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

Pakistan should take care of its backyard than sending terrorists to Jammu and Kashmir: DGP

Fielding media queries after attending closing ceremony of a police martyrs’ cricket tournament at Kathua, the DGP said, “Pakistan’s internal situation is very bad. They should better look after their home and they should be ashamed of their deeds of pushing terrorists, drugs and weapons into Jammu and Kashmir.”

The Jammu and Kashmir director general of police (DGP), Dilbag Singh on Thursday said that an “imploding” Pakistan should look after its “backyard” than pushing terrorists, drugs and weapons into Jammu and Kashmir. (ANI Fille Photo)
Published on Mar 23, 2023 11:47 PM IST

Panthers Party foundation day: BJP loves power, says Farooq Abdullah

Farooq Abdullah also cautioned the people to exercise their right to vote “very carefully” at the next elections when “money will be flown like water and the chants of mandir will be doing rounds again”. He was addressing a public rally to mark the 40th foundation day of Panthers Party at Udhampur

Addressing a public rally to mark the 40th foundation day of Panthers Party at Udhampur, former chief minister and National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said, “BJP doesn’t have any love for Lord Rama and the party loved power”. (ANI File Photo)
Updated on Mar 23, 2023 11:38 PM IST

Doda land subsidence: GSI report recommends avoiding habitation, no new construction on slope

A Geological Survey of India (GSI) report has attributed land subsidence at Doda’s Nai Basti village to a multitude of factors and has recommended some immediate reconciliatory measures to the J&K administration that includes avoiding habitation on unstable slope.

In February’s first week, at least 22 houses were emptied out and 300 people moved from Doda’s Nai Basti after cracks spread across several structures, leading to the collapse of at least three. A Geological Survey of India (GSI) report has attributed land subsidence at Doda’s Nai Basti village to a multitude of factors. (ANI File Photo)
Published on Mar 23, 2023 12:56 AM IST

Status quo maintained with China on LAC in Ladakh: Northern Command chief

The general officer commanding-in-chief of Udhampur-based Northern Command was addressing a mega ‘Veterans Sampark’ rally which was attended by over 800 veterans and ‘veer naris’ at a unit of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles at Jammu’s Digiana

Northern Command chief Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi interacts with ex-servicemen in Jammu on Tuesday. (Twitter)
Published on Mar 22, 2023 12:42 AM IST

No terrorist given J&K govt job, won’t support policy of punishing their kin: Omar in Jammu

Fielding media queries at Bajalta on the outskirts of Jammu, where he addressed a large public gathering, National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah said, “Rahul did not say anything wrong and there is nothing unusual about his statement.”

National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah addresses a public meeting in Jammu on Monday. (ANI)
Published on Mar 20, 2023 11:40 PM IST

Cancelled arms licences of Amritpal’s bodyguards in ‘national interest’: J&K admn

Kishtwar deputy magistrate Devansh Yadav said, “We had last week received a communiqué from the Punjab Police to take action, following which the arms licence of Varinder Singh, who served at 19 Sikh Regiment, was cancelled”

Following an attack on cops at Punjab’s Ajnala by Khalistani sympathiser and chief of Waris Punjab De Amritpal Singh and his supporters last month, state police had requested the Jammu and Kashmir administration to cancel arms licences of two retired armymen, who had joined Amritpal as his bodyguards. (Image for representational purpose)
Published on Mar 18, 2023 11:07 PM IST

Slain ATM guard’s family flees Pulwama, reaches Jammu

Sunita Sharma, 31, widow of Sanjay Sharma, 40, an ATM guard who was killed by terrorists in Pulwama’s Achan village on February 26, has fled from her native village to Jammu. The guard was on his way to see a doctor when he was shot dead by terrorists.

Sunita Sharma, wife of deceased ATM guard Sanjay Sharma, along with her three minor children at a relative’s house in Jammu on Friday.Sanjay was killed by terrorists in Pulwama’s Achan village on February 26. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 18, 2023 12:25 AM IST

EC assured us of early elections in Jammu and Kashmir: Farooq Abdullah

A delegation of national and regional leaders from Jammu and Kashmir, led by National Conference president Farooq Abdullah , signed a memorandum and submitted it to the CEC on Thursday at Delhi.

ormer chief minister and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India Rajiv Kumar and another member have assured assembly elections in J&K soon. (HT File)
Published on Mar 17, 2023 12:28 AM IST

Deferred exams to be conducted soon, no compromise on merit: Jammu and Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha

The lieutenant governor, Manoj Sinha on Wednesday said that the computer-based written examinations, which had to be conducted by the Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board (JKSSB) from Thursday, were “deferred for now and will soon be conducted, once the JKSSB was fully satisfied.”

