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Wednesday, April 1, 2020Amid chronic, corona triggered financial stress, stakeholders await J&K Bank succession plans

Chibber's term ends next week; scope open for outsider' MD

JAMMU: Amidst financial worries triggered by the Coronavirus pandemic, there is a speculation about succession plans of Jammu and Kashmir Bank, the premier financial institution of the erstwhile State, as the government which holds a majority stake in the lender, looks for a replacement Managing Director (MD) ahead of the end of incumbent Rajesh Kumar Chhibber’s term next week.
Chibber, who took


Wednesday, April 1, 2020COVID-19 Minor, mother-son duo among six test positive in Valley; J&K total 55

1 more suspected positive, 15001 people under observation

SRINAGAR: The number of coronavirus cases in Jammu and Kashmir rose to 55 with six more persons testing positive from Kashmir region on Tuesday, taking the total number of infected persons in Valley to 43.
All these six new positive cases of COVID-19 are contacts of previous positive cases, and include a ten-year-old boy, who had hugged a man who later tested positive for the deadly disease and a mother-son duo, whose one more family member has already tested positive.
“6 new positive cases confirmed in Kashmir division. All contacts of previous positive cases. Meanwhile contact tracing co


Wednesday, April 1, 2020Search begins for Nizamuddin-linked suspects as tally goes up across India

Total cases increase to 1397, death toll rises to 35

NEW DELHI: Authorities launched a nationwide search on Tuesday for participants of a huge religious gathering held earlier this month in the national capital's Nizamuddin area, which has become the new epicentre of the deadly virus pandemic amid fears that thousands present there could have carried the infection to the length and breadth of the country.
Thousands of participants of the Tablighi Jamaat held in mid-March in Nizamuddin, which also is home to a famous Dargah, are known to have returned to their homes in virtually every state including Telangana, West Bengal, Karnataka and Gujara


Wednesday, April 1, 202010 areas in Kashmir declared red zones, total 30 across UT

SRINAGAR: The administration on Tuesday declared more areas in at least six districts of Kashmir as red zones following detection of fresh cases of COVID-19 in the valley.
At least 20 areas in Bandipora, Pulwama, Ganderbal, Shopian, Srinagar and Budgam districts of Kashmir division have been declared as red zones, which coupled with 10 areas in Jammu and Rajouri districts of Jammu region take the total number of red zones across Jammu and Kashmir to 30.
The areas declared red zones in Kashmir are Parray Mohala Hajin, Chandergeer Hajin and Batagund Hajin in Bandipora district of north Kashmi


Wednesday, April 1, 2020Family alleges doc infected on duty, rejects HOD claims

JAMMU: A day after a doctor posted in Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) tested positive for deadly COVID-19, his family alleged that he was exposed to infection while collecting sample of patients in the hospital premises in absence of adequate protection gears.
Strongly rejecting the claims of Dr Shashi S Sudhan, HoD microbiology department in which the infected doctor works, the family said that he was a part of sample collection team, and supported the claim with a copy of the roster which lies with The News Now.
The family members also alleged that the authorities have ad


Wednesday, April 1, 2020Govt identifies 52000 migrant, 1.45 lakh registered labourers across J&K

DCs ensuring food to stranded, financial aid to UT workers

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has devised a comprehensive strategy to feed over 50,000 inter-state stranded migrant and to provide financial assistance to 1.45 lakh construction workers registered with J&K Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board.
Moreover, out of the total funds sanctioned by government to distribute among registered workers during lockdown, 18 per cent has been disbursed so far among around 28000 labourers through DBT mode.
“We have total 52,500 stranded migrant labourers in Jammu and Kashmir including 14500 in Kashmir region and 38000 in Jammu


Wednesday, April 1, 202033 entering Bhaderwah detained

The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday detained 33 labourers and sent them to a hospital for check-up after they were found trying to enter Doda district despite a country-wide lockdown, officials said.
Two groups of lobourers were trying to sneak into the the Bhadarwah town from Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, through snow covered Chattergalla and Padri pass despite the lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus, they said.
“Chattergalla pass on Bhadarwah-Pathankot road and Padri on Bhadarwah-Chamba road have been closed but the 33 labourers tried to enter Bhadarwah, said ADC Rakesh Kumar


Wednesday, April 1, 2020Centre brings Ordinance to give effect to I-T compliance

NEW DELHI: The government on Tuesday brought in an Ordinance to give relief in compliance in filing income tax, GST, customs and central excise returns, to help taxpayers tide over the coronavirus crisis.
The 'Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Ordinance, 2020', which got assent of the President on Tuesday, also amends a provision in the Income Tax Act to allow 100 per cent deduction on donations to the PM-CARES Fund.
"The limit on deduction of 10 per cent of gross income shall also not be applicable for donation made to PM-CARES Fund," an official statement said.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020 With kids at home, life of parents is not easy!

