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Tuesday, November 12, 2019Lt Guv gets security brief by NAC as Pak deployment swells on LoC

JAMMU: Amid increased deployment of Pakistani troops across the Line of Control (LoC) and infiltration of over a hundred terrorists into the Indian Territory in past three months, the Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh on Monday briefed Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu of the security situation in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
The meeting between two came when an enc


Tuesday, November 12, 2019Centre justifies Article 370 repeal ahead of SC hearing

‘Militants, separatists were taking advantage; 35A was discriminatory’

JAMMU: The Centre justified in the Supreme Court on Monday the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, saying the militants and separatist elements, with the support of foreign forces inimical to India, were taking advantage of the situation.
A five-judge bench of Justice N V Ramana, Justice S K Kaul, Justice R Subhash Reddy, J


Tuesday, November 12, 2019NH remains shut, fresh snowfall predicted Murmu reviews situation; All major Valley roads cleared of snow

Avalanche sweeps 2 Army porters

SRINAGAR/JAMMU: Two Army porters are believed to have been killed after a snow avalanche hit the Line of Control (LoC) in Baramulla district, even as efforts continued on Monday to clear the debris of a massive landslide that blocked the strategic Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Ramban district, while the weather office predicted a fresh spell of snow and rains later this week.
Cold wave cond


Tuesday, November 12, 2019Jammu Ropeway Project Stuck in admin hurdles, JKSCCL awaits tech nod since 4 months

JAMMU: It seems that Jammu Ropeway Project is far from reality as the same is stuck between administrative hurdles. Ironically, the project is ready from since last four months but Jammu & Kashmir State Cable CAR Corporation Limited (JKSCCL) yet to receive the clearance from technical committee constituted by state government.
“The project is completely ready eve


Tuesday, November 12, 2019Shutdown enters 100th day; Valley trains to resume today

SRINAGAR: The continued shutdown in Kashmir Valley will enter 100th day on Tuesday even as the train services which were disrupted since August 3 ahead of the abrogation of provisions of Article 370, will resume on Tuesday.
The valley had been under restrictions after August 5, when the Centre revoked the special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into union territories.
The Centre's


Tuesday, November 12, 2019Court rejects J&K Bank petition for releasing files seized by ACB

SRINAGAR: A court here rejected the petition filed by the J&K Bank seeking release of files which were seized by Anticorruption Bureau Kashmir in the raids carried out by it at Bank’s corporate headquarters in June this year when it sacked the then chairman of bank Parvez Ahmed.
The application filed by Jammu and Kashmir Bank Ltd Corporate Headquarters Srinagar seeking the release of files seiz


Tuesday, November 12, 2019Govt constitutes referral board for J&K IAS officers

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Monday constituted the Referral Board for the IAS officers working in the Union Territory even as it approved the reconstitution of the Establishment-cum-Selection Committee.

As per the AIS (PAR) Rules, 2007, the All India Service Officers serving in a State or UT are assessed upon their performance and their full Annual Performance Appraisal Repo


Tuesday, November 12, 2019Vaishno Devi Shrine Board to inspire constitution of trust for Ram temple

JAMMU: With the Supreme Court clearing the way for a Ram temple at the 2.77-acre disputed site in Ayodhya, the focus has now shifted to the proposed grand edifice and if sources are to be believed, the management of the upcoming temple will have some resemblance with how the revered shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi in Katra is run.

Credible sources inform The News Now that the Centre is soon t


Monday, November 11, 2019Restrictions lifted across Jammu

Schools, colleges to reopen today; in Valley too

JAMMU: Preventive restrictions, imposed as a precautionary measure across Jammu region on the eve of the Supreme Court's judgement on Ayodhya case, were withdrawn on Sunday night, with schools and colleges slated to reopen on Monday, even as the government is not likely to restore mobile internet in Jammu region any time soon.
However, controlled regulation with deployment of forces wherever nec


Monday, November 11, 2019Eid-e-Milad celebrated with fervour

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: Muslim devotees thronged mosques to celebrate Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi with religious fervour as authorities on Sunday eased out restrictions in most parts of Jammu region but did not allow any major procession due to prohibitory orders in Kashmir region.

