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Pakistan escalates border violence, three more civilians dead, another soldier succumbs; toll 10

JAMMU: An Army jawan was among four killed while nine others were injured as Pakistani troops shelled border outposts and civilian areas along the international border (IB) and LoC in the Jammu regio...

What did NSA Doval ‘achieve’ in Bangkok

BIVEK MATHUR JAMMU: Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, Nawang Rigzin Jora on Saturday targeted the Narendra Modi government for the NSA level meeting between Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart in Bangkok amid tension on Jammu and Kashmir border. Indian and Pakistani NSAs had in December met at Bangkok to discuss the cross-border terror and ways to eliminate terrorism from the regi...

Outrage in Assembly on border situation, Opposition walks out

BIVEK MATHUR JAMMU: Opposition National Conference and Congress on Saturday staged walkout from the Legislative Assembly over the government's failure in protecting the civilian lives in the cross-border shelling and firing. Minister for Health and Medical Education, Bali Bhagat told the Legislative Assembly that 9 people, 2 Army personnel, 2 BSF personnel and 5 civilians have lost their live...

Needed India-Pak dialogue to end border tensions: Govt in Assembly

JAMMU: Advocating for restarting the peace process between India and Pakistan and end border skirmishes, the state government said today the hostility between the two nations has a direct bearing on the people of the state. "We want the restart of the process initiated by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to restore peace. This is the stand of our party as is the people of Jammu and Kas...

This hamlet of milkmen is focussed target of Pak forces

ANIL BHATT JORAFARM (RS PURA): A pall of gloom descended on Jorafarm, popularly known as the 'hamlet of milkmen Gujjars', as their hundreds of their 'kullas' (grass houses) were gutted and scores of bovines perished in the shelling by Pakistan troops. The hamlet situated close to the International Border (IB) in R S Pura houses over 100 families and is famous as a supplier of milk and milk p...

Upon return from PoK, 15-yrs cooling off period for Hajj travel clearance

JAMMU: The government today said passport applications of former local militants for performing Haj and other religious obligations would be considered for clearance only after proper verification. "The passport case of an applicant, who has been a local trained militant but has surrendered or has been arrested and subsequently, acquitted by court(s) shall be considered for clearance only after...

20,000,000 saplings to revitalise forests

JAMMU: Listing achieved targets set for restoration of state's forest cover, ecological balance and revival of wildlife, the Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology, Choudhary Lal Singh today informed the house that in last one year the department has retrieved around 1.35 lakh kanal encroached forest land, planted 2 Cr saplings to revitalize degraded forests and minimize the human intervent...

Scientific methods promised to reduce fatalities to 50% by 2020

JAMMU: The government today said that scientific data and technology based methods were being introduced to ensure safety on roads and regulate traffic. For this, the government is working to introduce the Road Accident Data Management System (RADMS). This would enable the motor vehicles department (MVD) to take data-based decisions, Transport minister Sunil Kumar Sharma said in the state Legisl...

Now, tunnel to make Mughal Road all-weather

JAMMU: The government today said it was keenly pursuing with the Centre the construction of a tunnel along the Mughal road to make it an all-weather road. The 84-km Mughal road connects the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu with Shopian district in south Kashmir. The road usually remains closed for vehicular traffic from December to April every year owing to heavy snowfall. "To mak...

30 succumbed, 250 died of animal bites in 2 years

JAMMU: The government today said 30 people were killed and 253 others injured in attacks by wild animals in the state over the past two years. Quoting a census conducted in March last year, the government said that the number of Hangul, also called the Kashmir stag, in Dachigam landscape in the outskirts of Srinagar, stands at 182 with an upper and lower limit of 214 and 138, respectively, Fores...

GoI must take call on border situation: Mir

SRINAGAR: The Pradesh Congress Committee today asked the Centre government to take effective measures to end the cross-border firing. The JKPCC also accused the Centre of failing to create an atmosphere of peace in the region. "Government of India must take effective measures to put an end to the cross-border firing, which has cost so many precious lives, including that of Army, BSF personnel, ...

