|New CD block row|
|Protestors block Kupwara NHW|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 19: Protest demonstration was held by the inhabitants of the upper Qaziabad-Ashipora to press for their demand of CD block status.
Reports said hundreds of people from North Kashmiris Upper Qaziabad area assembled at Karlgund near Baramulllah-Kupwara Highway and staged massive demonstration to press for their demand of CD block status to the Upper Qaziabad Ashipora.
Protestors said although the government had sanctioned the Niabat for the area, logically it deserved the CD Block. “The government should have acted with open eyes while taking final call on the decision. It cannot grant this status to this locality after ignoring the deserving one,” said a protester.
They claimed that the several reports of the higher officials have also recommended CD block to the Ashipora ...|
|Cong leader held for posting threatening remarks on Fb|
|JAMMU, Oct 19: The joint secretary of state unit of Congress has been arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir police and later released on bail, for posting threatening remarks against two individuals on their Facebook page.
Police said Salman Nizami, Joint Secretary of state unit of the party was arrested yesterday in connection with a two-month-old FIR in which two residents of his native town in Doda had lodged a criminal complaint against him.
"It was a two-month-old FIR in which Salman Nizami had threatened two individuals of the town by posting threatening remarks on their Facebook page," SP Doda Sharief Chowhan told reporters. However, Nizami said he has obtained interim bail in the case. Nizami was booked under the section 66 of IT Act and 504 and 506 of RPC.
"I had entered with some...|
|Jitendra meets Vohra|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 19: Union Minister of State for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences Dr Jitendra Singh Sunday called on Governor N N Vohra, here at the Raj Bhavan.
Dr Singh discussed with the Governor the ongoing relief and rehabilitation work in the Valley on account of recent floods and issues relating to the Pakistan firing, shelling at International Border and the Line of Control in the Jammu region. They also discussed existing issues relating to the educational sector and the quality of research being undertaken in the professional and educational institutions in J&K.
The Governor, who is the Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, discussed with Dr Singh the urgent need for installation of highly dependable weather forecast systems for the safe conduct of the annual Amarnathji Ya...|
|Madan demands recruitment on the basis of population|
|Uniform combined test is not appropriate|
|AKHNOOR Oct 19: Madan Lal Sharma, former Minister & MP demanded more seats and recruitment of Doctors, Engineers and other Technical wings for Jammu region on the basis of population and hilly,tough terrain .
He said that uniform combined test is not appropriate and there should be separate recruitment for Jammu Region in view of it being thickly populated . He said this while addressing a series of Public meetings at Nai Basti Palwan, Pangari Raje Chack & Kharkana Tok Jagir .
He also lauded the role of Sham Lal Sharma PHE Minister and said that his efforts joined by other Congress Ministers have brought Jammu at par with Kashmir Region but in view of the vexed situation more support required here. He asked the Party workers to make strenuous efforts to strengthen the Congress Part...|
|Bollywood stars join hands to raise funds for Kashmir|
|NEW DELHI, Oct 19: From Aamir Khan and Anupam Kher to Shaan, several film and music personalities joined hands for a special concert to raise awareness and funds for the flood victims of Kashmir and Assam.
Titled 'Hum Hain.. Umeed-e-Kashmir', the event, held last evening, was an initiative of the entertainment industry led by the Event and Entertainment Management Association (EEMA), the Film and Television Producers Guild and Zee.
Voicing concern over lack of a proper disaster management system in India, Bollywood star Aamir Khan said it is time that the government takes steps to prepare itself to deal with such situations.
"I don't have any complaints with our government. I think they are doing their best in terms of relief effort. But we are very ill-equipped with disaster managemen...|
|Closure of state ambitious Rattle HEP|
|Saroori demands early start of work on Rattle power project Drabshallah|
|KISHTWAR, Oct 19: Senior Leader and Congress MLA from Inderwal, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori today demanded immediate start of work on 850 MW Rattle power Project Drabshallah without further delay.
“Prime responsibility of any delay in starting the project lies on GVK, as they are the principal company who win the project bid”, Saroori said and asked GVK officials to immediately sought out the issue if any with L&T on its own; without making any local employees and work suffered.
