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Tuesday, March 20, 2018FaceBook: Doctors on war path

Govt told to withdraw termination order within 48 hours


JAMMU, MARCH 20 : Extending support to Dr Amit Kumar, who was terminated from his services as Registrar in department of Anesthesia on March 15 for an ‘anti-government’ post on Facebook, the Resident Doctors Association (RDA) today threatened to stop emergency services in the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) Jammu in case the doctor is not reinstated within 48 hour


Tuesday, March 20, 2018PSC learns; in future, KAS to be held ‘timely’

KAS Mains-2016 in July

JAMMU, MARCH 20 : Having found itself embroiled deeply in the controversy concerning the J&K Combined Competitive Examination- 2016, the good sense finally prevailed upon Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission (JKPSC) as it has decided to conduct the future CCEs in synchronisation with the UPSC Civil services Examinations, thus eliminating the element to uncertainty for the aspirants of the


Tuesday, March 20, 2018Better late than never: From LoC, Mehbooba pitches for J&K peace

Visits bereaved family, hands over relief cheques; directs bunkers construction

JAMMU, MARCH 20 : A day after five members of a family were killed in Pakistani shelling, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday made a passionate appeal for dialogue and reconciliation to get the State out of bloodbath, urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take the lead in taking Jammu and Kashmir to peace.

The chief minister who visited the unfortunate family in Bhimber Gali sector of Me


Tuesday, March 20, 2018Cabinet to meet today

JAMMU : The cabinet meeting of state government- fourth of the current year, will be held on Tuesday morning. The meeting which will be chaired by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti will commence at around 11 am.

Credible sources informed The News Now that the ongoing Nowshera agitation for creating the post of Additional District will top the agenda of the meeting.

“The council of minister will deliberate upon where to post the ADC- in Nowshera or Sunderbani, as the agitation in the town is far from over,” they said.

The government had appointed on March 9 Additional secretary,


Tuesday, March 20, 2018Pak Dy HC summoned

NEW DELHI : India today summoned the Pakistan deputy high commissioner here and lodged a strong protest against the killing of five civilians in "unprovoked firing" by Pakistani forces, terming the incident "highly deplorable".

Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah was also told that such heinous acts are against established humanitarian norms and professional military conduct, the External Affairs Ministry said.
"It was conveyed that the deliberate targeting of innocent civilians, who are located two kilometers away from the forward line of defences, by Pakistan forces usin


Tuesday, March 20, 2018Asifa: CB detains Revenue officer’s son from Meerut


JAMMU : Two days after Ram Madhav asked the BJP ministers to support impartially the crime branch in its investigation of the Asifa rape and murder case, it lifted the son of the alleged main accused of the case from Meerut.

Sanji Ram, a retired revenue officer, came on Crime Branch’s radar after a relative of the deceased girl namely Talib Hussain alleged that he had played pivotal role in the rape and murder of 8-year old Asifa.
"Ram is the custodian of the keys of this public facility where the minor was held captive," Hussain had alleged.

Sanji Ram had gone missin


Tuesday, March 20, 2018MLA Mendhar asks Modi to unfurl Tricolour in Lahore or leave Kashmir

JAMMU : National Conference legislator from Mendhar Javed Rana on Monday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to either unfurl the Tricolour in the Lahore belt of Pakistan or else "leave Kashmir".
The controversial remark was made by Mendhar MLA at the funeral of five members of a family killed yesterday by Pakistani forces in shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote sector in Poonch district.

“I just want to say to this incompetent government at the Centre that stop playing politics over our dead bodies. If Modi sahib you are true to your words, then unfurl the (national) flag


Tuesday, March 20, 2018Modi govt’s Kashmir policy unspecified, alleges Yechury


SRINAGAR : Pitching for dialogue with all stakeholders, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) said that Narendra Modi led government has failed to "specify" its policy on Kashmir.

CPIM National General Secretary, Sitaram Yechury said if Kashmir has to be made integral part of India then Article 370 erosion has to be restored.

"The eroded provisions of Article 370 have to restored and then only Kashmir will be real ‘atoot aang’ of India," he said, lashing out at BJP government for 'making assault on Constitution."

Yechury said that BJP government at the centre had no


Tuesday, March 20, 2018KVIB : Goyal-led panel to probe recruitments

SRINAGAR : Under pressure from Opposition National Conference for hushing up the Khadi and Village Board Industries' dubious appointments, the government on Monday finally set up a high level committee of top bureaucrats to probe into the matter.

An official spokesman said that Government constituted a Committee to conduct inquiry into the selections made by the J&K Khadi Village and Industries Board (KVIB) against various posts recently.

As per the order issued by the General Administration Department (GAD), Principal Secretary to the Government, Home Department R K Goyal has been app


Tuesday, March 20, 2018TeH: Sehrai takes over from Geelani

SRINAGAR : Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani on Monday took a major decision by announcing that his long time aide and Secretary General Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai will act as chairperson of the party.

Sources in TeH said that a meeting was held at its office at Hyderpora and Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai was elected as interim chairperson till elections are held, adding that the election was delayed because most of the activists of Tehreek Hurriyat are imprisoned.

Mohammad Ashraf has been aiding Geelani since a very long time, In November 1986 Mohammad Ashraf Khan, alias Seh


Tuesday, March 20, 2018Fin Min authorizes Edu dept for adv withdrawal

JAMMU : Under the newly appointed minister, the finance department on Monday has authorized advance drawal of Rs 140 crore in favour of School Education Department (SED) under centrally sponsored scheme (CSS) Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) for meeting SSA teachers’ salary and other expenses.

Both of these departments are currently taken care of by Syed Altaf Bukhari, who last week had replaced Haseeb Drabu as Finance Minister.

A communiqué sent to School Education Department stated that ‘Finance Department conveys its concurrence to the authorization along with permission for advance


Tuesday, March 20, 2018GDCH: HoD accused of harassment attached

BMO Budgam attached too

SRINAGAR : Buckling under the agitation which the students of Government Dental College and Hospital were holding for removal of Head of Orthodontics department, the government Monday attached Dr. Muhammad Mushtaq, accused by his students of harrassment.

"In the interest of the administration, Dr. Mushtaq HoD Orthodontics of the GDCH is hereby attached with the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir till further orders,” reads an order issued by the government.

Mushtaq has been attached after he was indicted by the one-man enquiry committee constituted by the government last week into


Tuesday, March 20, 2018Rajouri: Gupta picked stone to hit himself?

