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Cabinet nod to death penalty for rapists of children below 12 year

JAMMU: Less than two weeks after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti made an emotional promise to people of the state, the state cabinet on Tuesday walked the talk as it approved an historic ordinance prov...

4 IAS among 23 shifted

JAMMU: The state cabinet today affected a major reshuffle in state administration, transferring a number of officers, including 4 IAS officers. As per the official orders in this regard, Hilal Ahm...

7th Pay Comn approved, 20% hike for employees

JAMMU: In a bonanza to more than five lakh state government employees and pensioners, the state government today approved implementation of the seventh pay commission recommendations with effect from...

4700 teachers to be engaged

JAMMU: In an effort to provide adequate teaching staff at government-run educational institutions, the Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet today approved engagement of over 4,700 lecturers and teachers on acad...

Shah’s Karnataka schedule delays BJP’s J&K reshuffle

JAMMU: The probables in BJP for the ministerial berths in the coalition government will have to wait for confirmation of their names while tense moments await those have the danger of removal from th...

Land transferred for dev projects

JAMMU: The state cabinet today approved transfer of state land measuring 1255 Kanals and 10 Marlas situated at village Sanai of Tehsil Surankote and village Kalaban of Tehsil Mendhar, District Poonch...

Revision in Court timings from May 1

JAMMU: As per a notification issued by Registrar General, all the concerned have been informed that the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and its Subordinate courts, shall function for the summer sessi...

Const decamps with service rifle

SRINAGAR: A policeman has gone missing along with a service rifle from police post-Pakherpora in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Tuesday evening. Sources said that a Jammu and Kashmir police ...

Make sons responsible, says Modi

JAMMU: PM Narendra Modi today said sons have to be made more responsible for a safe environment for daughters and asserted that the promulgation of an ordinance on rape showed the Centre acted on peo...

Governor to go out of state

JAMMU : As BJP is yet to decide on the names of new ministers, the much-awaited reshuffle for BJP ministerial berth but the same again gets delayed for few more days as Governor NN Vohra will be out ...

4 JeM terrorists killed, Two jawans martyred

SRINAGAR: In a major anti-insurgency operation, security forces killed four Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists while two security forces' personnel attained martyrdom in a fierce encounter that broke ...

4 Formerr Minister’s, MLC to lose govt lodging

JAMMU: A Division Bench of the State High Court Comprising Justice Janak Raj Kotwal and Justice Sanjeev Kumar today dismissed the LPA filed by Yogesh Sawhney, Ajay Sadhotra, Gharu Ram, all of them f...

RASANA CB to take legal route against lawyer for ‘misleading’ public

JAMMU: The State Crime Branch will soon approach a local court in Kathua against a defence lawyer who is allegedly circulating twisted facts in the case of the gangrape and murder of an eight-year-ol...

Accused ‘juvenile’ denied bail

JAMMU: The Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Kathua today rejected the bail application of the juvenile accused allegedly involved in much publicized Kathua minor’s rape and murder case. After heari...

19 women among 37 Maoists killed

GADCHIROLI: As many as 19 women, including a commander, are among 37 Maoists gunned down in two pitched battles by the Maharashtra Police in the forests of the state's Gadchiroli in the past 48 hours...

Amid brewing anguish, 'irrigation land' transferred for Jmu-Akh Road widening

JAMMU: Amid the growing anguish among a certain section of society residing in close vicinity of the Jammu-Poonch road apprehending their land may be acquired during widening of Jammu-Akhnoor Road, t...

Trial through Video-Con to be legally permissible

JAMMU: In a significant decision, Governor N. N. Vohra has promulgated “The Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018”, thus making legally permissible the recording of evidence through ...

Deferred for a day, decision on BJP Min’s for J&K today, in Delhi

JAMMU: In the aftermath of resignation of BJP ministers to pave way for a major reshuffle in the ministerial positions in the state coalition from BJP’s quota, the heartbeats of many lawmakers in the...

State Cabinet to meet early today

JAMMU: In what seems like a change of schedule to help Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh’S back-to-back flights to-and-fro from national capital New Delhi, the State Cabinet’s fifth meeting of th...

Govt’s duress fails to move students, coaching centers

SRINAGAR: Despite Education Minister Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari warning of tough measures if students didn’t end protests and attend classes, demonstrations and clashes continued on Monday in Kashmi...

CBI probe in RASANA case Accused SPO, SI move petition in High Court

JAMMU: In yet another development in the much hyped Kathua rape and murder case, two of the eight accused in Crime Branch’s charge sheet on Monday filed a petition in the State High Court seeking CBI...

‘For removing doubts’ unfazed Lal adamant

JAMMU: Even as other leaders in the party have busy in cementing their claims to save their ministerial berths in the state government, ahead of the major reshuffle likely to take place on Tuesday, B...