Saroori blamed BJP for forcing the GVK and L&T for closing down the work on the said project. “We don’t see achay din yet---- And the way they are indulging in closing the project increase in inflation, price rise of essential commodities, we should not expect ‘achay din’ in the days ahead" said Saroori. He said the...|
|‘No move to change J&K governor’|
|NEW DELHI, Oct 17: Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra has not been asked to resign from his post, an informed source said today , dismissing media reports that the central government has asked him to step down.
“No, Vohra has not been asked to put in his papers. There is no move to change the Jammu and Kashmir governor at this stage,” an informed source told reporters .
Vohra is presently running his second five-year term as the state governor. There have been media reports in New Delhi and here that Lieutenant General Atta Husnain (retd), who held many important assignments in the Valley, including as the GOC of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps, had been tipped to be the next state governor.
The state is scheduled to go to polls in December this year. “This is no time to plan the state g...|
|Govt announces Pooja holidays from Oct 21|
|JAMMU, Oct 17: The state government today announced Pooja holidays in all the Educational Institutions including Recognized Private Schools up to Higher Secondary School Level of Jammu Division from Oct 21.
As per an order issued here by Director School Education, all the Educational Institutions including Recognized Private Schools up to Higher Secondary School Level of Jammu Division shall observe Pooja Holidays October 21 to 25
Any default on the part of Private Schools in observance of the holidays shall attract action under rules, it added....|
|Lal Chowk: From glitters to ruins-II|
|SRINAGAR, October 17: Lal Chowk used to be a hub of brisk business activities. However, today the scenes are different. Flood waters have wrecked chaos across the entire market. Heaps of garbage and spoiled shops are reflecting tales of destruction.
Bilal Ahmad who owns a carpet showroom at residency road said, “My stock included the antique pieces which would cost even more than Rs 20 lacs. See the condition of these carpets. These have been turned into mud. This place would glitter particularly during tourist season. But the reality today is that most of the showrooms are still in mess. I have suffered losses worth crores of rupees. Who is going to compensate.”
Adding, “The condition of this market would certainly make a person cry. The stock worth billions has been destroyed. The sho...|
|Rajendra announces absorption of 61 SPOs|
|Orders 48 out of turn promotions|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 17: Director General of Police (DGP), K. Rajendra has said that the performance of SPOs and personnel of the force are being monitored at the PHQ level. Whose performance remains exemplary in professional policing are being absorbed by the department and out of turn promotions are being given to the personnel on the same analogy.
Rajendra was addressing the police personnel of South Kashmir at District Police Lines Pulwama this afternoon. He announced absorption of 61 SPOs as constables and 48 out of turn promotions of different ranks to their next higher ranks. He handed over the orders to the beneficiaries on the spot. The SPOs and personnel include from districts of Kulgam, Shopian, Anantnag, Pulwama, and Awantipore of South Kashmir Range.
Rajendra said that SPOs have...|
|Flood affected 5 families alleged harassment by Army|
|Army trying to snatch land and tents from affecetd families|
|RAJOURI, Oct 17: More than 20000 families were affected in the natural calamity in the Rajouri district and many of them are either living in the tents or in government buildings including Schools and Panchyat Ghars.
District administration claimed to have provided relief to most of the families but the relief include maximum share of the NGOs, social and political organizations and Rotary Club.
Among these families, five families belong to village Sangpur (Narian) on Jammu-Poonch highway who claimed that they have lost their houses due to landslides and floods followed by incessant rains. These families alleged that now the army officers have been asking to return tents and to vacate the land.
Many flash flood victims in Rajouri district have been taking shelters in the open in tents ...|
|Missing Army jawan's body found after 21 yrs in Siachen Glacier|
|JAMMU, Oct 17: The body of an Indian Army soldier has been recovered from Siachen Glacier in Jammu and Kashmir, 21 years after he was reported missing from the world's highest battlefield.
Defence Spokesperson (MOD) Colonel SD Goswami informed that body of an Army soldier has been recovered from Siachen Glacier after 21 years. Identified as Havaldar Tuka Ram Vithobal Patil, a native of Sangli in Maharashtra posted with 4 Maratha Light Infantry, he had gone missing while on operational patrol duty at Siachen Glacier in 1993. Havaldar Tuka Ram along with other jawans of his battalion was on operational patrol when he accidentally fell into snow crevasse on February 27, 1993 and was not traceable since then.
