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Thursday, September 19, 2019Delhi must know, Roshni is Rs 25K crore scam: Guv

“Development, not force, needed to wrest PoK from Pak”

JAMMU: Five days after he ordered a detailed investigation into alleged instances of cornering high-value prime land in Jammu and Srinagar cities by misusing the now-repealed the Jammu and Kashmir State Lands (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act, 2001, commonly known as Roshni scheme, Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday revealed that the irregularities were of the tune of Rs 25,000 crore


Thursday, September 19, 201952 officers moved in biggest reshuffle after Art 370 scrap

JAMMU: In the biggest administrative reshuffle post the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the state administration on Wednesday transferred 52 officers including two IAS and 48 KAS officers, while additional charges were given to two IAS officers and a KAS officer, with immediate effect.
The reshuffling comes days before State’s bifurcation into Union Territories Jammu and Kashm


Thursday, September 19, 201915 power projects inaugurated, foundation laid for another 20

SRINAGAR: Governor Satya Pal Malik along with Union Minister of State for Power RK Singh inaugurated as many as 15 power projects in Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh and laid foundation of 20 more under PMDP, DDUGJY, IPDS and other Centrally Sponsored Schemes in these regions of the state that was bifurcated into two union territories on August 5.
On the occasion 3 MoUs were also signed, first among Ja


Thursday, September 19, 2019SC sets Oct 18 deadline for hearing, verdict by mid-Nov

Ayodhya Title Dispute

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday set an October 18 deadline for completion of all arguments in the protracted Ram-Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute, a move that has raised the possibility of a verdict in the politically sensitive case in the middle of November.
As it offered to hear the case on Saturdays as well, the court at the same time said the parties to the dispute are f


Thursday, September 19, 2019Pak slammed for denying overflight to PM Modi's plane

NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday hit out at Pakistan for denying overflight clearance to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's VVIP plane for his upcoming visit to the US, saying Islamabad should reflect upon its decision to deviate from well established international practice and reconsider its "old habit" of misrepresenting the reasons for taking unilateral action.
Pakistan's denial comes days after it


Thursday, September 19, 2019Centre bans e-cigarettes

NEW DELHI: The government on Wednesday decided to ban e-cigarettes for which an ordinance was cleared making the production, import, export, transport, sale or advertisements of such "alternative" smoking devices a cognizable offence attracting jail term and fine.
First time violators will face a jail term of up to one year and a fine of Rs 1 lakh. For subsequent offences, a jail term of up to t


Thursday, September 19, 2019On LoC, Army takes down Pak intruder; firing on IB continues

JAMMU: Another infiltration bid by Pakistan across the Line of Control (LoC) was foiled by the Indian soldiers, killing an intruder suspected to be a BAT commando, defence sources said, even as Pakistan Rangers on Wednesday opened fire on border out posts (BoPs) along the International Border in Samba-Kathua sector on second consecutive day.
The Army on Wednesday released a video, captured using


Thursday, September 19, 2019Jitendra assures no cadre issues in transition to UTs

JAMMU: Asserting that there will be no cadre issues pertaining to IAS or any other services, Union minister Jitendra Singh on Wednesday said the transition of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh to Union territories will be smooth.
“The mechanism that will finally evolve after due deliberations will be in the best interest of all the stakeholders,” the Union Minister of State in-charge of the Departmen


Thursday, September 19, 2019In Valley’s political vaccum, BJP triumphs with massive reachout

SRINAGAR: In last one month, the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) has carried out more than twenty political and mass reach out programme and events while as other political parties continues to remain defunct and their politicians detained.
The meetings were carried out by the BJP in an environment where there is hardly any space left for any sort of political activities after Centre abrogated Artic


Thursday, September 19, 20192019: 148 ultras killed in J&K, 89 from south KMR

JAMMU: Adopting fresh strategies to eliminate militancy from the State, the Jammu and Kashmir Police along with other paramilitary forces have been neutralizing 16 ultras per month on an average since January 2019.
If numbers from 2018 are added, the average goes up to 19 a month.
“Jammu and Kashmir Police has neutralized 148 militants until September this year,” a top cop associated with cou


Thursday, September 19, 201932 ‘dedicated feeders’ to overcome water shortage

JAMMU: After deliberating upon various options to meet water shortage in Jammu, the government has finally approved 32 ‘dedicated feeders’ for providing independent power supply lines to the PHE Department as the department has been facing public wrath for not providing regular water supply to different areas of Jammu.
These 32 feeders have been approved for equal number PHE Stations (tube wells


