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Dogri issue being politicised
Jammu, October 17
While the demand for the inclusion of the Dogri language in the Eighth schedule of the Constitution is gaining momentum in Jammu region, various parties are trying to give a political twist to it.

Kids celebrate return to valley
Srinagar, October 17
For 81 children of displaced Kashmiri Pandits, who are on a four-day visit to Kashmir for the first time since their parents left it 14 years ago, it was a dream come true. “We are feeling on the top of the world after visiting the land of our parents and have found Kashmir more beautiful than imagined,” they told reporters here last evening.

Jawan killed in Pak shelling
Jammu, October 17
A jawan of the Madras Regiment was killed today, when Pakistani troops resorted to heavy mortar shelling in several forward areas of the Nowshera sector in Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir.

20 Bangladeshis apprehended
Jammu, October 17
Twenty Bangladeshi nationals were apprehended by the security forces when they were attempting to cross over to Pakistan from the Fallian Mandal and Thakurpur areas of Kathua and Jammu districts last evening, official sources said today.

3 die in accidents
Jammu, October 17
Two persons were killed and as many injured in separate road accidents while a labourer drowned in the Chenab canal in the Jammu region.



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  Rs 41 crore for information centres
Srinagar, October 17
The Central Government has decided to set up community information centres at a cost of Rs 41 crore in all 139 blocks of Jammu and Kashmir to promote the information technology (IT) sector in the state.
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Dogri issue being politicised
Tribune News Service

Jammu, October 17
While the demand for the inclusion of the Dogri language in the Eighth schedule of the Constitution is gaining momentum in Jammu region, various parties are trying to give a political twist to it.

A Congress MLC and leader of the Dogra Sadar Sabha, Mr Gulchain Singh Charak, has organised a protest march in support of the demand here tomorrow.

The BJP has accused the sabha of trying to politicise and weaken the cause of Dogri by organising a parallel rally.

The coalition government consisting of the PDP-Congress-Panthers Party is also trying to take the credit by claiming that the Cabinet has recommended to the Centre by a resolution that Dogri should be included in the Eighth schedule. The issue is listed in the Common Minimum Programme of the coalition.

While no political party has so far demonstrated in support of the demand, Mr Charak is trying to involve several literary organisations and prominent residents of the town in the protest scheduled for Saturday against the delay by the Centre in providing an honourable place to Dogri.

Some literary organisations had jointly organised a march in the town in support of the demand recently.

Mr Charak yesterday convened a meeting of leaders of various literary organisations and prominent persons to mobilise support for the protest march.

Meanwhile, Prof Hari Om, spokesman for the BJP, has said the sabha should not act as a parallel body to the non-political Dogri Sangarsh Morcha, which was carrying on the struggle in this regard.
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Kids celebrate return to valley

Srinagar, October 17
For 81 children of displaced Kashmiri Pandits, who are on a four-day visit to Kashmir for the first time since their parents left it 14 years ago, it was a dream come true. “We are feeling on the top of the world after visiting the land of our parents and have found Kashmir more beautiful than imagined,” they told reporters here last evening.

Surabhi Razdan, a class VIII student, said she was very happy to visit the land of her parents.

Similar were the views of Akshay Fotedar, a class VI student of Delhi. All of them had the desire to visit their ancestral houses and localities in Kashmir.

Akshay Koul said he found Kashmir more beautiful than he had imagined and felt like staying back here.

The children visited Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Khir Bhawani, Shankaracharya, Mattan and Hazratbal.

Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who played host to The children, said. This was yet another bold initiative taken by the coalition Government to address the sensitive issue of the migrants.

He told reporters that around 500 children from various Parts of the country had visited the valley this summer to Interact with the children here. — PTI
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Jawan killed in Pak shelling

Jammu, October 17
A jawan of the Madras Regiment was killed today, when Pakistani troops resorted to heavy mortar shelling in several forward areas of the Nowshera sector in Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir.

Targeting forward defence positions in Jhangar, Kalsian, Rumlidhara, Bhawani, Babakhori and Laam areas of the Nowshera sector, Pakistani troops fired around 200 mortar bombs since last evening till this morning, official sources said here.

Satesh Kumar, an Army jawan of the Madras Regiment, was killed at the Kalsian forward defence location when an artillery shell exploded near him this morning, the sources said.

Indian forces retaliated in equal measure, but casualties on the enemy side could not be immediately ascertained, the sources said.

Meanwhile, forces on both sides continued to exchange light arms fire along the International Border at Fatowal, S.M. Pora, Budhwar, Karotna-Khurd and Abdullian in Jammu district last night without any loss or damage on our side, they said. — PTI
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20 Bangladeshis apprehended

Jammu, October 17
Twenty Bangladeshi nationals were apprehended by the security forces when they were attempting to cross over to Pakistan from the Fallian Mandal and Thakurpur areas of Kathua and Jammu districts last evening, official sources said today.

Sources said a group of 10 Bangladeshis was nabbed from the Fallian Mandal area while they were on their way to Pakistan. The group comprised four men, three women and three children. All of them were handed over to the police after interrogation by the Army.

Another group of 10 Bangladeshis was nabbed from Thakurpur village, about 4 km from the international border in the Hiranagar sector, by the troops.

Some villagers spotted the movement of Bangladeshis and passed on the information to the troops who apprehended them before they could exfiltrate.

Hundreds of Bangladeshis had been arrested by the forces in the past two months and recently more than 100 Bangladeshis had been arrested from the Badyal Brahamana area of the R.S. Pura sector, the sources added. — UNI
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3 die in accidents

Jammu, October 17
Two persons were killed and as many injured in separate road accidents while a labourer drowned in the Chenab canal in the Jammu region.

The police said one person was killed after he was hit by a mini-bus in Udhampur district today. He was rushed to the district hospital in a critical condition where he succumbed to his injuries.

In another accident, Vinod Kumar, son of Omkar Nath Bhan of Talab Tillo, was killed after he was hit by a vehicle at Roop Nagar under Janipur police station.

Meanwhile, two persons — Tarsem and Ashwani Kumar, both the residents of Pakhian under Kanachak police station — sustained injuries in a road mishap at Baba-de-Talab yesterday. Both have been hospitalised and their condition is stated to be out of danger.

Elsewhere, labourer Joginder Kumar of the Chenani area in Udhampur district drowned in Chenab canal at Trikuta Nagar last evening where he had gone for a bath. The body was fished out by the police. — UNI
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Rs 41 crore for information centres
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, October 17
The Central Government has decided to set up community information centres at a cost of Rs 41 crore in all 139 blocks of Jammu and Kashmir to promote the information technology (IT) sector in the state.

This was announced by the Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Mr Arun Shourie, while inaugurating a day-long seminar on citizen empowerment here yesterday. 
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