Restrictions were witnessed in most parts after the authorities imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC across J


Monday, November 11, 2019Centre approves roads project worth Rs 380 crore for Jammu

NHAI to establish Kunjwani flyover, service lanes, expansion of rail under roads

JAMMU: The Government of Indian (GOI) has accorded sanctioned to Rs 380 crore for the development of 37 kilometer-long stretch from Vijaypur to Nagrota on Jammu-Pathankot National Highway involving several projects including establishment of Kunjwani flyover, Devika Bridge in Vijaypur, four lanning of rail-under-bridges at Nagrota and Greater Kailash in Jammu.
The project will be executed by Nat


Monday, November 11, 20191 militant killed in ongoing encounter

SRINAGAR: Security forces killed a militant during an encounter which raged in a village in Bandipora district of north Kashmir on Sunday.

The gunfight between security forces and militants was still under way in Lawdara village, about 55 km from Srinagar, till late Sunday night, even as the security forces believe to have trapped more associates of the slain ultra.

The encounter started wh


Monday, November 11, 2019DGP, NAC discuss J&K UT security situation

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir's police chief Dilbag Singh met Army's Northern Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh in Udhampur on Sunday and discussed the overall security situation in the Union Territory following the Ayodhya verdict.
The Director General of Police was accompanied by Additional Director General of CRPF Zulfikar Hassan to the meeting, a police spokesman said.
"Overall security situation of


Monday, November 11, 2019Amid lawyers’ strike, govt sets Nov 30 deadline for computerised regn of docs

JAMMU: Amid the ongoing strike by lawyers against the creation of a separate department of registration, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday announced that a computerised registration system will be rolled out across the union territory by the end of November.
The announcement came four days after the Revenue Department issued printed Mutation Register with 100 leaves each to the Patw


Monday, November 11, 201995% power network restored in Srinagar

SRINAGAR: Over 95 percent of power distribution network has been restored with 65 out of 66 receiving stations having been charged and 400 out of 400 megawatts of power being supplied in Srinagar as of Sunday evening, the district authorities said.

This follows round-the-clock efforts of the Srinagar administration with Power Development Department officials braving odds manoeuvring through sn


Monday, November 11, 2019Maha impasse: BJP declines, Guv invites Sena to form government

MUMBAI: Hours after the BJP declined to form government in Maharashtra on Sunday, Governor Bhagat Singh Khoshyari on Sunday night asked the Shiv Sena to "indicate the willingness and ability" of the party to stake claim, mounting suspense over formation of government.
The Sena, which is the second largest party in the 288-member House with 56 MLAs after the BJP (105), has time till 7:30 PM on No


Monday, November 11, 2019Landslide blocks Jammu-Srinagar NH again, 1300 vehicle stranded

Work in full swing, restoration likely by afternoon today: Div Com

BANIHAL/JAMMU: Thousands of commuters were stranded as the Jammu-Srinagar National highway was again blocked by a massive landslide in Ramban district on Sunday afternoon, only hours after traffic resumed on the route.
The work on cleaning the debris was going on full throttle but the authorities expected the highway to be through for vehicular movement only after 2 pm on Monday.
Traffic on the


Monday, November 11, 2019Valley jawan kills self in UP

JAMMU: A soldier of the 66th Battalion of the Sashastra Seema Bal belonging to Jammu and Kashmir has allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his gun at the Hardidali camp in Uttar Pradesh's Maharajganj district.

