|Sex racket busted in Jammu, 20 detained|
|JAMMU, Sep 25: A sex racket, allegedly being run with the help of social media, has been unearthed and about 20 people including a woman and army officer have been detained.
Police said that it had received a complaint in Janipur area from a local that some websites and social networking sites had allegedly posted advertisements of escort services and calls girls in Jammu.
"The services were being provided by some locals who had published their phone numbers on these websites. Wanting to avail of the services, people would give a call on these numbers," Senior Superintendent of Police Jammu Sunil Gupta told reporters while addressing a press conference at Police Control Room (PCR) here today.
He said that a case FIR number 93 of 2016 under section 67/A-B/IT Act and 5/8 PITA was registe...|
|US appeals for direct Indo-Pak dialogue|
|WASHINGTON, Sep 25 (Agencies): The US today said it strongly "encouraged" India and Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue to reduce tensions, as the war of words between the two neighbours escalated over the Kashmir issue.
"The United States strongly supports all efforts between India and Pakistan that can contribute to a more stable, democratic, and prosperous region, including meetings between the Indian and Pakistani officials," a senior State Department official said after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address in Kerala.
"Our longstanding position is that we believe India and Pakistan stand to benefit from the normalisation of relations and practical cooperation. We encourage India and Pakistan to continue to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions," the official said....|
|BJP has taken Uri attack very seriously: Nirmal|
|KOZHIKODE, Sep 25 (Agencies): Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Sunday hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech against Pakistan and said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has taken up the matter very seriously.
Nirmal Singh said, "The way Pakistan has shown cowardness in Uri and the way they had sent there men and attacked our Army men it was a kind of proxy war. This incident has agitated the whole country and the BJP has taken up this matter very seriously."
Earlier , the Prime Minister launched a scathing attack on Pakistan and said that India would never forget the Uri terror attack and would make all efforts to isolate Islamabad globally.
"A day will come when the people of Pakistan will go against their own government to fight terrorism. India has ...|
|Anger in India today is just as it was before 1965 war: Modi|
|NEW DELHI, Sep 25 (Agencies): Likening the anger in the country over Uri attack to that witnessed in the 1965 war, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday maintained that those responsible for the terror strike will surely be punished as he asserted that the army does not speak but displays bravery.
He also sent out a message to the people of Kashmir, which has been witnessing unrest for over two months, saying that "peace, unity and harmony" are the ways to resolve problems and expressed confidence that all issues can be addressed through discussions.
In his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat which he began by paying tributes to the 18 soldiers who died in the Uri attack on September 18, Modi said, "this cowardly act was enough to shake the entire country. There is mourning as well as...|
|Pak accuses Modi of ‘vilification campaign’|
|ISLAMABAD, Sep 25 (Agencies): Pakistan on Sunday rejected Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertion that it was exporting terror, saying the remarks were part of a “well thought out vilification campaign” to distract attention from Kashmir.
Pakistan Foreign Office, in a statement, said Prime Minister Modi in a public meeting in Kerala “tried to malign Pakistan”.
“It is unfortunate that Indian leadership continues to indulge in a well thought out vilification campaign against Pakistan by making provocative statements and baseless accusations. Such irresponsible display of behaviour at the highest political level is regrettable,” the Foreign Office said.
“It is evident that, as an act of desperation, India is trying to distract world attention from the atrocities perpetrated” by its force...|
|IDP holds Peace Conference at Samba|
|Expresses serious concern on continuous cycle of violence in Kashmir|
|JAMMU, Sep 25: Advocate Subash Singh Sambyal state president, IDP has expressed serious concern on continuous cycle of violence in Kashmir valley in which more than 10,500 people injured and 5000 people got pellet injuries and hundreds people including children lost their vision due to eyes injury.
This he was stated by presiding over the one day Peace Convention of IDP at Samba today. He said since the eruption of unrest 82 youths have lost their lives more than 200 people arrested under PSA .The authorities have instigated the situation in Chenab Valley by arresting the people at midnight and clamped Curfew in morning in Kishtwar.
I D Khajuria ,National leader,Aman Committee,India patron, IDP strongly condemned the attitude of authorities who is pushing to people to wall w...|
|7 dead, 9 injured in Bandipora accident|
|SRINAGAR, Sep 24 : Seven people were killed while nine suffered injuries when a vehicle carrying over twenty-one people skidded and fell into a deep gorge on the Gurez-Bandipora road near Tragbal on late Friday night.
