Students refuse to stand, click selfie during National Anthem at BGSB University Rajouri

In yet another shocking incident from Jammu and Kashmir, some of the students at the Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGBSU) in Rajouri refused to stand during the National Anthem. National anthem debate: Can wait outside a restaurant but not stand for 52 secs? Asks Gautam Gambhir The incident took place during a valedictory function of the Silver Rolling Trophy. Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra, Deputy Commissioner Rajouri, SSP Rajouri and Vice-Chancellor of the University were among dignitaries present on the occasion. People don’t need to stand up in…

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Celebrating World Heritage Week, while Jammu’s cultural heritage cries for attention

The rich cultural heritage and untapped tourism potential remains in a state of neglect in Jammu city, famously known as the City of Temples. As the state is celebrating World Heritage Week, attention has been again drawn towards the failure of the successive governments to safeguard some of the finest historical monuments in the state, especially in the Jammu region. Despite having a rich historical past, Jammu, once the seat of the Dogra dynasty, has remained neglected when it comes to preserving its history. World Heritage Week commenced on November…

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Kathua residents urged Mehbooba Mufti to scrap Lakhanpur toll

Kathua residents meet Mehbooba, raise issue of illegal mining from Ravi canal The toll at Lakhanpur, the gateway of J&K, and the unabated illegal extraction of minerals from the Ravi canal predominantly came under discussion of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti with local deputations during a grievance camp in Kathua today. The camp was organised under the Chief Minister’s Public Outreach Programme. “The continuation of toll at Lakhanpur after the introduction of GST in the state has defied the idea of ‘one nation, one tax’. It is like people being looted…

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‘Denial’ of ration to West Pak refugees: Cong slams BJP

Saffron party says ‘administrative lapse’, Dy CM wants probe Slamming the state government over the deletion of West Pakistan refugee families from the list of ration beneficiaries, the Congress today described the alleged move of the government as “inhuman”. The party has asked the BJP whether it was a “healing touch” to them under its repeated commitments to this section of society. On November 17, we had exclusively reported that the state government had allegedly initiated the process to delete the names of West Pakistan refugees from the list of…

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Jammu man shocked on seeing his picture among dead terrorists

In a faux pas, several media houses on Sunday reportedly carried the picture of a local lad as one of the six Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists killed in a fierce gun battle in Bandipora district of north Kashmir yesterday. In a faux pas, several media houses on Sunday reportedly carried the picture of a local lad as one of the six Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists killed in a fierce gun battle in Bandipora district of north Kashmir yesterday. “I was shocked on seeing my picture among the dead terrorists in electronic and print media.…

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Govt policies strengthening separatism: Panun Kashmir

Panun Kashmir, a frontal organisation of displaced Pandits, has alleged that the policies of the PDP-BJP coalition government were strengthening separatism in J&K while the recent dialogue process initiated by the Centre had sidelined nationalist segments. Addressing a press conference Panun Kashmir chairman Ajay Chrungoo and convener Agnishekhar claimed that the dialogue process started by the Centre-appointed special representative, Dineshwar Sharma, will eventually promote the interests of radical fundamentalism. “If the dialogue process is based on same promises and political motivations as guided by the previous team of interlocutors led…

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Rats having free run in Jammu city as admin looks other way

The rat menace has taken the Jammu city by storm as almost every household is affected by them while the authorities, it seems, have no plan to check the problem. It has been a common phenomenon in the city, particularly the old city, where many houses used to remain infested with rats. The rodents used to eat up leftovers in kitchen besides shredding the clothes kept in stores. However, now the increasing number of eateries in the city have added to the woes of the people. Earlier, the grocery stores…

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Don’t see much hope in peace initiative: Displaced Kashmiri Pandits

Families living in camps say they need a united front Despite being badly affected by Pakistan-supported militancy in J&K, displaced Pandits living in camps in Jammu see themselves as becoming “irrelevant” in new political initiatives being taken to bring peace in the Valley. As Centre’s special representative Dineshwar Sharma recently visited the state. Thousands of families living in camp township of Jagti and housing units built by the government at Purkhoo, Muthi and Nagrota expressed their doubts about any positive outcome regarding rehabilitation of the community in their homeland. Further,…

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50,000 Pilgrims at Vaishno Devi shrine per day as National Green Tribunal caps number

Only 50,000 pilgrims will be allowed to visit the Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu to avoid any untoward incident, the National Green Tribunal directed on Monday. The green panel also said that a new path to the shrine exclusively for pedestrians and battery-operated cars will be opened from November 24. The NGT directed that no horses or mules shall be allowed on the new route to the shrine and these animals shall be removed slowly from the old path as well. It also directed the authorities to impose a fine…

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Opposition slams coalition govt’s ‘Failure’ on all fronts

It was a day of protests in the winter capital of the state with different political and social groups taking their fight to the streets against the alleged “discriminatory policies” being pursued by the ruling PDP-BJP government. All major city roads echoed with anti-government slogans while security personnel had a tough time preventing protesters from marching towards the civil secretariat, the seat of the government, which reopened in Jammu after a gap of six months. Opposition leaders courted arrest to highlight the alleged failure of the government, especially the BJP,…

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