Ravi Krishnan Khajuria

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

Articles by Ravi Krishnan Khajuria

Less CUET centres in J&K: Testing agency’s centre allocation in Punjab irks Ramban candidates

Candidates from Ramban district in Jammu and Kashmir are distressed as the National Testing Agency (NTA) has directed them to appear for the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) on June 8 at Jalandhar in Punjab and other cities outside J&K. Last month, the CUET exams of J&K candidates were postponed following assurances by the lieutenant governor that they will be conducted within the union territory. Some candidates have appealed to the LG to take up their matter with the Centre on priority. The J&K Congress has criticized the CUET pattern and demanded that NTA allot centres to J&K students within their own districts or adjoining districts.

Some of the candidates from Ramban, who showed their admit cards, said they belong to poor families and their parents cannot afford to travel outside. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 06, 2023 01:13 AM IST

Arms licence scam: File status of 2 FIRs by July 26, HC tells J&K govt

A division bench of high court of J&K and Ladakh has directed J&K government to file the status report with regard to two CBI cases pertaining to the arms licence scam by or before July 26

The two FIRs pertaining to the infamous scam are being investigated by CBI. (Representational Photo (Shutterstock) )
Updated on Jun 06, 2023 12:55 AM IST

Arms licence scam: J&K high court expresses concern over delay in prosecution sanction

Advocate general DC Raina appearing for the J&K government submitted before the division bench that he will report instructions in the matter on Friday

While hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) titled Sheikh Mohammad Shafi and another vs Union of India and others, the division bench expressed its concern.
Updated on Jun 01, 2023 10:40 PM IST

Major infiltration bid foiled in Poonch; 3 terrorists held

Jammu-based defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said, “During the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday around 1.30 am, a group of three to four terrorists were intercepted on the LoC in Poonch sector by a joint team of army and police. They were trying to cross the fence while taking advantage of bad weather and heavy rains”. Major infiltration bid foiled in Poonch

With the arrest of three terrorists and seizure of arms and ammunition that included a powerful 10 kg improvised explosive device (IED), the Army on Wednesday foiled a major infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district, said officials. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 01, 2023 12:29 AM IST

3 terrorists held as army thwarts infiltration bid

Army foils infiltration attempt on LoC in Poonch sector, arrests three terrorists and seizes arms and ammunition including a 10kg improvised explosive device. One soldier injured.

The army also seized a consignment of arms and ammunition which included a 10kg improvised explosive device . (Agencies)
Updated on Jun 01, 2023 12:21 AM IST

Anantnag targeted killing: Family’s sole breadwinner, Deepu leaves behind pregnant wife, differently abled kin

The sole-bread winner had left home three months ago in the hope of earning two square meals a day for his family comprising his old father, his elder brother Raju, his sister-in-law, their two minor children and his pregnant wife. Deepu, 28, was shot dead by terrorists in Anantnag district where he worked in a circus, on Monday evening.

Wife of Deepu, who was shot dead by terrorists, in an inconsolable state, in Udhampur on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on May 31, 2023 01:02 AM IST

10 Vaishno Devi pilgrims killed, 66 hurt as bus falls into gorge in Jammu

The bus was on way from Amritsar to Katra, and carrying natives of Bihar; one of the pilgrims travelling in the ill-fated bus said that he was sitting on his seat when he suddenly felt a strong jolt before the bus fell off the bridge into the gorge.

Rescue operations underway at the mishap site at Jhajjar Kotli in Jammu on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 31, 2023 12:33 AM IST

10 Vaishno Devi pilgrims dead, 66 injured in Jammu bus accident

The death toll in the accident may go up as two of the injured admitted at GMCH, Jammu are said to be in critical condition, said the principal of the hospital Dr Shashi Sudhan Sharma

The troops of 137 CRPF battalion carried out the rescue operation (ANI)
Updated on May 31, 2023 12:13 AM IST

Rohingyas protest at sub-jail in Jammu and Kashmir seeking release

“A week ago, the inmates went on a protest and had refused to take their food. However, their demand was relayed to the higher officials at the Centre but such issues take time,” said a prison official

As many as 271 Rohingyas, including 74 women and 70 children, are detained at the sub-jail since March 2021. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 27, 2023 11:56 PM IST

UPSC results: Anantnag’s Waseem ranks 7, Parsanjeet from Poonch placed 11

The youth of Jammu and Kashmir once again proved their mettle by featuring prominently in the list of 933 successful candidates who cracked the UPSC exam

Anantnag’s Waseem Ahmad Bhat ranked 7 in the UPSC results. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 24, 2023 07:14 PM IST

City of temples, Jammu readies for Tirupati shrine’s replica

The only temple of Lord Venkateswara in northern India, the addition is expected to give an impetus to religious tourism in the region.

