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A principal correspondent, Ravi Krishnan Khajuria is the bureau chief at Jammu. He covers politics, defence, crime, health and civic issues for Jammu city.

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Kashmiri Pandits vote for ‘dignified return’ to their native land

Hounded out of Kashmir over three decades ago, the internally displaced Kashmiri Pandits on Saturday cast their votes at 34 polling stations in Jammu, Udhampur and Delhi with a hope to return to their native land.

Kashmiri Pandits show their id cards as they wait in a queue to cast their vote for the Lok Sabha elections, in Anantnag on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on May 26, 2024 07:10 AM IST

Intel agencies release photograph of LeT commander wanted for Poonch IAF convoy attack

An intelligence official said the photograph of Haider alias Chhotu, of Pakistan, resembled one of the two sketches released on May 6 by the military intelligence

The photograph is of one of the prime suspects in the recent ambush of an IAF convoy at Sanai Top of Poonch. (HT File)
Published on May 24, 2024 01:55 PM IST
ByRavi Krishnan Khajuria, Jammu

Under the shadow of gun Rajouri-Poonch gear up for polling

Contingency plan put in place for LoC villages as Anantnag goes to polls in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections

The region has witnessed a spike in terror attacks in recent times. (HT File)
Updated on May 24, 2024 01:53 PM IST

Now, electric AC buses to ferry Vaishno Devi pilgrims from Jammu to Katra

Jammu and Kashmir administration fixes fare of ₹135 for the AC e-busses; to run from Jammu railway station on hourly basis starting 5 am

Eight electric buses will ferry Vaishno Devi pilgrims from Jammu railway station to the holy town of Katra and back (HT Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2024 09:42 AM IST

Four months on, Poonch custodial killings survivors record statements before magistrate

Nothing known to us about army’s probe, police probe moving at snail’s pace, says ex-panch of Topa Pir village

The defence minister has in December assured the deceased’s families completion of the probe within a month. (HT File)
Updated on May 22, 2024 09:32 AM IST

70% voters register their choice in Ladakh Lok Sabha polls

The turnout for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in the Ladakh constituency, which had 1,66,763 voters, was 71.05%

Voters queue up to cast their ballots at a polling station in Ladakh during the fifth phase of voting in the Lok Sabha elections. (AFP)
Updated on May 21, 2024 09:02 AM IST

Ladakh: Close fight expected between a Shia leader and a BJP candidate

The triangular contest in the constituency will be between Congress candidate Tsering Namgyal, the BJP’s Tashi Gyalson and independent candidate Hanifa Jan

Tsering Namgyal (left) and Haji Hanifa Jan (right)(HT File)
Published on May 16, 2024 12:08 AM IST

Four houses damaged as land sinks in Udhampur

Land subsidence hits Chenani village in Udhampur district, damaging houses and causing fear among villagers. Administration urged for help and evacuation plan in progress.

A woman inside her house which developed cracks as the Tangdhar village experience gradual sinking in Udhampur. (ANI)
Updated on May 15, 2024 12:48 PM IST

Scores of Kashmiri Pandits find names missing from election roll, return without voting

The Election Commission had set up polling booths for the Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu, Udhampur and Delhi, but not everyone was able to exercise their right to franchise

Kashmiri Pandits stand in a queue to cast their vote during the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections at Roopnagar in Jammu. (PTI)
Updated on May 14, 2024 11:01 AM IST

Muslims donate land to build road for Hindu temple in Reasi

Reasi district commissioner Vishesh Pal Mahajan said, “This is the way society should be living and leading in total harmony. I have sought the details, and the administration would provide the funds to ensure construction of a road to the temple.”

Exhibiting inter-faith harmony, two Muslim men of Kheral panchayat in Reasi district have donated four kanals of their land to facilitate the construction of a road to a 500-year-old Hindu temple. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 12, 2024 05:46 AM IST

Udhampur attack: Man who helped terrorists held, police release sketches of five suspects

“Udhampur Police has thus far gained some credible information about the movement of suspects and had likewise zeroed in on a few unscrupulous elements that had marked proclivities towards the act of crime,” said Udhampur SSP Joginder Singh.

Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday stated that they arrested a man, who provided logistical support to the terrorists involved in the killing of a village defence guard Mohammad Sharief in Lower Ponar village of Basantgarh in Udhampur district on April 28. (Representational image)
Updated on May 12, 2024 05:42 AM IST

It’s advantage Haneefa Jan in Ladakh as BJP, Congress stare at split in core voter base

Independent candidate hopes of consolidating Shia votes; BJP, Cong candidates, both having clout among the Buddhist voter base, fear split

Independent candidate from Ladakh Haji Haneefa Jan. (HT File)
Updated on May 10, 2024 09:46 AM IST

Poonch terror ambush: Army releases sketches of two Pakistan terrorists

Security forces joined by elite para commandos, the special operations group of Jammu and Kashmir Police and the CRPF continued searches in the jungles of Shahsitar ridge in Poonch’s Surankote sub-division

A security personnel during a search operation following Saturday's terror attack in Poonch. (PTI)
Updated on May 07, 2024 10:04 AM IST

Revolt in National Conference as Kargil unit resigns en-masse

The development comes after the National Conference high command, including president Farooq Abdullah, asked the party cadre in Kargil to support the INDIA bloc candidate Tsering Namgyal of the Congress.

Leaders announced support for Mohammad Haneefa Jan as an independent candidate after resigning from National Conference.
Updated on May 07, 2024 10:00 AM IST
By, Ashiq Hussain, Jammu

Manhunt on for two terrorists from Pakistan over Poonch strike

Army releases sketches of 2 Pakistani terrorists involved in an ambush on IAF convoy in Poonch. 1 soldier killed, 4 injured. Search operations ongoing.

Security personnel during a search operation following Saturday's terror attack on an Indian Air Force (IAF) convoy, in Pooch district, on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on May 07, 2024 01:10 AM IST

Search ops launched at Poonch attack site

Security forces are searching jungles near Surankote for terrorists who ambushed an Indian Air Force convoy, killing a soldier.

Security personnel during a search operation in Pooch. (PTI)
Updated on May 06, 2024 01:46 AM IST

Poonch terror ambush: Six locals detained, IAF chief pays tribute to corporal Vikky

Four were injured in J&K’s Poonch on May 4 around 6.15pm after their security vehicles were fired upon by terrorists

Security personnel during cordon and search operation in Poonch on Saturday. (PTI)
Published on May 05, 2024 10:32 PM IST

Ladakh: 5 candidates in fray, after 3 nominations rejected

After scrutiny, nomination forms of five candidates were found valid while the candidatures of BJP’s and Congress’ covering candidates Stanzin Lakpa and Smanla Dorje Nurboo were cancelled along with the nomination of Independent candidate Ghulam Nabi Zia, Sukhadeve said, adding that now five are left in the fray

The strategic constituency, with 1.82 electorates would go to polls on May 20 under fifth phase. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 05, 2024 07:10 AM IST

J&K: IAF soldier killed, 4 hurt in Poonch terror ambush

Five Indian Air Force personnel were injured, one fatally, in an ambush by armed terrorists in Poonch district. Counter-terror operations are ongoing.

