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Uproar in house over non-tabling
of report
Jammu, March 28
The state Assembly today witnessed an uproar when members belonging to the PDP demanded the tabling of the report of the inquiry committee that had been constituted by the government to probe into the killing of a former Minister of State for Education, Dr Ghulam Nabi Lone, on October 18, 2005.

2 militants killed in encounter
Srinagar, March 28
Two militants were killed and four CRPF personnel were among 11 persons injured even as the security forces busted two hideouts and arrested eight persons in Jammu and Kashmir overnight.
A huge cache of arms recovered from militant hideouts in Pulwama district in Srinagar A huge cache of arms recovered from militant hideouts in Pulwama district in Srinagar on Tuesday.
— A Tribune photograph


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  Soz talks of Kupwara district’s development
Srinagar, March 28
Union Minister for Water Resources, Saifuddin Soz has said that the Government of India was keen on creating an atmosphere of understanding with Pakistan to settle all issues. Mr Soz was addressing a public meeting at Kupwara in north Kashmir yesterday on his second visit to Jammu and Kashmir after becoming a minister at the Centre.

No delimitation panel soon: govt
Jammu, March 28
The state government has made it clear that there was no proposal in the immediate future for constituting a delimitation commission in Jammu and Kashmir. An indication to this effect was given by the government in the reply to a question tabled by a State Morcha member, Mr Ashwani Kumar Sharma, in the Assembly today.
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Uproar in house over non-tabling of report
Our Correspondent

Jammu, March 28
The state Assembly today witnessed an uproar when members belonging to the PDP demanded the tabling of the report of the inquiry committee that had been constituted by the government to probe into the killing of a former Minister of State for Education, Dr Ghulam Nabi Lone, on October 18, 2005.

As the House met in the morning, several PDP members, including Mr Abdul Rehman Veeri, Mr Manjit Singh and Mr Mohammad Sartaj Madani, were on their feet, demanding the immediate tabling of the report.

“Katiloon ko nanga karo” (expose the killers) was the slogan shouted by the PDP members.

Mr Harsh Dev Singh, a former Education Minister belonging to the Panthers Party said the killing of a sitting MLA was an important issue. He said the report should be completed and tabled in the House so that “we know under what circumstances the attack was carried out on the residence of the former minister.

Mr Tara Chand, Speaker, asked them to resume their seats, saying that such issues could be raised during zero hour.

At this juncture the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Muzaffar Hussain Baig, intervened and informed that the report would be made public once the Commissioner (Home), who was out of the state, returned.

State Morcha member Ashwani Sharma raised the issue of the pitiable condition of migrants from the Jammu region. He was supported by Panthers Party and National Conference members, including Mr Balwant Singh Mankotia and Mr M.A. Bukhari, who wanted the government to provide cash assistance and ration to the migrants from Doda, Udhampur, Poonch and Rajouri.

During zero hour, Mr Usman Majid from the PDF caused a flutter when he said it was strange that Syed Ali Shah Geelani continued to receive pension worth Rs 7,100 per month as he was a former member of the Assembly but two former MLAs belonging to mainstream political organisations—Mr Safder Ali Beg and Mr Kukka Parrey—were not being given pension.

His contention resulted in a tiff between him and NC member Ali Mohammad Sagar who said Geelani had the right to draw the pension.

Mr Baig intervened and informed the House that those former legislators whose pension had been withheld had not cleared their outstanding dues. He said the two former MLAs who were not receiving pension had taken a housing loan which they had not returned. He said: “We will examine whether the loan could be waived.”

The House debated the issue relating to the return of those youths who had crossed over to Pakistan and wanted to come back and lead a peaceful life. The matter was raised by CPIM member M.Y. Tarigami. Members cutting across the party lines supported the resolution.

Those from the PDP, PDF and the NC supported the resolution but when neither Mr Tarigami nor Mr Sagar of the NC, who had moved an amendment to the resolution, refused to withdraw it and pressed for its adoption, the resolution was put to vote and was rejected by the House.