JAMMU : A senior BJP holding the status of Minister of State in present government, Kuldeep Raj Gupta stoked a controversy when he apparently picked up a stone during the demolishing of two shops owned by his sons during Sunday’s anti-encroachment drive in Rajouri town.

While from the look of it, it appeared that Gupta, Vice-Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir State Advisory Board for Development of Pahari Speaking People, had picked up the stone to attack the officials involved in the drive, he has claimed that he was to hit himself in wake of the huge loss due to the demolition.

Two shops


Tuesday, March 20, 20182 minors charred to death

JAMMU : In a tragic incident, two minor siblings were today charred to death after their house was gutted in a fire here.

Five-year-old Ishtiaq Ahmad and his three-year-old younger brother Ishfaq Ahmad were burnt to death in the fire which charred their wood and tin house at Bathindi in the outskirts of the Jammu city this evening, SHO Trikuta Nagar, Parvez Sajad said.

Both the children were alone in the house when the fire broke out, he said.

The cause of the fire was not known immediately, he said, adding the charred bodies of the deceased were taken to a hospital and would be ha


Tuesday, March 20, 20186 recruiters of terrorists held

SRINAGAR : The state police on Monday claimed to have “busted” a network recruiting youth in militant outfits in Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district and arrested six persons.

“On a specific information, Awantipora police along with 42 RR and CRPF, in a joint operation in Tral, busted a criminal network involving JeM outfit who were involved in recruiting youth into the militant ranks,” a spokesman said.

“They were involved in providing logistic support and facilitating movement of militants in the general area of Tral,” he said, adding that on their disclosure incriminating m


Tuesday, March 20, 2018Another relative of missing MBBS student succumbs

SRINAGAR : One more relative of missing MBBS student, who was injured on Sunday in a road mishap at Unsoo area of Handwara, succumbed to injuries today on wee hours.

The mishap occurred yesterday when a car (Tata Bolt, JK09A-5547) they were travelling in, was returning from Odhisa where the MBBS student Suhail Aijaz is still missing for more than a month, rammed into a tree at Unsoo along the Srinagar-Kupwara highway.

While one of the relative Liyaqat Ali Kataria (NC Block President) died in the mishap yesterday another injured Mushtaq Ahmad Kataria succumbed to injuries at SKIMS Soura


Tuesday, March 20, 2018Omar reacts on doctor sacking

JAMMU, MARCH 20 : National conference working president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said that ‘ministers can protest to defend rape and murder accused but a doctor can’t point out the truth’.

“Ministers can protest to defend rape/murder accused but a doctor can’t point out the truth.

@MehboobaMufti dictatorial Govt in J&K – J&K doctor faces action for ‘correcting’ minister on Facebook,” Omar wrote on Twitter.

In another tweet, Omar said: “All the doctor did was point out that the lift the health minister claimed to have inaugurated was actually an old lift &


Monday, March 19, 2018Outrageous: Pak shelling kills 5 of family

2 minor sisters critical, JCO among 5 soldiers injured

JAMMU, March 19 : Brutally targeting the civilian localities located much deep inside Indian Territory along the LoC, Pakistani troops shelled mortar bombs in Poonch district, killing five members of a family including three minor brothers, while critically injuring two sisters on Sunday.

Five Army personnel, including a junior commissioned officer, also suffered injuries in the Pak firing.


Monday, March 19, 2018Bloody Sunday on roads

Hiranagar : Minor girl among 2 dead

Ramban : Six-year old girl killed

Handwara : Missing MBBS student’s uncle dead

JAMMU : As many as 4 persons died and 32 injured in three separate road accidents which took place on Sunday across the state. The 4 deceased included 2 minor girls, besides uncle of missing MBBS student from Kupwara as he, along with other family members was returning from Odhisa.

Two persons, including a minor girl, were killed and 30 others injured when a passenger bus turned turtle after colliding with a truck trolley on the Jammu-Pathankot national highway


Monday, March 19, 2018Mehbooba urges Kashmiri Ulemas to restore social values, resolve troubles

Panel formed to revise honorarium of Imams, salary of Wakf employees

SRINAGAR : Making efforts at addressing the issues concerning the Kashmir at the social level, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday turned to religious scholars, Imams and custodians of shrines, urging them to lead the society in getting it out of the difficult issues by showing the right path as they have been ordained.

Conceding that Muslim ummah around the world has been caught in a web of violence, Mehbooba stressed that it is their utmost responsibility prevent the society from getting drifted on a wrong track.

Recollecting her own bringing-up in the family of preachers and ul


Monday, March 19, 2018BJP slams FM over comment on Geelani

JAMMU : Taking strong exception to Finance Minister Syed Altaf Bukhari’s statement in which he had said that Separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani was ‘a very big leader’, the State Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday said that such irresponsible statements giving undue prominence to Syed Shah Geelani and the likes is sending wrong signal to forces working for cause of nation and people in the state.

Sunil Sethi, Chief Spokesperson of the state Unit of party said that lot of efforts, manpower and public funds are being utilised to provide protection, security and working atmosphere to Elected rep


Monday, March 19, 2018No crime against senior citizens in J&K from 2014-16

JAMMU : In the three years duration between 2014 and 2016, there were zero cases of crime against senior citizens in Jammu and Kashmir, even as two states of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh contributed for nearly 40 per cent of such crimes while national capital New Delhi which figured among the top seven states in such crimes, recorded a sharp decline in 2016.

All this was revealed by Home Ministry statistics.

“No cases of crime against senior citizens were registered in Jammu and Kashmir between 2014 and 2016,” the data incorporated in ‘Crimes in India' show.

In 2016, 40.03 per ce


Monday, March 19, 2018Continue security cover to youth Cong leader: SC

JAMMU : The Supreme Court has directed the state government to continue providing security cover to Abid Imitaz Bhat alias Abid Kashmiri, national secretary of the All India Youth Congress, after it was informed that X category security cover has been provided after he complained of threat to his life.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud barred the government to remove the cover unless there is a change in threat perception, besides asking it to give due notice to Bhat before withdrawal.

Advocate Shoeb Alam, appearing for the state gov


Monday, March 19, 2018Mehbooba anguished

Jammu, March 19 : Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed anguish over the loss of lives and stressed the need for peace if we want to save the people of the state.

The Chief Minister described the incident as heart wrenching which has caused a wave of shock among the people of the State. She has prayed for peace to the departed souls and wished speedy recovery of the other two injured members of the family.

“Anguished to hear of 5 people losing their lives in the crossfire along the LoC in the Balakote sector of Poonch. My deepest condolences to their family,” she said in a tweet.


