|Mufti cautions against dissentious political misadventure in J&K|
|Only PDP can confront divisive forces: Karra|
|SRINAGAR, Nov 21: Cautioning against any political misadventure in Jammu and Kashmir, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said the retrograde rhetoric being introduced in the State by divisive forces is fraught with dangerous consequences as it would deepen the trust deficit between Srinagar and New Delhi.
“I advise caution to all the stakeholders against pushing Jammu and Kashmir towards dangerous polarization for electoral gains,” Mufti said while addressing massive election rallies at Kangan and Doda today. He said J&K is a victim of partition and PDP will not allow the divisive forces to push the State into similar horrible situation again by fiddling with its special status.
Mufti said no political party should try to make religious, sectarian and eth...|
|Grenade lobbed at PDP rally in Noorabad|
|SRINAGAR, Nov 21: A grenade was hurled on a PDP rally near Gandwani area of Noorabad assembly constituency today. However the grenade did not explode and was later diffused by police.
The people handed over the alleged grenade thrower to police, reports said. The incident occurred when PDP candidate Abdul Majid Padder was leading the rally.
Reports said rally attended by thousands of people witnessed a stampede when the grenade hurled at the rally struck the roof top of one of the house and then fell into a drain unexploded. Reports informed the person who allegedly hurled the grenade was grabbed by the locals, identified later as Nowshad Ahmad Ganiae.
Later people took to streets with the shopkeepers downing their shutters. Some locals also raised anti-National Conference (NC) slogans...|
|Shutdown in Tral against militants’ killing|
|SRINAGAR, Nov 21: Tral and its adjoining areas today observed a complete shutdown to mourn the killing of three militants in an encounter last evening.
Reports said all the shops and other business establishments in Tral and its neighbouring areas including Noorpora, Dadasara, Lurgam and Rutsan remained closed. Transport was also off the roads.
Large number of people joined the funeral of the slain militants. They raised pro-freedom slogans.
Police today identified the militants, killed at Aab-Ghar Tral.as Shiraz Ganai of Panzren, Shabir Bargat alias Haider of Hina Bagla, Kalakot Rajauri and Aasif Bhat of Chinigam. He said the militants were involved in a number of attacks.
Two among the three militants, according to their family members, were living a normal life till they left their...|
|Floods 2014: HC asks Ins Cos to report on claims, disbursements|
|SRINAGAR, Nov 21: The High Court has asked four major insurance companies to submit a comprehensive report on claims received from the flood victims and the amount disbursed among them so far.
As the matter came up for hearing, a division bench of the High Court asked the insurance companies to inform the court in tabulated form about the claims received from the flood victims and the amount disbursed among them till date.
The insurance companies have also been asked to report on assessments made of the damages caused by the floods. On October 31, the Court had accepted the plea made by insurance companies that the flood affected car owners can get their vehicles repaired at any private workshop other than the authorized dealers of the car companies.
Earlier, the Court had also asked t...|
|Omar must release all political prisoners, resign: Muzaffar|
|SRINAGAR, Nov 21: Asking the chief minister Omar Abdullah to follow the suits of the former chief minister Ghulam Mohammad Shah, Awami National Conference (ANC) working president Muzzafar Shah today said Omar must release all the political prisoners and resign at an earliest.
Shah while addressing a press conference here stated that the communal parties have landed into the political landscape of Kashmir and are hell bent upon eroding state’s unique identity. “I can only tell you that more devastating than the floods of September are the plans being hatched by the communal forces in Kashmir to abrogate unique identity of Jammu and Kashmir,” Shah said while addressing the newspersons here, adding that people in power at New Delhi are hell bent to erode Article 370.
ANC leader also flayed...|
|Geelani continues under house arrest|
|SRINAGAR, Nov 21: Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), was again barred from offering Friday prayers in mosque, his spokesman said.
Geelani was placed under house arrest on October 31....|
|Use vote to change rules of game: Mufti to people|
|‘Historical Ganderbal verdict of 2002 transformed J&K’s political, economic landscape|
|GANDERBAL, Nov 20: Terming the power of vote as the game-changer in a democratic setup, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said a new course for Jammu and Kashmir can be decided only by the people by using their right to franchise effectively.
