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After 22 long yrs, President to rule J&K

JAMMU: The winter season was knocking the doors when riding on the two-third majority, Farooq Abdullah was elected as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir in October 1996, thus ending the longest ...

At Northern Command HQ, Malik stresses avoiding civilian casualties

JAMMU: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday reiterated for adherence of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to avoid civilian casualties as he chaired a security review meeting—second time in four ...

5 new Medical colleges’ main buildings to be ready by Jun’20

JAMMU: The main buildings of five new upcoming Medical Colleges in the state of Jammu and Kashmir will be ready by June 2020. “The main building of these colleges should be get ready by June 2020 ...

In 2018, 2.20 L vehicles challened, Rs 5.55 Cr realized as fine in Jammu city

JAMMU: Tightening the noose on the violators, the Traffic Police, Jammu City has realised more than five crore rupees as fine from the vehicles which were plying in contravention of traffic rules, even as well over 2 lakh vehicles were challened so far this year. As per data available with The News Now, by the end of the 2018, the Traffic Police has challaned 2.20 lakh vehicles and realized fi...

Govt mulls to replace 'outdated' fire fighting systems in Jammu hospitals

ARVIND SHARMA JAMMU: Finally, taking serious note of the poor fire fighting system installed in the premier hospitals of Jammu region, and prompted by the recent fire incidents in hospitals across...

Expelled by PDP for ‘anti-party’ activities, Hussain, Basharat likely to join NC today

SRINAGAR: In a major setback, two senior leaders of Peoples' Democratic Party are likely to join rival National Conference on Wednesday morning, even as sensing the trouble the PDP expelled both of t...

PMDP: Panel to identify new tourism projects

JAMMU: The Governor’s Administration today ordered constitution of an official panel for screening of available projects and identification of new projects in tourism sector to be implemented under P...

Accused in 1 Cr robbery denied bail

JAMMU: The five accused involved in the robbery of one crore rupees from a truck on National Highway at Kathua were today denied bail by a city Judge. Sub Judge/ Special Mobile Magistrate Amit S...

Centre approves tourist, trekking routes for Ladakh

NEW DELHI: The Home Ministry has approved new tourist and trekking routes in the Ladakh region to promote adventure tourism and enhance economic activities. The Home Ministry, in a statement, said...

Leopard kills 3-y-old boy in Reasi

JAMMU: In a second such incident this month, a leopard has killed a three-year-old boy in a remote hilly village in Mahore area of Reasi district. A massive search operation has been launched to ...

Banking reaches 700-y-old shrine, courtesy J&K Bank

JAMMU: Providing the much-needed relief to the locals of Mathwar who till Tuesday had to shuttle 15 Kilometers up and down daily for their day to day banking needs, the Jammu and Kashmir Bank today c...

Pulwama killings: PDP MP protests inside Parliament

SRINAGAR: A day after protests from its lawmakers rocked the Civil Secretariat Jammu, senior Peoples Democratic Party leader and Member of Rajya Sabha Fayaz Ahmad Mir on Tuesday staged a protest agai...

Focus on J&K militancy, cross-border terrorism as top cops meet on Dec 20

NEW DELHI: Militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, cross-border terrorism and attempts to radicalise youth will top the agenda of the annual conference of Directors General and Inspectors General of Police t...

Centre recommends Prez’s Rule after 19th

NEW DELHI/JAMMU: The Centre is learnt to have recommended imposition of President's rule in Jammu and Kashmir after the expiry of six-months of Governor's rule on December 19. The decision has be...

SAC Okays vital policy decisions

JAMMU: With two days left for the expiry of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir, the State Administrative Council (SAC)—equivalent to Cabinet in popular government cleared a number of significant ma...

Three days left, ex-Ministers, MLA’s yet to vacate official accommodation

SRINAGAR: With only three days left to vacate the government accommodations after the dissolution of assembly, 78 out of 87 former lawmakers are yet to surrender their official residence, still occup...

Sajjan Kumar jailed for life in 1984 riots

NEW DELHI: Thirty-four years after the gruesome killings, the Delhi High Court on Monday convicted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in an anti-Sikh riot case of 1984 here and sentenced him to imprisonmen...

