Flood situation worsens, death toll mounts

SRINAGAR: Five days of torrential rains which triggered worst flooding in last 50 years have left at least 120 people dead so far and caused widespread destruction across Jammu and Kashmir. However, the weather office said on Saturday the “worst is over”. Tens of thousands of people were forced to leave their houses and take […]

100 Deaths & Counting: Rivers Swell, Floods wreck havoc

SRINAGAR: The Jhelum and Chenab rivers have further swelled amidst recurrent rains, causing flashfloods in dozens of villages. With fresh deaths taking place in Thana Mandi Rajouri and Kashmir region, the death toll across Jammu and Kashmir reached close to 100 on Friday. At least 14 persons were trapped while four of them died when […]

Scramble over boats

SRINAGAR: A group of police officers from Srinagar  along with their subordinates allegedly thrashed Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar and his associates when the later refused to provide them rescue boats meant for flood affected people near Nehru Park Srinagar during the wee hours on Friday. Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar G M Dar along with other […]

Flood victims stone, heckle NC ministers

SRINAGAR: The security guards of three Ministers of the present government allegedly resorted to aerial firing, after the locals at Panta Chowk on Srinagar-Jammu Highway attacked the cavalcades of the Ministers with stones. Sources said that National Conference Ministers Chodhri Muhammad Ramzan, Sakina Itoo and Mir Saifullah were on way to South Kashmir’s Anantnag district […]

R&B’s helpline: Stuck up drivers may call

SRINAGAR:: In view of the incessant rains in the Kashmir Valley which have caused flood situation, the R&B department has established Control Rooms at Direction Office Lal Mandi and at Circle office, Srinagar/Budgam. The public is hereby advised to contact on following numbers, 9796144990, 9419402559, 9419013470 to ensure speedy and prompt disposal of their grievances […]

Prisoner can be released if trial is over-delayed: SC

NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court on Friday ordered the country’s notoriously overcrowded jails to free all inmates who have served half their maximum term without trial, in a landmark ruling with potential implications for hundreds of thousands of prisoners. More than two-thirds of India’s nearly four million prison inmates are awaiting trial, according to Amnesty […]

Gifting mangoes to Modi, Sharif awaits fresh talks

KARACHI: In the run-up to the annual general assembly of United Nations slated this month, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has sent a box of mangoes to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, signaling a renewed interest in forging a lasting friendship. The gesture comes close on the heels of a massive political crisis which Sharif […]

CM asked to trace land for KPs

SRINAGAR: Union Home Minister  Rajnath Singh has asked the Jammu and Kashmir State Government to identify suitable land for the rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants. In a letter addressed to the Chief Minister  Omar Abdullah regarding implementation of the rehabilitation scheme, the Union Home Minister has suggested that land may be identified near the native places […]

Mehbooba wants Delhi’s direct role in relief

SRINAGAR: President of Peoples Democratic Party Mehbooba Mufti Friday appealed the Union government to declare floods in J&K as a “national calamity”, citing the alleged  failure of the state government to reach out to the victims . Mehbooba rang up the Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh and expressed her disappointment at the inadequate response to […]

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