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Dialogue only way out, guns can’t resolve K-issue: Omar
JAMMU, Mar 26: Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday reiterated that dialogue, not gun, was the way to resolve Kashmir issue. Attempts had been made in the past but they failed, he said. He was talking to media outside the state assembly. “Dialogue is the only way to solve Kashmir issue. If somebody has today batted for talks, it is nothing new. We have repeatedly said that gun is no solution to solve Kashmir issue and attempts have be...
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Omar wanted separatists to rot in jails, bomb Pak: PDP
JAMMU, Mar 26: In a scathing attack against Omar Abdullah over his remarks that he always strived for dialogue for the Kashmir resolution, ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Thursday said his (Omar’s) claims at present contradict with his past actions. “Omar could be right when he claims that nothing has changed as it was he who wanted separatists to get rotten in jails and was suggesting bombing Pakistan,” PDP senior leader and education m...
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PDP-BJP coalition announces CC
10-member panel to be chaired by DyCM
JAMMU, Mar 26: Coalition partners PDP and BJP have formed 10-member Coordination Committee to ensure that the agenda for the Alliance is implemented within the defined timeframe and all the policy issues are adhered to in letter and spirit. The ten-member Coordination Committee comprises five members from each party. The Coordination Committee will be chaired by Dr Nirmal Kumar Singh, Deputy Chief Minister. The other members of the Coordination...
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J&K Finance Minister calls on PM
Drabu seeks speedy action on flood relief package
NEW DELHI, Mar 26: The Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu Thursday evening called on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi here in the union capital to apprise him of the state’s financial position and the initiatives being taken by the PDP-BJP coalition government to set into motion a comprehensive process for the economic development of the state. Drabu informed the Prime Minister about various initiatives announced in the budget 2015-16 presented ...
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BJP-PDP have nothing common except sharing power: Mir
JAMMU, Mar 26: JKPCC President G A Mir has exhorted upon the youth of the party to expose the unholy alliance of BJP-PDP in the State as both the parties have nothing common except to share power. Addressing a day-long session of the state youth Congress delegates at Gujjar Nagar Charitable Trust, PCC Chief said that the present dispensation is the combination of the forces which are ideologically poles apart and secured mandate to keep each-ot...
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LA passes Horticulture grants
Centres of Excellence for horticulture to be set up at Jammu, Srinagar: Veeri
JAMMU, Mar 26: Two Centres of Excellence for Horticulture, one each at Jammu and Srinagar, will be set up at an estimated cost of Rs 10 Cr on each Center. These Centres would provide technology knowhow to the farmers for improving the quality of fruits and boosting the production Regarding sale of spurious pesticides, he stated that the administrative interventions too would be made if required. Describing the horticulture as one of the vital...
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LA passes CAPD grants SMART card service on anvil for CAPD consumers: Zulfikar
`GPRs trackers to be installed in vehicles carrying foodgrains’
JAMMU, Mar 26: Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CA&PD), Chowdhary Zulfikar Ali Thursday announced that as a part of modernization process of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution department, the government would introduce SMART card service for CAPD consumers on the pattern of Chhattisgarh. In this connection, a committee would visit Chattisgarh to study the project, he said. “Besides, the government would install GPRs...
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LMD books Ambuja Cement for infringement
JAMMU, Mar 26: The Enforcement wing of Legal Metrology Samba has registered a case against Ambuja Cement Ltd, a part of a global conglomerate Holeim and one of India’s leading cement manufacturers, for lapses in mention of statutory declarations mandatory under Legal Metrology act/rules. Enforcement Inspector of Legal Metrology, while inspecting the company’s authorized dealers at Samba and Vijaypur, detected that mandatory declarations like M...
