|With bullet injuries 17-yr old recounts horror|
|SRINAGAR, July 25: Admitted in ward 3 of Bone and Joint Hospital here in Barzulla Srinagar 17 year old boy Shakir (name changed) is battling serious firearm injuries inflicted on his left leg. Shakir who hails from Vailoo village of Kokernag district of South Kashmir was hit by multiple bullets during a protest in his area on July 9 following the killing of Hizb Commander Burhan Wani.
According to the doctors at the hospital, Shakir was operated upon the very evening he was brought to the hospital. They said that bullets have caused compound fracture in his knee and leg and he has been slotted in with nails and metal plates for fixation of internal fractures.
Though suffering immense agony, Shakir has been braving severe pain in his leg for past two weeks. While recalling the moment whe...|
|With 2 new cases, pellet injuries have reached 189|
|SRINAGAR, July 25: With four fresh cases referred to SMHS hospital today, the number of injured people who have sustained pellet injuries mostly in their eyes during the last 16-days of the unrest has reached to 189.
Over 150 of these injured have been operated upon for the eye injuries. The Kashmir valley has so far witnessed over 50 deaths in police and CRPF action in the past 16-days of unrest following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani on July 8.
“With four fresh cases of pellet injuries including the two referred from SKIMS Bemina the number of injured people who have been received at SMHS hospital has reached to 189,” well placed sources in SMHS hospital revealed.
Sources said that out of these four one was referred from Sopore and one from Bijbehara...|
|Rajnath’s visit mere eyewash: Cong|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 25: Congress today termed the visit of union home minister Rajnath Singh a mere eye wash, as nothing concrete seems to be happening on the ground. The decisions taken by both state and central governments with regard to current situation prevailing here in valley are not being transformed into reality, as a result the situation continues to remain grim.
In a joint Statement MLC Gulam Nabi Monga, MLA Haji Ab. Rashid Dar, vice presidents, MLA Mohammad Amin Bhat, and MLA Gulzar Ahmad Wani have stated that nothing concrete seems to have happened on the ground even after the visit of Singh.
“It was expected that Singh during his visit would announce some CBMs directly benefiting the people, besides addressing the current situation. But he remained limited to his official versio...|
|Pellets 'least-lethal' weapon, will continue to use it: CRPF|
|NEW DELHI, Jul 25 (Agencies): Paramilitary CRPF, accused of disproportionate use of force in Jammu and Kashmir, today expressed regret for injuries caused to youths due to firing of pellet guns in the Valley and said it would continue to use this "least-lethal" weapon but only in "extreme" situations.
Addressing a press conference, Director General of Central Reserve Police Force K Durga Prasad said there was no weapon called "non-lethal" and the pellet guns, often used for crowd control in Kashmir Valley, was the "least-lethal" option available with the force.
"We feel very sorry for them as youngsters have to bear injuries due to the firing of pellet guns. We ourselves are trying to use it in bare minimum so that there are less injuries. But we use them under the extreme situation whe...|
|Karwan-e-Aman bus service resumes|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 25: After remaining suspended for three consecutive weeks, the weekly ‘Karvan-e-Aman’ (peace bus service) between Muzaffarabad and Srinagar resumed today.
Regional Passport Officer (RPO) Firdous Iqbal told KNS that three buses, carrying 63 returnees and 10 Kashmiri residents, have reached Salamabad, Uri from Srinagar.
“Besides 73 from Srinagar-Muzaffarabad, 19 fresh passengers travelled from Muzaffarabad-Srinagar,” he said.
Sources informed KNS that the bus service was suspended on July 4 in view of the Eid-ul-Fitr.
They said that after that the bus services could not operate on July 11 and July 18 due to ongoing cycle of violence in Kashmir following the killing of Hizb commander, Burhan Muzaffar Wani and two other militants in Bumdoora village of South Kashmir’s Anantn...|
|SAD-Mann team detained in Kathua, prevented from going to Valley|
|KATHUA, July 25: All India President of Shiromani Akali Dal and 50 party activists were today detained and stopped from going to Kashmir at an inter-state toll plaza in Kathua district.
Expressing their solidarity with people of Kashmir, Sikh leaders and activists from Punjab are on way to Kashmir on Monday. The Sikh brethren from neighbouring Punjab have condemned the civilian killings in last 17 days and have expressed sympathies with the Kashmiri people.
Papalpreet Singh, Chief organizing secretary Youth Akali Dal Amritsar, while talking to media persons at Lakhanpur said that a delegation of over five dozen activists has been stopped at the entry point of J&K.
