|Army chief pays tributes to slain soldiers|
|Meets injured soldiers, wishes them speedy recovery|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 24: The army chief, Gen Bipin Rawat, on Friday paid tributes to the slain soldiers killed in the Shopian militant ambush.
Rawat who had arrived in Srinagar yesterday expressed his grief and condolences to the bereaved families of the slain soldiers identified as L Nk Gh Mohi- Ud-Din, Sep Vikas Singh Gurjar and Sapper Sreejith MJ.
He also conveyed his anguish at the unfortunate death of an elderly lady, Taja Begum in yesterday’s attack and prayed to almighty to grant strength to her family to bear this irreparable loss.
The statement reads that the wreaths were also laid on behalf of the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and by Abdul Haq Khan, Minister of Rural development and Panchayat Raj and Ghulam Nabi Lone, Minister for Agriculture besides other officials from Civil Admin...|
|Explosives recovered near Kishtwar|
|BHADERWAH, Feb 24: Much to the security forces concern, some unidentified persons, believed to be the sympathizers of the militants left some explosive material behind at Malipath area of Kishtwar town sending an Alarm bell signals to the security forces in the communally sensitive Kishtwar district.
As per the details, Kishtwar police got information about presence of IED type explosive material kept near the mobile towers situated near Post office at Malipath. As soon as police got information about the presence of explosive material, senior police officials including SSP Kishtwar Sandeep Kumar Wazir immediately rushed to the spot and sealed the area.
Police immediately summoned the dog squad as well as bomb disposal squad of the CISF and army to defuse the explosive. The concealing ...|
|6 SOG cops arrested for abduction|
|RAMBAN, Feb 24: Police claimed to have registered an FIR against Special Operation Group (SOG) cops for allegedly kidnapping, thrashing and damaging public property at Chanderkote, today.
Police report said that an Ambulance driver of District hospital after shifting Pogal accident victims was returning to Ramban from GMC Jammu on February 23, late evening. He was signalled by cops at Nashri falling under the jurisdiction of Police Station Chanderkote to chain their vehicle (truck) bearing registration number JK16-0870 which developed technical snag. On his refusal, the Ambulance driver identified as Tilak Raj son Somi Raj of Shamthi Doda, was allegedly thrashed mercilessly and injured critically by cops accompanied by ASI.
While talking to Kashmir Times, victim driver identified as Til...|
|Missing KU student traced|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 24: Aqib Mustaq Malik, a law student from Kashmir University, who was missing for last several days has been traced.
He was handed over to university authorities in presence of family members. Pertinently, the varsity students had staged protest against the missing of the student and had appealed the administration to trace him as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, a police spokesman in a statement said, “As was reported earlier that on 22-02-2017 Chief Procter university of Kashmir reported in police station Nigeen to the effect that a student namely Aqib Mushtaq Malik son of Mushtaq Ahmad, a student of LLB 3rd Semester resident of Pinjoora, Shopian was missing since February 21 afternoon.Accordingly, a missing report was lodged in Police Station Nigeen”.
“Subsequently a speci...|
|7 MAM College students held for rumour-mongering|
|JAMMU, Feb 24: Police claimed to have arrested seven students of a particular community from the hostel of Maulana Azad Memorial (MAM) College in the wee hours of this morning raids in Jammu.
It was learnt that students of particular faction patronized by some ruling party ministers spread rumours that students of particular community had beaten up a student of another community in the hostel leading to his death. “This news spread like wild fire with students of particular faction mobilizing their university and college units of Jammu city and entering the campus at around 9.00 PM late on the Thursday night. They raised slogans and demanded lodging of an FIR against the students of particular community who hailed from twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch,” sources said.
|Mirwaiz welcomes govt’s guest control order|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 24: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman Hurriyat Conference (M), today welcomed the “guest control” order by the state government recently and appealed the people to take initiatives to end the social evils.
He was addressing a Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid here. “The state government has issued a guest control order recently. The question is not whether the order is good or bad. But the people should have taken initiatives on their own for such good steps to end the social evils. We should not wait for the government to do such good things for us but do it ourselves,” Mirwaiz said.
He said it is the responsibility of the people to take steps for social reforms since Jammu and Kashmir is a Muslim majority state. “Being Muslims we should not practice social evils which are...|
|Omar expresses concern over attack in Shopian|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 23: National Conference working president and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today described the death of three soldiers and injuries to five others in militant ambush in Shopian in south Kashmir as tragic, and said the situation was deeply worrying in the valley.
