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Mufti to be sworn-in as J&K CM on March 1
NEW DELHI, Feb 26: PDP and BJP have ironed out their differences and reached a consensus on a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) that will form the basis of their unique coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir to be sworn-in at 11.00 AM on Sunday next. Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, founder-patron of PPD, flew in here this evening to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow which will be the final step in his return as the state's Chief Minister at the...
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Passenger fares spared, freight rates hiked
NEW DELHI, Feb 26: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today spared passengers from any hike in fares but made changes in freight rates to rake in more money while ruling out privatisation. Presenting the first full-fledged Rail Budget of the Modi government for 2015-16, he made adjustments in freight rates that exempted salt but would hike rates on carriage of cement, coal and coke, iron or steel and petroleum products. The Budget also revised the...
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Cong questions BJP’s stand on Art 370
NEW DELHI, Feb 26: Congress on Thursday questioned BJP on its stand on Article 370 in the context of it forming government with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir even as it targeted the Modi dispensation over various issues, including communal remarks made by BJP and Sangh leaders. Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia referred to the issue while participating in a debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President's Address in Lok Sabha during which he als...
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‘Faster rail network growth in J&K’
NEW DELHI, Feb 26: There would be faster rail network growth in Jammu and Kashmir and connectivity provided to all the Northeastern states, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Thursday. "Indian Railways is committed for faster rail network in Jammu and Kashmir. The rail connectivity between Jammu region and the Kashmir valley through the Banihal tunnel provides all-weather connectivity with the rest of the country," he said in his budget add...
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Guv reviews project monitoring cell work
‘Expedite ATRs from defaulting deptts’
JAMMU, Feb 26: Governor N N Vohra Thursday directed the Principal Secretary Finance to have the Action Taken Reports (ATRs) expedited from the defaulting departments and review them early. The Governor also directed that a Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) should be formulated for laying down a framework of ‘dos and don’ts’ for ensuring that work of the prescribed quality was carried out within the committed time frame and all the concerned dep...
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Govt files appeal against Gulzar Pir’s acquittal
SRINAGAR, Feb 26: The state government today filed appeal against a Budgam court’s order challenging the 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 42-year-old Pir was arrested on May 21, 2013 after four minor girl students of his seminary accused him of committing the abuses at the residential institute at Shamasa...
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Rains leave city areas submerged, fear psychosis
SRINAGAR, Feb 26: With continued rainfall resulting in heavy water logging of most of the commercial and residential localities in Srinagar the memories of the devastating September deluge are afresh among people across the city. Since the rainfall for past two days has left most of the roads and lanes across the city badly submerged people from various localities expressed the fear psychosis stuck due to the rains and submerged areas. Likewis...
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‘State subject law should not be touched’
Not concerned about govt formation: Yasin
SRINAGAR, Feb 26: Senior separatist leader and chairman JKLF Mohammad Yasin Malik today said the separatist camp is not concerned about the government formation in the state as all the mainstream parties are two faces of the same coin. He was addressing a press conference here. “The pro-freedom people have nothing to do with government formation and we do not care who is aligned with whom. We consider all those who contest elections as surrogat...
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Jammu pediatrician dies of Swine Flu
JAMMU, Feb 26: Battling for life for past several days senior Pediatrician Dr Bhupinder Singh, suffering from symptoms of Swine Flu, died on Thursday hours after he was shifted in an air ambulance to New Delhi. Serving in the Government hospital in Bisnah Tehsil, Dr Singh was admitted in the isolation ward of GMC on Tuesday. Though he was kept under observation but his condition started deteriorating after Wednesday evening. On Thursday an ...
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Central team to assess H1N1 Influenza situation in J&K
9 out of 132 tested +ve in Jammu division
JAMMU, Feb 26: A team of experts comprising Dr N S Dharamshakti, Additional DG Emergency Medical Relief Division, Directorate General of Health Services, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Dr S K Jain, Joint Director, National Centre for Disease Control has been deputed to the state by the central government to assess the H1N1 Influenza situation and provide technical support and guidance for instituting public health measures here....
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5 injured in Shopian blast
SRINAGAR, Feb 26: Five persons were injured including some children when an explosive substance went off at the sight of encounter, which broke out day before yesterday between security forces and militants at Hef Shirmal village of Shopian. The encounter ended last night with the killing of two militants and injuring four armymen including an officer. Large number of people today participated in the funeral of the two local militants and a sh...
