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Label of smart city to Srinagar becoming joke: Sagar

Label of smart city to Srinagar becoming joke: Sagar

Srinagar: National Conference General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar on Wednesday alleged that the government has no policy regarding Srinagar and the label of smart city has become a joke considering the dilapidation of infrastructure and civil amenities. Sagar castigated the incumbent government’s step motherly treatment towards Srinagar city. He said that PDP, whenever it has […]

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Soldier, SOG man killed in Kupwara gunfight

Soldier, SOG man killed in Kupwara gunfight

Srinagar: A soldier and a personnel from special operation group of police were killed and three other government personnel were injured in an ongoing encounter with militants at Halmatpora area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Wednesday. The encounter in the area is going since yesterday after a joint team of SOG and army launched […]

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Govt reinstates doctor sacked for FB post

Jammu: The government on Tuesday reinstated the services of a doctor for posting an “anti-government” comment on Facebook. Dr Amit Kumar, the registrar of Government Medical College Jammu, had defied a government order that bars its employees from posting anti-government content on social media. However, he apologized later and also feigned ignorance about information on […]

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KWJA condole demise of Maqbool Sahil

KWJA condole demise of Maqbool Sahil

Srinagar: The Kashmir Working Journalists Association (KWJA) expresses grief over the demise of senior journalist and author MaqboolSahil. The KWJA said Maqbool was a prominent journalist and a poet, whose contribution to the profession, during the most testing times of Kashmir conflict can never be forgotten. His books like Shabistan-e-Wajood—which fetched him Reporters Without Borders […]

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18 KAS, IAS officers reshuffled

18 KAS, IAS officers reshuffled

Jammu: The Cabinet which met here on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti ordered transfers and postings of 18 IAS and KAS officers in state administration with immediate effect. . Sheetal Nanda, IAS(JK:2006), Deputy Commissioner, Samba, is transferred and posted as Special Secretary to the Government, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati […]

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KEG expresses grief over Maqbool Sahil’s demise

KEG expresses grief over Maqbool Sahil’s demise

  Srinagar: Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) expressed grief over the demise of senior Journalist Maqbool Sahil, who passed away on Tuesday evening here in Srinagar. Sahil, author of many books used to write for many publications brought out from Srinagar. He was an avid photographer also. Maqbool Sahil, according to reports suffered a massive heart […]

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Journalist Maqbool Sahil passes away, Director Info condoles demise

Journalist Maqbool Sahil passes away, Director Info condoles demise

Srinagar: Maqbool Sahil, author and journalist, passed away Tuesday evening. Maqbool Sahil, according to reports suffered a massive heart attack as he fell unconscious while walking in Lal Bazar area of the city. He was found dead soon after, reports said. Director Information & Public Relations, Muneer-ul-Islam expressed grief and anguish over the demise of […]

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Govt forms GoM to look into SRO-43 issue on relaxation in militancy related cases

Govt forms GoM to look into SRO-43 issue on relaxation in militancy related cases

Srinagar: The State Government on Tuesday constituted Cabinet Sub Committee comprising Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Horticulture and Minister for Social Welfare, ARI & Training and S&T to look into the issues relating to grant of relaxation in militancy related SRO-43 cases.

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4 militants killed in ongoing Kupwara encounter

4 militants killed in ongoing Kupwara encounter

Kupwara: Four unidentified militants have been in an ongoing gunfight between militants and government forces at Check Halmatpora area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Official sources said that a joint team of Kupwara police, SOG and army launched a cordon and search operation in Halmatpora check. As the forces were zeroing into on the target […]

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Cabinet approves promotions of 2 IAS officers, 5 Directors

Cabinet approves promotions of 2 IAS officers, 5 Directors

Jammu: The Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday accorded sanction to the promotion of IAS officers of 1995 batch—Rohit Kansal and Shailendra Kumar to the Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) of IAS with immediate effect. Consequent upon their promotion to the HAG of IAS, Rohit Kansal and Shailendra Kumar have been designated as […]

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Vohra, Mehbooba greet people on Nauroz

Vohra, Mehbooba greet people on Nauroz

Srinagar: Governor N. N. Vohra and Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has conveyed their greetings on the auspicious occasion of Nauroz, which is also observed as World Arbour Day. In his message of felicitations, Governor has observed that this festival has important cultural and religious significance and appealed to one and all to join hands in […]

