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Annual budget of Rs 64,669-cr presented in assembly
Health services to be cheaper; Mobiles, garments, packed food items costlier
Fee waiver for girl students in govt schools announced # Pensionery benefits increased # 6% DA for employees approved
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, May 30: Finance minister Dr Haseeb Drabu today presented an annual state budget of Rs 64,669 crore for 2016 -17 in the legislative assembly saying the budget has been formulated as a tribute to former chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed. “Having had the privilege of being his finance minister, I have, in this budget, attempted to put into a framework the -Mufti Model of Governance,” Drabu said in his budget speech. The finance mi...
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Budget is pro-poor, pro-women: Drabu
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SRINAGAR, May 30: Finance minister Dr Haseeb Drabu described the annual state budget presented in the state legislature today as pro-poor and pro-women. He said there is a need to restore the financial system of the state, which has been damaged in previous regimes. “The financial systems have been violated by the previous government. In this budget I have tried to restore the financial systems by streamlining everything. That is why in order t...
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Power sector can change J&K’s fortunes: Drabu
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SRINAGAR, May 30: Asserting that the power sector of J&K can turn around the fortunes and put economy on the trajectory of high and sustainable growth, Minister of Finance, Dr Haseeb A Drabu, Monday tabled the Power Budget 2016-17 in the state assembly. With an eye on enhancing the State’s hydro-power generation of the present 1,419.37 MWs, which contributes 45 percent of the total energy requirement, the Finance Minister said JKSDPC has drawn ...
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NC boycotts budget speech, walks out
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SRINAGAR, May 30: The main opposition National Conference (NC) today boycotted the budget speech of finance minister Dr Haseeb Drabu and staged a walk out. Prior to their walk out they tried to disrupt the speech of Drabu. Independent MLA Engineer Rashid advanced to the speaker’s podium, disrupting the finance minister’s speech. He demanded a discussion on the deaths of two women who died in 2008 under mysterious circumstances in Shopian distri...
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CM: Govt working to create employment for youth
‘We have to confront challenge of unemployment jointly’
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SRINAGAR, May 30: Chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that the government is working on various initiatives to create ample employment avenues for the youth. “I know unemployment is one of the biggest challenges for all of us and the government is working on various fronts to create adequate employment avenues for the youth,” the Chief Minister said in the Legislative Assembly while responding to supplementaries on a related question ...
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Modi ushered new era of peace, dev: Heptullah
Work done by Centre in 2 yrs historic: Dy CM
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SRINAGAR, May 30: Union minister for minority affairs Dr. Najma Heptullah today said prime minister Narendra Modi led government, during last two years, has registered phenomenal achievements in different fields which have no parallels in the annals of history. The Minister was speaking at a function organized by Jammu and Kashmir Thangsoo Sports Association in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir Scouts and Guides here at Amar Singh College to...
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Budget directionless: Cong
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SRINAGAR, May 30: Congress has termed the budget as directionless and said that it is “primarily anti poor and anti common people”, with no initiative to address the problems of unemployed youth and different sections of the Society. Reacting to the budget presented today chief spokesperson Ravinder Sharma has described it as devoid of any major initiatives to provide relief to different sections of people especially the unemployed youth, farme...
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7th death anniversary of Asiya, Neelofar: Shutdown in Shopian, other areas
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SRINAGAR, May 30: A shutdown was today observed in south Kashmir particularly in Shopian district on the seventh death anniversary of Asiya and Neelofar, who were allegedly raped and killed on this day, here, in 2009. Their bodies were found in the Rambi Ara Canal. The local people and affected family had alleged that they were murdered by men in uniform. Schools, shops and other business establishments remained closed in the town and adjoin...
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OTHER STORIES
PIL on defunct SHRC
Why assurances were not adhered to: HC
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, May 30: The High Court has asked the state government to explain why assurances given by it through advocate general on the revival of defunct Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) were not adhered to. A division bench of the High Court headed by the Chief Justice N. Paul Vasanthakumar said: “Counsel appearing for respondents to report as to why assurance given by the Advocate General is not adhered to and why the Sup...
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Anantnag assembly by-poll: Mehbooba to file nomination today
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SRINAGAR, May 30: The Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti will file nomination papers for the June 19 by-poll to Anantnag Assembly constituency tomorrow. Mehbooba, who is currently a Lok Sabha member from the South Kashmir Constituency, is contesting the elections from Anantnag Assembly seat, where by-polls were necessitated due to the death of her father and then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7 this year. To remain the Chief Minis...
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For 250 militants, why do you need 7 lakh troops: Mirwaiz
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SRINAGAR, May 30: Terming the statement of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar that the infamous Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) could not be revoked from Jammu and Kashmir as a pat on the back of armed forces, Hurriyat Conference (M) Monday said Indian forces present in the state had been indulging in killing of unarmed civilians and getting away with it due to the impunity provided to them under AFSPA. Stressing that the Indian Defence ...
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Parrikar’s remarks exposed PDP again: Rather
‘PDP bartered AFSPA revocation demand for CM’s chair’
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SRINAGAR, May 30: National Conference Monday lashed out at the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and the PDP-BJP government for compromising on crucial issues of importance to the state in lieu of political power. Referring to the remarks of the Union Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, senior National Conference leader and former finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather said the struggle to seek the revocation of AFSPA from the state had received an enor...
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Hideout busted in Doda, huge cache of arms recovered
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DODA, May 30: Security forces today busted a militant hideout and seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition in Chirala forest in Doda district. Police and security forces achieved a major success by recovering grenades besides pistols and huge ammunition from the hideout of terrorists during a search operation in Sunarthawa forests under the jurisdiction of Police Station Thathri in the mountainous district of Doda in the wee hours of today. ...
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SC to hear traders’ plea against HC order on adulteration
NEW, DELHI, May 30 (Agencies): The Supreme Court today agreed to hear next week the plea of Jammu and Kashmir traders’ body alongwith other petitions challenging a High Court order asking them to give an undertaking that if “prima facie” the food items supplied by them are found to be adulterated then their units would be liable to be sealed. A vacation bench of Justices P C Ghose and Amitava Roy said the plea of Jammu and Kashmir Traders and Ma...
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SVC asks education Secy to reconcile all corruption cases
JAMMU, May 30: Emphasizing on early settlement of RDAs (Regular Departmental Actions) pending with the department, State Vigilance Commission (SVC) has directed Commissioner Secretary Education to get reconciliation of all corruption related cases with Vigilance Organization and ensure that no case is left unattended. Official report said that the Commission, which met here under the chair of Chief Vigilance Commissioner, asked the authorities ...
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Torrential rains lash valley
SRINAGAR, May 30: Heavy rains along with strong thunderstorms lashed most of the places across the valley on Monday. The state meteorological department revealed that rainfall/thundershowers occurred at many places in Kashmir. “Large rainfall was witnessed across valley today in afternoon. The rainfall coupled with strong lightening and thunders occurred in all parts of valley including plains and hilly regions,” spokesperson at met office sai...
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Fresh land rows
Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti's response on both the issues of Sainik Colony and separate clusters for Kashmiri Pandit migrants remain far from satisfactory. The responses are more evasive than explanatory and do precious little in clearing the cobwebs of mystery inspired and propelled by an atmosphere of mutual suspicions and mistrust. This atmosphere of mistrust has been further exacerbated by the contradictory noises and the virtual silence o...
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> Dismay and dread
> Cost for NSG membership
> Gold monetization failure
 