NC, Cong take Govt to task, SHO suspended

BIVEK MATHUR JAMMU: State government on Saturday ordered suspension of SHO Hiranagar after opposition National Conference and Congress created uproar in the Legislative Assembly seeking action against those police officers who failed to trace out the missing Gujjar community girl who was found murdered a week after lodging of missing complaint by her father. Minister for Relief and Rehabilit...

New ADDC posted in Jammu

JAMMU: Filling up a vacant position, the government today posted a new Additional District Development Commissioner Jammu According to an order from the General Administration Department Suriya Jabeen, KAS, Programme Officer, ICDS Project, Samba, is transferred and posted as Additional District Development. Commissioner, Jammu, against an available vacancy.

SPO flees with gun in Kishtwar

JAMMU: A 22-year-old special police officer (SPO) fled with his service rifle in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting a man hunt to trace him, a senior police official said. Mohammad Yaseen, posted at the Marwah police station, was missing with an AK-47 rifle since last night, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Doda-Kishwar-Ramban range, Basant Kumar Rath told PTI. Yaseen hails ...

17 dead in New Delhi cracker factory blaze

NEW DELHI: Seventeen people are feared dead after a fire ripped through a two-storeyed factory in outer Delhi's Bawana industrial area this evening, a Delhi Fire Services official said. The police have so far confirmed nine deaths in the fire. The official said, the blaze, which started from a firecracker factory, has been brought under control. The official said that the rescue operations a...

26 injured after vehicle turned turtle in Udhampur

Jammu, Jan 20 : Twenty-six people were today injured after their vehicle turned turtle in Udhampur, the police said. The vehicle, a matador, was on its way to Majalta, they said. In the acciden...

30 killed, 253 injured in wild animal attacks in 2 yrs in state

Jammu, Jan 20 : The state government today said 30 people were killed and 253 others injured in attacks by wild animals in the state over the past two years. Quoting a census conducted in March la...

CPI-M in Kerala adamant on not forming secular front to fight BJP: Congress

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 20 : The Congress in Kerala on Saturday slammed the CPI-M for "playing spoilsport" in the effort to form a secular front to fight the BJP. Speaking to IANS, state Congress ...

Soldier killed in Pakistani firing on LoC

Jammu, Jan 20 : An Indian Army soldier was killed on Saturday in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, an official said. The Pakistani Army violat...

Opp stages walkout from Assembly over ceasefire violations

Jammu, Jan 20 : The opposition National Conference and Congress members today staged a walkout from the Assembly over the alleged failure of the government to protect the lives of the border resident...

Civilian killings in Pakistani shelling rock Legislative Assembly

Jammu, Jan 20 : The opposition National Conference (NC) on Saturday created ruckus in the state Assembly to protest the "failure of the government to protect civilian lives in border villages". Fo...

Fresh landslides disrupt traffic on Kashmir highway

Srinagar, Jan 20 : Fresh overnight landslides disrupted traffic on the national highway, connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country on Saturday morning while there is no possibility of re...

Schools along IB, LoC shut in Jammu region as Pak continues shelling

Jammu, Jan 20 : The Government has ordered closure of all schools located along the International Border and the Line of Control in view of heavy shelling by Pakistan. Pakistan continued heavy mor...

Reopening of Loya case inconvenient for BJP

New Delhi , Jan 20 : The case relating to the death of B.H. Loya, the judge who was investigating an alleged extra-judicial killing in Gujarat in which Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah wa...

India calls for changing Pakistan's 'mindset' that unleashes terror on India, Afghanistan

United Nations, Jan 20 : Pakistan's "mindset" that unleashes terrorist attacks on India and Afghanistan must change, India has told the Security Council. Only by changing the terror mindset can pe...

Jio committed to use Open Source technologies to better consumer experience.

Mumbai, Jan 19: Reliance Jio is committed to contribute and use Open Source technologies to better its consumer experience, the company's Director and Board Member Akash Ambani said here on Friday. ...

4 policemen injured in grenade blast in Pulwama

Srinagar, Jan 19 : Four policemen were injured in a grenade explosion in south Kashmir's Pulwama district today, police said. "A grenade exploded near Tehsil office in Pulwama resulting in minor i...

