|PIL on defunct SHRC|
| Why assurances were not adhered to: HC|
|SRINAGAR, May 30: The High Court has asked the state government to explain why assurances given by it through advocate general on the revival of defunct Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) were not adhered to.
A division bench of the High Court headed by the Chief Justice N. Paul Vasanthakumar said: “Counsel appearing for respondents to report as to why assurance given by the Advocate General is not adhered to and why the Supreme Court directions in judgment reported as 2015 (8) are not complied.” The court has now listed the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on the matter on June 1.
On October 27, 2015, the High Court had asked state government to appoint chairperson and four members for SHRC within four weeks.
“..We are of the firm view that petitioner has made ou...|
|Anantnag assembly by-poll: Mehbooba to file nomination today|
|SRINAGAR, May 30: The Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti will file nomination papers for the June 19 by-poll to Anantnag Assembly constituency tomorrow.
Mehbooba, who is currently a Lok Sabha member from the South Kashmir Constituency, is contesting the elections from Anantnag Assembly seat, where by-polls were necessitated due to the death of her father and then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7 this year.
To remain the Chief Minister, the 56-year-old PDP leader needs to become an MLA or MLC within the mandatory period of six months of her swearing-in.
"Mehbooba will file her nomination papers before the returning officer for the Anantnag Assembly seat tomorrow," a PDP leader said.
The last date for filing of nominations is June 1 while scrutiny of papers will be conducted...|
|For 250 militants, why do you need 7 lakh troops: Mirwaiz|
|SRINAGAR, May 30: Terming the statement of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar that the infamous Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) could not be revoked from Jammu and Kashmir as a pat on the back of armed forces, Hurriyat Conference (M) Monday said Indian forces present in the state had been indulging in killing of unarmed civilians and getting away with it due to the impunity provided to them under AFSPA.
Stressing that the Indian Defence Ministry’s claim of the “presence of around 250 militants in the state was a change in the ground situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” the conglomerate said at the same time the ministry did not explain why there was a need to have a presence of 7 lakh Indian forces and black laws like AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir.
Making it clear that in reality AFSPA ...|
|Parrikar’s remarks exposed PDP again: Rather|
|‘PDP bartered AFSPA revocation demand for CM’s chair’|
|SRINAGAR, May 30: National Conference Monday lashed out at the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and the PDP-BJP government for compromising on crucial issues of importance to the state in lieu of political power. Referring to the remarks of the Union Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, senior National Conference leader and former finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather said the struggle to seek the revocation of AFSPA from the state had received an enormous setback because of PDP’s tacit agreement with the BJP and the central government on this issue.
The Union Defense Minister categorically ridiculed the demand for revoking AFSPA from J&K.
“This has yet again exposed PDP and their pretense of negotiating with the central government on CBMs. We all remember how the present Chief Minister was vo...|
|Hideout busted in Doda, huge cache of arms recovered|
|DODA, May 30: Security forces today busted a militant hideout and seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition in Chirala forest in Doda district.
Police and security forces achieved a major success by recovering grenades besides pistols and huge ammunition from the hideout of terrorists during a search operation in Sunarthawa forests under the jurisdiction of Police Station Thathri in the mountainous district of Doda in the wee hours of today.
Official reports revealed that police party of Police Station Thathri on a tip off launched a search operation in Sunarthawa forests under the jurisdiction of Police Station Thathri. A column 26 RR (Rashtriya Rifle) also joined the operation. The suspected area was cordoned off and during search troops achieved success in locating the hideout of mi...|
|SC to hear traders’ plea against HC order on adulteration|
|NEW, DELHI, May 30 (Agencies): The Supreme Court today agreed to hear next week the plea of Jammu and Kashmir traders’ body alongwith other petitions challenging a High Court order asking them to give an undertaking that if “prima facie” the food items supplied by them are found to be adulterated then their units would be liable to be sealed. A vacation bench of Justices P C Ghose and Amitava Roy said the plea of Jammu and Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation will be tagged and heard with other petitions on the similar issue, pending before the apex court. Senior advocate Jayant Bhushan, appearing for the federation, said the interim order of April 24 of Jammu and Kashmir High Court in a “suo moto PIL is illegal as petitions on similar facts are pending adjudication before the ape...|
|Beig elected as Patron Pahari Forum|
|Says Modi a man with gracious heart|
|SRINAGAR, May 9: Stressing for the need of rising above the party lines and working in unison for the national interest, PDP veteran and parliament member from north Kashmir Muzaffar Hussain Beig today said politicians must not create hurdles in making nation a prosperous one.
