News from the region

Saturday, March 23, 2019Fire in mini secretariat Bandipora, ARTO record damaged

Baramulla, Mar 23: Fire broke out in mini secretariat Bandipora in north Kashmir early on Saturday morning damaging office record and computers of Assistant Road Transport Office (ARTO), official sources said.

They said fire broke out in the third floor of the secretariat Bandipora at 0500 hrs this morning in a room of ARTO in Block C building.

However, the employees on night duty in Medi


Saturday, March 23, 2019Strike cripples life in Sopore, Hajin & Shopian

Srinagar, Mar 23: Life was crippled on Saturday in apple township of Sopore and Hajin Bandipora in north Kashmir and Shopian in the south, where eight militants were killed in four different encounters on Friday.

Local administration at Sopore and Hajin have ordered the closure of all educational institutions as a precautionary measure.

Shops and business establishments remained closed and


Saturday, March 23, 2019Srinagar-Leh, Mughal road remain shut, one-way traffic on Kashmir highway

Srinagar, Mar 23: The national highway, the only road linking Ladakh region with Kashmir valley remained closed since December last year though a massive snow clearance operation has been started from both sides of Zojila pass, where fresh snowfall was received recently.

Snow clearance operation has also been started on 86-km-long historic Mughal road which connects Shopian in Pulwama and Raj


Saturday, March 23, 2019ADM inquiring Rizwan's custodial death initiate action

Srinagar, Mar 23: The Additional District Magistrate (ADM), appointed to probe the custodial death of a principal of a local private school at Awantipora in Pulwama, has initiated proceedings, official sources said on Saturday.

Rizwan Asad Pandit died on March 19 in custody after his arrest by Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir from his Awantipora house during the intervening n


Friday, March 22, 2019Educational institutions to remain closed in Sopore, parts of Bandipora

Srinagar, Mar 22: Educational institutions were closed on Friday in apple township of Sopore and parts of Bandipora, where security forces were conducting Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) since Thursday.

The local administration in Sopore have ordered closure of all government and private educational institutions today as a precautionary measure.

Security forces are conducting CASO at War


Friday, March 22, 2019Mirwaiz Umer Farooq placed under house arrest

Srinagar, March 22: Jammu and Kashmir authorities have place senior separatist leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq under house arrest here on Friday.

The development comes ahead of post-Friday prayers protests called by separatists against the custodial death of Rizwan Asad Pandit, a 28-year-old private school teacher, on Monday.

On Thursday, National Conference leaders Ali Muhammad Sagar, Nasir Sog


Friday, March 22, 2019IUST postpones all semester exams on Friday

Srinagar, Mar 22: The Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) has postponed all semester examinations, scheduled to be held on Friday.

The IUST had postponed semester examinations on March 19, when a local school principal Rizwan Asad Pandit died in custody of Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police, Aircargo camp in Srinagar.

Rizwan was principal at the Sabir


Wednesday, March 20, 2019Fresh snowfall: Karnah road closes; opn to put through Keran, Machil, Gurez roads suspended

Srinagar, Mar 20: Traffic on Kupwara road to Karnah, a border town in north Kashmir, was once again suspended on Wednesday due to fresh snowfall after resuming on Monday.

Meanwhile, snow clearance operation was temporarily suspended due to fresh snowfall since Tuesday on roads connecting dozens of far-flung and remote areas, including those near the Line of Control (LoC), which remained cut of


Wednesday, March 20, 2019Rain, snow lash Jammu and Kashmir


Srinagar: A fresh spell of rainfall lashed the plains of Jammu and Kashmir while the higher reaches received moderate snowfall on Wednesday.

A local meteorological department has predicted the wet weather for next 24 hours all over the state. “We are expecting gradual improvement from tomorrow onwards,” an official said.

The plains witnessed an overnight rains while as higher reaches recei


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

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

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

As per the


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

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

Bashir Ahmad Sofi, assistant information officer, posted in


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

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

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


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

Terror Funding

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

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


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

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

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

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


Wednesday, March 20, 2019Things happening as per script, Balakot airstrikes are ‘election stunt’: Mehbooba

Jammu, Mar 19: Asserting that things are happening as per the script, former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti termed Balakot airstrikes as ‘election stunt’.

