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Tuesday, July 17, 2018Cop martyred in attack on Ex-MLA

Terrorist killed in Kupwara encounter, 3 JeM ultras among 5 arrested

SRINAGAR: In an audacious attack, the terrorists on Monday attacked the vehicle of a former legislator in Pulwama, killing one of his Personal Security Officer (PSO) and injuring the other, before decamping with their service rifles while the ex-MLA had a narrow escape.

In Kupwara, a terrorist was killed in an encounter with security forces near the Line of Control, whereas two jawans sustain


Tuesday, July 17, 2018First Lady e-inaugurates All Women Branch of J&K Bank

Exhorts the Bank to take up financial inclusion of Women in mission mode

SRINAGAR, JULY 17: First Lady Mrs. Usha Vohra e-inaugurated the first “All Women Branch of J&K Bank” at a function organised at the SKICC on monday. Sh. Parvez Ahmad, Chairman J&K Bank was present on the occasion.

Mrs. Vohra also inaugurated special services and products designed exclusively for women clients of the Bank, which included Pink Gold Saving Scheme, Pink Platinum Saving Scheme, Spe


Tuesday, July 17, 2018J&K BJP constitutes new team

Jammu, July 17: The state unit of Jammu and Kashmir BJP on Monday constituted a new team and nominated 11 state spokespersons, including its chief.

BJP State President Ravinder Riana (MLA), in consultation with BJP National Vice-President & J&K Prabhari Avinash Rai Khanna, State General Secretary (Org) Ashok Kaul and senior party leaders, constituted the new team of State BJP with Harinder Gup


Tuesday, July 17, 2018Governor inaugurates SFA Football League Phase II

SRINAGAR, JULY 17: Governor N.N. Vohra inaugurated the Inter State Football Academy - Football League Phase-II at the Astro Turf, Tourist Reception Centre, Srinagar. Sh. K. Vijay Kumar, Advisor to Governor, Sh. Parvez Ahmed, Chairman J&K Bank, Sh. Mohammad Javed Khan, Commissioner Youth Services and Sports were present on the occasion.

Governor interacted with the teams of football players who


Tuesday, July 17, 2018ADC Doda flags off 2nd batch of Hajj pilgrims

DODA, JULY 17: Additional Deputy Commissioner, Pawan Parihar and SSP Mohd Shabir flagged off 150 hajjis from the district for Hajj-2018.

Pilgrims from various areas of the district including Doda, Bhaderwah, Thathri and Gandoh proceeded for the holy pilgrimage in 3 buses.

The ADC extended good wishes to the pilgrims and prayed for their safe and secure journey.

Tehsildars Doda and Bhad


Tuesday, July 17, 2018DDC Rajouri inspects resurfacing work on NH 144-A

RAJOURI, JULY 17: District Development Commissioner Mohammad Aijaz Asad inspected the resurfacing/ macadamisation work on National Highway 144-A (Jammu-Poonch) on Nowshera-Rajouri stretch.

He was accompanied by ACD Dr Akhtar Hussain Qazi, DPO Dr Abdul Khabir and concerned officer from GREF authorities.

The DDC while stressing upon the importance of National Highway for twin districts of Raj


Tuesday, July 17, 2018Div Com reviews traffic scenario

Emphasizes on incorporating modern methods for better traffic management

JAMMU, JULY 17: Divisional Commissioner, Sanjeev Verma convened a meeting to review the traffic scenario in Jammu city besides discussing measures to further streamline the traffic movement.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner, Ramesh Kumar, VC JDA, R K Shavan , SSP Traffic , Joginder Singh, RTO , Deep Raj besides other senior functionaries of concerned departments.

During the


Tuesday, July 17, 2018Chief Secretary chairs SEC meeting of SDRF

SRINAGAR, JULY 17: Chief Secretary, Mr B V R Subrahmanyam Monday chaired a meeting of the State Executive Committee (SEC) of the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).

Financial Commissioner, H&UDD, Director General of Police, J&K, Principal Secretary, Home, Principal Secretary, Finance, Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education, Principal Secretary, PD&MD, ADGP SDRF & Home Guards, Adminis


Tuesday, July 17, 2018FIR against Major Aditya is “justified”: J&K tells SC

JAMMU: Three days after it submitted that prior sanction of the Centre government was not necessary for registering a FIR against Army personnel, the State government on Monday told the Supreme Court that investigation in the Shopian Civilian Killing case involving Major Aditya Kumar was justified and his father can't file a plea against the FIR.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A


Tuesday, July 17, 2018CBI chargesheets Farooq, 3 others in Rs 43 cr JKCA scam

SRINAGAR: Three years after it took over the investigation from the state police, the CBI today filed a charge sheet against former chief minister Farooq Abdullah and three others for allegedly misappropriating over Rs 43 crore from grants given by the BCCI to the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) for promoting cricket in the state between 2002 to 2011, even as the National Conference


Tuesday, July 17, 2018Major reshuffle in administration

JAMMU: In the biggest administrative reshuffle of the recent times, several officers, including eight IAS officers and three District Commissioners were either shifted or given additional charges of various posts on Monday.
The rearrangement of administration, the government said, had become imperative with a view to ensuring smooth functioning of various Departments/Organizations for assured pu


Monday, July 16, 2018Rs 32 lakh cash, property papers found at ARTO house in VO raids

JAMMU: In a raid at the residence of an official of Motor Vehicles Department, the Vigilance Organisation claimed to have recovered Rs 32 lakh in cash and papers pertaining to various properties and business partnerships.