Allegations of discrepancies in CCE’16 unwarranted: PSC

JAMMU: Rubbishing the allegations regarding discrepancies in Combined Competitive (Mains) Examination-2016 which he called ‘unwarranted’, J&K Public Service Commission on Monday said it will, still, ...

‘Lack of synergy between SFs resulted in civilian casualties’

SRINAGAR: Lack of synergy and miscommunication between various wings of security forces led to mayhem in South Kashmir's Pulwama district Saturday that resulted in the death of seven civilians after an encounter with Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, officials said on Monday. The lack of synergy was to the extent that civilians had almost reached the Army vehicles engaged in encounter and there wa...

Panel constituted for rejuvenation of rivers

JAMMU: The Governor’s Administration today set up a panel to formulate an action plan for the revival of polluted rivers and stretches in the state. The panel has been constituted in light of the ...

ACB nabs Patwari

JAMMU: The Anti Corruption Bureau today nabbed a Patwari for taking graft to the tune of Rs 10,000. The trap was laid based on the complaint that Patwari Akalpur namely Anil Sharma was demanding Rs 30,000 as graft for Farad Inthikhab. “Based on the complaint from the complainant that the Patwari halka Akalpur was demanding Rs 30,000 for Farad Inthikhab, a trap was laid where in the complainan...

SGC’s first hearing tomorrow

JAMMU: The newly constituted Service Grievance Committee (SGC) headed by Advisor to Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma, shall conduct its first hearing on Wednesday, 19 December 2018 at Convention Centre, ...

27 cross sides via peace bus

SRINAGAR: Ten fresh guests from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) arrived here on Monday while four Kashmiri residents crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control (LoC) in the weekly Karvan-e...

SZ: Winter vacations from Jan 7

JAMMU: The State Government today announced winter vacation for all government schools, including recognized private schools up to Higher Secondary level falling in summer zone of Jammu Division from...

In Jammu, VHP pledges to build Ayodhya Ram temple

ARVIND SHARMA JAMMU: The ‘Sant Samaj’—the top Hindu religious leaders on Sunday gave a stern message to the BJP urging the Modi-led Centre government to bring a Bill in the ongoing winter session ...

11 years since inception, Cross LoC trade fails to reach full potential

JUNAID SIDIQ IMPORT Period Weight (Qtls) Trucks Consignments Value (in Cr) 2008-09 7293.39 219 29 No records 2009-10 193221.06 2662 70 54.3617 2010-11 159907.58 2413 70 153.1964 2011-12...

Restrain Advisor K’s suggestion to State Police

SRINAGAR: Advisor to Governor K Vijay Kumar on Sunday asked J&K Police to exercise restrain to avoid civilian casualties and collateral damage while carrying out anti-militancy operations and securit...

What are rare diseases?

A rare disease is a health condition of low prevalence that affects a small number of people compared with other prevalent diseases in the general population. It is estimated that globally around 600...

Govt to aid financially people suffering with ‘rare’ diseases

JAMMU: Taking a holistic view of the sufferings of people ailing with rare kind of diseases, especially those who are poor and can’t afford treatment for themselves owing to heavy costs, the State Go...

Man held for supplying arms to HM militants

JAMMU: An absconder, accused of supplying weapons to militants, was arrested in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district on Sunday, a senior police officer said. "Zahoor Ahmad Kamal alias Nika Kamal ...

Semi-ring road projects stuck owing to lack of money, land

JUNAID SIDIQ SRINAGAR: Even though government cleared over 1,600 languishing projects for funding worth more than Rs 3,600 Crores in a little over three months, the semi-ring road projects in Srinagar and Jammu cities are still stuck at various level due to lack of money and land. In 2017, the Government of India sanctioned Rs 4,300 Crore for two ring road projects in Jammu and Kashmir. Whi...

Jammu at 5.5 deg, Sgr minus 5.6

SRINAGAR: Srinagar experienced the coldest night of the season Saturday night as the mercury continued its downward spiral in most parts of the Kashmir valley and Ladakh region. Jammu city recorde...

