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Women queue up outside a polling booth in Srinagar (left) and a handicapped voter turning out after casting his vote in Poonch (right) on Saturday. —Excelsior pics by Shakeel & Romesh Bali

79.4 pc turnout in Jammu, 64.4 in Valley; 65.5 in Ladakh

Near violence-free voting in 466 Panchayats across 15 distts Sanjeev Pargal/Fayaz Bukhari JAMMU/SRINAGAR, Nov 17: Panchayat elections began today on an impressive note with 74.1 per...

CEO website sans updates

Strangely, the website of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), J&K, Shaleen Kabra wasn't updated between 12 noon to 8 pm today when Panchayat elections...

Militants abduct 5 in Shopian; slit one’s throat, release others

Woman detained for militant links Excelsior Correspondent Srinagar, Nov 17: Militants today abducted five persons in Shopian district of South Kashmir, slit one's throat and let...

J&K soft-paddling on obtaining benefits of National Organ Transplant Programme

No focus even on implementation of Act of 1997 HC’s numerous directives since 2013 being taken casually Mohinder Verma JAMMU, Nov 17: Despite increasing demand from the...

Pilgrims among commuters suffer as several Jammu trains cancelled, diverted

Nishikant Khajuria JAMMU, Nov 17: Thousands of commuters, including Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrims, had to suffer as Railway authorities ordered cancellation, diversion and short termination...

Decks cleared for merger of Pawan faction into BJP

Dr Yogeshwar, others to join party today Avtar Bhat UDHAMPUR, Nov 17: Decks were cleared for merger of the faction led by Independent MLA from Udhampur...

Guv compliments Admn for free, fair polls

Excelsior Correspondent SRINAGAR, Nov 17: Governor Satya Pal Malik has complimented the civil and police administration for ensuring free, fair and peaceful Phase-I of Panchayat...

Omar denounces civilian killings

Excelsior Correspondent JAMMU, Nov 17: National Conference vice president and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today strongly denounced the killing of two civilians including a...

Leh NH re-opens

Excelsior Correspondent SRINAGAR, Nov 17: After three days of massive snow clearance operation, the Border Roads Organization (BRO) today cleared snow from Srinagar-Leh National Highway...
Polling staff leaves for far flung areas of Udhampur on Friday.

Panchayat elections begin today in 15 distts across State

5585 in fray, 1761 elected unopposed Contingency Plan in place for border belt Sanjeev Pargal JAMMU, Nov 16: Being held after a delay of nearly two and...

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