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About Omar Abdullah

Omar Abdullah is the Chief Minister of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir.

Professional Career

On July 28, 2009, Omar submited his resignation to J and K Governor N.N.Vohra, hours after after a senior PDP leader alleged in the State Assembly that he was involved in last years sex scandal. The Governor refused to accept the resignation saying that the latter should continue in office till a final decision is taken on the matter.

Lashes out against media for raking up imaginary battle with Rahul Gandhi

Omar Abullah has lashed out against the media on Sep 28 2012, for raking up an 'imaginary battle' with AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi. He said that the media has concentrated on their 'imaginary battle' rather than concentrate on President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Jammu & Kashmir.

Alleges PDP distributing make-up kits ahead of Legislative Council Elections

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah alleged that the People's Democratic Party (PDP) are wooing women panchayat members by distributing make-up kits to them ahead of the Legislative Council Elections. The comment triggered a controversy as a large number of women members staged demonstrations at Beehama Chowk saying that the remark is an insult to women members. The PDP leaders, on 30 November 2012 said that the CM's remarks are intended to discourage women from being empowered.

Gujarat elections won't affect the outcome of 2014 Lok Sabha elections

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said that the outcome of the Gujarat legislative assembly elections cannot be seen as a reflection on the Lok Sabha elections in 2014. Speaking on the sidelines of a function in Baramulla on 19 Dec 2012, he cited the example of the last Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh.


Omar Abdullah expressed condolences to the bereaved family of pilot Raghu Bansi who died on spot in a MiG-21 fighter plane crash in Kashmir. May 27, 2014

Omar Abdullah in News

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Omar Abdullah criticises "poor loser" Sangma
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister congratulates Pranab Mukherjee for winning the presidential election

Kashmiri separatist Geelani crosses the line, accuses Centre of creating a state within a state
Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the chairman of the hardline faction of the All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC), on Tuesday accused the Central Government of trying to create a state within a state by coming up with settlements for Kashmiri Pandits in the Kashmir Valley, and threatened to agitate against the move to rehabilitate Kashmiri Pandits.

Minorities Commission for protection of historical shrines
The National Commission for Minorities has expressed regret over a fire damaging the 200-year-old Peer Dastgir Sahib in Srinagar on June 25.

Mamata should support UPA, says Omar Abdullah
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah believes that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee should support the United Progressive Alliance's (UPA) presidential candidate and honour the alliance.

Gen Bikram Singh reviews Army's operational preparedness in J-K
Attaching special significance to Jammu and Kashmir, General Bikram Singh reviewed the operational preparedness of the Army on his first visit to the state after taking over as Army Chief.

Surrendered Kashmir militant hopeful of being rehabilitated by govt.
Having spent over two decades across the border, surrendered militant Shabir Ahmad Dar is hopeful of getting help through the government's rehabilitation scheme and is looking forward to his integration into mainstream society in Jammu and Kashmir.

Siachin should not be isolated from Kashmir dispute: Omar Abdullah
The demilitarisation of the Siachen should not be treated separately from the Kashmir dispute, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah advised the Governments of India and Pakistan here on Thursday.

Omar Abdullah wants to develop Kargil as a tourist destination
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has emphasized the need to develop Kargil, the second most important town in Ladakh region as a tourism and sports destination.

PDP organizes protest rally in Jammu
People's Democratic Party (PDP) organised a protest rally against the continuous electricity deficit and lack of water supply, here on Friday.

PDP criticizes J-K Govt. for suggesting corrupt official as next vigilance chief
The opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) has criticized the Omar Abdullah-led National Conference Government for suggesting the name of an allegedly corrupt official for the post of state vigilance chief.

Petrol Price Hike: Congress, Opposition trade charges as public protests (Update)
Protests and demonstrations across the country on Thursday appeared to place the Manmohan Singh Government on the back foot over its decision to hike petrol prices by over Rs.7 a litre.

Chidambaram, Omar Abdullah to co-chair review meeting in Srinagar
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram is scheduled to discuss security and development related issues at a meeting to be co-chaired by him and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in Srinagar today.

Offering prayers is not a breach of peace, says Umar Farooq
The chairman of Awami Action Committee, Mohammad Umar Farooq, on Monday hit out at the Omar Abdullah Government in Jammu and Kashmir, saying offering prayers is not a breach of peace.

J-K government reaches out to Kashmiri Pandits, offers rehabilitation
The Omar Abdullah Government in Jammu and Kashmir, in its bid to solve the problem of accommodation of displaced Kashmiri Pandits, has constructed over 200 flats in Sheikhpora village of Budgam district.

Indian Pilots Guild blames Air India management for chaos
Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) President Jitendra Awhad on Tuesday blamed the management for turning a deaf year to their demands leading to a strike by pilots of the debt-laden national carrier, Air India.

Kashmiri Hindus protest against inadequate power supply in migrant township
Kashmiri Hindus from the migrant township of Jagti in Jammu and Kashmir staged a demonstration on Tuesday, protesting against inadequate power supply in the township.

Government working towards AFSPA revocation: Omar Abdullah
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said that the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) would soon be revoked from areas where the presence of the Army is not required.

New J and K power project to benefit 1,00,000 inhabitants
A new power project inaugurated recently by Jammu and Kashmir (J and K) Chief minister Omar Abdullah is expected to benefit about 1,00,000 inhabitants in the Mur and Raipur constituencies of the state.

Mehbooba Mufti flays Centre's laxity on stopping graft in J-K
People's Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti has criticized the Central Government for its laxity in stopping graft in Jammu and Kashmir.

Polo tournament organised in Kashmir to promote sports, tourism
Underlining the importance of sports in promoting tourism and economy in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah inaugurated the Lalit Polo Tournament in Drass area of Kargil district near the India-Pakistan border on Saturday.

Anna's serial threat to strike dented his anti-graft movement: Omar Abdullah
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said Anna Hazare's repeated threats of hunger strikes and agitations have been detrimental to the popularity of the veteran social activist's movement.

Opposition parties in J-K protest against Omar Abdullah Govt.
Supporters of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and other small political outfits staged a protest here on Wednesday against the insufficient rule of the Omar Abdullah-led National Conference Government in Jammu and Kashmir.

Protest in Kashmir over withdrawal of attestation powers from judiciary to executive
Residents in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch District gave a call for shutdown protesting against the state government's decision to withdraw attestation and land registration powers from the judiciary and transferring it to the executive.

1000 Kashmiri youth offered jobs under state government scheme
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, under the Centre sponsored Himayat project, offered over a thousand Kashmiri youth with appointment letters for jobs .

Omar justifies AFSPA withdrawal decision as based on logic, not emotion
Justifying his decision to withdraw the controversial Armed Force Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said his action is based on logic and not emotion.

Police assaulting journalists to face criminal proceedings
Sending a stern warning to the police and paramilitary forces "not to commit any violence against media persons, Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju has said the PCI will launch criminal proceedings against them for targeting the press covering demonstrations and other incidents.

J-K lawyers demand revocation of AFSPA
Hundreds of lawyers from the Jammu and Kashmir bar association held a highly charged agitation against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) here on Thursday.

Students in J-K demand repeal of religious procession ban
Students in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday demanded the revocation of a ban, imposed by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, on religious processions made during the Islamic month of Muharram.

AFSPA row: 'Ample scope to address concerns of security forces', says Omar
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said that he would continue with his efforts for the revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), as there was ample scope for addressing concerns of the Army.

No time frame on removal of AFSPA, says government
There is no consensus even in the central government on the feasibility of removal of AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers ACT) from Jammu and Kashmir, said a senior government official.

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