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Saturday, September 26, 2020#COVID-19 21 die, 1218 test +ve in J&K

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir recorded 21 more deaths due to Covid-19, pushing the total number of fatalities due to the deadly virus to 1084, while the Union Territory recorded 1218 positive cases on Wednesday, taking the overall tally of infections to 69,832.
Of 21 fresh fatalities, 11 died in Jammu region while 10 in kashmir region. Out of 11 deaths in Jammu region five deaths reported from di


Saturday, September 26, 2020Business community discover ‘anomaly’ in revival package, to approach LG Sinha

Jammu: Six days after widely welcoming a mega package for the revival of businesses and economy of Jammu and Kashmir of worth Rs 1352 crore, the representatives of different organinsations of trade and industries have decided to approach Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha for the modification in the policy to make it more non-discriminatory.
Importantly, the 60 percent of package, amounting to Rs 9


Saturday, September 26, 2020Seven health workers died fighting COVID-19: Govt

Jammu: Jammu & Kashmir Government like other States/UTs is fighting COVID-19 pandemic with grit and determination. And health workers are at the forefront of this fight.
So far seven of the health workers, while on duty, contracted the virus and lost their precious life while fighting against this dreaded virus. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Government of India under the Pradhan Mantri Gar


Saturday, September 26, 2020Fake Gun License Scam || ‘Missing’ files upset valid license holders seeking renewal

Jammu: Seeking renewal, the valid gun license holders are feeling the heat as their files are allegedly missing from the offices of various district administrations which are in possession of the Central Bureau of Investigation in view of ongoing investigation into much infamous case of fake gun licenses that involved the names of J&K Cadre Civil Servants.
The high profiled case raised eyebrows


Saturday, September 26, 2020Laws drafted to benefit farmers: PM

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that for the first time in decades, the Union government has framed laws that benefit farmers, workers, women and other marginalised sections.
In the backdrop of protests from a section of farmers and the Opposition parties’ criticism of the recently passed farm bills, PM Modi lashed out at the Opposition for “misleading” the farmers.


Saturday, September 26, 2020Three phase Bihar polls begins Oct 28

New Delhi: Elections to the 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly would be held in three phases on October 28, November 3 and 7 with votes counted on November 10, the Election Commission of India announced here on Friday.
This will be the largest election in the world since the COVID-19 pandemic as over 7.6 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise across nearly 42,000 polling statio


Saturday, September 26, 2020#ShopianEncounter || DNA samples of slain Rajouri youth match with parents: IGP

Srinagar: Inspector General of Police Kashmir range Vijay Kumar on Friday said that results of DNA samples of parents of three youth from Rajouri district have matched with those killed in Amshipora, Shopian on July 18 this year and police will now take further course of action.
“We have received the DNA sample results of three families of Rajouri and they have matched with those killed in Amshi


Saturday, September 26, 2020Fake encounters further alienate people: Omar

Srinagar: Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said now when the three youths killed by Army in an encounter in Shopian on July 18 were proved missing residents of Rajouri in Jammu region, their bodies should be handed over to their family members for proper burial.
Why do they(security forces) not learn Machil, Pathibal and other fake encounters which destroy trust and further alienate


Saturday, September 26, 2020Two Lashkar commanders killed in Anantnag gunfight

Four youth hurt in explosion

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police Thursday said that two top Lashkar commanders were killed Sirhama, Anantnag gunfight early morning on Friday.
“One of the slain has been identified as Abu Rehan from Pakistan, who was active since March 2019 and the second one has been identified as Adil Bhat, who was also Lashkar commander. Adil was involved in the attack on two policemen at Nowgam on August 1


Saturday, September 26, 2020LAHDC polls: Seek permission before organizing programmes, Apex body told


The administration in Ladakh has asked the apex body for 6th schedule to seek prior permission for organizing any gathering across Leh in view of the code of conduct.
Addressing a joint press conference, the leaders of the apex body in Leh, said that the authorities have directed them to get permission prior to organizing any gathering in view of the code of conduct enforced by the e


Saturday, September 26, 2020UGC asks Universities, Colleges to start new academic session 2020-21

Srinagar: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has ordered Universities and Colleges to commence classes for new academic session 2020-21 from November-01 for first year Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.
UGC also directed the Universities and Colleges to complete the admission process by October-31.
The new amended UGC guidelines reads, “The academic session 2020-21 may commence from 0


Saturday, September 26, 2020SIT set up to probe killing of Babar Qadri

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday said that it has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the killing of advocate Babar Qadri, who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the summer capital, Srinagar, on Thursday.
“It is a top priority case for us… we have constituted an SIT, which will probe the killing of the advocate. The accused will be soon identified and brought


Saturday, September 26, 2020India not to discuss LAC dispute with China at UN

United Nation: India has said it would not discuss the ongoing border dispute with China over LAC at the United Nations and both sides are mature enough to deal with such issues bilaterally through the existing confidence building measures.
India's permanent representative to the UN, T S Tirumurti, told Sputnik that "Both sides have the maturity to deal these issues bilaterally through the exist


