Afaq Giri, IRS Officer of Ramban district selected for Antarctica expedition from Feb 27

Hailing from a remote hamlet in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ramban district, 30-year-old Afaq Ahmed Giri, an IRS officer, has been selected as a member of 80 experts for the International Antarctic Expedition beginning February 27. Giri, an officer of the IRS batch 2015, is presently posted at Indore as an assistant commissioner in the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC). He has been selected as a member of the international group of 80 environmentalists and climate change experts for the International Antarctica Expedition from February 27 to March 12…

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Not Central Jail but state’s aggressive policies ‘forcing’ youth to join militancy: JRL

Ridiculing recent Crime Investigation Department (CID) report in which it had stated “militants are recruited inside Srinagar’s Central Jail”, Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik on Wednesday said instead aggressive policies are “forcing” youth towards militancy. In a statement issued here, JRL termed recent CID report regarding central jail Srinagar as “illogical”. “Following recent escape of an inmate from SMHS hospital, so-called rulers, their agencies and police have started panelizing political prisoners and other inmates especially at central jail Srinagar,” said the JRL.…

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Al-Qaeda claims separatist leader’s killing in Kashmir; Zakir Musa warns Hurriyat against pursuing ‘secular politics’

A week after two unidentified gunmen killed former militant commander and separatist leader, Mohammad Yusuf Rather, shooting him dead inside a passenger vehicle, the police is investigating claims made by Al-Qaeda’s Kashmir head, Zakir Musa, that the killing was carried out to warn Hurriyat parties against pursuing secularism. Rather, who was associated with Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani for the last 14 years, was killed by two gunmen on Saturday, when he was travelling from Beerwah in Budgam to his house in the same district. Two pistol-wielding men…

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Special court acquits former DSP- Yusuf Mir in Sex Scam

Mohammad Yusuf Mir, who was posted as Srinagar Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in 1995, was today acquitted by a special court here in the Jammu and Kashmir sex scandal. Mir was booked under Section 376 of the Ranbir Penal Code, Sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act and Section 67 of the Information and technology Act in July 2006. He was accused of sexually exploiting a minor for money via a brothel run by the prime accused, Sabeena, and her husband in 2004. However, the…

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HC Seeks updated probe status in theft of Aurangzeb’s handwritten Quran from SPS Museum

The High Court on Monday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to inform it about the latest status of probe regarding theft of a Holy Qur’an handwritten by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb from Sri Pratap Singh Museum here in 2003. A division bench of Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice M K Hanjura sought from the CBI latest updated report by March 19, the next date of hearing. The report, the court said, should be factually correct. The bench did not take on record the status report which the CBI had…

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J&K Govt hires consultant to quantify Indus Water Treaty losses

After years of delay, the J&K government has hired a consultant for quantifying losses suffered by the state on account of Indus Water Treaty (IWT). A source said the Power Development Corporation (PDC) has awarded the contract to Danish Hydraulic Institute (DHI) India Water and Environment Pvt Ltd. The Institute has already started the work and a team of its officials visited some river sites in J&K last month. There was also a meeting between officials from PDC and DHI a few days ago, said the source. The institute, part…

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CRPF brings in Sherpa vehicle for gun battles

To minimise losses during gunfights with militants, the CRPF is using the French-made anti-mine Renault Sherpa armoured vehicle in Kashmir on a trial basis. The bulletproof vehicle has a camera atop, providing the outside view to four paramilitary personnel to fire at the target from inside. “We are using it (Sherpa vehicle) on a trial basis. Our men used it in the recent gunfight at Karan Nagar and are sending the feedback to the top authorities,” said Rajesh Yadav, CRPF spokesman. Yadav said the vehicle, one of the six versions…

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Attention-grabbing ‘Dabaang’ IGP Traffic under fire for roughing up ‘Traffic Violators’

Complaints are raining against Inspector General of Police, Traffic, Jammu for misbehaving and roughing up ‘traffic violators’. A number of complaints have been filed against IGP Traffic, Jammu Basant Rath for his recent ‘misdemeanor’ of taking on some ‘traffic violators’ by using filthy language against them besides roughing them up. A number of complaints against Rath have already been registered with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Minister for Law and Justice, Abdul Haq Khan, Minister of State for Law and Justice, Ajay Nanda, Director General of Police, Sheesh Paul Vaid, and…

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Airfares go sky-high, Kashmir out off bound for common man

Travelling by air to Srinagar from Jammu or Delhi around this time will literally burn a hole in the pocket of a flier, especially if the passenger is a student or a person from modest economic backgrounds. Reason, the recent closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway coupled with a huge rush of passengers on Delhi-Srinagar sector has led to sky rocketing of airfares. Several people planning to travel from Jammu or Delhi to Srinagar said the airlines were making an “open loot”. A cursory look at various travel portals indicates that per…

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India trying to create national sentiment against Kashmir: Qazi Yasir

Prominent religious scholar and the Chairman of Ummat-e-Islami, Qazi Yasir has said that India is trying to create national sentiment against Kashmir and its people. Qazi Yasir addressing a public gathering at Jamia Masjid in Islamabad town said, “The civilians killed in Army firing in Shopian and later the FIR against them was a tricky disguise to create media hype around it wherein Indian forces were presented as victims and hence fired in self-defence which has ended the scope for anyone expressing sympathy with Kashmir.” He condemned the arrest of…

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