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Focus on Daksum, Margan Top, Kongawaten for tourism promotion: Mehbooba
Directs setting up of an expert group to study Ahrabal fall decline
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JAMMU, Nov 22: The Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has directed the tourism department to focus on places like Daksum, Margan Top, Kongawaten and other areas for tourism promotion even as she directed setting up of an expert group to suggest measures to control the decline in the height of world famous Ahrabal fall. Addressing a joint meeting of Ahrabal, Kokernag and Verinag Tourism Development Authorities here today, the Chief Minister directed exploiting the potential of Daksum, Margan Top, Kongawaten, meadows of Noorabad and other places in the areas which, she said, have been famed attractions in the past. She said Daksum has been blessed with unparallel scenic attraction besides a wildlife sanctuary which can make a great tourist attraction. Expressing concern over the reports of dwi...
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Governor visits Rajouri frontier
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RAJOURI, Nov 22: Governor N N Vohra Wednesday visited the Rajouri frontier areas and received a comprehensive briefing from Maj General Suchindra, GOC 25 Div, about the management of the entire stretch of LoC which comes in the area of responsibility of this important army formation. Governor was also informed about the varied help which the army provides to the people living in the border belt who undergo considerable suffering when the Pak army breaches the cease fire agreement and resorts to cross-border firing, which has been happening far too often this year. Governor was also briefed by Shahid Iqbal, Deputy Commissioner, and his senior officers about the varied serious problems faced by the residents of villages along the LoC and the rescue, relief and rehabilitation support bein...
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J&K contingent for IWL calls on Chief Minister
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JAMMU, Nov 22: The members of J&K Women’s Football team participating in the coming Indian Women’s League (IWL) called on Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti here today. The team is participating in the coming national Football tournament at Kolhapur, Maharashtra starting from November 25. The Chief Minister enquired from the young players about their preparations and wished them well for the coming tourney. Commissioner Secretary, Youth Services & Sports Department, Hilal Ahmad Parray, Secretary, J&K State Sports Council, Waheed ur Rehman Parra and other officials of the Sports Council were present on the occasion....
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Governor visits Rajouri frontier, briefed about operational preparedness
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RAJOURI, Nov 22: Governor N N Vohra Wednesday visited the Rajouri frontier areas and received a comprehensive briefing from Maj General Suchindra, GOC 25 Div, about the management of the entire stretch of LoC which comes in the area of responsibility of this important army formation. Governor was also informed about the varied help which the army provides to the people living in the border belt who undergo considerable suffering when the Pak army breaches the cease fire agreement and resorts to cross-border firing, which has been happening far too often this year. Governor was also briefed by Shahid Iqbal, Deputy Commissioner, and his senior officers about the varied serious problems faced by the residents of villages along the LoC and the rescue, relief and rehabilitation support bein...
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Efforts on to bring back J&K youth on right track: Ahir
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NEW DELHI, Nov 22: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir Wednesday said efforts were being taken up by the government to bring the youth back to the right track in Jammu and Kashmir. Ahir's statement has come in the wake of reports of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) asking the Mehbooba Mufti-led government in Jammu and Kashmir to consider withdrawing cases against first-time offenders involved in stone-pelting incidents in the valley. "We are taking up measures so that the youth, who have digressed from their path come back on the right track. Those who have resorted to stone-pelting for the first time will be brought to mainstream," Hansraj Ahir told reporters here today. "This is not hidden that Pakistan provokes the youth of Kashmir and funds all the wrongdoings. ...
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Won't allow infiltration attempts along LoC: Lt Gen Saranjeet
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POONCH, Nov 22: General Officer Commanding (GoC) 16 Crops, Lt Gen Saranjeet Singh Wednesday stated that a large number of militants were trying to infiltrate along the Line of Control (LoC) but the security forces were "alert" to foil the designs. General Officer Commanding (GoC) 16 Crops, Lt Gen Saranjeet Singh said, "The Army was alert and would not allow any attempt (of infiltrating militants) to succeed." "There are a large number of people staged at the launching pads to come to this side. But the army was alert and would not allow any attempt to succeed,” said Lt Gen Singh, who commemorated the day by wreath laying ceremony at the Naman Sthal, the War Memorial at Poonch. "As you know our neighbouring country is aiding terrorism by providing them arms support. They are using th...
