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Monday, May 16, 2022No elections, militancy in J&K signs of govt failure: Congress

Udaipur : The Congress on Sunday said it was committed to establishing dialogue with all like-minded parties to protect the spirit of nationalism and democracy and would keep open avenues for forging alliances according to political circumstances.
In its Udaipur Declaration adopted after the three-day 'Nav Sankalp Chintan Shivir', the Congress asserted that Indian nationalism is the core charact


Monday, May 16, 2022BJP failed to provide justice to people: Omar

Jammu: National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah on Sunday alleged the BJP was using diversionary tactics as it failed to keep its promises and provide justice to any section of the society in Jammu and Kashmir.
The former chief minister said his party will scuttle every attempt of the BJP and will safeguard the rights of the people to start a new phase of development, once it returns to


Monday, May 16, 2022Rajiv Kumar takes charge as chief election commissioner

New Delhi: The 24th chief election commissioner (CEC) of India Sushil Chandra relinquished charge, after completing his tenure, to Rajiv Kumar at the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Sunday.
ECI’s Twitter handle shared images of the handing over ceremony. Rajiv Kumar, a 1984 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, has worked in various ministries at the Centre and State levels i


Monday, May 16, 2022JKP to conduct regular anti- tunnelling drive along IB

Jammu: Additional Director General of Police of the Jammu zone Mukesh Singh on Sunday called for regular anti-tunnelling and anti-drone activities along the International Border after reviewing security arrangements for the upcoming Amarnath Yatra.
Singh along with Deputy Inspector General of Police, Jammu-Kathua-Samba range, Vivek Gupta visited the Kathua district and held a review meeting abou


Monday, May 16, 2022Climate change remind us to respect, restore delicate balance of nature: LG

Srinagar: Asserting that the every person is the custodian of the Earth & its resources, the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha said that the effects of climate change have been visible all over the world and it is reminding us to respect and restore the delicate balance of nature.
He dedicated the 14th edition of the ‘Awaam Ki Awaaz’ program to all those Citizens and


Monday, May 16, 2022BSF to hold special training for youth: IG

Srinagar: The Border Security Force (BSF) will hold a special training camp in the Gurez valley of Jammu and Kashmir for youths who aspire to join the paramilitary force, a senior officer said on Sunday.
BSF Inspector General (IG) for Kashmir frontier, Raja Babu Singh, said this during his visit to the Gurez valley in Bandipora district.
The officer urged the youngsters of the region to join se


Monday, May 16, 2022Overlooking Center’s advice, J&K proposes 40 percent hike in power tariff for industries

Move triggers shockwave among Industrialists

Jammu: Overlooking the advice of union government as well as losses faced by COVID -19 pandemic for two the consecutive years, the Jammu and Kashmir has proposed 40 percent hike in power tariff for industries to meet the revenue gap.
The move of Jammu and Kashmir government came after Union Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharamna has advised all states as well Union Territories to provide quality


Monday, May 16, 2022Detailed forensic probe on to identify cause: NIA

Jammu: National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday said a detailed forensic probe is continuing to identify the reason for the recent cause of a fire in a passenger bus near Katra town, the base camp for the pilgrims visiting Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Four persons were killed and 24 others injured on Friday when a fire ripped apart the moving bus, mostly


Monday, May 16, 2022Heatwave grips Jammu as mercury settles near 44 deg

Jammu: Heatwave gripped most parts of Jammu region with the mercury moving further up and settling at the season's high of 43.9 degrees Celsius, officials said on Sunday.
The day temperature in Jammu was seven notches above normal for this time of the season, they said.
The city also marked a rise in the night temperature, which settled at 26.8 degrees Celsius 3.3 notches above the season's ave


Monday, May 16, 2022PAGD, BJP delegations meet LG, raises issue of security

Srinagar: The Gupkar alliance of major J&K parties on Sunday urged Kashmiri pandit employees not to leave the valley as it was their home and it would be "painful for all'', after the community demanded their relocation following the killing of a member by terrorists.
The appeal by the Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) came after a delegation led by its president Farooq Abdullah met


Monday, May 16, 2022Kashmiri Pandit's killing Sinha orders inquiry into use of force against protesting KPs

Five Budgam SHOs transferred; DIG to head SIT probe

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday ordered an inquiry into the use of force against Kashmiri Pandit employees during a protest against the killing of minority community member Rahul Bhat by terrorists.
The LG also directed the Jammu Kashmir Police to ensure foolproof security for the PM package employees working across the valley.
Protests were held at several pl


Monday, May 16, 2022Civilian killed in alleged cross firing, probe ordered

Srinagar: A civilian was killed in a cross-firing after terrorists attacked a CRPF party in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district on Sunday, prompting authorities to order a magisterial inquiry into the incident that sparked protests by local residents, police said.
Police said that about 1:10 pm, militants indiscriminately fired at a joint patrolling party of police and CRPF at Turkwangam-Litte


