|Pro-Pak slogans displayed|
|Official websites of 2 IITs, AMU, DU hacked|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 25 (Agencies) : The official websites of four premier educational institutions - Delhi University, Aligarh Muslim University, IIT Delhi and IIT BHU - were hacked today and "Pakistan Zindabad" slogans displayed on them.
The hacker group, which identified itself as "PHC", said, "nothing deleted or stolen. Just here to deliver my message to Indians."
"Greetings Government of India, and the people of India. Do you know what your so-called heroes (soldiers) are doing in Kashmir? Do you know they are killing many innocent people in Kashmir?" read the message displayed on the four websites.
“Do you know they have raped many girls? Do you know they still are raping girls in Kashmir? How would you feel if your brother, sister, father and mother gets killed? How would you feel if ...|
|Pulwama govt college staff meets CM|
|Apprises Mehbooba of April 15 incident facts|
|SRINAGAR, Apr 25: Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti today met with teaching staff of Pulwama government degree college to seek factual details of the April 15 incident that led to widespread student protests across Kashmir, reports a local news agency KNS..
“The staff and incharge principal today met chief minister at her residence and apprised her of the details and facts that led to the protests and clashes in the college,” sources told the news agency.
“The chief minister asked the teachers to resolve the academic and administrative issues of the students and regain their confidence by holding discussion and interactive sessions with them,” sources said.
Mehbooba has also assured the staff that actions will be taken against those persons who assaulted the students. She told them that sh...|
|Kohli seeks inquiry into Reasi incident|
|JAMMU, Apr 25: Minister for Animal Husbandry, Sheep and Fisheries Abdul Gani Kohli Tuesday directed the civil and police administration Reasi to inquire into the recent incident in the district and take action against the culprits.
Kohli said no such incident could be tolerated in a civilized society and that tough action would be taken against the culprits so that no such incident could take place in future.
He said the law enforcing agencies were there to check illegal transportation of bovines and nobody should be and could be allowed to take the law in his/her own hands.
The minister said the government would act tough against the elements trying to vitiate the atmosphere. He said the state government was custodian of the security of the people and every step would be taken to ens...|
|CM responsible for atrocities on Gujjars: Mian Altaf|
|Questions inaction of police, FIR against Gujjars|
|JAMMU, Apr 25: National Conference on Tuesday held Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti responsible for persecution and growing incidents of violence against Gujjars and Bakerwals in Jammu, saying that being incharge of the home ministry she failed in enforcing rule of law and reining in the coalition partner BJP, which had let loose its various wings to unleash scare among minorities.
“The organized attack on a hapless nomad family in Reasi should not be viewed in isolation, as it is part of an orchestrated campaign against the Gujjars which is manifested in uprooting them from the lands they have been inhabiting since decades,” senior National Conference leader and former minister Mian Altaf Ahmed said while addressing a press conference at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this afternoon.
|EC team defers J&K visit|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 25 (Agencies): An Election Commission team, slated to visit Jammu and Kashmir today for an on-the-spot assessment ahead of the Anantnag Lok Sabha by-poll, postponed its trip.
The team instead interacted with candidates, field election officers and civil and police officials concerned via video conferencing.
“The team postponed the visit due to a religious festival there. District administration and police officials would have come to Srinagar to interact with the Commission. It is better they stay in their areas due to festivities and the resultant law and order scenario,” said a senior official here.
According to the official, the team held detailed interaction with various stakeholders, including candidates, representatives of political parties and officials on various...|
|Suspension of internet is like living in ‘stone age’: Azad|
|DODA, Apr 25: Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad today said that suspension of the Internet services was no solution to the Kashmir issue. He said suspension of the Internet services in the Kashmir was like living in the ‘stone age’.
“Kashmir is one of the prominent tourist destinations and by snapping the Internet services, it seems like living in the ‘stone age’,’’ Azad told the media persons during his visit to Doda district.
The Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha also lashed out at the Centre and the PDP-BJP Government in the State for ‘mishandling’ the situation in Kashmir. “Both PDP-BJP and Centre are responsible for the prevailing Kashmir situation,’’ he asserted. He said that the solution to the Kashmir issue lied in talking to all the ...|
|CRPF without regular chief for nearly two months|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 24 (Agencies): The CRPF remains headless for almost two months now with the government yet to appoint its regular Director General (DG), even as the country's largest paramilitary force lost 38 personnel in line of duty in two major ambushes during the period.
