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Saturday, July 11, 2020SABLO moves SC, against public participation in Amarnath Yatra

HC asks govt to file report on arrangements today

JAMMU: As the Jammu and Kashmir government gives final touches to Shri Amarnath Yatra, to be conducted in restricted manner, a plea has been moved in the Supreme Court seeking restriction on the access of the general public and devotees for the annual pilgrimage due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and curtailing the same only to essential persons and trustees.
The petitioners have also sought


Saturday, July 11, 2020Lockdown imposed in Rajouri after highest 51 cases J&K infections near 10K, 5 deaths take toll to 160

50 SFs, 4 hospital employees among 387 fresh cases

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir recorded its sharpest spike in the Covid-19 infections in past 5 weeks, with 387 more persons testing positive for Coronavirus on Friday, pushing its tally close to 10000-mark at 9888.
Last time, the daily caseload was more than today’s figure was on June 7, when 620 infections were reported. The fresh cases included over 50 personnel of security forces, two doc


Saturday, July 11, 2020Sahu relieved; Verma, Raju get his duties

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday relieved Ajeet Kumar Sahu, IAS, commissioner secretary to the government, Jal Shakti department, who has been directed to report to his new place of posting in Ladakh union territory.
In his place, M Raju, IAS (JK:2005), Secretary to the Government, Planning, Development and Monitoring Department, holding additional charge of Managing Director


Saturday, July 11, 2020India, China agree on ‘complete disengagement’ in Ladakh, timely

Rajnath reviews Ladakh situation with top military brass

NEW DELHI: India and China on Friday resolved to push ahead with "complete disengagement" of troops in eastern Ladakh in a timely manner for "full restoration" of peace and tranquility along the LAC even as Defence Minister Rajnath Singh undertook a comprehensive review of the situation following withdrawal of Chinese military from several friction points.
As Chinese troops continued to withdraw


Saturday, July 11, 2020Samba Cola unit: Govt seals products sent to 15 districts 36 of 401 positive; FIR against management, workers on run

JAMMU: The police have registered a FIR against M/S Jai Beverages for concealing the information about the workers at its soft drink unit contracting Covid-19 in Samba district, while the government sealed its products manufactured over a period of 9 days in 15 districts across Jammu and Kashmir.
As many as 36 of the 401 employees of the unit, located in Bari Brahmana, have so far tested positi


Saturday, July 11, 2020Excise Dept seeks roll back of 50% hike in liquor prices

JAMMU: The significant decline in sales have prompted Jammu and Kashmir Excise department to suggest government for waving-off the 50 percent additional excise duty on liquor, which was imposed to meet the financial gap occurred during the lockdown followed by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
Soon after the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, the Jammu and Kashmir government closed liquor stores as


Saturday, July 11, 2020Madhav to visit Valley tomorrow

SRINAGAR: Bhartiya Janata Party national General Secretary Ram Madhav is all set to visit Kashmir on Sunday to offer condolences to the bereaved family members of slain BJP leader from north Kashmir’s Bandipora district Waseem Bari.
Sources in the BJP informed Madhav has confirmed his visit to Kashmir with a sole aim of visiting Muslimabad residence of slain Bari in Bandipora district.
“He wil


Saturday, July 11, 2020India's tally crosses 8 L, in four days

NEW DELHI: With another big single-day jump in coronavirus cases, India's COVID-19 tally crossed the eight-lakh-mark on Friday, just four days after the number of infections in the country had reached seven lakh.
According to Union health ministry figures updated in the morning, yet another record single-day jump of 26,506 COVID-19 cases pushed India's tally to 7,93,802, while the death toll cli


Saturday, July 11, 2020LoC skirmishes Soldier martyred in Rajouri, woman succumbs in Poonch

JAMMU: A 36-year old Army personnel was martyred in a ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district on Friday, even as a woman who was hurt in Pakistani firing two days ago in Poonch, succumbed today.
Pakistani troops opened fire and shelled forward posts along the LoC in Nowshera sector in the early hours of Friday.
Havildar Sambur Gurung was inju


Saturday, July 11, 2020Piped drinking water to every J&K household by March 2022

JJM: Union Minister, LG Murmu review implementation

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has set a deadline of March 2022 for providing piped drinking water to every household in the Union Territory.
An official spokesman stated this after Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu reviewed the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) in Jammu and Kashmir through video conferenc


Saturday, July 11, 2020ACB arrests official in BDO office

SRINAGAR: The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Friday claimed to have trapped and arrested an official, working in the office of Block Development Officer (BDO), Chadoora Budgam while he was allegedly accepting the bribe.
In a statement, ACB said that it received a complaint that complainant has applied in the BDO office Chadoora for construction of Bathroom under the Swach Bharat Mission (SBM) S


