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Details of investment in J-K will be available soon: Nirmala Sitharaman
Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman addressing Global Investors meet at the International Monetary Fund HQs in Washington DC. Image: Twitter/@FinMinIndia

Details of investment in J-K will be available soon: Nirmala Sitharaman

17 Oct 2019 | 6:00 PM

WASHINGTON: The details of the government’s policy to attract more investments in Jammu and Kashmir would be available very soon, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said.

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Washington, October 17

The details of the government’s policy to attract more investments in Jammu and Kashmir would be available very soon, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, listing out the potential the area carries for investors in sectors like tourism, handicrafts, silk, production of saffron and apple.

Sitharaman made the comments while responding to a question during an interactive session with investors at the IMF headquarters here on Wednesday. The event was organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and US India Strategic and Partnership Forum.

“We have started working in terms of making sure that the full potential of Jammu and Kashmir from various different aspects (is achieved),” she said.

The minister listed out the investment possibilities Jammu and Kashmir carries in different sectors like tourism, fine arts, handicrafts, wood work, carpets, silk, production of saffron and apple.

“I think sooner the details of it (new policy) will be available,” she said.

India on August 5 scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories—Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

In his address to the nation after revoking the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said state companies as well as private companies will be encouraged to create jobs for the local youth in the region.

“So very many things are all being put together to see how best a plan can be done,” Sitharaman said.

Sooner, some kind of pattern would be worked out between the union home ministry and finance ministry and announced.

“Work is on,” she said, while responding to a question from a Dubai-based investor who is trying to mobilise funds to invest in Jammu and Kashmir.

“I want to know from your perspective, after the change in this state, is there any special consideration being given to a State that has historically missed out on global and international investments?” she was asked. —PTI

Farooq’s relatives, 11 other women released from jail

Farooq’s relatives, 11 other women released from jail

17 Oct 2019 | 8:42 AM

SRINAGAR: The authorities in Kashmir today released National Conference president Farooq Abdullah’s sister and daughter and 11 other prominent women from Srinagar Central Jail after all of them furnished a “bond of peace and tranquility”.

Sons, daughters of detained protesters tweet support

Sons, daughters of detained protesters tweet support

17 Oct 2019 | 8:38 AM

SRINAGAR: The sons and daughters of several high-profile women, who were arrested at a protest yesterday and included renowned academicians, took to Twitter on Wednesday to express support for their mothers.

Transporters to hold protest against Sarore toll plaza today

Transporters to hold protest against Sarore toll plaza today

17 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

JAMMU: Against the backof prevailing uncertainty and sensitivities post revocation of state’s special status, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has ignored the concerns of local stakeholders while “unilaterally” setting up a new toll plaza in the Sarore area of Samba district.

Abolish toll plaza at Sarore: Cong

Abolish toll plaza at Sarore: Cong

17 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

SAMBA: Demanding removal of the toll plaza at Sarore, the Congress on Wednesday held a protest against the government and alleged that the BJP was ‘betraying’ people’s mandate.

Students bear the brunt

17 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

JAMMU: Long hours of waiting have now become a routine affair for parents after the establishment of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) toll plaza at Sarore in Samba district.

Give free legal aid to PSA detainees: HC

Give free legal aid to PSA detainees: HC

17 Oct 2019 | 8:45 AM

SRINAGAR: In a decision which would provide succour to scores of parents whose wards have been booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) since the abrogation of Article 370, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court today directed the J&K Government to provide free legal aid to the detenues, wherever necessary.

BJP ‘reluctant’ to act against rebelsBDC polls

BJP ‘reluctant’ to act against rebels

17 Oct 2019 | 8:45 AM

JAMMU: A ‘helpless’ BJP is finding it difficult take action against party leaders contesting the Block Development Council (BDC) elections as rebels against the official nominees of the party, especially in the Jammu province.

Roadside henna artists make hay

Roadside henna artists make hay

17 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

JAMMU: A major chunk of business in the Jammu region related to religious and other festivities is being done by inter-state migrant workers.

UP refuses to reveal details of Kashmiri prisoners

UP refuses to reveal details of Kashmiri prisoners

17 Oct 2019 | 8:47 AM

SRINAGAR: The authorities in Uttar Pradesh have refused to provide details of individuals shifted from J&K to Agra Central Prison post August 5, when the Centre abrogated Article 370 and bifurcated the state into two union territories.

Forum rues unavailability of medicines in govt hospitals

Forum rues unavailability of medicines in govt hospitals

17 Oct 2019 | 8:47 AM

JAMMU: The Citizen’s Forum, a Jammu-based social organisation, today regretted the non-availability of medicines in government hospitals and requested the Governor’s administration to stop procuring medicines in hospitals if these were not given to the needy poor patients.

Setting up of UTs: Govt recalls officials from commissions

17 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

SRINAGAR: In run up to the establishment of union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, the government has recalled officials from various commissions, which will cease to exist due to repealing of related state laws.

