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BJP warns against more concessions to Kashmir
Says Article 370 a stumbling block in state’s overall development
Jammu, December 24
A day after mooting a three-point proposal to solve the Kashmir issue, the BJP today warned that it would not allow any move to give more concessions to this part of the country. It also said Article 370 that gave the state a special status was the main stumbling block in the overall development of the state.
Senior BJP leaders at the Ekta Sankalp Rally in Jammu on Friday.
Senior BJP leaders at the Ekta Sankalp Rally in Jammu on Friday. Tribune photo: Anand Sharma

Cong gripped by BJP phobia, says Advani
Jammu, December 24
Senior BJP leader L.K.Advani today strongly criticised the Congress for sabotaging democratic institutions in the country during the Emergency. “The BJP believes in nationalism and democracy and the party has never compromised on these principles. The Congress is gripped by BJP phobia,” Advani said while addressing the rally.



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Artists present a Dogri dance during a folk festival, “Virasat Duggar Di”, at the Abhinav Theatre in Jammu on Friday.
Artists present a Dogri dance during a folk festival, “Virasat Duggar Di”, at the Abhinav Theatre in Jammu on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Singh

Six CMs skip rally
Jammu, December 24
Six of the seven Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states and celebrities like Hema Malini, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Smriti Irani gave a miss to the BJP’s Ekta Sankalp Rally in Jammu today. The rally attracted nearly 20,000 people.

Police ensures peaceful rally
Jammu, December 24
Tight security arrangements made by the police for the BJP’s Ekta Sankalp Rally ensured that not a single untoward incident was reported during the rally at Parade Ground here.

Yasin Malik criticises BJP’s Kashmir campaign
Srinagar, December 24
JKLF chairman Yasin Malik today criticised senior BJP leader LK Advani for seeking the complete integration of the state with the Union of India. In a statement, Malik termed the BJP’s campaign over Kashmir as “highly provocative”.

Competitions foster friendships, camaraderie, says Governor
Jammu, December 24
A team comprising Anshul Gupta, a student of Government Maulana Azad Memorial College, and Priyati Sharma of Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, won the Silver Rolling Trophy, instituted by Governor NN Vohra, at the 1st Annual Inter-State (Northern Zone) Declamation Contest.

Dilbagh Singh,IG,Jammu Zone(right) takes the charge from former IG(Jammu Zone) Ashok Kumar Gupta at the Zonal police headquarters in Jammu on Friday.
Dilbagh Singh,IG,Jammu Zone(right) takes the charge from former IG(Jammu Zone) Ashok Kumar Gupta at the Zonal police headquarters in Jammu on Friday. Tribune photo:Anand Sharma

‘Obscene’ Question Paper
Academicians rally behind professor
Srinagar, December 24
Academicians in Kashmir University have objected to the move of the state police to register a case against a senior professor of the Department of Kashmiri Language for setting an “objectionable question paper”.

Separate advisory board for Bakarwals demanded
Jammu, December 24
With voices of regional imbalance getting louder in the state, the Jammu and Kashmir Bakarwal United Front has expressed regrets over the alleged “raw” deal being meted out to the Bakarwal community by successive regimes, including the present coalition government.

Indonesian Ambassador meets Governor
Jammu, December 24
The Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, Lt-Gen (retd) Andi M. Ghalib, called on Governor NN Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here this afternoon.


St Mary’s Garrison Church,Gandhi Nagar, illuminated on the eve of Christmas in Jammu on Friday.
St Mary’s Garrison Church, Gandhi Nagar, illuminated on the eve of Christmas in Jammu on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Singh

Governor greets people on Christmas
Jammu, December 24
The Governor, N.N.Vohra, has greeted people on Christmas and expressed the hope that the auspicious occasion will be a harbinger of peace, progress and prosperity for the state.

Institute of Kashmir Studies
Prepare proper plan to firm up research studies: Governor
Jammu, December 24
Governor NN Vohra today asked for the preparation of a well-considered academic plan for the Institute of Kashmir Studies for the next 4-5 years for undertaking relevant research studies and allied programmes. He was chairing the general body meeting of the Institute of Kashmir Studies at Raj Bhavan here.

