CBI registers case against educational trust run by Lal Singh’s family

The CBI has registered a case of criminal breach of trust and corruption against a Kathua-based educational trust run by former Jammu and Kashmir minister Lal Singh’s family and certain government servants, officials said on Tuesday. The agency officials carried out searches on Tuesday morning at nine locations – three in Jammu and six at Kathua – in connection with the case, according to the officials. Besides naming the RB Educational Trust, in which Singh’s wife and son are the members, the others named in the FIR include the then…

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Three persons killed, Bridges, Roads damaged, Jhuggis washed away in flashfloods across Jammu region

Three persons were today killed in separate rain-related incidents across Jammu region, while several houses, bridges and roads were damaged in heavy rain and flashfloods in the past 24 hours. A 35-year-old man, along with his cattle, was killed after the cattle shed collapsed in the Manjakote area of Rajouri district. The deceased was identified as Mohammad Shokit, a resident of Kaller Mora Mendhar, who was currently residing in Gola Nari, Kotli Kalaban, in Manjakote tehsil of Rajouri. His body was later retrieved from the debris by locals. In Udhampur,…

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Online registration for Vaishno Devi Yatra and helicopter booking starts from today

The online registration and helicopter booking for the holy pilgrimage (yatra) to the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Jammu and Kashmir started from Wednesday and will continue till September 5. “Vaishno Devi online yatra registration and helicopter booking is available from August 26 to September 5, 2020,” Ramesh Kumar Jangid, Chief Executing Officer of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Jammu and Kashmir told news agency ANI. The Mata Vaishno Devi yatra resumed on August 16, nearly five months after it was suspended due to coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak. Jangid said…

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LG Manoj Sinha inaugurated phase-I of Jammu Ring Road

Lieutenant Governor of J&K Manoj Sinha today inaugurated the phase-I of much-awaited Jammu Ring Road. The 8-km stretch between Akhnoor Road, Kangrail and Bhalwal was inaugurated in the presence of Union Minister in PMO Jitendra Singh, MP Shamsher Singh Manhas, MP Jugal Kishore Sharma and Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam. In his address, Sinha expressed satisfaction over the inauguration and termed roads as vital for any society to progress. He urged the executing agencies for early completion of the entire project and assured incentives to the executing agencies and officers for…

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What happened to BJP’s promised statehood to Jammu: Devender Singh Rana

National Conference provincial President Devender Singh Rana Thursday assailed BJP for compromising with honour, pride and aspirations of Jammu, saying all tall promises proved hoax with people finding themselves downgraded as secondary class citizens in two Union territories. “What happened to promised statehood for Jammu, which the people were assured by the BJP in order to fulfill their aspirations as they, according to the party, felt that they had not got their due share in governance,” said Rana while interacting with media persons here.He said people of Jammu in turn…

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RSS-BJP want Jammu to be Muslim free: Gujjar leader

Stating that BJP and RSS is hell-bent on dislocating Muslims in Jammu, the Gujjar Muslims are anguished over “selective” demolition in Bandi area of Jammu city. According to reports, on 18 July the Finance and Forest Department demolished houses belonging to the Gujjar and Bakarwal community as a part of the demolition drive to root out people “living illegally”.

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Strict lockdown imposed across Jammu region to restrict coronavirus spread

Amid rising number of positive cases and Covid-19 related deaths, a majority of districts in the Jammu region on Friday evening came under weekend lockdown, restricting the movement of people and operations of all non-essential establishments. The UT administration has already imposed a six-day complete lockdown across Kashmir valley, except for Bandipora district, following a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the last three weeks. The police personnel, assisted by para-military jawans, were deployed across different parts of the region to strictly enforce the lockdown. Police vans were…

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From July 21, Highway travel to get costlier as NHAI will start toll collection at Lakhanpur

Amid growing public outcry and protests, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is starting a new toll plaza at Lakhanpur—the gateway of Jammu and Kashmir—in Kathua district from July 21, the day this year’s curtailed Amarnath Yatra is proposed to begin. The NHAI has signed a Letter of Agreement (LoA) for operationalisation of toll plaza at Lakhanpur with the Haryana-based Ranchordas Company. With this, all Kashmir-bound tourists and Vaishno Devi pilgrims entering or leaving J&K will now have to shell out extra money on toll at three different toll posts—Thandi…

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Dogra Group staged a protest against new Domicile Law

Rejecting the domicile certificates, a Dogra group, United Democratic Alliance (UDA) on Wednesday staged a protest here to demand its rollback. The head of the group, Rajiv Mahajan said more than 1.30 crore people of Jammu and Kashmir holding Permanent Resident Certificate (PRCs) do not need the domicile certificates. “The government of India should withdraw the domicile certificates,” he said. Mahajan asked the government to create employment avenues for unemployed educated youth of Jammu and Kashmir. He said the bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into two…

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Basant Rath a senior IPS officer of J&K cadre suspended for ‘Gross misconduct and misbehavior’

Senior IPS officer of J&K cadre Basant Rath was on Wednesday suspended by the Union Home Ministry for “gross misconduct and misbehaviour”. Rath, a 2000 batch IPS officer, has been attached to Police Headquarters in Jammu and has been asked not to leave the headquarters without permission from the Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police. The order issued by the Home Ministry stated that disciplinary proceedings against Rath were “contemplated in connection with repeated instances of gross misconduct and misbehaviour, which have been brought to the notice of the…

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