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Saturday, January 25, 2020New Delhi’s biggest public outreach in J&K ends with assurance of second phase soon

32 ministers visited Jammu, 6 Kashmir; Reddy, Murmu review situation

JAMMU: Perhaps the biggest public outreach in the history of India, concluded on Friday when as many as 38 Union Ministers completed their week-long visit to over 60 places across the Jammu and Kashmir, with a promise of the second phase aimed at covering the remaining parts of the newly-created union territory.

As many as 8 union ministers- two of them arriving today—visited different parts o


Saturday, January 25, 2020Keep track of projects, asks Modi

As his colleagues in Cabinet started returning to national capital after reaching out to public in Jammu and Kashmir for past one week, the prime minister Narendra Modi has asked them to ensure that all projects related to the union territory are completed on a war footing.

While 38 ministers were briefed to work in this direction before they embarked to UT last Saturday, the ministers who hav


Saturday, January 25, 2020Broadband, 2G internet restored across J&K; 301 websites allowed

JAMMU: After remaining shut for almost six months, the broadband internet services as well as the 2G mobile internet services on postpaid as well as on verified prepaid phones have been restored across all the 20 districts in Jammu and Kashmir effective Saturday.

However, the broadband and data services can only be used to access whitelisted websites approved by the Jammu and Kashmir administr


Saturday, January 25, 2020Delimitation in J&K not until Census-2021 ends

JAMMU: The delimitation plan for the newly-created Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir may be shelved until next year when the Census is held, a move that may delay the Assembly election too.

Top official sources inform that the government is yet to finalise the formula for the delimitation, even as the Election Commission held a meeting on the issue soon after the state was reorganised and bif


Saturday, January 25, 2020Militant killed in Tral gunfight was ‘most wanted’ foreigner

Two SFs injured in Srinagar grenade attack

SRINAGAR: The terrorist killed in a gunfight with security forces in Pulwama district on Wednesday has been identified as a Pakistani national affiliated to proscribed Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit, even as two security personnel were injured when militants hurled a grenade at a police post in Srinagar city on Friday evening.

Two security personnel were martyred on Tuesday when the encounter h


Saturday, January 25, 2020Rs 177 Cr fraud: Court grants 11-day judicial remand to Hilal Rather

JAMMU: The Chief Judicial Magistrate Jammu Deepak Sethi on Friday granted eleven-day judicial remand of Hilal Rather, son of former finance minister who was taken into custody by Anticorruption Bureau Jammu in Rs 177 Crore Jammu and Kashmir bank loan fraud case of Paradise Avenue Township Project.

Son of Abdul Rahim Rather, Hilal was arrested by the ACB Jammu on January 16 for allegedly misapp


Saturday, January 25, 2020No Valley party banned; administration to decide on detained leaders: Khanna

SRINAGAR: Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) National Vice President Avinash Rai Khanna on Friday said that no political party in Jammu and Kashmir has been barred from carrying out political activities, while asserting that the local administration will decide the fate of detained leaders.

Khanna, also the incharge for Jammu and Kashmir, made these remarks during a youth convention ogranised by t


Saturday, January 25, 2020J&K Investor Summit’s web presence comes alive, lot needs to be done still


JAMMU: Following a story carried by The News Now regarding the delayed rollout of online presence for J&K Global Investors’ Summit, the authorities concerned took notice of the issue, and as such, the website and social media accounts for the much awaited event are now live.

The vibrant appearing website for J&K’s first ever Investors’ Summit is accessible at since 23


Saturday, January 25, 2020Cold wave intensifies, Drass records -30 deg

SRINAGAR: The minimum temperature at most places in Kashmir dropped several notches on Friday as the cold wave tightened its grip on the valley, where light rain or snow is likely in the next few days.

The night temperature witnessed a drop of several degrees Celsius at most places in the valley owing to clear sky, according to the Meteorological Department.

A MeT official said the minimum


Saturday, January 25, 2020J&K's accession to India ‘irrevocable’: VP Naidu ‘

Art 370 had outlived its purpose’

JAMMU: Asserting that Article 370, which gave the erstwhile state special status, was a temporary provision that had outlived its purpose a long time back, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said Jammu and Kashmir's accession to India is "total, final and irrevocable".

The accession of Jammu and Kashmir to the Indian Union is "total, final and irrevocable", the vice president said, addi


Saturday, January 25, 2020In first, BDC chairpersons to take salutes on Republic day

JAMMU: For the first time, the chairpersons of the block development councils will take salutes at the Republic Day functions at block development offices (BDOs) in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Chairpersons of 307 blocks were elected in J&K in October last year. Of these, 81 were won by the BJP, one by the Congress, eight by the J&K Panthers Party and 217 by independents.