“We reached at Punjab-J&K border at Lakhanpur around 1 PM when a heavy contingent of police stopped us,” Papalpreet said.
|BSF-Pak Rangers talks this week|
|NEW DELHI, July 24: Border guarding forces of India and Pakistan will hold their bi-annual DG-level talks on issues related to ceasefire violations, infiltration and digging of illegal tunnels along the International Border (IB) this week in Lahore.
Officials said the meeting will take place on July 27-28 and senior officials from here, led by BSF Director General K K Sharma, will leave for Pakistan on Monday.
The other members of the 22-member Indian delegation will cross over from the Attari-Wagah land border at Amritsar.
The last such meeting between the Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers was held here in September last year.
Officials said the IB has been "relatively less volatile" in nearly nine months since the last meeting between the two forces compared to the frequent...|
|Missing AN 32|
|Kathua residents pray for safe return of son of the soil, others|
|KATHUA, Jul 24: As the search for the missing IAF AN-32 aircraft entered the third day today, the residents of a village situated along the Indo-Pak International Border in Kathua district of Jammu are glued to their television sets and praying for the safe return of local boy Airman Gurdayal Choudhary who was onboard the plane.
The residents of Banyari village in the Hiranagar sector of the district have been thronging the house of Choudhary, who is one of the crew members of the plane that went missing.
The family members of Choudhary are hopeful that their son would return safe and sound.
“We are hopeful that our son is safe and sound and he will be located soon and will return.”
“Not only his family members but the entire village is praying for his safe return,” Churra Ram father ...|
|BSF Constable stabs colleague; decamps with LMG|
|JAMMU, Jul 24: A BSF constable Sunday deserted his post and decamped with a Light Machine Guns (LMG) soon after stabbing his fellow soldier in Akhnoor area of Jammu frontier.
Though BSF had sounded a high alert in the area and informed the local police authorities to track him down but till late evening the BSF authorities had failed to trace the jawan. Despite conducting raids and thorough searches in the nearby areas but there was no trace of the BSF jawan till late this evening.
According to official sources in the BSF a high alert was sounded soon after constable Rajiv Ranjan fled Beli Azmaat post in Akhnoor sector after allegedly stabbing his colleague around 8.00 AM.
The injured jawan identified as Rajbir Singh was rushed to the Government Medical College hospital in Jammu as he...|
|Guv gives assent to 6 Bills|
|Clarifications sought on PR amendment bill|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 24: Governor N N Vohra has accorded assent to six bills passed by the state legislature during the budget session.
However, he sought clarifications Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which had created furore among the opposition and the elected Panchayat members.
The Bill granted assent included Jammu and Kashmir Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupation (Amendment) Bill, 2016; The Jammu and Kashmir Civil Laws (Special Provisions) (Amendment) Bill, 2016; The Jammu and Kashmir State Commission for Backward Classes (Amendment) Bill, 2016; The Jammu and Kashmir Brick Kilns (Regulations) (Amendment) Bill, 2016; The Jammu and Kashmir Chit Funds Bill, 2016 and The Jammu and Kashmir General Sales Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
As regards the Jammu...|
|3175 pay obeisance; 1213 yatris leave from Jammu|
|JAMMU/SRINAGAR, Jul 24: On the 23rd day of Amarnath Yatra, 3,175 Yatris paid obeisance at the holy cave. Till date 2,02,500 Yatris had darshan at the holy cave.
Earlier a fresh batch of 1,213 pilgrims today left Jammu for their respective base camps in Kashmir to proceed on their onwards journey to holy cave shrine of Amarnath situated in South Kashmir Himalayas.
”Amid slogans like ‘Bum Bum Bole, Jai Baba Burfani and Har Har Mahadev’ a batch of pilgrims comprising 831 males, 282 females, 100 Sadhus in a convoy of 30 vehicles including 25 buses, four Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) and one motor cycle left from Bagwati Nagar base camp,” an official said this afternoon. ...|
|Restore Kashmir people’s confidence in govt: CDR|
|`Use means conducive to reconciliation’|
|NEW DELHI, Jul 24: The Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation (CDR), while expressing deep distress over loss of lives during recent developments in Kashmir and use of brute force in curbing dissent there, has urged the central and state governments to take all desired steps to restore the confidence of the people in government and ensure that the means used for the purpose were conducive to reconciliation.
The statement issued to the press on Saturday said that the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation was deeply distressed at recent developments in Kashmir and the consequent loss of life and suffering of grievous injury among Kashmiri youth who constituted the future of the state and country.
