|PM to inaugurate Chenani-Nashri tunnel on April 2|
|Tunnel will reduce journey time by two hours: Gadkari|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 22: Much awaited India's longest road tunnel built on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, which will cut short the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by nearly 30 km will be dedicated to the people by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 2.
Union Minister of State in PMO, Jitendra Singh today said that the Prime Minister will inaugurate the Chenani-Nashri tunnel on Jammu and Srinagar highway on April 2.
He has said that Modi will also address a public rally after the dedication the tunnel project to the nation.
The work on the 9.2 km-long twin-tube tunnel, which is part of a 286-km-long four-lane project on the highway, started on May 23, 2011 in lower Himalayan mountain range, and cost Rs 3,720 crore, officials said.
It will reduce the travel time between the two st...|
|BOSE textbooks following all NCERT standards: Peer|
|JAMMU, Mar 22: The Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education (BOSE) Director Academician Dr Farooq Ahmad Peer has stated that the Board has reviewed and developed syllabi, courses of studies and textbooks from first primary to class 12th as per the guidelines and recommendations of National Curriculum Framework-2005 which is a seminal document on the National Education Policy so as to have uniformity in the education system throughout the country.
In a press statement, Peer, while reacting to debate over the adoption of J&K state BOSE textbooks, said the BOSE textbooks are age appropriate, following all NCERT standards in this regard. “The much discussed NCERT's national document in this regard is a learning indicator. This document gives us curricular expectations and competenc...|
|CET-2012 paper leak scam|
|Court to record statements of defence witnesses from March 23|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 22: A city court has listed Common Entrance Test (CET) paper leak scam case of 2012 for recording of defence witnesses tomorrow.
Sources in the court said that after concluding recording of the prosecution witnesses and arguments under Section 342 CrPC, the court has now listed the matter for defence witnesses from March 23.
Pertinently, the scam had led to the arrest of the then chairman of Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) Mushtaq Ahmad Pir.
On May 28, 2016 the court had reserved its order in a bail plea filed by Peer. On July 16, 2015, the Enforcement Directorate had filed charge-sheet in the court of principal district and session judge Srinagar against Peer, for his alleged role in selling CET question papers.
During its investigation it was found t...|
|Re-bidding for Rs 6,000 Zojila tunnel by Apr: Gadkari |
|NEW DELHI, Mar 22 (Agencies): The central government will reissue tenders for the strategic Zojila pass tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir by April and work on the Rs 6,000-Crore project will commence by August, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today.
The project aims at providing much-needed all-weather connectivity between Kashmir valley and Ladakh, which remains cut-off from rest of the world during winters due to heavy snowfall.
“We understand the plight of the people in Leh and Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir who face severe crisis during winters when they are cut off from the rest of India for six months. We are committed to undertaking the project and will issue tenders by April,” the Road, Transport and Highways Minister said here.
Zojila pass is situated at an altitude of 11,578-...|
|AK Koul appointed as Registrar Law NHRC|
|JAMMU, Mar 22 (JNF): Ashok Kumar Koul Ex-Registrar General of J&K High Court has been appointed as Registrar Law National Human Right Commission (NHRC).
He is first judicial officer of J&K State who appointed as Registrar National Human Right Commission.
Ashok Kumar Koul took over as Registrar Law in National Human Rights Commission of India New Delhi. NHRC is the watch dog of the human rights of the people. This is for the first time that any one from state of Jammu and Kashmir has got such an assignment in NHRC....|
|Batote-Kishtwar road opens for traffic|
|JAMMU, Mar 22: After seven days of disruption of traffic, Batote-Kishtwar National Highway was opened for traffic, today.
It is notable to mention here that Batote-Kishtwar road remain closed due to heavy landslide near Thathri since last four days and the people were facing lot of problems. The traffic has been cleared and traffic movement has been restored on this vital road. With the opening of road, the people of the area heaved a sigh of relief as they were facing huge shortage of essential commodities near Thathri.
Meanwhile, extensive clearance operations are underway on both ends of Mughal Road and the road is expected to be ready for traffic movement by April 15, subject to fair weather conditions.
Minister for Public Works Naeem Akhtar today laid thrust on early completion of...|
|Pak not to accept Indian violations of IWT|
|Asif rejects India proposal to discuss Rattle project|
|ISLAMABAD, Mar 21 (Agencies): On the first day of 113th meeting of Permanent Indus Commission between Pakistan and India held here on Monday Pakistani delegation was headed by Water Commissioner Mirza Asif Saeed while India’s Indus Water Commissioner P-K Saena led the Indian delegation.
