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Wednesday, December 2, 2020BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK

From a translation of Gujarati writer Dhumketu’s short stories, to a cookbook with delectable recipes from the Himalayan foothills, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra

FICTION/ TRANSLATION

“Ratno Dholi: The Best Stories of Dhumketu”, translated by Jenny Bhatt

This is the first substantial collection of Gujarati short story writer Dhumketu's work to be available in English. His fiction has provided entertainment and edification to generations of Gujarati readers and speakers. His stories are characterized by a fine sensitivity, deep humanism, perceptive ob

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020World AIDS Day: GDC Rajouri organizes online awareness activities

RAJOURI, DECEMBER 02: The Red Ribbon Club, Government Degree College (GDC) Nowshera organized various online activities to mark the “World AIDS Day”, 2020.
On the theme “Global solidarity, shared responsibility” the 2 different events were organized i.e. “Face mask designing contest” and “Poster making competition" on the theme "Prevention of HIV/AIDS”.
The main purpose of organizing these acti

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020Sheetal Nanda reviews Integrated Watershed Management Projects being executed in J&K

JAMMU, NOVEMBER 2: Secretary, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Sheetal Nanda, today convened a review meeting of Integrated Watershed Management Projects being executed in Jammu and Kashmir.
The meeting had a detailed review of physical and financial progress achieved under the programme.
Among others, Joint Director (Planning) RDD, Subash Chander, CEO IWMP, Mohammad Rafi we

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020PCB hosts workshop to mark National Pollution Control Day

JAMMU, DECEMBER 02: An awareness workshop was organized to mark the National Pollution Control Day, here by J&K Pollution Control Board (PCB) at Conference Hall, PCB, Jammu.
This day is observed to commemorate the Bhopal gas tragedy. This year marks the 36th Anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, which took place in 1984, as a result of industrial leakage of hazardous gas, Methyl Isocyanate, whi

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020EVM Training imparted to Presiding/ Polling Officers in Shopian

SHOPIAN, DECEMBER 02: The training on handling of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) was today imparted to Presiding and Polling Officers here under the supervision of General Observer, Shopian, Vivek Puri.
During the programme, master trainers informed the Presiding and Polling officers about the functioning and operation of EVM’s. The trainers explained the functioning of the Ballot unit, Control

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020CEO Srinagar inaugurates ICT Lab at BHSS Gulabbagh

SRINAGAR, DECEMBER 02: Chief Education officer (CEO) Srinagar, Manzoor Ahmad Kumar today inaugurated newly setup ICT Lab at Boys Higher Secondary School (BHSS) Gulabbagh.
On the occasion, he also held an inspection of the school and interacted with the teaching staff to know about the problems and issues being faced by the students and the faculty. He also sought suggestions from the staff about

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020Navin Choudhary holds meeting regarding Memorandum of Cooperation between JK ASH Department & New Zealand G2G

Pitches for making J&K self reliant in mutton production

JAMMU, DECEMBER 02: Principal Secretary, Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department, Navin Kumar Choudhary, held a meeting regarding Memorandum of Cooperation between Jammu and Kashmir Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department and High Commissioner/Ambassador for New Zealand on capacity building and transfer of know-how for enhancing sheep wool and meat industry in the Union Territory.
The meeting was

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020Advisor Baseer Khan to hear public grievances at Sgr on Dec 04

SRINAGAR, DECEMBER 02: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan, will convene a public hearing at Grievance Cell, Church Lane, Srinagar on December 04 (Friday) from 12 noon onwards.
The public deputations and individuals, who want to bring their grievances and demands into the notice of Government, can meet the Advisor at the said venue.
It is further informed that the deputations, del

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020VC SKUAST Jammu highlights Research initiatives of Varsity

JAMMU, DECEMBER 02: Vice Chancellor, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) Jammu, Prof J P Sharma today highlighted the Research initiatives of the Varsity for the promotion of scientific and innovative farm practices & market linkages.
Addressing a media conference here today, he said the SKUAST-Jammu is committed to turn the fortunes of farmers in Jammu re

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020DDC Election Phase-III: Zonal Magistrates, Micro Observers briefed about their role at Doda

DODA, DECEMBER 02: Micro Observers, Zonal and Sector Magistrates for District Development Council elections and by polls were briefed about their role today here at a meeting organized under the supervision of District Panchayat Election Officer, Dr Sagar D Doifode.
The Master Trainer briefed the Zonal, Sectoral Magistrates about their role and responsibilities in the election process. He asked

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020DSEJ hosts online programme – ‘ Prakash Utsav of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’

JAMMU, DECEMBER 02: To commemorate 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji, Directorate of School Education Jammu(DSEJ) organised an online programme ‘ Prakash Utsav of Guru Nanak Dev Ji ‘ in which students from different districts of Jammu Division participated.
The Students recited Shabad-Kirtan and threw light on the Guru Nanak Dev ji’s life and teachings.
Director School Education J

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020Kishtwar: 5 Polling parties dispatched for remote Bounjwah areas for Phase-III DDC polling

KISHTWAR, DECEMBER 02: The District Election Authority Kishtwar today dispatched the Polling parties for remote areas of Bounjwah for Phase-III of District Development Council (DDC) polling.
In all 5 polling parties, along with ballot boxes and other election related material left for MS Naga, PS Borrow, PS Kanoo, HS Kither, MS Mori polling booths under tight security cover here from District

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020Press Meet at SKUAST-Jammu

Jammu, December 2: SKUAST-Jammu organized a press meet at its main campus Chatha here today. The press meet was addressed by Dr. JP Sharma Vice-Chancellor SKUAST-J. Directors of various departments, heads of Departments, and other faculty members were also present at the event. Media personnel from different Media outlets were the special guest of the said event.
SKUAST-Jammu is committed to tur

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020PoK govt signs agreements with Chinese firm to build 700MW hydropower project

Islamabad, Dec 2:The government in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir has signed agreements with a Chinese company and a local renewable energy firm for the construction of 700MW hydropower project at an estimated cost of USD 1.35 billion in the region as part of the ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a media report said on Wednesday.

China Gezhouba Group and its local partner Laraib Group Pak

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020We will once again develop Sopore as ‘Chhota London’: BJP

Baramulla, Dec 2: Alleging that it has been neglected over the past 70 years by successive governments, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said the apple township of Sopore will be once again be developed as ‘Chhota London’.

This was stated by BJP’s State General Secretary and Incharge Kashmir, Vibodh Gupta, while addressing party workers in Sopore in north Kashmir district of Baramulla

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020England now No 1 ranked team in T20Is, India at 3

Cape Town: England have displaced Australia from the numero uno spot in ICC T20I rankings following their comprehensive series whitewash over South Africa in the recently-concluded three-match rubber.

England defeated the Proteas by nine wickets in the final T20I at Newlands to complete the series sweep. Dawid Malan (99*) and Jos Buttler (67*) made short work of chasing 192 to give England a 3

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020Suspected drug peddler held with 75 kg of poppy seeds in J-K

JAMMU: A suspected drug peddler has been arrested with 75 kg of poppy seeds in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district, officials said Wednesday.

During routine checking, a police team stopped a truck on the highway at Chenani area and recovered the contraband from its driver Malkeet Singh, they said.

The accused was arrested and the poppy seized, the police said, adding that a case has been

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020No mission can succeed based on lies and false propaganda: Rahul, Priyanka

New Delhi, Dec 2: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday said that the government will not succeed in resolving the farmers' issue as it is resorting to 'lies and falsehood'.

Taking to Twitter, Mr Gandhi said, 'Farmers income will be doubled. 'Friends income increased four times, while farmer's income reduced to half. The government of falsehood,

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020Students in dilemma as B.Ed, ICMR JRF test dates clash

SRINAGAR: The clash between B.Ed 3rd and 4th semester exam of 2017 batch and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) JRF exam has left the students in dilemma.

Both the exams are scheduled on December 04 and it is not possible for the students to appear in both the exams simultaneously. Both the exams are scheduled from 2pm to 4.30pm.

“ICMR is a national level exam and its date was issued

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020Minor boy who went missing last evening found dead in Budgam

Srinagar: A three-year-old boy who went missing last evening was found dead in Chewdara village of Beerwah in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Wednesday.

An official told the news agency, that the boy had gone missing after he went outside to play in the neighborhood.

His family had been looking for him since. “Today morning he was found dead in his native village,” said the report.

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020Kohli becomes fastest cricketer to score 12000 ODI runs, beats Tendulkar's record

Canberra, Dec 2: India captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday became the fastest cricketer to score 12,000 ODI runs, breaking a record held by legendary compatriot Sachin Tendulkar.

Kohli reached the milestone during the third and final match against Australia here.

Kohli, who needed 23 runs for the landmark coming into the match, touched the figure in his 242nd innings when he took a single off

 

Wednesday, December 2, 20203 drug peddlers held at Rainawari

SRINAGAR: Police arrested three drug peddlers and recovered contraband substance from their possession at Rainawari.

“Officers from Police Station Rainawari intercepted a vehicle bearing registration number JK01AJ-6547 with three persons on board. During checking, officers were able to recover 5.5 grams of Heroin from their possession. Vehicle used in the commission of crime has been seized.

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020BSF went 200 m inside Pakistan to unearth cross-border tunnel: Officials

New Delhi: A BSF team, probing the intrusion of four Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists killed recently at Nagrota in Jammu, had gone 200 metres inside Pakistani territory to find the mouth of a cross-border underground tunnel used by extremists to enter into India, top officials said on Tuesday.

Immediately after the four Jaish terrorists were shot dead in an gunfight on November 19, the BSF, which

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020BSF's SI martyred in CFV at Poonch

Jammu: A sub-inspector of the Border Security Force (BSF) was killed on Tuesday in a ceasefire violation by the Pakistan army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir

Official sources said that Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in Rajouri sector on the LoC, in which BSF Sub-Inspector who was deployed at a forward post got injured, who later

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020#DDCPolls || J&K records 48.62 % turnout in phase-II, dip by 3%

65.54 % caste votes in Jammu, 33.34 % in Kashmir

Jammu: A 48.62 percent turnout was recorded in the second phase of polling in District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir which passed off peacefully on Tuesday.

Moreover, in this phase, the Union Territory has also recorded decline of nearly 3 percent in the turnout as compared to the voting of 52 percent recorded in phase-I.

The Jammu region witnessed 65.54 percen

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020ECI will take call on Assembly Polls: SEC

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir election commissioner K K Sharma on Tuesday said that the Election Commission of India (ECI) will take a final call on holding the first assembly polls after the reorganisation of erstwhile state as a Union Territory.

"It will not be appropriate for me to comment on it. The Election Commission (of India) will take a final decision on assembly elections," Sharma

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020Groom prefers right to vote first

Jammu: Stating the casting vote is above all other responsibilities, a groom preferred to exercise his right to vote first and kept the bride waiting at a marriage in Udhampur of Jammu in the second phase of District Development Council (DDC) polls in J&K.

