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Monday, March 1, 2021Seizure of 15 sticky bombs in Valley, sets off alarm bells

Jammu: The Security forces battling militancy in Kashmir are alarmed by the recent arrival of small, magnetic bombs that have earlier wreaked havoc in Afghanistan.
"Sticky bombs", which can be attached to vehicles and detonated remotely, have been seized during raids in recent months of Jammu and Kashmir,” claims a report by news agency quoting three senior security officials.
"These are small


Monday, March 1, 2021LG for connecting farmers with Agro experts, Univ Academics

SRINAGAR: The Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha on Sunday laid emphasis on connecting farmers with Agricultural Experts, University Academics, Agripreneurs and Industry people to access reliable, updated and relevant information so that their risks and uncertainties are reduced.
Sinha, who is the Chancellor of SKUAST-Kashmir, on Sunday made these remarks after inaugurating a 2


Monday, March 1, 2021Police tracking call, messages of phones seized from PDP’s Parra

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Police is carrying out an Internet Protocol Detail Records (IPDR) analysis of arrested PDP youth president Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra, officials said, amid allegations that he was in touch with secessionists and terrorists across the border.
The IPDR helps track details of a call or message generated by a phone device and includes details like the number from which th


Monday, March 1, 2021Abdullah wants Cong to be strong to fight divisive forces

Jammu: National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday said he wanted the Congress to remain united and strong to fight “divisive forces” in the country.
The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister warned selective killings by terrorists would continue unless the root cause of militancy is addressed.
Abdullah''s remarks came a day after senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and o


Monday, March 1, 202158 new cases, 1 more death

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday recorded 58 new positive cases of COVID-19 pushing the tally to 1,26,441 while death toll swells to 1957 with one more death.
The fresh fatality was reported of Kashmir region as 90-year-old man from Gonipora Haihama Kupwara succumbed to the infection. With fresh death, the toll has swelled to 1957 including 725 from Jammu and 1232 from Kashmir region.


Monday, March 1, 202128 pvt hospitals to administer vaccine

JAMMU: The Ministry of Health and Family welfare shortlisted 28 private hospitals across J&K on to administer COVID – 19 vaccines for the 2nd phase of vaccination drive for the 3rd prioritized group scheduled to start from 1st march.
Heath and family welfare ministry on Sunday issued a comprehensive list of private hospitals throughout India to administer the vaccine for COVID – 19 to curb the


Monday, March 1, 2021Azad praises PM Modi for being 'frank' about his past

Jammu: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday said he appreciates Prime Minister Narendra Modi for never hiding the fact that he hails from a village and used to sell tea.
Drawing parallels between himself and the prime minister, Azad said he had not forgotten his roots.
"I like a lot of things about many leaders. I am from the village and feel proud... Even our Prime Minister (Nar


Monday, March 1, 2021Krishna Dhaba owner’s son dies 12 days after being shot by ultras

Jammu: The son of the owner of popular food joint Krishna Dhaba who was injured in the militant attack on the eatery, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday morning.
The son of the owner of popular eatery Krishna Dhaba, who was shot at by militants on February 17, died at a hospital here on Sunday, officials said.
Akash was the second non-Kashmiri killed by gunmen this year. Satpal Singh, a golds


Monday, March 1, 2021Army cancels recruitment exam

New Delhi: The Army has cancelled an examination for pan-India recruitment of general duty personnel after paper was found to have been leaked, officials said on Sunday.
They further said at least three persons have been arrested in Pune so far.
“The Indian Army has zero tolerance towards corrupt practices in the recruitment process for selection of suitable candidates,” an official said.


Monday, March 1, 2021Two killed in road mishap

Jammu:Two scooty riders were killed and one person was injured when a sleeper bus turned turtle on Sidhra-Kunjwani Bye Pass road in city outskirts here on Sunday.
Sub Divisional Police Officer, East, DySP Bikram Kumar here said that the video coach bus turned turtle and fell on scooty riders.
"Both the riders have died while one of the occupants is injured, the driver is absconding and the he


Monday, March 1, 20212 avalanches hit Kashmir

Srinagar: Two avalanches hit Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara and Ganderbal districts on Sunday but there was no loss of life, officials said.
An avalanche occurred on Chowkibal-Tangdhar Road in north Kashmir's Kupwara district around 11:45 am, they said.
The officials said another avalanche occurred near Army Convoy Ground in Sonamarg in central Kashmir's Ganderbal district in the afternoon.


