|Tarigami, Hakeem, Mir respond to Cong call|
|We are not in alliance with any party: Tarigami|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 22: With the Congress announcing not to contest against Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, Hakim Mohammad Yasin and Ghulam Hassan Mir during the upcoming elections in the state, the trio on Tuesday welcomed the decision, stating, “we must respect it”.
However, the Awami Mutahida Mahaz (AMM) leaders Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami and Hakeem Mohammad Yasin stated that the Congress didn’t discuss the issue with them and that they came to know about the same through the local dailies.
CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami told KNS that AMM as a political amalgam is not in alliance with any other political party. “We are not in alliance with any party including Congress. The fact is that Congress didn’t discuss the issue with us before making it public. We read it from newspapers.”
|PDP’s complaint against NC workers in Wachi|
|Court cancels bail, sends PSO, 3 others to judicial lockup|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 22: The Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Shopian has cancelled the bail applications of the four accused including one Personal Security Officer (PSO) of National Conference leader and MLC Showkat Ganai booked in an alleged assault case registered by a PDP worker in Wachi-Shopian. All the four have been sent to judicial lockup.
According to KNS , the four accused identified as Bilal Ahmad Ganaie (PSO), Rafaqat Ahmad Ganaie, Sajad Ahmad and Mehraj-u-Din were booked by police under section 326 RPC after a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polling agent Azad Ahmad lodged a complaint against them of being thrashed to pulp in recently held Lok Sabha elections.
In his complaint Azad has said that he was beaten to pulp by the four accused while he was on his party duty at Chitragam...|
|In May 1999, Pak occupied Kargil heights|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 22: Army today officially revealed that by the first week of May 1999 it became clear that Pakistanis were occupying a number of important Indian heights in Kargil sector, which later led to the Kargil war.
A defence spokesman today issued a detailed statement on the issue. “By the first week of May 99, it had become clear to the Indian Army that Pakistani intruders were occupying a number of important Indian heights in the Dras, Kargil and Batalik Sectors. In the Dras sector, well entrenched enemy soldiers were directing precise artillery fire onto the Srinagar-Leh highway from Tololing. Due to the domination of the feature, it was vital to capture this Complex at the earliest, both to prevent interdiction of the highway and also to act as a launch pad for further operati...|
|Centre alerts J&K against militant attack on pilgrims|
|NEW DELHI, Jul 22: There are intelligence inputs which suggest threat of militant attacks on Amarnath pilgrims, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said there are intelligence inputs about the plan of terrorists to target Amarnath yatra and the same has been shared with security agencies at the Centre and state levels.
Rijiju said since the beginning of the yatra this year, the reports of some incidents of stone pelting on yatra vehicles from Jammu and Kashmir's Ganderbal district have been received.
In these incidents, injury to one pilgrim and damage to the windowpanes of three vehicles have been reported, he said adding the state government has been taking adequate measures to provide security to the Amarnath pilgrims.
The minister further sai...|
|Pak violated ceasefire 19 times since Modi took over|
|NEW DELHI, Jul 22: Pakistan violated ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir 19 times since the new government took over and the Indian side retaliated appropriately in each case, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday.
"Our head has not bowed... This government will not let our heads bow," Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said replying to questions in Rajya Sabha.
Jaitley's response came when Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said Narendra Modi, before becoming the Prime Minister, used to accuse the then UPA dispensation of being "weak".
Then why the government has "bowed" to the recurring ceasefire violations by Pakistan, Azad asked.
The minister said during the current year till July 16, there have been 54 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border in...|
|Female foeticide biggest sin: CM|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 22: Terming female foeticide as the "biggest sin against humanity", Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said his government had taken several measures but it alone cannot eradicate the menace.
"When I saw the alarming reports of female foeticide in Kashmir, I was highly surprised as I had never dreamt that such a sin will be performed in a society where protection, security and well being of girls and women is a cultural trait," Omar said at a function here.
Addressing a three-day workshop on 'Gender and Child Rights', organised by Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy in collaboration with the state government, Omar pin-pointed the menace of female foeticide and said that he is deeply concerned about this "highest sin against humanity" which would ruin t...|
|Fallout of anti-Israel protests|
|Nocturnal raids force youths to hide, evade arrests|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 21: The nocturnal raids across valley have created fear among the youths forcing them to hide at safer places in order to evade arrests.
In the backdrop of ongoing clashes during anti-Israel protests hundreds of youth have been arrested in nocturnal raids in last couple of weeks in various parts of the valley. These arrests have created a fear psychosis among youths and they are play hide and seek with the police to evade arrests.
