News from the region

Saturday, May 23, 2020Institutional quarantine for arriving passengers in JK

JAMMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir Government on Saturday issued guidelines for screening and institutional quarantine of passengers coming from outside the Union Territory by all modes of transport, including air, train to mitigate the possibility of spread of COVID-19.

To curb the spread of COVID-19 in the UT, authorities will keep all the passengers coming to the UT under institutional quarantin


Saturday, May 23, 2020Police deals with people stepping out in Srinagar

SRINAGAR: Under the supervision of SSP Srinagar, Haseeb Mughal number of policemen remain deployed in Srinagar city to control the rush of people on roads.

Policemen on Saturday were seen taking strict action against those stepping out of their houses amid the coronavirus threat in various parts of city.

Police personnel were seen sending people back who were out on the streets amid lockdo


Saturday, May 23, 2020Live grenade found in Kulgam, defused

Kulgam, May 23: Security forces on Saturday morning found a live hand grenade in Chawalgam area of south Kashmir's Kulgam district that was later diffused.

Official sources told, that the grenade was detected by paramilitary CRPF in the area and a Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) immediately rushed to the spot.

The device was destroyed without causing any damage, they said.

CRPF Assistant Com


Saturday, May 23, 2020Subdued Jumat-ul-Vida in J&K as people stay indoors

SRINAGAR/JAMMU: With all mosques and shrine out of bounds for people in wake of the restrictions due to coronavirus pandemic, most people in Jammu and Kashmir observed Jumat-ul-Vida, the last Friday of the ongoing holy month of Ramazan, by praying inside their homes.

While major mosques remained closed in Kashmir, but congregational prayers were held inside the mosques in the interior areas of


Friday, May 22, 20202 elderly women die, toll 20; 21 cops among 59 new cases in J&K

51 positive in Valley, 8 in Jammu; total infections 1449

SRINAGAR/JAMMU: Two more women died of the Covid-19 in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, taking the number of deaths in the union territory to 20, nine of them coming in last six days, even as 59 more people including 21 cops, a doctor and two pregnant women tested positive for Coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the union territory to 1449.
The death toll in J&K has doubled in 11


Friday, May 22, 2020Opening of 'selected' liquor vends trigger chaos in Jammu

After 40 shops, 73 more to open today

JAMMU: Scene of chaos were seen in Jammu district on Thursday as huge number of customers lined up outside liquor shops—which reopened after a gap of nearly 50 days-- across the winter capital, primarily due to selective approach of Jammu and Kashmir Excise Department which allowed only few vends to resume operation, contrary to the consensus that the UT administration had arrived at.
The depart


Friday, May 22, 2020Cop killed, 2 injured in Pulwama terror attack

SRINAGAR: In second such attack in as many days, a policeman was killed and two other security personnel injured when terrorists opened fire at a security forces' patrol party in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Thursday.
The incident took place in the afternoon near Perchoo bridge of the district where a joint patrol of the CRPF and the Jammu and Kashmir police was ensuring law and order si


Friday, May 22, 2020To curb corruption in ULBs, J&K kick starts 'Operation Clean Up'

JAMMU: Continuing its efforts to eradicate corrupt practices from all the government offices across Jammu and Kashmir, the administration has now launched an ‘operation clean up’ to uproot and stop corrupt practices in Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) including Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) and Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC).
The operation was launched on the directions of J&K Raj Bhavan.


Friday, May 22, 2020B R Sharma, finally appoionted as PSC Chief

JAMMU: Sixteen days after its hurried order and its subsequent withdrawal within hours embarrassed the administration, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday re-appointed B R Sharma, former IAS Officer, as Chairman of Public Service Commission (JKPSC) for the Union Territory, after it received the requisite approval from Centre.
Lieutenant Governor G C Murmu has appointed B R Sharma as PSC


Friday, May 22, 2020Several delegations meet LG, welcome domicile law

JAMMU: Representatives of various organizations of Kashmiri Pandit Community, Valmiki Samaj, and other communities besides of various political parties on Thursday called on Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu to thank him and the central government over the new domicile rules paving way for non-registered community members living in various parts of the world to obtain domicile certificate.


Friday, May 22, 2020LG greets on Jumat-ul-Vida

Rs 170 Cr released as MGNREGA wages

JAMMU: Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu on Thursday conveyed his greetings to the people of the union territory on the occasion of Jumat-ul-Vida, even as his administration has disbursed Rs 170 crore under MGNREGA ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr to help the workers to celebrate the occasion with fervour and joy.
In his message for the public, Murmu observed that Jumat-ul-Vida has a great spirit


Thursday, May 21, 2020India, China enhance military presence in Ladakh as tension mounts

New Delhi: Indian and Chinese armies rushed in additional troops in areas around Pangong Tso lake and Galwan Valley in Ladakh, signalling hardening of their aggressive posturing two weeks after they were engaged in a fierce face-off, military sources said.

