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As pesky power continues, monthly tariff of consumers hiked by 50% in Old City areas

As pesky power continues, monthly tariff of consumers hiked by 50% in Old City areas

By Ovais Gull Srinagar: Even as the pesky power cuts in Kashmir continued to irk the local consumers here especially in Old City areas, the Power Development Department (PDD) here has hiked the monthly tariff of many consumers by almost 50 percent. The residents of several localities in Old City area here got shocked after their […]

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Sopore: Four employees of Forest Deptt injured after attacked by timber smugglers in Chehrar woods

By Peerzada Waseem Sopore: Four employees of forest department were injured after being attacked by smugglers in Chehrar area of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Thursday. Officials of  forest department told INS  that following a tip-off that smugglers were involved in cutting of trees in the upper reaches of Sopore forests, a team […]

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SAC approves Video-Conferencing as admissible method for presence of accused in trial

SAC approves Video-Conferencing as admissible method for presence of accused in trial

JAMMU: The State Administrative Council (SAC) under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved the ‘Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2018’. Bill seeks to introduce use of Video-Conferencing as an admissible method for presence of accused in criminal trials. This will ensure speedy trial and remand. It also reduces the requirement of security […]

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SAC approves Jammu and Kashmir Transplantation of Human Organ (Amendment) Bill

JAMMU: The State Administrative Council (SAC) under the chairmanship of Governor, Shri Satya Pal Malik approvedthe‘Jammu and Kashmir Transplantation of Human Organ (Amendment) Bill, 2018’. The Bill seeks to amend the various provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Transplantation of Human Organ Act 1997, to remove the difficulties faced by the State and bring the […]

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JK becomes first state to have explicit law banning ‘Sextortion’

JK becomes first state to have explicit law banning ‘Sextortion’

JAMMU: J&K has become first state in the country to have a law explicitly banning sexual exploitation of women by those in positions of authority, having a fiduciary relationship or a public servant. The State Administrative Council (SAC) under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved the ‘Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and the Jammu […]

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SAC approves establishment of first ever Real Estate Regulatory Authority in JK

SAC approves establishment of first ever Real Estate Regulatory Authority in JK

JAMMU,: The State Administrative Council (SAC) under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik has approved establishment of first ever Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) to promote regulated and planned growth of real estate sector in the state. ‘Jammu and Kashmir Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill-2018’ approved by SAC provides for establishment of the […]

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SAC approves upgradation of 5 SDHs as District Hospitals, creation of 158 posts of various categories approved

SAC approves upgradation of 5 SDHs as District Hospitals, creation of 158 posts of various categories approved

JAMMU: The State Administrative Council (SAC) under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik has accorded sanction to the creation of 158 posts of various categories for the up-gradation of five Sub District Hospitals (SDHs) to the level of District Hospitals. Out of the 158 posts, 27 posts have been created for SDH Ganderbal, 23 for […]

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DC Anantnag is accused in alleged scams, has remained a deadwood through out his career: Bar Association Anantnag demand immediate transfer

DC Anantnag is accused in alleged scams, has remained a deadwood through out his career: Bar Association Anantnag demand immediate transfer

By Sameer Ahmad Anantnag: Bar Association Anantnag on Friday held a press conference against the District Commissioner Anantnag Mohd Younis Malik on his performance from last two years in District Anantnag. The members of Bar Association Anantnag said that the deputy commissioner Anantnag has ‘totally failed to reach and maintain the work culture standards in […]

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PDD launches ‘raids’ in Tral, aims to crack whip on power theft

PDD launches ‘raids’ in Tral, aims to crack whip on power theft

By Basharat Rashid Pulwama : Power development department in Tral, on Friday launched a “massive” drive against power theft in main Tral town and other areas of the sub division. Assistant Executive Engineer, Power development department in Tral, Mohammad Maqbool told INS that the raids have been started, early in the morning on Friday to […]

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Pulwama: Brothers launch Bio-Lab in 2014, say, they have successfully become their own bosses

Pulwama: Brothers launch Bio-Lab in 2014, say, they have successfully become their own bosses

By Mudasir Maqbool   Pulwama: With little hope’s in getting government jobs two brohters in Murran area of Pulwama have set up a soil testing laboratory and claim success in ‘becoming their own bosses’.  Bilal Ahmed shiekh 37 did his Masters from Kashmir University with B.E.D and DCA , while his brother Munir Ahmad holds […]

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Kupwara: Single employee looking after Allama Anwar Shah Library, with 32000 books, sans cataloging

