|‘Walk of hope’ reaches Kashmir |
|An aim to spread the message of peace, unity and harmony among humans|
|SRINAGAR, Apr 29: ‘Walk of hope’ a walk on foot (Padd Yatra) with a purpose to spread the message of peace, humanity and interfaith harmony across India and globe reached Kashmir on Friday.
The walk which was flagged off on January 12, 2015 in Kanyamkumari is led by Sri Mumtaz Ali a social reformer and educationist.
More than 65 people from 11 states of India joined the walk with Mumtaz with an intent to bridge gaps and form a part of an initiative to convey the message of unity and peace.
The group has covered 7500 kilometres from Kanyakumari to Kashmir on foot across 11 states in 15 months and 474 days.
Mumtaz Ali who hails from Karnataka is the founder of ‘Manav Ekta Mission’ an organization which intends to promote unity among all faiths by encouraging people to cultivate the in...|
|Prepare action plans to address strains in water supply: CM|
|JAMMU, Apr 29 :Emphasizing upon sustained efforts to harness State’s abundant water potential, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, Friday committed to go whole hog in providing safe potable drinking water to every household as well as assured irrigation to the farmer community in the state.
To enforce accountability, she said the performance of the engineers will be linked with the success of schemes they execute. “The officers will be held responsible. We are lagging and need to immediately devise a mechanism to take forward all stranded projects,” she stated.
The Chief Minister was speaking while reviewing the functioning of PHE, I&FC Department, here today.
While taking firsthand appraisal of the water supply position, Mehbooba Mufti said there should be a well-thought out process be...|
|Mehbooba takes up issue of mutton dealers’ harassment|
|JAMMU, Apr 29: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, Friday took up the issue of harassment of J&K’s mutton traders and importers with the Chief Minister of Punjab, Prakash Singh Badal.
Requesting Punjab Chief Minister to intervene in the matter, Mehbooba Mufti said certain persons near Madhopur, in Punjab, realize substantial amount of money from mutton dealers as special tax for transportation of livestock (sheep/goat), notwithstanding the fact that livestock are procured from neighbouring state of Rajasthan.
The Chief Minister requested Badal that since the mutton dealers are not getting support from Police, necessary instructions are issued to the concerned so that they are not harassed and no tax is charged from them for transportation of their livestock. ...|
|Govt announces change in office timing from May 1 |
|JAMMU, Arp 29: As per a communique received from the office of Division Commissioner Jammu, the working hours in the Government Offices and educational institutions in the Jammu Division (Summer Zone) will be from 8.00 AM to 2.00 PM with effect from May 01, 2016 to September 30, 2016.
While in Winter Zone, working hours shall be from 10.00 AM TO 4 PM....|
|Darbar offices close to re-open on May 9|
|JAMMU, Apr 29: The Civil Secretariat was closed Friday in the winter capital of Jammu and will open in Srinagar on May 9.
Officials in the secretariat said that all the offices have been closed for six months and the hundreds of truck-loads of official files will be transported to Srinagar in the week.
The Civil Secretariat houses the offices of chief minister, council of ministers, chief Secretary and top bureaucrats. All these offices will start functioning in Srinagar from May 9 for next six months.
In view of the Darbar move, main roads, and Budshah Bride in the Srinagar city were being pained, and cleaned from the last few days.
Meanwhile, the Assembly secretariat is also gearing up for making preparations for the upcoming Budget Session.
An official in the Assembly secretariat ...|
|School boy cross LoC in Medhar|
|MENDHAR, Apr 29: An eight standard student reportedly trespassed into the Pakistani Administered Kashmir territory along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakot sector of Mendhar tehsil in Poonch district.
He has been identified as Zulikar Ali alias Imtiaz Ali, 14, son of Ghulam Hussain of Lanjoit tehsil Mendhar, an eighth standard student.
As per his family members he crossed the LoC due to far of his arrest in mobile phone theft case on April 21, 2016. He reportedly has stolen a mobile of a shopkeeper from his shop near forward army Post and switched it off. The shopkeeper searched his phone and kept on calling on his cell phone. After remaining switched off for couple of days, the user switched it on. The shopkeeper contacted him and asked him from where he had purchased this mobile pho...|
|Nayeem’s family gets call from Dehradun College|
|Family informs them about his killing|
|SRINAGAR, Apr 28: Family of Nayeem Qadir Bhat, the 19-year-old cricketer who was killed in security forces firing in Handwara on April 12, received a call from a Dehradun College administrators informing that their son has got admission in the college.
