Jammu-Srinagar highway shut due to landslides near Udhampur

The vital Jammu-Srinagar national highway was closed for the traffic due to heavy landslides that occurred about 15 km from here today. The authorities said the restoration of traffic on the highway could take two days. As per reports, the company engaged in the four-laning of the highway has deployed JCB machines to clear the debris. Official sources said a huge landslide occurred near Balinallah, Bansa Pul, resulting in the blockage of the highway. Long queues of vehicles could be seen on both sides of the road. The authorities have…

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Nandni tunnel develops cracks within 30 months of its Inauguration

The Nandani tunnels on the Jammu-Srinagar highway have developed major leakages within 30 months of their inauguration. The leakage in the tunnels, 25 km from Jammu, is posing a serious threat to connectivity on the national highway, which also connects Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Katra and the Northern Command in Udhampur to rest of the country. Though, SP Jammu-Udhampur Highway Pvt Ltd — the construction company — has been given the contract for 20 years (three years for construction and 17 years for maintenance), but the patch work has…

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Alert sounded after 6 men hijack vehicle in Udhampur

Close on the heels of the attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag, a high alert was sounded in the Jammu region after six youths allegedly hijacked a vehicle on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway late on Tuesday night. Official sources said the hijacking had sent the security agencies in a tizzy and efforts were being made to trace the vehicle. Sources in the police department said some unidentified persons had hijacked the vehicle in Udhampur, following which a red alert had been sounded in the Jammu region. “I was given a…

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Udhampur gets Radio Station, Passport Kendra

Minister of State in the PMO, Jitendra Singh, today laid the foundation stone of a 10-kW FM transmitter with studio facility at Malhar. Speaking on the occasion, Singh said the establishment of the radio station at Udhampur was a pending demand of the locals. He emphasised that this would provide a suitable platform to the local artistes of the area as there was no place for them to show their talent. He said the radio station would play an important role in reflecting the folk art of the area. Later,…

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Union ministry ‘exposes’ MP’s claims on toll exemption

The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has denied having received any written correspondence or submission from Jammu and Kashmir, seeking exemption of toll tax at Ban Toll Plaza set up on the Jammu-Udhampur National Highway. The ministry’s position has come as a shocker for the residents of Nagrota and Dansal blocks in the Jammu district as Member of Parliament from the Jammu-Poonch parliamentary seat Jugal Kishore Sharma, who belongs to the ruling BJP at the Centre, had publicly claimed that he had used his “good offices” to “get…

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One gunman killed, Three CRPF men wounded in suspected militant attack in Udhampur

Terrorists on Monday attacked a CRPF camp on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Kud area of Udhampur District, according to SSP of Udhampur. One terrorist has been killed in encounter with security personnel while 3 CRPF jawans have been injured in the operation, according to CRPF sources. Traffic has been stopped at J&K National Highway by security forces for the safety of passengers, according to ANI. Reports say terrorists opened fire at the CRPF team when they stopped a bus for checking. This is the second attack in the state by…

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Udhampur residents protest Deputy Commissioner’s transfer

Protests continued for the second consecutive day today against the transfer of Udhampur Deputy Commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal Chowdhary, who has been shifted as Additional Secretary to the office of the Chief Minister in Srinagar. Crossing party lines, representatives of all major political parties, Bar association, Beopar Mandal and social organisations of the town urged the Chief Minister to review the transfer order. A massive protest was held outside the DC’s residence this morning when people disallowed the officer to move to attend a function Jagdish Bhardwaj of the National…

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Passengers face the heat as two trains to Katra suspended

Commuters availing the Jammu-Udhampur rail services are facing hardships due to less frequency of the Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) trains. The Railways has suspended two of the four DMU trains to extend express trains to Katra, the base camp of the Vaishno Devi shrine. Due to the cancellation of the DMU trains, the other overburdened trains to Udhampur and Katra see additional rush of passengers. After the start of the train to Katra in July 2014, all four DMU trains, running between Pathankot and Udhampur via Jammu-Tawi Railway Station, were…

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Schools in Doda, Udhampur closed after avalanche warning

The authorities on Saturday ordered closure of all schools in Udhampur and Doda districts following an avalanche advisory by meteorological department . “Following the avalanche advisory issued by the MeT department in the wake of ongoing heavy rainfall in the state, the authorities have decided to close all the schools in Doda and Udhampur districts,” an official said. MeT department has predicted heavy rainfall and also issued avalanche warning in the district for today and tomorrow, Chief Education Officer of Doda, Mohd Ashraf Rather said, adding that holiday has been…

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Udhampur DC gets state award

Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary has been conferred the state award for outstanding contribution to the field of electoral participation and showcasing best electoral practices at the Global Electoral Exhibition and Matdata Mahotsav, organised by the Election Commission in Delhi. Shahid received the award for the best District Election Officer (DEO). He was awarded for his contribution to various fields of electoral enrolment, participation and awareness. He was the DEO, Kathua, during the Assembly elections and the DEO, Reasi, during the Lok Sabha elections which registered record enrolment and…

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