|Katrina shooting for ‘Fitoor’ in Srinagar|
|SRINAGAR, Jan 31: Having proudly talked about her Kashmir connection a number of times in past, popular Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif is presently here for shooting of her under production movie-“Fitoor”.
This is for the first time the actress is here and shooting for a movie. Katrina had visited Ladakh a couple of years back for the shooting of Yash Chopra’s last film as director-“Jab Tak Hai Jaan.” The movie starring Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma was also shot in Kashmir later but Katrina was not the part of shooting schedule in Valley. Just before the release of the movie Chopra died in Mumbai.
Khawar Jamsheed, line producer of “Fitoor” said Katrina took part in the shooting at Nishat Garden here yesterday and today. “The shooting was held smoothly,” he said. Khawar added that ...|
|Baglihar Power Project Phase-II to be commissioned on Sep 2015|
|BANIHAL, Jan 31: The works of Phase-II of 450 MW Baglihar Hydroelectric Power Project (HPP) are in final stage and is to be commissioned on September 2015.
JKPDC caretaker agency of 900 MW BHEP submitted feasibility for 450 MW BHEP part third to the state.
With the functioning of phase two Baglihar Hydroelectric Power project is capable to produce 900 MW of electricity to the state.
900 MW Baglihar Hydroelectric Power project located at Chanderkot on river Chenab is under construction of Jay Parkash Associates and comprised of two phases 450 MW each. Besides two phases of 900 MW BHEP Chanderkot 690 MW Salal hydroelectric power project Reasi and 390 MW Dulhasti hydroelectric power project Kishtwar are located on river Chenab.
BHEP phase one was commissioned in year 2008 and the works ...|
|PHQ bids send off to DIG Ali, AIG Mishra, Kakroo|
|JAMMU, Jan 31: In order to bid a warm farewell to Ali Mohamad, DIG (Administration), AIsG Shailendra Kumar Mishra and Aftab Ahmed Kakroo, Police Headquarters (PHQ) organized an impressive function here this evening.
Bhat has been transferred as Deputy Inspector General of Police, South Kashmir Range Anantnag. Mishra and Kakroo has been transferred and posted as SP Kargil and SP CID Headquarter.
The Director General of Police (DGP), K Rajendra Kumar, speaking on the occasion, lauded the services of Ali Mohammad, saying that he rendered unblemished services as DIG (Administration). His contribution in bringing about visible and appreciable change in administration was also highlighted by the DGP.
The DGP said that the dint and dedication of Ali Mohammad has helped the highest office ...|
|NC distt office bearers bereaved|
|JAMMU, Jan 31: Senior National Conference leaders on Saturday expressed deep grief and sorrow over sad demise of the mothers of Rajesh Bakshi, district president urban Jammu and Sunil Verma, district secretary Udhampur.
At a condolence meeting held at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan, held under the chairmanship of provincial president Devender Singh, this afternoon, two-minute silence was observed as a mark of respect to the departed souls. Rana conveyed condolences to the bereaved families.
Prominent among those present in the condolence meeting included state vice presidents Rattan Lal Gupta and Kashmira Singh, MLA Bishnah Dr Kamal Arora besides Jugal Mahajan, S S Bunty, Iqbal Wani, Sajjad Shaheen, Nirmal Singh, Som Raj Taroch, M L Munshi besides others. ...|
|Seeks relief, rehab on war-footing|
|BJP conveniently forgets border migrants' plight: Rana|
|NC anguished over neglect of border dwellers|
|JAMMU, Jan 31: National Conference Saturday expressed grave concern and anguish over total neglect of border dwellers, rendered homeless due to intermittent ceasefire violations especially on the International Border and sought their secured rehabilitation on war-footing basis.
“In run up to the recent assembly elections, the BJP leadership had evinced lot of interest towards the problem and made liberal promises to border residents but soon after the polls these turned out to be just hoax,” provincial president and MLA Nagrota Devender Singh Rana said while addressing a press conference at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this evening.
He was flanked by MLA Bishnah Dr Kamal Arora, who had been relentlessly striving for safe and secured rehabilitation of the border dwellers.
Rana said frequ...|
|‘Plight of border residents deplorable’|
|Centre giving precedence to political battle over Pak proxy war: Harsh|
|JAMMU, Jan 31: While the borders continued to bleed with a war like situation on the IB and LoC due to persistent firing and mortal shelling by Pak rangers, the union government seemed to be totally unconcerned engaging itself completely in political battle in the national capital for Delhi assembly polls.