Nayeem had applied to study BSc Forestry in Dehradun College on April 10, two days before he was killed in Handwara town after protests erupted over the alleged molestation of a school girl. Nayeem was set to leave for Dehradun on April 16.
“We got a call from the Dehradun College to inform us that Nayeem has been selected to study BSc forestry in the college. But we informed them that he was killed on April 12,” Zahoor Ahmad Bhat, brother of Nayeem told a local news agency, KNS.
“The caller was shocked when after I informed him that Nay...|
|Cross-LoC traders welcome banking facilities in business|
|SRINAGAR, Apr 28: The cross LoC traders have welcomed the state government’s decision of providing banking facilities for the business, but expressed dismay that the settlement would be done in US Dollar.
The traders demand that the settlement be done in Indo-Pak currencies to facilitate and boost trade.
General Secretary Salamabad Cross LoC Trade Union Hilal Turkey and Secretary J&K Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industries Aijaz Mir hailed the decision of the Mehbooba Mufti-led government.
Turkey told media that the banking facilitation would surely boost the trade but trading through US Dollar will hamper it.
“The trade is between two parts of the divided states and not between two countries (India and Pakistan). Trading through US dollar may not be acceptable to some parties as th...|
|SAC allow more time to Mangat to file reply|
|JAMMU, Apr 28 (JNF): State Accountability Commission (SAC) today allowed further time to former Deputy Chief Minister and the then Chairman Khadi Village and Industries Board (KVIB) Pt Mangat Ram Sharma to file his supplementary affidavit/documents in support of his defence in KVIB recruitment scam.
Full Bench of State Accountability Commission (SAC) comprising its Chairman Justice B A Khan (retired) and Members Justice J P Singh (retired) and Justice B A Kirmani (retired) allowed further time to the Former Deputy Chief Minister and the then Chairman Khadi Village and Industries Board (KVIB) Pt Mangat Ram Sharma to file his supplementary affidavit/documents in support of his defence as Advocate Bhanu Singh Slathia appearing for former Deputy Chief Minister prayed for extension of time i...|
|Cyber crime, drugs pose bigger challenge: DGP|
|JAMMU, Apr 28: Realizing the importance of technology in solving crucial cases DGP J&K Police K Rajendra directed the police officers to carry out the investigation of the cases on modern lines to bring the culprits to justice.
Rajendra also listed Cyber crimes and drug smuggling as bigger challenges before the investigating agencies adding these two should be taken on priority to eradicate crimes.
Meanwhile, discussing the security scenario in the border areas, the DGP emphasized on coordination and communication with other security agencies and maintaining vigil in sensitive areas. He said that proper supervision by the field officers at lower level will make the efforts fruitful.
K Rajendra was addressing a meeting of police officers at District Police Lines Kathua during his day ...|
|Grenade hurled at police station|
|SRINAGAR, Apr 28: Unidentified militants today hurled a grenade at Sherbagh police station in Anantnag.
The grenade exploded causing damage to the windscreens of some vehicles. Senior officers of police and security forces reached the spot. After the incident, security was beefed up in Anantnag town.
Meanwhile, the siege laid around a mosque in Lolab area was lifted. Reports said the siege was lifted after stone pelting on security men by protestors.
The forces had laid a cordon around the Jamia Masjid Kanthapora after they suspected the presence of a militant inside.
As per reports there was a brief exchange of gunfire. Later youths took to streets and held protests.
The siege was lifted after forces came under stone pelting from protesters around the Jamia Masjid Kanthapora....|
|Afzal Guru row|
|25 JNU students on indefinite hunger strike|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 28 (Agencies): Two groups of JNU students are sitting on an indefinite hunger strike in protest against the punishments awarded by the university in connection with the controversial February 9 event.
While five protesting students are from ABVP, 20 others including JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar belong to different groups. The hunger strike began at midnight after the students took out a torchlight march from Ganga Dhaba to administration block, which has been the venue of protest ever since Kanhaiya was arrested in a sedition case over the event against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.
Kanhaiya, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who were arrested in the case are now out on bail.
|Over 100 road accidents in Valley in 2 months|
|SRINAGAR, April 27: Notwithstanding the efforts made to minimize the rise in killer road mishaps scores of lives continue to be lost in road accidents in Kashmir valley every month.
