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Kashmir returning to normalcy: BSF
Srinagar, August 15
A senior BSF official today claimed that the situation in the Kashmir valley had improved, and infiltration from across the border had also come down.

President to visit J&K on Aug 19
Srinagar, August 15
President Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is visiting Jammu and Kashmir to inaugurate Mata Vaishno Devi University at Katra near Jammu on August 19.

Houseboat owner held for raping Australian
Srinagar, August 15
The Jammu and Kashmir police has arrested a houseboat owner here for allegedly raping an Australian tourist, the police said today. Mohammad Rafiq Dundoo allegedly raped the Australian tourist during her stay in his houseboat in the Dal Lake, they said.

Couple shot dead amid I-Day celebrations
Jammu, August 15
A couple was gunned down by terrorists in the border district of Rajouri as the Independence Day was celebrated in the state with enthusiasm today. The reports said a group of terrorists barged into the house of Munir Hussain (50) and shot him and his wife Rashida Begum (46) in the Gulti village.

AWWA bringing out folk tales in print
Udhampur, August 15
The Army Wives Welfare Association has come out with a set of books on folk tales. These books have been published in Urdu, Hindi and English and the AWWA, Northern Command, plans to bring these out in Kashmiri.

Children collect Tricolours from a BSF jawan Children collect Tricolours from a BSF jawan during the I-Day celebrations at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Sunday.
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An Army Dare Devil performs during the Independence Day celebrations at the Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Amin War

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Kashmir returning to normalcy: BSF

Srinagar, August 15
A senior BSF official today claimed that the situation in the Kashmir valley had improved, and infiltration from across the border had also come down.

Talking to reporters after unfurling the National Flag at the historic Lal Chowk on the 58th Independence Day, BSF IG J.B. Nagi said there was considerable improvement in the overall situation in the Kashmir valley. The incidents of violence had come down as compared to previous years, he said.

About the recent fidayeen attacks on security force camps in the city, Mr Nagi said that such incidents occur, adding, “Until there is total cooperation from the people, these incidents can not be stopped.”

Claiming that the people are fed-up with the violence and wanted peace, he said most of their operations were based on information provided by the locals, and expressed the hope that there would be more cooperation from the public to restore total peace in the valley.

Mr Nagi said operations against militants would continue. About the replacement of the BSF by the CRPF, he said there was no immediate proposal. “We will implement the orders of the government in this regard,” he said.

On the infiltration from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir he said it had come down but there were some reports of militants sneaking into this side. — UNI
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President to visit J&K on Aug 19
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, August 15
President Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is visiting Jammu and Kashmir to inaugurate Mata Vaishno Devi University at Katra near Jammu on August 19.

The President after inaugurating the university at Panthel near Katra, will interact with students of National Institute of Technology (NIT) here.

This will be President’s first interaction with students of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) early known as the Regional Engineering College (REC) a deemed university.
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Houseboat owner held for raping Australian

Srinagar, August 15
The Jammu and Kashmir police has arrested a houseboat owner here for allegedly raping an Australian tourist, the police said today.

Mohammad Rafiq Dundoo allegedly raped the Australian tourist during her stay in his houseboat in the Dal Lake, they said.

Dundoo also allegedly cheated her of $ 4000 and took away her travel documents, they said, adding a case of rape and cheating had been registered against the houseboat owner at Ram Munshi Bagh police station yesterday.

The victim had come to Srinagar on May 27 and had hired Dundoo’s houseboat for stay.

The Australian tourist, who claimed that she was forcibly confined to the houseboat, managed to escape in the last week of July and informed the Australian High Commission in New Delhi, they said.

The High Commission took up the matter with the officials concerned in New Delhi who asked the state government to investigate the matter.

The Houseboat Owners Association has expressed resentment over the incident and said the incident was a stigma on the traditional Kashmiri hospitality.

Association chief Azim Tuman said Dundoo would be expelled from the association if the accusations were found to be true. — PTI
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Couple shot dead amid I-Day celebrations
Tribune News Service

Jammu, August 15
A couple was gunned down by terrorists in the border district of Rajouri as the Independence Day was celebrated in the state with enthusiasm today.

The reports said a group of terrorists barged into the house of Munir Hussain (50) and shot him and his wife Rashida Begum (46) in the Gulti village.

Meanwhile the police recovered large quantity of explosive from a hideouts of terrorists yesterday. The explosives were suspected to have been smuggled from Pakistan to disturb the Independence Day celebrations.

Presiding over the celebrations here, Mangat Ram Sharma Deputy Chief Minister, announced the Congress party would vote against the controversial ‘daughters’ Bill incase it was reintroduced in the Assembly during the coming session. The Bill that had lapsed as it could not be passed in the Legislative Council in the last session, aimed to deny property rights to women marrying outsiders.

Mr Sharma said the party had the backing of Ms Sonia Gandhi on the issue.
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AWWA bringing out folk tales in print
S.P. Sharma
Tribune News Service

Udhampur, August 15
The Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) has come out with a set of books on folk tales. These books have been published in Urdu, Hindi and English and the AWWA, Northern Command, plans to bring these out in Kashmiri.

About 60,000 books have so far been published and these are being distributed free among the children. Ms Lakshmi Hari Prasad, president of the AWWA, said foreign mercenaries had targeted children by launching a concerted attack on the secular and liberal system of education in Jammu and Kashmir and about 525 government-run schools had been burnt.

She said the effort of the terrorists was ‘Talibanisation’ of the education system in far-flung areas of the state. She said their aim was to uproot the liberal and secular education system and replace it with the type of ‘madrasas’ flourishing on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border to generate recruits.

The series of books published by the AWWA had been titled “Grandma stories”. The Urdu edition of these simple and lucid stories was in great demand. These had been appreciated by the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

Ms Prasad said there was a need to resuscitate the liberal-modernist education system in the state.

The AWWA was also providing training to wives of soldiers and ex-servicemen in manufacturing soap, jam, jelly, pickles and biscuits.
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