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COVID-19 cases in J&K rises to 1,11,130 with 452 fresh infections
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COVID-19 cases in J&K rises to 1,11,130 with 452 fresh infections

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir recorded 452 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the union territory’s tally to 1,11,130, while six more fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,708, officials said. Of the fresh cases, 258 are from the Jammu division and 194 from the Kashmir division, they said. Jammu district recorded the highest number of fresh cases at 127, followed by 81 in Srinagar, according to the officials. There are 4,951 active cases in the union territory, while 1,04,471 patients have recovered so far, the officials said. Of the six fresh deaths, three each were reported from Jammu and Kashmir regions.
Minimum temperatures dips below zero in Kashmir and Ladakh
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Minimum temperatures dips below zero in Kashmir and Ladakh

Jammu: Night temperatures across Kashmir again dropped below the freezing point on Wednesday as the weather office forecast dry and cold weather across Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh till Saturday. Morning chill kept most Kashmiris indoors on Wednesday till a feeble sun started struggling its way through thin layer of winter clouds. The 40-day long period of harsh winter cold called the ‘Chillai Kalan’ in Kashmir starts on December 21 and ends on January 31. Almost all major and minor water bodies of the Valley freeze and the perennial water reservoirs of Kashmir get replenished due to heavy snowfall during this period. An official of the MET department said minimum temperatures remained below the freezing point in both UTs. “Dry and cold weather conditions ...
Pakistan Rangers violates ceasefire along IB in J&K’s Kathua
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Pakistan Rangers violates ceasefire along IB in J&K’s Kathua

Kathua: Pakistani Rangers opened fire at border outposts along the International Border (IB) in Hiranagar sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district, drawing retaliation from the Border Security Force, officials said on Wednesday. The firing from across the border in Karol Krishna, Pansar and Gurnam border outposts started around 9.50 pm on Tuesday and the cross-border firing between the two sides continued till 4 am Wednesday, the officials said. There was no report of any damage on the Indian side.
Covid Update: 471 new COVID cases and 5 deaths in J&K
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Covid Update: 471 new COVID cases and 5 deaths in J&K

Jammu: J&K on Sunday recorded 471 new cases of coronavirus, taking the tally to 1,09,854, while the death number has reached 1,685 with five more as of today, officials said. Of the fresh cases, 260 were detected from the Jammu division and 211 were detected from the Kashmir division, they said. The officials said Jammu district has recorded the highest of 122 cases, while Srinagar has recorded only 86. There are 5,087 active cases as of now in the UT of Jammu Kashmir, while 1,03,082 patients have recovered, they said. Five COVID-19 deaths were reported in the UT in the last 24 hours — three of them were from Jammu and two were from Kashmir region.
BJP defaming Kashmiri politicians using Roshni Act: ANC
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BJP defaming Kashmiri politicians using Roshni Act: ANC

Srinagar: Awami National Conference (ANC) Vice President Muzaffar Shah Wednesday said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was using the Roshni Act to defame Kashmiri politicians. Addressing a gathering of Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) comprising party workers of National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) besides other parties of the amalgam in Bandipore, Shah said. He said BJP was using Roshni Act to defame political leaders of J&K. “The Roshni Act was valid and was meant to benefit the locals but those leaders who have used this for their benefits must be taken to task,” Shah said. “But defaming all J&K leaders is not done.” He also took a jibe at Apni Party saying that they were closely working with BJP and RSS, and requested them to join PAGD...
Chinese construction along Indian border not a legit practice: US Lawmakers
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Chinese construction along Indian border not a legit practice: US Lawmakers

Washington: Expressing concern over reports of China’s illegal construction activities along the Indian border in Ladakh, an influential US lawmaker has said that America will always continue to stand with India and oppose any “revisionist efforts” by the Chinese government or anyone else to challenge the peace and stability in the region. India and China are engaged in a bitter stand-off on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh since May. “I am aware of and concerned with the public reports surrounding Chinese military construction along the disputed border with India. If these reports are true, and I hope they are not, China’s continued military provocations will continue to escalate tensions in the region,” Democratic congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi said on Tuesday. ...
BJP targets Congress, NC leaders over Roshni scam in J&K
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BJP targets Congress, NC leaders over Roshni scam in J&K

New Delhi: Accusing Congress and National Conference leaders of encroaching large tracts of government and forest land in Jammu and Kashmir, senior BJP leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday demanded a thorough probe into the alleged ‘Roshni scam’. He said that names of several top politicians, including NC leader Farooq Abdullah and former state ministers from the Congress and the NC have come to the fore for allegedly benefiting from the Roshni Act, which has since been struck down by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. The Jammu and Kashmir State Land (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act, 2001 is also known as the Roshni Act. “There was a conscious loot by powerful people of forest land and getting benefits under the Roshni Act, which has been...
Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah’s name present in the list of Roshni Act
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Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah’s name present in the list of Roshni Act

SRINAGAR: Member Parliament Srinagar and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah’s names have surfaced in the list of beneficiaries of Roshni Act. Jammu and Kashmir administration has made public names of people, including politicians and bureaucrats, who were beneficiaries of the scheme. The administration of the union territory as directed by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court to make public land given under the controversial Roshni land scheme, since scrapped by a court, came out with the list of beneficiaries. On Tuesday, it came out with a list of those who had allegedly encroached land other than those given under the scheme. As per the details of state land (physically encroached but not shown in revenue records), uploaded on the websit...
Ban Toll Plaza Gunfight: DGP Rewards Joint Party
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Ban Toll Plaza Gunfight: DGP Rewards Joint Party

Jammu: Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh Monday presented prizes to the personnel who were part of the Ban Toll Plaza gunfight. The DGP complimented the Police, and security agencies for clean and successful operation at Ban Toll Plaza saying said that the response to the militant activity was very quick and adequate. He said that with the collective efforts and good understanding between J&K Police and other security agencies, a cross-border tunnel had been detected in Samba district. Singh also sought reports from the field officers and personnel regarding the safety gears and other requirement and assured that highlighted requirements would be redressed on priority.  He said that shields already issued in Kashmir valley would also be provided to the ...
Webinar for Digital Business & Investment organised in Jammu
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Webinar for Digital Business & Investment organised in Jammu

Jammu: A webinar was organised by Jammu and Kashmir Government in association with D K Bakshi Founder and Director, Global Kashmiri Pandit Business Foundation (GKPBF) to serve as a platform for the first-ever Digital Business and Investor meet. The Webinar was chaired by Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lt Governor and attended by  Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, Commissioner Secretary, Industry & Commerce Department and  Anoo Malhotra, Director Industries & Commerce, Jammu. The speakers primarily belonged to IT, manufacturing, Wellness & Hospitality sectors and suggested that the first opportunity to set up Industries should be given to the local population of J&K who have shifted to other parts of the world since they have a sense of belongingness and are ...