Former CM’s of J&K no more entitled to rent-free accommodation, other perks and privileges

Srinagar: In a major development, the Government of India has scrapped a legal provision providing rent-free accommodation and other facilities to former chief ministers of Jammu & Kashmir. Centre has repealed section 3-C of the State Legislature...

Amid chronic, corona triggered financial stress, stakeholders await J&K Bank succession plans

JAMMU: Amidst financial worries triggered by the Coronavirus pandemic, there is a speculation about succession plans of Jammu and Kashmir Bank, the premier financial institution of the erstwhile State, as the government which holds a majority stake ...

COVID-19 Minor, mother-son duo among six test positive in Valley; J&K total 55

SRINAGAR: The number of coronavirus cases in Jammu and Kashmir rose to 55 with six more persons testing positive from Kashmir region on Tuesday, taking the total number of infected persons in Valley to 43. All these six new positive cases of COVID-19 are contacts of previous positive cases, and include a ten-year-old boy, who had hugged a man who later tested positive for the deadly disease and ...

Search begins for Nizamuddin-linked suspects as tally goes up across India

NEW DELHI: Authorities launched a nationwide search on Tuesday for participants of a huge religious gathering held earlier this month in the national capital's Nizamuddin area, which has become the new epicentre of the deadly virus pandemic amid fears that thousands present there could have carried the infection to the length and breadth of the country. Thousands of participants of the Tablighi ...

10 areas in Kashmir declared red zones, total 30 across UT

SRINAGAR: The administration on Tuesday declared more areas in at least six districts of Kashmir as red zones following detection of fresh cases of COVID-19 in the valley. At least 20 areas in Bandipora, Pulwama, Ganderbal, Shopian, Srinagar and Budgam districts of Kashmir division have been declared as red zones, which coupled with 10 areas in Jammu and Rajouri districts of Jammu region take th...

Family alleges doc infected on duty, rejects HOD claims

JAMMU: A day after a doctor posted in Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) tested positive for deadly COVID-19, his family alleged that he was exposed to infection while collecting sample of patients in the hospital premises in absence of adequate protection gears. Strongly rejecting the claims of Dr Shashi S Sudhan, HoD microbiology department in which the infected doctor works, the ...

Govt identifies 52000 migrant, 1.45 lakh registered labourers across J&K

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has devised a comprehensive strategy to feed over 50,000 inter-state stranded migrant and to provide financial assistance to 1.45 lakh construction workers registered with J&K Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board. Moreover, out of the total funds sanctioned by government to distribute among registered workers during lockdown, 18 per ce...

33 entering Bhaderwah detained

The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday detained 33 labourers and sent them to a hospital for check-up after they were found trying to enter Doda district despite a country-wide lockdown, officials said. Two groups of lobourers were trying to sneak into the the Bhadarwah town from Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, through snow covered Chattergalla and Padri pass despite the lockdown to check the spr...

Centre brings Ordinance to give effect to I-T compliance

NEW DELHI: The government on Tuesday brought in an Ordinance to give relief in compliance in filing income tax, GST, customs and central excise returns, to help taxpayers tide over the coronavirus crisis. The 'Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Ordinance, 2020', which got assent of the President on Tuesday, also amends a provision in the Income Tax Act to allow 100 per ce...

With kids at home, life of parents is not easy!

JAMMU: As the realities of being locked down in houses for three weeks is setting in, some parents are finding it difficult to survive and even thrive, as their options to keep their little ones busy and entertained are fizzling out. “The announcement of lockdown in view of coronavirus pandemic meant children won’t be going to school. It left me panicking about how on earth am I going to make su...

NH closed for 5th day, 1800 trucks carrying essential supplies stranded

JAMMU: The 270-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway, which connects Kashmir with the rest of the country, remained closed for the fifth successive day on Tuesday, even as Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam directed the National Highway authorities to put in more men and machinery so that road clearance work is expedited and the stretch is opened for vehicular traffic at the earliest. Over 18...

CFV in Poonch

JAMMU: The Pakistan Army shelled forwards areas along the Line Of Control (LoC) in Poonch district on Tuesday, a defence spokesperson said. They fired from small arms and shelled mortars in Balakote sector, he said, adding the Indian Army was giving a befitting reply. There were 646 incidents of ceasefire violations along the International Border (IB) as well as the LoC between January 1 and Fe...

No newspaper distribution in Kashmir Valley

SRINAGAR: Newspaper distributors of Kashmir decided on Tuesday to suspend distribution from April 1 asking newspaper hawkers to stay home. These distributors have said that except for three local newspapers, 'Aftab', 'Srinagar Times', and 'Greater Kashmir', all other newspapers of the Valley are distributed by them. A statement issued by main local newspaper distributors of the Valley said on T...

Rather denied bail

JAMMU: A special CBI court here on Tuesday refused to grant interim bail to Hilal Rather, son of former finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather, in the Rs 177 crore bank fraud case rejecting his fears of contracting COVID-19 and noting that he is more at risk outside the prison. While rejecting the application, the Special CBI Judge Rajesh Sekhri also noted that in the prevailing situation, he is mo...

DM Kulgam Visited several areas

KULGAM, MARCH 31: District Magistrate (DM) Kulgam, Showkat Aijaz Bhat, today visited several areas of the district to take first hand appraisal of enforcement of restrictions and lockdown in the district. Notably, the DM has already constituted s...