“Things are happening as per script and there will be a change only after election,” said Ms Mufti while speaking to a select media here this evening.

She added that genuine issues have been tak


Wednesday, March 20, 2019Train service suspended in Kashmir

Srinagar, Mar 20: Train service was on Wednesday suspended for security reasons in the Kashmir valley, where separatists have called for a general strike in protest against the alleged custodial death of a principal of a local private school in Awantipora in Pulwama on Tuesday.

We have suspended all train runs in the Kashmir valley today after receiving an advisory from divisional administrat


Tuesday, March 19, 2019Innocent men hauled for interrogation return home only in coffins now: Mehbooba

Srinagar, Mar 19: Expressing shock over the death of principal of a private school Rizwan Asad Pandit in alleged police custody, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti alleged that innocent men picked up from their homes for interrogation return home only in coffins now.

Lashing out at the Centre, Ms Mehbooba alleged that the Government of India’s (GoI’s) repressive approach is


Tuesday, March 19, 2019SF burst teargas shells to disperse demonstrators at Awantipora

Srinagar, Mar 19: Security forces burst teargas shells and fired pellets to disperse demonstrators who were protesting at Awantipora in south Kashmir district of Pulwama against the death of a principal in alleged custody on Tuesday, official sources said.

Earlier, apprehending demonstrations, the Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) Awantipora suspended all semester examinatio


Tuesday, March 19, 2019Woman jumps into river in Srinagar, rescued by passerby

Srinagar, Mar 19: Panic gripped the Safa Kadal area in the down town when a woman suddenly jumped into river Jehlum on Tuesday morning, official sources said.

They said a woman jumped into river Jehlum at Safa Kadal this morning allegedly to end her life.

However, some passerby immediately jumped into the river and rescued her.

She was later rushed to SMHS hospital, they said, adding t


Tuesday, March 19, 2019Moulvi Amin arrested in Pulwama

Srinagar, Mar 19: Moulvi Mohammad Amin was arrested in the wee hours of Tuesday in south Kashmir district of Pulwama, official sources said this morning.

They said police assisted by security forces raided the house of Moulvi Amin at Washbugh in Pulwama and arrested him.

Moulvi Amin is Khateeb (Imam) of Khankhahi Mir Sahib, Pulwama. However, no reason was given for his arrest, sources said


Tuesday, March 19, 2019IUST postpone all semester examination on Tuesday

Srinagar, Mar 19: The Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), Awantipora in south Kashmir district of Pulwama, has postponed all scheduled semester examination on Tuesday, officials here said.

They said new dates will be announced later. However, no reason was given for postponing the examination.

Meanwhile, students who were ready to appear for the examinations were taken by s


Monday, March 18, 2019Snow clearance begins on Mughal Road

Srinagar, March 18: A major operation to clear the snowbound 84-km Mughal Road has been initiated in south Kashmir’s Shopian district and is likely to continue over the next 20 days, following which the road will be reopened to traffic.

The snow-clearance operation was launched on Saturday and will involve dozens of workers of the roads and buildings department’s mechanical division, a governm


Monday, March 18, 2019Senior APHC Leader accuses Shah Faesal of copying his party name

Srinagar, Mar 18: The Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement (JKPM) has strongly objected to the launching of a new political outfit under the identical name and style by the former bureaucrat Shah Faisal and urged him to make a modification in the name of his party which he launched on Sunday.

In a statement, senior APHC leader and chairman of the JKPM Mir Shahid Saleem said that a political out


Monday, March 18, 2019Parents seek help as Teenage boy goes MISSING from Sopore

Srinagar: A teenage boy from Hathlangoo village of north Kashmir’s Sopore town has gone missing after he left his home to attend tuition.

Danish Bashir Khan,13, son of Bashir Ahmad Khan left home on Sunday morning to attend tution in Sopore, according to family.

“He told us not to worry and he will come back. But he did not return,” a family member said.

The family has submitted a missin


Monday, March 18, 2019Dachigam forest blaze brought under control

Srinagar, Mar 18: Fire in the Dachigam forest in the outskirts of Srinagar was brought under control in the wee hours of Monday after nearly ten hours of struggle, Fire and Emergency department officials said.

The fire has been brought under control and all fire tenders rushed from different parts of the city to forest area returned at 0130 in the wee hours, they told TNN this morning.