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Mild tremors felt in J&K

Srinagar, Feb 20 (IANS) A low intensity earthquake measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale occurred in the valley region in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. No loss of life or damage to property was reported. A disaster management official said the tremors were felt at 12.41 p.m. at a depth of five km with its epicentre at the centre of the state. --IANS sq/in ...

14 hours ago
Iran resumes search for plane debris in mountains

Tehran, Feb 19 (IANS) Relatives of 66 people who were on board a plane that crashed in central Iran are desperately waiting for any news as rescue teams began a second day of search for the wreckage. The Aseman Airlines passenger plane was travelling from Tehran to the southwestern city of Yasuj when it came down in the Zagros mountains on Sunday. Rescue teams resumed their oper...

17 hours ago
Clear sky in J&K cause sub-zero temperature in valley

Jammu/Srinagar, Feb 19 (IANS) A clear night sky led minimum temperatures throughout the Kashmir Valley to remain below the freezing point on Monday even as temperatures in the Jammu region showed further improvement. The Met said a fresh Western Disturbance (WD) was approaching Jammu and Kashmir and rain and snow were likely to occur from February 22 onwards. The minimum temperat...

1 day ago
Youth must give up guns, says Mehbooba

Srinagar, Feb 18 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said the youth should give up guns or they will face thousands of these from the security forces. Addressing a public meeting on the sidelines of an official function in south Kashmir's Kulgam district, the Chief Minister said: I have come to have a heart to heart talk with you today. I may be in po...

1 day ago
'Rock stripes' on Mars could suggest actions of water

Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) NASA's Mars rover Opportunity, which reached its 5,000th Martian day, or sol, this week has observed possible rock stripes that could suggest actions of water, wind or other processes on the Red Planet. The ground texture seen in recent images from the rover resembles a smudged version of very distinctive stone stripes on some mountain slopes on Earth that resul...

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Kashmiri actor on growing up in 'politically unstable state'

Mumbai, Feb 18 (IANS) Kuch Bheege Alfaaz actor Zain Khan Durrani, a Kashmiri by birth, says the worst part about growing up in a tumultuous and politically unstable state is that you insidiously get used to the violence around. He made a strong impact in Onir's latest directorial Kuch Bheege Alfaaz as a poetic romantic dreamer RJ with a guilty secret. Where does this intensity on...

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Kashmir's laugh doctor: He wants to bring mirth back to Kashmir's depressed lives

Srinagar, Feb 18 (IANS) Long before it was infected by violence and its streets reverberated with sounds of slogans and gunfire, Kashmir was a place where one could hear laughter in every household in the evenings when Nazir Josh, Kashmir's very own Charlie Chaplin, used to come on Doordarshan (DD), the national broadcaster, with his facial expressions of total bewilderment, the street impression...

2 days ago
Restrictions in Srinagar to prevent separatist-called protest

Srinagar, Feb 17 (IANS) Authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar city on Saturday to prevent a separatist-called protest, police said. The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a separatist conglomerate headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, has called for the protest against shifting of local detainees to jails outside, murder of a separatist...

3 days ago
Russian skier dies in Gulmarg avalanche

Srinagar, Feb 16 (IANS) A Russian skier was killed in an avalanche while four other skiers were rescued on Friday in Jammu and Kashmir's ski resort Gulmarg, police said. Disaster management authorities had issued an avalanche warning for the higher reaches of the Kashmir Valley on Thursday evening for Friday and Saturday. --IANS sq/mr ...

3 days ago
Lil Pump arrested after firing gun while home alone

Los Angeles, Feb 16 (IANS) Rapper Lil Pump was arrested after he fired a gun at his home, but was released shortly afterwards. The rapper, 17, was arrested on February 14, reports tmz.com. Law enforcement sources said that Pump's manager called police to report that three men were trying to forcibly open the front door of the rapper's San Fernando Valley home, with one suspect fi...