Post K Durga Prasad's retirement as the last full-time chief of the Central Reserved Police Force (CRPF) on February 28, the Union Home Ministry had appointed Additional DG Sudeep Lakhtakia to hold the charge in "additional" capacity.
Notably, 12 CRPF personnel were killed in a Naxal ambush in Sukma in Chhattisgarh on March 11, while the force today suffered one its major casualties in the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) theatre after 25 jawans died in a repeat of the brazen Maoist assault.
While officials in the Home Mi...|
|No rift between BJP & PDP: Ram Madhav|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 24 (Agencies): BJP general secretary Ram Madhav today asserted that there was no rift between the PDP and his party and blamed lack of communication for the reported differences between the two partners in the recent MLC polls.
"There is no rift. There is some issue with regard to the MLC election. We noticed that there was some lack of communication between the two parties. Those things will be addressed," he told reporters.
The BJPs pointsperson for Jammu and Kashmir also said that the main priority of the government was to bring normalcy to the valley in one or two months and all possible help was being extended to the state administration for this.
His remarks came after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and emphasised t...|
|Rajnath Singh reviews Kashmir situation with top security brass|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 24 (Agencies): The top security brass of the country on Monday reviewed the situation in Jammu and Kashmir amid continued unrest in the Kashmir Valley.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh was given a detailed presentation on the latest ground situation in the state in the wake of violence since the April 9 bypoll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, official sources said.
They discussed the steps taken to bring back normalcy in the Valley, which has witnessed many protests and stone- pelting incidents in the recent past.
Singh discussed increased infiltration bids from across the border with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and the top officials of the Home ministry, the paramilitary forces and the chiefs of the intelligence agencies.
The home minister directed the off...|
|Centre should spell out its policy on Kashmir: Cong|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 24 (Agencies): The Congress today said the way situation in Jammu and Kashmir has been handled by the Centre and the PDP-BJP government in the state it is detrimental to both national security and national integration.
Asking the Centre to clearly spell out its Kashmir policy, the opposition party also said that J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's remarks, after meeting the prime minister that 'we are where Vajpayee left us', are a "damning indictment" of a complete lack of policy towards Kashmir.
"The manner in which the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre and the PDP BJP government in the state has handled the Kashmir situation is completely detrimental to both the cause of national security as also national integration.
"And you are seeing the manifestations of this ...|
|Kashmiri researcher leaves BITS Pilani campus after threats|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 24 (Agencies): 27-year-old Kashmiri researcher at the premier BITS Pilani in Rajasthan has left for home after alleging that he was threatened by some unidentified persons, barely three weeks after joining the institute.
Hashim Sofi, who hails from Bandipora district of Kashmir, had told the hostel’s chief warden that on Friday morning, he had found the door of his room and his clothes inked with threats and abuses, an official of the institute said.
Following the incident, BITS Pilani administration has ordered a probe.
“The student had met the chief warden... Today, we learnt that the research scholar was not in his room and left without informing the project investigator and institute authorities.
“The institute has taken serious note of the matter and has asked stan...|
|Protests in Rajouri against cow vigilantism in Reasi|
|RAJOURI, Apr 24: Agitated over the alleged attack on the nomad family at Zero Morh in Reasi, members of majority community today staged protest demonstration after blocking ever busy Abdullah Bridge in Gujjar Mandi area Monday.
The protestors said that on Friday evening a family of five members was on way to high reaches with their sheep, goats and cattle. They were intercepted by a large group of ‘Gau Rakshak Samiti’ and beaten up with iron rods, they said. The attacker took away their entire flock including goats, sheep and cows. All the family members have suffered several fractures and a nine years old girl is in serious condition who has been admitted in the hospital, they alleged.
The protestors said that Jammu and Kashmir has a large number of nomadic herder families, which tra...|
|‘Nirmal, Sat authorised to speak’|
|BJP men asked to desist from controversies|
|Accuses Oppn of hand in glove in settling Rohingyas in Jammu|
|JAMMU, Apr 23: Following controversial remarks by a minister which put coalition partners PDP and BJP at loggerheads, BJP has asked its leaders and ministers to desist from speaking on controversial issues.
