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Amend Article 370, says Panthers Party chief
Chandigarh, December 3
The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) Chairman Prof Bhim Singh today demanded that Article 370, which grants special status to J&K, be immediately amended.

Pak militant, abducted girl killed
Srinagar, December 3
A Pakistani militant of the Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit and an abducted girl were killed and a youth injured in separate incidents, while three suspected militants were arrested in Jammu and Kashmir since last night.

Physically challenged persons participate in a protest rally on the occasion of International Disability Day, in Jammu on Sunday TAKING UP THE CHALLENGE:
Physically challenged persons participate in a protest rally on the occasion of International Disability Day, in Jammu on Sunday. — PTI

Srinagar gets season’s first snowfall
Srinagar, December 3
The city and most other parts of Kashmir received the season’s first snowfall today, much to the delight of the people, particularly those connected with travel business, as it generated the hope of revival of tourism after the recent setbacks in the wake of grenade attacks by militants in Jammu and Kashmir.



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Undertrial dies in sub-jail
Jammu, December 3
A middle-aged undertrial today died due to a fatal head injury at Kishtwar sub-jail in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said. Mukand Lal, a resident of Holoti village in Sapphire valley of Padder, Ghulabgarh, was sent to judicial custody by Sub-Judge Kishtwar yesterday. He was shifted to hospital this morning with severe head and nose injuries, sources said.

Reward in Chopras murder case
Jammu, December 3
With no breakthrough achieved in the murder of a prominent businessman’s family here two months ago, the Jammu and Kashmir police today announced a cash reward of Rs 2 lakh for providing information regarding the crime.




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Amend Article 370, says Panthers Party chief
Maneesh Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Prof Bhim Singh
Prof Bhim Singh 

Chandigarh, December 3
The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) Chairman Prof Bhim Singh today demanded that Article 370, which grants special status to J&K, be immediately amended.

"Even 55 years after Independence, Article 370 continues to be a temporary piece of legislation. It has lost its utility and should be amended to allow more control of the Union Government in the affairs of the state. Unless this is done, the problems associated with the state will persist," he said.

Addressing mediapersons here during a brief stopover of the ongoing "Nyay Yatra" from Red Fort in New Delhi to Lal Chowk in the heart of Srinagar, Prof Bhim Singh, whose party is supporting the Congress-led government in J&K from outside, said continued weak policies of successive governments at the Centre allowed the situation to reach such a dismal level.

The Yatra, which started yesterday, will reach Srinagar on December 23, where the JKNPP chief and other leaders will unfurl the Tricolour.

Prof Bhim Singh demanded that all Acts enacted by the Indian Parliament and which become law after they receive the assent of the President should be automatically enforced in J&K. "After all, J&K is not separate from the Indian union. Such an action will strengthen the state's bond with the rest of the country," he argued.

Criticising the Central Government for its failure to solve the long-standing problems facing the populace of the state, Prof Bhim Singh said it was a failure on the part of the Centre and the state government that over two lakh migrants from Pakistan and Kashmir were still without a permanent solution to their problems. "The Congress will finally have to declare its policy on issues relating to the state. While nothing concrete is expected from the Left as it has never openly supported the people of J&K, the Congress has also not played a very positive role. What has happened to the resolution passed by the Parliament in 1994 where it was said that the only issue relating to J&K that is unresolved is the re-merger of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK) with the J&K? Why has nothing been done to accomplish this," he asked.

Referring to the recent awarding of death sentence to deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussian, Prof Bhim Singh said the judgement was wrong and would result in revival of forces loyal to Hussain.

Incidentally, considered to be a friend of the overthrown leader of Iraq, Prof Bhim Singh was also among the panel of international lawyers who defended Hussain.

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Pak militant, abducted girl killed

Srinagar, December 3
A Pakistani militant of the Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit and an abducted girl were killed and a youth injured in separate incidents, while three suspected militants were arrested in Jammu and Kashmir since last night.

A police spokesman said today Shamma Akhtar, who had been abducted by militants was killed in an encounter between militants and security forces at Barshalla village of Doda district today, the spokesman said.

He said the girl was held hostage by militants in the village and caught in the crossfire when the security forces raided to flush out hiding militants who, however, escaped after the gunbattle.

Pakistani Militant Abu Shakir, affiliated with the LeT outfit, was killed by the police and the CRPF at Wangund-Darbagh in the Harwan area on the outskirts of Srinagar late last night, the spokesman said.

