|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 Saturday night snowfall was witnessed along some higher reaches while rains lashed most parts of valley. Around 1 inch of snow was recorded in Gulmarg. There is prediction for more snow/rain across valley," spokesperson at met department said.
The met officials revealed that Kupwara received 8.7 mm of rain on Sunday.
The summer capital of Srinagar reco...|
|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 today.
While replying to media queries about the reactions of Congress leaders in general and that of former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad over army chief Gen Bipin Rawat’s statement on locals hampering counter insurgency operations in Valley, Dr Jitendra Singh said, “It is worrisome that so called mainstream political parties have also resorte...|
|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 other destinations in the country in coming days.
The chief minister welcomed the airline carrier hoping it would augur well for the coming tourist season in the State and also facilitate local people with more connectivity to other cities in the country.
The chief minister, it may be mentioned here, has been pressing for operation of more mornin...|
|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 projects being executed by the PWD in R&B, Health, Education and under Centrally Sponsored Schemes.
Akhtar said his aim would be to accelerate development in the State and bring transparency and public accessibility in the working of the PWD. “I will be looking forward to leading a team that believes in its capabilities so that developmental activitie...|
|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 this morning following fresh landslides, triggered by rain at several places on other side of the Jawahar tunnel.
However, he said the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway, has pressed into service sophisticated machines and men to put through the highway.
The BRO has cleared the landslides and a report wa...|
|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 Popular Works, Gariend, Budgam to Kuantum Paper Ltd, Shala Khurd Hoshiarpur, Punjab. However, on physical checking of the vehicle, it was found carrying 5 bags of Bhukki alongwith wooden chips. The vehicle alongwith wooden chips and contraband item (Bhukki) has been seized by the Police Station, Lakhanpur for further action under the NDPS Act.
|Traffic to ply from Jammu to Srinagar|
|JAMMU, Feb 18: Despite overnight rain and cloudy sky on the national highway, the only road linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, was through for one-way traffic only and vehicles will ply from Jammu to Srinagar today.
After rains at night, the sky is heavily cloudy since this morning, a traffic police official said.
However, he said, the highway was through for one-way traffic and as per schedule vehicles will ply from Jammu to Srinagar, he said, adding that no vehicle, including the Army and paramilitary forces, would be allowed from opposite direction.
He said hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying passengers and trucks laden with essentials, left different parts of the Jammu region early this morning for the Valley.
To avoid any accident and traffic jam ...|
|Army Chief visits injured CRPF CO |
|NEW DELHI, Feb 18 (Agencies): Army chief General Bipin Rawat today visited injured CRPF Commanding Officer Chetan Kumar Cheetah and enquired about his health at the AIIMS Trauma Centre here.
Cheetah had sustained grievous injuries in an encounter with militants in North Kashmir on February 14, following which he was airlifted to AIIMS, where he is battling for life.
General Rawat visited Cheetah in the afternoon and enquired about his health from the doctors attending on him, AIIMS sources said.
Yesterday, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju visited the Centre to enquire about the condition of the injured CRPF officer.
Cheetah, the Commanding Officer of CRPF’s 45th battalion deployed in Kashmir valley, had received gunshot wounds in his eye, hands, waist and pelvic region and suffered a fract...|
|Fresh snowfall in parts of HP, minimum temp in north rises|
|NEW DELHI, Feb 18 (Agencies): High altitude areas of Himachal Pradesh saw a fresh spell of snowfall today while intermittent rainfall lashed wide parts of Jammu and Kashmir even as minimum temperatures in the north continued to rise.
Delhi saw a warm day with the city recording a maximum temperature of 30.1 degrees Celsius, six notches above the season’s average while the minimum temperature settled at 14.4 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal.
The minimum temperature in Srinagar was recorded at 6.5 degrees Celsius against the normal 1.0 degrees Celsius during this time of the season. The city recorded 1.4 mm of rainfall during the night, a MeT spokesman said.
The famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir was the only recorded place in the valley where the night temperature ...|
|Pregnant woman’s death triggers protests; doc suspended in Rajouri|
|Attendants ransack hospital, FIR lodged|
|JAMMU, Feb 17: Following death of a pregnant woman due to purported non-availability of doctors and medical facility in District Hospital Rajouri this evening, angry relatives of the deceased ransacked hospital and held a strong protest demonstration.
The district administration has placed under suspension a doctor of the gynecology ward and ordered an inquiry into the matter. The report, it said, would be submitted in a week’s time.
The protesting people smashed window panes of the emergency ward and ransacked the Operation Theatre while the hospital staff fled from the spot to save themselves from the wrath of angry mob.
Even as police and district administration had reached the spot, the situation was stated to be tense with agitating people insisting for immediate suspension of the...|
|J&K number car tries to run over cops in Pathankot; search launched|
|CHANDIGARH, Feb 18 (Agencies): A search operation was today launched in Punjab’s Pathankot district after a car bearing the registration number of Jammu and Kashmir allegedly tried to run over police personnel on patrol duty.
