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Valley reels under hot, humid weather
Relief likely from scorching weather: Met
FARZANA SYED
SRINAGAR, Jul 20: Kashmir valley continued to reel under extreme humid weather conditions on Friday. While heat wave persisted the maximum temperature continued to settle above 34 degrees at several places in Kashmir including summer capital Srinagar. Though met department had predicted downpour from Thursday, weather continued to remain dry amid continued scorching humid conditions. The officials at state Meteorological department revealed that day and night temperature in Kashmir Valley has been going up for the past few days which has resulted in acute hot weather conditions. The met officials said that valley was yet to get any breather from the persistent scorching heat however there were chances of light to moderate rainfall in Kashmir from Saturday onwards which was likely to ...
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Killing of Shujaat Bukhari
Police issues hue, cry notice against LeT commander
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SRINAGAR, Jul 20: Police has issued a hue-and-cry notice against Lashkar-e-Taiba militant allegedly involved in the killing of senior journalist Syed Shujaat Bukhari, reports a local news agency, CNS. The hue and cry notice has been issued by police station Kothibagh Srinagar for the murder accused Naveed Jatt involved in FIR Number 51/2018 under section 302, 120-B RPC, 7/27 Arms Act, 16.18.20 Unlawful Activities Act dated 14/6/2018. Police has asked general public to inform them in case they have any information about LeT militant commander Naveed Jat alias Abu Hanzullah (28). Police has named Sheikh Sajad Gul of Padshahi Bagh at present HMT Srinagar and Azad Ahmed alias Dada alias Abu Zaid of Arwani Bijbehara as the probable associates of Naveed Jatt. Giving details about the accused...
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Guv seeks details of orders issued without approval
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Jul 20: The governor administration has sought details of all the orders issued in recent past by some departments /HoDS at their own level without approval of the cabinet or concurrence of the finance department. “It has been brought to the notice of the government that certain departments /HoDs have in the recent past issued orders at their own level without approval of the cabinet or concurrence of the finance department wherever it was required. There is a need to examine such erroneous orders for their regularization,” said an order issued by the commissioner secretary general administration department (GAD) here this evening. “All the administrative secretaries are accordingly requested to bring to the notice of the general administration department by Monday i.e. July 2...
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SC recommends Justice Gita Mittal as CJ in J&K
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JAMMU, Jul 20: Delhi High Court’s Acting Chief Justice, Gita Mittal has been recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium for appointment as the next Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) High Court. The office of Chief Justice for the J&K High Court has been lying vacant since March 15, 2018, after the retirement of Chief Justice BD Ahmed. In view of the same, Justice Gita Mittal, who is the senior most judge of the Delhi High Court, has been recommended to take over as the next Chief Justice of the J&K High Court. The resolution passed to this effect states, “Ms. Justice Gita Mittal is senior-most Judge from Delhi High Court and has been functioning as Acting Chief Justice in that High Court since April 2017. Having regard to all relevant factors, the Collegium finds Justice Git...
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Landslides disrupt traffic on Jammu-Srinagar NH, Mughal road
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, Jul 20: The landslides, triggered by rains, Friday disrupted traffic on both Jammu-Srinagar National Highway as well as historic 86-km-long Mughal road for several hours, thus leaving many passengers stranded. However, the highway, linking Ladakh with Kashmir, was through. A massive landslide in Ramban district blocked the only all-weather road linking the Valley to rest of the country, leaving many passengers stranded, an official said. The traffic on the Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, was also suspended due to a massive landslide. Later this afternoon, the landslide, triggered by rains, struck the Srinagar-Jammu national highway at Digdole near Ramban town around 2 PM. Hundreds of vehicles, including a Jammu-bound con...
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Col M L Sethi passes away
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, Jul 20: Col (retired) M L Sethi, the younger brother of veteran politician Comrade K D Sethi, passed away this morning in Dinjan in Dibrugarh district of Assam. He was 76. According to family sources, Col Sethi had gone to meet his son Colonel Kapil Sethi, in Dinjan where he is presently posted. “This morning at around 10.00 AM, he suddenly collapsed at his son’s place. His cremation shall also take place at Dinjan tomorrow at 10.00 AM,” informed Achal Sethi, the son of Comrade Sethi. Col Sethi, the youngest among his illustrious siblings Comrade Sethi, the lone surviving member of J&K Constituent Assembly and late Justice R P Sethi, is survived by his son Col Kapil Sethi and daughter Smita Sethi, KAS, presently Administrator Associated Hospitals, daughter-in-law, son-in-law an...
