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Monday, May 21, 2018Hours after ‘pleading’ for Ceasefire, Pakistan breaches IB truce yet again

No trans-border tunnel found so far in Hiranagar

JAMMU: Barely hours after it begged India to stop its punitive retaliation that caused major loss of life and military assets to Pakistan over past three days, the enemy nation stooped to its lowest- as has become the usual affair, starting again the unprovoked firing and shelling along the International Border (IB) in Samba district.

Small-arms firing from the Pakistani side started around 10


Monday, May 21, 2018In Ekta Manch, ‘Dogra’ replaces ‘Hindu’, courtesy Lal

Leads 35-KM long ‘Swabhimaan’ march on foot, reiterates CBI probe demand

JAMMU: Steering away from the religious lines towards regional lines the agitation launched after he was made to resign from the state cabinet for his participation in a protest rally organised by Hindu Ekta Manch in support of accused in Rasana minor’s rape-and-murder, Choudhary Lal Singh on Sunday renamed the organisation, replacing the ‘Hindu’ in the name with ‘Dogra’, as he led a massive marc


Monday, May 21, 2018Accused Jangotra’s sign forged to create false alibi: CFSL report


SRINAGAR: The signature of Vishal Jangotra, an accused in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in January, does not match the one which he claimed to have signed in an exam attendance sheet in Meerut to claim he was not at the crime scene, according to a report of forensic experts.

The report by the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL), detailing this co


Monday, May 21, 2018CM Mehbooba for redoubling efforts for timely completion of Jammu dev projects

JAMMU: Expressing concern over the slow pace of execution of Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP), Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday asked officials of the executing agencies to clear bottlenecks for smooth completion of the scheme, urging them to redouble their resource mobilisation.

The Chief Minister said this while reviewing the pace of work on k


Monday, May 21, 2018DGP hopes for positive effect of Ceasefire on terror sponsors

halt anti-militancy operations in the state during the holy month of Ramzan would have a positive impact on everyone including those sponsoring terrorism.

Director General of Police Vaid also expressed confidence that the annual pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, starting next month, would pass off peacefully.

“I hope this (unilateral ceasefire) initiati


Monday, May 21, 2018From ‘controversial’ appointment as ICPS MD to ‘compelled’ resignation, 7 months, 2 Desgns later

SRINAGAR: Months after his controversial appointment as Mission Director and then demotion as Coordinator Integrated Child Protection Scheme, Hilal Bhat, a child rights specialist in Jammu and Kashmir, has been compelled to quit his job after not getting “congenial atmosphere” to work.

In October last year, Bhat was first appointed as Mission Director ICPS, which created controversy in the state and angered KAS officers. After 17 days Bhat was demoted as State Coordinator. Later, as the controversy cooled down, Bhat was elevated as Chief Executive Officer of the ICPS.

Officials in the S


Monday, May 21, 2018Ex-spymasters ofIndia, Pak come together for a book

NEW DELHI: In what is billed as the first-of-its-kind book, former RAW chief A S Dulat and ex-ISI head Asad Durrani feature in conversation and discuss topics including everything related to India-Pakistan ties: the surgical strikes, Kulbhushan Jadhav, Nawaz Sharif, Kashmir and Burhan Wani.

"The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace" is written jointly with Aditya Sinha and also touches upon other key issues such as a comparison of RAW and ISI, Hafiz Saeed and even a freewheeling talk on the idea of 'Akhand Bharat', among many others.

"It's timely and relevant as it comes o


Monday, May 21, 2018Pak releases Rs 2 Crore for Hindu Temple’s renovation

JAMMU: Pakistan's Punjab province government has released Rs 2 Crore to renovate a Krishna temple in Rawalpindi city and expand it to accommodate more Hindu worshippers on festivals and religious occasions, a media report from across the border said.

Krishna temple is the only functioning Hindu temple in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. There are two prayers held at the temple every day - one in the morning and one in the evening - which are attended by six or seven people.

Mohammad Asif, the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Deputy Administrator, said the government has r


Monday, May 21, 2018Major reform in allocation of civil services on cards

NEW DELHI: The central government is considering a major change in the allocation of services to successful candidates of civil services examination.

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has asked the department concerned to examine if the services can be allocated after the completion of foundation course, according to an official communique.

The duration of foundation course for officers of almost all the services is three months.

At present, service allocation to the candidates selected on the basis of civil services examination, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC


Monday, May 21, 2018Banihal-Qazigund road tunnelto be open by 2019, says NHAI

BANIHAL: Excavation work inside the 8.5-km-long Banihal-Qazigund tunnel along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was completed today with its twin tubes likely to be made operational by next year, a senior NHAI official said.

