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29 Mar 2017

J&K MLA detained while trying to march toward Mehbooba's residence

29 Mar 2017 | 4:15 PM

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir police on Wednesday detained independent MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid when he and some supporters held a march toward Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti''s residence to protest killing of three youngsters in Tuesday’s clashes with security forces after an encounter in Budgam district.

Additional forces deployed in Kashmir after deadly clashes

29 Mar 2017 | 11:37 AM

SRINAGAR: Extra forces were deployed the Kashmir Valley, where normal life was disrupted due to a strike called by separatists to protest the killing of civilians during a clash.

Clashes near encounter; 3 die

29 Mar 2017 | 1:51 AM

SRINAGAR:Three youths were today killed and more than 24 injured when the security forces opened fire on protesters in Budgam district. Even as an encounter was underway, a large number of youths from surrounding areas marched towards the encounter site to help a Hizbul militant holed up inside a three-storey house in Durbugh Chadoora.

Now, a grenade with spicy jelly to tackle protests

29 Mar 2017 | 1:24 AM

NEW DELHI: A grenade packed with spicy jelly, which causes irritation in the eyes on exploding, is likely to be included in the weaponry of security forces in Kashmir so as to quell violent protests.

LC polls: It’s coalition vs NC-Cong combine

29 Mar 2017 | 1:24 AM

JAMMU: With different political parties officially announcing candidates, decks have been cleared for the April 17 elections for the six seats of the Legislative Council.

‘Navreh’ celebrations in Valley

29 Mar 2017 | 1:24 AM

SRINAGAR: The Navratra festival, called ‘Navreh’ by the Kashmiri Pandits, began today with prayers and fasting.

Devotees throng Bawe, Chichi Devi temples

29 Mar 2017 | 1:24 AM

Thousands of devotees today thronged the historic Bawe temple and Chichi Devi temple in Samba district on the first day of Navratra.

Chenani-Nashri tunnel all set for inauguration

29 Mar 2017 | 1:24 AM

CHENANI: The travellers on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway will soon heave a big sigh of relief as the longest tunnel of the country is all set to be dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday.

Transporters suspend strike after assurance by govt

29 Mar 2017 | 1:24 AM

JAMMU: In a major relief to the common man, transporters today suspended their indefinite state-wide strike following an “assurance” of the state government regarding revision of passenger fare and fulfilling all major demands by April 15.

Budgam killings: Separatists call for shutdown

29 Mar 2017 | 1:24 AM

SRINAGAR: Warning of “serious consequences” if the government forces continued to “target” civilians with bullets, Kashmiri separatist leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Geelani and Yasin Malik have called for a complete shutdown tomorrow against the killing of three civilians near an encounter site in the Chadoora area of Budgam district in central Kashmir

On poll trail, Mir lashes out at ‘opportunist’ PDP

29 Mar 2017 | 1:24 AM

SRINAGAR: The Congress today continued its campaign for the bypoll to the Anantnag parliamentary constituency by urging people to vote against the ‘communal forces’ in the state.

Ahead of summer, Rajouri areas stare at water crisis

29 Mar 2017 | 1:24 AM

RAJOURI: Summer is yet to arrive, but many areas in Rajouri district are already staring at an imminent water crisis and people have to cover between 5 and 8 km daily to fetch drinking water.

Woman’s death: Kin allege negligence by hospital

29 Mar 2017 | 1:24 AM

RAJOURI: Family member and locals held a protest and blocked the Rajouri-Thanamandi road near District Hospital, Rajouri, this afternoon after a woman died due to the alleged negligence of doctors at the hospital.

Opt for course-correction in anti-militancy operations: JKDPN

29 Mar 2017 | 1:24 AM

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Party (Nationalist) president Ghulam Hassan Mir today cautioned the government against “intolerable level of collateral damage” in the anti-militancy operations in the Valley.

Gunfight videos besiege social media

29 Mar 2017 | 1:24 AM

SRINAGAR: Frames moved frantically.

Stone-throwers pay no heed to warnings

29 Mar 2017 | 1:24 AM

SRINAGAR: Ignoring the Army Chief’s warning and the state government advisories, hundreds of youths from various districts today assembled at the encounter site in Chadoora town of Budgam district.