Swaraj meets Xi ahead of Wuhan summit

BEIJING: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today called on Chinese President Xi Jinping, who said China regards boosting the development of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as one of...

AIIMS-J: HME dept given 69 hectares land

SAMBA: Taking a step further towards establishing the much-awaited All India Institute of Medical Sciences in the region, the state Forest Department today formally handed over 69 hectares of forest ...

Pak shelling in Poonch

JAMMU: Pakistani troops today targeted forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district with mortar shells and gunfire in violation of the ceasefire. "Pakistan army in...

34 cross sides via peace bus

SRINAGAR: As many as 17 guests from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) arrived here, while as many Kashmiris crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control (LoC) in the weekly Karvan-e-Aman bus, ...

Pak shelling in Poonch

JAMMU: Pakistani troops today targeted forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district with mortar shells and gunfire in violation of the ceasefire. "Pakistan army in...

Dissent emerge in J&K Cong against prez Mir

SRINAGAR: An imminent rift has emerged within the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) over the rape and murder of Kathua girl child as some senior party leaders in Kashmir are accusi...

DDB Ganderbal spent 97.5% in prev fiscal, gets Rs 99.29 Cr for FY19

GANDERBAL: Urgin them to adopt a pro-active approach for executing the works on various on-going developmental projects, Minister for Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction and ...

Regd Cross-LoC traders need not deposit security amt: HC

JAMMU: In a major respite to traders involved in the Cross-LoC barter, Justice Alok Aradhe of J&K High Court Jammu Wing today quashed a government order requiring furnishing of bank guarantee from th...

AMARNATH 80 addl Cos of CRPF, SSB to be deployed

JAMMU: In view of prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre has agreed to the request made by the state government of deploying 80 additional companies of paramilitary forces for the upco...

AFSPA removed from Meghalaya, parts of AP

NEW DELHI: The AFSPA has been removed completely from Meghalaya and its area of operation in Arunachal Pradesh has been restricted to eight police stations bordering Assam and three districts neighbouring Myanmar, officials said today. The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, which empowers security forces to conduct operations, arrest anyone anywhere without prior notice, has been removed from ...

In first coercion for stability, govt shows agitating Kashmiri students iron fist

SRINAGAR: A day after mildly warning the students in Kashmir Valley to put to a halt their protests against the rape-and-murder of a minor girl in Kathua, the government on Sunday unveiled its next ...

Modi, Masala & Motormouths

JAMMU: With incidents like Rasana and Unnao at the back of his mind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lashed out at BJP leaders, asking them to refrain from making "irresponsible" statements, a...

Reshuffle: BJP’s crucial meeting in Delhi today

JAMMU: In line with the speculations rife over the past week, the central leadership of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) is scheduled to meet with Jammu and Kashmir unit leaders on Monday at Party Headqua...

President Kovind Okays death for children rape

NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday approved an ordinance to provide death penalty for those convicted of raping girls younger than 12 years besides clearing another ordinance to confiscat...

Modi, Xi to meet in China on Apr 27-28

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold an informal summit meeting in China's central city of Wuhan, a meet which may well be a historic one and a defining ...

J&K prepares draft, to be placed before Cabinet tomorrow

JAMMU: With the President promulgating The Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, giving for the death penalty for rapists of children below the age of 12 after weeks of public outrage over the r...

58 killed in twin suicide attacks in Afghanistan

KABUL: At least 58 people were killed in twin blasts in Afghanistan on Sunday while another 117 were injured, even as India strongly condemned the "cowardly and barbaric" attacks in Kabul and northe...

CM Mehbooba urges Kashmiri Ulemas to restore social values

SRINAGAR: Making efforts at addressing the issues concerning the Kashmir at the social level, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday turned to religious scholars, Imams and custodians of shrines, ur...

India, Pak still have opportunities to resolve Kashmir, asserts Omar

SRINAGAR: India and Pakistan have squandered a lot of good chances to resolve the Kashmir issue, but there are still opportunities, former chief minister Omar Abdullah has said. He outlined the ne...

Boy from PoK held in Poonch

JAMMU: A 12-year-old boy, hailing from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), was detained shortly after he ventured into this side in Poonch district today, police said. Identified as Mohammad Zahid,...

Militant hideout busted

SRINAGAR: Security forces busted a militant hideout today in north Kashmir's Kupwara district and recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition, a police spokesman said. Acting on a tip-off, a j...

14384 cases disposed off

JAMMU: National Lok Adalat was held across the State today at High Court, District and Tehsil level under the Patronage of Chief Justice (Acting), High Court of J&K ( Patron-in-Chief J&K State Legal...

