|CM joins congregational prayers at Hazratbal|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 1: Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti today joined thousands of devotees from across the State to offer congregational Jumat-ul-Vida prayers at the historic Hazratbal shrine here, which houses the holy relic of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). She offered the prayers in the special women’s section of the Dargah.
Minister for education, Naeem Akhtar, Vice-Chairman Wakaf Board, Peer Mohammad Hussain and Legislator, Anjum Fazili also joined the congregational prayers at the Hazratbal shrine.
The chief minister interacted with the devotees and extended Jumat-ul-Vida greetings to them.
She urged the people present there to pray for peace of the State and prosperity of its people....|
|48-day long annual Amarnath yatra begins|
|JAMMU, July 1: With CRPF escort, the first batch of pilgrims has left for the 48-day long annual Amarnath Yatra to the cave shrine at a height of 3,888 metres.
Amid tight security, the 48-day long annual Amarnath yatra began on July 1 in Jammu under the shadow of the recent terror attacks in the state, with Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh flagging off the first batch of 1,282 pilgrims for the cave shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas.
Drones are being used for aerial security of the Amarnath base camp at Bhagwati Nagar area of Jammu city for the first time while at least 20,000 security personnel have been deployed along the two routes. "Adequate security has been put in place to ensure smooth and peaceful conduct of Amarnath yatra this year," Singh said.
The first batch of pilgrims, c...|
|Yatris make Srinagar-bound plane ‘hostage’ at IGI Airport|
|NEW DELHI, July 1(Agencies): Noisy scenes were created at Indira Ghandhi International Airport New Delhi early Friday morning when over a dozen Amarnath Yatris took a Srinagar bound plane “hostage”.
Sources while narrating the ordeal said that a Go Air plane was to take off from New Delhi Airport at 5.45 AM this morning, however, the plane was delayed by almost an hour given the on-board 14 Yatris who started a fight with plane crew. The plane was carrying 180 passengers to Srinagar.
“We boarded G8-109 Go Air flight and all pre-flight take off requirements like seat belt were done and the team crew announced that the flight will take of now,” sources said. “But, all of a sudden, some 14 Yatris, who were singing Bum Bum Bola till now, stood and asked the flight crew to stop the plane.”
|NC delegation submits 2 memoranda to Guv|
|PDP-BJP govt shredding democracy to pieces: Omar|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 1: A delegation of National Conference led by former chief minister Omar Abdullah, today called on governor N N Vohra, at the Raj Bhavan here today.
A Raj Bhawan spokesman said the delegation apprised the governor about the important events of the just concluded J&K Assembly Session and expressed concern about the proposed amendment of the Transfer of Property Act-1977 being deferred and the move to provide for Sarpanches being elected by the Panches instead of elected directly.
The governor and the delegation also discussed issues relating to the obtaining security scenario in the state.
The delegation led by Abdullah included legislators Mohammad Shafi Uri, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Mubarak Gul, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Devender Singh Rana, Shamima Firdous, Altaf Kaloo, Abdul Ma...|
|Pak hands over prisoners’ list to India|
|ISLAMABAD, July 1 (Agencies): Pakistan handed over a list of 518 Indians imprisoned in Pakistan to the High Commission of India in Islamabad, according to a Foreign Office statement issued here on Friday.
The statement said that the list contained 55 civilians and 463 fishermen imprisoned in Pakistan. This step is consistent with the provisions of the Consular Access Agreement, signed on May 21, 2008, between Pakistan and India. Both Islamabad and New Delhi had signed the agreement to grant consular access to the prisoners on both the sides within a specified time frame.
India’s then External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukhrjee (now president) visited Pakistan to sign the agreement with his then Pakistani counterpart (foreign affairs minister) Shah Mahmood Qureshi. The aim of the agreement...|
|India 'avoiding dialogue': Aziz|
|MEA says ready to talk in terror-free atmosphere|
|NEW DELHI, July 1 (Agencies): With Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz asserting that New Delhi was avoiding dialogue with Islamabad, India on Friday responded strongly saying that it has never shied away from any engagement with the hostile neighbour and is prepared to discuss any issue in an atmosphere free from terror and violence.
"As far as the comments of Sartaj Aziz are concerned, I would say that India has never ever shied away from any engagement with Pakistan and is prepared to discuss all outstanding issues with Pakistan bilaterally, in an atmosphere free from terror and violence," Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Vikas Swarup told the media here.
Asserting that it was India which has repeatedly taken initiatives to engage with Pakistan, ...|
|Cong, Rashid stage walkout in assembly|
|MLAs demand salaries for daily wagers before Eid|
|SRINAGAR, June 29: Congress and MLA Langate Engineer Rashid today staged walk out from Lower House complained that the Speaker had dropped their bills.
