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Cop martyred in attack on Ex-MLA

SRINAGAR: In an audacious attack, the terrorists on Monday attacked the vehicle of a former legislator in Pulwama, killing one of his Personal Security Officer (PSO) and injuring the other, before de...

First Lady e-inaugurates All Women Branch of J&K Bank

SRINAGAR, JULY 17: First Lady Mrs. Usha Vohra e-inaugurated the first “All Women Branch of J&K Bank” at a function organised at the SKICC on monday. Sh. Parvez Ahmad, Chairman J&K Bank was present on...

J&K BJP constitutes new team

Jammu, July 17: The state unit of Jammu and Kashmir BJP on Monday constituted a new team and nominated 11 state spokespersons, including its chief. BJP State President Ravinder Riana (MLA), in con...

Governor inaugurates SFA Football League Phase II

SRINAGAR, JULY 17: Governor N.N. Vohra inaugurated the Inter State Football Academy - Football League Phase-II at the Astro Turf, Tourist Reception Centre, Srinagar. Sh. K. Vijay Kumar, Advisor to Go...

ADC Doda flags off 2nd batch of Hajj pilgrims

DODA, JULY 17: Additional Deputy Commissioner, Pawan Parihar and SSP Mohd Shabir flagged off 150 hajjis from the district for Hajj-2018. Pilgrims from various areas of the district including Doda...

DDC Rajouri inspects resurfacing work on NH 144-A

RAJOURI, JULY 17: District Development Commissioner Mohammad Aijaz Asad inspected the resurfacing/ macadamisation work on National Highway 144-A (Jammu-Poonch) on Nowshera-Rajouri stretch. He was ...

Div Com reviews traffic scenario

JAMMU, JULY 17: Divisional Commissioner, Sanjeev Verma convened a meeting to review the traffic scenario in Jammu city besides discussing measures to further streamline the traffic movement. The m...

Chief Secretary chairs SEC meeting of SDRF

SRINAGAR, JULY 17: Chief Secretary, Mr B V R Subrahmanyam Monday chaired a meeting of the State Executive Committee (SEC) of the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF). Financial Commissioner, H&UDD,...

FIR against Major Aditya is “justified”: J&K tells SC

JAMMU: Three days after it submitted that prior sanction of the Centre government was not necessary for registering a FIR against Army personnel, the State government on Monday told the Supreme Court...

CBI chargesheets Farooq, 3 others in Rs 43 cr JKCA scam

SRINAGAR: Three years after it took over the investigation from the state police, the CBI today filed a charge sheet against former chief minister Farooq Abdullah and three others for allegedly misap...

Major reshuffle in administration

JAMMU: In the biggest administrative reshuffle of the recent times, several officers, including eight IAS officers and three District Commissioners were either shifted or given additional charges of ...

Rs 32 lakh cash, property papers found at ARTO house in VO raids

JAMMU: In a raid at the residence of an official of Motor Vehicles Department, the Vigilance Organisation claimed to have recovered Rs 32 lakh in cash and papers pertaining to various properties and ...

105 tie knots in Kashmir’s first mass marriage

SRINAGAR: In the first ever mass marriage in Kashmir, as many as 105 couples tied the knot in a simple function in Amar Singh Club here. The couples belonged to various parts of north Kashmir, includ...

Most PDP ex-ministers vacate houses, those from BJP averse

JAMMU: Ahead of 30-day deadline after demitting offices, the former Ministers have begun vacating their official bungalows in the winter capital Jammu even as most of them still retain their Srinagar...

7 killed in Reasi’s waterfall mishap, 31 battling injuries

Jammu: At least seven persons died and 31 others were reported injured when a huge boulder rolled down a 100-feet high waterfall in Reasi district where several people had gathered for a Sunday bath ...

Mehbooba chairs party meeting, PDP eyes Kargil Hill Council polls

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: A week after consolidating her position with the legislators, Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti Sunday had a meeting with the workers from central Kashmir to discuss with ...

UPSC Prelims declared

NEW DELHI: The result of civil services preliminary examination has been declared by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The prelims examination was held on June 3 and the results were dec...

