|Ahead of Eid, separatist leaders under house arrest|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 28: Ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, several top separatist leaders have been placed under house arrest.
Syed Ali Shah Geelani has given half an hour protest programme after Eid prayers in solidarity with the Palestinian people and against the Israeli bombing in Gaza.
The Eid-ul-Fitr, Islamic festival celebrated at the completion of holy Ramzan, is being celebrated tomorrow in Jammu and Kashmir.
Before Eid, the state government launched a crackdown on senior separatist leaders. Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan and several other leaders have been placed under house arrest. The Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Zaffar Akbar Bhat and others are also likely to place under house arrest.
All across the state, the Muslims will gather in Masjids and Eid...|
|NC all set to form next government on its own: Sajjad|
|BANIHAL, July 28 : Confident about National Conference getting decisive mandate in the upcoming assembly elections to form government on its own, the party candidate for Banihal Sajjad Shaheen has said that stable dispensation holds key to faster development and effective implementation of various welfare schemes for poor and those living in remote areas.
“Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has proved how a complete turnaround can be brought about in the overall situation and developmental landscape with sincerity of purpose and active cooperation of the people”, Mr Shaheen said while addressing a huge rally held to felicitate him on being nominated as National Conference candidate from Banihal Assembly Constituency.
Shaheen was taken in a large motor cavalcade from Jawahar tunnel up to Banih...|
|Cop kills SPO’s wife, sister-in-law; ends life|
|RAJOURI, Jul 28: In a fit of rage, a police constable barged into the house of a Special Police Officer (SPO) at Kalakote and allegedly shot dead latter’s wife and sister-in-law before committing suicide during midnight hours on Sunday.
Police said that Constable Sanjay Singh posted at Police Station Kalakote went into the house of SPO Chaman Lal in Thermal Power Colony at Kalakote in the district at midnight and opened indiscriminate firing on SPO’s wife Urmila and sister-in-law Nisha Kumari.
Urmila was also a SPO and was posted at Police Station Kalakote. Constable Sanjay Singh had good terms with SPO Urmila, her husband and her sister-in-law Nisha and wanted to marry Nisha. As the proposal of Sanjay was reportedly rejected by both the sisters he got infuriated and in a fit of rage k...|
|Locals cane charged during protest|
|Tamil Naidu cheats dupe people of crores in Poonch|
|POONCH, July 28: It is very common people complaining against local shopkeepers for overcharging but in Poonch some cheats who opened an outlet duped hundreds of people by assuring them 45 percent discount on various household items after fifteen days of their booking.
Locals complaint that the cheats lured them by showing attractive discounts on various branded and unbranded households and assured that the goods booked by them was delivered to them after fifteen days of their booking. Locals alleged that enthused with these discounts and after delivering few items to the customers and viewing administrative permission for opening outlet on the name of ‘Welcome Home Needs’ people booked goods from this shop and now the cheats fled from Poonch with the hard earned money, said a local Sad...|
|2 Laborers drowned in South Kashmir|
|SRINAGAR, July 28: Two laborers drowned in Jhelum near Sangam Anantnag last evening. Police is on job to fish out the bodies of drowned persons. Two laborers of RAMKAY Constructions Company Shrivind Kumar aged about 21 years son of Girdari Lal resident of Shalipader Kishtwar and Bittu Singh aged about 25 years son of Sher Singh resident of Kanthi Ramban drowned in River Jehlum while bathing near Work Site at Sangam in the jurisdiction of police station Bijbehara. Anantnag Police is on job to fish out the bodies of drowned persons from the river....|
|Child dies, 4 injured in road mishaps|
|SRINAGAR, July 28 : One year old child died in Leh while four other persons were injured in different road accidents across the valley. A Tipper bearing registration number JK10/8668 hit a one year old child Nurbu Gailson son of Chospail Tashi resident of Chamday at Thiksay Leh, resulting in his on spot death. The body of deceased was handed over to his relatives for last rites. Leh police has registered a case in this regard. Meanwhile, a Tavera vehicle bearing registration number JK02AE/7020 turned turtle at Nepora NHW, in the jurisdiction of police post Mir Bazar, Kulgam resulting in injuries to two passengers Shiban Jain resident of Kota Rajasthan and Syed M. Akram resident of Saharanpur UP. The injured was shifted to Hospital for treatment. Kulgam police has registered a case in this...|
|After Baltal unrest, yatra declines|
|JAMMU, Jul 27: In the last one week the total number of pilgrim heading towards Amarnath cave shrine have fallen drastically.
