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Cabinet meeting in Jammu at 5:30 p.m. today

Cabinet meeting in Jammu at 5:30 p.m. today

Jammu: The state cabinet meeting to be chaired by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is scheduled to take place in civil secretariat here at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Sources told INS said that the cabinet is likely to clear several crucial proposals during the meeting. This is the first cabinet meeting after recent expansion which saw […]

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88040 unemployed youth registered in 2017: Govt

88040 unemployed youth registered in 2017: Govt

Jammu: As many as 88040 un-employed youth including technocrats, graduates and post graduates listed themselves with various district employment and counselling centres of in the state till December 2017, minister for Labour and Employment, Dr Haseeb A Drabu said on Tuesday. Replying to a question by Sat Pal Sharma in Legislative Assembly, the Minister also […]

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KPs protest, demand enhancement in cash assistance

Jammu: Kashmiri migrant relief holders and youth, who have surpassed government fixed age for employment, on Monday staged a protest demonstration in Jammu against ruling PDP-BJP’s ‘discriminatory’ approach in resolving their grievance. The protesters said that the attitude of the government has made their life “miserable” and that over-aged youth and the relief holders have […]

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Nitish all praise for late Mufti Sayeed

Nitish all praise for late Mufti Sayeed

Jammu: Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar on Monday said that late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed always believed in peaceful resolution of issues rather than acrimony or discord. Delivering his speech of acceptance after receiving the Mufti Muhammad Sayeed award on Probity in Politics & Public Life here, the six-time Bihar Chief Minister said the Mufti had […]

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Govt forces launch searches in Tral village

Govt forces launch searches in Tral village

Pulwama: A cordon and search operation has been launched by government forces in Syedabad Pastuna village of south Kashmir’s Tral on Monday evening. Official sources told INS that government forces launched search operation after receiving specific inputs about the presence of militants in the area. The search operation in the area was going on when […]

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Govt committed to welfare of workers, marginalized: Mehbooba

Govt committed to welfare of workers, marginalized: Mehbooba

Jammu: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that that her Government was committed to the welfare and upliftment of marginalised sections of society particularly labours, landless and those working in the unorganised sector. Addressing a gathering on the launch of Muhafiz, a welfare initiative for the social security net of around three lakh workers […]

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Nitish Kumar, Sushil Modi participates in first Mufti Memorial Lecture

Nitish Kumar, Sushil Modi participates in first Mufti Memorial Lecture

Jammu: Governor N.N. Vohra chaired “The First Mufti Memorial Lecture” in a function organized to commemorate Mufti Sayeed Day at Gen Zorawar Singh Auditorium, here on Monday. Ms. Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister J&K, Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister Bihar, Sushil Kumar Modi, Deputy Chief Minister Bihar, Dr. Nirmal K Singh, Deputy Chief Minister J&K, Lord Meghnad […]

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PDP using dialogue, reconciliation as ‘sugar coated’ terms: Hurriyat Conference (M)

PDP using dialogue, reconciliation as ‘sugar coated’ terms: Hurriyat Conference (M)

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) on Monday termed as ‘sugar coated’ the use of terms like ‘dialogue’, ‘reconciliation’ and ‘mutual trust building among stakeholders’ for the resolution of Kashmir issue by ruling PDP as “sugar coated” even as it termed continued house arrest of amalgam’s chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq “policy of political revenge and harassment.” In […]

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Geelani demands ‘immediate’ shifting of Kashmiri prisoners lodged in Tihar

Geelani demands ‘immediate’ shifting of Kashmiri prisoners lodged in Tihar

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Monday demanded immediate shifting of all Kashmiri prisoners lodged in various Indian jails to the Kashmir Valley. Expressing “serious concern” over the deteriorating health condition of Kashmiri detainees in New Delhi’s Tihar jail, the octogenarian leader said that those lodged in Tihar Jail including Shabir Ahmad Shah, […]

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Militant killed in Chadoora, clashes ensue

Militant killed in Chadoora, clashes ensue

Srinagar: Police on Monday said that one militant was killed in an encounter with government forces at Chadoora in central Kashmir’s Budgam district. Official sources said that a joint team of police, CRPF and army launched a joint cordon-and-search operation of Kaneera Patalgam village following specific information about the presence of militants there. They said […]

