Two troopers, Two civilians killed in Pak firing along LoC, Villagers flee as Pak rains mortars

Govt closes all schools close to border, LoC Only three bullet-proof vehicles to evacuate 15,000 residents in Kathua An army man, a border guard and two civilians were were killed and 26 others injured in cross border firing along the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu province on Friday. The cross-border firing started mid night and it again resumed during early morning along the IB in Arnia and R S Pura sectors. Later, Hiranagar and Samba sectors also witnessed intense cross-border firing and shelling. “The firing…

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Govt ends Haj subsidy, says decision taken to empower minorities

Minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the Saudi Arabian government has in principle agreed to allow Haj journey from India by ships and officials of the two countries will sit together to finalise modalities. There will be no subsidy for Haj pilgrims from this year, minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Tuesday. Naqvi told reporters that despite the subsidy withdrawal, a record number of 1.75 lakh Muslims will undertake the pilgrimage this year from India. Naqvi also said the Saudi Arabian government has in principle agreed to allow…

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Kashmir suffering due to bitter relations between two neighboring countries, must shun ‘Tit for Tat’ policy: Mehbooba Mufti

Batting for resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said the confrontation between the two countries was the biggest challenge for the people of J&K who had been the worst victims of their bitter relations. She, however, hoped that the two countries would stop their “tit for tat” policy and go back to the days of friendship, amity and reconciliation witnessed during the regime of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “The biggest challenge for the people of the state is the confrontation between the…

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Govt rolls out populist Budget, Highlights

Finance Minister terms it a potential game-changer I Rs80,213 cr to be spent in next fiscal Non-commercial vehicles not to pay toll at Lakhanpur,  Tax on commodities up by 25%; 12 specific items exempted In its first post-GST Budget, the PDP-BJP government today focused on populism and rolled out several welfare measures “to change the lives of people, especially of the most vulnerable and marginalised”. Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, while presenting his fourth Budget in the Mehbooba Mufti-led government, termed it a ‘Budget of conscience’ and ‘potential game-changer’ in the…

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Valley shivers at -6.2°C, water bodies freeze, No Rain, Snow till January 14

The weather in the summer capital continued to remain below -6°C for the third consecutive day, giving a tough time to residents. Though the weather is predicted to remain dry for the week, the mercury further dropped in Srinagar. Officials said the weather would remain dry till January 11 as the cloud cover had disappeared from the sky. The night temperature in the city settled at the season’s lowest of -6.2°C which was the coldest in the season so far — marginally down from -6.1°C recorded the previous night. Many…

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Ruckus marks start of Budget session, Govt faces Opposition heat over civilian killings

The budget session of the legislature began on a stormy note on Tuesday, with opposition parties interrupting the governor NN Vohra’s address to the joint sitting of legislators and also staging a walkout against civilian killings and “mis-governance” in the state. As the governor was about to start his address on the opening day of the budget session, the National Conference and Congress legislators stood up from their seats and raised anti-government slogans over civilian killings by government forces in Kashmir and the “governance-deficit” in the state. While National Conference…

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Tassaduq takes oath as minister, ‘Will try to fulfill my father’s dreams’

Tassaduq Hussain Mufti, brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, took oath as a Cabinet minister at a ceremony held at Raj Bhawan here on Thursday morning. A three-time MLA and former minister Javaid Mustafa Mir was also re-inducted as a Cabinet minister along with Tassaduq. In a simple and brief swearing-in ceremony, Governor NN Vohra administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly inducted ministers on the Raj Bhawan lawns this morning. Javaid followed by Tassaduq took oath in English. Tassaduq has been given the tourism portfolio while…

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Six countries call for Kashmir Solution in accordance with UN Security Council

The Kashmir issue needs a peaceful resolution in accordance with the UN Security Council to ensure global and regional peace and stability, according to a joint declaration signed here by six countries, including Russia and China. Speakers from the parliaments of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Russia, Turkey and host Pakistan held a two-day meet in Islamabad, which ended yesterday with the issuance of the joint declaration, Dawn News reported. “We agreed that for ensuring global and regional peace and stability, the issue of Jammu and Kashmir needs a peaceful resolution by…

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Gov nominates Tassaduq Mufti as MLC, enters council on seat vacated by Vikramaditya

In exercise of powers Governor NN Vohra, exercising powers vested in him under sub-section (6) of Section 50 of the J&K Constitution, has nominated Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s brother Tassaduq Hussain Mufti as a Member of the state Legislative Council against the seat available in the Upper House. Tassaduq is nominated on the seat vacated by Vikramaditya Singh, who had resigned as MLC in protest against the state government for not declaring a holiday on last Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh’s birth anniversary. With his nomination as member of the…

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Swine Flu : With 5 more deaths at SKIMS toll rises to 21

Five more patients have died of H1N1 influenza at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura, taking the death toll of people killed by the Swine Flu to 21. Confirming the deaths, official sources at SKIMS told Kashmir Post that three patients have died in last three weeks. “Two women – an 80-year-old and another 90 years of age — both residents of Budgam were cases of comorbidities. Both were admitted in the hospital and died. A 41-year-old mail patient of Ganderbal also died,” they said. Sources said two more…

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