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Trust vote: Mufti faces uphill task
Jammu, August 17
It would be an uphill task for Chief Minister Mohammad Mufti Sayeed to ensure the defeat of the no-confidence motion that has been moved against the Chairman of the Legislative Council, Mr A.R.Dar, by the National Conference.

PDP offering inducements to NC legislators, says Omar
Srinagar, August 17
National Conference president Omar Abdullah today blamed the ruling PDP for horse-trading over “saving” Legislative Council chairman Abdul Rashid Dar, who allegedly had stalled the passage of the Women’s Bill earlier this year.

Vaishno Devi varsity to function from tomorrow
Jammu, August 17
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University will start functioning near Katra from August 19 with the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, formally inaugurating this institution of higher learning.

Amarnath yatra suspended temporarily
Srinagar, August 17
The Amarnath yatra was temporarily suspended this morning as rain lashed parts of Jammu and Kashmir making the routes to the holy cave shrine in the south Kashmir Himalayas unsafe, official sources said.

Militant killed; 2 civilians injured in J&K
Srinagar, August 17
An unidentified militant was killed and two civilians injured in separate incidents in Kupwara and Pulwama districts of Jammu and Kashmir since last night, official sources said today.



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  1,177 rare silver coins recovered
Jammu, August 17
As many as 1,177 rare silver coins, dating back to 1843, have been recovered by the police and sent to the Department of Archives, Archaeological and Museums here. These coins will be displayed in Dogra Art Museum here.
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Trust vote: Mufti faces uphill task
SP Sharma
Tribune News Service

Jammu, August 17
It would be an uphill task for Chief Minister Mohammad Mufti Sayeed to ensure the defeat of the no-confidence motion that has been moved against the Chairman of the Legislative Council, Mr A.R.Dar, by the National Conference.

The “no-confidence” motion moved by the NC against Mr Dar has started generating excitement as the monsoon session of the two Houses is scheduled to begin at Srinagar on Wednesday. The motion is expected to come as a trail of strength for the NC and the PDP particularly in the Kashmir valley.

The NC had expelled Mr Dar from membership of the party and moved the no-confidence motion against him as he adjourned the sitting of the Legislative Council here during the winter session without putting the Daughters’ Bill to vote.

The strength of the NC and the coalition consisting of the PDP-Congress and the Panthers Party is almost equal in the House.

However, it would be a severe setback for the Mufti Sayeed incase the NC succeeds in getting the motion passed in the house. The decision of Mr Dar to suddenly adjourn the House had come as a god sent gift for the coalition government which was facing criticism throughout the country on the issue of the bill which sought to snatch the property rights of those women who marry outsiders. The Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, was also upset over introduction of the controversial Bill in the Assembly.

Indications are that the Treasury Benches are trying to muster the support of certain Independents and others.

The strength of the NC in the House earlier was 15, but with expulsion of Mr Dar it has been reduced to 14. On the other hand, the coalition partners have a total strength of 13 (Congress 8, PDP 4 and Panthers Party 1).

Much would depend on which way Mr Ghulam Mohammad Sofi and Mr A.R. Tuckroo (CPI), nominated members, go.

Meanwhile, Mr Bhim Singh, Chairman of the Panthers Party, who is also a member of the Legislative Council, has urged Dr Farooq Abdullah and Mr Omar Abdullah, President of the NC, to withdraw the motion against Mr Dar as it would hijack the real public issues of rising corruption and collapse of administration in the state.Top

 

PDP offering inducements to NC legislators, says Omar
Ehsan Fazili
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, August 17
National Conference president Omar Abdullah today blamed the ruling PDP for horse-trading over “saving” Legislative Council chairman Abdul Rashid Dar, who allegedly had stalled the passage of the Women’s Bill earlier this year. This being the main issue among others, including the violation of Human Rights, to be raised by the National Conference in the State legislature session beginning tomorrow.

The NC may not move a no-confidence motion against the chairman of the Legislative Council, comprising 34 members with effective strength of 30 while it (NC) has only 14 members in the House.

“There are only two members out of 14 in the Legislative Council, who have not been approached to favour the ruling party,” said Omar Abdullah at a press conference here this afternoon. He said that political leaders, “officers in the Chief Minister’s secretariat, and a senior Congress Minister at the Centre” were approaching the National Conference MLCs to stall the motion against chairman, Abdul Rashid Dar. He claimed that the members had been offered Rs 25 to Rs 30 lakh, and the NC members did not succumb. “We have already taken action against the Chairman,” said Omar, who had expelled Mr Dar from the National Conference.

