City and Neighbourhood

Thursday, October 17, 20196- Day special coaching camp under Khelo India begins at Udhampur

UDHAMPUR, OCTOBER 17: A six day special coaching camp for Boys /Girls under 17 years in the discipline of Badminton, Table Tennis, Boxing, Yoga and Hockey today commenced here at Indoor Sports Stadium.
The camp has been organised by District Administration Udhampur in collaboration with Sports Council J&K under ‘Khelo India’ sports for peace and development.
District Development Commissione


Thursday, October 17, 2019Dir Agriculture reviews achievements under State Plan

Jammu, October 17: To review the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) under various Farmers Welfare Schemes under State and Central funding and review the progress under State CAPEX plan and centrally Sponsored schemes, Director Agriculture, Jammu P. S. Rathore today chaired a meeting of officers here at Krishi Bhawan.
The meeting was attended by Joint Director Agriculture (Inputs), H. S. Mankot


Thursday, October 17, 2019Advisor Sharma meets public delegations, seeks fast-track redress people’s grievances

JAMMU, OCTOBER 17: Advisor to Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma today met scores of public delegations and individuals who apprised him about their issues and demands here at weekly public hearing programme.
For many issues projected by the public, the Advisor issued on-the-spot directions to the concerned departments.
Over 350 people, comprising several delegations and individuals, hailing from dif


Thursday, October 17, 2019BDC Elections: Training imparted to Polling staff at Doda

DODA, OCTOBER 17:Hands-on training programme on poll process through ballot box was conducted for Presiding officers and Polling Officers here ahead of Election to Block Development Council.
The training session was held under the supervision of District Panchayat Election Officer (DPEO), Dr Sagar D. Doifode at DC office.
The training was imparted to the participants by district Level Master T


Thursday, October 17, 2019Training on PPC, GPDP held at Doda

DODA, OCTOBER 17: Training cum Refresher course on Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP), Mission Antyodaya Survey-2019 and PPCs for block level officers of line departments was held here today.
Additional District Development Commissioner (ADDC), Imam Din today presided over the Training cum Refresher course.
ACD Doda Akhter Hussain Qazi, DPO Doda Mohd Idrees lone, besides Block Officers o


Thursday, October 17, 2019Samba: Officials imparted training on GPDP formulation

Samba, October 17: Department of rural development today organised a training programme for block level officers here on Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP).
District Development commissioner Rohit Khajuria chaired the training programme and addressed the participants.
The DDC emphasized upon maximizing the benefits from this training programme. He said from this financial year onward the p


Thursday, October 17, 2019Block level officers imparted training in Rajouri

Rajouri, October 17: One day training cum refresher course for Block Level officials of the line departments for preparation of the Gram Panchayat Development Programme- Sabki Yojana Sabka Vikas was held here today.
District Development Commissioner, Mohammad Aijaz Asad, inaugurated the training also aimed to acquaint the field functionaries about the conduct of baseline survey of households


Thursday, October 17, 2019BBBP campaign: DDC Kishtwar felicitates mothers blessed with girl child

KISHTWAR, OCTOBER 17: In continuation to celebration of ‘International Day of the Girl Child’ and to spread awareness about 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' under 'Noor Jevan Ka Betiyan' campaign, District Development Commissioner (DDC), Angrez Singh Rana today felicitated mothers of newly born girl child, here at a function in District Hospital.
Medical Superintendent DH Kishtwar, Dr. Parvez Iqbal Wan


Thursday, October 17, 2019Paddy procurement centre inaugurated at Kathua

KATHUA, OCTOBER 17: District Development Commissioner, O P Bhagat today inaugurated a paddy procurement centre here at village Jakhbar.
The DDC said that the motive behind opening the procurement centre was to ensure that farmers be provided Minimum Support Price (MSP) at their doorsteps and discourage exploitation by middle man. He also informed that Government has approved rate of Rs.1815 and


Thursday, October 17, 2019DC Samba calls for effective road safety measures

Samba, October 17: District Development Commissioner Rohit Khajuria today sought effective road safety measures and asked the concerned to identify trouble spots and unauthorized cuts on National Highway to prevent mishaps.
Chairing a meeting of Road Safety Committee, he directed the Executive engineer PWD to seek the cooperation of other departments to achieve tangible results on the ground.


