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Mobile internet ban irks people across valley
Students, business community decry ban
FARZANA SYED
SRINAGAR, May 29: As the mobile internet clampdown continues in Kashmir valley, the blockade of the services has pushed the people across Kashmir, particularly students and business community, to a huge inconvenience. While the blockade of the services has resulted in a massive halt for business community in valley, the same has pushed the students and job aspirants to immense trouble. The students preparing for various examinations have decried the ban on mobile internet calling it the violation of the very basic human rights. Pertinently mobile internet service was suspended by the authorities on Saturday following the killing of top Hizb commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat during an encounter in Tral area of South Kashmir. The killing had resulted in widespread protests and clashes across Ka...
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Restrictions in ‘sensitive’ areas to continue today
All educational institutes to remain closed
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, May 29: The authorities today said that the restrictions on the movement of people will continue in sensitive areas of Kashmir tomorrow also. All the schools, colleges and universities will also remain closed. Divisional commissioner, Baseer Ahmad Khan said that the restrictions in sensitive areas of Kashmir will remain in force tomorrow as precautionary measures. “The teaching activity at all the schools and colleges will remain suspended tomorrow,” he said. It may be recalled here that the two day general strike call given by separatists against the killing of two militants and a civilian in Tral ended this evening. However, they have called for a march towards Tral tomorrow for a condolence meeting....
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Pellet guns being modified: DG CRPF
‘Jawans face tough situation every day in Kashmir’
KT NEWS SERVICE
NEW DELHI, May 29: Asserting that his personnel were facing tough situation in Kashmir every day, the Director General of CRPF RR Bhatnagar Monday stated that the pellet guns were being modified, so that they caused no grievous injury. In his first television interview, since taking charge, Bhatnagar spoke about the challenges confronting the force in the Left Wing theatre, in the aftermath of 2 major attacks on CRPF soldiers by Maoists in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh this year. He outlined the steps that the CRPF needed to take to confront the challenge head on. DG, CRPF also spoke about the importance of greater involvement of state police personnel in counter-Maoist operations, alongside the CRPF. Speaking on crowd control measures used by CPRF personnel against stone-pelting cr...
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J&K boy scales Mt Everest
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, May 29: Hailing from village Gurabeldaran, Hiranagar, Kathua, Jammu boy Rahul Jangral has created history by scaling Mount Everest (8848 m). He scaled the Mount Everest at 7.45 AM on May 27. Jangral was part of the 4-member ONGC employees team including Loveraj Singh, Yogender Garbiyal, N Jagoi and Rahul himself, who successfully summitted the Mount Everest under the guidance of Padma Shri Loveraj Singh Dharamshaktu, Assistant Commandant BSF, representing Indian Mountaineering Federation (IMF). With this feat, ONGC has become one of the first Corporate in the world to successfully scale the Everest. Yogender and Loveraj conquered the peak at 0610 hours, while Rahul and Jagoi summitted the same at 0745 hours. With this successful mission, the son of the soil, Rahul Jarngal has b...
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Cong ask Rajnath to explain contours of Kashmir’s ‘permanent solution’
NEW DELHI, May 29(Agencies): The Congress has asked the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to explain contours of the ‘permanent solution’ to the Kashmir problem. Addressing reporters here, AICC spokesperson Manish Tewari said, “The Home Minister has been making curious statements. He said that we will come up with a permanent solution for Kashmir. History has been witness to the rather disastrous consequences of this permanent solution. Would the Home Minister care to explain to the country what are the contours of the phraseology ‘permanent solution’ are?” Blaming the incompatibility of the PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir for putting the state ‘on the edge’, Tewari said, “Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has been giving interviews where she has been advocating th...
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Search operation in Pathankot after abandoned bag found
PATHANKOT, May 29(Agencies): A search operation was launched by the Punjab Police and the Army after an abandoned bag containing Army fatigues was found here, a police official said today. A local resident informed the police about the bag yesterday following which the search operation was conducted in Pathankot city and Mamoon Cantonment here. “We conducted a search operation along with army officials here to look for any suspicious person,” the official said. “Five shirts and two trousers were found in a wheat flour bag at a secluded place near the Defence Road here,” the official said. In 2015, three heavily-armed terrorists wearing Army fatigues, had hijacked a car and stormed a police station in Dinanagar town of Gurdaspur district. They killed seven persons, including a Superint...
