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16 of 2 families buried alive as landslides hit houses in Chadoora
6 bodies recovered, 10 missing as flood threat plays havoc with normal life
SRINAGAR, Mar 30: Sixteen members of two families were buried alive when residential houses collapsed after hit by landslides at Laden, Kralgund area in Chadoora last night. Six bodies were recovered and 10 persons are still lying under debris. The deceased include four women, a man and a child. They were identified as Naseema, Shugufta daughters of Ghulam Nabi, Rukhsana wife of Mohammad Shaban, Mohammad Shaban son of Lal Din Chopan, Mohammad ...
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2 killed, several rescued in flood ravaged Jammu region
JAMMU, Mar 30: Two persons were killed and several families were rescued while over a hundred structures damaged and equal number of live stocks perished in heavy rains and flash floods in Jammu region. The Jammu-Srinagar National highway virtually remain closed with minor relief at stretch near Banihal where some stranded vehicles were allowed to move towards valley. The power, water, telephone and mobile network besides the connectivity via r...
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J&K floods
Rajnath assures Centre's support to Mufti
NEW DELHI, Mar 30 (Agencies): Union home minister Rajnath Singh today spoke to Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and conveyed to him that relief materials are being air dashed to the flood-affected valley in the shortest possible time. During the telephonic talk, the chief minister briefed the home minister about the prevailing flood situation in Kashmir valley and the steps being taken for rescue and providing relief to th...
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Rescue operation on in Poonch, no loss of life reported
Mechanism put in place to deal with flood situation: Naeem
Washed away driver Angrez Singh still untraced
JAMMU, Mar 30: “Flood like situation occurs in some districts of Jammu region due to incessant rain which has disturbed the life of common people as various reports of house damage in far flung areas of Poonch, Rajouri, Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban, Udhampur and Banihal districts,” the entire MLCs of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council today staged protest demonstration and highlighted the issue seriously before the beginning of Question Hours and d...
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Centre preferred polls over relief in J&K last year: Omar
`Do not want repeat of Sept like situation’
JAMMU, Mar 30: The former Chief Minister and NC working president Omar Abdullah Monday alleged that the Government of India preferred polls over the relief activities in the flood ravaged Jammu and Kashmir and delayed the flood package without any reason. He, while talking to reporters outside the Assembly, however hoped J&K won’t face the flood situation that took place in September last year, over the flood alert issued in the state following...
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Provide hassle free facilities to flood-prone people: Azad
Appeals Centre to rehabilitate traders community
JAMMU, Mar 30: Calling for immediate rehabilitation of flood affected people of Kashmir Valley, former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today said that the Government of India must without any delay step-in to revamp, on priority, the dilapidated medicare facilities, inundated roads and take measures to rehabilitate the traders who according to him suffered immensely due to devastating floods. In a statement issued here today, Azad said rather t...
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Water level recedes in Jehlum
Govt declares flood threat, thousands move to safer places, hundreds others shifted
SRINAGAR, Mar 30: The state government this morning declared flood threat in Kashmir as water in river Jehlum crossed the danger marks of 18 feet and 22 feet at Ram Munshibagh and Sangam respectively. However, the improvement in weather conditions and stopping of rains during the day led to receding of water level at Sangam and Ram Munshi Bagh late this evening. The water level was 19.80 feet at Sangam at 10 PM and 19. 50 feet at Ram Mun...
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Prepaid mobile services in J&K, NER get 2 year extension
NEW DELHI, Mar 30: Prepaid mobile services in Jammu and Kashmir and the northeastern states will be allowed to continue for two more years from Wednesday in a decision on Monday by the government that will benefit the existing 33 million subscribers there. The licence of the telecom operators for providing pre-paid services in these areas expires on Tuesday. A high-level committee headed by Union Home Secretary LC Goyal discussed the matter aft...
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Flood threat: Relief, rescue operation
Water level receding; no need to panic: Mufti
Releases Rs 25 Cr for Kashmir division, Rs 10 Cr for Jammu
JAMMU, Mar 30: The Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed Monday announced release of Rs 25-Cr in favour of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and Rs 10-Cr in favour of Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, under SDRF for rescue and relief operations following incessant rains and imminent threat of floods in the State, especially Kashmir Valley. The Chief Minister also said that an NDRF team from Ministry of Home Affairs had arrived in the state which wou...
