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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...

Indian ambassador to UN's Twitter account blocked after hackers post Pak flag

NEW DELHI: India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Syed Akbaruddin's verified Twitter handle has now been restored hours after it was hacked. Thanking @TwitterIndia on Sunday, ...

BCI delegation meets two SC judges on crisis

New Delhi, Jan 14: A seven-member delegation of the Bar Council Of India (BCI) on Sunday met two Supreme Court judges in an attempt to persuade them to resolve the crisis facing the highest judiciary...

Lakhs take holy dip in Ganga on Makar Sankranti

Kolkata, Jan 14: Over half a million pilgrims on Sunday took a holy dip in the Ganga at the spot where it flows out into the Bay of Bengal, on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. Like every year, th...

Israeli PM's trip is special: Modi

New Delhi, Jan 14: The visit to India by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "historic and special", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday, soon after receiving him at the airport here...

Modi, Netanyahu embrace at start of India trip

New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived here on Sunday to a warm hug from his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to kickstart a six-day visit that will also take him ...

About 2 lakh children being covered under IPPI

Srinagar, Jan 14 (UNI) About two lakh children below the age of five years will be covered under Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) programme on January 28 for which 100 polio booths are bei...

Major tragedy averted, IED planted on Srinagar-Baramulla road defused

Srinagar, Jan 14: Security forces on Sunday averted a major tragedy when they detected and defused a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED), planted by militants on the city outskirts on Srinagar...

J&K shivers in cold wave, Leh coldest at minus 15.2

Srinagar, Jan 14: Biting winter cold continued its sway on the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday with the weather office giving no indication of any immediate relief. ...

Restrictions imposed in downtown, SeK lifted

Srinagar, Jan 14 (UNI) Restrictions imposed in the downtown and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) on Saturday, when separatists had called for a general strike against civilian killings in alleged security force a...

Traffic on Srinagar-Bandipora road suspended after reports about IED

Srinagar, Jan 14 (UNI) Traffic on Srinagar-Bandipora road has been suspended on Sunday following information that militants have planted an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Malroo on the outskirt...

Train service resumes in Kashmir valley

Srinagar, Jan 14 (UNI) Train service resumed on Sunday after remaining suspended on Saturday for security reasons in the Kashmir valley, where separatists had called for a general strike against the ...

A Noir taking on Cyber Crime

CHIRDEEP MALHOTRA Book: The Wild Cat Author: Taanya Sarma ------------------------------------------- With the all pervasiveness of technology, various benefits of the internet world have...

Understanding Pinto’s Ideas

CHIRDEEP MALHOTRA From the days of living on farms in his grandparents’ village to currently living in Dallas, USA, this author has come a long way. Rajeev Saxena did his Bachelor of Technology fr...

Congress questions Modi for sending his Principal Secretary to CJI

New Delhi, Jan 13 : Congress on Saturday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi why he sent his Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra to Chief Justice Dipak Misra's residence here a day after four senior j...

Telling tales from Dhauladhar heights

CHIRDEEP MALHOTRA There are a lot of Indian authors who write novels about Indian settings and milieus. However, only some of them are able to capture its nuances at its very best. Kochery C. Shib...

'Representation of women in Indian films has been largely stereotypical'

Kolkata, Jan 13 : Stating that the representation of women in the mainstream Indian cinema has been "stereotypical and coquettish" for far too long, eminent filmmakers and actors have said it is important to question, challenge and break rules against such stereotypes in films as well as in the society. Renowned Bengali actor turned director Aparna Sen, who made "Parama" in 1985 where an elder...

Goa CM lays foundation stone for MCMV Command, Control & Design Office at GSL

Panaji, Jan 13 : Putting a full stop to the ongoing speculative news about nixing of Mine Counter Measure Vessels (MCMV) Project, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar laid the foundation stone for MCM...

Two held in connection with potato scattering case in Lucknow

Lucknow, Jan 13 : Two persons were arrested in connection with potato scattering on the streets of high security zone areas of state capital on January 6. Additional Superintendent of Police (East...

Mirwaiz again under house arrest, no relief for Geelani

Srinagar, Jan 13 : Moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Umar Farooq remained under house arrest since Friday evening in the summer capital of Srinagar. Meanwhile, there was no...

Amid talks about deferring of polls, Naga MP meets Rajnath

New Delhi, Jan 13 : Climax over the possibility of postponement of elections to Nagaland assembly still remains as pressure seems to be mounting on the Centre to expedite the peace process and ongoin...

Mirwaiz again under house arrest, no relief for Geelani In Srinagar

Srinagar, Jan 13 : Moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Umar Farooq remained under house arrest since Friday evening in the summer capital of Srinagar. Meanwhile, there was no...

