Locals protest move to establish firing range in Akhnoor

Opposing the move to establish Army firing range in Akhnoor, residents of the area today protested in huge numbers under the leadership of Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) senior vice-president Sham Lal Sharma by blocking the Jammu-Rajouri highway for four hours. Villagers said the proposal would be a threat to the lives of thousands of people and their property. Sham Lal Sharma lambasted BJP MLAs, MPs and ministers and said without their consent this SRO 462 wouldn’t have been published, which clearly stated that any type of land either agricultural or…

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Rajouri residents catch SPO for ‘burglary attempt’

A Special Police Officer (SPO) associated with the Special Operation Group of the Rajouri police has reportedly been caught red-handed by local residents during his involvement in a burglary attempt. The SPO has been identified as Bashir Ahmed of Saj village. Officials of the District Police Lines said the SPO in question was not on their rolls. In the wee hours on Thursday, he was reportedly attempting to remove batteries from a tractor parked near Thandi kassi village under jurisdiction of the Rajouri police station. Residents of Thandikassi spotted the…

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Mother-son duo killed after VDC member opens fire in Rajouri

A mother-son duo died after a member of Village defence Committee (VDC) allegedly opened fire on them in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, said an official. News agency GNS reported that the VDC member Mushtaq Ahmad, son of Mohd Sharief R/O Mohra Dhaveen village in Budhal area of Rajouri district opened fire upon the woman and her four-year-old son after barging inside her kitchen at Samote village today morning. “In the firing incident, the duo sustained serious bullet wounds”, GNS reported, adding that the injured were immediately shifted to…

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Transformers supplied under Central scheme of poor quality: MLA Rajouri

A majority of the transformers supplied by the contractors in Rajouri district under the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) are allegedly made of sub-standard material. The Rajouri MLA raised the issue with the Executive Engineer, EM & RE, Rajouri Division, here today. Following the power crises in Rajouri district, especially in the Rajouri Assembly constituency, MLA Qamar Hussain today held a meeting with the Power Development Department (PDD) officials, including the Executive Engineer. Hussain expressed resentment over frequent damages to the transformers supplied by the contractors under the RGGVY.…

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Cop seen in pictures sitting on woman SPO’s lap, suspended

Pictures of a white-bearded policeman purportedly sitting in the lap of a woman Special Police Officer (SPO) in a police station in Rajouri district has gone viral on social media, prompting authorities to suspend him. Two pictures were posted on Facebook and Whatsapp in which Head Constable Zakir Hussain was seen sitting in the lap of a woman SPO who was seated on a chair in Budhal Police Station. “The incident took place in August this year. Soon after the pictures came to our notice, we have suspended the Head…

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Govt teacher suspended for taking tuitions

Taking serious note of violation of blanket ban on imparting private tuitions by government teachers, Chief Education officer, Rajouri, C Altaf Hussain today raided some private institutions here and placed an erring official under suspension. Gulbatan Singh, a government middle school teacher at Kardinoo in the Baljaralan Education Zone, was found teaching students in SR College. Director, School Education, Jammu, vide order No DSEJ/Gen/ 32642-43 dt26/10/15, has banned the private tuitions by the government teachers and has directed all the Chief Education Officers concerned to implement the order in latter…

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Two students booked for raising pro-Pak slogans in Rajouri

Two students of a government school were booked for allegedly raising pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. “Around eight students of a particular community studying at Government Higher Secondary School in Sialsoi village raised pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans after they came out of their classes after an exam yesterday,” a police officer said. He said that a group of around 50 persons reached the school today morning and forced the closure of the school authority. However, on the intervention of the police, the school functioned…

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Classes being held under tents at overcrowded school in Rajouri

The lack of infrastructure and a dilapidated school building has not only affected students’ studies, but it has also put the lives of almost 650 children at risk in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri region. The Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Rajouri district’s Thanna Mandi village has just four rooms to accommodate the 650 students. At times the classes are shifted to make-shift tents, which do not stand torrid weather conditions. “In this school poor children from far off villages come to study. To study in tents is still fine…

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Water supply hit as PHE workers protest

As daily wagers, casual workers and ITI-trained workers of the Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department have been on a protest for the past nine days, residents of Rajouri town and adjoining areas today said they were facing hardships as they were not getting regular water supply. The protesting workers have been demanding regularisation of workers who have completed seven or more years in service, timely and regular payment of their wages and enhancement in their daily wages. The PHE employees raised slogans against the Chief Engineer and Minister for PHE,…

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Two houses damaged, six water mills washed away in flood in Rajouri district

Two houses were damaged and six water mills washed away in flash-floods triggered by heavy rains in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. Due to heavy rains, there were floods and mudslides in Bhella rivulet yesterday in the Bella-Lakhi belt of Rajouri, district officials said. Due to which, mud houses of two persons in Khwas were fully damaged due to a landslide, they said, adding, six water mills constructed in the Bhella rivulet in the area were also washed away in the flash floods. Huge chunks of agricultural land with…

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