Saturday, July 11, 2020Delhi HC allows exclusion from online classes on fee default

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has partially read down the Delhi Government's order restraining private schools from precluding such students from attending online classes, who do not pay tution fee.
In a plea led by the Queen Mary School Northend, a single bench of Justice Jayant Nath has held, "Where the parents are in default for payment of tuition fee for more than two months, the petition


Saturday, July 11, 2020ASI killed in mishap

PULWAMA: An Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of Jammu and Kashmir police was on Friday killed in a road accident in Awantipora area of South Kashmir's Pulwama district, police said.
Police sources told that Nazir Ahmad Sofi, son of Sana Ullah Sofi, a resident of Munawarabad, Anantnag who was on way to Srinagar on his motorcycle, was hit by a speedy truck on road, resulting in his death.
Sofi was w


Saturday, July 11, 202022 killed in Nepal landslides

KATHMANDU: The death toll in the multiple landslides triggered by incessant rains across Nepal in the past 24 hours has risen to 22, the home ministry said on Friday.
Seven people, including three children, lost their lives due to landslides in Kaski district.
Five of them were killed after a landslide swept away a house in Sarangkot area in Pokhara in the district in the wee hours of Friday, p


Saturday, July 11, 2020Vikas Dubey killed in UP encounter

KANPUR: Gangster Vikas Dubey was shot dead Friday by police, who claim he was trying to flee after the car carrying him from Ujjain overturned on an isolated stretch of the highway on the outskirts of the city.
The SUV met with the accident at Bhaunti in Kanpur district, toppling on the road which was slippery after the rains, police claimed. According to a statement from the Special Task Force,


Friday, July 10, 202026 JKB employees, 20 SFs among 240 fresh cases Youth NC Jammu prez among 6 die, infection spike continues

3 inmates injured in police action after protest at Thandi Khui

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: The district president of Youth National Conference in Jammu was among six fresh fatalities due to the Covid-19, taking the toll in the union territory to 155, even as the rise in the fresh cases continued, with 240 more persons testing positive for Coronavirus on Thursday across Jammu and Kashmir, taking its tally to 9501.
The fresh cases included 26 employees of J&K bank’s corp


Friday, July 10, 2020On Day 2 in south Kashmir, LG reviews security, Amarnath’20

After Pulwama, extends his public outreach to Kulgam

SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor G C Murmu on Thursday emphasized the need for better and close coordination between all agencies to ensure smooth conduct of the annual Amarnath Yatra which is likely to begin later this month.
The Lt Governor chaired a joint security review meeting in Kulgam district, in south Kashmir, in which he took a detailed review of existing security arrangements relating to


Friday, July 10, 2020Top tier improving, education dept shifts focus on bottom 3% schools

Number of poor performing schools down by 12%

JAMMU: The Education Department have reason to 'celebrate' encouraging performance of government schools in recently announced board results of class 10 and 12, as besides remarkable improvement in overall pass percentage, the numbers of institutions with dismal performance have also come down this year.
“The improvements show our committed dedication to better the quality of education and our e


Friday, July 10, 2020Chinese withdrawal completes in 3 areas; India rejects claim on Galwan

NEW DELHI: China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Thursday completed withdrawal of its troops from two more face-off sites in Gogra and Hot Springs in eastern Ladakh in line with a mutually agreed disengagement process with India even as the two countries are set to hold a fresh round of diplomatic talks on Friday to further de-escalate the situation.
As the first phase of the disengagement n


Friday, July 10, 2020DM inaugurates 6 bridges in J&K

JAMMU: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday inaugurated six bridges in border areas of Jammu and Kashmir, and asserted that development of remote areas in the region will continue to be a key priority for the NDA government.
The defence minister dedicated the bridges through video conferencing in presence of Chief of the Army Staff Gen MM Naravane, Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar, Director Ge


Friday, July 10, 2020Two slip to death in Kupwara well

SRINAGAR: In second such instance within a week, two persons have died after they slipped into a well while cleaning it in Kupwara district of north Kashmir on Thursday.
Four persons had died in a similar incident in the district exactly a week ago.
Locals informed that two persons died inside a well and later were retrieved by a joint team of Police, SDRF and locals at Chalgund Halmatpora vill


Friday, July 10, 2020Covid: Graduating students stare at bleak opportunities

JAMMU: With all that has been going on one thing is very clear that the world will change dramatically after COVID-19 is over. While nobody can be certain about what those changes are going to be, there are concerns related to the career opportunities for the graduating students.
The situation is no different at Jammu University which got closed on March 12th, leaving students with unanswered qu


Friday, July 10, 2020Govt extends 20% expenditure cap to Q2; addl 10% for 4 depts

