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Terrorists kill 3 of family
1 dies in grenade attack on hospital

Jammu, July 26
Three persons of a family were killed by terrorists in Daraj village of Rajouri district today. According to reports, terrorists barged into the house of Mohd Shafi and killed him along with his daughter and son. Besides him, those killed have been identified as Taj Mohd (son) and Zarina (daughter).

Meeting of ministers from Jammu
Jammu, July 26
The Jammu State Morcha has asked the ministers belonging to the Congress of the Jammu region in the PDP-led coalition government in view of the statement of the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Mangat Ram Sharma, that adequate security was not provided to him despite two terrorists attacks that he had survived.

Azad on 2-day visit to valley
Srinagar, July 26
Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister and Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ghulam Nabi Azad arrived on a two-day visit to the valley here today to review affairs of the party and assess performance of the coalition government in the state.

Issue of suspension of BJP leaders persists
Jammu, July 26
The BJP leadership has failed to settle the issue pertaining to the suspension of six party men on the charge of anti-party activities. Three months ago six BJP leaders, including its senior vice-president, Mr Chander Mohan Sharma, were suspended from the party. They were charged with campaigning against the party candidates in the Lok Sabha poll in the Jammu region.



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Placement for engineering graduates from J&K
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 26
Engineering graduates and postgraduate from disturbed border areas of Jammu and Kashmir would find placements in leading Industrial groups of Punjab through Sant Harchand Singh Longowal Central Institute Of Engineering and Technology, Longowal, said Dr Pardeep Jain, Chairman ,Training and placement Cell of the institute.

BJP against Andhra decision on quota
Jammu, July 26
The Jammu district unit of the BJP today organised a protest march against the decision of the Congress-led government in Andhra Pradesh to provide the Muslim community with 5 per cent reservation in educational institutions and government jobs.

Freedom fighter feels insulted by govt
Jammu, July 26
A 97-year-old freedom fighter, Mr Sant Singh Teg, is unhappy with the state government over the way he was forcibly discharged from the state-run nursing home where he had been admitted for treatment to his fractured legs.

Yatra suspended till today
Jammu, July 26
With heavy rains lashing Jammu Division and en route the cave shrine of Amarnath, the authorities today suspended the yatra from here till tomorrow even as the 12th batch of 3,102 pilgrims left for Pahalgam base camp for their onward journey to the holy cave shrine.
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Terrorists kill 3 of family
1 dies in grenade attack on hospital
Tribune News Service

Jammu, July 26
Three persons of a family were killed by terrorists in Daraj village of Rajouri district today. According to reports, terrorists barged into the house of Mohd Shafi and killed him along with his daughter and son. Besides him, those killed have been identified as Taj Mohd (son) and Zarina (daughter).

Security forces have launched a hunt for those involved in the killing. Barkat Bi, wife of Mohd Shafi, was critically injured.

A police constable, Rattan Singh, lost his life in an encounter with terrorists at Bhaderwah.

A Pakistan terrorist, Tasief, alias Abumaz, was killed by security forces in the Bharathi area of Doda district.

SRINAGAR: One person was killed and 35 others injured when militants hurled a grenade in the premises of a Baramula hospital on Monday while five others, including three militants and a CRPF jawan, had been killed and three others injured in separate incidents in the valley since Sunday.

The police said here that the militants hurled a grenade in the premises of the Baramula hospital, 65 km north of here, causing death of one person and injuries to 35 others. The deceased was identified as Abdul Rahim Sofi. Those injured included two security forces personnel and a police constable.

A CRPF jawan was killed and two others injured when militants fired upon their camp at Hassipora in the Chadoora area of Budgam district on Sunday.

One militant of the Freedom Force was killed in an encounter with security forces at Kanthpora, Lolab in Kupwara district on Monday. One AK rifle, six magazines, 50 rounds and two grenades were seized from the site of the encounter.

An unidentified militant was killed in an encounter with security forces at Thulan Nallah in the Gulmarg area of Baramula district on 
Sunday.

Two AK rifles, eight magazines, 322 rounds, one UBGL, 6 UBGL grenades, one satellite phone, one binocular, one wireless set, one super sky probe antenna and two compasses were seized from the site of the encounter.

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Meeting of ministers from Jammu
Tribune News Service

Jammu, July 26
The Jammu State Morcha (JSM) has asked the ministers belonging to the Congress of the Jammu region in the PDP-led coalition government in view of the statement of the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Mangat Ram Sharma, that adequate security was not provided to him despite two terrorists attacks that he had survived.

In a statement here today, a JSM leader, Mr Onkar Seth, described this a humiliation of the Jammu region. He said the plight of the common people of Jammu could be well imagined when the ministers belonging to the region were insecure under Kashmir regime.

He said that so far the people from the Opposition had been ventilating the fact that Jammu people are treated as second class citizens in this state but now no less a person than the Deputy Chief Minister belonging to the Jammu area has complained that he was being discriminated against in the matter of security.

Mr Seth asserted that the self-respect and honour of the people lay only in the reorganisation of the state and creation of separate state of Jammu and Union territory status for Ladakh.
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Azad on 2-day visit to valley
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 26
Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister and Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ghulam Nabi Azad arrived on a two-day visit to the valley here today to review affairs of the party and assess performance of the coalition government in the state.

Accompanied by senior party leader Ambika Soni, he had a four-hour-long meeting with the executive body of the party at the residence of Deputy Chief Minister Mangat Ram Sharma this afternoon. The senior party leaders later held a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party.

