|Par panel quizzes MHA top brass on repeated terror attacks|
|NEW DELHI, Dec 7 (Agencies): A Parliamentary panel today quizzed the top brass of Home Ministry on repeated attacks on security establishments in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab and asked what steps were taken to prevent such brazen acts of terrorists.
The meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, headed by Congress leader and former Home Minister P Chidambaram, asked a team of top officials led by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi the reasons for repeated terror attacks on security installations.
The MPs, cutting across party lines, cited the example of terror attacks at the brigade headquarters at Uri and Pathankot air base besides the recent attack at an army station in Nagrota, in which seven Army personnel, including two Major-rank officers, were killed, sourc...|
|PIA plane with 47 aboard crashes near Abbottabad|
|ISLAMABAD, Dec 7 (Agencies): A Pakistan International Airlines plane with 47 people on board crashed today in a hilly area near the garrison town of Abbottabad while on its way to the capital.
The ATR plane PK-661 with 47 people, including singer- turned-Islamic-preacher Junaid Jamshed, on board crashed near Havelian while en route to Islamabad from Chitral in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
The national carrier’s flight departed from Chitral around 3:30 PM and was expected to land at Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport at around 4:40 PM.
A PIA spokesman confirmed that the pilot of the ill-fated plane had given a ‘mayday’ distress call to traffic control before it went off the radar.
“The ATR aircraft flight had 42 passengers, including nine women and two infants, along with...|
|140 held, 96 cases registered during unrest in Kashmir: Govt|
|NEW DELHI, Dec 7: A total of 140 people have been arrested while 96 cases were registered in connection with the burning of Government properties and schools during the recent unrest period in the Kashmir, the Government told Parliament today.
“During the civil unrest between July 8, 2016-November 8, 2016, 39 Government establishments have been burnt and 39 Government establishments have been damaged apart from schools,” Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.
“96 cases have been registered and 140 people have been arrested till November 28,” he said while replying to a question on what action has been taken on those involved in burning Government properties and schools.
In order to bring normalcy in the Kashmir Valley, he said, after the “civil ...|
|Over 206 hectares of N Rly land under encroachment including J&K|
|NEW DELHI, Dec 7 (Agencies): Over 206 hectares of Northern Railway’s land are under encroachment, the Lok Sabha was informed today.
Total 206.37 hectares of land is under encroachment in Northern Railway including Jammu and Kashmir as on March this year, Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain said in a written reply.
Most of the encroachments on railway land are in the approaches of stations in metros and big cities in the form of slums, he said.
At certain locations, these encroachments cause bottlenecks and safety hazard in train operations and difficulties in maintenance which at times affect the line capacity ultimately affecting the revenue of railways.
For these encroachments, railways carry out regular surveys and take action for their removal.
If the encroachments are of...|
|Setting up of CoA on IWT raises questions: India|
|NEW DELHI, Dec 7 (Agencies): The World Bank’s decision to hastily set up a Court of Arbitration (CoA) to settle disputes relating to two hydroelectric projects following Pakistan’s demand may raise serious questions on workability of Indus Water Treaty, Government said today.
Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said though there has been delay on India’s request to appoint a neutral expert to resolve differences on Kishenganga and Rattle projects “unreasonable and hasty” timelines were set on Pakistan’s call for appointing the CoA.
Expressing unhappiness over the decision to set up the CoA, Singh replying to a question in Lok Sabha, said India had urged the World Bank to go for more consultations on the matter so that a “legally unteneable” situation of two different mechan...|
|HC dismisses petition challenging collection of fee by private schools|
|JAMMU, Dec 7 (JNF): High Court (HC) today dismissed petition challenging collection of fee by private schools during curfew.
Advocate SH Thakur, who is himself the petitioner, has prayed for quashing the “Announcement made by president Private Schools’ Association for the collection of the fee from July 2016 till date, terming such announcement as without authority, illegal, unfair and against the mandate of law.
Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey of J&K High Court observed that courts before entertaining the PIL should ensure that PIL is aimed at redressal of genuine public harm or public injury. Court should also ensure that there is no personal gain, private motive or oblique motive behind filing the public interest litigation and courts should also ensure that the petitions filed by busy...|
|World Disability Day: Visually impaired Khan is now Assistant Professor |
|SRINAGAR, Dec 6: Tariq Bashir Khan isn’t an average teaching expert. Far from it, since Khan was born with congenital visual impairment. However, that didn't stop the 39-year-old from learning to make strenuous efforts against all odds in his life.
