J&K records highest death toll due to COVID19, witnessed 52 fatalities as well 4716 new cases

Jammu and Kashmir reported highest single day spike in covid-19 deaths as 52 persons succumbed to the virus in last 24 hours even as 4716 fresh cases were reported, the second highest one-day count ever since the pandemic started, officials said on Tuesday. They said among the fatalities, 28 were reported from Jammu Division and 24 from Kashmir Valley, taking the overall toll in J&K to 2510. Regarding the 4716 new positive cases, the officials told that 1518 were reported from Jammu Division and 3198 from Kashmir valley, taking the…

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In the Interest of security of the state govt dismisses services of a Teacher, an Executive Magisterate and Assistant Professor

In the Interest of security of the state govt dismisses services of a Teacher, an Executive Magisterate and Assistant Professor

Executive Magistrate (First Class) in whose shop police claimed that it busted a ‘hideout’ last year in May in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district is among the three employees dismissed by Jammu Kashmir Government in the ‘interest of security of the state’. A teacher from North Kashmir’s Kupwara district has already been dismissed while besides Executive Magistrate 1st Class (Naib Tehsildar) from Pulwama, an Assistant Professor has also been dismissed from his service for his alleged involvement in anti-India activities. Recently, Jammu and Kashmir Administration set up a Special Task Force…

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As Covid situation worsens across J&K, admin orders 84-hour lockdown in 11 districts

To address the fast worsening Covid-19 situation in J&K, authorities said on Wednesday that there will be complete lockdown in 11 districts of the Union Territory from 7 p.m. on Thursday till 7 a.m. on Monday. Separate orders issued, under the Disaster Management Act, by the District Magistrates of Srinagar, Budgam, Anantnag, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Kulgam, Pulwama, Jammu, Kathua, Reasi, and Udhampur said there would be complete lockdown in these districts from tomorrow (Thursday) from 7 p.m. till Monday 7 a.m. Only essential services will be allowed movement during the period…

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While projecting normalcy, Kashmir Turns into Hotbed of COVID19

The COVID-19 situation in Jammu and Kashmir is on the cusp of explosion. Mukhtar Ahmad Lone, 32, (name changed) was walking home after the congregational, late evening Ramzan prayers at a mosque in central Kashmir earlier this week when his phone started to beep. In a heavy voice, the caller, a policeman, without offering much details, asked Mukhtar, an Islamic preacher (Imam) who leads five-time prayers at the mosque in Chadoora town, to come to the police station the next day. Mukhtar was perturbed. “The uncertainty and fear of landing…

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Vehical Re-Registration Row: HC asks RTO Kashmir what necessitated issuance of circular for re-registration

The High Court Wednesday asked the Regional Transport Officer (RTO) Kashmir to inform it by Thursday as to what necessitated the issuance of a circular for re-registration of vehicles brought to J&K from outside. The court said there was no bar for transport authorities to screen the vehicles with non-local registration mark for checking their “document veracity and the bona fide entry” into the territorial limits of J&K. A division bench of justices Ali Muhammad Magrey and Vinod Chatterji Koul while hearing two writ petitions challenging the circular asked the…

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Vehicle Re-registration Row: HC orders RTO Kashmir’s presence with records on 21 April

The petition further seeks to clarify by way of circular the period for which the tax is to be levied on the vehicle. The High Court on Monday sought response on a petition challenging a government circular ordering re-registration of vehicles purchased from outside J&K even as it asked Regional Transport Officer Kashmir to remain present along with the records of the said circular on April 21. A division bench of Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey and Justice Vinod Chatterji Koul while hearing the petition filed by one Irshad Hussain Munshi…

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For the first time in 144 years, Darbar Move deferred in J&K

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday deferred the biannual darbar move to Srinagar saying that the civil secretariat, which is the seat of the Union Territory administration, shall function both in Srinagar and Jammu cities. As part of the biannual darbar move and the civil secretariat’s shift, other move offices and the Raj Bhavan were scheduled to close in Jammu between April 30 and May 1 and set to begin functioning in the summer capital from May 10. The practice of darbar move – under which the administration functions…

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Amid Covid19 surge, renewed curbs Ramadhan begins from today

Muslims in many parts of the world marked the start of Ramadan on Tuesday, but a spike in coronavirus cases in several countries has once again put curbs on the holy month’s signature feasts and lengthy prayers in mosques. Still, there are glimmers that Ramadan 2021 could feel less restricted than last year, when Islam’s holiest period coincided with the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Mosques have since reopened and limits on movement have eased as vaccine rollouts continue in Muslim-majority nations. Clerics in such places as Indonesia have issued…

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Abrogation of Article 370 ‘Wrong’, J&K people have right to raise their voices against it: Saifuddin Soz

He was reacting to a statement made by Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu last week where he said that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and the country is capable of solving its own problems. The abrogation of provisions of Article 370 was “wrong” and “unconstitutional” and the people of Jammu and Kashmir have every right to raise their voices against it, senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz said on Tuesday. He was reacting to a statement made by Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu last week where he said that…

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Revised power outage schedule for summers, 1.5 & 3 hrs curtailment in metered & non-metered areas respectively

3 hours in non-metered areas, 1.5 hours in metered areas, 24/7 power supply to tourist places, essential commercials areas, Will try to provide uninterrupted power supply in Ramadan: CE KPDCL The government is planning to reduce power curtailment in the Valley from the current 7 hours outage in non-metered areas to 3.5 hours with the onset of the summer – which usually witness low load shedding compared to winter months. The metered areas will witness 1.5 hours from the current 3 hours daily outage. There will be no power curtailment…

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