|Slight respite from cold conditions in Kashmir |
|SRINAGAR, Feb 6: Minimum temperature in Srinagar and Kokernag rose more than a degree to settle above the freezing point and a bright sunshine greeted Valley residents.
The mercury in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, went up over a degree from the previous night's minus 0.6 degree Celsius to record a low of 0.8 degree Celsius, an official of the MET department said here.
He said Kokernag town in south Kashmir registered a low of 1.2 degrees Celsius as compared to minus 0.3 degree Celsius the previous night.
The official said the mercury also increased in the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir where it settled at minus 1.4 degrees Celsius up by nearly three notches from the previous night's minus 4 degrees Celsius.
He said Pahalgam hill resort in south, whi...|
|Geelani in Delhi for medical check up|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 6: Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) today left for New Delhi for a detailed medical check-up due to his worsening health, said a spokesman of his faction.
Before leaving for Delhi, Geelani castigated the government over what he said “repeated police raids” on a party leader and arrests of youths and students.
“Just before leaving for New Delhi, Geelani Sahab in a video message said that the process of unwanted and unnecessary arrests by the government have spread a wave of terror among the common masses and it is beyond the understanding of anyone that what actually they want by doing such things,” Hurriyat (G) spokesman said.
Geelani said that the police in Jammu and Kashmir have started a fresh arrest process since the past one month in which the ...|
|Ganderbal fake encounter case|
|Hearing deferred, case listed on Feb 22|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 6: A city court today deferred hearing in Ganderbal fake encounter and listed it for next hearing on February 22. The case was deferred as the retired SHO Batmaloo Mohammad Asghar Bhat who was one of the Investigating Officers in the matter could not turn up before the court for his cross examination.
Bhat has already been cross examined partly in the matter. Earlier on July 22, 2015 Ashok Parihar the counsel for Hans Raj Parihar, former SP Ganderbal who is one of the main accused in the matter had put volleys of questions to Bhat on his role as IO in the matter.
On June 25, 2015 the same city court had partly heard and recorded the averments made by Bhat. Ganderbal fake encounter pertains to killing of many civilians who were branded as foreign militants and were later ...|
|Cop decamps with service rifle|
|May have joined militant ranks: IGP|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 6: A policeman posted at Rainawari police station here has decamped with the service rifle of his colleague. Police have initiated a search operation to nab the absconding cop.
Reports said Riyaz Ahmad (belt no 175F), a resident of Khan Sahab area of Budgam, fled away taking along the service rifle of his colleague Showkat Ahmad.
The incident prompted city police chief to cancel an important press conference which was scheduled to be held at 1 PM at police station Khanyar.
A senior police official while confirming the incident said, “This is really a matter of concern. This is not first of its kind incident but such incidents have occurred in other parts of the valley as well”.
He said that the investigation has been initiated in the matter and police is looking from all...|
|Court denies bail to Kishtwari, associates|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 6: A local court here rejected the bail plea of a government gunman Papa Kishtwari and his aides saying that it could be considered only after going through facts and material available with the court.
The case of Kishtwari was listed before the court of Fourth Additional District Judge Srinagar, C L Bawaria.
The counsel for the complainant opposed the bail plea of Papa Kishtwari and his close aide and driver Ghulam Rasool Ganaie alias Gulzar. The counsel for the accused persons, Gaffar Mansoor, submitted that court has already directed to close the evidence in case the trial was not concluded within three months as per the order passed in year 2011.
However, the counsel for the complainant while accusing his opponent of misleading the court read the court order and refut...|
|Militant killed in encounter|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 6: One militant has been killed in an encounter between militants and forces at Gundpora area of Awantipora in south Kashmir.
Reports said that the gun fight which erupted between Rastriya Rifles, CRPF and SOG of state police after they cordoned off the Gundpora area of Pulwama this afternoon. During the encounter one militant Rakib Bashir of Zadoora Pulwama has been killed.
Reports said that acting on specific information about the presence of some militants at Gundpora village. The joint team of forces intensified the searches and fired few warning shots near the suspected spot. The joint team of forces cordoned off the whole area and sealed all the entry and exit points in the area. During the encounter one militant has been killed so far.
The exchange of fire conti...|
|Geelani leaving for Delhi today for health-checkup|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 5: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani is leaving for New Delhi tomorrow for a detailed check-up because of his deteriorating health.
“Geelani sahib has decided to shift to Delhi so that he can have a detailed health check-up and follow the advice of the doctors. His house arrest process has entered its 6th year. This illegal confinement has adversely affected his health condition over these years and his condition is deteriorating day by day,” said a spokesman of Hurriyat (G) in a statement.
