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Cong rules out downsizing of ministry
Jammu, July 7
The Central law providing for downsizing the Council of Ministers to 15 per cent of the strength of the state legislature, which has come into force in the country from today, has had no impact on the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The law could not be made applicable to the state under Article 370 of the Constitution of India which provides a special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Yasin appears in POTA court, cases adjourned
Jammu, July 7

A POTA court hearing six cases, including that of the kidnapping of Rubia Sayeed, daughter of Chief Minister Mufti Mohd. Sayeed, today adjourned all of them since none of the accused except Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik appeared before the court.

Governor sees improvement in situation
Srinagar, July 7
The Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Lieut-Gen S.K. Sinha, today said there has been a definite forward movement in the situation in Jammu and Kashmir notwithstanding, isolated incidents of violence of which there has been a spurt lately.

PDP worker, 6 others killed
Srinagar, July 7
At least seven persons, including a PDP worker and a child, were killed and five others injured in separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir since yesterday.



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Lt-Col shot dead by jawan
Srinagar, July 7
In a tragic incident, a senior Army officer was shot dead by a jawan, who later committed suicide, following an altercation over some issue in Baramula, defence sources said today. Lt-Col A.K. Goso was shot dead by Kannar Bahadur Thapa following an argument at the headquarters of 19 Infantry Division last night, the sources said. Thapa later committed suicide by shooting himself with his weapon, they added. — PT


Girls dressed in traditional Kashmiri costume pose for a photograph at the Srinagar's Mughal Garden Girls dressed in traditional Kashmiri costume pose for a photograph at the Srinagar's Mughal Garden on Wednesday. — Tribune Photo by Amin war

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Cong rules out downsizing of ministry
Our Correspondent

Jammu, July 7
The Central law providing for downsizing the Council of Ministers to 15 per cent of the strength of the state legislature, which has come into force in the country from today, has had no impact on the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The law could not be made applicable to the state under Article 370 of the Constitution of India which provides a special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Even the President of India, under clause (4) of Article 370, has to consult the state government before he can issue an ordinance extending the law to Jammu and Kashmir.

The Chief Minister, Mufti Sayeed, had already clarified his stand on the issue when he said that since Jammu and Kashmir was beset with peculiar problems, it was not feasible to downsize the strength of the ministry.

The state has a bicameral system. At present there are 37 members in the Council of Ministers, after two Cabinet ministers, Mr Madan Lal and Mr Lal Singh, resigned following their success in the recent Lok Sabha elections.

A number of Congress ministers, when contacted by this correspondent today, said, “The question of reducing the size of the Council of Ministers does not arise because we are running a coalition government comprising several parties.”

Prof Bhim Singh, President of the Panthers Party, which also supports the coalition government, said here today, “It is unfortunate that under Article 370 no Central law can be applicable to Jammu and Kashmir without the concurrence of the state legislature.”

He said Parliament “has the power to make laws for the state of Jammu and Kashmir, under clause 1(b) of Article 370 if these are limited to those matters in the Union List that include defence, communication, currency and foreign affairs.”

Prof Bhim Singh supported reduction in the size of the ministry and said Parliament should adopt a law which would empower the Central Government to extend any law adopted by the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha to Jammu and Kashmir without the concurrence of the state government.

Other opposition parties that favour downsizing the ministry in Jammu and Kashmir include the National Conference and the BJP.

Mr Ajay Sadhotra, provincial president of the National Conference, and Mr Ashok Khajuria, general secretary, state unit of the BJP, said, “A jumbo-size ministry has cast a heavy burden on the state exchequer.”

They said, “The government has no resources to improve drinking water and electricity supply and if the size of the ministry is reduced, it can result in a yield of revenue of several crores annually.”

Mr Khajuria said “when the BJP-led NDA government moved the Bill, the Congress supported it in Parliament.” He said “it was intriguing that the state unit of the Congress was not favouring downsizing of the ministry in Jammu and Kashmir.”

He and Mr Sadhotra demanded that during its next session, the state legislature should give concurrence to the Central law.
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Yasin appears in POTA court, cases adjourned

Jammu, July 7
A POTA court hearing six cases, including that of the kidnapping of Rubia Sayeed, daughter of Chief Minister Mufti Mohd. Sayeed, today adjourned all of them since none of the accused except Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik appeared before the court.