The Tirupati Balaji shrine in Majeen on the outskirts of Jammu city is set to be inaugurated on June (HT File)
Updated on May 21, 2023 01:11 AM IST

Udhampur’s churned milk specialty ‘Kalari’ planned for G20 delegates in Srinagar

Delegates at the G20 event in the Valley, are likely to relish a popular Dogra cuisine “Kalari”, which finds its origin in Udhampur district’s Ramnagar.

Made from milk, it is the most relished street food snack among ethnic Dogras. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 22, 2023 04:40 PM IST

Visually impaired Jammu lad scores 93.4% in Class-12 exams

Son of Asif Gill and Aruna Gill, the 20-year-old now wants to enrol in a BA programme at Delhi’s St Stephen’s College. He also nourishes the dream of becoming an IAS officer

Miracle Gill from Jammu has beaten all odds to secure 93.4% in CBSE’s Class-12 exams, result of which was declared on Friday. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 13, 2023 05:01 AM IST

Sapphire mines of Paddar: Scientific exploration of world’s finest sapphire likely to begin in June

Mining secretary Amit Sharma chaired a high-level meeting wherein a pointed strategy was finalised for conduct of detailed exploration study of the sapphire in Paddar area

On May 17, 2013, a 19.88 carat cushion-shaped sapphire from Paddar, called Star of Kashmir, had smashed all records after it was sold for $3,483,017 (nearly <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>20 crore) at an auction in Geneva. (AFP file photo)
Updated on May 11, 2023 12:00 AM IST

PAFF releases edited video of Poonch ambush, promises full footage ‘soon’

PAFF, an offshoot of the Jaish-e-Mohammad, has released 2.50 minute long video clip purportedly showing the Poonch ambush; a senior police officer, however, said the video “seems genuine.”

PAFF had earlier issued a “press-release” and shared purported details of the May 5 ambush in Kandi forests of Rajouri. (HT FIlr)
Updated on May 09, 2023 01:47 PM IST

Pakistan-based terror groups shift focus from Valley to Rajouri, Poonch

K Rajendra, former DGP of Jammu and Kashmir, said the spike in terror activities in Rajouri and Poonch could be attributed to the G20 summit meets. Pakistan has terrorism as its state policy to foment trouble in the region, he added

A multitude of factors, including a change in Pakistan’s strategy and lesser presence of security forces, are claimed to be the reasons behind the spike in terrorism in the twin border districts of Jammu and Kashmir -- Rajouri and Poonch -- in the past two years. (ANI)
Updated on May 06, 2023 12:52 AM IST

Hidden IED, indiscriminate fire: How Rajouri attack unfolded

The soldiers had entered the forest to hunt down the terrorists behind the April 20 ambush on an Indian army truck

Security personnel near the site of the encounter with terrorists in Kandi area of Rajouri district on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on May 06, 2023 04:40 AM IST

5 soldiers killed in Rajouri; manhunt for terrorists on

The soldiers were part of army squads trying to hunt down the terrorists responsible for the April 20 ambush.