Major tragedy averted, IED planted on Srinagar-Baramulla road

Srinagar, Jan 13 : Security forces averted a major tragedy when they detected a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by militants in the city outskirts on Srinagar-Baramulla road on Sat...

ED raids Karti Chidambaram's properties in Delhi, Chennai

New Delhi, Jan 13 : The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday conducted raids on senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram's son Karti's properties in Delhi and Chennai in connection with the INX Media mon...

Eight killed in bus accident in Karnataka

Hassan, Jan 13 : Eight persons were killed and more than 10 others injured when a Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation bus overturned and fell into the road side ditch near Shantigrama on the o...

Jammu to celebrate Lohri, harbinger of warmer days

Srinagar, Jan 13 : The cold wave sweeping through Jammu and Kashmir further tightened its grip on the valley even as people in Jammu prepared to celebrate the Lohri festival on Saturday. Lohri mar...

2666 people killed in road accidents in last 3 years in J-K

Jammu, Jan 12 : More than 2,500 people lost their lives in road accidents in Jammu and Kashmir in the last three years, the state government said today. There have been 15,996 accidents in the sta...

BJP stages 'Jail Bharo' against Siddaramaiah

Bengaluru, Jan 12: Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday staged 'Jail Bharo' agitation in various district headquarters in Karnataka protesting against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for allegedly branding ...

Four SC judges complain top court not in order

New Delhi, Jan 12 : In an unprecedented and "extraordinary" event in the history of Indian judiciary, four senior sitting judges of the Supreme Court on Friday met the media to allege that the admini...

Govt's stand clear towards terrorism: Jitendra

Jammu, Jan 12 : A day after PDP MLA Aijaz Ahmad Mir triggered controversy by terming terrorists as "martyrs", Union Minister in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh on Friday said government's stand is very much cl...

ISRO rectified PSLV-C39 failure very quickly: Kiran Kumar

Sriharikota, Jan 12 : Terming the successful launch of PSLV-C40 carrying Cartosat-2 and 30 other smaller satellites as a 'big feat', ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar on Friday expressed happiness over t...

ISRO successfully launches PSLV-C40 carrying Cartosat-2

Sriharikota, Jan 12 : Indian Space Research Institute (ISRO) successfully launched PSLV-C40 carrying 31 satellites including Cartosat-2 from Satish Dhawan Space Center here on Friday. The workhors...

Rs 80,000 Cr feel good budget wins Drabu accolades

JAMMU: As the Peoples Democratic Party-Bhartiya Janta Party government head to complete half of its six-year term in office, the annual budget 2018-19 presented by the Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu i...

More bouquets than brickbats

JAMMU: Barring a few obvious exceptions, the Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, has got quite good shout-out for his budget proposals. The Budget while hailed by majority was not devoid of criticism by few others too, especially the opposition parties. Complimenting the Finance Minister, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said the highest ever capital outlay in this budget is the proof of her Governme...

Separate budget for Panchayats. What a timing!

BIVEK MATHUR JAMMU: After a notification came from the Raj Bhawan in December last year that summoned the twin houses of the legislatures for the Joint Address of the Governor to the LA and LC on January 2, 2018, confirmed was the date-January 11- on which the Finance Minister, Dr Haseeb A Drabu was to table the Annual Budget for the year 2018-19 along with the "expected" Power Budget. On Jan...

Article 370 temporary: RSS

JAIPUR: The status of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir is "temporary", RSS leader Indresh Kumar said today as he stressed that the occupation of Indian land by China and Pakistan was unconstitutional. India was suffering from Pakistan's sponsored terrorism and secessionism and over 66,000 people had lost their lives since 1972 due to this, he said. According to a statement issued here, the ...

Doval met Pak counterpart in Bangkok, MEA confirms

NEW DELHI: Over a fortnight after their meeting, the government today confirmed that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval held talks with his Pakistani counterpart Lt Gen Nasser Khan Janjua (retd) in Thailand, noting that "talks on terror" can definitely go ahead. Raveesh Kumar, the spoksperson of the Ministry of External Afairs, told reporters that the focus of the "operational-level talks"...

Hideout busted in Rajouri, grenades, rifle recovered

Jammu: Police and Army on Thursday launched a joint operation and busted a terrorist hideout in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. “Acting on tip off, security forces launched a search operation in forest area of Kalakote in Rajouri and recovered cache of arms and ammunition from a hideout,” official sources here said. They said that during searches, they recovered one AK 74 rifle, one ...

SKIMS Director's attachment stayed

MIR FARHAT SRINAGAR: In a major reprieve to the Director SKIMS, Dr A G Ahangar, the High Court today stayed the order of the government about his attachment with the General Administration Department following a sting operation by a news channel on private practice of three faculty members of the SKIMS. A single bench of the High Court comprising Justice S K Hanjura after hearing the petition...

