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Governor calls for united fight against terror
Srinagar, August 14
The Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Lieut-Gen S K Sinha (retd), has called upon people to fully organise themselves for giving a united fight to the “cancer of terrorism” which has been eating into the vitals of the state.

Tight security for I-Day function
Srinagar, August 14
Tight security arrangements have been made in and around this summer capital city and other major towns of the Kashmir valley to thwart designs of militants in view of the Independence Day celebrations tomorrow.

Honesty award for 5 officers
Srinagar, August 14
A day after removing 10 corrupt officials, the Jammu and Kashmir Government has accorded sanction to award the Chief Minister’s gold medal for honesty, integrity and meritorious public service to five officers for the current year.

Gallantry awards for 27 police officials
Srinagar, August 14
Twentyseven officials of the Jammu and Kashmir Police have been given awards for gallantry and meritorious services on the occasion of Independence Day.

Soldier killed, 7 jawans hurt in J&K
Srinagar, August 14
A day ahead of Independence Day, militants killed soldier and wounded 10 others, including seven jawans while security forces gunned down a militant and averted a major tragedy overnight in Jammu and Kashmir.



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Pandits say no to Hizb’s offer
Jammu, August 14
The Panun Kashmir and the All-State Kashmiri Pandit Conference have turned down the offer of the Hizbul Mujahideen, asking the displaced people to return to the valley.

Leh road re-opens after 2 days
Srinagar, August 14
The Srinagar-Sonamarg-Leh road has been re-opened after two days following clearing of the slides at several places in Gagangir area, 72 kms from here today. The road was blocked due to mudslides and boulders following thunders and lightening on Saturday night accumulating heavy mass on the highway between 71 km and 74 km.


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Governor calls for united fight against terror
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, August 14
The Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Lieut-Gen S K Sinha (retd), has called upon people to fully organise themselves for giving a united fight to the “cancer of terrorism” which has been eating into the vitals of the state.

In his message on the 60th Independence Day, the Governor said while the state marched towards a better tomorrow, the security of the people remained a major concern, particularly in the wake of atrocities by militants “like throwing grenades, slitting throats of innocent citizens and massacre of soft targets”. A whole generation had been virtually destroyed in the state in the militancy, he said. “Time has now come to fight terrorism unitedly,” General Sinha added.

Lauding the security forces and police for combating militancy, the Governor said many of them had made the supreme sacrifice. “The record of our Army in the conduct of such operations has been far superior to that of foreign armies in Baluchistan, Wazirstan, Afghanistan, Iraq or Lebanon. Notwithstanding this, incidents of excesses or human rights violations have occurred and have been severely death with. The guilty have been given exemplary punishment. However, it is a matter of grave concern that certain elements have been constantly vilifying the Army on the basis of false or highly exaggerated reports. This vitiates the atmosphere,” he said.

The Governor expressed concern over attacks on the people and tourists and said that Kashmir, known for its hospitality, had bled due to attacks on tourists. This had shattered the tourism industry, which is the mainstay for the livelihood of the people in the Valley. He said the peace-loving people of Kashmir had decried these acts of terrorists and held protest demonstrations to register their anguish.

Referring to the role of the Army in coming to the rescue of the civilian population at the hour of need, the Governor said the Army had always risen to the occasion during calamities.

The civic action programme under Operation Sadhbavna had been remarkable, giving a people-friendly image to the Army in the rural areas. Over 500 micro-hydel projects had been completed and the target of 1000 such projects was likely to be completed by October this year. Felicitating the people on Independence Day, the Governor said this day was reminiscent of the sacrifices of valiant freedom fighters, who laid down their lives to see the motherland free from alien rule. He said the nation had made a considerable progress in the fields of economic development, social reforms and political evolution.

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Tight security for I-Day function
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, August 14
Tight security arrangements have been made in and around this summer capital city and other major towns of the Kashmir valley to thwart designs of militants in view of the Independence Day celebrations tomorrow. Strict vigil is being maintained around Bakshi stadium, venue of main Republic Day celebrations here to be attended by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad. This will be for the first time for Mr Azad to attend the ID celebrations here as the state’s Chief Minister, after taking over on November 2 last year. All routes leading to Bakshi stadium have been closed to civilian movement to avoid any mischief. Checking points have been increased with the deployment of additional police and para-military men.

“Security blanket has been fully laid”, a senior police officer commented here. With the result the main roads and busy markets had thin movement of people during the past few days. “There have been frequent checks during the past few days”, said a businessman here.

While the arrangements are in place for the celebrations here tomorrow, similar measures have been taken at other major towns and district headquarters across the state. Ministers and legislators would be attending the ID celebrations at other major towns and district headquarters of the valley.

Several separatist organisations have called for strike and observing the day as ‘black day’ tomorrow. United Jehad Council (UJC) chairman, Syed Salahuddin based in Pakistan, has condemned the “excesses and atrocities” committed by the security forces.

As part of security measures, the traffic police has intensified drive against unauthorised and wrong parking in highly sensitive and commercial areas here. More than 50 persons have been booked for wrong parking in the past few days. Commuters have been advised not to park vehicles in no-parking zones.

