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Friday, May 7, 2021#COVID || J&K sets new record of 4,926 cases, 52 fatalities

Tally breaches 2 Lakh mark, death toll swells to 2562

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir recorded the biggest daily rise of 4,926 coronavirus and 52 deaths on Thursday.
Out of the fresh cases, 1,685 were from the Jammu division and 3,241 from Kashmir division, according to officials.
The number of coronavirus cases rose to 2.02 lakh, while the toll climbed to 2,562. Out of the 52 more deaths, 34 were in Jammu region and 18 in Kashmir Valley, the offic


Friday, May 7, 2021Jammu to get 1325 oxygen beds in 5 days, says LG

Jammu: The Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Thursday directed for increasing the additional 1325 bed capacity with oxygen support in Jammu Division within five days which will complement the Government’s efforts for strengthening and improving the health infrastructure, especially the Covid-19 treatment facilities in the region.
Earlier in the morning, the people in Jammu region people face h


Friday, May 7, 2021HC directs J&K to appoint nodal officers for oxygen supply to home

Seeks report on beds, Remdesivir availability, requirement

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the administration to nominate adequate number of nodal officers to ensure supply of oxygen to the patients undergoing treatment at their homes.
The court passed the directions on a suo motu petition admitted by it last year regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
The division bench, comprising Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Sanjay Dhar


Friday, May 7, 2021PM speaks to LG to review situation

Jammu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke to lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha to evaluate the coronavirus crisis in the Union territory.
Modi reviewed the progress of vaccination and the roadmap for scaling up production of vaccines in the next few months, the PMO had said.
He also spoke to chief ministers of four states, including Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha Jharkhand, li


Friday, May 7, 20212 Senior officers for mitigation efforts

JAMMU: In wake of a massive spike in the pandemic and rising public concerns, the Union Territory administration has appointed senior IAS officer Dr Shahid Choudhary as in charge of Covid control and mitigation measures in the Jammu region.
Currently, Secretary to the Government in the department of tribal affairs and CEO of Mission Youth, Shahid’s experience of handling the Covid situation as D


Friday, May 7, 2021Three militants killed, 1 surrenders in Valley

Srinagar: Three Al-Badr militants were killed while one surrendered before security forces in an encounter in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, police said.
Acting on a specific input about the presence of militants in the Kanigam area of Shopian in south Kashmir, security forces launched a cordon and search operation there during the night, a police spokesman said.
He said as


Friday, May 7, 2021Intruder shot dead along IB

Jammu: The Border Security Force on Thursday shot dead an intruder along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba district, officials said.
Alert BSF troops observed movement of a person along the International Border (IB) in the forward area of Samba sector at 2.35 am, they said
The person was challenged but he did not stop. Subsequently, he was shot dead, the officials said
The body


Friday, May 7, 2021Govt transfers 9 IPS officers, Srinivas posted as DGP Prison

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday ordered reshuffle of nine top IPS officers, including four DGP-rank officers.
Dr B Srinivas, commandant general HG-SDRF, J&K, was posted as the new director general of prisons. He shall continue to hold the additional charge of the post of director, fire and emergency service, J&K, till further orders.
The transferred officers include four


Friday, May 7, 2021J&K govt releases Rs 250 crore as interest subvention under economic package for biz

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday approved release of additional Rs 250 crore as interest subvention under economic package for revival of business and industry in the Union Territory.
He handed over a cheque of the said amount to Jammu and Kashmir Bank as third instalment of the 5 per cent interest subvention.
The UT administration has already released Rs


Friday, May 7, 2021Govt sanctions Rs 5.87 crore to preserve Historic Science College

Jammu: More than a century old historic Government Gandhi Memorial Science College is all set to be preserved in the coming days for which the Jammu and Kashmir Government has also sanctioned Rs 5.87 crores.
Sources in the Higher Education Department said that preparations have been set into motion to preserve the heritage building of the famous GGM Science College which is more than one hundred


Friday, May 7, 2021Task force to track employees assault on their rights': Farooq

Srinagar: National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Thursday termed the formation of a task force to monitor Jammu and Kashmir employees an "assault on their rights", saying termination of some of them in a pandemic is deplorable and callous.
Abdullah called the measure of scrutinizing the Jammu and Kashmir employees with a task force an "arbitrary and unwarranted infringement" of la


Friday, May 7, 2021India welcomes US for waiving patent protections for vaccines

New Delhi: India on Thursday welcomed the US administration’s support for waiving patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines and expressed the hope that a waiver can be quickly approved at the World Trade Organization (WTO) through a consensus-based approach.
US Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai announced the Biden administration’s support on Wednesday following pressure from a group of 1


