Vyas’s Portfolios Not Relocated 

SRINAGAR — BB Vyas resigned as Advisor to Governor last week and since joined UPSC as a member. However, the departments allotted to him are lying vacant. These departments include Planning, Development & Monitoring, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Ladakh Affairs, Election, Disaster Management, Relief Rehabilitation & Reconstruction, Revenue, Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Tribal […]

‘PDP Leaders Compelled Mehbooba’s Alliance With BJP Doesn’t Hold Water’

SRINAGAR — Awami Itehad Party (AIP) president, Er Rasheed, Wednesday slammed former chief minister and PDP president, Mehbooba Mufti, for her revela­tion that she was compelled by few party leaders to go against her wishes and form alliance with BJP. He said that this was a “confession that PDP’s agenda of alliance was an agenda of […]

17 Officials Suspended In Kupwara

KUPWARA — District Development Commissioner Kupwara, Khalid Jahangir on Wednesday suspended 17 officials for remaining absent from duties without authorization. The orders were passed by the deputy commissioner after conducted surprise inspection of several government offices including PHE Division Handwara and PHC Chogal. The inspections were conducted to reinforce punctuality and take stock of various services […]

Police Officer Found Dead In Humhama

SRINAGAR — A police officer was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Humhama area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Wednesday. According to news agency GNS, Sub-Inspector of Jammu and Kashmir Police Abdul Hamid (791265/EXK) son of Ghulam Din was found dead in room number 122 of Mirani Resorts, a hotel at Humhama.  According to his […]

Police: Busted Hideout Near Hizb Chief Naikoo’s Village   

SRINAGAR — The government forces on Wednesday claimed to have busted  a militant hideout during a search operation in Awantipora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. A police source said that a hideout located in Badriwan forest area of Awantipora was busted by the forces today morning. The area is close to Beighpora, which is […]

Former PDP Leader Raja Aijaz Joins Peoples Conference

SRINAGAR — Former PDP leader Raja Aijaz Ali Wednesday joined Peoples Conference (PC) headed by separatist-turned-mainstream politician Sajad Lone here. Ali, a former IPS officer who retired as IGP, was among the leaders who recently quit the Peoples Democratic Party led by former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. He had joined the PDP just ahead of the […]

PC Fields Irfan Ansari In LS Polls  

SRINAGAR — After criticizing PDP and National Conference as dynasts, the People’s Conference, headed by Sajad Lone, decided Wednesday to field Irfan Ansari as its candidate for Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency in the 2019 general elections. Irfan Ansari is brother of former minister Imran Ansari, who left PDP to protest nepotism and “dynastic supremacy” in the […]

In A First, EC Bans All Kinds Of Tobacco In Polling Booths

NEW DELHI — In a first, the Election Commission has banned all kinds of tobacco in polling booths during next year’s general elections, a bid to effectively implement tobacco control laws in the country. The Commission has asked all states and UTs to issue instructions to district electoral officers-cum-district magistrates to ensure prohibition of not […]

NIA: ISIS Module Busted  

NEW DELHI — A major ISIS-inspired module preparing to launch a string of attacks targeting politicians, key locations and crowded places has been busted, the National Investigation Agency claimed hours after raids in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. The raids are still continuing, senior NIA officer Alok Mittal said, announcing the arrest of 10 suspects on […]

Army Porter Killed Amid Flare Up On LoC In Rajouri

SRINAGAR — A civilian, reportedly a porter working with the army, was killed after the armies of India and Pakistan exchanged fire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu on Wednesday. “At around 1200 hours today, Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked firing in Naoshera Sector resulting in fatal casualty of one civilian Bodhraj […]

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