A data provided by the officials revealed that More than 100 road mishaps have been reported from across the valley in past two months. The fatal accidents have resulted in death of half a dozen persons and over 150 persons have been injured.
According to a data available with the department of traffic police Srinagar around 49 road accidents have been reported in Kashmir valley in the month of March. 4 persons have lost their lives in road accidents in March.
On March 17 three persons were killed when a sumo cab they were travelling in skidded off the road. The incident happened when the sumo was on its w...|
|Restrictions imposed in Lal Chowk|
|SRINAGAR, Apr 27: Authorities today imposed restrictions at Lal Chowk. The move followed the JKLF’s call for funeral prayers in absentia of Amanullah Khan, who died yesterday, at Lal Chowk.
However, funeral prayers in absentia were held at several places in Kashmir including Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, Pulwama, Budgam and other places.
JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik was arrested and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest to prevent them for participating in the special prayer. Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Shabir Ahmad Shah continued under house arrest.
The authorities early in the morning imposed restrictions at Lal Chowk.
The police and CRPF were deployed in large numbers at Lal Chowk, Maisuma, Amirakadal. The Chowk was sealed with barbed wire.
The police and CRPF...|
|Shopkeeper injured in Zainapora firing dies|
|SRINAGAR, Apr 27: A shopkeeper who was injured in firing by unidentified gunmen last week at Hef Shermal in Zainapora area succumbed to his injuries at SKIMS Soura last night.
The deceased was identified as Khurshid Ahmad Lone, son of Abdul Rehman, resident of Hefshirmal Zainapora. He was shot at by unidentified gunmen on April 17 in his village.
He succumbed to his injuries at SKIMS Soura during the night, said an official....|
|Cross-LoC traders meet at Chakan Da Bagh|
|POONCH, Apr 27: Traders of both sides of divided Jammu and Kashmir settled their accounts in the second traders meet of this year organized by authorities of both sides after more three months at Chakkan-Da-Bagh, today.
The meeting was organized in a peaceful atmosphere, said Krishan Singh General Sectary Cross LoC Traders Association.
Deputy Commissioner Poonch, Mohammad Haroon Malik Senior Superintendent of Police Poonch, J S Johar, DSP Security Chakkan-Da-Bagh Sagar Singh Salathia, Director General, Trade and Travel Authority (PaK), Brigadier(Retd) Imtiaz Wayar, Assistant Commissioner Hajira (PAK), Shabaz Khan, ATFO PAK Mohammad Irshad, Tehsildar Hajaria Ibrar abasi, TAF PAK Mohammad Nahin Chakkan-Da-Bagh (J&K), Tanveer Ahmed, Custodian TFC, and other officers related with the Cros...|
|'Laser walls' activated along India-Pakistan border to plug gaps in vigil'|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 27 (Agencies): A dozen "laser walls" have been made operational along the India-Pakistan international border in Punjab to plug the porous riverine and treacherous terrain and keep an effective vigil against intruders and terrorists exploiting the frontier areas to cross over.
While eight infra-red and laser beam intrusion detection systems are "up and working" along as many vulnerable and sensitive areas of the international border (IB) in Punjab, four more will be operationalised in the next few days, a senior official of the Border Security Force (BSF) said.
The "laser walls" or fence are being monitored by the BSF which guards the Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
The decision to install these laser walls was taken by the BSF two ye...|
|Govt says details of NIA officials' visit to Pak yet to be finalized|
|NEW DELHI, Apr. 27 (Agencies): The Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT) was informed that a team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials would like to visit Pakistan to carry forward investigation into the Pathankot airbase terror attack, however, the details of the visit are yet to be finalised, said Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary on Wednesday.
A five-member JIT, comprising Additional Inspector General of Police (IGP), a Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), two Lt. Colonels and one inspector, from Pakistan had visited India between March 27-31 to collect, review and document physical evidences and to interview key witnesses and victims through the NIA in connection with the Pathankot attack.
In written replies to separate questions b...|
|Banclave on e-financial inclusion|
|E-Financial inclusion critical for banks: Dy Guv RBI|
|SRINAGAR, Apr 26: E-financial Inclusion is critical to make the financial inclusion viable and sustainable for banks in India. For only leveraging technology can help the banks to create opportunities out of five key challenges in this regard i.e. cost, coverage, convenience, confidence and convergence.