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Pilgrims’ number slumps
Landslides, shooting stones continue to disrupt V’devi pilgrimage
Road project planning is faulty: Prof Bhat
Pallavi Sareen
JAMMU, July 19: Despite an on-going slope stabilization project worth Rs 177 crore, landslides and shooting stones continue to disrupt pilgrimage to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine, leading to pilgrim numbers falling with each passing year. In the latest instant, a landslide occurred on the new route to Vaishno Devi near Himkoti. Though no casualties were reported due to the landslide but the track had to be temporarily closed for pilgrims for several hours. The debris was cleared and pilgrimage re-started but people have begun asking question about the seriousness of SMVDSB in ensuring incident free pilgrimage. In the instant case, officials told Kashmir Times that landslide triggered by rains hit the track around 8 am on July 16, 2018; causing some damage to the infrastructure. And the ...
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Rath allegedly slaps man; Video creates buzz on social media
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Jul 19: A video surfaced on social media purportedly showing Inspector general of police (traffic), Basant Rath slapping a person repeatedly and calling him an idiot. The video, which was shot sometime back at Lal Chowk in Srinagar, shows Basant in an argument with a pedestrian who the IGP slaps repeatedly in presence of the onlookers. One of the twitter user, Adnan Wani, said, "When you have police officers who abuse citizens, you erode public confidence in law enforcement. @jandkgovernor @spvaid sir is it like Police officer is allowed to do whatever he wants to do. Can law be applied to this police officer for slapping & using such words in public?" Meanwhile, National Conference spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu posted the video along with a tweet, which said, "A power drun...
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Army begins preparations for Kargil Vijay Diwas
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SRINAGAR, Jul 19: Army today said it is preparing extensively to honour those who laid down their lives in Kargil war of 1999 in a series of solemn ceremonies this year. Giving details a defence spokesman said the primary event which shall mark the 19th anniversary of the victory is scheduled to be held at Kargil war memorial located at Dras from July 25 to 26. “It will be attended by a large number of dignitaries of the army and civil administration as well as gallantry award winners of the conflict and families of many martyrs,” he added. The spokesman said the conflict was fought in the summer of 1999 to evict Pakistani regular forces who had intruded and occupied winter vacated posts on the Indian side of the line of control, thereby, violating an unwritten agreement. The operatio...
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No construction without NOC by army around Kaluchak in Jammu: DC
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, Jul 18: Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir Wednesday said orders were passed for immediate halt to the construction work taking place in violation of guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Defence in and around the sprawling Kaluchak military station here. The order was passed after the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, hearing a petition filed by the union of India through ADM commandant Kaluchak military station, recently directed the state government to ensure that no further construction in and around the military station takes place in violation of guidelines issued by the ministry of defence till the next date of hearing. "We have ordered the revenue and other departments concerned to ensure that no construction is raised in the close vicinity of the camp without the 'No Obj...
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Pak backs UN over report on `atrocities in J&K’
ISLAMABAD, Jul 18 (Agencies) Pakistan has backed the United Nations over a recent report on alleged human rights violations by India in Jammu and Kashmir. According to Pakistan-based Dawn News, the neighbouring country backed the UN over dismissal of human rights violation allegations by India. India had strongly rejected the first-of-its-kind UN report on Jammu and Kashmir, calling it “fallacious, tendentious and motivated”. India had questioned the intent behind bringing out a report with “selective compilation of largely unverified information.” The report had alleged human rights violations in both "Indian-administered and Pakistan-administered Kashmir" and sought an international inquiry into these abuses. Reacting strongly to the same, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had...
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Minority status to Hindus
Requests received from J&K: Centre
Passes buck to state govt
NEW DELHI, Jul 18(Agencies): The government today said it has received requests from some organisations to grant minority status to Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir, but made it clear that the matter comes under the purview of the state government. Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha, said the central government notifies a community as minority in the context of India as a whole, and not for an individual state....
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Death penalty for rapists of minors; Bill to be presented in Monsoon session
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NEW DELHI, Jul 18: A Bill, which provides for stringent punishment including death penalty for those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 years, will be introduced in the monsoon session of Parliament, which began on Wednesday. The decision was taken today at a meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2018, once approved by Parliament, will replace the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance promulgated on April 21 following an outcry over the rape and murder of a minor girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir and the rape of a woman in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh. The Cabinet gave its approval to the draft Bill prepared by the Home Ministry, Prasad said. The Bill stipulat...
