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13 Amarnath pilgrims injured in road accident

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Commando, civilian killed in Kupwara

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Azhar Qadri Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 11 An Army commando of the elite Special Forces was killed in a gunfight with militants during a search operation in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Wednesday. A civilian was killed when security forces fired at stone-pelters in Trehgam area of Kupwara district.   The soldier, identified by the police as Mukul Meena of 3 Parachute Regiment, a resident of Alwar in Rajasthan, was evacuated to a military hospital where he was declared “brought dead”. The Kupwara SSP,  Sriram Dinkar, said a search for militants was launched in Kandi forest area on Tuesday evening following a tip-off. “Since then, there has been intermittent firing and brief contacts with the militants.”  The entire forest area in the hinterland has been cordoned.  The officer said it was yet to be ascertained whether the militants had infiltrated from across the Line of Control (LoC) recently or had been hiding ..
                 

When I speak out, it shocks… but India moving towards openness: Faesal

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Samaan Lateef Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 11 A day after the government sought an explanation from the 2009 IAS topper, Shah Faesal, over his tweets against rape, he says in India times are changing towards openness and respect for individual views. Faesal, who is currently in Harvard University on a Fulbright fellowship, says he is not scared of losing a few monthly bucks for surrendering his conscience. “This is just a job and I don’t think I will remain jobless in this great world of possibilities. What I stand for us is more dear to me than anything else,” he told The Tribune over phone. Disturbed by the rape incidents across the subcontinent, Faesal says, “I wish I could (do something for them). Every time there is a rape, I see my own sister and daughter in that victim. I wish we could stop this shame.” Faesal says the Indian society is changing towards openness to criticism and more respect for individual views. “I have not criti..
                 

Low-lying areas flooded due to rains

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Valley’s floating wonders in dire straits

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M Aamir Khan Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 11 The Kashmir valley’s floating wonders and one of the prime tourist attractions — houseboats — are struggling to stay afloat yet again after the recent flood scare. Due to the recurrent flood threats, houseboat owners have raised an alarm over the preservation of these heritage marvels. “Due to heavy rains that raise the water levels, almost half-dozen houseboats got damaged recently. Due to flood threats and other issues, houseboats that are synonymous with Kashmir tourism and are a part of our heritage, are facing an uphill battle for survival. If the authorities concerned do not get serious, houseboats may soon become a thing of the past,” said Kashmir Houseboat Owners Association (KHBOA) chairman Abdul Hamid Wangnoo. Positioned along the banks of the Dal and Nigeen lakes and intricately carved out of deodar wood, the houseboats are famous for their unique architecture and walnut furniture with typ..
                 

10,183 pilgrims from state to perform Haj this year

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Srinagar, July 11 As many as 10,183 pilgrims are scheduled to perform Haj this year through the State Haj Committee as the first flight of intending Hajjis is all set to depart from here on Saturday. “A total of 10,183 pilgrims are leaving for the annual Haj from J&K. The first Haj flight from Srinagar International Airport will depart on July 14, 2018, while the last Haj flight from Srinagar airport will be on July 25, 2018. All outbound Haj flights for Jammu and Kashmir pilgrims will be from Srinagar to Madina,” said an official statement issued after Adviser to Governor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai chaired a meeting to finalise arrangements for the pilgrimage. Stressing good arrangements at the Haj house and at Srinagar airport, Ganai directed all officers to ensure their presence on ground and to provide all facilities to the pilgrims. He directed the Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, to create a WhatsApp group and add all stakeholders so that the authorities remain abreas..
                 

Tom Cruise on ‘mission Kashmir’ in new film

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Paris, July 11 Hollywood icon Tom Cruise, along with his “Mission Impossible”, lands in India’s Kashmir to stop a sinister plot. Before you jump the gun, that’s how India finds a place in the narrative of the upcoming “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”. From the start to the thrilling climax scene, there are many points in the upcoming sixth part of the franchise with a ‘desi’ twist. And they bring Impossible Mission Force agent Ethan Hunt, essayed by Cruise, to India to save the world. There might be several references to India in the film with the whole final sequence set in the country, but the makers didn’t shoot the movie in India. A valley in New Zealand was transformed into a small village of Kashmir to shoot the portion. It starts with an epidemic breaking out in Kashmir, with the country coming on the radar of the after-effects of an attack in several cities around the world. To wrap the affairs and save the world, ..
                 

Ensure checks on quality of ration, Adviser tells officials

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Srinagar, July 11 Adviser to Governor K Vijay Kumar reviewed the functioning of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department and implementation of the Electronic Public Distribution System (ePDS) in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. The Adviser reviewed the stock, supply position, distribution system, grievance-redressal system and other related matters. He appreciated the department for its performance in ensuring uninterrupted supply of ration to consumers, especially in far-flung areas during adverse weather conditions. He stressed bringing more transparency and accountability in the system besides constituting an internal vigilance system to ensure transparency in the department. He also urged maintaining quality of foodgrains distributed by the department and said there could be no compromise with the quality of food. He asked officials to have regular checks and tests of the foodgrains to ensure that quality ration was provided to the consumers. Vijay Kumar also undersc..
                 

State BJP leaders meet Madhav

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New Delhi, July 11 Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Jammu and Kashmir unit president Ravinder Raina and former Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Wednesday met state’s party in charge Ram Madhav on Wednesday to discuss the situation following the imposition of the Governor rule, sources said. The meeting assumes significance as there were reports of a few Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) MLAs openly rebelling against the party president and former state Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. These MLAs have also indicated supporting the BJP to form an alternative government, as per the reports. On June 19, the BJP pulled out of its alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir. Announcing the decision, Madhav had said it was becoming untenable for the party to continue with its ally in the state. — PTI..
                 

Six-year-old boy killed, four other kids hurt in explosion

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Our Correspondent Anantnag, July 11 A six-year-old boy died while four other children, including a girl, aged between six and 12, were injured in a mysterious blast in Shopian district on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Salik Iqbal, son of Muhammad Iqbal Ganaie, a resident of Meemandar village in Shopian. Salik was a class III student at the local Government Middle School. The injured have been identified as Tahir Khursheed (12), Razia Jan (8), Arsalan Aslam (6) and Suhaib (7). The incident took place around 12.30 pm at Meemandar village. There are conflicting versions on the reasons behind the blast. Initial reports said the children were fiddling with a hand grenade. Salik’s mother, however, said she was present around the children and they were not carrying any explosives. “We were all sitting outside our house. I had my back towards them and they were watching something on mobile phone,” said Rukhsana, Salik’s mother. The children were..
                 

Governor initiates civic polls process

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Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 11 The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Governor NN Vohra set into motion the process for holding elections to the urban local bodies in the state. The SAC directed the Housing and Urban Development Department to initiate the process of holding elections to municipal bodies (municipal corporations/municipal councils/municipal committees) across the state in consultation with the Chief Electoral Officer, J&K. It observed that the Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, is charged with the responsibility of superintendence, directions and control of preparation of electoral rolls, determination of wards, etc. The SAC directed the Housing and Urban Development Department to initiate the required steps in consultation with the Chief Electoral Officer, including preparation and update of electoral rolls for holding of elections to all the municipal institutions in the state. Various other decisio..
                 