Monday, May 16, 2022IMD issues ‘orange alert’

New Delhi:: Issuing a warning of a severe heatwave, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday issued an orange alert for North-West India, including Red alert for Rajasthan.
“We have issued Red Alert for Rajasthan for an intense spell of the heatwave, and a Yellow alert for tomorrow. Similarly, we have issued an Orange alert for Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, eastern Madhya Pradesh


Monday, May 16, 2022Mortar shell found in Jmu

Jammu: A rusted mortar shell was recovered from a garbage dump on the outskirts of Jammu on Sunday, officials said.
The shell was noticed by some passersby on the roadside garbage dump adjacent to a scrap shop in Kunjwani area on the Jammu-Pathankot highway, the officials said.
On getting information, a police party rushed to the scene, they said, adding the shell was later taken away by the bo


Monday, May 16, 2022J&K logs 7 Covid cases, 1 death

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday recorded seven fresh Covid infections, taking the case tally to 4,54,146, while one death due to the disease was reported in a day, officials said.
Of the fresh cases, four were reported from the Jammu division and the rest from the Kashmir division of the Union Territory, they said.
Sixteen of the total 20 districts in the Union territory did not report an


Monday, May 16, 2022Fire in Trikuta forest range

Jammu: A fire was reported in the Trikuta forest range, the abode of the famous shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi, in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Sunday.
However, there was no impact of fire on the shrine and the daily pilgrimage was going on smoothly, the officials said, adding the forest fire was put off with joint efforts of the people, fire services personnel and police.


Sunday, May 15, 2022BSF open fire on drone

Jammu: Border Security Force (BSF) personnel deployed along the International Border (IB) here fired several rounds at a drone coming from the Pakistani side on Saturday morning, forcing it to retreat, an official said.

A massive search operation was launched in the area to ensure no weapons or narcotics were dropped by the flying object, he said.

"Today in the morning, alert BSF troops obs


Sunday, May 15, 2022DSEK sacks 3 teachers, orderly for unauthorized absenteeism

SRINAGAR: The Directorate of Schools Education Kashmir (DSEK) has terminated three teachers and one orderly from services for remaining unauthorized absent from duties.

The teachers have been identified as Maheen Shawl, Shivani Raina, Goldi Dhar, and an orderly Mohammad Yousuf Bhat. Two separate orders in this regard have been issued by the Director of School Education Kashmir.

As per the o


Sunday, May 15, 2022J&K to augment infra, facilities at trauma centres along NHs

Jammu: With an aim to provide better health facilities at doorstep especially the accident victims, the Jammu and Kashmir Health Department will augment infrastructure with medical care services at all trauma centres along the national highways.

Official sources said that the hospitals located along the National Highways, which are facing shortage of facilities, will soon be equipped with an o


Sunday, May 15, 2022PAGD, BJP to meet LG over security of KPs

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) will meet Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to raise the issue of safety and security of Kashmiri Pandits in the valley.

Briefing reporters outside the residence of the PAGD president Farooq Abdullah after a meeting of the PAGD, spokesperson M Y Tarigami, said


Sunday, May 15, 2022Victim's family sought his transfer but admin took no action, claim colleagues

Protest continues, employees demand relocation

Sheikhpora : The family of Rahul Bhat, a Kashmiri Pandit staff who was shot dead by militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam district, had sought his transfer from Chadoora citing threat to his life, but the administration took no action, his colleagues claimed on Saturday.
Bhat, who had got the job of a clerk under the special employment package for migrants in 2010-11, was gunned down by terror


Sunday, May 15, 2022Killing of Rahul Bhat First target from PM’s package,

5th KP attacked after Aug 2019

Srinagar: Thirty-six year old Rahul Bhat, a clerk in the Jammu and Kashmir Government’s Revenue Department, is the first Kashmiri Pandit employed under the Prime Minister’s special package for rehabilitation of the displaced population, who has been shot dead by terrorists in the valley.

In all, terrorists have attacked 5 Kashmiri Pandits after abrogation of Article 370 and reorganisation of J


Sunday, May 15, 2022Army chief visits eastern Ladakh

New Delhi: Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande visited some of the most difficult and inhospitable forward locations in eastern Ladakh and reviewed India’s overall military preparedness during his three-day tour of the region amid the lingering border row with China, officials said on Saturday.

They said the Chief of Army Staff interacted with the troops in multiple locations along the Line of Actual C


Sunday, May 15, 2022Jammu records season’s hottest day, sizzles at 43.5 degree Celsius

Double whammy: Water crisis, sweltering heatwave compound misery for citizens

Jammu: Jammu and its suburbs reeled under searing heatwave conditions on Saturday, with mercury touching 43.5 degree Celsius, thereby recording the hottest day of the season so far.