Karan Singh son of Kartar Singh, a resident of Kaslote village of Udhampur was on his way to the marriage hall where his wife was waiting f

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020Man shot at by militants in Srinagar

Srinagar: A 24-year-old man was injured when militants fired upon him in the Soura area of the city on Tuesday, police said.

Nadif Khan, a resident of Ilahibagh, was shot at by militants around 7.15 pm, a police official said.

He said Khan was rushed to nearby SKIMS hospital for treatment.

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020New Land Law: Tarigami moves SC

New Delhi: Veteran CPI-M leader Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami has approached the Supreme Court challenging an October order of the Union Home Ministry which allows people from across the country to buy land in Jammu and Kashmir including that meant for agriculture purpose.

Moving a writ petition, he sought the apex court's intervention and a stay on the order till his petition is heard.

The petit

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020Transport department rolls back fare hike

Jammu:Thirty per cent fare hike imposed due to an outbreak of COVID 19 pandemic has been cancelled by the government.

“30 per cent hike in passenger fare which was imposed due to the outbreak of COVID 19 has been cancelled”, said an order issued by Commissioner/Secretary Transport Department.

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020Govt amends EW rationalisation

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday asked Engineering Wings to continue work on their present assignments till further orders.

“It is hereby ordered that the officers/officials of the Engineering Wings merged/subsumed in the Public Works (R&B) Department in terms of Government Order No. 752-lK(GAD) of 2020 dated 10.08.2020 shall continue to work on their present assig

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020CS chairs maiden meeting of UT Steering Committee ON COVID Vaccination

Reviews arrangements for COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, identification of vaccinators, and prioritization of beneficiaries


JAMMU, DECEMBER 01: The Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam today chaired the maiden meeting of the UT Steering Committee to monitor the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccination. The Committee reviewed the arrangements being made to ensure hassle-free and time-bound delivery of COVID-vaccines across the Union Territory.
Administrative Secretaries of the departments of Health & Medical Education, Home

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020DDC Elections-2020:2nd phase of DDC election 2020 register around 49% of voter turnout in J&K


SRINAGAR, DECEMBER 01: State Election Commissioner K.K Sharma, while addressing a press conference here today informed that the second phase of District Development Council elections have been conducted successfully in UT of J&K that recorded 48.62% of voter turnout.
The SEC said that a large number of people have come out to cast their votes during second phase of District Development Council

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020Div Com reviews status of work process on major road projects in Kashmir

Stresses on speedy shifting, realignment of public utilities


SRINAGAR, DECEMBER 01: The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole today chaired a meeting of officers to take stock of work process about various ongoing road projects in Kashmir.
The meeting, among others was attended by DC Srinagar, DC Kulgam, ADCs and ACRs from other districts, representatives from RAMKY, BRO, Beacon and other concerned agencies and departments through videocon

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020Power shutdown


JAMMU, DECEMBER 01: In order to carry out various upgradation/repair works, the power supply to Poonch House, Talab Tillo, Interrogation Lane and their adjoining areas fed from T-3 and T-7 feeders shall remain affected on December 02, 03, 05, 07 and 09 from 09 am to 04 pm.
Similarly, the power supply to Janglote-II and PHE feeder fed from 66 KV (2x5)MVA R/Stn Kharote shall remain affected on D

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020Bulletin on Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19)

JK reports 454 new positive cases, 104068 recovered so far


JAMMU, DECEMBER 01- The Government on Tuesday informed that 454 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 217 from Jammu division and 237 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 110678. Also 08 COVID-19 deaths have been reported; 05 from Jammu division and 03 from Kashmir Division.
Moreover,503 more COVID

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020Advisor Baseer Khan chairs review meeting of Handicrafts, Handloom department, JKI

Pitches for strengthening of base level of deptts


JAMMU, DECEMBER 01: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan, today chaired a meeting of Handicrafts and Handloom department besides Jammu Kashmir Industries to get first hand feedback about functioning of the departments.
Regarding Handicrafts and Handloom department, Advisor directed the officers to strengthen the base level of the department and take measures for uplifting the econ

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020Chinese embassy says Australia ‘misread’ offending Twitter post

Australia’s PM called the tweet posted by China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian ‘truly repugnant’ and called for an apology

Sydney: China’s embassy in Australia said politicians there had “misread” a tweet showing a digitally-altered image of an Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to the throat of an Afghan child, and were trying to stoke nationalism.

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday called the tweet posted by China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian “truly repugnant” and called for

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020Wagging tails: therapy dog cheers Spanish special-needs kids during COVID

'What we have noticed a lot during the time of the pandemic is that they pay much more attention to the dog'

Spain: Surrounded by parents and teachers, five children with disabilities in a Spanish special-needs school cannot hide their excitement when Soul the therapy dog walks in wagging her tail.

"What we have noticed a lot during the time of the pandemic is that they pay much more attention to the dog," special education teacher Meritxell Arias told Reuters as the children laughed and petted the g

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020Biden plan to end US fossil fuel subsidies faces big challenges

US president-elect has said axing fossil fuel subsidies will generate money to help pay for his $2 trillion climate plan

Washington: President-elect Joe Biden's promise to end US fossil fuel subsidies worth billions of dollars a year for drillers and miners could be hard to keep due to resistance from lawmakers in a narrowly divided Congress, including from within his own party.

The challenge reflects just one of the obstacles that Biden will need to overcome as he seeks to usher in sweeping measures to combat c

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020Nobel laureate says pandemic raising violence, trafficking

Numerous countries have seen increases in reports of domestic violence since the pandemic began.

United Nations: Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad said the coronavirus pandemic has increased trafficking of women and gender-based violence, leaving the health and safety of women “on the line.”

The 27-year-old activist, who was forced into sexual slavery by Islamic State fighters in Iraq, said curfews, lockdowns and travel restrictions imposed by governments to slow the spread of the vi

 

Tuesday, December 1, 20207 officials placed under suspension in B’gam


BUDGAM, DECEMBER 01: District Panchayat Election Officer (DPEO) Budgam, Shahbaz Ahmed Mirza on Tuesday placed seven officials under suspension for dereliction of Election duties till further orders.
The officials in question had failed to report on poll duties scheduled for Phase 2nd at Beerwah, Budgam.
Meanwhile, the said officials have been directed to remain attached in the office of Addit

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020Germany bans far-right, pro-Nazi group, police raid homes

The homes of 13 members of the far-right group Wolfbrigade 44 were searched to confiscate the group’s funds and far-right propaganda material

Berlin: Police raided homes in three German states early Tuesday after the German government banned a far-right group, a spokesman for the interior ministry said.

The homes of 13 members of the far-right group Wolfbrigade 44 were searched in Hesse, Mecklenburg West-Pomerania and North Rhine-Westphalia to confiscate the group’s funds and far-right propaganda material, the German news agency dpa

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020Muslim man converts before marrying a Hindu; couple under Haryana Police protection

The 21-year-old man married a 19-year-old woman on November 9 as per Hindu rituals

Yamunanagar: A Muslim man, who converted to Hinduism before marrying a Hindu woman, and his wife are under police protection here following the intervention of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij had last week said the state government has set up a three-member committee to draft a law against ‘love jihad’, a term used by BJP leaders to describe religious conversi

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020GMC Jammu celebrates World AIDS Day

Atal Dulloo inaugurates blood donation camp, flags off cycle rally


JAMMU, DECEMBER 01- In connection with observance of World AIDS Day, Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo, today flagged off cycle rally from GMC Jammu here to create awareness among the masses.
The cycle rally was organised by J&K AIDS Control Society in collaboration with Jammu Hill Cyclists, Rotary Club Jammu and Jammu Cyclist. The rally passed through Bakshi Nag

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020Cabinet Secretary reviews arrangements for COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

Vaccine to be provided in a time-bound, hassle-free manner through UIP distribution network


JAMMU, DECEMBER 01: The Cabinet Secretary, Rajiv Gauba, while chairing a high-level meeting, asked all the States and Union Territories to prepare and maintain a database of the prioritized group of people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine during the initial stages.
Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam, and Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh along with Chief Secretaries of all the States/UT

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020Bharti Singh, husband Haarsh receive backlash after sharing loved-up pictures; writer hits back

They were arrested after a raid at their home and office in Andheri west that led to the seizure of Marijuana

Mumbai: Comedian Bharti Singh and writer Haarsh Limbachiyaa were brutally trolled on social media over their recent drug case. Haarsh shared a loving post with his wife—who has also been embroiled in the controversy.

Haarsh, however, chose to hit back at his haters with trademark sense of humour.

It all started when Haarsh expressed his love for Bharti with an Instagram post, writing: "When

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020SC expresses displeasure over shirtless man being visible on screen during hearing

“Even after seven-eight months of video conferencing hearings, these things are happening”

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday expressed displeasure when a shirtless man was seen on the video-conferencing link during the hearing of a matter.

“Even after seven-eight months of video conferencing hearings, these things are happening,” said a bench comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and Hemant Gupta.

“This is not done,” the bench observed, after the shirtless man was visible on the

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020Unwarranted, says MEA after Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s comments on farmers' stir

Diplomatic exchange comes weeks after PM Modi sought Canadian investment

New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs has unfavourably viewed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remarks on the farmers’ stir made during a virtual interaction organised by his Parliamentary colleague Bardish Chagger to mark Guruparb.

Trudeau is the first world head of government to comment on the protest by Indian farmers, which entered its sixth day on Tuesday.

In a brief ripost

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020Urmila Matondkar joins Shiv Sena

Mumbai, Dec 1: Bollywood actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar, who contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections on a Congress ticket, joined the Shiv Sena on Tuesday.

Matondkar (46), who quit the Congress in September 2019 after five months in that party, joined the Shiv Sena in presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at his residence Matoshri in suburban Bandra.

Sena sources

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020SKUAST-K exploring new varieties of mushroom cultivation

Srinagar: Sher-e- Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences is putting all the efforts to promote the mushroom cultivation in Kashmir at a larger scale.

University is promoting the cultivation of button mushrooms -- which is cost-effective and high in nutrition.

Assistant professor SKUAST, Tariq Ahmad Sofi, said that these mushrooms are sold at less prices in the market but has high nut

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020Kashmir: 15.64 pc votes polled till 1100 hrs in 2nd phase of DDC elections

Srinagar, Dec 1: Around 15.64 per cent votes were polled till 1100 hrs on Tuesday in 25 constituencies during the second phase of District Development Council (DDC) elections in Kashmir valley amid tight security arrangements.

“Kashmir division has polling percentage of 15.64 per cent till 1100 hrs in the second phase of DDC election,” an official spokesperson said.