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'Prepare, the Muslims are coming'
By Badri Raina
While Donald Trump forges ahead to be the world's most powerful CEO and then to keep the world's Muslims from entering America, India's own Sangh Parivar "trains" its young saffron shirts to do one better-namely to prepare, rifle and lathi in hand, against our own Muslim Indians. Last week saw a clutch of Bajrang Dal fascists in fierce drill to ward off possible attacks from an enemy who was represented as a man with a b...
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KP Rehabilitation: It is about freedom of choice
By B.L. Saraf
Dr Jitendra Singh, MOS in PM's Office, has reiterated his government's resolve to ensure Pandits dignified and honorable return to the home. Indeed, heartwarming words. 'Dignified return to the designated colonies ' are the words uttered, ad- nauseam, in the past, with so hollowness of the purpose that they have become a cliché. Thanks to the flip- flops of various stake holders, the terminology has generated a sectarian debate in the Valley, wh...
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> Growth and jobs likely to remain elusive - By S Sethuraman
 
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Now affidavits to exhibit loyalty to dynastic tradition in Congress!
Dear Editor, It refers to Congress MLAs of West Bengal assembly made/forced to sign pre-typed affidavits on 100-rupees stamp-papers affirming their loyalty not only to the party headed by dynastic-family of Sonia Gandhi but also party Vice President Rahul Gandhi who is considered to be next dynastic Chief of India’s oldest political party. Can such affidavits contrary to even all legal provisions prevent fast vanishing of the party? What happe...
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IAF reactivates Mechuka air strip near Indo-China border
ITANAGAR, May 30 (Agencies): In a major boost to the country's rapid airlift capability for forward operations and troop deployment, the Indian Air Force has re-activated its strategic Advanced Landing Grounds (of Mechuka in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. The ALG, which was re-activated on Sunday, was non-functional since 2013 following its reconstruction work along with the ALGs of Aalo, Ziro, Tuting, Pasighat and Tezu, an official ...
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Pak court issues notices to 26/11 accused
ISLAMABAD, May 30 (Agencies): A top Pakistani court today issued notices to the seven Mumbai attack case accused, including 26/11 mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, and the government over the prosecution's plea to form a commission to examine the boat used by the 10 LeT terrorists to reach India. "The Islamabad High Court has issued notices to the accused of Mumbai attack case and the government on the prosecution's plea to form a commission to...
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Harayana Wrestler lifts 8th Battal Ballian Dangal title
JAMMU, May 30: Harayana wrestler Som Bir today clinched the “8th Annual Battal Ballian Kesari title 2016” by defeating Abdul Gani of Mallerkotla in Punjab in the Ist malli played at Battal in Udhampur. Former MoS and MLA Pawan Kumar Gupta was the chief guest on the occasion who distributed cash prizes among the wrestlers. Joint Secretary J&K State Sports Council Shiv Kumar Sharma who is also Treasurer Indian Style Wrestling Association of In...
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> JK Montessori, M A Stadium Club dominate
 
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PM asks Railways to speed up redevelopment of stations
NEW DELHI, May 30 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the railways to speed up redevelopment of stations and substantially raise its "level of ambition" in this regard as he reviewed the performance of the sector at a meeting here. At the meeting where the performance of Roads and Highways Ministry was also assessed, Modi pitched for more private investment in the sector and adoption of best practices in road development after ...
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