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Cop ‘joins’ Hizb
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SRINAGAR, May 22: A police constable, who took away four service rifles from a police post in Budgam district of Kashmir, has reportedly joined militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen. Constable Syed Naveed Mushtaq had fled with four INSAS rifles from the guard post at a FCI godown in Chandpora in Budgam on Saturday, a police official said. He said there were intelligence inputs suggesting that Mushtaq had joined the militant group. There have been several instances of Jammu and Kashmir policemen fleeing with service rifles and joining various militant outfits. Constable Naseer Ahmed Pandit, a resident of Pulwama district, had decamped with two AK rifles on March 27, 2015 from the residence of PDP Minister Altaf Bukhari and was subsequently killed in an encounter in Shopian district in Apri...
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Major who tied Kashmiri man to his jeep honoured
NEW DELHI, May 22(Agencies): The Indian Army has honoured Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi of 53 Rashtriya Rifles who had tied a local youth in front of a jeep last month in Kashmir as a human shield to avoid attack from stone-pelters. The Army has confirmed that he was awarded COAS (Chief of Army Staff) commendation for sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat during his recent visit to Jammu and Kashmir. The April 9 incident in Budgam, had stirred a controversy in the Kashmir Valley. Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had described the incident as shocking. A video of the incident which happened during Srinagar by-polls had gone viral leading to an uproar. The Jammu and Kashmir Police had also registered an FIR against the securi...
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Hurriyat-M organizes commemorative meet in Kupwara
K-resolution can ensure political Instability in S Asia: Bilal
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SRINAGAR, May 22: Hurriyat Conference (M) organised a commemorative meet at Town Hall Kupwara to pay tributes to the Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq, t Khawja Abdul Gani Lone and victims of Hawal. The function was presided over the APHC executive council member and Peoples Conference Chairman Bilal Gani Lone while as Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq could not attend the program as he continues to remain under house arrest at his Nigeen residence in Srinagar for the past almost a week. Hurriyat (M) leaders Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Musadiq Adil, Abdul Manan Bukhari, Sheikh Afzal, Advocate Abdul Majeed Banday, Khalil Muhammad Khalil, Ghulam Nabi Najar and Zahoor Ahmed Bhat, the brother of JKLF founder Muhammad Maqbool Bhat addressed the impressive gathering. In his speech, Prof ...
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Against separatism, but govt is 'impotent' in Kashmir: Cong
NEW DELHI, May 22 (Agencies): Calling the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir government "impotent", the congress alleged today they have "failed" to check anti-national activity and violence in the Valley despite the ruling BJP's "sermons" on nationalism. The party also urged the government to take the opposition into confidence in resolving the "serious" situation in Kashmir and said if government ignores the situation, the opposition will take its own initiative. AICC spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the Congress condemns all kinds of separatism in Kashmir including the incident in Pulwama where "PoK's national song" was sung, but accused the ruling dispensation of not doing anything to control the situation from worsening. Singhvi said that it is a "sad trajectory" since 1987 and, in th...
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KAS officer transferred
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JAMMU, May 22: The state government today ordered transfer and posting of KAS officer. As per order No. 635-GAD of 2017, Dated 22.05.2017, Sohail Noor Shah KAS, Deputy Secretary to the Government, School Education Department and posted him as Deputy Secretary to the Government, Science and Technology....
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Indian Air Force on ISIS Alert
NEW DELHI, May 22 (Agencies): In a letter addressed to 12,000 officers of the Indian Air Force, the Air Force’s Chief Marshal, Birender Singh Dhanoa, asked them to get ready for new operations for which very little notice would be given. General Dhanoa made explicit reference to a terrorist threat to Jammu and Kashmir. “We have recently indicated that numerous members of Daesh are leaving Syria for Kashmir via Pakistan.” There have only been two occasions in the past where Superior Indian officers have addressed a letter to their junior officers: on 1 May 1950 by General K M Cariappa and 1 February 1986 by General K Sundarji....
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Kashmiri youth given Rs 500 each for stone pelting: Nirmal
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SRINAGAR, May 21: Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh Sunday asserted that the youth are paid Rs 500 each for pelting stones in the Valley. He said, "As Pakistan has failed four times in direct wars, so they are investing in such means, whether its hawala money or fake money through these leaders who claim to be the representatives of Kashmiris. But in actual they are traitors using Kashmiri people. The young boys are given Rs 500 to pelt stones." However, he assured that the government is maintaining a hawk-eye on the situation and will take strict action as per the law....