The incident happened on Saturday night and the victim was identified as Basher Ahmad (32), a resident of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

The reason behind the suici


Monday, November 11, 2019Two injured in Pak firing

SRINAGAR: Two civilians were reported to have been injured on Sunday when Pakistani Rangers targeted civilian areas along the LoC in Kashmir Valley.
"The Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing of small arms along LoC in Uri sector in Baramulla district on Sunday evening", defence sources said.
They said two civilians suffered injuries in the Pakistani firing and were


Sunday, November 10, 2019SC backs Ram temple in Ayodhya

Gives Muslims nearly twice the disputed land for mosque

NEW DELHI: Settling a fractious issue that goes back more than a century, the Supreme Court in a historic verdict on Saturday backed the construction of a Ram temple by a government trust at the disputed site in Ayodhya, and ruled that an alternative five-acre plot must be found for a mosque in the Hindu holy town.
Delivering a unanimous verdict on a case that has long polarised the country and


Sunday, November 10, 2019Amid tight security, J&K remains peaceful; restrictions to continue

JAMMU: Amid tight security arrangements in view of Supreme Court’s verdict on Ayodhya title dispute, the situation remained peaceful in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday as no untoward incident was reported from anywhere across the union territory; however, the restrictions imposed under section 144 will remain enforced on Sunday also.
People in Jammu welcomed the Supreme Court judgment in the Ram J


Sunday, November 10, 2019Modi inaugurates Kartarpur corridor

Thanks Imran; 562 pilgrims visit gurdwara on first day

DERA BABA NANAK (GURDASPUR): In a rare and landmark initiative, the Kartarpur corridor facilitating Indian pilgrims to visit one of Sikhism's holiest shrines in the Pakistani town of Narowal was thrown open amid fanfare and presence of several thousand Sikhs.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday thanked his Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan for respecting Indian sentiments towards the shrine a


Sunday, November 10, 2019‘Produce or surrender lands’ | SIDCO asks 74 ‘defunct’ industrial units

Deadline 1 month; Inclusion of sick, mortgaged units draws ire

JAMMU: The J&K Small Industrial Development Corporation (SIDCO) has issued notices to ‘defunct’ industrial units across Jammu and Kashmir divisions, to start production in a month or be ready to surrender their lands, while not considering the sick and mortgaged units, and a proper exit route for them.
“We have issued one-month notices to at least 74 industrial ‘defunct’ units in Jammu and Kashm


Sunday, November 10, 2019Undertrial prisoner dies; family alleges torture, blocks highway

6- doctor board conducts postmortem, inquiry initiated

JAMMU: The traffic on the Jammu-Pathankot national highway was halted for four hours after the family of an undertrial prisoner who died during treatment at a hospital, blocked the road at Parmandal near Bari Brahmana and demanded an inquiry into his death, which they alleged happened due to custodial torture.
The protestors who were demanding compensation for the family of deceased were pacifie


Sunday, November 10, 2019Jammu to Delhi in six hours: Survey of 575-km-long road corridor completed


NEW DELHI: The survey for the construction of 575-km-long express road corridor connecting the holy town of Katra with the national capital via Amritsar has been completed and the project is expected to cost Rs 35,000 crore.
Once completed, the new expressway will reduce the travel time from Katra to Delhi to seven hours and from Jammu to Delhi to just about six hours.
This was informed by Unio


Sunday, November 10, 2019Cop, ex-militant among 3 booked for looting trader

JAMMU: Two brothers, a policeman and a surrendered militant, were among three people booked for allegedly looting and assaulting a saffron trader on gun point in Rajouri district.
While prime accused Mohammad Mustafa Shah was arrested and looted saffron along with two 12-bore guns were seized, the search was on to arrest the two brothers, Rajouri Senior Superintendent of Police Yougal Manhas sai


Sunday, November 10, 2019Landslide blocks NH, hours after restoration; snowfall in Kashmir

39 stranded families rescued in Srinagar

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: A fresh landslide in Ramban district blocked the Jammu-Srinagar national highway hours after it was restored, leaving thousands of commuters stranded at various places, even as the air traffic remained affected for third consecutive day as fresh snowfall was experienced in parts of Kashmir as a thick layer of fog engulfed the Valley on Saturday.
While there were no deaths reports


Sunday, November 10, 2019Heavy snowfall hits fruit industry badly; Shopian, Kulgam, Baramulla worst hit

