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Saturday, July 20, 2019Ahead of Rajnath’s visit, Army chief reviews Op’l preparedness in Drass

SRINAGAR: A day before the arrival of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on a day-long tour of State, Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday visited Drass sector and reviewed the operational preparedness of the armed forces.

In his second visit to Jammu and Kashmir after assuming charge as Defence Minister last month, Rajnath Singh will lay a wreath at the Kargil War Memorial in Dras on Saturday


Saturday, July 20, 2019Rains suspend Yatris’ mvmt from Baltal route, 6,114 pay obeisance

JAMMU: As many as 6,114 pilgrims paid obeisance at the Amarnath cave shrine of Lord Shiva in south Kashmir Himalayas on Friday, even as the upward movement of pilgrims remained completely suspended from the Baltal route in Valley due to rain and slippery track conditions while continued from traditional Pahalgam route after a brief disruption this morning.

“On the 19th day of the ongoing Shri Amarnathji Yatra, 6,114 Yatris paid obeisance at the Holy Cave. Till date 2,38,974 Yatris had the darshan of the Shivling at the Holy Cave,” an official spokesman of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board said.


Saturday, July 20, 2019After ICJ rap, Pak to grant consular access to Jadhav

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI: Acting on the International Court of Justice ruling, Pakistan has agreed to grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav "according to Pakistani laws", the Pakistan Foreign Office said.
In a statement released post midnight, the Pakistan foreign office said it has informed Jadhav of his rights to consular access under the Vienna Convention.
However, the statement said that Pakistan will grant consular access to Jadhav "according to Pakistani laws".
"As a responsible state, Pakistan will grant consular access to Commander Kulbushan Jadhav according to Pakistani laws, for


Saturday, July 20, 2019SC seeks AG’s help in plea for Minority status for Hindus in J&K, 7 others states

JAMMU: Looking to make some strides on the long pending issue, the Supreme Court Friday sought assistance of Attorney General K K Venugopal in dealing with a plea seeking that minority communities be defined on the basis of state-wise population data instead of national data.
The court which was hearing a plea by a BJP leader challenging the validity of the Centre's 26-year-old notification declaring five communities -- Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis -- as minorities, and seeking minority status for Hindus in eight states, directed for supplying a copy of the petition to of


Saturday, July 20, 2019PDP leader’s PSO killed

Weapon snatching bids in Anantnag, Kulgam

SRINAGAR: Militants on Friday shot dead a personal security officer (PSO) of a PDP leader in Anantnag district, and snatched his service rifle, even as similar attempt was made in Kulgam district but was foiled.
The incident took place when Mufti Sajad, a PDP leader and a cousin of former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, had gone to a mosque in Baba Mohalla area of Bijbehara to offer congregational prayers, a police official said.
The mosque was around 50 metres from Sajad's residence, according to police.
Reports said that militants fired upon the policeman namely Farooq Ahmad Reshi, a resi


Saturday, July 20, 2019Sub-classification of STs 11% quota challenged, HC issues notice to Govt

JAMMU: In a major development, the State High Court on Friday issued notices to Secretary Law, Secretary Social Welfare and J&K Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE), in plea challenging the Rule 13 of the J&K Reservation Rules which according to it unconstitutionally does sub classification within the ST category allegedly on communal grounds.
The said rule of the J&K Reservation Rules sub-classifies the quota of 11 percent reservation earmarked for Scheduled Tribes into three--9% for Muslim STs, 1% for Buddhist STs and 1% for nearly 7 Hindu STs.
“Constitution of India conte


Saturday, July 20, 2019ASI monuments in Leh favourite of 62% tourists, Jammu’s 2 destinations account for 15% footfall

JAMMU: Two of every three tourists who visit 69 centrally protected monuments in Jammu and Kashmir prefer Ladakh over Kashmir Valley and Jammu region, even as Ladakh makes up for more than 81% of the total revenue generated from these sites via the entry tickets.

While there may not be sufficient number of such monuments protected by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to grant Jammu region a


Saturday, July 20, 2019As MHRD stops funds, govt mulls to shift SSA schools in its buildings

JAMMU: Aiming to cover-up its failure, state government now mulls to shift schools operating in rented buildings under centrally sponsored scheme, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) to government buildings as Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) refused the funds for payment of rent.

MHRD has refused to allocate funds for another consecutive year under the scheme citing poor performance of


Saturday, July 20, 2019E-buses flagged off in Sgr, Malik takes a ride

SRINAGAR: In a historic step toward a greener public transport, as many as 20 new Electric Buses of Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation in Srinagar were flagged off by Governor Satya Pal Malik and Arvind Ganpat Sawant, Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.

These E-Buses will ply on different routes in the summer capital.

Ten such buses were earlier launc


Saturday, July 20, 2019Inquiry ordered after death of twin neonates in LD Hosp

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir State Commission for Protection of Women and Child Rights (J&KSCPWCR) on Friday took suo-moto cognizance of mishandling of several cases in premier Lal Ded hospital including death of twin newborn babies and alleged harassment to the parents.

The Commission has also decided to hold an inquiry committee to find the facts.