Saturday, September 26, 2020Weastern Disturbance to hit J&K today

Srinagar: The weatherman here has predicted light rainfall and stated that the Western Disturbance will hit Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.
A fresh western disturbance on Saturday will likely bring rain or snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir, a Meteorological department official here said.
He added that very light rainfall would occur in plains while there is possibility of very light snowfall in high


Saturday, September 26, 2020Three youth prevented from joining ‘violent path’

Bandipora: Police on Friday claimed to have prevented three youth from joining the “violent path” in Sumbal area of north Kashmir's Bandipora district.
Police on its official Twitter handle informed that they prevented 3 youth of Sumbal area from taking the violent path.
“Parents are in particular requested to guide, counsel and be in touch of their children to prevent them from being misguided


Saturday, September 26, 2020Two killed, minor injured in Kathua

Jammu: Two persons were killed and a minor girl suffered injuries when a car they were travelling in met with an accident and plunged into a gorge on Bani-Basohli road in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Police here said that a car (JK08H-7881) met with accident near BDO Office in village Jandrali in which three persons were traveling.
Two persons namely Som Singh (55), son of Rattan Sing


Friday, September 25, 2020Situation gets alarming; COVID claims 22 more deaths in J&K

Toll near 300-mark in Jmu, crosses 800 in Srinagar

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir recorded 22 more deaths due to Covid-19, pushing the total number of fatalities due to the deadly virus to 1084, while the Union Territory recorded 1104 positive cases on Thursday, taking the overall tally of infections to 68,614.
Of the latest 22 fatalities, 14 deaths were reported in Jammu region and 8 in Kashmir region.
The 14 fresh fatalities in Jammu region ha


Friday, September 25, 2020Militant killed, pistol recovered in Pulwama gun-battle

After BDC member, Advocate shot dead

Srinagar: A militant was killed by security forces in an encounter which ensued during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in south Kashmir district of Pulwama on Thursday, police and defence ministry spokespersons said.
Meanwhile hours after BDC member was killed, suspected militants on Thursday shot dead an advocate in Srinagar.
Police spokesperson said the operation concluded without any c


Friday, September 25, 2020PM SVANidhi scheme: 1202 street vendors identified in J&K; over 600 applied for loan

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has identified 1202 street vendors under Pradhan Mantri Street Vendor’s Atmanirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi), to provide affordable loans to vendors, who have been affected due to COVID-19 lockdown.
Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, PM SVANidhi scheme on June 1, 2020, which aims to provide affordable working capital loans to street vendors to re


Friday, September 25, 2020PM’s #VocalForLocal pitch fails to inspirit Chikri artisans

JAMMU: When Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked Indian citizens to get vocal for local, especially in terms of manufacturing, Rajouri-based Chikri artisans, rather than brimming with hope, were found seething.
“The age-old Chikri woodcraft was already perishing. COVID19 lockdown catapulted it into grave crisis, battering both production and demand. I doubt if PM Modi’s push for ‘Make In India’ an


Friday, September 25, 2020'Misuse' of cross-LoC trade NIA searches nine locations in Kashmir

Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday searched nine locations in Srinagar and Pulwama districts as part of its probe into the alleged misuse of now-suspended cross-LoC trade in Jammu and Kashmir, agency officials said.
The trade through two points on the Line of Control (LoC) was suspended by India in April last year, following reports that it was being "misused" by eleme


Friday, September 25, 2020Pak army resorts to shelling along LoC

Jammu: The Pakistani army resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling in forward areas along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district on Thursday, officials said.
"At about 1745 hours today, Pakistan army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and intense shelling with mortars along LoC in Nowshera sector", a defence spokesman said.
The Indian Army retaliated


Friday, September 25, 2020SFs alert to Pak efforts of dropping weapons, narcotics; will give reply: DGP

Security forces are alert to Pakistani efforts of dropping consignments of weapons and narcotics into Jammu and Kashmir along the border and they will give a befitting reply to these attempts, Director General of Police Dilbag Singh said here on Thursday.
The DGP, talking to reporters after the wreath laying function for a slain CRPF officer, was replying to a question about drones being used fr


Friday, September 25, 2020Dy Medical superintendent, executive engineer suspended for shortage of oxygen at GMC hospital

Jammu: Taking a serious view of shortage of oxygen in COVID wards at the Government Medical College (GMC) hospital here, authorities on Thursday ordered suspension of the in-charge executive engineer and deputy medical superintendent.
A three-member panel was set up on Tuesday to look into complaints of shortage of oxygen in COVID wards of the hospital which had triggered protests .
In the ligh


Friday, September 25, 2020PM praises Afshan Ashiq

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday praises J&K woman footballer Afshan Ashiq for her performance in sports.
"You have done very well in football. Mostly, football fans say 'Bend it like Beckham', but now they will say 'Ace it like Afshan," PM Modi told J&K woman footballer Afshan Ashiq while interacting with fitness experts and influencers from across the country to mark the o


