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'400 additional companies of paramilitaries reaching Kashmir for poll duty’
Elected ULBs, Panchayats to get Rs 4335-Cr for development: CS
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SRINAGAR, Sep 25: Chief secretary BVR Subrahmanyam today said Rs 4335 crore will be devolved to the urban and rural local bodies for developmental activities immediately after the conclusion of the ongoing poll process. “This huge chunk of funds allocated to the state under the 14th finance commission award has been withheld as no elected urban and rural local bodies are in place in the state,” the chief secretary said at a press conference here this morning. Giving a breakup of the funds withheld, the chief secretary said that Rs 3029 crore are pending for Panchayat bodies while Rs 1306 crore are pending for municipal bodies. Chief secretary said while Jammu and Kashmir has a comprehensive and robust Panchayati Raj Act in place, the government is initiating some far-reaching changes t...
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5 resolutions passed NC’s meet concludes
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SRINAGAR, Sep 25: The two day meeting of National Conference’s central working committee (CWC) concluded here today with the passing of five resolutions. The meeting was presided over by president Dr Farooq Abdullah. Party vice president Omar Abdullah also participated. A resolution said National Conference stands for the unity, integrity and the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and shall continue to strive to defend its secular character. :We further resolve that National Conference shall continue to work in this direction and vehemently defeat the nefarious designs of the forces who are hell- bent on weakening the secular credentials of the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” it said. Calling off of the meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan scheduled for this ...
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150 people test positive for Hepatitis-C in Pahalgam
ESS AHMAD
ANANTNAG, Sep 25: The prevalence of the silent killer, Hepatitis-C in Wularhama village of Pahalgam has created fear and panic among the inhabitants of the area. While as the health authorities say that there is no need to panic, villagers maintain that the virus may engulf the entire population if not controlled at the earliest. The prevalence of the hepatitis-C in the area came to fore during the mass screening conducted by the health department earlier this month as a part of its program to screen the people for various liver related diseases. Over 150 villagers of all the ages , according to officials in the health department tested positive for hepatitis -C during the screening. "Around 1600 people were screened for the infection and out of them over 150 were found infected with t...
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PM takes dig at Cong over
NC’s poll boycott decision
‘It should have stood with them in J&K’
BHOPAL, Sep 25 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took a dig at the Congress over National Conference’s decision to boycott the upcoming civic and panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir. The National Conference has said it is boycotting the elections to panchayat and urban local bodies in the State because the Centre has not clarified its position on Article 35A of the Constitution, which is facing legal challenge in the Supreme Court. “There are elections (to civic bodies) in Jammu and Kashmir and the allies of Congress are running away from the polls,” Modi said while addressing a rally of BJP workers in Bhopal. The Prime Minister did not name the National Conference but the reference was obvious. “If the Congress had a bond with them, it should have stood with them. ...
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Qureshi discusses IWT with World Bank
`Empanel Court of Arbitration over India’s illegal construction of dams’
ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON, Sep 25 (Agencies): Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on Monday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The focus of the meeting was on implementing the World Bank's role as the administrator of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT), Radio Pakistan reported. During the meeting, the foreign minister asked the World Bank to “empanel the Court of Arbitration over the illegal construction of dams by India on western rivers", the report added. According to the state broadcaster, he told the WB president that India's construction of the Kishanganga and Rattle dams represents a violation of the IWT. Speaking to media after the meeting, Qureshi said that while speaking to WB President Jim Yong K...
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Sushma makes a veiled attack on Pak on terror
NEW YORK, Sep 25 (Agencies): India on Tuesday made a veiled attack on Pakistan and said in the contemporary setting when the world in still beset with conflicts, “no one should be allowed to support terror or its perpetration.” “Our world is still beset with conflicts, terror and hateful ideologies that are transcending borders and impacting our lives. No one should be allowed to support terror or its perpetration,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a statement without taking any name at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit here. She said the “collective survival” of the comity of nations as a global family requires that the wisdom of pioneering leaders such as Mandela “should remain as our moral compass.” “Let us share this planet as one. Let us make a better world for our ch...
