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Mehbooba visits border shelling victims in R S Pura
People want peace, expect positive response to ceasefire from all: CM
`World moving to peaceful engagements; violence kills, both humans, spirits’
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, May 21: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Monday stated that the the Centre’s move of halting security operations generated a hope among people who expected positive reciprocation to it by all stakeholders to let people of the state come out of the zero-sum game of killings and uncertainty. She stated this while interacting with the people during her visit to R S Pura to condole with the families whose kin were killed in cross border shelling at Arnia and R S Pura during past few days. The Chief Minister described the killings as highly unfortunate adding these occurred when the holy month of Ramzan had just begun and people had heaved sigh of relief due to the Centre’s welcome step of halting security operations in the state. Mehbooba said the people of the state, who had gone thro...
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Modi’s narrative did not produce positive effect in Kashmir: Soz
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SRINAGAR, May 21: Former union minister Saif-u-Din Soz today said that prime minister Narendra Modi's narrative did not produce positive effect in Kashmir. In a statement, Soz said, "To say the least, PM Modi did not keep the spirit of his Red Fort message alive in Kashmir narrative, the other day." He added that if economic development were a solution to ‘unease in minds’ of a people, the conflicts would not have occurred in the world ‘at all’. Soz said that PM Modi lumped all agitating youth together and described them as ‘misguided youth’ who must hasten to return to ‘mainstream’ (Mukhya Dhara). Sadly, PM felt satisfied, perhaps, there was no need to reach the ‘unrest’ in the minds of the agitating youth, he added. "PM also had no ‘response’ whatsoever to the so-called ‘Agenda of ...
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Mehbooba inspects pace of Jammu projects
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JAMMU, May 21: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today conducted a whirlwind tour of Jammu city and adjoining areas to inspect the pace of work on several developmental projects undertaken in the winter capital. Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta accompanied the Chief Minister during the visit. The Chief Minister visited General Bus Stand and took stock of the modernization project and development of multi-level parking there. Mehbooba was informed that work on Rs 213 Cr project was apace which was expected to be completed by early next year. She was informed that the multilevel parking facility would have space for accommodating 1300 cars and 200 two wheelers besides commercial spaces like restaurants and other office premises. It would also have an elevated corridor from Super Specialt...
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CM visits Raghunath Bazar
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JAMMU, May 21: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today visited the historic Raghunath Bazar and reviewed the progress on the beautification project of the market. Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta accompanied the Chief Minister during the visit. During the visit, the Chief Minister was informed that beautification works of construction of cobbler stone road, footpaths of Dholpur stone, ornamental illumination facilities and drainage have been completed at a cost of Rs. more than Rs five Cr. The second phase of beautification involving a cost of Rs 10 Cr includes turning the whole area into a vehicle free zone, putting up water ATMs, landscaping of City Chowk and Shahidi Chowk by remodeling fountains and arcades, introducing battery operated cars, underground cabling of wires and genera...
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Any comment from Pak on peace to be taken seriously: Sitharaman
NEW DELHI, May 21 (Agencies): Union Minister for Defence Nirmala Sitharaman has said that any comment from Islamabad calling for peace between the two countries would be taken seriously by India, a media report said. The comments from Sitharaman came in the backdrop of the Pakistan Army chief favouring talks to resolve lingering disputes. “Any comment on wanting peace will definitely be taken seriously,” Sitharaman said. She made the remarks on the sidelines of an event when asked about the Pakistan army’s recent indication of supporting peaceful resolution of disputes between the two countries through talks. Sitharaman said the armed forces would “fully honour” the government’s decision not to launch any operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan. Last month Pak...
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Leverage on Kashmir insurgency during ‘90s was less than successful: ex-ISI chief
NEW DELHI, May 21 (Agencies): Former head of Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency-Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt General Asad Durrani has said the agency’s influence on the Kashmir insurgency during ‘90s “turned out less than successful.” In a freewheeling interview to a national news daily ‘The Indian Express’, Durrani who was head of ISI during ‘90 said he feels his “biggest failure was when the Kashmir uprising happened we did not know how far it would go… When it became lasting, we wondered how to keep a handle on it. We didn’t want it to go out of control, which would lead to a war that neither side wanted. Could we micro-manage it? That was our challenge. ISI’s leverage on the Kashmir insurgency turned out less than successful.” Durrani, as per the report, has also said fo...
