|‘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...|
|Recent militant attacks pressure tactics: IG CRPF|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 28: The Inspector General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) today termed the recent militant attacks and infiltration along Line of Control (LoC) as ‘pressure tactics’.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of CRPF’s passing out parade in Humhama here, KS Bandari said, “The intrusion by militants and recent attacks are pressure tactics but is their routine. Forces are alert and there is no need to worry.”
On being asked about the recent incidents of weapon snatching, he said, “These incidents take place because of security loopholes. Some mistakes do happen on the part of forces but if we remain alert and take extra security precautions, these incidents could be prevented.”
The IG CRPF said there are apprehensions of surge in militant attacks ahead of polls. “But all...|
|PMJDY scheme launched in J&K|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 28: J&K Bank, convenor J&K State Level Bankers’ Committee today organised the launching ceremony of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) in Srinagar and Jammu Launching function was held here at SKICC, while as in Jammu it was held at Government Women’s College, Gandhi Nagar.
Finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather was chief guest e at Srinagar function while as minister of state (Independent Charge) for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences and MoS for Prime Minister Office Dr Jitendra Singh was the guest of honour at the function.
One and half crore saving accounts were opened across the country as Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the country-wide campaign of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) at Vigyan Bhavan in Delhi. Prime Minister’s Address to the nation w...|
|12 injured as students clash over cheering Pak team|
|CHANDIGARH, At least 12 persons were injured in a clash between a group of students in the hostel of a private engineering college in Mohali district when some students from Jammu and Kashmir cheered for the Pakistani team while watching a cricket match, police said on Thursday.
Lalru Station House Officer (SHO) Atul Soni said the incident took place on Tuesday night when about 15 students were watching the one-day international (ODI) match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on television in the hostel common room of Swami Parmanand College of Engineering & Technology college in Jaulan Kalan village near Lalru.
As eight students hailing from Jammu and Kashmir cheered for the Pakistan team, others objected, leading to an altercation between them. The scuffle turned violent as the students at...|
|No proposal to revoke ban on local news channels|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 28: The state government has said t there is no proposal as of now to consider lifting of ban on local channels in Kashmir on the telecast of news bulletin.
In a written reply to the question raised by MLA Langate Enigneer Rashid, minister-in-charge home informed the legislative assembly that the telecast of some private TV News Channels were found to violate the Cable Television Network (Regulation) Act, 1995, therefore, has been stopped for the time being. The government however, said that there is no ban on telecast of recreational or entertainment programmes by these channels.
The state government had banned the transmission of all local television channels in 210 after the summer agitation. There are various private Cable channels operating in Kashmir that includes 9 ...|
|Shutdown against arrests, raids in Qaimou|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 28: The movement of traffic on Anantnag -Kulgam road was affected today for the second consecutive day due to shutdown observed by the people in Qaimou area against the random nocturnal raids and subsequent arrests of youth on charges of stone-pelting.
Reports said a complete shutdown was observed in Qaimou for the second consecutive day. Locals alleged that Kulgam police during a nocturnal raid arrested two youth from Qaimou area whom they identified as Altaf Hussain Sheikh son of Muhammad Akbar and Showkat Ahmed Dar son of Muhammad Yaqoub.
These arrests sparked protest and spontaneous shutdown in the area. All the shops and business establishments remained closed. Locals while demanding the immediate release of the duo said that shutdown would continue till youth are fre...|
|A 2-horse race to nowhere: PDP versus BJP|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 27: Assembly elections are expected to be announced shortly. Therefore, it is appropriate to conclude this 4-part survey, today, with a broad early look at the probable line-up in the arena. There are two material reference points to determine various parameters: (1) 2008 assembly elections and (2) 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Going by the latest yardstick, it appears that the assembly elections are going to be mainly a two-horse race, between the PDP and the BJP-probably in that order. The National Conference and the Congress stand marginalized after their recent debacle. This broad line-up itself signifies a historical political change.