The State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) has raided the home of Assistant Regional Transport Officer (ARTO) Shopian. The recoveries include cash of Rs 32 lakh in addition to R


Monday, July 16, 2018105 tie knots in Kashmir’s first mass marriage

SRINAGAR: In the first ever mass marriage in Kashmir, as many as 105 couples tied the knot in a simple function in Amar Singh Club here. The couples belonged to various parts of north Kashmir, including Srinagar.

“It is being done by the Jaffri Council of Jammu and Kashmir and this is the first such mass marriage,” Ghulam Rasool Chakan, the general secretary of the party said. “This, however,


Monday, July 16, 2018Most PDP ex-ministers vacate houses, those from BJP averse

JAMMU: Ahead of 30-day deadline after demitting offices, the former Ministers have begun vacating their official bungalows in the winter capital Jammu even as most of them still retain their Srinagar houses.
Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was the first to vacate the Chief Ministerial bungalow in Jammu barely two days after fall of her government on July 19.
Former Ministers Haseeb Drabu


Monday, July 16, 20187 killed in Reasi’s waterfall mishap, 31 battling injuries

Jammu: At least seven persons died and 31 others were reported injured when a huge boulder rolled down a 100-feet high waterfall in Reasi district where several people had gathered for a Sunday bath which is also believed to be of religious importance.
The Government has sanctioned Rs 4 Lakh ex-gratia to the next of the kin of those who died. An immediate relief of Rs 30000 was also provided to


Monday, July 16, 2018 Mehbooba chairs party meeting, PDP eyes Kargil Hill Council polls

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: A week after consolidating her position with the legislators, Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti Sunday had a meeting with the workers from central Kashmir to discuss with them an outreach plan.

PDP spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir said that the meeting was called to discuss the grassroots mobilisation of party cadres of central Kashmir and to discuss the feedback of par


Monday, July 16, 2018UPSC Prelims declared

NEW DELHI: The result of civil services preliminary examination has been declared by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

The prelims examination was held on June 3 and the results were declared yesterday. The results can be accessed on the UPSC’s website — www.Upsc.Gov.In.
All successful candidates have been asked to apply again in the Detailed Application Form (DAF) for the civil ser


Monday, July 16, 2018Amarnath: 11331 pilgrims pay obeisance

SRINAGAR: On the 18th day of the ongoing Shri Amarnathji Yatra, 11,331 Yatris paid obeisance at the Holy Cave. Till date 1,87,375 Yatris had the darshan of the Shivling at the Holy Cave.


Monday, July 16, 2018Couple dies in Bhaderwah mishap

Bhaderwah: A couple were killed while their son and two daughters were injured when their car skidded off a hilly road and fell into a deep gorge in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir this morning, the police said.

They were going to Doda town from their Chillybala village. The incident occurred near Mukhyas village when the driver was negotiating a blind turn, Additional Superintendent of Po


Monday, July 16, 2018NIA quizzes Kashmiri scribe Auqib Javed

JAMMU: The National Investigation Agency, late last evening and Sunday morning, questioned Kashmir Observer reporter, Auqib Javed, in a sedition case filed against Dukhtaraan-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi and two of her aides.

“I was asked questions regarding interviews of various persons done by me, types of stories which I do, my education including schooling and higher studies as well as fam


Monday, July 16, 2018Activists alarmed: Bill to amend RTI in Parliament this monsoon session

JAMMU: A bill to amend the law on Right to Information has been listed for passing for monsoon session.

According to a media report, government sources earlier indicated that this bill is only for the revision of salaries of RTI officers. Opposition and activists believed that this could weaken the RTI law.
Under RTI, the Chief Information Commissioner at Centre gets the same salary as Chief


Sunday, July 15, 2018Mehbooba should put her house in order before blaming BJP: Madhav

Dismisses ‘Salahuddin’ threat, says Centre has ‘necessary strength’

JAMMU: Terming former ally Mehbooba Mufti’s statement on BJP trying to engineer a split in her PDP the most shocking and unfortunate lie, BJP’s point-man on Jammu and Kashmir Ram Madhav on Saturday suggested the former Chief Minister to resolve her party’s internal conflicts before blaming the saffron party.

