210 Complaints filed by Pandits regarding encroachment of properties, action in 5 cases only

Displaced Kashmiri Pandits have filed 210 complaints regarding encroachment of their immovable properties in the Valley since 1990 when they were forced to flee due to the armed insurgency. However, the government has taken action in just five cases under the J&K Migrant Immovable Property (Preservation, Protection and Restraint on Distress Sales) Act, 1997. The government said this in a written reply to a question put by BJP MLC Girdhari Lal Raina in the Legislative Council. According to the details given by Minister for Disaster Management Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction…

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2666 deaths in 15996 mishaps, Jammu region saw highest road deaths in last 3 years

Jammu district has reported the highest number of casualties, injuries and accidents in the state in the past three years. The state has witnessed 2,666 deaths and 22,021 injuries in 15,996 road accidents in the past three years. The data was released by the Minister in charge of Transport in the Legislative Council on Thursday. The data gave the district-wise number of road accidents and persons killed or injured in the state from 2015 to October 2017. Jammu district reported the highest number of 3,721 accidents which killed 408 persons…

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Kishtwar facing ecological imbalance due to development of power projects: Legislative Council Panel

The Committee on Petition of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council today said that Kashtiwar district is is facing brunt of ecological imbalance and negative effects of development process due to the Power Projects on the Chenab Basin. According to an official spokesperson, the meeting of the Legislative Panel Committee on the petition was held here today under the Chairmanship of MLC, Saif-ud-din Bhat to examine the issues relating to a petition of BK Thakur on behalf of people of Marwah-Dachchan and Kishtwar on Chenab Valley Power Projects (CVPP). The meeting…

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With ‘Migrant’ tag, moving on tough for displaced Kashmiris

In the 28th year of exile, children of displaced Kashmiri Pandits continue to face identity crisis. With the stigma of being migrants attached to them, a generation born and brought up outside their native land see it as a mark of humiliation. Although Pandits were displaced from the Valley following the rise of armed insurgency, successive governments have recognised them as “migrant” and not displaced, a deliberate policy decision to negate the reasons for their exodus. Even those youngsters who returned to the Valley under the Prime Minister’s employment package…

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Jammu walks away with sizeable share of jobs meant for Kashmir

What could raise a few eyebrows, at least 901 candidates from schedule caste category from Jammu region have been recruited in government departments against the district and divisional cadre posts of Kashmir in the past eight years. In a written response to PDP MLA Khalil Bandh’s question, the government has informed the legislative assembly that 901 candidates belonging to schedule caste category have been engaged in various districts of Kashmir since 2010. Those selected against the quota meant for Kashmir mostly hail from Jammu, Samba, Kathua and Reasi districts. Interestingly,…

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Two dead as vehicle rolls down gorge in Kishtwar

Two persons were killed when a vehicle they were travelling in skidded off the road and rolled down into a deep gorge in Kishtwar district. The incident took place around 10 km from the district headquarters yesterday in the Bandarkote area of Kishtwar. Locals and a police team rushed to the spot and started the rescue operation and shifted the bodies to a hospital. The deceased were identified as Mohammed Ayoub (22) of Gundana, Doda and Adil Hussain (21) of Oakhyarbad, Kishtwar. The police have registered a case in this…

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Promises not kept, Pandits spent another year in exile

The year 2017 started with a hope for 3.5 lakh displaced Kashmiri Pandits after the Legislative Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution calling for their return to the Valley and setting up of transit camps for their resettlement, but at end of the year, promises have remained just a political rhetoric. As months passed by, hopes turned into dejection as the state PDP-BJP coalition government and the Centre led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to come up with any concrete policy for the beleaguered Hindus of the Valley living as…

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Ladakhi students hold Losar celebrations in Jammu

Minister for Ladakh Affairs and Cooperatives Chering Dorjay participated in the Losar celebrations organised by the All Ladakh Students’ Association, Jammu, here today. Speaking on the occasion, the minister stressed upon the students to take a pledge to follow the path of righteousness as shown by the teachings of the 19th Kushok Bakula. He asked the Ladakhi community to strive for achieving quality education and serving the society by working for peace, love and compassion. Dorjey said in Ladakh, Losar was regarded as the most important socio-religious event. “The festivities…

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Jammu to have 58.255 Km Ringroad & Bypass in next 3 Years

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has issued letter of award for the construction of the 58.255-km-long stand-alone ring road and bypass around Jammu city which will be constructed in three years. The project will be carried out on engineering, procurement and construction basis. The NHAI said the stand-alone ring road and bypass would be constructed by Gayatri Projects Limited in a joint venture with Public Joint Stock Company Kyivmetrobud at a cost of Rs 1,339 crore. The proposed Jammu bypass starts from km 86/100 of the Jammu-Srinagar national…

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On Christmas eve, markets abuzz with activity

The city markets are abuzz with activity as locals are geared up for the Christmas celebrations tomorrow. The churches can be seen decked up with colorful lights and flowers. Even the Christian families have decorated their houses. Meanwhile, groups of youths dressed as Santa Claus can be seen distributing gifts among the children while several churches have organised carol-singing competitions. On Friday, a religious procession was also taken out in the city in which about 1,500 people took part. “The festival is not confined to the Christian community only, it…

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