News from the region

Thursday, April 15, 2021#COVID19 ||Surge continue as J&K logs 1086 new cases, 5 fatalities

48 pilgrims tests +ve on Day 1 of Navratras

Jammu: The spurt in Covid-19 cases across Jammu and Kashmir continue as 1,086 fresh positive cases were reported on Wednesday pushing the number of active cases near 9,390 while five fresh fatalities pushed the toll to 2042.

Among fresh cases 684 were reported from Kashmir region while as 402 are from Jammu region. With fresh cases the total number of positive cases in Kashmir division ha


Wednesday, April 14, 2021‘Sahar Khan’: The Ramazan drummers of Kashmir back in action

Srinagar, Apr 14: Despite an alarming rise in Corona cases, the century-old tradition of waking people up for pre-dawn meals by beating drums during Ramazan remained unaffected with ‘Sahar Khans’ hitting the streets in Kashmir valley as the holy month of fasting began on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, with the commencement of Ramazan after sighting of moon, lakhs of people joined the special ‘Taraweeh’


Wednesday, April 14, 2021Drug peddler, bootlegger arrested in Anantnag

Anantnag, Apr 14: Jammu and Kashmir police arrested a drug peddler and a bootlegger in this south Kashmir district on Wednesday, a police spokesman said.

He said police arrested a drug peddler and recovered narcotics substance from his possession at Mattan in Anantnag. Further investigation has been taken up, he said.

In another operation, police arrested a bootlegger identified as Mukhtar


Wednesday, April 14, 2021Twenty-yr-old youth drowns in Kishanganga river in Gurez

Srinagar, Apr 14: A 20-year-old youth drowned in a river in the border town of Gurez in north Kashmir district of Bandipora on Wednesday.

Official sources said that the youth, identified as Mohammad Muzamil Samoon, slipped and fell in Kishanganga river in the border town on Wednesday. Other people present at the spot jumped into the river and rescued the youth, they added.

The youth was rus


Wednesday, April 14, 2021Restaurants, roadside tea stalls shut as Holy fasting month begins

Srinagar, Apr 14: All restaurants, hotels and other roadside tea stalls and vendors selling eatables are closed on Wednesday, on the first day of Holy fasting month of Ramadhan in the Kashmir valley, where people offered “ Taraweeh” prayers after Crescent moon was sighted on Tuesday evening.

With the commencement of holy month from today all restaurants, hotels, dhabas and roadside tea stalls


Wednesday, April 14, 2021Govt adopted 5-pronged approach for transformation of tourism: LG

Asks NHAI to provide employment to local youth

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government has adopted a five-pronged approach for effective transformation of tourism in the union territory and the sector is being developed as per the vision of sustainable development goals, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said on Tuesday.
Virtually addressing a conference on ''tapping tourism potential of Kashmir'' here, the L-G said a comprehensive mechanism w


Wednesday, April 14, 2021Two months after attack, Krishna Dhaba reopen

We have to move on, says Owner

Srinagar: "Life cannot stop, we have to move on," said Ramesh Mehra, the owner of popular food joint Krishna Dhaba here, on Tuesday as he returned to work nearly two months after his son was shot dead by militants.
Mehra's world came crashing down on February 17 when his son, Akash, was shot at by militants from a close range. After fighting for his life for 10 days, Akash died at SMHS Hospital


Wednesday, April 14, 2021Budgam declared TB free:Vardhan

New Delhi: The success of the Tuberculosis (TB) Jan Andolan solely depends on activities reaching grassroots population and action has to pivot around states and most importantly in hard-to-reach areas, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Tuesday.
He also said that no two states are the same and stressed on the need to customise activities as per geography to accomplish a multiplier effe


Tuesday, April 13, 2021IGP Kashmir greets people on Ramadhan

Srinagar, Apr 13: Greeting people on the eve of Holy fasting of Ramadhan, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar on Tuesday hoped that this month will bring peace, harmony and brotherhood besides end the woes of COVID-19.

Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter IGP Kumar said, “ #RamadanMubarak to all and hope that this holy month will bring an end to the woes of the #Covid-19. Let's pray


Tuesday, April 13, 2021Historic Mughal road still closed despite clearance of snow

Srinagar, Apr 13: The historic 86-km-long Mughal road, seen as alternative to Srinagar-Jammu national highway, remained closed though snow clearance operation has been completed recently.

The historic road connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region was closed in December last year due to accumulation of snow and avalanches.

However, the Mechanical Department


Tuesday, April 13, 2021Traffic restored on Bandipora-Gurez road after day-long suspension

Srinagar, Apr 13: Traffic was on Tuesday restored on strategically important road, connecting the border town of Gurez and dozens of other far-flung and remote villages in Bandipora district with rest of the valley, after remaining suspended for a day due to a snow avalanche and fresh snowfall.

