News from the region

Friday, August 7, 2020Militant hideout busted in J&K's Poonch

JAMMU: Security forces busted a militant hideout during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) near the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday and recovered two AK rifles and four magazines.

Senior Superintendent of Police Poonch, Ramesh Angral said that a Cordon and Search Operation was launched by the army and police near Mangnar area.

“A militant hideout ha


Friday, August 7, 2020Abducted soldier's clothes found in Kashmir orchard

Srinagar, Aug 7: Four days after an Indian Army soldier was abducted his clothes were found in an apple orchard, leading the security forces on Friday to intensify their search operation.

Rifleman Shakir Manzoor went missing on Monday.

He was reportedly abducted by terrorists as he was on his way to join back duty after spending the Eid festival with his family. He is a soldier working with


Friday, August 7, 2020CRPF man among seven die of Covid-19 in Kashmir, J&K toll reaches 453

Srinagar: The pandemic Friday claimed seven more lives in Kashmir, taking the toll of Covid related deaths in J&K to 453.

Officials told news agency, that seven persons who died include a 60-year-old woman from Sopore Baramulla, a 55-year-old man from Chersoo Awantipora, a 65-year-old woman from Sarnal Anantnag, a 32-year-old man from Hawal Srinagar, a 60-year-old man from HMT Srinagar, a 65-y


Friday, August 7, 2020Restrictions extended in Bandipora as 170 COVID-19 cases reported in five days

Srinagar: With 49 more positive cases and one COVID related death on Thursday, the District administration Bandipora has decided to extend lockdown restrictions for further 42 hours.

In a late-night order, the admin said that more than 170 positive cases have been reported in the district in the last five days out of which a huge number belongs to service providers..

It further said that ra


Friday, August 7, 2020Manoj Sinha arrives in Srinagar, to be sworn as Lieutenant Governor today; Murmu is new CAG

JAMMU: Senior Bhartiya Janta Party leader and former Union Minister Manoj Sinha has been named as the second Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir after a sudden midnight recall of the incumbent Girish Chandra Murmu.
Sinha, who comes from the eastern Uttar Pradesh, arrived to a ceremonial welcome in Srinagar earlier this afternoon. His swearing in is schedule for 12:30 PM Friday while at 3:1


Friday, August 7, 2020J&K's COVID-19 tally crosses 23,000-mark, toll rises to 446

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir's tally of COVID-19 cases crossed the 23,000-mark on Thursday with 499 fresh infections, while the union territory's toll climbed to 446 as 16 more people including a senior Revenue Officer and two CRPF men succumbed to the disease.
Officials sources said that the Sixteen patients who died on Thursday include a 55-year-old patient from Molu Chitragam, an 82-year-old


Friday, August 7, 2020Over 500 separatists signed good behaviour bond: DGP

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbag Singh kicked off storm today when he said that over 500 separatist leaders signed a bond for good behaviour to secure their release.
Minutes after the statement surfaced on the social media, the political circles and even ordinary citizens in Kashmir started asking for the names of those who signed bonds.
As many as 504 separatist


Friday, August 7, 2020‘Unceremonious’: Omar on Murmu’s sudden departure

SRINAGAR: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Thursday saw a "strange coincidence" in the resignation of Girish Chandra Murmu, saying the last Jammu and Kashmir governor and its first Lieutenant Governor have been "removed" from Raj Bhavan when they least expected it.
"In a strange coincidence both the last Governor of J&K state & the 1st Lt Governor of the Union Territory of J&K have be


Friday, August 7, 2020Jawan found dead in Reasi

JAMMU: A 32-year-old security force jawan was found shot dead at a security camp at Poni in Reasi district under mysterious circumstances, sources said on Thursday.
The incident occurred on Wednesday night when other jawans heard a gunshot sound and rushed towards its direction where they found a jawan lying in a pool of blood with a revolver lying nearby, they said.
He was shifted to hospital,


Friday, August 7, 2020Complete normalcy in J&K: India to US

NEW DELHI: Several positive changes have taken place in terms of development in Jammu and Kashmir in the last one year which reflect return to "complete normalcy", the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday.
The assertion came after the Chairman and Ranking Member of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs in a letter to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar expressed concern ove


Thursday, August 6, 2020CRPF man among three more patients die of COVID in J&K, toll 437

Jammu: Three more patients, including a CRPF man who were tested positive for COVID-19, died on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir, taking the number of deaths due to the virus to 437 in the Union Territory.

