|Give pensionary benefits to 12 artisans: HC|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 4: The High Court has directed authorities to provide pensionary benefits to 12 artisans who were allegedly denied it following their superannuation in Industries and Commerce Department where they served for decades.
According to advocate Asif Maqbool Lone, representing the petitioners before the court, the artisans were absorbed in Handicrafts Departments along with 23 other colleagues after they were initially served the department under a scheme known as “massive carpet scheme.”
However, he said, while their colleagues were granted all the pensionary benefits under government order No.149-Ind of 2005 (dated 2-6-2005), the 12 artisans were “unjustifiably denied the benefit otherwise available to them.”
“In the above background writ petition is allowed and the re...|
|10 fresh Swine Flu cases in valley|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 4: Ten more patients have tested positive for swine flu in Kashmir, taking the total number of those infected with the virus to 277, even as no fresh deaths have been reported due to the disease, health officials said here today.
"Ten more patients have tested positive for the virus. The total number of infected people is now at 277," PRO, SKIMS, Kulsoom Bhat said.
She said the death toll due to the disease in the Valley stood at 7 as no fresh deaths had been reported in the last 24 hours.
"There has been no H1N1-related death during the last 24 hours in the Valley," she said.
Bhat said 20 fresh samples were taken today for testing.
"101 patients were seen at the special OPD of the SKIMS hospital today out of which samples of 13 were taken for testing. Seven samples hav...|
|CCA decides to resume work after swine flu closure|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 4: The Coaching Centres Association (CCA) of Kashmir has decided to start their regular work under stringent safety guidelines following the closure of private coaching centres over swine flu scare.
"The association was forced to close all the coaching centres in the valley after swine flu infections started rising on 23rd February. “The situation is still not normal but we have decided to resume our work under strict safety guidelines,” said G N Var chairman CCA Kashmir. “We approached Doctors Association of Kashmir and they helped us devise the advisory and safety precautions that would help us to function normally.”
The association said that the decision to open the institutes was taken after meeting with DAK officials who guided them on the entire situation. “They told...|
|Shah welcomes Indo-Pak takes|
|‘Step in right direction’|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 4: Chairman Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah today welcomed the foreign secretary level talks between India and Pakistan and described it as a step in right direction.
Addressing party workers in Anantnag, Shah said, “The secretary level talks between India and Pakistan are welcome. This will help easing the tension between the two countries. The rivalry between the two countries can lead to war anytime.”
He added that the dialogue is the only way out for putting an end to uncertainty in the subcontinent and resolving the Kashmir issue.
The DFP chairman stressed on the resolution of Kashmir as per the aspirations of people of Kashmir and United Nations resolutions. “We always favoured dialogue between the two countries and Pakistan since day one has playe...|
|Cabinet Secy chairs NCMC meet on Phuktal blockage|
|Operationalization of action plan underway|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 4: Union cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth Wednesday chaired the high level meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) at New Delhi to review the situation arisen due to the blockage of river Phuktal in Zanskar sub division and the operationalization of the action plan to dismantle the blockage.
The whole operation is constantly being monitored through ground, aerial and satellite means and data is collected and relayed on hourly basis. The latest imagery shows that the width of the river as 125 meters with surface area of 220 HA and water accumulation (backward from the site) upto 15 km.
Chief Secretary Iqbal Khandey Principal Secretary Planning and Development, B R Sharma, Commissioner Secretary PHE, I&FC, Dr Pawan Kotwal, Commissioner Secretary Revenue Vino...|
|Financial situation, budget, plan preparation reviewed|
|Budget to have ‘human face’: Drabu|
|JAMMU, Mar 4: Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu, while reviewing the financial situation of the state, status of budget preparation and plan for the next financial year after assuming his charge, Wednesday stated that he would like the budget to have a ‘human approach’ so that it could be understood and appreciated by common man.
He urged officers to look beyond figures while preparing the budget and to focus on substance, touching lives of the people.
After assuming charge of office at civil secretariat here Wednesday morning, Dr Drabu chaired a meeting with top officials of the department of Finance including its field departments and Directorates. He had extensive discussions with Principal Secretary Finance B B Vyas and other officers on the financial situation of the state and rev...|
|‘Mufti hurt J&K voters’|
|PDP, BJP take U-turn to befool people: Mir|
|JAMMU, Mar 3: Newly appointed Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president Ghulam Ahmed Mir Tuesday accused PDP, BJP of befooling people by taking U-turn on what they propagated during elections and slammed the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed for hurting voters of J&K by giving credit to Pakistan, Hurriyat and militants for successful assembly polls.