Friday, May 7, 2021J&K orders fire safety audit of all hospitals

Jammu: The government has ordered fire safety and metical audit of all covid-19 hospitals in Jammu division.
In a communication to all Deputy Commissioners/ chairman, DDMA'S, Divisional Commissioner Jammu Dr. Raghav Langer has sought compliance by May 7.
“As you are aware that in view of the present Covid-19 pandemic situation, various Hospitals and Covid Care Centers have been dedicated for th


Friday, May 7, 2021Jumat-ul-Vida today

Srinagar: Jumat-ul-Vida, the last Friday of the ongoing holy month of Ramazan, will be observed tomorrow with reverence, devotion and religious fervour across Jammu and Kashmir.
However, this year, there would be no prayers in most of Jamia Masjid and Hazratbal besides most other shrines due to COVID19 pandemic.
Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Wakf Board has already announced suspension of celebrat


Friday, May 7, 2021Over 16.48 Cr jabbed in India

New Delhi: The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 16.48 crore, the health ministry said on Thursday.
It said 2,62,932 beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group received the first dose of the vaccine across 12 states and Union territories on Thursday. A total of 11,64,076 people in the age group have received the first dose of the vaccine so far.
A tot


Friday, May 7, 2021Hideout busted ammo recovered

JAMMU: Security forces on Thursday busted a militant hideout and recovered arms and ammunition including explosives like Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) and RDX filled pipe bombs in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Police sources here said that Doda police and army launched a joint operation and busted a militant hideout in the forest area of village Chakranti, Ghat, District Doda.
They s


Thursday, May 6, 2021#COVID19 || Death toll top 2500 as J&K posts another daily record rise in cases

Jammu: With 52 fresh fatalities due to COVID, the death toll in Jammu and Kashmir breached 2500 mark while 4716 new cases pushed the tally to 1,96,585.
“Among fresh fatalities 28 reported from Jammu region and 24 from Kashmir region. With these fatalities, the death toll in J&K has reached to 2,510,’ an official said.
“Out of 52 deaths reported on Wednesday, 15 died in GMC Jammu, 1 in MCH


Thursday, May 6, 2021LG Sinha asks official to augment beds in Valley

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday directed senior health officials to add 1,050 oxygen-supported beds in the Kashmir division to ensure immediate treatment for people requiring hospitalisation amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Increased bed capacity with oxygen should be ready within a week. It will substantially improve the health infrastructure and help pa


Thursday, May 6, 2021Jailed separatist leader Ashraf Sehrai dies in Jammu hospital

Jammu: Prominent separatist leader Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, who was arrested under the Public Safety Act in July last year, died of COVID-19 at a hospital here on Wednesday, officials said.
The body of Sehrai, 77, was handed over to his family this evening and taken in a police escort to Kupwara in north Kashmir, at least 350 km from Jammu, where he would be buried at his ancestral graveyard in a


Thursday, May 6, 2021Control room set up for medical oxygen

Janmu: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday set up a 24x7 oxygen war room' in Jammu to monitor and manage the supply and distribution of the life-saving gas.
The move comes after the administration faced flak on social media as people alleged that NGOs and volunteer groups were unable to procure oxygen cylinders for COVID-19 patients, in the absence of any help from the government.


Thursday, May 6, 2021Routine surgeries deferred in Jammu

Jammu: The authorities in Jammu issued an order on Wednesday deferring routine surgeries in government and private health institutions in the division, owing to the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases.
Issued by Divisional Commissioner Raghav Langer, the order, however, said emergency services and critical care required for co-morbid and dialysis patients, and maternal and child health services wou


Thursday, May 6, 20215 officers deployed for mitigation efforts

Jammu: Five Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) officers have been deployed on special duty in different hospitals in Jammu and Srinagar for assisting in coronavirus mitigation efforts, an official order said on Wednesday.
The order, issued by the General Administration Department (GAD), said the deployment has been made in the interest of the administration.
The five KAS officers have been de


Thursday, May 6, 2021Third wave inevitable, says centre

New Delhi: Principal Scientific Advisor to Centre K VijayRaghavan on Wednesday said that the “third phase” of the COVID-19 is inevitable.
VijayRaghavan, while briefing the media personnel over the COVID-19 situation in the country said, “Variants are transmitted same as original strain. It does not have the properties of new kinds of transmission. It infects humans in a manner that makes it more


Thursday, May 6, 2021New Degree Colleges yet to see ray of light

No land identified for Nagrota, Sidhra institutions

Jammu: The COVID pandemic undoubtedly has affected the world and brought the progress to a standstill while the impact was also visible on ground in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir as the announced Degree Colleges have yet to see a ray of light.
Moreover, the government as per reports, have still to identify land for Degree Colleges to come up at Nagrota and Sidhra in Jammu outskirts.