The meeting discussed the design aspects of Pakal Dul, Lower Kalnai and Miyar hydroelectric plants, flood data supply by India and programme of tours of inspection and meetings by Pakistan and India to the sites of their interest in the Indus basin.
The Indus Water Commission was set up following the Indus Waters Treaty signed by the Pakistan and India in 1960 after the World Bank succeeded in getting them reach an agreement on a water-sharing formula.
The commission has to meet at least once every year...|
|Terrorism has no religion: Nirmal|
|JAMMU, Mar 21: Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh today said terrorism has no religion and the people involved in carrying out heinous crimes against humanity needed to be condemned by every section of the society.
The Deputy Chief Minister was speaking after inaugurating a relief camp organized by the Hind Samachar group of newspapers in association with the Lions Club Jammu at Maralia, Miran Sahab here today. Around 500 needy persons were handed-over relief items on the occasion.
“We should all collectively synergize our efforts to beat the forces preaching secessionism and give befitting reply to the anti-national forces,” he said and added that such elements were hell bent to create disturbances in the country and were trying hard to disturb the social fabric of the nation.
|Essential supplies vehicles leave for Srinagar|
|JAMMU, Mar 21: Hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying essentials besides passengers, left Jammu for Kashmir Tuesday morning as only one-way traffic will continue on the highway, linking the valley with the rest of the country.
Meanwhile, historic Mughal Road remained closed for the past three months though massive snow clearance operation was also going on. The national highway, linking the Ladakh region with Kashmir, also remained closed.
“Since only one-way traffic will continue till further orders, we have allowed traffic from Jammu to Srinagar today,” a traffic police official said.
No vehicle, including Army and other security forces, will be allowed from opposite direction to avoid any traffic jam or accident as road is still very narrow at some places due to landslides.
|Captain Tushar Mahajan|
|Udhampur Rly station to be named after Army officer|
|JAMMU, Mar 21 (Agencies): Udhampur Railway Station in Jammu and Kashmir is likely to be named after Captain Tushar Mahajan, an Indian Army officer who sacrificed his life fighting militants at Pampore in Pulwama district last year.
On Tuesday, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for PMO Dr Jitendra Singh told Captain Tushar Mahajan's parents that it has been discussed by the Central government. The parents of Captain Tushar Mahajan were in Delhi to receive Shaurya Chakra (posthumous) on behalf of their son.
"Most of the formalities required for the naming of the railway station have already been completed and the procedure has gone through different departments and ministries while the final call is to be taken by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs," Dr Singh said.
|Police pick up 5 men with Venezuelan notes, hand them over to ED|
|JAMMU, Mar 21: Police claimed to have picked up five youth with suspected Venezuelan currency amounting to Rs three lakh from a hotel in Jammu city and handed them over to Enforcement Directorate for probe into the matter.
During patrolling and checking, a party of Police Station City Jammu caught five persons, all residents of Baramulla district, from a hotel “Kwalti lodge” at Residency road in Jammu who stayed their last night, police officials said.
Thereafter, all the persons were questioned but they did not disclose the reason behind their visit, they said.
On searching them, police found currency of BancoCenteral de Venezuela amounting to Rs three lakh and one cheque of J&K Bank of Rs 3, 30, 000 from the possession of two of the five persons.
As the matter is related to foreign...|
|Ram Mandir issue: SC advises to settle dispute outside court|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 21 (Agencies): The Supreme Court on Tuesday said fresh attempts must be made by all parties concerned to find a solution to the Ayodhya temple dispute which is a “sensitive” and “sentimental matter.”
A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said that such religious issues can be solved through negotiations and offered to mediate to arrive at an amicable settlement.
“These are issues of religion and sentiments. These are issues where all the parties can sit together and arrive at a consensual decision to end the dispute. All of you may sit together and hold a cordial meeting,” the bench also comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul said.
The observations came after Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy mentioned the matter seeking urgent hearing of the...|
|India, Pak hold Indus Water Commission talks|
|ISLAMABAD, Mar 20(Agencies): Officials from India and Pakistan discussed problems relating to Indus Basin at the two-day Indus Water Commission meeting which began here today after a gap of nearly two years.
