February 2019

Union cabinet approves amendment to JK Reservation Act

Srinagar: The Union Cabinet in it’s meeting on Thursday approved the amendment to the JK Reservation Act through an Ordinance to add the words “and International Border” after the word “LAC” so that the benefits of reservation available to residents of LAC are extended to IB, state government said. “This would benefit residents in Jammu,

Vital installations have been secured, Governor told

Jammu: In the SAC meeting on Thursday, the Governor, Satya Pal Malik was briefed about the security situation across the State by Advisor Shri Vijay Kumar in wake of the developments of last few days. The Governor was briefed about the overall law and order and obtaining security scenario during the last few days and

Test for CAPF constables, other recruitments to start from March 1

Srinagar: The test for the recruitment as constable (CD) in CAPFs, NIA and SSF and Rifleman (GD) in Assam Rifles will be conducted by SSC from March 1, 2019 to March 11, 2019 at various venues including Srinagar, Jammu and Samba. The examination was earlier scheduled on Feb 18, 2019 and Feb 19-02-2019 which was

DC Srinagar directs strict implementation of order prohibiting fuel hoarding

Srinagar: Deputy Commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Thursday directed for strict implementation of order regulating sale of fuel at fuel stations. The DC was speaking at a meeting of Assistant Commissioners Food Safety and Drug Control and Deputy Controller Legal Metrology. He instructed for regular market inspection to verify quality and pricing of consumable food

Div Com Constitutes Jhelum Monitoring Committees

Srinagar: Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan on Thursday said that the conservation and preservation of cultural essence of river Jhelum is among the top priorities of the Government. “The river Jhelum symbolizes the essence of this place, history and cultural heritage and for centuries it sustained the agriculture, pisciculture, transportation and recreation” he said while

Police arrests one person who stole SMHS doctor’s laptop

Srinagar: Police on Thursday said to have arrested an individual for stealing a laptop and recovered it from his possession. A police spokesman said police station Karanagar received a written complaint from Dr. Yasmeena stating that her laptop (Mac Book Air) was stolen from SMHS hospital. Accordingly, a case FIR No. 12/2019 under relevant sections

228 Middle, High Schools upgraded to High, Higher Secondary Schools

Jammu: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here today under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved upgradation of 228 schools spread across various districts. Out of 210 schools, 87 High Schools have been upgraded to the level of Higher Secondary Schools including 42 in Jammu Division and 45 in Kashmir Division. Similarly,

Now Div Coms, DCs can transfer State land to Government Departments

JAMMU, FEBRUARY 28: With a view to ensuring timely completion of developmental projects in the State and cut down procedural delays, the State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here today under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik decided to delegate the powers regarding transfer of state/departmental land to the Government Departments in favour of

JKSSB approves selections against 662 posts, releases 58 withheld recommendations of selected candidates

jammu: Following the High Court decision, which cleared the decks for finalization of selections under Advertisement Notification No.04 of 2017, comprising the posts referred by the Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction, under Prime Minister’s Package, the J&K Services Selection Board (JKSSB) has approved the selections for indents comprising 662 posts. The Board

SAC approves 3% hike in DA of Government employees, pensioners

JAMMU: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here today under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the release of an additional installment of 3% Dearness Allowance (DA) payable on basic pay to State Government employees and pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2019. The arrears accumulated on account of DA hike will be paid

Woman killed in cross LOC shelling in Poonch

  Jammu:  A woman has been killed after the Chajla area of Mendhar in Poonch district after it was hit by shelling that has been going across the line of Control . Officials identified the woman as  Amin Akhter D/O Mohd Sadiq R/O chaijla MDR died, age 32 years. India and Paksitan armies exchanged gunfire

Imran Khan announces release of IAF pilot Abhinandan as a good will gesture

Srinagar: Paksitan prime minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced that the captured IAF pilot Abhinandan will be released on Friday as a good will gesture. “We will be releasing the arrested Indian pilot tomorrow as a good will gesture,” Imran khan said while addressing a joint session of Parliament in Pakistan. The address was aired

Urs Hazrat Abu Bakar Sideeq (RA) celebrated with religious fervor in Tral

Basharat Rashid Tral: Annual Urs of Hazrat Abu Bakar Sideeq (RA) was celebrated with enthusiasm and gaiety, concluded with special and joint prayers at the shrine of Hazrat Mir Mohammad Hamdani (RA) in Kouserbal area of Tral in South Kashmir on Thursday. Large number of devotees from different areas of Tral and adjoining areas took