Army commando killed in Kashmir gunfight

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Srinagar, July 11  An Indian Army commando was killed and another injured in a gunfight with militants in a forested area of Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district, army officials said. The officials said Sepoy Mukul Meena of 3 Para Regiment was killed in the battle that was still raging till late in the evening in Sadu Ganga forest area of the north Kashmir mountainous district. The operation was launched in the forest area on Tuesday following information about a group of militants hiding there. In a separate incident, a six-year-old boy was killed and four others injured on Wednesday in an accidental explosion in south Kashmir's Shopian district, police said. The blast occurred when a group of boys was fiddling with some explosives in Memander village. Saliq succumbed to his injuries in the hospital while four others were being treated. Police said the exact cause of th explosion was being ascertained. Meanwhile, life across the Kashmir Valley was adversely affected by a s..
                 

Separatist-called shutdown affects life in Kashmir Valley

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Srinagar, July 11 A protest shutdown called by separatists affected life adversely across the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday. Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), separatist conglomerate headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik, called the Valley-wide shutdown against the “continuing killings of civilians by the security forces”. Two militants and two civilians were killed and over 20 civilian protesters injured during a gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district on Tuesday. A man died of shock after being misinformed that his son, Zeenat, who recently joined militant ranks, was trapped at the battle site. While Muhammad Ishaq Naikoo died of cardiac arrest, a youth, Tamsheel Ahmad Khan, died at a hospital after receiving bullet injury during clashes with the security forces. The militants killed were identified as Sameer Ahmad Sheikh from Shopian and a Pakistani national, Babar,--both belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit. S..
                 

Tweet lands IAS topper in trouble: JK govt says its against service rules

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Samaan Lateef Tribune news service Srinagar, July 10 The Jammu and Kashmir Government has sent a notice to the 2009 IAS topper, Shah Faesal, over his tweets which it termed were against service conduct rules. It has  asked him to explain his stand within 15 days, failing which action will be taken against him as per rules. “Patriarchy + Population + Illiteracy + Alcohol + Porn + Technology + Anarchy = Rapistan,” Faesal had tweeted on April 22, referring to the frequent rapes or sexual harassment of women across India. The Centre asked the J&K Government to initiate action against the IAS officer, who is on a study leave to Harvard.  Reacting, Faesal tweeted: “Love letter from my boss for my sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia. The irony here is that service rules with a colonial spirit are invoked in a democratic India to stifle the freedom of conscience. I’m sharing this to underscore the need for a rule change.” T..
                 

Archers coached by shrine board win gold medal

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Tribune News Service Jammu, July 10 The Indian team comprising Rakesh Kumar, Tarif and Shyam Sunder defeated Romania by 224 points and won the first-ever gold for the country in the final match of the World Ranking Para Archery Championship. Earlier, the Indian team defeated France in the semi-final of the championship held in Czech Republic from June 30 to July 7. Rakesh Kumar and Tarif have been coached at the shrine board’s sports complex at Katra under the guidance of Kuldeep Vaidwan, who also accompanied the Indian archery contingent for the tournament. Jyoti Balian, another archer who has been trained at the shrine board’s sports complex, secured the seventh place in the compound women category in the championship. She also reached the quarter-final in the mixed event along with Rakesh Kumar. Governor NN Vohra, chairman of Shri Mata Vaikshno Devi Shrine Board, has congratulated the archers for winning the gold medal and bringing laurels to the country. On the directions of th..
                 

Art academy holds interaction with TV artiste Shadi Lal Koul

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Srinagar, July 10 The J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages and Radio Kashmir, Srinagar, on Tuesday organised an interactive session with renowned theatre, TV actor and radio jockey Shadi Lal Koul. Koul’s popularity was at its peak during the pre-militancy period in the Valley before the migration of Kashmir Pandits and when the serials of Doordarshan Kashmir used to be popular with the masses. Welcoming the actor, academy secretary Aziz Hajini said the organisers were privileged to have eminent persons like Koul in their monthly interactive series ‘Naamwar’. “Naamwar has purposely been started to provide avenues of interaction with eminent but unsung personalities like Koul,” he said. Addressing the session, Koul said the felicitation by the organisers proved that there were individuals and organisations who recognised the contribution of unsung heroes. — TNS..
                 

Procurement of ambulances stuck in ‘evaluation’ stage

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Tribune News Service Jammu, July 10 Nine years after Jammu and Kashmir started the process of equipping hospitals with critical care ambulances (CCAs), it is still stuck at the ‘technical evaluation’ stage as two previous Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti failed to take any decision during their tenure. More than 100 CCAs were proposed to be procured for the deployment in the militancy infested state, but due to red-tapism, patients, including militancy victims, have been deprived of the CCAs. The plan was first announced in 2009 by the then NC-Congress government. At present, there are 900 ambulances deployed across the state in different health institutions, but these lack basic life support equipment such as oxygen, emergency drugs and trained para-medics. Nearly two dozen CCAs deployed in the state are not fully utilised due to manpower shortage and poor maintenance. Most of the critical patients admitted to Government Medical College, Jammu and Sr..
                 

Kayaking star Bilquis Mir invited to Asian Games

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M Aamir Khan Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 10 Upbeat over being invited as a judge at the upcoming Asian Games, the Kashmir valley’s kayaking and canoeing star, Bilquis Mir, wants the government to come forward in a big way to promote water sports in the state. “I got emotional when I came to know that I will be the only sportsperson from the country on the judges’ panel for the water sports events at the Asian Games that will be held in Indonesia next month. It has not been an easy journey for me. My only wish now is that the government should come forward in a big way at the national level to promote water sports as it has been ignored so far,” Mir said while talking to The Tribune. She is the first woman from the state to coach the national kayaking and canoeing team and also the first Indian woman to be inducted into an international referee panel. Mir said India could get medals in water sports events at the Olympics if children were groomed at ..
                 

13,767 pay obeisance at Amarnath shrine

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Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 10 As many as 13,767 yatris paid obeisance at the Amarnath cave shrine on day 13 of the ongoing annual pilgrimage in the upper reaches of Pahalgam in South Kashmir on Tuesday. With this, the total number of pilgrims who paid obeisance at the cave shrine has gone up to 1,17,785, while the movement of yatris from the base camps of Pahalgam and Baltal has increased with an improvement in weather conditions. The continued bad weather conditions during the first week had led to a decrease in the number of pilgrims to the cave shrine. Sri Sri's statement takes shrine officials by surprise  The statement of the Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar reportedly issued from his Bengaluru office that Amarnath pilgrims should postpone their pilgrimage to next year in view of the “disruption of the yatra from both the tracks (Baltal and Pahalgam)” has surprised the shrine board officials as more than 1.17 lakh pilgrims have had &ldqu..
                 

Northern Command chief calls on Governor, visits forward areas

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Srinagar, July 10 Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Northern Command chief, who has undertaken an extensive tour of areas in the Valley in the past four days, shared his views and experiences with Governor NN Vohra here on Tuesday. The Governor had a meeting with the Northern Command chief late last week when the former had called for a more cohesive civil-police-Army collaboration in combating anti-terror activities. Earlier, the Northern Command chief visited Army formations and units deployed for the Amarnath yatra and took stock of the security and administrative arrangements for the ongoing pilgrimage. He was accompanied by the Chinar Corps Commander, Lt Gen AK Bhatt, an Army spokesman said. The Northern Command chief appreciated the synergy being maintained among all security agencies for the conduct of the yatra. He also visited forward posts in Baramulla district where he was briefed by the commanders on ground regarding the operational and logistics preparedness. Commending the exemplary ..
                 