Officials told the news agency that three patients who died include a 50-year-old CRPF man of 43 Battalion, a 65-year-old male from Rusoo Budgam and a 42-year-old male from Patoli Jammu.



Thursday, August 6, 2020Naib tehsildar among four more die of COVID-19 in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Four more persons including a senior Revenue Officer died of COVID-19 in Kashmir, thus taking the toll of deaths due to the virus to 434 in Jammu and Kashmir. With fresh four deaths, the toll has crossed 400-mark in the Valley.

Officials told the news agency, that four patients who died today include a 55-year-old patient from Molu Chitragam, an 82-year-old man from Nowgam Srinagar,


Thursday, August 6, 2020Ratle hydroelectric power project to be revived soon: Jitendra Singh

New Delhi: The 850-MW Ratle hydroelectric power project in Jammu and Kashmir, work on which was stalled for the past six years, will be revived soon, Union minister Jitendra Singh said.

The hydroelectric project is a run-of-river scheme located on river Chenab in Kishtwar district of the union territory.

The preliminary work such as construction of access roads and diversion tunnels was sta


Thursday, August 6, 2020STUCK BY COVID Of 3.2 lakh who returned home in J&K, 2 lakh arrived by road

Everyone tested, travellers 20% of all positives

JAMMU: Stuck up elsewhere in the country and abroad since March 25, when all modes of long route public transport including air and rail were suspended, 3.2 lakh people have returned to Jammu and Kashmir.
While controlled train services were initiated in April to evacuate the stranded residents, flights were resumed on May 25 and their operation still remains limited.
A breakdown of statis


Thursday, August 6, 2020AUGUST 5 ANNIVERSARY All party meeting at Farooq’s thwarted, BJP celebrates, other party take anger to twitter

SRINAGAR: Curfew-like restrictions remained in force here on Wednesday as authorities foiled plans of the National Conference to hold an all-party meeting on the first anniversary of Jammu and Kashmir losing its statehood and special constitutional status, but BJP cadres held symbolic celebrations to mark the day.
The official curfew was lifted Tuesday evening but there was no easing of restrict


Thursday, August 6, 2020J&K adds 559 fresh COVID-19 cases, tally nears 23k; 11 death in 24 hours

Jammu: Eleven patients including a CRPF man who were tested positive for Novel Coronavirus died on Wednesday in Jammu and Kashmir, thus taking the toll of deaths due to COVID-19 in the Union Territory to 430. While, 559 persons including 90 travelers tested positive for the deadly virus taking the total number of positive cases to 22,955.

Officials said that eleven patients who died in J&K


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Curfew-like restrictions in Bhaderwah on first anniversary of Article 370 abrogation

Srinagar: Restrictions, mainly due to the Covid-19 pandemic, were enforced in Jammu and Kashmir’s additional district Bhaderwah today on the first anniversary of revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Several regional parties, including the Jammu Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) has asked their workers to hold protests on the day.

Curfew-like restrictions were imposed


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Meeting of parties called by Farooq Abdullah not held due to restrictions imposed by authorities: NC

Srinagar, Aug 5: A meeting of some political parties called by Jammu and Kashmir's veteran leader Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday to discuss the situation arising out of the abrogation of Article 370 provisions a year ago could not be held due to strict restrictions imposed by authorities, his National Conference said.

Abdullah had invited leaders of several political parties to his residence on


Wednesday, August 5, 2020BJP celebrates first anniversary of scrapping of Article 370, 35 A

Srinagar, Aug5: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday celebrated the first anniversary of abrogation of Article 370 and 35 A by hoisting national flag and distributing sweets in the Kashmir valley.

On this day in 2019, Centre scrapped special status, that was granted under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution to Jammu and Kashmir. The BJP in the Union Territory has given a call for c


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Kashmiris celebrate one year of abrogation of Art. 370

Srinagar: Rejecting Pakistan's efforts to create a false narrative about abrogation of Article 370, hundreds of Gujjars, Bakarwals and other Kashmiri sightseers from Kupwara, Tangdhar and Handwara on Wednesday celebrated Bangus Awaam Mela to commemorate the first anniversary of the scrapping of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir

The Annual Fair saw participation with great fanfare for two


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Mob vandalises Lakhanpur toll plaza in Kathua, 6 arrested

Jammu: A mob attacked and ransacked the Lakhanpur toll plaza in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district after its staffers allegedly manhandled a commuter, police said.