JAMMU: In order to regulate expenditure in testing and financially-straining times of Coronavirus, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday decided to extended the cost-cutting policy for further three months, as it capped the overall expenditure by its departments in the second quarter of the current fiscal to 20% of the budget estimates.
Usually there is cap on expenditure to the tune of


Friday, July 10, 2020Attack on BJP leader, family was 'pre-planned' by LeT: IGP Kumar

LG condemns, several across UT attend last rites

SRINAGAR: The attack on BJP's Bandipora district president Waseem Bari was "pre-planned" by Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar said on Thursday, adding that the policemen posted for personal security of the politician were being dismissed from service.
Three more policemen were arrested in connection with Wednesday's attack, taking the total number of th


Friday, July 10, 2020In first big catch, ANTF seizes Rs 2.30 Cr Charas; terror link likely

JAMMU: In its first big catch since the formation as a separate body, the Anti Narcotic Task Force (ANTF) today recovered Rs 2.3 Crore worth Charas consignment which was stated to be used to fund terrorism in Kashmir valley.
The consignment which is stated to be had its origin from Pakistan was being dispatched to Maharashtra’s Nasik in a truck which was caught by the sleuths of ANTF.


Friday, July 10, 2020SKIMS Soura begins plasma therapy trials

SRINAGAR: The Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura, conducted first successful plasma therapy for virus affected patients—a treatment considered to be an effective one across the globe as far treatment to the pandemic hit patients is considered.
The hospital started Convalescent Plasma Therapy (CPT) for critically sick patients as one of the modalities of supportive treatme


Friday, July 10, 2020Jawan, lady hurt in attack

SRINAGAR: A soldier and a woman were injured when terrorists fired upon an Army quick reaction team (QRT) convoy in Pulwama district on Thursday.
"An ambulance in the QRT convoy moving from Khrew was fired upon by terrorists from near a mosque at Laddoo Mor, Lethpora, Awantipora, at 6 PM," defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia said.
He said one soldier was injured in the firing and he has been


Friday, July 10, 2020India's tally reach 7.87L

NEW DELHI: India saw a record single-day surge of over 27000 COVID-19 cases taking the caseload to 7,87,463 on Thursday, with Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Delhi, Telangana, UP and Andhra Pradesh contributing to around 75 per cent of the new cases, while the death toll reached 21593.
According to the Union Health Ministry data, with 24,879 fresh cases of COVID-19 in a day, India's virus ca


Friday, July 10, 2020Woman injured in Pak firing

JAMMU: A woman, who was injured in heavy Pakistani shelling in civilian area along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district, has succumbed.
The officials said Pakistani troops shelled mortars and fired with small arms in three sectors of Qasba, Kirni and Degwar of Poonch district tonight, in violation of a ceasefire agreement.
The Indian troops, guarding the borderline, retaliated resulting


Friday, July 10, 2020 LeT ultra arrested

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police claimed to have arrested a LeT militant in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Thrusday.
Police in statement said that, Police in Bandipora along with security forces have arrested one militant of outfit LeT and recovered live grenades and ammunition from his possession.
“Based on a specific input regarding movement of militants towards Hajin town for subve


Thursday, July 9, 2020BJP leader, his father, brother killed by terrorists in Kashmir

Condemnations pour in; Seven PSOs detained

SRINAGAR: In a gruesome act of terror, a BJP leader, his brother and father were shot dead by terrorists in the heart of Bandipore town of North Kashmir Wednesday night, prompting the Jammu and Kashmir authorities to arrest seven policemen for alleged negligence in protect him.

The incident took place at the shop-cum-residence of BJP leader Wasim Bari, earlier district president of the party,


Thursday, July 9, 2020Six more deaths across UT push toll close to 150 J&K records sharpest spike in 1 month, 330 new cases take Covid tally to 9261

HC’s Srinagar wing closed, more cases from Samba cola unit

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir recorded its sharpest spike in the Covid-19 infections in over a month, with 330 more persons testing positive for Coronavirus on Wednesday, taking its tally over 9000-mark to 9261.
Last time, the daily caseload crossed 300-mark was on June 7, when 620 infections were reported.
Six more patients died in Valley, taking the toll to 149, even as more cases were re


Thursday, July 9, 2020PIL for Hindi as official language

JAMMU: In a Public Interest Litigation seeking direction to government to declare Hindi as the official language of the UT of Jammu and Kashmir or Hindi language as one of the language in use in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir in terms of Section 47 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act 2019, the J&K High Court sought reply from the UT administration.
A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice


Thursday, July 9, 20204G ban to continue till July 29

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir Government on Wednesday extended ban on high-speed internet till July 29, citing use of high speed mobile internet for coordinating acts of militancy, both within and from across the border behind the decision.
It also credited the ban for successful anti-militancy operations recently.
“The security agencies have been successful in eliminating a large number of terr


