January 2018

KAS (Mains) exams as per schedule : JKPSC 

Jammu:  It is for the information of the Candidates appearing in forthcoming KAS (Mains) Exam from 15th February 2018, that the exams will be held as per the schedule notified by Public Service Commission. Official spokesman of the Commission said that there is no truth in the rumours about postponement of the exams, and all the

JK Bank records Rs.174.30 Cr net profit for nine months

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Bank on Wednesday reported a Net profit of Rs 174 Cr for the nine months ended December 2017 as the Bank declared the reviewed results for the Quarter and nine months ended December 2017 subsequent to adoption of the numbers by the Board of the Bank in a meeting held in

Govt issues Do’s and Don’ts during, after earthquake

Srinagar: An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 occurred at around 12.35pm with epicenter at Afghanistan-Tajikistan border. The earthquake was felt in Jammu and Kashmir as well. Director Disaster Management J&K said that State falls in Seismic Zone IV and V and is vulnerable to earthquakes. “In view of our vulnerability to disasters especially earthquakes and the

No reports of any loss due to earthquake: Minister

Jammu: There were no reports of any loss due to earthquake in the Jammu and Kashmir, Minister for Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Javaid Mustafa Mir said on Wednesday. According to an official spokesman the minister held a teleconference with Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmed Khan, Divisional Commissioner Jammu Hemant Kumar and Director Disaster

March 31 deadline set for completing ePDS: Minister

Jammu: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs (FCS & CA) and Tribal Affairs, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali on Wednesday set 31st March 2018 as deadline for completing Electronic Public Distribution System (ePDS) in the state and directed the authorities to expedite the installation of PoS devices in all districts of the state. The Minister

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INS photojournalist Zargar Zahoor’s mother passes away

Srinagar: The mother of INS photojournalist Zargar Zahoor passed away after a brief illness on Wednesday morning at her Rainawari residence. The INS team has expressed condolence and solidarity with the bereaved family particularly Zargar Zahoor. A condolence meet was organised at INS office in which the participants prayed for highest place in Jannah for

KCC&I ‘resents’ transfer of land to police for housing colony in Zainakote

Srinagar: Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday termed as unfortunate that state government was contemplating to transfer industrial land, retrieved from HMT Watch Factory, Zainakot, to the police Department for housing colony. In a statement issued here, the , KCC&I President, KCC&I Javid Ahmad Tenga expressed resentment over it. “The militarization of Kashmir

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After earthquake, avalanche warning issued for Kashmir districts

Srinagar: An avalanche warning has been issued by a government agency in several districts of Jammu and Kashmir for the next 24 hours in wake of a 6.2 magnitude earthquake on the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border region that jolted parts of north India. The Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment has “informed that medium danger avalanche warning of

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Anti-PDD protests held in Tral

Tral: The residents of Tral area in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Wednesday staged protest demonstration against the Power Development Department (PDD) for failing to provide electricity in the sub division for the last 24 hours. The protestors blocked Tral-Awantipora road at Aabgar Tral and raised slogans against PDD and local MLA. “Our area is

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Hundreds participate in goldsmith’s funeral amid shutdown in Sopore

Sopore: Hundreds of people on Wednesday participated in the funeral of goldsmith whose body was recovered from river Jhelum near Sopore, 34 days after he was “murdered” in this north Kashmir town in Baramulla district. The funeral prayers were held at Iqbal Market Sopore. A complete Shutdown is being observed in the Sopore Town to

Man found hanging from tree in Kupwara

Kupwara: A man’s body has been found hanging from a tree in this north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, officials said on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Asif Ahmad Peer son of Abdul Ahad peer, a resident of Halmatpora Kupwara. The body was found hanging from a walnut tree in Arambagh Halmatpora Kupwara, a police


Girder of Srinagar flyover falls on crane ‘due to earthquake’

Srinagar: A girder fell on a crane due to earthquake at the under construction Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover in Srinagar on Wednesday. Official sources said the girder was being lifted by crane to be placed upon the pillars and it might be due to the earthquake that crane got imbalanced and girder fell on it.