The news came into limelight when the


Saturday, July 20, 2019Snake bite likely behind death of 2 infant siblings

JAMMU: Preliminary investigation conducted in the death of two infants in Rajouri after following routine immunisation at a Sub-Health center, had indicated that suspected snake bites could be the reason behind their tragic death.
However, the blood samples and skin samples collected from the dead bodies of the two sisters has been sent to Forensic Science Laboratory, Jammu for Chemical and Toxicological analysis.
As per reports, the two sisters, aged 5 months and 18 months had died following routine immunisation at Sub-center Barnada in Sunderbani the intervening night of 17th and 1


Saturday, July 20, 2019Addl flight for stranded Leh passengers

JAMMU: The Air India will operate on Saturday an additional flight to Leh for passengers stranded after cancellation of one of its flight from Jammu today.
The Air India authorities have asked all the passengers stranded following cancellation of Jammu to Leh flight AI 450 of 19 July, 2019 to report at Jammu Airport---July 20 at sharp 9 am, an official communiqué said.
The Air India is operating additional flight to Leh on Saturday. The flight AI 1449 will arrive from Leh to Jammu at 10:20 am and depart to Leh at 10:55 am, it said.


Saturday, July 20, 2019Two tourists of HR dead in road mishap

SRINAGAR: Two men on their way to Ladakh were killed Friday when their motorcycle was hit by a truck in Ganderbal district.
Bharat Bhushan, 27, and Gurlal Singh, 28, both residents of Haryana, were travelling on the motorcycle when they were hit by the truck coming from the opposite direction at Gund on the Srinagar-Leh Highway, a police official said.
While Bushan died on the spot, Singh was taken to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed, he said.
A case has been registered and investigation is underway, the official said.


Saturday, July 20, 201917 Inspectors shifted to ACB

JAMMU: The Police Headquarters (PHQ) today ordered transfer of seventeen Inspectors from different wings and posted them to Anti Corruption Bureau. Among these seventeen officers, five are those whose previous orders of transfers have been modified by the PHQ.
The transferred Inspectors include Champa Devi from Security, Jalal Din Fani from Traffic, Anzer Ahmed from Jammu zone, Sushil Kumar from Jammu zone, Ashwani Kumar from Jammu zone, Fateh-ud-Din Ahmed from Kashmir zone, Raza Wasim Ahmed from CID, Sheikh Inamuldin Assad from Kashmir zone, Mir Safdar Hussain from Kashmir zone, Ghulam Nabi


Saturday, July 20, 2019Vivek Kumar appointed as Pvt Secy to PM

NEW DELHI: Vivek Kumar, presently working as Director in the Prime Minister’s Office, was on Friday appointed as Private Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
'The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Mr Vivek Kumar, IFS officer of 2004 batch presently working as Director in the Prime Minister’s Office as Private Secretary to the Prime Minister with effect from the date of assumption of charge of the post, on co-terminus basis or until further orders, whichever is earlier,' an official statement said.
The ACC also approved seven senior level appointm


Friday, July 19, 2019Rasana gang-rape & murder || Will deliver justice: P&H HC; issues notices to J&K, 6 convicts, acquitted

Rasana gang-rape & murder Will deliver justice: P&H HC; issues notices to J&K, 6 convicts, acquitted

JAMMU: In a significant statement, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday said that it will hear on priority the petitions of the victim's family and the six convicts in the brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Rasana village in Kathua, even as it issued notices to Jammu and Kashmir government and all the six convicts on the plea seeking enhanced punishment, besides to one a


Friday, July 19, 2019ICJ verdict on Jadhav India seeks urgent consular access; Imran says shall proceed as per law

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD: Maintaining that ICJ verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav is a complete vindication of its stand, India Thursday sought from Islamabad immediate consular access to its national as Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan contended that his government shall proceed in the matter as per law.

Making a statement in both Houses of Parliament, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also asser


Friday, July 19, 2019Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to arrive tomorrow

JAMMU: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is arriving a day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir on July 20, during which he will pay tributes at the Kargil war memorial at Drass and inaugurate two bridge projects in Jammu.

Singh will visit all three regions of Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh during the visit and review the security situation along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Valley and the Line of Actu


Friday, July 19, 2019Finally, Centre releases Rs 227 Cr funds for JMC under 14th FC

JAMMU: Finally, after a long delay and repeated reminders by the state government, the Government of India (GoI) has released whopping Rs 227 crore funds for Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) to undertake development works pending under the 14th Finance Commission since long.

“This was informed today in the General House meeting of the Jammu Municipal Corporation by Mayor, Chander Mohan Gupta


Friday, July 19, 2019IPS among 3 ACB officers reshuffled

JAMMU: The State government on Thursday transferred and posted three officers in Anti Corruption Bureau.

As per the order issued by Anand Jain, Director ACB, SP Sandeep Gupta (IPS) has been posted as AIG(Policy), ACB J&K in place of SSP Javid lqbal Matoo who is under orders of repatriation to the Home Department.

However, since Sandeep Gupta is among the 20 officers of ACB going for 10-day


Friday, July 19, 2019Advisor Farooq foregoes security cover in 11 districts

SRINAGAR: Two days after assuming charge as the fifth Advisor to Governor Satya Pal Malik, retired IPS officer Farooq Khan became the first among the lot to forego his security cover, at least in half of the Jammu and Kashmir’s 22 districts.

