|Restrictions in Kupwara, clashes near Jamia Masjid, Sopore|
|Separatists call for shutdown on Sunday|
|SRINAGAR, Apr 28: Restrictions were today imposed in some parts of Kupwara district to prevent protests against the killing of a civilian in security forces firing at Panzgam village. Protestors clash with police and security forces after Friday prayers at several places including Nowhatta here, Sopore and Pulwama.
During the clashes, police and security forces burst smoke shells and resorted to lathi charge. The protestors pelted stones.
The separatist leadership called for a shutdown on Sunday against the killing of a civilian at Panzgam. The authorities have ordered closing of three higher secondary schools in Srinagar as a precautionary measure.
Authorities today imposed restrictions on assembly of people in parts of Kupwara district to maintain law and order in the wake of deat...|
|Centre to SC |
|Ready to talk to ‘recognised parties’ but not separatists|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 28 (Agencies): The central government today told the Supreme Court it was ready to talk to recognised political parties in Jammu and Kashmir to resolve the crisis there but not with the separatists.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi made it clear that the government would come to the negotiating table only if the recognised parties participate in the dialogue and not the separatists.
He made the submissions before a bench, comprising chief justice JS Kehar and Justices DY Chandrachud and SK Kaul, while rubbishing the claim of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association that the centre was not coming forward for discussion and dialogue to resolve the crisis.
Rohatgi said recently the prime minister and the chief minister of the state held a meeting to discuss the si...|
|India, Pak must discuss Kashmir: Erdogan|
|ANKARA, Apr 28 (Agencies): In what appears to be a departure from Turkey's traditional stand on Kashmir, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Pakistan and India must discuss their festering dispute.
In an interview ahead of his visit to India, Erdogan also said that the obvious similarity between separatist Kurds and Kashmiris was one between "apples and oranges".
"If we compare apples to oranges, we will make a mistake, a big mistake," the President told news portal WION.
"We have no problems with the Kurdish people, Kurdish citizens in Turkey. We have a problem with terrorist organisations.
"With regard to the Kashmir question, there is no similarity whatsoever. The nature of the two disputes is different.
"There is a territorial dispute in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan, as a state, i...|
|Army pays tribute to 3 personnel killed in Kupwara |
|SRINAGAR, Apr 28: Army today paid floral tributes to three of its personnel, including an officer, who laid down their lives while repulsing a militant attack on their camp in Kupwara district of Kashmir.
Wreaths were laid on the coffins of the three soldiers — Captain Ayush Yadav, Subedar B S Gujjar and Naik B V Ramana — at a ceremony held at the headquarters of the 15 Corps here, a defence spokesman said.
He said Corps Commander Lt Gen J S Sandhu led the officers and other ranks of the army in paying floral tributes to the three soldiers before their mortal remains were flown to their native places.
Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Khan, Inspector General of Police S J M Gillani and senior paramilitary officers were also present at the wreath-laying ceremony, he added.
|After 7 Fridays, Mirwaiz delivers sermon at Jamia Masjid|
|SRINAGAR, Apr 28: After a break of seven Fridays, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) today delivered the sermon at Jamia Masjid here.
In the recent past, he could not do so since he was under house arrest. He was released from house arrest some days back and today he delivered the sermon.
Later addressing the people, he termed the ongoing movement as spontaneous and embedded in the collective consciousness of the people of this land. Mirwaz said it is time that the leadership of India recognizes this fact and confronts the reality in an imaginative way rather than taking refuge in the often repeated self deceptive statements and phraseology.
Mirwaiz in his address said, “Spontaneous mass student protests and agitation across the valley clearly bring out that every...|
|Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar takes charge as new CRPF chief|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 28 (Agencies): Senior IPS officer Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar on Friday took charge as the new Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force, four days after the force lost 25 troopers in a deadly Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district.
The government appointed the 1983 batch Indian Police Service officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre for the post nearly two months after the retirement of previous chief K. Durga Prasad on February 28.
Bhatnagar, 57, took charge at the CRPF headquarters here at Lodhi road and was accorded a ceremonial guard of honour. Acting CRPF chief Additional Director General Sudeep Lakhtakia, a 1984-batch Telangana cadre IPS officer, handed over the baton to Bhatnagar this morning, hours after he returned to India from Jakarta on Thursday night after...|
|Govt orders reshuffle in police deptt|
|JAMMU, Apr 27: The state government today ordered reshuffle in the police department.
As per government order number 478-Home of 2017, Tejinder Singh, IPS (JK-2008), SP CID Cl, Jammu has been transferred and posted as SP Budgam vice Abdul Waheed Shah.