Recuse from judicial work, Cong asks CJI

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Sunday hit out at the BJP for "defending" Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and said the latter should consider recusing himself from judicial and administrative work till...

Centre approves law providing stringent punishment for rapes

Below 12 Yr: Min 20-yr in jail, extendable to death sentence Below 16 Yr: Min 20-yr in jail, extendable to life imprisonment Over 16 Yr: Min RI of 10-yr, extendable to life imprisonment JAM...

KATHUA || Sedation, rape confirmed by medical experts, asserts CB

JAMMU: Dismissing as ‘false’ certain reports in a section of media that victim minor girl in the Kathua rape-murder case was not subjected to rape before her killing, the state police’s Crime Branch ...

Enough protests, return to schools now, govt warns students in Valley

SRINAGAR: Warning students of shortage in their attendance and closing down the educational institution in Kashmir if they resort to protests, the government today said that students should resume cl...

RASANA || SSP Kathua among seven transferred

JAMMU: Vindicating The News Now report under headline, ‘Chief Minister dismayed over police’s initial probe’ published in its Thursday edition, the state government shifted M Suleman Choudhary, the S...

Two more Katha units raided, records seized

JAMMU: Continuing a sequence of raids at Katha manufacturing units in district Kathua and Samba, the forest department today also conducted surprise inspection of two Katha units in Marh area in dist...

'Democracy under threat' Yashwant Sinha quits BJP

NEW DELHI: Senior BJP leader and former Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, who has been trenchant in his criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government, on Saturday announced that h...

DDB | Rajouri spent 95% in prev fiscal, gets Rs 198.94 cr outlay for FY19

JAMMU: Riding on the excellent performance in putting to use as much as almost 95% of the total funds made available to it the previous year, the Rajouri district has received a financial outlay of R...

On IGP Rath’s complaint, NPP’s Office Secy booked

JAMMU: The Gandhi Nagar Police today booked Office Secretary of the Jammu and Kashmir National Panters Party (JKNPP) namely Rashpal Singh for obstructing public servant in performing his duties. ...

2 terrorists onboard vehicle escape, driver doc detained

SRINAGAR: A doctor was detained for questioning after two terrorists who had boarded his vehicle managed to escape in Mir Bazar area of south Kashmir's Kulgam district on Saturday evening. Police ...

Two ADCs, as many ACDs denied anticipatory bail

JAMMU: A day after he was shifted out of Rajouri, Assistant Commissioner Development Noor Alam, along with six other officers were denied the pre-arrest bail for their alleged involvement in much pub...

14-yr-old alleges rape 2 years ago, demands justice

JAMMU: A 14-year-old girl, carrying a baby in her arms which she alleged was born a year ago out of rape, today appeared before the media at the press club here demanding justice for her and the chil...

LoC breached, injured jawan succumbs

JAMMU: Pakistan troops yet again breached the truce by resorting to unprovoked firing on forward Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district today and attracted prompt retaliation...

Aadhaar seeding must for bank accounts: RBI

MUMBAI: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has made linking of national biometric ID Aadhaar to bank accounts mandatory as part of its updated 'Know Your Customer (KYC)' guidelines. This, however, wi...

8 cops shifted

JAMMU: Inspector General of Police, Jammu today ordered transfer of eight police officials within the Jammu zone and specified ranges. As per order, Inspector Susheel Kumar has been transferred fr...

UNPRECEDENTED Oppn initiates impeachment motion against CJI Mishra, Govt calls it ‘revenge petition’

NEW DELHI: Seven opposition parties led by the Congress today initiated an unprecedented step to impeach Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, moving a notice accusing him of "misbehaviour" and "misuse...

Heckling in US just tamasha, says Omar

Srinagar: Former chief minister Omar Abdullah today said he had a "great session" at University of California in the US and termed an attempt to heckle him a tamasha by just four people. He was re...

Jammu lawyers tell BCI team: CBI probe unanimous demand

JAMMU: A Bar Council of India (BCI) team today met the representatives of the Bar Association of Jammu (BAJ) who refuted allegations that the lawyer of the Kathua rape and murder victim was prevented...

Top Army Commanders for mainstreaming Kashmiri youth, minimum collateral damage

NEW DELHI: Top Army commanders have favoured a collective approach in bringing the radicalised youth in Jammu and Kashmir into the mainstream and focus on minimising collateral damage in anti-terror ...

An Engg graduate, qualified for Army, joins militant ranks

SRINAGAR: An engineering graduate, who had cleared a written test to join the armed forces, is believed to have become a member of the Hizbul Mujahideen terror group. A photograph of Abdi Nazir, w...

PDP announces 10-member PAC

SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is also the president of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, today constituted an eleven-member powerful Political Affairs Committee (PAC). The PAC wa...