The opposition also demanded that government should release the salaries of the daily wagers, adhoc, contractual and need based workers before Eid.
The Langate legislator, while asserting that he believes in communal harmony, questioned the Speaker as to ‘why his bill on beef ban was rejected”.
“Do not see everything with a communal eye. Let us discuss and debate it here. What makes you fearful if you believe the bill will not be passed by the House,” he said.
Rashid alleged that the Speaker had “chosen an undemocratic way and was muzzling genuine voices”.
“When your minister can vouch for freedom for liquor, why cann0t we discuss be...|
|‘No land available in Valley for Sainik Colony’|
|SRINAGAR, Jun 29: Setting the row over Sainik Colony to rest, divisional administration has told the Home department that it has no land available in the Valley for building the colony for retired army soldiers.
As per letter No. Div Com/LAS/2872/1860 sent to Principal Secretary Government Home Department on18 May, the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, has clearly said that no land is available in the Valley for establishing Sainik Colony, reports a local news agency ,KNS.
“Kindly refer to your No. Home/SSB/SM/211, it is stated that there is lack availability of land for Sainik Colony,” the letter says.
Sainik Colony has become a major issue after reports that the government had proposed last year to set up a colony for ex-servicemen.
The government found itself in tight spot as sepa...|
|Security for Amarnath yatris to be tightened|
|NEW DELHI, June 29 (Agencies): Security along the two routes of Amarnath Yatra, beginning July 2, will be tightened in the wake of killing of eight CRPF personnel in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir.
Top Home Ministry officials are in constant touch with Jammu and Kashmir government for ensuring security to pilgrims going to the cave shrine located in the Himalayan range at a height of 12,756 feet.
As many as 12,500 central paramilitary personnel and 8,000 state policemen will be deployed along the two routes — one from South Kashmir’s Pahalgam and the other through Northeast Sonamarg, also a tourist spot.
The Army personnel will also be deployed in peripheral areas besides Quick Reaction Teams, officials said.
Efforts are on to improve the communication networks and other basic f...|
|Suicide attempt by IAS officer: Dy Speaker directs ATR by Jun 30|
|Govt to examine filing of FIR: Abdul Haq|
|SRINAGAR, Jun 29: Minister for Law and Justice Abdul Haq today said that the government had already shifted an IAS officer involved in the case for attempted suicide. He said that government would further examine filing of FIR in the incident.
The Deputy Speaker Nazir Ahmad Gurezi also directed the government to come out with Action Taken Report on June 30. He said that the government should explain what steps it had taken in the aftermath of the incident. He also asked the government to clear its stand on filing FIR.
Earlier the minister while replying after Javaid Mustafa Mir raised the issue of suicide by a lady IAS officer and sought government action in this regard.
M Y Tarigami and Devender Rana also expressed their concerns. Tarigami said that a report detailing the implementat...|
|HC grants 4 weeks time to HK Singh |
|Sr AAG directed to file status of 147 departmental enquires in sealed cover|
|JAMMU, June 29 (JNF): Division Bench (DB) of State High Court today directed Senior Additional Advocate General Seema Shekher to file a complete chart/status report of 147 departmental enquiries pending against various officers indicating the progress achieved so far in a sealed cover by or before the next date of hearing.
In another case, Division Bench Commissioner-Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department Hirdesh Kumar Singh has also been directed to file his response to a Miscellaneous Petition moved by the petitioners seeking his transfer to a non sensitive post owing to his alleged involvement in the infamous Roshni land scam.
DB comprising First Puisne Judge Justice Sudhakar Ramalingam and Justice BS Walia allowed time to Senior Advocate BS Salathia with Advocate Meenak...|
|Aap Shambhu Temple desecration case: Police presents challan against accused|
|JAMMU, June 29 (JNF): Special Investigating Team (SIT) of police today produced challan against the accused involved in alleged Aap Shambu temple desecration case.
Official reports said that SIT headed by Superintendent of Police (SP) RC Kotwal today produced challan against youth was arrested by Janipur police in case FIR number 51 of 2016 under section 295, 295-A, 353 and 506 RPC i.e. Aap Shambu temple desecration case.
According to case, accused was spotted inside the ‘Aap Shamboo temple’ at Roop Nagar. He pelted stones and damaged windscreens of the temple apart from indulging in sacrilegious acts. Today after completion of investigation, cops presented challan in the court of Principal Sessions Judge Jammu as the offences are of special nature, which are triable by Session Court o...|
|Altaf, Drabu exchange hot words in assembly|
|Opposition stages walk out|
|SRINGAR, Jun 28: Senior National Conference leader and MLA Kangan Mian Altaf Ahmad and finance minister Dr Haseeb Drabu had heated arguments in legislative assembly today after the former said that locals have been denied jobs in construction of Z-Morh Tunnel.