Varsity students unaware of exam datesheet: NSF
Jammu, December 24
The National Secular Forum (NSF) yesterday alleged that the examination wing of Jammu University was going against the rules for conducting the examination. While addressing a press conference here, Vikas Sharma, president of the NSF, said the students living the in far-flung areas were not aware of the postgraduate exams being conducted by the university. He alleged that the Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) announced the datesheet in newspapers three days before the examination.

Initiate steps to resolve Kashmir issue at earliest: Mirwaiz
Chairman of the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq offers Friday prayers at the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar after 14 weeks. Srinagar, December 24
Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today said "without wasting any more time", the Centre should initiate steps for resolving the Kashmir issue.



Chairman of the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq offers Friday prayers at the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar after 14 weeks. Photo: Amin War 

6 injured in Sopore blast
Srinagar, December 24
Six persons, including a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan, were injured when militants hurled a grenade at a CRPF post in Sopore town of Baramulla district today.
A monkey on the premises of Government College for Women, Parade, as students look on.
A monkey on the premises of Government College for Women, Parade, as students look on. Tribune photo: Anand Sharma

School celebrates Christmas
Jammu, December 24
Students of Shri Sai Gurukul School, Lakhdatta Bazaar, celebrated Christmas on the school premises here today. According to a statement issued here, schoolchildren wore fancy dresses and presented a cultural programme on the life of Jesus Christ.

Mahila Kavi Sammelan held
Jammu, December 24
The Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages organised a multilingual “Mahila Kavi Sammelan” at KL Saigal Hall here today. Secretary to Government, PHE Irrigation and Flood Control Department Ashok Angurana was the chief guest while former secretary of the cultural academy Prof Rita Jitendra presided over the function.

Woman dies of burn injuries
Jammu, December 24
A woman, who had allegedly attempted self-immolation, died of burn injuries here today, the police said. Deepika Gupta, a resident of Rehari, died of burn injuries at the Government Medical College and Hospital here. She was rushed to the hospital with severe burn injuries, where she died this morning, the police said.

 






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BJP warns against more concessions to Kashmir
Says Article 370 a stumbling block in state’s overall development
Dinesh Manhotra
Tribune News Service

Jammu, December 24
A day after mooting a three-point proposal to solve the Kashmir issue, the BJP today warned that it would not allow any move to give more concessions to this part of the country. It also said Article 370 that gave the state a special status was the main stumbling block in the overall development of the state.

Former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani said the entire BJP leadership was in the town to give a clear message to the nationalist forces of the state that the party would not allow the Centre to succumb to the pressure of the secessionist forces. He was of the opinion that a separate status to the state was the main cause of the present situation and it had created a psychological feeling of separation among the residents of Kashmir.

Seeking to strike an emotional chord with the people of Jammu, Advani said, “What the BJP is today is all due to the sacrifices of the people of this region. After its formation the erstwhile Jan Sangh had started its first agitation in Jammu and the people of this region made a lot of sacrifices for the total integration of the state with the country,” he said, recalling the historical agitation launched by the Praja Parishad and the Jan Sangh under the leadership of late Pandit Prem Nath Dogra and Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee for removing the permit system from the state.

“For us Jammu and Kashmir is not like an ordinary state. It is a revered place for us because our founder president Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee laid down his life in this region,” Advani said.

Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, in his address, cautioned the UPA government against propagating the policies that weakened political and constitutional relationship between the state and the Centre. “A vision less weak UPA government is thinking of giving some more concessions to Kashmir,” Jaitley cautioned. He asserted that the BJP would not allow the Centre to commit another mistake as the people of this region had already faced the consequences of the monumental blunders committed by earlier Congress regimes in the country.

Giving a clear warning to the Centre against ignoring the nationalist forces of Jammu and Kashmir, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said the BJP would not allow any proposal to give concessions to Kashmir. “Five districts of the Kashmir valley should not be treated as the whole of Jammu and Kashmir state,” she said and pointed out that except some pockets, a majority of people of the state wanted to strengthen constitutional relations with the Centre.

BJP national president Nitin Gadkari was also critical of the Centre’s “weak” policies towards Kashmir. He pointed out that the marginalised lot of society, including SCs, STs and OBCs, was bearing the brunt of the special status of the state.

Gadkari mentioned that the weaker sections of society could not take the benefits of the schemes meant for their uplift due to Article 370 and there was need to get rid of the special status of the state for the overall development of all sections of society.

National president of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha Anurag Thakur announced to launch a nationwide yatra next month to educate the youth about the prevailing situation in Kashmir.

