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Centre extends SII Udaan for J&K till Dec 2018
P L Uniyal
NEW DELHI, Sep 20: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Home Affairs for extension of time period of the Scheme "Special Industry Initiative for J&K" (Sll J&K) - Udaan till 31st December, 2018 without any modification and cost escalation. Initially the time period of Udaan was upto 2016-17. Udaan provides exposure to the youth of J&K to the best of corporate India and corporate India to the rich talent pool available in the State. So far, 109 leading Corporate have partnered with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) under UDAAN with a commitment to train youth from the State covering Organized Retail, Banking, Financial Services, IT, ITES, Infrastructure, Hospitality etc. So far, 34...
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Centre’s stand on Rohingyas well considered: Jaitley
P L Uniyal
NEW DELHI, Sep 20: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said, the government in an affidavit to the Supreme Court has stated its policy stand on Rohingya issue. Responding to a media query in New Delhi, Jaitley said, “This is a policy issue which has been stated before the apex court. The security, foreign policy, humanitarian grounds and effect on population balance have been taken into consideration while taking a decision over the issue.” Two days back, the government termed the Rohingya refugees as illegal immigrants in the Court saying some of them were part of a sinister design of Pakistan's ISI and terror groups whose presence in the country would pose a serious national security threat. Describing the government stand on Rohingya refugees as a “policy issue”, Jaitley indicated...
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FB suspending accounts of Rohingya activists
WASHINGTON, Sep 20 (Agencies): Facebook is reportedly removing posts and suspending accounts of activists who are documenting the “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, a report said. The activists said their accounts are frequently being suspended or taken down and hoped that the social media giant would let them speak the truth. Myanmar considers the Rohingyas illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh, whereas Bangladesh considers them Myanmar citizens. The Myanmar government does not use the term “Rohingya” and does not recognise the people as an official ethnicity, which means they are denied citizenship and effectively rendered stateless. “We want Facebook to be a place where people can share responsibly and we work hard to strike the right balance between enabl...
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Vigilance sleuths raid TSO office in Jammu; seize records
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JAMMU, Sep 20: An anti-corruption body today raided the office of a Tehsil Supply Officer (TSO) over complaints of large scale fraud and embezzlement in distribution of ration meant for public in Doda district. Official reports said that a surprise check was conducted in the office of the TSO of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) department at Thathri. During the raid, records, including issue register, remittance register, receipts and dispatch register of food grains and other suspected documents were seized, a spokesman of the Vigilance Organisation Jammu. Reports said the searches were conducted on the basis of a complaint that large scale fraud, bungling, misappropriation and embezzlement of ration meant for distribution among public in Thathri area has taken place. ...
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Anti-tank mine found in Samba
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, Sep 20: An anti-tank mine was today recovered from a river bed in Samba. “BSF patrolling party this afternoon recovered one old anti tank mine behind border fencing about 20 metre in Basantar River near Mallu Chak BoP,” police here said. They said that the bomb disposal squad of BSF defused the mine on the spot. Recovery of mine created panic among the locals. Police has taken cognizance....
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Compensation for girl with bullet injuries
Nazki castigates govt for ignoring SHRC reports
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SRINAGAR, Sep 20: State human rights commission (SHRC) today castigated the state government for being “callous to the sufferings of a young girl who was wounded by a bullet injury resulting in paraplegia.” Flori Jan (14), daughter of Ghulam Muhammad Bhat of Nepora village of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district had received bullet injuries in her neck. The spinal injury resulted in paraplegia made the girl completely dependent on others. Despite the recommendations made by SHRC to government to provide her monetary assistance of Rs one lakh, the State Government according to Commission only provided Rs 25,000 to the family of the victim. Terming the attitude of government inhuman and barbaric, chairman sate human rights commission Justice Bilal Nazki said that the government has shown its...
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Malik meets SHRC chairman
Urges him to take note of gross HR violations
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SRINAGAR, Sep 18: JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik today visited the office of state human rights commission (SHRC) here and met the chairman justice (R) Bilal Nazki. JKLF chairman as per the statement presented two petitions before chairman SHRC and urged him to take a serious cognizance of these. “In one of the petitions, Malik has raised the issue of dozens of young boys who according to them have been falsely implicated by police in the killing of DSP Muhammad Ayub Pandit in June 2017,” the statement said. It added that Malik told chairman SHRC that 15 incarcerated boys which included Aadil Siarj Misgar, Davood Fayaz Zargar, Juwaiz Hassan Khan, Arooj Aafaq Bhat, Iqbal Ahmad Khan, Arsalan Mushtaq Bangri, Seerat ul Hassan, Sheikh Khalid Rasool, Imran Nabi Wani, Owaise Muneer Bhat, D...
