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Nazir Khan joins PDP
Change in J&K situation for better tops PDP agenda: CM
SRINAGAR, Feb 19: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today asserted that the agenda of PDP is to change the situation of Jammu and Kashmir for better and its commitment and seriousness have been attested time and again. She was addressing people from Budgam district on the occasion of joining of senior leader of Congress Nazir Ahmad Khan of Beerwah into PDP here “PDP has time and again displayed that it would rise to the occasion for the welfare of...
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Resignations of 2 PDP ministers
Basharat, Ansari meet Mehbooba
SRINAGAR, Feb 19: Following the separate meetings of Syed Basharat Bukhari and Imran Raza Ansari with chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, the PDP leadership is optimistic that both of them will withdraw their resignation and work as ministers as per the portfolios allotted to them. Basharat met chief minister at her residence at Gupkar here this morning. Ansari had met Mehbooba last evening. Their meetings with chief minister were preceded by the ...
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J&K invites nominations for appointments of CVC, VC
Khoda, VC demit office next week
JAMMU, Feb 19: The state government has invited nominations from Administrative Secretaries for appointment of new Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) and Vigilance Commissioners in the J&K State Vigilance Commission (SVC). The incumbent Chief Vigilance Commissioner Kuldeep Khoda and a Vigilance Commissioner of SVC are scheduled to demit office by next week whereas other Vigilance Commissioner shall demit office next month. The Administrative S...
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26 armymen, 22 militants killed in 2 months in J&K
SRINAGAR, Feb 19: The army has lost 26 soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir in the first two months of 2017, while the security forces have stepped up the heat against militants and killed 22 extremists in 50 days -- the highest since 2010. While 20 armymen, including an officer, lost their lives in avalanches in the Valley, six soldiers were killed during counter-insurgency operations across the state that led to the killing of 22 militants as well, ...
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Geelani: Options other than UN resolutions distrustful
Asks other leaders to desist from supporting or pleading other choices
SRINAGAR, Feb 19: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani today said UN resolutions form basics and guarantee the peaceful and amicable solution of issue as per aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir. Terming options other than UN resolutions distrustful, he asked separatist leaders to desist from supporting or pleading other choices as it is impossible and will not help to contain political uncertainty in the region. In a sta...
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Surgical strikes decision taken soon after Uri attack: Rajnath
IMPHAL, Feb 19 (Agencies): The decision to carry out cross-LoC surgical strikes last September was taken at an emergency meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon after terrorists attacked Uri army camp, Home Minister Rajnath Singh revealed today. "When the news came in September (last year) that terrorists attacked an army camp (in Uri) and killed 17 jawans, an emergency meeting was convened in which the Prime Minister, the Defence ...
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MCI refuses to recognize medical degrees from PAK
NEW DELHI, Feb 19(Agencies): In a new twist to the tense relationship between India and Pakistan, Medical Council of India (MCI) has decided against recognising the medical degree that Kashmiri students acquire from three degree colleges in Pakistani Administered Kashmir (PAK). According to a report of national daily “The Hindu”, the decision has impacted 30 Kashmiri students. The newspaper has quoted a student saying he was disallowed to write...
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3rd accused of 2005 Delhi blast gets 10-yr jail
NEW DELHI, Feb 19(Agencies): Tariq Ahmed Dar was not as lucky as two other co-accused, who were acquitted in the 2005 Delhi serial blasts case, as a court here awarded him 10 years in jail for being a member of Lashkar-e-Taiba despite absolving him of the key charge of conspiring to trigger the bombings. Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh acquitted Dar of the charges of conspiracy to wage a war against the government by carrying out the bl...
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Fresh snowfall on higher reaches, rains in plains
SRINAGAR, Feb 19: Snowfall occurred at several upper reaches of Kashmir valley on Sunday while rainfall was witnessed at most places across Kashmir. The officials at state meteorological department said that fresh snowfall was witnessed in Gulmarg and some higher reaches of valley. They said moderate to heavy rainfall occurred at most of the places across Kashmir while more precipitation was likely expected during next 24 hours. "Since Saturd...
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Cong speaking language of separatists: Jitendra
‘Separatism in Kashmir not by conviction but by convenience’
JAMMU, Feb 19: Union Minister of State in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh Sunday accused the Congress of speaking the language of separatists and said the way it reacted to the statement of army chief betrayed its (Congress’) “political bankruptcy.” He also said that the separatism being followed in Kashmir valley, was not separatism by conviction but convenience. Union Minister of State in PMO was talking to media on the sidelines of a function here ...
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AirAsia launches Srinagar operations
Mehbooba receives, sees off inaugural flights
SRINAGAR, Feb 19: Low cost airline carrier AirAsia started its operations here from today with the launch of its morning and evening flights daily between Delhi and Srinagar. The inaugural flight from New Delhi was received by the chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti at the Srinagar International Airport at 10 am. Another flight to New Delhi was also seen off by the chief minister soon after. The airline is also planning to connect Srinagar to many ...
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PWD to usher in greater transparency, accountability: Naeem Akhtar
SRINAGAR, Feb 19: Minister for Public Works, Naeem Akhtar today called for employing latest project management techniques for timely completion of projects in key sectors. Speaking at a review meeting of the R&B Department Kashmir here, the Minister set timeline for completion of all the ongoing projects while laying focus on quality execution of works and adopting proper design methodology. The Minister took a comprehensive review of the proj...