"I am


Saturday, January 25, 2020Trat Gola: Man duped of Rs 22L, Court orders FIR

JAMMU: A Reasi court on Friday ordered for registration of FIR against a conman, who allegedly duped a person of Rs 22.50 Lakh on the pretext of Trat Gola—a rare and unique stone which is formed due to lightening in the sky.

A person in Reasi complained to police that one Mohamad Shariff of Jindrah in Jammu promised to sell him a Trat Gola, claiming its value in international market is in cror


Saturday, January 25, 20205 of family injured in accident

JAMMU: Five members of a family were injured in a collision between a car and a truck in Ramban district on Friday.

A Santro, which was on its way to Srinagar from Ramban, collided with a truck coming from the opposite direction due to slippery road conditions at Sherbibi in the Banihal belt of the district.

Five members of a family travelling in the car were seriously injured in the incide


Saturday, January 25, 2020LoC peace breached in Poonch

JAMMU: Pakistani troops fired mortar shells on forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district on Friday, drawing strong retaliation from the Indian Army.

Heavy firing from across the border was also reported from the Digwar sector in the district around 8:30 pm, official sources informed.

“Indian troops gave a befitting reply,” the officials said.



Saturday, January 25, 2020All official accts only with J&K Bank: UT admin

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Friday directed officers to close all official accounts in banks other than the J&K Bank by January 31 or face stern disciplinary action.

The J&K administration had last year issued a direction to accounts officers and drawing and disbursing (DDOs) asking them to open official accounts only in J&K Bank.

The J&K Bank is the official bank of the


Friday, January 24, 2020For people, not power: Bukhari

JAMMU: Asserting that standing up for the people in Jammu and Kashmir in the time of crisis was paramount, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari said that his decision to break the five-month-long political logjam in the region was aimed at alleviating the miseries of residents, and not for power.
In an exclusive interview with The News Now, Bukhari-- seen by many as the key force in the future course of


Friday, January 24, 2020370 scrap is now ‘fait accompli’, must be accepted: Centre in SC

'Accession of J&K into Indian Union irreversible’

JAMMU: The abrogation of the provisions of Article 370, which granted special status to erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir, has now become a "fait accompli" leaving sole option to accept the change, the Centre told the Supreme Court on Thursday. Vehemently opposing the contention that Jammu and Kashmir was not integrated with India, the Centre told the top court if that was the case, then there would no


Friday, January 24, 2020Be ready for all contingencies, Army chief tells troops on LoC

Reviews security in hinterland; meets Murmu

JAMMU: On his first visit to Jammu and Kashmir after assuming charge as the Indian Army Chief, General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Thursday interacted with the troops deployed on the Line of Control and asked them to remain prepared for all contingencies.
The Army chief also reviewed the prevailing security situation in the hinterland before meeting Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu, with wh


Friday, January 24, 2020SC clears Javed Iqbal Wani for elevation as Judge of J&K HC

JAMMU: Months after his name was rejected by it, the Supreme Court collegium has now approved the proposal for elevation of Advocate Javed Iqabl Wani as judge to J&K High Court.
The collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, approved Wani’s elevation from the advocate quota.
His proposal was earlier withheld for clearance with sources citing strong opposition from Centre for Wani, w


Friday, January 24, 2020Disgraced DySP among five granted 15-day NIA custody

JAMMU: Suspended Deputy Superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir Police Davinder Singh, who was arrested while allegedly transporting two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, was produced in a special NIA court on Thursday, which sent him to 15-day NIA custody along with four co-accused.
The suspended officer was produced in the special NIA court along with the two terrorists—Syed Naveed Mushtaq Shah alias


Friday, January 24, 2020Murmu reassures land, jobs protection in J&K

JAMMU: Seeking to allay apprehensions around the domicile rights of people of Jammu and Kashmir, Lt Governor G C Murmu on Thursday assured protection of land and jobs subject to certain exceptions in the Union Territory.
He also said around 1,000 development projects have been completed in the UT in the last 18 months and an equal number would be completed soon.
"There have been certain apprehe


Friday, January 24, 2020ACB enhancing admin efficiency, JKP’s role exemplary: MoS Reddy

SRINAGAR: Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy Thursday said that establishment of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in Jammu and Kashmir would directly benefit people and reduce the gulf between them and the government.
Reddy, who was among a number of union ministers separately visiting different areas of Kashmir on the sixth day of the Centre's public outreach programme, also appreciate


Friday, January 24, 2020Release political detainees on R-day: former ministers urge govt

Only PDP president has power to expel anyone: Mir

JAMMU: Two prominent Kashmiri leaders on Thursday advocated the release of all political detainees, including three former chief ministers, as a goodwill gesture on the Republic day.
Ghulam Hassan Mir and Mohammad Dilawar Mir, both former ministers, also demanded the restoration of broadband services to mediapersons and traders besides compensation to those involved in the agriculture and hortic