Kupwara: Single employee looking after Allama Anwar Shah Library, with 32000 books, sans cataloging

By Tasaduq Hussain Kupwara: Alama Anwar Shah Memorial Library in the heart of main town of  northern Kashmirs kupwara district is functioning without internet facility, without latest edition of journals and magazines and with clinched staff strength. Single librarian looking after over 32000 books with no proper catalog.  The Alama Anwar Shah Memorial Library which came […]

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Sopore, adjoining areas shut over local militants killing

Sopore, adjoining areas shut over local militants killing

by Peerzada Waseem Sopore: A shutdown is being observed  in Sopore and its adjoining areas to mourn the killing of two local militants in an overnight gunfight few days back. .  Reports said that shutdown is being observed in parts of Sopore, Zaingeer belt . Two  local militants identified as Owais Ahmed Bhat and Tahir […]

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Unknown persons damage mosque in Sopore, protests erupt

Unknown persons damage mosque in Sopore, protests erupt

By Peerzada Waseem Sopore :  Unknown persons damaged mosque at  Mareezgund village of Sopore in north Kashmirs Baramulla district. Reports said that many things including windows were damaged after group of unknown persons who had entered inside mosque during night. Reports said that soon after this news spread in the area earlier this day, people […]

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Jammu: Seven including two minors killed in road accident

Jammu: Seven including two minors killed in road accident

Srinagar: Seven persons including two minors were killed in a road accident in Reasi district of Jammu late Thursdasy night, officials said on Friday. “An overloaded car, bearing registration number JK02H 1515 skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge at Damasgali Bhomag last night, leaving seven persons dead and three others injured,” […]

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Unscheduled power cuts irks Kamad Dialgam villagers

Unscheduled power cuts irks Kamad Dialgam villagers

By Sameer Ahmad   Anantnag: The residents of kamad villages are up in arms against the Power Development Department (PDD) for subjecting them to unscheduled power cuts in village. The power outages have become a major concern here and despite the matter being brought to notice of Authorities many times, the situation has not improved. Said Mohd […]

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APSCC blames ‘wrong policies of Mehbooba for disintegration of PDP’

APSCC blames ‘wrong policies of Mehbooba for disintegration of PDP’

Srinagar, Dec 13 : Blaming the ‘wrong policies’ of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti for ‘disintegration’ of her party, All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) accused her of sabotaging extension of minority status to Sikh community by filing a counter affidavit in the Supreme Court (SC). “Ms Mehbooba failed not only as the […]

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Jammu: Vaishnodevi devotee dies of cardiac arrest

Jammu: Vaishnodevi devotee dies of cardiac arrest

Jammu: A female devotee at Vaishno Devi in Jammu died of cardiac arrest on Thursday. The devotee has been identified as Bala Rani w/o Ram Krishan r/o Rohtk Haryana. Rani died at Vaishno Devi Bhawan due to heart attack, reports said.

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Spontaneous shutdown in Sopore over local militants killing

By Peerzada Waseem Sopore: Protests erupted in Sopore area of Baramull district after two local militants were killed in an overnight gunfight with government forces in Brath Gund area here. Protesting youth took to streets and hurled stones on the forces who were withdrawing from the Brath Gund area. Government forces retaliated with firing tear […]

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Militant killings: Hajin shuts on 5th straight day

Militant killings: Hajin shuts on 5th straight day

by Nasir Khuihami Bandipora: A complete shutdown is being observed on the fifth consecutive day on Thursday in Hajin town of Bandipora district in north Kashmir over the killing of two teenage militants, killed in an encounter with government forces, in Mujgund area in Srinagar outskirts. All shops and other business establishments were closed along […]

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India Pakistan armies trade gunfire along LOC in Poonch

India Pakistan armies trade gunfire along LOC in Poonch

Jammu: India and Pakistan armies on Thursday exchanged gunfire along line of control in Poonch district of Jammu in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.  According to officials Pakistani resorted to unprovoked firing at around 0555 hours, violated ceasefire in Kerni Sector. “Light weapons and small arms were fired by the Pakistan, the fire was retaliated effectively […]

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It’s heart wrenching to see Hiba under influence of anaesthesia: Mirwaiz after visiting her at SMHS

It’s heart wrenching to see Hiba under influence of anaesthesia: Mirwaiz after visiting her at SMHS

Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday visited 19-month-old pellet victim Hiba Nisar, who went second eye surgery today at SMHS Hospital. Mirwaiz reached SMHS Hospital Wednesday afternoon and asked about the well-being of Hiba who was hit by pellets on November 25. He said it was heart wrenching to see baby Hiba under […]