At the age of six, Khan, son of Bashir Ahmad Khan, a headmaster got admission in government middle school Andoora Shangus in district Anantnag over 70 kilometres from Srinagar.
“Those were the days of disappointment for me and my parents were worried about my ‘dark’ future,” recalls Khan. Passing matriculation with excellent grades in 1993 gave him a moral boost to pursue further studies. However, in absence of brail facility, he had to quit his schooling for around eight years.
It was only after hearing a radio programme he resolved to go...|
|Normal life affected by strike|
|SRINAGAR, Dec 6: Normal life continued to be affected by general strike, called by separatists, today also.
Most shops and other business establishments in most parts of Valley remained closed. Private transport was plying on roads and there was also some movement of public transport on roads.
There was no deal in strike today and yesterday, while there was full day relaxation in strike on Saturday and Sunday. Tomorrow and day after tomorrow the separatists have announced a relaxation in strike after 4.00 PM....|
|Be ready for any emergency like situation: Spl. DG to cops|
|SRINAGAR, Dec 6: Special director general of police (DGP) coordination, law and order, Dr S P Vaid today asked policemen to be ready for any emergency like situation.
He said the executive and armed police, the two vital arms of the J&K police must continue to work in perfect coordination to deal with different and emergent situations of law and order and militancy.
Dr Vaid was addressing a joint meeting of valley based commandants and district SSPs at Police Control Room Kashmir today.
The meeting besides these officers was attended by Inspector General of Police Kashmir Zone SJM Gillani, IGP Armed/IRP Sunil Kumar, DIG, Central Kashmir S.P Pani, DIG, North Kashmir Uttam Chand, and SSP PCR, Suhail Munawar Mir.
While addressing officers the Special DG complimented the officers for d...|
|CM meets Guv; hints at Panchayat polls next year|
|JAMMU, Dec 6: The Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday, during her meeting with the Governor N N Vohra, hinted at the conduct of Panchayat polls early next year.
During an hour long meeting at the Raj Bhavan this evening, the Chief Minister discussed with Governor N N Vohra the overall situation in the valley, the steps underway for re-energising the development projects and enabling the restoration of the severely disturbed schedules of the educational system, at all levels.
Considering the time lost, the Governor urged sustained sharp focus on the implementation of the various works and development projects and the administrative apparatus working over time to catch up on all fronts.
Vohra also discussed with the Chief Minister the likely timeframe for the conduct of elections to...|
|Guv, CM, DyCM grieved over Jaya’s demise|
|JAMMU, Dec 6: Governor N N Vohra, The Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh have expressed grief over the sad demise of Jayalalitha Jayaraman, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
In a message of condolence the Governor described her as a popular leader who left an indelible impression on the Indian politics. He prayed for the peace to the departed soul and conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved family.
Chief Minister too expressed shock and grief over the passing away of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. She described Jayalalithaa as a leader of masses who would be remembered long for introducing many innovative schemes and programmes for public welfare. She said the late leader was one of the highly learned politicians of the country.
In her condolence mess...|
|‘All India Punjabi Writers’ conference begins|
|Speaker calls for preservation, promotion of regional languages|
|JAMMU, Dec 6: Speaker, J&K Legislative Assembly, Kavinder Gupta inaugurated 2-Day All India Punjabi Writers’ Conference, here today.
The Conference was organized by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages on the theme ‘Vartmaan Daur Te Punjabi Sahit’.
Eminent scholar, writer and former Head of Department of Punjabi, University of Delhi, Prof Jagbir Singh, prominent Punjabi writer, intellectual and scholar, Dr Jaswinder Singh, Secretary JKAACL Dr Aziz Hajini, Additional Secretary, Dr Arvnider Singh Aman, S Popinder Singh Paras and writers attended the conference.
While speaking on the occasion, Kavinder Gupta lauded the efforts of JKAACL for organizing this conference and said in the present changing scenario, it becomes more relevant to focus and think over the preserv...|
|Intruder arrested after injury in firing|
|POONCH, Dec 5: An intruder, who crossed over from Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK), was arrested after he was injured in firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district today.
Official sources said that the intruder crossed into this side of LoC from PAK in Degwar area of Gulpur sector of Haveli Tehsil in Poonch district at around 10.50 AM, this morning. Indian troops of 15 MLI guarding Ram Loh & Begum Post in Degwar area noticed movement of a person near LoC. They asked him to return but he did not return. Troops opened speculative fire but he continued walking towards the Indian side.