Monday, March 19, 2018Resolution of issues in dialogue: Dalai Lama

‘Indian ethos includes respect for believers, non-believers’

JAMMU : Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama today said issues should be resolved through dialogue and India needs to play its role in ensuring a peaceful 21st century. Opposing the arms race and nuclear weapons, he said violence leads to counter violence and the cycle continues unabated.

This cycle should be broken to make the world a better place to live in, the Dalai Lama said here at the first convocation of the Central University of Jammu (CUJ) during which 14 students were conferred on PhD, 20 M Phil and 885 PG degrees.

Besides, 45 gold medals including two recently instituted


Monday, March 19, 201821st century is India’s: Vij

JAMMU : Former Army chief General (retd) N C Vij today said the 21st century belongs to India, provided all the institutions in the country rise up to the challenges and deliver.

Vij said the political leadership of the country, the legislature, judiciary, bureaucracy and armed forces, besides the people of the country, would be responsible for the rise of India.

Vij, who along with Union Minister Jitendra Singh was conferred upon Doctor of Philosophy degree (Honoris Causa) from the university, said, "The 21st century belongs to India provided all these institutions rise up to the chal


Monday, March 19, 2018Doc sacked for defying social media gag order


JAMMU : The ghost of controversial SRO-525 concerning the ban on social media usage by government employees came haunting a doctor, as the state government terminated his services for an ‘anti-government’ post on Facebook!

The doctor, Amit Kumar, posted as registrar in the Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu on a contract basis for three years was sacked on Thursday for defying the government order by posting anti-government content through his Facebook account, a government official said.

The government had in December last year, through SRO-525, barred its employees from using the


Monday, March 19, 2018Omar reminds Mehbooba of KVIB inquiry, attacks PDP


SRINAGAR : As the dust of controversy over appointment of PDP vice president Sartaj Madni's son in KVIB is yet to settle, Opposition National Conference today asked why the order of inquiry has not been issued three weeks after the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had ordered it.

"Three weeks ago, chief minister had ordered inquiry into the backdoor appointments in Khadi and Village Board, yet the inquiry order has not been issued," former Chief Minister and NC president Omar Abdullah told reporters in Damhal Hanjipora in Kulgam today.

"Are CM's order not being implemented?


Monday, March 19, 2018Who set 12 Rehris on fire?

Rath lodges FIR after man alleges his involvement, on Facebook


JAMMU : Twelve rehries were set on fire at Jewel Chowk area Sunday which sparked protest against Traffic Police which locals alleged had committed the arson.

Following the incident, which took place during evening hours, scores of people blocked roads and held protest and demonstration against the traffic police.

The incident has taken place after IGP Traffic Police Basant Rath gave warning to the rehri walas following which his subordinates forced them to leave the place on the plea of traffic congestion.

The protestors, however, raised anti traffic police slogans


Monday, March 19, 2018‘BJP Kauravas, Cong Pandavas’ : Rahul sounds bugle for 2019 polls

NEW DELHI : Blowing the bugle for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Congress today launched a fierce attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and resolved to promote ordinary party workers, as it sought to woo the youth and farmers at its 84th plenary session.

The Congress charge was led by party chief Rahul Gandhi, who mounted a blistering assault on Modi, accusing him of symbolising crony capitalism, and saying the country's poor continue to live in "Modi maya" (illusory world) of the promised 'achche din' (good days).

Targeting the BJP and RSS, Gandhi recalled the two warring sides of the


Monday, March 19, 2018Modi mismanaged Jammu & Kashmir : Manmohan

NEW DELHI : Launching an all-out attack on the Narendra Modi Government, Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today accused it of having "mismanaged" the dispute in Jammu and Kashmir and said the government's talk of fighting two and a half wars was yet another hollow promise .

“We must recognise that the Modi government has mismanaged the Jammu and Kashmir problem as never before," he said.

He said the two wings of the government in the state-BJP and PDP- were working against each other and the atmosphere was deteriorating day in and day out.

“That is obvious from the fact that


Monday, March 19, 2018Cong celebrating UP defeat: Jitendra

JAMMU : Union minister Jitendra Singh took a swipe at the Congress today, saying it was perhaps for the first time in the world that a political party was dancing and singing at the outcome of an election, unmindful of the fact that its candidates had lost their security deposits.

Singh, a senior BJP leader, was referring to the recent bypolls to the Gorakhpur and Phulpur parliamentary constituencies in Uttar Pradesh. The BJP lost both the seats to the Samajwadi Party.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Jammu Central University's convocation, where he was conferred an honora


Monday, March 19, 2018PADMA AWARDS : Mehbooba govt’s 9, Governor Vohra’s 4 recommendations among 35511 rejected

JAMMU : Nine recommendations of state government and four recommendations of Governor N N Vohra were among the 35,511 names which were rejected by the 10-member committee for the selection for this year's Padma awards, which will be conferred on March 20 and April 2.

Besides J&K, recommendations of seven state governments did not find any place in the final list whereas Governor Vohra was among seven governors, besides 14 Union ministers to have their recommendations rejected.

According to Home Ministry documents, as many as 35,595 recommendations or nominations were received for the


Sunday, March 18, 2018Kashmir India's; won't hesitate to cross borders: Rajnath warns Pak

‘Disturbing elements must learn real concept of jihad’

'First time stone-pelters need second chance'
'Won't allow Valley youth's radicalisation'
JAMMU: Asserting that no power in the world can take Kashmir away from India, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that there will be zilch hesitation for the forces of the country to cross borders to protect the country's territorial integrity, if the need arise


Sunday, March 18, 2018RSS terms Rohingyas security threat, demands deportation

JAMMU: Asserting that their presence in Jammu and Kashmir posed a security threat to the country, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) today supported the demand for deportation of illegal migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh.
The Sangh hit at the previous successive government in state and centre for allowing 'illegal foreigners' to settle down in Jammu and demanded their early eviction from the state and the country at large.
"We do not consider them (Rohingyas and Bangladeshis) as refugees as they are foreigners and have entered in our country illegally," RSS Prant Sanghchalk, Brig (Ret


Sunday, March 18, 2018Mehbooba hopes of J&K becoming Int'l trading hub through land routes

'Govt stands with our artisans give blood & soul to craft'

SRINAGAR: Once again underlining the significance of the state geopolitical situation as part of a peaceful region, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday expressed the hope that Jammu & Kashmir opens up to the world as an international trading destination through land routes.
Addressing a function on the inauguration of 7th International Buyer-Seller meet here today, the Chief Minister said the State has been the recipient of major cultural, social and economic influences from the areas of Silk route from the past seven centuries. She said these influences, once used contextually, would


Sunday, March 18, 2018Will ensure Justice to Asifa: CM

CM Mehbooba Mufti said it will be ensured that justice is done in the rape-and-murder case of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district.
"Justice will be delivered in the case," Mehbooba told reporters on sidelines of the event.
The PDP-BJP dispensation in the state, which has announced a probe into the case by the crime branch, has come under criticism from opposition National Conference (NC) which alleged that the state government was trying to shield the accused.
A few days back, NC general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar had alleged, "Following this tragedy, the revelation that eviden


Sunday, March 18, 2018Geelani very big leader: FM

Stroking another controversy, Finance Minister Syed Altaf Bukhari said that hardline separatist Syed Ali Geelani "is a very big leader". Bukhari made this comment in response to a question on Geelani's recent rejection of talks offered by the Centre's special representative, Dineshwar Sharma.
"Syed Ali Geelani is a very big leader. My stature is too small before him", Bukhari admitted at the sidelines of the event.


