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J&K gets 5,250 cr grants
Economic package on the cards
Jammu, July 29
Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed has every reason to smile as the Centre has dished out a bonanza of grants of Rs 5,250 crore for the terrorist-hit state.

Militants appealed not to target tourist spots
Srinagar, July 29
The recent suicide attack on a hotel housing security forces in the Dal Lake area, the main centre of tourist activity here, killing seven persons, including militants and CRPF men, has hardly affected the flow of tourists.

A group of foreign tourists enjoys horse ride at Sonamarg, 80 km north of Srinagar, on Thursday A group of foreign tourists enjoys horse ride at Sonamarg, 80 km north of Srinagar, on Thursday. 
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3 militants, 2 civilians killed in Jammu
Jammu, July 29
In separate incidents, security forces killed three militants, while militants gunned down two civilians in Jammu last night. Security forces gunned down three Lashkar-e-Toiba militants.



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J&K gets 5,250 cr grants
Economic package on the cards
Tribune News Service

Jammu, July 29
Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed has every reason to smile as the Centre has dished out a bonanza of grants of Rs 5,250 crore for the terrorist-hit state.

Besides the plan allocation of Rs 3,100 crore, other grants amounting the Rs 2,150 crore have principally been approved by the Centre. There are indications that the Centre may consider setting up a high-powered committee under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister to provide an economic package to J and K.

This is being considered as a big leap forward by J and K in receiving funds from the Centre. The last year’s plan allocation was Rs 2,500 crore.

The stepped up Central grants are expected to help the Mufti government take up various development projects as his hands were tied earlier because of a serious financial crunch.

The Mufti, who was camping in Delhi, has met the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and various other Central ministers to seek liberal grants for reconstruction of the state.

What has come as a Centre’s pat on the back of Mr Mufti is the special award of Rs 350 crore for a better financial management in the state where the finances were in a mess earlier.

After taking over the reins, the Mufti has been making efforts to put back the state on a sound economic footing. The Congress-led coalition government at the Centre has come to the aid of Mr Mufti by providing liberal grants.

He had sought a grant of Rs 3,800 crore from the Centre for various schemes.

The Centre has also promised a grant of Rs 600 crore to him to cover the non-plan deficit and Rs 400 crore to meet the deficit in the power sector. A sum of Rs 300 crore will be allocated for merger of 50 per cent of dearness allowance of employees.

The Centre is also learnt to have assured the state government a loan of Rs 500 crore from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for executing various schemes.

At least 90 per cent of the loan will be considered as grant from the Centre and the remaining 10 per cent as loan.

This will be utilised for launching the master plan for Jammu and upgradation of the hospital at Srinagar.

The ADB will provide Rs 1,700 crore to the state government for infrastructure upgradation.
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Militants appealed not to target tourist spots
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 29
The recent suicide attack on a hotel housing security forces in the Dal Lake area, the main centre of tourist activity here, killing seven persons, including militants and CRPF men, has hardly affected the flow of tourists.

Those associated with tourism have in a “save tourism” appeal urged militants not to choose the area for such activities and protect tourism in the valley. This was the first such attack by militants in the area, where tourists have been pouring in to enjoy staying in houseboats and hotels.

Tourists staying in houseboats and hotels near the trouble spot felt scared while “the encounter was going on”. For many, it was a nightmarish experience, but by the next dawn, they felt relieved and decided not to “change their programme” of staying in the valley.

“The incident is likely to create sense of insecurity in the minds of tourists. Recurrence of such incidents can prove fatal for the residents of the area,” said a spokesman of those associated with tourism in an appeal to militant organisations here today. These associations included the Houseboat Owners, Hotel and Restaurant Association, the Travel and Tours Operators Association. “All associations concerned appeal that tourist places should not be chosen for such activities, so that thousands of families associated with the trade are not deprived of their livelihood”, the appeal said. A large population of Kashmir was associated with tourism and Dal Lake was the main centre of tourist activities, it added.

The state Tourism Minister, Mr Ghulam Hassan Mir, said it was wrong to say that the attack was on tourism. He said it was “in fact an attack on a camp of security forces inside the Dal Lake area”. He added such incidents had been taking place across the valley over the past several years.

He also referred to the June 12 grenade attack inside a hotel in Pahalgam and said it was not “an attack on tourism, but on a hotel”, where tourists happened to be present.
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3 militants, 2 civilians killed in Jammu
Tribune News Service

Jammu, July 29
In separate incidents, security forces killed three militants, while militants gunned down two civilians in Jammu last night.

Security forces gunned down three Lashkar-e-Toiba militants. Militants killed two civilians in Poonch and Udhampur districts.

Two LeT militants, including its district commander, were killed by security forces in Phagla forest belt of Poonch district after an encounter between the two sides, sources said.

The recoveries from the spot included two AK rifles, 16 magazines, four UBGL grenades, a grenade-thrower, three hand grenades, 900 cartridges, a wireless set and 200 IED among other things, they said.

Another LeT militant was shot dead by security forces in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district. One AK rifle, a magazine and three hand grenades were recovered from the spot, the sources said.

Sher Khan was killed by militants in the Fazlabad area of Poonch district on Wednesday night.

Another civilian Abdul Gani was killed after being kidnapped from the Chasana area of Udhampur district on Wednesday night.

In another incident, security forces recovered arms and ammunition from Pir Bhera village.

The cache was unearthed following the apprehension of Mr Nazakat Hussain (35) a supporter of the Jiash-e-Mommad.

The cache included 17 60 mm mortar bombs, 12 detonators, 16 cartridges for mortar bombs, one UBGL grenade, two magazines of AK-47, 59 rounds of AK 47 ammunition and 55 pencil cells.

The recovery of 60 mm mortar ammunition and UBGL grenades is indicative of the intentions of terrorist to launch strand-off attacks on security forces and civilians targets. Both weapons have a range of more than 1500 metres.

Hussain confessed to his association with the Jaish-e-Mohammad for two years. He is considered to be a conduit for assistance Jaish-e-Mohammad cadre in infiltration and exfiltration and distribution of arms.
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