Authorities said that five people were brought dead and two succumbed to injuries at Bandipora hospital.
The injured nine people are being treated at the hospital. The driver of the bus is said to be missing. The search is on for the missing driver. The vehicle belonged to Border Roads Organisation (BRO). ...|
|Army Commander WC reviews security measures|
|JAMMU, Sep 24: In the wake of the Uri attack, Western Army Commander Lt Gen Surinder Singh today reviewed the operational preparedness of the Army in Jammu and Pathankot regions and emphasized on ensuring fool proof security measures.
The General Officer Commanding in Chief of the Western Command (GoC-in-C) reviewed the operational preparedness of the Army in the Jammu-Pathankot region and emphasised on ensuring fool proof security measures, a Defense spokesman said.
"He visited the forward areas in Jammu, Samba and Pathankot where he interacted with field commanders and troops in the area and appreciated the efforts of Army units and formation.
"He reiterated the need to maintain a high order of operational preparedness and alertness," the spokesman said.
Lt Gen Singh also visited He...|
|Uri attack could be a reaction to Kashmir situation: Sharif|
|ISLAMABAD, Sep 24 (Agencies): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has claimed that the attack on India's army camp in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri could be a reaction against the atrocities committed by India in Kashmir. Sharif was speaking to reporters at Britain's Luton Airport on Friday night (23 September) while on his way back to Pakistan from the UN General Assembly in New York.
He blamed the unrest in the Kashmir Valley to the killing of separatist militant leader Burhan Wani, Around 108 people have died and thousands have been injured in the Valley since Wani's death on 8 July.
"If this is not barbarism, what is it? They don't talk about this barbarism and oppression," Sharif said.
The Pakistani prime minister also condemned India for blaming Islamabad "without any evidence" for th...|
|Will back centre's decision on Indus Water Treaty: Nirmal |
|KOZHIKODE, Sep 24: With the Centre hinting at revising the Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Saturday said the state will fully support whatever decision is taken by the Union government on the 1960 agreement.
"The treaty has caused huge loss to Jammu and Kashmir" as the people of the state cannot fully utilise the waters of various rivers, particularly Chenab in Jammu, for agricultural and other activities, Singh, who is in the city to attend the BJP National Council, said.
"The state government will support whatever decision is taken by the central government on Indus Waters Treaty," he said.
The people of Jammu and Kashmir were already raising the issue of loss to the state on account of Indus Waters Treaty.
If the central go...|
|Govt orders transfers, postings of 84 doctors|
|JAMMU, Sep 24: Health and Medical Education Department of the state government has ordered transfers and postings of 84 doctors.
According to the order issued by Dr MK Bhandari, Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department, Dr Bharti Sangral has been transferred from DH Kathua and posted at Government Hospital Sarwal, Dr Shekhar Sharma from Government Hospital Sarwal to DH Kathua, Dr Rajesh Bhagat from PHC Khoon, Block Majalta to NTPHC Slaid, Dr Neeru Sharma from NTPHC Slaid to PHC Jindrah and Dr Gurnam Singh from PHC Jandrah to PHC Khoon, Block Majalta.
Dr Preety Khosla has been transferred from SDH Marh and posted at PHC Gole Gujral, Dr Anuradha Chouhan from PHC Gole Gujral to DH Ramban, Dr Syed Ashrat Bukhari from SDH Akhnoor to EC Mubarak Mandi, Dr Kiran Chib from EC Mubarak...|
|Jammu witnessed ‘Jamraaj’|
|"Natya Samagama" inaugurated with a bang|
|JAMMU, Sep 24: The gala event 'Natya Samagama'-a festival of contemporary theatre practices, traditions and diverse cultural expressions of India was unveiled with the lighting of a ceremonial lamp at Abhinav Theatre today evening.
The gala event 'Natya Samagama'-a festival of contemporary theatre practices, traditions and diverse cultural expressions of India was unveiled with the lighting of a ceremonial lamp by Arjun Deo Charan, vice chairman National School of Drama Balwant Thakur, Festival Director, Suman Kumar, Deputy Secretary, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Aziz Hajini, Secretary JKAACL, Bhawani Bashir Yasir, Eminent Theatre personality and Raj Kamal Nayak, admired Theatre Personality at Abhinav Theatre today evening.
Speaking on the occasion Festival Director, Balwant Thakur welcomed a...|
|Another jumps from Tawi bridge |
|Youth commits suicide in Jammu|
|JAMMU, Sep 24: A 23-year-old youth today allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in Bishnah area.