Baghel named CG’s new CM

RAIPUR: State Congress President Bhupesh Baghel was on Sunday named the new Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh and he vowed in no time to cancel within 10 days bank loans taken by farmers -- a campaign p...

Transgenders policy draft put in public domain

JAMMU: In a decision of far-reaching impact for the ever-ignored class, the state government is formulating a holistic welfare policy for the transgender persons in Jammu and Kashmir. On Sunday, the ...

Gurdwara gutted in Anantnag

SRINAGAR: A Gurdwara was gutted in a massive fire that broke out on Sunday in south Kashmir district of Anantnag. Official sources informed that fire broke out in an ancient Sikh Gurdwara at Chitt...

J&K takes lead, first state to have law explicitly banning ‘sextortion’

JAMMU: Taking the lead in protecting the interests of of fairer sex against sexual harassment, Jammu and Kashmir today became the first state in the country to have a law explicitly banning sexual ex...

3 kids among 7 dead in Reasi mishap

JAMMU: The death dance continued on Jammu and Kashmir roads when seven people, including three children, were killed and three others injured when their vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a g...

PRC rule challenged, notices issued to DCs

JAMMU: In a Public Interest Litigation challenging rules for issuance of Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC), the state high court has directed all Deputy Commissioners to file objections within four weeks. The PIL seeks direction to be given to revenue authorities to simplify the procedure in getting PRC by adhering to clause-I of sub rule 3 of section 3 of J&K for grant of PRC (procedural rul...

SC dismisses petitions seeking Rafale probe

NEW DELHI: In a huge relief to the government, the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed four petitions seeking court-monitored probe into alleged irregularities in the Rs 58,000 crore worth purchase of ...

“Kashmir India’s ‘Atut Ang’, need to search idea of ‘Azadi’ within Const”

JAMMU: Asserting that Kashmir is and will always remain an integral part of the India, former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said that there was a dire need to replace the idea of 'Azad Kash...

Gehlot to steer Raj as CM, Pilot his co-driver

NEW DELHI/JAIPUR: The Congress on Friday named Ashok Gehlot Rajasthan's next chief minister and Sachin Pilot his deputy after party president Rahul Gandhi brokered peace between the veteran leader an...

Flights hrs extended

JAMMU: The state administration has decided to extend the timings of evening flights at the Jammu and the Srinagar airports from January 1. The Air Force authorities have been asked to extend watc...

Employees’ service books: Adm Secys, HoDs admonished

JAMMU: Taking a serious view of the reports of mismanagement of employees’ service records, the Governor’s administration has asked the Administrative Secretaries and Head of Departments to ensure that the same are kept in proper custody as per the rules. The service-book of an employee is an important document to record all the events in his/her entire service career from the date of his appo...

Bajrang Dal activists manhandle PDP MLC Tak over ‘controversial remarks’

ARVIND SHARMA JAMMU: The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Member of Legislative Council (MLC), Firdous Tak on Friday had to face ire of the Bajrang Dal activists at Press Club, Jammu, over his all...

Objections on withdrawing separatists’ security sought

JAMMU: The State High Court on Friday directed the state government to file objections within six weeks, in a Public Interest Litigation seeking withdrawal of the security cover provided to Kashmiri ...

IB, RAW chiefs get 6-month extension

NEW DELHI: Intelligence Bureau Director Rajiv Jain and Research & Analysis Wing Secretary Anil K Dhasmana, both of whose two-year terms were scheduled to end later this month, have been given six-mon...

Now, Abdullah dares Shah to announce polls

SRINAGAR: Reacting to Amit Shah’s comment that his party will get a majority in the assembly elections as the people of the state have full faith in them, National Conference (NC) Vice President Omar...

OGW held with IED, explosives

SRINAGAR: Security forces arrested an Over Ground Worker (OGW) of a militant outfit along with Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and other explosive substances used to make IEDs in south Kashmir district of Pulwama on Friday. The man, identified as Mayour Ahmad Khan, was arrested in Tumlahaal area. Official sources informed that following specific information about transportation of weapon...