Thursday, July 9, 2020MHA reviews Amarnath preparation, mulls to open Vaishno Devi for locals

Jr HM, Jitendra, Murmu discuss development works

JAMMU: The annual Amarnath Yatra in the Himalayas likely to begin from July 21 will be conducted in a staggered manner and not more than 500 pilgrims will be allowed to visit the sacred cave shrine of Lord Shiva daily due to the coronavirus pandemic, even as the government is contemplating to allow locals for Mata Vaishno Devi shrine.
The issue of pilgrimages to the Amarnath and Vaishnodevi shri


Thursday, July 9, 2020IGP Basant Rath suspended

MHA action for ‘gross misconduct’, ‘misbehaviour’

JAMMU: Inspector General of Jammu and Kashmir police Basant Rath, who has been in the news for being involved in a tussle with the union territory's police chief Dilbag Singh, has been suspended with "immediate effect" for alleged "gross misconduct and misbehaviour".
According to an order issued by the Union Home Ministry on Tuesday evening, Rath, a 2000-batch IPS officer at present posted to th


Thursday, July 9, 2020J&K govt mulling to devolve mining rights to PRIs on STPs

PSUs to begin mining by July 20 in 10 blocks

SRINAGAR: In order to empower PRIs to raise funds through mining surpluses and address shortage of key construction material in local market, besides keeping a check on their prices, the government is exploring the possibility of devolution of mining rights to Panchayati Raj Institutions on land under their jurisdiction through short term permits.
In the initial phases, the government will iden


Thursday, July 9, 2020Woman killed, 3 injured in Pak shelling along LoC

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: A 65-year-old woman was killed and three other civilians were injured on Wednesday as Pakistan violated ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked mortar shelling on forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in different sectors in Jammu and Kashmir.
While the elderly woman was killed in heavy shelling by Pakistan in Poonch district of the Jammu region, two civilians w


Thursday, July 9, 2020Srinagar Mayor to be elected on Tuesday

SRINAGAR: Three weeks after incumbent Mayor Junaid Azim Mattoo lost the floor test and was removed from the post, the mayoral elections in the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) will be held on July 14, a notification issued on Wednesday said.
Matoo and former Deputy Mayor Sheikh Muhammad Imran are likely to be contesting the elections for the Mayor post.
While Imran said that a group of Cor


Thursday, July 9, 2020Pak national held on IB, repatriated

SAMBA: A mentally disturbed Pakistani national was arrested by the Border Security Force along the International Border in Samba district, hours before he was repatriated after thorough investigation.
According to the officials, 173 Battalion of BSF apprehended a suspected person at Chack Dulma sector of the district on Wednesday morning.
“During investigation, the person disclosed his name as


Thursday, July 9, 2020HC seeks report on govt houses within 4 weeks

JAMMU: In a significant order, a Division Bench of J&K High Court comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjay Dhar directed the J&K administration to file a status report within a period of four weeks in a petition highlighting illegal occupation of Ministerial Bunglows and A-Type Kothis by former Ministers and legislators in Jammu and Srinagar.
The bench issued notices to the Secre


Thursday, July 9, 2020Modi to address IGW-20

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver on Thursday the inaugural address at the India Global Week 2020, a virtual conference being organised in the UK, which will also feature a "never-seen-before" performance on the Aatma Nirbhar Bharat campaign, the Prime Minister's Office said.
Themed 'Be The Revival: India and a Better New World', the event will have 5,000 global participants f


Thursday, July 9, 2020Chinese withdrawal in Hot Springs complete; continues in other areas

Both militaries to verify disengagement process

NEW DELHI: The Chinese military removed all temporary structures and completed withdrawal of its troops from the face-off site in Hot Springs in eastern Ladakh on Wednesday even as the Indian Army kept a close watch on the pull back and maintained a high-level of combat readiness in the region, people familiar with the developments said.
They said the two armies are expected to carry out a joint


Thursday, July 9, 2020Farooq Lone takes oath as PSC member

JAMMU: Chairman, J&K Public Service Commission, B.R. Sharma, administered oath of office to the newly appointed Member Dr. Farooq Ahmad Lone here today.
The retired IAS officer was administered oath of office at Srinagar through video conferencing mode.
Lone, along with Judicial Officer Zubair Ahmed Raza, was appointed as member of the JKPSC, on Monday.
S. Ahfadul Mujtaba, IPS, Director Gener


Thursday, July 9, 20206 new cases in Ladakh, 28 more recover

LEH: Six more people tested positive for COVID-19 in the Union Territory of Ladakh, bringing the infection tally to 1,047, officials said on Wednesday.
The fresh cases were detected in Leh district even as 28 more patients -- 24 in Leh and four in Kargil -- were discharged after recovering from the novel coronavirus, the officials said.
They said the number of active COVID-19 cases in the UT ha


