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Campaigning for 5th & final phase ends
478 MCC violation complaints received, 248 disposed-off: Narula
12/19/2014 1:15:59 AM
JAMMU: After a record turnout of voters in the previous four phases, high-voltage campaigning for the fifth and final leg of Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, to be held on December 20, ended today, with a number of high-profile candidates, including Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, trying their luck at the hustings in the 20 seats. High-pitched campaigning went on unaffected by the November 27 militant attack in Arnia border belt of Jammu district in which 12 people – 5 civilians, 3 security men and 4 militants – were killed. As many as 213 candidates, including Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, Ministers Sham Lal Sharma, Raman Bhalla, Manohar Lal Sharma, Ajay Sadhotra, former MP and Ministers Lal Singh, Talib Hussain (both BJP) and Jitendra Babu Singh and former Deputy Speaker Hyder Malik will be battling it out for 20 Assembly seats of Jammu, Rajouri and Kathua districts. An official of the Election Commission said that 12 candidates withdrew their nominations on the last day yesterday, leaving 213 candidates in the fray. In view of the high turnout in previous phases in Kashmir Valley compared to previous polls, Jammu is expected to have a high voter turnout. “Campaigning has ended at 1600 hours today. It was a peaceful campaigning and we expect a high voter turnout,” Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), J&K, Umang Narula said. As many as 18,28,904 eligible vot...
26/11 Trial: Pak Court grants bail to Lakhvi
12/19/2014 1:15:47 AM
ISLAMABAD: In a decision that caused outrage in India, a Pakistani court today gave bail to LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, a key planner of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, just a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said there is no 'good' and 'bad' Taliban. "Anti-Terrorism Court Islamabad Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi today granted bail to Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi," prosecution chief Chaudhry Azhar told PTI. 54-year-old Lakhvi and six others had filed bail applications yesterday in the midst of a lawyers strike to condemn the Peshawar school massacre that left 148 people, mostly children, dead. Azhar said the prosecution had to produce more witnesses before this decision had co...
Jammu records season’s minimum 4.5 Degree Celsius
12/19/2014 1:15:36 AM
JAMMU: Fog today hit the rail and air service as the winter capital recorded season’s minimum 4.5 Degree Celsius temperature thus throwing the normal life out of gear. Jammu today witnessed season’s coldest day with minimum temperature 4.5 Degree Celsius while life in fog hit region remained standstill as people preferred to stay indoors. Meanwhile, the rail and air services also remained affected due to the fog as the trains departed and arrived few hours later from their scheduled times. The visit of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to address three public meetings across Jammu district was also cancelled due to poor visibility in view of fog....
PIL seeking declaring Rohsni Act Ultra Vires
DB restrains state to issue further SRO
12/19/2014 1:15:29 AM
JAMMU: A Public Interest Litigation seeking Jammu and Kashmir State Lands (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act, (Roshni Act) for declaring Act as unconstitutional/illegal being ultra-vires the Constitution of India and the Constitution of State of Jammu and Kashmir, A Division Bench of State High Court Comprising Chief Justice MM Kumar and Justice Tashi Rabstan after hearing Ankur Sharma in person whereas Sr. AAG Gagan Basotra for the state, restrained State Government from issuing any further SRO inviting claims after the expiry of the last SRO. This Public Interest Litigation seeking declaration for declaring The Jammu and Kashmir State Lands (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupant...
Judge accused in Harassment Case divested of administrative roles
12/19/2014 1:15:10 AM
NEW DELHI: A sitting Madhya Pradesh High Court judge, accused of sexually harassing a former woman judicial officer, was today "divested" of administrative and supervisory authority today by the Supreme Court which also quashed a two-judge panel set up by the HC Chief Justice to probe his alleged misconduct. Rapping the Chief Justice of the High Court for constituting a two-Judge Committee by which he clearly traversed beyond his jurisdictional authority under the "in-house procedure", a bench headed by Justice J S Kehar also said the HC CJ should be kept out of the procedure of inquiry. The bench said the role of the Madhya Pradesh High Court Chief Justice should be given to his counterp...
Militant killed in Kupwara
12/19/2014 1:15:02 AM
SRINAGAR: One unidentified militant was killed in an encounter with police and security forces in Silkot Kupwara. On a specific information a cordon search operation was launched by Kupwara police, 4 Para, 41 RR and 98 CRPF in Peer Mohalla Silkot Kupwara. The Cordon and search operation turned into encounter. One unidentified militant was killed. One AK rifle, 3 magazines, one Radio Set and some documents were recovered from the encounter site....
Sidhu’s convoy attacked
12/19/2014 1:14:51 AM
JAMMU: BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu's convoy was today attacked by unidentified assailants who pelted the cars with bricks and stones, leaving his driver injured at Bhor camp on the outskirts of Jammu city, police said. Sidhu was campaigning in the Bhor camp area for the party candidate from Gandhi Nagar Assembly segment, Kavinder Gupta, when some unknown persons hurled stones and bricks at his vehicle. The BJP leader, however, escaped unhurt, a senior police officer said. The attackers were annoyed with Sidhu over his recent remark on their religious book, police said, adding, two persons have been detained in this connection. "The vehicle has been badly damaged. Driver Parveen Singh w...
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