|Thousands of KPs throng Kheer Bhawani temple|
|SRINAGAR, May 26: Thousands of Kashmiri Pandits today thronged Kheer Bhawani temple in Ganderbal district and celebrated the annual festival there.
Most of them had come from Jammu and other parts of the country. However, their number was lesser compared to the last year because of bad weather in the Valley over the last few days.
Amid chants of Vedic hymns and ringing of bells, pilgrims prayed for peace in militancy-hit Jammu and Kashmir at the temple of 'Ragnya Devi' situated amid the majestic Chinar trees in this village of Ganderbal district.
Walking barefoot and carrying rose petals, Kashmiri Pandits throng the temple every year and offer milk and "kheer" (pudding) to the sacred spring within the complex.
The traditional festival has continued uninterrupted even during the he...|
|'Violence aimed at subverting Kashmir's political stability'|
|SRINAGAR, May 26: Expressing dismay over the latest incidents of violence, the Jammu and Kashmir government today said "such acts are aimed at subverting political and economic stability" in the state.
"The violent incidents at Tangdhar along LoC, Yaripora in district Kulgam and Sopore in district Baramulla are a grim reminder that the elements inimical to peace, are out to undermine the efforts of the democratic forces in Jammu and Kashmir which are aimed at bringing political stability and economic prosperity to the state," education minister Naeem Akhtar said in a statement here.
Seven persons including four army personnel and two militants were killed in the three incidents of violence in the Valley yesterday. While three Armymen and an infiltrator were killed near the LoC in Kupwar...|
|27 Inspectors, 33 SIs transferred|
|JAMMU, May 26: Director General of Police (DGP) K Rajendra Kumar today ordered transfers of 27 Inspectors and 33 Sub Inspectors (SIs).
According to an order, Inspector Rajinder Bhardwaj, Inspector Nazir Ahmed and Inspector Kulbir Singh have been transferred from Traffic to CID, Inspector Aijaz Hyder and Inspector Rajesh Jamwal from Traffic to Security, Inspector Ashwani Kumar from Traffic to Crime, Inspector Mohammad Aslam from Traffic to Railways.
Inspector Mohammad Arif and Inspector Rajesh Singh have been transferred from Crime to Traffic, Inspector Asha Nand, Inspector Kapil and Inspector Jalal Din from CID to Traffic, Inspector Mohammad Amin and Inspector Rohit Dev Singh from CID to Jammu zone, Inspector Rouf Ahmad from CID to Kashmir zone and Inspector Tarseem Lal from Security to...|
|Sopore attack carried out by militants: DGP|
|Says their pleading innocence cannot hide facts|
|JAMMU, May 26: A day after three attacks were carried out in Kashmir valley, the state police chief on Tuesday said that police has been alerted across valley to thwart any further militant attacks.
The state police chief K Rajendra said that such attacks of militants in valley is a desperate attempt to disrupt peace and tranquility in the region. “Witnessing their space choked, militants have become frustrated and are striving to make their presence felt. Monday’s attacks were the part of such a frustration,” the DGP said, adding that the security forces have been asked to remain on alert to avoid any such militant attack further in any area of Kashmir valley.
The police chief maintained that militants “undoubtedly have carried out the attacks in Sopore in which one person was killed a...|
|BJP needs 370 seats in LS to address core issues: Shah|
|NEW DELHI, May 26 (Agencies): The BJP will require 370 seats in Parliament to address its core issues such as abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, Uniform Civil Code in India and construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, party president Amit Shah said on Tuesday while highlighting the party's achievements in its first year in power.
Asked whether the party had given up on its core issues, Mr. Shah shot back: “BJP is running the Central government as part of the National Democratic Alliance. As per the Constitution we need 370 to address our core issues. Please read the Constitution.’’ He was speaking to journalists on the occasion of the completion of one year of Narendra Modi government.
At present the party has 281 members in a House of 545 in Lok Sabha and is in a minority ...|
|Kupwara MLA’s son dies in road accident|
|SRINAGAR, May 26: Basharat Bashir, son of MLA Kupwara and Peoples Conference leader, Bashir Ahmad Dar, was killed in a road accident at Pattan.
Governor N N Vohra, chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and other ministers and leaders have condoled the death of Basharat and expressed sympathies with the bereaved family.
Reports said MLA Kupwara's two sons,Basharat Bashir Dar and Fida Hussain Dar residents of Jagarpora Handwara were on way to Srinagar from Kupwara when their vehicle (JK09A 0008) met with an accident resulting on spot death of Basharat and injuries to Fida Hussain.