The patrol party of the Pathankot police tried to stop the silver-coloured Maruti Alto K-10 at a check barrier in Sujanpur but the occupants tried to run over the cops, Pathankot SSP, Nilambari Jagdalay Vijay said. She said the occupants, believed to be 4-5 in number, escaped and the vehicle was found abandoned at Badrali village during the search operation. “We have registered an FIR against unknown accused under relevant provisions of the law,” Nilambari said. She said the police was questioning the locals of the area where the car was found. “Nothing suspicious ...|
|Peerbagh Murder case": Courts records arguments on charges|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 18: A Budgam court has started recording arguments on charges in in Peerbagh murder case in which the body of Owais Bashir Malik, a student was found near a railway track at Humhama in January last year.
Sources in the court said the defense lawyer argued that besides medical reports there were enough circumstantial evidence to prove that the police version against the accused is factually and legally incorrect.
The court has now listed the matter for further arguments on March 3. As the matter came up for hearing before Principal District and Session’s judge Budgam, advocate Mushtaq Ahmad Dar representing Ishaan Majeed the main accused in the matter has submitted that the medical board report (post mortem report) and other circumstantial evidence is contrary to what po...|
|Army chief’s warning is politically motivated: Azad|
|NEW DELHI, Feb 17: Alleging that the army chief’s warning against the people of Jammu and Kashmir is motivated by political interest; Congress Leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the center lacks initiative to solve the situation in Kashmir.
The Congress on Friday cornered the Centre over the lack of any initiative to solve the situation in Kashmir and alleged that Army Chief General Bipin Rawat's statement, which issued a warning against anti-national elements in Jammu and Kashmir, is motivated by political interests.
He said that the government should be blamed for the situation in Kashmir adding that it was not so bad during their regime. “In this regime 1000 kids were affected by splinters, 1200 kids lost their eyes," Azad told news agency.
He said that Army Chief General Bipin Rawat's...|
|Cong speaking in separatists' voice: Jatindra|
|NEW DELHI: Accusing the Congress of speaking in the voice of separatists and politicising the Army for "lowly political gains", the BJP today defended Army Chief Bipin Rawat's statement on tough action against locals hampering counter-militancy operations in Kashmir.
Union Minister Jitendra Singh, who hails from Jammu & Kashmir, attacked Congress leaders for criticising General Rawat's statement as he claimed that what the Army Chief said was not a warning but concern expressed by him over civilians' safety.
Addressing media, he asked Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to make his stand clear on the comments of his party colleagues.
"It is appalling and a matter of concern, worry that the Congress is falling to this temptation of politicising the army chief's statement... This party ...|
|Guv writes to CM; regrets failure on SVC’s reports|
|JAMMU, Feb 17: Governor N N Vohra in a letter to the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has noted with regret that for the past several years there has been continuing failure in timely action being taken on the reports furnished by the State Vigilance Commission (SVC).
He has also observed that no action has so far been taken on the recommendations made by the SVC regarding amendments to the provisions of the Vigilance Commission Act, 2011.
Governor has suggested an urgent review meeting at the Chief Minister’s level and directions being issued to all ministers and Administrative Secretaries to ensure that all reports/recommendations of SVC are dealt with without any delay whatsoever.
Vohra noted that the SVC was established with the essential objective of promoting honest functioning of ...|
|Pak cracks down after suicide blast, 100 militants killed|
|ISLAMABAD, Feb 17 (Agencies): More than 100 militants were killed in a sweeping crackdown launched by Pakistani security forces a day after a suicide attack claimed by the Islamic State left 81 dead at a crowded Sufi shrine.
Thursday’s attack at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sindh province was preceded by suicide attacks in Lahore and the northwest. The surge of violence that has claimed more than 100 lives in a week has shaken the confidence of Pakistanis after a recent improvement in the security situation.
The attacks also came at a time when Pakistan’s civil and military leadership had been congratulating itself for defeating terrorism across the country. Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa pledged to avenge the deaths and said there would be “no more restraint for anyone”.
|Eliminate terrorists with full force: Sharif|
|KARACHI, Feb 17 (Agencies): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today ordered the law enforcement agencies to eliminate terrorists with "full force" as the death toll rose to 88 in an Islamic State suicide bombing at a revered Sufi shrine in the Sindh province.
The bombing at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan took place yesterday when a large number of worshippers from different parts of the province had gathered there for the ritual of Sufi dance 'Dhamaal.
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
"The death toll has risen to 88. The attack also left 343 injured," Director General Health Services Sindh-Hyderabad said.
Prime Minister Sharif and Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa today visited Sehwan.
Sharif chaired a security meeting in Sehwan, whe...|
|Trump is danger for world peace: Bhim|
|JAMMU, Feb 17: Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (NPP) Chief Patron Prof Bhim Singh today appealed the permanent Members of the United Nations Security Council included USA, Great Britain, France, Russian Federation and Republic of China to take cognizance of the explosive situation that is being created by the Hitlerian slogans being raised by the newly elected President of the United States of America, Donald Trump from the White House.
Bhim Singh in his appeal to the Permanent Members of the Security Council urged the leadership in the said countries who happened to be Permanent Members in the Security Council to persuade American President, Donald Trump to use his war vocabulary with care and caution.
