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Saturday, January 19, 2019Ten feared killed after snow avalanche hits Khardung La

Five bodies recovered, intense searches on for others

SRINAGAR: In a tragic accident, ten persons, believed to be Army porters, are feared dead after a snow avalanche buried the two trucks they were travelling in at Khardung La of Ladakh region on Friday.

Bodies of five of the deceased have been recovered so far, while efforts are on to find the remaining five persons, whose chances of survival are bleak, police said.

The rescue operation by p


Saturday, January 19, 2019ECI team expected ‘soon’ in J&K

CEO holds APM, majority for simulatenous polls

JAMMU: A team of Election Commission of India (ECI) is expected to visit Jammu and Kashmir in a few weeks from now to review the situation with political leaders and other stakeholders based upon which the commission will decide whether the assembly elections would be held simultaneously with Lok Sabha polls in Jammu and Kashmir.

This was informed by Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shailendra Ku


Saturday, January 19, 2019Do not use cell phones on duty, Raj Bhavan staff told

JAMMU: Taking congnisance of reports of Raj Bhavan staff remaining busy with their smart phones affecting the performance of their duties, the Governor’s Secretariat has banned usage of mobile phones by the staff during the duty hours.

A circular was issued in this regard after it was observed that staff members at Raj Bhawan instead of doing official duties were seen busy in their cell phone


Saturday, January 19, 20192019 LS Polls BJP to appoint ‘Vistaraks’ for each Assembly constituency


JAMMU: Gearing up its activities to secure all the six Lok Sabha seats of Jammu and Kashmir, particularly the two seats in Jammu region and one in Ladakh, the BJP high command has decided to appoint "Vistaraks" for each of the 87 Assembly constituencies of the state.

The Vistaraks are the full time workers who will work right till the Lok Sabha elections and will gather all important information i.e problems, requirements, population ratio and other related information of each Assembly segment and pass on to the party high command.

Their work is very much similar to th


Saturday, January 19, 2019Massive hike in stipend to MBBS, BDS interns in J&K


JAMMU: In a significant decision, the Governor’s administration has accorded approval to massive hike in stipend from Rs. 4,800 to Rs. 12,300 per month i.e., increase of Rs. 7,500 in favour of students of MBBS and BDS courses during their internship in Government Medical Colleges as well as Dental Colleges both at Jammu and Srinagar.

According to a Government Order No. 80-HME of 2


Saturday, January 19, 2019IB truce breached

JAMMU: After breaching truce along Line of Control in Poonch and Rajouri districts for past two weeks, Pakistan on Friday violated ceasefire by resorting to firing along the International Border (IB) in Kathua district, drawing strong retaliation from Indian forces.

Pakistan Rangers resorted to small arms fire on border outposts (BoPs) in Hiranagar sector at around 11 am, , officials said.


Saturday, January 19, 2019Farooq reiterates regional autonomy promise, says blueprint already drawn

JAMMU: National Conference president Farooq Abdullah Friday reiterated that his party was committed towards ensuring regional autonomy in Jammu and Kashmir as it will assuage the aspirations of the people of all the regions.

The former chief minister sought a massive mandate for his party in the ensuing elections, saying a strong and stable government alone can steer Jammu and Kashmir to peace


Saturday, January 19, 2019Militants lob 3 grenades across Valley, 4th averted

SRINAGAR: Only 8 days before the Republic Day, militants on Friday carried out three grenade attacks targeting security forces across the Kashmir valley, including Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the summer capital Srinagar, but there were no reports of any casualty, even as possible fourth such attack was foiled when the security forces arrested a militant with a grenade.

In the preceding week


Saturday, January 19, 2019JKSPDCL functioning hampered sans full time MD, many projects await approval


SRINAGAR: In the absence of a full time managing director (MD) since the past six months, many projects in the Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation Limited (JKSPDCL) are pending for the want of approval.

The JKSPDC, which is the only power generating corporation of the state, is functioning without the services of a full time MD after former IAS officer Shah Faesal left to United States (US) for studies on a scholarship. Soon after his return, Faesal resigned from government services to join politics.

