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Modi says "long fight", asks ministers to ready plans for 'slow' exit from lockdown

NEW DELHI: Cautioning people to be ready for a "long fight" against COVID-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday told his ministers to make plans for slowly exiting the ongoing lockdown and to co...

COVID-19: 3 more test positive in Kashmir, J&K’s tally now 109

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: After witnessing a record number of 31 new cases in last two days, the upward mounting of Coronavirus slowed down a little on Monday, when only three new persons tested positive for t...

Don’t listen to news all the time, advises Govt

JAMMU: With the panic settling among the residents in view of rising coronavirus cases, the union territory administration today advised people to cut down on listening to news all the time as it may...

Death toll rises to 138, cases to 4683

NEW DELHI: The death toll due to the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to 138 and the number of infections climbed to 4683 in the country on Monday, with at least 1445 have been found to be linked to t...

Suspension of OPDs 2 weeks on, J&K seeks alternative; ‘refer to Punjab,’ doctors criticise

JAMMU: With each passing day, the situation on the ground is turning worse for the patients suffering from serious health aliments like cancer and kidney diseases, who are not getting proper medical ...

No cause for alarm in J&K, says Jitendra

JAMMU: Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Monday said though the number of COVID-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir has risen over the past few days, there is no cause for alarm as it is due to ramping up o...

Local distilleries, Pharma companies switch to manufacture hand sanitisers

JAMMU: Amid spike in COVID-19 cases in the Union Territory, the local distilleries and other pharmacy companies are switching to manufacture hand sanitisers in Jammu and Kashmir. Official sources sa...

30% pay cut for Prez, PM, MPs; Rs 7900 Cr MPLAD funds suspended

NEW DELHI: The Union cabinet on Monday decided to cut 30 per cent salary of all MPs for one year, and divert MPLAD funds for two years --nearly Rs 7,900 crores--to fund the fight against the COVID-19...

Darbar move shadowed, govt rejects speculations

JAMMU: Amidst the speculations over extension of ongoing lockdown, an uncertainty looms large over the timing of annual Jammu and Kashmir Darbar move, which is scheduled every year for the last week ...

Sanitization Drives For JMC’s foot soldiers, it’s all risk & no glory

JAMMU: It is better to give protective gear kits to all the foot soldiers than compensating me, Sukhwant Singh alias Happy, told the Jammu Municipal Corporation authorities visiting his home after he...

LG to donate his 30% salary for next 1 yr

JAMMU: Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu has announced to donate 30 % of his salary for the next 1 year towards the fight against the spread of COVID-19. The Lt Governor observed that collec...

Major infiltration bid foiled; five militants killed, 5 jawans martyred in north Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Five soldiers including a JCO from army’s elite para force attained martyrdom and as many militants were killed in a fierce gun battle between the security forces and a terrorist group that...

Three Pak soldiers critically injured in Indian retaliation

JAMMU: Three Pakistani soldiers, including a JCO, have been critically injured in Indian retaliation on the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district. Continuing its nefarious designs, Pakistan's Arm...

4 minor girls among 12 more test positive in Kashmir, J&K total 106

SRINAGAR: The coronavirus continued its upward trend on Sunday, with 12 more cases testing positive in Kashmir Valley, taking the total number of patients in Jammu and Kashmir to 106, even as the aut...

No dearth, 400 more ventilators for J&K soon, asserts H&ME dept

JAMMU: Refuting the reports alleging lack of medical equipment in the Government Sector, the Health and Medical Education (H&ME) Department on Sunday said that there was no dearth of anything includi...

Millions respond to Modi's appeal; light candles, diyas

NEW DELHI: Millions of Indians across the country switched off lights at their homes and lit candles and diyas or turned on mobile phone torches on Sunday night, responding to Prime Minister Narendra...

Death toll 126, cases cross 4100

NEW DELHI: The death toll due to the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to 126 and the cases climbed to over 4100 in the country on Sunday, even as the government on Sunday directed all district heads t...

Landslide halts traffic for seven hours on highway

BANIHAL: A massive landslide struck the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Ramban district early Sunday, disrupting the movement of vehicles carrying essential commodities to Kashmir. The landslide ...

