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“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
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SUNSET : 6:33 pm Today
SUNRISE : 6:52 am Tomorrow
Truck driver
escapes unhurt in
militant's firing
driver today had a miraculous escape as a militant
opened firing at him from
a close range in Shopian
district of Jammu and
Kashmir, police said. The
militant fired three
rounds from a pistol at
Arshad Ahmad Dar at
Wandina in Zainapora
area of the district while
he was extracting sand
from a stream there,
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Avalanche warning
in some parts of
Kashmir, Ladakh
weather warning has been
issued in avalanche prone
areas in Kashmir valley
and Ladakh region following prediction of
snowfall during the next
24 hours. Divisional
Commissioner Kashmir
Rohit Kansal said a medium danger avalanche
warning exists for the
next 24 hours in snow
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15-yr-old boy
hangs self to death
JAMMU: A minor
allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself
with a tree in a remote village of Udhampur district
of Jammu and Kashmir.
"Mukhtiyar Singh, 15, son
of Charan Dass, resident
of village Sumaan, tehsil
Pancheri, this morning
was found hanging with
a tree in a field, some 150
metres away from his
house," police here
said. They said that
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Jora unanimously
elected CLP Leader
members of
Party unanimously elected former
minister Nawang Rigzin
Jora as leader of
Congress Legislature
Party. Jora was elected at
a meeting of Congress
Legislature Party yesterday today at party headquarters. The meeting
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Historic opportunity to connect
three regions of J&K: Mufti
JAMMU, MAR 6: Jammu
and Kashmir Chief Minister
Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
today said that the verdict of
the people in the Assembly
elections is a great opportunity to connect and further
gel the three distinct regions
of J&K State.
"There will be no digging of the past and the initiatives taken between 2002
and 2005 will move forward
to firmly put the State on the
development map of the
country," Sayeed said while
chairing his maiden meeting
Secretaries after assuming
office here.
He said that the
Government will soon make
guidelines to make Heads of
the Departments accountable and responsible so that
they perform to the best of
their ability.
Describing the people's
mandate as a historic opportunity, the Chief Minister
said that the Government
has come with a positive
Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed chairing a meeting of officers in Jammu on Friday.
Govt to buy additional
power for Valley
ammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti
Mohammad Sayeed today asked the official
machinery to bring down the curtailment and
power cuts in the Kashmir Valley.
The Chief Minister here chaired a meeting on the current power situation in the Valley and instructed that
efforts should be made to reduce power curtailment
and cuts in all parts of the Valley, especially during the
current winter months.
Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh, who holds
the charge of Power portfolio, also attended the meeting. It was also decided that the Government will purchase an additional 60 MW and supply it to the Valley
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Traffic partially restored on
Jammu-Srinagar NH
Traffic was restored partially on the national highway,
connecting Kashmir valley
with the rest of the country,
after remaining suspended
for five days due to landslides.
However, only vehicles,
which were stranded at different places along the
national highway, were
allowed to move towards
'We allowed vehicles,
including those carrying
passengers, which were
stranded at different places
on the 300-km-long highway," official sources said.
Earlier in the afternoon
the Highway, remained
closed for the fourth consecutive day today following landslides triggered by
heavy rain in the area.
"The national highway is
closed for traffic and the
road is being cleared of the
debris due to the landslides
at some places," a Traffic
JAMMU: With JammuSrinagar
Highway remaining closed
for vehicular movement for
the fourth consecutive
day, hundreds of stranded
passengers from Kashmir
and Doda, Kishtwar region
today staged a protest at
Jammu and demanded
immediate airlifting.
Reports said that hundreds of stranded passengers
Jammu and expressed
their anger over the failure
of authorities to either airlift them or clear the highway for traffic for the fifth
said here.
He said, the heavy rains
and snowfall on Monday
caused landslides at some
places which forced the closure of the road.
occurred at Gumroo in
Banihal and other places
which led to the closure of
the highway," he said.
