|Ceasefire violation in Ramgarh|
|JAMMU, Feb 25: In another ceasefire violation incident, two rounds were fired from Pakistani side upon the Border out Post Fatwal in Ramgarh sector of Samba district, today.
Official sources said that two rounds were fired from Pakistani side upon the Border out Post Fatwal in Ramgarh sector of Samba district, this evening. However, there was no loss on Indian side but the aim was to snipe the BSF jawans on duty at Fatwal BoP, sources claimed.
The incident took place a day after commandant level meet of BSF and Pakistani Rangers in Kathua district.
The BSF jawans, however, exercised restrain and not retaliated to Pakistani firing.
The security has been beefed up along the border after firing incident....|
|One-way traffic on highway|
|JAMMU, Feb 24: Traffic was resumed on the highway, linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the world, 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 highway.
“Fresh traffic has been allowed from Srinagar to Jammu, after all the vehicles stranded on the highway since yesterday due to landslides, have been cleared,” traffic police sources said.
Yesterday, vehicles were allowed from Jammu to Srinagar. But, about 400 Kashmir-bound, including those carrying passengers and trucks laden with essentials, were stranded on the highway due to fresh landsl...|
|Governance hit because of PDP’s musical-chairs over portfolios: NC|
|‘CM can’t play these games at cost of common man’|
|JAMMU, Feb 22: National Conference today said basic governance had taken a hit in the State because of what it termed as a game of “musical chairs” that was being played over the choice of portfolios even as the PDP-BJP Alliance has been in power since two years.
NC State Spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said the Chief Minister was responsible for this chaos and the responsibility ended with her. “The CM can’t play these inner-party games at the cost of the common-man who is being deprived of governance even though there is an elected Government in office”, the NC Spokesperson said in a statement issued from Party Headquarters in Srinagar.
In a statement issued , NC Spokesperson said key departments in the state have had multiple Minister within a short period of two years and this errat...|
|Kashmiri youth hurling stones have ‘genuine reasons’: Bhim|
|13000 youth currently languishing in different jails|
|JAMMU, Feb 22: Seeking forgiveness from the parents of 2016 unrest victims, National Panthers Party (NPP) Chief Bhim Singh today said stone pelters in Kashmir have reasons to revolt against the incumbent regime.
Addressing media here, Bhim Singh, said, “Our party doesn’t condemn the stone pelting by youth. But we support them as they do it to press for their demands.”
He said that the youth coming out from their homes to throw stones specify that there are some genuine reasons behind it. “If anybody is fighting with stones against the atrocities, we are with them,” Singh said.
NPP patron said that nearly 13000 youth mostly students are currently languishing in different jails across India. “The jails across the state have no space left now thereby the arrested youth have now been shif...|
|NC-Congress to fight together to defeat ‘communal forces’: G A Mir |
|JAMMU, Feb 22: The state Congress chief, Ghulam Ahmad Mir today subtly hinted at the NC- Congress bonhomie for the forthcoming parliamentary polls slated for South and Central Kashmir.
Mir while talking to reporters said people on ground associated with the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) want it to stitch a common ground with NC so that the parties could defeat the communal elements that are busy sprouting roots in the state.
“Our leaders are in constant touch with the people. The reports that we are receiving from ground indicate that the public perception is that Congress should enter into a pre-poll pact with NC for the parliamentary elections,” state Congress chief told.
He, however, refusing to divulge further details, said there have been no official meet...|
|CM, Dy CM extend warm greetings to people on Mahashivratri|
|JAMMU, Feb 22: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Deputy Chief minister Dr Nirmal Kumar Singh have extended warm greetings to the people of state on the auspicious festival of Mahashivratri-celebrated as Hairath in Kashmir Valley.
In her felicitations, the Chief Minister hoped that the auspicious day will usher the state in new era of peace and development and strengthen bonds of brotherhood among the people.
She said the festival of Mahashivratri has both religious and cultural importance as the day is celebrated by the people of all shades. She recalled that the day is celebrated in Kashmir Valley as Hairath by Kashmiri Hindus in amity with the Muslim brothers.
In his message of felicitations, the Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh said Mahashivratri is a major religious f...|
|Bukhari for conducting horticulture census, increasing produce|
|JAMMU, Feb 22: The Minister for Horticulture Syed Basharat Bukhari directed the officers to conduct the Horticulture census on the fast track basis so that the necessary measures can be initiated for ensuring that the lacunae if any are addressed and the produce which contributes immensely to the state economy can be substantially increased.
The Minister was addressing a review meeting convened to discuss various issues of the horticulture department.