Speaking during a function organized by Pahari Cultural and Welfare Forum, Beig said that if government of India can accord schedule tribe status to Pahari’s then why same is not being done in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said that people living in the mountainous regions of the state can unite for the better common good and no one should object to such a positive development.
The PDP veteran maintained that political parties must rise above the political differences and work for a common goal that is to u...|
|DGCA seeks IAF nod for more flights to J&K|
|JAMMU, May 29: With airlines keen on increasing services to Srinagar and Jammu, aviation regulator DGCA has sought Indian Air Force's approval for increasing flight movements at the two airports.
The airports are under the control of the IAF, which has allowed limited civilian aircraft movements.
As per DGCA officials, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has sought IAF approval for increasing the number of flights at the two airports from the current eight to 12 per hour.
"Airlines want to introduce more flights to the two airports. They (the IAF) have agreed to consider our request," a senior DGCA official said.
While awaiting approval, the aviation regulator has also written to the J&K government seeking increased security for airliners at the two airports....|
|Clusters to come up for KPs in Kashmir: Dy CM|
|JAMMU, May 29: The Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh has said that the government has started the process of identification of land in the Kashmir valley so that "clusters" for the Kashmiri Pandit community can be constructed where they can live for sometime before permanently shifting to their original homes.
"As a first step we are identifying the land and clusters shall come up in the form of two bedrooms and like that (where) these families will go back and stay there and whenever they feel safe they will go to their original homes,” Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function Saturday evening.
He said that clusters in the form a township would provide transitory place for the migrant community.
"It is a township, it’s a cluster as a transitory cluster for all migrate whic...|
|Tight-rope walk for PDP-BJP coalition|
|Annual state budget to be presented in J&K legislature today|
|SRINAGAR, May 29: In view of the emerging challenges at political front due to various issues, presenting the annual state budget in the legislature tomorrow is like walking a tightrope for Mehbooba Mufti government.
The PDP-BJP government will try to ensure that the budget is people friendly and not equipped with drastic measures for economic reforms at this point of time. With state having a woman chief minister for the first time, the budget is expected to focus on measures for the welfare of women and children also.
Opposition parties National Conference (NC) and Congress are eagerly waiting for budget presentation tomorrow with a wish to get something more to target the state government. They have already tried to generate heat in both the houses on the issues of Sainik Colony, tow...|
|Central allocation to J&K|
|Funds for MGNREGA, PMGSY curtailed in last 2 yrs|
|JAMMU, May 29: During the last two years, the union government has curtailed financial allocation to Jammu and Kashmir under various central sponsored schemes including MGNREGA, PMGSY etc and social welfare schemes.
In different communications received by RTI activist Raman Sharma under Right to Information Act from different ministries of Government of India, it has been revealed that the union government has curtailed its funding to the Jammu and Kashmir government even for flagship programmes like Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), Pradhan Mantri Grameen Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) and for social welfare schemes like Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme, Indira Gandhi National Window Pension Scheme, Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme, Nat...|
|FCI godown inaugurated at Potha Rajouri|
|NFSA lists to be verified through CID: Zulfikar|
|RAJOURI, May 29: The government would be able to save Rs 224 Cr of poor people of the state besides providing them ration on 400 percent less rates than old TPDS with the implementation of National Food Security Act.
This was stated by Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Chowdhary Zulfikar Ali, while addressing a gathering at Potha Rajouri after inaugurating 8340 MT capacity FCI godown constructed under PEG scheme here on Sunday.
Taking a dig at those who opposed NFSA on one pretext or other just to gain political mileage keeping the interests of poor people at stake, the Minister appealed such anti-people elements not to exploit the innocent people rather supplement government’s efforts of launching such reformative schemes. He said that under old system of PDS, stat...|
|CET-Money laundering case: City court reserves order in Peer’s bail plea|
|SRINAGAR, May 28: A city court today reserved its order in a bail plea filed by Mushtaq Peer, former chairman Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) the main accused Common Entrance Test (CET) paper leak scam of 2012 in a case of money laundering registered against him by the Enforcement Directorate.
Sources in the court of principal district and session’s court Srinagar said the court heard the final arguments advanced in the matter by the parties and later reserved its order.
On July 16, 2015, the Enforcement Directorate had filed chargesheet in the court of principal district and session judge Srinagar against Peer, for his alleged role in selling CET question papers.