Monday, March 1, 2021Sgr-Leh highway reopens for traffic

Jammu: The strategic Srinagar-Leh highway was reopened for traffic on Sunday after remaining closed for nearly two months due to heavy snowfall, officials said.
This is the earliest reopening of the high mountain Zojila pass and also the minimum period of the closure of the road.
The highway was thrown open for traffic after remaining closed for 58 days due to snowfall, a Border Roads Organisat


Sunday, February 28, 2021G-23 hits out at Congress leadership, Azad vows to fight for J&K statehood

At Shanti Sammelan, it was war against ‘high command’

JAMMU: Rallying behind their veteran colleague Ghulam Nabi Azad, at least six leaders of the G-23 -a powerful group of dissident leaders -launched scathing attack on the Congress leadership asking for immediate organisational reforms to ‘safeguard the idea of India’.
Ghulam Nabi Azad, around whom the whole event revolved, vowed to fight for restoration of statehood and initiation of democratic


Sunday, February 28, 2021Indo-Pak ceasefire pact will not affect counter-terror ops: Army

Force to exercise maximum restrain during CFV

Jammu: Two top Army commanders on Saturday said the fresh ceasefire between India and Pakistan will have no bearing on the counter-terrorism operations in Jammu and Kashmir and that the force will exercise "maximum restraint" in the event of any violation by the neighbouring country.
The comments by the Army's northern commander Lt. Gen. Y K Joshi and General Officer Commanding (GoC), 28 Infantr


Sunday, February 28, 2021New healthcare investment policy approved to attract investors: LG

Jammu: The Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday said his administration has approved the new health care investment policy to attract investors as his dispensation is determined to fulfill the vision of a ''new and healthy'' Jammu and Kashmir.
Sinha was speaking to a gathering through virtual mode after welcoming the first academic batch of 100 MBBS students at Government Medical College,


Sunday, February 28, 2021Fresh snowfall In Kashmir

Srinagar: Fresh snowfall in Kashmir on Saturday brought back cold wave- like conditions in the valley where the day temperature for the past week was several degrees higher than normal for this time of the year, officials said.
Fresh snowfall was reported from most parts of Kashmir, including Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, the officials said.
Macchil and Z-Gali areas in remo


Sunday, February 28, 2021Panel to implement District Residency Prog for doctors

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Health Department has constituted a Union Territory Level Steering Committee and designation of Nodal Officers at Divisional and District Level for implementation of District Residency Programme.
Doctors joining their MD, MS and PG Diploma courses from 2020 onwards would now have to undertake a mandatory rotational duty in district hospitals for a period of three


Sunday, February 28, 2021#Balakoteaniversary || IAF launches long- range precision strike

Jammu: The Indian Air Force carried out a long-range precision strike against a practice target to mark the second anniversary of the Balakot Operations, sources said on Saturday.
The strike was carried out by members of the squadron which conducted the air strikes on terror launch pads in Balakot in Pakistan.
Sources added that the strike was in the "very recent past".
Chief of Air Staff Air


Sunday, February 28, 2021BADP: MHA allocates Rs 37.625cr to J&K, Rs 45.359 crore to Ladakh

Jammu:The Department of Border Management, Ministry of Home Affair (MHA) has sanctioned a financial allocation of Rs 37.625 crore for the year 2020-21 in favour of Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir and Rs 45.359 crore for the Union Territory of Ladakh under the Border Area Development Programme (BADP).
BADP is an important intervention of the Central Government to bring about development


Sunday, February 28, 2021First Brid flue case reported in poultry

Srinagar: After crows, the first case of Avian Influenza, commonly known as Bird Flu has been confirmed among poultry in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Saturday.
An official said that a sample of poultry from Iqbal market Baramulla was taken, which was declared positive following which ten kilometres from the epicenter has been declared as ‘Alert Zone’.
“Director Animal Husbandry Departm


Sunday, February 28, 2021Caste driven violence, Dalit attacked with boiling oil

Jammu: A caste motivated mild attack has surfaced in the city where a Dalit youth inwas attacked with boiling oil, when he resisted to being sweared on caste. Moreover, the accused has still not been arrested while police have assured to look into the matter.
As per the reports, the incident was reported on the evening of 23rd February at Domana area of Jammu city.
Kuldeep Kumar, the aggriev


Sunday, February 28, 202140 pc hike in weekly cases, Centre for more testing, vaccination drives

Jammu: The Centre on Saturday advised Jammu and Kashmir as well as other 8 states reporting an increase in coronavirus cases to enforce COVID-appropriate behaviour by dealing firmly with violations and ensure effective surveillance in case of potential super spreading events so as not to squander last year's gains.
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba chaired a high-level review meeting with chief secr


Sunday, February 28, 2021Vaccine price fixed at Rs 250 per dose

Jammu : The price of the coronavirus vaccine at private facilities in the country has been capped at Rs 250 per dose which includes Rs 100 as service charge, according to central government sources.
From March 1, India is going to start the vaccination of people above 60 years and individuals above 45 years of age having comorbidities against coronavirus.
“The cost of the COVID-19 vaccine has b


Sunday, February 28, 2021#COVID19 || 97 fresh cases, no new deaths

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday recorded 97 new COVID-19 cases, taking the infection tally to 1,26,383, officials said
No fresh COVID-19-related death was reported in the past 24 hours, they said.
Of the new cases, 24 were from the Jammu division and 73 from the Kashmir division, officials said.
Srinagar district recorded the highest 44 cases followed by 11 each in Jammu and Udhampur