The maximum temperature in Jammu city hovered 6.6 degree Celsius above normal temperature, forcing the people to stay indoors. The intense heatwave has also triggered a water crisis in many parts of Jammu region as


Sunday, May 15, 2022Bus fire: Agency collect samples

Katra: A team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday inspected the passenger bus that was gutted in a mysterious fire incident near Katra town, the base camp for pilgrims visiting Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

Four persons were killed and 24 others injured when the moving bus, mostly ferrying devotees, caught fire near Nomai, a


Sunday, May 15, 2022NIA conducts raids in 4 places in Kashmir, arrests two OGWs

Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday conducted searches at four locations in Kashmir Valley in connection with a terror conspiracy case and arrested two overground workers of The Resistance Force (TRF), a front of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), an official said.

The searches were carried out at four locations -- one each in north Kashmir's Baramulla and Kupwara


Sunday, May 15, 2022Union Law Min, LG for e-filing system in courts

Jammu: Union Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju and Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Saturday chaired a meeting to review the development of judicial infrastructure in the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

During the meeting at the Raj Bhavan in Srinagar, Rijiju was briefed about the status of the judiciary infrastructure under the purview of the High Court of Jammu Kash


Sunday, May 15, 2022 ‘Persuade litigants to opt for ADR mechanisms’

Srinagar: Chief Justice of India N V Ramana on Saturday urged the district level judiciary to persuade litigants to opt for alternative dispute redressal mechanisms which can help in reducing the pendency of cases in courts.

"I would especially urge the district judiciary to always keep this in mind. You are at the grassroots level and are the first contact for the justice seeker with the judi


Sunday, May 15, 2022Denial of justice would lead to anarchy, says CJI Ramana

Srinagar: It is imperative for a healthy democracy that people feel their rights and dignity are recognised and protected, Chief Justice of India N V Ramana said on Saturday, stressing that denial of justice would ultimately lead to anarchy.

Addressing a function in Srinagar, the CJI urged lawyers and judges to create a congenial environment for litigants who are often "under a lot of psycholo


Sunday, May 15, 2022J&K reports 8 new +ve case

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir reported 8 new cases COVID-19 while no fresh death reported in last 24 hours.

As per media bulletin, 5 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and been discharged from various hospitals, 02 from Jammu division and 03 from Kashmir division.

The Bulletin also informs that no new case of Mucormycosis has been reported today, thusthe total number of confirmed casesrem


Sunday, May 15, 2022Anti-terrorism day on May 21: MHA

New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has written to all the states, Union Territories (UTs), Central government departments as well as ministries to observe anti-terrorism day on May 21 in a “befitting manner”.

With the header of “most immediate”, the letter accessed by news agency, was sent on Thursday to chief secretaries of all state governments and administrators of all UTs along


Sunday, May 15, 2022Govt transfers 2 JKAS officers

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir Government on Saturday ordered transfers and postings in the administration.

According to a Government Order No.559-JK(GAD) of 2022, issued by the General Administration Department (GAD, Mohammad Akbar Wani, JKAS, Managing Director, J&K Cable Car Corporation, is transferred and posted as Secretary in the Agriculture Production Department.

Ghulam Jeelani Zargar,


Saturday, May 14, 2022Active cases dip to 18,604

New Delhi: With 2,841 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, India’s tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 4,31,16,254, while the active cases dipped to 18,604, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Friday.

The death toll climbed to 5,24,190 with nine fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The active cases comprise 0.04 per cent of the total infections, while t


Saturday, May 14, 2022J&K reports 5 fresh cases

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir reported 5 fresh cases of COVID 19 while no fresh death reported in last 24 hours.

Moreover,04 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and been discharged from various hospitals from Jammu division and no new case of Mucormycosis has been reported.

As per daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 454131 positive cases, 55are Active Posi


Saturday, May 14, 2022MC president held in graft case

Srinagar: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Friday arrested the president of Municipal Committee Awantipora in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe to discharge his official duties, officials said.

The ACB received a complaint alleging therein that Bilal Ahmed Bhat, president Municipal Committee Awantipora, is demanding Rs 1,000 for processing t


Saturday, May 14, 2022IG BSF seeks basic facilities for people

Srinagar: A senior Border Security Force (BSF) officer in Kashmir has flagged lack of “basic amenities” such as healthcare, school education and mobile connectivity to the population living in forward areas along the India-Pakistan border saying government officials “rarely” visit these remote areas.
BSF Inspector General (IG) Raja Babu Singh has shot off a letter to Pandurang Pole, the division


Saturday, May 14, 2022KU prof among three sacked for terror links

Srinagar: A Kashmir University professor was among the three people sacked by the union territory administration on Friday for their alleged links with terror groups, officials said.

