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Saturday, May 25, 2019Modi 2.0: Process for forming next govt begins, Oath likely on May 30

16th LS dissolved, PM resigns, asked to continue till swearing-in

JAMMU: As the BJP swept to power with a spectacular performance for a second term, all eyes are now on government formation the process for which has been set in motion with the council of ministers led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi tendering their resignation which was accepted by President Ram Nath Kovind, paving way for Modi-led new government.

Newly elected MPs of the BJP-led NDA will me


Saturday, May 25, 2019Govt sacks contractual employees engaged after 2010, reiterates ban

JAMMU: The State government on Friday has discontinued the services of all contractual employees engaged by all the departments after 2010, besides those who were engaged after 2015 without the requisite approval of Chief Minister through the Finance department.

Taking a strong stand, the government warned the concerned officers of dire consequences in case its instructions are not adhered


Saturday, May 25, 2019Modi still cannot remove Article 370, 35-A: Farooq

‘Will win Assembly polls with absolute majority’

JAMMU: Having won his way back to second consecutive term in the Parliament with a thumping majority, National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Friday asserted that despite a massive majority at Centre, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot remove article 35-A and article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.

Exuding confidence of winning the forthcoming assembly elections in the State with ab


Saturday, May 25, 201923 die in Surat fire

SURAT: A massive fire engulfed a four-storey commercial complex in Surat on Friday, killing at least 19 teenage students at a coaching centre, many of whom jumped and fell to their deaths while some were suffocated, officials said.

In a video clip of the incident, some young students at the Takshashila Complex in Sarthana area, where the building is located, can be seen jumping off the third a


Saturday, May 25, 2019Musa killed; protests rock Kashmir

SRINAGAR: In a "major success", security forces killed the chief of an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Kashmir, Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Zakir Musa—also the Kashmir Valley’s most wanted militant, in an eleven-hour-long encounter in south Kashmir's Tral on Friday morning, even as the protests-- which started late Thursday night when Musa being trapped by security forces was reported-- broke out in parts of S


Saturday, May 25, 2019Suspended for absence, was SHO Vijaypur in court at 6 in morning?

JAMMU: Station House Officer (SHO) Vijaypur Rakesh Bamba was placed under suspension after he was found absent from the station in a surprise inspection carried out at 6 am on Friday morning by Deputy Inspector of General (DIG) Jammu-Kathua range Sujit Kumar.

Oblivious to his suspension, the officer came to know of his action four hours later inside a court premise, carrying a case dairy of F


Saturday, May 25, 2019BJP bags 86% votes of Kashmiri migrants

JAMMU: Although the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has failed to set its foot in Kashmir valley during Lok Sabha elections 2019, but its candidates have secured majority of Kashmiri migrant votes.

As per the data of Election Commission of India (ECI), out of total registered migrant voters across Kashmir valley, 86 percent Kashmiri migrant voters cast votes in the favor of BJP candidates, who were


Saturday, May 25, 2019Bhaderwah: Curfew lifted after 9 days, Internet resumes

JAMMU: Night curfew has been lifted and Internet services resumed in Bhadarwah Valley after nine days. Curfew was imposed in Bhadarwah valley of Doda district on May 16 following violent protests by members of a community against killing of a person in firing under suspicious circumstances.

“Night curfew has been lifted and Internet services resumed in the town Friday,” officials said.



Saturday, May 25, 2019Sacked Army man arrested for running fake job racket

Impersonated as Indian Army Colonel

JAMMU: The Jammu Crime Branch on Friday arrested a dismissed Army personnel running a fake soldiers' recruitment racket while impersonating as a colonel duping people of lakh of rupees, along with his three accomplices.

The police team which arrested sacked Army man Kulwinder Singh, also seized several incriminating documents and other articles from the tricksters' 'office' that they used to k


Saturday, May 25, 2019Five die in twin road accidents

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: Five persons, including a father-son duo, were killed and two other sustained injuries in two road accidents that Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.

The first accident occurred in Mahore area of Reasi district when a tipper skidded off the road killing three occupants.