Sunday, February 28, 2021ITBP deputes IG for Ladakh

Jammu: The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has deployed a new officer to handle the North-west Frontier in Ladakh.
Lhari DorjeeLhatoo, 1999-batch Manipur cadre IPS officer has taken charge as Inspector General (IG) of the North-West Frontier of the ITBP, according to an official statement.
Earlier, Lhatoo served at various key positions in several organisations, including the National Investi


Sunday, February 28, 2021 No traffic on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway

Jammu: Traffic on the 270-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only all-weather road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, remained suspended for the second consecutive day on Saturday.
Srinagar-Jammu national highway was closed on Friday for weekly maintenance and repair work.
Traffic could not be restored Saturday morning due to landslides and shooting stones trigger


Sunday, February 28, 2021Seven shops gutted in fire

JAMMU: At least seven shops were reduced to ashes in a massive blaze last night in Gandhri village of Ramban district in Jammu division, officials said.
officials saying the fire broke out from one of the shop at around 11 pm on Friday and engulfed other structures in its vicinity.
Reportedly, few gas cylinders also exploded in the fire incident leading to further damage.
Deputy Commissioner R


Sunday, February 28, 2021Pak PM rakes up Kashmir issue

Jammu: Days after the Director-General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan announced the implementation of the 2003 ceasefire, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan once again raked up the Kashmir issue.
Imran Khan tweeted, “I welcome restoration of the ceasefire along with the Line of Control (LoC). The onus of creating an enabling environment for further progress rests with I


Saturday, February 27, 2021Congress battlefield shifts to Jammu as Azad makes ‘second homecoming’ in two decades

Rebels: Sharma, Sibbal, Babbar among G-23 leaders to show strength today

JAMMU: Troubles are further mounting for the beleaguered Congress party as a group of powerful dissident leaders are set to come out in open against the leadership with a symbolic beginning from this winter capital city of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.
A section of Congress party leaders and workers in Jammu and Kashmir were looking forward with excitement a scheduled ‘private and informal’ thr


Saturday, February 27, 2021Not everyone happy in party

Jammu: The much publicised visit of former leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha and ex- Chief Minister of erstwhile state, Ghulam Nabi Azad marked with marked with exposure of infighting within faction ridden Jammu and Kashmir Congress.
One faction known as loyalist of Azad accorded him rousing reception on streets but they were not present in official function at party hea


Saturday, February 27, 2021J&K eager to reach heights of devp: PM

Jammu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the second Khelo India Winter Games in Gulmarg and said that the event is a step towards making Jammu and Kashmir a hub of winter sports.
Athletes from 27 states and Union Territories are competing in the Games which will conclude on March 2.
"This is a step towards making India's presence felt in the international winter games arena and


Saturday, February 27, 2021Director info among 9 officers transferred

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Friday ordered the transfer of nine officers in the interest of administration with immediate effect.
According to an order, Alok Kumar, IRS, awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Principal Secretary to the Government, Youth Services and Sports Department. Sarmad Hafeez (IAS), Administrative Secretary,


Saturday, February 27, 2021Situation peaceful in Valley, says Army

Jammu: In a positive development in north Kashmir, there has been a significant decline in the incidents of stone-pelting and youth picking up guns, the Indian Army said on Friday.
Major General HS Sahi, GOC, Kilo Force (North Kashmir) has said that there has been only a single case of local youth picking up guns in the region. He surrendered within five days.
"In 2021, there has been only one


Saturday, February 27, 202123 Schools show zero per cent results in Class X board exams

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) department on Friday declared the result of class 10th examination winter zone Kashmir with an overall percentage recorded at 75 per cent.
The exams for class 10th were held last year in November amid Covid-19 pandemic with the student being taught through online classes as schools were closed in the month of March. Whereas Jammu


Saturday, February 27, 2021Alleged tampering with promotion Panel framed to review issue: Law deptt to ACB

Jammu: In the backdrop of complaint lodged by an official that he was demoted instead of promotion, the Jammu and Kashmir Law Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Department has farmed panel to ascertain the facts.
The Department said that the committee so constituted vide Govt Order No 26-JK (LD) to examine the representation of the complainant has so far revealed, “ perusal of record made ava


Saturday, February 27, 2021Expedite execution of PDD projects: Govt to officials

JAMMU: Principal Secretary Power Development Department (PDD), Rohit Kansal today chaired a meeting to review the financial and physical progress on the ongoing Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) of Power department in Jammu and Kashmir. The Principal Secretary reviewed district-wise and circle-wise status of financial and physical status of the ongoing works under different CSS being executed by


Saturday, February 27, 2021CRPF to get MI-17 helicopter to avoid Pulwama like attack

Jammu: The Government of India has provided the facility of air travel to all the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Jawans deployed in Kashmir.
The Ministry of Home Affairs issued an order, days after the second anniversary of the Pulwama terrorist attack, for the functioning of the MI-17 facility in the Valley.
The CRPF has issued a letter to its Jawan explaining the procedure of getting


Saturday, February 27, 2021#COVID19 || Over 2000 cases, 26deaths in last 30 days

Admin extends lockdown in containment cones till March 31

Jammu: With 2,219 cases of COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir in past 30 days, the overall tally swells to 1,26286 while 26 deaths has pushed the death toll to 1956. Moreover, the Union Territory has recorded 85 fresh cases on Friday and 1 more fatality.
As per the data accessed by The News Now, Jammu division has reported 489 and Kashmir division has reported 1640 new cases in the last thirty days.


