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Mercury hovers below normal for ‘Chilla-e-Kalan’

Mercury hovers below normal for ‘Chilla-e-Kalan’

Srinagar: The mercury continues to hover below normal during ‘Chilla-e-Kalan’, a 40-day harshest period of winter that started from December 21 in Kashmir Valley. A meteorological department official told INS that Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of -4.3C slightly up from -4.6C – the summer capital of the state had experienced on previous night. The […]

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Day in pictures

Day in pictures

Youth runaway as CRPF and police fire tear smoke shell during clashes in Srinagar on Saturday, January 13, 2018

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‘Poor’ Jio service irks Shopian villagers

‘Poor’ Jio service irks Shopian villagers

Mudasir Maqbool Shopian: Subscribers of Reliance Jio from Nadigam village of shopian district in south Kashmir are upset with “poor signals”. The locals said that due to the “poor signal” in the area, they can’t talk properly as there was call drop and webpages take lot of time to open. “I have Rs 399 plan […]

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3 UP men among 4 bootleggers arrested: Police

3 UP men among 4 bootleggers arrested: Police

Srinagar: Police on Saturday said it arrested four bootleggers at Nigeen in outskirts of Srinagar and recovered 15 bottles of wine from their possession. Police during a snap naka intercepted an auto (JK01-4177) and apprehended four persons, a police spokesman said. They have been identified as Sarvan Kumar, Manoj Ram, Janak Ram, residents of Darmangatpur […]

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Pak tells India not to underestimate its nuclear capabilities

Pak tells India not to underestimate its nuclear capabilities

Srinagar: Pakistan on Saturday asked India not to underestimate its nuclear capabilities and if New Delhi wishes to test it, then it should. Pakistan-run PTV World quoted Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor terming the Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat’s statement “irresponsible” and “unbecoming” of someone who was serving on […]

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Police fires in air as car jumps check post in Shopian

Police fires in air as car jumps check post in Shopian

Shopian: Police opened fire in air after a car did not stop at a check-point in this south Kashmir district. Reports said that panic gripped Alyalpora area of the district after police’s SOG personnel opened aerial shots to stop the car. “The vehicle was signaled to stop but the driver fled and the SOG personnel […]

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Making J&K part of India bold decision: Mehbooba

Making J&K part of India bold decision: Mehbooba

TILAK AZAD Jammu: Making Jammu and Kashmir a part of India was the bold and a historic decision of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and Maharaja Hari Singh, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Friday. In her 45 minutes address in the Upper House, She urged people of the state to respect India as a nation and […]

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9 KAS among 17 officers transferred

9 KAS among 17 officers transferred

Srinagar: Seventeen officers, nine of them KAS, have been transferred by the government in the interest of administration on Friday. According to separate orders, Masarat Hashim (KAS), Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Bandipora, has transferred and posted as Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Srinagar, against an available vacancy. Ghulam Rasool Wani (KAS), Collector, Lakes and Waterways Development Authority, Srinagar, […]

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Parvaiz Khateeb appointed technical member JKGST Appellate Tribunal

Jammu: The government on Friday appointed Parvaiz Iqbal Khateeb,  a Technical Member (State) in the Jammu and Kashmir Goods and Services Tax Appellate Tribunal, Constituted on 23 October last year. Khateeb has been appointed for the period of five years w.e.f 01.03.2018 or until he attains the age of sixty five years, whichever is earlier, […]

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SKIMS Governing Body ratifies suspension of 3 faculty members, attachment of Director

SKIMS Governing Body ratifies suspension of 3 faculty members, attachment of Director

Jammu: The Governing Body of the SKIMS today ratified the action taken against three faculty members for indulging in private practice and directed SKIMS to institute a full-fledged inquiry in terms of the relevant rules. The meeting was chaired by Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti here today, who is also chairperson of the Governing Body. Addressing […]

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Rail service suspended for Saturday  

Rail service suspended for Saturday  

Srinagar: In wake of the strike called by Joint Resistance Leadership, the railway authorities have decided to suspend services from Banihal-Baramulla and vice versa on Saturday. A railway official confirmed to INS that rail service in the Valley shall remain suspended. The JRL comprising syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and YAsin Malik have called […]

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Militants attack police station Shopian