The Minister directed the officers of the horticulture department to conduct census by which information regarding the total area under orchards and other fruit bearing trees can be gathered so that a comprehensive plan can be devised for ensuring that the horticulture produce gets increased. He said the officers should start ...|
|Schools best places to engender moral education among students: Zulfkar Ali|
|JAMMU, Feb 22: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs Choudhary Zulfkar Ali today said that inculcating moral values among children is important, and for it onus primarily lies on the parents and teachers.
The Minister said this during the annual day function of New Era Environmental High School, held here at Police Auditorium.
The Minister said parents are the first school for a child, and main grooming starts from the lap of the mother. He said children are same everywhere, however, it is their upbringing that distinguishes one from another.
Zulfkar Ali requested parents to invest some time in imparting moral values among their wards. He said children are the fast learners and they pick up whatever, they see around them.
“For children their parents usually are thei...|
|Veeri stresses on close synergy between departments for Disaster mitigation|
|JAMMU, Feb 22: Minister for Revenue, Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction Abdul Rehman Veeri today stressed on maintaining close synergy between various departments for disaster mitigation.
The Minister today chaired a high level maiden detailed review meeting of department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (DMRRR) here.
Financial Commissioner DMRRR BB Vyas in a detailed power point presentation informed the Minister about the progress of the department in PM’s Development Package for flood assistance, Disaster Management, World Bank funded Jammu-Tawi Flood Recovery Project- (JTFRP), issues related to migrants and Shivratri arrangements.
Under the Prime Minister’s Development package, the Minister was informed that out of Rs 1194...|
|Seminar on 'Sheroes of India's freedom struggle' organised|
|Tributes paid to Kasturba Gandhi|
|JAMMU, Feb 22: Paying homage to Kasturba Gandhi on her 73rd death Anniversary, Government College for Women (GCW) Parade Ground today organised a one day seminar on 'Sheroes of India's freedom struggle' in collaboration with Beti & Shiksha (B&S) Foundation New Delhi and Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti New Delhi.
Glorious tributes were paid to Kasturba Gandhi and other women freedom fighters by the speakers and their role in fighting for civil rights and independence of India were highlighted.
The seminar was informed that Kasturba Gandhi fought along with Gandhi Ji for civil rights and Indian independence against the British. She acted as a pillar of support to Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi and her involvement in national and social causes motivated other women to join the socio...|
|Prof Mattoo greets people on Mahashivratri|
|‘Hairath an important part of Kashmiriyat, denotes historical bonds of love’|
|JAMMU, Feb 22: Advisor to the Chief Minister, Prof Amitabh Mattoo has greeted the people on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri, which is celebrated by Kashmiri Pandits as Hairath.
In his message, Prof Amitabh Mattoo said this festival symbolizes the values of piety, devotion, brotherhood and harmony, which are the hallmark of our glorious cultural ethos.
Wishing the people a happy Mahashivratri, he referred to the tradition of the people of Jammu and Kashmir of celebrating such occasions in amity and brotherhood. He expressed the hope that this trait will get further strengthened with the passage of time and all contribute positively in flourishing this speciality and characteristics of the State.
Prof Amitabh Mattoo said celebration of holy occasions and festivals collectively a...|
|Women Commission organizes awareness camp at Rajouri|
|RAJOURI, Feb 22: To make the women aware of their constitutional rights and also to mitigate the problems faced by them in the society the Jammu and Kashmir State Commission for Women today organized awareness programme at Degree College Rajouri where its Chairperson Nayeema Ahmad Mehjoor was the chief guest and Aijaz Abdullah secretary state commission for the women was the guest of honour.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chairperson said that Commission has the mandate to monitor all matters relating to constitutional and legal safeguards provided for women. Underscoring the need for realising the position of women in the society the chairperson asked the women present there to utilise their position in the society as their strength and not as their weakness.
God has blessed the women ...|
|PM reviews status of BSNL broadband, Mobile service, PMAY (Urban)|
|JAMMU, Feb 22: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi Wednesday held his monthly video conference under Pro-active Governance and Timely Implementation (PRAGATI) initiative, with Union Secretaries of various Ministries and Chief Secretaries of States.
Chief Secretary J&K, B R Sharma also participated in the video conference.
Prime Minister received detailed brief from Union Secretary, Department of Telecommunication regarding redress of grievances related to quality of services provided to the consumers in broadband and mobile network by BSNL.
Prime Minister also reviewed the progress of various central projects related to Railways and Road Transport & Highways and the status of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).