Thursday, September 19, 2019Those threatening people will be taken care of: DGP

JAMMU: Amid incidents of terrorists threatening people in Kashmir against venturing out of their homes, Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh on Wednesday said that his men will not allow any harm to people and those who are threatening them will be taken care of and the terrorists will be neutralized.
The DGP said that majority of the drugs being pumped into Jammu and Kashmir came from


Thursday, September 19, 2019Kashmir: UN chief rules out involvement

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday ruled out any direct involvement in resolving the Kashmir issue unless both India and Pakistan agreed to it.
At a news conference here, he said that his capacity for helping resolve the situation "is related to good offices and good offices can only be implemented when the parties accept it."
His statement was in line with India


Thursday, September 19, 20199 mortar shells found, defused

JAMMU: Security forces on Wednesday defused nine mortar shells fired by the Pakistan army from across the Line of Control (LoC).
Pakistani troops have been targeting civilian hamlets and forward posts along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts with small arms and mortar shelling, they said.
Nine mortar shells of 120 mm and 81 mm have been safely defused in the Balakote, Sandote and Basoni fo


Thursday, September 19, 2019Pak shown its place by Modi: HM

JAMMU: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed Pakistan its place by abrogating Article 370 and 35A and established that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.
Shah also said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi should tell people of Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Haryana (where assembly elections are due this year), when he goes there, whether he was wit


Thursday, September 19, 2019Police remand of three Jaish ultras extended

JAMMU: The remand of the three Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists, who were arrested in Kathua district last Thursday, were extended by five more days on Wednesday, a senior police official said.
"The police remand of the three JeM terrorists has been extended by five more days," Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Kathua, Sridhar Patel told.
The terrorists were produced in a Kathua court, wh


Wednesday, September 18, 2019On 69th birthday… Patel in backdrop, Modi talks Kashmir

Attributes J&K decision to Patel, says 370 repeal fulfilled his dream

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir certainly looks to be on top of Prime Minister's mind, as he basked in the glory of the recent abrogation of Article 370 ending special powers to State, even on his birthday, while resurrecting Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's vision.
Standing in vicinity of the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat, Modi who turned 69 today, said, "Country is witnessing fulfilment of Sardar Patel's d


Wednesday, September 18, 2019PoK India’s, will have physical authority over it one day: EAM

‘No talks on Article 370 with Pak, only on terror’

JAMMU: India on Tuesday asserted that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is its territory and it expects to have "physical jurisdiction" over PoK one day even as it stated that revocation of Article 370 was a purely internal affair which it would not discuss with Pakistan.
Virtually ruling out talks with Pakistan on Kashmir, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, addressing his first press conference o


Wednesday, September 18, 2019No compromise on security: Shah

JAMMU: Terming the scrapping of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir as a significant step towards the motto of 'Akhand Bharat' (united India), Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said the Modi government will not tolerate any breach of India's territory and is ready to deal with any such acts strongly.
Shah also asserted that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir has been peaceful ev


Wednesday, September 18, 2019J&K detentions to create Pol vaccum: RaGa

NEW DELHI: A day after the Jammu and Kashmir administration applied provisions under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) against former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accused the Narendra Modi government of trying to remove nationalist leaders to create political vaccum that will be filled by terrorists.
He also demanded the release of Abdulla


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Unauthorised diversion, parking of funds irk govt; anguished circular issued

JAMMU: Taking a strong note of unauthorised parking of government funds with officers and irregular diversion of unutilised funds, the Jammu and Kashmir Finance department on Tuesday instructed the administrative secretaries to ensure that all such receipts be remitted into the respective treasuries immediately.
The anguished circular issued also directed the administrative secretaries to report


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Kashmiris not terrorists, foreigners; listen to our voices too: MY Tarigami

‘Whatever happening in Valley isn't in country's interest’

JAMMU: Describing the present situation as ‘horrible times’, CPI(M) leader from Kashmir Mohd Yousuf Tarigami on Tuesday criticised the Centre for detaining former chief minister Farooq Abdullah under PSA, while asserting that people like him and Abdullah ‘are not terrorists’ and neither are they ‘any foreigners’.
“It is an appeal of a Kashmiri, a Hindustani. Please listen to us too,” Tarigami sa


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Farooq’s day one under PSA: Meeting sister, daughter; reading newspapers

SRINAGAR: A day after he was slapped with the stringent Public Safety Act, former chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday met his sister and daughter and spent time reading newspapers.
The action against 81-year-old Abdullah, who is also a five-time parliament member, was taken by the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Monday.
The order was issued by the Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar at 1