“The Tipper bearing registration number JK19-5322, loaded with crushed stones, was on its way to Bothi from Arna


Saturday, May 25, 2019Indian envoy rules out talks with Pak

WASHINGTON: India will not hold talks with Pakistan until it gives up its state policy of supporting terrorism, the country's Ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla said, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi was reelected in a general election fought on strong nationalistic sentiments.

Ties between India and Pakistan hit a new low after the Pulwama terror attack. Tensions flared up af


Saturday, May 25, 2019Additional charge for two IAS officers

JAMMU: The State government on Friday gave the additional charge of the post of Administrative Secretary, Agriculture Production and Horticulture Departments, to Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon, IAS(JK:1993).

Samoon, presently Principal Secretary to the Government, Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department and holding additional charge of Administrative Secretary, Transport Department, will hold this cha


Saturday, May 25, 2019Guv Malik congratulates new J&K MPs

SRINAGAR: Governor Satya Pal Malik has congratulated all the winning candidates of the Lok Sabha elections from J&K, results of which were declared yesterday.

BJP’s Jugal Kishore, Dr Jitendra Singh and Jamyang Tsering Namgyal won from Jammu, Udhampur and Ladakh constituencies, respectively, in the LS elections results of which were declared yesterday; while NC’s Farooq Abdullah, Hasnain Masoo


Friday, May 24, 2019Modi promises an inclusive India as BJP storms back to power | BJP+ 350 CONG+ 85 Others 107

Every moment, every fibre of my being devoted to India, vows PM

JAMMU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set for his second term in country’s top post as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)—riding on his popularity and the nationalism wave—has once again stormed to a massive victory in the Lok Sabha elections, bigger than its 2014 showing, leaving the opposition dazed and demoralized.

The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) looks certain to cross


Friday, May 24, 2019World leaders congratulate

US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan were among dozens of world leaders who congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday on his impressive victory in the general elections as they vowed to work with him to bolster the bilateral ties.

"Congratulations to Prime Minister @NarendraModi and his BJ


Friday, May 24, 2019In replay of 2014, BJP stages stellar return, NC replaces PDP in Kashmir

Humiliating defeat for Mehbooba; Jugal, Jitendra crush Cong rivals

JAMMU: In an election held at a time when Jammu and Kashmir awaits assembly polls to elect a political government eleven months after fall of last ‘popular’ dispensation, the results from six Lok Sabha constituencies offered a reflection of 2014 outcome with only remarkable change of National Conference replacing the Peoples Democratic Party in Kashmir valley’s political landscape.

Even as Bha


Friday, May 24, 201946% in J&K, BJP’s national vote share surge past 50%

JAMMU: Polling a vote share of 46 percent across six seats, the Bhartiya Janta Party emerged as the largest party in terms of vote share in Jammu and Kashmir even it won only three of the six seats.

In its landslide victory, the BJP has seen its vote share soar past 50 per cent in at least 13 states and Union territories, a feat which the rival Congress could manage only in Puducherry.

In Jammu and Kashmir, the highest poll percentage of BJP has been registered on the Doda-Udhampur seat where it bagged 61.38 percent of the polled votes. On Jammu-Poonch Lok Sabha seat, the BJP secured 58


Friday, May 24, 201921578 voters choose NOTA

JAMMU: More than twenty one thousand voters rejected all the candidates contesting on six parliamentary seats of Jammu and Kashmir by pressing 'None of The Above' (NOTA) option on Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during polling.

Out of total 34,95,923 voters, who had exercised their franchise in the recently concluded LS polls, 21,578 voters have rejected all the candidates. The Lok Sabha


Friday, May 24, 2019Another trashing for Cong; led by RaGa, all top faces bite dust

JAMMU: After dominating the country’s politics for decades altogether, the Congress on Thursday faced second consecutive Lok Sabha defeat at the hands of the BJP, with the party only managing to better its 2014 tally by mere 8 seats, even as the party chief Rahul Gandhi took “100 per cent” responsibility for the humiliating loss.

Rahul, who led party’s big names in tasting defeat, congratulat


Friday, May 24, 2019No Cong MP in 18 UTs, states, 8 fmr-CMs lose

NEW DELHI: If one drives from Jammu and Kashmir to Tamil Nadu, one will not find a Congress MP in half-a-dozen of states. The party has scored a nil in 18 states and union territories in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The Congress losers include eight chief ministers and the party's leader in the Lok Sabha.

