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Pakistan escalates border violence, three more civilians dead, another soldier succumbs; toll 10

JAMMU: An Army jawan was among four killed while nine others were injured as Pakistani troops shelled border outposts and civilian areas along the international border (IB) and LoC in the Jammu regio...

What did NSA Doval ‘achieve’ in Bangkok

BIVEK MATHUR JAMMU: Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, Nawang Rigzin Jora on Saturday targeted the Narendra Modi government for the NSA level meeting between Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart in Bangkok amid tension on Jammu and Kashmir border. Indian and Pakistani NSAs had in December met at Bangkok to discuss the cross-border terror and ways to eliminate terrorism from the regi...

Outrage in Assembly on border situation, Opposition walks out

BIVEK MATHUR JAMMU: Opposition National Conference and Congress on Saturday staged walkout from the Legislative Assembly over the government's failure in protecting the civilian lives in the cross-border shelling and firing. Minister for Health and Medical Education, Bali Bhagat told the Legislative Assembly that 9 people, 2 Army personnel, 2 BSF personnel and 5 civilians have lost their live...

Needed India-Pak dialogue to end border tensions: Govt in Assembly

JAMMU: Advocating for restarting the peace process between India and Pakistan and end border skirmishes, the state government said today the hostility between the two nations has a direct bearing on the people of the state. "We want the restart of the process initiated by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to restore peace. This is the stand of our party as is the people of Jammu and Kas...

This hamlet of milkmen is focussed target of Pak forces

ANIL BHATT JORAFARM (RS PURA): A pall of gloom descended on Jorafarm, popularly known as the 'hamlet of milkmen Gujjars', as their hundreds of their 'kullas' (grass houses) were gutted and scores of bovines perished in the shelling by Pakistan troops. The hamlet situated close to the International Border (IB) in R S Pura houses over 100 families and is famous as a supplier of milk and milk p...

Upon return from PoK, 15-yrs cooling off period for Hajj travel clearance

JAMMU: The government today said passport applications of former local militants for performing Haj and other religious obligations would be considered for clearance only after proper verification. "The passport case of an applicant, who has been a local trained militant but has surrendered or has been arrested and subsequently, acquitted by court(s) shall be considered for clearance only after...

20,000,000 saplings to revitalise forests

JAMMU: Listing achieved targets set for restoration of state's forest cover, ecological balance and revival of wildlife, the Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology, Choudhary Lal Singh today informed the house that in last one year the department has retrieved around 1.35 lakh kanal encroached forest land, planted 2 Cr saplings to revitalize degraded forests and minimize the human intervent...

Scientific methods promised to reduce fatalities to 50% by 2020

JAMMU: The government today said that scientific data and technology based methods were being introduced to ensure safety on roads and regulate traffic. For this, the government is working to introduce the Road Accident Data Management System (RADMS). This would enable the motor vehicles department (MVD) to take data-based decisions, Transport minister Sunil Kumar Sharma said in the state Legisl...

Now, tunnel to make Mughal Road all-weather

JAMMU: The government today said it was keenly pursuing with the Centre the construction of a tunnel along the Mughal road to make it an all-weather road. The 84-km Mughal road connects the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu with Shopian district in south Kashmir. The road usually remains closed for vehicular traffic from December to April every year owing to heavy snowfall. "To mak...

30 succumbed, 250 died of animal bites in 2 years

JAMMU: The government today said 30 people were killed and 253 others injured in attacks by wild animals in the state over the past two years. Quoting a census conducted in March last year, the government said that the number of Hangul, also called the Kashmir stag, in Dachigam landscape in the outskirts of Srinagar, stands at 182 with an upper and lower limit of 214 and 138, respectively, Fores...

GoI must take call on border situation: Mir

SRINAGAR: The Pradesh Congress Committee today asked the Centre government to take effective measures to end the cross-border firing. The JKPCC also accused the Centre of failing to create an atmosphere of peace in the region. "Government of India must take effective measures to put an end to the cross-border firing, which has cost so many precious lives, including that of Army, BSF personnel, ...

NC, Cong take Govt to task, SHO suspended

BIVEK MATHUR JAMMU: State government on Saturday ordered suspension of SHO Hiranagar after opposition National Conference and Congress created uproar in the Legislative Assembly seeking action against those police officers who failed to trace out the missing Gujjar community girl who was found murdered a week after lodging of missing complaint by her father. Minister for Relief and Rehabilit...

New ADDC posted in Jammu

JAMMU: Filling up a vacant position, the government today posted a new Additional District Development Commissioner Jammu According to an order from the General Administration Department Suriya Jabeen, KAS, Programme Officer, ICDS Project, Samba, is transferred and posted as Additional District Development. Commissioner, Jammu, against an available vacancy.