He said the highest vot

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020PM Modi greets BSF on its raising day

New Delhi, Dec 1: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday greeted the Border Security Force, which guards the country's international border, on its raising day and said India is proud of it.

The BSF has distinguished itself as a valorous force, unwavering in its commitment to protecting the nation and assisting citizens during natural calamities, he said in a tweet.

The BSF was raised on t

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020Voting underway for 2nd phase of DDC polls in Kashmir, 196 candidates in fray

Srinagar, Dec 1: Voting is underway on Tuesday to decide the fate of 196 candidates contesting in 25 constituencies during the second phase of District Development Council (DDC) elections in Kashmir valley amid tight security arrangements.

Simultaneously, votes are also being polled for sarpanch bypolls in the second phase in the valley, which recorded 39.11 per cent polling in the first phase

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020Drug peddler held at Budshah Chowk

JAMMU: Police today arrested a drug peddler and recovered psychotropic substance from his possession at Budshah Chowk.

In a statement, police spokesperson said, “officers at a check point established at Budshah Chowk Srinagar intercepted a person who is a resident of Khanyar. During checking, officers were able to recover 600 tablets of Spasmoproxyvon Plus from his possession. He has been arre

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020DDC polls Phase-II: 7.90 Lakh voters to seal fate of 321 candidates today

Srinagar/Jammu: As many as 321 candidates are in the fray for the second phase of the District Development Council (DDC) polls in Jammu and Kashmir for which the voting will take place on Tuesday at over 2,100 polling booths, State Election Commissioner (SEC) K K Sharma said here on Monday.
In the second phase of the polls also, 43 constituencies are going to polls in the union territory 25 in K

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020Elections will provide self-rule, Autonomy: Dr Jitendra singh

Srinagar: Terming District Development Council (DDC) elections as real introduction of self-rule and autonomy in the region, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and MoS in Prime Minister’s office Dr Jitendra Singh on Monday said that DDC elections are beginning of a new chapter in the history of democracy of Jammu and Kashmir.
Dr Jitendra Singh who was in one day tour to Kashmir while add

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020MCC violation: 2 govt employees suspended

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Monday ordered the suspension of two government employees in Doda district for allegedly violating the model code of conduct (MCC) in place due to the ongoing district development council polls, officials said.
The additional district development commissioner (ADCC), who is the nodal officer for the implementation of the MMC, suspended two employees

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020Shehla's father demands probe against her NGOs

Jammu: Abdul Rashid Shora, the estranged father of student activist Shehla Rashid, on Monday levelled serious allegations against her, demanding that a probe be initiated into her NGOs and also accused her of having taken a huge amount of money for joining politics in Kashmir valley, a charge denied by her.
Shehla termed her father's statement "absolutely disgusting and baseless" and said this

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020Centre seeks data of health workers

New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry has asked states and Union Territories to upload data of health care workers on its application--Covid-19 Vaccine Intelligence Network (COVIN)--who would receive Covid vaccination on priority basis.
The Covin App, developed by the central government, is a key part of India's Covid-19 vaccine rollout plan. Procurement, distribution, circulation, storage and do

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020Pak's fighter jet spotted

JAMMU: Amid a spike in ceasefire violations and terror tunnels being detected along the borders, a Pakistani fighter jet flew very close to the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district on Monday morning.
“The jet flew close to the LoC in Poonch sector in violation of international conventions which does not allow fighter jets to fly within a 10km radius of the border,” a defence spokesperson sai

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020J&K's Panchayat awards Instituted

Jammu: To recognize the ability, struggle, and excellence of the Panchayati Raj
Institutions (PRIs), besides encouraging competitiveness among them, the
Administrative Council (AC), which met here under the chairmanship of Lieutenant
Governor, Manoj Sinha, approved institution of ‘Panchayat Awards’ at Union Territory
level.
The awards will be conferred on Gram Panchayats, Block Panchayats, a

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020Ceasefire Violation in Kathua

Jammu: Pakistani Rangers opened fire at border outposts along the International Border in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Monday.
The firing from the Pakistani side in Pansar, Karol Krishna and Gurnam border outposts started around 9:40 pm on Sunday, drawing effective retaliation from the Border Security Force (BSF) guarding the IB, the officials said.
The cross-border f

 

Monday, November 30, 2020Polling parties dispatched for Shangus and Chittergul Blocks in Anantnag


ANANTNAG, NOVEMBER 30: Ahead of the Phase-II of District Development Council (DDC) elections and Panchayat by-elections, 206 designated polling parties along with election/poll material were today dispatched to the Polling stations set up in Shangus and Chittergul blocks.
The distribution of Poll material among the Polling Parties along with their departure from the Distribution Centre was

 

Monday, November 30, 2020DPEO inspects poll arrangements in remote areas


UDHAMPUR, NOVEMBER-30:- The arrangement at Polling station level for the District development Council Elections and Panchayat By- Polls were reviewed by the District Panchayat Election Officer Udhampur Dr Piyush Singla during two day extensive tour of remote areas of Panchari and Moungri block of the District.
During the whirlwind tour, the DPEO inspected several polling

 

Monday, November 30, 2020DDC election 2nd phase: Polling staff reach polling stations; security beefed up in Banihal


RAMBAN, NOVEMBER, 30: Security and other arrangements were beefed up in Banihal area of Ramban district for 2nd phase of DDC elections, besides polling parties were dispatched from Government Higher Secondary School Banihal to all 80 polling stations, which were established for 2nd phase of DDC elections and Panchayat by-Polls.
As per ADC Ramban, Harbans Lal all arrangements have been made fo

 

Monday, November 30, 2020MCC Violation: 2 RDD employees suspended in Doda

Show cause notice served to BDC Chairman, Contesting candidate, Lumbardar

DODA, NOVEMBER 30: District Election Authority Doda has suspended two government employees and initiated action against 4 Village Defence Committee (VDC) members for violation of the Model Code of Conduct.
Additional District Development Commissioner, - the Nodal officer for MCC implementation suspended two RDD employees, served show cause notice to Lumbardar, one BDC Chairman and one contesti

 

Monday, November 30, 2020Bulletin on Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19)

JK reports 370 new positive cases, 103565recovered so far


JAMMU, NOVEMBER 30: The Government on Monday informed that 370 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 181 from Jammu division and 189 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 110224. Also 09 COVID-19 deaths have been reported; 06 from Jammu division and 03 from Kashmir Division.
Moreover,483 more COVID-

 

Monday, November 30, 2020 ELECTION URGENT: DPEO reviews security, other arrangements for phase-II in Kupwara


KUPWARA, NOVEMBER 30: District Panchayat Election Officer (DPEO), Kupwara, Anshul Garg today convened a meeting to review the arrangements put in place for smooth conduct of phase-II of upcoming District Development Council (DDC), Panchayat by-election in the district.
The phase-II of the election is scheduled to be held on Tuesday in 02 District Development Council (DDC) constituencies of Red

 

Monday, November 30, 2020Doda: Polling parties dispatched for Kastigarh, Bhagwah DDC constituencies


DODA, NOVEMBER 30: A total 90 polling parties were today dispatched to Kastigarh and Bhagwah which are going to polls in the Phase-II of the District Development Council & Panchayat by elections.
The polling staff left under tight security cover and in the supervision of District Panchayat Election Officer, Dr Sagar D Doifode, here from Sports Stadium.
The polling parties were dispatched to

 

Monday, November 30, 2020Phase-II DDC elections: 115 Polling parties deployed for Mahanpur, Mandli


KATHUA, NOVEMBER 30: District Election Authority Kathua under the supervision of District Panchayat Election Officer (DPEO), Om Prakash Bhagat today dispatched 115 polling parties for Mahanpur and Mandli where polling is scheduled to be held on December 01 under Phase-II of District Development Council elections and Panchyat by-polls .
The polling in the twin blocks would also be held fo

 

Monday, November 30, 2020Phase II: 8 candidates in fray for Bari Brahmana-A &B DDC seat

Polling parties leave amidst tight security


SAMBA, NOVEMBER 30- Eight candidates are in fray for Bari Brahmana-A &B District Development Council seat, which is going to the polls tomorrow- the phase II of the ongoing eight phase DDC elections and Panchyat by-polls.
The Polling parties left from the strong room at Vijaypur amidst tight security. The voting shall be held for Bari-Brahmana A and Bari-Brahmana B DDC seats.
Pol

 

Monday, November 30, 2020PCCF inspects CAMPA works in Samba, Kathua Districts

KATHUA, NOVEMBER 30:- Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Dr. Mohit Gera, accompanied by Director Soil & Water Conservation Department J&K P.K Singh today visited Kathua and Samba for inspection of field activities of Soil & water Conservation Department under CAMPA.
Joint Director Soil & Water Conservation Department Jammu Abhijeet Joshi, DFO Social Forestry Kathua, Rahul Singh and other Fo

 

Monday, November 30, 2020Udhampur: 135 Polling Parties dispatched for phase-II DDC polling


UDHAMPUR, NOVEMBER-30:- District Election Authority Udhampur today dispatched 135 polling parties to their respective polling stations for 2nd phase of eight phase District Development Council elections.
The polling staff with poll material left amid tight security to Panchari and Chenani DDC constituencies in the presence of District Panchayat Election Officer, Dr. Piyush Singla.
Adequate

 

Monday, November 30, 2020J&K all set for 2nd phase of DDC elections: SEC Sharma


SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 30: State Election Commissioner, K.K Sharma, today briefed the media about the arrangements being put in place to conduct the District Development Council and Panchayat by-polls in smooth and peaceful manner.

The SEC was interacting with Media here today.

The SEC is on tour to the Kashmir division to oversee the Elections.

While giving the details regarding District

 

Monday, November 30, 2020Student loses IIT Bombay seat due to 'wrong' click, moves SC

Jammu, November 30: An 18-year-old student has lost his seat for a four-year electrical engineering course in the prestigious IIT Bombay after he "inadvertently" clicked on a "wrong" link which was meant to withdraw from the process.

The student, Siddhant Batra who hails from Agra, has now approached the supreme court seeking a direction to the institution to admit him after the IIT said it ca

 

Monday, November 30, 2020Government calls all-party meet to discuss COVID-19 situation on December 4

Jammu, November 30: The government has called an all-party meeting to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic situation on December 4 that will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sources said on Monday. Floor leaders of all parties from both houses of parliament have been called for the meeting, which will be held virtually on Friday at 10.30 am, sources told .
The Parliamentary Affairs Ministry

 

Monday, November 30, 2020For India, 2020 will be known as year of internal discovery: PM

Jammu, November 30: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore India's national character for the entire world to behold and 2020 will be known as a year of internal discovery rather than of external disruption, according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Across the world, people have expressed wonder at the way in which Indians, whether poor or rich, young or old, rural or urban, have shown

 

Monday, November 30, 2020Kiren Rijiju felicitates participants of ‘Fit India Mission 200 Kilometers’ walkathon in New Delhi

Jammu, November 30: Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju today felicitated the participants of ‘Fit India Mission 200 Kilometers’ walkathon in New Delhi. Participants were awarded with special walkathon medals and certificates.

