RK Chhibber replaces Pervez Ahmad as J&K Bank Chairman, Vigilance sleuths raid bank headquarters

Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday appointed RK Chhibber as the interim chairman and the Director on the Board of Directors of the J&K Bank. Chhibber will replace Pervez Ahmad, who was appointed in 2016 as the chairman of the bank. In an order issued on Saturday, the government said: “Parvez Ahmad, Chairman cum Managing Director, shall cease to be Director on the Board of Directors of the Bank and consequently be no longer the Chairman cum Managing Director of the bank.” “RK Chhibber is hereby nominated as the Director…

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Protecting the state’s Integrity & Unity high on our agenda: Farooq Abdullah

National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah Friday asserted that protecting the unity, integrity of state was the primary goal of the party besides materialising the idea of a welfare state as enshrined in Naya Kashmir document. Addressing delegations, individuals at his residence, Farooq said, “The primary goal of the party is to protect the territorial integrity, identity, special status and the pluralistic visage of the state. The party has always rendered immense sacrifices for the protection of the interests of our state. However, the situation we are facing today is…

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Two deserter SPO’s among four JeM rebels killed in Pulwama

Four rebels of Jaish-e-Mohammad ( JeM) including two Special Police Officers (SPOs)-turned-rebels were killed in a 15-hour-long gunfight with forces in a village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday. A police spokesperson said on a specific information about presence of rebels at Panjran village in Litter area of Pulwama, a cordon and search operation was launched on Thursday evening by joint party comprising army’s 44 Rashtriya Rifles, CRPF and Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police. “As the searches were going on, hiding rebels fired on the…

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Regular power, Water supply still a distant dream for seven lakh Jammu residents

Grappling with drinking water shortage and regular power outages, Jammu is a living nightmare for its 7 lakh residents in the blistering heat. About 45 years after the first Master Plan (1974) was framed for Jammu, crores of rupees have been ‘invested in modernising basic infrastructure’ but the power development department (PDD) and the public health engineering (PHE) department have been unable to ensure regular supply, exposing the deep-rooted corruption and poor executions of projects. About 7 lakh people live within the core city area, falling under the Jammu Municipal…

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10 most wanted rebels in Kashmir Valley

The security forces in Jammu and Kashmir have released a list of top 10 wanted rebels in the Kashmir valley. The list is part of the efforts of the security agencies to combat terrorism in the Valley. Hizbul Mujahideen chief in the valley Riyaz Ahmed Naiku, who has been associated with the terror group since 2010, tops the list. Also in the list are Mohammad Ashraq Khan in Srinagar, Mehraj-ud-din in Baramula, Dr Saifulla in Srinagar, Ajaj Ahmed Malik in Kupwara and Arshaid-ul-Haq of the same terror outfit in Pulwama.…

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‘No Locus Standi’, India rejects OIC stand on Kashmir

Three months after New Delhi had toned down its criticism of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) reference to Jammu and Kashmir, India on Monday raised the decibel and rejected the OIC’s reference to Kashmir as “unacceptable” and said that the grouping has “no locus standi”. This is a turnaround from the March 2 statement earlier this year when India had merely said that Jammu and Kashmir is an “integral part of India and is a matter strictly internal to India”. But, unlike previous statements, it did not say in…

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Government toys with Delimitation Commission in J&K

Home Minister Amit Shah has hit the ground running, as expected. With a catalogue of review meetings, Shah has many crucial things on his agenda including redrawing the long pending delimitation of constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir. With President’s Rule operational in the strife-torn state, Shah has already had a closed-door meeting with Governor Satyapal Malik. He also met Director Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Jain and Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba. Almost in parallel, it is believed that the Jammu and Kashmir Division in the vast swathe of Ministry of Home Affairs…

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Search for ‘Lost Homeland’ continues by displaced Kashmiri Pandits

As thousands of devotees are expected to throng Tulmulla for the annual Mela Kheer Bhawani celebrations on Monday, a group of 252 displaced Kashmir Pandits will be visiting the shrine of Ragnya Devi in Ganderbal district in the form of a yatra with a mission. Their mission will be to ‘search for the lost homeland’, rekindle bond with Muslims and take a step towards their return. Members of the miniority community will start the yatra from New Delhi on Saturday morning, after converging in the capital city from different parts…

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