This was stated by JKNPP chairman and former minister Harsh Dev Singh, while addressing the border migrants during his tour of Vijaypur and Ramgarh areas. He regretted that while the border people were suffering untold miseries, the BJP led government had remained content with issuance of mere statements that BSF had been authorized to give befitting reply to Pakistan. He said that rather than union ministers and concerned authorities visiting the affected families and providing the mu...|
|Militants trying to infiltrate into Kashmir: BSF|
|SRINAGAR, Jan 30: BSF today said there were attempts by militants from across the border to infiltrate into Kashmir, but asserted that the force is alert and would not give any opportunity to the militants to cross.
"There are attempts from across the border and these attempts are not going to die down. They (militants) are waiting for an opportunity (to infiltrate into Kashmir) but our duty is to not let them succeed and we will not give them an opportunity," Inspector General, BSF, Kashmir Frontier, P S Sandhu told reporters.
He said that the launch pads across the border were full and the number of militants in training camps had not decreased.
"The number of men in training camps has not lessened and their launch pads are full. But we are always alert and we will not let them succe...|
|Not against Indo-US trade, but peace is priority: Yasin|
|SRINAGAR, Jan 30: JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik today said that development, progress, success in trade, commerce and economic activities can only become fruitful in peaceful and stable environment and to achieve such peace and stability issues and disputes like Jammu Kashmir need to be resolved.
“Recent visit of US president Barack Obama to India was a failure in this regard. Kashmiris will fight all those who want to change demography of Jammu and Kashmir and thus harm the political, social and geographical environment of Jammu Kashmir,” Malik said while addressing a gathering at central Chowk of Ganderbal today.
“Obama’s recently visited India and signed many economic deals with his Indian counterparts. No sane person can oppose trade, commerce, economic activities and bilateral...|
|Hurriyat (G) seminar foiled|
|SRINAGAR, Jan 30: Police today foiled a Hurriyat Conference (G) seminar against the recommendations of central government to give state subject rights to West Pakistan refugees.
The cops sealed all the entry points towards the venue at party headquarters.
The Hurriyat Conference (G) criticised national media of its alleged propaganda against its chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani at New Delhi.
On the appeal of Hurriyat chairman (G) post Friday protest demonstrations were held at many places against the recommendation regarding the West Pakistan refugee’s settlement in the state.
A protest demonstration was taken out at Hyderpora locality of Srinagar outskirts which was led by Hurriyat (G) leader Raja Mehraj-ud-din.
The protesters were shouting slogans against the recommendations of the c...|
|Heavy firing exchanged on Jammu IB|
|JAMMU, Jan 30: Pakistani troops resorted to night-long firing and mortar shelling on Border out Posts (BoPs) and hamlets along the International Border in Jammu district, prompting the Border Security Force (BSF) to retaliate.
Pakistani Rangers resorted to heavy small arms firing and mortar shelling in civilian areas and BoPs along IB in Arnia and R S Pura sub-sectors in Jammu district throughout the night. Pakistan's shelling was retaliated by BSF troopers and both sides exchanged fire for more than six hours.
The shelling injured three people, including two men and a woman, in Arnia town last evening. There was no injury in the shelling later in the night or in the morning as 2-3 shells landed Arnia town this morning at 8.00 AM.
However, an uneasy calm again prevailed on the internat...|
|Situation on border tense but under control: BSF|
|NEW DELHI, Jan 30 (Agencies): Border Security Force (BSF) Inspector General Aditya Mishra on Friday stated that although the situation at the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir is a little tense, it is under control as the army has been effectively curtailing infiltration attempts by militants based in Pakistan.
"The situation is a little tense but under control and we have been effectively retaliating to any attempts that they are making towards infiltration. Two- three days back there was an incident in which they tried to breach the fence and storm in but that was made unsuccessful by our efforts," Mishra told agencies.
"As of now, there are incidents of firing and shelling in specific localised areas. Yesterday, a shell fell on a house and three members of a family got injure...|
|Convict acquitted of Pak prisoner’s ‘murder’ in jail|
|JAMMU, Jan 30 (JNF): In a much publicized murder case of Pakistani prisoner Sana Ullah Ranjay inside Kot-Bhalwal Jail, Court today acquitted the accused as prosecution failed to prove the charges.
Prosecution case against the accused Vinod Kumar, a convict lodged in Kot Bhalwal Jail, is that on May 3, 2013 at 8.15 AM, he attacked a Pakistani Prisoner with agricultural tool at Kot Bhalwal Jail. The victim Sana Ullah succumbed to his wound on May 9, 2013. The accused was charged for the commission of offence punishable under section 302 and 201 RPC. His statement was recorded and he denied his guilt and claimed trial.
Principal Sessions Judge Jammu RS Jain observed that Additional Public Prosecutor (APP) has submitted that the prosecution has fully proved its case and the witnesses examin...|
|Ex-BMO’s son opens fire on police party in Poonch|
|POONCH, Jan 29: Son of ex-Block Medical Officer (BMO) Surankote today opened fire on police and revenue team when they were trying to vacate government quarters from their possession.
