News from the region

Saturday, October 31, 2020Night restriction imposed in Jammu

Jammu: The curb the spread of COVID-19, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Friday imposed night restrictions on the inter-district movement of individuals for all non-essential activities in the territorial limits of Jammu district.
According to the order issued by district magistrate Sushma Chouhan, under powers of the Disaster Management Act the movement of individuals for all non-essenti


Saturday, October 31, 202015K pilgrims to be allowed to visit Vaishno Devi daily

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Friday said 15,000 pilgrims will be allowed per day to pay obeisance at the cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi from November 1.
Earlier, only 7,000 pilgrims were allowed to visit the shrine due to COVID-19 restrictions.
In a fresh standard operating procedure (SOP), the administration said, "As such, in exercise of powers conferred under the disaster


Saturday, October 31, 2020Police identifies Kulgam attackers, seized vehicle

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir police on Friday said that Lashkar-e-Toiba and TRF militants are involved in the killing of three BJP men including a youth leader at South Kashmir’s Kulgam district and the police have seized the vehicle used by militants while all attackers have been identified.
IGP said that police will investigate as to why the trio had come to a far off place late evening.


Saturday, October 31, 2020K K Sharma takes oath as State Election Comm

Jammu: The Advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor, KK Sharma on Friday resigned and
took oath as the J&K election commissioner.
Sharma, a 1983 retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre was today appointed as State Election Commissioner.
Government spokesperson, Rohit Kansal, in a tweet said: “KK Sharma resigns


Saturday, October 31, 2020Sinha for proper power, water supply in winters

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday directed officers in the union territory to adopt a proactive approach to address the needs and requirements of the people, an official spokesman said.
Sinha reviewed the preparedness and logistical arrangements of various departments for the winter in a meeting at Raj Bhavan here, the spokesman said.

He said the Lt Governor d


Friday, October 30, 2020PAGD condemns curbs on Farooq Abdullah's movements

Srinagar: The People’s Alliance For Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) has condemned the actions of the state administration, which has put a blockade outside the residence of Jammu and Kashmir’s former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah in Srinagar.

PAGD spokesperson Sajad Lone said, “Farooq Abdullah was slated to go to Hazratbal in order to participate in the religious congregation on account of the Eid


Friday, October 30, 2020Man's body fished out from Jhelum in Srinagar

Srinagar, Oct 30: Body of an unidentified man was fished out from the river Jhelum in the summer capital, Srinagar on Friday.

Official sources said that panic gripped Chattabal area in Srinagar when some locals saw body of a man floating in the Jhelum on Friday morning. “The locals immediately informed the police,” they said, adding a team was rushed to the area and the body was taken away.


Friday, October 30, 2020Farooq stopped from offering Friday prayers at Hazratbal shrine

Srinagar, Oct 30: National Conference (NC) president and Member of Parliament (MP) from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah was allegedly stopped from offering Friday prayers at Hazratbal shrine, which houses the holy relics of Prophet Mohammad, in the city.

Condemning the ‘act’ of the administration, NC spokesperson said that this is infringement of fundamental right to pray, especially on the auspicio


Friday, October 30, 2020Youth president among 3 BJP workers shot dead by militants, TRF claims responsibility

Jammu: In a shocking incident, three BJP workers, including a youth leader, were shot dead by militants in district Kulgam of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday evening.
The Resistance Front (TRF), believed to be a shadow group of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, has claimed responsibility for the killings.
“Today at about 2020 hours, Kulgam Police received information about a terror crime incident at vil


Friday, October 30, 2020PM, LG, leaders condemn killing

Jammu: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and several other politicians on Thursday strongly condemned the killing of three political workers in Qazigund area of Kulgam district.

