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The youngest minister in the country in the parliament is this political personality Omar Abdullah from the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Born in 1970 Abdullah fights parliamentary poll from the Srinagar constituency of the state. Abdullah is a sober personality with complete gentle manliness crept with all the good qualities. His maiden win to Lok Sabha started in 1998 when he was made a minister in the cabinet of Atal Bihari Vajpayee led by National Democratic Alliance. He also is the first Kashmiri and the youngest to talk to Pakistan President Musharaf on Kashmir problem. Jammu & Kashmir National Conference is the political organization of which Abdullah has been winning the parliamentary seat in order to win to the Lok sabha. He has represented the departments of commerce and industry and ministry of foreign affairs in the cabinet of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Abdullah got a new life in 2007 July 9 when he had escaped the attack of the terrorists when he was in some works. Another feeling in this political persona is his sense of tolerance of all the religions and their customs. He has endorsed the Indo-US nuclear deal strongly for its benefits he has come across in this pact between India and the United States.
Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), May 25 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid arrived in Jeddah on Saturday for talks with the Saudi Arabian leadership on a wide range of issues, including the controversial 'Nitaqat law' and on counter terrorism cooperation.
Jammu, May 25 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday expressed confidence of warm India-Pakistan relations due to a "positive approach" by the new ruling dispensation in the neighbouring country.
Jammu, May 25 (IANS) A militant and his family who returned illegally to Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan have been arrested, police said.
Abu Dhabi, May 25 (IANS/WAM) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have strongly condemned the killing of a British soldier in Woolwich, London.
London, May 24 (ANI): The suspects behind the Woolwich beheading of a British soldier were reportedly inspired by the preachings of cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed.
London, May 24 (ANI): One of the two suspected terrorists, who hacked a man believed to be a British soldier to death on a busy London street on Wednesday, was known to a banned Islamist organization and security services.
New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The once confident Amar Singh was a pale shadow of his old self when the UPA celebrated nine years in power at the residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Srinagar, May 23 (IANS) Security forces killed a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant in a gunfight in the heart of Jammu and Kashmir capital Srinagar Thursday morning, police said.
Manama, May 22 (IANS) Bahrain's Interior Minister Wednesday said an Iranian drone was spotted in Bahrain's airspace in the northern part of the country near Saudi Arabia.
New Delhi, May 22 (ANI): Asserting that Pakistan is an important element in maintaining peace in Afghanistan, visiting President Hamid Karzai said on Wednesday it would be difficult to fight terrorism without Islamabad's cooperation because it has influence over Taliban.
San Juan, May 21 (IANS/EFE) Puerto Rican reggaeton star Yomo was unhurt in a shootout that occurred Monday on a busy highway in San Juan in which a woman who was traveling with the singer was wounded multiple times, police said.
New Delhi, May 20 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will undertake a two-day visit of Saudi Arabia on May 25 and 26, at the invitation of Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal.
Dubai, May 20 (IANS) Many Indians are among 170 expatriates rounded up by police in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for breaking residency laws.
Sana'a, May 20 (IANS/WAM) Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi has praised his country's relations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Hyderabad, May 19 (IANS) Frenzied fans of Sunrisers Hyderabad filled the Rajiv Gandhi international stadium here Sunday night to support the home team, which stormed into the play-offs of the sixth Pepsi Indian Premier League (IPL).
Hyderabad, May 19 (IANS) Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kolkata Knight Riders by five wickets to storm into the play-offs of the sixth Pepsi Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi international stadium Sunday night.
BJP National General Secretary Amit Shah has said that the scams amount embezzled by the UPA government is more than 120 years of total annual budget spent by J&K government. He was addressing a press conference while announcing country-wide jail bharo programme
Washington, May 18(ANI): Stoke City is set to begin investigations after a pig's head was found in the locker of player Kenwyne Jones at its training ground.
Paris, May 18 (IANS) Top seed and defending champion Ding Ning led five Chinese to the quarterfinals of the women's singles event at the World Table Tennis Championships here.
Srinagar, May 18 (IANS) Are Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti hunting for "safe" seats for the 2014 assembly elections? The question is particularly poignant in Abdullah's case as it would mean his moving away from a constituency that his grandfather and father have nursed since 1975 and which has gone out of the family's grasp only once.
Srinagar, May 18 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has welcomed the release of Suspected Hizbul militant Liyaqat Shah on bail by a special NIA court in Delhi.
Baghdad, May 18 (IANS) A wave of bombing attacks struck war-torn Iraq Friday, leaving as many as 73 people dead and 148 injured, police and officials said.
