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4 JeM militants, 2 forces men killed in Tral forest encounter
2 army men also suffer bullet injuries, militant killings trigger clashes, shutdown in Tral
ESS AHMAD
ANANTNAG, Apr 24: Four militants, one army man and a special operations group (SOG) personal were killed and two other army men suffered injuries in a fierce gunfight in Lam forests of Tral in southern Pulwama district on Tuesday. A joint team of 42 RR, SOG and para-military early morning laid a siege around the Lam area and began searches in the upper forest area where they had input about the presence of militants. Official sources said whil...
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J&K approves ordinance for death penalty for raping children
‘Burden of proof’ shifted to accused, stringent bail provisions: Haq
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, Apr 24: J&K state cabinet Tuesday approved an ordinance providing death penalty to those guilty of raping children, a development that comes in the wake of massive outrage over the Kathua minor rape and murder case. After the Centre gave a go ahead to an ordinance to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act only last week, the state cabinet that met here today under the chairpersonship of Chief Minister Mehbooba ...
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CM’s commitment fulfilled despite scarce resources: Bukhari
J&K first state to implement 7th Pay panel recommendations
Implementation from Jan 2016; to benefit 5 lakh employees, pensioners
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, Apr 24: Jammu & Kashmir Tuesday became the first state to implement the recommendations of the seventh Pay Commission after Centre's implementation two years ago. Its implementation with effect from January 2016 would benefit around five lakh state government employees and pensioners in the state. The employees will be able to draw revised salaries from the current month. A major decision in this connection was approved in the state cabi...
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9 arrested in Pulwama nocturnal raids
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Apr 24: Hours after locals protested against the survey party of army in Muran Village of Pulwama district, security forces conducted nocturnal raids and arrested at least nine youth including a pellet victim, reported a local news agency.. On Monday, local youth pelted stones on army survey party who retaliated with some warning shots. Reports said security forces emerged in the village during midnight and arrested nine youth alleg...
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Disclosure of rape victims' identity
Even dead have dignity, says SC
NEW DELHI, Apr 24 (Agencies): Even the dead have dignity. They cannot be "named or shamed." This was the observation of the Supreme Court today as it dealt with the issue of disclosure of identity of rape victims, including the eight-year-old girl who was raped and brutally murdered recently in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir. It said that even in cases where the rape victims were alive and were either minors or of unsound mind, their identities ...
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Kathua gang rape and murder case
Affected parents pledge to take legal battle to logical conclusion
MAJID NABI
SRINAGAR, April 24: The ill fated parents of minor Kathua girl who was murdered after being gang raped in January this year in Rassana village of the district, Tuesday pledged to take the ongoing legal battle against ‘brutality’ meted out to the victim to its logical conclusion. The family members of the minor rape victim who will be reaching Srinagar in a day or two alleged that their life has become a virtual hell in the aftermath of the gory...
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Rassana residents seek shifting of case
MAJID NABI
SRINAGAR, April 24: Fearing hush-up, residents of village Rassana in Jammu’s Kathua district today demanded that the case of eight years old nomadic girl be shifted from local Kathua court for fair trails. Residents under the banner of All Tribal Coordination Committee (ATCC) Village Rassana assembled at Pratap Park here and staged protest against the rape and murder of minor. “Our foremost demand is to shift the case from Kathua court because...
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Approval of ordinance by cabinet; A genuine initiative, opine women
FARZANA SYED
SRINAGAR, Apr 24: Women have described as a genuine initiative the state cabinet's approval for ordinance for death penalty to rapists of minors. The state cabinet on Tuesday approved an ordinance allowing courts to give death penalty to child rapists. According to the govt authorities the Criminal law ordinance 2018 and Jammu Kashmir Protection of Children from Sexual Violence were approved by the state government on Monday following a cabine...
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CM: Fulfilled promise to employees, women
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, Apr 24: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said that her government was fulfilling the commitments made with every section of society in the state. The Chief Minister said this while interacting with a delegation of Employees Coordination Committee, led by its Chairman Ghulam Rasool Mir, who had come to thank her for the decisions taken in today’s cabinet meeting chaired by her. Mehbooba said she had committed to employees of state gov...
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Kathua minor rape, murder case
CB to move court against lawyer for ‘twisting facts’
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, Apr 24: The Jammu and Kashmir Crime Branch (CB) will soon approach a local court in Kathua against a defence lawyer who, it (Crime Branch) alleged, is allegedly circulating twisted facts in Kathua minor rape and murder case to vitiate the atmosphere. Prior to this development, yesterday two alleged accused filed a petition in the State High Court seeking CBI probe. The petition was filed by advocate Veenu Gupta, on behalf of alleged accu...
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Guv promulgates ‘The CrPC (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018’
`Video conference to secure accused’s presence in court becomes legal’
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, Apr 24: Governor N N Vohra Tuesday promulgated “The Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018.” The provisions of the existing Code of Criminal Procedure, Samvat 1989, inter-alia, provide that all proceedings in a criminal trial are required to be taken in presence of the accused which would result in prolonged trial due to non-production of accused for one or other reason. The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (Central Act...
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Cong hand stained with Muslims’ blood: Khurshid
ALIGARH (UP), Apr 24(Agencies): In a statement which might not go down well with his party, former Union Minister Salman Khurshid has said there are Muslims’ blood stains on the Congress hands. Pushed to the wall with a point blank query from an Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) student at a programme as to how the Congress will wash off the blood stains of Muslims on its hands, he said, “It is a political question. There is blood on our hands. I...
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Pak hands over missing Indian pilgrim
ATTARI (AMRITSAR), Apr 24 (Agencies): Pakistan authorities today handed over an Indian national who had gone to Pakistan on pilgrimage but was missing from his group when it returned on Saturday, officials said. The Sikh `jatha’ had come home on April 21 after a 10-day pilgrimage but 24-year-old Amarjit Singh, a resident of village Niranjanpura in Amrtisar district, was not part of it. Pakistan authorities later found him at the home of his “F...
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Demand for withdrawing AFSPA in J&K
Act must go but situation not conducive: PDP
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Apr 24: With the voices getting louder for the revocation of Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir, the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) today said that the act must go but maintained that situation was not conducive to withdraw the act. The AFSPA is in vogue in Jammu and Kashmir since 1990, gives sweeping power and immunity to the armed forces. “From day one we wanted peace in Kashmir. We too want that AF...
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CM pays tributes to slain army, police jawans
JAMMU, Apr 24: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti paid tributes to the two jawans of army and police who were killed during an operation at Tral today. The Chief Minister extended her heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families of the slain jawans. She also conveyed her sympathies to the personnel who were injured in the incident....
> Cabinet meet today
> Facility to help large number of ortho patients in Jammu division: Bali
> Attendance Monitoring Squads finds 184 Anganwadi centres locked
> DAK appeals DGP to release Dr Ajaz Rasool
> Continental Group of Institutions Punjab, Canada calls on Inam Un Nabi
 