JAMMU: As the realities of being locked down in houses for three weeks is setting in, some parents are finding it difficult to survive and even thrive, as their options to keep their little ones busy and entertained are fizzling out.
“The announcement of lockdown in view of coronavirus pandemic meant children won’t be going to school. It left me panicking about how on earth am I going to make sure they are learning and not just running around the place the whole day!” says Anu of Greater Kailash.
Ahome maker, Anu, then found a few online learning tools, tutorials, and freely available books


Wednesday, April 1, 2020NH closed for 5th day, 1800 trucks carrying essential supplies stranded

Chief Secy asks NHAI to expedite restoration works

JAMMU: The 270-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway, which connects Kashmir with the rest of the country, remained closed for the fifth successive day on Tuesday, even as Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam directed the National Highway authorities to put in more men and machinery so that road clearance work is expedited and the stretch is opened for vehicular traffic at the earliest.
Over 1800 vehicles carrying essential commodities to the Valley and those returning remain stranded on the arterial road due to multiple landslides.
"Due to multiple landslides and threat of further landsli


Wednesday, April 1, 2020CFV in Poonch

JAMMU: The Pakistan Army shelled forwards areas along the Line Of Control (LoC) in Poonch district on Tuesday, a defence spokesperson said.
They fired from small arms and shelled mortars in Balakote sector, he said, adding the Indian Army was giving a befitting reply.
There were 646 incidents of ceasefire violations along the International Border (IB) as well as the LoC between January 1 and February 23 this year, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik had told Parliament on March 4.
Over 3,200 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops were recorded in 2019, he had said.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020No newspaper distribution in Kashmir Valley

SRINAGAR: Newspaper distributors of Kashmir decided on Tuesday to suspend distribution from April 1 asking newspaper hawkers to stay home.
These distributors have said that except for three local newspapers, 'Aftab', 'Srinagar Times', and 'Greater Kashmir', all other newspapers of the Valley are distributed by them.
A statement issued by main local newspaper distributors of the Valley said on Tuesday that given the serious situation prevailing due to Coronavirus pandemic, it has become impossible to carry on their job.
Already most of the local newspapers have cut heavily on their print or


Wednesday, April 1, 2020Rather denied bail

JAMMU: A special CBI court here on Tuesday refused to grant interim bail to Hilal Rather, son of former finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather, in the Rs 177 crore bank fraud case rejecting his fears of contracting COVID-19 and noting that he is more at risk outside the prison.
While rejecting the application, the Special CBI Judge Rajesh Sekhri also noted that in the prevailing situation, he is more likely to contract the virus if he moves of the jail, and his release may frustrate the purpose behind the lockdown.
Rather had moved an application using WhatsApp on medical grounds before the Sp


Tuesday, March 31, 2020COVID-19: 11 more positive, J&K total 49; 11644 under watch

Doc among 3 new patients in Jammu region, 5 areas sealed

JAMMU: A doctor working in the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) Jammu was among three persons who tested positive for Coronavirus in Jammu district, prompting the authorities to seal five areas of the city from where these cases were detected, and completely ban the movement of people in the city.
Three new cases of COVID-19 were detected in the Jammu region on Monday, taking the


Tuesday, March 31, 20208 new cases in Valley, total 37

Red Zones in 2 more districts

SRINAGAR: Eight more persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Kashmir on Monday evening, taking the tally of infected persons in the Valley to 37, even as the authorities declared villages in two more districts as red zone, prohibiting movement of people there.
Of the eight news cases, four are residents of Srinagar, two from Shopian and one each from Budgam and Bandipora.
Official sources said


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Govt warns criminal action against those hiding travel history

Teams set up to ensure essential movement

SRINAGAR: Amid mounting threat of COVID-19 pandemic, further accentuating with people concealing their travel history and contact history with the positive cases, the government on Monday gave a final warning to residents across the UT to reveal their travel history or face the criminal proceedings, even as it constituted various coordination teams to ensure movement of essential goods and servic


Tuesday, March 31, 2020J&K HC orders shelter to 400 Vaishno Devi pilgrims, bans access to public parks