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Traffic resumes on NH, vehicles allowed from Kashmir to Jammu
SRINAGAR, Feb 19(Agencies): Traffic on the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only road linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, was resumed after remaining suspended for several hours due to landslides, triggered by overnight rain. Since only one-way traffic is allowed on the highway, today vehicles were to ply from Srinagar to Jammu, a traffic police official said. He said traffic was suspended on the highway th...
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90 Kgs of poppy straw seized at Toll Post Lakhanpur
KATHUA, Feb 19: Continuing with their drive against smugglers, a joint team of the officials of Toll Post Lakhanpur and Police Department Lakhanpur today foiled a major smuggling bid when they seized 90 Kgs of Poppy straw being carried outside the State. A vehicle bearing Registration No. PB09X-2075 carried goods (wooden chips) of an Industrial Unit and claimed exemption from payment of Toll on these goods that were consigned by . Classic Pop...
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Cartoon Corner
BJP should stop rhetoric, come clear on issues of Article 370: Tara Chand
JAMMU, Feb 19: Underlining the hardships faced by people in day to life due to lackadaisical attitude of the government, former Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand said that due to ineffective and poor delivery of administration at the ground level common public has to bear day to day harassment. He said people living in border and far-off belts are facing huge administrative deficit. "The ruling BJP should stop rhetoric and come clear on issue...
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Budgam Police crack whip against drug peddlers
SRINAGAR, Feb 19: Continuing its efforts against drug menace, Budgam Police on Sunday received an input regarding transportation of narcotic drugs from Srinagar City towards Budgam town. Acting swiftly on the information, a Naka was laid near Sheikhpora petrol pump. During checking, a vehicle Mahindra load carrier bearing Regd. No. JK01D-2650 was intercepted & approx. 1000 bottles of codeine phosphate recovered from the possession of two perso...
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Breathing polluted air
Indian government's initiatives on reducing pollution levels in the air in most of the urban areas appear to have failed as the number of people dyeing due to environmental bad air, people breathe in, increasing on annual basis. The recent report that pointed out that almost 1.1 million people die of bad air breathing annual should act as an eye-opener for the governments of the day at the centre and other states of the country. The number of pe...
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Regime change
By A.G. Noorani
"WE have been busy in alienating the sympathies of free peoples ... the rights of a power, the rights of a nation, ought not to be invaded because it happens to have the misfortune of a despotic government," William Gladstone said in 1880. The systematic violation of these rights by the US is the cause of the turmoil Europe and the Middle East face today. In 2003, analyst William Pfaff wrote: "Choosing to invade two Islamic states, Afghanistan...
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Much Ado About Vande Mataram
By Poonam I Kaushish
A tempest in a teapot. That is the sum total of the zero sum charade over another petition in the Supreme Court last week to grant equal respect to national song Vande Mataram as given to the national anthem Jana Gana Mana, notwithstanding, that this issue has been dealt with twice earlier. But like the proverbial bad penny it continues to pop up intermittently. No matter that in turn our netas are only making this beautiful and melodious melody...
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Bill on costly marriages
Dear Editor, It refers to welcome ‘The Marriages (Compulsory Registration and Prevention of wasteful Expenditure) Bill 2016’ presented in the Lok Sabha by Ranjeeta ranjan (Congress) requiring compulsory registration of marriages within two months apart from putting an effective check on super-costly marriage-celebrations by imposing a tax of ten-percent on those exhibiting show of wealth by spending above rupees five lakhs with a provision to u...
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Germany scrambles fighter planes for Jet Airways flight after communication failure with Cologne air traffic control
Delhi, Feb 19 (Agencies): German Air Force scrambled two jets to escort a Jet Airways flight after the Cologne air traffic control could not establish contact with it, as per a media report. According to The Times of India, the incident happened on February 16 due to a reported communication failure. Boeing-777 was flying from Mumbai to London on Thursday as 9W-118. It was overflying close to Cologne when its cockpit crew did not respond to A...
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Donald Trump should help kick 'Russia's ass': Republican Senator Lindsey
Bavaria, Feb 19 (Agencies): US President Donald Trump should come clean and back moves to "kick Russia`s ass" for its alleged meddling in last year`s US election, senior Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday. Trump has been embroiled in questions over his ties with Russia and this week his national security advisor Michael Flynn was forced to resign over contacts with Moscow`s ambassador in Washington. The president has repeatedly s...
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Sumiya to participate in Eco Cycling Expedition from Delhi to Kathmandu
JAMMU, Feb 19: Sumiya Kousar of Mountaineering Association of J&K today left for Delhi to participate in an Eco Cycling Expedition from Delhi to Kathmandu (Nepal). She is among the 5 girls selected across the country for this prestigious expedition. The expedition being organized by “Stand With Girls”, an NGO shall start from Delhi on March 1 and conclude at Kathmandu on March 15. Prior to the commencement of the expedition, Sumiya shall a...
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JKSRLM to raise over 1.24 lakh skilled manpower under Himayat: Haq Khan
NEW DELHI, Feb 19: Two day workshop on “Appraisal Process Requisites for Project Implementing Agencies” was organized by Jammu and Kashmir State Rural Livelihood Mission (JKSRLM) in collaboration with National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) Hyderabad at India Habitat Centre New Delhi under Himayat programme. Himayat is a skill development cum Placement programme for unemployed youth in J&K under the umbrella of Deen ...
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