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Magray resigns from Congress
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SRINAGAR, Mar 24: Former MLA and MLC and executive Committee member of the Jammu Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC), Advocate Bashir Ahmad Magray today tendered his resignation to the Congress high command. After sending a formal communiqué to the party leadership, the senior Congress leader, who is also the member of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) said the Congress leadership both at the state level as well as at the national level was drifting away from the people at the grass-roots and was ignorant of the wishes and aspirations of the people, especially of Jammu and Kashmir. Magray, who at a young age was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from the Rajpora assembly constituency of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district in 1972 and also represented the...
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ECI put on hold appointment of 16 VCs for PSEs
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JAMMU, Mar 24: In a major upset, The Election Commission of India (ECI) has put the appointment of Vice Chairpersons to Public Sector Undertakings in abeyance following a complaint by Opposition National Conference to the government order, citing violation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC). Chief Electoral Officer J&K, Shantmanu, told that Election Commission of India has put the recent appointments of VCs to different PSUs in abeyance. “The appointments of 16 Vice Chairpersons have been placed in abeyance following the complaints against their appointment,” the CEO told. “We have sent the names of these candidates forward and the further investigation regarding their appointment has been initiated,” he added. Notably, on Mar 10, the J&K Government had approved the appointment of 14 middle...
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NC hails ECI decision on staying VCs’ appointments
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SRINAGAR Mar 24: National Conference (NC) today welcomed the decision of Election Commission putting in abeyance the appointment of vice chairpersons for various corporations and Public Sector Undertakings by the PDP-BJP Government after the enforcement of Model Code of Conduct in run up to by-polls for Srinagar and Anantnag parliamentary constituencies. “We hope the coalition government will take the message of ECI loud and clear and desist from violating the MCI or misusing official machinery”, provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani said in a statement issued from the party headquarters here this afternoon. National Conference had lodged strong protest to the Election Commission, soon after the State Government appointed 16 functionaries of the ruling alliance PDP and BJP as Vice Chair...
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NC-Cong exhort people to fight: BJP’s anti-Muslim tirade
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SRINAGAR, Mar 24: Senior Congress leader and former MP Tariq Hamid Karra on Fridaymade a passionate appeal to the people of Kashmir to unite and “foil the machinations of RSS-BJP combine which has been given passage into the Valley by the PDP.” “We have to stand and defeat anti-Muslim and anti-Article 370 forces collectively”, Karra said while addressing a joint election meeting of the National Conference- Congress supporters at Shivpora here this afternoon. Karra said that Sangh Parivar has been conspiring for the past nearly seven decades to repeal Article 370 and dilute the state subject laws but the stiff resistance of the people has always made them lick the dust. “Now, they are day-dreaming to accomplish their nefarious agenda by aligning with the PDP”, he said and warned that the...
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Clashes in Sopore after Friday prayers
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SRINAGAR, Mar 24: Clashes occurred between protestors and security forces after Friday prayers in Sopore. Reports said youth took to streets after congregational prayers at central Jamia Masjid and tried to take out a march. However, police and security forces disallowed them to do so. This led to clashes between the protestors and security forces. Security personnel burst smoke shells and resorted to lathi charge. The protestors pelted stones. A group of protestors was chased by police after Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid area here....
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Drainage schemes started years back, yet be completed
SYED YASIR
SRINAGAR, Mar 24: With an effort to overcome the problem of water logging during rainy days, the construction work of drains of around 400 were started by various departments, but half of its number has not yet completed. Due to shortage of funds, construction work of around 200 drains has been stopped over the years in valley. However, under the centrally-funded Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme, the state government is intended to have 90 per cent of the drainage schemes completed in Srinagar city and various other townships of Kashmir valley. The various agencies of government few years back initiated to construct drains in Srinagar and its adjoining areas and major townships of valley to over the problem of water logging in newly constructed co...
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PM to inaugurate Chenani-Nashri tunnel on April 2
Tunnel will reduce journey time by two hours: Gadkari
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NEW DELHI, Mar 22: Much awaited India's longest road tunnel built on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, which will cut short the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by nearly 30 km will be dedicated to the people by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 2. Union Minister of State in PMO, Jitendra Singh today said that the Prime Minister will inaugurate the Chenani-Nashri tunnel on Jammu and Srinagar highway on April 2. He has said that Modi will also address a public rally after the dedication the tunnel project to the nation. The work on the 9.2 km-long twin-tube tunnel, which is part of a 286-km-long four-lane project on the highway, started on May 23, 2011 in lower Himalayan mountain range, and cost Rs 3,720 crore, officials said. It will reduce the travel time between the two st...