He described his continuous detention “without any concrete reason as clear violation of the state constitution. The spokesman Ayaz Akbar said that this is not only an act of denying the right of freedom of expression but it is also a “wicked attempt by government of Ind...|
|Protestors teargassed in Hajan, Nowhatta|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 5: Stone pelting erupted at Hajan township of North Kashmir and old Srinagar in which forces fired smoke shells to disperse the protesters.
At Hajan, the protesters were demanding the bodies of the militants killed in an overnight encounter at Khosa Mohalla Hajan.
In old Srinagar, the youths again took to the streets and pelted stones on forces. A shutdown was observed at Hajan and its adjoining areas against the killing of three militants at Hajan. Reports said number of youths took to the streets and held protest demonstrations demanding the return of the bodies of the militants. They resorted to stone-pelting on the police and paramilitary forces from both the sides of river Jhelum and near the Jamia Masjid in the town.
Police fired tear smoke shells to disperse the pr...|
|Kashmir issue test for India, Pak leadership: Sharif|
|MUZAFFARABAD, Feb 5 (Agencies): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday said Pakistan wants peace in the region and does not want confrontation with India, and reiterated that the Kashmir issue "be resolved" through dialogue.
Sharif was addressing a joint sitting of the legislature of the Pakistani side of Jammu and Kashmir on Kashmir Day.
"It is not possible that one part of the region should be prosperous and the other part in trouble (Indian side of Jammu and Kashmir). Peaceful solution of Kashmir is indispensable."
"We want peace in the region. We are prepared to do each and every thing to this effect. We don’t want confrontation with India. Kashmir issue (should) be resolved through talks," Sharif said.
The Kashmir issue is a test for current leadership of India, Pakistan and peop...|
|Hafiz leads anti-India rally on ‘Kashmir Day’ in Pak|
|LAHORE, Feb 5 (Agencies): Jamaat Ud-Dawah (JuD) chief and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed on Friday led a march in Islamabad and his outfit across several cities, ranting on the Kashmir issue, showing defiance in the face of India asking Pakistan to “rein in” the terror group.
A day after Saeed warned of more Pathankot-style attacks, the Jamaat Ud-Dawah men took out rallies in cities like Lahore, Faisalabad, Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar and Muzaffarabad to mark ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’.
The JuD chief led the rally in Islamabad while his relative Hafiz Abdur Rehman Maki addressed a big gathering in Lahore.
The ruling PML-N, Jamaat-i-Islami and other political and religious parties also held rallies to express solidarity with Kashmiris.
The JuD also held several camps in Lahore whi...|
|Class 10 student bids to end her life in Mandi|
|POONCH, Feb 5: A minor today made abortive bid by setting herself ablaze at Rajpura village of Mandi tehsil in Poonch district.
Police said disappointed with his 10th examination result a minor girl today made immolation bid by sprinkling kerosene.
The injured has been identified as Heena Ashraf, 15, daughter of Mohammad Ashraf of village Rajpura, Tehsil Mandi, Poonch.
Eye-witness said that the girl poured kerosene and later immolated herself. Her relatives noticed fire in one of the room and they tried to rescue her.
Later, she was shifted to Sub District Hospital (SDH) Mandi where doctors treated her and shifted her to District Hospital Poonch.
As per doctors her condition was serious....|
|Embezzlement of MDM funds in Baramulla|
|SVC directs VO for Preliminary Enquiry|
|JAMMU, Feb 5: In a significant order State Vigilance Commission (SVC) has directed Vigilance Organization to register a Preliminary Enquiry for large scale embezzlement in Mid-Day-Meal (MDM) funds, allegedly by some officials of the Education department in district Baramulla.
Official handout said that while proceeding on a complaint regarding allegations against some officials of Education department for commission of gross irregularities and misappropriation of government funds under Mid-Day-Meals Scheme in different schools of Education Zone Boniyar, District Baramulla, the SVC ordered enquiry and report thereof from the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla.
Scrutiny of reports submitted by the Additional Dy. Commissioner Baramulla alongwith the reports of CEO and Dy. CEO Bar...|
|Guv grieved over Jakhar's demise, army loss in Siachen|
|JAMMU, Feb 4: Governor N N Vohra has expressed grief over loss of army personnel deployed in an army post in northern Siachen glacier and also condoled the sad demise of Balram Jakhar, former Union Minister, Lok Sabha Speaker and Governor.
