For demanding road connectivity eight persons booked in Bhaderwah

For demanding road connectivity eight persons booked in Bhaderwah

At least eight persons including four Sarpanchs and a government teacher have been booked in Bhaderwah for staging a protest for demanding road connectivity to their respective villages during an official visit of Farooq Khan, Advisor to LG Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday. An official told a local news agency, Kashmir Post that they have been booked under Epidemic Disease Act 1997 for violating Covid-19 restrictions imposed in the district. He said the several locals of various panchayats of Bhaderwah had assembled on Bhaderwah-Pul Doda road and blocked the road,…

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BJP appeasing Valley leaders at our cost: Pro-Jammu parties

BJP appeasing Valley leaders at our cost - Pro-Jammu parties

Though statehood remains an emotive issue on either side of the Pir Panjal range, PM’s all-party meeting at Delhi has drawn sharp criticism from pro-Jammu parties, including the West Pak refugees, PoJK refugees and the internally displaced Kashmiri Pandits. West Pak Refugees Front chairman Labha Ram Gandhi said, “We will be happy if Jammu and Kashmir becomes a state again, but we had to wait for 72 years for getting citizenship in J&K… it was not a separate country. However, even after abrogation of Articles 370 and 35-A, we have…

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Former ministers son held after six years on rape charges

Former ministers son held after six years on rape charges

Police have arrested the son of the former Cabinet Minister of Jammu and Kashmir government for committing rape on seventh class student six years ago. The son of People’s Conference leader Abdul Gani Vakil, who was then Cabinet Minister of Congress-PDP coalition Government, has been lodged in Domana Police Station of Jammu district where an FIR was registered against him and his associates, a Jammu based newspaper Daily Excelsior reported. The report quoting sources identified the accused as Abid Gani son of Abdul Gani Vakil, earlier a prominent Congress leader,…

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Jammu erupts over the opening of liquor shops in residential areas

Jammu erupts over the opening of liquor shops in residential areas

Protests continued in various localities of winter capital city, Jammu, over opening of wine shops in residential areas on Wednesday. Witnesses told a local news agency, Kashmir Post, scores of people including women and children staged a protest in the city’s Shakti Nagar area and against the administration. The protesting residents said the proposed shop is next to residential apartment, which houses three families, majority of them female members. “We are around ten female members living in the house, which has been proposed as new wine shop, which we will…

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Post Sinha & Shah’s Delhi meet, demand for separate statehood rising from across Jammu region

Post Sinha & Shah's Delhi meet, demand for separate statehood rising from across Jammu region

With J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha meeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and more paramilitary troops being rushed to Kashmir, speculation has been rife that the Centre is about to make some major decisions on Jammu and Kashmir. This has prompted Jammu-based parties to come forward demanding that Jammu be made a separate state. Sinha met Shah and Home Secretary A K Bhalla in New Delhi for a security review meeting. Soon after the meeting, rumours have surfaced that the Centre is planning to give statehood to Jammu and may…

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Despite fewer COVID19 cases, why Jammu has a higher mortality rate than Kashmir?

Safwat Zargar On May 17, the government medical college of Jammu, the main tertiary care hospital in the district, received a terse letter from the health department underlining the need for “corrective measures” to reduce deaths among Covid-19 patients. “It is desirable that the senior faculty members of the concerned departments of your institution be directed to increase their presence by making frequent rounds of wards, where the COVID positive patients are admitted, so that such patients are properly looked after and treated, which will help us in reducing the…

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Veteran BJP Leader, Chaman Lal Gupta scrambled to COVID19

Veteran BJP Leader, Chaman Lal Gupta dies of COVID19

Chaman Lal Gupta, veteran BJP leader and former union minister. died at his residence in Jammu’s Gandhi Nagar on Tuesday. According to the family, Chaman Lal Gupta had tested positive for COVID-19 and was successfully treated at a hospital. “He had tested positive for COVID-19 on May 5 and returned from Narayana hospital on Sunday after successful treatment. His condition suddenly deteriorated in the wee hours and he breathed his last around 5.10 am,” his elder son Anil Gupta told news agency Press Trust of India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi…

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Door-to-Door ‘Trace & Isolate’ drive started in Jammu district

A massive door-to-door exercise was started across Jammu on Tuesday to ‘trace and isolate’ probable Covid-positive patients as part of the ongoing efforts to contain the pandemic, officials said. Jammu district tops the Covid fatality chart with a total of 686 deaths till Monday evening with over 300 of the patients succumbing to the infection in the past three weeks. The district has 7,630 active cases, which is also the second highest in the entire UT. Seeking cooperation of the people to the drive, Jammu Deputy Commissioner Anshul Garg said…

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Days after returning from Kumbh Mela, BJP leader Thakur Puran Singh succumbs to COVID-19

BJP leader and former legislator Thakur Puran Singh died due to the Coronavirus infection in Jammu division’s Rajouri district on Thursday. Party sources said Mr. Singh, a resident of Kewal, Koteranka, Rajouri, had attended the Kumbh Mela in Uttarakhand recently. The Rajouri administration has passed strict orders on abiding by the COVID protocols while cremating the body. “The body shall directly be taken to the Cremation Ground, Kewal Tehsil, Koteranka. Only four persons (relatives) with the PPE kits and other required gadgets as per standard operating procedure shall be allowed…

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Red Fort Violence: Delhi Police arrest farmer leaders from Jammu

The Delhi Police today said its crime branch sleuths, in association with the J&K Poilce, tracked down and apprehended two more accused for their alleged involvement in the Red Fort violence during the farmers’ tractor parade on January 26. Delhi Police Additional PRO Anil Mittal said Jammu and Kashmir United Kisan Front chairman Mohinder Singh (45), a resident of Chatha area of Jammu, and Mandeep Singh (23) of Gole Gujral, Jammu, were alleged to have been “active participants and key conspirators” in the violence. Farmers blocked the Jammu-Pathankot highway here…

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