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Expert Gp to study development deficit: FM
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JAMMU, Jan 17: Minister for Finance Dr Haseeb Drabu today announced constitution of an expert group to study the reasons for development deficit in the state’s hard areas and suggest measures for boosting infrastructure development in such neglected areas. “The government would also make development deficit in remote areas of the state, a part of the terms of reference of the proposed State Finance Commission so that a holistic view is taken on the issue and the allocation of resources is made accordingly,” the Finance Minister said while replying to the discussion on Budget 2018-19 in the upper house. He said there are many hard-to-reach areas in the state, extending from Kupwara to Kathua, which faced neglect over the years and need special attention and focussed development with addi...
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‘Over 77% population in J&K obtained Aadhar’
AYUSHI MALIK
JAMMU, Jan 17: The state government on Wednesday stated that 77.61 percent of 1.25 Cr population vis-à-vis 2011 census got their Aadhar cards generated and the remaining 22.39 percent population would be covered in months to come. In a written reply to NC MLA Devender Singh Raana, Minister Incharge Information Technology said that 97, 33,016 of people out of 1.25 crore have obtained their Aadhar cars with 329 enrolment centres operational in the state spread out in every district. He said there is 5.96% generation in 0-5 age group, 59.91% in 5-18 age group and 99.42 in 18 and above age group and the government would focus on targeting Aadhar enrolment of less than 18 years age group by establishing Aadhar enrolment centres in Anganwari Centers and Schools of the State. The Mission Dir...
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Kashmiris getting tired of militancy: Army chief
NEW DELHI, Jan 17 (Agencies): The people in Kashmir have realised that it is very difficult to secede from India and they are also getting tired of militancy, Army Chief Bipin Rawat said today. He laid emphasis on the campaign to bring back the radicalised youth into the mainstream. This will put an end to the menace of militancy in the state, Gen. Rawat said. "They have seen it for too long and they have realised (that) it hasn't given them what they had desired for. Let me tell you... with a country like India, to seek independence from a nation where we have strong armed forces, where we have a strong democracy, and a very strong government, you cannot secede from India. This is what the people have realised," he said. The Army chief was responding to a question on Facebook Live, po...
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B’deshi nabbed in Akhnoor
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JAMMU, Jan 17: The civilians on Wednesday caught a Bangladeshi national and handed over to the police in Akhnoor area here on outskirts. “Some locals noticed a suspicious movement of a man in the Akhnoor town and they enquired about his credentials,” police sources here said. They said that he was identified as Mohammad Moazzem, 42, and he was seen moving at village Jajyal, Garkhal of sector Akhnoor. “Civilians handed him over to the army from where he was shifted to the police station,” sources added. They said that a currency note of 100 US dollar, valid passport expiring in July 2018 and other documents were recovered from him....
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Landmines explode in Mendhar
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MENDHAR, Jan 17: Many landmines exploded along the Line of Control after devastating fire broke out in tehsil Mendhar of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. “The fire reportedly started from other side of border, which spread wildly close to the fence and shifted on this side of the border in Mendhar sector,” official sources here said. They said that the fire covered a larger area along the LoC in Mendhar sector, which put army personnel guarding forward posts on alert. “Due to jungle fire, many mines also exploded while the loud sound of explosions panicked the border dwellers,” they said. However, no loss of any life of damage to the property was reported in forest inferno....
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Details regarding Kawa’s arrest being collected: Govt
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JAMMU, Jan 17: The state government today informed the House that the details regarding arrest of Bilal Ahmad Kawa were being collected. Responding to a point raised by MLA Khanyar Ali Mohammed Sagar in the House, Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone (Hanjura) informed the House that Bilal Ahmad Kawa sonof late Ali Mohammed Kawa, resident of Qutubuddin Pora, Police Station M R Gunj, Ali Kadal, Jamalatta, Srinagar was arrested by Gujarat ATS and Special Cell Delhi Police at Terminal-3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport on January 10, 2018 at about 6 PM when he arrived from Srinagar by a Jet Airways flight (9W 638). He said, “Further details in this regard are being collected by the government.”...
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Don’t interfere in JKB affairs: FM
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JAMMU, Jan 16: Minister for Finance Dr Haseeb Drabu Tuesday while batting for complete autonomy of J&K Bank cautioned against “interference in its affairs and making it a subject of debate in the Legislative Assembly.” But in the same breath, he said, “We would look into the issues, if any, in the JK Bank and ensure that its functioning is made more transparent. However, it should not be a reason for getting the issue to the House for a debate because it has costs for the finance institution.” Responding to the concerns of the Legislators regarding J&K Bank functioning while replying to the debate on budget in the Lower House recalled, “Dr Farooq Abdullah took a considered position that it (J&K Bank) should not be discussed on the House. It’s a private bank and if it becomes a matter of...
