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Independents grab 363 wards, at 312 BJP emerges largest urban local force, Congress takes third spot with 267 seats

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: Independent candidates (363) emerged as the single largest group in the four-phased Urban Local Bodies elections in the state, winning 185 wards in Jammu division and almost similar 1...

Top industry experts assure employability, meet Advisor

SRINAGAR: A group of overseas delegates comprising CEOs of leading firms on Saturday promised their support in enhancing the employability of skilled youth of the State by establishing their linkages...

Rlys rules out probe, Punjab CM orders magisterial inquiry

NEW DELHI/AMRITSAR: The Punjab government on Saturday ordered a magisterial probe into the accident near Amritsar where 59 Dussehra revellers were mowed down by a train, while railways has ruled out ...

Govt forms 3 panels

SRINAGAR: The Governor’s Administration on Saturday accorded sanction to the constitution of State Level Project Steering Committee under UNDP-funded ‘Secure Himalaya’ scheme, aimed at securing, Cons...

Pulwama man who transported Nagrota camp attackers held

JAMMU: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a man wanted in the 2016 attack on Nagrota army camp when he was allegedly trying to flee the country through Sri Lanka. Ashraf Khandey,...

Gunfight On, 2 jawans injured

SRINAGAR: Two army men were injured as an encounter broke out between militants and security forces in Pulwama district on Saturday. The operation was ongoing at the time of filing this report. Of...

PM thanks J&K, Shah says BJP earned people's trust

NEW DELHI: As BJP performed well in the Jammu and Kashmir local body elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said his party will work hard to fulfil the aspirations of the people. "I tha...

Sajjad Lone nominates Mattu

SRINAGAR: Junaid Mattu, the rebel National Conference leader who resigned from the party to participate in the urban local body polls in Kashmir, was Saturday nominated as the mayoral candidate of th...

Independents likely to rule Srinagar

JUNAID SIDIQ SRINAGAR: Independent candidates have emerged as strong horses in the urban local bodies (ULB) in Kashmir by winning many important wards across the Valley, besides grabbing the maxim...

61 killed as train runs over Dussehra revellers, toll mounting

AMRITSAR: In a terrible disaster, at least 61 people who among the crowd of hundreds had spilled onto railway tracks while watching burning of Ravana effigy were crushed to death by a speeding train ...

Five militants gunned down, woman dies in terror attack

SRINAGAR: Two militants were killed Friday in a shootout with security forces in Baramulla district, from where bodies of three militants were recovered this morning who were killed by the Army on Th...

SFC’s ‘zoning’ Sys for timber sale scrapped

SRINAGAR: Setting the tone for major reforms, the Governor’s administration on Friday has done away with the archaic ‘zoning system’ used by the Jammu and Kashmir State Forest Corporation (JKSFC) for determining the rate of timber sold by it, thus paving way for uniform rates across the State. The instructions to this effect were passed by Principal Secretary Finance, Navin K Chaudhary who ...

5.2 quake jolts J&K

SRINAGAR: An earthquake of moderate intensity jolted Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. Sonam Lotus, Director of the MET Department, said the quake measured 5.2 on the Richter scale and occurred at 6.55...

Municipal Polls-2018 Counting of Votes today

SRINAGAR: The stage is set for the final leg of urban local body elections in State as the counting of votes for the 52 out of 79 civic bodies, polling for which was held in four phases earlier this ...

Ganai apptd Chairman of Wakf Board

JAMMU: Almost a week after the Raj Bhavan amended a legislation paving way for filling up the top post of the all powerful Jammu and Kashmir Board for Muslim Specified Wakafs, the Governor Satya Pal ...

Valley situation under control: Jr HM

SRINAGAR: Union Minister of state for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir Friday said the situation in Kashmir was under control and the security forces were capable of dealing with terrorists both within the ...

Vyas reviews Jammu projects, 30000 new houses coming up

JAMMU: While reviewing the status of mega developmental projects coming up in Jammu city and its peripheries, Advisor to Governor B B Vyas today called for speeding up the pace of work to complete th...

Bring legislation to build Ram Mandir at Ayodhya: RSS Chief

NAGPUR: Ahead of the hearing of Ayodhya dispute in Supreme Court later this month, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday demanded a law to enable construction of “a grand” Ram temple in Ayodhya at the...