Wednesday, September 18, 2019‘Repressive, sad, unfortunate’: NC

JAMMU: Strongly condemning the detention of party president Farooq Abdullah under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA), the National Conference on Tuesday described the "repressive act" as "yet another assault on the democratic polity and ethos" of the world's largest democracy.
"What could be the lowest depth of the political bankruptcy of the present ruling dispensation than slapping of PSA o


Wednesday, September 18, 2019‘Dormant routes used by Pak for infiltration’

SRINAGAR: Dormant routes have been used by the Pakistani army to infiltrate nearly 60 terrorists since the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status, officials said on Tuesday.
This assessment comes amid intelligence inputs that there has been a surge in infiltration from across the border through higher reaches north Kashmir and Poonch and Rajouri of Jammu region, they said.
There was,


Wednesday, September 18, 2019J&K terror graph on decline: DGP

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbag Singh on Tuesday said elements across the border are consistently trying to foment trouble in the state but the security forces are efficient enough to tackle them.
Singh made the statement in Kishtwar district of Jammu region, where terrorists struck four times over the past 10 months, killing four persons including two senior leaders of the RSS and


Wednesday, September 18, 2019DCs asked to hold 1 gram sabha in J&K panchayat by Sep 30

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday called for holding at least one gram sabha meeting in every panchayat by September 30 to generate awareness on the campaign to ban single-use plastic, an official spokesperson said.
Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam chaired a video-conference with the deputy commissioners (DCs) of the Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh divisions to review the prepar


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Lawyers boycott court of J. Bindal

JAMMU: Alleging adverse attitude towards advocates, Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association, Jammu (JKHCBAJ) has decided to boycott the court of Justice Rajesh Bindal from Tuesday.
In this regard, the resolution was passed in a meeting of the executive committee and special invitees of the JKHCBAJ, which was held under the chairmanship of Advocate of Abhinav Sharma, President of the associa


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Leh to get a sports academy

NEW DELHI: Union minister Anurag Thakur on Tuesday announced that a cricket and sports academy will be set up in Ladakh to ensure that talented athletes of the region get the required training to excel.
According to a statement from his office, Thakur also joined Army personnel in Leh to carry out a cleanliness drive to mark Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 69th birthday.
He said people must beco


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Militants set afire elderly man's car for defying ‘bandh’

SRINAGAR: Militants set ablaze an elderly man's car in the Sopore district on Tuesday for defying the bandh (shutdown) call by them in the Valley.
A case has been registered in the Warpora police station of Sopore.
According to the police and security agencies, Bashir Ahmed Khan had ventured out on Tuesday morning for some personal work when he was intercepted by four militants near Warpora.


Wednesday, September 18, 201925 injured in Kishtwar road mishap

JAMMU: At least 25 people were injured when a private bus skidded off a road in the hilly Kishtwar district on Tuesday.
The accident took place near Banderkote around 1.50 pm when the driver of the bus, which was on its way to Chingam village from Jammu, lost control while negotiating a curve, a police official said.
He said the vehicle skidded off the road and rolled down several metres before


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Army chief visits Ladakh

JAMMU:The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Bipin Rawat visited Leh belt of Ladakh sector on Tuesday and interacted with members of the 15th Finance Commission, officials said.
Gen Rawat visited headquarters of the Fire & Fury (14th) Corps and interacted with N K Singh, chairman and other members of the 15th Finance Commission, they said.
The Finance Commission team is in Ladakh Sector as part


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Pak resorts to firing along IB in Samba, Kathua

JAMMU: After keeping the Line of Control active for more than a month now, the Pakistani forces have now unleashed "unprecedented" cross-border firing along the International Border (IB), only to be retaliated strongly by Indian Army.
“Pakistan Rangers on Tuesday violated ceasefire and resorted to small arms firing in forward areas along the IB in Samba and Kathua districts,” Border Security For


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Restore Normalcy in Kashmir

SC asks Centre, State to take care of national interest

JAMMU: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Centre and the State administration to restore normalcy in the Valley as early as possible, but keeping in mind ‘the national interest and internal security’ while taking the necessary steps on a ‘selective basis’.

The apex court asked the Governor’s administration to make "all endeavours" to ensure restoration of normalcy in the Kashmir valley w


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Father Sheikh enacted PSA

SRINAGAR: Never would Sheikh Abdullah have imagined that his son Farooq would one day be arrested under the Public Safety Act (PSA) which he, as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir in 1978, enacted to fight timber smugglers in the state.