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Policy planning group’ holds meeting
NDA govt has no policy on Kashmir: Cong
NEW DELHI, May 21 (Agencies): Congress party’s ‘policy planning group’ held its first meeting in New Delhi under the chairmanship of former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and “expressed concern” on the prevailing in the Kashmir valley. Congress state president GA Mir told that the first “introductory meeting” in which all the members put forward their point of view. “All the members were heard by the chairman of the group, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The prime concern was expressed about the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir. The main agenda of the policy group will be discussed and finalized in the next meeting,” Mir told. Mir said that the initiatives and roadmap which our party had started during UPA-led government were compared with the present government. “The ...
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Situation in Kashmir has gone out of hand: Sharad Yadav
NEW DELHI, May 21 (Agencies): The situation in the Kashmir has gone out of hand and the government is unable to control it, senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, who has been working to hold a conference on Kashmir supported by opposition parties, has said. Yadav has met leaders of the Congress and the Left parties, besides BJP's Yashwant Sinha, who was part of a non-government delegation that had visited Kashmir, as part of efforts to organise a national conference on the situation. "The situation in the Valley has become very serious and gone out of hand in the last three years. Bringing peace there now is very challenging. It is in the grip of militancy which had not been seen in the last 15 years. The government is unable to control it," he said in a statement. He also cited cases of v...
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Jammu woman among 6 evacuated from Mt Everest
KATHMANDU, May 21 (Agencies): At least six persons, including a former Miss India finalist, were today evacuated from the higher camps of Mount Everest after they suffered from high- altitude sicknesses while attempting to climb the world’s highest peak. According to the expedition organisers, 52-year-old Sangeeta S Bahl, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir, Argentine climbers Andres Esteban Pariz and Ricardo Dario Birn were airlifted from Camp II. Sangeeta S. Bahl, 52, and Argentine climbers Andres Esteban Pariz and Ricardo Dario Birn were airlifted from Camp I, the Himalayan Times reported. Bahl, a Miss India 1985 pageant finalist, is undergoing treatment at Swacon International Hospital, according to an official at the Himalayan Guides, a local partner of the Madison Mountaineering. "...
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Dalits protest Saharanpur violence at Jantar Mantar
NEW DELHI, May 21 (Agencies): Around 5,000 people participated in the protest despite being denied permission by the Delhi Police. The protesters demanded that cases be registered against those who had perpetrated violence against Dalits on May 9. They also demanded that the affected families be awarded a compensation of Rs 10 lakh. Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar, who is accused of sharing an objectionable video on social media and disrupting the communal harmony in Saharanpur, was also present at the event. The activists also demanded that the FIRs lodged against Chandrashekhar and other Dalit activists be cancelled and a judicial probe be initiated into the incidents of clashes at Saharanpur. Meanwhile, the police stepped up security at the protest site. However, the event went ...
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Jawan's family members agree to end fast after meeting Yogi
SAMBHAL (Uttar Pradesh), May 21 (Agencies): The protesting family members of a soldier, who was killed in Pakistani firing last year, agreed to end their indefinite fast on Sunday saying Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had promised to visit their village. The Uttar Pradesh chief minister, who was on an official tour to Moradabad, met the father, brother and an uncle of deceased sepoy Sudesh Kumar today. According to family members of the deceased soldier, Adityanath promised to visit not only their village but also those of other jawans, who have laid their lives for the country. "The chief minister assured us that development work will begin in our village..He also said that he will visit the house of every martyr of Uttar Pradesh," Manoj Kumar, brother of Sudesh Kumar, who was killed ...
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JKCCS’ plea to India, Pak, militant groups
‘Adhere to the principles of international humanitarian law during combat operations in J&K’
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SRINAGAR, May 20: Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) has appealed to the government of India, Pakistan and the Kashmiri armed insurgent groups to adhere to the principles of the international humanitarian law during their combat operations in Jammu and Kashmir. In a statement, a spokesman of JKCCS said that in the recent few months there have been huge number of extrajudicial killings by the Indian armed forces and indiscriminate use of force against the civilians. “Also the Indian state has resorted to tactics of collective punishment on the civilian population for providing support to the armed insurgents. Cordon and search operations, widespread torture and beatings to the civilians, using civilians as human shields, preventing the ambulances to ferry the injured to...