Six staffers of the toll plaza have been arrested and an FIR has been registered against those who involved in vandalising the toll collection counters, Senior Superintendent of Police (Kathua) Shailendra Mishra told reporters.


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Around 40 mortar shells recovered

SAMBA: Around fourty old and rusted mortar shells were recovered from village Amowal.

As per police sources, Rakesh Kumar, son of Bham Dev of village Amowal while working in his agriculture land at village Amobal noticed mortar shells and informed the police.

On getting information, police team along with Bomb Disposal Squad reached the spot and took around 40 shells into their custody.


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Altaf Bukhari felicitates JK candidates for cracking UPSC exams

sRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) president Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Tuesday felicitated all candidates from Jammu and Kashmir who cracked the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) civil service exam-2019.

In a statement, Bukhari said their success has vindicated his belief in the capabilities and potential of the youth of Jammu and Kashmir.

“The young boys and girls who


Wednesday, August 5, 2020New Covid guidelines 8 Jammu distts orange, 9 in valley red; religious places to open by Aug 16

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir government today classified the districts as Red, Orange and Green zones for the purpose of implementing the lockdown, from August 5.

After the gap of over four months, the government has decided to open all the religious places from August 16. Religious processions and large religious gatherings will remain strictly prohibited.

An order issued by Chairperson of the


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Domicile law challenged, HC notice to Centre, J&K

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Government of India and administration of Union Territory of J&K on a plea challenging domicile job law enacted by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The High Court today issued notice to Centre and the UT administration on the petition challenging domicile job law on the grounds that it violates constitution of India.



Wednesday, August 5, 2020Curfew lifted from Srinagar

SRINAGAR: The District Magistrate (DM) Srinagar Dr Shahid Choudhary on Tuesday ordered lifting of curfew, which was ordered late last night for 48 hours in the district.

The curfew was lifted after the situation remained incident-free today.

“Existing restrictions on public activities and movement put in place since 1 August in view of the COVID-19 situation in the district – where a sharp


Sunday, August 2, 20205 vehicles seized for illegal mining

REASI: Tightening noose over people involved in illegal mining, Reasi police seized five vehicles.

As per details, during intervening night of July30-31, 2020, a party from Police Station Reasi laid a Naka at Simbal Choa and seized two dumpers for illegally extracting sand from Dera Bhabbar Nallah.

The seizure was made by the Police party led by SI Pardeep Singh of Police Station Reasi unde


Sunday, August 2, 2020New Education Policy will create digital divide, says Cong

New Delhi, Aug 2: Stepping up attack against the Centre's new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, Congress has said that it will create digital divide in the country.

Addressing a press conference, former HRD Minister Pallam Raju and Chief spokesperson of Congress Randeep Surjewala said that the NEP 2020 misses the fundamental goal of human development and expansion of knowledge.



Sunday, August 2, 2020Pillion rider dies, Motorcyclist injured in Budgam road mishap

Budgam : A pillion rider was killed while as motorcyclist sustained injuries after they met with an accident near Sahara Automobiles at Aripanthan village in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

Official sources told news agency TNN that a motorcycle bearing registration number MH12FB/1591 collided with a Wagonor vehicle bearing registration number JKO1P 0218 at about 08.30 hours Saturday mornin


Sunday, August 2, 2020Casual labour dies of electrocution in Srinagar

Srinagar: An employee of Power Development Department (PDD) died hours after he was electrocuted at Danamazar Safakadal in Srinagar.

Officials said that Riyaz Ahmad Rather, son of Abdul Rehman Rather of Kreshbal Noorbagh who was working as PDL in PDD was critically injured after he received electric shock at Danamazar Safakadal on Saturday.

He received electric shock when he was busy with m


Sunday, August 2, 2020‘Ensure wellbeing of artists’ HC directs J&K, Ladakh UTs

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the union territories of J&K and Ladakh to ensure that steps are taken for the welfare and well-being of the traditional and folk artists.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjay Dhar was hearing a Public Interest Litigation on Covid-19, examining the difficulties faced by several marginalized groups in both


Sunday, August 2, 2020Udhampur records major spike as J&K tally nears 21k, death toll rises to 388

12 trainee cops, 63 SFs, Patwari, Judicial officer among those infected

JAMMU: The Coronavirus continued its upward movement in Jammu and Kashmir, with 613 people testing positive for deadly virus on Sunday, taking the overall tally of infections close to 21-thousand mark, settling at 20972, even as 6 more people died due to Covid-19--all of them in Valley, pushing the total number of fatalities due to the deadly virus in union territory to 388.