Friday, January 24, 2020Lt Gen Y K Joshi appointed next NAC

JAMMU: Lt Gen YK Joshi has been appointed commander of the strategically crucial Northern Command which takes care of overall security scenario along the border with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir as well as with China in Ladakh.
Lt Gen Joshi, with vast experience of anti-terror operations in Kashmir, succeeds Lt Gen Ranbir Singh who retires from service on January 31.
Lt Gen Joshi is currently


Friday, January 24, 2020Traffic resumes on NH after two days

JAMMU: One-way traffic resumed on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway on Thursday after remaining suspended for the past two days due to snowfall and multiple landslides in Ramban sector.
The traffic on the highway was allowed from Srinagar to Jammu this morning after the road was cleared of snow and landslide debris, a traffic department official said.
The highway, the only all-weather road li


Friday, January 24, 2020Corporator alleges assault in SMC meeting, Mayor denies

SRINAGAR: The meeting hall of Srinagar Municipal Corporation turned into a fighting ground on Thursday after the Corporators had a scuffle during the meeting, resulting in grievous injuries to one of the Corporators.

While the injured corporator alleged he was beaten by the supporter of Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu, the political advisor to Mattu denied that any scuffle broke out at the meeting hal


Friday, January 24, 2020Dead Legislative Council invoked to question J&K’s re-organisation

SRINAGAR: The J&K Legislative Council may be no more but its existence before October 31 has been invoked to challenge the re-organisation of Jammu & Kashmir.
One of the grounds invoked by several petitioners to question bifurcation of J&K is why the views of Legislative Council were not sought when it is mandatory under the constitution of India to seek views of legislature of a state affected


Friday, January 24, 2020J&K to get own NDRF battalion

SRINAGAR: The newly-created Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir will get its own National Disaster Response Force battalion to help in rescue and relief operations during natural calamities.
According to details, the Assam Rifles will raise four NDRF battalions, one each in J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the NCR region.
J&K has seen a series of calamities over the last two decades.


Friday, January 24, 2020Issues with Pak bilateral, asserts India

NEW DELHI: Ahead of a possible India visit of US President Donald Trump, who again offered to "help" in resolving the Kashmir issue, New Delhi on Thursday categorically ruled out any role for a third party, asserting that any issue between India and Pakistan should be resolved bilaterally.
India's reiteration on the Kashmir issue came after Trump while addressing the media with Pakistan Prime Mi


Friday, January 24, 2020SSG harassing me, alleges Iltija Mufti

SRINAGAR: PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti's daughter Iltija Mufti on Thursday alleged that she was being "harassed" by her security detail, SSG, and said the Home Ministry should focus its resources on matters of grave importance rather than "stalking young women like me".
She also alleged that she was constantly being monitored by the SSG, IB and CID in the valley.
"After being manhandled & illegally


Thursday, January 23, 2020Army chief arrives on maiden visit to J&K; will review security today

UT put on high alert ahead of Republic Day

JAMMU: Days after taking over as Indian Army chief, General Manoj Mukund Naravane arrived here on his first visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday to review security operations in the region, even as an high alert has been sounded in the union territory after intelligence inputs suggest of possible terror strikes ahead of the Republic Day.

The Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) arrived in Udhampur a


Thursday, January 23, 2020J&K only acceded to India, August 5 move constitutional ‘fraud’: SC told

Will refer if direct conflict in earlier verdicts, says court

JAMMU: Kashmir had only acceded and it was not merged into the Dominion of India, a counsel representing the Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association challenging the Centre's decision to revoke Article 370 told the Supreme Court on Wednesday, as it sought the decision to be read down, besides referring to a larger bench.
Senior Advocate Zafar Ahmed Shah, appearing for the lawyers body also accused the


Thursday, January 23, 2020Ultra killed in Pulwama, Operation goes on

SRINAGAR: One militant has been killed in an ongoing encounter between the security forces and militants as the operation to flush out ultras in Khrew in Tral area of South Kashmir's Pulwama entered the second day on Wednesday.
A second militant is still trapped as a fierce encounter is underway in the upper reaches of Khrew.
The gunbattle had started on Tuesday after a cordon and search operat


Thursday, January 23, 2020J&K kids nationalists; some of them motivated wrongly: DM

‘None can dare touch any Indian Muslim’

JAMMU: The children of Jammu and Kashmir are nationalists, but they are sometimes being motivated in the wrong direction, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Wednesday.
The comments come days after Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat said girls and boys, as young as 10 and 12, were being radicalised in Kashmir, adding that it was a matter of concern.
"The kids of Jammu Kashmir are nat


Thursday, January 23, 2020No scope for 3rd party in Kashmir: India rejects 4th mediation offer of Trump

