India, Pakistan trade fire along LoC, 5 civilians killed scores injured

Five civilians were killed as the armies of India and Pakistan traded heavy fire along the Line of Control in Poonch sector, reports said. An official said that Mohammad Showkat and his wife Shafiya were killed after a shell fired from across the border hit their house in Khari Karmama sector in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. Their three children were injured in the attack, he said, adding that they were shifted to District Hospsital Poonch for treatment. Three civilians were killed and six others injured due to “unprovoked…

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Alliance pushing state into chaos and confusion over delay in implementing GST: Congress

Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Spokesperson, Ravinder Sharma today said that collation government is pushing state into chaos and confusion by deliberate delay over the implementation of GST regime. Taking a dig at BJP , Sharma also said that , “they should explain it own position over the unanimous cabinet decision of 14 th October, 2016 over the issue of GST in the State before blaming the opposition and other for the delay in its implementation”. Sharma also questioned the intention behind creating uncertainty, confusion and artificial contradiction…

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Dilapidated roads make commuting a challenge

Making mockery of the claims made by the PDP-BJP coalition government of improving the road network in J&K, the pitiable condition of roads in Jammu exposes the false promises of the government, especially the BJP leadership which got 25 MLAs elected from the region. Resentment is brewing among the masses against the administration as the restoration of roads was set as a major target after the formation of the government. However, only patching work is being carried out in different parts of the city. Though senior officials in the Roads…

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NGO protests sale of momos the ‘Silent Killer’ in state

The Naya Savera, an NGO that has launched a campaign against the sale of momos in the state, today held a protest and burnt an effigy of the “silent killer”. The campaign against momos was launched by the NGO after it received complaints from different parts of the state about the health hazards posed by consumption of momos. The campaign is spearheaded by BJP MLC Ramesh Arora. Meanwhile, the report prepared by the Controller, Drugs and Food Control Organisation, Jammu and Kashmir, after taking samples of Chinese momos, has found…

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Jammu traders write to Modi over state BJP’s ‘Silence’ on GST

Urge Central leadership to intervene; threaten agitation In a major embarrassment for the ruling alliance partner, BJP, Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jammu (JCCI) today shot off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah questioning the “utter silence” of the party’s state unit on the GST implementation in J&K from July 1. The JCCI made it clear that the traders and the business community were perplexed and utter confusion that being the ruling coalition partner in the state, the BJP unit of J&K…

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3rd Intl Yoga Day observed across Jammu, Rain fails to dampen fervour

On 3rd International Yoga Day today, incessant rain played a spoilsport but it failed to dampen the spirit of the participants. Various departments, organisations and educational institutes had organised yoga sessions this morning, in which participants performed asanas to stay mentally and physically fit. The International Yoga Day Coordination Committee, Jammu, in collaboration with the AYUSH Department today celebrated the day at Brahman Sabha, Parade. The venue for the event was Mini Stadium but due to continuous rain, it was shifted to nearby Brahman Sabha. Union Minister of State Jitendra…

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Pre-monsoon rain exposes poor sewerage across Jammu city

Pre-monsoon rain in Jammu has exposed the much-hyped underground sewerage system laid under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission as overflowing manholes spilled dirty water on the roads. The project executed by the National Building Construction Corporation and the Economic Reconstruction Agency has been facing problems from the onset. Jammu received about 47 mm of rain during the past 24 hours which led to waterlogging in several low-lying areas of the city despite functional sewerage line. Residents in several localities in the city demanded investigation against the executing agencies…

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Jammu gets lion’s share in allocation of funds under MGNREGA

Rural Development Schemes-I Jammu division has walked away with the lion’s share in allocation of funds under the union Rural Development Ministry monitored Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) during 2016-17. As per official documents, Jammu division has been allocated 44 percent more funds as compared to the valley under the MGNREGA by union RRD. The 10 districts of Jammu division had been allocated Rs 326.62 crores during 2016-17 as compared to Rs 217.73 crores for 10 districts of Kashmir and twin districts of Ladakh region during the…

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Jammu Federation of Industries raises concerns over GST implementation

A delegation of the Federation of Industries, Jammu, today called on the Minister for Industries & Commerce, Chander Prakash Ganga, to apprise him of the concerns of the industries’ sector in the state in view of the application of the Goods & Services Tax (GST) in the country from July 1 this year. The delegation apprised the minister that the industrial units in Jammu have slowed down their production and that there is uncertainty about how the raw material will be brought into the state and finished goods dispatched from…

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Displaced Kashmiri Pandits demand regular supply of ration

Displaced Kashmiri Pandits today accused the PDP-BJP coalition of denying ration to relief-holders staying in camps at Jagti, Muthi, Nagrota and Purkhoo. A delegation of Jagti Tenement Committee (JTC) met Relief Commissioner (Migrants) YP Suman and apprised him of the problems being faced by relief-holders who had not got ration for the past over three months. “Relief-holders residing in camps and other places have not been supplied ration in April, May and June which is a matter of concern. The government is totally apathetic towards our problems and has failed…

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