Amarnath: 11331 pilgrims pay obeisance

SRINAGAR: On the 18th day of the ongoing Shri Amarnathji Yatra, 11,331 Yatris paid obeisance at the Holy Cave. Till date 1,87,375 Yatris had the darshan of the Shivling at the Holy Cave.

Couple dies in Bhaderwah mishap

Bhaderwah: A couple were killed while their son and two daughters were injured when their car skidded off a hilly road and fell into a deep gorge in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir this morning, t...

NIA quizzes Kashmiri scribe Auqib Javed

JAMMU: The National Investigation Agency, late last evening and Sunday morning, questioned Kashmir Observer reporter, Auqib Javed, in a sedition case filed against Dukhtaraan-e-Millat chief Asiya And...

Activists alarmed: Bill to amend RTI in Parliament this monsoon session

JAMMU: A bill to amend the law on Right to Information has been listed for passing for monsoon session. According to a media report, government sources earlier indicated that this bill is only for...

Mehbooba should put her house in order before blaming BJP: Madhav

JAMMU: Terming former ally Mehbooba Mufti’s statement on BJP trying to engineer a split in her PDP the most shocking and unfortunate lie, BJP’s point-man on Jammu and Kashmir Ram Madhav on Saturday s...

SHOPIAN KILLINGS Centre’s sanction is ‘not needed’ for FIR against Army: JKP tells SC

JAMMU: In an interesting development in the January Shopian Civilian Killings, the state police have told the Supreme Court that the prior sanction of the Centre government was not necessary for regi...

POWER WOES: J&K’s smart move may save state exchequer worth Rs 3500 cr

SRINAGAR: In a significant decision aimed at curbing the power losses which run in Crores of rupees for Jammu and Kashmir, the government has decided to do away with manual meter reading, replacing t...

Hajj-2018: 800 leave for Madina in first batch

SRINAGAR: The first batch of 800 Hajj pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir today left for the Muslim holy city of Madina in Saudi Arabia. As many as 10,000 pilgrims from the state are scheduled to perf...

Guv seeks status of J&K cases pending at SC, HC

JAMMU: Three weeks after he was urged by former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to ensure proper supervision of various matters the state was fighting in Supreme Court and state High Court, the governo...

No new arms licence will be issued in J&K

JAMMU: In view of the ire it has been facing from Union Home Ministry, besides Rajasthan Police in the fake gun licences scam, the state government has decided to seize the issuance of fresh individu...

Cong is a party of only Muslim men: PM Modi

AZAMGARH (UP): Days ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament when the government is likely to push for the passage of a bill against instant triple talaq, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mocked Congre...

Soldier injured in Pak sniping Army Chief reviews security in Akhnoor

JAMMU: An Army soldier was injured when he was shot by a Pakistani sniper from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Akhnoor sector, Defence Ministry officials informed. The incident took place Frid...

1.76 L yatris pay obeisance, 2 more die of cardiac arrest

SRINAGAR: On the 17th day of the ongoing Shri Amarnathji Yatra, 11,038 Yatris paid obeisance at the Holy Cave, taking the total number of pilgrims to have had the darshan of the Shivling to 1,76,044,...

Yatra to Budha Amarnath from Monday

JAMMU: The annual Baba Budha Amarnath Ji Yatra pilgrimage will commence from 16th July.The Yatra will commence from Jammu base camp to Mandi town in Poonch where shrine of Lord Shiva is located. W...

PDP rebel meets Guv

SRINAGAR: Imran Raza Ansari, MLA Pattan and former Minister, met Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan today. Ansari informed Governor about the problems relating to the implementation of certain ...

Governor trolled on twitter; Advisor, SC, visit graveyard with floral circlets

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra was subjected to bitter criticism on twitter for posting his tributes on the ‘Martyrs’ Day’ –a controversial event of history in which 22 Kashmiris were all...

Def Min rejects UN report on Kashmir

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today rejected a UN report on alleged human rights violation in Kashmir, saying Indian Army exercises maximum restraint in carrying out operations in th...

‘Mehbooba disturbed on losing power, facing criticism within her PDP’

JAMMU: Calling former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's statement "irresponsible", the BJP today asked her to apologise to the party and asserted it has never conspired to pull out of any government or...

Not our holiday: Jammu lawyers

JAMMU: The Jammu High Court Bar Association today staged a demonstration demanding the abolishment of the Martyrs' Day holiday, while Kashmiri Pandit migrants observed a 'black day'. Martyrs' Day ...