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Govt orders cancellation of leaves to its employees
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Sep 24 (Agencies): The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday withdrew the facility of leave to its employees and directed that leaves already sanctioned would be treated to have been cancelled but the leaves sanctioned on medical grounds or study purposes would remain in force. The government has issued the orders in view of the municipal and Panchayat elections the process for which has been already started and phase one of the municipal polls is close at hand. An order issued by the Commissioner Secretary to Government, General Administration Department reads: “Leave of any kind sanctioned to government employees except leave sanctioned on medical grounds or for study purposes shall stand cancelled forthwith. The concerned employees shall report to their respective places ...
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NIA officer probing cases in J&K given extension
NEW DELHI, Sep 24 (Agencies): Senior NIA officer G P Singh, probing terror cases in Jammu and Kashmir and in Northeastern region, was on Monday given two years extension, according to an official order. Singh, a 1991 batch IPS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre, is working as Inspector General (Intelligence) in the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved extension in his services for two years beyond November 4, 2018, the order issued by the Personnel Ministry said. The NIA is looking into cases of terror financing and hate speeches in Jammu and Kashmir involving certain separatist leaders....
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`Terrorism in Kashmir Pak-sponsored’
Ready to talk to everyone over Kashmir: Rajnath
LUCKNOW, Sep 24 (Agencies): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said the government was “ready to talk to everyone” over the Kashmir issue, while asserting that terrorism in the Valley is “Pakistan-sponsored.” After a meeting of the Central Zonal Council here, he told reporters, “I think the matter will be resolved. We are ready to talk to everyone. As far as terrorism is concerned, all security agencies are working in coordination.” “Terrorism in Kashmir is Pakistan-sponsored,” he said. Barely 24 hours after agreeing to the engagement, the government Friday called off a meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan in New York, citing the brutal killings of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir and Islamabad releasing postage stamps “glorifying” Kashmiri militant Burhan...
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Pak’s “one-trick pony” act on Kashmir has no resonance in UN: India
NEW YORK, Sep 24 (Agencies): With Pakistan expected to rake up the Kashmir issue during the high-level UN General Assembly session this week, India said a “one-trick pony” can “regurgitate” the same act but “single act plays” have no resonance on multi-lateral platforms like the United Nations. India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said the UN General Assembly session is a global platform to address global issues, yet each country is sovereign and can do what they feel is in their best interests. “If somebody else would like to be a one-trick pony, it is for them to regurgitate and act. We have handled this act many times in the past and are confident that we will do so again,” Akbaruddin told reporters here Sunday. He was responding to a question on Pak...
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`Hiding away not to improve Kashmir situation’
India reluctant still Pak not to close doors: Qureshi
‘Not all of them terrorists in Kashmir’
WASHINGTON, Sep 24(Agencies): Days after New Delhi cancelled the foreign-minister level meeting between two neighbouring countries in New York, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that India's reluctance to hold talks with Pakistan would not stop Islamabad from closing doors on its efforts to promote peace in the region. While addressing a news conference at Pakistan embassy in Washington on Sunday, Qureshi said India cancelled the peace talk it agreed to in September on the basis of incidents that happened in July. India on Friday cited the “brutal” killing of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir as well as the release of the postal stamps “glorifying” Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani for calling off the meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakis...
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DGP, GOC 15 Corps hold joint security review in Handwara
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Sep 24: Director General of Police of Jammu and Kashmir Dilbagh Singh and GOC 15 Corps Lt Gen A K Bhatt Monday reviewed the security situation ahead of local bodies and Panchayat elections in the District Police Lines Handwara in Kupwara district. “The DGP and GOC 15 Corps Lt Gen Bhatt held a joint security review with the senior officers of army, Police and CRPF in the District Police Lines, Handwara,” a police spokesman said. The meeting was also attended by GOC Kilo Force Maj Gen D P Pandey, IGP CRPF Zulfikar Hassan, IGP Kashmir Zone S P Pani, SP Handwara Ashish Mishra and commandants of army and CRPF. Addressing the officers, the DGP Dilbag Singh emphasised that the existing “cooperation and synergy between different forces was to be further strengthened to combat the ter...