COVID-19 Alert: DC B'la inspects several locations, reviews implementation of Advisories

BARAMULLA, MARCH 31: With a view to ensure strict compliance of all relevant advisories pertaining to pandemic COVID-19, Deputy Commissioner(DC) Baramulla, G N Itoo, today inspected several locations of the district including Sopore, Rafiabad ,...

DM Ganderbal inspects functioning of 24x7 COVID-19 Control Room

GANDERBAL, MARCH 31: The District Magistrate, Ganderbal, Shafqat Iqbal, along with Additional Deputy Magistrate, Farooq Ahmad Baba, today conducted a surprise inspection of District Control Room for COVID-19, established at Mini Secretariat Complex....

Covid-19: Emergency outreach service child line (1098) continues function in Lockdown

JAMMU, MARCH 31: Child Line (1098) – the 24x7 phone emergency outreach service for supporting children in distress has continued functioning as an emergency service during the Covid-19 lockdown period. Meanwhile, Childline India Foundation, Senio...

Reliance Industries announces Rs 500 crore contribution to PM CARES Fund

New Delhi, Mar 30 (PTI) Reliance Industries' chief Mukesh Ambani on Monday committed a further Rs 500 crore to the Prime Minister's COVID-19 fund, topping up over the multi-crore initiative of India's first coronavirus hospital, meals to the nee...

Chief Secretary reviews status of National Highway-44

JAMMU, MARCH 31: Chief Secretary, B. V. R. Subrahmanyam, today chaired a meeting to review status of restoration and repair works on National Highway at Dalvas near Nashri Tunnel which was damaged due to massive landslide resulting suspension of a...

COVID-19: Coordination Teams constituted to ensure movement of essential goods, services

JAMMU MARCH 31: Ramping up J&K’s response in view of the emerging situation due to the outbreak of Corona Virus (COVID-19), Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo today chaired maiden meeting of the Coordination teams con...

Social Distancing a potent weapon to fight COVID-19: Director SKIMS

SRINAGAR, MARCH 31: The world is facing a severe and acute health emergency due to ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic and rigorous measures are being taken to mitigate and contain the transmission of this infection and the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute o...

Covid-19: Kishtwar administration provides assistance to stranded labourers

KISHTWAR, MARCH 31: District Administration Kishtwar is proactively responding to the grievances of labourers, residents workers and their families who have stuck in different parts of country in wake of country wide lockdown due to COVID-19 outbr...

COVID-19: Doda administration devices mechanism for contributions

DODA, MARCH 31: District administration Doda has set the mechanism for the public who wants to donate and join hands with administration in fighting against COVID 19. The decision was taken after various people approached the administration who wa...

Doda administration starts online COVID-19 emergency services

DODA, MARCH 31: In order to combat the spread of Covid-19, Doda administration on the directions of District Development Commissioner, Dr Sagar Doifode today started online registration of various emergency services for residents of the district. ...

Process of discharging those put under administrative quarantine in Srinagar starts

SRINAGAR, MARCH 31: Seventy-eight persons who were shifted into administrative quarantine upon their return to Srinagar two weeks ago were discharged today after successfully completing their 14-day quarantine period. These persons who had return...

Control Room established at Lakhanpur for ease of movement of trucks

JAMMU, MARCH 31: The government has set up a 24x7 Control Room at Lakhanpur for hassle free movement of trucks carrying essential supplies to UT of JK. The centre at Lakhanpur will ensure that the waiting time of truck is minimised and trucks are...

Bulletin on Novel Corona Virus (Covid-19)

JAMMU, MARCH 31: The Government Tuesday informed that 06 new positive cases of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), all from Kashmir division and contacts of previous positive cases, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases...

11 million children at cancer death risk by 2050: Lancet

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Without additional investment in childhood cancer care, 11 million children aged 14 years and younger are expected to die from cancer over the next 30 years worldwide, warn researchers including one from Max Super Speciali...

1,300 Punjab cops moved from VIP duties to battle corona

Chandigarh, March 31 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder on Tuesday ordered withdrawal of 1,300 policemen from the VIP duties, including from his own security, and their deployment in the battle against the coronavirus. Foreseeing critical times...

COVID-19 drives surge in online sales of groceries, computers

San Francisco, March 31 (IANS) Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sales in certain categories, including groceries, cold medications, fitness equipment and computers (with more people now working from home) have surged in the US, according to the Adobe...

Rate of corona transmission less in India than in other countries: Ministry

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday said the country had fewer corona cases than in other countries. "Thousands of new cases and hundreds of deaths are being reported every day in various countries. In I...

Kejriwal says situation under control; no community transmission

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Even as the number of coronavirus cases has been increasing in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday that local transmission is under control in the city and community transmission ha...

216 foreigners among 1,746 stayed in Nizamuddin Markaz

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) There were as many as 261 foreign nationals among 1,746 people lodged at the Tablighi Jamaat's Nizamuddin Markaz facility as on March 21, a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced 'Janata curfew' across India to ...

Govt extends validity of lower withholding tax till June 30

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The government has extended the validity of all lower withholding tax orders, secured by assessees, by three months till June 30 to mitigate the hardship caused by Covid-19-related disruptions. In an order on Tuesday...