Wildlife deptt issues advisory for five Shopian villages after leopard spotted

By Mudassir Maqbool Shopian :Department Of wildlife Shopian district has issued a fresh advisory in five villages of Shopian district after leopard was spotted on Thursday at different spots in the areas.  Reports said that the wild animal was spotted in in Phanoo,Pehilpora and Waturpora its adjoining villages of Shopian. “The Wildlife protection department advised people

Class 10, 12 bi-annual exams postponed

Srinagar: The bi-annual examination for class 10 and 12 that were scheduled to be held from March 2 and March 6 respectively have been postponed by The Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education (BOSE). A notification issued by joint secretary examination Kashmir division reads that the examination of class 10th and 12th scheduled

Petrol pumps see long queues as supplies reach Valley

Zargar Zahoor Srinagar: As petrol pumps ran dry for three days, leading to crisis like situation in Kashmir Valley, long queues were seen outside all petrol refilling stations across the Valley including Srinagar.In order to ensure equitable distribution among the general public and prevent hoarding and black-marketing after fresh stocks of petroleum products including fuel

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India, Pak trade fire amid heightened tension along LoC

Sohail Jammu Jammu: India and Pakistan on Thursday exchanged heavy fire across the Line of control (LoC) in Nowshera, Mendhar and Rajouri in Jammu division, officials said. Reports said that exchange of fire has been going on since early morning and when reports last came in, the firing continued intermittently. Defence ministry officials alleged that

Only stranded traffic to be allowed once highway re-opens today

Srinagar: The Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only surface link connecting Kashmir Valley with rest of the world, remained closed following a major landslide overnight in Ramban district and the only stranded vehicles would be allowed once it’s made traffic worthy, officials said on Thursday. They said landslide hit the thoroughfare at Moom Passi, the frequently troubled

Day 2: Shutdown, restrictions continue in Kashmir Valley

Srinagar: The shutdown against mass arrest of Jamaat-e-Islami leaders and activists, the National Investigation Agency raids on residences of top resistance leaders including Muhammad Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and “attempts to tinker with” Article 35-A continued in Kashmir for the second day running on Thursday The two-day call for shutdown (for Wednesday and

SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA - FEBRUARY 06: Shikara boats are moored the bank of Dal lake next to the snow clad mountains in Dal Lake on February 06, 2017 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Administered Kashmir, India. Cold weather continued in the Kashmir valley with most places in the state recording sub-zero temperatures.(Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)

Sunny day today; fresh wet spell from tomorrow, night mercury plunges across Valley  

Srinagar: There will be a bright sunny day on Thursday while from tomorrow upto March 5, there will be fresh rain and snow spell, peaking on Saturday, weatherman said even as night temperatures plunged across Kashmir Valley. A meteorological department official here said that Srinagar—the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir – recorded a minimum

274 Oil Tankers, Trucks reach Srinagar: Govt

Srinagar: The prevailing shortage of essential supplies particularly Petrol, Diesel, LPG and Kerosene Oil has “ended” with arrival of sufficient stocks after clearance of road stretched in Ramban where massive landslides had disrupted the movement of traffic, government said on Wednesday. “Upto 6PM a total number of 274 Tankers and Trucks crossed Jawahar Tunnel which

No hearing of petitions against Article 35A in SC Tomorrow

Srinagar: The petitions against Article 35-A do not figure in the final cause-list issued by the Supreme Court registry on Wednesday for tomorrow, sources said. “The matter was listed in the advance list but it did not figure in the final list which came out this evening. So there will be no hearing of the

Mirwaiz urges India, Pak not to escalate situation, rejects NIA claims about recovery of ‘incriminating material; high tech internet communication’ 

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq urged India and Pakistan not to escalate the situation and desist from “warmongering which will be a disaster for the entire region.” “First thing leadership and people of Kashmir greatly urge India and Pakistan not to escalate the situation and desist from warmongering which will be a disaster for