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Cong gripped by BJP phobia, says Advani
Tribune News Service

Jammu, December 24
Senior BJP leader L.K.Advani today strongly criticised the Congress for sabotaging democratic institutions in the country during the Emergency. “The BJP believes in nationalism and democracy and the party has never compromised on these principles. The Congress is gripped by BJP phobia,” Advani said while addressing the rally.

He reminded the gathering about the oppressive measures taken by the then Congress government during the Emergency to scuttle democratic institutions in the country.

In an obvious reference to the statement of Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who has charged the Opposition with destroying the institution of Parliament, Advani recounted how the voice of the people was stifled during the Emergency. “What to say of common masses, even leaders like Jayaprakash Narayan, Morarji Deasi, Atal Behari Vajpayee and Chander Shekhar were put in jails for opposing the policies of the then Congress leadership,” he recalled. He added that 253 journalists were also put behind bars for writing against the wrong policies of the government at that time.

Advani said the Congress was gripped by a BJP phobia and it was evident from the recent plenary session of the party. “The whole plenary session of the Congress revolved around the BJP. Instead of discussing other issues confronting the country, the Congress leadership in two days only discussed the BJP,” he said. He added that “it is a clear indication that the fear of the BJP has been dogging the Congress leadership”. “In our one-day meeting in Jammu we have discussed as many as 28 issues, but the Congress in its two-day session deliberated only about the BJP,” Advani sarcastically remarked.

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Six CMs skip rally
Archit Watts
Tribune News Service

Jammu, December 24
Six of the seven Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states and celebrities like Hema Malini, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Smriti Irani gave a miss to the BJP’s Ekta Sankalp Rally in Jammu today. The rally attracted nearly 20,000 people.

Among the Chief Ministers of party-ruled states, only Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank attended the rally.

The Chief Ministers who missed the rally were Narendra Modi, Prem Kumar Dhumal, BS Yeddyurappa, Arjun Munda, Shiv Raj Singh Chauhan and Raman Singh.

Till the end,people, who were eagerly waiting to catch a glimpse of their favourite celebrities, returned disappointed.

“I came here after travelling for almost five hours to listen to Narendra Modi, who was expected to come, but he didn’t turn up,” said Harish Khajuria, a resident of Rajouri.

He added he gathered a lot of information at the rally as leaders of the party made people aware about national issues and history of the state. 

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Police ensures peaceful rally
Archit Watts
Tribune News Service

Jammu, December 24
Tight security arrangements made by the police for the BJP’s Ekta Sankalp Rally ensured that not a single untoward incident was reported during the rally at Parade Ground here.

The three-hour rally, which started around noon, ended peacefully at 3 p.m. A large number of policemen in mufti, intelligence personnel and CID officials were deployed at the venue. Two SPs were also deployed at the venue, as it was organised in the heart of the city near the Civil Secretariat.

“It was a big challenge for us to provide security to the top BJP leadership during its two-day visit to the city. But still our jawans managed it in a good way,” said a senior police officer.

All senior BJP leaders, including former Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishan Advani, national BJP president Nitin Gadkari, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley were here to address the rally and participate in a meeting of the party’s national office-bearers.

As the rally witnessed a gathering of around 20,000 people, some diversions were made in the traffic routes.

Policewomen were also deployed, as a number of women supporters of the BJP were present.Security personnel equipped with modern weapons were also deployed atop nearby buildings of Parade Ground.

After the culmination of the rally, the BJP leaders thanked the police, the Jammu Municipal Corporation and other government departments for their help. An elated shopkeeper, Harish Kumar, at Shalamar Chowk, near Parade Ground, said, “This time the police managed the rally in a better way, as there was no chaos and confusion on the roads. As compared to the previous rallies, it was well organised and the police did a wonderful job manning the traffic.”

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Yasin Malik criticises BJP’s Kashmir campaign

Srinagar, December 24
JKLF chairman Yasin Malik today criticised senior BJP leader LK Advani for seeking the complete integration of the state with the Union of India. In a statement, Malik termed the BJP’s campaign over Kashmir as “highly provocative”.

He said “unfortunately” for the last two months the “Saffron brigade led by Advani” had launched “a sustained campaign against the resolution of the Kashmir issue”.