Shun violence, talks only way out: CM

29 Mar 2017 | 1:24 AM

ANANTNAG: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said the people of Kashmir would have to understand that violence was not an answer to anything and dialogue was the way forward.

Improper digging hampers Ranbir Canal desilting

29 Mar 2017 | 1:24 AM

JAMMU: The ongoing silt-clearance project undertaken by the Irrigation and Flood Control Department in Ranbir Canal seems to be a mere formality as the digging work at many places in the canal to lift garbage and silt is not being done properly.

Katra DPS holds graduation ceremony

29 Mar 2017 | 1:24 AM

JAMMU: Delhi Public School (DPS), Katra, today organised a graduation ceremony for its students on the school premises here.

Idea launches 4G services

29 Mar 2017 | 1:24 AM

JAMMU: With an aim to provide real-time experience of high-speed Internet network in the state, Idea Cellular today launched its 4G services in Jammu.

Trade fair begins at Gole Market

29 Mar 2017 | 1:24 AM

JAMMU: Minister for Public Health Engineering (PHE), Irrigation and Flood Control Sham Choudhary inaugurated a trade fair and children amusement rides at Gole Market in Gandhi Nagar here today.

Governor inaugurates police post, cultural fest at Kakryal

29 Mar 2017 | 1:24 AM

JAMMU: Governor NN Vohra, Chairman of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, today inaugurated the newly constructed police post at Kakryal.

Water crisis to deepen as demand-supply gap widens

29 Mar 2017 | 1:24 AM

JAMMU: Although the state has abundant water resources, but the gap between demand and reliable supply of water is widening with each passing year with the state entering a period of chronic water shortage.

28 Mar 2017

Now a grenade with spicy jelly to tackle protests in J&K

28 Mar 2017 | 9:14 PM

NEW DELHI:A grenade packed with spicy jelly, which causes irritation in the eyes on exploding, is likely to be included in the weaponry of security forces in Kashmir for quelling violent protests but pellet guns will stay.

Budgam encounter: Militant gunned down, 3 civilians killed in clashes

28 Mar 2017 | 10:04 AM

SRINAGAR: A militant and three civilians were killed while several people injured in an ongoing gunfight and clashes that sparked in central Kashmir’s Budgam on Tuesday. As the gunfight was underway, a large number of protesters tried to march towards the gunfight site to help the holed-up militants to escape.

Silt-clearance project creates traffic chaos, residents suffer

28 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU:The Railway Station-Trikuta Nagar route in the winter capital is witnessing traffic chaos due to heaps of garbage and silt lying on roadsides due to the ongoing silt-clearance project of Ranbir Canal undertaken by the Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) Department.

Navratras: Shrine board makes arrangements for pilgrims

28 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

KATRA:Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has made elaborate arrangements for the large number of pilgrims who are likely to visit the holy cave shrine during the Navratras.

PDP working towards enhancing peace: CM

28 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

SRINAGAR:Peoples Democratic Party president and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today reiterated that since its inception the party had provided an alternative narrative in Jammu and Kashmir and helped in enhancing peace constituency in the state and the subcontinent.

Hospitals yet to introduce triple-leaf OPD tickets

28 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

The hospital authorities in Jammu and Kashmir are reluctant to introduce triple-leaf OPD tickets for prescription of drugs, particularly available in health institutions under the Free Drug Policy (FDP), drawing attention towards the deeply rooted doctors-pharma companies drug nexus.

GMC starts survey on iodine deficiency in schools

28 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

SRINAGAR: To see the prevalence of the iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) among children in Kashmir, Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar, has started a survey covering four districts of Kashmir.

Is Imran Ansari still a minister?

28 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: Minister for Sports and Information Technology Imran Ansari, who resigned on February 17 in protest against the denial of a “good portfolio” to him, has not attended his office for over a month now.

Treasury payments being delayed, payees cry foul

28 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: With the closing of financial year round the corner, treasury payments are getting delayed and bills worth crores are pending with the treasuries.

World Theatre Day celebrated

28 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

SRINAGAR: The J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages (JKAACL) celebrated World Theatre Day at Tagore Hall here today.

Violence hits poll campaign in south Kashmir

28 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

SRINAGAR: A day after the killing of two local militants and an attack on the ancestral house of a J&K minister in poll-bound south Kashmir, the already low-key election campaigning today took a hit as many election meetings were cancelled due to the volatile situation in the region.

