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VAJPAYEE DIES, LEGACY LIVES ON

NEW DELHI: Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, one of India's most charismatic leaders who led the nation through several crises while holding together a tenuous coalition with his inclusive ...

J&K remembers PM who looked beyond politics to end its woes

SRINAGAR: With his mantra of 'Insaniyat, 'Jamhooriyat' and 'Kashmiriyat', former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee endeared himself to the people of Jammu and Kashmir who finally saw a leader willi...

The Statesman With No Enemies

Statesman and pragmatist, orator and poet, a man of peace and conviction. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a towering nationalist who softened the often sharp edge of his party's politics with a gentle sophi...

Embrace, not bullet, way for Kashmir

JAMMU: In what seemed like a repeat of a repeat of his speech from last year atop the red fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi maintained that his government will move forward in Jammu and Kashmir by a...

Vohra appeals leaders for dialogue, praises SFs

SRINAGAR: On Independence Day, Governor N N Vohra asserted that only dialogue and discussion can pull the state out of "fear, distrust and growing cynicism" that have impeded its economic development...

Defend 35-A: PDP tells Vohra

SRINAGAR: The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday urged the Governor N N Vohra the need of defending Article 35-A in the Supreme Court for state's overall prosperity and tranquility, a day aft...

4 soldiers wounded in Kashmir gunfight

SRINAGAR: Four soldiers were injured on Thursday in a gun battle with terrorists on the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara, even as a huge cache of arms and ammunition was found during a search operati...

Alert sounded after 3 suspects seen in Narwal

JAMMU: An alert was sounded in Jammu on Thursday with all the check-points (nakas) made active after three suspects were seen in a Haryana based car near Bathindi area in Narwal. The alert was sou...

Yatra resumes, 548 leave, 227 pay obeisance

JAMMU: The Amarnath Yatra resumed today from Jammu after it was suspended for three days due to bad weather conditions in Kashmir, with a fresh batch of 548 pilgrims leaving for the Pahalgam base cam...

GST amnesty extended till September 14

SRINAGAR: Much to the relief of businessmen, traders and industrialists of the state, the government today ordered extension of GST amnesty scheme by another period of 30 days. The due date of dep...

Expedite trial in old cases, atrocities against women: CJ Mittal to Judiciary

SRINAGAR: Chief Justice of State High Court Justice Gita Mittal today stressed on the need to expedite trial in long pending cases, besides the cases of atrocities and domestic violence against women...

Machail Yatra crosses 1L mark

KISHTWAR: Machail Mata Yatra had crossed landmark of one lakh yatris on 15th August when the whole country was celebrating the 72nd years of India's Independence with gaiety and enthusiasm. The pilgr...

North Pir Panjal infiltration in focus as Indo-Pak DGMOs talk

JAMMU: Asserting that infiltration by terrorists was a major concern, India today told Pakistan that intrusions have increased in the north of Pir Panjal mountain ranges and Islamabad must take measu...

Govt announces 7-day State mourning as a mark of respect to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

The Government has announced seven-day state mourning throughout the country as a mark of respect to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. During the period, the national flag will be flown...

Body of former PM Vajpayee to be kept at BJP HQ for people to pay last respects; last rites to be performed at Smriti Sthal

Addressing media, BJP Chief Amit Shah said, his mortal remains will be kept at BJP headquarters at 9 AM tomorrow to enable the people to pay their last respects. Mr Shah said,his last journey will b...

Governor’s Independence Day Speech

Brothers and Sisters, On the joyous occasion of our Independence Day I convey my greetings and good wishes to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Today, when we celebrate the birth of our freedom, we...

Close ranks, muster courage, accept dialogue for resolution

JAMMU: Governor N N Vohra on Tuesday urged the all the stakeholders, irrespective of their political convictions or religious ideologies, to come together in accepting that only dialogue can resolve ...

Violence has no place in society: Prez

NEW DELHI: Amid growing concerns over mob violence and lynchings in some parts of the country, President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday asserted that violence had no place in a civilised society and aske...

