Jammu, May 26 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Sunday condemned the Naxal attack on Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh and called it a "security lapse" on the part of the state government. He told mediapersons that the way the attack was carried out showed that security measures were not followed. "Casualties are high
Srinagar, May 26 (IANS) The weather office Sunday warned that intermittent rains with occasional thunderstorms will lash the Kashmir Valley in the next 48 hours, and advised travellers on the Srinagar-Leh and Srinagar-Jammu highways to exercise caution. "The weather is likely to remain wet in the valley today (Sunday) and tomorrow (Monday) due to a western disturbance," Sonam Lotus, director of the weather office here told IANS.
Jammu, May 25 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday expressed confidence of warm India-Pakistan relations due to a "positive approach" by the new ruling dispensation in the neighbouring country. Addressing a public meeting at Chak Mohammad Yar, about 25 km west of Jammu, Abdullah said: "A healthy change in the mindset of politicians in Pakistan towards Kashmir issue and India-Pakistani relations has also been clearly observed during the recent electioneering process in that country." He hoped that this would materialise in strengthening peace bonds between the two countries and moving towards resolving all issues across the table, reiterating the status of India-Pakistani relations have direct bearing on peace and development in Jammu and Kashmir.
Jammu, May 25 (IANS) A militant and his family who returned illegally to Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan have been arrested, police said. "We had reports two days back that this militant, Nazir Hussain, was returning from Pakistan via Nepal to his home at Marhot in Poonch district," Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Poonch Shamsher Choudhary said late Friday. Police were waiting to nab the man, as he had returned without following the procedure announced under the rehabilitation policy for ex-militants.
Srinagar, May 25 (IANS) A senior Indian army officer and two soldiers were injured near the Line of Control (LoC) Friday evening after Pakistani troops resorted to heavy firing at Indian posts in the Nowgam sector of north Kashmir's Kupwara district, an official said. "A brigadier and two soldiers were injured in the firing at Tutamari Gali of Nowgam sector near the LoC yesterday (Friday) evening," an army officer said. "Brigadier Sanjeev Langar received minor injuries," he added.
Srinagar, May 24 (IANS) The death toll in an ongoing gun battle in Jammu and Kashmir between security forces and the guerrillas rose to five Friday after an injured soldier succumbed to his injuries.
Srinagar, May 24 (IANS) Three soldiers of the Rashtriya Rifles and a militant were killed Friday morning in a gun-battle in south Kashmir, an army officer said. The gunfight was still continuing. Troops of counter-insurgency force Rashtriya Rifles and police were Friday morning laying a cordon around Bachoo village of Tral tehsil in Pulwama district, 35 km from here, when militants opened fire at them, spokesperson for the army's Srinagar-based 15 Corps Lt Col Ankur Vasisht told
Srinagar, May 24 (IANS) Three soldiers of the Rashtriya Rifles were killed in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district Friday while they were laying a cordon around a village where militants were reportedly hiding, an army official said. The incident took place at Bachoo village in Tral tehsil of Pulwama, about 35 km from here. "As the troops were laying the cordon they were fired upon by some militants," Lieutenant Colonel Ankur Vasisht, spokesperson for the army's Srinagar-based 15 Corps, told
Sonamarg/Ganderbal, May 24 (IANS) Thanks to the skyrocketing land prices in the countryside, Kashmiri villagers are basking in their newfound financial affluence, caring little for the land of their ancestors that are being sold to buy modern-day luxuries. Amid alarming pollution in the Valley's rivers and streams because of growing commercial activities, ancestral lands on which were once grown rice, maize and oilseeds are getting buried under tons of concrete, depriving the countryside of the magic it has always been famous for. Land prices in the rural areas, especially at places close to highways, railway tracks and tourist resorts, have soared beyond imagination during the last few years
Jammu, May 23 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Police Thursday arrested a police constable involved in drug smuggling from mountainous Rajouri district, an officer said. Rajouri's Superintendent of Police (SP) Mubassir Latifi told reporters that the constable was caught at a special check-post in Rajouri town while he was travelling with an associate, also a policeman, in a car. "On seeing the police party, senior constable Imtaiz Ahmed fled from the spot, while constable Shah Nawaz Ahmed was nabbed," Latifi said