|AIIMS issue politicized: Bali Bhagat|
|Says both Jammu, Kashmir will have similar AIIMS|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 3: Stating that some people in Jammu and Kashmir were politicizing AIIMS issue, the Minister for Forests and Social Welfare Bali Bhagat today said AIIMS will be set up at both Jammu and Kashmir and will be provided with same facilities.
“I fail to understand why people in Jammu are agitating against the issue which has already been settled. I can say that such people actually want to disturb the law and order in the state,” Bhagat told KNS over phone.
He said that the central government has agreed that the AIIMS will be set up at both Jammu and Kashmir. “There will be similar AIIMS for both Jammu as well as Kashmir with equal provisions of infrastructure, funds, faculty, paramedical staff and facilities. The process for establishing AIIMS in Jammu and Srinagar will commenc...|
|Situation quite stable in Kashmir: GOC|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 3: General Officer Commanding (GOC) 15 Chinar Corps Lt Gen Sabrata Saha today said the situation in Kashmir is under control and it is no way alarming.
Talking to reporters in Srinagar on the sidelines of a function, Lt Gen Saha said due to media hype, once gets impression that situation in Kashmir is alarming and more and more youth are joining militancy. “It is not the case. Stop looking through the prism of media and social media networks. The ground situation is totally different. Situation is totally under control,” Saha said.
Saha said that whatever reports about the youth joining militancy coming through media should not be taken in such a way as one will feel that situation is getting out of control. “Media hype is one of the causes that everyone has started believ...|
|Families of Sailan, Mohra Bachai massacres protest in Kashmir|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 3: On the 17th anniversary of Sailan massacre in Poonch district of Jammu, the relatives of the victims decried inordinate delay in justice and vowed to continue their struggle for bringing the accused to book, reports a local news agency CNS.
The relatives mostly survivors of the brutal massacre in which 19 people including 11 children of three families were killed allegedly by four Special Police Officers (SPOs) and personnel of 9 Paratroopers of Army on August 3, 1998 night recounted the incident with tearful eyes during a silent protest here . “From Poonch we arrived in Srinagar to expose the killers and narrate our ordeal,” the protesters said.
The protesters said that less than a year after the Sailan massacre, on June 29, 1999, 15 members of related families were ki...|
|Body of Qayoom Najar’s aide recovered from canal|
|‘Both Najar, slain militant responsible for Mirgund attack: Police|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 3: Body of an alleged militant responsible for attack on a police party at Mirgund Pattan a few days back was recovered by locals from Gulabwari Naidkah Sumbal canal this morning.
Reports said locals found the body of a youth and immediately informed the police. A police party from Sumbal police arrived on spot and during frisking, a pistol according to police was recovered from his possession that was hidden underneath his clothes.
Soon after the recovery of the body, a word spread in the town that the body resembles to expelled Hizb commander Qayoom Najar, however the brother of the Najar who resides in Mumkak Sopore put an end to these rumours when he said that it is not the body of Najar. “Last time I had seen my brother was 2006. I do not know now he looks like but th...|
|21 officials suspended|
|GANDERBAL, Aug 3: Additional Deputy Commissioner, Ganderbal, Syed Shahnawaz Bukhari today suspended 21 officials for unauthorized absence from duty. The action against these employees was taken following a surprise inspection by Additional Deputy Commissioner to the office of Municipal Committee, Ganderbal today.
The Additional Deputy Commissioner directed the Executive Officer, Municipal Committee Ganderbal to ensure full attendance in his office so that common masses do not face any inconvenience....|
|322 Amarnath pilgrims leave Jammu|
|JAMMU, Aug 3: A batch of 322 pilgrims today left for the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas.
The batch comprising 196 men, 71 women, five children and 50 sadhus left in a cavalcade of 10 vehicles from Bhagwati Nagar base camp here at 4:30 AM, a police official said.
Amid tight security arrangements provided by CRPF, the convoy has already crossed Patnitop on Jammu-Srinagar national highway, he said.
With today's batch, as many as 46,208 pilgrims have so far left from the Jammu base camp for the shrine....|
|CM, Mehbooba express grief|
|Mufti Bashir Farooqui passes away|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 2: Mufti Bashir Ahmad Farooqui, Imam Dargah, Asar-e-Sharief, Hazratbal, passed away here today.
Chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti have condoled his death and expressed sympathies with the bereaved family.