According to official sources before unrest started in Baltal base camp area the average number of over 10,000 pilgrims were performing ‘darshan’ of the ice lingam inside the cave shrine. After July 22 the day four pilgrims died due to cylinder blast under mysterious circumstances the yatra numbers started decreasing. Significantly, the sudden decline in the yatra figures has started impacting the local residents engaged in the task of providing logistics to the pilgrims.
The unrest in the Baltal base camp has also adversely affected the morale of the pilgrims and triggered in them the sense of insecurity after the pilgrim facilities and community kitchens came...|
|Poisonous mushroom claims another life in Darhal|
|JAMMU, Jul 27: Another girl, who consumed wild mushroom in Parodi village of Darhal in Rajouri district, yesterday, died at the Government Medical College (GMC) hospital taking the death toll to two.
As reported, a girl died while two others were critical after the consumed wild mushroom in Parodi village of Darhal in Rajouri district yesterday.
Two girls, who were in a critical condition, were shifted to District Hospital, Rajouri from where they were referred to GMC hospital in Jammu in the evening for advanced treatment.
Condition of one of them identified as Irfana Kousar, daughter of Mohammad Qayoom of Parodi continued to deteriorate and she died today while another girl Tazim Akhter also resident of Parodi (Darhal) was stated to be critical.
Police said that they consumed poison...|
|Iftaar parties catching up in valley|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 27: As the holy month of Ramzan is coming to an end, the trend of Iftaar get togethers is catching up in valley these days. Although during the month of Ramzan official Iftaar parties remain in vogue, arranging Iftaar parties at home is altogether a different experience for the people in valley.
The month of Ramzan comes with an aroma of blessings and spirituality. Certainly this month preaches harmony, brotherhood and togetherness among the Muslim community. Since the past many years the tradition of arranging Iftaar parties has emerged across the valley.
Like rest of the Muslim world in the valley, people arrange gatherings at Iftaar time by inviting acquaintances, relatives and near and dear ones particularly during the last days of Ramzan.
“Usually during the entire ...|
|Youth posing as militant, extorting money arrested|
|SRINAGAR, July 27: A local youth hailing from Tral area of Pulwama district was picked up by the joint team of security forces after they received complaints that he was posing as militant and extorting money from local people and elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions.
According to a statement issued by the state police, “A toy pistol and a tear smoke grenade were recovered from an extortionist in Pulwama who was apprehended in a joint operation with army and CRPF, last evening. The arrested extortionist was allegedly extorting money from Panches, Sarpanches and other civilians in Pulwama district for past several months.
Last week, Pulwama police received information that a person posing as militant is threatening local Panches, Sarpanches and other civilians and is ex...|
|Seharkhan spends Ramazan, Eid away from family |
|SRINAGAR, Jul 27: Now with Eid only a few days away, Abdul Rashid, a Seharkhan, is busy biding adieu to holy month of Ramzan and collecting money from the people.
Having helped the people wake up for sehri (pre dawn meal) with his drum beating throughout the holy month of Ramzan, he now expects the people to help him financially on Eid. “Surely I work as a seharkhan during Ramzan to please Allah. But it is also a source of income in the present scenario when financial stability is very important for survival. This is a genuine source of income. If anybody does not give me money, I do not stop beating the drum outside his house during Ramzan,” Rashid said.
Hailing from Lolab in Kupwara, Rashid is in this profession for last 32 years. “I came to Srinagar when I was a child. I started to...|
|Natrang stages Hindi play 'Badla'|
|JAMMU, July 27: New play in Hindi based on a world known Russian story ‘Badla’ written by Anton Chekhov and directed by Neeraj Kant was presented here today in its weekly theatre series, Sunday Theatre here today .
The dramatic action and creative execution of the scenes was much appreciated by the audience who is offered a variegated variety of plays of different genres by Natrang every Sunday since last 10 years.
The play ‘Badla’ opens at the house of one Siddiqui, who when incidentally arrives early from work one day, is stopped at the door entrance by a loyal housekeeper on the pretext that he shall not go inside as there is something gruesome happening there which he could not bear to see. He is informed that his wife has been cheating on him and his dear friend is the culprit...|
|Restrictions in Tulmulla after night-long clashes|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 26: Authorities today imposed restrictions in Tullamulla area of Kashmir's Ganderbal district following violent protests over an employee being caught with a girl inside a government office leaving eight policemen injured.
"Restrictions have been imposed in Tullamulla area following stone pelting incidents during the night," a police spokesman said in Srinagar on Saturday.
