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With regular operations of international flights suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, travellers from across the country have set their sights on the Kashmir valley.(Pixabay)

Snowfall in Kashmir valley brings in hordes of visitors seeking break from pandemic gloom

Srinagar | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 06:35 PM IST
The famous twin resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam are witnessing a heavy influx of New Year revellers and most hotels are booked for weeks ahead, with the battered industry rejoicing over the return of the “good old days”.
Local elections in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) are a significant moment in the political evolution of the new Union Territory.(WASEEM ANDRABI/HTPHOTO)
Local elections in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) are a significant moment in the political evolution of the new Union Territory.(WASEEM ANDRABI/HTPHOTO)

In Kashmir, the return of democracy

UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 07:59 PM IST
Local polls are a good first step. Focus on deepening trust between J&K and Delhi
Voters waiting to exercise their franchise during the seventh phase of the District Development Council elections at Kokernag in south Kashmir on Wednesday.(ANI Photo)
Voters waiting to exercise their franchise during the seventh phase of the District Development Council elections at Kokernag in south Kashmir on Wednesday.(ANI Photo)

Kashmir to get more snow next week as harsh winter period starts

Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2020 04:55 PM IST
Gulmarg was the coldest in Kashmir at minus 11 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam froze at minus 7.4 degrees, while Srinagar recorded a low of minus 4.8 degrees and Jammu was cold at 5 degrees.
After the Central government enacted the Act in 2010 and notified it in 2012, 11 states and almost all union territories have adopted the law. States needs to have their own legislation as public health is a state subject.
After the Central government enacted the Act in 2010 and notified it in 2012, 11 states and almost all union territories have adopted the law. States needs to have their own legislation as public health is a state subject.

Act that provides for capping private hospital rates will be adopted soon in Maharashtra, says health minister

UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 12:38 AM IST
Almost a decade after the Central government enacted the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, the Maharashtra government has now said that it is serious on implementing the Act, which is aimed at streamlining healthcare services in the state
A snow-covered stretch at Pahalgam, 90km from Srinagar, on Monday. The night temperatures started dipping in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday after the weather opened up following the snowfall over the weekend.(AFP Photo)
A snow-covered stretch at Pahalgam, 90km from Srinagar, on Monday. The night temperatures started dipping in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday after the weather opened up following the snowfall over the weekend.(AFP Photo)

Sub-zero temperatures in Kashmir, Ladakh as cold wave grips region

Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 11:32 AM IST
Drass coldest at minus 18.6 degrees Celsius, Kargil minus 13.8, Leh minus 7.9, Gulmarg minus 10.2, Pahalgam minus 5.3 and Srinagar records low of minus 3.2 degrees Celsius
Swachh Bharat and many other Centre’s schemes has helped elevate health and quality of life of the country’s population.(Subhendu Ghosh/HT file)
Swachh Bharat and many other Centre’s schemes has helped elevate health and quality of life of the country’s population.(Subhendu Ghosh/HT file)

Central schemes help country fare better on wellness index: Survey

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sanchita Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2020 05:47 AM IST
Women are more empowered than they were in 2015-16, with all states recording a marked increase in the number of women with a bank or savings account that they use.
Supreme Court(Amal KS/HT photo)
Supreme Court(Amal KS/HT photo)

After SC rebuke, Centre orders end to home isolation posters

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Utkarsh Anand
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 07:09 AM IST
The practice of putting up home isolation posters outside houses of Covid-19 patients may end very soon. Nudged by the Supreme Court, the central government has written to all states and Union territories to stop the practice.
As per the Department of Tourism, there is an urgent need to give emphasis on promotion of tourism assets in remote and virgin tourist destinations of Ladakh.(Pixabay)
As per the Department of Tourism, there is an urgent need to give emphasis on promotion of tourism assets in remote and virgin tourist destinations of Ladakh.(Pixabay)

Ladakh rolls out first tourism incentive policy

Kargil | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 02:39 PM IST
Ladakh has rolled out its first tourism incentive policy with focus on ensuring equitable and sustainable development of all regions in the Union Territory.
Minister of state for road transport general VK Singh addressing a public rally ahead of DDC polls in Jammu on Tuesday.(PTI)
Minister of state for road transport general VK Singh addressing a public rally ahead of DDC polls in Jammu on Tuesday.(PTI)

J&K sees subdued campaign, candidates rely on social media

Hindustan Times/Srinagar | By Mir Ehsan
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 01:19 AM IST
Amid the Covid crisis, most candidates in fray for the 280 seats, are opting for door-to-door campaigning or are using social media platforms
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HT Image

