|Shutdown in Bijbehara against militant killings|
|SRINAGAR, Jan 17: A shutdown was observed in Bijbehara Township of south Kashmir and its adjoining areas today to mourn the killing of three local militants in an encounter with security forces yesterday.
Shops and business establishments remained closed in the Bijbehara Township and its adjoining areas while transport was off from the roads.
Police and CRPF were deployed in Bijbehara and its adjoining areas to maintain law and order and to prevent pro freedom protest demonstrations. The police and CRPF had made number of mobile bunkers where the private vehicles were checked. In Bijbehara town, the streets were given a deserted look. Only CRPF and police cops were deployed in every nock and corner to maintain law and order.
Only road side vendors had installed few stall and the pede...|
|MLA Langate asks govt not to settle WP Refugees in a disputed territory|
|Offers Kashmiri Pandits full support for their return|
|JAMMU, Jan 17 : While appealing Kashmiri Pandits to return back to their ancestral places AIP Supremo and MLA Langate in assembly, Rasheed reiterated that separate colonies for Kashmir Pandits will not be allowed and New Delhi should stop politicizing return of Kashmir Pandits.
While debating over grants on relief and rehabilitation, Rasheed also asked New Delhi not to force Mehbooba Mufti to grant any sort of rights to West Pakistani Refugees in the disputed territory.
In his forceful speech, Rasheed said “New Delhi must settle the Refugees either in any other state or must talk to Govt. of Pakistan to take its citizens back, as Pakistan is bound to take care of its citizens. Let Pakistani Govt. make an unconditional offer to the families to come back to their ancestral places and mu...|
|Will explore possibility of prioritizing power sector under 14th FC: Dr Drabu|
|JAMMU, Jan 17: Minister of Finance, Culture, Labour and Employment, Dr Haseeb Drabu today said the Government will explore possibilities to give priority to the power sector under the 14th Finance Commission award.
The Minister was responding to the supplementaries raised by legislators Ravindar Raina and M Y Tarigami , who sought special focus on power sector under 14th FC. The main question was raised by MLA Mohammad Abbas Wani seeking details of guidelines for the utilization of funds under 14th Finance Commission.
Drabu said that under 14th Finance Commission funds have been provided under different heads -Post Devolution Revenue Deficit, Disaster Management, Local Body grants and share in central taxes.
The members also demanded for taking up the works under 14th FC after due cons...|
|Traditional water resources affected due to construction of Railways, four lane tunnels: Sham|
|JAMMU, Jan 17: Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Sham Lal Choudhary today said that some traditional water resources have been affected due to construction of Railways and four lane tunnels in district Reasi and Ramban.
The minister informed the House that the Centre has enhanced the fund allocation for J&K for the current year as against the previous year under National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP). He, said there has been however a drastic cut in fund allocation under NRDWP over the years.
“During the year 2015-16, the State Government was allocated Rs 199.40 crore as against preceding year's allocation of Rs 474 crore by the Central Government under NRDWP. The allocation for the current financial year has been enhanced to Rs 227.50 crore along with State share...|
|Post-snowfall power supply restored in 80pc areas of Kashmir: Nirmal|
|JAMMU, Jan 17: Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Kumar Singh today said that power supply has been restored in 80 pc areas of Kashmir Valley post snowfall.
"Directions were issued to the concerned department to take up restoration work on war-footing and supply has been restored in 80pc areas of the Kashmir Valley," Dy Chief Minister told the House.
He was responding to the concerns raised in this regard by legislators including Mian Altaf Ahmad, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Muhammad Akbar Lone, Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar and others in Legislative Assembly.
The Deputy Chief Minister further informed that he recently convened a meeting with the heads of all departments to review the power scenario, civic amenities and other services. He further said Commissioner/Secretary, Housing and Urban Development...|
|Jammu Printer conferred 'National Award for Excellence'|
|JAMMU, Jan 17: Arun Gupta of Arun Art Printers has yet again been conferred two national awards for maintaining proficiency and quality excellence in the field of printing consistently over a period of past three decades.
Gupta received these awards at the 11th edition of the National Awards for Excellence in Printing (NAEP) held at New Delhi during a function organized by All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) in which HV Sheth (President IPAMA) was the chief guest.
Arun Art Printers received two National Awards for Excellence in Printing for printing fortnightly newspapers "Eight A.M." and "Jammu Links".
The impressive function was held at Hotel Pride Plaza, Aerocity, New Delhi. AIFMP received 1800 entries in different categories including newspapers, book printing, poster...|
|Minor reshuffle in administration|
|JAMMU, Jan 16: State government today ordered minor reshuffle in the administration.