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Govt attaches HoD amid GMC students protest

Govt attaches HoD amid GMC students protest

Srinagar: Amid protest by students, the state government on Monday attached Dr Mushtaq Ahmad (HoD), Orthodontics Government Dental College Srinagar. “In the interest of administration, Dr Mushtaq Ahmad, HOD orthodontics government dental college Srinagar is hereby attached with directorate o health services Kashmir till further orders,” reads an order by Under Secretary to government Health […]

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JKPSC sets timeline for combined competitive examinations, cancelled exam to be held in July  

JKPSC sets timeline for combined competitive examinations, cancelled exam to be held in July  

Jammu: J&K Public Service Commission has notified that in future the examinations under Jammu & Kashmir Combined Competitive Examination Rules, 2018, shall be held at each stage as far as practicable after 15 days from the completion of UPSC Civil Services Examinations i.e. Preliminary, Mains and Personality Tests. However, in view of the circumstances of […]

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Military approach by nuclear power India, Pak won’t yield anything: Hurriyat (M)

Military approach by nuclear power India, Pak won’t yield anything: Hurriyat (M)

Srinagar, Mar 19: Hurriyat Conference (M) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday urged India and Pakistan to shun confrontation path, underling that the military approach by the nuclear power neighbors won’t yield anything. A meeting of Hurriyat Conference’s executive and general council was held under the chairmanship of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at the amalgam’s […]

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Police says six arrested in Tral for recruiting youth into JeM ranks

Police says six arrested in Tral for recruiting youth into JeM ranks

Srinagar: Police on Monday claimed to have busted a network of JeM outfit by arresting six persons allegedly involved in recruiting youth into the militant ranks. “On a specific information, Awantipora police alongwith 42 RR and CRPF, in a joint operation in Tral, busted a criminal network involving JeM outfit who were involved in recruiting […]

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People protest DDC’s ‘misbehavior’ with delegation seeking opening of Machil road

People protest DDC’s ‘misbehavior’ with delegation seeking opening of Machil road

By Tasaduq Hussain Srinagar: Residents of Machil on Monday held a protest demonstration outside district deputy commissioner Kupwara’s office against the alleged misbehavior of the DDC with them over the continuous closure of link road connecting the Valley, close to LoC, with main Kupwara town. Scores of residents assembled outside the DDC’s office complex and […]

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Mehbooba visits Balakote, sympathizes with family who lost 5 members to shelling on LoC

Mehbooba visits Balakote, sympathizes with family who lost 5 members to shelling on LoC

Jammu: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday visited Balakote area in Poonch District, close to Line of Control, and expressed grief over the death of five members of a family killed amid shelling by India and Pakistan armies in violation of 2003 truce yesterday. The Chief Minister handed over cheques of Rs. 25 lakhs as […]

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Shehr-e-Khaas assumes great significance in Srinagar Smart City project: Bukhari

Shehr-e-Khaas assumes great significance in Srinagar Smart City project: Bukhari

Srinagar, Mar 19: Minister for Education, Finance, Labour & Employment Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Monday said that Shehr-e-Khaas assumes a great deal of significance in the ambitious smart city programme for Srinagar being implemented by the the present dispensation. Addressing a party convention at Khanyar, Bukhari said that the state government is committed to […]

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Finally, Govt issues formal orders on probe into KVIB selections; CS not heading probe as announced by CM

Finally, Govt issues formal orders on probe into KVIB selections; CS not heading probe as announced by CM

Srinagar: Nearly a month after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s announcement, the government on Monday formally accorded sanction to the constitution of a High Level Inquiry Committee to enquire into the selections of the J&K Khadi Village and Industries Board (KVIB) which saw among others appointment of son Sartaj Madni, maternal uncle of Chief Minister Mehbooba […]

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Kashmir situation ‘explosive’, Indian leaders statements adding ‘fuel to fire’: Geelani

Kashmir situation ‘explosive’, Indian leaders statements adding ‘fuel to fire’: Geelani

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday said that the situation in Jammu Kashmir was quite explosive and that Indian leaders “infuriated, provocative and inflammatory statements” were adding fuel to fire. Reacting to Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh statement on Kashmir, Geelani said those in power corridors, follow their particular mindset and […]

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‘Shakti or Yukti’ as suggested by RSS chief won’t change Kashmir ground reality: Bar