Khan, a former top cop, asked police on Thursday to withdraw his security convoy during his movement within the state in Jammu region and also in summer c


Friday, July 19, 2019Omar asks cadre to gear up for LA polls

SRINAGAR: National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah on Thursday asked the party cadre to enhance interaction with general public in view of upcoming Assembly elections.

Omar who presided over a Provincial committee meet of Kashmir province at party headquarters Nawa-e-Subha, Srinagar today, applauded the party functionaries for conducting segment-wise conventions across the province.


Friday, July 19, 2019HC directives on Kashmir traffic scene

JAMMU: Expressing concern over the poor traffic scenario in the state especially in Kashmir Valley, the State High Court today issued an array of directives to concerned authorities including exploring the feasibility of CNG/LPG stations.

The division bench of State High Court comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rahsid Ali Dar directed Indian Oil Corporation, and


Friday, July 19, 2019CEO JKCA misusing powers, promoting blue-eyed persons, alleges DCA Anatnag

JAMMU: District Cricket Association (DCA) Anantnag today alleged that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) has been misusing its power and projecting blue-eyed persons such as Ghulam Rasool.
“The district level cricket associations are being denied their constitutional rights on the directions of CEO JKCA Ashiq Hussain Bukhari,” DCA Anantnag alleged.
“We were given only three days to prepare for elections, which are insufficient to conduct proper elections,” the association said.
The association added “Bukhari has violated Lodha Commi


Friday, July 19, 2019Night buses on Jammu-Srinagar after August 15

SRINAGAR: For the comfort of commuters, the Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC) has decided to start night service from Jammu to Srinagar and vice-versa after 15th August 2019.
The decision was taken during a meeting chaired by Principal Secretary Transport Department Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon where it was revealed that presently people are facing a lot of difficulties to reach Jammu or Srinagar due to non-availability of night service.
“Therefore, it is important that a service of this sort should be started at an earliest,” an official spokesman said.
Samoon direc


Friday, July 19, 2019PHE daily wagers attempt self immolation, detained

JAMMU: Angry over government apathy to pay them wages due for five years, four daily wagers of the public health engineering (PHE) department tried to immolate themselves in Kathua district, prompting police to detain them on Thursday.
A video of the incident has gone viral on social media, drawing criticism for the state administration.
Four daily wagers entered the office of the PHE executive engineer in Kathua and demanded their wages be paid to them as promised by the engineer last week.
The executive engineer, S Singh, told them that their dues are pending and he is trying to address


Friday, July 19, 2019Div Com inspects NH, langer sites

RAMBAN: Divisional Commissioner (Div.Com), Jammu, Sanjeev Verma along with Deputy Commissioner (DC) Ramban Showkat Aijaz Bhat today inspected Langer sites and shelter sheds established for Shri Amarnath Ji yatra here along the National Highway.
The Div Com, who reviewed the arrangements for security, sanitation, water, electricity, fire safety and health facilities for the yatris. He directed the concerned officers to ensure all basic and essential facilities for their convenience.
He directed the Langer managers to follow the Standard Operating Procedures to ensure smooth service besides c


Friday, July 19, 2019Udhampur DH get NQAS certification

JAMMU: The district hospital in Udhampur has become the first government-run health facility in Jammu and Kashmir to get the National Quality Assurance Standards (NQAS) certification in recognition of its high standards.
The hospital scored an overall rating of 85 per cent and met the criteria required for achieving the NQAS recognition, officials said.
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has accorded the NQAS certification to the District hospital, Udhampur, in recognition of its high standards of quality and performance maintained by it, the officials said.
"Among the


Friday, July 19, 2019Woman killed in flash floods

SRINAGAR: A woman was killed in flash floods triggered by multiple cloudbursts in Lolab area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Thursday.
According to local reports and police, the woman identified as Shafiqa Bano (35) was washed away by the flash floods in Bera Rudi, Khordi, Bat Gagal, Surgam in Lolab at around 4:30 pm. The woman’s body was later recovered by locals and police, they said.
They said that there were multiple cloudbursts in Kantpora, Putshahi, and Dooniwari villages.
The flash floods caused large-scale damage to the standing crops as well as to the residential houses in


Thursday, July 18, 2019Governor Malik reassigns departments to Advisors

Farooq gets Rural Dev, Ganai gains Election, PDMD; Kumar unchanged

JAMMU: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday redistributed the portfolios among his five Advisors, made necessary after addition of Advisor Farooq Ahmad Khan in his team, besides taking the opportunity to reshuffle a few important departments among the old Advisors-- K Vijay Kumar, Khursheed Ahmad Ganai, K Skandan and K K Sharma-- as well.
Under President’s rule, the administrative functioning o


Thursday, July 18, 2019ICJ asks Pak to REVIEW Jadhav's death sentence, PM hails verdict

THE HAGUE/NEW DELHI: The International Court of Justice(ICJ) Wednesday ordered Pakistan to make an "effective review and reconsideration" of the conviction and death sentence of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav and also grant consular access, in a verdict that was hailed in India as a "big victory" for the country.
In a reprieve for Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer sentenced to death b