The protests broke out as local residents were not satisfied with police action against an employee of Education Department, who was yesterday allegedly caught with a girl in the zonal education office at Tullamulla despite a public holiday.
The residents thrashed the employee Zahoor Ahmad Sheikh while the girl managed to escape from the spot, the spokesman said, adding a mob set ablaze the motorcycle o...|
|Arms, ammunition seized in Ramban|
|JAMMU, Jul 26: Security forces claimed to have recovered two pistols and ammunition in Gudber in Ramban district, today.
Public Relations Officer (Defence) Jammu said that based on the specific intelligence inputs about presence of hideout, a joint operation was launched by local Rashtriya Rifle Battalion at Nachlana and J&K Police in general area Gudber in Ramban district, today.
The operation resulted in the recovery of two pistols, ammunition, equipment and war like stores, he added.
Meanwhile, security forces had today managed to bust a militant hideout in general forest area of Katarmal Manjakote, recoveries included one magazine, 1 pistol, 1 wireless, 3 UBGL grenades, 1 IED wire bundle and 2 IED switches. The recoveries were made by SOG and army....|
|Doc, 2 others booked for infant’s death|
|JAMMU, Jul 26: Three persons including a doctor were today booked for negligence after an infant died in a hospital here.
“Three persons including a doctor and two para-medicos have been booked for giving wrong treatment to a pregnant woman and aborting her in a private hospital,” police said.
They said that a woman Stuti Sharma, wife of Rakesh Sharma, resident of tehsil Nowshera, district Rajouri this morning had gone to a hospital in Narwal area for medical checkup. “The lady was eight months pregnant but she was given the wrong treatment in place of another patient and was later aborted,” added the police.
“There were two cases of pregnancy and the woman, who had to be aborted was left unchecked by the doctors instead the victim was given the dose and she was aborted,” they added.
|Eid shopping, rush to gain momentum today|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 26: Eid related shopping and subsequent rush is likely to gain momentum in Kashmir tomorrow.
Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated either on July 29 or July 30 depending upon the sighting of the moon of Shawaal, a month after Ramazan.
Today unlike last two days no huge rush was witnessed in markets till late this afternoon. This was because most people got up late due to the night long prayers on Shab-e-Qadar last night. The people in large number offered prayers at mosques, shrines and at homes during the night. It was a government holiday today in valley because of Shab-e-Qadar.
The shopping by most people during last several days had remained confined to the buying of readymade garments and foot wear. Women and girls visited the shops in large number to make purchases of thei...|
|Infrastructure development, faculty strengthening focused areas: Omar|
|SRINAGAR, July 26: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Saturday said that the Government is keen to upgrade infrastructure and strengthen the faculties in higher educational institutions in the State. He said while various faculty blocks have been completed and commissioned in degree colleges and universities in the State during the last over five years, many more are under various stages of the execution. He said attention is also being paid to construct lecture halls and auditoria in these institutions.
Laying foundation stone of a modern Auditorium at Amar Singh College, Srinagar today, the Chief Minister said that up to the mark infrastructure and well qualified faculties are imperative in imparting qality education to the students in a palatable and conducive atmosphere.
The Auditorium i...|
|PDP condemns crackdown on Srinagar youth|
|NC agents collaborating in youth victimization: Mir|
|JAMMU, July 26: Strongly condemning the latest crackdown on the youth of the Srinagar city, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today said it is the height of arrogance and insensitivity that the people are not even being allowed to live in peace in this holy month of Ramzan, by the National Conference regime.
In a statement issued here today, the party General Secretary, Mohammad Dilawar Mir said that on the instructions of the ruling party politicians, hundreds of youth across the city have been rounded up and locked up on false pretexts, over the last many weeks, in Srinagar, which has created an atmosphere of fear and terror amongst the people pushing the situation to pre-2002 dark era.
He said it is atrocious and barbaric on part of the Omar Abdullah’s regime to continuously and unneces...|
|UN must wake up, resolve Kashmir, Palestine: Malik|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 25: JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik today urged UN to wake up and take a note of the serious situation in Kashmir and Gaza.
He was addressing a public meeting at Charar-e-Sharief. “Peace and stability are subservient to the resolution of disputes and issue. Peace cannot be established in vacuum. United Nations as a responsible forum has to wake up from its deep slumber and play its role in resolving long pending disputes like Jammu Kashmir and Palestine. Trade and good relations between India and Pakistan are all right but ignoring Kashmir will be disastrous,” Malik said.
