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Nothing bad in it: BJP
Passing Statistics bill for J&K unconstitutional: Opposition
Resist moves aimed to weaken special status of J&K: Tarigami
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Jul 27: Opposition political parties in the state today said the passing of the Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill in the Parliament and directly extending it to Jammu and Kashmir was “unconstitutional and dishonesty” of the BJP-led government in New Delhi. “It is violation of constitution as the bill is passed without the concurrence of the state government. It is dishonesty by the BJP government with the people of the state,” NC general secretary Ali Mohammed Sagar told media here. Sagar said that state government preferred silence on these issues. “Our apprehensions about PDP-BJP alliance are proving right. This is eye opener for PDP as to how BJP does not consider them worth informing about the decision they have to take. Allying with BJP was PDP’s grave mistake an...
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Al-Qaida names Zakir Musa as head of Indian wing
NEW DELHI, July 27 (Agencies): Former Hizbul-Mujahideen commander Zakir Musa has been named as the head of a newly created al-Qaida cell, Ansar Ghazwat-Ul-Hind, a media report said today. The appointment of Zakir Musa as head of the new group represents the first time militants linked to al-Qaida have operated openly in Kashmir where an anti-India insurgency is going on for the past 28 years, reported The Guardian. The new cell, named Ansar Ghazwat-Ul-Hind, is the deepest inroad al-Qaida has yet made in Kashmir, said the report. The creation of the group was announced by Global Islamic Media Front, an al-Qaida-affiliated information network. Al-Qaida announced the establishment of an Indian wing in 2014 but, like Isis, has garnered little support among India’s Muslim population, the t...
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Machil fake encounter
Soz criticises army court’s decision
`Time for civil society to rise and seek justice’
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, Jul 27: Former union minister and veteran Congress leader Prof Saif-Ud-Din Soz stated that the suspension of the sentence against 5 army personnel involved in the infamous Machil fake encounter case closed the door for hope to the general run of Kashmiris to seek redress against the atrocities committed by the army personnel against the innocent civilians in the past or that to be committed in future. In a statement issued to the press, Soz said that it was beside the point that in a number of cases, the successive Corps Commanders and other officers in Kashmir themselves apologized for killing of innocent civilians, particularly, in cases in which they openly admitted that firing had taken place due to ‘mistaken identity.’ “I think it is high time that the Kashmir’s civil socie...
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Onus on Pak to create conducive atmosphere: India
NEW DELHI, Jul 27 (Agencies): There can be no compromise on the issue of cross border terrorism and the onus is on Pakistan to create a conducive atmosphere for a constructive and comprehensive bilateral dialogue, the government told the Rajya Sabha today. In response to a question, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said India’s consistent position has been that entire Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and a part of the territory of the state has been under illegal occupation of Pakistan. “India is committed to addressing all outstanding issues, including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, bilaterally and through peaceful means in accordance with Simla agreement and Lahore declaration,” he said....
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Number of pilgrims dropping in Yatra’s last phase
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, July 27: Like the past, the number of Amarnath pilgrims has started dropping as the pilgrimage entered into its final phase. Despite the drop, fresh batches of pilgrims, including women and sadhus, left Baltal and Nunwan Pahalgam base camps today to pay obeisance at the holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas. Meanwhile, traditional Chhari-Pujan, associated with annual Amarnath yatra, was performed in Rameshwar Temple at Dashnami Akhara near here this evening. A fresh batch of pilgrims left Bagwati Nagar, Jammu, base camp for Baltal and Nunwan Pahalgam base camps early this morning, official sources said. However, Yatra Control Room (YCR) here refused to share information about the number of yatries who left Baltal and Nunwan Pahalgam base camps for the holy c...
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Amid heat wave, Met predicts light rainfall
FARZANA SYED
SRINAGAR, July 27: While the scorching hot weather conditions continued in Kashmir on Thursday, the state met department has predicted light rainfall in Kashmir valley during next 24 hours which is likely to provide a relief from the prevalent heat wave. According to the officials at met department light to moderate rainfall may occur at most of the places across the valley during next 24 hours. During past few days valley has been witnessing rise in in mercury and humidity which has resulted in acute heat wave and humid weather conditions in Kashmir. Met office revealed that the precipitation during next 24 hours was likely to fetch some relief from the acute humid weather conditions. “The high percentage of humidity present in air has added to the hot weather conditions in Kashmir...
