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Saturday, March 23, 20198 militants, minor held hostage killed in four gunfights in Valley

SRINAGAR: Eight militants, including three of Pakistani origin—two of whom who killed a 12-year-old boy held hostage by them, were gunned down in four separate encounters—one of them still going on-- with security forces which took place in Bandipora, Shopian and Baramulla districts during the span of 36 hours.

Six security personnel were injured in these operations, while 5 civilians and four


Saturday, March 23, 2019“Its not Jihad but Jahalat”

SRINAGAR: This is not "jihad" (armed crusade) but "jahalat" (benighted), a village elder pleaded to Pakistani terrorists in North Kashmir's Hajin area while asking them to release a 12-year-old boy who was held captive and subsequently killed on Thursday.

Videos of the village elder of Mir Mohalla of Hajin surfaced on social media, showing him asking the two Lashker-e-Taiba terrorists, Ali ali


Saturday, March 23, 2019JKLF banned; Geelani booked under FEMA, fined Rs 14.40 L

Crackdown on Separatists

JAMMU: The Yasin Malik-led Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) was banned on Friday for a series of violent acts and being in the forefront of separatist activities in the militancy-hit state since 1988, even as Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Geelani, who advocates Jammu and Kashmir's merger with Pakistan, has been booked under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) for illegally possessing foreign exchange of US $10,000 and fined Rs 14.40 lakh by the Enforcement Directorate.

Listing out its subversive and violent activities, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba said the JKLF spearh


Saturday, March 23, 2019More action to follow

JAMMU: Twenty-five assets linked to LeT chief Hafiz Sayed, four to Shabir Shah, and other immovable facilities in the name of over a dozen people linked to militant outfits will soon be attached or confiscated by investigative agencies as part of a crackdown against Jammu and Kashmir-based separatists and terrorist operatives, official sources said.

After imposing a penalty of Rs 14.40 lakh on Syed Ali Shah Geelani in a 17-year-old case of illegal possession of USD 10,000 in alleged contravention of the foreign exchange law, the Enforcement Directorate is mulling a similar proceeding again


Saturday, March 23, 2019Close aide of Pulwama mastermind arrested

JAMMU: Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist Sajjad Khan, a close aide of Pulwama attack mastermind Mudasir Khan was arrested by the police and was sent to NIA custody by a Delhi court till March 29.

Identified as Sajjad Ahmed Khan (27), a resident of Pulwama, the alleged terrorist is also suspected to be involved in the conspiracy of Pulwama attacks.

Sajjad, who was arrested near the Lajpat Ra


Saturday, March 23, 2019Jawan martyred, 2 injured as Pak breaches LoC truce

JAMMU: An Army jawan was martyred, even as two soldiers were reported injured in Pakistani firing along the Line of Control in Jammu region which started on Thursday and continued till Friday evening.

Following the fresh tensions, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Army Commander, Northern Command visited forward posts in Rajouri and Reasi sectors and reviewed the operational preparedness.



Saturday, March 23, 2019Jammu heading for major water crisis, this Summer

Work on Rs 352 cr project for 62 new tube wells yet to be taken up

JAMMU: The water crisis in Jammu is most likely to worsen in the upcoming summer season as the work on Rs 352 crore project for the construction of much needed sixty-two new tube wells in the winter capital is yet to be taken up despite the passage of more than one-and-a-half year since the project was submitted to Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) by the PHE Department.

Highly placed sourc


Saturday, March 23, 2019Few bidders, dismal approach of govt likely to delay Jammu-Akhnoor four-lane project

JAMMU: The upgradation of Jammu-Akhnoor section NH-144-A from the fourth Tawi Bridge to Hanuman Chowk (30.097 km) to four lanes is likely to face delay due to indifferent approach of bidders as well as state government.

This is a vital defence road and among the busiest roads of the state, which connects Rajouri and Poonch to the rest of the country.

“National Highways and Infrastructure De


Saturday, March 23, 2019PM Modi greets Imran on eve of Pak Nat’l Day

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a letter to his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan, greeting people of the neighbouring country on the eve of its National Day and highlighting the importance of a terror-free South Asia, official sources said Friday.