‘Shakti or Yukti’ as suggested by RSS chief won’t change Kashmir ground reality: Bar

Srinagar: J&K High Court Bar Association on Sunday condemned RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statement, underling ‘Shakti or Yukti’ was not going to alter the ground reality in Kashmir. “The Bar Association maintains that the people of Kashmir are seeking the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions, which guarantee them the right of self-determination. It is […]

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Kashmir situation volatile, Jammu on brink of polarization: Omar

Kashmir situation volatile, Jammu on brink of polarization: Omar

Kulgam: The situation in Kashmir is volatile and unstable, Jammu is on the brink due to BJP’s politics of polarization, National Conference Working President and former chief minister Omar Abdullah said on Sunday. “The situation is especially volatile in South Kashmir where the youth stand alienated and disenchanted because of PDP’s complete U-turn after 2014. […]

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Purification of Khankah-e-Maulla shrine crown held, to be installed on 12 Rajab

Purification of Khankah-e-Maulla shrine crown held, to be installed on 12 Rajab

Srinagar: The management of Khankah-i-Maulla on Thursday received the finished version of restored and reconstructed crown of the shrine that was damaged in a fire incident on November 15 last year. “It took us more than two months to restore the crown that sits on the top of the spire,” said Shahid Shafi. “The artisans […]

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Mehbooba orders hike in honorarium of Imams, salary enhancement of Wakf employees

Mehbooba orders hike in honorarium of Imams, salary enhancement of Wakf employees

Srinagar: In a significantly major decision, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday directed revision in the remunerations of Imams of the mosques run by J&K Muslim Wakf Board and constitution of a committee to recommend revision of salaries of its employees. The direction came in a meeting of the members of the Muslim Wakf Board […]

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Over 400 KAS officers yet to submit property details

Over 400 KAS officers yet to submit property details

Srinagar: Over four hundred KAS officers are yet to submit their Annual Property Returns for year 2017 to government, sources said. They said  419 KAS officers posted as Special Secretaries, Deputy Commissioners, Directors, Deputy Directors, Joint Directors, Assistant District Development Commissioners and Sub-Divisional Magistrates have failed to furnish the property details to government so far. […]

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Media-XI CC defeat Narayana Warriors by 17 runs

Media-XI CC defeat Narayana Warriors by 17 runs

Jammu: Media-XI Jammu registered easy victory over Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Warriors Katra by 17 runs in a friendly match at Moulana Azad Stadium ground. Electing to bat first after skipper Mir Imran woman the toss, Media-XI posted a formidable 200 on board with the loss of 4 wickets in the allotted 20 overs. […]

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Need to go on right track, if we want to save J&K people: Mehbooba; Abdullah’s call for urgent restoration of ceasefire

Need to go on right track, if we want to save J&K people: Mehbooba; Abdullah’s call for urgent restoration of ceasefire

Srinagar: Stating that peace was the only way forward, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said that there was need to get on the right track “if we want to save the people of J&K.” Mehbooba who heads the ruling PDP-BJP alliance also express anguish on the killing of five members of a family at […]

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Bail exception in heinous crimes: HC; commits man charged with killing pregnant wife to judicial custody

Bail exception in heinous crimes: HC; commits man charged with killing pregnant wife to judicial custody

Srinagar: Observing that bail was exemption in crimes of heinous nature, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has ordered committing to judicial custody of a man who was granted bail by trial court in Anantnag last year in case involving murdering of his pregnant wife by mounting both his feet upon her. Hearing a plea […]

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Sopore people face problems as ADC post remains vacant

Sopore people face problems as ADC post remains vacant

Sopore: People of Sopore said they are facing problems as office of Additional Deputy Commissioner remains vacant. On March 7, the Jammu and Kashmir Government transferred Khurshid Ahmad Shah (KAS), additional Deputy Commissioner Sopore, as Regional Transport Officer, Kashmir. While Shah was ordered to move immediately, the ADC’s post lays vacant since then even as […]

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5 of family killed, 2 daughters injured in Poonch LoC firing

5 of family killed, 2 daughters injured in Poonch LoC firing

Srinagar: At least five people, all belonging to a family, were killed as the India and Pakistan armies traded heavy fire and shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu on early Sunday. An official said Pakistani troops pounded Indian posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control in Balakote […]