It (CDR) condemned, what it said, “the use of brute force in curbing dissent which has led...|
|Consider Chidambaram’s suggestion on J&K: Soz|
|NEW DELHI, Jul 23(Agencies): Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Saif-ud-Din Soz today asked all the political parties in the country to pay heed to suggestions made by P Chidambaram who has favoured greater autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir.
Soz, who headed Congress' Jammu and Kashmir unit in 2014 Assembly election, met Chidambaram today and congratulated him for projecting the situation in Kashmir "correctly."
Chidambaram, former Union Finance and Home Minister, had recently proposed a radical solution to the situation in Kashmir by advocating restoring the "grand bargain" under which Kashmir had acceded to India by granting a large degree of autonomy, warning that otherwise the country would have to pay a "heavy price."
"I think their approach is wrong. We have ignored the...|
|Kashmir needs real political solution: Padgaonkar|
|‘Give CMBs to people first, then hold dialogue with them’|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 23: As Valley is on boil and political debate is raging over its resolution, former member of Interlocutors Group Dileep Padgaonkar Saturday said prevailing situation in Kashmir would get worse unless there was real political solution of the issue.
“No solution will evolve if the focus is only on militancy and development. Unless the real political issue is resolved, situation in Kashmir will not improve but will get worse,” Padgoankar told a Srinagar based news agency.
“If talks are held with people, what are the issues on which you will hold talks? We should first give some Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) to the people and then hold dialogue with them,” he added.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh is a two-day visit to the valley to review the ongoing situation and he woul...|
|India feeling pressure from its own people: Radha Kumar|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 23: Former Indian interlocutor Professor Radha Kumar Saturday said that India was left out with no option except resolving long pending Kashmir issue once for all.
She said that it is for the first time in the history of India that people cutting across party lines, religion, caste and creed have been impressing upon Government of India to find a permanent solution to the Kashmir imbroglio.
Talking to a Kashmir based news agency Radha Kumar said that almost all the Indian newspapers are flooded with the articles and news reports urging upon Narendra Modi led government of India to get the Kashmir problem resolved. “It is good for the tormented people of Kashmir that here in India people have started realizing and understanding the authenticity and importance of Kashmir iss...|
|Rajnath should end use of pellet guns: Azad|
|NEW DELHI, July 23: Expressing serious concern over the situation in Kashmir, Congress on Saturday voiced hope that Home Minister Rajnath Singh during his visit to the Valley would announce confidence-building measures and that pellet guns would no longer be used on protesters.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that he and his government are not "concerned" about people of Kashmir as he was not present either in Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha when the issue was discussed.
"Now after 16 days, the Home Minister has gone to Kashmir. I have full faith that he will announce it to people of Kashmir that there will be no more use of pellet guns from now on in Kashmir. I also hope that the Home Minister will start taking confidence building m...|
|Centre, state govt responsible for present unrest: Mir|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 23: Congress today said it will not to meet union home minister Rajnath Singh, because the centre has failed to stop killings and address the concerns of the people.
“Congress party has decided not to meet home minister since both central and state governments are responsible for the present turmoil. The wrong policies of central government and vicious campaign against a particular community, from time to time, by BJP leadership has fuelled the anger leading to the alienation of the people,” said JKPCC chief G A Mir in a statement.
He said after debating the current unrest in the parliament, it was expected that centre would send an all-party delegation to assess the situation, but that too not has happened, which is indicative of centre’ s lack of interest in ending th...|
|PIL on availability of ration, drugs in Kashmir|
|Discontinue use of pellet guns: J&K HC|
|‘Shift patients to other hospitals, ensure their free of cots treatment’|
|SRINAGAR, July 23: The High Court has asked the health and medical education department to shift the patients who sustained injuries mainly due to pellets in the prevailing unrest in Kashmir to other hospitals in order ensure that every patient gets treatment free of cost.
This order was passed by a division bench of the High Court headed by Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar in a Public Interest Petition filed by an NGO, J&K Peoples Forum through its general secretary M.M Shuja.
The court asked the health and medical education departments to shift these injured patients to other hospitals if there are no doctors and equipments available with them.