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Salman Khan in Kashmir to shoot ‘Race 3’
SRINAGAR, Apr 23: Bollywood star Salman Khan on Monday reached Kashmir to shoot for Remo D’ Souza directed movie ‘Race 3.’ Reports said that the 52-year-old actor has reached the picturesque health resort of Sonamarg along with Jacqueline Fernandez for the shoot. Khan had last time shot scenes for his blockbuster ‘Bajrangi Bhaijan’ in Kashmir....
> Samanbal members stage protests across Jammu, Ladakh, Kargil, Kashmir
> Calling students ‘rowdies’ unacceptable, Rasheed says
> ‘Dal, Anchar, Khushallsar lakes deteriorating for want of funds’
> Tourist spots in Valley, Ladakh region declared 'no polythene' zones
> DC visits SSB exam centres, reviews facilities
 
 
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Death penalty ordinance
An ordinance brought in hastily by the union cabinet, as a knee jerk response to the increasing outrage over rapes, particularly of minor girls, to introduce death penalty in case of rapes of minor girls under 12 is not a remedy to the issue. Rather, it will only help sweep away the issue of sexual violence under the carpet. If the problem lies in poor redressal of complaints of sexual violence, weak legal justice mechanisms, poor prosecution ra...
> Unprecedented crisis in judiciary
> Simultaneous polls to LS, LAs
> Breaking silence is important, but the language matters as well - By Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal
> Maintain internet neutrality
> Cash shortage hits ATMs
 
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Murder of morality in Kathua
By Rajaraman Sundaresan
"There are many incidents of brutal attack on the Bakarwal community, since the BJP government has come into power in 2014 with the coalition of PDP in Jammu and Kashmir. One such incident that one recollects is that of a Bakarwal family while migrating from Reasi to Kishetwar in Jammu was allegedly attacked by the so called cow vigilantes while they were ferrying their cows in trucks." Co-Written by OS Rajaraman & Bonny John Most of India is ...
> Death to the Rapist..! - By Robert Clements
> The appropriation of Pashtun rights movement - By Nauman Sadiq
> BJP's response to rapes betrays existential crisis - By Amulya Ganguli
> We Need Hands That Mend..! - By Robert Clements
> Politics behind Kathua horror - By Iftikhar Gilani
 