"The double tube excavation work inside the Banihal-Qazigund four-lane tunnel was completed after seven years. The breakthrough was made today," NHAI Project Director Ghulam Qadir told.

The existing Jawahar tunnel, under the Banihal pass, is at an elevation of 2,194 metres (7,198 feet) making it prone to avalanches, which have lead to closure and bottlenecks on t


Monday, May 21, 2018Brother-sister duo killed in Rajouri mishap

JAMMU: In a tragic accident, a brother-sister duo was today killed when their car skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge in Rajouri district.

Raja Anzar (19) and his elder sister Rukhsana Kousar (21), residents of Nadiandhar, were travelling from Darhal to Rajouri in their car when it fell into the gorge near Chatyar village, a police official said.

"The car went out of the driver's control at Ujhan Chatyar village of Rajouri and plunged into a deep gorge. Both occupants of the ill-fated vehicle died on the spot," police said.

He said the bodies could be pulled out of the m


Monday, May 21, 2018Petrol, diesel prices touch all time highs

NEW DELHI: Petrol price today touched a record high of Rs 76.24 per litre and diesel climbed to its highest ever level of Rs 67.57 as the oil PSUs passed on four weeks of relentless rise in international oil prices to consumers.

Petrol price today increased by 33 paisa a litre in Delhi -- the highest since the daily price revision came into force in mid-June 2017, and diesel by 26 paisa, according to price notification issued by state-owned oil firms.

Rates vary from state to state depending on the incidence of local sales tax or VAT. Prices in Delhi are the cheapest in all metros and m


Monday, May 21, 201818 stranded people rescued

JAMMU: Eighteen people stranded on a stretch between Anantnag and Kishtwar districts of due to unseasonal snowfall were rescued by the police in a swift operation, an official said today.

The police launched the operation after receiving information that six vehicles coming from Anantnag got stranded due to the inclement weather yesterday, the official said.

He said Sinthan top received heavy rain and intermittent snowfall last night and early morning yesterday.

“Due to the fresh snowfall and incessant rains, six vehicles carrying 18 people, including women and children, got stuck on


Monday, May 21, 2018Now, doctors in Kashmir Issue a protest calender

SRINAGAR: Irked over ignorance of their genuine demands by government, the doctors in Kashmir Valley on Sunday threatened suspension of services, issuing a full-fledged protest calendar.

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) in a communique on Sunday said that government is least bothered about the health care of the state which has been proven by its laid back approach towards doctors.

Dr Suhail Nail, President DAK said that “we have time and again raised our genuine demands with the government but the stepmotherly treatment being meted upon us is in tantamount to the nonchalant approach t


Sunday, May 20, 2018Shun guns, stones; join mainstream: Modi urges Kashmiris

In multi-cultural, multi-regional visit, dedicates dev projects worth Rs 25,000 crore in one day

SRINAGAR: Days after declaring Ramdhan ceasefire in Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday appealed the youth who have joined militancy to return to the mainstream and participate in the development and progress of the state and country, saying every stone or weapon picked by them led Jammu and Kashmir to the path of instability.

“There is no substitute for peace and stability. I urge


Sunday, May 20, 2018Kickstarts Zojila tunnel work in Leh

LEH: Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his day-long visit to state by kickstarting Asia's longest Zojila Tunnel, part of Rs 25,000 crore projects to be unveiled or dedicated to the nation today, saying it showed New Delhi's committment to all-round development of the state.

Addressing a large congregation gathered in Leh ground for the closing ceremony for birth centenary celebration of the


Sunday, May 20, 2018CI-Ops halt major healing touch,raised people’s faith: Mehbooba

Hails Jammu for inclusiveness, promises tourism boosters

SRINAGAR/JAMMU/LEH: Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for announcing a halt to anti-militancy operations in the state during the holy month of Ramazan- a move which she asserted had raised the people's faith in him, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday made a fervent appeal again to the PM for resolving Kashmir issue, as she reposed her faith into his leadership, saying only he can resol


Sunday, May 20, 2018In Jammu, PM Modi lauds Dogras’ heroism, patience

Inaugurates Pakal Dul HEP, new Vaishno Devi track, Jammu ring-road

JAMMU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hailed the Dogras-people of Jammu Region for their heroism and patience, as he laid the foundation of the Rs 8,100-crore Pakal Dul hydroelectric power project, besides formally inaugurating the Tarakote track to the Vaishno Devi shrine and launching a Rs 2,023-crore Jammu ring road plan.