It is learnt that the India's top military brass is constantly monitoring the evolving situation even as the US said the aggressive behavio


Wednesday, May 20, 2020All shops, industries, Liquor vends open; Public transport only in 4 green districts

8 Valley districts, Kathua, Samba, Ramban Red; Jammu Orange

Completely Prohibited
Air, Train travel; Inter-state, inter-district, intra-district buses for public transport & private vehicles; Schools, colleges, coaching institutions; hospitality services; cinema halls, malls, gymnasiums, theatres, bars and auditoriums etc; all types of gatherings; religious places; Movement of individuals, for all non- essential activities, between 7 pm to 7 am.



Tuesday, May 19, 2020Twelve fresh cases in Jammu province

JAMMU: Twelve more persons tested positive for Coronavirus in eight districts of Jammu region, including the first case from Doda district, taking the total number of active cases in the province to 98.
While two cases each were reported from Jammu, Kathua, Rajouri and Poonch districts, Udhampur, Ramban, Kishtwar and Doda districts registered one new cases each on Monday.
Doda reported its fir


Tuesday, May 19, 2020Ladakh is now ‘Corona-Free’

JAMMU: In a significant development, Ladakh has become ‘corona-free’ with all active patients of Covid-19 cured on Monday evening.
While 24 of total 43 positive cases had recovered earlier, Ladakh started the day with 19 active patients all from Leh district of the union territory.
In an early morning bulletin, the Ladakh administration informed that seventeen of the nineteen COVID-19 patients


Tuesday, May 19, 2020Nationwide tally crosses 1-L mark; Lockdown 4.0 kicks in

NEW DELHI: The nationwide tally of COVID-19 cases crossed one lakh with more people testing positive for the deadly virus in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and other states, even as a much-relaxed fourth phase of the lockdown began with restarting of market complexes, autos, taxis and inter-state buses in various parts of the country.
The death toll due to COVID-19 crossed the 3,000-mark too.


Tuesday, May 19, 2020J&K: 83k PPEs, 94k N-95 masks in stock

JAMMU: Asserting that it was taking all efforts to ensure safety of the healthcare professionals dealing with the corona pandemic, the Jammu and Kashmir government said that sufficient stock of Personal Protection Equipments (PPEs) is available with the health department.
At present the stock of 83,110 PPE kits, 94,221 N-95 masks, 9,79,168 Triple layer masks, 1,87,360 Sanitizers and 1,31,975 Vir


Tuesday, May 19, 2020Vaishno Devi Shrine board finalising SOPs

Yatra to resume after MHA nod

JAMMU: The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) is in the process of formulating SoPs that will be followed once pilgrimage to the cave shrine in Trikuta hills of Katra resumes, when directions from the Union Home ministry are issued.
The pilgrimage to the shrine in Reasi district was stopped on March 18 in view of spread of coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir.
"The Shrine Board is in the


Tuesday, May 19, 2020COVID-19 : 55-year-old man from Baramull dies at SKIMS, tally jumps to 17 in J&K

Srinagar, May 19: A day after Jammu and Kashmir recorded three Covid deaths in a single day, a 55-year-old COVID-19 positive with Cancer history, died at Sher Kashmir Institute of Medical (SKIMS) Soura on Tuesday morning.

With the fresh death, the total number of Covid deaths in J&K have reached 17, of which 15 are from  Kashmir and two from Jammu region.

Medical Superintendent SKIMS Soura


Tuesday, May 19, 2020District Administration Rajouri facilitated inter-Divisional level transportation of stranded persons

JAMMU: Continuing the efforts, for facilitation to staranded people, The District Administration Rajouri here facilitated the movement of twenty five persons hailing from different districts of Kashmir province including girls, who had recently completed their one year contract in Government Medical College Rajouri and remained stuck here due to lockdown.
The bus was offered by Himalayan Educati


Tuesday, May 19, 2020Srinagar gunfight: After brief lull, firing resumes

Internet and voice call services suspended

Srinagar, May 19: After a brief lull, firing  has resumed between militants and Government forces in Srinagar. A pre- dawn encounter broke out in Nawa Kadal area of  downtown  Srinagar      

Police sources told news agency, that  there was no firing for more than four hours after initial exchange of gunfire between the two sides.                 

"The firing has resumed," they said. As a pr


Tuesday, May 19, 2020Fire breaks out in Police Training Centre Quarters in Manigam

Ganderbal: Fire broke out in a quarter at Police Training Centre Manigam here in Central Kashmir's Ganderbal district.

Sources told TNN that smoke started coming out from a quarter and without no time flames engulfed the quarter. The fire which has not been controlled yet has spread to another quarter.

The quarters at Manigam Police Training Centre are wooden structures.

A police officia


Tuesday, May 19, 2020Leopard shot dead in Bhadarwah

Bhadarwah: A full-grown six -year-old male leopard was shot dead by some unidentified poachers in Neeru range under Bhadarwah forest division on Monday.

Primary investigation revealed the animal died due to a bullet injury in the stomach, officials said.

“Bullet injury marks were found in the stomach and post mortem carried out by veterinary doctor on the spot confirmed the death due to bu