Thursday, May 6, 2021NIA files Charge Sheet against 3 LeT militants

Srinagar: National Investigating Agency (NIA) Wednesday filed a charge sheet against three Lashkar-e-Toiba operatives in online recruitment module case.
NIA spokesman said today (May 05), NIA filed 1st Supplementary Charge-Sheet before the NIA Special Court, Kolkata in connection with NIA Case No. RC-20/2020/NIA-DLI (West Bengal LeT Online Recruitment Module Case) against three (03) accused pers


Thursday, May 6, 2021Rain lashes Valley

Srinagar: Amid forecast for erratic weather this week, parts of Kashmir Valley including Gulmarg received rainfall, officials said on Wednesday.
A meteorological department official said that Srinagar recorded a low of 12.6°C against 13.4°C on the previous night. The temperature was 2.9°C above normal for this time of the season in the summer capital of J&K where traces of rain was recorded in


Thursday, May 6, 2021India-China relations going through difficult phase: MEA

London: India's relationship with China is going through a "very difficult phase" but recent discussions have yielded positive results in terms of easing the flow of logistics during the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Wednesday.
During a virtual session here, Jaishankar was asked about India-China relations and the outcome of his recent discussio


Thursday, May 6, 2021MHA directs states, UTs to ensure no fire incidents take place at hospitals

NEW DELHI : The ministry of home affairs on Wednesday directed states and union territories to put in place a plan of action and ensure that no fire incident occurs in any of the health facilities (particularly COVID-19 dedicated facilities) both in the government and private sector.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, in conversation with the chief secretaries of states and administrators of unio


Thursday, May 6, 2021Rules for provisional pension liberalised: GoI

NEW DELHI: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today said that Government has decided to extend the payment of provisional pensionup to a period of one year from the date of retirement in view of the pandemic situation. At a meeting held online with sen


Thursday, May 6, 2021Mamata takes oath as WB CM

New Delhi: After bagging a landslide victory in the West Bengal assembly elections, Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday took oath as the state chief minister for her third consecutive term.
Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar administered the oath of office and secrecy to the Trinamool Congress chief at Raj Bhavan in a low-key programme due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.
She took the oath in the Bengali lang


Thursday, May 6, 2021India receive more Rafale

NEW DELHI: India will receive the sixth batch of three Rafale fighter jets from France on Wednesday, said the Embassy of India in France.
“Next batch of three #Rafales leave from France to India today; wished the pilots smooth flight and safe landing,” India in France wrote in a tweet.
Earlier, on April 22, the fifth batch of Rafale fighter aircraft with four planes arrived in India after flyin


Thursday, May 6, 2021Traffic remain shut on Jammu–Srinagar NH

SRINAGAR: No traffic was allowed on Wednesday on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only all weather road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, a traffic police official said on today.
Meanwhile, the historic Mughal road, linking Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, remained closed through snow clearance operation was completed last month.


Thursday, May 6, 2021Over 16.24 Cr jabbed in India

New Delhi: The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country so far stands at 16,24,30,828, the health ministry said on Wednesday.
It said 2,30,305 beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group received the first dose of the vaccine on Wednesday across 12 states and Union territories.
The total number of people in this age group who have been inoculated against the viral diseas


Wednesday, May 5, 2021IPL 2021 postponed

New Delhi: BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla on Tuesday clarified that the IPL 2021 season has been postponed and not cancelled. Earlier in the day, the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was suspended indefinitely due to a Covid-19 outbreak in its bio-bubble.

Speaking to Star Sports, Shukla said that the decision on the completion of the tournament will be taken in due course of


Wednesday, May 5, 2021‘New normal’ for Journalists

Jammu: The night after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nation-wide lockdown in 2020 in view of COVID 19 pandemic, journalists were suddenly in a fix – What will be their ‘new normal’? How will they make it work? This is their state, even today, in 2021.

“The working practice had to be reinvented last year to comply with the COVID19 guidelines, even though it should have been more abo


Wednesday, May 5, 2021J&K govt nods financial incentives for medical staff

1921 docs, 1735 MOs, 8650 paramedical staff recommended

Srinagar: The government on Tuesday accorded sanction of financial incentives in respect of Covid-19 warriors of Health & Medical Education department in Jammu and Kashmir.

Whereas, the concerned authority has recommended 1921 doctors, 1735 doctors (Resident Doctors both Junior and Senior), 1735 Medical Officers (MOs), 8650 nursing/paramedical staff, 4726 Class-IV sweepers and 435 drivers for


Wednesday, May 5, 20212 dead, 12 injured in road mishaps

Jammu: Two people were killed and 12 others injured on Tuesday in two separate accidents in Jammu and Kashmir''s Doda and Kishtwar districts, police said.

A health department employee, Lassa Sheikh, was killed when a private car skidded off the road and fell into a 200-feet gorge near Chapnari on Bagwa road n Doda, a police officer said.

