Jammu and Kashmir

Saturday, September 25, 2021NIA Planning Fresh Raids Against Jamaat-e-Islami Cadres In Jammu And Kashmir Next Week

New Delhi, Sept 25: In its ongoing investigation against the outlawed Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) group in a terror funding case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has been planning another series of raids against its cadres in Jammu and Kashmir next week.
These raids would be in continuation to the 61 search operations conducted by the anti-terror agency’s sleuths on August 8 and August 9 in Sr


Saturday, September 25, 2021Div Com directs DCs to immediately submit list of deadwood employees; convene meetings of Screening committee

JAMMU: Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer today directed the Deputy Commissioners to immediately submit the list of deadwood employees of Revenue Department as per the direction of the Government.

The Div Com issued these directions, while chairing a video conferencing meeting convened to review the progress in the districts in this regard.

He directed Deputy Commissioners to


Saturday, September 25, 2021LG Sinha congratulates all those who qualify UPSC exam from J&K

Srinagar, Sep 25: Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday congratulated all those who qualified for the UPSC examination 2020 from J&K.

Wishing them a bright future, Mr Sinha said you are a true inspiration for our youth.

In a tweet on his official twitter handle of Mr Sinha said “Heartiest congratulations to all those from J&K who qualified UPSC exam, 2020. They are the true


Saturday, September 25, 2021Traffic resumes on Srinagar-Leh highway

Srinagar, Sep 25: Traffic resumed on Saturday on the national highway, the only road connecting the Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh with the Kashmir valley.

Traffic was allowed on both sides of the highway after remaining suspended on Friday for weekly maintenance and repair at Zojila pass, a traffic police official told UNI this morning.

He said Kashmir bound vehicles will be allowed in the


Saturday, September 25, 2021J&K Bank allots shares worth Rs 5.17 cr to staff under ESPS

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Bank allotted shares worth Rs 5.17 crore to the staff under its recently issued J&K Bank Employees Stock Purchase Scheme (ESPS-2021), an official spokesperson said here.

He said the Bank’s Compensation Committee of Board of Directors in its meeting held today allotted over Rs 5.17 crore equity shares to the 8961 eligible employees of the Bank against the share subsc


Saturday, September 25, 202117-year-old boy drowns in nallah Sindh in Ganderbal

Srinagar: A 17-year-old boy drowned in nallah Sindh in central Kashmir district of Ganderbal, official sources said.

They said a group of youth was taking bath in the nallah in Duderhama on Friday evening. "A youth, identified as Mohammad Azam Shah, drowned,” they said, adding that other people present in the area tried to rescue him, but failed.

They said a search and rescue operation was


Saturday, September 25, 2021Gas Agency sealed for selling under-weight cylinders in Anantnag

Srinagar: The administration in south Kashmir district of Anantnag sealed a Gas Agency for selling under-weight gas cylinders, an official spokesperson said.

He said taking cognizance of media reports on alleged sale of under-weight Gas cylinders by Gulshan Gas Agency Srigufwara Anantnag, Deputy Commissioner, Dr Piyush Singla dispatched a team of officers headed by SDM Pahalgam for on-spot inv



“Studying abroad is about experiencing a foreign country and the most beautiful part of a country’s culture is its people , knowing them results in the development of global citizenship”

Jammu Sanskriti School, Jammu purveys to the concept of global education to ensure the inculcation of spirit of global citizenship. It becomes pertinent to mention that the school has accomplished another milestone by launching STUDY ABROAD CENTRE in the school for Sanskritians to acquaint them with the concept of overseas education, vistas of courses available & job opportunities prevalent in


Friday, September 24, 2021Centre disempowering people of Kashmir: Mehbooba

Jammu, September 24: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said the Centre was disempowering the people of Jammu and Kashmir and suspecting them for having alleged links with militants is the new excuse used to dispossess and humiliate Kashmiris.

She was reacting to the recent termination of six government employees on charges of alleged anti-national activities.

No end to GOIs farmaans fo


Friday, September 24, 202104 Drug peddlers arrested by Akhnoor and Nowabad Police

Jammu, September 24: Akhnoor and Nowabad Police arrested four drug peddlers with heroin, smack and sharp edged weapon.
As per police sources, on specific information, a team from Police Station Akhnoor led by SHO Inspector Hilal Azhar under the supervision of SDPO Akhnoor Varun Jandial laid a naka at Punnu Chowk and intercepted a car.
During checking, police team recovered 12 grams heroin, one


Friday, September 24, 2021DC Jammu Dr Raghav Langer reviewed the land acquisition process in district Samba

KATRA: Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer today reviewed the land acquisition process in district Samba for Delhi Katra Expressway project.
Pertinently, the Delhi-Katra expressway corridor will cover as many as 229 villages in four major districts of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir including Kathua, Samba, Jammu and Reasi.
The Expressway, in the Union Territory, will be 13


Friday, September 24, 2021Dr SM Bali inaugurated 24th District Jammu Taekwondo Championship

Jammu, September 24: Dr SM Bali, senior vice president of India Taekwondo Association inaugurated 24th District Jammu Taekwondo Championship, organised under the aegis of J&K Taekwondo Association (JKTA) at Dogra Brahmin Pratinidhi Sabha Parade, Jammu.
During the championship, all the medallists of all age groups will be selected for upcoming UT level championships. About 300 athletes from 10 Cl


Friday, September 24, 2021UK backbench MPs debate Kashmir motion, India condemns abusive language

London, September 24: Members of Parliament from the UK's All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Kashmir have tabled a motion on Human rights in Kashmir for a debate in the House of Commons, drawing a strong reaction from India which said any assertion made in any forum on a subject related to an integral part of the country needs to be duly substantiated with authentic verifiable facts.



Friday, September 24, 2021J-K: Admin orders transfer, posting of senior police officers in Kashmir

Jammu, September 24: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has ordered the transfer and posting of 13 police officers including police chiefs of several districts in the Valley.

In an order issued late Thursday night, Superintendents of Police (SPs) and Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs) of several districts were shifted.

