January 2019


Gunfight starts in Pulwama village, internet snapped    

Srinagar: A gunfight between militants and government forces started on Thursday, nearly five hours after latter launched a cordon-and-search-operation at Drabgam area in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district following reports about the presence of militants in the presence of some militants in the area. Official said that army’s 44 RR, CRPF and Special Operation Group (SOG)

30 absentee employees suspended in Budgam

Budgam: Additional District Development Commissioner (ADDC), Budgam, Khurshid Ahmad Sanai on Thursday suspended 30 Government employees for remaining absent from duties, during a surprise inspection to various offices in Budgam, Chadoora and Chrar-e-Shareef. During the inspection 5 employee of Social Welfare Office Budgam, 20 employee of Municipal Committee Chadoora and 05 employees of Municipal Committee

PM’s visit: Advisors Kumar, Krishnan visit Vijaypur, review security, arrangements for VVIP visit

Jammu: Advisors to Governor, K Vijay Kumar and Skandan Krishnan today visited AIIMS site at Vijaypur to inspect the arrangements being made for the Prime Minister’s visit on February 03 for laying foundation stone of the prestigious project. ADGP Security Muneer Khan, Divisional Commissioner Jammu Sanjeev Verma, IGP Jammu Manish K Sinha, DIG Jammu-Kathua Range

Police charge sheets 4 persons, 7 months after arresting them with grenades in Sopore

Srinagar: The police on Thursday filed charge sheet against four accused persons under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, more than seven months after recovery of grenades and ammunition were claimed from their possession by the cops in Sopore in northern Baramulla district. The charge sheet was iled before before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Sopore against Mohammad

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‘Highway to remain closed tomorrow’

Srinagar: The Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only surface link connecting Kashmir Valley with rest of the world, shall remained closed tomorrow for fresh traffic, authorities announced on Thursday. “Today traffic movement disrupted on Jammu Srinagar highway due to continuously raining, shooting stones/landslides/snowfall on the highway. Also weather advisory issued by MeT Deptt. Tomorrow on 01.02.2019, subject

110 MTP kits, prohibited medicines seized in Pampore

BASHARAT RASHID Pulwama : A massive search by the officials of drug department led to the seizure of prohibited medicines and 110 medical terminations of pregnancy (MTP) kits, at Pampore area of Pulwama in South Kashmir. Officials said that a search was initiated after the Drug Inspector Tasaduk Hussain reached the Pampore town and raided

Amid snowfall, Non-gazetted forest employees stage protests in Awantipora

Basharat Rashid PULWAMA : Amid heavy snowfall and chill, Non-Gazetted Forest employees on Thursday staged a protest demonstration in Awantipora area of Pulwama in support of their long pending demands. Under the banner of “Non-gazetted forest employees association”, scores of Non-Gazetted employees assembled at Town hall in Awantipora and staged protest. Raising slogans, the employees

CS visits Pulwama, inspects Kahcharai, state land

Pulwama: Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam today visited Chandgam and Nawnagri areas of Pulwama district and inspected Kahcharai and State land available there. District Development Commissioner Pulwama Ghulam Mohammad Dar and District Development Commissioner Srinagar Syed Abid Rashid accompanied the Chief Secretary during the visit. DDC Pulwama informed the Chief Secretary that there are around 800

Govt forms panel on delinking medical college Bemina from SKIMS Soura

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday constituted a Committee to analyze the feasibility of delinking of SKIMS Medical College Bemina from SKIMS Soura. Headed by administrative secretary Health and Medical Education, the seven member committee has been asked to submit report by or before March 10. The Committee shall be serviced by the Sher-i-Kashmir

Beerwah Utligam residents protest, demand Hr Sec school for the area

By Imtiyaz Pandow Budgam: Demanding Higher Secondary School for area scores of Utligam residents and its adjacent vicinities from Beerwah area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district staged a protest demonstration on Thursday. Protesting residents took to Beerwah Budgam road to press their demand that a higher secondary school must be sanctioned for the area. Appealing to

JRL calls for strike on PM Modi’s visit on Feb 3; Says will never allow loot under garb of NHPC anymore

Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership comprising of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Thursday called for a complete strike on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu, Srinagar and Leh on February 3. “The five years of Narendra Modi rule has been marred with tyranny and oppression in

Repora Ganderbal reels under darkness, damaged transformer yet to be installed back

By Mir Showkat Ganderbal: The residents of Repora Lar area of Central Kashmir Ganderbal district are accusing  Power development department (PDD) of callous attitude towards public as transformer that had developed technical snag is yet to be repaired.   The residents said that their 100 KVA transformer was damaged and they are reeling under darkness since