Militants attack police station Shopian

Shopian: Suspected Militants on Friday evening attacked a police station in Keegam area of this south Kashmir district. Initial reports suggest that there was no loss of life in the attack. However, there was no official confirmation. (Emerging story, more details awaited)

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Police launch cordon, searched in Ganberbal village

Police launch cordon, searched in Ganberbal village

Ganderbal: A cordon and search operation was launched by police and army in Shuhama village of central Kashmir in this central Kashmir district on Friday. Official sources told INS that joint team of police and army launched the CASO after receiving “specific inputs” about the presence of militants in the area. The CASO was concluded […]

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Kupwara: 2 teachers, RET suspended after 1 out of 44 students passes SSE exam

Kupwara: 2 teachers, RET suspended after 1 out of 44 students passes SSE exam

Kupwara: The school education department on Friday placed under suspension two teachers and an RET of the Government High School Dardpora Lolab in this north Kashmir’s frontier, a day after INS reported that out of 44, only one student qualified the annual SSE examination, the results of which was declared by state Board of School […]

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In J&K, cyber crimes double in two years: Govt

In J&K, cyber crimes double in two years: Govt

Srinagar: Compared to 2016, cyber crimes have doubled in Jammu and Kashmir last year, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Friday. While 25 cases were registered in 2016, the number stood at 51 in 2017, she said in a written reply to a query by nominated MLA Anjum Fazili in state legislature. In 2015, 38 […]

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GoI has not refused return of NHPC-run power projects to J&K: Govt

GoI has not refused return of NHPC-run power projects to J&K: Govt

Jammu: The government of India has not refused return of projects run by power giant NHPC, deputy chief minister and Minister for Power Development Dr. Nirmal Kumar Singh said on Thursday. Responding to a written question in state legislature by a member Hakim Mohammad Yaseen Shah, he responded in confirmatory the Coalition Government was committed […]

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Class XII exams: Happy for those who passed, failed students must not lose heart, says BOSE chairperson

Class XII exams: Happy for those who passed, failed students must not lose heart, says BOSE chairperson

Srinagar: Chairperson Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education Prof. Veena Pandita on Thursday expressed satisfaction over the performance of students, particularly from government schools, in class XII, the results of which were declared on Thursday. In an interaction with the INS, she also advised those students who failed to pass the exams not […]

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Govt forces launch cordon, searched in Tral village

Govt forces launch cordon, searched in Tral village

Srinagar: A cordon and search operation was launched by government forces in Brobandina village of south Kashmir’s Tral area in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday evening. Official sources told INS that joint team of police, CRPF and army launched the CASO after receiving specific inputs about the presence of militants in the area. When […]

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Govt asks Dr Omar Javed Shah to hold charge of Director SKIMS

Govt asks Dr Omar Javed Shah to hold charge of Director SKIMS

Srinagar: Hours after High court stayed January 6 order, the state government ordered that Dr. Omar Javed Shah, Professor Surgical G.E. and Dean Medical Faculty, SKIMS shall hold the charge of Director, SKIMS “As approved by the Competent Authority and in partial modification of Government Order No. 45-GAD of 2018 dated 06.01.2018, it is hereby […]

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Mehbooba doesn’t even feel ashamed for telling ‘blatant lies’ in assembly: Geelani

Mehbooba doesn’t even feel ashamed for telling ‘blatant lies’ in assembly: Geelani

Srinagar: Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday denounced Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for her statement in state legislative assembly, saying that people in state never accepted “Indian hegemony” “Sycophancy, deceit, and treachery is trait and symbol of PDP and other pro-Indian politicians,” the octogenarian leader said in a statement […]

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Budget ‘development focussed’: Mehbooba

Budget ‘development focussed’: Mehbooba

Jammu: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has welcomed the Budget 2018-19 presented in both Houses of State Legislature on Tuesday, terming it as development focussed and people oriented. The Chief Minister said the highest ever capital outlay in this budget was the proof of her Governments developmental premise. She said based on the feedback from her […]

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Drabu presents Rs 80000 cr budget; 7th Pay Commission recommendations being implemented from April 1

Drabu presents Rs 80000 cr budget; 7th Pay Commission recommendations being implemented from April 1

Jammu: With a focus on reaping the harvest of the radical fiscal reforms undertaken by the State Government during the past three budgetary exercises, the Minister of Finance, Dr Haseeb A Drabu, on Thursday presented his 4th Budget in the State Assembly terming it a major step towards making Jammu and Kashmir a truly welfare […]