Thursday, July 9, 2020India's tally reach 7.60L, deaths 21k

NEW DELHI: India registered over 60 thousand fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday after a single-day spike of over 25,000 infections, taking the total to 7.60 lakh while the death toll breached the 21,000 mark.
According to the Union Health Ministry data, with 22,752 fresh cases of COVID-19 in a day, India's virus caseload increased to 7,42,417 on Wednesday, while the death toll climbed to 20,642 w


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Second Covid-19 death reported from Kashmir, toll 145

Srinagar: Second Covid-19 death was reported from Kashmir on Wednesday, as 70 year old woman from Shopian died at SMHS hospital, taking the tally to 145 across Jammu and Kashmir.

Medical Superintendent SMHS Dr. Nazir Choudhary said a 70 year old woman from Shopian died in the hospital two days after she was admitted. The patient had Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP).

Earlier, a 36 year old


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Covid-19 death: 36 year old woman from Srinagar died at SKIMS, tally 144

Srinagar; Kashmir reported one more Covid-19 death on Wednesday as 36 year old woman from Srinagar died at SKIMS.

Medical Superintendent SKIMS Dr. Farooq Jan told that a 36 year old woman from Nehru Park Srinagar died here at the hospital.

He adde, "The patient was know case of HTN with T2 DM and post renal transplant (2016). The
Patient had reported to emergency on 28th June, with compl


Wednesday, July 8, 2020J&K infections tally nears 9k, govt reopens parks, gardens from today

50 SFs among 256 new cases; 5 new deaths take toll to 143

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: In a move which has taken many by surprise, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has decided to open all the parks and gardens in the union territory to the public from Wednesday, as a plan to reopen tourism in the region.
The decision was announced on a day when Jammu and Kashmir reported 256 fresh Covid-19 cases taking its infections tally to 8931, while five more patients die


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Ladakh row: 60 ITBP Coys move towards LAC Chinese withdrawal continues, IAF carries out night time patrol

LEH: In a demonstration of its aerial prowess, the Indian Air Force is carrying out night time combat air patrols over the mountainous eastern Ladakh region as part of its decision to maintain a high-level of readiness notwithstanding disengagement of troops by China from a number of friction points in the area, government sources said on Tuesday.
The frequency of day and night operations by fro


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Militant killed in Pulwama gunfight

SRINAGAR: A militant was killed while as three soldiers, one of them critical and a cop were injured in an encounter that broke out between militants and security forces in South Kashmir's Pulwama district on Tuesday morning.
The critical jawan was reported have succumbed to his injuries; however, the police denied the same earlier in the day, even as no official confirmation had arrived till th


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Pulwama Attack Sawmill owner who gave shelter, smartphone to terrorists arrested

JAMMU: The NIA has arrested one more person for allegedly providing logistical support including high-end mobile phones used in hatching the conspiracy and planning the 2019 attack on a CRPF convoy in which 40 personnel lost their lives in South Kashmir.
Bilal Ahmed Kuchey, a resident of Kakpora of Pulwama district, is the seventh person to be arrested in connection with the attack. He was produ


Wednesday, July 8, 20208 officers posted in ACB, 4 repatriated

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday transferred eight police officers to the Anti Corruption Bureau, while repatriating four officers from the anti-graft body.
As per an official order in this regard, Joginder Singh, SSP, Traffic City, Jammu, Al-Tahir Geelani, SP, North Srinagar, Dr Ashok Sharma, DySP, AHJ Airport, Jammu, Zafer Iqbal Nawaz, DySP, DAR Poonch, Sagar Singh, SO to DI


Wednesday, July 8, 2020No pleasure in killing ultras, want them to surrender: Lt Gen BS Raju

‘Militants choosing mosques, busy places for attacks’

SRINAGAR: General officer Commanding of Srinagar-based 15 Corps Lieutenant General BS Raju Tuesday said that the armed forces don't want to kill militants and that an opportunity to surrender is given to every militant.
In a short video uploaded on the official handle of Chinar Corps (15 Corps), Lt General Raju said that any loss of life is sad.
“Six-year-old boy who was killed in Bijbehara (A


Wednesday, July 8, 2020CBI quizzes govt officers on land allotment to Lal Singh’s edu trust

JAMMU: The CBI has sought details from some officers of the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state government in connection with its probe into allegations of land grabbing by a Kathua-based educational trust run by former minister Choudhary Lal Singh.
The officers were called in-person on Monday and Tuesday to New Delhi in connection with its enquiry into the matter which involves Singh, officials s