The stringent PSA was introduced in Jammu and Kashmir to tackle timber smuggling as those involved in the crime at that time would easily get away with m


Tuesday, September 17, 2019CJ Mittal to file report on J&K legal situation

'Will visit myself, if needed': CJI

NEW DELHI: Terming as "very very serious" the claim that people are finding it difficult to approach the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, the Supreme Court on Monday sought a report from the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Chief Justice Gita Mittal, even as Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi also made it clear that he will personally visit J&K if required.

"If you are saying so, we are bound to tak


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Azad allowed to visit four districts

'Want to reach out to common people'

New Delhi: The Supreme Court allowed senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad to visit Jammu and Kashmir, but said he cannot hold any political rally there.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister can visit four districts -- Srinagar, Jammu, Baramulla, Anantnag -- to meet people.

The bench, also comprising justices S A Bobde and S Abdul N


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Guv briefs Modi, HM reviews J&K situation

JAMMU: In fast-paced developments, Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday flew to New Delhi and briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the prevailing situation in the state, their first meeting in the period of one-and-a-half-month since August 5, when Centre abrogated the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into two Union Territories.

While the two at the helm of affairs in


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Eye on BDC polls, govt expands elections department

SAC approves creation of 127 new posts of EAs

SRINAGAR: A week ahead of publication of final electoral rolls for the elections to the 316 block development councils (BDCs) in Jammu and Kashmir, the State Administrative Council (SAC)—equivalent to cabinet in popular government, has expanded the election department by approving the creation of 127 posts of election assistants in the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Jammu and Kashmir.


Tuesday, September 17, 20194 injured in Pak firing in Poonch

JAMMU: Four Army personnel suffered minor splinter injures in mortar shelling by the Pakistan Army along the Line of Control in Poonch district.

"Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing of small arms and intense shelling with mortars in Balakote area of Mendhar sector around 2230 hours on Sunday," Army public relations officer Lt Col Devender Anand said. "Indian army retali


Tuesday, September 17, 201938 years later, J&K mulls adopting thriving models from other States

Reshaping Tech Education

JAMMU: After 38-year of establishment of Directorate of Technical Education, the Governor’s administration is mulling to reshape technical education system in coming days with an objective to provide more opportunities to skilled youth of the state by bringing it in line with successful models in other states of India.

Admitting that the government is mulling to reshape the technical education


Tuesday, September 17, 2019New traffic rules: 480 violators challaned in Jammu on day one

JAMMU: Under the new motor vehicles act, which has become the talking point of the whole country for its harsh and heavy penalties, Jammu Traffic Police on Monday issued more than 480 challans to violators on the first day of its formal implementation.
While the new rules became effective from September 1 pan India, their implementation in Jammu and Kashmir commenced from September 16 only.


Tuesday, September 17, 20191 MRI Machine catering to entire Jammu region

Patients getting dates after 3 to 4 months

JAMMU: Despite tall claims, the state health care in Jammu could be well assessed from the fact that there is only one MRI Machine for all the hospitals of Jammu region including the premier Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H), its Associated Hospitals.
“There is only one MRI Machine installed at the GMC and the patients visiting GMC’s Associated Hospitals like SMGS Hospital, the pre


Tuesday, September 17, 2019After Pulwama, Delhi-NCR was Jaish's target, says NIA

NEW DELHI: Jaish-e-Mohammed's (JeM) Sajjad Ahmad Khan, a close aide of Pulwama attack mastermind Mudassir Ahmad Khan, was planning terror attacks in different parts of India, including Delhi-NCR, the NIA claimed in its charge sheet in a case of conspiracy filed before a Delhi court on Monday.
The attacks were planned similar to the February 14 Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir that left 40 Cen


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Kartarpur: Will open corridor on Nov 9: Pak

LAHORE: Pakistan on Monday announced that the much-awaited Kartarpur corridor will be opened for Indian Sikh pilgrims on November 9.
The announcement was made during the maiden visit of local and foreign journalists to the proposed Kartarpur corridor in Narowal, some 125 km from Lahore, amidst fresh tension between India and Pakistan after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019NAC in Ladakh

JAMMU: Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh on Monday visited forward locations in eastern Ladakh where he also interacted with members of the 15th Finance Commission, a defence spokesperson said.
The 15th Finance Commission team, led by chairman N K Singh, is on a visit to field formations in the Northern Command, gain first-hand knowledge about challenges faced by the Army in dischargi


