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8 Jammu MLAs seek meeting with Sonia
Jammu, September 5
More than eight Congress legislators, belonging to the Jammu region, are awaiting green signal from the Congress high command for their meeting with Ms Sonia Gandhi. These MLAs had requested the AICC secretariat to fix a date for their meeting with Ms Gandhi.

Hizbul commander, four soldiers killed
Srinagar, September 5
A top Hizbul Mujahideen commander, who had been active during the past 15 years, four soldiers and two brothers were among 10 persons killed in Jammu and Kashmir since last evening.

Pilgrim among 3 killed
Jammu, September 5
Three persons, including a Vaishno Devi pilgrim from Uttar Pradesh, died in separate mishaps in Udhampur, Doda and Poonch districts of Jammu in the past 24 hours, the police said here today.

Eight persons injured in CRPF lathicharge
Jammu, September 5
At least eight persons were injured in CRPF lathicharge on locals agitating against the collapse of their houses and shops allegedly due to the negligence of the Indian Railway Construction Company authorities in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district, officials said.


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Srinagar highway reopens
Srinagar, September 5
After remaining closed to traffic to the past four days due to landslides triggered by heavy rain, the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was reopened this evening. The highway was cleared of the landslides between Ramban and Ramsu, a 23-km stretch by the Border Roads Organisation men, a spokesman of the Traffic Department said.

Marriages put off due to rains
Srinagar, September 5
Heavy rain led to the postponement of marriage ceremonies across the valley, particularly in Srinagar and south Kashmir parts, which are hit by the flood waters most. Hundreds of marriages scheduled since Friday last have been postponed due to flooding of various localities across the capital city during the past couple of days.

Protest against price rise
Jammu, September 5
About 100 activists of the Shiv Sena today took out a procession here to protest against the rising prices of essential commodities and vegetables. Raising slogans against the Congress led UPA government and the state government for their alleged failure to control prices of essential commodities.

Two children murdered in Doda
Jammu, September 5
Two children were killed and a woman injured in Doda district by unidentified men, police sources said here today.





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8 Jammu MLAs seek meeting with Sonia
Our Correspondent

Jammu, September 5
More than eight Congress legislators, belonging to the Jammu region, are awaiting green signal from the Congress high command for their meeting with Ms Sonia Gandhi. These MLAs had requested the AICC secretariat to fix a date for their meeting with Ms Gandhi.

The request for a meeting was sent soon after the Cabinet expansion by Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad on August 29.Since then these MLAs have been waiting and one among them Thakur Puran Singh has already reached Delhi where he will try to meet the AICC chief.

These MLAs,according to one senior legislator, are eager to convey to Ms Gandhi their dismay over what they call the way Jammu region has been discriminated against by the Chief Minister as far as its representation in the Council of Ministers is concerned.One MLA said the voters in the region had elected 15 Congressmen to the Assembly in 2002 and out of them seven,including the Chief Minister, got berth in the ministry.

He said from out of 13 seats in Jammu district eight Congressmen had been elected in 2002 to the Assembly and during the time Mufti Mohd.Sayeed headed the government there were seven Congressmen from the district in the ministry and one having been elected as Speaker of the Assembly. And it was for the first time that all the three Congress MLAs from Jammu city had been inducted into the Council of Ministers.

He said the city was represented by one MLA,Mr Mangat Ram Sharma,and Mr Gulchain Singh,was member of the Legislative Council and could not claim to represent any constituency.

In addition to this Congress MLAs feel that they had been “reduced to nonentities” following instructions to the state administration that legislators recommendations should not be given any weightage.

In case Ms Sonia Gandhi agrees to meet the MLAs' they would apprise her of the difficulties the Congress leaders faced in the Jammu region which could help the BJP to stage a comeback in the next Assembly elections.

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Hizbul commander, four soldiers killed

Srinagar, September 5
A top Hizbul Mujahideen commander, who had been active during the past 15 years, four soldiers and two brothers were among 10 persons killed in Jammu and Kashmir since last evening.

Security forces killed a self-styled district commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, Rafiq alias Wasim alias Bilu Gujjar, during an encounter at Manglogi village in the Gool area of Udhampur district in the Jammu region early today.

An AK rifle, three magazines, 60 rounds and a satellite phone were seized from the slain militant.

Militants entered the house of Sonaullah Bhat at Khaipora village in the Tangmarg area of north Kashmir's Baramula district late last night and opened indiscriminate fire on the residents.

The firing resulted in the on-the-spot death of his two sons Mohammad Shafi Bhat, a head constable in the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry, and Abdul Rashid Bhat.

Security forces launched a manhunt to nab the militants.

In another incident, gunmen shot dead 19-year-old Ahsan-ul-Haq Bhat, a Class XII student, near his house at Chankhan Sopore last night.

The police arrested an upper-ground worker of the banned Lashkar-e-Toiba during a search operation at Syedpora in Sopore in north Kashmir last evening.

Three Army personnel, including a Captain, and two militants were killed in a more than 20-hour-long fierce gunbattle at Ayatmulla village in the Bandipora area of Baramula district yesterday. — UNI

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Pilgrim among 3 killed

Jammu, September 5
Three persons, including a Vaishno Devi pilgrim from Uttar Pradesh, died in separate mishaps in Udhampur, Doda and Poonch districts of Jammu in the past 24 hours, the police said here today.

One yatri, identified as Prem Nath from Agra, was brought dead at Adhkuwari on way to the Vaishno Devi Bhawan under suspicious circumstances last evening, the police said, adding that he was later shifted to a health centre in Katra for the post mortem examination.

In another incident, Mahroof Begum of Gursai in Poonch died of cold due to snowfall at Bramgalah area.

