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673 pilgrims leave Jammu for Amarnath Yatra
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JAMMU, July 24: A batch of 673 pilgrims on Monday left winter capital Jammu to perform the ongoing Amarnath Yatra. "Another batch of 673 yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas at 2.50 a.m. in an escorted convoy of 24 vehicles for the Valley today," officials said here. Since the 40-day long Amarnath Yatra started on June 29, Monday's batch of 673 pilgrims is the lowest number of pilgrims leaving Jammu for the Valley. So far, over 2.40 lakh pilgrims have performed the yatra and had 'darshan' inside the cave shrine situated 3,888 m above the sea-level in Kashmir Himalayas. The cave houses an ice stalagmite structure that waxes and wanes with the size of the visible moon. Devotees believe the ice stalagmite structure symbolizes mythical powers of Lord Shiva. The 'Chari Mubarak' (Lord Sh...
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Landslides disrupt traffic on highway
Prince Jehangir
BANIHAL, July 24: Shooting stones and landslide disrupted the vehicular traffic movement on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway at Panthyal and Rattanbass areas of Ramban district for more than three hours. Due to shooting stones and landslide traffic remain suspended for more than three hours on both locations of Panthyal and Rattanbass respectively. Reports said that at about 8.30 AM in the morning shooting stone started at Panthyal which forced the suspension of traffic on national at the location of Panthyal. After shooting stones stopped, HCC started traffic restoration works by removing debris of shooting stones. Traffic was restored by road maintenance agency within span of two hours. After restoring traffic at Panthayal another landslide in shape of heavy boulder blocked traffi...
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SC refuses plea to probe mass murder of KPs
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NEW DELHI, Jul 24: The Supreme Court today refused to entertain a plea seeking probe and prosecution of various persons, including separatist leader Yasin Malik, for offences including murder of over 700 Kashmiri Pandits during the height of militancy in the Valley in 1989-90. A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said, “Almost 27 years have passed and it will be very difficult to gather evidences in cases of murder, arson and looting which had led to mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the valley.” “You (petitioner) sat over it for last 27 years. Now tell us from where the evidence will come,” the bench said. Advocate Vikas Padora, appearing for an organisation ‘Roots of Kashmir’, said Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave their abodes in the valley and coul...
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Pak summons Indian envoy over border firing
ISLAMABAD, July 24 (Agencies): Pakistan summoned on Monday the Indian Deputy High Commissioner and lodged a formal protest over ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir resulting in the killing of a 12-year-old boy. The Director General of South Asia at the Foreign Ministry, who summoned J.P. Singh, condemned the "unprovoked ceasefire violations" by the Indian Army in Leepa sector along the Line of Control (LoC) on July 21 that also left three people injured, the Foreign Ministry said. Islamabad said it was the third truce violation by Indian forces in four days. "Despite calls for restraint, India continues to indulge in ceasefire violations. In 2017 to date, Indian forces have carried out 618 ceasefire violations along the LoC and international border," an official statement said. ...
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Govt orders minor reshuffle in Finance Deptt
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JAMMU, July 24: The state government has ordered a minor reshuffle in the Finance Department. According to an order issued by the Commissioner Secretary Finance, Navin Kumar Choudhary, Pushpa Devi Sumbli, Director General Funds Organization has been transferred and posted as Director General Local Fund Audit & Pensions vice Zahoor Ahmad Bhat. Dr Mohammad Ishaq Wani, Director General Budget, has been transferred and posted as Director General Funds Organization. Zahoor Ahmad Bhat, Director Local Fund Audit and Pensions holding additional charge of Director (Finance) State Forest Corporation has been posted as Director (Finance) State Forest Corporation on full-time basis....
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Resentment brews among stranded PAK residents
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JAMMU, July 24: Resentment brewed up among the stranded residents of Pakistan-Administered-Kashmir (PAK) today as Pakistan denied entry to weekly Poonch-Rawlakote ‘Peace Bus’ and demonstrated on Line of Control (LoC) at Chakkan-Da-Bagh in Poonch district, today. “The weekly ‘peace bus’ was denied entry as Pakistan refused to open the gate from their end,” a police spokesman said, added the PAK residents in the bus, returning to their homes after completing stipulated stay on this side held demonstrations. They wanted the gates to be thrown open by the authorities across the border. “We have taken up the matter with the officials concerned on the other side and the matter will hopefully be resolved soon,” Tariq Zargar, Deputy Commissioner Poonch said. He said there were at least 48 PAK...