Three people were rescued from the ill-fated vehicle


Wednesday, May 5, 2021Panel to check illegal mining in River Tawi

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Government on Tuesday constituted a four-member panel mandating it to carry an in-depth examination of alleged illegal activities and operations of stone crusher units in and around river Tawi in contravention to the directions of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

The Committee as per order would be presided over by O P Bhagat, Director Geology and Mining, J&K as Chair


Wednesday, May 5, 20212 militants killed in Encounter in Valley

Srinagar: Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, including a foreigner, were on Tuesday killed in an encounter which ensued after security forces launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in the apple township of Sopore in north Kashmir district of Baramulla.

A police official said that following specific information about presence of militants, a joint Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) w


Wednesday, May 5, 2021LG for enhancing beds with oxygen support in peripheral hospitals

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday directed the union territory administration to increase COVID beds with oxygen support in peripheral hospitals, an official spokesperson said.

Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday recorded its biggest single-day spike with 4,650 fresh COVID cases, taking the tally to 1,91,869, even as 37 fatalities over the last 24 hours took the toll to 2,45


Wednesday, May 5, 2021Mortality rate swells to 1 pc

Srinagar: The mortality in Srinagar has surged to one percent, which was 0.25 percent in the February month.

An official said that with 3500-5000 Covid tests a day, the district records an average of around 1000 Covid positive cases on a daily basis, while as in the month of February 1500-2000 tests were conducted in a day with an average of around 30-40 positive cases in day.

“The mortali


Wednesday, May 5, 2021Ventilators procured under PM Care Fund biting dust in hospitals

Jammu: In view of rising number of COVID positive cases the government in daily routine is trying to find out several measures to fight against the pandemic but as per reports, in many hospitals, ventilators purchased under Prime Ministers Care Fund are allegedly biting dust due to the shortage of trained staff required to handle the machine.

Sources in the Health Department said that beds i


Wednesday, May 5, 2021Curfew extended in four distts till May 10

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday extended the ongoing 'corona curfew' in four districts of the union territory, including the twin capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu, till the morning of May 10.
The curfew was also extended to Samba district of Jammu region where it will be imposed from Wednesday, the Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) said.
Jammu and


Wednesday, May 5, 20214560 fresh cases, 37 new fatalities

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday recorded its biggest single-day spike with 4,650 fresh COVID cases, taking the tally to 1,91,869, even as 37 fatalities over the last 24 hours took the toll to 2,458, officials said.

Out of the fresh cases, 1,463 were from the Jammu division and 3,187 from the Kashmir division of the union territory, they said.

The officials said Srinagar district record


Wednesday, May 5, 2021Ex-J&K Guv Jagmohan dies at 93, govt announces 3 days mourning

New Delhi, May 4: Former Union minister and Jammu and Kashmir governor Jagmohan, whose tough measures as an administrator in various roles won him many admirers but also drew criticism from some quarters, passed away following a spell of illness. He was 93.

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tributes to


Tuesday, May 4, 2021For now, alleged blanket ban on O2 supply for home isolation patients

Delay in RTPCR reports triggers panic, SMS can resolve matter

Jammu: While the government is taking all measures to fight the COVID pandemic particularly to meet the oxygen shortage if any arises, but the decision of administration putting blanket ban on supply of oxygen for home isolation patients have invited criticism from the general public while the delay in RTPCR test reports have also triggered panic and the suspected COVID patients are in limbo over


Tuesday, May 4, 2021#COVID J&K records 51 deaths in a day, highest since pandemic began

With new 3,733 cases tally swells to 1.87 L

Jammu: With 51 new fatalities, the Jammu and Kashmir on Monday recorded highest number of deaths since the outbreak of pandemic while 3,733 new cases pushed the tally to 1.87 Lakh.

With 51 more deaths, highest since the pandemic outbreak, the death toll in the UT has reached to 2,421. Out of these fatalities, 24 died in GMC Jammu, 2 in MCH Wing GMC Jmu (Govt GN Hosp), 2 in GMC Rajouri


Tuesday, May 4, 2021Over 24L people vaccinated so far

Jammu: In Jammu and Kashmir, nearly 25 lakh COVID-19 vaccines have administered so far to the people and the maximum vaccines have been administered to the age group of 45-60-years old individuals till date, officials said.

According to the official figures , a total of 24, 58,023 vaccination doses were administered to the people among which Dose-I was given to 20,57,947 persons and Dose-II by


Tuesday, May 4, 2021Intensify vaccination, Testing: LG to officials

Jammu: In order to strengthen Covid control efforts across the Jammu & Kashmir Union Territory, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha today directed for constituting Covid Management teams consisting of DC, SP, CMO, other senior officers including Principal of the concerned Government Medical College at District level, wherever available, besides local monitoring teams at Block level, Tehsil Level an


Tuesday, May 4, 2021Pak breaches new ceasefire pact, opens fire along IB

Jammu: Pakistani Rangers violated the ceasefire by opening fire along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba district on Monday, a senior BSF officer said.

