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J&K Assembly adjourned sine die
NC plans no-confidence motion against Speaker
Srinagar, August 28
The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly was adjourned sine die here today following uproarious scenes over the controversial Permanent Resident (Disqualification) Bill that failed to get a two-thirds majority in the House yesterday.

Two sisters killed in IED blast
Srinagar, August 28
A top Hizbul Mujahideen commander and two sisters were among eight persons killed in Jammu and Kashmir overnight, official spokesman said today.

Panthers Party to contest Akhnoor,
Basohli seats

Jammu, August 28
The coalition partners of the Mufti-led government are once again heading for a confrontation as the Panthers Party has announced that it will contest both Akhnoor and Basohli Assembly seats for which byelections are scheduled to be held in October.

20 injured in police firing
Srinagar, August 28
Twenty persons were wounded after the police fired several rounds in the air and burst tear-gas shells at Alamgiri Bazar here today to disperse demonstrators, protesting police firing on a demonstration yesterday, official sources said.


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J&K Assembly adjourned sine die
NC plans no-confidence motion against Speaker
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, August 28
The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly was adjourned sine die here today following uproarious scenes over the controversial Permanent Resident (Disqualification) Bill that failed to get a two-thirds majority in the House yesterday.

Earlier, the duration of the summer session was extended by one day to cover the normal business of the House that had suffered heavily because of the repeated adjournments over the controversial Bill.

The Legislative Council, that was adjourned on Friday without fixing any date due to the ongoing Assembly session, also stands adjourned sine die, as it did not get any business from the Lower House.

Soon after the proceedings of the Assembly began this morning, the opposition National Conference members gathered near the Speaker and questioned the rejection of the Women’s Bill that had come up for discussion yesterday. While the NC members, led by Mr Abdul Rahim Rather, objected to the way the Bill was rejected yesterday “without the knowledge” of the NC members, the Congress ministers, Raman Bhalla and Yogesh Sawhney also entered the well of the House and raised objections against the role of NC members. This led to the adjournment of the House for 15 minutes in the first instance.

Later, when the proceedings resumed National Conference members again objected to the passage of the Bill. “We do not know when the voting on the Bill was held”, shouted the NC leader, Abdul Rahim Rather. A senior colleague, Mr Ali Mohammad Sagar, also joined in and held that the Speaker had not given any ruling prior to the voting on the Bill. Mr Sagar said it was not clear whether it was a Constitutional amendment or a simple piece of legislation.

All efforts of the Speaker to bring the situation under control by asking the NC members to take their seats failed. When NC members did not calm down and continued their protest demanding several clarifications on the controversial Bill, the Speaker, Mr Tara Chand, adjourned the House sine die. The Speaker could not give details of the House proceedings of the summer session due to the chaos and confusion created by the NC and Congress members.

Since the summer session of the state legislature began here on August 18, only one day’s normal business had been held in the Assembly. Uproarious scenes and repeated adjournments had been witnessed throughout the past week, except for the first day.

The House made obituary references to three former members who had passed away between the last session and the summer session. They, included Ghulam Mohiuddin Shah, leader of the National Conference.

The upper House also witnessed uproarious scenes and repeated adjournments since the beginning of the session on August 18. Obituary references were also made on the first day over the death of three former members of the state legislature. This was followed by a no-confidence motion against the Chairman, Mr Abdul Rashid Dar, who according to his parent organisation, National Conference, had “sabotaged” the Women’s Bill in March this year. The chairman survived the no-confidence motion, even as he has been expelled from the National Conference over his “role” against the Bill.

The National Conference claims that the Bill, which was passed unanimously by the Assembly in March this year, was still alive even though the Congress had managed to defer it due to its “vested interests”. NC leader claim that they would get the opinion of legal experts over the Bill, before deciding upon the future course of action.

Meanwhile, according to a UNI report the NC today said it would consider all options, including moving a no-confidence motion against the Speaker for his role in the just-concluded session.

“We will consider to move a no-confidence motion against Speaker Tara Chand who rejected the Bill in the house,”. Leader of the Opposition in the House Abdul Rahim Rather told reporters soon after the House was adjourned sine die by the Speaker.

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Two sisters killed in IED blast

Srinagar, August 28
A top Hizbul Mujahideen commander and two sisters were among eight persons killed in Jammu and Kashmir overnight, official spokesman said today.