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Monday directed the Union Territory authorities to ensure that around 400 pilgrims from Bihar, stranded at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, are not vacated from the hotels and are provided with adequate facilities during the nationwide lockdown to combat coronavirus.
A division bench headed by Chief Justice Gita Mittal passed a series of directions to Governme


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Rs 17.65 cr for regd const workers in UT

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir administration sanctioned on Monday Rs 17.65 crore for construction workers registered with the Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, in view of the country-wide lockdown imposed to check the spread of coronavirus infection.
According to an order, this financial package is meant for construction workers, who have been left jobless due to the lockdown


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Prioritise treatment of patients, distribute PPEs to staff: Murmu

Issues 25000 masks each to IsG, Div Commissioners

JAMMU: Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu on Monday directed officials to prioritise the treatment of COVID-19 patients in the Union Territory and distribute PPEs among those at the forefront of efforts to fight coronavirus.
Chairing a high-level meeting, he also instructed the officials to intensify efforts to trace the potential coronavirus cases.
Murmu issued directions for distribution of masks, and personal protective equipment (PPE), especially to those at the frontline of efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus, a Raj Bhavan spokesperson said.
He instructed officials that


Tuesday, March 31, 2020J&K govt will re-engage retired MOs, paramedical, nursing staff

JAMMU: Facing acute shortage of manpower amid COVID-19 crisis, the Jammu and Kashmir Health and Medical Education Department has decided to re-engage retired Medical Officers (MOs), consultants, senior consultants, paramedical and nursing staff on contractual basis.
Moreover, the J&K Health and Medical Education department (JKH &ME) government is also mulling to extend the tenure of staff members, who are scheduled to retire in next six months.
“Many posts of paramedical and nursing staff have been lying vacant since past 2-3 years. Owing to crisis erupted by COVID-19, J&KHME has decided


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Schools directed to not charge fee till April 30

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday directed the schools to extend last date for depositing school fees up to April 30 besides no charge should be levied for the online lectures or assignments or link the result of the child on the basis of home assignments.
The order issued by Principal Secretary, School Education Department, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon reads, “It has come to the notice of the Government that some private schools in UT of Jammu and Kashmir have fixed 30th March 2020 as the last date for depositing school fees and are sending various messages to students and their pa


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Pak firing in Poonch

JAMMU: Pakistani troops engaged in firing and mortar shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch
district on Monday in violation of the ceasefire, officials said.
Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire along the LoC by firing from small arms and shelling with mortars in
the Mankote sector, a defence spokesman said.
Indian Army is retaliating befittingly, he said.
There were a total of 646 incidents of ceasefire violations along the International Border (IB) as well as
the Line of Control (LoC) between January 1 and February 23 this year, Minister of State for Defence
Shripad N


Tuesday, March 31, 2020No change in Fiscal Year

NEW DELHI: The government has not extended the current 2019-20 fiscal year and it will end as
scheduled on March 31, the finance ministry said Monday.
A number of news agencies erroneously reported that the new financial year will start from July 1.
"There is no extension of the financial year," the finance ministry said.
Officials said a gazette notification issued late on Monday evening pertained to date of applicability of
stamp duty which has been changed from April 1 to July 1.
Industry has been demanding extension of fiscal year by three months in view of the economic impact


Tuesday, March 31, 2020PM hails Omar’s call for social distancing

JAMMU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday condoled the death of Omar Abdullah's uncle and
appreciated the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister's call to supporters to respect guidelines and
not gather at either his residence or the graveyard.
Prayers from home will give peace to his uncle's soul, Abdullah tweeted on Twitter on Sunday night
while announcing the death of Dr Mohammed Ali Mattoo in Srinagar following a brief illness.
The prime minister offered his condolences and said, In this hour of grief, your call to avoid any large
gathering is appreciable and will strengthe


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Disgraced DySP’s custody extended

JAMMU: Suspended Deputy Superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Davinder Singh, who was
arrested while ferrying two Hizb-ul-Mujahideen terrorists in a vehicle on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway
earlier this year, has been sent to further custodial interrogation by a Delhi court till April 3.
Special Judge Ajay Kumar Jain extended Singh's custody after Delhi Police said that he was required to
be confronted with other accused Javed Iqbal, Syed Naveed Mushtaq and Imran Shafi Mir arrested in
the case.
Heard the IO (investigating officer) and peruses the record. Police custody is granted


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Contributions continue in UT