A BSF spokesman said this is first-ever ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the IB after the two countries signed a fresh agreement to maintain calm along the border on February 25 this year .

"Pakistan Rangers reso


Tuesday, May 4, 2021WPFD: Lt Guv wishes journalist fraternity

Srinagar: Wishing journalist fraternity on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) on Monday, Union Territory (UT) Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha said media plays a strong bridge between the government and the people.

In a message which was tweeted on official Twitter profile of the office of LG, Mr Sinha said “On the occasion of ‘World Press Freedom Day’, I extend my warm w


Tuesday, May 4, 2021Over 1400 lecturer posts among 1960 vacancies lying vacant in Education Department

103 schools without Principals, 21 DIET’s short of HOD’s

Jammu: As many as 1960 vacancies are lying vacant in the Jammu education department.

As per the official's data of the Directorate of School Education, Jammu as many as vacancies of 1464 lectures of different subjects, 103 Principals, 42 Zonal Education Officer’s (ZEO), 21 Head of Departments, 11 Zonal Education Planning officer (ZEPO), and 319 headmasters stand vacant in government schools ac


Tuesday, May 4, 2021BJP’s Ex-MLC levels corruption charges against MoS Dr Jitendra

Singh threatens legal action, party serves show cause notice

Jammu: Former MLC and senior BJP leader Vikram Singh Randhawa rolled many heads in Jammu and Kashmir after he levelled serious corruption allegations against Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr Jitendra Singh.

Randhawa, a senior political leader, who also heads J&K Stone Crusher Owners Association for the last 20 years, alleged that he has been served a notice worth lakhs by t


Tuesday, May 4, 2021MBBS students to handle Covid cases

New Delhi: The Centre on Monday said that final-year MBBS students as well as BSc and GNM-qualified nurses can be deployed for Covid duties. It added that the medical personnel completing 100 days of Covid duties will be given priority in forthcoming regular government recruitments.

The move is expected to reduce the workload on the existing doctors and nurses who are treating Covid patients n


Tuesday, May 4, 2021Pak intruder killed by BSF

PUNJAB: A Pakistani intruder was killed at the Indian border in Punjab’s Firozpur district on the intervening night of May 2 and 3, the Border Security Force has informed.

“On the intervening night of 2/3 May 2021, vigilant troops of 103 Bn #BSF, detected suspicious movement ahead of fencing within Indian territory. Considering the imminent threat of ANE, #borderman challenged and engaged 1 Pa


Tuesday, May 4, 2021SII gets funds from centre

NEW DELHI : Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla on Monday said that vaccine manufacturing is a specialized process and it is not possible to ramp up production overnight while noting that the company has received total orders of over 26 crore doses, of which it has supplied more than 15 crore doses.

In a statement, he said they have got 100 per cent advance of Rs 1732.50 crore from th


Tuesday, May 4, 2021NEET- PG exam postponed

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Monday announced that National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) Exam 2021 has been postponed for at least four months in a bid to provide adequate human resources for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, according to an official statement by the Prime Minister’s office (PMO).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the growing need for adequate human r


Monday, May 3, 2021#COVID J&K issues fresh SoPs, edu institutions, paid parks to remain close till May 31

Night curfew in all districts, religious places of worship to remain open

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir State Executive Committee on Sunday put Srinagar district in the red category as it issued revised guidelines for effective containment of COVID-19 in the union territory.
According to the new guidelines, all educational institutions, public parks and coaching centres would continue to remain closed till May 31, while public transport is allowed to ply with 50 per ce


Monday, May 3, 2021#COVID || 41 new fatalities, 2,370 fresh cases

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir recorded 3,571 fresh COVID cases, taking the tally to 1,83,486 on Sunday, while 41 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 2,370, officials said.
Out of the fresh cases, 1,150 were from the Jammu division and 2,421 from the Kashmir division of the Union Territory, they said.
The officials said Srinagar district recorded the highest of 1,126 cases, followed by 486 i


Monday, May 3, 2021Probe launched into 4 deaths at Jammu hospital

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has initiated an inquiry into the death of four people allegedly due to shortage of medical oxygen at a private hospital here, officials said on Sunday.
Four people, including a woman, undergoing treatment at ASCOMS hospital for COVID-19, died last Saturday morning with one family alleging that the deaths were caused due to shortage of oxygen, a claim


Monday, May 3, 202141 officers deployed for mitigation efforts

Jammu: Forty-one officers have been deployed at various places including airports and railway stations across Jammu and Kashmir for assisting in coronavirus mitigation efforts, an official order said on Sunday.
Commissioner Secretary (General Administration Department) Manoj Kumar Dwivedi said 41 junior scale probationers have been relieved from their present places of posting and deployed at va