Even though the charge of MD was given to administrat


Saturday, January 19, 2019India protests Pak SC extending its jurisdiction to GB, summons DyHC

NEW DELHI: India on Friday summoned the Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan and lodged a strong protest on a recent order by Pakistan Supreme Court extending its jurisdiction over Gilgit-Baltistan.

The Pakistani official was conveyed that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir, which also includes the so-called 'Gilgit-Baltistan', "has been, is and shall remain an integral part of India", the


Saturday, January 19, 2019Hawala Dealer Wani granted bail by Delhi HC

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Friday granted bail to alleged hawala dealer Muhammad Aslam Wani, who is accused of money-laundering.

The court allowed bail plea of Wani asking him to furnish a personal bond of Rs 3 lakh and two sureties of like amount.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) in September 2017 filed a chargesheet against Wani and Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah under the


Saturday, January 19, 2019BPL families to get 1917 cattle heads

JAMMU: In a significant move, the state government has decided to give away the cattle heads got from Military Farms to the families living under Below Poverty Line (BPL).

The decision was taken here at a meeting of defence representatives and officers of Animal Husbandry Department, chaired by Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, regarding the handing over of cattle to state government


Saturday, January 19, 2019Additional 100 MWs electricity for Valley

JAMMU: To supplement the power supply in the Kashmir Valley and also address the interruptions in the supply, if any, the Power Development Department today purchased an additional 100 MWs of electric power through exchange.

The power was purchased on the directions of the Advisor to Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma, an official spokesman said.

“By way of the initiative the electric supply in


Saturday, January 19, 2019CJ Meghalaya, CVC J&K meet Governor Malik

JAMMU: Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir, Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court, and P.L. Gupta, Chief Vigilance Commissioner, J&K today met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan.

Governor and the Chief Justice Mir exchanged views on various important issues relating to making legal system more effective for meeting the aspirations of the people at large and their felt needs and demands, an off


Friday, January 18, 2019Zojila: Modern day marvel contract to scam-hit IL&FS called off, NHIDL to initiate fresh bidding

JAMMU: Eight months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said "Zojila tunnel is not a mere tunnel but a modern day marvel", the contract, for the ambitious project which envisaged ensuring an all weather connectivity to Ladakh region and reducing journey across one of the world’s most difficult passes from 3.5 hours to as little as 15 minutes, has been called off.

This is the second time since


Friday, January 18, 2019 What happened to IL&FS

The IL&FS, an infrastructure development and finance company, gained most of its popularity for the Chenani-Nashri tunnel on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.

The company operated through more than 250 subsidiaries including IL&FS Investment managers, IL&FS financial services and IL&FS Transportation networks India Limited (ITNL). The group had a debt burden of over Rs. 90,000 crore as of Octo


Friday, January 18, 20192018 remarkable year for Valley CI-Ops: Army Cmdr

Civilian injured in Pak firing in Rajouri

JAMMU: Security forces met considerable success in anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir in 2018 by eliminating several top ultras who were targeting security forces and civilians, Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said Thursday.

The top Commander was speaking to reporters in Poonch where reviewed the prevailing security situation in the backdrop of heavy firing and shelling


Friday, January 18, 2019What great year? question NC, PDP

SRINAGAR: Political rivals People Democratic’s Party and National Conference came together on Thursday when they questioned Northern Army Command chief Lt Gen Ranbir Singh boasting about the number of militants killed in the state last year.

"I beg to differ, a great year would be one in which no young man would join militancy, no terrorists would be killed & no security personnel would lose t


Friday, January 18, 2019LS polls: CEO to meet Pol parties today

JAMMU: The Chief Electoral Officer Jammu and Kashmir Shailendra Kumar has convened a meeting of all political parties in Jammu on Friday regarding the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in the state, even as the haze surrounding the timing of assembly elections is yet to be cleared.

In a letter sent to ten political parties including National Conference, PDP, Congress and BJP, the CEO has also hinte


Friday, January 18, 2019Govt fixes rates for 72 medical tests, diagnostic services in J&K

‘Pvt hospitals, nursing homes, clinics not under purview’

JAMMU: Taking a serious note of series of complaints regarding variation in rates and overcharging for various kinds of clinical investigations at different Government run medical institutions and hospitals in the State, the Governor’s administration has finally come out with a fixed rate structure for as many as 72 different medical tests (investigations) and diagnostic services.