“This is Dogra land, which is famous for the qualities of its Dog


Sunday, May 20, 2018SKUASTJ Convocation Modi asks students to prepare for 2022

JAMMU: PM Narendra Modi today told students in Jammu that their real test would begin in a "big, open classroom" awaiting them outside their university, and asked them to set goals for 2022, when India celebrates 75 years of independence.

Addressing the students at a convocation at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) here, Modi said: "I urge you to keep i


Sunday, May 20, 2018CS Vyas gets 1 year extension

JAMMU: With decks already cleared by Centre on the request of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Secretary Bharat Bhushan Vyas has been given one year extension in service, beyond May 31, 2018.

Vyas’s extended term as the top bureaucrat of the state was to expire on May 31. However, the change in All India Services Act, 1951 affected on Thursday paved way for him to get another extended term


Sunday, May 20, 2018BSY resigns, Kumaraswamy to take oath as KA CM tomorrow

BENGALURU: The three-day-old BJP government in Karnataka collapsed today as Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa quit minutes before he was to face a floor test to prove his contested majority in the hung assembly even JD(S) chief H D Kumaraswamy heading the coalition with Congress is set to become the chief minister for a second time on May 21.

Capping five days of riveting political and court-room


Sunday, May 20, 2018Kupwara: 4th terrorist killed, bodies recovered

SRINAGAR: Army on Saturday recovered body of one more terrorist near the gunfight site at Brinjal forest area of Vilgam, Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, taking the death toll of terrorists in overnight encounter to four.

Earlier, the Army had recovered bodies of three terrorists killed last night in an encounter-first in the Ramazan conditional ceasefire.

Three terrorists were


Sunday, May 20, 2018Grenade lobbed on SFs

SRINAGAR: Even as a three-tier security was in place in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, terrorists on Saturday carried out an audacious attack on security forces, even though there was no loss reported.

“Terrorists lobbed a grenade on the joint party of CRPF and police at Muran Chowk in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district,” official sources said.

However, as the luck would have, the gre


Sunday, May 20, 2018IB remains relatively calmer

JAMMU: A day after intense shelling and firing by Pakistan left five people including a BSF jawan dead here, the situation on the International Border (IB) in Jammu region remained by and large peaceful but schools in the affected areas were closed as a precautionary measure for the second day today, officials said.

Barring minor incidents of firing at two places during the night, the IB in Ja


Sunday, May 20, 2018Er Rasheed detained

SRINAGAR: Independent MLA from Langate constituency Sheikh Abdul Rasheed was detained today for taking out a protest march against PM Modi's visit to the state, police said.

Rasheed along with the supporters of his party Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) took out the protest march from his official residence in Jawahar Nagar, a police official said.

The officer said that a police contingent, deploy


Sunday, May 20, 2018Ex-diplomat gets three year in jail for spying for ISI

NEW DELHI: Former diplomat Madhuri Gupta, who had served at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, was today sentenced to three years in jail by a Delhi court which convicted her for passing on sensitive information to Pakistan’s ISI.

Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma gave her the maximum sentence for the offences of spying and wrongful communication of information protected under th


Saturday, May 19, 2018Soldier among 5 killed, 12 injured as Pakistan wreaks havoc along IB

4 reported dead in Indian retaliation, Pak summons Indian envoy

JAMMU: Continuing over the past four days, the cowardly Pakistan on the first Friday of holy month of Ramazan stooped to its usual low, resorting to heavy barrage of mortars on villages and border outposts along International Border in Jammu, resulting into the death of four civilians and a BSF jawan, even as 12 others sustained injuries.

Escalating border skirmishes just a day ahead of Prime


Saturday, May 19, 2018Anguished CM slams Pakistan

SRINAGAR: Having advocated for the peace dialogue with Pakistan time and again in recent past, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday minced no word as she launched a scathing attack on the enemy nation for violating ceasefire along the IB in Jammu region, saying Islamabad has shown no respect for the fasting month of Ramzan.

She also expressed her condolences to the family of victims of Paki


Saturday, May 19, 2018It all ended even before they could have breakfast

JAMMU: It was a routine morning for the middle-aged couple of forward Chandu Chak village of Ranbir Singh Pura sector of Jammu. The husband was getting ready for the office, the wife was busy in kitchen preparing food for him, and the rest of the family. It all changed, however, in a flash.

The fate played a cruel joke, to say the least, on the husband-wife duo, which became a victim of Pakis


Saturday, May 19, 2018Where were ambulances, agonized border dwellers ask


MANGU CHAK: Hundreds of angry residents of hamlets along the border today protested after four civilians were killed and 12 injured in heavy Pakistan mortar shelling, demanding stern action against the neighbouring country for targeting innocent people.