Friday, September 25, 2020India hits out at Pakistan for raising Kashmir issue at CICA meet

New Delhi; India on Thursday hit out at Pakistan for raising the Kashmir issues at a virtual meeting of multilateral grouping CICA, and advised Islamabad to cease its "overt and covert" support to cross-border terrorism.
In a sharp reaction, the Ministry of External Affairs said Pakistan has misused another forum by continuing its "spurious narrative" about India.
Pakistan raised the Kashmir i


Friday, September 25, 2020Will decide about LAHDC polls after talks with party leaders: Ram Madhav

Leh: Amid high drama over the poll boycott for LAHDC, Leh polls in the union territory union territory, BJP’s national general secretary Ram Madhav Thursday reached Leh to hold talks with the party leaders to decide about the LADHC election.
In a very brief conversation with media on arrival in Leh, Ram Madhav said that he will first talk to all the party leaders only then he can tell about the


Friday, September 25, 20202 held with arms, ammunition

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday arrested two persons along with arms and ammunition at Yemoh crossing near Jawhar tunnel in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
Police officials said that a joint team of police and Army’s 9RR arrested two person during late evening at Yemoh crossing near Jawhar Tunnel in a Balero vehicle under registration number JK13B 4213 with arms and ammunition.


Friday, September 25, 2020Amidst tension; ‘Peepal 918’, shares Indo-Pak bonhomie on IB

While arch-rivals India and Pakistan train guns at each other often along the Line of Control as well as on the International Border, ‘Peepal 918’, located at ‘No Man’s Land’, stands tall since decades and is sharing the bonhomie of two neighbours at Octroi Post in Suchetgarh Sector of Jammu, around 35 kilometres from the town.
This year from January 1 to September 7, as per the Min


Friday, September 25, 2020LG in Capital, to meet PM, HM

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has rushed to the national Capital on Thursday.
Sources told ‘The News Now’ that the LG is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
“Sinha will brief the PM about the J&K situation and about security scenario to the HM,” sources said and added that he may also discuss major developmental projects underway i


Friday, September 25, 2020Kashmiris don’t feel they’re Indian: Farooq

BJP hits back, wants him to quit as MP

NEW DELHI: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah in an interview said that at this moment people from Kashmir do not feel and do not want to be Indian and might even want the Chinese coming in.
Responding to a question in an interview to TV anchor and journalist Karan Thapar on the mood of people in the Valley, Abdullah said, “To be honest, I wonder whether they (government) wi


Friday, September 25, 2020Release Mehbooba, others: Soz

Srinagar: Demanding release of former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and others, senior Congress leader Prof Saifuddin Soz on Thursday said there was no justification in jailing dozens of mainstream leaders for no fault of theirs.
It would be well advised to release Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba who has been incarcerated illegally, said the former union minister Soz in a state


Friday, September 25, 2020BRO-made 43 bridges inauguration postponed due to state mourning

New Delhi: In the wake of state mourning due to demise of Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi, the government on Thursday postponed the inauguration of 43 bridges made by the Border Road Organisations across 7 states and Union Territories.
The minister died due to Covid-19 at AIIMS in Delhi on Wednesday.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was to inaugurate them through video conference at


Friday, September 25, 2020Second accused in rifle snatching case arrested in Pulwama

Srinagar: Police claimed to have arrested second accused in rifle snatching case from a guard of Jammu and Kashmir Bank (JKB) in south Kashmir district of Pulwama last week, a police spokesman said on Thursday.
He said a 12 Bore rifle was snatched from a guard of JKB at Dadsar branch in Pulwama last week by two masked persons.
A case was registered and investigation taken up, he said adding wit


Friday, September 25, 2020India’s Covid-19 recovery rate at 81.55%

New Delhi: India's COVID-19 caseload raced past 57 lakh, while over 46 lakh people have recovered from the disease pushing the national recovery rate to 81.55 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.
The total coronavirus cases mounted to 57,32,518 with 86,508 people testing positive in a day while the death toll climbed to 91,149 with 1,129 people succumbing to


Friday, September 25, 2020Pak has no legal basis to convert Gilgit-Baltistan region as 5th province: India

New Delhi: India on Thursday said that Pakistan has no legal basis to convert Pakistan-occupied Kashmir's Gilgit-Baltistan region as its fifth province and the action will be "void ab initio".
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Anurag Srivastava in response to a question said, "Any action by Pakistan to alter the status of the militarily occupied so-called “Gilgit-Baltistan” has no


Thursday, September 24, 2020Will encourage actual developmental initiatives says LG at ‘Jan Abhiyan’

‘Govt committed to implement 73rd, 74 amendments’

