|I’ll not get scared, says Maulana Dehlavi|
|‘Only concerned about PSO’s health’|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 26: Asserting that he will not deter from condemning Pakistan sponsored terrorism, Maulana Syed Athar Dehlavi, a Delhi-based Muslim cleric whose Personal Security Officer (PSO) was attacked by terrorists late last night on Sunday, said that he would not succumb to such incidents.
Athar said that he had been working on ground level in Kashmir for past 27 years and that his act of propagating peace in the valley had even instigated the ISI to issue a threat against him.
"I have been working on ground in Jammu and Kashmir from past 27 years. I was in Srinagar for past three days and we were working on the matter of peace in the valley. And ISI had openly threatened me by posting a message against me on their website," he said.
“I have faced many such incidents in the past. ...|
|Artificial Ice-Stupa in Leh listed in Guinness Book of World Records|
|LEH, Mar 26(Agencies): An artificial Ice-Stupa, an innovative method to conserve winter waste water as an alternate solution to the scarcity of water during spring, made its name into Guinness Book of World Records.
Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche presided over the recording function of the Ice-Stupa while Dr Ulrike Scharf of Germany, Bavarian State Minister for Environment and Consumer Protection and Hill Council Chairman Dr Sonam Dawa and other dignitaries were also present during the recording of Stupa.
Chief Surveyor PWD Superintendent Engineer Tashi Chombel and Engineer Nazir measured the Stupa in presence of two witnesses Col Sanjay Ghosh, a civil engineer in India Army and District Police Inspector Tsewang Dorjay. The Stupa's height was measured as 78.4 feet. Explaining about...|
|Govt may table GST bills in Parliament today|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 26(Agencies): The government is likely to table supplementary goods and services tax legislations in Parliament tomorrow.
Sources said C-GST, I-GST, UT-GST and the compensation law are likely to be introduced in the Lok Sabha tomorrow and could be taken up for discussion as early as March 28.
Also, amendments to the excise and Customs Act to abolish various cess as well as furnishing Bills for exports and imports under the new GST regime will be placed before the House.
The Business Advisory Committee of the Lok Sabha is likely to meet tomorrow to decide on the duration of discussion on the Bills, the sources added.
According to the sources, the government is looking at passage of the GST Bills in the Lower House by March 29 or latest by March 30.
Then, these will move...|
|People have no expectations from PDP now: GA Mir|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 26: Stating that ruling dispensation led by PDP has lost the people’s trust in true sense, J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President GA Mir has urged upon the people defeat the divisive & politics of exploitation on the part of ruling dispensation, which has miserably failed on all fronts. He blamed PDP for mass discontent and alienation among the people.
GA Mir who is joint candidate of INC NC while addressing election meetings at Khanabal and Damhal khushi pora reiterated his appeal to people not to come under false propaganda being spread by PDP aiming to garner support for their candidates. PDP while sacrificing its principles, has played with the emotions of people on certain sensitive issues for the sake of power.
He said it is evident that this Party (PDP...|
|PCJ seeks pension for journalists; writes to CM|
|JAMMU, Mar 25: Taking initiative for the cause of working and accredited journalists, the Press Club of Jammu has sought pension for the journalists of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and in this connection written a letter to the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti.
The letter has been written by Ashwani Kumar, President, Press Club of Jammu wherein he has highlighted the pitiable condition of low paid journalists particularly print media.
Apprising the Chief Minister of many welfare schemes that have been launched for the working journalists in the states like Rajasthan, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, the President PCJ demanded that similar steps needed to be taken in the state of Jammu and Kashmir for boosting the morale of the working journalists.
He further stated that on Jan 16, 2017, the...|
|7 yrs on Jammu failed to get its Postal Training Institute |
|Prime Minister Office not bothered by J&K Postal Deptt|
|KISHTWAR, Jan 26: It is a matter of great concern that PMO is the biggest office in India but overstayed officers of the Postal Deptt , J&K Circle did not bother for that.
Reports said that a complaint was filed by an applicant to Prime Ministers Grievance Cell with subject as “Delay in setting up Postal Training Institute in Jammu and in justice done with Jammu based employees serving in the trouble torn part of Kashmir Valley. The said complaint was registered in grievance cell of Prime Minister vide No. PMOPG/E/2017/0150236.