“Advani and other top leaders of the BJP have now reached Jammu, where they have launched a campaign against Kashmiris. They had hoped that your party would push the present government for the resolution of the Kashmir issue. We had hopes that you would show statesmanship and push the present government to carry forward the process you had started,” he said in the statement. — PTI 

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Competitions foster friendships, camaraderie, says Governor
Tribune News Service

Jammu, December 24
A team comprising Anshul Gupta, a student of Government Maulana Azad Memorial College, and Priyati Sharma of Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, won the Silver Rolling Trophy, instituted by Governor NN Vohra, at the 1st Annual Inter-State (Northern Zone) Declamation Contest.

According to an official statement issued here, the runner-up trophy was bagged by a team comprising Rakshit Sharma of Government GGM Science College, and Sheetal Lalotra of Government Degree College, Kathua.

The contest was organised by the Department of Higher Education in collaboration with the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board at Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, here this evening.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said the objective behind instituting the trophy was to provide opportunities to students of Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir and the neighbouring northern zone states, to meet and interact with each other.

The Governor observed that declamation contests, debates, sports and other extra-curricular activities, besides promoting the spirit of camaraderie, also contributed in bringing out the best among the students, and ensuring their personality development.

Vohra, who is the chairman of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, said in future also the board would extend all possible support for organising this annual contest.

He presented the trophy to the winning team and the runner-up team. He gave away individual trophies to Anshul Gupta of Government MAM College for being adjudged first; Priyati Sharma of Government College for Women, Gandhinagar, for standing second and to Rakshit Sharma of GGM Science College for being adjudged third in the contest.

He also gave away consolation prizes to Sheetal Lalotra of Government Degree College, Kathua, and Anshul of Saraswati Nagar, Shimla.

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‘Obscene’ Question Paper
Academicians rally behind professor
Tejinder Singh Sodhi
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, December 24
Academicians in Kashmir University have objected to the move of the state police to register a case against a senior professor of the Department of Kashmiri Language for setting an “objectionable question paper”.

The police has booked Prof Shaad Ramzan, a senior faculty member of the department, for allegedly setting an “obscene question paper” and asking the students to translate a passage about female anatomy from English to Kashmiri.

Sources in Kashmir University told The Tribune that the incident took place in October and Prof Ramzan was already facing a two-year academic disqualification. “When someone objected to the passage, the issue was brought to the notice of the Vice-Chancellor and after consultations with some experts, he was served with two-year academic disqualification, which means he would not be allowed to set any question paper,” said a senior official of the university.

Prof Ramzan reacted to all allegations, saying it was aimed at “maligning his image with spreading academic terrorism.”

“I have taken the passage from a very famous Unani textbook taught to Unani medical students. If I am being held guilty of obscenity, that book needs to be banned. Besides zoology, human biology books being taught to students in medical colleges need to be banned,” Prof Shaad, who won the coveted Sahitya Academy Award for his work of translation last year, said.

He said, “If we want to make Kashmiri an academic and scientific language, we need to incorporate science, human biology and medical science in it. The passage in the question paper is intended to invoke that feeling among the students.”

The academicians in the university too have defended Prof Ramzan,saying “ he has been a reputed writer of the Kashmiri language for more than three decades. Whatever he gave for translation was already being taught in schools and he took the passage from a famous book on Unani medicine written by a well-known author,” said a teacher.

However, the police maintains that the language in the question paper was “highly objectionable”. “The language used in the paragraph was highly objectionable, obscene and indiscreet. We have taken cognisance of the offence and booked the professor in FIR no. 89/2010 under Section 292 of the RPC (obscene explanation) and Section 294 of the RPC (publicity of obscenity),” said SP, Hazaratbal, Maqsood-u-Zamaan.

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Separate advisory board for Bakarwals demanded
Tribune News Service

Jammu, December 24
With voices of regional imbalance getting louder in the state, the Jammu and Kashmir Bakarwal United Front has expressed regrets over the alleged “raw” deal being meted out to the Bakarwal community by successive regimes, including the present coalition government.

It has sought a separate advisory board for the nomadic community in the state to ameliorate its socio-economic conditions.

“The Gujjar and Bakarwal Advisory Board, which was constituted to represent both nomadic communities equally, have been discriminating against the Bakarwals,” front president Choudhary Mohammad Akbar told mediapersons here today. “We are not being given an equal share in the existing board. Out of a total of 42 members, 37 belong to the Gujjar community while only five members from the Bakarwal community have been included,” he added.