Silence over demands of protesting NHM employees keep regular employees on toes

By Ovais Gull Srinagar: The silence maintained by authorities in National Health Mission over the protest strike by its employees across Jammu and Kashmir has caused overburden to the regular employees in the valley hospitals, thereby hitting the patient care as well. The NHM employees are protesting for regularization besides equal work equal work since last

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Will scrap PSA and won’t leave a trace of this law: Omar Abdullah

By Mudassir Maqbool Srinagar: Former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said that if voted to power in coming elections he will scrap Public Safety Law. “Mein iska nam o nishan mitadoonga. Will not leave a trace of this law,” said Abdullah. Abdullah along with Ali Mohd Sagar, Sakina Itoo, Nasir Aslam Wani and Gh Nabi

Kashmir lawyers body wants HC shifted to Moominabad instead of Shariefabad

Srinagar: Amid reports about shifting of the headquarters of J&K High Court from Jahangir Chowk here, Kashmir High Court Bar Association on Thursday said that it was better to have the High Court and the District Court Complex at one and the same place at Moominabad here instead of going here and there. “J&K High

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Rs 70 Crore worth brown sugar recovered in Kupwara, two arrested

By Tasadduq Hussain Kupwara: Police on Thursday recovered contraband substance, Brown sugar, of Rs 70 Crore worth from Kralpora area of Kupwara district and detained two accused. The two accused belonging to Karnah were arrested from Kralpora area of the district along 19 kilograms of Brown sugar worth 70 Crore in international market. Police said

Displacement due to militancy: Following NSCS orders, Div Com Kashmir seeks data on immovable properties of Migrants  

Srinagar: The divisional commissioner, Kashmir’s office has sought data of immovable properties of Kashmiri migrants from the deputy commissioners of Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian. The order, issued by the Div Com’s office on January 25, comes after National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) seeking the data from Jammu and

Srinagar airport: As bad weather hampers air traffic several flights cancelled

Srinagar: Several morning flights were cancelled at Srinagar airport as bad weather conditions  hampered the operations of the air traffic to and fro Valley on Thursday . The flights including Air Asia I5-716, Indigo 6E-2554, 6E 576, 6E 653, Go Air 128/129 SXR-DEL, Vistara UK 611 SXR-IXJ, Spicejet SG 161 SXR-IXJ were cancelled, Srinagar Airport

2 CRPF men among 7 injured in Anantnag grenade blast

Sameer Ahmad Anantnag: Two CRPF personnel and five civilians were injured in a grenade blast outside a police post at Sheerbagh in this south Kashmir district on Thursday. Official sources said that suspected militants lobbed a grenade on police post at Shair Bagh area in Anantnag which exploded with bang, injuring two CRPF personnel, deployed

Grenade attack in Anantnag leaves three injured, including CRPF man

By Sameer Ahmad Anantnag: Two civilains and a CRPF personnel were injured in a grenade attack in Anantnag on Thursday after suspected militants lobbed explosive at  police post. Suspected militants lobbed a grenade on police post at Shair Bagh area in Anantnag which exploded near the post. The injured CRPF man has been identified as

Elderly lady’s body found in Jhelum, recovered at Veer Chattabal Srinagar

Srinagar: Body of an elderly lady of approximately above 60 years of age was recovered from river Jhelum in Chattabal area of Srinagar on Thursday. Police and locals from the Malik Sahib area fished out the body at Veer Chattabal. While the identity of the deceased is not known yet,  the age of the deceased

Snowfall: Several flights delayed at Srinagar airport

Srinagar: Several flights to and fro Srinagar were delayed on Thursday due to light snowfall and poor visibility, officials said. They said that Carriers delayed include an Indigo flight from Srinagar to Chandigarh with departure time at 9:30 a.m., AirAsia India (Srinagar to Delhi; departure time: 9:45 a.m.), Air India (Srinagar-Leh; departure time 10:15 a.m.);

SSM college students design wheelchair controlled by head, tongue movement

Srinagar: Students of SSM College of Engineering have designed a wheelchair controlled with the help of head motion, hand gestures, voice command, Android mobile phone and even tongue movement. The project “MANO-AMIGA” ( Helping Hands) has been designed by the students—Omar Majid, Tabish Bhat, Hafsa Bhat and Shah Faisal under the guidance of HOD Mechanical

Mughal Road: The Mughal road connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch closed due to fresh snowfall in Poonch on Sunday.PTI Photo(PTI10_25_2015_000241B)

Fresh Snowfall in Kashmir, Gulmarg sees 3 inches of more snow

Srinagar: Parts of Kashmir Valley received light snowfall overnight even as local meteorological department predicted wet weather across Jammu and Kashmir for next 24-hours. According to a Meteorological Department official, Gulmarg received 3 centimeters of snow while Pahalgam had fresh snowfall of 12cm, Kupwara (7cm), Kokernag (1 cm) and Srinagar saw 3.3 mm (snow converted

