Property Tax: All you need to know about the new law which is being imposed in J&K

The Ministry of Home Affairs has made a substantial move enabling the government of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir to impose Property Tax through municipal corporation and committees. The changes have been brought in by way of several amendments in the Jammu and Kashmir Municipal Act, 2000 and Jammu and Kashmir Municipal Corporation Act, 2000 carried through the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Adaptation of State Laws) Order, 2020 issued by the Union Home Secretary, Ajay Kumar Bhalla. One major amendment in the J&K Municipal Act, 2000 whereby the…

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Development Scenario in J&K is very depressing: Farooq Abdullah

National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Monday said the objectives of peace, economic progress and development in Jammu and Kashmir cannot be achieved unless the Centre reverses all the decisions taken on August 5 last year. Mr Abdullah, who is also the MP from the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, made these comments at a private function. The central government had on August 5, 2019 abrogated Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. It also bifurcated the erstwhile state into union territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and…

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Submit winter traffic management plan to keep Srinagar-Jammu highway open: J&K admin to NHAI

The J&K administration Monday directed the National Highways Authority of India to submit a traffic management plan of agencies to ensure a hassle-free movement on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway during the ensuing winter season. It asked the NHAI to detail an action plan on how the construction agencies will clear landslides, snow and deal with any other emergency to make sure the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country remains open during the coming winter. The direction was passed by Public Works Department Principal Secretary Shailender…

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As new traffic rules come into effect across J&K, No need to carry physical copies of Licence, RC, Insurance

The new traffic rules came into effect from today in Jammu and Kashmir. Under the rules, no physical copies of documents like driving licence, registration certificate or insurance are required to be carried along if you show digitally prescribed form. Regional Transport Officer, Iqramulla Tak told Kashmir InFocus that the amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act, 1989, came into force from Thursday and major changes include no physical verification of documents. According to the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), changes have been done for better implementation of…

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If GoI can talk to China, why is it ‘Difficult’ to hold dialogue with Kashmiri’s: Waheed-ur-Rehman Para

Peoples Democratic Party leader Waheed-ur-Rehman Para on Wednesday asked the government why is it “difficult” for it to engage in dialogue with the people of Kashmir when it can hold talks with China. He was speaking to reporters after the first meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party following the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution on August 5 last year. Authorities allowed several leaders to leave their residences after remaining in detention for over a year. Besides Para, PDP leaders Abdul Rehman Veeri,…

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223 People under detention in J&K, No one under house arrest: Govt

Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said the government of Jammu and Kashmir has reported that after the abrogation of Article 370 in August last year various measures were taken to maintain public order which included preventive detention of certain persons. The government on Tuesday said 223 people are currently under detention in Jammu and Kashmir and no one is under house arrest. Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said the government of Jammu and Kashmir has reported that after the abrogation of Article…

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J&K reported 1229 new covid cases and 17 deaths

Jammu and Kashmir reported 1,229 new positive cases of Covid, 837 from the Jammu division and 392 from the Kashmir province, during the past 24 hours, thus taking the total number of cases in the UT to 55,325. Seventeen deaths, nine from the Jammu province and eight from the Kashmir division, were also reported during the same period. Moreover, 644 more patients recovered and were discharged from various hospitals, 231 from the Jammu division and 413 from the Kashmir valley. According to an official bulletin issued on Monday evening, out…

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Stay away from politics or face dire consequences: Hizb to Mainstream leadership

The Hizbul Mujahideen has allegedly threatened leaders in the Jammu region, including Union minister Jitendra Singh, to “get ready to face dire consequences” if they did not stay away from political activities, according to police. The threat has been issued through a letter written in Urdu on the proscribed terror group’s letterhead, officials said. Police said the letter was addressed to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)’s Congress vice-president and former minister, Raman Bhalla. “It was delivered at the Congress office in Shahidi Chowk via post on Saturday afternoon,” said Anayat Ali,…

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Farooq Abdullah to attend Parliament for first time post Article 370 abrogation

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah will attend the monsoon session of Parliament starting Monday, more than a year after the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 was abrogated on August 5, 2019, and local leaders were put into pre-emptive detention. “Yes, I am going to attend Parliament. Though they have kept no provisions to ask questions but we will have to sit four hours daily,” Abdullah told HT. “Nevertheless, I will raise our issues there,” he added. Abdullah is likely to command considerable attention this session in…

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14 Deaths; Coronavirus cases cross 54000 in J&K

With 1,686 new cases, 875 from the Jammu province and 811 from Kashmir Valley, during the past 24 hours, the Covid count in Jammu and Kashmir reached 54,096. On the third successive day, J&K reported more than 1,500 positive cases as aggressive testing had been started across the UT. Meanwhile, J&K reported 14 deaths, eight from Jammu and six from the Kashmir division, during the same period, taking the death toll to 878. A total of 452 more patients recovered and were discharged from various hospitals, 146 from the Jammu…

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