Official sou


Friday, January 18, 20193 cops hurt in grenade attack, Hizb ultra held

SRINAGAR: Three cops, including an officer, received splinter injuries after militants hurled a hand grenade on a police party on Thursday afternoon in Srinagar where an alert has been issued in view of Republic Day celebrations even as security forces arrested a Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant from Kulgam district.

Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror outfit has claimed responsibly of the grenade at


Friday, January 18, 20195 KAS shifted

JAMMU: The State government on Thursday affected a minor reshuffle in middle-rung administration, transferring and posting five KAS officers.

According to a government order 89-GAD of 2019, Kusum Badyal, Special Secretary to the Government, Higher Education Department, was transferred and posted as Additional Registrar, Cooperative, Jammu, whereas Tanveer Iqbal Malik, Additional Registrar, Coo


Friday, January 18, 2019Admin Secys, HoDs to take your calls every Mon, Tue eve on DD

JAMMU: Running four months behind the earlier fixed schedule, the Administrative Secretaries of different Departments—with powers equivalent to ministers in President’s rule—will be interacting with general public in a Live-Phone-in-Programme to be telecast on Doordarshan every Monday and Tuesday evening, a first for Jammu and Kashmir.

In September 2018, a seven-week –long series was announced which was to begin September 17 on Doordarshan TV at 5 pm every Monday, but the same could not take off for some reasons.

Four months later, the government on Thursday has issued a fresh notificat


Friday, January 18, 2019Weather advisory issued

SRINAGAR: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan on Thursday issued weather advisory according to which moderate to heavy snow and rain is expected from 19th to 25h January at widespread places of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions.

As per the communication received from Indian Meteorological Centre, Rambagh, Srinagar, light snowfall would commence at a few places of Kashmir on 19


Friday, January 18, 20192 women battalions approved

JAMMU: The state government on Thursday accorded its formal sanction to the raising of 2 Women Battalions for Jammu and Kashmir Police, along with creation of 2014 posts of various ranks for these battalions.

The State Administrative Council (SAC) had given its nod to the same in its January 14th meeting.
An order issued by R K Goyal, Principal Secretary, Home Department said that the recruit


Friday, January 18, 2019Faculty, other staff appointed for 5 new GMCs

JAMMU: Department of Health and Medical Education today issued appointment orders to fill 84 Assistant Professor/Lecturer posts in new Government Medical Colleges of Anantnag, Baramulla, Doda, Kathua and Rajouri.

Forty four Casualty Medical Officers have also been appointed in the Medical Colleges on the recommendations of JKPSC. The services of the Casualty Medical Officers shall be utilize


Thursday, January 17, 2019PM Modi to kick start' 19 poll compaign on Feb3, BJP aiming turnout over 1 lakh

Jammu, Jan: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit to the state Jammu and Kashmir on February 3 to lay foundation stone of All India Institute of Medical Sciences and various other projects, BJP sources said.

They said that the Prime Minister will also address a public rally during his visit.

“The Prime Minister is likely to lay foundation of AIIMS to be constructed at Vijaypur te


Thursday, January 17, 2019Following Valley specific failure, not further extension to ‘Udaan’

J&K can benefit from two national schemes: MHA

JAMMU: Assessing its results purely on the basis of impact it makes in the Kashmir Valley, the Centre has finally pull out the Udaan scheme which already had little focus on Jammu and Ladakh regions.

Launched by Manmohan Singh government in 2013, the Udaan, an ambitious skill development programme, was in any case set to end in December 2018 but there were widespread demands for its extension for few more years. The envisaged spending Rs 750 Crore over five years but the actual amount incurred till the end of was a little over half of the stipulated amount.

The withdrawal of scheme ha


Thursday, January 17, 2019Unity must to protect J&K's identity: Farooq

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday asserted that the choice of the people in the forth coming elections will decide their future.

While addressing a meet of party functionaries, workers at Barthana, Batamallo he said, “The state is faced with a critical situation. We are caught between devil and deep sea. And at this time the choice of th


Thursday, January 17, 2019Special status "tampered" whenever NC is not in power: Omar

Srinagar: Former chief minister and National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah said Wednesday Jammu and Kashmir's special status was "tampered" with whenever his party remained away from power in the state.