JAMMU: There is no role for any third party on the Kashmir issue, India asserted on Wednesday in response to US President Donald Trump's fresh offer—his fourth in last five months-- to "help" India and Pakistan resolve the lingering dispute.
New Delhi's long-held position has been that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and there is no question of any mediation or interventi


Thursday, January 23, 2020Not invited to Curtain raiser event of GIS, local industrial associations boycott interaction with MoS C&I

JAMMU: Upset over not being invited to the recently held Curtain Raiser event to the J&K Global Investors’ Summit at New Delhi, industrial associations of Jammu today boycotted interaction with Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industries, Som Parkash.
The Minister, who is in Jammu as part of Public Outreach Program, was to interact with local industrialists and representatives of traders


Thursday, January 23, 2020India drops 10 spots in Democracy Index due to August 5 fallout, NRC

NEW DELHI: Citing erosion of civil liberties in the country, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) put India 10 ranks lower at the 51st place out of 167 countries in its Democracy Index's global ranking released on Wednesday.
India's overall score fell from 7.23 in 2018 to 6.90 in 2019 while the average global score fell from 5.48 in 2018 to 5.44 (on a 0-10 scale). The EIU termed the results as


Thursday, January 23, 2020In SC, Centre seeks speedy hanging of death row convicts

NEW DELHI: Observing that heinous crime convicts are taking the "judicial process for a ride", the Centre on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court for fixing a 7-day deadline for execution of condemned prisoners after issuance of black warrant, amid the delay in the hanging of the four death row convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape-murder case.
Fresh death warrants were issued by a Delhi court on


Thursday, January 23, 2020Committed to safeguard rights, land of J&K’s people: Shah’s Jr

4 union ministers visit Valley, 10 in Jammu

SRINAGAR: Asserting that secularism is a unique strength of the country which should be strengthened, Union Minister of state for home Nityanand Rai on Wednesday said that the Centre was committed to protect the rights and the land of Jammu and Kashmir's people.
Rai’s colleague in North Block G Kishan Reddy assured people that development, peace and economic prosperity would soon change fortunes


Thursday, January 23, 2020Centre grants more time for GST returns

NEW DELHI: In a major relief for small traders with an annual turnover of Rs 5 crore or less, the government on Wednesday announced the extension of the cut-off date for filing monthly GST returns by up to 4 days.
While the return filing date for firms with an annual turnover of Rs 5 crore or more would remain the 20th of every month, the deadline for those with turnover of less than Rs 5 crore


Thursday, January 23, 2020Fresh raids on DySP's residence

SRINAGAR: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday carried out fresh raids at the residence of disgraced Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh, who was caught while transporting two militants Naveed Baby, Rafi Ahmed and a lawyer Irfan Ahmed in his vehicle to Jammu on January 11.
According to police sources, the two militants and the lawyer had planned to travel to Pakistan a


Thursday, January 23, 2020CBI books JKGB official for Rs 1.3 cr embezzlement

SRINAGAR: In its second case since J&K became Union Territory, the CBI has booked an official of Jammu and Kashmir Grameen Bank on charges of misappropriation of bank funds to the tune of Rs 1.33 crore by ‘tempering’ with the computer system and documents during January 2016 and January 2020.
In an FIR registered on Tuesday following a written complaint received on Monday from Jammu and Kashmir


Wednesday, January 22, 2020Art 370 Challenge Hearing in SC begins, will decide on referring case to larger bench ‘later’

SC told: Provision was only tunnel of light connecting Centre, J&K

JAMMU: After six-week-long break, the Supreme Court on Tuesday resumed hearing on the petitions challenging the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution, which effectively removed the special status granted to Jammu & Kashmir, and was told that the said provision was the only "tunnel of light" which maintained the relationship between the Centre and the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.


Wednesday, January 22, 2020Ahead of notification, CEO Kumar briefs Lt Guv Murmu on elections to vacant panchayat, BDC berths

JAMMU: Four days before the expected date of issue of notification in this regard, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shailendra Kumar on Monday called on Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu and informed him about the preparations for the elections to vacant seats of panchayats and block development councils (BDCs) in the Union Territory.
According to credible sources, the elections to the n


Wednesday, January 22, 2020NHAI awaits govt’s nod to shift Rajbagh toll plaza to Lakhanpur

JAMMU: Following abolition of state tax collection center from Lakhanpur, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is awaiting clearance from the government of Jammu and Kashmir to shift the proposed toll plaza at Rajbagh at the entry point known of Union Territory.
“We are still waiting for the signal of Jammu and Kashmir government. Once we receive the clearance, we will start toll coll