He was talking to media persons after formally assuming charge as new JKPCC president at the party office here today.
Mir said BJP sold its agenda of Article 370 and Ek Vidhan Eik Pradhan and Eik Nishan for power and compromised with its ideology and PDP bargained power for self rule and AFSPA. He stated that Mufti hurt the voters of the state by his controversial remarks giving credit to Pakistan, Hurriyat and milit...|
|Heavy snow damages fence on Poonch LoC|
|JAMMU, Mar 3: As thirty meters fence was damaged due to heavy snowfall in Sawjian area of Mandi tehsil of Poonch district, Jammu-Srinagar national highway has been shut due to landslides in Udhampur district on Tuesday.
Reports from Poonch said that thirty meter fence was damaged due to heavy snowfall in Sawjian area of Mandi tehsil of Poonch district. Eyewitness said that due to heavy snowfall a big tree fell on the fence and the fence was damaged. Locals said that on February 25, 2015 the fence was damaged in the same area and it was temporarily restored by BSF jawans.
Jammu-Srinagar national highway has been shut due to landslides in Udhampur district on Tuesday. The sudden change in weather has resulted in landslides and blockades in some parts of the city. Traders were the most aff...|
|Highway closed for 2nd day|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 3: Kashmir Valley remained cut off from rest of the world for the second consecutive day today, due to intermittent rains in plains and snowfall in upper reaches.
The snowfall, which started since Monday, disrupted traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu highway, thereby cutting the Valley’s connection with the rest of the country.
Inspector General Police (IGP) Traffic Muneer Ahmad Khan said that the Srinagar-Jammu highway, which was closed for the traffic due to fresh snowfall and landslides yesterday, remains shut even today as few places along the route received intermittent rain and snow.
He said that the road will be open only after proper assessment.
Meanwhile air traffic at Srinagar ‘International’ airport resumed today after improvement in the weather. However, authoriti...|
|5-day remand for PAK returnee in Poonch|
|POONCH, Mar 3: Court here today granted five days police remand to Poonch resident and his wife duo who were yesterday arrested by police from Mandi area of Poonch soon after they returned from PAK by Nepal route.
As reported Mohammad Rafiq, son of Ahmed Bhat of Sawjian alongwith his family ex-filtrated to PAK on June 18, 1991 and police then registered an FIR against him at Police Station Mandi under 2/3 EGRECE ACT along with few other sections of RPC.
Police sources said that yesterday acting on a tip of that Mohammad Rafiq reached Mandi (Poonch) via Nepal and he was returning for his home town, police constituted few teams and ultimately arrested him, his wife Nosheem, 32, his four children Mohammad Jahangir, 12, Muqadis Rafiq, 9, Aroz Rafiq, 7 years and Zeshmal, 5, from Mandi area w...|
|HC stays Gulzar Pir’s acquittal, issues notice|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 3: The High Court today stayed acquittal of Gulzar Ahmad Bhat alias Gulzar Pir who was arrested in May 2013 by police for allegedly raping several young girls at his “fake” seminary in Budgam district.
Earlier on February 26, the state government had filed appeal against a Budgam court’s order challenging the acquittal of Pir.
A division bench of the Court comprising of Justice M H Attar and Justice A M Magrey while staying the acquittal order issued notices to the respondents and listed the matter for hearing in third week of this month.
42-year-old Pir was arrested on May 21, 2013 after four minor girl students of his seminary accused him of committing the abuses at the residential institute at Shamasabad in Khansahib area of the district.
After a trial of over 19 mont...|
|ARTO arrested for ‘misbehaving’ with MLA|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 3: A top official was arrested today for allegedly misbehaving with incumbent Congress legislator in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
Reports said that after receiving complaints from people that Assistant Regional Transport Officer (ARTO) misbehaves with the people, who visit his office for getting their problems addressed, MLA Bandipora Usman Majid visited his office and the duo exchanged heating arguments.
MLA reportedly lodged a complaint in police station while DC Bandipora directed SP District to register an FIR against the accused official.
Reports said that police after acting upon the directions of DC Bandipora arrested ARTO Tariq Ahmed and registered an FIR vide number 30/2015 under section 353,506 of RPC against him.