The prime minister, in his message, said it was time for the people of the sub-continent to work together for a democrati


Saturday, March 23, 2019Termination on cards for absentee doctors, H&ME dept initiates action

Committee fails to act even after 6 months of its reconstitution


JAMMU: Taking stiff action on a series of complaints against absentee doctors and other officials of the Health & Medical Education Department, the Government is all set to terminate their services after serving them last and final notice.

Surprisingly, while the Department of Health & Medical Education is baffled with shortage of doctors and other paramedical staff to cater to


Saturday, March 23, 2019Attack on Cong leader, PSO injured

SRINAGAR: A policeman was injured when militants on Friday allegedly attacked senior Congress leader and Anantnag Municipal Committee chairman Hilal Ahmad Shah in south Kashmir district of Anantnag.
Official sources said that Personal Security Officer (PSO) of Shah was wounded when militants allegedly attacked the Municipal Committee chairman at Town Hall in Anantnag on Friday.

The injured c


Saturday, March 23, 2019HC seeks report on city traffic

JAMMU: The division bench of High Court today directed state government to file detail status report on prevailing traffic scenario in Jammu city within two weeks.

The division bench of High Court comprising Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice Sindhu Sharm directed the Planning department to file detailed status report on prevailing traffic scenario in Jammu city within two weeks or fine


Saturday, March 23, 2019Kargil admin suspends arms licenses

KARGIL: District Magistrate Kargil Baseer ul Haq Choudhary today issued an order for suspension of all the Arms licenses valid for Kargil District or Jammu and Kashmir or All India with immediate effect.
Through the order license holders have been directed to immediately deposit the weapons with the concerned police stations.

The weapon holders having granted license by the District Magistr


Saturday, March 23, 2019Panel set up to streamline re- appropriation

JAMMU: The state government on Friday constituted a committee to streamline the re-appropriation process of all projects schemes running in the current fiscal.

The four-member committee would be headed by Mohammad Yaqoob Ittoo, Director General Budget and would comprise of Nasir Ahmad Naqash, Director Development Expenditure Division; Parvez Ahmad Kakroo, Director Development Expenditure Divis


Friday, March 22, 20193 militants killed,7 security men hurt in J&K gunfights

Srinagar, March 21: Three militants were killed while seven security men and three civilians injured in three different battles between security forces and militants in the Kashmir Valley, authorities said.

While the first gunfight erupted in Sopore town, two gun battles were reported later from Bandipora and Baramulla districts.

Police sources said firing exchanges between the security for


Friday, March 22, 2019Kashmir’s cricket bat units need official turf to grow as industry: Advisor Ganai

Lauds unit-holders for making it viable entrepreneurial venture

SRINAGAR, MARCH 21- Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai said that Kashmir’s cricket bat units were proving to be sustainable entrepreneurial ventures—providing employment opportunities to thousands of youth.

Speaking to the delegation of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Bat Manufacturers Association led by Abdul Rashid Dar from south Kashmir, Ganai said that one of the oldest bat sectors needs


Friday, March 22, 2019Awareness drive 'Matdaan Mahautsav' organised at Jammu

JAMMU: District Election Officer Jammu organized an awareness drive "Matdaan Mahautsav" on this day of Holi under SVEEP by here at Dusshera Ground Gandhi Nagar.

The drive was aimed at creating awareness among the masses to come out in large numbers for voting on the day of elections.

The officials also gave a demonstration of functioning of the EVM.

Meanwhile, Dogri singers, folk d


Friday, March 22, 2019Dr Shahid Iqbal inspects major projects in Srinagar City

Srinagar: District Development Commissioner, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, conducted an extensive review and inspection of major developmental projects in city and outlines priorities for key infrastructure requirements for early initiation of projects.

ADC KK Sidha, JD Planning Yaseen Lone, officers from Tourism, Irrigation, Flood Control, Power and Revenue departments accompanied him on the occ


Friday, March 22, 2019PDP core group meeting today, to finalise its candidates for LS polls

Srinagar, Mar 22: The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) core group, headed by former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, will meet today to discuss and finalise the names of its candidates for upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Jammu and Kashmir.