Regarding the news reports that appeared in a section of press about restrictions imposed on volunteer organizations especially those p...|
|‘No shortage of essential commodities in Kashmir’|
|LPG, petroleum products sufficiently available: Zulfkar|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 22: The state government today claimed that there is no shortage of essential commodities in Kashmir and that LPG and petroleum
“There is no shortage of essential commodities in Kashmir Valley,”said minister for consumer affairs and public distribution department (CA&PD) while reviewing the stock and supply position and distribution process across the Valley. He said 1295 truckloads of essential commodities have crossed Lower Munda while there is sufficient stock of LPG for 17 days and Petroleum products for one month in Kashmir.
“There is no shortage of essential commodities in the Valley and the CA&PD Department is having sufficient stock which is being distributed in every corner of Kashmir,” he said.
Giving details of distribution process, the CAPD minister said that...|
|Over 500 severely injured admitted to SMHS in 2 weeks|
|Critically injured suffer grievous injuries in head, upper abdomen, eyes|
|SRINAGAR, Jul 22: Around 500 injured persons with severe bullet and pellet injuries have been admitted in SMHS hospital here in Srinagar during past 14 days.
The doctors at SMHS revealed that the hospital has received record number of critically injured persons from south Kashmir and some parts of Srinagar while majority of the injured are inflicted with grievous bullet injuries in vital organs.
Moreover, past two weeks have witnessed an escalating number of injured persons with severe pellet injuries in eyes at the hospital. According to hospital sources almost 200 persons have suffered eye injuries and dozens have lost their vision so far.
The doctors at the hospital revealed that more than 300 surgeries have been conducted in the hospital fir more than two weeks.
Over 100 injured...|
|PML-N emerges largest party with 31 seats in PoK polls|
|MUZAFFARABAD, July 22 (Agencies): Pakistan: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has swept the PoK Legislative Assembly elections by bagging 31 seats, coming into opposition to form its government in Muzaffarabad without any other party’s help.
The polling was held in all 41 constituencies including 29 of PoK and 12 reserved for Pakistan-based Jammu and Kashmir refugees.
According to unofficial results announced by PoK Election Commission here, PML-N has emerged as single largest party by winning 31 seats, the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and AJK Muslim Conference managed to secure three seats each, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) could get only two seats and one by Jammu Kashmir Peoples Party and an independent Candidate.
PTI PoK Chief Barrister Sultan Mehmood and almost 20 of ...|
|Fresh batch of 1207 pilgrims leave for Amarnath cave shrine|
|JAMMU, July 22: A fresh batch of 1,207 pilgrims today left for the Amarnath cave shrine in South Kashmir amidst tight security.
A total of 1,207 pilgrims, including 884 men, 276 women, and 47 sadhus left in 39 vehicles from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu for the two base camps of Pahalgam and Baltal in Kashmir this morning, a police officer said.
Yesterday, 5,569 yatris paid obeisance at the Holy Cave.
Till date, a total of 1, 93, 472 piligrims had darshan at the Amarnath cave shrine....|
|Srinagar-Muzafarabad bus service to resume on July 25|
|SRINAGAR, July 22: Srinagar Muzafarabad Bus service which could not ply on July 4, 11 and 18 and will operate as per schedule on July 25.
The passengers due for return/fresh passengers shall report to SRTC yard Bemina in the early morning on the said date for onward journey.
Passengers are advised to contact concern Police and SRTC offices....|
|IAF plane with 29 aboard disappears over Bay of Bengal, search ops on |
|NEW DELHI/ CHENNAI, July 22 (Agencies): An Indian air force plane carrying 29 personnel went missing over the Bay of Bengal on its way from Chennai to the Andaman Nicobar Islands on Friday, triggering an expansive search involving helicopters, warships and a submarine.
The Russian-origin Antonov-32 plane disappeared about 280 km off the coast of Chennai from where it had taken off at 8.30 am. It was due to arrive around midday at Port Blair -- about 1400km away -- which hosts India’s only tri-service command....|
|PC advocates ‘greater autonomy’ to J&K|
|‘We broke promises, paid a heavy price’|
|NEW DELHI, Jul 21: The time when Kashmir is on the boil, senior Congress leader and former home minister of India P Chidambaram has advocated ‘greater autonomy’ for the strife torn Indian state.
He said that country will have to pay a “heavy price” if the “grand bargain” under which Kashmir had acceded to India by promising a large degree of autonomy is not implemented.
“I think their approach is wrong. We have ignored the grand bargain under which Kashmir acceded to India. I think we broke faith, we broke promises and as a result we have paid a heavy price,” he told in an interview on a national channel.
He said the best solution, according to him, was that New Delhi should give an assurance to the people of Kashmir that the “grand bargain” promised during the time of Kashmir’s access...|