|5th batch of Yatris leaves Jammu|
|JAMMU, Jul 5: The fifth batch comprising 2,069 pilgrims today left from the base camp here to the cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir amid tight security.
The batch, which included 1,554 men, 488 women, 27 children, left in a cavalcade of 66 vehicles from Bhagwati Nagar base camp here at 4:30 AM today, a police official said.
With today's batch, as many as 8,940 pilgrims so far left from Jammu base camp for Amarnath shrine.
Security has been increased in view of inputs that Pakistan-based militant organisations might try to disrupt the yatra.
The Army had said that there were 'general inputs' that militants might try to target the yatra.
The army on its part has launched operation 'Shiva' aimed at providing foolproof security to the pilgrims....|
|Kohli flags of Srinagar-Poonch-Rajouri bus service|
|SRINAGAR, July 5: Minister for transport, Abdul Gani Kholi this morning formally launched bus service from Srinagar-Poonch-Rajouri via Shopian and Mughal Road. .
The minister said this service will benefit large number of people living in these hilly and border areas, especially businessmen and traders community. He said government is making all out efforts to provide reliable, cheap, safe and comfortable bus service to the people, adding that SRTC is playing important role in this field.
The Minister asked Managing Director, SRTC and RTO to make sure that bus service will be available to the people throughout the week. He asked them to make proper arrangements for booking of seats at Srinagar, Poonch and Rajouri.
He also asked MD SRTC to inform people about the bus service through pri...|
|Army hands over boy to Pak rangers|
|SRINAGAR, July 5: Army officials in Tanghdar sector Saturday handed over a 11-year-old boy from Pakistan-administered-Kashmir (PaK), who had inadvertently crossed the Line of Control two days ago, to Pakistan Army officials.
A defence spokesman said Sameer Kayani son of Mohammad Rafiq from Laswa Athmuqam (PaK) who was intercepted by troop deployed in the forward areas after he inadvertently crossed this side of border on Thursday.
The boy was handed over by the unit based at Tanghdar frontier area to the Pakistan Army at Teetwal crossing point with new clothes and sweets for the family, the spokesman added.
Soon after the boy was apprehended by the troops, the Indian army took the initiative and sent an urgent hot line message to the Pakistan side. The message was initiated to inform t...|
|Rangers target BSF posts in Arnia|
|JAMMU, Jul 5: Pakistan Rangers Sunday resorted to unprovoked firing on three Border Security Force (BSF) posts along International Border in Arnia sector of Jammu.
No injuries have been reported in the attack so far.
BSF, however, has not issued any official communication confirming it as a ceasefire violation....|
|CM never asked to relocate gynae ward of G B Pant hospital: Lal Singh|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 5: Days after Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed directed authorities to relocate the Gynaecological ward of GB Pant hospital, the Health Minister Chowdray Lal Singh Sunday claimed that the CM never issued such directions and “some people were frustrated due to the better performance of the GB Pant hospital.”
“Chief Minister has never said about the relocation of Gynaecological ward and its theatre. Such facilities will not be closed from the hospital at any cost. Somebody has spread false information. I can also tell you that some people here are frustrated due to the better performance of GB Pant hospital,” Lal Singh was quoted by a Srinagar local news agency KNS.
He said that Chief Minister only talked about having additional children hospital in Srinagar. “During the...|
|Omar congratulates J&K candidates who cracked civil services|
|SRINAGAR, JULY 05: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today congratulated the candidates from the state who qualified the UPSC civil services examinations, saying their hard-work against all odds provided inspiration to the youth here.
"I congratulate the successful UPSC candidates from the state. Their individual stories of struggle and hard-work against all odds provided inspiration not only to the youth of the state but also for policy-makers who should endeavour to facilitate youth empowerment," Omar said here.
Nine candidates, including three women, from Jammu and Kashmir cracked the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) exams, the results of which were declared yesterday.
The former chief minister lauded 22-year-old candidate, Athar Amir-ul-Shafi Khan from south...|
|Katra-Banihal rail-link to be completed by 2020: GM NR|
|‘Jammu will have world's highest railway bridge’|
|SRINAGAR, July 4: The rail-link from Banihal to Katra, connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, would be completed by 2020, railway officials said here on Saturday.
"The work on the Banihal to Katra stretch is going on and we are hopeful of completing it by 2020," general manager, northern Railways, AK Puthia told reporters.
Puthia said the 110 km stretch was the most difficult part of the rail-link which connects Baramulla in north Kashmir with Udhampur in Jammu.
"About 85 per cent of the track is made of tunnels. There are 25 tunnels in this stretch, of which around 35 per cent has been completed," he said.