Malik moved in a procession of vehicles from Srinagar to Charar-e-Sharief. JKLF chairman stated that United Nation is a forum that despite its lacks and shortcomings still stands as a symbol of interna...|
|Cop killed in Bijbehara|
|ANANTNAG, Jul 25: A cop was killed in an attack by unidentified gunmen at Bijbehara in Anantnag today.
The cop was critically injured in the attack on Srinagar-Jammu highway at Bijbehara and later succumbed to his injuries in SKIMS here.
“Some gunmen who could not be immediately identified opened fire on a cop, at Gooriwan area of Bijbehara on the Srinagar-Jammu highway. He was on his routine duty,” a police official said. The gunmen who managed to flee from the spot fired at the cop from point blank range.
The injured cop was identified as constable Muhamad Altaf Hussain of Eidgah Srinagar.
He was rushed to the nearby sub-district hospital Bijbehara from where he was referred to SKIMS Srinagar in critical condition. “His condition was critical as he has been hit by a bullet in his ch...|
|Mirwaiz hails Indo-Pak Foreign Secy level talks|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 25: Welcoming the foreign secretary level talks between India and Pakistan, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) today said that his faction would welcome any decision by India and Pakistan to take up the Kashmir issue in a more serious way and as a matter of priority at the highest political levels.
“From the past experiences, it is very clear that bureaucrats cannot tackle what is essentially a political issue requiring real statesmanship. If Kashmir were to be elevated as an issue to be pursued at the top political level – at the prime ministerial level – the people of Kashmir would take this as a very welcome sign of seriousness on the part of India and Pakistan towards conflict resolution,” he said, while addressing a Friday congregation at Jamia Masj...|
|India’s defence preparedness better today: Army chief|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 25: Army chief Gen Bikram Singh today said army is fully geared up to take on challenges.
He said India’s defence preparedness is much better today than it was 15 years ago. Gen Singh assured that the army is fully capable of safeguarding the nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Army chief was talking to media at Drass. He was in Drass on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of ‘Operation Vijay Diwas’. He paid tributes to the soldiers who laid down their lives during Kargil war, some 15 years back.
The government is totally committed towards ensuring that the needs of the Army are met and the force is "fully geared" up to take on the challenges, outgoing Army Chief General Bikram Singh today said.
During his interaction with media, Gen Singh said, "As chief o...|
|Shabir, others arrested|
|Police foils Hurriyat-JK Hazratbal prog|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 25: Police today arrested senior Hurriyat Conference (JK) leader Shabir Ahmad Shah and others and foiled their bid to move towards Hazratbal shrine to offer prayers there.
Heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces was made around the office of Hurriyat (JK) at Sanatnagar here, where from the leaders were scheduled to move towards Hazrabal shrine.
As Shah and others leaders moved out of their office and tried to move towards the shrine, police swung into action and arrested them.
Before his arrest, while addressing his supporters at his office, Shah said that they were going to Hazratbal to offer prayers. “We are not going to create any law and order problem there,” he said.
The Hurriyat (JK) leader strongly condemned the human rights violations in Kashmir and Ga...|
|A young entrepreneur with a difference in Kashmir|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 25: Meet Saklain Kawos a young entrepreneur from Kashmir who has created a niche for himself in a totally different venture. Saklain’s business includes manufacturing of natural essential oils from lavender flowers, almonds, rosemary etc. He sells these products at his shop ‘Saklain’s Coterie’ at Poloview.
After pursuing MBA from Pune, Saklain worked with some private companies outside the state. However, due to some personal reasons he had to come back to valley. Though he could not find a job in valley; therefore he tried to create an opportunity on his own in which he ultimately succeeded.
“After I completed my MBA from Symbiosis Pune I worked with some private companies for several years; however due to some family reasons I had to come back to the valley. Unfortunatel...|
|PDP’s propaganda on finance devoid of facts, full of hypocrisy: NC|
|SRINAGAR, July 24: National Conference (NC) today “lashed out at PDP for being brazenly hypocritical in its philosophical idealism on the financial realities and challenges faced by J&K.”
The party said that PDP was trying to distort facts to augment a perennial negative propaganda that lacks an appreciation of the economic challenges and developmental needs of the state.
National Conference spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu said PDP’s “high idealism” on the financial outlook and circumstances in J&K defied PDP’s brazen track-record of crony-capitalism, graft and an utter failure to add to the infrastructure of the State during its tenure in the government. “While PDP professes the highest ideals of socialism and welfare economics one day, they jump right across the narrative the very next da...|