JAMMU: More contribution poured in into the Jammu and Kashmir Relief Fund to assist the fight against
Coronavirus in the union territory.
Farooq Khan, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor today contributed his one month’s salary towards
Jammu and Kashmir Relief Fund.
Radha Soami Satsang Beas has made a contribution of Rs 1 cr while Kunwrani Ritu Singh, Founding
Member Trustee , Maharaja Hari Singh Social and Education Foundation (MHSSEF)/DPS and Ranvijay
Singh, member-MHSSEF donated Rs 7.5 lakh; besides the staff of Jammu and Kashmir Law Department
also donated Rs 5 lakhs towards J&


Thursday, March 26, 2020COVID-19 I 2 infected in Jammu, 2 in Ladakh recover No let up in UT: 4 more test positive in Kashmir, total 11

Authorities fear for worse, 150 hiding travel history traced in Valley

SRINAGAR/JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday reported four more positive cases for coronavirus, highest in a single day since the outbreak of the deadly disease, taking the total number of infected persons to 11, even as the authorities believe that there might be more cases in the union territory as a significant number of people have concealed their travel history, especially in Kashmir Valle


Thursday, March 26, 2020JK Police registers 218 FIRs against lockdown violators

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir Police has registered 218 FIRs against people who violated the lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, an official said on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, police also cracked down on those people, who were roaming without any task on streets and punished them on the spot by making them sit for sometime in encircled areas, keeping social distancing i


Thursday, March 26, 2020LG asks people to observe lockdown, assures essential services & supplies

JAMMU: Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu on Wednesday appealed to the people of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir to observe the 21-day lockdown to break the transmission chain of the coronavirus, while assuring that elaborate arrangements have been made for essential services and supplies.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a complete lockdown across the country for


Thursday, March 26, 2020Govt offices shut till, April 14, Panchayats to identify ‘suspects’

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has ordered the closure of all government offices, excluding those providing essential services, till April 14 in the union territory even as it decided to involve Panchayats, local bodies, lambardars and chowkidars to trace and report the people having foreign travel history.
To ensure smooth movement of trucks on National Highway carrying essential


Thursday, March 26, 2020India total over 600, deaths 10

NEW DELHI: Coronavirus cases in the country crossed 600 on Wednesday as authorities beefed up preparedness to fight the pandemic with the Army ordnance factories and central paramilitary forces earmarking over 2,000 beds in their chain of hospitals for isolation and treatment of people affected by COVID-19.
Addressing people of his constituency in Varanasi via a video link, Prime Minister Narend


Thursday, March 26, 2020Rs 1000 each for 3.5 lakh workers, 2 pensions installments released

LG approves support measures for poor, needy

JAMMU: In order to provide support to the needy and destitute in the light of the extraordinary situation caused by the ongoing Corona pandemic and the consequent lockdown,Lt Governor G C Murmu on Wednesday approved a series of proposals, expected to benefit nearly 35 lakh people including organised and un-organised workers, daily wagers, pension holders and ordinary citizens.
The Labour & Emplo


Thursday, March 26, 2020Poor infrastructure, shortage of doctors, ventilators spell doom for J&K’s efforts

JAMMU: Although Jammu and Kashmir government is burning midnight fuel to tackle the threat and spread of Coronavirus, the shortage of doctors as well as ventilators, coupled with poor health infrastructure is triggering apprehensions regarding potential of administration to deal with the deadly virus.
In the latest bulletin, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday informed that the tota


Thursday, March 26, 2020Mehbooba likely to be released ‘soon’

SRINAGAR: After revoking the detention of National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah under the Public Safety Act (PSA), the Centre is likely to release the former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti ‘soon’, credible sources informed.
Reacting to the reports of her likely release, the Twitter handle of Mufti (being operated by her daughter) stated, "My mother


Thursday, March 26, 2020Restrictions tightened in Kashmir

1.6 lakh Srinagar families to get ration home delivered

SRINAGAR: Restrictions on movement imposed in Kashmir to prevent the spread of coronavirus were tightened on Wednesday and strict action initiated against violaters, following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement of a 21-day nationwide lockdown.
In the wake of the surfacing of two more coronavirus positive cases in the district the District Magistrate Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary ha


Thursday, March 26, 2020City of Temples dons deserted look as Navratri festival begins

JAMMU: The City of Temples on Wednesday wore a deserted look on the first day of Navratras, as no special prayers were offered and no long queues were seen outside the temples, due to the lockdown in the state, in view of the Novel Coronavirus threat.
Unlike the highest footfall recorded by the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine here in Trikuta Hills of Katra town in Reasi district during the Navratri' fe