"The basic structure of the state was entirely obliterated by the opportunistic forces that got a field day because of our absence. From 1953-1974, 37 amendments were made to the stat


Thursday, January 17, 2019India summons Pakistan mission official, protests civilian's killing in J&K

New Delhi, Jan 16: The government on Wednesday summoned an official of the Pakistan High Commission and lodged a strong protest over the killing of a civilian in Sundarbani sector in Jammu and Kashmir earlier this month in unprovoked firing by Pakistani forces from across the border.

"The Pakistan High Commission official was summoned today and a strong protest was lodged at the death of an i


Thursday, January 17, 2019Indian FM Arun Jaitley diagnosed with rare cancer

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who left for the US for medical treatment, has been diagnosed with a rare kind of cancer and may not be able to present this years Interim Budget on February 1, sources said.

Jaitley had left for the US on Sunday for what was believed to be a medical check-up relating to his kidney ailment. However, sources said he was diagnosed with soft tissue sarco


Thursday, January 17, 2019Youth, who left home in 'vengeful huff' to join militancy, reunited with parents: Police

Srinagar: A youth from Jammu and Kashmir's Ganderbal district, who had left home in a "vengeful huff" to join militancy, was brought back and handed over to his family, police said Wednesday.

"A boy, name withheld, resident of Ganderbal was reported missing from his home and a missing report was lodged at Police Station Ganderbal in this regard," a police spokesman said.

He said the inquir


Thursday, January 17, 2019Modi headed Govt failed to handle J&K situation: Congress

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee on Wednesday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP Govt has failed to handle situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

“BJP virtually failed to handle the situation in J&K during its unholy coalition in the State,” JKPCC Chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir said while addressing a convention at Sangrampur in Marh constituency organized by Thakur Balwan S


Thursday, January 17, 201990 pc of Border Bunker project likely to complete by June ending: J&K Govt

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Government officials informed the Advisor to Governor K K Sharma said that 90 percent of border bunkers project is likely to be completed by end of June.

The Advisor was chairing a meeting regarding construction of Bunkers in the Border areas of Jammu division like Rajouri, Poonch, Samba, Kathua and Nowshera under taken at an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore.

The me


Thursday, January 17, 2019Discouraging Dogri Language in schools is not acceptable: Lal Singh

Jammu: Founder president of Dogra Swabhimaan Sangathan Choudhary lal Singh said that discouraging Dogri language in schools is not acceptable.

Addressing a gathering in Utterbehni town of district Samba, Mr Singh said that it is the high time when all Dogras should realize their strength and must stand against the atrocities of Kashmiri rulers.

He further said that it was a deep rooted con


Thursday, January 17, 2019"Treat Mine As Yours": Omar Abullah Invites KTR To Kashmir Home

HYDERABAD: After Omar Abdullah posted a straight-out-of-a postcard photo of his snow-covered Kashmir home on Twitter, Telangana Chief Minister KCR's son KT Rama Rao said he hoped "there was a wish-granting factory" so he could stay close to the beautiful place. Soon after, he got a warm invite.

"Treat mine as yours and stay any time you like," former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdu


Wednesday, January 16, 2019GOVERNOR MALIK REACHES OUT TO SEPARATISTS ‘I have a message for Hurriyat that they should not consider me alien’

"As far as Hurriyat is concerned, I have respect for them, even though their ideology is different from mine. They have a different ideology and I have a different one" SATYA PAL MALIK

JAMMU: In a bid to build bridges between Raj Bhawan and Hurriyat Conference, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik Tuesday reached out to the separatist leaders urging them to apprise him directly of the cases of "atrocity and injustice" to common people that they may come across.

Malik made the offer with an appeal that the Hurriyat Conference leaders should not treat him as "an alien".


Wednesday, January 16, 2019J&K to raise Rs 3500 Cr bonds to liquidate power purchase liability

JAMMU: In view of whopping losses and accumulated financial burden, the Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to raise Rs 3500 Crore state bonds to liquidate outstanding power purchase liability.