Drug menace alarming in Rajouri

28 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

RAJOURI: Drug addiction has reached an alarming stage in Rajouri district, especially in the city and its vicinity, including Thanamandi, Kotranka, Darhal and Manjakot tehsils.

Man killed in house collapse in Doda

28 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

DODA: A middle-aged man was killed and his wife received minor injuries when their house collapsed in mountainous Bhalla village of Doda district today.

Council polls: BJP clears two names

28 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: Clearing the air over BJP nominees for the Legislative Council elections, the party today finalised the names of two candidates — one for Jammu and the other for Poonch.

Look for alternative to pellet guns: SC

28 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to look for an alternative to pellet guns in Jammu and Kashmir where hundreds of youngsters have suffered serious injuries during various protests since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani in July last year.

Militants target minister’s house, snatch 4 rifles; two cops injured

28 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

ANANTNAG: Two policemen were injured, one of them critically, after militants attacked a police post guarding Peoples Democratic Party leader and Minister of State for Haj and Auqaf Farooq Andrabi’s ancestral house in the Dooru area of Anantnag, some 77 km south of the summer capital.

All nominations found valid in Anantnag

28 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

SRINAGAR: The nominations of candidates, who have filed their papers for the Anantnag parliamentary constituency, were found valid during scrutiny at Anantnag today.

Early spring: Tulip Garden opens to public

28 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

SRINAGAR: The Tulip Garden in the foothills of the Zabarwan range threw open its doors to the public today ahead of schedule following an improvement in weather conditions and demand of tourists.

Rifle snatching: Main suspect eludes cops

28 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: Two days after the rifle-snatching incident, the main suspect, Amir, is still at large and police are under tremendous pressure to nab him.

Kargil war porters seek ‘promised’ govt jobs

28 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: Around 1,100 porters — 500 from Jammu, Samba and Udhampur and 600 from Pathankot and Himachal Pradesh — who were hired by the Army to port ammunition, food and medicines in Ladakh region during the 1999 Kargil war are still unemployed despite being promised jobs after the war.

Jammu boy makes it to Dehradun military college

28 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: A local boy has brought laurels to the state by securing admission in the Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), Dehradun, in January-2017 term.

Traders given tips on GST implementation

28 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: An awareness-cum-training programme on the implementation of the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) was conducted by the Bari Brahmana Industries Association (BBIA) in collaboration with the Commercial Tax Department at BBIA Bhawan today.

Pandits organise ‘Navreh Milan’

28 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: Criticising the Central government over its ‘failure’ to resolve the grievances of displaced Pandits, the All-India Kashmiri Pandit Conference (AIKPC) today urged the community to remain united and fight for their rights.

Panun Kashmir hails UK resolution on Gilgit-Baltistan

28 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: Panun Kashmir, a frontal organisation of displaced Pandits, has welcomed the resolution passed by the UK Parliament condemning the efforts of Pakistan to include the territory of Gilgit and Baltistan as its fifth province.

Loopholes in NDPS Act allows drug peddlers to go scot-free

28 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

JAMMU: Loopholes in the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985, which enable drug mafia to go scot-free even after being arrested by the police, is becoming a cause of concern to deal with the drug menace.

Drabu inaugurates state credit seminar

28 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

Jammu: Dr Haseeb A Drabu, Minister for Finance, on Monday inaugurated a state credit seminar organised by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development.

27 Mar 2017

Suspected HM militants plotting to disrupt bypolls arrested in Kulgam: Police

27 Mar 2017 | 6:07 PM

SRINAGAR: Police on Monday claimed to have busted a module of the Hizbul Mujahideen by arresting seven suspected militants in Kashmir who were allegedly tasked to disrupt the upcoming Lok Sabha bypolls.

Fire breaks out in Srinagar’s Chinar Bagh area

27 Mar 2017 | 12:04 PM

SRINAGAR: A massive fire broke out in Chinar Bagh area of the city on Monday. Several fire tenders are at the spot to bring the blaze under control.

Official event given political colour

27 Mar 2017 | 12:34 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Southeast Asia’s longest road tunnel between Chenani and Nashri on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway on April 2.

Govt neglecting Buddhist heritage

27 Mar 2017 | 12:34 AM

JAMMU: Considered as one of the important archaeological finds in Jammu and Kashmir related to the Buddhist period in north India, Ambran in Akhnoor sub-division continues to remain neglected even 17 years after its discovery.