Three soldiers, including a resident of south Kashmir, were killed and five others, including a Lt Colonel and a Major, were injured in a militant ambush in the wee hours. A woman also lost her life after she was hit by a stray bullet during the encounter.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, the working president of the main Opposition party in the state National Conference said, “Tragic news & deeply worrying situation in the valley. May the souls of the departed rest in peace.”
In the meanwhile, Omar a...|
|Traffic resumes on National Highway|
|JAMMU, Feb 23: Traffic was resumed on the national highway, linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, after remaining suspended since last evening due to landslides.
After clearing all Kashmir-bound vehicles stranded at various places on the other side of the Jawahar Tunnel, fresh vehicles, including those carrying passengers, were allowed to ply from Srinagar to Jammu on the 300-km-long national highway this afternoon.
“Fresh traffic has been allowed from Srinagar to Jammu, after all the vehicles stranded on the national highway since yesterday due to landslides, have been cleared, a traffic police official said.
Yesterday, vehicles were allowed from Jammu to Srinagar. But, about 400 Kashmir-bound, including those carrying passengers and trucks laden with essentials, we...|
|CM, Dy CM condemn killing of 3 army personnel, civilian at Shopian|
|JAMMU, Feb 23: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Deputy Chief Minister have condemned the killing of three army personnel in a militant attack at Shopian in the wee hours today.
The Chief Minister said violence had never been and could never be a means to address issues. She said the unending cycle of violence in the state brought untold miseries to the people and collective efforts were needed to get the state out of the morass of death and destruction.
Mehbooba also expressed deep grief and anguish over the death of a civilian in the incident.
She conveyed her sympathies with the bereaved families of the soldiers and the civilian.
Condemning the act, the Deputy Chief Minister said the sacrifices rendered by the soldiers while defending their nation would be remembered for ever. He s...|
|Govt orders reshuffle in Administration |
|JAMMU, Feb 23: State Government has ordered transfers and postings in the administration here
Tassaduq Hussain Mir, KAS, Joint Director, Information, Kashmir, has been transferred and posted as Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Development Authority, Doodpathri, vice Zahoor Ahmad Mir.
Zahoor Ahmad Mir, KAS, Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Development Authority, Doodpathri, has been transferred and posted as Joint Director, Information, Kashmir, vice Tassaduq Hussain Mir.
Dr Tahir Firdous Dutta, KAS, Deputy Secretary to the Government, Animal and Sheep Husbandry
Department, has been transferred and posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Dudu, against an available vacancy.
Susheel Kumar, KAS, Project Officer, Wage Employment (ACD), Doda, has been transferred and poste...|
|Ensuring KPs’ return to Kashmir challenge for state, society: Naeem|
|JAMMU, Feb 23: Minister for Works Naeem Akhtar Thursday while reiterating the necessity of return of Kashmiri Pandits to their roots, said their return to the valley is a challenge for not only the government but entire society as at the moment it is Kashmir which needs Pandits more for revival of its lost composite and cosmopolitan culture.
While greeting the people of the state on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri, which is celebrated by Kashmiri Pandits as Hairath, in his felicitation message, Naeem Akhtar said this festival symbolizes the supreme traditions of J&K’s composite culture and glorious cultural ethos.
“If Pandits would completely sever their connections with Kashmir, it would mean end of a civilization. This would be like what happened to Urdu civilization after ...|
|IAF’s Super Hercules damaged in Ladakh’s Thoise airfield|
|NEW DELHI, Feb 23(Agencies): A C-130J Super Hercules aircraft of the Indian Air Force suffered damage while taxiing at high altitude Thoise airfield in Ladakh and a Court of Inquiry (CoI) is currently underway.
One of the four engines of the aircraft was damaged in the “ground incident” on December 13 and it was brought back to Hindon airbase on the outskirts of Delhi two weeks after the incident, IAF sources said.
A high-level CoI is currently underway to investigate “every possible aspect” of the incident which came nearly three years after the crash of a C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft.
Sources, however, did not confirm reports that the commander of the aircraft has been relieved of duties. “Action will be taken based on the findings of the Court of Inquiry,” they said.
|‘Easy Collect’ Online Payment Portal launches at Toll Plaza Lakhanpur|
|Drabu: Excise Deptt goes cashless in collaboration with J&K Bank|
|KATHUA, Feb 22: In order to encourage cashless and hassle-free payments, Minister for Finance, Labour & Employment Dr Haseeb Drabu today launched “Easy Collect”, a multi modal payment portal of the Excise Department at Toll Post Lakhanpur.