Thursday, July 18, 2019Rasana Rape & Murder P&H HC to hear plea of victim’s father for harsher sentence, convicts’ appeals today

JAMMU: Five weeks after the district court Pathankot sentenced six convicts in the heinous act of gang-rape and murder of eight-year-old nomadic girl in Rasana village of Kathua district, the Punjab and Haryana High Court will witness commencement of two important-yet-contradictory petitions---one seeking enhancement of sentence and other against the sentence.
While the higher court earlier this month had scheduled for Thursday the appeals against the conviction of all the six accused in horrific crime that shook the entire nation 18 months ago, things took a dramatic turn today when the co


Thursday, July 18, 2019Rs 134 Crore paid as rent for 56k acres J&K land with defence depts, wings, org in 3 yrs

JAMMU: The union government has been paying Rs 45 crore annually on an average for the 56615.54 acres of land acquired in Jammu and Kashmir by the different departments of the defence services. However, Rs 24 crore is the outstanding rent that is yet to be paid for the defence land in the state.
“In the last three years, Rs 134.45 crore total rent has been paid to land owners or the state government,” Minister of State (MoS) for Defence Shripad Naik, said in his written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.
“Out of the total rent paid, Rs 47.65 crore was paid in year 2016-2017, 47.65 in year 20


Thursday, July 18, 2019Absconding from Rajasthan, 7 gangsters arrested in Nagrota

JAMMU: Seven gangsters from Rajasthan including a mastermind, who were absconding after their recent gang war in their state, were arrested by Jammu and Kashmir police at Nagrota on Wednesday.
Rajasthan police was after them after they opened fire on their rival group in village Kareda in Rajasthan a few days ago.
Unaware about their back ground, the Nagrota Police booked four of the gang members for creating nuisance. Their disclosure gave lead to the police in securing the arrest of three more gangsters.
“After receiving a complaint, we booked four persons for creating nuisance under inf


Thursday, July 18, 2019Bandh quits PDP

SRINAGAR: Founding PDP member Mohammed Khalil Bandh on Wednesday resigned from the primary membership of the party, saying it had "unpended" after the death of former chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.
In a setback to the PDP, the former minister said in his letter that it was not worth continuing when the basic and founding principles of the party had been compromised.
The letter, a copy of which is accessed by The News Now, is addressed to party president Mehbooba Mufti.
Bandh said the decision to resign from the post of district president of militancy-hit Pulwama as well as basic me


Thursday, July 18, 201913928 pilgrims pay obeisance

SRINAGAR: A total of 13,928 pilgrims paid obeisance at the naturally formed ice lingam in the cave shrine of Amarnath on Wednesday, taking the total visitors this year to 2,19,011 even as the 16th batch comprising of 4,584 pilgrims left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu for Baltal and Pahalgam in Kashmir.
“On the 17th day of the ongoing Shri Amarnathji Yatra, 13,928 Yatris paid obeisance at the Holy Cave. Till date 2,19,011 Yatris had the darshan of the Shivling at the Holy Cave," a spokesperson of the Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board said.
Earlier on Wednesday morning, the 16th batch comp


Wednesday, July 17, 2019IAF prepared for any kind of warfare: Chief Dhanoa

‘Balakot showed ability of precision bombing’

JAMMU: Asserting that the twenty years after Kargil war have made his force capable to counter any kind of air threat, Air Force Chief B S Dhanoa on Tuesday said that the Balakot strike demonstrated the IAF's ability of precision bombing, even as he stressed that his men are capable of taking part in full spectrum of conflict, ranging from "sub-conventional to nuclear".

He said in case "we hav


Wednesday, July 17, 2019Khan assumes charge as advisor to Governor

SRINAGAR: BJP leader Farooq Khan, who started his career in Jammu and Kashmir as a sub-inspector in 1984 and went on to become inspector general of police, took over as advisor to Governor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday.

Khan, the governor's fifth advisor, is expected to focus on security and strategic affairs in keeping with the work he has done in the state in the past.

"I am honoured and tha


Wednesday, July 17, 2019K Jadhav’s fate to be decided today

THE HAGUE: The International Court of Justice will deliver on Wednesday its verdict in a case relating to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, whose death sentence by a Pakistani military court based on an "extracted confession" has been questioned by India.
Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by the Pakistani military court on charges of "espionage and terrorism" aft


Wednesday, July 17, 2019Five months after Balakot, Pakistan opens airspace for all civilian traffic

Suffering Rs 491 Crore loss, Air India flights pass Pakistan airspace

JAMMU: Asserting that the twenty years after Kargil war have made his force capable to counter any kind of air threat, Air Force Chief B S Dhanoa on Tuesday said that the Balakot strike demonstrated the IAF's ability of precision bombing, even as he stressed that his men are capable of taking part in full spectrum of conflict, ranging from "sub-conventional to nuclear".

He said in case "we have correct coordinates, the Air Force is capable of doing all-weather bombing through clouds".

Early this year, after the Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel, the Air Force launched


Wednesday, July 17, 2019Akhnoor flyover: DC reviews progress

JAMMU: Deputy Commissioner Jammu Ramesh Kumar today took on-spot review of Flyover project starting off from canal head to Muthi, being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 273 crore.

