|Only talks can control situation in Valley: Cong|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 29 (Agencies): Criticising the recent Budgam encounter, the Congress party Wednesday said talks was the only way to control the situation in Kashmir valley, adding that the BJP-PDP government was just trying to cover the matter.
"There is no other way to control the situation in valley rather than talks. The BJP just wants to cover up the matter. This cannot happen. There is unrest in the valley and it is being speculated that India is moving towards a Hindu state," Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said.
Aiyar said that the way India was moving away from secular politics, the situation in Kashmir was getting worst day by day.
"The BJP-PDP alliance in the valley doesn't have any moral and is useless. People don't like the government in the state. I am very concerned the...|
|PDP responsible for civilian killings: Mir|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 29: PCC chief G A Mir today described the deteriorating situation in the valley as an outcome of the backstabbing and betrayal with the people by PDP.
He said PDP had got votes on sensitive issues like revocation AFSPA, demilitarization and defeating communal forces. “PDP is responsible for unabated civilian killings and losses to property in the valley. People must remain vigilant against PDP’s exploiting politics,” he said.
Addressing senior leaders of Congress and National Conference in south Kashmir Mir blamed the ruling dispensation for the current disturbances.” The disturbances are being encouraged by the PDP for electoral gains, but this time people have decided to defeat the PDP- BJP,” PCC chief said.
Mir is a joint candidate of NC and Congress alliance for Anant...|
|Chaotic scenes return to SMHS hospital|
|Over 2 dozen injured admitted in SMHS in 2 days |
|SRINAGAR, Mar 29: SMHS hospital here in Srinagar was giving a sense of déjà vu with a repeat of chaotic 2016 unrest like situation for past two days, following the violence and bloodshed in Chadoora area of Budgam district on Tuesday.
A chaos was witnessed in the hospital premises while the injured in firing by security forces were rushed to the hospital.
The hospital authorities revealed that over 26 persons with bullet and pellet injuries were reported at the hospital since Tuesday.
They said the majority of the injured included youth from Chadoora area.
Three youth succumbed to their bullet injuries at SMHS hospital on Tuesday while scores of injured were being treated.
Mayhem prevailed in the hospital premises after three youngsters lost their lives to severe injuries in head and...|
|Malik’s remand extended for 14 days, sent to Srinagar central jail|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 29: Detained JKLF chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik was today brought to a Srinagar court after the completion of his 12 day remand.
According to the statement, Malik, who has been in central Jail Srinagar for last 12 days, was today presented before 2nd additional sessions judge who extended his remand for 14 more days and ordered to sent him to Srinagar central jail.
The spokesman said the party chief was immediately shifted back to central jail after court hearing.
Meanwhile, the spokesman quoted the JKLF chief as saying, “A reign of terror has been unleashed in Kashmir and killing with impunity and jailing young and old has become an order of the day.”
JKLF chairman said all this ‘oppression’ was going on to make the “election drama” a success and all pro-India politic...|
|SHRC for making public offices accessible to differently-abled persons|
|JAMMU, Mar 29: The State Human Right Commission (SHRC) has directed Director Social Welfare Department and the Director Estates Department to file response as to why they are not taking measures to make the public offices accessible to differently-abled persons.
According to a statement issued by SHRC, the directions were given by Justice Bilal Nazki, Chairperson of the Commission while observing a case titled Ajaz Ahmed Baba V/s State &Ors.
“Unfortunately the office of the J&K SHRC is located in the first floor of an old building. To reach to ground floor one has to ascend/descend several steps between ground floor to first floor, and this office is almost at the height of 40 feet from the ground floor and the government has not taken steps to make this office accessible to...|
|BJP picks Kashmiri engineer as BJYM vice president|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 29(Agencies): Engineer Aijaz Hussain, a Kashmiri engineer has been appointed as Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morch (BJYM) national vice-president at New Delhi.
BJYM, National President Poonam Mahajan, MP (Lok Sabha) announced the list of new office bearers, Committee Members and National Executive members, on Tuesday.
“This new and vibrant Yuva Morcha team will strive to take the effective work of the central government to the people, as well as work towards strengthening the organization,” Mahajan told the gathering.
The BJYM will encourage and bring with it ideas and innovations to make a new India. “This move of BJP can integrate youths of Kashmir with rest of India and can help in put an end in communication deficit between Kashmir with rest of India”, Mahajan said.
|Night operations in J&K|
|Poor thermal imagers restricting army’s ability: Report|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 28 (Agencies): The Army’s ability to conduct night operations in Jammu and Kashmir is being restricted by poor battery life of hand-held thermal imagers (HHTI), as per an Army report.