JAMMU: Asserting that ‘Jan Abhiyan’ is a mechanism to ensure on-spot redressal of public grievances, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Wednesday said that it is a step towards bringing governance to People's doorstep for efficient Public Service Delivery.
Addressing a public gathering in Akhnoor while taking part in the ongoing ‘Jan Abhiyan’ at Akhnoor, reiterated the commitment of the governm


Thursday, September 24, 2020Sinha approves regularization of over 550 promoted cops

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Government has regularized more than 550 promoted officers at the level of SP and Dy. SP, and granted/predated selection grade of DySP in favour of more than 300 officers, including about 440 serving officers. This humongous exercise has finally paved the way for the smooth career progression of the Gazetted cadre of J&K Police, putting to rest more than three decades


Thursday, September 24, 2020Govt’s gives nod to conduct polls to fill vacant Sarpanch, Panch constituencies

Srinagar: The Administrative Council (AC) which met under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, today approved the proposal of the Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj to issue a notification for conducting elections to vacant Sarpanch/Panch constituencies. The detailed schedule will be finalised by the election authority.
Filling of the vacant constitutional posts


Thursday, September 24, 2020Approves re-allocation of posts for KPs under PM's package

Srinagar: The Administrative Council (AC) which met under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, today approved the re-allocation of 1997 number of unfilled supernumerary posts for recruitment of registered Kashmiri migrants and non migrant Kashmiri Pandits, who are willing to serve and settle down in Kashmir under the Prime Minister’s Package.
The Administrative Council also appr


Thursday, September 24, 2020Railway porters – derailed life in pandemic

The trains might be back on track for more than four months now in Jammu, but the life of rail porters is definitely not. These people are still tussling for work, relevance and succor.
“The COVID19 induced lockdown imposed in March dealt a blow to our already precarious livelihood. We heaved a sigh of relief when limited trains were allowed to run in May for migrant workers and stranded people


Thursday, September 24, 2020J&K revenue receipts rose by Rs 6,200cr in 2016-17: CAG

Jammu: Total revenue receipts of Jammu and Kashmir government for 2016-17 were Rs 41,980.72 crore as compared to Rs 35,780.60 crore in the previous year, marking an increase of Rs 6,200.12 crore, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India said on Wednesday.
Out of this, 28 per cent of the total receipts were raised through tax revenue (Rs 7,819.13 crore) and non-tax revenue ( Rs 4,074.4


Thursday, September 24, 2020Rajnath to e-inaugurate 43 strategic bridges today, 17 for J&K, Ladakh

JAMMU: Almost two months later, twin Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will get 17 new bridges of strategic importance tomorrow to be e-inaugurated by the Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh through video conference.
The bridges are constructed by the Border Road Organisations.
Defence sources here said that in total 43 bridges will be e-inaugurated by the Union Defence Minister


Thursday, September 24, 2020COVID-19: J&K records 1249 cases; 20 deaths take toll 1062

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir recorded 20 more deaths due to Covid-19, pushing the total number of fatalities due to the deadly virus to 1062, while the Union Territory recorded 1249 positive cases on Wednesday, taking the overall tally of infections to 67,510.
Of the latest 20 fatalities, 16 deaths were reported in Jammu and four in the Valley. In Jammu region, three deaths were reported from di


Thursday, September 24, 2020Dozen localities declared as 'red zones'

Jammu: Authorities in Jammu on Wednesday declared over a dozen localities as 'red zones' and announced a strict lockdown except for essential services and tight perimeter control around those as the region witnessed a spike in coronavirus cases.
According to an official order, it would be mandatory for people residing in containment zones to get themselves tested and any refusal in this regard w


Thursday, September 24, 2020LOCKDOWN BLUES: NCW receives 55 complaints of Domestic Violence from J&K

Jammu: The National Commission of Women (NCW) has received 55 complaints of domestic violence from different parts of Jammu and Kashmir during the lockdown period, which was imposed in the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic.
Credible sources told The News Now, these 55 complaints were received between March-when lockdown imposed and till September 20, 2020.
“The 55 women from differen


Thursday, September 24, 2020BDC member shot dead by militants in Budgam

Srinagar: A block development council member was shot dead by militants on Wednesday in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam district, police said.
Bhupinder Singh, a member of the block development council of Khag block in Budgam district, was shot at by the ultras in his ancestral village Dalwash at 1945 hours, a police official said.
He died on the spot.
The police official said Singh, who was given


Thursday, September 24, 2020SC recues traders facing 200 pc customs duty on imports from Pak post-Pulwama attack

New Delhi; The Supreme Court on Wednesday came to the rescue of certain traders who were asked to pay enhanced custom duty of 200 per cent on imported goods from Pakistan due to sudden increase in the tariff by the Centre following the 2019 Pulwama terror attack and ordered that they will have to pay the duty under the older tariff.
The top court dismissed the appeal of the Centre against a Punj


Thursday, September 24, 2020Azad meets President

New Delhi: Congress MP and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad met President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday evening amid growing dissent over passage of farm bills passed by Parliament.
Azad met the President and handed over a memorandum, urging him to not give his assent to the farm bills cleared by Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
“There was no division of votes, no voice voting. C


Thursday, September 24, 2020Militants target SF’s Vehicle

Srinagar: Militants opened fire on vehicle carrying security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Wednesday, police said.
There were no casualties in the incident, they said.
The militants opened fire on the security forces' vehicle at Chatpora in Pulwama around noon, a police official said.
They fled from the spot after the firing, the official said.


