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India to be developed nation by 2020: Kalam
Jammu, July 28
Ignoring the separatists’ call for boycott of the two-day visit of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to Jammu and Kashmir, a large number of people, including women and children, greeted him on his arrival in Leh this morning.

Kashani expels 13 Geelani men
Jammu, July 28
The moderate faction in the Jamait-e-Islami, headed by Mr Nazir Ahmed Kashani, has hit back at hardliners by expelling 13 supporters of Mr Syed Ali Shah Geelani from the membership of the organisation. Jamait sources said most of the people expelled from the organisation were members of the recently constituted “Save Constitution Movement”.

3 militants killed, 14 injured in J&K
Srinagar, July 28
The security forces foiled an infiltration bid when they gunned down two heavily armed militants in the Boniyar sector, while elsewhere in Jammu and Kashmir a militant was killed and 14 others were wounded since last evening, an official spokesman said today.

Houses pay tributes to former Union Minister, MLAs
Srinagar, July 28
The Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly which met on the first day of 11th session here today passed obituary references and paid tributes to former legislators, Sheikh Abdul Rashid and Ghulam Nabi Dar.

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India to be developed nation by 2020: Kalam
S.P. Sharma
Tribune News Service

Jammu, July 28
Ignoring the separatists’ call for boycott of the two-day visit of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to Jammu and Kashmir, a large number of people, including women and children, greeted him on his arrival in Leh this morning.

People’s response to Dr Kalam’s visit was totally in contrast with that in Kashmir valley. While the valley responded to the call by observing a complete bandh, people at Leh were full of enthusiasm to greet the President.

A large number of people participated in the functions in which Dr Kalam was the chief guest. He launched the second phase of the Ladakh model of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and inaugurated the 2550th Buddha Jayanti celebrations. He also inaugurated a home for the visually impaired children.

Then the President flew to Srinagar.

While launching the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Dr Kalam mooted the idea of encouraging housewives and retired officials to take up the task of education in view of shortage of teachers there.

Dr Kalam said creativity had to be inculcated among children in the age group of 5-11. This was the period when teaching time of the children should be devoted to creative lessons like building models of aircraft, rockets, spacecraft, cars, electronic devices and computers. They should be involved in sports and music activities.

The aim of the second phase of the abhiyan, which had been organised by the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, should be to increase the pass percentage in matriculation from the present 50 per cent to nearly 100 per cent within the next five years. The programme could also focus on ensuring that there were no dropout cases before matriculation.

While inaugurating the Buddha Jayanti celebrations, Dr Kalam stressed the need for self-realisation and reformation.

Earlier on his arrival at the Leh airport, Dr Kalam was received by Governor S.K.Sinha, Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Power Minister Nawang Rigzin Zora, Chief Secretary C.Phonsog, DGP Gopal Sharma, functionaries of the council and senior Army officers.

Meanwhile, at a session with students of Government Boys High School, Dr Kalam said Jammu and Kashmir needed peace and all efforts had to be made to bring prosperity through education based on the value system and employment generation.

He said a few years ago the people blow poverty line in the country were 26 per cent, now the number had come down to 22 percent. If we continued our progress and increase the momentum of growth we could certainly achieve the goal of becoming a developed nation before 2020.

The President told the students that the Ladakh region had the world’s highest observatory for infrared studies at Digpa Ratsa Ri, Hanle, at an altitude of 4,500 meters.

When Ms Asma Qayoon, a student of Class XI, pointed out that Ladakh remained cut-off from the rest of the world for six months due to snow and what steps the government was taking in this regard, Dr Kalam said the task of providing physical connectivity to all remote areas of the country was on priority.

Both Central and state governments were working to connect Leh and Srinagar with all-weather roads. Leh would have a modern airport. The Telecom Department was working to improve the tele-density. All those actions would ensure that Ladakh would remain connected all through the year with the rest of India.

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Kashani expels 13 Geelani men
Our Correspondent

Jammu, July 28
The moderate faction in the Jamait-e-Islami, headed by Mr Nazir Ahmed Kashani, has hit back at hardliners by expelling 13 supporters of Mr Syed Ali Shah Geelani from the membership of the organisation. Jamait sources said most of the people expelled from the organisation were members of the recently constituted “Save Constitution Movement”.

The convenor of the committee, Mr Abdul Khaliq Sofi, was among the 13 persons expelled from the party.

The sources confirmed that these 13 members expelled from the membership of Jamait-e-Islami, were “small fries.” They had been included in the “Save Constitution Movement” by Mr Syed Ali Shah Geelani to counter what he (Geelani) called “unconstitutional”steps taken by the Jamait leadership for organising the organisational election.