Ambulance grounded in PHC Lal Bazar for lack of ‘minor repairs’

Srinagar: An ambulance available with PHC Lal Bazar is grounded for lack of minor repairs even as government has stated that it shall be made “road worthy shortly”. In a written reply to a question by local MLA, state’s health minister Bali Bhagat also responded in negative on up-gradation of Primary Health Centre Zadibal to

Earthquake jolts Kashmir, triggers panic

Srinagar: An earthquake shook Kashmir Valley on Wednesday, triggering panic among people. The quake struck Kashmir at around 12.38PM. There were no immediate reports of any casualty or damage to property. Panic-stricken people rushed out of their homes when the quake, whose epicentre and measure on Richter scale could not be immediately ascertained, struck.

JK Bank chairman condoles demise of CEC, LAHDC

Srinagar: J&K Bank Chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmed has expressed heartfelt condolence on the demise of Dr Sonam Dawa Lonpo, Chief Executive Councilor, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council. In his condolence message, Parvez said, “A distinguished leader and an outstanding public figure, Dr. Sonam was a rare combination of intellect, zeal and humbleness. A stalwart

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Injured Shopian youth succumbs at SKIMS, clashes erupt in Pulwama

Pulwama: A youth who was critically injured in army firing on January 27 in which two other boys were killed, succumbed to his injuries at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Srinagar on Wednesday early morning. Reports said that 19-year-old Rayees Ahmad Ganie of Narpora area of Shopian in south Kashmir succumbed to his injuries

Labourer falls from under construction hospital building in Ganderbal, dies

Ganderbal: A labourer died after falling from building of an under-construction maternity and childcare hospital in Kangan area of this central Kashmir district. The labourer has been identified as Mohammad Abdullah Mir son of Ghulam Mohammad Mir of Drugteng preng Kangan. They said that 45-year-old was shifted to SKIMS hospital where he was declared brought


Missing Sopore goldsmith’s body found after 34 days

Sopore: Body of a goldsmith, who according to police was murdered a month ago, was recovered on Tuesday evening. The goldsmith Tariq Ahmed Malik, a resident of Kalaroos area of Kupwara district, was missing since December 26. According to police, the goldsmith was kidnapped and murdered. Later his body was thrown into the river. The

Govt announces holiday tomorrow in memory of Dr. Sonam Dawa Lonpo

Srinagar: As a mark of respect to Dr. Sonam Dawa Lonpo, Chairman and Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC, Leh, who passed away yesterday, the State Government on Tuesday announced State holiday in his memory on Wednesday. The government also ordered that the State Mourning shall be observed for 3 days w.e.f January 30 to February 1.

To standardize Kashmir carpets, traditional looms being replaced by modern ones: Govt

Srinagar: In order to “standardize” carpet weaving as per international norms, the traditional carpet looms are being replaced by modern ones by the Indian Institute of Carpet Technology. This was revealed by Minister for Industries and Commerce, Chander Parkash Ganga in a written reply to a question by senior National Conference leader and MLA Khanyar

State subjugation has become norm, forcing educated youth to take up arms: Mirwaiz

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesday said that killings by state and severe subjugation has become a norm in Jammu and Kashmir “which is forcing many among Kashmir’s educated youth to take up arms.” In a statement issued here, Mirwaiz, who continues to be under house arrest, said that killing Kashmiris

Govt forms district level committee to make ‘electricity for all’ reality

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Government has constituted a District Level Committee under SAUBHAGYA scheme to ensure last mile connectivity of all the remaining un-electrified households in the state. The committee comprises of District Development Commissioner (concerned) as chairman and members include Assistant Commissioner Development (concerned), Superintending Engineer (concerned), Power Development Department, Executive Engineer concerned

4 KAS officers shifted, other gets additional charge

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday ordered transfer of four KAS officers and allotted additional charge in addition to his duties to other. According to separate orders, Manisha Sarin (KAS), Joint Director, Information, Jammu, has been transferred and posted as Additional Secretary to the Government, Power Development Department Naresh Kumar. Zahoor Ahmad Mir