Thursday, October 17, 2019Chief Secretary reviews Darbar move arrangements

Jammu, October 17: Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam today reviewed the arrangements being put in place by various departments for move of offices from Srinagar to winter capital Jammu, here at a high level meeting.
The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary Planning, Rohit Kansal, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma, IGP Jammu, Mukesh Singh, Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Sushma Chauha


Thursday, October 17, 2019Capacity building training on GPDP held at Ramban

RAMBAN, OCTOBER 17: Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (RD&PR) department today organized capacity building training on Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP), Mission Antyodaya Survey and PPCs for block level officers of line departments.
District Development Commissioner Nazim Zai Khan chaired the day long programme which witnessed a series of activities envisaging capacity building and tra


Thursday, October 17, 2019Advisor Ganai reviews supply, stock positioning of food grains

Directs for timely stocking for winter season

JAMMU, OCTOBER 17: Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai has directed for timely stocking of food grain in the areas of Jammu and Kashmir facing harsh winters.
He was reviewing the supply and stock position of food grains in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of the winter season with especial focus on far-flung and snow bound areas here at Convention Centre.
The meeting was attended by Chairman & M


Thursday, October 17, 2019BDC Elections: 2nd randomization of polling staff held at Rajouri

Rajouri, October 17: The 2nd randomization of polling staff for Block Development Council (BDC) Elections was today held here under the chairmanship of the District Panchayat Election Officer (DPEO) Rajouri, Mohammad Aijaz Asad in presence of the observers.
Deputy District Election Officer Rizwan Asger, Additional District Informatics Officer Ashwani Sharma, Election Naib Tehsildar and other con


Thursday, October 17, 2019Indo-Pak bilateral ties subject to approval from PMs of both countries: Ganguly

Kolkata, Oct 17 : BCCI president-elect Sourav Ganguly has said that resumption of bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan is subject to approval from India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Imran Khan.

Asked about the resumption of India-Pakistan bilateral ties during a media briefing here, Ganguly said, "You have to ask that question to Modi ji and the Pakistan Prime Minister."


Thursday, October 17, 20193 LeT ultras killed; non-local trader, labourer shot dead in south Kashmir

Mastermind behind post August 5 unrest, protests arrested

SRINAGAR: Three ultras of Lashker-e-Taiba terror outfit were gunned down in an encounter with security forces, while militants killed a migrant labourer from Chhattisgarh and an apple trader from Punjab while injured another trader in separate incidents in militancy hotbed south Kashmir.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police managed to arrest the kingpin who spearheaded violent protests in Valley after t


Wednesday, October 16, 2019BDC Elections: 2nd phase of poll staff randomization held in Budgam

BUDGAM, OCTOBER 16: The second phase of randomization of polling staff for the upcoming Block Development Council (BDC) polls was done in the presence of General Observers for Budgam here today.
Through the randomization process polling parties have been created for all the 13 Polling Stations of District Budgam. The District Election Officer (DEO) Budgam, Tariq Hussain Ganie while chairing the


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Power shutdown

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 16: According to the Chief Engineer EM&RE Wing Kashmir, in order to carry out necessary branch cutting, urgent maintenance and stabilization of 33kV lines of STD Bijbihara, power supply will remain effected from 9am to 5pm to the receiving stations which include Sarnal, Nai Basti, Harnag & Akura on 22 October, Kokernag & Dandipora on 19 October, Achabal, Shangus & Cherpora on 2


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Comm SMC chairs 2nd Supervisory-cum- Advisory Committee meet

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 16: Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), Khurshid Ahmad Sanai today chaired the 2nd Supervisory-cum-Advisory Committee meeting to discuss the issues related to accommodating urban shelterless people on temporary basis.
The meeting was informed that as per the directions of Chairman State Level Monitoring Committee, till the permanent structure is constructed at Pa


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Div Com directs early completion of ETP at Rangreth

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 16: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan today directed the officials to speed up the work on Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) at Industrial Estate Rangreth.
The Divisional Commissioner was speaking at a meeting convened to discuss the issue of accumulation of effluent water coming out of Industrial Estate Rangreth. The matter was earlier highlighted in a represe


Wednesday, October 16, 2019DDC inaugurates MIS counter at Kulgam

KULGAM, OCTOBER 16 - DDC Kulgam Showkat Aijaz Bhat along with representatives of NAFED today inaugurated counter of Market intervention Scheme (MIS) at Fruit Mandi Kulgam for procurement of apple produce.
Present on the occasion were ADC, CHO, DySP Hqr and other officers besides members of fruit growers association Kulgam.
Speaking on the occasion DDC said that under the market intervention


Wednesday, October 16, 2019DDC G’bal discusses Solid Waste Management action plan