It is pertinent to mention here that after sitting on the said complaint for several days, the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances, Govt of India forwarded the same to junior level officer in the office of the Chief Post Master General, ...|
|Illegal constructions in Nishat|
|Court rejects bail plea of enforcement officer|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 25: An antic corruption court today rejected bail plea of Shah Sikander Khan deputy superintendent of police and the then enforcement officer of Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) who is allegedly involved in allowing an illegal constructions at Nishat area here.
Sources in the court of special judge anti corruption said that the as the matter came up for hearing here, Yashpal Bourney, the judge dismissed the bail application of the accused.
Pertinently, on December 21, 2015 Vigilance Organization Kashmir (VOK) had booked Khan for his alleged involvement in the illegal construction at Nishat an area falling under jurisdiction of LAWDA.
“Verification conducted by Vigilance Organization Kashmir into the allegations that officers/officials of Enforcement Wing ...|
|VOJ crackdown on private nursing homes, centres|
|JAMMU, Mar 25: Carrying out a major crackdown upon private nursing homes and diagnostic centers in different districts of Jammu province, Vigilance Organization Jammu (VOJ) today conducted joint surprise check and seized relevant record of 41 nursing homes/diagnostic centres.
Official reports said that Vigilance Organization received number of complaints from general public that a number of nursing homes and diagnostic centers are functioning without registration, using expired testing reagents, using the services of un-qualified technicians and in certain cases technicians and staff from Government hospital/Colleges are working there during office hours. They further reported that all this is happening with connivance of few officers/officials of Health department.
“On receipt of thes...|
|Tufail Matoo’s Killing|
|Court hears protest petition seeking fresh investigation|
|SRINAGAR, May 25: The protest petition filed by the Tufail Matoo’s family was heard in the court of Judge Small Causes Srinagar on Saturday. Prosecuting Officer for State as well as the Counsel for the father of the victims Advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom were present.
The Court heard the arguments put forth by both the learned advocates and listed the case for next hearing on 22 April next month, reports CNS.
With the Crime Branch, Kashmir, declaring “culprits” in the 2010 killing of teenager Tufail Matoo as “untraced”, the parents of the victim had filed this protest petition before the Court for fresh investigation.
Demanding reinvestigation into the seven-year-old case, Tufail’s parents in their petition sought dismissal of the crime branch closure report on the ground that the investig...|
|Two bootleggers nabbed in Bishnah, Katra|
|JAMMU, Mar 25: Police claimed to have arrested two bootleggers and seized illicit liquor in Bishnah and Katra.
Police said that today after developing a specific information, police team led by SHO Police Bishnah conducted a raid at village Chak Hasal and intercepted a woman and recovered 53 pouches of J&K Excise liquor from her possession.
In this regard a case registered at Police Station Bishnah under relevant sections of law and further investigation of the case is going on.
The whole operation was conducted on ground under the supervision of SDPO R S Pura Surinder Kumar Choudhary and SP Headquarters Jammu R C Kotwal.
Reports from Reasi said that today during checking/frisking conducted by the official of PCP Searli recovered 70 Poly pouches of J&K Excise from the possession of ...|
|Illegal mining in River Tawi|
|HC directs SSP Jammu to file status report within one week|
|JAMMU, Mar 25 (JNF): Division Bench of High Court took serious view of Illegal mining in River Tawi and directed Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Jammu to file status report within one week.
In Public Interest Litigations (PILs) filed by Advocates Dewakar Sharma and Ashish Sharma highlighting various issues involving conservation/preservation of River Tawi today Division Bench comprising Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice Tashi Rabstan, Advocate Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed who had earlier been appointed as Court Commissioner in the said PILs informed Division Bench that despite ban imposed by Division Bench in November 2016 on illegal mining in River Tawi is taking place unabated.
Advocate SS Ahmed apprised Division Bench that illegal mining towards Sidhra and Nagrota is going on day and n...|
|Transporters threatens to go on strike from Mar 29 |
|JAMMU, Mar 25: All Jammu and Kashmir Transport Welfare association , Jammu urged the state government to concede its demands otherwise they will have no option to observe complete strike from March 29 ,2017 onwards till their demands has not been met by the government.
Addressing media here, STS Wazir Chairman All Jammu and Kashmir Transport Welfare Association ,Jammu (AJKTWA) stated that on January 23 ,2017 when they had called a 72 hours strike in respect of their demands , the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has convened a meeting with them in which she assured them that their demands would have been solved with in days but all goes in vain and nothing has been done so far till date.
