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Cabinet approves Water Policy

Srinagar: The state cabinet which met here on Monday under the chairpersonship of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti adopted State Water Policy and Plan. The Water Policy and Plan was to be formulated in terms of Section (IV) of the J&K State Water Resources (Regulation & Management) Act, 2010. The Cabinet called for co-opting the Forest

Braid chopping: Ethical crisis facing Kashmir, says Naeem

Srinagar: Government spokesman and Minister for Public Works Naeem Akhtar on Friday claimed “ethical crisis” was facing Kashmir and asked people to desist from demonstrating what he said collective frenzied behaviour in the wake of the “mass hysteria” around braid-chopping. Expressing his anguish at the latest incident in which a mentally challenged person was assaulted

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Modi spends 2 hours on Diwali with soldiers in Gurez

Srinagar: The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on Thursday celebrated Diwali with the soldiers of Indian Army and BSF, in Gurez Valley, near the Line of Control, in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. He was there for nearly two hours. This was the fourth successive Diwali that the Prime Minister has celebrated with soldiers on the border.

UJC blames Indian spy agencies for braid chopping

Srinagar: United Jehad Council, an amalgam of various militant organizations, on Sunday blamed ‘Indian spy agencies’ for braid chopping of women in Kashmir. “India by spreading fear can’t make Kashmiris to relinquish their freedom struggle,” Secretary General of UJC and Ameer (chief) of Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen said in an emailed statement. “The Indian troopers and spy agencies caused fear

Mehbboba for bridging gap among regions, people 

Leh: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday appealed student community to help her in having inter-regional interactions in the State and bring down the differences and misgivings about each other in the people of the regions. Addressing a function after distributing scooties among the meritorious students of Leh district at Eliezan Joldan Memorial College here

A Kashmiri boatman rows his Shikara, a traditional boat, as snow covered mountains are seen in the backdrop of the Dal Lake in Srinagar on March 7,2010.The Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed to traffic on March 6,morning following landslides at Panthal in Ramban district.The highway is the main road link between the Kashmir Valley and the rest of the country.AFP PHOTO/Rouf BHAT

Mehbooba pained at Dal’s plight, to periodically monitor its cleaning

Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday was ‘pained’ over the pollution levels and quantity of weeds in Dal Lake, the flagship of Kashmir’s tourism. The Chief Minister also announced that she would be herself monitoring the cleaning up of the lake periodically. During a visit to the interiors of the lake, Mehbooba directed pacing

Pot calling the kettle black’: Geelani on DGP’s claims on braid chopping

‘Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Monday rejected Director General of Police’s statement in which he blamed separatists for braid chopping incidents and termed it “pot calling the kettle black.” “In presence of lakhs of Indian troops, be it CRPF, BSF, STF or army, the incidents of braid chopping have become mysterious. The

Vohra asks govt to provide adequate funds to Scouts & Guides movement 

Srinagar: Governor N.N. Vohra, on Thursday stressed need for allocating adequate funds for supporting the maintenance and growth of the Scouts and Guides movement in Jammu and Kashmir. Governor who is Patron of the J&K State Bharat Scouts and Guides (S&G) also presented Rajya Puraskars to 135 Scouts and Guides, and 20 Rovers and Rangers of the

Zulfikar meets Smriti

NEW DELHI: Minister for Information, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali on Tuesday met Indian Minister for Information & Broadcasting (I&B), and Textiles Smriti Zubin Irani to discuss wide range of issues related to media in J&K. Zulfkar Ali, who’s also minister of Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) and requested the Union Minister to help in highlighting the

Braid chopping: Police says no person caught or rescued by army in Kulgam   

Srinagar: Police on Tuesday rejected as baseless a report doing rounds on social media that a person involved in braid-chopping was caught but later rescued by army in Malwan area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.  “Appropos to a news being circulated on social media where in it was stated that ‘hair chopper was caught in Malwan Kulgam

Hurriyat (M) castigate govt for imposing curbs in Srinagar’s downtown

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday strongly condemned restrictions in downtown Srinagar, saying these tactics by the government reflect its “dictatorial approach towards the people of Kashmir.” “The old city is targeted every time any incident happens anywhere in Kashmir,” a spokesman of the amalgam said in a statement. “By raising