Official sources said that SDM Surankote constituted a special team of revenue department for vacating government quarters from unauthorized occupancy of few officials.
Eye-witness said that this afternoon when the team reached near government quarters’ ex-BMO’s son and his few relatives resisted from vacating the quarters. When the officials repeatedly asked them to vacate the quarters Sameer Malik, son of Dr Ghulam Ahmed Malik resident of Pamrote opened fire on revenue and police team with .303 Rifle. One of the officials has a narrow escape in the shootout.
Police tried to pacify the boy and family me...|
|No respite in ceasefire violations on Jammu IB|
|JAMMU, Jan 29: With no respite in ceasefire violations, Pakistani Rangers resorted to small arms firing on border out-posts (BoPs) along the international border in two sub-sectors of Jammu district.
BSF said that Pakistani Rangers resorted to small arms firing on two to three BoPs in Arnia and RS Pura sub-sectors of Jammu district this evening.
According to reports, Pakistani troops started firing on Indian forward posts sai Nikowal, Pindi and tent Guard in RS Pura and Arnia sub-sectors this evening at 7.15 PM. The Border Security Force (BSF) retaliated to the firing, with intermittent exchange of firing continuing till late evening.
However, no loss of life or property was reported in the exchange of firing.
Yesterday also Pakistani Rangers violated the ceasefire and resorted to sm...|
|NDMA team to assess situation of Phuktal river blockage|
|Div Com directs administration to remain vigilant|
|LEH, Jan 29: The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Rohit Kansal Thursday said that a team of National Disaster Management Authority of India (NDMA) would soon visit Leh to assess the present situation arising out of the blockage of Phuktal river in Kargil district due to heavy landslide.
He said that all the reports submitted by Deputy Commissioner and the Executive Councillor of Kargil had already been submitted to National Disaster Management Authority of India.
He stated this during a meeting convened by him at Leh to review the present situation of the blockage of Phuktal river in Kargil district.
IGP Kashmir A G Mir, Executive Councilor, Zanskar Affair, LAHDC Kargil, Skalzang Wangail, Deputy Commissioner, Leh Simrandep Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Kargil, Mohammed Sadiq Shiek, ADC K...|
|New Foreign Secy takes charge|
|NEW DELHI, Jan 29: Subrahmanyam Jaishankar today took charge as the new Foreign Secretary.
Jaishankar replaced Sujatha Singh whose tenure was abruptly curtailed by the government late last night.
The decision to appoint Jaishankar was taken by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Talking to reporters after assuming the charge, the 1977-batch IFS officer described his new position as a big responsibility. Sujatha Singh was not present when Jaishankar took charge at the South Block office. As per rules, he will have two-year tenure.
Before his appointment as Foreign Secretary, the diplomat was India's Ambassador to the United States. Jaishankar was a key member of the Indian team which negotiated the landmark Indo-US nuclear deal. Jaishanka...|
|Sonia condoles Col Rai’s death|
|NEW DELHI, Jan 29 (Agencies): Congress President Sonia Gandhi condoled the death Colonel M N Rai, a commanding officer who died in a gun battle with militants and wrote to his wife telling her she knows what it is to lose a beloved husband to a terror attack.
Sonia Gandhi in a letter to Rai's wife Priyanka, said, "I share your grief with all my heart -- I know what it is to lose a beloved husband to a terrorist attack, and for children to be robbed of the love and guidance of their father at a young age." At the time of Rajiv Gandhi's death, Rahul and Priyanka were 21 and 19-years-old.
In her condolence message, the Congress President told Rai's wife, "Ever since receiving the news of your brave husband's death, my thoughts and prayers have been with you and your family."
Hailing Col M...|
|JMC retrieves land worth crores in Janipur|
|JAMMU, Jan 29: Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) claimed to have four kanals of land worth crores of rupees from encroachers at Janipur.
Official reports said that in a major drive JMC retrieved four kanals of land from encroachers at Janipur valuing atleast Rs 10 crores. The encroachers filled up a pond with mud/earth soil and encroached it in a phased manner.
The Enforcement team of Corporation under the directions of Er Kiran Wattal, Commissioner with the assistance of police conducted the drive. The area is being proposed to be developed as Matador Stand for 57 vehicles, Community toilet blocks and Passenger shed with allied facilities. Already foundation works is in progress and it is expected that the structure shall be raised in shortest possible time.
