Ghulam Nabi Azad jolt has J&K Congress in turmoil

It was meant to be the final rapprochement between the Congress’s first family and their erstwhile retainer, but it quickly turned into yet ...
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3 soldiers killed in attack on Army camp in J&K; 2 terrorists neutralised

Three soldiers were killed when two terrorists, part of a suicide group, tried to enter an Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district early on Thursday (August 11), sources said. The two terrorists were gunned down and five soldiers have been reportedly wounded in the attack. "Someone (terrorists) tried to cross the fence of Army camp ...

World’s highest railway bridge will leave J&K villages high and dry

In June this year, the Ministry of Railways hopped on social media to claim that 88 per cent work on the world’s highest railway bridge (35 m taller than Paris’ Eiffel Tower) over River Chenab in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district is completed as a part of ambitious Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Railway Link (USBRL) Project and soon all-weather rail ...

Pay Rs 20 for flag, shopkeepers & students in Kashmir told; officials later say ...

As part of central government’s nationwide ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign for hoisting the national flag on August 15, shopkeepers and students in Kashmir Valley were told to pay Rs 20 as a “deposit fee” for the tricolour or face action. Subsequently, a senior district official clarified that the flag campaign was purely voluntary. On Friday, the A...

Fresh batch of over 5,000 pilgrims leaves Jammu camp for Amarnath shrine

Amid tight security, another batch of over 5,000 pilgrims on Thursday left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp here to offer prayers at the 3,880-metre-high holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, officials said. The 15th batch comprising 5,449 pilgrims left in a convoy of 201 vehicles for the twin base camps of Nunwan-Pahalgam and Bal...

16 killed in cloudburst near Amarnath cave; 1,500 pilgrims evacuated

At least 16 people were killed and tents and community kitchens near the shrine were swamped with mud and rocks that came hurtling down with a gush of water after a spell of rain. Here are the helpline numbers:  NDRF: 011-23438252 011-23438253 Kashmir Divisional Helpline: 0194-2496240 Shrine Board Helpline: 0194-2313149 The cloudburst...

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Islamic scholars urge govt to allow Friday prayers at Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid

The Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU), the apex body of Islamic scholars and preachers in Kashmir, on Thursday urged the Jammu and Kashmir administration to allow Friday prayers at the Jamia Masjid in Srinagars old city. In a resolution passed unanimously during a meeting, the MMU also expressed anguish over the "illegal detention" of its patron an...

How a J&K village nabbed two LeT terrorists; BJP denies links to one of them

The tiny population of Kashmiri Muslims residing in the remote Tukson village in Reasi district in J&K, who are being praised for capturing two heavily armed Laskar-e-Taiba terrorists on July 3 (Sunday), have always stood their ground against terrorists setting up camp in their area. Earlier too, the terrorists had set up a check-post in the sa...

Villagers overpower two LeT terrorists in J&K’s Reasi; one had links with ...

Villagers in Reasi district of Jammu division on Sunday overpowered two dreaded terrorists of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), including the absconding accused in the IED blasts case in Rajouri district, and handed them over to the police. The police identified the militants as Faizal Ahmed Dar, son of Bashir Ahmed Dar from Pulwama and Talib Hussain, son ...

Two LeT terrorists overpowered by villagers; handed over to police in Reasi

Two heavily-armed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists, including the mastermind of the recent IED blasts in Rajouri, were overpowered by villagers and handed over to the police in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, a senior police officer said. Lt Governor Manoj Sinha and Director General of Police Dilbag Singh lauded the villagers for ...

Kashmiri journalist stopped from flying to Paris by Delhi airport officers

Sanna Irshad Mattoo, a Pulitzer-winning photojournalist, was travelling to Paris for a book launch and photography exhibition as one of 10 award winners of the Serendipity Arles grant 2020

In pix: World’s highest railway bridge over Chenab nearing completion

The bridge is being built as a part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link Project (USBRL) that will connect Kashmir with the rest of the country

Rajnath Singh hints at assembly elections in Jammu & Kashmir by year-end

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday hinted at holding assembly elections in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir "by this year-end". Addressing a function in Jammu, Singh, who is on a two-day visit to the Union Territory, said the delimitation exercise was completed recently following which the number of seats has increased to 90 with K...

