|Detentions of separatists against spirit of democracy: Shah|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 25: Terming the arrest of separatist leadership in New Delhi against the spirits of India democracy , president of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmed Shah today said if Kashmir is not an issue and Hurriyat leaders are irrelevant then why former prime ministers of India talked to separatist leadership in past.
“The claims made by foreign minister Sushma Swaraj with regard to Kashmir issue and Kashmiri separatist leaders are not only astonishing but baseless as well. She forgot that her mentor Atal Bihari Vajpayee exchanged letters with me and the then prime minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh met all the separatist leadership to resolve the Kashmir issue. If Kashmir is not an issue then why government of India dispatched all parties delegation to meet the separa...|
|Ex-PRO seeks CBI probe against Tara Chand’s misdeeds|
|JAMMU, Aug 25 (JNF): Former Additional PRO to Kewal Krishan Sharma ex-Deputy Chief Minister sought CBI probe into his allegations leveled against Tara Chand and his associates and also restoration of security cover, which has been withdrawn during the pendency of the writ petition.
Writ petition filed by Professor SK Bhalla seeking initiation of disciplinary proceedings and withdrawal of security cover from Kewal Krishan Sharma the then Additional PRO to the former Deputy Chief Minister and also highlighting accumulation of assets disproportionate to the known sources of income today took a new turn when Kewal Krishan Sharma filed an application in State High Court seeking CBI probe into his allegations leveled against former Deputy Chief Minister and his associates and also restoration ...|
|`Most violated right in India’|
|Right to life of 130,407 persons violated during 2004-14: ACHR|
|`SC guidelines fallacious, impunity root cause'|
|JAMMU, Aug 25: The Right to Life of at least 1,30,407 persons i.e., 1,086 persons per month was violated in India either by the state agencies or caused by the failure of state agencies during 2004-2005 and 2013-2014.
The majority of the victims were women (80,947) followed by victims of custodial deaths (16,465), encounter deaths (10,900), deaths in police firing (2,527), deaths of 10,219 civilians in militancy/naxal related violence, deaths in caste related violence (8,138) and deaths in communal violence (1,211).
This was revealed in the report “The state of the Right to Life in India”, the first ever study on the subject based quoting official records, released by Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) in the union capital today.
As per ACHR study, the right to life is perhaps the mo...|
|Army officer killed in Nowgam firing|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 25: A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of army was killed on Tuesday in cross-LoC firing by Pakistani troops in Kupwara district of Kashmir.
The JCO was hit by a Pakistani sniper near the LoC in Nowgam sector and later succumbed to injuries, an army spokesman said.
A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of Army was killed on Tuesday in cross-LoC firing by Pakistani troops in Kupwara district of Kashmir.
He said Pakistan troops resorted to firing on forward positions in the sector around 1300 hours, violating the ceasefire once again....|
|J&K loses count of PSA cases booked since 2005, reveals RTI|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 25: Blaming last year’s flood for damaging “all records”, Home Department in its reply to RTI seeking information on number of persons booked under draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) in JK since 2005, has declined to provide information.
In a reply to an RTI filed by a journalism student, Ahsan Shafi, the Home Department has said they don’t have any district-wise record about the persons booked under PSA.
“The old records pertaining to the detention section of the Home Department were washed out in last year’s floods,” the reply said. “Thus, we don’t have any record about the district wise persons who were booked (from) 2005 till 2015.”
Interestingly, reports earlier suggested that Home Department was least affected in last year’s flood.
However, the reply said, “As on Ju...|
|Omar-led coalition left major projects in lurch: CAG|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 25: Dealing a blow to both National Conference and Congress party, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India disclosed that as many as 267 development projects were left incomplete by previous coalition government led by Omar Abdullah.
Out of the 267 projects, according to the report, 194 incomplete projects with a sanctioned cost of Rs 651.92 crore and revised cost of Rs 661.27 crore belonged to Public Works Department (PWD), which spent Rs 487.36 crore on these projects.
The remaining 71 projects which belonged to the Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department, with a sanctioned cost of Rs 782.33 crore and the revised cost of Rs 809.20 crore, were delayed even after spending Rs 324.87 crore on them.
The CAG reports says that these incomplete projects had a total sanc...|
|Rajendra reviews security situation in South Kashmir|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 24: Stressing the need for efficient strategy to counter the nefarious designs of bad elements, the Director General of Police (DGP), K Rajendra Kumar has said that people friendly policing and better deliverance are the effective methods to reach out to people. He said that zero tolerance for human rights violations and collateral damage is to be ensured while dealing tough situations.