Later troops shot at his leg and he was injured. He was shifted to District Hospital (DH) Poonch where he was provided necessary medicare.
He was identified as Mohammad Nadeem, 40, son of ...|
|Militants gained entry from forest behind Army camp|
|NEW DELHI, Dec 5 (Agencies): The militants, who attacked the Army camp at Nagrota in Jammu, had entered the premises from the forest area in its rear.
Official sources said that the militants used the forest area located behind the Army camp to gain entry. The area has barbed wire and a small wall, they said.
The army has initiated an inquiry into the deadly Nagrota attack that will also look into how the militants entered the force’s camp from the forest area on its rear side. Preliminary investigations have so far indicated that three fidayeen had entered the army’s artillery camp from the rear side and carried out the deadly strike in which seven army personnel, official sources said.
The attack is being probed and the final report will clarify everything, Army chief Gen Dalbir Sing...|
|J&K govt foils 14 attempts to burn schools in state|
|NEW DELHI, Dec 5 (Agencies): Jammu & Kashmir government has been able to "thwart 14 attempts to burn schools last month" by terrorists who have set ablaze 31 schools in a series of attacks, Union Minister of State for HRD, Mahendra Nath Pandey said in Lok Sabha.
He also enumerated measures being taken by the local Education department to helps schools make up for lost time due to unrest in the valley.
"Adequate heating arrangement in the classrooms, hostels, hot water supply, cancelling of winter vacation for academic staff and increase in weekly contact hours for each course," he said.
The minister also informed that the School Education Department of the state government of J&K had categorised schools in three different categories on the basis of threat perception namely "normal, se...|
|Seven PAK residents staying illegally in Poonch, Rajouri|
|POONCH, Dec 5: Seven members of two families of Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK) are staying here illegally here while a total of 46 persons crossed via Chakkan-Da-Bagh in Poonch today.
Official sources said seven members of two families of PAK who came here to meet there relatives in Mendhar and Dandesar area of Poonch and Rajouri districts are staying here illegally as all of them got a permit of 28 days and they had applied for fourteen days extension of their permits from competent authorities. Sources said they have to return today via Chakkan-Da-Bagh but today they did not reach Poonch Stadium, the base camp for the visitors to PAK.
Sources claimed that that the authorities have waited for them till afternoon in the Emigration Centre also but they did not reach there also.
|No decision yet on revoking MFN status to Pak: Govt|
|NEW DELHI, Dec 5: The government is yet to take a decision on revoking the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status accorded to Pakistan, Parliament was informed today.
Asked whether the government has any proposal to revoke MFN status to Pakistan, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “No such decisions have been taken so far.”
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, she said that Pakistan was yet to transition fully to MFN status for India.
Replying to another query on whether trade between India and Pakistan had been affected due to recent tensions between the two countries, Sitharaman said, “While there has been marginal decline in value of bilateral trade between the two countries from $1,208.75 million in the period April to October 2015 to USD 1,167.91 million in the per...|
|Rail service suspended after protesters cause damage to railway track|
|SRINAGAR, Dec 5: Authorities Monday suspended train service from Pattan to Baramulla in North Kashmir after protesters alleged caused damage to the railway track between Palhalan and Delina area of the district.
A railway official told CNS that unidentified protesters have damaged the railway track between Palhalan and Delina areas of Baramulla district forcing them to suspend the service on Monday from Pattan to Baramulla.
“We have started the repairing work and hopefully the service will resume from Tuesday,” he said and added that they have filed a complaint in this regard in a local police station.
Meanwhile, unidentified persons pelted stones on a moving train near Machow Chanapora railway bridge causing damage to the Railway door. “The windowpanes of the Rail suffered damages...|
|HOA demands strong action against Pak-based terror groups|
|Modi for resolute action against forces of terrorism, supporters|
|AMRITSAR, Dec 4 (Agencies): Strong action against terror groups including Pakistan-based LeT and JeM involved in high level of violence in the region was demanded by the Heart of Asia (HoA) conference here today with India and Afghanistan launching a stinging attack on a virtually isolated Islamabad for sponsoring and supporting terrorism.
Combating terrorism was at the “core” of discussions at the annual HoA conference, which is meant to focus on efforts to reconstruct and stablise war-torn Afghanistan, but it could not firm up an Afghanistan-initiated proposal to set up a regional framework to counter the menace as many countries had not given their inputs.