He further stated that the transporters has been suffering from step hikes in petroleum pr...|
|Magray resigns from Congress|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 24: Former MLA and MLC and executive Committee member of the Jammu Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC), Advocate Bashir Ahmad Magray today tendered his resignation to the Congress high command.
After sending a formal communiqué to the party leadership, the senior Congress leader, who is also the member of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) said the Congress leadership both at the state level as well as at the national level was drifting away from the people at the grass-roots and was ignorant of the wishes and aspirations of the people, especially of Jammu and Kashmir.
Magray, who at a young age was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from the Rajpora assembly constituency of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district in 1972 and also represented the...|
|ECI put on hold appointment of 16 VCs for PSEs|
|JAMMU, Mar 24: In a major upset, The Election Commission of India (ECI) has put the appointment of Vice Chairpersons to Public Sector Undertakings in abeyance following a complaint by Opposition National Conference to the government order, citing violation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC).
Chief Electoral Officer J&K, Shantmanu, told that Election Commission of India has put the recent appointments of VCs to different PSUs in abeyance. “The appointments of 16 Vice Chairpersons have been placed in abeyance following the complaints against their appointment,” the CEO told. “We have sent the names of these candidates forward and the further investigation regarding their appointment has been initiated,” he added.
Notably, on Mar 10, the J&K Government had approved the appointment of 14 middle...|
|NC hails ECI decision on staying VCs’ appointments|
|SRINAGAR Mar 24: National Conference (NC) today welcomed the decision of Election Commission putting in abeyance the appointment of vice chairpersons for various corporations and Public Sector Undertakings by the PDP-BJP Government after the enforcement of Model Code of Conduct in run up to by-polls for Srinagar and Anantnag parliamentary constituencies.
“We hope the coalition government will take the message of ECI loud and clear and desist from violating the MCI or misusing official machinery”, provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani said in a statement issued from the party headquarters here this afternoon.
National Conference had lodged strong protest to the Election Commission, soon after the State Government appointed 16 functionaries of the ruling alliance PDP and BJP as Vice Chair...|
|NC-Cong exhort people to fight: BJP’s anti-Muslim tirade|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 24: Senior Congress leader and former MP Tariq Hamid Karra on Fridaymade a passionate appeal to the people of Kashmir to unite and “foil the machinations of RSS-BJP combine which has been given passage into the Valley by the PDP.”
“We have to stand and defeat anti-Muslim and anti-Article 370 forces collectively”, Karra said while addressing a joint election meeting of the National Conference- Congress supporters at Shivpora here this afternoon.
Karra said that Sangh Parivar has been conspiring for the past nearly seven decades to repeal Article 370 and dilute the state subject laws but the stiff resistance of the people has always made them lick the dust. “Now, they are day-dreaming to accomplish their nefarious agenda by aligning with the PDP”, he said and warned that the...|
|Clashes in Sopore after Friday prayers|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 24: Clashes occurred between protestors and security forces after Friday prayers in Sopore.
Reports said youth took to streets after congregational prayers at central Jamia Masjid and tried to take out a march. However, police and security forces disallowed them to do so.
This led to clashes between the protestors and security forces. Security personnel burst smoke shells and resorted to lathi charge. The protestors pelted stones.
A group of protestors was chased by police after Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid area here....|
|Drainage schemes started years back, yet be completed|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 24: With an effort to overcome the problem of water logging during rainy days, the construction work of drains of around 400 were started by various departments, but half of its number has not yet completed.
Due to shortage of funds, construction work of around 200 drains has been stopped over the years in valley. However, under the centrally-funded Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme, the state government is intended to have 90 per cent of the drainage schemes completed in Srinagar city and various other townships of Kashmir valley.
The various agencies of government few years back initiated to construct drains in Srinagar and its adjoining areas and major townships of valley to over the problem of water logging in newly constructed co...|
|PM to inaugurate Chenani-Nashri tunnel on April 2|
|Tunnel will reduce journey time by two hours: Gadkari|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 22: Much awaited India's longest road tunnel built on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, which will cut short the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by nearly 30 km will be dedicated to the people by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 2.
Union Minister of State in PMO, Jitendra Singh today said that the Prime Minister will inaugurate the Chenani-Nashri tunnel on Jammu and Srinagar highway on April 2.
He has said that Modi will also address a public rally after the dedication the tunnel project to the nation.