Sources said Mehbooba Mufti met senior party leaders in Jammu as well as Kashmir before finalising the names of the candidates. “The core group meeting is likely t


Friday, March 22, 2019Congress separating terror from Pakistan: BJP

New Delhi, March 22: The BJP on Friday accused the Congress of attempting to "separate terror from Pakistan" and said that while on one hand it blamed the Narendra Modi government for the air strikes in Pakistan, on the other, it was handing out a clean chit to Islamabad.

"Shame on Congress. Top Congress leader and Rahul Gandhi's chief advisor Sam Pitroda, on one hand, handing out clean chit t


Friday, March 22, 2019Salman believes right kind of education can solve Kashmir dispute

Mumbai: Salman Khan believes right kind of education can heal the conflict-ridden Kashmir Valley.

Salman's upcoming home production "Notebook" is a love story set in Kashmir featuring newcomers Pranutan, daughter of actor Mohnish Bahl, and Zaheer Iqbal. In the film, Pranutan and Zaheer play the role of school teachers.

Asked if education can bring a positive change in the Valley, Salman sa


Friday, March 22, 2019Pulwama attack was 'conspiracy' to fetch votes: SP leader

Etawah: Senior Samajwadi Party leader Ramgopal Yadav alleged that the Pulwama terror attack was a "conspiracy" to garner votes, drawing sharp criticism from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Yadav, a general secretary in the Samajwadi Party (SP), also said once there is a change at the Centre, investigations will be conducted into the incident and claimed that prominent people will


Friday, March 22, 2019BJP releases first list of 184 LS candidates; Modi to contest from Varanasi, Shah from Gandhinagar

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will contest the Lok Sabha election from Varanasi, the seat he represents in Parliament, and BJP president Amit Shah will fight from Gandhinagar in place of veteran leader L K Advani as the party Thursday announced its first list of 184 candidates for the general election.

BJP heavyweights such as Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Road Transport and Highw


Friday, March 22, 2019Hema Malini to contest again from Mathura LS seat

Agra/Mathura, March 22: Popular actor and Mathura MP Hema Malini, who has been busy since morning participating in Holi celebrations in Lord Krishna's land, was Thursday against fielded by her BJP from the seat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

However, in the first list of Bharatiya Janata Party's Lok Sabha candidates, there were surprises in store as both sitting MPs from Agra have been repl


Friday, March 22, 2019Delhi Police officer stabbed on Holi, three held

New Delhi, March 22: Three youths were arrested on Thursday for stabbing a Sub-Inspector of Delhi Police after a fight when he told them not to spray color on his car, a police officer said.

Police said information was received from Balaji hospital in west Delhi's Rajouri Garden that Amit Kumar, posted at the Nihal Vihar Police Station, was admitted in the emergency ward with stab wounds.



Friday, March 22, 2019Union Minister Jitendra Singh to file nomination on Friday from J-K's Udhampur

New Delhi: Union Minister Jitendra Singh will file his nomination papers Friday from Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur constituency.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal is likely to accompany him to file the nomination papers, a senior leader said Thursday.

The name of Singh, who holds multiple portfolios in Narendra Modi's government including Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, was ann


Wednesday, March 20, 2019NC locks Cong out of Kashmir

JAMMU: Eliminating the already slim chances of conceding any of the three Valley seats to the Congress in the highly-speculated pre-poll alliance, the National Conference (NC) on Tuesday announced former Jammu and Kashmir High Court judge Justice (retd) Hasnain Masoodi as its candidates from the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency.

With party president Farooq Abdullah contesting from the Srinagar-


Wednesday, March 20, 2019Notification issued for Srinagar, Udhampur LS seats

JAMMU: The Election Commission of India on Tuesday issued notification for General Elections for two Parliamentary Constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir, besides 95 constituencies spread across 12 states where phase two of the Lok Sabha elections will be held on April 18.

With this, the poll process has been kick started in Udhampur-Doda and Srinagar Parliamentary Constituencies.

As per the


Wednesday, March 20, 2019Info blackout in J&K as DC Kupwara, DIPR employees come face to face

SRINAGAR: Amidst the election season, suspension and attachment of an assistant information officer by Deputy Commissioner Kupwara resulted into information blackout as all the offices of state Information department across Jammu and Kashmir were locked out while employees demanded the revocation of the suspension of their colleague.

