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Coalition govt in J&K under strain
Srinagar, July 9
The coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir is beset with differences though major partners have been trying to keep the flock together. Major opposition party, the National Conference, has intensified its criticism of the government.

Geelani barred from entering Kupwara
Srinagar, July 9
Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Chairman of the breakaway group of Hurriyat Conference, was prevented by the police from entering Handwara town of Kupwara district today, where he was to protest against the alleged excesses by the security forces.

A villager rebuilds his house that was damaged in last year's cross border shelling at a village near the Line of Control in Jabri A villager rebuilds his house that was damaged in last year's cross border shelling at a village near the Line of Control in Jabri, 149 miles north of Srinagar, on Friday.
— Reuters

2 terrorists among four killed in J&K
Srinagar, July 9
Four persons including two terrorists, were killed in separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir, where militants carried out four grenade attacks on security forces since last night, a police spokesman said today.



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Army jawan killed in explosion
Jammu, July 9
An Army jawan was killed in an accidental explosion in Poonch town while security forces detected and defused two mines in RS Pura and Hiranagar sectors of Jammu division, official sources said today.

Minister’s son arrested for eve-teasing
Jammu, July 9
Jatinder, son of the Jammu and Kashmir Social Welfare Minister, Mr Mula Ram, was arrested for allegedly teasing a girl in Janipur locality here today, police sources said.

Spate of accidents worries Governor
Srinagar, July 9
The Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Lieut-Gen S K Sinha (retd), has expressed concern over the growing number of road mishaps in the state and has called for a comprehensive effort to ensure safe road journey, particularly in public transport.

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Coalition govt in J&K under strain
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 9
The coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir is beset with differences though major partners have been trying to keep the flock together. Major opposition party, the National Conference, has intensified its criticism of the government.

National Conference president Omar Abdullah said here on Wednesday that the state was “passing through turbulent times and so needs a serious, honest and performing government”.

It is the largest party in the State Assembly with 28 members in the 87-member House, while the two major coalition partners, the Congress with 20 and Mufti Sayeed’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with 16 members and other constituents has run the government for more than 22 months.

Mr Omar Abdullah said there was anarchy in the state headed by Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

He said the government, could not convene a Cabinet meeting for more than four months and had lost the right to rule. “In a democracy government is collective responsibility of the cabinet and the Chief Minister is one among the equals.

By not convening a Cabinet meeting he virtually is acting like a dictator” Mr Omar stated. He added this was “a mockery of democracy.”

The National Conference president alleged that dissension and conflict in the coalition had crippled functioning of the government and brought all development activity in the state to a halt. Mr Omar Abdullah said the rift between the coalition parties was affecting overall environment in the state and was likely to have long-term bad effect on peace in the state.

On recent allegations of corruption and human rights violations against the state government made by the State Congress leadership, Mr Omar Abdullah said these were “serious and need to be looked into more so because the Congress is a majority partner of the coalition.”

Senior vice-president of the State Congress Abdul Ghani Vakil here early this week criticised the coalition for a raw deal to politicians and violation of human rights.

These charges were refuted a day later by a spokesman of the party saying that PCC chief Ghulam Nabi Azad had described these allegations as personal views of the leader.

Meanwhile, chairman of the 11-member People’s Democratic Forum (PDF) and Revenue Minister Hakim Mohammad Yasin has appealed to all coalition partners of the government “to respect the wishes of the people who voted to power the coalition in 2002 Assembly elections.” He said people were fed up with misgovernance of previous regimes had voted for a change and all coalition partners respecting wishes and aspirations of the people should address their problems. The 11-member PDF is a constituent of the coalition government in the State.

In a related development the House Committee on Assurances has also expressed concern over non-implementation of assurances given by the government on the floor of the House from time to time. The Committee headed by CPM MLA M.Y. Tarigami at a meeting here on Wednesday observed that in spite of the assurances given to the MLAs by the government during previous sessions on vital issues, these assurances were yet to be implemented. The two-member CPM is also a part of the coalition but has no share in the council of ministers.