As per Government Order No. 68 - GAD of 2017,Dated: 16 -1-2017, Kuldip Gupta, Under Secretary to the Government, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj has been transferred and posted as Under Secretary to the Government, PHE & IFC Department.
Asifa Jan, Under Secretary to the Government, under orders of transfer to Hospitality & Protocol Department, has now been posted as Under Secretary to the Government, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj.
Bilal Ahmad Najar, Under Secretary to the Government, Health & Medical Education Department, has been transferred and posted as Under Secretary to the Government, Industries & Commerce Department.
Nisar Ahmad Wani, Under Secretary ...|
|‘FIR won’t be allowed against NC MLC’|
|JAMMU, Jan 16: Chairman Legislative Council Haji Inayat Ali today assured the members of the legislative council that FIR won’t be lodged against sitting MLC Showkat Hussain Ganaie on the directions of a Jammu local court over his remarks on Burhan Wani the slain Hizb Commander.
Announcing the decision to pacify the NC MLCs, the chairman said FIR can’t be lodged against any lawmaker on a remark he makes in the house. He agreed with the members that the decision of the court is tantamount to questioning the credibility and the respect of the legislative council.
He also said that the concerned MLC is at liberty to prove a privilege motion against anyone involved in filing the petition before a local court in Jammu on which the court directed Police to file FIR against the MLC.
|No impact of demonetisation on Kashmir unrest: CM|
|JAMMU, Jan 16: Contradicting Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s statement that demonetization ended stone pelting in Kashmir, the PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday said there was no impact of demonetization on unrest in the Valley.
“The State government has not received any report so far on effects of demonetization on the recent unrest in the Valley,” J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who also holds the Home portfolio, said in a written reply in State’s Legislative Assembly in Jammu, winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir.
She was responding to a question by State BJP president and MLA Sat Paul Sharma. The MLA had sought information from government on the effects of the demonetization on the recent unrest in the Valley.
The Chief minister in her written ...|
|‘26 killed, 158 injured in Pak shelling in 2 years’|
|JAMMU, Jan 16: As many as 26 people were killed and 158 injured in Pakistani shelling along Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir during past two years, the Assembly was told today.
216 structures were also damaged in the cross-border shelling during the period, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said in a written reply to a question of NC member Ali Mohammad Sagar.
"9 people were killed in Poonch, followed by 7 each in Jammu and Samba districts, 2 in Rajouri and one in Kathua," she said.
Among the injured, 91 people were in Jammu, 31 in Poonch, 13 in Kathua, 12 in Samba, 8 in Kupwara and 3 in Rajouri, the Chief minister said.
In all Rs 26 lakh were paid as compensation to the next of kin of those killed in shelling, she said, adding Rs 6.70 lakh and Rs 42.35 lakh have been paid to injured ...|
|173 hawala cases registered in J&K since 2001: Mehbooba|
|JAMMU, Jan 16: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said hawala money was being used to fund terror activities and violence in the state and 173 such cases have been registered in the state since 2001.
"As per reports from CID, hawala channels are being used to fund terror and violence in the state. Since 2001, 173 hawala cases have been registered. Challans were issued in 90 of these," she said in a written reply in the Assembly. Of the total, 45 cases are under investigation, while sanction is awaited in 23 cases. Nine cases were "untraced" and six not admitted, Mufti said....|
|FM stoutly defends budgetary provisions|
|Equity infusion not to breach JKB’s autonomy: Drabu|
|`Ordinance on SARFAESI Act soon’|
|JAMMU, Jan 16: The Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu Monday accused the main opposition party National Conference of adopting double standards on Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest (SARFAESI) Act and stated that the ordinance on the Act would soon be issued.
While replying to the debate on general budget for state for the fiscal 2017-18 in the Legislative Assembly, he clarified that there was no issue of amendment. “As the Chief Minister too had stated the work on it and J&K Asset Reconstruction Company (ARC) was in last stage and an ordinance on the Act would shortly be issued.”
The Finance Minister also assured the House that the autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir Bank would not be breached and equity infusion was not a bailout packag...|
|Rains in Jammu add to chill|
|One way traffic on Udhampur-Ransoo NH|
|JAMMU, Jan 15: Jammu region plains Sunday evening experienced moderate to heavy rains while the higher reaches received fresh snowfall thus adding to already existing chill.