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Despite tension on border, peace bus operates
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SRINAGAR, Sep 18: Despite tense situation on the border due to shelling by Pakistani troops in Jammu region and infiltration attempts in Kashmir, the weekly-peace bus ‘Karvan-e-Aman’, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan Administered Kashmir operated today. Pak troops have been violating ceasefire almost daily on the LoC and International Border (IB), particularly in Jammu region, that left a woman and a soldier dead and several others injured during the past 48 hours while alert troops killed two Pak infiltrators in Macchil sector recently. However, despite the tension, the weekly bus left Bemina in Srinagar this morning for Kaman post to cross over to other side of the LoC despite heavy rain”, sources said. They said 14 passengers, including 13 returnees a...
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Nobody ready to take over as LeT chief: DGP
Appeals militants to surrender
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Sep 18: Director General of police (DGP) Dr SP Vaid today asked the local militants to surrender and assured them full support for their safety and rehabilitation. He was talking to media persons on the sidelines of a function here. Dr Vaid also claimed that after the killing of LeT’s chief Abu Ismail recently nobody is ready to take his position and so the post is lying vacant. Prior to DGP’s plea for surrender to militants, a similar appeal was jointly made by top officers of police, army and CRPF at a joint press conference here recently. “Life is from God and militants must respect their lives, shun violence and live a peaceful life,” Dr Vaid said and added that instructions have been given to all the security agencies and its personnel to facilitate the surrender of mili...
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Jammu bandh evokes mixed response
TILAK MEHRA
JAMMU, Sep 18: The bandh called by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a main body of traders and industrialists, in Jammu evoked mixed response on Monday, except for most parts of old Jammu city. Though, most of the traders kept their shutters down in the old city, the call evoked little response elsewhere with commuter services, including matadors and three-wheelers, plying as usual. Normal life was, though paralysed in Jammu as business establishments, market places and shops remain closed in Jammu city while some were opened in the lanes and bye lanes resulting in confrontation between the traders and CCI members. Amid tight security arrangement made by the administration in Jammu city, CCI and other organizations today took out rallies in the city. Several incidents of vandalizin...
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Pak troops shell Arnia border villages for 6th day
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, Sep 18: Pakistani troops fired at and shelled Arnia sector for the sixth successive day, prompting the Border Security Force (BSF) to fire back. A senior BSF officer said, “The officer said the firing by Pak Rangers started at around 2100 hours yesterday and intermittent firing continued till 0530 hours today.” "At about 2100 hours Pak Rangers started unprovoked firing in the Arnia Sector and later also fired mortar shells. BSF effectively and strongly retaliated and suppressed the enemy fire in few minutes along the IB in Arnia sector,” the officer said. There were no casualties among BSF personnel or civilians, he added. BSF’s Jammu frontier DIG, Dharmender Pareekh said the Pakistani Rangers started “unprovoked firing” in Arnia around 9 PM on Sunday, and later resorted to mor...
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2 DySPs transferred
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JAMMU, Sep 18: Director General of Police (DGP) today ordered transfers and posting of two Deputy Superintendents of Police (DySPs). As per PHQ order number 3003 of 2017 dated September 18, 2017, Ashiq Hussain Tak, DySP Headquarters Shopian has been transferred and posted as SDPO Sumbal vice Rashad Akbar who swapped his post with Ashiq Hussain Tak. They were directed to relieve immediately with directions to report to the new places of posting....
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KCCI urges JCCI to reconsider strike call
Offers support on some issues, differs with it on some other
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Sep 17: Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) today urged Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) to reconsider its shutdown call. Addressing a press conference here KCCI leaders said on some issue they strongly support JCCI but on some other issues they strongly oppose JCCI. During the media interaction they listed some points of accord with Jammu counterparts and said they have also written a letter to JCCI in this connection. KCCI also demanded the rollback of GST and toll tax. “We would urge JCCI to reconsider its call for a shutdown, as we believe that being apex trade bodies, we should seek to promote the resolution of problems through dialogue and not be seen as promoters of business interruptions,” said president KCCI Javed Ahmed Tenga at the press conf...