Forces launch search ops in Doda hills

17 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

DODA: For the last two days, security forces have launched a massive cordon and search operations in hilly areas of Doda district to trap militants hiding in the area.

12 hurt in two road accidents in Rajouri

12 hurt in two road accidents in Rajouri

17 Oct 2019 | 9:14 AM

RAJOURI: Twelve persons were injured in two road mishaps in Rajouri district.

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Waste dumped along roads a nuisance

17 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

THE Jammu Municipal Corporation is cleaning drains regularly to avoid blockage. However, it doesn't solve the problem as the muck and solid waste dumped alongside the roads find its way back into the drains.

Education Notes

SEMINAR ON plastic waste mgmt

17 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

The Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) organised an awareness programme on solid and plastic waste management in collaboration with Government Higher Secondary School, Channi Himmat, at Ward No 1 here today.

Gold, silver worth Rs 60 lakh recovered

17 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

Jammu: A team of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), Jammu, carried out searches in the houses of BS Dua (retired GM, Small Scale Industries Development Corporation Limited), Jasvinder Singh Dua (MD, J&K Handicrafts Corporation) and AK Khullar (retired MD, SICOP), and recovered gold and silver worth more than Rs 60 lakh and Rs 9.57 lakh in cash.

Mayor inaugurates development works

17 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

Jammu: Mayor Chander Mohan Gupta inaugurated development works in different parts of the city on Wednesday.

Punjab apple trader, labourer shot; 3 militants gunned down in Kashmir

Punjab apple trader, labourer shot; 3 militants gunned down in Kashmir

17 Oct 2019 | 6:41 AM

SRINAGAR: Three terrorists were gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag, while militants killed a migrant labourer from Chhattisgarh and an apple trader from Punjab in separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir.

‘Azadi’, ‘Burhan Wani’ written on apples from Kashmir; fruit sellers threaten boycott

‘Azadi’, ‘Burhan Wani’ written on apples from Kashmir; fruit sellers threaten boycott

16 Oct 2019 | 7:21 PM

JAMMU: Kashmir apples with messages like ‘We want freedom’, ‘I luv Burhan Wani’ and ‘Zakir Musa come back’ written on them were found in boxes bought by fruit sellers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district, prompting police to probe the matter.

Militants kill Chhattisgarh labourer in J-K’s Pulwama district

Militants kill Chhattisgarh labourer in J-K’s Pulwama district

16 Oct 2019 | 11:04 PM

CHANDIGARH: A labourer from Chhattisgarh was shot dead by militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Wednesday, said police.

Why no reply on NRI businessman wife’s plea against his detention: SC asks J-K admn

Why no reply on NRI businessman wife’s plea against his detention: SC asks J-K admn

16 Oct 2019 | 2:48 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Jammu and Kashmir administration as to why it has not filed a reply on a plea by the wife of a Malaysia-based NRI businessman challenging his detention following abrogation of provisions of Article 370.

3 militants killed in encounter with security forces in Anantnag

3 militants killed in encounter with security forces in Anantnag

16 Oct 2019 | 11:04 PM

SRINAGAR: Three militants were killed on Wednesday in an encounter with security forces in J-K’s Anantnag district, officials said. The encounter broke out at Pazalpora area.

Eye camp for rural peopleEducation Notes

Eye camp for rural people

16 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

An eye camp for rural people was organised by KC Public School in collaboration with the Indian Red Cross Society (Jammu Region). Students of the school escorted patients from their homes in villages by the school transport and assisted the Red Cross team in carrying out eye examination besides providing hospitality to the patients in the form of refreshment.

Neglected 'Shaheedi Sthal'What our readers say

Neglected 'Shaheedi Sthal'

16 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

The "Shaheedi Sthal' outside GGM Science College where the students of 1966 agitation for the rights of Jammu died is in a shambles and there are no caretakers.

Class X, XII board exams: Admn to take final call on reducing syllabus

16 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

SRINAGAR: Days after the government announced the schedule for board exams for Classes X and XII, ofsficials at the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) said a decision regarding reduction of syllabus would be taken by the Governor’s administration.

Security downgrade makes Oppn leaders ‘inactive’

Security downgrade makes Oppn leaders ‘inactive’

16 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

JAMMU: Notwithstanding tall claims of the Governor’s administration, political activity in Jammu and Kashmir has virtually come to a standstill as security of all Opposition leaders has been withdrawn, thus forcing them to confine themselves to their homes.

Nod to welfare works at Wakf council meeting

16 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

JAMMU: The 19th meeting of the State Wakf Council was held here today under the chairmanship of Advisor to Governor Farooq Ahmed Khan, who is also the chairman of the J&K Wakf Council.