J&K government to implement Forest Rights Act

Hindustan Times/Jammu | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 12:49 AM IST
The Act, which grants and safeguard the rights of forest dwellers,was not applicable in the UT for the last 14 years
Mortgage with hand(Getty Images)
Mortgage with hand(Getty Images)

HC gives CBI 3 months to probe Sector-5 property grab case

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 12:02 AM IST
The case came to light in August, when Padamjit Singh, 84, a former United Nations executive who lives in the US, alleged that a petition filed on July 8 using his name was not, in fact, filed by him
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HT Image

Congress to take part in DDC elections in J&K

Hindustan Times/Jammu | By Press Trust Of India
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2020 11:59 PM IST
Elections to the DDCs and vacant posts of sarpanch and panch will be held in eight phases from December 1 to December 24
The commission has allowed colleges and universities outside containment zones to reopen after consultation with the governments of their respective states or Union territories.(File photo for representation)
The commission has allowed colleges and universities outside containment zones to reopen after consultation with the governments of their respective states or Union territories.(File photo for representation)

UGC notifies guidelines for graded reopening of colleges

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Fareeha Iftikhar
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 07:01 AM IST
Following a six-day schedule, staggered classes, thermal screening and strict adherence to Centre’s Covid-19 norms are among the guidelines issued by University Grants Commission on Thursday, for the phased reopening of higher education institutions across the country.
(Representative Image/Reuters)
(Representative Image/Reuters)

9 more deaths, 512 cases recorded in J&K

Hindustan Times/Jammu | By Ashiq Hussain
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2020 07:01 PM IST
Officials said 326 people tested positive in Kashmir and 186 in Jammu; seven people succumbed to the disease in Jammu and two in Kashmir.
(PTI File)
(PTI File)

Mansar rejuvenation plan will increase tourist influx, says J&K L-G

Hindustan Times/Jammu | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2020 09:47 PM IST
Mansar and Surinsar are the most sought after tourist destinations
AHDC-Leh has a total of 30 seats and four councilors are nominated by the government.(Representative Image/PTI File)
AHDC-Leh has a total of 30 seats and four councilors are nominated by the government.(Representative Image/PTI File)

6th Leh council: 26 newly elected councillors administered oath

Hindustan Times/Jammu | By Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
PUBLISHED ON OCT 31, 2020 05:08 PM IST
JP’s Tashi Gyalson of Lingshet constituency had been elected the new chief executive councillor while his party colleague Tsering Angchuk of Diskit constituency was elected the deputy chief executive councillor
LAHDC-Leh has a total of 30 seats and four councilors are nominated by the government.(PTI)
LAHDC-Leh has a total of 30 seats and four councilors are nominated by the government.(PTI)

26 newly-elected councillors of 6th Leh council to be administered oath of office

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 31, 2020 06:20 AM IST
Since the formation of the hill council in 1995, the Congress had swept the polls thrice, while the Ladakh Union Territorial Front had won the elections in 2005.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said that agricultural land has been reserved for farmers.(HT Photo)
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said that agricultural land has been reserved for farmers.(HT Photo)

Outsiders can now buy non-farm land in J&K

Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON OCT 28, 2020 02:43 AM IST
People from outside the state were barred from buying or owning immovable property there, settle permanently, or avail themselves of state-sponsored scholarship schemes before the nullification of Article 35A, which gave special rights to the J&K’s permanent residents.
Leh: Polling officials during the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Elections, in Leh, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.(PTI photo)
Leh: Polling officials during the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Elections, in Leh, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.(PTI photo)

What is the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council?

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2020 06:46 PM IST
LAHDC-Leh has a total of 30 seats of which four councillors are nominated by the government. Elections for 26 councillors were held on October 22.
The Centre agreed to borrow under the special RBI window to help diffuse the tension between New Delhi and the dissenting states.(PTI (Representative Image))
The Centre agreed to borrow under the special RBI window to help diffuse the tension between New Delhi and the dissenting states.(PTI (Representative Image))

Centre transfers Rs 6,000 crore to 16 states, 2 UTs

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gireesh Chandra Prasad
PUBLISHED ON OCT 24, 2020 05:55 AM IST
The Centre borrowed and transferred Rs 6,000 crore to 16 states and two Union territories on the first day, the government said.
Internet services were extended in the Union Territory until November 12(AP)
Internet services were extended in the Union Territory until November 12(AP)