The residents of Srinagar and other townships alleged that police barged into their houses that created fear among them and dragged out the youth from their bedrooms.
They also said that hundreds of the youths have left their homes since the ongoing agitation erupted after Israel bombing in Gaza fearing arrest by police. Police is being accused ...|
|Parimpora fatal accident|
|Army driver gets bail|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 21: A city court today granted bail to Kishan Kumar, an army driver allegedly involved in Parimpora fatal accident that resulted into death of seven passengers on July 16.
According to a prosecuting officer, the driver was represented by union of India counsel Mujeeb Fazili, who appeared before the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) in the matter. “The CJM later granted him bail,” said the prosecuting officer in CJM’s court.
Meanwhile, police is likely to file charge sheet against this army driver for the harsh and negligent driving.
Sources told Kashmir News Service, a local news gathering agency that police will produce the charge sheet against Kishan Kumar of 51 RR on July 27. The river is on 10-days police remand. Arrested in Parimpora fatal accident case in which seven...|
|‘Jungle Raj’ prevailing in world, Israel: Hurriyat (G)|
|Appeals for peaceful protests on last Friday of Ramzan|
|SRINAGAR, July 21: While expressing deep grief and shock over the killing of more than 100 citizens of Gaza in a single day Sunday by Israel, Hurriyat Conference (G) said that the world community has failed in ending the bloodshed of innocent people of Palestine and it proves that the ‘Jungle Raj’ is prevailing in the whole world and Israel on the bases of its power is brutally killing the children, women and the old age people in Palestine and no one is there to support them.
According to a statement issued here, while reiterating its appeal for observing the last Friday of holy month of Ramzan (Jummah-tul-Vidah) as “Youm-ul-Qudus” and staging peaceful protest demonstration against the Israeli terrorism on this day, Hurriyat Conference expressed its sorrow and surprise that the state go...|
|9-year old pilgrim dies in Katra|
|JAMMU, Jul 21: A nine-year old girl, on way to the Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu along with her family, was killed Monday after being hit by a falling stone.
Police said that Vidushi, 9, daughter of Rakesh Kumar from Punjabi Colony, Uttar Pradesh, was hit by a falling stone near the helipad in Katra town of Reasi district.
Vidushi, who was on a pilgrimage to the cave shrine in Trikuta hills along with her family, was hit by a piece of rock, which slided from the hill top due to landslides near Sanjichat on Monday.
She died due to a head injury on the spot, a police officer said, adding her body has been handed over to her father after completion of legal formalities....|
|BGSBU progress reviewed|
|Expansion, consolidation of educational sector receiving fillip: Omar|
|SRINAGAR, July 21: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Monday said that accessibility of students to subjects of advanced science and technology with highest market-prospects can be achieved by building the educational faculties in the state universities as per modern requirements and at par with the reputed higher educational institutions of the country.
Omar Abdullah said that the focus of the Government during the last over five years has been on the expansion and consolidation of educational sector in the State which resulted in the establishment of new universities and strengthening the existing ones. He said while attention was paid to improve the infrastructure, introduction of modern subjects in the universities was also pursued greatly. He said most of the universities in the State ar...|
|PIPFPD holds convention on ‘Realities of Freedom & Expression'|
|JAMMU, July 21: The Delhi Chapter of Pakistan India Peoples' Forum for Peace & Democracy (PIPFPD) held the State Convention on Saturday at the Jawaharlal Nehru National Youth Centre, New Delhi.
Various future activities of the Forum were planned out along with a review of the Delhi Chapter’s work since the last convention. This was followed by a Public Meeting.
The theme for the Convention’s Public Meeting was ‘Realities of Freedom & Expression-Imprints from Pakistan and India’.
The speakers who addressed the public meeting included Comrade B.M Kutty (Veteran Peace Activist and Founder Member PIPFPD), Meena Menon (Deputy Editor, The Hindu), Jawed Naqvi (Senior Journalist, The Dawn), Sumit Chakravarty (Editor, Mainstream), Shivam Vij (Journalist writing extensively on Indo-Pak issue...|
|No decision over continuing in coalition: Soz|
|Cong not to field candidates against Tarigami, Mir, Hakeem|
|JAMMU, Jul 20: The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Party chief Saif-ud-din Soz Sunday stated that NC votes didn’t transfer in Congress’s favor in Jammu region and that people of the state had anger against the national conference when recently held parliament polls were held.