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Sajjad Bazaz bereaved

Sajjad Bazaz bereaved

Srinagar: Ziauddin Bazaz, father of Sajjad Bazaz, in charge Corporate Communication of Jammu and Kashmir Bank and renowned columnist of Valley, passed away after brief illness on Monday. According to family sources, Ziauddin Bazaz breathed his last at his residence at Firdousabad (Lane no. 13) Batamaloo here. Hundreds of people participated in the funeral of […]

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Internet snapped in Budgam, Pulwama amid gunfight in Chadoora

Internet snapped in Budgam, Pulwama amid gunfight in Chadoora

Srinagar: Internet has been suspended in Budgam and Pulwama excluding Awantipora in wake of the encounter between militants and government forces in Chadoora, official sources said on Monday. Two militants have been reportedly killed in the ongoing encounter. However, there was no official confirmation. The internet suspension also follows protests by youth near the encounter […]

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Train service from Srinagar-Banihal suspended over fear of protests

Train service from Srinagar-Banihal suspended over fear of protests

Srinagar: Train service from Banihal to Nowgam Srinagar has been suspended on Monday in view of “apprehension” of protests by residents of Malangpora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Official sources told INS that railway authorities’ decision to suspend the service followed a advisory by local administration to Chief Area Manager Northern Railways on the apprehensions […]

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At -6.1C, Srinagar records season’s coldest night, Gulmarg freezes at -10.6C

At -6.1C, Srinagar records season’s coldest night, Gulmarg freezes at -10.6C

Srinagar: The cold wave further tightened its grip over Kashmir with Srinagar experiencing the season’s coldest night so far, weatherman said on Monday. A meteorological department official here told INS that the minimum temperature in this summer capital of the state settled at minus 6.1 degree Celsius against -6.0 degree Celsius on previous night. He […]

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Driver killed as truck carrying chickens plunges into gorge in Ramban

Driver killed as truck carrying chickens plunges into gorge in Ramban

Srinagar: Driver of a truck, carrying cages of chickens, was killed in an accident on Srinagar-Jammu highway in Ramban district on Sunday. Official sources told INS said that the truck (PB-06AK-2226) rolled down into a gorge near Chamalwas area of the mountainous district, killing the driver Ramesh Kumar of Bawana Pathankot Punjab, on the spot. […]

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J&K Personal Law Board passes resolution to oppose ‘triple talak’ law

J&K Personal Law Board passes resolution to oppose ‘triple talak’ law

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Personal Law Board (JKMPLB) on Sunday passed a resolution, opposing the extension of proposed central law restricting ‘triple talak’ in the state. The resolution was passed during an executive council of JKMPLB chaired by Grand Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Bashir-ud-Din Ahmad Farooqi, at its head office here. All […]

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Sopore: Militant from Tral among 3 persons arrested

Sopore: Militant from Tral among 3 persons arrested

Sopore: A militant and two other persons, suspected to be OGWs, were arrested on Sunday evening in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s BAramulla district. Official sources told INS that acting on specific information about the presence of militants, Army, 163 Territorial Army and police’s SOG launched a joint cordon-and-search-operation at Watlab area of north Kashmir […]

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Police recovers stolen car in Pulwama

Police recovers stolen car in Pulwama

Pulwama: After sending security agencies in a tizzy ahead of the R-Day, police recovered stolen vehicle from south Kashmir Pulwama district on Sunday. Official sources told INS that the red-colour Wagnor (JK01P- 6404) belonging to Bashir Ahmad Dar son of Ghulam Mohidin Dar of Dangerpora was stolen from Dangerpora area on Saturday evening. Police station […]

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Photos of Hizb’s new recruit, a research scholar from Kupwara, go viral

Photos of Hizb’s new recruit, a research scholar from Kupwara, go viral

Kupwara: Photos of a research scholar from Kupwara joining Hizbul Mujahideen has gone viral on the social media in Jammu and Kashmir. The photos have set the alarm bells ringing for the police and other security establishment in the state, particularly from Kupwara. In the photos, the youth, Manan Ahmad Wani (M.Phill, Ph.D in applied […]

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For how long should humanity bleed, asks Mehbooba

For how long should humanity bleed, asks Mehbooba

Bijhehara: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday appealed India and Pakistan to take measures for betterment of mutual relations which would consequentially reduce acrimony, violence and lead to an atmosphere of friendship between the two neighbours. Addressing a gathering of people at the mausoleum of late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on the occasion of his second […]