Mehbooba visits Kupwara, listens public grievances    

Kupwara: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday visited Kupwara and conducted a grievance redressal camp to know of the people’s difficulties and problems in the district, an official spokesman said. She met scores of deputations from different walks of life who apprised her of their problems and sought their redressal. People in general demanded opening of Bungus

Prof Hashmi appointed Controller Examination Cluster University Jammu

  Doda: As per the orders issued by the Higher education department, Prof Syed Zaheer Abbass Hashmi, retired Principal Govt Degree College Bhaderwah, of Doda has been appointed as Controller of Examination in Cluster University Jammu with immediate effect . The tenure of the Controller Examination of the Cluster University Jammu shall be for a

Govt to impose restriction in Old City, close schools in Srinagar on Friday 

Srinagar: The district administration on Thursday announced restrictions in Old City as well as closure of all schools and colleges in entire summer capital of the state on Friday. According to the District Magistrate Srinagar, restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC will remain in force under the jurisdiction of Police Stations, Nowhatta, M R Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar and

Making CoI report public: HC grants govt 3 weeks for response

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday granted government three weeks more for filling its response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), demanding it to make public the report submitted by the Justice Koul Commission of Inquiry into 2010 unrest. A division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmad and Justice Ali Mohammad

Students protest over Rohingya Muslim crisis in Mendhar

Jammu: Students of Government Degree college Mendhar, Jammu Tuesday staged a protest demonstration over Rohingya Muslim crisis in Myanmar, former Burma. Students assembled and demanded that the international community should ensure that the ongoing ‘genocide must stop and they be rehabilitated and provided security’.       (Pic: representational image, not of the incident)

CVPS machines in use to tally old Rs 500 and 1000 notes, says RBI

  Srinagar: “Sophisticated” Currency Verification and Processing (CVPS) machines are being used by The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to tally old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes which were returned after demonetization, RBI said. RBI statement said that for checking the numerical accuracy and genuineness of the currency notes, RBI actually uses CVPS machines

NC wakes up after 2 days, terms ‘mismanagement’ of Haj flights shocking 

Srinagar: Two days after over 800 pilgrims were subjected to ordeal with first two Hajj flights returned to New Delhi, National Conference on Saturday lashed out at the Chief Minister and the State government over the mismanagement. “Hajis continued to suffer unprecedented inconvenience despite the Chief Minister’s meeting over this grave issue,” National conference’s Chief Spokesperson Aga

Teachers deserve high respect: Vohra

TSrinagar: Governor N.N. Vohra, on Monday said that teachers deserve high respect for their instructing and grooming the upcoming generations. He greeted people and particularly the teaching fraternity on the occasion of Teachers’ Day. In his message, the Governor observed that Teachers’ Day is a very special occasion for recognizing and paying tribute to the

Eid-ul-Azha celebrated with religious fervor

Jammu: Eid-ul-Azha was  celebrated with religious fervor and gaiety across Jammu today. Hundreds and thousands of people flocked to Eidgah, Residency Road to offer Eid prayers. On the occasion, MLA East Rajesh Gupta, Divisional Commissioner, Dr M K Bhandari, Inspector General of Police, Jammu Zone, Dr S D Singh Jamwal, Deputy Commissioner, Kumar Rajeev Ranjan,

People in large numbers visit CM residence, offer Eid greetings

SRINAGAR: People in large numbers today visited the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti at her residence and offered their Eid greetings. Thanking the visitors, the Chief Minister wished them well and hoped that the festival brings along limitless joy and happiness to the people of the State. Those who visited the Chief Minister included Ministers, legislators,

Army units of dagger division greet the awam and civilian employees on Eid

Baramulla: The Army units of Baramulla, Uri and Naugam under the aegis of Dagger Division extend best wishes and greetings to the Awam and their civilian employees on the festive occasion of Eid-ul-Zuha. The unit commanders interacted with the Awam and distributed sweets to their local civil employees and extended warm wishes and greetings to