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‘Kashmir bracing for another wet spell’
Temperatures plunge below freezing point at many places, city records lowest
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SRINAGAR, Nov 21: While the state meteorological department has predicted another wet spell in Kashmir in a couple of days, the minimum temperature plunged several degrees below freezing point in many places in Kashmir and Ladakh division on Monday. According to the officials at Met department Srinagar recorded a low of minus 1.7 degrees Celsius on Monday night. The Met department revealed that it was the lowest night temperature witnessed in Srinagar this season so far. "There has been a dip in maximum and minimum temperature in Kashmir valley on Monday night. Srinagar also recorded the coldest night of this season so far, with night temperature dropping to minus 1.7 degrees Celsius. Night temperature settled below freezing point at many other places in Kashmir on Monday," spokesp...
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Clashes between students, securitymen at Ajas
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SRINAGAR, Nov 21: Police and security forces today fired smoke shells at Ajas in Bandipora as they came under stone pelting from students. Reports said the incident occurred immediately after the 10th class students finished their examination. Officials said after finishing their examination, the students allegedly pelted stones on security men, deployed there. The security personnel lobbed smoke shells and resorted to lathi charge. Vehicular traffic movement was disrupted on Bandipora-Srinagar highway for some time due to the clashes. Meanwhile, some bike borne gunmen resorted to firing in air at Hajin area of Bandipora district this evening. Reports said two bike borne gunmen at Hajin chowk where scores of youth had gathered. The gunmen fled from the spot after firing in air....
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Centre asks J&K govt to withdraw cases of first time offenders
NEW DELHI, Nov 21 (Agencies): Taking the suggestion of the Centre’s special representative Dineshwar Sharma forward, over 4,500 cases against youths involved in stone pelting for the first time will be dropped in a bid to win hearts in the Kashmir Valley, officials said. Sharma, who visited the Valley earlier this month, was flooded with requests from various individuals and groups for withdrawing cases against youths who were booked by the police for indulging in stone pelting. Over 11,500 cases against stone pelters were registered from July last year when unrest broke out in Kashmir following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in an encounter, they said. Meanwhile, a local news agency KNS reports from Srinagar: The Government of India’s special representative, Dine...
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Rajnath dismisses reports of IS presence in Kashmir
VARANASI, Nov 21 (Agencies): Dismissing reports of the Islamic State gaining a foothold in Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today that Indian Muslims would never allow outfits such as IS to have a base in the country. Singh also said he has complete faith in the Indian youth that they would not let IS misled them. "Any Indian Muslim who believes in Islam would not allow any opportunity to the Islamic State to have a base in the country," the Union home minister said. His remarks came in wake of claims that the global militant outfit was involved in an attack on forces in Srinagar on November 17 in which a militant, Mugees, and a sub-inspector, Imran Tak, were killed. The group claimed the attack through its propaganda news agency, 'Amaq'. Photographs of Mugees with the ...
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GOC 16 Corps calls on Governor
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JAMMU, Nov 21: Lt. Gen Saranjit Singh, GOC 16 Corps, called on Governor N N Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today and briefed him about the obtaining security situation in his entire area of responsibility, particularly along the Line of Control. Governor discussed with the GoC certain issues relating to effective internal security management in the hinterland and further strengthening of the counter-infiltration grid....
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Govt orders reshuffle in administration
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JAMMU, Nov 21: The state government today ordered transfers in the administration. Peer Zahid Ahmad, Jr. Scale KAS officer of 2011 batch, presently awaiting orders of posting in the General Administration Department, has been posted as Under Secretary to the Government, School Education Department vice Nisar Ahmad. Nissar Ahrnad, Under Secretary to the Government, School Education Department has been transferred and posted as Under Secretary to the Government, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj vice Syed Nazir Ahrnad. Syed Nazir Ahrnad, Under Secretary to the Government, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj has been transferred and posted as Under Secretary to the Government, Tourism Department....
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'Swine flu deaths'
Adequate measures in place to control spread of virus
FARZANA SYED
SRINAGAR, Nov 20: While seven deaths have occurred in Kashmir valley due to swine flu so far, the doctors are of the opinion that there were likely chances of the spread of H1N1 virus owing to the cold weather conditions prevalent in Kashmir. According to the doctors at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), around 25 patients were tested positive for the virus among whom many are receiving treatment in the hospital at present. "We received 25 cases of swine flu as of now. Few cases have been of acute influenza only and the patients were discharged. Among the patients who tested positive for the virus 17 patients are receiving treatment some of them have already been discharged from the hospital," a senior doctor at SKIMS Hospital revealed. "In the cases of deaths t...
