|Pay compensation to firing range victims: TBF|
|‘Will not allow concrete structures at Tosa Maidan’|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 25: Continuing with its campaign for justice to Tosa Maidan victims, the Tosa Maidan Bachao Front (TBF) in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir Right to Information Movement has demanded compensation to the families who have lost kith and kin in the erstwhile firing range during last 50 years.
Talking to Kashmir Times, Dr Sheikh Ghulam Rasool, who led TBF till the government recently announced shifting of firing range from Tosa Maidan meadows, said that though the government’s decision is appreciable but at the same time it must announce compensation to the families who have lost their near and dear ones due to unexploded shells in the one-time firing range.
“We welcome handing over of Tosa Maidan meadow to state government. After historical legislations like RTI Act, 200...|
|No firing at IB, LoC |
|JAMMU, Oct 25: A strange quietude has descended suddenly since last night on the Line of Control and the International Border in Jammu where Indian and Pakistani forces exchanged small arms and mortar fire since last few days.
According to reports not even a single bullet has been fired either at LoC or IB b the Pakistani troops since last night. The firing in Balakot sector of Mendhar tehsil stopped at 10.20 PM and since then no ceasefire violation has been reported from LoC and IB.
A search operation was launched in Balakot sector in the morning to check the infiltration.
It is close to 24 hours since fire was exchanged on the LoC. On the IB in Jammu, nearly all of which was hot on Diwali and its previous night, there were no instances of ceasefire violations since then.
“It is quie...|
|NC-Cong coalition govt has lost credibility: Karra|
|JAMMU, Oct 25:Dubbing NC-Congress coalition government as a misfortune for Jammu and Kashmir, senior PDP leader and Member Parliament, Tariq Hameed Karra has said the people of the State yearn for change as they have become victims of ungoverned rage let loose on them by NC Govt. He said due to the scandalous mismanagement of relief and rehabilitation work in the aftermath of devastating floods the State Government’s credibility is today at its lowest ebb.
Addressing a series of public meetings in Chrar-e-Sharief, Kangan and Hazratbal Assembly segments of Srinagar-Budgam Parliamentary constituency, Karra said people in every nook and corner of the State are eagerly looking forward for change so that a new Government is in place, sooner the better, to accomplish the massive task of rehabi...|
|Two killed, 2 injured in car mishap in Bhaderwah|
|DODA, Oct 25: Two persons were killed and two other injured in a tragic road accident in Bhaderwah today.
Police said that a Maruti car bearing number JK14-2929 was on its way from Jai to Chinta. The occpants after enjoying picnic were returning and near Lanchan the driver of the car lost the control on sharp curve. The car plunged into about 200 feet deep gorge resulting in on the spot death of one person identified as Krishan Lal son of Duni Chand of Tesna Bhaderwah.
After the accident, local people and army started rescue operation. While shifting them to hospital one more injured identified as Naresh Kumar son of Girdhari Lal of Dugga, Chinta succumbed to his injuries. Others two injured were identified as Kalyan Singh son of Kelu Ram of Chinta Bhaderwah and Ravinder Kumar son of ...|
|NC, Cong frustrated over PM’s goodwill gesture: Balbir|
|‘Better they reach people instead of targeting PM’|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 25 :Having no issue to play politics in the state of J&K now, the ruling coalition parties—Congress and NC have started politicizing PM’s goodwill gesture, which is the reflection of frustration among these parties.
This was stated by BJP State Spokesperson Balbir Ram Rattan while reacting to the recent statements of Congress and NC targeting PM over his Kashmir visit on Diwali and announcement of package.
Balbir said, “the utterances made by the JKPCC Chief Prof. Saif-ud- din Soz terming the relief package a ‘crude joke’ is unfortunate and highly condemnable”. “Instead of appreciating the goodwill gesture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of spending Diwali with the flood victims and meeting the people from all sections of society to personally know their grievances, Prof. ...|
|Separatists call for shutdown on Oct 27|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 24: Separatist organizations including various factions of Hurriyat Conference have given a shutdown call on October 27 to observe the day as “black day”.
The Hurriyat Conference (G) has termed October 27 as “black day” in the history of Jammu and Kashmir and said day and said the people of Kashmir will continue to observe this day as black day till there is complete withdrawal of forces from the state.
The faction has urged people to observe complete shutdown and said that “This day is an inauspicious day in the history of Kashmir when forcibly we were made slaves. Till 1947 Jammu and Kashmir was a free and sovereign state and as per the principles laid for the partition between India and Pakistan, it is clear that Kashmir is not in any way a part of India however India...|
|Rains lash valley, weather likely to improve|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 24: Rains lashed the valley since yesterday evening causing a huge dip in temperatures. The valley witnessed slight to moderate rainfall at several places since Thursday evening due to which temperatures across the valley showed a decline.
