HC bans conversion of hotels into guesthouses without its permission

Srinagar: Without an ‘express order’ from Jammu and Kashmir High Court, no hotel can be converted into a guesthouse by Tourism Department henceforth in the state. The direction was issued Thursday by a division bench of Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar even as it accepted the objections filed by Assistant […]

HC pulls SPCB, directs sealing of hotels without STP in J&K

Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Thursday came down heavily on State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) for not sealing hotels which are operating without Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) in the state, especially in Katra and Patnitop, besides twin capitals of Jammu and Srinagar. “The status report filed by (Secretary) SPCB is far from satisfactory,” a […]

14th Finance Commission arrives in Srinagar

SRINAGAR: The 14th Finance Commission led by Chairman Dr. Y.V. Reddy, along with the members of the Commission including Prof. Abhijit Sen, member Planning Commission of India, Sushma Nath, former Finance Secretary, Dr. M. Govind Rao, Director National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, besides Dr. Sudipto Mundle, former acting chairman of National Statistical Commission, […]

Extortionist cop posing as militant injured, arrested

Extortionist cop posing as militant injured, arrested

Srinagar: A policeman posing as a militant was arrested after he sustained injuries after his gun went off during an extortion bid in the outskirts of Srinagar, officials and eyewitnesses said Wednesday. Constable Bilal Ahmad, son of Mohi-ud-Din Ganai, of Gulab Bagh, Zakura, barged into the residence of Ghulam Mohammad Wani in Umerabad locality of […]

‘Jhelum drowns in sewage, garbage’

Srinagar: River Jhelum, considered to be the lifeline of Kashmir, is a garbage dumping site for Municipal Council Anantnag. This is besides a number of raw sewage outlets which find its way directly into the Jhelum, according to Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control Department. The Chief Engineer informed the High Court on Wednesday that […]

Hike in retirement age: JCC says ‘we deserved it, govt did not give any charity’

SRINAGAR: A day after the government enhanced retirement age of employees from 58 to 60 years, the employees’ leadership on Wednesday urged all pro-India parties not to make an issue out of the announcement, saying it would be a “shameful act if they intervene in administrative and departmental matters.” “The enhancement of the retirement age […]

Now, govt employees to retire at 60

Now, govt employees to retire at 60

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet on Tuesday decided to enhance the retirement age of state government employees—in service on 01.06.2014 or appointed on or after that—from the present 58 years to 60 years. The decision was announced by National Conference and Congress ministers at two separate press conferences here, after the Cabinet acceded to […]

1 lakh posts to be filled in 2 years: GAD

SRINAGAR: Secretary to Government General Administration Department, Mohammad Ashraf Bukhari, on Tuesday announced that during the next 24 months more than 100,000 posts shall be filled through various recruiting agencies in the state. According to an official spokesman, Bukhari took a review meeting with the officers of GAD to take stock of the vacant posts […]

HC seeks ‘comprehensive plan’ about spending on Wullar

Srinagar: With more than Rs 38 crores at the disposal of Wullar Conservation and Management Authority (WUCMA) this fiscal, the J&K High Court on Tuesday directed it to file a ‘comprehensive plan’ on how they would be able to achieve the results which are contemplated under the ‘Save Wullar lake’ programme. The direction was passed […]