Abdul Waheed Shah, SSP Budgam, has been transferred and posted as AIG Buildings PHQ vice Javid Ahmad Koul.
Rahul Malik, IPS (JK- 2009), awaiting orders of posting in PHQ, has been transferred and posted as SP CID Cl, Jammu vice Tejinder Singh.
Javid Ahmad Koul, SSP, AIG Buildings PHQ, has been transferred and posted as SSP (SS) CID Hqrs, against an available vacancy.
Altaf Ahmad Khan, SSP, awaiting orders of adjustment at PHQ after return from UN Mission, has been posted as Commandant JKAP 7th Bn, against an available vacancy.
|Govt transfers 5 Under Secretaries|
|JAMMU, Apr 27: The state government today ordered transfer and postings five under secretaries.
As per government order No. 536-GAD of 2017 Dated 27 -04-2017, Raj Kumar Misri, Under Secretary to the Government, School Education Department has been transferred and his services are placed at the disposal of Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj for deputation as State Project Manager in the State Rural Livelihood Mission, J&K.
Fayaz Ahmad Khan, Under Secretary to the Government, Cooperative Department has been transferred and his services are placed at the disposal of Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj for deputation as State Project Manager in the State Rural Livelihood Mission, J&K.
Mohammad Yaqub Malik, Under Secretary to the Government, Home Department ha...|
|CM, DyCM pay tributes to slain soldiers|
|Anguished over civilian killing|
|JAMMU, Apr 27: The Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh have paid rich tributes to the officer and two jawans of the army who were killed in an encounter early morning today at Kupwara.
The Chief Minister has extended her heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families of slain soldiers. She has also expressed anguish over the death of a person in protests during the day in the area.
In a statement, Mehbooba said that an unending cycle of violence has got unleashed in our society which is devouring it and pushing Kashmir towards darkness.
She appealed the people to come forward in bringing this cycle of violence to an end and help the government in its efforts of restoring normalcy and peace in the Valley.
The Deputy Chief Minister, while paying t...|
|Govt orders probe against SSP, two DySps|
|JAMMU, Apr 27: The J&K government has ordered a probe against three police officers over alleged lapses which led to traffic snarls on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway on January 20-21.
The probe has been ordered against Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sanjay Kumar Kotwal, Deputy Superintendent of police (DySP) Nihar Rajan and DySP Safdar Hamid Samoon, who were then posted as incharge of the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.
Lalatendu Mohanti, ADGP Armed Police, has been appointed as Inquiry Officer to look “into the lapses and dereliction of duty by the three officers,” Principal Secretary to Government, home department, R K Goyal said in an order here.
While Sanjay has been attached to police headquarters, Safdar and Nitin are attached with DIG South Kashmir Range in Anantnag. Th...|
|Govt to raise women police battalion in J&K to deal stone pelters|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 27: Around 1,000 women will be hired in Jammu and Kashmir for a police battalion, which will primarily deal with incidents like stone pelting in the Valley.
The policewomen will be part of the five India Reserved Battalions (IRBs), the central government has already sanctioned.
As many as 1,40,000 youths in Jammu and Kashmir have applied for 5,000 posts in the five IRBs to be raised in the state.
The process of recruitment in the five IRBs has started and authorities have received around 1,40,000 applications, 40 per cent of which are from the Kashmir valley.
The women battalion will primarily deal with incidents like stone pelting in the Kashmir valley and other law and order duties, a Home Ministry official said
The response to the police battalions is very encouragi...|
|Centre reviews Rs 80k Cr development package for J&K|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 27: The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) for the State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) here today. The PMDP was announced by the Prime Minister during his visit to J&K on November 7, 2015.
The package consists of 63 projects concerning 15 Ministries of Government of India and has an outlay of Rs 80,068 Cr. The review meeting was attended by the Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, Secretaries and senior officers from all the 15 Ministries, Chief Secretary of J&K along with Secretaries of various departments of the J&K government.
Out of Rs 80,068 Cr outlay of PMDP, Rs 61,112 Cr have already been sanctioned by the various ministries of Government of India (more th...|
|Durbar move: ‘One way traffic on NH on Apr 29-30, May 6-7’|
|JAMMU, Apr 26: In wake of durbar move, traffic police today said that only one-way movement of traffic from Jammu towards Srinagar shall be permitted on April 29 and 30, 2017 on the NHW-1A.
