Ministers’ panel to visit Valley today to assess needs of flood hit

JAMMU: Chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed directed the newly-constituted cabinet sub-committee (CSC) on Saturday to visit the valley to assess immediate and long-term needs of the people affected by last year’s floods so that rehabilitation measures can be fast-tracked. The CSC led by deputy chief minister Dr Nirmal Singh, who holds the charge of power […]

Highway closed for fifth consecutive day

Highway closed for fifth consecutive day

Sohail Punjabi Jammu: The Srinagar-Jammu highway remained closed for the fifth consecutive day Friday even as authorities said 1700 out of over 2000 vehicles stranded at various places along the thoroughfare were cleared. “Nearly 1700 light motor vehicles have crossed the Jawahar Tunnel and the remaining will be cleared by 11 pm Friday. If weather […]

Mandate a historic opportunity, no digging of past: Mufti

JAMMU: Describing the people’s mandate as a historic opportunity, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Friday said the government has come with a positive agenda to change the system of governance and ensure justice to all. Chairing his maiden meeting of administrative secretaries after assuming office here, the Chief Minister stated that the government will […]

Swine flu claims another life in Valley

Srinagar: One more person died of swine flu in Kashmir Valley on Friday, taking the death toll due to the disease in the region to eight, while 14 new patients have tested positive for the virus, officials said. “One more patient infected with swine flu virus has died, taking the death toll to eight. However, […]

Govt mulls to privatise power sector

Moazum Mohammad Jammu: The state government plans to privatise power sector in the near future, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh told Kashmir Reader. Singh, who is also the Minister for Power and Housing and Urban Development, said although a formal decision is yet to be taken the government will be privatizing the sector to reduce […]

Additional 60 MW for Valley

JAMMU: The state government will purchase an additional 60 MW and supply it to the Valley for improving the power supply position, an official spokesman said Friday. He said the decision was taken during a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed here. During the meeting, which was attended by Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. […]

No decision on mass promotions yet

Srinagar: The government on Friday denied reports that it had decided to grant mass promotions from Class 1 to 9 in Valley schools. “No decision has been taken yet on the issue,” Education Minister Naeem Akhtar told Kashmir Reader. He said the government was consulting experts to decide whether to grant the mass promotions after […]

WPRs ‘will pick up arms if demands not met’

Moazum Mohammad Jammu: West Pakistan Refugees have warned that they will pick up arms against the state if they are not granted permanent state subject status, and said the provision for their livelihood in the BJP-PDP coalition government’s agenda is not enough. Lubha Ram Gandhi, a retired soldier and head of the organization whose aim […]