Thursday, September 24, 2020RS adjourned sine dine

New Delhi; The Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die on Wednesday, leading to the closure of the Monsoon session, which was scheduled to go on till October 1, over COVID-19 pandemic concerns.
Minister of State (MoS) for Parliamentary Affairs, V Muraleedharan read out the recommendation for the adjournment of the house."We are concluding the 252nd session of the Rajya Sabha today, this session has b


Thursday, September 24, 2020Pakistan breaches truce agreement

Jammu: Continuing its nefarious activities, Pakistan on Wednesday violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district.
The Pakistani Army resorted to heavy shelling terrorising the rural areas bordering the Line of Control.
The Pakistani troops targeted the Indian Army's posts as well as the residential areas with mortars in Mankot, Kasba, Kerni and Shahpur sectors of the dist


Thursday, September 24, 2020MoS Railways Suresh Angadi dies of Covid-19

New Delhi: Minister of State for Railways Suresh Chennabasappa Angadi on Wednesday became the first union minister to die of Coronavirus complications at AIIMS Hospital here where he was being treated, hospital sources said.
He was 65. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
He was found to be Covid positive on September 11 and was undergoing treatment at AIIMS.
Sources said that he brea


Thursday, September 24, 20203 KAS transferred

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Government on Wednesday ordered transfer of three Kashmir Administrative Service officers besides present Administrator, Auqaf Islamia Jammu, in the interest of administration.
As per separate orders, Pankaj Gupta (KAS), Officer on Special Duty with Advisor (S) to the Lieutenant Governor, has been transferred and shall await further orders of adjustment in the Genera


Wednesday, September 23, 2020COVID-19: 1,235 fresh cases in J&K; 18 more die

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir recorded 18 more deaths due to Covid-19— seven in Jammu and 11 in Valley, pushing the total number of fatalities due to the deadly virus to 1042, while the Union Territory recorded 1235 positive cases on Wednesday, taking the overall tally of infections to 66,261.

Out of total deaths 7 deaths in Jammu region five reported from district Jammu and two from Dod


Wednesday, September 23, 2020Seeking protection of identity, Ladakh ups ante, vow to boycott Council polls

JAMMU: Barely a year after separation from Jammu and Kashmir and gaining long desired independent identity of a Union Territory, the Himalayan plateau of Ladakh has taken a unanimous stand to boycott a due democratic process –election to the Hill Development Council –to press for protection of its land and culture under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.
In a major development, the recent


Wednesday, September 23, 2020Pak drops weapons 13 aerial KMs deep in Indian territory

JAMMU: An arms consignment believed to have been dropped by a drone from Pakistan-based terrorists was seized in Akhnoor sector here in the early hours of Tuesday, a senior police officer said.
Senior Superintendent of Police (Jammu) Shridhar Patil said two packets containing two AK assault rifles, three magazines with 90 rounds and a pistol with two magazines and 14 rounds were seized in a join


Wednesday, September 23, 2020CS heads panel to review suspension of AIS officers

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday constituted a committee to review the cases of suspension of All India Services officers in the union territory.
In terms of Rule 3(8)(c) of the All India Services (Disciplines and Appeal) Rules, 1969, and in supersession of all previous orders on the subject, sanction is hereby accorded to the constitution of a committee to review the cases


Wednesday, September 23, 2020LS nod to J&K languages Bill; Jitendra hits Masudi

JAMMU: The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Jammu and Kashmir Official Language bill, 2020, to introduce Hindi, Kashmiri and Dogri as official languages in the Union Territory, in addition to Urdu and English. The bill also states that the existing institutional mechanisms such as the Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, Jammu and Kashmir, would serve for promotion and development of regional la


Wednesday, September 23, 2020NIA raids dozen sites in terror funding case

SRINAGAR: The NIA on Tuesday carried out searches at nearly a dozen places in Baramulla and Srinagar districts of Jammu and Kashmir in connection with two separate cases related to arrested Deputy Superintendent of J-K Police Devender Singh and misuse of cross-LoC trade, officials said.
The agency swooped on different locations and seized several incriminating documents and digital devices durin


Wednesday, September 23, 2020Orthopaedic Treatment in valley to get big boost

Syed Abid inspects progress

SRINAGAR: Valley's Largest Orthopaedic hospital at Barzulla, Srinagar is all set to get a big infrastructural push with the construction of state of art additional 120 bedded hospital block being constructed under the component of Strengthening of the Critical Infrastructure of the World Bank funded JTFRP (Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project).
Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Chief Executive Officer t