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Curfew lifted from Kishtwar

JAMMU: The curfew imposed in Kishtwar last evening as a precautionary measure in view of death of prominent leader of banned outfit Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) Ghulam Nabi Gundana, was lifted from the district on Monday.
Gundana was laid to rest on Monday amid a curfew in his home town Kishtwar. The curfew was lifted within hours of Gundana's burial as the situation remained peaceful with no untoward


Tuesday, September 17, 2019PM turns 69 today

JAMMU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will turn 69 on Tuesday, will celebrate his birthday in Gujarat where he will be visiting the Sardar Sarovar Dam and will witness the dam reaching its full capacity of 138.68 metres.
As has remained the tradition, Modi will start the day with an early visit to his mother Heeraben, who lives near Gandhinagar in Gujarat. The Prime Minister is expected to me


Monday, September 16, 2019Ahead of Pak’s infiltration plan, India mounts forces at 2 LoC trouble spots

200-250 JeM, LeT militants trying to sneak into India in Sept end

JAMMU: To counter Pakistan’s repeated attempts to infiltrate terrorists into the Indian Territory and also to give a befitting reply to increased number of ceasefire violations, the Indian Army has intensified its presence along the Line of Control (LoC) in at least two trouble spots along the fence to contain the infiltration attempts by the enemy nation towards the end of this month.
The addit


Monday, September 16, 20192019: 9 CFVs every day, 21 killed

The Pakistani Army has violated ceasefire more than 2,050 times this year without provocation in which 21 Indians have been killed, the Ministry of External Affairs said Sunday.
India has repeatedly conveyed to Pakistan to ask its forces to adhere to the 2003 ceasefire understanding, it said.
"We have highlighted our concerns at unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan forces, including in s


Monday, September 16, 2019Invoking Quran, Advisor Khan asks parents to send children to schools

Rejects rescheduling of annual exams, assures safety

‘Asking kids not to go to schools biggest disservice to Islam’

SRINAGAR: Coming out hard at militants in Kashmir Valley, Advisor Farooq Khan on Sunday said that asking children not to attend classes and warning parents against sending their wards to schools is the biggest disservice to Islam, even as he appealed to the parents to send their wards to schools.
Khan who looks after the affairs o


Monday, September 16, 2019Curfew in Kishtwar after JeI leader dies

JAMMU: The authorities in Kishtwar imposed a curfew as a precautionary measure in district on Saturday night after prominent leader of banned Jamaat-e-Islami Ghulam Nabi Gundana passed away at a hospital in Punjab on Sunday after prolonged illness.
The Jamia Masjid management announced a shutdown on Monday as a mark of respect to Gundana, who belonged to Kishtwar.
Gundana (70), who was a retire


Monday, September 16, 2019Dengue fever grips Jammu, 60 cases reported in region

JAMMU: Half-way into the season favorable for the fatal disease, around sixty cases of dengue have been reported so far from different areas of Jammu region with Jammu and Samba districts being the most affected.
The months of August, September and October are the most favorable when the mosquito carrying virus and the vector (mosquito) associated Aedes aegypti affect the people with this fatal


Monday, September 16, 2019Imran Khan acknowledges Pak could lose war to India

JAMMU: Admitting that Pakistan would face a defeat from India in case of a conventional war, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday indicated that the enemy nation would resort to use nuclear weapons.
He also said that the war with India could go beyond the subcontinent and asserted that there was no question of talking to New Delhi after it revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.


Monday, September 16, 2019Uncertainty looms large over J&K polythene industries as govt mulls complete plastic ban

JAMMU: Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to reduce the usage of plastic to minimum extent before October 2nd and a determined campaign by government in the same direction, uncertainty looms large over the fate of the polythene industry in Jammu and Kashmir.
There are as many as 187 registered plastic manufacturing and recycling units in the state, besides 22 unregistered unit


Monday, September 16, 2019Twelve killed, over 30 missing as boat capsizes in Godavari

VISAKHAPATNAM: A pleasure trip turned into tragedy for many families as a boat with over 60 tourists capsized in swollen Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari district on Sunday, killing 12 persons while at least 30 went missing.
As many as 27 passengers either swam to safety or were rescued by people from a nearby village.
The accident occurred in Katchuluru village near popular tou


Monday, September 16, 2019Army destroys live mortar shell

POONCH: A 120-mm mortar shell, fired by Pakistani forces, was destroyed by the Indian Army in a forward village near the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district on Sunday.
The shell had landed near a house in the Balakot area of Mendhar sector during cross-border shelling on Saturday and was noticed by some villagers, who informed the Army, the officials said.
They said Army experts immediatel


Monday, September 16, 2019CI-Ops hit post 370; two dozen ultras threatening shopkeepers in Srinagar