GANDERBAL, OCTOBER 16: District Development Commissioner Ganderbal, Hashmat Ali Khan today chaired a meeting with concerned officials of district administration and Municipal Councillors, Ganderbal to brief them abut Model Solid Waste Management rules and Bye-Laws.
Among others, the meeting was attended by ADDC, Shafqat Iqbal, ADC, Farooq Ahmad Baba, ACR, Nisar Ahmad, Tehsildar Ganderbal, EO M


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Advisor Khan chairs SED meet over settlement of SRO-43 cases

SED to issue 64 appointment orders within week’s time

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 16: Advisor to Governor, Farooq Khan today chaired a meeting of School Education Department (SED) over the settlement of SRO-43 cases pending in the Department.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary School Education Department, Sarita Chouhan, Special Secretary, Gazanfar Ali, Director School Education Kashmir, Muhammad Younis Malik and other concerned.
Director Sc


Wednesday, October 16, 2019SECY RDD reviews performance of RSETIs

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 16: Secretary, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Sheetal Nanda, today chaired a meeting to review the performance of Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETIs) at Corporate Headquarter, J&K Bank, Srinagar.
In the meeting, threadbare discussions were held on a slew of issues ranging from updated position of land allotments to RSETIs, construction of RSE


Wednesday, October 16, 2019DARPG team meets Secretaries of RDD, Culture

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 16: A team from Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) today met Secretaries of Rural Development Department (RDD) and Culture to have an overview of Public Hearing System in J&K for redressal of grievances.
The four member team was led by Joint Secretary DAPRG, V. Shashank Shekhar and also comprised of Director DARPG, Alpana Shukla Rao, Deputy Secre


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Governor chairs first meeting of Srinagar Cluster University Council

SRINAGAR, OCT. 16: Governor Satya Pal Malik, Chancellor of the Cluster University of Srinagar, today chaired the first meeting of the University Council here at the Raj Bhavan.
Advisor to Governor, Khurshid A. Ganai who is also Pro-Chancellor was also present in the meeting.
In his opening remarks, the Governor said that education is high on the Agenda of the Government and all out efforts shal


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Chief Secretary reviews implementation of conservation, eco-restoration plan for Wular Lake

Asks Forest Department to prepare a project for World Bank external funding

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 16: Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam Wednesday reviewed the progress made on conservation and eco-restoration of Wular Lake by the Wular Conservation & Management Authority (WUCMA).
Commissioner/Secretary, Forest Department, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, J&K, Chief Executive Director, WUCMA, Director Environment & Remote Sensing, J&K, Director, Finance, Forest Depart


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Chief Secretary chairs 117th FAC

43 proposals of public importance cleared

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 16: The Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) headed by Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam in its 117th meeting held in Civil Secretariat, Srinagar cleared 43 proposals regarding use of 271 hectares of forest land for various projects of public importance in the road, drinking water, power and Civil Aviation sectors on specified terms and conditions.
Financial Commissioner Revenue,


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Chief Secretary chairs SEC of SDRF

Additional Rs 2 Crore released to each DC to bolster disaster preparedness

Procurement of 13 more snow Plough Machines approved
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 16: The State Executive Committee (SEC) of the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) headed by Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam approved release of additional Rs 2 Crore each to be kept at the disposal of Deputy Commissioners for meeting out various disasters related expenses as per SDRF norms.
Financial Commissioner, Fin


Wednesday, October 16, 2019DARPG team calls on Advisor Skandan in Srinagar

Discusses arrangements for forthcoming ‘Disaster Management Conference’ to be held in Jammu

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 16: A team of Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Government of India, today called on Advisor to Governor, K Skandan to discuss arrangements made for two-day conference on Disaster Management scheduled to be held from November 30, 2019.
The team stressed on ensuring fool proof arrangements for making the conference a grand success.
The two-day


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Advisor Sharma for result- oriented disposal of grievances

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 16: Advisor to Governor K K Sharma today directed prompt and result-oriented disposal of grievances ensuring quality deliverance of services in a time bound manner.
The Advisor directed officers during the Public Grievance Redressal Camp held here which was also attended by a team of Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) who had come on a two-day vi


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Advisor Kumar reviews progress of major H&ME projects in JK

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 16: Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar today reviewed the progress of works of major projects of the Health & Medical Education (H&ME) Department being executed by various agencies in Jammu and Kashmir.
The meeting was attended by Financial Commissioner Health Atal Dulloo, MD Jammu Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation (JKPCC) M Raju, Managing Director Jammu & Kashmir Polic


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Advisor Kumar flags off teams for 42nd State Level Table Tennis Championship

