First cable-stayed bridge of North opens today

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will inaugurate Northern India’s first cable-stayed bridge on the Ravi river in the Basohli area of Kathua district on Thursday. The 592-metre-long bridge is important for quick induction of armed forces from Punjab to J&K. The load of the bridge will be borne by 96 cables supported by two towers Built at a cost of Rs 14,543.52 lakh, the bridge will provide additional route to Srinagar from Pathankot. It will shorten Pathankot-Basohli distance by over 35 km

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‘We’re living in hell, no one pays heed to our miseries’

Displaced border residents recount tales of misery as they battle government apathy The administration’s apathy is adding to the woes of hundreds of border villagers, displaced again by border firing in Kathua and Samba districts. Around 300 villagers have taken shelter at the Santoshi Mata Temple here, being frequented by politicians nowadays, but the displaced residents have received no major help from the authorities so far. The administration has so far sent only one bag of rice, weighing 50 kg, and two bags of flour, weighing 50 kg each, for…

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ED sleuths in Jammu and Kashmir foil bid to smuggle banned forest products

Sleuths of the Jammu and Kashmir Excise Department on Friday foiled a bid to smuggle rare and highly-valuable banned forest products after a huge quantity of them were seized at the Lakhanpur toll post in Kathua district. A vehicle from Srinagar on its way to Batala belt in Punjab was stopped at the Lakhanpur toll post for assessment of the goods, Deputy Excise Commissioner Rajesh Sharma said. During checking of the vehicle, 31 bags of forest produce, comprising 22 bags of Koad-Kutki (Piccrorhiza Kurroa) (625 kgs), 9 bags of Muskbala…

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