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Army Chief backs Maj Gogoi’s ‘innovative’ ways
“We’re facing a dirty war'”
NEW DELHI, May 28 (Agencies): The Indian Army is facing a “dirty war” in Jammu and Kashmir which has to be fought through “innovative” ways, Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat has said, stoutly defending the use of a Kashmiri as a ‘human shield’ by a young officer. Rawat said the main objective of awarding Major Leetul Gogoi, when a court of inquiry was finalising its probe into the incident, was to boost the morale of young officers of the force who are operating in a very difficult environment in the militancy- infested state. “This is a proxy war and proxy war is a dirty war. It is played in a dirty way. The rules of engagements are there when the adversary comes face-to-face and fights with you. It is a dirty war…. That is where innovation comes in. You fight a dirty war with innovations,” ...
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Dialogue only after stone-pelting ends in Kashmir: Shah
NEW DELHI, May 28 (Agencies): BJP president Amit Shah has ruled out dialogue on the Kashmir issue until stone-pelting ends, but insisted that the government will talk to everyone once violence ends. Asked if the government will speak to the Hurriyat (separatists) too as was done by the previous NDA government, he said, “Once violence ends and an atmosphere of dialogue is created, we will talk to everyone.” The Agenda of Alliance sealed by the BJP and the PDP before they formed the government in the state talks about holding dialogue with all internal stakeholders. “We have said that we will start dialogue once stone- pelting stops. As long as there is stone-pelting, there cannot be dialogue. We cannot give them flowers if they pelt stones. They will have to understand it,” he said. As...
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800 Kashmiri youth appear for army exam amid unrest
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, May 28: Nearly 800 Kashmiri youths today appeared in the common entrance exam for selection of junior commissioned officers and other ranks in the Army amid unrest in the Valley following the killing of militant Sabzar Bhat. “Defying bandh call from various inimical factions, 799 candidates appeared in the common entrance examination held at Pattan and Srinagar today,” an army official said. He said 16 of the 815 candidates, who had passed the physical and medicals tests held earlier, did not turn up for the written exam. “It is a clear rejection of regressive bandh calls, for choosing a brighter future,” the official said. Authorities in Kashmir today imposed curfew-like restrictions in many parts of the valley to maintain law and order in view of the protests following the...
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Army porter killed, another injured in firing along LoC
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, May 28: An Army porter was killed while another sustained injuries in firing by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector of north Kashmir's Kupwara district today, army said. An Army official said, “Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Keran sector on Saturday by resorting to unprovoked firing, resulting in death of one army porter and injuries to another.” The body of the slain porter was retrieved and handed over to his kin for last rites while the injured was evacuated to a medical facility, the official said....
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Infiltration bid foiled in Poonch, intruder killed
Anubhav Misri
POONCH, May 28: The army Sunday claimed to have foiled an infiltration and killed an intruder near Victor Nallah area of Salotri sector along the Line of Control in Haveli tehsil of Poonch early this morning. Official sources said early this morning suspected movement of armed persons from Pakistan side was noticed by troops of 22 Sikh. Army troops chased them and a gun battle started between intruders and the jawans early this morning at around 3.30 AM. “Indian troops after taking positions opened speculative fire along our side of Line of Control (LoC). The infiltrators were pushed back towards PAK,” sources said. “Indian troops opened fire after exercising restraint initially. The firing forced them to return yet in the exchange of fire, presumably guide of the group was killed,” so...
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India’s defence preparedness should always be optimal: Jaitley
CHITRADURGA (KARNATAKA), May 28(Agencies): In a veiled reference to Pakistan, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today said it perpetuated a security threat for nearly 70 years and hence India’s defence preparedness should always be optimal. Inaugurating the country’s first ever Aeronautical Test Range (ATR), set up near here for testing unmanned and manned aircraft being developed locally, he said India was geographically located in a region that was not free from trouble. “We have a neighbour who for almost seven decades has perpetuated a security threat as far as India is concerned and therefore the level of our defence preparedness always should be optimal,” he said. For the level of defence preparedness always to be optimal, “you need to in the long run eventually establish the facilit...
