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Army honours Col Rai
Our first priority to persuade militants for surrender: GOC
SRINAGAR, Jan 28: General Officer Commanding (GOC) Chinar Corps Lt Gen Subrata Saha today said that the first priority of the army is to persuade militants to surrender during the anti-militancy operations in Kashmir. He was talking to media at the wreath-laying ceremony for Col Munindra Nath Rai, who was killed during an encounter at Handoora in Tral, 24 hours after he was awarded a gallantry medal on Republic Day. “We launch operation agains...
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PDP hits back on Omar’s ‘illiterate’ remark
PDP not like NC where everything starts and ends within Abdullah family: Akhtar
SRINAGAR, Jan 28: PDP today strongly reacted to former chief minister and National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah’s "illiterate" remark regarding its candidates for Rajya Sabha polls. PDP said it represents some different set of values and it is not like NC where everything starts and ends within Abdullah family. PDP chief spokesman Naeem Akhtar told KNS that both Fayaz Ahmad Mir and Nazir Ahmad Laway, the two party candidates...
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Shutdown in Tral against killing of militants
SRINAGAR, Jan 28: A complete shutdown was observed in Tral town today against the killing of two local militants in a gun battle with the government forces yesterday. Reports said the shops and other business establishments remained closed. Two Hizb militants Abid Khan and Shiraz Dar were killed in an encounter in Handoora village yesterday. Hundreds of people participated in the funeral procession of two slain militants while various separat...
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Nowshera Acid Attack case Accused applies for bail
Court asks prosecution to file objections
SRINAGAR, Jan 28: A city court today asked the prosecution to file objections as the police filed its report in a bail application moved by Irshad Ahmad Wani one of the two accused in Nowshera acid attack case that had disfigured a female law student on December 11 last year. According to Chief Prosecuting Officer (CPO) Afaq Ahmad, the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) has granted time to the prosecution for filing objections to the bail plea of ...
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Declining female sex ratio in valley
SRINAGAR, Jan 28: Like other parts of India January 24 was observed as national girl child day across the state of Jammu and Kashmir. In this regard a number of programs were organized in valley also. The theme of the national girl child day announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi “Beti Bachao’ has laid an emphasis on an end to the increasing incidents of female foeticide from all the states. Ironically with an exceptional decline in female s...
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Temperatures plunge across Kashmir, Leh freezes
SRINAGAR, Jan 28: The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir experienced the coldest night of this winter as the minimum temperature in the Valley and Ladakh region slipped further below the freezing point. Gulmarg, the star attraction for tourists visiting the Valley during winter, recorded the minimum temperature of minus 10.6 degrees Celsius, down by nearly two degrees from minus 8.4 degrees the previous night, a spokesperson of the M...
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Madhav confident of BJP-PDP winning 4 RS seats
BJP, PDP leaders meet Guv, update him over bilateral talks
Govt formation may take little longer; Mufti leaving for Mumbai on Jan 30
JAMMU, Jan 28: In a clear indication that decks are cleared for Peoples Democratic Party- Bharatiya Janata Party (PDP-BJP) government in J&K, the leaders of both the parties Wednesday met the Governor N N Vohra, though separately, to update him about bilateral parleys on government formation continuing for the past about a month and the progress made on finalising broad contours so far. However despite these meetings, the insiders believe that ...
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J&K govt will be in place soon: Rajnath
ALLAHABAD, Jan 28 (Agencies): BJP, which is in talks with PDP for government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, on Wednesday said a “democratic government” will be in place in the state soon as broad contours for having an alliance was being finalised. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, without disclosing the details about the parleys, said “we are in talks” and refused to divulge the party with which BJP was holding a dialogue on government-forma...
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Vohra to visit New Delhi by weekend
Guv urges Rajnath to clear Rs 44,000-Cr SFP proposals
Gangwar urged to revise custom duty on imported silk
JAMMU, Jan 28: Governor N N Vohra will visit New Delhi later this week for meeting the Home Minister Rajnath Singh to seek his support for the clearance of proposals contained in the Special Financial Package (SFP) of Rs 44, 000 Cr to enable the rehabilitation of the flood victims without any further delay. Earlier, the Governor requested the Union Home Minister for the urgent clearance of the state government’s request for the release of funds...