“Let me make it clear that the power to change the destiny of the state lies with the people of Jammu and Kashmir and not elsewhere,” Mufti said while addressing an impressive election rally here to enlist support for the PDP candidate Qazi Mohammad Afzal.
Qazi had defeated Omar Abdullah in Ganderbal in 2002 polls. Fearing defeat this time also, Omar moved out of Ganderbal and decided to contest from two other constituencies, Sonawar and Beerwah. National Conference (NC) has fielded Ishfaq Jabbar, who has lost whatev...|
|3 killed in Tral firing|
|SRINAGAR, Nov 20: Police this evening said that three unidentified militants were killed when they fired upon security forces at a check point in Tral area of south Kashmir.
A police spokesman said that a joint patrol party was fired upon by militants at Aab-Ghar Tral. “The party retaliated the fire and in the ensuing encounter three unidentified militants have been killed. The identity of the killed militants is being ascertained. One SLR, one carbine, one pistol, grenades and other ammunition have been recovered from the slain militants,” he claimed.
Reports said that in view of the forth coming assembly elections, security forces had created a check point at South Kashmir’s Tral area. Reports informed that the ‘encounter’ took place 6:40 in the evening....|
|SPS museum restored; rare, priceless artifacts saved|
|SRINAGAR, Nov 20: Although the flood fury had badly hit the SPS museum Srinagar yet the brave efforts of its staff and employees have saved scores of rare artifacts from being destroyed. According to the officials at the museum thousands of manuscripts and artifacts were safe and the museum has been restored.
Historic SPS museum located at Lal Mandi Srinagar is famous for rare manuscripts in Arabic, Persian and many other languages, paintings and scores of other antique artifacts. During the recent floods the buildings accommodating the museum and valuable stuff were badly submerged causing a huge destruction.
Director Archives and Archaeology Srinagar Mohammad Shafi Zahid said that there was no major impact of the floods on the manuscripts and other stuff. He said all the artifacts wer...|
|Qayoom re-elected KBA chief|
|Ashraf re-elected as General Secretary|
|SRINAGAR, Nov 20: The High Court Bar Association today re-elected noted lawyer Mian Abdul Qayoom as its president while as Mohammad Ashraf Bhat has been re-elected as bar General Secretary. Both Qayoom and Bhat has won the Bar elections consecutively for the second time.
For contesting the position of President and Vice-president a member of the Association must have a standing of 15 years as an advocate; for the position of Secretary, Joint Secretary and Treasurer it is seven years two years and two years respectively.
Polling for the elections was held here in which Qayoom secured 329 votes while as Nazir Ahmad Ronga the former Bar president got 214 votes. Abdul Majeed Khan who was also in the fray for president’s post got 20 votes only.
Qayoom won by 114 votes from his nearest rival...|
|Youth shot dead by BSF on IB|
|JAMMU, Nov 20: Border Security Force (BSF) claimed to have shot dead a youth who was trying to ex-filtrate to Pakistan from the International Border (IB) in Kanhachak area last night.
Official sources said that jawans of 86 Battalion BSF noticed a youth heading towards the IB near Sohan tent Border out Post (BoP) at 9.30 PM. They challenged him and asked him to surrender but the youth continued to run towards the IB. He tried to cross the fence but was shot dead by the BSF jawans.
The body remained entangled between the fence whole night and in the morning it was shifted to the Government Medical College (GMC) hospital mortuary for identification, autopsy and other legal formalities.
BSF claimed to have recovered one pocket calendar of Mata Vaishno Devi, locket of Mata, one blanket an...|
|Next CM will be from BJP: Amit Shah|
|BANIHAL, Nov 20: BJP president Amit Shah Thursday said the next chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir will be from his party.
Addressing public meetings in Banihal and Ramban assembly constituencies in Jammu region, he said: "BJP's 44-plus election agenda for the state will be realised during the assembly polls. The next chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir will be from our party."
He criticised the over 60-year dynastic rule of the Congress, asserting that Jammu and Kashmir owed all its ills to this dynastic rule. "We are committed to end this dynastic rule so that an era of progress and development is ushered in the state," he said.
"After independence, the two families mostly ruled the state and the time has come when the people themselves have decided to teach these families and their...|
|BJP to accomplish Mission 44-plus in J&K: Nadda|
|JAMMU, Nov 19: Union Health Minister J P Nadda Wednesday said BJP was fighting the assembly polls to form the next government in Jammu and Kashmir.