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Police seizes ‘illegally’ stored 160 gas cylinders in Soura

Police seizes ‘illegally’ stored 160 gas cylinders in Soura

Srinagar: Police on Saturday arrested 160 gas cylinders stored “illegally” in Soura area in outskirts of Srinagar. Acting on specific information regarding illegal dumping of domestic gas cylinders in the residential area of 90-ft Road Soura near Masjid Muslim, Police raided the place and seized 160 gas cylinders. One Adil Ahmad Guroo has been arrested and […]

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Hope J&K opens up to world as international trading destination: Mehbooba

Hope J&K opens up to world as international trading destination: Mehbooba

Srinagar: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday expressed the hope that Jammu & Kashmir opens up to the world as an international trading destination through land routes, realizing its geopolitical situation, as part of a peaceful region. Addressing a function on the inauguration of 7th International Buyer-Seller meet here today, the Chief Minister said the […]

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RSS chief’s Kashmir statement reflection of ‘fascist ideology’: Hurriyat Conference (M)

RSS chief’s Kashmir statement reflection of ‘fascist ideology’: Hurriyat Conference (M)

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Saturday termed RSS chief Mohan Baghwat statement that people of Kashmir understand the language of power as a reflection of the “fascist ideology” of the right-wing organization. In a statement issued here that it was also reflection of their outlook on how to deal with […]

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Cop’s killing at Char-i-Sharief: Police says five out of six involved persons arrested

Cop’s killing at Char-i-Sharief: Police says five out of six involved persons arrested

Srinagar: Police on Saturday claimed to have worked out case involving killing of a policeman guarding Char-i-Sharief shrine at central Kashmir’s Budgam district in January this year. A police spokesman said that six persons carried out the attack and all but one have been arrested. On January 25, a group of militants fired upon policeman […]

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Govt ‘brazenly nepotistic’ anti-youth: Omar

Govt ‘brazenly nepotistic’ anti-youth: Omar

Srinagar: National Conference Working President Omar Abdullah on Saturday said the youth of Jammu and Kashmir had been left in lurch by a “brazenly nepotistic and anti-youth Government.” Addressing a one-day Youth National Conference Provincial Body Meet at National Conference Headquarters, ‘Nawa-e-Subha’ in Srinagar on Saturday, Omar said hard-working, meritorious and qualified youth of the […]

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Panchayat Ghar gutted in fire at Kulgam

Panchayat Ghar gutted in fire at Kulgam

Srinagar: A Panchayat ghar was gutted at Batpora in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Friday evening. “A Panchayat ghar at Batpora Kulgam caught fire. Police and fire service tenders are on job,” a police spokesman said, adding, “A case is registered in this regard and investigation to ascertain the cause of fire has been initiated.” […]

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Geelani rejects India’s talks offer through IB ‘official’

Geelani rejects India’s talks offer through IB ‘official’

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Thursday rejected talks offer with India by an IB official and termed all these attempts as futile. “It is nothing more than a tactic to buy time by New Delhi,” Geelani said as per Chief Spokesperson G A Gulzar in a statement issued here. He disclosed that […]

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Enter Muzaffar Beigh  

Enter Muzaffar Beigh  

Jammu:  Days after Haseeb Drabu’s sacking by PDP-led ruling alliance from cabinet, party’s senior leader and Member Parliament Muzaffar Hussain Beigh led a delegation of two parliamentarians and as many MLAs who called Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman over the demand for construction o tunnel at Sadna top in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. An official spokesman […]

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Police rescues UP man swept by avalanche at Sonamarg

Police rescues UP man swept by avalanche at Sonamarg

Srinagar: Police on Thursday rescued an employee of APCO Construction company.pvt Ltd who was swept under minor avalanche at Shitkari area of Sonamarg in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district. “An employee of APCO Construction company.pvt Ltd namely Dharam Prakash Singh son of Narender Bahadur resident of Premgadh Danigunj Uttar Pradesh (A/P Electrician of APCO Tunnel construction) […]

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Arrest of 4 sons, son-in-law of Salahudin by NIA political vendetta: Geelani

Arrest of 4 sons, son-in-law of Salahudin by NIA political vendetta: Geelani

Srinagar: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani has strongly condemned the arrest of four sons and son-in-law of United Jihad Council Chief Syed Salah-u-Din by India’s National Investigation Agency and termed it as political vendetta. Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Syed Javed Ahmad, Syed Abdul Wahid, Syed Ab Mueed (sons) and Syed Umar Farooq were […]