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NDA-govt has reversed Kashmir initiatives taken by UPA: Cong
NEW DELHI, May 20 (Agencies): Top Congress leaders on Saturday said the initiatives taken in Kashmir during the United Progressive Alliance’s 10-year rule have been reversed, as they discussed the prevailing situation in the valley at a key meeting chaired by former prime minister Manmohan Singh. The party leadership also feels that there is a sense of alienation at all levels in the state that requires the urgent attention of the government. The views were expressed by members of the Congress policy planning group constituted by party chief Sonia Gandhi, at its first meeting held at the residence of Singh who chairs the group. Barring former home minister P. Chidambaram, eight of the nine members of the key strategy group attended the meeting and expressed their views frankly. The meet...
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3 Under Secys shifted
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JAMMU, May 20: The state government today ordered transfers and posting of three under secretaries. Naseema Akhter, Under Secretary to the Government, School Education Department has been transferred and posted as Under Secretary to the Government, Tourism Department vice Javid Rehman Hajam. Nissar Ahmad, Under Secretary to the Government, Housing and Urban Development Department has been transferred and posted as Under Secretary to the Government, School Education Department vice Naseema Akhter. Javid Rehman Hajam, Under Secretary to the Government, Tourism Department has been transferred and posted as Under Secretary to the Government, Housing and Urban Development Department vice Nissar Ahmad....
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Be vigilant on Indo-China border: Rajnath to ITBP
NEW DELHI, May 20 (Agencies): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday asked Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel to be “very vigilant” along the Sino-Indian border, reported PTI. “Due to perceptional differences, there have been transgressions by the Chinese PLA [People’s Liberation Army] in the past,” he said while holding a meeting with the governments of Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Uttarakhand. “Such incidents have come down now,” he added. While Uttarakhand Chief Minister TS Rawat, his counterpart in Sikkim Pawan Kumar Chamling and Arunachal Pradesh’s Pema Khandu attended the meeting, government officials represented Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. Singh praised the ITBP personnel for carrying out their duty diligently. “As we are...
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Air chief warns IAF officers to prepare for 'uncalled threat'
NEW DELHI, May 20 (Agencies): Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa, the Chief of Air Staff, has written a personal letter to each officer in the Indian Air Force, asking them 'to be prepared for operations with our present holdings, at a very short notice'. Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa sent the letter on March 30 when the increasing number of terror attacks on military camps and the rising public unrest in Jammu and Kashmir caused serious concern in the government. "In the present scenario, there is an ever persistent sub-conventional threat. Therefore, we need to be prepared for operations with our present holdings, at a very short notice. Training needs to be focused towards this," said the letter sent to nearly 12,000 officers of the IAF. Though Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa did not mention Pakistan...
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Blames Congress for 'Kashmir problem'
NDA will bring situation under control: Amit Shah
CHANDIGARH, May 20(Agencies): BJP president Amit Shah said the 'Kashmir problem' emerged because of Congress, expressing confidence that Narendra Modi-led NDA government will soon control the present situation in the Valley. "What else Congress can say. Kashmir problem emerged because of Congress," Shah said while addressing media. He was asked to respond to the Congress allegations, which had reportedly accused NDA government of failing to control the situation in Kashmir. Concerned over the "disturbed" situation in the Valley, the Congress had formulated a policy-planning group for Jammu and Kashmir on 19 April, to take forward the peace initiative in the state. The policy-planning group is chaired by former prime minister Manmohan Singh and includes former home minister P Chidambara...
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Yasin files police complaint against TV journalist
‘Indian journalists should done army uniform’
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SRINAGAR, May 19: Accusing a New Delhi-based female TV journalist of barging into his bedroom without permission, chairman JKLF Mohammad Yasin Malik today said he has filed a complaint against the journalist with the police. He alleged that Indian media was taking diktats from Army to defame freedom movement in Kashmir. The female reporter had earlier alleged that she had gone to Malik’s residence to get her reaction regarding funding to separatists but the JKLF chairman broke her mobile phone and thrashed her cameraperson , who received injuries. “I was sleeping and all of a sudden, a female TV journalist from New Delhi barged into my bedroom on the pretext of interviewing me. She had lied to my sister that she had fixed an appointment with me. The fact is she never called for an appoi...
