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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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Polling staff, EVMs & security personnel reach polling stations in upper reaches

Doda district election officer Harvinder Singh said, “The exercise had been initiated well in time and today we sent around 250 polling staff and security personnel to the upper reaches of Gai in Dessa. The motorable road is up to Gai and then 7 km of steep ascent has to be covered either on foot or mules.”

Election officials carrying polling material walk to a polling booth in a remote mountain area on the eve of the first round of voting in the six-week long national election at Dessa village in Doda district, Jammu and Kashmir on India. (AP)
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 06:12 AM IST

Udhampur LS seat goes to polls on April 19, over 16.23 lakh voters to decide fate of 12 candidates

While Dr Jitendra Singh, who won in 2014 and 2019, is seeking third consecutive term, Congress has pitted Choudhary Lal Singh, who is out on bail in a money laundering case, against Jitendra with an aim to bring an end to the winning streak of Jitendra

Security personnel and polling officials with election materials leaving for poll duty ahead of the first phase of Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 06:00 AM IST

BJP mulls fielding Jammu and Kashmir president Ravinder Raina from Anantnag

Candidates urge Election Commission to defer Anantnag polls to later stage in view of inclement weather

BJP’s Jammu and Kashmir unit president Ravinder Raina (File photo)
Updated on Apr 18, 2024 09:28 AM IST

Campaigning for Udhampur seat comes to an end

PM Modi, Union ministers Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh, UP CM Yogi Adityanath led BJP’s star-studded campaign; Pilot, Babbar hold fort for the Congress

Udhampur constituency goes to polls on April 19 in the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 18, 2024 09:26 AM IST

Amit Shah’s speech reflects BJP’s frustration, fear of losing Jammu seats: Opp'n

National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party and Congress said BJP’s frustration and fear of losing two Lok Sabha constituencies of Jammu region

Union home minister Amit Shah and BJP’s Jammu candidate Jugal Kishore Sharma addressing a gathering in Jammu. (Gourav)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 03:19 AM IST

Kishtwar girl Anmol Rathore bags seventh rank in civil services exam

The only child of her parents, Anmol Rathore had topped the Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Services exams last year and was currently undergoing administrative training.

Kishtwar girl Anmol Rathore ranked seventh in the 2023 civil services exam . (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 06:52 AM IST

BJP believes in winning hearts, lotus will bloom in Kashmir: Amit Shah

Vote for anyone but not for dynastic parties i.e. NC, PDP and Congress, Union home minister’s appeal to voters in Kashmir

Union home minister Amit Shah addressing a BJP rally ahead of Lok Sabha elections in Jammu, on Tuesday. (PTI Photo)
Published on Apr 16, 2024 04:29 PM IST

Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency: Rajput citadel to see a fierce battle

Rajputs make up for 42% of Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency’s population; DPAP’s GM Saroori also in fray

The Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency, traditionally a Rajput dominant seat, is set to see a neck-to-neck fight between Union minister and sitting MP Dr Jitendra Singh and Congress’ Choudhary Lal Singh. The segment goes to poll in the first phase on April 19
Updated on Apr 15, 2024 07:18 AM IST

Over 100 differently-abled, elderly vote from home in Doda

The voters extended their heartfelt gratitude to the Election Commission of India for enabling them in being a part of the electoral process in the largest democracy in the world

Doda district election officer Harvinder Singh said, “So far 104 voters comprising persons with over 40% disability and senior citizens have cast their votes from their homes in Doda (HT File)
Updated on Apr 15, 2024 06:46 AM IST

Modi slams Opposition for eating meat in Sawan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday targeted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad — albeit without taking their names — for allegedly eating mutton during the month of Sawan last year, and then releasing a video to “tease” the people of the country.