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Lal Singh: 226 consultants’ posts referred to PSC
JAMMU, Mar 26: The Minister for Health Chowdhary Lal Singh in the Legislative Assembly Thursday said that 226 posts of consultants had been referred to J&K, Public Service Commission. As and when the selection list was received, the vacant posts would be filled up accordingly, he said. He said the process for forwarding the post of Medical Officers (allopathic and ISM) was also under way. The minister was replying to a question by Shakti Raj P...
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Markundal killing case
Court rejects bail of accused
SRINAGAR, Mar 26: A Bandipora court today rejected bail plea of Manzoor Ahmad Sheikh accused of Markundal army shoot-out in which a 17-year-old youth Irfan Ahmad Ganaie was killed near his house three years ago. According to defense lawyer Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, the court of principal district and session’s judge Bandipora who had heard the bail matter rejected the plea. Pertinently, on intervening night of June 29-30 2012, a Ganaie a resident of ...
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Traffic chaos: People blame napping on duty cops for mess
SRINAGAR, Mar 26: Despite the traffic department claiming to make genuine efforts for smooth regulation of traffic in city the frequent traffic chaos continues across several parts in city. Traffic mess is indeed worsening each passing day with people blaming traffic cops for frequent jams. The situation is worse along the busy routes including Lal Chowk, Dalgate, Batamaloo, Jawahar Nagar etc. People from various places complained of catching t...
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Govt to be facilitating agency in new liberalized regime: Sajad Lone
JAMMU, Mar 26: Minister for Animal Husbandry and Science Technology, Sajad Gani Lone, Thursday in the Legislative Assembly said that Animal Husbandry sector is one of the most vibrant sectors of economy catering to the ‘necessity sector’ of consumption. He said that natural evolution that was supposed to take place has not taken place and the infrastructure that was installed during previous decades catered well to those times but now it seems ...
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BJP lashes out legislators for raking non-issues in LA
SRINAGAR, Mar 26: Bahratiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday claimed that people who are raking up the issue of return of the mortal remains of Afzal Guru are misleading the masses and are doing so to be just in the news. In a statement issued here today BJP spokesman Khaild Jehangir said: “People of Kashmir are not interested in non-issues as they want development, peace and prosperity. They are least interested in issues which have lost relevan...
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SC allows NET,SLET as eligibility for selection as Asst professors
JK govt says judgment will be implemented at earliest
SRINAGAR, Mar 26: With the Supreme Court declaring NET/SLET was laid down as the minimum eligibility condition for recruitment and appointment of lecturers in universities and colleges, the state government Thursday said the decision of the apex court will be implemented at the earliest. There are around 1700 posts of assistant professors lying vacant in various colleges in Jammu and Kashmir and the process for the recruitment was halted by the...
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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
AFSPA promise
Chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed is not known for glib talk and making lofty promises without a basis. So, when he assures of certain degree of partial revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act in certain pockets of Jammu and Kashmir by removing the Disturbed Areas Act clause for certain unspecified areas, there is no reason to take the proposed move non-seriously. The exact modalities are not known and the big ifs and buts remain on how...
> J&K faulters as H1N1 spreads
> Much ado about nothing
> Optimism over J&K Budget
> Condemnable attacks
> Getting rid of deadwood
Yemen: Another Civil War
By Gwynne Dyer
The last American troops are being pulled out of Yemen after al-Qaeda fighters stormed a city near their base on Friday. Houthi rebels who have already overrun most of the country are closing in on Aden, the last stronghold of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. And on Sunday ISIS (Islamic State) sent suicide bombers into two big mosques in the capital, Sanaa, killing 137 people. The US State Department spokesman put the best possible face on it,...
> Teach Your Children Well..! - By Robert Clements
> Tedious neighbours - Kuldip Nayar
> It Was No Miracle..! - By Robert Clements
> Attacks on Churches - By Proloy Bagchi
> Taking Responsibility..! - By Robert Clements
Two towns face the fallout as Himalayan glaciers melt
By Daniel Grossman
Recently, Buddhists at a nunnery in Zanskar Valley, a 30-mile-long alley of gray stone high in the Himalayas of northwest India, took the unprecedented step of planting an apricot tree. The valley is known as a "cold desert," because just half an inch of rain falls a year. Temperatures in Zanskar's highest villages drop to 40 degrees F below zero during long winters, and heavy snowfall shuts down the road linking the valley to the rest of India....