Wednesday, September 23, 2020Children, spouses of terror victims to have quota in medical, dental colleges

JAMMU: The Union Home Ministry has sought applications from the spouse and children of victims of terrorist attacks for pursuing MBBS and BDS courses in medical and dental colleges under the central pool.
In a communication, the home ministry has conveyed to all states about allocation of MBBS and BDS seats from the central pool to the spouse and children of terror victims and made it clear that


Wednesday, September 23, 2020Militant killed, soldier injured

SRINAGAR: A Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant was killed and an Army personnel injured on Tuesday in an overnight encounter with security forces in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.
The encounter began on Monday evening in Nawad area of Charar-e-Sharief in Central Kashmir's Budgam district after security forces launched a cordon and search operation there following information abo


Wednesday, September 23, 2020Govt to examine SHG Engrs issue

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday constituted a committee to examine issues pertaining to a scheme of the self-help groups (SHGs) of engineers working on various developmental works in the union territory.
The committee will examine all the aspects of SHGs of the engineers' scheme in detail, including the background of its creation, an official order said.
The decision was


Wednesday, September 23, 20203 dead, 4 injured in Doda mishap

Jammu: Three persons were killed and four injured when a vehicle they were traveling in met with an accident late on Tuesday evening in Kashtigahr area of Doda district.
Police here said that at about 2045 hours on Tuesday one Tata Mobile vehicle ((JK06A-6728) met with an accident near Chuchatter Nalla at Chalai Mandir area of Kastigarh.
Police said that the vehicle was on way from Kastigarh to


Wednesday, September 23, 2020DySP reshuffle order modified

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Police Headquarters on Tuesday ordered transfer and posting of 17 Deputy Superintendents of Police. As per order number 2591 of 2020, dated 22-09-2020, 12 DySsP have been transferred under modified order while five others also shifted and posted to new place of postings.
As per modified order, Furqan Qadir, SDPO Litter, has been posted at CID CIK Hqrs Srinagar, Vinod Kum


Wednesday, September 23, 2020Water bodies under NWPM: PCB website offers no details

JAMMU: The time to time updates on pollution-related activities and information for the public interest is missing on the official website of Jammu and Kashmir Pollution Control Board including one of the major aspects ‘water pollution’ of which current status under the National Water Monitoring Network is yet to be revised for the year 2019.
J&K Pollution Control Board is one of the prestigious


Tuesday, September 22, 2020No legislature in place, elections not in sight, J&K will have no voice in RS after Feb 2021

JAMMU: With no legislature, Electoral College for Rajya Sabha, in place since June 2018 and next elections not in sight, Jammu and Kashmir will cease to have representation in Upper House of the Indian Parliament by February 2021.
The erstwhile state used to send four Members to the Rajya Sabha who are elected by the Members of Legislative Assembly. Last elections, for term of six years, were h


Tuesday, September 22, 2020NEP will empower J&K youth, bring landmark change: Sinha

Jammu: Asserting that education is key to success, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Monday said that New Education Policy-2020 will empower youth and bring landmark change in the Union Territory.
"Education is the key to success and development. We want to make Jammu and Kashmir the centre of knowledge, enterprise, innovation and skill development," Mr Sinha said in his addre


Tuesday, September 22, 2020Barely any pupils as schools reopen

Jammu: Adhering guidelines of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MH&FW) for unlock 4.0, the Jammu and Kashmir among other states on Monday reopened schools after the gap of six months, which were closed in month of March due to outbreak of COVID-19 Pandemic.
According to the SoPs issued by the MH&FW on September 8, only 50 per cent of teaching and non-teaching staff was to be allowed on the


Tuesday, September 22, 202013,659 govt schools to get ramps for special students in four weeks

SRINAGAR: In order to provide barrier-free access to institutions for special need children, the Jammu and Kashmir School Education Department has directed the head of government schools in Union Territory to construct ramps in schools, hostels in four weeks time.
The ramps for the special needs children are to be constructed in all existing leftover government schools and hostels of Jammu and K


Tuesday, September 22, 202023 more deaths, 1036 new Covid +ve cases

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: Twenty three fatalities related to coronavirus infection in a day took the death toll in Jammu and Kashmir to 1024, even as the deadly virus continued its upward movement, with 1036 people testing positive for deadly virus on Monday , taking the overall tally of infections to 65,026.
It was for the 18th consecutive day that the cases in a 24-hour period have crossed 1,000.


