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Guv for efficient, transparent, accountable governance in J&K
JAMMU, Jan 25: Governor N N Vohra today emphasised the crucial importance of all the government functionaries putting in their best efforts to bring about visible changes in their style of functioning. He observed that adherence to a work culture which is embedded in efficiency, transparency, responsiveness and accountability must pervade the entire administrative apparatus. Greeting the people on the 66th Republic Day, in a message, the Govern...
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Multi-layer security blanket for R-Day in Jammu
JAMMU, Jan 25: A multi-layered security apparatus has been put in place to ensure incident-free Republic Day celebrations in Jammu and Kashmir amid suspected terror threat on "soft targets" in the state and US President Barack Obama's landmark three-day visit to India. Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra will take the salute tomorrow at Maulana Azad Memorial Stadium in Jammu, which has been put under multi-tier security and made out of bound f...
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59-day long Amarnath Yatra to begin on July 2
JAMMU, Jan 25: Amarnath Yatra 2015 will commence on July 2 and will conclude on Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandhan) on August 29, 2015. This decision was taken in 28th Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) meeting presided over by the Governor N N Vohra, who is the Chairman of the Board, here today at the Raj Bhawan, Jammu. Those present in the meeting included the Board Members, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Pandit Bhajan Sopori, Prof Ved Kumari Ghai,...
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Srinagar under stringent security blanket for R-Day
SRINAGAR, Jan 25: Ahead of the Republic Day Srinagar city has been put under a blanket of tight security. Strict security arrangements have been put in to place across the city particularly along the vital areas of the city. To avoid any troublesome incident tough security measures have been made at and around the Bakhshi stadium where the main Republic day function will be taking place tomorrow. Since the early morning frequent frisking and c...
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Intrusion bid foiled on IB before Obama’s visit
JAMMU, Jan 25: Hours before President Barack Obama’s arrival in India, Pakistan-based militants made a desperate bid to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir amidst firing from across the border but alert Border Security Force (BSF) troops foiled it. Border Security Force jawans observed movement of three militants close to the International Border in RS Pura sector on the intervening night of January 24-25, 2015. Sources said troops posted at th...
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967 security personnel awarded police medals
NEW DELHI, Jan 25 (Agencies): A total of 967 personnel, the maximum from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), were Sunday awarded police medals on the eve of India's 66th Republic Day. Of the 967 personnel, 25 were awarded the President's Police Medal for Gallantry, 132 the Police Medal for Gallantry, 98 the President's Police Medals for Distinguished Service and 712 were awarded the Police Medal for Meritorious Service. CRPF's Assistant S...
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Intense cold wave abates in J&K
SRINAGAR, Jan 25: The residents of Ladakh region experienced relief from intense cold conditions as the mercury rose by around seven degrees there, even as the MeT department said a fresh western disturbance would affect Jammu and Kashmir today. "A fresh western disturbance is likely to affect the state today," a spokesman of the MeT Department here said. He said the weather would remain dry and cold in Ladakh region, while there was possibili...
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Kashmir’s ‘Nadru ke Goolar’ for Obama lunch
NEW DELHI, Jan 25 (Agencies): A mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies, from Jammu and Kashmir’s ‘Nadru Ke Goolar’ to West Bengal’s ‘Mahi Sarson’ were on Sunday served at the lunch hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in honour of visiting US President Barack Obama. There were two separate menus at the lunch which was organised at the sprawling Hyderabad House. The soup ‘Shatwar (Asparagus) Ka Shorba’ was the same for both vegetaria...
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Govt announces ‘State Awards’
SRINAGAR, Jan 25: On the occasion of 66th Republic Day, the State Government today announced names for grant of State Awards in various fields. Prominent Kashmiri writer, Prof Shafi Shauq, has been accorded State Award for achievement in the field of literature whereas playwright Moti Lal Kemmu has been accorded State Award for performing Arts. Tsering Wangdus, Painter has been awarded for excellence in Arts and Crafts. Arun Kumar Mehta, Princ...
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Revival of small business enterprises
Vohra writes to HM for immediate help
JAMMU, Jan 25: Keeping in view the severe difficulties being faced by the business community consequent to the recent floods in the state, the Governor N N Vohra has addressed the Union Home Minister for an urgent decision regarding the allocation of funds for provision of relief to the small business enterprises, a proposal regarding which was contained in the comprehensive Rs 44,000 Cr package submitted by the state government to the Governmen...