The walkathon which was first of its kind, was organized by the ITBP in association with the Sports Ministry at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan recently to spread awa

 

Monday, November 30, 2020‘Mask and sanitizer’ biggest weapon in fight against COVID: Dr Harsh Vardhan

Jammu, November 30: Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan distributed masks and soaps at the Old Delhi Railway Station today. Emphasizing on the importance of wearing Mask and washing of hands, Dr Vardhan said the most important principle is to follow basic principles of hygiene and physical distancing. He said mask and sanitizer are the biggest weapon in fight against COVID.

Speaking on the COVID

 

Monday, November 30, 2020COVID-19 recovery rate in country improves to 93.81 pct

Jammu, November 30: The country's COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 93.81 per cent as a total of 45 thousand 333 patients have recovered during the last 24 hours. According to Health Ministry, the total number of recoveries has gone up to over 88 lakh 47 thousand. The actual caseload currently comprises only 4.74 per cent of the total positive cases. Presently, the total number of active cas

 

Monday, November 30, 2020Ailing CRPF man dies mysteriously in Kulgam

SRINAGAR: A Sub-Inspector of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) who was ailing, died under mysterious conditions in Damhal Hanjipora area of South Kashmir's Kulgam district on Monday.

Officials said that a CRPF trooper, identified as Shabad Kumar from F—Company of 93 Battalion, deployed in D.K Marg Higher Secondary School, died under mysterious conditions on duty at around 12:30 Am last night

 

Monday, November 30, 2020Farmers listen to 'kirtan' to commemorate Guru Nanak's birth anniversary

New Delhi, Nov 30: Amid their stand-off with the Centre over their protest venue in Delhi, farmers rallying at the Singhu entry point on the Delhi-Haryana border on Monday were busy commemorating the birth anniversary of first Sikh master, Guru Nanak Dev, by listening to 'kirtan' and recalling his teachings in a sombre atmosphere.

The farmers a majority of them from Punjab and followers of Sik

 

Monday, November 30, 2020Alert sounded after suspected movement of Pakistan aircraft near LoC in Poonch

JAMMU: An alert was sounded along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday after a suspected Pakistani aircraft was spotted there, even as the army took up the matter with the Air Force to ascertain possibility of an airspace violation.

Official sources said that in the morning hours, a trail of smoke was seen above the Line of Control in Poonch sector that s

 

Monday, November 30, 2020Police arrested Drug peddler in Awantipora

Srinagar: Acting tough against the drug dealings, Police in Awantipora arrested a drug peddler and recovered contraband substance from his possession.

A statement of Police issued here said that Police officers at a checkpoint near Reshipora Bund Awantipora intercepted a person identified as Umar Qadir Dar of Natipora, Chanapora Srinagar.

“During the checking, officers recovered 4 kg charas

 

Monday, November 30, 2020Guru Nanak Dev showed people path of unity, harmony, fraternity, comity, service: Prez

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind greeted the citizens on the eve of Guru Nanak Dev's birth anniversary and said Guru Nanak Dev showed people the path of unity, harmony, fraternity, comity and service.

In a message here, Mr Kovind said, 'On the auspicious occasion of Guru Nanak Dev's birth anniversary, I extend my heartiest greetings and best wishes to all the citizens living in India and a

 

Monday, November 30, 2020COVID box J&K issues new guidelines, educational institutions to remain closed till Dec 31

Jammu: Issuing fresh COVID-related guidelines, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday said all educational institutions would remain closed till December 31 while no fresh permission or passes are required for activities which were already permitted in the union territory.
It also put all the 20 districts, 10 each in Kashmir and Jammu regions, in the orange category but said the Lakhanpu

 

Monday, November 30, 2020Five new deaths, 471 tested positive

Toll crosses 1100 mark in valley, nears 600 in Jammu

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir recorded 5 more deaths due to COVID-19, pushing the total number of fatalities due to the deadly virus to 1,685 while the Union Territory recorded 471 positive cases on Sunday, taking the overall tally of infections to 10,9,854.
Of the latest 5 fatalities, three deaths were reported in Jammu and 5 from Valley. With fresh three deaths in Jammu region, the death toll

 

Monday, November 30, 2020PM to interact with vaccine developers

New Delhi: After his visit to three vaccine development centres, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on Monday scheduled to speak to three other teams involved in developing a Covid-19 vaccine.
The PMO, in a tweet, said: "Tomorrow, on 30th November 2020, PM Narendra Modi will interact, via video conferencing, with three teams that are involved in developing a COVID-19 vaccine. The teams he will int

 

Monday, November 30, 2020Panchayat bypolls 64% polling for Panch, 57% for Sarpanch posts

Jammu: The first phase of by-elections to vacant seats of panchayat level bodies has recorded 64 percent and 57 percent polling turnout respectively, Jammu and Kashmir State Election Commissioner K K Sharma said on Sunday.
The panchayat bypolls were held along with the maiden District Development Council (DDC) elections on Saturday. Enthusiasm among the voters was witnessed in the first democrat

 

Monday, November 30, 2020JKP inks MoU with BSE for skill devp training

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Institute Limited for skill development training courses for wards of police personnel.
The MoU was signed by AIG welfare Manoj Kumar Pandith, on behalf of J&K Police (JKP), and BSE Institute Ltd (BIL) Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ambrish Dutta in presence

 

Monday, November 30, 2020Cong will fail PAGD, says Anurag Thakur

Jammu: Claiming that no one is willing to embrace the Congress in the country, Union minister and BJP leader Anurag Thakur on Sunday said the party has crushed all hopes of its alliance partners to win elections and the result would be no different in Jammu and Kashmir where the maiden district development council (DDC) elections are underway.
Thakur is camping in the Jammu region over the past

 

Monday, November 30, 2020Covid tally nears 94 L

New Delhi: India's coronavirus caseload rose to 93.92 lakh with 41,810 fresh infections, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to over 88.02 lakh, according to data updated by the Union Health Ministry on Sunday.
The overall Covid-19 cases mounted to 93,92,920, with 41,810 infections being reported in a span of 24 hours while the death toll climbed to 1,36,696

 

Monday, November 30, 2020CFV along IB Kathua

Jammu: Pakistani Rangers violated the ceasefire overnight by unprovoked firing on forward posts and villages along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district, officials said on Sunday.
The firing from across the border in Pansar, Manyari and Karol Krishna in Hiranagar sector started around 9.50 pm on Saturday, prompting strong and effective retaliation by the Border Sec

 

Monday, November 30, 2020LG Sinha greets people on Guru Nanak Jayanti

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday extended his warm greetings to the people of the Union Territory on the auspicious occasion of 'Prakash Parv' of Sri Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism.
In his message, the Lt Governor said Guru Nanak Dev's principles of purity of mind, honest living, and selfless service are elemental to the establishment of a harmonious soc

 

Monday, November 30, 2020MeT predicts dry weather

Srinagar: There was some improvement in the minimum temperature across Kashmir on Sunday, even as the meteorological department forecast light rain or snow at isolated places in the higher reaches of the Valley, officials said.
Barring Qazigund -- the gateway town to the valley -- sub-zero night temperatures were experienced across Kashmir, they said.
The mercury in Srinagar, which had recorded

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020Chief Secretary greets people on Gurupurab



JAMMU, November 29: The Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam, today extended greetings to people on the occasion of Gurupurab.

In his message on the eve of Gurupurab, the Chief Secretary said that the festival celebrates the life and teachings Guru Nanak Dev and teaches us to adopt the principles of truthfulness, righteousness, compassion and service to mankind in our lives.

Th

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020Bulletin on Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19)

JK reports 471 new positive cases, 103082 recovered so far


JAMMU, NOVEMBER 29: The Government on Sunday informed that 471 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 260 from Jammu division and 211 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 109854. Also 05 COVID-19 deaths have been reported, 03 from Jammu Division and 02from Kashmir Division.
Moreover, 491 more COVID

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020Skill development trainings in BFSI sector:

First phase to roll out within one month on LG’s directions


JAMMU, NOVEMBER 29- Shortly after the recent signing of Memorandums of Understanding (MoU’s) between Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and Mission Youth, J&K, a meeting was today co-chaired on Sunday by Chairman, BSE Institute Ambarish Datta and CEO, Mission Youth and Mission Director, J&K Skill Development Mission Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah to discuss the implementation of various skill development

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020J&K Indoor Rowing Championship held at Nigeen Club

Good initiative to keep players active during winter months, says Mahmood Shah


SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER,29: J&K Indoor Rowing championship organised by J&K Rowing and Sculling Association in collaboration with J&K Tourism concluded at Nigeen Club here on Sunday.
In a first, J&K level Indoor Rowing competition was held during which rowing machines were used. An indoor rower, or rowing machine, is a machine used to simulate the action of watercraft rowing for the purpose of exe

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020Anti encroachment drive against encroachers of State Land, Roshni Beneficiaries in Shopian


SHOPIAN, NOVEMBER 29: Tehsildar Shopian, Bilal Ahmed along with his team including Naib Tehsildar Shopian, GQs, Patwaries and municipal committee officers held an anti-encroachment drive against the encroachers of state land and the Roshni Beneficiaries in whose favour the allotments were made under Roshni Act 2007, in Tehsil Shopian.
Pertinently, in the past week, sixty kanals of State Land h

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020Advisor Baseer Khan greets people on Guru Nanak Jayanti

JAMMU, NOVEMBER 29: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan has greeted people on the eve of Guru Nanak Jayanti.
In his message, Baseer Khan said that Guru Nanak ji's life and message emphasizing truth, simplicity and equality of all human beings continues to inspire and guide us. His teachings can help us lead a happier, more meaningful and more fulfilling life, he added.
T

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020 Advisor Khan greets people on Guru Nanak Jayanti

JAMMU, NOVEMBER 29: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan has greeted people on the auspicious occasion of Guru Nanak Devji’s Birthday.
In a message of greetings, Advisor Khan described Guru Nanak Devji, the founder of Sikhism, as an apostle of peace and tolerance whose teachings would continue to inspire generations, leading them to the path of righteousness and brotherhood.
He observe

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020J&K Panchayat by-elections records 64 % polling for Panch, 57 % for Sarpanch vacancies -SEC Sharma


JAMMU, NOVEMBER 29: “The first phase of maiden by-elections to vacant seats of Panchayat level bodies has recorded 64 percent and 57 percent polling turnout here on Saturday”, informed State Election Commissioner, K.K Sharma.
SEC informed that a total of 85363 electors exercised their franchise in these historic elections, which began at 7 am with culmination at 2 pm, against 143592 electors f

