Bus carrying wedding party turns turtle in Rajouri, injuring 45

Around 45 people were today injured, two of them seriously, when a bus carrying a marriage party turned turtle in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district. “The bus full of Baratis was on its way to Thandi Kassi from Saranu village when it turned turtle near Jamola bridge in Rajouri,” a police officer said. He said that 45 Baratis were injured in the mishap, two of them seriously. “The seriously injured persons have been shifted to Government Medical College and Hospital, Jammu for specialised treatment, whereas others are admitted to Rajouri…

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Seven day Holi bonanza begins in Rajouri

Holi, the festival of colours, has a special significance here as Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims celebrate the festival a week in advance by taking out processions on alternate days in the name of Lord Bhairon. Rajouri city today witnessed the beginning of the 7-day-long Holi festival when the Bhairon Committee took out the procession of Bhairon Devta which passed through various bazaars and lanes followed by hundreds of youth from both the communities. Inhabitants of Rajouri city feel that by celebrating this festival they are saved from evils. Tight security…

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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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