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Azad summoned to Delhi
Cabinet meeting put off
Jammu, March 29
The meeting of the state Cabinet that was scheduled to be held here this evening was postponed as chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was summoned to Delhi by union home minister Shivraj Patil for discussing the issue of reduction of troops that has been raised by the PDP leader Mufti Sayeed.

Situation in valley under control: GOC
Srinagar, March 29
Lt-Gen A. S Sekhon,GOC of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps of the Army has said infiltration along the LoC in Kashmir at present was equivalent to zero,which, however,could be because of the snow- covered mountains along the borders this winter.

Snow damages crops
Srinagar, March 29
About 20 per cent damage has been caused to oilseeds, mainly mustard crop,due to the untimely snowfall and heavy rain leading to sub zero temperature in the Kashmir valley earlier this month.The valley produces 85,000 metric tonnes of the oilseed spread over an area of 80,000 hectares of crop land.

Protest against  rape bid
Srinagar, March 29
Protest demonstrations were held against the alleged attempt to rape a woman by an Army jawan in the Kulgam area of Anantnag district in South Kashmir today.



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Azad summoned to Delhi
Cabinet meeting put off
Tribune News Service

Jammu, March 29
The meeting of the state Cabinet that was scheduled to be held here this evening was postponed as chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was summoned to Delhi by union home minister Shivraj Patil for discussing the issue of reduction of troops that has been raised by the PDP leader Mufti Sayeed.

Azad flew to Delhi early in the morning in a special aircraft that was sent from the capital.

The Cabinet meeting was scheduled to order posting of Deputy Commissioners, senior superintendents of police and other officers for the eight new districts which would become functional on April 1.

The PDP had already announced that its ministers will continue their boycott and not participate in the Cabinet meeting.

On the other hand, the opposition National Conference and the ruling coalition partner of Panthers Party during the day tried to build pressure on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi not to concede to the demand of the Mufti and evolve a consensus among all parties on the issue of troop reduction.

Azad had also made the demand here a day earlier and it was backed by all coalition partners who met at his residence.

The Chief Minister is again learnt to have reiterated the demand during his meeting with central leaders. He had a separate meeting this morning with Patil on the issue before the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security headed by the Prime Minister.

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Situation in valley under control: GOC
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, March 29
Lt-Gen A. S Sekhon,GOC of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps of the Army has said infiltration along the LoC in Kashmir at present was equivalent to zero,which, however,could be because of the snow- covered mountains along the borders this winter.

Talking to mediapersons at felicitation ceremony for Haj pilgrims of South Kashmir at Awantipora ,near here, today, General Sekhon held that training camps across the borders were active and militants were ready to infiltrate in the coming season. He declined to comment on the resultant situation in Kashmir during the coming months this year as it was too early to assess. He, however, said the situation in the valley, with the cooperation of the police and other security forces and the civil administration was well under control. He ruled out any involvement of the Army in the alleged fake encounter, which had come to the surface here recently. TNS

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Snow damages crops
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, March 29
About 20 per cent damage has been caused to oilseeds, mainly mustard crop,due to the untimely snowfall and heavy rain leading to sub zero temperature in the Kashmir valley earlier this month.The valley produces 85,000 metric tonnes of the oilseed spread over an area of 80,000 hectares of crop land.

A maximum damage has been caused to the mustard ranging from 15 per cent to 20 per cent, other rabi crops and the almond blossoming due to the recent snowfall,opines the Director, Agriculture Department, Kashmir, Ghulam Hyder Bhat.However,the exact damage caused to the crops is being assessed,Bhat told in an exclusive interview to this correspondent here today.The damage at some places has also been caused due to the stagnation of water, mainly to the vegetables of commercial nature,Bhat said.Though some of the vegetables are grown in advance by commercial producers for marketing purposes, these have also suffered a lot due to water-logging, the Director, Agriculture, said.

The annual production of main crops of the Kashmir valley include 4.50 lakh metric tonnes of paddy,1.2 lakh metric tonnes of maize,5.5 lakh metric tonnes of vegetables and 85,000 metric tonnes of oilseeds, the Director revealed.He disclosed that the valley exported the maximum quantity of fresh vegetables of one lakh metric tonnes during the current financial year, while it was estimated at 80,000 metric tonnes during the last financial year.

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Protest against rape bid
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, March 29
Protest demonstrations were held against the alleged attempt to rape a woman by an Army jawan in the Kulgam area of Anantnag district in South Kashmir today.

According to reports, an attempt was made by an Army jawan to rape a woman, Saleema, at Adoora, Kulgam this morning.

The incident took place when a patrol party was on move in the area, while she was going to the fields with one of her relatives.

However, farmers raised the alarm. The police confirmed the reports, adding that the erring jawan had been shifted to the 9 RR headquarters.

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