> Modi government's honeymoon period is over - By B.K. Chum
> A mass murder forgotten and buried, 28 years on - By Humra Quraishi
> 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
Pricing and packing of medicines
Dear Editor, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) should look into abnormally high printed ‘Maximum Retail Price’ (MRP) on generic-medicines which allows even upto 400-percent trade margins above their respective ex-factory prices. NPAA must fix some maximum trade-margin on generic medicines whereby there may be a reasonable difference between their ex-factory prices and MRPs. Thereafter generic medicines should be publicised givi...
> Don’t restrict creativity
> Mufti’s remarks
> Poverty alleviation; a myth or reality?
> Welcome SC verdict striking down section 66A of I-T Act
> Routine budgetary exercise
Nitish meets PM, seeks compensation for state's financial loses
NEW DELHI, Mar 26 (Agencies): Bihar Chief Nitish Kumar today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here and contended that his state will lose Rs 50,000 crore due to implementation of the 14th Finance Commission recommendations which he wanted to be compensated by the Centre. Kumar, who had snapped his party JD(U)'s 17-year-old alliance with BJP in 2013 after it projected Modi as Prime Ministerial candidate for 2014 polls, met the Prime Minister for...
> Ranaghat Nun Gang Rape : 2 B'deshi nationals arrested
> Shailesh's family does not suspect any foul play in his death
> 3 booked under Maharashtra's new beef ban law
> Vindicated by CAG, I still suffer the stigma of charge-sheet: Khemka
> UP CM deflects oppn attack on police recruitment
Germanwings Air Crash: Jet audio shows pilot locked out of cockpit
FRANCE, Mar 26 (Agencies): The first half of Germanwings Flight 9525 was chilling in its normalcy. It took off from Barcelona en route to Duesseldorf, climbing up over the Mediterranean and turning over France. The last communication was a routine request to continue on its route. Minutes later, at 10:30 AM Tuesday, the Airbus A320 inexplicably began to descend. Within 10 minutes it had plunged from its cruising altitude of 38,000 feet to just ...
> Pak court gives 5 days to Punjab Govt to decide on Lakhvi
> Ex-Lankan Prez to head task force for reconciliation of Tamils
> N Korea denies hacking nuclear plants in S Korea
> Plane with 148 on board crashes in French Alps
> China wishes 'All Weather Friend' Pak on National Day
Australia beat India to set up final clash with New Zealand
SYDNEY, Mar 26(Agencies): India's near flawless title defence came to an agonising end on Thursday as they succumbed to pressure against the clinical Australians, who decimated the defending champions by 95 runs to romp into the final and break a million Indian hearts. In an engrossing semifinal clash, four-time champions Australia rode on Steve Smith's classy 105 to post an imposing 328/7 before bundling out India for 233 in 46.5 overs to set ...
> Punjab thrashes J&K by 94 runs
> Prisoners disappointed with India's loss in the Semi Final: Jail Superintendent
> J&K team selected for 43rd Jr National Carrom championship
> Mohd Bilal, Joginder reach in final
> Lord Mahavira school holds Sports Day
ADB to give USD 300 mn loan to India
NEW DELHI, Mar 26 (Agencies): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will extend a loan of USD 300 million to India for improving road connectivity and increasing the domestic and regional trade along the North Bengal-North Eastern Region (NER). An agreement in this regard was signed with the ADB here, the Finance Ministry said in a statement. The loan has a 25-year repayment term. "The loan is the first tranche under USD 500 million multi-tranche ...
> Spectrum bids won't result in high call rates: Prasad
> JSPL moves HC against cancellation of coal blocks
> 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
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