News from the region

Saturday, January 25, 2020J-K: 1,700 kg poppy straw seized from Punjab-bound truck, two held

Jammu, Jan 25; The Jammu and Kashmir Police seized 1,700 kilogram of poppy straw from a Punjab-bound truck here and arrested its driver and conductor, officials said on Saturday.

The truck, coming from the Kashmir valley, was intercepted on the highway near Channi on the outskirts of Jammu Friday evening, leading to the seizure of the huge quantity of the contraband which was concealed in 193


Saturday, January 25, 2020Some respite from cold as mercury rises in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 25: There was some respite from cold conditions in Kashmir as the night temperature rose on Saturday owing to cloudy sky, even as the weatherman has forecast light rain or snow in the valley later in the day.

A MeT official said the minimum temperature in Srinagar improved over three degrees from minus 6.1 degrees Celsius on Friday to settle at minus 3 degrees Celsius.

The of


Saturday, January 25, 20204 LeT workers apprehended in Bandipore, J&K

Srinagar, Jan 25: Four overground workers of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were apprehended by a joint team of the police and the army at Hajin area of Bandipore district in north Kashmir, the police said on Saturday.

A large quantity of arms and ammunition has been recovered from them.

According to details, 2 pistols, 2 UBGL (Underbarrel Grenade Launcher), 6 UBGL grenades, 10-AK 47 magazines and 5


Friday, January 24, 2020Cold wave tightens grip on Kashmir; Drass records -30 deg C

Srinagar, Jan 24: The minimum temperature at most places in Kashmir dropped several notches on Friday as the cold wave tightened its grip on the valley, where light rain or snow is likely in the next few days, according to the Meteorological Department.

The night temperature witnessed a drop of several degrees Celsius at most places in the valley owing to clear sky, a MeT official said here.


Friday, January 24, 2020Police is using modern gadgets to foil militants' designs: J&K IGP

Srinagar, Jan 24: Police is using modern gadgets to foil the designs of militants to mount attacks in Kashmir, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar said, as he appealed to the people to participate in Republic Day functions across the valley.

He was speaking on the sidelines of full-dress rehearsal for the Republic Day function at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium here.

"Security is b


Friday, January 24, 20205 members of family injured in car-truck collision in Ramban

Banihal: Five members of a family were injured in a collision between a car and a truck in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramban district on Friday, officials said.

A Santro, which was on its way to Srinagar from Ramban, collided with a truck coming from the opposite direction due to slippery road conditions at Sherbibi in the Banihal belt of the district, they said.

Five members of a family travellin


Thursday, January 23, 2020BJP's J&K outreach is vote bank politics: Iltija Mufti

Srinagar, Jan 23: Iltija Mufti, daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, has said that the ongoing visit of Union Ministers to the Union Territory was just the BJP's vote bank politics "aimed at regaining lost ground".

She said a genuine outreach could have been done with the restoration of the Internet services, releasing of political prisoners, speaking to the civi


Thursday, January 23, 2020Three ex-CMs, over 20 other leaders remain under detention, Internet remains suspended

SRINAGAR: Three former Chief Ministers Dr Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti besides about 20 other ex ministers and legislators and leaders of different political parties remained under detention since August 5.

Internet service of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Broadband, remained suspended in the Kashmir valley since August 5, wh


Wednesday, January 22, 2020Jammu-Srinagar NH shut for second day due to multiple landslides

Banihal/Jammu, Jan 22: Multiple landslides at several places hampered restoration work on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway which remained closed for the second day on Wednesday, officials said.

The highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, was closed for traffic on Tuesday following fresh snowfall and incessant rains.

Though the weather improved, mu


Wednesday, January 22, 2020Snowfall in few areas of Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 22: Few areas in Kashmir including Srinagar received fresh snowfall overnight, leading to an increase in the minimum temperature here on Wednesday, the MET Office said.

Most of the higher reaches and few areas in the plains of Kashmir received fresh snowfall on Wednesday, a MET Official said.

He said snowfall was witnessed in Gulmarg and Pahalgam tourist resorts of the valley


Wednesday, January 22, 2020BJP's outreach programme to J&K nothing but a hoax: Tarigami

Jammu, Jan 22: The Jammu and Kashmir unit of the CPI(M) launched a scathing attack on the BJP over its public outreach programme in the Union Territory, saying "the move to parachute 36 ministers is a propaganda in panic mode as the party has failed on every count throughout the country".