SPO flees with gun in Kishtwar

JAMMU: A 22-year-old special police officer (SPO) fled with his service rifle in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting a man hunt to trace him, a senior police official said. Mohammad Yaseen, posted at the Marwah police station, was missing with an AK-47 rifle since last night, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Doda-Kishwar-Ramban range, Basant Kumar Rath told PTI. Yaseen hails ...

17 dead in New Delhi cracker factory blaze

NEW DELHI: Seventeen people are feared dead after a fire ripped through a two-storeyed factory in outer Delhi's Bawana industrial area this evening, a Delhi Fire Services official said. The police have so far confirmed nine deaths in the fire. The official said, the blaze, which started from a firecracker factory, has been brought under control. The official said that the rescue operations a...

Barbaric: Minor drug addict attempted rape before killing 8-yr old girl

JAMMU: The Police have claimed to solve the murder mystery of the 8-year old tribal girl in Kathua, which could be most gruesome crime incident in the history of Jammu and Kashmir, as a 15-year old boy, a drug addict staying with his uncle at the time of crime, was arrested on Friday. The accused, police sources said, had kidnapped the minor girl and attempted rape on her. When met with resistan...

War like situation at IB-LoC; 4 martyred, 24 injured; firing continues till late night

JAMMU: War-like situation is prevailing at International Border and Line of Control from Kathua to Mendhar as India and Pakistan traded heavy exchange of fire for the third consecutive day, the heavy shelling being on till the filing of this report. At least 4 Indians, including two civilians, one BSF Jawan and one Army soldier attained martyrdom, while over two dozen two dozen person have rece...

Mehbooba anguished

JAMMU: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has expressed grief and anguish over the killing of four persons during the cross border shelling in the RS Pura, Suchetgarh, Arnia and Sunderbani sectors today. The Chief Minister said that it is very unfortunate that the people of border areas in the State continue to bear the brunt of cross border fire power. She said today's incidents of shelling are ...

Omar urges NSAs to talk

JAMMU: Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said that India and Pakistan's National Security Advisors (NSAs) should initiate talks to maintain ceasefire on borders. "It is a matter of grave concern that civilians are being targeted, when there is supposed to have a ceasefire as a Confidence Building Measure (CBM) between India and Pak, but the situation is more worrisome," said Omar out...

LA: 'Speaker biased', claims Opposition, stages walkout

JAMMU: National Conference and Congress legislators on Friday staged walkout from the Legislative Assembly claiming that Speaker Kavinder Gupta was biased towards the opposition. They said that the Speaker always try to suppress the voice of opposition "as if he is Speaker of BJP only." Soon after the Minister for Agriculture production, Ghulam Nabi Lone (Hanjura) winded up the discussion on ...

Rs 1840 Cr to boost Agro production, marketability

JAMMU: Asserting that the state government has taken a number of initiatives for development of Agriculture and allied sectors, Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura on Friday said that the next financial year will see further development of agriculture scenario, with focused strategy to increase production, productivity of crops and to enable farmers to take advantage of market ...

Rs 700 Cr to inculcate tech skills, institutionalise sports

JAMMU: Stressing that education, skill building and sports are the core means for empowering youth, the Minister for Information Technology, Technical Education, Youth Services and Sports, Imran Raza Ansari today said that State government is making targeted efforts to empower youth by way of imparting them with requisite proficiency to achieve this objective. The minister underlined that th...

D'chak-Chalan -Udh road to be declared NH

JAMMU: Minister for Public Works Naeem Akhtar today informed the Legislative Council that the Centre has agreed to declare Dayalachak Amb-Chalan-Udhampur road as new National Highway. Replying to a question of Legislator Thakur Balbir Singh, the Minister informed that DPR for the project would be completed in next four months and the government would maintain the road for smooth traffic move...

Rs 3683 Cr tax realised in 3 yrs

JAMMU: Minister of State for Finance, Ajay Nanda today informed the Legislative Assembly that the state Government has realized Rs 3683.57 crore tax from different sources during the past three years. While replying to a Question of Rajesh Gupta, the Minister informed that an amount of Rs 1241.84 crore was generated in 2015-16, Rs 1369.79 crore in 2016-17, while Rs 1071.94 crore tax was r...

MSG in momos declared unsafe

JAMMU: The state government has declared use of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) in Momos as unsafe and conducted an awareness drive against its use, Health and Medical Education Minister Bali Bhagat said today, while replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Ramesh Arora in the Leigslative Council. Bhagat said a special drive to detect use of MSG in Momos was conducted by Drugs and Food Control O...

PM for simultaneous LS, Assembly, local body polls

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today strongly pitched for holding simultaneous Lok Sabha, assembly and local body polls, saying the relentless electoral cycle harms the federal structure, besides costing a lot of money and affecting government's works. In an interview to a news channel, he said like festivals, election schedule should be fixed so that all polls are held within a limited...

