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DD employee among 13 killed in valley
Srinagar, November 6
At least 13 persons, including nine militants and a woman, were killed while two security forces officers and three jawans injured in separate incidents in the valley since yesterday.

Pak pumping in ultras before winter, say reports
Jammu, November 6
Pakistan has stepped up pumping of Al-Qaida and other mercenaries into Jammu and Kashmir to meet the deadline of the winterís first snowfall which would close most of the high passes in the border districts of Poonch and Rajouri in the Jammu division and various places in the Kashmir valley which are the infiltration routes, according to sources.

Pak envoy invites APHC (Abbas) leaders to Iftar party
Jammu, November 6
Though the Pakistan Government-controlled electronic media continues to blackout the activities of the APHC (Abbas),the High Commissioner of Pakistan in Delhi, Mr Aziz Ahmed Khan, has not sidelined its leaders while sending invitations to Kashmiri separatists for attending an Iftar party on November 13.

Four killed as bus overturns
Srinagar, November 6
Villagers gather near the wreckage of the busFour passengers were killed and 48 injured which the bus in which they were travelling overturned on the Bandipore-Srinagar road at Panzinara near here, this morning. 
Villagers gather near the wreckage of the bus at Panzinara on Thursday. ó Reuters photo






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CMís offer to non-resident Kashmiri doctors
Srinagar, November 6
The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, has urged non-resident Kashmiri doctors to return to their home land to serve people and them assured that the government would encourage the establishment of private health institutions.

White Paper sought on funds for Jammu
Jammu, November 6
The BJP has asked the Mufti-led coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir to issue a White Paper on the share which Jammu is getting in the spheres of employment, development and funds out of the Prime Minister's special package to the state as compared to the Kashmir valley.

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DD employee among 13 killed in valley
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, November 6
At least 13 persons, including nine militants and a woman, were killed while two security forces officers and three jawans injured in separate incidents in the valley since yesterday.

Militants barged into the house of Shakeela, a Doordarshan (DD) employee, at Kunzer in Tangmarg last night, dragged her out of the house and shot her before fleeing, sources said.

The police said two militants were killed in an encounter with the security forces in the Dangiwacha area of Baramula district last night. Two security forces officers and three jawans were injured in the exchange of fire. Three kitchens and two cowsheds were gutted in the encounter. Two AK rifles, five magazines and 30 rounds were recovered from the site of the encounter.

Two militants were killed in an encounter with the security forces at Manzgam, Damhal Hanjipora in the Kulgam area of Anantnag district early this morning. A house where the militants were hiding was gutted in the exchange of fire. Two AK rifles, six magazines, 120 rounds and a wireless set were recovered from the site of the encounter.

The police found the body of Mohammad Mir, an employee of the PHE Department from Hard Abura village in the Magam area of Budgam district today.

A militant was killed in an encounter with the security forces at Gangmarg, Garoora near Bandipore in Baramula district today while a militant was killed in another encounter with the security forces at Preng, Kangan in Srinagar district last night.

The militants entered the house of Noor Mohammad Khan and shot him in the fields at Hung Kunzar in Baramula district last night.

An encounter took place at Bagla Jandi Dhara last evening in which two militants were killed.

The militants killed Abdul Rashid at Kundan Khari Banihal last evening. However, the security forces cordoned off the area and later killed a militant. An AK rifle and other arms and ammunition were recovered from the slain militant.

The sources said the militants hurled a hand grenade towards the security forces guarding Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) quarters at Anantnag, damaging windowpanes and walls.

However, there was no report of any loss of life.

JAMMU: Foiling a major infiltration bid, the Army on Thursday shot dead two Pakistani militants near the Line of Control in Rajouri district.

On a tip-off about the heavily armed militants waiting at the Line of Control, the Army launched an operation in the Bhagati forest area of the district last evening.

Two militants identified as Abu Rizi and Abu Jehadi were shot by the troops this morning while the others escaped.

The two militants were trying to facilitate the infiltration of heavily-armed militants.
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Pak pumping in ultras before winter, say reports
S.P. Sharma
Tribune News Service

Jammu, November 6
Pakistan has stepped up pumping of Al-Qaida and other mercenaries into Jammu and Kashmir to meet the deadline of the winterís first snowfall which would close most of the high passes in the border districts of Poonch and Rajouri in the Jammu division and various places in the Kashmir valley which are the infiltration routes, according to sources.

There were reports that instead of reciprocating to the Indian peace offer, Pakistan was continuing to train and infiltrate terrorists from at least 120 launch pads across the border and the Line of Control (LoC). Most of these launch pads are across Naushera, Poonch, Rajouri. Uri, Tangdhar, Keran, Gurez and Kargil, said the sources.

These infiltrations were being done either during night or during the period when Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing on Indian positions to divert the attention of the security forces. Such incidents of unprovoked shelling and small arms firing had sharply increased these days and civilians were also being made the target.

Reports indicated that the densely forested area across the Suran river in the Surankot township of Poonch had become a haven for terrorists who took shelter there after infiltrating into the Indian territory.

The Army and the security forces were yet to launch a Hillkaka type operation in the area to weed out the terrorists. The terrorists dispersed to different areas from Surankot taking the advantage of the ridge on the Pir-Panjal range which divided the valley and Jammu.

There were reports that a lot of infiltration was taking place between the Lam Gali and Mendhar, Balakot, Sabjian, Salotri, Chelas and Balnoi on the LoC.