According to a national English daily, it is also affecting the morale of soldiers.
Also, the battery was supposed to last three to four hours but had a life of barely 20 minutes as it was being extensively used by soldiers.
Soldiers are said to rely heavily on HHTI for carrying out operations in poor visibility conditions and night and reportedly were forced to carry additional batteries during operations.
A National Daily quoted the report as saying,"...As most of the infiltrations along the Line of Control take place during night/poor visibility conditions, limited life of HHTI hampers...|
|Now a grenade with spicy jelly to tackle protests in J&K|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 28 (Agencies): A grenade packed with spicy jelly, which causes irritation in the eyes on exploding, is likely to be included in the weaponry of security forces in Kashmir for quelling violent protests but pellet guns will stay.
Pellet guns will be used only after less lethal weapons fail to control the stone-pelting protesters and before firing is ordered as the last resort, official sources said.
Oloeoresin, a semi-solid extract in a solution, mixed with spicy gel, could be put in the grenade casings to tackle rioting mobs, they said.
The suggestion for using such grenades came up at a meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi which was called a day after the Supreme Court voiced concern over injuries caused by pellet guns to minors and asked the Centre and...|
|Woman dies in Rajouri hospital; family, relatives block road|
|RAJOURI, Mar 28: Alleging that a woman died due to negligence of the doctors at District Hospital here today, the family member and relatives today blocked Rajouri-Thanamandi road demanding action against the erring doctors and paramedical staff.
Gulnaz Begam wife of Mohammed Akhter resident of village Dodaj was admitted to District Hospital yesterday after she was referred from Darhal hospital with severe body pain after she fell from a height. Doctors at District Hospital attended the patient and advised to admit her in the ward for further treatment.
Family members alleged that due to negligence on part of doctors, nurses and NOs the woman died in the afternoon, today.
They added that no proper treatment was provided to the patient and even the medicines and other required material ...|
|Transporters defer strike till Apr 15|
|JAMMU, Mar 28: Amid assurance by the state government to consider their demand, the transporters today deferred their strike till April 15, 2017.
Transporters said that their representatives had a meeting with Minister of State for Transport, Sunil Kumar Sharma to discuss their issues and problems in view of the proposed strike in support of their demands following which the decision was taken to defer the strike.
The meeting was attended by MLC, Charanjeet Singh Khalsa, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr Pawan Kotwal, Commissioner/ Secretary Transport, Hemant Kumar Sharma, Transport Commissioner, Sheikh Fayaz Ahmed, SSP Jammu, Suneel Gupta, SSP Traffic Jammu, Nisha Nathyal, Additional Secretary Transport, Ashok Kumar, Regional Transport Officer Jammu, Ashwani Khajuria, Chairman Transpo...|
|'Kashmiri voters determined to defy diktats of militants’|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 28 (Agencies): Kashmiri voters are determined to "defy the diktats" of terrorists, Union Minister Jitendra Singh today said, stressing that the terrorists tend to create a volatile atmosphere ahead of polls.
"On the eve of these by-elections, terrorists and their supporters tend to create such kind of atmosphere but I am sure the common voters in Kashmir which comprise largely of the young voters are determined to defy the diktats of terrorists, the promoters of terrorism, and become a part of India's mainstream healthy democracy," Singh said.
South Kashmir will hold by-elections in two parliamentary constituencies - Srinagar and Anantnag - next month.
Three civilians were killed in action by security forces against protesters near an encounter site in Budgam district in...|
|Main accused in weapon snatching arrested|
|JAMMU, Mar 28: Police today claimed to have arrested main accused allegedly involved snatching of rifle of a cop under the jurisdiction of Police Station Nowabad, few days ago.
Police sources said that Amir Hussain son of Ghulam Mohammad Bhat of Hallpora, Ratnipora, Shopian, who was absconding with AK-47 rifle of police constable, was arrested in Shopian today, while police team from Nowabad has been sent to Shopian to shift him to Jammu.
Police was, however, tightlipped over his arrest and recovery over the weapon.
Police on March 26, arrested two accused Shahid Ahmad son of Abdul Rashid Najar, a resident of Memender, Shopian from Ban Toll Plaza at Nagrota and another Mohammad Asif son of Mohammad Ali Shah of Shopian from Shopian.
Fourth accused Masrool Ahmed son of Abdul Rashid of ...|
|Blood of Kashmiri youth not cheap to be splattered ruthlessly: Beig|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 28: Senior PDP leader and MP Muzaffar Hussain Baig Tuesday said that the blood of Kashmiri youth is not cheap that it can be splattered ruthlessly and politicians will run their politics on it.
