|Damage in quake hit areas exaggerated: Kamal|
|SRINAGAR, May 21: Senior National Conference (NC) leader Dr Mustafa Kamal today claimed that the damage caused by the earthquake in erstwhile Doda district is not as much as it appears.
After returning from the earthquake hit areas, he said, “The damage in the area is not what it appears. The reports about the huge damage to the property have been made in a hurry."
Kamal said life is going on smoothly in the areas. "Yes the damage has been caused but not as is being reported. There is only a fear psychosis among the people due to the aftershocks. They do not want to go back to their houses due to the aftershocks and that is the problem," he said.
Kamal claimed that rumour mongers are creating fear among the people of the region. "For last three days there have been no aftershocks but...|
|Patwaris call off strike|
|SRINAGAR, May 21: After remaining on strike for 43 days, revenue officials (Patwaris) Tuesday called off strike after Government accepted their demands including the disparity in pay.
“We have decided to call off the strike and all the patwaris would resume their work from tomorrow,” a delegation of Patwar Association headed by its President said.
They added that all the patwaris have been requested to resume their work from Wednesday. The Association said that the revenue officials would work in double shift to clear the back log.
“We had been on strike for 43 days and obviously there would be huge backlog of work. But we will make it sure that all the patwaris would not work on routine but also clear the backlog in overtime,” he said.
Earlier state government had on Monday accepted ...|
|SSB jawan goes on rampage; opens fire, kills 2 colleagues in Kishtwar|
|KISHTWAR, May 21: With no let up in fratricide incidents in Jammu & Kashmir, a Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) trooper killed two of his colleagues and injured two others in Kishtwar town early Tuesday.
SSB soldier identified as Vijay Kumar went on rampage in the wee hours and opened fire from his service rifle on his colleagues sleeping in a camp in the heart of Kishtwar. Two soldiers identified as Narinder Singh, 48, son of Surendra Singh resident of Utarakhand and Veer Singh, 23, son of Shri Ram resident of Kanpur Uttar Pradesh were killed and two others sustained injuries. Narinder Singh of Uttrakhand died on spot and was declared as brought dead by the doctors at District Hospital (DH) Kishtwar while Veer Singh succumbed to his injuries at District Hospital (DH) Kishtwar.
The injured w...|
|Omar refuses to elaborate on DAA issue|
|SRINAGAR, May 21: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today refused to elaborate further on his latest remark that Congress was the main hurdle in revocation of Disturbed Areas Act (DAA).
During his brief media interaction at Kulgam, the media persons posed him a question on the issue. But he refused to comment and left.
Earlier, in reply to a question about 2014 elections, Omar said, “There is still one and a half year for elections.”
He said the state was facing severe financial crisis. Omar said Jammu and Kashmir was the second state where consumers were getting power against lesser tariff. "State is going through the severe financial crisis. Despite facing financial crisis, the power is supplied to the consumers here on less charge. Jammu and Kashmir is the only second state after Sikkim...|
|Teenager’s death in Rajouri hospital|
|MLA Darhal demands resignation of Health minister|
|RAJOURI, May 21: Lodging protest against the death of a teenager in District Hospital Rajouri allegedly due to negligence of doctors, PDP MLA from Darhal Choudhary Zulfikar Ali today demanded filing of a case against doctors found negligent in magisterial probe into the death of a teenager Shariq Shadab.
He further demanded resignation from Minister of State for Health (independent charge) Shabir Ahmed Khan for, what he said, “shielding his doctor brother Dr Bashir Khan.”
While addressing a press conference here in Rajouri, PDP MLA Choudhary Zulfikar Ali accused MoS Health of hushing up the matter as his real brother (doctor) had also been found negligent in the case in magisterial probe.
He alleged that MoS was favouring his brother and was taking no action in the matter. Zulfikar sa...|
|Omar-led regime made anti-graft panels defunct: Mufti|
|RAMBAN, May 21: Terming Omar Abdullah led regime as synonymous with mis-governance and corruption, patron of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today accused Omar led coalition government of making anti-graft institutions non-functional and thus legalizing corruption.
Addressing a public rally here today, Mufti stated that the present regime had the dubious record of eroding the existing anti-corruption institutions in various ways to virtually make them defunct.
Mufti reminded the gathering that previous PDP-Congress regime had constituted the State Accountability Commission (SAC) to eradicate corruption but the present made this anti-graft panel defunct to shield its corrupt ministers.
“The manner in which the present government has made the SAC virtually defunct be...|
|Mufti seeks decisive mandate to achieve peace, dignity|
|CHENANI (UDHAMPUR) May 20: Reiterating resolve of his party to establish a new system of justice and equality, patron of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mufti Mohammed Sayeed today sought a decisive mandate for his party to give a final push to the agenda of peace, dignity, stability and prosperity for the people of Jammu & Kashmir.
“The process of the state's political and economic transformation started by the PDP-led coalition government in the year 2002 has to be now taken to the logical conclusion because the present regime has miserably failed to carry forward this process,” he said and assured the gathering that PDP would, with fresh resolve, embark on the agenda of ensuring dignified peace and sustainable economic prosperity for the people in all the regions and sub-regions of the...|
|HC quashes PSA against Nayeem Khan|
|SRINAGAR, May 20: The High Court today quashed the Public Safety Act (PSA) against senior separatist leader and National Front Chairman, Nayeem Ahmad Khan and ordered his immediate release.
In his order passed today, Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir has said: “The perusal of files reveals that all the safeguards provided by the Jammu and Kashmir Public safety Act have been observe din breach. Before making an order of detention formation of grounds of detention is a must which has not been done. Rather the same have been prepared by the police thereafter simply relied upon by the detaining authority, thus has been passed without application of mind,” the court has added.
The high court accepted the argument of Khan’s lawyers Advocate G N Shaheen and Advocate M Ashraf Mir and passed the relea...|
|4 die in road mishaps|
|JAMMU, May 20: Four persons travelling in two vehicles were killed in two separate road mishaps in Reasi and Udhampur districts, today.
Police reports said that two persons were killed and two others were injured, two of them critically when a passenger van skidded off the road and fell into a gorge here at Jamallan Nallah near village Sarh.
The van, on its way to Reasi from Mahore, skidded off the road and rolled down into a deep gorge near Sarh due to bad road condition. The driver failed to control the vehicle on the bad road and it plunged into gorge resulting in death of two people and injuries to two others.
The deceased have been identified as Zahid-ul-Islam, son of Shabir Ahmed and Mohammad Shafi son Azim both residents of Mahore, while the critically injured have been identifi...|
|Man commits suicide with brother’s rifle|
|RAJOURI, May 20: An insane brother of a Village Defence Committee (VDC) member allegedly committed suicide with his brother’s rifle in the wee hours today.
Police said that Yash Pal son of Devi Singh resident of village Dalori under the jurisdiction of Rajouri Police Station committed suicide by firing single round from .303 rifle of his deceased brother and VDC member Ram Singh.
It is pertinent to mention that Ram Singh had died about six months ago but the police failed to collect the Rifle and live rounds from the family members after the death of Ram Singh.
“Had the police taken back the rifle the precious life his brother would have saved,” said a relative, adding that at about 2 AM today Yash Pal committed suicide at his house.
Soon after hearing the sound of gunshot locals and...|