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India takes jibe at Pak for raising Kashmir at UN
UNITED NATIONS, Sep 17 (Agencies): Taking a jibe at Pakistan, a top Indian diplomat has said Islamabad's decision to raise the Kashmir issue at the United Nations is like ‘Miyan ki daud masjid tak'. India, on the other hand, is focused on a progressive, forward-looking agenda during the UN General Assembly session beginning on Monday, India's permanent representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin told reporters on Saturday. “We are visionary in our goals. If on the other hand there are other countries, which as you say, focus on yesterday's issues then they are yesterday's people,” Akbaruddin said in response to a question on reports that Pakistan plans to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN. Pakistan's new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly th...
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AAP govt seeks UPSC view on Kashmiri migrant teachers
NEW DELHI, Sep 17 (Agencies): The AAP government has asked the UPSC to look into a decision of its cabinet giving nod for regularisation of Kashmiri migrant teachers, who fled their state and are working in municipal and Government schools on contractual basis for about 13 years. A letter was written to the UPSC following the Delhi High Court’s order to the government to take an expeditious decision on regularising Kashmiri migrant teachers. The Delhi government additional standing counsel Santosh Kumar Tripathi said that the copy of communication to the UPSC was to be placed before the court on September 15. But the bench did not assemble and it will be placed before the court on October 13, the next date of hearing, he said. The Delhi government’s Directorate of Education (DoE) on A...
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State funeral for Marshal; Flag to fly at half mast
P L Uniyal
NEW DELHI, Sep 17: A state funeral will be accorded to Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh and the national flag will fly at half mast in all government buildings here tomorrow in his honour, the Home ministry said today. The last rites of Singh, who passed away at the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital yesterday, would be performed at Brar Square here at 10:00 AM tomorrow. “As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, a state funeral will be accorded and national flag will fly half-mast on the day of the funeral (September 18) in Delhi on all buildings where it is flown regularly,” a Home Ministry spokesperson said. Earlier today, the President Ram Nath Kovind, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman along with three service chiefs paid their tributes to the Late Marshal of ...
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Sashastra Seema Bal to get intelligence wing
NEW DELHI, Sep 17 (Agencies): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will operationalise the SSB’s first ever intelligence wing tomorrow, a home ministry official said. The paramilitary force guards India’s borders with Bhutan and Nepal, which are, often, used by criminals and Kashmiri militants returning from Pakistan. The intelligence wing has 650 field and staff agents to gather actionable information. Due to the visa-free regime India has with Nepal and Bhutan, there is a trans-border movement of criminals and anti-national elements which pose a major challenge, the home ministry official said. As many as 230 former Kashmiri militants, based in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, have returned home through the Indo-Nepal border since 2010. Also, their spouses and 88 children have ...
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India not to sit idle till Azhar brought to justice: Indian envoy
NEW YORK, Sep 17 (Agencies): Hoping that the UN would soon designate Masood Azhar as a terrorist, a top Indian diplomat has said that New Delhi will not sit idle till the Pakistan- based Jaish-e-Mohammed leader is brought to justice. India has identified Azhar as the mastermind of the Pathankot terror attack on January 2, 2016. It has also blamed his brother Rauf and five others for carrying out the attack in which seven Indian soldiers were killed along with all the six terrorists. “If I were to use a term, the matter is what we would call in judicial terms sub-judice. Currently the matter is with a UN committee. We hope that the committee will be able to fulfill its role in designating Masood Azhar who we have tried for quite some time but have not succeeded yet,” India’s Permanent Re...
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Stone-pelting during anti-encroachment drive
2 SIs among 14 cops injured in Jammu violent clashes
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, Sep 16: At least fourteen cops including two Sub Inspectors (SIs) were injured, some of them critically, when the mob resorted to stone pelting during an anti-encroachment drive in Ragoora area of Sidhra on the city outskirts here today. A joint anti-encroachment drive was launched by teams of Jammu Development Authority (JDA), Forest department, revenue officers/officials and police in Ragoora area on the bank of river Tawi, today. In a massive crackdown on land mafia, the teams today razed to ground 82 concrete structures and removed encroachments on over 125 acres of state-owned land in the city outskirts. However, the situation became grim when the locals started pelting stones upon the teams after a word of death of a child in house collapse during anti encroachment spread i...