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Sher-i-Kashmir police medals announced
SRINAGAR, Jan 25: The state government today announced Sher-i-Kashmir Police Medals for Meritorious and Gallantry Service to 30 personnel of Jammu and Kashmir Police for their meritorious service during 2014. The medals are awarded on the eve of Republic Day every year. Officers awarded Sher-i-Kashmir Police Medal for Meritorious Service include Additional Director General of Police (MD JK Police Housing Corporation), Dilbagh Singh, IGP (Kashmi...
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President’s police medals announced for J&K
SRINAGAR, Jan 25: On the eve of 66th Republic Day, Government of India has announced President’s Police Medal for Gallantry, Distinguished and Meritorious Service. The awardees include 23 personnel from Jammu and Kashmir Police. President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service has been awarded to IGP (Personnel) PHQ, Arun Kumar Choudhary and IGP State Vigilance Organization, Alok Puri Awardees of President’s Police Medal for Gallantry are Dy ...
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Shutdown in Handwara
SRINAGAR, Jan 25: A shutdown was today observed in Handwara in connection with the 24th anniversary of killing in the town. A spokesman of Hurriyat Conference (G) said the call for the strike was given by his faction. Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chairman Hurriyat (G) thanked the people for responding to the call. He demanded impartial investigation into this massacre so that the involved persons are held strictly accountable. He said that during th...
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Murcyleen Peerzada’s transition from YRF to IRF
Murcyleen Peerzada resembles the spelling of her name – unconventional and hybridised. Her journey from a Bollywood wannabe starting out with Yash Raj Films (YRF) to the folds of Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) is dramatic, and quite an interesting narrative. Hirra Azmat caught Murcyleen in one of her indulgent moods to converse about her transition. How did people in the movie industry view you since you hail from a Kashmiri Muslim family...
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Cartoon Corner
Omar targets Mufti using Obama’s shoulder
JAMMU, Jan 25: Sitting far away from the national capital former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Sunday tweeted extensively about the developments in Raisina hills where US President Barack Obama was being hosted by the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee. Taking a dig at his political rivals who are keen to join hands with BJP to form new government in the state of Jammu and Kashmir Omar tweeted, “If Mufti hadn't waited this long to ally with @BJP4...
> Ten injured in matador accident at Thannamandi
> Four thieves held with 26 stolen fire extinguishers
> Award for Army's 14 Corps for best electoral practice in J&K
> 83 Presidential awards for IAF this year
> Ashok Chakra to NK Singh of 13 Rajputana Rifles
Zargar calls for shutdown
SRINAGAR, Jan 22 (KNS): The chief of the militant outfit Al Umar Mujahideen Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar Thursday called for complete strike on January 26, asking people to observe it as a black day. In a tele statement issued to KNS Zargar said until the implementation of UN resolutions Kashmir issue will not be resolved. He said that Obama’s India visit is aimed to scare Muslim population he accused Obama of being involved in the massacre of Palestin...
> Over 200 posts lying vacant in education
> Mehbooba condemns killing
> BJP condemns cop’s killing
> Soz: BJP govt anti-Kashmir, urges Guv to take up issue with Centre
> Karra seeks restoration of K-Oil quota
Democracy under threat
On the occasion of 65 years of adopting the Indian Constitution on January 26, there is need to resolve to protect India’s character as a sovereign socialist secular democratic republic, as stated in the preamble, in pursuit of securing for all its citizens justice, liberty, equality and fraternity. The resolve is needed more than ever as India stands at the crossroads where the basic essence of the constitution and the country’s democracy stan...
> RSS finds a worshipper in BJP's new shooting star - By Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal
> Public investments in focus
> War on tobacco products
> The Kiran factor
> No governance but Governor's Rule
Europe In Islamophobia's Grip?
By Praful Bidwai
More than two weeks on, the debate on the barbaric killings of Charlie Hebdo journalists and the freedom of expression has become a conversation across time-zones and political, cultural and legal divides. This is probably the first time that such a debate is taking place in a world connected by Facebook, Twitter and U-Tube. The initial shock, which produced the knee-jerk "Je suis Charlie" ("I am Charlie") response, has evolved into a less one-...