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Houses damaged in Kashmir floods
Ex-gratia disbursed to 1,62,125 families
Enhance scale of relief; Vohra to HM
JAMMU, Jan 28: Governor N N Vohra Wednesday urged Union Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh to consider enhancing the scale of relief in respect of severely and partially damaged houses. In a detailed communication to the Home Minister, the Governor highlighted that the scale of relief admissible under State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) was altogether inadequate for the affected family to even partially repair the damaged house. The Govern...
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3 of family found dead in Katra hotel
KATRA, Jan 28: Three members of Jeweler’s family including a nine-year-old boy died under mysterious circumstances inside a hotel room in Katra town of Reasi district. Police said that the family checked into the hotel last night and the incident came to light when a girl who survived informed the hotel staff this morning. The deceased were identified as Satish Verma, 40, son of Madan Lal Verma, his wife Monika Verma, 38, and son Dheeraj Verma...
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Arms, ammunition seized in Kishtwar
JAMMU, Jan 28: Security forces claimed to have recovered huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosives in Sarthal area of Kishtwar district, today. PRO (Defence) Lt Col Manish Mehta said that a joint team consisting of troops of Delta Force and Kishtwar police carried out a massive search operation in Sarthal area of Kishtwar district. Sarthal area of Kishtwar district has been a strong hold of Hizbul Mujahiddin militant outfits for the past ma...
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Pak opens firing on Jammu border
JAMMU, Jan 28: Pakistani Rangers violated the ceasefire and resorted to small arms firing on border out-posts (BoPs) along the International Border in Jammu district. Pakistani Rangers resorted to small arms firing on two to three BoPs in Arnia sub-sector of Jammu district from 2100 hours, a senior BSF officer said today. According to reports, Pakistani troops started firing on Indian forward posts. The Border Security Force (BSF) retaliated t...
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Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrim dies of heart attack
JAMMU, Jan 28: A 44-year-old pilgrim has died of heart attack en route cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi in Trikuta Hills of Reasi district. Police said that Gain Singh, a resident of Andhra Pradesh, suffered a heart attack last night at Chinta Marg enroute the cave shrine. He was shifted to Community Health Center (CHC) Katra where doctors declared him brought dead. His body was handed over to the family members for last rites, they said. In...
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Cartoon Corner
Students risk lives to reach school in Rajouri
RAJOURI, Oct 14: Students in Rajouri district are putting their lives at risk daily to reach school by crossing a precarious foot overbridge that had collapsed in the recent floods which ravaged the state in September. Students cross the bridge holding the steel ropes of the destroyed bridge at the Kaller and Androlla crossing because they have no option. "We use this bridge and now it's broken and causing a lot of problem. Some time our bags ...
> BSNL won't charge for Telecom Services in J&K for Sep
> Suspected militant guide arrested
> Hideout busted in Reasi, arms seized
> IED defused in Mendhar
> Kichloo assesses people's grievances at Padder
CM meets Guv
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 15: Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister, met N N Vohra, Governor, here at the Raj Bhawan today. In their over an hour long meeting, the Governor and chief minister discussed issues relating to the continuing incidents of ceasefire violations across the International Border and Line of Control and the directions given by the Chief Minister to the Administration regarding amelioration of the hardships being faced by the border dweller...
> Passport office Srinagar to receive applications from Oct 15
> Man tries to disrupt minister’s speech
> Imran PDP’s candidate for Pattan, Aabid for Zadibal
> HCBA wants subordinate courts to function without delay
> DDC seeks complete report of damaged structures
To salute or not to salute
An unnecessary controversy has erupted over vice president Hamid Ansari not saluting while the national anthem was being played and the Indian tri-colour was being hoisted on the Republic Day. On the surface it may seem to be a case of much ado about nothing. However, a deeper scrutiny reveals the dangerous fallout of such a controversy which appears to have arisen around a person in public life solely for his religious identity. Questions need ...
> Nuked out
> Democracy under threat
> Deep-rooted corruption
> Govt’s anti-poor policies
> Flood prevention vital too
Cutting censor to size?
By Nikhil Gajendragadkar
The Central government recently 'restructured' the Censor Board of India by appointing people loyal to either the BJP or RSS ideology. Last week, en mass resignations, allegations and counter allegations, have all brought into the open the murky state of affairs at the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The recent imbroglio caused by certification of a film has underlined the chaotic state of film censoring in India. The issue also high...