Since incessant rains during the month of August and September caused severe floods across the state of Jammu and Kashmir, even a slight rainfall becomes a cause of concern for valleyites. However, the state MET office revealed that weather is likely to remain dry from tomorrow evening.
“Rainfall occurred at several places across Kashmir valley. Since Thursday evening places including Srinagar, Kupwara, Gulmarg etc received light to moderate rains. The intensity of rains is not that much. It is normal rainfall and this is not a cause of ...|
|Modi insulted J&K govt: Kamal|
|‘He wants to destroy federal character of India’|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 24: Accusing prime minister Narendra Modi of damaging federal character of India, National Conference today said during his one day visit to Kashmir, Modi left no stone unturned in giving an impression that present government in Jammu and Kashmir is incapable and have failed to deliver on the ground.
“What Modi wanted to convey when he said that assistance for rebuilding houses could be given directly to the bank accounts to beneficiaries. It was disgusting to hear from Modi that during his interactions with different groups, a suggestion came up that affected people should be given help directly. If it is so, then what is the role of elected government in the State,” National Conference additional general secretary Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal told CNS adding that Modi is hell-...|
|Div Com inaugurates Revenue Counseling Cell|
|JAMMU, Oct 24: District Administration Jammu in an initiative to strengthen the service delivery mechanism today launched first of its kind Revenue Counseling Cell in the office of the Deputy Commissioner Jammu.
The Revenue cell was inaugurated by the Divisional Commissioner Jammu Shantmanu here today.
The Cell has been set up to provide assistance to the service seekers about revenue related papers, sale and purchase of land, registration of sale deed, issuance of Fard, attestation of mutation or any other revenue related service. People may seek assistance from Revenue Counseling Centre by personal visit to the Deputy Commissioner Office or contacting the centre incharge by making a call at 0191-2143922 and by sending an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Initially service has been m...|
|Omar's tenure will be remembered as dark period of J&K: PDP|
|JAMMU, Oct 24: Claiming that the Omar Abdullah-led government will be remembered as a "dark period" of Jammu and Kashmir, opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today appealed to the people to give a befitting reply to those who are responsible for their miseries.
"Omar's tenure would be remembered as a dark period of J&K. The coalition regime has done nothing to minimise woes of the common masses," PDP general secretary and MLC Yash Pal Sharma said.
Addressing a function of party workers in Poonch, Sharma said that the ministers have "shamelessly utilised the tenure of six years just to mint money through illegal means".
"The six-year tenure of Omar Abdullah-led government of NC-Congress will be remembered in the history as one of the worst, incompetent and corrupt regime the state...|
|Rajbagh Ghat residents living in tents|
|Boat service yet to resume on Jehlum|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 24: The boat service between Polo View Bund and Convent School Bund on river Jehlum is yet to resume after the devastating flood.
This is because the boatmen have not completely repaired their boats, which were damaged while rescuing the people to safer places from some pockets of Raj Bagh. At the Convent School Bund the residents of Rajbagh Ghat area are living in tents presently . Amid the increasing cold and sometimes rain, the affected families have tents as the only option for shelter. Their houses have either collapsed or developed major cracks, making those unsafe for living. “We are immensely suffering because of the flood and its effects. With harsh winter approaching fast,our problems are getting further complicated,”said Bashir Ahmad, a resident.
|Omar thanks Salman for 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' nomination|
|JAMMU, Oct 24(Agencies): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today thanked Bollywood superstar Salman Khan for nominating him to the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this month.
“Thanks for the nomination @BeingSalmanKhan. Watch this space for my contribution and the names of the 9 (persons) I will have to nominate,” Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Besides nominating all his Facebook fans and Twitter followers, Khan had nominated Omar, Aamir Khan, Azim Premji, Chanda Kochhar, Pradeep Dhoot, Rajat Sharma, Rajinikanth and Vineet Jain for the campaign.
The Bollywood superstar was among the people nominated by the Prime Minister at the launch of the campaign on Gandhi Jayanti (October 2). ...|
|Cong minister drops bombshell|
|Says ‘non-serious’ approach led to drowning of Srinagar|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 22: Cracks within Jammu and Kashmir unit of Congress are widening with senior leader and Health minister Taj Mohi-ud-Din Wednesday alleging that Flood Control minister Sham Lal Sharma has little knowledge about the functioning of the Department and due to ‘non-serious’ approach Srinagar city was drowned.