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Land owners demand compensation
MAJID NABI
SRINAGAR, July 18: Land owners whose land measuring thousands of kanals was acquired for much hyped Semi-Ring Road project connecting Pampore with Ganderbal via Narbal Budgam, Wednesday staged protest demanding compensation at par with other states of India. The protesting land owners who had appeared at Press Enclave here this afternoon shouted anti administration slogans alleged that their land was forcibly occupied by the authorities against 25 percent of present market rate. “Government seems to be least bothered about the problems we confront. We provided Paddy fields, vegetable gardens worth thousands of kanals for construction of Ring-Road but received peanuts in return,” said the land owners. They said government should either pay them four times than present market rate or sta...
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Scarcity of drinking water in Peerbagh areas
Residents left Aghast
FARZANA SYED
SRINAGAR, Jul 18: The non-availability of drinking water in several areas of Peerbagh locality in Srinagar has pushed the inhabitants to immense trouble and hardships. Lamenting on the Public Health and Engineering department (PHE) the residents of Jeelanabad locality of Peerbagh expressed their huge anger and anguish against the department for failing to provide portable drinking water in their areas for past several days. The residents revealed that there was a complete shortage of drinking water in their area while PHE was not looking at their grievances despite repeated requests. “There is an acute shortage of drinking water in our area. We have not received a single drop of water from past four days without knowing the reason. It is so ironical that we are being deprived of b...
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Hijacking case; Qureshi appears in court
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Jul 17: Jammu Kashmir Democratic Liberation Party (JKDLP) chairman Hashim Qureshi who is accused in Ganga Hijacking case was presented before special session court Srinagar. He was presented in the court of law of CID and CIK wings of Jammu Kashmir police. The counsel for Hashim Qureshi argued before the court that his client cannot be perused again under double jeopardy, the party said. According to the DLP, the next hearing for the case has been listed on August 4. Party said the senior advocate, presented references of international law regarding the double jeopardy and argued that his client cannot be perused again under double jeopardy. DLP further said Hashim Qureshi has already been sentenced by Pakistan Supreme Court and he has spent many years in the jail after whi...
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Death toll to Reasi Waterfall accident rises to 8
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, Jul 17: Number of deaths in Reasi Waterfall accident happened when a large number of people were taking a bath under the waterfall rises to 8 A 50-year-old woman, who was injured in the Siar Baba waterfall accident, died at a hospital in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, taking the death toll in the incident to eight, officials said. A huge boulder had rolled down a 100-feet high waterfall at Talwara village, killing seven persons and injuring 33 others on Sunday last. The incident had happened when a large number of people, mostly from Jammu district, had gathered at the picnic spot and some of them were taking a bath under the waterfall. Babli Devi, a resident of Gangyal and one of the critically injured persons, succumbed to injuries at the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana...
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Yatra suspended due to overnight rains
Over 2 lakh perform pilgrimage in first 20 days
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Jul 17: Two lakh yatris performed Amarnath Yatra till 20th day today. An official spokesman said governor N N Vohra, chairman of the Board, today held a meeting at Raj Bhavan to review the to-date status of the ongoing Yatra, which commenced on June 28. Umang Narula, CEO and Bhupinder Kumar, additional CEO of the Shrine Board, informed the governor that due to the continuous rainfall overnight, the Yatra was suspended today, from both the Pahalgam and Baltal routes. However, limited helicopter services operated from both Neelgrath and Pahlagam helipads. CEO further informed that on the 20th day of the ongoing Yatra, 4140 Yatris paid obeisance at holy cave and, till date, 2,01,582 Yatris had received darshan of the Shivling at the Holy Cave. Governor reiterated his earlier di...
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Mega vaccination campaign in private schools from Sep
MAJID NABI
SRINAGAR, July 17: Department of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with Private Schools Association of Kashmir will be launching mega ‘measles’ vaccination campaign in all private schools across valley from September 2018. Addressing a joint presser at Information Auditorium with Private Schools Association of Kashmir, Director Family Welfare, Dr Sameer Mattoo said though authorities lacks actual figure of mortality rate of Measles in Kashmir, however 30,40,000 children are affected with it every year. “Our sole motive is to eradicate this disease from roots; we have been making all-out efforts to tackle measles and are hopeful this will be eradicated till 2020,” Dr Mattoo added. He said the mortality rate of measles which affects children below nine years is 40,000 in India e...