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4 dead, 9 injured in Gundoh Sumo accident
Saidullah Rangrez
DODA, Sep 22: In yet another tragic accident in Chenab valley of Jammu and Kashmir, four people died while 9 others, mostly critically injured after a Tata Sumo met with an accident near Kaljugassar some 45 kilometers from Kishtwar district. Reports said that at about 10.45 AM a Tata Sumo bearing Registration number JK06-4986 which was on its way from Seru Khaljugassar towords Gowari, when it reached at Gangal Soti, it rolled down about 200-300 feet deep gorge in which four persons dead on spot while 9 other injured. After hearing about the accident, the locals along with police and members of NGO Ababeel rushed to the spot and retrieved the dead and injured persons from the site of the accident. The injured were immediately shifted to Thathri hospital from where critically injured were...
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Thunder storm with hail likely in J&K today
PUNE, Sep 22(Agencies): Thunderstorm, accompanied with lightning and hailstorm, is very likely to occur at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir during next 24 hours, predicted the Indian Meteorological Department in a bulletin here today. The Met said that heavy to very heavy rain, with extremely heavy rain, is very likely at isolated pockets of east Rajasthan during the period. Heavy rain is very likely at a few nooks, with very heavy rain at isolated sites, is very likely in Himachal Pradesh during the period. Heavy to very heavy rain is very likely at isolated tracts in Uttarakhand, Punjab, west Madhya Pradesh and north Madhya Maharashtra during the period. Heavy rain is very likely at isolated sectors in Arunachal Pradesh, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, west Uttar Pradesh, Har...
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UN chief to visit India in October
UNITED NATIONS, Sep 22 (Agencies) UN chief Antonio Guterres will travel to India early next month, his first trip to the country as head of the world body that coincides with the commencement of events marking the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The Secretary-General will arrive in New Delhi on October 1. His visit coincides with the beginning of events to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2 next year, Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Farhan Haq told reporters here Friday. On October 1, Guterres will formally open the new UN House in New Delhi and on October 2, the Secretary-General will participate in the closing session of the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention. During the visit, he will meet President Ram Nath...
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Massive searches in 6 Pulwama villages
Youth clash with forces in Shopian village
ESS AHMAD
ANANTNAG, Sep 22: A day after the suspected militants abducted and shot dead three cops in southern Shopian district, forces on Saturday launched a massive search operation in at least half-a-dozen villages of neighboring Pulwama district while as in Shirmal village of Shopian locals clashed with forces to sabotage the cordon and search operation launched by the forces. Government forces including army's 55 RR, 53 RR , 23 Para , special operations group (SOG) of police and Para-military CRPF men , local sources said, early morning laid a siege to at least six villages of southern Pulwama district to locate the militants. The forces , locals said, blocked entry and exit points of the villages and conducted door to searches in Lassipora, Armula, Alaipura, Batnur, Garbugh, Nowpora Payeen a...
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Farooq visits PHQ to offer condolences on cop killings
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Sep 22: Former chief minister and National Conference (NC) president Dr Farooq Abdullah on Saturday visited the police headquarters Srinagar. He met senior officers, including director general of police (DGP) Dilbag Singh to offer his condolences on the killing of three policemen in south Kashmir’s Shopian district. A police spokesman said Farooq Abdullah today visited police headquarters (PHQ) here and met the DGP and senior police officers. He expressed his condolences to the bereaved families of three police personnel killed yesterday. He said the NC president expressed anguish over the killings, saying the police force was performing its lawful duties for maintaining peace and tranquillity in the state and such acts were not only aimed at disturbing peace but also causin...
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Kashmiri students attacked in college
Police starts investigation
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Sep 22: Kashmiri students today blocked Chandigarh-Ludhiana highway in Mohali after one of their classmates was assaulted by unknown persons inside a college in Mohalli Punjab, reports a local news agency, CNS. Over 200 Kashmiri students after registering a protest in the premises of Adesh Institute of Technology and Management in Mohalli, hit to roads demanding action against the assailants who attacked a newly Kashmiri entrant inside the college. A protesting Kashmiri student said that Masroor Ahmed, a resident of Adigam Kokarnag area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district got admission in the college a few days ago. “Yesterday, when Masroor, 1st Semester student of BBA came out from hostel to fetch drinking water, he was attacked by unknown youth with knives. Masroor has rece...
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Guv assures stringent action over cops’ killing
KT NEWS SERVICE
NEW DELHI, Sep 21 (Agencies): Governor of Jammu & Kashmir Satyapal Malik on Friday condemned the heinous killing of Special Police Officers (SPOs) by terrorists and termed it a barbaric act. He also assured stringent punishment against the terrorists. “Pakistan is habitual of doing it. We will punish them properly,” said Malik....
