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Amid tension, Cross-LoC trade resumes after 3 days
49 trucks exchange sides at Chakan Da Bagh
Anubhav Misri
POONCH, Jan 19: Amid tension between India-Pak at border, Cross LoC Trade was resumed here today after remain suspended for three Days after PAK army refused to open gates of Rahe Milan at Chakan Da Bagh. Official Sources said a total of 49 vehicles exchange sides at Chakan Da Bagh here today. Sources said that Indian trader dispatched 30 trucks carrying Banana, Garlic and Grapes to their PAK counterparts while a total of 19 trucks carrying Dry dates, Almonds and herbs came to this side from PAK. Sources said that Thirty Indian trucks reached trade centre this morning after proper frisking of all the trucks they all were dispatched to PAK. There seems no limit of joy for Karamat Ullah whose cousin was returning to PAK this Monday but due to closure of Rahemilan he did not leave for PAK...
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Infiltration bid foiled 2 bags recovered
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POONCH, Jan 19: After noticing the suspected movement of few armed unknown persons in Chakan Da Bagh area of Haveli Tehsil in Poonch, 15 MLI launched a search operation in the area and late last night recovered two bags near Sarla post. Sources said a day before yesterday 15 MLI had launched a search operation at Chakan Da Bagh area of Haveli tehsil in Poonch and recovered two bags of Militants. Sources said a head of Republic Day infiltrators tried to sneak this side but did not succeed in their motive. Smelling foul army launched a search operation last night and recovered two bags in which 2 Bag, 1 Sleeping bag, 02 Shawl, 01 Puch, 01 Balkawa, 1 rain coat, 1, Pithu, 1 apple juice, 1 fruity, 01 socks, 1 head phone, 1 bandage patti, 02 kaju chocklate, 4 packets pickle, 1 notebook dairy,...
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Murder of minor girl in Kathua
Accused arrested, probe on: Govt
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JAMMU, Jan 19: The state government Friday said that the accused, a minor (15 years old), was arrested in connection with the death of a minor girl in Hiranagar area of district Kathua. Responding to the concern expressed by the legislators on the gruesome incident, Minister for Revenue & Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri informed the House that the accused confessed to the crime. He said the investigation conducted by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by SDPO border Chadwal revealed that the accused kidnapped the minor girl and put her in nearby cowshed at village Rassana, where he attempted to rape her and when she resisted, he killed her by way of strangulation. He said the accused was arrested and further investigation was on. Giving details of the case, the min...
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Skiers ventured out despite avalanche warning: Mustafa
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JAMMU, Jan 19: Minister for Disaster Management, Relief Rehabilitation & Reconstruction Javaid Mustafa Mir Friday stated that deceased Swedish had ignored the advisory and ventured into the outbound ski area where he was caught in an avalanche along with another skier namely Benjamin Absers, who survived the avalanche. “The skiers were informed not to exit ski area but it appears that they ignored the warning and the deceased was carried over a frozen waterfall estimated 30 feet in height,” Jayaid Mustafa said while making a statement in the House regarding the avalanche incident that occurred at Gulmarg. The minister informed the House that a skier namely Daniel, age 25 years, from Stockholm, Sweden came under avalanche at around 1.30 PM on Thursday near the Hapath Khud (gorge) outsid...
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Draw of lots held for Hajj 2018
9773 pilgrims from J&K to perform Hajj this year: Veeri
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JAMMU, Jan 19: Minister for Hajj & Auqaf, Abdul Rehman Veeri informed the house that the draw of lots for selection of pilgrims for Hajj-2018 was held today by the State Hajj Committee. He informed the House that this year, 32333 persons had applied for Hajj while the total quota for the state this year was about 9773. He said out of the total seats allotted to the state, 1959 seats were reserved for the senior citizens of the age of 70 and above. Veeri said the computerized process of draw of lots selected 7814 pilgrims out of the total applications received by the SHC from various districts. He said there had been an increase of 1670 Hajj seats for J&K over the last year. He said the final list containing names and cover number of 9773 selected pilgrims would be available on Jammu an...
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No final list of regularized daily wagers issued: Drabu
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JAMMU, Jan 19: The Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu on Friday rejected the reports that the government has issued any list of the daily wagers who have been regularized, terming such an act a handiwork of some mischievous elements. On Social media on Friday, a list of the regularized daily wagers was posted which became instantly viral in Kashmir. Same created abuzz in both urban as well as the rural areas of the state with people in a fix over the authenticity of such a list. However, Haseeb Drabu told that no such list has so far been issued by the government. Terming the list posted on Social Media as baseless, he said that some rumour mongers in a bid to create chaos have uploaded the list of regularized daily wagers of the state. "I have already mentioned that the department is examin...
