India and Pakistan will scale up the level of engagement to defuse the recent escalation in tension due to cross-border firing and shelling in the Jammu sector as a flag meeting of commandant-level officers of the two sides ended in a deadlock on Wednesday.
The Jammu and Kashmir government is considering amnesty to the youth who have been detained under various incidents of stone-pelting. This was announced by National Conference leader Agha Ruhullah while responding to the adjournment motion about the detention of the youth in various jails.
A Vaishnodevi pilgrim on Tuesday died of heart attack. According to police, Murli Sharma (56), a resident of Jalawar in Rajasthan, suffered a severe heart attack en route to the cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi at Banganga at Katra tehsil of Reasi district.
Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said that the beautification of Srinagar and Jammu was high on agenda during the last six years of his government. He said that numerous basic amenities were upgraded and several projects were launched and completed in the twin capitals of the state during this period.
There was pandemonium in the Jammu and Kashmir legislative council here Wednesday over the tabling of a resolution seeking resumption of India-Pakistan talks.
Over 300 cases against state officials are at various stages of investigation, while probe in 35 such cases were completed over the past four years, the Jammu and Kashmir Government on Wednesday said.
26 in Jammu and 6 in Kashmir were completed and the accused officials were convicted by the special court during 2011-14.
The first batch of 270 Haj pilgrimsfrom Jammu and Kashmir today left for Saudi Arabia in a direct flight from here.
An outfit representing Gujjars on Wednesday demanded that the compensation provided to the kin of the victims of Pakistan's firing and shelling be made at par with the relief amount given to those affected by militancy.
Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday said there was no specific security threat to the pilgrims at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Reasi district of the state.
Rajouri Villagers in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri town have expressed their fears about their lives being under constant threat due to the repeated cease-fire violations by Pakistan troops along the International Border.
Terming the claim of Jammu and Kashmir's ruling National Conference (NC) that it represents the entire state as "ridiculous", the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday asked how a party which got only 11.1% of the votes polled in the Lok Sabha elections could make such a claim.
There was ruckus in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly Tuesday as the opposition PDP legislators disturbed the proceedings of the house, demanding discussion on cases registered against stone pelters in the Valley.
Trouble seems to be brewing again in the National Conference-Congress alliance. This time it's the two most popular players in the coalition and former ministers in the Manmohan Singh cabinet -- Farooq Abdullah and Ghulam Nabi Azad engaged in a verbal duel.
BJP president Amit Shah said on Monday that the party will form the next government in Jammu and Kashmir as this border state needs governance by the nationalist forces.