The government has set Feb 2021 as deadline for the completion of the flyover which forms the part of Jammu–Akhnoor road four laning project.

The DC was accompanied by SDM Jammu Satish Sharma, ACR Chander Prakash Kotwal, officers from NHIDCL besides other senior functionaries of the concerned departments.

The Liaison officer of the executing agency informed the DC about the progress of work achieved s


Wednesday, July 17, 201912 Inspectors transferred

JAMMU: In a lower-rung reshuffle, the Police Headquarters (PHQ) on Tuesday transferred and posted twelve Inspectors of Jammu and Kashmir Police.
As per an official order, Inspector Sanjeev Gupta was transferred from Jammu zone to SKPAU, Inspector Rajesh Kumar from Jammu zone to CID, Inspector Romal Singh from Jammu zone to Security, Inspector Darshan Singh from Jammu zone to Railway, Inspector Vickram Singh from Jammu zone to Vigilance, Inspector Sanjay Kumar from Jammu zone to STC Talwara, Mohd Azeem from Jammu zone to CID, Inspector Tariq Hussain from Jammu zone to Crime, Inspector Deepak


Wednesday, July 17, 2019ASI killed in road mishap

BHADARWAH: An Assistant Sub-Inspector of Jammu and Kashmir police was killed Tuesday when his car skidded off the road and fell into a 350-foot gorge in Doda district.

The accident took place when ASI Niaz Ahmad (55), a resident of Beoli village, was on his way to Doda town, they said.

He was posted at police post Dessa.

The officer lost control over the vehicle which fell into the gorge near Doda town, leaving him critically injured, an official said.

The locals took him to a hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead, the official said.

The body has been handed over


Wednesday, July 17, 2019Dineshwar briefs Guv on aspirations of J&K youth

JAMMU: After remaining in sort of exile for the first five months of this year, Center’s special representative for sustained dialogue with various shades of opinion in Jammu and Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma landed in Srinagar Tuesday morning---second time in last 35 days--signaling continuity of Narendra Modi government’s political outreach in the restive state.
Sharma met Governor Satya Pal Malik Raj Bhavan and stressed on the need for taking into account aspirations of youth and students across the State.
According to a government spokesman, “Sharma apprised Governor about his consultations


Wednesday, July 17, 20191931 Martyr’s day | Inquiry ordered over Vikramaditya’s remarks

JAMMU: The Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Kishtwar has ordered police to conduct probe against senior Congress leader Vikramaditya Singh for his remarks on ‘Martyr’s Day’ which is observed every year on 13th July.
“Martyrs Day should be honoured for those thousands of heroes who have sacrificed their lives for our Nation. On 13th July 1931, plunder, loot & rape by criminals & jail breakers in Srinagar city was put to an end. It is a blot on J&K that this is glorified as State Martyrs Day,” Vikramadtiya Singh, who was Congress’ candidate from Udhampur parliamentary constituency in recently h


Wednesday, July 17, 2019Wanted ultra among 3 held

JAMMU: A wanted Jaish-e-Mohammad militant with Rs 2 lakh bounty on his head and two more youth who allegedly killed a civilian last month and were on their way to join militants were arrested on Tuesday, whereas a local youth from Pulwama shunned militancy and returned to the mainstream.
A major catch was made by Delhi Police’s Special Cell which nabbed a wanted Jaish-e-Mohammad militant, carrying a reward of Rs 2 lakh on his head, from Srinagar.
According to police, Bashir Ahmad Ponnu was arrested in Srinagar and will be brought to Delhi.
He was an absconding convict in the 2007 UAPA (Unl


Wednesday, July 17, 2019AIIMS Jammu to be functional in Jan 2023; A’pora 2 yrs later

JAMMU: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) being set up at Vijaypur in the Jammu province under the Prime Minister’s developmental package for the state is expected to be completed by January 2023 while its counterpart in Awantipora in south Kashmir is likely to be functional two years later in January 2025, the Centre informed on Tuesday.
Both these prestigious projects are aimed at enhancing the healthcare facilities in the strife-torn State.
Responding to a question in Rajya Sabha, the Minister of State in the ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey s


Tuesday, July 16, 2019Bill to strengthen NIA passed in LS; to finish off terror: HM

JAMMU: The National Investigation Agency which has remained at the forefront to curb to a significant extent the terror and its funding in Jammu and Kashmir is set to get more powers, as Lok Sabha on Monday passed a bill to make amendments to the NIA Act.

Home Minister Amit Shah, under whose command, a new focus has been seen in Centre’s Kashmir Policy, asserted that the law will be used to f


Tuesday, July 16, 2019School holidays extended, will reopen on Jul 22

JAMMU: Bringing joy to school children in summer zone of Jammu Division, the state government on Monday extended the summer vacations for one week. The schools were earlier scheduled to open on Tuesday, July 16.

“The government has extended summer vacations for students. The Schools will reopen on next Monday, the 22nd of July,” Director School Education Anuradha Gupta said.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019Pak infiltrator shot dead at IB

JAMMU: Alert troops of Border Security Force (BSF) on Monday shot dead a Pakistani intruder while he was trying to cross the International Border in Ramgarh sector of Samba district.