At least 46 infiltration bids were foiled by the security forces so far this year and nearly 200 terrorists were killed. Most of the killed terrorists had been identified as foreign mercenaries which indicated that Pakistan was inducting more foreigners to step up violence in J&K this winter.

There were reports that besides infiltrating Al-Qaida activists, the outfit was also recruiting local youth to be trained in terrorist activities. A training of four to five months was being given to these youths by the ISI before sending them to India. The specialised training for handling high-calibre weapons and suicide mission was a little longer.

The BSF, which is guarding the 198-km-long international border in the Kathua and Jammu districts, has fenced and flood lighted about 90 km of the border and was expecting to complete the fencing by next year. However, the rivulets and nullahs flowing to Pakistan from these two districts, which have emerged as yet other infiltration routes for the ultras, would remain open as it was not possible to fence these.

The Army has also started fencing the strategic points on the nearly 450-km long LoC.
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Pak envoy invites APHC (Abbas) leaders to Iftar party
Our Correspondent

Jammu, November 6
Though the Pakistan Government-controlled electronic media continues to blackout the activities of the APHC (Abbas),the High Commissioner of Pakistan in Delhi, Mr Aziz Ahmed Khan, has not sidelined its leaders while sending invitations to Kashmiri separatists for attending an Iftar party on November 13.

According to APHC (Abbas) sources, invitation letters have been sent to Molvi Abbas Ansari and three members of the executive committee Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Molvi Umar Farooq and Bilal Ahmed Lone.

The executive committee members of the APHC (Geelani) and its chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, too have been invited.

After announcing the parting of ways with some prominent members of the Pakistan-based All-Party Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani plans to install Farooq Rehmani, an old Jamait-e-Islami leader, as the convener of the APHC in Islamabad.

At present Yasuf Naseem of the Peoplesí Conference is acting as convener. G.M. Safi of the Jamait-e-Islami, and Fayaz Naqashbandi of the Awami Action Committee have supported the APHC (Abbas) which has provoked Geelani to dissolve the existing unit in Islamabad.

In a bid to broad base his faction of the APHC, Geelani has decided to set up units in London, the USA, Canada and Saudi Arabia. The unit in Canada is to be headed by Mushtaq Jeelani, the one in the USA by Ghulam Nabi Fai, while Dr Ayub Thakur will head the unit in London. Nazir Qureshi will be installed as chairman of the unit in Saudi Arabia.

Geelani wants to retain a pro-Pakistan hue for the conglomerate and is trying to create conditions for the leaders of the APHC (Abbas) in which they may have to fall in line with the Government of India.
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Four killed as bus overturns
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, November 6
Four passengers were killed and 48 injured which the bus in which they were travelling overturned on the Bandipore-Srinagar road at Panzinara near here, this morning. Three persons died on the spot while another succumbed to his injuries in hospital, the police said. Thirtyfive injured passengers, 18 of them seriously, are undergoing treatment at SMHS, Bones and Joints, SKIMS and JVMC hospitals here. Those killed have been identified as an ASI of the police, Sonaullah from Garoora, Abdul Khaliq Bhat of Safapore, Aadil of Pazalpora and Ghulam Nabi Dar.

The bus was coming to Srinagar from Bandipore when the accident took place at Panzinara, 15 km from here, at about 11 am. The police has registered a case. The driver and conductor of the bus, who are among the injured, have been taken into custody.
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CMís offer to non-resident Kashmiri doctors
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, November 6
The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, has urged non-resident Kashmiri doctors to return to their home land to serve people and them assured that the government would encourage the establishment of private health institutions.

Speaking at a special lecture of an internationally renowned cardiologist, Dr Fayaz A Shawl, at the SKICC here yesterday, the Chief Minister said that these doctors would have to keep a provision for the free treatment of a certain percentage of the poor. Dr Shawl, a Kashmiri working in George Washington University and Director of Interventional Cardiology, Washington Adventist Hospital, has come to Srinagar on the personal invitation of the Chief Minister to deliver a lecture.
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White Paper sought on funds for Jammu
Tribune News Service

Jammu, November 6
The BJP has asked the Mufti-led coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir to issue a White Paper on the share which Jammu is getting in the spheres of employment, development and funds out of the Prime Minister's special package to the state as compared to the Kashmir valley.

Prof Hari Om, Spokesman of the BJP, today came out with figures indicating that the Jammu division was being discriminated against by the coalition government which included the PDP, the Congress and the Panthers Party.

He claimed that the government provided jobs to 4,085 militancy-hit persons in Kashmir, while only 1,012 were recruited in Jammu. While the Chief Minister, Mufti Sayeed, gave appointment letters to 2,088 persons in Kashmir in October and November, not a single person was given a government job in Jammu.

He said that 48 law graduates of Kashmir were appointed to government posts but not a single person was favoured in Jammu.

Prof Hari Om said Rs 6.29 crore was earmarked for the promotion of tourism in the Kashmir valley, but the allocation for Jammu was only Rs 94 lakh. A grant of Rs 3 crore was provided to the Srinagar Municipal Corporation against Rs 1 crore for the Jammu Municipal Corporation.

He said that while 50 MBBS seats were added to the Srinagar medical college, no such step was taken in the case of the Jammu medical college.

The BJP spokesman claimed that the state government had earmarked Rs 179 crore for the development of lakes in the Kashmir valley while not a single penny was kept for Jammu where ancient lakes were drying up.Top

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