Confirming the arrest of ARTO, a police...|
|Mufti's remarks create furore in RS|
|BJP doing damage control exercise: Oppn|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 2: Opposition in Rajya Sabha on Monday created a furore over Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's statement crediting Pakistan and Hurriyat for the smooth assembly polls, with the Centre jumping to do damage control by saying security forces and the people were responsible for the peaceful polls.
Congress calling Sayeed's statement "anti-national", Shantaram Naik (Cong) said immediately after being sworn-in, Chief addressed a press conference where he credited "people from across the border", separatist Hurriyat Conference and militants for the peaceful assembly elections.
Raising the issue during zero hour, Naik said "this statement is bordering anti-national... this is violative of oath of office as he is showing allegiance to forces which are anti-n...|
|Hurriyat-G reacts to Mufti’s statement|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 2: Hurriyat Conference (G) today ridiculed the statement of chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in which the latter stated that Pakistan, Hurriyat and militants helped in making atmosphere conducive for assembly polls.
In a statement to KNS Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar said, “As far as Hurriyat Conference (G) is concerned, its entire leadership and its hundreds of activists and associates were arrested some 45 days before the election drama. They were either jailed or placed under house arrest and they were denied any chance to reach out to the people and present their stand. So commenting on any role of theirs in the election drama is unrealistic and unfair and it is merely a political gimmick.”
“Statement of Mufti sahib is same like a person is held hostage, his ha...|
|'Credit for J&K polls goes to EC, Army, Paramilitary forces'|
|BJP dissociates from Mufti's remarks|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 2: Home Minister Rajnath Singh today stated in the Lok Sabha that the credit for smooth conduct of the Jammu and Kashmir elections goes to the Election Commission, Army, Paramilitary forces and people of the state.
Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had earlier stoked a controversy by stating that the Hurriyat, Pakistan and militants had allowed a conducive atmosphere for the recently held assembly polls in the state. Singh said that the Centre and the BJP completely dissociates with Sayeed's statement.
"Our government and BJP fully dissociates with the statement of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed crediting Pakistan, Hurriyat for smooth conduct of assembly polls. I am making this statement after discussion with and consent of the Prime Minister."...|
|Heavy snowfall disrupts normal life in Valley|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 2: Normal life across the valley came to a halt today as higher reaches and plain areas witnessed fresh snowfall since last night. Most of the places including Srinagar city received heavy to moderate snowfall resulting in blockade of the roads and routes across the valley.
Snowfall and rains interrupted the surface and air traffic also. In most parts of valley traffic remained off the roads today.
“Higher reaches and plain areas received fresh snowfall today. Snowfall occurred at places including Gulmarg, Kupwara, Pahalgam, Qazigund and Srinagar. Srinagar received 8 centimeters of snow till today noon. Around 35.2 centimeters of rain was measured in Srinagar during last night. In North Kashmir snowfall and rains occurred at Gulmarg, Tangmarg, Kupwara etc,” spokesperson a...|
|Heavy snow forces closure of NHW|
|Normal life paralysed in hilly towns|
|TIALK MEHRA/NOUMAN PARVEZ|
|JAMMU, Mar 2: With continuous heavy rain and snowfall across Jammu and Kashmir, the traffic department has closed traffic movement from both the sides of the highway on the second consecutive day today.
Official reports said that due to fresh rain and snowfall between Qazigund and Banihal which has triggered landslides and shooting stones at various places along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway at Lasri, Chanderkot, Seri, Ramsoo and Panthal in the Batote and Banihal sectors, highway has been closed since yesterday.
However, a large numbers of stranded families of Kashmir valley besides Doda, Kishtwar, Bhaderwah districts and adjoining areas of Jammu region have taken shelter at Jammu Bus Stand and waiting for restoration of traffic movement to reach their respective destinations.
|PDP buries ‘self-rule’ to grab power: Rather|
|`Agenda of Alliance serves interest of PDP, not people’|
|JAMMU, Mar 2: Senior National Conference leader and former Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather Monday accused PDP of pursuing deceptive politics by burying its much flaunted agenda of 'self-rule' to seek assured six-year term as Chief Minister for Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.
“The coalition government's 'Agenda of Alliance' serves the interest of the PDP and not the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said while interacting with media at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan this afternoon.
“Their (PDP) real agenda is self rule and they have buried it to grab the power," senior NC leader and former finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather told reporters in Jammu.