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HC stays Dr Ahanger’s removal as Director SKIMS

HC stays Dr Ahanger’s removal as Director SKIMS

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has stayed a government order, relieving Dr. A.G. Ahanger from the post of Director SKIMS till further orders. “The order no.45-GAD of 2018 dated 6th January 2018, is stayed till next date of hearing before the Bench. However, this order shall be subject to objections from other side,” a […]

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Class XII exams: 31 among 45 disabled students pass, 4 with distinction  

Class XII exams: 31 among 45 disabled students pass, 4 with distinction  

Srinagar: As many as 31 disabled students passed by the class 12 examination, the result of which was declared by  Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education on Thursday. A total of 45 physically disabled students appeared in the exams and include 32 males and 13 females. Of them, 31 (68%) were declared successful and […]

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61.44% pass 12th class exam, 88 students share top 10 positions

61.44% pass 12th class exam, 88 students share top 10 positions

Srinagar: Over 61 per cent students on Thursday cleared the Class XII examinations, with girls once again outshining the boys. The top ten positions in four streams—Science, Commerce, Arts and Home Science—has been shared by 88 students. A total of 55163 students wrote examination conducted by the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education in […]

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On ‘record’ in House: Whatever you will get, you will get it from India only, Mehbooba tells Hurriyat

On ‘record’ in House: Whatever you will get, you will get it from India only, Mehbooba tells Hurriyat

Jammu: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday asked “mainstream and outside mainstream” people of Jammu and Kashmir that whatever “you will get, you will get it from India only and nowhere else.” “Be it our constitution which we swear by along with country’s constitution; be it our flag or residuary powers, protect them. This means […]

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Mehbooba attends ‘Lohri Milan’ in Jammu

Mehbooba attends ‘Lohri Milan’ in Jammu
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Train service to remain suspended in south Kashmir tomorrow

Train service to remain suspended in south Kashmir tomorrow

Srinagar: Train service shall remain suspended for another day on Thursday due to security reasons in south Kashmir while it will chug on Srinagar-Baramulla track as per schedule, officials said on Wednesday. “Srinagar-Banihal train service shall remain suspended tomorrow (Thursday),” a railway official told INS. However, he said, the train service From Srinagar-Baramulla will run […]

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Mehbooba announces amnesty to youth involved in cases during 2016 unrest

Mehbooba announces amnesty to youth involved in cases during 2016 unrest

Jammu: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday announced grant of amnesty against youth involved in various cases during the unrest of 2016 even as she appealed all shades of opinion in the State and the country to come forward and help in the getting the State out of present uncertainties and bloodshed. Replying to the […]

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Drabu to present Budget tomorrow

Drabu to present Budget tomorrow

Jammu: The Finance Minister, Dr Haseeb Drabu Wednesday gave final touches to the Budget 2018-19 to be presented by him in the State Legislature on Thursday. This will be the 4th Budget in a row to be presented by Dr Drabu. The Finance Minister and his junior Minister Ajay Nanda were huddled with the team […]

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Div Com conducts motorable drive on Ram Bagh flyover stretch

Div Com conducts motorable drive on Ram Bagh flyover stretch

Srinagar: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, on Tuesday conducted an extensive motorable drive along with a cavalcade of 30 vehicles from Amar Singh College to Ram Bagh flyover stretch to inspect the patchwork and other necessary works going-on on the bridge. Div Com directed ERA engineers to complete the construction work at an earliest […]

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2,034 Hepatitis-B cases in Kokernag: Govt

2,034 Hepatitis-B cases in Kokernag: Govt

Jammu: The State government on Wednesday said 2,034 persons have been “registered for treatment” of Hepatitis-B in Kokernag area of south Kashmir. Responding to a Calling Attention Motion moved by MLC Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo, Minister for Health and Medical Education, Bali Bhagat however said that no death has been reported in the Kashmir division so […]

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NHM employees demand for regularization ‘being looked into’: Govt

NHM employees demand for regularization ‘being looked into’: Govt

Jammu: Minister for Health and Medical Education Bali Bhagat on Wednesday said that government has conceded maximum demands of the National Health Mission (NHM) employees even as their demand for regularisation of services is being looked into. He said a four member committee constituted by the government to look into the demands of the NHM […]