A Hizbul Mujahideen commander Javid Ahmad Sheikh, alias Koka Sheikh was killed in an encounter with security forces near Gani Stadium today. A police Sub-Inspector was also injured in the encounter.

Riyaz Ahmad Ganai, a JeM militant, was killed in an encounter when a BSF party conducting a house-to-house search came under fire from militants in Sanziwatur village in south Kashmir district of Pulwama last evening. He was a resident of Pampore, a paramilitary spokesman said.

A BSF jawan was also injured in the shootout.

One AK rifle, two magazines, 16 rounds, three hand grenades and some incriminating documents, including identity cards of the Election Commission, were recovered from the encounter site.

However, residents of Pampore took to streets today in protest against the killing, alleging that Ganai was arrested and later killed in a fake encounter.

Two sisters were killed and another was wounded in a blast at Nunibugh Kulgam in south Kashmir today, the spokesman added.

He said a blast took place in the house of Ghulam Mohammad Bhat at Nunibugh when the family members were removing stones dumped in the lawn.

Mehfooza and Ruhi, two daughters of the house owner died on the spot while another Imtiyaza was injured and later hospitalised.

He said security forces also gunned down one militant each at Wadigam in south Kashmir, Harmat and Ghai during three different operations.

Another tehsil commander of JeM Zafar Iqbal alias Abu Thundar was killed at Kurla Simoon last evening.

He said a large cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from the slain militants.

JAMMU: Three top terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Toiba involved in the recent massacre of 13 civilians in the Hill-Kaka area of Rajouri, were shot dead by the Army today.

According to a spokesman of the Army these terrorists, including their area commander, Abu Zubair, were tracked in a forest area about 5 km east of Bagla in Rajouri, at about 6.30 am and were shot.

Abu Zubair had mercilessly killed 13 men, women and children in the Tilet village in Hill-Kaka area. — UNI/TNS

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Panthers Party to contest Akhnoor, Basohli seats
S.P. Sharma
Tribune News Service

Jammu, August 28
The coalition partners of the Mufti-led government are once again heading for a confrontation as the Panthers Party has announced that it will contest both Akhnoor and Basohli Assembly seats for which byelections are scheduled to be held in October.

The decision to field Panthers Party candidates on both seats was taken in a meeting of its executive committee today. The party has constituted a seven-member committee under the chairmanship of Mr Bhim Singh to select nominees.

Both seats were vacated by the Congress. Mr Madan Lal and Mr Lal Singh, who represented these, were elected to the Lok Sabha. As such the Congress, that is the largest coalition partner, was not in a mood to spare even a single seat for the Panthers Party.

The Congress had not yet reconciled to the move of Mr Bhim Singh to contest the recently held Lok Sabha elections against Mr Lal Singh in the Udhampur constituency as a rebel of the coalition. Mr Bhim Singh had also fielded his party’s candidates in Jammu and other Lok Sabha seats in the Kashmir valley.

Although the presence of Panthers Party candidates in the Lok Sabha hardly created any problem for the Congress, but it was bound to affect the party’s prospects in the byelections for the two seats where the number of electorate is small and the winning margin is generally thin.

The Deputy Chief Minister and a senior Congress leader, Mr Mangat Ram Sharma, has been demanding that the Panthers Party should be thrown out of the coalition as Mr Bhim Singh was creating problems for the Mufti government. The Union Minister, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, had also indicated that action would be taken against the Panthers Party for its “misconduct” during the elections. However, nothing has been done so far.

With strength of four members in the Assembly and one in the Legislative Council, the Panthers Party was not in a position to cause any trouble for the coalition government even if it was thrown out, claim Congress leaders. They were demanding that the Mufti government should take action against the Panthers Party to run the government smoothly.

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20 injured in police firing

Srinagar, August 28
Twenty persons were wounded after the police fired several rounds in the air and burst tear-gas shells at Alamgiri Bazar here today to disperse demonstrators, protesting police firing on a demonstration yesterday, official sources said.

Businesses were closed and vehicles remained off the roads following a strike called by the residents in protest against the police firing on demonstrators yesterday, who were protesting the US action in Najaf in Iraq that left more than 74 dead.

The protesters were demanding action against the guilty police officials who fired at the rally yesterday and immediate withdrawal of the US forces from Iraq.

The police fired in the air and burst tear-gas shells after its repeated requests to the protesters not to throw stones at them fell on deaf ears.

Similar protest demonstrations were held in other parts of the valley. About 24 protesters were detained by the police. — UNI

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