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BSF jawan, two militants shot
Srinagar, February 16
Two militants of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Al-Badr, besides a Border Security Force jawan were killed in the Kashmir valley overnight, sources said today.

Strengthen ties with PDP: Cong leaders
Jammu, February 16
A majority of senior Congress leaders, including legislators, favour continuance of alliance with the PDP so that it was not forced to bank on the support of the National Conference.

Army chief calls on Governor, CM
Jammu, February 16
The Army chief, Gen J.J. Singh, today called on the Governor, Mr S.K. Sinha, and Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad here and discussed the latest situation with them.

Army recruitment rally extended
Srinagar, February 16
Army today extended its recruitment rally at Anantnag. The rally, which was scheduled to conclude today, has been extended by two days.


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BSF jawan, two militants shot

Srinagar, February 16
Two militants of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Al-Badr, besides a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan were killed in the Kashmir valley overnight, sources said today.

A Defence ministry spokesman said security forces killed a militant of the Al-Badr, Ajaz Shah, in an encounter at Litter in south Kashmir district of Pulwama today. One AK rifle and some magazines were seized from him.

They said the security forces killed Ashraf Ahmad, a Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorist in an encounter at Marhama Bijbehara in south Kashmir district of Anantnag early this morning.

The encounter began after a security search team was attacked by the militants.

One AK rifle and other arms were seized from the slain militant.

In another incident militants shot dead a BSF constable M.Y. Rather, who was on leave at Anantnag, last night.

Meanwhile, a huge haul of arms and ammunition, including 15 kg of IED packed in a pressure cooker, were recovered during search operations in Jammu and Kashmir, defence sources said today.

Besides the IED, troops recovered one AK-47 rifle, five magazines, 132 rounds, a radio set and three handgrenades buried by militants under stones at Kolnar in Srinagar last evening, the sources said.

The troops also recovered 27 handgrenades, 13 UBGL grenades, 2 rpg rounds from a cave camoulflaged behind bushes at Wanigam in Baramula district, the sources said.

They said the troops also recovered one AK-56 rifle, one AK-47 rifle, 15 AK magazines, 488 AK ammunitions rounds, three UBGL, 12 UBGL grenades, two radio sets, 59 agl grenades, four m-16 rackets, 13 RPG boosters, three detonators, 20 cordox from a field at Aretarag in Pulwama district.

Jammu: A major tragedy was averted in Kishtwar town of Doda district on Thursday with the timely recovery of a powerful 20 kg IED near the busy new bus stand.

Police sources said during routine searches in Kishtwar town in the afternoon the police and Army personnel came across a powerful 20 kg RDX-laden IED hidden under a cemented platform close to the new bus stand. It was later defused. — UNI, PTI

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Strengthen ties with PDP: Cong leaders
M.L. Kak

Jammu, February 16
A majority of senior Congress leaders, including legislators, favour continuance of alliance with the PDP so that it was not forced to bank on the support of the National Conference.

A former Minister for Public Works, Mr G.A.Mir, is in the forefront of the campaign favouring survival of the coalition government with the support of the PDP. Party sources said that Mr Mir, who is said to be close to senior AICC functionaries and the Chief Minister, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, has conveyed to them that in order to ensure better performance for the Congress in the Assembly poll due in 2008 it was necessary to strengthen its partnership with the PDP.

Those Congressmen who support ties with the PDP feared that once the Congress had to bank on the support of the National Conference the latter may "ditch" it leaving the ruling party high and dry.

Indications are that the PDP leadership is unhappy over the way Chief Minister, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, has been trying to keep the National Conference leadership in good humour.

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Army chief calls on Governor, CM
Tribune News Service

Jammu, February 16
The Army chief, Gen J.J. Singh, today called on the Governor, Mr S.K. Sinha, and Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad here and discussed the latest situation with them.

General J.J. Singh was on a two-day tour of Jammu.

Mr Azad said the state CID and the Army should jointly interrogate militants. He asked the Army chief to help the state government in its efforts to provide employment to the educated youth.

The Army chief said instructions had already been issued in this regard to avoid harassment of civilians.

The General visited the headquarters of the Northern Command at Udhampur where he was briefed on the current situation in the state. The corps commanders of Jammu and Srinagar were present during the briefing.

The GOC-in-C, Lieut-Gen Deepak Kapoor and other senior officers of the Army were present at the meetings.

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Army recruitment rally extended

Srinagar, February 16
Army today extended its recruitment rally at Anantnag.

The rally, which was scheduled to conclude today, has been extended by two days. The rally will be now held on Saturday and Sunday, Defence Spokesman Lt Col V.K. Batra said.

He said so far more than 25,000 youths had taken part in the recruitment rally which began on February 13.

More than 10,000 youths took part in a similar rally at Lolab in Kupwara district, he added. — PTI

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