Attended by some 40 countries, the two-day conference concluded with a strong declaration calling for concerted regional and inte...|
|Heart of Asia Conference|
|Doval, Aziz had a meeting: Pak|
|India denies it|
|AMRITSAR, Dec 4 (Agencies): Pakistani Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had a brief interaction here last night, amid intense strain in Indo-Pak ties in the wake of Nagrota terror strike and intensified cross-border firing in Jammu and Kashmir.
Aziz and Doval had a short informal chat after Foreign Ministers of five countries called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi last night in a group. The call on by the foreign ministers preceded an official dinner attended by representatives of almost all countries participating in the Heart of Asia (HoA) conference here.
While Indian sources said Aziz and Doval “had a stroll for about 100 feet” at the venue of the dinner ‘Sada Pind’, a heritage village, Pakistani officials maintained that t...|
|CJI attends Urdu Mushaira at Convention Centre Jammu|
|JAMMU, Dec 4: The Department of Law and Justice and J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) on Saturday evening organized a Mushaira in honour of Chief Justice of India, Justice T S Thakur in which noted poets of the state enthralled the audience by presenting their poetry.
The Mushaira was organized at Convention Centre Canal Road Jammu.
The event was also attended by Chairman Legislative Council Haji Anayat Ali, Minister for Rural Development department, Panchayati Raj , Law and Justice Abdul Haq Khan, Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Syed Basharat Bukhari, Minister of State for Education Priya Sethi, Secretary JKAACL Dr Aziz Hajini and senior jurists.
The Mushaira was presided over by noted poet Arsh Sehbai while the poets including Balraj Balaji, Ruksan...|
|Night temperatures to go down in next 48 hours|
|SRINAGAR, Dec 4: Weather across Jammu and Kashmir is likely to remain dry for the next 48 hours as night temperatures are expected to dip further in the state during this period.
"Due to clear night sky expected during the next 48 hours, minimum temperatures are likely to drop further in the state," an official from the Met department said.
"Lowest night temperatures in Kashmir Valley remained several notches below the freezing point today (Sunday).
"Leh town, at minus 7.8 degrees Celsius, was the coldest in the state while Jammu city recorded the night's highest temperature at 9.6 degrees Celsius.
"Minimum temperature in Srinagar was minus 2.1 degrees Celsius while it was minus 4.3 in Pahalgam and minus 1.2 in Gulmarg.
"Kargil town recorded minus 5.5 degrees Celsius as the nig...|
|City markets witness huge rush on Sunday|
|SRINAGAR, Dec 4: While the city remained abuzz on full day relaxation on Sunday, the markets could be seen busy with the picking up of winter sales ahead of the knocking cold season in Kashmir valley.
The shoppers in large numbers flocked the shops and Sunday street market whilst the shopkeepers revealed the rush was escalating owing tothe onset of winter season in valley.
As per the full day relaxation schedule announced in the protest calendar issued by the resistance leadership, the markets across the city opened early in the morning on Sunday and witnessed a huge rush of people till late in evening.
The proprietors and other shop owners said the demand for the winter related itmes was hitting the markets.
“The cold season is already here in valley and peple have to prepare themse...|
|CM pays tributes to Sheikh Abdullah|
|SRINAGAR, Dec 4: Chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti has paid rich tributes to former chief minister, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah on his 111th birth anniversary being observed on December 5.
In her message, the chief minister said the late leader was visionary in his approach, who would always be remembered for taking many revolutionary steps including introduction of single line administration in the state.
Mehbooba Mufti also prayed for eternal solace to the late leader, an official spokesman said....|
|CJI in his alma mater; breaks down yet again!|
|Moving to Mars; schools still in pitiable condition: Thakur|
|‘Forces against education burning down schools in Valley’|
|JAMMU, Dec 3: The pitiable condition of educational institutions and the plight of students in Jammu and Kashmir pained Chief Justice TS Thakur so much that he broke down today during an event at Centre Basic Higher Secobdary School, Purani Mandi, Jammu from where he had his schooling.
His voice choked while addressing the students as he talked about their struggle in the valley.
“In last 50 years, we've even gone to Mangalyaan, but there has been no change in infrastructure of this school, same old broken chairs. I know situation is bad in region since last 25-30 yrs because of extremism. Government is facing lot of challenges but education is one thing which can't be compromised as it is only way to progress," said Thakur.
Thakur said that there are forces that do not want the chil...|