Next few days very crucial, plan for ‘next level’: Gauba

JAMMU: Union Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Sunday asked all states and Union Territories to formulate a containment plan as part of their strategy to deal with the spread of coronavirus and ensure...

Closed OPDs, no medical tests, trigger difficulties for patients

JAMMU: As the Jammu and Kashmir administration has shifted its focus on efforts to combat the spread of deadly coronavirus and closed regular activities in government associated hospitals across the ...

Anti-Terror Mechanism used to track over 1000 people escaping quarantine

SRINAGAR: Long used to busting terror groups in Jammu and Kashmir, the state's intelligence machinery was roped in to fight a new enemy -- coronavirus. With the use of human intelligence, authoritie...

Restrictions across Kashmir tightened

SRINAGAR: Restrictions on the movement and assembly of people in Kashmir to contain the spread of coronavirus were tightened on Sunday a day after 16 cases the highest increase in a single day -- wer...

UT youth take to Twitter, seek rollback of SRO-202

JAMMU: Amidst nation-wide lockdown imposed to check the spread of Coronavirus, it seems that social media has become a new platform for the youth of Jammu and Kashmir to press the government for meet...

Centre exempts more services in lockdown

JAMMU: The Centre has permitted a number of business sectors to function during the lockdown, including essential goods and services, agriculture, animal husbandry, AYUSH services and transportation. The clarification issued by the Union Home Ministry also permitted activities related to hygiene products and all such items that are ordinarily available at grocery or provision stores All activit...

Former Advisor Vijay Kumar in self-quarantine

JAMMU: Senior Security Advisor of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and former Advisor to last Governor of erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir, K Vijay Kumar has gone into self-quarantine after coming into indirect contact with a CRPF doctor who has tested positive for coronavirus. Besides Kumar, Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) A P Maheshwari, and about two dozen o...

Nomads asked to suspend migration

JAMMU: An organization working for the upliftment of the tribal population in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday appealed to the Gujjar and Bakerwal communities to suspend their bi-annual, seasonal migration till the end of ongoing lockdown aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus. Advising the Gujjar/Bakarwal community to follow the official advisory, Dr. Javaid Rahi, noted tribal researcher and ...

2 jawans commit suicide

JAMMU: In two separate unfortunate incidents, two Army soldiers allegedly committed suicide by shooting themselves with their service rifles in Samba and Bandipora districts in past 24 hours. “Makhan Lal (40), posted with the 6th Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry, was on sentry duty at Border Road camp in Samba when he fatally shot himself with his service rifle on Saturday,” a police official s...

CORONAVIRUS: 19 more test positive, J&K tally 94 With 16 new patients, Kashmir sees highest single day increase, total 73

SRINAGAR: Sixteen more persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Kashmir on Monday evening, highest in a single-day, taking the tally of infected persons in the Valley to 73, even as the authorities fe...

Three more infected in Udhampur, 1 recovers

JAMMU: With three more people-- all from Udhampur-- testing positive for COVID-19, the number of cases in Jammu region rose to 21 on Saturday, even as another patient recovered in the region, leaving...

AMENDED DOMICILE RULES ‘Cosmetic’, ‘token concessions’, says Oppn; BJP hails

SRINAGAR/JAMMU: A day after MHA amended the domicile law for the Union Territory reserving all the jobs for its domiciles, majority of opposition political parties in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday vo...

4 Hizb militants behind recent civilian killings eliminated in Kulgam gunfight

SRINAGAR: Four militants belonging to Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist outfit who were responsible for three civilian killings in Kulgam and Anantnag districts earlier this week, were killed on Saturday i...

Murmu appeals to religious leaders to spread awareness

JAMMU: Asking them to advise their followers against holding any congregations, Lt Governor G C Murmu on Saturday urged the religious leaders to spread awareness about maintaining social distancing t...

Death toll nears 100 in India, confirmed cases rise to 3619

NEW DELHI: The number of COVID-19 deaths inched towards 100 on Saturday and the count of confirmed infections rose by a new single-day record of over 600 to cross 3,600, but the government assured th...

HC seeks report on availability of safety equipments for healthcare professionals

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Saturday sought a report from the administration on the availability of safety equipment to healthcare professionals and ensuring provision of care to famil...

