Dengue spreads tentacles across Jammu, 14 fresh cases in 24 hours

The outbreak of dengue and swine flu has created panic in Jammu as 14 more cases of dengue and one case of H1N1 flu were found positive in the past 24 hours in the region. According to Health Department officials, the toll has reached to 59 cases of dengue and nine cases of H1N1flu. Two deaths due to swine flu have also been reported in the region. The Health Department of Jammu has conducted 550 tests for dengue till date out of which 59 cases were found positive, 283 were…

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Pak troops violate ceasefire along LoC, IB in Poonch 2 Jawans among 5 injured

Five persons, including two BSF jawans, were injured in firing and shelling by Pakistani troops in violation of ceasefire along the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting forces here to retaliate. The Pakistan Rangers today resorted to small arms firing on Brahman Bella and Raipur Border out Posts (BoPs) along the IB in Pargwal sector of Akhnoor belt in Jammu district from 1515 hours today, a police officer said. They fired mortar shells along the IB, forcing…

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BJP, NC, Congress on same page over autonomy to Jammu Region

Say move to ensure equitable development in all three regions of the state As discrimination with the Jammu region was the main issue for the majority of the delegations which met with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during his two-day stay at the winter capital of the state, a consensus is emerging among political parties about having regional autonomy to ensure equitable and balanced development in all three regions of J&K. Not only the ruling BJP, but even opposition parties like the Congress, Panthers Party and the Kashmir-centric National Conference…

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Two more braid cutting incidents reported in Doda

Two more braid-cutting incidents were today reported in Bhaderwah town of Doda district, raising the number of such cases to six in less than a week, officials said. Shipa Devi (22) of Pounra-Manthala and Romesha Devi (36) of Thubba claimed that they felt dizzy and became unconscious. After coming to their senses they found that their plaits have been cut, a police official said. “We have increased vigil, especially in rural areas. But we are still clueless as none of the victims have seen the accused. Except for braids being…

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Jammu-Srinagar highway shut due to landslides near Udhampur

The vital Jammu-Srinagar national highway was closed for the traffic due to heavy landslides that occurred about 15 km from here today. The authorities said the restoration of traffic on the highway could take two days. As per reports, the company engaged in the four-laning of the highway has deployed JCB machines to clear the debris. Official sources said a huge landslide occurred near Balinallah, Bansa Pul, resulting in the blockage of the highway. Long queues of vehicles could be seen on both sides of the road. The authorities have…

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Civil society of Jammu demands autonomous councils for three regions

Members meet Manmohan, want end to discrimination The Jammu Intellectual Forum has demanded autonomous regional councils for all three regions of the state to put an end to the discrimination against Jammu. A 14-member deputation of the forum favoured the constitutional set-up for the Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir regions during its 40-minute meeting with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who heads the ‘policy planning group’ of the party, in Jammu on Sunday evening. Headed by KB Jandial, a retired IAS officer, the delegation comprised retired civil servants, academicians, ex-servicemen, businessmen,…

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Article 35A abrogation demand raised in Jammu

Delegations also demand deportation of Rohingyas As delegations discussed various issues with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here, the abrogation of Article 35A and deportation of Rohingyas were the main demands of people of Jammu. While the J&K High Court Bar Association (Jammu) demanded abrogation of Article 35A, its ‘victims’ briefed the Home Minister about their plight in the absence of basic rights. “We demanded abrogation of Article 35A which is against the very spirit of the Indian Constitution and the J&K constitution and total negation of Articles 14 and…

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Manmohan led panel arrives in Jammu, begins peace mission

Over 12 delegations give suggestions for ‘restoring normalcy’ in the state After interacting with over a dozen delegations from a cross-section of society, the Congress high-powered “policy planning group” on J&K today started its mission to “reach out to the people” for initiating peace in the state. The group, headed by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, comprises senior functionaries of the party. After reaching Jammu thisafternoon, members of the group held discussions with executive committee members of the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) before starting an interaction with…

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Jammu short on space to shelter abandoned cows

While ‘gau rakshaks’ have been turned into a weapon of ‘intimidation’, no efforts are being made to prevent abandoning of cattle on the roads by people, especially those which are unable to give milk and are old. Across Jammu city and on the highway connecting J&K with the rest of the country, hundreds of cattle, especially cows and oxen, can be found roaming, raising questions on the BJP’s ‘save cow’ slogan. During the past three years, no step has been taken to set up a new cattle pond to lower…

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Article 35A opponents to take on its proponents in Jammu

To hold seminars on Sept 11, 12 to educate people about Article After ‘mobilising’ the nation against the continuation of Article 35A of the Constitution, its opponents have decided to make Jammu a ‘launching pad’ for taking on the Kashmir-centric parties which are supporting the Article. The opponents of Article 35A have decided to hold back-to-back seminars on September 10 and 11 in Jammu to educate the people about the provision. As the National Conference and the Congress have started a campaign to raise the bogey of the influx of…

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