IPS officer Sunil Kumar, who was awaiting orders of posting, was


Thursday, September 23, 2021Varinderjeet discussed Gandhi Jayanti programmes with R S Pura BJP team

Jammu, September 23: Jammu & Kashmir BJP Vice-President S. Varinderjeet Singh, who has also been assigned the responsibility to oversee the forthcoming Gandhi Jayanti programmes, held meeting at R.S. Pura BJP District Office. It was convened by District President H.S. Pummy.
The District Incharge for Gandhi Jayanti programme namely Bharat Bhushan and Gurdeep Pakaya held discussions in the meetin


Thursday, September 23, 2021Driver killed in Pampore accident

Pampore, Sep 23: A driver was killed in a road accident in Kandizal Pampore area of South Kashmir's Pulwama district.
An official told that on the intervening night of 22-23 September, an accident took place near Kandizal crossing between a dumper bearing registration number JK18C-3212 with TATA mobile registration number JK13C-6997 in which the driver of Tata mobile received critical injuries.


Thursday, September 23, 202122-yr-old Kulgam youth found dead in Punjab

Kulgam, Sep 23: A 22-year-old Kulgam youth was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Moga city of Punjab on Wednesday afternoon, family members have left for Punjab on Thursday to receive the body.
The victim, Bilal Ahmad Malik (22), son of Mohammad Ayoub Malik was a native of D K Marg area of Damhal Hanjipora in south Kashmir's Kulgam Bilal was working as Shawl seller in Moga city at pre


Thursday, September 23, 2021J-K must prepare for 2047 when India would emerge as 'Vishwa Guru' on its 100th independence day: Dr. Jitendra Singh

JAMMU: Union Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh on Wednesday said that the people of Jammu must remain steadfast and prepare themselves for the important historical moment in the year 2047 when India would emerge as 'Vishwa Guru' on its 100 years of independence.
Addressing the participants during the inauguration of 'Jammu Haat' on the occasion of Vanijya Saptah, Dr Jitendra Singh said that when India


Thursday, September 23, 2021Absconder arrested by Poonch police in Mendhar

Poonch,Sept 23: The Jammu and Kashmir police in Poonch District arrested a man who was wanted in a case but was evading his arrest from last 16 years.

Accused have been identified as Mohd Sageer son of Yar Mohammad resident of Gohlad village of Mendhar.

He was booked in a case FIR 73/2005 under sections 454, 380 RPC of police station Mendhar.

A warrant against him was also issued by Hon'


Thursday, September 23, 2021Expecting mother's throat-slit body found in kitchen in J&K's Banihal

Jammu, Sept 23: A 39-year-old expecting mother was found dead with her throat slit in the kitchen of her home in Darshipora Banihal in J&K's Ramban district, officials said on Wednesday.
Quoting the officials, news agency GNS reported that Zubaida Begum, wife of Mohammad Saleem, a mother of three children, was found lying in a pool of blood with her throat slit.
Soon, the body was shifted to Su


Thursday, September 23, 2021Police asked to act against fake social media accounts on Jammu divisional commissioner''s name

Jammu, September 23: Taking note of several fake social media accounts being operated on his name, Jammu Divisional Commissioner Raghav Langer has asked the cyber police to take action against the people behind them.
According to officials, some of these fake accounts are operational on Twitter and Facebook.
The divisional commissioner has appealed to the general public not to pay attention to


Thursday, September 23, 2021Army celebrates "International Day of Peace" under the theme Dividends of Peace – Brighter Future” at Dharal

JAMMU: In continuation of its efforts to foster Peace, Communal Harmony and Prosperity in the region, Indian Army organised Amity meeting on International Day of Peace at Pargal, Rajouri The event was aimed at strengthening the already existing bond between the people from all communities. Views on peace, harmony, youth engagement and development in the region were deliberated.

The theme for t


Thursday, September 23, 2021Army conducts coaching classes for sainik and military school

JAMMU: Keeping a positive change in mind and in order to bring a major transformation in the society as well as in the hearts and minds of local Awaam, Indian Army is organizing coaching classes for Sainik School and Military School at Samote, Budhal, Khawas (Luni Darman) and Pargal from 21 September 2021 to 20 February 2022. The aim of conducting these coaching classes is to coach the talented a


Thursday, September 23, 2021Army soldier ends life by shooting self in north Kashmir

Srinagar, Sep 23: A soldier of the Rashtriya Rifles (RR) committed suicide by shooting himself with his service weapon in the border town of Keran in north Kashmir district of Kupwara, official sources said on Thursday.

They said panic gripped the camp of 6 RR at Keran in Kupwara when firing shot was heard on Wednesday night. Other soldiers immediately rushed towards the post where a soldier L


Thursday, September 23, 2021Security agencies framing strategy to counter drone threats: IG CRPF Jammu

Jammu, Sep 23: Stating that drone threat is a new challenge, Inspector General CRPF Jammu Sector, P S Ranpise on Thursday said that the security agencies are framing a comprehensive strategy to counter it.

“Security forces are constantly strategizing to deal with the ever-increasing threat of drones,” Mr Ranpise here told reporters at the sidelines of an event.

“Drones at present are a huge


Thursday, September 23, 2021PDP nominates Adv Anil Sethi as spokesperson

Srinagar, Sep 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday nominated Advocate Anil Sethi as the spokesperson of the party.

In a statement issued on Thursday a party spokesman said that PDP President Mehbooba Mufti has nominated advocate and senior party leader Anil Sethi as the spokesperson of the party.

Advocate Sethi hails from an illustrious family of secularists who have rendered exce


Thursday, September 23, 2021Hurriyat leader released from Tihar jail on parole for six hours fortnight after mother's death

Srinagar, Sep 23: Hurriyat leader Mehrajd-ud-din Kalwal, who is serving detention since 2017 in a Delhi prison, was Thursday allowed to visit home for six hours on parole in the wake of death of his mother a fortnight ago.