Bashir Ahmad Sofi, assistant information officer, posted in


Wednesday, March 20, 2019India has not, and will not forget Pulwama terror attack: NSA Doval

JAMMU: India has neither forgotten nor will forget the Pulwama terror attack and the country's leadership is "capable and courageous" to mete out effective responses to such acts, NSA Ajit Doval said Tuesday.

Speaking for the first time about the attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed on February 14 in Pulwama, the national security advisor (NSA) asked the paramilitary force to "constan


Wednesday, March 20, 2019ED attaches 13 assets in Valley

Terror Funding

SRINAGAR: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Tuesday attached over a dozen assets in Jammu and Kashmir in a terror financing case against Pakistan-based terrorist and chief of the globally banned Hizbul Mujahideen, Syed Salahuddin.

The central probe agency issued a provisional order under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to attach 13 properties, worth Rs 1.22 crore, in the state.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019Teacher held in terror case dies in custody

SRINAGAR: A 28-year-old man from Pulwama district died in police custody in Srinagar, triggering a spontaneous shutdown and street clashes in Awantipora town.

While government ordered magisterial inquiry into the custodial death, political parties have condemned the incident and pitched for a fair investigation and exemplary punishment.

Rizwan Pandit, 28, a resident of Awantipora, died dur


Wednesday, March 20, 2019Irfan from Shopian gets Shaurya Chakra

JAMMU: In one of the rare and proud occasions, President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday awarded Shaurya Chakra to 16-year-old Irfan Ramzan Sheikh for fighting militants who attacked his residence in Shopian district.

Shaurya Chakra is usually awarded to armed forces and para-military personnel for "gallantry otherwise in the face of the enemy".

During the intervening night of October 16-17 of 2


Wednesday, March 20, 2019LoC day 3: Pak firing continues

JAMMU: The Pakistan Army violated ceasefire for the third consecutive day by shelling forward areas and posts along the LoC with mortar bombs in Akhnoor and Sunderbani sectors Tuesday.

Pakistani troops have violated ceasefire over 110 times along the Line of Control (LoC) this year.

"There was continuous ceasefire violation as the Pakistani troops resorted to heavy firing and mortar shellin


Wednesday, March 20, 2019Parties eye vital support from panchs, sarpanches

JAMMU: With less than a month remaining for the 2019 Parliamentary elections to begin, the national parties, BJP and the Congress have started chalking out their strategy to win over the support of panchs and sarpanchs of the state which may prove to be vital in the elections keeping view their numbers.

Reliable sources in both BJP and Congress said that they are chalking out their election


Wednesday, March 20, 2019NAC visits Siachen

SRINAGAR: Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, General Officer Commanding – in – Chief, Northern Command on Tuesday visited forward posts in Siachen Glacier and reviewed operational preparedness being maintained in the sector.

A defence spokesman said that he was accompanied by Lt Gen YK Joshi, General Officer Commanding, Fire & Fury Corps.

Lt Gen Ranbir Singh interacted with troops deployed at the forwa


Wednesday, March 20, 2019Govt to shut down illegal private security agencies

JAMMU: Citing serious threat to the security of the state, Jammu and Kashmir government is shutting down the illegal private security agencies.

Official sources said that the scores of private security agencies, which are operating in the state without any permission or license from authorities, would be closed immediately.

“The government will take stern action against illegal private se


Wednesday, March 20, 2019Justice Ghose appointed India's first Lokpal

NEW DELHI: Retired Supreme Court judge Pinaki Chandra Ghose has been appointed as India's first Lokpal, a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said on Tuesday.

Justice (retd) Ghose will head the panel that comprises Justices Dilip B. Bhosale, Pradip Kumar Mohanty, Abhilasha Kumari and Ajay Kumar Tripathi.

Besides, the panel would have Dinesh Kumar Jain, Archana Ramasundaram, Mahender Singh and In


Wednesday, March 20, 2019Nine KAS reshuffled

JAMMU: Nine KAS officers were transferred on Tuesday in the interest of administration following a concurrence of Election Commission of India conveyed by the CEO J&K.