Jammu and Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha during the inaugural ceremony of Chancellor’s Trophy at the University of Jammu. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 16, 2023 01:08 AM IST

Giving jobs to mafia, goons might be a tradition in UP, not J&K: Mehbooba

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti recalled how people of J&K faced a really difficult time during militancy and how her late father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, during his tenure as the chief minister, brought a positive change in Jammu and Kashmir

Taking a swipe at lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha over his remark that political leaders of Jammu and Kashmir gave jobs to terrorists and their family members, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said it may be a tradition in his home state of Uttar Pradesh to give jobs to mafias and goons. (HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 14, 2023 11:17 PM IST

Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir only when situation is ‘conducive’ for BJP: Mehbooba Mufti

Responding to media queries after addressing a public rally at Poonch, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti said, “Since 2019 hardships have befallen on the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The present situation could be felt from the faces of the people.”

Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and president of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be held only when the situation was “conducive” for the BJP. (HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 13, 2023 11:52 PM IST

Oppn parties to meet EC for early polls in J&K, says Farooq

National Conference president and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said that leaders of various opposition parties in J&K will soon meet national leaders and the Election Commission in New Delhi to press for early assembly elections and restoration of statehood

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah (centre) with leaders of various political parties addressing the media at his residence in Jammu on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 12, 2023 12:26 AM IST

Hiring of ‘tainted’ firm by JKSSB: High court’s single judge bench asked to hear matter afresh

Pursuant upon a writ petition filed by Vinkal Sharma and others in November last year, the Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board (JKSSB) had in February this year filed letters patent appeal (an appeal by a petitioner against a decision of a single judge to a different bench of the same court) before the division bench

Back-to-back protests are being held by groups of job aspirants in Jammu and Srinagar over the hiring of the ‘tainted’ firm. (ANI)
Published on Mar 11, 2023 04:41 AM IST

Amshipora op: Kin of men killed in fake encounter await jobs promised by J&K LG

On July 2, 2020, Imtiyaz, 21; Abrar Ahmad, 26; and Ibrar Ahmad Khan, 18, had left Rajouri for Shopian to work in apple orchards; they, however, went missing on July 17, with the army next day claiming that three unidentified terrorists were killed in an encounter in Amshipora

Families of three young men from Rajouri, who were killed in a ‘staged’ encounter by an army captain in Amshipora of Shopian district in July 2020, have appealed Jammu and Kashmir lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha to fulfil his promise of providing government jobs to them. (ANI file)
Published on Mar 08, 2023 04:50 AM IST

Need to be vigilant to neutralise ecosystem supporting terrorism: J&K LG Sinha

Jammu and Kashmir lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha reiterated that the property tax to be levied in the UT from April 1 was the lowest in the country

J&K lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha at the passing out parade of police constables in Kathua on Friday. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 04, 2023 03:33 AM IST

Special NIA court issues non-bailable warrants against 13 Kishtwar terrorists based in Pak

Kishtwar senior superintendent of police Khalil Poswal said the chief investigation officer had approached the special NIA court for issuing non-bailable warrants against 13 terrorists for their active involvement in terror activities to create unrest in the Chenab valley and other parts of Jammu and Kashmir

A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Thursday issued non-bailable warrants against 13 active terrorists from Kishtwar, who are presently operating from Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). (Image for representational purpose)
Published on Mar 03, 2023 12:08 AM IST

Search of water source leads villagers in Jammu’s Doda to stone sculptures

The search for a water source in a remote village of Doda district yielded the stone sculptures during a dig — in turn drawing a team of experts from the archives department for a visit

The stone sculptures, carvings and two water storage systems with eight to ten drains made out of hard rock were found around 10 feet below the ground. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 02, 2023 02:57 AM IST

Shutdown in Katra against proposed Vaishno Devi ropeway project

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has decided to come up with a ₹250-crore ropeway project between Tarakote and Sanji Chhat for the convenience of elderly and specially abled pilgrims

Locals take out a protest march in Katra on Tuesday. (PTI)
Published on Mar 01, 2023 12:59 AM IST

Lithium reserves in Reasi: Before securing deposits, govt may have to rehabilitate people

Lithium is a non-ferrous metal (relating to or denoting a metal other than iron or steel) and is one of the key components in EV batteries. The reserves were situated in Salal Kotli village, around 22 to 23 kms from Reasi district headquarters.

5.9 million tonnes of lithium reserves were discovered in Reasi district’s Salal Haimana area. (PTI)
Published on Feb 25, 2023 12:03 AM IST

Properties of 3 J&K Ghaznavi Force operatives in Ramban attached

The attached properties include a single-storey house of Abdul Majid Lone at Sesal, Ind, a single-storey house of Mohammed Farooq and a chemist shop (both at Khachhar Market in Gool) of Shahdin Padyar.