J&K Bank’s “Easy Collect” is a multi modal payment portal which facilitates Excise Department to receive online payments. It supports multiple payment options with internet banking, credit cards, and debit cards of all major Banks. Easy Collect services are provided free of cost to the institutions and the bank hosts and maintains the portal on the behalf of institutions.
Multiple modal features of portal enable users to pay using one of the multiple options presented. It also serves as convergent point for institutions of similar payment collection n...|
|JK Police warns cadres of action in case of bigamy|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 22: If you indulge in bigamy, you run the risk of losing increment of at least one year.
This warning has been issued by Jammu and Kashmir Police to its cadres in a circular in the wake of increasing incidents of second marriages by the cops.
As per the circular, it has been observed that conducting second marriage without adopting due procedure as laid down in the Government Employees Service Conduct Rules is on rise as far as police officers, officials are concerned.
"Since (the) same is a serious misconduct and is having adverse impact on the welfare of the concerned family, i.e. first wife and children, it warrants stern departmental action," says the circular issued by Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police, L Mohanti.
It said i...|
|Hideout busted in Mendhar|
|MENDHAR, Feb 22: Security forces claimed to have busted a militant hideout in Thera forest area of Mendhar in Poonch district, today.
Official reports said that Rashtriya Rifles (RR) Mendhar and Special Operation Group (SOG) Mendhar launched a joint search operation in Thera forest area from 12 noon to 2.30 PM.
The troops recovered 49 AK-47 rounds, one pouch, four UNI Code paper in Urdu and English and a whitener....|
|BSF expresses resentment over cross-border tunnel|
|JAMMU, Feb 22: Border Security Force officers on Wednesday expressed strong resentment over a recently discovered cross-border tunnel on the International Border in Jammu region in a flag meeting with the Pakistan Rangers.
Official sources said that at a flag meeting held at Octroi Border out Post in Ramgarh sector of the International Border, the BSF expressed strong resentment over the discovery of a cross-border tunnel in the area of Samba district.
"Pakistan rangers completely denied that they had any hand in the issue. Both sides agreed on clearing the tall grass and bushes in the sector to help better vigil," sources said.
Troops of the BSF had last fortnight discovered a tunnel on the Indian side of the border, which had been dug from the Pakistan side....|
|Infiltration bid foiled, militant gunned down: IG BSF|
|JAMMU, Feb 21: Border Security Force (BSF) Tuesday claimed to have foiled an infiltration bid by neutralizing one militant and forcing three others to retreat towards Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK) on the intervening night of February 20 and 21 along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keri sector of Rajouri district.
A seizure of a huge amount of ammunition was also made from the slain militant and the surrounding area.
Talking to media, BSF Jammu Frontier IG Ram Awtar today stated, “The troops of 163 Bn BSF deployed in Keri sector of Rajouri, in another display of vigil and dogged determination, foiled an infiltration attempt by heavily armed Pakistani militants on the Line of Control.”
He said that during intervening night of February 20 and 21, 2017 at around midnight, BSF troops dep...|
|`Govt to roll out Disability policy soon' |
|CM asks SWD to undertake survey of differently abled persons|
|JAMMU, Feb 21: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said she directed the Social Welfare Department to undertake an enumerative survey to identify the differently abled persons in the state so that comprehensive measures were taken for their complete integration into the social set up.
The Chief Minister said her Government would soon roll out a Disability Policy for the State.
She said this while giving away a motorised wheel chair to a differently abled boy here today.
Mehbooba said all the universities and colleges in the state had also been asked to furnish a list of such differently abled students to the government for attending to their specific needs and requirements.
The Chief Minister gave away a motorised wheel chair to Satnam Singh, son of Vinod Singh of Lakkad Mandi, Janipu...|
|Ex-DyCM’s PRO sent to 7-day police remand |
|JAMMU, Feb 21(JNF): Special Judge Anti-corruption Jammu Sanjeev Gupta today granted seven days police remand of Kewal Sharma, a billionaire forest guard who amassed huge property during his posting as Additional PRO to former Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand.
Today Accused Kewal Sharma son of Gian Chand Sharma resident of Kachrial, tehsil Khour at present Patta Paloura, near Petrol Pump, Jammu was produced in custody by DySP H L Dhar of Vigilance Organization Jammu (VOJ) for seeking remand in case FIR No 32/2015 of VOJ for the offence u/s 5(1) (e) r/w 5(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act 2006.