In a statement issued here today, Soz stated that the Congress party has not decided anything vis-à-vis continuing the coalition government in the state. “Let the government runs till it can smoothly. Both the parties will have the agendas. The fact of the matter is that we have not decided anything about the issue.”
Over the recent comments of the chief minister Omar Abdullah wherein he stated that he conveyed to AICC chairperson Sonia Gandhi 10 days ago that NC is going to contest the polls alone, Soz stated t...|
|Lal Singh resigns from Cong|
|JAMMU, Jul 20: Angry with the functioning of the Congress High Command, former Lok Sabha member from Udhampur and senior Congress leader Chowdhary Lal Singh Sunday resigned from the party.
Singh announced his resignation at a Congress workers’ meeting in Kathua town of Jammu.
Singh, who hails from Kathua district — had won the 2003 and 2008 Lok Sabha elections as Congress candidate from Udhampur.
The party this year fielded Gulam Nabi Azad from the seat. Azad, however, lost the elections to Jitendra Singh of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Before entering the Lok Sabha, Singh was state health minister in the Congress-Peoples Democratic Party alliance government headed by Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.
The denial of a Lok Sabha ticket had angered Singh and he had been publicly voicing his resentm...|
|Railway team inspects Udhampur-Katra track|
|UDHAMPUR, Jul 20: A high-level team constituted by the Railway Ministry today conducted the inspection of the Udhampur-Katra rail track from Katra towards Udhampur to find out the snag due to which the engine of the Shree Shakti Express had failed in tunnel No.27 on Wednesday.
The team was led by the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Ferozpur division, NC Goel.
Within 48 hours of its formal start, the Shree Shakti Express had got stuck in tunnel No.27 for two hours on Wednesday morning.
The Railway Ministry had constituted a high-level inspection team to submit a detailed report on what led to the failure of the engine in the tunnel.
“The team today conducted a detailed survey and will submit its report to the Chairman, Railway Board, within the shortest possible time. It will be ensur...|
|On Tabinda’s 7th anniversary, family wants speedy justice|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 20: On the seventh death anniversary of Tabina Gani today, her family has reiterated their demand for the speedy justice in the case.
A 13-year old girl, a student of 8th standard, was gang-raped and murdered by four persons, at Langate Wadur on July 20, 2007.
“It has been seven long years since the tragedy struck our family. We are still waiting for justice. We have not given up the hope for justice and appeal for speedy justice now,” said Abdul Gani, father of Tabinda.
The case is being heard by sessions court Langate. Abdul Gani has appeared in the court 750 times along with the witnesses during last seven years. The court has recorded the statement of 86 witnesses including forensic experts and officials from police and civil administration. With the trial nearing com...|
|Traffic chaos on Eid shopping|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 20: At a time when people are thronging the markets for shopping ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, traffic chaos continued to prevail throughout the city. Since past many weeks city has been witnessing massive traffic jams giving a tough time to commuters.
Almost each passing day huge traffic jams continue to irk the thousands of commuters. Despite the loud claims of the authorities to provide uninterrupted vehicular movement, the smooth regulation of the traffic across the city is like a far off dream.
The situation is worst and gets more chaotic along the city hub. The traffic clutter continues along the busy route from Abdullah Bridge up to Jehangir Chowk with the vehicles moving at snail’s pace. The slow vehicular movement has been resulting in a traffic chaos.
Near the crossings...|
|Omar highlights social responsibility of media|
|JAMMU, July 20: Describing media the fourth pillar of democracy, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Sunday highlighted its responsibility of keeping society well-versed with authentic news feeds. He said newspapers and other modes of media have a greater role to play in creating positivity and nurturing rule of law. He said media has also social responsibility in addressing community and social issues.
Addressing at a function organized by a newspaper publication house to award outstanding students here, the Chief Minister said that politician and media share close relations and both are complementary and supplementary to each other.
Omar Abdullah said that present technology advancement has put greater challenge to the print media in its reaching out to people speedily and in a time bound m...|
|Azad cautions against exploitation|
|Seeks action against Arundhati for anti-Gandhi comment|
|JAMMU, July 19: Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad saturday appealed to the people of the state and other stake holders to maintain peace and harmony and not to play in to the hands of political parties keen on taking undue advantage of the volatile situation.
Interacting with media persons in the lawns of Sainik Farms Azad said the situation in Baltal is peaceful and efforts should be made to ignore the hate mongers.
He said the minor issue of scuffle between the two individuals should not be projected as tension between the two communities.
