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Bypoll: BJP to confront govt on local issues
Jammu, July 18
To gear up the organisation for the forthcoming byelections for the four Assembly seats and the polls for the local bodies and the municipal corporations, the BJP has decided to corner the PDP-Congress coalition government on various local issues.

5,000 pay obeisance at Amarnath
Jammu, July 18
Over 13,000 pilgrims have so far left for the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir and 5,000 of them have paid obeisance at the holy place.

Pilgrims astride ponies near the Sangam top on their way to the Amarnath cave in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. — Photo by Amir War
Pilgrims astride ponies near the Sangam top on their way to the Amarnath cave in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.



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Vaishno Devi pilgrim dies, 2 bodies found
Jammu, July 18
A pilgrim on his way to the Vaishno Devi shrine died and two bodies were recovered in Jammu district of since last night, official sources said today.

Bomb-making facility unearthed
Jammu, July 18
Army troops have unearthed a major bomb manufacturing facility and recovered a large quantity of explosive material in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said here today.
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Bypoll: BJP to confront govt on local issues
Tribune News Service

Jammu, July 18
To gear up the organisation for the forthcoming byelections for the four Assembly seats and the polls for the local bodies and the municipal corporations, the BJP has decided to corner the PDP-Congress coalition government on various local issues.

The decision was taken at a two-days-meeting of the executive committee of the party that concluded here today under the chairmanship of Prof Nirmal Singh, state unit chief of the party.

The central BJP leader, Mr Manohar Lal and the former Haryana Governor, Babu Parmanand, also participated in the meeting, attended by over 90 members.

Addressing the committee members, Prof Nirmal Singh warned that the coalition government was out to reintroduce the Bill to deprive women of their rights in the state.

He criticised the state government for not adopting the 97th Constitutional Amendment to restrict the strength of the ministry to 15 per cent of the total members of the legislature.

He observed that the BJP had lost the Lok Sabha elections in the state because of three reasons. First, the “unholy and undeclared” alliance between the Congress and the National Conference. Second, because of the absence of nearly 50,000 voters from Jammu due to the Ardh Kumbh at Hardwar, misuse of government machinery by the Congress and third because of the unwillingness of the Election Commission to take cognisance of the umpteen complaints of BJP against the irregularities.

Mr Manohar Lal stressed the need to strengthen the party at grass-roots level and asked the workers to defeat the nefarious designs of those who were striving to drive the state away from rest of the country.

He said that Kashmir was not safe in the hands of the UPA government at the Centre.

Babu Parmanand emphasised the need of retaining the POTA and strengthening the Special Operation Group of the police to combat terrorism.
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5,000 pay obeisance at Amarnath

Jammu, July 18
Over 13,000 pilgrims have so far left for the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir and 5,000 of them have paid obeisance at the holy place.

The fifth batch of pilgrims left for the shrine today, taking the total number of devotees travelling to the place to 13,162, official sources said here.

By the fifth day of the yatra today, 5,000 pilgrims have had “darshan” of the holy ice lingum of Lord Shiva in the Lidder valley in Anantnag district, they said.

Escorted by BSF personnel, the devotees, comprising 2,324 men, 432 women and 61 children, left M A M stadium here for the base camp at Pahalgam.

Baltal: The BSF has deployed five battalions along the two routes leading to the holy cave shrine of Amarnath to ensure a safe and smooth pilgrimage.

Besides deploying the batallions along the Chandanwari and Baltal routes, a constant vigil and specific raids are being conducted along the yatra routes, a BSF spokesman told reporters here.

The troops are also carrying out specific checks for improvised explosive devices with the help of sniffer dogs and equipment to ensure no untoward incident takes place. — PTI
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Vaishno Devi pilgrim dies, 2 bodies found

Jammu, July 18
A pilgrim on his way to the Vaishno Devi shrine died and two bodies were recovered in Jammu district of since last night, official sources said today.

The pilgrim, Sanjay Kumar of Sultanpuri in New Delhi, was on his way from Katra base camp to the cave shrine when he died at Himkoti under suspicious circumstances, they said.

The police also recovered two bodies of unidentified persons from the Belicharana and Gandhi Nagar areas in Jammu city last night, they said.

The bodies have been kept at Government Medical College Hospital here for identification, they added. — PTI

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Bomb-making facility unearthed

Jammu, July 18
Army troops have unearthed a major bomb manufacturing facility and recovered a large quantity of explosive material in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said here today.

Acting on intelligence inputs, troops launched a search operation in Ralyar Ridge in the Gulabgarh belt of Udhampur district last evening, they said.

During the search operation the hideout was unearthed which had improvised explosive device manufacturing facility, they said, adding it was for the first time that such a big manufacturing facility of terrorists had been found in Jammu Division.

Fourteen kg of explosives, three big rechargeable batteries, two battery chargers, three solar plates and one solar lamp, were recovered.

In a separate search, the BSF recovered 9.7-mm service pistol, four magazines with 42 rounds, three grenades, one rubber tube of Pak Army from a hideout in the Kalakote area in Rajouri district early today.

The security forces during a search operation recovered two cache of arms — one in the Sunderbani area of Rajouri district and the other in Khanetar in Poonch district — last night. Recoveries from Sunderbani included one pistol with four magazines and 32 rounds, 150 rounds of AK ammunition, one hand grenade, four detonators, one remote-control device and one radio set.

Recoveries from Khanetar included two AK magazines and 70 rounds of AK ammunition, one pistol and three hand grenades, they said. — PTITop

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