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 16: Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar today flagged off a team of Table Tennis Players from Kashmir division along with the officials to participate in 42nd J&K State Table Tennis Championship in Jammu.
Secretary Youth Services & Sports Sarmad Hafeez, Secretary Jammu Kashmir State Sports Council (JKSSC) Dr Naseem Choudhary, Chairman Jammu Kashmir Table Tennis Association K Aja


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Advisor Khan reviews working of Agriculture, Horticulture, allied sectors in Pulwama

Visits International Kashmir Saffron Trade Centre Pampore

PULWAMA, OCTOBER 16: Advisor to Governor, Farooq Khan, today visited Pulwama where he chaired a meeting to review progress achieved under Agriculture, Horticulture and allied sectors.
The meeting was attended by Secretary Agriculture/ Horticulture Manzoor Ahmad Lone, Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Dr Raghav Langar, Director Horticulture, Planning and Marketing G.M Dar, Director Agriculture Altaf A


Wednesday, October 16, 2019DIET Doda hosts orientation programme on RTE Act

DODA, OCTOBER 16:- A one day orientation programme for the DDOs (Principals & ZEOs ) of Education Department on Right to Education (RTE) Act-2009 & NCF-2005, was held today here at DIET Doda.
Around 70 DDOs from across the District and faculty members of DIET participated in the event.
The workshop was inaugurated by Principal District Institute Education &Training Ch. Lal Hussain.
In his in


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Kishtwar: Entry of vehicles inside Chowgan banned

KISHTWAR, OCTOBER 16: District administration Kishtwar today put restriction on entry of vehicles inside the Chowgan ground to prevent damage to the greenery and safety of players & visitors.
District Magistrate (DM) Angrez Singh Rana imposed Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in the famous/historic Chowgan ground, a spokesperson of the district administration said.
He said “With the


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Ramban: Awareness camp held for Students

RAMBAN, OCTOBER 16: Awareness on disaster management was today organized for students by Civil Defence, SDRF here at Government High School (GHS) Barakund of Sangaldan area.
Around 150 students and staff members of school participated in the camp. The students and teaching staff were given the knowledge of First Aid, CPR, Chocking; Snake bite treatment and Fire Fighting by the Civil Defence Inst


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Jammu DDMA approves 49 SDRF compensation claims

JAMMU, OCTOBER 16: District Disaster Management Authority today approved forty nine compensation claims under SDRF here at its meeting chaired by Additional District Development Commissioner, Tanveer Iqbal Malik.
A total 68 cases of compensation for damage to houses and crops besides loss of livestock in floods and other natural calamities covered under SDRF norms were taken up for discussion.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Div Com directs DCs to expedite land acquisition process

JAMMU, OCTOBER 16: Divisional Commissioner, Sanjeev Verma today directed the Deputy Commissioners of Jammu Division to expedite and complete the process of land acquisition pertaining to various departments and development projects.
The Div Com issued these directions while reviewing the progress of land acquisition, requisition cases in Jammu Division.
The meeting was attended by Additional Co


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Khelo India sports tourney begins in Kathua

KATHUA, OCTOBER 16:- As part of ‘Khelo India’ initiative, the District Youth Services and Sports Department today organized 4-day Inter Block District level Tournament here at Sports Stadium.
Both Boys and Girls of age group U/17, U/19 and above 19 yrs took part in Kabbadi, Kho-Kho, Volleyball, Football, Wrestling and Athletic competitions.
A total of 528 players of 8 blocks are participat


Wednesday, October 16, 2019DDC Kathua reviews arrangements for Diwali festival

KATHUA OCTOBER 16:- District Development Commissioner Kathua, O P Bhagat today chaired a meeting to review the arrangements for the Diwali festival.
The DDC directed Tehsildar Kathua, SHO and CEO, MC Kathua to keep strict vigil to ensure sale of crackers at identified locations viz Sports Stadium and Government School ground at Sawan Chak.
The Fire and Emergency Services department was asked


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Diwali arrangements finalized in Samba

SAMBA OCTOBER 16: The arrangements for smooth celeberation of Diwali festival were today finalized here at a meeting chaired by Deputy Commissioner Rohit Khajruia.
The meeting was attended by senior superintendent of police, Shakti Pathak, Additional deputy commissioner, Vikas Gupta, Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Kulbhushan Khajuria, Sub divisional magistrate Vijapur, C P Kotwal, sub divisiona


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Diwali festival arrangements finalized at Udhampur

UDHAMPUR, OCTOBER- 16:– The arrangements for the celebration of festival of lights Diwali were today finalized by district administration here at a meeting of officers and representatives of religious organizations and traders.
Additional Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur Dr. Gurvinderjeet Singh chaired the meeting.
Threadbare discussions were held on various arrangements like installatio


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Pakistan summons Indian envoy over 'ceasefire violations'

Islamabad, Oct 16: Pakistan summoned India's Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia to protest over alleged ceasefire violations by Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC) that killed three civilians.