During its investigation it was found that Peer leaked question papers of prestigious entrance exams in ...|
|Congress to PDP-BJP govt: Come clear over KPs’ township issue|
|SRINAGAR, May 28: Congress today asked PDP-BJP government in the state to come clear on separate townships for Kashmiri Pandit issue.
While addressing a press conference here senior leader and former chief minister of Maharashtra, Prithviraj Chavan asked the state government that, “What are you going to do over KPs’ issue?” Chavan said that the Congress party is not going to speak over it when the government is not coming clear over it. “We can only speak over the issue after the government would implement its plan on ground,” he said.
Meanwhile, senior congress leader asked prime minister, Narendra Modi that what has he achieved after visiting several countries and inviting prime ministers of different countries.
“Since the Modi assumed the charge of PM, he visited various countries a...|
|Mysterious disappearance of youth in Chatroo|
|Police registers murder case against army|
|KISHTWAR, May 28: Police today claimed to have registered a murder case against the army in case of mysterious disappearance of 27-year-old youth in Chatroo area of Kishtwar.
Police said that a murder case has been registered against unknown army personnel at Police Station Chatroo and started its investigation. Abdul Wahid Gujjar son of Gafoor Gujjar resident of Hungana Mulchatar in Tehsil Mughalmaidan of Kishtwar district went missing since May 21, 2016 after he left his home to invite the relatives for the marriage ceremony of his paternal cousin and did not return home since then.
As per the details, large number of people assembled at Sangambati bridge at Mughalmaidan and held a strong protest over the failure of district administration and police in tracing out body of missing you...|
|54 Dy SPs transferred |
|JAMMU, May 28: Police Headquarters today ordered transfer of 54 Deputy Superintendents of Police with immediate effect.
Ayaz Ahmad, SDPO Mahore has been transferred and posted as DySP IR-9th Bn vice Mohammad Aslam.
Bharat Bushan Sharma, SDPO Nagrota has been transferred and posted as Dy.SP in IR 17th Bn vice Amit Kumar. Deepak Digra, Dy.SP IR 4th Bn has been transferred and posted as SDPO Ramnagar vice Abhishekh Sharma.
Ashiq Hussain Tak, SDPO Chrar-i-sharief has been transferred and posted as DYSP Hqrs Srinagar vice Abdul Aziz. Abhisheikh Sharma, SDPO Ramnagar has been transferred and posted as SDPO Vijaypur vice Shamsher Singh.
Gourav Mahajan, DySP Hqrs Udhampur has been transferred and posted as DySP DAR Jammu vice Yashbir Singh. Shabir Ahmad, DySP PC Rafiabad has been transferre...|
|Yasin illegally detained: JKLF|
|SRINAGAR, May 28: JKLF today alleged that its chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik has been illegally detained.
In a statement, a party spokesman said Malik continues in police station Kothibagh for last four days.
“For last four days he has not been presented before any court or magistrate and has been illegally jailed in a police station. He is totally cutoff from outside world. Relatives or friends who come to meet him at police station are being frisked. We strongly condemn this illegal confinement and it is an undemocratic and unethical act of rulers,”the spokesman said.
Meanwhile in a message Malik said that no Kashmiri will ever accept Jammu and Kashmir being turned into another Palestine. He said “construction of separate settlement colonies in the name of Pandits, colonies for ex-In...|
|Inam, Israr posted in CM’s secretariat|
|SRINAGAR, May 28: The state government today posted Inam-ul-Haq Sidiqui, KAS, Personnel Officer in the office of PCCF as Deputy Secretary in the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.
Similarly, Israr Ahmed, Under Secretary to the Government, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, has been posted as Under Secretary in the Chief Minister’s Secretariat....|
|HM militant arrested: Army|
|SRINAGAR, May 29: Army today said it arrested a top Hizbul Mujahideen militant, Tariq Pandit, a close aide of Burhan Wani in a well coordinated operation in Pulwama.
Its spokesman said based on intelligence input regarding the movement of a HM militant on the Neva - Pinglana road near Karimabad, Pulwama, a joint mobile vehicle check post was established by the army and Jammu and Kashmir police in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
The militant was apprehended by Rashtriya Rifle battalion.