Madhav, BJP’s national general secretary, also dismissed Mehbooba’s threat of more Ka


Sunday, July 15, 2018SHOPIAN KILLINGS Centre’s sanction is ‘not needed’ for FIR against Army: JKP tells SC

JAMMU: In an interesting development in the January Shopian Civilian Killings, the state police have told the Supreme Court that the prior sanction of the Centre government was not necessary for registering a FIR against Army personnel, which are protected under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir.

The police, while contesting the registration of FIR against Indian


Sunday, July 15, 2018POWER WOES: J&K’s smart move may save state exchequer worth Rs 3500 cr

SRINAGAR: In a significant decision aimed at curbing the power losses which run in Crores of rupees for Jammu and Kashmir, the government has decided to do away with manual meter reading, replacing the conventional electricity meters with smart ones in next two years.
Together with other advanced technological interventions, particularly under Centre’s Rs 1,00,000 Crore Development Package, the


Sunday, July 15, 2018Hajj-2018: 800 leave for Madina in first batch

SRINAGAR: The first batch of 800 Hajj pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir today left for the Muslim holy city of Madina in Saudi Arabia.

As many as 10,000 pilgrims from the state are scheduled to perform the pilgrimage this year.

Governor N N Vohra was at the airport to see off the pilgrims of the first batch. Governor's advisor Khursheed Ganai and other senior officials were also present at th


Sunday, July 15, 2018Guv seeks status of J&K cases pending at SC, HC

JAMMU: Three weeks after he was urged by former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to ensure proper supervision of various matters the state was fighting in Supreme Court and state High Court, the governor N N Vohra on Saturday asked the newly appointed Advocate General to report to him of the status of the pending litigations.

Advocate General D C Raina, who had taken over as the top lawyer of th


Sunday, July 15, 2018No new arms licence will be issued in J&K

DCs asked to revoke Licenses issued in violation of Rules

JAMMU: In view of the ire it has been facing from Union Home Ministry, besides Rajasthan Police in the fake gun licences scam, the state government has decided to seize the issuance of fresh individual arms license in any part of Jammu and Kashmir, while ordering the District Magistrates (DMs) to revoke all such licences that were issued without fulfilling all the perquisite conditions as prescri


Sunday, July 15, 2018Cong is a party of only Muslim men: PM Modi

AZAMGARH (UP): Days ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament when the government is likely to push for the passage of a bill against instant triple talaq, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mocked Congress for being a party which stood only with Muslim men.

"The real face of these parties was revealed by their approach on triple talaq, he said at a public meeting here, part of his two-day visit to


Sunday, July 15, 2018Soldier injured in Pak sniping Army Chief reviews security in Akhnoor

JAMMU: An Army soldier was injured when he was shot by a Pakistani sniper from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Akhnoor sector, Defence Ministry officials informed.

The incident took place Friday evening when the soldier was manning a forward post in Akhnoor sector's Khour area, they said.

He suffered a bullet injury in his upper body area. The soldier was shifted to the Command Hospita


Sunday, July 15, 20181.76 L yatris pay obeisance, 2 more die of cardiac arrest

SRINAGAR: On the 17th day of the ongoing Shri Amarnathji Yatra, 11,038 Yatris paid obeisance at the Holy Cave, taking the total number of pilgrims to have had the darshan of the Shivling to 1,76,044, even as over 3000 more 3,000 pilgrims left Jammu for the holy shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas.

Two more pilgrims are reported to have died of heart attack, taking the toll to 25 in this year’s Y


Sunday, July 15, 2018Yatra to Budha Amarnath from Monday

JAMMU: The annual Baba Budha Amarnath Ji Yatra pilgrimage will commence from 16th July.The Yatra will commence from Jammu base camp to Mandi town in Poonch where shrine of Lord Shiva is located.

While the inaugural function will be held on 16th July, the first batch of pilgrims will leave for obeisance to the holy shrine on 17th July.


Sunday, July 15, 2018PDP rebel meets Guv

SRINAGAR: Imran Raza Ansari, MLA Pattan and former Minister, met Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan today.

Ansari informed Governor about the problems relating to the implementation of certain major development projects in his Constituency and offered several suggestions about the measures necessary to streamline the higher education sector, including higher attention to skill development p


Saturday, July 14, 2018Governor trolled on twitter; Advisor, SC, visit graveyard with floral circlets

Ceremony scaled up after Omar questions absence of Advisors

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra was subjected to bitter criticism on twitter for posting his tributes on the ‘Martyrs’ Day’ –a controversial event of history in which 22 Kashmiris were allegedly killed by Maharaja Hari Singh’s forces on 13 July 1931 –even as his Advisor K Vijay Kumar and Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmaniam offered floral tributes at the Mazar-e-Shuhada –the martyrs’ grave


Saturday, July 14, 2018Def Min rejects UN report on Kashmir

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today rejected a UN report on alleged human rights violation in Kashmir, saying Indian Army exercises maximum restraint in carrying out operations in the troubled state.