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No agreement between India, Pak on IWT, talks on: WB
WASHINGTON, Sep 16 (Agencies): The latest round of talks between India and Pakistan on Indus Water Treaty concluded without reaching an agreement, the World Bank has said even as it assured that both countries will continue to work to resolve the issues in an amicable manner. “While an agreement has not been reached at the conclusion of the meetings, the World Bank will continue to work with both countries to resolve the issues in an amicable manner and in line with the Treaty provisions,” the World Bank said in a statement. “Both countries and the World Bank appreciated the discussions and reconfirmed their commitment to the preservation of the Treaty,” the World Bank said after the conclusion of the Secretary-level discussions between the two South Asian neighbours on the technical is...
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‘J&K integral part of India’
OIC has no locus standi in internal affairs: India at UN
UNITED NATIONS, Sep 16 (Agencies): Reacting to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)’s statement on the Kashmir issue at the United Nations, India on Friday said the group has no locus standi to comment on its internal affairs. Responding to Pakistan’s statement on behalf of the OIC, India added that the state is an “integral and inseparable” part of the country. “India notes with utmost regret that the OIC statement contains factually incorrect and misleading references to the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral and inseparable part of India,” Sumit Seth, First Secretary at India’s Permanent mission to the UN in Geneva was quoted as saying in an agency report. Seth responded exercising India’s Right of Reply. “India outrightly rejects all such references. Th...
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'Bar president given clean chit by NIA'
Lawyers resume work after Qayoom's return from Delhi
MAJID NABI
SRINAGAR, Sep 16: Normal work was resumed in all district and Muffasil courts today after National Investigation Agency (NIA) gave clean chit to Kashmir High Court Bar Association (KHCBA) President, Mian Abdul Qayoom in alleged “terror funding” case. Qayoom, according to sources, returned home this morning along with seven lawyers who had accompanied him to Delhi after being summoned by NIA. Sources said that all the allegations leveled against Qayoom by an Indian TV Channel have been found baseless and concocted that prompted NIA to give clean chit to the Bar President. Routine work in courts across Kashmir valley had came to a grinding halt as lawyers abstained from work ever since NIA summoned Mian Qayoom for questioning at its headquarters in New Delhi past week. In the summon, th...
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JCCI calls for bandh tomorrow
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, Sep 16: Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a trader body, on Saturday gave a call for Jammu bandh on September 18 so as to express resentment against the “unaccountable” and “insincere” working of majority of ministers in the PDP-BJP coalition government. The call for bandh came a day after state BJP President Sat Sharma said that a few complaints from certain sections to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during his recent Jammu visit does not matter. “It speaks volumes about the intentions and integrity of their working,” said Chamber president Rakesh Gupta addressing media persons, adding that after communicating their grievances to the Home Minister, they, however, had expected that the state BJP shall rise to the occasion and start working in a positive manner. He ...
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Marshal Arjan Singh dead
NEW DELHI, Sep 16 (Agencies): War hero Marshal Arjan Singh, who led the Indian Air Force during the 1965 India-Pakistan conflict, died tonight. IAF sources said he passed away around 7.30 PM. Ninety-eight-year-old Singh, the only officer of the IAF to be promoted to five-star rank, equal to a Field Marshal in the army, was admitted to the Army’s Research and Referral hospital this morning after he suffered a cardiac arrest, the Defence Ministry said. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the three Service chiefs — Gen. Bipin Rawat, Admiral Sunil Lanba and Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa — visited Singh at the hospital. An icon in the country’s military history, Singh had led a fledgling IAF in the 1965 Indo-Pak war when he wa...
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Manmohan-led Cong group arriving today
To meet opposition parties, various delegations
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SRINAGAR, Sep 15: Congress’ policy and planning group led by former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh is arriving on a two day Kashmir visit here tomorrow. The group will meet various delegations from Kashmir Valley including opposition parties, at Hari Niwas, Srinagar. The group comprises P Chidambaram, Gulam Nabi Azad and Ambika Soni . Apart from meeting various delegations former prime minister will address PCC executive on September 16 and CLP meeting on September 17. The group will meet 30 delegations during its two-day visit. The group, formed following the continuation of fragile political and security situation in the Valley, aims to hold dialogue with all stakeholders and help for peace building in the state. The group, according to the sources, was constituted after the seni...
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