Don’t touch innocents, don’t spare culprits: LG tells security forces

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today laid floral wreath at the Martyrs’ Memorial at Armed Police Complex Zewan on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day-2020. In a stern message, the Lt. Governor asked the Police and Security Forces to go all out in neutralising the the anti-national elements. “Don’t touch the innocents and don’t spare the culprits,” he said. “Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor paid rich tributes to the Police and other Security Forces who made supreme sacrifices to uphold the integrity and sovereignty of the Nation,” an official…

Cabinet approves procurement of Kashmir apple under MIS

The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the extension of a scheme under which cooperative NAFED will procure 12 lakh tonne apples in Jammu and Kashmir during the current 2020-21 season. National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED) has also been allowed to use the government guarantee of Rs 2,500 crore for this operation. The losses, if any, will be shared between the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir government on a 50:50 basis. A decision in this regard was taken in the Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The Union Cabinet…

Retrieve encroached land in Gulmarg: HC directs Govt

Underscoring that disposals of public property can be only by transparent and fair processes, J&K High Court has directed the government to take immediate steps for retrieval of public land which is under unauthorized occupation and encroachment in Gulmarg. While hearing a Public Interest litigation on Gulmarg, a division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Puneet Gupta said persons who were under expired leases had no right to continue to do so. “Let an action taken report with regard to properties which continue to be in unauthorized occupation…

Right platform, wrong platitudes

The resolution adopted by the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) came across as not being exactly thought through. What exactly is being said? That the PAGD will fight a constitutional battle to restore the rights of the people of Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh. Isn’t that already being done? There are scores of petitions in the Supreme Court challenging the abrogation on a wide variety of grounds. That the Supreme Court has not even listed it for hearing in the last 300 odd days should tell the PAGD where the…

COVID 19 | 5 deaths, 624 positives in J&K

With the recovery rate higher than the growth rate of COVID19 cases, J&K has an increasing percentage of recovered cases that nears 90 percent now. However, casualties continue to be a concern although their number has fallen drastically over the past two weeks, official data reveals. In October, 23220 patients of COVID19 have recovered in J&K. In comparison, the number of new cases confirmed has been 14152, nearly 60 percent lower. The percentage of patients recovered, out of the total confirmed has reached 89.4, as per official statistics. The growing…

Pulwama boy shines in NEET, secures 695 out of 720 points

In the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) exams, a teenager from south Kashmir’s Pulwama district has made his parents and entire Kashmir proud by securing over 96 percent points. Khan Basit Bilal (18) son of Bilal Ahmad Khan, a resident of Narwah village of Ratnipora, Pulwama has secured 695 points out of 720. While speaking to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Khan Basit gave credited his success to Allah and his parents besides teachers while adding that any dream can come true if one works hard. “I was expecting…

NIA orders attaching house belonging to father of alleged JeM overground workerNIA orders attaching house belonging to father of alleged JeM overground worker

National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday ordered attaching of a property belonging to the father of an alleged overground worker of Jaish-e-Muhammad outfit whom the central probe agency accused of being involved in CRPF Group Centre attack in Lethpora area. Ravinder Kumar, Dy. Superintendent of Police and Chief Investigating Officer of the case (RC No. 10/2018/NIA/DLI) issued the order after obtaining the approval of the Director General of Police (DGP) NIA New Delhi to attach the house along with 17 Marlas land of Nazir Ahmad Reshi situated in Ratnipora village…

DGP says drone used to drop weapons across LoC in Rajouri, calls aerial weapons’ dropping a challenge

Calling the aerial dropping of weapons as a big challenge, Director General of Jammu and Kashmir police, Dilbag Singh on Saturday said that the militants arrested in Rajouri district had also received weapons dropped on this side of the LoC using a drone. He said that an information was received by the police that some suspicious movement has taken place in Gurdan area near Rajouri after which police and 38 RR of army launched a joint search operation last night during which three suspects were held. He said one of…

3 militants killed,3 security personnel including army officer injured

    Baramulla, Sep 4 : Three militants were killed while three combined forces personnel including an Army Major were injured in a gunfight that raged between militants and Government Forces in Yedipora Pattan area of North Kashmir’s Barmaulla district on Friday. A police official told that after receiving inputs about the presence of militants in the area, Forces laid a siege while during search operation militants open fire ensuing encounter. The encounter took place behind the battalion quarter of 29 RR. A militant was killed in the initial exchange of…

Massive traffic jams on highway

There was massive traffic jam on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway today even as the authorities had permitted one-way traffic only. The commuters and the passengers alleged that against the one-way traffic norm announced by the authorities, the vehicles were allowed from the opposite side which created mess on the highway. The vehicles bound for Srinagar remained struck in the worst traffic jam at various places from Banihal to Nashri, sources said. The local commuters alleged that traffic cops did not bother to regulate the traffic in proper way. However, the…