No respite for Bhagat as MLAs keep heat on

DEEPAK KHAJURIA JAMMU: There was no respite for the Health Minister Bali Bhagat for the second consecutive day as members cutting across party lines pulled him up in the Legislative Assembly for several healthcare related issues. Notably, Bali recieved more criticism from his own party colleagues, particularly BJP state president Sat Sharma, than the Opposition members It all began with the...

Militants are martyrs?

JAMMU: An MLA of ruling PDP today stoked a controversy when he described Kashmiri militants shot dead in encounters with security forces as "martyrs" and "brothers" and also cautioned against glorifying their killings. Aijaz Ahmed Mir's remarks came as an embarrassment for the party as its alliance partner BJP decried the comments saying these were "absolutely intolerable" and demanded an FIR ag...

Dormant adm units: Bedlam in Assembly

JAMMU: Noisy scenes were witnessed in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly today as Opposition NC and Congress staged walkouts to protest what they claimed was the state government's failure to make several administrative units functional and over the strike at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science (SKIMS) in Srinagar. As the House met for the day, National Conference (NC) MLA Devender Rana rai...

NHPC paid J&K Rs 54 Cr for 1% share since 2008

JAMMU: Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh today said NHPC has paid Rs 51.94 crore to State Power Development Corporation as the value of 1 per cent free power since 2008. "Since 2008 NHPC has paid Rs 51.94 crore to State Power Development Corporation as the value of one per cent free power (110.50 MUs) it owes from its various power projects in the state," Singh said while replying to a question...

SMVD super speciality hospital Katra organises free medical camp at district hospital Rajouri

Rajouri, Jan 11: In order to provide best and free health care facilities to the poor and downtrodden people of border districts of Rajouri poonch, a free medical camp was organised at district hospi...

State accession to India was people's will: Mahesh Sharma

New Delhi, Jan 11 : Jammu and Kashmir's accession to India was the will of the people of the state, Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma today said. Sharma was inaugurating an exhibition at the National...

Taliban kill five policemen in Afghanistan

Kunduz, Jan 11 : Five Afghan police personnel were killed and two others wounded in an attack by the Taliban in the country's northern province, an official said on Thursday. "The incident took pl...

IAF becomes 1st org in world to scale Seven Summits

New Delhi, Jan 11 : After scaling Mt Vinson in Antarctica, Indian Air Force (IAF) has become the first organisation to accomplish the “Seven Summit”, climbing the highest mountains of each of the sev...

Centre's interlocutor should hold talks with Hurriyat, 'terrorists': Mir

Jammu, Jan 11: PDP MLA from Wachi Constituency Aijaz Mir on Thursday triggered a controversy by asserting that special representative (interlocutor) appointed by the Centre should hold talks with Hu...

State to implement 7th Pay Commission recommendations

Jammu, Jan 11 : State government on Thursday said benefits under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations will be rolled out to employees from April 1. Presenting the budgetary proposals for 2018-19...

Three Years Is Very Little Time. There Is Backlog Of 70 Years: Dr. Nirmal Singh

Senior leader of the Bhartiya Janta Party and Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh was recently our guest at The News Now for freewheeling discussion in the Newsroom Roundtable -our series with le...

Budget 2018 | Fin. Minister begins speech, Important announcements made so far

Jammu : J&K Finance Minister, Dr. Haseeb Drabu is presenting State Budget 2018-19 in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly. Here are all the important things you need to know from the speech so ...

Bengal Govt to double power supply during Ganga Sagar Mela

Kolkata, Jan 11 : The West Bengal Government has decided to double the power supply to Sagar Island during the Ganga Sagar Mela from 8.9 million units (MU) to 16 MU per day. The annual fair will b...

Breaking the barriers | Sharmeen to be 1st Kashmiri woman to take part in Snow racing

RAMBAN: Sharmeen Mushtaq Nizami, a doctor by profession, is all set to become Jammu and Kashmir’s first female snow racer. She would be participating in ‘Frozen Rush 2’, the only snow autocross in...

Opposition boycotts CM's address

JAMMU: Opposition NC and Congress today boycotted the reply of the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on the governor's address accusing her of failing to give a statement in the Assembly on a civilian killing in south Kashmir and walked out of the House. Earlier today, the Opposition National Conference and Congress walked out of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly and Legislative Council alleging the...

State's growth rate for current fiscal pegged at 8.49%, all eyes on 'economist with twist' budget

JAMMU: With Jammu and Kashmir's growth rate for the current fiscal pegged at 8.49 percent, all eyes are set on the budget proposals of the 'economist with a twist', Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, to be presented in the Legislative Assembly today. Crediting with modernising and innovating budgeting system in Jammu and Kashmir almost a decade before he became Finance Minister, Drabu is to present...