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Haq Khan offers to resign
Cong MLA accuses minister of corrupt practices, stages walkout
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JAMMU, Jan 16: Minister for Rural Development Department Abdul Haq Khan today offered to resign after a Congress legislator from Banihal Vikar Rasool levelled allegations of corruption against him in the implementation of a centrally-sponsored scheme and resorting to malpractices in effecting transfers. The House also saw walkout by the Congress MLA on this issue alleging that he was not satisfied by the reply of minister. “I will resign from the ministry if the allegations of corruption leveled by MLA are proved right,” Khan said in the Legislative Assembly after Congress MLA from Banihal Vikar Rasool raised the issue of alleged malpractices in the MGNREGA scheme. Earlier the House witnessed exchange of heated arguments between Haq and Vikar Rasool during Question Hour when the latte...
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Mehbooba asks security forces to exercise restraint during searches
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JAMMU, Jan 16: Amidst return of cordon and search operation in the capital city of Srinagar after a gap of 17 years, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti asked the security agencies to exercise maximum restraint and strictly ensure the safety and security of people and their properties. Mehbooba was chairing the Unified Headquarters meeting in Jammu to review overall security scenario in the state including the situation along the borders. Addressing the meeting, Chief Minister stressed upon the security agencies to adopt a more humane approach while dealing with the situations. She advised the security agencies to exercise maximum restraint and strictly ensure safety and security of people and their properties. “The need of the hour is to engage meaningfully with the people, particularly you...
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Pak again violates ceasefire in Poonch
Captain of 15 MLI injured in shelling
Anubhav Misri
POONCH, Jan 16: With no let up in cease fire violation, Pakistan Army once again opened firing on areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Degwar and Karmara sector of Poonch district in which a house was damaged and a Captain of 15 MLI was injured. The Cross-LoC trade was also suspended due to exchange of heavy fire. Official sources said Last night at around 10.45 PM Pakistan army opened unprovoked firing towards Indian post in Degwar sector of Poonch District with heavy and medium weapons in which a Army captain Bangouria was injured. Sources said PAK troops opens unprovoked firing from their forward Posts Indian troops firstly restrained themselves from firing later they responded with equal calibre and the exchange of fire continued till 05.00 AM. Pak Army again open fire in the s...
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Terror-funding case
Delhi court begins Shabir, aide’s trial
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NEW DELHI, Jan 16: A Delhi Court on Tuesday began the trial of Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah and his close aide Muhammad Aslam Wani in connection with a money laundering case for alleged terror funding. The court also sought the Enforcement Directorate's response to the bail plea filed by Shah by February 22. Shah's wife also filed an application before the court and requested for proper security and medical facilities to her husband in Tihar jail. She also raised questions about the security and medical issues. The ED had, on September 23 last year, told the court that Shah admitted to receiving funds from Pakistan's terror outfits to spread terror in Jammu and Kashmir and others parts of the country. His close aide Wani also admitted to his complicity in the crime, the ED s...
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Rajnath hits out at Cong for taking issues outside India
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NEW DELHI, Jan 16: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday hit out at Congress, calling the grand old party’s act of taking the nation’s issues to other countries as an act of “immaturity” and said that’s why people are rejecting them. “By taking national issues to international forums, Congress leadership has shown its immaturity and people are repeatedly rejecting Congress in polls,” Rajnath Singh said while addressing the Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers at its national executive meeting in New Delhi. His comments were in response to Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s recent visit to Bahrain where he highlighted how job creation in India is at an eight-year low. While addressing the Indian diaspora in Bahrain, the Congress chief stated that the two threats facing India...
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Cross-LoC travel suspended as tension grips LoC
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JAMMU, Jan 15: The Cross-LoC travel between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-Administered Kashmir (PAK) has been suspended due to tension on the LoC following the killing of seven Pakistani soldiers in retaliatory action by the Indian Army in Poonch district today. "Cross-LoC travel has been suspended after Pakistan shelling and firing along the Line of Control (LoC) and the tension that followed," custodian of LoC Trade and Travel, Poonch, Mohammad Tanveer said. The Pakistani troops this morning violated ceasefire and resorted to shelling and firing along the LoC in Mendhar sector of Poonch district, forcing the Indian Army to retaliate. Seven Pakistani soldiers, including a Major, were killed and four others injured when the Army targeted their posts. Earlier, the cross-LoC travel an...
