|Madhav meets Vohra|
|JAMMU, Dec 7: BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav today met Governor N N Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today.
Governor and Madhav discussed various important issues relating to security management, infrastructural development and speeding up the growth and development process....|
|Tributes paid to Sheikh Abdullah|
|Secularism under threat from fascist forces: NC|
|JAMMU, Dec 5: National Conference provincial president Devender Singh Rana on Monday said that secularism was under severe strain with reactionary and fascist forces working overtime to divide the nation on religious, regional, ethnical and caste lines.
“Compartmentalizing society on religious lines is against the idea of India,” Rana said while paying homage to Baba-e-Qaum Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah on his 111th birth anniversary at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this morning.
Prominent among those who paid floral tribute to Sheikh Sahib also included former ministers Mohammed Shaffi Uri, Surjeet Singh Slathia and Ajay Kumar Sadhotra.
He said beneficiaries of polarized politics might have derived short term dividends but continuation of this trend could prove detrimental to the larger nat...|
|Court acquits accused in Akhnoor Sex Scandal|
|Directs DGP to take action against IO, perjury against prosecutrix|
|JAMMU, Dec 3 (JNF): In a major development in Akhnoor Sex Scandal, Fast Track Court today acquitted all the accused allegedly involved in Akhnoor Sex Scandal case as prosecutrix turned hostile.
After hearing Advocates Abhinav Sharma, Himanshu Beotra, Sahil Aggarwal, P S Pawar appearing for the accused, Court observed that this is very unfortunate that the victim has resiled from her earlier statement made before the Judicial Magistrate Akhnoor. She has also leveled serious allegations against the Investigating Officer ASI Kuldeep Singh and the then SHO which warrants the judicial as well as administrative action against the erring police officers connected with the investigation of the case.
“It has been noticed that the rape cases are being investigated by ASI against the mandate of...|
|Moderate intensity quake jolts Doda, no damage reported|
|BHADERWAH, Dec 3: A moderate intensity earthquake shook some parts of Doda district today.
The quake, measuring 4.3 on the Richter Scale, struck Bhaderwah, Doda and Gandoh areas of the district around 4:20 AM, MeT officials said.
"As of now, there is no immediate report of any casualty or damage to property," Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Bhaderwah, Mohammad Anwar Banday, said.
Panic-stricken people rushed out of their homes in Doda town when the quake, whose epicentre was 12km south-west of Bhaderwah, rattled the picturesque valley.
People of Chenab valley are apprehensive of tremors after a study by a group of US scientists published last year predicted that there is a possibility of major earthquake in J&K....|
|Massive forest fire in Banihal|
|BANIHAL, Dec 3: Massive forest fire broke out into a number forest compartments in forest range Banihal and dozens of green trees were burnt into ashes, last evening.
Official reports said that last evening at about 7 PM fire broke in a closure of social forestry department near village Bankoot which engulfed whole compartment 42 within few hours. Over three dozen trees brunt into the ashes in this compartment.
A number of teams from forest department rushed to the spot to control the fire for spreading further. After four hours of hectic job, forest teams got success in controlling the fire. In the morning, fire resurfaced in compartment number 42.
Two Fire tenders from fire station Banihal were pressed into service to control the fire but fire is still going on.
Reports from Cham...|
|Suspect held on IB|
|JAMMU, Dec 3: Security forces today claimed to have arrested a ‘suspect’ who was moving under suspicious circumstances near International Border (IB) in Suchetgarh area of RS Pura sector of Jammu district.
Official reports said that some locals noticed a man moving under suspicious circumstances near International Border (IB) in Suchetgarh area of RS Pura sector, this morning. The immediately informed the Border Security Force (BSF) officers. He was detained and failed to satisfy the BSF authorities during questioning. He was later handed over to police.
He disclosed his identity as Avinash Khagde of Maharashtra.
Police has registered a case and started investigation.
Meanwhile, another suspect appearing to be a mentally unsound man was detained by the police from Sainik School, Raj...|
|‘Er, Rashid detained at Patnitop on way to Ramban’|
|JAMMU, Dec 2: AIP Supremo and MLA Langate Er. Rasheed along with his colleagues was detained today by police at Patnitop on his way to Ramban, where he had to address a series of public meetings.
Party spokesman Inam-u-Nabi in a statement said that as soon as Er. Rasheed reached Patnitop this afternoon he was stopped by a heavy contingent of J&K Police. However, when Er. Rasheed started arguing with the police officers, he was humiliated, thrashed and detained forcibly at Police Station Patnitop.
Inam has strongly condemned the incident and added that BJP, PDP Government is using J&K Police as a tool to curb the genuine voices and added that such dirty tricks will not weaken the will of Er. Rasheed. Spokesman accused state police of creating ‘Jungle Raj’ in the state....|
|DyCM’s statement on Nagrota attack outrageous: JKPCC|
|JAMMU, Nov 30: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) has termed the statement of senior BJP leader and the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh over, what it said, “one of the most deadliest and bloodiest fidayeen attack” yesterday as “outrageous and insult to the martyrs.”