PM Modi said, "I condemn the killing of 3 of our young Karyakartas. They were bright youngsters doing excellent work in J&K. My thoughts are with their families in this


Friday, October 30, 2020Pulwama attack Pak minister takes u-turn after accepting govt’s role

Islamabad: After admitting that the Pakistan was responsible for the Pulwama terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir in 2019 that killed 40 CRPF personnel and brought the two countries to the brink of a war, the Science & Technology Minister of Pakistan Fawad Chaudhry said that his remarks had been misinterpreted.
"My statement is very clear. It was about Operation Swift Resort that we under


Friday, October 30, 2020Gair Mumkin Khad’: Govt orders removal of all encroachments on ‘Water Courses’, ‘Water Sources’

Jammu: In a major decision Jammu and Kashmir has ordered removal of all encroachments on ‘Water Courses’ and ‘Water Sources’ in the case of grant of permission for alienation of the Land record as ‘Gair Mumkin Khad’.
Official sources told ‘The News Now’ that in a communiqué addressed by Rishpal Singh, Additional Commissioner (Central), Financial Commissioner (Rev) J&K Jammu to the Divisional Com


Friday, October 30, 2020Ex-district judge appointed as receiver for CCI election

Jammu: The district court on Thursday appointed Suresh Sharma former District & Sessions Judge as receiver for conducting the election of Chamber of Commerce.
The 2nd district Judge Jammu Virender Singh Bhou observed that in view and evaluation all the facts and circumstances especially in the light of Covid-19 related scenario ,it is deemed fit to appoint a receiver for t


Thursday, October 29, 2020Lineman dies of electrocution in Poonch

Jammu, Oct 29: A lineman of Power Development Department on Thursday died of electrocution while repairing a transformer in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Police here said that PDD lineman Mohammad Shabir (50), son of Badar Din, a daily wager, died on the spot while repairing an electric wire near transformer in Kalaban area of Mendhar.

They said that the body was s


Thursday, October 29, 2020PDP office in Srinagar sealed to thwart party's protest on new land laws: Mehbooba Mufti

Srinagar: Police on Thursday sealed the office of Peoples Democratic Party Office (PDP) in Srinagar on Thursday morning ahead of the party’s scheduled protest over Centre’s decision to amend new land laws in J&K.

Former J&K Chief Minister and the PDP president, Mehbooba Mufti slammed the administration for the move.

“PDP office in Srinagar sealed by J&K admin & workers arrested for organisi


Thursday, October 29, 2020Three residential houses gutted, two partially damaged in Sopore blaze

Srinagar: Three residential houses were completely damaged and two others partially damaged in a blaze in Neharpora area of Sopore town in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district late Wednesday evening.

Reports said that a massive fire broke out in the double storey house of Ghulam Nabi Shah and engulfed other nearby houses of Abdul Majeed Shah and Reyaz Ahmad Shah.

They said all the three hous


Thursday, October 29, 2020NIA conducts fresh raid in Srinagar

Srinagar, Oct 29 : The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday morning conducted fresh raids in Bagh- e- mehtab and Nowgam areas of Srinagar.

Official sources told that NIA sleuths, accompanied by paramilitary CRPF and police, raided the house of Hurriyat activist Zaffar Akbar Bhat resident of Bagh-e-mehtab and Falah Aam Trust at Nowgam area of Srinagar district.

As per sources sear


Thursday, October 29, 2020NIA conducts searches at 10 locations in Valley

Srinagar: National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday said that it conducted searches at ten locations in Srinagar and Bandipora in the case pertaining to “so-called NGOs and Trusts raising funds in India and abroad in the name of charitable activities and then using the same funds for secessionist and separatist activities in J&K.”

NIA official said that today, it conducted searches at 1


Thursday, October 29, 2020Jammu AIIMS get 50 MBBS seats for 2020-21 academics session

Jammu: Finally the wait is over and some good news poured in for the aspirants from Jammu wanted to pursue career in health sector by becoming professional doctors as the Union Health Ministry have sanctioned 50 MBBS seats to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) coming up in Samba district for the 2020-21 academics session.

Sources in the Health and Education Department here told ‘


Thursday, October 29, 2020Serosurvey finds antibodies in 40.6 % people of Sgr city

Srinagar: The second round of National Sero-survey for SARS Cov-2 infection (Covid-19) study conducted in Srinagar city by the health department has revealed that 40.6 per cent of the population has the presence of the antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 infection.