The incident took place around 3 am when a man in his 60's was trying to sneak into the Indian territory near the S M Pura border post in Ramgarh sector.

A Defence spokesman here said that in the intervening ni


Tuesday, July 16, 2019New rules for livestock transport could help check bovine smuggling effectively

JAMMU: Even though the state government has charted out an animal-friendly set of rules for the livestock transport in consonance with central laws, if implemented effectively, these rules could help check the bovine smuggling which has been a major cause of communal tensions across the State, every now and then.

Host to different communities across the three regions, each with its varied and


Tuesday, July 16, 2019MoU signed, J&K Hospitals await eleven AMRIT centers

JAMMU: The union health ministry, despite signing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state health department more than a month back, has failed to open Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) centers under central government’s flagship health scheme in the designated hospitals of Jammu and Kashmir.

“The space has been provided to the union health ministry in t


Tuesday, July 16, 2019Amarnath Yatra set to breach two Lakh mark today, 5210 more leave

SRINAGAR: A total of 10,833 pilgrims paid obeisance at the naturally formed ice lingam in the cave shrine of Amarnath on Monday, taking the total visitors this year to 1,93,545, even as the 14th batch of 5210 pilgrims left Jammu for the twin base camps of Baltal and Pahalgam in Kashmir.

This year’s pilgrimage is likely to cross 2 lakh mark on Tuesday, the fastest since 2015. It has taken 23 da


Tuesday, July 16, 20193 pilgrims die, toll 16

SRINAGAR: Three Amarnath pilgrims died in the past 24 hours en route to the holy 3,880 metre-high cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, taking the death toll in this year's pilgrimage to 17.

A woman pilgrim Sunder Devi, 63, from Rajasthan died at the Baltal base camp due to a cardiac arrest, while a male pilgrim Ajay Malvia, 35, from Madhya Pradesh collapsed while moving towards the base cam


Tuesday, July 16, 2019Delhi to Katra in eight hours, thrice a week, likely by Aug

Courtesy: Second Vande Bharat Express

JAMMU: The much-awaited second Vande Bharat Express will be run on the high traffic Delhi-Katra route three days a week, and three halting station enroute, likely from next month.

The Delhi-Katra route has been chosen by the Railway Board in a bid to capitalise on the high traffic volume owing to the Vaishno Devi temple pilgrimage which witnesses over 80 lakh devotees visiting the holy town in


Tuesday, July 16, 2019Shuja elected President in maiden KPC elections

SRINAGAR: In the maiden election of Kashmir Press Club (KPC), Shuja-ul-Haq was elected as President and Moazam Mohammad as Vice Presiden, even as candidates backed by Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) emerge victorious on 10 of 11 posts, barring that of President.

Haq won by a single vote from Haroon Rasheed who was backed by KEG, while Zulfikar Majid—third candidate in the fray remained far off.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019With no check on Chenab, Tawi pollution, NGT doubles fine on Gammon India, HCC

Both Contractors asked to deposit Rs 2 Cr each in 2 weeks

JAMMU: Noting the violations of its orders, and failure to deposit the earlier fines imposed by it, the NGT has doubled the penalty slapped on Gammon India Limited and Hindustan Construction Company Limited to Rs 2 crore each, for damaging the environment by dumping construction debris into Chenab and Tawi rivers for construction on a stretch of the Udhampur-Banihal National Highway in Jammu and


Tuesday, July 16, 2019Technical glitch calls off Chandrayaan-2’s launch

SRIHARIKOTA: The launch of India's second mission to the Moon, Chandrayaan-2, was called off due to a technical snag less than an hour before blast-off on Monday, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.

The countdown to the launch of Chandrayaan-2, on board the GSLV Mk-III rocket, was scheduled for 2.51 am. It was stopped 56 minutes and 24 seconds before lift-off at 1.55 am followi


Tuesday, July 16, 20192 CRPF jawans save girl from drowning

To be awarded DG commendation disc

SRINAGAR: A 14-year-old girl was rescued from drowning in a stream in Baramulla district, thanks to two CRPF constables who jumped into the gushing waters in the nick of time. The chief of the force has declared that the bravehearts will be rewarded with DG commendation disc for their self-less act of bravery.

The minor, Nageena, slipped into the fast moving stream at Tangmarg and was washed away by the strong currents, the officials said.

They said a group of six Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, who were nearby, rushed to save the girl.

While two constables waded thro


Tuesday, July 16, 201923 killed in PoK floods

ISLAMABAD: At least 23 people were killed and several others are missing after a cloudburst caused flash flood in the Neelum Valley of the Pakistan occupied Kashmir, officials said.

A large number of homes in the Laswa area of the Valley were damaged and dozens of people were swept away in the flooding caused by relentless rainfall after the cloudburst over night.

"The Laswa area of the valley was badly hit where many house were swept away. There were also reports of landsliding in some areas. A total of 23 people have been killed," Syed Al-Rehman Qureshi, Director of Operations, State


Tuesday, July 16, 2019Eleven killed in Gujarat road mishap

BHUJ: Eleven people, including three women and as many children, died in a road accident near here in Gujarat's Kutch district Monday, police said.