"It was a report which was prepared sitting somewhere else. The assessment is totally without basis. The Indian Army shows maximum restraint in conducting operations including in


Saturday, July 14, 2018‘Mehbooba disturbed on losing power, facing criticism within her PDP’

JAMMU: Calling former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's statement "irresponsible", the BJP today asked her to apologise to the party and asserted it has never conspired to pull out of any government or split any party.

BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Kavinder Gupta said Kashmir is India's crown and his party will never play with it. He blamed the Congress for the Kashmir problem.


Saturday, July 14, 2018Not our holiday: Jammu lawyers

JAMMU: The Jammu High Court Bar Association today staged a demonstration demanding the abolishment of the Martyrs' Day holiday, while Kashmiri Pandit migrants observed a 'black day'.

Martyrs' Day is observed in Jammu and Kashmir on July 13 every year to remember the people who were killed in firing by soldiers of Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh on this day in 1931 during protests against his a


Saturday, July 14, 2018MLAs’ CDS spending relaxed, DCs asked to oversee works, report

JAMMU: The Planning and Development Department has issued guidelines for implementation of Constituency Development Scheme (CDS) during the Suspended Animation of the State Assembly.

According to a circular issued by the Department, all District Development Commissioners (DDCs) have been instructed for execution of all ongoing works under Constituency Development Scheme (CDS) and the same shall be completed as per the existing timelines.

Similarly, works for which either administrative approval has been accorded or detailed estimates have been prepared but not physically commenced shall


Saturday, July 14, 2018Not in touch with ‘Delhi’, we are ‘real PDP’: rebels

Srinagar: Five rebel PDP legislators today accused party president Mehbooba Mufti of putting them and their families at risk by claiming that the internal rumblings in the party done at the behest of Delhi.

The rebels also said that they consider the "accession of Jammu and Kashmir with India as final."

"One she (Mehbooba) has tried to give an impression that the institution is up for sale


Saturday, July 14, 2018Guv Rule: Daily grievances 190, disposal rate 159

SRINAGAR: In 23 days of Governor’s Rule, the government grievance cell has received around 190 complaints on a daily average while the administration, under personal monitoring of Governor, had been able to dispose of at least 159 complaints on daily basis.

Out of 4389 complaints and grievances, 3658 have been disposed off or forwarded to concerned quarters since the imposition of Governor ru


Saturday, July 14, 20182 CRPF men killed in militant ambush

Searches in Kupwara, Bandipore

SRINAGAR: Two CRPF personnel, including an officer, were killed and another jawan was injured when militants attacked a patrol party in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, official sources said.

A civilian was also injured in the attack.

Sources said that militants attacked a CRPF patrol party at Achabal Chowk in this town on Friday.

Three CRPF personnel and a civilian were injured in th


Saturday, July 14, 2018AMARNATH PILGRIMAGE: At least 1.5 lakh pay obeisance in 15 days

SRINAGAR: About 6000 pilgrims, including women and sadhus, on Friday left for holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, where so far over 1.52 yatries had paid obeisance since the commencement of the 60-day-long pilgrimage from June 28 from both traditional Pahalgam and shortest Baltal tracks.

Meanwhile, 20 pilgrims besides two service providers, have died due to health reasons and


Saturday, July 14, 2018Mehbooba to New Delhi: Stab in back of PDP will ‘produce more militants’

SRINAGAR: Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday warned of dire consequences if New Delhi tried to break her party Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to form government in the state.

“If New Delhi will try to repeat 1987 which gave birth to Mohammad Yousuf Shah alias Syed Salhuuddin (chief of Hizbul Mujahideen based in Pakistan) and JKLF chief Mohammad Yaseen Malik” and break the PDP it wi


Saturday, July 14, 2018Stop sounding so desperate, former ally BJP to Mehbooba

NEW DELHI: Taking strong exceptions to former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's statement that any attempt to split PDP will only create more separatists like Yasin Malik, the BJP on Friday lashed out at their former ally and said she should stop sounding "so desperate".

"This is an absurd comment......she must stop sounding so desperate," BJP spokesman GVL Narasimha Rao told reporters here.


Saturday, July 14, 2018Omar: Militancy reborn under Mehbooba’s rule

SRINAGAR: Upping the ante at former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti over her threat of renewal of militancy if centre tries to break Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), National Conference (NC) Vice President Omar Abdullah said she seems to have forgotten that militancy in Kashmir has already been reborn under her most able administration.

Meanwhile, Abdullah, who is the former chief minister of the


Saturday, July 14, 2018Legendary Kashmir medico Girija Dhar no more

SRINAGAR: Former Principal of the Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar Prof Girija Dhar, a renowned Gynaecologist , breathed her last in summer capital on Friday.