The border dwellers carried two of the bodies to Mangu Chak, a Ranbir Singh Pura sector town, and raised anti-Pakistan slogans


Saturday, May 19, 2018PM Modi in J&K today, 3-tier security in place


SRINAGAR: A three-tier security arrangement has been thrown around the city ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to all three regions of Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow, during which he will lay the foundation stone for the ambitious Zojila tunnel that will provide all-weather connectivity to Ladakh with the rest of the country.

Ahead of the Prime Minister's visit, the NDA go


Saturday, May 19, 2018J&K slammed for keeping interviews for junior govt jobs

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir was one among the nine states in countries which faced Centre’s wrath on Friday over "slow progress" made by them in abolishing interviews from selection process for junior level government jobs, as directed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015.

The other states include Haryana, Nagaland, Odisha, Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim, and West Bengal.
In a letter to


Saturday, May 19, 20183 terrorists killed in Kupwara encounter

SF Patrol attacked in Hajin

SRINAGAR: Army on Friday claimed to have killed three terrorists in a gunfight- first counter-militancy operation since the Centre announced a conditional suspension of operations during Ramzan- at Brinjal forest area of Vilgam, Handwara in north Kashmir's Kupwara district, even as terrorists attacked a patrol party of Army in Hajin, Bandipora earlier in the day.

Security forces got engaged in


Saturday, May 19, 2018Terrorists rob bank

SRINAGAR: Terrorists on Friday looted cash at gunpoint from a bank in Kulgam district today, the police said.

The gunmen entered a branch of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank at Qaimoh area, 60km from here, in south Kashmir and allegedly looted Rs 3.28 lakh, SSP Kulgam Harmeet Singh confirmed the incident.

Official sources told that terrorists were two in the number who entered a bank and looted


Saturday, May 19, 2018RDA Scam: HC asks Com Secy PWD to finalise inquiry within 2 months

JAMMU: In a significant development in the alleged hushing up of Rajouri Development Authority Scam, the State High Court on Friday asked the Commissioner/Secretary to Govt of J&K for PWD (R&B) Department to finalize the inquiry within a period of two months.

The court also directed the Senior Additional Advocate General Seema Shekhar appearing for General Administration Department to produce


Saturday, May 19, 20187th CPC Guv approves hike in salaries of State Universities faculty

JAMMU: In a major gift for the state universities’s faculty, Governor N N Vohra on Friday has given his assent the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission, thus paving way for hike in salary and pension of Faculty members and non teaching employees.

The governor, Chancellor of the University of Kashmir, University of Jammu, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Techn


Saturday, May 19, 2018Change in exam centre for Gen Teachers’ exam

JAMMU: The State Selection Board on Friday notified the change in examination centre for Written Test for the post of General Teachers scheduled on May 20.

“The candidates appearing in the Objective Type Written Test for the posts of General Teachers on May 20, 2018 are intimated that the candidates taking up the exam in Government MPML Higher Secondary School, Bagh-e-Delawar Khan, Baba Damb, Srinagar (Centre Code 8113) has been shifted to University of Kashmir, Hazratbal, Srinagar,” a spokesperson informed.
rnment Degree College, Paloura, previously functioning at old Engineering college


Friday, May 18, 2018Vyas set to get another term

JAMMU: Clearing decks for yet another extension for the incumbent B B Vyas, the Centre in a significant development, affected amendment to a rule, providing for a longer tenure to the Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir, a move that may allow a Vyas to hold the coveted post for as long as November 2019.

Vyas’s extended term as the top bureaucrat of the state was to expire on May 31. However,


Friday, May 18, 2018From today, death penaltyfor raping kids below 12 yrs

Guv Vohra promulgates historic ordinances

SRINAGAR: In a significant move aimed at curbing the violence against women, Governor N N Vohra on Thursday brought into effect the historic ordinance providing death penalty for the rape of children below 12 while also shifting the 'burden of proof' on the accused in such cases.

The Governor approved another ordinance which provides for preventing a minor from sexual assault, sexual harassmen


Friday, May 18, 2018GUN LICENCES SCAM 5 DCs in net as VoK lodges FIR after Home Deptt indicts irregularities during 2011-16

JAMMU: As many as five Deputy Commissioners (DCs) posted during the period of 2011-16 have come under the subject of investigation by Vigilance Organization Kashmir (VoK) after the Home Department filed a formal complaint with the State Vigilance Organization (SVO), following the reports pouring in from Rajasthan about the issuance of arms licences from J&K State in past years in bulk and that to


Friday, May 18, 2018Return home, contest election Raina appeals to terror lord Salahuddin

JAMMU: On the day one of Ramazan Ceasefire in J&K, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) state unit president Ravinder Raina made a rather interesting appeal, none other to terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) chief, Syed Salahuddin to come back to J&K and join main stream.