SRINAGAR: Nearly two dozen terrorists are present in the city and its periphery and even openly threatening shopkeepers in some areas, raising serious concern in the security establishment, even as the counter-militancy operations have taken a severe hit ever since August 5 when the government announced its decisions on Jammu and Kashmir.
However, security forces are taking all precautions to en


Monday, September 16, 2019Azad seeks permission to meet family at home

JAMMU: Senior Congress leader and former chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has moved the Supreme Court seeking permission to visit his home state to enquire about the well being of his family members.
Azad said he has filed the petition in his personal capacity and it is apolitical.
His plea is scheduled to be taken up by a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S A Bobde and S Abdul Na


Monday, September 16, 2019SC to hear pleas against 370 abrogation, J&K curbs today

JAMMU: The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on Monday pleas challenging abrogation of provisions of Article 370 -- which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, validity of imposition of President's rule and the related restrictions imposed in the state.
A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S A Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer will be also hearing a bunch fresh petitions, including the


Sunday, September 15, 2019J&K to get 2 medi-cities, recruit 800 new doctors

In first meeting post 370, SAC focus on healthcare | 25 new Jan Aushadhi, 16 AMRIT Pharmacy Stores soon

JAMMU: In a far reaching decision aimed at bettering the healthcare facilities in the State, the State Administrative Council (SAC)—equivalent to cabinet in popular government, on Saturday approved the 'Policy Document' for setting up of two medi-cities in Jammu and Kashmir even as green signal has been given to the revenue department to identify and transfer the land for those.

The SAC, which


Sunday, September 15, 2019Malik warns ‘Pak-purchased boys’ In Valley of serious consequences

‘Satisfied with my stint as Governor; 370 repeal irreversible’

JAMMU: Dubbing militants in Kashmir as "Pak-purchased boys", Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday warned them that they "will soon get killed" if they do not "mend their ways" and stop threatening apple growers against selling their produce outside the Valley.

"Some Pakistan-purchased boys are roaming around (in the Valley) and threatening to kill orchardists to stop them from selling their f


Sunday, September 15, 2019Laden’s son killed in US Op: Trump

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Saturday confirmed that Hamza bin Laden, the son of slain al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, was killed in an American counter-terrorism operation along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

The confirmation of Hamza's death has come more than a month after the US media reported that he was killed, citing the US intelligence officials.

"Hamza bin Laden, the high-ranking al-Qaeda member and son of Osama bin Laden, was killed in a United States counter-terrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region," Trump said in a statement.

However, the US Pr


Sunday, September 15, 2019Kishtwar: Search Ops on; day curfew lifted

JAMMU: The authorities lifted the day curfew in Kishtwar district even as a massive search operation for LeT militants, who snatched the service rifle from a personal security officer of a PDP leader, continued for the second day on Saturday.

The day curfew, which was imposed in the town following the weapon snatching incident on Friday, was lifted but all educational institutions remained closed as a precautionary measure, the officials said.

A group of terrorists struck the house of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Kishtwar district president Sheikh Nasir Hussain at Gourian village in t


Sunday, September 15, 2019Forces on high alert, security stepped up in Jammu region

‘Lakhanpur, Kishtwar incidents a concern’

JAMMU: Following the recent spurt in the militant activities across the State especially in Jammu region, the security forces have strengthened the security grid in all three regions, which is already reeling under threats from Pakistan at Line of Control following union government’s decision to abrogate its special status and bifurcate it in two Union Territories (UTs).

While LoC has remained


Sunday, September 15, 2019Pakistan raises white flag, takes back two dead soldiers from LoC

SRINAGAR: Pakistan military raised the white flag to retrieve bodies of its two soldiers along the LoC in Hajipir sector of PoK after they were killed by the Indian security personnel during cross border firing, Army sources said Saturday.

The Indian Army on Saturday released a 1.47-minute video of the incident which showed Pakistan military personnel raising the white flag to retrieve the bod


Sunday, September 15, 2019Pak shells Poonch areas, NAC reviews LoC security in Rajouri

JAMMU: Pakistani troops engaged in heavy firing and mortar shelling on forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district on Saturday in violation of the ceasefire.

The fresh breach of the LoC truce occurred while a top Army commander was visiting the forward posts along the fence in neighbouring Rajouri district.

“The firing and mortar shelling from across the bo


Sunday, September 15, 2019SC moved over 'illegal detention' of children

Post 370

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has been moved over the "illegal detention of children" in Jammu and Kashmir following abrogation of Article 370 and the reorganisation of the state into two Union Territories (UTs).