Monday, May 3, 2021UK to send 1K more ventilators ahead of PM Modi-Johnson talks

London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hold a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday to agree a "huge range" of commitments to deepen cooperation between the two countries, including on combating the coronavirus pandemic, Downing Street said on Sunday.
The government confirmed the talks schedule as it said that 1,000 more ventilators will be sent from the UK's su


Monday, May 3, 2021Kashmir leaders hail victory of Mamata in West Bengal polls

SRINAGAR: As Mamata Banerjee lead All India Trinamool Congress party registers a landslide victory for the third consecutive term in the 2021 West Bengal Assembly elections, reaction poured in from major mainstream politicians of Jammu & Kashmir. Former Chief Minister and Vice President of the National Conference, Omar Abdullah while congratulating Mamata wrote on twitter, Heartiest congratulatio


Monday, May 3, 2021Sacking of teacher Leaders, employees orgs urge govt to revisit order

Jammu: A day after the Jammu and Kashmir government sacked teacher for alleged involvement in anti-national activities, the political leaders and employees organization urged government to revisit its decision.
Terming the expulsion of a government teacher from the services as an unfortunate and an avoidable decision, Apni Party (AP) president Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari said this has deprived a


Monday, May 3, 2021Govt notifies changes in motor vehicle rules

New Delhi: The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified certain changes in the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 to facilitate the owner of a vehicle for nominating a person in the registration certificate, which would help the motor vehicle to be registered or transferred in the name of the nominee, in case of death of the owner.
Now, the owner can put the name of the nominee at th


Monday, May 3, 2021Army reduces physical attendance in offices

New Delhi: The Indian Army on Sunday said it has reduced attendance in its offices and cancelled all physical conferences and meetings till the end of this month in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.
India is struggling with the second wave of the coronavirus infection as hospitals in several states are reeling under a shortage of oxygen and beds.
The Indian Army said on Twitter it has is


Monday, May 3, 2021Final-year MBBS students may be called for Covid duty: Reports

New Delhi: Medical students may be roped in to boost India’s response to the coronavirus crisis, government sources said on Sunday after a meeting led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review efforts to contain the surge in COVID-19 cases that has overwhelmed the country and its healthcare system.
The Prime Minister reviewed ways to augment human resources for effective management of the COVID-


Monday, May 3, 2021For movement of employees, up convoy allowed on NH

Jammu: To allow free movement of vehicles carrying Darbar Move employees and passenger Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs), up convoy was allowed from Jammu to Srinagar on the national highway, the only all weather road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country.
Official sources said that for the third consecutive day on Sunday, traffic was allowed from Jammu to Srinagar to allow vehicles c


Sunday, May 2, 2021Centre extends IT compliance deadlines

NEW DELHI: The Government on Saturday extended timelines for various income tax compliances, including the filing of belated or revised return for the 2019-20 fiscal, till May 31.
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said it had received representations from various stakeholders for relaxation on compliance requirements.
“In view of the adverse circumstances arising due to the severe COVID-


Sunday, May 2, 2021Fauci suggests a few weeks' lockdown in India

New Delhi: Top US epidemiologist Anthony Fauci has suggested a lockdown for a few weeks in India as an immediate step to contain the spread of the coronavirus as its deadly second wave shows no signs of ebbing.
Fauci, in an interview to The Indian Express, said another most important thing in the immediate is to get supplies of oxygen, medication, PPEs.
He said looking at the magnitude of the


Sunday, May 2, 2021Panels to audit CAMPA works

Jammu: The administration of Jammu & Kashmir Union Territory has set-up committees to undertake a comprehensive physical and financial audit of development works executed under the CAMPA scheme.
According to an order, the office of Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) has set-up a UT level and circle level committees to carry out physical verification of works executed under the CAMPA s


Sunday, May 2, 2021GMC&AH Jmu suspends OPD

JAMMU: Administration of Government Medical College Hospital Jammu has decided to suspend OPD services, including in its Associated Hospitals in view of increased Covid Patient load.
A handout issued here stated that ‘In view of recent surge of Covid 19 pandemic and increase in patient load, the routine OPDs in GMC & its Associated Hospitals shall remain suspended w.e.f. 03-05-2021 till further


Sunday, May 2, 20213 employees sacked for ‘anti- national activities’

Jammu: In the first such action after re-organisation of Jammu & Kashmir, the administration of the Union Territory has terminated three government employees for their involvement in activities “prejudicial to security of the State”.
Authoritative sources told said that Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has terminated three government employees under the Article 311(2) (C) of the Constitution of I


Sunday, May 2, 2021Darbar move employees leave from Jmu for Kmr

Jammu: Vehicles carrying Darbar Move employees and passenger Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) on Saturday left Jammu for Kashmir, where 84-hour-long Corona curfew continued since Thursday evening following surge in the COVID-19 positive cases.
However, despite curfew traffic continued on the highway.
Officials said 3532 new positive cases of novel Corona virus—1172 from Jammu division and 2360 from


Sunday, May 2, 2021Cop injured in militants attack

Srinagar: A police personnel was injured in a militant attack on a police party in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, an official said.
Militants opened fire on a police party, which was on COVID-19 curfew duty, at Lazibal area of south Kashmir's Anantnag district in the evening, the official said.
He said the policeman, identified as Ghulam Muhammad, was injured in the attack.