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SHRC seeks list of pending widow applications with SWD

SHRC seeks list of pending widow applications with SWD

Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission on Thursday directed Director Social Welfare Kashmir and Jammu to file before it list of all pending applications of widows by May 1. The commission passed ordered after a “tragic picture of state of affairs” was drawn from the report of Tehsil Social Welfare Officer Chadoora. “In a small […]

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Vohra emphasis effective fiscal management, early orders on regularization of casual labours

Vohra emphasis effective fiscal management, early orders on regularization of casual labours

Jammu: Governor N N Vohra on Thursday emphasised the high importance of effective fiscal management and its direct co-relation with increased resource mobilisation. In his interaction with Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, Minister for Education, Finance, Labour & Employment, who called him at the Raj Bhavan here, the governor emphasised both fiscal management and increased resource mobilization […]

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After Manan, another Lolab youth poses with Ak-47, photo goes viral

After Manan, another Lolab youth poses with Ak-47, photo goes viral

Kupwara: Three months after PhD scholar Manan Wani announced his joining militant ranks, a photo of another youth from Lolab, Bilal Ahmad Shah, wielding an assault rifle, has gone viral on social media. Bilal is a resident of Shartmuqam Lolab and his code written in the photo, uploaded on the social media, is Shahbaz. Bilal’s […]

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Unani Medical College Ganderbal to start functioning next month

New Delhi: Union Minister of State for AYUSH, Shripad Naik is likely to inaugurate Unani Medical College at Ganderbal in the mid April. In order to exploit the gigantic herbal potential and to further promote the AYUSH Sector in Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Ministry of AYUSH also agreed in principle to establish the National […]

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Anand Jain joins as IGP Headquarter PHQ

Anand Jain joins as IGP Headquarter PHQ

Jammu: Inspector General of Police  Anand Jain on Wednesday assumed the office of IGP Headquarter PHQ. Jain, who returned from Central deputation, was posted as IGP Headquarter on March 12, relieving Surinder Kumar Gupta for his posting as Director SSG, a police statement issued here said.

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CJ inaugurates computer section at HC Complex Jammu

CJ inaugurates computer section at HC Complex Jammu

Jammu: Chief Justice Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Justice Baddar Durrez Ahmed on Wednesday inaugurated a new state of art computer section cum server room at High Court Complex Jammu being constructed by R&B department at an approximate cost of Rs 60 lakh. The server room houses blade severs of latest configuration and NAS for […]

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Eisa was close to me, he often talked post-Burhan scenario: Geelani  

Eisa was close to me, he often talked post-Burhan scenario: Geelani  

Srinagar:  Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday described Eisa Fazili as “passionate warrior” and one who was very close to him. Eisa was killed along with Syed Owais Shafi of Kokernag and an unidentified militant in an encounter with government forces at Hakoora in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district earlier this week. “His […]

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Bukhari reviews finance working  

Bukhari reviews finance working  

Jammu: Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari chaired maiden review meeting of the Department after taking over the charge of Finance Ministry, here last evening. Speaking at the meeting, the Minister took detailed review of functioning of the department, including status of spending in core sectors, interventions introduced to bring in fiscal discipline besides matters concerning judicious […]

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Vohra asks officials to proactively disclose information suo-moto under RTI

Vohra asks officials to proactively disclose information suo-moto under RTI

Jammu: Governor N.N. Vohra on Wednesday said the public authorities should pro-actively disclose information suo moto by showing it on their websites. Addressing a one day seminar on Implementation of the J&K RTI Act, 2009 here on Wednesday, he noted that for the effective functioning of the statute considerable improvement needs to be brought about […]

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PAO system rollback major clue that Drabu was not sacked just for K-remarks: NC

PAO system rollback major clue that Drabu was not sacked just for K-remarks: NC

Srinagar: National Conference on Wednesday said the sudden rollback of the Pay and Accounts Office (PAO) System by the Jammu and Kashmir Government has exposed ruling PDP’s moral smokescreen over the sacking of former Finance Minister Dr. Haseeb Drabu. In a statement issued, the party strongly opposes the remarks of the Former Finance Minister viz-a-viz […]

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