Srinagar, May 17 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir's ruling National Conference (NC) Friday welcomed the Delhi High Court decision to grant bail to militant Liyaqat Shah, saying it proved Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's stand that he was returning for rehabiliation, not a terror strike.
Baghdad, May 17 (IANS) At least 35 people were killed and 45 others injured in two blasts, which hit almost simultaneously on Friday in Baquba, capital of eastern Iraq's Diyala province, after the Friday prayer, an official said.
Bogota, May 17 (IANS) Independiente Santa Fe defeated Gremio 1-0 and advanced to the quarter-finals of the Copa Libertadores.
Srinagar, May 15 (IANS) There was a 36 percent decline in militancy-related violence in Jammu and Kashmir during 2012 as compared to 2011 and 54 security forces' bunkers were removed from public places here in 2012, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said Wednesday.
Jammu, May 15 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir's mountainous Doda and Kishtwar districts are getting aftershocks even a fortnight after the May 1 earthquake of 5.8 magnitude that led to one person being killed about 100 injured.
Washington, May 15 (IANS) Leading researchers, policymakers and businesspeople from India and the US discussed strategies for collaboration towards energy security for both countries as they move towards low-carbon economic pathways.
New Delhi, May 14 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will pay a three-day visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia beginning on May 24 at the invitation of his counterpart Prince Saud al-Faisal.
Sringar, May 13 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday stressed that peace and tranquility hold the key to groom and grow the tourism industry in the state for which over Rs.383 crores have been sanctioned during the last four years by his government.
Islamabad, May 12 (IANS) Nawaz Sharif was Sunday poised to return to power after a 14-year hiatus and Pakistan was set to make a transition from one democratically elected government to another as most results of the National Assembly polls came in.
Islamabad, May 12 (IANS) Leaders of many countries Sunday felicitated Nawaz Sharif on his party's victory in the general elections in Pakistan.
Jabalpur/Nandiad/Srinagar/Mumbai, May 12 (ANI): Leaders of various political parties in India on Sunday welcomed the victory of Pakistan Muslim League0Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif in the May 11 general elections in Pakistan.
Kabul, May 12 (IANS) A district prosecutor in Afghanistan was killed in a bomb blast Sunday in the southern province of Helmand, a government spokesman said.
Jammu, May 12 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, while congratulating Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Nawaz Sharif on his victory in Pakistan general elections, said he hoped that the peace process with India would start again.
Srinagar, May 12 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said Sunday that Kashmiris should take a cue from the voters in Pakistan and ignore future election boycott calls in the state.
Lahore, May 12 (ANI): The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has said it has emerged as the second largest national party, capable of playing the role of a strong, active opposition in the National Assembly.
San Juan, May 11 (IANS/EFE) Yandel, one-half of the Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel, was back home Friday after being released from a hospital in Orlando, Florida, where he was treated for kidney stones, his agent told EFE.
New Delhi, May 9 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister on Thursday offered sincere apologies to the family of Pakistan prisoner Sanaullah, who died in a hospital in Chandigarh on Thursday morning, days after being assaulted in Jammu's Kot Bhalwal Jail.
New Delhi, May 8 (IANS) With the Congress looking set to take charge of Karnataka, the number states and union territories under its rule will rise to 14, even as the BJP tally will drop by one to four.
Abu Dhabi, May 8 (IANS/WAM) Three people were killed and eight injured Tuesday when a fire engulfed a third floor apartment of a building here.
Manama, May 7 (ANI): Saudi Arabia's interior ministry has asked foreigners staying illegally in the country to take advantage of the three-month grace period to regularise their situation.
Dubai, May 7 (IANS/WAM) The Dubai Municipality is categorising areas in the emirate in order to move bachelors from residential areas designated for families, and prevent them from sharing family accommodations.
Ankara, May 6 (IANS) Turkish football club Galatasaray clinched their 19th Super League title beating Sivasspor 4-2 Sunday. The defending champions thus sealed their championship two weeks before the 2012-2013 season ends.
Srinagar, May 6 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday asked the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre to clarify the ground situation in Ladakh region following the withdrawal of Chinese troops from Daulat Beg Oldi sector.
Mumbai, May 6 (IANS) The shooting for "Grand Masti", a sequel to 2004 hit sex-comedy "Masti", is over. Vivek Oberoi, who plays one of the male leads in it, says he will miss the team.
