|Woman ‘raped’, murdered|
|SRINAGAR, Dec 19: Police today arrested a tipper driver and his two associates for allegedly murdering and raping a 21 year old womanin Pulwama district.
Divulging information SSP Pulwama, Tajindar Singh said Muhammad Ramzan Bhat a resident of Wanpora, Newa Pulwama had lodged a missing report about her daughter on November 26 in police station Kakapora. He said Bhat’s daughter was working in a pencil factory located at Okho Kakapora and had gone missing on November 26.
“We were informed by eyewitnesses that the girl had sought a lift from a tipper driver to reach her destination after completing her day’s work at the factory. We were able to crack the case after the victim’s body carrying torture marks was recovered by police from a deserted place at Khandey Mohalla Nowgam area in Bud...|
|Pak firing in Mendhar|
|MENDHAR, Dec 19: Pakistani troops today stalled the road construction work in Sagra Balnoi area of Mendhar by opening fire upon the GREF labourers this afternoon.
Official reports said that Pakistani troops of 655 Mujahid Regiment fired 32 rounds of fire to stallthe road construction work being carried out by GREF labourers in Sagra Balnoi area of Mendhar this afternoon at 2.30 PM.
The Pakistani troops fired at forward Posts 471 and 472 in Sagra Balnoi where GREF labourers were engaged in construction of road connecting the area with Jhallas. The GREF labourers escaped from the spot in panic after being fired upon by the Pakistani troops and they have narrow escape in the firing.
The Indian troops of 1st Mahar Regiment exercised restrain and did not retaliate to Pakistani firing.
|Army searches in Mendhar|
|MENDHAR, Dec 19: Security forces claimed to have launched a search operation in Keri Kangra area of Mendhar in Poonch district, this evening.
Reports said that troops of 49 Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operation Group (SOG) Mendhar launched a search operation Keri Kangra village of Mendhar, this evening at 6 PM.
Official sources said that acting upon specific information regarding movement of three suspected armed persons in the village, troops of 49 Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operation Group (SOG) Mendhar launched a joint search operation at 8 PM. The security personnel cordoned the whole village and laid ambushes due to darkness.
However, no contact was established with any suspect, till reports came in....|
|Fog hits air, railway services in Jammu|
|JAMMU, Dec 19: The winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir today witnessed another coldest day while air and rail services remained affected due to fog.
"Due to dense fog and harsh weather conditions, departure of two flights was cancelled from Jammu airport while some of the flights arrived late from their scheduled time in the afternoon," an official at the airport here said.
The arrival and departure of trains was also delayed for four to five hours due to the fog that gripped the winter capital for the second consecutive day.
The winter capital yesterday recorded season's minimum 4.5 degrees Celsius, which was five degree below from normal thus forcing the people either to protect themselves with warm clothes or stay indoors.
"The sky will remain mainly clear with mist and haze," a Me...|
|Winter vacation in Summer Zone from Dec 26|
|JAMMU, Dec 19: The School Education Department to J&K government today ordered that all the Government Institutions including recognized private schools upto Higher Secondary level falling in Summer Zone areas of Jammu Division shall observe Winter vacation with effect from December 26 to January 3.
According to an officials handout issued by the department, any default on part of the private schools in observance of the calendar of vacations, so authorized, shall attract action under rules....|
|‘54 defence personnel believed to be in Pak custody’|
|NEW DELHI, Dec 19: Fifty-four missing defence personnel of 1965 and 1971 wars are believed to be in the custody of Pakistan but it does not acknowledge their presence in its custody, Lok Sabha was informed today.
"Fifty four defence personnel of 1965 and 1971 wars including one from the BSF are believed to be in Pakistan."
"However, Pakistan does not acknowledge the presence of any such personnel in its custody...Government has been repeatedly taking up the matter with the Pakistan government," Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said.
In a written reply with the list of the names of the missing 54 personnel, he said in June 2007, a delegation of 14 relatives of missing defence personnel had visited 10 jails in Pakistan but could not conclusively confirm the physical presence of any miss...|
|PDP promises comprehensive policy for Jammu|
|Mufti seeks Jammuites’ support to establish new system of equality|
|JAMMU, Dec 18: With a promise to formulate a comprehensive programme and policy for the socio-economic growth and development of Jammu region, patron of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mufti Mohammed Sayeed today wound up his aggressive election campaign for the fifth and final phase by addressing series of public meetings at R S Pura and Gandhi Nagar assembly segments in support of party candidates Trilok Singh Bajwa, Bhushan Dogra and Amrik Singh Reen on the last day of campaigning.