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2 held with 50 lakh demonetized currency: Police

2 held with 50 lakh demonetized currency: Police

Srinagar: Police on Sunday arrested two persons and claimed recovered demonetized currency of 50 lakhs from their possession. A police party of from Baghiyas led by the in-charge Police Post Sub-inspector Ajaz Ahmad apprehended two persons during a surprise naka checking near Batboni Baghiyas and recovered demonetized currency of Rs 50 lakhs from their possession. […]

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Soldier ends life in Uri, first in 2018; 92 suicides reported last year

Soldier ends life in Uri, first in 2018; 92 suicides reported last year

Uri: A soldier ended his life by shooting himself with his service rifle at Uri in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Officials identified the soldier as Subba Roy of 8 Rashtriya Rifles and he was currently posted at Gawalion Uri. While this is the first suicide, at-least 92 personnel from the three armed forces committed suicide […]

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Geelani demands probe by UN sponsored war crime tribunal into J&K massacres

Geelani demands probe by UN sponsored war crime tribunal into J&K massacres

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday demanded impartial investigation by United Nations sponsored war crime tribunal into all “gruesome massacres” in Jammu and Kashmir. Paying rich tributes to the victims of Sopore massacres on their 25th anniversary, Geelani said that silence by international community over these gruesome and heart wrenching incidents […]

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Sopore massacre: HR group holds protest, demands justice

Sopore massacre: HR group holds protest, demands justice

Srinagar: International Forum for Justice/Human Rights Forum on Saturday held a protest demonstration here on 25th anniversary of Sopore massacre. Over 50 people were killed in the massacre by paramilitary Border Security Forces. Mohammad Ahsan Untoo, chairman of the rights group, said: “We came here to protest and demand justice. The justice should be given […]

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IAS, KAS among 14 officers transferred

IAS, KAS among 14 officers transferred

Srinagar: One IAS and four KAS were among 14 officers transferred by the Jammu and Kashmir Government on Saturday. According to separate orders, Owais Ahmed (IAS), Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Karnah-Tangdhar, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Secretary to the Government, Finance Department. Ghulam Mustafa Andrabi (KAS), Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Kangan, has been transferred and posted as […]

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Kupwara avalanches: Recovery ends, toll 11

Kupwara avalanches: Recovery ends, toll 11

Tassaduq Hussain Tangdhar: Rescuers pulled the final dead bodies from the snow on Saturday afternoon, raising the final death toll in devastating avalanches near Sadna Top in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district to 11. Official sources told INS that with the recovery of the bodies of ten persons near ‘Khooni Nallah’ area, everyone person known to […]

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Mehbooba ‘distressed’ over loss of lives in avalanches

Mehbooba ‘distressed’ over loss of lives in avalanches

Mehbooba ‘distressed’ over loss of lives in avalanches Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said she was ‘distressed’ over loss of lives in a snow avalanche at Sadhna Top in Kupwara. At least ten persons were killed in the avalanches at Sadna Top in north Kashmir district. “Distressed over the loss of lives in […]

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Kupwara avalanche: Rescuers find 3 bodies, 4 persons still missing

Kupwara avalanche: Rescuers find 3 bodies, 4 persons still missing

Kupwara: Rescuers working through the night pulled three bodies from snow after an avalanche near Sadhana Pass in Tangdhar area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Officials told INS that three bodies, two female and one male, were retrieved from the site during the night-long rescue operation by a joint team of army, police and locals. […]

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Yearning for justice 25 years after Sopore massacre

Yearning for justice 25 years after Sopore massacre

Sopore: January 6, 2018 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Sopore massacre—in which 56 men lost their lives and six others were injured. The long arm of the law, as they say, has failed to catch those behind the carnage, the memories of which remain fresh in minds and hearts of people, especially the […]

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Avalanche aftermath: Govt orders restricting traffic on vulnerable rounds

Avalanche aftermath: Govt orders restricting traffic on vulnerable rounds

Jammu: In wake of snow avalanches in Kupwara district coupled with adverse weather predictions, Minister for Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (DMRRR), Javaid Mustafa Mir has directed that movement of traffic should be restricted on vulnerable roads. He asked Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmed Khan to monitor the joint rescue operations launched by Army, […]

