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PM greets people on Milad-un-Nabi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday greeted people on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi and hoped that this day furthers compassion and brotherhood. Milad-un-Nabi marks the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad and it is observed in the month of Rabi al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar. Best wishes on Milad-un-Nabi. Hope this []

30 Oct 2020 9:26 am
BJP youth leader, two workers shot dead in Qazigund

Anantnag: Three Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers, one of them the general secretary of the partys youth wing in Kulgam district, were shot at and killed by militants in YK Pora area of Kulgam district on Thursday evening. The slain have been identified as Fida Hussain Tattoo, the youth wings general secretary, Haroon Rashid and []

30 Oct 2020 1:54 am
Wont let GoI loot J&K: Mehbooba

Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party president and former J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday accused the Modi government of wanting to plunder the land and resources of Jammu and Kashmir. She said that new land laws, domicile rules, and service conditions of government employees were all means to achieve this aim. Talking to reporters at []

30 Oct 2020 1:43 am
Disunity weakened us before Delhi: Omar

Says laanat on political leaders if they are still after chair Srinagar: Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said that disunity among the regions political parties in the past had made their voices weaker and New Delhis job easier. Speaking to party workers at the headquarters of the National Conference in Nawa-e-Subah complex []

30 Oct 2020 1:40 am
Decision enacted by force: Cong

New Delhi: The Congress accused the government on Wednesday of playing the politics of obstinacy as it opposed the amendments to land laws allowing outsiders to own land in Jammu and Kashmir and termed the move as undemocratic. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the move does not follow the elementary canons of participatory democracy as []

30 Oct 2020 1:35 am
Police foils PDP protest in Srinagar, several leaders detained

Srinagar: A protest march organised by PDP against the new J&K land laws on Thursday was prevented by police in Srinagar by detaining several leaders and workers. In the morning, the PDP leaders and workers assembled outside the party headquarters at Poloview to take out a march against the land laws which allows outsiders to []

30 Oct 2020 1:22 am
Two out of five Srinagar residents have antibodies, sero-survey shows

Srinagar: Over 40 per cent people living in Srinagar district have developed COVID-19 antibodies, claims a latest sero-prevalence survey conducted by a government hospital here, the results of which were questioned by the district administration citing small sample size of the study. The results of the study conducted by the Government Medical College Srinagar (GMC) []

30 Oct 2020 1:15 am
11 more die of Covid

Srinagar: The number of deaths of Covid-19 infected persons reached 1,466 in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday with 11 more fatalities reported in the evening. The number of persons detected with infection in the region crossed the 93k mark with 551 fresh cases reported. According to officials, seven deaths were reported from Kashmir and four []

30 Oct 2020 1:14 am
Barkati comes out of jail a quieter man, only says thanks to those who helped

Shopian: After four years in jail, Sarjan Barkati is a silent man now. The only words that come out of his mouth are praises for the people who helped in securing his release from imprisonment under the Public Safety Act (PSA). Barkati became a household name in Kashmir in the aftermath of Burhan Wanis killing []

30 Oct 2020 1:14 am
On Eid-e-Milaad (SAW), no night-long prayers at Hazratbal shrine

Srinagar: On the eve of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW), celebrations at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar remained low key as no night long prayers were held in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Hazratbal shrine which usually attracts thousands of devotees on the annual Urs of Eid-e-Milad (SAW) witnesses night-long prayers in reverence of the beloved Prophet Muhammad []

30 Oct 2020 1:13 am
NIA raids continue NGOs, trusts in Kashmir, Delhi

Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) carried out raids on nine more locations in Kashmir and Delhi Thursday. For the second consecutive day, various teams of the NIA under the supervision of an Inspector General along with a Deputy Inspector General carried out searches at nine locations, including the national capital where one NGO Charity []

30 Oct 2020 1:13 am
Constitutional guarantee of freedom and liberty is not meant to be abused: HC on drug abuse

Dismisses plea of drug peddlers seeking quashing of detention Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Thursday dismissed pleas of three drug peddlers seeking quashing of their preventive detention. Our society is facing serious consequences of drug abuse and it undermines socio-economic and political stability and sustainable development. Besides, it also distorts the health and fabric []

30 Oct 2020 1:12 am
Srinivas, Mohanty promoted to DGP rank

Srinagar: Two senior IPS officers of J&K cadre have been promoted to the rank of Director General of Police. An order issued by MHA said Dr B Srinivas (commandant general, Home Guards/ Civil Defence/ State Disaster Response Force) has been elevated to DGP rank. Similarly, Lalatendu Mohanty, who is on deputation, has also been promoted []