Altaf Hussain Pandit, a chemistry professor, was terminated following a recommendation of a designated committee constituted under Article 311 (2) (c) of the Constitution that allows dismissal without an inquiry i


Saturday, May 14, 2022BJP in the line of fire for ‘failing to protect KPs’ in Kashmir

Jammu: The brutal killing of a Kashmiri Pandit (KP) government employee Rahul Bhat in Budgam’s Chadoora area has put the BJP in the line of fire for “showing least concern” towards the foolproof security of KPs staying in Kashmir Valley.

The party leaders had to face strong protests by the family and relatives of Rahul Bhat who accused the party of making them just sitting ducks for terrorists


Saturday, May 14, 2022Killers of KP employee to pay very heavy price: LG

• Govt to form SIT to probe killing, announce job for victim’s wife • Slain cremated in Jammu amid protests across J&K

Jammu: The government employee Rahul Bhat, who was shot dead by terrorists inside his office in central Kashmir's Budgam district, was cremated on Friday amid a protest by members of the community as well as other organizations.

Moreover, the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha assured justice to the family and announced a government job for victim’s wife.


Saturday, May 14, 2022Cop shot dead; two Pakistani militants involved in killing of KP killed: Police

Srinagar: A policeman was shot dead by ultras and Security forces successfully neutralised two militants in separate encounters in Kashmir region on Friday.

As per reports, Constable Reyaz Ahmad Thokar was shot at in Gudoora in the district this morning, a police spokesman said.

The injured cop was rushed to the Army's 92 base hospital in the city but succumbed to injuries.

This is the s


Saturday, May 14, 20224 killed, 24 injured as bus catches fire

Katra: Four people were killed and 24 others injured when a passenger bus caught fire in Katra area of Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district on Friday, officials said.

According to the officials, the bus, which was carrying passengers, some of them the pilgrims on its way to Jammu from Katra, caught fire near Nomai, about 3 kilometers from Katra.

Katra is the base camp for the pilgrims visiti


Saturday, May 14, 2022Population not sole criteria: CEC

Jammu: Population was an important but not the sole criteria while carrying out the delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said on Friday and asserted that the union territory has to be seen as "one unit" where the entire population has to be given representation in 90 assembly constituencies.

Chandra, who was an ex-officio member of the delimita


Saturday, May 14, 2022SC seeks Centre, J&K, ECI replies on plea against delimitation commission

Jammu: The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the Centre, Jammu, and Kashmir administration, and Election Commission of India (ECI) on a plea of two Kashmir residents challenging the government's decision to constitute the delimitation commission for redrawing the assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies in the Union Territory.
A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MM Sundresh issu


Saturday, May 14, 2022Improving quality of living top priority of govt, says LG

Jammu: The Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha on Friday said that easing the day to day life and improving the quality of living is the top priority of the government.

“Easing the day to day life and improving the quality of living is the top priority of the UT Government,” LG said while chairing a high-level meeting of senior officers of the UT administration, including Adm


Saturday, May 14, 2022Panels framed for monitoring, implementation of PMVDVY

SRINAGAR: The government has constituted two committees for planning, implementation, and monitoring n of Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Vikas Yojana in Jammu and Kashmir.

The committees have been named as Union Territory Level Coordination and Monitoring Committee (UTLCMC) and District Level Coordination and Monitoring Committee(s) (DLCMC)/District Implementing Unit(s).

Sanction is hereby accorde


Saturday, May 14, 2022Army’s special recruitment drives to motivate Kashmiri youth to don olive

Jammu: Determined to change the mindsets and vision of misled youth in the Kashmir valley, the Indian Army on the directions of the Centre with a mission to motivate youth to don olive, will be holding special recruitment drives very soon across the Valley.

Defence sources said that the ideologies of youth in Kashmir are changing very fast and they are heading towards peace.

“Instead of fa


Saturday, May 14, 2022Hawala Scam SIA conduct raids at 12 locations in J&K

Jammu: The State Investigation Agency (SIA) of Jammu and Kashmir (SIA) today launched searches at 12 locations across the state in connection with a case related to the recent recovery of Hawala money.

As per official sources, searches are going on at various official and residential premises of former state minister Babu Singh, his associates Mohammad Shareef Shah at Pargalta Colony, Jammu.


Saturday, May 14, 2022Drone cameras, 12000 paramilitary troops, JKP to guard Amarnath Yatra

New Delhi: At least 12,000 paramilitary troops and hundreds of Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel, with the help of drone cameras, will guard the Amarnath yatra which is scheduled to begin on June 30 after a gap of two years, officials said.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on Friday reviewed the security preparedness for the annual pilgrimage to the cave shrine located in south Kashmir at an al


Saturday, May 14, 2022Misuse of “College Local Funds” Govt issues fresh rules to clip wings of principals, asks immediate compliance

Jammu : In order to check misuse and misutilization of “College Local Funds” by the Principals , the government has issued new rules and asked the competent authorities to ensure compliance of fresh guidelines with regard to incurring expenditure.