Sunday, May 2, 2021New Excise Policy comes into effect in J&K, 30% bidders yet to deposit first installment

Jammu: Finally the much discussed new Jammu and Kashmir Excise Policy have come into force from Saturday but more than 30 percent of the top bidders have yet to deposit the first installment of bid to the government.
Reliable sources in the Excise Department said that as the new policy has come into effect from May 1 in Jammu and Kashmir and the government has also allocated licences by e-auctio


Sunday, May 2, 2021J&K kick starts third phase of vaccination

Jammu: The third phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive to cover people in the 18-45 age group began in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday in a phased manner starting with the cities of Srinagar and Jammu.
State Immunisation Officer Dr Shahid Hussain said that on day one 140 persons in Jammu and 64 persons in Kashmir got Covaxin doses.
Pertinently, due to the shortage of the Covishield vaccine, gov


Sunday, May 2, 2021Govt extends lockdown in four districts till May 6

LG for oxygen audit in hospitals

Jammu: The government on Saturday extended the Corona Curfew in four districts of Jammu and Kashmir including the twin capitals of the Union Territory—Srinagar and Jammu, till May 6.
The decision was taken during a high-level meeting chaired by Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha in which he passed specific directions for effectively controlling the spread of the Corona virus in the UT and providin


Sunday, May 2, 2021Four +VE patients die in Jmu hospital

Jammu: Notwithstanding the claims of administration of ample oxygen supply, four Covid patients admitted in Jammu’s Acharaya Shri Chander, College of Medical Sciences (Batra Hospital) died on Saturday allegedly due to non-availability of proper oxygen, a charge rejected by the hospital administration.
The situation in Batra Hospital turned chaotic when four Covid positive patients allegedly died


Sunday, May 2, 2021Another grim milestone: J&K’s daily toll rise to new high of 47

Active cases breaches 30K mark, recovery rate plunges

Jammu: With 47 fatalities, the Jammu and Kashmir recorded highest ever deaths, which pushed the death toll to 2330 while 3832 new cases has taken tally to 1,79915.
Out of 47 fresh deaths, 30 were from Jammu region and 17 from Kashmir region.” 13 died in GMC Jammu, 3 in GMC Rajouri, 2 in GMC Kathua, 1 in AKG Kathua, 4 in ASCOMS, 1 in CD Hosp Jmu, 1 in CHC Bhaderwah, 1 in PGI Chandigarh, 1 in DH U


Sunday, May 2, 2021Russian vaccine arrives in India

Hyderabad : A flight carrying the first lot of Sputnik V vaccines from Russia, landed in Hyderabad, Telangana on Saturday.
Last month, the Drug Controller General (DCGI) had issued permission for Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories to import the Russian vaccine to India for emergency use.
The rollout of the Russian vaccine is expected to augment India’s third phase of the vaccination drive which commenced


Sunday, May 2, 2021EX- BGSBU VC passes away

RAJOURI: Former Vice Chancellor of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University Rajouri professor Irshad Ahmad Hamal passed away at Jammu after a brief illness today.
Dean Academic Affairs, Dean of Students, Registrar , Dean of various schools, Heads of various departments, Faculty members,Officers and staff of the University condoled the sad demise of Prof Irshad Ahmed Hamal and expressed their solidari


Sunday, May 2, 202160 people airlifted

SRINAGAR: Airlifting of passengers between border town of Kargil and Jammu and Srinagar continued even though the national highway, connecting Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh with Kashmir was through for one-way traffic on Saturday.
Chief coordinator Kargil courier Er Aamir Ali said today 61 passengers were airlifted in the courier service .
He said 9 passengers were airlifted from Kargil to Jam


Sunday, May 2, 2021Jitendra recovers

NEW DELHI: After recovering from COVID-19, Union Minister Jitendra Singh on May 1 said that he has been discharged from Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon. Singh, who holds multiple portfolios, including Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office and is also the Lok Sabha member from Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur constituency, had tested positive for the virus on April 20. While taking to Twitter on


Saturday, May 1, 2021#COVID || J&K logs 3532 new cases, 30 fatalities

Tally at 1.76 Lakh, death toll at 2283

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir on Friday recorded its biggest single-day spike of 3,532 COVID-19 cases, raising its tally to 1,76,079 while 30 new fatalities pushed the death toll to 2,283.
Among fresh deaths 17 were from Jammu region and 13 from Kashmir.
“With these fatalities overall death toll reached to 2283 including 889 in Jammu and 1394 in the Valley,” an official said.
A senior offic