SRINAGAR: The recent snowfall in the valley has severally hit the fruit industry in Kashmir with almost more than 20 percent standing apple crop being damaged with Shopian, Kulgam and Baramulla being the badly hit areas.
The month of November is set to be the end of autumn in Kashmir and valley witness trees shedding their leaves towards the end of the month.
Ghulam Ahmed, fruite grower told ov


Sunday, November 10, 2019Maha Guv invites BJP to form govt

MUMBAI: Maharashtra Governor B.S. Koshyari on Saturday evening invited the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -- the single-largest party -- to indicate its willingness to form the next government, barely four hours before the tenure of the state Assembly expires at midnight.
"The Governor today asked Devendra Fadnavis, the leader of the elected members of the single-largest party, the BJP, to indicat


Sunday, November 10, 2019India slams Pak’s remark on Ayodhya

NEW DELHI: India on Saturday rejected Pakistan's "unwarranted and gratuitous" statement on the Ayodhya verdict, saying it is a civil matter that is completely internal to India.
"We reject the unwarranted and gratuitous comments made by Pakistan on the judgement of the Supreme Court of India on a civil matter that is completely internal to India," the Ministry of External Affairs said in a state


Sunday, November 10, 2019Lt Governor greets people on Eid-i-Milad

JAMMU: Lt Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu has greeted the people of Jammu and Kashmir on the eve of Eid-i-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW) and expressed sincere hope that this auspicious occasion would be the harbinger of harmony, peace, progress and prosperity in J&K.

In a message of greetings, Lt. Governor observed that Islam teaches us the values of brotherhood, simplicity, compassion and morality, all o


Saturday, November 9, 2019SC verdict on Ayodhya today

Section 144 imposed across J&K; edu instns closed, temples-mosques’ security upped

JAMMU: After seven decades of a protracted legal battle, the Supreme Court is scheduled to pronounce its verdict in the politically sensitive case of Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya at 10:30 am on Saturday, even as elaborate security arrangements have been made across the country while political leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and religious leaders urged peopl


Saturday, November 9, 2019Four more killed as highway remains blocked; weather conditions improve

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: Four more persons including a woman were reported to have been killed across the union territory in separate incidents related to heavy snowfall and rainfall, taking the number of deaths in past 48 hours to eight, even as the weather conditions improved significantly on Friday.
However, Kashmir remained cut off from the rest of the country for the second consecutive day as the Ja


Saturday, November 9, 2019Jawan martyred in LoC firing; searches on for five intruders

JAMMU: A soldier was killed in a gunbattle with around five to six terrorists who, aided by the cover fire by the Pakistan Army, tried to cross the Line of Control in Rajouri district on Friday.
The Army retaliated to the intrusion strongly, but any casualties on the side of the intruders, couldn’t be confirmed, even as a search for the bodies, if any, has been launched in the area.
The Pakista


Saturday, November 9, 2019CGST-IGST Reimbursement Rs 170 crore of Jammu industrialists still pending with Union government

JAMMU: Industrial units in Jammu division are facing financial crunch as the GST payments worth hundreds of crores for the past several months stand blocked with the union government, even after almost the same amount on the account of State share was released in two installments, a fortnight ago.
“Union Government has failed to reimburse our IGST and CGST claims for the year 2019, adding up to


Saturday, November 9, 2019History in making as Modi to inaugurate Kartarpur corridor today; security upped

Pakistan not to charge $20 service fee on Nov 9, 12

KARTARPUR: Thousands of Sikh pilgrims from across the world are eagerly waiting for Saturday's historic opening of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan separately inaugurate the cross-border pathway in their respective countries.
Prime Minister Modi will flag off the first batch of over 500 Indian


Saturday, November 9, 2019SPG 'shadow' withdrawn from Gandhi family after 28 long yrs

To get CRPF Z+ security; SPG to guard only PM now

NEW DELHI: The Special Protection Group (SPG) security cover given to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul and daughter Priyanka was withdrawn on Friday, 28 years after the elite force's continuous deployment, and it was replaced by the 'Z-plus' security of the CRPF, officials said.
The government's decision to withdraw the SPG cover given to the family of former prime minister Rajiv G