Eight cops injured in terror attack, Jawan dies of cardiac arrest

SRINAGAR: Eight police personnel were injured in a grenade attack by terrorists at Tehsil office in the Pulwama district on Friday, meanwhile an army soldier died of cardiac arrest in Gulmarg area of north Kashmir's Baramulla district. "Eight police personnel of IRP 18th Bn were injured after some terrorists in a cowardly act, hurled a grenade at Tehsil office in Pulwama," a police spokesman...

Custody of Hizb chief's son, nine others extended

JAMMU: A day after NIA's chargesheet against Kashmir separatist leaders, a Delhi court on Friday extended till February 5 the judicial custody of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin's son Syed Shahid, arrested in a six-year-old terror funding case, besides the judicial custody of nine others arrested on same charges. Special Judge O.P. Saini extended the custody after in-camera proceedi...

9773 to go for Hajj this year

JAMMU: Minister for Hajj & Auqaf, Abdul Rehman Veeri informed the house that the draw of lots for selection of pilgrims for Hajj-2018 was held today by the State Hajj Committee. He informed the House that this year, 32333 persons had applied for Hajj while the total quota for the state this year is about 9773. He said out of the total seats allotted to the state, 1959 seats are reserved for ...

Bano appointed Dy Dir Handloom

JAMMU: In a minor reshuffle in middle-rung administration, the state government on Friday affected transfer and posting of one KAS officer. The government shifted Razia Bano, Collector Land Acquisition, Power Grid Corporation of India Limited, Jammu, posting as Deputy Director, Trainings in the Directorate of Handloom Department, against an available vacancy.

EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs

NEW DELHI: In a blow to Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party, the Election Commission today recommended to the President to disqualify 20 of its MLAs for holding offices of profit, setting the stage for their ouster from the Assembly. In its opinion sent to President Ram Nath Kovind this morning, the Election Commission said the MLAs, by occupying the post of parliamentary secretaries between Marc...

Five reported killed in Indian retaliation after Pak shelling claims Jawan, civilian

JAMMU: In strong retaliation to Pakistan's unprovoked heavy shelling at Border Out Posts and villages along the International Border in three sectors of Jammu and Samba districts which resulted into ...

Minor's suspected killing rocks LA, oppn walks out

JAMMU: The suspected killing of an eight-year old girl belonging to a tribal community in Hiranagar who was missing from past seven days triggered a massive uproar in the State Legislative Assembly, as the opposition members staged a walkout from the house to lodge their protest against the government's failure to secure the live of the women folk in the state. Cutting across the party-lines, the...

Govt forcefully defending Spl Status in SC: Haq Khan

JAMMU: The Minister for Law and Justice Abdul Haq today reiterated that the government was "forcefully defending" in the Supreme Court Article 35A and Article 370 of the Constitution, which empowers the state legislature to define its 'permanent residents' and bestow on them special rights and privileges. He said that the law department has hired the services of a battery of senior advocates of ...

In 12794 pages, NIA charges Hurriyat leaders, LeT, Hizb chiefs with sedition

JAMMU: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday filed a charge sheet against ten Kashmiri separatists, along with Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen head Syed Salahuddin for "conspiring to wage war against the government" and fomenting trouble in the Kashmir Valley, in the much publicised terror funding cases in a New Delhi court. The charge sheet also alleged th...

With Rs 3121 Cr, Rural J&K aims at ‘Transformation’

JAMMU: Asserting that in past three years, the Rural Development department, with the network it has laid down of roads, bridges and culverts in the state under MGNREGA scheme, has changed the socio-economic status of the rural populace, the Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice Abdul Haq Khan today said that the rural Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing a revolution, which ...

Take all parties in confidence before calling elections: NC

JAMMU: National Conference on Thursday asked the PDP-BJP government to take all the opposition parties on board before announcing the Panchayat elections in the state. Party's senior leader Ali Mohammad Sagar, while speaking on the grants of Panchayati Raj and allied department said this after Minister for Panchayat Raj, Abdul Haq Khan told the Assembly that Panchayat elections would be held in ...

Rs 976 Cr to revive Coop mvmt, develop Ladakh

JAMMU: The state government is in process of formulating a New Cooperative Act for revival of Cooperative Movement in Jammu and Kashmir, the Minister for Cooperatives and Ladakh Affairs, Chering Dorjay today said in the Legislative Assembly while replying to discussions on Demands for Grants for his departments, amounting to Rs Rs 976.35 Crore which were unanimously passed House. "Co-operative ...

Rs 426 Cr for advancing justice delivery; Law Commission soon

JAMMU: Minister for Law and Justice Abdul Haq today outlined the road map to fine tune the justice system in the state, saying the government has constituted a committee to identify and weed out some of the frivolous litigations that will ensure timely deliverance of justice in the state. He was replying to discussions on Demand for grants, amounting to Rs 426 Crore, later passed by the house. Th...