Governor N N Vohra, former chief ministers and Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) have expressed grief over the demise of Prof Dhat.

Prof Dhar died here after a pro-longed illness. She was married to legendary Prof Naseer A S


Saturday, July 14, 2018Gen Hasnain is CUK Chancellor

JAMMU: Former military secretary Lt General Syed Ata Hasnain has been appointed as the chancellor of the Central University of Kashmir, according to a notification issued here today.

"The President of India in his capacity as the Visitor of the Central University of Kashmir is pleased to appoint Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain, former Military Secretary, Indian Army, as the chancellor of the universit


Friday, July 13, 2018Grassroots Democracy: Vohra revives long-denied dream, begins Panchayat election process

Sarpanches to be elected directly, not through Panches

JAMMU: While the speculations on such a decision were rife ever since he took over as the administrator of state on June 20, it was only 23 days later that Governor N N Vohra set the ball rolling for revival of grassroots democracy in state, one of his long-denied dreams- and probably the most significant one.
A little over eight months after he had made the first step towards holding the Pancha


Friday, July 13, 2018Govt decides to do away with unsuitable, undeserving SPOs

District-level panels to decide within 1 month

JAMMU: A total of 35,758 Special Police Officers (SPOs) contributing to the strength of Jammu and Kashmir Police Force have suddenly have come under an axe, as J&K Home Department today constituted District level screening committees to weed out ‘un-deserving’ and ‘un-suited’ cadre.

The committees have been asked to assess the performance of SPOs engaged in past six years on four parameters a


Friday, July 13, 2018Yatra reaches 1.51 L mark

Guv announces Rs 3 L ex-gratia relief

SRINAGAR: On the 15th day of the ongoing Amarnath pilgrimage, 18442 Yatris paid obeisance at the Holy Cave today taking the total to 1,51,923 Yatris who have performed darshan of the Holy Shivling so far even as 3419 Yatris left the Bhagwati Nagar Base Camp in Jammu for the Nunwan and Baltal Base Camps in Valley.

Governor NN Vohra, Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), announced


Friday, July 13, 2018Terrorist killed, magisterial probe into civilian’s killing

SRINAGAR: A terrorist was killed in an encounter which has been going on since Tuesday night with security forces in Kupwara district today.

"One terrorist has been killed in the ongoing encounter in the forest area of Kupwara district," an Army official said. An AK-47 rifle was recovered from the slain terrorist.

Security forces had launched an operation in the Kandi forest area of Kupwara


Friday, July 13, 2018Guv for developing J&K as leading State 4244 grievances since June 20

SRINAGAR: Governor N N Vohra has called upon the leaders of all political and religious parties and social organizations and the people of the State to shed all differences and join hands to make Jammu and Kashmir peaceful, prosperous and among the leading States in the country.

In his message on the occasion of Martyrs’ Day, Governor observed that Jammu and Kashmir is known for its glorious p


Friday, July 13, 2018Breaking lockup rules PHQ sets aside IGP Jammu’s order, IGP Armed to hold denovo inquiry

JAMMU: In a surprising move, the Police Headquarters on Thursday set aside Inspector General of Police, Jammu S.D Singh Jamwal’s order in which he had terminated the service of a Sub Inspector and his subordinate (Munshi) on the grounds of breaking lock up rules in the shape of letting detainee go to making an attempt to murder.

Director General of Police Dr S.P Vaid after setting aside the impugned order, further directed IGP Armed, Jammu Danish Rana to hold ‘denovo’ inquiry into the matter, re-examine the issue from all its dimensions and forward findings to the PHQ with specific recomme


Friday, July 13, 2018Rs 1100 Crore released for border villages in FY18: MHA

NEW DELHI: The Centre has released Rs 1,100 crore in 2017-18 for the all-round development of villages located along the international border in 17 states.

According to the Home Ministry, 61 model villages, with amenities like health centre, school, drinking water, will be developed along the border and Rs 126 crore has been released for this purpose.

The issues related to the implementatio


Friday, July 13, 2018PM Modi interacts with J&K SHGs under NRLM

SRINAGAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday assured of his government’s commitment towards empowerment of women in state as he interacted with the members of Self-Help Groups promoted by J&K State Rural Livelihoods Mission (UMEED) under Deen Dayal Anthodia Yojana –National Rural Livelihood Mission and the beneficiaries of Deen Dayal Upadhaya Gramin Kaushaliya yojna through live Video Confe


Friday, July 13, 2018PDP removes rebel Reshi as distt prez

SRINAGAR: The Peoples Democratic Party said today that it has removed legislator Yasir Reshi as the party's district president for Bandipora, cracking the whip on leaders who had publicly criticised PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti.