Governor launches ‘State Infrastructure Monitoring System-SIMS’ portal

Jammu: Governor Satya Pal Malik today launched ‘State Infrastructure Monitoring System-SIMS’ the official Portal developed by the Finance Department in collaboration with the National Informatics Centre (NIC) for management, monitoring, information and payment system of all Infrastructure Projects being funded through the Jammu Kashmir Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (JKIDFC). Navin Choudhary, Principal Secretary Finance, briefed

Contact us, will provide all facilities: Kashmir hoteliers ask stranded tourists

Srinagar: Kashmir based hoteliers have urged stranded tourists to contact them and they will arrange accomation and other necessary facilities for them. The Kashmir Hotel and Restaurant Association (KHARA) appeals to the tourists ‘who are at present stranded in Srinagar due to the prevailing warlike situation’ and also due to closure of airports and Highway

KU classwork to resume from March 5 instead of Friday

Srinagar: The Kashmir University has announced resumption of class work in the main and satellite campuses from March 5 instead of March 1. “This is for the information of all concerned that that university class work in the main and satellite campuses from March 5 instead of March 1,” reads an order issued by Deputy

Act with wisdom, I offer you dialogue says Pak PM to India

Srinagar: Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has again pitched for dialogue between two countries and said that it is imperative that the two countries should act with ‘wisdom’. “Two of India’s MiGs were shot down [in the ensuing action]. From here, it is imperative that we use our heads and act with wisdom,” said

Pak ‘responded’ by using air force but India successfully foiled it: MEA

Srinagar: Ministry of External Affairs, government of India, claimed Pakistan air forces’ “responded” by using air force to target “military installation on the Indian side” but it was foiled. “Pakistan has responded by using air force to target military installation on the Indian side. Due to our high state of readiness, Pakistan’s attempts were foiled

Print Red Cross signs on rooftops, hospitals in Kashmir directed

By Sohail Khan Srinagar: Hospitals in Kashmir has been directed to paint red-cross signs on the rooftops of the buildings following escalation in tension between India and Pakistan. An official told INS that they have been directed to paint red cross on the hospital rooftops. According to the officials the directions have been passed to

India confirms pilot missing after Pak claims his arrest

Monitoring Desk Srinagar: Ministry of External Affairs, government of India, on Wednesday said that one of its pilot was missing in “aerial engagement”. In a brief statement, the MEA spokesman refused to take any questions from the journalists. “Pakistan has responded by using air force to target military installation on the Indian side. Due to

Notice to shut air traffic for three months withdrawn, operations to resume

    Srinagar: Order about airports shutdown for three months has been withdrawn and commercial flights between New Delhi and Jammu-Srinagar sector are expected to resume shortly. According to CNN news18 the NOTAM, Notice to Airmen to alert aircraft pilots of potential hazards along a flight route, has been withdrawn. “Flight operations will resume,” they said.

Sufficient fuel stocks have reached Kashmir: DC Srinagar

  Srinagar: Fuel supplies have reached Kashmir and Deputy Commissioner Srinagar on Wednesday said that regular supply will be coming to valley now. “Finally, fuel stocks in sufficient quantities reached. #Kashmir. Distribution by evening. Strongly caution against hoarding. We will have regular supply hereafter. Pl dont worry,” DC Srinagar Shahid Iqbal tweeted. 

J&K, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh airports asked to shut for three months: Report

Srinagar: Eight airports over three northern states have been asked to shut down operations for three months, NDTV reported. The list includes Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh have been shut down amid an escalation of tension with Pakistan. NDTV said that the airport list includes airports in Amritsar, Jammu, Srinagar and Leh, Kullu-Manali, Kangra,

Militants killed in Shopian gunfight identified: Police

Srinagar: Police on Wednesday identified two militants killed in the gunfight in southern Kashmir’s Shopian district among them one is a local.  One of the slain militants was identified as Suhail Nazir Mir son of Nazir Ahmad Mir resident of Saidapora Payeen, Shopian and from the incrimination material recovered from the site of encounter, the

Air traffic suspended in J&K, Amritsar, Pathankote, Dehradun, Dharamsala

Srinagar: Authorities has suspended the air space in Jammu and Kashmir due to security reasons. SSP anti hijacking Aslam Chowdhary told INS that the air traffic has been suspended at the airport. Reports of air traffic being suspended has also come in from Srinagar international airport, and at the Leh airport in Ladakh division  as

 IAF Fighter Jet crashes in Budgam, Pilot, co-Pilot dead

  Srinagar: Two pilots were killed after a Fighter Jet of Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in Garend Kalan area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Wednesday morning. Police confirmed that the it was IAF jet, and said that in the crash pilot and co-pilot died on the spot. He said that the bodies of

Chopper crashes in Budgam, Police rushes to spot

By Imtiyaz Pandaw Budgam: A chopper has crashed in Garendkanal village of central kashmir’s district Budgam on Wednesday. Police sources said that they are rushing to the spot of the crash. “We have been told that it was a chopper. Our teams are rushing to the spot to ascertain facts,” he said.