The issue cropped up during Zero Hour when Altaf said that locals of Kangan have been ignored in jobs in construction of the tunnel, “despite an agreement with the company and the government”.
While replying, Drabu said that allegations of “ignoring and discrimination” are often being repeated in the state. Altaf hit back, “Why shouldn’t we say so.” Drabu shouted back, “What are you saying?”
The two legislators got involved in a verbal duel, with Congress MLAs joining Altaf .
Immediately, NC and Congress MLAs stood up on their b...|
|Rajnath reviews J&K security situation|
|SRINAGAR, June 28: Home Minister Rajnath Singh today reviewed the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which witnessed a deadly attack on a CRPF convoy that left eight personnel dead, and directed security forces to intensify vigil in the state.
During the hour-long meeting, the Home Minister was briefed about the internal security situation in Jammu and Kashmir as well as in the rest of the country and the steps taken to ensure peace.
The meeting, attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, chiefs of intelligence agencies and other senior officials, analysed the inputs, including on infiltration from across the border, received from various agencies and steps taken on them, official sources said.
While voicing concern over the killing o...|
|MMSFES to roll out from Jul 1|
|Under-scaling of ration not to be tolerated: Zulfikar|
|SRINAGAR, Jun 28: Minister for Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution Chowdhary Zulfikar Ali Tuesday, while reiterating that Mufti Mohammed Sayeed Food Entitlement Scheme (MMSFES) would roll out from July 1, warned that anybody found involved in under scaling of food grains or sugar would be dealt with iron hands.
While chairing meeting of all Assistant Directors of Kashmir, the minister said that that under scaling of food grains or sugar would not be tolerated at any cost and the department would initiate stern action against this practice.
“There will be zero tolerance on under scaling. We want 100 percent transparency in the department and if anybody would be found involved in under scaling practice, he would be dealt with iron hands. “We will initiate action against the Assistant ...|
|Resume talks with Pak, bring Kashmir to centre stage: Kulkarni|
|MUMBAI, June 28 (Agencies): Asserting that the Indo-Pak dialogues have so far pushed Kashmir to the margins, the chairman of the Mumbai branch of the Observer Research Foundation, Sudheendra Kulkarni, said Tuesday that both nations should bring issues of valley to the centre stage.
"Both the countries (India and Pakistan) must pledge to resume dialogue on all issues, including the Kashmir issue, but unfortunately our bilateral dialogues have kept the Kashmir issue on margins, which is helping none," Kulkarni told agencies.
"The Kashmir issue must be brought on the centre stage of bilateral dialogues between India-Pakistan," he added.
Kulkarni also said the issue of Kashmir must be solved through dialogue.
"There needs to be an innovative solution that takes care of India, Pakistan and...|
|Power arrears accumulate to Rs 2000 Cr in 4 yrs|
|CAG slams PDD over poor collection of arrears|
|JAMMU, Jun 28: Flippant attitude of the state Power Development Department (PDD) allowed the arrears on electricity charges to accumulate to whopping Rs 2,000 Cr during the last four years.
PDD has come in for sharp criticism in detailed scrutiny in the annual report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, the annual report of which was tabled in the state assembly on Monday.
“Lack of any serious measure for recovery of arrears can be gauged from the fact that the arrears of electricity charges (EC), including electricity duty (ED), accumulated from Rs 1,220.18 Cr in April 2011 to Rs 2,092.41 Cr at the end of March 2015,” the CAG said in its report.
Of these arrears, it said, Rs 1,015 Cr pertaining to state government departments (other than corporations and bodies) had been ...|
|Aap Shambhu Temple desecration case|
|Court sends accused to 14-day judicial remand|
|JAMMU, June 28 (JNF): Court today granted fourteen days judicial remand of accused allegedly involved in Aap Shambhu Temple desecration case.
Principal Sessions Judge Jammu today granted fourteen days judicial remand of accused who was arrested by the Janipur police in FIR number 51 of 2016 under section 295, 295-A, 353 and 506 RPC in Aap Shambu temple desecration case.
Today about 2.30 PM accused was produced in the court in tight security and SHO Police Station Janipur Virender Gupta has filed an application seeking remand of accused to the judicial custody for 15 days.
After hearing CPO Jawaid Ahmed Kahwaja appearing for police and after perusal of CD file, Principal Sessions Judge Jammu Sanjay Gupta observed that the investigation in the case is in progress and severe accusation ha...|
|IIT for Kashmir to be taken up with Centre: Naeem|
|SRINAGAR, Jun 27: Minister for Education, Naeem Akhter today informed the legislative assembly that Centre had announced setting up of IIT in Jammu, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. He said that Centre has also decided to open an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Jammu and Kashmir.