Targeting civilians is coward act of Pakistan: DyCM

Jammu, Jan 19 : Against the backdrop of heavy shelling along the international border, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Friday termed targeting of civilians by the Pakistan cow...

NC, Cong stage walkout from J&K Assembly over power crisis issue

Jammu, Jan 19 : Assembly on Friday witnessed noisy scenes over power crisis in Kashmir valley. The National Conference members, along with Congress legislators, staged walkout of the House. Dur...

Body of youth recovered under mysterious circumstances in Kashmir

Anantnag, Jan 19 : Panic gripped in Bijbehara area in this south Kashmir district when a body was found early Friday morning, official sources said. They said that a body was found in Bijbehara by...

#BudgetSession2018 | Govt orders magisterial inquiry into murder of Kathua girl

@v@VmlywG8WKdk#v# Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the murder of 8-year-old Kathua girl following protests by the opposition in the legislative...

Two civilians killed in Pakistan shelling in J&K

Jammu, Jan 19 : A woman and a youth were killed and three others injured on Friday in heavy shelling and firing by the Pakistan Rangers on the international border (IB) in state, police said. The ...

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 ...

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 ...

Kathua, Bari Brahmana unit holders meet CM

JAMMU: A deputation of representatives of Bari Brahmana and Kathua Industries Associations called on the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti here today. The deputation thanked the Chief Minister of takin...

Two Kashmiris among 112 women to be felicitated by Prez

Srinagar, Jan 18 : Two Kashmiris are among the 112 women achievers who will be felicitated by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan on January 20. The President will felicitate 112 women...

Kathua, Bari Brahmana unit holders meet CM

JAMMU, JANUARY 16: A deputation of representatives of Bari Brahmana and Kathua Industries Associations called on the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti here today. The deputation thanked the Chief Min...

New revenue villages created on merits

Jammu, Jan 18 : Minister for Revenue, Mr. Abdul Rehman Veeri informed the House that desirability to create new revenue villages are assessed and taken care on certain merits. Replying t...

Minor girl's murder rocks J&K assembly

Jammu, Jan 18 : The proceedings of Legislative assembly were marred on Thursday after the opposition created an uproar over the murder of a minor girl in Kathua district. As soon as the assembly ...

Traffic disrupted on Kashmir highway to protest erratic power supply

Srinagar, Jan 18 : Traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was disrupted on Thursday to protest unscheduled and frequent power cuts in south Kashmir district of Anantnag. Hundreds of people...

NC, Congress legislators stage walkout from J&K Assembly

Jammu, Jan 18 : Legislative Assembly on Thursday witnessed noisy scenes as Opposition members of National Conference and Congress staged protest over mysterious death of a minor girl in Kathua distri...

NIA files terror charges against Kashmir separatists

New Delhi, Jan 18: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday filed charges under a stringent anti-terror law against jailed seven Kashmiri separatist leaders and Pakistan-based terrorist le...

BSF jawan martyred, another injured, girl killed, 6 injured in Pak firing along IB in state.

Jammu, Jan 18 : A BSF jawan attained martyrdom while another sustained injuries and a civilian girl died as Pakistan shelled forward posts and villages along international border in R S Pura and Arni...

Markets open on a higher note on Thursday

Mumbai, Jan 18 : The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) on Thursday opened on a positive note during the morning session of the trade. The Sensex of the BSE after opening at 35,366.45 points and to...

Rs 9.81 cr Outdoor Stadium coming up in Udhampur: Ansari

Jammu, Jan 17: Minister for Youth Services and Sports, Mr. Imran Raza Ansari informed the House that Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has conveyed the approval for construction of Outdoor S...

Burglars loot SBI ATM in Bemina Srinagar

Srinagar, Jan 17: Burglars on Wednesday looted an ATM belongs to State Bank of India in Bemina area of Srinagar last night and decamped with cash. A police official said that unknown persons on Tu...

