President approves governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir

President Ram Nath Kovind today approved the imposition of governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir, a day after the BJP pulled out of its alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir. Following the President’s approval, governor NN Vohra will be presiding over the state. He’s doing do for the fourth time, having overseen governor’s rule in 2008, 2015 and 2016. Vohra was set to complete his second term in a few days, butis now set to continue in Raj Bhavan at least till the conclusion of…

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Heavy rain, winds bring respite from heat across Kashmir, Hailstorm hits Baramulla

Heavy rain accompanied by gusty winds in Kashmir today brought respite from the hot spell for the residents, bringing down the day temperature significantly. Heavy rain and gusty winds were reported from many parts of Kashmir where the maximum temperature was mostly eight degrees above normal, officials said. Yesterday, the meteorological department declared a heat wave across Kashmir with Srinagar recording the season’s highest temperature of 34.4 degrees Celsius, 8.1 degrees above normal. The MeT department had predicted no relief for the next few days from the scorching heat. The…

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4 Cops, 12 Civilians injured in Shopian grenade attack: Police

Police on Monday said that 16 persons were injured when militants lobbed a grenade at Batapora area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district. A police spokesperson said the grenade exploded inflicting injuries to several civilians and few policemen. He said the grenade exploded along the roadside amid the civilian population. “Around 12 civilians are reportedly injured in this explosion. A young girl has received critical injuries in this explosion while four policemen also sustained injuries in this incident,” he said. He said the injured have been shifted to nearby hospital for…

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Ceasefire means no guns so use jeeps: Omar Abdullah

National Conference Working President Omar Abdullah on Saturday asked the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to explain if driving jeeps over protesters was the new standard operating procedure of her government. “Earlier they tied people to the fronts of jeeps & paraded them around villages to deter protestors now they just drive their jeeps right over protestors. Is this your new SOP @MehboobaMufti sahiba? Ceasefire means no guns so use jeeps?” tweeted Omar Abdullah. He was reacting to the pictures of youth being run over by a CRPF…

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Internet suspended in Srinagar, Budgam after youth run over by CRPF vehicle dies

Mobile Internet service was suspended in Srinagar and Budgam districts early Saturday after a youth run over by a CRPF vehicle yesterday succumbed to his injuries. Kaiser Ahmed, 21, was ploughed down by the Central Reserve Police Force vehicle in the old city area of Nowhatta during protests on Friday. Ahmed was admitted to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), here. He succumbed to critical internal injuries early on Saturday. Internet services in Srinagar and Badgam districts have been suspended as a precautionary measure, a police officer said. The speed…

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Four injured in twin grenade attacks in Anantnag and Pulwama

Militants carried out two grenade attacks on Friday in Anantnag and Pulwama districts of Jammu and Kashmir, including at the residence of ruling PDP MLA Mushtaq Shah, leaving four persons injured. Militants lobbed a grenade towards the residence of Tral MLA Mushtaq Shah in Pulwama. It exploded in the lawn and no one was injured, a police official said, adding the legislator was not in the house at the time of the incident. The ultras also attacked CRPF personnel at Khanabal in Anantnag district this afternoon. Four persons, including two…

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Former DSP, DIG among 5 held guilty in 2006 JK sex scandal

The CBI court on Wednesday pronounced its judgment in the 12-year-old Jammu and Kashmir sex scandal, holding five accused, including former DIG and DSP, guilty of rape and acquitting two. The quantum of sentence will be delivered on June 4. Those held guilty are former BSF deputy inspector general KS Padhi, former deputy superintendent of police Mohammad Ashraf Mir, and three locals, namely, Shabbir Ahmed Laway, Shabbir Ahmed Langhoo and Masud Ahmed. Mehraj ud din Malik and Anil Sethi, a former additional advocate general of Jammu and Kashmir, have been…

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Venkaiah Naidu backs Centre on dialogue with Pakistan, Hurriyat

Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday backed union government’s proposal over talks with Pakistan and the Hurriyat Conference, saying India is willing to have dialogue with anyone but the initiative must be reciprocated. “We want to have good relations with all, including Pakistan. We don’t have any problem in talking with our neighbours, including immediate neighbour (Pakistan) but they (neighbour) also have to reciprocate in same manner,” he said. The remark comes just days after Home minister Rajnath Singh said the government was ready to hold dialogue with the Hurriyat…

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03 Soldiers injured in Shopian IED blast, Internet snapped; Train service suspended partially post civilian killing in Pulwama

Three army men were injured after suspected militants triggered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Monday. A police official said that the militants triggered the blast around 7:50 am in Turkwangam village of the district as a Casper vehicle of army’s 44 RR passed through the area. “Three soldiers have suffered injuries in the blast,” he said, adding they were rushed to a hospital for treatment. Soon after the blast, additional forces were rushed to the area. However, youth took to streets and clashed…

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Grenade attack in Jammu, four injured

Four people, including three policemen and a civilian, have been injured after militants hurled a grenade at a police vehicle here in Jammu and Kashmir, police said. According to the police, militants lobbed the grenade at the police vehicle near Jammu bus stand around 11 p.m. on Thursday in which Station House Officer Rajesh Jasrotia, driver Arjun Kumar, Constable Shah Israr and a civilian, Jagdev Raj, were injured. All the injured were rushed to S.M.G.S. hospital. The area was cordoned off but the militants managed to escape, police said.

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