Police said, Rakesh Kumar son of Uttam Chand committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in his native village Sanagli in Bishnah.
As per the family members he went to the fields for some work in the morning but he was later found hanging from a tree.
"A case has been registered and investigations initiated," said a police said, adding that the body has been sent for postmortem.
In another incident, a 25-year-old youth allegedly tried to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge but was saved by the locals here today.
"Robin Mehra, son of Jogi Mehra of Bikram Chowk jumped off the Tawi Bridge this morning, but was saved by the local people and rushed to the Government...|
|JKCCS contests detention of Khuram on legal grounds|
|‘FIR mentions offences invoked against stone-pelters’|
|SRINAGAR, Sep 23: J& K Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) has termed the detention of noted human rights activist Khurram Parvez on legal ground
JKCCS said that Khurama Parevez was neither produced before the Deputy Commissioner, nor were the grounds read out to him as required under law before issuing warrant.
The statement issued by JKCCS said “the FIRs mentioned are all for offenses usually invoked against 'stone-pelters'. Khurram Parvez has never received any intimation prior to this of pending complaints or investigations from any Srinagar Police Station and nor has he signed or executed any personal bond or surety in regard to any of these cases or any other case”.
While saying that “the documents dated 21.9.2016 make no mention of the fact that Khurram Parvez was released from d...|
|30-year-old Pak intruder nabbed on IB|
|JAMMU, Sep 23: Border Security Forces (BSF) arrested a 30-year-old Pakistani intruder along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir's Akhnoor sector on Friday, an official said.
Abdul Kayum, who claimed to be a resident of Pul Bhagawa area of Sialkot in Pakistan, was arrested between 4 am and 5 am in the Pargwal area.
"We arrested the intruder as soon as he reached near the fence in Akhnoor area. He was unarmed," a BSF officer told IANS on condition of anonymity.
He said a mobile was recovered from the intruder. "We are yet to ascertain the purpose of the intruder of crossing the border and entering Indian territory as he is continuously changing his statement."
The officer said "this kind of incident generally happens on the IB and we take them seriously every time."
|Centre won’t scrap IWT with Pak: Omar|
|JAMMU, Sep 23: Former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said the Indus water treaty (IWT) was an abomination and should never have gone through, but the Narendra Modi government was not going to scrap it, a day after Centre hinted at revisiting the pact with Pakistan if it does not act against terror.
“It (IWT) was an abomination and should never have gone through. J&K has suffered long on its account but this government isn’t going to scrap it,” Omar tweeted. The opposition National Conference (NC) working president said the treaty has survived four wars and nothing will happen to it.
“Will stick my neck out and say that nothing will happen to the Indus Water Treaty. It survived 4 wars & a J-K assembly unanimous resolution,” he said in another tweet. India on Thursday made it clea...|
|Pak ready for unconditional talks with India: Aziz|
|ISLAMABAD, Sep 23 (Agencies): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said has said that Islamabad is ready for unconditional talks with New Delhi to resolve all issues including the core issue of Kashmir. Aziz, however, said that any talks between the two countries cannot succeed till the resolution of the Kashmir issue while talking to a television channel, reports Radio Pakistan.
He insisted that Sharif had forcefully raised the Kashmir issue at the United Nations. Asserting that the international community has accepted that Kashmir is a "disputed territory", he said that the pressure is now mounting on India. Sharif raised the Kashmir bogey at the UNGA calling Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani a "young leader murdered" by the Indian fo...|
|BOSE issues date sheet for Class 10th, 12th annual exams|
|SRINAGAR, Sep 23: The State Board of School Education (BOSE) today issued the formal date sheet for the conduct of class 10th and 12th annual examination of Kashmir division, excluding district Kargil.
As per the notification issued by BOSE in this regard, the annual examination for Class 10thwill begin on November 15 and conclude on November 28 while for Class 12th the examination will begin on November 14 and conclude on December 3.
Pertinently, the BOSE has deferred the conduct of these examinations by almost 45 days keeping in view the prevailing situation in Kashmir. As per the earlier schedule these examinations were to be conducted in the first week of October 2016.
“We have to complete the process of conduct of examination and declaration of results by the end of this year so ...|
|Parrikar meets Rajnath over Kashmir|
|NEW DELHI, Sep 23: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and discussed with him various issues, including situation in Jammu and Kashmir and security for BRICS Summit to be held in Goa next month. Official sources said, during the meeting, the two ministers discussed the prevailing situation in Kashmir Valley as well as steps taken to check infiltration from across the border.