Ceasefire violation in Nowshera sector

JAMMU: Pakistani troops opened fire along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, police said today. Pakistani troops shelled Anwas, Laam, Sarya and Pukhrani areas of Nowshera sector late...

Internet suspended in Rajouri district

JAMMU: The police today suspended the internet services in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district following the death of a teenage boy under mysterious circumstances. Chander Prakash, a resident of ...

Barring Nirmal, fate of all BJP Ministers uncertain

JAMMU: With a possible exception of Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, the fate of all Ministers from Bhartiya Janta Party, who have already been made to resign by the party, appeared uncertain as t...

Is there an all out between Kathua’s Singhs? Businesses linked to Lal raided in two distts

JAMMU: An allegedly dormant rivalry between already embattled BJP leaders Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh and ousted Forest Minister Choudhary Lal Singh today appeared to have come in the open wit...

CM alerts adm as snow, rains disrupt normal life

JAMMU: In view of the heavy downpour in plains and snowfall in higher reaches of the State, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has directed the Divisional Administration of Kashmir to be in a state of pr...

Kathua keeps Kashmir on boil, net suspended

SRINAGAR: Mobile Internet services have been temporarily suspended in Srinagar city, while the high-speed network was throttled in parts of south Kashmir today as a precautionary measure to check rum...

KATHUA RAPE & MURDER Now, it is for the courts to decide on CBI probe: DyCM

JAMMU: While assuring justice to the victim of Kathua rape and murder case and severest punishment to the perpetrators of crime, senior BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh today said...

Post resignations, other BJP Ministers await next word from party, Bali gets hyper active

JAMMU: In wake of uncertainty prevailing over the fate of BJP Ministers after party obtained their resignations, most of the incumbent were seen lobbying to save their jobs barring Health Minister Ba...

Accused are behind bars, what are you on streets?

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir government today said those pelting stones in the name of the eight-year-old victim of Kathua rape and murder case were only hurting the image and interests of the sta...

Policy deny SPO turning militant

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Police today termed as "fake" a post on social media about a special police officer joining militant ranks. "The person whose photograph is being circulated (on soc...

Is Jammu agri varsity hiding a major scam?

JAMMU: The way a select committee of the of the state legislative council has asked Jammu’s Sher-e-Kashmir Agricultural University to present before it details of every single bit done over last ten ...

J&K BJP website hacked, restored

JAMMU: The website of the BJP's Jammu and Kashmir unit was today hacked for a brief period with the hackers posting a message demanding justice for an eight-year-old girl who was raped and murdered a...

A child violated in India every 15 mins, crime 500% up in 10 years

NEW DELHI: A sexual offence is committed against a child in India every 15 minutes and there has been an increase of more than 500 per cent over the past 10 years in crime against minors, an analysis...

Mirwaiz to clerics: Don’t preach hate from mosque pulpits

SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday lambasted those clerics who use mosque pulpits to preach hate. Taking to social networking site Twitter, Mirwaiz wrote: ...

Director SKICC, engineering staff attached

JAMMU: Minister for Tourism Tassaduq Hussain Mufti today ordered attachment of Director Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) Yasmeen Khan along with engineering staff. The Minist...

President pays obeisance at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine

JAMMU, APRIL 19: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, today visited the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Deviji and paid obeisance at the Sanctum Sanctorum. Kovind prayed for the progress an...

Hizb books, arms recovered in Doda

Jammu: The Army today busted a terror hideout and recovered arms and ammunition, including two AK rifles, 289 rounds of ammunition, and Hizbul Mujahideen donation books in Doda district, rasing conc...

Govt examining death penalty law

SRINAGAR: Following the rising demand for death penalty to rape accused the law department of Jammu and Kashmir government has initiated a process to draw a road map for a legislation that could be p...

Man pockets Rs 35 lakh for fake gas agency, booked

JAMMU: Crime Branch Kashmir today registered a First Information Report (FIR) against a Basant Bagh resident for impersonation and fraud. “The accused duped a Khansahib resident under the pretext...

CS reviews law & order

Jammu, Apr 19: Chief Secretary B B Vyas today called for improving coordination, contact and vigil to maintain peace and harmony across the State, while reviewing the law and order situation with the...

BCI team meets Kathua lawyers, visits Rasana

JAMMU: A five-member team of the Bar Council of India arrived here today and met lawyers in Kathua, who had held protests in connection with the rape and killing of an eight-year-old girl. The tea...

Met predict rainy weekend

JAMMU: An approaching western disturbance is expected to bring rainfall in Jammu and Kashmir with thunderstorms likely in some isolated areas over the next two days, the Met department said today. ...

At CHOGM, Modi avoids Pak counterpart Abbasi

LONDON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not meet his Pakistani counterpart Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) here today and no such meeting is planned for ...