Mr Azad is scheduled to meet Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed tomorrow. The meeting is being regarded as significant following Mufti’s meeting with Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in New Delhi today.

“The visit of the PCC chief is significant in view of certain recent developments,” said a senior party leader here.

The recent developments include the controversy over the duration of this year’s Amarnath Yatra. The issue was earlier resolved by Mr Azad after meeting the state Governor and the Chief Minister. Several Congress ministers have been soar over the role of the PDP in running the affairs of the state government.

Mr Azad will also review the situation in view of the new PCC leadership, as he has been asked to relinquish his additional responsibilities after taking over as the Union Minister. He is to seek views of the party cadre over the new party chief in the state to succeed him.

Another issue faced by Mr Azad is the review of the situation in view of the recent attack on three Congress ministers at Kapran in the Dooru area of Anantnag district. Deputy Chief Minister Mangat Ram Sharma, Power Minister Mohammad Sharief Niaz and Works Minister Ghulam Ahmad Mir had a providential escape in a grenade attack at a function at Kapran recently. Congress leaders have been raising doubts over the incident and have expressed resentment against the PDP following the incident.
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Issue of suspension of BJP leaders persists
Our Correspondent

Jammu, July 26
The BJP leadership has failed to settle the issue pertaining to the suspension of six party men on the charge of anti-party activities. Three months ago six BJP leaders, including its senior vice-president, Mr Chander Mohan Sharma, were suspended from the party. They were charged with campaigning against the party candidates in the Lok Sabha poll in the Jammu region.

The party leadership had referred the case to the Disciplinary Committee. The committee met thrice, but it has not been able to take any decision.

The party president, Dr Nirmal Singh, said that since two members of the committee were in Srinagar, another meeting had been postponed.

He said, “I have not received any recommendation from the committee yet. Once I receive the report, the matter will be settled accordingly.”

Mr Singh seemed to be categorical against any leniency to be shown to the dissidents, saying “the committee will go by the guidelines laid at the recent national executive committee meeting wherein it was decided that indiscipline had to be curbed at any cost.

Meanwhile, dissidents in the BJP are in touch with the BJP’s central leaders who have assured them that no drastic action will be taken against them.

One dissident leader said, “If the committee endorsed our sack from the organisation we will be left with no alternative but to float a parallel unit of the BJP in Jammu.”

He said, “Charges were manipulated against us in order to allow the party leadership to run the affairs of the organisation in Jammu on sectarian considerations.”

He said, “We have already sent a detailed report on the omission and commission of the present party leadership to the high command.”
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BJP against Andhra decision on quota
Tribune News Service

Jammu, July 26
The Jammu district unit of the BJP today organised a protest march against the decision of the Congress-led government in Andhra Pradesh to provide the Muslim community with 5 per cent reservation in educational institutions and government jobs.

The BJP submitted a memorandum to the Divisional Commissioner alleging that the step of the Andhra Pradesh Government was violative of the Constitution as its aimed at giving reservation on the consideration of religion.

The procession was led by district BJP chief Kavinder Gupta.
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Freedom fighter feels insulted by govt
Our Correspondent

Jammu, July 26
A 97-year-old freedom fighter, Mr Sant Singh Teg, is unhappy with the state government over the way he was forcibly discharged from the state-run nursing home where he had been admitted for treatment to his fractured legs.

A month ago, Mr Teg received injuries in a car accident while he was travelling from Jammu to Srinagar. His well-wishers took him to the nursing home where the doctors treated him for some days and then asked to him to leave.

Mr Teg told mediapersons that “even before the injuries were cured I was asked to leave the hospital by doctors.”

He said: “I treat it as the biggest insult to a freedom fighter.” The Health Minister, Ms Suman Bhagat, said she was not aware of the incident and assured that she would hold an inquiry into the matter.

Mr Sant Singh Teg had rubbed his shoulders during the freedom movement with top political leaders including Mahatma Gandhi, Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan, Maulana Azad and Jawaharlal Nehru.

In 1972, he was awarded Tamra Patra by the then Prime Minister, Ms Indira Gandhi.

Mr Teg neither sought any freedom fighters’ pension nor was he offered any such help. As a result, he continues to live in a rented house.

He said: “Several political leaders had visited me in the nursing home to enquire about my health but not a single leader from the ruling coalition or from the bureaucracy had bothered to pay a courtesy call.”
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Yatra suspended till today

Jammu, July 26
With heavy rains lashing Jammu Division and en route the cave shrine of Amarnath, the authorities today suspended the yatra from here till tomorrow even as the 12th batch of 3,102 pilgrims left for Pahalgam base camp for their onward journey to the holy cave shrine.

“The yatra has been suspended due to bad weather and heavy rains lashing Jammu Division and en route the cave shrine. No fresh batch of Amarnath pilgrims will be allowed from Jammu base camp for Pahalgam tomorrow,” a top police official, monitoring the yatra, said.

He said the meeting also decided that another camp at M A M College was being made for the buses and devotees from different parts of the country from tomorrow.

Srinagar: Two more pilgrims died on the way to the Amarnath cave shrine, taking the toll in this year’s pilgrimage to 13, official sources said here today.

Gurdass and Ramdas, both hailing from Madhya Pradesh, died a natural death near the holy cave situated at an altitude of 3,880 metres, 142 km from here, last evening, the sources said.— PTI 
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