Tuesday, September 22, 2020To fight Covid, J&K got Rs 143 Cr since March

Jammu: The centre has released an amount of Rs 143Crore for Jammu and Kashmir to prepare the health care system for the management of COVID-19, since the first ever case of deadly infection reported in the month of March.
Moreover, even after receiving financial aid from Government of India (GoI), the J&K administration is struggling hard to combat the spread of COVID-19.
“This amount was rele


Tuesday, September 22, 2020Army to develop airstrip in Kishtwar, MoU inked

JAMMU: The Government of Jammu & Kashmir and Army today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for development and operationalization of Airstrip in Kishtwar.
Brig. Vikram Bhan, Commander, 9 Sector RR and Sh. S.Katoch, Commissioner Civil Aviation signed the MoU in the presence of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha and Dr. Jitendra Singh, MoS PMO, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pe


Tuesday, September 22, 2020India, China hold 6th round of talks on border standoff

New Delhi: Senior army commanders of India and China on Monday held talks on implementing a five-point agreement reached between the two countries on disengagement of troops and de-escalation of the tense situation in eastern Ladakh, government sources said.

The sixth round of Corps commander-level talks began at around 9 AM in Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) acro


Tuesday, September 22, 2020CRPF prsnl injured in Budgam ecounter

SRINAGAR: A CRPF personnel was injured in an encounter between militants and security forces in Budgam district on Monday, police said.

The security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Nawad area of Charar-e-Sharief in the central Kashmir district after receiving information about the presence of militants there, a police official said.

As the forces were searching the area, th


Tuesday, September 22, 2020In past 3 yrs 17,905 fresh gun licences issued in J&K

New Delhi: As many as 22,804 new gun licences with all India permission have been issued by the government since 2018 and an overwhelming majority -- 17,905 -- have been issued to the residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the Union Home Ministry data, a total of 94,400 arms licences were renewed with all India permission between January 1, 2018 and September 15, 2020 of which 19,238 wer


Tuesday, September 22, 2020CS takes stock of situation, discharge policy tweaked

Jammu: The COVID-19 patients will be discharged without any requirement of negative report after 10 days across Jammu and Kashmir hospitals but they have to be asymptomatic for three days.

“COVID positive patients to be discharged after 10 days without any requirement of a negative test report provided they have been asymptomatic for 3 days,” a government spokesperson said.

Earlier, pat


Tuesday, September 22, 2020First in 13 months, PDP holds full session, ‘vows to fight for dignity’

SRINAGAR: In the first meeting of its senior leaders since Jammu and Kashmir's special status was revoked last year, the PDP on Monday resolved it would keep fighting to restore the dignity and rights of people that were "snatched illegally", a party spokesman said.
The PDP held a full session of its senior leaders and party office-bearers at its headquarters here as leaders were allowed to step


Tuesday, September 22, 2020GoI hikes MSPs for rabi crops

New Delhi: The Union government on Monday announced higher minimum support prices (MSPs) for a range of winter-sown or rabi crops, setting them at 50% over costs of cultivation, a move aimed at allaying concerns among farmer groups that a set of farm-sector reforms undertaken by the government could weaken the MSP regime.

The decision on rabi MSPs was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committe


Tuesday, September 22, 20208 RS MPs suspended over chaos on farm bills

New Delhi: Eight opposition lawmakers in the Rajya Sabha, including Trinamool Congress’ Derek O’Brien, were on Monday suspended for a week for “unruly behavior” that took place as the House passed two controversial agriculture sector related bills on Sunday.

The government moved a motion for their suspension for “bringing disrepute” to the House for the rest of the monsoon session of Parliame


Tuesday, September 22, 2020206 Terror incidents post August 5: MHA

New Delhi: From August 5, 2019, till August 2020 the number of terror incidents, stone peltings, deaths of civilians and security personnel in terrorist incidents have reduced significantly when compared to the same time frame a year ago, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Monday.

As per a written reply filed by Minister of State (MoS) Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy, in response to a qu


Tuesday, September 22, 2020#Covid19 || India’s tally reaches 54.88L

New Delhi: India's COVID-19 tally reached 54.88 lakh with 86,961 people being infected in the past 24 hours, while 43,96,399 people have recuperated so far pushing the national recovery rate to 80.12 per cent on Sunday, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

The total coronavirus cases mounted to 54,87,580, while the death toll climbed to 87,882 with the infection claiming 1,130 lives in


Monday, September 21, 2020Schools may reopen today with 50% teachers; students on voluntary basis

Jammu: After six months the stage is all set for partial reopening of schools in Jammu region on Monday following the guidelines of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for unlock 4.
Scores of schools in Jammu region are preparing to resume operation from September 21 by assuring social distancing norms and facilities for sanitization. The schools and other educational institutions have been closed


Monday, September 21, 2020Centre pays J&K Rs 2000 Cr to tide over revenue shortfall

JAMMU: Centre has opened its purse strings and paid more than Rs 2000 crore to Jammu and Kashmir government as Goods and Service Tax (GST) compensation after the union territory recorded a shortfall in the revenue collection due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Jammu and Kashmir is one of the most affected states and union territories due to COVID. There has been a dip of more than 25 percent in the GS


Monday, September 21, 2020NEP to address challenges of coming generations: LG

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday said his administration is committed to bringing about significant changes in the education system by motivating and handholding of different colleges across the Union territory, and stressed on the timely implementation of the New Education Policy-2020.
The Lt Governor made these remarks while inaugurating the “Brainstorming on Impleme