During the meeting at R S Pura, former Mayor of Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) and prominent leader of Jammu region Manmohan Choudhary joined the PDP along with hundreds of his supporters in the presence of Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.
“Formation of PDP government in Jammu and Kashmir is inevitable because...|
|Will sit in Oppn, if we don’t have numbers: NC|
|SRINAGAR, Dec 18: Ruling National Conference (NC) today said that it would sit in the opposition if it doesn’t get numbers to form the next government in Jammu and Kashmir after the state elections 2014.
“As a political party we can only say that if we don’t get the adequate numbers after the elections for the next government formation, we would like to sit in the opposition in the legislative assembly,” NC additional general secretary Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal told media.
He said that the party has decided not to forge any alliance with the Congress and BJP. “For us, PDP is no choice. Congress is already gone and how could we rub shoulders with the party like BJP that is fanning the communal fires during conversions across India,” Kamal said.
He added that the party has contested the po...|
|Azad: BJP changing colour like chameleons in J&K|
|JAMMU, Dec 18: Castigating the Bharatiya Janta Party (BPJ) for using its polarization card to garner public support, senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today said that not communal politics, but the development would lead to peace and prosperity in Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing a public gathering in Khour area of Chhamb constituency, Azad said that BJP was sinking in Jammu after facing a rout in Kashmir during the recently held elections. He said that as a last ditch effort, the BJP leaders were trying to mislead the voters in Jammu by luring them with false promises and hollow slogans.
“BJP can never deliver. This party ignored the people of Kashmir and is now exploiting the people of Jammu for their petty political interests. In Kashmir, they have a dif...|
|Sidhu's convoy attacked in Jammu, 2 arrested|
|Attackers were supporters of local Congress MLA: BJP|
|JAMMU, Dec 18: BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu’s convoy was on Thursday attacked by unidentified assailants who pelted the cars with bricks and stones, leaving his driver injured at Bhour camp, on the outskirts of Jammu city, police said.
The cricketer-turned politician was campaigning in the Bhour camp area for the party candidate from Gandhi Nagar Kavinder Gupta in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections, when some unknown persons hurled stones and bricks at his vehicle. The BJP leader, however, escaped unhurt, a senior police officer said.
The attackers were annoyed with Sidhu over his recent remark on their religious book, police said, adding, two persons have been detained in this connection.
“The vehicle has been badly damaged. Driver Parveen Singh was injured in the incident and ...|
|No rain in Jammu till Dec 23; valley continues to freeze|
|Leh coldest in J&K at minus 14 deg C|
|JAMMU, Dec 18: Despite the bitter cold wave engulfing the city , there is no forecast of rain till the next week.
The mornings are troubled with fog, causing difficulty for the commuters.
As per the Meteorological Department there is no likelihood of rain in the Jammu region till December 23, though the reports depict the sky to remain cloudy for the coming days.
The rains here depend on the Western Disturbances and in recent years they get delayed by 10 to 15 days, which clearly is a troubling sign for the farmers, as dry weather conditions are bad for the crops.
Meanwhile, Jammu recorded a maximum of 19.7 degrees C and minimum of 6.3 degrees C lately.
Leh and Kargil, in the frontier Ladakh region, recorded the lowest temperatures of the season so far with the mercury plunging more...|
|Direct contest in Billawar, triangular in Basohli|
|JAMMU, Dec 18: Basohli constituency of Kathua district is witnessing triangular contest while Billawar assembly segment is all set for a direct contest between Congress and BJP candidates both holding doctorate degree.
Both the constituencies are going to polls in fifth and last phase of assembly elections on December 20.
Basohli constituency, in the background of political and personal rivalries, is witnessing triangular contest among candidates of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Indian National Congress (INC) and National Conference (NC). For BJP candidate Lal Singh and INC candidate and sitting MLA Jagdish Raj Sapolia, this is also a struggle for their political existence and future in the state elections.
Ex-minister and two-time Member of Parliament from Kathua-Udhampur seat, Lal ...|
|`Cong to form next govt’|
|BJP not to touch double digit mark: Azad|
|Women empowerment, employment to youth to be priorities: Ambika|
|JAMMU/RAJOURI/KATHUA, Dec 17: The Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Rajya Sabha and former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Wednesday said that even after putting all out efforts by roping in entire union cabinet, BJP would not be able touch double digit in ongoing assembly elections in the state.