“Vehicles were on Tuesday allowed to ply from Bandipora to Gurez as one-way traffic was allowed on t


Tuesday, April 13, 2021Apni Party is voice of people of J&K: Altaf Bukhari

Srinagar: Apni Party President Altaf Bukhari Monday said that the party stood against the tide and became the voice of the people of J&K at a time when all other political parties chose to be mute spectators.

A statement of Apni Party issued here said that presiding over a party convention at DevsarBonigam in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, Bukhari said that it was Apni Party that voiced the


Tuesday, April 13, 2021#COVID || Active caseload breaches 7K mark in J&K, recovery rate plunges to 92.86 %

With 991 new cases tally swells to 1,39 Lakh

Jammu: The active caseload in Jammu and Kashmir breached 7000 mark on Monday after the 991 tested positive for COVID across the Union Territory while the death toll remains at 2034 as no fresh fatality reported in last 24 hours.

“The second wave of Covid-19 is showing a steep rise in Jammu and Kashmir as the active cases from March 12 to April 12 have increased f


Tuesday, April 13, 2021SC junks petition seeking removal of Quran verses

Jammu: The Supreme Court Monday termed as "absolutely frivolous" a petition filed by former UP Shia Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi seeking removal of 26 verses from holy Quran and dismissed it with a cost of Rs 50,000.
A bench of Justices R F Nariman B R Gavai and Hrishikesh Roy rejected the petition in which Rizvi alleged that these 26 verses of Quran promoted terrorism.
In his plea, Rizvi h


Tuesday, April 13, 2021Will adopt best practices in water resources management: LG Sinha

Piped drinking water to all rural households Sep 2022: J&K to GoI

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Monday said the administration will adopt best global practices in water resources management and optimum development of water infrastructure.

He said the people should understand the importance of every drop of water.

Sinha made these remarks while reviewing the issues of water resources development and management in the Union


Tuesday, April 13, 2021Govt to facilitate Ramdhan prayers during night curfew

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Monday directed senior police and administration officials to facilitate religious functions and offering of prayers during the corona curfew period in the Muslim holy month of Ramzan.

The LG's directives came after some religious organisations appealed to the administration to ensure that the prayers are allowed during the corona


Monday, April 12, 2021Helpers, supervisors of ICDS hit streets in Srinagar

Srinagar, Apr 12: Helpers and supervisors of Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) on Monday staged a dharna in Srinagar in support of their demands, including release of pending wages.
''This is our seventh dharna as despite repeated assurance the government has totally failed to do justice with us,'' the women helpers and supervisors said at Press colony, Srinagar.
''Nobody is now liste


Monday, April 12, 2021Traffic again suspended on Bandipora-Gurez road due to snow avalanche

Srinagar, Apr 12 : Traffic was on Monday once again suspended on strategically important road connecting the border town of Gurez and dozens of other far-flung and remote villages in Bandipora district with rest of the valley due to a snow avalanche.

Gurez, which is surrounded from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) from three sides, and other adjoining villages, including those near the Line of


Monday, April 12, 2021Mostly dry weather till Wednesday: MeT

Srinagar: The Meteorological department has predicted mostly dry weather till Wednesday and another wet spell from April 14 evening.

Director Meteorological Department Kashmir, Sonam Lotus said that after the spell of rain on Sunday, the weather will remain “mostly dry” till Wednesday evening.

“No forecast of any severe weather till 14th April. Expect another spell of light to moderate rai


Monday, April 12, 2021#OVID-9 || 915 new cases, 5 deaths

50 % of medical oxygen reserved for health sector

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday recorded 915 fresh COVID-19 cases, including 156 travellers, taking the infection tally to 1,38,390, while five more fatalities pushed the death toll to 2,034.
Out of the fresh cases, 288 were reported from the Jammu division and 627 from the Kashmir division of the Union Territory.
Srinagar district recorded the highest of 362 cases, including 81 trave


Monday, April 12, 2021Schools to remain close till April 18

Srinagar: All schools, including government and private, would remain closed till April 18 in Jammu and Kashmir as COVID-19 cases continued to rise unabated in the Union Territory.
The development comes days after the J&K administration, besides other measures, imposed night curfew in the urban areas of eight districts, including Jammu and Srinagar, to check the spread of the soaring COVID-19 c


Monday, April 12, 20212014 floods Rs 501 Crore distributed among 77, 569 beneficiaries under PMDP

Srinagar: Under the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) the Jammu and Kashmir government has distributed more than Rs 501 Crore among the 77, 569 flood victims whose houses were damaged during the September 2014 floods.
The Kashmir region suffered disastrous floods in September 2014, across many of its districts caused by torrential rainfall. The flood resulted in the destruction of prop