Highway closed after fresh rains, snowfall

Srinagar: The traffic authorities on Thursday decided not to allow an fresh traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway due to continuous rains and snow en-route the thoroughfare, the only surface link connecting Kashmir Valley with rest of world. “Traffic movement stopped on Jammu Srinagar Highway due to heavy raining/snowing, subject to fair weather/clearance of road, only stranded

Advisor Sharma visits AIIMS site at Vijaypur, inspects arrangements

Jammu: Advisor to Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma today visited AIIMS site at Vijaypur and inspected the arrangements being made for the Prime Minister’s visit for laying foundation stone of the prestigious project. Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Sanjeev Verma, Deputy Commissioner, Samba, Sushma Chouhan, Chief Engineer, R&B, Sudhir Shah, Chief Engineer, PHE Ashok Gandotra besides senior Police

CS reviews arrangements for PM’s Kashmir visit

Srinagar: Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam today reviewed arrangements ahead of Prime Minister, Narendar Modi’s visit to Kashmir valley at a meeting held here at SKICC. During his visit to Kashmir, the Prime Minister will lay foundation stone of AIIMS, Transit Accommodation for Migrant families and will also launch SAUBHAGYA Scheme. While taking detailed review, the

Shafiq Mir re-elected Panchayat Conference chairman

SOHAIL PUNJABI Jammu: Shafiq Mir was on Wednesday re-elected as chairman of All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat conference here. The election of the organisation was held at Jammu on Wednesday in which large number of newly elected Sarpanches and Panches from all districts of the state participated and gave voice vote in favor Shafiq Mir

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Govt issues fresh avalanche warning

Srinagar: Divisional Administration Kashmir on Wednesday issued an avalanche warning for next 24-hours for hilly and avalanche prone areas of Kashmir Valley, Leh and Kargil districts. “Avalanche warning valid for next 24-hours from January 30 to January 31, 2019 (1700 hrs) exists for avalanche-prone areas in Anantnag, Baramulla, Budgam, Kulgam, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil, and

ECI extends date for publication of electoral rolls to Feb 7

Jammu: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has extended the date for final publication of Electoral Rolls in Jammu and Kashmir to 7 February 2019. According to Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, Shailendra Kumar, his office is in the process of informing all the political parties about the extension of date for the final publication of


Army Commander Reviews Security In Valley

Srinagar: The Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh arrived in the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday to review the prevailing security situation in the region. During the visit, the Army Commander was briefed by the Chinar Corps Commander, Lt Gen AK Bhatt, at Badami Bagh Cantonment on the major operational, informational, logistical and administrative aspects

‘Island of peace’ created in Baramulla with no surviving militant in district: DGP

Jammu: Director General of Police Dilbag Singh on Wednesday said police personnel must deal strictly with elements involved in the radicalization of youth and pushing them towards militancy. In an interaction with police personnel of the North Kashmir Range, according to a police spokesman, the state’s top police officer directed the police officers to identify

Justice Masoodi inaugurates workshop on Childline service

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Integrated Child Protection Services (JKICPS) and Child Resource Centre (CRC) organised a special one day workshop to familiarize the stakeholders with the Childline service in Jammu division. Childline India is a project of Union Ministry of Women and Child Development. Childline India foundation is a non-government organisation (NGO) that operates a

KCC&I Seeks Re-Scheduling Installment Under Amnesty Scheme

Srinagar: Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday sought re-scheduling of instalment under amnesty scheme ordered by the government. In this regard, Nasir Hamid Khan, Senior Vice President, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry called on Kewal Kumar Sharma, Advisor to Governor, in the Civil Secretariat Jammu for seeking the re-schedulement of instalment under

JK bags FSSAI awards for best performance

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir State today bagged the award for ‘Best Performing State’ for its contribution in effective and active participation in Swasth Bharat Yatra-2018 and ‘Best Performing City Activation’ for Jammu and Srinagar cities. The award for ‘Best Performing State’ in the category of ‘Difficult Terrain and Hill States’ was received by Commissioner

Jammu: Vehicles moving towards Jammu-Srinagar highway which was closed due to heavy snowfall in Kashmir valley, near Patnitop, about 110 km from Jammu on Saturday.PTI Photo(PTI1_7_2017_000270A)

‘Decision on highway traffic after accessing weather, road condition tomorrow’

Srinagar: The traffic authorities on Wednesday said that decision regarding movement of traffic or otherwise on Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only surface link connecting Kashmir with outside world, shall be taken tomorrow after assessing the weather/road condition. “As per advisory issued by meteorological department, there may be chances of heavy snowfall and rain in J&K may


