Front Page

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...

I will not accept sermons from Army: Bukhari retaliates Rawat

JAMMU: Taking strong exception to Army chief General Bipin Rawat's remark of J&K government schools spreading a 'disinformation campaign', leading to radicalization of youth, the state government on Saturday asserted that the Army's "meddling" in the state's affairs was unacceptable. "Everyone has his own domain. Those who have no link to education are talking about it. It is not a f...

Jawan martyred as Pak breaches truce along LoC

JAMMU: An Army jawan on Saturday attained martyrdom in unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops as the neighbouring country violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district, on the auspicious occasion of Lohri. In what was second instance of breaching the truce along the LoC by Pakistani troops in as many days, the Indian posts came under unprovoked firing from across the ...

5-kg IED defused

SRINAGAR: Averting a major tragedy, security forces on Saturday defused an improvised explosive device (IED), weighing approximately five kilogrammes, on Srinagar-Baramulla highway. The IED was found in HMT area of Srinagar this morning, a police official said. The official said the area was cordoned off and traffic was diverted. A bomb disposal squad was rushed to the spot, which defused th...

Are government employees a new constituency for Mehbooba, Drabu?

JAMMU: If all goes well, the general elections are three years away from now, but if there is a snap poll any time soon, some four million people, nearly one-third of state's entire population are on Mehbooba Mufti's side. It is a coalition government of PDP and BJP but the way Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and her Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu are reaching out to the government employees and th...

J&K leads way with 75% implementation

JAMMU: In a major achievement, the Jammu and Kashmir has achieved a target of 75 per cent, more than any other state in the country, in the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), a Centrally-sponsored scheme aimed at safeguarding the health of women and children by providing them with a clean cooking fuel LPG. Out of 4.90 lakh total eligible applicants, the state government has ...

No display of PIO's info, monitoring of complaints on outdated website

SRINAGAR: Though it on daily basis issues recommendations to the government on rights violations of the citizens, the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) conveniently forgets the fundamental right of the Constitution- Right to Information Act, which the commission itself has been violating. In clear violation of Section 4 of Jammu and Kashmir Right to Information Act, the SHRC is yet to update ...

Govt does away with fee waiver for girl students

SRINAGAR: Initiated with much enthusiasm, terming it as a step towards ensuring inclusion of girls under the ambit of school education, the state government had backtracked on the commitment of providing free admission for female students in the government-run schools, withdrawing the policy less than two years since its implementation. While the discontinuation of admission fee waiver was annou...

No crisis: Rebel SC judges reject outside intervention

NEW DELHI: Justice Kurian Joseph, one of the four Supreme Court judges who virtually revolted against the chief justice, today said there was no need for an outside intervention to solve the issue, while the apex court bar body called for a full court consideration of the matter. Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who was also among the four judges, said, "There is no crisis," when asked about the way forwar...

Warning not SC's internal matter: Omar

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said that warning by four senior most judges of Supreme Court (SC) that democracy is in danger was not an internal matter of the Apex court and the issue should concern every single Indian. However, the working president of the main opposition National Conference (NC) said meeting of D Raja with one of the four Judge...

Minor injured after unexploded bomb goes off in Poonch

JAMMU: A 15-year-old boy was critically injured by an unexploded bomb that went off near the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district on Saturday. Mohammad Iqbal (15), a resident of Shahpur, found the bomb in an open field near Qasba village around 11:45 am and started fiddling with it, causing the explosion, a police official said. "The boy suffered critical injuries with both his hands bl...

Valley records sub-zero temp, Leh freezes

SRINAGAR: The minimum temperature in Leh town plummeted several degrees as the cold wave tightened its grip in Kashmir Valley, where the mercury was recorded below the freezing point at all weather monitoring stations. Leh, in Ladakh region, had experienced an improvement in temperature the previous night when the mercury rose nearly six degrees to settle at a low of minus 7.7 degrees Celsiu...

Pak intruder shot dead in Amritsar

CHANDIGARH: A Pakistani intruder was shot dead by the Border Security Force along the Indo-Pak border in Amritsar sector when he crossed over to the Indian territory, an official said today. The Ex-17 battalion of the BSF observed suspicious movement of an intruder at Border Outpost Rear Kakkar about 7:55 pm yesterday. "The troops warned the intruder. However, he kept on moving towards the ...

CASO in Anantnag

SRINAGAR: Security forces on Saturday evening launched a cordon and search operation (CASO) in Walerhama Pahalgam village of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district. The officials said that acting on a specific information, 42 Rashtriya Rifles and special operation group of Jammu and Kashmir police started the search operation in the area. Sources said that massive deployment of forces had been ma...

UNPRECEDENTED: 4 SC judges express anguish, virtual revolt against CJI

JAMMU: In a move unprecedented in the history of Indian judiciary, four senior judges of Supreme Court- nonetheless all of them sitting members of the Apex Court Collegium which along with CJI select...