Secretary, Urban Development & HUPA, Ministry of Urban Development briefed ...|
|Govt accords sanction to prosecution of 9 public servants|
|JAMMU, Feb 22: The state government has issued orders sanctioning prosecution in respect of nine public servants here today.
They are Habibullah Mir, the then Assistant Executive Engineer, PHE Sub-Division Anantnag, Mohammad Shafi Teli, the then Junior Engineer, PHE Sub-Division Anantnag, Subash Chander, the then Village Level Worker (VLW) posted in Block Development Office, Bishnah, Sushil Magotra, the then Junior Engineer, posted in Block Development Office, Bishnah, Rural Development Department, Jammu, Satish Kumar Langer, the then I/C Assistant Engineer, Rural Engineering Wing, Sub-Division Bishnah, Rural Development Department, Jammu, Jotinder Singh, the then I/C Assistant Engineer, Rural Engineering Wing, Sub-Division Bishnah, Rural Development Department, Jammu, Davinder Kumar Sha...|
|NIELIT certified computer courses at GDC Udhampur|
|UDHAMPUR, Feb 22: State Council for Innovations and Technology Udhampur in collaboration with Government Degree College today started basic Course on Computer Concepts (CCC) in the institution.
Prof VS Krishna Murthy, Director NIELIT, Jammu was the Chief Guest who formally inaugurated the course and highlighted various aspects of the course.
Experts from NIELIT and Department of Computer Science, GDC, Udhampur will impart training to 80 students enrolled in the course.
Dr Sanjay Kharoo, District Coordinator, State Council for Innovations and IT, Department of Science and Technology, Udhampur highlighted the importance of the computer in day to day life and exhorted upon the students to avail maximum benefit from this course.
Earlier, the program began with the welcome address by...|
|Bee Keepers of Ramban leave for exposure visit|
|JAMMU, Feb 22: A group of 20 Bee Keepers of Ramban District was flagged off by Joint Director Agriculture Jammu Kulbhushan Singh Sambyal for exposure visit outside state under Chief Ministers Project on Apiculture.
Sambyal while interacting with the farmers on the occasion said that the exposure visits are conducted to make the bee keepers aware regarding latest innovations and tools, bee hives, extractors being used in the adjoining states in the apiculture sector.
Sambyal further said that Ramban district has good potential for bee keeping and the farmers can increase their farm income through scientific management of their apiaries.
The farmers group will visit Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) Ludhiana, Tiwana Farm, Kartarpur, Amritsar and Bee Keeping Research Centre of ICAR at ...|
|Panel reviews working of Housing and Urban Dev Deptt|
|JAMMU, Feb 22: The Committee on Estimates of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly today directed the Housing & Urban Development Department (H&UDD) to accelerate the process of preparation of Master Plans for the urban centres including capital city of Srinagar.
The Committee which met here under the Chairmanship of MLA, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, suggested for formulation of master plans for the towns of all districts, the process for which has already been started.
It was stressed upon the concerned to complete the Master Plan formulation for the cities where the process has already been set in motion. The Members said similar plans should also be formulated for other towns of the state for their planned development
Legislators, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori, Jeevan Lal, Daleep Singh Pa...|
|Panel drops Privilege motion against Chief Editor, Early times|
|JAMMU, Feb 22: The Committee on Privileges (PC) of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly today dropped the Privilege Motion against the Editor of a local newspaper in a meeting held under the Chairmanship of MLA, Mohammad Yousuf Bhat here today.
Threadbare discussion was held on the Privilege motion moved by the MLA, Usman Abdul Majid.
Legislators, Javid Ahmed Rana, Shamima Firdous, R S Pathania, Javaid Hassan Baig, Aijaz Ahmed Mir and Bashir Ahmed Dar were also present on the occasion and gave their suggestions on the issue.
The Committee after threadbare discussion on the matter, the committee decided to drop the privilege motion, on the condition that the newspaper publishes a corrigendum over misreporting.
The Committee decided that another petition given by R S Pathania against the Commis...|
|Delay in dialogue with separatists, stake holders would prove disastrous: Vakil|
|JAMMU, Feb 22: Calling upon the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to own the recently released report and their emphasis on dialogue with different stake holders of the team of concerned citizens of India headed by former Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha, former Minister Abdul Gani Vakil said joint separatist leadership has granted a golden opportunity to Narendra Modi Government by talking to Yashwant Sinha led team and it is now for the Modi Government to seize the opportunity by starting direct talks with the joint separatist leadership and other stake holders in Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement issued, Vakil, warned that any attempt to delay in the initiation of dialogue with the joint separatist leadership and other stake holders would prove disastrous for the stability of peace and sec...|
|Vishwa Bharati College celebrates Mahashivratri|
|JAMMU, Feb 22: Vishwa Bharati College of Education celebrated Mahashivratri in college auditorium today.
The programme enthralled everyone present there by the variety of items presented by the teacher- trainees and the faculty. The solo bhajans sung by Prof Nirmal Razdan and Sajda in their melodious voices, were the mark of the day. Speeches on Mahashivratri by Menu, Amazing facts on ‘Shiv’ by Puneet, poem by Sharista were some of the items in the programme.
The programme concluded with Shiv Aarti. Kiranjot and Slinder anchored the programme....|
|Ravinder Sharma pays obeisance to Guru Ravi Dass ji|
|JAMMU, Feb 22: Ravinder Sharma Chief Spokesperson J&K PCC today paid obeisance to Guru Ravi Dass ji at Thanda Pani. The function was organized by Guru Gurdeep Ji Maharaj.
Speaking on the occasion, Sharma said that Guru Ravi Dass ji was a great reformer of under privileged and down trodden sections of the society. We should follow his teachings of peace, hormony, love, equality and social justice. He appealed the people to reject the social evils and avail the facilities enshrined in the Constitution for the weaker and down trodden sections of the society.
While interacting with the people at various places Sharma said that there was general complain that in spite increasing the rates they are not getting adequate quantity of ration and news of Adahar Cards compulsory for get...|
|JKPCC demands fresh delimitation of Panchayats, wards|
|JAMMU, Feb 22: JKPCC chief GA Mir today reviewed the prevailing political scenario and besides discussing the exercise being undertaken for the delimitation of Panchayats, despite objection from Congress and all political parties with regard to illegal and partial manner by Rural Development Department, as the govt has failed to hold fair and transparent to conduct the delimitation of wards.
He blamed the govt of deliberately weakening the Panchayat Raj Institutions by bringing undemocratic and retrograde amendments by direct election of Sarpanchs and move by not constituting the independent agency provided in Panchayat Raj Act with a view to indulge in political favoritism and manipulation in the delimitation process which is key to the fairness of the entire exercise of entire elec...|
|MLA Inderwal calls for transparency in Developmental works, office functioning|
|Rues on non implementation of DDB decisions|
|JAMMU, Feb 22: Former R&B Minister and MLA Inderwal Ghulam Muhammad Saroori rued non implementation of decisions taken during District Development Board (DDB) meetings and demanded transparency while execution of developmental works.
Saroori while raising various issues in Kishtwar DDB meeting held at Jammu on Tuesday called for accelerating pace of the ongoing water supply schemes for its earliest completion. He said that the prestigious Naigad WSS is the lifeline for the people of Kishtwar which needs to be completed within the specific time limit in a transparency manner.
He said that out of 32 KMs pipe line, the work on only 12 KMs has been completed while 20 KMs work is still pending and demanded that same needs to be expedited for speedy completion.
Saroori demanded that high d...|
|Jammu can’t be allowed to be converted into a refugee camp: Harsh|
|JAMMU, Feb 22: Close on the heels of settlement of foreign nationals including Rohingyas and Bangladeshis in Jammu, the state govt has embarked upon yet another obnoxious move of opening of fresh registrations for Kashmir migrants in Jammu, observed Harsh Dev Singh JKNPP Chairman.
He said that with the concerned authorities turning a blind eye towards raging demographic changes, the people of Jammu were fast losing their patience. He said that while the otherwise calm and highly accommodative people of Jammu were seething with rage over the illegal settlement of foreign nationals issue, the mandated leaders of Jammu were making vague nauseating statements in their vain attempts to absolve themselves by deflecting the blame to opposition parties deliriously oblivious of the fact that the...|
|Out 215 Police Stations in J&K, Only 7 headed by Lady Officers: RTI reveals|
|JAMMU, Feb 22: “Out of total 215 Police Station spread across 22 districts in Jammu and Kashmir, only 7 police stations are headed by female officers and rest of 208 are commanded by male Station House Officers.”
“Out of these 7 Police Stations headed by lady cops, 6 are all women police stations, means factually only one general police station is being headed by a female officer. None of the 25 police districts is headed by any lady officer.
In addition to this, on the question of representation to lady police officers on other significant positions in the state only two armed police Battalions (IRP) are headed by female commandants other than this Jammu and Kashmir government have assigned the task of managing traffic in both the capital cities of the state i.e. Srinagar and Jammu...|