Website to counter fake news

JAMMU: A website to counter fake news and misinformation regarding COVID-19 pandemic was launched by the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Saturday. The department of Information & Public Relations (DIPR) started the website which will also spread awareness amid the pandemic. Our initiative is to help you counter fake news, the DIPR said. The website link, www.diprjkfactcheck.in , was share...

All govt employees donate 1-day salary

JAMMU: With Contribution pouring in from all quarters of society to assist the administration in fighting against the Coronavirus, the J&K government has decided to contribute one-day salary of each of its over 3.5 lakh employees towards J&K relief fund. The decision was taken on Saturday after a number of employee organisations and associations expressed desire to contribute their bit in govt’s...

CRPF chief under self- quarantine

NEW DELHI: CRPF chief A P Maheshwari has gone into self-quarantine after he had an indirect contact with a doctor in the paramilitary force, who had tested positive for coronavirus, officials said on Saturday. "A CRPF officer had tested positive for COVID-19. All personnel in contact with the officer have been quarantined. "The DG had an indirect contact with the officer and according to protoc...

1413 of 1847 persons quarantined in Srinagar discharged, praise admin

SRINAGAR: As those who had been put under quarantine go home after completing their quarantine period the Srinagar administration is drawing considerable praise not just for the facilities provided at quarantine centres but also for the decision to shift overseas-return persons thereinto on their arrival. Each group of persons discharged from quarantine so far has expressed gratitude to the admi...

Plea in NHRC for probe into UDH deaths

JAMMU: A social activist on Saturday sought a probe by the NHRC and the NCPCR into the death of nearly a dozen children allegedly due to the consumption of spurious medicines in Ramnagar town of Udhampur district. Sukesh C Khajuria raised the demand in a petition addressed to the chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), a copy of which was also sent to the National Commission ...

Govt dismisses apprehensions on “switch off”

JAMMU: The power corporations of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday called the apprehensions expressed by some, regarding the voluntary switch off of lights by people between 9.00 pm to 9.09 pm on the 5th of April on Prime Minister’s appeal, as “misplaced”. The government sought to assuage fears of electricity grid instability due to simultaneous switching on and off of most lights in the country, sa...

India hits Pakistan PM for remarks on J&K domicile rules

NEW DELHI: India hit out at Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for commenting on the domicile rules for Jammu and Kashmir, saying repeated attempts to interfere in India's internal affairs will not make its "untenable" claims acceptable. Khan on Thursday criticised India's new domicile rules for Jammu and Kashmir, calling them an attempt to alter the demography of the union territory. "We have ...

MHA takes a U-turn after facing backlash, reserves ALL jobs for J&K domiciles ONLY

SAHIL RASGOTRA JAMMU: A unified backlash from the youth from both regions and all political parties with the BJP's local unit as the latest entrant, forced the Centre to take a dramatic 180 degree...

COVID-19: 5 test positive in Jammu, 3 in Valley; total 70

JAMMU: Eight new positive cases of COVID-19 were detected in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday—five from Jammu region and three from Kashmir Valley, taking the total number of cases in the Union Territor...

PM hints at 'staggered' exit post 21-day lockdown; cases rise to 2360, deaths 73

NEW DELHI: Pitching for efforts on a war footing to identify and isolate COVID-19 hotspots, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hinted at a "staggered" exit from the ongoing lockdown after the 2...

LG calls for universal usage of masks in UT

JAMMU: Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu on Thursday called for universal usage of masks to contain the spread of coronavirus in the Union Territory. Murmu was chairing a high-level meeting o...

Justice Rajnesh Oswal takes oath as HC judge

JAMMU: History was created on Thursday when Advocate Rajesh Oswal took oath as a Judge of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, becoming the first one to do so under the Indian Constitution. Chief Justi...

With 8 seats still vacant, ideal state of justice delivery remains distant dream

JAMMU: Sitting on an ever-growing pile of litigations- 75715 to be precise as on date, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court is seriously short of achieving an ideal justice delivery state, especially with almost half of its sanctioned strength of judges vacant. Despite continuous efforts being made in recent past to reduce the rising pendency in J&K High Court, including emphasising on introducing v...