A private car, which was on its way from Begar to Batote in Doda district, met with an accident at Chakay Nullah near Batote injuring four persons, they said, adding one of the injured, identified as Yograj Singh of Begar village died while being shifted to the government medical college hospital here.

Two other injured of the accident have also been shifted to the GMCH while another was admitted in sub-district hospital at Batote. — PTI

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Eight persons injured in CRPF lathicharge

Jammu, September 5
At least eight persons were injured in CRPF lathicharge on locals agitating against the collapse of their houses and shops allegedly due to the negligence of the Indian Railway Construction Company authorities in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district, officials said.

The locals held a protest demonstration at Sangaldan yesterday after 30 to 40 houses and shops were damaged in heavy rain and landslides.

The protesters alleged that their houses and shops were damaged due to IRCON authorities’ failure in providing protection bunds and taking other preventive measures as was assured by the company while taking up work on laying of railway line between Katra and Baramula, they said.

As the demonstrators approached the IRCON camp in the town raising slogans, the authorties directed the CRPF deployed there to disperse them, the protesters alleged.

Eight persons were injured in the canecharge. The protesters also alleged that CRPF men had opened fire during the canecharge, a charge denied by the forces. The injured were later rushed to nearby hospital. — PTI

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Srinagar highway reopens

Srinagar, September 5
After remaining closed to traffic to the past four days due to landslides triggered by heavy rain, the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was reopened this evening.

The highway was cleared of the landslides between Ramban and Ramsu, a 23-km stretch by the Border Roads Organisation men, a spokesman of the Traffic Department said.

He said to begin with the stranded vehicles on the highway including trucks carrying essential commodities to the valley were allowed to move to their destinations.

The 300-km highway was closed on Friday when landslides triggered by heavy rain blocked the highway. The situation worsened as floods submerged a portion of the highway from Awantipora to Barsoo in Pulwama district.

The spokesman said the decision to allow fresh vehicles on the highway would be taken later tonight.

The spokesman said although a portion of the highway at Barsoo, Lathpora and Chursoo-Chechkote remains submberged, the traffic has been diverted through Tral area.

Meanwhile, the 434-km Srinagar-Leh highway which also remained closed to traffic since Friday was reopened today, the spokesperson said.

Traffic on the highway resumed this morning, he said adding vehicles carrying essential commodities to Ladakh region were given priority. — PTI

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Marriages put off due to rains
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, September 5
Heavy rain led to the postponement of marriage ceremonies across the valley, particularly in Srinagar and south Kashmir parts, which are hit by the flood waters most. Hundreds of marriages scheduled since Friday last have been postponed due to flooding of various localities across the capital city during the past couple of days.

Very few, however, could go ahead with the scheduled programme as it created lot of inconvenience for the guests and others concerned with the functions. The marriage season was at its peak, mainly after mid-August.

Local newspapers, both vernacular and English dailies, here since yesterday have been displaying advertisements, postponing or rescheduling of the marriage ceremonies.

For the family of Mohammad Maqbool of Anantnag town, the reception of “Baraat” was rescheduled from 6 pm in the evening to around noon on Saturday. “Due to heavy rains and rising water level, the reception was held six hours earlier”, according to a family member. All invited guests were served lunch after the “Rukhsati” of the bride and bridegroom, which is quite, an unusual practice.

“I feel regretted to inform all my near and dear ones that the marriage ceremony of my daughter scheduled on September 2 and 3, stands postponed due to prevailing weather conditions”, read one such advertisement published here on Sunday. These advertisements with heading as “marriage postponed”, “cancellation of dawat”, “cancellation of invitation cards” and “cancellation of marriage ceremony”, were found prominently displayed in today’s newspapers here.

“Due to inclement weather condition, we are postponing the marriage ceremony of our grand daughter scheduled on September 7 and 8 at Gulshan Nagar, Nowgam, Srinagar. The invitation cards are hereby cancelled. For further details please contact…”, reads another advertisement. “Due to unfavourable weather conditions, it is to inform all relatives that the dawat scheduled to be held on September 7 and 8 stands cancelled. Persons concerned are requested to note please”, reads another such advertisement.

The cancellations have also made things easy for the Kashmiri chefs who were much in demand and finding it very difficult to face the heavy rush of marriages and related functions. Moreover the supply of stocks of mutton for the marriage functions has been affected due to the continuous blockade of the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

The highway that remains the only surface link and lifeline to the Kashmir valley, has remained closed since Friday last due to landslides in the Ramban and Banihal areas. This has hampered the smooth flow of essential commodities and the mutton supplies.

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Protest against price rise

Jammu, September 5
About 100 activists of the Shiv Sena today took out a procession here to protest against the rising prices of essential commodities and vegetables.

Raising slogans against the Congress led UPA government and the state government for their alleged failure to control prices of essential commodities, the Shiv Sena activist led by general secretary Ashok Gupta took out a procession from Rani park and held demonstrations at City Chowk.

Addressing the gathering at City Chowk, Mr Gupta said the sky-rocketing prices of essential commodities and vegetables in the state has made survival of poor people difficult.

He said whole salers /retailers were selling essential commodities as per their whims despite the Department of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution having fixed rates for different items. — PTI

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Two children murdered in Doda

Jammu, September 5
Two children were killed and a woman injured in Doda district by unidentified men, police sources said here today.

Sushma Devi and her three children had gone to the nearby Bunjwan forest area to collect firewood yesterday when two persons allegedly strangled her children - Renu (5) and 15-month old Sonu to death.

The men attempted to kill Sushma in a similar fashion but she escaped along with her son Akshay Kumar. — PTI

 

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