"The body of the soldier was recovered on October 12. He went missing at Siachen ...|
|Lal Chowk: From glitters to ruins - I|
|SRINAGAR, October 16: Dazzling shops, glittering showrooms and swarmed streets, this used to be the identity of one of the most prominent business hub of the city Lal Chowk. However, today this commercial hub wears a desolated look. The devastating floods have rendered this city centre ruined.
The busy Lal chowk used to be crowded with shoppers every day. People would throng this place for shopping purposes in all seasons. During festivals and wedding season this place would wear a festive look with large number of shoppers crowding the shops for buying different items.
Be it the posh market of Poloview or busy Residency road Lal Chowk had always been a favourite destination for the shoppers across the valley. But today floods have taken the sheen off this scintillating shopping hub.
|CEO asks police to furnish security details for polls|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 16: Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Umang Narula today sent a reminder to police higher ups asking them to provide the details of security manpower needed for the forthcoming Assembly elections immediately.
Reports said that the CEO had already sent a detailed letter to the police higher ups asking them to provide these details. “The police higher ups have forwarded it to the district SPs asking them to provide the details as how much manpower was required for the security during the elections. Also it has been asked to provide the details in how many phases the elections can he held,” they added.
Reports added that within a day or two the police higher ups will reply back to the CEO. They said that concerned Deputy Commissioners have also been asked by the CEO to provide al...|
|Govt’s flood relief measures directionless: Mufti|
|ANANTNAG, Oct 16: Accusing the Government of restricting its flood relief measures to making elusive announcements and dishing out vague policies, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today called for substantive action on providing shelters to the homeless, ensuring food security, reviving livelihood and restoring economy.
Interacting with flood-affected shopkeepers, traders and businessmen here, Mufti said instead of reaching out to the flood-affected people with substantive relief and rehabilitation measures, the State Government’s half-baked policies have created massive confusion among the sufferers. “Unfortunately, neither there is any clarity on the quantity of free rations to be given to the people, nor there is any clear-cut policy on financial assistance ...|
|SAC headless, member-less since August|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 16: The State Accountability Commission (SAC) has become defunct as its chairperson Justice (retd) Y P Nargotra and Justice (retd) Hakim Imtiyaz Hussain completed their 3-year term on August 21.
Despite a direction from the Governor N N Vohra some three years ago to appoint the second member of SAC, the government failed to fill up the vacancy till the whole Commission became defunct.
Sources said that the Commission is presently manned by one Secretary, a Deputy Registrar in its Srinagar wing while as a section officer and two stenographers make it seemingly functional in its Jammu wing.
“I think the government wants to close this commission that is why they are least bothered about its proper staff and the members of the commission. First it was toothless and now it has...|
|2 securitymen injured in IED blast|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 16: Two security men were injured in an IED blast in Baramulla district today.
Reports said the incident occured when suspected militants triggered an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) blast in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district to target an army convoy.
The militants detonated the IED in the Rafiabad area of Baramulla at around 11.45 AM as an army convoy was passing through the area, police said. Two army men sustained injuries in the blast. The injured personnel were rushed to an army hospital. Security forces have cordoned off the area and launched search operations. No militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack so far....|
|Cabinet approves creation of NAUs in left out areas|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 16: The state cabinet today approved the recommendations of the Khurshid Ahmed Ganai led expert committee, constituted to examine the feasibility/demands for creation of new administrative units in the left out areas.
The committee had recommended the creation of nine new sub-divisions, 50 new tehsils, 99 new niabats and 63 new CD blocks....|
|Beig advises govt to constitute experts’ committee|
|‘Time not ripe for polls’|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 15: Terming lack of coordination between state and Government of India as the source of misery for the flood hit people of Kashmir, the Member Parliament and former Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Beig Wednesday advised state government to constitute a special committee of national and international experts to cope up with the present crisis arisen due to flood furry in Jammu and Kashmir.
He said government must consult experts and devise ways and means to avoid such calamities in future.
Beig also opined that as an individual he felt that elections should be delayed as people at this moment had less interest in assembly elections. “Let me clear, I am bound by my party and I support the view of party on this issue. But, my personal opinion is that time is not ripe ...|
|Cabinet meet today|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 15: The state cabinet is scheduled to meet under the chairmanship of chief minister Omar Abdullah here today.