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7-day ED custody for Shabir Shah
Not expecting trouble over arrest of separatists: MHA
KT NEWS SERVICE
NEW DELHI, Jul 26: Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah was today sent to seven days’ Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody by a Delhi court in a decade-old case of money laundering for alleged terror financing. Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma allowed the custodial interrogation of Shah, who was arrested yesterday, by the ED after the agency told the court that he was not cooperating with the investigators. The ED had issued multiple summons to Shah, but he never deposed before the central probe agency. A Delhi court had earlier this month issued a non- bailable warrant (NBW) against the separatist leader. The agency had been issuing to Shah summons earlier too in pursuance of the August 2005 case in which the Delhi Police’s Special Cell had arrested Mohammed Aslam Wani (35...
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NIA probe to expose separatists: DGP
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Jul 26: The NIA probe into the alleged role of separatists in funding terror activities will reveal the truth about their role in “death and destruction” in the valley, Jammu and Kashmir police chief S P Vaid said today. He also appealed to politicians to refrain from making statements that could provoke the younger generation from taking up the gun. “I am of the belief that the people of Kashmir have a right to know as to who is the merchant of their death and destruction. There is bloodshed, schools are being burnt, there is terrorism, so if anyone is indulging in deals on that, he must be brought to book,” the DGP said. He was speaking to reporters at a function in Baramulla to reward and honour jawans and policemen who had contributed in anti-militancy operations in north...
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Centre’s ex-post facto nod for GST roll out in J&K
KT NEWS SERVICE
NEW DELHI, Jul 26: The Cabinet today gave ex-post facto approval for amendment to the Constitution to allow implementation of GST in Jammu and Kashmir. “The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its ex-post facto approval for amendment of the Constitution (Application to J&K) Order, 1954 by way of the Constitution (Application to J&K) Amendment Order, 2017,” an official statement said. The approval paves the way for applicability of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime in Jammu and Kashmir, it said. The Constitution (Application to J&K) Amendment Order, 2017, had been notified in Gazette of India on July 6, 2017, after the Presidents assent. While the entire country implemented GST from July 1, Jammu and Kashmir introduced the indirect tax regime on J...
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Amended Collection of Statistics Act 2008 extended to J&K
‘J&K Assembly should have been asked to pass the bill instead of Parliament’
KT NEWS SERVICE
NEW DELHI, July 26: Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad today demanded that the BJP-led government at the centre should seek consent of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly before amending the Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill, 2017, in the Parliament and Rajya Sabha. The Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill, 2017, as today put in the Rajya Sabha by Union Statistics Minister Sadananda Gowda for voting. Azad demanded that the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly should pass the bill in the assembly. “Jammu and Kashmir is the sensitive state and the situation is worse from the last 30 years. Only a spark is needed to cause the fire. BJP is ruling the state with PDP. The state government should pass the bill in Legislative Assembly first, then the parliament and Raj...
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No bar on medical visas to India except Pak: Centre
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NEW DELHI, Jul 26: India has not imposed any restrictions on medical visas for foreign patients but in case of those from Pakistan, a recommendation letter from Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs is required for obtaining a visa, the Lok Sabha was informed today. In a written reply, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said the government has issued more than a lakh of medical visas so far in this year. The government has not put any restrictions on medical visas for foreign patients, and requests for such visas for urgent medical cases are expeditiously processed and issued on the same day, he said....
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3 Amarnath pilgrims injured in Banihal
KT NEWS SERVICE
BANIHAL, July 26: Three Amarnath pilgrims sustained injuries when a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims was hit by shooting stones near Nachilana on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, today. Police reports said that at about 2.15 PM, a Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC) bus bearing registration number JK02Y-0612 which was carrying Amarnath pilgrims back from Baltal was hit by shooting stones at Nachilana Kilometer number 178 on Jammu-Srinagar national highway. The bus was returning from Baltal and was heading towards Jammu. Three persons sustained injuries in this accident and remaining all other pilgrims travelling in the bus escape unhurt. Police identifited the injured as Ajay Singh, 35, son of Kumar Bubey of District Chatterkote UP, Chander Keshwer Dikshed, 30, s...