4 days ago
Congress, Left parties have 'secret pact' for Tripura polls: Modi

Agartala/Santir Bazar (Tripura), Feb 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday accused the Congress and Left parties of having a secret understanding for the February 18 Tripura Assembly polls. Congress and Left parties like in Kerala and West Bengal have a secret deal for the Tripura polls. To change the future of Tripura, reject the two parties and vote for BJP, Modi said whil...

4 days ago
Jammu-Srinagar highway remains closed

Jammu, Feb 15 (IANS) The Jammu-Srinagar national highway remained closed for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday as authorities said landslide clearance work is still in progress. No traffic will be allowed on the highway as road clearance operations are on at Battery Cheshma and some other parts of the road, a traffic department official said. At least 2,000 vehicles were str...

5 days ago
DVC to sell power to Bangladesh

Kolkata, Feb 14 (IANS) The Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) on Wednesday said it has won a short term and a long term bid for selling of 300 megawatt (MW) power to Bangladesh. The public sector undertaking said that the contract was through its power trader NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd (NVVNL) and it was the first time that it won an international tender for cross-border supply of electr...

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Army slams Owaisi over 'Muslim martyrs' comment

Jammu, Feb 14 (IANS) The Army on Wednesday said it does not communalise martyrs, slamming Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi for his comments on soldiers killed in the Sunjuwan terror attack. We do not communalise martyrs, those making statements don't know the Army well, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Northern Command Lt. Gen. Devraj Anbu told reporters. He, however, did not nam...

5 days ago
Srinagar-Jammu highway closed due to landslides

Jammu, Feb 14 (IANS) Fresh landslides in Udhampur and Ramban districts forced the closure of the Srinagar-Jammu highway for the third consecutive day on Wednesday. A Traffic Department official said no traffic would be allowed on the highway following the landslides that occurred on Kheri road in Udhampur and at the Anokhi Fall stretch in Ramban. Landslide clearance at both place...

6 days ago
J&K's PDP-BJP alliance becoming increasingly untenable

Jammu, Feb 13 (IANS) As security forces battled militants in both Srinagar and Jammu, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti reiterated that a dialogue between India and Pakistan still remained the only way out for lasting peace in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). While her ruling alliance partners in the BJP advocate a hardline approach and want to tell Pakistan that enough is enough, Mehbooba has consistent...

6 days ago
Weather starts to improve in J&K

Srinagar, Feb 13 (IANS) After heavy snowfall in the hills and moderate rain and snow in the plains a day ago, the weather across Jammu and Kashmir is set to improve Tuesday onwards, the Met said. After over a two-month-long dry spell, the Kashmir Valley received its first major snowfall this season on Monday. The snowfall has, to a large extent, addressed the concerns of the resi...

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Army actions have to seen in the relevant context: Sitharaman

Jammu, Feb 12 (IANS) Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday that any action performed by the Army in its call of duty has to be seen in the relevant context and the government will stand by the force. Addressing the media after her visit to Sunjuwan army camp following a terror attack, she, asked several questions about the FIR against Major Aditya Kumar by Jammu and Kashmir ...

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Central team in Arunachal to assess losses from natural disasters

Itanagar, Feb 12 (IANS) A seven-member inter-ministerial Central government team on disaster management headed by Joint Secretary, Home, Shri Prakash arrived in Arunachal Pradesh to assess the losses caused by natural disasters. The team also called on Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who said the state is incurring heavy losses due to natural calamities and with limited resources of its own,...

7 days ago
Roads in upper Shimla cut off with snowfall

Shimla, Feb 12 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh's capital Shimla and its nearby tourist destinations on Monday were wrapped in snow, giving them a picturesque look. Likewise, Manali and its uphill Solang ski slopes and Kalpa, 250 km from here, saw snowfall. Towns in upper Shimla district were cut off with snow piled up on roads, an official said. This was the season's second significant s...

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