This advisory was given to the Jammu and Kashmir unit of the BJP by its national general secretary Ram Madhav during his sudden visit to Jammu on Friday where he held closed-door meetings with BJP leaders and ministers.
Sources in BJP told that the party high command has given a strict direction to leaders and minister to desist and avoid giving controversial statements.
“Only Deputy chief minister Dr Nirmal Singh and BJP state unit president Sat Sharma have been asked to speak on different matters,” BJP sources told.
The direction was given after Industries and Commerce minister C...|
|Mughal Road reopens after 4 months|
|SRINAGAR, Apr 23: The historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, was reopened today, after remaining closed for more than four months due to snow accumulation.
Meanwhile, there was no respite for the residents of far-flung and remote areas, including those near the Line of Control (LoC), which remained cut off from their respective district headquarters due to accumulation of snow since January this year.
Only one-way traffic will be allowed on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country till further orders and today, vehicles will ply from Poonch to Srinagar, a traffic police official said.
Vehicles had to cross through 5-7 feet of snow on both sides, they said, adding that traffic wil...|
|Par panel takes serious note on reduction of border posts |
|NEW DELHI, Apr 23 (Agencies): A parliamentary panel has taken strong exception to the government’s move to reduce the number of new outposts along the Indo-Pak and the Indo-Bangla borders, saying such posts are crucial for the countrys security.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, headed by senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, said no reasons were furnished by the home ministry on why the proposal to construct 509 additional border out posts (BOPs) in the two borders had been revised and reduced to 422.
The panel recommended that the original plan of constructing 509 BOPs should be reconsidered in the interest of the country’s security.
"Reducing inter-BOP distance is very crucial for the security of the country and to keep a tab on the activities going on at the bor...|
|Principal DIET Kud among 9 suspended|
|UDHAMPUR, Apr 23: District Development Commissioner Udhampur has ordered suspension of Principal DIET Kud among nine gazetted staff members of the institution, who were found absent from duty during a surprise inspection.
The suspended officers included Som Raj Raghuvanshi (Principal), Bimal Roy (Head of the Department), Ashok Tickoo (Head of the Department) and six Lecturers included Brij Mohan Sharma, Shiv Kumar, Harpreet Kour, Rajesh Kumar, Madan Lal and Kewal Krishan. According to an order, issued in this regard by DDC Udhampur, Niraj Kumar, these suspended staff members of DIET Kud are attached in the same institute and they shall get their attendance verified from SDM Chenani on daily basis. "SDM Chenani is hereby deputed as Enquiry Officer to an in-depth enquiry into the matter a...|
|GST shows strength, resolve of federal structure: Modi|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 23: The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi today said that as a former Chief Minister, he is convinced that the vision of “New India” can only be realised through the combined effort and cooperation of all States and Chief Ministers.
Delivering the opening remarks at the third meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog, the Prime Minister said that “Team India” has once again assembled today to discuss and reflect on ways to prepare India for changing global trends. He said the meeting today would be an opportunity to exchange views on policies and implementation.
The Prime Minister said that it is the collective responsibility of this gathering to envision the India of 2022 the 75th anniversary of independence and see how we can swiftly move forward to achieve these goa...|
|Mehbooba to meet Modi today|
|Modi asks states to reach out to students from J&K|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged all state governments to reach out to the students of Jammu and Kashmir in their respective states.
Modi's advice came after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti raised the point at a meeting of chief ministers here. This assumes significance against the backdrop of thrashing of some Kashmiri students in Mewar, Rajasthan and a hoarding in Meerut asking Kashmiris to leave Uttar Pradesh.
At the meeting of the NITI Aayog Governing Council, Modi "seconded" Mehbooba's suggestion that states should take interest in the students from Jammu and Kashmir who are studying in other states.
The Prime Minister "urged states to reach out to these students (of J&K) from time to time", said a statement by the PMO quoting Modi's conc...|
|Mehbooba pitches for declaring Srinagar, Jammu as CNG cities|
|Seeks progress on BJS Gas Pipeline, recruitment drive for local youth in oil PSUs|
|SRINAGAR, Apr 22: Chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti today pitched for declaring Srinagar and Jammu as CNG cities in view of the future needs even as she also sought execution of work at fast pace on the Bathinda-Jammu–Srinagar gas pipeline and increase in the quota of subsidized kerosene oil to the State.