NC pays tributes to Begum Akbar Jahan

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10th batch of 5,144 pilgrims leaves for Amarnath from Jammu

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Heavy rain pounds Jammu

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NC tenure was peaceful: Omar

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Tribune News Service Jammu, July 9 Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday blamed the previous PDP-BJP coalition government for the deteriorating security situation in the state and said conditions had changed drastically since he left the chair in 2014. “I ask the Governor to bring back the peace in the state which was there from 2009 to 2014 when I was the CM. Since I left and late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed took over, the situation has completely changed,” said Omar. The National Conference (NC) vice-president was addressing a party workers’ meeting at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan here. “We have been telling for the past two years that the PDP-BJP government has failed, but now when their own men have opened a front against them, both these parties are trying to hide behind excuses,” the former CM said. “Few weeks ago when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in the state, Mehbooba Mufti was praising him as the only PM who has done remarkably well for J&K, but once out of power, she says the..
                 

Two political appointees removed as PSU vice-chiefs

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Tribune News Service Jammu, July 9 The state on Monday began the process of terminating the appointment of political leaders who were appointed vice-chairpersons of various sick Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) in Jammu and Kashmir. In an order issued by the General Administration Department (GAD), the state government terminated the appointment of Gulzar Ahmad Khatana as vice-chairperson, J&K State Advisory Board for the development of Gujjars and Bakerwals. In another order, the state administration, headed by Governor NN Vohra, also terminated the appointment of Rashid Ahmad as vice-chairperson, J&K Agro Industries Development Corporation, made by the Agriculture Production Department on May 11 last year. Both of them belonged to the PDP. After the former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti submitted her resignation to Governor NN Vohra on June 19, the political functionaries belonging to the PDP and the BJP, in 16 major PSUs were supposed to step down from their post but ..
                 

Guv reviews status of Mughal Road project

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Srinagar, July 9 Governor NN Vohra went on a journey between Poonch and Shopian on Mughal Road on Monday afternoon to gain a first-hand assessment about the maintenance of this prestigious road link between the Rajouri-Poonch area and the Kashmir valley. After a review meeting and interaction with the legislators of Poonch district, the Governor was scheduled to fly back to Srinagar. However, on being informed that he could not do so because of the inclement weather conditions over the Pir Panjal range, the Governor decided to return to the Valley by Mughal Road. Adviser to Governor BB Vyas, Planning and Development principal secretary Rohit Kansal, Jammu Divisional Commissioner Sanjeev Verma, Poonch DIG, Deputy Commissioner and SSP accompanied the Governor up to Peer ki Gali where chief engineer of the Mughal Road project gave a presentation about its maintenance. This was the first ground reconnaissance of the road by the Governor. Vohra also interacted with the locals along the road..
                 

DGP told to look into allegation of accused’s torture

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Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service Pathankot, July 9 District and Sessions Judge Dr Tejwinder Singh on Monday asked the J&K DGP to look into the allegation of defence counsels that Parvesh Kumar Mannu was tortured when he was taken to the Government Jammu Medical College and Hospital last month for ossification (age-determination) tests. The judge is presiding over the trial in which a minor girl was abducted, raped and murdered in Kathua in January this year. The judge, on a previous date, had ordered the ossification tests to be done on Parvesh, after his lawyers insisted that he was a juvenile and hence should be tried by the Juvenile Justice Board, Kathua. Following the order, Parvesh was taken to the hospital, but the defence counsel contended that he was “mentally harassed and tortured” by J&K crime branch officials when he was being shifted to Jammu from the Kathua sub-jail. The judge had also ordered crime branch officials to file affidavits following..
                 

Two yatris die, six hurt in road mishap

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SPO returns bag containing Rs 90,000

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Srinagar, July 9 In an exemplary show of honesty, a police driver returned a bag containing Rs 90,000 to a person who had retired recently. Special Police Officer (SPO) Umar Mushtaq found a bag containing Rs 90,000 during checking at Qamerwari. “Subsequently, he informed his duty officer who in turn conveyed it to the in-charge of Qamerwarim police post,” a police spokesman said. Meanwhile, a person Abdul Aziz Malla of New Colony, Palpora, came to the police post for reporting the loss of a bag containing cash. “After proper verification, the amount was handed over to him. The person has recently retired from the Srinagar Municipal Corporation and this was his pension amount. The person expressed his gratitude to the policeman for the act of honesty,” the spokesman said. — TNS..
                 

Valley to receive fresh spell of rain

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Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 9 The Kashmir valley is likely to receive fresh rainfall at a few places later this week. This will be a second spell of precipitation within a fortnight. The downpour is likely to begin from Wednesday and is anticipated to occur across the Valley with heavy rainfall expected at “isolated” places. The Indian Meteorological Department in its warning bulletin said heavy rains at isolated places was expected over Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. In Srinagar, the department has forecast the possibility of thunderstorm and rains for most days of the week. A similar forecast has been issued for the tourist resorts of Pahalgam and Gulmarg where the department has raised the possibility of thundershowers and moderate intensity rain. The forecast has come at a time when the maximum temperature across the region has been higher than the normal over the past few days. It will be the second spell of rainfall in the Valley within a fortnight ..
                 

DG (Prisons) reviews fire services

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Tribune News Service Jammu, July 9 Director General of Police, Prisons, J&K, Dilbag Singh on Monday visited the Fire and Emergency Services headquarters in Jammu to review the preparedness of the department. This was his first visit to Jammu after assuming the charge of DG, Fire and Emergency Services. He met the command officers, besides holding a darbar with personnel and incharges of various fire and emergency stations of command, Jammu. RC Raina, Deputy Director, and Anjita Salgotra, Medical Officer, Fire and Emergency Services, Jammu, were also present. Interacting with officers and personnel, he assured them that their genuine grievances would be addressed within the shortest possible time. The Guard of Honour was presented to the DGP by the contingent of Fire and Emergency Services. He inspected the fire fighting and rescue demonstrations organised by officers and officials at the headquarters in Gandhi Nagar by utilising the hydraulic platform, fire tenders and rescue tender..
                 

Subramanian Swamy advocates for a Hindu CM in J&K

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New Delhi, July 9 BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday advocated for a Hindu chief minister in Jammu and Kashmir currently under Governor’s rule. Speaking to ANI, Swamy said, “There should be a Hindu Chief Minister (in Jammu and Kashmir). If the PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) has a Hindu or a Sikh member we can make that member the Chief Minister,” Swamy said. The BJP leader argued that the tradition imposed by former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru of having only a Muslim chief minister in Jammu and Kashmir would not be accepted. “The tradition imposed by Nehru that there would only be a Muslim CM in Jammu and Kashmir will not be tolerated,” he said. On June 19, the BJP pulled out of its alliance with Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP. Subsequently, Mufti resigned as the chief minister. Later, Governor’s rule was imposed in the state. ANI..
                 

IPS officer's brother joins militant ranks in Kashmir

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Idol immersion polluting water bodies in region

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Vikram Sharma Tribune News Service Jammu, July 8 The interstate migrants in Jammu use different ways to perform their religious ceremonies, most of which involve idol immersion in water. Though the government has come up with certain specifications on eco-friendly idol immersions, these are not being followed which is leading to contamination of water bodies. Over the past few years, Jammu has witnessedgreat influx of interstate migrants, particularly daily earners who are living in small clusters in the peripheries of Jammu city and undertaking various construction works and allied jobs. “Jammu is a religious place and our community from Bihar is also religious. We conduct traditional practices regularly which include idol immersion of various Gods. The Tawi is the nearby source for that,” said Chhat Ram, a labourer from Bihar. He said like his community, other communities from Odisha, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh also follow the same pattern, though their ways of ..
                 