Akbar said not only men but also women from the Bakarwal community were being overlooked in the board.

Five women from the Gujjar community had been given representation in the board while not a single woman from the Bakarwal community had been included, he added.

Akbar said to seek an equal share in the board they had filed a writ petition in a court of law. He also lashed out at the government for setting up mobile schools for the nomadic tribe. “Most of them (mobile schools) are not functioning properly, thereby, denying the basic right to education to our children,” he said.

The front president suggested the government to appoint teachers from the Bakarwal community to ensure the smooth functioning of such schools. “The teachers, who have been engaged in mobile schools, are unable to provide education to the Bakarwal children on their seasonal migration to the winter capital,” he said.

Akbar also urged the government to recruit middle pass Bakarwal youth in the police. He also demanded separate hostels for Bakarwal girls and boys. “Though there are three hostels for the Gujjar community, Bakarwal students have been denied their share in these accommodations,” he alleged.

Akbar also expressed concern over the shrinking green pastures for the community’s livestock across the state. “Green pastures have been captured by the wild life and forest departments and the nomadic community is not allowed to graze their livestock there.

This approach of the departments concerned has posed a serious threat to the survival of the nomadic community, the members of which earn their livelihood through cattle,” he said.

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Indonesian Ambassador meets Governor
Tribune News Service

Jammu, December 24
The Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, Lt-Gen (retd) Andi M. Ghalib, called on Governor NN Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here this afternoon.

He was accompanied by his wife, Andi Murniati, the First Secretary of the Indonesian Embassy in New Delhi, Leonard F. Hutabarat, and the Defence Attache, Col (Navy) I. Putu Arya Angga Suardikka.

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Governor greets people on Christmas

Jammu, December 24
The Governor, N.N.Vohra, has greeted people on Christmas and expressed the hope that the auspicious occasion will be a harbinger of peace, progress and prosperity for the state.

In his message, the Governor observed that the apostle of peace, Jesus Christ, preached love, compassion and brotherhood, adding that his teachings were perhaps more relevant now than ever before when the world was ridden with hate, greed, intolerance, terror and violence.

He said the celebration of Christmas was an occasion for strengthening the bonds of communal harmony, brotherhood, amity and reviving the glorious traditions of pluralistic ethos for which Jammu and Kashmir had been known for centuries.

Last evening, a group of officers and jawans of the 9 Assam Regiment presented a programme of Carol Singing at Raj Bhavan in connection with the Christmas celebrations. The Governor and the First Lady interacted with the Carol Singing Choir team and their families and wished them a happy Christmas. — TNS

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Institute of Kashmir Studies
Prepare proper plan to firm up research studies: Governor
Tribune News Service

Jammu, December 24
Governor NN Vohra today asked for the preparation of a well-considered academic plan for the Institute of Kashmir Studies for the next 4-5 years for undertaking relevant research studies and allied programmes. He was chairing the general body meeting of the Institute of Kashmir Studies at Raj Bhavan here.

The Governor, who is the chairman of the institute, stressed the need for giving wide publicity to the scholarship programmes of the institute to attract talented research scholars from within India and from the SAARC countries to undertake research at the institute. He observed that the institute should secure effective scholarly linkages with the institutions of higher learning within and outside the country to achieve the envisaged goals.

The Governor desired that important research findings should be published by the institute in collaboration with leading national and international publishers with a view to attracting worldwide readership.

He said besides the Institute of Kashmir Studies, the universities in the state should also invite renowned scholars for delivering lectures on varied topics of contemporary relevance. He added that the state universities should also organise sports and other extracurricular events on a rotational basis, ensuring meaningful participation from the Ladakh, Kashmir and Jammu regions.

The meeting discussed the modalities for organising an international seminar by the institute next summer, reviewed the action taken on the decisions of the previous meeting of the general body and deliberated upon the measures required for strengthening the institute in terms of manpower and infrastructure for effectively carrying out its activities.

The Vice-Chancellor, Kashmir University, Prof Riyaz Punjabi; Vice-Chancellor, Jammu University, Prof Varun Sahni; Vice-Chancellor, Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora, Prof Siddiq Wahid; Principal Secretary to the Governor RK Goyal; Commissioner/Secretary, Higher Education, Tanveer Jahan; and Research Professor, Institute of Kashmir Studies, Prof GM Khawaja, participated in the meeting.