Wednesday, July 8, 202036 positive in Ladakh; 24 cured

LEH: Thirty-six persons tested positive for coronavirus in Ladakh, taking the total number of cases in the Union territory to 1,041, officials said on Tuesday.
However, the number of active cases in the region dropped to 180 after 24 more patients - 17 in Kargil and seven in Leh - were cured of the disease, they said.
All the fresh COVID-19 positive cases were detected in Leh district, official


Wednesday, July 8, 2020OGW arrested, hideout busted

SRINAGAR: An overground worker of Lashkar-e-Taiba outfit has been arrested from Sopore area of Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Tuesday.
"The police in Sopore along with security forces have arrested a terrorist associate linked to proscribed terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)," a police spokesman said.
He said a joint team of police, Army and CRPF established a checkpoi


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Wedding industry hit severely across J&K

SRINAGAR: Amid Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing restrictions imposed to curb its spread, the wedding industry across Jammu and Kashmir has been severely hit with several stakeholders suffering huge losses.
The weddings in Kashmir are usually held in the summer zone, while family members book banquet halls and purchase wedding items in advance, even as the markets would be buzzed with people purchas


Wednesday, July 8, 2020CBSE cuts syllabus by up to 30 pc for class 9 to 12

NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has rationalised by up to 30 per cent the syllabus for classes 9 to 12 for the academic year 2020-21 to reduce course load on students amid the COVID-19 crisis, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' announced on Tuesday.
The curriculum has been rationalised while retaining the core elements, the Human Resource Development said.


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Girl killed in landslide by tree-cutting

RAMBAN: A girl was killed in a landslide triggered by felling of a big tree in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramban district on Tuesday, officials said.

The incident occurred around 11 am, when some timber smugglers brought down a big Kail tree that triggered falling of boulders and landslide, resulting in death of the girl, Afia Bano, in Baddla Kumate in Rajgarh tehsil, they said.

A police official


Wednesday, July 8, 2020#COVID19: India tally goes up to 7.34 Lakh

NEW DELHI: India's COVID-19 tally raced past the seven-lakh mark after a single-day spike of 22,252 infections, five days after crossing the six-lakh post, while the death toll breached the 20,000 mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

It took 110 days for coronavirus infections in the country to reach the one-lakh, while just 49 days more to go past the seven-lakh mark.

This is


Tuesday, July 7, 2020Amid Covid scare, Civil Secretariat reopens in Srinagar Focus on accountability, LG draws up Admin Secys’ weekly schedule

J&K all set for reopening Tourism, guidelines being issued

SRINAGAR: The Civil Secretariat—the seat of J&K government-- reopened in this summer capital on Monday, delayed for over two months due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and in a departure from 148-year-long traditional, as the secretariat remains open in winter capital Jammu as well and departments split between twin capitals.

Contrary to the previous years, when opening of Darbar would assum


Tuesday, July 7, 2020NIA chargesheet against suspended DySP, 5 others Pak High Commission named in Kashmir terror funding case

JAMMU: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday filed a chargesheet against six people, including suspended Jammu and Kashmir police officer Davinder Singh and a top Hizbul Mujahideen leader, for allegedly waging "war against India" with the help of Pakistan-based terrorists and members of the neighbouring country's high commission in Delhi.

Singh was "in touch with” certain officials


Tuesday, July 7, 2020Ladakh row: Chinese troopers begin limited pull-back on LAC

Both nations agree on ‘expeditious’ disengagement

NEW DELHI: In the first signs of tensions easing, the Chinese military on Monday began a limited pull-back from a number of friction points in eastern Ladakh, a day after NSA Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi agreed on completing the ongoing disengagement process along the LAC "expeditiously", government sources and officials said.
Doval and Wang, who are designated Special Represe


Tuesday, July 7, 2020UP police nabs Bani man for terror links in Pakistan

Major revelations expected in Nagrota, Bann attacks

JAMMU: A Kathua man, suspected of playing roles in facilitating terror attacks in Nagrota and Bann, and having links with intelligence agencies of Pakistan terrorist has been arrested by Uttar Pradesh Police, who have taken him along for further investigation.
The espionage ring was busted by UP Police’s special task force which conducted raids in village Chandok in Loi Mallar area of Bani in th


Tuesday, July 7, 2020Veena Pandita gets extension till 2022

Lone, Raza JKPSC members

SRINAGAR: The UT government on Monday granted two-year-extension to Veena Pandita as the chairperson of JKBOSE, even as it appointed retired IAS officer Farooq Lone and Zubair Ahmed Raza, District Judge Doda as members of Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission (JKPSC).
Veena Pandita was on Monday appointed as Chairperson Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education for two more years,