Eyewitnesses have told police that accident took place due to the collision of two vehicles. Basharat was shifted to Sub District Hospital Pattan where doctors declared him brought dead
An advocate by professio...|
|Modi’s economic policies lack vision, direction: Meem Afzal|
|Cong supports Jammu bandh call|
|JAMMU, May 25: AICC spokesperson and former MP Meem Afzal Monday said that one year of the Modi government proved that it lacked ‘economic vision’, ‘fiscal direction’ and ‘financial astuteness’ to propel India on a growth trajectory.
As a result the rural economy was in serious distress, corporate and industrial sector was losing confidence in the Modi government, the employment system was in ruins and prices of food material had gone beyond the reach of common man, he said.
Addressing media persons at PCC headquarters here today Meem Afzal said that the Modi government which came to power on the promise of ‘Achhe Din’ besides assuring 10 percent GDP growth, creation of 10 Cr jobs in five years, good crop prices to farmers by calculating cost plus 50 percent profit, return of black mone...|
|Omar trying to appease Modi: Mir|
|SRINAGAR, May 25: While reacting to Omar’s recent statement that UPA hanged Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru for political benefits, J&K Pradesh Congress Committee chief has alleged that Omar was trying to lure Prime Minister Narendra Modi by making anti-Congress rants.
Talking to KNS, the state Congress chief G A Mir said that Omar’s recent statement about Guru’s hanging is perhaps an indication that he is trying to befriend Modi. “Omar’s statement is neither appropriate, nor timely. It would have been acceptable at the time when Guru was hanged. At present, how come Omar all of sudden comes out and cries that he was helpless and Congress sent Guru to gallows for its political benefits,” Mir said, adding that Omar at that time remained glued to the chair and did not want to surrende...|
|Major tragedy averted in Samba|
|JAMMU, May 25: A major tragedy has been averted by the railway police after its personnel notice a massive fire that broke out near the railway track in Samba district.
Official reports said that last night fire broke out near the railway track in Samba, a team of the General Railway Police (GRP) reached the spot and helped douse the fire. The fire could have spread and engulfed the trains that were to pass from the area, reports said, adding that timely action by the railway police averted a major tragedy.
Official spokesman said that last night a sudden fire broke out near railway track at Km 65.3 in the jurisdiction GRP Samba. On receiving information regarding the incident, SP Railways Jammu, Suram Singh deputed Devinder Singh, SDPO Railways Jammu, Pawan Kumar, SDPO Railways Vijaypu...|
|Pak based juvenile attempts suicide|
|JAMMU, May 25: A minor boy hailing from Pakistan who was presently lodged in juvenile home in RS Pura Sunday tried to end his life by cutting veins of his arm at the juvenile home owing to some arguments with another juvenile on Sunday night.
Identity of the injured has been established as Imran, 17, son of Gafoor Ahmed of Pakistan presently lodged at Juvenile Home RS Pura.
Police sources said that last night he had some arguments with other juvenile over a minor issue of lighting of a mosquito repellent coil following which he cut his veins with a sharp-edged thing.
After the incident he was shifted to nearby hospital and after preliminary treatment there he was referred to Government Medical College (GMC) hospital wherein he was discharged after treatment.
Police said, he was arres...|
|Blind murder of woman|
|Extra marital affair led to crime, lover held|
|JAMMU, May 25: With the arrest of lover, police claimed to have worked out blind murder case of a woman, who was found dead on river Chenab banks near Prem Nagar in Doda district couple of days ago.
Police spokesman said that on April 23, 2015, it was reliably learnt at Police Station Doda that one un-identified female dead body is lying at the bank of river Chenab near Prem Nagar (Mahalla area) under suspicious circumstances. In order to ascertain the cause of death, an inquest proceeding under section 174 CrPC vide DDR number 06 dated April 23, 2015 was initiated at Police Station Doda.
SSP Doda Z.N Manhas constituted a special team under the supervision of DySP Headquarters Doda MA Sheikh headed by SHO Police Station Doda Inspector Udhay Shanker Wazir. Police team was rushed to the ...|
|‘Omar lied, kept Afzal’s execution a secret’|
|Stop shedding crocodile’s tears, says Tabasum|
|SRINAGAR, May 25: The family of Mohammad Afzal Guru today asked former chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah to stop shedding crocodile tears on the hanging of Afzal and urged people not to take any of his comments seriously regarding Afzal’s execution.
“Omar Abdullah is an artist and is enacting a drama. Why he did not utter a word when he was in power. If he was so sincere and clear hearted, then why did not he resign when my husband was executed for political benefits,” Tabasum Guroo, the wife of slain Kashmiri youth Muahmmad Afazal Guroo told CNS adding that she does not trust any pro-Indian politician.
