Suspected movement along IB, Red Alert in Hiranagar

A high alert was sounded in the Jammu region after movement of suspected militants was detected along the International Border (I-B) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district, a senior police officer said today. The development comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state on May 19. “We have sounded a high alert in the area since 12 am after the detection of suspected movement of a group of people near the I-B in Kathua district,” the officer told PTI. Security installations along highways in Kathua, Samba, Jammu…

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Strong winds plunges Jammu city into darkness for 16 hours

Strong winds damaged high-voltage power lines, resulting in 16-hour shutdown in most parts of the city on Saturday and Sunday. Almost half the city is facing power crisis due to the damage to 132 KV and 33 KV high-tension wires due to high-velocity winds. Meanwhile, the Power Development Department (PDD) is struggling to maintain the supply. According to senior PDD officials, infrastructure had been damaged at several places, especially in Jammu-Sidhra and Muthi-Barnai areas, which feeds power to Janipur grid station. Janipur, Subash Nagar, Paloura, Muthi, Barnai, Bantalab, parts of…

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Omar Abdullah seeks probe into Army’s concerns over BJP leader’s land row

Referring to the Army’s concerns over the construction, Omar said: “The truth is that had these (Nirmal Singh and Kavinder Gupta) been Kashmir-based politicians, and the Army had said this about us in the Valley, BJP people would have been screaming from the skies.” Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah Saturday sought an immediate probe into the Army’s “serious misgivings and concerns” over the construction on land bought by top BJP leaders next to an ammunition depot in Nagrota in Jammu. The Indian Express…

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Social and Political groups across Jammu oppose Ramadan truce plan

Social and political groups in Jammu have opposed any move to declare ceasefire and stopping anti-terror operations in Kashmir during Ramadan as demanded by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti during the all-party meeting. Members of the Dogra Front organised a protest and demanded that the Army should be given a freehand to deal with militants. “People of Jammu and the nationalist population of the state oppose any move that will jeopardise the efforts of the Army and the police to curb terrorism in Kashmir. We appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi…

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Vehicle burnt for ‘Smuggling’ cattle in Lakhanpur

Enraged over the alleged smuggling of bovine animals, an unidentified mob set ablaze a Mahindra load-carrier after rescuing the cattle near Lakhanpur on Thursday. The unidentified persons also thrashed the driver and another person for allegedly smuggling bovine animals and later handed them to the police. The arrested persons have been identified as Balvinder Singh of Ludhiana and Mohammad Shakib of RS Pura, Jammu. The police have registered a case against the alleged bovine smugglers and the unknown persons who torched the vehicle. In another incident, local youth threw stones…

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Modi to inaugurate new Vaishno Devi track on May 19

Governor NN Vohra, also the chairman of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, reviewed the completion of Tarakote Marg through teleconferencing at Raj Bhawan here on Tuesday. The track will be thrown open to the pilgrims on May 13. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally inaugurate it on May 19. The meeting was also attended by shrine board Chief Executive Officer Umang Narula, Additional Chief Executive Officers MK Kumar and Anshul Garg, Chief Engineer MM Gupta and other officials concerned. In February 2011, the shrine board had approved the…

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Sound probe done, further investigation on in Kathua gangrape & murder case: JK Govt

The Jammu and Kashmir Government Monday told the Supreme Court that a detailed charge sheet was filed after conducting a “sound” probe in the Kathua gangrape and murder case and further investigation was going on at a “rapid pace”. The state government urged a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which transferred the trial from Kathua to Pathankot in Punjab, that they should be permitted to appoint a special public prosecutor to conduct the trial, which was accepted. The state said it would continue to provide proper security to…

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SC transfers Kathua Rape & Murder case to Pathankot court, rules out CBI probe

The Supreme Court allowed Jammu and Kashmir government to appoint a public prosecutor and said the state government should provide security to Kathua rape victim’s family, their lawyer and witnesses in the case. The Supreme Court on Monday ruled out a CBI inquiry into the Kathua gang rape and murder and transferred the case to a court in Punjab’s Pathankot. The top court allowed Jammu and Kashmir government to appoint a public prosecutor and said the state government should provide security to the victim’s family, their lawyer and witnesses in…

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Jammu sizzles at 40°C, hotter days ahead

Temp likely to touch 43°C by May 1; power cuts haunt locals The weather in Jammu is getting hotter by the day with the maximum temperature touching 40°C on Friday. As per the weather advisory issued by the agromet division of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture, Science and Technology (SKUAST-Jammu), the temperature could cross 43°C on May 1, if the dry conditions persist. SKUAST, Jammu, agrometerology division in charge Mahender Singh said, “This is the expected pattern during the period as the entire northern region is experiencing dry and hot…

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Defence lawyer in Kathua rape-murder case appeals Hindus to stop selling land to Muslims

Ankur Sharma, lawyer defending the accused in the gang-rape and murder case of the Kathua girl has appealed Hindus of Jammu province to not sell their land and properties to Muslims and stop buying milk and dairy produce from Gujjars, mainstay of the nomadic community. A seven-minute video making rounds over social media shows Sharma saying Muslims believe Hindus were powerless. “But we are not,” Sharma can be heard saying in the video. While praising the Hindu Ekta Manch (HEM), formed in defense of the accused in the Kathua case,…

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