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PoK boy escapes from juvenile home
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JAMMU, Jan 15: A teenager, hailing from Paksitan-Administered Kashmir (PAK), escaped from a juvenile home in R S Pura sector here. Police said that Ashfaq Ali (16), a resident of the Bhimber area of PAK, was lodged at the juvenile home since May last year following his arrest from the Noushera area of Rajouri district. "The boy scaled the boundary wall in the early hours yesterday and fled," a police official said. A case has been registered and hunt launched to nab him, he said....
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Inquiry against ex-ASP Nowshera ordered
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JAMMU, Jan 15: The state government today issued orders for appointment of inquiry officer to conduct an enquiry into the charges framed against Ramesh Kumar Bhat, the then ASP, Nowshera. The Government Order No.62 -Home of 2018 Dated: 15 01.2018 reads as that in supersession of Government Order No 1626-Home of 2017 dated 13.11.2017 and in terms of Rule 33 of the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, Mubarak Ahmad Ganaie, IPS (JK: 1996), Inspector General of Police, Railways, J&K is hereby appointed as the Inquiry Officer to conduct an enquiry into the charges framed against Ramesh Kumar Bhat, the then ASP, Nowshera, presently posted as Additional Secretary, Technical, Secretariat of State Road Safety Council, J&K and served to him vide O.M NO.Home/...
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Nitish Kumar posted as director at centre
Ashkoor Wani to hold Additional Charge of IG Tech
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JAMMU, Jan 15: Govt issued orders for appointment of Nitish Kurnar: IPS (JK: 99), IGP Tech to the grade of Director in Class-I Executive Cadre of the Cabinet Secretariat at the centre, on deputation basis consequent upon appointment of Nitish Kumar, IPS (JK: 99), IGP Tech, to the grade of Director in Class-I Executive Cadre of the Cabinet Secretariat in Level 13 of Pay Matrix, at the centre, on deputation basis, and his relieving there upon. As per Government Order No.60-Home of 2018 dated 15.01.2018, it is hereby ordered that Ashkoor Ahmad Wani, IPS (JK: 99), IGP CIV PHQ, shall hold the charge of the post of IGP Tech also, in addition to his own duties, till further orders....
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Days after revolt, business as usual for CJI, 4 SC judges
Story is over now: BCI
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NEW DELHI, Jan 15: It was business back to normal on Monday in the first five courts presided by the Chief Justice of India and four senior judges who had publicly hurled accusations against the CJI on assignment of cases and other issues last week. On the first working day after the unprecedented presser on Friday, speculations were rife in the apex court corridors as to how the four judges and the CJI would move forward in resolving the crisis and take up respective judicial work. The press conference by Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph on January 12 was the single major controversy in the chequered 67-year old history of the Supreme Court. The CJI's courtroom saw lawyers, litigants and scribes rushing in to witness the court proceedings which...
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CM seeks Pak help to end bloodshed in J&K
Reminds it Musharraf’s promise to maintain peace along borders
Devender Sharma
REASI/TALWARA, Jan 14: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Sunday reminded Pakistan about the promise its former president Parvez Musharraf had made to former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee to maintain peace along the borders and sought its help in ending the bloodshed in the state. She also appealed to India to give up confrontation with Pakistan, saying it was the people of the state who were suffering due to the animosity between the two nations. “We have to restart the reconciliation process with Pakistan and India has a bigger role in the process in Jammu and Kashmir,” Mehbooba said, addressing the attestation- cum-passing out parade of 911 police recruits at the subsidiary police training centre in Talwara here. To evolve peaceful environment and bring versatile development in the state, ...
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Omar warns against divisive narrative
‘Need to protect secular co-existence’
JAMMU, Jan 14 (Agencies): Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday warned people against a divisive narrative and asserted that the future would be defined by efforts of the present generation to protect secular co-existence. In his message read out at a day-long seminar ‘Bridging the Divide’ organised here by the Epilogue magazine, Omar expressed concern over the “increasingly acrid and divisive narrative” that stands to question the fundamental rights of equality and the dignity of human life irrespective of caste, creed, region or religion, guaranteed by the Constitution. The Leader of the Opposition in J&K said that serious challenges were confronting not only the state but the nation at large. The future would be defined by the “sincere efforts and honest in...