Lack of resources makes South Kashmir artist to struggle with his power of art

Naveed Bhat Kulgam: Nothing is fine with the Fine Arts. The professionals in the stream possessing graduate and post graduate degrees in fine arts are struggling to get jobs. They have been crying hoarse to get attention of the government for putting measures in place to get them employed. However, apart from graduates and postgraduates

SAC approves promotion of 3 IAS Officers of 2015 batch

JAMMU, JANUARY 30: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here Tuesday evening under the chairmanship of Governor, Shri Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the promotion of IAS officers namely Baseer-ul-Haq Choudhary, Choudhary Mohammad Yaseen and  Sachin Kumar Vaishy of 2015 batch to the Senior Time Scale of IAS (Level 11 in the Pay Matrix) w.e.f 01.01.2019.

Justice (Retd) Janak Raj Kotwal appointed chairman Advisory Board under J&K PSA

Jammu: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here Tuesday evening under the chairmanship of Governor, Shri Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the appointment of Justice (retired) Janak Raj Kotwal, retired Judge, J&K High Court as chairman of the Advisory Board under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978. Janak Raj Kotwal shall

SAC approves notification of the ‘Jammu and Kashmir Reimbursement of State Taxes’ scheme

Jammu: In order to encourage large investment, incentivize the newly established units and the units undergoing substantial expansion, the State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here Tuesday evening under the chairmanship of Governor, Shri Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the notification of the scheme namely the ‘Jammu and Kashmir Reimbursement of State Taxes for

Passengers protest at Qazigund, stop forces vehicle

  Srinagar:  Protests erupted on the Srinagar Jammu highway at Qazigund against authorities letting forces vehicle pass while stopping other computers on the stretch. Protestors stopped forces vehicles and did not let them move accusing there movement being reason for the mess on roads. “Army and CRPF Vehicle are being allowed to move ahead which

Not Pakistan, but India responsible for militancy in Kashmir: Mirwaiz

By Ovais Gull Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday said that India os responsible for the militancy in Kashmir, saying that the atrocities on youth are pushing them to pick up the arms. Addressing media persons at Hurriyat’s Rajbagh headquarters, Mirwaiz said the ironfist policy adopted by India is pushing youth

Govt reconstitutes State Medicinal Plants Board

Srinagar: The government on Wednesday re-constituted Jammu and Kashmir State Medicinal Plants Board under the Chairmanship of Advisor (K) to the Governor (In- charge Health & Medical Education). With administrative secretary Health & Medical Education as its vice chairman, the Board has been asked to look after policy formulation, coordination with other Departments and ensure

Dheeraj Gupta posted Principal Secy H&UDD, Sampheal gets additional charge of Admin Secy Floriculture

Srinagar: Dheeraj Gupta (IAS) Principal Resident Commissioner, J&K Government, New Delhi, has been transferred and posted as Principal Secretary to the Government, Housing and Urban Development Department on the retirement on superannuation of K.B. Agarwal (IAS), Financial Commissioner, Housing and Urban Development Department on 31.01.2019 (A.N.). The 1993-J&K cadre IAS officer, Gupta has been also

Baramulla: Injured in scuffle, man succumbs in Srinagar, accused arrested

Critically injured,Scuffle victim died at Tangmarg     Tangmarg : A 30 year old man injured in a scuffle with group of people last week breathed his last at Srinagar medical institute this morning.   Reports said that a man was ruthlessly beaten by a group of people during scuffle. “In the scuffle he was

Defunct drainage system irks Tulbagh residents in Pampore

BASHARAT RASHID PULWAMA : The residents of Tulbagh area in Pampore town of Pulwama are up in arms against the Municipal authorities for failing to repair the defunct drainage system in the area. The aggrieved residents have said that, the drainage system is dysfunctional and has resulted in immense inconveniences to them with no intervention

KAS selection: HC defers consideration till clarification by SC

Srinagar: The High Court on Wednesday deferred further consideration on a plea against combined competitive (mains) examination 2016 till a clarification by the Supreme Court in the matter. “We defer further consideration of the matter till clarification is sought either by Public Service Commission or by any aggrieved party from the Supreme Court as to

3 civilians injured in grenade blast outside DH Pora police station in Kulgam 

Naveed Bhat/Sameer Ahmad Kulgam: Three civilians were injuries on Wednesday after militants lobbed a grenade towards Police station Damhal-Hanjipora in this south Kashmir district. Initial reports suggest that militants tossed the grenade towards the police station at DH Pora in Kulgam, however, the grenade exploded outside it, injuring three civilian pedestrians. The injured persons were

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