Infamous Kathua rape & murder case verdict likely today, security stepped up near the court

With the verdict in the Kathua rape and murder case to be delivered on Monday, tight security has been put in place near the district and sessions court in Pathankot. The incident, wherein an 8-year-old girl from the Bakarwal community in Kathua (J&K) was raped and killed on January 10, 2018, had witnessed widespread protests across the country. The in-camera trial in the case was completed on June 3 after the defence concluded its arguments. “The court has reserved its judgment, which will be pronounced on June 10 at 10…

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Regular power, Water supply still a distant dream for seven lakh Jammu residents

Grappling with drinking water shortage and regular power outages, Jammu is a living nightmare for its 7 lakh residents in the blistering heat. About 45 years after the first Master Plan (1974) was framed for Jammu, crores of rupees have been ‘invested in modernising basic infrastructure’ but the power development department (PDD) and the public health engineering (PHE) department have been unable to ensure regular supply, exposing the deep-rooted corruption and poor executions of projects. About 7 lakh people live within the core city area, falling under the Jammu Municipal…

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Jammu continues to reel under heat wave, sizzling at 42.5 degrees, light rain likely on Monday

The heat-wave conditions continued in Jammu as the city recorded 42.5 degrees Celsius today, three degrees above normal. The temperature was three notches below yesterday’s 45.5 degrees Celsius, season’s highest so far. Earlier, from Tuesday to Wednesday Jammu recorded the maximum temperatures from 40 to 43 degrees Celsius, and on Friday it was 44.1 degree Celsius. According to the meteorological department, light rains are expected from June 4 while the temperature will fluctuate between 40 to 45 degrees Celsius in next few days. “The intermittent rains with thunderstorm are expected…

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At 42.8°C Jammu sizzles witnesses season’s hottest day

A blistering heat wave swept across the Jammu region on Wednesday as the day temperature soared to season’s highest so far. At 42.8°C, the city recorded 3.7 degrees above the normal temperature. According to the meteorological department, Jammu record the hottest day of this summer so far with the mercury rising to 42.8°C. On Tuesday, Jammu day’s temperature was 41.1 degrees Celsius and it was two notches above the normal. In Katra, the base camp of the holy cave shrine of Goddess Vaishno Devi, the day temperature settled at 38.9°C…

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Construction work continues by Nirmal Singh’s family against Army, HC order

Construction of a building by senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh’s family near an Army depot in the city’s outskirts is near completion, despite the High Court directing them last year to maintain status quo at the disputed site, officials said. The HC on May 7 last year had asked them to maintain status quo until final disposition of an Army plea which has claimed that the building was in violation of laid down norms.A palatial building is nearing completion in Ban village despite the order,…

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Man killed over allegation of cow smuggling in Bhaderwah

A Muslim man was fatally shot and another was injured by Hindu vigilantes in Bhaderwah, Jammu & Kashmir on Thursday over allegations of cow smuggling. A group of Hindu men intercepted the two Muslims in the outskirts of southeastern Bhaderwah town before dawn and shot at them after an altercation, police said. A 50-year-old man died and another man was injured. Residents say the attack was carried out by so-called cow vigilantes. The injured man, Yasin Hussain, told reporters the two were taking three horses, not cows, with them. He…

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BJP leader Vikram Randhawa ‘Roughed Up’ in Chatta Jammu

In an embarrassment for the BJP, a senior party leader and MLC Vikram Randhawa was virtually roughed up by an unruly crowd in the Chatta area of Jammu district on Sunday evening when he along with party workers was canvassing for Jammu candidate Jugal Kishore Sharma. The incident came to light after two videos went viral on the social media where Randhawa and his supporters were forcibly made to leave the area amid anti-BJP sloganeering after having a brief scuffle and heated exchange with locals. According to locals, Randhawa was…

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Battle of nerves for Jammu LS seat, Modi to hold rally in Kathua on April 11

With just days left for polling in the Jammu-Poonch parliamentary seat, arch-rivals BJP and Congress are leaving no stone unturned to reach out to voters in this politically significant Lok Sabha seat in the state. It will witness polling on April 11 in the first phase of the elections for the six seats of Parliament in J&K. With the Congress forging a pre-poll alliance with the National Conference (NC) and the PDP not fielding any candidate to consolidate “secular forces” aimed at stopping the spilt of Muslim votes, the election…

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Congress banners flooded within BJP rally venue in Jammu

The BJP leadership faced a piquant situation on Wednesday as one portion of the venue where party’s national chief Amit Shah addressed an election rally was facing two houses flooded with banners, flags and posters of Congress leaders. The two houses belong to senior Congress leader Ashwani Khajuria, who had intentionally covered them with flexes of party stalwarts. Interestingly, the stage where all senior BJP leaders, including Amit Shah, were sitting was facing the houses. “As our house is situated just in front of the stage prepared for Amit Shah’s…

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Udhampur-Doda seat to have a fierce contest

As no prominent candidate withdrew his nomination papers on Friday, the last day to “come out” of the fray, the prestigious Udhampur-Doda Lok Sabha seat is going to witness a fierce battle among candidates belonging to the “warrior clan”. The main political players have chosen candidates from the Rajput community to turn this constituency into a “battlefield” for their nominees. The BJP has repeated Union Minister Jitendra Singh on this constituency, while the Congress has fielded scion of the erstwhile Dogra dynasty Vikramaditya Singh. Veteran politician and BJP rebel leader…

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