A damaged IAF truck in Poonch on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on May 05, 2024 05:24 AM IST

Ladakh: BJP’s Namgyal falls in line, says won’t contest as Independent

With people of Ladakh seething in anger against the BJP for denying safeguards under sixth schedule and statehood to the union territory, the saffron party, probably in a bid to soothe frayed nerves and placate the people, dropped Jamyang Tsering Namgyal and picked up chairman-cum-chief executive councillor of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council of Leh Tashi Gyalson for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections

Incumbent BJP MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 04, 2024 06:42 AM IST

Ramban land subsidence widens; around dozen houses in Dhalwas develop cracks

Till the filing of this report about 100 feet of the land below a hamlet had sunk, completely damaging a cowshed, besides causing yawning cracks in about a dozen houses

People shifting their belongings to safer places after cracks developed in houses of the ward number 7 in Dhalwas panchayat area in Ramban, on Thursday. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 03, 2024 07:04 AM IST

Congress candidate Tsering Namgyal files nomination from Ladakh

With the nomination of Tsering Namgyal who is the Leader of Opposition in Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) in Leh, the consensus candidate of India bloc constituents --- National Conference and Congress --- Haji Hanifa Jan is now likely to contest as independent and may file his papers on Friday, the last day of nominations

Congress candidate Tsering Namgyal filed his nomination papers from Ladakh on Thursday. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 03, 2024 06:38 AM IST

Jammu: Sikh man murdered over land dispute; SHO shunted, 6 held

Following a scuffle between two groups, who staked their claim over the piece of land in Greater Kailash locality, Avtar Singh, 40, son of Balbir Singh was hit on his head with an iron rod and died because of excessive bleeding

Singh’s video, shot in a mobile phone, wherein he could be seen holding his head and telling that he has been seriously hit has gone viral on social sites. (iStock)
Updated on May 02, 2024 06:52 AM IST

J&K BJP chief expels party leader for hate speech

“Jammu and Kashmir BJP chief Ravinder Raina expelled senior leader Satish Bhargav from primary membership of the party for six years over hate speech and unparliamentary language during an election meeting,” said Advocate Sunil Sethi, chairman of the BJP’s disciplinary action committee.

Jammu and Kashmir BJP chief Ravinder Raina (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 02, 2024 06:42 AM IST

Ladakh: BJP’s bet Tashi Gyalson files nomination papers

The development comes a day after sitting BJP MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal took a set of nomination papers from the Leh district commissioner Santosh Sukhadeve, who is the returning officer for the Ladakh parliamentary constituency

BJP Ladakh candidate Tashi Gyalson (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 02, 2024 06:40 AM IST

Basantgarh encounter: Slain village defence guard laid to rest at native village

The deceased was survived by his wife Fatima Begum and five minor daughters. He was the sole bread-earner for his family

Despite heavy rains, hundreds of locals from the village and surrounding areas, including VDG members, attended Sharief’s burial at his ancestral graveyard. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 08:46 AM IST

Inclement weather: Jammu-Srinagar NH blocked at several places, boy swept away in Doda rivulet

The men and machinery of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) are on job but the rains are hampering restoration work, he added

Vehicles drive through the water logged Boulevard road on the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar on Monday. (Waseem Andrabi /HT)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 08:34 AM IST

Village guard shot dead by terrorists in J&K district

The incident came a week after a government employee, also a brother of a Territorial Army jawan, was shot dead in a targeted attack by terrorists in Rajouri’s Shahdara Sharief area on April 22

Security personnel pay tribute to the mortal remains of a VDG member Mohammad Sharif, in Udhampur district (PTI)
Updated on Apr 29, 2024 06:14 AM IST

Ramban land subsidence: Rescue ops on, kitchen made operational 24x7 at campsite

Additional district commissioner Varunjeet Singh Charak informed that nearly 50 families have been affected by the land subsidence

People walk past a fallen electric tower on a cracked road in Ramban district on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 28, 2024 06:32 AM IST

Arms license scam: HC orders Centre to file status of prosecution sanction proposal sent by J&K admn

Arms licences in bulk were allegedly issued by the then deputy magistrates in J&K to non-residents on forged documents between 2012 & 2016

The bench further directed deputy solicitor general of India Vishal Sharma to file objections to the application filed by the petitioners for seeking impleadment of Central Bureau of Investigation. (Getty image)
Updated on Apr 28, 2024 06:10 AM IST
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