The sources said “this was the first step and in case Mr Geelani and other senior Jamait members continued to oppose the ongoing party elections and the policies of Mr Kashani they too would be expelled from the party. Mr Geelani and three of his associates, including Mr Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, had been suspended from the organisation four months ago.”

They had been suspended on charge of having floated the Tehrik Hurriyat Conference when under the Jamait constitution no member of Jamait-e-Islami could lead or run any other organisation.

Though the expulsion of 13 persons from the membership of Jamait-e-Islami is a warning for Mr Geelani, he ,however, was not going to accept any “dictation” from the camp headed by Mr Kashani. Mr Geelani has decided to continue his campaign against the camp led by Mr Kashani.

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3 militants killed, 14 injured in J&K

Srinagar, July 28
The security forces foiled an infiltration bid when they gunned down two heavily armed militants in the Boniyar sector, while elsewhere in Jammu and Kashmir a militant was killed and 14 others were wounded since last evening, an official spokesman said today.

He said the security forces, guarding the border, noticed a group of militants sneaking into this side from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) via Mina Gali in the Boniyar sector, early this morning.

When challenged and asked to surrender, militants opened fire. The fire was returned and in the fierce clash two infiltrators were killed.

Two AK rifles, three IEDs, four grenades, two wireless sets, two pouches, one jacket, one magazine, one diary and a blanket were seized from the slain ultras, he said, adding one of the slain ultras has been identified as Abdul Ahad, a resident of Palipora in PoK.

The security forces have so far killed more than 50 militants on the Line of Control (LoC) since January this year.

Troops of 19 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) launched a search operation at Putshahi Lolab in Kupwara district early this morning after receiving information about the presence of militants there.

However, when the troops were sealing the area, militants attacked them. The fire was returned and in the clash one militant was killed. One AK rifle and other arms and ammunition were recovered from the slain militant.

The spokesman said militants hurled a hand grenade towards a security force water tanker at Poonch, causing injuries to three personnel. The injured were admitted to hospital.

Militants threw a hand grenade at Koimoh in South Kashmir last night, resulting in injuries to 11 persons, including three security personnel. The injured were hospitalised.

The security forces apprehended a militant of Al-Burq at Baramula town during a search operation and seized an AK rifle, two magazines, 55 cartridges and a pouch from him.

The security forces also seized an AK rifle, one pistol, seven magazines, one UBGL grenade, one wireless set and 416 cartridges during a search operation in the Gulmarg sector last night. — UNI

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Houses pay tributes to former Union Minister, MLAs
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 28
The Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly which met on the first day of 11th session here today passed obituary references and paid tributes to former legislators, Sheikh Abdul Rashid and Ghulam Nabi Dar.

The Legislative Council also paid tributes to former Union Minister Pramod Mahajan former MP Ghulam Nabi Untoo and former legislators, Sheikh Abdul Rashid and Ghulam Nabi Dar.

Speaker Tara Chand, who moved obituary references in the Assembly, said Sheikh Abdul Rashid was a political leader of calibre and social worker who rendered selfless service to people. In his reference to Ghulam Nabi Dar, who was killed along with four others in a grenade attack at Kulgam in south Kashmir last month, the Speaker said that Dar was known for humble, kind-hearted and people-friendly character. Mr Dar always highlighted people’s problems and advocated it with a positive frame of mind in and outside the House.

Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Beigh told the House that he would request the Chief Minister to order an inquiry into the blast in which the former MLA and four others died and MLC, Ms Sakina Ittoo of the NC was injured. He said formalities for this be concluded within two to three months. He would also request the Chief Minister to convene a meeting of leaders of the political parties in the Assembly to address security concerns of the members and political workers, Mr Beigh said. He said the meeting be convened in a month. Addressing the concerns shown by some members, Mr Beigh said attacks on political rallies and activists were of sensitive nature and reminded the House of a similar attack on a PDP rally two years ago.

Others who paid tributes to the two former legislators in the Assembly, included the Transport Minister, Mangat Ram Sharma, leader of the opposition in the House, Abdul Rahim Rather of the NC, Mr M Y Tarigami of the CPM, Mr Harshdev Singh, of the Panthers Party, Mr Jugal Kishore and Mr Ashwani Sharma.

In the Legislative Council, Chairman Abdul Rashid Dar and other members paid tributes and passed obituary references to former Union Minister Pramod Mahajan, former MP from Jammu and Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi Untoo, former MLAs, Sheikh Abdul Rashid and Ghulam Nabi Dar. 

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Jammu, July 28
Pakistan Government’s decision to ban transmission of Indian TV notwithstanding, cable operators in Jammu and Kashmir have been telecasting Pakistani TV channels freely. Signals of almost all TV channels of Pakistan are received here very clear. — TNS

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