LoC breached at Ponch, 3rd time in 3 days

JAMMU: Pakistani Army yet again violated the ceasefire on Friday by firing unprovoked on the Line of Control in Poonch district. This was the third consecutive violation of border peace by Pakista...

EoDB: Now, 75 services online only

JAMMU: The Government today declared 75 services in various Departments as ‘Online Only’ as a part of Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP)under Ease of Doing Business (EoDB). “The Government has dec...

2 LeT militants killed in Sopore encounter

SRINAGAR: Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were killed in an overnight encounter with security forces in Sopore area of Baramulla district, taking the total number of militants killed so far this ...

Resettlement Act | How many migrants applied for returning from Pak, SC asks J&K

JAMMU: The Supreme Court, which is hearing a plea challenging the validity of the sensitive Jammu and Kashmir Resettlement Act of 1982, sought to know on Thursday as to how many people who migrated f...

Property statement filed by J&K govt employees going unchecked

JAMMU: Unlike government employees in other states, the public servants in Jammu and Kashmir are enjoying privileges in the shape of going scot-free in filing either wrong property statements, or ign...

Vyas sworn in as UPSC member

JAMMU: After serving as the top bureaucrat of Jammu and Kashmir, followed by his crucial role in overseeing the state as the senior Advisor to Governor, Senior IAS officer Bharat Bhushan Vyas on Thur...

Regret not acting on interlocutors’ report on Kashmir: P Chidambaram

NEW DELHI: Former Union Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said the UPA government should have acted on the report submitted by the three interlocutors on Kashmir in 2011 and he "deeply regrets" the ...

As drug abuse flourishes, petrol addiction emerges as new threat

S.SHEKHAR JAMMU: While the concerned authorities make huge claims of containing the menace of drugs abuse in the State, the youth of Jammu region continue to fall prey to this trap as not onl...

Upgrading Jammu Airport \ Court issues show cause notice to govt

JAMMU: The State High Court today issued a show-cause notice to state government, asking it should not admit for hearing a writ petition seeking up-gradation of the Civil Airport Jammu at par with th...

BJP issues defamation notice to Gagan Bhagat

JAMMU: The State BJP issued on Thursday a defamation notice to its expelled leader Gagan Bhagat for levelling "unfounded and abusive" allegations against state party president and state general secre...

Pak breaches LoC in Poonch

JAMMU: Pakistani troops yet again violated the ceasefire on Thursday by resorting to firing on forward posts near two villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district, which was strongly r...

NIRDPR Hyd to make J&K’s Sarpanchs, Panchs efficient, administratively-able

JAMMU: In order to equip the newly-elected Sarpanchs and Panchs of J&K with the requisite capacities and familiarize with the latest modifications made in the State’s Panchayati Raj Act, the state go...

PIL in RDA scam closed

JAMMU: The State High Court on Thursday closed the Public Interest Litigation filed in the Rajouri Development Authority Scam wherein misappropriation of state funds was alleged, two days after the s...

PDP face from Uri quits party

SRINAGAR: The People Democratic Party (PDP) suffered another setback on Thursday as its senior leader from Uri constituency Raja Aijaz Ali Khan has resigned from the party. “I have resigned from t...

Man goes missing near LoC

JAMMU: A man hailing from a remote village of Poonch district has gone missing under mysterious circumstances. Alyas Mohammad son of Mir (30) Mohammad of Jhulas, Poonch has gone missing along the ...

698 qualify SIs exam

JAMMU: The State Police Headquarters today issued the final selection list of the Sub Inspectors in Executive/ Armed/ Telecom wings of the J&K Police. The list of the selected candidates is available on J&K Police Website which is www.jkpolice.gov.in As many as 698 candidates figure in these three wings in the final list which was today presented to DGP Dilbag Singh by Chairman of Recruitm...

PMMVY: Rs 29 Cr released to J&K so far

JAMMU: As many as 60598 beneficiaries are registered under the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) in Jammu and Kashmir for the implementation of which the Centre has so far released Rs 29 cr...

Recent results show BJP not invincible: Omar

JAMMU: The recent assembly poll results have demonstrated that the BJP is not invincible as there is "anger" among people over several of the Centre's policies, including on agriculture, rising fuel ...