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Pak govt releases Rs 20 m to renovate Krishna temple
ISLAMABAD, May 20 (Agencies): Pakistan's Punjab province government has released Rs 20 million to renovate a Krishna temple in Rawalpindi city and expand it to accommodate more Hindu worshippers on festivals and religious occasions, a media report said today. Krishna temple is the only functioning Hindu temple in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. There are two prayers held at the temple every day - one in the morning and one in the evening - which are attended by six or seven people. Mohammad Asif, the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Deputy Administrator, said the government has released Rs 20 million to reconstruct the temple at the request of a Member of Provincial Assembly, Dawn reported. He said reconstruction work would begin soon. A team has visited the site and po...
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Life returns to normal
Train servias resume after suspension
FARZANA SYED
SRINAGAR, May 20: Barring some areas of old city of Srinagar, normalcy returned to Kashmir valley on Sunday after a day-long shutdown called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of Kashmir in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kashmir valley. Early on Sunday the shops, stores and other business establishments reopened in Srinagar city and other parts of Kashmir while vehicular traffic resumed normally along all routes of city and other districts of valley. While curfew like restrictions were imposed in several parts of old Srinagar on Saturday, restrictions were lifted by the state authorities as life returned to normal across most parts of old Srinagar also. However, in some areas of old city of Srinagar restrictions continued today also. On Saturday, the state gove...
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Body of teenager recovered in Yousmarg
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, May 20: Body of a teenager was recovered from Nagbal in Yousmarg today. Police said the deceased was identified as 18 year old of Mohammad Shafi Bazarof Nagabal in Yousmarg. He was missing since May 13. A missing report was filed on May 15 to search him, police said. His body was found today in the bushes in Nagbal area of Yousmarg. “We did not witness any apparent scars or injuries on his body. The matter is being investigated. We have sent the body to Sub district hospital Charar i sharief for post mortem,” said the official....
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PM was expected to back up ceasefire: Oppn
Say his speech was a ‘mere statement’
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, May 20: The mainstream opposition political parties on Sunday termed prime minister Narendra Modi speech about Kashmir as a mere statement, saying that these words should be transformed into action. Modi while speaking to the gathering in Srinagar had stated that Kashmir issue cannot be solved by “bullets or abuses, but only by hugs”. Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president, G A Mir told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that there was nothing special in the prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir. “Inaugurating project is a routine work. I believe that there was nothing special in his visit to all the regions of the state. A big signal his visit could have conveyed is missing on the ground,” he said. He said prior to visiting the state; Mod...
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Modi's visit a military operation: Geelani
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SRINAGAR, May 20: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, today termed the prime minister Narendra Modi's visit to the state of Jammu and Kashmir mere military operation. In a statement he alleged that government of India has always threatened the people through these military gestures just to "weaken our resolve for our basic and legitimate movement." Geelani said that converting the whole city into an army garrison, curbing and curtailing the movement of common people, suffocating the whole nation and then sarcastically labeling the state of Jammu and Kashmir as the crown is nothing but an attempt to befool the people. He said that Kashmir problem is not an issue of economic deprivation and perks and packages are not a solution to it. "It is an issue concerning the basic a...
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18 stranded persons rescued from Sinthan Top
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SRINAGAR, May 20: Eighteen persons stranded on a stretch between Anantnag and Kishtwar districts of Jammu and Kashmir due to unseasonal snowfall were rescued by the police in a swift operation, an official said today. The police launched the operation after receiving information that six vehicles coming from Anantnag got stranded due to the inclement weather yesterday, the official said. He said Sinthan Top received heavy rain and intermittent snowfall last night and early morning yesterday. “Due to the fresh snowfall and incessant rains, six vehicles carrying 18 people, including women and children, got stuck on the second road curve on the Kishtwar side of the road,” he said. The official said the police got the track cleared and rescued all the 18 people....
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Mehbooba for bridging gap between lab and field to attain optimum results
Suggests Agri entrepreneurship to create more jobs
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JAMMU, May 19: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has stressed the need for bridging the gap between lab and the field to attain optimum results in agriculture. Addressing the 6th convocation of Sher i Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology (SKUAST-J), Jammu here today, the Chief Minister said though agricultural farming in Jammu & Kashmir is comparatively at a satisfying level in comparison to other states, there is a need to look into the reasons for the sector not performing upto the expectational levels. She asked the scientists and policy planners to look why despite so many schemes and technological interventions agriculture has not been picking up as an enterprising sector. The Chief Minister stressed on more close coordination between the research laboratories and ...