The new rules have been issued following complaints of authorities indulging in unchecked , unnecessary expenditure on engagement of contractual sta


Friday, May 13, 2022Pak’s Parl denounces delimitation exercise

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Parliament on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution denouncing the alleged Indian attempt of demographic changes in Kashmir through a delimitation commission.
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who moved the resolution, said that the alleged Indian move is aimed at artificially altering the electoral strength of the Muslim majority in Jammu and Kashmir, state-owned


Friday, May 13, 2022J&K Bank crosses Rs 500 Cr mark in annual net-profit

Srinagar: Posting its highest annual profit after FY 2014-15, J&K Bank today registered annual net-profit of Rs 501.56 Cr for the Financial Year 2021-22 witnessing 16%YoY growth when compared to Rs 432.12 Cr recorded last financial year, while delivering net profit of Rs 112.20Crfor Q4 of the current financial year.
The bank declared its annual and Q4 results today after the Bank’s Board of Dire


Friday, May 13, 2022Army Chief begins 3 -day Ladakh visit; reviews security along LAC

New Delhi: Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande on Thursday carried out a comprehensive review of India's military preparedness along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh as he began his first visit to the strategically key region nearly two weeks after taking the reins of the Indian Army.
On the first day of his three-day visit, senior commanders briefed Gen Pande at the headquarters of the


Friday, May 13, 2022JKAS officers transferred, Sapna new Jt Dir DIPR Jmu

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Government on Thursday ordered transfers and postings in the administration.
According to a Government Order No.542-JK(GAD) of 2022, issued by the General Administration Department (GAD, Namrita Dogra, JKAS, Joint Director, Information, Jammu, is transferred and posted as Deputy Commissioner, State Taxes (Recovery), Jammu, against an available vacancy.
Sapna Kotwal,


Friday, May 13, 2022AC defines developmental deliverables for FY 2022-23

Srinagar: The Administrative Council (AC) which met here under the chairmanship of the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, today approved an exhaustive list of developmental deliverables to be achieved in the financial year 2022-23, for all departments.
Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J&K and Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to t


Friday, May 13, 2022SIA files chargesheet in case of narco-terror in J&K, Punjab

Jammu: The State Investigation Agency (SIA) on Thursday presented a chargesheet in a court here in a case related to the busting of a narco-terror network in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir operated by Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) from Pakistan after arresting two persons.
The SIA presented the chargesheet against two accused men Mohmmad Rafiq Khan of J-K and Gurpal Singh of Punjab before the court in Jam


Friday, May 13, 2022Parliamentary panel on external affairs to reach Ladakh for study visit on May 16

Visit assumes significance in view of ongoing India-China face-off on LAC

Jammu: Amid the ongoing standoff between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh, a Parliamentary Committee on External Affairs of Lok Sabha will be visiting the Union Territory of Ladakh for a four-day-long study visit starting from May 16.
In this context, the UT administration of Ladakh has geared up its workforce for the conduct of hassle-free and smooth visi


Friday, May 13, 2022Eye on polls: BJP to hold state executive meet, Shakti Kendra Pramukh Sammelans

Jammu: Enthused by the final report of delimitation commission that proposed six additional assembly segments to Jammu region-the core vote base of BJP, the saffron party will use upcoming state executive meeting and Shakti Kendra Pramukh conventions to further strengthen the organization in the wake of ensuing assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
Though the party holds state working committ


Friday, May 13, 2022Home Deptt notifies J&K Private Security Agency Regulation Rules

Verification via electronic database

SRINAGAR: The Home Department, under the direction of the Lieutenant Governor, has notified Jammu and Kashmir Private Security Agency Regulations Rules, 2022.
As per the order issued, the licensee shall successfully undergo a training relating to the private security as prescribed by the controlling authority within the time frame fixed by it. At the same time, the controlling authority shall fr


Friday, May 13, 2022Now, Google adds Dogri to Translate

NEW DELHI: Google has added eight Indian languages including Dogri to Google Translate, as the internet firm continues to increase the number of regional languages supported by its online multilingual translation service.
Apart from Dogri, the other Indian languages in the latest iteration of Google Translate are Assamese, Bhojpuri, Sanskrit, Konkani, Maithili, Mizo and Meiteilon (Manipuri), tak


Friday, May 13, 2022Is CBI out to catch big fish in Jammu and Kashmir?