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020Month long awareness campaign on POCSO (Amendment Act-2019) concludes

Over 1 lakh sensitized about the provisions


JAMMU NOVEMBER 29: Directorate of School Education Jammu, through its Counselling Cell today organized a mega 'Mothers Centric Parent Teacher Meet (PTM) on POCSO Act and Child Sexual Abuse protection using both online and offline modes in all the schools of Jammu Division. marking the end of one month awareness campaign on provisions of the child protection law.
Around 1.08 Lakh stakeholders

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020DDC Elections Phase-II: Zonal, Sector Magistrates briefed about role, responsibilities


DODA, NOVEMBER 29: Zonal, Sector Magistrates for the Phase II of District Development Council and Panchayat by polls were today briefed about their role and responsibilities during the elections.
The District Election Authority, on the directions of DPEO, Dr Sagar D Doifode, organised a meeting of Zonal and Sector magistrates and Officers, here at Conference Hall of DC office.
The Dy DEO and

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020Phase-II DDC, Panchayat by-Polls: 60 Polling parties dispatched for Dacchan, Paddar


KISHTWAR, NOVEMBER 29: District Administration Kishtwar, headed by District Panchayat Election Officer (DPEO), Ashok Kumar Sharma, today dispatched 60 polling parties to Dacchan and Paddar which are going to polls under the phase II of eight phase District Development Council elections and Panchayat by-polls.
The polling parties left here from District Headquarter Kishtwar in presence of Add

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020Lt Governor extends greetings on the eve of Guru Nanak Dev Jayanti


JAMMU, NOVEMBER 29: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha has extended warm greetings to the people of J&K on the auspicious occasion of Prakash Parv of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism.
In his message, the Lt Governor said that Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s principles of purity of mind, honest living, and selfless service are elemental to the establishment of a harmonious society without discri

 

Sunday, November 29, 202030 Afghan security personnel killed in suicide car bombing

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack

Kabul: A car bombing in the Afghanistan's central province of Ghazni killed at least 30 Afghan security force members on Sunday, officials said, and casualties could increase given the intensity and location of the blast.

Baz Mohammad Hemat, director of the provincial hospital in Ghazni, said 30 bodies and 24 injured people had been transported there. "All of the victims are security personnel

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020Suspected extremists kill at least 40 farmers in Nigeria

The farmers were reportedly rounded up and summarily killed by armed insurgents

Maidguri: Suspected members of the Islamic militant group Boko Haram killed at least 40 rice farmers and fishermen while they were harvesting crops in Nigeria's northern Borno State, officials said.

The attack was staged Saturday in a rice field in Garin Kwashebe, a Borno community known for rice farming, on the day residents of the state were casting votes for the first time in 13 years to el

 

Sunday, November 29, 202052% forced conversion cases reported in Pakistan's Punjab province

Only 16.67 per cent of the victims were above 18 years

Islamabad: A Pakistani rights group has said that 52 per cent of cases of alleged forced conversions of women, specifically of underage girls from the religious minority communities, had occurred in Punjab province.

The organisation, Center for Social Justice (CSJ), made the revelation during a discussion titled 'Forced Conversion Complaints and Religious Freedom' which was held online on Satu

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020AirAsia India plans expansion; to induct 3 more A320 neos by June 2021

Mumbai: Budget carrier AirAsia India plans to add three more Airbus A320 neo planes by June next year as part of its fleet and network expansion.

The airline---a joint venture between Tatas and Malaysia's AirAsia Investment Ltd---currently has 32 aircraft, including two A320 neos inducted recently.

In a statement to PTI, an AirAsia India spokesperson said the airline had signed an agreement

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020South Korea bans year-end parties as COVID-19 spikes again

Authorities reported 450 new infections on Sunday after more than 500 cases were recorded for three days in a row

Seoul: South Korean authorities announced a ban on year-end parties and some music lessons on Sunday and said public saunas and some cafes must also close after coronavirus infections surged at their fastest pace since the early days of the pandemic.

South Korea has been one of the world’s coronavirus mitigation success stories but spikes in infections have reappeared relentlessly, triggering

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020‘Aashiqui’ actor Rahul Roy hospitalised following brain stroke

Roy also won the first season of the popular TV reality show 'Bigg Boss' in 2006

Mumbai: Actor Rahul Roy, best known for starring in the 1990 musical blockbuster “Aashiqui”, has suffered a brain stroke and is recuperating at a hospital here, a family source said.

The 52-year-old actor, who was recently shooting in Kargil, was admitted to the intensive care unit of Nanavati Hospital two days ago, according to the insider.

“He was hospitalised two days ago after he arrive

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020Guru Nanak Dev showed people path of unity, harmony: President

The life and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev are inspiration for all human beings, he said

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday greeted citizens on the eve of Guru Nanak Dev’s birth anniversary, saying he showed people the path of unity, harmony and service.

The life and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev are inspiration for all human beings, he said.

“He showed people the path of unity, harmony, fraternity, comity and service, and gave an economic philosophy to realise a life

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020PM hailing farm laws shows govt ‘drunk with power’, ‘rigid’ in face of protests: Congress

Surjewala’s remarks came hours after Prime Minister Modi, in his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ broadcast

New Delhi: Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for reiterating that the new agri-laws are beneficial for farmers, the Congress on Sunday has said the insistence in support of the legislations shows that the government is “drunk with power” and is rigid even in reconsidering the laws.

The Opposition party also demanded that Prime Minister Modi should immediately announce the suspension

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020MP: Farmers dump guavas in garbage vehicle as prices crash

Farm sector experts said the prices of guava have nosedived due to its abundant crop

Indore: A video showing a group of farmers dumping freshly-harvested guavas into a civic garbage collection vehicle here has gone viral on social media, with the experts saying that a bumper crop of the fruit this year has resulted in its prices falling.

The wholesale prices of this vitamin C-rich fruit at Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Fruit and Vegetable Market in Indore currently ranges between Rs

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020MVA govt ‘natural’, will stay on: Sanjay Raut

He said if there were no COVID-19 outbreak, floods, cyclones and lockdown difficulties, the situation in the state would have been different in last one year

Mumbai: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday slammed the BJP for calling the MVA government in Maharashtra as “unnatural”, and said a government is natural till it exists.

In his weekly column ‘Rokthok’ in the Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, Raut recalled that during alliance talks last year, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge had a heated argument over the Assembly

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020Truck driver from Anantnag killed in road accident

Srinagar: A truck driver died after a vehicle he was driving turned turtle along Jammu-Srinagar highway at Sarmoli area last night, officials said on Sunday.

Reports said that a Srinagar-bound truck (JK-02AQ 7757) met with an accident after the driver purportedly lost control over the vehicle near Tawi View Hotel at Sarmoli.

The driver identified as one Sabzar Ahmed Teli (37) son of Abdul A

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020Uri resident found dead under mysterious circumstances in Chattabal Srinagar

Srinagar: A 35-year-old man was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his rented accommodation in Shah Mohalla area of Chattabal in Srinagar on Sunday, police said.

A police official told the news agency that the man identified as Manzoor Ahmad Mir son of Majeed Ahmed Mir, a resident of Jabdi area of Uri in Baramulla district was found dead mysteriously at his rental room.

“The man w

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020Mughal road remains shut, only one-way traffic on Kashmir highway :Traffic official

Srinagar, Nov 29: The historic 86-km-long Mughal road remained closed for the past seven consecutive days on Sunday due to accumulation of snow and slippery road conditions, a traffic police official said Sunday afternoon.

Only one way traffic is allowed from Jammu to Srinagar on the highway, connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, he told TNN.

He said the Mughal road, conne

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020DSS calls for safety measures for Archives records during Conservation of Mubarak Mandi

JAMMU: Dogra Sadar Sabha (DSS) today called for proper safety of Archives records while expediting the restoration work of the Mubarak Mandi Palace Complex, Jammu in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Mubarak Mandi Jammu Heritage Society. During the visit to the complex along with Sabha members and some other prominent citizens today DSS President Th. Gulchain Singh Charak expressed

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020Mother, two daughters die due to asphyxiation in Baramulla

Baramulla, Nov 29: A 43-year-old woman and her two minor daughters died due to asphyxiation in this north Kashmir district, official sources said on Sunday morning.

They said that due to sub-zero temperature, a family had used wooden Bukhari for heating purpose in their house at village Lari Boniyar in Baramulla during the night intervening.

However, panic gripped in the village Sunday morn

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020Railway HC dies due to cardiac arrest in south Kashmir

Anantnag” A Head Constable (HC) of Railway police died due to cardiac arrest in south Kashmir district of Kulgam Saturday night, official sources said here Sunday morning.

They said HC identified as Avtar Singh, son of Janak Singh, resident of Chattisinghpora, Anantnag suffered massive cardiac arrest in his car at Bonigam, Qazigund in Kulgam district last night.

However, Singh posted at Rai

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020DDC Polls First phase concludes with 51.7 per cent voting

District Reasi records highest turnout of 74.62 %, Pulwama witness lowest at 6.7 %

Jammu/Srinagar: In the first electoral exercise in Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370, nearly 52 percent voter turnout was recorded on Saturday in the staggered polls to district development councils.
The first round of polling in the eight-phase maiden DDC elections passed off peacefully, except for a minor incident of stone-pelting in Kulgam, officials said.
"A voter percen

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020Govt bans exit polls

Jammu: The State Election Commission (SEC) in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday imposed restrictions on conduct of exit polls till the last of the eight-phase District Development Council (DDC) election is completed.
An order to this effect was issued by State Election Commissioner K K Sharma here, an official spokesman said.
The DDC elections along with panchayat bypolls commenced in Jammu and Kas

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020Justice done after 70-years: WPRs

Jammu: Enthusiasm was palpable among voters at polling booths here on Saturday as the maiden District Development Council (DDC) polls and panchayat by-elections, the first democratic exercise in Jammu and Kashmir since it was reorganised as a union territory last year, was underway.
With the abrogation of Article 370, several communities like West Pakistan refugees, Valmikis and Gurkhas are now

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020Sexual Harassment of women at workplace: Ladakh admin to act tough, frames committee

Jammu: While the Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed government at the Centre is focusing on ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ besides empowering the women fraternity in every field, the Government of Union Territory of Ladakh following the footsteps with an aim to make women more secure and safer, have constituted a committee to keep check on complaints regarding sexual harassment at workplace.
As per

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020J&K sees 4 more deaths, toll 1680; 512 fresh cases

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir recorded four more deaths due to Covid-19, pushing the total number of fatalities due to the deadly virus to 1,680, while the Union Territory recorded 512 positive cases on Saturday, taking the overall tally of infections to 10,9,383.
Of the latest four fatalities, two each deaths were reported in Jammu and Kashmir regions.
With fresh 2 deaths in Jammu region, the d

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020PM Modi takes stock of vaccine

PUNE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday visited the facilities of three biotechnology companies that are testing different COVID-19 vaccine candidates. The companies, two of which have begun Phase 3 trials in thousands of volunteers, are expected to manufacture millions of doses in the first half of 2021 if the candidates pass regulatory muster.
Modi began his tour by visiting Zydus Cadil

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020Never ending suffering of Reasi’s rafting operators

Jammu: We are living in extraordinary times. Coronavirus has swept across the globe, ravaging anything and everything. We are faced with unfamiliar ‘lockdown’ situations for months together. Even though the curbs are being lifted and we begin returning to normalcy, some people in our Jammu division continue to live under dire circumstances –not caused due to pandemic outbreak but a result of cer

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020Night curfew imposed in Leh

LEH: The administration in Leh has imposed night curfew and banned the assembly of more than four people amid a fresh COVID-19 spike, an official said on Saturday.
Ladakh recorded one more COVID-related death and 44 new cases, taking the death toll to 114 and overall caseload to 8,272, officials said.
The self-imposed lockdown by the civil society group in Leh to contain the spread of coronavir

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020LG releases newsletter

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha released Panchayat Newsletter "Parivartan"- a first ever publication in five official languages of J&K here at Raj Bhavan.
The Lt Governor appreciated the initiative of the Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj for coming out with a publication in all the five official languages of J&K - Dogri, Urdu, Kashmiri, Hindi and English, highlighting t

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020Shah reaches out to farmers

NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday reached out to thousands of farmers who have been camping in and outside Delhi to protest against the three laws passed by the Centre recently. “The government is ready to deliberate on every problem and demand of the farmers,” Shah said in a video message.
Shah said the Centre will hold talks with the agitating farmers’ unions on December 3 a

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020#Covid19 tally at 9.3 mn

New Delhi: Registering a four per cent decrease from Friday’s number of fresh Covid-19 infections, India on Saturday reported 41,322 new covid-19 infections taking the total tally to 93,51,110. In the last 24 hours, there have been 485 new death cases and 41,452 recoveries, according to the ministry’s bulletin. On Friday, India recorded 43,082 fresh Covid-19 infections and 492 deaths
The number

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020Bulletin on Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19)

JK reports 512 new positive cases, 102591recovered so far


JAMMU, NOVEMBER 28-The Government on Saturday informed that 512 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 300 from Jammu division and 212 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 109383. Also 04 COVID-19 deaths have been reported; 02 from Jammu division and 02 from Kashmir Division.
Moreover,632 more COVID

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020Power shutdown


JAMMU, NOVEMBER 28: In order to carry out various upgradation/repair works, the power supply to Gangyal, Industrial Area Gangyal, Preet Nagar and its adjoining areas fed from 33/11KV Gangyal Old R/Stn. emanating from 132/33KV Grid Station Gangyal shall remain affected on November 29 from 10 am to 04 pm.
Similarly, the power supply to Nanak Nagar and its adjoining areas fed from 33/11KV Nanak N

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020DDC Elections-2020: Around 52% voter turnout recorded in first phase of DDC polls in J&K


JAMMU, NOVEMBER 28: State Election Commissioner K.K Sharma, while addressing a press conference, informed that the first phase of District Development Council elections has been conducted successfully in UT of J&K that recorded 51.76% polling.
Polling has been by-and-large peaceful in 43 constituencies of DDC that went to polls today in which 3,62,766 voters including 1,93,375 males and 1,69,3

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020NH44 widening: Div Com Jammu reviews progress on Nashri - Banihal stretch

Directs DC Ramban to expedite land acquisition, structure removal works


JAMMU, NOVEMBER 28: Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Sanjeev Verma today reviewed the progress of 4-lanning work along Nashri - Banihal stretch of Jammu- Srinagar National Highway-44 here at a meeting of concerned officers.
The meeting was attended by Regional Officer NHAI, Hem Raj, Chief Engineer JKPTCL, Sudhir Gupta besides senior officers of SFC and other concerned officers, while Deputy Com

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020DGP J&K Sh. Dilbag Singh Visits Police Workshop, Police Hospital Srinagar

Reviews functioning of these units; inspects construction work of Trauma Centre


Jammu, November 28: Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir, Shri Dilbag Singh who is currently in Kashmir , today visited police workshop and Police Hospital Srinagar and took stock of the functioning of these units. He also inspected construction work going on at Trauma Centre in Police Hospital Srinagar.
DGP while inspecting the Srinagar Police Workshop and taking stock of its func

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020Wildlife Department hosts workshop on Asian Waterfowl Census


JAMMU, NOVEMBER 28: The Wildlife Protection Department today organized a one day workshop on Asian Waterfowl Census in collaboration with World Wide Fund (WWF) and Wetlands International with the objective of imparting Bird identification and population estimation among field functionaries.
It is a world-wide known fact that UT of J&K hosts a number of winter visiting birds at prominent wetlan

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020KVK Samba hosts 3rd Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting

JAMMU, NOVEMBER 28: The 3rd Scientific Advisory Committee meeting of KVK, Samba was organized today under the chairmanship Dr. J. P. Shama, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu in the presence of Dr. Rajbir Singh, representative of ICAR, ATARI, Dr. S. K. Gupta, Director Extension, Dr. Sabhajeet Singh, Scientist and IIIM representative of Regional Institute.
The meeting was organized to deliberate upon

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020Rouhani says Iran will retaliate for scientist killing ‘at proper time’

President Hassan Rouhani has accused Israel of the killing

Tehran: Iran’s president vowed Saturday to exact revenge over the killing of a scientist linked to Tehran’s disbanded military nuclear program as he joined other officials in blaming Israel for the slaying.

Israel, long suspected of killing scientists a decade ago amid tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program, has yet to comment on the killing Friday of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. However, the attack bo

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020DPEO Udhampur seeks strict adherence to COVID-19 SOPs during election activities


UDHAMPUR, NOVEMBER 28: Taking a serious note of non compliance of COVID-19 SOPs during election campaign, District Panchayat Election Officer Udhampur Dr Piyush Singla asked all contesting candidates and Political parties to wear face mask, maintain social distancing and follow COVID-19 SOPs strictly during the campaigning.
Dr Singla said that detailed guidelines have been issued by State Elec

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020US aircraft carrier deploys to Gulf, Navy says unrelated to 'specific threats'

Rebarich said the redeployment was related to a US drawdown in Iraq and Afghanistan

Dubai: US aircraft carrier USS Nimitz was deployed to the Gulf this week, days before the killing of Iran's top nuclear scientist, although the US Navy said on Saturday the deployment was not related to any specific threat.

"There were no specific threats that triggered the return of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group," Commander Rebecca Rebarich, spokeswoman for the US Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020Clashes with cleric’s supporters kill 5 in southern Iraq

Baghdad: Supporters of a firebrand Iraqi cleric shot dead five people on Saturday, according to medical officials, in overnight clashes with anti-government protesters in southern Iraq.

The anti-government demonstrators attempted to block the path of a rally supporting Shiite Muslim leader Moqtada al-Sadr. Followers of the populist cleric also wounded 40 others in the clashes, according to two

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020Lt Governor releases Panchayat Newsletter "Parivartan"- a first ever publication in five official languages of J&K

JAMMU, NOVEMBER 28: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Friday released Panchayat Newsletter "Parivartan"- a first ever publication in five official languages of J&K here at Raj Bhavan.
The Lt Governor appreciated the initiative of the Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj for coming out with a publication in all the five official languages of J&K - Dogri, Urdu, Kashmiri, Hindi and

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020Farmers from UP reach Delhi border to lend support to protest by their Punjab counterparts

Numbers swell at Singhu border point

New Delhi: Some groups of farmers from Uttar Pradesh gathered at the Ghazipur border with their vehicles on Saturday afternoon, lending support to the agitation by their counterparts from Punjab against the Centre’s new agri laws.

A senior Delhi Police officer said that around 200 farmers arrived at UP Gate (Ghazipur border) as part of ‘Delhi Chalo’ march call given by farmer organisations in

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020Advisor Baseer Khan chairs review meeting of Industries & Commerce Department


JAMMU, NOVEMBER 28: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan today chaired an introductory cum review meeting of the Directorate of Industries and Commerce, Jammu at Udhyog Bhawan here.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary Industries & Commerce Department, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi; Director Industries, Jammu Anoo Malhotra; Director-Finance, Industries and Commerce RC Kotwal;

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020Search on for pilot missing in MiG-29K crash: Indian Navy

The MiG-29K is an all-weather carrier-based multi role fighter aircraft developed by Russian aerospace company Mikoyan (MiG)

Mumbai: The search is still on for pilot Cdr Nishant Singh who has been missing since a MiG-29K fighter aircraft of the Indian Navy crashed into the Arabian Sea, a Western Naval Command spokesperson said on Saturday.

"More surface and air assets have joined the search for missing pilot Cdr Nishant Singh," the spokesperson said.

The Russian-origin jet had taken off from aircraft carrier INS

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020Chirag downplays BJP fielding Sushil Modi for seat won by Ram Vilas Paswan

Patna: Cold-shouldered by the BJP in the by-election to a Rajya Sabha seat in Bihar, LJP president Chirag Paswan said on Saturday that it belonged to the saffron party and it was free to take a decision about whom to field.

The seat had fallen vacant following the death of Chirag Paswan’s father and Lok Janshakti Party founder Ram Vilas Paswan. The BJP has nominated former Bihar deputy chief m

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020'Delhi Chalo' march: Cong hits out at govt; Rahul says PM should talk to farmers

Priyanka tweets pictures of farmers being prevented by police from marching towards Delhi

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday alleged that a soldier was pitted against an old farmer due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “arrogance”.

The Congress also said it would have been better if the Prime Minister talked to the protesting farmers instead of getting “himself photographed in corporate offices”.

“This is a very sad photo. Our slogan was ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’,

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020Sikh Regiment takes over ceremonial duties at Rashtrapati Bhavan

The President will also interact with the outgoing Battalion's men

New Delhi: The Sikh Regiment of the Army on Saturday took charge of the Ceremonial Army Guard duties at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here from the Gorkha Rifles.

The 5th Battalion of the 1st Gorkha Rifles, on completion of its three-and-half years term as Ceremonial Army Guard Battalion, handed over the charge to the 6th Battalion of the Sikh Regiment.

President Ram Nath Kovind witnessed the cere

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020Prez witnesses ceremonial change-over of Army Guard battalion

New Delhi, Nov 28: President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday witnessed the ceremonial change-over of the Army Guard Battalion stationed at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, according to an official statement.