Pertinently, Omar in an interview on Sunday had said that the hanging of Parliament convict Muhammad Afzal Guru was carried out by UPA Government for Political...|
|BJP govt slashed educational budget by Rs 14088.59 Cr: Cong|
|JAMMU, May 24: Questioning the BJP government for slashing educational budget by Rs 14088.59 Cr and abolishing the schemes for granting central assistance for setting up of 6000 Model schools at block levels in the country, the Congress Sunday accused the Modi government of shattering the educational edifice and playing with future of younger generations.
AICC spokesperson and president All India Mahila Congress (AIMC) Shoba Ohja, stated this while addressing a press conference at PCC headquarters Shaheedi Chowk here today.
She said elementary education budget had been reduced by Rs 10186 Cr, Secondary education by Rs 1422 Cr and Higher Education reduced by Rs 1479 Cr.
Ohja said that the gains of literacy, talent and skill made by India in six decades were being frittered away by the ...|
|Dereliction of duties|
|Lal Singh imposes Rs 33000 fine on medicos, paramedics|
|JAMMU, May 24: Minister for Health and Medical Education, ARI and Trainings departments, Choudhary Lal Singh Sunday took to task medicos, paramedics including Medical Superintendent of Government Hospital Gandhinagar, 2 BMOs in Samba for playing truant and imposed fine of Rs 33000 for dereliction of duties, mainly absence from their duties.
Action was taken as the Minister conducted surprise inspection of Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar, Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Bari Brahamna, Government Emergency Hospital and Sub-District Hospital (SDH) Ramgarh, District Hospital (DH), Samba, Trauma Hospital Ghagwal, Sub-District Hospital Hiranagar, Mahatma Gandhi Maternity Hospital and District Hospital Kathua. The surprise check was conducted by him in view of the persistent complaints by the ...|
|Rains bring down temperature in J&K|
|SRINAGAR, May 24: Following the rains last night and today, the minimum temperature across the Kashmir Valley dropped on Sunday.
The Met office has forecast inclement weather till Monday.
"The minimum temperature was 10.7 degrees Celsius in Srinagar while it was 5.6 in Pahalgam, four degrees Gulmarg and Kargil, 5.6 in Leh, and 29.3 in Jammu city, a Met official told IANS here.
"The minimum temperature in Katra town was 20.7, 14.4 in Batote, 11.2 in Banihal and 9.4 degrees Celsius in Bhaderwah town of Jammu region.
"We are expecting rain across the Valley during the next 24 hours, but it would be light to moderate."
He said the minimum temperature was two degrees below normal in the Gulmarg ski resort today and was expected to dip further because of expected rain and cloud cover duri...|
|Tackling growing suicidal tendencies among youth|
|SRINAGAR, May 24: The growing suicide rate in the valley is becoming a great cause of concern for the society and the psychological experts as well.
Almost every single day several suicide attempts are reported from valley and the nuisance has ironically engulfed the younger generation. During the past one week at least a dozen suicide attempts were made in different parts of valley and many persons lost their lives, the victims being mostly youth.
According to psychiatric experts the suicidal tendencies among the younger generation was taking deadly form. Psychiatrists, however, are of the opinion that the ever increasing menace could be reigned in if necessary steps were taken from all walks of the society.
Noted psychiatrist of the valley Dr. Mushtaq Margoob said, “It is extremely p...|
|JKNPP to support Jammu bandh call on May 27|
|JAMMU, May 24: Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party Sunday said it would extend full support to one-day Jammu bandh call given by AIIMS coordination committee in protest against shifting of the proposed hospital to Kashmir region.
"We appeal to everyone in Jammu to make the one-day Jammu bandh a complete success so as to send a message to the people in the corridors of power that injustice with the Jammu region will not be tolerated," JKNPP chairman Harsh Dev Singh said while addressing working committee meeting of the party.
Harsh accused the state and the Central government of ignoring the aspirations of the people of Jammu region.
"We will continue our struggle till the shabby treatment with the people of Jammu region does not end, be it the issue of shifting of AIIMS, the s...|
|Apple opens store in Jammu|
|JAMMU, May 24: RJ Corp has launched iSpace, Jammu’s first authorized Apple reseller at UGF Shop No. 24, Wave mall, Channi Rama, Opposite Bathindi Road, Jammu. This is also Jammu’s first ever Apple store.
The space fashioned in iconic style has all the latest Apple products including the recently launched Apple iPhone 6 and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus.
Varun Jaipuria, Director, RJ Corp said, “Every major city in the world has an Apple authorized store. Considering the importance of Jammu in the larger picture in India, we thought that it's important to establish a presence for the brand here. With the launch of iSpace in jammu, I am sure we will setup an ongoing platform for people to buy into the brand and engage with it.”
In addition, iSpace also has the latest line-up across iPads and Ma...|
|Nowshera acid attack case|
|Statement of 2nd witness partly recorded again|
|SRINAGAR, May 23: The statement of second witness in acid attack case of a 22-year-old female law student was today heard and recorded partly by a city court again. There are 48 witnesses in the matter.