Arms, ammunition recovered in Mendhar

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Tribune News Service Jammu, July 8 The Army has recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from a war-like store in the forest area of Mendhar, close to the Line of Control (LoC), in Poonch district. Though the war-like store was an old one, the amount of recovery made from the hideout is a cause of concern for the area. Giving details, Public Relations Officer, Defence, Jammu, Lt Col Devender Anand said arms and ammunition were recovered on Thursday night in the Mendhar area. He said the recovery included two AK-56 rifles with 26 magazines, 793 rounds of AK-56 rifle, three pistols, including one small with two magazines, 653 rounds of pistols, 56 rounds of pika magazine, 11 tiffin-intensive explosive devices, 20 detonators, three rounds of RPG, four Chinese hand grenades, a compass, one bayonet, two AIMPL map sheets, three identity cards, seven wireless communication sets, a code sign, a wallet, Pakistani currency worth Rs 16,500, a photograph, a water bottle and two carry bags. ..
                 

Baglihar project raises safety concerns for Doda residents

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Amir Karim Tantray Tribune News Service Jammu, July 8 The Baglihar hydropower project continues to remain a cause for concern for the residents of Doda district with the erosion of loose soil on both sides of the reservoir and the threat of landslides looming large over the populace. Minor landslides continue to hit the areas on both sides of the reservoir as no steps have been initiated to address the issue. From time to time, experts have warned of a possible major disaster in the region if steps are not taken to minimise the effect of water entering the loose soil. “Mountains of the Doda district comprise hard rock, lime and gypsum stones along with loose soil. At some places such as the area from Assar to Raggi, one can only find lime stones and loose soil. The threat of reservoir water affecting these rocks is quite high in these areas,” said Mateen Hafeez, a geologist from Jammu. He said the areas where hard rocks were present were safe but those with loose soil..
                 

Court orders reprobe into murder involving Cong ex-MLA

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Ishfaq Tantry Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 8 A court in Bandipora district has ordered the reinvestigation of a 24-year-old murder case of Jamaat activist in north Kashmir’s Hajin area involving Congress legislator Usman Majeed. While disposing of a protest petition filed by the son of the slain Jamaat activist, the court of Judicial Magistrate, Sumbal, Bandipora, has directed the J&K Police to further investigate the 1993 case “in a proper, fair and impartial manner without unnecessary delay, preferably within eight weeks”. “For given reasons, facts and circumstances of the case, this court arrives at the conclusion that the investigation conducted in the case (FIR No. 79/1993) and closed in the shape of present final report has not been done properly/satisfactorily,” the court observed in its orders made available on Sunday while disposing of the protest petition of Sajad Ahmad Wani, who had submitted that he was not satisfied with the fi..
                 

DGP grants scholarship to 60 wards of martyred cops

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Srinagar, July 8 J&K Director General of Police Shesh Paul Vaid has granted scholarship to 60 wards of policemen killed in militancy-related incidents and accidents. “The DGP granted a scholarship of Rs 3.8 lakh in favour of 60 wards of police martyrs and deceased personnel. The scholarships have been granted out of the Central welfare fund and Central police education fund for the academic year 2017-18,” a police spokesman said. “Around Rs 2.46 lakh have been sanctioned in favour of 32 wards of police martyrs, who laid down their lives in different militancy-related incidents in the state. These wards include 23 students of primary and higher secondary level, six of undergraduate classes and three students of postgraduation,” he said. Besides, a scholarship of Rs 1.34 lakh has been sanctioned in favour of 28 wards of police personnel who died while in service due to accidental or natural deaths. — TNS..
                 

Soldier goes missing in Rajouri district

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Our Correspondent Rajouri, July 8 On the complaint of the Commanding Officer (CO) of Field Veterinary Hospital in Sunderabi town of Rajouri district that a soldier is missing from the unit since Friday, the police have registered a missing report on Saturday and started investigations. The police said according to the complaint, Sepoy Wagh Baba Saheb on Friday left the unit for Sunderbani town reportedly to get money either from bank. When he didn’t return till late evening, a search was conducted by his colleagues in Sunderbani and its adjoining areas but to no avail. On Saturday, the CO in a written complaint, informed the Sunderbani police about the missing soldier. “The police have registered a missing person complaint and started investigations. He was untraced till Sunday evening. Unit officers have been asked to contact his family members in Maharashtra to know if he has left for home,” said Inspector Tilak Raj, SHO, Sunderbani...
                 

Haj flights to start from July 14

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Natrang stages comedy play ‘Tauba Tauba’

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Tribune News Service Jammu, July 8 The ‘Natrang’ presented Hindi play ‘Tauba Tauba’ written by Rajinder Kumar Sharma and directed by Neeraj Kant in its weekly theatre series on Sunday. With a touch of humour, the play presented some debatable issues which are faced by many theatre groups because of lack of commitment of a few artistes which spoils the whole performance. But still, the play was more inclined towards comedy than being moralising. Natrang actors who performed the play included Shivam Singh, Sushant Singh Charak, Manoj Kumar Lalotra, Ajay Kumar Lalotra, Aakash Bhat, Aafaque Khan, Chahat Katyal and Ashley Mehta. The lights of the play were set up by Gautam Kumar and Raheel Sharma whereas the sound was given by Ashish Thakur. The presentations were done by Meenakshi Bhagat and the show was coordinated by Mohammad Yaseen...
                 

Mehbooba reaches out to PDP MLAs, to meet rebels today

9 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Majid Jahangir Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 8 Amid dissent in Peoples Democratic Party, party president and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday reached out to party legislators in Srinagar. However, no lawmaker who had publically spoken against the party leadership in the past few days met Mehbooba. Sources, however, said that three rebel legislators – Abdul Majeed Padder, Javeed Beigh and Abass Wani — had sought time on Monday for a meeting with the party president. The sources said at least 21 lawmakers, including 16 MLAs, had met Mehbooba individually at her Gupkar residence since last evening and held discussions on the current political situation. She was meeting the legislators for the first time after some of her party leaders had spoken against her after the collapse of the coalition. A PDP MLA said the lawmakers who met the party president “expressed their full faith in the party leadership”. “A few of them expressed their ..
                 

Surge in Kashmir valley violence after Burhan’s killing

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News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Azhar Qadri Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 8 All parameters of violence registered a drastic increase across the Kashmir valley after the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani, whose death in a gunfight two years ago had sparked months of protests in the region. The number of casualties among security forces, militants and civilians – which had doubled in the year after Wani’s killing as compared to the year preceding it – continues to remain high. Wani’s killing in a counter-insurgency operation at Bamdoora village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on July 8, 2016, had ignited a wave of belligerence in the region which is still present with varying intensity. In the two years since Wani’s killing, 380 militants, which included a large number of locals, have been killed in various gunfights with security forces, according to official data. The 213 militants killed in 2017 was the highest casualty toll among militants in a decade, wh..
                 

Police question suspect in stabbing case of girl from minority community

9 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 8 Jammu and Kashmir Police have picked a university student for questioning in the stabbing of a girl from a minority community in south Kashmir’s Tral area of Pulwama district on July 2. Police sources said the girl from the minority community had named a student of Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora, as a suspect in the stabbing incident. “We have picked up the suspect and he is being questioned,” a police officer said. The girl, herself a student of IUST, Awantipora, had named three male and a girl classmate for “forcing her to convert” last month. However, an internal probe by IUST into “forcible conversion” has already been dismissed it as a “lighter joking” by her classmates.     The police is also looking into the relation between the “stabbing incident” and claims of “ forced conversion”. J&K Dire..
                 