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Popular angst against BJP, Modi about to explode
By Amulya Ganguli
Bureaucrats, scientists, academics mince no words "For the BJP, therefore, the possible alienation of this group is worrisome at a time when the Dalits are perceived to be drifting away from the party to join the Muslims who are not known to be supporters of the BJP any way. Substantial sections of these groups - the middle class, the Dalits and the Muslims - stood by Modi in 2014 because of their faith in his promise of rapid and inclusive dev...
> End political impunity to rapists - By Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression
> Strong in polemics but bad in law - By Amritananda Chakravorty
> Molest Me No More, Rape Me No More - By Aditi Munot
> Cash crunch may continue beyond one and a half years - By Gyan Pathak
> Sitaram has historic tasks to do in 2nd term - By Nitya Chakraborty
 
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Delhi LG writing officers not taking assembly-questions for reserved subjects under him
Dear Editor, It refers to media-reports about Delhi Lt Governor writing to officers in Delhi government for not taking assembly-questions relating to reserved subjects directly under jurisdiction of Lt Governor like relating to police, land, services etc. Such a directive is not justified because simply asking questions in assembly in no manner dilutes rights of exclusivity of Lt Governor on these subjects. State-legislatures are representative...
> Petrol prices may result in losing elections
> Naming High Courts
> Deptt. of Justice should make study-report
> Cashless not possible
> Toll-payment through digital mode
 
 
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Even Parliament not immune to casting couch culture: Renuka
NEW DELHI, Apr 24 (Agencies): Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury today said the casting couch was the "bitter truth" of not just the film industry but all work spaces and even Parliament was not immune to it. It's time for India to stand up and say "me too", Chowdhury said after veteran Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan defended the casting couch culture. "It's the bitter truth. It is not just in the film industry. This happens everywhere in wo...
> Most Pak parties want good ties with India: Aiyar
> Tibet can be in China if Beijing recognises our culture, says Dalai Lama
> Dreaded criminal Balraj Bhati killed in an encounter with STF in Noida
> AFSPA completely removed from Meghalaya, restricted in Arunachal Pradesh
> Sitaram Yechury re-elected as CPI(M) general secretary
 
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Twin suicide attack in Afghanistan kills at least 58; IS, Taliban claim responsibility
KABUL, Apr 23 (Agencies): At least 58 people were killed in twin suicide attacks in Afghanistan's capital Kabul and in the country's Baghlan province during the ongoing voter registration process on Sunday. The first blast took place around 10 am when a suicide bomber blew himself up among a crowd lining up to get access to an election-related registration site in Kabul, initially killing 52 people and injuring 112. The blast took place in fron...
> South Korea switches off loudspeakers blasting messages at North Korea
> Pakistani rights group attracts 8,000 to rally despite state pressure
> Donald Trump lied about being one of richest people in America to make it to Forbes 400, claims US journalist
> North Korea's Kim promises no more nuclear or missile tests
> Indian-American teenager shot dead in California for opening fire on police
 
 
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Distt Level Football tourney under Let’s Play under way
JAMMU, Apr 24: The second phase of football tournament under the banner of ‘Let’s Play football’ sponsored by Ministry of Youth affairs and Sports GOI for students and non-students both Boys and Girls for the age groups of 6-12, 13-16 and 17-19 under Khelo India scheme organised by Youth Services and Sports Department Srinagar is under way here in Srinagar at three venues since two days. Speaking at one of the venues, Bashir Ahmad , Joint Direc...
> Raina Hr Sec. School defeats St. Francis School Akhnoor
> Pak keeper keen on celebrating his belated birthday with Sachin Tendulkar
> Bank Academy plays goalless draw with Real Kashmir
> DC stresses on inculcation of sportsmanship among players
> Sant Gurbaksh Singh Danna Hockey tourney begins
 
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J&K Bank Chairman inaugurates 2 Business Units, 4 ATMs in Pulwama
JAMMU, Apr 23 : J&K Bank Chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmed e-inaugurated two Business Units and three offsite ATMs today amid a huge round of applause at Pulwama in presence of Deputy Commissioner Ghulam Mohammad Dar, Bank’s Executive President Vagesh Chander, and a large gathering of valuable customers, senior citizens, representatives of various trade bodies and local residents. The bank’s Presidents PK Tickoo, Abdul Rashid Sheigan, Zonal Head Ka...
> Fuel prices hit 55-month high; Petroleum ministry may approach FinMin for excise duty cut
> 76% Indians want death penalty for child rapists: Survey
> PM to visit China on April 27-28, to hold summit talks with President Xi Jinping
> Central Railway to run 10 'Summer Special' trains between Mumbai and Varanasi
> India eyes AK-103 assault rifles, looks for deal to 'Make in India'
 
 
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