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NC MLA’s remark against Speaker; bedlam in LA
House being run on RSS’ Hindutva agenda: Javed Rana
JAMMU, Mar 25: Bedlam prevailed in the Legislative Assembly Wednesday over remarks loaded with communal overtone used by a National Conference legislator against the Speaker Kavinder Gupta with BJP members creating ruckus and demanding action against him (NC MLA). BJP members alleged that NC legislator Javed Rana last evening, before staging walkout and boycotting the Finance Minister’s reply to discussion on the General Budget of J&K for the Y...
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Finance, Labour, Planning grants passed in LA
Budgetary reforms to increase efficiency, monitoring: Drabu
`Class-IV employees to get DA arrears in cash'
JAMMU, Mar 25: The Minister for Finance, Labour and Employment & Culture Dr Haseeb Drabu Wednesday said the old classification of the plan and non-plan, which had been discarded, was a major change and would have far reaching implications on allocation, efficiency and monitoring of public expenditure. Winding up the discussion on the demand of grants for the departments under his charge, the Finance Minister said that the government was for the...
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Social Welfare, Forest grants passed in LA
98963 pending pension cases to be cleared soon: Bhagat
JAMMU, Mar 25: Minister for Social Welfare Bali Bhagat Wednesday said that the government would take innovative steps to bring more transparency and accountability in the functioning of Social Welfare Department enabling the poor beneficiaries to avail the benefits of various welfare schemes. While replying to the grants of Social Welfare Department in the Legislative Assembly, the Minister said that it was endeavour of the PDP-BJP government t...
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IMU Chennai reserves 10 seats for J&K students
JAMMU, Mar 25: Indian Maritime University (IMU), Chennai has reserved 10 seats in an academic year in Under Graduate Programmes for the students of Jammu and Kashmir or those domicile in the state for at least five years. As per notification, only those candidates shall be eligible for the reservation, who have cleared IMU’s Common Entrance Test (CET). The reserved seats will be allotted to the eligible candidates based on their CET rank and th...
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‘Singh attended Pak Day after centre's considered decision’
NEW DELHI, Mar 25: External Affairs Ministry today said its Minister of State V K Singh attended the Pakistan National Day function after a "considered decision" by the government. "I want to make it very clear he (Singh) went there as government representative. He went there based on a considered decision. He went there based on our understanding of how we approach these things”. "This was a carefully considered decision, a calibrated decisio...
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'DAA has ceased to exist, AFSPA continues in J&K'
JAMMU, Mar 25: The Jammu and Kashmir government tonight said that the Disturbed Areas Act, 1997 has ceased to exist since 1998 but the AFSPA continues to remain in force in the state. "It needs to be appreciated that, while the J&K Disturbed Areas Act, 1997, has ceased to exist with effect from October 7, 1998 in the state, the AFSPA, 1990 continues to remain in force in the state and presently notified disturbed areas in the state have been de...
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Rationalizing central schemes
Mufti to attend NITI Ayog CMs sub-group meet
JAMMU, Mar 25: The Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed will be visiting New Delhi tomorrow to attend the meeting of the sub group of state Chief Ministers, constituted in the NITI Ayog, to rationalize the centrally-sponsored schemes. He will also be attending the function at the union capital where former Prime Minister of India Atal Behari Vajpayee will be awarded Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of the country. The Sub Group of the ...
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Shahid Iqbal gets PM’s award
KATHUA, Mar 25: Deputy Commissioner Kathua Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, an IAS officer of 2009 batch has been selected for country’s highest Civil Services honour, the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration. The award carrying Rs 5 lakh cash, Gold Medal, scroll and a citation will be conferred upon the officer by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 21 at New Delhi during the celebrations of Civil Services Day. This year ...
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PM holds video conference with CSs
JAMMU, Mar 25: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, under his Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation (PRAGATI) initiative, on Wednesday held a video conference with Union secretaries of various Ministries and Chief Secretaries of states. J&K Chief Secretary Iqbal Khandey also participated in the video conference. Under PRAGATI, the Prime Minister will be conducting meetings with Union Secretaries and Chief Secretaries on monthly basis to...
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Roma Wani’s tenure extended
JAMMU, Mar 25: Governor N N Vohra has extended the tenure of honorary general secretary IRCS Roma Wani, for a further period of one year with effect from March 11, 2015. The extension has been granted by the Governor, who is the president of the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) - J&K state branch, through an order issued on March 23, 2015....