Public representatives to drive J&K out of troubles: Mehbooba

JAMMU: Strongly advocating dialogue to sort out issues, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today underscored the role of public representatives in redressing issues of the State and getting it out of difficulties, besides pitching strongly for re-opening all historic routes in the State, reiterating that Jammu & Kashmir can become a gateway to Central Asia, while stressing on the need for dialogue bet...

'Drabu a fantastic Dream Merchant'

JAMMU: Taking jibe at Finance Minister, main opposition NC's Devender Singh Rana with his concise words, took a sharp attack on Dr Haseeb Drabu, calling him a fine dream merchant, while leading the charge of general discussion in Legislative Assembly on Budget 2018-19 presented by latter a day before. Speaking on the Budget 2018-19, Rana said that Dr Drabu was a "fantastic dream seller." "Mr ...

'Maintain House's sanctity'

The second sitting of Legislative Assembly saw Devender Singh Rana lodging a strong protest with Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Abdul Rehman Veeri over absence of Finance Minister, Dr Haseeb A Drabu and most of the PDP-BJP legislators from the House i for around 15 minutes, asking him to maintain the sanctity of the house. At exact 3 pm, NC's Nagrota Constituency legislator, Rana reached the h...

‘Times have changed’

JAMMU: In a departure from the usual attacks made by the government and the opposition against each other, the first sitting of Legislative Assembly witnessed Leader of Opposition Omar Abdullah, coming out in support of journalists present in the press gallery, minutes after Deputy Speaker Nazir Gurezi, irked by some scribes using mobile phones to transmit the proceedings of the house in live-tim...

51 died, 9042 wounded in 8 month-long Kashmir unrest

JAMMU: The Kashmir unrest of 2016 which affected the Valley most in recent past after 2014 floods left 9042 people wounded, 368 by bullets, 6221 by pellet guns, 4 by PAVA shells during the eight-month long period between July 8, 2016 and February 27, 2017, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti who is also in-charge of the Home Department, told the Legislative Assembly today. She said that 2449 people re...

Probe initiated in missing weapons of J&K Police

JAMMU: Taking notice of numerous complaints regarding scores of the official weapons missing from police records including lethal guns like AK 47 and AK 57, the State Police has ordered constitution of the audit committee with Senior Superintendents of Police(SSPs) being asked to conduct probe in this serious matter. The issue of missing weapons came to light after Superintendent of Police Anantn...

Revamping edu, control over mosques, madrasas in J&K need of hour: Rawat

JAMMU: Claiming that government schools and social media in Jammu and Kashmir are spreading a 'disinformation campaign' resulting in radicalisation of youth, Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday called for 'some control' over mosques and madrasas in the state. Asserting that a 'major revamp' of the education system was needed in J&K to deal with the problem, Gen Rawat also said that the issu...

SKIMS: 3 Doctors' suspension, Director's attachment ratified

JAMMU: A day after State High Court stayed the attachment order of Director Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Prof. A G Ahangar, the Governing Body of the premier health institution of the Valley today ratified Ahangar's attachment, besides the action taken against three faculty members for indulging in private practice. The Governing Body also directed SKIMS to institute a f...

NIA's chargesheet next week, after MHA's sanction to tougher terror law

JAMMU: The National Investigation Agency is likely to file a chargesheet against seven Kashmiri separatists including son-in-law of hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, and a businessman in the case of terror funding in the Kashmir Valley, as it awaits sanction from the Ministry of Home Affairs for prosecution of accused under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, a much tough la...

9 KAS among 17 reshuffled

JAMMU: In yet another round of reshuffling of the middle-rung administration, the state government on Friday affected transfers and postings of 17 officers, including 9 KAS officers. The KAS officers which were shifted included Hamida Akhter, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Srinagar (East), who was transferred and posted as Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Bandipora, vice Masarat Hashim, who in tu...

CM hopes AMU student's return

JAMMU: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today expressed hope that the AMU student who is said to have joined Hizbul Mujahideen would return home and continue his studies. The chief minister made the comments while announcing an amnesty scheme for the first-time stone pelters during the motion of thanks on the governor's address in the state Legislative Council. Mannan Bashir Wani, a resident of...

Terrorist attack police post in Shopian, no loss

SRINAGAR: Terrorists on late Friday evening attacked the joint party of police and CRPF near police station Keegam in restive Shopian district, creating panic among the locals. The incident took place in the Keegam Village of the district, an official said, adding that Police personnel responded to the firing. There was no loss of life reported in the incident, he said, adding that the area...

Jawan injured as Pak breaches LoC

JAMMU: The Pakistani troops once again violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control in Poonch district on Friday, resulting in injuries to an Army jawan. Official sources informed that Pakistan started unprovoked firing in Malti area of Poonch district in which an army jawan posted in the forward post sustained splinter injuries. Sources said that the injured soldier, who has been identif...

Terrorist not a martyr: Jitendra

JAMMU: Union Minister Jitendra Singh today tried to play down the "Kashmiri militants are martyrs" remarks of a PDP MLA, calling it a "stray comment" and said the government was firm on its stand against terrorism. Aijaz Ahmed Mir stoked a controversy yesterday when he described Kashmiri militants shot dead in encounters with security forces as "martyrs" and "brothers" and also cautioned agai...