Minister faces heat on NHM employees

DEEPAK KHAJURIA JAMMU: With the National Health Mission employees staying put on the streets, Health Minister Bali Bhagat faced the heat in Legislative Assembly as members cutting across party lines raised the regularisation issue. The issue of brutal cane-charge on the male and female workers of NHM on Tuesday just 100 meters from Assembly House evoked sharp reactions from MLAs from NC, Co...

Needed new narrative, not more interlocutors

BIVEK MATHUR JAMMU: Independent legislator from Udhampur constituency, Pawan Gupta today said that appointing interlocutors wouldn't solve the Kashmir issue but changing social and political narrative will help. Speaking on motion of thanks to the Governor's address in Legislative Assembly, Gupta said that after 1947, a political narrative was set that India was a villain, an imperialist forc...

Army killed 138 Pakistani soldiers in 2017, lost 28

NEW DELHI: The Indian Army killed 138 Pakistan Army personnel in 2017 in tactical operations and retaliatory cross-border firings along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, government intelligence sources said today. The Indian Army lost 28 soldiers during the same period along the LoC, the sources said. The sources said the Pakistan Army usually does not acknowledge the deaths of it...

Centre, State seeking 'security solution' for political issue: Tarigami

JAMMU: Asserting that "tough posturing" is the key word of the government's Kashmir policy, CPI(M) MLA M Y Tarigami today said the Centre and state are desperately seeking "security solution" of a fundamentally political problem and is bound not to succeed. "The killing of unarmed civilians and indiscriminate lathicharge as experienced by NHM employees yesterday in Jammu has become order of the ...

Uproar in Council: NC, Cong stage walk out

JAMMU: Uproarious scenes were witnessed in both Houses of Legislature today following repeated walk outs by the Opposition parties Congress, National Conference over alleged violations of human rights in Kashmir. Soon after Speaker Kavinder Gupta took his seat, the opposition members rose on their feet and started shouting slogans against the PDP-BJP coalition government for its alleged failure...

Gas agency for pellet hit Insha

JAMMU: The Chief Minister today announced that a gas agency would be allotted to Insha Mushtaq, the pellet victim who passed her 10th class exams only yesterday. While congratulating Insha for passing her 10th standard examination, Chief Minister said that she was concerned about the valley youths injured by pellet guns. "I want them to be self-reliant. So, I have decided to allot a gas agenc...

8935 officials facing probes, Revenue tops list at 2163

Jammu: The State Vigilance Commission (SVC) said 8,935 enquiries are pending with vigilance officers of different government departments for nine years. According to the fourth annual report of J&K State Vigilance Commission tabled in the Legislative Council by PWD Minister Naeem Akhter on behalf of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, the highest number of 2,163 cases are pending for disposal with th...

In two years, 1759 died in road mishaps, 547 committed suicides

Jammu: A total of 1,749 persons lost their lives in around 10,000 road accidents in Jammu and Kashmir in past two years, the Legislative Assembly was told today. In a written reply to a question by NC MLA Mubarak Gul, the Chief Minister said 958 persons were killed in 5,501 number of accidents in the state in 2016. As many as 791 persons were killed in 4,659 accidents till October, 2017, the c...

Rs 113 Crore cricket scam: CBI records Farooq's statement

NEW DELHI: The CBI has recorded the statement of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abullah in connection with its probe into the alleged misappropriation of funds at the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association. The case pertains to an alleged embezzlement of over Rs 113 crore of funds at the cricket association, which was headed by Abdullah at the time. The alleged scam has surfaced i...

J&K's hydro-electric potential 16,475 MW

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir has a potential to produce 16,475 MW of hydro power as per the assessment made by Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh told Legislative Council here today. In a written reply to the question of BJP MLC Vikram Randhawa in the Council, Singh said out of total, 11,283 MW of hydro power can be produced on river Chenab, followed by 3,084 MW ...

Rs 226 Cr gadgets for forces in J&K, NE

NEW DELHI: The Union Home Ministry has sanctioned Rs 226 crore to the paramilitary forces for procurement of telecommunication equipment and some other gadgets, an official said. The sanctioned amount of Rs 226 crore is being given to the CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP and SSB and the forces will utilise the fund as per their operational requirements, the official said. The Central Reserve Police Forc...

SC orders new SIT to probe 186 anti-Sikh riot closed cases

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday constituted a fresh Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by a retired High Court Judge to further investigate 186 anti-Sikh riot cases closed by an earlier SIT. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud ordered the constitution of the new SIT -- comprising a serving Indian Police Service officer and a...

Civil Services (Main) results out, interviews in Feb

New Delhi: The results of the Civil Services (Main) Examination, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) held in October-November last year, were announced on Wednesday. The successful candidates are likely to be called for Personality Test (interview) for selection to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other...