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`Situation on IB, LoC tense’
Prepared to meet any situation: BSF DG
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JAMMU, Jan 18: Director General of Border Security Forces (BSF) K K Sharma Thursday described the situation on Indo-Pak border, both on the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) as ‘tense’ yet said his force was more than prepared to meet any situation whether infiltration or ceasefire violation. He also stated, “BSF never violates ceasefire but only retaliates to violations from the other side. We are a peace-loving country and we do not want to create war-like situation.” “However, we are more than prepared to meet any situation on the border, whether infiltration or ceasefire violation,” Sharma said while talking to media after paying his tributes to BSF head constable A Suresh, who was killed in unprovoked Pakistan firing on Wednesday night. Responding to question...
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Minor murdered in Kathua: Mehbooba outraged
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JAMMU, Jan 18: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday expressed her anguish over the "gruesome" murder of eight-year-old girl, belonging to nomadic Bakerwal community in Kathua district. Mufti took to Twitter to express her resentment and also assured of investigation into the case. “Outraged by the heinous incident in which a young Bakerwal girl has lost her life. Incidents like this will be investigated expeditiously & the guilty will be punished," she said. The body of the girl, who was allegedly abducted a week ago, was recovered yesterday from bushes in Hiranagar....
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`Terror funding in Kashmir’
NIA files chargesheet against Hafiz, Salahuddin, 10 others
Geelani, Kamran, Watali among named
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NEW DELHI, Jan 18: The NIA today filed a chargesheet against 12 people, including Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen head Syed Salahuddin, for "conspiring to wage war against the “government" by carrying out terrorist and secessionist activities in Jammu and Kashmir. Besides Saeed and Salahuddin, the agency has also named hardline pro-Pakistan separatists Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Bashir Ahmad Bhat, businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali and photo journalist Kamran Yusuf, who has been identified along with Javed Ahmad Bhat as a stone pelter. Hurriyat Conference leaders Aftab Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Mohammad Akbar Khanday, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal and Bashir Ahmad Bhat have also been charged by the agency. T...
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‘Pro-IS groups may be encouraging lone-wolf attacks in Kashmir’
NEW DELHI, Jan 18 (Agencies): The cyber wing of the Ministry of Home Affairs has intercepted articles and images posted on a Telegram channel which it says is pro-ISIS and supports the establishment of sharia in Jammu and Kashmir, sources have told. The Telegram channel, the MHA sources say, was created on September 23, 2017, renamed on October 3, 2017, and has 223 members. A Telegram channel is similar to a WhatsApp group. The MHA report adds that VeraCrypt, a programme used to encrypt files and disks, was also posted on the channel. As was content related to lone-wolf attacks and techniques explaining the usage of explosives. The report adds that a hashtag in support of Islamic State has been doing the rounds of social media in Jammu and Kashmir. The report says the hashtag was...
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Indian envoy summoned
2 women killed, 5 civilians injured in BSF firing: Pak
ISLAMABAD, Jan 18 (Agencies): Pakistan's Director General (SA and SAARC) Dr Mohammad Faisal, summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh on Thursday in connection with “the unprovoked ceasefire violations along the working boundary today in the Sialkot sector.” Pakistan claimed that the alleged ceasefire resulted in the killing of two civilians 45 years old Parveen Bibi wife of Mohammed Aslam and 20-year old Ayesha daughter of Abdul Rashid and injures to five others. Pak media reported that two women were killed and five people injured in Border Security Force (BSF) firing along the Line of Control in Chaprar sector of Sialkot. Quoting an army statement, Dawn News reported that the BSF continued their "unprovoked" ceasefire “violations” and "targeted civilian population along th...
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J&K forcefully defending govt position on Art 35-A: Haq
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JAMMU, Jan 18: Minister for Law and Justice Abdul Haq today reiterated that the government was forcefully defending J&K’s stated position on Article 35A and other such litigations pending in the courts. Winding up the discussion on the Demand for Grants of Law and allied Departments in the Legislative Assembly, Minister said the department hired the services of a battery of senior most advocates of the country including Fali S Nariman, Shekhar Naphade, Rakesh Dwivedi and KV Viswanathan to vigorously pursue these litigations and put across the state’s position. While outlining the road map to fine tune the justice system in the state, he said the government constituted a committee to identify and weed out some of the frivolous litigations that would ensure timely deliverance of justice ...