Jammu region witne


Sunday, August 2, 2020Amidst COVID-19 restrictions, Eid celebrations remain a muted affair

SRINAGAR: The usual fervour surrounding Eid al-Adha was missing on Saturday as Coronavirus-induced restrictions put a dampener on celebrations in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, with most of the faithful marking the festival of sacrifice by offering prayers in small groups and observing social distancing in view of the pandemic.

No prayers were offered in major mosques and shrines of Kashmir, f


Sunday, August 2, 2020J&K: Healthcare, employment, ease of governance top 10 focus areas of govt

SRINAGAR: A year after the abrogation of special status to the erstwhile state, the focus of Jammu and Kashmir administration has been on ten fields, especially health sector, ease of governance and democratic decentralisation, officials said on Saturday.

Listing achievements of the administration, the officials said it adopted the concept of ”Naya Kashmir”, ensured social sector development,


Saturday, August 1, 202010 vehicles engaged in illegal mining seized

Jammu (Jhajjar Kotli), Aug.01 : Ten vehicles engaged in illegal mining were seized in Sub Division Nagrota. As per police sources, tightening noose against illegal mining operational in river Tawi area and many adjoining streams in violation to High Court orders, various teams led by SHO Jhajjar Kotli Inspector Rajesh Khajuria, Incharge Police Post Manwal SI Vikram Singh jasrotia and Incharge Pol


Saturday, August 1, 2020Madrasa head booked for 'hurting' religious feelings

Banihal: The head of a madrasa in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramban district was booked for allegedly hurting religious feelings, officials said.

The case was registered against Ghulam Rasool in Banihal on the complaint of a religious leader over an advertisement in a newspaper, the officials said.

Rasool was booked under Section 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious fe


Saturday, August 1, 2020Muslims in Kashmir Valley offer Eid prayers while maintaining social distancing

Srinagar, Aug 1: Eid al-Adha celebrations in Kashmir on Saturday were a low-key affair as most of the faithful marked the festival of sacrifice by offering prayers in small groups and observing social distancing in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

No Eid prayers were offered in major mosques and shrines of Kashmir as police enforced the strict restrictions in most parts of the valley, including


Saturday, August 1, 2020Senior KAS officer, SI among 15 more die, toll 383; J&K infections cross 20k

First 10k cases in 129 days, next 10k in 21 days; 282 die in July

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: A serving senior KAS officer and a sub-inspector of J&K Police were among 15 people who died of the Covid-19 on Friday, pushing the toll due to the deadly disease across the union territory to 383, even as with 490 fresh cases emerging in last 24 hours, the Covid-19 infections tally in Jammu and Kashmir crossed 20-thousand-mark on Friday, just three weeks after it has crossed 10-t


Saturday, August 1, 2020Mehbooba Mufti’s PSA detention extended by 3 months; Lone freed

SRINAGAR: Amidst the growing clamor for her release, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Friday extended the detention of PDP president Mehbooba Mufti by three months under the Public Safety Act, stating that her release may result in disruption of public order.
The extension for former chief minister, who is also the only mainstream leader under detention, came on a day when Jammu and Kashm


Saturday, August 1, 2020J&K extends restrictions till August 5

JAMMU: As the entire country is set for Unlock 3 from Saturday, the Jammu and Kashmir government has extended the prevailing set of restrictions and relaxations till August 5.
The Centre government on Wednesday night issued guidelines for the month-long 'Unlock 3' -- the "phased re-opening" of activities that had been barred to contain the coronavirus spread in the country -- and allowed opening


Saturday, August 1, 2020August 5 anniversary: CCG bats for multi-level dialogue process in J&K

JAMMU: Ahead of August 5 anniversary, the Concerned Citizens Group (CCG) comprising of former union foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha has called for multi-level dialogue process with all those affected by the Centre’s decision to abrogate article 370 and bifurcate erstwhile state Jammu & Kashmir into two Union Territories (UTs).
The CCG recommended the lifting of curbs on all peaceful political ac