Tuesday, July 7, 2020Two SSB men killed in Kulgam fratricide

SRINAGAR: Two personnel of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) were on Monday evening killed in a fratricidal incident in a court complex in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
A paramilitary (SSB) personnel committed suicide after fratricidal killing of his colleague in Kulgam district on Monday evening, officials said.
Official sources said that there was some altercation between two troopers, ASI Sandeep


Tuesday, July 7, 2020BSF Jawan among 5 more die, toll 138; J&K infections tally now 8675

4 lakh people tested so far; 2.1% detected positive

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: The death toll due to Covid-19 continued its upward climb in Jammu and Kashmir as five more patients died on Monday, taking the toll across the union territory to 138, even as 246 more persons including at 13 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men, two policemen and a soldier tested positive for Coronavirus across the UT, taking the total number of the cases in J&K to 8675.


Tuesday, July 7, 2020Pregnant woman shot by husband

JAMMU: A 24-year-old woman was critically injured on Monday after allegedly being shot at by her husband in a fit of rage over some domestic issue in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district on Monday morning, police said.
Arif Hussain shot Rubeena Begum with a 12-bore gun during a heated argument over some issue at Khanpura village in Dool, some 15 km from Kishtwar town, an official said.


Tuesday, July 7, 20203 teachers suspended for alleged gang-rape

1 accused arrested, 2 absconding

SRINAGAR: The School Education Department on Monday suspended three teachers of two Middle schools of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district following the alleged gang-rape of a 20-year-old girl.
Chief Education Officer (CEO) Kulgam, Muhammad Ashraf Rather said that the victim and the teachers are from the same village.
“The girl has filed a complaint in the local Police Station following which one te


Tuesday, July 7, 2020Two JMC teams to demolish illegal structures raised during lockdown

Div-Com monitored anti-encroachment team visits Samba

JAMMU: To demolish the illegal structures, which gained pace in the lockdown period, the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) has constituted a special team, even as the Corporation has divided its jurisdiction in two halves for efficient working.

Another special team for retrieval of JDA land and which will be monitored by Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Sanjeev Verma has been constituted.



Tuesday, July 7, 2020India's COVID-19 tally 7.1 L, deaths over 20k

NEW DELHI: With another big single-day jump in coronavirus cases, India's COVID-19 tally crossed the seven lakh-mark on Monday, just four days after the number of infections in the country had reached six lakh, even as death toll also crossed over to 20-thousand mark.
The total number of tests for detection of COVID-19 also crossed the one-crore mark in India on Monday.
According to Union healt


Tuesday, July 7, 2020Soldier kills self

BARAMULLA: An Army man allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself dead with his service rifle in Boniyar area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Monday evening.
Officials said that an Army man identified as S. Srinivas of Telangana shot himself while he was on duty at 226 Field Unit in Boniyar area of Baramulla.
Soon after the incident, his colleagues rushed to the spot and found hi


Tuesday, July 7, 202010 injured in two road accidents

JAMMU: Ten persons today received injuries in twin road mishaps that took place across Jammu district.
Official sources said that eight persons received injuries when a matador in which they were travelling rolled down in Parkandi area.
They said that the matador bearing registration number JK02AK3831 was on its way towards Jammu from Surinsar area when it rolled down in 30 meter deep gorge i


Tuesday, July 7, 2020Grenade attack, OGW arrested in Baramulla

BARAMULLA: Suspected militants on Monday evening lobbed a grenade towards Police Post Delina in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Baramulla, Abdul Qayoom informed that the grenade exploded on the road, adding that no casualty was reported in the incident.
Soon after the attack, the search operation was launched in the area to nab the attacker.


Tuesday, July 7, 2020Murmu pays tribute to Mukherjee

SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu today paid rich tributes to Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee on his Birth Anniversary.
In his message, the Lt Governor described him as a visionary leader who played an instrumental role in shaping Indian politics.
J&K always had a special place in his thoughts. His exemplary contributions towards National Unity and development of India can never be


Monday, July 6, 2020Murmu performs first prayers at Amarnath cave, prays for peace

Advisor Bhatnagar, DGP review security arrangements

SRINAGAR: Sounding the beguile for the commencement of Shri Amarnath Yatra later this month, Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu on Sunday attended the first 'Aarti' at the Amarnath Cave temple , even as special prayers held on the occasion of 'Ashad-Purnima' -- marking the traditional commencement of the annual pilgrimage in the south Kashmir Himalayas.
As reported by this newspaper, Murmu


Monday, July 6, 20206 more die of Covid, J&K toll 133; 11 soldiers among 183 fresh cases

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: The death toll due to Covid-19 continued its upward climb in Jammu and Kashmir as six more patients died on Sunday, taking the toll across the union territory to 133, even as 183 more persons including at least 11 soldiers, five pregnant women and a toddler tested positive for Coronavirus across the UT, taking the total number of the cases in J&K to 8429.
Among the fresh case


