Another jolt for NC; Over 20 functionaries resigned in Jammu

NC got another jolt; Over 20 functionaries resigned in Jammu

A day after former MLA Devender Rana and former minister S S Salathia quit the National Conference, over 20 more party functionaries, including provincial secretary and two district presidents followed suit and left the party. While announcing their resignation from the primary membership of the party, they also extended their support to Rana. District President Jammu Urban and former Deputy Mayor Dharamveer Singh Jamwal flanked by all these members, while addressing media, said, “We’re resigning in the support of Rana Sahib. He tendered his resignation. We are following suit responding…

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Over 50 Rural Local body members quit in district Ramban

Over 50 Rural Local body members quit in district Ramban

Over 50 sarpanches and panches have resigned en masse in two blocks of Ramban district in Jammu and Kashmir over various issues, officials said on Saturday. They have resigned alleging lack of promised empowerment, unnecessary interference, and their side-lining by the administration during the ongoing public outreach program of the Central ministers, officials said. The Peoples Democratic Party took a pot-shot at the BJP government, saying the “cosmetic normalcy and pomp and show being projected (in the Union Territory) stands punctured.” Officials, however, said the district panchayat officer Ashok Singh…

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On first day of school reopening 32 students test positive for Covid in Rajouri

On first day of school reopening 32 students test positive for Covid in Rajouri

At least 32 students of a private educational institution in the Thanamandi area of Rajouri tested positive for Covid on Monday, said, officials. The school was reopened on Monday and a team of health departments had visited there for sampling. Rajouri CMO Dr. Shamim Bhati said none of the students had severe symptoms. “They are being isolated, but the parents are reluctant to send them to Covid care center. The administration is trying to convince them. The students belong to small villages and hamlets in the nearby areas,” she added.…

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127th Birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh celebrated across Jammu

127th Birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh celebrated across Jammu

Several events were on Thursday organised here to mark the 127th birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh amid demands that the day is declared a public holiday. Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha paid tributes to the ruler on his birth anniversary. “He made an immense contribution to India’s freedom movement. His distinguishable and unmatchable services in the field of education, agriculture, administrative, social, and economic reforms will always be remembered,” he said. On this occasion, many social and political organisations of the Jammu region, including the Congress, demanded…

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Jammu Traders called for a shutdown on September 22 against the opening of Reliance Stores

Jammu Traders called for a shutdown on September 22 against the opening of Reliance Stores

Feeling the heat of the annulment of Special Status of Jammu and Kashmir, Jammu-based leaders from different groups including the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) have called for a shutdown on September 22 against the opening of Reliance Stores in Jammu. Some business leaders even appealed to Jammuties to stop selling land to Reliance who according to them will prove counterproductive for the local business population. Secretary-General Chamber of Commerce and Industries Jammu, Gauraw Gupta told that strike call has been forwarded in wake of multiple problems they…

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Ex Deputy CM of J&K, who slammed govt land transfer was himself an illegal occupant of State Land: RTI

Ex Deputy CM of J&K, who slammed govt land transfer was himself an illegal occupant of State Land - RTI

Former Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and senior BJP leader Kavinder Gupta, who described the transfer of state land under the controversial Roshni Act (now annulled) to private individuals as “land jihad” in the run-up to the District Development Council (DDC) elections last November, was himself an illegal occupant of state land from 2010 till the beginning of 2017. According to information obtained from the Bhalwal Tehsildar under an RTI application filed by Advocate Sheikh Shakeel, Kavinder Gupta along with two others — Subash Sharma and Shiv Rattan…

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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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