New Delhi: India has given a number of proposals to Pakistan on increasing cross-LoC Confidence Building Measures including multi-entry visas for people of Jammu and Kashmir but rejected Pakistani demand for release of its driver arrested for alleged smuggling of narcotics in Uri. Giving details of the India-Pakistan Joint Working Group meeting on cross-LoC trade […]

LS polls a battle between secular, communal forces: Omar

Jammu: Describing the Lok Sabha elections as clash of ideologies and battle between secular and communal forces, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Friday  exuded confidence about his party’s victory on the basis of its commitment to public service and time tested secular credentials. “Ensuing elections is clash of ideologies and battle between secular and communal forces. […]

SASB to reduce number of langars for Amarnath yatra

Jammu: The  Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) has decided to reduce the number of langars( community kitchens) organised by various organisations during annual Amarnath yatra in South Kashmir on the recommendations of expert bodies and security agencies. “The number of community kitchen (Langars) during the yatra this year will be less as compared to that […]

Driver dies as cab plunges into gorge

Naseer Khora Doda: A sumo driver was killed Thursday when his cab plunged into a deep gorge in Gangol area of this mountainous district. 35-year-old Jeevan Lal, son of Krisha Chand of Bibrotta village here was on way to Karol from Burtund this afternoon when his vehicle (JK019-0926) fell into 200-deep gorge near Gangol, officials […]

Pandit body slams BJP for ‘opposing’ temple bill

Jammu: Upset over the decision to refer the Temple and Shrines Bill to the joint select committee, a body representing Kashmiri Pandits today said it was unfortunate that even BJP legislators opposed the bill. “It was unfortunate that even BJP legislators opposed the bill vociferously (when presented for passage in the Assembly),” Chairman of the […]

Temple bill sent to joint select committee, BJP warns of Amarnath-like agitation

Jammu: The Kashmir Hindu Shrines bill for management of temples by government was Tuesday referred to the joint select committee after it saw stiff opposition from BJP, Panthers Party and even ruling Congress members. Noisy scenes were witnessed as the bill on management, protection, administration and governance of Hindu shrines and religious places in the […]

Pandits, Jammuites bound to feel bitter: Mehbooba

Jammu: PDP Tuesday  criticised government for “deliberately delaying” the passage of the Kashmir Hindu Shrines bill, and said it was a “fixed match” between the ruling coalition partners – Congress and National Conference (NC). “It was a match fixing between NC and Congress over the proposed Kashmir Hindu Shrines bill,” PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti told […]

1,083 complaints lodged with SVC: Omar

Jammu: The State Vigilance Commission (SVC) has received 1,083 complaints of corruption and has disposed of 252 cases since its inception. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, in response to a query by Prof Chaman Lal Gupta, informed the Assembly that a total of 1,083 complaints were received by the Commission. Out of these, 252 complaints have […]

Over 2.76 lakh cases pending in courts

Jammu: Over 2.76 lakh cases, including 1,11,984 related to criminal matters, are pending in courts in Jammu and Kashmir and there is proposal to create 18 fast track courts at various levels. In a written reply to a query in the Legislative Council here today, Minister for Law Mir Saif-ullah said 2,76,478 cases are pending […]

‘33,416 need-based workers among 98,242 appointed’

Jammu: Government has appointed 98,242 officials, including 33,416 need-based workers in the state from January 2009. Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather gave this information in the state Assembly in reply to a question of A R Veeri (PDP). Giving details, he said 59,226 of them have been made permanent workers, 33,416 need-based workers, 5,449 on […]