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BJP will not take initiative to form govt in J&K: Madhav
NEW DELHI, Sep 21 (Agencies): The BJP will not take any initiative to form the government in Jammu & Kashmir and would like Governor’s rule to continue for “some more time”, party general secretary in-charge of the state, Ram Madhav, has told. His remarks come in the backdrop of former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti warning that if the BJP tries to form the government by breaking her party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with the help of rebel MLAs it will have a “dangerous outcome” for the state. “We are, right now, only keen that Governor’s rule continues for some more time,” Madhav said in an interview, explaining that his party withdrew from the Mufti-led PDP-BJP government in June because of a “huge governance deficit” in the state, especially in the Valley. “In Jammu, we sti...
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Appoint full-time DGP in 5 weeks: SC
NEW DELHI, Sep 21 (Agencies): The Supreme Court today ordered that a full-time director general of police for Jammu & Kashmir be appointed in five weeks by the state government, which will choose from the panel of officers prepared by the UPSC. The sudden removal of SP Vaid as DGP and his replacement by Dilbag Singh as interim DGP led to a controversy, forcing the state government to move the SC seeking to carve out an exception for the hurried change because of “exigencies of ground situation prevailing in the state”. However, ex-top cop Prakash Singh through advocate Prashant Bhushan had filed an application seeking contempt action against the state for violating the procedure for replacement of DGP....
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Govt treating people of J&K like 'Guinea Pigs': Congress
NEW DELHI, Sep 21 (Agencies): Hitting out at the Centre over the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the Congress Friday alleged that the NDA government was playing with the "crown of India" and treating the people of the state like "guinea pigs". Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi alleged that there had been a marked quantitative increase in ceasefire violations, deaths of security personnel, civilian killings, and terror incidents in Jammu and Kashmir since the BJP came to power at the Centre and in the state. He blamed the government for the deteriorating security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and cited the abduction and killing of three policemen and the reported resignations by police personnel in the state. The Home Ministry, however, said Friday that no policeman has resigne...
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Youm-e-Ashura observed across Kashmir
Tributes, mourning processions, mark the day
FARZANA SYED
SRINAGAR, Sep 21: Ashura, which commemorates the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain AS, was observed across Kashmir valley on Friday with religious gaiety and mourning. Remembering the supreme sacrifice of grandson of Prophet Muhammad SAW, mourning processions were taken out across Kashmir valley throughout the day wherein glowing tributes we're paid to Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions who laid down their lives during the bottle of Karbala against evil, falsehood and oppression. Alam processions were taken out and religious gatherings were organised across Srinagar city where in religious scholars and clerics spoke about the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS) and the essence of his sacrifice in Karbala. Scholars and clerics delivered sermons on the battle of Karbala. Homage ...
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Sajad’s PC to participate in ULB, Panchayat polls
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SRINAGAR, Sep 21: Sajad Gani Lone led Peoples Conference has decided to participate in the upcoming urban local bodies and Panchayat elections. Lone took to Twitter and announced his decision. “Peoples Conference will take part in the upcoming elections. But given the rules we unfortunately will not have a common symbol,” he tweeted. Confirming his decision, Lone told media that his party will participate in the upcoming Panchayat and local bodies elections. Pertinently, National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party, CPI(M), Democratic Party Nationalist, BSP and Awami National Conference have already decided to boycott these elections while Congress like BJP and Peoples Conference will take part in elections....
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One arrested for murder of minor boy
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SRINAGAR, Sep 20: Police has arrested one person in connection with the murder of a minor in Ganderbal district. Police claimed that the murder was committed in a fit of revenge. Giving details at a press conference SSP Ganderbal Mohammad Khalil Poswal police said a 12-year old boy Faisal Hussain Misger of Buserbugh Alasteng was found murdered under mysterious circumstances in fields near his home on Tuesday. He added during investigations by a special investigating team, the case was solved and the accused arrested. The team rounded up a suspect namely Abrar Majeed a resident of Buserbugh who was later interrogated and he confessed that he murdered the minor boy in a fit of revenge. Abrar, according to the police, is known for wrongdoings and is a drug addict. SSP said that the acc...
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