Talking to the media persons at Jammu Airport after being sworn in as new state unit president of ruling BJP, Raina also asked youn


Friday, May 18, 2018Gharota PS Graft Case

SHO, SPO questioned; FIR lodged as complainant hit

JAMMU: A day after Police Station Gharota hit media limelight for graft charges, the State Vigilance Organization (SVO) today called the SHO concerned namely Gurmeet Singh for questioning, even as complainant made a fresh allegation that he was attacked by unidentified persons, filing another complaint at the Police Station.

As the investigations in graft case where a Gujjar was falsely labeled as a bovine smuggler and later asked for money in lieu of releasing his vehicle, were on, the SVO on Thursday grilled the Special Police Officer (SPO), who happens to be the Karyakhas of the SHO, i


Friday, May 18, 20182 cops detained after three rifles go missing

SRINAGAR: Two State Police personnel were detained for questioning tonight after they reported to the authority that terrorists had attacked their guard post and took away their rifles, police said.

The incident happened at a guard post outside a hotel Hill Skirt at Buchwara, Dalgate this evening and comes a day after terrorists decamped with service rifle from a policeman at Kashmir Universit


Friday, May 18, 2018BSF Jawan, Civilian injured in Pak firing

JAMMU: A BSF jawan was among two persons injured when Pakistan Rangers opened fire and lobbed mortars at over 15 Border Out Posts and some civilian areas along the International Border in Samba and Kathua districts, an official said today.

The firing and mortar shelling along the IB in Samba district started around 2 am, while it started at around 10 PM last night in Kathua's Hiranagar sector, a senior BSF officer told.

BSF troops guarding the borderline retaliated and the exchange of fire was going on when reports last came in, the officer said.

Schools in five km area along the IB


Friday, May 18, 2018Clashes in Kathua after Police stops illegal const

7 cops, BSP leaders among several injured

JAMMU: The law and order situation worsened in district Kathua after police, on the direction of the District Magistrate (DM) Kathua, resorted to cane charge and shelling teargas against a mob which started stone pelting after their bid to encroach a primly located piece of 9 kanal state land was foiled.

During police action and stone pelting, several persons including seven cops and BSP leaders including party’s president namely Somnath Magotra also received injuries.

The incident took place late evening hours at Nag Nagar, situated in close vicinity of Kathua Bus Stand, where some peo


Friday, May 18, 2018Ceasefire a cruel joke: Separatists

SRINAGAR: Kashmiri Separatists on Thursday dubbed the ceasefire announced by the Centre "a cruel joke on the people of the Valley".

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a conglomerate headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, met at Geelani's residence to deliberate on the various dimensions of what they called "Operation Halt" announced by the Home Ministry.


Friday, May 18, 2018Shun guns, DGP urges militants

SRINAGAR: State police chief S P Vaid today said the families of local militants should take advantage of the Centre's announcement that no operations would be launched during Ramzan and ask their sons to leave the path of violence.

The Union government yesterday directed security forces not to launch counter-terror operations during the Muslim holy month which began today, but said they reser


Friday, May 18, 2018RASANA Record statements in presence of family members : SC tells JKP

JAMMU: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the state police to record witnesses’ statements from a visible distance in the Kathua case, reports said.

The top court directed that the probe should happen in presence of their family members, a Delhi based news gathering agency reported.

The decision was taken by the apex court after three witnesses alleged “torture” by the police during the


Friday, May 18, 2018KAS Mains from July 2

SRINAGAR: Two months after State High Court had quashed the Mains examination of Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) -2016, the Jammu and Kashmir Public Service on Thursday released the fresh dates for the examination now scheduled to commence from 2nd of July.

The examination to be taken in two sessions- from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm- will culminate on July 26th.

Papers that will be held in forenoon session include General Studies- Paper 1 on 2nd of July, General Studies-Paper 2 on 4th of July, Philosophy- Paper 1 and Psychology –Paper 1 both on 7th July while Paper 1 of C


Friday, May 18, 2018Trial run for SMVD Ropeway from next Friday

KATRA: In yet another gift for the pilgrims visiting the cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi in Trikuta hills of Reasi district, the trail run for the Bhawan-Bhairon Ghati ropeway will commence for nearly 20 days from May 25 under a team of experts.