Between themselves, the NC and the Congress, whose politico-ideological characteristics are not violently dissimilar, had literally monopolized...|
|300 cases of corruption registered against senior officers|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 27: The state government today informed the state legislative
assembly that corruption cases of around 300 senior government officials
mostly Engineers are pending in Vigilance Organization and in Crime
In a written reply to a question asked by CPI (M) legislator Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami about the corruption cases of senior government officials pending in the vigilance and crime branch, the government said that 95 cases are registered against alleged corrupt officers in Jammu division with Vigilance Organization while as 94 cases are pending against such officials in Kashmir division in vigilance organization.
The government said that Crime Branch Jammu has registered 80 cases against alleged corrupt officers after charges of corruption. However, in Crime Branch...|
|Geelani appeals for unity among separatists|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 27: Syed Ali Shah geelani, chairman hurriyat Conference (G) today appealed for fresh unity among separatists in view of the "dangerous policies of Modi government with regarding to Kashmir and the irresponsible approach of the local pro-Indian parties like NC and PDP towards the national issues."
He said such a unity is unavoidable and necessity of the time. However, Geelani said that such unity must be with some conditions.
In a statement after holding an important executive meeting (Majlish Shoora), Geelani said that the doors of Hurriyat Conference are open for any person, organization or any forum who will assure that he will not accept any four point formula, soft borders, status-quo or any other out of box solution to the Kashmir dispute instead of complete freedom ...|
|Geelani appeals ‘unity’ among separatists|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 27: Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) today appealed for fresh unity among separatists in view of the "dangerous policies of Modi government with regarding to Kashmir and the irresponsible approach of the local pro-Indian parties like NC and PDP towards the national issues."
He said such a unity is unavoidable and necessity of the time. However, Geelani said such unity must be with some conditions.
In a statement after holding an important executive meeting (Majlish Shoora), Geelani said that the doors of Hurriyat Conference are open for any person, organization or any forum who will assure that he will not accept any four point formula, soft borders, status-quo or any other out of box solution to the Kashmir dispute instead of complete freedom from ...|
|First batch of Hajj pilgrims leave|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 27: The first batch of Jahh pilgrims left from here to saudi Arabia this morning.
Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah send off the first batch of 274 Hajj-2014 pilgrims from Srinagar International Airport.
The Chief Minister while interacting with them wished them well-being, success and smooth performance of Manasik-i-Hajj. The pilgrims reciprocated the good wishes and showered him with prayers.
Minister for Hajj and Auqaf, Peerzada Mohammad Sayed, Legislator and Member State Hajj Committee, Dr Shehnaz Ganie and Moulana Akhzar Hussain was also present on the occasion.
As per this year’s Hajj schedule the flights will operate directly from Srinagar Airport to Madina Munawara. Today only one flight was scheduled while as from 28th August 2014 two flights each carrying 275 pilgr...|
|‘134 civilian killings as per government in 5 years’|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 27: Lashing out at the state government for misleading the House, incumbent MLA Abdul Rehman Veeri Wednesday said it is a blatant lie on part of the government that since 2009 till ending July 2014, only 134 civilians have been killed in Kashmir Valley.
“The death toll in 2010 summer agitation was more than 120 and how can government utter such false lie that death toll of civilians is only 134 from 2009 to 2014. Government should feel ashamed by misleading the House and making it a mockery,” Veeri said adding that such ‘lies’ affect the credibility of the House.
PDP leader Abdul Rehman Veeri had sought the number of civilian killings in Kashmir since 2009 to 2014. In a written reply the government informed the House that, “since 2009 till ending July 2014, 114 civilians h...|
|Cong finalises names of its candidates|
|Salman, Akram to contest LA polls|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 25: Congress party today finalised names of party candidates for the assembly elections. The first list of the party candidates will be announced within couple of days.
Salman Soz, son of PCC president Prof Saif-ul-Din Soz, is likely to contest from Baramulla. Similarly Akram Chaudhry son of late Chaudhry Mohammad Aslam will contest from Surankot assembly constituency.
The closed door meeting which was presided by PCC president Prof Saif-ul-Din Soz and was attended by Congress senior leader and former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and senior leader of the party election committee here today.
Sources said that during the meeting the list of the party candidates for the coming assembly election was discussed in detail. During the meeting it was decided that sitting MLAs i...|
|Poll boycott: Participation by ‘other means’|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 25: The eventual outcome of elections in J&K is, conventionally, determined as much by the visible contest between the contending rivals as it is influenced by the dynamics of not-so-visible equation between participants and (apparently) non-participants.