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2 militants killed in encounter

Srinagar, March 28
Two militants were killed and four CRPF personnel were among 11 persons injured even as the security forces busted two hideouts and arrested eight persons in Jammu and Kashmir overnight.

An official spokesman said the security forces killed two militants in an encounter at Rajwara in Kupwara. Two AK rifles, four magazines, 105 rounds of ammunition and four hand grenades were recovered from the slain militants.

Officials said militants hurled a hand grenade towards the security forces at Kathi-Drawaza Rainawari in the down town city this afternoon. Ten persons, including three CRPF personnel, were injured in the incident. The injured had been admitted to hospitals.

Another CRPF jawan was injured in an accidental fire at Khanyar, sources said, adding that he had been admitted to hospital.

A Defence Ministry spokesman said troops of 55 and 44 Rashtriya Rifles and the Jammu and Kashmir Police Task Force, based on specific information, launched a joint operation at Pulwama in south Kashmir early this morning.

A militant, Muzaffar Ahmad Bhat, of the Hizbul Mujahideen had been arrested.

During the on-the-spot interrogation, the militant took the search party to a hideout in nearby Litter village.

The arms and ammunition recovered from the hideout included two AK 47 rifles, one UBGL, two AK magazines and 100 rounds of AK ammunition. He later took the search party to Hussanpora where one UMG, an RPG and 100 rounds of UMG were recovered.

The apprehended terrorist had been handed over to the police at Pulwama, the spokesperson said.

The sources said seven more suspected persons had been taken into custody.

The security forces also busted a hideout at Poonch and seized some arms and ammunition last night. However, no one was arrested. — UNI

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  Soz talks of Kupwara district’s development
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, March 28
Union Minister for Water Resources, Saifuddin Soz has said that the Government of India was keen on creating an atmosphere of understanding with Pakistan to settle all issues.

Mr Soz was addressing a public meeting at Kupwara in north Kashmir yesterday on his second visit to Jammu and Kashmir after becoming a minister at the Centre. He said offer of treaty peace, security and friendship by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Pakistan summed up intention of the Prime Minister and the Union government to create an atmosphere of understanding between the two countries.

He said the UPA-government led by Dr Manmohan Singh was eager to see peace and prosperity in Jammu and Kashmir.

Referring to UPA chairperson Mrs Sonia Gandhi’s resignation, he said Mrs Gandhi had set another example of selflessness and high values. This, he said vindicated her sincerity to strengthen democratic institutions and sincerity and purity in political affairs. He said the Union Cabinet and people of the country were with Mrs Gandhi and her valued sacrifices made in the larger public interests.

Describing Kupwara as a backward district, Mr Soz said that it was because of this the National Employment Guarantee scheme had been launched in this district along with Poonch and Doda districts. The government wanted overall development and progress of far flung and hilly areas of the state. Prof Soz said 12 telephone exchanges of the district would be augmented and development of remote area of Machil prioritised. One-lakh mobile connections would be provided to the district besides 15 tube wells in various blocks. He announced the construction of lift Irrigation scheme in Gulam, to irrigate 6000 kanals of land.

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  No delimitation panel soon: govt
Our Correspondent

Jammu, March 28
The state government has made it clear that there was no proposal in the immediate future for constituting a delimitation commission in Jammu and Kashmir.

An indication to this effect was given by the government in the reply to a question tabled by a State Morcha member, Mr Ashwani Kumar Sharma, in the Assembly today.

Mr Sharma wanted to know whether the government proposed to constitute a delimitation commission for removing the existing regional imbalance. The government said after Section 47 of the state constitution and Section 3 of the Representation of Peoples Act in 2002 it was not necessary for the Governor to constitute the commission in the state until the relevant figures for the first census taken after 2026 were published.

It said Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, in a reply to the motion of thanks on the Governor’s address to the joint sitting of the legislature, had informed the Assembly on March 6 that “proper debate will be held on the delimitation work and all parties will be taken into confidence before taking such steps on the floor of the House.”

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