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Farooq ‘congratulates’ NIA, calls for probe into Indian funds
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, July 25: While “congratulating” the National Investigation Agency (NIA) over its probe into the funding of Hurriyat leaders, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday asked the agency to investigate whether or not they received Indian funding as well. Farooq Abdullah told a news agency, "I congratulate NIA for its probe on funding of Hurriyat leaders. From where the money has come and how it is being utilised we will get to know that soon. One fact should also be investigated if Indian Government funded Hurriyat or not." Seven separatist leaders, including the son-in-law of Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and a close aide of Hurriyat (M) chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were arrested by the NIA yesterday. The seven leaders arrested are Altaf Shah, Aya...
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Muslims perform last rites of KP woman in Kulgam village
ESS AHMAD
KULGAM, July 25: Setting yet another example of communal bond, people belonging to the Muslim community performed the last rites of a Hindu woman in Manzgam village of southern Kulgam district. A Hindu woman Arti Devi, whose family had stayed back when most of the Kashmiri Pandits migrated to other states of the country in early nineties, after the eruption of armed struggle in the valley, died this morning after a long spell of illness. She was known by the name 'Chachi' in the entire village. As the news about her death spread in the village today, hundreds of Muslims both men and women from the village, locals said, rushed to the residence of the deceased woman to express condolences. "The Muslim men participated in all the last rites of the Pandit woman. They took her body to the c...
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`Army tank in JNU to be incongruous’
Karan bats for “Unknown Soldier” monument
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, Jul 25: Congress Rajya Sabha Member Parliament Dr Karan Singh Wednesday, while describing the proposal to install tank in JNU complex as incongruous, suggested that an imaginatively designed monument to “The Unknown Soldier” would be far preferable. In a statement issued to press, he stated that installing a tank would be incongruous and inappropriate. “To acknowledge the bravery and sacrifices of our armed forces, we should choose a symbol that covers all the three services,” he said. “Soon after I had the privilege of being appointed Chancellor of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) by the President K R Narayanan in 2002. I visited its 1000 acres campus, surely one of the finest in India. While I was very impressed with the way it had been developed, I noticed that there was ...
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2 cops among 10 held with narcotics in Rajouri
Tazeem Malik
RAJOURI, Jul 24: The police claimed to have arrested ten people, including two policemen, for peddling narcotics in Rajouri district, today. Police said that two police constables residents of Rajouri were arrested while travelling on the Mughal Road that connects the Kashmir valley with Jammu region. Eight others were arrested in the case on charges of carrying heroin, cannabis and poppy husk. Police claimed that during a routine naka checking on Mughal Road at Thanamandi, the police party led by Inspector Karan Chalotra, SHO Police Station Thanamandi intercepted three vehicles which were subjected to thorough search. During the search made, drugs including cannabis, poppy straw and heroin were recovered from the possession of ten drug peddlers and they were arrested on the spot alongw...
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Govt orders reshuffle R&B Deptt
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, July 25: The state government today ordered transfers and postings of Incharge Superintending Engineers (Civil), Junior Engineers, Draftsman in Public Works (R&B) Department. As per govt order, Bashir Ahmad, Incharge Superintending Engineer, Road Safety Cell, DIQC, Srinagar has been transferred and posted as Incharge Superintending Engineer, PMGSY Srinagar against available vacancy. Romesh Kumar Makroo, Incharge Superintending Engineer, PMGSY Batote-Doda Circle has been transferred and posted as Incharge Superintending Engineer, Road Safety Council, Transport Department. Mohammad Ashraf Gilkar, Incharge Superintending Engineer posted as On-Site head of the team of Authority Engineer National Highway 244 shall hold the charge of Superintending Engineer PMGSY Batote-Doda Circle ...
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IED recovered in Poonch
KT NEWS SERVICE
POONCH, Jul 24: Three days ahead of scheduled Budha Amarnath pilgrimage, security forces claimed to have recovered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) with some material in Mandi area of Poonch district, today. Official reports said that based on specific information, army and police launched a joint search operation in Gurang forest area of Loran in Mandi Tehsil of Poonch district, today. The security personnel seized an IED weighing 5 Kg with 4 Kg explosive substance and one Kg other equipment, one plastic bucket, one bag, three cell batteries and some iron pieces (nails), reports claimed. The recovery of an IED well before starting of Budha Amarnath yatra on August 28, 2017, averted a major tragedy in Poonch, reports said, adding that search operation was on in the area....
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673 pilgrims leave Jammu for Amarnath Yatra
KT NEWS SERVICE
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
KT NEWS SERVICE
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
KT NEWS SERVICE
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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