THE AWARDS RAIN Shaurya Chakra for Major Aditya, Aurengzeb

Major Aditya Kumar, who was embroiled in a controversy after his unit fired on a stone-pelting mob in South Kashmir's Shopian in January leading to death of three persons and Rifleman Aurangzeb, who ...

Pak Prez for probing vote rigging charges

ISLAMABAD: In an unusual move, Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain in his Independence Day address, raised the issue of alleged rigging in the July 25 elections and asked the election commission to lo...

2 Pak soldiers killed in Indian retaliation

SRINAGAR: Two Pakistani troopers were killed by the Indian Army in response to ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district where one ow...

Tinkering Art 35A may reopen accession debate, warns Omar

SRINAGAR: National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah today said any attempts to tinker with Article 35-A of the Constitution would have "serious ramifications" and would inevitably "reopen the ...

5 KAS shifted

JAMMU: The Governor’s administration continued reshuffling the middle-rung administration when it transferred 5 KAS officers on Tuesday, besides giving another officer additional charge of a post. ...

SC to hear plea against AFSPA dilution on Aug 20

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will hear on August 20 a plea by a group of serving Army officers against the dilution of AFSPA that gives immunity to military personnel from prosecution for actions in ...

Madhav hints at new Governor in 2 weeks

JAMMU: Affirming the substance in the rumour mill working overtime over replacement of incumbent N N Vohra, BJP’s senior leader and in-charge of party affairs in state, Ram Madhav today asserted that...

Rains, flash floods wreak havoc; highway closed

JAMMU: The overnight rains across the state created havoc as flash floods damaged cars and roads in many parts of the winter capital of the state thus triggering protests and resentment from the loca...

Security beefed up ahead of I-Day

SRINAGAR: Security forces have been put on high alert in state, especially in Kashmir Valley, ahead of Independence Day to thwart terrorists' attempts to disrupt official functions and celebrations o...

Jawan sniped at LoC; terrorists abduct, murder youth in Valley

SRINAGAR: An army soldier was killed in sniper attack from across the Line of Control (LoC) as Pakistan made an unsuccessful infiltration bid in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, even as terrorists a...

H&ME Form policy to tackle faculty shortage: Guv

SRINAGAR: Asking recruiting agencies to prioritize selections for all pending vacancies in Health & Medical Education Department, Governor N N Vohra today called for drawing a policy framework to ove...

Tawi Illegal Mining Div Com directs for tough action

JAMMU: Divisional Commissioner, Sanjeev Verma today directed enforcement agencies to take stringent measures and heighten surveillance to prevent illegal mining on Tawi river bed and removal of unaut...

EASE OF LIVING Out of 111 cities, Jammu ranked 95,Srinagar 100th

JAMMU: The twin capitals of state have performed miserably in the government's inaugural 'Ease of Living Index', barely making it to the top 100 of the 111 most livable cities in the country. This is the first-ever exercise undertaken by the ministry to rank the country's major cities on the basis of four parameters of ease of living -- governance, social, economic and physical infrastructure....

Panel to file report on SSA teachers' wages by Aug 16

SRINAGAR: The Government today constituted a high-level committee to examine the issues in the School Education Department, particularly for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan teachers who have been not given wages for months together. The Committee has been asked to submit its interim report by August 16, 2018 about payment of three months salaries to SSA teachers, followed by its final recommendations on...

STREAMLINING EDU DEPTT Of 786 teachers attached, 498 repatriated in Jammu division

JAMMU: Acting swiftly on government’s direction of detachments of preferential postings, the School Education Department (SED) has prepared a report to be tabled before the Secretary School Education...

22 KAS officers shuffled, given additional charges

JAMMU: The state government on Monday affected yet another major reshuffle in middle-rung administration when 22 officers were reshuffled and given additional charges. Today’s move comes two days ...