OPINION: Prove the Wrong

  The controversial sting operation of a resistance leader, Nayeem Khan, threw up surprises and also sent shock waves across the valley, especially because he was shown as admitting the burning of schools and paying money for stone throwing. Allegedly, he has also admitted that Pakistan was funding disruptive activities through what in common parlance

US statement on Kashmir welcome, will reduce nuclear threat in region: Geelani

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani on Friday welcomed the latest statement on Kashmir by United States, saying it will help reduce the nuclear threat in the sub-continent. In a statement issued here, Geelani asserted that America as well as all the civilized members of the UNO should respect their commitments and the

GoI warned: Article 35A abrogation by SC could trigger unrest in Kashmir

Srinagar:  Government of India has been warned by its intelligence agencies about the possibility of unrest in Kashmir if Article 35A of the constitution was abrogated by the Supreme Court, a media report said on Sunday. It said that the government of India had sought intelligence inputs on the possible fallout in Kashmir if the

J&K Bank ATM network grows to 1126

Srinagar: J&K Bank commissioned two more ATMs today; one at Pulwama in Kashmir and the other at Kathua in Jammu, amid good gatherings of valuable customers, senior citizens and local businessmen.  The total number of ATMs has gone up to 1126 consisting of a strong network of 1033 ATMs in J&K alone. According to a statement

Syed Abid Rasheed posted DC Srinagar, M Younis Malik DC Anantnag 

Srinagar: The state government on Thursday shifted two IAS officers, posted as deputy commissioners of Srinagar and Anantnag, with immediate effect. According to a government order, Farooq Ahmad Lone (IAS), Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, has been transferred and posted as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Tourism Department, Civil Secretariat. “A post from the overall cadre strength

V K Singh posted DG headquarters, Dilbag Singh Commandant Home Guards

Srinagar:  The state government on Wednesday ordered posting of V. K. Singh (IPS, JK: 1987), as Special DG, Headquarters. According a government order, Dilbag Singh (IPS, JK: 1987), has been posted as Commandant General, Home-Guards/CD/SDRF, J&K. “It is further ordered that both the officers shall relinquish the charge of the posts, presently held by them,

Govt bans uncovered ferrying of construction material in city

Srinagar: The authorities on Wednesday banned ferrying of uncovered ferrying of construction material in vehicles in Srinagar to prevent air pollution and other environmental issues. An official spokesman said that the divisional commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan chaired a meeting here to review the traffic regulation measures and issues regarding decongestion, encroachment, traffic signals, violation

US designates Hizb-ul-Mujahideen as ‘ Foreign Terrorist Organization’

Srinagar: The US State Department on Wednesday designated Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Kashmir’s indigenous militant organization, as “a Foreign Terrorist Organization”. “The Department of State has designated Hizbul Mujahideen—also known as Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, also known as HM—as a Foreign Terrorist Organization under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under

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There is ‘rhetoric and politics’ on Kashmir: Modi 

Srinagar:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that “there is rhetoric and politics on Kashmir” and that New Delhi was committed to restore the state to its former glory “so as to experience the paradise that it was, once again.” “On Kashmir, there is rhetoric and politics. But I am clear in my belief on how

Amid attack on Article 35-A, Mehbooba hopes SC will uphold J&K’s special status

Srinagar: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, on Tuesday excluded confidence that Supreme Court would uphold state’s special status amid challenge to the wires of Article 35A, a provision in India constitution which among others bars outsiders from owning property in Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing the Independence Day parade at Bakshi stadium here, the Chief Minister said

Special status basis for ‘mutual trust’ with India: Mehbooba

Srinagar:  Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Monday asserted that the constitutional position enjoyed by the State provides a sound basis of cooperation, mutual trust and tolerance between the people of the State and rest of the country. In her message to the people of the State on the eve of Independence Day, the Chief Minister