Authorities are involved
in relief work including
clearing the debri from the
road and a decision to open
the highway would be taken
later, official said.
Meteorological Department
has said, the weather would
be freaky for one another
week with increased precipitation from March 8.
The department predicted light rains or snow at
some places in the plains
with heavy falls in the higher reaches.
The divisional authorities have also issued a
medium danger avalanche
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stage protest
in Jammu
Four in fray for president's post
many as four candidates are
left in fray for the post of
president of Bar Association
of Jammu, the elections for
which are scheduled to be
held tomorrow.
Senior Advocate M K
Bhardwaj has appointed
Returning Officer for the
election while Senior
Advocate Chander Shekhar
Gupta as Chairman for conducting free and Fair election of J&K High Court Bar
Association Jammu 20152017.
There are about 1800
voters to decide the fate of
candidates and till now, 64
postal ballots have been
Bhardwaj said that four
candidates namely Abhinav
Sharma, B S Manhas, D K
Mohammad are in race for
President's Post and for the
post of Vice President there
are also four candidates
namely Pranav Kohli, Pawan
Kumar Manni, Radha
Sharma and Vishal Abrol.
BAJ elections
Four Advocates are in
race of General Secretary
namely AP Singh, Manohar
Lal, Sachin Gupta and
Umesh Sharma and five
candidates are in race for the
post of Joint Secretary
namely Amit Chadha, Atul
Raina, Depresh Singh
Pawar, Gurpreet Kour and
Narinder Sharma.
For the post of cashier
three candidates are in race
namely Rahul Sharma,
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agenda to change the system of governance and
ensure justice to all.
He asked them to
become agents of change
and play a key role in
strengthening democratic
institutions and ushering in
a new era in transparency
and good governance in the
"You are my tools of
governance. J&K has to
deliver on development
front so that people of the
State, who have suffered for
long, feel the change coming on the ground," said the
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Crime Branch
books lawyer,
wife for fraud
Shah meets
discusses J&K,
land bill
One more dead in
Kashmir, toll reaches 8;
291 affected
president Amit Shah today
had a meeting with the RSS
top brass here, seen as significant against the backdrop of the party's alliance
with PDP in Jammu and
Minister Mufti Mohammad
Sayeed's statement giving
credit to Pakistan and separatists for the peaceful polls
The meeting between
Shah and RSS chief Mohan
Bhagwat and general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi at the
organisation's headquarters
in Mahal area here lasted
over eight hours.
The meeting was also
significant as the RSS's
Pratinidhi Sabha, its highest decision-making body,
is to meet here in the third
week of this month.
Though Shah did not
speak to reporters, RSS
sources said the common
minimum program of PDPBJP alliance; Sayeed's controversial statement, the
position on Article 370, and
the land bill were discussed
at the meeting. (Agencies)
more person died of swine
flu in Kashmir Valley today
taking the death toll to eight
and 14 new patients have
tested positive for the virus,
health officials said here
"One more patient
infected with swine flu
virus has died taking the
death toll to eight.
However, the patient had
multiple co-morbidities as
well and may have died of
those ailments," Sher-iKashmir
(SKIMS)'s spokesperson
Kulsoom Bhat said here.
She said the number of
patients infected with the
virus has risen to 291 as 14
new cases had surfaced during the last 24 hours.
"14 more patients have
tested positive for the virus
during the last 24 hours.
The total number of infected is now 291," she said.
The official said six
fresh samples were taken
today for testing from 80
patients who were at the
special OPD of the hospital.
The number of patients
infected with swine flu and
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3 more test
positive in
hree more persons
were today tested
positive of swine flu
(H1N1) in this winter capital of
the state.
"Total 12 reports were
received today out of which
three had tested positive," Dr
B S Pathania, Director Health
Jammu said.
Dr Pathania said that so far
total 53 people have been
tested positive in Jammu
region. He further said that
today fresh 15 blood samples
have been sent to the laboratory in New Delhi.