Reports said that during the meeting, which would start at 10 am at Civil Secretariat, some transfers in police and administration are likely to happen. “Though nothing substantial in on the agenda of the meeting, some important decisions may be taken during the meeting,” they said.
“The Chief Minister is also expected to brief the cabinet about his Tuesday’s meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi,” they added....|
|11 SHOs transfered|
|JAMMU, Oct 15: Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jammu transferred eleven Station House Officers (SHOs) in Jammu district.
Official order said that as approved by district establishment board, the transfers eleven officers on their adjustment/ transfer in district Jammu are further transferred to the places at different places with immediate effect.
Inspector Paramjeet Singh has been transferred from District Police Lines (DPL) to Police Station Gandhi Nagar as SHO. Inspector Bhushan Manhas who was posted in RS Pura as SHO for temporary period was transferred to Police Station Bus Stand as new SHO, Inspector Naveen Angral has been shifted from DPL and posted as SHO Police Station Trikuta Nagar. Inspector Jasbir Choudhary has been again posted as SHO Police Station Gangyal, Inspector...|
|24 DySPs promoted as SPs|
|JAMMU, Oct 15: State government today placed 24 Selection Grade DySPs as Incharge Superintendents of Police (SPs).
As per government order number Home-479 of 2014 dated October 15, 2014, sanction was accorded to the placement 24 Selection Grade DySPs as Incharge Superintendents of Police in their own pay and grade with the benefit of charge allowance as admissible under rules for a period of six months or till these posts are filled up on a regular basis on the recommendations of the DPC/PSC, whichever is earlier.
The Selection Grade DySPs who were placed as Incharge Superintendents of Police (SPs) included SDPO Bari Brahamana Shahzad Ahmad Salaria, Tanveer Jeelani, Muneer Ahmad, Mohammad Aslam, Nazir Ahmed Shah, Aijaz Rasool, Muzaffar Ahmad Shah, Master Popsy, Ramnish Gupta, Sajjad Ah...|
|Yash Bhasin passes away|
|JAMMU, Oct 15: Veteran journalist and socio-political activist Yash Bhasin passed away this afternoon due to cardiac arrest. He had been ailing for quite long.
He was 82.
He is survived by his wife Shanta Bhasin, son Sameer Bhasin, daughter Vandana and grand children. He was the youngest brother of Dr Chander Prakash Bhasin, Ved Bhasin and Mrs Swarn Bahri.
His cremation took place at Jogi Gate cremation ground this evening and was attended by a large number of people from different walks of life.
Yash Bhasin did his Post Graduation in Economics from Jammu and Kashmir University in 1949. He was an RSS activist and one of the founder members of Praja Parishad headed by Pandit Prem Nath Dogra.
During Praja Parishad agitation, which was launched for “Ek Vidhan, Ek Nishan, Ek Pradhan” ...|
|Kashmir’s flood waters spill muck over wedding dreams - III|
|SRINAGAR, October 15: For the past few weeks, Nida and her family are trying to clean their house off the rubble rendered by devastating flood waters at Fatehkadal. All of their household belongings including the essential stock for the wedding ceremony of their daughter has turned
For Nida’s parents, the most cherished moment of their life was going to be their daughter’s marriage but little did they know that floods would spill muck over their joys.
“My daughter’s wedding was going to be held in the first week of October. It was my dream to see my daughter as a bride before I die. We have been doing the preparations for her marriage for the past three years. Everything had been arranged including the wooden logs worth a huge amount. Every single thing was reduced to dirt ...|
|J&K special credit-cum-relief camps launched|
|JKB Chairman assures full support to flood hit people|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 14: For the immediate revival of the flood-hit economy of the Jammu and Kashmir, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has given go ahead to the major part of the relief-cum-rehabilitation package devised by Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) in consultation with Ministry of Finance (GoI) and recommended by J&K SLBC last month. The package is one of the most liberal loan policies ever devised in the country.
Union minister of state Dr Jitendra Singh stated this at the launching function of ‘Jammu and Kashmir special credit-cum-relief camps here at SKICC Srinagar in presence of finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather, Chairman Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) T M Bhasin, J&K Bank chairman and CEO Mushtaq Ahmad, and others were present.
“The package includes mainly the re-structuring an...|