The Foreign Office said that Director-General (South Asia and SAARC) Mohammad Faisal summoned Ahluwalia and condemned the ceasefire violations by the Indian troops in Nezapir Sector of t


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Grenade attack on security force vehicle, no injury reported

Srinagar, Oct 16: Militants hurled a hand grenade towards a security force vehicle in south Kashmir district of Pulwama, official sources said on Wednesday.

They said militants lobbed a hand grenade towards a moving security force vehicle at Rajpora in Pulwama last evening. However, the grenade missed the intended target and exploded on the road without causing any damage.

Later, security f


Tuesday, October 15, 2019Pak yet to respond to India's proposal to host meet between BSF and Pak Rangers

New Delhi, Oct 15: Pakistan has not yet responded to India's proposal on hosting the biannual meeting between the BSF and the Pakistan Rangers, another example of what appears to be the neighbour unilaterally snapping functional level contacts, government sources said on Tuesday.

The meeting at the level of director generals of both the border guarding forces is scheduled to be held this month


Tuesday, October 15, 2019FO condemns Rajnath's statement on 'disintegration' of Pakistan

Islamabad, Oct 15: Pakistan condemned Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's remarks that no power can stop the nation's "disintegration" if Islamabad did not mend its ways.

"We condemn the recent statements made by Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during election rallies in Haryana," Pakistan's Foreign Office said.

During a rally in Haryana on Sunday, Singh asked Pakistan to forget Kashmir


Tuesday, October 15, 2019India will not allow water to flow to Pakistan: Modi

Charki Dadri (Haryana), Oct 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said India would not allow its water to flow to Pakistan.

"For 70 years, the water which belongs to India and the farmers of Haryana flowed to Pakistan. Modi will stop this water (from flowing into Pakistan) and bring to your houses," the Prime Minister said in an election meeting, the second in two days, here.

He said


Tuesday, October 15, 20192 terrorists arrested in Ganderbal

Srinagar: Two terrorists belonging the pro-Pakistan outfit Hizbu-ul- Mujahideen were arrested in Ganderbal district, a police spokesman said.

Acting on a credible information, police along with security forces arrested two terrorist identified as Chandi Khatana and Wajid Ali Khatana, both residents of Jandiwada Rajouri, he said.

According to police records, both of them were part of the pro


Tuesday, October 15, 2019Pak violates ceasefire, shells two sectors in Poonch

Jammu, Oct 15:The Pakistan Army targeted two sectors along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district with mortars and small arms firing on Wednesday.

The Indian Army effectively retaliated.

"At about 0930 hours, the Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing of small arms and shelling with mortars in Qasba and Kirni sectors in district Poonch", they said.


Sunday, October 13, 2019FATF should take note: Where are world's most wanted terrorists found?

New Delhi, Oct 13; When the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meets in Paris to review Pakistans case on fight against terror, it must take cognisance of a recent question posed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi - "Whether it is 9/11 or 26/11, in which country are the conspirators found?"

Though the Prime Minister, during his �Howdy Modi' event in Houston last month where US President Donald


Saturday, October 12, 2019Pakistan must end support to terror groups: US Senator

Washington, Oct 12: Pakistan must end support to the Taliban and other terror groups, a top American senator said a day after meeting Pakistani leadership in Islamabad.

"Pakistan has an important role to play in stabilising Afghanistan, engaging in robust counterterrorism efforts and strengthening the global economy," Senator Maggie Hassan said on Friday after concluding her trip to Pakistan


Saturday, October 12, 2019Imran leads 'human chain' event on Kashmir Day

Islamabad, Oct 12: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan led a 'human chain' event here to express solidarity with Kashmiris as 'Kashmir Day' was marked across the country.

The several kilometres-long human chain was formed from D-Chowk to the Convention Centre in Islamabad on Friday, Geo News reported. People from all sections of society took part in the event.

On the occasion, Prime Minister


Saturday, October 12, 2019Modi, Xi resolve to work together to face terror, radicalisation challenges

MAMALLAPURAM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday vowed to work together in facing the challenges of radicalisation and terrorism in India and China during a two-and-half hour "open and cordial" one-on-one discussion over dinner at the magnificent Shore temple complex in this ancient coastal town.
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale in a late-evening press confere