He said the joint police party, on a tip-off ambushed the area and noticed the militant moving in darkness. He was challenged and killed in the fight. An AK assault rifle, two magazines, 26 rounds and an under-barrel grenade launcher (UBGL) were recovered from him.

He said militants barged into the house of Abdul Rashid Tantray at Tujjer Sharief in the Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramula district late last night and shot at and injured critically his guest Shoukat Ahmad Mir.

Mir (23), a resident of Lone Harray village of Kupwara, was admitted to Soura Medical Institute here, the spokesman said.

The spokesman said militants exchanged fire with security forces at Yaripora village of Anantnag district last night but there was no casuality.

The encounter between the two sides started when security forces launched a search in the village to flush out hiding mlitants, he said adding the militants fled the village.

The spokesman said security forces during the search apprehended two suspected militants from the forest area of Behari Rakh in Mendhar sector of Poonch district and recovered two hand grenades from their possession.

In another operation the Rashtriya Rifles arrested an overground worker of the Let from the Handwara area of Kupwara district today.

An AK assault rifle, four magazines and four hand grenades were also recovered during the operation, the spokesman said.

He said security forces smashed a militant hideout, of the al-Badr outfit, at Taina forest in the Kalakote area of Rajouri district.

A .303 Rifle, two hand grenades, two AK Magazines with 60 rounds, a wireless set with an additional antenna and some incriminating documents and booklets were recovered from the hideout, the spokesman said. — PTI

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Srinagar gets season’s first snowfall

Srinagar, December 3
The city and most other parts of Kashmir received the season’s first snowfall today, much to the delight of the people, particularly those connected with travel business, as it generated the hope of revival of tourism after the recent setbacks in the wake of grenade attacks by militants in Jammu and Kashmir.

It started snowing in the city at around 2.45 pm after an intermittent spell of sleet since this morning and heavy cloud cover throughout the day yesterday, bringing slight improvement in the night temperature which hovered below freezing point last week.

Barring cancellation of two flights owing to bad weather, the other scheduled flights operated normally, while the traffic on the 300-km Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, the only surface link between the Kashmir valley and rest of the country, was normal, official sources said.

Snowfall began throughout the valley, including Srinagar, in the wee hours of the day. However, rain overshadowed the brief spell of snow and later it was a mixture of the two lashing the city as the day progressed.

In most parts of the valley, particularly the townships of Baramula and Kupwara and Pahalgam hill resort in Anantnag district, tourists enjoyed the first snowfall of the season.

Seven inches of fresh snowfall covered the slopes of world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, 52 km from here, by this afternoon — a good news for winter sports lovers who were anxiously waiting for the day.

Baramula and Kupwara towns recorded one and a half inches of snow by the afternoon, the sources said.

They said it was snowing heavily in the upper reaches, including the passes along the LoC, the holy cave shrine of Amarnath, Gumri, Drass, Zojilla and Sonamarg.

The authorities suspended traffic on the Kupwara-Tangdhar road as it was snowing heavily in the Sadna Pass area. Tangdhar usually remains cut off from rest of the valley during the winter.

The sources said barring two flights which were cancelled and another delayed, rest of the four flights, including the airbus carrying pilgrims from Srinagar to Jeddah for the annual Haj, operated as per schedule.

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Undertrial dies in sub-jail

Jammu, December 3
A middle-aged undertrial today died due to a fatal head injury at Kishtwar sub-jail in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said.
Mukand Lal, a resident of Holoti village in Sapphire valley of Padder, Ghulabgarh, was sent to judicial custody by Sub-Judge Kishtwar yesterday. He was shifted to hospital this morning with severe head and nose injuries, sources said.

According to police, Mukand Lal had slipped while going to the bathroom early in the morning. He received a serious head injury and was shifted to hospital, where he succumbed at about 8.30 am, they added.

Mukand Lal, a Buddhist by religion, was sent to the judicial custody in connection with a complaint against him under Food and Adulteration Act. An inquiry into the ''suspicious death'' inside the jail had been initiated by the civil administration. — UNI

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Reward in Chopras murder case

Jammu, December 3
With no breakthrough achieved in the murder of a prominent businessman’s family here two months ago, the Jammu and Kashmir police today announced a cash reward of Rs 2 lakh for providing information regarding the crime.

Official sources said the cash reward would be given to those who would provide authentic information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators of the crime. DGP Gopal Sharma had on November 30 set up a new and third SIT to probe the murder of businessman Raju Chopra’s family as two SITs constituted earlier failed to achieve any breakthrough. — PTI

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