In a statement, the PDP said Baramulla district president Irshad Ahmad Kar will look after the party affairs of Bandipora district for the time being.
Reshi, a member of


Friday, July 13, 2018Govt calls for enhancing expenditure in schemes

SRINAGAR: Principal Secretary, Planning and Development Department, Rohit Kansal today directed the officers to work hard to greatly enhance expenditure in all sectors.

He was speaking at a meeting to review the progress under BEAMS and resolve issues, if any. The meeting was attended by Chief Planning Officers of all districts via video conferencing and other senior officers of the department


Friday, July 13, 2018Jammu-train catches fire, no injuries

NEW DELHI: A fire started on the roof of a coach of Jammu Rajdhani train near Sabzi Mandi station here tonight but no injury or casualty was reported and it was brought under control shortly, officials said.

A call of fire incident involving the train was received by the Delhi Fire Services around 9.04 pm.

"Four fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the fire was controlled by 9.20 pm," a


Friday, July 13, 20182 dead, 20 injured on J&K roads

JAMMU: Two people were killed and 20 others injured including 13 Amarnath pilgrims in two separate road mishaps in Jammu region.
In the first accident, Tiku Rana (19) from Uttar Pradesh and Abhishek (22) from Punjab were killed when a load carrier skidded off a hilly road and fell into a stream near Chamayra in Reasi, an official said.

He said seven other people were injured in the accident


Friday, July 13, 2018Guv’s effect: Office footfall increase by 49%

SRINAGAR: Following the imposition of Governor’s Rule in the State, the punctuality in Government offices including the Civil Secretariat is being strictly monitored by the General Administration Department and the Governor’s Secretariat on daily basis.

As per the Centralized Personnel Information System (CPIS) Database, 109654 employees are now registered on the Aadhaar Enabled Bio Metric Attendance System (AEBAS), as against 73461 registered on AEBAS on 22nd of June, 2018. Similarly, as of today, 2466 employees in Civil Secretariat are registered on AEBAS, as against 2279 on 22nd of June


Friday, July 13, 2018Karachi woman gets 2 years Jail

JAMMU: A Pakistani woman who had entered into Indian Territory without any valid permit and was found in restricted and protected area was today given two years imprisonment in violation of section 14-A of Foreign (Amendment) Act, 2004.

Principal Sessions Judge Jammu Vinod Chatterji Koul awarded two years imprisonment to 39-year-old Asma Fayaz Bhat of Karachi, Pakistan
The court observed that


Friday, July 13, 2018Nirmal meets Gadkari

NEW DELHI: Speaker, J&K Legislative Assembly, Dr Nirmal Singh today met Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, Nitin Gadkari to discuss various issues concerning Jammu and Kashmir.

Dr Singh informed Mr Gadkari that the DPR of National Highway is almost completed on Dinga Amn – Challan – Udhampur Road. He sought the approval for construction of Tunnel near Ma


Friday, July 13, 2018Leh-bound man arrested with Sat phone

NEW DELHI: A Leh-bound Danish passenger was today apprehended by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) at the IGI airport here for allegedly carrying an unauthorised satellite phone in his luggage, a senior official said.

J P M Bitsch, a native of Denmark, was apprehended by the CISF personnel after the phone was detected in his baggage, he said.

Bitsch was travelling to Leh in Jammu


Thursday, July 12, 2018SAC sets ball rolling for ULB polls, rolls out mega healthcare scheme

22 DLSAs posts, improved prisons, benefits for Start-ups approved

SRINAGAR: The State Administrative Council (SAC), equivalent to Cabinet in popular government, has cleared a number of important policy decisions pending for a long time, in its third meeting which was held today at Raj Bhavan, besides setting into motion the process for holding elections to the Urban Local Bodies, and rolling out the flagship Ayushman Bharat scheme, benefitting 36 lakh souls in


Thursday, July 12, 2018Commando martyred, 6-yr old among 2 civilians dead

SRINAGAR: An Indian Army commando attained martyrdom and another injured in a gunfight with terrorists in a forested area of Kupwara district on Wednesday, even as a protestor civilian was killed when security forces opened fire in a clash with stone-pelting mob near the encounter site.

The overnight encounter which was still going on at the time of writing this report had started last night w


Thursday, July 12, 2018No takers for Vohra’s motor-tax reform plan

J&K continues to lose huge revenue

JAMMU: The much ambitious initiative of Governor N N Vohra to affect the first major revision in state’s vehicle-taxing structure has failed to see the light of the day, even after eight months have passed, while the state continues to lose major revenue from registration of vehicles, road taxes and penalties from traffic-rule violators.

In line with the stress he has put on two important issu


Thursday, July 12, 2018SSPs fight over AIG Pers chair embarrassing PHQ

JAMMU: The aftermath of what was a rare stay order- the first in Governor Vohra’s fourth regime- got by a cop against his transfer has put the State Police Headquarters into a very embarrassing situation as two officers of the rank of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) are seen taking any choice to hold the office of AIG (Personnel), with verbal brawls taking place in PHQ in their bids to stake claim on the chair.