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BOSE textbooks following all NCERT standards: Peer
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JAMMU, Mar 22: The Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education (BOSE) Director Academician Dr Farooq Ahmad Peer has stated that the Board has reviewed and developed syllabi, courses of studies and textbooks from first primary to class 12th as per the guidelines and recommendations of National Curriculum Framework-2005 which is a seminal document on the National Education Policy so as to have uniformity in the education system throughout the country. In a press statement, Peer, while reacting to debate over the adoption of J&K state BOSE textbooks, said the BOSE textbooks are age appropriate, following all NCERT standards in this regard. “The much discussed NCERT's national document in this regard is a learning indicator. This document gives us curricular expectations and competenc...
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CET-2012 paper leak scam
Court to record statements of defence witnesses from March 23
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SRINAGAR, Mar 22: A city court has listed Common Entrance Test (CET) paper leak scam case of 2012 for recording of defence witnesses tomorrow. Sources in the court said that after concluding recording of the prosecution witnesses and arguments under Section 342 CrPC, the court has now listed the matter for defence witnesses from March 23. Pertinently, the scam had led to the arrest of the then chairman of Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) Mushtaq Ahmad Pir. On May 28, 2016 the court had reserved its order in a bail plea filed by Peer. On July 16, 2015, the Enforcement Directorate had filed charge-sheet in the court of principal district and session judge Srinagar against Peer, for his alleged role in selling CET question papers. During its investigation it was found t...
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Re-bidding for Rs 6,000 Zojila tunnel by Apr: Gadkari
NEW DELHI, Mar 22 (Agencies): The central government will reissue tenders for the strategic Zojila pass tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir by April and work on the Rs 6,000-Crore project will commence by August, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today. The project aims at providing much-needed all-weather connectivity between Kashmir valley and Ladakh, which remains cut-off from rest of the world during winters due to heavy snowfall. “We understand the plight of the people in Leh and Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir who face severe crisis during winters when they are cut off from the rest of India for six months. We are committed to undertaking the project and will issue tenders by April,” the Road, Transport and Highways Minister said here. Zojila pass is situated at an altitude of 11,578-...
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AK Koul appointed as Registrar Law NHRC
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JAMMU, Mar 22 (JNF): Ashok Kumar Koul Ex-Registrar General of J&K High Court has been appointed as Registrar Law National Human Right Commission (NHRC). He is first judicial officer of J&K State who appointed as Registrar National Human Right Commission. Ashok Kumar Koul took over as Registrar Law in National Human Rights Commission of India New Delhi. NHRC is the watch dog of the human rights of the people. This is for the first time that any one from state of Jammu and Kashmir has got such an assignment in NHRC....
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Batote-Kishtwar road opens for traffic
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JAMMU, Mar 22: After seven days of disruption of traffic, Batote-Kishtwar National Highway was opened for traffic, today. It is notable to mention here that Batote-Kishtwar road remain closed due to heavy landslide near Thathri since last four days and the people were facing lot of problems. The traffic has been cleared and traffic movement has been restored on this vital road. With the opening of road, the people of the area heaved a sigh of relief as they were facing huge shortage of essential commodities near Thathri. Meanwhile, extensive clearance operations are underway on both ends of Mughal Road and the road is expected to be ready for traffic movement by April 15, subject to fair weather conditions. Minister for Public Works Naeem Akhtar today laid thrust on early completion of...
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Pak not to accept Indian violations of IWT
Asif rejects India proposal to discuss Rattle project
ISLAMABAD, Mar 21 (Agencies): On the first day of 113th meeting of Permanent Indus Commission between Pakistan and India held here on Monday Pakistani delegation was headed by Water Commissioner Mirza Asif Saeed while India’s Indus Water Commissioner P-K Saena led the Indian delegation. The meeting discussed the design aspects of Pakal Dul, Lower Kalnai and Miyar hydroelectric plants, flood data supply by India and programme of tours of inspection and meetings by Pakistan and India to the sites of their interest in the Indus basin. The Indus Water Commission was set up following the Indus Waters Treaty signed by the Pakistan and India in 1960 after the World Bank succeeded in getting them reach an agreement on a water-sharing formula. The commission has to meet at least once every year...