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UN HRs chief hits back on claims of bias on Kashmir Report
NEW DELHI, Jul 17 (Agencies): Over a month after UN human rights commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein released a report which was greeted by claims of personal “prejudice” from New Delhi, his office has denied any collusion with Pakistani activists. It also said that the Kashmir report had been sourced from Indian official reports. On June 14, UN’s high commissioner for human rights released a report which mainly focused on the “human rights situation” in India’s Jammu and Kashmir from July 2016 to April 2018 based on “allegations of widespread and serious human rights violations were received, notably excessive use of force by Indian security forces that led to numerous civilian casualties”. The outgoing human rights chief had called for an international commission of inquiry into the a...
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Isn’t WhatsApp group monitoring an invasion of Right to Privacy?
Pallavi Sareen
JAMMU, July 17: The District Magistrate of Kishtwar Angrez Singh Rana issued an order on June 29, 2018 asking all WhatsApp group admins to register themselves and for new admins to seek registration before creating groups to avoid facing legal action under Information Technology Act (IT Act). This has started commotion within people of Jammu & Kashmir wondering if the order will soon spread out to all the districts of the state and if so, what impact it would have on privacy of the people in the state. While some are of belief that the whole thing is a sham as WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption does not allow anyone to read the private messages, others believe that it is a step too far in invading their personal space. Contradicting views are also heard from people who think similar orders...
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My hard work bore fruits: Dar
MAJID NABI
SRINAGAR, July 16: The RTI activist who had moved an application before Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) vis-à-vis Cricket association today said his hardwork bore fruits after Crime Branch filed charge-sheet before the court in multi-crore scam. Majid Dar who had sought details through Right to Information Act (RTI) said the charge-sheet filed against former Chief Minister and NC President, Dr Farooq Abdullah and others proved whosoever indulges in wrongdoing in any manner has to face the music. “I am very much glad that CBI filed charge-sheet in multi- crore scam involving former CM, Farooq Abdullah and other bigwigs in Cricket Association. This is the victory of truth which eventuality prevailed,” said Dar talking to media at Saddar Court complex. Dar while praising the efforts ...
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200 students taught in 3 roomed unsafe school building in Kulgam village
ESS AHMAD
KULGAM, July 16: Authorities might be claiming that the education sector remains their priority but the condition of the three roomed school building in remote Nandimarg village of southern Kulgam district clearly punctures the official claims. The school was established in 1960 as primary school. After the introduction of Sarwa Shiksha Abhiyan, a central sponsored scheme meant for the universalisation of elementary education the school was upgraded as middle school. At least 200 students mostly from poor families are enrolled in the school. However 58 years later the school continues to function in the same dilapidated building putting question mark on the seriousness of the authorities in improving the education sector. Not only the building walls have developed wide cracks all around ...
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Biggest ever admintrative reshuffle in ongoing Guv rule
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Jul 16: The state government today ordered various transfers and postings in the administration. Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon, IAS (JK:1993), Principal Secretary to the Government, Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department, shall also hold the charge of the post of Administrative Secretary, Transport Department, in addition to his own duties, relieving Saugat Biswas, IAS (JK:2006), Transport Commissioner, J&K of the additional charge of the post. Shahid Anayatullah, IAS (JK:2000), Commissioner/Secretary to the Government, Revenue Department, shall also hold the charge of the post of Financial Commissioner, Revenue, in addition to his own duties, till further orders. Farooq Ahmad Lone, IAS (JK:2009), Chief Executive Officer, Economic Reconstruction Agency, J&K, holding additional c...
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Deaths due to drowning witness a steep rise
7 die of drowning in 2 weeks
FARZANA SYED
SRINAGAR, July 16: Where as the mercury has witnessed a rise in Kashmir valley during past few weeks, there has been a surge in the incidents of drowning as the rising number of people take to rivers and streams to escape the scorching heat. According to the official data at least seven persons have lost their lives in different incidents of drowning across Kashmir valley during past two weeks. The number of deaths due to drowning has rose to an alarming level while incidents are reported continously. In yet another case of drowning on Sunday, a teenager died after drowning in a stream in Handwara town of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. According to police sources 16-year-old boy identified as Abid Hussain, son of Ghulam Hassan Tantray drowned when he was taking a bath in a nearby...
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