A decision to this effect was taken at a high level meeting chaired by Union Finance Secretary A N Jha in New Delhi Tuesday. The Jammu and Kashmir side was represented by a team of officers led by


Wednesday, January 16, 2019In PDP’s south Kashmir powerhouse, Omar dubs coalitions ‘misadventure’, calls for strong, single mandate to NC

KULGAM: Seeking a strong mandate in the next Assembly elections, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said coalition government was not in the interest of the Jammu and Kashmir.

The coalition governments in J&K has proved detrimental to state’s interests and that the need of the hour is to have a strong, single mandated government to carry forward the agenda of peace, development and


Wednesday, January 16, 2019OPERATION ALL-OUT Farooq sees SP Malik’s remarks ‘paradoxical’

SRINAGAR: The National Conference (NC) President Dr Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday said that the awful situation in south Kashmir contradicts the recent claims of Governor SP Malik on ‘Operation All-out’.

Addressing various delegations at party head quarters here the former Chief Minister Dr Abdullah claimed that NC does not work on whims and compulsions. We as a party reject violence in every for


Wednesday, January 16, 2019MHA deliberates on J&K poll schedule

JAMMU: To overcome the challenge of voter participation in Kashmir Valley, the Centre is reported to be favouring simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, as it transpired at a meeting chaired by the Union Home Secretary in New Delhi today.

The meeting, attended by top security brass, was in the wake of a query by the Election Commission of India asking


Wednesday, January 16, 2019BSF officer martyred in Pak sniper firing on I-B

JAMMU: An assistant commandant of the Border Security Force (BSF) was killed in sniper firing by Pakistan Rangers along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district Monday morning, officials said.

Pakistan troops also violated the ceasefire and resorted to firing and shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district, prompting the Indian Army to retaliate str


Wednesday, January 16, 2019Army Chief warns Pak of strong action

NEW DELHI: Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat on Tuesday warned Pakistan that India will not hesitate in carrying out strong action against inimical moves, asserting that its forces were giving enemies along the Line of Control a "befitting reply" and inflicting heavy losses.

Gen Rawat also said India's neighbour on the western border continues to support terrorism.

The Army is ensuring dominance a


Wednesday, January 16, 2019BJP to run alone on all six Lok Sabha seats: Khanna

JAMMU: Though non committal on details at this stage, the Bhartiya Janta Party vice-president and in-charge of Jammu and Kashmir affairs, Avinash Rai Khanna today said that saffron party will run alone in the state on all six seats for forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Even as BJP’s alliance with Sajad Lone’s Peoples Conference is widely expected but Khanna reiterated that party will not have


Wednesday, January 16, 2019HC quashes arrest of 18

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court today quashed detention orders of 18 persons and asked the respondent authorities to release them from custody, if not required in other cases.

The vacation Judge of J&K High Court Srinagar Wing Justice Rashid Ali Dar while hearing different 18 habeas corpus petition quashed the detention of 18 petitioners namely Mohammad Hanief Sheikh, Abdul Majid Shah


Wednesday, January 16, 2019 921 medicos get job orders

JAMMU: To augment health care facilities in the rural and far flung areas of the state, Health and Medical Education (H&ME) Department today issued appointment orders to 921 Medical Officers recruited on fast track basis.

To fast track the recruitment process, the H&MEM Department had made relevant provisions in the rules and SRO, which paved the way for making the recruitment process a time bound exercise.

Pertinently, the department had referred one thousand vacancies of Medical Officers (MOs) of the Jammu and Kashmir Health and Family Welfare (Gazetted) Service to the J&K Public Serv


Wednesday, January 16, 2019NIA custody for 9 OGWS

SRINAGAR: Nine persons arrested in Kashmir by police’s Special Operation Group (SOG) in November last year for alleged militant links were on Tuesday handed over to National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Official sources told that two persons identified as Tahir Ahmad Khan son of Ali Mohammad of Chandrigam Tral and Haris Mushtaq Khan son of Mushtaq Ahmad of Wathora Budgam were arrested by the S


Wednesday, January 16, 2019Back in Anantnag, Mehbooba for dialogue with local militants, calls them sons of soil

JAMMU: As Peoples Democratic Party and its main rival National Conference make intensive bids at popularity in south Kashmir, former Chief Minister
Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday said efforts should be made to save them, adding the Centre should initiate dialogue with the militant leadership in Jammu and Kashmir to end the "gun culture".

