|Take snowbound areas into consideration: NC|
|SRINAGAR, Sep 1: Reacting over the reports that the upcoming state elections in the state may be held in mid December or early January, the ruling National Conference Monday said that the election commission should consider the snow bound mountainous areas of the state.
Talking to KNS, a local news gathering agency NC provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani said that the party has no objection with the decision of the Election Commission of India (ECI) that the polls in the state shall be held in December- January. He maintained that the snow bound regions and the mountainous areas of Kashmir must be looked into so that election process in those areas could be held amicably.
He maintained that the new government in Jammu and Kashmir be formed around January 5. “We in 2008 had the same sch...|
|Jaleel Andrabi murder case|
|Family seeks SIT reports; Revision court will decide: HC|
|SRINAGAR, Sep 1: The High Court has said that the revision court will decide the petition filed by the family challenging closure order issued by a subordinate court in Jaleel Andrabi murder case.
Revision court has also been asked to decide whether to release the reports submitted by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of police in the matter or to withhold them.
Earlier, a division bench of the High Court comprising of Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice D S Thakur had called the revision petition challenging the closure order of a subordinate court in Andrabi’s murder case.
Meanwhile, the family had sought certified copies of reports submitted by the SIT in the matter before the trial court.
“The authorities would provide us the certified copies of SIT reports but only until A...|
|CS heads panel for policy on Transgenders|
|SRINAGAR, Sep 1: On the directions of the Supreme Court the government on Monday constituted a committee to monitor and examine the formation of state policy on Transgenders.
The government order 927 GAD of 2014 Dated 01 09 2014 reads “In compliance with the directions of the Supreme Court of India issued in the Writ Petition (Civil) No. 400/2012 titled National Legal Services Authority V/s Union of India and Others, sanction is hereby accorded to the constitution of a committee, comprising the following, to monitor and examine the formulation of state Policy on Transgenders.
According to KNS, a local news gathering agency the Supreme Court in its judgment had directed the Centre and state governments to take steps for framing various social welfare schemes for betterment of transgender...|
|Azad seeks early resolution of demands of border residents|
|JAMMU, Sep 1: To seek an early resolution of the various demands of the residents of border areas who are subjected to immense hardships on account of intermittent firing and shelling by Pakistani forces, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad has written to Prime Minister, Home Minister, Defence Minister and Chief Minister of J&K.
Azad toured the border villages of RS Pura, Abdullian, Chakrohi, Chandu Chack, Joura Farm, Saie, Arnia, Sallehar, Treva and the various makeshift camps on August 28, 2014 to have a firsthand assessment of the situation and listen to the grievances of the people.
Soon after the conclusion of his tour, Azad, realizing the grave difficulties that the people living along the border face, deemed it necessary to take up the matter with Prime Ministe...|
|People yearn for development, not interested in rhetoric: Rana|
|JAMMU, Sep 1: Seeking end to politics of deceit and deception, Provincial President National Conference, Devender Singh Rana on Monday observed that public opinion can be hoodwinked by raising emotive slogans and generating hype over trivial issues for once but not always.
“People are no more interested in rhetoric, they want peace and a tolerant society which assimilates every point of view”, Rana said while addressing functionaries of National Conference Jammu and Jammu Rural at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this afternoon.
He said National Conference believes in issue based politics with thrust on public welfare and development. “These are the essentials of a harmonious society where each one, irrespective of caste, creed, colour or region, can live with a sense of dignity and has acce...|
|Knowledge holds key to success: Omar|
|Describes universities hardware, students software of metamorphoses|
|JAMMU, Sep 1: Underlining knowledge and its related themes – human and intellectual capital, the key ingredients and yardstick to gauge success in the present world order, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Monday said that the universities and higher educational institutions and young intellectual vanguard are the crucibles of change towards holistic development.
Addressing the distinguished gathering of scholars, faculty, educationists, students and others at the Jammu University Convocation here this afternoon, the Chief Minister said that human agency alongwith dynamic institutions evolve permutation and combinations that lead to a creativity where synthesis becomes vital in the scheme of things.