30 Oct 2020 1:12 am
Pattan: A history lesson

Pattan is a town in Baramulla district of Kashmir but it is also near the border of Budgam and Ganderbal districts. Pattan is one of the historical cities of Kashmir, right in the heart of the valley. This small town is located on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road and it is some 27 km north of Srinagar []

30 Oct 2020 1:06 am
45-year-old man mauled by bear in Anantnag village

Anantnag: A 45-year-old man was critically injured in a bear attack on Thursday morning at Khiram Srigufwara area of this south Kashmirs Anantnag district. An official identifying the injured as Bashir Ahmad Khan (45), a resident of village Khiram Kannard Gojir Basti said that the person, as per his family, was attacked by the []

29 Oct 2020 1:25 pm
Blaze leaves three families homeless in Sopore

Sopore: At least three families were rendered homeless after a devastating fire incident turned their residential houses into ashes Wednesday evening at Neharpora area of Sopore in north Kashmirs Baramulla district, officials said. The massive fire broke out in the double-storey residential house of Ghulam Nabi Shah and spread to nearby residential houses of []

29 Oct 2020 12:18 pm
Protest against new land laws prevented in Srinagar, PDP leaders detained

* Srinagar: Authorities on Thursday foiled the protest march of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the new land law and detained several leaders including the former Member of Legislative Council (MLC) Khurshid Aalam in Srinagar. According to the news agencyKashmir News Observer (KNO) Correspondent, the PDP leaders had organized a protest rally today from the []

29 Oct 2020 11:47 am
PDD daily wager electrocuted to death in Poonch

Poonch: A 50-year-old daily wager in PDD was electrocuted while repairing electric wire near transformer in Kalaban area of Mendhar on Thursday, officials said. They said that the daily wager, Mohammed Shabir, died on the spot. SHO Mendhar Manzoor Kohli confirmed the death and said that proceedings have been initiated in this regard. (GNS)

29 Oct 2020 11:45 am
NIA conducts fresh raid in Srinagar

Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday morning conducted fresh raids in Bagh- e- mehtab and Nowgam areas of Srinagar. Official sources said that NIA sleuths, accompanied by paramilitary CRPF and police, raided the house of Hurriyat activist Zaffar Akbar Bhat in Bagh-e-mehtab and Falah Aam Trust at Nowgam area of Srinagar district. []

29 Oct 2020 9:59 am
NIA raids NGOs, newspaper office in Kashmir

Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday carried out raids on 10 locations in the valley including offices of NGOs, residences of human rights defenders and journalists, and the premises of daily newspaper Greater Kashmir in Srinagar. Among the places where raids were conducted were the office and residence of human rights activist Khurram []

29 Oct 2020 3:56 am
No let-up in attack on Kashmir media: KEG on raid at GK

Srinagar: Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) expressed its concern over the pre-dawn NIA raids on Greater Kashmir (GK) premises in Srinagars Press enclave. The editors body in a statement said that the NIA stated five hours later that the raid was on GK trust but GK management said that the investigating agency checked the computers and []

29 Oct 2020 3:23 am
Protests in Jammu against new land laws in J&K

Jammu: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and National Panthers Party (NPP) on Wednesday staged separate protests here, demanding repeal of the new land laws which have paved the way for people from outside to buy land in Jammu and Kashmir. Led by General Secretary and former legislator Surinder Choudhary, PDP activists holding the tricolour as well []

29 Oct 2020 2:01 am
Congress opposes land laws

Srinagar: Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president Ghulam Ahmad Mir on Wednesday said his party rejects the new land laws notified by the Centre for Jammu and Kashmir. The new land law is another gift of BJP to the people of J&K. The Congress party rejects the new land laws and vows to fight for protection []

29 Oct 2020 1:58 am
Muslim majority region an eyesore to ruling dispensation: NC MPs

Srinagar: National Conference on Wednesday said the new land laws are aimed at further alienating people and curb their constitutional rights. NC Members of Parliament Muhammad Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masoodi said the incumbent ruling dispensation has defaulted on the assurances of Kashmiriyat, Jamhooriyat, and Insaniyat and the new notification is a case in point. []

29 Oct 2020 1:56 am
Rajnath lauds Armys handling of current security environment

New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday addressed top Army commanders and lauded the force for the way it is handling the current security environment, in a clear reference to the border standoff with China in Ladakh. The top Army commanders are carrying out a comprehensive review of Indias combat readiness along the Line []

29 Oct 2020 1:55 am
China says border standoff with India bilateral issue, criticises US Indo-Pacific strategy

Beijing: China on Wednesday said its border standoff with India in Ladakh is a bilateral issue, and asked the US to stop its Indo-Pacific strategy, terming it as an attempt to impose American hegemony in the region. The remarks by the Chinese Foreign Ministry came a day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured India []