"Right now, talks should be held with Pakistan and separatists


Wednesday, January 16, 2019By March 31, Rajouri to become J&K’s first juvenile justice compliant district

RAJOURI: Rajouri will soon become the first district in the State to be fully complying with all the laid down provisions of Juvenile Justice Act (JJA) and having all the structures and institutions provided under the Act.

This was stated in a meeting chaired by Chairperson Selection Committee, Justice (Retd) Hasnain Masoodi which was also attended by District Development Commissioner Rajouri


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Govt names place for new colleges, most local concerns addressed; 20 distts in list



- Two J&K Police Women Battalions with 2014 posts approved

- Rs 6 Crore grant for Real Kashmir Football Club over 3 years

JAMMU: The State Administrative Council (SAC), equivalent to Cabinet in popular government, on Monday named the final locations for the establishments of 40 new Government Degree Colleges to be set up during 2019-20 & 2020-21, even as it has addresse


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Hardship Allowance revised for J&K Police

JAMMU: The SAC on Monday accorded sanction to the grant of Hardship Allowance @ 8% of basic pay in the revised pay levels in favour of Gazetted and Non Gazetted Police Personnel w.e.f 01.01.2019.

The SAC also approved Hardship Allowance @ 10% of Basic Pay in the revised pay levels in respect of ‘Classified’ category of Police personnel including those deployed with Special Police components an


Tuesday, January 15, 2019In biggest outreach yet, Malik calls upon militants to return

JAMMU: Sounding even sweeter than the popular government selected on the plank of human right protection, Governor Satya Pal Malik today called upon the militants to return to the civil mainstream as he assured their counseling and rehabilitation.

"We do not have any 'operation all out'. We want these children (militants) to come back and we are ready to do what we can do for them," Malik said


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Pak breaches LoC peace

JAMMU: Pakistani Army yet again violated the ceasefire by firing unprovoked on the Line of Control in Poonch district.

Pak troops on Monday morning initiated unprovoked firing and targeted our forward posts in Khari Karmada area of Poonch, official sources here said.

They said Pakistan resorted to small arms and shelling with heavy caliber weapons.

Own troops effectively retaliated to th


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Police clearance must for protected persons for travelling outside State

Move to prevent weapon snatching, 752 PSOs withdrawn

SRINAGAR: In order to curb the rising incidents of weapon snatching, the Jammu and Kashmir police have restricted the protected persons from taking their Personal Security Officers (PSOs) with them outside state, unless they are permitted to do so by police, in written form even as it withdrew 752 PSOs from the ‘uncategorised’ and ‘influential’ persons during the Governor’s rule in the state.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019HM ultra arrested

BANDIPORA: Days after two active militants of the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) were arrested in Shopian, the security forces on Monday achieved yet another success when they arrested another top ultra of the terror outfit in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

An official informed that "on a tip off" from Jammu and Kashmir Police, a joint team of army’s 13 RR , 162 Territorial Army including police


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Khanna reaching Jammu today to discuss LS elections strategy

JAMMU: The state BJP, after the 2-day national conference at Delhi on January 11 and January 12, has fully entered into election mode as many of its senior leaders including state in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna are visiting the winter capital Jammu to discuss the strategy for 2019 Parliamentary elections devised at Delhi.

“The BJP has devised certain roadmap for Jammu and Kashmir with respect to


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Kashmir still a challenge due to Pak: HM

LAKHIMPUR (UP): Kashmir is still a challenge due to destabilising activities by Pakistan, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here on Monday.

"Kashmir is still a challenge due to destabilising activities by neighbouring Pakistan. However, the Army, the CRPF, the J&K police and intelligence bureau men are acting in better coordination," he said.

He was talking to mediapersons after inaugu


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Article 370 BJP leader’s PIL tagged with pending plea, hearing on Apr 2

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered tagging of a PIL challenging the validity of Article 370 of the Constitution--which grants a special status to Jammu and Kashmir and limits Parliament's power to make laws concerning the state, with another pending plea on the issue and which is slated to come up for hearing in the month of April.