The Chief Minister said this while interacting with union petroleum minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, who is in Kashmir these days alongwith a 20 member parliamentary consultative committee attached to his Ministry.
Mehbooba Mufti said since the experiment of using CNG has been successful elsewhere, there is a need to adopt this mode of fueling in the State as well in view of the clean nature of the fuel.
The union petroleum minister directed his Ministry to explore the possibility of includ...|
|Guv orders removal of red beacons, sirens from vehicles|
|JAMMU, Apr 22: Governor N N Vohra today ordered removal of red beacons and sirens from all Raj Bhavan vehicles in Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar.
Consequent to the Government of India's decision in the matter, the Governor directed that red beacons and sirens on all Raj Bhavan vehicles at Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar should be removed forthwith.
Principal Secretary to the Governor disclosed this had been done in respect of all Raj Bhavan vehicles even though the Governor himself had never used red beacons or sirens ever since he assumed charge in the state....|
|‘2 militants killed in Chadoora encounter’|
|SRINAGAR, Apr 22: Army today said two militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) were killed in an encounter at Hayatpora village of Chadoora in Budgam district.
A patrolling party of the 53 Rashtriya Rifles were attacked by the militants at round 6 PM in the village, a police official said, "This triggered gunbattle between the militants and security forces."
He also said reinforcements were deployed to the area and an operation was launched to killed the militants, during which they were killed.
One of the militants has been identified as Younis Maqbool Ganai, a resident of Patrigam area of Chadoora, while the identity of the other is being ascertained, the official said.
An AK-47 rifle and some ammunition has been recovered from the site, the official added
Meanwhile, army's Srinagar-base...|
|Doda docs withdraw strike, DC revokes suspension|
|DODA, April, 22: A day after the flash strike by all the doctors and paramedics of District Hospital Doda, District Development Commissioner (DDC) has finally revoked the suspension of Consultant Surgeon Dr Rakesh Kumar on Saturday.
Doctors and paramedics of DH Doda withheld all the indoor and outdoor patient care services and went on an indefinite strike, after District Development Commissioner Doda, Bhupinder Kumar refused to revoke the suspension of a Consultant Surgeon of DH Doda, who was suspended on April 10 after attendants of a patient complained against him for not performing surgery in time.
Striking doctors while refuting the charges alleged that DDC ordered suspension without holding an inquiry and bypassing service laws as he cannot suspend a consultant doctor.
|After threats to Kashmiris, Mehbooba clings on to CM chair: Omar|
|JAMMU, Apr 22: Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has questioned Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's continuance in office in the wake of threats to Kashmiris within and outside the state.
Omar tweeted "Posters threatening Kashmiris in UP, Ministers threaten Kashmiris, BJP poaches MLAs to win MLC seat and @MehboobaMufti clings on."
Responding to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's appeal for ensuring safety of Kashmiri students across country, Omar tweeted "Thank you jenab. Please ensure the safety of Kashmiris (inc students) in Kashmir as well. The state government has thus far failed," he said....|
|Madhav, Doval responsible for Kashmir unrest: Swamy|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 21(Agencies): Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy said that BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav and India’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit K Doval are responsible for the ongoing unrest in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
In a series of tweets on Friday morning, Swamy said “Ram Madhav admits to CNN-News18 that PDP BJP has failed. Then who is accountable but him and Doval? Did they bother to check befor leaping."
Swamy further tweeted "Kashmir alliance is the first admitted policy failure on TV. Soon shall we on TV hear corporates after corporates selling off family silver?...|
|R’sthan police arrest 2 for ‘beating’ Kashmiri students|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 21: Police in Rajasthan has arrested two youths over the incident of a scuffle with few Kashmiri students of Mewar University in the state and filed an FIR against them.
IGP Rajasthan, Anand Srivastava told agencies that the police thoroughly investigated into the incident and they found no pre-planned conspiracy, politics or intention about the incident.
“Few Kashmiri students were in the market and two youths from Rajasthan had some argument and scuffle with them. Police immediately rushed to the spot to intervene,” Srivastava told agencies.
“There was no visual injury to any Kashmiri students; we immediately took action and arrested the two youth and filed FIR into the incident,” he said.
Chairperson of the university, Ashok Kumar Gadiya told agencies that the varsit...|