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Geelani barred from entering Kupwara
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 9
Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Chairman of the breakaway group of Hurriyat Conference, was prevented by the police from entering Handwara town of Kupwara district today, where he was to protest against the alleged excesses by the security forces.

The police fired in the air and resorted to a lathi charge when angry demonstrators were protesting against the police action preventing Mr Geelani and over 10 of his supporters from entering the town on the occasion of Friday prayers.

The police swung into action at Walipora, near Handwara, holding Mr Geelani and his supporters. Mr Geelani, who has been expressing concern over the alleged excesses by the security forces in the Kashmir valley, was also concerned about the alleged molestation of a girl by the security forces.

Describing the ongoing “movement” as a genuine freedom, Mr Geelani reiterated his stand on the right of self-determination for the restoration of peace in the region.

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2 terrorists among four killed in J&K

Srinagar, July 9
Four persons including two terrorists, were killed in separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir, where militants carried out four grenade attacks on security forces since last night, a police spokesman said today.

An unidentified militant was killed in a gunbattle with security forces during search operations at Chakthroo village in Poonch district early in the day, the spokesman said.

He said body of a Pakistani militant Abu Sultan was recovered by the Army from Kenthidhar-Gandoh in Doda district last night. The militant had sustained injuries in an encounter with security forces at Bachdhar-Gandoh two days ago and had been taken by his associates to Kanthidhar.

The spokesman said a civilian Abdul Rashid Khatana, a resident of Lolab, was killed when he was caught in a crossfire between militants and security forces at Gurdajul-Sarkunji in Kupwara district last night.

The police recovered body of Mohammad Anwar Dar, believed to have been killed by terrorists, from Kadalbal-Charsoo of Pulwama district today, the spokesman said.

He said militants lobbed a grenade towards a security vehicle near central telegraph office on the Maulana Azad Road in Srinagar last evening, but none was hurt in the explosion.

The spokesman said militants also carried out grenade attacks on security camps at Nihama in Anantnag district and Bandipora main chowk in Baramulla district today. Both the explosive devices failed to cause any harm.

Militants lobbed another grenade near bus stand, Pulwama, in South Kashmir this afternoon but it did not explode and was later defused by the experts, he said. — PTI

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Army jawan killed in explosion

Jammu, July 9
An Army jawan was killed in an accidental explosion in Poonch town while security forces detected and defused two mines in RS Pura and Hiranagar sectors of Jammu division, official sources said today.

Sepoy K.D. Bhonsle was killed when an explosive device went off during the shifting of store in Poonch town last Wednesday, they said adding there was no other damage caused due to the explosion.

Border Security Force troops had detected a mine in Nanga village in Hiranagar sector yesterday which was later defused by the Army.

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Minister’s son arrested for eve-teasing

Jammu, July 9
Jatinder, son of the Jammu and Kashmir Social Welfare Minister, Mr Mula Ram, was arrested for allegedly teasing a girl in Janipur locality here today, police sources said.

He was arrested after a Class XII girl lodged a complaint with the police this afternoon that a man driving an official vehicle tried to abduct her with the help of a friend, they said.

However, she resisted and managed to reach Janipur police post to lodge a complaint, sources said, adding that the vehicle which followed her was stopped and the driver and his friend were taken into police custody.

It was subsequently found that the driver was the son of a minister and he was driving the vehicle officially allotted to his father. A case has been registered against Jatinder. — PTI

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Spate of accidents worries Governor
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 9
The Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Lieut-Gen S K Sinha (retd), has expressed concern over the growing number of road mishaps in the state and has called for a comprehensive effort to ensure safe road journey, particularly in public transport.

Expressing shock over yesterday’s road accident near Baramula in which 10 persons were killed and 40 injured, the Governor urged the authorities to undertake vigorous preventive and corrective measures to check such mishaps, an official spokesman said. There was great need for creating awareness among the operators about the reasons and the ways and means to redress these, the Governor said.

Moreover, gearing up traffic control agencies to check overloading and regulating vehicular movement was also imperative, he said while emphasising the need for extra caution in accident-prone stretches of the road and overspeeding curbed through effective measures.

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