Sunday, March 18, 2018Sacking a warning not to go against party line: PDP leaders concede writing on wall

Drabu, Hussain Aftermath

SRINAGAR: The sacking of finance minister Dr Haseeb Drabu from his prestigious ministry and relieving Peer Mansoor's son from Additional advocate general's job are "strong messages" to the PDP brass, with party leaders insisting that both the decisions indicate Mehbooba Mufti reasserting her firm grip on the party.
The News Now spoke to a number of legislators and ministers in the party about the impact both the decisions have on the internal working of the party and the message they convey to them.
A senior leader of the party from North Kashmir said that the decisions convey terse message


Sunday, March 18, 2018Detained PP owner had huge transaction with M/S Dutta Fin

Money Laundering

JAMMU: A day after Enforcement Directorate (ED) team's raid at the residence of a petrol pump owner at Nanak Nagar area, his huge transactions with M/S Dutta Financiers India Limited has come of the fore.
A team of the enforcement agency had conducted raid at the residence of Charanjeet Singh in Nanak Nagar area and seized property related documents (both movable and immovable) including bank accounts for scrutiny before detaining him for further questioning.
During sustained scrutiny, the official sources said, the ED found his huge transaction with the M/S Dutta Financiers India Limite


Sunday, March 18, 2018Infrastructure not ready to handle PAOS: FM Bukhari defends rollback

SRINAGAR: Defending his 'regressive' decision of roll-backing the Pay and Accounts Office (PAO) system taken on the first day of his taking over as new finance minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Saturday said that the infrastructure was not yet ready to handle such a major fiscal reform.
Terming the PAO system a "significant reform" for curbing corruption and pilferages, Bukhari, Minister for Finance, Education, Labour and Employment, said the state government will introduce the innovative payment system in a phased manner for larger public good.
"While the PAO s


Sunday, March 18, 2018Peace of mind foundation of happiness: Dalai Lama

JAMMU: Tibetan spiritual leader the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso who arrived in winter capital of state Saturday morning to attend the first convocation of Central University Jammu which is slated to be held on Sunday, said that irrespective of region and religion, everybody wants happiness and joyfulness, the foundation of which is peace of mind.
In a message to the people of the Jammu and Kashmir, the Dalai Lama said, "I want to express special greetings and prayers for people of the state. We should always keep peace of mind and should not let anger overtake us."
"Anger always brings d


Sunday, March 18, 2018PoK refugee family fears threat on life from brother of NMA Nat'l Religious cell president

JAMMU: A Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) displaced refugee family in Jammu alleged that the brother of National Modi Army (NMA) National Religious Cell President has been making attempts to eliminate the entire family.
The family from Ratti Chhapri Village in Burn Panchayat of Jammu district claimed that the last attempt to kill the head of the family, a 96-year-old man, was made on March 7 this year when the elderly man, Munshi Ram, a Jatt, was kidnapped by some people including the brother of the NMA National Religious Cell President, Daulat Singh, taken to an isolated place and beaten to


Sunday, March 18, 2018Modi govt power-drunk, promises dramebaazi: Sonia attacks, in Hindi

NEW DELHI: Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi today launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying his government was power-drunk and the pre-poll promises of combating corruption and ensuring inclusive development were mere "dramebaazi".
In her address at the 84th Congress Plenary Session, she accused the Modi government of using all tricks in the trade to wipe out the Congress and asserted that the party would never bow down. She exhorted Congress workers to support new party chief Rahul Gandhi and be ready for any kind of sacrifice to strengthen the organisation.


Sunday, March 18, 2018India fatigued, asserts Rahul

NEW DELHI: The Congress today decided that it would forge workable alliances with like-minded parties as part of efforts to get battle-ready for 2019 general election, with its chief Rahul Gandhi asserting that the country was "fatigued" and only his party could show the way forward.
In his brief inaugural address, Rahul Gandhi said the country is in a way "fatigued" under the Modi dispensation and is looking for a way out. He asserted that his party alone can show the path forward.
In a scathing attack on the NDA government, he accused it of spreading hatred and anger, and failing to c


Sunday, March 18, 2018SSP, cops escape terrorist ambush

SRINAGAR: A Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), along with other cops had a narrow escape Saturday morning when terrorists attacked their two bullet proof vehicles with automatic weapons in south Kashmir district of Shopian. Meanwhile, body of one more terrorist, believed to be a foreigner, was recovered from the debris of houses damaged during the Thursday's encounter at Balhama village in Khanmoh area in Pulwama district, thus taking the death toll to three.
On Saturday, SSP Shopian Shriram Dinkar Ambarkar and another Deputy Superintendent of Police (Dy SP) alongwith their guards w


Sunday, March 18, 20185 arrested for Chrar-e-Sharief terror attack

SRINAGAR: Barring one, all the terrorists involved in the killing of a Gurha Salathia cop in a terror attack at Charar-e-Shairef shrine in central Kashmir district of Badgam last month have been arrested. The arrests have been made in concern with the terror attack on revered shrine of Sufi saint Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Noorani on February 25 when terrorists fired at Constable Kultar Singh of the Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police 13th Battalion guarding a security guard post outside the shrine of and escaped with his service rifle (SLR).
According to a police statement, investigations revealed tha


Sunday, March 18, 2018Pak repatriates Ind Army porter after 8 months

JAMMU: An army porter who had gone missing in August last year from border district of Rajouri was on Saturday handed over to Indian authorities by Pakistan army during a flag meeting at Chakan da Bagh crossing in the district of Jammu region.Official sources said that the army porter Mohammad Safeer Khan son of Mohammad Kadir, a resident of Pathana Peer village in Mendhar Poonch was working with army's 2 SIKHLI Regiment in neighbouring border district of Rajouri. He had gone missing on August 13 last year from the unit.
Safeer's family later approached the concerned police station and f


Sunday, March 18, 2018PDP-BJP govt is anti-youth, says Omar

SRINAGAR: Former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said the youth of the state had been left in lurch by a nepotistic and anti-youth PDP-BJP coalition government. Hard-working, meritorious and qualified youth of the state are being pushed against the wall because of open political patronage to nepotism and an unprecedented chaos in recruitment, competitive examinations and at service commissions, Omar, the working president of opposition National Conference (NC), said here.
He was addressing a one-day meet of youth NC provincial body at the party headquarters, Nawa-e-Subha, here.