Srinagar: While the erstwhile State’s own Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has completed investigation or filed charge sheets in a number of the matters lingering since long in the last three years, the Central investigation agencies have been remarkably proactive in Jammu and Kashmir after its reorganisation in August 2019.
Unlike the Central agencies, most of the ACB’s cases pertain to the alleged


Friday, May 13, 2022At least 168 militants active in J&K: Army

Jammu: At least 168 terrorists are operating in Jammu and Kashmir while 75 have been killed in encounters with security forces this year, officials said.
Among those neutralised include 21 foreign mercenaries, they pointed out.
In the past 11 months, 11 terrorists were encountered and 12 infiltration bids were foiled in the vicinity of the Line of Control (LoC) alone, they said.
"The intensity


Friday, May 13, 2022Kashmiri Pandit employee shot dead by militants in Tehsil office

Family demands probe, Killing widely condemned
Srinagar: Two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists shot dead a Kashmiri Pandit employee in a crowded government office in Budgam district in central Kashmir on Thursday, in a targeted killing that drew strong condemnation from political parties and employees' association.
Rahul Bhat (35), who was posted in the Tehsil office in Chadoora under a special emp


Friday, May 13, 2022RS polls to 57 seats on Jun 10

New Delhi: The Election Commission of India on Thursday announced that polls for 57 Rajya Sabha seats spread across 15 states will take place on June 10.
The biggest share of seats for the Upper House of Parliament comes from Uttar Pradesh where 11 seats will go for election. Out of 11 seats from Uttar Pradesh, the ruling BJP which is in power in the state, as well as at the Centre, is likely to


Friday, May 13, 2022Ranil is new Sri Lanka PM

Colombo: United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was on Thursday sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka amid the worst economic crisis faced by the country that has seen violent anti-government protests.
Wickremesinghe, who has served as Prime Minister five times, was administered the oath of office by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Wickremesinghe accepted the post of Pr


Friday, May 13, 2022Rajiv Kumar to next CEC

New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Law and Justice Thursday announced Rajiv Kumar, the current Election Commissioner, will take over as the next Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) from May 15. Kumar will take charge from CEC Sushil Chandra, who is due to retire.
“In pursuance of clause (2) of Article 324 of the Constitution, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Rajiv Kumar as the Chief Election


Friday, May 13, 2022PM to launch MP Startup Policy

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually launch the Madhya Pradesh Startup Policy and address the startup community on Friday during the Madhya Pradesh Startup Conclave being held in Indore.
He will also launch the Madhya Pradesh Startup portal, which will facilitate and help promote the startup ecosystem, the PMO said.
The Madhya Pradesh Startup Conclave will witness participatio


Friday, May 13, 2022Agri dept official held in graft case

Jammu: The sleuths of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday arrested two officials of Agricultural Department in a bribery case here.
A CBI official said that a Plant Protection Officer (PPO) and Field Assistant, both officials of Jammu and Kashmir Directorate of Agriculture, Jammu were arrested in a bribery case.
He said that a case was registered on a complaint against the accused


Thursday, May 12, 2022We have to unite to fight attack on dignity: PDP Chief

Srinagar: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday said people of Jammu and Kashmir will have to unite to fight back the attack on their dignity and identity.
"There is no way out because of the circumstances Jammu and Kashmir is going through after August 2019, these circumstances demand that we unite. People from all walks of life, be it Gujjar, Pahari, Kashmiri, youth, women," Mehbooba said


Thursday, May 12, 2022SC puts on hold sedition law, says no FIRs till govt completes review

New Delhi: In a landmark order, the Supreme Court on Wednesday put on hold the contentious sedition law till the Centre completes its promised review of the colonial relic and also asked the central and state governments not to register any fresh cases invoking the offence.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana directed that ongoing probes, pending trials and all proceedings under


Thursday, May 12, 2022Pak writes to UN officials highlighting Kashmir issue

Islamabad: Pakistan's newly-appointed Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has written a letter to the top UN officials highlighting the Kashmir issue, the Foreign Office said on Wednesday.
The letter addressed to the President of the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary General was sent on May 10, it said.
The letter apprises them, in particular, of India's alleged attempt to carry out


Thursday, May 12, 2022Search ops launched along border villages

Jammu: Police and other security forces on Wednesday launched a massive search operation along the International Border (IB) in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir to sanitize the border villages ahead of Amarnath Yatra next month, officials said.
The joint operation by police, Army, BSF and CRPF is underway at village Glad and adjoining areas near the border fence, the officials said.
"The pri


Thursday, May 12, 2022Jawans being sensitised, alertness key to deal stick bombs, says CRPF

Jammu: CRPF personnel, who will be deployed for the Amarnath Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir, are being sensitised about the threat posed by "sticky bombs", a senior officer said on Wednesday, asserting that alertness is the best way to deal with the problem.
In a first of its kind seizure in February last year, the Border Security Force (BSF) confiscated a drone-dropped consignment along the Interna


Thursday, May 12, 2022JMC to vacate 200 shops sublet by allottees to relatives, notices served

Jammu: Claiming that the huge financial crisis is being faced by the state exchequer, the Jammu Municipal Corporation has served notice to around 200 shopkeepers asking them to vacate them at the earliest.
However, allotment will be made after fresh tenderization.
“The Jammu Municipal Corporation will soon get more than 200 shops vacated while notices have been issued to the shopkeepers in th