> Eco-entrepreneurs promise Indian women a safe period - By Suchismita Pai
> Liberating faith, rigid followers - By Aijaz Zaka Syed
> Lessons from My Dog..! - By Robert Clements
> What was Gandhi's evaluation of RSS? - By Ram Puniyani
> Human Error..! - By Robert Clements
Charlie Hebdo Attack: A meta-narrative
By Ghulam Mohammad Khan
Charlie Hebdo, the controversial satirical magazine is creating such an ambiguous but powerful discourse that the human capacity to think and understand is slowly undergoing the installation of this new powerful discourse around the globe. The event, let me not call it unfortunate, is not so uncommon in the history of the world as tragedies even more gruesome and brutal than this occur every day. The world should not be surprised by this as a tr...
> Keeping up with the Joneses - By Tajamul Hussain
> Is U.S. media covering Obama's India visit? - By Dr. Munish Kumar Raizada
> Open Letter to Omar Abdullah - By Shafiq Mir
> Murdering Journalists… Theirs and Ours - By Willian Blum
> Contours of General Budget 2015-16 - By R.C. Rajamani
Audio and video recording of court-proceedings necessary
Dear Editor, Union Law Ministry had about a year ago taken initiative for initiative for video-recording of court-proceedings. But there has been no further progress so far in the matter. Suggestions for video-recording of courts’ proceedings are being floated for quite some now which is not at all difficult and expensive in present-days’ advanced technology. Steps should be taken for immediate implementation of the much-needed project at least...
> RBI should ensure benefit of cut in repo-rate for existing loan-takers
> Number 28 haunts J&K poll verdict
> Commemorative stamps
> Mayawati in soup
> PSB reforms
Obama received warmly in India, seeks policy advances
NEW DELHI, Jan 25 (Agenceis): President Barack Obama was greeted in India Sunday with an elaborate welcome at the country's sprawling presidential palace, then he solemnly laid a wreath at a memorial honoring the father of India's independence movement, Mahatma Gandhi. The president arrived in New Delhi under hazy skies Sunday morning. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was waiting for Obama at the steps of Air Force One and the two men shared...
> India, US ask Pak to bring 26/11 perpetrators to justice
> Woman officer leads guard of honour for Obama
> Live: 'Friends' Modi and Obama clinch defence and nuke deals
> Sunanda case: Police to talk to journalists
> PM Modi launches 'Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao' campaign, calls for save environment for girls
'Germany stops arms exports to Saudi Arabia'
Berlin, Jan 25 (Agencies): Germany has decided to stop exporting arms to Saudi Arabia, the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag said on Sunday, citing government sources as saying the kingdom was "too unstable" for it to be receiving deliveries of weapons. The newspaper said Germany's national security council, which holds its meetings in secrecy and is made up of Chancellor Angela Merkel, Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel and seven other ministers, ...
> Close India-US Ties Could Antagonise China Warns Former US National Security Advisor
> Corruption not even whispered since Modi govt came to power: FM
> Pakistan bans Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Haqqani network
> Obama Seeks Action by Congress to Secure US
> Oil slides as IMF cuts global growth forecast
Doda students, research scholars meet Bali Bhagat
JAMMU, Jan 25: A deputation of research scholars and students of Jammu University today called on newly elected MLA of Raipur-Domana Bali Bhagat to apprise him of the problems being faced by the student community in erstwhile Doda district which comprised Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar districts. Students while interacting with Bali Bhagat, who is general secretary of the state unit of BJP, sought to draw attention of Bhagat towards education sector...
> Former cricketer Sourav Ganguly to join BJP?
> Weather looms large over crucial Railways-J&K game
> Seeks relocation of SAI TRG Centre at Jammu
> CEC LAHDC Kargil declares open 8th Ice hockey tourney
> Becoming member of Sports bodies without seeking permission
Obama, Modi achieve breakthrough on N-deal
NEW DELHI, Jan 25 (Agencies): Modi: “(We) are moving towards commercial cooperation, consistent with our law, our international obligations and technical and commercial viability” India and the U.S. on Sunday reached a breakthrough on the stalled civil nuclear agreement by agreeing on commercial cooperation and decided to take defence cooperation to a new level including on upgrading domestic defence industry and advanced technologies. The con...
> India, Russia Agree to Move Faster On Stealth Jet For Their Militaries
> Defiant Dayanidhi Maran accuses CBI of ‘fixing’, claims RSS link
> Union Budget 2015 on Feb 28, Parl session starts from Feb 23
> Jaitley Hints At Special Steps to Boost Public Spending
> 'Japan keen to support energy network among SAARC nations'
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