Srinagar, May 6 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said that the enquiry into the attack on Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay in Jammu's Kot Bhalwal Jail will be conducted in a time bound manner.
Srinagar, May 6 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday expressed concern over media reports that Indian troops had also withdrawn from the site where Chinese troops had ended their incursions after 19 days.
Washington, May 4 (ANI): Researchers have developed a new mouse model, which answers the question of what actually happens in the body when type 2 diabetes develops and how the body responds to the medication.
Islamabad, May 4 (IANS) Afghan cueist Saleh Muhammad lifted his first amateur Asian trophy as he won the 29th Asian Snooker Championship in Pakistan's port city of Karachi.
New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) An inquiry was on in the attack on a Pakistani prisoner in a jail in Jammu, union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said here Friday.
Riyadh, May 1 (IANS) Saudi Arabia announced that 13 people were killed and four others were missing in Riyadh, Baha, Hail and Quwayiyah due to recent rains and floods, Xinhua reported Wednesday.
Srinagar, May 1. (Xinhua-ANI): At least seven school children and two teachers were injured Wednesday after a moderate earthquake hit Kashmir and its adjoining areas, officials said.
Srinagar, April 30 (IANS) A major tragedy was averted Tuesday after an improvised explosive device (IED) was detected and defused on the Srinagar-Muzzafarabad highway on which Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had passed twice during the day, police said.
Dubai, April 29 (IANS) Around 60,000 Indian workers have registered in the Indian embassy in Riyadh and the consulate general in Jeddah in the wake of the new Saudi labour policy, according to India's Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi.
Ramallah, April 27 (IANS) A senior Palestinian official said Saturday that Israel has proposed holding a four-way summit to sponsor the resumption of the stalled Mideast peace talks with the Palestinians.
Washington, April 27 (IANS/EFE) US President Barack Obama promised Friday an in-depth investigation into the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria, and said if that proves to be the case, it will change his "calculus" about how to deal with the crisis in the Middle Eastern country.
Poonch, April 27 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists here have lodged a strong protest over the incursion by Chinese troops in Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh region.
New Delhi, Apr. 26 (ANI): Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari released a book entitled 'A Leaf Turns Yellow : The Sufis of Awadh' edited by Muzaffar Ali at a function here today.
Srinagar, April 26 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Friday said linking the Chinese incursion into Ladakh with the region's tourism prospects would not be right.
New York, Apr 26 (ANI): Omar Borkan Al Gala has been revealed as one of the three men who have been deported from Saudi Arabia after religious police feared that "female visitors could fall for them."
Biejing, (China), April 25 (ANI): A spokesperson of the Chinese foreign ministry Hua Chunying has said that Biejing has not violated its border with India.
Dubai, April. 25 (ANI): A Saudi man, believed to be the oldest male in the country, has died, his family has said.
Ras Al Khaimah, April 25 (IANS/WAM) A total of 10,000 trees have been planted by ceramics company in Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE since 2010, an official said.
Bani/Lohai-Malhar/Dugian, April 24 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday asked the Central Government to send out a strong and firm message to China on the recent intrusion in the Ladakh area by Chinese troops, and added that this kind of situation always puts people living in frontier areas under difficulty, besides hampering the development process.
Jammu, April 24 (IANS) The Jammu and Kashmir government Wednesday decided to ban the re-employment of retired government officials in the state administration, an official here said.
New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Indian and Chinese local military commanders Tuesday held a flag meeting for the second time to resolve the stand-off over incursion by Chinese troops into the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh even as New Delhi said it has asked Beijing to maintain the status quo that existed before the April 15 intrusion.
Jammu, April 23 (IANS) Army chief General Bikram Singh met Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Tuesday and discussed Chinese incursions into Indian territory in Ladakh region.
Jammu, April 23 (ANI): Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh, met Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah at his residence here this evening and discussed the present security situation.
Jammu, April 23 (IANS) Indian Army chief General Bikram Singh Tuesday reviewed the operational preparedness of the force along the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan.
New Delhi, April 23 (ANI): An eleven-member Omani parliamentary delegation, led by Abdullah Salem Nasser Al Makhaini, Member of the Shura Council. met External Affairs Minister Salman Khursheed here.
Jammu, April 23 (ANI): Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh will undertake a two-day visit of Jammu and Kashmir from Tuesday.
Jammu, April 21 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir's ruling coalition partners -- the National Conference (NC) and the Congress -- are building political pressure on each other, ahead of the parliamentary and assembly polls due in 2014.