Among the big states, there are zero Congress MPs in Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat


Friday, May 24, 2019BJP gains big by new inroads, stunning returns

NEW DELHI: In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP surprised many by making deep inroads into West Bengal and Odisha, considered bastions of the Trinamool Congress and the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), respectively. The BJP was leading in 18 of the 42 seats in West Bengal, and 9 out of 21 parliamentary constituencies in Odisha.

The party also repeated it superlative performance in five key Hindi-spe


Friday, May 24, 2019BJP MPs likely to meet on Saturday

NEW DELHI: The BJP parliamentary board on Thursday passed a resolution hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership and thanking people for endorsing the party's agenda.

All the newly-elected BJP MPs may meet Saturday to elect Modi as their leader, following which he will meet the president to stake claim to form the new government, party sources said.

The oath-taking of the new govern


Friday, May 24, 2019Zakir Musa, J&K's most wanted militant, reported killed in Tral gunfight

SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Valley's most wanted militant commander, Zakir Musa, who headed the Al Qaeda affiliate Ansar Gazwatul Hind, was killed on Thursday by security forces in an encounter in Pulwama district, even as protests were witnessed across the region late night.

In view of the possible disturbance in law and order situation tomorrow, the authorities have ordered closure of all educatio


Thursday, May 23, 2019Decision Day: LS vote count, results today

Three-tier security in J&K; MHA warns of violence; parties claim victory

JAMMU: The counting of votes for the seven-phase elections to India's lower house of parliament, the world's biggest democratic exercise, will take place on Thursday, bringing the curtains down on a bitterly-fought contest which the country rarely witnessed.
Most of the exit polls have predicted that the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is on course to retain po


Thursday, May 23, 2019Buoyed by exit polls, BJP prepares for celebrations, Cong on ‘standby’

JAMMU: Buoyed by exit polls predicting a sweeping victory for the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the state BJP office was today abuzz with activities with most of its senior leaders, former ministers and commoners from different fields visiting the office, while on the other hand the office of the Congress Party wore almost a deserted look as many of the senior state leaders were not seen in th


Thursday, May 23, 2019Want President's rule to end, J&K elections at earliest: Guv

Directs release of C-DRW wages in Ramzan

SRINAGAR: Asserting that his administration is in favour of revocation of President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir, Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday said he wants the elections of legislative assembly to be held as soon as possible, but the final call on the timing of polls will be taken by the Election Commission.
Governor also assured that annual Amarnath Yatra commencing from July 1 this ye


Thursday, May 23, 2019Inaugurates JCR flyover phase-II

SRINAGAR: Giving summer capital a major breather from traffic jams, Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday inaugurated the second phase of much awaited Jehangir-Chowk-Rambagh (JCR) flyover here.
The one-and-half kilometer Rambagh-Alochibagh stretch of the flyover has been constructed at a cost of 37.5 crore rupees. The stretch is expected to prove as a major traffic decongestant on grade roads


Thursday, May 23, 20192 HM ultras killed in Kulgam, infiltration bid foiled on LoC

SRINAGAR: Two militants were killed in another pre-dawn encounter with security forces, this time in Kulgam district, even as Army claimed to have foiled an infiltration bid by 4-5 Pakistani militants along the Line of Control in Bandipora district. While infiltrators were forced to move back, the security forces have recovered a large cache of weapons even as a search operation is underway in th


Thursday, May 23, 2019Jawan killed, 7 hurt in blast at LoC training

JAMMU: An Army soldier was killed and seven others were injured in a blast during a "training activity" along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district on Wednesday.
The incident took place when soldiers were carrying out drill with live ammunition on a forward post as part of Mission Readiness Training, official sources said.
"On Wednesday at 0915 hours, during a training activity on a mil


Thursday, May 23, 2019Army Cmdr briefs Guv on security in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh on Wednesday briefed Governor Satya Pal Malik on the obtaining security situation along the country’s borders and the ongoing anti-terror operation being conducted in Kashmir Valley.
The meeting between the two was held hours after the Army Commander reviewed the prevailing security situation in the restive South Kashmir.
GoC, Northern Comma


Thursday, May 23, 2019Rajouri: Major terror plot foiled, 4 AKs among 15 weapons recovered

