Hoteliers, cab drivers make a quick buck

While people of the state have pinned hopes on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit here tomorrow, local hoteliers and owners of mini-buses and taxis are making a fast buck. They have a reason to smile as all the available rooms and huts of Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (JKTDC) at Patnitop and Batote have been booked. All hotels at Batote and district headquarter Ramban were booked a couple of days ago by the officers and media persons visiting the venue of the PM’s rally. “I feel satisfied as all…

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Chanderkot villagers to hold protest during PM’s visit

Thousands await free power from 900-MW Baghlihar project, commissioned in 2008 Thousands of villagers of Baghlihar hamlet in Chanderkot and its surrounding villages in Ramban district have yet to get the promised free power from the 900-MW Baghlihar hydel power project since the first 450-MW unit of the project was commissioned by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in October 2008. The disgruntled residents have unanimously decided to protest peacefully on the day of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit here on November 7 for commissioning of the 450-MW unit II of…

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People stage protests against ‘shortage’ of doctors in Ramban

The residents of Banihal today staged protests over “shortage” of doctors in various hospitals here and accused the state government of “adopting discriminatory policies” against them, police said. The residents came out on roads and raised slogans against BJP-PDP government. They also accused the health department of adopting discriminatory policies with the residents of these areas, they said. Angry protesters also blocked the Jammu-Srinagar national highway for some time. “We need doctors as there is acute shortage in all the hospitals in the district that is why we held a…

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