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Kashmir University Youth festival ‘Sonzal’ 2018 begins

Kashmir University Youth festival ‘Sonzal’ 2018 begins

Srinagar: The 8th edition of Kashmir University’s Youth festival ‘Sonzal’ 2018 started here at KU on Wednesday. Organised by Division of Youth Affairs, Department of Students Welfare (DSW) KU the inaugural ceremony of the festival started with a live performance of University Tarana by the cultural group of DSW at Ibn-i- Khalidoon auditorium and was attended […]

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Two Day National Seminar on Shaikh-ul-Alam commences at KU

Two Day National Seminar on Shaikh-ul-Alam commences at KU

Srinagar: A two-day National Seminar on ‘Relevance of Shaikh-ul-Alam in Contemporary Times’ commenced today  at University of Kashmir here on Wednesday. The seminar is organised by Markaz-I -Noor, Center for Shaikh-ul-Alam Studies, KU and was inaugurated by Vice-Chancellor KU, Prof Talat Ahmad. In his inaugural address, Prof Talat Ahmad said, “Shaikh-ul-Alam was not just a […]

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Omar congratulates Rahul over victory in assembly polls

Omar congratulates Rahul over victory in assembly polls

Srinagar: Former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday congratulated Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his party’s gains in the elections and also pinned the blame of BJP’s losses on PM Modi. Omar said that the BJP should apply same yardsticks for Modi also which they did when Congress lost elections in some states for […]

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KCC&I urges bussiness fraternity to lend helping hand for rehabilitating families who lost houses in Mujgund gunfight

KCC&I urges bussiness fraternity to lend helping hand for rehabilitating families who lost houses in Mujgund gunfight

Srinagar: Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the KCC&I Relief Trust on Wednesday urged bussiness fraternity to come forward and join hands to provide shelter and basic necessities to families who lost their houses and households in a recent gunfight at Mujgund area of city outskirts recently. In a statement issued Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry […]

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Congress’s state unit keeps DC ban order at bay, burst fire crackers to celebrate election win in three states

Congress’s state unit keeps DC ban order at bay, burst fire crackers to celebrate election win in three states

By Ovais Gull Srinagar: A day after the Congress won elections in three states including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the state congress unit on Wednesday flouted the orders imposed by the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Syed Abid Rashid Shah by bursting fire crackers in the premises of their Srinagar headquarters. According to INS correspondent, after […]

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Animal husbandry launches month long FMD vaccination drive in Budgam

Animal husbandry launches month long FMD vaccination drive in Budgam

By Imtiyaz Pandow Budgam: The Department of animal husbandry Budgam has initiated the month long vaccination drive under Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) programme to timely curb the foot and mouth diseases among cattle. Chief Animal Husbandry Officer Budgam, Dr Mohammad Ashraf Mir while talking to The INS News said that Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) is […]

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Congress will emerge as single largest party in upcoming assembly elections: JKPCC Chief

Congress will emerge as single largest party in upcoming assembly elections: JKPCC Chief

By Ovais Gull Srinagar: The state congress chief, Ghulam Ahmad Mir on Wednesday said that the congress party will emerge as the single largest party in the upcoming assembly elections, likely to be held in May 2019. Addressing a news conference after felicitation function for newly elected councilors, Mir said that they believe the Congress […]

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On Srinagar-Jammu Highway LMV’s to be allowed only till 1 pm today, Mughal road remains closed

Srinagar: One way traffic is through on Srinagar-Jammu highway, while historic Mughal and Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumari Road road remains closed due to snow accumulation at Peer Ki Gali and Zojilla pass. Officials said that traffic has been allowed from Jammu towards Srinagar. “One way traffic is allowed today for both Light Motor Vehicle’s and Heavy Motor Vehicle’s,” officials […]

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BB Vyas steps down as advisor to Guv J&K

BB Vyas steps down as advisor to Guv J&K

Srinagar: J&K Governor’s Advisor BB Vyas on Wednesday stepped down  upon his appointment as Member Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Sources said that his resignation is being accepted in a while with reallocation of portfolios among 3 advisors– Khursheed Ganai, Vijay Kumar & KK Sharma. No new advisor being inducted for now, sources said.