The public interest litigation (PIL) was filed by


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Despite snow, SMVD footfall 13,000 a day

JAMMU: Braving heavy snowfall and extremely cold weather, around 13000 pilgrims are visiting the cave shrine of the Mata Vashno Devi daily, forcing the shrine board not to open the natural cave yet.

The natural cave is usually made accessible to the pilgrims by mid January when the number of visitors decreases to around 7000 per day.

"Despite snowfall and chilly weather conditions, pilgrims


Tuesday, January 15, 2019AoA v/s OaO: Have Governor’s remarks just bailed Mehbooba or made things worse

JAMMU: Governor Satya Pal Malik has said that there exists nothing like ‘Operation All Out’. While this operation is very much a part of the emerging political and security lexicon in Kashmir, the Governor’s statement in negative could bail the embattled Mehbooba Mufti out or may make things more complicated for her.

Navigating through a political environment of anger and uncertainty, when Me


Tuesday, January 15, 2019JNU sedition: Mufti questions timing of filing chargesheet

SRINAGAR: Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Monday questioned the timing of filing of charge sheet in the 2016 JNU sedition case, in which seven Kashmiris have been named, saying the students were being used to score political points ahead of Lok Sabha elections.

These seven are among the 10 students, including former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Ku


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Situation in J&K worsened under Modi: Shiv Sena

MUMBAI: The Shiv Sena said Monday that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir has worsened under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's watch and claimed the BJP-led government at the Centre frittered away the massive 2014 poll mandate.

Modi talks about his "56-inch chest", but more Army jawans have shed blood in the militancy-hit state under his dispensation than previous governments, said the BJP's bick


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Hurt in Tral encounter, CRPF man succumbs

JAMMU: After battling for life for nine days, a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper wounded during an encounter in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district earlier this month succumbed to his injuries on Monday.

Constable Mahesh Kumar Meena (39) had sustained a bullet injury in his neck during a gunfight in Aripal on January 5.

He was shifted to army’s 92 base hospital Srinagar for treatme


Tuesday, January 15, 2019DGP thanks Governor, his team

JAMMU: Director General of Police Dilbag Singh has thanked Governor Satya Pal Malik for enhancing the hardship allowance in favour of Jammu and Kashmir police personnel.

The DGP said that it has come like a New Year gift for the police force who have been rendering dedicated service to the state under difficult circumstances.

In a statement, a police spokesman said DGP has also thanked Ad


Monday, January 14, 2019Ahead of R-Day, 2 Hizbul militants held; 5 in 5 days

Now, weapons coming from Delhi too!

JAMMU: Achieving yet another major success ahead of the Republic Day, the security agencies have arrested two militants of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen terror outfit from Shopian, who were involved in procuring country-made arms and ammunition from Delhi-NCR, the new route adopted by outfits operating in Jammu and Kashmir for keeping the militancy alive, in view of strong resistance in trans-border weapon


Monday, January 14, 2019Ready for Assembly polls, CEO tells ECI

JAMMU: The state administration is completely ready to conduct Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir ‘anytime’, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has been apprised, courtesy J&K Chief Electoral Officer Shailendra Kumar.

The ECI had called CEO Shailendra Kumar to New Delhi on Friday where elaborative discussions on holding assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the State were held.

On Su


Monday, January 14, 2019Army jawan hurt in Pak sniping on LoC

JAMMU: Two days after martyrdom of three soldiers in an explosion caused by an IED planted by Pakistan, followed by cross-firing from the other side of the fence, an Army personnel was injured in sniper fire on Sunday when enemy troops violated ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked firing from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district.

The soldier, manning a forward post, was hit by


Monday, January 14, 2019PHE to disconnect water connections of defaulting Govt depts, MLA hostels; March 2019 last deadline


SRINAGAR: After asking its employees to clear all their pending water bills before getting salary, the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department is now mulling to disconnect water connections of government departments including Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) hostels if they fail to clear their water charges by March 2019.

According to official figures, 33 government departments owe PHE department Rs 2.94 crore water bill till March 2018.

Topping the defaulters, the MLA hostels owed Rs 61.24 lakh to the PHE department on account of water charges.