It is pertinent to mention...|
|Vohra to visit New Delhi by weekend|
|Guv urges Rajnath to clear Rs 44,000-Cr SFP proposals|
|Gangwar urged to revise custom duty on imported silk|
|JAMMU, Jan 28: Governor N N Vohra will visit New Delhi later this week for meeting the Home Minister Rajnath Singh to seek his support for the clearance of proposals contained in the Special Financial Package (SFP) of Rs 44, 000 Cr to enable the rehabilitation of the flood victims without any further delay.
Earlier, the Governor requested the Union Home Minister for the urgent clearance of the state government’s request for the release of funds under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) in the backdrop of severe financial crisis being faced by the state.
Vohra sought the Home Minister’s support for the clearance of proposals contained in the Special Financial Package of Rs 44000 Cr to enable the rehabilitation of the flood victims and for the restoration of the damaged public infr...|
|Houses damaged in Kashmir floods|
|Ex-gratia disbursed to 1,62,125 families|
|Enhance scale of relief; Vohra to HM|
|JAMMU, Jan 28: Governor N N Vohra Wednesday urged Union Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh to consider enhancing the scale of relief in respect of severely and partially damaged houses.
In a detailed communication to the Home Minister, the Governor highlighted that the scale of relief admissible under State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) was altogether inadequate for the affected family to even partially repair the damaged house. The Governor called for substantial enhancement in the scale of relief to enable the affected families to carry out the essential repairs, keeping in view the considerably high cost of material and labour in the Kashmir Valley.
The Spokesperson of the Raj Bhavan disclosed that the Governor expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister of India for announcing ad...|
|3 of family found dead in Katra hotel|
|KATRA, Jan 28: Three members of Jeweler’s family including a nine-year-old boy died under mysterious circumstances inside a hotel room in Katra town of Reasi district.
Police said that the family checked into the hotel last night and the incident came to light when a girl who survived informed the hotel staff this morning.
The deceased were identified as Satish Verma, 40, son of Madan Lal Verma, his wife Monika Verma, 38, and son Dheeraj Verma, 9, all residents of Lambi Gali at present House Number 184, Ward number 14, Dhar Road, Udhampur.
Satish Verma was running a Jewellery shop at Gole Market Opposite Gopal Studio. His 10-year-old daughter Diksha Verma survived as she did not drink the juice mixed with poison last night and she reported the matter to hotel staff in the morning.
|Arms, ammunition seized in Kishtwar|
|JAMMU, Jan 28: Security forces claimed to have recovered huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosives in Sarthal area of Kishtwar district, today.
PRO (Defence) Lt Col Manish Mehta said that a joint team consisting of troops of Delta Force and Kishtwar police carried out a massive search operation in Sarthal area of Kishtwar district. Sarthal area of Kishtwar district has been a strong hold of Hizbul Mujahiddin militant outfits for the past many years and hideouts of such nature are often utilised by militants during winters. The continuous efforts of two days by security forces in adverse weather conditions resulted in the busting of a natural cave hideout on January 28, 2015, he added.
He said that a joint operation was carried out on a tip off from a local source leading to the bust...|
|Pak opens firing on Jammu border|
|JAMMU, Jan 28: Pakistani Rangers violated the ceasefire and resorted to small arms firing on border out-posts (BoPs) along the International Border in Jammu district.
Pakistani Rangers resorted to small arms firing on two to three BoPs in Arnia sub-sector of Jammu district from 2100 hours, a senior BSF officer said today.
According to reports, Pakistani troops started firing on Indian forward posts. The Border Security Force (BSF) retaliated to the firing, with the exchange of rounds lasting for about two hours.
No loss of life or property was reported in the exchange of firing.
In the morning, BSF launched a search operation to check any kind of infiltration.
Earlier on Sunday, Pakistani forces had violated the ceasefire agreement along the International Border in RS Pura, hours b...|
|Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrim dies of heart attack|
|JAMMU, Jan 28: A 44-year-old pilgrim has died of heart attack en route cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi in Trikuta Hills of Reasi district.
Police said that Gain Singh, a resident of Andhra Pradesh, suffered a heart attack last night at Chinta Marg enroute the cave shrine.
He was shifted to Community Health Center (CHC) Katra where doctors declared him brought dead.
His body was handed over to the family members for last rites, they said.
Inquest proceedings under section 174 CrPc has been initiated by the police....|
|Shutdown in Kupwara|
|SRINAGAR, Jan 27: On the 20th anniversary of Kupwara killings, a partial shutdown was today observed in Kupwara.
Twenty seven civilians were killed in security forces firing in Kupwara on January 27, 1994.
The call for shutdown was given by Hurriyat Conference JK led by Shabir Ahmad Shah and Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
Shops, other business establishments and banks remained closed in the area. The shutdown was also observed in Lalpora and Dardpora villages.
In Lalpora, people took to streets and staged protests against the incident. The protesters blocked vehicular movement....|