Unlike Kashmiris, Jammu people are nationalists: Lal

JAMMU: Senior BJP leader and former minister Lal Singh, who has often courted controversy with his remarks, today asked people of the Jammu region to hoist the tricolour at their houses on the Indepe...

RDA Scam Div Com told to finalize enquiry within 15 days

JAMMU: In the much publicized PIL highlighting alleged hushing up of Rajouri Development Authority (RDA) Scam, General Administration Department in the State High Court at Jammu revealed that the enq...

39 PoK guests arrive

SRINAGAR: As many as 39 guests from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) arrived here on Monday while no Kashmiri resident crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control (LoC) in the weekly Karvan-...

India, Pakistan exchange 36 prisoners

NEW DELHI: Altogether 29 Indians - 26 fishermen and three civil prisoners returned home on Monday "after completing their sentences in Pakistan" and for its part New Delhi has thanked authorities in ...

Fmr LS speaker S Chatterjee passes away

KOLKATA: Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away at a private hospital here this morning following multiple organ failure, a senior hospital official said. He was 89 and survived b...

ULB Polls: Last date for filing claims extended

SRINAGAR: According to Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, the last date for filling claims and objections for Municipal electoral rolls has been extended. In a notification issued here this evening, CE...

Elderly couple electrocuted

JAMMU: An elderly couple was electrocuted to death after heavy rains triggered a flash flood in Surankote area of Poonch district last night. SHO Surankote Mohd Anzar Mir said the couple was electro...

Modi: 'things were difficult after Mufti Syeed's demise'

JAMMU: In his first ever reaction on collapse of Peoples Democratic Party-Bhartiya Janta Party ruling alliance in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the process of fulfilli...

Jammu to get North India's first Space Research Centre

JAMMU: In a significant development, Jammu is all set to be the first city in North India to get a full-fledged Space Technology Research Centre, devoted to research, academics and post-graduation de...

Mother-son among four dead cleaning sewage pit

SRINAGAR: In a tragic incident, four persons including mother and son, and two brother died due to asphyxiation while cleaning up a sewage pit in Utrersoo area of Shangus in south Kashmir’s Anantnag ...

Cop martyred, four SFs injured in Batmaloo gunfight; 2 OGWs held

SRINAGAR: A policeman attained martyrdom while four security forces personnel were injured during an early morning encounter with terrorists in the Batmaloo area in the summer capital on Sunday. Whil...

Advisor Kumar directs improved sanitation, patient care at GMC

JAMMU: K Vijay Kumar, the advisor to Governor N N Vohra, today paid a surprise visit to the Government Medical College hospital here and took stock of the medical facilities, even as he directed th...

President nod to death penalty for raping child

NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2018, that provides for stringent punishment, including death penalty for those convicted of raping girls be...

Now, Congress's Mir warns against tinkering with '35A'

JAMMU: Amid raging debate over Article-35A of the Constitution, JKPCC chief G A Mir today said any dilution to the special status being enjoyed by the state would lead to serious complications. Wh...

806 pay obeisance at holy cave

SRINAGAR: On the 46th day of the ongoing Shri Amarnathji Yatra, 806 Yatris paid obeisance at the Holy Cave, taking the total number of Yatris to have performed this year's pilgrimage to 2,78,878, eve...

After gang-raped, woman's last location Chenab's bank

JAMMU: A 19-year-old woman who was allegedly abducted and raped by two men, committed suicide by jumping into the Chenab river in Reasi district, police has suspected as it claimed to solve the three...

Soldier dies in blast near LoC

SRINAGAR: An army man was killed in a mysterious blast in Uri sector along Line of control (LOC) in North Kashmir's Baramulla District on Sunday. Official sources said that a mysterious blast occu...

Over 62500 visit Machail in 18 days

JAMMU: The annual Machail yatra in Kishtwar district is going on smoothly with over 62,500 pilgrims paying obeisance at the temple dedicated to goddess Durga since the commencement of the 43-day pilg...

Nobel laureate VS Naipaul dies

LONDON: Nobel prize-winning author V S Naipaul, known for his critical commentary on colonialism, idealism, religion and politics, has died at the age of 85, his family said early today. "He was a...