JAMMU: In a significant anti-terror operation aimed at eliminating the attempts to revive militancy in Jammu region, the police on Wednesday bust a major militant hideout in Rajouri district and recovered 15 weapons including three AK 47 and one AK 56 rifles from there.
Acting on a tip of existence of a militant hideout in Chatyari forest area of Rajouri, the police launched a search operation d


Thursday, May 23, 2019Govt braces up for pollution-free Amarnath yatra, environmentalists’ concerns remain

JAMMU: Amid criticism from environmentalist for its failure to reduce pollution, the state authorities have braced up for annual pilgrimage for Amarnath cave shrine, focusing to protect environment and reduce pollution level, even as the environmentalists are not expecting much from the authorities this time too.

The state government has claimed that stern measures have been taken to reduce pollution levels and to ensure hygienic food being served to devotees.

“133 langar organizers were given permission. We have taken an undertaking from them to maintain basic hygiene. If any langar or


Thursday, May 23, 2019Advisor suspends DFO Bhadarwah, six others

Forest encroachment

BHADARWAH: Taking note of the large scale encroachment of forest land in the region, K Vijay Kumar, the advisor to the Governor Wednesday directed the principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) to order immediate suspension of seven officials, including the divisional forest officer.
As per the order, Advisor Kumar has directed PCCF to place Bhadarwah DFO Khalid Amin Mehta, Range Officer (RO) Chiralla Sunil Sharma, forester of Jaie Block Rattan Kumar and all the forest guards posted in compartments 1 to 12 of Chiralla range under suspension and attach them with the office of PCCF till fur


Thursday, May 23, 2019SCO: Sushma, Qureshi, Pulwama and Sweets?

KYRGYZSTAN: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi exchanged pleasantries during a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) here on Wednesday and sat next to each other during a joint call on Kyrgyz president, amid strained ties between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
At the meeting, India spoke about the Pulwama terror attack and said the subsequent terror strikes in neighbouring Sri Lanka had made it more determined to fight the scourge firmly.
Swaraj, while attending the SCO Foreign Ministers's conference, said that Indi


Thursday, May 23, 2019Mudslide kills 2 girls, hurts third

SRINAGAR: Two girls were killed and another one was injured critically after they came under a mudslide at Hardi Shiva area of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Wednesday.
“Three girls were passing through the Reshipora Hardshiva area when suddenly a mudslide hit them and injured all of them critically,” an official said.
“All the injured were evacuated by locals and passersby to Sub District hospital Sopore where doctors declared two of them brought dead while admitted another,” they said.
Block Medical Officer (BMO) Sopore Mohammad Sami confirmed the incident and said the i


Thursday, May 23, 2019Chargesheet in Sumbal rape soon: Police

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Police will "soon" file a charge sheet in the Sumbal rape case, a statement issued today said.
Tahir Ahmad Mir was arrested for allegedly raping a three-year-old girl in Sumbal area of north Kashmir's Bandipora district.
"Police will file the chargesheet in the competent court of law against the accused person soon," a police spokesman said.
“There is no truth in the suggestions that the medical examination of the girl had not established sexual assault. The incident of assault on three-year-old child in Sumbal (Bandipora) is very much true and based on fact


Thursday, May 23, 2019NIA charge sheets 4 ISJK ultras

JAMMU: The National Investigation Agency on Wednesday filed a charge sheet against four suspected terrorists of the Islamic State of Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK) for the attack on a police team in Srinagar last year.
Nearly 20-days after the attack at the Tourist Reception Centre in Srinagar on November 24 last year, the NIA had taken over the probe into the incident from the state police.
During its probe, The Jammu and Kashmir Police had arrested three suspected members of the terror group -- Tahir Ahmad Khan, Haris Mushtaq Khan and Asif Suhail Nadaf -- immediately after the incident.