Quoting an official, news agency reported that the Hurriyat leader, a resident of Hamzah Colony BK Pora in Srinagar, presently under NIA detention at a Delhi jail since 2017


Thursday, September 23, 2021Expecting mother's throat-slit body found in kitchen in J&K's Banihal

Srinagar, Sept 23: A 39-year-old expecting mother was found dead with her throat slit in the kitchen of her home in Darshipora Banihal in J&K's Ramban district, officials said on Wednesday.

Quoting the officials, the news agency reported that Zubaida Begum, wife of Mohammad Saleem, a mother of three children, was found lying in a pool of blood with her throat slit.

Soon, the body was shifte


Thursday, September 23, 2021LG Sinha pay tributes to Maharaja Hari Singh on his birth anniversary

JAMMU, Sept 23: Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday paid tributes to Maharaja Hari Singh, the last ruler of princely state of J&K, on his birth anniversary.
Mr Sinha said Maharaja Hari Singh made immense contribution to India’s freedom movement. His distinguished and unmatched services in the field of education, agriculture, administrative, social, and economic reforms will alw


Thursday, September 23, 2021Kashmiri separatist leader out on parole after mother's death

Srinagar, Sep 23: Mehrajuddin Kalwal, who is a senior separatist leader on NIA detention since 2017, was released on parole on Thursday to visit his home following the death of his mother.

Official sources said Kalwal, who has been in a Delhi prison for the last 4 years, was released on parole to visit his home in Baghat-e-Kanipora area of Srinagar district.

"He was first taken to Pantha Ch


Thursday, September 23, 20214 drug peddlers arrested, contraband recovered in Kashmir

Srinagar: Police arrested four drug peddlers and recovered contraband from them in two separate places in Kashmir valley.

A police spokesperson said that following specific information about transportation of drugs, a checkpoint was established at Shadipora Bridge in central Kashmir district of Ganderbal on Wednesday. “Police signaled a vehicle to stop at the checkpoint. But the driver increas


Thursday, September 23, 2021Black bear, leopard cub found dead after 'run over by unknown vehicles' in Ganderbal, Srinagar

Srinagar, Sep 23: A leopard cub and a black bear died after being allegedly hit by unknown vehicles in separate incidents in Ganderbal and Srinagar districts last night, officials said on Thursday.

In Ganderbal, people spotted the black bear lying in a pool of blood near Power house Kangan on the Srinagar-Leh highway after which the wildlife officials were informed who later took the wild anim


Thursday, September 23, 20212nd micro-containment zone declared in Bari Brahmana

Jammu: Samba administration today declared Railway Colony in Bari Brahmana as second micro-containment zone after the detection of eight fresh covid19 cases.

Health Department officials told that a youth had returned from Delhi to his residence at Railway Colony area in Bari Brahmana (Samba).

“It is believed that the youth has infected his family members. Therefore, the sampling of the fami


Thursday, September 23, 2021Jammu IIMC to introduce Hindi Journalism course soon

Jammu: Asserting that the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) has taken the lead in starting language journalism programmes across the country, Jammu Regional Director, Prof Rakesh Kumar Goswami said that the institute will soon introduce Hindi Journalism course.
“This was the first offline event of the institute since the Covid pandemic. The IIMC, which is the country's top mass commu


Thursday, September 23, 2021Militant involved in injuring civilian killed in encounter by SF in Shopian

Srinagar, Sep 23: A militant was killed in an encounter by security forces in south Kashmir district of Shopian on Thursday, police said.

Troops of Rashitriya Rifles (RR), Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF launched a joint Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) following a tip off that a militant Anayat Ashraf was hiding in village Kashwa in Shopian after injuring


Wednesday, September 22, 2021Disengaged ICDS helpers have no appointment orders, were accommodated through backdoor entries: Advisor Farooq Khan

Srinagar, Sep 22: Farooq Ahmad Khan, Advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Lt. Governor, Manoj Sinha Wednesday said that all the ICDS helpers who were engaged in the department have no appointment order, however, the government tried hard to accommodate them, which could not happen.
Khan said that all these helpers were brought into the department through backdoor entries as none of them have any appoint


Wednesday, September 22, 2021Missing in August 2020, TA soldier’s decomposed body found in Kulgam village

Kulgam, Sep 22: The decomposed male body, which was found on Wednesday morning in Mohammad Pora village of Kulgam district has been identified that of missing rifleman of 162 Battalion of Territorial Army, Shakir Manzoor Wagey.
Manzoor Ahmad Wagey father of missing TA soldier said that he has identified the body and it was his son Shakir Manzoor, who went missing last year.
Notably, Shakir Manz


Wednesday, September 22, 2021Security forces destroy sticky bombs in Poonch

POONCH: Security forces on Wednesday destroyed sticky bombs recovered nearly one month ago along with Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Police said that the bombs were recovered around one month back and were destroyed along banks of a river near Bharirakh in Mendhar.
"The bombs were recovered along with an IED on August 13 in Mendhar and were destroyed


Wednesday, September 22, 2021Jammu and Kashmir govt sacks six employees including 2 cops for terror links

Jammu, September 22: The designated committee in J&K UT for scrutinizing and recommending cases under Article 311(2)(c) of the Constitution of India recommended the dismissal of 6 employees from the Government service for having terror links and working as overground workers (OGW).

Name of the employees sacked by the government

1. Ab. Hamid Wani R/o Bijbehara, Anant Nag ( Teacher)

He w


Wednesday, September 22, 2021Policeman dies in J-K's Kupwara after being shot by colleague in a case of mistaken identity

Jammu, September 22: A policeman died in Kupwara district on Wednesday after being shot at by his colleague in a case of mistaken identity, officials said.

Ajay Dhar, a follower in the police department who was posted at Handwara, was shot at by a sentry guarding a temple around 2 am after he failed to stop when asked, they said.

According to preliminary investigation, Dhar was going from t


Wednesday, September 22, 2021Civilian injured in alleged army firing at Baramulla’s Azad Gunj

Different versions coming up, ascertaining facts; civilian sustained bullet injury in legs, he is stable: SSP Bla

Baramulla: A civilian was allegedly injured in the army firing in Azad Gunj area of northern district of Baramulla.