While regretting the killing of three youth in Chadoora, Baig said that the intellectuals and politicians across the spectrum should rise above their cheap vested interests to think about safeguarding the future generation of Kashmir.
Talking to KNS, Baig said neither is Kashmir issue that simple that it can be resolved by using bullets and stones nor is it so too ordinary that the political leadership of India and Pakistan can keep on ignoring it.
“India and Pakistan has to take concrete and serious steps for resolution of the issue. Both the countries have to resolve it for the p...|
|Tourism stakeholders hope for a better spring season this time|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 27: While the spring season has knocked at the doors of Kashmir valley, the people in Kashmir associated with the tourism sector are hoping for a good tourist season this year.
Besides the business sector in Kashmir, which suffered a drastic setback last year owing to the turmoil and violence, the tourism sector was also badly hit.
Every year with the beginning of the spring in Kashmir, the tourists from different states start pouring in valley.
According to the officials at the department of tourism many tourists from various states would visit Kashmir these days.
“Last year the bookings done by tourists from other places were cancelled in the month of July. Tourists in large numbers had booked tickets but only a limited number visited till the first week of July. Rest...|
|PDP working to enhance peace constituency: Mehbooba|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 27: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said PDP is working to “enhance the peace constituency” which would lead to the resolution of issues confronting the state.
“Since its inception, the PDP has provided an alternative narrative in Jammu and Kashmir and helped in enhancing the peace constituency in the state and the sub continent,” she said campaigning for the Srinagar and Anantnag Lok Sabha bypolls.
"The present polls are a step in further towards enhancing this peace constituency which will lead to the resolution of issues confronting the state,” Mehbooba said addressing her party workers of Kangan and Ganderbal here.
She asked the workers to explain to the people that voting for the PDP candidates would lead to a situation where “resolution of issues, dialogue with ...|
|2 policemen injured in militant attack on Andrabi’s house|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 27: Two policemen were injured when militants attacked the ancestral residence of PDP leader and minister for Hajj and Auqaf Farooq Andrabi in Kashmir’s Anantnag district late last night.
The militants also took away four service weapons from the guard room at Abdrabi’s residence at Dooru in Anantnag, a police official said.
Reports said the ultras opened fire on the police personnel at the residence of the minister, resulting in injuries to two cops. The militants escaped from the scene along with the service weapons of the cops. Andrabi, a close relative of the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, was not present at home at the time of the attack but his relatives had a narrow escape.
Meanwhile, Hizbul Mujahideen has owned responsibility for the attack....|
|PDP plunging Kashmiris into fear, uncertainty: Altaf|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 27: National Conference (NC) today slammed PDP for creating an environment of fear and uncertainty across the Kashmir valley, saying that the people were yet to come out of the trauma of 2016 gruesome incidents.
“Even as the PDP was enjoying loaves of power with BJP, the young people were falling to bullets in every street and square,” former minister and MLA Kangan Mian Altaf Ahmed said while addressing roadside election meetings along with senior National Conference leaders.
Mian Altaf said that the insensitive PDP leaders, instead of feeling remorse over making young boys and girls fodder for pellet guns, mocked at their helplessness rather than making the security forces accountable. “For five turbulent months, the PDP completely took over the command of trigger happy ...|
|8 houses gutted in Srinagar fire|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 27: At least eight residential houses were damaged in a massive blaze that engulfed Chinar Bagh locality of Srinagar this morning.
Officials said that six residential houses were fully damaged while two residential houses got damaged partially in the fire incident.
The houses according to the officials belonged to Shabir Ahmed Sheikh, son of Abdul Ahad Sheikh, Juma Sheikh, son of Wahab Sheikh, Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh, son of late Abdul Aziz Sheikh, Mohammed Ramzan Sheikh, son of Gaffar Sheikh, Mohammed Amin Sheikh, son of Abdullah Faqir Sheikh, Faqir Mohammed Abdullah alias Peer Sahab and others.
They said two fire and emergency service officials Abdul Hamid and Shamus Din Belt were injured while they were dousing the blaze.
Meanwhile, the locals said that the students of...|
|Decline in advt flow due to MCC: Shahid|
|JAMMU, Mar 27: Department of Information today said that there has been a decline in government advertisement flow due to enforcement of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) following announcement of bye-election schedule by the Election Commission of India (ECI) to the two parliamentary constituencies in Kashmir.
The Director Information Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said that despite drop in advertisement flow, the department was trying to maintain a judicious balance in release of advertisements to the empanelled newspapers and periodicals as per the guidelines laid down in Advertisement Policy-2016 to ensure adequate financial support to these publications.