Kashmir Lawyers Body To Stay Away From Work Today, Tomorrow

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association Srinagar on Wednesday condemned the widespread raids of NIA against almost whole resistance leadership, extensive spree of arrests in nooks and corners of Kashmir Valley and announced to stay away from courts today and tomorrow. In a statement issued here, the lawyers’ body said that thousands have

Road stretch sinking, landslides keeps highway closed amid petrol crisis

Srinagar: A portion of road in Ramban district has sunk amid continuous shooting stones and landslides in Ramban-Ramsoo sector to keep the Srinagar-Jammu highway closed, leaving oil tankers stranded on the thoroughfare amid mounting petrol crisis in Kashmir Valley. “Landslide clearance operation has been going on at Mom Passi in Ramban-Ramsoo sector. Concrete has been

JeM Commander among 2 militants killed in Shopian

Mudasir Maqbool Shopian: Two militants of Jash-e-Mohammad, one of them outfit’s commander, were killed in a ‘pre-dawn’ gunfight with government forces in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Wednesday. A police officer said a joint team of army, police’s SOG and paramilitary CRPF launched a search operation in Meemender village around 5 am following credible

Maintenance of calmness priority at this juncture: Governor, reviews situation in Valley

Jammu: Governor Satya Pal Malik reviewed the prevailing Law and Order situation in Jammu and Kashmir following the Operation conducted against Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) Camp in Balakot. The meeting was attended by K. Vijay Kumar, Advisor to Governor; B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Shaleen Kabra, Principal Secretary Home; Dilbagh Singh, DGP; Dr. B. Srinivas, ADGP, CID; Shri

Landslides, road sinking keeps highway closed amid mounting fuel crisis in Kashmir

Srinagar: The Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only surface link connecting Kashmir Valley with outside world, continues to be closed on Tuesday amid mounting fuel crisis in the Kashmir Valley. Traffic department said that movement of vehicles remained disrupted on Jammu-Srinagar highway due to Intermittent landslide and shooting stones at Mom passi and road has sunk near

Avoid fear mongering: Div Com, reviews status of essential commodities

Srinagar: In view of preventing inclement weather conditions, frequent closure of Highway and other issues, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan on Tuesday convened a meeting with all District Development Commissioners (DDCs) to review the status of essential commodities. During the meeting, the Divisional Commissioner was informed that essential services are functioning smoothly in

As ECI Arrives On March 4 For Meeting With Major Political Parties, CS Reviews Arrangements

Jammu: Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam on Tuesday took stock of the arrangements for the upcoming visit of the Election Commission of India (ECI) to the State. Principal Secretary Home, ShaleenKabra, Principal Secretary, Hospitality & Protocol, Rohit Kansal and other concerned officers were present at the meeting. Chief Electoral Officers, J&K, Shailendra Kumar attended the meeting

Governor congratulates PDD for getting first prize in achieving 100% electrification

Jammu: Governor Satya Pal Malik has congratulated the State’s Power Development Department for becoming first in the country to achieve 100% households electrification. R.K. Singh, Union Minister for Power, presented Awards to K.K. Sharma, Advisor to Governor; Hirdesh Kumar Singh, Commissioner Secretary PDD and his team at New Delhi. An award of Rs. 100 Cr

‘100 trucks, tankers carrying fuel, LPG cleared, 250 stuck on Highway’

Srinagar: Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Tuesday convened a meeting to explore means to fast-track transportation of LPG, Diesel, Petrol and other petroleum products in view of frequent disruptions on the National Highway. ADC K K Sidha, Dy Director FCS&CA Peerzada Zahoor Ahmed, heads of HPCL, BPCL, IOCL and distributor heads attended the

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