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Kulgam villagers allege 'vandalism' by security-men during operation
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ANANTNAG, July 23: The people at Nidura Nilow village of southern Kulgam district today alleged that security forces resorted to vandalism during a cordon and search operation. Locals said that the forces late last evening launched cordon and search operation in the village. During the search operation which continued for hours together, local youth came out of their houses and clashed with the forces by throwing stones at them to disrupt the operation. The security forces, during the clashes, also lobbed tear smoke shells to disperse the youth. Late in the night, locals alleged, when the clashes ended and the youth moved back to their houses, the security personnel vandalised the houses and other property. "They forced their entry into our houses and broke window panes, electronic gad...
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Reaction to CM’s statement
Kashmir neither bilateral issue, nor border conflict: Hurriyat-G
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SRINAGAR, July 23: Hurriyat Conference (G) today said that Kashmir is neither a bilateral issue nor a conflict related to borders between Pakistan and India. Commenting over the statement of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, wherein she had said that “there is no place for third party mediation on Kashmir”, Hurriyat (G) reiterated its stance that besides India, Pakistan and people of J&K, the UNO constitute as fourth party to the disputed issue of Jammu and Kashmir, a statement said. “There is every apprehension that the situation may go from bad to worse and turn like that of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, if the mediation of UN body or any third country is not solicited or accepted,” said Huriyat (G). It added that both India and Pakistan have failed to solve Kashmir problem bilaterall...
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Only way forward in J&K is dialogue: Chidambaram
PUNE, Jul 23(Agencies): The NDA Government’s ‘muscle flexing’ strategy in Kashmir is wrong and the Congress believes the only way to find a “political solution” to this “political problem” is through talks, said former Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today. Speaking to the media here on a slew of issues, the Congress stalwart said the situation in the Kashmir valley has gone from bad to worse since the BJP-PDP coalition came to power. “In the first six months of 2017 … The number of civilians killed, number of jawans of security forces killed was much higher than that of 2016, and (figures of) 2016 was much higher than what it was in 2015,” he said. The NDA government thinks there is a military solution and "flexing muscles" can bring normalcy in Kashmir, he said. "The Congress pa...
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Nothing wrong in states having own flags: Tharoor
NEW DELHI, Jul 23 (Agencies): Congress MP Shashi Tharoor today asserted that there should be no brouhaha over states having their own flags. “So as long as there are set rules for it I don't see any issue in states having their flags," Tharoor said here in an address. "There should be clear rules that flag of states cannot be substitute of a national flag and it should be smaller and fly lower," he added. The Karnataka government constituted a nine-member committee to submit a report to the state government on the possibility of designing a separate flag for the state. Journalist-writer and president of Karnataka Vidyavardhaka Sangha, Dharward, Patil Puttappa and social worker Bheemappa Gundappa Gadada had submitted a representation to the government, following which the committee was c...
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Tarigami suffers heart attack
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SRINAGAR, July 23: CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam M Y Tarigami was this morning admitted at Soura medical institute after he complained of severe heart problem. Director SKIMS Dr Ahangar told said Tarigami had heart block problem and immediately after admitting him pacemaker operation was performed. “He is in Intensive Care Unit of the SKIMS and another surgery would be performed on Tarigami tomorrow,” the director added. Meanwhile National Conference (NC) president Dr Farooq Abdullah and working president Omar Abdullah have prayed for the speedy and complete recovery of Tarigami. “I am deeply saddened and shocked to hear of Tarigami Sahib’s health ordeal and wish him a quick and complete recovery,” Dr Farooq Abdullah said in his message. “I pray for Tarigami Sahib’s complete and smo...
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RSS urges J&K govt, Centre to fill PAK seats in LA, LC
`MRM to launch mass movement against Pak’
P L Uniyal
NEW DELHI, Jul 23: The Rashtriya Sawayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has urged the Jammu and Kashmir government and the Government of India to fill the vacant seats in the state's Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council that have been allocated to the Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK) constituency so that Islamabad's claim of the territory stands null and void. RSS has also announced that its Muslim wing, the Muslim Rashtriya Manch, will launch a “mass movement in Jammu and Kashmir against Pakistan's illegal occupation of Kashmir” on August 9. “The PoK has been given 24 Assembly seats and six seats in the Council within Jammu and Kashmir. I urge everyone, from Farooq Abdullah to (Chief Minster) Mehbooba, to fill those seats. The fact that even after 70 years, these seats have been lying vac...