The 5th Battalion of the 1st Gorkha Rifles, on completion of its three and half years tenure as ceremonial Army Guard Battalion, handed over the charge to the 6th Battalion of the Sikh Regiment, it sai

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020Ex gratia of Rs 50 lakh announced for family of martyr from Punjab

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh announced an ex gratia of Rs 50 lakh and a government job for a family member of Sepoy Sukhbir Singh, who laid down his life in the line of duty.

The 22-year-old army jawan was killed in unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control in Sunderbani sector in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.

Paying homage to the martyr and extendi

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020Mission youth: By 2025, govt to employee 80 pc, says LG Sinha

Jammu: To empower and strengthen youth, the government of Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir is eyeing to employee 80 per cent of youth by 2025.
"On October 31, a programme was organised in Srinagar under 'Mission Youth' and as a part of that event, two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) were signed," Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha told reporters, here at the Raj

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020Govt constitutes advisory board for disability rights

Jammu: The government on Friday constituted the Jammu and Kashmir Advisory Board under the Rights of Persons with Disability Act 2016, to facilitate the continuous evolution of a comprehensive policy for the empowerment of persons with disabilities.
As per order issued by the government, the board will be headed by advisor to Lieutenant Governor, in-charge of the Social Welfare Department and

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020Mehbooba alleges ‘illegal’ detention; J&K SEC denies

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir state election commissioner K K Sharma on Friday said PDP president Mehbooba Mufti has not been detained and that police had advised her not to undertake the journey to Pulwama in view of "security risk".
He was responding to Mufti's claim that she has been placed under house arrest by the authorities.
The former chief minister said she was not allowed to visit the Pulw

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020Govt notifies rules to appoint faculty in Medical, Dental colleges

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday notified rules for appointment on academic arrangement basis and selection committee of faculty members in Medical and Dental colleges across the Union Territory.
As per the order issued by Atal Dullo, Financial Commissioner Health&Medical Education Department, which reads, “In exercise of the powers conferred by proviso to Article 309 of th

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020Parra remanded to 15-day NIA custody

Jammu: PDP leader Waheed Parra was remanded to 15 days of National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody on Friday following his arrest earlier this week for allegedly conspiring with Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists to get their support during the 2019 parliamentary elections.
Parra was taken to Jammu and produced before a designated NIA court in a case related to his alleged "close links" with Irfan

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020Govt renews insurance cover

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday renewed Rs 10 lakh personal accidental insurance cover for more than 3.5 lakh employees.
The government accorded sanction to renewal of Group Personal Accidental Insurance Policy with Oriental Insurance Company Limited for 2nd year commencing from December 2 to December 1, 2020 , an order issued by the government said.
According to the order

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020MiG 29K jet crashes

New Delhi: A MiG-29K trainer aircraft of the Indian Navy crashed into the Arabian sea on Thursday evening following which one pilot went missing while another was rescued, Navy officials said on Friday.
The incident took place at around 5 pm, they said.
"One pilot has been rescued and search by air and surface units is in progress for the second pilot," said an official.
The Navy has deployed

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020Junaid Azim Mattu joins Apni Party

Srinagar: Srinagar Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu on Friday joined the Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) here, days after winning the coveted post of the city's civic body.
Mattu joined the JKAP -- led by former finance minister Altaf Bukhair -- at the party's head office in the Lal Chowk area of the city here, a party leader said.
The Mayor of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) was welcomed i

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020NH Ladakh- Kashmir shut for fifth day

SRINAGAR: The 434-km-long national highway, the only road connecting Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh with Kashmir valley, remained closed for the fifth successive day on Friday due to accumulation of snow and slippery road conditions, a traffic police official said here.
Meanwhile, a report received from Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia on the Srinagar-Leh highway, said

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020#COVID19 tally at 93.09 Lakh

New Delhi: India on Friday reported 43,082 new coronavirus cases and 492 deaths, taking total number of cases in the country to 93 lakh. According to the Union Health Ministry data, there are currently 4 lakh active cases across the country, while over 87 lakh patients have been discharged.
The country's coronavirus tally mounted to 93,09,787 while the death toll climbed to 1,35,715 and the COVI

 

Friday, November 27, 2020DGP J&K Sh. Dilbag Singh chairs high level security review meet

Stresses for implementation of devised comprehensive security plan for elections


Jammu, November 27: The overall security situation and security arrangements for the upcoming District Development Council (DDC) and by-elections for Panchayat and Urban Local Bodies (ULB) were discussed and reviewed in a high-level meeting presided over by the Director General of Police, J&K Shri Dilbag Singh at Police Control Kashmir today.
The meeting was attended by ADGP, CID, Shri R.R Swa

 

Friday, November 27, 2020Bulletin on Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19)

JK reports 565 new positive cases, 101959 recovered so far


JAMMU, NOVEMBER 27- The Government on Friday informed that 565 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 327 from Jammu division and 238 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 108871. Also 08 COVID-19 deaths have been reported; 05 from Jammu division and 03 from Kashmir Division.
Moreover,596 more COVID-

 

Friday, November 27, 2020SEC appeals people to go to their polling stations and cast their vote


JAMMU, NOVEMBER 27: State Election Commissioner K.K Sharma today held a press conference and briefed the media about the arrangements being done to conduct the DDC elections and Panchs/Sarpanchs by-polls in smooth and peaceful manner.
While giving the details regarding District Development Council elections, the SEC said that there are total 280 constituencies in UT of J&K (14 in each district

 

Friday, November 27, 2020Principal Secretary to Lt Governor reviews progress of Jan Abhiyan for Kashmiri Migrants

Calls for ensuring saturation of individual beneficiaries of all Centrally Sponsored Social Assistance and Welfare schemes on a mission mode


JAMMU, NOVEMBER 27: Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor, Nitishwar Kumar today chaired a high level meeting to review the progress being made during Jan Abhiyan programme for Kashmir Migrants held last month on 10th &12th October at Jagti, Muthi and Paloura camps.
During the meeting, the Principal Secretary sought a detailed report on the beneficiaries under various Centrally Spons

 

Friday, November 27, 2020ATAL’s FDP on Tribology in Design and Manufacturing successfully conducted at IIT Jammu

“Better Tribological practices must be adopted for the sustainable development and growth of a nation: Dr. Rajput”

Jammu: The ATAL Faculty Development Programme was inaugurated on November 23rdby the Honourable Minister of Education, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal. This five-day long ATAL FDP was successfully concluded today at IIT Jammu. Organized by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the programme attracted more than 200 participants from around the country and proved to be of excellent help to participants an

 

Friday, November 27, 2020Basohli JNV invites online applications for admission to VI & IX classes for 2021-22 session


KATHUA NOVEMBER 27: Navodya Vidyalaya, Basohli under the aegis of Navodya Vidyalaya Samiti has invited online application for admission to class VI and Class IX for the session 2021-22 through Jawahar Navodaya Selection Test.
As per the principal JNV Baoshli, the online registration for the session 2021-22 for classes Vi and IX will start from 22nd of October 2020 and 4th of November 2020 res

 

Friday, November 27, 2020SKUAST-J’s 2 month virtual Agri-entrepreneurship Startup Training concludes

Valedictory Function of Agribusiness Incubator Jammu Agri Startups Under RKVY-RAFTAAR Scheme


JAMMU NOVEMBER 27: The Two month Virtual Agri-Entrepreneurship Startup Training programme” concluded today with a valedictory function hosted by Agri-Business Incubator, SKUAST-J.
The concluding session was held at Division of Agricultural Economics and Agri Business Management, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu.
The training programme was sponsored

 

Friday, November 27, 2020Mission Youth, Government of J&K inks MoUs with BSE to spread financial literacy

“We are adopting the best global practices of youth empowerment and encouraging sustainable livelihood”: Lt Governor


Jammu, November 27: BSE, Asia’s oldest stock exchange, has signed four MoUs with Mission Youth, Government of J&K to spread financial awareness, support economic development, and encourage sustainable livelihood in the Union Territory.
The MoUs were signed by the representatives of BSE and CEO, Mission Youth, Dr Syed Abid Rasheed Shah today in the presence of the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Si

 

Friday, November 27, 2020Nazir Pachloo accorded warm send off


JAMMU, NOVEMBER 27- Department of Information and Public Relations, Directorate of Information, accorded warm send off to retiring official, Nazir Pachloo, Chauffer, Directorate of Information on attaining the age of superannuation, here today.
In a simple function, Dr. Syed Sehrish Asgar, Director Information and Public Relations lauded the role and services of Nazir Pachloo who retired fro

 

Friday, November 27, 2020Navin Choudhury chairs meeting to review quality of pesticides


SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 27: Principal Secretary, Agriculture and Horticulture departments, Navin Kumar Choudhury, today chaired an officers meeting to review the quality of pesticides being provided to orchardists and farmers.
The meeting was attended by Director Horticulture, Director Agriculture, Director Enforcement and other officers.
The meeting discussed public complaints regarding the suppl

 

Friday, November 27, 2020Lt Governor Sinha inaugurates Guru Nanak Chair & University of Jammu Special Purpose Vehicle Foundation

Establishment of chairs for Gojri & Pahari languages is in offing to promote and encourage the regional languages of J&K: Lt Governor

JAMMU, NOVEMBER 27: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, who is also the Chancellor of University of Jammu, today inaugurated Guru Nanak Chair & University of Jammu Special Purpose Vehicle Foundation Building at University of Jammu, in presence of Professor Manoj Kumar Dhar, Vice- Chancellor, University of Jammu.
“Recently when Parliament of India passed the Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages B

 

Friday, November 27, 2020UK PM warns of New Year lockdown as he defends new tier system

Under the highest Tier 3 alert level, there is a complete ban on mixing of households except in limited outdoor settings

London: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was on Friday fighting back rebels from within his own Conservative Party who are opposed to most of England being put into the toughest two tiers of high COVID-19 alert after the country's second stay-at-home lockdown ends next Wednesday.

In a Downing Street briefing on Thursday after he ended his self-isolation on being in contact with a COVID-19 posit

 

Friday, November 27, 2020Pope backs Argentine women’s opposition to abortion Bill

Francis’ native country currently criminalises abortion except in the case of rape or risk to the mother’s health

Rome: Pope Francis is encouraging Argentine women who are protesting a proposed new law to legalise abortion, saying the protection of life is above all a matter of human ethics.

In the letter to the women dated November 22, the Argentine pope wrote: “Is it fair to eliminate a human life to solve a problem? Is it fair to hire a hit man to solve a problem?” After Francis’ handwritten letter cir

 

Friday, November 27, 2020Japan spacecraft carrying asteroid soil samples nears home

Scientists said there are traces of carbon and organic matter in the asteroid soil samples

Tokyo: A Japanese spacecraft is nearing Earth after a yearlong journey home from a distant asteroid with soil samples and data that could provide clues to the origins of the solar system, a space agency official said on Friday.