Taj Mohi-ud-din who has headed the Flood Control ministry in the past, accused present PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control minister Sham Lal Sharma of adopting non-serious approach vis-à-vis taming September’s devastating floods, saying had the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) adopted during floods, Srinagar would have been saved sans any devastation.
Taj told KNS that the regular patrolling over the rivers was not carried during floods resulting in breach of river Jhelum ...|
|Kashmir floods leave people shattered, miserable-III|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 22: Devastating floods left thousands of people across the city traumatised. For most of the people it is still not easy to accept that flood waters have ruined their lives and left them helpless. Today there are thousands of families which have been rendered homeless due to the mayhem wrecked by floods.
Losing the shelter has left the lives of scores of families shattered. The smashed houses across the worst flood hit localities stand witness to the destruction spilled over by flood waters.
When Sajad Ahmad of Jawahar Nagar area and his family visited their home they stood shocked on seeing that there was nothing left except the piles of rubble. Floods not only destroyed everything but also left them homeless too.
“How can a person gather words to speak on destruction...|
|Drabu calls on RBI governor, demands debt-relief package for flood-hit J&K|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 21: Noted economist and senior PDP leader, Dr Haseeb Drabu called on RBI Governor, Dr Raghuram Rajan in Mumbai last evening to discuss various possibilities of providing debt relief to trade, business, agriculture and horticulture sectors in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir.
Reports said Dr Drabu presented a five-point debt relief package to the RBI Governor, which includes, classifying all commercial bank lending in J&K, especially involving traders and small businesses, as priority sector lending, placing debt waiver and write-offs that Banks offer to the flood victims to under CSR expenditure of corporate mandated under the Companies Act, instituting subsidized rate of interest on rehabilitation and reconstruction lending of all commercial banks, arranging one-time waiver on ...|
|Kashmir floods leave people shattered, miserable-II|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 21: When flood waters receded from the Batamaloo area of Srinagar, 6-year-old Iflan was eager to visit his home so that he could take out his toys and school bag.
However, little did he know that his home including the entire household belongings had turned into mud.
Iflan’s parents are still in a shock. Their house was reduced to rubble moments after they were rescued.
“There is nothing left over here. We could not get a chance to shift even a single thing from here. We were just trying to come out because water was flowing with an immense speed. We thought it is better to save ourselves. When we came here for the first time after floods we saw that the entire house was ruined including the entire household stuff,” said Inam Ali Iflan’s father.
Inam’s wife, Laali said, ...|
|Minor reshuffle in Adm|
|JAMMU, Oct 21: The state government has today ordered minor reshuffle in the middle rung of state administration.
Showkat Ahmed Zargar, KAS, Director, Horticulture, Planning and Marketing, J&K has been transferred and posted as Director, Industries and Commerce, Jammu, vice Dr. Abdul Rashid.
Rajinder Krishan Varma, KAS, Special Secretary to the Government, Department of Tourism and Culture has been transferred and posted as Director, Tourism, Jammu, vice Soujanya Kumar Sharma.
Dr Abdul Rashid, KAS, Director, Industries and Commerce, Jammu has been transferred and posted as Project Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, relieving Shamim Ahmad Laherwal, Project Director, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, of the additional charge of the post.
Rafiq Ahmad Hakim, KAS, Director, Panchayati R...|
|Justice Virender Singh elevated as CJ Jharkhand HC|
|JAMMU, Oct 21 (JNF): The senior most Judge of J&K High Court Justice Virender Singh was today elevated as Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court.
As per the notification issued by Parveen Garg Joint Secretary Minister of Law & Justice of India, in exercise of powers conferred by clause (1) of Aricle 217 of Constitution of India, President of India Pranab Mukherjee appointed Justice Virender Singh Judge of J&K High Court as Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office.
Born on October 7, 1954, Justice Virender Singh after graduation from Government College, Rohtak, completed his Degree of Law from J V Jain College, Saharanpur. He entered the legal profession in June, 1978 and practised mostly on criminal side besides dealing with cases un...|
|HC upholds lifer of ex-SP (Opn), his PSO for killing PSI|
|JAMMU, Oct 21 (JNF): Division Bench of State High Court comprising Justice Virender singh and Justice Bansi Lal Bhat today upheld the life-imprisonment of then SP (Operation) Poonch Sewak Singh and his PSO Sat Pal Singh in killing of his PSI Ajay Gupta by showing fake encounter.
