Authorities closed down eight brick kilns today which were illegally operating in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir and imposed a fine of Rs. five lakh on the owners, an official spokesman said.
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah today threw a challenge to BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, saying he was ready for a debate on Article 370 "anytime, anywhere".
Security has been beefed up around Jammu and Kashmir's summer capital on the eve of the 108th birth anniversary of National Conference (NC) founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, as the ruling party is expected to hit the election mode by announcing candidates for the 2014 general elections.
Governor NN Vohra and chief minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday paid tributes to National Conference founder and former chief minister Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah on the eve of his 108th birth anniversary.
The seven expelled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs, whose chances of returning to the party fold were said to be dependent on the Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi making a statement in this regard at the Jammu rally on Sunday, may not get respite that soon.
A large number of anganwadi workers and helpers staged a demonstration here on Wednesday to press for enhancement of their remuneration and payment of minimum wages.
In a move aimed at strengthening the law and order situation in the city, Jammu zone inspector general of police (IGP) Rajesh Kumar said that installation of the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) system was in the final stage, and very soon the city would be under surveillance.
German ambassador Michael Steiner here on Wednesday donated a 40-seater bus to a school in Kupwara district of Kashmir. Steiner, who is currently on a visit to Kashmir, donated the bus to Shah Anwar Memorial Secondary School, Kupwara, at a function held at Help Foundation orphanage in Hazratbal area here.
Minister for public health engineering, irrigation and flood control Sham Lal Sharma has stressed on the need for more initiatives for the welfare and rehabilitation of physically challenged people, so that they can lead a dignified life.
Around 12 physically challenged people were detained as police foiled their attempts to take out a rally towards the residence of Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah here on Tuesday.
The Jammu and Kashmir government will cancel the registration of students who had gained admission to the MBBS course through illegal means. Announcing this, minister for medical education Taj Mohi-ud-Din on Tuesday asked the crime branch to speed up its probe.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state secretary and in-charge of ST and Muslim Morcha Gulam Ali Khatana on Tuesday accused the Kashmir-based leadership of the Congress, National Conference and other regional parties for exploiting Gujjars, Shias, Paharis, backward classes, people living below poverty line (BPL) and other marginalised sections of the society "at the behest of Article 370" for the last six decades.
As a mark of his country's growing interest in the state, with special focus on development issues, the German ambassador to India Michael Steiner arrived here on Tuesday on his ninth visit this year.
Cold wave conditions returned to Kashmir after a day's respite as the minimum temperatures in most parts of the Valley fell by several degrees and the weather continued to remain dry.
Chief minister Omar Abdullah, who had on Sunday hit out at Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for being factually incorrect on laws regarding women in the state, on Monday conceded that the National Conference had supported a bill which was discriminatory against women.