Monday, April 12, 2021LG Sinha for scaling up vaccination in J&K

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday directed all deputy commissioners in the valley to ensure that COVID-appropriate behaviour is adopted by the people and passed instructions to make serious efforts to scale up the vaccination.
Sinha chaired a meeting of all deputy commissioners of the valley here in order to receive a first-hand appraisal of the administration's


Monday, April 12, 2021'Parents should appeal to children to shun militancy'

Jammu: Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir Vijay Kumar asked the parents of newly-recruited militants in the valley on Sunday to make continuous appeals to their children to shun the path of violence and not confine themselves to the last appeal.
"Parents should make continuous appeals to the newly-recruited terrorists to return. The appeals should be made regularly. The parents should no


Monday, April 12, 2021Rain lashes Kashmir

Srinagar: Chill once again revisited Kashmir valley as some upper reaches -- including border towns of Gurez, Karnah and Tanghdar -- received light snowfall while rain lashed other parts on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the night temperature remained below normal at most places in the valley, where a short spell of rain and snow is predicted during the next 24 hours under the influence of a fresh Western D


Saturday, April 10, 2021Teenager found dead at home in Bandipora

Baramulla: A teenager was found dead in his room on Saturday morning in north Kashmir district of Bandipora, official sources said.

They said panic gripped village Pushwari Naidkhai Sumbal in Bandipora when an 18-year-old Abdal Ahmad, a class 12th student, did not wake up this morning.

Despite repeated knocks at the door by the family members, he did not respond, they said, adding since the


Saturday, April 10, 2021Woman ends life, in-laws' house attacked in Anantnag

Anantnag, Apr 10: A woman allegedly hanged herself at her in-laws' house in this south Kashmir district, which was later attacked by an agitated mob and set on fire, sources said on Saturday.

They said a 32-year-old woman was found hanging at her in-law's house at Moinabad in Anantnag.

She was immediately taken to a district hospital, where she was declared brought dead.

Immediately afte


Saturday, April 10, 2021Bandipora-Gurez road reopens after over 4 months

Srinagar, Apr 10: A strategically important road connecting the border town of Gurez and dozens of other far-flung and remote villages, including those near the Line of Control (LoC) with district headquarters Bandipora in north Kashmir, reopened on Saturday after remaining closed for over four months due to the accumulation of snow, avalanches and slippery conditions.
The road finally opened fo


Saturday, April 10, 2021Riot breaks out in jail at Valley

Srinagar: A riot broke out in the Pulwama district jail in Jammu and Kashmir after inmates resorted to violence during a surprise checking by prison staff in one of the barracks, an official spokesperson said on Friday.
The spokesperson of the prison department said the inmates at Pulwama jail resorted to violence after the watch and ward staff began surprise check in the wake of some suspicious


Friday, April 9, 2021COVID-19: No Fajr, Isha and Tarawih prayers at Jamia Masjid as govt announces night curfew

Srinagar: The management of Jamia Masjid in Srinagar has decided that there shall be no congregational Fajr and Isha prayers at the Masjid during the holy month of Ramadhan in view of the spike in COVID-19 cases.

Quoting an Auqaf Jamia Masjid member, news agency reported that the decision has been taken in wake of the government’s decision to impose night curfew in J&K to prevent COVID-19 spre


Friday, April 9, 2021'Beats logic': Kashmir doctors' body says night curfew won't stop COVID spread

SRINAGAR: With the imposition of night curfew in Jammu and Kashmir, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Friday said the move won’t stop the spread of Covid-19 infection.

“It beats logic to have restrictions at night when most of the crowds are during the day,” said DAK President and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan.

“One wonders how night curfew will help in curbing the spread, when peo


Friday, April 9, 2021ED summons Mehbooba Mufti's mother in money laundering case

Srinagar: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned the mother of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti for questioning in a money laundering case, officials said on Thursday.

They said Gulshan Nazir, in her seventies, has been asked to appear before the central probe agency at its office in Srinagar on April 15.

Mufti, 61, also the president of the People's Democratic


Friday, April 9, 2021Central panel to visit J&K to review tourism sector

Jammu: A high-level delegation from India's Ministry of Tourism (MoT) along with the team of Incredible India is scheduled to visit Kashmir for a four-day visit, beginning April 11 to further, enhance the Valley's tourism prospectus.

Secretary Tourism, Government of India, ADG Tourism, senior officials from the Ministry of Tourism, Incredible India team, Ambassadors from different countries, m


Friday, April 9, 2021#COVID-19 || Surge continues as J&K logs over 800 new cases for 2nd straight day

LG orders night curfew in 8 distts, new micro containment zones declared

Jammu: After the Jammu and Kashmir recorded over 800 new cases for the second consecutive day, the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha order imposition of night curfew in the eight districts. Moreover, witnessing spurt in the cases, the district Jammu administration canceled permission issued for fairs as well exhibition and declared Gandhi Memorial College, Jammu as micro containment zones.