In the meanwhile amid snow fall prediction, the authorities keeping in view the condition of road particularly between Udhampur-Ransoo, issued a traffic advisory for Srinagar-Jammu National highway. As per the advisory, only one way movement of heavy vehicles is possible and feasible on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.
Subject to fair weather and good condition of road, movement of Heavy Motor Vehicles (excluding trawlers and multi-axle vehicles) including convoys of army, BSF, CRPF etc would be allowed from Srinagar towards Jammu side in a regulated manner. Movement of all such type of vehicles would be allowed fro...|
|Shops, businesses reopen after 2 days|
|Markets witness huge rush despite cold wave|
|SRINAGAR, Jan 15: After remaining closed for two consecutive days, shops, stores and other business establishments across the city reopened on Sunday.
The markets remained abuzz while people in large numbers thronged the markets.
Though there was no respite from the extreme cold wave, the rush across the city markets especially business hubs, warmed up throughout the day.
People in large numbers could be seen buying different commodities and the winter related stuff and clothing.
The city centre Lal Chowk witnessed an unusual rush as people in large numbers swarmed the street market, locally known as Sunday market.
Pertinently, the markets had remained closed on Friday and Saturday as per the protest schedule in the protest calendar issued by resistance camp.
In accordance with the...|
|Siachen braveheart L-Nk awarded Sena Medal|
|NEW DELHI, Jan 15 (Agencies): Siachen braveheart Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, who survived miraculously for six days under a huge ice-and-snow debris after an avalanche hit his post before losing life to multiple organ failure, was today awarded the Sena Medal here.
The doughty soldier’s wife Mahadevi Ashok Bilebal received the medal from Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat at Army Day parade here.
A resident of village Betadur in Dharwad district of Karnataka, the Madras regiment soldier was pulled out alive from under 30 ft of ice-and-snow debris where he lay buried for six days on the unforgiving Siachen glacier.
The Lance Naik was flown to Delhi’s Army Referral and Research Hospital for treatment where he died on February 11 due to multiple organ failure, after waging a grim battle for ...|
|Western disturbance leads to intense cold in J&K|
|NEW DELHI, Jan 15 (Agencies): A fresh western disturbance led to a rise in the minimum temperature in Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and the national capital though there was no let-up in the intense cold elsewhere.
The weatherman has warned of rain or snow in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, which were reeling in the grip of intense cold, due to a western disturbance.
The chill kept up its intensity in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. 26 trains were delayed and six rescheduled due to fog in the morning. Flight operations though continued uninterrupted.
The onset of a western disturbance took the minimum temperature in the national capital a notch above the season’s average at 8.6 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature upped by four notches to settle at 24 degrees Celsi...|
|India ‘incomplete’ without Sindh: Advani|
|NEW DELHI, Jan 16 (Agencies): BJP patriarch L K Advani feels that India appears “incomplete” without Sindh in its territory.
The 89-year-old leader made the remarks at an event here today while lamenting that Karachi, the capital of the Pakistani province, where he was born in a Sindhi family was not a part of India anymore.
“At times I feel sad that Karachi and Sindh are not parts of India anymore. I was very active in RSS during my childhood days in Sindh. It is matter of dismay. I believe that India appears incomplete without Sindh,” Advani said.
He was speaking at the 48th ascension anniversary of spiritual leader Pitashri Brahma, the founder of Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya.
In his brief address, Advani also praised the organisation for according importance ...|
|Winter vacations for schools extended up to Jan 18|
|JAMMU, Jan 15: The Government has ordered extension of winter vacations for government and private recognized schools functioning in summer zone of Jammu division upto January 18, 2017.
The vacation has been extended in view of prevailing climatic condition in the division.
According to an order issued here today by the Education Department, any default on part of private schools in observance of the winter vacation shall attract action under rules....|
|Number of electors in J&K touches 7511811|
|Highest electoral enrolment of 195717 recorded; gender ratio goes up to 909|
|JAMMU, Jan 14: Total number of electors in J&K has touched 7511811 as the state has recorded highest electoral enrolment during special summary revision of electoral rolls – 2017. About 195717 new voters have been enrolled during the special summary revision which includes 87040 males and 108677 females.
This was informed by Chief Electoral Officer J&K Shantmanu, while chairing a high level meeting attended by Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Director Information and Public Relations J&K, Dr Raman Kumar Kesar, Joint Chief Electoral Officer, Krishan Lal , Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Jammu and others.