He said that Resolution 181 was a resolution supported by all the Permanen...|
|Delegation meets Guv|
|NC demands Delimitation Commission for Panchayats|
|Concerned over civilian casualties during CI operations|
|JAMMU, Feb 16: National Conference on Thursday vehemently opposed the ongoing arbitrary delimitation of Panchayats and forcefully reiterated its demand for constitution of an empowered Delimitation Commission, headed by a retired High Court Judge to reorganise Panchayats and Wards in Jammu and Kashmir in a time bound, fair and transparent manner.
“The current process being carried out by lower rung officials is sham and mockery of democracy,” a high level National Conference delegation told Governor N N Vohra at Raj Bhavan while presenting a memorandum.
Besides their concerns relating to the doubtful process being followed to delimit Wards and the Panchayats prior to the forthcoming elections, the delegation also expressed concern over civilian casualties during operations carried out ...|
|Gunmen loot Rs 3 lakh from bank in Shopian|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 16: Unidentified gunmen today looted Rs three lakh cash from the branch of a Jammu and Kashmir Bank at Turkawangum area in Shopian district.
Reports said three unidentified gunmen barged into the J&K Bank branch and before looting the cash, fired at least four rounds in the air, thus creating panic in the area and the Bank staff. The gunmen hurriedly picked up the cash from the counter and fled from the spot.
A police party that rushed to the spot shortly after the incident came under heavy stone-pelting attack. Confirming the incident SSP Tahir Saleem told media that police vehicles that rushed towards the spot of incident were attacked by youth.
He added that gun wielding gunmen entered into the bank, resorted to firing in air and looted Rs three lakhs. “We have calle...|
|Soldier kills self in Jammu|
|JAMMU, Feb 16: A soldier allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his service weapon in Maheshwar area Samba district Thursday.
Police said that Havaldar Krishan Singh Rathore of 24 Grenadiers shot himself in the neck with his INSAS rifle at Maheshwar area of Samba, this morning.
He shot himself while performing his duty at the Unit premises and died on the spot, police said.
Hearing gunshot sound, his colleague rushed to the spot and found him lying in pool of blood.
He was shifted to the hospital where he was pronounced as brought dead. The body after autopsy was handed over to the family members for last rites.
Inquest proceedings under section 174 CrPC has been initiated by the police.
Army ordered court of enquiry to ascertain the reason behind the provocation....|
|People advised to stay away from encounter sites|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 16: Authorities Thursday advised general public to stay away from counter-insurgency operation sites for their own safety.
District administrations of Srinagar, Budgam and Shopian advised people not to move towards or assemble near the places where encounters take place between security forces and militants to avoid loss and injuries to precious human lives.
Further, prohibitory restrictions have been imposed within the radius of three kilometers from the site of any counter-insurgency operation in the districts.
However the restrictions shall not apply to the movement of ambulances, medical, paramedical staff and government employees, the advisory said....|
|Locals under pressure from militants to help them flee: CRPF|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 16 (Agencies): CRPF today said locals were under pressure from militants to help them flee in certain areas in Kashmir which was harming the anti-terror operations.
CRPF Inspector General (Operations) Zulfiquar Hasan asserted that the forces have been acting with restraint in crowded areas to check any collateral damage and the residents should not succumb to the threats of the militants.
His remarks came a day after Army chief General Bipin Rawat warned those attacking security forces during anti- militancy operations in Kashmir of “tough action.”
“The casualties (of the security forces in recent operations) have taken place in crowded areas and the forces operate with restraint so that there is no collateral damage. But the crowds break the cordon and help the militants...|
|Police counselling ‘misguided’ youth in the valley: DGP|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 16 (Agencies): As part of its efforts to bring teenagers back into the national mainstream, Jammu and Kashmir police is counselling the “misguided” valley youth to prevent them from falling prey to anti-national propaganda.
“Going beyond its mandate of normal policing, J&K Police transforming hearts and minds by instilling national pride in the youth of the Valley,” Director General of Police S P Vaid said in a tweet.
The police has achieved some success as well in the recent time as a group of children who had participated in a parade held on Pakistan’s independence day later took part in the Republic Day parade this year in Shopian district of south Kashmir.
Vaid also posted a video which showed the children, dressed in Pakistan’s green-and-white and holding a Pakistan...|
|Fresh cases of pellet injuries in eyes in hospitals since Sunday|
|Several inflicted with serious damage|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 15: At least six fresh cases of pellet injuries in eyes have been reported at SMHS hospital here during past four days.
The doctors at SMHS revealed that the scale of injuries inflicted on victims has been serious in several cases.
The hospital authorities revealed that two injured patients were suffering from serious eye damage caused due to pellet firing on people.
The doctors at the Ophthalmology department of SMHS said that the injured patients were given primary treatment at the hospital and were still receiving medical attention at the ward.
"We have received around 6 fresh cases of eye injuries at the hospital since Sunday. The victims are being treated as per the scale of injuries inflicted. Two of the victims suffered serious eye damage due to pellets," Dr. Aadi...|