“One 9 mm pistol, two Chinese grenades and other war like stores were recovered from the militant upon capture. The militant was allegedly involved in many incidents in Pulwama area. Considered as a category "A" militant, Pandit figured prominently with Burhan in various pictures and videos that were ...|
|‘No proposal to shift HMT CRPF camp’|
|SRINAGAR, May 27: The state government Friday said that there is no proposal under consideration for shifting of CRPF camp from Zainakote HMT (Industrial Area) in Srinagar outskirts.
“There is no private, government land or sufficient accommodation available in the vicinity for shifting of CRPF Bn from HMT. In view of these difficulties, as of now, there is no proposal under consideration for shifting of CRPF Camp from Zainakote HMT (Industrial Area),” Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who holds the charge of home department, said in the ongoing Budget Session of the Assembly in a written reply to a question by PDP MLA from Batamaloo, Noor Muhammad Sheikh.Sheikh had asked a written question about the demand of the Zainakote residents for removal of the CRPF camp.
“44th Bn Headquarters of C...|
|J&K owned properties in India: 1381 kanals of land under illegal occupation|
|SRINAGAR, May 27: Government of Jammu and Kashmir Friday admitted that a huge chunks of land and immovable properties of the State at New Delhi, Amritsar, Chandigarh and Haryana are under unauthorized occupation, however it added that steps have been taken by the Department of Hospitality and Protocol to reclaim and retrieve these properties at and earliest.
Minister of Hospitality and Protocol in response to the query raised by National Conference legislator Ali Muhammad Sagar informed the Legislative Assembly that out of total 1404 kanals of state property outside Jammu and Kashmir, only 23 kanals of land are in State possession while all but 1381 kanals of land have been illegally occupied by private and government parties including Ministry of Defence Government of India.
|HC issues notice SMVDSB for commercializing worship|
|JAMMU, May 27 (JNF): Division Bench of State High Court today issued notice to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) for commercialization of worship.
A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed by practicing Advocate Summit Nayyar seeking quashment of the order number SMVDSB/CEO/ST/152-159 dated May 31, 2008 and also the order number 569/SB of 2008 dated March 11, 2008. The petitioner also sought directions to the respondents to take immediate steps for modifying of the aforesaid orders whereby SMVDSB has fixed the price for the devotees to attend and perform ‘Aarti’.
After hearing petitioner in person, Division Bench of State High Court comprising Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and Justice BS Walia issued notice to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) SMVDSB and others and directed...|
|Udhampur Petrol bomb attack case |
|Court frames charges against 14 accused |
|JAMMU, May 27 (JNF): Court today framed charges against the accused in Udhampur Petrol Bomb attack case.
Principal Sessions Judge Udhampur Rakesh Sagar Jain today framed charges in much publicized Udhampur petrol mob attack case against Balbhadur Singh, Danish, Varinder Singh, Harish Katoch, Sunit Singh, Rahul Sharma, Sandoor Singh, Amit Singh, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Singh, Balram Singh alias Pankaj Singh and Raju Rameshwar Singh, Jasbir Singh and Vikas Sharma.
Prosecution case against Varinder Singh, Haresh Singh, Sunit Singh, Sandoor Singh, Rahul Sharma, Rameshwar Singh, Rohit Sharma, Balram Singh and Ameet Singh is that on October 9, 2015, Selection Grade Constable Narinder Singh was on patrol duty at Jhekani who filed a docket in Police Station Udhampur written by ASI Om Parkash, Inc...|
|Rakesh posted as Pvt Secy to MoS Finance|
|JAMMU, May 27: The state government today ordered minor reshuffle in the administration.
As per government order 556 GAD of 2016, Dated 27-05-2016, Rakesh Kumar,Private Secretary to the Director Horticulture, Jammu has been transferred and posted as Private Secretary with the Minister of State for Finance, Planning,
Information Technology, Law Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Tribal Affairs, Relief & Rehabilitation and Labour & Employment. ...|
|Civil society members disallowed to visit Rajouri|
|SRINAGAR, May 27: A team of civil society members was today stopped at Peer Ki Gali and not allowed to visit Rajouri.
The members including Dr Hameedah Nayeen, Dr Javid Iqbal, Quratrul Ain and Shakeel Qalander intended to visit Rajouri for an interaction with people there. They said they moved from here and travelled on Moghul Road to reached Rajouri.
As they reached Peer Ki Gali, they were stopped by police. The cops asked them to return to Srinagar as they are not permitted to visit Rajouri. The civil society members told police that they do not need any permission and that they wanted to interact with local people there. According to them, police men told them that their visit can lead to law and order problem.
As the civil society members were not permitted, they returned here. The...|