SSP Baramulla Muhammad Rayees Bhat told that a civilian sustained bullet injury in his legs at Azad Gunj area of Baramulla. “Different versions are coming, we are ascertaining the facts as to what exactly happened,” he said, adding that the injured civilian is stable.



Wednesday, September 22, 2021Thirty foreigners among 61.33 lakhs tourists visit Jammu region by Sept mid

Jammu, Sep 22: While the last year witnessed a sharp decline in footfall of visitors, the number of tourists has swelled in the current year as around 61.33 lakhs including 30 foreigners visited to parts of Jammu region by mid of September.
In the year 2020, as many as 34,34,886 tourists visited across Jammu region and the footfall witnessed sharp decline due to Coronavirus pandemic.
An officia


Wednesday, September 22, 2021Despite awareness campaigns, cyber crime cases swell in Jammu

Jammu, Sep 22: Despite awareness campaigns and advisories being issued from time to time by the Jammu Police, the cases of cyber crime and frauds have increased manifold in the district.
A senior police official said with increasing use of the internet, the cases of cyber crime are also continuously rising.
“The cases of cyber crime have increased too much. Despite awareness campaigns, people a


Wednesday, September 22, 202123-year-old drowns in canal in Jammu

Jammu, Sep 22: A 23-year-old man drowned while taking a bath in a canal in Patoli area of Jammu on Wednesday.

According to police, the body of Shivam Dogra, resident of Ganga Nagar in Bantalab, was recovered from the canal and then shifted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Jammu, for postmortem.

"We have taken the cognizance of the same," police said.


Wednesday, September 22, 2021Post Feb Ceasefire pact, Gurez peaceful; people living without fear: Lt Gen D P Pandey

Gurez, Sep 22 : General officer Commanding (GoC) of Srinagar based army’s 15 Corps Lieutenant General D P Pandey Wednesday said that post new ceasefire pact between Indian and Pakistani army in February this year, Gurez Valley in northern district of Bandipora is peaceful and people are living without any fear.

Talking exclusively on the side-lines of a function titled combine annual training


Wednesday, September 22, 2021Srinagar to require 3 lac houses in next two decades

SRINAGAR: Authorities have projected that nearly three lakh additional houses would be required in the next two decades for the inhabitants of Srinagar city.

According to the approved Srinagar Metropolitan Region (SMR) Master Plan 2035, “For additional future population and meeting the backlog of about 0.12 lakh units, about three lakh houses will be required over the next two decades.”



Wednesday, September 22, 2021Missing 5-yr-old girl found in spring in Kokernag, dies in hospital

SRINAGAR: Hours after she went missing, the five-year-old girl from Nagbal Lisser area of Kokernag in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district was found in the nearby spring. However, she breathed her last in a hospital.

An official told a local news agency, that the girl identified as Sheelu Jan (05), daughter of Gulzar Ahmad Bhat was missing since 05 pm.

“After searching for a while, she was fou


Wednesday, September 22, 2021Want full empowerment of women in J&K: Altaf Bukhari

JAMMU: Apni Party President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari Said it is heartening to see women folk scaling new heights in the social, political and financial frameworks in Jammu and Kashmir.

He said Apni Party believes that women possess an immense potential to give a new direction to society and the only requirement is that they are provided with an equal opportunity to prove themselves in all


Wednesday, September 22, 2021Decomposed Body Recovered In Kulgam Suspected To Be That Of Missing Army Soldier

Kulgam, Sept 22: The decomposed body recovered in Kulgam district is suspected to be that of a Territorial Army soldier from Shopian who was abducted and allegedly killed by militants in the south Kashmir 416 days ago.

On 2 August 2020, Shakir Manzoor (24), a rifleman with the 162 Battalion of Indian Army’s Territorial Army unit, had come home at Reshipora Shopian to celebrate Eid. He was driv


Wednesday, September 22, 2021Policeman killed as sentry assumes attack, opens fire in Handwara

Srinagar: A policeman was killed after a sentry opened fire when he tried to forcefully enter the temple in the midnight in Handwara area of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

Official sources told that a sentry after assuming an attack opened fire last night, leaving a policeman dead.

They identified the cop as Ajay Dhar, son of Late Krishen Lal Dhar of Langate Handwara, saying that he was


Wednesday, September 22, 2021Tawi River Front Development Project to be completed by December 2022

Srinagar: Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta chaired a meeting to review the progress of ‘Tawi River Front Development Project’. Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Additional CEO JSCL, Chief Engineer Irrigation & Flood Control, Jammu and other concerned officers participated in the meeting.

At the outset, the Chief Secretary was apprised of the details of the 7 km long project to be completed at


Wednesday, September 22, 2021Excise Comm to extend liquor license till Dec 31

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Government on Tuesday authorized the Jammu and Kashmir Excise Commissioner to extend the liquor licence till December 31.
As per the notification issued by the Finance Department, Atal Dulloo, Financial Commissioner, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Department said that in exercise of powers conferred by Section 3A,12,20 and 25 of the Jammu and Kashmir Act, Samvat


Tuesday, September 21, 2021J&K: ACB traps Patwari taking a bribe of Rs 15,000

SRINAGAR, Sept 21: Anti Corruption Bureau received a written complaint alleging therein that Patwari Halqa Dab Wakura, Ganderbal namely Ajaz Ahmad Bhat is demanding Rs. 20,000/- as bribe to issue the revenue extracts of land situated at Dab Wakura, Batpora Rab Rakhtar in favour of the complainant and thereafter negotiation between the complainant and patwari concerned, the matter was settled at R


Tuesday, September 21, 2021Dr Jitendra meets Rupala, proposes integrated Aroma Dairy entrepreneurship for J&K

NEW DELHI, Sept 21 : Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today met Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Parshottam Rupala and proposed Integrated Aroma Dairy Entrepreneurship for Jammu & Kashmir to


Tuesday, September 21, 2021J&K witnessed snarling progress due to deadwood employees: Parneesh

JAMMU: Dr Parneesh Mahajan Convenor, Department of Training, BJP J&K on Sunday said the prime reason for J&K slow growth is the incompetent flock of employees working in the government departments.