MLAs’ CDS spending relaxed, DCs asked to oversee works, report

JAMMU: The Planning and Development Department has issued guidelines for implementation of Constituency Development Scheme (CDS) during the Suspended Animation of the State Assembly. According to a circular issued by the Department, all District Development Commissioners (DDCs) have been instructed for execution of all ongoing works under Constituency Development Scheme (CDS) and the same shal...

Not in touch with ‘Delhi’, we are ‘real PDP’: rebels

Srinagar: Five rebel PDP legislators today accused party president Mehbooba Mufti of putting them and their families at risk by claiming that the internal rumblings in the party done at the behest of...

Guv Rule: Daily grievances 190, disposal rate 159

SRINAGAR: In 23 days of Governor’s Rule, the government grievance cell has received around 190 complaints on a daily average while the administration, under personal monitoring of Governor, had been ...

2 CRPF men killed in militant ambush

SRINAGAR: Two CRPF personnel, including an officer, were killed and another jawan was injured when militants attacked a patrol party in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, official sources said. A ...

AMARNATH PILGRIMAGE: At least 1.5 lakh pay obeisance in 15 days

SRINAGAR: About 6000 pilgrims, including women and sadhus, on Friday left for holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, where so far over 1.52 yatries had paid obeisance since the commenc...

Mehbooba to New Delhi: Stab in back of PDP will ‘produce more militants’

SRINAGAR: Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday warned of dire consequences if New Delhi tried to break her party Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to form government in the state. “If New D...

Stop sounding so desperate, former ally BJP to Mehbooba

NEW DELHI: Taking strong exceptions to former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's statement that any attempt to split PDP will only create more separatists like Yasin Malik, the BJP on Friday lashed out ...

Omar: Militancy reborn under Mehbooba’s rule

SRINAGAR: Upping the ante at former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti over her threat of renewal of militancy if centre tries to break Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), National Conference (NC) Vice Presid...

Legendary Kashmir medico Girija Dhar no more

SRINAGAR: Former Principal of the Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar Prof Girija Dhar, a renowned Gynaecologist , breathed her last in summer capital on Friday. Governor N N Vohra, former ...

Gen Hasnain is CUK Chancellor

JAMMU: Former military secretary Lt General Syed Ata Hasnain has been appointed as the chancellor of the Central University of Kashmir, according to a notification issued here today. "The Presiden...

Grassroots Democracy: Vohra revives long-denied dream, begins Panchayat election process

JAMMU: While the speculations on such a decision were rife ever since he took over as the administrator of state on June 20, it was only 23 days later that Governor N N Vohra set the ball rolling for...

Govt decides to do away with unsuitable, undeserving SPOs

JAMMU: A total of 35,758 Special Police Officers (SPOs) contributing to the strength of Jammu and Kashmir Police Force have suddenly have come under an axe, as J&K Home Department today constituted D...

Yatra reaches 1.51 L mark

SRINAGAR: On the 15th day of the ongoing Amarnath pilgrimage, 18442 Yatris paid obeisance at the Holy Cave today taking the total to 1,51,923 Yatris who have performed darshan of the Holy Shivling so...

Terrorist killed, magisterial probe into civilian’s killing

SRINAGAR: A terrorist was killed in an encounter which has been going on since Tuesday night with security forces in Kupwara district today. "One terrorist has been killed in the ongoing encounter...

Guv for developing J&K as leading State 4244 grievances since June 20

SRINAGAR: Governor N N Vohra has called upon the leaders of all political and religious parties and social organizations and the people of the State to shed all differences and join hands to make Jam...

Breaking lockup rules PHQ sets aside IGP Jammu’s order, IGP Armed to hold denovo inquiry

JAMMU: In a surprising move, the Police Headquarters on Thursday set aside Inspector General of Police, Jammu S.D Singh Jamwal’s order in which he had terminated the service of a Sub Inspector and his subordinate (Munshi) on the grounds of breaking lock up rules in the shape of letting detainee go to making an attempt to murder. Director General of Police Dr S.P Vaid after setting aside the im...