J&K aims at exporting livestock, fisheries, poultry with Rs 686 Cr

JAMMU: Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Gani Kohli today said that Government is undertaking targeted measures to boost livestock, fisheries and poultry sector to achieve surplus production and become exporter rather than importer state, as he replied to the discussion on Demand for Grants of the departments, pegged at Rs 686 Crore, passed unanimously. Besides establishin...

3934 litigations pending with each of 11 High Court judges

JAMMU: While the state might take pride in disposing of 9603 cases in Jammu and Kashmir High Court during the current financial year as it was informed to the house on Thursday, the number is seriously short of achieving an ideal justice delivery state, in light of the fact that nearly five times more litigations are still pending before the sitting eleven judges, as on January 18. Despite conti...

GST on 29 items, 54 services cut; simpler return filing likely

NEW DELHI: The all-powerful GST Council on Thursday cut tax rate on 29 goods, including second-hand vehicles, confectionery and bio-diesel, while veering around to simplifying return filing process for businesses. Also, tax rate on 54 categories of services, including certain job works, tailoring services and admission to theme parks, have been lowered. The panel at its next meeting may also co...

Omar urges India, Pak to maintain truce along LoC, IB

SRINAGAR: Appealing to India and Pakistan to maintain ceasefire on the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir, working president of the National Conference (NC) Omar Abdullah said it is the people on both sides near borders who suffer the most. Reacting to fresh ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in R S Pora, where a BSF jawan was killed and several other...

213 militants killed in 2017

JAMMU: The state government today said that 213 militants were killed and 51 civilians died in militancy-related incidents last year. In a written reply to a question of BJP's Sat Sharma, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti told the Legislative Assembly that 213 militants, including 127 foreign militants and 86 local militants, were killed in 2017 as compared to 150 militants, including 119 foreign mil...

Swedish skier dies in Gulmarg avalanche

JAMMU: A Swedish skier was killed in an avalanche while his compatriot was rescued alive on Thursday in Gulmarg ski resort. Police said two Swedish skiers got trapped under an avalanche which struck near second phase Gondola cable car on Affarwat peak in Gulmarg in Baramulla district. "One skier identified as Daniel from Sweden died while police teams successfully rescued another Swedish skier na...

10-Kg IED defused in Doda

JAMMU: Averting a major tragedy, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was detected and defused in Doda district on Thursday. The IED weighing around 10-12 kg was detected on Doda- Bharat road at Punda, 10 km from the Doda district headquarters, a police officer said. Bomb disposal squad was called and they defused the IED safely, he said, adding the IED was kept on the road side. A major tragedy ...

Speaker's allegations against Dy CM triggers opposition's walkout

JAMMU: Rare scenes were witnessed inside the State Legislative Assembly on Wednesday when Custodian of House, Speaker LA Kavinder Gupta today blamed Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh, his colleague in BJP, for breaching his privileges and protocol, triggering a joint walkout by main opposition National Conference, along with Congress, and legislators of CPI (M) and PDF legislator. Minutes a...

Jawan martyred, 2 injured in Pak shelling at RS Pura

JAMMU: In a late night strike, a BSF jawan on Wednesday night attained martyrdom, reportedly, as Pakistan yet again violated the truce by firing heavily and targeting forward BSF posts along the international border in R S Pura Sector, besides Arnia Sector. Two villagers of Gharana have also received injuries in the unprovoked shelling by Pakistan. Official sources informed that Pakistan Ra...

Kashmiris tired of terrorism, realise no option other than India: Rawat

JAMMU: Asserting that people in Kashmir have understood that it is very difficult to secede from India, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said that those in Valley are now tired of terrorism as they have realised that it cannot give them what they want. General Rawat also said that a larger section in Kashmir wants to join mainstream while bringing back those who have been radicalise...

Expert group set up to study dev deficit in remote areas

JAMMU: Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu today announced constitution of an expert group to study the reasons for development deficit in the state's remote areas and suggest measures for boosting infrastructure development. "The government would also make development deficit in remote areas of the state a part of the terms of reference of the proposed State Finance Commission so that a holistic view...

At Rs 596.26 Cr, new tech to strengthen backbone of successful administration

JAMMU: Terming revenue department as the backbone for successful administration, Minister for Revenue, Hajj and Auqaf and Parliamentary Affairs Abdul Rehman Veeri on Wednesday said that timely and relevant interventions are important to ensure healthy public service delivery. "The department is consistently evaluating various land reform schemes, changing developmental strategies and taking nec...

