News from the region

Saturday, May 25, 2019DGP visits Central Jail, Srinagar to review security, other works

Srinagar, May 25: Director General of Police and Prisons Dilbagh Singh on Saturday visited Central Jail, Srinagar, and held security review meeting with senior jail officers and CRPF officers on security duties, a police spokesman said this afternoon.

He said during the meeting the DGP impressed upon the officers to ensure that the security of the Central Jail is further augmented in view of


Saturday, May 25, 2019Life remains crippled for day 2 due to strike in Kashmir

Srinagar, May 25: Life remained crippled for the second day on Saturday due to restrictions and spontaneous strike in the Kashmir valley, where where Ansar Gazwatul Hind chief Zakir Musa was killed in an encounter by security forces in Pulwama district during over 12 hours Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) which ended early Friday.

Police said restrictions remained imposed under Section 144


Saturday, May 25, 2019Weather turns pleasant after 2 days below normal temperature in Kashmir


Srinagar, May 25 : Weather turned pleasant on Saturday after recording below normal temperature due to rain for the past two days in the Kashmir valley, where people in hilly and remote areas could be still seen wearing warm cloths because of cold.

However, a Met department spokesman said there could be isolated light rain and thundershowers over the Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours


Saturday, May 25, 2019Bhaderwah: Curfew lifted after 9 days, Internet resumes

JAMMU: Night curfew has been lifted and Internet services resumed in Bhadarwah Valley after nine days. Curfew was imposed in Bhadarwah valley of Doda district on May 16 following violent protests by members of a community against killing of a person in firing under suspicious circumstances.

“Night curfew has been lifted and Internet services resumed in the town Friday,” officials said.



Saturday, May 25, 2019Train service remains suspended in Kashmir for security reasons

Srinagar, May 25: Train service remained suspended for the second day on Saturday in the Kashmir valley for security reasons following killing of Ansar Gazwatul chief Hind Zakir Musa, in an encounter by security forces in Pulwama district during over 12 hours Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) which ended early Friday.

Train service could not be restored as a fresh advisory was received last


Friday, May 24, 2019Youth injured during clashes in Sopore

Srinagar, May 24: Amid the curfew-like restrictions in Kashmir, a youth was injured during the clashes between security forces and protestors in Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Reports said that soon after the culmination of Friday prayers, protestors mostly youth took to streets and pelted stones on a mixed contingent of forces including the Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) a


Friday, May 24, 2019How a studious Zakir Rashid Bhat became the dreaded 'Zakir Musa'

Srinagar, May 24: The journey of Zakir Rashid Bhat, from a well-to-do middle class family of Noorpora village in Jammu and Kashmir's Tral area, to becoming 'Zakir Musa' or the most wanted militant in Kashmir reads like a Bollywood blockbuster.

Seeing his father Abdul Rashid Bhat serve the state government as an engineer, his brother Shakir Rashid Bhat as an orthopaedic surgeon and his sister


Friday, May 24, 2019Friday prayers not allowed for 2nd week in Srinagar's Jamia Masjid

Srinagar, May 24: Friday prayers were not allowed for the second successive week of holy month of Ramzan in Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar, where curfew has been imposed as a precautionary measure in view of protests and clashes, triggered by the death of Ansar Gazwatul Hind chief Zakir Musa in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama.

However, prayers were offered in other mosques i


Friday, May 24, 2019Jammu-bound stranded vehicles to ply on National highway, one-way on Ladakh, Mughal roads

Srinagar, May 24: Only Jammu-bound stranded vehicles were allowed to move on Friday on the National Highway connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, a traffic police official said.

Only one-way traffic will continue on Srinagar-Leh National Highway and historic 86-km-long Mughal road, linking Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, the official told TN


Friday, May 24, 2019Educational institutions closed in Kashmir, IUST, KU postpone exams

Srinagar, May 24: All educational institutions were closed as a precautionary measure on Friday in the Kashmir Valley, where clashes erupted on Thursday night after reports about the death of Ansar Gazwatul Hind chief Zakir Musa in an encounter by security forces in Pulwama.

The Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora in Pulwama and Kashmir University (KU) postponed all examin


Friday, May 24, 2019Train service suspended in Kashmir for security reasons

Srinagar, May 24 : Train service was suspended on Friday for security reasons in the Kashmir valley following killing of two militants, including chief of Ansar Gazwatul Hind Zakir Musa, in an encounter in Pulwama district on Thursday night, official sources said.

An advisory was received late last night to suspended all train runs in the Kashmir valley on Friday, sources told TNN.



Friday, May 24, 2019Curfew imposed in Srinagar, restrictions in major towns in Kashmir

Srinagar, May 24: Curfew has been clamped in Srinagar while elsewhere in the Kashmir valley, restrictions were imposed in major towns and tehsil headquarters on Friday as a precautionary measure following clashes last night after the death of chief of Ansar Gazwatul Hind Zakir Musa in an encounter by security forces in Pulwama.

Authorities suspended train and mobile internet service in the Kas


Wednesday, May 22, 2019Chargesheet in 3-yr-old rape case soon

Srinagar, May 22: Appealing people not to pay any heed to rumours, a police spokesman said that chargesheet in 3-year-old rape case will be filed in the court against the accused, soon.

He said the incident of assault on 3 year old child in Sumbal is very much 'TRUE' and based on 'FACTS.'

Police will file the chargesheet in court against the arrested accused.

However, he warned that stri


Wednesday, May 22, 2019Army soldier died, seven others injured in IED blast along LoC in Poonch

Poonch, May 22: An army soldier was died and seven others sustained injuries in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion near forward post along Line of Control in Mendhar area of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.

Reports said that an army patrol of 12 Madras Regiment was going through the area at Dhera Dabsi when the explosion took place.

In the explosion, eight sold


Wednesday, May 22, 2019Enhance the Budget for Kheer Bhawani Pilgrimage: Shah Faesal

Srinagar, May 22: President J&K Peoples Movement Dr. Shah Faesal has called upon the State Government to enhance the budgetary support for facilitation of annual Mata Kheer Bhawani Yatra, one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Kashmiri Pandit community.

Stressing the need for making adequate transport arrangements from Delhi to Srinagar, Shah Faisal said that besides religious significan


Wednesday, May 22, 2019Yasin Mailk to appear in TADA Court on June 8

JAMMU: TADA court Jammu on Tuesday issued notice to Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chief Mohammad Yaseen Malik for his alleged involvement in the kidnapping of Dr. Rubiya Syed and killing of Air Force personals in 1990s.

Along with Malik, the Presiding Officer of TADA Court also issued notices to Ali Mohammad Mir, Mohd Zaman Mir, Iqbal Ahmed Gandroo, Javed Ahmed Mir, Manzoor Ahmed S


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Two drug peddlers arrested in Sopore

Baramulla, May 21: Two drug peddlers were arrested alongwith codeine phosphate and spasmoproxyvon tablets in apple township of Sopore in this north Kashmir district, a police spokesman said on Tuesday.

At a naka point at Batpora Sopore, two persons were intercepted and during their frisking, police recovered banned tablets from their possession.

The drug peddlers were identified as Hilal Ah


Tuesday, May 21, 2019J-K: Ujh bridge to become functional soon, locals pleased

Jammu: An under-construction bridge at Ujh river in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district is nearing completion and locals are hailing the progress of the project.

According to authorities, the bridge is nearing completion and is likely to be thrown open for public use before the onset of the monsoon season.

The residents believe that with the opening of the bridge, their commuting woes would


Tuesday, May 21, 2019All Educational Institutions remain closed in Srinagar

Srinagar: Authorities have decided to keep all the schools and colleges closed today,in Srinagar district.

“Decision to close educational institutions has been taken as a precautionary measure to avoid law and order situation in the district,” said an official.

Pertinent to mention, Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for a complete shutdown and Eidgah chalo in Kashmir Valley to ma


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Kami Rita Sherpa scales Everest, takes his record tally to 24 times

Kathmandu, May 21: Veteran climber Kami Rita Sherpa on Tuesday scaled the world's highest peak of Mount Everest, Qomolangma second time in a week, taking his record of setting foot on the top of the world to 24 times.

