BDC polls in J&K on Oct 24; To be held on party lines

Mir Iqbal Srinagar: The elections for Block Development Council (BDC) in J&K would be held on October 24, Chief Electoral Office (CEO), Shailendra Kumar announced Sunday. The Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj earlier issued SRO 522 dated 03-09-2019, notifying the Block Development Councils along with their constituent panchayat halqas. Kumar said elections for chairperson […]

4 civilians injured along LoC in Poonch

Jammu: Three women and a child were injured as Pakistan violated ceasefire for the second consecutive day on Sunday in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, an official said. The Pakistan Army resorted to mortar shelling and small arms firing on forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote area of […]

JK facing economic slowdown due to restrictions: Congress

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir is passing through various kinds of restrictions leading to “worst kind” of economic slowdown, the Congress on Saturday urging the Government of India and local administration to consider “genuine demands” of business community. “The failure of the Centre and state government to respond to the genuine demands of people to extend […]

Govt fails to scrutinise dubious, unrecognised paramedical degrees for appointments, promotions

Manzoor-ul-Hassan Srinagar: The Health and Medical Education Department (H&MED) has failed to devise a mechanism to scrutinise dubious or unrecognised paramedical degrees and diplomas obtained by candidates from institutions outside the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Even as the department says that no paramedic college outside the jurisdiction of J&K state stands recognised by J&K Parademical/ […]

Three militants, soldier killed in Batote gunfight

Another militant killed in Ganderbal

Ramban: Three militants and an Army man were killed in gunfight in Batote area along the Jammu-Kishtwar national highway on Saturday, according to officials, while another suspected militant was killed in Ganderbal district of central Kashmir. A top Hizbul Mujahideen ‘commander’, wanted in connection with the assassination of a senior BJP leader and an RSS […]

Health department abandons free of cost medical examinations scheme for patients

Director cites fund shortage

Manzoor-ul-Hassan Srinagar: The government of India’s ambitious health scheme ‘Free Diagnostics Service Initiative’ for providing free of cost medical examinations to patients in Kashmir has been abandoned. Consequently, patients have to cough up money for major tests except for 18 examinations which on papers are done free of cost at government-run hospitals. The tests are hemoglobin […]

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