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Kupwara locality without portable water for four months, officials say allegations not true

Kupwara locality without portable water for four months, officials say allegations not true

By Tasadduq Hussain Kupwara: Wani Mohallah in Muqami Shahwali of northern Kashmir’s Kupwara District is without water for four months now, the residents say even after  knocking at authorities doors they have been left to ‘God’s mercy’.  “The pipe lines are already laid in the area since years but in past four months the PHE […]

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Police seeks help in identifying prime suspect in scooty theft case

Police seeks  help in identifying prime suspect in scooty theft case

Srinagar: Police Station R M Bagh has south help from general public in identifying the suspected person in the scooty theft case. Police said that on 06.12.2018,one person namely Tanzilul Hasnain s/o Syed iftikharul Hasnain R/o Wanbal Rawalpora Srinagar stated that he parked his Scotty NO JK01AG 9188 out side the Ziyarat Syed Yaqoub Sahab […]

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2018: Deadliest year for JKP in 15 years, lost 41 men to militant’s bullets

2018: Deadliest year for JKP in 15 years, lost 41 men to militant’s bullets

Srinagar: 2018 has been the deadliest year for the Jammu and Kashmir police who have lost  41 cops in militant attacks.  Highest in the past 15 years. In 2017, 31 policemen fell to bullets. Militants also looted 28 weapons from the police, official figures say. According to figures nine of the killed were special police […]

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25 days on, Nimrah Colony and Madina Colony in Tral reels under darkness

25 days on, Nimrah Colony and Madina Colony in Tral reels under darkness

BASHARAT RASHID TRAL : The residents of Nimrah Colony “A”, Nimrah Colony “B” and Madina Colony, in Tral sub division have expressed resentment against power development department (PDD) for failing to restore the damaged transformer in the area from last “25 days” The locals said that “the area being supplied from 63KVA at Granery in […]

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One way traffic allowed Srinagar-Jammu highway, Mughal road remains closed

One way traffic allowed Srinagar-Jammu highway, Mughal road remains closed

Srinagar: One way traffic is through on Srinagar-Jammu highway, while historic Mughal and Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumari Road road remains closed due to snow accumulation at Peer Ki Gali and Zojilla pass. Officials said that traffic has been allowed from Jammu towards Srinagar. “One way traffic is allowed today for both Light Motor Vehicle’s and Heavy Motor Vehicle’s,” officials […]

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4 Policemen killed in Shopian attack identified

4 Policemen killed in Shopian attack identified

Police has identified the four cops killed earlier on Tuesday in the militant attack at a police picket at Zainapora Shopian. Media reports said that Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack.  The deceased have been identified as constable Anees Ahmad of Kulgam, Sgct Abdul Majid of Ganderbal, Constable Mehraj-u-din of Hajin Bandipora and […]

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Over two decade old bunker removed from Amira Kadal, Dy Mayor says SMC mulling to give City less police visibility

Over two decade old bunker removed from Amira Kadal, Dy Mayor says SMC mulling to give City less police visibility

By Ovais Gull Srinagar: In continuation of the beautification program of City, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) on Tuesday demolished over two decade old bunker from Amira Kadal here, a move which was appreciated by the local Auqaf committee. The Central reserve Police Force (CRPF) bunker as per the officials was constructed in the year 1992. Officials […]

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Shopian: Three cops killed in a militant attack, decamp with four rifles

Shopian: Three cops killed in a militant attack, decamp with four rifles

by Mudassir maqbool Srinagar: Three policemen  have been killed and another injured after militants mounted an attack on a police post at Zainapora area of Shopian today. According to official sources the picket is  guarding the minority community in the area. “Three security guards died on the spot while another has been injured,” sources said, adding […]

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Traffic resumes on Srinagar-Jammu highway Kashmir highway, Mughal road remain closed

Traffic resumes on Srinagar-Jammu highway Kashmir highway, Mughal road remain closed

Srinagar:  Vehicular traffic was Tuesday resumed on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway on Tuesday while historic 86-km-long Mughal road remained closed for the second day. An official said that Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) from Srinagar to Jammu  were allowed to travel. Traffic on Srinagar Jammu highway  was suspended last evening due to landslides. “Men and machinery were pressed […]

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Hajin observed shutdown for third straight day to mourn the militant killing

Hajin observed shutdown for third straight day to mourn the militant killing

Srinagar: A complete shutdown is being observed on the third straight day on Tuesday in Hajin against the killing of two militants. All shops and business establishments are closed while the public transport was off the roads, said by a witness. Mudasir Parrey and Saqib Bilal Sheikh, aged 14 and 17 respectively, were killed in […]

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Three non local labourers found dead in Kulgam, asphyxiation believed to be reason behind demise

Three non local labourers found dead in Kulgam, asphyxiation believed to be reason behind demise

