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Amarnath Yatra resumes
Srinagar, July 21
After a day’s break due to bad weather, a fresh batch of 5,048 yatris arrived in Pahalgam and Baltal this evening for pilgrimage at the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in the upper reaches of Pahalgam in South Kashmir.

 

Devotees of Lord Shiva who were heading the Amarnath cave shrine in front of MAM Stadium in Jammu on Wednesday. — PTI photo

Devotees of Lord Shiva who were heading the Amarnath cave shrine in front of MAM Stadium in Jammu

Three pilgrims die of heart failure
Srinagar, July 21
Two sexagenarian women and a sadhu died of cardiac arrest during the pilgrimage to the holy cave shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas, official sources said today.

Panthers Party to oppose Daughters’ Bill
Jammu, July 21
The Panthers Party today announced that it would oppose the Daughters’ Bill if it is reintroduced in the J and K Assembly in the coming session that begins in Srinagar on August 18.



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Terms of 3 VCs to end soon
Jammu, July 21
The Jammu and Kashmir government will soon have to appoint vice-chancellors of three of the four universities as these institutions will become headless in next three months.

Sikhs for quota in schools, govt jobs
Jammu, July 21
Leaders of Sikh organisations, welcomed Andhra government’s decision to reserve five per cent seats in educational institutions and Government jobs for Muslims and have urged the PDP-led coalition government to introduce the same pattern for Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir.

4 cops among six killed in J&K
Jammu, July 21
Four policemen were among six persons killed in terrorism-related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir today. The four policemen were killed when terrorists in the Bhingra forest area in Doda district ambushed a police party consisting of five personnel last night when they were returning from a remote village after carrying out some investigations.

Administrative reshuffle on the cards
Jammu, July 21
A major reshuffle in the J&K administration is on the cards when the Cabinet meets at Srinagar on Friday to discuss the issue.
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Amarnath Yatra resumes
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 21
After a day’s break due to bad weather, a fresh batch of 5,048 yatris arrived in Pahalgam and Baltal this evening for pilgrimage at the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in the upper reaches of Pahalgam in South Kashmir.

They arrived here in 304 vehicles, including 87 buses and 213 light vehicles. The pilgrims included 3,811 male, 634 female and 108 children.

With the arrival of 5,048 pilgrims on the seventh day of the commencement of yatra officially from July 15, the total number of pilgrims who arrived here so far has gone up to over 60,000. A total of 55,000 pilgrims had had darshan so far. While the pilgrims started visiting the cave shrine much before the official commencement of the yatra, the number of those having darshan so far has gone up to around 1.15 lakh.

The movement of yatris from Jammu, the base camp for those coming from different parts of the country, had been suspended yesterday due to bad weather in Pahalgam area and its upper reaches. Even as it was snowing at some places en route the trek to the holy cave from Chandanwari, over 15,000 pilgrims had already started their holy trek to the cave yesterday. The movement was resumed today, while the trekking of pilgrims on both the axes, Pahalgam and via Baltal continued uninterrupted.
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Three pilgrims die of heart failure

Srinagar, July 21
Two sexagenarian women and a sadhu died of cardiac arrest during the pilgrimage to the holy cave shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas, official sources said today.

Intense cold conditions and the arduous trek took its toll when 65-year old Laxmi Bhai of Uttar Pradesh, Anita Devi of the same age and 50-year-old sadhu Gurdeep Singh of Delhi died near the cave shrine of Amarnath situated

at an altitude of 3880 metres, yesterday, they said.

All of them died of heart failure before darshan of the naturally forced ice-lingam, the sources said, adding the police was trying to ascertain Anita Devi’s address.

The bodies of the deceased have been brought to Baltal base camp.

So far eight pilgrims have died due to natural causes in the 45-day-long pilgrimage which began on July 15. — PTI
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Panthers Party to oppose Daughters’ Bill
Tribune News Service

Jammu, July 21
The Panthers Party today announced that it would oppose the Daughters’ Bill if it is reintroduced in the J and K Assembly in the coming session that begins in Srinagar on August 18.

The bill, that lapsed, as it could not be passed in the Legislative Council, aimed at snatching the property rights of those women who marry a person who is not a permanent resident of Jammu and Kashmir.

Mr Bhim Singh, Chairman of the Panthers Party and a member of the Legislative Council, today said the party will oppose the Bill with all its might to save the women from the wrath of an anti-women, anti-human and anti-national Bill that infringes upon all the fundamental, Islamic and Hindu rights.