Wednesday, May 22, 2019No restrictions on civilian traffic on NH after Sunday

Guv lifts curbs in toto, thanks public for cooperation

JAMMU: After great inconvenience to lakhs of commuters for eleven days spanned over one-and-a-half-month, the death of an elderly man, widespread condemnation in the Valley, and three reviews bringing partial relaxations, Governor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday announced to lift the restrictions imposed on civilian movement on the National Highway (NH-44) connecting Jammu to Srinagar, from Sunday, th


Wednesday, May 22, 2019AOC shifted, 4 officers may face severe punish

Budgam copter crash

SRINAGAR: The Indian Air Force has transferred the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) of the Srinagar base in the midst of a court of inquiry (CoI) probing the accidental shooting down of an Mi-17 helicopter in Kashmir during a standoff with Pakistan on February 27, even as the reports said that officer held responsible will be charged by the IAF for culpable homicide not amounting to murder along with


Wednesday, May 22, 2019JMC wakes up to pitiable sanitation

To launch 19-day drive but with ‘limited manpower’

JAMMU: Waking up to strong public resentment over poor sanitation in all the seventy five (75) wards, the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC), on the directions of government, has finally decided to launch a nineteen-day-long special sanitation drive in all the 75 wards so as to avoid public wrath.

The JMC had been facing sharp criticism from the central government over poor sanitation and its f


Wednesday, May 22, 2019Governor reviews security ahead of Amarnathji yatra

SRINAGAR: Ahead of its commencement from July 1 from both the Baltal and Pahalgam routes, the security arrangements for the annual ilgrimage to the revered Shri Amarnathji cave shrine were reviewed in detail by Governor Satya Pal Malik at a high-level meeting convened at Raj Bhavan here.
The meeting was attended by Governor's Advisor K Vijay Kumar, Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam, senior Army


Wednesday, May 22, 2019‘2>1’: ECI rejects Lavasa's demand to record dissent

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission Tuesday rejected with a majority vote election commissioner Ashok Lavasa's demand that dissent notes should be recorded in its orders on model code violations, days after the simmering tension within the poll body over the issue came out in the open.

The 'full commission' of the panel, comprising Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and two other members -Lavasa and Sushil Chandra- deliberated on the contentious issue, after which the Commission said that dissent notes and minority views would remain part of records but would not be part of its order.


Wednesday, May 22, 2019ACB catches SFC Div Mgr taking bribe

JAMMU: A divisional manager in State Forest Corporation (SFC) was caught by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Tuesday while taking Rs 30000 as bribe from a contractor in Udhampur district.

“Puran Chand Bhagat was caught accepting Rs 30,000 in the presence of independent witnesses in his office-cum-residence complex at Udhampur for releasing contractors' pending payment,” an ACB spokesperson said.

“A formal case under FIR No.05/2019 under Sections 5 (1) (d) r/w 5 (2) and Section 4-A of Prevention of Corruption Act (Amendment 2014) has been registered against Bhagat on the basis of a written


Wednesday, May 22, 2019Shortage of IGPs afflicts J&K Police

JAMMU: At one hand its officers are leading from the front the fight against organised crime and maintaining law and order, the prevailing policy of Jammu and Kashmir Police has contributed to a shortage of Inspector General of Police (IGP) level officers in the state.

“The state has total 19 IGP level officers but half of them are on central deputation. Despite the fact that Jammu and Kashmir


Wednesday, May 22, 2019Poor Boards result: No increment for teachers

JAMMU: The poor performance by students of government school across Jammu region in recent board examinations has prompted Directorate of School Education to stop annual increment of lecturers, masters and teachers of those schools with pass percentage lesser than 33%.

Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education (JKBOSE) had declared 10th class result on May 13th while the results of 12t


Wednesday, May 22, 2019Yasin Mailk to appear in TADA Court on June 8

JAMMU: TADA court Jammu on Tuesday issued notice to Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chief Mohammad Yaseen Malik for his alleged involvement in the kidnapping of Dr. Rubiya Syed and killing of Air Force personals in 1990s.

Along with Malik, the Presiding Officer of TADA Court also issued notices to Ali Mohammad Mir, Mohd Zaman Mir, Iqbal Ahmed Gandroo, Javed Ahmed Mir, Manzoor Ahmed S


Wednesday, May 22, 2019Arunachal MLA, 10 others killed by Naga militants

ITANAGAR: In a brutal attack, suspected NSCN militants on Tuesday gunned down sitting MLA and NPP assembly poll candidate Tirong Aboh and ten others, including his son and two security personnel, in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh.