Shantmanu informed that the enrolment of female electors was on higher side as compared to male electors and the gender ratio of the state also improved to 909 compared to census gender ratio...|
|J&K, HP, gear up for more snow|
|NEW DELHI, Jan 14 (Agencies): For the last few days, the hilly region of North India has been witnessing on and off rain and snowfall. However, any significant had been missing.
Now, a fresh spell of rain and snow is approaching Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
According to Skymet Weather, a fresh Western Disturbance is affecting Jammu and Kashmir and is active in nature. With this, a prolonged spell of rain and snow is likely over all the three states.
By the evening of January 14, weather activity will start making an appearance but the intensity of the weather activity would be scattered and light initially.
Thereafter by January 15, both intensity and spread will increase significantly and we can expect widespread rain and snow over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal...|
|Rasheed-led team visits Kot Bhalwal Jail|
|JAMMU, Jan 14: A six member team of AIP including party Supremo and MLA Langate, Er Rasheed, spokesman Inam-u-Nabi, Imtiyaz Alam and others Saturday visited Kot Bhalwal Jail Jammu and had detailed deliberation with detunes.
As per a statement the delegation observed that detunes are not being provided adequate medical facilities and face many other basic problems.
“The health of Mushtaq Ahmad Mir of Check Nutnussa Kupwara and Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Pandith of Hamray has deteriorated due to improper treatment,” the statement said.
A statement condemned the government for imprisoning a juvenile Sahil Ahmad Sheikh son of Ghulam Mohammad Sheikh of Noor Bagh Pamposh Colony Srinagar in Kot Bhalwal.
The statement said, “It is shame for the government that despite making tall claims not to send j...|
|Court refers plea for FIR against NC MLC to SHO|
|JAMMU, Jan 14 (JNF): In an application seeking registration of FIR against Showkat Ganai, Member Legislative Council (MLC) from National Conference, Court today forwarded the complaint to Police Station City for investigation under section 156(3) CrPC.
An application seeking registration of FIR against Showkat Ganai Member Legislative Council (MLC) was filed on the basis of newspaper report in which MLC in Upper House stated that the Kashmiri youth have picked up guns and they will continue to do so in future. He also described the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) Commander Buran Wani as martyr.
Sub-Judge Jammu Kusoom Pandita after hearing counsel for the petitioner forwarded the complaint to Police Station City for investigation under section 156(3) CrPC.
The complaint has been filed by Mohamma...|
|Tej Bahadur’s wife demands CBI probe over food quality|
|REWARI (HARYANA), Jan 14 (Agencies): After BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav deployed along the Indo-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir alleged in a Facebook video that troops are served bad quality food, his wife came out in support saying that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should investigate the matter, not the Border Security Force (BSF).
She added that if the BSF allows Tej Bahadur to talk to the media then he would be able to make the people more aware about the whole matter.
“We demand an investigation by CBI and not BSF’s internal inquiry. The BSF investigation would be biased as they will definitely attempt to shield themselves. Also, we aren’t able to connect with him [Tej Bahadur] for the past two days,” his wife, Sharmila said.
She voiced her demand a day after the...|
|Tourism Deptt holds road how at UP|
|JAMMU, Jan 14: Jk tourism is aggressively campaigning to woo tourists to this Himalayan paradise by showcasing the diverse tourism products and services of the state .
The secretary Tourism and floriculture Farooq A Shah while leading the campaign in Lucknow today presented the the unique and rich potential of Jammu & Kashmir in pilgrim tourism shrines and other products like cuisine craft and adventur.
The secretary said that Jammu & Kashmir is as diverse as the country and has everything to establish itself as the worlds one of the best round the year tourism destination,the secretary while interacting with the media fraternity ,travel trade and prominent citizens of the Lucknow urged the visitors to come and enjoy the abundance of natures best craft in Kashmir particularly focusing ...|
|CM releases book on Mufti; launches website on late leader|
|He taught us how to live a common man’s life: Mehbooba|
|JAMMU, Jan 13: A book containing speeches of former Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and write ups on him by some famed writers was released by the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti here today.
The book has been compiled by Member Legislative Council and former Journalist, Firdous Tak.
The book contains some of the historic speeches delivered by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed including the address to the United Nations General Assembly in 2006, first address in the Legislative Assembly after taking over as Chief Minister in 2002, addresses on party’s foundation day in 2005 and in 2015.
The book also contains articles by renowned writers like Madhu Kishwar, Prem Shankar Jha, Barkha Dutt, Ashok Bhan, Iftikhar Geelani, Sajad Ghani Lone, David Devdas, Sanjay Nahar, Professor Happymohan Jacob, Nee...|