Ramnavami celebrations remain dull in lockdown

JAMMU: Amidst the Coronavirus-triggered lockdown, the Ram Navami celebrations remained subdued in Jammu region on Thursday, as the administration restricted movement along river Tawi which prevented people from immersion of ‘saakh’ on the last day of the Navratras. The festival marks the birth of Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu and culmination of Chaitra Navaratri. Due to res...

J&K treasuries to go online from April 15

JAMMU: With an objective to make work hassle-free and paperless, all the treasuries across Jammu and Kashmir will implement online payment system JKPaySys by April 15, 2020. The administration of J&K has accorded sanction to the implementation of JKPaySys - an application for online payment system, which was initially introduced in the four urban treasuries including the two at Muthi and Town Ha...

Domicile law: youth lodge protest on social media

Jammu: Following the government notification of Jammu and Kashmir new domicile law, the social media including Twitter and Facebook are flooded with messages as well as memes from youth expressing resentment against resident law despite low speed mobile internet. The notification for the new law was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Tuesday through the Jammu and Kashmir Reorgan...

To maintain supply chains amidst lockdown, Govt allows 258 industrial units across Jammu

JAMMU: In order to maintain the supply chain of essential commodities for the people of J&K during the ongoing lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, the administration has allowed as many as 258 industries in the Jammu region to undertake nine processing or manufacturing activities. In a set of orders passed in the recent days, Anoo Malhotra, Director, Industries and Commerce Ja...

2 ‘Liaisoning’ Officers for industries deputed

JAMMU: To ensure smooth restarting of industrial units engaged in manufacturing of essential commodities or their packing material, during the period of lockdown, the Directorate of Industries and Commerce, Jammu, has declared the names of the officers who shall liaise with the district administrations. The official document dated 1 April 2020 accessed by The News Now states, “It is hereby order...

Plea in SC for restoration of 4G internet services in J&K

JAMMU: A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions to the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration to restore 4G internet speed in the Union Territory in light of prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. The plea, filed through 'Foundation for Media Professionals', has assailed an order of the UT administration of March 26, by which internet speed has been restricted to 2G only in t...

NH partially restored to allow trucks

JAMMU: The Jammu-Srinagar national highway was partially restored on Thursday after being closed for a week to facilitate passage of trucks carrying essential supplies to Kashmir valley. A single stretch has been cleared on the arterial highway to allow passage of the trucks carrying essential commodities which were stranded there for many days. “The stranded traffic, mostly trucks carrying su...

Pak protests new domicile rules for J&K

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday accused India of "illegally changing the demographic structure" of Jammu and Kashmir, saying the new domicile rules were in "clear violation of international law". The Indian government on Wednesday laid down rules for domicile which can now be given to anyone who has resided in the Union Territory for 15 years. This is "another illegal step by India to settle no...

2 jawans injured in Pak firing

JAMMU: While the world battles the coronavirus, Pakistan continued its nefarious designs, violating the peace truce along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir, even as two Army soldiers have been reported to have received injuries in Pakistani firing. The enemy nation has been resorting to unprovoked firing since past few days but on Thursday, it inten...

Another killing in Kashmi

SRINAGAR: In second such incident in past 24 hours, a 28-year-old youth was shot dead by militants south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Thursday. Militants, unknown in number, opened fire at a youth identified as Mohammad Saleem Dar this evening. “The incident took place at 9:05 pm, when a number of militants opened fire at Mohammad Saleem Dar son of Mohammad Abdullah Dar outside his residence ...

Coronavirus: Tally reaches over 1900 in India, 50 deaths

New Delhi: Total tally of novel coronavirus cases in India reached to 1966 on Thursday, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. Of this, 1764 people are presently suffering from the COVID-...

Terrorists shoot dead 2 in J&K's Kulgam

Srinagar: Suspected terrorists shot and killed two civilians in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district on Wednesday evening, officials said. The two killed in the attack at Damhal Hanjipora have been...

7 more test positive, 58 active cases in J&K

Jammu: With seven more testing positive on Wednesday, the number of COVID-19 cases in J&K has gone up to 62. Rohit Kansal, government spokesman told a media conference in Jammu that seven more pos...