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Thousands of people offer prayers at ‘Dastageer Sahib’ shrine

Thousands of people offer prayers at ‘Dastageer Sahib’ shrine

  Thousands of people offer prayers at Dastageer Sahib (RA) shrine at Khanyar in Old City on Friday. Photo: Zahoor Zargar

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Beacon officer found dead under snow mass in Kupwara

Beacon officer found dead under snow mass in Kupwara

Srinagar: A Beacon officer who was swept away by an avalanche, has been found dead in Kupwara district of north Kashmir on Friday . As reported earlier, two beacon officials came under a snow avalanche adjacent to Sadhna top. While one of them was injured, an in-charge sector commander of beacon (hawaldar) was swept away. […]

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8-year-old rescued in Kupwara avalanche

8-year-old rescued in Kupwara avalanche

Kupwara: An eight-year-old boy, who was among six persons swept away by a snow avalanche, has been rescued and shifted to Kupwara. As reported earlier, sumo (JKO9A -3249) travelling from Kupwara towards Tangdhar was hit by an avalanche near Sadna top. Sulieman (8 ) has een rescued and shifted to DH Kupwara. Reports said while […]

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Beacon officer among seven missing in Kupwara avalanches

Beacon officer among seven missing in Kupwara avalanches

Srinagar: Seven persons, including a Beacon officer are missing after separate avalanches hit Sadhna Top in Tangdhar area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Friday. Official sources said that two Beacon officials were swept away by the avalanche. While one of them survived and was injured, another, a beacon officer (sector) who has been identified […]

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MDF demands inclusion of staff working on HDF in SRO-520

MDF demands inclusion of staff working on HDF in SRO-520

Muzamil Shah Srinagar: Medical Employee’s Federation on Thursday demanded inclusion of staff working on Hospital development fund (HDF) under SRO-520. The MEF held a meeting in Chest Disease Hospital here in Srinagar which was headed by Chairman Shabir Ahmed Langoo. Addressing media later, Langoo said: “The exclusion of staff working on Hospital Development Fund (HDF) […]

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Sopore girls rebuff BJP claims to be party’s ‘Mahila Morcha workers’

Sopore girls rebuff BJP claims to be party’s ‘Mahila Morcha workers’

Peerzada Waseem  Sopore: A group of girls from Sopore on Thursday rejected Bharatiya Janata Party’s claims of being its ‘Mahila Morcha workers’, claiming that they were shocked to see their pictures on social media as the ruling party members clicked their photographs after posing to be from social welfare department and offered them livelihood benefits […]

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Slain youth’s family deny BJP’s ‘active member’ claims

Slain youth’s family deny BJP’s ‘active member’ claims

Sopore: Hours after ruling BJP claimed affiliation of slain 25-year-old youth with the party, his family denied it as “baseless” and demanded a thorough investigation to nab those behind the killing. Family of the slain youth, Arif Ahmad Sofi from Unisoo in North Kashmir, on Thursday evening termed said that their son was never an […]

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Police officer manhandles women protesters in Jammu

Police officer manhandles women protesters in Jammu

A male police officer can be seen purportedly assaulting women employees of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) during a protest in Jammu on Wednesday

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Unknown gunmen kill youth in Sopore

Unknown gunmen kill youth in Sopore

  Sopore: Unidentified gunmen on Wednesday evening shot dead a 25-year-old youth at Herwan Bomia Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Official sources said that the gunmen fired upon the youth, Arif Ahmad Sofi (25) son of Mohammad Maqbool Sofi of Wahipora Unisoo at Herwan Bomia Sopore. He was rushed to the local hospital where […]

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Sumo drivers, plying from Lal Chowk-Harwan, protest in Srinagar

Sumo drivers, plying from Lal Chowk-Harwan, protest in Srinagar

Srinagar: Sumo drivers plying from Lal Chowk to Harwan on Wednesday protested against traffic department. The protesting drivers told media that the traffic department was not allowing them to stop on stations and “unnecessarily challan” them. “Now a days we are not allowed to enter to Lal chowk as the SSP traffic says that you […]

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Govt forms panel to engage experts for Anantnag master plan