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Shutdown in Hajin, Parimpora over militant killings
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SRINAGAR, Nov 20: Parimpora area of Srinagar city observed a shutdown for the third consecutive day today over the killing of local militant Mugees Ahmed Mir. Mir was killed in a brief shootout in Zakura area in the outskirts of Srinagar city with security forces. A police sub-inspector Mohammad Imran Tak was also killed in the shootout. Reports said shops and business establishments remained shut in the area. Meanwhile, Hajin town of Bandipora district also observed shutdown over the killing of six Lashkar-e-Taiba militants. Six militants and an Indian Air Force Commando were killed in a fierce gun battle at Chandergeer area of Hajin Town on Saturday evening. Reports said Hajin and its adjoining areas including Chandergeer, Shahgund, Hakhbara, Soudnara, Markundal, Vijpara and other ...
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FIR against 2 newspapers
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SRINAGAR, Nov 20: Police has registered an FIR in Bandipora district for allegedly tarnishing the image of police and security forces involved into the Hajin encounter in which six Pakistani militants and an air force commando were killed some days back. The two newspapers for passing off a Jammu man as the slain nephew of Lashkar commander Zakir-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. Police took cognizance of media reports and lodged the FIR against the Hindi newspapers for "tarnishing the image of Jammu and Kashmir Police and forces.” Police said they have lodged an FIR No. 73/2017under section 505 and 153 RPC against two newspapers - Dainik Jagran and Amar Ujala - for publishing photograph of a Jammu youth, showing him as Osama Jhangvi- killed in Hajin encounter . Police added that Jammu youth Maj...
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Minor reshuffle in Adm ordered
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JAMMU, Nov 20: The state government today ordered reshuffle in the administration here. Rakesh Kumar Sarangal, KAS, Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Development Authority, Patnitop, under orders of transfer as Additional Secretary to the Government, Housing & Urban Development Department has been transferred and posted as Additional Secretary in the Chief Minister's Secretariat. Pankaj Raj Katoch, KAS, Additional Secretary to the Government, Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department, has been transferred and posted as Additional Secretary to the Government, Department of Forest, Ecology and Environment, vice Sukhdev Singh Samyal. Sukhdev Singh Samyal, KAS, Additional Secretary to the Government, Department of Forest, Ecology and Environment, has been transferred and pos...
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Mehbooba convenes public grievances camp at Kathua
Border residents demand special recruitment, land compensation
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KATHUA, Nov 20: A day after conducting her public outreach programme at Samba, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti visited Kathua and convened a grievances redressal camp here today. During the camp the Chief Minister listened to scores of deputations and hundreds of people who apprised her of their developmental needs and sought their redressal. Minister for Forests, Environment & Ecology, Choudhary Lal Singh and legislators of the district were present on the occasion. During the two Public Outreach programmes convened by the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti at Samba yesterday and Kathua today, residents of border areas sought launching a special recruitment drive for their youth and payment of compensation for the crops and land in use by army and other security forces. At Kathua today, se...
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Delhi HC to hear plea against Farooq
NEW DELHI, Nov 20 (Agencies): The Delhi High Court today agreed to hear a PIL seeking action against National Conference president Farooq Abdullah for his reported controversial remarks on Pakistan-Administered Kashmir (PAK). A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and C Hari Shankar listed the matter for tomorrow after the counsel for the petitioner sought urgent hearing of the plea. The bench earlier declined to hear the matter today itself saying there was no “crisis” or urgency. “It cannot be done today. Why can’t it wait for tomorrow or day after tomorrow,” the bench told the petitioner. The plea, filed by Delhi-based Maulana Ansar Raza who claims to be a social activist, has sought “immediate investigation” and “arrest” of the Srinagar MP alleging that he favoured Pakistan an...
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Farooq trying to push country into communalism: BJP
P L Uniyal
NEW DELHI, Nov 19: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said that National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah was trying to push the country into communalism. Speaking to reporters here today, BJP national spokesperson Gopal Krishna Agarwal said that Farooq should make statements in consonance with the parliamentary law as he is a member of the Parliament. "I am not able to understand what language is Farooq Abdullah speaking and with what thoughts. He should talk under the parliamentary law as he is a member of the same. He is trying to push the country into communalism," Agarwal said. In a blistering attack at the BJP, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah accused the saffron party of dividing India on the basis of religion. "BJP leaders in UP give spe...