The ropeway which is likely to become functional in the month of June, follows the alternate seven km track-Tarakote Marg- to the shrine, thrown open for visitors on Sunday and to be formally inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 19.

"The trial run for Bhawan-Bhairon Ghati Passenger Ropeway Project, which is at an advanced stage of


Friday, May 18, 20184 KAS among 5 transferred

JAMMU: The state government on Thursday carried out a minor reshuffle in middle-rung administration, affecting transfers and postings of 5 officers including 4 KAS officers.

As per the official orders, Mohammad Hussain Mir, awaiting orders of posting in the General Administration Department, was posted as Special Secretary to the Government, School Education Department; Ghulam Rasool Mir, Additional Secretary to the Government, General Administration Department, was transferred and posted as Director, Employment, J&K, against an available vacancy; Mussarat-ul-Islam, Additional Secretary to


Friday, May 18, 2018Khanna hopes for end of a dark era

JAMMU: The State unit of the BJP greeted people of the state on the first day of Ramzan, saying terrorism and violence should come to an end with the holy month.

Extending greetings, BJP incharge Avinash Rai Khanna said, "may this auspicious occasion herald the beginning of happiness, prosperity, progress and peace for all citizens and also those who would be observing fast for entire month.

"Holy month of Ramzan should come as an end of dark era (of terrorism and violence) and guide all misguided people towards right direction."

Khanna also hailed the Centre's decision with regard


Thursday, May 17, 2018NEW DELHI’S BIGGEST CBM YET: No CI Ops in J&K during Ramzan

Security forces to retaliate if attacked, if essential to protect lives

JAMMU: In one of the biggest Confidence Building Measure ever to be rolled out from New Delhi, the Centre on Wednesday announced putting to a halt launching of any counter-insurgency operations by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan, thus accepting the appeal of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti made a week ago.

Treading on cautious path, especially in the wake of


Thursday, May 17, 2018Mehbooba, Kavinder, Ram, Omar hail move

SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta, BJP’s national general secretary Ram Madhav and opposition National Conference leader Omar Abdullah today welcomed the Centre's decision to not launch any security operations in state during the Muslim fasting month of Ramzan.

"The decision would go a long way in healing the wounds of people of the state who have be


Thursday, May 17, 2018Unprecedented: SC’s mid-night hearing on Karnataka

NEW DELHI: In a significant move, the Supreme Court tonight agreed to hear at 1:45 am the petition filed by the Congress and the JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's decision to invite the BJP to form the government in the southern state.

The Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra constituted a bench comprising Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan to hear the matter in c


Thursday, May 17, 2018No Ceasefire, we will continue ‘fight’: LeT

SRINAGAR: Enemy as they are of the Kashmir since ever, the terrorists have dismissed the truce announcement by Centre, asserting that no compromise can be made in their so-called ‘freedom struggle’.

Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) on Wednesday said that cease-fire was no option and no thought can be given on such compromise.

“We deem it as sin and disgrace to the sacrifi


Thursday, May 17, 2018Nirmal’s wife, five others served contempt notices

HC seeks compliance report from Div Com, DC, SSP, Com Rev

JAMMU: In a major setback to the Speaker Legislative Assembly Nirmal Singh who has been embroiled in controversies for constructing a house near Army establishment in Nagrota, the state High Court on Wednesday initiated contempt proceedings against his wife Mamta Singh-in whose name the house is, along with a number of high-level administrative officers including Shahid Anayat Ullah Commissioner


Thursday, May 17, 2018On day one, 4 terror strikes, 3 civilians injured, gun snatched

SRINAGAR: On the day, Centre announced a conditional ceasefire in the state, the Valley witnessed multiple terror strikes, four to be precise in Valley alone, none of them initiated by the security forces, but by terrorists, resulting into injuries to three civilians, and a gun snatched.

In an early morning strike, terrorists attacked an army patrol in Tral region in Pulwama, however, failing


Thursday, May 17, 2018Pak breaches IB truce, heavy shelling in Hgr

JAMMU: On the eve of Ramzan, tensions escalated at Indo-Pak International Border in Jammu region once again as Pakistan once again violated ceasefire targeting BSF forward posts in Hiranagar sector.

The fresh firing from enemy nation came only hours after BSF had thwarted an infiltration bid Wednesday morning along the International Border (IB) in Samba district and only a day after a BSF cons


Thursday, May 17, 2018DGP ROW Mishra’s plea challenging SP Vaid’s appt dismissed

‘Merit, not Seniority, has to prevail’

JAMMU: Deciding on the contention over two most senior police officers of the state, the High Court on Wednesday dismissed the petition filed by S K Mishra, presently Managing Director, J&K Police Housing Corporation, challenging appointment of Dr S P Vaid, as Director General of Police, terming it as without any merit.