While, one in every 15 individuals, or 6.6%, of people above the age of 10 years in India have been exposed to Sars-Cov2, the virus that


Thursday, October 29, 2020Liquid oxygen tank of 20K liters arrives in GMC Jammu

Jammu: The Government Medical College Jammu, which has been in disarray for the last few months especially over oxygen supply even as COVID19 cases surged in the Jammu division, has today received a liquid oxygen tank with a capacity of 20,000 liters.

“A liquid oxygen tank of 20,000 liters capacity arrived today at GMC Jammu, and is being installed. It will meet our immediate requirement of o


Thursday, October 29, 2020#COVID19 || With 536 new cases tally past 93k mark, four more deaths

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir recorded 4 more deaths due to COVID-19, pushing the total number of fatalities due to the deadly virus to 1455, while the Union Territory recorded 536 positive cases on Wednesday, taking the overall tally of infections to 93,213.

Of the latest 4 fatalities, three death was reported in Jammu and one from Valley. With fresh 3 death in Jammu region, the death toll h


Thursday, October 29, 20208 militants laid down arms this year: Police

Srinagar: Describing the surrender of militants even during live encounter as a welcome trend, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar on Wednesday said this year eight ultras laid down their arms and ammunition, including five this month.
"We again reiterate the youths, who had gone astray and join militant ranks, to shun the path of violence and join their families to lea


Wednesday, October 28, 2020Man injured in bear attack in J&K's Poonch

JAMMU: A man was critically injured today morning in an attack by a wild bear in Nedarya Haadi Bada village of Jammu & Kashmir’s Poonch district.

The injured has been identified as Ishaaq Lateef son of Abdul Lateef, a resident of Nedarya Haadi Bada village.

Reports said Ishaaq left his home this morning for some work when he was mauled by a bear on his way.

After being noticed by several


Wednesday, October 28, 2020Girl slips to death while collecting firewood in North Kashmir forest

Srinagar: An 18-year-old girl slipped to death while collecting firewood in Bandipora forests.

Police sources said that a young girl identified as Shameema Jan daughter of Mushtaq Ahmed Malik was collecting firewood in the forests when she slipped and fell deep into a gorge. "She died on the spot."

The victim was the resident of Tetri Kilshay area of Bandipora that falls under the jurisdi


Wednesday, October 28, 2020ACB arrests two J&K police personnel in bribe case in Kashmir

Srinagar, Oct 28: The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested a Station House Officer (SHO) and Head Constable (HC) for demanding and accepting a bribe in the central Kashmir district of Badgam on Tuesday, a spokesman for the ACB said in a statement.

He said that a complaint was received that by Police Station(PS) ACB, Srinagar, that SHO Gowhar Gul and HC Nazir Ahmad Bhat of police station Khag


Wednesday, October 28, 2020Minor's body retrieved from river after a week in Baramulla

Baramulla, Oct 28: Body of a minor, who jumped into river Jhelum to end his life in apple township of Sopore on October 21 evening, was recovered on Wednesday morning, official sources said.

They said 12-year-old Shahid Nazir jumped into the river at Ahadbab crossing in apple township of Sopore in Baramulla district after informing his parents on October 21 evening.
People present in the area


Wednesday, October 28, 2020NIA raids at several places in Srinagar

Srinagar, Oct 28: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday conducted raids at several places, including in the office of an English daily, a journalist and a social activist in Srinagar, official sources said.

The NIA sleuths conducted raids in the office of an English daily, house boat in the Dal Lake, social activist at Sonawar, Nawa Kadal and Magarmal Bagh in Srinagar. Earlier,


Wednesday, October 28, 2020Centre notifies land laws, paves way for non-residents to buy land in J&K

Jammu: Ahead of the official anniversary of Jammu and Kashmir transitioned into Union Territory, the central government has paved the way for non-residents as well as investors to purchase land by amending several laws.

The amendments came over an year after the centre scrapped Article 370 as well Article 35A of erstwhile state and bifurcated it into two Union Territories. The centre anno


Wednesday, October 28, 2020We want people to setup industries: LG

Srinagar: Justifying the new land laws, under which anyone can purchase land in Jammu and Kashmir, Lt Governor Manoj Sinha said this was necessary for developing industries in the Union Territory (UT).