While Malik appeared before the court, the other accused in the case, Mustaq Ahmed Dar and Shamina, failed to appear.

The Presiding Officer of the POTA court adjourned the case as police failed to produce Dar from Central Jail, Kot Bhalwal, Jammu, whereas Shamima, who is on bail, has filed an application for exemption from personal appearance on health ground.

Accused Bita Karate, who is also lodged in Central Jail, Kot Bhalwal, too, was not produced by the police.

The court also adjourned hearing in the case of $ 1 lakh in which Malik is the accused along with Shamima and Dar.

According to the crime branch which investigated the case, on March 23, 2002, the Kud police recovered $ 70,000 from Shamima Ali, alias Shazia, and $ 30,000 with Rs 19,000 from Dar.

On investigation, both had reportedly said that they had received this money from Altaf Qadri, executive member of the All-Party Hurriyat Conference, from Kathmandu at the instance of Malik. — PTI
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Governor sees improvement in situation
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 7
The Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Lieut-Gen S.K. Sinha, today said there has been a definite forward movement in the situation in Jammu and Kashmir notwithstanding, isolated incidents of violence of which there has been a spurt lately.

Replying questions from mediapersons after inaugurating Raj Bhavan website here today, the Governor said whenever there were signs of improvement in situation or the process of dialogue started, elements inimical to peace stepped up violence and resorted to IED explosions and grenade attacks.

The Governor said with snow melting, attempts of infiltration were being made from across the border. Now that the fencing along the border was near completion, there should be a definite check, he added. He held that last December ceasefire on the border was holding and cross-border shelling stopped. However, violence in hinterland continued, he added. Despite this the situation was changing and there had been a marked improvement in the past two years, he added.

Asked about the controversy over this year’s Amarnath Yatra, General Sinha said he did not call it a controversy as such but there were certain areas which had to be deliberated upon. The prerogative to decide the yatra duration lies with the Chief Minister who had to take several aspects into consideration. “I have stated earlier also and I emphasise it again that my relations with the Chief Minister are cordial and I am happy that he readily agreed to my proposal of holding puja on ‘vyas purnima’ and ‘prathan darshan’ on July 2”, he said.

Dwelling on the sequence of events connected with the Yatra, the Governor said he always stressed upon maintaining calm and not allowing this issue to be communalised. He referred to his discussions with the Chief Minister in this regard and said at one point of time he was ready to travel to Jammu in view of proposed visit of the Shankracharya of Badrinath Peeth to meet and persuade him not to involve himself in this issue. “The Shankracharya did not come and the need for my going to Jammu did not arise”, he observed.

Earlier, the Governor launched the Raj Bhavan website and said pace has to be kept with changing times in the age of information revolution. He said advanced FTDMA communication equipment had been installed both at Jammu and Srinagar Raj Bhavans and all users brought under the local area networking.

Describing the facility as of great importance, General Sinha hoped that those browsing the website would get detailed information about the Raj Bhavan functioning and its different facets.
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PDP worker, 6 others killed
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 7
At least seven persons, including a PDP worker and a child, were killed and five others injured in separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir since yesterday. Unidentified militants shot dead a PDP worker, Saifullah Khan, at his residence at Hayatpora, in Anantnag district last night. Khan, a retired police constable, had lately associated himself with the PDP, a police spokesman here said.

Two persons were shot dead by unidentified militants in Anantnag district last night. A farmer, Mohammad Sikander Khan, was kidnapped from his Rangpeth village and killed in the nearby Guddar village in Devsar area.

Another person, identified as Mohammad Ashraf Sheikh, SPO or a counter insurgent, was shot dead in Guddar village.

One person, Ghulam Nabi Shah, was killed when an explosive device buried in his field went off while he was working at Vessu, in Anantnag district yesterday.

A child was killed and two others injured in an IED explosion at Lahrian, Naushera, in Poonch district yesterday, the police here said.

A woman was killed in an exchange of fire between militants and security forces at Lohai Serigalla in Kathua district yesterday.

One militant was killed in an encounter with security forces at Kalsian in Sawjian sector of Poonch district today.
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