Six others were injured in the mishap which took place on the Bhuj-Nakhatrana highway near Mankuwa village in Bhuj taluka when a speeding truck hit an autorickshaw and a motorcycle while trying to overtake another vehicle, a police official said.

The victims, most of them daily wage workers originally hailing from neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, were returning to their homes in Bhuj after a temple visit, he said.

"While the deceased were ret


Tuesday, July 16, 2019Solan toll rises to 14, 13 soldiers

SHIMLA: Fourteen people died and 28 others were injured after a multi-storey building collapsed in Himachal Pradesh's Solan district, officials said Monday.

The bodies of 13 Army personnel of 4 Assam Regiment from nearby Dagshai Cantonment and a civilian were extricated from the debris, they said.

Twenty-eight people, including 17 Army personnel and 11 civilians, were injured after the four-storey building, which housed a restaurant, collapsed on the Nahan-Kumarhatti Road on Sunday evening following heavy rains.

The rescue operation ended at about 4 pm on Monday, Solan Additional Su


Tuesday, July 16, 2019Couple found dead at home

JAMMU: A couple was found dead under suspicious circumstances at their house on the outskirts of Jammu on Monday.

The bodies of Naveen Sharma, a caterer, and his wife Poonam, were recovered from their house in Greater Kailash, police said.

While Sharma's body was hanging from his room's ceiling, Poonam was found lying dead, they said.
A team of forensic experts was called to examine the place and later the bodies were sent for post-mortem, the officials said.

"The bodies have been shifted to the mortuary for postmortem while a case under relevant sections has been registered and inv


Tuesday, July 16, 2019Over 1.90 lakh perform Amarnath Yatra in 15 days

Jammu, July 16: Over 1.90 lakh pilgrims performed the ongoing Amarnath Yatra in 15 days as another batch of 3,967 yatris left Jammu for the Valley on Tuesday.

Officials of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), which manages the affairs of the annual Hindu pilgrimage to the Cave shrine, said since it started on July 1 this year, 1,93,545 pilgrims had darshan inside the Cave shrine over the past


Monday, July 15, 2019Separatists, stone-pelters, their funding on target as MHA seeks to solve K-issue

JAMMU: With its recent muscular policy against militancy already showing some results, the Centre has now outlined a step-by-step approach to find the solution to its biggest challenge—the issue of terror in Kashmir.

Aiming to make "irreversible change" in the current scenario of strife-torn Valley, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has now primarily on its target the separatists and their fu


Monday, July 15, 2019Stone pelting down; from 4 cases a day to 1 every 5 days

JAMMU: From 4 incidents every single day in 2018 to one incident in 5 days in the first half of this year, the stone pelting incidents in Jammu and Kashmir have come down significantly, seen as results of new muscular policy centre adopted in last one year or so.

The arrests of miscreants involved in stone pelting incidents also have come down from over 10,500 to just about a hundred.



Monday, July 15, 2019Seeking revival, Cong meet under Azad held

JAMMU: Aiming to rejuvenate the party in Jammu and Kashmir, a crucial meeting of the Congress party was held today under the chairmanship of Senior Congress leader and leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad to formulate future strategy and strengthen its leadership in the state.

After the recent Lok Sabha polls debacle, the Congress party has been losing its ground in state as many important leaders have quit the party blaming poor leadership. While the party is fighting for its revival across the country, the Jammu and Kashmir holds significance as it was known as bast


Monday, July 15, 2019Rasana gang-rape & murder Setback for CB as 8th accused to be tried as ‘juvenile’ from today

CB’s plea in HC contesting his age still pending

JAMMU: The trial of a ‘minor’ accused in the case of gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in Rasana village of Kathua district will start from Monday in a juvenile court here, taking the State Crime Branch by surprise which is contesting the claim of the accused being minor in the Jammu and Kashmir high court.
There were 8 accused in the case which had shocked the entire nation in January 2018. Six of them were convicted and seventh was acquitted by Pathankot District and Sessions Court last month, whereas the fate of the last one—who was accused to raping and murdering th


Monday, July 15, 2019Kartarpur: Pak agrees to visa-free, yr-long access

AMRITSAR: Pakistan on Sunday agreed in principle to allow visa-free, year-long travel to the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara for Indian passport holders and Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card holders.
Throughout the year, 5000 pilgrims will be allowed to visit Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara per day. The pilgrims will be allowed to travel as individuals or in groups and also on foot, Home Ministry's Joint Secretary (internal security) S.C.L. Das told reporters at Attari near here.
Pakistan agreed to maintain a channel of communication towards the finalisation of the agreement on the modalities of


Monday, July 15, 2019Ultras kill NC leader’s PSO

2 kids hurt in Kulgam blast

SRINAGAR: A Personal Security Officer (PSO) of a National Conference (NC) leader was on Sunday killed in a militant attack in south Kashmir district of Anantnag, even as Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) was launched by security forces in the area to nab the militants.
Official sources said militants fired at NC leader Syed Tawqeer Shah while he was returning from Kokernag in Anantnag, where he had gone to attend a meeting of the party workers.
“Shah’s PSO, identified as Selection Grade Constable Reyaz Ahmad, suffered serious bullet wounds and was immediately shifted to Sub-district hospi