The govern


Monday, January 14, 2019Defunct SERC awaits revival

Chairman’s post still vacant; 2 Members apptd yet to join


JAMMU: In a rarest of the rare case, the State Government itself violated the provisions it laid down while constituting Jammu & Kashmir State Electricity Regulatory Commission (J&K SERC) in 2000 as more than two years have passed since the last Chairman of the Commission retired but no one was appointed at the coveted post after that.

Astonishingly, the J&K SERC which rationalize


Monday, January 14, 2019Malik launches J&K role model Scheme

JAMMU: ‘J&K Role Model’ scheme introduced by Special DG, J&K Zone CRPF was formally launched by Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here today where he also felicitated the role models on the occasion.

Lauding the role being played by the CRPF in maintaining security in the State, Governor appreciated the role of CRPF in the development of the State. He complimented the Force for carryi


Monday, January 14, 2019Lone, Ansari seek Guv’s assent to reservation bill

JAMMU: A day after 10% quota for upper castes became a law in entire country, a two-member People's Conference delegation, led by its chairman Sajjad Gani Lone, Sunday sought Governor Satya Pal Malik’s assent to the J&K Reservation Amendment Bill, which was passed in the state legislative assembly before the fall of the PDP-BJP government last year and is pending Governor’s approval ever since.


Monday, January 14, 2019Govt depts, politicians owe PDD Rs 73 crore


SRINAGAR: At a time when the state is facing acute shortage of electricity owing to the lack of infrastructure due to paucity of funds, various government departments besides politicians and industrialists owe whopping Rs 73.73 crore as electricity bills to the Power Development Department (PDD) till August 31 this year.

According to official figures, administrative department


Monday, January 14, 2019In 2018, alert SFs prevented revival of militancy in Rajouri, 4 ultras dead

JAMMU: The attempts to revive militancy by spreading of terrorists' base in the border district of Rajouri were foiled by alert police force and security agencies, who killed four heavily armed militants and arrested several others in the year gone by.

The arrested persons included four over-ground workers (OGWs), who were in close contact with Al-Badr commander Zeenat-ul-Islam, killed Saturd


Monday, January 14, 2019Man found dead with throat slit

JAMMU: A 30-year-old man was found dead on Sunday with his throat slit at his residence in Ramban district, police said.

The body of Purshottam Chand was found inside his house in Ramban's village Chakwa, a police official said. He said police visited the spot and removed the body for post mortem.

The body was later handed over to the deceased's family for last rites, he added.

Police sa


Monday, January 14, 20197 of stone pelting mob injured in clashes with SFs

SRINAGAR: Seven persons were injured allegedly in security forces' action on stone-pelting protestors during clashes in Shopian district on Sunday, police said.

Clashes erupted between groups of youth and security forces in Sugan village of south Kashmir's Shopian district amid multiple funeral prayers for Al-Badr commander Zeenat-ul-Islam who was killed in an encounter in Saturday, a police o


Monday, January 14, 2019NH open for stranded vehicles

BANIHAL/JAMMU: Hundreds of stranded vehicles, mostly trucks carrying essential supplies, were allowed to move towards Kashmir on Sunday, a day after heavy snowfall disrupted traffic on the vital 270-km Jammu-Srinagar national highway, officials said.

No fresh vehicle was allowed on the highway from either Jammu or Srinagar Sunday morning to ensure clearance of the trucks which were left strand


Monday, January 14, 2019Oppn alliance opportunist, says PM Modi

NEW DELHI: Calling the opposition alliance "opportunist", Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused the parties coming together ahead of the Lok Sabha polls of practicing negative politics for their own existence and said the BJP was not in politics for "divide and rule" or building vote banks.

The Prime Minister's attack come during his interaction with booth level BJP workers from Mayil


Monday, January 14, 2019SAC to meet today

JAMMU: The State Administrative Council (SAC) headed by Governor Satya Pal Malik is expected to meet in Jammu on Monday, with an announcement on hardship allowance for Jammu and Kashmir Police likely, in all probabilities, even the election preparedness, and some routine transfers are also included in the agenda to be discussed.

The biggest announcement Governor would make on Monday will be mu