Deputy Governor Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Harun Rashid Khan said this here at SKICC, during the Banclave on “e-financial inclusion – way forward”, which was organized by the Bankers’ Club, J&K.
J&K Bank Chairman & CEO Mushtaq Ahmad, who is also Chief Patron Bankers’ Club, was also present on the occasion along with Regional Director (J&K) D Sethy who is also President of the club.
CGM-in-Charge DIT RBI S Ganesh Kumar, CEO National Payments Corporation of India (NCPI) A P Hota, Regio...|
|Deploying central forces in NIT will not alienate Kashmiri youth: Rijiju|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 26 (Agencies): Deploying central forces at the National Institute of Technology in Srinagar will not result in the alienation of Kashmiri youth, the central government said on Tuesday.
“Deployment of central forces was not a suo motu decision of the central government. It was done only after the students and the NIT administration made a demand (in this regard). Even Jammu and Kashmir police are outside the campus. So I don’t think there will be any alienation,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in the Lok Sabha during Question Hour.
He was responding to supplementary queries on the issue from members including Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi, Jyotiraditya Scindia (Congress) and Harish Meena of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
|Cong to rake up NIT issue with govt: Rahul|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 26: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday met with some students of the NIT Srinagar and assured them that the party will raise their concerns over campus safety with the government.
"Met students and parents from National Institute of Technology (NIT), Srinagar, who expressed concern over the safety and security of students on (the) campus. I assured them that the Congress would raise their concerns and put pressure on the government to resolve the matter," tweeted after the meeting.
The NIT campus had been on boil following clashes between Kashmiri and non-Kashmiri students after the locals celebrated West Indies' win over the Indian cricket team in the world T-20 semi final match on March 31.
The classes had to be suspended after the clashes and subsequent p...|
|Amanullah Khan passes away|
|SRINAGAR, Apr 26: Amanullah Khan, considered to be the architect of Kashmir's armed insurgency and the founder of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), died on Tuesday in Pakistan after a chronic lung disease. He was 82.
Senior separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik and Shabir Ahmad Shah have condoled Khan’s death and offered condolences to the bereaved family.
His son-in-law Sajad Lone, a minister in the BJP-PDP alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir, said Amanullah Khan's last rites will be performed in Pakistan's Rawalpindi city on Wednesday.
"He was seriously ill for the past three weeks. My wife Asma Khan and our children were with him. He died early today in Rawalpindi," Lone told media.
Khan, listed among the most wanted fugit...|
|SVC directs SVO to probe: Sub-standard work in JU |
|JAMMU, Apr 26: State Vigilance Commission (SVC) today directed State Vigilance Organization (SVO) to initiate a preliminary enquiry into the allegations levelled against two engineers of Jammu University for substandard work and misuse of official position to gain profit.
Official spokesman said that on the basis of merit of the complaint and secret verification conducted in the matter, SVC has asked SVO to initiate regular preliminary inquiry into the allegations leveled against two engineers of Jammu University for making fraudulent payments.
“The Commission had received a complaint about the misuse of official position and university funds by two Assistant Engineers working in the Works Department of Jammu University. The complainant alleged that the concerned engineers, hand in glov...|
|Cabinet meeting today|
|JAMMU, Apr 26: The state cabinet is meeting tomorrow for the last time before the Durbar moves to summer capital on April 29.
According to sources, creation of new KAS posts is likely to be on agenda of the cabinet meeting besides routines transfers and postings in civil and police administration.
The Chief Minister may brief the cabinet about her meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and union ministers this month in New Delhi.
This will be the second cabinet meeting after Mehbooba Mufti took over as the Chief Minister on April 4, 2016. She had chaired her first cabinet meeting on April 11, 2016....|
|Omar hits out at govt for cancelling visa for Chinese dissident|
|JAMMU, Apr 25: Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today hit out at the Centre for cancelling the visa given to a Chinese dissident.
"What was all that chest thumping earlier?" Abdullah asked on Twitter after India decided to withdraw the visa to Chinese dissident Dolkun Isa apparently after protests by China over the issue.
"For the last few days we were treated to lots of self-congratulatory chest thumping about how this Government is the 1st (first) to stand up to China," the National Conference leader said.
Isa, a leader of World Uyghur Congress (WUC), who lives in Germany, had been invited for the conference being organised by US-based 'Initiatives for China'.
Isa was granted a tourist visa to travel to India this week for the conference in Dharamsala, which Tibetan leader-in-exi...|