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Honesty award for 5 officers
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, August 14
A day after removing 10 corrupt officials, the Jammu and Kashmir Government has accorded sanction to award the Chief Minister’s gold medal for honesty, integrity and meritorious public service to five officers for the current year.

The award carries a gold medal, Rs 1 lakh and a certificate, an official spokesman said here.

The awardees are Mr Bashir Ahmad Khwaja, Commissioner, Commercial Taxes, Mr Charanjit Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Kathua, Mr Sonum Morup, Superintending Engineer, R&B, Leh, Mr Mushtaq Ahmad, AEE, Technical Officer to Superintending Engineer, R&B, Srinagar-Budgam, and Mr Ravi Magotra, Director, Budget, Finance Department.

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Gallantry awards for 27 police officials
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, August 14
Twentyseven officials of the Jammu and Kashmir Police have been given awards for gallantry and meritorious services on the occasion of Independence Day.

Five officials have been given the Sher-e-Kashmir police medal for meritorious service, while 22 have been awarded with the Sher-e-Kashmir police medal for gallantry, an official spokesman here said.

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Soldier killed, 7 jawans hurt in J&K

Srinagar, August 14
A day ahead of Independence Day, militants killed soldier and wounded 10 others, including seven jawans while security forces gunned down a militant and averted a major tragedy overnight in Jammu and Kashmir.

Four militants surrendered at Uri in North Kashmir after their return from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Official sources said a soldier was killed and two others were wounded when a search party was attacked by militants at Ashmuqam in south Kashmir today. A house was also damaged in the encounter.

They said militants today hurled a hand grenade towards security forces at crowded bus stand, Sopore, in north Kashmir. However, it missed the target and exploded on the roadside, injuring three persons. One of the critically wounded persons was removed to Srinagar hospital.

They said militants last night hurled a hand grenade towards the security forces at the main chowk near here at 8.15 pm, injuring three police personnel standing nearby.

The wounded personnel, including sub-inspector Tanveer Ahmad, were admitted to hospital.

Security forces gunned down a militant in an encounter at Churun Nullah in Rajauri district of Jammu region today. Two soldiers were also injured in the encounter which ensued after a search party was attacked by the militants.

They said security forces averted a major tragedy when they detected and defused a 5 kg Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Dessa road in Doda district today.

One person was arrested after a hand grenade was recovered from the shop of a gas agency at Chandigram Lolab.

Four militants surrendered arms and ammunition at Uri in north Kashmir immediately after they returned back from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Official sources said all four militants, resident of Bandipora, surrendered at a forward Army post near the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector after they crossed over from PoK.

They said the militants also handed over arms and ammunition, including four AK rifles, eight magazines, 180 crtridgrs, 16 grenades, four pistols and 15 cartridges at the time of their surrender which they had brought from PoK for carrying out attacks on security forces.

About 12 militants had surrendered after their return from PoK in twin border districts of Baramula and Kupwara since January this year.

Official sources said a large number of youth from Kashmir Valley crossed over to PoK for receiving arms training in militants camps there.

However, majority of them wanted to return and lead a normal life.

The surrendered militants said they were fed up with violence and wanted to live an honourable life with their families.

They confirmed they received arms training in camps set up in PoK and other areas. — UNI

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Pandits say no to Hizb’s offer
Our Correspondent

Jammu, August 14
The Panun Kashmir and the All-State Kashmiri Pandit Conference have turned down the offer of the Hizbul Mujahideen, asking the displaced people to return to the valley.

The chairman of the Panun Kashmir, Dr Ajay Chrungoo, said here today: “The offer is unacceptable to us because the Hizbul Mujahideen activists had carried out genocide of Pandits. We are not ready to accept an offer from the Hizbul Mujahideen when there are more than 20 militant groups operating in the valley.”

He said the Hizbul Mujahideen had imposed a condition saying that “we are welcome back to Kashmir if we also join the ongoing freedom struggle.” He said this conditional offer was “totally unacceptable to us.”

A spokesman of Junaid-ul-Islam, had stated that Pandits were welcome to return to Kashmir.

While referring to the statement of the chief of the All-State Kashmiri Pandits, Mr Amar Nath Vaishanvi, in which he had said some non-Kashmiris had illegally occupied temples in Kashmir, Junaid-ul-Islam said: “We will not allow non-Kashmiris to grab temples.”

The general secretary of the All-State Kashmiri Pandit Conference, Mr H.L. Chatha, said: “The offer is unacceptable to us as the Hizbul Mujahideen had killed a large number of Pandits.”

The Chairman of the All-Party Hurriyat Conference, Molvi Umar Farooq, has supported the Hizbul Mujahideen’s offer.

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Leh road re-opens after 2 days
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, August 14
The Srinagar-Sonamarg-Leh road has been re-opened after two days following clearing of the slides at several places in Gagangir area, 72 kms from here today. The road was blocked due to mudslides and boulders following thunders and lightening on Saturday night accumulating heavy mass on the highway between 71 km and 74 km.

Sonamarg was cut off from Srinagar as a result of these landslides. Men and machinery of Project Beacon, which maintains the road immediately, swung into action and successfully tackled the problem amid continuous flow of water, huge boulders and fallen trees.

The Srinagar-Leh highway is the lifeline of Ladakh that remains cut off for more than six months of winter every year.

 

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