In a statement issued here, the senior BJP leader said with no mechanism having been placed to act against the redundant employees has lead to dismal performance of government departments which in


Tuesday, September 21, 2021Vinodh reviews “Seva aur Samarpan” campaign programmes

Jammu & Kashmir BJP General Secretary & Ex-MLC Adv. Vibodh Gupta, in a meeting at party hedquarter, Jammu, took stock of the ongoing programmes under “Seva aur Samarpan campaign” in UT. He was briefed about the role of different departments of the party with regard to extending help at district levels for smoothly organizing every event of the said campaign.

Vibodh Gupta, while speaking in the


Tuesday, September 21, 2021Govt. P.G. College for Women Gandhi Nagar Organises “MILAN-THE REUNION”

The Internal Quality Assurance Cell of Govt. P.G. College for Women, Gandhi Nagar Jammu organised the much awaited Virtual Alumni Meet “MILAN-THE REUNION” with more than 100 participants under the Patronage of worthy Principal Dr. Sangita Nagari on 20th September, 2021. She welcomed the esteemed gathering and also congratulated the organising committee for conducting the wonderful programme. She


Tuesday, September 21, 2021SSP Srinagar directs SHOs to ensure implementation of COVID Appropriate Behaviour protocol in Srinagar city.

Stresses upon engagement with public, creating awareness

Srinagar: Srinagar Police convened a meeting today to discuss the measures to ensure that COVID19 appropriate behaviour is observed by the general public. The meeting was presided over by Sandeep Chaudhary, SSP Srinagar and attended by all the officers of the district.

A detailed discussion was held to create awareness about the necessary COVID19 appropriate SOPs among the masses by engaging


Tuesday, September 21, 2021Udhampur Helicopter Crash: Both pilots succumb to injuries: Indian Army

Jammu, Sept 21: Army on Tuesday said both the pilots injured in a helicopter crash have succumbed during the treatment in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Jammu based defence spokesman said, “both the pilots were critically injured during helicopter crash landing, evacuated to the nearest medical facility but later succumbed to their injuries.”
Earlier, Army said two pilots suffered inju


Tuesday, September 21, 2021Two pilots injured in Army Helicopter crash in J&K's Udhampur

Jammu, Sep 21 Two pilots were injuries when an Army helicopter crashed on Tuesday in the woods of Patnitop Hills in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Official sources said two pilots were critically injured in a helicopter crash in Shiv Garh Dhar area of Patnitop.

"The pilots were evacuated by locals and rushed to a hospital," they said.

Police said after receiving the information,


Tuesday, September 21, 2021Traders community assured implementation of CAB: DC Srinagar

Srinagar: Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Muhammad Aijaz Asad Tuesday said that traders community of Srinagar has assured the administration that they will implement Covid Appropirate behavior in spirit while as some clusters in the city are under constant watch of the administration for violating the Covid norms.

He also said that strict action as per the law will be taken against people who inv


Tuesday, September 21, 2021Govt teachers among 9 held for attacking police Party & in other cases in J&K's Reasi

Jammu, Sep 21: Police on Tuesday arrested nine persons including two government teachers wanted in different cases and attacks on police party in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Senior Superintendent of Police said team of Chasana Police arrested nine criminals for act of endangering life and personal safety of others, attack on Police party and creating law and order problem in the area.


Tuesday, September 21, 2021Army organises "Football Tournament" to remember Shaheed Rifleman Sunil kumar at Jhullas

JAMMU: In an effort to integrate local youth with national mainstream and to further strengthen the bond between Army and locals, “Shaheed Riflemen Sunil Kumar” Memorial Football Tournament was organised at remote village of Jhullas of Poonch. The event was to commemorate the supreme sacrifice by Riflemen Sunil Kumar in service of the nation on 07 Jul 2004. Matches were conducted on league basis.


Tuesday, September 21, 2021Army organises workshop on "First Aid" at Manjakote

JAMMU: Indian Army conducted a Workshop at Manjakote, Rajouri.The aim of the lecture was to create awareness on ‘First Aid Training’ amongst students in remote areas where medical facilities are scarce.

The lecture was delivered by Army Medical Staff. A large number of student and teachers along with principal attended the event.

The main focus of this lecture was on imparting knowledge on


Tuesday, September 21, 2021Teenage girl found hanging at her home in J&K's Poonch, family alleges murder

Srinagar, Sep 21: A 15-year-old girl was found hanging at her home in Bhatadhurian Mendhar in Poonch district on Tuesday morning with the family alleging murder of their daughter.

According to news agency GNS, the girl namely Afsana Kousar, daughter of Mohammad Sadeeq, a resident of Bhatadhurian was found hanging by her family this morning.

Soon after the incident, the police was called in


Tuesday, September 21, 2021Man killed, woman injured in lightning in central Kashmir

Srinagar, Sep 21: A man was killed and a woman injured in lightning in central Kashmir district of Badgam, official sources said on Tuesday.

They said a group of farmers were working in their fields when lightning strike at Panchas in Badgam Monday evening.

A 30-year-old Gulzar Ahmad Khan and Shakeela Banu were injured.

Both the injured were rushed to hospital where Gulzar was declared b


Tuesday, September 21, 2021Sanjay Sharma tour ward no.9 with the officials of PHE dept

JAMMU: Sanjay Sharma, Municipal Councilor, ward no 09, Rajouri toured with AEE and JEE from PHE deptt near gurdwara banda Singh bahadur ward no 09 and apprised the deptt officers about the problem faced by the general public of the concerned area in getting clean drinking water.

On spot assessment of damaged water pipes and shifting of old water pipes with new ones are regularly demanded and a


Tuesday, September 21, 2021Family rendered homeless as houseboat sinks in Jehlum

Srinagar: A family of four was rendered homeless after the houseboat they were living in sank in river Jehlum at Rajbagh here.