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Twitter account of Indian envoy to UN hacked, restored
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 14 (Agencies): The Twitter account of Syed Akbaruddin was hacked early today, with the unperturbed Indian envoy to the UN asserting that it would take more than a hack to keep him down. The unidentified hackers, suspected to be based overseas, posted two pictures and a video, and changed the name of Akbaruddin’s twitter account from @AkbaruddinIndia to @AkbaruddinSyed. After the hack was noticed, Twitter briefly blocked the twitter handle of India’s permanent representative to the UN. The account was later restored by the micro-blogging site which also launched a probe. Akbaruddin thanked twitter and said that it would take more than a hack to keep him down. “I’m back. It will take more than a hack to keep me down. Thanks to Twitter India and many others who helpe...
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Pak: Gen Rawat's remarks an 'invitation for N-encounter'
ISLAMABAD, Jan 14 (Agencies): Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said that Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat’s remarks about Pakistan amount to “invitation for nuclear encounter,” said media report. Asif was reacting to Rawat’s Friday remark in which he said the army was ready to call Pakistan’s “nuclear bluff” and cross the border if the situation arose. “We will call the (nuclear) bluff of Pakistan. If we will have to really confront the Pakistanis, and a task is given to us, we are not going to say we cannot cross the border because they have nuclear weapons. We will have to call their nuclear bluff,” Rawat had said at a press conference on Wednesday as per India media reports. The reaction came after General Rawat had dismissed Islamabad’s assertions that its tact...
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RJ-D questions army chief’s media engagements
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NEW DELHI, Jan 14: Responding to Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat's remark on schools in Jammu and Kashmir instilling wrong information into students' mind, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Sunday questioned the Army Chief's extensive media engagements, adding that the Army "used to work silently and strongly." "Earlier, our Army used to work silently and strongly. There are times when nobody was even aware of the appearance of the Army Chief. Before this, I never saw any Army chief all over the media 24/7. I believe statements such as those made by the Army Chief should be avoided in public, as they cause severe anxiety," RJD leader Manoj Jha told Media On Friday, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said schools in Jammu and Kashmir are instilling wrong information into students' m...
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Turn historical cemetry at Ramgarh into tourist destination, China to India
RANCHI, Jan 14 (Agencies): The consul general from Chinese consulate in Kolkata MA Zhanwu has said China wants the historical cemetery in Ramgarh to be developed as a global tourist destination. As many as 667 Chinese soldiers who were a part of Allied forces during World War-11 were buried at the garrison town of Ramgarh in Jharkhand. A five-member team from the Chinese consulate in Kolkata led by MA Zhanwu visited the cemetery on Friday last and paid their tribute to the Chinese martyrs who fought against Japan during the war, official sources here said. Talking to administrative officials of Ramgarh, the Chinese consul general said that China has formally requested the state government to develop the historical cemetery as a tourist destination. He said China would co-operate with ...
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Army jawan dies in Pak firing in Rajouri
Tazeem Malik
RAJOURI, Jan 13: An army jawan was today killed in unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district, the army said. Lance Naik Yogesh Muralidhar Bhadane, 28, belonged to village Khalane, district Dhule, Maharashtra and is survived by his wife Punam Yogesh. “Pakistan army initiated unprovoked firing on Indian army posts in Sunderbani sector today. Indian army retaliated strongly and effectively. However, in the exchange of fire, Lance Naik Yogesh Muralidhar Bhadane, was grievously injured and succumbed to his injuries,” said defence spokesperson Col N N Joshi. “Lance Naik Yogesh Muralidhar Bhadane was a brave and sincere soldier. The nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” Col Joshi said. Bhada...
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Justice Kurian says ‘No need’ to BCI offer of mediation
7-member Council delegation to meet judges
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NEW DELHI, Jan 13 (Agencies): A day after Supreme Court’s four most senior judges mounted a virtual revolt against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, especially over the allocation of cases, the Bar Council of India on Saturday called for an immediate resolution in the judicial crisis, saying they are ready to offer help to solve the matter at the earliest. In the meanwhile Justice Kurian Joseph declined the mediation saying, “This is not an issue that requires mediation from outside. This is an internal issue of the institution and the institution will sort it out. A correction inside the institution is what is required.” Addressing reporters after an hour-long meet on the matter pertaining to the unprecedented presser held by four of the top five senior most judges of the apex court,...
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