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Student killed in police firing
Srinagar, June 24
At least five persons, including a student and two militants, one of them a district commander of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, were killed and 35 others injured in separate incidents in Kashmir valley since yesterday.

Mother meets daughter in PoK after 57 years
Jammu, June 24
In a celluloid like reunion, a Hindu woman of Jammu and Kashmir has been reunited with her Muslim daughter, living in PoK, who was separated from her during the Partition.

HC order on private clinics in Jammu stayed
New Delhi, June 24
The order of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, laying down certain guidelines and time frame for the registration of private diagnostic clinics in Jammu has been stayed by the Supreme Court.

Army officer’s suicide: probe begins
Jammu, June 24
Nine days after Lt Sushmita Chakaraborty allegedly committed suicide at the Northern Command headquarters, the Jammu and Kashmir police today began a probe into the incident, officials here said.


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Student killed in police firing
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, June 24
At least five persons, including a student and two militants, one of them a district commander of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, were killed and 35 others injured in separate incidents in Kashmir valley since yesterday.

A student of Class XII was killed and 25 others, including a woman, were injured at Palhalan near Pattan, about 30 km north of here in Baramula district today. The trouble started with misfire from the weapon of a jawan on duty along the busy Srinagar-Baramula highway. The misfire created panic among the people and students in the area creating confusion and the security forces mistook it as an attack on the convoy.

The security forces reportedly resorted to beating up of the people and that caused further trouble. The people held a demonstrations against the security forces leading to the alleged firing to quell the demonstrators in which a student, Tariq Ahmad was killed and a woman got injured. This further agitated the residents of the area who held a massive demonstration leading to the local police station at Pattan. The ding dong battle continued for some time between the police and the agitated mob who attempted to attack the police station. The sentry post of the police station was set ablaze while the police resorted to lathi charge and fired in the air. At least 25 demonstrators were injured during the protest demonstrations.

One pedestrian was killed and nine others, including a security force personnel, were injured when unidentified militants hurled a grenade near Akhara Building in central Budshah Chowk here this afternoon. The pedestrian, identified as Ali Mohammad Parra from Sopore in Baramula district, succumbed to his injuries in the hospital, the police here said.

Two militants, including a District Commander of the Hizbul Muhjahideen, outfit and an Army official were killed and another jawan injured in an encounter 

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Mother meets daughter in PoK after 57 years

Jammu, June 24
In a celluloid like reunion, a Hindu woman of Jammu and Kashmir has been reunited with her Muslim daughter, living in PoK, who was separated from her during the Partition.

Giving a new twist to the tale which has its origins in the tragedy of the Partition, a Hindu family of Inderjeet Kumari (80) came to know about her blood relations, including her daughter Bi Behum (58) living across the Line of Control (LoC) in Kotli district of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

In the backdrop of Indo-Pak peace process, the Pakistan government allowed Yuv Raj Gupta, a retired Central government employee, to travel across the border to visit his native place in PoK.

During his stay in PoK, Mr Gupta was contacted by Behum and was requested to trace her mother living in Jammu city. On returning from PoK, Mr Gupta not only traced out Inderjeet Kumari but was also able to pass the message across the LoC leading to the first ever establishment of contact between the two. He told Inderjeet about her Muslim daughter living in Kotli.

Inderjeet's story is a unique case and only emphasises the multi-dimensional tragedy. She was also separated from her parents in November, 1947, who migrated to Jammu and Kashmir.

Inderjeet was left alone in PoK ravaged by violence. She married a Muslim youth who knew the family and within a year she gave birth to a girl.

Things took a new turn when her brother along with several volunteers of the state machinery arrived in PoK in December 1948 and brought her to this side of the state, as part of the agreement between India and Pakistan to facilitate the return of women to their families in each others territory.

Inderjeet managed to unite with her parents but was separated from her one-year-old baby. She could do little as the links between the two families were severed.

With the first ever contact established now, the two families on either side of the divide are anxious to meet each other.

Inderjeet, who met her daughter, said, ''I have been waiting for this moment for the last 57 years. I cannot express the pain I have suffered for so many years.'' Both, Mr Gupta and Inderjeet Kumari thanked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Parvez Musharraf.

They said it was only possible as governments of both the countries relaxed travel restrictions imposed on the divided families. — UNI

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HC order on private clinics in Jammu stayed
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, June 24
The order of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, laying down certain guidelines and time frame for the registration of private diagnostic clinics in Jammu has been stayed by the Supreme Court.

A subsequent notification issued by the Jammu and Kashmir Government on May 17 to implement the high court order in respect of these clinics was also stayed by the apex court.

The interim stay was granted by a Bench of Mr Justice A. R. Lakshmanan and Mr Justice Altamas Kabir after their counsel U. Hazarika stated that the guidelines laid down by the high court in its directives of April 19 and May 29 had virtually done away with the relevant provision of law as laid down under Jammu and Kashmir Nursing Homes and Clinical Establishments (Registration and Licensing) Act, 1963, and the rules frame thereunder in 1992.

While admitting the appeal of the clinics, the court issued notices to various wings of State’s Health Department and to the Controller, Drugs Organisation, Jammu and Kashmir, seeking their replies.

Acting on the high court guidelines, the government had issued order on May 17, asking the clinics to apply within 10 days from the publication of the norms (May 19) for granting the registration licence.

All 12 diagnostic and pathological clinics which were granted stay are situated in Jammu.

The main challenge to the high court order was on the ground that the high court had provided only 10 days' time for applying for registration and another 10 days' time for the authorities to supervise the infrastructure and dispose of their applications as per the relevant provisions of the law.

“While passing the directions, the high court failed to appreciate the fact that registered clinical establishments were already existing under the provisions of the relevant Act, and that the framing of the new criteria in derogation of their existing rights could be done only by involving such establishments in the rule-making process through active participation,” the petitioner contended.

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Army officer’s suicide: probe begins

Jammu, June 24
Nine days after Lt Sushmita Chakaraborty allegedly committed suicide at the Northern Command headquarters, the Jammu and Kashmir police today began a probe into the incident, officials here said.

“A special investigation team (SIT) has been constituted by SSP P.R. Manhas and an investigation has started today with the questioning of some top officers of the Army Service Corps at Udhampur,” a police officer said.

The officers would also be called to the police station to formally record their statements over the next few days.

The Army had said that Lt Chakraborty, who allegedly shot herself with a rifle on June 15, was suffering from depression caused by low self-esteem. According to her family, she was unhappy with her job.

The SIT, which is headed by DSP (headquarters) Amit Gupta and has two station house officers as its members, will submit its report to SSP Manhas, officials said.

Lt Chakraborty, who was commissioned into service in September last year, was the second woman Army officer to commit suicide in less than a month. On May 29, Major Shobha Rani, an Army doctor attached to the Air Force Command Hospital in Bangalore, had committed suicide. — PTI

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