Saturday, November 9, 2019Srinagar grenade attack death toll rises to 2

SRINAGAR: A man has succumbed to injuries he suffered when terrorists lobbed a grenade in a busy market in the heart of the city, taking the death toll to two in the attack earlier this week.
One person was killed and 35 people were injured in the attack at the Hari Singh High Street market on Monday, almost three months since the Centre revoked the special status of the erstwhile state of Jammu


Saturday, November 9, 201910.78 Lakh Metric Tonnes apples transported

JAMMU: Nearly 10.78 lakh metric tonnes of fresh apples have been transported out of Kashmir valley till date this season, a senior official said Friday.

"Till date, 10.78 lakh MT of apples have been dispatched to outside mandis as against 11.74 lakh MT during the same period last year," Horticulture Secretary Manzoor Ahmad Lone said.

He said 77,000 trucks have been used for transportation o


Saturday, November 9, 2019Saffron alliance totters| Fadnavis quits, blames Sena for Maha impasse; Thackeray says BJP liars’ party

MUMBAI: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis resigned on Friday, blaming ally Shiv Sena for the impasse over government formation after the Assembly polls, with Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray hitting back at the Bharatiya Janata Party, virtually calling it a party of "liars", as the saffron alliance in Maharashtra tottered.

Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had asked Fadnavis to con


Saturday, November 9, 2019Was my destiny to end worries of people: Modi

NEW DELHI: Citing his government's decisions to provide ownership rights to residents of unauthorised colonies in Delhi, to enact a law against triple talaq, and to abrogate Article 370, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said it was "his destiny" to end uncertainties in the lives of people.
Speaking to a delegation of residents of unauthorised colonies and BJP lawmakers from Delhi, he elabo


Saturday, November 9, 2019Valley’s lone media facilitation centre non-functional

SRINAGAR: Kashmir's only media facilitation centre has been non-functional since Thursday due to snowfall in the valley which has disrupted the power supply.
The Internet services at the media centre, established by Jammu and Kashmir government in the wake of abrogation of Article 370, are down leading to problems for journalists who have not been able to file the stories.
The officials of the


Saturday, November 9, 2019PM appeals for peace, harmony

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya will not be a victory or defeat for anyone, and asked everyone to maintain harmony.
A day before the judgement on Saturday morning, Modi appealed to the people that they should make it a priority that this verdict strengthens India's glorious tradition of peace, unity and harmony.
"Tomorrow the verd


Friday, November 8, 2019Heavy snowfall, rains throw normal life out of gear; four killed in Valley

National highway shut, flight operations cancelled, power supply snapped

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: Heavy snowfall across Kashmir and upper reaches of Jammu region, coupled with incessant rains in plains threw the normal life out of gear across the union territory, even as at least four persons were killed in separate incidents in Kashmir Valley on Thursday.
The arterial Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was closed for traffic while all flights to and fro Srinagar airport were ca


Friday, November 8, 2019Two Army soldiers dead in road mishap

SRINAGAR: Two Army jawans died in a road accident caused allegedly because of poor visibility due to adverse weather conditions in Kupwara district.
“An Army vehicle met with an accident in Langate area of Kupwara on Wednesday night due to poor visibility caused by heavy snowfall,” an Army official said.
Two of our soldiers died in the accident, he said.
The Army identified the deceased as Rif


Friday, November 8, 2019Dal lake, surrounding areas to be declared as eco-sensitive zone

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has decided to declare Dal Lake and its surrounding areas as Eco-Sensitive Zone.
In this regard, it also constituted a Committee, which has been mandated to finalize the draft of the notification for this declaration.
The 10-member panel will be headed by Chief Conservator of Forests, Kashmir and would include Director Tourism Kashmir; Vice Chairman,


Friday, November 8, 2019Should govt have waited for riots? SC asks Azad on Valley restrictions