The 10-member Indian delegation led by Indus Water Commissioner P K Saxena held a close door meeting with the Pakistani side which was headed by Mirza Asif Saeed.
During the meeting, Pakistan was expected to highlight concerns about the three Indian hydro projects being built on the rivers flowing to Pakistan.
They are 1000 MW Pakul Dul on Chenab, 120 MW Miyar, located across Miyar Nalla which is a right bank main tributary of River Chenab, and the 43 MW Lower Kalnai hydro project on Lower Kalnai Nalla, a tributary of river Chenab.
Pakistan contends that the projects were violatin...|
|China warns India over invite to Dalai Lama to Buddhist meet|
|BEIJING, Mar 20 (Agencies): China on Monday warned India not to go against its "core concerns" to avoid "disruption" in bilateral ties after New Delhi invited the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to an international Buddhist seminar in Bihar.
"In recent days the Indian side, in total disregard of China's stern representation and strong opposition, insisted on inviting the 14th Dalai Lama to attend the international conference on Buddhism held by the Indian government," foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters here.
"China is strongly dissatisfied and firmly opposed to it," she said.
"We urge the Indian side to clearly see the anti-China splittist nature of the Dalai group and honour its commitment on Tibet and related questions, respect China's core concerns and avo...|
|Union cabinet clears 4 GST legislations|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 20: The cabinet today cleared four supporting Goods and Services Tax legislations, paving the way for their introduction in Parliament soon. The legislations were cleared at a Cabinet meeting in New Delhi. The supporting legislations -- the Compensation Law, the Central-GST (C-GST), Integrated-GST (I-GST) and Union Territory-GST (UT-GST) -- would be introduced as Money Bill.
Once approved by Parliament, the states would start taking their State-GST (S-GST) bill for discussion and passage in the respective state assemblies.
The GST Council, in its previous two meetings, had given approval to the four legislations as also the State-GST bill. While the S-GST has to be passed by each of the state legislative assemblies, the four other laws have to be approved by Parliament.
|AIP to stay away from LS polls|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 20: Awami Ittihad Party (AIP) headed by Engineer Rashid today said it would stay away from upcoming parliamentary by-elections.
Addressing a press conference here Rashid announced that party would not participate in upcoming parliamentary by-elections for Anantnag and Srinagar seats.
He said party strongly believed in democratic process and that the available forums including assembly and parliament were the best places to plead Kashmir cause, but the main political parties including National Conference and Congress not only disappointed Kashmiris but were also responsible in creating a situation where one would feel ashamed to seek votes, as these parties always tried to represent New Delhi in Kashmir rather representing Kashmir in New Delhi by acting like collaborators.
|Court dismisses stay order on bail plea of Masarat|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 20: Session Court Bandipora Monday dismissed the stay order on the bail order of incarcerated Hurriyat (G) leader and Muslim League Chairman Masarat Alam Bhat.
CJM Bandipora had issued bail to the jailed leader last month however state had challenged the same through a petition in the Session Court.
Sources said the court not only dismissed the petition but also retained the bail order issued by the CJM. Masarat is undergoing detention in district Court Baramulla in a case registered at police station Sumbal under FIR No 53/2015. The rejection of state petition has paved way of Masarat’s release.
Masarat is continuously behind bars since 2010 barring only forty days after he strongly spearheaded the then people’s uprising. On March 17, a Bandipora court extended judi...|
|'Children who are victims of conflict'|
|ICPS to provide rights minors are entitled to|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 20: The prolonged conflict in valley has victimised considerably a large chunk of children in one way or the other. While the young victims of conflict have been pushed to immense trouble and hardships, the recently constituted selection cum oversight committee is all set to form 'Integrated child Protection scheme ' which is likely to provide such victims with basic rights they are entitled to.
The members of the committee said the scheme would cover the children who were the victims of law weather from past or the previous year.
"The children who are the victims of conflict also fall under the category of 'Children in need of Care and Protection'. These may include children who have lost their parents due to conflict or children who have been left homeless because of t...|
|BOSE cancels Class 10 Hindi paper, re-exam on Mar 30|
|JAMMU, Mar 19: Due to alleged leakage of Hindi question paper of Class 10th, examination of which was held on March 17, the J&K Board of School Education has ordered cancellation and re-examination of the said paper.
The re-examination of Hindi subject shall be conducted on March 30, 2017 without any change in time and venue for the exam. The candidates, who had to take their practical examination on March 30, 2017, as per the already issued practical date sheet of Class 10th, shall now take their practical examination on April 2 (Sunday), instead of March 30.