The Chief Minister said that the universities, to use a metaphor that all of us can easily i...|
|4122 VDCs operational|
|J&K proposal to enhance honorarium to SPOs sent to centre|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 31: The state government has submitted a proposal to the ministry of home affairs government of India for the increase of honorarium to 24870 Special Police Officials (SPOs) working in Jammu and Kashmir. The proposal states that the monthly honorarium of SPOs be increased from the existing Rs. 3000 up to Rs. 6000.
This was revealed in response to a question asked by JKNPP MLA Harsh Dev Singh in just concluded assembly session. “SPOs working in different departments of police are currently paid an honorarium of Rs 3000 per month. The proposal is awaiting approval from Government of India,” the reply said.
The 24870 SPOs are presently working in 25 districts of Jammu and Kashmir. 8338 SPOs are working in Kashmir and 14845 in Jammu division.
Moreover, 1687 SPOs are working i...|
|‘No change in power tariff for 2014-15’|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 31: The state government has clarified that there will be no change in the electricity tariff in Jammu and Kashmir during the current year and that the charges are being levied as per the tariff order.
The government was asked in the state legislative assembly here whether it intends to reduce the electricity charges in the interest of the people. The government, while responding to the question, through the power minister stated that the electricity charges are being levied as per the tariff order issued by the Jammu and Kashmir Electricity Regulatory Commission. The power minister stated further that there has been no tariff change for the year 2014-15, reports KNS.
Interestingly, the chief minister Omar Abdullah on August 15 announced reduction of Electricity Duty by 1...|
|16-fold increase in area under fruits in J&K|
|Annual turnover touches Rs 5,000 crore|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 31: The area under fruits in the state has increased 16 times and the production has increased to 60 times. The annual turnover of fruit sector is around Rs 5,000 crores.
This has been revealed in a written reply to a question in the assembly session. “More than 70 percent population is directly or indirectly involved in horticulture and its allied activities. As per estimates over seven lakh families are actively involved in horticulture sector,” the reply said.
However, the horticulture department has not provided any cold storage/cold chain facilities for the fruit growers of the state under public sector. The department is proposing to establish cold storage/cold chain facilities for the fruit growers in the terminal markets Phase-I. Land has been allocated through S...|
|Pranab to visit Jammu today|
|JAMMU, Aug 31: President Pranab Mukherjee will pay a two-day visit to Jammu & Kashmir on September 1 and 2 during which he will attend the 14th convocation of the University of Jammu tomorrow.
He will also inaugurate the Panchi Helipad at Jammu and Shridhar Bhawan Elevator at Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine on September 2, before returning to Delhi, an official press release from Rashtrapati Bhavan added.
In total, 67 candidates who completed their doctorate degree in seven faculties in 2013 will be awarded PhD degrees and 68 candidates will be awarded university gold medal, cash awards and medals created out of endowment, an official of JU said.
He said the convocation ceremony will be held after a gap of seven years and will be a special day for the university.
Governor of the state N N Vo...|
|JKLA website gains overwhelming response|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 31: The newly launched Website by Legislative Assembly, Jammu and Kashmir has been appreciated by all quarters. The website www.jklegislativeasembly.nic.in gained overwhelming response during this Autumn session as it update daily house proceeding and has SMS alert service as well. Speaker Legislative Assembly Mubarak Gul and Secretary LA have shown keen interest in its launch....|
|Puri was a good human being: Geelani|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 31: Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) has condoled the death of Balraj Puri, prominent journalist and human rights activist.
In his condolence message, Geelani said he had a personal relation with him. “I found Puri sahib a good and humble person. Being a prominent journalist, he was also having a deep political insight. His stand was on human rights front was also laudable,” he said.
Geelani talked with the wife of Balraj Puri over phone and expressed his condolence with the entire family and said that he equally shared the grief of the family....|
|RSS chief’s remarks spark protest in LA|
|India belongs to all: Speaker|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 30: The statement made by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat today sparked protest from Peoples Democratic Party legislators and subsequent condemnation from the Speaker Mubarak Gul in legislative assembly.
Shortly after the commencement of proceedings in legislative assembly, opposition PDP members registered their protest against the remarks made by RSS chief that India is the county of Hindus.