Saturday, May 1, 2021Panel finds leakage in oxygen pipeline at GMC, other flaws

Jammu: While entire is country is reeling under shortage of medical oxygen and centre is making all the efforts to meet requirement amid high demand due to surge in COVID cases, the same is being leaked and wasted in premier health institution Government Medical College and Hospital , Jammu (GMC&H).
Apart from this, in absence of adequate technical staff, the COVID patients are given free hands


Saturday, May 1, 2021J&K takes to twitter to help pandemic hit population

Jammu: Amid Jammu and Kashmir’s increasingly deepening coronavirus crisis, its people are taking to twitter to seek as well as offer help for the pandemic hit population.
“Learning from the heartbreaking upheaval in Delhi, where people have had to desperately bypass conventional communication channels to crowdsource help through Twitter and other social media platforms for oxygen, plasma, hospit


Saturday, May 1, 2021139 FIRs lodged, 153 arrested for violating lockdown norms

Jammu: At least one hundred and thirty nine FIRs have been lodged, one hundred and fifty three persons were arrested and several business establishments were seized in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir for violation of the COVID 19 guidelines, within 24 hours by Jammu and Kashmir Police.
Jammu Police has taken stringent measures for the implementation of COVID 19 guidelines. In a drive ag


Saturday, May 1, 2021Bed capacity increased by 30% in one month

Srinagar: Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases the Jammu and Kashmir government in last one month has increased the bed capacity by 30 per cent in Union Territory.
As per the details available at the beginning of the month of April, the number of beds that were designated for Covid-19 was 2661 out of which 1091 were for the Jammu division and 1571 were for the Kashmir division.
Whereas out of 2661 be


Saturday, May 1, 2021Prisons Wing on alert, only those tested negative to be lodged in jails

Jammu: In the wake of surge in COVID pandemic cases, Jammu and Kashmir Prisons Department has also put itself on alert while the accused persons only tested negative, are to be sent to jails and anybody found positive will have to be hospitalised prior to be jailed.
"Prisons in Jammu and Kashmir have become cautious in view of swelling cases of Corona and in order to save the inmates from COVID


Saturday, May 1, 2021Govt amends J&K Civil Services Decentralisation, Recruitment Act

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha led administration has on Friday amended to exclude Health and Medical Education Department identified Gazzetted level teaching and faculty posts on academic arrangement basis, from the operation of Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services Decentralisation and Recruitment Act 2010.
A notification in this regard, states that “In exercise of the powers conferred unde


Saturday, May 1, 2021Porter slips to death near LoC

Srinagar: An Army porter died after he fell into a deep gorge near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kernah sector in north Kashmir district of Kupwara.
Official sources on Friday said that the porter, identified as Muneer Ahmad, slipped and fell into a deep gorge while he was on way to Natgali from Rawan Gali in Kernah sector. “A search and rescue operation was immediately launched,” they said, addi


Saturday, May 1, 2021Light rain In Valley

Srinagar: World famous health resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam received light rains even as mercury hovered above normal in most parts of Kashmir Valley, officials said on Friday.
A meteorological department official said that Srinagar recorded a low of 11.4°C against 11.6°C on the previous night. The temperature was 2.1°C above normal for this time of the season in the summer capital of J&K, he


Saturday, May 1, 2021Loyalty bonus announced for NHM contractual staff

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government has announced grant of loyalty bonus for contractual staff of the National Health Mission (NHM) for the financial year 2020-21 for their service through the pandemic.
According to an order issued by the health and medical education department, the sanction has been accorded for 10 per cent experience-loyalty bonus to those employees who have completed mini


Saturday, May 1, 2021Delhi-Katra expressway: Farmers stage protest against ‘inadequate’ compensation

Chandigarh: A large number of farmers in Punjab took out a tractor march in Patiala on Friday, claiming they were being offered much lesser compensation than the prevailing market rate for their land being acquired for the Delhi-Katra expressway.
The farmers marched towards the Patiala residence of the Punjab chief minister, but police stopped them midway.
Some of the protesters then blocked th


Saturday, May 1, 2021Govt working unitedly to deal with Covid crisis: PM

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that all arms of the government are working unitedly and rapidly to deal with the worsening Covid-19 situation in the country.
His remarks came during a high-level meeting with the council of ministers to discuss the Covid-19 situation in India.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister urged his ministers to stay in touch with people of their


Saturday, May 1, 2021JKCET registration deadline extended

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Board of Professional Entrance Examination (JKBOPEE) has extended the application deadline for the Common Entrance Test (JKCET 2021).
All those who interested can now apply online till May 10, 2021, at the official website Earlier, the registration was scheduled to conclude today, April 30.
“It is informed to all such eligible interested candidates