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Countdown begins for final phase of polls today
JAMMU, Dec 19: Stage is set for the fifth and final leg of Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow in which several high-profile candidates, including Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, will try their luck in 20 seats spread over three districts of Jammu amid a strong security deployment. After a record voter turnout in the previous four phases, particularly in Kashmir Valley, there are expectations of a high voter turnout in Jammu, Kathua ...
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Alert sounded in Jammu for final phase polls
JAMMU, Dec 19: After ensuring a peaceful, incident-free four phases of the assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir, authorities Friday sounded high alert in the Jammu region where 20 constituencies go to polls tomorrow in the fifth and final phase. Elaborate security arrangements have been made for security of polling booths and voters for smooth conduct of peaceful polling in fifth phase of elections in Jammu division, said Director General of ...
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‘One lakh policemen in J&K denied right to vote’
JAMMU, Dec 19: Panther’s Party Friday wrote a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner, VS Sampath alleging more than one lakh police men were denied right to vote in the first four phases of elections in Jammu and Kashmir. “This is another tragedy in the political history of J&K that over 100,000 police personnel engaged in different important places like Air Force, VIP security cover, police stations and in other places have not been allowed...
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478 complaints of MCC violation received in J&K
JAMMU, Dec 19: As many as 478 complaints of violation of the model code of conduct have been received by the Election Commission since the beginning of the five-phase elections in Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said. Also 92 incidents of violence relating to the poll campaign were reported from different parts of the state, which resulted in injury to 117 people, chief electoral officer (CEO) Umang Narula said in a statement. He said 248 ...
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HC asks govt to provide shelter sheds, rental allowances by end of Dec
SRINAGAR, Dec 19: The High Court today asked the state government to provide shelter sheds and rental allowances to the flood hit homeless families by the end of this month. As the matter came up for hearing, a division bench of the High Court comprising of Justice M H Attar and Justice B L Bhat asked the government to provide shelter sheds to all the flood hit families who have been rendered homeless and cover them under rental allowances sche...
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Valley reels under cold wave, persistent dry weather affects health of people
SRINAGAR, Dec19: Valley continues to reel under the grip of severe cold with prolonged dry weather conditions, resulting in several health related problems among the people across valley. According to health experts, the prevailing cold weather conditions may impact peoples’ health and cause various viral diseases if the dry spell continued further. “These days you can see most of the patients who visit the clinics or hospitals complain of sev...
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Funeral prayers in absentia for Peshawar victims, protests in Kashmir
SRINAGAR, Dec 19: Funeral prayers in absentia for children killed in Peshawar school attack were offered at several places today after Friday prayers in Kashmir today. Protest demonstrations were also held, before and after Friday prayers in several places against the Peshawar attack. They also condemned the attack and demanded to Pakistani government that people behind the barbaric act should be exposed and severely punished. Hundreds of scho...
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Yasin shifted to SKIMS again
SRINAGAR, Dec 19: The detained JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, who was re-arrested by police on December 16, has been once again shifted to Soura medical institute again due to ill-health. A spokesman of his party said yesterday police brought Yasin to Soura medical institute for necessary medical check-up and doctors after examining him asked police to admit him in the hospital. "After admitting him in the hospital authorities have deploye...
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Woman ‘raped’, murdered
SRINAGAR, Dec 19: Police today arrested a tipper driver and his two associates for allegedly murdering and raping a 21 year old womanin Pulwama district. Divulging information SSP Pulwama, Tajindar Singh said Muhammad Ramzan Bhat a resident of Wanpora, Newa Pulwama had lodged a missing report about her daughter on November 26 in police station Kakapora. He said Bhat’s daughter was working in a pencil factory located at Okho Kakapora and had g...
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Pak firing in Mendhar
MENDHAR, Dec 19: Pakistani troops today stalled the road construction work in Sagra Balnoi area of Mendhar by opening fire upon the GREF labourers this afternoon. Official reports said that Pakistani troops of 655 Mujahid Regiment fired 32 rounds of fire to stallthe road construction work being carried out by GREF labourers in Sagra Balnoi area of Mendhar this afternoon at 2.30 PM. The Pakistani troops fired at forward Posts 471 and 472 in Sag...
