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PM to spend Diwali with Kashmir flood victims
NEW DELHI, Oct 21: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will celebrate Diwali with the flood-affected people of Srinagar, an official release said here on Tuesday. "Will be in Srinagar on Diwali, October 23 and will spend the day with our sisters and brothers affected by the unfortunate floods," the Prime Minister said in a statement. More than 1.5 million people were directly affected by the floods in Jammu and Kashmir, the worst the state has seen i...
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EC to announce J&K polls soon
NEW DELHI, Oct 21 (Agencies): Satisfied that conditions are conducive to hold Assembly elections in J&K soon, the Election Commission is likely to announce the poll dates later this week or early next week. Elections to the Jharkhand Assembly could also be announced simultaneously. The term of the current J&K Assembly ends on January 19 next year and, if the electoral process is not completed before that, the state would have to be placed under...
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Tharoor flays Modi on Srinagar visit
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Oct 21 (Agencies): Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, who had recently earned the party's ire for supporting the Swachh Bharat mission of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today disapproved of Modi's plan to spend the Diwali on October 23 in Srinagar. "Srinagar is a great idea but it would have been better if there wasn't an election looming in the state," Tharoor tweeted. Assembly elections are due in Jammu and Kashmir this year-end....
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ECI asks J&K to dispose off important files early
SRINAGAR, Oct 21: Giving another hint that it was ready to hold assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir on due date, Election Commission of Indian (ECI) has asked the state government to dispose of all the important files as soon as possible. Sources told KNS that a communication was received by the J&K government in this regard from the ECI. “Immediately after receiving the communication, the government asked the administrative heads of respective...
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Lower courts to function at Bemina from Oct 24
SRINAGAR, Oct 21: The flood affected subordinate courts of Srinagar will start functioning from Bemina from October 24. According to Registrar General, J&K High Court, the lower courts will start functioning from Sanat Ghar, Bemina. On October 16, the non affected subordinate courts re-started their normal work where as the affected courts remained closed. Prior to resumption of normal work in non affected courts, the Registrar General Sures...
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Omar rakes up AFSPA revocation again
‘With decline in militancy, I hope progress will be made on the issue’
SRINAGAR, Oct 21: With elections drawing nearer, chief minister Omar Abdullah today again raked up AFSPA revocation issue, saying he hopes that prime minister Narendra Modi will have serious look over the issue in coming months. While talking to the reporters, after he paid tributes to the martyrs on the Police Commemoration Day at Zewan, Omar said that with the improvement in the situation and decline in the militant related activities, it is ...
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India warns Pak of more 'pain' in Kashmir fighting
NEW DELHI, Oct 21 (Agencies): India warned Pakistan on Tuesday of more “pain” if it continued to violate a ceasefire on their disputed border in Kashmir and said it was up to Islamabad to create the conditions for a resumption of peace talks. The statement comes a few days after army chief General Raheel Sharif vowed to thwart any “aggression” against the country, in a thinly-veiled warning to arch rival India after a spate of deadly cross-bord...
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Foreign employees to get PF money in their own countries
NEW DELHI, Oct 21 (Agencies): Retirement fund body EPFO has started a new facility to transfer provident funds of foreign employees to bank accounts in their own countries. The facility will help international workers to avoid opening of bank accounts in India for settling their PF claims with the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), a senior official told. As of now, foreign employees applying for withdrawal of provident funds (PF) ...
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Drabu calls on RBI governor, demands debt-relief package for flood-hit J&K
SRINAGAR, Oct 21: Noted economist and senior PDP leader, Dr Haseeb Drabu called on RBI Governor, Dr Raghuram Rajan in Mumbai last evening to discuss various possibilities of providing debt relief to trade, business, agriculture and horticulture sectors in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir. Reports said Dr Drabu presented a five-point debt relief package to the RBI Governor, which includes, classifying all commercial bank lending in J&K, especially in...
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Kashmir floods leave people shattered, miserable-II
SRINAGAR, Oct 21: When flood waters receded from the Batamaloo area of Srinagar, 6-year-old Iflan was eager to visit his home so that he could take out his toys and school bag. However, little did he know that his home including the entire household belongings had turned into mud. Iflan’s parents are still in a shock. Their house was reduced to rubble moments after they were rescued. “There is nothing left over here. We could not get a chance...