According to an order issued here, Tasaduq Jeelani (KAS), awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department (GAD), has been posted as Managing Director, J&K Housing Board.

Rakesh Kumar Srangal (KAS), Dire


Tuesday, March 19, 2019NIA hints tight case against Mirwaiz, ors

JAMMU: Letterheads of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jammat-ud-Dawa, Hizbul Mujahideen and other terrorist organisations are among various "significant evidences" that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) says are enough to book top separatist leaders, including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in its ongoing probe in the J&K terror funding case.

The NIA investigators have scrutinized these letterheads which were rec


Tuesday, March 19, 2019Is NC-Congress Deal Off?

Slight Possibility: Both sides wait for first break

JAMMU: A week-long talks held in twin capitals of state as well in New Delhi involving top most leaderships of the two parties seemingly failed to bear any fruit for the much-anticipated pre-polls alliance between National Conference and Congress, as the former today deciding to contest all the six Lok Sabha seats in Jammu and Kashmir.

The decision came at the meeting of the parliamentary boar


Tuesday, March 19, 2019Notification for Phase-I issued

LS Polls

JAMMU: Setting in motion the high-voltage electoral battle where the BJP seeks to return to power amid opposition's efforts to present a united fight to unseat it, the Election Commission of India (ECI) today issued notification for General Elections to Baramulla and Jammu among 91 Parliamentary Constituencies spread over 20 states.

Polling would be held in these constituencies on April 11 und


Tuesday, March 19, 2019Officers backing early LA elections harassed: Omar

JeI ban thought-out match fixing between BJP, PDP

SRINAGAR: Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah alleged on Monday that officers of Jammu and Kashmir favouring early Assembly elections were being harassed by a lobby of senior officers who oppose such a move.

The National Conference (NC) vice president also alleged that the ban on Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) was a "thought-out match fixing" between the BJP and the PDP as part of election "gimmickry"


Tuesday, March 19, 2019Panthers announce two more candidates

The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) on Monday announced two candidates for the Lok Sabha elections in Kashmir region.

Jahangir Ahmed Khan will contest from Baramulla constituency and Abdul Rashid Ganie from Srinagar constituency, a party spokesman said.

The candidates were approved by the parliamentary board of JKNPP. The candidate for the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat will be a


Tuesday, March 19, 20191.82 L first time voters to exercise franchise in J&K


Jammu: Over 1.82 lakh first time voters will exercise their franchise and are likely to play key role in upcoming elections of six Lok Sabha constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir.

As per data, 1, 82, 182 people, who fall under the age group of 18-19 years, will caste vote for the first time in upcoming general election 2019.

“The majority of first time voters are college stud


Tuesday, March 19, 2019CCTV footage acquired, PHQ to file urgent memo in court

Alleged Mass Copying in SI recruitment

JAMMU: In the latest development in alleged mass copying at one of the examination centre set up for the recently held Sub Inspectors recruitment examination, the Police Headquarters is all set to file an urgent memo in the Court as it has claimed to have acquired the CCTV footage of the examination centre in question.

The statement on the part of the senior police officers in the PHQ came at the time when protests started erupting in Jammu raising fingers at the transparency during examinations.

“We have taken the CCTV footage of the very examination centre which is in question of mas


Tuesday, March 19, 2019Pak lady gets 5 years in jail

JAMMU: A Pakistani woman, wife of an alleged local militant, was today sentenced to five year imprisonment even as her husband and one of his accomplice was acquitted by the court after the prosecution failed to prove the offences against them.

Principal Sessions Judge Jammu Vinod Chatterji Koul today awarded 5 years imprisonment to one Faiza Begum wife of Sheraz Ahmed of Chancha, Mansira, Raw


Tuesday, March 19, 20194 yrs on, GMC&H-J’s H1N1 swine flu lab yet not ready

As cost escalates, project to complete by May’19

JAMMU: The high-profile H1N1 Swine Flu Laboratory, which was sanctioned for Government Medical College & Hospital Jammu in the year 2015, couldn’t see light of the day till today as with cost escalation due to missing of several deadlines and retendering, the work on this important project is yet not complete.