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Army searches in Mendhar
MENDHAR, Dec 19: Security forces claimed to have launched a search operation in Keri Kangra area of Mendhar in Poonch district, this evening. Reports said that troops of 49 Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operation Group (SOG) Mendhar launched a search operation Keri Kangra village of Mendhar, this evening at 6 PM. Official sources said that acting upon specific information regarding movement of three suspected armed persons in the village, troop...
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Fog hits air, railway services in Jammu
JAMMU, Dec 19: The winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir today witnessed another coldest day while air and rail services remained affected due to fog. "Due to dense fog and harsh weather conditions, departure of two flights was cancelled from Jammu airport while some of the flights arrived late from their scheduled time in the afternoon," an official at the airport here said. The arrival and departure of trains was also delayed for four to five ...
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Winter vacation in Summer Zone from Dec 26
JAMMU, Dec 19: The School Education Department to J&K government today ordered that all the Government Institutions including recognized private schools upto Higher Secondary level falling in Summer Zone areas of Jammu Division shall observe Winter vacation with effect from December 26 to January 3. According to an officials handout issued by the department, any default on part of the private schools in observance of the calendar of vacations...
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‘54 defence personnel believed to be in Pak custody’
NEW DELHI, Dec 19: Fifty-four missing defence personnel of 1965 and 1971 wars are believed to be in the custody of Pakistan but it does not acknowledge their presence in its custody, Lok Sabha was informed today. "Fifty four defence personnel of 1965 and 1971 wars including one from the BSF are believed to be in Pakistan." "However, Pakistan does not acknowledge the presence of any such personnel in its custody...Government has been repeatedly...
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Cartoon Corner
10 mines explode in Poonch forest fire
POONCH, Dec 18: More than 10 land mines exploded whereas forest produce worth lakhs was turned into ashes after fire broke out at Line of Control (LoC) in Sawjian area of Poonch. Official reports said that mysterious fire broke out in more than 5 hectares of evergreen forest enclosure at Sawjian area of Mandi tehsil in Poonch district today this morning at around 10.30 AM causing huge losses to forest produce. The reason behind the fire was not...
> Weather plays spoilsport
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> 478 MCC violation complaints received, 248 disposed-off: Narula
> HC restrains J&K govt from issuing further SRO
> Over 1 Lakh 16 thousand cases disposed in National Lok Adalats
Rape accused attacks police with grenade, cop injured
SRINAGAR, Dec 18: A police constable was injured when a person accused of rape hurled grenade towards the police party when the latter approached him for summon execution today. Superintendent of Police (SP) Kupwara said that constable Ghulam Hassan of Dragmulla police post was injured when a person accused of rape hurled a grenade towards the police party. Ghulam Qadir Dar, resident of Bumhama, Kupwara was accused of rape and an FIR was regis...
> Vote for PDP: APSCC
> Minor murdered in South Kashmir
> HC to initiate contempt proceedings against encroachers
> Militant killed in encounter: Army
> Searches in Poonch after suspicious movements
Outsourcing public assets
Introduction of dynamic fares in the national carrier, Indian Railways appears to have gone haywire with no reduction in fare charges on rational basis from the basic fares fixed by the concerned authorities. In fact, the passengers have been forced to pay more than double the price for every ticket anywhere in the country and even quite higher than the basic fares under Tatkal schemes introduced by the Indian Railways a few years back. The Tatk...
> Mission 44 to Mission 20
> Mayhem in Peshawar
> No to wars, yes to child rights
> Bloodshed on J&K roads
> Focus on poverty, not conversion
The Lessons from Peshawar
By Aijaz Zaka Syed
Commenting on the decline and decay of the Islamic world, Robert Reilly writes in his interesting book, The Closing of the Muslim Mind: "The fatal disconnect between the Creator and the mind of his creatures is the source of Sunni Islam's most profound woes." I do not entirely agree with the arguments and conclusions of the author. And I have serious issues with this whole simplistic, sectarian approach to the understanding of Muslim societies...