Saturday, March 17, 2018CM Mehbooba unveils Hari Singh’s majestic statue, park

JAMMU, MARCH 17 : Marking a significant development, concerning the aspirations and emotions of the people of region, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday unveiled the majestic statue of last ruler of the state, Maharaja Hari Singh as she threw open the newly developed Park dedicated to Maharaja on Tawi banks in the winter capital.

Spread over 43 kanals of land, the park has been develop


Saturday, March 17, 2018In second ‘flogging’, Peer Hussain’s son sacked as AAG; terms it ‘pol vendetta’


JAMMU, MARCH 17 : A day after he welcomed the sacking of former finance minister Haseeb Drabu from the state cabinet while warning the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti of ‘coterie of political sycophants’ surrounding her, senior PDP leader and former minister Peer Mohammad Hussain’s own son was sacked as Additional Advocate General.

The state government on Friday disengaged Has


Saturday, March 17, 2018Resentment brews in Kot-Bhalwal as govt unwilling to shift dumping site

JAMMU : Amid heavy deployment of police personnel, residents of various villages including Kot, Bhalwal, Raipur, Kalri, Kalagaon, Mishriwala, Assruan, Kangar Morh among other villages, today protested against the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) for dumping the city wastes in Kot Bhalwal Village.

Led by former panchayat representatives, hundreds of people today gathered at Kangri Morh and shouted slogans-“JMC Hai Hai”, “District Administration Hai Hai”, against the JMC and district administration. The protesters were also joined by the Team Jammu Chairman, Zorawar Singh Jamwal.


Saturday, March 17, 2018Minor’s Rape : Court grants 1 week remand of accused

Victim’s statement recorded

JAMMU : In the shameful incident of rape of a minor girl by a Muslim cleric at Nagrota, the court on Friday granted one week police remand of accused for further investigation.

“Police have obtained a week-long remand order against accused person,” said a senior police officer, identifying the accused as Shahnawaz.

Official sources further said that police also produced the victim girl before court where her statement was recorded under section 164-A. Official sources said that in her statement she said that her cleric raped her and threatened her of consequences if she divulged the in


Saturday, March 17, 2018Promiscuity believed to be behind Kishtwar hotelier’s murder: Police

JAMMU : Kishtwar police, in a major breakthrough, claimed to have cracked the blind murder case of a local hotelier asserting that the victim was killed because of his intimacy with the wife of his tenant.

The police have secured the arrest of accused, along with recovery of the weapon of crime, a pistol.

Ishtiaq Ahmed Dar, a hotel owner, earned the ire of Muzzaffer Hussain Kamal, a stationery shopkeeper and his tenant, leading to the murder on March 9 near the Kishtwar Jamia Masjid.

Senior Superintendent of Police Abrar Choudhary said that in late 2017, Dar's daughter was undergoi


Saturday, March 17, 2018Guns can't silence party workers: BJP

Both slain terrorists identified, local

JAMMU : Strongly condemning the terror attack on its leader Anwar Khan on Thursday, BJP said guns cannot silence the voice of those who long for peace and development in Jammu and Kashmir.

The terrorists had tried to snatch the service rifle of constable Bilal Ahmad, who is the personal security officer (PSO) of Khan, at Balhama in Pulwama district. The terrorists were then holed up in a house and were killed in a fierce gunfight, last night. Both of the terrorists were identified as locals after forces recovered their bodies from under the debris of the house where they had taken shelter


Saturday, March 17, 2018Zulfkar meets Rajnath; dicusses issues of tribals, border dwellers

JAMMU : In the backdrop of heated politics in Jammu on government’s approach to dealing with tribals communities in the state, Minister for Tribal Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at New Delhi on Friday.

The past couple of months have seen protests and demonstrations staged, one after another, in otherwise peaceful Jammu, with allegations against the tribals of changing the demography of the region. These issues were further highlighted in the wake of the gruesome rape-and-murder of a minor tribal girl in Kathua, following which protest rallies in suppor


Saturday, March 17, 2018Samuel IPS passes away

Guv, CM, DGP condole

JAMMU : S R Samuel, IGP, a J&K cadre IPS officer of 1999 batch, passed away Friday morning in New Delhi. Governor NN Vohra expressed grief over his death and prayed to the Almighty for granting peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family to bear this loss.

Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti also expressed her grief over Sameul’s demise and conveyed her sympathies to the bereaved family.

Dr. S.P Vaid, IPS, Director General of Police J&K has condoled the sudden and tragic demise of Late Samuel, who was on deputation to GoI as Joint Development Commissioner, Ministry of Mic


Saturday, March 17, 2018Will improve working of Home Deptt: Goel, Vaid tell LA panel

JAMMU : The Principal Secretary, Home, R K Goyal and Director General of Police, S P Vaid on Friday have assured a panel of the state legislature of improvement in the working of the Home department.
The two officers were taken to task by the legislators on various inconsistencies in the functioning of Home Department pointed out by Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).

The officers, who were participating in a meeting of Committee on Public Accounts (PAC) of State Legislative Assembly briefed the Committee about the action taken by the department on the CAG’s audit paras.



Saturday, March 17, 2018‘Back CB in Asifa probe’ Madhav tells state cadre

JAMMU : BJP’s point man on Jammu and Kashmir Ram Madhav who arrived in state on a two-days visit on Friday is believed to have asked the state cadre to support the ongoing probe by the crime branch in the brutal rape and murder of 8-year-old girl Asifa Bano in Kathua, even as he termed the sacking of finance minister Haseeb Drabu as PDP’s internal matter.

Madhav, National general secretary of party, also halted at Srinagar before coming to Jammu and met BJP general secretary for Baramulla district Anwar Khan who survived a terrorist attack in Pulwama district on Thursday, in which his per


Saturday, March 17, 2018Terrorists escape cordon; one held with live grenade

SRINAGAR : Holed up terrorists managed to give escape the security forces’ cordon after a brief gunfight in Bandipora while police overpowered a person before he could lob a hand grenade on Srinagar-Jammu national highway in south Kashmir district of Pulwama

Security forces called off Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) launched in the wee hours on Friday, in Hajin area of north Kashmir district of Bandipora after terrorists managed to escape.