Rajendra was addressing police officers meeting at Anantnag during his one day visit to South Kashmir today. The meeting was convened to review the security and law and order situation in the South Kashmir Police districts of Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Awantipora.
The DGP asked the officers to make coordinated efforts with other security agencies to thwart the attempts by subve...|
|Drug counters in some hospitals sans relaxation|
|Despite rules medicines sold to patients at higher rates|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 24: While the drug counters or cooperative shops inside the hospital premises are supposed to sell the drugs at cheaper rates instead of MRP however patients visiting some hospitals in valley revealed that no relaxation was being provided to them on the purchase of drugs.
Many patients and the attendants at the SKIMS hospital Bemina said they purchased the drugs at original rates without any discount. Moreover, the attendants revealed that no receipt was provided on any drugs purchased from the store.
“Whenever I visit the hospital I purchase medicines from the cooperative shop however they sell it on the MRP displayed on the label of the drug. Many times I asked them about the discount or relaxation on the purchase but most of the times the people at drug counter will dod...|
|Mehbooba wants people to act as stakeholders in governance|
|BUDGAM, Aug 24: Urging people to become active stakeholders in governance to ensure accountability, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President and Member Parliament, Mehbooba Mufti today reiterated her party’s resolve to accomplish the unfinished agenda of dignified political peace and sustainable economic prosperity for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Peace and political stability are imperative for J&K’s economic prosperity and not only the government, but the people also have a critical role to play and a great responsibility to discharge to pull the state out of the morass and shape up a politically stable and economically vibrant Jammu & Kashmir,” Mehbooba said while addressing a PDP workers convention here today.
Accusing the previous NC-Congress regime of reversing the process of...|
|Captured militant all set to make confessional statement in court|
|JAMMU, Aug 24: Captured LeT militant Mohammad Naveed currently in NIA custody is all set to record his confessional statement under section 164 CrPC before the Magistrate on Wednesday.
Naveed whose 14-day remand ended on Monday was also sent to two days Judicial custody by the CJM Court here on Monday after he was produced before him by the NIA officers interrogating him to probe the terror attack case in which two BSF jawans were killed in a attack on BSF convoy on August 5.
According to official sources, Naveed was first produced before the NIA special court and later in the court of CJM Jammu Sunit Gupta to initiate the process of recording his confessional statement.
As per law the arrested militant was sent to two days Judicial custody to ensure him that he was ready to make a con...|
|Pak troops pound civilian, military positions on LoC, IB|
|JAMMU, Aug 24: Pakistani troops again pounded civilian areas as also the military positions in Poonch district of but no casualty was reported in the latest incident of ceasefire violation and fired at BoPs along the International Border (IB) in RS Pura sector.
Pakistani troops targeted the forward areas using 60 mm mortar bombs and automatic weapons in Balakote area for about 20 minutes last evening, a defence spokesman said today. Army troops guarding the border responded effectively and appropriately, the spokesman said.
There was no report of any casualty in the incident. The fresh ceasefire violation has occurred after a few days of lull along LoC in Poonch district.
Official sources said that Pakistani Rangers fired four rounds in Gharana area of RS Pura sector today. The BSF ja...|
|BGSBU Students again on strike|
|RAJOURI, Aug 24: The strike which was called off by valley based students of BGSBU on Saturday after Registrar was removed was again started today afternoon when the attached Registrar did not leave his chair and after violating the University order remain present in Registrar Office for the whole day on Monday.
Students on Monday went to their classes but when they came to know that the alleged main accused in scam is still holding the office and has violated the order issued by administration and did not leave his office, they boycotted their classes and gathered outside VC office at 2 PM.
The valley based boys and girls started shouting slogan against VC and Registrar. They went on strike and warned that till the Registrar and VC are not removed and new SIT is not formed they will c...|
|Teargassing, lathi-charge at Haiderpora|
|Police foils TeH function|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 23: Police today fired smoke shells, resorted to lathi-charge and used water canon to disperse protestors on the airport road here at Haiderpora.
The protests started after police disallowed the foundation day function of Tehreeke Hurriyat (TeH), a party foinded and headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G).
Police had sealed the residence of Geelani and Rehmatabad area, where the residence is located. They had also sealed on side of the airport road. Heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces was made. As the TeH leaders and supporters started a march from Haiderpora Chowk and tried to move towards Geelanis's residence, police and CRPF used force. Some protestors clashed with cops and resorted to stone pelting.