Militant killed, 4 infiltrators reported dead

SRINAGAR: A newly-recruited militant was killed in a brief gunfight by security forces on Thursday, hours after he managed to give them a slip after carrying out a grenade attack on a police party, i...

Matoo apptd DHS Jammu, Dolma gets addl charge of KMR

SRINAGAR: The State Government on Thursday affected transfers and postings in Health department, filling up the vital post of Director Health Services Jammu which was for long now held on ad-hoc basi...

CBI begins investigation in fake arms licence scam, IAS officer named in FIR

SRINAGAR: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has begun investigation into a case of arms licences issued in Jammu and Kashmir between 2012 and 2016 on forged documents allegedly involving some...

Army Commander reviews security in Rajouri, Poonch

JAMMU: Lt General Paramjit Singh, the general officer commanding (GOC) of the Army's Nagrota-based XVI Corps, Thursday reviewed security situation of hinterland in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch and Rajo...

Ahead of ULB counting, parties stake claim for Srinagar Mayor

SRINAGAR: Even as the results of recently concluded Urban Local Bodies (ULB) polls is state will come out on Saturday, almost all the political parties who had contested the elections are confident o...

Guv Malik rules out deploying 'Black Cat' commandos in J&K

SRINAGAR: Governor Satya Pal Malik said there is no move to deploy 'Black Cat' commandos of the elite National Security Guard (NSG) in counter-militancy operations in the state, and made it clear tha...

Only leader to serve as two states’ CM, ND Tiwari no more

NEW DELHI: Former Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Chief Minister N.D. Tiwari died on Thursday -- on his 93rd birthday -- at a private hospital in the national capital following prolonged illness, docto...

New transmission line to raise Kashmir power capacity by 70%

SRINAGAR: Power transmission capacity for the Kashmir valley has increased by 70 per cent with the commissioning of the 414-km-long Northern Region Strengthening Scheme (NRSS) by Sterlite Power, a co...

Onus on Pak to make air conducive for talks: MEA

NEW DELHI: India Thursday said the onus was on Pakistan to create conducive conditions for talks by taking steps such as action against terrorists and dismantling terror infrastructure operating from...

Transgressions along LAC in Ladakh decreased: NAC

KANGRA: Incidents of transgressions along the Sino-Indian border in Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh region has come down this year and an effective mechanism has been put in place to tackle any situation,...

Oil companies cut fuel prices

NEW DELHI: Petrol and diesel prices Thursday were reduced for the first time in over two months because of a drop in the cost of production, according to state-owned oil firms. Petrol price was cu...

Man slips to death near LoC

SRINAGAR: A 22-year-old youth died on Thursday morning after he slipped and rolled down into a deep gorge in Keran area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. A police official said that the youth S...

172 cops promoted

SRINAGAR: Armed Police Headquarters today issued promotion orders of 172 officials of J&K Armed Police in different ranks after the Departmental Promotion Committee headed by ADGP Armed AK Choudhary ...

Pilgrim killed, 3 others injured in Reasi mishap

JAMMU: A pilgrim headed to the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine was killed and three others injured on Thursday in a road accident in Reasi district. The bus which was on way to Katra carrying pilgrims tu...

Cop martyred, LeT Cmdr among three militants killed, 1 arrested

SRINAGAR: A day after the Municipal elections ended in the state, three militants, including a wanted Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander involved in several killings, and a policeman were killed, and tw...

SAC approves hike in SPOs’ honorariums by up to 200%

SRINAGAR: Exactly three weeks after receiving the requisite approval from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, the State Administrative Council (SAC)- equivalent to Cabinet in popular government has g...

Security situation 'fragile' along LoC, Army ready for ‘any challenge’: NAC

JAMMU: There has been no change in terror infrastructure across the Line of Control after Imran Khan took charge as Pakistan prime minister, the Indian Army said on Wednesday and termed as "fragile" ...

Militants shouldn’t expect bouquets in return of bullets: Malik talks tough

SRINAGAR: Talking tough on terrorism, Governor Satya Pal Malik has said militants don't have "much of a shelf life" with more than 40 being killed since August in Kashmir Valley and should not expect...