Reacting to the statement of Dr Singh wherein he tried to downplay the terror attack at Nagrota, JKPCC said that the BJP leader was “insensitive to the sentiments of the people and the supreme sacrifices of officers and jawans who laid down their lives while repulsing one of the deadliest attacks in which two senior army officers and five others army men were martyred so far.”
“The yesterday’s fidayeen attacks especially in the high sensitive zone of Nagrota where HQ of 16 corps are located, are an ey...|
|Niaz slams PDD-BJP govt for unscheduled power cuts|
|BHADERWAH, Nov 30: Former PDD minister and senior Congress leader Mohammed Sharief Niaz criticized PDP-BJP government for enforcing 18 hour power cuts in Bhalessa and other parts of Doda out of 24 hours with power supply remaining completely off during the night hours.
“This is a cause of concern as the curtailments have added to the woes of inmates of the township particularly the old and infirm these days. On one hand there are regular advertisements of J&K government assuring people of continuous power supply, on the other hand, frequent regulations regarding power cut are giving them shock. Past few months have witnessed frequent power cuts at night forcing people to look for other alternative source of power like generators.
People are ridiculing government’s advertisement promis...|
|Man-animal conflict: LC panel for clearing all pending compensation cases|
|JAMMU, Nov 30: The Committee on Environment of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council Wednesday recommended immediate compensation to the victims in pending man-animal conflict cases.
The Committee, which met here under the Chairmanship of MLC, Mohammad Muzaffar Parry also directed the officers of the Forest and its allied Departments to create awareness among the masses about the importance of afforestation and preservation of water bodies and wetlands.
Legislators, Jugal Kishore Sharma, Showkat Hussain Ganai, Qaiser Jamsheed Lone and Rani Gargi Blowria attended the meeting and stressed upon the concerned officers of Forest and its allied wings for taking up plantations on available degraded forest land across the State.
While taking stock of diverting of forest land for different dev...|
|Rana lays wreaths on mortal remains of Nagrota warriors|
|JAMMU, Nov 30: National Conference provincial president Devender Singh Rana on Wednesday laid wreaths, on behalf of the people of Nagrota assembly constituency, at the mortal remains of brave-hearts, who laid down their lives yesterday in a terror attack on Nagrota army camp by heavily armed terrorists.
In a sombre atmosphere at the Technical Airport, filled with emotion and grief, Rana paid floral homage to the martyrs, including two officers and five jawans.
Praying for peace to the departed souls, Rana, MLA Nagrota, expressed solidarity with the families at this hour of grief and personally conveyed condolences to kin of the martyrs present on the occasion....|
|India-Pak dialogue will help reduce tensions: ANC|
|JAMMU, Nov 30: Awami National Conference (ANC) today said that it strongly encouraged India and Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue to reduce tensions, as the war of words between the two neighbours escalated over the Kashmir issue after the terror attacks on the security establishments in the past and also after terror attacks in Nagrota and Ramgarh yesterday.
In a press statement issued here, ANC provincial president Gian Singh today said that ANC robustly supported all efforts between India and Pakistan that could contribute to a more stable, democratic, and prosperous region, including meetings between the Indian and Pakistani officials.“Our longstanding position is that we believe India and Pakistan stand to benefit from the normalization of relations and practical cooperation. W...|
|Azad condemns terror strike at Nagrota|
|JAMMU, Nov 30: Senior Congress leader and the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha strongly condemned the terror strike on army base at Nagrota in Jammu on Monday.
“I pay my homage to the brave officers and soldiers who lost their lives in the attack. My heart goes out to their families and I pray that Almighty gives them strength to bear the irreparable loss,” said Azad. He also urged the central government to take concrete steps to prevent such occurrence in future. Azad also expressed deep concern on increase in frequency of such attacks and incidents of firing along the border in last few months....|
|Seeking bank details from BJP ministers, legislators a political stunt: Harsh|
|JAMMU, Nov 30: Describing the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s directive calling upon the BJP ministers, MPs and MLAs for submission of their bank accounts to Amit Shah as a political stunt, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (NPP) chairman Harsh Dev Singh today said that people of the country could no longer be swayed by gimmicks and tantrums. He added if the Prime Minister really wanted to expose and punish such leaders he ought to have directed them to put their banks accounts and property details in public domain rather than their submission to BJP chief.
Harsh while addressing the media said that it was not only the deposits and withdrawals between November 8 and December 30 which needed to be publicized but the annual property returns of all such leaders were required to be p...|
|APSCC condoles demise of its founder member|
|JAMMU, Nov 30: All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) has expressed grief and sorrow over the demise of one of its founder members Krishanjeet Singh Mehta who passed away after a prolonged illness.
A condolence meeting to pay tributes to the late Sikh leader was held here which was presided over by Committee Chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina and other committee members took part in the meeting. Two minute silence was observed during the meeting to pay respects to the departed soul.
Raina while speaking on the occasion said that Mehta played a stellar role in the formation of APSCC and he was always worried about the Sikh community as a whole. Raina said that Mehta along with some other Sikh leaders took the bold decision of forming the APSCC which on date had come up as a strong vo...|