The name of the game is poll boycott. Over the past few years, this game has been developed into fine art of deception. It provides a convenient camouflage for its promoters and practitioners who cut across all lines—political and ideological.
Election boycott has a history in the resistance movement of Kashmir. During the days of the Plebiscite Front (1955-1975), the mighty Sheikh Abdullah used it, with varying degrees of success. He even stretched this plank to the point of launching social boycott (tark-e-maulaat) o...|
|Shutdown in Soura on Omar Qayoom’s death anniversary|
|CM disappointed us: Affected family|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 25: A shutdown amid protests was observed at Soura today on the fourth death anniversary of 17-year old Umar Qayoom. His family alleges that Umar died due to police torture on August 25, 2010 during the summer unrest.
Abdul Qayoom, father of the deceased youth, told media that after the defeat of National Conference in recently concluded Parliament elections, he had pinned hopes on chief minister Omar Abdullah that he would help him in getting the FIR registered in this regard. “Chief minister disappointed us and to our surprise the security-men on the instructions of chief minister dragged me and my 17-year old daughter out from his Gupkar residence when both of us sought justice from him,” he added.
Qayoom stated that even after a lapse of four years, no FIR has been lod...|
|Militant, jawan killed in Kupwara encounters|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 25: A militant and a soldier were killed in two different encounters in Kupwara district, a defence spokesman said.
He added that a militant was killed in Kunda Nar area of Keran Sector along the Line of Control and one soldier was injured at Baran Gali, Lolab who later succumbed to his injuries. The body of the slain militant along with an AK-47 rifle and other warlike stores has been recovered. The identity of the militant is being ascertained. The operation is still in progress.
During the continuing search operations at Kunda Nar of Keran Sector, contact was established with the militants as the militants hiding in the area opened fire. The area was cordoned and the militants were effectively engaged. In the ensuing gun fight a militantt was killed today, he added.
|‘LoC tensions will continue till K-issue resolved: Speaker|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 25: Speaker legislative assembly Mubarak Gul today said firing and shelling on Line of Control (LoC) would continue till Kashmir issue is not resolved. His comments came after Panthers party member Balwant Singh Mankotia tried to disrupt the proceedings of the House over the issue of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops.
Mankotia alleged that state government did not react over the issue while the House should condemn ceasefire violations allegedly committed by Pakistan. He said that the people living along the LoC are facing great difficulties.
Speaker asked the MLA to allow the obituary references and bring in a motion for discussion. However, Mankotia entered into the well of the house and tried to disrupt the proceedings and after that he was Marshalled out on the ...|
|Azad was privy to Guru’s hanging: Lal Singh|
|‘Cong a party of deceit, deception; Azad over-ambitious’|
|JAMMU, Aug 25: Claiming that the former Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was privy to the hanging of parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru, the former Congress veteran and BJP’s new entrant Lal Singh today said that Azad must recollect about event that led to Guru’s hanging.
Singh today made his formal entry from Congress to BJP in presence of BJP national president Amit Shah in Jammu said that Azad was very much aware when and where Guru will be executed. “This is hypocrisy that Azad is shrugging his shoulders over his knowledge about Guru’s hanging.”
Lal Singh who has also served as Congress Member Parliament questioned that how is this possible that a senior minister in the union government doesn’t know anything about this vital decision that too when the minister is fr...|
|Farooq hits out at Azad|
|'He is distorting facts'|
|SRINAGAR, Aug 24: National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Sunday accused former Chief Minister and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad of making "allegations" and "distorting" facts in the wake his comments on the secret execution of Afzal Guru.
“I am deeply disappointed at Ghulam Nabi Azad’s statement in one of the local newspaper that insinuated that I was in the loop over Afzal Guru’s execution. This is a very immature allegation, innuendoes, and full of lies,” Dr. Farooq Abdullah said in a statement from London adding, “We both were a part of the cabinet and in unequivocal terms, I had condemned this hanging.”
The fact of the matter is that the execution, as Azad himself states and implies, was shrouded in secrecy. All of us came to know about it after it had been carried ...|
|Suicides on rise, 11 bids in fortnight |
|SRINAGAR, August 24: Suicides have claimed around eleven lives, mostly youngsters, in a fortnight across the valley. The growing incidents of suicides are showing no let up as people continue to lose their lives.