He was interacting with media persons after inaugurating election office in Trikuta Nagar, Nadda, currently on three-day tour of the state.
“We are going to successfully accomplish our Mission 44 plus and form the next government,” Nadda said when he was asked to spell out the party strategy especially too woo voters in Kashmir valley.
He claimed the party was receiving people’s love from all three regions of the state in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and hoped BJP would form the next government in the state.
Nadda said people of the state also made up their mind to support BJP candidates and help them accomplish their Mission 44 plus as they...|
|Ebola patient isolated at Delhi airport: Nadda|
|`Situation under control’|
|JAMMU, Nov 19: After detecting first Ebola case at Delhi Airport Union Health Ministry has geared up all its machinery across 24 airports in India to timely contain the spread of virus.
On Tuesday an Indian passenger returning from Liberia was found to have tested positive for the virus.
Sharing the information with the media persons Union Health Minister J P Nadda said though the situation was well under control and the union government had adopted pro active approach to contain the situation.
He said the detection of the virus in the 26-year-old man, who reached here on November 10, was a result of "extra caution" shown by the government.
"Due to its extra caution, the Health Ministry tested body fluids of the man even after his blood tested negative for Ebola. I want to say the si...|
|Lone has assets worth Rs 14 crore, Tarigami one crore|
|SRINAGAR, Nov 19: Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Lone has assets worth Rs 14 crore while CPI (M) state secretary has assets worth about Rs 1.5 crores, according to CNS.
Lone in his poll affidavit has shown that he owns two vehicles, a Mahindra Thar worth Rs seven lakhs and an Echo worth Rs 3.5 lakh. His movable assets are worth Rs 13.72 lakh and immovable assets are worth Rs 70.5 lakh. Lone has shown the assets of his two dependents worth Rs 6.5 crore each while he also has disputed liability with Oriental Bank of Commerce through MMTC of India to the tune of Rs 1.5 crore.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) state secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami in his poll affidavit has shown his property worth Rs 1,04,48,772 including both movable(Rs 9, 48,772) and immovable assets (Rs 95, 00,000...|
|'Political terrorism' responsible for situation in J&K: BJP|
|SRINAGAR, Nov 19: The BJP today said "political terrorism" was one of the factors responsible for the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the politicians in the state had been "exploiting" the people for their benefits.
"Among other factors, political terrorism is responsible for the situation in Jammu and Kashmir... We do not want to run the things like that," BJP leader and party in-charge of Kashmir affairs, Ramesh Arora told reporters here.
Arora said people of the state have understood that BJP is the only option to take the state forward towards development and prosperity.
"There has been large-scale corruption which has led to unemployment, non-development and big projects not taking off here. People have now understood that BJP is the only option to take the state forward towa...|
|Arrest of youth sparks protest in Kulgam|
|SRINAGAR, Nov 19: People blocked Kulgam-Anantnag Road today after a Special Operations Group (SOG) team raided Sumo Stand Yaripora and apprehended three persons including a driver. From the past one week at least eight persons have been picked up by government forces during nocturnal raids and have been taken to unknown destinations.
Reports said that SOG team appeared in Yaripora Kulgam Sumo Stand and whisked away three persons. Locals identified the arrested persons as Ishtiyaq Ahmed Mir son of Abdul Gani and Tariq Ahmed Wagay son of Ghulam Qadir both residents of Kanji Kulla Yaripora. The identity of the third arrested person who hails from Kakapora was not established.
Reports said that soon after the arrest of the trio, people including Sumo drivers blocked Kulgam-Islamabad road an...|
|Notification for fourth phase issued|
|SRINAGAR, Nov 19: Election Commission of India today issued notification for holding the elections in eighteen out of the 87 assembly constituencies in the fourth phase of the five-phase elections.
The governor, in exercise of powers vested in him under provisions of the Sub-Section (1) of Section 27 of the Jammu and Kashmir Representation of the People Act, 1957 and as recommended by the Election Commission of India (ECI), has issued the notification for holding the elections in eighteen constituencies in the fourth phase, an official spokesman said.