Mr Bhim Singh, who is supporting the Mufti-led coalition government in the Assembly, alleged that the PDP took a contradictory stand on the bill by first supporting it and later allowing it to lapse. He asked the PDP Chief, Ms Mehbooda Mufti, to keep her promise of resigning from the government if the Bill was not passed.
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Terms of 3 VCs to end soon
S.P. Sharma
Tribune News Service

Jammu, July 21
The Jammu and Kashmir government will soon have to appoint vice-chancellors of three of the four universities as these institutions will become headless in next three months.

Vice-chancellor of the Kashmir University, Prof Jalees Ahmed Khan Tareen, has retired, term of Mr. B.B. Chatoo, and Mr H.U. Khan, VCs of Mata Vaishno Devi University and the Agriculture University, respectively, is scheduled to end shortly.

Mr Chatoo is scheduled to complete his term next month and Mr Khan would retire in October.

The search committee for a VC for the Kashmir University has already been constituted. It has not yet been decided whether terms of Mr Chatoo, and Mr Khan would be extended, sources said.

President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, will come here on August 19 to inaugurate Mata Vaishno Devi University and it is expected that a search committee might be formed only after that if Mr Chatoo’s term was not extended.

Sources said that governor, S.K. Sinha, who is chancellor of the universities in the state, was not satisfied with the functioning of the Agriculture University it has put a question mark on another term for Mr Khan.

The Governor and Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed, who is pro-Chancellor of the Universities, were under pressure for appointing at least one VC belonging to Jammu. At present not a single university in the state has a VC from here.

Pressure was being mounted that the new VC of Mata Vaishnodevi University should be from Jammu.

The Vaishnodevi Shrine Board has not been given representation on the management of the university for which it was contributing a grant of Rs 3 crore every year. It is learnt that the Shrine Board has so far diverted Rs 30 crore to the university from offerings made by devotees in the cave shrine.

Construction of campus of another university at Rajaouri is going on at fast pace. Work was being done under the supervision of Mr Masood Chaudhary, a former IPS officer, who has been appointed administrator of the project. No vice Chancellor has yet been named for the university.
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Sikhs for quota in schools, govt jobs
Our Correspondent

Jammu, July 21
Leaders of Sikh organisations, welcomed Andhra government’s decision to reserve five per cent seats in educational institutions and Government jobs for Muslims and have urged the PDP-led coalition government to introduce the same pattern for Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir.

The demand was made in a resolution adopted at a meeting presided over by Mr Mohinder Singh chief organiser, Bhai Kanhaiya Nishkam Sewa Society here today. Mr Paramjit Singh, President, AISSF, Mr Narbir Singh, President Youth Akali Dal, Mr Jagdev Singh, President State Akali Dal, and Mr Amar Singh chief of the Sikh Welfare Society attended the meeting.

The resolution said that since the Partition, majority of the Sikhs who had migrated from Pakistan and occupied Kashmir have been forced to lead a life of refugees and had been deprived of the right to own immoveable property, or getting government jobs and admission in professional colleges.

The Sikh leaders demanded that besides five per cent reservation for the community’s boys and girls in educational institutions and government jobs four seats be reserved in the State Assembly for Sikhs.

The resolution said as a community we are scattered in the state and cannot elect a man from our community to the Assembly so four seats be reserved for us.

It said the Sikhs deserve a healing touch introduced by the Mufti Mohammed Sayeed-led Government and that too when Sikhs were living in very difficult conditions in the Kashmir valley.
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4 cops among six killed in J&K
Tribune News Service

Jammu, July 21
Four policemen were among six persons killed in terrorism-related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir today.

The four policemen were killed when terrorists in the Bhingra forest area in Doda district ambushed a police party consisting of five personnel last night when they were returning from a remote village after carrying out some investigations.

The ultras opened indiscriminate fire on the policemen and also tossed a grenade at them, killing four cops on the spot and seriously injuring another.

In another incident, terrorists kidnapped two persons, Wazir Hussain from a village in Kathua and another from the Kalakot area of Rajouri. The whereabouts of these persons were not yet known.

Security forces shot deat a terrorist at Manjakot in Rajouri this morning.
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Administrative reshuffle on the cards
Tribune News Service

Jammu, July 21
A major reshuffle in the J&K administration is on the cards when the Cabinet meets at Srinagar on Friday to discuss the issue.

The agenda pertaining to transfers of officers could not be taken up at the last meeting of the Cabinet because of several other issues in hand. The Cabinet had met last week for the first time after a gap of five months.

It is learnt that a couple of top bureaucrats, Deputy Commissioners and police officers might be reshuffled.
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