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Minor reshuffle in Adm
JAMMU, Oct 21: The state government has today ordered minor reshuffle in the middle rung of state administration. Showkat Ahmed Zargar, KAS, Director, Horticulture, Planning and Marketing, J&K has been transferred and posted as Director, Industries and Commerce, Jammu, vice Dr. Abdul Rashid. Rajinder Krishan Varma, KAS, Special Secretary to the Government, Department of Tourism and Culture has been transferred and posted as Director, Tourism, ...
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Justice Virender Singh elevated as CJ Jharkhand HC
JAMMU, Oct 21 (JNF): The senior most Judge of J&K High Court Justice Virender Singh was today elevated as Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court. As per the notification issued by Parveen Garg Joint Secretary Minister of Law & Justice of India, in exercise of powers conferred by clause (1) of Aricle 217 of Constitution of India, President of India Pranab Mukherjee appointed Justice Virender Singh Judge of J&K High Court as Chief Justice of Jhark...
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HC upholds lifer of ex-SP (Opn), his PSO for killing PSI
JAMMU, Oct 21 (JNF): Division Bench of State High Court comprising Justice Virender singh and Justice Bansi Lal Bhat today upheld the life-imprisonment of then SP (Operation) Poonch Sewak Singh and his PSO Sat Pal Singh in killing of his PSI Ajay Gupta by showing fake encounter. According to prosecution case, on October 13, 1998, in the evening, there was a party in the house of Sewak Singh, CO and 2/IC of 27 RR, Abdul Khaliq, a local contracto...
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Maharaja Gulab Singh Lecture Series
Accommodating diversity to remain primary political challenge for J&K: Sahni
JAMMU, Oct 21: The ‘inside-outside’ dynamic-external compulsions preventing internal rearrangement has ensured that Jammu and Kashmir will remain, well into the future, exactly as we encounter it today; a political community of extraordinary diversity. Thus accommodating diversity will remain the primary political challenge for the state and its people. This was stated by former Vice Chancellor Jammu University Prof Varun Sahni while delivering...
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Secy Cooperative reviews functioning of deptt
JAMMU, Oct 20: Secretary, Cooperative Department, R K Koul evaluated the performance of the RFD (Result Framework Document) for Jammu division for 2014-15, at Jammu today. The Secretary reviewed the sectoral achievements pertaining to the RFD for the year 2014-15 up to ending September, 2014 of both the wings viz Audit and Supervision of Jammu division. The Secretary asked the audit wing Jammu to speed up audit of the societies of Jammu Diviso...
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> Sadhotra inaugurates Labour Sarai at Railway station
> DC approves Annual Plan for Horticulture department under CSS
> BLOs meeting held under SVEEP
Rather-Lone inaugurate Model Govt Degree College at Chrar-i-Sharief
CHRAR-I-SHARIEF, Oct 20: The Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Abdul Rahim Rather in presence of the Minister for Higher education, Mohd Akber Lone inaugurated Rs 90 cr Government Model Degree College at Chrar-i-Sharief. The college spreading on sprawling 105 kanals of land is one among 4 model Degree colleges being set up in the State to provide modern higher education facilities to the students at their door steps. Addressing a mam...
> Delegation led by Zahid Ali meets Governor
> Drug & Food Control squad destroys, confiscates flood hit essential commodities
> CA&PD books 14 shopkeepers
> Necessary mechanism put in place for rehabilitation of flood affectees: Sagar
> Sakina reviews functioning, implementation of ICDS, SW schemes
Flood prevention plan
Jammu and Kashmir government has submitted a comprehensive proposal to the Union ministry of Water Resources for a flood prevention plan, seeking various measures to reduce the threat of floods in the future. Work on flood prevention is of course much needed and needs to be started simultaneously along with relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction work. However, it would be important to seek answers to crucial questions about the miserable fail...
> Hype over MOM success
> Deep-rooted corruption
> Misplaced priorities
> Govt’s anti-poor policies
> Flood prevention vital too
Fascism and other deadly viruses
By Jawed Naqvi
WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange will get into trouble, potentially a 35-year sentence in the United States, if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy in London, which he says he would to mend his health and catch some healing sunlight. Regardless of what he might have done to offend powerful countries with his treasure trove of revelations, South Asians should be grateful to him for shining the light on key issues that are as relevant today as they w...