It was submitted in the remand application that accused had amassed assets worth crores of rupees of property in the shape of residential houses in and outside the state besides commercial and lu...|
|Jaishankar holds talks with China’s top diplomat|
|BEIJING, Feb 21 (Agencies): Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar today held talks with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi ahead of a key strategic dialogue tomorrow to improve bilateral ties hit by Chinese reluctance to support India’s admission into the NSG and back a United Nations ban on JeM leader Masood Azhar.
Jaishankar, who arrived in China from Sri Lanka, met Yang, who besides being the State Councillor is Beijing’s Special Representative for border talks between India and China.
In Chinese official hierarchy, State Councillor of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) is regarded as the top diplomat functioning directly under the country’s leadership.
Jaishankar is expected to meet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, besides attending an upgraded strategic dialogue with China’s...|
|Non-shifting of courts complex in Old DC Office|
|DB directs personal appearance of Div Com Jammu, DC Kishtwar|
|JAMMU, Feb 21(JNF): Division Bench of the State High Court comprising Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Alok Aradhe directed the personal appearance of Dr Pawan Kotwal Divisional Commissioner Jammu and Ghulam Nabi Balwan Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar for Monday i.e. February, 27, 2017 for non-compliance of the directions passed by the Division Bench on May 27, 2016 whereby the Division Bench had directed the shifting of the Courts at Kishtwar in the old Deputy Commissioner Complex Kishtwar.
The Division Bench had also directed for the issuance of the appropriate orders by the competent authority for transferring of the old DC Complex to the Judiciary in consultation with the Registrar General of the High Court of J&K.
These court directions were passed in a contempt petitio...|
|J&K showcases its film shooting, tourism potential in OTM, Mumbai|
|MUMBAI, Feb 21: The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department has showcased the state’s scenic beauty and film tourism potential in one of the country’s largest travel show OTM that begun at Bombay Exhibition Centre from today.
The State’s Tourism Department, which is also one of the participants, has decorated its space beautifully highlighting the pristine glory and scenic beauty of Kashmir and its world famous tourist resort to attract visitors from different parts of the globe.
Over 10,000 trade visitors from around 50 countries make to the OTM, Mumbai each year. National / Regional Tourist Organisations, State Government Tourism Departments, Tour Operators, Travel Agents, Hotels / Hotel Chains, Resorts, Destination Management Companies, Adventure Tourism, Airlines, Car Rentals, Railways...|
|Separatists call off strike on Mahashivratri|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 20: Separatists today called off the general strike on Friday in view of Mahashivratri, the Hindu festival, saying the decision was taken following requests from Kashmiri Pandit community to this effect.
“The strike on Friday has been called off as our Kashmiri Pandit brethren will be observing Mahashivratri on that day,” Ayaz Akbar, a spokesman for the Hurriyat Conference (G) said.
Akbar said the decision was taken after many Kashmiri Pandits had requested the separatist leadership to reconsider the strike call in view of the festival on February 24.
“There are many Kashmiri Pandits who are in constant touch with us. They are part of us and keeping in consideration their sentiments, we have called off the strike. People are appealed to follow the rest of the protest sch...|
|Avalanche warning issued|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 20: Divisional administration Kashmir today issued avalanche warning for next 24 hours for hilly and avalanche-prone areas of Kupwara, Bandipora and Kargil districts.
A high danger avalanche warning valid from February 20 to February 21, 2017 (1700 hrs) exists for avalanche prone slopes in Kargil district, while as medium danger avalanche warning exists for higher reaches of Kupwara and Bandipora districts of Kashmir Division, statement of the Divisional Administration said here.
Accordingly, all concerned Deputy Commissioners have been asked to take precautionary measures in their respective districts and advise people not to venture in avalanche prone areas during the aforementioned period and monitor the situation regularly to avert any untoward incident....|
|ETT college scam|
|HC asks govt to place draft rules before court|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 20: The high court has asked the commissioner secretary education to prepare the proposed amendment to the rules of 2010 by or before March 6 or otherwise be present in the court on the next date of hearing in a Public Interest Litigation pertaining to a multi-crore Elementary Teachers Training (ETT) colleges scam.
A division bench of the court comprising of Justice Ramalingam and Justice D S Thakur has further asked the commissioner secretary education to place the draft rules before the court besides all stake holders for consideration.
“We are constrained to pass this order as none of the authorities have understood the substance of the earlier order dated 21-12-2016,” reads the order passed by the court. On December 21, 2016 a division bench of high court had asked the...|