JAMMU: The Supreme Court on Thursday questioned senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on his opposition to the imposition of various restrictions following the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status, and asked if the authorities should have "waited for riots to take place".
"In an issue like this, why cannot apprehension be there that the entire area or the place may be disturbed?" a


Friday, November 8, 201996 days on, Jammu’s online ventures worst sufferers of Internet restrictions

JAMMU: The ongoing restrictions on internet in the region, particularly suspension of mobile internet, have affected almost every individual, business and service in a certain way.
With internet restrictions entering 96th day on Thursday, IT sector has found itself staring at grim future. Efleet-- a popular ride-hailing mobile application in Jammu, and 25 Technoarts—major providers of services l


Friday, November 8, 2019DoPT to hold conference on replicating good governance practices in J&K, Ladakh UTs

JAMMU: The Centre will organise a conference in Jammu on November 15-16 focussing on replicating good governance practices in the newly created Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Thursday.
The Ministry of Personnel will organise the regional conference on 'replication of good governance practices in UTs of Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh'.
In a


Friday, November 8, 2019Kartarpur: Confusion prevails over passport requirement, Sidhu gets political clearance

NEW DELHI: Conflicting messages from Pakistan over the key issue of whether Indian pilgrims will require passport to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib there, and a caution from New Delhi that Islamabad needs to desist from anti-India propaganda marked the run-up to Saturday's inauguration of the much-awaited Kartarpur corridor.
Political clearance to Punjab MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu, who repeatedly soug


Friday, November 8, 2019AYODHYA D-DAY Centre rushes 4000 SFs to UP, RPF steps up vigil, cancels leave

NEW DELHI: The Centre has rushed around 4,000 paramilitary personnel to Uttar Pradesh while the Railway police cancelled leave of its force and stepped up vigil at 78 major stations and on trains as part of its security preparedness ahead of Supreme Court's Ayodhya verdict expected next week.
As the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday sent a general advisory to all the states and Union te


Thursday, November 7, 2019Roads claim more lives: 5 of a family killed in car-truck collision in Kulgam

20 killed in 5 major accidents in past four days

SRINAGAR: The dance of death continued on the roads for fourth straight day in Jammu and Kashmir, when five members of a family were killed after their car collided head on with a truck in Kulgam district on Wednesday.
This is the fifth major road accident in the newly formed union territory in past 4 days, and a total of 20 persons have lost their lives in these mishaps so far.
Wednesday’s acc


Thursday, November 7, 2019Eye on DP&DB elections, BJP doubles its BDC count @157

‘70 independent chairpersons in Valley, 6 in Jammu join party’

JAMMU: Embarrassed by the drubbing in recent elections to the Block Development Councils (BDC) in Jammu and Kashmir, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has almost doubled the number of blocks won by it by roping in independent chairpersons, as part of its fresh strategy to perform better in District Planning and Development Boards (DP&DB) elections, which would be held soon in the newly formed unio


Thursday, November 7, 2019PM sets 2020 deadline for USB rail link

JAMMU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday took stock of the the progress of ambitious Udhampur-Baramulla rail link project and gave explicit instructions to expedite the work and complete it by next year.
PM Modi fixed the 2020 deadline for the ambitious project connecting Srinagar to Indian Railways network while chairing his 31st interaction meet through PRAGATI with secretaries of vari


Thursday, November 7, 2019SC seeks number of public transport vehicles plied since Aug 5 restrictions

Communication curbs for 90 days not temporary, SC told

JAMMU: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration to apprise it on Thursday how many public transport vehicles like buses and trucks plied there after restrictions were imposed following the abrogation of Article 370 provisions.
The direction came when senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad alleged that the public transport


Thursday, November 7, 2019Two houses damaged in Pak shelling

JAMMU: Continuing targeting the civilians population along the fence, the Pakistani troops shelled mortar bombs on villages along the International Border (IB) in Kathua district, damaging two houses and injuring cattle.
The heavy mortar shelling by Pakistani troops which started on Tuesday night and repeated on Wednesday evening, in violation of the ceasefire, triggered panic among border resid