3 IAS officers among 6 to get CM’s gold medal 

Srinagar: The State government on Monday accorded sanction to the grant of Chief Minister’s Gold Medal for Honesty/Integrity and Meritorious Public Service for the year 2017, in favour of six officers, three of the IAS. They include Lokesh Dutt Jha (IAS), Financial Commissioner (Revenue), J&K, Raj Kumar Bhagat (IAS), Commissioner Secretary to the Government, Animal/Sheep

SDA demolishes illegal structures in Sonamarg

Srinagar: In its anti-encroachment drive, Sonamarg Development Authority (SDA) demolished several illegal structures in Sonamarg area of the Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Monday. On the directions of Chief Executive Officer Qazi Sarwar, a team headed by Bashir Ahmad Mir (officer of the SDA) demolished several structures which were illegally raised by some hoteliers. While

M A Pandit to hold charge of director prosecution SVO 

Srinagar: The state government on Monday assigned charge of the post of Director Prosecution, Vigilance Organization with immediate effect to Mohammad Ashraf Pandit, Joint Director Prosecution Vigilance. As per a government order, he has been asked to hold the charge  till a regular arrangement in accordance with the rules was made against the post. Meanwhile, Kuldeep Krishan

Governor eschews talk on Article 35A in I-Day speech 

Srinagar: Governor N N Vohra on Monday eschewed any reference to Article 35A of the India constitution in his I-Day speech, notwithstanding unease among people and politicians in Jammu and Kashmir. Article 35A accords special rights and privileges to the citizens of the Jammu and Kashmir. It also empowers the State’s legislature to frame any law without

KU suspends class work, postpones exams on Monday

Srinagar: Class work in all teaching departments of the University of Kashmir shall remain suspended on Monday (August 14), a spokesman of the varsity said. All the examinations scheduled for August 14 are also postponed, the spokesman said. “Fresh dates for the deferred examinations shall be notified separately, later. However, the official work in all

Unemployment major challenge, govt taking steps to tide over it: Mehbooba   

Srinagar: Terming unemployment as a major challenge, Chief Minister Mehbboba Mufti on Sunday said that her government was taking many steps to tide over it. Addressing a gathering after distributing engagement orders under Rehbar-e-Janglat (ReJ) scheme among the 534 forestry graduates, Mehbooba said private sector was being encouraged to invest and entrepreneurship was being promoted among the

Encounter breaks out in Shopian

Srinagar: An encounter broke out between militants and security forces at Awneera village of Shopian district, reports said. The encounter started after security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation following information about presence of militants in Avneera village of Zainapora area of the district, reports said. More details are awaited.


Marks in practical 10th exams to be of qualifying nature again 

Srinagar: The marks of practical exams in 10th class would be qualifying nature again, the government ordered on Saturday. In a partial modification to its 15 March order on re-structuring of examination system, the government has ordered that a clause on practical exams “shall and shall always be deemed to have been deleted from the (March 15, 2017)

JK Bank organises welcome programme for IIT students at Jagti

Srinagar: J&K Bank organized a two-day welcome programme for the new students of IIT Jammu in the new campus at Jagti. The institution has been made operational from the current academic year. The new students for current academic year who reported for registration were welcomed by the Bank with light refreshment and were provided on

Army asked to be prepared to meet ’emerging’ security challenges  

Srinagar: Army’s Northern Command chief Lt General D Anbu on Thursday asked troops “to be prepared to effectively meet emerging security challenges”. Continuing with his visit to the Valley, Lt Gen D Anbu accompanied by the Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen JS Sandhu visited forward posts in North Kashmir, a defence spokesman said. “The Army Commander interacted

Mehbooba apprises Vohra on ‘threat’ to Article 35A

Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday met Governor N N Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here and briefed him about her party’s views and the discussions with leaders of various political parties regarding “threat” to Article 35 A of the Constitution of India. The debate surrounding the Constitution’s Article 35A is gradually heating up in the

Be polite with common people seeking help, DGP tells policemen 

Srinagar: Director General of Police on Thursday asked personnel to be polite with common who seek help and assistance from the police. Speaking at a police darbar at Range Police Headquarters here , the DGP also praised the police for investigation in the murder deputy SP Mohammad Ayub Pandith. The top police officer also impressed upon the