“Due to unavoidable circumstances, examination of Hindi subject of Secondary School examination (Class 10th) Annual Session 2017, Regular (Summer Zone) JD, which was conducted on 17-03-2017, has been cancelled and re-examination...|
|Prosecuting officer held for accepting bribe in Rajouri|
|JAMMU, Mar 19: Vigilance sleuths Saturday night arrested a senior prosecuting officer for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 2,00,000 for helping an accused in a murder case in Rajouri district here.
Ajaz Ul Hassan, currently a senior prosecuting officer at Mendhar court in Poonch district, was arrested last night for helping an accused in a murder case in 2014, State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) Director Muneer Khan said.
He said that more arrests were likely as the investigation progressed. A case was registered by the SVO against the official, for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 2,00,000 from Moulvi Mushtaq Ahmed of Panaid village for not arraying him as an accused in a murder case in 2014, in which Ahmed's family members were also booked, Khan said.
During investigation it ...|
|Cops play a pivotal role in maintaining peace: Ganga|
|JAMMU, Mar 19: "Jammu and Kashmir Police has played a pivotal role in maintaining peace in the state".
This was stated by the BJP Minister for Industries and Commerce Chander Prakash Ganga in a prize distribution ceremony of the 6th State Level Marathon Run for Fun, organised by the state police under its Civic Action Programme, at Gulshan Ground here.
He said that police personnel have made supreme sacrifices to bring peace. He also appreciated the efforts of the state police for organising such activities in the state, benefitting the youth to channelise their energies in the field of sports. Ganga advised the youth to take part in sports activities for maintaining their physical and mental fitness....|
|Indian team leaves for Pak to participate in PIC meet|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 19 (Agencies): A 10-member Indian delegation today left for Pakistan to take part in the meeting of Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) beginning tomorrow in Islamabad.
The delegation comprises India’s Indus Water Commissioner P K Saxena, MEA officials and technical experts.
An official source said India is “always open” to discuss and resolve concerns Pakistan have over its projects under Indus Water Treaty (IWT) bilaterally.
The source, however, reiterated that there will be “no compromise” on India exploiting its due rights under the 57-year-old pact.
However, the agenda for the meeting, taking place nearly six months after India decided to suspend talks on the pact in the wake of the Uri terror attack by Pakistan-based outfits, is yet to be finalised.
Asked whether th...|
|Centre wary of J&K ‘madrasas’ linked to terror|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 19 (Agencies): The home ministry has sought a detailed report from the Jammu and Kashmir government on whether terror operative and hardliners, including members of the Hurriyat, were using religious places, especially madrasas, for radicalising youth and doing other subversive activities.
It is being suspected for some time now that separatists have managed to make inroads into madrasas in Kashmir valley, and are using this opportunity to radicalise young students.
It is also believed that terror groups are using the hardliners, like Hurriyat members and their overground workers (OGWs), to target religious places and madrasas.
The issue had come on the radar of Central security and intelligence agencies in the wake of unprecedented violence seen in the valley following ...|
|Don’t expect progress in vacuum, Basit tells India|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 19 (Agencies): Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit has said that Pakistan and India need to sit across the table to discuss core issues including the long-standing issue of Jammu Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek.
“We cannot expect progress in vacuum,” he opined in response to queries from the host of India Conclave 2017, a TV show by the India Today, telecast on Saturday. He urged the Indian government to create a conducive environment by restoring the spirit of cooperation, thus paving way for settlement of core issues.
“What I underline is that we need an overall conducive environment. When we are not talking to each other, when we are avoiding each other and when there is no environment of cooperation, then how you can expect to move forward,” he said. He s...|
|`Laws like AFSPA in place not for fun’|
| Onus on states to create situation for revocation: Madhav|
|JAMMU, Mar 18: BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav Saturday sought to put onus on the state(s) to create situation for revocation of Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) stating that it was not out of fun but for necessity such laws were in place in some states.
He was reacting to a query about the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s renewed pitch in a seminar in the union capital earlier this week for AFSPA revocation from some areas of J&K to see the impact.
“It is not out of fun that such laws are in place in some states. They are there, because there is some necessity for such laws there. AFSPA and laws like it have not been imposed for out of any fun. When the necessity for these laws will be brought to end by those state governments, wherever they are, whether in J&K or North ...|