Officials informed on a tip off about the presence of terrorists 13 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir poli


Saturday, March 17, 201817 DySPs adjusted, 18 transferred

JAMMU : The Police Headquarters today ordered adjustment of 17 Deputy Superintendents of Police and transferred eighteen others, after completion of their District Practical Training.

As per the official order in this regard, Sahil Mahajan was posted as DySP PC Srinagar against available vacancy, Sharad posted as DySP PC Srinagar against Deputation Reserve Post of DySP, Dr. Bhishm Dubey posted as DySP PC Poonch against available post, Adil Mushtaq posted as DySP PC Srinagar against Deputation Reserve Post of DySP, Javaid Ahmad Lone is posted as DySP PC Imam Sahib Shopian vice Abdul Ghafo


Saturday, March 17, 20184 KAS among 20 reshuffled

JAMMU : The state government on Friday affected reshuffle in middle-rung administration, transferring four KAS officers among 20 officials including those of the J&K Secretariat (Subordinate) Services.

As per an official order in this regard, 4 Junior Scale KAS officers of 2011 batch- all of them presently awaiting orders of posting in the General Administration Department were given a posting which included Chand Singh, posted as Under Secretary to the Government, School Education Department; Manisha, posted as Administrative Officer in the office of Chief Conservator of Forests, Jammu, v


Saturday, March 17, 2018ED detains Jmu petrol pump owner

JAMMU: The Enforcement Directorate on Friday has detained a petrol pump owner believed to be involved in money laundering, from Nanak Nagar area in district Jammu.

A team from New Delhi based ED office today conducted raid at the residence of one Charanjeet Singh in Nanak Nagar area and after seizing records took him with them for further questioning. Singh owns a petrol pump at Canal Road.

Official sources said that the raid which was conducted at 11 am remained in force for two hours. Money laundering is stated to be the reason behind the ED’s move, said official sources.


Friday, March 16, 2018Two terrorists killed in Balhama, hours after attacking BJP leader

3 terrorists, OGW arrested; 3 cops injured in clashes

SRINAGAR, March 15 : Two terrorists, who attacked a BJP leader in the day, have been killed in an encounter that broke out in Balhama area of Khonmoh in Pulwama district on Thursday night.

The bodies of the slain terrorists were yet to be recovered, even as the guns had fallen silent at the time of writing this report as the searches were to be carried out for recovering the same under the deb


Friday, March 16, 2018Quake jolts J&K

JAMMU : An earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter Scale hit the state as major tremors were felt in the Kishtwar district of Jammu region on Thursday night.

Official sources confirmed that an earthquake Jolted Jammu & Kashmir areas including Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban and other parts of J&K at about 08:25 pm.

There was no damage to life or property as the quake was a low-density one.



Friday, March 16, 2018Unstable governance, inconsistent policies alienating Valley youth: Omar attacks govt

SRINAGAR : Launching a sharp attack on the coalition government, main opposition National Conference’s working President Omar Abdullah on Thursday held responsible the non-constructive and non-reconciliatory policies of the PDP-BJP government for the alienation of the youth of Kashmir.

Omar, hit out at the present government on various front including the alleged nepotism, corruption and backd


Friday, March 16, 201822 principals shifted, posted

JAMMU : The state government on Thursday affected transfers of 12 principals/in-charge principals while posted 10 associate professors as in-charge principles of Government Degree Colleges across the state.

As per an official order issued by the J&K higher education department, 12 principals/in-charge principals have been transferred and posted including Kiran Bakshi, principal COE Jammu has been attached with director RUSA Jammu while PK Sharma, in-charge principal GDC Mahori has been transferred and posted as in charge principal SPMR college of commerce Jammu vice Ramesh Chander who has


Friday, March 16, 2018Kapoor is Dir Prosecution

JAMMU : The state government on Thursday ordered Sikander Mohan Kapoor to take charge as Director Prosecution, zonal police headquarters Jammu.

According to the notification issued by the J&K Home department, Kapoor, Joint Director, Prosecution wing of zonal PHQ, Jammu, has been directed to hold the charge of the post of Director, Prosecution.

Sikander will hold the charge till a regular arrangement is made against the post in accordance with the prescribed rules.


Friday, March 16, 2018India 1496 IAS officers short

NEW DELHI: There is a shortage of 1,496 IAS officers in the country, Union minister Jitendra Singh said today.

The total authorised strength of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers is 6,500 and the total number of officers in position on January 1, 2017 is 5,004, he said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
"There is a shortage of 1,496 IAS officers," the Minister of State for Personnel said.

He said the occurrence of vacancies and filling them up are an ongoing practice.

Singh said the government has increased annual intake of IAS officers to 180 from civil services exami


Friday, March 16, 2018Aircraft grounding: IndiGo cancels 488 flights, GoAir 138

MUMBAI : Passengers are likely to face harrowing times with IndiGo and GoAir deciding to cancel 626 flights this month, of which 488 are by IndiGo alone, following grounding of 11 A320 neo planes with faulty Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engines.

The cancellations by the two budget carriers, which operate more than 1,200 flights daily on average, may significantly disrupt the summer schedule. There was no immediate clarity about the way possible compensation and alternative choices would be made available to the passengers already having tickets.

IndiGo, which has the largest share in the domes


Friday, March 16, 2018Healthcare: CJ-led Bench unhappy; asks government to respond properly

JAMMU : Expressing its dissatisfaction over the deficient reply of state government in a Public Interest Litigation regarding better facilities in government hospital in Jammu, the state high-court on Thursday returned its affidavit and directed to file better affidavit giving full details, within 4 weeks.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Kumar reprimanded the state government, asserting that it was the duty of the State and the government, being the executive wing of-the State, to provide adequate funding and infrastructure for proper healt


Friday, March 16, 2018Power, tact will defeat divisive forces: Bhagwat

JAMMU : Asserting that trouble-makers in Jammu and Kashmir only understand the language of power, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh on Thursday called for using strength and tact to counter "forces seeking to divide the people" of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.

“There was need for "shakti" (power) and "yukti" (tact) to ensure that "truth prevails", RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said.

“The Indian Army, with its "efforts, sacrifices and dedication", had maintained "shakti", which was needed because trouble-makers "only understand the language of power", he said.