The reports of suspicious movement of some unidentified persons along the Maharashtra coast, also figured in the meeting. Singh and Parrikar also discussed the security preparation for the BRICS Summit to be held in Panaji next month. Presidents of Brazil, Russia, China, South Africa, besides Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the BRICS meeting....|
|DG CRPF calls on Mehbooba|
|Discusses internal security situation|
|SRINAGAR, Sep 22: Director General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), K Durga Prasad called on the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti here today to discuss the prevailing law and order situation in Kashmir.
The chief minister and the DG CRPF discussed in detail the obtaining and emerging internal security situation and the measures to be taken to meet the arising challenges to ensure early return of peace and normalcy....|
|Srinagar, Jammu in smart city list|
|Announcement soon: Govt|
|SRINAGAR, Sep 22: The state government today said that both Srinagar and Jammu cities have been included in the list of smart cities and a formal announcement in this regard would be made soon.
A spokesman of Housing and Urban Development Department (H&UDD) said the state government is already working on the Detailed Project Report (DPR) to be submitted to the Government of India for inclusion of the twin cities of Srinagar and Jammu in the Smart City initiative. He said out of the 100 cities to be undertaken under the project announced by the Centre only one city from the State was to be taken up, but due to the intervention of the State Government the Centre has agreed to take up two capital cities from J&K under the Smart City initiative.
The spokesperson further said that the recen...|
|Uri attack aftermath Need to maintain sense of balance: Karan|
|NEW DELHI, Sep 22: Noting that the widespread outrage in the country over the terrorist attack in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir was justified, veteran Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Karan Singh, however, stressed the need to maintain a sense of balance and proportion in the wake of the incident.
In a statement here, Dr Singh, viewing with concern the increasing talk of ‘nuclear war' in the press and the electronic media, made a plea to view the whole situation in its proper perspective and take such action as may be appropriate.
"While widespread outrage against the Uri attack, in which unfortunately our forces seems to have been taken by surprise, is fully justified, the manner in which words such as ‘nuclear war' are being bandied about in the press and the electronic media, is deepl...|
|CJI undergoes health check-up at Fortis|
|NEW DELHI, Sep 22: Chief Justice of India T S Thakur today underwent a check-up at a heart hospital in south Delhi. Hospital sources, however, said, "he was fine and it was just a routine check-up."
64-year-old Thakur did not attend court today.
"The CJI visited the hospital earlier in the day. He has been coming to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute for medical check-ups for the past couple of years, and today's visit was also a regular visit. He is doing fine and has returned home. There is nothing to worry about," a source said.
Thakur is the 43rd Chief Justice of India and due to retire on January 4 next year. Born in 1952, he was enrolled as a pleader in October, 1972 and joined the chamber of his father Late D D Thakur, a leading advocate and later a judge of Jammu and Kashmir Hig...|
|Kashmir unrest delaying key road projects in J&K: BRO|
|JAMMU/NEW DELHI, Sep 22: Border Roads Organisation (BRO) Thursday claimed that the ongoing unrest in the Kashmir valley adversely affected the construction of roads in the strife-torn state, which also included strategic projects in the Ladakh region.
"Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has suffered a big loss of over three months in the working season during the summers. This is of serious concern. Owing to restrictions on movement of vehicles and persons, the BRO has not made the desired progress," Defence PRO said in a statement.
Consequently, BRO will now have to revise its road construction targets in different projects. "Four-laning works on the Srinagar-Baramulla-Uri stretch, for instance, was scheduled for completion by July this year. But it has been delayed," he said.
|Sharif spoke like supreme commander of Hizbul: Madhav|
|NEW DELHI, Sep 22 (Agencies): BJP today demanded that Pakistan be declared a terrorist state, alleging that its Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spoke like the “supreme commander” of Hizbul Mujahideen and openly campaigned for terrorists at UN General Assembly.
The RSS also attacked Pakistan for committing atrocities in Baluchistan, Sindh and Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir (PoK) and said its misadventure in Kashmir, where it is making Kashmiris kill their own people, will bring destruction to Pakistan.
“Nawaz Sharif at the United Nations yesterday was at his pathetic best. He talked not like the supreme commander of Pakistan, but he talked like the supreme commander of Hizbul Mujahideen. It clearly shows that there is no need for any further explanation. Pakistan should straight away be declared ...|