29 Oct 2020 1:54 am
Two JeM militants killed in Mochuwa encounter

Srinagar: Two militants affiliated with Jaish-e-Mohammad were killed on Wednesday in a gunfight that broke out the previous night in Mochuwa area of Chadoora in Budgam. On Tuesday evening, government forces comprising Police, Armys 50 Rashtriya Rifles and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation on an input about presence of militants. When forces reached []

29 Oct 2020 1:52 am
2 Army soldiers injured in mine blast in Poonch

Jammu: Two Army personnel were injured in a mine blast along the Line of control (LoC) in Poonch district on Wednesday, official sources said. The two personnel stepped on an anti-personnel mine triggering a blast during patrolling along the LoC in the Balakote sector. They have been moved to a hospital for treatment, they said. []

29 Oct 2020 1:52 am
More than 80 percent of J&K govt schools dont have a computer

Srinagar: As per data compiled by the union Ministry of Education (MoE), only 17.16 percent government schools in Jammu and Kashmir have a functional computer facility. In Srinagar district, nearly 60 percent government schools lack a computer, even as the district has the highest percentage of schools that have the facility. As per the data, []

29 Oct 2020 1:51 am
Rates for Kashmiri apple shoot up to almost double of last years

Shopian: In a year of heavy losses inflicted by fungal diseases, hailstorm, and almost a 30 percent decline in production, Kashmiri apples are at last fetching market rates that are satisfactory for fruit growers and traders in south Kashmir. The demand for the apples is also good despite the Covid19 situation. According to fruit growers []

29 Oct 2020 1:50 am
536 fresh Covid cases in JK

Srinagar: The number of deaths of Covid-19 infected persons reached 1,455 in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday with four more fatalities reported in the evening. The number of persons detected with infection in the region crossed the 93k mark with 536 fresh cases reported. According to officials, one casualty was reported from Kashmir division and []

29 Oct 2020 1:50 am
Corruption deep rooted in society: CUK VC

Vigilance awareness week begins at varsity Ganderbal: Central University of Kashmir (CUK) Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir Wednesday said that corruption is deep rooted in every sector of our society, which needs to be checked and addressed immediately. Despite stringent laws and establishment of several government institutions to check the bribery and other []

29 Oct 2020 1:41 am
ANC condemns undemocratic behavior of govt

SRINAGAR: The BJP Govt s giving blanket permission for any citizen to buy land in J&K State is beyond the competence of the authority issuing such orders. Since abrogation of Article 370 and breakup of the State in to two UTs is under the consideration of the Supreme Court, any and all such actions taken []

29 Oct 2020 1:41 am
JKCSF anguished over amendments to JK land laws

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Civil Society Forum, is anguished over the government decision for the amendments made in JK land laws to allow people from outside the J&K to buy land there. JKCSF Chairman and former trade union leader Abdul Qayoom Wani in a statement vowed that people of J&K bore comprehensive domicile rights on []

29 Oct 2020 1:41 am
Police arrests seven gamblers, stake money seized

SRINAGAR: Acting tough against social crimes, Srinagar Police have arrested seven gamblers from a gambling site and seized stake money. A Police party from Police Station Rainawari raided a gambling site near Gondola following an input about gambling activities and apprehended seven gamblers. They have been identified as Basharat Hussain Sheikh resident of Miya Shah []

29 Oct 2020 1:38 am
Body of Sopore youth retrieved after a week from Jhelum

BARAMULLA: The body of class 8th student of Sopore who allegedly committed suicide after jumped into river Jhelum on has been retrieved . A police sources said that body of youth identified as Shahid Nazir Changal son of Nazir Ahmad Changal resident of Ahadbab crossing Sopore jumped into river Jhelum and committed suicide on October []

29 Oct 2020 1:38 am
DAPP School shall continue to function as usual: DSEK

SRINAGAR: Director School Education Kashmir Mohammad Younis Malik today resolved the long pending issue between a private school Devki Arya Putri Patshala (DAPP) and parents of children studying in the said private school. The Director said that the school shall continue to function as it was functioning in the past years and if need arises, []

29 Oct 2020 1:38 am
Police in Awantipota organizes cultural programme

SRINAGAR: In the memory of Police martyrs and to pay rich tributes to them, Awantipora Police Wednesday under the banner of Police Martyrs Memorial Sports Festival organized a cultural programme at Police Lines Awantipora. Various singers, artists, cultural troupes, dancers etc participated in the cultural programme. At the outset of the programme, one minute silence []

29 Oct 2020 1:37 am
Over 2 million virus cases in just 1 week: WHO

LONDON: The World Health Organisation said countries globally reported more than 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases last week the shortest time ever for such an exponential increase since the pandemic began. In a weekly analysis of COVID-19, WHO said for the second consecutive week, the European region accounted for the biggest proportion of new []