Thursday, November 7, 2019Higher reaches receive first snowfall; rains in Jammu, Mughal road closed

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: Higher reaches in Kashmir and Jammu’s hilly districts received first snowfall of the season on Wednesday while the plains were lashed by rain, bringing down the mercury quite significantly, even as the Mughal Road, connecting the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region with South Kashmir's Shopian district, was closed for vehicular traffic.
While cool breeze blew the


Thursday, November 7, 2019Cong dares BJP: Hold polls in J&K if Aug 5 decision democratic, situation normal

‘Want PoK back; people humiliated by State’s division’

JAMMU: Taking a jibe at the BJP, the Congress in-charge for Jammu & Kashmir, Ambika Soni on Wednesday dared the ruling party at Centre to hold elections in the newly carved union territory if it felt the decision taken by it were democratic and the situation was normal.
She, however, asserted that entire Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India and "we would like" the government to take b


Thursday, November 7, 2019As lawyers’ strike enters day 6… Revenue dept issues 100-leaf Mutation Register to Patwaris

‘Four copies of Farad Intikhab to be issued, receipt replaces stamp duty’

JAMMU: Even as the lawyers’ strike entered into sixth consecutive day to mark their protest against SAC’s move for creation of a new Department of Registration for registration of various deeds, the Revenue Department today took various measures in issuance of Farad Intikhab and issued printed Mutation Register with 100 leaves each to the Patwaris, thus backing its decision which has taken hostag


Thursday, November 7, 20193 arrested for threatening locals in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Three persons were arrested on Wednesday for ‘threatening and intimidating’ locals in South Kashmir's Pulwama using posters issued by proscribed terror outfits Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba, even as police said that miscreants and militants are indulging in fear-mongering including recent attacks in Kashmir to put down any resistance to the unannounced shutdown, which has now en


Thursday, November 7, 2019Ayodhya Verdict PM Modi cautions ministers against needless comments

NEW DELHI: Ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the sensitive matter with his council of ministers here on Wednesday and asked them to refrain from making unnecessary statements on the subject and maintain harmony in the country, sources said.
The prime minister made these remarks at a meeting of the council of ministers, while asserting


Thursday, November 7, 2019Corruption allegations echoes in house; Oppn councilors oppose transition of J&K into UT

JMC’s 7th General House Meeting

JAMMU: Noisy scenes were witnessed on Wednesday in the seventh general house meeting (GHM) of Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) over its ‘inadequate’ action against corrupt officials.

The opposition councilors cornered Mayor Chander Mohan Gupta for ‘merely attaching’ corrupt officials.

“On one side, Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP)-led centre government bats for tough action against corrupt offic


Thursday, November 7, 2019School burnt in Kulgam

SRINAGAR: The building of a government school was burnt by suspected militants in Kulgam district of south Kashmir on Wednesday night, reports said.

They said that suspected militants, unknown in number, hurled petrol bombs and inflammable objects to set fire to the building of a school in the restive district.

The authenticity of the reports, however, couldn’t be verified immediately.


Thursday, November 7, 2019Ladakh LG meets Prime Minister

NEW DELHI: Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Ladakh R K Mathur called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Wednesday. He had called on President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday. Mathur took over as the first LG of Ladakh after the state of Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into the Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh on October 31.


Thursday, November 7, 2019Railway service in Kashmir to resume from 11

SRINAGAR: Railway service in Kashmir Valley will resume from November 11, the government said on Wednesday, over three months after it was suspended in view of abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan directed the railway authorities to conduct track inspection within three days, followed by a trial run on November 10 and resumption


Thursday, November 7, 2019Notice issued over Directorate of Prosecution

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday issued notice to government in a PIL filed against the establishment of Directorate of Prosecution by creating separate prosecution service to be known as "J&K Prosecution Service".
The decision of the SAC upon which the home department has issued an order in this regard was challenged in the court as so was the another order whereby former me