Addressing an election campaign rally at Rafiabadin in north Kashmir's Baramulla district, Abdullah said closing the highway was a glaring admission of failure by the government in managing the state's internal security and a direct consequence of the PDP's tie-up with the BJP.
There were no casualties in the incident that occurred near the Jawahar Tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramban district around 10.30 am.
The BJP has fielded its sitting MP Jugal Kishore Sharma, who was elected in 2014 with a margin of 2.26 lakh votes, from the Jammu-Poonch Lok Sabha seat, which will go to polls on April 11.
Vikramaditya Singh, grandson of erstwhile Sadr-e-Riyast senior Congress leader Karan Singh, and former minister Raman Bhalla, who is a joint candidate of the Congress and its alliance partner NC, from Udhampur and Jammu Lok Sabha seats respectively.
The cases of both the companies were compounded and penalty of Rs 75,000 was imposed and recovered, an official spokesman said.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices D Y Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee considered the submission of a close relative of Hussain, seeking urgent hearing on the plea.
Shah will also hold meetings with digital media and social media volunteers, and participate in other organisational events.
It will be Shah's first visit to Jammu and Kashmir after the BJP withdrew support to its alliance partner PDP, prompting Mehbooba Mufti to resign as the chief minister on Tuesday.
The company, in 2016, announced to invest Rs 215 crore in the next 3-4 years to increase its overall production capacity to a million units per year by setting up new units at Samba in Jammu and Sri city in Andhra Pradesh.
If the J&K government failed to grant any fiscal benefits, the company would shift the project, with a potential of direct employment for 300 and indirect employment for 500, to its other greenfield site at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh, joint managing director B Thiagarajan said.
The Bari Brahmana Industrial Association signed the MoU with Orion Edutech for providing skilled manpower in the fields of foods and beverages, banking and finance, retail sales associate and other services, an official spokesman said. The MoU was signed yesterday in the presence of state industries and commerce minister Chander Parkash Ganga, the spokesman said.
Militants today opened fire on a police team near an election meeting venue of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in poll-bound Anantnag district in south Kashmir and fled from the scene, police said.
BJP today condemned Hurriyat and other political parties for opposing the grant of domicile certificate to the West Pakistani Refugees residing in Jammu and Kashmir and said it will continue to support the rights of the WPRs.
Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu today said while demonetisation has caused short-term pains to the people, its long-term impact is going to be far more important than what is seen at the moment.
A Rs 2,000-crore development package, approved by the central government recently, will be applicable to the displaced people of Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir (POJK) and not to those from West Pakistan.
Two major terror attacks rocked Jammu region today in which 7 army personnel, including a Major, were killed and eight other securitymen, including a BSF DIG, were injured, before six heavily-armed terrorists were eliminated in the separate fierce encounters.
The bodies of the two militants killed in the operation, which has now been going on for over 50 hours, have been recovered, officials said.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here and sought inclusion of Srinagar and Jammu among smart cities besides allocation of an additional over four lakh metric tonnes of foodgrains to the state.
For five years, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board will cover the losses, if any, of the healthcare provider to the tune of Rs 45-50 crore, says Dr Devi Shetty, Chairman of Narayana Hrudayalaya.
Air-conditioning and commercial refrigeration major Blue Star is planning to set up two units at an investment of Rs 215 crore in Jammu and Andhra Pradesh, a top executive today said.
Capping a series of positive developments since Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif met in Paris only ten days ago, it was announced here that the Foreign Secretaries will meet to decide the modalities and schedule of the dialogue.
In the first incident, a bus, on its way to New Delhi from Katra belt of Reasi district, skidded off the road and rolled down into a gorge beside the Jammu-Pathankote highway at Gagwal area in Kathua district late last night, police said. 18 people were injured, 8 of whom are in critical state, they said.
Onion is still fetching the rate of Rs 55-60 per kg in the retail market in several parts of Punjab.
Pakistan's Deputy High Commissioner Mansoor Ahmad Khan called up Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani and extended the invitation for the talks with his country's National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz, sources say.
"Pakistani troops have been resorting to unprovoked small arms firing in forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Krishnagati, Mandi, Balakote and Pallanwala sectors since 2130 hours tonight," a defence spokesman told agency.