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Daughters are making us proud: PM
Sudhir Kumar
JAMMU, May 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today lauded female students of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology and said daughters are making us proud whether it is in sports or in academics. The Prime Minister further noted that Jammu and Kashmir has the ability to reach all the peaks of development. "Jammu and Kashmir has the ability to reach all the peaks of development. I'm happy that more than 400 students have been awarded medals and certificates today. Special congratulations to daughters," Prime Minister Modi said while addressing the convocation here. "Today, daughters are making us proud whether it is sports or academics," Prime Minister Modi added. Modi today told students that their real test would begin in a "big, open classroom" awaiting t...
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PM inaugurates Tarakote Marg and Material Ropeway
Governor briefs PM about Shrine Board initiatives for facilitation of pilgrims
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, May 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today formally inaugurated two important infrastructure development projects which have been completed by the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. The first is the Tarakote Marg between Katra and Adhkuwari for providing convenience to on-foot pilgrims. The other project is the Siar Dabri-Bhawan Material Ropeway. These projects were inaugurated at a function held at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium at Jammu University today. Governor N N Vohra, Chairman of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board; Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister; Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways & Shipping; Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in PMO; R K Singh, Union Minister of State for Power; Dr. Nirmal Kumar Singh, Speaker J&K Legislative Assembly, Kavind...
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PM lays foundation of Pakal Dul HEP, Jammu Ring Road projects
Jammu’s pluralistic society example for others: Mehbooba
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JAMMU, May 19: Chief Minister Mehboba Mufti Saturday asked Jammuites not to lose its enviable tenets of tolerance and pluralism which violence-torn Kashmir, wherein once Mahatma Gandhi envisioned ‘ray of light’, was craving for, in present circumstances. She was speaking at a function to lay the foundation of 1000 MWs Pakal Dul Hydro Electric Power project and 52 kilometre Jammu Semi Ring Road project here today. Hailing the people of Jammu for upholding the tenets of harmony, inclusive sense, amity and brotherhood, Chief Minister said in present day world Jammu represented a truly pluralist social system which evolved as an example for all societies. She appealed the people of Jammu to uphold these tenets of tolerance and values for which the state had been known since ages. The Chi...
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Kavinder Gupta does it yet again!
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, May 19: Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta Saturday invoked incarnation theory to heap praises on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was welcoming the Prime Minister, who had come to lay foundation of Pakal Dul Hydro Power project, Jammu Ring Road and inaugurate Tarakote Marg between Katra and Adhkuwari and Siar Dabri-Bhawan Material Ropeway, in a function at General Zorawar Singh auditorium in the University of Jammu here. Kavinder recited verse from “Shrimadbhagwad Geeta” (religious scripture) and stated that true to the essence of verse “Yada Yada Hi Dharmasya…”, it seemed that the God had sent Modi to address the problems being confronted by the country and take it out of mess. “Under your stewardship, the country has progressed in every sphere, be it economic, defence o...
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Govt makes moral education mandatory for schools
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, May 18: Department of School Education today issued an order whereby imparting of moral education has been made mandatory in all schools of the state. According to the order, all the state run as well as private (recognized) schools shall compulsorily impart moral education in 30-minute session, immediately after the morning prayers. As per the order, all the Chief Education Officers have been directed to constitute flying squads to randomly check the implementation of the order in letter and spirit....
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No doctor in PHC Bijbehara for over 2 weeks
ESS AHMAD
BIJBEHARA, May 18: While the authorities are busy laying foundation stones of new health centres across the valley, the rural health care facilities in Bijbehara, chief minister’s home constituency not only remain devoid of basic facilities but are running short of medics and Para-medics. Primary Health Centre Khoshroi Kalan, 7 kms from Bijbehara town, remains an epitome of poor healthcare system. Though the ten-bedded hospital has a huge building block, equipments and even the residential quarters available for the staff but the non-availability of doctors has virtually rendered the hospital defunct. The hospital, according to local residents, is without any doctor for last over a couple of weeks. "The hospital has three posts of doctors but from last eighteen days there is not a sing...