'Govt Depts biggest defaulters of Wakaf properties, lands'

JAMMU: Minister for Revenue, Haj, Auqaf and Parliamentary Affairs Department, Abdul Rehman Veeri today told the Legislative Assembly that in the list of major defaulters of the Haj and Wakaf properties, government departments are at the top. While replying to the concerns of the legislators regarding encroachment of the Wakaf properties in the state, Veeri said, "Government departments are...

At Rs 528.33 Crore, horticulture deptt seeks revival in high density plantation, processing

JAMMU: The State Legislative Assembly on Wednesday passed with voice vote the grants of the horticulture department for the year 2018-19, amounting to over Rs 528.33 crore. The grants for the horticulture were passed after a thorough discussion involving 21 members. Replying to the discussion on demand for grants, Horticulture Minister Syed Basharat Ahmad Bukhari said the horticulture sector ...

Police books Tehsildar, Patwari without investigation, seeks internal action later

JAMMU: In what could be termed as heights of non-professionalism, the state police booked two revenues officers in a falsely framed fraud case without requisite inquiry only to be left red-faced later, followed by writing for the departmental action against the two officers. In what is certainly not the first incident of callous approach by the police, a Naib Tehsildar and Patwari were booked un...

SRO 520: Irked by exclusion, donors close water supply from their lands

SRINAGAR: Even as the dry spell has created water shortage in Kashmir, closure of water supply schemes by land donors in Valley in protest of government's non-commitment to amend the SRO 520 for regularisation of hundreds like them, has further aggravated the crisis in the region. A number of land donors in the Valley have closed down the Water Supply Schemes constructed on their propriety land ...

GST council meet today, rejig in tax rates expected

NEW DELHI: Just two weeks before the Budget, GST Council is expected to consider a reduction in tax rates for some items, about 80 going by some reports, and the inclusion of real estate in its 24th meeting on Thursday. The meeting comes amid continuous dip in GST revenue collection in the last two months. The collection registered a sharp dip to Rs 80,808 crore in November, from Rs 94,063 c...

Sitharaman becomes 1st woman Def Min to fly Sukhoi jet, in 45-Minute sortie

JODHPUR: In an olive green pilot's G-suit and a helmet on her head, Nirmala Sitharaman today soared high on a Sukhoi-30 MKI jet, the first Indian woman defence minister to go on a sortie on the all-weather, long-range fighter. The supersonic jet took off from the Air Force station at Jodhpur, where one of the Sukhoi squadrons is based, at 1 pm, rose to a height of 8000 metres and broke the sound...

NIA's charge sheet today in Kashmir terror funding

NEW DELHI: After six months of probe, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) will file a charge sheet on Thursday against seven Kashmiri separatist leaders including the son-in-law of fire-brand separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani, and some businessmen in a case of alleged funding of terror and secessionist activities in the Kashmir Valley. According to NIA sources, the agency will file the charg...

Three suspended as footbridge collapses before inauguration

POONCH: The state government on Wednesday suspended three officers and disengaged two others after a foot bridge collapsed at Loran area of Poonch district. The bridge was yet to be inaugurated formally. Reports said that a foot bridge at Loran (Barachar Panchayat) ward No 2 collapsed suddenly on Wednesday morning. "The bridge was constructed under MGNERAGA scheme at a cost of Rs 7 lakh few...

4 KAS shifted

JAMMU: The state government on Wednesday affected a minor reshuffle in the middle-rung administration, transferring three KAS officers. As per the official order in this regard, Sachin Jamwal, Assistant Commissioner (General), Jammu, was transferred and posted as General Manager, JAKFED while Sushil Khajuria, Deputy Director, Employment (Central), J&K, was transferred and posted as Chief Exec...

97 Lakh people have Aadhaar

JAMMU: The State government today said that 97 lakh people, over 77 per cent of 1.25 crore population have got their Aadhaar cards generated in the state and efforts were on to cover the remaining population. In a written reply to National Conference MLA Devender Singh Rana, Information Technology minister Imran Raza Ansari said there are 329 Aadhaar enrolment centres operational in the state. ...

PIA charges fixed at 8%, 8.5% for T&D works

JAMMU: In re-negotiation of Project Implementation Agency (PIA) charges of Power for transmission and distribution and RE works, the charges for power supply in Jammu and Kashmir have now been fixed at 8 percent for the transmission works and 8.5 percent for distribution networks. This was decided in a meeting of PIA charges under IPDS, DDUGJY, RGGVY-II, PMDP and R-APDRP (Part-B) which was ...

Centre scraps Haj subsidy; PDP silent, NC hails, Congress robs GoI of credit

BIVEK MATHUR JAMMU: In a major move to 'empower minorities without appeasement', in line with the Supreme Court's direction passed in 2012, the Centre on Tuesday has done away with the subsidy for Haj from this year, 3 years ahead of the schedule fixed by the apex court, asserting that the funds saved will be used for providing education to minorities, instead. While the ruling Peoples Democr...