Two LeT militants killed in J & K, including alleged killer of bank manager

Two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, police said. The encounter broke out between the militants and security forces at Kanjiular in Shopian after the personnel launched a cordon and search operation in the area, they said. Inspector General of Pol...

Kashmiri Pandit employees reiterate demand for relocation outside Valley

Kashmiri Pandit employees on Monday staged another protest demonstration here, reiterating the demand for their relocation outside the Valley till peace is restored there. Hundreds of employees, both men and women, assembled under the banner of All Migrant Employee Association Kashmir outside the Press Club carrying placards, some of which read,...

Local casting in ‘Kashmir Files’ runs into controversy

When the father of a nine-year-old boy received a video clip of the film Kashmir Files from his friend, he was shocked to see his son cast in the movie that had triggered tempers across the country for its polemic plotline. The father, a houseboat owner in the iconic Dal Lake of Srinagar, had been following news about filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri’s...

For Army, the biggest threat for this year’s Amarnath Yatra: Sticky bombs

With the Amarnath Yatra around the corner, security forces in Jammu and Kashmir are concerned over terrorist groups possessing "sticky bombs" — explosives that can be attached to vehicles and detonated remotely. The forces are now reshaping their standard operating procedure for the pilgrimage, officials have said. According to them, interrog...

Why Kashmiri Pandits want to flee Valley, and why this worries the Centre

Amid targeted killings in recent weeks, the community wants to emigrate to safety; the Centre is in a fix as this threatens to take the sheen off its much-publicised Kashmir policy

Kashmiri Pandits seek HC’s help for a safe exit from Valley

In the wake of the recent targeted killings, Kashmir Pandit Sangarash Samiti (KPSS) has sought the high court's intervention in Srinagar to direct the government to relocate all religious minorities living in Kashmir to a safer place outside the Valley. Citing media reports, KPSS chief Sanjay K Tickoo claimed that the Hindus living in Kashmir wa...

Govt employees protest for 2nd day in Jammu, seek transfer from Kashmir

A group of government employees, mostly teachers, staged a sit-in here for the second day on Friday to press for their transfer from Kashmir to their home districts in the Jammu region following a string of targeted killings by terrorists in Kashmir. These employees have returned to Jammu after their colleague, Rajni Bala, was shot dead by terro...

Migrant labourer from Bihar shot dead in Jammu and Kashmir, another injured

A non-local labourer was shot dead while another injured by militants in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday night, making it second targeted killing of the day in the Valley. Militants fired at two non-local labourers at a brick kiln at Magraypora in Chadoora area of the central Kashmir district, officials said, adding the incident...

Terrorists gun down bank employee in Kulgam in Kashmir; eighth killing since May 1

Terrorists shot dead a bank employee from Rajasthan inside the bank premises in Kashmir's Kulgam district on Thursday (June 2), the eighth targeted killing in the Valley since May 1 and the third of a non-Muslim government employee. Vijay Kumar, a manager with the Ellaqui Dehati Bank at Areh Mohanpora branch in the south Kashmir district, receiv...

Cops barricade Kashmiri Pandit camps as they threaten to leave Valley

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has confined Kashmiri Pandits to their transit camps after the community members threatened mass migration in the wake of targeted killings, reports NDTV. About 4,000 Kashmiri Pandits employed under the Prime Minister's special package on Tuesday threatened to leave the Valley if the administration did not re...

Kashmiri Pandits may get 2 seats in J&K assembly on delimitation panel’s a...

The Parliament may give its assent to the recommendations made by the Delimitation commission regarding the representation of Kashmiri Pandits (KPs) and displaced residents of Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) in the Assembly of the Union Territory. The commission’s report will be tabled in the Parliament shortly. The elections in J&...

Growing in strength, AAP may give BJP a tough fight in Jammu

With leaders of regional parties jumping over to AAP, political pundits say the Arvind Kejriwal-led party may emerge as a key stakeholder in Jammu, where BJP is slowly losing trust of young voters

Non-Muslim Kashmiris seek to build civil movement against radicalisation in Valley

The All-India Kashmiri Samaj will reach out to civil society organisations to create a conducive atmosphere of communal harmony in the Valley which has seen selective killings over the past few months
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