In a condolence message the Governor conveyed his sympathies to the members of the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the departed soul.
Recalling his association with Jakhar, from the time he was a junior member of the Punjab Council of Ministers, the Governor described him as a practical politician, an astute parliamentarian and a respected Governor who worked throughout his life for promoting public welfare.
Governor also expressed shock and grief over the tragic loss of army personnel deployed in an army post in northern Siachen glacier who ...|
|No early end to central rule: Omar|
|JAMMU, Feb 4: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said the appointment of Advisors by Governor N N Vohra indicated that there will not be an early end to central rule in the state and wondered whether fresh elections would be held this year.
"This clearly indicates that Gov Vohra doesn't see an early end to central rule in the state. Elections this year?" Omar tweeted.
His comment came after Vohra appointed retired IAS officers Pervez Dewan and Khurshid Ganai as Advisors to help him in running the administration.
The state has been under Governor's Rule since January 8, a day after the then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away.
PDP and BJP, which ran a coalition government for 10 months headed by Sayeed before his demise, have not staked claim to fo...|
|PIL on conservation of Dal Lake|
|HC for strict action against illegal constructions|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 4: The high court has stressed on strict action against all those persons involved in illegal constructions in and around the prohibited area of Dal Lake.
As the Public Interest Litigation filed in 2002 by a civilian, Syed Tahir Iqbal, on conservation of Dal Lake came up for hearing, a division bench of Justices Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Ali Mohammad Magrey said: “The court, in order to save the Dal Lake from further encroachment and to have workable plans of removing the existing encroachments, would require to have holistic and comprehensive plans.”
It said steps have to be taken for not only removing the encroachments but to prevent “further shrinking of the Lake.”
“Deterrent action would have to be taken against the officials and all those persons involved in raising...|
|WORLD CANCER DAY|
|Cancer trends on a drastic rise in Kashmir valley|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 4: On world cancer day a glance into incidence of cancer in valley depicts that cancer trends were showing a drastic rise in Kashmir. The surveys and data available on the fatal disease show an upward trend of cancer among both men and women across the valley.
According to a data provided by Cancer Society of Kashmir, a nongovernmental organization, the disease had increased at an alarming level in Kashmir during past one decade. The officials at CSK revealed the rate of cancer related cases had drastically gone up between year 2009 and 2016.
They said cases of colon and esophagus cancer in males and breast cancer in females was on rise in valley and in absence of early detection the rate was feared to escalate further.
A survey conducted by CSK concludes that breast canc...|
|2 militants killed in Hajan encounter|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 4: Security forces and police today said two militants were killed in an encounter at Hajan in north Kashmir.
Clashes also erupted near the encounter site between youths and police. Police fired dozens of smoke shells to disperse the protesters.
Reports said that Rastriya Rifles, SoG of state police this morning cordoned off the Khosa Mohalla of Hajin.
As the army reached near a residential house the militants hiding there opened heavy fire towards them. The fire was retaliated by forces ensuing fierce gun battle. Both the sides used automatic weapons and grenades to cause extensive damage to each other. The militants were desperate to break the forces cordon.
However, the forces widened up their cordon and reinforcement was deployed in the area and did not provide...|
|Intense cold conditions in Kashmir|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 4: Kashmir and Ladakh regions experienced bone chilling cold conditions with the mercury staying below the freezing point in the region.
The bright winter sunshine, which was witnessed over the past week, eluded the citizens today due to a cloud cover but the Meteorological department predicted no change in the weather condition in the week ahead.
Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 3 degrees Celsius, which is three degrees below normal, and down from the previous night's minus 2.3 degrees Celsius, an official of the MET department said here.
The day temperature recorded in Srinagar yesterday was 12.8 degrees Celsius, which was four degrees above normal.
The night temperature in Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir Valley, also...|
|VOK registers case against Taj, others in land grabbing case|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 3: Vigilance Organisation Kashmir (VOK) today registered a case against senior congress leader and former minister Taj Mohi-ud-Din in a land grabbing case in Kulgam
Giving details, a spokesman of VOK said, “A Case FIR No. 06/2016 under section 5(1)(d) r/w 5(2) J&K P.C. Act sections 468, 471 and 120-B RPC in Police Station Vigilance Organization Kashmir was registered against Atiqullah Shah of Chimar Noorabad Kulgam and other officers/officials of Revenue Department and the beneficiary Taj Mohi-ud-Din of Khuda Baksh of Batamaloo Srinagar.”
The verification was conducted by Vigilance Organization Kashmir on the basis of a news item in a newspaper.