Advisor Kumar pays surprise visit to GMC hospital in Jammu

Jammu, Aug: K Vijay Kumar, the advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra, today paid a surprise visit to the Government Medical College hospital here and took stock of the medical facilities. ...

Chhari Mubarak taken to Shankaracharya temple

SRINAGAR: 'Chhari Mubarak', the saffron-robed holy mace of Lord Shiva, was today taken to historic Shankaracharya temple on a hillock here for prayers as per the age-old customs related to the annual...

Justice Gita Mittal sworn-in as first woman CJ of J&K HC

JAMMU: Days after Justice Sindhu Sharma became the first ever women Judge of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, the Raj Bhavan was witness to another historic day on Saturday when Justice Gita Mittal was ...

BJP to be part of next Govt in J&K: Madhav

JAMMU: Two days after his visit to Kashmir Valley triggered once again the speculations of government formation in state, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday asserted that his party...

ARTICLE 35A:Against own party, BJP MLA opposes scrapping

JAMMU: Voicing his dissent over the BJP's stand on Article 35A, party legislator Gagan Bhagat in Jammu today warned that scrapping the constitutional provision with an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha elect...

ARTICLE 35A: Mufti tweets, BJP threatens suit if apology not tendered

JAMMU: Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti today said defending the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was not confined to a particular region or religion anymore as the people of the state have re...

ARTICLE 35A: Will fight for it till my grave: Farooq

SRINAGAR: National Conference president Farooq Abdullah today said he will fight for Article 35-A until his death, warning that the fallout of any tinkering with the Constitutional provision would be...

ARTICLE 35A: Cong, NC misleading Jammu people: Singh

JAMMU: Union minister Jitendra Singh today accused the Congress and the National Conference (NC) of misleading the people of Jammu region over Article 35A, and claimed that scrapping it would have no...

Detach teachers, file report by Aug 20: SED asks CEOs

SRINAGAR: Adopting strict measures against the delay in calling off the attachments, the School Education Department (SED) has asked all the Chief Education Officers (CEOs) to detach the attached Masters, Teachers and other staff to their substantive places of posting and submit action taken report by 20 August. In a circular issued by the School Education Department, it has been, however, mad...

USA suspends military training with Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Trump administration has suspended more than a decade-long military training programme of Pakistani personnel at the US institutions, a media report said today, days after Islamabad an...

6 J&K Bank security guards, driver rewarded for foiling robbery bids

SRINAGAR: In a welcome move aimed at honouring their valour, six brave security guards and a driver who foiled the recent attempts of terrorists to loot various branches of Jammu and Kashmir Bank wil...

193 grievances disposed every day in Guv’s rule

SRINAGAR: Since the imposition of Governor’s Rule, during 20th June - 10thAugust, 2018, the Grievance Cell received 9626 complaints/grievances of which 9866 (including those received earlier) have be...

Nirmal meets LS Speaker

NEW DELHI: Speaker Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Dr Nirmal Kumar Singh, called on Speaker of Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan here today. During the meeting, Singh informed the Lok Sabha Speaker a...

Rajnath, Shah visit Vajpayee

NEW DELHI: Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP president Amit Shah visited AIIMS this evening to enquire about the health condition of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who has been undergo...

Death toll in Indonesia quake 387

JAKARTA: Indonesian authorities on Saturday raised the death toll in Lombok island earthquake to 387, while the number of injured and displaced went up to 13,688 and 387,067, respectively. The 6.9...

Kerla floods: toll 37, red alert in some parts

KOCHI: As the death toll climbed to 37 in rain-affected Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday undertook an aerial survey of flood-ravaged districts of the state. More than 11 out of 14 ...

Langate family claims slain Pak ultra their son

SRINAGAR: A north Kashmir family on Saturday claimed that one of the five terrorists, killed in a gunfight with the Army on Thursday and passed off as foreigners, was their son. The family living ...