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Structured dialogue not very far now: Akhter
BJP to pursue Mufti to win over independents for RS polls
What’s Track-II talks, asks Jitendra Singh
JAMMU, Jan 29: To ensure expansion of its agenda of `Congress-Mukt Bharat’ to ‘Congress-Mukt J&K’ by sealing defeat of the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad in R S elections, the state Bharatiya Janata Party Thursday decided to aggressively pursue PDP patron Mufti Mohammed Sayeed to win over Kashmir based independents. In the much hyped meeting chaired by MoS, PMO Dr Jitendra Singh with the party legislators and senior leader...
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Omar never made ‘illiterate’ remarks: NC
SRINAGAR, Jan 29: National Conference (NC) spokesman Junaid Mattu today denied that his party working president Omar Abdullah had described the two PDP candidates for Rajya Sabha elections as “illiterates.” Talking to a local news agency, CNS, Mattu said this has been wrongly attributed to the NC working president. "Omar Abdullah does not stoop to PDP's level of name-calling,” he added. Another local news agency, KNS, had two days back quote...
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Police foils contractors' protest, scores detained
SRINAGAR, Jan 29: Police today foiled the protest march of contractors. They were trying to march towards the Sadar treasury to lock its main gate. They alleged that they tried to lock the gate as their long dues were not released. Police also arrested dozens of contractors including their leaders and also resorted to minor lathi-charge to thwart their protest. Scores of contractors under the banner of contractors co-ordination committee toda...
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Fresh snowfall, rains lash valley
SRINAGAR, Jan 29: Fresh snowfall occurred at several places across the valley today fetching the valleyites a slight breather from the continued dry weather. Since Thursday morning light to moderate snow/rain occurred at isolated places on high reaches and plains including Srinagar city. However, the little flakes could not bring a cheer to the people in city. Though the core winter period of Chillai Kalan is about to be over yet the plains in...
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Nowshera Acid Attack case
Woman judge records victim girl’s statement
SRINAGAR, Jan 29: The 1st Munsiff today recorded the statement of female victim in Nowshera acid attack case that had disfigured her on December 11 last year. According to Chief Prosecuting Officer (CPO) Afaq Ahmad said that 1st Munsiff (a woman judge) recorded the statement of the victim under section 164-A CrPC at her residence (name withheld). The statement was recorded by subordinate court on the directions of Chief Judicial Magistrate (...
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Tral shuts on Day 2
SRINAGAR, Jan 29: Shutdown continued in Tral township for the second consecutive day today over the killing of two local militants in an encounter with troops on Tuesday. Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants, an army officer and a cop were killed in a brief gunfight with troops at Handoora village of Tral on Tuesday afternoon. The killing triggered a complete shutdown and protests in the town. Reports said that the area observed a complete shutdow...
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7 candidates in fray for 4 RS seats
JAMMU, Jan 29: The Returning Officer for biennial election to the Council of States today cleared the list of validly nominated seven candidates after the scrutiny of their nomination papers. The candidates in fray for the 4 Rajya Sabah seats included Mir Mohammed Fayaz (PDP), Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo (NC), Shamsher Singh (BJP), Nasir Aslam Wani (NC), Nazir Ahmad Laway (PDP), Chander Mohan Sharma (BJP) and Ghulam Nabi Azad (INC). The last date fo...
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1971 war ammunition dug out in Samba
JAMMU, Jan 29: Security forces claimed to have dug out ammunition and explosives, including grenades, believed to have been left out during India-Pak conflicts in 1971 from the border belt of Samba district. Police said that based on an information from a villager Vipin Kumar, police and army dug out the cache from village Barian in the district yesterday. They recovered arms and ammunition, including 35 grenades of HE-36, four boxes full of 7...
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Ex-BMO’s son opens fire on police party in Poonch
POONCH, Jan 29: Son of ex-Block Medical Officer (BMO) Surankote today opened fire on police and revenue team when they were trying to vacate government quarters from their possession. Official sources said that SDM Surankote constituted a special team of revenue department for vacating government quarters from unauthorized occupancy of few officials. Eye-witness said that this afternoon when the team reached near government quarters’ ex-BMO’s ...
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No respite in ceasefire violations on Jammu IB
JAMMU, Jan 29: With no respite in ceasefire violations, Pakistani Rangers resorted to small arms firing on border out-posts (BoPs) along the international border in two sub-sectors of Jammu district. BSF said that Pakistani Rangers resorted to small arms firing on two to three BoPs in Arnia and RS Pura sub-sectors of Jammu district this evening. According to reports, Pakistani troops started firing on Indian forward posts sai Nikowal, Pindi an...
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NDMA team to assess situation of Phuktal river blockage
Div Com directs administration to remain vigilant
LEH, Jan 29: The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Rohit Kansal Thursday said that a team of National Disaster Management Authority of India (NDMA) would soon visit Leh to assess the present situation arising out of the blockage of Phuktal river in Kargil district due to heavy landslide. He said that all the reports submitted by Deputy Commissioner and the Executive Councillor of Kargil had already been submitted to National Disaster Management A...
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New Foreign Secy takes charge
NEW DELHI, Jan 29: Subrahmanyam Jaishankar today took charge as the new Foreign Secretary. Jaishankar replaced Sujatha Singh whose tenure was abruptly curtailed by the government late last night. The decision to appoint Jaishankar was taken by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Talking to reporters after assuming the charge, the 1977-batch IFS officer described his new position as a big respons...
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Sonia condoles Col Rai’s death
NEW DELHI, Jan 29 (Agencies): Congress President Sonia Gandhi condoled the death Colonel M N Rai, a commanding officer who died in a gun battle with militants and wrote to his wife telling her she knows what it is to lose a beloved husband to a terror attack. Sonia Gandhi in a letter to Rai's wife Priyanka, said, "I share your grief with all my heart -- I know what it is to lose a beloved husband to a terrorist attack, and for children to be ro...
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JMC retrieves land worth crores in Janipur
JAMMU, Jan 29: Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) claimed to have four kanals of land worth crores of rupees from encroachers at Janipur. Official reports said that in a major drive JMC retrieved four kanals of land from encroachers at Janipur valuing atleast Rs 10 crores. The encroachers filled up a pond with mud/earth soil and encroached it in a phased manner. The Enforcement team of Corporation under the directions of Er Kiran Wattal, Commis...
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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
No political motive behind removal of Foreign Secretary: BJP
NEW DELHI, Jan 29 (Agencies): Defending the move to replace Sujatha Singh as Foreign Secretary, BJP today ruled out any political motive and said the government had acted well within its right to decide on appointment of officers. "I don't see any reason for hue and cry. A government is within its rights to decide how it would like to appoint what officers and with what responsibilities. And this is not the first time..... Preceding governments...
> Throat infection hits Kiran Bedi on campaign trail
> Kejriwal to challenge EC order in High Court: AAP
> Govt to reconstitute Lokpal Search Committee
> Delhi Polls: No manifesto for BJP but a 'Vision Document'
> 2 MLAs disqualified from UP Assembly after Lokayukta probe
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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