The attacked property of a Ghaznavi Force operative in Ramban. (HT File)
Published on Feb 24, 2023 11:01 PM IST

Property tax imposed by LG’s admn, not BJP: Party’s J&K chief

Jammu and Kashmir BJP president Ravinder Raina said that had the LG’s administration put it in public domain for discussion with the stakeholders, the controversy and confusion would not have arisen

Jammu and Kashmir BJP president Ravinder Raina on Thursday said that the property tax was imposed by the lieutenant governor’s administration and not the BJP or the central government. (HT file)
Published on Feb 23, 2023 11:57 PM IST

Property tax stirs hornets’ nest across Jammu and Kashmir, Opposition calls it tax terrorism

Calling it “tax terrorism” and “jizya ”, opposition parties and Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association besides common man have asked government to withdraw the notification. J&K Pradesh Congress Committee said imposition of property tax was another blow to already economically and politically distressed people

The decision of the lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha’s administration to levy property tax on the people from April 1 has stirred a hornets’ nest across Jammu and Kashmir. (Representational image)
Published on Feb 23, 2023 01:09 AM IST

J&K: 2-member GSI team reaches land subsidence site in Ramban’s Gool

Gool’s sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Tanveer-ul-Majid said, “The GSI team reached the village around 4.15pm and assessed the situation. They will return tomorrow and prepare a report on what triggered the landslip.”

A two-member team of experts from Geological Survey of India (GSI) on Tuesday visited Duksar Dalwa village in Sangaldan area of Gool tehsil in J&K’s Ramban district to ascertain the reasons behind landsliding, which has so far damaged 16 houses, 500-metre stretch of the road between Ramban and Gool, and a 33KV power transmission line. (ANI file)
Published on Feb 21, 2023 11:11 PM IST

Vaishno Devi ropeway project’s tender process in final stage: J&K LG

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) has approved a ₹ 250-crore passenger ropeway project between Tarakote Marg and Sanji Chhat along the 12km track to the cave shrine

Vaishno Devi ropeway project’s tender process in final stage: J&K LG (PTI)
Updated on Feb 21, 2023 02:18 AM IST

Ramban authorities request for experts to ascertain reason for landslide

Ramban deputy magistrate Mussarat Islam has requested the authorities in Jammu to send experts to ascertain the reason for the massive landslide that collapsed six houses and developed major cracks in 16 other residences at Duksar Dalwa in Sangaldan area of Ramban district

Ramban authorities request for experts to ascertain reason for landslide (ANI Photo)
Published on Feb 21, 2023 01:34 AM IST

Harsh Dev quits AAP, says wants to revive J&K Panthers Party

In a video clip, Harsh Dev announced his decision to quit the AAP in order to revive the Panthers Party, which was formed by his uncle Prof Bhim Singh in 1982; the former J&K education minister’s decision has not only dealt a major blow to the AAP’s plans in Jammu and Kashmir, but would also cast significant implications on the political landscape of the region

Amid a strong wave of the AAP, Harsh Dev had joined the party on May 7 last year in New Delhi and was later appointed as the chairperson of its state coordination committee in Jammu and Kashmir. (Twitter)
Published on Feb 17, 2023 05:34 AM IST

NIA sends letter rogatory to Pak, wants transfer of Pulwama attack evidences

The six-page dossier accessed by HT on Wednesday was issued on November 22, 2022, by third additional sessions judge, Jammu, Ashwani Kumar Sharma, who was designated as a special judge under Section 22 of the NIA Act.

A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Jammu has sent a letter rogatory (a formal request) to Pakistan for judicial assistance in the collection and transfer of evidences pertaining to the 2019 Pulwama terror attack. (Image for representational purpose)
Updated on Feb 16, 2023 04:15 AM IST

‘Congress is a herd of traitors’: J&K BJP chief on Digvijaya’s Pulwama attack remark

Digvijaya has stoked a fresh row after he called the 2019 attack on CRPF men an intelligence failure; “Today we pay homage to the 40 CRPF Martyrs who died because of the blatant Intelligence Failure in Pulwama. I hope all the Martyred Families have been suitably rehabilitated,” he tweeted

Reacting to veteran Congress leader Digvijaya Singh’s remarks over Pulwama terror attack, Jammu and Kashmir BJP president Ravinder Raina on Tuesday said the Congress leader spoke the language of enemies of India. (HT file photo)
Published on Feb 15, 2023 01:42 AM IST

Relief in the offing as strategic T5 tunnel on Jammu-Srinagar highway nears completion

The commuters would be able to bypass the Panthyal stretch in Ramban district, a point highly prone to shooting stones, as the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is all set to complete the construction of 800-metre-long tunnel called T5

The T5 tunnel is a part of the highway realignment project, which would put an end to the ghost of shooting stones and disruption of traffic on Panthyal stretch in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 15, 2023 01:22 AM IST

Jaish’s offshoot threatens to attack Indian firms ‘stealing’ J&K’s natural resources

The letter comes in the wake of news reports of lithium reserves discovered in J&K’s Reasi; HT could not independently verify the authenticity of the threat letter which first appeared on social media.

Residents of Salal village pose for photos showing lithium stones in Reasi district on Saturday. The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has for the first time established 5.9 million tonnes of inferred resources of lithium in the Salal-Haimana area of Jammu & Kashmir. (PTI)
Published on Feb 13, 2023 11:05 PM IST
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