29 Oct 2020 1:37 am
LG inaugurates JK International Arbitration Centre; launches JKIAC website

SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha Wednesday inaugurated the much awaited Jammu and Kashmir International Arbitration Centre (JKIAC). The occasion also marked the launch of the website of J&K International Arbitration Centre. The Lt Governor, during his address, observed that the establishment of International Arbitration Centre in Jammu and Kashmir in the time of Liberal Economy []

29 Oct 2020 1:35 am
Navin inaugurates administrative block of Agriculture Dept at Lalmandi

Employees being provided healthier working atmosphere SRINAGAR: Principal Secretary Agriculture Production & Farmers Welfare Department Navin Kumar Choudhary (IAS) today inaugurated Administrative Block of Agriculture Department at Lalmandi. Principal Secretary during the occasion said Government is all set to provide the basic facilities and good working environment to the employees. He said with a new []

29 Oct 2020 1:34 am
Parsas opens 18th outlet in Baramulla.

SRINAGAR: Parsas, valleys fastest growing and award winning food chain opened its eighteenth outlet today at Baramulla. The outlet was inaugurated in presence of all the Franchisee Owners of brand Parsas. While the outlet is located in the heart of Baramulla town, nothing stopped hundreds of people from thronging for the opening of the much-loved []

29 Oct 2020 1:34 am
Governments 5 % interest subvention a game-changer: JK Bank CMD

More than 2 lac J&K Bank borrowers to benefit from it Srinagar: Hailing the J&K government, under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, for its timely intervention through an economic package for the business community of the Union Territory, J&K Bank Chairman and Managing Director R K Chhibber asserted that the bank will ensure []

29 Oct 2020 1:34 am
KTA for extension of amnesty scheme for pending sales tax arrears

SRINAGAR: President Kashmir Trade Alliance Ajaz Shahdhar demands payment of assessed tax by virtue of amnesty scheme in installments and extension thereof. It is reiterated that scope of amnesty be extended upto ending March 2021 besides strong recommendations be made to GST council for extension of date of filing of GSTR 3B upto ending March []

29 Oct 2020 1:34 am
Pawar blames Centres policies for soaring onion prices

Mumbai: NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday blamed the central governments policies for the spiralling prices of onion and said he would speak to the Centre about the stock limit imposed on the commodity traders. Traders kept off the onion auction in most of the Agriculture Produce Market Committees in Maharashtras Nashik district, including at []

29 Oct 2020 1:33 am
Pampore youth injured in road accident succumbs

PAMPORE: A 24-year-old youth, who was seriously injured in a road accident on Wednesday afternoon at Andrusoo village of Pampore in south Kashmirs Pulwama district, succumbed to his injuries on way to Srinagar hospital. The deceased was identified as Ubaid Ahmad Bhat (24) son of Nazir Ahmad , resident of Andrusoo Pampore, SHO Khrew Zahoor []

28 Oct 2020 5:39 pm
J&K govt appoints 2 Media Consultants To LG, To Get Rs 2,30,000 cumulative salary, perks

Srinagar: The J&K government on Wednesday appointed Yatish Yadav as senior media consultant and Dr. Dushyant Kumar Rai as media consultant in the Information Department on nomination basis. The senior media consultant will be paid Rs 1,50,000 salary per month while the media consultant will draw salary of Rs 80,000 per months, according to an []

28 Oct 2020 4:58 pm
Youth seriously injured in Pampore mishap

PAMPORE: A youth was seriously injured after his Alto car vehicle hit a tree near Andrusoo village of Pampore in south Kashmirs Pulwama district on Wednesday afternoon. The injured boy has been identified as Ubaid Ahmad Bhat (24) , son of Nazir Ahmad , resident of Andrusoo Pampore, officials told Kashmir Reader. They said []

28 Oct 2020 4:08 pm
Eight militants surrendered at encounter sites this year, 5 in October alone: IGP Vijay Kumar

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir police on Wednesday said that eight militants surrendered in live encounters across Kashmir this year of which five surrenders took place in the month of October alone. Talking to reporters in Srinagar, Kashmir range Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar termed it as a welcome development. He reiterated his []

28 Oct 2020 3:25 pm
Arms and ammunition recovered in Poonch

Poonch: Police and army recovered an AK-56 rifle, its three magazines and 793 rounds besides a pistol with a magazine at Kalaban area in Mendher area of the Poonch district, officials said on Wednesday. Based on specific input by police a joint cordon and search operation was launched by police and armys 37 RR []

28 Oct 2020 2:41 pm