Highly placed sources informed The News Now that two H1N1 testing labs were approve


Tuesday, March 19, 2019After claiming 27 lives, Influenza scare weans off

A total of 27 persons, who were tested positive for Swine Flu infection, died since September last year when the winters approached the State, first in Kashmir valley.

Dr. S. M. Kadri, State Surveillance Officer, Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP), Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir, informed The News Now that as many as 23 persons have died of Swine Flu in Valley so far, out which 21 reportedly died at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura while two at Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital Srinagar, which is one of the Associated Hospitals of Government


Tuesday, March 19, 2019Extension of 77th, 103rd Const amendments challenged in HC

SRINAGAR: A petition was Monday filed in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court challenging the extension of 77th and 103rd amendments of the Indian Constitution to the state through a presidential order earlier this month.

The Centre had extended these two amendments to give effect to 10 per cent reservation in education and government jobs to economically weaker sections among the general category


Tuesday, March 19, 2019Increase vigil: DGP asks cops

SRINAGAR: Director General of Police (DGP) of Police, Dilbag Singh today reviewed security preparedness and ask cops to remain more vigilant ahead of Lok Sabha election in Jammu and Kashmir.

“With the announcement of schedule for the elections, responsibilities of all forces have increased. We have to focus on the security measures besides maintaining law and order,” Si


Tuesday, March 19, 2019Faesal’s party courts fresh row over name

SRINAGAR: Hours after its launch, Dr Shah Faesal’s new party has courted a new controversy, when a faction of the Hurriyat Conference claimed that the former IAS officer has copied its name.

Faesal on Sunday had launched his political outfit -- Jammu and Kashmir Peoples' Movement (JKPM) –months after resigning from the Service to protest the "unabated killings in Kashmir and marginalisation of


Tuesday, March 19, 2019Ind envoys harassed in Pakistan

NEW DELHI: India has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over several incidents of alleged harassment of Indian High Commission officials in Islamabad between March 8 and 11, and demanded an immediate investigation into them, official sources said Monday.

The Indian High Commission issued a "note verbale" to Pakistan Foreign Ministry on March 13, giving a detailed account of the incidents in


Monday, March 18, 2019LS Polls: Notification for First phase today, parties gear up

JAMMU: The polling process to elect the next government of the world's largest democracy begins on Monday with the Election Commission set to issue the notification for the first of the seven-phase Lok Sabha polls involving 91 seats spread over 20 states and union territories.

Among these, two of Jammu and Kashmir’s six seats are also included—Baramulla-Kupwara constituency in North Kashmir an


Monday, March 18, 2019Omar concedes too little to Cong

‘No compromise in Kashmir, may negotiate on other 3 seats’

JAMMU: Setting the seat sharing formula proposed by National Conference as pre-condition for any pre-poll alliance with Congress, National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah on Sunday made it clear that his party will not settle for anything less than all the three Lok Sabha constituencies in Kashmir Valley, thus quashing the possibility of NC conceding the prestigious Srinagar seat to the


Monday, March 18, 2019Omar NC's face for CM post: Farooq

JAMMU: National Conference president Farooq Abdullah Sunday announced that his son, Omar Abdullah, will be the party's chief ministerial candidate.

Kick-starting the party's campaign for the Lok Sabha polls here, the party chief said he will represent Jammu and Kashmir in Parliament.

"I will not be the chief minister. The chief minister will be Omar Abdullah as he is young. I am old and I


Monday, March 18, 2019Corruption, nepotism prevails in SMVDU; Governor apprised

JAMMU: Established two decades ago after a massive movement by locals, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) has allegedly become a hub of nepotism and corruption, severely robbing it of the prestige and teaching quality once associated with it.

The aggrieved faculty members and students have leveled some serious allegations against Dr Sanjeev Jain, Vice-Chancellor of the varsity, who was recently given extension of two years after his original three-year-long term ended on March 15.

A detailed letter has been darted to the Governor Satya Pal Malik, who is also Chancellor of SMV


Monday, March 18, 20192 killed in landslide

BANIHAL: Two persons were killed and three others injured on Sunday when a landslide struck a remote village in Ramban district.