> Pakistan's terror sitcom - By Ayesha Siddiqa
> They did Not Die In Vain..! - By Robert Clements
> It's about intimidation - By Bina Shah
> Your hands..! - By Robert Clements
> 200 days on, missing Dr Singh - By Jawed Naqvi
Post Chhattisgarh, Rural Women in Uttar Pradesh Reject Sterilisation
By Tarannum
These are tough times for Saira, 35, the Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) of a small rural hamlet in the Itajuna block of Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow district. As a part of her routine work, she has to convince couples, especially women, to go in for family planning, whether short-term methods or a permanent one, like sterilisation. Whereas it was usually not that difficult for Saira to motivate women to go in for sterilisation, of late she ...
> Multiculturalism, feminism & identity politics - By Adfer Syed
> Ugly spectacle of conversions in U.P - By Lalit Sethi
> Let's Talk About Kashmir - By Jonah Blank
> Me and My Politician - By Mir Masood Ali
> The Danish Santa - By Gwynne Dyer
Cleanliness begins with self
Dear Editor, Long back in the month of July when hordes of tourists from national and international level were visiting Kashmir Valley, I was travelling in a tempo traveller from Srinagar to Sonamarg, the famous tourist spot. Among other tourists in the vehicle, there was an American couple taking seat behind the driver’s cabin. When we reached at Behama chowk Ganderbal, after travelling a distance of 20 Kilometres the American couple stopped...
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> Some political Presidents misused highest post
> Tributes to Gyanchandani
> Cleanliness begins with self
> Border-dispute between Uttar Pradesh and Delhi
Attack on Peshawar School: Centre asks states to beef security
NEW DELHI, Dec 17 (Agencies): In the wake of the terror attack on a school in Pakistan's Peshawar, Centre today asked all states to beef up security particularly in educational institutions. "An advisory has been issued to the state governments," Home Minister Rajnath Singh told reporters outside Parliament House. He was responding to queries about steps taken by the government to ensure security of schools in the wake of terror strike on a Pe...
> Oil firms resume supply of fuel to SpiceJet on cash payment
> Class 10 student held for sexual assault of 11-yr old
> 4-yr old allegedly raped in school
> Bill introduced in Rajya Sabha to provide death oenalty for hijackers
> Govt asks DoPT to take action against Google for incorrect maps
Pak in deep mourning over Peshawar school attack
ISLAMABAD, Dec 17 (Agencies): A shocked Pakistan today began observing three days of national mourning for the 141 people, mostly children, massacred by the Taliban suicide attackers in horrendous terror attack in northwestern city of Peshawar. All educational institutions were closed in the restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, of which Peshawar is the capital, in the aftermath of the tragedy that has shaken the world. The national flag was flying at h...
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> PETA names former SC Judge 'Man of the Year'
> Hamas hails EU court removal from terror list
> EU court strikes Hamas off from terror blacklist
> Over 126, mostly students, klilled in Taliban attack on school
AIBA bans Sarita Devi for 1-yr
NEW DELHI, Dec 17 (Agencies): Indian woman boxer L Sarita Devi was today handed a one-year ban by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) for refusing to accept her bronze medal at the Asian Games but the punishment is unlikely to hurt her career too badly as she would be available to compete in the 2016 Olympic qualifiers. Sarita, who had refused to accept the medal to protest her controversial semifinal bout loss, has been banned retrospe...
> VVAPS conducted its 3rd Annual Sports meet Rajouri
> JKPS shines in CBSE Aerobics nationals
> Jammu and Kashmir crash to 277-run defeat
> J&K team leaves for Judo nationals
> PG Deptt eves wins Inter Collegiate Cross Country Championship
SEBI makes fresh bid to find Sahara investors eligible for refunds
NEW DELHI, Dec 17 (Agencies): In a fresh effort to locate Sahara investors eligible for refunds, regulator SEBI has asked bondholders to submit their claims by next month along with necessary proof of their investments. The latest exercise follows a similar attempt made by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in August, wherein the eligible bondholders were asked to submit their refund claims to the regulator by September 30, 2014....
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> Now mini 5-kg cylinders at subsidised rate
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