Security personnel at the site of the encounter in Rajouri district on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on May 06, 2023 01:52 AM IST

5 soldiers killed during ongoing anti-terror operation in J&K’s Rajouri

The terrorists behind the attack on an army truck on April 20 in Poonch that left five soldiers dead are also believed to have been involved in the fresh assault

An army vehicle on its way to the site of the ambush. (PTI)
Updated on May 05, 2023 04:56 PM IST

Panic grips Jammu’s Narwal after blast at petrol pump

ULF, an offshoot of Lashkar-e-Taiba claimed responsibility for the incident in Jammu’s Narwal; countering the same, police said a short circuit in the electricity board caused the blast

Concrete pavements at the petrol pump got damaged following the explosion, at Narwal in Jammu. (ANI)
Updated on May 03, 2023 03:03 AM IST

Jammu and Kashmir HC directs UT to take act on inquiry report into Vaishno Devi stampede

The probe report, which was to look into the causes of the Vaishno Devi stampede and to identify the delinquent officials responsible for the stampede, had to be submitted within a week’s time by January 7, 2022

Jammu and Kashmir HC directed the UTadministration to take act on a three-member inquiry report into Vaishno Devi stampede. (PTI)
Updated on May 03, 2023 02:56 AM IST

Short circuit at petrol pump caused Jammu blast claimed by terror group: Police

Jammu East Dy SP Zaheer Abbas Jafri said the petrol pump owner told the police that the loud noise was caused due to a short circuit in the underground power board

Jammu East Dy SP Zaheer Abbas Jafri said t a team from the Indian Oil Corporation was also requested to make its assessment. (Twitter/ANI)
Updated on May 02, 2023 06:24 PM IST

Tejas is J&K’s JEE (main) topper

Son of Sukhpal Singh, additional secretary in the public health engineering department (Jal Shakti) and government teacher Sonia Singh, Tejas is now aiming to crack JEE Advanced.

Tejas Singh, 17
Updated on Apr 30, 2023 12:50 AM IST

Big Feat: Country’s first cable-stayed railway bridge in J&K’s Reasi completed

India's first cable-stayed railway bridge has been completed in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir. The bridge is part of the Udampur-Srinagar-Baramulla railway project and has 96 cables, with a total length of cable strands of 653 km. The bridge connects the T2 tunnel on the Katra side and the T3 tunnel on the Reasi side and has a single-line railway track and a 3.75 metres wide service road. The bridge is 725 metres long, including a 473 metres long asymmetric cable-stayed bridge balanced on the axis of a central pylon of height 193 metres from the top of the foundation.

The total length of the cable strand used in the bridge is 653 km. (Twitter)
Updated on Apr 30, 2023 12:45 AM IST

Poonch terror attack: 6 locals held for providing logistics to attackers

Six terrorists, including an entire family, colluded on the instructions of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and provided logistical support to the terrorists.

On April 20, terrorists ambushed an army truck in Bhatta Durrian in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district by taking advantage of heavy rain and low visibility. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 29, 2023 04:19 AM IST

Non-bailable warrants against 23 terrorists operating from Pakistan, PoK

All actively involved in terror activities for creating unrest in Chenab valley & other parts of J&K

The special NIA court issued non-bailable warrants against 23 active terrorists of Kishtwar.
Updated on Apr 26, 2023 11:27 PM IST

Poonch attack: JeM offshoot releases photos of ambush, says ‘video soon’

People’s Anti-Fascist Front (PAFF), an offshoot of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), has released pictures claiming them to be from the site of ambush at Tota Gali.

Security personnel conduct a search-and-cordon operation in Mendhar on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Apr 26, 2023 04:36 AM IST

GI tag for world’s ‘costliest’ mushroom Guchhi soon

Forest-dwellers in Jammu Shivaliks being given training, instructions about its collection, processing techniques, market knowledge & access

Considered a super-food, Guchhi is rich in vitamins B, C, D, and K.
Updated on Apr 23, 2023 11:07 PM IST

Security brass visits site as Poonch hunt picks up

Five soldiers were killed and another was seriously injured when terrorists, believed to be five to seven in number, ambushed their truck that later caught fire

Army Commander Northern Command Lt General Upendra Dwivedi in Bhata Dhurian area of Poonch on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 22, 2023 11:27 PM IST

Poonch terror attack: Subdued Eid at Sangiote, Bhata Dhurian villages

As a mark of respect to the soldiers who were killed in the Poonch terror attack, the villagers of Sangiote and Bhata Dhurian in Poonch district didn’t celebrate Eid and confined themselves to offering Namaz only on Saturday.

Eid was a low-key affair at Sangiote village in Poonch as a mark of respect to the five soldiers who were killed in the Poonch terror attack. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 22, 2023 10:59 PM IST
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