Mishra- the senior most IPS officer in the state, had filed a petition, af


Thursday, May 17, 2018DISGRACE TO KHAKHI Gharota Cops seek Rs 10000 from Gujjar labeled bovine smuggler; SVO nabs one, other absconding

JAMMU: In a creepy and uncanny incident which certainly will bring disgrace to ‘Khakhi’ meant to maintain law and order, the Gharota Police allegedly labeled a Gujjar as a bovine smuggler and later booked him in lieu of money but as the ill luck they had, the tables turned upon them.

The Gujjar, however, displaying smartness and acting upon tit-for-tat policy, successfully managed to get the


Thursday, May 17, 2018Rasana: SC allows J&K to submit status report

JAMMU: The Supreme Court today allowed the State government to file a status report in the sensational Kathua gang rape and murder case of an eight-year-old girl after the state alleged that the three college friends of an accused might have misled the probe.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra was hearing a fresh plea of three college friends of Vishal Jangotra, a key accused in the c


Thursday, May 17, 2018Vaishno Devi horses NGT raps J&K for defiance of orders on rehabilitation

JAMMU: Underlining that a mischievous frustration was being executed in rehabilitation plan for horses and mules which have been barred from carrying pilgrims from Katra to the Vaishno Devi temple, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday came down heavily on state government for "open defiance" of its order, concerning the charting out of the same.

The green panel taking strong exceptio


Thursday, May 17, 2018‘We initiate peace, they fire guns’

In Srinagar, Raina slams Pakistan

SRINAGAR: The newly appointed BJP’s state president Ravinder Raina today lashed out at Pakistan for “reciprocating with violence to the peace overtures” of India and said that the state unit supports all those efforts which will help in the progress and peace of the Jammu and Kashmir.

“We will work on all those matters which will help in progress and peace, strength of Jammu and Kashmir. We wi


Thursday, May 17, 2018Denied access to Toshakhana, House Panel to submit report after May 31

JAMMU: Already irked over inordinate delay in the enquiry about possession of Toshkhana—the royal treasury of Maharaja Hari Singh’s period, and seeking more clarifications with regard to inventories of valuables lying there, the Joint House Committee of state legislature was disappointed once again as the government asserted that it was yet to file an application for obtaining the permission of h


Thursday, May 17, 20185 KAS officers, 11 Secys transferred

JAMMU: The state government on Wednesday carried out a reshuffle in middle-rung administration, affecting transfers and postings of 16 officers including 5 KAS officers and 11 private secretaries.

As per the official orders concerning KAS officers, Naseema Wani, General Manager, DIC, Budgam, was transferred and posted as Personnel Officer, Associated Hospitals, Srinagar, vice Abdul Rashid Dass


Thursday, May 17, 2018K’tka: Guv invites BJP to form govt; Congress fumes

NEW DELHI: Amid intense jockeying for power and allegations of horse-trading, Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala today invited the BJP's B S Yeddyurappa to form the government in the state, prompting the Congress to move the Supreme Court accusing the governor of acting as a "stooge" of the saffron party.

JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy, who has support from the Congress for chief ministership, acc


Thursday, May 17, 2018J Sudhakar, J Mir accorded farewell

JAMMU: The Acting Chief Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir, both appointed as respective Chief Justice of Manipur and Meghalaya High Courts, were today presented a full court farewell reference at State High Court of Jammu and Kashmir, here today.

During their farewell speech, Chief Justice Acting Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir expressed their grat


Wednesday, May 16, 2018BSF jawan killed as Pak violates border ceasefire in Samba sector

JAMMU: A 28-year-old BSF jawan was killed as Pakistani troops fired at forward posts to push infiltrators across the International Border (IB) in the Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir, BSF chief K K Sharma said today.

The infiltration bid in the Manguchak border outpost area was scuttled by the alert personnel, Sharma told reporters after attending a wreath laying ceremony of the deceased jaw


Wednesday, May 16, 2018Capital advantage: Srinagar lawmakers to get additional Rs 1 Cr each for raising social infra

SRINAGAR: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today announced release of Rs. One crore each in respect of all the MLAs of Srinagar District for rebuilding social infrastructure in their constituencies even as the District Capex Plan has been pegged at Rs. 149.54 crore for 2018-19.