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Sabzar killing
Extra-judicial killing, says Pak, seeks UN intervention
ISLAMABAD, May 27 (Agencies): Pakistan condemned the killing of top Hizbul commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat and other militants in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, and called upon the international community, including the UN and human rights organisations, to intervene in the matter. A report by IANS?said Sartaj Aziz, the Prime Minister's adviser on foreign affairs, accused India of carrying out “extra-judicial killings” and said the country killed “12 Kashmiri youth in Kashmir since yesterday (Friday) in Pulwama and Baramulla. Three of them were martyred extra-judicially as has been done on numerous occasions in the recent past.” The adviser urged the international community to call upon India to immediately stop the “ruthless killing of defenceless Kashmiris.” Sabzar, 28, was killed alon...
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Major infiltration bid foiled
6 militants killed in Uri operation: Army
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, May 27: Army today said that it foiled a major infiltration bid and killed six militants in Rampur sector near Line of Control in Uri area of north Kashmir. Army officials said troops noticed suspicious movement along the LoC in Rampur sector in the early hours. The group of militants who were armed with automatic weapons were passing through the area. The troopers challenged them, the militants fired upon the forces ensuring the encounter. Both the side exchanged heavy fire and in the exchange of fire six militants were killed. Army also said large number of army and ammunition has also been recovered from them. Army said that this was the second attempt in the area by militants to cross LoC. However, troopers foiled their attempt. Army also claimed that in Rampur sect...
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Mehbooba felicitates people on the beginning of Ramazan
Let us seek Allah’s blessings, forgiveness; remember the helpless, destitute
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, May 27: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has felicitated people of the state on the beginning of holy month of Ramazan. In her message, the chief minister hoped the holy month marks the beginning of an era free from difficulties, uncertainty, bloodshed and acrimony. “I pray that this holy month brings along all the divine blessings for our state and its people”, the chief minister prayed in her message. Mehbooba Mufti appealed people to pray wholeheartedly during this month and seek His blessings and forgiveness. “This is a month of limitless mercies from The Creator and let us bow before Him in prayers, remember the helpless during fasting and seek His mercy in the night long prayers”, she said in er message. Terming Ramazan as a month of charity and compassion, Mehbooba Mufti...
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Minor reshuffle in judiciary
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, May 27 (JNF): Umesh Sharma, Munsiff/Additional special Mobile Magistrate, Shopian has been transferred and posted as Munsiff, Leave Reserve, High Court wing, Srinagar against an available vacancy. According to an official release, the transfer has been effected in the interest of administration and his services shall be utilized for assisting CPC,E-Courts High Court of J&K. “In the interest of administration, Jahangir Ahmad Bakshi, Munsiff, Shopian shall hold the additional charge of the court of Additional Special Mobile Magistrate, Shopian till further orders,” the release further said....
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PSC postpones Civil Services judicial exam
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, May 27: The Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission has postponed the written test for Compulsory Paper-III of J&K Civil Service (Judicial) Competitive Examination-2017 which was scheduled to be held tomorrow i.e., May 28, 2017. According to a statement issued by the Secretary J&KPSC, the new date for the examination shall be notified separately. He said the examination centre set up in the Gandhi Memorial College, Shamaswari, Srinagar for the said examination has been shifted to J&K Public Service Commission Examination Hall, Solina, Srinagar. “Therefore, the candidates who have been allotted examination centre at Gandhi Memorial College, Shamaswari, Srinagar shall report at J&K Public Service Commission Examination Hall, Solina, Srinagar for appearing in the examinatio...
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Rs 15 lakh looted from ATM
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, May 27: Burglars looted Rs 15 lakh from an ATM in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district, police said on Saturday. The burglars looted the money from a J&K Bank ATM in Unisoo village in Langate area late Friday night. “An FIR has been lodged and investigations are on,” a police official said. Fearing robbery attempts by gunmen, the authorities of J&K Bank have been carrying on cashless operations of some of its branches in south Kashmir areas....