Rs 1100 Crore released for border villages in FY18: MHA

NEW DELHI: The Centre has released Rs 1,100 crore in 2017-18 for the all-round development of villages located along the international border in 17 states. According to the Home Ministry, 61 model...

PM Modi interacts with J&K SHGs under NRLM

SRINAGAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday assured of his government’s commitment towards empowerment of women in state as he interacted with the members of Self-Help Groups promoted by J&K S...

PDP removes rebel Reshi as distt prez

SRINAGAR: The Peoples Democratic Party said today that it has removed legislator Yasir Reshi as the party's district president for Bandipora, cracking the whip on leaders who had publicly criticised ...

Govt calls for enhancing expenditure in schemes

SRINAGAR: Principal Secretary, Planning and Development Department, Rohit Kansal today directed the officers to work hard to greatly enhance expenditure in all sectors. He was speaking at a meetin...

Jammu-train catches fire, no injuries

NEW DELHI: A fire started on the roof of a coach of Jammu Rajdhani train near Sabzi Mandi station here tonight but no injury or casualty was reported and it was brought under control shortly, officia...

2 dead, 20 injured on J&K roads

JAMMU: Two people were killed and 20 others injured including 13 Amarnath pilgrims in two separate road mishaps in Jammu region. In the first accident, Tiku Rana (19) from Uttar Pradesh and Abhishek...

Guv’s effect: Office footfall increase by 49%

SRINAGAR: Following the imposition of Governor’s Rule in the State, the punctuality in Government offices including the Civil Secretariat is being strictly monitored by the General Administration Department and the Governor’s Secretariat on daily basis. As per the Centralized Personnel Information System (CPIS) Database, 109654 employees are now registered on the Aadhaar Enabled Bio Metric Att...

Karachi woman gets 2 years Jail

JAMMU: A Pakistani woman who had entered into Indian Territory without any valid permit and was found in restricted and protected area was today given two years imprisonment in violation of section 1...

Nirmal meets Gadkari

NEW DELHI: Speaker, J&K Legislative Assembly, Dr Nirmal Singh today met Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, Nitin Gadkari to discuss various issues concerning J...

Leh-bound man arrested with Sat phone

NEW DELHI: A Leh-bound Danish passenger was today apprehended by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) at the IGI airport here for allegedly carrying an unauthorised satellite phone in his lug...

SAC sets ball rolling for ULB polls, rolls out mega healthcare scheme

SRINAGAR: The State Administrative Council (SAC), equivalent to Cabinet in popular government, has cleared a number of important policy decisions pending for a long time, in its third meeting which w...

Commando martyred, 6-yr old among 2 civilians dead

SRINAGAR: An Indian Army commando attained martyrdom and another injured in a gunfight with terrorists in a forested area of Kupwara district on Wednesday, even as a protestor civilian was killed whe...

No takers for Vohra’s motor-tax reform plan

JAMMU: The much ambitious initiative of Governor N N Vohra to affect the first major revision in state’s vehicle-taxing structure has failed to see the light of the day, even after eight months have ...

SSPs fight over AIG Pers chair embarrassing PHQ

JAMMU: The aftermath of what was a rare stay order- the first in Governor Vohra’s fourth regime- got by a cop against his transfer has put the State Police Headquarters into a very embarrassing situation as two officers of the rank of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) are seen taking any choice to hold the office of AIG (Personnel), with verbal brawls taking place in PHQ in their bids to stak...

Guv for action against corrupt higher level officials on priority

SRINAGAR: Rooting for launching a vigorous campaign for bringing the erring government officials to book, the Governor N N Vohra on Wednesday asked the State Vigilance Organisation to take up the cas...

1.33 Lakh perform Yatra in two weeks

SRINAGAR: As many as 15696 Yatris today paid obeisance at the Holy Cave Shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, taking the total to 1,33,481 Yatris in first 14 days of the annual pilgrimage wh...

Dissolve LA to end uncertainty: Omar

SRINAGAR: Main Opposition National Conference today called for dissolution of the state Legislative Assembly so as to end the ‘uncertainty and speculations’ prevailing over Jammu and Kashmir. "We...

Bhaderwah is new hotspot for tourists escaping sweltering heat

BHADERWAH: Known as 'mini-Kashmir' for its resemblance with 'paradise on earth', this township in Doda district of Jammu region is abuzz with activities as about 3,000 holiday makers have thronged th...