Monday, July 15, 2019After MBBS, now BDS seats enhanced by 26%

JAMMU: After a long delay and repeated requests by the state government, the Dental Council of India (DCI) has enhanced BDS seats for Dental Colleges of Jammu and Kashmir by 26% i.e 13 each for Jammu Dental College and Srinagar Dental College, reliable sources informed.
“An official communication regarding enhancement of 13 BDS seats for Jammu Dental College and the Srinagar Dental College from the existing 50 seats each has been received,” official sources informed The News Now.
After request from the state government regarding enhancement of BDS seats, the team of Dental Council of India


Monday, July 15, 2019Police Modernization Poor utilization of funds costs J&K again, MHA slices Rs 3.3 Cr

JAMMU: Owing to poor performance in utilization of funds, the union government has sliced the funds allocated to Jammu and Kashmir under crucial Police modernization programme as compared to previous fiscal year.
The Government of India (GOI) has allocated Rs 39.9 crore for the year 2019-20, which is Rs 3.29 crore less as compared to the previous fiscal year.
In 2018-19, Union government had released Rs 43.19 crore for the strife-torn state.
“A whopping Rs 12.66 crore has remained unspent out of total funds of Rs 43.19 crore released by the Union government for 2018-19,” info


Monday, July 15, 201945% PMAY-G houses constructed in State

JAMMU: Out of the total sanctioned houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) in the state, the Jammu and Kashmir government has completed the construction of only 45.2 percent so far.
Under PMAY-G, houses are sanctioned to landless households who derive a major part of their income from casual labour.
The government has sanctioned a total 33251 number of houses across the Jammu and Kashmir till 25th June. Out of these 15052 (45.2%) houses have been completed so far, the Lok Sabha was informed.
In a written reply to a Lok Sabha query, Union Rural Development Minister Nar


Monday, July 15, 2019Yatra inches close to 2L mark, 8734 pay obeisance on day 14

SRINAGAR: A total of 8,734 pilgrims paid obeisance at the naturally formed ice lingam in the cave shrine of Amarnath on Sunday, taking the total visitors this year to 1,82,712, even as the 13th batch of 7,993 pilgrims, the biggest so far, left Jammu for the twin base camps of Baltal and Pahalgam in Kashmir.
This year’s pilgrimage is likely to cross 2 lakh mark on Monday or Tuesday, the fastest s


Monday, July 15, 2019Ukhral toll 8

JAMMU: With two more persons succumbing to their injuries on late Saturday night, the death toll in Ukhral Ramban road accident has reached eight.
On Saturday evening, a Tata Sumo bearing registration number JK03A 3777 on its way to Alinbass from Ukhral had skidded off the road and plunged into a gorge. While five persons-- Mohammad Iqbal Jaral, Javid Ahmad Jaral (Driver), Tarda Devi, Sanvi Devi and Neelofar Bano died on the spot, another person-- Sandeep Singh succumbed on his way to hospital.
“On Saturday night, Rahat Ashraf and Faizan Ahmed also succumbed to their injuries taking the de


Monday, July 15, 20192 dead, 27 hurt in HP collapse

SHIMLA: At least two people, including an Army man, were killed and 27 injured after a four-storey building collapsed in Himachal Pradesh's Solan district Sunday, a district official said.
The building, located on the Nahan-Kumarhatti road, housed a restaurant and collapsed amidst heavy rains in the area, he said.
An Army man and a civilian were killed in the incident, Solan Deputy Commissioner (DC) K C Chaman said.
Chaman, who is on the spot, told that 37 people were trapped, and till now 27 people have been rescued and two bodies pulled out of the debris. At least eight more are still tr


Monday, July 15, 2019CRPF jawan shoots self

JAMMU: A Jawan of CRPF on Sunday allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle in Civil Secretariat here.
Police sources here said that the jawan, who was identified as constable P Ram Kumar, 33, son of R Plano Swami, a resident of village Kasim Vyal, Nilgris, Tamil Nadu on Sunday allegedly shot himself with his service rifle INSAS.
The dead body was shifted to the mortuary while a case had been registered and investigation started, the police added.


Monday, July 15, 2019Yatri dies of heart attack

SRINAGAR: A 32-year-old Amarnath pilgrim died on Sunday after suffering cardiac arrest in south Kashmir’s Qazigund area.
Reports reaching said that the yatri identified as Ajay (32), a resident of Bhopal fell unconscious near Qazigund.
Confirming it, a police officer said that Ajay suffered a heart attack while on way to Amarnath cave.
The officer said that the yatri was immediately rushed to a nearby medical centre where from he was referred to District Hospital Anantnag where he was declared dead on arrival.


Monday, July 15, 2019England wins ICC World Cup

LONDON: England lifted their maiden ICC World Cup trophy, beating a battle-hardened New Zealand in a nerve-wracking final that was decided via a dramatic Super Over here Sunday.
England ended exactly at the same score—241 made by New Zealand- leading to the one-over eliminator at the Lord's which was also tied, paving the way for an English victory on boundary count as England hit 26 boundaries against NZ’s 17.