Amarnath Yatra hampered due to separatist-called shutdown

10 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Jammu, July 8 Amarnath pilgrims were not allowed to move towards the cave shrine from Jammu on Sunday due to a separatist-called protest shutdown in the Kashmir Valley, police said. The protest shutdown was called to mark the second death anniversary of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani who was killed along with his two associates by the security forces on this day in 2014 in Anantnag’s district’s Kokarnag area. “No yatri movement was allowed today from Jammu’s Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas towards the Valley,” the police said. Officials of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) said 10,107 pilgrims performed the pilgrimage on Saturday as Yatris were allowed to move towards the shrine from both Baltal and the Pahalgam base camps. Since it started on June 28, 83,130 pilgrims have performed the Yatra so far this year. The pilgrimage will end on August 26 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival. — IANS..
                 

Doda youth joins LeT ranks

10 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Amir Karim Tantray Tribune News Service Jammu, July 7 A 24-year-old youth from Sazan village of Doda district, Abid Hussain Butt, has joined the militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in the Kashmir valley. The news has sent shock waves in security circles and among public in Doda where militancy was wiped out a few years ago. At present, not even a single militant is active in this mountainous district. Abid, son of Wali Butt, of Sazan village, joined the LeT on July 1. The news of his joining the militant outfit emerged after his gun-wielding picture was posted on the social media. “We came across the news through the social media and have started investigation. We are trying to find out the circumstances which led to his joining militant ranks,” Muhammad Shabir, SSP, Doda, told The Tribune. “We have talked to his family who are in state of shock. The youth had left his home on June 30 and told his family that he was going to Bhaderwah for picnic but he didn’t return,” the SSP said...
                 

Enforce tobacco products Act strictly: Vohra

10 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 7 Lax enforcement of the tobacco control legislation in Jammu and Kashmir has led Governor NN Vohra to issue directions to the administration for ensuring strict enforcement of Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003. The Governor, in a direction issued here on Saturday, ordered the administration to fully gear up for ensuring that anti-tobacco information was disseminated among people in every corner of the state. Appreciating the laudable work carried out by the J&K Voluntary Health & Development Association for highlighting the dangerous effects of smoking, the Governor urged civil society and non-profit organisations to join hands to collectively combat the menace. Smoking remains the second largest risk factor for early death and disability. To further reduce its impact, there is a need to intensify tobacco control efforts and discourage the menace, at all levels, in J&K. The Governor directed the administrati..
                 

Soldier injured in firing along LoC in Rajouri

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News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Our Correspondent Rajouri, July 7 After a lull of about fortnight, the Pakistan army on Saturday morning initiated firing, injuring a soldier in the Nowshera sub-district in Rajouri district. The soldier was airlifted to Command Hospital, Udhampur. The injured soldier was identified as Sepoy Vineesh, who received splinter injuries on his right leg while manning a forward post in the Kalal sub-sector. Sources said the Pakistan army initiated heavy weapon firing on the forward post around 7 am. The fire was retaliated effectively and strongly. Initially, the soldier was provided medical help in the area. Later, he was airlifted to Command Hospital in Udhampur where his condition was said to be stable and out of danger. Last time, the Pakistan army had resorted to heavy shelling and firing in the Pukhrani sub-sector on Eid in the same area. Rifleman Bikas Gurung of Gorkha unit had attained martyrdom in the incident...
                 

Restrictions in Valley ahead of Burhan death anniv

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News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 7 Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in several parts of Kashmir as tensions mounted ahead of the second death anniversary of militant commander Burhan Wani. The restrictions were imposed in the Tral area of south Kashmir, Burhan’s native town, and parts of Srinagar city to ensure peace. While there were restrictions in some parts, a shutdown was observed in the Valley to protest the arrest and shifting of Asiya Andrabi, chief of the Kashmiri hardline separatist group Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM), to Delhi by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). In Tral, a large number of security personnel were deployed and all roads leading to the town were sealed to ensure no major gathering. Locals said announcements were made in Tral by the authorities asking people not to come out of their houses. “The situation remained peaceful in Tral,” Mohammad Zahid, Superintendent of Police, Awantipora, said. The curfew is likely to continue in..
                 

2 men held with 413 kg of poppy straw from Amritsar-bound truck

11 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Jammu, July 7 Two suspected drug peddlers were arrested after police recovered 413 kg of poppy straw from a Punjab-bound truck laden with vegetables here, a police official said on Saturday. A police party signalled a truck to stop for checking at Sunjwan Morh near Bhatindi on Friday evening but the driver tried to speed away, the official said. He said the police party intercepted the vehicle after a brief chase and recovered the contraband from it. Two men, including truck driver Umar Riyaz, a resident of Pampore in south Kashmir, were arrested and booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, the official said. The truck was on its way to Amritsar in Punjab from Kashmir and the value of the seized contraband in the black market was around Rs 17 lakh, the police official said. PTI..
                 

Amarnath yatra resumes from Jammu after 2-day suspension

11 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Jammu, July 7 The Amarnath yatra resumed on Saturday from Jammu after it was suspended for two days due to inclement weather in Kashmir, with a batch of over 2,200 pilgrims leaving for the Pahalgam base camp for the 3,880-metre-high holy cave shrine, officials said. However, the pilgrims registered for the Baltal route were not allowed to leave the Bhagwati Nagar base camp for the Valley as the authorities had suspended the yatra from the shorter 12-km track due to slippery conditions and incidents of shooting of stones, they said. The pilgrimage from the traditional 36-km Pahalgam route resumed on Friday. “The 8th batch of 2,203 Pahalgam-bound pilgrims, including 311 women, left in a convoy of 51 vehicles from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp at around 0240 hours and are expected to reach the base camp in Anantnag district of south Kashmir later in the day,” a police official said. The yatra was suspended from the Jammu base camp on Thursday to avoid overcrowdin..
                 

Doctors resume emergency duties, but continue protest

11 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Samaan Lateef Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 6 The protesting doctors of Kashmir’s six multidisciplinary critical care hospitals have resumed their emergency duties after the state government promised them that their demands would be addressed in a time-bound manner. However, the doctors have decided to continue their protest and boycott the Out Patient Departments (OPDs) till the government fulfils the demand of a pay hike. The state government had also reinstated the 36 doctors who were sacked for boycotting the emergency duties while demanding a pay hike. “We have decided to resume the emergency duties but the boycott of OPDs will continue till all our demands are met,” Resident Doctors’ Association president Irfan Qayoom said. Qayoom said the decision was taken in the interest of patient care and after assurances from the government that all their demands would be addressed in a time-bound manner. Nearly 700 doctors of Government Medical College..
                 

Allotment of Wakf flats to Mehbooba’s kin cancelled

11 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Samaan Lateef Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 6 The state government has withdrawn the order of illegal allotment of a prized Wakf property — a two-storeyed house located close to former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah’s residence on Gupkar Road — to a cousin of former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. The decision to withdraw the order came after The Tribune reported that Nizam-ud-Din Bhat, vice-chairman, Wakf Board, and PDP general secretary, had illegally transferred two flats to Syed Sharqiya, daughter of Farooq Andrabi. Andrabi is Mehbooba’s uncle and was the Haj and Auqaf Minister in the PDP-BJP government. “The order (transfer of two flats to Sharqiya) is hereby withdrawn and treated as cancelled ab initio,” reads an order issued by the Revenue Officer of the J&K Muslim Wakf Board. Before transferring it to Sharqiya, the property was under the use of some private individuals, who had turned defaulters and their licence had expired. ..
                 