Sherpa, 49-year-old, had just reached the 8,848-meter-high Qomolangma for the 23rd times only six days ago, breaking his own record, The Kathmandu Post reported.

"Kami Rita


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Governor, Advisor, DGP congratulate 2 cops for scaling Mount Everest

Srinagar, May 21: Governor Satya Pal Malik, his advisor, Chief Secretary (CS) and Director General of Police (DGP) on Tuesday congratulated two Selection Grade (Sgct) constables of Jammu and Kashmir police for scaling Mount everest.

Mr Malik, advisor K Vijay Kumar, BVR Subramanian and DGP Dilbagh Singh congratulated Sgct Nazir Ahmad and Sgct Falail Singh for scaling the Everest.

''We are p


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Curfew-like restrictions imposed in downtown, Jamia masjid closed again

Srinagar, May 21: Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in the downtown and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK), Srinagar to prevent demonstration on Tuesday, when separatists have called for a general strike on the death anniversaries of Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone.

The Mirwaiz, the father of chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, was assassinated by


Tuesday, May 21, 2019KU gets prestigious A+ grade by NAAC

SRINAGAR: The National Assessment and Accreditation Committee (NAAC) has awarded the prestigious A+ grade to the University of Kashmir, it was announced on Monday.

A NAAC team had visited the University for assessment for three days from May 2 this month.

According to the result issued by NAAC, the University of Kashmir scored an impressive 3.31 Institutional Cumulative Grade Point Average


Monday, May 20, 2019Curfew relaxed in entire Bhaderwah town

Jammu, May 20: The authorities relaxed curfew for five hours between 10 am to 3 pm in the entire Bhaderwah town where it was imposed on Thursday following massive protests over the killing of an elderly man.

However, prohibitory orders will remain in force to maintain law and order.

District Magistrate, Doda, Dr Sagar Dattaray Doifode, initially ordered relaxation in the curfew in the entir


Monday, May 20, 2019Pregnant woman denied ambulance, probe ordered

JAMMU: Deputy Commissioner Rajouri on Sunday ordered an enquiry after a pregnant woman was denied ambulance “due to fuel shortage” in this mountainous district of Jammu division.
The deputy commissioner has also ordered the withholding of salary of concerned Medical Officer pending enquiry.

Reports said that the woman Rubeena Akhtar of Gabbar village in Budhal was admitted at PHC Budhal yest


Monday, May 20, 2019Magisterial probe ordered in Bhaderwah murder, violence

Curfew enters day 4, internet restored in Doda barring Bhaderwah

JAMMU: District authorities on Sunday ordered a time-bound magisterial probe into the death of a man in firing and subsequent violence in Bhaderwah, which prompted imposition of curfew in the communally-sensitive town.

The curfew continued to remain in force without any relaxation for the fourth day on Sunday even as a total of seven persons involved in incidents of stone-pelting were arreste


Monday, May 20, 2019Pak to appoint NSA to revive backchannel diplomacy with India

ISLAMABAD: The Imran Khan-led Pakistan government is actively considering appointing a National Security Advisor to revive backchannel diplomacy with India to iron out issues hindering the resumption of peace talks between the two nuclear-armed neighbours, official sources said on Sunday.

Since assuming the office in August last year, Prime Minister Imran Khan repeatedly reached out to India f


Monday, May 20, 2019Only talks can bring long lasting peace, stability to Valley: Mufti

SRINAGAR: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said that only meaningful engagement between India and Pakistan and the leadership of the state can resolve decades-old Kashmir conflict and accord permanent peace to the region.

Chairing an important meeting of party’s top leadership and important functionaries of Kashmir and Ladakh, Mehbooba


Monday, May 20, 2019Ready for conditional support to Indo-Pak dialogue: Mirwaiz

Hopes new dispensation introspect Kashmir policy

SRINAGAR: Senior separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said on Sunday that the separatists were ready to support talks between India and Pakistan provided India accepted Kashmir as a dispute.

The moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman also criticised the Centre's current Kashmir policy and expressed hope that the new political dispensation will do an "introspection".

Speaking at a seminar or