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Terrorism has no religion: Nirmal
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JAMMU, Mar 21: Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh today said terrorism has no religion and the people involved in carrying out heinous crimes against humanity needed to be condemned by every section of the society. The Deputy Chief Minister was speaking after inaugurating a relief camp organized by the Hind Samachar group of newspapers in association with the Lions Club Jammu at Maralia, Miran Sahab here today. Around 500 needy persons were handed-over relief items on the occasion. “We should all collectively synergize our efforts to beat the forces preaching secessionism and give befitting reply to the anti-national forces,” he said and added that such elements were hell bent to create disturbances in the country and were trying hard to disturb the social fabric of the nation. Whil...
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Essential supplies vehicles leave for Srinagar
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JAMMU, Mar 21: Hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying essentials besides passengers, left Jammu for Kashmir Tuesday morning as only one-way traffic will continue on the highway, linking the valley with the rest of the country. Meanwhile, historic Mughal Road remained closed for the past three months though massive snow clearance operation was also going on. The national highway, linking the Ladakh region with Kashmir, also remained closed. “Since only one-way traffic will continue till further orders, we have allowed traffic from Jammu to Srinagar today,” a traffic police official said. No vehicle, including Army and other security forces, will be allowed from opposite direction to avoid any traffic jam or accident as road is still very narrow at some places due to landslides. ...
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Captain Tushar Mahajan
Udhampur Rly station to be named after Army officer
JAMMU, Mar 21 (Agencies): Udhampur Railway Station in Jammu and Kashmir is likely to be named after Captain Tushar Mahajan, an Indian Army officer who sacrificed his life fighting militants at Pampore in Pulwama district last year. On Tuesday, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for PMO Dr Jitendra Singh told Captain Tushar Mahajan's parents that it has been discussed by the Central government. The parents of Captain Tushar Mahajan were in Delhi to receive Shaurya Chakra (posthumous) on behalf of their son. "Most of the formalities required for the naming of the railway station have already been completed and the procedure has gone through different departments and ministries while the final call is to be taken by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs," Dr Singh said. While ackno...
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Police pick up 5 men with Venezuelan notes, hand them over to ED
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JAMMU, Mar 21: Police claimed to have picked up five youth with suspected Venezuelan currency amounting to Rs three lakh from a hotel in Jammu city and handed them over to Enforcement Directorate for probe into the matter. During patrolling and checking, a party of Police Station City Jammu caught five persons, all residents of Baramulla district, from a hotel “Kwalti lodge” at Residency road in Jammu who stayed their last night, police officials said. Thereafter, all the persons were questioned but they did not disclose the reason behind their visit, they said. On searching them, police found currency of BancoCenteral de Venezuela amounting to Rs three lakh and one cheque of J&K Bank of Rs 3, 30, 000 from the possession of two of the five persons. As the matter is related to foreign...
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Ram Mandir issue: SC advises to settle dispute outside court
NEW DELHI, Mar 21 (Agencies): The Supreme Court on Tuesday said fresh attempts must be made by all parties concerned to find a solution to the Ayodhya temple dispute which is a “sensitive” and “sentimental matter.” A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said that such religious issues can be solved through negotiations and offered to mediate to arrive at an amicable settlement. “These are issues of religion and sentiments. These are issues where all the parties can sit together and arrive at a consensual decision to end the dispute. All of you may sit together and hold a cordial meeting,” the bench also comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul said. The observations came after Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy mentioned the matter seeking urgent hearing of the...
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India, Pak hold Indus Water Commission talks
ISLAMABAD, Mar 20(Agencies): Officials from India and Pakistan discussed problems relating to Indus Basin at the two-day Indus Water Commission meeting which began here today after a gap of nearly two years. The 10-member Indian delegation led by Indus Water Commissioner P K Saxena held a close door meeting with the Pakistani side which was headed by Mirza Asif Saeed. During the meeting, Pakistan was expected to highlight concerns about the three Indian hydro projects being built on the rivers flowing to Pakistan. They are 1000 MW Pakul Dul on Chenab, 120 MW Miyar, located across Miyar Nalla which is a right bank main tributary of River Chenab, and the 43 MW Lower Kalnai hydro project on Lower Kalnai Nalla, a tributary of river Chenab. Pakistan contends that the projects were violatin...