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Mufti: Mantalai to come up as International Yoga Centre
‘Govt to consider subsidized package for Jammu’
JAMMU, Mar 25: Kick-starting his strategy to develop Jammu as an independent tourist destination, the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed Wednesday announced creation of an International Yoga Centre at the famous pilgrim spot of Mantalai. He also said the government would favourably consider a subsidized package for Jammu region in the coming season to attract tourists to visit region’s leisure destinations. He was speaking in a marathon inte...
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Modi-Mufti tango; Maximum circus, minimum governance: Jora
JAMMU, Mar 25: Congress Legislature Party leader Nawang Rigzin Jora Wednesday quoting stated Modi-Mufti tango would lack rhythm, beat and sync was common knowledge when they chose to be partners but it would be such an amusing sight, few had expected. In a statement issued here, Jora said the roots of this public spectacle were embedded in their respective political ideologies. “While the PDP makes no bones about its leaning towards separatists...
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Govt appeals against Pir’s acquittal: Final arguments on Mar 30
SRINAGAR, Mar 25: As the state government completed its arguments against acquittal of Gulzar Ahmad Bhat alias Gulzar Pir who was arrested in May 2013 by police for allegedly raping several young girls at his “fake” seminary in Budgam district, the High Court listed the matter for final arguments on Monday. A division bench of the High Court comprising of Justice M H Attar and Justice A M Magrey will hear the matter (final arguments) on March 3...
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NHW to remain closed on March 28
SRINAGAR, Mar 25: The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, which links the summer capital with rest of the nation, will remain closed for vehicular traffic on March 28 due to repair work on the road, the state government said on Wednesday. The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, which links the summer capital with rest of the nation, will remain closed for vehicular traffic on March 28 due to repair work on the road, the state government said on Wedne...
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Cartoon Corner
Army Commander reviews security situation along Indo-Pak border
JAMMU, Mar 24: In view of the recent twin terrorist attacks in Kathua and Samba, a top Army official has visited the Army formations along the International Border in Samba sector here and reviewed the security situation. "Army Commander Western Command Lt Gen K J Singh visited Samba military station on March 22 and 23," Jammu-based defence spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said. The Army Commander lauded the officers and jawans of the Samba milit...
> J&K to order reshuffle in middle-rung bureaucracy
> Budget session begins on noisy note
> Harsh compliments new legislators, expects good demeanour, rectitude in the Legislature
> Territorial army recruitment for J&K candidates
> Saroori urges students to strictly adhere to philosophy of Dr Allama Iqbal
Spring bloom: Sapling sales pick up in valley
SRINAGAR, Mar 24: With spring almost knocking at the doors in valley the sale of saplings has started picking up these days. Pertinently with the onset of spring season Kashmir witnesses the blooming phase as flowering of plants mostly takes place with the onset of this season. The sale of seasonal plants is fetching the people associated with this trade a good business these days. At the same time the customers can be seen flocking the vendors...
> Singh’s job to attend diplomatic events: Omar
> HC directs implementation of expert panel recommendations
> Swine flu cases show a decline in valley
> Protest against power shortage at Pandich
> Primary, middle schools to re-open tomorrow
J&K faulters as H1N1 spreads
The health and medical agencies in Jammu and Kashmir appear to be faultering as H1N1, the influenza that has been taking toll of precious human lives during the past few months particularly the devastating floods played havoc with life and property of people last year. Though the speed of spread of this pandemic flu is not that high but the measures as enunciated by the state government has failed to contain the spread of the virus in the state....
> Much ado about nothing
> Optimism over J&K Budget
> Condemnable attacks
> Getting rid of deadwood
> Damage to bridges, roads
Tedious neighbours
Kuldip Nayar
Our neighbouring countries are getting curiouser and curiouser. Pakistan is determined to free Zia-ur Rahman Lakhvi who had masterminded the Mumbai attack in 2008 when some 165 people were killed at Hotel Taj through the sea, near the Gateway of India. The court has released him due to lack of evidence. This is despite the clinching proof that India has provided against him. Either Pakistan is whetting the evidence that New Delhi provides or th...