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‘Upset’ over sitting arrangement, Zulfikar gives a miss to Assembly

‘Upset’ over sitting arrangement, Zulfikar gives a miss to Assembly

Jammu: Minister for Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Tribal Affairs, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali remained absent on Tuesday from State legislative assembly, presently in its Budget Session. He has not attended the State Assembly since January 3 due to resentment over sitting arrangements made by the government’s Cabinet list without keeping the […]

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For a change, boys fare better than girls as 62.94% pass class 10th exam

For a change, boys fare better than girls as 62.94% pass class 10th exam

Tabish Khan Srinagar: Boys on Tuesday outperformed girls as 62.94 students were declared success in class 10th examinations conducted by the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE). Of the total students who wrote exams, 63.33 % boys were declared qualified compared to 62.52 percentage for the fairer gender. JKBOSE official said that a […]

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Tassaduq to ‘oversee’ CM Grievance Cell

Tassaduq to ‘oversee’ CM Grievance Cell

Srinagar: Tassaduq Hussain Mufti, tourism minister, was on Tuesday assigned additional charge to “oversee” the functioning of the Chief Minister’s Grievance Cell till further orders. Tassaduq had earlier resigned from the post of Co-ordinator J&K Chief Minister’s Grievance Cell in the run up to his induction into the cabinet led by his sister Mehbooba Mufti. […]

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Train services to and fro south Kashmir suspended for tomorrow

Train services to and fro south Kashmir suspended for tomorrow

Srinagar: Train services to and fro South Kashmir will remain suspended on Wednesday in order to maintain “law and order” in the area. The decision by railway authorities follows killing of a civilian in Khudwani area of Kulgam by government forces on Tuesday. A railway officials told INS over phone that the service between Banihal […]

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Kulgam youth’s killing: Mehbooba ‘anguished’, DC orders probe

Kulgam youth’s killing: Mehbooba ‘anguished’, DC orders probe

Jammu: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has expressed deep “anguish” over the killing of a youth in Kulgam district on Tuesday. The Chief Minister has directed the district administration to conduct a probe to know the reasons of the killing and come up with a report at the earliest, an official spokesman said. Accordingly, the Deputy […]

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Blinded by pellets, Insha qualifies 10th exams

Blinded by pellets, Insha qualifies 10th exams

Shopian: Insha Mushtaq, the teenage girl completely blinded by pellets fired by government forces during the 2016 uprising in Kashmir, has qualified class 10th exam, the results of which were declared by Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education. Insha Mushtaq resident of Sedow village of this south Kashmir district was completely blinded when forces […]

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Opposition protests, stage walkout in LC over chairman’s participation in PDP-BJP meeting

Opposition protests, stage walkout in LC over chairman’s participation in PDP-BJP meeting

Jammu, Jan 9: Opposition members in Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council on Tuesday disrupted the proceedings in house of elders against “participation” of LC chairman in PDP-BJP coalition meeting last week. As the House assembled for the day, all opposition members stood up and raised the issue regarding participation of Legislative Council Chairman Haji Anayat […]

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OPD, surgeries running smoothly in SKIMS: Govt

OPD, surgeries running smoothly in SKIMS: Govt

Jammu: Minister for Health and Medical Education, Bali Bhagat on Tuesday informed the Legislative Assembly that the Government will take appropriate steps to end the ongoing strike in Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura. While responding to the point raised by M Y Tarigami and Mian Altaf Ahmed regarding the strike of SKIMS doctors […]

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In Assembly, Omar asks govt to ‘clarify’ Dineshwar Sharma’s mandate

In Assembly, Omar asks govt to ‘clarify’ Dineshwar Sharma’s mandate

Jammu: Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday asked government to clarify the mandate of Dineshwar Sharma, a former Intelligence Bureau chief nominated by New Delhi as a Special Representative to “initiate and carry forward a dialogue with elected representatives, various organisations and concerned individuals in Jammu and Kashmir. While taking part in discussion on […]

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Kulgam youth dead in first civilian killing in 2018

Kulgam youth dead in first civilian killing in 2018

Srinagar: In first civilian killing during protests this year, a 23-year-old youth was killed during clashes at Khudwani in Kulgam district of south Kashmir on Tuesday. Two other youth were also injured in use of force by government forces. Official sources said the youth, Khalid Ahmad Dar son of Suleman Dar, was hit in his […]

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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 […]