The general manager said the track would also have the world's longest and highest railway bridge. "It will be 359 metres high and will have a span of 467 metres. ...|
|6 ex-VCs, several bureaucrats among JU Library defaulters|
|JAMMU, July 4: Senior bureaucrats and six former vice chancellors of the Jammu University are amongst other top officials who have not returned books taken from the Central library of the varsity.
The University has revealed in a reply received under RTI that these top officials are amongst the defaulters.
"A list of defaulters released by the Public Information Officer of Jammu University, who have not returned books of its Central library, includes the names of at least six former Vice Chancellors of the University, several high profile officers of the state bureaucracy and senior faculty members of different departments of the university besides staff members of the Central Library itself," RTI activist Raman Sharma said.
Interestingly, the University has admitted that neither the m...|
|12,416 yatris pay obeisance at Holy Cave|
|SRINAGAR, July 4: On the 3rdday of the ongoing Shri Amarnathji Yatra 12,416 Yatris paid obeisance at the Holy Cave. Till date 30,737 Yatris had darshan of the Ice Lingam at Holy Cave.
For the convenience of intending Yatris who could not secure Advance Registration, Shri Amaranthji Shrine Board has established On-Spot Registration facilities in Jammu at Vaishnavi Dham/ Saraswati Dham; Jammu Haat; and Geeta Bhavan/ Ram Mandir (for Sadhus only) and in Srinagar at TRC, Nowgam. The CEO has released 13,550 slots for On-Spot Registration, at Registration Counters, for 2nd-6th July 2015 and 8,650 slots have been released for 7th-8th July. The quota is available on first come first serve basis.
For On Spot Registration the Yatri shall need to apply in the prescribed Application and furnish a ...|
|Amarnath Yatra: Third batch begins journey|
|JAMMU, July 4: Another batch of around 2,000 pilgrims for the Amarnath Yatra left from here on Saturday for the Himalayan cave shrine in the Kashmir valley.
“The third batch of 1,849 pilgrims, including 406 women and 25 children, left Jammu in buses, taxis and private vehicles in a convoy for the Shri Amarnathji Yatra today (Saturday),” a senior police official told.
The official said the convoy of pilgrims started from the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in the city at 5 A.M.
So far, more than 16,000 pilgrims have had ‘darshan’ at the Amarnath cave shrine situated 14,500 feet above the sea level in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
The cave shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that waxes and wanes with the phases of the Moon.
Devotees believe the stalagmite structure symbolizes myt...|
|5 SHOs transferred in Kathua|
|JAMMU, July 4: Superintendent of Police, Kathua, Neeva Jain, today ordered transfers of five Station House Officers (SHOs) in Kathua district.
As per order, Inspector Sanjeev Singh SHO Police Station Kathua has been transferred from Police Station Kathua and posted as SHO Police Station Billawar in place of Inspector Saroop Singh. Saroop Singh has been posted as SHO Police Station Kathua. Inspector Pardeep Kumar who was under transfer to Doda-Ramban-Kishtwar Range bas been shifted from Police Station Hiranagar to DPL Kathua. Inspector Sarbjeet Singh has been posted as SHO Police Station Hiranagar.
Inspector Rakesh Akram, SHO Police Station Rajbagh has been shifted to DPL Kathua and Mohammad Hussain DySP (Probationary) has been posted as new SHO Police Station Rajbagh....|
|Probe militant links of politicians: BJP to Mufti|
|JAMMU, July 4: Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday demanded that Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed should order a probe to ascertain the militant links of the mainstream politicians and reinvestigate the Hawala cases registered against the separatists.
In a statement here the BJP spokesman Khalid Jehangir said: “Recent revelations of the former RAW Chief A S Dulat cannot be brushed aside.”
Jehangir said Chief Minister should ask the investigating agencies to peep into the past of the politicians and ascertain whether they still have militant links or not. “There are reports that separatists have been seeking favours from the mainstream politicians and they have been obliged on many occasions. BJP believes that this practice should be done away with and people at the helm sh...|
|Mir: Difference of opinion over AFSPA exposes PDP-BJP|
|SRINAGAR, July 3: The difference of opinion on AFSPA by both PDP and BJP has exposed the so-called Common Minimum Programme (CMP) of coalition government’s tall claims with regard to revocation of AFSPA and its commitment with people have proved a hoax.
This was stated by JKPCC Chief GA Mir while addressing a meeting of PCC office bearers, legislators, district presidents of Kashmir Valley today.
Contradictions in the approach of both BJP and PDP towards Jammu and Kashmir have alienated the people of all the three regions of the state, NDA government of which PDP is a big brother in the coalition doesn’t trust PDP. PDP which has failed on every count has also sacrificed its Core agenda for the sake of power, he said.