Saturday, February 27, 2021Centre assures all help to AIIMS Jammu

Jammu: Asserting the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Jammu was sanctioned after personal intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh assures all possible support to premier medical institution.
The assurance of Union Minister came after meeting with newly appointed Director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Jammu, Dr Shakti Gup


Saturday, February 27, 2021Hopes rekindle among border residents for peaceful future

India-Pakistan agreement on ceasefire

Jammu: The announcement by India and Pakistan to strictly observe all agreements on ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and other sectors has rekindled hope for a peaceful future among border residents in Jammu and Kashmir who have been living under constant fear of firing and shelling.
"We are joyous over the news of a fresh agreement between the two countries to observe complete ceasefir


Saturday, February 27, 2021Shah, Rajnath hails IAF on 2nd anniv of Balakot strikes

New Delhi: Defence minister Rajnath Singh and Union home minister Amit Shah on Friday saluted the Indian Air Force as the nation observed two years of the IAF’s strike on a Jaish-e- Mohammed (JeM) camp in Pakistan’s Balakot.
On February 26, 2019, IAF fighter jets crossed the Line of Control and destroyed terror launch pads in Balakot in Pakistan.
"On this day in 2019, @IAF_MCC had made it clear


Saturday, February 27, 20212 OWG arrested

Srinagar: Security forces arrested two overground workers of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, police said.
"Acting on specific information, police, Army and CRPF apprehended two terrorist associates of proscribed terrorist outfit LeT at Bonikhan Mohalla of Hajin Town," a police spokesman said.
He said the security forces recovered arms, am


Saturday, February 27, 2021Arms & Ammunition recovered in Poonch

Jammu: Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district and recovered four grenades and ammunition on Friday, officials said.
A joint search operation was launched in Mendhar belt based on disclosure of Sher Ali, a coordinator and facilitator of terror activities of various groups who was arrested from Jammu airport earlier this month, they said.


Friday, February 26, 2021India, Pakistan agree to follow all ceasefire pacts

Jammu: India and Pakistan on Thursday announced that they have agreed to strictly observe all agreements on ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir and other sectors, even as Indian Army officials asserted there would be no let-up in its fight against terrorism or in its troop deployment along the borders.
A joint statement issued in Islamabad and New Delhi said the Direct


Friday, February 26, 2021Political parties welcome decision

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) and the PDP on Thursday welcomed the agreement between armies of India and Pakistan on ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and other sectors.
"We welcome it and hope that the statement will be followed in letter & spirit. JKNC has always been a strong supporter of the ceasefire along the LoC," the party said in a statement.
"This wil


Friday, February 26, 2021LG directs to withhold salary of SWD director

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday directed for withholding the salary of the social welfare department's director in Kashmir for delaying the release of salary of teachers working in a special school.
Expressing his dismay over the matter, Sinha directed for expediting the process of releasing salaries in favour of affected teachers.
On being apprised by a


Friday, February 26, 2021#COVID19 || 108 fresh cases,no new death

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir recorded 108 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the infection tally to 1,26,201, even as no fresh deaths due to the virus was registered in a span of 24 hours.
Out of the fresh cases, 31 were from Jammu division and 77 from Kashmir division of the union territory, they said.
The officials said Srinagar district recorded the highest number of 47 new cases, follow


Friday, February 26, 2021IRTS officer Rajan to help J&K in industrial outreach

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha has picked top Indian Railway Traffic Service officer Ranjan Prakash Thakur to help him in the Union Territory's industrial outreach.
Thakur has been appointed as "Principal Secretary to the Government, Industries and Commerce Department," an order issued by the J&K government said on Thursday. Some weeks back, Sinha had asked the Union Home


Friday, February 26, 2021Over 4L to appear for JKSSB’sexam for 8500 posts of class IV

20,000 to supervise over 350 centers

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Service Selection Board (JKSSB) is all prepared and geared for conducting one of the largest exams hitherto to fill 8500 class IV posts, starting from February 27, in over 350 centers across Jammu and Kashmir.
“Over 4 lakh candidates have applied for the posts and they will appear for exam in different centers across the Union Territory under strict guidelines issue


Friday, February 26, 2021J&K’s unemployment rate at 21.9 %, “highest” in country

Jammu: The newly created Union Territory, Jammu and Kashmir has the “highest” unemployment rate of 21.9 percent across the country as revealed by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) in one of its studies brought into public domain in January.
As per the report issued by the CMIE, unemployment rate in J&K is 21.9 percent, highest across the country followed by 17.7 percent in Haryana


Friday, February 26, 2021Ghulam Nabi Azad to begin Jammu visit today

Jammu: The Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad is arriving to Jammu and Kashmir for the first time on February 26 after the completion of his term in the Rajya Sabha.
As per reports, there is also a preparation for a rally to welcome him strongly. He will participate in a public function in Jammu.
During the three days, Azad will attend the program of Guru Ravidas


Friday, February 26, 2021Nearly 211 militants active in J&K: DGP

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir’s Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh Thursday said that even though 99 per cent plans of militants that are aimed at disrupting peace have been foiled and attacks like Srinagar is the outcome of desperation and frustration among the militant outfits.