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Updated on Apr 13, 2024 07:58 AM IST

Statehood, elections soon, says PM in J&K

The Lok Sabha elections have gained additional significance in the region because it will be the first major direct election since special status and statehood were taken away in August 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public rally ahead of Lok Sabha Election in Udhampur, on Friday. (Waseem Andrabi /Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 06:52 AM IST

PM Modi dares Opposition to restore Article 370, promises assembly polls & statehood soon

Addressing an election rally here, he also said that the “Time is not far when assembly elections will be held in Jammu and Kashmir and statehood will be restored

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrive to addresses a public rally ahead of Lok Sabha election in Udhampur, some 65 kms from Jammu City. (Waseem Andrabi /HT)
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 05:00 AM IST

PM Modi dares Oppn to restore Art 370, promises to restore statehood to J&K soon

PM Modi said he has fulfilled his promise of putting an end to the long sufferings of the people of Jammu and Kashmir

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public rally ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha election in Udhampur district on Friday (PTI)
Published on Apr 12, 2024 01:55 PM IST

Abrogation of Article 370 helped in eradicating terrorism from J&K: UP CM Yogi

Ahead of first phase polling for the Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency on April 19, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, on Wednesday, invoked Ram Temple, revocation of Article 370, overall development, welfare schemes for poor strata and a ‘scared’ and ‘beleaguered’ Pakistan to woo the voters.

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath with Union minister of state (ind. charge) Science & Technology and BJP candidate from Udhampur-Kathua seat Jitendra Singh during the public rally ahead of Lok Sabha polls in Kathua on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 05:14 AM IST

Art 370 was root cause of terrorism in J&K: Yogi

All round development in the form of highways, railways, roads, rapid rail, metro, IITs, IIMs, medical colleges, AIIMS, tunnels and modern infrastructure happens when there is a strong government in place, says UP chief minister

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath being felicitated by Union minister of state (independent charge) science & technology and BJP candidate from Udhampur-Kathua seat Jitendra Singh during the public rally ahead of Lok Sabha Polls, in Kathua on Wednesday. (ANI)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 07:09 PM IST

Yogi rally in Kathua today, Modi to be in Udhampur on April 12

Adityanath will deliver a speech at an election rally around 11 am on Wednesday at the sports stadium in Kathua

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (HT File)
Updated on Apr 10, 2024 05:30 AM IST

Poonch killings: ‘Torture survivors’ yet to record statements before magistrate

The deceased were identified as Safeer Hussain, 44, Showket Ali, 22, and Shabir Hussain, 32, of Topa Peer village.

“On Thursday, our statements were recorded before a public prosecutor but not before the magistrate. The status of the police investigation remains the same,” said Mohammad Sadeeq, 49, former panch of Topa Peer village. (Photo for representation)
Updated on Apr 07, 2024 12:45 AM IST

Unauthorised occupation of government bungalows in J&K: HC throws ball in estates department’s court

Acting on a public interest litigation (PIL), the bench directed estates department director “to deal with each and every person (43 occupants) and pass individual orders”

The division bench comprising chief justice N Kotiswar Singh and justice MA Chowdhary afforded one month to the Estates Department (iStock)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 07:42 AM IST

Shootout at Kathua medical college: Injured cop succumbs day after gangster shot dead

While being chased, gangsters drove their vehicle into the premises of the Government Medical College at Kathua, where an exchange of fire took place

Jammu and Kashmir Police probationary sub inspector Deepak Sharma, who was injured in a shootout with gangsters in Kathua on Tuesday night, succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday. (File photo)
Published on Apr 03, 2024 03:40 PM IST

BJP MP Jugal Kishore files papers for Jammu Lok Sabha seat

Accompanied by his supporters, Jugal Kishore Sharma filed the papers before the district election officer Sachin Kumar Vaishya

BJP candidate Jugal Kishore Sharma (right) with Union minister Anurag Thakur in Jammu on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 31, 2024 05:06 AM IST