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> Attacks on Churches - By Proloy Bagchi
> Taking Responsibility..! - By Robert Clements
> Modern Mongols of Iraq - By Aijaz Zaka Syed
> Manmohan's Advice..! - By Robert Clements
A mass murder forgotten and buried, 28 years on
By Humra Quraishi
For those survivors who had been witness to the May 1987 massacre at Meerut's Hashimpura locality - where 42 innocent Muslim men were picked up from near a mosque and shot dead in cold blood by Uttar Pradesh PAC cops - these 28 years have been more than painful. Pain and disgust and anger compounding with last week's news -reports that the 16 accused cops of killing of those young Muslim men - have been acquitted by a Delhi court. Yes, acquitted...
> Rapes cases continue to grow despite changes in law - By Yashwardhan Joshi
> China worried at Sirisena's moves - By Barun Das Gupta
> Hashimpura: Who will guard the guards themselves? - By Subhash Gatade
> Are Indian Women really misusing Section 498A? - By Pushpa Achanta
> Politicians unnerved! - By Geetartha Pathak
Mufti’s remarks
Dear Editor, Those in politics must be careful in making their comments public. J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed must have avoided untimely mention of militants and those across the border (Pakistan) for not disturbing peace during poll-process in Jammu & Kashmir. Any break of alliance-government because of such comments in future will harm PDP itself and not BJP because BJP has its solid vote-bank. But vote-bank of PDP will definitely ...
> Poverty alleviation; a myth or reality?
> Welcome SC verdict striking down section 66A of I-T Act
> Routine budgetary exercise
> Criminal Justice needs thorough review
> Library at CIC: Where is it?
PM hopes for 'Concrete' outcomes from China visit
NEW DELHI, Mar 24 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi was looking forward to his visit to China to interact with the top leadership, hoping it will have "concrete outcomes" and take the bilateral relationship to a new level. This was told by Modi to Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who called on the Prime Minister and conveyed the greetings of President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. Outlining his vision for closer India-China re...
> V K Singh should quit instead of expressing disgust: Tewari
> SC strikes down Section 66A of IT Act, says it's unconstitutional
> Gangrape Documentary: SC seeks reply from advocates of accused
> SC reserves verdict on maintainability of petition against NJAC
> AAP govt, Centre indifferent to Delhi farmers' plight: Maken
Plane with 148 on board crashes in French Alps
PARIS, Mar 24 (Agencies): A German airliner crashed near a ski resort in the French Alps today with all 148 people on board feared dead, officials said. French President Francois Hollande said it was likely all passengers and crew on the Airbus A320 had perished in the crash. "There are not thought to be any survivors," the president told reporters after the disaster. The plane was travelling from the Spanish coastal city of Barcelona to the ...
> China wishes 'All Weather Friend' Pak on National Day
> Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister, dies aged 91
> Lakhvi to remain in jail, court rejects petition against detention
> Pak man gets death over blasphemy charges
> Pak court adjourns 26/11 attack trial till March 25
J&K team selected for 43rd Jr National Carrom championship
JAMMU, Mar 24: Jammu and Kashmir Carrom Association has organised one week camp for players selected for 43rd Junior National Carrom and Interstate Championship for boys and girls under age of 18 which is going to be held at Nagpur in Maharashtra from March 28 to 31. For the same purpose an event was organised at M.A Stadium ,Jammu today for selection of players for said nationals under the supervision of Basit Ahmad Khan (Manager). This ev...
> Mohd Bilal, Joginder reach in final
> Lord Mahavira school holds Sports Day
> JKP conducts Manjeet Singh memorial Volleyball tourney
> Sehwag powers Delhi to easy win over J&K
> Sukha of Rajasthan lifts 60th Moori Kesari- 2015 title
JSPL moves HC against cancellation of coal blocks
NEW DELHI, Mar 23 (Agencies): Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) today moved Delhi High Court against the decision of the Centre to cancel coal blocks allocated to it. JSPL said the Coal Ministry cancelled the allocation on March 20 and it feared the blocks Gare Palma IV/2, IV/3 and Tara in Chhattisgarh might be allocated to someone else as the government is "moving very fast". The matter was mentioned before a bench of justices B D Ahmed and S...
> Blackmoney bill in LS, 100-yrs jail for concealing foreign funds
> Petrol, diesel prices in India lower than developed nations: Govt
> WTO members ask India to remove export sops to textiles
> Maharashtra Budget: Rs 100-Cr for Shivaji, Ambedkar memorials
> Natural gas price to be cut by 10% to USD 5.02 per unit from April 1
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