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China warns India over invite to Dalai Lama to Buddhist meet
BEIJING, Mar 20 (Agencies): China on Monday warned India not to go against its "core concerns" to avoid "disruption" in bilateral ties after New Delhi invited the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to an international Buddhist seminar in Bihar. "In recent days the Indian side, in total disregard of China's stern representation and strong opposition, insisted on inviting the 14th Dalai Lama to attend the international conference on Buddhism held by the Indian government," foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters here. "China is strongly dissatisfied and firmly opposed to it," she said. "We urge the Indian side to clearly see the anti-China splittist nature of the Dalai group and honour its commitment on Tibet and related questions, respect China's core concerns and avo...
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Union cabinet clears 4 GST legislations
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NEW DELHI, Mar 20: The cabinet today cleared four supporting Goods and Services Tax legislations, paving the way for their introduction in Parliament soon. The legislations were cleared at a Cabinet meeting in New Delhi. The supporting legislations -- the Compensation Law, the Central-GST (C-GST), Integrated-GST (I-GST) and Union Territory-GST (UT-GST) -- would be introduced as Money Bill. Once approved by Parliament, the states would start taking their State-GST (S-GST) bill for discussion and passage in the respective state assemblies. The GST Council, in its previous two meetings, had given approval to the four legislations as also the State-GST bill. While the S-GST has to be passed by each of the state legislative assemblies, the four other laws have to be approved by Parliament. ...
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AIP to stay away from LS polls
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SRINAGAR, Mar 20: Awami Ittihad Party (AIP) headed by Engineer Rashid today said it would stay away from upcoming parliamentary by-elections. Addressing a press conference here Rashid announced that party would not participate in upcoming parliamentary by-elections for Anantnag and Srinagar seats. He said party strongly believed in democratic process and that the available forums including assembly and parliament were the best places to plead Kashmir cause, but the main political parties including National Conference and Congress not only disappointed Kashmiris but were also responsible in creating a situation where one would feel ashamed to seek votes, as these parties always tried to represent New Delhi in Kashmir rather representing Kashmir in New Delhi by acting like collaborators. ...
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Court dismisses stay order on bail plea of Masarat
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SRINAGAR, Mar 20: Session Court Bandipora Monday dismissed the stay order on the bail order of incarcerated Hurriyat (G) leader and Muslim League Chairman Masarat Alam Bhat. CJM Bandipora had issued bail to the jailed leader last month however state had challenged the same through a petition in the Session Court. Sources said the court not only dismissed the petition but also retained the bail order issued by the CJM. Masarat is undergoing detention in district Court Baramulla in a case registered at police station Sumbal under FIR No 53/2015. The rejection of state petition has paved way of Masarat’s release. Masarat is continuously behind bars since 2010 barring only forty days after he strongly spearheaded the then people’s uprising. On March 17, a Bandipora court extended judi...
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'Children who are victims of conflict'
ICPS to provide rights minors are entitled to
FARZANA SYED
SRINAGAR, Mar 20: The prolonged conflict in valley has victimised considerably a large chunk of children in one way or the other. While the young victims of conflict have been pushed to immense trouble and hardships, the recently constituted selection cum oversight committee is all set to form 'Integrated child Protection scheme ' which is likely to provide such victims with basic rights they are entitled to. The members of the committee said the scheme would cover the children who were the victims of law weather from past or the previous year. "The children who are the victims of conflict also fall under the category of 'Children in need of Care and Protection'. These may include children who have lost their parents due to conflict or children who have been left homeless because of t...
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BOSE cancels Class 10 Hindi paper, re-exam on Mar 30
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JAMMU, Mar 19: Due to alleged leakage of Hindi question paper of Class 10th, examination of which was held on March 17, the J&K Board of School Education has ordered cancellation and re-examination of the said paper. The re-examination of Hindi subject shall be conducted on March 30, 2017 without any change in time and venue for the exam. The candidates, who had to take their practical examination on March 30, 2017, as per the already issued practical date sheet of Class 10th, shall now take their practical examination on April 2 (Sunday), instead of March 30. “Due to unavoidable circumstances, examination of Hindi subject of Secondary School examination (Class 10th) Annual Session 2017, Regular (Summer Zone) JD, which was conducted on 17-03-2017, has been cancelled and re-examination...
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