Thursday, May 12, 2022Rapid growth in locals joining terror ranks in J&K: Officials

Jammu: The "exponential growth" in local youngsters joining terrorist ranks in Jammu and Kashmir over the last two years is a cause of concern for the security establishment with officials saying such operatives constitute about 60 per cent of the total active strength, CRPF sources said on Wednesday.
At the same time, as per the sources, out of the around 150-163 active terrorists in the Union


Thursday, May 12, 20221 militant killed as two gunfights erupt Kashmir

Srinagar: A Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant, who was a part of newly infiltrated militant group, was killed in an encounter with security forces in Srinder forest area of North Kashmir's Bandipora district on Wednesday even as another gunfight is raging in south Kashmir.
A senior police officer said that the first encounter broke out this afternoon after the army's 14RR and SOG of J&K police cord


Thursday, May 12, 2022J&K begins fresh exercise to identify unemployed youth to frame job policy

Jammu: With the high number of unemployed youth remaining a cause of concern for the BJP-led government at the Centre, the UT administration in Jammu and Kashmir has started a fresh exercise to identify the total number of unemployed educated and uneducated youth in Jammu and Kashmir.
Sources said the government has geared up its official workforce in urban and rural parts of the UT “to create a


Thursday, May 12, 2022GAD’s bid to outsource translation of government orders draws flak

Despite spending crores on salary of own ‘cells’, services not utilised

Jammu: LG Manoj Sinha led government’s order to get all orders and documents translated into four languages other than English has drawn a flak as not a single order has been issued or seen on any website to this day even as e-tenders for the purpose were invited twice last year.
GAD’s bid to outsource this work to the Arts and Cultural Academy has not yielded any result even as government is s


Thursday, May 12, 2022Strong academia-industry collaboration can improve private, public sectors: LG

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday said a strong collaboration between academia and industry will bring a meaningful change in the private and the public sector.
He said the administration's aim is to build a strong ecosystem for nurturing innovation and startups in J-K.
The synergies between industrial and academic establishments will encourage and empower


Thursday, May 12, 202230 injured in road mishap

Jammu: At least 30 persons were injured on Wednesday when a passenger bus turned upside down after it collided with a truck in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.
The accident took place near Khandli village and all the injured were rushed to Government Medical College (GMC) Rajouri for treatment, they said.
The officials said the bus was on its way to Rajouri town from Preer


Thursday, May 12, 2022Ex- Min Pt Sukh Ram dies at 94

Shimla: Veteran Congress leader and former Union minister Pandit Sukh Ram has passed away, his grandson said. He was 94.
Sukh Ram was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on May 7.
A Himachal Pradesh Congress leader, Sukh Ram’s grandson Aashray Sharma in a Facebook post on late Tuesday night wrote, “Adieu Grandfather, Now phone will not ring (Alvida Dadaj


Thursday, May 12, 2022Govt to hold bird festival

Jammu: Tourism Department Kashmir will soon organise a first of its kind Bird Festival to promote sustainable ecotourism and give impetus to nature based alternative sources of livelihood to the local people.
The festival would jointly be organized by the Tourism Department, Forests and Wildlife Departments with the support of Sanctuary Nature Foundation, a Mumbai based organization working for


Thursday, May 12, 2022J&K logs 7 new cases

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir reported seven new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, raising the tally in the union territory to 4,54,125, officials said.
Six cases were reported from Jammu district while one case was reported Kupwara district, they said.
There are 57 active cases of the disease in the union territory, while the number of recoveries has reached 4,49,317, the officials said.


Wednesday, May 11, 2022326 sedition cases filed in 2014-19; only 6 convicted

New Delhi: A total of 326 cases were registered in the country under the controversial colonial era law of sedition between 2014 and 2019 in which just six persons were convicted.
According to the Union Home Ministry data, a total of 326 cases were registered under the sedition law -- the highest, 54, in Assam -- between 2014 and 2019.
Out of the cases registered, chargesheets were filed in 141


Wednesday, May 11, 2022Ensure quality power supply at reasonable rates to industries: FM

New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday appealed to states to build infrastructure and do "energy planning" thereby ensuring uninterrupted, quality supply of power is made available to industries at reasonable rates, enabling them to grow their businesses.
At an event here, she said the Centre would extend all its support to help states build the necessary infrastructure


Wednesday, May 11, 2022Santoor maestro Pt Shiv Kumar’s death plunges J&K into mourning

Jammu: Santoor virtuoso Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma, who took the stringed instrument to the global stage and successfully straddled the worlds of classical and film music, died here on Tuesday following a heart attack. He was 83.
Sharma, one of India's most well known classical musicians, died between 8 and 8.30 am at his Pali Hill residence here, his secretary Dinesh told PTI.
He had been active til