Replying to a question posed by Rashid, the Minister said that Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Plan Package for the state inter-alia mentions establishment of IIM Jammu, with possibility of out camps in Kashmir Valley. He said as such the matter would be taken up with the Central Government at appropriate time after establishment of main campus at Jammu.
The Minister said that the issue with regard to IIT for Kashmir valley, may also be taken up with Central Government on similar lines at ...|
|Dy Speaker asks govt to act against IAS officer |
|SRINAGAR, June 27: Deputy Speaker, legislative assembly Nazir Ahmad Gurezi today directed state Government to remove the IAS officer presently posted as Commissioner Secretary Education allegedly responsible for the suicide attempt of former Deputy Commissioner Baramulla.
The issue was again raised by PDP senior leader Javaid Mustafa Mir, who told the house that justice should do in one case.
He said that government issued transfer orders of six officers on Sunday that included the one who had allegedly made a suicide bid in Baramulla.
Javid Mustafa revealed in the assembly that the officer who had visited the IAS officer at his official residence was heading such a department under which people get education.
He also asked government to inform the house whether police have registered...|
|Separatists appeal for ‘peaceful K-issue resolution’|
|SRINAGAR, June 27: Senior separatist leaders today appealed people to pass a resolution favouring the peaceful solution of Kashmir and Palestine issues according to the wishes and aspirations of the people in all the big congregational prayer meetings on the Jumat-ul-Wida
Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik in a joint press statement cautioned the government that the Kashmiris will never allow the construction of Sainik Colonies and the separate townships for the Kashmiri Pandits and they will oppose this plan on every level.
While demanding for complete ban over the sale and consumption of liquor, separatist leaders said that the Jammu & Kashmir is a Muslim majority state and the stand of PDP-BJP government in this regard is against the religious sentim...|
|CAG pulls up J&K for delay in NFSA implementation|
|SRINAGAR, Jun 27: The Comptroller and Auditor General has pulled up the the Jammu and Kashmir government for "undue delay" in implementation of National Food Security Act and also criticised the public distribution department for "not reviewing" earlier the list of BPL families.
Taking into consideration the census figures of 2011, the CAG report tabled in the state Assembly here today said 26 per cent of the population in the state remained out of Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) coverage.
The shortfall in allocation vis-a-vis requirement ranged between 31 and 36 per cent in respect of wheat, and seven and 32 per cent in respect of rice under various schemes, it said.
Noting the "undue delay" in the implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA), the report said the dep...|
|Major reshuffle in J&K Judiciary|
|24 District & Sessions Judges transferred|
|JAMMU, June 27 (JNF): 24 I a major reshuffle in J&K Judiciary, 24 District & Sessions Judges were transferred today.
In a Full Court meeting held at Srinagar under the chairmanship of Chief Justice N Paul Vasanathakumar the transfers of 24 District & Sessions Judges were ordered.
According to order issued by Registrar General MK Hanjura today, Ashok Kumar Koul presently posted as Special Judge Anticorruption Jammu has been transferred and posted as Registrar Vigilance J&K High Court, Jawad Ahmed presently posted as Principal District & Sessions Judge Anantnag has been transferred and posted as Registrar Judicial J&K High Court Srinagar Wing, Varinder Singh Bhau presently posted as Additional District & Sessions Judge Pulwama has been transferred and posted as Registrar Judicial J&K High...|
|Minor reshuffle in administration|
|SRINAGAR, Jun 26: The state government today ordered some transfers in the state administration.
Yasha Mudgul, Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla, was transferred and posted as Additional Resident Commissioner and ex-Officio Secretary, Resident Commission, New Delhi.
Ali Raza, KAS, Secretary in the Tribal Affairs Department, is transferred and posted as Secretary in the Agriculture Production Department.
Dr. Nasir Ahmad Naqash, KAS, Special Secretary to the Government, Relief and Rehabilitation Department, is transferred and posted as Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla.
Leena Padha, KAS, Special Secretary to the Government, Agriculture Production Department, is transferred and posted as Special Secretary to the Government, Tribal Affairs Department.
Mohammad Hussain Mir, KAS, Additional Re...|
|Tear smoke shell kills cop in Pampore|
|‘It explodes accidentally’|
|SRINAGAR, Jun 26: A police man died today when a tear smoke shell he was carrying exploded accidentally at Pampore area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
The deceased cop was identified as Mehraj-ud-din Chopan, a resident of Tral. He died on the spot at Main Chowk Pampore.
Reports said the tear smoke shell was fitted with a weapon, the trigger of the weapon got accidently pressed and the smoke shell hit directly cop’s head killing him.
The sound of bursting tear smoke shell triggered panic in the area with people mistaking the explosion as another attack, reports said.
The incident occurred in Drangbal area, 500 meters away from Saturday’s encounter site, where eight CRPF personnel and two militants were killed....|