Wednesday, January 22, 2020Fresh snowfall in higher reaches, rains in plains

JAMMU: Fresh snowfall in high altitude areas of Jammu region and intermittent rains in plains led to suspension of traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway on Tuesday, leaving over 1500 vehicles stranded, even as the highway will remain closed for fresh traffic on Wednesday.
Officials said snowfall was recorded in high altitude areas of Jammu region including the famous hill resort of Patn


Wednesday, January 22, 2020No website, social media accounts for maiden Investor Summit’20 yet

JAMMU: Contrary to the recent directions of Commissioner Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, the website for J&K Global Investors’ Summit is yet to make an online presence.
In the first week of January, Commissioner Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi had directed the representatives of Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PWC) and Ernst & Young (EY) to develop a web


Wednesday, January 22, 20202 Valley youth win ICCW National Bravery awards

JAMMU: Two youths from Kashmir, one who rescued his family from a burning house and the other who made a valiant effort to save a man who caught fire after he was hit by crashed Mi-17 helicopter debris, are among those chosen for the ICCW National Bravery Awards this year.
The names of the awardees -- 10 girls and 12 boys -- were announced by the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) on Tuesda


Wednesday, January 22, 2020Protest; but will not withdraw CAA: Shah

LUCKNOW: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday emphatically said the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) will not be withdrawn and those protesting can continue to do so even as he challenged opposition leaders for a public debate on the contentious law.
Accusing the opposition of "misleading" people on the amended citizenship law, Shah threw the challenge for the debate to Rahul Gandhi(Congress)


Wednesday, January 22, 2020Deal ‘strictly’ with those pushing Kashmiris towards terrorism: DGP

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police chief Dilbag Singh on Tuesday directed his officers to deal strictly with elements involved in radicalising the youth of the Union Territory and pushing them towards terrorism.
He gave the directions during a visit to south Kashmir's Anantnag district, where he reviewed the security situation and interacted with jawans and officers, a Jammu and Kashmir Police s


Wednesday, January 22, 2020Future bright for J&K now, says Kiren Rijiju

JAMMU: Stating that Article 370 was the "biggest obstacle" in the development of Jammu and Kashmir, Union minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday said the future of the Union Territory is bright and its youth can now have a dream to "touch the sky". Rijiju was the part of the latest batch of nearly a dozen Union ministers who reached Jammu on Tuesday on the fourth day of the massive outreach campaign la


Wednesday, January 22, 2020Army jawan, SPO killed in Pulwama encounter

Militants flee, searches going on

SRINAGAR: An Army jawan and a special police officer (SPO) attained martyrdom on Tuesday in an encounter with militants in Pulwama district, even as the two holed-up ultras, affiliated with Jaish-e-Muhammad terror outfit, reportedly managed to give the security forces a slip.

According to reports, police had a specific input about the presence of militants in the Zand village of Khrew area in


Wednesday, January 22, 2020BSF’s blast expert had sent IED to kill senior in Samba, arrested

JAMMU: In a shocking revelation, a BSF soldier was behind the parcel Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosives sent to BSF’s 173 battalion, reportedly in a bid to kill his Second In Command (2IC) Gurvinder Singh.

The alert personnel of the Border Security Force (BSF) had foiled an attempt to carry out an IED blast on the force’s 173rd battalion in Samba district on January 5, when an indivi


Wednesday, January 22, 2020LG Mathur gets more powers

JAMMU: The President of India Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday delegated more power to Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, R K Mathur for the recruitment of non-gazetted employees in Union Territory.

“The powers were conferred by the proviso to the article 309 of the Constitution of India. Now the Lieutenant Governor authorized to make rules for recruitment of non-gazetted officers,” an official spokespe


Wednesday, January 22, 2020JKP clarifies on Gangyal assault case

JAMMU: A day after allegedly beating a contractor brutally for stopping his car on the road during a VIP convoy movement, the police on Tuesday said it has registered a case against him for drunk driving, and seized his vehicle.

It also said that the person in questioned misbehaved with the policemen on duty, but didn’t mention about the injuries to him.

The action on the part of police cam


Wednesday, January 22, 2020Three Revenue officials booked for JDA land sale

JAMMU: The Crime Branch Jammu today unearthed a nexus between land grabbers and revenue officials in Jammu. Official sources said that Crime Branch, Jammu today registered a formal case against one Sham Singh of Pamposh Colony Janipur, Sujan Singh of Bahu Fort and the revenue officials Maqbool Hussain - the then Patwari Halqa, Paloura, the then concerned Naib Tehsildar and the then concerned Teh


Wednesday, January 22, 2020PM to chair 32nd Pragati meet today

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Wednesday review the progress of various projects in the 32nd meeting of 'Pragati', a multi-modal platform for proactive governance and timely implementation.

In previous interactions of Pragati, an ICT-based initiative, projects worth over Rs 12 lakh crore have been reviewed by the prime minister, according to an official statement.