The Jammu and Kashmir Permanent Residents (Disqualification) Bill 2004 had been passed by voice vote in the Legislative Assembly during Budget session in March this year.

Mr Omar Abdullah claimed that this had been deferred in the Legislative Council under a “conspiracy” from the Centre. He added that PDP said it was in favour of the Bill. “But they did not allow it to pass blaming the Chairman,” Omar said, adding “now they (PDP) want to save the Chairman”.

Mr Omar Abdullah said the bloated size of the Council of Ministers overburdened the state exchequer.

The NC president claimed that the government had renewed its MoU with the Central government stalling employment in the state. He also criticised the government on human rights front and referred to a recent report of the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) which maintained that violations this year had broken seven years’ record.

To a question on deadlock in the APHC Centre talks, Mr Abdullah held that there was “no roadmap in sight”. He added that APHC unity was only an ‘excuse’ in the delay. “We are in favour of unconditional talks,” Mr Omar said, adding that the Centre could talk to the NC on autonomy issue under the Constitution.Top

 

Vaishno Devi varsity to function from tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Jammu, August 17
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi (SMVD) University will start functioning near Katra from August 19 with the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, formally inaugurating this institution of higher learning.

Addressing a press conference here this afternoon, the Vice-Chancellor, SMVD University, Mr B.B Chattoo, said the university had been mandated to be highly technical and its residential campus would spread over 400 acres. He said the first batch of students of its two schools of Information Technology and Management Studies were all set to get their first lecture from the President, a rare occasion for any university.

The Vice-Chancellor said the university had made a beginning with the School of Information Technology offering a four-year B.Tech degree and the School of Management Studies offering a two-year MBA degree. The first phase would also include the beginning of functioning of two more schools in the form of the School of Biotechnology and the School of Indian Philosophy and Culture. The School of Biotechnology would commence its programme from the next academic session. The School of Indian Philosophy and Culture had been conceived as a research school. He said outreach programmes and international liaisoning had been visualised as the essential features of the schools’ functioning.

The Vice-Chancellor said the overall pattern of courses had been designed after the IITs, providing credit for lectures, tutorials as well as a high level of emphasis on practical training. The faculty was being assisted by a number of prominent experts from the academia and industry in the formation of curriculum, policies and procedures.Top

 

Amarnath yatra suspended temporarily

Srinagar, August 17
The Amarnath yatra was temporarily suspended this morning as rain lashed parts of Jammu and Kashmir making the routes to the holy cave shrine in the south Kashmir Himalayas unsafe, official sources said. The pilgrims were not allowed to move forward from the base camps of Nunwan in Pahalgam and Baltal in Sonamarg due to a heavy rain which started in the wee hours today, they said.

All pilgrims putting up at various places en route to the cave were safe and have been directed not to venture out of their tented accommodations, the sources said. They said the pilgrims would be allowed to proceed to the holy cave once the weather improved.

Meanwhile, a report from Jammu said a fresh batch of 818 pilgrims left the M.A.M. Stadium base camp in Jammu for the Pahalgam base camp around 6 am despite a heavy rain. — PTITop

 

Militant killed; 2 civilians injured in J&K

Srinagar, August 17
An unidentified militant was killed and two civilians injured in separate incidents in Kupwara and Pulwama districts of Jammu and Kashmir since last night, official sources said today. The militant, believed to be a Pakistani national, was killed in a gunfight with security forces at Satkujan village in the Handwara area of Kupwara district this morning, the sources said.

They said the gunbattle erupted when security forces cordoned the village to carry out searches following information about the presence of militants. The operation in the area was still continuing when last reports were received, the sources said.

They said militants shot at and injured Ghulam Mohammad Mir when he ventured out of his house at Waderbala in Handwara early today. He was hospitalised.

Another civilian identified as Mohammad Shabaan Garah, a resident of the Khanyar locality of Srinagar, was injured when he was fired upon by militants at Tral in Pulwama district of south Kashmir last evening, the sources said, adding Garah was running a shop in the Tral township and was on way to his residence when he was attacked by militants.

He was shifted to hospital where his condition was stated to be serious. — PTITop

 

1,177 rare silver coins recovered
Tribune News Service

Jammu, August 17
As many as 1,177 rare silver coins, dating back to 1843, have been recovered by the police and sent to the Department of Archives, Archaeological and Museums here. These coins will be displayed in Dogra Art Museum here.

These coins were found in a pot by labourers while digging the earth at Bari Domana. They distributed the coins among themselves and tried to flee out of the state. However, the crime and railway police caught them and seized the coins.

The court has ordered that the coins should be transferred to the department for preservation.Top

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