Unified HQ meet: Mehbooba pitches for ‘meaningful engagement’ of youth

JAMMU: Stressing that security agencies should adopt a more humane approach while dealing with situations in Kashmir, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday batted strongly for 'meaningful engagement' of Kashmiri youth so that they are able to contribute to the society. The Chief Minister also advised the security agencies to exercise maximum restraint and strictly ensure safety and securi...

Army Captain injured in Poonch CFV

JAMMU: Pakistani troops opened fire at Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district Tuesday late evening, injuring an Army Captain. "There was a ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army. They resorted to firing along the LoC in Chakan Da Bagh area in Poonch this evening," a security force official said. The injured Army Captain has been hospitalised, they said. The Indian ...

CJI meets 4 rebel judges

NEW DELHI: In what is seen as the first signs of thaw, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra today reached out to the four senior most judges of the Supreme Court in a bid to defuse the unprecedented row over allocation of cases and other issues amid fresh hopes of a resolution by the weekend. As the crisis that rocked the apex court appeared to linger on, court sources said the CJI met the four ...

Army pays 12 cr as Land rent in Valley

JAMMU: The Indian Army pays as much as Rs 12,38,21,481 as rental annually to the owners of the private land in Kashmir division, the government told the state legislative assembly on Tuesday. In a written reply, the home ministry led by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said that the land rent under the occupation of defence forces is being revised after every five years in reply of a question t...

Enforcement agencies shift blame, SVO clueless

SUMIT SHARMA JAMMU: With the probe being initiated by the State Vigilance Organization (SVO) in connection with seizure of the China made fruit ripener agent (Ethylene Ripener) from Narwal Fruit Mandi Complex, the blame game within three government departments has started with the trio pointing towards one-another as culprit for showing negligence which paved way to cancer breading agents to r...

‘PMDP size Rs 82453 cr’

JAMMU: Finance minister informed that the estimated size of the Prime Minister's Development Package (PMDP) has gone up to Rs 82,453 crore and the projects instituted under this package are at different stages of execution. The minister was replying to a question by BJP MLA Rajiv Jasrotia in the state Legislative Assembly. He said that the package aims at overall development of the state an...

‘Discussions tarnish J&K bank's image’

JAMMU: Finance Minister today appealed to the opposition legislators not to tarnish the image of J&K Bank. He said that he will look into all the issues to make the appointment process in the bank more transparent but the issues related to J&K Bank should not be discussed in the State Assembly, as it tarnishes the image of the bank. "I remained chairman of the bank from Mufti Mohamma...

Industrial Development Scheme announced

JAMMU: In a significant decision aimed at expanding and promoting business activities in the State, Finance Minister, Dr Haseeb A Drabu today announced an exclusive Industrial Development Scheme for J&K bringing, for the first time, the services sector under the ambit of the pioneering initiative. Making the big announcement in the State Assembly while winding up the discussion on Budget 2018-...

Budget aimed at reviving J&K's economy, promoting endogenous growth: Drabu

JAMMU: Asserting that the basic theme of Budget 2018-19 is to revive JK's economy and promote endogenous growth through enhanced public expenditure, Minister for Finance, Dr Haseeb Drabu on Tuesday said the local fiscal system which got shattered because of the 2014 floods, 2016 disturbances, demonetization and GST, needs to be put back on track through sustained interventions. Winding up th...

Centre approves Kishtwar Airport

JAMMU: In a major development, the Central government on Tuesday has given its nod to establishment of a full-fledged Airport facility in Kishtwar district, The Airport, having provision for Aircraft landing and taking off, will come up adjacent to the Chaugan ground and will be used jointly by the civilian authorities as well as the Indian Army. In this regard, the state government is expec...

J&K witnesses 9 pc rise in Crime against women

JAMMU: The crime against women has been rising alarmingly in the state, with the year-on-year rise registered at around 9% in the year 2017. As per official data, 3168 cases of crime against women, including rapes, gang rapes, kidnapping, molestations, outraging modesty, eve- teasing, dowry death cases, abatement of suicides, among others, have been registered in the state last year as agains...

Nowshera: She grew up Hindu, embraced Christianity, died in conflict between two

JAMMU: Violence erupted on Tuesday in the Nowshera town of district Rajouri over the performance of last rites of a Hindu girl married to the Christian boy resulting injuries to over a dozen person including policemen while mob set two shops, one tractor and a place of worship ablaze. Reports said that the one Seema Devi (now reportedly a converted Christian) had married to one Rinku Kumar (a ...

Sagar, Rashid raises Kawa's arrest issue

JAMMU: The State Assembly today witnessed uproarious scenes after the opposition NC and MLA Sheikh Rashid raised the issue of Bilal Ahmad Kawa, who was arrested on charges of involvement in the 2000 Red Fort attack last week, and demanded a statement from the government. The issue was raised by Independent MLA Rashid who also trooped into the well of the House, before returning to his seat l...