9 Bihar labourers among 10 dead as SUV falls into Ramban gorge

The accident took place near Battery Chashma on NH-44 around 1.15am, said Ramban deputy magistrate Baseer-ul-Haq Chaudhary

Rescue work underway on the Jammu-Srinagar NH near Battery Chashma in Ramban on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 30, 2024 05:12 AM IST

10 killed as taxi rolls down gorge at Ramban on Jammu-Srinagar highway

Bodies of driver, Bihar resident recovered from steep slope on Jammu-Srinagar highway; accident occurred amid heavy rain and poor visibility

Rescuers retrieving bodies from the accident site near Battery Chashma in Ramban district on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Friday. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 29, 2024 04:12 PM IST

Oyster farming turns border village in Samba into treasure trove

The mussels are transported by train from Kolkata to Jammu, and then ferried to Chillyari on the India-Pakistan international border, where 65-year-old Desraj, a retired J&K police sub-inspector, and 67-year-old Yashpaul, a retired official from geology and mining department, get down to rearing them in a oxygenated pond

The farm in Chillyari village located on the zero line in Samba district (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 05:54 AM IST

Jammu Lok Sabha seat: BJP MP Jugal Kishore to file papers on March 30, Congress’ Bhalla on April 2

The Jammu constituency is among the 88 segments across the country going to the polls in the second phase on April 26

The last date to file nominations is April 4 and the papers will be scrutinised on April 6. (HT File)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 05:28 AM IST

ED plea on quashing Congress Udhampur candidate’s bail to be taken up day after Lok Sabha polls

Released on bail in a money laundering case on November 24 last year, Congress’ Choudhary Lal Singh has been bidding to upset Union minister Dr Jitendra Singh from Udhampur

Choudhary Lal Singh, Congress candidate from Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur. (HT FIle)
Updated on Mar 28, 2024 09:06 AM IST

Congress’ Choudhary Lal Singh files nomination from Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur

Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur is set for a triangular contest between Union minister Dr Jitendra Singh, DPAP leader GM Saroori and Congress’ Choudhary Lal Singh

Congress’ Choudhary Lal Singh joined the Lok Sabha race from Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur. (HT File)
Updated on Mar 28, 2024 09:04 AM IST

Amid renewed peace, homestays come up for tourists on Indo-Pak border

With peace returning to Indo-Pak border since the renewed truce deal of November 2021 between the two nuke countries, tourists visiting Jammu and Kashmir can now have the feel of border life.

Buoyed by the initiatives of the administration, 32-year-old Sunny Choudhary, a B.Tech in computer sciences, has come up with a homestay at Dagh village, barely 2 km from zero line. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 27, 2024 08:38 AM IST

Azad loyalist Saroori files nomination for Udhampur LS seat

With this, the constituency is all set for a triangular contest between sitting MP and Union minister Dr Jitendra Singh, who is seeking a third straight term since 2014, Congress candidate and former minister Choudhary Lal Singh and Saroori.

Close confidante of former chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, former minister Ghulam Mohammad Saroori, on Tuesday, filed nomination papers as candidate of the Democratic Progressive Azad Party (DPAP) at Kathua for the Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency. (Source: X)
Updated on Mar 27, 2024 08:36 AM IST

Climate fast for 6th schedule ends: Sonam Wangchuk stresses voter responsibility

On 21st day of his fast-unto-death, environmentalist Sonam Wangchuk yet again tried to remind the BJP government of its promises made to the people of Ladakh.

Sonam Wangchuk, an engineer turned educational reformist calls off his hunger strike in Leh, Ladakh, on Tuesday. The hunger strike was for the statehood of Ladakh and the protection of the fragile Himalayan ecology. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 27, 2024 03:52 AM IST

Harsh Dev holds protest over Panthers Party derecognition, detained

They were protesting over election Commission of India’s decision of derecognising Panthers Party and its symbol of bicycle for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections

Harsh Dev Singh (HT File)
Updated on Mar 23, 2024 08:48 AM IST
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