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Uri-Aman Setu road opened
Kamaan Bridge (Uri), November 9
The 17.5-km-long stretch between the border township of Uri, 100 km north-west of Srinagar, and Aman Setu, forms vital link on the Jhelum valley road connecting Srinagar and Muzaffarabad.

Strong aftershock in Kaman Post area

Property worth crores destroyed in fire
Srinagar, November 9
A fire broke out in a commercial building near the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front headquarters at Maisuma here last night, official sources said today.

Security up for Presidentís visit
Srinagar, November 9
Security has been beefed up in Jammu and Kashmir on the eve of two-day visit by President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam tomorrow to the quake-hit areas of Tangadhar in Kupwara.

Kumar appointed Azadís Special Secretary
Jammu, November 9
Senior IAS officer Shailender Kumar has been appointed special secretary to Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.




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Uri-Aman Setu road opened
Tribune News Service

Kamaan Bridge (Uri), November 9
The 17.5-km-long stretch between the border township of Uri, 100 km north-west of Srinagar, and Aman Setu, forms vital link on the Jhelum valley road connecting Srinagar and Muzaffarabad. The stretch that wore a ďbridal lookĒ on April 7 this year when the historic bus service began on the road, today wears a quite opposite look.

The high-mounted hoardings reading out famous couplets from Dr Shekh Iqbal, the poet of the east, and others do not catch oneís eyes on the route. It is only rough patches, dusty atmosphere, stretches of road having been washed away and heavy stones blocking the traffic which are visible.

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which looks after the road from Srinagar, has lost at least 66 of its men, including labourers in the quake. It was expected that the road would be made functional after about two months, but for the untiring work of the BRO personnel, fighting the tough terrain due to landslides have made it possible to open it after about one month only. This could be possible by airlifting of dozers from Uri to Udoosa, which led to the restoration work from both ends. The Beacon men and labourers fighting all odds continue to make clear the rough surfaces, removing debris and clearing washed surfaces, even as fresh tremors continue like that which hit the area at 12.50 p.m. today.

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Strong aftershock in Kaman Post area

Kaman Post (LoC), November 9
A strong aftershock was felt here today as India and Pakistan were exchanging relief material for the earthquake-affected people in both parts of Kashmir.

The aftershock was felt at around 12.55 pm just when the porters from the Indian side and PoK were carrying the relief material as the second point on the Line of Control at Kaman Post in Uri was opened today. The magnitude and other details of the aftershock was, however, not immediately known.

More than 100 aftershocks have hit the earthquake-affected areas of Jammu and Kashmir and PoK since the killer October 8 temblor. ó PTI

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Property worth crores destroyed in fire

Srinagar, November 9
A fire broke out in a commercial building near the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) headquarters at Maisuma here last night, official sources said today.

They said the 100-year-old Dar building, housing offices of 20 media organisations besides several pharmaceutical companies and a few computer laboratories, was damaged in the blaze which erupted last night.

The building, located on the Red Cross road in the Gow Kadal area, houses offices of Daily Srinagar News, which bore the brunt of the fire and reported loss of Rs 10-15 lakh, Bahar-e-Kashmir, Aina, Tameel-e-Irshad, Naqshband, Shahenshah and those of several other media organisations.

The multi-storeyed building also houses the office of the separatist Mass Movement headed by Farida Behanji.

It took three hours for 16 fire tenders to control the inferno, the sources added. Four fire fighters were injured in the operation. The cause of the fire is believed to be a short-circuit. ó UNI

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Security up for Presidentís visit

Srinagar, November 9
Security has been beefed up in Jammu and Kashmir on the eve of two-day visit by President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam tomorrow to the quake-hit areas of Tangadhar in Kupwara.

Security forces posted in different parts of the valley have been asked to step up vigil and intensify area domination exercises in view of the Presidentís visit, official sources said.

Dr Kalam is scheduled to visit the quake-ravaged areas of Tangdhar sector in Kupwara district besides interacting with orphans adopted by army during his visit to the orphanage run by the army at Badami Bagh cantonment.

As part of the tightened security arrangements, the police and paramilitary forces deployed in the city have set up additional nakas and stepped up random checking, the sources said.

Security personnel posted at vital installations have also been put on high alert and asked to maintain tight vigil, the sources said. ó PTI

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Kumar appointed Azadís Special Secretary

Jammu, November 9
Senior IAS officer Shailender Kumar has been appointed special secretary to Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

An order to this effect was issued yesterday, an official spokesman said.

Mr Kumar earlier was Managing Director of the Stateís Road Transport Corporation. ó UNI

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