To ensure hassle free movement of vehicles carrying Darbar move employees and important official records, Inspector General of Police Traffic (IGP), Jagjit Kumar said only one-way movement of traffic viz. from Jammu towards Srinagar shall be permitted on April 29 and 30, 2017 on the NHW-1A.
“As such no movement of any sort of traffic including that of convoys of Army, BSF, CRPF, ITBP, CISF, SSB shall be permitted on the NHW-1A from Srinagar towards Jammu on April 29-30, 2017,” a handout issued here today stated.
It further stated that the one-way movement of traffic viz. from Jammu towards Srinagar ...|
|Jammu-Srinagar highway to become safer|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 26 (Agencies): National Highway 1, the Jammu Srinagar highway, is one of the most dangerous roads in India and in the world. HP Lubricants, with Leo Burnett India, has deployed an indigenously developed anti-collision system to warn oncoming vehicles about traffic on the other side of the blind turns the highway is famous for.
The anti-collision warning system is powered by solar energy which negates the need for electric supply. It employs radar-based systems which calculate the speed of oncoming vehicles using the Doppler Effect. In case there are vehicles on both sides of the blind turn, the systems issue warning honks to each side warning the drivers about the existence of an oncoming vehicle, thus helping them prepare for their manoeuvres beforehand, minimising the ch...|
|BJP to delve into Mehbooba's proposal to counsel youths: Shah|
|KOLKATA, Apr 26 (Agencies): BJP president Amit Shah today said his party would deliberate upon Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's proposal for counselling of youths caught in the vortex of violence in the state.
"Mehboobaji has given a press statement. Our party's team which deals with our policies on Kashmir will sit together and discuss the issue," Shah said during a press conference here, while referring to the J&K CM's proposal to counsel youths.
Asked about his party's stand on the issue, Shah said, "The team, after discussing the issue, will come to me and then we will take a decision," he said.
The worsening security situation in Kashmir was discussed at Srinagar yesterday at a high-level meeting where Mehbooba directed the forces to exercise restraint and advocat...|
|Bhatnagar new DG CRPF, Pachnanda DG ITBP|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 26(Agencies): Senior IPS officer Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar was appointed as the new Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Wednesday. His appointment comes two days after the CRPF lost 25 jawans in the deadly Sukma attack.
Bhatnagar will be replacing acting DG Sudeep Lakhtakia.
Currently, Bhatnagar serves as DG of the Narcotics Control Bureau - an ADG rank post which has temporarily been upgraded to a Special DG rank.
Bhatnagar belongs to the 1983 batch of the Indian Police Service (IPS).
In another key appointment, R K Pachnanda was appointed as DG of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). He'll be taking over from Krishna Chaudhary, who is set to retire in June this year.
Pachnanda is serving as DG of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)...|
|Why MPs didn't object to making Aadhaar mandatory for PAN: SC|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 26 (Agencies): The Supreme Court today put a poser as to why there was no objection from lawmakers on the government's decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for making PAN cards, a move which was given effect by the latest budget from July 1.
“542 persons are sitting in Parliament, why do they not object to it? If they are not objecting on it, why should we go into it,” a bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said.
When it was told that the Centre has earlier made a statement in the apex court that they would not make Aadhaar mandatory, the bench said, “They cannot be bound by it. It cannot preclude Parliament from enacting a statutory provision.”
The apex court was hearing three petitions challenging the constitutional validity of section 139AA of the Incom...|
|PCA Act: Govt nominates Enforcement Inspectors|
|JAMMU, Apr 26: The state government today nominated inspectors for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of Jammu and Kashmir Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act Samvat 1990 (1934 AD).
According to an official notification, SDM Bhawan SMVDSB, Tehsildar SMVDSB and Director Enforcement and Security SMVDSB have been appointed Inspectors for whole villages of Purana Daroor and Dhar Vaishno Devi.
Similarly, Enforcement Inspectors SMVDSB Banganga 3, Deputy Manager Banganga have been appointed as Inspectors for whole villages of Purana Daroor, while Enforcement Inspectors, SMVD Adhkuwari-3, Sanjichhat-1, Bhawan-2, Deputy Assistant Junior Manager Adhkuwari, Sanjichhat , Bhawan and Bairanghati have been appointed inspectors for whole village Dhar Vaishno Devi....|
|Pro-Pak slogans displayed|
|Official websites of 2 IITs, AMU, DU hacked|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 25 (Agencies) : The official websites of four premier educational institutions - Delhi University, Aligarh Muslim University, IIT Delhi and IIT BHU - were hacked today and "Pakistan Zindabad" slogans displayed on them.
The hacker group, which identified itself as "PHC", said, "nothing deleted or stolen. Just here to deliver my message to Indians."