The work on the 9.2 km-long twin-tube tunnel, which is part of a 286-km-long four-lane project on the highway, started on May 23, 2011 in lower Himalayan mountain range, and cost Rs 3,720 crore, officials said.
It will reduce the travel time between the two st...|
|BOSE textbooks following all NCERT standards: Peer|
|JAMMU, Mar 22: The Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education (BOSE) Director Academician Dr Farooq Ahmad Peer has stated that the Board has reviewed and developed syllabi, courses of studies and textbooks from first primary to class 12th as per the guidelines and recommendations of National Curriculum Framework-2005 which is a seminal document on the National Education Policy so as to have uniformity in the education system throughout the country.
In a press statement, Peer, while reacting to debate over the adoption of J&K state BOSE textbooks, said the BOSE textbooks are age appropriate, following all NCERT standards in this regard. “The much discussed NCERT's national document in this regard is a learning indicator. This document gives us curricular expectations and competenc...|
|CET-2012 paper leak scam|
|Court to record statements of defence witnesses from March 23|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 22: A city court has listed Common Entrance Test (CET) paper leak scam case of 2012 for recording of defence witnesses tomorrow.
Sources in the court said that after concluding recording of the prosecution witnesses and arguments under Section 342 CrPC, the court has now listed the matter for defence witnesses from March 23.
Pertinently, the scam had led to the arrest of the then chairman of Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) Mushtaq Ahmad Pir.
On May 28, 2016 the court had reserved its order in a bail plea filed by Peer. On July 16, 2015, the Enforcement Directorate had filed charge-sheet in the court of principal district and session judge Srinagar against Peer, for his alleged role in selling CET question papers.
During its investigation it was found t...|
|Re-bidding for Rs 6,000 Zojila tunnel by Apr: Gadkari |
|NEW DELHI, Mar 22 (Agencies): The central government will reissue tenders for the strategic Zojila pass tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir by April and work on the Rs 6,000-Crore project will commence by August, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today.
The project aims at providing much-needed all-weather connectivity between Kashmir valley and Ladakh, which remains cut-off from rest of the world during winters due to heavy snowfall.
“We understand the plight of the people in Leh and Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir who face severe crisis during winters when they are cut off from the rest of India for six months. We are committed to undertaking the project and will issue tenders by April,” the Road, Transport and Highways Minister said here.
Zojila pass is situated at an altitude of 11,578-...|
|AK Koul appointed as Registrar Law NHRC|
|JAMMU, Mar 22 (JNF): Ashok Kumar Koul Ex-Registrar General of J&K High Court has been appointed as Registrar Law National Human Right Commission (NHRC).
He is first judicial officer of J&K State who appointed as Registrar National Human Right Commission.
Ashok Kumar Koul took over as Registrar Law in National Human Rights Commission of India New Delhi. NHRC is the watch dog of the human rights of the people. This is for the first time that any one from state of Jammu and Kashmir has got such an assignment in NHRC....|
|Batote-Kishtwar road opens for traffic|
|JAMMU, Mar 22: After seven days of disruption of traffic, Batote-Kishtwar National Highway was opened for traffic, today.
It is notable to mention here that Batote-Kishtwar road remain closed due to heavy landslide near Thathri since last four days and the people were facing lot of problems. The traffic has been cleared and traffic movement has been restored on this vital road. With the opening of road, the people of the area heaved a sigh of relief as they were facing huge shortage of essential commodities near Thathri.
Meanwhile, extensive clearance operations are underway on both ends of Mughal Road and the road is expected to be ready for traffic movement by April 15, subject to fair weather conditions.
Minister for Public Works Naeem Akhtar today laid thrust on early completion of...|
|Pak not to accept Indian violations of IWT|
|Asif rejects India proposal to discuss Rattle project|
|ISLAMABAD, Mar 21 (Agencies): On the first day of 113th meeting of Permanent Indus Commission between Pakistan and India held here on Monday Pakistani delegation was headed by Water Commissioner Mirza Asif Saeed while India’s Indus Water Commissioner P-K Saena led the Indian delegation.
The meeting discussed the design aspects of Pakal Dul, Lower Kalnai and Miyar hydroelectric plants, flood data supply by India and programme of tours of inspection and meetings by Pakistan and India to the sites of their interest in the Indus basin.
The Indus Water Commission was set up following the Indus Waters Treaty signed by the Pakistan and India in 1960 after the World Bank succeeded in getting them reach an agreement on a water-sharing formula.
The commission has to meet at least once every year...|