Reports said Mufti Bashir Ahmad Farooqi died due to heart attack at his residence in Hazratbal.
Chief minister, has expressed deep shock and grief over the sad demise of Mufti Bashir Ahmad Farooqui. In his condolence message, the chief minister described late Mufti Bashir A. Farooqui as a great Islamic scholar who was an embodiment of spirituality, “His passing away has left behind a big void which will be difficult to fill,” he said.
Mufti Sayeed expressed heart-felt sympathy with the family of the late Islamic scholar and prayed fo...|
|Rainy weather to continue till September|
|Nothing to panic about climate change: MeT|
|SRIAGAR, August 2: The rainy summer is likely to continue in valley with state Meteorological department predicting more rainy days ahead of this month. However the officials at Met office revealed that the intensity of rainfall was expected to be less and there was no need to panic.
The spokesperson at MeT department said the downpour was likely to continue till the end of the monsoon in the month of September.
For past few months Kashmir valley has been witnessing incessant rainfall along with thunderstorms and cloudbursts which triggered flash floods in several parts across the state. Moreover scores of people were killed in cloudbursts at several places.
On Friday evening also cloudburst hit few places in Budgam district in Kashmir. Since the devastating September floods, valley h...|
|106 steel bundles recovered from Forest official: Police|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 2: Police on Sunday recovered 106 bundles of steel wire worth lakhs of rupees from the house of a forest official here in Papchan area of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
After receiving specific information Bandipora police on Sunday morning raided house of one Qayoom Shah, an official in Forest Range office of Ajas and recovered 106 bundles of steel wire usually used in fencing of forest area.
“The wire has been illegal dumped by concerned forest officer from last four years to be later sold in black market”, a police official said.
Meanwhile, people in area have demand stern action against those forest officers who were working in area for last three years. They said in last four years there are reports of huge embezzlements which need to be inquired.
“In last four...|
|Police arrest two Persons for duping public|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 2: Two persons have been arrested by police for allegedly duping people in the name of lottery in Srinagar.
Police sources told Global News Service (GNS) that following specific inputs, police carried out a raid at Karanagar and unravelled the modulus operandi of the youths for cheating the general public.
As per the police, the duo would tell people to purchase a biscuit or chocolate packet against Rs 3500 and they can win gift of gold chain, refrigerator, LCD or kitchen set depending on their luck.
But those who purchased the packet, they said, would always find a gift of rice cooker or lemon set or tea set, the cost of which ranges from Rs 800 to Rs 1200.
In this way, they said, the duo used to cheat gullible public and make huge money.
Subsequently, police have regi...|
|Injured SHO Pattan shifted to Delhi for specialized treatment|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 2: Authorities on Sunday flew a senior police officer, who was injured in a militant attack on Friday, to New Delhi’s Apollo Hospital for specialized treatment.
A senior police official told GNS that the Station House Officer (SHO) Pattan, Inspector Mohammad Salim Mir was today airlifted to New Delhi’s New Delhi’s Apollo hospital for specialized treatment from the SKIMS, Soura, where he was referred on Friday last after being injured in a surprise militant attack.
Prior to SKIMS, Mir was treated by the doctors at the army’s 92 Base Hospital here.
Besides Mir, two policemen and a cab driver were wounded when militant opened fire at them at a checkpoint at Mirgund along the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway during a Naka. After the attack, the militants had managed to flee from...|
|Traffic Police recover Rs 32330 Fine from 565 violators|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 2: Continuing its efforts to reduce road accidents and to ensure that people drive safely, police in its drives against the traffic violators, challaned 565 vehicles and recovered a fine of Rs 32330 in different districts across the valley.
“The fine was imposed against 120 persons who were found not wearing crash helmets, 7 persons carrying three persons, 218 people not wearing seat belts, 12 persons using mobile phone while driving, 12 persons for over speeding, 14 persons for overloading and 125 persons for other offences. Besides 57 vehicles were seized including 40 two wheelers and 17 four wheelers,” a police statement said Sunday afternoon.
The main objective of the drive is to aware the general public and youths regarding traffic rules like wearing a helmet, avoi...|
|Arrest of local youth|
|Protest demonstrations on Srinagar-Gulmarg highway|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 1: Locals of Karhama Tangmarg and its adjoining areas took to the streets and blocked Srinagar- Gulmarg highway at Wussan crossing demanding the release of local youths who have been picked up by forces allegedly involved in stone pelting.