Conversation of youths on phones can transform mood in Valley: Malik

Conversation of youths on phones can transform mood in Valley: Malik

16 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

JAMMU: Governor Satya Pal Malik’s observations over the opening of mobile services in Kashmir after a long gap of more than two months on Monday have a special significance for the youth of the Valley, who are the biggest stakeholders in the future of Kashmir.

Development funds to be hiked at village level

Development funds to be hiked at village level

16 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

JAMMU: In a major decision, the Jammu and Kashmir Government is learnt to have decided to make a substantial hike in the funds to be spent on the works identified at the panchayat level during the much-talked-about week-long “Back to village” programme held across the state in June this year.

NC condemns detention of Farooq’s kin

NC condemns detention of Farooq’s kin

16 Oct 2019 | 7:49 AM

JAMMU: The National Conference (NC) today condemned the detention of sister and daughter of the party president Dr Farooq Abdullah, describing the move as “unprecedented and against people’s right to peaceful protest”.

Woman dies, couple hurt in Pak shelling

Woman dies, couple hurt in Pak shelling

16 Oct 2019 | 6:55 AM

RAJOURI: A woman was killed while her 18-day-old son had a miraculous escape in a mortar blast fired by the Pakistan army that landed in Noona Bandi village in Poonch district in the evening today.

Mehbooba a hard nut to crack

Mehbooba a hard nut to crack

16 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

SRINAGAR: More than any other detained leader, it is the PDP chief and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, the government is scared of in the current situation.

Centre decided Sarore toll post location, rates: NHAI

Centre decided Sarore toll post location, rates: NHAI

16 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

JAMMU: Putting all speculation to rest and an embarrassment for the state BJP, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) on Tuesday said, “The rollback of toll plaza at Sarore is not on cards as its location and rates have been decided by the Central government”.

Month after launch, scheme for apple growers picks up pace

Month after launch, scheme for apple growers picks up pace

16 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

SRINAGAR: A month after it was launched by the government to ease the difficulties faced by apple growers, the market intervention scheme is slowly picking up pace since the rates of various grades of apple were revised recently.

BDC polls will give birth to new leaders, says BJP

16 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

SRINAGAR: Even as the BJP said today that the upcoming Block Development Council (BDC) elections would give birth to new leaders in the Kashmir valley, the party is aiming for a clean sweep amid boycott by other parties.

Protesting Farooq sister, daughter detained

Protesting Farooq sister, daughter detained

16 Oct 2019 | 12:21 PM

SRINAGAR:National Conference president Farooq Abdullah’s sister and daughter were among several high-profile women detained today as they attempted to hold a demonstration in central city against abrogation of Article 370 and detention of political leaders.

Fear grips fruit traders after killing

16 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

SRINAGAR: A day after the killing of a non-local truck driver in south Kashmir’s Shopian by suspected militants, a wave of fear has gripped the truck drivers and apple traders as the peak season of trade is on amid mounting tension in Kashmir for the past 70 days.

Pak ultra among two killed truck driver in Shopian: Cops

Pak ultra among two killed truck driver in Shopian: Cops

16 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

SRINAGAR: A Pakistani is among two militants who allegedly shot dead a Rajasthani truck driver in a south Kashmir village on Monday evening.

Smuggler held, 16 bovines rescued

16 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

JAMMU: A bovine smuggler was arrested by the police and 16 bovines rescued in Samba district of Jammu on Tuesday.

Pbi Lekhak Sabha releases book on satire

16 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

JAMMU: The Punjabi Lekhak Sabha (Regd.) today organised a literary programme to release Punjabi satire book titled ‘Danda Ooncha Rahe Hamara’ written by Monojit, a well known Punjabi satire writer of J&K.

JUTA gets new office-bearers, 4 out of 5 elected

JUTA gets new office-bearers, 4 out of 5 elected

16 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

JAMMU: Professor Neeru Sharma of the department of home science was today elected unopposed as the new president of the Jammu University Teachers Association (JUTA) — the frontline organisation of university faculty members.

Restoration of mobile phones makes govt staff happy

Restoration of mobile phones makes govt staff happy

16 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

JAMMU: The Kashmiri Hindu employees engaged under the Prime Minister Employment Package have heaved a sigh of relief as post-paid mobile connectivity was restored by the government after 72 days in the Valley.

Faculty shortage affects academics in govt schools

Faculty shortage affects academics in govt schools

16 Oct 2019 | 6:46 AM

JAMMU: With less than six months to go for the commencement of the annual board exams for the secondary and higher secondary classes, students in government schools are a worried lot over the completion of syllabus on time due to the paucity of teaching faculty.

Ban on SMS hrs after postpaid service resumes

Ban on SMS hrs after postpaid service resumes

16 Oct 2019 | 10:24 AM

Hours after restoring postpaid mobile phone services in Kashmir, the government blocked the short message service (SMS) fearing it could help miscreants organise protests.

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