportunity: PM

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said the BJP-PDP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir was a "historic opportunity" to take the troubled state to "new heights of progress".

"The PDP-BJP government is a historic opportunity to fulfil the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and take the state to new heights of progress," Modi said in a tweet.

The Bharatiya Janata Party and the People's Democratic Party formed a government in Jammu and Kashmir Sunday, more than two months after elections produced a hung verdict.

Rahul will return stronger: Antony

Thiruvananthapuram : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who has taken a break from parliament, will return "stronger and more energetic", party leader A.K. Antony said Sunday.

The former defence minister defended the Gandhi scion's move which has drawn flak from many quarters.

"Rahul Gandhi has been working very hard without rest for a long time," Antony told reporters here.


No change in BJP stand on article 370: Venkaiah Naidu

Hyderabad : There is no change in the BJP's stand on repealing article 370 of the constitution which guarantees special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said Sunday.

He replied in the negative when asked if the BJP had compromised on the issue to form a coalition government with the People's Democratic Party (PDP). "We stand where we were and we will be."

The minister said repealing article 370 required a two-third majority in parliament as the constitution would have to be amended.

Mufti Sayeed: He went for scholarship - and embraced politics

By Sheikh Qayoom,

Jammu : Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, who took charge of Jammu and Kashmir for a second time Sunday, developed a passion for politics in his teens when he met then Kashmir "Prime Minister" Bakshi Ghulam Muhammad in the mid-1950s to seek financial help for higher studies.

Omar congratulates Sayeed, takes a dig at BJP

Srinagar : National Conference leader Omar Abdullah Sunday wished new Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed "all the very best" and used the occasion to take a dig at Sayeed's ally BJP.

"Congratulations to Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Sahib on assuming the office of chief minister. I wish you all the very best for your term," tweeted Abdullah, a former chief minister.

"Congratulations to the newly sworn in ministers. All good wishes for the discharge of your duties," he added.

BJP's Nirmal Singh sworn in deputy CM of Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu : Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nirmal Singh was on Sunday sworn in as the deputy chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP's national president Amit Shah and senior leaders L. K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi attended the swearing in ceremony of the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state.

Sayeed is CM again, BJP shares power in Kashmir

By Sheikh Qayoom,

Jammu : PDP chief Mufti Mohammad Sayeed took oath as chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Sunday, heading a coalition that brought the BJP to power for the first time in India's only Muslim-majority state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and party leaders L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi witnessed the ceremony, more than two months after elections produced a hung verdict giving the PDP and the BJP 28 and 25 seats respectively.

Sajad Lone rushes to Jammu to be sworn in as minister

Jammu: Sajad Gani Lone, former separatist leader and chief of the Peoples Conference, rushed to Jammu to join the PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir as a cabinet minister Sunday, a source said.

"He received a call from the senior BJP leadership at the centre to reach to Jammu," a source close to Lone told IANS on phone from Srinagar.

The source added Lone had flown back to Srinagar a day before, but decided to rush back to Jammu late Saturday by road.

Budget pro-rich, pro-corporate: Assam CM

Guwahati : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogol Saturday termed the union budget for 2015-16 "pro-rich and pro-corporate", while regional political party Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) said it was a "depressing" one for Assam and the northeast.

Industry bodies of the region, however, hailed the budget as a "well-balanced" one, taking care of the economy and at the same time emphasising on social inclusiveness of growth.