Wednesday, May 11, 2022Yasin Malik pleads guilty before court

New Delhi: Separatist leader Mohammad Yasin Malik on Tuesday pleaded guilty to all the charges, including those under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), before a Delhi court in a case related to alleged terrorism and secessionist activities that disturbed the Kashmir valley in 2017, court sources said.
They said Malik told the court that he was not contesting the charges le


Wednesday, May 11, 2022Processing of files in casusal manner not acceptable: Govt direct officials

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has strictly enjoined officers and officials working in various government departments to process and examine all concerning issues thoroughly before submitting the files for consideration by the authorities.
The directions have been issued by the authorities amid delay in the disposal of issues and decision following the casual approach over proce


Wednesday, May 11, 2022Selling of MBBS seats in Pak Court frames charges against Hurriyat leader, seven others

Srinagar: A special court here has framed charges against a Hurriyat Conference leader and seven others in a case related to "selling" of MBBS seats in Pakistan to students from Jammu and Kashmir and using the money to fund terrorism.
The court of Special Judge Manjeet Singh Manhas, designated under the NIA Act, has framed charges against Mohammad Akbar Bhat alias Zaffar Akbar Bhat, the chairman


Wednesday, May 11, 2022Provide safe drinking water to all citizens: LG to officals

Jammu: The Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday reviewed the progress of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) and Swachh Bharat Mission-Grameen (SBM-G) during a high-level meeting with the officials of Union Ministry and UT administration, at the Civil Secretariat.
During the meeting, the Lt Governor expressed his appreciation for the team of the Ministry of Jal Shakti for providing valuable insights


Wednesday, May 11, 2022CSS: Govt spends 58% of budget on various programmes, projects

SRINAGAR: Showing the seriousness of the Jammu and Kashmir government towards the development, over Rs, 5882.48 Crore has been spent by authorities on various programs and projects of centrally sponsored schemes under the annual budget of 2021-22.
Centrally Sponsored Schemes, including Flagship Programmes, are being implemented in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir through different Depart


Wednesday, May 11, 2022HC paves way for registrations, sale of Gair Mumkin Khad lands

FCR’s order loses its force; superseded by Govt order 18-JK (Rev)

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has paved way for registrations and sale of Gair Mumkin Khad lands, by disposing off the petitions challenging the sale of such land which was barred by order of financial commissioner revenue as later government had issued procedure for delineation, demarcation of lands which do not form part of any water course/source but have been recorded as Gair Mumkin


Wednesday, May 11, 2022CBI raid on Drabu’s properties sends Delhi’s tough signal to J&K

Jammu: Tuesday’s searches by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on the premises of the former directors of board of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank Ltd (JKB) would have normally passed off as a routine activity by the Central agency. But the operation generated surprise when it became public that the CBI had also conducted raids on the properties of the former high profile politician Haseeb Dra


Wednesday, May 11, 2022Two militants, civilian killed, soldier injured in separate encounters in J&K

Jammu: Two militants and a civilian were killed while two others, including a soldier, injured in separate gunfights in Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Tuesday.
Giving details, a police spokesman said a cordon and search operation was launched on Monday evening by security forces in the Pandoshan area of Shopian district following information about the presence of terrorists there.
As the sea


Wednesday, May 11, 2022Pakistan returns body of minor

Jammu: Pakistani authorities on Tuesday handed over the body of a 12-year-old Indian boy who drowned in a river in his home town in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir last week and swept away across the Line of Control (LoC) by the strong current, officials said.
Zamin Rasool, a resident of Surankote, drowned while taking a bath in Pulas river near S K Bridge on May 3 and his body could not be


Wednesday, May 11, 2022ADG BSF reviews security along IB

Jammu: Additional Director General (ADG) of BSF P V Rama Sastry on Tuesday reviewed the security situation and operational preparedness along the International Border (IB) in the Jammu Frontier.
The visit comes in the backdrop of uncovering of a cross-border tunnel in the Samba sector recently.
Sastry is on a two-day visit to the Jammu frontier to review the security situation along the IB, a B


Wednesday, May 11, 2022One arrested in graft case

Jammu: One person was arrested on Tuesday after he was caught taking bribe money allegedly on behalf of a Patwari' (revenue official) here, a spokesman of the Anti-Corruption Bureau said.
A trap was laid following a complaint that the official Arish Parvaiz, Patwari halqa Digiana in Jammu, through his associate Jatinder Kumar is demanding bribe of Rs 15,000 for issuance of Fard-e-Intikhab' (Reve


Wednesday, May 11, 2022Govt relaxes age for JKCCE

Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Tuesday approved age relaxation in the upper age limit for the ensuing Jammu and Kashmir Combined Competitive Examination (JKCCE).
The decision was taken keeping in view the demands from aspirants and several delegations during a series of meetings with the Lieutenant Governor.
Following meetings and representations from aspirants and delegations,