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Varsity students unaware of exam datesheet: NSF
Tribune News Service

Jammu, December 24
The National Secular Forum (NSF) yesterday alleged that the examination wing of Jammu University was going against the rules for conducting the examination. While addressing a press conference here, Vikas Sharma, president of the NSF, said the students living the in far-flung areas were not aware of the postgraduate exams being conducted by the university. He alleged that the Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) announced the datesheet in newspapers three days before the examination.

Sharma said around 40 per cent of students living in the remote areas claimed they had not received the datesheet and the roll numbers.

Talking to The Tribune, GM Bhat, Controller, Examinations, rejected the charge saying the regular postgraduate students had received their roll numbers and the datesheet through their respective departments one month before the examination.

“Besides sending the roll numbers and the datesheet to private students before the commencement of the examination, we have also published the information about these in newspapers three days ago to inform the students about the examination,” said Bhat.

He added, “It is an exceptional case when students do not get their roll numbers and the datesheet. Under such circumstances we conduct a separate examination for them, if it is our mistake.”

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Initiate steps to resolve Kashmir issue at earliest: Mirwaiz

Srinagar, December 24
Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today said "without wasting any more time", the Centre should initiate steps for resolving the Kashmir issue.

" The Government of India should resolve the Kashmir issue without wasting any more time," he said, during his first Friday address in 14 weeks, at Jamia Masjid here.

He also appealed to the government to release political activists and students, who had been arrested during the summer unrest.

The moderate Hurriyat leader had last offered congregational prayers on Eid-ul-Fitr on September 11 when protesters allegedly set government buildings on fire. — PTI

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6 injured in Sopore blast
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, December 24
Six persons, including a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan, were injured when militants hurled a grenade at a CRPF post in Sopore town of Baramulla district today.

A CRPF spokesperson said: “Militants hurled a hand grenade at a sentry post at a camp of the 179 Battalion Headquarters at Sopore”.

However, the grenade missed the target and exploded,injuring five civilians and a CRPF sentry, he said.

The injured were shifted to a local hospital for treatment, the spokesperson added.

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School celebrates Christmas
Tribune News Service

Jammu, December 24
Students of Shri Sai Gurukul School, Lakhdatta Bazaar, celebrated Christmas on the school premises here today. According to a statement issued here, schoolchildren wore fancy dresses and presented a cultural programme on the life of Jesus Christ.

Speaking on the occasion, Anu Gupta, chairperson of the school, said Christ was crucified for preaching love, peace and brotherhood.

“His sacrifice is remembered by people from all over the world,” she said.

Krishna Gupta, patron of the school and Bindu Gupta, principal, addressed students on the occasion.

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Mahila Kavi Sammelan held
Tribune News Service

Jammu, December 24
The Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages organised a multilingual “Mahila Kavi Sammelan” at KL Saigal Hall here today. Secretary to Government, PHE Irrigation and Flood Control Department Ashok Angurana was the chief guest while former secretary of the cultural academy Prof Rita Jitendra presided over the function.

Speaking on the occasion, Angurana congratulated the participating poets, writers, academy staff and the distinguished guests. He said the literature being written in the region represented all regional cultures. He also appreciated the young poets, who recited their poems, and hoped that the academy would continue the talent hunt so that the new generation could be directed properly.

In her presidential address, Prof Rita said the cultural academy had been creating an atmosphere of brotherhood by strengthening intercultural and multilingual relations through its functions.

Savita Bakshi, additional secretary of the academy, highlighted the activities of the academy and said for the first time the academy organised such a multilingual “Kavi Sammelan”. Neeru Sharma, Chief Editor (Hindi) of the academy, presented a vote of thanks and disclosed the details of the activities to be undertaken by the academy in near future.

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Woman dies of burn injuries
Tribune News Service

Jammu, December 24
A woman, who had allegedly attempted self-immolation, died of burn injuries here today, the police said. Deepika Gupta, a resident of Rehari, died of burn injuries at the Government Medical College and Hospital here. She was rushed to the hospital with severe burn injuries, where she died this morning, the police said.

A case has been registered under Section 174 of the CrPC and the police has detained her husband.

However, the reason behind her death could not be ascertained yet. According to sources, the couple had taken divorce last month.

The deceased’s in-laws had lodged a protest in the city against the police for detaining their son.

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