NC, Cong walkout over unsatisfactory reply of Priya Sethi

JAMMU: The opposition National Conference and Congress legislator from Ladakh and Kargil region along with other party legislators today lodged a strong protest in the assembly over Minister of State (MoS) for Tourism, Priya Sethi's unsatisfactory response over promotion of tourism in the Ladakh Region. They later staged a joint walkout from the Assembly while one of them, Deldan Namgyal dared...

Prev govt was far better than PDP-BJP Dispenstion, realises BJP's Sukhnandan

BIVEK MATHUR JAMMU: In a major embarrassment for the government in the Legislative Assembly today, the BJP legislator from Marh Constituency, Choudhary Sukhnandan said that the previous NC-Congress government was far better than the ruling PDP-BJP coalition. He said so while highlighting the issues of the farmers of Jammu Region and his constituency in particular. Participating in the Gene...

Twin actions on LoC: Seven Pak soldiers reported dead in Indian retaliation, five JeM militants killed

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: Seven Pakistani soldiers were killed today in retaliatory firing by the Indian Army after a ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kashmir where an infiltration bid was also foiled with the elimination of five militants of Pakistan-based JeM, army officers said. The army action came on a day when its chief Gen Bipin Rawat sent a stern messsage to Pakistan, saying it may escalate its of...

Cross-LoC travel suspended as tensions escalate

JAMMU: The cross-LoC travel between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) has been suspended due to tension on the LoC following the killing of seven Pakistani soldiers in retaliatory action by the Indian Army in Poonch district today. "Cross-LoC travel has been suspended after Pakistan shelling and firing along the Line of Control (LoC) and the tension that followed," custodian ...

Ready to escalate offensive to combat terror: Army Chief

NEW DELHI: In a stern message to Pakistan, Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat asserted today that the Army will not allow anti-India activities to succeed in Jammu and Kashmir and it was ready to escalate military offensive to combat cross-border terrorism if Islamabad forces it to do so. Addressing Army personnel on the occasion of Army Day, Rawat also said that disputes along the Line of Actual Contro...

CM to chair Unified HQ meeting today

DEEPAK KHAJURIA JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir's topmost security policy and strategy grouping, the Unified Headquarters, headed by Chief Minister, is meeting tomorrow to make an assessment of the present security situation and discuss the future challenges. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti will chair the meeting at her Wazarat Road residence tomorrow morning. The meeting assumes significance in t...

Pakistan summons India's Deputy HC

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan today summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh to protest the deaths of four of its soldiers [seven, according Indian sources] in firing across the Line of Control. The Foreign Office (FO) here said in a statement that India violated the ceasefire agreement in Jandrot sub-sector of Kotli sector, "resulting in the martyrdom of four Pakistani soldiers, while injurin...

Days after slamming Gen Rawat, J&K inks pact with Centre for ‘mainstreaming children, using education as tool for normalcy’

JAMMU: Barely two days after Education Minister Syed Altaf Bukhari slammed Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat for suggesting revam in education system in Jammu and Kashmir, the state's School Education department today inked an agreement with the Centre that is aimed at overhauling the syllabi and encouraging more schools to get CBSE affiliations. Broadly bordering on the contours outlined by Gen Rawat...

Netanyahu in Delhi, India signs nine agreements with Israel

NEW DELHI: India and Israel on Monday exchanged nine agreements for cooperation in different areas including cyber security, oil and gas, space and science and technology, civil aviation, information and broadcasting and health. The agreements were exchanged after delegation level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu in New Delhi. During th...

Noisy scenes in Assembly after members spar

JAMMU: Massive pandemonium broke out in the Legislative Assembly today after two National Conference legislators entered into heated argument with Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu prompting his colleagues from treasury benches to react vociferously. Towards the end of day's business, the legislators of the opposition and the ruling PDP-BJP traded barbs over the issue of alleged malpractices in rec...

DeMo, GST crippled unorganised sectors of economy: Tarigami

JAMMU: Veteran legislator M Y Tarigami of the CPI(M) said today that demonetisation and implementation of GST crippled the unorganised sector of the economy in Jammu and Kashmir. Initiating a discussion on the Budget in the Assembly here, he alleged that the two steps only led to "job losses", contrary to the government claims that the measures helped in curbing corruption and blackmoney. "The ...

Commotion in House over General's education remarks

JAMMU: Protests rocked Jammu and Kashmir Assembly over the remarks of Army chief as the opposition National Conference created ruckus and staged walk out from the House demanding statement from the government over the issue. Rawat had on Friday said social media and government schools in the state were spreading a "disinformation campaign" resulting in radicalisation of youths. In his statement...