Police said the TeH had not ...|
|3 killed in Handwara |
|SRINAGAR, Aug 23: Police and army today said three militants were killed and an army man was wounded in an encounter in Handwara
Police and defence spokesman said that based on specific intelligence reports about presence of militants in Village Krumhura near Rainwari Forest of Handwara, operation was launched by police along with 21-RR, 9 Para, 92-Bn CRPF, resulting in killing of three militants and recovery of three AK-47 rifles, besides a large haul of other warlike stores.
SP Handwara Ghulam Jeelani said the identity of slain militants was yet to be established. “An Army soldier was also injured in the encounter. He has been shifted to Army’s Badamibagh Cantonment Hospital, where he is stable.”
The spokesmen added that the militants hiding in the area opened heavy volume of fire a...|
|Modi’s weak foreign policy to haunt nation: Cong|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 23: Hitting out at Centre for, what he said, “its weak foreign policy”, PCC chief G A Mir Sunday said NDA government led by Narender Modi was very much confused on certain issues and was not able to make decisions. He cautioned that one man show at Centre was going to haunt the foreign policy of the nation.
Mir was addressing a public meeting at Anantnag. He said that Congress always worked for equitable development of the state and people of all the three regions. “Any move to disturb the secular fabric of the state would be dealt with sternly. PDP and BJP are playing with sentiments of the people for their vested interests; Congress being a constructive opposition would fight for people’s rights to the best of its ability.”
PCC chief while addressing the meeting said th...|
|Rail services on Jammu-Pathankot route resume|
|KATHUA, Aug 23: Railway services on Jammu-Pathankot route were resumed this evening after being blocked following derailment of a Jammu-bound goods train.
Nearly 17 trains on Jammu-Pathankot rail route got delayed for several hours due to the derailment, officials said.
Three bogies of the goods train, which was on its way from Delhi to Jammu, derailed soon after crossing the Kathua railway station this morning. The cause of the derailment could not be known immediately, officials said. Rescue operation team from Jammu reached at the spot and traffic was restored.
Divisional Manager northern railways Ram Nath Meena told reporters “Goods train derailed at Kathua railway yard while shunting boogie loaded with cement around 5.30 a.m. this morning.”
“There was no loss of life,” he said, ...|
|India should not engage Pak in talks: Sinha|
|NEW DELHI, Aug 23: India should not engage with Pakistan unless it is "absolutely certain" about the outcome, former external affairs minister Yashwant Sinha said on Sunday.
"We should not engage with Pakistan unless you are absolutely certain of the outcome... I repeatedly tell (this to) my interlocutors with all my experience in dealing with Pakistan,".
He said he had come to the conclusion that engagement with Pakistan leading to a positive result was just not possible.
The BJP leader said that not talking to Pakistan won`t lead to war. "The immediate consequence of not talking to Pakistan is not going to be a war with Pakistan. Certainly not a nuclear war.
"I hold the view that there is a big space between not talking and war. India and Pakistan can live in that space. The only pr...|
|More downpour ahead of monsoon|
|Met predicts rains in next few days|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 23: State meteorological department has predicted more rains in valley ahead of this summer season. The Met office revealed there were chances of more downpour across the state till the month of September.
The spokesperson at Met office said light to moderate or heavy rainfall may occur at several places over the state in next 24 hours.
“We have predictions of light to moderate rain along with thunder shower mostly in afternoon and evening at few places across the valley including the regions of Jammu and Ladakh,” spokesperson at Met department said.
On August 22 heavy rains along with windstorm lashed several parts across the valley. The state meteorological department revealed that Srinagar received around 14 millimeters of rain in a span of 15 minutes only.
|Normalcy returns in Samba |
|JAMMU, Aug 22: Curfew has been lifted from Samba district, where 24 people, including nine police personnel were on Thursday injured in violent protests over an alleged sacrilegious act.
"Curfew has been lifted from Samba district but section 144 of the CrPC is still in place," a police official said.
No untoward incident was today reported from any part of the district, the official said.
The Deputy Commissioner of Samba, Sheetal Nanda, yesterday met village heads and top leaders in the district, and appealed to them to maintain peace and harmony.
Nanda said prima facie no sacrilegious act had taken place in the district and no person suffered serious injuries.
Army staged a flag march Thursday in the wake of stone pelting incidents....|
|Udhampur attack: Truck driver remanded in custody|
|JAMMU, Aug 22: NIA today produced truck driver Khursheed Ahmed Bhat, who allegedly took LeT ultra Mohammed Naved Yakub and his accomplice to Jammu before the Udhampur attack, in a court here which remanded him in 14-day custody.