Monday, September 21, 2020J&K reservoir of knowledge: Prez

JAMMU: Determined efforts should be made to make Jammu and Kashmir a hub of knowledge, innovation and learning by implementing the new National Education Policy (NEP) in letter and spirit, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Sunday.
He said Jammu and Kashmir is a reservoir of extremely intelligent, talented and innovative children and the implementation of the new education policy will produce stu


Monday, September 21, 2020J&K’s Covid death toll crosses 1K mark, caseload nearly 64K

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: Fourteen more fatalities related to coronavirus infection in a day took the death toll in Jammu and Kashmir past the 1,000-mark, even as the deadly virus continued its upward movement, with 1,457 people testing positive for deadly virus on Sunday, taking the overall tally of infections to 63,990.
Of the fresh deaths, nine were reported from Jammu and five from the Valley. With t


Monday, September 21, 2020Central health team for door to door survey to identify high risk patients

GMC Jammu to get 100 registrars, list shortly

Jammu: The central health team has suggested Jammu and Kashmir to conduct door to door survey in containment zones, to identify high risk patients of COVID-19.
The Government Medical College Jammu (GMC-J) will declare the list of 100 registrars, which will significantly overcome the shortage of staff.
“The central team observed that the administration is conducting enough Rapid Antigen Tests (


Monday, September 21, 2020Restrictions on 4G internet to remain, Centre indicates

NEW DELHI: There is no restriction on accessing any website, including social media sites, in Jammu and Kashmir, the Lok Sabha was informed on Sunday.
Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said the mobile data services are presently restricted to 2G speed in all but two districts of the Union territory.
"There is no restriction on accessing any sites, including the social media sites,


Monday, September 21, 2020Weapon airdropping by Pak new challenge: BSF

JAMMU: Asserting that the terror infrastructure in Pakistan is intact, a top Border Security Force (BSF) officer on Sunday said airdropping of weapons by drones in Jammu and Kashmir is a new challenge along with various anti-India elements coming together.
Inspector General of Border Security Force (BSF), Jammu frontier, N S Jamwal said all security agencies are alive to the new security challen


Monday, September 21, 2020‘Dawn of new era’ after 370 scrap, says Jitendra

JAMMU: Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Sunday said the common people in Kashmir are tired of terrorism and are becoming increasingly aspirational for themselves and their children.
Delivering the first edition of 'Kunwar Viyogi Annual Memorial Lecture' of the University of Jammu on the 'Way Forward Post Abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A in Jammu and Kashmir', he said that terrorism is in its l


Monday, September 21, 2020In season of promises, Jammu youth await restoration of Dogra Certificate

JAMMU: Desirous of joining the uniformed forces, the youth of Jammu region are eyeing upon the document of pride—‘Dogra Certificate’—for which they have been fighting for decades, to get relaxations in the recruitment process.
‘Dogra Certificate’ is a document once being issued to the youth of Jammu region to get some relaxation in height and age in the recruitment of belt forces.
Ever since th


Monday, September 21, 2020Farm bills passed amid chaos in RS

New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Sunday passed two farm bills, which farmers have been protesting against, amid a ruckus as opposition members shouted slogans and trooped into the well of the House.

The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, part of the broader farm liberalisation plan, could not be taken up and the House was adjourned.

Members of the Trinamool, including Derek O’Brien


Monday, September 21, 202032,238 security personnel contract COVID-19: Govt

NEW DELHI : The Government on Sunday said a total of 32,238 paramilitary personnel were infected by the Coronavirus so far.
Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in Lok Sabha that 9,158 personnel of the CRPF, 8,934 personnel of the BSF, 5,544 personnel of the CISF, 3,380 personnel of the ITBP, 3,251 personnel of the SSB, 1,746 personnel of the Assam Rifles and 225 personnel of the


Monday, September 21, 2020#COVID19 || India's tally past 54 L mark

New Delhi: India's COVID-19 case tally crossed 54-lakh mark with a spike of 92,605 new cases and 1,133 deaths, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday.
The total case tally stands at 54,00,620 including 10,10,824 active cases, 43,03,044 cured/discharged/migrated cases and 86,752 deaths, the Ministry said.
As far as active cases of coronavirus are concerned, Mahara


Monday, September 21, 202016.79 L domicile issued in J&K: GoI

New Delhi: As many as 16.79 lakh people in Jammu and Kashmir have been given domicile certificates so far, the Lok Sabha was informed on Sunday.
Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said as per the information provided by the Jammu and Kashmir administration, a total of 21,13,879 people have applied for domicile certificates.
A total of 16,79,520 people were given domicile certificat


Monday, September 21, 2020All free to move in J&K, Centre tells Lok Sabha

New Delhi: The Centre said there are no restrictions on movement of any individual, including the members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said in Lok Sabha that based on inputs received from the law enforcement agencies in view of the prevailing security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the movement of some individuals, who are under security pro