In 2019,


Tuesday, January 21, 2020All ‘artificial barriers’ removed; come, invest in ‘economic paradise’: Murmu

At Pre-Investors’ meet, LG allay fears on restrictions, militancy

JAMMU: Asserting that the abrogation of erstwhile state's special status has removed all ‘artificial barriers’ and has put Jammu and Kashmir on the path of becoming an ‘economic paradise’, Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu on Monday invited businesses from all over the country to take lead in investing into the union territory.
Murmu, who led his entire government to a first of its kind p


Tuesday, January 21, 2020Top commander, deserter cop among 3 Hizbul militants killed

SRINAGAR: In a major success, three Hizbul Mujahideen militants, including a police deserter and a top-ranking commander, were killed in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district on Monday, with the police chief claiming the militancy in south Kashmir approaching its end.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Wacchi area of Shopian following information about pres


Tuesday, January 21, 20205 out of 36 Union ministers to visit J&K as part of Centre's outreach drive

Srinagar: Only five out of 36 Union ministers will be visiting Kashmir as part of the Centre's outreach programme in the newly-created Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

According to officials, the ministers visiting the Valley over the next four days are Telecommunications minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, Minority Affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, minister o


Tuesday, January 21, 2020Intense cold conditions in Kashmir Valley

Srinagar: Kashmir reeled under intense cold conditions as the minimum temperature stayed several degrees below freezing point across the valley, the MET Office said.

A MET official said the freezing temperatures led to development of a layer of frost on roads which caused inconvenience to people especially to motorists but bright sunshine later in the day eased the situation.

Srinagar reco


Tuesday, January 21, 2020Rejected by public, Opposition spreading confusion, lies: Modi

New Delhi: Slamming the opposition parties and the “ecosystem” backing them, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said those rejected by people in elections have been left with few weapons and were spreading confusion and lies.
He said the party will face more challenges in the coming days than what it did while in the opposition and asked the BJP workers to reach out to the public more active


Tuesday, January 21, 2020J P Nadda elected new BJP president

NEW DELHI: Jagat Prakash Nadda on Monday was elected unopposed as the BJP's national president, taking over the reins from Amit Shah whose tenure of five-and-a-half years saw the party turning into a formidable election-winning machinery despite occasional setbacks.
The 59-year-old leader from Himachal Pradesh, seen as an affable and low-key politician, enjoys the trust of Prime Minister Narendr


Tuesday, January 21, 2020JKP chief supports de-radicalisation camps for youth gone astray in J&K

‘No bar on probing past crimes of Davinder Singh’

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbagh Singh on Monday supported the idea of setting up deradicalisation centres for youth, who have gone astray, in the trouble torn union territory, even as he said there was no bar on investigating past crimes committed by sacked police officer Davinder Singh.
"In recent times, there have been lot of efforts from Pakistan and it's agencies to spur rad


Tuesday, January 21, 2020Disgraced DySP’s DGP's commendation medal, certificate forfeited too

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Monday forfeited the DGP's commendation medal and certificate given to suspended DSP Davinder Singh, who has been arrested for helping terrorists travel out of J&K, five days after he lost his Sher-e-Kashmir Police Medal for Gallantry.
An order issued by the Director General of Police Dilbag Singh announced the forfeiture of DGP's commendation medal


Tuesday, January 21, 2020Man beaten brutally after he fails to notice cops’ signal, hospitalised

JAMMU: In a horrific incident, a man waiting in a car on the road was beaten black and blue, after he failed to notice the signal of some policemen asking him to move his vehicle. The man who lost consciousness due to brutal assault, was later admitted to the Gandhi Nagar hospital where doctors, after seeing his condition, referred him to the Government Medical College and Hospital for advance tr


Tuesday, January 21, 2020Rather in unfair spotlight for surname, claims his counsel

JAMMU: Days after his arrest by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in a bank loan default case involving Rs 177 crore, businessman Hilal Rather’s legal counsel has alleged his selected targeting in the case, even as it denied the media reports stating that he had diverted the funds to purchase properties abroad.

The counsel claimed that Hilal was cooperating with the premier investigation agency


Tuesday, January 21, 20207 KAS shifted

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday affected a minor reshuffle in the middle-rung administration, transferring and posting seven KAS officers.

Naresh Kumar, Deputy Secretary to the Government, PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Department, was transferred and posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Ramnagar, against an available vacancy, besides being given the additional charge of t


Tuesday, January 21, 2020Bomb hurled at CRPF bunker

SRINAGAR: Suspected militants on Monday hurled a petrol bomb at security forces in Pulwama district.

However, there was no damage done in the attack which took place in the restive district of south Kashmir—a militancy hotbed.

“A petrol bomb was lobbed towards a CRPF bunker at Newain Pulwama Monday evening, a police official said.