> Who sets your standard? - By Robert Clements
> Costs of ignoring hunger - By S. Mahendra Dev
> India Neglects Real S&T Priorities - By Praful Bidwai
> North America is a Crime Scene - By Aijaz Zaka Syed
> Bolivia and Brazil - By Gwynne Dyer
The unseen violence that impacts children
By Amrita Nandy
Since the December 16 gang rape incident in Delhi, the attention that sexual violence has received from the Indian public and authorities has been a welcome change. However, such recognition should not come at the cost of ignoring other forms of violence that may seem to be less scandalous and, in fact, 'normal'. The recent UNICEF report on violence against children does precisely this. It blows the lid off a camouflaged and under-discussed aspe...
> WB roll back safeguards for indigenous peoples - By IRIN
> Postponing exams in flood-hit areas - By Hakeem Rouf Qadir
> Anti-BJP front a strong possibility - Dr Satish Misra
> Will Obama deliver on promises to Modi? - By M K Dhar
> Worsening climate change could affect the region's economy - By Richard Munang and Jesica Andrews
Save precious lives on borders!
Dear Editor, Apropos news report “Pak Rangers pound civilian population” which appeared in online edition of your esteemed daily (KT: October 7, 2014). It’s for everyone to see that heinous crimes are being committed on the people living near border and LoC areas where a number of innocent and unsuspecting civilians have died, scores gravely injured and thousands evacuated from affected areas due to heavy shelling by Pak Rangers from across th...
> Caste-based politics turned down in Haryana
> LoC tensions
> Delay in appointing CIC
> J&K’s cricketing woes
> Global warming
Outside support to BJP in Maharashtra best alternative: Pawar
MUMBAI, Oct 20 (Agencies): A day after NCP extended unsolicited "outside support" to BJP in government formation in Maharashtra, party president Sharad Pawar today said it was the "best alternative" to usher in a "stable" dispensation. "Offering outside support to BJP was the best among alternatives before us. We have to ensure a stable government comes in Maharashtra," Pawar said addressing newly elected MLAs after nephew and former Deputy Chi...
> Uddhav holds party meet, to decide on next step
> Govt to bring ordinance on cancelled coal blocks
> Dhaula Kuan Gangrape: All five convicts get life term
> Cong wins assembly bypolls in Manipur
> 11 killed in explosion at Andhra cracker manufacturing unit
MQM to pull out of PPP-led Sindh Govt in Pakistan
KARACHI, Oct 20 (Agencies): Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) tonight announced its decision to pull out of the Pakistan Peoples Party-led Sindh government, a day after Bilawal Bhutto Zardari attacked the ally party in his first public rally. "After what has happened in the last few days and the way insults have been hurled at the MQM and urdu speaking people there is no justification for continuing our cooperation with the PPP in the Sindh govern...
> UN ignores Pak bid to seek intervention on Kashmir
> UK terror suspect was planning Mumbai-style attack
> Kashmir root cause of Indo-Pak tension: Bilawal
> ‘Pak wants peace with India’
> Hardly any Indian Muslim indulges in terrorism: Pranab
JKP cop accompany Indian team as coach in Asian Games
JAMMU, Oct 20: J&K Police cop Kuldeep Handoo accompanied the Indian team coach for the 17thAsian Games at Incheon Korea from September 18 to October5. Indian bagged 2 bronze medals in the Wushu event. Y.Sanathoi Devi and Narender Grewal bagged Bronze Medals in Sanshou event. Prior to participation of Indian Wushu team in the Asian Games the National Coaching camp was held at SAI Bhopal from April 5 to September 15. It is second consecutive...
> Sport, extra-curricular activities ensure all round development: DC
> DPS holds inter House Basketball competition
> Al Amin not nervous at testing of his bowling action
> Mudgal panel members meet in Mumbai and Chennai
> Army organises football competition at Bhadarwah
FTAs not hurting domestic manufacturing: Commerce ministry
NEW DELHI, Oct 20 (Agencies): Brushing aside concerns of Indian industry over free trade agreements (FTAs), senior commerce ministry officials today said it has not led to any spurt in imports or export of raw materials. A Commerce Ministry's study and analysis on impact of FTAs have found that "the imports have not increased to any level that would create concerns and we have not become suppliers of raw materials. This is good part," the offic...
> Join 'Make in India' initiative, Prez tells Norwegian companies
> Court summons ex-coal secretary, others as accused
> J&K Flood : Sebi donates Rs 9.10 lakh for relief work
> Snoopgate Row: Gujarat HC quashes probe commission
> Business takes a major hit ahead of festival season in border areas
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