26,835 new TB patients registered since 2011

27 Mar 2017 | 12:34 AM

SRINAGAR: Nearly 3 lakh suspected tuberculosis (TB) patients have been examined by doctors in Kashmir in the past six years, revealing enormity of the disease ignored by the government for long.

Treat us on par with migrant Pandits, says Hindu body

27 Mar 2017 | 12:34 AM

SRINAGAR: Non-migrant Kashmiri Pandits today urged the government to grant them all benefits given to the migrants outside the Valley.

Press Club seeks pension for scribes

27 Mar 2017 | 12:34 AM

JAMMU: Taking initiative for the cause of working and accredited journalists, the Press Club of Jammu has sought pension for the journalists of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and in this connection written a letter to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

Wait and watch mood in Srinagar ahead of bypoll

27 Mar 2017 | 12:34 AM

SRINAGAR: Once again, Srinagar is bracing for the battle of the ballot.

CM: Srinagar our heart, its development govt priority

27 Mar 2017 | 12:34 AM

SRINAGAR: Terming Srinagar as the heart of Kashmir Valley, PDP president and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said the city had remained and would continue to be the focus of her party’s developmental agenda for the state.

12 persons rounded up ahead of Modi’s rally

27 Mar 2017 | 12:34 AM

UDHAMPUR: Security forces have rounded up 12 ‘suspects’ to ensure foolproof security for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Udhampur on April 2.

Militants abduct jail official’s son, nephew, set vehicle ablaze

27 Mar 2017 | 12:34 AM

SRINAGAR: Militants ransacked the house of a police officer in central Kashmir’s Budgam district and drove off with his son and nephew in a relative’s car before freeing the youngsters and torching the vehicle.

3 youths snatch AK-47 from cop

27 Mar 2017 | 12:34 AM

JAMMU: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir on April 2, three youths snatched an AK-47 rifle from a policeman near the Masjid-Mandir point on the Tawi bridge in the Jewel area of Jammu on Saturday night, keeping the entire police force on tenterhooks.

Westminster attack, some lessons

27 Mar 2017 | 12:34 AM

It is naïve to believe that the terror attack at Westminster, London, on March 22 was a typical one.

Pulwama ambush: Two militants killed in attack on police officers

27 Mar 2017 | 12:34 AM

SRINAGAR: Two local militants of the Hizbul Mujahideen were killed in a brief gunfight when they ambushed a cavalcade of senior police officers in poll-bound south Kashmir this afternoon.

Seminar held on police conduct

27 Mar 2017 | 12:34 AM

JAMMU: Principal Police Technical Training Institute (PTTI), Vijaypur, organised a seminar on police conduct, departmental inquiries and leave rules on the premises in Samba district today.

Tourneys by unrecognised sports associations go unchecked

27 Mar 2017 | 12:34 AM

JAMMU: There is no check on the holding of coaching camps/tournaments by associations which are not recognised by the J&K State Sports Council.

Jammu-Chandigarh flight begins

27 Mar 2017 | 12:34 AM

JAMMU: A direct flight from Jammu to Chandigarh was introduced today.

Forum alleges bias against people of Jammu

27 Mar 2017 | 12:34 AM

JAMMU: The National Secular Forum (NSF) today criticised the PDP-BJP coalition government for allegedly giving step-motherly treatment to the people of Jammu.

Sikhs protest against ‘desecration’ at gurdwara

27 Mar 2017 | 12:34 AM

JAMMU: Sikhs today protested against an alleged sacrilegious act inside a gurdwara in Kashmir and demanded a proper investigation into the incident.

Civic body makes little effort to control stray dog population

27 Mar 2017 | 12:34 AM

JAMMU: Despite the Supreme Court guidelines to all the Municipal Corporations to control the stray dog population, the Jammu Municipal Corporation seems to be lagging behind in the sterilisation and vaccination of the stray dogs.

26 Mar 2017

2 militants killed while trying to ambush police officers in south Kashmir

26 Mar 2017 | 4:36 PM

SRINAGAR: Two militants were killed in a brief gunfight in poll-bound Pulwama district in south Kashmir on Sunday afternoon. The encounter broke out when the Pulwama SP, his deputy and another SP-rank officer were on way to Awantipore to attend a meeting.