“Our security grid is very strong and we have been able to prevent militant plans up to 99 percent. Sca


Friday, February 26, 2021Waheed Parra case|| Police to take custody of Davinder Singh, others

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Police will soon take into custody suspended Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh and Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Naveed Babu for their custodial interrogation in a case in which PDP youth wing president Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra has been arrested, officials said on Thursday.
According to documents submitted in a court, the Central Investigation Kashmir (CIK)


Friday, February 26, 2021Centre tightens rules for social media, OTT platforms

New Delhi: Weeks after a spat with Twitter, the government on Thursday announced the tightening of rules governing social media and streaming companies, requiring them to take down contentious content quicker, appoint grievance redressal officers and assist investigations.
The 'Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code', that IT and Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said a


Friday, February 26, 2021Finance Minster for talks to reduce fuel prices

New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday said there should be less burden on consumers and both the Centre and states should talk with each other over reducing taxes on diesel and petrol whose prices have risen sharply in recent times.
Asked if the Centre is mulling to reduce cess or other taxes on fuel to give some respite to consumers from high prices of diesel and petr


Friday, February 26, 2021Dal Lake iconic tourist destinations

Jammu: Taking forward the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G), Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), Ministry of Jal Shakti has selected 12 sites as Swachh Iconic Places (SIP).
According to the statement, the sites include Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra, Sanchi Stupa, Madhya Pradesh, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan, Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan, Ramdev


Friday, February 26, 2021Over 1.30 cr vaccinated

New Delhi: The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered to healthcare and frontline workers in the country has crossed 1.30 crore, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.
From March 1, the COVID-19 vaccination will be extended to people aged 60 years and above and those aged above 45 years with comorbidities, it stated.
On February 24, the Centre held meeting with all states


Friday, February 26, 2021Sonamarg opens for Tourists

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir administration Thursday opened the picturesque tourist spot of Sonmarg in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district a month earlier than the scheduled opening.
Sonmarg would usually open for tourists in the month of April. The opening was marked by the day-long long festival organised by Directorate of Tourism and inaugurated by the Advisor to J&K LG, Baseer Khan, who als


Friday, February 26, 2021PM to inaugurate Khelo India-II

Srinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually inaugurate the Khelo India National Winter Games at famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, which is all set to host the second edition of the National games from Friday.
As per the reports, PM Modi will deliver the inaugural address at the 2nd Khelo India National Winter Games tomorrow at around 11:50 AM via video


Thursday, February 25, 2021Centre may extend tenure of Delimitation Commission

Jammu: The Union government may extend the tenure of Delimitation Commission constituted last year to redraw Lok Sabha and Assembly Constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir as well as northeastern states due to incomplete ground work. Moreover, the extension of commission could also delay the Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir.

“The Delimitation Commission, which was constituted March 6 last year,


Thursday, February 25, 2021Transporters call off strike after 19 % fare hike

JAMMU: All Jammu and Kashmir Transporters Welfare Committee – an amalgam of various transport associations— on Wednesday called off its indefinite strike in J&K.

General Secretary, Kashmir Welfare Transporters Association, Sheikh Muhammad Yusuf, said that the decision to call of the strike was taken after government decided to increase fare by 19%.

The decision, he said, was taken at a meet


Thursday, February 25, 2021Pak-sponsor militancy remains threat in J&K: says Army Chief

Jammu: Army chief Gen M M Naravane Wednesday said that there is "definitely a great improvement" in the internal security situation in Jammu and Kashmir but Pakistan-promoted terror still remains a threat.

He said Pakistan is committed to the strategy of supporting terrorism in all its forms as terrorist launchpads continue to be operated and terrorists continue to be there on the other side o


Thursday, February 25, 20212 ultras killed In encounter

Srinagar: Two unidentified militants were on Wednesday killed in an encounter that raged between government forces and militants in the forest area of Shalgul Srigufwara in Bijbehara area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar said that two unidentified militants were killed in the encounter.

Earlier, an official said that a joint team of


Thursday, February 25, 2021Chopper makes emergency landing in Raesi

Jammu: A chopper carrying Jammu and Kashmir government officials including a Secretary rank officer made an emergency landing in Reasi district in Jammu division after a technical snag.

News agency quoted an official saying that a Pawan Hans chopper carrying Sheetal Nanda, Secretary Rural Development and Panchayati Raj J&K made an emergency landing at Ram Leela Ground in Jyotipuram area of Rea


Thursday, February 25, 2021BJP mulls to increase footprints in Kashmir with youth outreach program

Srinagar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is mulling to introduce youth outreach program Kashmir Ki Baat Nawjawoon Kay Sath aiming to bridge the gap between youth and party functionaries in the valley.