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‘Satisfied over readiness of troops along LoC’
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SRINAGAR, May 19: Defence minister Arun Jaitley today expressed satisfaction over the “aggressive domination” and “readiness” of troops along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir to give a befitting response to any “misadventure” by Pakistan. Jaitley held a meeting with senior army commanders at a forward post along the Line of Control in north Kashmir, and reviewed the security situation in the valley which has been witnessing spiralling violence. “Had a meeting with senior commanders & troops at a forward post along the LoC, and reviewed security situation. “The aggressive domination and readiness of troops for befitting response to any misadventure by enemy is very satisfying,” he tweeted. Jaitley, who also holds the finance portfolio, is here to primarily attend a two-day meeting of the G...
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Mirwaiz placed under house arrest
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SRINAGAR, May 19: Authorities today put Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest at his Nigeen residence. Mirwaiz was scheduled to lead the protest called by the joint resistance leadership against the slapping of PSA on Asiya Andrabi, Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat. The joint resistance leadership has called for peaceful protests after Friday prayers against the slapping of PSA on Andrabi and her aide Sofi Fehmeeda. The duo was shifted to Ambphalla jail in Jammu on Thursday....
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Rajnath to discuss India-China border security with 5 CMs
NEW DELHI, May 19 (Agencies): Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair the first meeting of the Chief Ministers of five States on India-China Border in Gangtok tomorrow. During the meeting Singh will review the security issues in the border area. The states are Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. The objective of the meeting is to strengthen the coordination of the Ministry with these States to improve the overall border security. In the meeting, discussion will be held about the border infrastructure work undertaken by the Home Ministry, Border Area Development Programme and coordination issues between the states and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police. Home Minister will also visit Nathula Pass and ITBP border post at Lachung to meet the Jawans o...
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Illegal confinement, corruption case: Traffic cop in Vigilance net
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JAMMU, May 19: Vigilance Organisation Jammu (VOJ) today claimed to have arrested a Traffic Police Inspector in corruption and alleged illegal confinement. Official reports said that pursuant to a probe conducted by VOJ on complaint regarding allegation that Naveen Sharma Sub-Inspector, then Incharge PP Chowk Chabutra (October 2010) by abusing his official position registered a false FIR against Neeraj Chandail and Sandeep Anand, both business partners and kept them under illegal confinement. Om Parkash Chandail-father of Neeraj Chandail was also illegally confined. After their release on bail by the orders of Court, both were again called to Police Station, confined illegally, handcuffed and paraded before the media as thieves who purportedly committed theft in their own shop. In additio...
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Charges against Hurriyat receiving funds from across border 'serious': Cong
NEW DELHI, May 19 (Agencies): The congress today termed as "extremely serious" the allegations that Hurriyat leaders received funds from across the border and called for strong action as it involves national security. AICC spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi also hit out at the central and the Jammu and Kashmir governments saying there has never been such a rapid, accelerated and tragic decline in governance in the state as has been in the last 36 months. "It is extremely serious. It is gross, brazen and blatant and deserves the strongest action in the shortest possible time and in the most effective manner. This undermines national security directly and completely," he said. The Congress leader, however, trained his guns on the BJP saying its leaders are preaching on Kashmir even when they ...
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Rajnath to review Indo-China security
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NEW DELHI, May 18: Security along the Sino-Indian border and development of infrastructure in the frontier regions will be at the top of the agenda during a day-long meeting of chief ministers of five Himalayan states convened by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Gangtok on Saturday. The move comes days after India refused to participate in Chinas Silk road project One Belt, One Road conference in Beijing and a month after the diplomatic tussle over the Dalai Lamas visit to Arunachal Pradesh. Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh -- Mehbooba Mufti, Virbhadra Singh, Trivendra Singh Rawat, Pawan Kumar Chamling and Pema Khandu respectively -- are expected to attend the conclave. This is for the first time that such a meeting i...
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