The ongoing tussle between the duo has become the talk of town, being discussed amid police and the associated spheres every now and then.

The two senior cops came face to


Thursday, July 12, 2018Guv for action against corrupt higher level officials on priority

Asks SVO to submit monthly progress report

SRINAGAR: Rooting for launching a vigorous campaign for bringing the erring government officials to book, the Governor N N Vohra on Wednesday asked the State Vigilance Organisation to take up the cases of higher level functionaries first, while directing for a monthly progress report to be submit to him.

He made these observations during a meeting with Director Vigilance S J M Gillani, who ca


Thursday, July 12, 20181.33 Lakh perform Yatra in two weeks

Three more yatris die, toll 20

SRINAGAR: As many as 15696 Yatris today paid obeisance at the Holy Cave Shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, taking the total to 1,33,481 Yatris in first 14 days of the annual pilgrimage while a fresh batch of 4,956 pilgrims left Jammu on Wednesday morning to perform the Yatra.

Two pilgrims died of cardiac arrest near the holy cave while another was killed in a road accident in Pulwa


Thursday, July 12, 2018Dissolve LA to end uncertainty: Omar

SRINAGAR: Main Opposition National Conference today called for dissolution of the state Legislative Assembly so as to end the ‘uncertainty and speculations’ prevailing over Jammu and Kashmir.

"We have and will continue to demand dissolution of the state Legislative Assembly. National Conference believes this is necessary to end the ongoing phase of uncertainty and speculations that are adding


Thursday, July 12, 2018Bhaderwah is new hotspot for tourists escaping sweltering heat

BHADERWAH: Known as 'mini-Kashmir' for its resemblance with 'paradise on earth', this township in Doda district of Jammu region is abuzz with activities as about 3,000 holiday makers have thronged the mesmerising valley on daily basis since the beginning of the tourism season in April.

The record number of 2.21 lakh tourist arrivals between April 15 and June 30 led the local authorities to pro


Thursday, July 12, 2018Jawahar Tunnel tube reopens

BANIHAL: One of the two tubes of the Jawahar Tunnel along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway reopened today after repairs, while traffic movement on the arterial road was disrupted for several hours as incessant rains triggered mudslides and shooting stones at several places, officials said.

The repair work, carried out jointly by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and Navyug Engineering, a


Thursday, July 12, 2018D C Raina is J&K AG

SRINAGAR: Governor N N Vohra today appointed D C Raina as the advocate general of Jammu and Kashmir.

"In exercise of the powers conferred under section 42 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir and in supersession of notification SRO 180 dated June 3, 2016, the Governor is pleased to appoint D C Raina, Senior Advocate as Advocate General for the State,” said an order by Department of Law, Ju


Thursday, July 12, 201827 political appointees demit office

SRINAGAR: Barring the Vice-Chairman of Wakf Board whose appointment is regulated by a separate act, all the others political appointees have demitted their office, 25 by way of resignations- all of them accepted by the Governor, while services of two were terminated earlier this week.

“In tune with the provisions of the Standing Operating Procedure (SoP) issued vide Govt Order No: 299-GAD of 2


Thursday, July 12, 2018Govt clarifies on Edu Dept detachments

SRINAGAR: Dispelling the reports regarding purported disruption of the academic activity due to the detachment of staff in the Education Department, the Government today made it clear that while implementing the policy decision on detachment of government employees, it would be ensured that the academic environment in the State is not affected any way.

“Out of the total academic manpower stren


Thursday, July 12, 2018PDD official held for over Rs 5 Cr graft

SRINAGAR: An official of Power Development Department (PDD) was taken into custody by Crime Branch for allegedly siphoning off Rs 5.72 crore from a government account to 22 private bank accounts belonging to him and his relatives.

"Mushtaq Ahmed Malik, senior assistant in PDD, Electric Division Sumbal, has been taken into custody and is being questioned," a spokesman of the Crime Branch said.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018J&K improves ease of doing business ranking, fails to feature among top 20

JAMMU: Significantly improving its ranking in the ease of doing business, Jammu and Kashmir has yet to feature in top twenty states where some similarly placed hill states like Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh have been able to reach.

Andhra Pradesh has topped the government's ease of doing business index for states, ahead of the industrialized states such as Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nad


Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Brother of J&K cadre IAS officer arrested

JAIPUR: The elder brother of a Jammu and Kashmir cadre IAS official was arrested from Gurgaon in connection with an illegal arms and fake licence racket, a senior ATS and SOG official said today.

It is the 52nd arrest in the case. Sixty-seven illegal arms and 1,188 fake licences had been recovered.