As per the reports, senior BJP leaders from Kashmir including J&K BJP General Secretary (Organisation), Ashok Koul conducted a meeting at head office Raj Bagh, where it was decided that the par


Thursday, February 25, 2021For convicted prisoners, Open Jail system ‘missing’ in J&K UT

Jammu: While the Article 21 of Indian Constitution states ‘Right To Life And Personal Liberty’ under which no person shall be deprived of his life and personal liberty except according to procedure established by law and this right is given to the prisoners but unfortunately the prisons across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir have no open jail system especially for the convicted prisoners


Thursday, February 25, 2021Awaiting promotion, Law official gets demotion, lodges complaint

Jammu: It may sound bizarre but is a fact that the administration has allegedly demoted a Law official awaiting promotion thus prompting him to lodge a complaint with Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Srinagar.

The Jammu and Kashmir Law Department has allegedly accorded confirmation of its senior officer to the lower rank. Fumigated over the issue, the victim has lodged a com


Thursday, February 25, 2021#COVID19 ||74 fresh cases, no new death

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir recorded 74 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the infection tally to 1,26,093, even as no fresh death due to the virus was reported in the past 24 hours, officials said.

Out of the fresh cases, 20 were from the Jammu division and 54 from the Kashmir division of the Union Territory, they said.

The officials said Srinagar district recorded the highest of 1


Thursday, February 25, 2021Vaccination’s 2nd phase from Mar 1

New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday announced that people over 60 years and those above 45 with comorbidities can get COVID-19 vaccine from March 1 even as it cautioned states and union territories that any laxity in implementing stringent curbs, especially in view of new virus strain observed in certain countries, could "compound the situation".

As new coronavirus cases crossed the 13,000 mark


Thursday, February 25, 2021ED raids car showroom

Jammu: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday raided a car showroom in the summer capital, Srinagar, outskirts.

Official sources said the ED sleuths raided a Tata Motors showroom, belonging to Mohammad Saleem Bakshi, at Parimpora in Srinagar outskirts with the help of security forces and police personnel.

“Security forces were deployed in strength in the area in the morning before co


Thursday, February 25, 2021Srinagar-Leh highway to reopened on Feb 28

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday announced that the Srinagar-Leh national highway will be reopened for vehicular traffic on February 28, officials said.

Kashmir Divisional Commissioner P K Pole convened a meeting to review the status of Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumri (SSG) road scheduled to be thrown open for civilian traffic from February 28, they said. On that day, the road will


Wednesday, February 24, 2021Be good will ambassadors of J&K: LG Sinha to tourists

Lt Guv for replicating successful farming model

Jammu: The Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha asked tourists to goodwill ambassadors of Jammu & Kashmir and carry the message to your respective areas that Union Territory is an ideal and safe tourist destination. Moreover, he also called for replicating the success stories of innovative and progressive farmers from across the country in the union territory through transmission of ideas and knowle


Wednesday, February 24, 2021J&K junks license requirements for crushers,mixing plants

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday dispensed away with the requirement of a license to start operation of stone crushers or hot and wet mixing plants in the union territory to promote ease of doing business' by creating a business-friendly environment.
The administration notified fresh J-K stone crushers, and hot and wet mixing plants regulation rules dispensing away the requ


Wednesday, February 24, 2021GeM to enable local purchases

JAMMU: With an objective to expedite implementation of GeM (Government E-Marketing), the concerned authorities all set to enable Local filters for procuring Goods and Services from the local manufacturers.
As per the official handout, a meeting was today held between Jammu & Kashmir Government and GeM (Government E-Marketing) authorities to expedite its implementation in the Union Territory of


Wednesday, February 24, 2021We ready to ensure safeAmarnath Yatra: Army

Srinagar: The security situation in the restive south Kashmir has improved significantly and the army is prepared to meet challenges like the threat of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and the conduct of incident-free annual Amarnath Yatra, a senior army officer said on Tuesday.
The prevailing security situation in south Kashmir is stable which is a drastic improvement from 2019, he said, not


Wednesday, February 24, 2021Govt tweaks PMGSY guidelines to expedite execution of projects

Srinagar: Noticing delay in implementation of various projects under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in Jammu and Kashmir, the Public Works (R&B) Department has issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for strengthening procurement for awarding of work and execution of projects in time frame.
The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana is a nationwide plan in India to provide good all-weather


Wednesday, February 24, 2021Jawan dies, 2 injured in fatal firing mishap

Jammu: A gunner of the army's artillery regiment died and two others were injured in a freak mishap at a field firing range during a live fire training in Akhnoor sector of Jammu district on Tuesday, a defence spokesperson.
The deceased has been identified as gunner Sayan Gosh of the artillery regiment, a native of Nagdaha village in the 24 Parganas North district of West Bengal.
The defence s


Wednesday, February 24, 2021COVID19 || 94 fresh cases, 1 more death

Jammu: TheJammu and Kashmir on Monday recorded 94 new COVID-19 cases which took its tally to 1,26,019 while one more fatality pushed the death toll to 1,955, officials said.
Of the fresh cases, 72 were reported from the Kashmir division and 22 from the Jammu division, they said.
Srinagar district recorded the highest number of fresh cases at 40, including 32 travellers. Jammu district was secon