PDP legislator Peerzada Mansoor, while condemning the remarks of the RSS chief, said that Kashmir is a Muslim dominated area and here the people like Mohan Baghwat and others cannot enforce their will on others. Mansoor was supported by his party members who all stood up from the benches and raised slogans against RSS chief. PDP members, amid raising slogans like ‘jis Kashmir ko khoon say se...|
|Soldier killed in Kupwara encounter|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 30: An army soldier was killed in an encounter with militants at Kaloora forests in Kupwara district this morning.
Reports said a chopper was pressed into service to track the militants. During a routine combing operation, a patrolling party from 28 RR came in contact with two to four militants at Baran Top in Kalaroos area of Lolab. There was exchange of fire between the two parties. Army man identified as Choman Yadav was killed during the encounter while the militants managed to escape from the spot, reports added.
Army along with other security agencies had launched a combing operation in Kalaroos forests and so far five militants and four soldiers have been killed during the gun fights that ensued during this operation since past few days.
According to reports, soon ...|
|Policy for regularisation of daily rated workers in offing: Rather|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 30: Finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather today informed the assembly that government was contemplating to devise a clear cut policy for the regularisation and engagement of daily wagers/CP workers and contractual in the state.
Replying to a point raised by Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen, Abdul Haq Khan, M.Y. Tarigami, Abdul Rehman Veeri and G.M. Saroori, the finance minister said that the government has constituted a Cabinet Sub-Committee to look into the issue of regularization of Daily Wagers/Contractuals and C.P. Workers engaged in various departments from time to time after January, 1994. The Committee had asked for complete details about the number of such engagements from various departments and the requisite information is still awaited from some quarters.
|Pulwama man accused of acid attack acquitted after 10 years|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 30: A local court in Pulwama today acquitted a man accused of acid attack on a girl 10 years ago.
Reports said Ali Muhammad Bhat Ali, resident of Jandwal was accused of throwing acid on a girl in the same vicinity in year 2004. The police had registered a case against the accused under FIR number 371/2004 under sections 326, 307 RPC in Pulwama station. The case was pending disposal before court of Additional Sessions Judge Pulwama.
The accused was represented by defence counsel Advocate Bhat Junaid and the counsel after deliberate discussions and arguments succeeded in assisting the court to reach ‘just conclusions’ in the case.
The judge observed that the "prosecution has failed to prove the guilt of the accused beyond the shadows of reasonable doubt and hence acquitted....|
|Border residents return to their houses|
|JAMMU, Aug 30: A day after the Indian and Pakistani border guards decided to follow the established mechanism to restore peace along the International border large percentage of border residents staying away from their houses for past 10 days started returning to their deserted villages.
The confidence was restored among the local population after the sector commander level flag meeting attended by BSF and Pak rangers resolved to restore peace and respect ceasefire agreement.
Small percentage of villagers had started returning to their houses in the forward villages on Friday after the district administration started rolling out the temporary camps set up in RS Pura.
Before returning homes the villagers were terrified as fear loomed large over their minds. Once inside their houses vill...|
|Balraj Puri passes away|
|Rich tributes to the departed soul|
|JAMMU, Aug 30: Veteran Journalist, scholar and Human Rights activist, Balraj Puri passed away in the wee- hours this morning after a prolonged illness.
He was 86 and is survived by his wife, Subhash, daughter Ellora and son, Luv. His death has been widely mourned and rich homage was paid to the departed soul from people in all walks of life in Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the country. A multifaceted genius, Puri was the recipient of Padma Bhushan Award, Indira Gandhi award for National Integration and many other national awards. A prolific writer in English as well as Urdu and Hindi, Balraj Puri was author of several books. The vacuum caused by his death in the field of socio-culture and political life of the country is difficult to be filled.
Puri got his treatment in All India...|
|Mirwaiz to India, Pak leadership: ‘Shun confrontation, resolve Kashmir’|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 29: Terming the prevailing escalation of tension at Loc between India and Pakistan as a cause of extreme concern, Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has stressed upon the political leadership of both countries to shun the confrontational path and instead take serious steps to solve Kashmir dispute including all other issues existing between the two nations.
While addressing a Friday gathering at historic Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz stated that calling off foreign secretary level talks by India has inflicted negative impact on their relations and brought both the nuclear powers India and Pakistan on the verge of war.
