Journalists sought action against IG Basant Rath for slapping scribe

Journalists, camera persons and the management committee of the Press Club of Jammu on Wednesday submitted a memorandum to Governor Satya Pal Malik, seeking action against Inspector General (Traffic) Basant Rath for allegedly slapping a journalist and snatching his mobile phone for unknown reasons. In a meeting here, the journalists unanimously decided to submit a copy of the memorandum to Malik seeking action against the officer. The journalists had also taken out a protest march against him on Tuesday. They put forth various suggestions in the meeting after which a…

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Suppression has become unbearable for people: Separatists discuss Valley situation

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik Tuesday met at Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman’s Hyderpora residence and said they are going to have wide-range consultation with all sections of the society to frame a comprehensive joint strategy against “Indian suppression”, which has reached beyond tolerable levels. After being released from their prolonged house confinement and police custody, Mirwaiz and Malik held a meeting with Geelani at his Hyderpora residence. The three leaders had a thorough discussion on the prevailing situation in…

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Probe all corruption cases of BJP-PDP Govt: NC, Cong ask Governor

As Governor Satya Pal Malik has established Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) to fight corruption in the State, National Conference (NC) and Congress have urged the Governor to reopen all cases of wrong doings of previous PDP-BJP coalition government. Talking to Kashmir Post, NC General Secretary, Ali Mohammad Sagar said the party had raised the corruption cases in nine different government departments in last assembly session. “However, the then PDP-BJP government brushed all of them aside,” he said. Sagar alleged rampant corruption and nepotism practices were going on in Transport, Education,…

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1947: First Blood

Within 24 hours after Kashmir acceded to India in 1947, the Srinagar airport was not only the epicentre of the first war that India and Pakistan fought over the Vale but a stage for Kashmir’s first cordon and a massacre. We traces the survivors of Kashmir first post-partition massacre to tell the story of dusky Gogo hamlet, that was obliterated from history He remembers everything as if that dark horror shook him only yesterday… Dusk had barely taken over when soldiers knocked at their doors, asking them to come out…

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Durbar Move: Exchequer spends crores on Durbar shift exercise

In the era of digitalisation and information technology, the cash-starved state spends a whopping Rs 100 crore on biannual Durbar move practice every year. A major chunk of the amount is utilised on “shifting” the official files, records and documents. The Durbar move is a ritual of shifting the civil secretariat every six months from one capital city to the other. According to the official order, this year the Durbar will close at Srinagar on October 26 and reopen in Jammu on November 5 for the winter session. “All departments…

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Kashmiri students leaving AMU would have been India-Kashmir separation: Satya Pal Malik

Governor Satapal Malik Thursday said if Kashmiri students would have left Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) campus over MananWani’s killing that would have been a separation between India and Kashmir. Speaking at the inaugural function of Kashmir Autumn FAM Tour-2018 at Sheri Kashmir International conference Centre (SKICC) here, the Governor said, “When AMU incident happened, I could not sleep that night and contacted Union HRD Minister PrakashJavadekar to revoke the expulsion of a few students.” He also said he was saddened by the killing of militant MananWani as he was highly…

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Insurance Policy with Reliance was full of frauds, scrapped: Satya Pal Malik

‘Rates changed to suit company, tender opened on holiday’ Rs 100 cr deal unearthed in construction of dam 12-15% commission taken shamelessly Governor Satya Pal Malik today announced scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir Group Medical Insurance Policy for Government employees with Anil Ambani’s Reliance General Insurance saying “it was full of frauds”, which has been established and officers involved identified. He said the entire process was carried out in hush hush manner and even the tenders were opened on holiday to suit a company. Malik announced cancellation of another contract…

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Laced with 86000 MW capacity, united J&K can have free power, water for 100 yrs: Survey

The united Jammu and Kashmir has an estimated power potential of whopping 86000 megawatts (MWs) which, if harnessed properly, can pave way for free electricity and water for the next 100 years in the power-starved region without seeking help from either India or Pakistan, according to a survey. The survey findings were released by a socio-cultural NGO, X-MITA on the United Nations Day celebrated on October 24. According to the researchers, the environment-friendly hydro-power generation capacity of the united J&K can get up to 86000 MW with Gilgit-Baltistan contributing 40000…

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Post opposition, govt withdraws circular on Urdu version of ‘Bhagwat Geeta’ in schools, colleges

The Jammu and Kashmir government has withdrawn a controversial circular that had asked the Education department to provide the Urdu version of “Bhagwat Geeta” and “Koshur Ramayana” in schools and other educational institutions in the state. “The circular regarding the introduction of some religious books stands withdrawn ab initio under the orders of the chief secretary,” an official said Tuesday. The state government had issued the circular Monday, directing the Director of School Education for the Jammu and Kashmir divisions to purchase these religious books. The circular had asked the…

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New highway connecting Kargil to Gurez announced by Rajnath Singh

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday announced that a new highway would be constructed in Jammu and Kashmir along the border from Kargil to Gurez. He made this announcement at a high-level meeting convened here today to review the implementation of various developmental initiatives in the State. Governor Satya Pal Malik, Advisors to the Governor, B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar and Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Union Home Secretary, Rajiv Gauba, J&K Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam, state’s Administrative Secretaries and other senior officers of the Central and the State Government were…

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