4-day Kousar Nag yatra kicks off

11 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Katra, July 6 The four-day-long historical Kousar Nag yatra was flagged off by Reasi Deputy Commissioner P Ramaswamy G from here early on Friday morning. ‘Chhari Mubarak’, the saffron-robed holy mace of Lord Shiva, was also taken along with the yatra. A lot of enthusiasm and high spirit was visible on the faces of the pilgrims hailing not only from Reasi but also from Jammu, Katra, Talwara Mahore, Chassana and other far-off areas, who sang bhajans and had queued up in wee hours to take part in the yatra despite bad weather. The Kousar Nag yatra has been organised successfully in the past due to which the Reasi-Chassana route gained popularity. So this year, people hailing from various parts of the state expressed willingness to join the pilgrimage. Kousar Nag is one of the high-altitude springs of Kashmir situated at 30 km from Aharbal. The spring shimmers with fresh, glacial waters and covers an area of 5 km in length and 2.5 km in breadth. — OC..
                 

Muck in old city areas mocks swachhta drive

11 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Tanvi Anand Tribune News Service Jammu, July 6 Mocking at the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched across the country, the old city areas of Jammu present a depressing picture with solid waste and open drains being major health hazards for the locals. Further, poor civic sense among the residents and lack of accountability for the officials of the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) has created insanitary conditions in several residential areas of the old city. Roads leading to a majority of the residential areas in the historic city are dotted with solid waste dump emitting foul smell. The situation can be easily gauged at Chowgan Slathia in the Panjtirthi area where the locals dump garbagein the open and that too at the main entrance of the municipal park. “The area residents have virtually turned the spot into a dumping ground. Waste is dumped here without bothering about its ill-effects on the health of the people living in the area. This is happening mainly due to the non-avai..
                 

Prayers mark Dalai Lama’s birthday

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News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Our Correspondent Leh, July 6 Special prayers were held in Leh for the long life of the Dalai Lama who turned 83 on Friday. Large crowds donning traditional clothes began to assemble since morning at the Shewatsel Phodrang complex on the outskirts of Leh for the celebrations. The Dalai Lama attended the prayers and blessed the gathering. During his stay in Leh, the Dalai Lama would participate in religious ceremonies, conduct meditational sittings and deliver teachings. Meanwhile, Central Tibetan Administration president Lobsang Sangay on Friday reiterated the commitment of the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama for the revival of the Nalanda tradition of Buddhism in India. Addressing a gathering during the 83rd birthday celebrations of the Dalai Lama, Sangay said, “The Nalanda tradition must come back to the land where it originated.”..
                 

State cancels all attachments of govt employees

11 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Tribune News Service Jammu, July 6 The state government on Friday cancelled all attachments of government employees with immediate effect. All the departments have been asked to submit a compliance report by July 16. According to a government order issued by Governor NN Vohra-led state administration, all employees presently on attachment with their respective or other departments would be repatriated to their parent organisation with immediate effect. The move was aimed at ensuring smooth functioning of various departments and offices. “Any official who fails to join his parent department or organisation after detachment, his salary shall be stopped from July 2018 by the drawing and disbursing officer (DDO) concerned failing which the DDO will be held responsible,” the order stated. The order further said, “In cases where continuation of an employee on attachment is warranted under exceptional circumstances, the department concerned shall process his case for approval by the Advi..
                 

NIA arrests Andrabi, two aides

11 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Samaan Lateef Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 6 The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday arrested hardline woman separatist leader and chief of Dhukhtaran-e-Millat Asiya Andrabi along with her two associates for secessionist activities. The central agency, which is probing the funding of the secessionist activities in Kashmir, took the custody of the trio from Central Jail, Srinagar. The three leaders were facing charges under the Public Safety Act and were in judicial custody. “She (Andrabi) and her two associates have been arrested by the agency,” said NIA spokesperson Alok Mittal. They were produced before the NIA Special Court at Patiala House Court, New Delhi, which remanded them to 10-day NIA custody for interrogation and investigation. “The allegations against the accused are that they have been using various media platforms to spread insurrectionary imputations and hateful speeches that advocate use of violence against India and secession of the state of J&K from ..
                 

Guv allocates Rs 1.09 crore for Leh welfare projects

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News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 11 Governor NN Vohra has reviewed the progress of developmental works in Leh district of Ladakh, stressing the need for expeditious completion of ongoing Central sector schemes, and directed ensuring annual health check-ups, immunisation and vaccination of all schoolchildren. After arriving at Leh on Tuesday, the Governor held a meeting with Thupstan Chhewang, MP; Chering Dorjay, MLC and former minister; Nawang Rigzin Zora, MLA, and former minister and representatives of political parties. The legislators raised a number of issues and sought increased capital allocations for Leh district and completion of all pending works. The Governor also held extensive discussions with the executive councillors of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, all of whom raised demands for larger allocations and urgent completion of long-pending works. The review meeting with district officials of Leh chaired by the Governor discussed in detail the entire ..
                 

PDP-BJP govt pushed state into turmoil, uncertainty, says Omar

6 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 11 National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah on Wednesday alleged that the former alliance between PDP and BJP — the two parties which ruled the state for three years before their coalition collapsed last month — pushed the state into turmoil and uncertainty. Omar, who chaired the NC legislative party meeting at the party head office here, said the former ruling alliance left the state “brutalised and stoked unprecedented alienation especially among the youth”. “The PDP-BJP alliance has pushed J&K into the throes of turmoil and uncertainty and the rank opportunism that formed the basis of their politics has not only alienated the people but also created chasms between the three regions of the state,” Omar said at the meeting which was attended by his party’s legislators and councillors. “We witnessed rampant persecution, injustice and widespread corruption while this alliance was at..
                 

Governor briefed on academic issues

6 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 11 Vigilance Director SJM Gillani, CID ADGP AG Mir and others had separate meetings with Governor NN Vohra during his visit to the civil secretariat here on Wednesday. Gillani apprised the Governor of the present status of work being done by the State Vigilance Organisation and other matters. These included pending cases, reasons for delay in the finalisation of inquiries and the lodging of challans besides prolonged delays in the conclusion of proceedings in trial courts. The inadequacy of staff in the prosecution offices of the recently created anti-corruption courts and other issues also came up for discussions, an official spokesman said. The Governor advised Gillani to prioritise the finalisation of the pending inquiries and launch a vigorous campaign for the offenders to be brought to book, the cases of higher-level functionaries being taken up in the first lot. The Governor asked him to send him a monthly progress report. AG Mir, in a s..
                 

25 more political appointees resign

6 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Tribune News Service  Srinagar July 11 At least 27 political appointees engaged in various boards, corporations or public sector undertakings (PSUs) by the previous PDP-BJP government resigned from their posts on Wednesday. In tune with the standard operating procedures (SOPs), 25 political appointees have submitted their resignations, which have been accepted by the Governor. The services of two other political appointees were terminated on July 9, a government spokesperson said. Following the imposition of Governor’s rule last month, the state government had asked all administrative departments to implement the SOPs, leading to resignation of members and chairpersons of various statutory and non-statutory boards and organisations. Only Wakf Board vice-chairman Nizamuddin Bhat, who is also a senior leader of the PDP, is yet to resign as his appointment is regulated by Section-9 of the J&K Specified Wakfs and Specified Wakf Properties (Management and Regulation) Act..
                 

Veteran NRI broadcaster Mahendra Kaul dies

6 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
London, July 11 Eminent Indian-origin broadcaster and journalist Mahendra Kaul died here on Wednesday, following a brief illness. He was 95. Kaul, who had been ill for some time, passed away peacefully at his home early morning, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Rajni and daughter Kalyani Kaul, a prominent judge based in London. Born in Srinagar, he began his career with Radio Kashmir and went on to make his mark as a broadcaster with All Indian Radio. Following a stint with Voice of America in Washington, he joined the immigrants’ programme unit of the BBC in London, producing two weekly TV programmes for South Asian viewers for nearly two decades. “It is very sad to hear of the passing away of this great human being and friend. He was a pillar of the Indian community and the first Indian who raised the image and profile of India and Indians in the UK,” said leading NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul. Kaul became the first NRI to be honoured wi..
                 