2G services extended in J-K, high-speed data in Ganderbal, Udhampur

Srinagar | By Asian News International | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON OCT 22, 2020 09:01 AM IST
Services in the whole of the region will be available for post-paid sim cardholders only.
Himanta Biswa Sarma said the government has no objection if the private schools want to continue with online classes(PTI)
Himanta Biswa Sarma said the government has no objection if the private schools want to continue with online classes(PTI)

Educational institutions in Assam to reopen on November 2

Guwahati | By Press Trust of India| posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 17, 2020 08:22 PM IST
The children are currently being provided with dry food and the school authorities can slowly move to cooked meals depending on the situation, the minister said.
The central government asked the administration to step up monitoring of those in home quarantine.(Reuters/Representative Image)
The central government asked the administration to step up monitoring of those in home quarantine.(Reuters/Representative Image)

Centre tells Chandigarh administration to improve daily Covid death rate

Hindustan Times/Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2020 01:10 AM IST
UT adviser Manoj Parida said the UT’s recovery rate was 90% and every twelfth citizen had been tested
The Union Territory has been reporting fewer Covid-19 cases of late.(Unsplash)
The Union Territory has been reporting fewer Covid-19 cases of late.(Unsplash)

Andaman tourism industry looks forward to upcoming festive season for revival

Port Blair | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 07:22 PM IST
With the Andaman and Nicobar Islands’ administration opening up some parts of the archipelago for tourism after a gap of six months, stakeholders in the industry are looking forward to Durga Puja.
A Kashmiri health worker collects samples to test for Covid-19 in Srinagar.(AP)
A Kashmiri health worker collects samples to test for Covid-19 in Srinagar.(AP)

Covid-19 tally in Jammu and Kashmir nears 80,000 mark

Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By Ashiq Hussain
PUBLISHED ON OCT 04, 2020 06:55 PM IST
A total of 1,053 people were discharged from different hospitals in Jammu and Kashmir taking the overall recoveries to 62,404 which account for a recovery rate of 78.8%, the highest so far.
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HT Image

Post Art 370, J&K witnesses surge in domestic tourists

Hindustan Times/Jammu | By Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 12:49 AM IST
There has been a corresponding steep decline in the number of foreign tourists visiting to the tourism-dependent Union Territory of Ladakh
Most of the country’s worst-hit areas in terms of deaths all have high positivity rates, which means they aren’t testing enough(REUTERS PHOTO)
Most of the country’s worst-hit areas in terms of deaths all have high positivity rates, which means they aren’t testing enough(REUTERS PHOTO)

Why adequate testing is crucial to saving lives

Hindustan Times | By Jamie Mullick
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 12:16 AM IST
Adequate testing, especially when the positivity rate in a region starts rising, forms a very crucial aspect of saving lives from the virus.
G Kishan Reddy also informed the Lower House that 2G mobile internet speed is not an impediment in Covid control measures, including dissemination of information to the general public as well as health workers.(HT Photo)
G Kishan Reddy also informed the Lower House that 2G mobile internet speed is not an impediment in Covid control measures, including dissemination of information to the general public as well as health workers.(HT Photo)

No restriction on accessing any website in Jammu and Kashmir: Centre

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2020 12:39 AM IST
Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said the mobile data services are presently restricted to 2G speed in all but two districts of the Union territory.
A total of 16,79,520 people were given the certificates, he said, adding altogether 1,21,630 applications had been rejected for not providing the required documents.(PTI)
A total of 16,79,520 people were given the certificates, he said, adding altogether 1,21,630 applications had been rejected for not providing the required documents.(PTI)

1.67 million people in J&K given domicile certificates: Centre

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 11:51 PM IST
In his reply to a written question, union minister of state for home G Kishan Reddy said that according to information provided by the Jammu and Kashmir administration, a total of 21,13,879 people had applied for domicile certificates.
The 13.5-km Shinku La Tunnel will connect the Union Territory of Ladakh with tribal Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.(HT Photo)
The 13.5-km Shinku La Tunnel will connect the Union Territory of Ladakh with tribal Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.(HT Photo)

After Rohtang, focus shifts to Shinku La tunnel between Ladakh and Lahaul

Hindustan Times, Shimla | By Gaurav Bisht
PUBLISHED ON SEP 19, 2020 05:24 PM IST
National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited has speeded up the detailed project report work on the 13.5-km tunnel
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