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Friday, February 27, 2015

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  • Rail Budget 2015: No fare hike, no new trains; tickets 120 days in advance

    New Delhi, February 26 The Railway Budget presented in Parliament on Thursday proposed measures to make Indian Railways prime mover of Indian Economy. Presenting his maiden Rail Budget in Parliament, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said that all critical initiatives proposed will be pursued in mission mode. “The Budget proposals have set four goals to transform Indian Railways over next five years which are a sustainable and measurable improvement in customer experience, make rail a safer means of travel, expansion of capacity substantially, modernization of infrastructure and finally to mak...

  • Four civilians injured in explosion at encounter site

    Srinagar, February 26 Four civilians were today injured when an explosion occurred at a site where an encounter between security personnel and militants had ended last night in Shopian district of south Kashmir. “Four civilians have sustained injuries due to an explosion at the encounter site,” Superintendent of Police, Shopian, Altaf Khan told PTI. Khan said the operation, in which two militants were killed and four army personnel, including a major, injured, concluded late last night. “We concluded the operation last night but had made announcement in a local mosque asking people not to...

  • Pakistan summons High Commissioner from India for consultations

    Islamabad, February 26 Pakistan summoned its High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit for urgent consultations on the upcoming visit of Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar to Pakistan. Basit has reached Islamabad and is briefing top officials of the foreign office engaged in planning parleys with the Indian foreign secretary, Dawn reported citing sources. Basit is also expected to meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his key advisor Sartaj Aziz. He is expected to brief them over the latest issues between the two countries. The Indian government has desired a meeting between Jaishankar and ...

  • Highways construction delays due to land acquisition: Govt

    Newspoint Bureau
    New Delhi, February 26 Delays in construction of some national highways have been mainly due to land acquisition, environment and contractual issues, Parliament was informed today. “Some National Highway projects under various phases of National Highways Development Projects (NHDP) have been delayed mainly due to land acquisition, poor performance of contractors and related arbitration, contractual disputes, environment clearance etc,” Minister for Road Transport and Highways Pon Radhakrishnan said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. To expedite completion of these projects various steps ...

  • India bans ISIS under UAPA

    Newspoint Bureau
    New Delhi, February 26 Dreaded terror group ISIS and all its affiliate organisations, responsible for series of savage attacks and killings in Iraq and Syria, have been banned in India under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Recruitment of youths to the outfit from India and their radicalisation is a matter of serious concern for the country especially with regard to its likely impact on national security when such youth return to India, the Home Ministry said while banning the terrorist group. The Islamic State/Islamic State of Iraq and Levant/ Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/Dais...

  • Mufti to be sworn-in as J-K CM on Sunday

    Newspoint Bureau
    New Delhi, February 26 PDP and BJP have ironed out their differences and reached a consensus on a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) that will form the basis of their unique coalition Government in Jammu and Kashmir to be sworn-in at 11 AM on Sunday next. Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, founder-patron of PPD, flew in here this evening to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow which will be final step in his return as the State’s Chief Minister at the head of the coalition that will mark the first time ever for the BJP to be in power in the sensitive state. Sayeed said on his arrival that a CMP on w...

  • Cong questions BJP on its stand on Art 370

    Newspoint Bureau
    New Delhi, February 26 Congress today questioned BJP on its stand on Article 370 in the context of it forming Government with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir even as it targeted the Modi dispensation over various issues, including communal remarks made by BJP and Sangh leaders. Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia referred to the issue while participating in a debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address in Lok Sabha during which he also slammed the Government over “bullet train of Ordinances” and moves to amend the Land Acquisition Act. “You are going to form Government with PDP in ...

  • DB issued directions to State & Medical Dept regarding Swine Flu

    Newspoint Bureau
    Jammu Tawi, February 26 In a Public Interest Litigation filed by Smile Social Youth Club through its President Matloob Saleem Qureshi raising an important issue of regarding facilities of State for organ transplant, in which petitioner has filed a supplementary affidavit stating that there is no laboratory in GMC Hospital Jammu for conducting a Swine Flue Test and even there is no sufficient stock of prescribed medicines for preventing and treating swine flu patients in the State. A Division Bench of State High Court Comprising Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Dhiraj Singh Th...

  • Governor directs Divisional Commissioner to review flood situation and breach of Jhelum bundh

    Newspoint Bureau
    Jammu Tawi, February 26 The Governor, N.N. Vohra, today directed Rohit Kansal Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir to personally visit the various areas in the town to see the flood situation and also Kursoo, Raj Bagh, to physically inspect the site of the reported breach on the Jhelum bundh where the incessant rains have led to sloughing. Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, accompanied by Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Superintending Engineer, Irrigation & Flood Control and other concerned officers visited Kursoo, Raj Bagh and physically inspected the area of Jhelum bundh which is reported to b...

  • Kashmir highway through, vehicles move from Jammu to Srinagar

    Newspoint Bureau
    Jammu Tawi, February 26 Hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying essentials for the Kashmir valley left Jammu this morning as the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway was put through for one-way traffic after vehicles stranded were cleared last night. However, no vehicle was allowed from Srinagar to Jammu as only one-way traffic will continue to ply on the highway, connecting the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, till further orders, a traffic police official told UNI here. He said traffic on the highway was stopped following landslides and shooting sto...

  • More weather trouble in J&K as fresh WD likely to hit on March 1

    Jammu Tawi, February 26 Even though a Western Disturbance (WD) is still active, which has resulted in snow on upper reaches and rain in plains in the Kashmir valley, a fresh WD is likely to hit the region on March 1. Meanwhile, sun was playing hide and seek in the valley, including summer capital, Srinagar, where the day temperature has witnessed a dip while minimum temperature remained above normal though it was again sub zero at many places. The mercury remained sub-zero at Leh and Kargil in Ladakh region, where weather could improve during the next 24 hours. A Met department ...

  • 2 killed in landslide on Jammu-Srinagar highway

    Jammu Tawi, February 26 Two people were today killed while two others were seriously injured when the vehicle they were travelling in was hit by a landslide on the Jammu- Srinagar national highway near here, a police official said. “The vehicle was hit by a massive landslide on the Jammu- Srinagar national highway near here and it fell into a deep gorge,” the officer said. He said one body has been recovered whereas the body of the second person was still buried under the debris. “One body has been found while the other is still trapped under the debris. Two injured were also rescued fro...


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