"What is the need for the BJP ministers to visit J&K when the government claims everything is normal? Real


Wednesday, January 22, 2020Central ministers in Kashmir to spread positivity among people: Naqvi

Srinagar, Jan 22: Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the team of Central ministers were in Jammu and Kashmir to spread positivity among the people and to create a "strong environment of change".

A group of central ministers are on a visit to Jammu and Kashmir to spread awareness about the positive impact of abrogation of Article 370 provisions and development measures taken by the governm


Wednesday, January 22, 2020Central Silk Board begins five - days trial programme in Lamberi.

Nowshera: A five-day training program for insect foster farmers was launched at the Center for Research Dissemination, Central Silk Board, lamberi.

Dr. Vinod Singh, In-charge of the center said that for the next five days, farmers will be given technical information about silk in which information will be given about planting mulberry plants, keeping cleanliness, avoiding disease and informati


Wednesday, January 22, 2020MoS Home to review development on 3-day J&K visit

New Delhi, 22 Jan: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, G. Kishan Reddy will be launching various developmental works during his 3-day visit to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

The minister left for Srinagar on Wednesday morning, his first visit to the union territory, after assuming office.

During the trip, Reddy will be visiting Srinagar and other rural areas of the Kashmir


Wednesday, January 22, 2020Naqvi stops at Lal Chowk in Srinagar, meets people

Srinagar, Jan 22: Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi went to the Lal Chowk in Srinagar and briefly interacted with the people there.

He stopped at the Chowk and spoke with some shopkeepers and locals, and inquired about the problems they were facing.

Naqvi said: "There is a positive environment and the government is spreading positivity among the people by communicating


Tuesday, January 21, 2020Soni Razdan seeks probe on Afzal Guru being made 'scapegoat'

Mumbai, Jan 21: Senior Bollywood actress Soni Razdan demanded a probe into why the 2001 Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru was made a "scapegoat" and hanged in 2013, despite his raising questions against his investigating officer.

In what is being seen as dipping her finger into a burning cauldron, Razdan's controversial tweet said: "This is a travesty of justice. Who is going to bring


Tuesday, January 21, 2020Traffic suspended on Jammu-Srinagar NH after fresh snowfall

Jammu, Jan 21: Fresh snowfall in high altitude areas and rains in plains led to suspension of traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, leaving over 1500 vehicles stranded, officials said.

A traffic department official said traffic on the strategic highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, was suspended from both Srinagar and Jammu in view of the fr


Sunday, January 19, 2020Man dies after falling off moving train

Jammu, Jan 19: A 32-year-old man died after falling off a train in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Sunday.

The body was found on the railway track near Vijaypur on Saturday evening, the officials said.

They said the deceased apparently fell from a moving train.

The body was shifted to Government Medical College Hospital Jammu for postmortem and identification, the


Sunday, January 19, 2020LG seeks detailed report on availability of essential commodities in snowbound areas

Jammu, Jan 19: Amid reports of disruptions in the supply of gas and other essential commodities in Jammu and Kashmir after heavy snowfall, Lt Governor G C Murmu has sought a detailed report on the availability of essential commodities in affected areas, an official spokesman said.

The Lt Governor has directed that multiple teams of officers be constituted immediately to visit affected areas wi


Sunday, January 19, 2020One-way traffic to ply from Jammu to Srinagar on Kashmir highway

Srinagar, Jan 19: One-way traffic was on Sunday allowed to ply from Jammu to Srinagar on 270-km-long national highway, the only road connecting Kashmir with rest of the country, after the vehicles were allowed towards the winter capital for two day.

'One-way traffic will be allowed from Jammu to Srinagar on Sunday to ply on Kashmir highway till further orders to avoid traffic jam and accidents


Sunday, January 19, 2020Police arrests drug peddlers in Kashmir

Srinagar: In its action against drug peddlers, the police in Ganderbal arrested three peddlers and seized psychotropic substances from their possession.

Officers at a checkpoint established near Nagpo Ganderbal arrested Javid Ahmad Ganai, a resident of Devipora Kurran, and recovered 25 bottles of codeine from his possession.

In another instance, the Ganderbal police arrested Najeeb-ul-Hass