Beijing, Apr. 21 (Xinhua-ANI): Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Saturday reaffirmed that a cabinet reshuffle will come soon but it will not be swayed by any opposition pressure.
Jammu, April 20 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday underplayed the the incident of Home Minister Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo slapping a Kashmir Administrative Service officer.
Dubai, April 20 (IANS/WAM) The UAE's top science students will display their latest innovations, while getting an opportunity to meet potential employers at the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development "Think Science" Fair here this Sunday.
Jammu, April 18 (IANS) A senior Jammu and Kashmir government official Thursday alleged that he was assaulted by a minister and his employees for being late for a meeting.
Jammu, April 18 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday declared that his government will not give any new project to the central government-run National Hydroelectric Projects Corporation (NHPC) unless it returns three major projects to the state.
Jammu, April 18 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's advisor T.K.A. Nair Thursday said there was a need to push for development of entrepreneurial skills among the youth to address the problem of unemployment in Jammu and Kashmir.
Srinagar, April 18 (ANI): A helicopter carrying Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had to make an emergency landing in the state's Kishtwar District on Thursday.
Jammu, April 18 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's helicopter had to make an emergency landing a few minutes after taking off from the state's Kishtwar town as it developed a technical snag, officials said.
Jammu, April 18 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's advisor T.K.A. Nair Thursday stressed the need to increase vigil on the borders of Jammu and Kashmir and deal strictly with militants active in the hinterland.
Cairo, April 17 (IANS) Egypt's prosecution Wednesday ordered that former president Hosni Mubarak be sent back back to Tora Prison Hospital, Xinhua reported quoting official Al-Ahram news website.
Jammu, April 17 (IANS) After asking his partymen to switch to election gear, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who is also working president of his National Conference (NC), reiterated Wednesday his government's commitment to filling vacancies on a fast-track basis.
New Delhi, Apr. 17 (ANI): Minister for New and Renewable Energy Dr. Farooq Abdullah attended the ceremonial funeral of Baroness Margaret Thatcher at St. Paul's Cathedral in London on Wednesday on behalf of the Government of India.
Jammu, April 17 (IANS) In the run-up to the 2014 parliamentary and Jammu and Kashmir state assembly polls, fissures have started appearing in National Conference (NC)-Congress ruling alliance forged after the 2008 assembly polls.
Islamabad, April 16 (IANS) Five people, including two children, were killed Tuesday when their house collapsed in Pakistan's Balochistan province following a powerful earthquake in neighbouring Iran, a media report said.
New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) A meeting to evolve a consensus over police reforms and public order called by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde Monday proved to be a low-key affair with several chief ministers staying away.
New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) Several chief ministers Monday kept away from a meeting here on administrative reforms.
Srinagar, April 15 (IANS) An extremely acute electricity supply situation is hitting businesses, common people and those connected with the tourism industry in the Kashmir Valley.
Amman, April 15 (IANS) Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour has rejected reports that military training is being provided to Syrians in Jordan, the state-run Jordan Television reported.
Jammu, Apr. 13 (ANI): A Central delegation headed by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Kumar Seth arrived here on Saturday on a day-long visit to review the security situation, development and employment initiatives.
Srinagar, April 13 (IANS) Despite past assertions by its leaders that the regional National Conference (NC) and the Congress would fight the 2014 assembly elections in alliance, the NC has finally decided to fight both the state and parliamentary polls on its own.
Cairo, April 13 (Xinhua-ANI): Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak arrived in the Police Academy in Cairo's outskirts for his retrial Saturday morning, state TV reported.
Mexico City, April 12 (IANS) Mexico plans to play Peru in a soccer friendly April 17 in San Francisco, California, with a lineup composed entirely of players from the local league, the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) announced.
Berlin, April 11 (IANS) India and Germany Thursday signed six agreements to enhance cooperation in the areas of green energy, education, agriculture and science and technology.
Berlin, April 10 (IANS) Germany will provide India a soft loan of euro 1 billion (Rs.71 billion) for strengthening the transmission system of renewable energy in several states, a top official said Wednesday.
Jammu, April 10 (IANS) Saying that many developmental activities have been undertaken in the state despite several hurdles, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said Wednesday that he was committed to making Jammu and Kashmir a model state.
Madrid, April 10 (IANS) The president of Malaga football club has sparked a controversy by alleging racism was the reason for his side's exit from the Champions League late Tuesday night.
Srinagar, April 10 (ANI): Scores of Public Health Engineering (PHE) employees under the banner of 'Kashmir PHE Joint Employees Association' staged a protest in Srinagar on Wednesday.