Aboh, 41, was on his way to his constituency from Assam, along with son Longgem, other family members, four personal security officers and a poll agent in a con


Wednesday, May 22, 2019Pakistan violates ceasefire on IB, firing on

Jammu, May 21: Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba sector on Tuesday evening, sparking off a gunfight which was still on, police said.

"Pakistan Rangers targeted Border Security Force positions in Samba sector in the evening using small arms and automatics. BSF troopers have retaliated. Firing exchanges were going on till last repor


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Situation under control, won’t allow Pir Panjal region to slip into terrorism: NAC

86 militants killed in 2019, local recruitment down; Pak radicalising Valley youth through social media

JAMMU: Asserting that the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir is "under control", the Army on Monday said that it will not allow the south of Pir Panjal in the Jammu region to slip into terrorism.

General Officer Commanding in Chief (GoC-In-C), Northern Command, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said that 86 terrorists were killed this year in the state, and vowed that operations against the ultras will


Tuesday, May 21, 2019‘First surgical strike in 2016’

Lt General Ranbir Singh on Monday asserted that the first surgical strike by the Indian Army was carried out in September, 2016, following the Uri terror attack.

"In reply to an RTI (Right to Information), the Director General of Military Operations has said that the first surgical strike was carried out by the Indian Army in September, 2016,” he said.

Lt Gen Singh, was then the Director Ge


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Oppn doubts exit poll projections; Results will be in consonance: BJP

NEW DELHI: Opposition parties Monday doubted the exit poll projections that the BJP-led NDA will retain power at the Centre, calling it "speculation" and "fraud" and contrary to ground reality but the ruling party asserted that the final result will be in consonance with the predictions.

Exit polls Sunday forecast another term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with some of them projecting that


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Missing Bandipora govt teacher found dead

SRINAGAR: The body of a teacher, who went missing last week, was recovered from a lake in Bandipora district on Monday, while the police initiated the probe to ascertain the reason behind the death.

Mushtaq Ahmad Lone, a resident Sheikpora Mantrigam area of north Kashmir's Bandipora district, was missing since May 13 when he had left from home to attend his duty at government high secondary sc


Tuesday, May 21, 20192 dead in Doda accident

JAMMU: A 15-year-old boy was among the two persons who were killed when a truck they were travelling in skidded off a road and plunged into a deep gorge in Doda district on Monday.

As per reports, a tipper bearing registration number JK02AD-9158 was on its from Goha towards Mangota village in Marmat tehsil.

When it reached near Labbar area, driver loss the control over the vehicle and it sk


Tuesday, May 21, 2019ZEO suspended for MCC breach

JAMMU: A Zonal Education Officer was Monday placed under suspension for violating Model Code of Conduct (MCC) in Rajouri district.

Additional deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Sher Singh ordered the suspension of ZEO Abdul Rashid following a complaint that he has forwarded/uploaded a video song on social media containing objectionable material in violation of service rules and MCC for general elec


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Injured in militant attack, 65-y-old PDP worker dies

SRINAGAR: A 65-year-old worker of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who was injured critically yesterday after fired upon by militants, succumbed to his wounds in SKIMS Soura on Monday.

Mohammad Jamaal, who was associated with the PDP, succumbed at around 9:30 am in Srinagar, Medical Superintendent, SKIMS Soura, Dr Farooq Jan said.

Jamal, was shot at by militants outside his residence at Zan


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Three-yr-old molested by driver, conductor of school bus; bail denied

JAMMU: A district court in Samba district on Monday rejected the bail application of a school bus driver and conductor who are booked under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 for misbehaving with a 3-year-old girl.

The accused-- identified as Ravi Kumar and Sunny Kumar would touch inappropriately the child studying in nursery class and kiss her on the to-and-fro jour


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Bhaderwah: Day curfew lifted as situation limps back to normalcy

DGP, Div Com meet local leaders, call for peace

JAMMU: Day curfew was lifted from Bhaderwah town on Monday since its imposition Thursday last following the killing of a person in a firing incident and subsequent violence, even as top officers of police and civil administration visited the communally sensitive town and appealed for restoration of peace.

Bhaderwah town witnessed violent protests on May 16 following the killing of Nayeem Shah


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Peace bus remains suspended

SRINAGAR: The Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), remained suspended on Monday.