Giving details, Dr Shahid said in January 2017 advertisements aggregating 188423 Col CMs valuing Rs 1.05 Cr were released by the office of t...|
|I’ll not get scared, says Maulana Dehlavi|
|‘Only concerned about PSO’s health’|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 26: Asserting that he will not deter from condemning Pakistan sponsored terrorism, Maulana Syed Athar Dehlavi, a Delhi-based Muslim cleric whose Personal Security Officer (PSO) was attacked by terrorists late last night on Sunday, said that he would not succumb to such incidents.
Athar said that he had been working on ground level in Kashmir for past 27 years and that his act of propagating peace in the valley had even instigated the ISI to issue a threat against him.
"I have been working on ground in Jammu and Kashmir from past 27 years. I was in Srinagar for past three days and we were working on the matter of peace in the valley. And ISI had openly threatened me by posting a message against me on their website," he said.
“I have faced many such incidents in the past. ...|
|Artificial Ice-Stupa in Leh listed in Guinness Book of World Records|
|LEH, Mar 26(Agencies): An artificial Ice-Stupa, an innovative method to conserve winter waste water as an alternate solution to the scarcity of water during spring, made its name into Guinness Book of World Records.
Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche presided over the recording function of the Ice-Stupa while Dr Ulrike Scharf of Germany, Bavarian State Minister for Environment and Consumer Protection and Hill Council Chairman Dr Sonam Dawa and other dignitaries were also present during the recording of Stupa.
Chief Surveyor PWD Superintendent Engineer Tashi Chombel and Engineer Nazir measured the Stupa in presence of two witnesses Col Sanjay Ghosh, a civil engineer in India Army and District Police Inspector Tsewang Dorjay. The Stupa's height was measured as 78.4 feet. Explaining about...|
|Govt may table GST bills in Parliament today|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 26(Agencies): The government is likely to table supplementary goods and services tax legislations in Parliament tomorrow.
Sources said C-GST, I-GST, UT-GST and the compensation law are likely to be introduced in the Lok Sabha tomorrow and could be taken up for discussion as early as March 28.
Also, amendments to the excise and Customs Act to abolish various cess as well as furnishing Bills for exports and imports under the new GST regime will be placed before the House.
The Business Advisory Committee of the Lok Sabha is likely to meet tomorrow to decide on the duration of discussion on the Bills, the sources added.
According to the sources, the government is looking at passage of the GST Bills in the Lower House by March 29 or latest by March 30.
Then, these will move...|
|People have no expectations from PDP now: GA Mir|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 26: Stating that ruling dispensation led by PDP has lost the people’s trust in true sense, J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President GA Mir has urged upon the people defeat the divisive & politics of exploitation on the part of ruling dispensation, which has miserably failed on all fronts. He blamed PDP for mass discontent and alienation among the people.
GA Mir who is joint candidate of INC NC while addressing election meetings at Khanabal and Damhal khushi pora reiterated his appeal to people not to come under false propaganda being spread by PDP aiming to garner support for their candidates. PDP while sacrificing its principles, has played with the emotions of people on certain sensitive issues for the sake of power.
He said it is evident that this Party (PDP...|
|PCJ seeks pension for journalists; writes to CM|
|JAMMU, Mar 25: Taking initiative for the cause of working and accredited journalists, the Press Club of Jammu has sought pension for the journalists of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and in this connection written a letter to the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti.
The letter has been written by Ashwani Kumar, President, Press Club of Jammu wherein he has highlighted the pitiable condition of low paid journalists particularly print media.
Apprising the Chief Minister of many welfare schemes that have been launched for the working journalists in the states like Rajasthan, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, the President PCJ demanded that similar steps needed to be taken in the state of Jammu and Kashmir for boosting the morale of the working journalists.
He further stated that on Jan 16, 2017, the...|
|7 yrs on Jammu failed to get its Postal Training Institute |
|Prime Minister Office not bothered by J&K Postal Deptt|
|KISHTWAR, Jan 26: It is a matter of great concern that PMO is the biggest office in India but overstayed officers of the Postal Deptt , J&K Circle did not bother for that.
Reports said that a complaint was filed by an applicant to Prime Ministers Grievance Cell with subject as “Delay in setting up Postal Training Institute in Jammu and in justice done with Jammu based employees serving in the trouble torn part of Kashmir Valley. The said complaint was registered in grievance cell of Prime Minister vide No. PMOPG/E/2017/0150236.
It is pertinent to mention here that after sitting on the said complaint for several days, the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances, Govt of India forwarded the same to junior level officer in the office of the Chief Post Master General, ...|