The regular statements issued by NDA leaders especially Defence Min...|
|IS trying to gain foothold in PaK: Army|
|JHANGAR (Nowshera), July 3: Militant outfit Islamic State (IS) is trying to gain a foothold in Pakistan-administered Kashmir PaK), a senior Army official said on Friday.
"Whatever inputs we have, IS has not taken in a major way, but they are definitely trying to gain foothold in the area (PaK)", General Officer Commanding (GoC), 16 Corps, Lt Gen K H Singh told reporters on sidelines of an army function Jhangar, in Nowshera.
He was replying to a question on the threat perception of IS in PoK amid media reports about the terror outfit's presence in the valley.
Lt Gen Singh said that there were around 200 to 225 militants in 36 launch pads across the Pir Panjal range waiting to infiltrate into the Indian side.
The terror infrastructure across the border was intact and training camps were...|
|Hideout busted in Poonch village|
|POONCH, July 3: Security forces claimed to have busted a militant hideout in Hari Marhote area Surankote in Poonch district.
Official report said that security forces claimed to have busted a militant hideout in Hari Marhote area Surankote in Poonch district.
Based upon specific information, troops of 25 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and Poonch police launched a search operation in Hari Marhote area Surankote in Poonch district. Troops recovered one AK Rifle, two magazines, twenty rounds, five Kg IED, 2 pencil cells and remote control.
The search operation was called off by the security personnel....|
|Ex-minister’s daughters are ‘land grabbers’|
|Owners seek restoration of land from HC|
|JAMMU, July 3: The much publicized Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Social Activist Prof SK Bhalla against land grabbing by politicians, police officers, bureaucrats in league with land mafia has taken a new turn on Friday when the owners of 342 Kanals of land comprised in Khasra No.1 situated at Village Chak Lallo Shah, Jammu (Near Fourth Bridge, Jammu in Niki Tawi Area) namely Kamni Gupta, Geeta Gupta, Archana Gupta, Laxmi Gupta and Romi Gupta daughters of Late Hem Raj and Chanchal Gupta widow of Late Hem Raj residents of Partap Garh, Jammu filed a Miscellaneous Petition in WPPIL No.19/2011 in the State High Court seeking restoration of their possession on the land which is under the illegal occupation of three daughters of Former PHE and Health Minister Taj Mohi-ud-Din.
|Rains to lash valley from July 6 in Kashmir|
|SRINAGAR, July 3: The Indian Meteorological Department’s official website disclosed light rainfall will occur throughout Kashmir from July 5 to July 9.
On July 5, the weather is expected to be partly cloudy with the possibility of rain or thunderstorm, but from July 6 until July 9, rains will lash the Valley, including Srinagar and Anantnag districts.
After incessant rains in last week of June 2015, which created a flood-like situation in Anantnag, the Valley is currently witnessing sunny weather, with maximum temperatures going up to 30-degrees Celsius.
But according to AccuWeather.com, which provides a detailed monthly weather forecast, rainfall will occur throughout this month starting from July 6. Light rainfall will continue from July 14 till the end of the month, as per forecast...|
|MHA: Video clip on Rijiju 'misinterpreted' facts|
|NEW DELHI, July 3 (Agencies): The video clip shown by television channels about Union Minister Kiren Rijiju being confronted by passengers of an Air India flight had "misinterpreted" the facts as people were actually complaining to the Minister about advancement of the plane's departure time, a Home Ministry official claimed.
"The video clip shown had been misinterpreted. Actually, the person in the video was telling the Minister that the preponing of flights was wrong and Air India has the habit of changing flight schedule in Leh sector. Many passengers also got information of re-schedule at a very late hour," the official, who is privy to the incident, said.
This came a day after a major row erupted over offloading of three members of a family from a Leh-Delhi flight to accommodate Ri...|
|Chairs Udhampur, Ramban DDB meetings |
|Mufti dismayed over sluggish fund utilization, cautions administration|
|Ramban plan outlay increased by 173 pc, Udhampur by 194 pc|
|UDHAMPUR/RAMBAN, July 2: Expressing dismay over inadequate utilization of funds, the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed today called for expeditious and effective usage of allocated money to get the desired results on the ground.
“Unfortunately, the track record of the state in utilizing the allocated funds has not been up to the mark resulting in development deficit in key sectors,” Chief Minister said while chairing the District Development Board meeting of Udhampur and Ramban districts here today.
The Chief Minister, who is also Incharge Planning Minister, announced an outlay of Rs 166.32 Cr for Udhampur for the year 2015-16 and Rs 116.27 crore for district Ramban.