The cross-LoC bus, introduced as one of the major Confidence Building Measure (CBM) by Pakistan and India in 2005, has been since March 4 after it was reported that Aman Setu peace bridge was still under repair at Kaman post, the last Indian mi


Tuesday, May 21, 20192 Pakistani nationals held in Gujrat

BHUJ: Two Pakistani nationals were apprehended on Monday by the Border Security Force (BSF) and their boat seized from the Sir Creek area in Gujarat's Kutch district, an official said.

He said a probe has begun in the vicinity to find out more details about the two Pakistani nationals, he added.

In an incident that happened earlier this month, a group of fishermen from the neighbouring coun


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Grenade hurled at PS Shopian

SRINAGAR: Militants hurled a grenade towards a police station in Shopian district on Monday night, but there was no damage.

The grenade exploded far outside the police station boundary, an official said.

“Unknown number of militants hurled one grenade towards Police Station Shopian from a distance which exploded far outside the Police Station boundary.

“There was no loss of life or prop


Monday, May 20, 2019Modi 2.0: Exit polls predict 282-365 seats for NDA

NEW DELHI: Most exit polls Sunday forecast another term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with some of them projecting that BJP-led NDA will get more than 300 seats to comfortably cross the majority mark of 272 in the Lok Sabha, with Congress-led UPA expected to fall far short of numbers to reach the half-way mark.

The exit polls, released on the conclusion of seven-phase Lok Sabha election, a


Monday, May 20, 2019BJP predicted to win 2 Jammu seats, revival on cards for NC-Cong; PDP 0

JAMMU: BJP is likely to retain both the seats from Jammu region while National Conference and Congress alliance is set to pocket the other four seats, most of the exit polls predicted on Sunday as the seven-phase general election ended in the country, even as the polls had culminated on May 6 in the strife-torn state.

If the opinion polls are to be believed, there are thin chances of BJP winn


Monday, May 20, 20193-tier security for J&K counting at 9 centres

JAMMU: Under thick security blanket, the counting of votes for the election to Lok Sabha will be undertaken at nine counting centers established by State election department across six parliamentary constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir on May 23.

Another counting centre has been established for migrant votes in New Delhi.

A total of four counting centers—two each for Jammu and Udhampur p


Monday, May 20, 2019BJP leader’s killing | Inquiry indicates bureaucratic lapses, breach of MHA orders

MHA communiqué to Chief Secy had asked for enhancing slain’s security

SRINAGAR: The internal probe being conducted into the assassination of BJP leader Gul Mohammed Mir's killing in Anantnag has indicated lapses at bureaucratic level despite a clear threat to him.

The shocking revelation include violation of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) direction in which the Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam was told to enhance Mir’s security; however, his security was comple


Monday, May 20, 2019In GMCH, dog-bitten patients at God’s mercy after evening

Anti-Rabies vaccine out of stock since long

JAMMU: In what could be termed as a mockery of patient care, the patients with dog bites are not treated at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H), premier hospital of Jammu region, after evening hours.

Further adding to the woes, the Anti-Rabies vaccine in the hospital is also out of stock since past many months.

Sources informed that on an average around forty (40) dog bite cases


Monday, May 20, 2019BSF ASI hurt in Pak firing

JAMMU: Breaking the truce along the Line of Control (LoC) after two weeks of peace, Pakistan Army has violated the Ceasefire in Poonch district, resulting in injuries to a BSF officer.

“A BSF officer was injured in the cross-border shelling by the Pakistan Army in Poonch district,” officials said on Sunday.

Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Satyapal Singh suffered splinter injuries when a mortar shell exploded near him while manning a forward post at Baloni in Krishna Ghati sector on late Saturday night, they said.

The officials said the officer was shifted to the military hospital and


Monday, May 20, 2019Politicians, Cops under scanner in Poonch multi-crore chit fund scam

JAMMU: With alleged role of many senior politicians and cops, a multi-crore chit fund scam has surfaced in district Poonch, prompting the police to lodge a First Information Report (FIR) in the case.

“A chit fund company, backed allegedly by some politicians and police officers collected whooping amount from people with the promise of good returns. However, the same was not fulfilled,” a well-informed source informed this scribe, adding, “a case in this connection has been registered at Mendhar Police station.”