It's a chillar budget, says Sagar

BIVEK MATHUR JAMMU: Senior National Conference legislator, Ali Mohammad Sagar today tore apart the Finance Minister Dr Hasseb A Drabu's claim of presenting a budget of "heart and conscious" as he believed that the fourth budget of the Finance Minister was a "Chillar Budget." "This budget has a spending share for most of the departments in between Rs 1 to 2.5 crore. So, for me, it is a Chillar...

Kichloo marshalled out after protest

Jammu: National Conference (NC) legislator Sajad Ahmed Kitchloo today was marshalled out from the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council after he trooped into the well of the House over an "unsatisfactory reply" in connection with the power issue. Angry over his marshalling out of the house, the NC and Congress members staged a walkout, alleging that the opposition voice was being suppressed....

800 acres of Waqf land encroached

JAMMU: The government today said nearly 800 acres of Waqf board land has been encroached in this region. Around 800 acres (6,300 kanals) of land belonging to Waqf board has been encroached by various individuals and government organisations in the region, Minister for Haj and Auqaf Abdul Rehman Veeri said in a written reply to the question of PDP member Firdous Ahmed Tak in the Legislative Cou...

Srinagar: 30,000 dog bites in 6 years

JAMMU: The government today said 30,711 dog bite cases have been reported in Srinagar during the last six years. Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development Asiea Naqash told the Legislative Council that 30,711 dog bite cases were registered at an anti-rabies clinic at the SMHC hospital in Srinagar from 2012-13 to 2017-18 up to September. She was replying to the call attention motion ...

Reminding promises of yore, Mehbooba urges Pak to help end bloodshed in J&K

JAMMU: Reiterating that people of Jammu and Kashmir have been the worst victims of bitter relations between India and Pakistan, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday reminded Pakistan about the pro...

FB, Twitter helped improving security situation: DGP Vaid

JAMMU: Asserting that the state police have been successful in managing the misuse of social media to fuel unrest in Valley in past, the Director General of Police S P Vaid on Sunday said that Police's rejuvenated outreach to public through Facebook and Twitter in recent past has not only countered the propaganda of subversive elements but has also helped the force to improve the security ...

Crisis will sort out soon: CJI tells BCI

NEW DELHI: Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra today assured a Bar Council of India delegation that the crisis in the Supreme Court resulting from a virtual revolt against him by four colleagues will be sorted out soon, the council chief said. Also today, the son of special CBI judge B H Loya said in Mumbai that his father died of natural causes and not in suspicious circumstances. Loya's death, ...

‘Politico-military’ approach to bring peace in J&K: Rawat

JAMMU: Underlining the need of a "politico-military" approach in dealing with the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Sunday has called for political initiative to go hand-in-hand with military operations in the state for bringing peace in the state. Gen Rawat also asserted that there was room for ramping up heat on Pakistan to cut the flow of cross border terror ac...

Cold wave continues

JAMMU: The cold wave continued in all the three regions of the state on Sunday with Jammu city recording 5.4 degrees Celsius, while biting winter continued its sway on the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region with the weather office giving no indication of any immediate relief. In Jammu region, while Jammu city recorded minimum temperature at 5.4 degrees Celsius last night, Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine ...

State, Central deptts, security forces among PDD’s defaulters

DEEPAK KHAJURIA JAMMU: The Power Development Department (PDD)’s unpaid dues amounting up to Rs 1882 Cr across the state this year come from none other than the state and central government departments, the amount rising year after year due to non-payment of electric tariff by these defaulters. Of the outstanding amount, Rs 1080.83 Crore stand outstanding in Jammu region while Rs 802.00 Crore ...

No enhancement in funds for patients even as J&K sees steady rise in Cancer

DEEPAK KHAJURIA JAMMU: Even as it admitted that the number of cancer patients has been on a rise with as many as 26,201 patients treated in the State in last four years, the government has shrugged its shoulders on enhancing the funds for treatment of poor cancer patients under Corpus Fund Scheme launched way back by former Chief Minister Late Mufti Mohammed Sayeed. It is rather unusual that ...

Post ex-gratia relief hike, now J&K cops demand concession in airfare

SUMIT SHARMA JAMMU: A month after Ministry of Home Affairs brought in line with the Centre Armed forces, the total ex-gratia relief given to J&K Police personnel, a new demand for concession of airfare to the State cops at par with the army and other paramilitary forces has now been raised. Official sources informed The News Now that the Jammu and Kashmir Police Personnel are likely to get ...

Another IED defused, second within 24 hours

SRINAGAR: Security forces on Sunday averted a major tragedy when they detected and defused a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED), planted by militants in the city outskirts on Srinagar-Bandipora road. This was the second IED detected and defused by the security forces in city outskirts during the past 24 hours. The IED has been defused and traffic has now been restored on the road, offic...