Govt forms panel to engage experts for Anantnag master plan

Srinagar: The state government on Wednesday constituted a 4-member headed Deputy Commissioner Anantnag formalize the roadmap for engagement of experts for preparation of Master Plan and Zonal Plans of Anantnag City. The committee also comprising Chief Town Planner Kashmir, Chief Executive Officer, Municipal Committee Anantnag and Financial Advisor Chief Accounts Officer has been also tasked […]

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Cable Car proposed for Loran, Tosamaidan: Govt

Cable Car proposed for Loran, Tosamaidan: Govt

Jammu: Minister of State for Tourism Priya Sethi on Wednesday said the government was contemplating to develop Cable Car in Loran and Tosamaidan to tap tourism potential of these areas. Responding to a question raised by legislator Shah Mohammad Tantray in the House, the Minister informed that the State Cable Car Corporation Ltd is going […]

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Motion of Thanks on Guv’s Address: Legislator demands dialogue with stakeholders

Motion of Thanks on Guv’s Address: Legislator demands dialogue with stakeholders

Jammu: Several Members on Wednesday participated in discussion on Motion of Thanks on Governors Address in the Legislative Assembly and one of them, MLA Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen, called for initiating dialogue with all stakeholders to resolve the Kashmir problem besides involving youth in the peace process. He also asked the government to take all possible […]

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Cold conditions unabated; MeT forecast scattered rain, snow in Kashmir on Jan 5

Cold conditions unabated; MeT forecast scattered rain, snow in Kashmir on Jan 5

Srinagar: The weatherman on Wednesday forecast scattered rain or snow in Kashmir on January 5 even as night temperatures remained below sub-zero in the Valley. An official of the meteorological department said that this summer capital of the state experienced another freezing night as minimum temperature settled at 4.1 degrees Celsius below zero as against […]

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JeM’s Fardeen remembered as soft-spoken, hardworking friend

JeM’s Fardeen remembered as soft-spoken, hardworking friend

Tral: A day after 16-year-old Fardeen Khanday was laid to rest with thousands of people participating in his funeral, on Tuesday friends remembered the “soft-spoken and hardworking” teen. Fardeen was among three Jash-e-Mohammad militants who were killed after mounting a ‘fidayeen’ (suicide) attack on paramilitary CRPF training camp at Lethpora area of Pulwama district on […]

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Sentry of police station Pulwama fires on ‘suspicion movement’

Sentry of police station Pulwama fires on ‘suspicion movement’

Srinagar: A sentry guarding police station Pulwama fired few shots after observing some ‘suspicious movement’ on Tuesday evening. There was no report of any loss of life even as police has launched searches in the area, official sources said. “Some suspicious moment was felt by sentry guarding Police station Pulwama, he fired some gun shots […]

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JKB, police join hands to work on drug de-addiction

JKB, police join hands to work on drug de-addiction

Srinagar: As a significant step of collective initiative and responsibility towards the society, Director General of Police SP vaid and Chairman and CEO, J&K Bank, Parvez Ahmed announced to join hands to work together on Drug De-addiction in J&K state. Parvez Ahmed called on Vaid on Tuesday and discussed the security of bank’s Cash vans […]

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Elderly woman suffers severe burn injuries after house fire in Sopore

Elderly woman suffers severe burn injuries after house fire in Sopore

Sopore: A septuagenarian woman sustained severe burn injuries after her house caught on fire in Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Tuesday evening. Reports said fire broke out in house of one Parvaiz Ahmed Hajam at Hajam Mohallah Arampora area of this apple town. The fire emanated from kitchen of the house and […]

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3 ADGPs appointed, G A Mir as CID J&K

3 ADGPs appointed, G A Mir as CID J&K

Srinagar: The State Government on Tuesday ordered posting of three Additional Director General of Police in the interest of administrations. An order issued by state’s home department announced that Abdul Ghani Mir (IPS), upon his promotion as Additional Director General of Police, has been posted as ADGP CID, J&K, against an available vacancy. Mohd Sulaiman […]

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Continued political ‘vacuum’ has affected State’s HR situation, growth: NC

Continued political ‘vacuum’ has affected State’s HR situation, growth: NC

Srinagar: Expresses deep concern over the “worsening situation” in Jammu and Kashmir, opposition National Conference on Tuesday said that the continued “political vacuum” has affected the State’s Human Rights situation, economy and growth adversely. In a memorandum to governor, the National Conference said that “already alarming level of alienation in the Valley, as evidenced by […]