J&K arrested two narcotic smugglers and recovered 397 kg poppy straw, from them in Udhampur region, on January 16. The police said, the poppy straws, packed in 19 bags were found in a Haryana-bound truck, during an inspection on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. Reportedly, the truck driver Nand Kishore and his companion Niti Nain, both residents of Rohtak, were arrested, and booked under the NDPS act.
Amid spike in COVID-19 cases, 42 doctors and paramedics of the Government Medical College Srinagar tested COVID-19 positive taking tally there to 249 in 15 days. According to officials, a majority of staff are isolated. Principal of the Medical College has however said that hospital will continue to run as normal on January 17, as authorities decided to keep all the hospitals under its control for patient-care.
Amid rise in COVID-19 cases, the government of Jammu and Kashmir on January 15, announced that there will be complete restrictions on non-essential movements during weekends in the entire union territory. State executive committee issued an order, on the same. The order reads, "Night curfew shall continue to remain in force in all districts from 9 pm to 6 am with complete restriction on non-essential movement".
National Conference vice-president & former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on January 14 accused the J&K administration of targeting the Gujjar and Bakarwal tribals for political matters. Omar's remarks came after the houses belonging to the community were demolished by authorities, as part of its anti-encroachment drive. Meanwhile, NC's Parliament Member, Hasnain Masoodi, decribed "selective" demolition by administration of houses of… read-more
Amid rise in COVID-19 cases and Omicron concern, 12 employees of Municipal Council in Kashmir's Sopore have tested positive, following which they have been asked to self-isolate. Officials said that the preventive measures were being taken by the authorities even as rest of the employees have been asked to go for testing. Notably, 184 persons were tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 48 hours in Sopore town of Kashmir.
A policeman from Special Operations Group (SOG) of J&K police, and a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant were killed in a gunfight at Kulgam Kashmir, while three army-men and two civilians were also injured. The SOG personnel was identified as Selection-grade Constable Rohit Chib, while the dead JeM militant has been identified as Babar Bhai, a Pakistani national. Reportedly, one AK rifle, one pistol, and two grenades were recovered from the… read-more
Courtesy: News 18
First case of COVID-19's new variant Omicron was confirmed in Kashmir Valley, on January 11. A pregnant woman from Uri Baramulla tested Omicron positive. Her sample was taken on December 20, 2021 at SDH Uri for genome sequencing as she was COVID-19 postive. "She is stable, and doctors have been rushed to the woman's home and samples of her family members and neighbors will be done," said official.
The Anti-corruption team caught Assistant Sub-Inspector Mohammad Sultan Mir of J&K Police red handed while demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from a complainant. Following which, Sultan Mir was arrested and taken into custody. The bribe money was also recovered from his possession in presence of independent witnesses. Further investigation on the matter is underway.
Courtesy: Daily Excelsior
Lieutenant Governor J&K Manoj Sinha on January 10 launched the precaution dose vaccination for healthcare, frontline workers and those over 60 years of age with co-morbidities.On the occasion, the Lt Governor also received the vaccine shot along with other officials, and appealed to all the eligible people to get their precautionary vaccine shots at the earliest. The UT Government is making several interventions to strengthen public… read-more
Courtesy: Rising Kashmir
An encounter broke out between militants and security forces in Hasanpora area of Kashmir's Kulgam on January 9. As per police spokesman, "Encounter has started at Hasanpora area of Kulgam. Police and security forces cordoned off the area and started search operation. Further details are awaited, as how many militants are trapped in the area and other details of the militants are yet to be known.