The houseboat named ‘HB Delhi’, belonging to Abdul Khaliq Gura, suffered huge damages late last night, witnesses said.

“The houseboat sank all of a sudden last night and we couldn’t even save our ration from getting washed away in the river. We lost almost everythin


Tuesday, September 21, 2021Srinagar schools reopen for classes 10, 12 with COVID-19 protocols in place

Srinagar, Sept 21: Adhering to COVID-19 protocols, schools in Srinagar reopened on Monday for classes 10 and 12. Students were seen happy and enthusiastic at the resumption of physical classes.
A student of Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Kothibagh, Srinagar, Bushra said, “I am feeling very happy at the resumption of classes. Teachers were doing a lot of effort in online classes, but


Tuesday, September 21, 2021Helicopter crashes in Udhampur district, police dispatch teams for rescue

UDHAMPUR, Sept 21: An Indian Army helicopter with two people on board has crashed at Shiv Garh Dhar in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir. The police have said that excessive fog in the area has reduced visibility in the area, which may have led to the accident.
“As per initial reports, the helicopter has made a precautionary landing but we are verifying the facts,” Indu Chib, Deputy Commiss


Tuesday, September 21, 2021Conductor injured as truck turns turle in Tral Pulwama

Srinagar, Sept 21: A truck conductor was injured after the vehicle turned turtle in Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday, officials said.

They said that a team of police headed by SHO Muneer reached the spot and swiftly brought JCB to the spot and brought out the conductor out of the truck (JK02BW-1839). The injured identified as Murtaza Ahmad Mir (23) son of Ghulam Mustafa


Tuesday, September 21, 20213 locally made IEDs, 3kgs urea recovered from abandoned shed in Kralpora Kupwara

Srinagar: Police and army recovered three locally made Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) from an abandoned shed in a remote area in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Tuesday.

A police officer told that 3 kilograms of urea was also recovered from the seasonal shed, known locally as Behak at Kralpora Kupwara.

The officer said several persons have been detained including the owner of the


Tuesday, September 21, 2021No fresh contact establish with militants, searches continues in Uri sector

Baramulla, Sep 21: No fresh contact has been established with militants and a massive search operation continued for the third consecutive day on Tuesday in the woods along Line of Control (LoC) in this north Kashmir district.
Mobile internet service also remained suspended in Uri, where alert security forces foiled an infiltration bid by militants from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) on Sunday.


Tuesday, September 21, 2021Srinagar records 50.9% COVID-19 cases in 8 days

Srinagar: Srinagar district has reported 50.9 percent of the COVID-19 cases in J&K in past eight days, throwing up a major challenge for authorities to contain spread of the deadly virus.

The number of Covid19 cases recorded in J&K during the last eight days is 1165 out of which 593 cases have been reported from the Srinagar district.

The continuous rise in the cases from the district raise


Tuesday, September 21, 2021Efforts are afoot to extend tap water facility to every household by Aug 2022: JK CS

Jammu: Stressing that the government is committed to providing basic facilities to the citizens, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta on Monday said that efforts are afoot to extend tap water facility to every household by August 15, 2022.
“Efforts are afoot to extend facility of tap water to every household by August 15, 2022,” Dr Mehta said while speaking at a one day worksho


Tuesday, September 21, 2021IED detected, defused near Srinagar Airport, flight operation continues

Srinagar, Sep 21: Alert security forces in the wee hours of Tuesday averted a major tragedy when they detected and defused a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by militants on road at Humhama area of Srinagar Airport in central Kashmir district of Budgam.

Air traffic was not affected and fights operated this morning at the airport normally, official sources told TNN.

They sa


Tuesday, September 21, 2021NIA conducts raids at several places in Kashmir

Srinagar, Sep 21: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday conducted raids at several places in Srinagar and Baramulla, official sources said.

They said sleuths of NIA assisted by security forces raided at Lasjan area in the Srinagar outskirts on Tuesday reportedly in connection with terror funding.

They said security forces were deployed at Lasjan area this morning. Later, NIA sl


Monday, September 20, 2021Kunwarani Ritu Singh signs vital MOU with Raja Rani Travels Pvt. Ltd.

Jammu: In another first Kunwarani Ritu Singh, founding Chairperson of FICCI FLO Jammu Kashmir & Ladakh, signed a vital MOU with Raja Rani Travels Pvt. Ltd., a company based in Mumbai pioneering in tourism in India especially in Jammu & Kashmir.
FICCI FLO Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh will act as the “Principle Strategic Partners” for synergy projects by RRTPL and their sister concern M/s Globe Hoppe


Monday, September 20, 2021Family of four rendered homeless as houseboat sinks in Jhelum at Rajbagh

SRINAGAR: A family of four members was rendered homeless after their houseboat sank in the river Jhelum at Rajbagh Ghat late last night.

The owner of houseboat HB Delhi, Abdul Khaliq Guru said the houseboat sank all of a sudden last night and it has suffered extensive damage. He claimed that the houseboat has suffered damage of Rs 50 lakh approximately and appealed to the government to provide


Monday, September 20, 2021Govt transfers 3 JKAS officers

Jammu, September 20: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday ordered the transfer of three JKAS officers in the interest of administration with immediate effect.

According to an order, Altaf Ahmad Khan (JKAS), Additional Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, has been transferred and posted as Additional District Development Commissioner, Kupwara, against an available vacancy. Dr Fayaz Ahmad Banday (


Monday, September 20, 2021Will impose restrictions in areas which violate Covid SOPs: DC Srinagar

Conducted surprise inspection today, sealed many shops, business establishments in city

Jammu, September 20: Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Muhammad Aijaz Asad Monday said that some areas in Srinagar continue to violate Covid SoPs and the administration will impose strict lockdown in these areas in a few days.

“Some areas are continuously violating Covid SoPs. We can’t make the entire district hostile for violations being done by a few areas. We are planning to impose a strict lock


Monday, September 20, 2021More than 79 crore 58 lakh COVID vaccine doses provided by centre to states, UTs so far

Jammu, September 20: The Union Government today said that more than 79 crore 58 lakh COVID vaccine doses have been provided to States and Union Territories so far. The Health Ministry said that more than five crore 43 lakh unutilized vaccine doses are still available with the States, UTs and private hospitals to be administered. The Ministry said, more than 15 lakh doses are in the pipeline.