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NC chief on “self-defeating course”: Jitendra
‘Centre taken notice of ISIS claim of J&K attack’
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JAMMU, Nov 19: Union Minister of State in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh Sunday said National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah was making himself “irrelevant” and treading on a self-defeating course with his remarks on Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK). On November 11, Dr Farooq Abdullah had told reporters that PAK belonged to Pakistan and “this won’t change” no matter how many wars India and Pakistan fight. “It is a case of tragic isolation of a man whom nobody is advising that he is treading a self-defeating course,” Dr Jitendra Singh said while talking to media here. He also stated that the Centre had taken note of reports about global terror group ISIS claiming an attack in the Kashmir valley that left a police officer dead. He added that the future course of action would be adopte...
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‘J&K had chosen secular India over Pak’
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JAMMU, Nov 19: National Conference president Dr farooq Abdullah Sunday stated that Jammu and Kashmir had preferred to be part of secular India and not theocratic Pakistan, as the people believed that religion alone was not a binding force. This was proved beyond any doubt in the wake of the creation of Bangladesh, he said and added that communal divide was against the idea of India and its ethos. He was addressing office bearers and prominent leaders of NC Students Union at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan here this morning. The National Conference President also exhorted youth to gear up for upcoming Panchayat elections in a big way, saying their entry into public life will bring a fresh breather in the political landscape of Jammu and Kashmir and help in steering it out of the prevailing moras...
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It’s shameful not to celebrate Indira’s birth anniversary: PC
MUMBAI, Nov 19 (Agencies): It is a “shame” that the country and the government is not celebrating the 100th birth anniversary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, senior Congress leader Palaniappan Chidambaram said today. The former Union finance minister also alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had failed in his economic policies and was thus, trying to “play the friend of the poor.” “Indira Gandhi, like any other prime minister, must be judged and assessed in the context in which she was PM and the challenges she faced as PM and what she did. I think she was extremely successful in some areas, she was not successful in others and she made a mistake which she acknowledged later that ‘Emergency was a mistake and I will never make it again,” he said. Chidambaram was speaking du...
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NIA likely to probe human trafficking cases
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NEW DELHI, Nov 19: Anti-terror probe agency NIA could be empowered to investigate cases of human trafficking, in what seems to be a breakthrough in the nearly year-long consultations among various stakeholders, including the home ministry and the ministry of women and child development. Sources say the additional responsibility for the National Investigation Agency would be part of the proposed anti-human trafficking law unveiled by Maneka Gandhi last year. The move will also require amending the law that gave birth to the counter-terrorism agency -- the National Investigation Act, 2008. The Draft Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2016, proposed setting up a National Bureau on Trafficking in Person for "prevention, investigation of the trafficking...
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India, China together have a great potential: Dalai Lama
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NEW DELHI, Nov 19: The Dalai Lama on Sunday said India and China "have a great potential together." "India and China have a great potential. China is also historically a Buddhist country. Most Chinese follow the Nalanda thought of Buddhism," The Dalai Lama told He added, "Whether we like it or not, India and China have to live side by side and if they work together there is a huge potential. Imagine more than two billion people working together." The Tibetan leader is currently on a week-long three-city tour to Delhi, Bhubaneshwar and Kolkata. After this, he will visit Odisha on a two-day tour and is scheduled to hold talks with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tomorrow....
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‘File sedition charges’
‘Disqualify Farooq from Parliament, derecognize NC’
'Withdrawal of ration facility to West-Pak refugees inhuman'
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JAMMU, Nov 18 (JNF): Jammu High Court Bar Association president B S Slathia on Saturday asked government to file sedition charges against National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah for his recent remarks that ‘Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) belongs to Pakistan’. He also demanded disqualification of NC president from the Lok Sabha and de-recognition of his party by the Election Commission. Abdullah had on November 11 had said that ‘PoK belonged to Pakistan and this won’t change, no matter how many wars India and Pakistan fight against each other.’ Taking a serious exception to Dr Farooq Abdullah’s, what he said, “divisive and unsetting statement that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is Pakistani’s and India does not have the capacity to retrieve it,”, Slathia demanded immediate action against ...
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