“Few years backs, some people had floated a company, on the behal


Monday, May 20, 2019Pregnant woman denied ambulance, probe ordered

JAMMU: Deputy Commissioner Rajouri on Sunday ordered an enquiry after a pregnant woman was denied ambulance “due to fuel shortage” in this mountainous district of Jammu division.
The deputy commissioner has also ordered the withholding of salary of concerned Medical Officer pending enquiry.

Reports said that the woman Rubeena Akhtar of Gabbar village in Budhal was admitted at PHC Budhal yest


Monday, May 20, 2019Magisterial probe ordered in Bhaderwah murder, violence

Curfew enters day 4, internet restored in Doda barring Bhaderwah

JAMMU: District authorities on Sunday ordered a time-bound magisterial probe into the death of a man in firing and subsequent violence in Bhaderwah, which prompted imposition of curfew in the communally-sensitive town.

The curfew continued to remain in force without any relaxation for the fourth day on Sunday even as a total of seven persons involved in incidents of stone-pelting were arreste


Monday, May 20, 2019Pak to appoint NSA to revive backchannel diplomacy with India

ISLAMABAD: The Imran Khan-led Pakistan government is actively considering appointing a National Security Advisor to revive backchannel diplomacy with India to iron out issues hindering the resumption of peace talks between the two nuclear-armed neighbours, official sources said on Sunday.

Since assuming the office in August last year, Prime Minister Imran Khan repeatedly reached out to India f


Monday, May 20, 2019Only talks can bring long lasting peace, stability to Valley: Mufti

SRINAGAR: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said that only meaningful engagement between India and Pakistan and the leadership of the state can resolve decades-old Kashmir conflict and accord permanent peace to the region.

Chairing an important meeting of party’s top leadership and important functionaries of Kashmir and Ladakh, Mehbooba


Monday, May 20, 2019Ready for conditional support to Indo-Pak dialogue: Mirwaiz

Hopes new dispensation introspect Kashmir policy

SRINAGAR: Senior separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said on Sunday that the separatists were ready to support talks between India and Pakistan provided India accepted Kashmir as a dispute.

The moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman also criticised the Centre's current Kashmir policy and expressed hope that the new political dispensation will do an "introspection".

Speaking at a seminar or


Monday, May 20, 201965-year-old PDP worker shot, critical

SRINAGAR: A 65-year-old activist of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was critically injured after he was shot at by militants in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Sunday late evening.

Reports said that the masked militants fired upon Mohammad Jamal (65) son of Mohammad Ismail outside his home at Zungalpora village in Kulgam, leaving him critically wounded.

Jamal suffered multiple bullet woun


Monday, May 20, 2019647 paid news cases in polls: EC

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission said a total of 647 cases of paid news have been found while 909 posts have been taken down from various social media platforms during the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections which ended on Sunday.

Of the total paid news cases, 57 were registered in the seventh phase of voting, one in the sixth phase, eight in the fifth phase, 136 in the fourth phase, 52 in the t


Monday, May 20, 2019No civilian traffic on Highway

SRINAGAR: No civilian traffic movement was allowed on Sunday on the National Highway, the only all weather road connecting Valley with the rest of the country when only security force convoy plied.

The authorities had imposed ban on civilian traffic on the highway twice in a week on Sunday and Wednesday to allow free and safe movement of security forces after 44 CRPF personnel were martyred in


Monday, May 20, 2019All exit polls can't be wrong, says Omar

Jammu/Srinagar, May 19: Reactions in J&K were on the expected lines to the exit polls predicting a strong pro-incumbency wave in favour of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The first to give his reaction was former chief minister Omar Abdullah, who accepted that all exit polls could not be wrong.

"Every single exit poll can't be wrong! Time to swi


Monday, May 20, 2019Reports of ultras in old city false: DIG

JAMMU: The police on Sunday termed as rumors the reports about two terrorists entering the old city area.

"We have inquired about the rumour that two terrorists have entered in Old Jammu city and there is no such report'', DIG Jammu-Kathua Range Surjit Kumar said, adding the rumour mongers will not be spared.

He said that no such incident took place in Kathua, Samba and Jammu, adding, "acti