Monday, September 20, 2021Charanjit Singh Channi takes oath as Punjab Chief Minister, two deputies sworn in

Jammu, September 20: Three-time Congress MLA from Chamkaur Sahib, Charanjit Singh Channi on Monday was sworn in as 27th Chief Minister of Punjab in the presence of AICC leader Rahul Gandhi at Punjab Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh. Along with Channi, two MLAs — Sukhjinder Randhawa from Dera Baba Nanak and OP Soni from Amritsar Central — also took oath as Deputy CMs.

Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit


Monday, September 20, 2021Four employees suspended for alleged embezzlement in five constructions in J&K's Poonch

Jammu, September 20: Authorities in Poonch district have placed four officials under suspension in connection with alleged misappropriation and embezzlement in at least five constructions in Halqa Panchayat Gursai Moori in Block Mendhar of the district.

Quoting an order issued by Assistant Commissioner Development Poonch, news agency GNS reported that an enquiry committee has also been constit


Sunday, September 19, 2021With 278% increase, PDD J&K now among top 3 in the country in growth in digital transactions

DISCOMS to move to full paperless billing

Principal Secretary Kansal reviews IT & Communication Services of PDD
SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 19: Digital transactions in J&K PDD recorded an increase of 278.77%in the first quarter of the present year over the corresponding period last year. A total of 3.08 lakh digital transactions were recorded in July 2021 alone and a sum of Rs. 35.04 crores was collected via digital mode by the DISCOMS from the


Sunday, September 19, 2021Crime branch files chargesheet against two Budgam residents in ‘illegal land grabbing case’

Srinagar: The Crime Branch Kashmir has said that it produced a chargesheet before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Budgam against two accused persons for illegally grabbing state land and selling it off to some other persons.

In a statement, issued to the news agency, a spokesperson said that the Crime Branch Kashmir produced chargesheet in case FIR No: 33/2017 U/S 420, 120-B, 201-RPC of


Sunday, September 19, 2021Union Health Minister e-Inaugurates 5 Addiction Treatment Facility Centres from RIHFW B’la

Minister also Felicitates COVID-19 Warriors; Calls them as Real Gems of India

Baramulla, September 19: Giving a major fillip to upgrade the integrated healthcare services, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare and Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya today e-inaugurated 05 Addiction Treatment Facility Centres from Regional Institute of Health and Family Welfare Dhobiwan of Baramulla district.

These 05 ATFs, one each for Budgam, Bandipora, Pulwama, Sh


Sunday, September 19, 2021Won’t Hesitate To Deal Sternly With Those Involved In Anti-National Activities: LG Manoj Sinha

Srinagar, Sept 19: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said on Sunday that no one will be allowed to harm the country’s unity and sovereignty and the government will not hesitate in dealing sternly with those involved in anti-national activities or creating hurdles in the path of peace in the union territory.
Speaking at an event, ‘Pedal For Peace’, organised by J-K Police here, th


Sunday, September 19, 2021Security Forces Use Pump Action Guns To Kill Low-Flying Drones

NEW DELHI, Sept 19: Security forces that guard vital installations, airports and even their own camps have been directed to use rubber bullets bearing pump action guns to neutralise low-flying drones till an appropriate technology is found to thwart such aerial attacks, official sources said.
Also, forces like the Border Security Force (BSF) have recently installed an improvised iron pole mounte


Sunday, September 19, 2021Two sisters dies, as many persons injured in accident on Srinagar-Leh highway

Srinagar, Sep 19: Two sisters were killed and as many persons, including their father, were injured in a road accident on Srinagar-Leh national highway on Sunday, official sources said.

They said a private car on way to Srinagar skidded off the road at Zero point Zojila pass resulting in injuries to four persons.

The injured were rescued and shifted to hospital where two of them identified


Sunday, September 19, 2021Couple injured in gas leakage fire in J&K's Pampore

Srinagar: A couple suffered severe burn injuries on Sunday due to a gas leakage fire in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pampore town.

The police said cooking gas leakage caused a fire in the kitchen of Mehrajuddin Bhat in Pampore town.

“Bhat and his wife suffered burn injuries before the fire in their kitchen caused by cooking gas leakage could be put out.

“The couple has been shifted to hospital fo


Sunday, September 19, 2021Scuffle after cattle stray into cannabis cultivation in Lolab, six injured

Srinagar, Sep 19: At least six persons were injured, three of them critically, after two communities clashed in Lolab area of north Kashmir's Kupwara district, reports said today.

They said that the scuffle took place after cattle strayed into a cannabis cultivation farm.

Quoting the family members, news agency reported that the incident took place in Forest Compartment number 40/41 in Nagm


Sunday, September 19, 2021Rotary Club of Jammu Midtown distributes sports items to prisons of District Jail

JAMMU: The Rotary Club of Jammu Midtown organised a project to present a goodwill gesture towards the prisoners at District Jail, Jammu.
The President of the Club, Rtn. Meenakshi Bhasin said, “The prisons pictured in the movies are completely different than what they actually are.”
The project successfully happened in the presence of the Superintendent of District Jail, Jammu, Saleem Beig.


Sunday, September 19, 2021Security forces apprehend former militant in Kishtwar

JAMMU: Security forces have arrested a former militant in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district, officials said.

On specific information received through reliable sources, a special team of security forces raided the suspected locations on Friday and arrested the former militant, they said.

The arrested person has been identified as Abdul Gani. He was wanted in a case registered at Marwah


Sunday, September 19, 2021Alert sounded as one case of chickenpox detects in south Kashmir

Srinagar, Sep 19: An alert has been sounded and doctors are closely monitoring the situation after a case of chickenpox was detected in a school in south Kashmir district of Shopian.

Meanwhile, district administration has appealed to people not to panic as situation is completely under control.