BJP failed to develop Jammu and Ladakh: Cong

6 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Tribune News Service Jammu, July 11 The BJP’s admission of failure in carrying out developmental works in Jammu region had exposed the saffron party. This was stated by Ravinder Sharma, chief spokesperson of the Pradesh Congress Committee, in a statement issued on Wednesday. He said it had been established beyond doubt that the BJP had failed to deliver on all fronts and all its tall claims had fallen flat. “Both the Centre and state government have failed on all fronts, especially in dealing with the security situation, maintaining normalcy and ensuring equitable development of all regions. It failed to represent the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Ladakh,” he said, adding, “The balloon of BJP’s falsehoods has burst and the party stands exposed for its misdeeds, failures and complete lust for power”...
                 

Valley shuts over civilian killings

6 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Azhar Qadri Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 11 A shutdown was observed across the Kashmir valley on Wednesday in response to an appeal by three key separatist leaders to demonstrate against recent killing of civilians during gunfights. The markets across the region remained shut and public transport services remained suspended in response to the call for shutdown. The impact of shutdown was across all districts of the Valley and the inter-district traffic along the highways was restricted to a minimal. It is the third shutdown in the past five days and had come in response to a series of killing of civilians, who were shot during demonstrations near the site of gunfights between security forces and militants. The latest civilian killing took place on Tuesday in Shopian where one youth and two militants were killed in a counter-insurgency operation. The shutdown had a paralysing effect on all walks of life as bustling markets of Srinagar and in other districts of the Valley r..
                 

Divisional Commissioner inspects sewerage

6 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
JAMMU: The Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Sanjeev Verma on Wednesday inspected the pace of work on the upcoming sewage treatment projects and preparedness of departments concerned for the monsoon season. The Divisional Commissioner visited Belicharana, Krishna Nagar, Bhagwati Nagar and other places along with Joint Commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation, Rashpal Singh, and other officials. During the visit, he also interacted with shopkeepers and traders at Krishna Nagar. The shopkeepers informed the Divisional Commissioner that they were facing immense problems due to a delay in the construction work of a nullah in the area, which overflows during rain and its water enters their shops. Responding to the issues raised by the shopkeepers, Verma asked the executing agency to expedite the work and complete it at the earliest. TNS..
                 

Centre seeks report from J-K govt on IAS officer Shah Faesal’s ‘rapistan’ tweet

6 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
New Delhi, July 11 The Centre has sought a report from Jammu and Kashmir Government on IAS officer Shah Faesal’s “rapistan” tweet, official sources said on Wednesday. The state government has been asked by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to share details of the case based on which future course of the action in the matter will be decided, they said. Faesal, a 2010-batch IAS officer currently pursuing a mid-career masters programme in the US, is facing disciplinary proceedings over his controversial tweet. In a notice to Faesal, the General Administration Department of Jammu and Kashmir, which is under the Governor’s rule, said, “You have allegedly failed to maintain absolute honesty and integrity in the discharge of official duty and thus acted in a manner unbecoming of a public servant.”      Faesal had earlier tweeted, “Population +patriarchy +illiteracy +alcohol +porn +technology +anarchy = rapistan(sic)&..
                 

11th batch of 4,956 pilgrims leaves for Amarnath yatra

7 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Jammu, July 11 A fresh batch of 4,956 pilgrims today left the base camp here for the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas under tight security arrangements.   The 11th batch of pilgrims, including 1,454 women and 97 'sadhus' (seers), left in a convoy of 161 vehicles from Bhagwati Nagar here for the twin base camps of Pahalgam in Anantnag and Baltal in Ganderbal district in the wee hours, officials said. While 2,677 pilgrims, including 632 women and 97 Sadhus opted for the traditional 36-km Pahalgam track, 2,279 pilgrims (including 822 women) are performing the yatra through the shorter 12-km Baltal route, they said.  The 60-day Amaranth yatra had commenced from the twin routes on June 28 and will conclude on ‘Shravan Purnima' (Raksha Bandhan) on August 26. The officials said the yatra was progressing smoothly from both the routes of Pahalgam and Baltal. The pilgrimage, however, is likely to get affected by inclement weather as the mete..
                 

Govt’s high land rates inflate property prices

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News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Amit Khajuria Tribune News Service Jammu, July 10 By selling residential plots at triple the cost, the state government has sparked an inflation in the real estate sector of Jammu and Kashmir even as the segment is witnessing a slump in other areas in the country. In 2014, the Jammu Development Authority (JDA) had developed three colonies at Birpur, Kot Bhalwal and Gol Gujral after 18 years. As many as 1,480 plots were allotted to people through a draw of lots. At least 130 plots were also allotted in the Roop Nagar Colony. The JDA had specified that the applicant should not have any land either in his/her name or in the name of any dependent. At that point of time, the prices quoted by the JDA were more than triple the actual cost in the locality. Moreover, these prices made private land owners to jack up the price of land in their localities. “The land rate was just Rs 2-3 lakh per kanal in the Kot Bhalwal area near the JDA colony since 2014, but since the JDA sold it at Rs 1.25 lakh..
                 

Kashmiri scholars take part in Sanskrit conference

7 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
                 

Two Jaish militants, civilian killed in Shopian encounter

7 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Suhail A Shah Anantnag, July 10 Two militants of the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) , including a Pakistan national, were killed and two soldiers were injured in a seven-hour gunfight in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Tuesday. The gunfight triggered fierce clashes between protesters and forces that left a teenaged boy dead and several injured. The gunfight and clashes have put Kashmir on an edge, with separatists calling for a shutdown on Wednesday. The gunfight erupted when joint forces of the police, Army and the CRPF started a cordon and search operation in Kundalan village of Shopian, over 60 km from Srinagar, after a tip-off about the presence of a group of militants in the area. “As a cluster of houses were cordoned off, the militants were asked to surrender. However, around 4.15 am, the militants holed up in a house opened indiscriminate fire, wounding two Army men, including a JCO. The fire was retaliated and triggered a fierce gunfight in which two militants were..
                 

Flood scare: Safety gear given to shikarawalas

7 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 10 The tourism department, Kashmir, on Tuesday distributed rescue tubes among the shikarawalas at the Dal Lake for the safety of tourists and local visitors. An official statement said life buoy rescue tubes were handed over to the registered shikarawalas by Kashmir tourism director Mahmood A Shah. Stating that the shikarawalas were directed to keep the tubes fixed to their shikaras all the time, it said the department took the initiative in collaboration with the department of disaster management, relief and rehabilitation. Shah said it was imperative for the shikarawalas and other boatmen to have safety equipment readily available so that the passengers could be rescued during any eventuality. He said during the devastating 2014 floods, it was noticed that there was an acute dearth of such equipment and the recent flood scare also mandated that every shikara owner should have this equipment with them. “It was mandatory to equip the shikarawalas wi..
                 

