Lawyers from Jammu advocating for the strengthening of Article 370, 35A

Lawyers in Jammu on Tuesday pitched for strengthening Articles 370 and 35-A at a time when campaign against J&K’s special status by rightwing organisations has gained momentum. A meeting was organised here by prominent lawyers affiliated with the Jammu Bar Association. The speakers appealed for protection of special status terming it a link between India and Jammu & Kashmir. The meeting was organised under the chairmanship of former Senior Additional Advocate General Subash Chander Gupta where prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir was discussed. Gupta appealed the masses to remain…

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Govt failed to tackle the flood threat posed by Chenab and Tawi, protection works only on paper

The state government has failed to tackle the flood threat posed by the mighty Chenab and Tawi and much-touted flood protection projects exist on paper only. The non-serious approach of planners has emerged as the biggest threat to water bodies, which are facing devastating effect of human intervention and climate change in the past three decades. Although the State Administrative Council recently approved Rs 5,400 crore for flood protection works in the Jhelum in Kashmir, there is no clarity about the projects to streamline and channelise Chenab, Tawi and other…

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Kathua Victim’s father moves Punjab HC, seeks death penalty for convicts

Just over a month after a Pathankot court convicted six of the seven accused in the Kathua rape-murder case, the victim’s father on Wednesday moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging the solitary acquittal and seeking death penalty for the convicts after describing it as “rarest of the rare case”. In the appeal filed through counsel Rajvinder Singh Bains and Utsav Bains, the victim’s father submitted that the trial court sentenced Sanjhi Ram, Deepak Khajuria and Parvesh Kumar to life imprisonment for “cold-blooded, planned brutal murder, without any provocation…

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35 Dead, 16 Injured after bus crashed in Kishtwar

At least 35 people died and 16 others were injured when an overcrowded bus skidded off a hilly road and fell into a deep gorge in Kishtwar district on Monday morning, officials said. The minibus, which was on its way from Keshwan to Kishtwar, skidded off the Keshwan-Thakrai road and rolled down into the deep gorge around 7.30 am, officials said. Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar A S Rana, said that the 28-seater bus was carrying 52 passengers when the accident occurred, adding that a probe would be ordered. Thirty-five people died…

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Vande Bharat Express, new train to cut short Delhi-Katra travel time by 4 hours

Offering bonanza to Vaishno Devi pilgrims, the Indian Railways has decided to run a high-tech semi-high-speed Vande Bharat Express between Delhi and Katra with an aim to reduce the travel time by about four hours. Senior officials at Rail Bhawan said the decision to run the second Vande Bharat Express was taken recently by the Railway Board and the trial runs were expected soon. “Since there are plans that the express train will run at 130 kmph between New Delhi and Ludhiana, we have planned to launch the trial runs…

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Encounter underway between rebels and security forces in Kishtwar, 2 LeT rebels feared trapped

Two Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) militants are believed to be trapped in a cordon laid by troops in the forest area of Kishwan in mountainous district. Sources told Kashmir Post that forces launched cordon and search operation (CASO) in dense forests of Kishwan after receiving credible information about presence of two LeT militants. They said as troops were conducting searches in the dense forest area, they came under fire from militants hiding there. “The fire was returned by troops and both sides exchanged gunfire for some time,” sources said. They said as…

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BJP told to clear stand on Articles 35A, 370: PIL

Dilly-dallying on the abrogation of Articles 35A and 370 amounts to “murdering people’s mandate and negating Preamble of the Indian Constitution”. “The abrogation of these Articles, constitution of a Delimitation Commission to give the Jammu province due representation in the Assembly and implementation of the March 12, 2018, Supreme Court order passed in the PIL titled Ankur Sharma vs Union of India and Ors regarding the identification/notification of Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Christians as minorities in J&K have become imperative,” said Ankur Sharma, chairman, Ikkjutt Jammu, adding that the…

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Infamous Kathua rape & murder case verdict likely today, security stepped up near the court

With the verdict in the Kathua rape and murder case to be delivered on Monday, tight security has been put in place near the district and sessions court in Pathankot. The incident, wherein an 8-year-old girl from the Bakarwal community in Kathua (J&K) was raped and killed on January 10, 2018, had witnessed widespread protests across the country. The in-camera trial in the case was completed on June 3 after the defence concluded its arguments. “The court has reserved its judgment, which will be pronounced on June 10 at 10…

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Regular power, Water supply still a distant dream for seven lakh Jammu residents

Grappling with drinking water shortage and regular power outages, Jammu is a living nightmare for its 7 lakh residents in the blistering heat. About 45 years after the first Master Plan (1974) was framed for Jammu, crores of rupees have been ‘invested in modernising basic infrastructure’ but the power development department (PDD) and the public health engineering (PHE) department have been unable to ensure regular supply, exposing the deep-rooted corruption and poor executions of projects. About 7 lakh people live within the core city area, falling under the Jammu Municipal…

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Jammu continues to reel under heat wave, sizzling at 42.5 degrees, light rain likely on Monday

The heat-wave conditions continued in Jammu as the city recorded 42.5 degrees Celsius today, three degrees above normal. The temperature was three notches below yesterday’s 45.5 degrees Celsius, season’s highest so far. Earlier, from Tuesday to Wednesday Jammu recorded the maximum temperatures from 40 to 43 degrees Celsius, and on Friday it was 44.1 degree Celsius. According to the meteorological department, light rains are expected from June 4 while the temperature will fluctuate between 40 to 45 degrees Celsius in next few days. “The intermittent rains with thunderstorm are expected…

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