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Expert Gp to study development deficit: FM
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JAMMU, Jan 17: Minister for Finance Dr Haseeb Drabu today announced constitution of an expert group to study the reasons for development deficit in the state’s hard areas and suggest measures for boosting infrastructure development in such neglected areas. “The government would also make development deficit in remote areas of the state, a part of the terms of reference of the proposed State Finance Commission so that a holistic view is taken on the issue and the allocation of resources is made accordingly,” the Finance Minister said while replying to the discussion on Budget 2018-19 in the upper house. He said there are many hard-to-reach areas in the state, extending from Kupwara to Kathua, which faced neglect over the years and need special attention and focussed development with addi...
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‘Over 77% population in J&K obtained Aadhar’
AYUSHI MALIK
JAMMU, Jan 17: The state government on Wednesday stated that 77.61 percent of 1.25 Cr population vis-à-vis 2011 census got their Aadhar cards generated and the remaining 22.39 percent population would be covered in months to come. In a written reply to NC MLA Devender Singh Raana, Minister Incharge Information Technology said that 97, 33,016 of people out of 1.25 crore have obtained their Aadhar cars with 329 enrolment centres operational in the state spread out in every district. He said there is 5.96% generation in 0-5 age group, 59.91% in 5-18 age group and 99.42 in 18 and above age group and the government would focus on targeting Aadhar enrolment of less than 18 years age group by establishing Aadhar enrolment centres in Anganwari Centers and Schools of the State. The Mission Dir...
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Kashmiris getting tired of militancy: Army chief
NEW DELHI, Jan 17 (Agencies): The people in Kashmir have realised that it is very difficult to secede from India and they are also getting tired of militancy, Army Chief Bipin Rawat said today. He laid emphasis on the campaign to bring back the radicalised youth into the mainstream. This will put an end to the menace of militancy in the state, Gen. Rawat said. "They have seen it for too long and they have realised (that) it hasn't given them what they had desired for. Let me tell you... with a country like India, to seek independence from a nation where we have strong armed forces, where we have a strong democracy, and a very strong government, you cannot secede from India. This is what the people have realised," he said. The Army chief was responding to a question on Facebook Live, po...
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B’deshi nabbed in Akhnoor
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JAMMU, Jan 17: The civilians on Wednesday caught a Bangladeshi national and handed over to the police in Akhnoor area here on outskirts. “Some locals noticed a suspicious movement of a man in the Akhnoor town and they enquired about his credentials,” police sources here said. They said that he was identified as Mohammad Moazzem, 42, and he was seen moving at village Jajyal, Garkhal of sector Akhnoor. “Civilians handed him over to the army from where he was shifted to the police station,” sources added. They said that a currency note of 100 US dollar, valid passport expiring in July 2018 and other documents were recovered from him....
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Landmines explode in Mendhar
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MENDHAR, Jan 17: Many landmines exploded along the Line of Control after devastating fire broke out in tehsil Mendhar of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. “The fire reportedly started from other side of border, which spread wildly close to the fence and shifted on this side of the border in Mendhar sector,” official sources here said. They said that the fire covered a larger area along the LoC in Mendhar sector, which put army personnel guarding forward posts on alert. “Due to jungle fire, many mines also exploded while the loud sound of explosions panicked the border dwellers,” they said. However, no loss of any life of damage to the property was reported in forest inferno....
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Details regarding Kawa’s arrest being collected: Govt
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JAMMU, Jan 17: The state government today informed the House that the details regarding arrest of Bilal Ahmad Kawa were being collected. Responding to a point raised by MLA Khanyar Ali Mohammed Sagar in the House, Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone (Hanjura) informed the House that Bilal Ahmad Kawa sonof late Ali Mohammed Kawa, resident of Qutubuddin Pora, Police Station M R Gunj, Ali Kadal, Jamalatta, Srinagar was arrested by Gujarat ATS and Special Cell Delhi Police at Terminal-3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport on January 10, 2018 at about 6 PM when he arrived from Srinagar by a Jet Airways flight (9W 638). He said, “Further details in this regard are being collected by the government.”...
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Don’t interfere in JKB affairs: FM
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JAMMU, Jan 16: Minister for Finance Dr Haseeb Drabu Tuesday while batting for complete autonomy of J&K Bank cautioned against “interference in its affairs and making it a subject of debate in the Legislative Assembly.” But in the same breath, he said, “We would look into the issues, if any, in the JK Bank and ensure that its functioning is made more transparent. However, it should not be a reason for getting the issue to the House for a debate because it has costs for the finance institution.” Responding to the concerns of the Legislators regarding J&K Bank functioning while replying to the debate on budget in the Lower House recalled, “Dr Farooq Abdullah took a considered position that it (J&K Bank) should not be discussed on the House. It’s a private bank and if it becomes a matter of...