Chairing the District Development Board meeting of Srinagar district here today, the Chief Minister also announced rele


Wednesday, May 16, 20181.69 lakh register for Amarnath pilgrimage

SRINAGAR: Governor N.N. Vohra, Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, today reviewed arrangements for the forthcoming Yatra which is scheduled to commence on 28th June 2018. The review meeting was attended by Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor and Chief Executive Officer of the Shrine Board (CEO); Shri Bhupinder Kumar, Additional Chief Executive Officer; Shri R.K. Pandita, Gener


Wednesday, May 16, 2018May onwards, no salary to sectt employees without biometric attendance report

JAMMU: To ensure punctuality, the government has today made it mandatory to release the salary of civil secretariat employees only on the basis of biometric attendance report.

The biometric attendance control has been in vogue for several years but the secretariat employees are reportedly reluctant to adhere to it. This allegedly casual response of the employees has forced the government to l


Wednesday, May 16, 2018In 90-min surprise check, 249 of 952 health officials found absent across Rajouri district

JAMMU: As many as 249 employees of Health and Family Welfare Department were found absent during a surprise inspection in Rajouri district.

The checking, which was conducted by a team of officers across the border district, lasted for nearly 90 minutes.

Against strength of 952 officials posted in these institutions, only 560 were present while 249 were absent from duty and 68 others on lea


Wednesday, May 16, 2018Not averse to dialogue with Pakistan but offer must come from there: DyCM Gupta

JAMMU: Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta today favoured Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s oft repeated appeal for talks with Pakistan but with a condition that offer should come from Pakistan.

Asked about opt-repeated statements of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for dialogue with Pakistan despite frequent ceasefire violations, Gupta said, "Dialogue should be held with Pakistan, but the offer


Wednesday, May 16, 2018Pak pushing terrorists ahead of PM visit, efforts on to locate infiltrators

Five infiltrators may have sneaked in, says DG BSF

JAMMU: Terming as very serious the attempts by Pakistani forces to push armed terrorists across the border ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Jammu and Kashmir, Director General of Border Security Force (BSF) K K Sharma said today efforts were on to locate the infiltrators.

Five infiltrators sneaked into Hiranagar sector probably through a tunnel on Sunday night and efforts are o


Wednesday, May 16, 2018Cop killed in Anantnag

SRINAGAR: A policeman was killed in a militant attack at Bijbehara town in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir today, an official said.

"Militants fired at a police vehicle in Bijbehara and the cops retaliated. In the attack, one policeman sustained injuries," a police spokesman said.

The injured policeman, identified as Bilal Ahmad, later succumbed to injuries, he said.

The area has


Wednesday, May 16, 2018‘Et tu Karnataka’, Omar chides Cong

JAMMU: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah today used a Latin phrase, made famous by William Shakespeare in "Julius Caesar" to connote betrayal, to express his surprise over the election results in Karnataka. ‘

"Et tu #Karnataka", Omar tweeted as the trends of counting of votes showed BJP emerging as the single largest party in the state assembly elections with the possibility of getting


Wednesday, May 16, 2018Mehbooba greets BJP for stellar performance

JAMMU: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today congratulated the BJP for its "stellar performance" in Karnataka assembly elections.

"Hearty congratulations to @BJP4India for their stellar performance in Karnataka," Mehbooba said in a tweet.

The BJP appeared headed for a simple majority in the Karnataka Assembly, with its candidates leading in 115 constituencies, leaving the ruling Congress way


Wednesday, May 16, 2018KARNATAKA: BJP gains 64 seats, Congress loses 44, both stake claims, ball in Guv’s court

BENGALURU/NEW DELHI: The BJP emerged as the single largest party today but fell 9 seats short of a majority in Karnataka where the Congress dramatically backed third-placed rival JD(S) for a post-poll alliance to keep the saffron party out of power.

All eyes are now on Governor Vajubhai Vala who will have to decide whether to call BJP to try to form the government or go with the JD(S)-Congress


Wednesday, May 16, 2018‘Belong to family of soldiers, personally indebted to Army’

JAMMU: Facing criticism in wake of controversial Nagrota land deal, senior BJP leader and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Dr Nirmal Singh today clarified that his ‘remarks were twisted by a section of media to cause a deliberate wedge between the Army and the nationalist forces’.

Singh, who stepped down as Deputy Chief Minister to take the position of Speaker in May 30 reshuffle, said he


Wednesday, May 16, 2018J&K waits for PM with hopes, excitement, separatists call for discourteous protest march

JAMMU: As the ordinary citizens of Jammu and Kashmir look with excitement and hopes at the forthcoming significant three-region visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the separatists have resorted to the same old trick of calling a protest march.

A majority of people across the three regions are of the strong opinion that discourteous response of the separatists to the Prime Minister’s visit