SRINAGAR: Less than two weeks after he tried to file a police complaint against J&K director general of police Dilbag Singh, the Union home ministry on Wednesday placed IPS officer Basant Rath under suspension for “gross misconduct and misbehaviour”. Rath, a 2000-batch J&K cadre officer, was posted as inspector general of police (home guards) in the Union Territory. “J&K IPS officer Basant Rath has been suspended with immediate effect in connection with repeated instances of gross misconduct and misbehaviour, which have been brought to the notice of the government,” the ministry said in a statement. On June 25, Rath had given a written complaint against the DGP to the Gandhi Nagar police station, asking its SHO to make it a
NEW DELHI: The National Commission for Child Rights has called for measures to plug the gaps in the child protection and juvenile justice system in Jammu and Kashmir and enable implementation of the provisions of central laws that now apply to the Union Territory after the abrogation of Article 370 and the re-organisation of the state into UTs of J&K and Ladakh. The NCPCR has also sought details of all child care institutions from the administration to enable an audit as has been done by the commission in other states now that J&K is not exempt from the provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act 2015. Kanoongo shared that a series of recommendations have also been sent to the UT administration
JAMMU: Apprehending that the newly introduced domicile law in Jammu & Kashmir will not provide the people of Ladakh job protection, Kargil advocate Najumul Huda and his aide have filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court. Ladakh was part of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir but now is a separate Union Territory, as is J&K. According to a statement issued on Tuesday, Huda and his aide, Nishant Khatri from Haryana, claim there is resentment over the recent J&K domicile law, despite some amendments by the Union home ministry, and thus they had filed a petition on June 15 (diary number 12903/2020) which was registered on June 23 (WP (C) No 598/2020) after all defects in the petition
KATRA: An earthquake of magnitude 4.0 on the Richter scale struck 84 km east of Katra in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. According to the National Centre for Seismology (NCS), tremors were felt at 8:56 am today. Earlier on Saturday, an earthquake of magnitude 4.4 on the Richter scale hit 332 km northeast of Hanle in the Union Territory.
JAMMU: An earthquake of magnitude 5.8 hit Jammu and Kashmir in the early hours of Tuesday, officials said, the third to hit the union territory in three days. However, there were no reports of any damage, they said. The earthquake occurred at 7 AM and its epicenter was is Tajikistan, according to the officials. Strong tremors were felt in most parts of the Kashmir Valley, including Srinagar, Kishtwar and Doda districts. Tremors were also felt in Jammu, they said.
SRINAGAR: The J&K government ordered on Monday the appointment of RR Swain, an IPS officer of the 1991 batch, as the new intelligence chief of the Union Territory. Swain, who held key positions in the erstwhile state of J&K when militancy was at its peak, returned to J&K after spending more than 10 years in the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). Before proceeding on central deputation, the IPS officer held key positions, including district police chief of both Srinagar and Jammu. He also served as DIG of the State Vigilance Organisation, now known as the Anti-Corruption Bureau. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet had empanelled him earlier this year to hold an ADGP-level post or its equivalent at the
DEHRADUN: Army Chief General MM Naravane on Saturday said that India has a very strong relationship with Nepal. "We have a very strong relationship with Nepal. We have geographical, cultural, historical, religious linkages. We have very strong people to people connect. Our relation with them has always been strong and will remain strong in the future," Naravane said. While taking about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the Army Chief said, "As far as Jammu and Kashmir is concerned and our western neighbour, as you would have seen we have had a lot of successes in the last one week or 10 days. In the last 10-15 days alone, more than 15 terrorists have been killed. All of this
DEHRADUN: Army chief general MM Naravane on Saturday said that India has a very strong relationship with Nepal. "We have a very strong relationship with Nepal. We have geographical, cultural, historical, religious linkages. We have very strong people to people connect. Our relation with them has always been strong and will remain strong in the future," Naravane said here. While taking about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the Army chief said, "As far as Jammu and Kashmir is concerned and our western neighbour, as you would have seen we have had a lot of successes in the last one week or 10 days. In the last 10-15 days alone, more than 15 terrorists have been killed. All of
SRINAGAR: For the two lakh population of West Pakistan refugees, Valmiki Dalits of Punjab and Gurkhas, living in the Jammu division of the Union Territory of J&K for the past seven decades, the new domicile rules, granting them permanent resident status with full voting rights, have truly changed their lives. According to Labha Ram Gandhi, chairman of West Pakistan Refugees Action Committee, nearly one lakh Pakistani refugees who migrated to J&K during Partition are now entitled to the ‘Permanent Residence Certificate’ which enable them to enjoy the right to government jobs and a host of other facilities available to permanent J&K domiciles. “Yes, the Pakistani refugees got ration cards and had the right of vote in parliamentary elections... but were