MORNING NEWS

1. Jammu Divisional Commissioner Sanjeev Verma directed the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to depute adequate men and machinery to expeditiously clear the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, which remained closed for vehicular traffic for the sixth consecutive day on Monday.

2. Amid ongoing protests by people of Kargil over their demand for rotational divisional headquarters, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has said a committee of secretaries has been formed to ensure justice for the district.

3. A scuffle broke out between a group of students and some stranded Kashmir-bound passengers outside the Gandhi Memorial Science College Jammu on Monday but timely intervention by police brought the situation under control.

4. The Jammu and Kashmir government Monday sought permission from the Supreme Court to circulate a letter to parties for adjourning upcoming hearing on pleas challenging the constitutional validity of Article 35A, which provides special rights and privileges to natives of state, saying there was no "elected government" in the state.

5. State-owned power giant NTPC will regulate power supply to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) from February 18 midnight for not clearing outstanding dues of more than Rs 1,600 crore.

6. Jammu and Kashmir administration is all set to extend insurance cover to the poultry farms to encourage investment in the sector.

7. Peoples Conference led by separatist-turned-politician Sajad Gani Lone on Monday announced it will field a former PDP leader and a businessman on two Lok Sabha seats in Jammu and Kashmir.

8. The Jammu and Kashmir administration Monday constituted a committee under the chairmanship of the director of Industries and Commerce Department, Jammu, to examine the state toll tax.

9. Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has dismissed the criticism by the PDP and the NC over his "political" statements, saying he was presenting the viewpoint of the "President's government in New Delhi".

10. Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief GA Mir has alleged that Rajouri-Poonch area faced severe discrimination and neglect under previous BJP-PDP Coalition Government.

11. The town of Kargil and adjoining areas observed a shutdown Monday to protest against the decision of the Jammu and Kashmir government to set up the permanent headquarters of the newly-created Ladakh division in Leh.

12. The restoration work along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway continued for the sixth straight day on Monday as fresh landslide hampered the efforts to reopen the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country.

13. Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday underlined his party's ambitions in Uttar Pradesh saying the party cannot afford to be weak in the state.


 

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Gaurav Sharma