“The verification has revealed that the mutation No. 551 dated 29.12.1992 under Survey No. 3 for 18 kanals 02 marlas was show...|
|Geelani assails Pak parliamentary panel|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 3: Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), today described as unjustified and unfair the recommendations of the Pakistani parliamentary panel that “Pakistan should avoid encouraging the Kashmiri militants and take actions against them.”
In a statement, Geelani said the groups busy in the struggle of Kashmir “have nothing to do with the terrorism but they are struggling for the just and genuine demand of right to self determination for their nation and this factor was present in every freedom movement of the world including the freedom struggle of India.”
He said that the Kashmiri youths have not opted for the armed struggle just out of any amusement or fun but “it is the rigid and stubborn policy of India with regarding to the Kashmir issue which has give...|
|Balram Jakhar passes away|
|NEW DELHI, Feb 3: Veteran Congress leader and former Lok Sabha Speaker Balram Jakhar passed away here today. He was 92.
Condoling his death, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was a popular leader who enriched Parliamentary democracy.
“Balram Jakhar ji was a popular leader who enriched our Parliamentary democracy in his long political journey. Saddened by his demise. RIP,” he tweeted.
Jakhar served as Speaker of Lok Sabha from 1980 to 1989 during which he contributed to the establishment of Parliament Museum.
He also served as Agriculture Minister in the Cabinet of former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao.
Jakhar also served as Governor of Madhya Pradesh from June 30, 2004 to May 30, 2009.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has expressed grief over the demise of Jakhar.
In her messag...|
|CS, DGP call on Guv|
|Vohra to restructure decision making process|
|JAMMU, Feb 3: Governor N N Vohra Wednesday decided to restructure the present decision making process keeping in view the new perspective and in this connection he would issue fresh instructions within the next few days.
In this regard, he held detailed discussions with the Chief Secretary B R Sharma late this evening. Governor also held extensive discussions with DGP K Rajendra Kumar to review important matters which required timely decisions.
The Governor directed the Chief Secretary to undertake an immediate review with all Administrative Secretaries to identify important matters pending in each department and ensure that the same were decided on time bound basis.
Vohra directed the DGP to strengthen surveillance and further tighten law and order maintenance all over the state. He...|
|Shoot-at-sight orders for scaling walls of IAF bases|
|NEW DELHI, Feb 3 (Agencies): Indian Air Force (IAF) has issued shoot- at-sight orders against anyone attempting to scale the walls of the bases under sensitive Western Air Command in the backdrop of the terror attack on Pathankot air base in Punjab.
“All bases in the Western Air Command have been put on high alert. Shoot-at-sight orders have been issued against anyone attempting to enter the base by scaling the perimeter wall or through unauthorised access," a senior IAF officer said.
The IAF has taken a number of tough measures following a comprehensive security audit carried out at 54 flying bases, a top official in the Air Headquarters today said, confirming that a high alert have been sounded in more than 20 airbases, including all the air stations under the Western Command, where t...|
|26/11, Pathankot attacks signify tectonic shift: Rajnath|
|JAIPUR, Feb 3 (Agencies): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday targeted Pakistan for failing to curb export of terror to India.
Speaking at a counter-terrorism conference here, Rajnath said when certain states use terrorism as an instrument of their foreign policy, the challenge to tackle it gets compounded.
“Most of the terrorist attacks in India emanate from Pakistan... it will have to show some sincerity and take concrete steps to rein in various terror groups operating against India from its soil,” Rajnath said without mincing his words.
The Home Minister stated that for India, the November 2008 Mumbai terror attack and the recent strike on Pathankot airbase have signified a tectonic shift.
“In the recent attack on the Pathankot airbase, there was a conscious effort to t...|
|Kataria fake encounter case: HoD Forensic Sciences cross-examined|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 2: A city court today recorded averments made during cross examination of Dr Fareeda Noor, Head of the Department (HoD) Forensic Sciences Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar who had taken samples from the body of Showkat Ahmad Kataria, for his DNA profiling. Kataria a cleric from Banihal was killed in an alleged fake encounter at Ajas Bandipora, a decade ago.
Kataria, 25, son of Noor Alam Kataria, 75, a resident of Doligam-Jabdi-Banihall went missing at around 10:00 pm on October 4, 2006 from Alamgari Bazaar where he would lead prayers in Ibrahim Mosque. He was allegedly killed in a fake encounter in 2006.
The court has now listed the matter for next hearing on February 8. As the matter came up for hearing before principal district and session’s judge Srinagar, sourc...|