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Civilian killings unfortunate: CM
Says there will be proper action in thrashing of cops by army
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ANANTNAG, July 22: Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti today said action will be taken into the case of thrashing of policemen by the army at Gund in Ganderbal. “FIR will be properly lodged into the matter or may have been already lodged. Action will be taken into the matter," Mehbooba told reporters in Anantnag after being asked about the incident. She described the recent civilian killings by army as highly unfortunate. "I can only say that such incidents are very unfortunate which should not have happened. But unfortunately few people come out and throw stones after which the common people become target," Mehbooba said....
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Army jawan injured in Nowshera LoC firing
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JAMMU, July 22: With no let up in ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC), an army jawan was injured when the Pakistan Army fired at Indian Posts in Nowshera area of Rajouri district on Friday night. A senior Army officer said on Saturday, "The Pakistan army initiated small arms firing at the Indian Army posts in the Naushera sector at around 10.35 PM. There was a brief exchange of fire from both sides." One soldier sustained minor injuries on his left arm when a bullet ricocheted and hit him, he said, adding that the injured jawan was administered medical attention and was out of danger. "There was no ceasefire violation today," said the officer. In a similar incident in the Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district last evening, an army personnel was grievously injured and...
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Pak’s mindless shelling scars education in schools of J&K
POONCH, July 22 (Agencies): Loud thumps of heavy shelling has silenced the school lessons in unison. Bearing the brunt of ceasefire violations by the Pakistani troops, a school premise was greatly tarnished recently. Education in the area is orphaned due to destruction that has become an everyday affair. Faquir Dara School in Karmara sector of Poonch district was heavily damaged due to continuous ceasefire violations and shelling from the Pakistani side. The education in Jammu and Kashmir is elusive, just like the walls of the many schools in the region. The mindless shelling has robbed the young minds of a bright future. The bullet marks in school walls testify the lamentable future of children in Jammu and Kashmir. Many parts of the institute were damaged due to shelling. Earlier on...
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Reduce tension through direct talks: Pentagon to India, China
WASHINGTON, July 22 (Agencies): India and China should engage in direct dialogue free of any "coercive aspects" to reduce the tension over a military stand-off in Doklam, the Pentagon has said. Chinese and Indian soldiers have been locked in a face-off in Doklam area in the southernmost part of Tibet in an area also claimed by Indian ally Bhutan for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area. "We encourage India and China to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions and free of any coercive aspects," Gary Ross, a defence department spokesman said. Ross, however, refused to take sides on the issue. "We refer you to the governments of India and China for further information... We are not going to speculate on such matte...
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Farooq’s suggestion reeks of irresponsibility: BJP
‘Abdullahs, Nehru-Gandhi family behind Kashmir crisis’
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NEW DELHI, Jul 22: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said that National Conference (NC) supremo Farooq Abdullah's suggestion of involving a third party to resolve Kashmir issue reeks of sheer irresponsibility. BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi said that it is the Nehru-Gandhi family and the Abdullah family who are responsible for the incumbent crisis in Kashmir. "Farooq Abdullah's statement is very irresponsible and condemnable. Abdullah's and the Nehru-Gandhi family are the reason that Kashmir is still under fire," said Trivedi. Treading similar path another BJP leader Dilip Ghosh said that Abdullah's political comments are of no use. "Farooq Abdullah's politics is of no use. He sometimes speaks in favour of the separatists and sometimes in favour of Pakistan. So we should not t...
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NCP supports Rahul’s attack on Centre’s inaction on J&K
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NEW DELHI, Jul 22: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has strongly supported Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's attack on the Centre over inaction in the Kashmir issue. Speaking to a national news agency, NCP leader Majeed Memon said that he agrees with Rahul Gandhi that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's government is a "failure". Rahul Gandhi in a series of tweet talked about Kashmir saying "Kashmir is India, India is Kashmir- (this is our) internal matter (nobody has the right to interfere)." Memon to this added, "The state government and Mufti's government have been ineffective in doing anything about the condition in J&K. The Modi government and the central government's helplessness in taking care of Kashmir, is also visible." He further added that violence has been erupting i...
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Another cloudburst hits Doda villages
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BHADERWAH, July 21: A day after a major cloudburst incident wreaked havoc in Thathri area of Eastern Doda and Kishtwar district killing eight people, including four children and four women and causing damage to half a dozen residential houses, shops, a school and several vehicles, another cloudburst today morning caused considerable damage in many villages in Gugara, Johra and Khara area of Doda district. However, there were no reports of loss to human life in this incident. Official reports said that another cloudburst today morning caused considerable damage in many villages in Gugara, Johra and Khara area of Doda district. This created panic in the minds of people who ran in haste to save their lives. Army, police and local people launched rescue operation in affected area. Accordi...
