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Top Lashkar militant, 6 others killed in J&K
Srinagar, August 19
A top militant of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) was killed in an encounter with security forces here last evening. Six others, including three militants, were killed in separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir since yesterday.

Assembly adjourned over daughters’ Bill
Srinagar, August 19
The Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly was adjourned today without conducting any business following noisy scenes by the Opposition National Conference seeking presentation of the controversial daughters’ Bill afresh in the House.

Uplift rural India, says President
Srinagar, August 19
The President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, here today urged the students and youth to make India a developed country through hard work and resolve to uplift the economically backward classes. Interacting with students of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) at the SKICC here this afternoon, Dr Kalam said, “there is need to regulate population growth, food production, information technology and infrastructure development.”

Sikh bodies against Langah leading
Khalsa march
Jammu, August 19
Leaders of several Sikh organisations in Jammu and Kashmir have criticised Mr Prakash Singh Badal for “politicising” the quadricentennial celebrations of installation of Guru Granth Sahib.



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Top Lashkar militant, 6 others killed in J&K
Tribune News Service and PTI

Srinagar, August 19
A top militant of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) was killed in an encounter with security forces here last evening. Six others, including three militants, were killed in separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir since yesterday.

The police here said Manzoor Ahmad Darzi, alias Manzoor-ul-Islam, of the LeT was killed in an encounter with police and security forces near Jhelum Valley Medical College on the bypass at Bemina on the outskirts of Srinagar last evening. The encounter ensued when militants boarding a Maruti car fired upon the patrol party. Another militant travelling in the car escaped. One AK rifle, three magazines, 79 rounds and two hand grenades were recovered.

Two Pak militants and a security forces jawan were killed in exchange of fire in the Kremhore Satkuji jungles in Kupwara district yesterday. The militants killed were identified as Mohammad Azhar, alias Abu Hamza, and Amjad Junaid. Sepoy Raman Deep Singh was also killed. Two AK rifles, six magazines, 56 rounds and a wireless set were recovered.

Another Pak militant, Owais Peer, was killed in an inter-group clash in Baramula district of north Kashmir.

Unidentified militants shot Mohammad Altaf Bhat of Kursoo Rajbagh at Khanyar in Srinagar yesterday. The security forces recovered two AK magazines with 67 rounds, one rifle grenade, one hand grenade, one detonator and three kg of RDX from an orchard at Srundoo in Anantnag district yesterday.

Army jawan Kundan Singh was killed when militants ambushed a patrol party at Kunan in the Bandipora area of Baramula district last night.Top

 

Assembly adjourned over daughters’ Bill
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, August 19
The Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly was adjourned today without conducting any business following noisy scenes by the Opposition National Conference seeking presentation of the controversial daughters’ Bill afresh in the House.

The Speaker, Mr Tara Chand, adjourned the House after members of the National Conference wanted to bring back the controversial Bill, which had led to the no-confidence motion against the Legislative Council Chairman, Mr Abdul Rashid Dar, here yesterday. The noisy scenes and pandemonium continued for about 15 minutes soon after the proceedings of the House started this morning. As the Speaker adjourned the House, all 24 members of the National Conference went into the well of the House raising anti-government slogans and seeking the return of the Bill. “Jis Kashmir Ko khoon say seencha, woh Kashmir hamara hai”, “Yeh Kashmir hamara hai, is kaa faisla hum karengay”, were the slogans raised by the NC members in and outside the House.

There being no business for the next three days, the House will resume on Monday morning. It had transacted no business on the first day here yesterday after the obituary references to three former members of the House, including Ghulam Mohiuddin Shah, leader of the Opposition National Conference of the present House.

Intervening during the noisy scenes, the Speaker, Mr Tara Chand, said the report on the Bill was not yet back from the Upper House, and tried in vain to end the pandemonium. There were heated arguments between the National Conference members and the ruling PDP-Congress alliance members over the issue. The Minister of State for Home, Mr Abdul Rahman Veeri, intervening on the subject, asked the Speaker to start the question hour, which, however, could not be conducted due to the resentment expressed by the NC members. Top

 

Uplift rural India, says President
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, August 19
The President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, here today urged the students and youth to make India a developed country through hard work and resolve to uplift the economically backward classes.

Interacting with students of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) at the SKICC here this afternoon, Dr Kalam said, “there is need to regulate population growth, food production, information technology and infrastructure development.”

Referring to the uplift of rural India, the President stressed the need for providing a proper connectivity to these villages in three different ways. He pointed out three ways in this direction, that of electronic connectivity, road connectivity and knowledge connectivity. “This will lead to economic development and thereby prosperity”, Dr Kalam said.

This was the second visit of Dr Kalam to the Kashmir valley after he became President.Top

 

Sikh bodies against Langah leading Khalsa march
Our Correspondent

Jammu, August 19
Leaders of several Sikh organisations in Jammu and Kashmir have criticised Mr Prakash Singh Badal for “politicising” the quadricentennial celebrations of installation of Guru Granth Sahib.

Mr Narbir Singh, president of the state Youth Akali Dal, Mr Paramjit Singh, president, AISSF and Mr Mohinder Singh, chief organiser, Bhai Kanahiya Nishkam Sewa Society, told mediapersons here today that nominating Mr Sucha Singh Langah as leader of the Khalsa march from Jammu to Amritsar, in connection with the celebrations, was an “insult” to the Sikh clergy and religion.

The Sikh leaders said it was amazing and intriguing that a person of dubious past had been asked by the SAD chief to lead the march.

They appealed to the Sikh clergy in Amritsar and elsewhere to punish and castigate the Akali Dal leadership, especially Mr Prakash Singh Badal.Top

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