Pharma traders seek SRTC help to transport medicines to Kashmir

JAMMU: Facing hurdles to deliver stock of medicines in Kashmir amid lockdown, the Jammu and Kashmir pharma traders are mulling to rent State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) trucks to deliver medicines in all parts of the Union Territory. “We have sufficient stock of medicines but facing problems in distributing especially in Kashmir region due to lockdown. We will take up this issue with ...

CS directs DCs to trace contacts, reduce mvmt

JAMMU: Chief Secretary, BVR Subhramanyam today directed all Deputy Commissioners to carryout aggressive contact tracing campaign and putting all such persons under quarantine after taking their samples as per health protocol. He also asked to further minimize movement on roads in order to contain spread of coronavirus. Chief Secretary complimented the Deputy Commissioners for their serious effor...

HPC gives directions for release of jail inmates

JAMMU: A High Powered Committee constituted by the Jammu and Kashmir Government on the directions of Supreme Court of India, has passed several directions for release of prisoners to de-congest the jails following the spread of Coronavirus Pandemic in the country. The Committee headed Justice Rajesh Bindal, with Principal Secretary, Home Department Shaleen Kabra and Director General of Police(P...

Doctors warned against criticism of govt’s efforts

SRINAGAR: Authorities in Kashmir Wednesday cautioned government doctors and paramedics of strict action for publicly criticising the efforts of the administration to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. An order issued by Health Services Director Samir Mattoo said it has been observed that some of the government servants are publicly criticising the efforts of the administration to combat the pandemi...

Oswal to take oath as HC Judge today

JAMMU: Advocate Rajnesh Oswal will be administered oath as Judge of the Common High Court for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh on Thursday. Oswal will be administered oath by Chief Justice Geeta Mittal in the conference hall of Jammu wing of the high court at 12:30 pm, even though the registrar general Sanjay Dhar has solicited the participation in the cer...

India near 2000 cases, deaths 59

NEW DELHI: In a sweeping nationwide hunt, authorities across states have identified more than 6,000 people who attended the Nizamuddin Tablighi Jamaat congregation, the biggest COVID-19 hotspot in India, as more than 450 fresh cases of infection emerged on Wednesday to take the tally over 1,900 with at least 59 deaths. More than 5,000 of those identified to have attended the congregation have be...

Over 50 participants of Tablighi event traced, quarantined in Jammu region

JAMMU: With the Centre asking the states and Union Territories across the country to launch on a "war footing" the contact tracing of all participants of the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin, which has emerged as the coronavirus hotspot, the authorities in Jammu region have traced 51 people and put them into quarantine, while searches for many other are intensified. While an FI...

2 civilians shot dead, gunfight in Kupwara

SRINAGAR: In a late night terror strike, militants on Wednesday shot dead two civilians in Kulgam district, even as an counter-insurgency operation against militants in Kupwara district was called off owing to darkness after a lull in exchange of fire. Two persons were killed after militants fired upon them at DH Pora in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Wednesday night. “The militants opened ...

3 labourers on way to home fall off hill, killed

JAMMU: Three labourers who took an alternative route to reach homes amidst the lockdown imposed to prevent spread of coronavirus, died a tragic death after they fell off a mountain in Banihal, while one of them received injuries. The incident took place on Tuesday night in Ramban district. A group of seven labourers working in Kashmir Valley wanted to return to their homes in Banihal. The move...

RBI extends Chhibber's tenure by 3 months

JAMMU: Jammu & Kashmir Bank on Wednesday said RBI has extended the tenure of R K Chhibber as the CMD for a period of three months. "We wish to intimate that the Reserve Bank of India has extended the term of R K Chhibber, Chairman and Managing Director of the bank, by a period of three months with effect from 10th April, 2020 or till the appointment of a successor, whichever is earlier," the ban...

Scarcity of PPEs, delay in sample collection; govt denies allegations

JAMMU: Although Jammu and Kashmir government claims that adequate measures are in place to combat the spread of COVID-19 but on the contrary, different sections of society including public service blame the administration for adopting a causal approach for conducting tests in the time frame and for not providing an adequate number of protective gears including masks and sanitizers. ...