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Haseeb Drabu is Chairman of north zone finance ministers' panel

Jammu, March 23 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu was on Thursday appointed as Chairman of the Empowered Committee of Finance Ministers of North Zone, an official statement here said. According to a communique issued by the Inter-State Council Secretariat here, Drabu will be heading the Empowered Committee of the Finance Ministers of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab...

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Separatist leaders' arrest to add fuel to fire: Farooq

Srinagar, March 23 (IANS) National Conference (NC) President and candidate for Srinagar Lok Sabha by-poll in Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said that the detention of separatist leaders will precipitate an already volatile situation in Kashmir. Abdullah was addressing an election meeting in north Kashmir's Ganderbal district, organised jointly by the NC and the Congress. ...

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Indian, Pakistan Army personnel exchange greetings, sweets on LoC

Jammu, March 23 (IANS) Officers and jawans of the Indian and Pakistani armies on Thursday exchanged greetings and sweets on the occasion of Pakistan's Resolution Day at the Poonch-Rawalakot crossing point and Mendhar Hot Spring Crossing Point in Jammu and Kashmir, an official source said. The day is commemorated in Pakistan the Lahore Resolution passed on March 23, 1940, and adoption of ...

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Policy to tackle NPAs coming very soon: Jaitley

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) The government will shortly announce measures to deal with the major problem of banks' non-performing assets (NPAs), or bad loans, that it has drawn up in consultation with the RBI, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday. In the next few days, you will hear of some policy decisions taken between the RBI and the government, in order to bring pressure to ...

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Pakistan envoy's remarks interference in our internal affairs: India

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Following Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit's remarks that the issue of Jammu and Kashmir must be resolved according to the aspirations of the Kashmiris, India on Thursday said that the envoy's actions are tantamount to interference in our internal affairs. We have seen media reports about Pakistan High Commissioner's remarks today regarding the Indian sta...

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Keen to settle disputes through dialogue: Pakistan

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Pakistan is keen to settle through dialogue all the issues with India, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, Islamabad's High Commissioner Abdul Basit said on Thursday. Speaking here on the occasion of Pakistan Day, Basit underlined the importance of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's vision of a peaceful neighbourhood. He said Pakistan was keen to settl...

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Youths, security forces clash in Srinagar

Srinagar, March 23 (IANS) Stone pelting youths clashed with security forces on Thursday in this summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir against what they called nocturnal raids in Soura area of Srinagar. The youths flung stones in Anchar area, police said. Security forces handled the mob with restraint using tear smoke, a police officer said in Srinagar. Locals said the prote...

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Pakistani President offers dialogue to India

Islamabad, March 23 (IANS) Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday offered a dialogue with India to peacefully resolve the Kashmir dispute. Hussain addressed a military parade here on a the occasion of Republic Day, Xinhua news agency reported. He slammed India for what he said were its irresponsible actions and violation of the ceasefire which he claimed posed threats to...

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Modi to open country's longest tunnel on April 2

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) Prime Minster Narendra Modi will inaugurate country's longest highway tunnel on NH-44 in Jammu and Kashmir on April 2, said Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday. Hon'ble PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate India's longest Highway tunnel on NH-44 at Jammu and Kashmir on April 2, 2017, said Gadkari in a tweet. The tunnel -- Che...

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Process on to buy five truck scanners: Centre

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) The government on Wednesday informed the Rajya Sabha that it is in the process of procuring five full-body truck scanners for deployment at border check posts, including Attari in Punjab, along the India-Pakistan border. In a written reply, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said these scanners will be used also at Uri-Salamabad and Poonch - Chakan-da-bagh...

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PDP, Congress nominees file papers in Anantnag

Srinagar, March 22 (IANS) Candidates of both the Jammu and Kashmir's ruling PDP and the Congress on Wednesday filed their nomination papers for the Anantnag Lok Sabha by-election. Tasaduq Hussain Sayeed of the Peoples Democratic Party, a brother of Chief Minister Mahbooba Mufti, and state Congress President G.A. Mir filed the papers at the office of the District Development Commissioner....

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Sayeed files nomination for Anantnag Lok Sabha seat

Srinagar, March 22 (IANS) Tasaduq Hussain Sayeed of Jammu and Kashmir's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday filed his nomination papers for the Anantnag Lok Sabha by-election. Accompanied by PDP leaders Muzafar Hussain Baig, Abdul Haq Khan, Abdul Rehman Veeri and Mehboob Beigh, Sayeed filed the papers before Syed Abid Rashid, the District Development Commissioner of Anantn...

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Fresh snow in Gulmarg, weather to remain inclement in J&K

Srinagar, March 22 (IANS) The ski resort of Gulmarg received fresh snowfall on Wednesday as the weather office forecast light to moderate rain and snow in Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours. Fresh two inch deep snow has been recorded on ground in Gulmarg today (Wednesday) while Srinagar city received 6.8 mm of rain during the last 12 hours, an official of the Met department told...

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Modi has mandate to solve bigger problems in J&K: Mehbooba

Srinagar, March 21 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had the mandate to solve the bigger issues and problems faced by the people of the state. If any leader ever had the mandate to solve bigger problems including those faced by the people of Jammu and Kashmir, that is Narendra Modi, Mufti said. Campaigning for...

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J&K Police chief regrets manhandling of photojournalist

Jammu, March 21 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Police chief S.P.Vaid on Tuesday said that he regretted the recent incident when a police officer physically prevented a senior photojournalist from covering separatist protests in Srinagar. Vaid added that the J and K Police in consultation with the media fraternity intended to provide special identification badges for photo journalists working i...

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58 soldiers died in natural calamities in three years

New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) Between 2014 and 2016, 58 soldiers died in natural calamities, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday. In a written reply, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said 12 soldiers died in 2014 and one was injured. In 2015, 24 soldiers died and six were injured while 22 soldiers died the next year. The minister did not say if avalanches killed the ...

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Pakistan, India to hold high-level water talks in US

Islamabad, March 21 (IANS) Following the intervention of the US and the World Bank, India and Pakistan will be returning to the negotiating table over the disputed hydropower projects in the Indus Valley in April. Water and Power Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif said on Monday that the two nations would hold three-day secretary-level talks on the Kishanganga and Ratle hydropower projects, ...

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Night temperatures rise above freezing point in J&K

Srinagar, March 21 (IANS) Except for Kargil, night temperatures did not drop below the freezing point anywhere in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday as light rain and snow was forecast. The rain in the plains and snow in the higher reaches was expected till Wednesday, an official of the MET department told IANS. The night's lowest temperature did not drop below the freezing point due t...

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President honours surgical strike heroes with gallantry awards

New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) Major Rohit Suri of the Parachute Regiment was conferred the second highest peacetime gallantry award Kirti Chakra by President Pranab Mukherjee here on Monday for successfully leading the army team that carried out cross-border surgical strike last year. Suri, who was the mission leader of the team which was tasked to carry out the operation against the hideou...

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Work on to reopen Manali-Leh highway

Shimla, March 20 (IANS) The work is now on to reopen the road that connects Manali in Himachal Pradesh with Leh in Jammu and Kashmir, after it remained closed for over three months due to heavy winter snow deposits, an official said here on Monday. The road is crucial for the movement of armed forces to areas in Ladakh region that borders both China and Pakistan. The snow-clearin...

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