He said there was no loss of life or injury in the explos


Monday, January 20, 2020Riding on development wave, 9 union ministers reach out to public in Jammu

3 more ministers to arrive on day 3 of Centre’s massive outreach

JAMMU: After a lukewarm start comparatively to week-long massive awareness program of the Centre to apprise people of the potential benefits of the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status after nullification of Article 370, as many as 9 union ministers reached out to public in different places across the Jammu region on Sunday.

While Arjun Meghwal, Ashwini Choubey and Jitendra Singh h


Monday, January 20, 2020J&K Global Investor Summit | Curtain-raiser event today; 62 EoIs for Rs 13000 Cr investment

Murmu, entire govt camping in New Delhi

JAMMU: The stage is all set for the curtain-raiser event of the maiden Jammu and Kashmir Global Investor Summit -2020 at New Delhi scheduled for Monday, where the officials from administration will interact with as many as 42 investors, who are willing to invest nearly Rs 13000 Crore in newly created Union Territory following abrogation of article 370 and 35-A.
The curtain-raiser event of the m


Monday, January 20, 2020Hizb commander Naveed Babu’s brother, aide arrested in Jammu

Hunt for another ultra on; 5-member NIA team to probe case reaches Sgr

JAMMU: Days after Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Davinder Singh was arrested with wanted Hizbul commander Naveed Babu and two others, the sleuths of the Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police and National Investigation Agency have arrested Naveed’s brother during a midnight raid from Narwal Bala area here.
Syed Mohd Irfan, who is pursuing PhD in a Chandigarh University


Monday, January 20, 2020Boulder hits car on NH, woman among 2 killed

JAMMU: In a tragic accident, two persons, including a woman, were killed when their vehicle was hit by a boulder rolling down a hillock overlooking the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Ramban district on Sunday.
Mohammad Ayoub Wani (48) of Pampore and his sister-in-law Khalida Begum of Budgam died on-the-spot in the incident which took place at Kellamore near an under construction four-lane tu


Monday, January 20, 2020Constitution supreme, RSS doesn’t seek to be power centre: Bhagwat

JAMMU: Stressing that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh follows the Constitution, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said the organisation does not have any agenda and it does not want to become another "power centre".
He also said that India belongs of Hindus, and each of the 130 Crore Indians is a Hindu, ‘the child of Bharat Mata’.
The RSS chief also batted for a policy to be drafted by the gove


Monday, January 20, 2020J&K to start ‘e-mulaqat’ for 220 detenues lodged in 6 jails of UP

In a first, DG prisons reaches out to prisons in Lucknow

JAMMU: In a first ever since their detention in the run-up to August 5 developments and subsequent shifting outside Jammu and Kashmir, the administration reached out to detenues lodged in prisons of Uttar Pradesh and initiated the implementation of its ‘e-mulaqat’ program, through which the prisoners will be able to interact with their family members through video conferencing.
Among hundreds of


Monday, January 20, 2020Nadda to be elected new BJP prez today

NEW DELHI: The BJP is set to get its new national president in place of Amit Shah on Monday, with its working president J P Nadda expected to be elected to the post unopposed.
Top party leaders, including Union ministers and those from states, are likely to arrive at the BJP headquarters to file nominations in support of Nadda, who has long been seen as the choice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi


Monday, January 20, 2020Internet in J&K only used to watch ‘dirty films’: Saraswat

NITI Aayog’s member courts controversy, gets slammed

JAMMU: NITI Aayog member V K Saraswat has courted controversy with his remarks that shutdown of Internet services in Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 did not have any significant effect on its economy as people there only use Internet for "watching dirty films".
The comments defending the suspension of Internet drew strong reaction from trade bodies in Jammu and Kashmir whic


Monday, January 20, 202025 smart schools ready in Srinagar

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Sunday announced the completion of setting up of 25 smart schools in Srinagar.
"Belated though, here is the new year gift for Srinagar. After months of hard work, our 25 smart schools are ready to offer students and parents the best. Let's make it great #SmartCity," tweeted Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, District Magistrate and Development Commissioner, Sr


Monday, January 20, 2020J&K’s tribal population sees better tomorrow, its issues resolved in UT

JAMMU: Before the ‘special status’ of the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir was abolished by the Union government on August 5, 2019, the tribal population had never been able to avail full-fledged benefits of their Scheduled Tribe status, given the lack of implementation of various laws and measures, and also the general indifference.
As per a document accessed by The News Now, that dates


Sunday, January 19, 2020After 167 days, Govt restores voice, SMS services on all mobile phones

2G internet on postpaid in 12 districts to access 153 'whitelisted' websites

JAMMU: After remaining suspended for five-and-a-half-month, voice call and SMS services on the prepaid mobile connections were restored in the Kashmir Valley on Saturday, even as the Jammu and Kashmir administration also ordered the restoration of the 2G mobile data service on postpaid connections in five more districts of Jammu division and two in Valley, for accessing 153 ‘whitelisted’ websites