Addressing public rallies in Kotranka, Manjakote, Billawar, Basohli Hiranagar, Suchetgarh and Jammu West assembly segments, in favour of party candidates Mohammed Iqbal Malik, Shabir Khan, Dr Manohar Lal Sharma, Jagdish Raj Sapolia, Girdhari Lal Chalotra, R S Chib and Surinder Singh Shingari, former Chief Minister came down heavily on central BJP leadership and pointed out that BJP resorted to all ways and means to hoodwink the people of the state in the ongoing assembly elections. “But it will not ...|
|Cong only secular force acceptable in 3 regions: Wasnik|
|Defeat BJP’s sectarian, communal politics: Salman|
|JAMMU, Dec 17: General Secretary All India Congress Committee Mukul Wasnik Wednesday said that Congress party was the only secular force acceptable in all three regions and emerged strong because of people’s support to its policies and programmes and it would lead the state to peace, progress and prosperity.
He along with AICC spokesman Salman Soz was campaigning for party candidates Mula Ram and Balwan Singh contesting from Raipur-Domana and Marh assembly constituencies respectively.
They addressed series of meetings at Bann, Tar-Talochan, Malpur, Purkhoo, Gajansoo and Marh and appealed to the people to give their mandate in favour of Congress party in order to further strengthen it for a better future.
Wasnik cautioned the people against the forces of exploitation, which, he ...|
|Mehbooba: Jammu to be made heritage city|
|JAMMU, Dec 17: President of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti today promised to formulate a comprehensive plan for the over-all development of Jammu city. She promised to develop Jammu city as heritage tourist centre of the country.
Addressing series of public meetings in support of party candidate Bharat Choudhary for Jammu East assembly segment at Gujjar Nagar, Talab Khatikan and Chand Nagar areas, Mehbooba said that her party in its manifesto already promised to develop Jammu city. She reminded the people that during the regime of Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, a comprehensive policy was formulated for the development and beautification of Jammu city. She further added that it was during the regime PDP led regime that a programme was implemented for solving water crisis in Jammu c...|
|Cold wave grips in J&K, Leh coldest|
|JAMMU, Dec 17: Leh in frontier region of Ladakh slipped to a bone-chilling minus 13 degree Celsius even as the night temperature continued its free fall below the freezing point across Kashmir division.
Kargil, also in the cold desert of Ladakh, was the second coldest recorded place with a low of minus 12.8 degrees, the Meteorological department said on Wednesday.
While Leh recorded a dip of three degrees in the minimum temperature, Kargil was down by nearly two degrees compared to previous night, a spokesman of the department said. Likewise, the night temperature also slipped further in rest of the Kashmir division, including summer capital Srinagar where the mercury settled at minus 4.0 degrees.
The famous hill resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir, which serves as a base camp during t...|
|Doval offers condolences at Pak HC|
|NEW DELHI, Dec 17: National Security Adviser Ajit Doval today visited Pakistan High Commission here and offered condolences to the victims of the dastardly terror attack on Peshawar school that left 148 people including 132 children dead.
He met Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and extended India's condolences to the families of the horrific attack yesterday.
"Never in my life, I have seen or heard that people can be so inhuman," Doval said, adding, "They can descent to such low level, target children in school. It has shocked and stunned the entire nation."
The NSA also wrote in the condolence book at the High Commission.
Pakistan's national flag has been put at half mast at the High Commission to observe a three-day mourning....|
|Social media abuzz with anguish, anger in Valley|
|SRINAGAR, Dec 17: The brutal massacre of school children in Peshawar Pakistan by terrorist outfit Tehreke-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has invoked a wave of anguish and grief among the valleyites with people taking to social media to condemn the carnage of innocent kids.
The social networking sites across the valley are abuzz with the condemnation and anger over the Peshawar school massacre. The news about the slaughter of kids in Peshawar has dominated the social circles in valley with social networking sites including facebook, twitter etc outpouring with the condemnation of the gruesome act and expression of solidarity with the affected families.
A university scholar wrote on her Facebook wall, “Heart-wrenching news. How much ever we condemn the gruesome killings done by Taliban isn't en...|
|Militants groups trying to infiltrate, disrupt peace: Gen Saha|
|SRINAGAR, Dec 16: Lt Gen Subrata Saha, General Officer Commanding (GOC) Chinar Corps today said militant groups are trying to infiltrate into Kashmir to disrupt peace.
He added that army is fully prepared to face the situation. Over the assembly elections held during the four phases in Kashmir valley, Lt Gen Saha said adequate security arrangements were put in place to ensure smooth polls.
