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Dwindling number of double-humped camels in Ladakh

Dwindling number of double-humped camels in Ladakh

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Samaan Lateef Srinagar, January 24 The Bactrian or double-humped camel, the last remnants of the Silk Road trade in India, are dying due to lack of medicine and adequate food in the cold desert of Ladakh. At least 15 animals died since January last, camel owners said. Over the years, the government has failed to provide medicine and adequate food for camels in Ladakh, where vegetation is sparse due to high aridity, said Haji Ali Muhammad of Hundar village in Nubra district of Ladakh. He said their number went down to 150 from 250 in 2018. Chief Animal Husbandry Officer, Leh, Dr Muhammad Iqbal refutes the figure, saying the number is 296. With the closure of the Silk Route in the 1950s, a few Bactrian camels used for carrying heavy loads from China were abandoned by traders in Nubra V...
135 terrorists in PoK ready to infiltrate: BSF

135 terrorists in PoK ready to infiltrate: BSF

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Samaan Lateef Srinagar, January 24 Nearly 135 militants are ready on different launch pads along the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to infiltrate into the Indian side of Kashmir, the Border Security Force (BSF) said on Monday. "Between 104 to 135 terrorists are waiting on different launch pads to infiltrate into Kashmir," said BSF IGP, Kashmir Frontier, Raja Babu Singh. Singh said some people working as guides for militants have crossed the Line of Control into PoK to facilitate infiltrations. "We need to monitor them (guides), as and when they return. Also, their families need to be monitored," he said. He said there was a synergy between the BSF and the Army and all-out efforts were being made to ensure zero infiltration. "The overall scenario along the LoC is ...
One arrested for grenade attack in Srinagar

One arrested for grenade attack in Srinagar

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Srinagar, January 25Police claimed to have arrested the person allegedly involved in Tuesday's grenade attack in the city's busy Hari Singh High Street area that resulted in injuries to several persons."Srinagar Police arrested grenade thrower who was involved in today's #terror incident at Hari Singh High Street #Srinagar in which a few civilians and one police personnel got injured. #Investigation is going on," Inspector General of Police Kashmir zone Vijay Kumar tweeted.The IGP did not reveal any details about the arrested person.Four persons including a police officer and two women sustained injuries in the grade blast that took place a day ahead of Republic Day celebrations.
Cop among seven wounded in Srinagar grenade attack

Cop among seven wounded in Srinagar grenade attack

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Samaan LateefSrinagar, January 25 Seven civilians and a police officer were wounded after suspected militants hurled a grenade on security forces at Hari Singh High Street in Srinagar on Tuesday amidst heightened security for the Republic Day celebrations. Security force personnel and members of media are seen at the site of a grenade explosion in Srinagar on Tuesday. Reuters photo The grenade was tossed at a bulletproof police vehicle, puncturing its tyre, and also damaging three nearby shops. The splinters hit seven pedestrians including an inspector of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and three women, a police official told The Tribune. "Seven persons were injured after militants hurled a grenade towards a police vehicle in Srinagar," officials said. The attack took place ba...
Overloading of vehicles to invite action: JK Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta

Overloading of vehicles to invite action: JK Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta

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Jammu: Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta on Monday chaired a meeting to review the condition of the National Highway-44 connecting Jammu and Srinagar. He said action against overloading of vehicles had to be initiated to ensure smooth traffic flow. OC NPP says it is worst phase of Jammu and Kashmir Jammu: Taking a dig at the government's Good Governance Index for Jamp;K, the National Panthers Party chairman Harsh Dev Singh said the UT was passing through its worst phase of "misrule". There is hardly any sign of governance in the UT, he added.
Jammu: Security men on alert after Intel inputs on terror threat

Jammu: Security men on alert after Intel inputs on terror threat

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Arjun Sharma Jammu, January 24 In the wake of intelligence inputs that terrorists may try to infiltrate ahead of Republic Day, the BSF is focusing on cross-border tunnels in Jammu that have in the past been used for infiltration and smuggling of drugs and arms. BSF IG DK Boora said, "Last year has been achievement oriented with detection of tunnels and seizure of huge caches of arms, ammunition and narcotics. The aim of terrorists to spread disharmony by carrying out nefarious activities stands thwarted. Two tunnels on the border were detected last year in January." He said that keeping in view the forthcoming Republic Day, BSF troops had been on high alert for the past one week. An extensive anti-tunnelling drive, special patrolling and depth area domination despite extremely hostile ...
NC demands regular jobs for contractual staff in JK

NC demands regular jobs for contractual staff in JK

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Srinagar, January 24National Conference (NC) MP Hasnain Masoodi on Monday sought regularisation and removal of pay anomalies for daily-wagers and contractual employees in Jamp;K.In a letter addressed to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Masoodi highlighted the "grave problems" faced by such workers serving in different government departments, local bodies, public sector undertakings and other government institutions in the UT. "It is satisfying that the issue raised by me during Zero Hour on December 1, 2021 prompted the government to write to the Jamp;K administration seeking necessary information. The relevant details are expected to have been submitted by now," he said.The plight of more than 61,000 daily rated, temporary, casual, need-based, seasonal, local fund, contractual, ...
5,394 fresh Covid cases, eight deaths in JK

5,394 fresh Covid cases, eight deaths in JK

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Srinagar, January 24Jamp;K on Monday recorded 5,394 fresh Covid cases taking the infected number of persons to 4,02,596 while eight deaths due to the virus were reported in the past 24 hours, officials said.Out of the fresh cases, 2,045 were from the Jammu division and 3,349 from the Kashmir division. Jammu district recorded the highest of 1,204 cases followed by 963 cases in Srinagar district. There are 44,609 active cases while the number of recovered patients has reached 3,53,374. The death toll stands at 4,613.Ladakh saw 159 fresh Covid cases, which took the tally to 24,655, while the active cases are 1,255. The UT has recorded 222 Covid-related deaths since the outbreak of the pandemic. No death was reported in Ladakh on Sunday. As many as 179 patients have recovered and been discharg...
15% reservation for women in JK police

15% reservation for women in JK police

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Jammu, January 24On the occasion of the National Girl Child Day, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha announced 15% reservation for women in the non-gazetted posts in the UT police. This decision will further strengthen women empowerment in Jamp;K. The Lieutenant Governor said the 15% reservation was just the beginning and the government was determined and committed to increase it further in the future."For women and girls to be agents of change, the Jamp;K government is committed to ensure Nari Shaktis' social and economic empowerment while redressing long-standing inequalities to build a more just and resilient society," he said. "This will give due representation to women in the police force and will ensure the availability of sufficient women personnel to engage exclusively in the matter of...