Sunday, January 19, 2020Four more children die in Ramnagar, death toll ten

Union Health ministry deputes its team

JAMMU: The toll in children deaths due to a mysterious disease in Ramnagar town of Udhampur district has increased to ten, even as at least six others have been taken ill, prompting the Centre to deploy a team of medical experts to join the probe to ascertain the cause of deaths.
Locals, however, claim the number of deaths to as high as fourteen within the 25-30 kilometers radius of the town in


Sunday, January 19, 2020Lt Gen Joshi set to be next Northern Army Commander

JAMMU: Kargil war Hero Lieutenant General Yogesh Kumar Joshi is all set to take over as the next General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) of Indian Army’s Northern Command.
While an official confirmation is this regard is awaited, army sources inform that Joshi, who is currently posted as the Chief of staff of the Northern Command will take over from incumbent Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, when ret


Sunday, January 19, 2020Admitting existence of ‘third front’, Altaf Bukhari refutes Azad’s claims

‘No Congress leader has been threatened to join me’

JAMMU: In an admission of him being the leader of a ‘third front’ emerging in Jammu and Kashmir, former finance minister Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Saturday lashed out at former chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, denying latter’s claims that some Congress leaders were being threatened to join Bukhari.
Terming it as ‘cheap politics’, Bukhari dared Azad to prove his allegations against him or ot


Sunday, January 19, 2020NIA takes over DSP case, to probe 2005 letter asking ‘safe passage’ for terrorist

JAMMU: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday said that it has taken over the probe against the suspended Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Davinder Singh, who was arrested while ferrying three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists out of the valley, even as the agency is also set to probe a letter written by Singh in 2005 which asked for ‘safe passage’ to one of the fo


Sunday, January 19, 2020Singh, Meghwal, Choubey kick start Centre’s outreach programme in UT

Smart Classes, Tubewell, lane drain protection wall inaugurated

JAMMU: Three Union Ministers on Saturday reached here to kick-start a week-long massive awareness of the Centre to apprise people of the potential benefits of the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status after nullification of Article 370.
The ministers -- Arjun Meghwal, Ashwini Choubey and Jitendra Singh -- were scheduled to reach here in the morning but their flight could not land here


Sunday, January 19, 2020Pak breaches truce on LoC in Rajouri, Poonch

JAMMU: After a few days lull, Pakistan on Saturday violated ceasefire by resorting to firing and shelling on forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch and Rajouri districts.
No damage was reported in the firing, which was retaliated effectively by Indian Army.
The firing and shelling from across the border started in Mendhar sector of Poonch and Lam in Nowshera secto


Sunday, January 19, 2020Chill continues across J&K

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: The cold wave conditions persisted in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on Saturday, with the Valley and the cold desert witnessing sub-zero minimum temperatures that led to frost formation on roads and caused inconvenience to motorists.
While Jammu witnessed heavy fog in the early hours of Saturday morning, there were reports of scattered rainfall in Samba and Kathua districts.


Sunday, January 19, 2020Former VC Andrabi removed from top posts in Kashmir university

SRINAGAR: With the pressure increasing over his alleged involvement in illegal appointments during his tenure as the Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University of Kashmir, Professor Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi has been removed as the dean of two departments and has been directed to report to his parent department of Biotechnology as a faculty member.
Andrabi, who fought a lost battle with the government


Sunday, January 19, 2020Kashmiris relieved as prepaid mobile services resume

SRINAGAR: The Kashmir valley residents on Saturday welcomed the restoration of pre-paid mobile telephony services across the Valley and resumption of 2G internet in Kupwara and Bandipora districts as "a happy news", hoping for total restoration of communication facilities in the Union Territory.
It is really a happy news. There are more prepaid users than postpaid ones and it is a huge relief fo


Sunday, January 19, 2020Jawan kills self

JAMMU: An Army jawan committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle in a camp in Udhampur district, police said on Saturday.
Sepoy Prince Kumar (25), a resident of Hoshiarpur in Punjab, was posted in 112 Territorial Army and was on guard duty when he shot himself at Chinar camp in Rehambal area on Friday, a police official said.
The official said that the motive behind the extreme


Sunday, January 19, 2020Shabana Azmi hurt in accident

MUMBAI: Actor Shabana Azmi was injured when her car rammed into a truck on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway on Saturday, and she was being treated in a Mumbai hospital where her condition was stable, officials said.
Her husband, lyricist Javed Akhtar who was in the car with her escaped unhurt while the driver sustained minor injuries.
Azmi (69) was first rushed to MGM Hospital in Navi Mumbai and late