Dengue: 9 more tested positive, total 71 in 2018

JAMMU: Nine more cases of Dengue have been reported in the State, taking the total number of patients affected with the disease so far this year to 71. The maximum cases of Dengue have been reported ...

#MeToo: M J Akbar resigns

NEW DELHI: Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar stepped down Wednesday in the face of mounting pressure following a spate of allegations of sexual harassment against him by several women ...

DSEJ forms panel against sexual harassment, Chairperson on maternity leave till Nov 30!

JAMMU: The insensitivity and casual approach of School Education Department reflected once again on Wednesday, when the department constituted a Committee Against Sexual Harassment (CASH) of women te...

In Kashmir Valley, seven out of every 10 wards saw no polling!

SRINAGAR: The just-concluded urban local body polls in Kashmir recorded a poor voter turnout but it will perhaps be remembered for nearly 70 per cent of wards not witnessing any polling as there was ...

Punjab police seeks info on J&K students

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Police is learnt to have sought information, including Aadhaar number, contact details and latest photograph, about students from Jammu and Kashmir, besides other states studying i...

Valley students will not leave AMU en masse

ALIGARH : Kashmiri students at the Aligarh Muslim University have deferred their decision to surrender their degrees and leave the campus en masse Wednesday following revocation of the suspension ord...

Railways for declaring Leh strategic line a nat’l project

NEW DELHI: Railways has proposed that its strategically significant Bilaspur-Manali-Leh line along the Indo-China border, which will be the world's highest railway track, be declared a national proje...

Youth injured in mine blast

JAMMU: A youth was critically injured on Wednesday when he accidentally stepped over a landmine along the line of control (LoC) in Poonch district. Mohammad Ramzan (22), a resident of Deri Dabse v...

Ready for panchayat polls: DGP

JAMMU: Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbag Singh Wednesday said his force was ready for the nine-phased panchayat elections scheduled to begin from November 17 in the state. "Polic...

Guv greets on Mahanavami, Dussehra

SRINAGAR: Governor Satya Pal Malik has felicitated the people on the occasion of Mahanavami and Dussehra and hoped that both these auspicious festivals would be the harbingers of peace, progress and ...

MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS Final phase today, 156 candidates in poll fray for 37 Wards in Srinagar, Ganderbal

SRINAGAR: With many candidates elected unopposed and a number segments not receiving a single nomination, there will be voting in only 37 of the 132 wards which were scheduled to go for polls on Tues...

AMU Sedition Row 2 Kashmiri students’ suspension revoked

ALIGARH: The stand-off between the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) administration and Kashmiri students has finally ended after the university revoked the suspension of two Kashmiri students of the t...

SFs won’t count bullets against Pak, asserts HM

JAMMU: Accusing Pakistan of trying to destablise India by sending terrorists across the border, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said security forces in Jammu and Kashmir have been asked not to fire...

First tremors of GoI’s new GST Officer felt in Jammu, Samba

JAMMU: The sleuths of the Income Tax Department today carried five simultaneous raids at as many business establishments suspected of tax evasion in twin districts of Jammu and Samba and seized recor...

#MeToo J&K native NSUI president resigns

NEW DELHI: NSUI national president Fairoz Khan has stepped down from his post following charges of sexual harassment, sources in the Congress said Tuesday. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has acce...

HC asks ECI to clear its stand within five weeks

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Tuesday directed the Election Commission of India to clear its stand on holding the by-elections for the Anantnag Parliamentary seat, pending for two-and...

DSEJ warns punitive action against illegal tuition centres

S.SHEKHAR JAMMU: The Directorate of School Education Jammu (DSEJ) today warned all those tuition centers and coaching institutes of punitive action, which are allegedly functioning in violation of...

J&K Bank’s half-yearly profit up by 44 percent

JAMMU: The state-owned premier financial institution, Jammu and Kashmir Bank, has reported a 44% increase in its net profit to Rs 146.34 Crore for the half year ended 30th September 2018 after the re...

42 officials suspended

SHOPIAN: To ensure punctuality of employees in the government offices, the District Administration Shopian today ordered suspension of 42 officials who were found on unauthorized absence from their r...

88 new public services in 16 depts notified

SRINAGAR: The State Government on Tuesday issued formal notification bringing 88 services in 16 Departments under the Public Service Guarantee Act-2011. The proposal in this regard was approved ea...

