NC, Cong members stage walkout to protest power crisis in J&K

Several National Conference and Congress members on Monday staged a walkout from the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly over the government’s “unsatisfactory reply” on the issue of power crisis in the state and border shelling which has claimed 12 lives since Thursday. NC MLA Ali Mohammad Sagar was the first to leave the House and was followed by party legislators Altaf Kaloo and Javaid Rana and Congress members Vikar Rasool, Usman Majeed and GM Saroori. Opposition members staged the walkout as Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, who holds the power portfolio,…

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Considering amnesty to second-time Stone Pelters: Mehbooba Mufti

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said her government was considering amnesty to second-time stone-pelters in the Kashmir Valley. The Chief Minister, replying to a question in the upper house of the Assembly, said: “The government is reviewing the cases of second-time offenders involved in stone-pelting protests.” The government had earlier ordered withdrawal of cases against those who stoned security forces for the first time. Unless the cases are withdrawn, the persons can’t get government job.

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Darwin’s theory wrong, nobody saw ape turning into man: Satyapal Singh

Union minister Satyapal Singh said Darwin’s theory needs to change in school and college curriculum. Union minister Satyapal Singh has claimed that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution of man was “scientifically wrong” and it needs to be changed in school and college curriculum. Singh, minister of state for human resource development, said our ancestors have nowhere mentioned that they saw an ape turning into a man. “Darwin’s theory (of evolution of humans) is scientifically wrong. It needs to change in school and college curriculum. Since the man is seen on…

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Kashmir reels under biting cold conditions, Kargil at -19 deg C

Cold wave conditions persisted in the Kashmir division, including the Ladakh region, as the minimum temperature remained several degrees below the freezing point. Kargil continued to be the coldest recorded place in the state as the mercury there settled at minus 20.2 degrees Celsius last night, an official of the Meteorological Department here said. The nearby Leh town also shivered with the mercury there settling at minus 14.6 degrees Celsius – over a degree down from minus 13.5 degrees Celsius last night. He said Srinagar – the summer capital of…

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Most development projects miss deadlines in Kashmir

The development in Kashmir is a story of missing deadlines and work in progress. Many projects are under construction for the last so many years, with extensions issued to them year after year – reflecting the lack of capability of successive state governments to execute mega projects. The governments and the executing agencies blame the situation in the valley or weather conditions for not meeting deadlines –- taking refuge in excuses — which often leads to an escalation in the project costs. Kashmir valley’s longest flyover from Jehangir Chowk to…

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Kangris still first choice to keep Kashmir warm

With electricity supply erratic this winter, kangri — the traditional earthen firepot woven in wicker — has emerged as an useful means to fight subzero temperatures in Kashmir. Sales of kangri have almost doubled this winter compared to last year, people associated with this trade claimed and attributed it mainly to the erratic power supply. The capping of subsidised LPG cylinders per household over the years and soaring prices of wood were listed as other factors that have forced the people to revert to use of kangris to keep themselves…

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Ladakh Shuts in protest against bombs found in Bodhgaya

The Ladakh region today observed a peaceful bandh to condemn a low-intensity explosion near the Kalchakara ground in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, where Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and Buddhist pilgrims are participating in a month-long Kalchakra puja since January 2. Two crude bombs were also recovered near the Mahabodhi temple. The bandh call was given by the Ladakh Buddhist Association and the All Ladakh Gonpa Association to condemn the act of terror. The Leh town wore a deserted look as all business establishments remained closed today. Ladakh Buddhist Association…

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Over 11000 Schools run from dilapidated buildings, 3000 from rented places: Govt

The government Saturday revealed in the Legislative Assembly (LA) that around 11,000 school buildings were in dilapidated condition in the state while as 3,000 schools were operating from rented accommodation. This was disclosed by Education Minister, Syed Altaf Bukhari, while replying to a query raised by NC MLA Muhammad Shafi Uri during the question hour in the House. “Government has 23773 schools out of which 11000 buildings are in dilapidated condition, 3000 schools were operating from rented accommodations in the state,” Bukhari informed the House. He said around 36 schools…

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Intel agencies warn of infiltration bids in J&K ahead of 26 January

Security along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir was beefed up following an alert by intelligence agencies about possible infiltration attempts by militants ahead of the 26 January, police said today. A group of three to four militants were seen camping across the border at a village in Pakistan, near a border out post (BoP), intelligence agencies are learnt to have warned the police and forces. The main reason behind ceasefire violations and shelling is to help infiltrate militants from across the border, IG, Jammu Zone, S D…

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Booming guns give sleepless nights to residents along IB

As guns boomed along the International Border on Friday and Saturday, the thuds of falling shells could be heard in Jammu city, reminding people that how close the winter capital, having a population of 7 lakh, is to the battlefield. People living in residential colonies of the Temple City looked towards the western horizon as border villages experienced heavy and sustained bombardment. They could even hear the sound of heavy calibre weapons being used all along Suchetgarh, Kanachak and Akhnoor sectors. Jammu is separated from Pakistan by the 198-km International…

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