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Mufti visits Lal Chowk, meets trading community
De watering completed, water logged roads restored
SRINAGAR, Mar 30: Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed today visited Lal Chowk area here and met the traders whose shops were facing threat of inundation due to drainage failure following incessant rains in the area. The dewatering has since been completed and the waterlogged roads have been restored in the business hub of the city. Minister for public works, Syed Altaf Bukhari, minister for finance, Dr. Haseeb A Drabu and minister of state fo...
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Union Cabinet Secretary reviews flood situation with CS
Centre sends 8 NDRF teams to assist flood situation in Kashmir
JAMMU, Mar 30: The Centre would send eight fully equipped NDRF teams to Kashmir to assist the Jammu and Kashmir government in its efforts to safeguard life and property in the wake of the flood situation in the Valley. "Eight fully equipped NDRF teams will be arriving in Kashmir to assist the state government in its efforts to safeguard life and property of people in the wake of flood situation arisen due to incessant rains that lashed the Vall...
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Stranded passengers to be airlifted as weather improves: Kohli
JAMMU, Mar 30: Jammu and Kashmir government is making serious efforts for early airlifting of passengers stranded here following closure of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, state minister Abdul Ghani Kohli said on Monday. The government is making serious efforts for early airlifting of passengers stranded in Jammu following closure of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the Minister of State for Transport (independent charge), Rural Development an...
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Mehbooba grieved over loss of lives in land sinking, flashfloods
JAMMU, Mar 30: Member Parliament and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti has expressed shock and grief over the tragic loss of precious human lives due to land sinking in forest foothills of Laldan area in Chadoora, Budgam. She also expressed grief over the loss of another human life in Udhampur due to flashfloods. In a statement issued here today, Mehbooba urged the divisional administration to expedite the rescue and relie...
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LA passes Rs 54711.68 Cr grants for 2015-16 fiscal
Rs 9556.73 Cr supplementary grants for 2014-15 appropriated
JAMMU, Mar 30: The Legislative Assembly Monday unanimously passed Rs 54711.68 Cr grants for the fiscal 2015-16 and Rs 9556.73 Cr supplementary grants for the year 2014-15 by voice vote. Earlier, the Minister for Finance Dr Haseeb Drabu in the Legislative Assembly introduced “The Jammu and Kashmir Appropriation Bill (No I), 2015 (L.A. Bill No 1 of 2015)” authorising the state government of payment and supplementary appropriation of Rs 955673.85 ...
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Cartoon Corner
CBI Court denies bail to Chairman Co-op Society
JAMMU, Mar 27 (JNF): Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Court today denied bail to Chairman Cooperative Society for allegedly misappropriating Rs 74 lakhs of Ministry of Textiles. Special Judge Anticorruption (CBI Cases) J&K Jammu Suresh Sharma rejected bail application of Z A Bhatti, Chairman/MD/Secretary National Foundation and United Handicraft Self Help Group Federation Industrial Cooperative and a self claimed political and social acti...
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Naqvi visits Pattan
SRINAGAR, Mar 30: Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today visited Pattan area in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district to take stock of the situation in the wake of heavy rains. “Naqvi, accompanied by state Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Sukhnandan and Minister for Technical Education Imran Reza Ansari visited several villages of Pattan and other adjacent areas to take stock of the situation which has arisen due to incessant rain...
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Back to nature's fury
Flash floods, landslides and the renewed threat of floods and avalanches across Jammu and Kashmir once again highlight the potential threat that the state is poised with from natural disasters like floods and earthquakes. The present situation may not pose a major threat of a natural disaster akin to the September floods, as assured by weather experts, but changing climate patterns in Jammu and Kashmir throughout this year arouse concern that re...
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Mass promotions
Dear Editor, The decision by previous government to rule out mass promotions for students is a decision that is more political and less judicious. It is not understandable as to why the ousted government made it a prestige issue instead of healing the wounds of the flood victims in which most of the people lost their houses and valuables. On one hand the government is not in favour of making any detention from class1st to 9th class then why not...
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NEW DELHI Mar 30: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday rushed union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to Kashmir for on-the-spot assessment of the flood situation and to coordinate with state authorities for whatever help is required. As the flood situation began to turn serious in the Valley, Modi deputed Naqvi, Minister of State for Minority Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs, to visit the state today. Naqvi has been tasked to make assessment ab...
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