"Greetings Government of India, and the people of India. Do you know what your so-called heroes (soldiers) are doing in Kashmir? Do you know they are killing many innocent people in Kashmir?" read the message displayed on the four websites.
“Do you know they have raped many girls? Do you know they still are raping girls in Kashmir? How would you feel if your brother, sister, father and mother gets killed? How would you feel if ...|
|Pulwama govt college staff meets CM|
|Apprises Mehbooba of April 15 incident facts|
|SRINAGAR, Apr 25: Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti today met with teaching staff of Pulwama government degree college to seek factual details of the April 15 incident that led to widespread student protests across Kashmir, reports a local news agency KNS..
“The staff and incharge principal today met chief minister at her residence and apprised her of the details and facts that led to the protests and clashes in the college,” sources told the news agency.
“The chief minister asked the teachers to resolve the academic and administrative issues of the students and regain their confidence by holding discussion and interactive sessions with them,” sources said.
Mehbooba has also assured the staff that actions will be taken against those persons who assaulted the students. She told them that sh...|
|Kohli seeks inquiry into Reasi incident|
|JAMMU, Apr 25: Minister for Animal Husbandry, Sheep and Fisheries Abdul Gani Kohli Tuesday directed the civil and police administration Reasi to inquire into the recent incident in the district and take action against the culprits.
Kohli said no such incident could be tolerated in a civilized society and that tough action would be taken against the culprits so that no such incident could take place in future.
He said the law enforcing agencies were there to check illegal transportation of bovines and nobody should be and could be allowed to take the law in his/her own hands.
The minister said the government would act tough against the elements trying to vitiate the atmosphere. He said the state government was custodian of the security of the people and every step would be taken to ens...|
|CM responsible for atrocities on Gujjars: Mian Altaf|
|Questions inaction of police, FIR against Gujjars|
|JAMMU, Apr 25: National Conference on Tuesday held Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti responsible for persecution and growing incidents of violence against Gujjars and Bakerwals in Jammu, saying that being incharge of the home ministry she failed in enforcing rule of law and reining in the coalition partner BJP, which had let loose its various wings to unleash scare among minorities.
“The organized attack on a hapless nomad family in Reasi should not be viewed in isolation, as it is part of an orchestrated campaign against the Gujjars which is manifested in uprooting them from the lands they have been inhabiting since decades,” senior National Conference leader and former minister Mian Altaf Ahmed said while addressing a press conference at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this afternoon.
|EC team defers J&K visit|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 25 (Agencies): An Election Commission team, slated to visit Jammu and Kashmir today for an on-the-spot assessment ahead of the Anantnag Lok Sabha by-poll, postponed its trip.
The team instead interacted with candidates, field election officers and civil and police officials concerned via video conferencing.
“The team postponed the visit due to a religious festival there. District administration and police officials would have come to Srinagar to interact with the Commission. It is better they stay in their areas due to festivities and the resultant law and order scenario,” said a senior official here.
According to the official, the team held detailed interaction with various stakeholders, including candidates, representatives of political parties and officials on various...|
|Suspension of internet is like living in ‘stone age’: Azad|
|DODA, Apr 25: Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad today said that suspension of the Internet services was no solution to the Kashmir issue. He said suspension of the Internet services in the Kashmir was like living in the ‘stone age’.
“Kashmir is one of the prominent tourist destinations and by snapping the Internet services, it seems like living in the ‘stone age’,’’ Azad told the media persons during his visit to Doda district.
The Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha also lashed out at the Centre and the PDP-BJP Government in the State for ‘mishandling’ the situation in Kashmir. “Both PDP-BJP and Centre are responsible for the prevailing Kashmir situation,’’ he asserted. He said that the solution to the Kashmir issue lied in talking to all the ...|
|CRPF without regular chief for nearly two months|
|NEW DELHI, Apr 24 (Agencies): The CRPF remains headless for almost two months now with the government yet to appoint its regular Director General (DG), even as the country's largest paramilitary force lost 38 personnel in line of duty in two major ambushes during the period.
Post K Durga Prasad's retirement as the last full-time chief of the Central Reserved Police Force (CRPF) on February 28, the Union Home Ministry had appointed Additional DG Sudeep Lakhtakia to hold the charge in "additional" capacity.
Notably, 12 CRPF personnel were killed in a Naxal ambush in Sukma in Chhattisgarh on March 11, while the force today suffered one its major casualties in the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) theatre after 25 jawans died in a repeat of the brazen Maoist assault.
While officials in the Home Mi...|