Unlike 1965 and 1971, Mirwaiz stated that both countries possess nuclear weapons and any military confrontation would lead to massive destruction i...|
|Will quit politics if proven guilty: Reshi|
|‘NC minister grabbed govt land worth crores in Friends Colony’: Yasir |
|SRINAGAR, Aug 29: People’s Democratic Party leader Yasir Reshi Saturday said that he will quit politics and even migrate to some other state, if the accusations leveled against him about land grabbing at Marhama Anantnag by National Conference prove correct.
Reshi told CNS that a particular NC leader is using all ways and means to defame him. “If it is proved that I am the party to land grabbing then I will quit politics for good. I appreciate everyone who want through probe into the Marhama land scam but condemn those who left no stone unturned to assassinate and tarnish my character,” he said.
“A particular NC leader has so far failed on every front to corner me. It is the same leader who used his coterie to attack me with bullets. This leader tried to implicate my workers in false dr...|
|Fallout of cross-border firing|
|J&K’s proposal to centre for community bunkers|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 29: The state government has submitted a proposal to the ministry of union home ministry for construction of 15062 community type bunkers in villages along the border areas.
This has been stated in a reply to a question of BJP MLA Ashwani Kumar in legislative assembly today. The question was regarding the civilian causalities during cease fire violations along Line of Control.
The state government said 457 villages on border areas have been identified where these bunkers are going to be constructed.
Ashwani Sharma asked whether the state government was keen to provide safety and shelter to the people living along LOC.
During past one month many casualties have been reported and scores have been injured in firing from across the border. Since past few months incessant ce...|
|Police foils Shah’s march in Kulgam|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 29: Police today foiled a march by senior leader of Hurriyat Conference (JK) Shabir Ahmed Shah and arrested him along with his associates.
Shah according to reports soon after addressing a gathering in Kulgam tried to take out a march, however, police swung into action and bundled him and his associates in police vehicles and lodged him police station.
A Hurriyat (JK) spokesperson said that Shah sustained injuries during the police action.
Earlier, Shah in his address to gathering said government of India cannot mislead the youth of Kashmir through its ‘false’ propaganda against the ongoing freedom movement. “Our youth know everything and they are the torch bearers of this struggle against India,” he said.
The gathering was also addressed by other leaders of the organiza...|
|Cop shot at in Anantnag|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 29: Suspected militants Friday shot at and critically injured a cop outside DC office in Anantnag today.
Reports said Fayaz Ahmed Bhat, a resident of Katrosu Kulgam was guarding the front gate of the District Development Commissioner’s Office in Anantnag when two unidentified persons appeared there. One of them fired upon the cop at a point blank-range. The single bullet according to police hit the skull of the cop who fell down in a pool of blood.
“The injured cop was shifted to SKIMS where he is being treated by doctors,” DIG South Kashmir Vijay Kumar said, adding that the assailants fled from the spot soon after the incident....|
|Opening of Kargil-Skardu route under consideration: Govt|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 29: Jammu and Kashmir Government has said that in order to check the abuse of trade at Line of Control, the officials of Industries and Commerce Department, Customs Department, Security Wing of State Police are working at the respective Trade Facilitation Centres.
The government according to CNS said that X-Ray machines and sniffer dogs are employed at TFC’s for scanning of goods. “Adequate staff of Indian Reserve Police have been deputed for guarding the X-Ray machines. Trucks loaded with goods are brought in and out in the shape of a convoy guarded by Jammu and Kashmir Police, Army and CRPF personnel,” the government said.
The government added that three persons namely Muhammad Shafiq Awan son of Abdul Aziz resident of Sara Muzaffarabad, Showkat-ul-Habib son Habibullah P...|
|‘Custodial’ killing case|
|HC asks police to file status report|
|SHO Parimpora asked to appear in person|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 28: The High Court has directed police to file latest status report within two weeks in a case of alleged custodial killing of a Bhaderwah resident.
Justice A M Magrey has also asked SHO police station Parimpora who had registered a case in the matter, to appear before the court and to submit the details of steps taken for concluding the investigation of the case FIR 164/2004.
The petitioner through Advocate Shafaqat has submitted that despite directions passed by this court, SHO Parimpora Srinagar, having registered case as FIR 164/2004, has not shown any progress in the investigation. The petitioner has now prayed for interim compensation during the pendency of the writ petition.
“Before considering the submission with reference to grant of compensation, it shall be app...|