The Hayabusa2 spacecraft left the asteroid Ryugu, about 300 million kilometers (180 million miles) from Earth, a year ago and is expected to reach Earth and drop a caps

 

Friday, November 27, 2020Nearly 70 per cent of India's COVID-19 active caseload from eight states/UT: Health ministry

The death toll climbed to 1,35,715

New Delhi: Nearly 70 per cent of India's COVID-19 active caseload is from Maharashtra, Kerala, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, and Chhattisgarh, the Union health ministry said on Friday.

Of the total deaths recorded so far, 83.80 per cent are from 10 states/UT – Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Prad

 

Friday, November 27, 2020BKU farmers from west UP headed to Delhi

Noida (UP): Hundreds of western Uttar Pradesh farmers on Friday headed to the national capital in response to a “Delhi Chalo” call to protest against the three central farm laws.

On a Bharatiya Kisan Union call to join the protest in Delhi, the farmers belonging to Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat, Gautam Buddh Nagar and other western UP districts reached the Eastern Peripheral Expressway in Gre

 

Friday, November 27, 2020West Bengal transport minister Suvendu Adhikari resigns

Mamata retaliated by immediately replacing him with loyalist MP Kalyan Banerjee as the new chairman of HRBC

Kolkata; After weeks of suspense disgruntled, West Bengal transport minister Suvendu Adhikari on Friday resigned from the Mamata Banerjee-led cabinet.

In his resignation letter, addressed to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Adhikari thanked her for giving him “an opportunity to serve the people of the state”, and added, that he fulfilled the obligation “with commitment, dedication and sincerity

 

Friday, November 27, 2020My govt stable, allies will contest polls together: Thackeray

Thackeray said the alliance partners are perceived to be ideologically different but the interests of the state and welfare of people binds the three parties together

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) allies will fight all elections, including the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) poll, together.

Thackeray (60), who is heading the Shiv Sena-NCP- Congress alliance ministry, was speaking to select media at his official residence Varsha in south Mumbai, as the MVA regime completes a yea

 

Friday, November 27, 2020Maharashtra: Four held for killing man, dumping body along highway

During one such quarrel on November 18, the main accused attacked the victim with a wooden rod and killed him

Palghar: Four persons have been arrested from neighbouring Mumbai for allegedly killing a 45-year-old scrap dealer and dumping his body on the side of a highway, police said on Friday.

The police have apprehended Omprakash Anjariramji Bishnoi (21), Suresh Kumar Krishnaram Bishnoi (21), Sureshkumar Narayanram Bishnoi (25) and Bhavarlal Chenaram Bishnoi (38) from Samta Nagar in Kandivali area of

 

Friday, November 27, 2020Indian economy contracts 7.5 per cent in Q2

The economy had shrunk by 23.9 per cent in first quarter of this fiscal due to Covid-19

New Delhi: The Indian economy contracted by 7.5 per cent in the July-September quarter of this fiscal amid the COVID-19 crisis, official data showed on Friday.

The gross domestic product (GDP) had expanded by 4.4 per cent in the corresponding July-September period of 2019-20, according to data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO).

The economy had shrunk by an unprecedented 23.

 

Friday, November 27, 2020Will put an end to three anti-farmer laws once in power: Congress

New Delhi, Nov 27: Supporting the farmer's movement, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that if their party comes to power at the Centre, they would definitely quash the three anti-farmer laws.

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala here told reporters that the Gandhis have promised to terminate the three anti-farmer laws on a priority basis when

 

Friday, November 27, 2020DDC Polls: Gupkar Alliance gets "special attention" in J&K BJP'S Manifesto

Jammu, Nov 27: Ahead of polling days, Jammu and Kashmir unit of BJP has released the Manifesto but Gupkar Alliance got "special attention" in its vision document.

In its vision document released on Thursday ahead of District Development Council (DDC) polls, the BJP alleged that ‘Gupkar Gang’ is a threat to the national integration.

“Gupkar Gang has undermined India's national, integrative s

 

Friday, November 27, 2020COVID-19 recovery rate reaches 93.65%

NEW DELHI: With 43 thousand 82 new COVID-19 infections, the country's total cases went up to 93 lakh 9 thousand 7 hundred 88. The Health Ministry said, with 492 new deaths, the death toll has gone up to 1 lakh 35 thousand 7 hundred 15. Total active cases now stand at 4 lakh 55 thousand 5 hundred 55.

Total discharged cases reached 87 lakh 18 thousand 5 hundred 17 with 39 thousand 3 hundred 79

 

Friday, November 27, 2020Prez, PM condole deaths of Covid patients in hospital blaze in Rajkot

New Delhi, Nov 27’; President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed grief over the loss of lives of Covid-19 patients in a fire accident at a hospital in Rajkot, Gujarat early Friday morning.

Terming the blaze as "a tragedy beyond words", the President offered condolences saying, "In this agonising time, I offer my heartfelt empathy for the bereaved families. I pray f

 

Friday, November 27, 2020Personal liberty is treated as favour by govt, says Omar Abdullah after Mehbooba Mufti's alleged detention

SRINAGAR: National Conference (NC) vice president Omar Abdullah on Friday said personal liberty is treated as a favour by the government, giving and withdrawing it at will, with no interference from the judiciary.

The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister was reacting to the alleged house arrest of Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti.

“Parking a truck in front of our gates i

 

Friday, November 27, 2020Highway connecting Ladakh with Kashmir remain shut for 5th day

Srinagar, Nov 27: The 434-km-long national highway, the only road connecting Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh with Kashmir valley, remained closed for the fifth successive day on Friday due to accumulation of snow and slippery road conditions, a traffic police official said here.

Meanwhile, a report received from Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia on the Srinagar-Leh high

 

Friday, November 27, 2020BJP promises 70K jobs, industrial growth in its manifesto for J&K DDC polls

Jammu: The BJP released its election manifesto for the forthcoming District Development Council (DDC) polls, promising to provide 70,000 jobs with 100 per cent reservation to locals besides ensuring private sector employment, industry-friendly policy and a clean, transparent and accountable administration in Jammu and Kashmir.

Claiming that the “stone-pelting era” is over as the enemies of Jam

 

Friday, November 27, 2020LG releases special covers on Kangri, Kehwa by Dept of Posts

Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha today released two Special covers on the themes- Kangri and Kehwa of the Postal Department here at the Raj Bhavan for promoting the cultural facets of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Lt Governor congratulated all the officers of the Postal Department from J&K UT for coming out with these two special postal covers on the significant occasion of Constitution Day

 

Friday, November 27, 2020Indian Navy’s MiG-29K crashes over Arabian Sea

New Delhi, Nov 27: Indian Navy’s trainer aircraft MiG-29K was crashed over Arabian Sea on Thursday. In a year, it was the third crash of MiG-29K.

“A MiG-29K trainer aircraft operating at sea ditched at about 1700 hours on November 26,” an Indian Navy spokesperson said.

One pilot has been recovered and search by air and surface units is in progress for the second pilot, he said.

An inquir

 

Friday, November 27, 2020DDC polls || Campaigning ends for first phase, 43 constituencies go to for voting tomorrow

Jammu: The campaigning for the first phase of District Development Council (DDC) polls and by-elections to local bodies in Jammu and Kashmir ended on Thursday evening.
“In the first phase of the eight-phased DDC polls, 43 constituencies will go to polls -- 25 in Kashmir and 18 in Jammu,” an official associated with the polling process told The News Now .
He added that the for by-electio

 

Friday, November 27, 2020Over 6 L voters to exercise franchise in Jammu district

Special booths for migrants, COVID SOPs in place: Govt

Jammu: More than six lakh voters will be exercising their franchise across Jammu district in eight phases of first ever District Development Council elections starting from December 1.
However, the State Election Commission has also directed special booths for migrant voters while the COVID guidelines are put in place for a smooth election process.
Official sources in the Office of the J&K Chie

 

Friday, November 27, 2020BJP racks up ‘Gupkar Gang’ to corner Cong

Jammu: To corner congress in Jammu Province Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) racked up ‘Gupkar Gang’ alliance in its vision document to play national sentiment in the region.
In its vision document released on Thursday ahead of District Development Council (DDC) polls BJP alleged that ‘Gupkar Gang’ is threat to the national integration.
Although defensive congress has already distanc

 

Friday, November 27, 2020Avoid campaigns:Govt directs employees

Jammu: Following a written complaint about the employees are participating in the ongoing District Development Councils (DDC) poll campaigns, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday issued anguished circular asking administrative secretaries to maintain strict vigil on activities and ensure no employee can display partiality towards any political party.
“A few cases have been received by t

 

Friday, November 27, 2020West Pak Refugees to vote for first time

Jammu: The West Pakistan refugees will exercise their franchise for the first time in a local poll in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. Except for parliamentary elections, these refugees, were, till last year, barred in Jammu and Kashmir from voting in assembly, panchayat and urban local body polls. This became possible after the Centre on August 5 last year abrogated Article 370 and they got domic

 

Friday, November 27, 2020Illegal mining: Court exposed bid to trap owner of stone crusher, ask SHO to appear in person

Jammu: The illegal mining case which was surfaced under the jurisdiction of Domana police station few days ago has put the Jammu and Kashmir Police in tight spot as four days after attachment of Incharge Police Post Pouni SI Rohit Bhagat to District Police Line, Jammu for having verbal brawl with his senior over the case, Domana police’s bid to entangle the stone crusher owner under heinous cr

 

Friday, November 27, 2020Govt consent must for disciplinary action

Jammu: After noticing that the some administrative departments are initiating disciplinary action against members of Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) without seeking approval of the Competent Authority, the government of the Union Territory has impressed upon all the administrative secretaries the to ensure that the disciplinary proceedings will be initiated only after following due

 

Friday, November 27, 2020Another 26/11-like attack impossible: DM

New Delhi: A 26/11-like terror strike in India is almost impossible as the national security architecture has been significantly bolstered in the last few year, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday, the 12th anniversary of the deadly Mumbai attack in which 166 people including 28 foreigners from 10 nations were killed.
While addressing the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, Singh also

 

Friday, November 27, 2020Ladakh gets largest solar project

Leh:T he Union Territory of Ladakh has got the largest solar power project setup under the Centre's 'Make In India' initiative at Leh IAF station to provide sustainable energy alternative to fossil fuel and traditional methods of energy generation.
The project namely 'Provision of Solar Photo Voltaic Powerplant 1.5 MW' has been completed within 12 months well before the completion deadline of Ma

 

Friday, November 27, 2020#COVID19 tally at 92.66 Lakh

New Delhi: India's COVID-19 caseload increased to 92.66 lakh with 44,489 new infections being reported in a day, while the recoveries surged to 86.79 lakh, the Union health ministry said on Thursday. The country's infection tally mounted to 92,66,705, while the deaths climbed to 1,35,223 with 524 new fatalities, the ministry data updated at 8 am showed.
The COVID-19 active caseload has risen to