Officials said on Sunday a team of doctors, paramedical staff and other health functionaries are


Sunday, September 19, 2021Admin seeks help from Imams for implementation of CAB, no salary for unvaccinated employees

Srinagar, Sep 19: As Srinagar continued to record highest number of COVID positive cases daily due to violation of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and other guidelines by the people, Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole reiterated on the officers to ensure observance of COVID Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) in the offices.
No salary for employees who have not been vaccinate


Sunday, September 19, 2021BGSBU organizes webinar on “Application of Cognitive Technologies in Industry 4.0” at Rajouri 

JAMMU: Department of Computer Sciences, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University Rajouri organised Webinar on ‘Application of Cognitive Technologies in Industry 4.0’ on 18th September 2021. About 150 participants consisting of Faculty members, Scientists, Research Scholars and Students from various institutions across the country joined and actively participated in the event.Prof. Akbar Masood, Vice-C


Sunday, September 19, 2021Body of man found under mysterious circumstances in Anantnag

Anantnag, Sep 19: Body of a man was found under mysterious circumstances in a field in this south Kashmir district on Sunday, official sources said.

They said panic gripped in Akad Park area in Anantnag when a body was found in a field this morning.

Police was immediately informed , they said adding later the deceased was identified as 55-year-old Abdul Rehman Bhat.

The cause of his deat


Sunday, September 19, 2021No plastic but nutrition rich rice provided to customers in Srinagar: FCS&CA

Srinagar, Sep 19: Refuting the allegation that ration cardholders are being provided plastic rice in Srinagar, Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA), Kashmir, said it was fortified rice which is nutrition rich meant for children and provided to them under the Integrated Child Development Scheme( ICDS) and Mid Day Meal schemes.
According to reports some women cardholders were provided


Sunday, September 19, 2021J&K Police organises ‘Pedal for Peace’ cycling event in Srinagar

Srinagar , Sept 19: Jammu and Kashmir Police organized a cycle race in Srinagar on Sunday morning, to boost sports activities and motivate the youth to stay away from drugs and other anti-social activities.
“Every year in Srinagar this ‘Pedal for Peace’ event is organised by J&K police on behalf of the department. People from all age groups are participating in this event and I believe events re


Sunday, September 19, 2021Infiltration bid foiled by alert troops in Uri sector

Srinagar, Sep 19: Alert troops on Sunday foiled a major infiltration bid in Uri sector in north Kashmir district of Baramulla, official sources said.

They said troops guarding Line of Control (LoC) noticed a group of militants entering into this side from POK at Angoori post in Uri sector in the wee hours under the cover of darkness.

However, when challenged infiltrators opened fire, they s


Sunday, September 19, 2021JK coming up as golfing capital of the country: Sarmad

Distributes prizes among winners on the conclusion of JK Open 2021

SRINAGAR: Secretary Tourism and Culture, Sarmad Hafeez said that J&K is fast coming up as a ‘golfing capital' of the country. These remarks were made by him as a chief guest on the concluding ceremony of the 4-day J&K Open 2021 golf tournament that began here on 15th of this month.

Sarmad said that golf courses of J&K are among best in the country. He claimed that these courses have been upgra


Sunday, September 19, 2021Police arrest 7 drug peddlers, recover contraband in Baramulla

Baramulla: Jammu and Kashmir police have arrested seven drug peddlers and recovered heroin in this north Kashmir district.
A police spokesman said that continuing its efforts to eradicate the menace of drugs from the society, Police have arrested 7 drug peddlers in Baramulla and recovered contraband substance from their possession.
He said police established a naka checkpoint at Nanak Bhawan in


Sunday, September 19, 2021District Rajouri awarded as the Best district for the Implementation of Forest Right Act.

DDC Rajouri received award and citation from Hon'ble LG Monaj Sinha. 

JAMMU: Few days back District Level Forest Rights Committee  met under the chairmanship of the District Development Commissioner Rajouri, Rajesh K Shavan and cleared 408 claims under FRA after conducting thorough scrutiny of all the claims received from sub-divisional committees. 

Pertinently, the Forest Rights Act of 2006 provides rights to forest dwellers. The Act was earlier not applicable


Sunday, September 19, 2021Won’t contest polls till restoration of Art 370: Mehbooba

Jammu: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti reiterated that she won’t “contest elections till the Article 370, safeguarding the identity of J&K citizens, was restored.”

She was interacting with media in Rajouri while winding up her 5-day visit to the twin border districts. Mehbooba said that that they (Articles) were “snatched from the people of J&K


Sunday, September 19, 2021Many schemes launched to extend best education, medical facilities to tribal community youth: J&K LG

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha handed over the individual and Community Forest Rights certificates to members of Tribal Communities of Jammu division, at Convention Centre here.
Addressing the members of various tribal communities belonging to Jammu division, the Lt Governor said that a new era of social equality has been ushered for tribals in the UT with the handing o


Sunday, September 19, 2021Dynamics of development has improved in J&K under PM Modi: Jitendra Singh

Srinagar: Highlighting various initiatives of central government for industrial sector of Jammu and Kashmir, Union Minister of State (MoS) in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Dr Jitendra Singh said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the culture of work has changed and the dynamics of development has improved in the Union Territory.

He said the new industrial policy will ch


Sunday, September 19, 2021HC seeks explanation from then Div Com for non-compliance of orders

Jammu: Taking serious note over non- implementation of court orders, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court today sought explanation from then Divisional Commisisoner Jammu Sanjeev Verma to explain as to why he should not be punished for contempt of the orders passed by this Court.

This signficiant order has been passed Justice Dhiraj singh Thakur in a contempt petition filed by Sheela Devi & other.


Sunday, September 19, 2021Admin permits Srinagar colleges to resume in-person academics

Srinagar: The administration allowed all government and private colleges of Srinagar to function for in-person classes from September-18.

The Srinagar District Magistrate Mohammad Aijaz Asad in an order has said, “Keeping in view the various representations received by the district administration pertaining to reopening of colleges in district Srinagar and in view of the improved COVID-19 situ