Kulgam: Three non-local labourers allegedly died due to asphyxiation in Shou village of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district last night. The identity of the deceased was not known immediately known and their bodies were shifted to to district hospital Kulgam. A police official said the trio died due to asphyxiation, however official confirmation for reason of death […]

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Panchayat polls: With 346 hypersensitive polling stations, voting commences for ninth phase in J&K

Panchayat polls: With 346 hypersensitive polling stations, voting commences for ninth phase in J&K

JAMMU: Voting for ninth which is last phase of ongoing panchayat polls began on Tuesday at 452 polling stations in Kashmir division. The timing for polling is from 8 am to 2 PM.  Joint Resistance Leadership comprising of Syed Ali Geelani,  Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik have called for shutdown in poll bound areas against […]

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JRL calls for shutdown in poll bound areas on Dec 11

Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik have asked people to observe a complete protest shutdown in poll bound areas for ninth phase of Panchayat polls tomorrow. According to spokesman areas including Natnussa, Drugmulla, Magam,Banakoot, Tujjar Sharief, Hardaboora, Tangmarg,Wakura,Chadoora, Pakherpora,Kakapora, Awantipora,Zainpora,Kulgam and Pahalgam should observe shutdown against ‘ sham panchayat […]

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Private schools not complying with winter vacation orders will loose recognition: DSEK

Private schools not complying with winter vacation orders will loose recognition: DSEK

Srinagar:  Directorate of School Education Kashmir Monday said that  schools violating winter vacation orders will face strict action  loose their recognition if they do not comply with orders. “DSEK takes strong notice of the complaints of parents about the non-compliance of orders about winter vacations by some private schools,” DSEK said in a statement,  adding […]

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Two drug peddlers arrested in Rajouri

Two drug peddlers arrested in Rajouri

Srinagar: Two drug peddlers were arrested with 200 grams of heroin in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, police said Monday. A police team headed by Station house officer of Rajouri, Ajaz Haider, intercepted two pedestrians during a random frisking of vehicles at Kallar area and found the drugs from them. The two were identified as Akhtar […]

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Baramulla: District Administration unaware about its own Rs 22 Cr Sopore Mini-Secretariat Project

Baramulla: District Administration unaware about its own Rs 22 Cr Sopore Mini-Secretariat Project

By Peerzada Waseem Sopore:  District administration Baramulla is feigning ignorance about the proposal about mini secretariat for which the same office has identified land and put forward a DPR of almost 22 crore rupees. Four years back the idea came up and in last year i.e 2017 the district administration created the proposal for establishing […]

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‘Wall Of Kindness’ reaches Handwara, people throng to donate

‘Wall Of Kindness’ reaches Handwara, people throng to donate

By Tasadduq Hussain Kupwara: ‘Wall Of Kindness’ has reached to northern Kashmirs Handwara town ship where people  are putting their cloths for needy people.  A group of volunteers from different parts  Handwara have came forward for this initiative and painted a wall in main town with ‘Wall Of Kindness’ written on it.  Since Sunday scores […]

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Education department flouting its own rules of teacher student ratio in Kulgam

Education department flouting its own rules of teacher student ratio in Kulgam

By Naveed Bhat Kulgam:The disproportionate student-teacher ratio in government Middle Schools, Primary Schools ,High Schools and Higher Secondaries across Kulgam district depicts the callousness of the department in following its own guidelines. The unbalanced posting of teachers has marred the career of students studying in government schools besides hampering the functioning of institutions. While a […]

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Avoid visiting upper reaches of Baramulla, Kupwara,Bandipora: Div Com issues Snow Avalanche warning

Avoid visiting upper reaches of Baramulla, Kupwara,Bandipora: Div Com issues Snow Avalanche warning

Srinagar:  Divisional administration Kashmir has issued Snow Avalanche warning in higher reaches of North Kashmir’s Baramulla,  Kupwara and Bandipora districts on Monday. According to officials the warning is about the upper reaches, above 2500 metres altitude of Baramulla, Kupwara & Bandipora in North Kashmir. “People of these areas advised to remain cautious and avoid visiting […]

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Role of military limited, solution to Kashmir issue through politics only: GoC 15 Corps

Role of military limited, solution to Kashmir issue through politics only: GoC 15 Corps

Srinagar: A top army commander has said that the solution of Kashmir issue lies in political engagements as witnessed during the Vajpayee years and that the military can only create conditions of normalcy. “The military can only create conditions of normalcy. Beyond that, the initiatives have to be at levels of good governance, politically talking to […]