Jawahar Tunnel tube reopens

BANIHAL: One of the two tubes of the Jawahar Tunnel along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway reopened today after repairs, while traffic movement on the arterial road was disrupted for several hours...

D C Raina is J&K AG

SRINAGAR: Governor N N Vohra today appointed D C Raina as the advocate general of Jammu and Kashmir. "In exercise of the powers conferred under section 42 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir ...

27 political appointees demit office

SRINAGAR: Barring the Vice-Chairman of Wakf Board whose appointment is regulated by a separate act, all the others political appointees have demitted their office, 25 by way of resignations- all of t...

Govt clarifies on Edu Dept detachments

SRINAGAR: Dispelling the reports regarding purported disruption of the academic activity due to the detachment of staff in the Education Department, the Government today made it clear that while impl...

PDD official held for over Rs 5 Cr graft

SRINAGAR: An official of Power Development Department (PDD) was taken into custody by Crime Branch for allegedly siphoning off Rs 5.72 crore from a government account to 22 private bank accounts belo...

J&K improves ease of doing business ranking, fails to feature among top 20

JAMMU: Significantly improving its ranking in the ease of doing business, Jammu and Kashmir has yet to feature in top twenty states where some similarly placed hill states like Uttarakhand and Himach...

Brother of J&K cadre IAS officer arrested

JAIPUR: The elder brother of a Jammu and Kashmir cadre IAS official was arrested from Gurgaon in connection with an illegal arms and fake licence racket, a senior ATS and SOG official said today. ...

Shah Faesel's 'Rapistan' tweet irks DoPT, GAD initiates action

SRINAGAR: The state government has initiated disciplinary action against 2010-batch IAS exam topper Shah Faesal for his tweet about frequent rapes which was seen by the Centre's Department of Personn...

NAC briefs Governor

SRINAGAR: Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Army Commander, Northern Command, today briefed Governor NN Vohra of the security situation in Valley which he had reviewed over the past four days after an anguished V...

In Jammu, 184 of 259 health institutions without doctors

JAMMU: Indicating the sorry state of health services infrastructure in Jammu region, particularly in hilly areas, at least 184 of total 259 health institutions are running without doctors. Taking ...

Fencing work starts at AIIMS Jammu site

JAMMU: After lapse of almost three years, the ambitious project of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, (AIIMS), Jammu announced in 2015, finally saw light of the day with work on its boundary wa...

Amarnath Yatra 2018: 13767 pay obeisance

SRINAGAR: On the 13th day of the ongoing Shri Amarnathji Yatra, 13,767 Yatris paid obeisance at the Holy Cave, taking the total number of Yatris to have performed had the darshan of the Shivling to 1...

JDA seeks police shield for retrieving state land

JAMMU: Facing flak over delay in retrieving the state land from encroachers, the Vice Chairman Jammu Development Authority (JDA) has sought the help from DGP to provide police protection, citing the ...

Super Cop Kumar for using NSG module to train JKP commandos

SRINAGAR: Known as the super cop for his highly effective counter-terror strategies which saw him hunting down the notorious brigand, dacoit, and sandalwood smuggler Veerappan back in the day, the Ad...

151 WL operators re-engaged

JAMMU: In a respite for some of the wireless operators, who were ousted by the J&K Police Department from services early this year, the Home Department on Tuesday re-engaged 151 such persons as Wirel...

Guv meets Dalai Lama

LEH: Governor N N Vohra, on an official visit to Leh, today met the Dalai Lama who during the interaction stressed the importance of debate and discussion to reconcile opposing viewpoints. "Befor...

Rasana Trial: Prosc witness turns hostile?

JAMMU: In another twist in the ongoing trial in Rasana minor rape-and-murder, the defence counsel today said that one of the prosecution witnesses had turned hostile as he was cross-examined by the p...

Our SAC, SVC similar to Lokayukta, J&K tells SC

NEW DELHI: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that the state doesn't require a Lokayukta as there are already two commissions created under the state laws which compre...

Shopian encounter: Two JeM militants, civilian killed

Srinagar: Two Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants, including a Pakistani national, were today killed in an encounter while a civilian died and 20 others sustained injuries during clashes with security f...