However, one death was
also reported due to suspected swine flu in Rajouri district
but the authorities have not
yet confirmed about it.
JAMMU, MAR 6: The sleuths
of Crime Branch Jammu today
booked an Income Tax lawyer
and his wife for fraud and
preparing forged documents
causing loss to his clients.
Crime Branch team has registered an FIR against an Income
Tax Lawyer Rajesh Verma and
his wife Sangeeta Verma, residents of Trikuta Nagar for
preparing fake documents and
causing huge loss to his client,
official spokesman here said.
He said that one Pardeep
Kumar Puri, resident of Gandhi
Nagar lodged a complaint
alleging that his father had purchased a house for an amount
of R 20 lakh but no formal sale
deed was executed and only
agreement to sell was prepared
on the advice of the income tax
lawyer, who was by his father.
The house was thereafter rented out but the accused substituted the original rent deed with
a fake and fraudulent one, prepared in the name of his wife
and received the rent from the
tenants and thereafter paid the
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RETURN OF VVIP CULTURE: With the taking over of new ministry in Jammu and
Kashmir, people have started facing hardships during the VIP visits in Jammu.
J&K Police Chief transfers 22 DySPs
Handa SDPO Bari Brahmana, Mengi DySP Traffic City
JAMMU, MAR 6: Jammu and Kashmir
Director General of Police K Rajindera
today ordered the transfer of 22 Deputy
Superintendents of Police from their place
of postings.
The cops have been transferred under
order number 596 of 2015/Dated: 6-032015.
Khalid Amin, DYSP DAR Poonch is
transferred and posted as DYSP Traffic
Banihal vice Mohammad Rafi, Bharat
Bhushan Sharma, DYSP IR-17th Bn is
transferred and posted as SDPO Nagrota
vice Khahq Hussain; Noor-ul-Hassan
DYSP IR-3rd Bn is transferred and posted
as DYSP Traffic Kulgam vice Altaf
Hussain; Mohammad Rafi Giri, DYSP
Traffic Banihal is transferred and posted as
DYSP DAR Poonch vice Khalid Amin;
Kameshwar Puri, SDPO Uri is transferred
and posted as DYSP Traffic Ramban vice
Zahid Saif Wani.
Syed Yasir Qadri, DYSP IR-6th Bn is
transferred and posted as DYSP Traffic
Pulwama/Shopian vice Aijaz Ahmad; Tilak
Raj, DYSP AHJ Jammu is transferred and
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Holi celebrated with fervour; rains play spoilsport in Jammu
MAR 6: Spring festival
Holi was celebrated at
many parts of the country
with gaiety and fervour
today, while rain played
spoilsport in Jammu, where
people preferred to stay
indoors rather than celebrating the festival of
Mukherjee, Vice President
Hamid Ansari and Prime
Minister Narendra Modi
greeted people of the country on the occasion of Holi.
In his message on the
eve of Holi, the President
said, "May this festival of
colours promote oneness
and harmony as well as
bring happiness, good
health and prosperity to all.
Let us use this spring festival to spread the fame and
Holi procession being taken out in Jammu amid rains on Thursday. Locals applying gulal to each other during celebrations.
Amar/Rakesh Khakuria
fragrance of our composite
culture far and wide," he
In his message to the
people, the Vice President
said, "Holi, which marks
the onset of Spring, is celebrated throughout the country by everyone, irrespective of class, creed or origin
and symbolises the unity in
diversity of our nation.
Continuous rains dampened the spirit of Holi celebrations in Jammu, winter
capital of Jammu and
Kashmir. As chill and cold
conditions prevailed due to
rains and fresh snowfall,
people preferred to stay
indoors rather than celebrating the festival of
Some of the youngsters
were seen playing Holi by
applying gulal to each
other. "Had there been no
rains, the Holi celebrations
could have been totally different," said a Jammu
J&K Governor NN
Vohra and Chief Minister
Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
had wished people of the
state on Holi and also
hoped the festival will bring
peace and harmony across
the region.
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