He said it was dispiriting to note that on an average utilization of funds under centrally sponsored schemes (CSS) ...|
|Romana murder case: Family hopes for justice|
|SRINAGAR, July 2: With arguments and hearings nearing a conclusion in Romana murder case, Romana’s family are hopeful that justice will be delivered soon.
Romana’s parents who have been awaiting justice since past six years are hopeful that court will hear the final verdict soon.
“Now that the trial is witnessing the concluding hearings we are hopeful it won’t take much time for the final outcome. Final arguments were recorded on June 17. We are provided with a ray of hope. I am sure the final decision will come out within a month or two,” Romana’s father, Hakeem Shabnam said.
He added, “Since this case is finally heading towards a closing now I am hopeful that the verdict will be in our favour. I will rather say in favour of our society.”
For Romana’s parents 6-year long trial has b...|
|2nd batch of pilgrims leaves for Amarnath|
|JAMMU, July 2: The second batch comprising of 1,525 pilgrims on Thursday left from the base camp in Jammu to the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir Himalayas amid tight security.
The batch, consisting of 1,074 male, 236 female, 7 children and 208 sadhus, left in a cavalcade of 47 vehicles from Bhagwati Nagar base camp at 5:15 am on Thursday, a police official said.
The convoy would reach its destination at Baltal and Pahalgam base camps by this evening, he added.
With latest batch, as many as 2,805 pilgrims have so far left from the Jammu base camp for the Amarnath cave shrine.
Teams of army and paramilitary forces have been deployed at various points along the pilgrimage route.
Thousands of pilgrims undertake the Amarnath Yatra to the shrine cave to worship an ice stalagm...|
|HM satisfied over security arrangements for Yatra|
|SRINAGAR, July 2: Union home minister Rajnath Singh has expressed satisfaction over the security and other arrangements put in place by the State government and Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) for the smooth and peaceful conduct of annual Amarnath Yatra which began today.
Rajnath Singh visited the holy cave shrine early this morning to take stock of the security situation and also inspected arrangements for the smooth conduct of Yatra. He said he is satisfied with the on-the-spot feedback from the pilgrims, who expressed happiness over befitting arrangements and facilitation mechanism for them. Singh paid obeisance at the Cave shrine and had darshan of Shiv Lingam.
The union home minister reiterated his commitment to extend all support, assistance and encouragement to the Jammu & Kas...|
|CET-Paper Leak Scam|
|File status of investigations within four weeks: HC to CBK|
|SRINAGAR, July 2: The High Court has asked the Crime Branch to file status of investigations into admissions to Common Entrance Test (CET)-2010 conducted by Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE).
As the matter came up for hearing today, a division bench of the High Court headed by the Chief Justice adjourned the matter with a direction to the Crime Branch to file status on investigations into the matter.
On March 24, the High Court had asked all cellular companies operating in Jammu and Kashmir to extend full cooperation to investigating agency probing CET-2010 admissions.
The court had then said that it expects the cellular companies to extend full cooperation with the investigating agency or such an option (means framing of rules) may be resorted to in case of continuing...|
|Armarnath Yatra begins on both routes|
|SRINAGAR, July 2: The 59-day long Amarnath Yatra began today from both the routes Baltal and Pahalgam.
An official spokesman said 4169 Yatris left from Pahalgam route and 6782 from Baltal route for the holy cave. On the first day of the Amaranthji Yatra, 8401 pilgrims paid obeisance at the holy cave.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh, who was on a two-day visit to Kashmir, also paid obeisance at the holy cave shrine of Amarnath. He also reviewed the security and other arrangements.
Governor N N Vohra also paid obeisance at the Sanctum Sanctorum and participating in the pooja ceremony. He prayed for sustained peace, harmony, progress and prosperity in the State.
Usha Vohra, First Lady, and P KTripathi, Chief Executive Officer of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, Lt Gen Subrata Saha, GO...|
|Laughter in unison|
|Srinagar, July 1: Admitting that the vigilance system has not been working in the state Jammu and Kashmir, government on Wednesday said there was neither prosecution nor the conviction in vogue against the tainted officials.
Addressing a press conference here, Education Minister and coalition’s spokesman Naeem Akhtar said that the government is committed to take stern action against all those officials who are found violating the norms and indulging the corrupt practices. Akhtar’s remarks created scenes of laughter when he read out the names of some low rung police officials against whom action has been taken by the government at present. “Ranjit Singh police station Nagrota. Head Constable, ASI Abdul Qabeer, SHO Manwal,” Akhtar read out the names of the police officials against whom whi...|