Monday, July 6, 2020Two dead in Indian retaliation on LoC

JAMMU: At least two Pakistani soldiers were killed and three others injured in India’s ruthless retaliation to enemy nation’s unprovoked violation of ceasefire along the Line of Control in Poonch district on Sunday.
The Pakistan army on Sunday evening resorted to unprovoked shelling on forward areas along the Line of Control in Poonch district, a defence spokesman said.
“At about 19.45 hours, P


Monday, July 6, 2020In a first, foreigner among 2 slain ultras positive for Covid

SRINAGAR: In a first, two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, including a foreigner, who were killed in an encounter with security forces in Kulgam district on Saturday have tested positive for COVID-19.
The samples of the two terrorists were taken for COVID-19 test during medico-legal formalities and their reports came back positive on Sunday, police said on Sunday.
The terrorists were killed in an


Monday, July 6, 2020IED defused, CRPF man hurt in blast

SRINAGAR: Security forces on Sunday averted a major tragedy when they detected and defused an Improvised Explosive Device in south Kashmir district of Pulwama, where a CRPF jawan was injured in a low intensity IED blast hours before.
Official sources said that following timely inputs and action by security forces, an IED, which was planted by militants near Peaks Automobile crossing in Pulwama,


Monday, July 6, 2020At 6.90 L cases, India surpasses Russia as third-worst hit country

NEW DELHI: India surpassed Russia as the third worst-hit country by COVID-19 after its case tally crossed 6.90 lakh on Sunday, according to statistics aggregator Worldometer, with several states recording their highest single-day spike.
The death toll rose by a record 613, to reach 19,268 in the country, the Union Health Ministry said, and states like Assam and Karnataka imposed selective lockdo


Monday, July 6, 2020Separatists' recommendations for students of J&K highlighted their role in protests against SFs

SRINAGAR: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has accessed various recommendation letters by separatists for Pakistani visas for students from Jammu and Kashmir whereby their contributions in the stir against the security forces were highlighted.
The NIA had earlier red flagged admissions to medical institutions in Pakistan on the recommendations of separatists in Jammu and Kashmir and terme


Monday, July 6, 2020Cong panel to deal with delimitation

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir unit of the Congress on Sunday announced a 10-member committee to deal with the issues of proposed delimitation of parliamentary and assembly constituencies in the Union Territory.
Former minister Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed was named as chairman of the committee and the members included former deputy chief minister Tara Chand, ex-MP Madan Lal Sharma, former ministers T


Monday, July 6, 2020Morale high, forces ready to sacrifice lives: ITBP DG

NEW DELHI: The morale of the Indian armed forces is "very high" and the troops are ready to sacrifice their lives for the nation like in the past, ITBP chief S S Deswal said on Sunday as the military standoff with China continued in Ladakh.
The ITBP Director General (DG) said the recent visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Ladakh and his address to troops in Nimu "have raised the morale of a


Monday, July 6, 2020Lockdown Impact: Tourism sinks in Jammu

JAMMU: Tourism, a vital engine of the economic growth of Jammu region, and important source of earning for tens of thousands here, has sunk to zero as the coronavirus lockdown nosedived leisure and religious travel plans.
At tourism intensive destinations of the region- Patnitop, Katra, Mansar Lake, Bhaderwah, Basohli among others, where not just hotels, restaurants, shops, transport services, b


Monday, July 6, 202048 doctors resign in Pakistan

LAHORE: Pakistan on Sunday suffered a setback in the fight against COVID-19 as 48 doctors working in the teaching hospitals of Punjab province resigned, citing non-provision of safety gear to protect them from the virus that has killed more than 4,700 people in the country.
According to a notification of the Punjab health department issued here on Sunday, 48 doctors, mostly young ones, resigned


Monday, July 6, 20204 arrested for attempt to murder

JAMMU: Four people were arrested for their alleged involvement in an attempt to murder case here, police said on Sunday.
The four are criminals and had attacked Rohan Thapa alias Kallu, a resident of Gorkha Nagar, near Bahu Plaza in Gandhi Nagar area on June 27, causing life threatening injuries to him, a police spokesperson said.
He said Surjeet Singh alias Shittu of Kharian had an old enmity


Monday, July 6, 20202 teen feared dead

SRINAGAR: Three youth from Srinagar who were taking bath in Nallah Sindh in Kangan area in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district drowned this late afternoon, however, one was rescued while two others are still missing.
Sources told that three youth from Noorbagh area of Srinagar had gone to picnic and were bathing in Nallah Sindh near Kij Park Kangan.
They said that gushing waters pushed two