Amid tight security, NIA produced him in the court of Judge Y P Kotwal in the High Court complex here early this morning.
"NIA early morning produced truck driver in the fast track/TADA court in Jammu. They got 14-day remand", court sources said.
He was brought from Kashmir from Jammu after his arrest yesterday.
Khursheed Ahmed Bhat alias 'Surya' was arrested after he was identified by Naved, a Pakistani national in his early 20s, who was captured by villagers after he tried to escape after the terror strike on August five.
Naved, a resident of Faisalabad in ...|
|Youth dies, 10 injured in house collapse|
|UDHAMPUR, Aug 22: A 14-year-old youth died today and six of his family members including ten people were injured when an under-construction house collapsed in Chhappar village of Udhampur district.
Official reports said that a youth was killed and 10 persons injured, one of them critically when an under construction house collapsed in village Chhappar in Latti tehsil of Udhampur.
The deceased has been identified as Vijay Kumar, a class 8th student, son of Ishwar Das resident of village Chhappar.
The injured persons have been identified as Bittu Ram son of Kunj Raj, Sham Lal son of Khem Raj, Charan Dass, son of Permanand, Gaju Ram, son of Chand, Hans Raj, son of Mani Ram, Hans Raj, son of Hari Saran, Girdhari Lal son of Khem Raj, Kewal Kumar son of Sham Lal, Shadi Lal son of Ashok Kuma...|
|Separatists put under house arrest in Delhi|
|NEW DELHI, Aug 22 (Agencies): In a new twist ahead of Indo-Pak NSA level talks, Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah, was on Saturday detained on arrival at the Delhi airport and will not be allowed to meet Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz tomorrow.
As soon as he deplaned, Central security agencies, along with the Delhi Police, asked him about his place of stay and later drove him there. He was told that “restrictions have been imposed on their movement in the national capital” ahead of talks between Aziz and his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, official sources said.
Shah, along with separatist leaders Mohammed Abdullah Tari and Zamir Ahmed Sheikh, will stay in a south Delhi guest house and the trio will remain confined to that place only.
Zamir said that they were tak...|
|‘Supari killing’ case accused escapes from GMC|
|JAMMU, Aug 22: Exposing the claims of alertness of police, an undertrial in ‘Supari Killing case’ escaped from Government Medical College (GMC) hospital here alongwith handcuffs early this morning.
However, taking cognizance of the incident, senior police officers today placed under suspension eight cops deployed on guard duty with the undertrial and also registered an FIR against them and the escapee in Police Station Bakshi Nagar.
Police said that Sumit Choudhary, alias Sunny Baba, resident of Hajipora, Nai Basti, Jammu, who was allegedly involved in a conspiracy to eliminate witnesses in Amandeep Singh murder case, gave the cops a slip and escaped from the hospital in the early morning hours, today.
Sunny Baba, lodged in Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu on January 22, 2015 in connection wi...|
|Power hungry coalition vitiating atmosphere: Azad|
|KISHTWAR, Aug 22: The Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and former Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today stated that the present alliance of PDP-BJP was a combination of opportunist and power-hungry forces, which created numerous controversies and vitiated the atmosphere in the state because of their wrong policies and inherent contradictions.
He was addressing two public gatherings at Kahara and Chhatroo in Inderwal constituency of Kishtwar which was organised by the vice-president JKPCC G M Saroori (MLA Inderwal), Azad described the present alliance as a combination of opportunist and power-hungry forces, which exploited the sentiments of the people.
The former Chief Minister said the BJP sought votes to keep PDP (Baap-Beti) away from power, while the PDP did the opposite in the Kas...|
|HC quashes Alam’s detention under PSA|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 21: The High Court today quashed the detention order under Public Safety Act (PSA) against the Hurriyat Conference (G) leader and Muslim League Chairman Masarat Alam Bhat.
Alam is presently under detention in Kot Balwal jail in Jammu. As the matter came up Justice Hasnain Masoodi announced his decision in an open court. Authorities had slapped PSA on Alam in April this year.
The court had later reserved its judgment in a petition filed by Alam’s uncle, in July. On June 11, the High Court had asked the state government to file compliance report with regard to shifting of lodgment of separatist leader Masrat Alam from Kot Balwal Jammu jail to Central Jail Srinagar.
In its compliance report, the government had said there is no threat to Alam’s life and he is being allowed to...|