“People from any part of the country could purchase land within the municipal limits in the UT,” Sinha said during a press conference.

Replying to a question about the new order issued by the


Wednesday, October 28, 2020Industrial Development Corporation to be set up

RERA implemented, 12 Laws repealed

Jammu: The Centre on Tuesday amended the Jammu and Kashmir Development Act, 1970 for setting up an industrial development corporation for rapid establishment, growth and development of industries in the union territory.

The amendment to the Act was made through a notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, which inserted a new chapter in the law for setting up the Jammu and Kashmir In


Wednesday, October 28, 2020J&K put on sale, says Valley leaders

Srinagar: The People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration, an amalgam of various mainstream parties in Jammu and Kashmir including the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Tuesday condemned the amendments to land laws to allow people from outside the Union Territory to buy land there, and pledged to fight it on all fronts.

Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party president Syed Moha


Wednesday, October 28, 2020My mantra resolves for J&K around 4 P’s: LG Manoj Sinha

Bats for price preference, Capacity building to MSME Units

Srinagar: Asserting that his mantra for Jammu and Kashmir revolves around 4 P's -- Peace, Progress, Prosperity and People first, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Singh on Monday announced sanctioning of over 10,000 cases under Back to Village three (B2V3) Self Employment Programme, Economic Package and My Town-My Pride.

He also handed over a cheque of Rs 250 crore to J&K Bank as commencement of disbu


Wednesday, October 28, 2020Inaugurates IPFC Centre

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha today inaugurated Intellectual Property Facilitation Centre (IPFC) at Jammu and Sub-Centre at Srinagar through virtual mode.

Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor observed that the initiative is a move forward by the Government to promote awareness and adoption of Intellectual Property Rights amongst entrepreneurs and MSMEs in J&K.

Highlighting G


Wednesday, October 28, 2020Panchyat bypolls: SFs meet to chart strategy

Jammu: Top Army and police officials reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday in view of the upcoming panchayat elections in the Union Territory.

"In the backdrop of the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, General Officer Commanding, Chinar Corps Lt Gen. BS Raju and Director General of Police Dilbag Singh co-chaired a meeting of the core group consisting of top of


Wednesday, October 28, 2020‘Army of few’ in Tourist Police manning tourists in J&K

Jammu: While the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is one of the most favourite destinations for the visitors not only from Indian states but from across the World but lesser known fact is that ‘Army of few’ in Tourist Police—is manning the tourists visiting this scenic region to explore picturesque destinations.

A special police force called Tourist Police is posted at all important p


Wednesday, October 28, 2020#COVID19 || With 7 new deaths, toll rises to 1,451, 452 tested postive

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir recorded seven more deaths due to COVID-19, pushing the total number of fatalities due to the deadly virus to 1451 while the Union Territory recorded 452 positive cases on Tuesday, taking the overall tally of infections to 92677 .
Of the latest sevn fatalities, 4 deaths were reported in Jammu and 3 from Valley. With fresh 4 deaths in Jammu region, the death toll has


Tuesday, October 27, 2020Leopard injures four in Pulwama

Srinagar, Oct 27: Four people, including a woman, were injured in a leopard attack in south Kashmir district of Pulwama on Tuesday, official sources said.

They said a leopard entered village Ruhmoo in Pulwama from the nearby forest when farmers were busy in their orchards. However, before people could do anything, a leopard attacked and injured four persons working in the orchard.

The wild


Tuesday, October 27, 2020BJP demands action against Farooq, Mehbooba for seditious remarks

Srinagar, Oct 27: Demanding action against National Conference (NC) president Dr Farooq Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti for their seditious remarks, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said that the statements of these leaders change when they are in power and outside.

These leaders are responsible for the violence and killing of youths in the valley, Ka


Tuesday, October 27, 2020Boy found hanging at his home in J&K's Rajouri

JAMMU: A twelve-year-old boy from Behrote village of Thanamandi in J&K’s Rajouri district was found hanging at his home late Monday evening.

Officials told the news agency TNN that the boy was found hanging from the ceiling at his home after which a police team from Thanamandi Police Station rushed to the spot.