The petition has been filed by Enakshi Ganguly, an eminent child rights expert, and Shanta Sinha, first chairperson of the National Commission for Child Rights (NCPCR).

Alleging the


Sunday, September 15, 2019IJU to implead in petition of KT editor

NEW DELHI: The Indian Journalists Union (IJU) has sought to intervene in the petition filed in the Supreme Court by Kashmir Times Executive Editor Anuradha Bhasin seeking removal of restrictions imposed on working of the media after scrapping Jammu and Kashmir's special status.

IJU Secretary General Sabina Inderjit filed an intervention application in the apex court on Wednesday to put forth t


Sunday, September 15, 2019No Bandh in Jammu tomorrow

JAMMU: Top business bodies in Jammu on Saturday deferred the call for a shutdown on Monday against the taxes and penalties imposed recently in various sectors, after they were assured of a meeting with Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday.

The Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industries (JCCI) had threatened a one-day shutdown on Monday if their demands were not met by Sunday.

The JCCI and sev


Sunday, September 15, 2019If Pak doesn’t stop terrorism, it will 'break into pieces': DM

JAMMU: In a stern message to Pakistan, the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said the neighbouring country should stop promoting terrorism, ‘otherwise no one will be able to prevent it from breaking into pieces’.

Singh also warned Pakistan that if its people cross the Line of Control, the Indian Army will not allow them to return.

"Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has given good


Sunday, September 15, 2019Undefined LAC causes border rows: Namgyal

LEH: New Delhi and Beijing need to sit down and properly define the Line of Actual Control (LAC) to avoid border skirmishes, Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal has said.

Describing the tension reported earlier this week along the border as "nothing serious", the BJP MP from the just-carved out Union Territory said, "we should not worry too much about such developments".

The LAC has often wit


Sunday, September 15, 2019FM unveils Rs 70k Cr stimulus for exports, real estate sectors

NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday announced an over Rs 70,000 crore package for the exports and real estate sectors, including setting up of a stressed asset fund, as the government continued with firefighting measures to pull the economy out of a six-year low growth rate.

A Rs 20,000 crore fund, with government putting in half of the amount, will be set up to provide


Saturday, September 14, 2019Guv orders ACB probe into illegal land grabbing in twin capital cities


SRINAGAR: Ten months after repealing the Jammu and Kashmir State Lands (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act, 2001, commonly known as Roshni scheme, Governor Satya Pal Mail on Friday ordered a detailed probe into alleged instances of cornering high-value prime land in Jammu and Srinagar cities by misusing the now-repealed law.

The probe which will be conducted by the Anti Corruption Bure


Saturday, September 14, 2019Curfew in Kishtwar as LeT ultras snatch rifle of PDP leader’s PSO

Militants identified; massive search Op launched

JAMMU: In third such incident in past six months, two militants belonging to Lashker-e-Toiba terror outfit snatched the service rifle from a Personal Security Officer (PSO) of a local Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader in Kishtwar in Jammu region, forcing authorities to impose curfew and launch a massive search operation in the communally-sensitive district.

A senior officer informed that t


Saturday, September 14, 2019JKPC moves SC on 370 repeal, President's Rule

SRINAGAR: A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court by the Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference (JKPC) challenging the President's Rule imposed in the state and abrogation of provisions of Article 370, which gave special status to the state.
The Sajjad Lone-led JKPC has filed the petition through its spokesperson Adnan Ashraf, seeking President's Rule in the state be declared unconstitutional


Saturday, September 14, 2019257 candidates appointed to KAS, 2 make it to KPS

SRINAGAR: The State Government on Friday accorded sanction to the appointment of 263 candidates to J&K Administrative Services, J&K Police (Gazetted) and J&K Accounts (Gazetted) Service under direct recruitment through the combined competitive examinations 2016.
Among these, 257 are appointed to the Joiner Scale of J&K Administration Services, 02 in J&K Police (Gazetted) Services and 04 in J&K A


Saturday, September 14, 2019In Centre’s MIS, Valley’s apple growers find relief, new hopes

SRINAGAR: Wearing a white Khan dress, Ghulam Nabi, a resident of Sopore is optimistic about the announcement made by the government over initiating “Market Intervention Scheme”, which will provide a new market to the fruit growers of the valley and will benefit thousands of farmers.
There are many apple farmers like Nabi, whose annual income is dependent on growing fruits and selling it to the m