Alleging that PDP's main agenda was to get more ministries for them in the state, Rather said, "This document (Agenda of Alliance) serves the interest of...|
|Peaceful J&K polls due to those who trust in constitution: BJP|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 1 (Agencies): With a controversy building around Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's remarks crediting Pakistan and separatists for peaceful election in the state, the BJP on Sunday sought to make a damage control exercise in calling it a result of the efforts of the Election Commission and the security forces.
"The Election Commission and security agencies who believe in the Indian constitution should be credited for the peaceful and highly successful assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir," BJP secretary Shrikant Sharma said.
Maintaining that the people of Jammu and Kashmir want peace and development as they look to take their state forward on the path of progress, he said that the new PDP-BJP coalition government will try to fulfill these aspirati...|
|Mufti known for his astute political acumen|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 1: Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, who took over as chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir today is known for his astute political acumen and ability to lead both the political party he heads and as chief minister. He is a man who courts little controversy with his measured statements and his maturity in handling issues.
His previous stint as chief minister from 2002 to 2005 is often recalled for a comparatively better period of governance and calm. A strong votary of peace process between India and Pakistan and dialogue with separatists, Mufti’s stand has not wavered even as he joins hands with the saffron brigade to form the government.
After remaining in the Congress for better part of his life Mufti alongwith some likeminded associates and Mehbooba Mufti founded Peoples Democra...|
|Romesh Arora withdraws candidature for MLCs polls|
|JAMMU, Mar 1: To honour the decision of the party, BJP candidate Ramesh Arora, has withdrawn his candidature for March 2 election to Member of Legislative Council (MLC) leaving two candidates in the fray.
According to BJP State Spokesperson Balbir Ram Rattan, the decision of the party was conveyed to Ramesh Arora and the same was accepted by him in the interest of the party. Voting for Member of Legislative Council is scheduled for March 02 and BJP had initially five candidates, out of which two have been declared elected unopposed from Ladakh and Kashmir.
However, the other three candidates from Jammu, who had been fielded were Ramesh Arora, Vibodh Gupta and Charanjeet Singh Khalsa. Now, with the withdrawal by Ramesh Arora, two candidates are in fray for the said election, which PDP an...|
|Anjum Fazili, Priya Sethi nominated as MLAs|
|JAMMU, Mar 1: The Governor, N N Vohra today nominated PDP leader Anjum Fazili wife of Aijaz Fazili, resident of Kursoo Rajbagh, Srinagar and former corporator of Jammu Municipal Corporation, Priya Sethi wife of Yudhvir Sethi, resident of Jammu to the Legislative Assembly as Members of the Legislative Assembly.
The nomination has been made by the Governor in exercise of powers under Section 47 Sub-Section (1) of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir. In this regard SRO-47 was issued here today....|
|Governor's rule ends in J&K|
|JAMMU, Mar 1: Governor, N N Vohra today issued a Proclamation to revoke the earlier Proclamation, issued by him on January 9, 2015, in exercise of powers conferred on him under Section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, whereby he had assumed all the functions of the Government of the state.
According to a Raj Bhavan Spokesperson, the Proclamation issued by the Governor brought to an end the period of Governor’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir, which had commenced with effect from January 8, 2015....|
|PDP, BJP play give and take on AFSPA, Art 370|
|JAMMU, Mar 1: The PDP seems to have diluted its stand on controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) whereas the BJP has taken a complete U-turn on Article 370 which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir and both the parties have left open the issue of rehabilitation of West Pakistan refugees while chalking out a common agenda for the alliance.
The “Agenda for Alliance” released by Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh spoke about many things including political and developmental issues.
On the Article 370, which gives special status to the State, the BJP, which has been demanding its abrogation, has now agreed on status quo.
“While recognising the different positions and appreciating the perception, the BJP and the PDP have on the C...|
|Schools to reopen on March 9|
|Winter vacation extended in Kashmir|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 28: Amidst swine flu scare and forecast of heavy rain/snow early next week, authorities on Saturday extended the ongoing winter vacation in schools falling under Kashmir division and the winter zones of Jammu by another week.
"The winter vacation is extended up to March 7 in all government educational institutions and recognised private schools up to higher secondary level, falling in Kashmir and the winter zones of Jammu division," a government order said.
However, the order said that the examination for class 12th would be held as per schedule.
The schools are now scheduled to reopen on March 9. Though no official reason was given for the latest extension in the winter vacation, there have been demands from various quarters, especially concerned parents, for extensio...|