Sources in the prosecution said that Omar Mehraj, a law student was put to examination by the parties in the acid attack case before principal district and session’s judge Srinagar today but due to paucity of time his cross examination was not conlcuded.
“The statement was partly heard and recorded today,” sources in the prosecution told Kashmir Times.
The trial of the matter started on May 5 and earlier the court of Principal District and Sessions Judge Srinagar had charged the two accused Irshad Ahmad Wani alias Sunny and Mohammad Omar—under RPC sections of 326A (voluntarily throwing ...|
|4 mortar shells recovered in Samba |
|JAMMU, May 23: Security forces recovered four mortar shells in the border belt of Samba district and safely defused them.
Police said that on the basis of information received from locals, security forces recovered the four shells from Devika river beds at Rangoos camp, in Ramgarh border belt sector of Samba district last evening.
The shells, though alive, were in a rusted form, he said, adding that they were safely defused....|
|KEA to work for more employment|
|SRINAGAR, May 23: Accusing the Centre of being "insincere" while releasing flood relief package to Jammu and Kashmir, Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) today announced a slew of measures for generating employment to boost the state's economy which was hit hard by the last year's deluge.
"We have decided not to completely bank on government support and assistance for improving the state's economy. We will utilise state's resources for the economic upliftment so that employment is generated," KEA Chairman Showkat Choudhary told reporters here.
He said KEA - an amalgam of over a dozen business houses including traders, transporters and hoteliers - was embarking on a 'mission' to make the valley self-reliant to boost the economy and generate avenues for the unemployed youth.
"KEA will he...|
|Victim Compensation Scheme-2013|
|Kishtwar rape victim compensated |
|JAMMU, May 23 (JNF): In first of its kind, a rape victim was given compensation under Victim Compensation Scheme, 2013 in Kishtwar.
Principal Sessions Judge Kishtwar Bala Jyoti awarded Rs 20,000 compensation under Victim Compensation Scheme to a rape victim name not disclosed for the offences under section 366 and 376 RPC under section 3 Clause (3) and Sub Clause (4) of J&K Victim Compensation Scheme 2013.
According to the case, prosecutrix was raped by accused Babu Ram and consequently became pregnant. She delivered a baby boy who approached to Chairperson DLSA for compensation to her as she has been put to starvation and vagrancy.
Court after hearing prosecutrix and Public Prosecutor passed an order for rehabilitation of victim as it has become difficult for her to sustain without ma...|
| Court directs JKOA not to hold elections, maintain status quo|
|Withheld agenda of May 24 meeting|
|JAMMU, May 23: The First Additional Munsiff Forests, Magistrate, Jammu today directed the J&K Olympic Association not to hold its elections , scheduled to be held on May 24, 2015 at Jammu club at 5:00 PM.
Court on a petition filed by the Dr SM Bali, president , Jammu and Kashmir Handball Association through Advocate Piyush Gupta directed the General Secretary, J&K Olympic Association to maintain status quo with respect to the elect new office bearers for the term of four years and also with held the agenda of meeting scheduled to be held on May 24,2015 till next date of hearing on May 30, 2015....|
|Govt order resuffle in State Forest Corporation|
|SRINAGAR, May 23: The Jammu and Kashmir State Forest Corporation (JKSFC) has ordered transfers and postings of officers with immediate effect.
According to the orders issued by the SFC, AN Peerzada, Chief General Manager (P&P) has been transferred and posted as Chief General Manager (S&M), Kashmir.
Muneer Ahmad Shayir, Chief General Manager (S&M), Kashmir has been transferred and posted as Chief General Manager South Circle, Bijbehara.
Ashok Sharma, Chief General Manager West Circle Jammu has transferred and posted as Chief General Manager, Vigilance & Security SFC, Jammu.
Sat Pal Sharma, Chief General Manager (Staff Officer), presently posted in P&P Circle has been transferred and posted as Chief General Manager, East Circle, Doda.
Ishtiaq Ahmad Bhat, Chief General Manager East C...|
|Parrikar meets troops at Siachen|
|SRINAGAR, May 22: Visiting Siachen glacier for the first time after becoming Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar today met the troops at the base camp of the world's highest battlefield, as he kicked off his two-day security review tour of Jammu and Kashmir.
Parrikar, also conducted an aerial survey of the glacier. The Minister, who is accompanied by Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, later met state Governor N N Vohra and Chief MInister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed here for discussions on the prevailing security scenario in the state, defence officials said.
The Defence Minister and his entourage arrived at the Thoise Airbase early in the morning from where they went by a helicopter to the Siachen base camp.
Parrikar laid a wreath at the memorial at Siachen base camp and interacted with t...|