> Sailing on A Ship..! - By Robert Clements
> Sailing on A Ship..! - By Robert Clements
> The recurring story of gender violence - By Ranjita Biswas
> Old Is Still Gold - By Robert Clements
> Europe In Islamophobia's Grip? - By Praful Bidwai
Obama, Manto and Uncle Sam…..
By Humra Quraishi
If you were to see US President Barack Obama's visit to New Delhi in the backdrop of Saadat Hasan Manto's letters to Uncle Sam it would have stirred you to see the backgrounders or ponder on what's in store! Manto wrote those letters decades back, in the early 50s, but even today they hold out …they hit, they make you sit up, they drill into your little head the big expansionist plans on way … And if you are inclined towards reading factual acco...
> Step by step, these Muslim women break stereotypes - By Mehru Jaffer
> Will the Kiran Bedi gamble work? - By Obaid Imtiyaz Mir
> An open letter to prime minister Narendra Modi - By D. Raja
> Ostentation is thy name - By Emine Saner
> Kashmir beyond emotional issues - By Adfar Shah
Why service-tax only on Speed Post
Dear Editor, It refers to Office Memorandum No. 36-71/2001-BD & MD dated 06.06.2006 which mentions that Service-Tax/Education Cess would be charged only on Speed Post (including Speed Post Gold) and Express Parcel Post while all other postal-services will remain exempted from these taxes and cess. It is absolutely ridiculous that differentiation may be done in respect of imposing Service Tax and Education Cess in Speed Post service including ...
> Inadequate rations at depots after floods
> EC should be selected by collegium
> Name ex-Prime Ministers who ‘compromised India’s deep assets’
> Big expectations from NDA budget
> Declare BCCI public authority under RTI Act
Sunanda murder case: No question of resigning as MP, says Shashi Tharoor
New Delhi, Jan 28 (Agencies): Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has hit out both at media and a section of his own party for demanding his resignation as Member of Parliament. Tharoor was recently quizzed by the Delhi police concerning his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s mysterious murder case after which some members of the Congress party felt that Tharoor should resign from the party. Speaking to a news channel, Tharoor defended himself and said that no one ...
> NCC days taught me valuable lessons: PM Modi
> National Cadet Corps a 'mini-India': Narendra Modi
> Malyalam actor Mala Aravindan is dead
> Sena demands deletion of 'secular' word from Constitution
> Sariska scores over Ranthambore in tiger preservation
Majority of Americans unaware about Sikh and Sikhism: Survey
Washington, Jan 28 (Agencies): A majority of Americans are unaware of what Sikhism is or what a Sikh looks like and this despite the country being home to more than half a million of them, a latest study has said. According to the report ‘Sikhism in the US: What Americans know and need to know’, many Americans have never heard of the religion and only 11 per cent of them have a personal acquaintance or friend who is a Sikh. The majority of Ame...
> AirAsia flight QZ8501: Indonesia military ends hunt
> China stands in India's way towards NSG
> Libya hotel attack: Five foreigners, three guards killed; ISIS claims responsibility
> Three more beheaded under new Saudi king
> I feel at home in India: Ban Ki-moon
Army organises football competition at Bhadarwah
JAMMU, Oct 14: As a part of ongoing process of winning hearts and minds of the local population the Army has been constantly undertaking a variety of projects for welfare and motivation of AWAM. Rashtriya Rifles under the aegis of the Counter Insurgency Force (Delta) took an initiative and organised Football Competition at Degree College Ground, Bhadarwah for students and youths with effect from October 14 under Operation Sadhbhavana. It is im...
> Paras, Shubham guide J&K to facile victory against HP
> ASCOM, MBS win ties
> Army conducts cricket tourney at Jhangar
> Mountaineering Association to hold camp for nationals
> Achievements in sports garner respect for Indians: Modi
Stop ads on sex determination tests: Supreme Court to Google, Yahoo, others
New Delhi, Jan 28 (Agencies): In an exemplary ruling, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to stop showing ads related to pre-natal sex determination in the country. The top court ruled that such advertisements violate the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act of 1994. “India is suffering so much because of sex ratio. Still there is a state of antipathy,” the Supreme...
> Start Saradha trial after all those involved are booked: Kunal
> India, US to identify sectors for investments: Sitharaman
> 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
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