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Haq Khan offers to resign
Cong MLA accuses minister of corrupt practices, stages walkout
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JAMMU, Jan 16: Minister for Rural Development Department Abdul Haq Khan today offered to resign after a Congress legislator from Banihal Vikar Rasool levelled allegations of corruption against him in the implementation of a centrally-sponsored scheme and resorting to malpractices in effecting transfers. The House also saw walkout by the Congress MLA on this issue alleging that he was not satisfied by the reply of minister. “I will resign from the ministry if the allegations of corruption leveled by MLA are proved right,” Khan said in the Legislative Assembly after Congress MLA from Banihal Vikar Rasool raised the issue of alleged malpractices in the MGNREGA scheme. Earlier the House witnessed exchange of heated arguments between Haq and Vikar Rasool during Question Hour when the latte...
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Mehbooba asks security forces to exercise restraint during searches
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, Jan 16: Amidst return of cordon and search operation in the capital city of Srinagar after a gap of 17 years, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti asked the security agencies to exercise maximum restraint and strictly ensure the safety and security of people and their properties. Mehbooba was chairing the Unified Headquarters meeting in Jammu to review overall security scenario in the state including the situation along the borders. Addressing the meeting, Chief Minister stressed upon the security agencies to adopt a more humane approach while dealing with the situations. She advised the security agencies to exercise maximum restraint and strictly ensure safety and security of people and their properties. “The need of the hour is to engage meaningfully with the people, particularly you...
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Pak again violates ceasefire in Poonch
Captain of 15 MLI injured in shelling
Anubhav Misri
POONCH, Jan 16: With no let up in cease fire violation, Pakistan Army once again opened firing on areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Degwar and Karmara sector of Poonch district in which a house was damaged and a Captain of 15 MLI was injured. The Cross-LoC trade was also suspended due to exchange of heavy fire. Official sources said Last night at around 10.45 PM Pakistan army opened unprovoked firing towards Indian post in Degwar sector of Poonch District with heavy and medium weapons in which a Army captain Bangouria was injured. Sources said PAK troops opens unprovoked firing from their forward Posts Indian troops firstly restrained themselves from firing later they responded with equal calibre and the exchange of fire continued till 05.00 AM. Pak Army again open fire in the s...
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Terror-funding case
Delhi court begins Shabir, aide’s trial
KT NEWS SERVICE
NEW DELHI, Jan 16: A Delhi Court on Tuesday began the trial of Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah and his close aide Muhammad Aslam Wani in connection with a money laundering case for alleged terror funding. The court also sought the Enforcement Directorate's response to the bail plea filed by Shah by February 22. Shah's wife also filed an application before the court and requested for proper security and medical facilities to her husband in Tihar jail. She also raised questions about the security and medical issues. The ED had, on September 23 last year, told the court that Shah admitted to receiving funds from Pakistan's terror outfits to spread terror in Jammu and Kashmir and others parts of the country. His close aide Wani also admitted to his complicity in the crime, the ED s...
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Rajnath hits out at Cong for taking issues outside India
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NEW DELHI, Jan 16: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday hit out at Congress, calling the grand old party’s act of taking the nation’s issues to other countries as an act of “immaturity” and said that’s why people are rejecting them. “By taking national issues to international forums, Congress leadership has shown its immaturity and people are repeatedly rejecting Congress in polls,” Rajnath Singh said while addressing the Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers at its national executive meeting in New Delhi. His comments were in response to Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s recent visit to Bahrain where he highlighted how job creation in India is at an eight-year low. While addressing the Indian diaspora in Bahrain, the Congress chief stated that the two threats facing India...
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Cross-LoC travel suspended as tension grips LoC
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JAMMU, Jan 15: The Cross-LoC travel between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-Administered Kashmir (PAK) has been suspended due to tension on the LoC following the killing of seven Pakistani soldiers in retaliatory action by the Indian Army in Poonch district today. "Cross-LoC travel has been suspended after Pakistan shelling and firing along the Line of Control (LoC) and the tension that followed," custodian of LoC Trade and Travel, Poonch, Mohammad Tanveer said. The Pakistani troops this morning violated ceasefire and resorted to shelling and firing along the LoC in Mendhar sector of Poonch district, forcing the Indian Army to retaliate. Seven Pakistani soldiers, including a Major, were killed and four others injured when the Army targeted their posts. Earlier, the cross-LoC travel an...
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