After attending the ‘Vijay Diwas’, to commemorate the Indian Army’s victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak War, at Badami Bagh Cantonment, he travelled to participate in an event at Naugam where an initiative was undertaken by the Dagger Division by conducting a mega medical camp. The camp was held at Naugam (Block Kalamabad, District Kupwara) for the remote region of Mawar Valley comprising of approximately ...|
|Cold wave grips Kashmir|
|SRINAGAR, Dec 16: Cold wave intensified its grip across the Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, as the minimum temperature fell by a couple of degrees.
Srinagar recorded a low of minus 3.7 degrees Celsius, down by 1.5 degrees than the previous night, a MeT official said here.
Kargil in Ladakh region was the coldest place in the Kashmir division as the mercury plummeted by nearly five degrees to settle at a low of minus 11.0 degrees last night.
The town had yesterday recorded a minimum of minus 6.2 degrees Celsius.
Nearby Leh town fared slightly better at minus 10.0 degrees, a drop of nearly one degree.
Pahalgam in south Kashmir, which serves as a base camp for annual Amarnath yatra, recorded a low of minus 5.6 degrees Celsius, while Gulmarg skiing resort in north Kashmir recor...|
|Separatists condemn Peshawar attack|
|SRINAGAR, Dec 16: Separatists today strongly condemned the Peshawar incident wherein the Taliban stormed a military-run school in northwest Pakistan and gunned down at least 126 people, most of them children, in one of the country's deadliest attacks in recent weeks.
Huriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani while terming the attacks barbaric, said waging war against such elements is the duty of every Muslim.
Geelani said that there is no need to prove that those claiming to fight for Islam and are involved in such cowardly acts are in actual the biggest enemies of Islam and Muslims.
He said that the attacks are inhuman and those involved in the incidents must be served the stern punishment.
The Huriyat (G) chairman also expressed solidarity with the families of the kids who w...|
|Yasin re-arrested: Tear gassing, clashes at Maisuma|
|SRINAGAR, Dec 16: Police fired smoke shells and resorted to lathi-charge to disperse protestors at Maisuma here today. The protestors pelted stones on the cops.
Reports said the tension mounted after JKLFchairman Mohammad Yasin Malik who was arrested in October after the announcements of election was released from Anantnag jail today but re-arrested after his release.
In a statement, a JKLF spokesman said, “Yasin Sahib was released on bail this after-noon. As he came out of jail he was again picked up by police and has been remanded for seven more days. He was lodged at Mattan police station. JKLF zonal organizer Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri has been shifted to Anantnag Jail from police Station Kral-Khud today,” he added.
As the news about Malik’s arrest reached Maisuma, people took to street...|
|Magisterial probe ordered into Kishtwar woman’s death|
|KISHTWAR, Dec 17: Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kishtwar today ordered magisterial probe into the death of a pregnant woman due to alleged negligence of doctors following protest by the family members.
The relatives of deceased Trishla Devi wife of Shiv Kumar resident of Tagood who died at District Hospital Kishtwar while being operated after developing the labour pain lodged strong protest opposite Deputy Commissioner’s Office Kishtwar. They blocked the main road for more than 6 hours alleging negligence of doctors.
The relatives alleged the death has been caused due to negligence of doctors and demanded registration of FIR against the erring doctors.
Later on the assurance of DC Kishtwar, they lifted the protest and the postmortem of deceased was conducted by a team of doctors constitut...|
|Security blanket for Modi’s Jammu visit|
|JAMMU, Dec 16: A thick security blanket was thrown around the city today for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's election rally ahead of the final phase of election in Jammu and Kashmir.
Heavy security deployment was made in and around Jammu city for Prime Minister's rally. As per reports at-least 15,000 cops were deployed for the security in and around Jammu city to provide fool proof security for smooth conduct of the rally. The barricades were raised at all the crossings linking the venue with rest of city while no vehicular traffic was allowed at the road leading to MA Stadium.
The area around the venue of the rally at MA Stadium was sealed and people were allowed to enter the venue after proper frisking.
Several traffic restrictions were made in the city forcing the people to walk on ...|
|Want all regions, communities to be part of change: Mehbooba|
|JAMMU, Dec 15: Asserting that government formation was not the priority of her party, Peoples Democratic Party President and Member Parliament Mehbooba Mufti Monday said that she want all the regions and communities to be part of the change in Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing a public meeting in support of her party candidate from Gandhi Nagar constituency Amreek Singh Reen, Mehbooba said that we are thankful to the electorate for giving decisive mandate to PDP in the first four phases of elections held so far in the state but at the same time participation of Jammu region in the new government formation was necessary as only inclusive mandate could bring a meaningful change we all have aspired for it.
She said that the PDP has emerged not only as an option but the first priority of the pe...|