To stem rebellion, Mehbooba meets two party dissidents

7 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Majid Jahangir Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 10 In an effort to stifle dissent and stem the rebellion by party legislators, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday met five MLAs, including two dissidents, to “thrash out” the differences. The dissident MLAs, who met Mehbooba included Abdul Majeed Paddar and Abdul Rahim Rather. The other three MLAs were former minister Abdul Haq Khan, Javeed Mustafa Mir and Shah Mohd Tantray. Abdul Haq’s meeting is significant as he has remained silent after he was dropped from the Cabinet by Mehbooba. The meeting of the MLAs, including the two dissidents, is seen a significant move by the party to ensure the flock remains together. Rather, an MLA from Kokernag, said he met the PDP chief and apprised her about some issues. “I conveyed my points and concerns and it is up to the leader to act on that,” Rather said. “She was positive. Whatever I said, she agreed to every point,&rdqu..
                 

40-day Machail yatra to begin from July 25

7 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Tribune News Service Jammu/Doda, July 10 Two premier helicopter carriers — Pawan Hans Ltd and Heritage Private Ltd — have been finalised for flying pilgrims to the holy shrine of Goddess Chandi nestled in the Himalayas of Padder during this year’s annual Machail Mata pilgrimage starting from July 25. In this regard, the district administration of Kishtwar signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pawan Hans Ltd on Monday while the MoU with Heritage Private Ltd will be signed in the next couple of days. “We have signed an MoU with Pawan Hans Ltd. The one-way helicopter (from Gulabgarh-Machail) fare has been fixed at Rs 2,200 for each pilgrim while the two-way journey will cost Rs 4,400 for each pilgrim,” Angrez Singh Rana, Kishtwar Deputy Commissioner, told The Tribune. Gulabgarh, the base camp of the yatra, is about 60 km from Kishtwar district headquarters and about 4 lakh pilgrims from different parts of the country visit the holy shrine of Goddess Chandi every year. For t..
                 

J&K cops' tales of honesty leaves internet buzzing

7 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Srinagar, July 10 The internet here has been left buzzing with two tales of honesty of Jammu and Kashmir policemen after a special police officer and a constable returned two lost bags with huge cash to their rightful owners. Special Police Officer Umar Mushtaq, who works for a meagre salary of Rs 6,000 a month, returned a bag containing Rs 90,000 cash to its rightful owner here on Monday. “Honesty is ingrained here as an organisational value. SPO Umar Mushtaq posted at Qamarwari today returned a bag containing Rs 90,000 cash to its rightful owner Abdul Aziz Malla of Palpora (Noorbagh)," Kashmir Zone Police said in a tweet, which was used and shared by numerous 'twiteratis.'     Honesty is ingrained here as an organisational value. SPO Umar Mushtaq posted at Qamarwari today returned a bag containing Rs90,000 cash to its rightful owner Abdul Aziz Malla of Palpora. @JmuKmrPolice @spvaid @DIGCKRSGR @PoliceSgr — Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) Ju..
                 

Man dies after hearing son trapped in J&K gunfight

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SC orders transfer of Kathua suspects to Gurdaspur jail

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PDP worker’s wife stabbed to death in Hajin

8 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Majid Jahangir Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 9 The wife of a PDP worker was allegedly stabbed to death by unidentified armed men at her house in north Kashmir’s volatile town of Hajin. While a senior police officer said that an initial probe hinted it was a “normal crime incident”, he said the police were probing if there was any terror angle to it. She has been identified as Shakeela Bano (45), wife of PDP worker Abdul Majeed Dar and a resident of Baghat Mohalla Shahgund in Hajin. The police said some persons entered Dar’s house on Sunday evening and attacked Shakeela Bano with knives. “Shakeela received multiple stab injuries and was taken to hospital. She was later shifted to SKIMS College, Bemina, where she succumbed,” a police spokesman said. Sheikh Zulfikar Azad, Senior Superintendent of Police, Bandipore, said an initial probe had found that the assailants had come for robbery. “The husband of the deceased told us that the attackers had come inside the house with intent to..
                 

Race for KU VC: Candidates give presentations in Delhi

8 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Rifat Mohidin Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 9 The presentations of eight shortlisted candidates who are running for the post of Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University of Kashmir (KU) were held on Monday at the Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi. Officials said the names of three shortlisted candidates would be submitted to the Chancellor of KU, Governor NN Vohra, after which a final name will be selected. The eight shortlisted candidates included both local and non-local names. “It will not take much time now. The selection of the VC is in the final phase. All eyes are on the Chancellor of the university to select the right candidate,” an official said. In all, 60 people submitted their applications for the post when the first notification was out in March this year and when the post was re-advertised in May, 42 more candidates submitted the application. The top names, according to officials, include Prof Talat Ahmad who is an Indian Earth scientist and took ..
                 

Guv orders release of Rs 6.5 crore for completion of works in Poonch

8 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 9 Governor NN Vohra has ordered release of additional Rs 6.5 crore for the acceleration of the ongoing development works in Poonch district during his day-long visit to the district during which he reviewed the pace of development and met legislators. Since the imposition of the Governor rule, this was Vohra’s third visit to the field for first hand information on the pace of development works and reviewing the progress achieved. He also ascertained the bottlenecks impeding the completion of works in the field. He had earlier visited Budgam and Anantnag districts, where he ordered release of an additional amount of Rs 5 crore each in favour of various executing agencies to speed up the pace of works. The Governor ordered the Deputy Commissioner to conduct a safety audit of protection works. He also directed the chief engineer, PHE, to get a performance audit of all filtration plants in the district done and get the quality of water being s..
                 

In touch with families for return of militants: IGP

8 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Samaan Lateef Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 9 In the early 2016, the civil secretariat had shifted from Jammu to Srinagar. New roads were being constructed and old were being macadamised. Then happened the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani by security forces on July 8 along with his two associates in south Kashmir — the bastion of J&K’s largest political party PDP. Next day, instead of machines, the roads were filled with people chanting “azadi” slogans. Legislators of the PDP, mostly from south Kashmir, stopped visiting their constituencies and instead spent their time in Srinagar. An MLA from south Kashmir told The Tribune that he had to pay Rs 2.5 lakh as food bill at the circuit house in Srinagar, where he was hiding along with his workers. It dented the mainstream politics, particularly the once soft-separatist PDP. Once the bastion of the mainstream politics and home to Kashmir’s lone invincible communist legislator MY Tarigami, so..
                 

Help farmers in adopting new technology: Adviser to officials

8 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 9 Adviser to the Governor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai on Monday stressed identifying appropriate technological advances in the field of agriculture and helping the farmers to adopt them so that it leads to overall progress of the vital sector. He said this while chairing a review meeting of Agriculture Production Department. Emphasising on bridging the gap between farmers and officials, the Adviser exhorted them to impart technical skills for improving their agricultural produce. “The role of our agricultural universities is of paramount importance in research and practically implementing its results in the field. For this, the farmers have to be taken on board as they are the principal stakeholders,” he added. Calling for close monitoring of schemes, especially flagship Central programmes, Ganai said increasing the frequency of the interactions with the farming community would yield better results in the agricultural sector. Describing entrepreneurship in..
                 

Health workers sent to Haryana for orientation

8 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Jammu, July 9 The state has started an orientation programme for Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) outside J&K to give them exposure on how Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostics Act has been implemented in Haryana. These workers will also visit those villages in Haryana where ASHAs have been given the status of station house officers to save the girl child. About 90 workers and supervisory cadre of J&K will see how other states are implementing the National Health Mission (NHM) to replicate it in the state. The group was flagged off by Dr Yashpal Sharma, NHM mission director. “With this visit, the health workers will be motivated to work with efficiency towards achieving standards of excellence regarding the implementation of the ASHA programme in J&K,” he said. Earlier, the workers were sent to Chhattisgarh to observe the practices there. “During their stay, workers will observe the functioning of village health sanitation and nutrition committees set up by Haryana, home-ba..
                 

Separatists protest killing of civilians

8 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir