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No construction without NOC by army around Kaluchak in Jammu: DC
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JAMMU, Jul 18: Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir Wednesday said orders were passed for immediate halt to the construction work taking place in violation of guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Defence in and around the sprawling Kaluchak military station here. The order was passed after the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, hearing a petition filed by the union of India through ADM commandant Kaluchak military station, recently directed the state government to ensure that no further construction in and around the military station takes place in violation of guidelines issued by the ministry of defence till the next date of hearing. "We have ordered the revenue and other departments concerned to ensure that no construction is raised in the close vicinity of the camp without the 'No Obj...
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Pak backs UN over report on `atrocities in J&K’
ISLAMABAD, Jul 18 (Agencies) Pakistan has backed the United Nations over a recent report on alleged human rights violations by India in Jammu and Kashmir. According to Pakistan-based Dawn News, the neighbouring country backed the UN over dismissal of human rights violation allegations by India. India had strongly rejected the first-of-its-kind UN report on Jammu and Kashmir, calling it “fallacious, tendentious and motivated”. India had questioned the intent behind bringing out a report with “selective compilation of largely unverified information.” The report had alleged human rights violations in both "Indian-administered and Pakistan-administered Kashmir" and sought an international inquiry into these abuses. Reacting strongly to the same, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had...
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Minority status to Hindus
Requests received from J&K: Centre
Passes buck to state govt
NEW DELHI, Jul 18(Agencies): The government today said it has received requests from some organisations to grant minority status to Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir, but made it clear that the matter comes under the purview of the state government. Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha, said the central government notifies a community as minority in the context of India as a whole, and not for an individual state....
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Death penalty for rapists of minors; Bill to be presented in Monsoon session
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NEW DELHI, Jul 18: A Bill, which provides for stringent punishment including death penalty for those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 years, will be introduced in the monsoon session of Parliament, which began on Wednesday. The decision was taken today at a meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2018, once approved by Parliament, will replace the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance promulgated on April 21 following an outcry over the rape and murder of a minor girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir and the rape of a woman in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh. The Cabinet gave its approval to the draft Bill prepared by the Home Ministry, Prasad said. The Bill stipulat...
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Land owners demand compensation
MAJID NABI
SRINAGAR, July 18: Land owners whose land measuring thousands of kanals was acquired for much hyped Semi-Ring Road project connecting Pampore with Ganderbal via Narbal Budgam, Wednesday staged protest demanding compensation at par with other states of India. The protesting land owners who had appeared at Press Enclave here this afternoon shouted anti administration slogans alleged that their land was forcibly occupied by the authorities against 25 percent of present market rate. “Government seems to be least bothered about the problems we confront. We provided Paddy fields, vegetable gardens worth thousands of kanals for construction of Ring-Road but received peanuts in return,” said the land owners. They said government should either pay them four times than present market rate or sta...
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Scarcity of drinking water in Peerbagh areas
Residents left Aghast
FARZANA SYED
SRINAGAR, Jul 18: The non-availability of drinking water in several areas of Peerbagh locality in Srinagar has pushed the inhabitants to immense trouble and hardships. Lamenting on the Public Health and Engineering department (PHE) the residents of Jeelanabad locality of Peerbagh expressed their huge anger and anguish against the department for failing to provide portable drinking water in their areas for past several days. The residents revealed that there was a complete shortage of drinking water in their area while PHE was not looking at their grievances despite repeated requests. “There is an acute shortage of drinking water in our area. We have not received a single drop of water from past four days without knowing the reason. It is so ironical that we are being deprived of b...
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Hijacking case; Qureshi appears in court
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SRINAGAR, Jul 17: Jammu Kashmir Democratic Liberation Party (JKDLP) chairman Hashim Qureshi who is accused in Ganga Hijacking case was presented before special session court Srinagar. He was presented in the court of law of CID and CIK wings of Jammu Kashmir police. The counsel for Hashim Qureshi argued before the court that his client cannot be perused again under double jeopardy, the party said. According to the DLP, the next hearing for the case has been listed on August 4. Party said the senior advocate, presented references of international law regarding the double jeopardy and argued that his client cannot be perused again under double jeopardy. DLP further said Hashim Qureshi has already been sentenced by Pakistan Supreme Court and he has spent many years in the jail after whi...
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Death toll to Reasi Waterfall accident rises to 8
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JAMMU, Jul 17: Number of deaths in Reasi Waterfall accident happened when a large number of people were taking a bath under the waterfall rises to 8 A 50-year-old woman, who was injured in the Siar Baba waterfall accident, died at a hospital in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, taking the death toll in the incident to eight, officials said. A huge boulder had rolled down a 100-feet high waterfall at Talwara village, killing seven persons and injuring 33 others on Sunday last. The incident had happened when a large number of people, mostly from Jammu district, had gathered at the picnic spot and some of them were taking a bath under the waterfall. Babli Devi, a resident of Gangyal and one of the critically injured persons, succumbed to injuries at the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana...
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Yatra suspended due to overnight rains
Over 2 lakh perform pilgrimage in first 20 days
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SRINAGAR, Jul 17: Two lakh yatris performed Amarnath Yatra till 20th day today. An official spokesman said governor N N Vohra, chairman of the Board, today held a meeting at Raj Bhavan to review the to-date status of the ongoing Yatra, which commenced on June 28. Umang Narula, CEO and Bhupinder Kumar, additional CEO of the Shrine Board, informed the governor that due to the continuous rainfall overnight, the Yatra was suspended today, from both the Pahalgam and Baltal routes. However, limited helicopter services operated from both Neelgrath and Pahlagam helipads. CEO further informed that on the 20th day of the ongoing Yatra, 4140 Yatris paid obeisance at holy cave and, till date, 2,01,582 Yatris had received darshan of the Shivling at the Holy Cave. Governor reiterated his earlier di...
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Mega vaccination campaign in private schools from Sep
MAJID NABI
SRINAGAR, July 17: Department of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with Private Schools Association of Kashmir will be launching mega ‘measles’ vaccination campaign in all private schools across valley from September 2018. Addressing a joint presser at Information Auditorium with Private Schools Association of Kashmir, Director Family Welfare, Dr Sameer Mattoo said though authorities lacks actual figure of mortality rate of Measles in Kashmir, however 30,40,000 children are affected with it every year. “Our sole motive is to eradicate this disease from roots; we have been making all-out efforts to tackle measles and are hopeful this will be eradicated till 2020,” Dr Mattoo added. He said the mortality rate of measles which affects children below nine years is 40,000 in India e...
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UN HRs chief hits back on claims of bias on Kashmir Report
NEW DELHI, Jul 17 (Agencies): Over a month after UN human rights commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein released a report which was greeted by claims of personal “prejudice” from New Delhi, his office has denied any collusion with Pakistani activists. It also said that the Kashmir report had been sourced from Indian official reports. On June 14, UN’s high commissioner for human rights released a report which mainly focused on the “human rights situation” in India’s Jammu and Kashmir from July 2016 to April 2018 based on “allegations of widespread and serious human rights violations were received, notably excessive use of force by Indian security forces that led to numerous civilian casualties”. The outgoing human rights chief had called for an international commission of inquiry into the a...
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Isn’t WhatsApp group monitoring an invasion of Right to Privacy?
Pallavi Sareen
JAMMU, July 17: The District Magistrate of Kishtwar Angrez Singh Rana issued an order on June 29, 2018 asking all WhatsApp group admins to register themselves and for new admins to seek registration before creating groups to avoid facing legal action under Information Technology Act (IT Act). This has started commotion within people of Jammu & Kashmir wondering if the order will soon spread out to all the districts of the state and if so, what impact it would have on privacy of the people in the state. While some are of belief that the whole thing is a sham as WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption does not allow anyone to read the private messages, others believe that it is a step too far in invading their personal space. Contradicting views are also heard from people who think similar orders...
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My hard work bore fruits: Dar
MAJID NABI
SRINAGAR, July 16: The RTI activist who had moved an application before Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) vis-à-vis Cricket association today said his hardwork bore fruits after Crime Branch filed charge-sheet before the court in multi-crore scam. Majid Dar who had sought details through Right to Information Act (RTI) said the charge-sheet filed against former Chief Minister and NC President, Dr Farooq Abdullah and others proved whosoever indulges in wrongdoing in any manner has to face the music. “I am very much glad that CBI filed charge-sheet in multi- crore scam involving former CM, Farooq Abdullah and other bigwigs in Cricket Association. This is the victory of truth which eventuality prevailed,” said Dar talking to media at Saddar Court complex. Dar while praising the efforts ...
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200 students taught in 3 roomed unsafe school building in Kulgam village
ESS AHMAD
KULGAM, July 16: Authorities might be claiming that the education sector remains their priority but the condition of the three roomed school building in remote Nandimarg village of southern Kulgam district clearly punctures the official claims. The school was established in 1960 as primary school. After the introduction of Sarwa Shiksha Abhiyan, a central sponsored scheme meant for the universalisation of elementary education the school was upgraded as middle school. At least 200 students mostly from poor families are enrolled in the school. However 58 years later the school continues to function in the same dilapidated building putting question mark on the seriousness of the authorities in improving the education sector. Not only the building walls have developed wide cracks all around ...
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Biggest ever admintrative reshuffle in ongoing Guv rule
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SRINAGAR, Jul 16: The state government today ordered various transfers and postings in the administration. Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon, IAS (JK:1993), Principal Secretary to the Government, Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department, shall also hold the charge of the post of Administrative Secretary, Transport Department, in addition to his own duties, relieving Saugat Biswas, IAS (JK:2006), Transport Commissioner, J&K of the additional charge of the post. Shahid Anayatullah, IAS (JK:2000), Commissioner/Secretary to the Government, Revenue Department, shall also hold the charge of the post of Financial Commissioner, Revenue, in addition to his own duties, till further orders. Farooq Ahmad Lone, IAS (JK:2009), Chief Executive Officer, Economic Reconstruction Agency, J&K, holding additional c...
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Deaths due to drowning witness a steep rise
7 die of drowning in 2 weeks
FARZANA SYED
SRINAGAR, July 16: Where as the mercury has witnessed a rise in Kashmir valley during past few weeks, there has been a surge in the incidents of drowning as the rising number of people take to rivers and streams to escape the scorching heat. According to the official data at least seven persons have lost their lives in different incidents of drowning across Kashmir valley during past two weeks. The number of deaths due to drowning has rose to an alarming level while incidents are reported continously. In yet another case of drowning on Sunday, a teenager died after drowning in a stream in Handwara town of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. According to police sources 16-year-old boy identified as Abid Hussain, son of Ghulam Hassan Tantray drowned when he was taking a bath in a nearby...
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Let’s hope work on much-awaited flyover will resume: Omar
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SRINAGAR, Jul 16: The former Chief Minister and National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah Monday hoped that the work on much-awaited flyover would resume at an earliest. Omar in his tweet hoped that Governor N N Vohra could also resolve the mess left by the erstwhile government with contractors, constructing flyover. “Let’s hope @jandkgovernor can also resolve the mess the previous government has left with the contractors building the flyover & work can resume ASAP,” Omar tweeted....
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Around 30,000 Pak nationals granted LTVs to obtain PAN, Aadhaar cards
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NEW DELHI, Jul 16: Nearly 30,000 Pakistani nationals, mostly Hindus, have been granted Long-Term Visas (LTVs) since 2011, making them eligible to obtain PAN and Aadhaar cards as well as buy property, Home Ministry officials said. In 2018, till today, altogether 6,092 Pakistani nationals have been given LTVs in line with the Modi government's policy to help minorities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who come to India after facing alleged persecution in their home country. A total of 14,726 Pakistani citizens were given LTVs between 2011 and 2014 after they submitted applications in papers (offline), a Home Ministry official said. Since 2015, when the process of granting LTVs were made online, 2,142 Pakistani nationals were given LTVs in 2015, as many as 2,298 in 2016 and 4,712 ...
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Mehbooba chairs party meet
Asks party leaders for ensuring better outreach to people
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SRINAGAR, Jul 15: PDP President Mehbooba Mufti today chaired a meeting of party leaders of central Kashmir at her Gupkar residence today. In a statement PDP chief spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir said that the meeting was called to discuss the grassroot mobilisation of party cadres of central Kashmir and to discuss the feedback of party ranks for better outreach. The meeting was attended by central Kashmir legislators, party office bearers and senior party functionaries. This was a part of PDP’s outreach program which will commence for other parliamentary constituencies as well. Mehbooba Mufti asked the party leaders for ensuring better outreach and coordination with party workers and the general public, said Mir....
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Mehbooba, Drabu vacate govt houses in Jammu
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SRINAGAR, Jul 15: The state’s Estates Department today said that scores of the legislators and political leaders have vacated from the government quarters since the governor rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir. Director Estates, Tassaduq Jeelani told media that some of the legislators have vacated from the quarters while some are still occupied it. “Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, Haseeb Drabu, Altaf Bukhari, Priya Sethi have vacated from the Jammu quarters provided to them,” Jeelani said, adding that former minister Naeem Akhter, ex- advocate general and other political appointees have also vacated from their Jammu quarters. He informed that Mehbooba vacated in Jammu residence two days after the PDP-BJP coalition ended in the state. The director further stated that maximum of ...
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Debate on communal violence, lynching
Left to press for PM’s reply in Monsoon session
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NEW DELHI, Jul 15: Left parties intend to corner the government in Parliament on incidents of lynching and communal violence in the country and press for a reply from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the coming Monsoon Session. As they chalk out their strategy for the session, that begins on July 18, the CPI(M) and the CPI alleged that recent incidents of lynching and communal violence have “claimed” many lives in the country and the Prime Minister should state in the parliament what the government was doing to control the “divisive politics” unleashed by the RSS-BJP. “We would raise the issues of lynching and communal violence in the country in both the Houses of parliament,” CPI(M) Lok Sabha member Mohammad Salim told reporters. He alleged the government was supporting “divisive poli...
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IGP to cops: Adopt people friendly attitude
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SRINAGAR, Jul 15: S P Pani, inspector general of police (IGP), today directed policemen to adopt people friendly attitude while doing their duties. He was interaction with policemen at district police lines in Handwara. “The people friendly attitude and the relation between police and people could get a fillip in right direction which eventually will help police in better understanding of the problems faced by people and the speedy disposal of their grievances,” IGP said. He emphasized on the policemen to ensure accountability and address their responsibilities with due care and caution. Pani also opined about the importance and need for transparency in the functioning of police and emphasized the role and utility of the modern technology in ushering transparency in the functioning of...
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Malik expresses solidarity with bereaved families
Yasin again arrested in south Kashmir
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SRINAGAR, Jul 15: JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik was against arrested by police in south Kashmir. His party spokesman said that Malik was arrested when he was returning home from south Kashmir where he had gone to expresses condolences to some bereaved families. “Yasin sahib along with vice chairman Mushtaq Ajmal, zonal organizer Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri and others were returning to Srinagar when police at Sangam stopped and detained them. They are now lodged at police station Sangam. JKLF chairman was released yesterday after 10 days of incarceration yesterday,” the spokesman said and condemned the arrest. He added that prior to his arrest, Malik along with a delegation traveled to South Kashmir and visited many bereaved families whose members were recently killed by forces. He visi...
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First ever mass marriages in Kashmir
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SRINAGAR, Jul 15: Large number of couples tied knot during the first ever mass marriage function here today. The function was held at Amar Singh Club here and was organized by Charity Jaffria Council Jammu and Kashmir. According to organizers 105 couples from different parts of Valley tied the nuptial knot. Ghulam Rasool Chakan, general secretary of the council said the mass marriages were held for the first time in Kashmir. The couples dressed in colourful outfits expressed happiness over their getting married. A number of them were seen taking selfies. “This is great moment in my life. I am thankful to the organizers,” said a bride. The couples were accompanied by their family, who too expressed their joy over the mass marriage. According to Chakan, it was for the first time in 201...
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Army chief reviews security in Akhnoor
Jawan injured in sniper fire in Khour
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AKHNOOR, Jul 14: Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat Saturday visited the Akhnoor sector here and commended the field commanders for ably confronting the challenges posed by “inimical elements” and exhorted all ranks to continue working with dedication. In the meanwhile, an army jawan Friday evening was injured in Pakistani sniper fire on the Line of Control in Akhnoor sector’s Khour area. Accompanied by Northern Army commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, the Army Chief visited the Akhnoor sector and was briefed by General Officer Commanding (GOC), White Knight Corps, Lt Gen Saranjeet Singh, GOC Crossed Swords Division Maj Gen M K Mago and other formation commanders, Jammu-based defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said in a statement. He said the officers briefed the Chief of Army Staff on the...
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