Countries that back terror must be tackled: Army chief

New Delhi, Jan 17 : Countries which support terrorism need to be "tackled" and terrorism is here to stay unless the world joins hands to end it, Army chief General Bipin Rawat said on Wednesday. H...

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...

Frisking, searches by security forces back in Srinagar ahead of Republic Day

Srinagar, Jan 16 : Security forces have intensified searches and frisking in the summer capital, Srinagar to foil any attempt by militants to smuggle in arms and ammunition into the city ahead of Rep...

Ruckus in J&K Assembly over Kashmiri businessman's arrest in Delhi

Jammu, Jan 16 : The opposition National Conference (NC) and Independent MLA Engineer Rashid on Tuesday interrupted the proceedings of State assembly over the arrest of a Kashmiri businessman by Delhi...

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Abdul Haq offers to resign after allegations of corruption

Jammu, Jan 16 : Rural Development minister Abdul Haq Khan today offered to resign after a Congress legislator levelled allegations of corruption against him in the implementation of a centrally-spons...

BMC regularises modifications in Bachchan's property

Mumbai, Jan 16 : The Mumbai Municipal corporation has regularised the alleged illegal modifications observed in the bungalow belonging to actor Amitabh Bachchan and six other bigwigs, an RTI query re...

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 ...

Land acquisition in Kishtwar: NC legislator marshalled out from Upper House

Jammu, Jan 15 : National Conference legislator Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo on Monday was marshalled out from the Upper House after he raised an issue of compensation to the people whose land was being acqui...

Kargil students witness LC proceedings

JAMMU, JANUARY 15: A group of students from Sargole Kargil today witnessed the proceedings of the Legislative Council. The students hailing from far-off areas of the Kargil district have come here...

Kashmiri mother seeks CM's help for son's release

Srinagar, Jan 15 : The mother of a Kashmiri businessman arrested in Delhi on terrorism charges on Monday urged Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to help get her son released, claiming h...

MLA stages walkout of J&K Assy on 'non-functional' trauma centre

Jammu, Jan 15 : Independent MLA from Udhampur Pawan Gupta on Monday staged walkout of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on 'non-functional' trauma centre in his constituency. The MLA raised the issue...

Indian Army retaliates, kills 7 Pakistani soldiers

Jammu, Jan 15 : The Indian Army today carried out a "retaliatory action" against Pakistani troops, killing seven of their soldiers and injuring four others others along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's...

26 killed in Baghdad twin suicide blasts: officials

BAGHDAD: A double suicide bombing killed 26 people in Baghdad on Monday, officials said, the second such attack in the Iraqi capital in three days. Dr Abdel Ghani Al-Saadi, health chief for east B...

India's wholesale price inflation eases to 3.58% in December

New Delhi, Jan 15 : India's annual rate of inflation based on wholesale prices eased to 3.58 per cent in December 2017, official data showed here on Monday. According to data from the Ministry of ...

Warm welcome to Rahul on his UP visit

Lucknow, Jan 15 : Enthused Congress activists in Uttar Pradesh on Monday accorded a grand welcome to their new party president Rahul Gandhi on his first visit to the state. Mr Gandhi was given a...

NC members create ruckus, stage walkout of J&K LA

Jammu, Jan 15 : Oppositon members from National Conference (NC) on Monday created ruckus and staged walkout of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly over intensified "Cordon And Search Operation...

Israeli PM accorded ceremonial welcome

New Delhi, Jan 15 : Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is on six-day visit to India, was accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was ...

Trump says he is not racist

Washington, Jan 15 : US President Donald Trump has said he was not a racist after he was criticized over his "sh**hole" characterisation of African countries. "Nah, I'm not a racist. I'm the least...

BJP asks J-K minister not to lock horns with Army chief

Jammu, Jan 15 : The BJP today asked Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Altaf Ahmed Bukhari "not to lock horns with the Army chief", two days after he said Gen. Bipin Rawat should "do his own job" a...

Fire engulfs plastic factory in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 15 : A fire broke out in a plastic factory in the Bhorgarh industrial area here, according to the Delhi Fire Service. The massive fire that began at the ground floor engulfed the w...

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...