Green Valley students off to 4th Sqay Championship

Srinagar: Heading with the tradition of making its state proud in the arena of martial arts, four Kashmiri students from Green Valley Educational Institute have been selected on Tuesday for 4th Sqay Tri Nation Championship. The Championship is going to be held at Khatmandu, Nepal from 2 Feb to 4 Feb, 2018. Muqadas Zehra, Mohammad

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Shopian strike continues on 6th day: Recording of statements begins today

Shopian: The recording of statements of the witnesses in the killing of two youth in army firing in Ganowpora area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district will begin today. The government had ordered magisterial enquiry into the killings and an FIR has been registered in this regard. “According to the District Magistrate Shopian, in order to

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Forces launch nocturnal CASO in Samboora

Pulwama: Nocturnal cordon and search operation (CASO) was launched by the government forces in south Kashmir’s Samboora village of this district. Villagers said that forces launched house-to-house and contingents of forces personnel had surrounded their village in the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. Police sources said that they had inputs about presence of militants

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Govt orders transfers, postings of police officers

Srinagar: In the interest of administration, the government on Tuesday ordered transfers and postings of police officers with immediate effect. Aftab Ahmad, SSP CID Hqrs has been transferred and posted as AIG (Personnel) PHQ vice Mubashir Latifi Ameer. Sheikh Junaid Mehmood, SSP, AIG (Provision/Transport) PHQ, is transferred and posted as SSP CID Hqrs vice Aftab

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Karnah-Kupwara road traffic movement suspended after snowfall

Kupwara: Government on Tuesday suspended the traffic movement on the surface link connecting border town Karnah with Kupwara headquarters after fresh snowfall. The snowfall continues in upper reaches of the frontier district while rains lashed the plains this morning. Officials confirmed at least six inch snow had accumulated near high altitude Sadhna pass till 9

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“Finish” talks with Afghan Taliban: Trump

Washington: US President Donald Trump has ruled out talks with the Taliban and vowed to “finish” them following a wave of deadly attacks in Afghanistan. Mr Trump railed against a series of “atrocities” in Afghanistan and said as a result the US would not engage in any future talks with the Taliban as the administration

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Light rain breaks cold wave in J&K

Srinagar: As light rain lashed the plains in the Kashmir Valley, minimum temperature here on Tuesday rose above the freezing point after nearly two months. “The improvement in minimum temperatures across the valley has finally broken the intense cold wave,” an official of the Met department said. The minimum temperature was 2.2 in Srinagar, 1.2

CEC LAHDC Leh passes away, CM grieved

Jammu: Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC, Leh, Dr. Sonam Dawa passed away in Leh on Monday. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed deep sorrow over the demise. In her condolence message, the Chief Minister recalled the contribution of late Dr. Sonam Dawa in the development of Ladakh region. She expressed sympathies with the bereaved family members in

Panchayat Polls: Cabinet decides to call APM

Jammu: Minister for Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri on Monday informed the House that the issue of holding Panchayat elections in the State was discussed in the Cabinet meeting held here this afternoon. In the meeting it was decided that before making the final announcement regarding the conduct of Panchayat elections in the

Drug peddler arrested with 1.4kg charas in Kangan

Ganderbal: Police on Monday arrested a drug peddler and recovered 1.4 kilograms of charas from his possession in this central Kashmir district. “At about 02:20 pm, during Naka checking at Kachnambal crossing Kangan, police intercepted a suspicious person namely Abdul Rashid Lone son of Ghulam Mohammad Lone of Chattergul and recovered (69) pellets of charas

Probe in Shopian killings will be taken to logical conclusion: Mehbooba

Jammu: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Monday assured the Legislative Assembly that the probe ordered into the killing of two civilians at Shopian two days ago would be taken to logical conclusion. Winding up the discussion on an Adjournment Motion on these killings in the House, the Chief Minister said nobody countenances such killings which

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