Wednesday, February 24, 2021Over 2.28L inoculated

JAMMU: Under the ongoing vaccination programme, J&K has inoculated 2,28,195 corona warriors while 94 fresh coronavirus cases were reported in the UT on Tuesday mounting the total count of contagion to 1,26,019.
According to figures released by the central dispensation on Tuesday, 2,17,910 beneficiaries in Jammu and Kashmir have taken first dose of vaccine while 10,285 have been administered th


Wednesday, February 24, 2021R- Day violence || Arrest of two farmer leaders’ sparks protest

Jammu: Following the arrests of two farmer leaders for the alleged involvement in Republic Day violence in New Delhi, their families and relatives blocked the Jammu-Pathankot highway here for several hours in protest.
The protesters, mostly Sikhs including the family members of the arrested men, blocked the highway near Digiana Ashram, alleging that the two are being falsely implicated in the c


Wednesday, February 24, 2021Dr Shakti Gupta first Director of AIIMS Jammu

Jammu: The Centre Government on Tuesday appointed Dr Shakti Gupta as first Director of upcoming All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Vijaypur in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir.
As per order issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Shakti Kumar Gupta, Medical Superintendent, Dr R P Centre for Opthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi has been appointed as new D


Wednesday, February 24, 2021Court rejects bail plea of PDP’s Parra

Jammu: A special court rejected the bail application of PDP leader Waheed Parra on Tuesday, saying the charges against him were "grave, serious and heinous in nature" and that a preliminary analysis of evidence collected so far show he was aiding militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in the garb of a politician.
In a 19-page order, the special court here rejected the argument that Parra was a budding p


Wednesday, February 24, 2021Govt ‘officially’ hands over Leh, Kargil Satellite Campuses at KU to Ladakh UT

Jammu:More than one-year after the Ladakh region was created as new Union Territory with re-organisation of Jammu and Kashmir in 2019 post abrogation of Article 370, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir has ‘officially’ handed over the Satellite Campuses at Kashmir University to the Ladakh UT.
Official sources here said that the Jammu and Kashmir government has ‘officially’ handed over the Leh an


Wednesday, February 24, 2021PDD earmarks Rs 5-cr for safety equipment to prevent accidents

Jammu: An amount of Rs 5 crore has been earmarked by the Jammu and Kashmir Power Development Department (PDD) for safety equipment to arrest the accidental deaths and injuries to its field staff, an official spokesman said on Tuesday.
The department has also decided to observe 'Safety Day' every month to make the field workers aware about safety issues by conducting mock safety drills and use of


Wednesday, February 24, 2021Chargesheet filed against ex-GAD Official

SRINAGAR: Anti-Corruption Bureau (North Kashmir), produced Charge Sheet before the Hon’ble Court of Special Judge, Anti-Corruption, Baramulla in Case FIR No. 01/2020 U/S 7(a) P.C Act, 1988 of P/S VOK (Now ACB) against Nazir Ahmad Pir, the then Accounts Officer, Gulmarg Development Authority.
The instant case was registered on the basis of the written complaint lodged by complainant who had repai


Wednesday, February 24, 2021Active caseload falls below 1.5L

NEW DELHI: India’s tally of active COVID-19 cases fell below the 1.5-lakh mark on Tuesday and was pegged at 1,47,306, comprising 1.34 per cent of the total caseload, the Union Health Ministry said, highlighting 21 states and UTs have not reported fresh fatalities in a 24-hour-period.
A total of 10,584 new infections and 13,255 recoveries were recorded in a span of 24 hours, leading to a net decl


Wednesday, February 24, 2021Man opens fire over land dispute

Jammu: A man opened fire Tuesday during a scuffle between two groups over a land dispute in the Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, a police official said.
While the person fired two shots in the air, injuring nobody, he himself got injured in legs as he fell down when people tried to overpower him, the official said.
The incident took place at Thali-Badi village of Kathua town and five peopl


Wednesday, February 24, 2021Transporters defer strike

Jammu: All Jammu and Kashmir Transporters Welfare Committee – an amalgam of various transport associations— on Tuesday deferred by a day its indefinite strike which was scheduled to begin from Wednesday.
General Secretary, Kashmir Welfare Transporters Association, Sheikh Muhammad Yusuf said that a meeting is scheduled on February 24 afternoon with Finance Commissioner, Finance Department, who


Tuesday, February 23, 2021J&K orders addition of 43 border villages for IB reservation benefits

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday added 43 more border villages to enable them for availing benefits of reservation to the persons residing in the areas adjoining the International Border (IB) in direct recruitment, professional institutions and post graduate courses.

Among 43 villages, which were in the list of IB reservation, 21 villages are from district Jammu, 17 from distr


Tuesday, February 23, 2021Azad to begin new innings in J&K from nonpolitical platform

Jammu: The former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and former Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad is all set to start his new innings in Jammu and Kashmir from nonpolitical platform.