Saturday, September 14, 2019Prices fixed

SRINAGAR: A day after its official launching, the Department of Horticulture, Planning and Marketing which is the nodal agency of Jammu and Kashmir for Centre’s Market Intervention Scheme, fixed prices for apples according to the fruit grade and type of packaging material on Friday.
For Delicious Apple variety Rs 52 per kilogram have been fixed for Grade A, Rs 36 per Kg for Grade B and Rs 15.75


Saturday, September 14, 2019J&K community radio stations likely to start function in 6 months

JAMMU: Two new community radio stations for Jammu and Kashmir among the 118 such stations being set up in various parts of the country, are likely to become operational in next 6 months, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Friday.
Community radio is a great way to communicate with the public and give opportunities to local artists, he said.
"We are going to exp


Saturday, September 14, 2019Salary of 4 Tehsildars withheld

KISHTWAR: Deputy Commissioner, Angrez Singh Rana today withheld salary of Tehsildars of Drabshalla, Bonjwah, Warwan and Marwah for their poor performance under Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme (DILRMP).

As per an order issued here in this regard says that the erring officers have been asked to explain their position within next five days, in case of any failure on this accoun


Saturday, September 14, 2019Jawan serving in Rajouri distt commits suicide

GURUGRAM: An army man, identified as Rajiv Kumar (35), allegedly committed suicide in the washroom of a hotel, here on Thursday. No Suicide note was found.

A resident of Trarpur village under the Bilaspur police station in Gurugram, Kumar was posted at the Rajori sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

The deceased had taken leave on September 5 and reached Gurugram on September 7. Instead of visiting


Saturday, September 14, 2019Boy booked for raping minor sister

JAMMU: In a shocking incident, a boy allegedly committed rape on his minor sister in Nagrota area here, police said.

A senior officer identified the accused as Nitesh Sharma, son of a late Army Colonel, living in R S Colony in Nagrota.

“Acting on the complaint that the accused raped his sister, a minor, an FIR was lodged and the accused was arrested,” he said.

The accused has been booked


Saturday, September 14, 2019Court rejects bail in Gang Rape case

JAMMU: Principal Sessions Judge Reasi Kamlesh Pandita rejected the bail applications of two accused--Kuldeep and Rinku who are allegedly involved in Gang Rape case.

The two are accused of abducting a woman raping her, along with another absconding accused Sonu.

“The offences alleged to have been committed by the accused persons are heinous and also against the society at large. It leaves a


Saturday, September 14, 2019Northern Army Commander reviews security on LoC, Valley CI-Operations

SRINAGAR: Amid desperate efforts by Pakistan to push militants into the valley and disturb the calm, Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh took stock of security preparedness in Kashmir.
Lt Gen Singh was accompanied by Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen KJS Dhillon. Both of them visited formations in North Kashmir deployed along the Line of Control and the hinterland.
The visit comes close on


Saturday, September 14, 2019Fresh restrictions see Friday pass off peacefully in Valley

SRINAGAR: Fresh restrictions were imposed in parts of Srinagar on Friday to maintain law and order in view of congregational prayers, even as the stalemate following abrogation of Article 370 entered its 40th day with schools closed and public transport off the roads, officials said.
Fresh restrictions have been imposed in areas around Hazratbal, while the curbs continued in five police station


Saturday, September 14, 2019Pak hub of terror, spreads deceitful narratives on Kashmir: India at UN

UNITED NATIONS: Describing Pakistan as the "hub of terrorism", India has dismissed Pakistan's attempts to raise the Kashmir issue in the UN General Assembly after it had failed to get a hearing in the Security Council, saying Islamabad misused the UN forum to spread "baseless and deceitful" narratives about it.
Pakistan's envoy to the UN Maleeha Lodhi raised the Kashmir issue during a General As


Saturday, September 14, 2019Aamir Khan in Ladakh, plans to shoot films in UT in 2020

Discusses water conservation measures with Div Com

LEH: Bollywood Superstar Aamir Khan who was in Leh said that his production team is planning film shooting in the region in the coming year even as he met Divisional Commissioner Ladakh Saugat Biswas and discussed with him water conservation measures in the cold desert.
Khan had previously shot in Ladakh for his mega hit ‘3 Idiots’.
Khan called on Saugat Biswas on Friday, an official spokesman


Saturday, September 14, 2019Pak should hand over PoK to us, says Athawale

CHANDIGARH: Union minister Ramdas Athawale on Friday said it is in Pakistan's interest to hand over PoK to India as several reports suggest people in the occupied territory are unhappy and want to be part of this country.
"Narendra Modi is a dashing prime minister. He took a historical decision to scrap Article 370. Pakistan has been unable to digest this and has tried to unsuccessfully rake up