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Windstorm damages 70 houses in Gandoh
Firdous Khanday
GANDOH, Feb 26: Windstorm and heavy rainfall for the third consecutive day created havoc in many far flung areas of Gandoh, Bhalessa and Thathri leaving hundreds of people without power supply amid smashed rooftops. Affected people from village Swara, Andala, Tolaghra, Gwari, Jakyas, Kallagusar said that windstorm and rainfall badly damaged their houses. Affected people have demanded suitable compensation at the earliest possible as it was ...
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1 more nabbed in Mendhar, Rs 3500 fake currency, Charas recovered
MENDHAR, Feb 26: Mendhar police Thursday arrested one more person in connection with its ongoing operation against narcotics and fake currency racket and recovered fake currency worth Rs 3500 and Charas concealed in cigarette packets and match boxes from his possession. According to SDPO Mendhar Surinder Chowdhary, the police today arrested Mohammed Taj, son of Mohamed Hussain and recovered fake currency worth Rs 3500 and Charas concealed in c...
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2 killed, 2 injured in Banihal mishap
BANIHAL, Feb 26: Two persons were killed and another two injured on Jammu Srinagar National Highway when their vehicle was hit by a landslide near Banihal. Police reports said that two persons died on spot and two others were injured in an accident when their Maruti van bearing registration number 9203 JK 03E was blown away by a land slide. The persons boarded in ill fated van were on way to Verinag from Udhampur. On the way, their vehicle was ...
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Minor girl raped in Jammu, critical
JAMMU, Feb 25: A three-year-old girl was raped by an unidentified person in Chinore area of Jammu on Tuesday. The police registered a case and launched investigations to nab the culprit while the child was in a critical condition. According to the police, the incident took place on Tuesday when the girl’s parents, who are migrant labourers, had gone out to work while their two other children were at school. “The three-year-old girl was alone ...
> Katra gets its first local trains traveler app
> ICDS attachments cancelled
> Undertrial dies of heart attack
> After floods, swine flu adds to misery of J&K residents
> BJP’s Kashmir unit thanks party high command
Swine flu scare amid lack of protection mechanism
SRINAGAR, Feb 25: The deadly outbreak of swine flu in Kashmir has caught the people across the valley by extreme panic. With the non availability of H1N1 protective stuff in the valley hospitals and drug stores, people are caught in the grip of intense scare. The valley has been facing an acute shortage of H1N1 vaccines and N93/N95 masks leaving most of the people to cover their faces with whatsoever stuff they find particularly the ordinary ma...
> Encounter in south Kashmir
> BOSE remains headless,exams on cards
> Health officials should be booked for criminal negligence: DAK
> Army remembers Imtiyaz thokar, Sena medal
> NC-Cong destroyed state institutions: BJP
Corporate espionage scandal
The arrest of about a score of persons in connection with stealing of documents from the offices of the key ministries in the union capital leading to busting of corporate espionage network is just a tip of the iceberg that plagued the governance and leakage of policy papers over the past many decades. In fact, the whole process has blown the lid off the scandalous affairs of the corporate houses and the nexus with the government officials, who ...
> Meaning of PDP-BJP alliance
> Rahul chale 'sabbatical'
> Great Swine Flu 'Tamasha'
> PSBs employees' strike
> Cost of the personalised pinstripe suit - By Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal
Kashmir: Fifty years since 1965 War
By Firdaus Ahmed
The expectation of Operation Gibraltar was that the population would rise up against Indian 'occupation' to coincide with a festival and the anniversary of the first incarceration of Abdullah in 1953 on 8-9th August, while the military columns would interdict Indian military reaction. Emboldened by the unrest in Kashmir in relation to the Moe-e-Muqaddas episode over the turn of the year 1963-64, Pakistan figured that the time was ripe for wr...
> Someone Tougher Than Me..! - By Robert Clements
> AAP Politics - By Saumitra Mohan
> Feeding A Goat..! - By Robert Clements
> Analysing BJP's defeat in Delhi - By Kuldip Nayar
> Not Just Watching Cricket..! - By Robert Clements
Religious intolerance still a major issue
By B.K. Chum
Does Prime Minister Modi's last week's comments on religious tolerance represent a turning point in the attitude he and his party have hitherto pursued towards minorities and also on the issue of using religion for political ends? A related question is: Will his changed stance stop the Hindutva hardliners from inciting communal sentiments like what they have been doing since Modi government's assumption of office nine months ago? If one goes ...