Arriving first time in Jammu and Kashmir after completing his term in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad will attend a non-political function.

Credible so


Tuesday, February 23, 2021Linking Aadhaar with ration card ‘must’ to claim ration from depots

Jammu: Coming down heavily against black-marketing of government ration and alleged involvement of some employees of Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, hand-in-glove with private dealers, Jammu and Kashmir government had made linking Aadhaar cards mandatory with ration cards to claim the ration from the depots.

“All legal consumers getting ration from the government depo


Tuesday, February 23, 2021Mehbooba Mufti re-elected as PDP president

Jammu: Reiterating that party will continue its fight for "peace with dignity", former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti after her re-election as president of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for three years said no matter how hard the road to realizing this goal may be, it will be achieved.

A PDP spokesman said on Monday afternoon that party electoral college on Monday elected Mehbooba as party pr


Tuesday, February 23, 2021#COVID19 || Nearly 60 per cent active caseload from 2 districts

Jammu: Nearly 60 per cent of Jammu and Kashmir Covid-19 active caseload is from two districts including from Jammu and Srinagar. Moreover, the 58 new cases of deadly infection has pushed the overall tally to 125925 while the death toll remains at 1954 with no fresh fatality in the union territory since last two days.

Of the total 735 active cases in Jammu and Kashmir


Tuesday, February 23, 2021Cooperate with Delimitation Comm for early assembly polls: LG to parties

Jammu: Without naming any political party, the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said that political parties should cooperate in the completion of the delimitation exercise if they want early elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Those who want early assembly elections in J-K are requested to help and cooperate with the delimitation commission, instead of making excuses," Sinha tol


Tuesday, February 23, 2021Security Forces diffuse IED in Srinagar

Srinagar: Security forces on Monday averted a major tragedy when they detected and defused an improvised explosive device (IED) near the railway station in Nowgam area of Srinagar, officials said.

A police official said that the IED was planted a few hundred meters away from the Nowgam Railway station near a bridge. Coincidently, the IED was spotted on a day when the government had announced r


Tuesday, February 23, 2021Industrialists appeals PM to save MSMEs

Development package

Jammu: Expressing unhappiness over the recently announced industrial package for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir by the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industries, industrials of Jammu on Monday appealed to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to save Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

“As per the notification issued by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, we


Tuesday, February 23, 2021After 11 months, with revised higher fare train services resumed in Valley

Srinagar: After remaining closed for over 11 months, the railway services resumed in Kashmir on Monday with an increase in ticket fare.

The railway services were closed last year in the month of March amid Covid-19. While as last week, the railway authorities had decided to resume the services today after operating empty trains on trial services on Sunday. The railway which is connected betwee


Tuesday, February 23, 2021Admin rescheduled reopening of schools

Jammu: The government on Monday rescheduled date for reopening of schools for elementary classes in Jammu and Kashmir.

The government said that the schools will only reopen on March-01 for the students’ of 9th to 12th standard and the students of elementary classes will reopen for physical academic activities from March-08.

In this regard, an order was issued by the administrative secretary


Tuesday, February 23, 2021Working to become world’s major exporters in Def: PM

NEW DELHI: Noting the country’s growing capabilities in the Defence sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said India is exporting defence equipment to more than 40 countries and working towards becoming one of the major exporters in the world.

Speaking at the webinar for effective implementation of Union Budget provisions in the Defence Sector, PM Modi said, “Today, we are exporting d


Tuesday, February 23, 2021MeT predicts snowfall

Srinagar: Amid rise in minimum as well as maximum temperature, the weatherman here has predicted moderate snowfall across Jammu and Kashmir from Friday (February 26).

Deputy Director Meteorological department (MeT), Mukhtar Ahmad said that there is a possibility of moderate snowfall across J&K from Feb 26.

He said that the wet spell will begin on February 26 and will continue till 27 evenin


Tuesday, February 23, 2021Bird flu case in Anantnag

Srinagar: A case of H5N8 (Avian influenza) also known as bird flu has been reported from Arbal area of Dooru in south Kashmir's Anantnag district.

Officials said that before ten days few crows were found dead in Arbal Dooru after which the sample was taken which has come out as positive.

They said soon after the confirmation of the case, a rapid response team has been deployed in the area.


Tuesday, February 23, 2021VL-SRSAM launched twice

BALASORE: Indigenously developed and designed vertical launch short range surface-to-air missile (VL-SRSAM) for Indian Navy by DRDO has undergone two successful launches here on Monday, official sources said.

The missile is capable of neutralising various aerial threats at close ranges, a DRDO statement said.

The sleek surface-to-air missile was test fired in the afternoon from a ground mob


Tuesday, February 23, 20214 police officers transferred to ACB

JAMMU: The J&K government on Monday transferred four police officers to Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) while another was repatriated to Home Department for further posting.

According to order issued by Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, Commissioner/Secretary to the Government, “ In the interest of Government, Gurmeet Singh, WS (2007), Dy. CO IR-17th Bn, Abhisheikh Sharma, JKIDS (2008), Dy. CO JKAP-13th Bn, S