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Mehbooba grieved over killings in border firing
Calls for reciprocating centre’s peace move positively
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, May 18: Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has expressed deep shock and grief over the death of five persons, including a BSF jawan, who were killed in cross border firing incident in the R S Pura sector of Jammu today. The chief minister described the incident as unfortunate saying it occurred when the holy month of Ramazan had just begun and people had heaved sigh of relief due to the centre’s welcome step of halting security operations in the state. Mehbooba Mufti appealed for positive reciprocation by all stakeholders of the centre’s peace move to let people of the state come out of the zero-sum game of killings and uncertainty. The chief minister has conveyed her sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for the eternal solace to the departed souls. Meanwhile, in a se...
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Guv approves 7th central pay panel scales for J&K varsities
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, May 18: Governor N N Vohra, chancellor of the university of Kashmir, university of Jammu, Sher-e-Kashmir university of agricultural sciences and technology- Kashmir and Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology- Jammu, has authorized revision of salary and pension of Faculty members and non teaching employees of the State Universities with effect from 1-1-2016, as per the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission. The proposal was submitted to the Governor after obtaining the concurrence of the Chief Minister, who is also the Pro-Chancellor of the State Universities. The additional annual financial implication of this decision is estimated at Rs. 130 crore and the arrears, for the period 1-1-2016 to 31-3-2018, work out to around Rs. 200 crore, w...
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3 militants killed in Vilgam encounter
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SRINSGAR, May 18: Army today claimed to have killed three militants in an encounter at Vilgam tehsil of Handwara in Kupwara district. Quoting an unnamed army official, a local news agency reported the soldiers of 15 RR intercepted a group of militants believed to be infiltrators in Brinjal forest adjacent to Shahnagar Jat Gali, around seven kilometres from Tehsil headquarter Vilgam. “The group of militants opened fire, which was retaliated by the troops triggering off a gunfight. The militants fired indiscriminately and in the gunfight three militants were killed,” he said. “We are ascertaining their outfit affiliation,” the official said, adding the operation is still going on. The operation took place two days after the home ministry has asked the forces to halt anti-militancy opera...
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Youth clash with forces near Jamia Masjid, Anantnag
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, May 18: Clashes erupted between security forces and youth in outside Jamia Masjid here and Anantnag township of south Kashmir today. The clashes, witnesses said, broke out after the groups of youth, staged protests after the culmination of Friday prayers. The protestors pelted stones and security forces burst smoke shells and resorted to lathi charge. Reports from Anantnag said the youth soon after the conclusion of Friday prayers hit the streets in Reshibazar area and held protests against the killing of 60 Palestinians by Israeli forces. They also stone pelted the forces who responded with tearsmoke shells. The clashes triggered a partial shutdown in old town and Lal-chowk areas for some time. In KP road area of the town, witnesses said, security forces resorted to aeria...
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Semis line up drawn in Hockey
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JAMMU, May 18 : Semifinals position has been cleared with Banda Singh Bahadur Club Poonch, Dashmesh Club Nanak Nagar, Bandhu Rakh and MRS Simbal Camp reaching the last four stages of the ongoing Hockey Tournament at K K Hakhu Stadium, here today. Now, in the semifinals, scheduled for tomorrow, Banda Singh Bahadur Club shall take on Bandhu Rakh and Dashmesh Club shall be playing against MRS Simbal Camp tomorrow. Earlier, in the quarterfinals, MRS defeated Jammu Green by two goals to nil. Harjot Singh and Gurleen Singh were the scorers. Similarly, in other last eight stages game, Dashmesh Club trounced. AKS Digiana 4-1. Suraj sounded the ball twice while Akashdeep and Magandeep added one goal. From AKS, Sukhchinder Singh netted the lone goal. Today's matches officiated by the technical ...
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Centre changes rules to extend tenure of J&K CS
Vyas gets extension till Nov next year
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NEW DELHI, May 17: The Centre has amended a rule to provide a longer tenure to the chief secretary of Jammu and Kashmir, a move that may allow a further extension to incumbent B B Vyas. Till the new rule came into force, the state chief secretary superannuated on attaining the age of 60. With regard to others states, a chief secretary may get an extension in service, beyond the superannuating age, for a period not exceeding six months. The retirement age of a chief secretary varies in the states. According to the new rule made by the Ministry of Personnel yesterday, an officer holding the post of chief secretary in Jammu and Kashmir may be given an extension of service, under exceptional circumstances, for a period beyond six months. But the total term of the state chief secretary sha...
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