He said ahead of the Assembly elections political parties in the state are bent upon taking undue advantage and exploit peoples sentiments but onus is on the leadership and the media and general masses to defeat all thes...|
|Responsibility will be fixed: Sham|
|JAMMU, July 19: Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday said responsibility will be fixed for any administrative or security lapses in connection with clashes between ponywallas and community kitchen operators at Baltal Base camp of Amarnath Yatra.
"Wherever lapses will be found whether on the level of administration or security or any other, responsibility will be fixed and action will be taken," Minister for PHE and Irrigation Sham Lal Sharma told reporters here today.
Sharma, who had camped at Baltal to bring back the situation to normal, said, "I condemn such incident. Some people try to sabotage the peace and tranquility and composite culture of this yatra. It is very unfortunate".
"If the situation was not well controlled by timely measures, there would have been grave consequen...|
|Army agrees to shift OP from graveyard in Mendhar|
|MENDHAR, July 19: Army today agreed to shift an Observatory Post (Surveillance tower) from a grave yard following protests by the locals at Sabra Gali area of Mendhar tehsil in Poonch district.
The villagers were stunned to see Observatory Post of army at the grave yard land in the early morning hours. They gathered at Sabra Gali and staged noisy protest. The protestors blocked Mendhar-Jammu national highway at 6.30 AM and continued to protest for three hours. They raised anti-army and anti-administration slogans alleging that despite intervention of police, army erected an Observatory Post (Surveillance tower) in a grave yard during night hours.
SDPO Mendhar DySP Surinder Choudhary, Tehsildar Mendhar and Naib Tehsildar Mendhar rushed to the protest site in the morning along with the re...|
|Serious preparations to achieve mission 44: BJP|
|SRINAGAR, July 19: Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) national general secretary J.P. Nanda today said that party high command has started serious preparations to achieve mission 44 plus in the coming assembly elections to keep National Conference and Congress away from power.
The party general secretary also said that party is ready to debate article 370 in the parliament so that the political alienation in the state would end.
Addressing a function organized in connection with joining of several social and political activists in the party, the BJP national general secretary said that wrong notion has been created by National Conference and Congress about BJP in Kashmir valley.
“We the leaders at National level are desperate to change the notion of Kashmiris about BJP created by National Con...|
|Cong unwilling to forge any alliance with NC|
|Youth Cong blames ministers of ignoring young turks|
|JAMMU, July 19: Even though the Congress party is yet to formally announce its decision whether it is ready to forge any alliance with any political party in the run up to the state Assembly polls but majority of Congress workers from Jammu today cautioned top brass of the party from joining hands with the National Conference during the Assembly polls.
Sharing their personal assessment with the party leaders during the day long convention at Sainik Farms in Jammu large number of party workers and senior leaders made it clear to the party leadership that the mistake of fighting the Assembly polls in alliance with National Conference should not be repeated.
"We have tasted defeat during the Lok Sabha polls now we should not repeat this mistake in the Assembly polls, the congress workers ...|
|Several join NC|
|PDP safe haven for tainted bureaucrats: Sajjad|
|BANIHAL, July 19: Senior National Conference leader Sajjad Shaheenon Saturday expressed optimism about his party registering a massive win in the ensuing elections and bestowing a stable government to Jammu and Kashmir.
“National Conference has played a frontal role in the political evolution of the state and strengthening democracy”, he said while addressing a function organised in connection with joining of dozens of youth into the party fold.
The new entrants pledged to strengthen National Conference and assisting it in routing corruption in the State.
He castigated Peoples Democratic Party for becoming a safe haven for tainted bureaucrats who had caused immense loss to state exchequer during their service career. He referred to a retired bureaucrat who in his capacity as Director...|
|Govt silence on Gaza killing soul of India: Mehbooba|
|Walkout in LS over govt inaction|
|NEW DELHI, Jul 18: Continuing with her campaign for the victims of Israeli aggression in Gaza the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti, today said soul of India was being killed by the silence and inaction of present government over the unabashed atrocities committed on Palestinians.
Mehbooba rose up at the start of the proceedings in the Lok Sabha, today, and reiterated that the government must use its influence to stop the aggression on Gaza which has, so far, consumed 250 innocent lives with a ground invasion by Israel threatening more destruction and escalation.
Mehbooba said it was sad that NDA government, in spite of having an overwhelming majority, had turned Gandhi’s India, which always took principled stand on Palestine, into a mute, helpless spectator.