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Doval to attend BRICS NSA's meeting at Beijing
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NEW DELHI, July 21: Amid the ongoing stand-off between India and China over the Doklam issue, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is set to visit Beijing to attend the BRICS NSA's meeting on July 27 to 28. Meanwhile, yesterday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that all the countries, including Bhutan, are with India on the issue of the Doklam stand-off. Sushma's response came after Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal's questioned the Centre on the issue. Sushma said the issue is due to the "tri-junction point that is between India, China and Bhutan" and that if Beijing unilaterally tries to change the status quo at the tri-junction, then it will pose a threat to New Delhi's security. "India wants that troops are removed from the tri-junction point to discuss the issue t...
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India should approach 3rd parties to mediate on K-issue: Farooq
P L UNIYAL
NEW DELHI, July 21: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Friday said that India should approach third parties, such as the United States and China, to mediate in the Kashmir issue. Farooq Adbullah said India has so many allies across the globe, which can be approached for settling the Kashmir issue to act as a mediator between India and Pakistan. "For how long are you going to wait? Sometimes, you have to pull the bull by its horns. The way is to have a dialogue. India has so many friends all across the world. They can ask them to act as a mediator. US President Trump himself said that he wants to settle Kashmir problem. China also said that it wants to mediate in Kashmir. Somebody has to be approached," Farooq Abdullah said. "If India is ready to talk to China an...
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1,141 pilgrims leave for Amarnath from Jammu
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JAMMU, July 21: A batch of 1,141 pilgrims today left Jammu for the 3,888-metre-high Amarnath cave shrine of Lord Shiva in South Kashmir Himalayas. Escorted by the CRPF and police, the batch consisting of 759 males, 200 females plus 182 Sadhus and Sadhvis left in a convoy of 42 vehicles for Baltal and Pahalgam base camps, officials said. With today's batch, a total of 63,301 pilgrims have left Jammu for the cave shrine in 22 batches since the yatra began from here on June 28. As many as 2,27,342 pilgrims have paid obeisance at Ice Lingum of Lord Shiva at Amarnath cave shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas till last evening. There has been decrease in the number of the pilgrims visiting cave shrine of Amarnath in the past one week. The government has mobilised a heavy security blanket of o...
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Govt orders reshuffle in civil, police Deptts
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JAMMU, July 21: The state government has ordered major reshuffle in the civil and police deptts here today. Mohammad Mumtaz Ali, KAS, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, has been transferred and posted as Additional Secretary in the J&K Public Service Commission. Ghanshyam Singh, KAS, awaiting orders of posting in the office of Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, has been transferred and posted as Additional Secretary in the J&K Public Service Commission. Devinder Singh Katoch, KAS, Deputy Secretary in the J&K Public Service Commission, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Director, Urban Local Bodies, Jammu, vice Rakesh Kumar. Abdul Rashid Bhat, KAS, Deputy Secretary to the Government, Agriculture Production Department, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Secretary in t...
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Kovind to be the next prez with 65 pc votes
Cross-voting in 7 states big worry for opposition
NEW DELHI, Jul 20(Agencies): The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind defeated Opposition candidate Meira Kumar to be elected as the 14th President of India. Ram Nath Kovind received over 7 lakh votes indicating about 65 per cent of the votes cast while Meira Kumar lagged far behind with just 3.6 lakh votes. While the NDA candidate got the votes of 522 MPs, opposition’s face Kumar was able to get only 225 MPs to vote for her. Though Kovind’s victory was never in doubt but the large scale cross-voting in seven states throws up a big worry for the opposition, especially ahead of polls in Gujarat later this year. Kovind won the presidential poll by a margin of 3,34,730 votes, with Meira Kumar left limited to 3,67,314 votes. In NDA-ruled states like Andhra Pradesh,...
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Won’t talk until India withdraws troops: China
Doval to visit Beijing this month: MEA
BEIJING/NEW DELHI, Jul 20(Agencies): China on Thursday reiterated that it won't talk to India until New Delhi withdraws troops from Doklam where both armies have been locked in a stand-off for more than a month. In the meanwhile, in New Delhi, the Ministry for External Affairs (MEA) stated that National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval would travel to Beijing later this month to attend a BRICS Diplomatic channels trying to find resolution to the issue; India’s approach has been that differences should not become disputes says MEA. China has repeatedly said the withdrawal of troops from Doklam was the precondition for any "meaningful dialogue" with India over the festering border row in the Sikkim section of the border. “Our diplomatic channel is unimpeded and the withdrawal of the Ind...
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