According to prosecution case, on October 13, 1998, in the evening, there was a party in the house of Sewak Singh, CO and 2/IC of 27 RR, Abdul Khaliq, a local contractor and PSI Ajay Gupta participated in that party. C.O, 2IC and Abdul Khaliq left after sometime. However, Abdul Khaliq returned with more alcohol and had drinks with PSI Ajay Gupta. Later on, contractor Abdul Khaliq requested Sewak Singh to drop him at his residence. Sewak Singh asked PSI Ajay Gupta (deceased), driver Mohammad Akram, Constable Abdul...|
|Maharaja Gulab Singh Lecture Series|
|Accommodating diversity to remain primary political challenge for J&K: Sahni|
|JAMMU, Oct 21: The ‘inside-outside’ dynamic-external compulsions preventing internal rearrangement has ensured that Jammu and Kashmir will remain, well into the future, exactly as we encounter it today; a political community of extraordinary diversity. Thus accommodating diversity will remain the primary political challenge for the state and its people.
This was stated by former Vice Chancellor Jammu University Prof Varun Sahni while delivering inaugural lecture of Maharaja Gulab Singh Lecture Series on “The sum of the seven desires: The politics of accommodating diversity” here today at Durbar Hall, Amar Mahal, Jammu. Former Vice Chancellor Central University Jammu Dr S S Bloeria presided over the function.
The lecture series has been organised by Maharaja Gulab singh Memorial Trust
|Death toll 10 in border shelling|
|JAMMU, Oct 20: The death toll in border shelling and firing mounted to ten as one more villager injured in Pakistani mortar shelling succumbed to his injuries in Government Medical College (GMC) hospital here today.
Police said that a villager injured in Pakistani mortar shelling succumbed to his injuries at GMC hospital here this evening, taking the toll to ten in recent incidents of ceasefire violations.
Identified as Romesh Chander, son of Buti Ram of Arnia who was injured critically in shelling along International Border (IB) last week in Arnia area of Jammu district, died at GMC hospital here, police said.
He was injured in Pakistani firing on October 6 and was hospitalized. His condition continued to deteriorate and he succumbed to his wounds, today.
Earlier on October 17, Om P...|
|‘Mysterious’ death of a soldier|
|Teenager accuses mother of murdering his step-father|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 20: The step son of an Army soldier, who died under mysterious circumstances in Aloosa area of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district Monday termed his death as a cold-blooded murder and said that he was beaten to death by in-laws.
Muhammad Ayoub Khan the father of three children died under mysterious circumstances at the house of his in-laws in Aloosa Bandipora. Irshad Hussain Khan, the 15 year old step son of the deceased soldier, who resides in Malangam Bandipora told CNS a local news gathering agency that to sort out some family dispute with his wife, his father had gone to his in-laws house where he was beaten to death mercilessly. “To cover their misdeed, they spread the rumour in the area, the Muhammad Ayoub consumed poison while the eyewitnesses who were present on the ...|
|Border skirmishes in J&K|
|‘India must adopt aggressive approach’|
|NEW DELHI, Oct 20: Former Director General Border Security Force (BSF), E N Ram Mohan, who served in Kashmir when the militancy was at its peak, Monday advised India to be more aggressive and respond vigorously to the ceasefire ‘violations’ committed by Pakistan along Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
He alleged that after having failed to attract the attention of International community towards Kashmir issue, Pakistan was pursuing the policy of aggression and was continuously attacking the Indian forward posts to quell its frustration.
Former Director General BSF, while talking to a Srinagar based local news agency CNS, revealed that Pakistan would never stop violating the ceasefire until India gave it a befitting reply. “Time has come to act more aggressively against Pakistan an...|
|Army Chief to visit J&K|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 20, CNS: Indian Army Chief, General Dalbir Singh, will arrive in Jammu and Kashmir on November 5. An army handout said that General Dalbir Singh will visit Mamun, Pathankot on behalf of the President of India, to present the ‘President’s Standards’ to two front line Regiments of the Indian Army, 50 Armoured Regiment and 84 Armoured Regiment.
“The Chief of the Army Staff will also release a “Special Cover” to commemorate this historic event,” Army said....|
|Huge cache of arms, ammunitions recovered|
|JAMMU, Oct 20: Army today claimed to have recovered arms, ammunition and explosives besides communication equipments in Ramban area today.
Defence spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said that Dharmund based Delta Force and Jammu and Kashmir Police, busted a militant hideout and recovered huge cache of arms and war like stores. He added that on receipt of tip off about presence of a militant hideout in the dense forests of Abbalkot of Ramban district, a joint operation was launched by Rashtriya Rifle based at Nachlana and SOG Ramban and it busted a well concealed hideout.
He said that one AK-47 with three magazines, one .303 rifle, one 12 bore rifle, one pistol with magazine,119 rounds of AK 47, two Chinese Hand Grenades, four UBGL grenades, two RPG boosters, one Samsung Binocular, one radio ...|