Stressing that Kashmir was an integral


Friday, March 16, 2018Sarveshwar Foods is J&K’s first SME to debut on NSE

JAMMU : Making it into the privileged group of companies across the nation, Sarveshwar Foods on Thursday became the first small and medium enterprise (SME) from the Jammu and Kashmir to make its debut on the capital market by getting listed on the National Stock Exchange.

The company, which is engaged in the business of processing and marketing of branded and un-branded basmati and non-basmati rice, is the 128th listing on NSE Emerge -- the exchange's platform for SMEs.
Shares of Sarveshwar Foods closed at Rs 70.05 apiece today, 17.59 per cent down from its issue price of Rs 85.



Friday, March 16, 2018800 employees hope for regularisation in fate-deciding CS-Admin Secy meeting

SRO-384 to remain or go?


JAMMU: Uncertainty looms large over the future of around 800 Medical Education Department employees appointed under the SRO-384 on academic arrangement basis during Omar Abdullah-led National Conference-Congress government, as a meeting of the Administrative Secretary, H&ME with the Chief Secretary, BB Vyas on March 22 will decide their fate.

The meeting is believed to be crucial because the Administrative Secretary of concerned department will put forth the point of regularization of these employees working both in Jammu and Srinagar.

According to an employee who wishe


Friday, March 16, 2018No more delay in regularising casual employees: Guv Vohra asks Bukhari

JAMMU : Governor N N Vohra on Thursday asked Minister for Finance and Education Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari to ensure that there was no further delay in finalization of the Government’s orders in regard to the regularization of casual employees who have been working for several years now.

The state government, it may be recalled, had ordered regularisation of casual workers of different department last year, in a significant development. With the ouster of former finance minister Hasseeb A Drabu, there has been a concern over the delay in implementation of the same.

Governor told Bukhar


Friday, March 16, 2018Rajya Sabha: 7 Union Minister win unopposed

Contest in 6 states on Mar 23

NEW DELHI : Seven Union Ministers including Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar were declared elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha today, while the stage is set for the March 23 contest in six states, including Uttar Pradesh from where Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is in the fray.

Law Minister Prasad and HRD Minister Javadekar were elected from their homes states Bihar and Maharashtra, while Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot made it to the Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh. Health Minister J P Nadda got elected unoppos


Friday, March 16, 2018Ring Road Row: High-level panel to decide compensation on March 22


JAMMU: The State Government is slated to hold on March 22 the much awaited meeting of the Revenue department on the important issue of land compensation to the farmers affected due to the construction of semi ring roads around Jammu and Srinagar city.

The official sources told the News Now that Revenue Minister, A R Veeri will chair the meeting on March 22, wherein BJP MLA Choudhary Sukhnandan Kumar will represent the issues of farmers. The Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Revenue Officials, and concerned Deputy Commissioners, besides the legislators whose constituencies


Friday, March 16, 2018Departments asked to furnish KAS vacancies

JAMMU : Asserting that their non-serious approach is obstructing the process, the state government on Thursday asked the Administrative Secretaries of as many as 9 departments to furnish the details, it had sought earlier so as to referring their respective vacancies which form part of the KAS cadre at its Junior Scale, to Public Service Commission.

The government had in January this year notified to the departments to furnish within a weeks' time, the details, clearly indicating the number of vacancies in 17 services that have accrued as on January 1, so as these could be referred to Publ


Friday, March 16, 2018BJP leader escapes militant attack in JK; PSO injured

Srinagar, Mar 15 : A BJP leader escaped a militant attack in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir today, but his personal security officer (PSO) was injured in the incident, the police said.

Militants fired upon Anwar Khan, a BJP leader, at Balhama in Pulwama district, a police official said.
While Khan escaped the attack unhurt, his PSO, constable Bilal Ahmad, was injured in the incident, he added.

The injured policeman was rushed to a hospital, where his condition was stated to be stable, the official said.

Security forces had launched a search operation in the areas around the


Friday, March 16, 20183 militants arrested with arms and ammunition in Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar, Mar 15 : Security forces today arrested three militants and seized arms and ammunition from their possession in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam district, police said today.

They had come to Budgam with the intention to carry out some attack, the police said.

Acting on an intelligence input, the police and the Army conducted a joint raid and arrested three militants after recovering incriminating material including arms and ammunition from their possession, the police said.

The recoveries included three pistols, four magazines and twelve rounds, the official said, adding the acc


Friday, March 16, 2018OGW of HM outfit arrested from Kulgam

Jammu, March 15 : Army and J&K police have arrested an Over Ground Worker (OGW) of Hizbul Mujaheedin militant outfit from Kulgam area of South Kashmir.

The Defence sources informed that based on credible inputs team of army and JKP launched a joint operation in Kulgam and apprehended an OGW of militants identified as Shahnawaz Mir working for HM cadre in South Kashmir at 8:30 pm and recovered one Chinese Pistol from his possession. The OGW has been taken into police custody by police station DH Pura.

In the preliminary questioning the OGW disclosed various things and also that he was ac


Thursday, March 15, 2018Mehbooba reviews dev projects, asks admin secys to fix critical gaps, ensure flow of funds

JAMMU, March 15 : Fresh from the removal of former Finance Minister Hasseb A Drabu from her cabinet-arguably the most significant political development in Jammu and Kashmir since the coming together of PDP and BJP in 2015, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday reviewed at length the status of projects and initiatives taken by various Departments as she convened a meeting of Administrative S


Thursday, March 15, 2018Admin Depts breach SIC directives on providing information to RTI activists


JAMMU: Notwithstanding the fact that the State Information Commission (SIC) has notified the format for providing information to the RTI activists in Jammu and Kashmir, the administrative departments are not adhering to the guidelines, applicants allege.

The activists claim that authorities in the State are till date providing information in different formats.
They said that until July 2017, no standard format was issued by the SIC but on July 25, 2017, set guidelines were issued to all the administrative departments to provide the information to the RTI activists.



Thursday, March 15, 2018Govt promises action after students intensify agitation

Alleged harassment by GDCH Principal

SRINAGAR: As the protesting students in Government Dental College and Hospital are unrelenting in their agitation against a professor and its principal, the government said that it will act and will sort out the issue within two days.

Students of Government Dental College and Hospital at Shireen Bagh here are on a strike from the last six days demanding action against Prof Muhammad Mushtaq, who is the head of the Orthodontics Department, and also guide of postgraduate students.

The agitated students accuse Dr Mushtaq of harassing them and forcing to do his personal work, including car w


Thursday, March 15, 2018HC directs inspection of polluting factories

JAMMU: Forest Minister Choudhary Lal Singh and his son may land in yet another trouble as the Division Bench of J&K High Court on Wednesday directed revenue authorities to inspect the polluting unit including one tiles factory belonging to the minister’s kin.