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Aiyar: Hurriyat told Modi ruined Kashmir’s tourism industry
SRINAGAR, May 26 (Agencies): After coming under fire for having a dialogue with Hurriyat leaders, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Friday asserted that it was conveyed to him that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's message that ‘terror and tourism cannot go together' ruined tourism industries in Jammu and Kashmir this year. Speaking to a national news agency here, Aiyar said, “The tour operators of the valley were present in the meeting with the Hurriyat leaders and they told me that Modi's message that terror and tourism cannot go together has ruined tourism industries in this valley this year. He has inflicted untold harm by going around proclaiming that the valley has nothing to offer but terror.” Talking about his meeting, the senior Congress leader further said that now he was m...
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J&K remains dark blot in 3 yrs of NDA rule: Omar
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, May 26: Former Chief Minister and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah today said it would be petty to deny the achievements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his three years at the helm but Jammu and Kashmir remained a "dark blot." “PM Modi has many achievements to boast of after 3 years and it would be petty to deny them but J&K remains a dark blot that's getting darker,” Omar wrote on Twitter. The NDA government-led by Modi completed three years in office today....
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Summer vacations in schools from May 29
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, May 26: In view of the prevailing hot weather conditions, the government has announced summer vacations in all government and private schools falling in summer zone from May 29 to July 17. “Accordingly, all the educational institutions have been asked to adhere to the schedule. Any deviation shall be dealt with strictly under rules,” said a government order issued late this evening....
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Jammu sizzles at 41.7 degrees Celsius
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, May 26: The winter capital of state Friday recorded season's second hottest day, with the maximum temperature reaching 41.7 degree Celsius, while the minimum was registered at 28.0 degrees. “Temperature in the last few days has fluctuated between 35 degrees to 40 degrees (maximum) and 25 degrees to 26 degrees (minimum) due to a brief spell of showers,”' the weatherman here said. He said the temperature would keep soaring by June mid, with windstorm on some days. Earlier also, Jammu witnessed maximum temperature recorded at 41.7 degrees, while the maximum temperature recorded on different days previously was 41.2 and 39.2 degree, respectively. The weatherman, however, predicted partly cloudy sky for tomorrow, with the maximum and minimum temperatures settling around 39 degrees and ...
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Separatists’ isolation has to be national strategy: Jaitley
KT NEWS SERVICE
NEW DELHI, May 26: Accusing the separatist leadership of generating violence in Kashmir, the Union Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley Friday stated that their (separatists’) isolation “has to be a predominant national strategy.” In an interview to a national TV channel, Jaitley said, “The isolation of the separatists is extremely important and that has to be a predominant national strategy.” He was asked to comment whether Hurriyat should be banned to send a strong message to anti-India brigade which operates from within India and from across the border. He also took a dig at the opposition parties for making them relevant and giving them undue importance. “Once you find that there is an environment of violence and tension going on and generated by these separatists and ter...
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Strategy for presidential poll: Omar attends Sonia’s luncheon meet
P L Uniyal
NEW DELHI, May 26: National Conference working president Omar Abdullah was among the leaders of opposition parties who Friday attended a luncheon meeting hosted by the Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the union capital where several arch-rivals put up a united face. On the menu was the upcoming Presidential election. Leaders of 16 parties discussed the possibility of fielding a joint candidate for President to take on the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance's nominee. The meeting was seen as a show of strength by the opposition parties on the day that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government completed three years in office. West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee told reporters after the lunch that no name of a candidate was discussed dur...
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Mani Shankar-led team meets Guv, CM
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, May 25: A delegation of Centre for Peace and Progress comprising Mani Shankar Aiyar, O.P. Shah, Kapil Kak, Vinod Sharma, Khalid Tufail and I D Khajuria, met Governor N N Vohra and the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti here on Thursday. Members of the delegation, who had participated in a conference on Kashmir and also met leaders of various segments of the society, apprised the Governor, during their meeting with him at the Raj Bhawan, about their views regarding the restoration of peace in the state. They strongly urged that a meaningful and uninterrupted dialogue with all stakeholders must be started without any further delay for bringing about sustained normalcy in the Kashmir valley. Governor appreciated the initiatives of the Centre for Peace and Progress and thanked the de...
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