> The coalition of aliens - By Abdul Majid Zargar
> Of Gulzar Peer Acquittal - By Dr. Fayaz Ahmad Bhat
> Saffron footprint from J&K to Kolkatta - By Humra Quraishi
> Chapel Hill shooting and Islamophobia - By Ghulam Mohammad Khan
> "Make in India" only a slogan - By Brij Bhardwaj
My letter to Arvind Kajriwal
Respected Dear Kajriwal, Convenor Aam Admi Party New Delhi. Dear sir, Aam Aadmi Party’s victory in Delhi has not only wiped the politics of religion, saffronisation, regional chauvinism, but has strengthened the concept of participatory democracy. AAP’s and Arvind Kejriwal’s dream for India can help in achieving cohesive social order, amity and good governance. The need is to extend AAP’s frontiers beyond the borders of Delhi. For this purpo...
> BJP’s anti-minority moves
> Tackling the menace of corruption
> Who in BJP decided Kiran Bedi as CM candidate?
> PDP, BJP can provide stable government in J&K
> Criticism on media-entry in Delhi Secretariat
Rail Budget futuristic and passenger centric: Modi
NEW DELHI, Feb 26 (AgenciesZ): Hailing the Rail Budget as "futuristic" and "passenger-centric", Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said it touches all aspects of development and lays out a clear roadmap to make the national transporter the key driver of the country's economic growth. He said the budget is a watershed moment for the railways, marking a paradigm shift from mere announcement of number of trains to a comprehensive railway reform. ...
> Smooth ride for Suresh Prabhu and his maiden Rail Budget
> Best Railway Budget in 2 decades: Lok Satta
> Govt serious in dealing with Swine Flu situation: Nadda
> Rail Budget to improve passenger amenities: Labour Minister
> Air India plane from Delhi suffers tyre burst while landing
French Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to arrive in India today, push Rafale deal
NEW DELHI, Feb 23 (Agencies): French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will arrive in the national capital on Monday to hold talks with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar in what is seen as a fresh attempt to firm up the faltering multi-billion dollar Rafale deal. Defence sources said that Drian will be in India as part of an official visit to a few other countries including UAE. He will hold a fresh round of talks with Parrikar just tw...
> Lanka passes bill to protect victims of crimes, witnesses
> Govt to fix time-frame for probe and trial of acid attack cases
> US introduces air quality monitoring to Delhi embassy
> US lawmakers condemn brutal police assault on Indian
> 7 killed in ferry capsize in Bangladesh
Mahaveer Health Club inaugurated at Pouni
JAMMU, Feb 26: A health club inaugurated at Pouni by Shiv Kumar Sharma, Treasurer Indian Style Wrestling Association of India who was present on the occasion as a chief guest. While Bansi Lal Tidyal, General Secretary J&K Indian Style Wrestling Association and Mulk Raj Sharma Chairman Technical Committee of J&K Indian Style Wrestling Association were the guests of honour. Sanjeev Kumar Sharma, a local Wrestler who represented J&K State at Nat...
> DGP discusses New Sports Policy
> Rajendra felicitates outstanding police sports person
> JKCA condoles demise of Sheikh Nazir
> Lanka's sports minister urges to investigate officials responsible
> J&K Olympic Association, Sports bodies violating ‘Sports Code’ with impunity
Freight rate hike may push up commodity prices
NEW DELHI, Feb 26 (Agencies): Cement, coal, steel and urea prices are likely to go up with the Railways Minister proposing freight hike up to 10 per cent for various commodities. The railway budget proposals, presented by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in Parliament today, proposed to hike freight rates for 12 commodities in the range of 0.8 per cent to 10 per cent. The proposed hike for cement, coal, iron and steel, grains & pulses, urea, gro...
> India to soon start FTA feasibility process with Russia, Peru
> Money Laundering: ED attaches Rs 232cr worth assets of Jagan, others
> RBI says 'overdraft' under Jan-Dhan Yojana is 'priority sector lending'
> Govt open to accepting 'good' suggestions on land law: Gadkari
> Delhi CM included in NITI Aayog Governing Council
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