Kumar Jyoti Ranjan (46), the owner of a Haryana-based construction company, was arrested from


Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Shah Faesel's 'Rapistan' tweet irks DoPT, GAD initiates action

SRINAGAR: The state government has initiated disciplinary action against 2010-batch IAS exam topper Shah Faesal for his tweet about frequent rapes which was seen by the Centre's Department of Personnel and Training as his failure to maintain absolute honesty and integrity in discharge of duties.

In a notice to Faesal, the General Administration Department said, "You have allegedly failed to ma


Wednesday, July 11, 2018NAC briefs Governor

SRINAGAR: Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Army Commander, Northern Command, today briefed Governor NN Vohra of the security situation in Valley which he had reviewed over the past four days after an anguished Vohra had stressed for minimum collateral damage in anti-terror operations after the killing of three civilians in Army firing.

The Army commander, who has undertaken extensive tour of areas in the


Wednesday, July 11, 2018In Jammu, 184 of 259 health institutions without doctors

JAMMU: Indicating the sorry state of health services infrastructure in Jammu region, particularly in hilly areas, at least 184 of total 259 health institutions are running without doctors.

Taking cognigance of the matter as highlighted through a public interest litigation (PIL), a Division Bench of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has asked the state government to furnish a status report withi


Wednesday, July 11, 2018Fencing work starts at AIIMS Jammu site

JAMMU: After lapse of almost three years, the ambitious project of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, (AIIMS), Jammu announced in 2015, finally saw light of the day with work on its boundary wall kick started around 1954 kanal land allotted for the purpose at Vijaypur in district Samba.

However, to douse the controversy erupted over rehabilitation of the some nomad families from land id


Wednesday, July 11, 2018Amarnath Yatra 2018: 13767 pay obeisance

SRINAGAR: On the 13th day of the ongoing Shri Amarnathji Yatra, 13,767 Yatris paid obeisance at the Holy Cave, taking the total number of Yatris to have performed had the darshan of the Shivling to 1,17,785.

Earlier this morning, the 10th batch of 5,144 pilgrims today left Jammu for the holy shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, amid prediction of another spell of rain this week. Officials said


Wednesday, July 11, 2018JDA seeks police shield for retrieving state land

JAMMU: Facing flak over delay in retrieving the state land from encroachers, the Vice Chairman Jammu Development Authority (JDA) has sought the help from DGP to provide police protection, citing the difficulties faced in the absence of a law-enforcing authority.

The anti-encroachment drives have in recent past have turned into ding-dong battles between the encroachers and the enforcement wing


Wednesday, July 11, 2018Super Cop Kumar for using NSG module to train JKP commandos

SRINAGAR: Known as the super cop for his highly effective counter-terror strategies which saw him hunting down the notorious brigand, dacoit, and sandalwood smuggler Veerappan back in the day, the Advisor to Governor Vijay Kumar on Tuesday has pitched for training the commandos of the state police by using the modules of elite National Security Guards (NSG).

He made these observations during a


Wednesday, July 11, 2018 151 WL operators re-engaged

JAMMU: In a respite for some of the wireless operators, who were ousted by the J&K Police Department from services early this year, the Home Department on Tuesday re-engaged 151 such persons as Wireless Assistants.

The government accorded sanction to the creation of 151 positions of Wireless Assistants at the monthly honorarium of Rs 25,000 per month as one time relaxation, "subject to the co


Wednesday, July 11, 2018Guv meets Dalai Lama

LEH: Governor N N Vohra, on an official visit to Leh, today met the Dalai Lama who during the interaction stressed the importance of debate and discussion to reconcile opposing viewpoints.

"Before commencing his official engagements after arrival at Leh this morning, the Governor called on the Dalai Lama at his residence in Jive-tsal Choglamsar," an official spokesman said. He said the Govern


Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Rasana Trial: Prosc witness turns hostile?

JAMMU: In another twist in the ongoing trial in Rasana minor rape-and-murder, the defence counsel today said that one of the prosecution witnesses had turned hostile as he was cross-examined by the prosecution counsel. The witness in question is the Chemist who, the Crime Branch had claimed, sold the sedatives to the accused before she was gang-raped and then murdered.

"Witness Chemist Rajne


Wednesday, July 11, 2018Our SAC, SVC similar to Lokayukta, J&K tells SC

NEW DELHI: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that the state doesn't require a Lokayukta as there are already two commissions created under the state laws which comprehensively covered the scope of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act. As the state said the provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Accountability Commission Act, 2002, and the Jammu and Kashmir State Vigilance C


Wednesday, July 11, 2018Shopian encounter: Two JeM militants, civilian killed

Srinagar: Two Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants, including a Pakistani national, were today killed in an encounter while a civilian died and 20 others sustained injuries during clashes with security forces near the scene of gunbattle in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

A police spokesman said a joint patrol of the security forces launched searches in the Kundallan area of the