11 Munsiffs promoted as Sub-Judges

SRINAGAR: Strengthening the judiciary of state, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Tuesday promoted 11 Munsiffs as Sub-Judges on ad-hoc basis. Besides, Supertime Scale was granted to one Senior S...

Panel to examine selection of Co for Sapphire Mining

SRINAGAR: The Governor's administration today accorded sanction to the constitution of an official panel which will examine the process followed for the selection of M/S Mineworks Pvt Ltd, New Delhi for exploration and exploitation of Sapphire Mines in Joint Venture with J&K Minerals Ltd. The official panel— 'Group of Officers'— will also examine relevant mining laws and rules as well. Acco...

MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS: Final phase today, 156 candidates in poll fray for 37 Wards in Srinagar, Ganderbal

SRINAGAR: With many candidates elected unopposed and a number segments not receiving a single nomination, there will be voting in only 37 of the 132 wards which were scheduled to go for polls on Tues...

DARBAR MOVE | Hard drives to replace voluminous paper records to be shifted in 2019

SRINAGAR: Come 2019, and there will be considerable reduction in the current voluminous records which are shifted between the two capital cities twice a year when the Civil Secretariat, seat of the s...

High-level panel calls for expediting pace of work on twin AIIMS, 5 GMCs

S.SHEKHAR JAMMU: Taking cognizance of delay in completion of construction work of five new Government Medical Colleges (GMCs) in the State, sanctioned by the then Union Government in the year 201...

Killed in May’18, Chowkidar suspended for ‘absenteeism’

SRINAGAR: In an unusual case reflecting the lack of coordination among the various levels of functionaries in government departments, a chowkidar in Poonch, who had died five months ago, has been pla...

Ensure no power cuts in winter: BVR to PDD

SRINAGAR: Stressing that the Raj Bhavan is very particular about particular about ensuring electricity supply, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam on Monday directed the Power Development Department (PD...

Deadly J&K Roads: Advisors, Chief Secy review status of NH

SRINAGAR: In the wake of frequent road accidents claiming at least 70 lives in past two months in less than a dozen major mishaps, two of the three Advisors to Governor, along with state Chief Secret...

AMU Sedition Row |Mehbooba demands withdrawal of charges, says Wani was 'victim of relentless violence'

SRINAGAR: Describing slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Manan Bashir Wani as a "victim of relentless violence in Kashmir", former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti Monday demanded withdrawal of cases agai...

Another Diesel hike wipes out Rs 2.5 cut

NEW DELHI: Diesel price rose for the 10th consecutive day Monday to wipe out all of the Rs 2.50 per litre cut in rates announced earlier this month through excise duty cut and oil company subsidy, ev...

Not every Kashmiri student is an extremist: Punjab CM

JAMMU: While fearing that Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI could be operating through some Kashmiri students, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Monday asserted that not every student from the V...

Cyclone Titli: Death toll 27

BHUBANESWAR: With the recovery of three more bodies on Monday, the death toll in cyclone Titli and the subsequent flood in Odisha rose to 27, even as relief and restoration activities have been stepp...

CRPF camp attacked, 2 jawans hurt

SRINAGAR: Two CRPF jawans were injured in a terror attack on a security force camp in Pulwama district late Monday night. "Terrorists late evening fired upon a security forces' camp at Newa in Dis...

Ahead of winter, Valley to get 1000 MW addnl power

NEW DELHI: Power transmission infrastructure developer, Sterlite Power today announced formal commissioning of the Rs 3000 crore ambitiousNRSS-29 project for providing additional power supply to Jamm...

Indian trains to get black boxes, soon

NEW DELHI: Indian trains will soon have voice recorders or black boxes in a bid to facilitate investigators trying to identify the cause of accidents and assess crew performance, an official said on ...

50 guests arrive via peace bus

SRINAGAR: As many as 50 fresh guests from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) arrived here on Monday while only three Kashmiris crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control (LoC) in the weekly K...

Guv's Sectt closing on 26 Oct in Sgr

SRINAGAR: Governor’s Secretariat will close in summer capital, Srinagar, on October 26, 2018 in connection with shifting of Durbar move offices to Jammu. As per communiqué of Raj Bhavan, all commu...