A Division Bench of the J&K High Court directed Revenue Authorities to inspect the polluting unit and conduct fresh measurements of all requirements enshrined under SRO 302 and criteria prescribed by the State Pollution Control Board using latest scientific technology like GPS hand-held devices and others.

This was informed by Advo


Thursday, March 15, 2018HC seeks complete status report, grants GoI, state govt seven days

Restoration work of Mubarak Mandi

JAMMU : The Division Bench Jammu of the State High Court today granted a week time period to Government of India and State government to tell the Court exact status on the complete restoration of Mubarak Mandi complex in Jammu.

The HC Coram comprising Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Kumar directed respondents to file affidavit giving the complete and detailed timeline within a week period for complete restoration of historic Mubarak Mandi complex.

The HC division bench, after hearing Adv GS Thakur for the PIL whereas ASGI Sindu Sharma for the Union of India and Go


Thursday, March 15, 2018Have not called shut down: HEM


JAMMU: Dismissing rumours which have been circulating on social media that Hindu Ekta Manch has called for Jammu bandh on March 16, the concerned leaders said that there is no such decision.
A message has been massively circulated on whatsapp and facebook that Hindu Ekta Munch gets support from Brahman Sabha Jammu, Rajput Sabha Jammu , Khatri Sabha Jammu , OBC Sabha Jammu and various organisations for making a successful Call for ‘Complete Bandh In Jammu’ on 16 March.
Another message reading, “Hindu Ekta Munch Leader Thanked to the People’s of Samba and Kathua for Shut D


Thursday, March 15, 2018Bukhari stresses on judicious utilisation of public resources

JAMMU: On his second day as the new finance minister of the state, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Wednesday stressed on close monitoring, effective and simultaneous implementation of reforms at all levels within finance department as he chaired maiden review meeting of the Department

The minister underlined the need for ensuring that the public resources are utilized in most judicious manner.

Speaking at the meeting, the Minister took detailed review of functioning of the department, including status of spending in core sectors, interventions introduced to bring in fiscal discipline be


Thursday, March 15, 2018Salahuddin’s eldest son quizzed by NIA

JAMMU: The National Investigation Agency today questioned six people, including the eldest son of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, in connection with a 2011 terror funding case.

Shakeel Yusuf, who works as a medical assistant at Srinagar's Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, appeared before the agency along with five others suspected to have received funds from Salahuddin, officials said.
The NIA wanted to question him over allegations that he used to receive funds sent by his father through a US-based international wire transfer company, officials said.
The agency alle


Thursday, March 15, 2018Lighting strikes Baba Fareed shrine, gutted Guv, CM directs early restoration

SRINAGAR: The century old holy Shrine of Hazrat Baba Fareed (R.A.) was completely damaged due to lightning at Garkote area in Uri in Baramulla district even as Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed concern and directed early restoration of the shrine.

The holy shrine of Baba Fareed at Garkote was gutted in a fire caused after lightning struck it and completely damaged it. Expressing concern over the damage caused to the holy shrine, Governor N N Vohra advised the state government and all the other concerned authorities to take immediate steps for restoring the shri


Thursday, March 15, 2018CM gets approved Train halt station at Naina Batpora

JAMMU: The Ministry of Railways has accepted the recommendation of Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti to open up a halt station at Naina Batpora in Pulwama district on the Baramulla-Banihal rail line.

The decision was today conveyed by Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

With this all six halt points on the Baramulla-Banihal Rail line, as recommended by the Chief Minister for the convenience of general public of the respective areas, have been ordered to be established.

“Thank you so much @PiyushGoyal ji, for fulfilling the long pending demand of the peopl


Thursday, March 15, 2018Dalai Lama to address CUJ’s first convocation

JAMMU: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama will address the first convocation of the Central University of Jammu (CUJ) on Sunday.

Union minister Jitendra Singh and former chief of Army staff N C Vij will also attend the ceremony on March 18. They would receive degrees of doctor of philosophy, honoris causa, from the university.

"Nobel laureate and the 14th Dalai Lama would be the chief guest at the convocation, during which PhD degrees, PG degrees, gold medals and merit certificates would be conferred on the candidates who had successfully completed their study programmes till the year


Thursday, March 15, 2018Azad conceived idea, Naik gives nod to establish NIHAMP at Bhaderwah

JAMMU: The Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, finally gave its nod to establish the National Institute of High Altitude Medicinal Plants at Bhaderwah in Doda district.
It is important to mention here that the project was sanctioned in the year 2014 by the then Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad but the Ministry of AYUSH agreed in principle to establish this project in Narendra Modi led-NDA government this year.
The nod of the Ministry of AYUSH, GoI however came only after the State Minister for Health and Medical Education Department, Bali Bhagat held a meeting w


Thursday, March 15, 2018Omar asks Centre to look into Bukahri’s PAO reversal order

JAMMU: Expressing grave concern over putting the Pay and Accounts Office (PAO) system in abeyance, the main opposition National Conference (NC), on Wednesday urged the Centre to take a "hard look" at the reason behind the move, made by Finance Minister Altaf Bukhari on day one of his appointment.
In a tweet, NC working president Omar Abdullah asked the Prime Minister's Office and Union finance ministry to look into the the sudden and arbitrary reversal of the PAO system that was aimed at ensuring transparency in the utilisation of government funds.
"@PMOIndia & @FinMinIndia need to take a l


Thursday, March 15, 2018State Police to get Micro UAVs for anti-terror Ops

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir Police will procure micro unmanned ariel vehicles fitted with night vision equipment for security, surveillance and detection operations in the state, officials have said.
Senior police officials said that there was a need to have such UAVs for security drills including anti-terror operations, particularly in Kashmir Valley, in view of increasing militancy-related incidents.
Tendering process for the procurement of eight drones has started.
"We have invited tenders from original manufacturers or authorised dealers for supply of UAVs recently," Assistant Inspect


Thursday, March 15, 2018BJP blighted in bypolls, loses all three LS seats in UP, Bihar

LUCKNOW: In a stunning blow to the BJP ahead of the 2019 general elections, the party today lost bypolls to all three Lok Sabha seats it contested, including its bastion Gorakhpur, and Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh, besides Araria in Bihar.
The shocker for the BJP came as an anticlimax after its surprise win in three northeastern states, including Tripura, where it scripted history, demolishing the Left citadel of 25 years and forming its first government in the state. Together with its regional allies, the BJP also formed its governments in Nagaland and Meghalaya.
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