“The body has been taken into possession by police and further legal formalities


Tuesday, October 27, 2020Youth inherently talented, assures support for nurturing capabilities: LG Manoj Sinha

Bats for District Youth Centres in every district

Jammu: Asserting that youth of Jammu and Kashmir are inherently talented, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha assured necessary handholding to facilitate and nurture their capabilities.
“The youth of J&K are inherently talented. The intended programme will prove to be an institutional mechanism for providing the necessary handholding and support to the youth to facilitate and nurture their capabil


Tuesday, October 27, 2020364 +ve cases, lowest spike in 3 months; 6 more deaths

Jammu: With the 364 people tested positive for COVID-19, the Jammu and Kashmir recorded lowest spike in three months on Monday while the toll reaches to 1444 with six fresh deaths across Jammu region.
Out of the fresh cases, 147 are from Jammu and 217 from the Kashmir valley. The district Jammu reported the highest number of 108 new cases, followed by 76 in Srinagar district, the officials


Tuesday, October 27, 20203 PDP quit party, terms Mehbooba Muft’s remark on tricolor undesirable utterance

Jammu: In a blow to the PDP, three of its founding members, including former Rajya Sabha MP T S Bajwa, on Monday resigned from the party, saying they were feeling "uncomfortable and suffocated" due to party chief Mehbooba Mufti's "undesirable utterances", especially those which hurt patriotic sentiments.
The resignations came after Mufti said on Friday that she would not hold the tricolour till


Monday, October 26, 2020Jammu Police reunites ‘abandoned’ kids with family in Pathankot

Jammu, Oct 26 : Setting an example for its known professionalism, Jammu Police reunited ‘abandoned’ children with family in Pathankot district of neighbouring Punjab.

Police spokesman here on Sunday said that the police team headed by Station House Officer, Police Station Gangyal on Saturday evening noticed three children roaming near Kunjwani area under mysterious circumstances.

Police tea


Monday, October 26, 2020Police prevents BJP workers from hoisting flag in Lal Chowk

Srinagar, Oct 26: Police on Monday foiled an attempt by few BJP workers of frontier district of Kupwara from hoisting the National Flag at Lal Chowk, nerve centre of summer capital, Srinagar.

On this day in 1947 Maharaja Hari Singh signed the instrument of Accession to join Union of India.

A high drama was witnessed this morning in the civil lines when a group of BJP workers suddenly emerge


Monday, October 26, 2020#Covid19 || 532 fresh cases, tally close to 92K, eight more deaths

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir recorded 8 more deaths due to COVID-19, pushing the total number of fatalities due to the deadly virus to 1,438, while the Union Territory recorded 532 positive cases on Sunday, taking the overall tally of infections to 91861.
Of the latest 8 fatalities, three deaths were reported in Jammu and 5 from Valley. With fresh three deaths in Jammu region, the death toll h


Monday, October 26, 20209 received plasma therapy in GMC Jammu since Oct 1

Jammu: In the twenty-five days since Government Medical College Jammu started collection of Convalescent Plasma, only nine recovered COVID19 patients have donated their blood plasma, and an equal number of patients have received plasma therapy.
Dr Meena Sidhu, Head of Department, Blood & Transfusion Medicine GMC Jammu, told The News Now that so far, nine recovered COVID19 patients have turned u


Monday, October 26, 202088 district jail inmates cured

Jammu: Eighty-eight prisoners, who were earlier tested positive for COVID-19, have recovered in the district jail in Amphalla here, bringing down the number of active cases in the prison to four, a senior official said on Sunday.
There is no positive case among the jail staff, Amphalla District Jail Superintendent Mirza Saleem Ahmad Beig said .
He said the final testing of 92 positive prisoners


Sunday, October 25, 2020LG, advisors extends Dussehra greetings

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha and his advisors extended his warm greetings on the occasion of Mahanavami and Dussehra festivals to the people of the Union Territory on Saturday.
In his message, Sinha prayed for peace, prosperity and development in Jammu and Kashmir.
"Mahanavami marks the end of the nine-day Navratra festival and the devotees are filled with renew