A group of labourers was on way to Banihal on foot when they got trapped under the debris after the landslide occurred at Khari-Mahoo road near Aarmarg in the morning, a police officer said.

The locals pulled out the body of Mohammad Qasim Gujjar (33), a resident


Monday, March 18, 2019At debut, Faesal vows to bridge gap between Kashmir and Delhi

SRINAGAR: Former IAS officer Shah Faesal Sunday launched his political outfit -- Jammu and Kashmir Peoples' Movement (JKPM) -- here, promising a youth-oriented politics and to become a voice to help bridge the gap between the state and the Centre and India and Pakistan.

Hundreds of people, from most parts of the state, turned up at Gindun Ground in the Rajbagh area of the summer capital here t


Monday, March 18, 2019Pakistan will be India’s part post 2025: Indresh

JAMMU: Senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar on Saturday said Pakistan would be a part of India after 2025 and people from India could settle and start businesses in Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi, among other cities in neighbouring Pakistan, even as he questioned the Jammu and Kashmir's special status.

"People used to say there was no Pakistan before 1947. Till 1045 AD, the area was called Hindusta


Monday, March 18, 2019Abhinandan’s return was no favour: Nirmala

JAMMU: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Sunday criticised those from within the country who had termed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan a "statesman" for returning Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and said the IAF pilot's release was as per law and not a favour.

India had sent back 90,000 Pakistani soldiers unconditionally after the 1971 war, in which Pakistan was defeated, she said.


Monday, March 18, 2019BJP’s manifesto to acknowledge regional divide, Cong may follow

JAMMU: The BJP high command has decided to release three separate manifestos for all the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir for 2019 Parliamentary elections by incorporating issues, demands and other needs of respective regions i.e Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, even as the other national party, Congress is deliberating on a similar move.

The BJP high command, reportedly took the decision in consu


Monday, March 18, 2019Two IPS among 6 shuffled

JAMMU: The state government on Sunday transferred and posted six police officers including two IPS officers, even as another cop was given additional charge.

As per the official order, Sujit Kumar, IPS (JK:2007), was posted as I/C DIG Jammu-Kathua Range vice Vivek Gupta, IPS (JK:2007), who was transferred and posted as I/C DIG, Poonch-Rajouri Range.

Master Popsy (JKPS:2004), Deputy Command


Monday, March 18, 2019RIP Parrikar. He oversaw first surgical strike across LoC

13 December 1955 -17 March 2019

JAMMU: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, under whose tenure as Defence Minister, India conducted first surgical strikes across the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir as a response to a terror attack at Uri base camp, passed away on Sunday.

He was 63 and had been battling pancreatic cancer for over a year, died at his private residence near Panaji. Officially, he was described to


Monday, March 18, 2019Retd SC Judge Justice Ghose to be India's first Lokpal

NEW DELHI: Former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose was on Sunday recommended to be the first Lokpal or anti-corruption ombudsman of India.

His name was finalised and recommended by the Selection Committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and eminent jurist Mukul Rohatgi.

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Ma


Monday, March 18, 2019LoC peace breached in Rajouri

JAMMU: Pakistani forces violated ceasefire on Sunday by resorting to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district while a live mortar shell was found in a stream in Reasi district and was later defused by the bomb disposal squad.

Mortar shelling and firing from small arms from across the LoC started in Sunderbani sector around 6.30 pm, prompting effective retaliation


Monday, March 18, 2019Infant charred to death

SRINAGAR: In a heart-wrenching incident, an eleventh-month-old child was charred to death at his residence after his family rushed out to help the people who had met with an accident outside their residence in Parantilla area of Uri in north Kashmir’s in Baramulla district.

Reports said that a car met with an accident in Parantilla Uri. The sound made Maqbool Ahmad and his family members rush


Monday, March 18, 2019Father-son duo among 12 drug peddlers held

JAMMU: Twelve alleged drug peddlers, including a father-son duo, were arrested along with huge quantity of contraband substance in separate operations across the Jammu region, police said on Sunday.

Manzoor Hussain and his son Waqar Ahmed were arrested after 2,334 intoxicant tables and capsules were recovered from them during vehicle checking at Salani bridge in Rajouri district Sunday, a poli