A complete shutdown was observed at Pattan township of same area in response to strike call given by Hurriayt (G) on the 25th anniversary of 12 people allegedly killing by forces on August 1, 1990.
Reports said that scores of people fom Karhama and adjoining villages took to the streets and blocked the Srinagar-Tangmarg road at Wussan crossing demanding the release of locals youth who were allegedly picked up by the forces during nocturnal raids.Locals said at least a dozen youth were arrested by forces in North Kashmir’s Baramulla distr...|
|BJP raking up ‘Hindu terror’ issue to polarise nation: Azad|
|NEW DELHI, Aug 1: Taking a strong exception to the statement of Home Minister Rajnath Singh on ‘Hindu terror’, the Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad Saturday said it was an unsuccessful and cheap attempt on the part of BJP government to divert attention of the nation from its failures to effectively deal with the menace of cross-border terrorism.
Hitting out at the Home Minister for blaming the Congress party to weaken the country’s stand against terrorism, Azad asserted, “India’s fight against terror got weakened long back when three dreaded terrorist were escorted to Kandahar by the former External Affairs Minister in the NDA-1 government, and in a meek surrender handed over to the enemies of the country.”
Azad reminded the Home Minister t...|
|Stop playing with people’s sentiments: Mir to NC|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 1: Accusing opposition National Conference of playing with sentiments of people of J&K, PDP general secretary Rafi Ahmad Mir said that NC was politicizing the issue of mortal remains of Afzal Guru when it has lost the moral standing to speak on the issue long back as the party chose power to sensitivities of the people.
Mir said that it is highly surprising to see a sudden realisation in NC that it finally accepted that travesty of justice had taken place in Afzal Guru's execution.He said that its ironical to recall the role played by the national conference at the time of his execution "they didn't bother to satisfy their alliance partner that demanding mortal remains was a constitutional right of his family and despite enjoying unconditional support from the centre and al...|
|Gulzar Pir moves SC for change of HC bench|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 1: The self styled mystic, Gulzar Pir, who was arrested in May 2013 by police for allegedly raping several young girls at his “fake” seminary in Budgam district has approached Supreme Court seeking transfer of his case to any other bench of Jammu and Kashmir High Court that is presently hearing a government appeal against his acquittal.
The 42-year-old Pir was arrested on May 21, 2013 after four minor girl students of his seminary accused him of committing the abuses at the residential institute at Shamasabad in Khansahib area of the district.
On May 22, the High Court had asked Pir’s counsel to submit written arguments in an appeal filed by the state government against his client’s acquittal.
According to Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, Pir has approached the Supreme Court to change ...|
|Mufti visits injured police personnel|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 1: Chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, visited army hospital here this morning to enquire about the health of the police personnel, who were injured in a late night attack on Friday by militants on a police party near Mirgund on Srinagar-Baramulla highway.
He also condemned the attack and asked the doctors treating the injured police personnel to provide advanced medical facilities so that they recuperate well in time.
The chief minister was accompanied by GoC, 15 Corps, Lt Gen Subrata Saha, DGP, K Rajendra Kumar, IGP, Kashmir Zone, SJM Gillani, Secretary to Chief Minister, M H Malik, SSP, Srinagar, Amit Kumar and several other officers.
SHO, Police Post Pattan, Mohammad Saleem and two other police officials, Dilshad Ahmad and Mushtaq Ahmad, are currently admitted in ...|
|DyCM, Gen Singh discuss Jammu airport expansion|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 1: General Officer Commanding in Chief Western Command Lt General, KJ Singh, today called on the Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh and discussed various issues related to the security scenario.
During the meeting, Lt Gen Singh briefed Dr Nirmal Singh about the overall security situation in the areas of his responsibility, particularly along International Border in Jammu region and Punjab.
The Army Commander also discussed the present security scenario in Jammu region.
The Deputy Chief Minister discussed with Lt Gen Singh several important issues relating to external security management in the region, Jammu Airport expansion. Dr Nirmal Singh also discussed up-gradation of Dhar road and construction of Concrete bunkers along International Border. He asked for further c...|
|Proposed amendment in Statistics Act|
|Attempts made to erode, alter J&K’s special status: KCSDS|
|SRINAGAR, July 31: Days after New Delhi proposed to amend a 7-year old Act to enable the Centre to collect statistical data in Jammu and Kashmir for removing a "legislative vacuum" with regard to data collection in the state, Kashmir Center for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) today alleged that under a well-planned conspiracy attempts are being made by various quarters to alter and erode the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, the latest of which is Central Statistics Act 2008 that is being extended to J&K State ‘illegally’.
Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, Kashmir Center for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) said that it is terribly disturbed by the-multi-pronged onslaughts on the special status of J&K by the communal and divisive forces from New-Delhi and Jammu ...|
|J&K to redesign academics to enhance employability: Akhtar|
|SRINAGAR, July 31: The Education Department has begun the process of modifying and redesigning the curriculum to make learning job-intensive and allow the students to be market ready.
Minister for Education, Naeem Akhtar today held extensive deliberations with the stakeholders in this regard at a meeting convened at Women’s College MA Road here.
Speaking at the meeting, the Minister said while most of the archaic subjects being taught in the State’s educational institutions have either become irrelevant or need drastic modifications to bring them in tune with the present day market requirements.
“Our educational institutions have to produce assets, not liabilities for which we have to first redesign and update our curriculum,” he said.
Akhtar said subjects being taught in the educatio...|
|2010 killing of 2 Anantnag youth: HC asks SP Anantnag to appear|
|SRINAGAR, July 31: The High Court has asked Superintendent of Police (SP) Anantnag to appear in person on the next date of hearing in a matter pertaining to killing of two youth during the 2010 agitation in the south Kashmir's Anantnag district.
Justice A M Magrey has issued the orders asking SP Anantnag who is also head of the investigation into the matter to appear in person before the High Court on August 4. Pertinently, on January 1, the High Court had asked the state government to speed up investigations into the matter.
The court has further asked the government to file status report on investigations by first week of February this year.
Bilal Ahmad Najar and Noor-ul-Amin Dugga were killed on September 19, 2010 when police opened fire on a funeral procession carrying the body of ...|
|Nowshera acid attack case|
|Cross-examination of SIT member deferred|
|SRINAGAR, July 31: A city court today deferred cross examination of a Sub Inspector of Police in Nowshera acid attack case as the accused in the matter were not produced before the court.
As the matter came up for hearing before the Principal District and Session’s judge, the court deferred the hearing as the accused were not present in the court. Sources in the prosecution said that the accused were not produced because of the police’s engagement in law and order preparedness in view of possible stone pelting incidents on Friday.
The court has now listed the matter for August 6 for cross examination of Mohammad Yousuf Sub Inspector of Police posted in lal Bazar. Yousuf was part of the Special Investigation Team of Police that probed the incident.
Nowshera acid attack case pertains to ...|
|Jawan shoots self, dies in Jammu|
|JAMMU, July 31: An army jawan allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle in an army camp in Jammu today.
Police said that Naik Gokula Kumar of Kerala shot himself with his service rifle inside the Chatha Army camp here last night.
After hearing gunshots, other jawans rushed to the spot and shifted him to hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.
Inquest proceedings under section 174 CrPC has been initiated by the police.
The postmortem has been carried out and body handed over to the army for last rites.
Army has ordered court of inquiry into the incident....|
|Fresh batch of 418 pilgrims leaves for Amarnath |
|JAMMU, July 31: Amid tight security, a batch of 418 pilgrims today left for the cave shrine of Amarnath in the south Kashmir Himalayas.
As many as 3,11,990 pilgrims have visited the shrine till last evening during this year's pilgrimage.
The batch 357 men, 59 women, and two children left in a motorcade of 14 vehicles from Bhagwati Nagar base camp here at 4:40 AM, a police official said.
Amid tight security arrangements made by CRPF, the convoy has already crossed Kud on Jammu-Srinagar national highway.
With today's batch, as many as 45,024 pilgrims have so far left from the Jammu base camp for the shrine....|
|Protest in Kashmir against Yakub Memon’s execution|
|Funeral prayers in absentia offered in Doda|
|SRINAGAR, July 30: Protest demonstrations were held at several places in Kashmir valley today against the execution of Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon.
Awami Itihaad Party chairman Engineer Abdul Rashid alongwith his associates took out a protest march at Lal Chowk. The protesters were holding banners and ply cards in their hands and were shouting slogans against his hanging.
The protesters carrying banners reading, “Who Among Muslims Is To Be Hanged Next” with the pictures of Yakoob Menon and Muhammad Afzal Guroo, said that it was a cold blooded murder and the execution was unwarranted and unjustified.
Criticising the central government over Memon's hanging, the MLA asked the central government that why the killers of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and former Punjab Chief Mini...|