Of late, considerable increase in suicide cases has raised concerns among the society in general and experts in particular. Although efforts are being made at religious and social levels to put curbs over the growing nuisance of such incidents; yet people particularly youngsters continue to fall prey to this menace.
On August 12, two teenaged girls ended their lives by committing suicide. A fifteen year old girl ended her life by hanging herself in Bandipora district of north Kashmir. Same day, one more minor girl died by consuming some poisonous substance at Anantnag area in ...|
|Pak army backing Rangers: IG BSF|
|JAMMU, Aug 24: Border Security Force (BSF) claimed that Pak army may have been backing the Pak rangers while targeting the forward Indian posts and civilian areas along the International border in RS Pura sector of Jammu.
Addressing a press conference to brief media persons about the night long exchange of fresh fire between India and Pakistan IG BSF Jammu frontier, Rakesh Sharma claimed they have inputs that the Pakistani army regulars are backing Pakistani rangers and assisting them while targeting BSF posts with more fire power.
"We cannot rule out the possibility that Pak army regulars are not present in the posts occupied by Pak rangers".
IG BSF said Pak changers have been breaching ceasefire agreement on daily basis for almost last one month. “We too are giving them befitting rep...|
|Choose between govt and separatists: Jaitley to Pak|
|KOLKATA, Aug 24 (Agencies): In a stern message to Pakistan, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today said it was for the neighbouring country to decide whether it wants to talk to the Indian government or the separatists.
"After coming to power, we took a decision to call all our neighbours to the swearing-in ceremony. We also decided that there will be Foreign Secretary-level talks. But as we had stated earlier terrorism and talks can't go hand in hand," Jaitley said at a gathering of BJP leaders and intellectuals here.
"When Pakistan started showing its true colours. We had shown the guts to take a hard decision. You have to decide whether you want to talk to the separatists or with the Indian government. What kind of relation do you want? If you want to talk to separatists, then you can d...|
|KT Correspondent bereaved|
|JAMMU, June 24: Sukhraj Shankar, mother of Kashmir Times Correspondent Shuchismita passed away this morning after a brief illness at her residence H. NO. 237, Ext-4, Sanjay Nagar, (Near Deva Palace), Jammu.
She is survived by her two daughters Shuchismita and Nivedita, son Amitabh Sharma, grandchildren Uditya Khajuria and Arnav Khajuria and other members of the family.
Cremation will take place at Shastri Nagar, Cremation Ground, on August 25, 2014 (Monday) at 11.00 AM.
Kashmir Times Management and staff held a condolence meeting in the office this evening to condole the sad demise of Sukhraj Shankar.
They extended condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the departed soul....|
|Brig ‘sodomises’ sahayak, faces sacking|
|NEW DELHI, Aug 24: In a major embarrassment to the army, a Brigadier deployed along the Line of Control in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir is facing the prospect of disciplinary for allegedly sodomising his assistant (sahayak).
Sahayaks, who were earlier known as Batmans, are regular combat soldiers who are provided to officers for helping them out in doing official tasks. But there are demands to scrap the system as they are allegedly misused for doing domestic chores.
The Brigadier was commanding troops in the Poonch sector along the LoC and was in-charge of the sensitive area where Pakistani ceasefire violations are frequent. After receiving complaints about his behaviour, the Brigadier has been attached to the an Infantry Division for a Court of Inquiry, sources here said. He...|
|Hideout busted in Kishtwar, arms seized|
|KISHTWAR/GANDOH, Aug 24: Security forces claimed to have busted a militant hideout in Kishtwar district and a large cache of arms and ammunition seized.
Police spokesman said that police and security forces achieved major success by effecting recovery of huge quantity of hand grenades besides arms and ammunition from the hideout of militants during joint search operation in Danna Gali forests under the jurisdiction of Police Station Kishtwar today.
Police on a tip off launched a search operation in Danna Gali forests and a column 8 RR (Rashtriya Rifles) also jointed the operation. The suspected area was cordoned off and during search troops achieved success in locating the hideout of militants .The hideout of militants noticed by the troops was used by the ultras in the past.