The constituencies going to polls are Hazratbal, Zadibal, Idgah, Khanyar, Habbakadal, Amirakadal, Sonawar and Batamaloo in Srinagar District, Anantnag, Doru, Kokernag, Shangus, Bijbehara and Pahalgam in Anantnag District, Shopian and Wachi...|
|Shortage of public transport vehicles hits city roads|
|SRINAGAR, Nov 19: Dearth of public transport on city roads has become a cause of huge inconvenience for the commuters across several areas. People from many places complained that for past many days there was a huge shortage of passenger vehicles across many routes giving them a tough time.
“For the past one week, we are finding it quite difficult to get a bus easily particularly in the afternoon. It is pretty evident that only few buses are plying on several routes. It puts a person to great inconvenience mostly during peak hours. Apart from causing immense inconvenience to commuters it consumes a person’s precious time as you have to wait for hours to catch a bus,” a delegation of people from Barzulla revealed.
Commuters from different areas said that the shortage of buses was result...|
|HC seeks report on utilization of interim relief|
|Asks govt to report on distribution of compensation by NGOs, families living in tents|
|SRINAGAR, Nov 18: The High Court has asked the state government to file status report on utilization of Government of India’s (GoI) monetary compensation to September flood victims in the state.
The directions were passed by the court after advocate G A Lone filed an application inviting court’s attention towards what he said unknown distribution of central government’s monetary compensation in favour of flood affected families.
The Court has also granted a week to the government for filing a report on mechanism in place for regulating the distribution of relief by Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) among the flood victims.
On November 13 the court had directed Divisional Commissioners of Kashmir and Jammu regions to file detailed information regarding mechanism in place for regulat...|
|JK Teacher’s Forum threatens to boycott election duties|
|SRINAGAR, Nov 18: Jammu and Kashmir Teachers Forum (JKTF) has threatened to boycott election duties in protest against the non-payment of salaries to the teachers and other employees working under Sarva Shisksha Abhiyaan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhmik Shiksha Abhiyaan(RMSA).
Expressing deep anguish and concern over this issue president JKTF Abdul Qayoom Wani said that the condition of these teachers was completely pathetic as they have been without salaries for past six months.
“The teachers, head teachers and the employees working under SSA and RMSA are going through a deplorable condition. We are totally against it and we will fight against the rights of these teachers unless our demands are entertained. These employees are without salaries for past six months. They are going through a t...|
|Director Industries denied entry to Jammu airport|
|JAMMU, Nov 18: A senior state government officer Dr Abdul Rashid, holding the charge of Director Industries and Commerce. Tuesday faced piquant situation after he was denied entry inside the Jammu airport premises to receive a senior official of the rank of Joint Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Government of India.
According to official sources, "Subhash Chander Sharma, PA to Director, Industries and commerce had requested the operator at Jammu airport for booking of official car number of Director, Industries and Commerce at around 8.15 AM to receive the Joint Secretary Shubra Singh of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Government of India.”
To his utter surprise the operator at the airport refused to book the vehicle number and politely conveyed t...|
|Anti-tank mine recovered|
|JAMMU, Nov 18: Security forces have recovered an old anti-tank mine along Indo-Pak International Border (IB) in Samba district.
Officials said that today during patrolling, security men recovered an old anti-tank mine near Ballad area in Samba district yesterday, they said.
It was defused later, they added....|
|Fresh tremors jolt Bhaderwah|
|BHADERWAH, Nov 18: Fresh tremors shook Bhaderwah valley and adjoining areas included some parts of Doda today evening.
There was no immediate report of any casualty or injury, but the tremors triggered fresh panic among people, who rushed out of their houses. There was also no damage to property reported from anywhere, sources added.
There were reports that earthquake of 3.8 magnitude had shaken Bhaderwah valley.
It is notable to mention here that on May 10, 2013 last year tremor jolted Chenab valley in which huge property was damaged....|
|Lalpuri, Patel, Mir join PDP|
|SRINAGAR, Nov 18: Senior advocate and political activist Bashir Ahmad Bhat Lalpuri from Lolab assembly constituency joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) here.
He was welcomed into the party fold by the party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Senior party leader, advocate Abdul Haq Khan, MLA Lolab was also present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, senior Congress leader from Rajpora constituency, Ghulam Nabi Patel and National Conference leader Mohammed Sadiq Mir have also joined the PDP.
Speaking on the occasion, the new entrants said they were impressed by the PDP’s leadership, progressive agenda and development approach. They said the PDP leadership valued and respect the sentiments of the common people....|